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Cesc Fabregas

Fab deal or a load of Gas?

Cesc FabregasManchester United’s approach for Cesc Fabregas has been little short of farcical. David Moyes seems determined to sign a marquee player this summer to prove that even with the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, United can still attract the big name players. However, by playing this saga out in the public eye, Moyes seems set to end up with egg on his face.

The club were reportedly snubbed by their primary target Thiago Alcantara, who chose a re-union with Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich rather than a move to the Premiership champions. Fans have been understandably concerned by the lack of transfer activity under their new manager and Moyes has moved to appease them. However, by making their bids public he could do quite the opposite.

Fabregas has repeatedly stated his love for the club and his desire to stay at the club where he gained his football education. Barcelona have said they are not interested in selling the player. Despite the English media trying to portray him as a first choice regular Cesc actually started more games than any outfield player for Barcelona last season (31), was second highest goalscorer (behind Leo Messi) and third highest on the assist list (behind Andres Iniesta and Messi).

There may be a level where Barca will agree a deal, every player has his price, but I suggest they make the most of United’s desire to capture a big name player and push the price up. If as I expect, United fail to land the Spanish midfielder, the former Toffees manager could find himself in a sticky situation!

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Top 15 World Footballers by Market Value

Top 15 Footballers by Market Value

Rooney-Aguero-Falcao-Transfer-ValueAs the January transfer window approaches, AS look at who is worth the most in the transfer market and discover that there are 15 players in the world that are valued at more than €40m.

The Madrid-based paper have highlighted the fact that 9 of the top 15 play in the Spanish La Liga. Just three players from the Premiership make the top 15: Rooney in 4th position is valued at €60.2m; Aguero is 7th (€53.7); and Hazard is 11th (€43.7).

Valued at €140m Lionel Messi tops the list compiled by Brazilian consultants, Pluriconsultoria , and the rest of the top 15 is as follows:

Top 15 World Footballers by Market Value

Messi – €140m
Ronaldo – €96.3m
Iniesta – €68.4m
Rooney – €60.2m
Falcao – €56.1m
Neymar – €55m
Aguero – €53.7m
Fabregas – €51m
Silva – €51m
Ozil – €44m
Hazard – €43.7m
Di Maria – €43.6m
Benzema – €42.5m
Thiago Silva – €40.5m
Buquets – €40m

So that’s four from Barcelona, 4 from Real Madrid, 1 from Atletico Madrid and one each from Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.

Pluriconsultoria analyse 16 factors to come to their conclusions including age, technical quality, finishing ability (passes as well as shots), force, position, level of championship, titles and international appearances. All sounds a bit championship manager really. Of the above you’d thik only Falcao and possibly Neymar would move in January, and if they do I wonder how close it would be to the value given above. Sadly for Spurs fans Gareth Bale doesn’t make the top 15 so according to this publication could be off for less than €40m. Doubtful though isn’t it.

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Barcelona v Arsenal for Cesc Fabregas

Fabregas wants Arsenal

Barcelona v Arsenal for Cesc Fabregas

Barcelona v Arsenal in the first knockout round of the Champions League?

Cesc Fabregas has said “I’d like us to be drawn against Arsenal in the first knockout stage of the Champions League because they’re a very special team to me.”

Marca quote him as saying “I would be excited to see the people that I lived with for so long. It would be a special match for me.”

That’s fair enough, but in the next round? Would he not rather meet them in the final rather than have one of his two clubs go out early?

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Mourinho to PSG, Ronaldo to Man U, Reina to leave Liverpool, Falcao to one of 4 Prem clubs

Mourinho to PSG, Ronaldo to Man U, Reina to leave Liverpool, Falcao to one of 4 Prem clubs

In today’s video:

The Ronaldo return to Manchester United Story

In response to what we reported last week that Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid and return to Manchester United, both Mundo and AS quote Ferguson today, with Madrid based AS making this story a front page feature. Both papers quote Ferguson as saying that he would like it to happen but that it would be practically impossible to sign Ronaldo right now at the peak of his career because he would cost too much. He says possibly one of the Russian clubs could afford him but that ‘CR7’ used to complain of English winters so doubts he’d go there.

PSG want Ronaldo and Mourinho

Al Thani, owner of PSG wants to lure not only Ronaldo, but also Mourinho to Paris. Mundo say Mourinho wants to live in London from next season and coach PSG (only 2 hours by train). AS also speculate as they report on a story from the Daily Mail that Mou’s wife and daughter were in London on Friday to enrol his 16 year old daughter on a Fine Art course at Camberwell College of Arts.

Mancini knows more than Morinhou

Mundo report that Roberto Mancini’s son, Andrea, has come out ahead of the Man City v Madrid game and said that Mancini knows more about football that Mourinho.
Andrea is well known to Oldham fans after his one appearance for them in 2011. He was on loan from City at the time having been signed by his dad from Inter, where he spent 3 years having been signed up by his dad there. In total he made 0 appearances for either City or Inter and a total of 11 appearances on loan during this time. Having been released by his dad at the end of last season he failed in a trial at League 1 Bournemouth and he’s now plying his trade at Valladolid B in the fourth tier of Spanish football. By plying his trade we mean he’s on their books, though he’s not yet turned out for them!

Man City to raid players and staff from Barcelona

Staying with Man City, and following on from our video last week citing Barca’s fear of City raiding their youth setup, Mundo today report that Man City are interested in players such as Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Busquets, Raul Sanllehi from the technical staff and the newest target, Doctor Ricard Pruna from the medical staff.


  • AS – Kaka to Italy.
  • Mundo -Reina to leave Liverpool.

La Liga stars tend to leave for Premiership, Falcao is next – Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester clubs battle it out

MARCA have an article entitled ‘The English Supermarket’ today. They talk of all of the players that move from Spain to England: Football is no stranger to the economic crisis plaguing Spain and thus many players are now moving abroad, particularly to the Premiership. They cite Rafa Benitez as the first to regularly fish from the La Liga lake, catching Torres, Xabi Alonso, Reina, Luis Garcia and Morientes, with players such as Cazorla, Aguero, Silva, Mata, Yaya Toure, Owen and Coloccini taking the bait since. English clubs have transferred over €300m to La Liga in the past decade (so surely this is actually of benefit regarding the crisis?!). Players such as Fabregas and Pique also moved, for free. More recent English acquisitions have been Suso, Bellerín, Pozo and Denis Suarez.

…Then a separate article, entitled ‘Heading to the Premiership’ talks about Chelsea, Man United, Man City and Spurs all fighting to get their hands on Radamel Falcao. It quotes Falcao as saying, “One day I’d like to go to a different team in a different league, but I have 3 years left on my contract and right no the reality is Atletico Madrid”. Marca speculate whether this move may come to fruition sooner than expected: Falcao has not been selected for any Europa League games this year, adding weight to the theory he may be off in January, but Falcao himself says this is nothing to do with the possibility of him leaving, but is a ‘precaution’.

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Real Sociedad 2-2 Barcelona: Matchday 3 2011

Real Sociedad 2-2 Barcelona: Matchday 3 2011

Barcelona were stunned by Real Sociedad as they had to settle for just a point at the Anoeta after letting slip a 2-0 lead after 11 minutes.
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Fabregas leads Spain comeback

Fabregas leads Spain comeback

The new golden boy of Spanish football, Cesc Fabregas, scored twice as Spain came back from two goals down to beat Chile 3-2.
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Barcelona 5-0 Villarreal: Matchday 2 2011

Barcelona 5-0 Villarreal: Matchday 2 2011

Thiago Alcantara, Cesc Fabregas, Alexis Sanchez and Leo Messi (2) scored the five goals for the Catalans. Villarreal could not do anything.

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