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.
ARSENAL fans must be feeling like top transfers are a bit like buses today, after waiting all summer for a big name and then Mesut Ozil and Demba Ba come along.
Rumours are rife that the capture of Real Madrid’s German international Ozil is all but a done deal, with personal terms and a 50m Euro price tag already arranged – smashing Arsenal’s previous transfer record by around £30m.
And now it is believed that Chelsea are in talks with The Gunners over a loan deal to allow Ba to move across London.
Exciting attacking moves for Wenger’s men.
MANCHESTER United and Arsenal fans will miss out on seeing Kaka this coming season after the Real Madrid Galactico agreed a deal with Serie A giants AC Milan.
The 31-year-old last week revealed he wanted to leave the Bernabeu after four years – having joined from Milan for a reported 70million euros (£56million) in 2009 – and Rossoneri vice-president Adriano Galliani moved quickly to persuade the 2007 Ballon d’Or winner to return to Serie A, beating the two british clubs and another unnamed Serie A team to the signature.
A statement published on Milan’s official website on Monday morning confirmed a two-year contract was in place for Kaka, who was preparing to fly to Italy at midday after Madrid sanctioned his departure.
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.
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.
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?
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.
MONACO’S star man Radamel Falcao has insisted there is no truth in rumours linking him with a swift return to Spain, just months after moving to Ligue 1.
Reports in Spain last week suggested 60million euro striker Falcao was unhappy with the scope of the project on the south coast after leaving Atletico Madrid in May, with a controversial switch to his former club’s fierce rivals Real Madrid mooted as a surprise option.
There have been reports in recent days that Monaco would also be forced to move their offices to France – causing the club to lose it’s current tax benefits, hitting players in the pocket.
The 27-year-old said: “It’s a totally false article. I’m very happy at Monaco and I believe in the project.
“Everything is false, even the numbers quoted by the press are false. I feel great at the club and I’m going to stay here.”
Monaco boss Claudio Ranieri also gave the reports similar short shrift, adding: “What do you want me to tell you? The rumours are rumours.
“Falcao is staying at Monaco.”
BORUSSIA Dortmund chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke locked himself in a Bernabeu toilet as he could not bare to watch the final minutes of last night’s Champions League win over Real Madrid.
The German side conceded two late goals before clinging on to secure a 4-3 aggregate win and book their place in the final at Wembley.
He said: “It seems like we only can do it with drama – for the first time in my life I had to give up due to heart problems.
“I went to the toilet for the last minutes, locked myself in, covered my ears and looked at my watch. I had all kinds of thoughts going through my head.”
SWEDISH striking sensation Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be on the move this summer, say the French and Swedish press – with two English clubs in the running.
The PSG striker, who has never played more than 100 games for a club, is unsettled, says his agent.
He is quoted as saying: “In the transfer market, anything is possible. There are two or three teams in Italy who can buy him. Juventus, Milan and Inter.
“We also have Real Madrid, Chelsea or City. It will not be easy to buy him loose from PSG.”
Please, Premier League, make it happen.