This week there has been full of drama; official and rumoured transfers in the football world. There hasn’t been any league action from the big European leagues since the leagues were hosting cup games which were even more thrilling.
Pep Guardiola To Man City
The Bayern Munich coach has agreed to sign a three year contract with the Manchester club which is supposed to begin in the summer (June 30).
The club (Manchester city), released an official statement stating that Guardiola had agreed and Manuel Pellegrini was “fully supportive” of the move by the club.
Stoke Break Transfer Record
The potters have managed to break their transfer record of £18.3 by signing Porto midfielder Gianeli Imbula who Mark Hughes has been quoted saying he’s a big signing for the club. The former Porto midfielder caught the attention of the stoke city manager after the pre-season friendly match against the Portuguese club last summer.
The 23 year old is yet to make it into the French national team but has appeared in several of the under 21 games. It has not yet been confirmed if he will feature in the les blues squad since he could change his nationality commitments and play for his country of birth which is Belgium.
Valencia O-1 Sporting Gijon
Two clear second half chances which could have been game deciders were missed by ex-city striker Álvaro Negredo as Valencia were handed their seventh winless game. This clearly shows how desperately Valencia needs the services of the injured Paco Alcarcer.
This is Neville’s fourth loss in eight games in which he has only managed to draw the other four matches. This leaves the former pundit under a lot of criticism for making a team that was fighting for top four to be just a few spots above the relegation zone.
However this does give sporting some hope when they will be facing Europe’s finest as the Catalans will be arriving for the first match in the Copa Del Rey semi-final.
Rodgers Rules Out United Job
Of all the managers Manchester United could appoint in the summer (if they get rid of Van Gaal) former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers probably doesn’t rank high in the standings.
If there was any chance of Rodgers becoming a united manager, the Northern Irishman has already ruled himself ought of running by stating “when you take the Liverpool job you know the united job is effectively done”.
Ed Woodward has eight coaches on the shortlist of potential next managers which include Jose Mourinho and Ryan Giggs.
Why Manchester Missed Out On The January Transfers
According to different sources Manchester United’s main transfer target this January was a right back. This is the first time since 2005 that the red devils haven’t made any mid-season signings.
The only time during this transfer window that united came close to signing a right back was on Arsenal’s Matheau Debuchy, only for the North London side to agree on a loan deal with French side Bordeaux.
However, there are speculations of Luke Shaw making a comeback a month earlier from his injury since he has been spotted several times around the Old Trafford stadium.
It is yet to be established on what the Manchester united manager plans on doing with the injury stricken team for the remainder of the season.