Sadio Mane is a hot topic in both the Liverpool FC and Southampton Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world right now. It appears his move from the south coast club to Anfield is imminent, with the two clubs reportedly agreeing on a fee of £34 million ($44.7m) – rising to £36 million ($47.3m).Follow paulmbanks
According to a report in Germany, Manchester United could very well be closing in on their second signing of the summer transfer window. The first obviously being Villareal midfielder Eric Bailly. The agent of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mino Raiola, talked once again last week about closing a deal to move his client to Manchester United.
Now ESPN FC’s German football expert Raphael Honigstein reports that a BVB official has travelled to Manchester, with the move almost wrapped up.Follow paulmbanks
Roy Hodgson is the biggest scapegoat of course, and he’s already paid for his blunders with his job. The England Manager was out of contract at the end of the year, and it was mandated that his side “do well” in order for him to continue leading Three Lions.
So much for that. Hodgson’s team looked uninspired, listless and incompetent as they crashed of out of the 2016 European Championships at the hands of Iceland, a country 1/190th their size in population. Iceland, a country most internationally known for their critical role in the 2008 global financial meltdown, gave England their second “Brexit” in four days.Follow paulmbanks
The Italy versus Spain 2016 European Championships match was for much more than a spot in the Euro quarterfinals. It was a battle to see who the world’s greatest goalkeeper is: Manchester United/Spain keeper David de Gea, or Italy/Juventus #1 Gigi Buffon.
After all United/Italy Defender Matteo Darmian just said that Buffon was the world’s best, not De Gea. (Although it’s very likely that Darmian could be an ex-United Defender soon)Follow paulmbanks
If do-it-all dynamo Paul Pogba does actually decide that he wants to leave Juventus, he’ll have no shortage of suitors. And those suitors will be the biggest clubs in the world too. It’s been widely reported that Manchester United have made contact over a deal to possibly bring Pogba back to Old Trafford.
A week ago, Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, revealed that talks with Real had begun.Follow paulmbanks
Former Chicago Bears defensive back Peanut Tillman might, arguably, be the greatest cornerback in Bears history. The team Tillman played for last season (after 12 illustrious years in Chicago), the 17 win NFC Champion Carolina Panthers, might, arguably, be the greatest team not to win the Super Bowl in NFL history.
Of course, fans of the 2007 New England Patriots might have something to say about that. The Panthers #KeepPounding, are the only team Peanut Tillman wants to play for in 2016.Follow paulmbanks
USA Basketball announced on Monday that Golden State Warriors forward and Michigan State Alum Draymond Green will be part of the 12-man roster for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team. #USABMNT
The full roster of players selected for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, which is seeking a third consecutive Olympic title when they compete in the Rio Summer Olympiad includes:Follow paulmbanks
As the 2016 NBA Draft progressed, more obscure and strange sounding names were called. Sir Winston Churchill once famously said: ‘Everybody has a right to pronounce foreign names as he chooses’. Although Churchill’s quip wouldn’t fly in today’s ultra-pc culture, you could see many NBA fans embodying that zeitgeist in the advanced stages of the draft.
In every draft, most NBA fans have the “who?!” reaction to many of the picks in the 40s and 50s. This draft was so weak that the reflex started happening in the 20s and 30s.Follow paulmbanks
NBA Draft night saw incessant Jimmy Butler trade rumors, including some narratives that would potentially reunite the superstar swingman with his former coach Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota. Obviously, it didn’t happen as Butler stayed put, but the Chicago Bulls also took a natural shooting guard, how can also play small forward and point guard with their lottery pick at #14.
Yes, the selection of Denzel Valentine (here’s more on him), plus the Bulls selecting a small forward in the second round in Paul Zipster from Germany, again called into question the team’s future on the wings, as well as wonderment about the future of Jimmy Butler with the team.Follow paulmbanks
Ryan Giggs remains a big question mark right now at Old Trafford. Reportedly, he’s done proverbially singing “The Clash” to himself, repeating that popular rhetorical refrain “should I stay or should I go?” Giggs’ mind is made up– he wants to meet with new manager Jose Mourinho and initiate his own personal Brexit from Manchester United after his 29 years of service with the club.
Unfortunately for Giggs, there are serious question marks about where he might land.Follow paulmbanks
It’s a Sunday in the summer, and thus it’s time to talk transfer business and transfer rumors. Last summer, Manchester United acquired midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton. A year ago United was managed by Louis van Gaal and Saints by Ronald Koeman.
This summer, with a couple spins of the coaching carousel, Schneiderlin could be on the move again. Koeman could be looking to reunite with the Frenchman in Everton.Follow paulmbanks
Reports from England confirm the entry of Manchester United into the competition for Julian Draxler. “The Daily Star Sunday can reveal that talks on Draxler were held in the last week. German sources at Euro 2016 say United’s interest in Draxler is strong.”
The report goes on to state that United have bid £30 million emerging German midfielder, but Wolfsburg “have made it clear they have no intention of selling their prize asset.”Follow paulmbanks