Every day between now and the end of the European transfer window, we’ll detail every remarkable signing in our Done Deal report. On Thursday, a couple of bigger names moved clubs, perhaps signaling that teams are finally getting down to business as the window begins to close.
• Chelsea completed a deal to take Samuel Eto’o (pictured) to Stamford Bridge from Russian once-superclub Anzhi Makhachkala. The Cameroonian signed a one-year contract. (Chelsea FC)
• Across town, Arsenal finally made a move, bringing Mathieu Flamini from AC Milan on a free transfer. Flamini had been training with the Gunners after his contract in Italy expired at the end of last season. (Arsenal FC)
• Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz has moved from Galatasaray to S.S. Lazio in Serie A. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
• Dinamo Moscow bought three more players from Anzhi Makhachkala: goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov, defender Christopher Samba and winger Alexei Ionov. Dinamo continues to be the biggest buyer of Anzhi players, having already signed three others earlier this month. (R-Sport)
• AS Roma completed two big deals, signing Adem Ljajić from Fiorentina in a deal officially worth €11 million and up to €4 million additional conditional bonuses (AS Roma) and selling Erik Lamela to Tottenham Hotspur for €30 million and up to €5 million in bonus fees (AS Roma).
• Morten Gamst Pedersen, at Blackburn Rovers since their days in the Premier League, moved to Kardemir Karabükspor in the Turkish Süper Lig. (BBC Sport)
Miguel Pinto is the opposing goalkeeper whose long-range clearance, which covered about 50 yards during the final seconds of Universidad de Concepcion’s clash with O’Higgins in the Chilean first division, was taken off the fly, first-time, by the Argentine midfielder to seal a 3-1 victory for the home side.
Three of Roma’s locally born standouts held a meeting with the “ultra” fans during the week. Captain Francesco Totti, Daniele De Rossi and Alessandro Florenzi asked the supporters to return, and the club itself has also tried to resolve the matter.
But the appeals had no effect.
In contrast, Lazio fans filled the northern end of the stadium as usual.
The plexiglass barriers were put in place by city officials for security reasons.
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Following Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Southampton, in which Pardew’s side saved his job (for the time being), the 55-year-old Eagles boss and former player chose the first bright moment, Palace’s first Premier League win since Sept. 24, to hit out at the club’s new American owners with a scathing assessment of the footballing prowess, or perhaps lack thereof — quotes from the Guardian:
“The chairman got a bit edgy this week, as you’d expect. We have a lot of serious investors at the club who perhaps don’t know a lot about football so the chairman has been defending me.
“I always think as a manager at any level, particularly in the modern era, expect the sack. Just expect it; it’s coming at some stage, so just do your job as best you can. Every week, that’s what I try to do.
“Sometimes it’s hard to dress up six defeats when you’re the owner of the club and you have investors. Obviously there are things he’s got no control over but he’s tried to offer me all the assistance that he could. He’s been brilliant for me and I just want to say thank you to him really.”
With various reports linking Sam Allardyce and Roberto Mancini to a job which he still holds, it’s understandable that Pardew would be slightly on edge, quick to thump his chest and restake his claim as the right man for the job, but perhaps alienating and borderline embarrassing the new investors, who are now responsible for signing your paychecks, wouldn’t have been my go-to move.