Premier League teams making offers for Tevez

June 25, 2009

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“Tevez future to decided in next ten days”

Carlos Tevez is considering offers from Manchester City, Chelsea and one other club, according to the player’s adviser Kia Joorabchian.

After Tevez decided not to renew his contract with Manchester United, despite being made the offer by the Old Trafford club that he had long been waiting for, Joorabchian commented the Argentinian’s future will be defined in “about 10 days” and hinted City were in pole position to sign the player.

Joorabchian told Radio del Plata: “Right now we are evaluating the proposals from Manchester City, Chelsea and one other team.

“In the next two weeks, Carlos, Adrian (Rouco, Tevez’s agent) and I will meet to sort this out.

“City is a club with most of the chances because they are building a big squad, but it is not a decisive point.

“The contract with United officially runs to until June 31 and we’ll respect that. After July 1, we’ll see. We may be defined in 10 days.”

Last weekend, Tevez turned down a lucrative five-year offer to stay at Old Trafford, with Joorabchian making clear it arrived too late.

“Carlitos has never asked United for money, he has never complained about his contract. It is not a problem regarding money, but we never talked about that in two years.

“In two years, (United manager Sir Alex) Ferguson always said we were going to sit down to negotiate but we never did so. He sent an offer, but it was too late because they had not offered anything in two years.”


Aguero to leave Atletico?

June 24, 2009

The Atletico de Madrid president has been very clear in his statements regarding a possible Aguero transfer saying that there will be no transfer and that Aguero is not for sale.

But, I was watching Aguero being interviewed last night on Fox Sports and everything he said went against what his club’s president has expressed.

Aguero said last night that he would definitely consider a transfer to a big European team, that he would like to join a team that would be competing for league titles & Cups.

Aguero said that the important thing for him was winning titles.

That last remark can be easily taken to mean that Aguero’s frustrated with his career so far in Atletico because of the team’s inability to win the Spanish League & not participating in the Champions League.

Aguero is clearly not on the same page as his team in regards to a transfer.

Manchester United is the latest “big team” to be interested in Aguero.

Will Aguero leave Atletico this summer?


Andújar signs with Catania

June 24, 2009

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Mariano Andújar is returning to the Serie A.

Andújar signed a 4 year contract with Catania.

The announcement was made on the club’s website.

This will be Andújar’s second time playing in Italy having played for Palermo during the 2005/06 season.

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El club siciliano anunció en su página web el fichaje del arquero de Estudiantes, que firmó un contrato por cuatro temporadas.

Así, volverá al Calcio luego de tres años.

Catania adquirió el pase del arquero argentino Mariano Andújar, quien firmó un contrato por cuatro temporadas, es decir, hasta el 30 de junio de 2013. La información fue publicada por el club italiano en su página web.

Andújar se desvinculará de Estudiantes una vez que finalice su participación en la Copa Libertadores.

Atajó en el Palermo, clásico rival del Catania, en la temporada 2005-06, por lo que regresará al Calcio tres años después.

El arquero, que tiene 26 años y fue titular en los últimos dos partidos de la Selección Argentina en las Eliminatorias (contra Colombia y Ecuador), será compañero de Pablo Barrientos, Matías Silvestre, Pablo Ledesma, Ezequiel Carboni, Mariano Izco y Cristian Llama.


Grondona on Riquelme’s return

June 24, 2009

In the last few weeks the AFA president has been talking in public about Riquelme’s possible return to the national team.

Yesterday, Grondona said the following:

“If Maradona says that the door is open, I have to go look for the key.

What’s the key?

The good will and for Riquelme to understand or to say that he wants to return to the national team.

We’ll have to wait and be patient.

We’re adults.”

Maradona has already stated that Riquelme can come back to the national team if he wants to and Grondona is giving Riquelme’s possible return alot of support in the media.

They’ve both put the ball in Riquelme’s court.

Will Riquelme change his mind and return to the national team?

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Grondona y un especial pedido para Riquelme

El presidente de la AFA sostuvo ayer que la “llave” para abrirle nuevamente las puertas de la Selección es “la buena voluntad” y le reclamó que “pueda entender o decir que quiere volver” al equipo nacional.

“Si él (Maradona) dice que la puerta está abierta, tengo que ir a buscar la llave. ¿Cuál es la llave? La buena voluntad y que Riquelme pueda entender o decir que quiere volver a la Selección”, señaló hoy Grondona en diálogo con Télam.

“Hay que esperar y tener paciencia. Somos grandes”, agregó el presidente de la AFA, quien se mostró tranquilo durante la entrevista que mantuvo con Télam.

Riquelme renunció a vestir la camiseta del seleccionado argentino como respuesta a las críticas públicas que recibió de parte de Maradona.


Boca stadium offered for WC qualifiers

June 24, 2009

It appears now that the game against Brasil will not be held in Rosario Central’s stadium afterall because it will only be able to have 20,000-25,000 seats available for the public and because of some stadium infrastructure issues.

The game will most likely take place in River’s stadium where it was originally scheduled but the Boca president has sent a letter to AFA offering their stadium for the remaining WC qualifiers.

Ofrecieron la Bombonera para la Selección

El presidente de Boca, Jorge Amor Ameal, le envió una carta al titular de la AFA, Julio Grondona, para poner a disposición el estadio ‘xeneize’ para las eliminatorias del Mundial 2010.

De todos modos, Argentina-Brasil se jugaría en la cancha de River.

El presidente de la AFA, Julio Grondona, recibió el viernes último una carta firmada por el titular de Boca Juniors, Jorge Amor Ameal, en la que puso a disposición la Bombonera para los encuentros del seleccionado argentino en las eliminatorias para el Mundial 2010.

Después de la polémica entre el entrenador nacional, Diego Maradona, y los directivos de River, por el mal estado del campo de juego del estadio Monumental, los dirigentes ‘xeneizes’ acercaron su propuesta, aunque se mantendría –al menos para el próximo partido entre Argentina y Brasil- la sede de la cancha de Núñez.

Antes del cotejo frente a Colombia, Maradona se había quejado por las imperfecciones del campo de River y hasta llegó a proponer otros estadios para actuar como local en las eliminatorias. Los dirigentes ‘millonarios’ respondieron con una carta en la que solicitaron detalles de los exámenes físicos del DT previos a hacerse cargo del equipo.

Otra de las alternativas que se estudiaron la semana pasada fue la del estadio ‘Gigante de Arroyito’, de Rosario Central, pero esa posibilidad se habría desestimado en las últimas horas.


Real Madrid make offer for Mascherano

June 20, 2009

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According to Cadena SER, Real Madrid have made an offer of 30 million euros to Liverpool for Javier Mascherano.

Is this move by Madrid just a scare tactic or are they seriously thinking of taking Masche from right under Barcelona’s nose?

A new twist in this ongoing soap opera.

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OFRECERÍA 30 MILLONES

El Madrid ‘torpedea’ el fichaje de Mascherano

El Real Madrid habría presentado una oferta de 30 millones de euros al Liverpool para fichar al centrocampista del Liverpool Javier Mascherano, según informó este viernes la Cadena SER.

Mascherano también interesa al FC Barcelona, aunque su oferta sería inferior a la del Real Madrid. El club azulgrana mantuvo esta semana un encuentro con sus agentes en la capital catalana, y el acuerdo con el jugador estaba bastante avanzado. El principal obstáculo para su pase es la negativa del Liverpool a traspasarlo.

Desde su llegada al club londinense, Mascherano se ha convertido en un jugador básico en los planes de su entrenador, Rafa Benítez, que no quiere ni oír hablar de su marcha. Esta podría producirse, sin embargo, si la oferta fuera muy elevada, ya que contribuiría a mejorar la situación económica de los ‘reds’.


Tevez leaving Manchester United

June 20, 2009



It’s official,

And I really can’t say that he is wrong to do so.

Tevez is too good of a player to be sitting on the bench for as many games as he did this season and not being in the starting eleven in the Champions league final was probably the final straw for him.

There are teams interested in signing him.

Will he stay in the Premier League?

guardian.co.uk

Roman Abramovich enters chase for Carlos Tevez

Roman Abramovich has sanctioned a lucrative offer for Carlos Tevez as Chelsea attempt to beat Manchester City to the signature of the Argentina international and flex their financial prowess for new manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Tevez’s future became a straight fight between Eastlands and Stamford Bridge yesterday when it was confirmed he had rejected a £25.5m move to Manchester United and would be following Cristiano Ronaldo out of Old Trafford.

City remain favourites to sign Tevez on an estimated £150,000 a week but have yet to finalise an agreement with Kia Joorabchian, the head of the ­consortium who own the 25-year-old’s economic rights. City are also acutely aware of Chelsea’s determination to provide Ancelotti with marquee signings this summer.

Chelsea have missed out on several stellar names in the past year, including Kaka and Robinho, who joined City for a British record £32.5m transfer fee last summer having been close to ­moving to Stamford Bridge. Glen Johnson and Franck Ribery, two targets for this close season, are expected to join Liverpool and Real Madrid respectively. Tevez, therefore, has emerged as a test of ­Chelsea’s pulling power under Abramovich.

United yesterday announced that Tevez had rejected their offer of a permanent five-year contract following a further round of talks between Joorabchian and David Gill, the club’s chief executive, on Friday night.

The deal would have been worth £110,000 a week, placing the striker alongside Rio Ferdinand and Dimitar Berbatov as the club’s highest earners. United set a deadline of midnight on Friday, having finally agreed to pay the option price on 3 June, only for ­Joorabchian to announce last night: “I think it was a little bit too late and there wasn’t enough time for Carlos to think about it.”

Old Trafford officials, however, believe 16 days was sufficient time for Tevez to decide whether to remain with a club he has known for two years and claim Joorabchian told Gill the player would be leaving on Friday. “The Club agreed to pay the option price of £25.5m and offered Carlos a five-year contract,” announced United. “Disappointingly, however, his advisers informed the club that he does not wish to continue playing for Manchester United.”

Despite their initial reluctance to meet the option price agreed when Tevez joined the club on loan in 2007 the Argentinian’s exit represents a significant setback for Sir Alex Ferguson, who rang the forward frequently during his holiday in the south of France in an attempt to convince him to stay.

With Ronaldo expected to complete his world record £80m transfer to Real Madrid next week, Tevez’s decision means United have lost the source of 40 of their 119 goals in all competitions last season. United will now intensify efforts to entice the Lyon forward Karim ­Benzema to Old Trafford.

Joorabchian blamed procrastination by United for the player’s departure. “I think Carlos is a little bit sad,” he said. “He’s enjoyed two great years at the club. They’ve won two Premier League titles, one Champions League title, one Carling Cup in his time but they didn’t really give him any offers. Over the duration of two years there was a lot of talk about signing him but we never actually got to the point of actually receiving any offers for him.

If it was, let’s say, Wayne Rooney’s contract finishing six months before, or Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract finishing six months before, would they have tried to secure their services a bit sooner? He has that little bit of a feeling that maybe he wasn’t the most wanted person at United. Rightly or wrongly, that’s how he feels.”