29
Jan

Manchester United set to enter Kroos control

Just a couple of days remain before the January transfer window slams shut, and the rumor merry-go-round is certainly in full swing.

One of the main protagonists of this transfer window has been David Moyes’ Manchester United, following their early-season struggles. They don’t look likely to stop spending after snaring Juan Mata from rivals Chelsea, and now they’re looking at another world class midfielder.

Pep Guardiola has admitted that Toni Kroos can leave Bayern Munich, opening the door to a move to Old Trafford.

Also in today’s round-up, there’s news of an alleged Arsenal bid for Julian Draxler from Schalke. Read about it and more on today’s Paper Chase.

27
Jan

Philadelphia anchors its midfield with Maurice Edu

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Philadelphia pursued Maurice Edu for the better part of the January transfer window. Club officials waded through the thicket of MLS regulations and wondered if Edu’s price tag would eventually scupper the deal. They pursued it anyways with the prospect of installing the United States international in the starting XI too promising to ignore.

The process took a bit longer than anticipated, but the Union finally secured its man on Monday. Edu returned to MLS on a 12-month loan deal with an option for a permanent move at the end of the agreement. The terms of his contract with MLS and the Union will make him a Designated Player in 2014, according to a club release.

Edu’s arrival in Philadelphia reflects a pragmatic streak from all of the parties involved. The public spat over Edu’s asking price for a permanent contract and MLS’ reluctance to meet it inspired a creative approach to strike a deal the Union desperately wanted to happen. Stoke’s desire to retain a portion of Edu’s wages paved the way for an inventive agreement designed to satisfy Edu and both clubs.

Philadelphia continues its midfield revamp by adding a player capable of dictating and driving the proceedings from a deep-lying position. Edu controls the game by disrupting the opposition and shuttling the ball onward to his more creative teammates. His robust work offers a different dimension and some much needed protection to an evolving side with Argentine schemer Cristian Maidana already in tow and French conduit Vincent Nogueira in talks to claim the Union’s third and final Designated Player spot.

By reinforcing its midfield, the Union places Edu in a position to thrive ahead of the World Cup. This group possesses the depth and the versatility to accentuate Edu’s strengths without asking him to accept a disproportionate burden. Edu must shake off any lingering rust from his time in the shadows and show the necessary sharpness to influence games, but this set of circumstances provides him with the best possible chance to impress USA coach Jürgen Klinsmann and work his way back into the national team setup over the next few months.

Only time will tell whether Edu can book a trip to Brazil with his displays for the Union. For now, he will take solace in a deal designed to place himself and his new club in a position to succeed in 2014.

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22
Jan

Real Madrid to raid Manchester United for Rooney

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While the potential Juan Mata move from London to Manchester grabs the headlines, it seems that a giant of football is waiting in the wings to capitalize. Mata seems destined for Manchester United, but could a star be shipped out to accommodate him?

It seems likely, and considering Real Madrid’s lure, who could forgive Wayne Rooney for having his head turned? He’s hankered for a move twice during his Manchester stay, but this January could finally see Rooney spread his wings and join a star-studded Bernabeu cast.

Also in our morning British paper round-up is an update on the Mata situation, a potential midfielder moving to Liverpool, Arsenal preparing a bid for Julian Draxler and plenty, plenty more at the click of a button.

2
Sep

Premier League fans strike again during Sky Sports deadline day coverage

Transfer Deadline Day excites us with shocking last-minute signings and an endless supply of outrageous rumors that dominate our Twitter feeds. But the best part of all the madness? That would be fans sabotaging Sky Sports live reports.

As is tradition, an army of Sky Sports News reporters have been stationed at club grounds across England and beyond for the coverage of the closing of the transfer window, and, as always, Premier League fans have relished the opportunity to make a mockery of themselves on live television.

We’ll update you as soon as more and more of these videos inevitably come to light. Come on everyone, surely we can do better than the two fans mimicking Joe Hart’s famous underpants dance?!

To provide some inspiration, let’s recall this all-time classic from this year’s winter transfer window:

1
Sep

Arsenal chase Sneijder in deadline deal

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It is one of the most exciting times for fans around the world, soccer’s transfer deadline day looms. There are lots of rumors in today’s newspapers as teams scramble to get last minute deals over the line. Arsenal are a club struggling to do deals and from the outside, look to be in the market for some panic buys. Today they have been linked with attacking midfielder Wesley Sneijder from Galatasaray, whom would add much needed quality and depth to the attack.

For this rumor and the rest of the day’s transfer gossip, click here.