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Following the arrival of Gareth Bale, Real Madrid may have made a huge mistake by letting Mesut Ozil leave the club, a decision that could come back to haunt the decision makers.
At Monday lunchtime, there were about 20,000 Madridstas gathered at the Santiago Bernabeu to welcome Wales international, Gareth Bale to the club who signed for the La Liga giants for a world record deal. There were smiles all around the park as a new Galactico was welcomed to a club that is pretty much used to players whose stature can’t be matched by many out there.
However, during the presentation, there were loud chants by the Madrid faithful urging Florentino Perez to not let Mesut Ozil leave. The German international had been a fan favourite for three years and it was indeed surprising to see him being sacrificed in order to compensate for Bale’s arrival.
In a transfer window which seemed quite underwhelming for the Arsenal fans at first, manager Arsene Wenger has pulled one out of the hat by splashing the cash on German international Mesut Ozil.
The former Real Madrid man is Arsenal’s record signing and with the reputation the 24 year old boasts, it can be said that he is very well worth every penny paid for him. Signing one of the best playmakers in the world right now, is clearly a strong signal of intent from Arsene Wenger who wants to bring an end to a long running trophy drought which has consumed the last eight years of his managerial career.
A youth product of Schalke 04, Ozil had from early days been touted to achieve great things. After falling out with the club management, the youngster made his move to Werder Bremen where he started showing his true colours of what a wonderful prospect he was.
The 2013 summer transfer market was in full swing. Live Soccer TV has been your ultimate source to keep track of the hottest transfer news, rumours, done deals and costs from Europe’s biggest teams!
Biggest clubs eying transformation
Last season, these squads suffered from lack of balance in attack, midfield or defence – due to injuries or loss of form by some of their players. They have since been busy letting names out or bolstering themselves with new acquisitions.
With the appointment of David Moyes at Manchester United, the return of Jose Mourinho to Chelsea, the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, and the appointment of Pep Guardiola by Bayern Munich, several players have been linked with moves to the respective clubs of these aforementioned gentlemen.
And this year’s most hyped transfer stories are not just about the Red Devils, the Blues, Los Blancos or Hollywood FC. Other popular clubs like Arsenal, Barcelona, Juventus, Liverpool, Man City, Milan and Spurs complete LiveSoccerTV.com’s 2013 Summer Transfer Guide.
So much is happening on transfer deadline day and Gareth Bale’s unveiling at Real Madrid is one of those things. Watch the ex-Tottenham Hotspur star’s presentation in full.
Gareth Bale is officially the world’s most expensive footballer ever following his $132M move from Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane to Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu. It took months of intense speculations in the English and Spanish media before Los Blancos finally announced the deal on their official website last Sunday.
On transfer deadline day, Bale got unveiled in front of over 25,000 supporters. He was handed the number 11 shirt – his iconic number. In the video, you will see the Welshman speak his first words in Spanish as he stated:
“It is a dream for me to play for Real Madrid. Thanks for this great reception. ¡Hala Madrid!”
Historically, Florentino Perez eventually declared:
“From today onwards, just as you dreamt of as a child, this is your stadium, this is your shirt, this is your shield and these are your fans. This is your home and also your family.
After a transfer saga which consumed a major part of this season’s transfer window, Gareth Bale has finally made his switch to Real Madrid.
In what should be considered as one of the longest stretched transfer dramas in recent times, Real Madrid finally got their way by signing Wales international, Gareth Bale for a world record transfer fee. Most people would call them mad but the Spanish giants were keen on making a marquee signing of their own this summer after seeing bitter rivals Barcelona splash the cash for Neymar.
Thanks to the arrival of new owners, new TV deals and the increasing popularity of the game all over the world, the supply of money is bound to increase which accounted for the momentous fees Madrid paid for their man.
The Gunners hold a three goal advantage over the Turkish side and will be looking to cement their place in the group stages of this year’s Champions League tonight.
A spirited display saw Wenger’s men earn three important away goals at Istanbul last week. This implies that Fenerbahce will have to score at least three or more goals against the London side if they are to have any chance of qualifying to the next round.
However even if Arsenal succeed in qualifying for the next round, it is unlikely they will progress much in the tournament given the lack of depth in the squad.
With less than a week left in the conclusion of the summer transfer window, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is yet to open his cheque book and a marquee signing which had been promised earlier looks less than likely to happen.
There are 10 days remaining in the summer transfer window, and Arsene Wenger appears to have turned his attention to the Real Madrid duo.
Once again, Arsene Wenger has left his transfer business to be done very late in the transfer window, that is of course if he does sign anyone. But after a comfortable victory over Fenerbahce on Wednesday in the first leg of their Champions League Playoff, the French manager remains confident that the next 10 days will be very busy.
When Le Prof was questioned about his current approach being very much like the one in 2011, when the Gunners signed Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta on the final day, the Arsenal manager disagrees with that comparison.
"At the time it was linked with injuries, we had unexpected long-term injuries and you cannot sit there and do nothing at all," Wenger told the clubs official website.
Manchester United have stepped up their social media coverage. They have opened official pages on Google Plus, Instagram and Renren.
Manchester United supporters worldwide have been left anxious this summer as the club continues to stumble on the transfer market. David Moyes has been trying to sign Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas and keep Chelsea away from unhappy Wayne Rooney.
Previously, the Red Devils were reportedly targeting Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale but it appears the Welsh man will not land at Old Trafford anytime soon.
Likewise, the highly-anticipated return of Cristiano Ronaldo to the club has taken a huge setback. According to transfer speculations in Spain, the Portuguese winger is close to renewing a deal at Real Madrid.
After missing out on top priority targets so far this summer, it is time for David Moyes and Ed Woodward at Manchester United to come back to reality if they are to make much needed additions to the squad.
So far this summer, the only player Manchester United have bought is young Uruguayan left-back, Guillermo Varelo who arrives at Old Trafford as a relatively unknown quantity. This is David Moyes’ first summer transfer window as the manager of the Red Devils and so far, the Scot has not been able to make a marquee signing which was promised to the club’s fans.
At the start of the transfer window, the reigning English champions were hotly linked with a move for Thiago Alcantara who reportedly, had agreed personal terms with the club. However, in came Bayern Munich with Pep Guardiola and the young Spaniard chose to sign for the European champions.
After a quiet month of July for Arsenal in the transfer market, which is not surprising, Arsene Wenger's squad will take the pitch at the Emirates in the 2013 edition of the Emirates Cup.
Preview: Gunners out to show Higuain he made the wrong choice
Arsenal did not host the Emirates Cup last season, due to the fact that the Olympic Games were being held in London. Looking back on the 2011 edition of the competition, the Gunners did not do to well, forcing them to leave a better image this time around.
Their first match will be against a Napoli side that has made some significant changes in the off-season.
With the departure of Edinson Cavani to PSG, the Italian side was left to wonder what would be left of the team, without the Uruguay international. Rafa Benitez made quick work of that doubt, and brought in former Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, who at one point seemed destined to sign for Arsenal.
Raul Albiol and Jose Callejon also made the move from the Bernabeu to the Stadio San Paolo, joining Benitez in his second stint in the Serie A. One other addition to the squad will be Pepe Reina, who will spend the season on loan with the Italian side from Liverpool.
Pending a medical, Roberto Soldado is set to leave Valencia for English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur who need a striker badly.
After what was an over-stretched transfer saga, Tottenham Hotspur chairman, Daniel Levy agreed to pay the buyout clause of Valencia striker Roberto Soldado. It is not every day the Spurs’ chairman is in a charitable mood when it comes to buying players and Soldado will be an exception to the case.
Valencia remained resolute in their stance and for the first time in recent history, Levy was unable to pull something out of the hat in order to lure the striker to White Hart Lane.
"We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Valencia for the transfer of Roberto Soldado subject to medical," said a statement from Tottenham on Thursday morning.
Radical changes are taking place at Bayern Munich despite the team being already so strong. This could lead to a few players heading for the exit door.
Coming on the back of a treble winning season, Bayern Munich fans are understandably in buoyant spirits. However, it is quite strange to see that the arrival of Pep Guardiola at the helm has seen a lot of changes made to the squad already. Some of the players, who played such an integral part in a fantastic last season for the Bavarians, could leave Allianz Arena this summer.
Guardiola is keen on imposing his style of play and philosophy to the team, something that a few players might not agree to and thus would seek pastures new just like Mario Gomez who will now play for Italian Serie A entertainers, Fiorentina.
Tottenham Hotspur are hell-bent on keeping their star man at the club and have even branded quite a hefty price-tag on him, something quite a few clubs would be willing to pay.
As things stand, Wales international, Gareth Bale is one of the most wanted players in European football. After a stellar last season with Tottenham Hotspur, Bale has already justified that he definitely is in for the long haul in terms of global stardom. Setback after setback during his early days as a professional football, the youngster has shown great mental strength to be where he is today.
And his talent has been acknowledged by so many former legends, including Zinedine Zidane, the director of sports at Real Madrid. The former France international is a big fan of the Welshman and has made no secret of his desire to bring the player to the capital of Spain.
Coveted by both Manchester United and Real Madrid, it will not be unnatural if Bale feels the need to at least talk to both suitors who are willing to go the extra notch in their pursuit of the forward.
After being hotly linked with so many strikers this summer, Spurs are yet to sign one which means that the club has to revise its transfer policy quickly.
We are almost reaching the final few days of this month and the transfer market activity has gathered a lot of pace. Lots of clubs have bought and sold players and many are still looking to make a few changes here and there, wherever it is necessary.
Yet, there are still quite a few clubs that have not really done a lot of business in the transfer market. Among those clubs, are Tottenham Hotspur whose only notable contributions to the transfer market this summer have been the acquisition of Belgian international Nacer Chadli and the persistent rumours surrounding the future of star player, Gareth Bale.
After proving his worth at Fiorentina, Stefan Jovetic is exactly the kind of player Manchester City need to bolster their squad.
The cash-laden English Premier League giants continue their extravagant spending in the transfer market after securing the services of Stefan Jovetic from Fiorentina. The young Montenegrin will be given the number 35 shirt and was initially, linked with a move for Juventus who chose to sign Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente instead.
A natural second striker, Jovetic scored 13 goals and provided five assists in 31 Serie A appearances for La Viola last season and almost helped them secure a place in the Champions League qualification berth.
Barcelona have chosen Argentine, Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino to replace Tito Vilanova at the helm and it will be interesting to see a coach without European experience, managing such a huge club.
Just basking in the Clasura final tournament with Argentine side Newell’s Old Boys, 50-year-old Gerardo Martino has been handed a tough task to replace Tito Vilanova who resigned from his position as manager of Barcelona due to health issues.
The new Barcelona head coach who managed Paraguay between 2007 and 2011 has signed a two year deal with the Spanish champions. Even before he signed, Martino was the favourite to land the job, despite not having led a European club.
Arsenal have been uncharacteristically resilient in their pursuit of the Uruguayan striker but is it logical for Real Madrid to do the same now that they have enough players?
Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers has conceded that Luis Suarez will leave Anfield if a club makes a suitable offer for the striker. The former Ajax Amsterdam man arrived in Melbourne on Sunday after being given extra time off following the Confederations Cup.
The Uruguay international had only last month voiced publicly his desire to leave the Reds and with Arsenal having already submitted another bid for him, it is only a matter of time when the perennial bad boy of English football leaves for pastures new.
"The reality is that he's a player who is very much valued at Liverpool and unless there's any sort of offer that comes in that is anywhere near his value, there's nothing to consider, and we haven't had that," Rodgers told the club's official website.
After Edinson Cavani and Lucas Digne, Marquinhos is the latest addition to Paris Saint-Germain’s ever-growing contingent of star players.
Three! That is the official number of players Paris Saint-Germain have signed so far this summer. After splashing the cash for Edinson Cavani, bargaining successfully for Lucas Digne, PSG once again beat their competitors by securing the services of Marquinhos for 31.4m euros which makes him the fifth most expensive defenders in the history of the game.
Only a year ago, the young Brazilian was a completely unknown quantity when Zdenek Zeman brought him to Rome last summer from Corinthians. Since then, the youngster has seen a rise in his standing that is nothing short of stratospheric and phenomenal.
Marquinhos arrived in the Eternal City as a shy 18-year-old prospect, eager to learn in his first few seasons before announcing himself on the world stage.
After managing to acquire the services of the Spain international, Manchester City would be hoping that the same fate does not await Negredo like most of the big name strikers that came to the club in recent years.
After long and arduous discussions, Manchester City were finally able to seal a deal for Spanish international, Alvaro Negredo from Sevilla. The striker was one of the most wanted players in Europe this summer and Manuel Pellegrini can now afford himself a smug smile for being able to get his man.
Indeed, it would be quite interesting to see the player don the City colours and try and replicate the same form that made him one of the best strikers in Spain last season.
The rumor mill rolls on as Cesc Fabregas is linked with Manchester United amongst the latest dramas.
Arsenal fans have seen too many of their heroes depart in recent years. Robin Van Persie famously switched from the Red of London to the Red of Manchester. The switch caused uproar amongst Arsenal fans of course. However, the Arsenal fans moved on as they have after losing their big players to teams with bigger ambitions.
They saw Samir Nasri, Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor depart for the Blue side of Manchester. The Arsenal fans felt outraged by each of these transfers. However, one major transfer they were saddened by but not angered by was that of Francesc Fabregas. The Spaniard after all left his club of eight years for his boyhood club. As expected, to a certain extent, Fabregas could not hold down a first team berth in Barcelona. Manchester United, having lost out Thiago Alcantara to FC Bayern München, has now set their sights on this star.