December 7th, 2008



According to the News of the World, David Villa's agent will fly to England in the next few days to further negotiations for a €60 million transfer from Valencia to Manchester City.

The Sunday tabloid claims that the Spanish international will be offered wages of €185,000 per week - a figure which would make him, alongside Robinho, the Premier League's top-earning player.

Mark Hughes, the Sky Blues manager, has been scouring Europe for an ideal front-man to complement his Brazilian magician. Jo has struggling for form, Benjani is generally not seen as first-choice material and Valeri Bojinov still out with a long-term injury.

Klaas Jan-Huntelaar was another of the Welshman's top targets, but his decision to join Real Madrid recently could prove a boon for the Eastlands club as it has effectively ruled them out of the running for Villa.

It is understood that Los Che inserted a buy-out clause of around €144 million in the new contract 'El Guaje' signed during the summer - but, given their ongoing financial problems, it is expected they will strongly consider City's offer.

While NOTW may not boast the most stellar reputation where shedding light on potential transfers is concerned, there have been a number of corroborating reports from Spain on this particular issue.

Thus, it is a story that is unlikely to go away between now and the end of January - or until Villa signs on at the City of Manchester Stadium, should that be the case.


no Manchesthair "tryingtobecomeChelseandfailing" City tag.
Maybe that's a good thing.
awooo waka waka espagna
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Keane Heading back to Tottenham?

Tottenham Hotspur want to bring Liverpool striker Robbie Keane back to White Hart Lane and will attempt to resign him during the January transfer window.

Former Spurs forward Keane joined Liverpool for £20m last summer but has had a disappointing start to life on Merseyside.

He has scored just four times this season, played 0 minutes just three times and and been substituted 15 times.

Benitez is considering shaking up his squad in January and Keane has until the end of the year to convince the Kop boss not to sell him.

Liverpool agreed to pay Spurs £20m in instalments which means Spurs could offer part of the summer fee and waive the estimated £10m still owed, reports The News of the World.


Tevez on the Chelsea Age Debate

Carlos Tevez has today suggested that with the likes of Frank Lampard, Deco, Nicolas Anelka, Didier Drogba, Ricardo Carvalho, and Michael Ballack not getting any younger, Chelsea will struggle to compete for the remaining three competitions.

"I think they are a great team," said Tevez of Chelsea. "But I also think that as it is for me, at 24 years of age, it is sometimes very hard to recover and play Sunday and Wednesday. I would imagine that for some of the Chelsea guys that are much older it would be even harder.

"I think that the intensive Christmas schedule will take its toll on them because they have some great players but not so much strength in depth."


Real Madrid open Valencia talks over David Silva

Real Madrid have approached Valencia for midfielder David Silva.

Marca says Real director Vicente Balouda registered their interest with Valencia president Vicente Soriano on Thursday.

No offer was tabled, but Real now intend to open negotiations for Spain midfielder Silva, who can move within the La Liga as he hasn't played the required five games needed to block him from joining another Spanish club in midseason.


Liverpool Impersonator adds Xabi Alonso to his Resume

Xabi |Eso es una barba|

Well, at least he's being honest.

Bernd Schuster: "It is impossible to beat Barça"


Schuster: "Ahora mismo no es posible ganar en el Camp Nou"

El entrenador del Real Madrid, el alemán Bernd Schuster, rechazó asumir con resignación la situación en la que se encuentra el equipo, del que espera un "golpe de efecto" para revertir la dinámica en la que se encuentra, aunque no en el Nou Camp, donde considera que "no es posible ganar".

"El partido contra el Barcelona me preocupa menos que cualquier otro partido. Allí no es posible ganar porque el Barcelona está arrasando y creo que este va a ser su año. El equipo puede hacer un buen papel allí. Pero de más no se puede hablar", reconoció Schuster. El preparador alemán del Real Madrid no se resigna, sin embargo, a asumir el momento en el que se encuentra el equipo. "No me resigno porque los jugadores están dando todo. Pero hace falta cambiar la suerte de este equipo. Un golpe de efecto sería importante", apuntó. 

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From Marca:

Según apuntó en el mismo acta González Vázquez, Robben continuó con las protestas una vez expulsado: "Cuando corría el minuto 76 y tras haberle mostrado la tarjeta roja, el jugador nº11 del club Real Madrid, D. Arjen Robben se dirigio a mi diciéndome: "¡Fuck you!". Asimismo, cuando ya se dirigia a los túneles de vestuario agarró por el brazo al cuarto árbitro gritándole: "¡ha sido penalti!".