24
Jan

Chelsea fans duped into talking about transfer prospects that actually don’t exist

Andrew Ryan from Manchester United YouTube channel “Full Time Devils” stopped a handful of gullible Chelsea fans outside of Stamford Bridge and put their knowledge of the Blues’ transfer dealings to the test. The results will make you want to smash your head against the desk. Or simply laugh your tail off.

Ryan asked fans for their opinions on some of the club’s rumored January transfer targets, but here’s the twist: none of the players actually exist!

Playing right into the prankster’s hands, the clueless fans happily offered their scouting reports on the likes of Liam Ying (an anagram of “I am lying”), Lugi Bull (“gullible”), and Win Nowt (“win nothing”).

Oh, what fans will do to prove their footy intelligence, especially once the cameras are on.

13
Dec

Moyes keeping tabs on Porto defender Mangala

Manchester United manager David Moyes has Porto’s formidable Frenchman Eliaquim Mangala on his transfer wish-list, according to the British tabloids. The Man U boss went as far as to personally take in a Porto vs. Atletico Madrid game on Wednesday. Click here for this and more gossip from the UK press.

6
Dec

Manchester United look to move Anderson out

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Manchester United sit in ninth position in the Premier League so far this season. David Moyes will be keen to strengthen in the transfer market, with midfield being a key area he wants to improve. Today’s newspapers report that Anderson - who has failed to make an impact in his time at United - will be moved out by Moyes to make room for reinforcements. The midfielder’s former club Porto are thought to be keen on his services.

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

24
Nov

Wenger could make Benteke move

Arsene Wenger yesterday moved to distance himself from rumors he is set to buy a striker in January. The Arsenal boss thinks they have enough firepower with Theo Walcott not far from a return.

However, if today’s newspapers are to be believed then Wenger is set for a swoop for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke. The forward looked set to leave in the summer before signing a new long-term contract. It could take a sizable sum to tempt Villa to part with their star striker.

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

13
Nov

Fascinating video demonstrates explosion of transfer market

It takes just 60 seconds (or 63 if you’re a stickler and count the intro) to fully realize just how global — and expensive — soccer has become.

This incredible video takes 113 years of player transfers and puts them in one easily digestible timeline.

If set to music, this video would start its crescendo right around the mid-90s, as the transfer market continues to explode. Take just 10 years in either direction on the timeline from 1995.

In 1985-86, there were 283 players from 62 countries that transferred for a total of €2.89 million. A decade later, those numbers jump to 1,151 players, 97 countries and €195.15 million. In 2005-06, 6,739 players from 147 countries transferred for a whopping €1,005.96 million.

From there, the numbers only continue to grow. It really is amazing how sweeping the game is. And for those that want to continue to explore, the makers of this video, Eyeseedata.com, have a bevy of interactive maps to play around with.

So long, productivity!

(h/t KCKRS)

27
Oct

Chelsea to renew Rooney interest

Wayne Rooney has been in fantastic form this season for Manchester United. He was on the scoresheet again yesterday, as the Red Devils came from behind to defeat Stoke City in the Premier League. Rooney was the subject of constant speculation in the summer transfer window - Jose Mourinho a known admirer. In today’s newspapers it seems Chelsea boss Mourinho will again bid for the England international in January.

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

3
Oct

Real Madrid continue Suarez pursuit

Luis Suarez was linked with a host of clubs during the summer transfer window and it seems the January window will follow a similar trend. The Liverpool striker has returned to the team in blistering form and continues to draw Spanish admirers. In today’s newspapers, Real Madrid are said to be chasing the Uruguayan ace in a £45 million winter raid.

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

15
Sep

Tottenham target Milan superstar

Tottenham are set to continue their huge spending spree when the transfer window re-opens in January. Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid has sparked a splashing of the cash on players such as Spanish striker Roberto Soldado. In today’s newspapers, Milan forward Stephan El Shaarawy is the latest face to be linked with a move to White Hart Lane. He would certainly be a high-profile arrival.

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

4
Sep

Man United to go back for Baines, Herrera

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The transfer window may have shut, but there’s no shortage of rumors popping up for future forays into the market. Manchester United again feature heavily after missing out on a host of key market targets. They will be looking to do their business early on in the next window of opportunity. The two names most likely to make the move - according to today’s newspapers - are Everton defender Leighton Baines and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera.

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

18
Aug

Mourinho to make final Rooney bid


Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been the subject of much speculation over the length of the current transfer window. Any move has so far failed to materialize and it seems the striker is becoming increasingly disillusioned with life at Old Trafford. Today’s newspapers hint at a final bid from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho in one last attempt to land the star.

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