September 29th, 2014
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has suggested that the club may be prepared to spend more than £ 60 million in their efforts to bring back former star Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford. The possibility of Ronaldo returning to United has become a real possibility with the player also understood to be interested. Van Gaal, however, confirmed that any potential deal would take place only if Madrid are interested in selling their superstar. The last six months have seen Ronaldo picking niggling injuries, which may appear to suggest that he is declining from his peak.
Angel di Maria is a transfer that totally justifies the £60 million spent on him. The Argentine will be able to offer around seven years of top-level football. United will be far better off spending the money on players that they really need at this moment. The club has some serious issues to address especially in the defence where the likes of Johnny Evans look out of depth at times. The position is even made worse by the fact that Evans is the most experienced defender at United. The club kept its second consecutive clean sheet of the season in the 4-0 win against QPR. This positive result came after a 0-0 draw with Burnley, but it should be remembered that both these clean sheets have come against newly promoted teams.
Far sterner tests like United this season with matches against Manchester City and Chelsea around the corner. Perhaps, Van Gaal will realise from these matches that United need an experienced defender more than any other player now. “It is possible. Players like Ronaldo give a lot of extra to a team, but I don’t think Real Madrid shall sell him. Yes, but it’s always a discussion in the papers, and I don’t think the media shall buy Ronaldo,” said Van Gaal.
August 20th, 2014
Former Arsenal midfielder Denilson has claimed that he is interested in the possibility of a return to European football. Portuguese club Benfica are thought to be interested in securing his services. They are believed to have made an offer with Denilson’s current club São Paulo, who managed to secure the player on a permanent basis a few years ago. Despite being only 26, the Brazilian midfielder has already played numerous matches in his career. A career total of close to 300 matches makes him an ideal buy for a club like Benfica, who have recently lost key players like Jan Oblak.
Denilson claims that Benfica have made an offer for him, but it is not known whether São Paulo will accept it. São Paulo are unlikely to demand huge sums of money for the 26-year-old given that they signed him a free transfer. Denilson initially came back to the Brazilian club on a loan deal at the start of the 2011 season. After two years on loan, he decided to end his contract with Arsenal by mutual consent. This enabled him to sign for São Paulo in 2013 on a free transfer. Since then, he has made 17 league appearances for the team, but he is yet to open his account.
“Benfica are interested, my lawyer is talking, do not know what are Paul decided. Benfica is a great club, but now I prefer to leave to my lawyer so he decides the best way possible. My focus is on the pitch, in São Paulo. I want to regain my space and more opportunities to really show my worth. I do not know what the São Paulo also decided or is talking. Benfica is a big club is interested, but I try with my lawyer, so solve as best as possible. My focus at the moment is to have more opportunities to show my worth,” said the midfielder.
July 8th, 2014
Walter Mazzarri has extended his contract with Inter Milan as the Italian coach will remain in charge of the club at least until 2016. The president of Inter Milan, Erick Thohir revealed his satisfaction concerning their decision of keeping the tactician for a longer period of time.
Erick Thohir said in a statement of Inter Milan’s website: ‘’We’re very happy to have extended our coach’s contract. With this extension we have made it clear that Mazzarri is a cornerstone of our project. I’m confident with the hard work and dedication he has shown he’ll achieve great things at this club’’
The Italian club is undergoing a series of changes as Javier Zanetti was recently announced to be the new vice-president of the club after spending 19 years as a player of Inter Milan while Nemanja Vidic was also unveiled as one of the latest reinforcements for the team of Mazzarri.
Nemanja Vidic arrived to San Siro on a free transfer after playing 8 seasons with the Premier League club Manchester United and even at his 32 years of age, the Serbian defender is looking forward to new challenges in his career and this is one of the main reasons on why he decided to make a move to a new league and club.
‘’I don’t think this is a step backwards in my career, I believe this is a step forward for me. Italian football suits my game well and, as I said before, I have joined one of the big European clubs. English football is different to Italian but that doesn’t mean that Italian is simpler’’ Vidic said during his first press conference as a player of Inter Milan.
Walter Mazzarri and Erick Thohir are hoping that with the arrival of Nemanja Vidic and a few other players will help Inter Milan in their upcoming season will be a better one then their previous campaign where they only managed on securing the 5th spot the squad received a large amount of criticism for inconsistent performances throughout the entire season.
June 23rd, 2014
Tom Ince was a summer target of Inter Milan and even though the transfer window is not over, Ince has already revealed his desire to continue playing in the Premier League which means that Inter Milan will have to focus and set their sights on other players which might be easier to sign in the transfer market.
One of the latest decisions that Inter Milan has made in relation with adding players into their squad after their failure of signing Tom Ince is taking full ownership of Mauro Icardi.
Mauro Icardi was co-owned by Sampdoria and Inter Milan but a few days ago it was confirmed by the team which is being guided by Walter Mazzari that their agreement has terminated and now the Argentinean player is fully owned by Inter Milan.
“FC Internazionale and U.S. Sampdoria have reached an agreement to terminate their co-ownership of the striker who is now fully owned by Inter,” Inter Milan said in a statement on Tuesday.
Newcastle United’s Hatem Ben Arfa made a total of 27 league appearances for his club in the previous season but 14 of those appearances came as a substitute player which is evidence of the time he has spent on the sidelines of the English club and that he has not made a very significant impact in the team of Alan Pardew.
Considering the fact that Ben Arfa is not a consistent first time player and choice for Alan Pardew in Newcastle United, it would be a good decision for the English manager to sell Ben Arfa and utilize the cash injection to strengthen areas of the team that are in need of reinforcement.
May 20th, 2014
Cristian Chivu has finally decided to hang his boots. The Romanian defender who had been out of action since a long time because of being injured made the announcement yesterday.
Chivu’s contract with the Italian club Inter Milan was going to expire at the end of the ongoing season, but, there were no chances of the player getting fit in time to play even one match for the club. So, both the parties reached an agreement and the contract was terminated a couple of months before its completion.
Chivu played for Inter Milan for a long period of time. He joined the club in 2007 after leaving Roma and soon became one of the key players for them. He did struggle with fitness problems during his time over there, but, he made some significant contributions for the club over the years.
Announcing his retirement, Chivu said, “I think the time is perfect for me to call it a day. I would take this opportunity to show my gratefulness to the various clubs that I have been a part of during my career. If they had not given me the chances, I would perhaps not have been able to go this far ahead as a player.”
“I am very happy with the fact that I managed to make my parents proud with my efforts on the field. It’s certainly the end of a very interesting phase of my life, but, another interesting phase is about to begin as I look forward to spend much more time with my family in future.”
Chivu represented 5 different clubs during his career and performed decently well for all of them. He had a wonderful international career too. He played 75 matches for his country Romania and scored 3 goals.