Bale scores on Real Madrid debut

WELSH winger Gareth Bale has scored in his first Real Madrid appearance since his world-record transfer.
Starting on the right-wing in the Spanish giants’ clash against Villarreal as part of a three-pronged attack for Real Madrid, Bale didn’t waste much time with an easy tap-in to draw Real Madrid level after his team fell a goal behind – before performing his signature hand heart celebration.

Transfer Window was biggest spending ever

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DEADLINE day spending by Premier League clubs pushed the total splashed out in the summer transfer window to £630million – smashing the previous record.
Analysis by the business advisory firm Deloitte said spending on players was 29% up on the 2012 figure of £490m and £130m more than the previous record of £500m set in 2008.
Dan Jones, partner in the sports business group at Deloitte, said: “The story of this summer transfer window is of new records: a new record for Premier League spending as well as a new world transfer record fee.
“Premier League clubs’ gross spending this summer is £630m, beating the previous record of £500m set in 2008. Whilst the sale of Gareth Bale brought £85m into the Premier League, net spending is also a record, at £400m.”
The record spending follows the start of the huge new Premier League TV deal which will top £5.5billion over three years.
Jones added: “As the financial rewards for participation and success in the Premier League increase, so it follows that clubs are investing on the pitch to ensure they continue to benefit from the remarkable Premier League growth story.”
Top-flight clubs spent around £140m on deadline day compared to £110on the same day last year.
The four English clubs competing in this season’s Champions League – Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United – accounted for for £230m, 37% of the total. With Tottenham having spent more than £100million it means the leading five clubs last season made up more than half of all spending.

Transfer Deadline Day – Big deal finally completed

TRANSFER Deadline Day is here, the most exciting window-based day in the footballing calendar.
And with it comes the news that a Premier League club has finally completed its transfer dealings – Stoke have confirmed the signing of Austria forward Marko Arnautovic on a four-year contract from Werder Bremen.
The 24-year-old becomes the fourth new arrival under manager Mark Hughes following the signings of Erik Pieters, Marc Muniesa and Oussama Assaidi.
The club said on their official Facebook page: “Stoke City are delighted to sign Austria international winger Marko Arnautovic from German side Werder Bremen.
“He joins on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.”
Oh, and Gareth bale has moved to Real Madrid for a world record 100m Euro transfer fee.
Looks like today could be a humdinger.

Are deadline day’s biggest deals already lined up?

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THIS transfer deadline day looks like it could be a stormer – because some of the biggest deals of the summer are reportedly all lined up and ready to go.
Top of the pile when it comes to transfer business has to be the Real Madrid slow motion swoop for Tottenham’s Gareth Bale.
If this deal doesn’t go through I’ll eat my dubious hot pink baseball cap.
Of course, rumour has it that this deal will allow Madrid to sell Di Maria to Arsenal – not an all-but-done deal, sure, but highly likely nonetheless.
And we’re being told this morning by the Belgian media that be-Afroed powerhouse Marouane Fellaini has been told he has played his last game for Everton and can leave for Manchester United.
Whether Leighton Baines leaves is not quite so certain, but if they both do, Everton will surely be in the market for last-minute replacements.
Add to this that Manchester City boss Pelligrini said outright yesterday that he plans to bring in one more player, and you have the recipe for a big-spending deadline day tomorrow.
Of course, follow Goaltastic tomorrow for news and views on Transfer Deadline Day.

Kaka could be marquee signing that Wenger and Moyes are looking for

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A FORMER World Player of the Year, a Real Madrid ‘Galactico’ no less, who cost £56m last time he moved – could Kaka be the midfield menace that both Manchester United and Arsenal are angling for this transfer window?
With the imminent transfer of Spurs’ Gareth Bale to Real, and the news that Mesut Ozil is staying put, Brazilian attacker Kaka has made it clear he wants to leave Spain, and soon.
The news has put top clubs around Europe on alert, and despite the rumours that AC Milan is a likely destination, it’s clear that two of the Premiership’s big boys, Manchester United and Arsenal, could do with his services.
Since joining Old Trafford, David Moyes has been linked, albeit sometimes ridiculously, with a parade of talent – Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara, Marouane Fellaini, Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, even Bale.
What is clear from these rumours is that Moyes is in the market for a midfielder.
And at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger recapturing Mathieu Flamini, while a solid piece of business, is not the sort of transfer activity that the fans crave after a similar summer of disappointment.
With Kaka out of favour, hankering for a move from Real Madrid, the player should be within both’s budget, and there’s time to do a deal – could the Premier League have a new star player in the coming days?

Mourinho move for Willian sticks knife in both Real Madrid and Spurs

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OH HOW we’ve missed you Mourinho.
The Special One is well known for doing things his own special way, and that extends from the touchline to the transfer market, but this week’s work will take some beating.
Despite a medical being completed and a transfer fee being arranged between Anzhi Makhachkala and Tottenham Hotspur for midfielder Willian, an 11th hour bid by Chelsea this week saw the Brazilian winger change his mind and agree a move to Stamford Bridge.
This is despite Chelsea owning more attacking midfielders than you can shake a Oscar, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle-shaped stick at – a strange move it seemed at first.
Rumours were rife that the swoop would allow Mata to become the bargaining chip needed to prise his top target Wayne Rooney away from Manchester United – which could still be a possibility.
But now it appears that Gareth Bale’s mooted £93m move to Real Madrid is on hold as Daniel Levy won’t let Bale leave without a replacement in the bag.
So the Willian move has messed with both Chelsea rivals Spurs and former employer Madrid’s dealings, and made his own business look much more likely too – talk about two birds with one stone, Jose.

Sold (ado) – Spurs’ Spanish signing is confirmed

SPANISH international striker Roberto Soldado is heading to White Hart Lane, a director at his current club Valencia has confirmed.
In a tweet, Antonio Sese has today confirmed that the striker, who has scored 59 goals in 101 games for Spanish side Valencia, has been secured by Tottenham.
The Premier League side have seen off rivals for his signature including Liverpool by matching his 30 million Euro buyout clause – an offer cash-strapped Valencia couldn’t refuse.
The news will surely be welcomed by Spurs fans, who have been waiting about five years for a truly world class striker to join the club which Soldado could well be – and next season should be an exciting one for the Lilywhites, if they can only hang on to star man Gareth Bale this summer as well…

‘Spurs should miss out on Champions League’

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ARSENAL and Chelsea should pip Spurs to the Champions League places for next season, say surfers of this site.
A few days ago, Goaltastic posted a poll to ask which of the three sides currently contesting the two Champions League berths alongside Manchester United and Manchester City should miss out.
And after a huge number of votes in just a couple of days, an overwhelming majority (61.98 per cent) feel that Tottenham should finish fifth, rather than Arsenal (18.23 per cent) and Chelsea (19.79 per cent).
Of course, the reality of the situation may not match the results of the poll – but whatever happens it should be an exciting run in this season.

Arsenal, Spurs or Chelsea – vote for who you want to lose race to Champions League places

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CHELSEA, Arsenal and Spurs are currently locked in one of the closest races in Premier League history.
Sadly for the trio, it’s not the title at stake, but to secure Champions League football.
Anyone who says that Germany has now eclipsed England and Spain as the top league on the continent should cast an eye at the strength of the squads vying for third and fourth places – with World Class talents like Juan Mata, Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard, Santi Cazorla, Jermain Defoe and more facing off for the right to represent England over the next few weeks.
And sadly, one of these squads – all of which could arguably challenge for the European crown next season – will miss out.
It’s a hard one to call – but you can vote for who you think should miss out with out vote below…

Who should miss out on Champions League qualification?

Bale and Walcott once formed pants partnership

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ONCE imagined, this can never be unseen – Theo Walcott and Gareth bale used to run around with their pants on their head attacking teammates.
While together at Southampton, the now-London-based rivals were once a deadly duo named the ‘underwear bandits’.
In an interview, Walcott confessed: “We’d call ourselves the underwear bandits.
“I have no idea where it came from, but if you were in your room watching a film and someone burst in with their boxers on their head, you knew you were in trouble.
“Sometimes it wasn’t even pillows – it was shoes and stuff like that.
“Luckily I was always quite quick, so I tended to get away with it.”