SportsNet - June 2013
Manchester United are set to complete the signing of Barcelona starlet Thiago Alcantara for a sum of £17million.
The Spaniard has decided to leave the Nou Camp this summer, having become fed up with the limited playing time at the Catalans.
Now, United, who have been following Thiago over the past three years, are set to prize away the youngster from the former European champions.
The Red Devils' representatives have already met Thiago's father, Brazilian World Cup winner Mazinho, to discuss about the potential transfer and it has been reported that personal terms have been agreed between the two involved parties.
Thiago will earn about £5m-a-year at United, not a mammoth amount for a player regarded as one of the most promising midfielders in European football.
The report from Daily Mail has indicated that no official announcement will be made before the end of the weekend as United are currently still negotiating terms with Barcelona.
The “it takes two” formula has shifted positions after the superb, almost miraculous game 6 overtime win the Miami Heat overcame against the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs had a choke hold on the “it takes two” reality, (knock out your opponent; win two games in a row) win an NBA championship title. The Spurs were at the NBA’s Championship Gate and were ready to enter leaving the Miami Heat’s dreams and desires at a second visit at the door of the NBA’s Championship Gate but for various reasons the Spurs could not hold on to enter.
Of course, there is a bevy of reasons from the peanut gallery that have been echoed over the last 30 plus hours about why the Spurs did not hold on:
*** In the second half, the Spurs should have kept going to Tim Duncan in the post despite the double team; he did score 25 points in the first half.
*** Tim Duncan only had eight shot attempts in the second half. Tim Duncan ran out of gas.
*** Tim Duncan should not have been out of the game on two key rebounding situations down the stretch of the game.
Say what you want about Rex Ryan, at least he is consistent.
The Head Coach of the New York Jets has shown his usual amount of bravado this offseason as he looks to rebound from a disappointing 6-10 season that almost cost Ryan his job.
If he's feeling the pressure, he certainly isn't showing it.
In truth, if there isn't a dramatic turnaround, Ryan will be dismissed. He was fortunate to keep his job at the end of last season, especially when you consider the firings the Jets made all around the brash coach.
They basically cleaned house, making everyone but Ryan the scapegoat for the Jets failures. Reports suggest that Ryan had talked his way out of his removal, using his two AFC Championship game appearances when he was first hired as Jets coach as an example of what could be achieved with him at the helm.
Ryan recently said after the Jets first set of OTA's: "I'm a hell of a lot better football coach than I'm given credit for".
Recent form suggests otherwise.
Gonzalo Higuain's proposed transfer to Arsenal is reportedly back on, just hours after an agent for Real Madrid denied a deal had been reached. Now The Times,(subscription required) citing reports in the Argentinean press, claim Arsenal have agreed a four-year deal to sign Higuain.
Those reports suggest Arsenal will part with a fee of around £22 million and Higuain will be paid £115,000 per week. That supports previous reports in Spanish outlet AS, that quoted that same figure as the Argentina international's proposed wages at Arsenal.
The back-and-forth to this transfer rumor is becoming bizarre. The press in three different countries seem unable to decide if the deal is on or off.
Arsenal's long-running transfer saga with Gonzalo Higuain has taken another turn, as an agent for Real Madrid has refuted reports the Gunners have agreed a deal to sign the Los Blancos forward.
Reports in Spanish publication AS, claimed both a fee and personal terms were agreed to take Higuain to North London. That report was later picked up by most of the UK press, including The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mirror.
But Higuain's agent, Ernesto Bronzetti, has poured scorn on these promising rumors. Bronzetti told Italian website Tuttomercatoweb.com, that no deal has been completed.