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.
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…
BEFORE signing up for PSG to play for free on Transfer Deadline Day, donating his wage to charity, David Beckham had quite a few offers to mull over.
And it’s been revealed that, God love ’em, 8th tier Norwegian outfit Ørn Kristiania had submitted a bid.
The club were prepared to offer the number 7 shirt for the Oslo-based side, an official club sports bag, an official club button to sew onto one of his blazers, and to even waive the club’s membership fee of 2,500 NOK.
In a joint letter to the former LA Galaxy, Real Madrid and Manchester United man’s representatives, the chairman and manager said: “We believe that our platyers and our social environment around our club will be worth more than any amount of dollars or pounds.”
Perhaps they should have written to Peter Odemwingie…
RUMOUR has it – or should that be wild speculation has it – that Southampton’s new manager Mauricio Pochettino is keen to land a big name at the last minute today.
And his former teammate, Aregtinean playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme., could be just the man.
Currently a free agent, the 34-year-old former Villareal and Boca Juniors man is rumoured to be in the process of a last gasp move.
ACCORDING to Le Parisien newspaper, globetrotting Goldenballs David Beckham coul dbe heading to Paris St Germain.
The French club are reported to be looking at former Manchester United, LA Galaxy and Real Madrid veteran Beckham as well as Daniele De Rossi of Roma and Napoli’s Marek Hamsik.
A badly translated quote from the news source said: “A close adviser of English player 37, free after his departure from Los Angeles Galaxy Paris confided that “was on the short list,” before adding “no decision had yet been taken.””.
Oh la la!
LIVERPOOL legend Steven Gerrard is top of an MLS shopping list of Englishmen that David Beckham will try to get to move Stateside, according to reports.
After sorting out his own future – with rumours of David Beckham moving everywhere from Monaco to Paris to China floating around – Goldenballs will then be tasked as an MLS recruitment officer with replacing his presence in the American league.
Liverpool’s talisman Steven Gerrard, Stoke City striker Peter Crouch, Chelsea full back Ashley Cole and Manchester United midfield metronome Michael Carrick are apparently the players being lined up.
An MLS source said: “With the wages, lifestyle, and anonymity the world’s top soccer players have playing in the MLS, it makes it an ideal destination for them to finish their careers.”
THE signing of Loic Remy for QPR was sealed with a game of FIFA, the club has revealed.
The 26-year-old January man, who signed for a club record £8m, had a FIFA 12 session with R’s chairman Tony Fernandes after his four hour contract negotiation.
The striker said: “It was a special moment that followed our chat about QPR.
“We just played a game of FIFA – it was good and showed to me what a good person Tony is.
“He showed his human side to me as an owner of the club I wanted to join. It was a special moment for us both.”
More special for Remy you would suspect, as he beat Fernandes 6-0 then on penalties following a 4-4 draw.
However R’s CEO Philip Beard said: “They had great fun, but Tony told me he let him win!”