Reports of Mehdi Benatia joining Bayern Munich from AS Roma appear to have been premature, as the defender's transfer saga continues with more twists.
The Morocco international was rumored to make the switch to Manchester United on Saturday, then speculation in Italy was he would renew his contract with Roma this week, and yesterday it was reported that his agent Moussa Sissoko had reached a deal on personal terms with Bayern Munich; subject to the clubs reaching agreement for Benatia.
Chelsea Offer Torres On Loan To Land Promising Young Roma Striker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
It is incredible to many Chelsea fans how Fernando Torres has remained at the club for so long, despite never being able to scale the heights from his Liverpool days. There have been several talks and rumours of a move away from Stamford Bridge, but nothing has ever materialised.
Fresh rumors of Liverpool's interest in signing Mario Balotelli heightened tonight after credible reports emerged from the UK and Italy.
Ever since the departure of Luis Suarez, Liverpool's transfer dealings have been numerous and varied. Early dealings in the window saw former Southampton stars Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren head to Merseyside for fees totaling around £50million.
Speculation over the past few weeks was that Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal had left the door open for a possible move from Italian champions Juventus. The player had been linked with moves to Manchester United and Real Madrid in recent months.
But following today's comments from Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta, that door has effectively been slammed shut.
Today marks the first day of playoffs for the UEFA Champions League where clubs are playing across Europe to try to make it into the Group Stage of the tournament. Two high profiles matches are being televised on US television (more info below).
Beginning at 2pm ET, Rob Stone hosts pregame, halftime and post-game UEFA Champions League coverage from Los Angeles with analysts Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and Brian McBride.
Manchester United and Napoli have agreed to a move that will send Marouane Fellaini to Italy on a season-long loan. The transfer will be finalized as soon as the Belgium international gives his approval to the switch.
The Italian newspaperGazzetta dello Sportis reporting that Napoli has agreed to pay United a fee of £4million in order to secure the services of the 26-year-old midfielder.
Arsenal Target Chilean Striker Completes Shock QPR Switch - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Napoli's Eduardo Vargas has completed a move to Premier League new-boys Queen Park Rangers, Italian website Gianluca Di Marzio has reported. The Chilean forward will have a medical tomorrow and apply the finishing touches to his loan move.
Rumors circulating around AS Roma centre-back Mehdi Benatia went into overdrive on Saturday after Sky Sports reporter Jim White tweeted news that the AS Roma defender was on his way to Manchester United.
That news was quickly followed by reports of the player flying to England to speak to United officials.
Manchester United has had a £24 million bid accepted forAS Roma centre-back Mehdi Benatia, according to several reports.
The Morocco international had been rumored to be closing in on a move to Chelsea in recent days, but United entered the race to sign the defender in the past 48 hours and appear to have beaten their Premier League rivals to the highly-rated player.
Celtic barely advancing in the Champions League and Ted Lasso videos mean one thing to the serious soccer fan – it's back. After a tasty appetizer of the World Cup, European club soccer returns this month beginning with the Premier League this weekend. While MLS fans would counter that their season is six months old, the lure of seeing the best players in the world teaming-up Guardians of the Galaxy style (with Per Mertersacker as Groot) and compete against each other for more than one fleeting month is a moment to celebrate.
From France: Liverpool join the race to sign €25m Argentine striker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Inter Milan have done few smart signings this summer already. They are looking to keep hold of some of their star players at the same time as the Serie A giants are targetingto mount a serious challenge for the Europeanspot this season.
Manchester United and Barcelona in tug-of-war to land €50m World Cup star - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Juan Cuadrado, one of the stars for Colombia during the World Cup in Brazil,knows very well that his days at Fiorentina are numbered. But what he doesn't know is where will he land up in the next couple of weeks before the transfer window slum shut.
The new soccer season in most European countries is just around the corner, and thus so is the fantasy league for Europe. Using a budget of 100 million on Euro Fantasy League, here is my fantasy Starting XI that I recommend you consider.
Goalkeeper: Salvatore Sirigu
Defenders: Flilipe Luiz or Cesar Azpilicueta, Rami, Barzagli, Pablo Zabaleta
Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Cesc Fabregas, Raheem Sterling, Luka Modric
Forwards: Radamel Falcao, Jan-Klaas Huntelaar
Subs: John Stones, Bojan Krkic, Aaron Ramsey
I based my choice by selecting players who are more likely to be in a team that manages to achieve a clean sheet as well as players who I think can produce assists and/or goals.
Chelsea Flop Closing In On Fiorentina Move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Marko Marin's time at Chelsea has been torrid, to say the least. Signed by Roberto Di Matteo in the summer of 2012, the German has made only 6 league appearances for the Blues thus far. After spending his first season on the fringes at Stamford Bridge, he was loaned out Spanish side Sevilla.
Speaking ahead of his club's exhibition match against FOXTEL A-League All Star Team in Sydney, Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba confessed that he and his teammates are concerned about the future of Arturo Vidal with the club.
According to a report from The Sydney Morning Heraldtoday, the Italian champions went through a complete team session at the WIN Jubilee Stadium, but Vidal was left to train on his own before going through some supervised drills due to a knee injury.
Lazio Reject Liverpool Offer For Promising Young Striker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Lazio have rejected a€20 million from Liverpool for their 19 year-old prodigy Keita Balde Diao, reports from Forza Italian Football have stated. The Spanish striker is on the radar of clubs like Juventus and Manchester United as well, after impressing with his performances in Serie A last year.
It's on. It's on like mother-flippin' Donkey Kong mother-flipper!
With Balotelli himself telling Sky Italia this morning that today would be his final day with the club, AC Milan have just confirmed via their website that the striker has said his good-byes to all of the players and staff at Milanello.
The big news on the transfer front this morning is that Liverpool, in their ongoing search for a first-rate striker, have reportedly entered talks with AC Milan over the signing of Mario Balotelli.
According to BBC Sport among several others, Liverpool are more than willing to meet Milan's valuation of Balotelli (believed to be around€25million) and as such have opened negotiations with the Serie A side last night.
Published via Real Madrid's official website, departing goalkeeper Diego Lopez has written a really rather lovely farewell letter tothe club and their fanson the eve of his move to Italy.
Having spent the majority of his early career at Real, Lopez returned to Los Blancos at the beginning of the 2013/14 season after spending seven years away with Villarreal and a further one at Sevilla.
Fresh from the news that its appeal against a two-window transfer ban was rejected by FIFA, Barcelona is considering signing Marco Reus from Borussia Dortmund and Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina, according to reports emanating from the Catalan press.
The transfer ban is set to take effect at the beginning of September 2014 and end at the start of January 2016.
We don't know what they're doing to him, but it looks like Marko Marin is really and we mean really! enjoying his medical at Fiorentina ahead of the wee German winger's impending loan move from Chelsea...
In attesa dell'ufficialit, Marin sta svolgendo le visite mediche!
The stars aligned perfectly for the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) as they were able to name former Juventus boss Antonio Conte as the new head coach of the Italian national team. Conte replaces Cesare Prandelli who resigned at the end of the World Cup finals in Brazil after seeing his Azzurri side fail to progress from a group which also contained England, Uruguay and Costa Rica.
With Serie A not farting back into life for another fortnight, Juventus continued their pre-season warm-up with a friendly against aSingapore XI last night, with Andrea Pirlo scoring the opener with a typically nonchalant free-kick flummoxing the goalkeeper by sliding his set-piece effortlessly underneath the wall.
Sport is part of the fabric of Sydney, Australia, something that's perhaps best illustrated by the multi-purpose ANZ Stadium—where five different sports are played—that was bristling with excitement as Juventus tackled the A-League All Stars this weekend.
Indeed, even in the days that preceded Juve's friendly game with the Australian top flight's finest, the streets of Sydney, plus collective mass of civilians and tourists alike were sprinkled with Bianconeri colors.
Former Juventus coach, Antonio Conte, has been appointed as the new coach for the Italian national team, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) confirmed today. Since the unexpected resignation of former Italian coach, Cesare Prandelli, in the wake of their dismal World Cup 2014 group stage elimination, the position had remained vacant.
Former France international Patrick Vieira, who spent time playing for AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus, has shared his thoughts on Carlo Tavecchio being named president of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).
Yesterday, Tavecchio defeated rival candidate Demetrio Albertini with a majority of the vote, despite having battled allegations of racism during the weeks leading up to his election.
In a transfer saga that has taken multiple turns thus far this summer, it appears as if we are closer to knowing the future of AS Roma defender Mehdi Benatia with French newspaper L'Equipe suggesting an agreement had been reached between the player and Bavarian giants Bayern Munich.
In a saga that has seen both Manchester United and Manchester City weigh up respective moves for the Moroccan international with neither putting in a formal offer, it looked as if Benatia would remain in Italy's capital city with Roma offering him a new contract.
We've already seen a fine effort fromNantes midfielder Serge Gakpé this weekend, but Keisuke Hondawent above and beyond the call of duty in his attempt to claim the "worst corner kick ever" title with a truly audacious display of craptitude during Milan's pre-season friendly against Valencia last night.