SportsNet - June 2013
Finally, it looks like despite themselves, Arsenal will make a major signing this week as it was revealed that Gonzalo Higuain is set to be Wenger`s first signing this summer. What looked like becoming this summer`s transfer saga, it is now clear that Arsenal are the club which is making moves to sign the player at a fee acceptable to Real Madrid.
Earlier, it was thought that perennial transfer movers and shakers, Juventus, had clinched a deal to pinch the player right from under the noses of Arsenal. However, in a new twist last night, it seems that Real Madrid have turned down an offer from Juventus of around £18m, after telling them that it was not a realistic amount for a player of Higuain`s standing.
Real president Florentino Perez was quoted last week as saying that the Gunners shouldn't bother if they were planning on offering 'only' £25.5m for the 25-year-old. However, sources close to Arsenal have aid that Wenger will start the bidding at around £22m.
The ninth FIFA Confederations Cup (a prelude to the 2014 FIFA World Cup) got underway in Brazil on June 15, 2013. The tournament runs from June 15 to 30. Host country Brazil is the defending Confederations Cup Champions.
Since the tournament got underway on Saturday, we have witnessed some exciting football from some of the world’s best talents leading up to the quarter-final rounds. Rest assured, as the tournament continues there will be a lot more drama and excitement.
Uruguay, Italy or Spain will have the chance to become only the third team, following Argentina and France as the only teams to have won all three major FIFA tournaments: the World Cup, the Olympic football competition, and the Confederations Cup.
Brazil, one of the favorites to win the competition, looks to continue its dominance as it plays host to the rest of the world (Brazil already has one victory in the tournament so far).
Welcome to the NBA finals, Manu Ginobili.
The Argentinian rolled back the years in Game 5 of the NBA finals, giving a virtuoso performance that has the San Antonio Spurs on the brink of their first NBA Championship since 2007.
The perfect time for his best game of the season.
Coach Gregg Popovich pulled another masterstroke on Sunday night, giving Ginobili his first start of the season, much to the delight of the capacity crowd. Ginobili repaid his Coaches faith in him with 24 points and 10 assists, his highest totals of the campaign.
More importantly, he was the driving force behind the Spurs' 114-104 victory over the Miami Heat, leaving them one game away from an NBA Championship.
Reports on Monday suggest that Manchester United are still very much in the hunt to bring back their former player Cristiano Ronaldo, with certain financial implications surrounding the deal.
It had been reported by various press sources in the UK that new Manchester United Boss David Moyes was to engineer a deal for the unsettled Portuguese winger, who has spoke of his unhappiness at Real Madrid at times last season. Speculation about his future at Madrid has continued to grow and Ronaldo himself was quick to deny a recent report that he had signed a new contract with Madrid.
The price could be an issue as the Portuguese International has two years remaining on his contract and it would certainly have to be a big money offer if Madrid would be prepared to let their superstar leave, however if the player is unhappy and wants the move, this could make the difference.
14-year-old Jacob Maddox is the subject of making his dream move from Bristol City's Academy to join London superstars Chelsea in a move that has been sealed, signing a 4-year-contract with the reigning Europa League Champions, according to Sky Sports.
Having been playing in City's Under-18s side last season, Maddox has emerged as one of the hottest young talents in the country and has been chased by a whole host of clubs, with Chelsea eventually wining the race.
Bristol City have agreed compensation with Chelsea for the services of the youngster, who has allegedly tweeted on Monday from his Twitter account "I have officially signed for Chelsea, very pleased".
More information coming up when we find it..