SportsNet - June 2012
On Friday, June 15 Michael Laudrup was hired as manager of Swansea City FC. Now that Laudrup has finally made it to the Barclays Premier League the question becomes who will he sign to keep Swansea in the top flight? Laudrup has connections in Spain, Russia, Italy, Holland and Denmark, the team that he won Euro 92' with. Although, Laudrup hasn't been given much money to spend, Swansea was willing to spend £6 million on 22-year old midfielder, Gylfi Sigurdsson, so money is there.
Denmark impressed a lot of people this year even though they didn't quite make it past the group stages of Euro 2012. A few stars have made themselves known and Laudrup could have his eyes set on them. Krohn-Dehli scored two goals for the Danes and his club side Brondby should be worried about losing him. His services won't be expensive but a few million pounds should lure the Danish midfielder to Wales.
The Tottenham Hotspurs midfielder Luka Modric could be on his way out of White Hart Lane even before next season's kickoff. Losing the place in next season Champions League even after finishing fourth in the table could persuade the Croatian skipper to move out of Spurs.
The Croatian skipper handed over the transfer request last season but the Spurs finally managed to keep their star player. With Spurs sacking their manager Harry Redknapp and Spurs out of Champions League could make a move inevitable for the 26-year old Croat.
Former Croatia teammate and a good friend of Modric, Billic told the press he was close to agreeing a move to Spain.
"I'm very good friends with Modric," said the Sporting Gijon striker. "He wants to play in the Spanish league. He loves the Premier League but he wants to play in Spain. He's very close to agreeing a move."
Real Madrid would be the likely destination for the 26-year old midfielder. Madrid coach Jose Mourinho believes he is building a Champions League winning side for next season and Modric would perfectly fit the bill, according to Croatian legend Davor Suker.
The UK and USA have many differences, but none are more fundamentally different than the social attitudes towards wealth, poverty, unions, and workers rights. In Britain, a Conservative government wouldn't dare publicly suggest anything resembling the dismantling of the NHS, whereas in America, a Democratic government puts together a ramshackle piecemeal healthcare plan that still leaves all the power with the insurance companies and is labelled socialist for the privilege. Make no mistake, class has been an important factor in the make up of British society, but today talk of money and wealth is taboo, and discussing economic fortunes in Darwinian terms is highly frowned upon. America, by contrast, perhaps because it is a nation founded on prospectors and entrepreneurs, ties wealth and status much closer to the concept of success. Social and economic justice is derided as Soviet, and campaigners for better working conditions and pay are no good whingers who should be happy with what they've got.
Sir Alex Ferguson witnessed his Manchester United team miss out on a 20th league title by throwing away an eight-point lead in the process and eventually losing out to city rivals Manchester City on the last kick of the Premier League season.
Losing out on goal difference proves the margins between the two Manchester teams is minimal but with City's spending power you can be sure they will spend big this summer to further strengthen their squad. If Untied aren't careful they could find themselves falling behind City in the years to come, so it is no surprise Sir Alex has begun work on strengthening his team early. We look at the transfer activities that could well be happening at Old Trafford this summer.
Club: Borussia Dortmund Value: £12m (rising to £17m) Position: Midfield
When Brendan Rodgers joined Liverpool as its coach his assured manner and confidence in his football philosophy went down well with the club's fans.
He was quoted as saying: 'I want to see great attacking football with creativity and imagination with relentless pressing of the ball'.
Great attacking football has been missing for quite a while at Liverpool and Rodgers will need to rebuild if his mantra is to become a reality. The four players below possess the necessary skills and expertise to make a significant difference at Liverpool.
1. CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN
At the tender age of 20, Christian Eriksen, a Danish player currently playing for Ajax has drawn many admirers the world over. The youngster already has over 25 full international caps to his name and was named the Dutch football talent of the year and Danish football player of the year in 2011.