26
Feb

Monaco in frame to raid Spurs for Lloris

Hugo Lloris’ future at Tottenham remains in doubt, according to today’s UK newspapers. The France keeper is a summer target for Monaco, who will likely be able to offer Lloris Champions League next season. we’ve also got the latest on Schalke winger Julian Draxler, Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel and Porto center-back Eliaquim Mangala. Click here for more.

30
Jan

Arsenal closing on double deal for Draxler and Vucinic

Arsenal have been pulling out all the stops to sign Julian Draxler, a deal described as an “illusion” by Arsene Wenger only last week. But the Gunners’ transfer interest doesn’t stop there. Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic, whose move to Inter Milan collapsed last week, also looks as though he will be joining Schalke midfielder Draxler at the Emirates.

We’ve got a heap of other rumors too. One of the best involves a club interested in signing Manchester United winger Nani. Click here to find out which one. 

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.

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.

12
Jan

Arsenal step up chase for Draxler

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Arsenal added quality to their midfield in the summer with Mesut Ozil moving to London from Real Madrid. Along with Ozil, the reemergence of talent such as Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, means Arsene Wenger doesn’t have to pay over the odds for midfield talent.

According to one newspaper today Wenger is looking to bring in Schalke star midfielder Julian Draxler. The Gunners have reportedly discovered a £40 million buy-out clause in his contract at the Bundesliga club, and are set to swoop in January or the summer.

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

2
Dec

Table-topping Gunners looking to strengthen midfield

It may not be an area that most people believe needs strengthening, but Arsenal are apparently winning the race to sign Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler. Chelsea and Manchester United are also hoping to poach the Germany international. However, the Gunners have also been linked with a player closer to home. One of the papers reckons Arsene Wenger is planning a New Year swoop for West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu. Click here for the rest of the gossip from the UK media.

6
Nov

Goalkeeper Howler of the Century?

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It was a rough day at the office for Schalke goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand when his side took on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Looking to bounce back from a 3-0 home loss to the same Chelsea side two weeks earlier, Schalke got off to a promising start to the match, but it all went awry on one outrageous blunder:

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Hildebrand took way too much time to boot the ball up-field, and Samuel Eto’o took full advantage of his delayed reaction. Hildebrand will re-live those brief moments over and over and over again. This one is definitely in the running for Howler of the Year.

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Schalke would never recover, losing the reverse fixture, 3-0 once more.
For full viewing pleasure, keep looking at this blog while playing the accompanying theme music:

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Images courtesy of Reuters.

26
Oct

Unruly Dortmund fans delay derby win over Schalke

The highly-anticipated Revierderby between historic rivals Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 was delayed after the away fans set off a series of flares prior to kick-off. Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller ran over to the away section but had little luck calming down his fans, instead getting more flares thrown his way.

Unperturbed on the field, Dortmund took apart Schalke 3-1 to exact sweet revenge for last season, when the Royal Blues pulled the double on Dortmund with two 2-1 victories. This time around, the Bundesliga’s most historic derby underscored Dortmund’s terrific form at the moment and saw them reclaim authority in the region.

Strikes from Patrick Aubameyang, Nuri Sahin and Kuba Blaszczykowski proved the difference for Jurgen Klopp’s men, who didn’t enjoy as much possession as the hosts but were more clinical in front of goal. Sahin’s goal was by far the best of the bunch, as he turned back the clock to his pre-Real Madrid, pre-Liverpool days when he was the Bundesliga’s best player in 2010:

Dortmund kept pace with Bayern Munich, who won at Berlin, while widening the gap on their rivals to 11 points. Schalke fell to sixth place in the standings.

You could see how much the derby spoils meant to the BVB players, as Lewandowski posted this to his Instagram after the match from the dressing room:

One of the lighter moments of the match came on the touchline as Klopp, everyone’s darling, volleyed a ball going out of bounds and inadvertently struck the head of the fourth official:

Video H/T 101GG