Iker Casillas turns down record breaking City offer

On December 3, 2008 by

Stories are circling today that really makes me fearful. Reports from reputable sources are indicating that Manchester City were ready to completely obliterate the transfer record for a player and to make him the highest paid footballer the world has ever seen.

Now whilst this might be good news for Manchester City fans it isn’t for everyone else. The only good part of the story is that the Spanish captain rejected the overtures of the club out of hand as he has no wish to leave Real Madrid, but there will be players who are happy to leave the Champions League for a year or two and pick up quite staggering wages.

One man who should be a bit nervous by this story is young City keeper Joe Hart. The 21 year-old has made his full international debut and is widely regarded as one of the best young talents between the sticks in this country along with Ben Foster. If the new Manchester City owners are seriously approaching world stars then the manager has a very difficult job.

Had Casillas joined or if another top goalkeeper does then big clubs will go after Joe Hart hard. If the new owners want to become the new Real Madrid they have to remember that Real Madrid weren’t great when they went down the Los Galaticos route and they should remember this.

Whilst it would be great on one hand to see all these great players playing in the Premiership, it must be said that having a team like this would really harm the league. I know they would still have to persuade these players to come to City ahead of going to Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea or Arsenal but money does talk and City have one of the best youth set-ups in the country and it would all go to waste.

I certainly think that Eastlands is where all TV camera crews should be camped out throughout January as it might get rather busy and some very famous faces might be going through the frame.

When in need – call for a Swede

On December 2, 2008 by

It seems as though the moment any top flight football manager has an injury crisis up top then the first port of call is a veteran Swede.

With Yakubu having ruptured his achilles and being out for the season joining Louis Saha (hamstring) on the sideline, they need fire-power up front. So who are they being linked with this morning? None other than King Henrik Larsson.

The former Celtic, Barcelona and Manchester United star might be 37 but he is still held in extremely high regard around the Premier League. With the Swedish league on hiatus until the spring, there is a possibility that he could join Everton on loan until April once the transfer window opens on January 1.

He did this two years ago when he went to Old Trafford for a short term loan spell that allowed him to pick up a Premiership winners medal after his was given a special dispensation as he hadn’t played the required number of games.

Larsson would surely be a nice pick up for Everton. They are a good Premiership side who can offer him the chance to play at the top level once again and keep his fitness up for the Swedish season. Oh and it would swell his bank account a little bit more as well!

We knew who Arsenal were but who are Chelsea?

On December 1, 2008 by

Arsenal oh Arsenal – what are you like? You go and lose at Stoke and at home to Hull but yet you beat Manchester United at home and go on the road and beat Chelsea at the Bridge – what are we to think?

I have to admit that I fancied Arsenal going into yesterday’s game. Chelsea just don’t convince me in the big games and Arsenal always up their games when they have their backs against the walls and people are writing them off.

What we saw was Robin van Persie showing us all just how good he is. The Dutchman has been at the centre of the William Gallas row with some newspapers stating that he is the troublemaker in the camp. If he is then it sure didn’t show as the players mobbed him after both his goals and everyone seemed very much part of a united team – well except that Gallas bloke anyway.

On their day Arsenal are one of the best team in the land and you could easily say Europe as well. They keep the ball so well and they pass and move like the Liverpool teams of old. They play possession football and if they have RvP and Adebayor fit and raring to go then they have a potent duo up top who can put the ball in the net.

What we learnt yesterday was not anything about Arsenal. We knew they were a Jekyll and Hyde side but what we found out is that this Chelsea team is not the same as Jose Mourinho’s team. They always found a way, they were fighters. If they were behind with ten minutes to go you still knew they would score one or two – it is what they did. This year they’ve had three ‘Big Four’ games and all at home and they’ve only acquired one point.

Chelsea may be more pleasing on the eye when everything is going right but when it isn’t – they do not have that grit and resiliency that they had back then. I am starting to believe that it may not be Chelsea’s year and after the start they had – I had them nailed on to win it all.

It just helps show what a fantastic season we are having this time around in the Premier League.

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