Barcelona have officially announced that the deal that will see Zlatan Ibrahimovic move to Barcelona and Eto’o to Inter Milan is complete. This transfer started with a rumor and kept growing with speculation on the price and who is in the exchange too, as it was reported earlier that Hleb will go on loan to Inter Milan and that Barcelona is going to pay 40 million.
In my opinion Ibrahimovic is CURRENTLY better than Eto’o, and he will do well in Barcelona, while Inter Milan will struggle for a bit with Eto’o as the player will suffer injuries from the tough defense style in Italy. I hugely doubt it would be able to perform as well as he did for Barcelona.
I watched Eto’o while playing in his National team and he does not seem to be as effective as when he has the kinds of Messi and Xavi and Iniesta behind him. We need to wait and see, this season is very very interesting in the three leading European leagues.
July 24th, 2009
It is being reported that Barcelona and Ronaldinho have decided to take 2 to 3 days to decide where he will go, so it is 100% sure now that Ronaldinho is leaving, I know it seems naive but some people still had hopes that he will stay at Barca. Manchester City is leading as reported by Barcelona themselves stating that the Manchester City’s offer is more “attractive”.
In my opinion if Ronaldinho really wants to play and get better and achieve higher goals he should sign for AC Milan, although am an Inter Milan fan, but am also an Arsenal fan, so to be totally frank he shouldn’t move to Manchester City. If his goal is to go to some club and become pampered and the king and play is minimal effort then Manchester City it is.
The Barca’s president Joan Laporta have told Catalunya Radio that Ronaldinho and his agent who is also his brother “have had two interesting proposals and they are leaning more towards the one from Manchester City. We hope to be able to resolve the situation this week.” It is believed that within those 2 to 3 days if no deal was done Ronaldinho would just join training.
The real question I guess is, can Ronaldinho make all that difference for Manchester City, can one good player lift a club by himself. I know Manchester has some good players, but still they are for sure not the kind of Ronaldinho. Lets wait and see…. This summer transfer market is getting hotter by the day.
July 15th, 2008
We waited and waited, and waited, some said its a done deal, some said it will happen today, tomorrow, next week. Now we can finally say that Samir Nasri who some like to call him “The New Zinedine Zidane” or “The Next Zidan” is a Gunner. Arsene Wenger was not the only one who wanted to sign Nasri, Athletico Madrid joined the bidding war and tried to affect the deal.
There were some issues in regarding to the wages, but either way it seemed that this was only going to be decided after Euro 2008. So France is out from Group Stages, less than two days later he is taking the medical and signing a four years deal with Arsenal. It had been said that Nasri had a buy-out clause of £13.5 Million.
He effectively can play on both wing sides, Nasri have scored six goals in thirty matches he played for Marseille.
Does this signing have any direct effect on who is leaving Arsenal?, Milan are heavily after Adebayor and it sure looks like he will be their man eventually, and hleb, who Nasri is believed to be filling his place, is wanted by Inter and Barca, but he is heading to Barcelona because I think Inter Milan will be getting Roma’s Mancini instead.
Samir Nasri is a very talented player, a great addition to Arsenal, but what is next? We clearly need more players, Arsene Wenger needs to get an established player, like Nasri who is great, but we need more players in other positions. Around two months are left, lets see what happens.
And now have a look at the new gem that joined the Gunners:
June 20th, 2008
I always hated Manchester United and I will always do, but no one can deny that Cristiano Ronaldo is a great player, actually I see that he played THE main role in this year’s Manchester United winnings. So any club in the world would want him to be part of their squad.
During the past few days he Cristiano Ronaldo was just giving hints on his wish to move to Real Madrid, but that is not the case anymore, yesterday he talked to the Brazilian website Terra.com.br and he said “ Yes, I would like to play for Real Madrid, That’s the truth, depending on what they are willing to spend on me and what Manchester United ask. But that’s not up to me.”
Then he added “I think I’ve put across an important message, As of today, I will speak no more about this with absolutely anyone. I’ll only talk about it after the Euros. Nobody is to ask me anymore, as I will not answer.”
Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson was not happy with what have been said, actually they were not happy even earlier since Real Madrid approached Cristiano Ronaldo, Ferguson slammed Real Madrid and the Spanish media for unsettling the player.
Today another news came out, Marca announced that Cristiano Ronaldo have agreed terms with Real Madrid, and now all what needs to be done is setting the price with Manchester United. Calderon told Marca “It’s an honour that Ronaldo wants to play for us”. But it is a known fact that Manchester United summer transfer plans will be hugely affected if Cristiano Ronaldo leaves, and the player is very important that Alex Ferguson will try to convince him to stay.
But it looks like Cristiano Ronaldo have set his mind, he actually refused meeting Alex Ferguson as it was announced in the British media few hours ago that a meeting was set as Alex Ferguson decided to cut short his holiday in France to meet Cristiano Ronaldo in Portugal’s Euro 2008 training camp.
It is believed that Cristiano Ronaldo’s salary if he moves to Real Madrid will be around $200,000 if not higher. There were shouts from many players and managers in the game urging Cristiano Ronaldo to stay in Manchester United and not to go to Real Madrid for the money, but it seems those shouts were not heard by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Am I happy that he might be with Real Madrid, YES!!, but really worried that another talented player already in Real Madrid will be sold, lets say someone like Robinho.
June 7th, 2008
Barcelona is a troubled club now, so I expect we will be hearing many many news about many players moving from and to it. It is believed that a big number of players will most probably transfer from Barcelona this summer, after hearing that Ronaldinho and Zambrotta are moving to AC Milan and also that Thierry Henry will go back to the English Premier League, maybe going back to Arsenal, now it is the turn for some Eto’o rumors.
Ofcourse now we know that the AC Milan bid for Ronaldinho has failed, but when the news surfaced at first the thing seemed as a done deal.
Few hours after the big Barca failure in front of Real Madrid 4-1 we heard some news that Eto’o might transfer to Tottenham, then the news that maybe he will be exchanged with Adebayor, so he will go to Arsenal and Adebayor goes to Barcelona. I really really doubt that happening, but this latest news of him going to Inter Milan seems more believable.
The reports say that Inter Milan is preparing a 40 million Euros bid to capture him this summer, Inter Milan now is also trying to get Hleb, I guess that is a done deal, but Moratti now is also trying to get Ronaldinho. Moratti always likes to get big players, but will he be able to lure them to Inter Milan, he just failed getting Gerard after his 25 Million pounds bid was turned down by Liverpool.
Well, if Eto’o does come to Inter Milan that means Ibrahimovic will leave, so is it really worth it, can Ibra and Eto’o play side by side?? Well, actually yes why not, I can totally see them playing side by side, but it is too good to be true, Inter needs to be extra ready for the champions league next season, Ibrahimovic besides Eto’o makes a great attack. I know that some people will start shouting that maybe their style of play wont make them click upfront. Actually what does really matter now for Inter Milan is WHO IS THEIR MANAGER?? SHOULDNT THE MANAGER BE THE PERSON ASKING FOR PLAYERS? IS MANCINI IN OR OUT ?!!?!?!
May 11th, 2008
News of the World is claiming that Henry is looking forward for the summer to leave Barcelona, its also believed that he prefers to be back to EPL, specifically London. Well we all know that he did struggle this season he only scored 7 goals from his 25 appearances, so the news was not a shock to many people who follow his news.
So its not wether he would leave or not, its where is he heading. Many Arsenal fans are looking forward for him to be back where he left last season, but I really doubt that happening. Actually I see that Arsenal is better without Henry, and don’t look to our status now we did suffer heavily from injuries. I think the players felt more at ease when Henry left and they became more creative, I believe that Arsene Wenger himself wont allow him to be back.
But the excuse he is using to leave Barca is that he is not seeing his daughter “Tea” as much as he wants after he broke up with Claire Merry. So what?! he didn’t know this would happen before signing for Barcelona!! Please…. Anyway its expected that Chelsea will most likely end up getting his signature, other team such as Newcastle and Manchester City are also watching and trying but it would take something so special to lure him.
A while after “News of the World” broke the story the Barca chief dismissed the news and ruled out his move. But I guess this is just playing games.
April 20th, 2008
The latest reports state that Ronaldo who moved from Real Madrid in January of this year to AC Milan will be leaving in June. The player made a good show by the end of last season. But in this season he was injured until 25th of November where he played a nice game against Cagliari. We all thought the player is finally back and will feature heavily in the next games, but unfortunately he injured his calf while warming up for the Benfica game in the Champions League.
AC Milan most likely wont renew his contact by next summer, but the player is wanted, he has some offers from USA, United Arab Emirates and Japan!! Beckham is trying to convince him to join him in LA Galaxy and the Red Bull New York is also interested. I believe that the real money is in a deal with a club in UAE, those clubs will splash loads of cash just to get him to play here. I expect Al-Ain might be the one who would offer such a deal. Japan clubs also interested although I really doubt him going there.
Ofcourse going to any of those places simply means his career is simply over and he is only going to those countries to retire. Me myself as a Real Madrid fan would love to see him play here in UAE, but it is more likely he will join his buddy in LA Galaxy.
December 13th, 2007
All Arsenal fans already know the story, Flamini takes Gilberto place, Gilberto looks for an out, Gilberto finds destination. The guy wants to go to Juventus, so if he said it so clearly like that, then it is already done. Juventus were expected also to sign a top class midfielder. I like Gilberto’s style but Wenger has my full trust as usual, in addition the player is 31 years of age. So I guess this move will give Diarra the chance he always wanted.
Here what Gilberto had to say today to “La Gazzetta dello Sport” about a move to Turin:
“I would willingly go to Turin, Juve are a prestigious club and they have already overcome their problems following their demotion to Serie B.
I would adapt myself well to the Italian league, however Juve should know that I have no intention of starting a war with Arsenal.”
Gilberto added: “Buffon is the best goalkeeper in the world and it is true that he is a symbol of Juve. Del Piero is a player with large prestige on the international stage. As for me, well I do not have the feet of a Ronaldinho, but I do know how to organise a team”.
November 23rd, 2007
Well, a number of news sources, mostly gossip, already set Adriano to Arsenal, we already know that Inter Milan have sent the faty adriano to brazil for rehab. Depression, partying, unfitness, and so on, basically the player lost his appetite to play. I totally disagree whats happening is that Mr. Mancini just doesn’t want the guy to play, i don’t get it why, but thats how its been for a while and any inter milan fan knows this. So lately there was a lot of fighting between the two men and you can see who suffered.
Although I like Adriano and I always watched him since he was half owned by parma and then later having great games playing beside crespo, but i think this wont be a winning deal for Arsenal, although i know wenger loves to fix broken players as he did with a good number of them who later became stars.
The way I see it, Adriano would just disrupt the harmony in the squad, although Gilberto moving to Inter Milan would actually solve Lassana Diarra dilemma, he did not feature with his new team and not playing regularly is giving him a hard time to play for France, he already sounded this yesterday in an interview:
“But it will be sorted out soon. To be called again by Les Bleus I have to play for my club. So that situation has to be settled quickly, I am not getting mad with that. I am patient.”
“At Arsenal I don’t feel in competition with Bacary Sagna, as I am a midfielder. The midfielders are outstanding, but I work fine in training sessions and I am waiting for an opportunity.”
The only way for Diarra to have a chance to start up matches is for Gilberto to leave, since the arrival of this player i was wondering what wenger was thinking ?, is it a long term solution or did he just do it in the bases of any player snatched from chelasea is a success buy?!
I don’t doubt Arsene Wenger, the years taught me that this guy always has the key and he knows what he is doing, but am telling you Gilberto will be a huge loss, he is a fit pro who knows Arsenal style and has history with wenger and handles the midfield rather beautifully. Getting Adriano might be good but he will have to accept the fact that he wont be playing any part in arsenal during this season because he will need to work hard to regain his fitness.
Bottom line, getting Adriano withought losing Gilberto or Rosicky is ok, other that its just our loss.
November 17th, 2007
He tried to be subtle but failed, Inter Milan’s Ibrahimovic showed his ambitions to join Real Madrid one day, but kept saying he is happy in Inter Milan, and that he wont leave because of the crowd violence in italy and so on, he even semi-attacked fabio cannavaro for leaving italy to play in spain. What do you exactly want ?!
First you say you wish you play for Real Madrid and that they are the best “They’re one of the biggest clubs in the world and everyone in the world wants to play for them.“, and then you drool over joining them “Nobody knows the future. I have a long contract with Inter Milan, but in football, you never know what’s around the corner.“, then you go back to say “I have no fear when playing in Italy because there is a lot of protection. All the players have long and important contracts and are not responsible for what is happening. Unlike (Fabio) Cannavaro, I think I’m lucky to play in Italy where I’m very happy at the moment“.
This is just a rescue call for Real Madrid telling them to please come and take me from this place. I think that Ibrahimovic shouldve never said what he said, and just focus on his football, its not as if he is exceeding expectations this season. And even if he was he just shouldn’t talk to the media in this way.
November 16th, 2007