The Catalan side are close to bringing French defender Jeremy Mathieu to Camp Nou
La Liga giants Barcelona have made substantial progress in completing the move to bring French defender Jeremy Mathieu to Camp Nou.
The 30-year-old Valencia defender has been rumored to be on Barcelona's radars for weeks and now appears to be set for a switch as a fee is believed to have been agreed, according to Goal.
The Catalan side have already made four signings in this summer transfer... Read the rest of the article »
Mauricio Pochettino will look to make changes in this friendly as he adjusts to life as Spurs manager.
Pochettino has already seen that Spurs like to entertain; they did so in their previous friendly as they scored three goals but also conceded three against Seattle Sounders in a wonderful football exhibition. He was surely satisfied to see Roberto Soldado and Lewis Holtby get on the score sheet. Soldado of course was the bargain who did not work out. He always produced his best in a Valencia... Read the rest of the article »
Chelsea will be looking to win many titles in the upcoming season; Jose Mourinho is set to experiment in preseason friendlies to find the perfect formula.
Jose Mourinho has had plenty to say to the media recently. He has also been involved in many transfers already. Diego Costa and Filipe Luis have joined from Atletico Madrid while the services of Cesc Fabregas have been acquired from Barcelona. Thibaut Courtois will be returning from Atletico as well. Meanwhile, in what can be considered shrewd business, Mourinho also... Read the rest of the article »
Bayern has historically not played a good season after a World Cup. Will they be able to march to a third consecutive Bundesliga title in the 2014-15 season?
World Cups are not kind to Bayern; the stars of the club after all make up the spine of the German national side. Bayern players have a history of struggling following international tournaments (the exception being Euro 2012). Following the 2006 World Cup, Bayern suffered in the 2006-07 season. They finished fourth, outside the UEFA Champions League spots (the Bundesliga did not... Read the rest of the article »
Despite his success at Dortmund, Mario Götze found it very difficult to break into Bayern's starting line up last season. Will he do so this season, especially following Toni Kroos' departure?
Mario Götze is undoubtedly a brilliant player. He is after all a man who scored the winning goal in a World Cup Final. Yet, at club level, young Mario has seemingly stalled. He found the net quite often last season but his performances for Bayern led Pep Guardiola to bench him. He seemed to drift in and out of matches. There were many games in which Götze's presence was... Read the rest of the article »
Premier League and Serie A fans can catch Liverpool taking on Roma on Wednesday evening, before MLS followers tune into Chicago Fire vs. San Jose Earthquakes later that same day.
NBCSN presents a soccer doubleheader this Wednesday, July 23, beginning with Liverpool v. AS Roma in a “Football at Fenway” friendly at Fenway Park in Boston at 7 p.m. ET, immediately followed by the San Jose Earthquakes hosting the Chicago Fire at 10:30 p.m. ET.
NBC Sports Group’s lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White calls the Liverpool-AS Roma match joined... Read the rest of the article »
Despite having already brought in a slew of new faces, Liverpool are reportedly still searching to add a top notch midfielder to their ranks.
They already have secured a quartet of new signings, and that is not including most recently QPR's Loic Remy to add to the acquisitions of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Emre Can, and Lazar Markovic.
And they're not done yet, as Liverpool will add Belgian starlet Divock Origi as well as Croatia's Dejan Lovren for a grand total of nearly £100 million.
However, despite the flurry of... Read the rest of the article »
Reports from across Europe indicate the German international could be swapping the Bundesliga for the Premier League.
Manchester United has been very keen on making their disasterous showing during last season's Premier League campaign.
The Red Devils brought in a new coach and have made some changes by signing young English defender Luke Shaw while allowing veteran Patrice Evra to depart for Italy with Juventus.
Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels is another reported target for new coach Louis van Gaal... Read the rest of the article »
After England's disastrous World Cup campaign, Three Lions captain Steven Gerrard calls an end to 14 years of service to the national side
14 years after Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard made his England national team debut, the Whiston-born player decides to hang up his boots as he announced his retirement from international football.
The 34-year-old ace made this decision after the Three Lions went through a disappointing 2014 World Cup campaign, a tournament which saw a Gerrard error lead to the goal that sent England packing... Read the rest of the article »
It now seems that the Colombian's frustration has ended as Monaco and Real Madrid have come to agreement over his transfer to Spain, ACCORDING to reports.
Like any hotly anticipated transfer, the James Rodriguez-Monaco-Real Madrid saga of course now has yet another twist.
A new report from Goal.com now claims that Rodriguez has sealed an €88 million move to the Spanish capital, rivaling the massive fee spent on Liverpool's Luis Suarez by Barcelona.
Other reports as per ESPNFC, claim that it's actually €80 million, so obviously... Read the rest of the article »
Italian newspapers, notably Corriere dello Sport, claim that the mercurial attacker will definitely not be featuring in a Rossoneri kit for the upcoming season.
Despite vehement denials from the Milan hierachy, notably Adriano Galliani, the rumor mill is still churning with reports that Mario Balotelli has played his last season in a Rossoneri kit. And it has definitely gone into overdrive over the past few days.
As recently as two days ago, there were some outlandish claims from Italy's Tuttosport that Balotelli even telephoned former Diavolo boss... Read the rest of the article »
Arsenal to lose out on French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin as he opts against an Emirates switch
Although making two key signings, Arsenal's business in this summer's transfer window is ongoing, with the Gunners in search of a holding midfielder to bring to the Emirates.
Arsene Wenger is believed to have earmarked three potential candidates, Real Madrid's Sami Khedira, Bayer Leverkusen's Lars Bender, and Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin.
With Khedira reportedly moving to France... Read the rest of the article »
The Gunners have finished as the fourth best team in England in four of the last five seasons and will have to do better next season.
When the Arsenal management declared its desire to build a new state of the art stadium more than ten years back from now, everyone associated with the club was well aware that Arsenal football club was about to enter one of its most difficult periods.
However luckily in Arsene Wenger the North London club has an irreplaceable asset who has done a commendable job despite all the pressure he... Read the rest of the article »
Bad news for London sides Arsenal and Chelsea as German midfielder Sami Khedira looks set for Ligue 1
A new twist to the Sami Khedira transfer tug of war has emerged.
The German midfielder has been linked with two English Premier League clubs, Arsenal and Chelsea, with a move to the Emirates close to being wrapped up, as suggested by the latest transfer rumors.
Arsene Wenger is believed to be a huge admirer of the 27-year-old Real Madrid player, and is looking for a new holding midfielder... Read the rest of the article »
The Viola hope to keep Barcelona from snapping up their star winger among reported interest from the La Liga giants.
After their successful World Cup in which they made it to the quarter-finals for the first time in their history, it is no surprise that several of Colombia's stars are on the radar for some of Europe's biggest clubs.
While James Rodriguez has been making most of the headlines after his excellent performance in Brazil due to his imminent move to Real Madrid, Fiorentina's star Juan Cuadrado has... Read the rest of the article »
The Colombian star appears to be moving ever close to getting his dream move to Real Madrid after being photographed at the airport
According to Spanish reports, James Rodriguez has issued an ultimatum to Monaco.
The Colombian star has reportedly told the Ligue 1 side in no uncertain terms that he does not wish to play for the team that finished second in France's top flight in any of their pre-season friendlies.
The reason? Naturally, a fear of getting injured that could put his dream move to Real Madrid in jeopardy.... Read the rest of the article »
The Turin giants have added yet another new face to their squad for the upcoming season with the signing of the French international.
Despite the initial turmoil due to some sudden changes on the tactician's bench, Juventus have been nonetheless going ahead with making moves in the summer transfer market.
The Bianconeri already added a new face to their attacking arsenal with the recent acquisition of Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid. The Spaniard is believed to have cost them €18 million and his move was apparently in... Read the rest of the article »
Philipp Lahm has officially stepped down; Germany needs a new captain but a natural replacement might not be easy to find.
Philipp Lahm's departure from the German national setup has caused another problem aside from the lack of a natural successor for the right back slot. Joachim Löw, much like what he had to do prior to the 2010 World Cup, must pick a captain. It was widely suspected that Miroslav Klose might take over, having captained the side unofficially in Ballack's absence many times. However, Löw... Read the rest of the article »
Reports from England and France claim that the iconic striker will return to the club to team up with his former manager.
He was visibly moved when he returned to Stamford Bridge as his side Galatasaray faced off against Chelsea in the Champions League this past season.
For Didier Drogba, it was a homecoming befitting of a king, as fans waved banners and his former boss Jose Mourinho heaped praise on the Ivorian star's goal scoring feats.
And now having finished his stint in Turkey, reports from England... Read the rest of the article »
The former Chelsea midfielder will now try luck in America with MLS side NYC FC
MLS fans will soon have yet another international star plying his trade in the United States.
NYC FC has already secured the signature of former Atleti striker David Villa, while Orlando City has Milan midfielder Kaka on their books.
And the newly established New York club will now add yet another familiar face to their roster in the form of Chelsea's midfielder Frank Lampard.
The... Read the rest of the article »