As far as summer transfer windows go, this was among the least exciting and interesting at Tottenham Hotspur. The North London side took awhile to name Mauricio Pochettino as the successor to Tim Sherwood. Then it took a real long time to add a single player at all. And in the end, there’s nothing about their transfer activity that makes you believe Tottenham could move up from the Europa League to the Champions League.Follow paulmbanks
It was about as interesting a summer transfer window as possible for Liverpool FC. They sold the best player in the entire Premier League to Barca, for a huge sum. And it all happened in the wake of an international controversy and extreme disgrace. The Reds then went on a buying spree with all that new cash. And one of their buys is another headcase/problem child in Mario Balotelli.
However, that comparison isn’t all that fair, because Suarez always gets it done on the field. His teammates like him, as he works hard and maintains focus. And then he bites people and hurls racial slurs.Follow paulmbanks
Manchester United, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (MANU), the professional sports team in the world that is publicly traded, spent around $250 million on players since finishing seventh last season, with Argentina midfielder Angel Di Maria joining last week for a British-record fee of 59.7 million pounds (then $99 million).
Versatile Netherlands international Daley Blind completed his move from Ajax for 14 million pounds ($23 million) on Monday as Radamel Falaco’s deal was being closed. They spent over 156 million pounds, nearly as much as Old Trafford has spent over the past five years combined.
Now the question is, what does Louis van Gaal do with Daley Blind and all of his new signings? Where does everyone play in the 3-5-2 system?Follow paulmbanks
Manchester United signed Daley Blind for £14 million from Ajax, trying it repair the disaster in the back line right now. All in all, Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodward spent more than £156 million this summer – almost as much as the club have spent in total over the previous five years. Here is Blind undergoing his medical at Old Trafford.
Also today, Blind picked up the Golden Shoe at the Dutch Player of the Year awards. Soon after his new club manager, and course country manager, LVG was presented with a lifetime achievement award for his services to the beautiful game.Follow paulmbanks
Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck is out the door at Old Trafford, as we profiled a few days ago. The 23-year-old has been told by Manager Louis van Gaal that he doesn’t matter that much to depth chart. It was thought that Javier Hernandez was beneath him in the pecking order, but apparently not. Moot point as Chicharito completed a loan move to Real Madrid anyway.
Manchester United signed Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco for the entire season in a last minute move on transfer deadline day. The Colombia striker’s deal, which came out of absolutely nowhere, gives United an option to buy him at the end of season.
The 28-year-old Falcao says “Manchester United is the biggest club in the world and is clearly determined to get back to the top.”Follow paulmbanks
Danica Patrick was her usual “one lap downica,” not once, but twice. However, she came back to score her career best 6th place finish last night at Atlanta. Sixth Place! That reminds me of The Simpsons episode where Al Gore is informed “somebody actually bought a copy of your book sir.”
“Well, this calls for a celebration” *Plays the Kool and the Gang song* “celebrate good times c’mon” “I will” Gore says. Of course Danica did win a rain shortened IndyCar race in Japan, so I guess that counts. But this is her best ever showing domestically.Follow paulmbanks
Watch this space as the summer transfer window shuts in a matter of hours. Here’s the final Tottenham transfer rumors of this period. Of course, that doesn’t mean we won’t have new rumors of deals tomorrow, and every day after that. We always have plenty of Tottenham transfer rumors, everyday.
Let’s get this party started.Follow paulmbanks
Watch this space as the summer transfer window shuts in a matter of hours. Here’s the final Man United transfer rumors of this period. Of course, that doesn’t mean we won’t have new rumors of deals tomorrow, and every day after that. We always have plenty of Man United transfer rumors, everyday.
Let’s get this party started.Follow paulmbanks
Manchester United have agreed a loan deal for Monaco’s Radamael Falcao, subject to medical and and agreement of personal terms. The loan fee is £6m, with the club having the option of a permanent deal for the player at the end of the season. The position of Falcao is certainly not one in dire need, but with Chicharito, Javier Hernandez now off on loan to Real Madrid, he fills in the depth chart there.
And don’t forget Danny Welbeck has been rumored out the door, with Arsenal an option, but most likely Tottenham Hotspur.Follow paulmbanks
No one seems to be very high on EJ Manuel right now. Given his performance in the NFL thus far, it’s understandable. Manuel was certainly a reach when he was drafted; almost as much as his fellow Florida State Seminole Christian Ponder. So I guess look out, teams seeking to draft Jameis Winston down the line.
The Buffalo Bills themselves probably aren’t very sold on EJ Manuel; that’s why they signed Kyle Orton.
Captain Neckbeard was the highest paid back-up in the NFL last season with the Dallas Cowboys, and wherever he goes, lack of faith in the starter is sure to follow.Follow paulmbanks
Wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t report the news that didn’t wasn’t so flattering to my hometown teams. Here’s some press that won’t be making any Chicago Bulls press releases any time soon.
Of course, it’s certainly not the Bulls fault that a horrible human being of this sort happens to fall into the “big tent” that is their fan base. When you’re a huge international brand like the Chicago Bulls, you’re bound to attract some “miscreants, losers and riff raff” as Keith Olbermann would say.
Or in this case the occasional murderous terrorist jihadist.