Two days after reports broke linking Liverpool with a move for Carlos Tevez, Manchester City is now prepared to offer a two year deal to re-sign the Argentine international.
Funny how that happens.
On Thursday, news out of Anfield was that Liverpool were considering a shock move for Tevez as a potential replacement for Luis Suarez, who recently spoke of his desire to leave England.
The natural stumbling block for the Reds was that Tevez, who makes around £200,000 ($305k) per week in wages, could prove to be too expensive. That cost, however, was to be off-set by the transfer of Suarez, whose transfer fee would likely be in the range of £30-40 million ($46m-61m).
Liverpool was believed to be weighing up a bid in the range of £8 million ($12.2m) for the City front-man, who has just one year left on his contract at the Eastlands. Whether such a low bid would be enough to entice the Citizens to sell the striker who scored 17 goals in all competitions last season, however, remained unclear.
But that guess-work was removed this weekend as it is now understood that new City manager Manuel Pellegrini would like to retain Tevez at the Etihad Stadium. Pellegrini will hold talks with Tevez once he returns from international duty with Argentina and is expected to offer the striker a two year contract extension.
City are believed to be keen on reshaping their squad following the departure of Roberto Mancini. Pellegrini is a long time admirer of Tevez and Sergio Aguero, meaning that if sales are to be made it will likely be Edin Dzeko who receives the axe.
Numerous clubs are interested in the Bosnian’s service – including Chelsea, Napoli, Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund – and it is believed that City may even swap Dzeko in a deal for Edinson Cavani or Robert Lewandowski.
Play until you hear the referee’s whistle. In theory, so simple. In practice, it only takes a single second of concentration lapse to become an internet sensation for all the wrong reasons.
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Such is life for Karyn Forbes, member of the Trinidad and Tobago women’s national soccer team. In the above video, you’ll observe Forbes, a 24-year-old midfielder, giving away perhaps the most bizarre penalty kick you’ll ever see. You’ll have to watch for yourself to believe it.
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Unfortunately for Forbes, though the whole of the ball might have crossed the whole of the end line, the referee did not blow her whistle… not until Forbes picked the ball up with her hands and carried it to her goalkeeper.
BERLIN (AP) The German Football League (DFL) has given the go-ahead for the possible testing of video replays in the Bundesliga over a two-year pilot phase.
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The DFL says it will be lodging an application with FIFA to take part if the pilot phase is approved by the International Football Association Board at its next annual general meeting on March 5.
The DFL says video replays could be used by a “team of impartial match officials for the purpose of avoiding any evidently incorrect decisions” and that the pilot phase would be preceded by “intensive preparations.”
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These would include the settlement of costs among FIFA, the IFAB, the DFL and German football federation, as well as training for the candidates.
West Ham United hope Dimitri Payet is going absolutely nowhere after the club announced on Thursday the 28-year-old Frenchman has signed a contract extension through the summer of 2021.
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Payet’s current contract was scheduled to keep him at the Premier League club through the summer of 2020, but a series of standout performances (6 goals, 4 assists so far this season, mostly during the season’s opening three months) and rumors of interest from “bigger” clubs meant tacking on another year — and plenty more cash — was the best way to keep Payet in east London for the foreseeable future. The club confirmed earlier this week that negotiations over an extension were underway.
“He’s the best player I’ve signed in 25 years,” said West Ham co-owner David Sullivan. “He’s a [$43 million] player. He’s a supreme footballer. He makes every player in our side play better. On his day, he’s world class, he’s unstoppable.”
Payet, who’s been at West Ham just eight months after signing last summer, could still depart in the summer should he finish the current season strong and/or show up and show out at the European Championship, which kicks off in June. In that event, West Ham would now bag a much heftier transfer fee than they would have done prior to the extension.
Remember that Dele Alli goal? No, not that one… that one. Of course you remember it. How could you not?
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How often does a player receive the ball out of the air, flick it over his head, spin 180 degrees and hit an inch-perfect volley from 20 yards out to secure all three points for his team? The answer is, of course, not very often.
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Thus, a goal such as Alli’s stunning winner against Crystal Palace last month has been, and will continue to be, immortalized through numerous recreations in this Digital Age. Above is Alli’s goal recreated in hand-drawn crayon.