25
Jan

Arsene Wenger plays coy with media over Julian Draxler speculation

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice?

Last summer, Arsene Wenger stunned us all by breaking the bank for Mesut Ozil on transfer deadline day, after weeks of steadfastly denying that any deals were even in the works.

So we probably shouldn’t take Wenger at his word this time around. After Friday’s FA Cup win over Coventry City, the Gunners boss said there is “nothing at all” to report on Arsenal’s hotly rumored negotiations with Schalke regarding German international Julian Draxler.

Yeah, sure thing, Arsene. We “believe” you.

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Come on, that’s as guilty a look as we’ve ever seen.

Draxler might indeed not come to Arsenal in this window, though the German starlet reportedly is very eager to do so. Schalke wouldn’t do themselves any favors by selling their best player while fighting for a Champions League spot next season, although they did the same with Lewis Holtby a year ago. At the very least, however, there must be something going on between the two clubs.

In fact, we’ve already seen reports that a fee has already been agreed upon for the 20-year-old, rumored to be between $50 to $60 million.

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)

3
Sep

Southampton missed out on 25% of Gareth Bale’s record transfer fee!

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Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20.

Southampton fans, you might want to look away.

When the Saints sold a relatively unknown teenager named Gareth Bale to Tottenham in 2007, there was a sell-on clause in his transfer that guaranteed Southampton a 25% stake in any future transfer fee for the Welsh player. After Real Madrid dished out a reported world record fee of $132 million, that would seem like fantastic news to Saints fans.

Wrong.

Unfortunately, just a year after selling Bale to Spurs, Southampton found themselves short on cash and chose to waive the clause in place for a lump sum of roughly $4 million plus a young goalkeeping prospect named Tommy Forecast (he’s never been heard from again). Not quite the estimated $33 million they would have netted this weekend.

Of course, nobody could’ve foreseen Bale to garner a world record transfer fee just five years after leaving St Mary’s, but just knowing this minor detail will be sure to cause Southampton fans some grief today!

(Sorry.)

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(H/T The Mirror)

25
Aug

Willian reveals next move on Instagram

Highly-rated Anzhi midfielder Willian ended all speculation over his future by posting to his instagram Sunday morning. The caption read:

Meu sonho se tornou realidade!! Estou muito feliz por estar no melhor clube do mundo!! Obrigado Senhor por tudo. My dream came true!! Im very happy to sign with a best club in the world. Thanks God!! COME ON CHELSEA!!!

Chelsea have confirmed the signing as well. Willian’s £30m transfer is subject to a work permit hearing on Wednesday.

Willian recently underwent a medical at White Hart Lane in anticipation of a move to Tottenham just a few days ago, but Chelsea swooped in late to steal the Brazilian’s signature. On Friday, Jose Mourinho gave a slight, silent nod to the question if Willian had chosen the Blues over Spurs.

Sorry Tottenham, looks like you’ll need to go elsewhere to spend all that money you’re getting from Gareth Bale.

1
Feb

De Gea must prove worth at United

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What has Stoke City signing Jack Butland got to do with the future of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea? Plenty, if the papers are to be believed. Butland is a potential England international in the making, but only wants first-team football, so that’s why he’s been loaned back to Birmingham. Yes, yes, yes, but what about De Gea? Well the story is that Man United will make a move for Stoke’s Asmir Begovic in the summer if De Gea continues his error-strewn ways at Old Trafford. Check out the rest of the rumors the day after the night before by clicking here.