Morata chooses Arsenal
Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata has opted to join Arsenal over Tottenham on a six-month loan move, according to reports in The Metro. The 21 year old has played in the shadow of first team regular Karim Benzema, at the Santiago Bernabeu, and has now been allowed to move this winter to aid his development.
Spurs planning to spend big on Rossi
Tottenham have responded to Morata's snub by gearing up for an incredible £30m bid for Fiorentina’s Giuseppe Rossi, reveal reports in The Daily Express. The former Manchester United forward, who will act as a replacement for MLS-bound Jermain Defoe, is being viewed as a much needed offensive option by manager Andre Villas-Boas. Rossi is currently the top scorer in Serie A by a country mile.
Mulumbu switching to Arsenal?
West Bromwich Albion midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu has been reportedly approached by Arsenal for a January move, with the player himself keen on such a possibility. The 26 year old was quoted in The Metro, saying: “I have had approaches from Arsenal. I could leave this winter. This is the right time for me to set my sights higher. I’m ready to join a top-four club.”
Dutchman Martin Jol has been relieved of his duties as Fulham boss, with Rene Meulensteen to take charge. The Cottagers' chairman Shahid Khan was quoted telling the club’s official website: "Our poor form and results this season are undeniable, and Fulham supporters deserve better. With more than half the season still ahead, an immediate change was necessary."
Arsenal to bid for Richards
Arsenal are expected to make a move for Manchester City defender Micah Richards, when the transfer window reopens in January. According to reports in The Daily Star, the 25 year old is agitated with his lack of opportunities at the Etihad Stadium and thus may be open to the possibility of a move, unwillingly though.
Liverpool to move for Castaignos
Liverpool are set to launch a January bid for FC Twente forward Luc Castaignos, says The Metro. The 21 year old was on the verge of a transfer to Anfield in 2011, before things turned out differently for him back then. However, manager Brendan Rodgers is believed to be keen to make amends now and land him at Merseyside.
Martin Jol is not having a good time. Fulham is lying in 18th position in the league and rumours are already circulating of him being the next Premier League manager to be sacked. Inspite of creating an experienced squad consisting of players like Dimitar Berbatov, John Arne Riise, Bryan Ruiz, Georgios Karagounis, Aaron Hughes and the recent appointment of ex-Manchester United first team coach Rene Meulensteen, Fulham are yet to show any survival spirit.
The only positive aspects of Fulham’s season are the eye catching performances of their youngsters Pajtim Kasami, Alexander Kacaniklic and the yet to be introduced to the Premier League, Moussa Dembele. The young French striker has caught the attention of English giants Manchester United and Liverpool through his performances at youth levels, and was drafted into the first team at Fulham for the first time this weekend, where he was an unused substitute in Fulham’s league defeat to Swansea City.
If Atletico Madrid’s recent performances are reviewed, the name of Arda Turan is bound to be mentioned prominently. Alongwith Diego Costa, David Villa and Koke, Arda Turan has shared the burden of carrying the club forward this season, and it can be said with confidence that the attacking quartet have done an excellent job, evidenced from the club’s current league position and their qualification to the knockout phase of Europe’s elite competition, the Champions League.
In such circumstances, when rumours abound about a potential bid to activate the release clause of Arda Turan, Diego Simeone, the Atletico Madrid manager, is expected to be nervous, especially when such reports come from the camps of English giants Manchester United and Liverpool.
Everton and Liverpool shared the spoils in what was arguably one of the most thrilling Merseyside derbys of the Premier League era. Played in front of a raucous crowd at Goodison Park, Liverpool took the lead twice but eventually had Daniel Sturridge to thank for an 89th minute equalizer as a match filled with immense drama ended 3-3.
Everton's on loan striker Romelu Lukaku was the star for the home side, scoring twice late in the second half to take the roof off Goodison Park, but the Toffees too in the end had to settle for a point which left them 3 shy of the neighbourhood rivals at the start of the weekend.
Everton made a bright start to the game, but conceded from the first set piece as Philippe Coutinho found himself in acres of space on the far post from a neatly worked Liverpool corner, and had enough time to take a touch and stab the ball past Tim Howard to put Liverpool ahead in the 5th minute.
The Daily Star report that English Premier giants Manchester United and Chelsea are keen to sign Real Madrid’s star midfielder Xabi Alonso, whose contract with the Los Blancos expires at the end of the season. Alonso, 31, is reportedly not keen on extending his contract with Real Madrid despite coach Carlo Ancelotti’s intention to keep the Spaniard. While Madrid are probably looking for potential buyers to sell the unhappy Alonso, Ancelotti ruled out a move in January for the player. Speaking about the midfielder’s situation, the Italian Coach said, “Xabi is a vital player for Madrid now that he's recovered from injury. There are only two players like him in Europe. One is Pirlo and the other is Xabi."