Transfer Deadline Day Fallout Continues
Why didn’t Ander Herrera sign for Manchester United? Sid Lowe explains that it had nothing to do with ‘imposters’ posing as Man United negotiators, and everything to do with a complicated legal mess that couldn’t be untangled in time.
Were Everton deadline day kings after all? A glowing op-ed reveals an alarming fact about the loan deals Everton chairman Bill Kenwright accepted for Gareth Barry and Romelu Lukaku: they cost a combined total of £10 million.
How close did Manchester United come to a deal-less summer transfer window? Essentially Mark Ogden discovered that had Marouane Fellaini not waved a £4 million bonus, the deal would have been scuppered along with the rest.
Both David Moyes and Man United chief executive Ed Woodward are going to talk over what happened this summer Both men are planning to make up for a transfer window dud by reassessing their options in the winter.
Real Madrid isn’t the only club to enjoy windfall from Mesut Ozil sale to Arsenal Why fourth tier German club Rott-Weiss Essen will get a chunk of change from the 50 million euro deal.
No Danish sounding last name? No tickets to see FC Copenhagen in the Champions League A bizarre new ordinance to deal with fan trouble at matches results in a xenophobic policy
Where is the muscle behind Financial Fair Play? Michel Platini reiterates that banning clubs from European competitions for violating break-even rule is a ‘last resort.’
How are AS Monaco and PSG seemingly by-passing UEFA spending rules? Several different ways including lucrative sponsorship deals and player sales, according to a Bleacher Report/LA Times team up.
Did Barcelona president Sandro Rossell pocket 30% of money paid to the club by Brazil in return for organizing a friendly match? Some alarming accusations from Brazil media about Rossell’s financial interests.
AC Milan’s Mbaye Niang can’t play in the Champions League because of a bureaucratic error Apparently they put him on the wrong list and now he’s ineligible.
Strong Opinion of the Day
“[David] Gill was not by nature a wheeler-dealer — he was an accountant — but he would have known enough to get Fellaini through the door before August 1 and not to insult Everton with under-valued, parcelled-up offers for Fellaini and Baines, either. United are swift to act, usually. Hours after the title was lost to Manchester City in 2012, Ferguson asked Harry Redknapp of Tottenham to name his price for Luka Modric. The wider issue is the damage done to Moyes by his novice sidekick. Here was a manager succeeding Ferguson and in need of a transfer market statement. Instead, Woodward allowed him to be publicly rejected by Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas, then made matters worse by self-importantly heading off from the pre-season tour of Australia to conduct urgent transfer business, only for the club to announce signings involving Bulova, Apollo and Pepsico — unfortunately not a trio of tricky Brazilians but the manufacturers of watches, tyres, soft drinks and snacks.” -Martin Samuel on Man United’s transfer deadline day blunders.
Tweet of the Day
50 – West Ham United have used players from 50 different nations, more than any other side in Premier League history. Global.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 4, 2013
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