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HOT TRANSFER NEWS

In ANYTHING on March 17, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Schalke confirm Manchester United interest in Neuer

Schalke president Clemens Tonnies has confirmed he was informed of Manchester United’s interest in keeper Manuel Neuer.

 

Bayern Munich have been tracking the Germany international for quite a while and the Bavarians are already pondering a summer bid.

However, Schalke president has confirmed that Manchester United are also in the race.

“An international consultant has approached me and informed me that Manchester United are interested in Neuer,” Tonnies said.

 

“If Manchester United present us with a written request, then we will deal with it.”

Sir Alex Ferguson is still looking for a new keeper after Edwin van der Sar confirmed he would retire at the end of the season.

 

The Scottish boss doesn’t think either Anders Lindegaard or Tomasz Kuszczak is able to make the number one jersey their own and is likely to buy a new keeper in the summer.

Manuel Neuer is just one of the targets, while others include Maarten Stekelenburg, Rene Adler and David De Gea.

 

Even though the German keeper seems to be leading the race at the moment, my opinion is that Maarten Stekelenburg would be a better choice as he already has a wealth of international experience unlike Neuer.

Liverpool winning the race for French star

Liverpool are leading the race to sign Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko, according to media report.

 

The French international has already rejected Liverpool some four years ago to sign a professional contract at Toulouse, but he is now again on the Reds’ radar. The 21-year-old has attracted attention from clubs like Tottenham and Manchester United with his scintillating performances over the last few seasons.

 

Nevertheless, Liverpool reignited the interest in the player following the arrival of Damien Comolli and they are now leading the race for the highly regarded youngster. The player himself revealed last week that he had had contacts with Liverpool.

“I had contacts with English clubs, notably Liverpool, but I preferred to commit myself to Toulouse, the club where I have been educated, to get more experience. It is up to me to go on improving, to become a world-class player.”

 

Despite his fragile age, Sissoko already have a lot of experience, having starred for both Toulouse and French youth teams and he looks like a player that Liverpool could really use at the moment. Strong in the tackle and very dangerous up front, Sissoko would have no problems adapting to the Premier League, and it only remains to be seen whether Liverpool can afford to pay around £18 million, which is his current price.

Bayern makeshift defender wants to stay

Bayern midfielder Anatoliy Tymoshchuk has revealed his desire to remain at Alianz Arena.

The Ukrainian struggled for first team action after arriving from Zenit, but he has since commanded a starting place in defence in the absence of better option for Louis Van Gaal.

The makeshift defender has now changed his mind about leaving and is eager to stay at the club.

 

“I have received some interesting offers, but Bayern Munich want me to stay here,” Tymoshchuk said. “I think I’ll stay at Bayern at the end of the season. I’m really feeling at home at this club and don’t want to leave any more.”

 

His defensive partnership with Holger Badstuber is hardly one of the best in European football, so everything suggests Bayern will be looking to sign defensive reinforcements, in which case Tymoshchuk’s days at Alianz Arena would be numbered.

 

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TRANSFER WINDOW FINALLY CLOSED

In Uncategorized on February 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Window Closed

Though it was a dawdling launch to the transfer window, it closed in intriguing style.

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The traditional transfer window in January opened amidst a sluggish move in and out of players from various clubs across Europe, and with the turn of the month the curtain falls till the next transfer window is opened. Find out the big movers and the ousted players.

Manchester City full-back Wayne Bridge united with West Ham United on loan to the end of the season while Tottenham Hotspur midfielder David Bentley made a switch to Birmingham City. Midfielder Steve Sidwell moved from Aston Villa to Fulham for an undisclosed fee.

Edin Dzeko was the first big mover of the January transfer window. The striker signed for Manchester City from Wolfsburg for a fee said to be some £27m. It is also a record fee for a Bundesliga player. Another big move came out of the blue when Sunderland striker Darren Bent moved to Aston Villa for a fee of £18m.

After a successful loan spell with Stoke City, Jermaine Pennant signed full-time from Real Zaragoza for an initial fee of £1.725m while Hatem Ben Arfa completed a move to Newcastle United from Marseille. Wolverhampton Wanderers ratified a return to Belgium for homesick defender Jelle van Damme who has joined Standard Liege and Manchester United rubber-stamped their recent capture of goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard from Aalesunds for an undisclosed fee.

The transfer window closed on Monday 31st January. Below are some of the latest transfers in the English Premier League:

ARSENAL

IN: Ryo Miyaichi (free agent)

OUT: Havard Nordtveit (Borussia Moenchengladbach, undisclosed), Vito Mannone (Hull City, loan), Wellington (Levante, loan), Ryo Miyaichi (Feyenoord, loan), Aaron Ramsey (Cardiff City, loan), Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Cardiff City, loan)

CHELSEA

IN:

OUT: Ben Gordon (Scunthorpe United, loan)

EVERTON

IN:

OUT: Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Leicester City, loan), Zac Thompson (Leeds United, free), Steven Pienaar (Tottenham Hotspur, undislcosed)

FULHAM

IN: Steve Sidwell (Aston Villa, undisclosed)

OUT: Frederik Stoor (Valerenga, undisclosed), Rob Milsom (Aberdeen, undisclosed), David Elm (Elfsborg, undisclosed)

LIVERPOOL

IN:

OUT: Charles Itandje (Atromitos, free), Andras Simon (released), Nathan Eccleston (Charlton Athletic, loan), Stephen Darby (Notts County, loan), Ryan Babel (Hoffenheim, undisclosed)

MANCHESTER CITY

IN: Gai Assulin (free agent), Edin Dzeko (Wolfsburg, undisclosed)

OUT: Ben Mee (Leicester City, loan), Wayne Bridge (West Ham United, loan), Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn Rovers, loan), Abdisalam Ibrahim (Scunthorpe United, loan), Javan Vidal (Chesterfield, loan)

MANCHESTER UNITED

IN: Anders Lindegaard (Aalesunds, undisclosed)

OUT: James Chester (Hull City, undisclosed), Ben Amos (Oldham Athletic, loan), Corry Evans (Hull City, loan), Federico Macheda (Sampdoria, loan)

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

IN: Bongani Khumalo (Supersport United, £1.5m), Steven Pienaar (Everton, undislcosed)

OUT: John Obika (Peterborough United, loan), Harry Kane (Leyton Orient, loan), David Bentley (loan, Birmingham City), Kyle Walker (Aston Villa, loan), Andros Townsend

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