25
Nov

Spurs to buy big again in January

A 6-0 defeat does little for the moral of any side, and so it’s expected that Premier League outfit Tottenham will dip into the January transfer market when the window opens.

Despite an outlay of well over $100m - mainly thanks to the record-breaking sale of Gareth Bale - in the summer, Spurs have struggled to set the world alight, and so have Sevilla winger Diego Perotti high on their transfer targets.

You can find out about this rumor and many more in today’s Paper Chase.

6
Sep

Real Madrid rejected to buy Neymar in 2006?

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There have been many examples in the past of players making super-stardom and team after team cursing their luck after refusing them as a teen for a pittance. One of the most famous was when Sheffield United baulked at the £200,000 asking price for Diego Maradona (how the football landscape could have been so different).

Above is the registration document from Neymar’s 2005 trial with Real Madrid. He hugely impressed at the time but Real Madrid’s sporting director Carlos Martinez de Albornoz later saw 60,000 euros as too much to pay for a 14-year old. It seems it would have been a worthwhile investment after all.

Via (101greatgoals and AS.com)

4
Sep

After whirlwind weekend, Gareth Bale gets some quiet time

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Gareth Bale will always remember Sept. 2, 2013. That day marks the actualization of a boyhood dream, being presented as a Real Madrid player at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Bernabeu was packed with upward of 85,000 fans reportedly clamoring to catch a glimpse of the world’s most expensive player. It stands to reason that thousands of fans were turned away, unable to see the $132 million man.

Fast forward just one day, and look at the raucous crowd gathered to see Bale in action during training for the Wales national team:

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Absolute bedlam!

We’re surprised the fire marshal wasn’t called to help scatter the throng of supporters. In all seriousness, though, maybe this is a good thing for Bale. He has a heap of expectations on his shoulders in Spain, so a little peace and quiet might be a welcomed change of pace.

(Images courtesy of Reuters).