Tuesday, August 04, 2009

AC Milan Wants Fabregas for 35million Euros PLUS Arsene Wenger's new Formation

How does that other saying go? Adding salt to injury? Or making an already bad situation worse? Well, it seems to me that after Arsenal has lost two star players – do I still have to name them? – they are being asked to lose yet another.

Just like asking a man with measles to add elephantiasis to his stockpile of diseases.

As I heard (and as the crow flies) AC Milan are attempting to cause a new depletion to Old Trafford. It seems they are not deterred by the fact that Arsenal has only recently lost two players – Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure – with some people speculating that the sale is a loss Arsene Wenger will live to regret.

I hope in the interest of football that this attempted “deal” does not fall in place as it will leave quite a number of Gunners fans extremely angry.

In one simplified sentence: AC Milan has submitted their bid for Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas. The club president on the Milan side has given his permission for the pursuance of the bid. Yay!

Now the details: Milan wants to make the juicy offer of 35 million euros for the Gunners star midfielder. They are hoping to seal a three year contract with the cool kid, all the while dangling a four million a year bait over the proposed five year deal. The almighty Berlusconi himself has admitted to saying that he is in search of under 23 years old players to enrich his squad. He attests to the fact that Fabregas will be a splendid addition.

Meanwhile, Asene wenger has come into braod light to explain how his team will play for the forthcoming season. Seems he has learnt a thing or two from Barcelona FC. He has revealed that the Gunners will play in the remarkable 4-3-3 formation that Barca have often and tirelessly employed in bringing down formidable football foes.

The fact that Toure and Adebayor have left a chink in the armor notwithstanding, some adjustments have been made to the tactical arrangement to ensure maximum play.

You probably already have noticed the adoption of the new formation in their pre-season play.

As Wenger himself said, “when you play with Arshavin, you are never on your own, when you play with Theo Walcott you are never on your own”. I can almost imagine the old boy beaming with pride.

He emphasized that the amount of output that will be gotten from his strikers will depend on the amount of support they get from the other part of the team.

He explained that the pre-season play will be a form of test run of the new formation as it will enable him strike the tentative balance between the offensive and defensive portions of his reputable squad. He expressed immense satisfaction with the results so far.

I must admit that Arsene Wenger really loves his Gunners and he believes they are the best. Whatever the case, I believe staunch Arsenal fans will stand solidly with their manager’s moves, knowing they are borne out of good will and love.

May the best team win.

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Real Madrid Insure Cristiano Ronaldo's Legs For €100m

There is a quaint old saying somewhere that you do not miss the water until it is gone. That you regret your loss only when it happens. Well, I know someone who is not going to wait for the loss before making plans. No what-ifs here. And that someone is none other that Spanish millionaire club, Real Madrid. They have acquired their star, and intend to use him. And if a puny knee injury says they won’t get their money’s worth, well, think again.

The Spanish club – which I immensely admire, I might add – has taken out a 100 million pound insurance policy. Against what? Fire? Hail? Accidents? No. For the legs of Cristiano Ronaldo.

They have magnificiently insured themselves against any ugly scenario concerning the Portuguese superstar’s legs and are ready to showcase their masterpiece to the world without fear.

The record-breaking superstar who was formerly a Manchester united totem before his sale to Real Madrid – the record breaking sum is ninety four million pounds, I might add – has been receiving grand and special treatment due to the important role he would play for his new club, and Real Madrid have rapidly insured themselves against any painful loss in the event that their much-pampered star is unable to play.

As we all know, they twenty four year old star recently had a case that might have prompted such measures. He recently had a knee injury that stopped him from playing for sometime, in which period he was quickly bestowed under the care of specially trained doctors who rapidly brought him to tip-top condition. I should say that in the event that such a similar situation occurs, Real is trying to save their head. Good, astute, business-like move.

In case you want to know – or have a nice, cozy trip down memory lane – you would remember that the young Portuguese striker for former club Manchester United was purchased in the summer by the Spanish giants, Real Madrid, during a happy season of big spending. It was also during one of those wild money-throwing parades that they also acquired Kaka, Karim Benzema and Raul Albiol.

These are great players, I must say, but to give honour to whom it is due and in right proportions, I must chip in the fact that Ronaldo’s addition to the club was the most celebrated of the additions, and it would only be logical for Los Merengues to try as much as possible to guard their prized possession and valued investment.

My own personal fears lie in the fact that while C. Ronaldo might be an exceptional player, there exist also stars like Kaka who are worth their mettle. I wonder how Kaka would feel when he hears that bit of news – Ronaldo’s legs insured for that some. Heck, what’s wrong with insuring Kaka’s legs, too.

While I support the move, I suggest that there is a balance so there is no division in the camp.

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Monday, August 03, 2009

Chelsea FC Set to Spend 100 million pounds on three top players – Aguero, Ribery and Pirlo.

While all the hustle and bustle has been going on in the past week in Arsenal and Man City’s camp, a friend of mine commented on Chelsea’s seeming dormancy. He wondered what the blues were doing while its neighbours were preparing hot coals for a big showdown.

I, as usual, dispensed with some candid answers. You see, the grand game masters usually wait to watch their opponents’ moves before baring the cards up their sleeves. I believed that was exactly what Chelsea FC was doing – oh, and how right I was.

It has become evident that the blue team is making plans to submit their carefully mapped bids for three players – Frank Ribery (Bayern Munich), Sergio Aguero (Athletico Madrid) and Milan’s Andrea Pirlo. All these were gotten from the Daily Mail.

Chelsea Chairman, Roman Abramovich made these moves just to show that the blues are in no wise resting on their oars to prove their mettle in this coming season. Some believe that the move may have been pre-empted by Captain John Terry’s questions about the Chelsea fate in the coming matches. Technically, this is a form of saying, “We are marching on!!”

Here are the hard facts: manager Carlo Ancelotti is making plans to reel in Andrea Pirlo to the Blues side to hold their midfield tenaciously. And he comes with an estimated fee, too. They are estimating something along the figures of 12 million pounds or more. They want him to join their formidable diamond formation where they are sure of having a tight defence and powerful midfield to boot.

Admittedly (on the Chelsea side) it won’t be easy for the Blues to get player Aguero, as Manchester United are also showing interest in the same player. It is also noted that Sergio Aguero’s present club, Athletico Madrid, have slammed a forty five million – pound fee on their star. Guess further what? Sergio himself has said that for whatever new club he is going to be signed in to, he would be paid a 200,000 pound a week pay. Amazing, isn’t it? As I hear, this has thrown Chelsea off the mark a little. Bad, bad.

That is not all, pals. The formidable blues are making plans to offer a little over forty million pounds to Bayern Munich Star Frank Ribery. They hope the money bait is large enough to draw the star to Stamford bridge. I hope it is, too. Another thing that may work in the blues’ favor is the fact that Frank is nearing his deadline for his transfer. They are hoping that the pressure will make Bayern Munich play right into their arms.

Well, that’s it. The figures are well within the 100 million pound range. The blues are ready to show the football world that they have the cash and are not afraid of spending it. I hope that they get their prized additions as it will add more fire to an already sizzling pre-season preparation in the English leagues.

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