It is being reported in Portugal today that Arsenal have had a bid of 10 Million Euros rejected for Sporting Lisbon Keeper Rui Patricio. The bid is worth around 8 Million Pounds and was rejected immediately but Sporting have told Arsenal the player will be available if the price is right, apparently.
There has been many Arsenal rumours this season speculating that Arsene Wenger has been actively searching for a top goalkeeper to give some serious competition for the young Pole Wojciech Szczesny, and this view has been given even more credence since Wenger dropped Szczesny from the Gunners First XI.
It is just a matter of time before Arsenal make Victor Valdes one of their summer signings, at least that is what officials at Barcelona think. The 31-year old keeper has until the end of the month to change his mind and sign a new contract with the runaway leaders of the Spanish Primera Liga. Valdes has obviously considered his decision and is unlikely to change it, so the club will sell him.
Arsenal and Manchester United are in a similar situation, in one way at least. Not in the Premier league, where the Gunners are four places and 21 points behind Ferguson's men, and not in recent success where United have won eight major trophies since Arsenal won the FA cup in 2005. It is in the keeper situation where the similarity lies.
Fascinating story on Marca,com that Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas has caught the attention of Arsene Wenger and Arsenal.
Marca writes that Arsène Wenger isn't happy with the performances put in by Szczesny and that Iker would be an ideal signing for the Gunners. There are also rumours in England that Real Madrid could be interested in De Gea, in anticipation that Casillas will leave 'Los Blancos'.
David de Gea's saves justify his place in Team of the Year - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Although David de Gea was thought to be frail and not-capable of filling the shoes of Edwin van der Sar at Old Trafford but the Spaniard is only 22 years old and already he has made it into the PFA Team of the Year only in his second season in England.
Gareth Bale has become just the third man to be crowned PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year in the same season. Bale picked up the two trophies tonight in an awards ceremony, and joins Andy Gray and Cristiano Ronaldo on the proud achievement.
Meanwhile in London, the Professional Footballers' Association named their PFA Team of the Year, which was:
De Gea (Manchester United), Zabaleta (Manchester City), Ferdinand (Manchester United), Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur), Baines (Everton), Hazard (Chelsea), Carrick (Manchester United), Mata (Chelsea), Bale (Tottenham Hotspur), Suarez (Liverpool), Van Persie (Manchester United)
What's your opinion about the PFA Team of the Year and whether there are any glaring omissions or players you feel that shouldn't have been selected?
Sir Alex Ferguson has sung the praises of David de Gea after he has gone 627 minutes without conceding a Premier League goal.
"They have all improved," said Ferguson of his back-line. "The concentration has become better and the importance of the games has helped that. But you're right, David De Gea has developed and matured as the season has gone on.
Much like midweek, this report is hard to write. It's main purpose is to push the annoying picture at the top of the last post out of sight down the page. I've heard some people say that Utd fans don't get as much excitement and feeling from their team's football compared to the drama of watching, say, a team like QPR fight against relegation because Utd 'win most of the time anyway'.
When, a couple of days ago, Sir Alex Ferguson described the current United crop as better and stronger than the 1999 vintage that delivered an unprecedented Treble, many eyebrows were raised. Are Danny Welbeck and Michael Carrick really a better proposition than Dwight Yorke and Roy Keane? The jury will be out for another couple [.
Chris Smalling of Manchester United-Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
Manchester United return to Old Trafford to face Reading in the FA Cup Fifth Round after a spirited performance against Real Madrid midweek. The Red Devils return to England without suffering any additional injuries from their trip to Spain, while the Royals are coming off a run of excellent performances as of late.
It was a night of drama, a night of passion, a night of survival. It was a night when United survived relentless pressure and fought their demons to reach a draw that could prove pivotal in their European campaign. Much had been made of this clash, Ronaldo's first meeting against his former club, and it [.
Pessimism is a feeling rarely associated with a positive approach to crucial moments, being them part of professional or personal life, let alone with a football match that could prove to be a pivotal factor in the equation of a season. Pessimism was indeed very palpable in many United fans today, wary of the necessity [.
The amount of hostility that David De Gea receives each week is somewhat bemusing to me. I know he's made mistakes, but so have many other world class goalkeepers. In a way, it is part of the job, and especially so in the EPL where punishing mistakes is a big part of the game. The speed and intensity of matches is what makes watching the Premier League so much fun, but it also causes teams (and goalkeepers) to make errors.
Following City's draw against QPR, Utd had a chance to push the league lead back up to seven points against Southampton last night. Whilst the outcome was ultimately the one required, Sir Alex's post-match statement that Southampton were 'the best side to play here this season' highlighted that this was no one-sided contest.
Since joining Manchester United, David de Gea has been under an incredible amount of pressure to perform, with every mistake scrutinised. Whilst other goalkeepers, like Joe Hart or Pepe Reina, have been guilty of several mistakes too, they tend to be brushed under the carpet. It's the popular thing to do to have a go at De Gea.
The great Sir Matt Busby once said: "At United we striveforperfection, if we fail we might just have to settle for excellence". As I stood in the freezing cold at White Hart Lane yesterday, on the 19th anniversary of Sir Matt's death, those words sounded ironic to say the least, considering the current state of [.
Championship winning teams build their destinies onto world class players, teamwork ethic and the virtue of weather through a storm and come out unscathed, scarred and bruised perhaps but, ultimately, winning. Manchester United definitely possess all of these requirements and showed it once more today.
The last time United played a cup game under the floodlights at Upton Park, both the performance and the cold were so disheartening that very few of the thousands that had traveled to London would have cherished memories of that day. Despite more accomodating weather conditions and a much improved performance, today's game wasn't going [.
The press in this country are very confused about David de Gea. One minute they are highlighting every mistake as though he is one of the worst keepers in the league and the next they are claiming he is about to join Barcelona or Real Madrid.
Following stories linking him with a return to Spain, De Gea has claimed he would like to return one day, but wants to stay in Manchester for a long time and win a lot of trophies first.
On Monday night, Gary Neville went in to great detail to explain why David de Gea was at fault for conceding Spurs' late equaliser against United. Neville even showed a slow motion replay of the "five or six second stare" that Nemanja Vidic gave De Gea after the goal went in.
Whilst most people would agree that Neville is an excellent pundit, who fans of all teams (including City and Liverpool!
After another horrific defeat to Bayern Munich this past Wednesday, Barcelona will officially start their rebuilding this summer. The team was man handled throughout the two games against Bayern Munich, which let the club know that the world is now catching up to their tiki taka style of play.