SportsNet - August 2012
According to reports via mercato365, a Chelsea scouting team have recently watched a French Ligue 1 match between Montpellier and Marseille. The reason being was to scout Montpellier's club captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
Speculation has since been growing as to whether Chelsea are looking to make a move for the defender before the transfer window closes on Saturday.
Having recently signed full back Cesar Azpilicueta from Marseille, Chelsea officials are not shy of scouting in the French league and have watched many great talents there, including new star man Eden Hazard.
23-year-old Yanga-Mbiwa is naturally a central defender, but he is hugely versatile and can play anywhere across the back line, or as a holding midfielder.
Chelsea are expected to bring in one new face before Saturday, but reports suggest this would be Porto's attacker Givanildo Hulk. With the transfer window deadline day always throwing up surprises, nothing can be certain at this stage.
Manchester United News: Cracks showing in Ferguson Reign
By Kevin Morley.
"Nothing lasts forever." This was the phrase uttered by then Liverpool Manager Gerard Houllier on his first visit to Old Trafford as the opposition manager. He had just taken on the challenge of re-igniting Liverpool's fortunes and, having seen his own teams days of League Championships and European cups become a part of history, he knew more than most about the cyclical nature of footballing success.
This cycle may just be coming round for United and despite their undoubted success over the past two decades, they are now in real danger of being toppled on a regular basis by their neighbours from Eastlands. Having previously written City off as potential challengers, Ferguson was made to eat his words last season and that can not have been an enjoyable meal for someone who has become accustomed to getting his own way.
Chelsea's number one transfer target of the summer is set to confirm his future by Wednesday this week.
Brazilian winger Hulk has been the subject of a transfer saga for the last couple of months and this week see's the end of the transfer window on Saturday, and an end to this story.
TribalFootball have reported an interview between Porto's media Chief Ahaz Felleger and Record. Ahaz claims that everything will be decided before the 31st of August. He also says that Hulk has told his agent that he wants everything sorted out before Wednesday.
Chelsea, Tottenham and Zenit St Petersburg are the three clubs fighting for the 26-year-old's signature and it is Chelsea who lead the way. Their club's owner Roman Abramovich is ready to move in this week with one final push in an attempt to land the players signature.
The blues lead the way for the winger based on the fact that the player wants to play Champions League football this season and the Premier League is his preferred destination.
Liverpool News: Transfer speculation due to mount at LFC
By Kevin Morley.
Brendan Rodgers is a man with a plan. He is not the reactionary type, he is a thinker, a planner and someone who has a strategy of how he wants to build the club. This means he is not the type who is going to be panicked into the transfer market, not a man who will spend £35 million at the last minute on an unproven striker. That is why his comments after the Manchester City clash at Anfield yesterday were even more intriguing.
In his post match interview, the Liverpool manager revealed that "...If we're going to strengthen then hopefully we can get a few more in." As you would expect, no names were mentioned, but the fact that the manager suggested more than one potential new signing means we can expect some interesting events at Anfield between now and 31st August. Here we speculate on exactly where the manager may be looking to strengthen and who Liverpool may be looking to add to the squad over the coming days.
Stoke have won 3 of the last 4 games against Arsenal at home.
Has Wenger now learned how to tame the beast?
This fixture throws up two contrasting styles; efficiency versus intricacy.
To create Wenger's nightmare recipe:
Onto a granite bed of well-rehearsed set pieces,
throw in the head of Peter Crouch,
and douse liberally with Rory Delap throw-ins.
To complete the recipe:
Stir in some tight defending, a dash of desire
and a really unfriendly, passionate crowd.
There you have it: Stoke City- the away day that no Premiership side relishes.
They are not easy to watch but they have been a thorn in Arsène's side.
Just as every new car has to be driven repeatedly into walls to test safety features, so must every side visit Stoke; to take their turn as crash test dummies.
The Gunners have consistently struggled to cope with the more physical sides, epitomised by Stoke City. Those that go on to win the Premiership are able to mix it when required but Arsenal have shown a weak underbelly in the past.