Friday, May 15, 2015

Where next for Raheem Sterling?

It is fair to say that it has been a disappointing season at Anfield, with Liverpool not only being unsuccessful in repeating the wonderful feats achieved in 2013/2014, but also look set to finish outside the top four. Brendan Rodgers’ side never came close to mounting a serious title challenge, and although they have enjoyed a wonderful run of form in recent months, it has proved in vain at the 1-1 draw at champions Chelsea all but ended their hopes of playing Champions League football next season. A difficult campaign could be set to become even worse for Rodgers, with prize asset Raheem Sterling looking increasingly likely to leave the club as each day passes. The highly-talented 20-year-old has shown his undoubted potential and can be one of only a few players at Liverpool that can hold their head up high, but his refusal to sign a new contract worth £100,000-a-week has created growing friction that shows no signs of dispersing. A number of major clubs in England and across Europe have already begun queuing in the hope of luring Sterling, with among a number of companies keeping tabs on potential destinations during the summer transfer window for the England international. Liverpool legend Phil Thompson believes that it is only a matter of time before Sterling leaves the club in what would be a major blow for Rodgers’ plans next season, and although some fans may believe that Sterling is only interested in money and not performing on the pitch, his contract dispute will unlikely to deter managers who have seen his qualities for club and country.


Losing Sterling to a Premier League rival would be a nightmare scenario for Liverpool, but with the player seemingly refusing to sign a new contract, it may be best to consider any offers for English clubs to prevent losing him for nothing. Arsenal are considered amongst the front-runners to sign the 20-year-old, and although Sterling has proven himself adept at playing as a striker, Arsene Wenger would be more likely to utilise his considerable pace and acceleration on the left or right wing. It would undoubtedly take a substantial fee to convince Liverpool to sell their star player to a rival, but Rodgers may look to utilise Arsenal’s interest by attempting to involve Theo Walcott in any kind of deal. The 26-year-old has endured an injury-hit season, but there is no doubting his qualities as a winger or striker when fully fit; securing a like-for-like replacement could be the best outcome for Liverpool, although it remains to be seen whether Wenger keeps faith with Walcott despite his injury problems.

Manchester City

Securing the services of talented English players is rumoured to be the remit in what has transformed into a crucial summer for Manchester City. Any transfer activity may ultimately depend on who is in charge, with Manuel Pellegrini’s position under threat following a hugely disappointing defence of their title which they practically surrendered to Chelsea. However, Sterling would undoubtedly fit into the category that Manchester City are currently searching for, and they have considerable financial firepower to provide Sterling with a huge salary which meets his demands.

Real Madrid

Becoming the next ‘Galatico’ would go against those who believe he is not worth the £100,000-a-week he is asking for and should focus more on continuing to develop at Liverpool, but moving to Real Madrid is not beyond the realms of possibility for Sterling.

Zinedine Zidane has already revealed their interest, with the La Liga giants building a niche for signing the best players in Europe at any cost. His electric pace and directness would bring something different to the Bernabau, with the lure of playing for one of the best and most prestigious clubs in world football undoubtedly a telling factor that could tempt Sterling to move to Spain.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Inter Milan preparing a move for Petr Cech

José Mourinho is ready to reward Petr Cech’s 11 years of loyalty by letting him pick where he wants to move

Petr Cech

The long-serving Chelsea keeper has lost his position to Thibaut Courtois this season and is unhappy sitting in stands only watching the game. He posted his assent to move away from Chelsea by saying, “I’m used to playing 50 or 60 games a season, not 15 or 20. That’s a big difference. I don’t know what the club’s idea will be. It looks like it works well with me and Thibaut as a duo. But that can work for one season only. I don’t want another one like this.”

Arsenal and Inter Milan both have maintained an interest in the 32 year old Czech international. However a recent report claimed the Premier League leaders had no intention of offloading Chech to the Gunners.

News posted by The Metro claims Inter have grown frustration with their current keeper Samir Handanovic’s over a new deal at the San Siro and have decided to pursue Cech.

Chelsea is looking for £10million for the veteran keeper who is having a year remaining on his current deal.

Chelsea made a move to bring Yoshinori Muto at Stamford Bridge

Yoshinori Muto

Yoshinori Muto is a Japanese football forward who currently plays for FC Tokyo in the J. League Division 1. Recent speculations have stated Chelsea made a move to sing Yoshinori Muto.

Muto scored scored 13 times last season and was named in the league's select XI, played for Japan during their run to the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup. He has been capped 11 times and scored three times in four games at the start of the new J-League season.

Chelsea has put in a bid for Muto for a fee reported to be in the £4 million region. Japanese news agency Kyodo News says the japenese player is yet to decide whether to play at Stamford Bridge in the summer or not.

"It is true that Chelsea sent us an offer for Muto," Ogane chelsea president told Sports Nippon.
"It is a formal offer with conditions. They want to acquire him in the summer."

Muto has shown his gratitude towards Chelsea offer by saying, "I have not decided yet at all. It is an honour for me to receive this offer from a great club."

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Sterling turns down contract extension of Liverpool

Raheem Sterling is a Jamaican-born footballer who plays as a winger for Liverpool and the England national team. He is recently being offered a £100,000-a-week contract extension by Liverpool.

News posted by The Mirror claimed that the he has rejected the contract extension leading to speculation about biding his adieu from Anfield.

However, despite such rumours, Brendan Rodgers insists that Raheem Sterling will not be leaving Liverpool this summer.

Raheem Sterling
When asked about Sterling's future Rodgers said: "My focus is purely on his football.

"That's my only concentration. I have said the intention of the player and the club was to put [talks] on hold.

"Raheem's ambition is to win trophies and that's perfectly aligned with what we're trying to do. This is one of the great clubs.

"I'm quite relaxed on it. It's part of the modern game. Raheem still has a lot of improvements to make. This is great place for him."


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