25
Jan

Juan Mata arrives for medical in helicopter

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The eagle has landed!

Juan Mata arrived at Manchester United’s training complex via chartered helicopter Saturday morning for his medical, which will finalize the club’s most expensive transfer ever at $61 million.

And obviously, everyone is really happy about it:

David de Gea didn’t waste any time getting a swipe in. He was a bit nicer when he actually greeted his new teammate for the first time.

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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)

27
Jul

Baling out for Real Madrid move?

Tottenham’s PR machine is in overdrive as it looks to tie down star player Gareth Bale to a new contract. Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas says the club has been in talks with the Wales winger since last year, but one of today’s papers says Bale has told his club he wants to join Real Madrid. Check out the latest rumors on Bale and gossip on Luis Suarez, plus a new transfer target for Chelsea all at the click of a button.

18
Jul

Manchester United preparing to launch bid for Gareth Bale

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Amid all the hoo-ha surrounding the future of “angry and confused” Wayne Rooney let’s not forget that Manchester United are making moves of their own to bolster their squad for next season. We all know about Cesc Fabregas but United are thought to be preparing a massive bid for Tottenham attacker Gareth Bale, who is also wanted by Real Madrid. Click here for this and much more.