Diego Costa is the biggest name, but he’s not the only one that will be heard as we speed towards the January transfer window. The Guardian claims today that Chelsea will spend the next two weeks deciding whether to bring in a replacement for striker Diego Costa in January.Follow paulmbanks
Former Barcelona and currently banished Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes, 32, was reportedly a target of both Liverpool and Chelsea says a claim citing sources in ESPN FC back in late September.
Valdes will need to find a new team somewhere, as he Tweeted today that he is “fighting to be free.”Follow paulmbanks
At the halfway point of every season, the January transfer window offers managers the opportunity to bolster their squads. This summer saw numerous big-money signings arrive to the Premier League and so there’s every reason to believe that further high-profile moves will be made at the turn of the year.
Will Chelsea splash out to try and turn their campaign around and re-join the title favourites? Will Arsene Wenger fork out for a forward? Who can bring the goals that the bottom clubs so desperately need?Follow paulmbanks
Jurgen Klopp has been a Beatles like rock star in Liverpool, ever since it was announced that he was on his way to take over the Reds. When Klopp succeeded the sacked Brendan Rodgers, a new era of good feelings came over LFC. The unexpected 4-1 upset of Manchester City this past weekend, a match every bit as one-sided as the score indicates, inspired more positivity as well.Follow paulmbanks
Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato is keen on a move to the English Premier League once the January transfer window opens, sources have told ESPN FC. Earlier in the week, Tottenham Hotspur were linked with a move for Pato, as he would be their plan B should this miss out their first choice again- West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino.
It’s no secret that Mauricio Pochettino is looking to find some striking help to pair with Harry Kane.Follow paulmbanks
FOX Commentator Alexei Lalas gave a spirited and brutally honest assessment of what’s happened to Manchester United this season under the Louis Van Gaal philosophy. If Paul Scholes heard this, or hears this, he’ll no doubt be nodding and smiling in agreement. “Till the end we were not so good anymore, we were afraid to play the ball.”
Today’s UEFA Champions League post game show on FOX concluded with a segment entitled “The Final Touch” where each pundit gives his summary final thought.Follow paulmbanks
Louis Van Gaal: “Till the end we were not so good anymore, we were afraid to play the ball.”
That’s what the Manchester United Manager said near the beginning of his post game interview. His side drew 0-0, and the result was every bit as boring as it sounds. The second half was so dull that United’s own home fans booed them loudly and boisterously.Follow paulmbanks
Answering the question “Should Bill Cubit return as Illinois Fighting Illini Football Coach in 2016?” is complicated. Most fans are against it. His record on the field does not warrant it, although he has opportunities directly in front of him to change that.
From both a business and logistical perspective, it makes a ton of sense. The players themselves wholeheartedly support it. Given the current chaos at the University, as well as the ultra-competitive marketplace for coaches this season, you can do worse.
Actually, you just did much much worse.Follow paulmbanks
The University of Illinois is exploring the idea of giving interim head football coach Bill Cubit a two year contract extension. This according to a Tweet from a Chicago Tribune staffer. Illinois interim athletic director Paul Kowalczyk went on central Illinois radio station WSKJ-FM on Wednesday and stated that Bill Cubit’s fate would be determined by Sunday.
“In my mind, we need to make that call and figure out which way we’re going for everyone’s sake,” he said. “To me, it’s posthaste.”Follow paulmbanks
Modern horse racing has a rich history full of legendary performances as well as stunning upsets, making it one of the most thrilling spectator sports in the world. The unpredictable nature of horse racing has given rise to some truly amazing moments, and these 5 stand out as among the most unforgettable events on racing’s gilded track, within the past century.Follow paulmbanks
Jay Cutler and his famous for being famous wife welcomed their third and soon-to-not-be-vaccinated child into this world yesterday. That poor kid; I’m so thankful this thanksgiving that I had parents who believe and accept basic physical science. Anyway, while Saylor James Cutler’s arrival was burning up the online media heat maps yesterday, there’s actually another, more football related Jay Cutler story in the works.Follow paulmbanks
Manchester United did absolutely nothing at all in the second half of their UEFA Champions League tie with PSV Eindhoven tonight. The final result was 0-0, yet another goalless draw in a season that’s been filled with them. We’ve seen lots of dull tedium from United this season, and this was about as dull and tedious as it gets.
Hence all the strong boos that reigned down from the Old Trafford crowd. Deservedly so, as United would have been into the knockout round of Champions League with a victory, but instead could only muster up a draw.Follow paulmbanks