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JULY 23 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

July 23, 2010

JULY 23 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

O’NIELL: MILNER MAY MOVE IF MAN CITY HAVE MONEY

James Milner’s potential transfer to Manchester City had a moment of clarity today.

After days of rumored fallout’s and accusations, Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill made it plain that the England International may leave the club, as long as Manchester City pay the asking price, rumored to be in the $46 million range.

O’Niell won’t stand in the way of the 24-year-old midfielder desire to join City, but has made it clear that Milner has asked to leave the club.

“James and his agent came to see us before the World Cup and intimated that they would like to go.” O’Neill told Villa’s official website.  “Manchester City made an offer, which we told them (Milner and his Agent).

“There is a difference of valuation at this moment between the buying club and the selling club. That may well be resolved and if that is the case then absolutely fine.

“I think James’ agent has told our chief executive that he wouldn’t be signing a new contract. Obviously that puts a different slant on things, like everything else. If a fee is agreed, at the end of the day, the player can leave.”

City are preparing another offer of $38 million in hopes of resolving the matter, but whay Villa will do with the bid is unknown.

MARTIN JOL TO STAY AT AJAX-FULHAM LEFT SCRAMBLING

Martin Jol was apparently unaware that there was no exit clause in his contract at Ajax, according to the Fulham website.

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US-MEXICO PLAYER TRANSFER NEWS

July 18, 2010

US, MEXICO PLAYER TRANSFER NEWS

US PLAYER REPORT

  • Everton captain Phil Neville told reporters this weekend that he knows L.A. star Landon Donovan wants to return to Everton.
  • US Team captain Carlos Bocanegra moved was sold from Rennes of Ligue 1 fellow French side Saint-Etienne.
  • According to the BBC, former Chicago Fire head coach Bob Bradley will sign an extension to stay on as head coach of the US national team.
  • Jozy Altidore is in high demand.  The latest clubs showing interest in legendary Dutch side Ajax and Turkish side Besiktas. Altidore’s current club Villareal has said they are entertaining offers for the 20-year-old American striker. Since then a myriad of European clubs from shown an interest. From Serie A sides Napoli and Palermo to Glasgow Celtic of the Scottish Premier League.
  • The sale of Michael Bradley from Bundesliga side Borussia Moenchengladbach to Everton has gained steam, according to the Express. Newly promoted Premier League side Blackpool is also rumored to be interested.
  • AC Milan defender Oguchi Onyewu has been targeted as Celtic’s back-up plan if the Glasgow super club can’t sign former England international Sol Campbell. Gooch has resisted all offers to be moved from the San Siro, longing for an opportunity to play in Serie A. He is even playing for free this season as a sign he wants to prove himself at Europe’s highest level. “He is adamant about staying at AC Milan,” Onyewu’s agent, Lyle Yorks, told the MLS website. “I’m really not even listening when something comes in anymore.” That doesn’t seem to stop the rumors surrounding the 28-year-old defender.
  • US midfielder Jermaine White may be pricing himself out of the reach of many clubs that could and would use him. After a trial with the Chicago Fire, Chicago (more…)

TUESDAY’S SHORT CORNERS – INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEW, NOTES AND RUMORS

June 29, 2010

Something to Cheer About at Eastlands

TUESDAY’S SHORT CORNERS – INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEW, NOTES AND RUMORS

MANCHESTER CITY SPENDING SPREE LOOMING

It is getting increasingly difficult for Manchester City fans to get a handle on all the signings that MAY take place at Eastlands, as there are so many and some contradict each other.

The most recent is the long rumored signing of Yaya Toure as part of a $100 million spending spree that also includes David Silva and Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko.

Toure’s move to City, which will put him on the same club as his brother Kolo, was all but confirmed by the Barcelona website.

“In the case of Toure,” the statement read “[Barcelona director-general Joan] Oliver has recognized an understanding between the club interested in the midfielder, Manchester City, and Barca, but the transfer cannot be made official yet.”

Silva is reported to be joining Toure in the midfield on the blue side of Manchester this season. The Spanish international, currently (more…)

Galaxy Facing a Strange Summer

February 17, 2010

There is an opinion poll up on the LA Galaxy website. It asks ‘Which Galaxy opponent are you most excited to see this season?’ with five MLS teams to choose from. None of the five teams are in fact the LA Galaxy. You would think any die-hard LA fan would be most interested to see their own team, as the one that takes the field in 2010 is not likely to be at all similar to the team that lost in PK’s to Real Salt Lake in the MLS Cup last November.

Galaxy fans should by now be accustom to seeing David Beckham for only a few months at the end of the year, but now there is a very good chance that Landon Donovan, the teams heart and soul, may be following that very example.

Donovan is currently flying high at Premier League side Everton, starting, contributing and helping Everton get points. It is a very strong possibility that Everton attempt to extend that loan, as Milan did with Beckham last season, throughout the remainder of the Premier League season. They would be foolish not to.

If that is the case, Donovan, like Beckham at AC Milan, would be busy wrapping up Everton’s domestic season. A season that runs through late May and then move right into the US National Team camp who will be gearing up for South Africa. With high profile friendlies against the Czech Republic and Turkey scheduled for the end of May and more friendly dates likely in the lead up to the States big World Cup Opener against England on June 12. A match that will see Donovan up against fellow wandering teammate, Beckham. There will be no time for the Galaxy for either of the teams two big guns. This will give a target date for Donovan and Beckham to return to the Galaxy sometime during late July, having missed between 16 and 18 of the Galaxy’s 30 regular season games and likely both qualifying legs of the CONCACAF Champions League.

What’s more, Everton may very well attempt to sign Donovan on a permanent basis and thus end his days as a Galaxy player altogether. This would leave a void in the middle of the Galaxy team, that will not be easy to fill.

What is Bruce Arena to do? He must plan a campaign that will see the Galaxy trying to build the backbone of a competitive season but without his two best players. Will he get salary cap help? Will the three young Brazilian loaners from Sao Paulo help fill that void?

I would hate to be attempting to sell season tickets to the Home Depot Center faithful, when the two biggest reasons the casual fans see the Galaxy are guaranteed to be on the pitch for more than half the season.

The only thing that is quite certain in the Galaxy camp is uncertainty, and that is no way to go into preseason training.