Leading the transfer rumor charge for Tuesday is the continued talk of Tottenham landing Steaua Bucharest defender Vlad Chiriches.
Spurs are currently rolling with a center-back pairing of Jan Vertonghen and Michael Dawson and looking quite strong in doing so. Younes Kaboul is back healthy and providing cover but manager Andre Villas-Boas, sensing his squad can make a long-shot run at the Premier League title, is looking for greater depth.
Chiriches would provide just that and more. The 23 year old is known as a quick, ball-playing defender who is viewed in Romania as the next coming of legend Christian Chivu. With Steven Caulker being sold to Cardiff City and William Gallas’ retirement, this is a deal we can expect to get done, likely for around $11 million (£7m).
But Spurs aren’t stopping there as AVB is also seeking additional cover for the expected departure of Gareth Bale. Since missing out on Brazilian midfielder Willian the North London club has narrowed their focus on Roma attacking midfielder Erik Lamela, who scored 15 goals and notched 5 assists in 33 Serie A competitions last season. This deal will cost Spurs a bit of a prettier penny, however, and is expected to get done at $47 million (£30m).
At Manchester United, manager David Moyes finally looks ready to make a legitimate offer for Everton’s Marouane Fellaini after two lowball bids were immediately rejected by the Merseyside club. Rumors out from the Mirror say that Moyes is ready to offer a $39 million (£25m) for the Belgian and that the bid will be submitted in the next 24 hours. If Everton accept the offer, expect Roberto Martinez to turn around and snap up his former midfielder at Wigan, James McCarthy.
It’s been a little over a year since we’ve seen Joey Barton in the Premier League and Crystal Palace feel that’s just about long enough. Manager Ian Holloway has moaned endlessly (and poetically) about his club’s struggles in the transfer market but expect that to stop later this week when the Eagles bring in the QPR midfielder on a $1.2 million (£750k) move from Loftus Road.
One Sunderland player who is not on board with Paulo Di Canio is attacking midfielder Stephane Sessegnon. The manager has taken note and looks poised to bring in Inter Milan midfielder Zdravko Kuzmanovic on a season long loan deal. The arrival of the 25 year old Serbian would allow Di Canio to move forward on the sale of Sessegnon, who could be on his way to a number of clubs including Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal and Marseille.
Following Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Tottenham, Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup noted his intent to bring in a new attacking player. From all indications, that man is none other than West Bromwich Albion misfit Peter Odemwingie. The Russian-born Nigerian international is said to be keen on a move to The Liberty but the Swans have only offered $2.8 million (£1.8m) while Stoke City and Cardiff City are both rumored to have bid $3.1 million (£2m).
Christine Sinclair scored her first goal for Canada in 2000, and today, she scored the 159th goal of her international career.
With goal #159, Sinclair passes Mia Hamm as the second-highest scorer in international soccer history, men or women. Abby Wambach’s record of 184 goals is the all-time mark.
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Playing for Canada in the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament, Sinclair gave her country a 3-0 lead over Trinidad & Tobago to reach 159 goals. They would go on to win the match 6-0.
Sinclair, 32, will look to continue her scoring ways and lead Canada to Rio 2016, as the Canadians search for another medal after taking home bronze in 2012.
The Chinese Super League continues to buy top talent, as Obafemi Martins looks set to join Shanghai Shenhua.
According to a report from the BBC, the Seattle Sounders’ striker will leave Major League Soccer for a “multi-million dollar deal” in China.
Should this deal go through, Martins would join a list of top talents who have moved to the Chinese Super League this winter, including Chelsea’s Ramires.
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Martins has scored 43 goals in 84 appearances for Seattle since joining the club in 2013, named to the MLS Best XI in 2014 and the All-Star team in 2015.
If the 31-year-old was to leave, it would open up a potential starting spot for the USMNT’s Jordan Morris, who signed a record-breaking homegrown player contract with the Sounders last month.
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Before moving to America, Martins played throughout Europe, spending most of his career with Inter Milan and Newcastle. He has earned 41 caps for the Nigerian national team.
At Shanghai Shenhua, Martins would line-up alongside former Premier League players Tim Cahill and Demba Ba, as wells as Fredy Guarin, who joined Shenhua in January from Inter Milan.
Barcelona is really, really good.
With their last loss coming all the way back on October 3, Barca remained unbeaten and put on a Sunday show in La Liga action, thrashing Celta Vigo, 6-1.
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The highlight of the match came in the 81st minute when Barcelona was awarded a penalty. Lionel Messi stepped up to the spot, and did this:
The classic Cruyff penalty kick, it looks so good when it works, but is very risky and could end in disaster. Just ask Robert Pires…
The goal gave Luis Suarez a hat-trick and showed the ridiculous amount of confidence this Barcelona side has right now, as no one in the world has an answer for the Messi-Neymar-Suarez trio.
Manchester City fell 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday in a massive battle in the Premier League title race.
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While Christian Eriksen‘s late winner was the game’s deciding goal, it was Harry Kane‘s opener from the penalty spot that has caused some controversy.
Tottenham’s Danny Rose whipped in a cross that was blocked away by a jumping Raheem Sterling in the 54th minute. Sterling had his back to the ball, but the cross took a deflection off his elbow and referee Mark Clattenburg signaled for a penalty.
Speaking after the match, City boss Manuel Pellegrini was extremely angered by the decision, saying City were the better side until the penalty changed the flow of the match. Pellegrini also thought back to Tottenham’s win over Man City in September when the same official was in charge when Spurs scored two goals that looked to be offside.
It was a penalty that referee Mark Clattenburg wanted to sign for and he gave the sign. It was absolutely the wrong decision, it hit the back of Raheem Sterling then his elbow. Sterling was not even seeing the ball. It was the same referee in the first game where there were two clear goals in offside and we lost 4-1.
It was the key moment that decided the game; before that they did not shoot towards our goal and did not have any chances. We took the risks, the spirit of the team was good but it was not enough.
The rules regarding a hand-ball have been the topic of much conversation this season, as there seems to be a gray area where officials are forced to make judgement calls, with this decision very harsh.
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Now six points behind leaders Leicester, Manchester City will take a break from Premier League action and play a string of important cup ties. First up is a fifth-round FA Cup match against Chelsea before a long trip to Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League, followed by the League Cup final against Liverpool.