London (AFP) – N’golo Kante’s sublime performance in Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Manchester United in Monday’s FA Cup quarter-final prompted former England great Frank Lampard to dub him the best central midfielder in the world.
Kante - whose superb goal ended United’s hold on the trophy - escaped his opponents roughhouse treatment of playmaker Eden Hazard and allowed the 25-year-old French international to dominate the encounter.
Manchester United look set to open talks with Bayern Munich over the signing of Bastian Schweinsteiger, as Louis Van Gaal seeks to bolster his midfield options.
The German, who was converted from a left winger into a dominant central midfielder during Van Gaal's spell in Bavaria, was repeatedly link with a move to Old Trafford a couple of years ago but the transfer never materialised as he chose to remain at the Allianz Arena.
It was a disappointing transfer window for Newcastle with the club starting out wanting a winger, central midfielder and striker in early January. Half way through the month that was reduced to a winger and a striker and then we heard Newcastle had to do loan deals this month (the last transfer window of the [.
The Mail is reporting that Marseille are willing to pay £2.5M for Newcastle central midfielder Cheick Tiote. They arereporting that Cheick is keen to leave Newcastle now that we are in the second division, but the 53times capped Ivory Coast midfielderhad a mini-revival in form under Rafa Benitez last season and Rafa started him in [.
The Mirror is reporting that Newcastle have agreed a £5M deal for Dele Alli, with the 18 year-old joining Newcastle in the summer. Dele Alli £5M deal agreed As expected, the central midfielder will remain with the League One outfit on loan until the end of the current season The England U-19 International will [.
Newcastle are said to be interested in West Ham's central midfielder Mohamed (Mo) Diame, who could be leaving the east London club this summer. Mo Diame West Ham's experienced central midfielder Apparently the 26 year-old Senegal International has already said he wants to leave the club this summer, but that was for a top [.
Newcastle's 19 year-old midfielder Mehdi Abeid will be going out on loan to a Championship club, according to a report in Sky Sports. Mehdi Abeid after scoring against Fenerbahce in pre-season It was noticeable that Mehdi hadn't made any of the first team squads this season, as it seems like 18 year-old central midfielder [.
Arsenal midfielder Ismaël Bennacer has been linked with a loan move away from the club.
The 18-year-old central midfielder is very highly rated within the game and is already impressing with the Arsenal reserves.
As per the latest reports from Algeria, the likes of Guingamp, Le Havre and Lorient are ‘very interested’ in taking the player on loan and Bennacer is thought to be keen on playing some first team football as well.
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has secured an extension with the club according to Perth Glory CEO Peter Filopoulos.
Towards the end of last season, it seemed like the 34 year old central midfielder would leave the club this summer, but after a conversation with Jose Mourinho he apparently signed a new deal with the Old Trafford club.
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has been linked with an exit from Old Trafford this summer.
The 34 year old midfielder has spent a decade at Manchester United and was expected to leave this summer once his contract expires. However, club legend Paddy Crerand has now confirmed on MUTV (the club’s official channel) that Carrick has signed a new one year deal with Manchester United.
Louis Van Gaal is determined to sign a creative midfielder in the summer and reiterated he's chosen to deploy Wayne Rooney in midfield because of the need to ensure stability in the middle of park.
United spent £58m on Angel Di Maria and £29m on Ander Herrera last summer, but with the former struggling for form and the latter almost systematically ignored by Van Gaal, Rooney has found himself in midfield on a permanent basis since the turn of the year.
Jack Wilshere of Arsenal-Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
If Arsene Wenger is to announce Jack Wilshere as Arsenal's captain in 2-3 years time, a topic discussed previously here on SWOL, how many Gunner fans would reject? A fan favorite, the England midfielder continues to dazzle the Premier League from his central midfield role for Arsenal, and it seems his importance will only continue to grow as he ages.
I suppose it's axiomatic to say that Arsenal's is a much more green and pleasant land in the
aftermath of a good victory. The scorched earth of transfer deadline day has (temporarily at least)
given way to the first flower of spring. I still have my misgivings about the squad, but there
seems little point in recycling them now.
Antonio Conte will be forced to get creative this summer as he will head to the Euro's without the services of one of Italy's key players.
Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio, capped 54 times by Italy, was stretchered off the pitch in the Bianconeri's 4-0 victory over Palermo on Sunday and it has been confirmed that the Italian has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, ruling him out of Euro 2016.
United is allegedly going to attempt to sign a higher-profile central midfielder than previously expected.
A report from Sky Italy's Gianluca Di Marzio states that D.C. United is meeting with AC Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino tomorrow to persuade him to come to MLS. Whether an offer has already been made and the team is coming to close the deal, or whether these are simply preliminary talks, remains unclear.
The Chicago Fire added a new piece to their midfield that they hold can bring some more stability to the club.
The Fire announced on Monday that they had signed Romanian international Razvan Cocis fromUkrainian club FC Hozerla Uzhhorod. Per MLS and team policy, terms of the transfer and contract were not disclosed.
United may be about to take a risk on a talented but aging central midfielder.
The Washington Post's Steve Goff is reporting that D.C. United is on the verge of trading some form of allocation money to the Colorado Rapids for Brazilian midfielder Marcelo Sarvas. United's needs in central midfield have been well-known throughout the offseason, as Perry Kitchen has opted to pursue a deal in Europe while Davy Arnaud considers retirement due to concussions.
Our next review focuses on a veteran whose importance to DCU became magnified whenever he wasn't around.
Many of the qualities people tend to ascribe to D.C. United also end up being good adjectives to describe Davy Arnaud. The veteran midfielder is in a lot of ways the distillation of Ben Olsen's side: Gritty, hard-working, effective, far from flashy, and more than a little unpleasant to play against.
Grains of salt on the source, but a spot that needs addressing may be about to be announced.
A report out of Argentina says that D.C. United isabout to sign central midfielder Agustin Carlos Farias, formerly of Nueva Chicago in Nacional B, the Argentine Second Division.
Farias (also known as "Agus" sayeth Wiki) is 26 and if the obligatorysizzle reels areany indication, looks like he is good with both feet and has good pace, though appears to be a tad small (height demos a little tough to find for Argentine B League mids when you're at work).
Wide midfielder Leonel Miranda will rejoin the Houston Dynamo on a new loan from C.A. Independiente
Even in preseason the Houston Dynamo brass has been at it trying to find ways to improve the roster. The Dynamo recently signed central midfielder David Rocha and defender Agus, but the moves weren't over as we near the start of a new year in MLS.
This was always going to be a really tough test for Arsenal. Already having to cope with so many key player out of action due to availablility, the last thing Arsene Wenger needed was to lose our only regular central midfielder, but that is exactly what the manager had to do after Mathieu Flamini was [.
This summer, the Spanish National Team successfully completed their international 'treble' and found themselves back in familiar territory on the winner's podium. One player in particular, however, wouldn't have used the phrase 'familiar territory' to describe his month in Poland and the Ukraine.
ARSENAL GRADUALLY DRIFTING INTO A 4-4-2 LIKE FORMATION by GO
I always remember that particular interview where Arsene Wenger compared Theo Walcott to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Comparing Walcott to fellow Southampton academy graduate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the Arsenal boss told the club's official website: "They are a different style.
Would you be happy with Wenger promoting Coquelin or do you want another Central midfielder? by KJ
It's a very slow news day for Arsenal at the moment (mainly because of the lack of games to talk
about). As a result, I want to refer back to our controversial ending to the transfer window (I
France manger Didier Deschamps called Abou
Diaby the 'complete midfielder' after the Arsenal man scored his
country's only goal in a 1-0 win over Finland on Friday in their opening World Cup
During an interview this past weekend on ESPN1000's Fire Weekly, General Manager Nelson Rodriguez teased the addition of two players to the roster within the coming weeks. He didn't provide names or teams but did describe the players and what they can contribute to the Fire. "We have a signed contract with a young midfield player," said Rodriguez.
The Virginia midfielder has inked his first pro contract.
The Union have officially announced the signing of Eric Bird, the club's second selection in this year's SuperDraft.
Bird played all four years at the University of Virginia, starting the final three. Despite being more of a box-to-box midfielder, Bird chipped in his fair share of goals during his time as a Cavalier.
So the big news of the day is the confirmationfrom the club of therumours from the past few days that Calum Chambers of Southampton will be itsfourth signing of the summer. He's a defensive player who can play both right back and centre back, but it's thought that the manager also sees him playing as a central midfielder.
Frank Yallop has added some support to his midfield with the signing of 31 year old Romanian midfielder Razvan Cocis. While this acquisition won't excite the masses or give the Fire a marketable name, Cocis is a veteran who last played in the Ukranian Premier League with Russia's Lokomotiv Moscow featuring as the biggest club on his résumé.
When discussing the best central midfielder in the world the debate typically revolves around two players, Yaya Toure and Arturo Vidal. The Chilean is a destructive and creative force, combative in the heart of midfield, Vidal's performances for Juventus in the last few seasons have been outstanding and has been their standout player in the period along with fellow midfielder Andrea Pirlo.
[I] fell a little for Cheltenham last season. Whether it was their spunky burgundy kit; the thought that I'd personally discovered their terrific central midfielder Marlon Pack; the wonderful Kemble Brewery Inn around the corner from Whaddon Road; or the impression that manager Mark Yates had transformed the Robins into a side punching well above their weight, I'm not sure.
Besides Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas will have another prominent starter not on the field for
Sunday's friendly with Club Leon of Mexico. Central midfielder Andrew Jacobson has had the entire
week off from training so that he can rest an ongoing foot injury.
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