Jose Mourinho and Chelsea are starting to make some serious moves in the transfer market this summer.
All of them involving Atletico Madrid.
On Wednesday the Blues announced that a deal to sign Atletico’s left back Filipe Luis has been agreed, which comes less than 24 hours after they wrapped up a $55 million deal for Atletico striker Diego Costa.
Add in the fact that ‘keeper Thibaut Courtois (who spent the last two seasons on loan with Atletico) has also returned to Chelsea this summer, Mourinho’s men may want to switch to play in red and white stripes.
Luis, 28, is a wonderfully gifted left-sided player who can play at left back or on the left flank. He is comfortable on the ball, gets forward and the Brazilian impressed during Atletico’s breakout season in 2013-14. It is thought the deal for Luis will cost around $30 million, as Chelsea start to splash the cash they received for Juan Mata and David Luiz.
Chelsea release the following statement on their website.
Chelsea Football Club can confirm an agreement has been reached with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Filipe Luis.
The move is subject to the 28-year-old left-back agreeing personal terms.
With Luis expected to wrap up personal terms fairly quickly and join the Stamford Bridge club, Mourinho will get an out-and-out left back to replace the departed Ashley Cole. The Chelsea veteran joined AS Roma as a free agent earlier this week and that left Chelsea having no recognized left back on their roster.
Spanish right back Cesar Azpilicueta played most of last season out of position on the left, as he is now likely to challenge Branislav Ivanovic for the right back slot.
Luis will add strength and depth to Chelsea’s backline, as Mourinho continues to rebuild his squad ahead of the new season.
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.