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Next Barcelona Coach: Maradona (+weekly round up)

Next Barcelona Coach: Maradona (+weekly round up)

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In this week’s round up of what the Spanish football papers have to say:

Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale move to Real Madrid is off – Zinedine sees nothing.

Angel Di Maria offered to European clubs … Manchester United in particular

Sevilla’s Jesus Navas going nowhere – Daily Star say he’s going to Man City. They’ve not done their bloody homework. Did you expect them to?

Maradona to become Barcelona manager.

Swansea Cty’s Michael Laudrup to manage Real Madrid

Random Brummy chat

Other mentions go to: Arsenal, Juande Ramos, Lionel Messi, Obefemi Martins, Lauent Koscielny, Cristiano Ronaldo. Yadda Yadda. That’s it, see you next week x

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Casillas to Arsenal

Casillas to Arsenal

Casillas to ArsenalIker Casillas to Arsenal is the main transfer rumour hidden amongst all of the Balon d’Or reaction in the Spanish newspapers this morning.

Casillas won the goalkeeper of the year award for the 5th time last night but has recently fallen out of favour with Jose Mourinho at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Marca suggest that Arsene Wenger isn’t completely satisfied with Wojciech Szczesny and could be set to make a move for the world’s best keeper.

This could see a bit of a goalkeeper merry-go-round as Real Madrid are also reportedly interested in bringing in Manchester United’s David de Gea as Casillas’ long term replacement.

We wait with baited breathe.

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Benat Etxebarria

Chelsea, City and Swans fight for Betis stars

Benat EtxebarriaChelsea and Man City are interested in signing Betis midfielder Beñat Etxebarria according to Spain’s As newspaper.

It is thought that Chelsea want to land Beñat as a replacement for out-of-favour club legend Frank Lampard and are said to have already made a bid of €10m.

The cash-strapped club rejected this offer and are looking to hold out for his minimum release fee clause of €20m despite him only having 18 months to run on his current contract.

The 25 year old is also said to be a target for City although they are yet to make a formal offer.

The paper also suggests that Lampard will be going to China or Qatar.

Meanwhile Betis have already turned down an offer from Swansea for Jose Cañas, but it is thought Laudrup will come back with an offer higher than the original €1m in order to raid the Andalusian club who are currently operating under the Ley Concursal.

Posted in Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Betis, Swansea0 Comments

Isco golden boy

Isco is Europe’s Golden Boy

Isco golden boyMalaga’s young star Isco has won the European ‘Golden Boy’ award of best young footballer by gaining 137 votes, 12 more than Milan’s Stephan El Shaarawy.

In third place was Chelsea’s goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, who is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid.

Italian sports newspaper Tuttosport award the prize each year to the best under 21 player playing in Europe.

Isco will receive the trophy directly before tonight’s big fourth v third in La Liga match-up at La Rosaleda between Malaga and Real Madrid.

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Michu for Spain

Del Bosque Comes to England for Michu

Michu for Spain

Michu for Spain

Spanish national team manager, Vicente del Bosque is going to come and scout in the Premiership for the first time as Spain’s head coach.

‘As’ newspaper say he is going to be looking at the likes of Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla, Fernando Torres, Juan Mata, Pepe Reina, Esteban Granero, Jose Enrique, Javi Garcia, David Silva and Jordi Gomes, but most especially at Michu of Swansea.

Del Bosque yesterday had words of praise for Michu, stating that, ‘he has been performing at the top level for some time now and to become accomplished in the Premier League is not easy’.

Spain play against Uruguay in Qatar on February the 6th and if Michu keeps up his current scoring rate until then he could well be featuring.

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Isco to Chelsea

Chelsea for Isco?

‘As’ newspaper report that Isco is Premiership-bound

Isco to Chelsea

The Premiership come for Isco

One of Europe’s brightest young talents, 20 year old Isco, currently has a buy out clause of 21m euros. Malaga are determined to get this raised to €40m to try to ward off the current flood of interest from England’s top 3: Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich said to be smitten with the player!

Isco himself has publicly announced his desire to commit to Malaga but is yet to do so.

You have to think though, if you were Isco would you want to go to Chelsea when they already have such an abundance of young attacking talent?

Posted in Chelsea, Latest News, Málaga, Manchester City, Manchester United0 Comments

Heskey or Falcao

Abramovich Targets Falcao/Higuain

Heskey or FalcaoAccording to Mundo Deportivo Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has listed Radamel Falcao as his number 1 target and also wants to sign Gonalo Higuain as his back up striker.
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Messi breaks Muller's record!

Messi breaks Muller’s world record

Messi breaks Muller's record!Just 25 minutes in and he’s done it! 86 goals in a calendar year. Real Betis 0-2 Barcelona and it’s that man Lionel Messi that bags a brace to break the world record of goals scored in a calendar year held by Gerd Muller.

Can he now go on to equal Falcao and score five??

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Messi equals Muller record

Messi equals Muller’s record

Messi equals Muller recordJust 15 minutes in and he’s there. 85 goals in a calendar year. Real Betis 0-1 Barcelona and of course, it’s that man Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi has now equalled Gerd Muller’s world record of goals scored in a calendar year.

Can he now go on to break the record in the remainder of this match? Watch this space…

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Falcao 5 goal Pichichi

Falcao bags 5 in Pichichi race

Falcao 5 goal PichichiRadamel Falcao tonight scored 5 goals in Atletico Madrid’s 6-0 drubbing of Deportivo La Coruna! A first half brace followed up by an 8 minute second half hattrick saw Falcao jump from 11 goals to 16, leap-frogging Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo in to second place in the race for the Pichichi 2012-2013. It’s the first time one player has scored 5 in La Liga for 10 years.

He remains 5 goals behind Lionel Messi who will play later this evening in Barcelona’s away game at Real Betis down in Andalusia. Messi himself is looking to break Gerd Muller’s record tally of 85 goals in a calendar year and just needs two to do just that. A few days ago it seemed like Messi may fall short of the record and lose ground in the Pichichi battle as he seemed to suffer a bad injury in the Champions League. However, the man, or perhaps machine, has recovered to come back instantly.

How Aston Villa fans have been made to suffer from afar since their club decided against spending £7m on Falcao in 2009 as they opted for Emile Heskey instead. Falcao is now widely regarded as the best out and out striker in world football and is Breaking the Messi-Ronaldo duopoly in La Liga’s Pichichi race.

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