It began late last night with the report that Matt Besler would prefer to stay in KC than go overseason, and then Yaya Toure made news by saying he plans on staying at Manchester City.
So who is rumored to skip town? Let’s take a run around the rumor mill.
Staying with an American player, DeAndre Yedlin’s voyage abroad is still running rampant through the European papers., and home news as well. NoShortCorner.com blogger Greg Seltzer says Yedlin will not be heading to AS Roma despite having agreed to fee, and that Napoli is the new front-runner. And in full silly season form, we get stories about how a friend of Yedlin’s told a Liverpool fan that the USMNT speedster was headed to Anfield soon. Neat-o.
Juventus star Arturo Vidal was non-committal in a Chilean newspaper interview regarding his future. Tipped to brighten the fortunes of Manchester United, the 27-year-old said he didn’t feel he was done at Juve. He also said his agent is in charge of figuring out whether he’ll skip Turin, and that he won’t decide until he goes on vacation.
AC Milan and Italy striker Mario Balotelli made waves earlier this week by posing with his girlfriend next to an Arsenal poster. This just days after being dissed by Silvio Berlusconi in a recent interview:
Just last week we told you that Bojan Krkic was tipped for a move to Stoke City, but Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna believes they are the front-runners to lure the 23-year-old away from Barcelona. Could he join The Blue and Whites instead of the Potters?
Loic Remy to Arsenal. Loic Remy to Newcastle. Loic Remy stays at Queens Park Rangers. Could each of these scenarios, widely-believed at one point, all end up falling victim to Brendan Rodgers purchasing power after the Luis Suarez sale? The Metro says Remy’s wage demands are too high for the Gunners, and that Spurs are also uninterested. The Reds could swoop in just before the bell.
Chelsea is tipped by the Daily and Sunday Express to go after three players. Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, Napoli backliner Jose Callejon and — most eyebrow-raising — Monaco striker Radamel Falcao are all potential Jose Mourinho targets.
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.