With just a few hours left in the January transfer window, you can’t help but feel Arsenal are shooting themselves in the foot once again.
Arsene Wenger’s side are second, just one point off Manchester City above them and are perfectly poised to make a real charge for this Premier League title. They are close to adding Swedish veteran midfielder Kim Kallstrom on loan from Spartak Moscow.
But how do they intend to do that with just one top striker in their squad?
If Olivier Giroud gets injured in the last four months of the season, Arsenal are struggling. Big time. Yes, we know they have Nicklas Bendtner as back up and the big Dane has done well this season when called upon, and even bagged a few in the back of the onion bag when needed.
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However with Bendtner’s shocking injury record, the Gunners can’t rely on him being fit for the rest of the campaign. Add Theo Walcott’s season-ending injury into the mix and the squad has been further depleted with only Lukas Podolski able to play up front, apart from Giroud and Bendtner.
So with a striker shortage, Wenger makes a bid on deadline day for… a central midfielder.
Okay, they have a few injuries there with Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere out with nsmall injuries, and Mathieu Flamini is out for four games following his red card. But is there really a need to sign Kallstrom when Wenger has a massive batch of young stars such as Zelalem Gedion on the sidelines? Why not give them a chance?
Nothing against Kallstrom, but this just seems like a strange transfer for a side on the verge of finishing in the top two, or even clinching the title, for the first time in a decade.
MADRID (AP) Jose Mourinho’s agent says the Manchester United manager paid more than 26 million euros ($27 million) in taxes when he lived in Spain from 2010-13.
The information was made public on Tuesday by Gestifute, a company run by Mourinho’s agent, Jorge Mendes.
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The Portuguese company has been releasing details about its clients’ tax declarations after European media outlets published what they claimed were details of apparent tax arrangements made by top soccer players and coaches, including Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil.
Gestifute, which also has Ronaldo as a client, has already published documents allegedly showing that Spanish fiscal authorities have certified that Mourinho and Real Madrid star Ronaldo are “up to date on … obligations.”
Mourinho coached Real Madrid from 2010-13 and took charge of United this season.
This is going to turn out to be one of the most exciting years of Matt Hedges’ life.
The FC Dallas man lead one of the best back lines in Major League Soccer to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and the Supporters’ Shield.
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He’s also likely set for a chance to return to the USMNT fold under new coach Bruce Arena, as Hedges is one of the best players to be largely ignored by Jurgen Klinsmann.
Hedges, 26, was named the MLS Defender of the Year and made the Best XI, and now he’s inked a new long-term deal with FC Dallas.
The four-year deal will keep Hedges in Dallas through his 30th birthday. Capped once, Hedges has 159 appearances with 11 goals for FCD.
Christian Pulisic is one of the most exciting young prospects in the world.
It’s a statement that isn’t often said without hyperbole when it comes to American standouts, but the 18-year-old Borussia Dortmund man has seen his names in the gossip pages a few times this year.
While Liverpool has often been the destination, Italian site Calcio Mercato says Premier League interest is wider than Merseyside. The clubs? Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
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Dortmund doesn’t want to sell the youngster, who is locked up through 2019. The whispered price has been $31 million at a minimum, but perhaps BVB would be tempted given their wealth of young attacking options.
Pulisic has made 27 appearances for Borussia Dortmund, nabbing four goals and six assists. He has 11 caps and three goals for the USMNT as well.
Cristiano Ronaldo had been linked with massive tax evasion, but Real Madrid would ask you to kindly go back to treating him like a king now that he’s proven his innocence.
In a move usually reserved for politicians aiming for high office, Ronaldo’s agent released some of his tax documents to prove everything’s above board.
It all looks good, unlike what befell Neymar and Lionel Messi, so back off, huh?
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From Real Madrid:
In view of the stories published over recent days and in consideration of the certificate issued by the Spanish Tax Agency which confirms that our player Cristiano Ronaldo is up to date with all of his tax obligations, Real Madrid C. F. call for the utmost respect to be shown towards Cristiano Ronaldo, whose conduct has been absolutely exemplary throughout all of his time at our club.
Only the utmost for CR7.
Real Madrid hosts Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday in a match which will decide Group F of the UEFA Champions League.