SportsNet - June 2012
Manchester United has signed Nick Powell to a four-year, £6m deal for Crewe Alexandra. The 18-year old, attacking midfielder was the star who scored in Crewe's League Two playoff final victories against Cheltenham last month. Powell had an important role in Crewe's success last season. United had tough competition from Premier League teams Everton, Arsenal and Chelsea to sign the England Under-18 international. Powell had been with Crewe since he was five years old and scored 16 goals in 45 matches last season for Crewe.
Powell is United's second signing of the summer after United completed £17m deal for Shiniji Kagawa. Powell completed his medical today at United's Carrington training ground.
United's latest signing Powell admits to being excited by the move to Old Trafford.
"It really is a dream come true to be signing for Manchester United. I have had a great time at Crewe and I would like to thank them for helping me to develop as a player over the past 13 years" Powell said.
Manchester United could be on the verge of losing Croatian midfielder Luka Modric to oil-rich French side, Paris Saint Germain. Reports claim PSG has outbid United in signing the 26-year old Croatian. PSG have reportedly made a bid of £30m plus for Modric. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is looking for a long term replacement for Paul Scholes. Ferguson has failed to sign a world-class player in the last few transfer windows, which has become a matter of frustration among United fans.
Ferguson has been an admirer of Modric from the past few seasons. PSG's bid of £30m could leave Ferguson frustrated as United have already made a bid of £22m for the Tottenham Hotspurs midfielder. Modric is one of the top priorities during the summer transfer for PSG's Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti. It is believed Ancelotti had scouts at Croatia's Euro 2012 win over the Republic of Ireland on Sunday. However, reports claim that Modric is interested in a move to Old Trafford rather than PSG. PSG's deal could make it complicated for Modric and Ferguson. Modric is currently concentrating on Euro 2012 and has refused to comment about his future at this time.
The much anticipated match between England and France ended in a 1-1 draw. It was a match where both sides in reality were never out of their second gear. France had most of the possession, and most of the game was played in England's half of the pitch. France, despite their possession advantage, lacked enough penetration as England held their rigid shape.
The Football Association of Zambia(FAZ) has kick started an investigation into the suspected assault of members of the Black Stars playing body after last Saturday's World Cup Qualifier between Ghana and Zambia in Ndola, Zambia.
Reports after the match did indicate that some members of the Ghana team; Sulley Muntari (AC Milan), Derek Boateng (FC Dnipro) and Ben Acheampong (Kumasi Asante Kotoko) had been manhandled by the Zambian police after the referee's final whistle.
Football was supposed to be the dominant factor in last Saturday's game between Zambia and Ghana but these alleged incidents after the match have taken the shine off of what was supposed to be a classic matchup. But the authorities in Zambia are expected to take steps in order to address the alleged incidents after the match. Speaking on Monday, the spokesperson for the FAZ, Eric Mwanza said his outfit has taken measures to address the matter.
According to Mwanza, 'the Zambian FA have requested for tapes on the match from the national television station and have also implored on any private individual who has a tape covering those incidents to submit it to them.'
The 2011-12 season was arguably the most successful season ever for Chelsea. After spending around $2.8 billion, bringing in 66 world class players and sacking 8 managers as Chelsea's owner, Roman Abramovich finally got a taste of the first Champions League Cup( read the holy grail)since he took over the London club in 2003. Many pundits thought of the victory at Allianz Arena as the end of Roman era.
Controversy theories were flowing across the globe about the disinterested Russian oil tycoon pulling the plug as the prize that the oligarch coveted the most was already in the bag. To the surprise of many, Abramovich decided to splash the cash again and revamp the current squad, starting with the purchase of one of the most highly sought after attacking mid fielders in Eden Hazard.
For almost eight years, Peter Cech, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba formed the back bone of the Blues. They took the fans through mesmerizing clashes and almost landed the Champions League trophy in 2008, if it were not for a fatal penalty miss by Terry. However, now all these players are on the wrong end of age and recently Drogba announced his departure.