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Before putting pen to paper with QPR in January, it was speculated that Loic Remy would sign for Arsenal before the 2012/13 season kicked off.
The 26-year-old French striker made his move to the Premier League in January of 2013, but his stay with QPR could be cut short due to their already confirmed relegation.
Harry Redknapp was just one of many key figures brought into the London club to save the side from a potential relegation battle, but not even the former Tottenham Hotspur manager was able to save Tony Fernandes' club.
Heading into next season, Remy appears to be set to move on from his five month adventure with QPR. His move to London cost approximately 8 million pounds, but Arsene Wenger is confident that if he was to make a bid, he could sign the French international at a cheaper price.
Neymar continues flirting with top European clubs, this time claiming that he would be indifferent between Barcelona or Real Madrid and either of the clubs could be his destination.
We are in the midst of one of the longest running transfer sagas, as Brazilian wonder kid Neymar is yet to decide which top European club he should move to. However the Santos starlet refuses to rush into a decision, and claims that he will take his time before landing onto a resolution.
Speak to Cope the forward said: "I have no preference for Barcelona or Real Madrid. They are both great clubs that are respected by everyone. They each have their own history and fantastic players,"
"Playing in Europe continues to be a dream, but I do not know whether it will happen soon. Only I decide when I'm ready for it."
Barcelona could be back to upset Arsene Wenger’s project at Arsenal in no time at all. That is, if the Catalan club seriously tries to grant Dani Alves’ wish of signing Jack Wilshere.
Gooners are desperate to see the club resurrect from its on-going troubles and become what it was a decade ago: a genuine title contender.
Their realistic target in the English Premier League is a top four finish while the dream of lifting the Capital One Cup and the FA Cup vanished at the expense of Bradford and Blackburn Rovers respectively.
Arsenal’s barren run of trophies will stretch to eight years should they fail to win the UEFA Champions League this season. The task at hand against Europe’s best teams is obviously tough but so is the pressure from the media on Arsene Wenger’s back.
In light of a rather dull transfer window, we look at some signings which did not come through.
David Villa to Arsenal
Villa was unhappy at Barcelona while Arsenal needed a great striker. All in all, Villa and Arsenal would be a match made in Heaven. However, Barcelona decided to step in. The Catalan club decided that they needed Villa to stay on for squad depth. The price tag for Villa was high too and Arsene Wenger, as we all…
In what could possibly be his last spell, David Beckham joined French side PSG after he passed his medical on the last day of the January 2013 transfer window.
For the Manchester United icon, this is an amazing opportunity to win a title in four different countries having already won silverware in England, Spain and the United States. His move to PSG also marks his return to European football.
From the French giants’ perspective, they now have a man who is well past his peak but could extensively benefit them for commercial purposes. This was also the case when Beckham joined Real Madrid back in 2003. The Galacticos remarkably recorded their highest revenues at the time.
One cannot deny that “Goldenballs”, in his prime, was among the top players in the world. That said, his role at PSG can be that of a mentor. PSG has a number of budding young players; one of them is Marco Verratti.
Should Queens Park Rangers fail to survive in the English Premier League, the balance between the players’ salaries and the club’s condition will likely create strong headaches.
The last 18 months have been really tumultuous for Queens Park Rangers, they held on by the skin of their teeth on the last day of last season. They were really lucky to stay in the Premier League despite losing to Manchester City on Matchday 38.
This season is proving to be no different; the club is in deep trouble. They have managed to pick up only 16 points after playing 24 games and are currently rock bottom of the table. Survival looks a daunting task for QPR whose recent influx of players proves the intent to remain in the top division.
Christopher Samba was signed from Anzhi Makhachkala in a late transfer. The London-based side also signed French Ligue 1 player Remy before the window closed. A host of other names were brought in during the last 18 months but positive results remain very rare.
How many die-hard Arsenal fans are satisfied with Arsene Wenger’s performance during the just-ended January 2013 transfer window? A strong finish this season might save the coach again.
When the Frenchman was appointed back in 1996, Arsenal fans were bewildered as to why an unknown was given charge of one of the biggest clubs in England. They were soon convinced of his quality and sung his name collectively.
Wenger devised a policy on how he wanted to run the club and his tactics worked very effectively. He introduced a playing style which was pleasing to the eyes and is now replicated by many teams in the game.
His achievements were mirrored by the double capture of the EPL and FA cup titles in the 1997/98 and the 2001/02 seasons. Probably his biggest achievement and the cornerstone of every Gunner’s pride came in the 2003-2004 season when Arsenal went the entire season undefeated in the league.
Players came and they went through the month of January. Now, we get the chance to take a look at five of the more intriguing transfers of January 2013.
Rumors were coming out of no where, with fans searching aimlessly to see if what they were reading was actually true. From the world of Twitter, Facebook and the internet in general, we may all have seen some of the most absurd rumors.
Well, now that the dust has settled and everyone has put their checkbooks away, we can now take a look at five transfers that were impressive in their own way.
The January transfer window is now officially slammed shut. Quite a lot happened on its very last day. Here is a look at the three big winners and losers.
Winners: David Beckham and PSG
The aging legs of David Beckham still have much to offer. After training with Arsenal, the veteran midfielder signed for PSG on Thursday. He is still one of the best when it comes to set-pieces and it would be really interesting to see how he fares for his new club.
“I'm lucky to have achieved what I've achieved and earned what I have earned,” he told the press concerning his top deal.
“One of the reasons to come here is that with Nasser [Al Khelaifi, PSG president] and [sporting director] Leonardo, we've decided on something quite unique.”
Galatasary continued their successful transfer window business by making another marquee signing. On Monday, they made former Chelsea man Didier Drogba their latest coup.
The striker joins the Turkish heavyweights from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua on an 18-month deal. This signing follows Galatasaray’s surprise capture of Dutch talisman Wesley Sneijder.
Having been at Shanghai for only 8 months, Drogba reportedly demanded a way out given the poor financial state of the club. After former teammate Nicolas Anelka moved to Juventus last week, it was widely expected that the Ivory Coast skipper would quit as well.
Didier Drogba might be past his prime but the ‘Top Drog’ has enough firepower to improve any side in the world. With his immense physical strength, he can terrorize well-built defences. The striker poses a strong aerial threat and has the ability to use both feet.
With deadline day quickly approaching, managers are preparing to make last ditch bids to secure some new signings.
Deadline day has to be one of the most interesting days in the world of football. Whether it is the August transfer deadline or January, football fans look forward to seeing if their favorite club will bring in any new faces.
For some, it is a day to celebrate some new signings, while for others, it is a day to ask questions of their clubs management.
Thursday will bring us some very interesting final hours in the transfer window, with many clubs waiting for the last minute to make some improved bids.
Former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka has agreed to join the Bianconeri. This deal comes in timely fashion as Juventus want to finish off the 2012/13 football season strongly.
Nicolas Anelka, an ultimate journeyman of European football has added Juventus to his list of teams he played for. Anelka, who played for different 9 clubs and five different countries in 17 years of his professional football career agreed to join the Old Lady in a deal worth €600,000 for 6 months excluding bonuses.
This contract has a clause for extension into the next season. With this transfer, Juventus becomes the 10th club to sign a professional contract with Anelka.
Juventus has won the Serie A title last season with a threadbare squad and have recently been looking to bolster it. They have agreed terms with Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Llorente who joins them in the summer on a Bosman transfer.
Breaking news from the transfer zone explains that Los Blancos have signed goalkeeper Diego Lopez from Sevilla.
On Friday night, Real Madrid got hit with the news about Iker Casillas' 12-week absence due to a hand injury. The Spanish giants have reacted to that in style by acquiring the services of 31-year-old shot stopper Diego Lopez.
It is reported that Lopez's signing from Andalusia-based club Sevilla to Real Madrid is worth 4 million euros. The contract will end in 2017, it is understood.
Diego Lopez was formerly at Real Madrid where he developed as a youngster and served as a back-up for Iker Casillas. Six years after quitting the Bernabeu for Villarreal then Sevilla, Lopez returns to the place where he once grew in the C and B teams.
The former Flamengo striker traveled to Portugal on Wednesday to agree to terms with the Portuguese Champions.
After a few weeks of speculation regarding Liedson's future, the Brazilian born striker has finally put pen to paper with the Portuguese side.
It was unknown if the 35 year-old would be transferred to Porto but after negotiations between both clubs, they both decided on a six month loan deal with Porto having an option for another year.
Liedson returns to Portugal after enjoying a number of years at Sporting. He now will put on the blue and white of Porto, something he says has been a dream of his for quite some time.
"It was an opportunity that just came up. To be honest, it has been a goal of mine for quite some time, but it only became possible today," said Liedson in his latest press conference.
Ezequiel Garay has been impressive since his transfer from Real Madrid to Benfica. His positive performances have Alex Ferguson ready to make him Rio Ferdinand's replacement.
Lisbon side Benfica has been well aware of Manchester United's interest in Argentine defender Ezequiel Garay. For quite some time now, his performances have been beyond impressive, which has caused many European sides to scout the central defender.
After scouting Garay in Benfica's match against Porto at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, it appears that Manchester United have finally made a first official offer for the defender.
The English side tabled a bid of £12.5 million, which Benfica was quick to wave away.
Benfica president has made it clear that he wants an offer of no less than £25 million before they can consider selling the 26 year-old.
German giants Bayern Munich plan to shake the transfer window in summer with former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola set to make stunning signings.
Last week, Hollywood FC announced that the 14-title winning manager will succeed current coach Jupp Heynckes at the end of the 2012/13 football season.
The German club, after losing two UEFA Champions League finals in three years, is desperate to transform into invincible giants. The appointment of Guardiola has been described as a major step towards the achievement of this dream.
News source El Economista now claims that ex-Barcelona Pep Guardiola will receive a giant sum of €278M by Bayern Munich to reshape the squad. According to El Economista, Brazil’s Neymar is a top target on Bayern Munich’s transfer wish list.
The January transfer window is half-way gone and Arsenal have yet to sign any new players. In his press conference on Thursday, Arsene Wenger admitted that he is interested in the Napoli striker.
Already 17 days into the January transfer window, rumors continue to circulate in regards to who Arsenal could be interested in signing, or who they may be scouting. The same old repetitive story for Arsenal fans as they have to deal with this same type of situation over and over, only to be let down when the transfer window comes to an end.
Arsenal faithful will be praying that Arsene Wenger sticks to what he has stated over the last few days.
Liedson da Souza Muniz, nicknamed Levezinho during his time in Portugal, appears to be within hours of becoming FC Porto's newest signing.
During his time at Sporting, Liedson enjoyed an incredible amount of success. The Brazilian born striker is considered to be one of the best strikers to ever put on the uniform of the Lions.
At the time of his transfer to Sporting in 2003, the Lisbon side had to shell out 2 Million Euros to sign the Brazilian from Corinthians. Little did his new club know how cheap Liedson would turn out to be, given his impact at the club.
He spent eight years with Sporting, having won the Taca de Portugal during the 2006/07 and the 2007/08 season. In 2007 and also 2008, Liedson helped his side claim the Portuguese Supercup.
It is official. Pep Guardiola will coach in Germany next season and not in England. The ex-Barcelona manager has chosen Bayern Munich over Chelsea and all other interested clubs.
The 41-year-old is one of world football’s most successful managers having led the Blaugrana to 14 cup triumphs in four years. The former Spanish international left Camp Nou last year after admitting that he felt worn out by the amount of pressure and responsibilities related to his job.
Pep Guardiola announced his decision to take a one-year break. In the meantime, speculations in the English media strongly linked him to clubs like Chelsea, Manchester City and even Manchester United where Sir Alex Ferguson is the boss since 1986.
During the 2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala on January 7, Guardiola confirmed his plan to return to football this year. On Wednesday, Bayern Munich declared their capture of the two-time UEFA Champions League winning coach.
The 21 year-old Colombian midfielder has taken full control of the spotlight at the Estadio do Dragao since the departure of Hulk.
Italian side Juventus appears to prepared to make an offer for Porto's James Rodriguez. Since arriving at Porto in July of 2010 in a transfer worth 5.1 Million Euros, James has evolved into one of the world's most exciting players to watch.
The Vecchia Signora find themselves in first place in the Seria A, three points clear of Lazio. After claiming the Italian Title last season, Juventus has continued its great form into the current campaign.
With the first knockout stage of the Champions League set to kick-off in February, Juventus could do with a few additions to their squad, although it is unknown if the Italian giants would look to sign James during the January transfer window.