Just how good or bad is Tom Cleverley? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The international squads announced for the next week's round of international friendlies offered an opportunity to compare the merits of various squads. What doesn't show very favourably for England is that a midfield player of the quality of real Madrid's Isco cannot force himself into Spain's squad, whilst Tom Cleverley is, and always was going to be, in Roy Hodgson's selection.
The REAL reason why Arsenal failed to sign a striker in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal fans everywhere bemoaned Arsene Wenger's lack of activity in the January transfer window, with the majority wondering why on earth the Frenchman didn't bring in a striker to help Olivier Giroud and the inexperienced Yaya Sanogo up top.
Liverpool player has no future at Anfield says Rodgers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Liverpool could be one of the busiest clubs next summer, should they qualify for Champions League spot this season. That doesn't mean if they do not qualify this season, they won't spend next season, but with Champions League money coming in, there could be few ins and outs.
Guillem Balague: Alvaro Morata WILL sign for Arsenal, if a fee can be agreed - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has finally agreed a move to Arsenal, according to Spanish journalistGuillem Balague.
Speaking on SkySports' Revista de La Liga on Tuesday night, Balague claimed that the 21-year-old attacker, who was linked with a move to Arsenal for almost the entirety of last month's winter transfer window, is set on a summer switch to North London, but that the move hinges on the clubs agreeing a fee.
Enzo Zidane accepts France call-up - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Enzo Zidane, son of France legend Zinedine, has decided to accept a French under-19s call-up, with the 18-year-old taking another step towards emulating his illustrious father.
More commonly referred to as Enzo Fernandez, the attacking midfielder is one of four of Papa Zidane's boys currently in the Real Madrid youth setup, with brothersLuca, Theo, and Elyaz all playing in different age groups at the club.
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois plans to run down his Chelsea contract before moving to Real Madrid, according to reports in Spain. The Belgium international has spent that last three seasons on loan at Real's city rivals Atletico Madrid. But he is set to become the first-choice keeper at the Bernabeu in 2016.
Tapping up, tapping up, we tell you! Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade Chamberlain has published a photo showing him with his arm round Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto. Given that the 22-year-old has been linked with a £6m switch to the Gunners in recent months and given Arsene Wenger's penchant for snapping up Barca youngsters [.
Chelsea are lining up Valencia youngster Juan Bernat as a cut-price alternative to Southampton's Luke Shaw. Manager Jose Mourinho is keen to strengthen at left-back this summer, with Ashley Cole likely to leave at the end of the season and right-back Cesar Azpiliculeta currently standing in on the left flank.
Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan is a transfer target for Arsenal and Liverpool, according to his agent. Both Premier League sides are said to be keen on the Turkey international, who is particularly eager to link-up with Gunners boss Arsenal Wenger. Turan's agent Ahmed Bulut said: "Arsenal and Liverpool?
Liverpool do not intend to spend the £3.3m needed to convert Aly Cissokho's loan into a permanent deal, according to reports. The left-back will be allowed to return to parent club Valencia with the Reds deciding not to take up their option to sign him, according to Valencia-based online newspaper Plaza Deportiva.
Manchester United manager David Moyes was in Paris on Wednesday evening to watch Real Sociedad's Antoine Griezmann make his France debut against Holland. After scoring 20 goals in Spain this season, Griezmann was given the chance to make an impression for Les Bleus. The 22-year-old has been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent [.
Chelsea are being linked with a £25m bid for Real Madrid's Raphael Varane after Jose Mourinho lavished praised on him. The Blues boss said the 20-year-old is the "best young central defender in the world". That's prompted suggestions that Mourinho is hoping to sign Varane this summer. He said: "I think he is the best [.
Barcelona have identified Chelsea defender David Luiz as their preferred replacement for captain Carlos Puyol. The Catalan giants' long-serving skipper has announced he will be leaving when his contract expires this summer. Barca will renew their interest in the Brazil international as they seek a successor, according to the Telegraph.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is keen to sign Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann. The French star has long been linked with the Gunners and Wenger has now confirmed his interest in the 22-year-old. Asked about reports that he wants to sign Griezmann, Wenger told Telefoot: "Yes, we follow him in [.
Arsenal will revive their attempts to sign Alvaro Morata this summer after before given the 'green light' by Real Madrid, according to reports. The Gunners were keen to sign the 21-year-old last summer and were linked with a loan move in the January transfer window. Real have previously been unwilling to part with the youngster, [.
Tottenham have missed out on Dinamo Zagreb youngster Alen Halilovic after he announced that he has agreed to join Barcelona. The Croatian wonderkid was on the verge of moving to White Hart Lane last summer before the deal collapsed in a bizarre row over his siblings' school fees. Now, it seems the 17-year-old will join [.
Liverpool are set to bid £5m to sign Barcelona's Bojan Krkic, according to reports. The one-time wonderkid of Spanish football was valued at £35m in 2011, but could now be available for just £5m. The 23-year-old has been watched by Reds scouts several times during his current loan spell at Ajax, the Daily Mirror claims.
Liverpool are leading the race to sign Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, according to reports in the Catalan media. The 32-year-old is out of contract this summer and has already made it clear that he will be leaving in order to seek a new challenge. French sides Monaco and Paris Saint Germain were believed to be [.
Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has warned Arsenal and Chelsea that he doesn't expect star striker Diego Costa to leave this summer. The 25-year-old has been widely linked with a move to the Premier League ahead of next season, but Cerezo is adamant that he will be staying put. And, in a thinly-veiled swipe at [.
Liverpool transfer target Ivan Rakitic is set to sign a new contract with current club Sevilla, according to reports. The Reds face more transfer disappointment with the news that the Croatian star is set to stay in Andalusia. Rakitic, aged 25, is also said to be wanted by Chelsea, Manchester United, Barcelona and Inter Milan.
Manchester United are the latest Premier League side to join the race for Argentine wonderkid Angel Correa. The San Lorenzo youngster, comfortable as a striker or in a more withdrawn role, has earned comparisons to comaptriot and Manchester City star Sergio Aguero with his exciting displays so far in his fledgling career.
Barcelona's Alex Song is the latest midfielder to be linked with a move to Manchester United. Reports in the Spanish media claim that David Moyes wants to take the former Arsenal star to Old Trafford. Catalan newspaper Sport claims that the Cameroon international could be targeted this summer. They claim that United were sniffing around [.
Spain's Diego Costa is set to make his debut for his "naturalised" country (as they say in Portuguese... uff, Brazil!) against Italy tomorrow.
"It was a complicated decision at the time. But it was a choice that I gave a lot of thought to and I tried to do the right thing," he explained, regarding his decision to pick Spain over Brazil at the World Cup.
As the last two World Cup winners faced off in Madrid last night, there was very little learnt about the respective teams' prospects ahead of this summer in Brazil although Spain showed slight glimpses of the direction in which Vicente del Bosque wants to take the team through the ninety minute use of Spanish debutant Diego Costa.
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Spain vs Italy 2014 Friendly Highlights 1-0 Pedro Goal Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Spain vs Italy 2014 (Espana Italia VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Spain vs Italy 1-0 (Pedro) Estadio Vicente Calderon, Madrid- 5 March, 2014- International Friendly Pedro's second half strike sees Spain edge Italy [.
The World Cup will dominate television sets this summer and per usual, most of the elite European nations (as well as a few South American teams) will be considered as favorites, or at the very least serious contenders. There'll be lofty expectations placed on teams like Italy, England, Germany and defending champion Spain.
Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has scored a cheeky goal in Spain training. The Gunners star sold Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas an outrageous dummy to put him on his backside before easily rolling the ball into the net. Casillas, now second choice behind Diego Lopez at Real, might conclude that life on the bench isn't [.
Arsenal's Santi Cazorla shows why he has moved ahead of Manchester United's Juan Mata in the Spain pecking order by making a fool out of Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas in Spain training ahead of their friendly tie with Italy tomorrow night.
After a couple of abject Tottenham performances of late, Gareth Bale has given a timely reminder of the bit of magic that was taken out of the team last summer. The £85m man produced this incredible jinking run after cutting in from the right before delivering the finish to put his side 0-2 up at [.
Andre Villas Boas is one of five potential candidates being considered to replace Tata Martino as Barcelona manager next season according to reports. Barca are considering a change in the summer amid reports that Martino has lost some of the dressing room. The Daily Mail claims that Villas Boas is on a five-man shortlist to [.