Transfer Rumours

Everton complete deal for Ajax’s attacking midfielder Davy Klaassen

By: Marius Hrebenciuc

Davy Klaassen made his debut for Ajax back in 2011 and he became one of the Amsterdammers’ key players over the years. The 24-year-old midfielder has made 163 appearances for Ajax, won three Eredivisie titles and helped the Amsterdammers with 49 goals and 39 assists. The Dutch midfielder has been a long-term target of coach Ronald Koeman, but he was also courted by several Premier League clubs over the past two years. Klassen served as Ajax captain the past two season, but he has enjoyed an excellent 2016/17 campaign, providing 20 goals and 12 assists across all competitions.

Manager Ronald Koeman needed an attacking midfielder who can create and score goals, as they have relied too much on their star striker Romelu Lukaku over the past few season. The Dutch coach was thrilled about his new signing and said “He is hard-working, likes to press and, of course, will give us more creativity and goals”. Davy Klaassen became a priority signing after the rumours that Ross Barkley may leave Everton if he fails to sign a new contract at Goodison Park.

Klaassen joined Everton for a fee of £23.5 million (€27m) yesterday and he became the Toffees’ second big signing of the summer, after Jordan Pickford joined the team from Sunderland for £25m, which is a British record fee for a goalie. In addition, Everton have been strongly linked with a £16m move for AC Milan’s forward M’Baye Niang, who had a spell on loan in the Premier League at Watford in the previous season.

FC Porto’s striker Andre Silva joins AC Milan

By: Marius Hrebenciuc

AC Milan continued their fantastic work in the transfer market as they have announced the signing of Andre Silva from FC Porto for a reported fee of €38 million. The 21-year-old striker underwent his medical with AC Milan on Monday and became Milan’s fourth signing of the summer.

Andre Silva joins Ricardo Rodriguez, Mateo Musacchio and Franck Kessie at San Siro, totaling an amazing €99m between the four of them.

Silva’s previous season for Porto was impressive, as he managed a decent tally of 16 goals in 32 league appearances. Furthermore, the 21-year-old forward also managed to find the back of the net on six occasions for the Portugal national team. In addition, Cristiano Ronaldo has already identified Andre Silva as his successor for the Portugal team as he said:

“When I retire, Portugal will be in good hands because they have already found a great striker: Andre Silva.”

 As for Silva, he told Milan TV “I choose AC Milan because they’re a club with a great history in the Champions League, I’m happy that Milan wanted me and I couldn’t pass up this opportunity.”

 Andre Silva is now preparing for the Confederations Cup, with Portugal playing the opening game against Mexico on Saturday.

Ricardo Rodriguez joins AC Milan from Wolfsburg

By: Marius Hrebenciuc

The Swiss full-back Ricardo Rodriguez arrived in Italy for his AC Milan medicals last evening and the Rossoneri have all but officially confirmed the signing with a tweet with the player’s initials. Wolfsburg’s former defender is set to move to AC Milan in a €18 million deal (€15 million plus €3 million add-ons). The 24-year-old defender has played over 100 Bundesliga games in six seasons with Wolfsburg, and also has 43 caps for Switzerland.

It has been an exciting week for the Rossoneri’s fans as Milan have now completed three signings and there are speculation regarding other potential transfer targets. AC Milan have already brought in Mateo Musacchio from Villarreal for €18 million and Franck Kessie from Atalanta. The latter joined on initial two-year loan deal with an obligation to buy. Furthermore, multiple sources claim that Lazio’s captain Lucas Biglia will join AC Milan for €22m plus €3m bonuses.

In addition, manager Vincenzo Montella has committed his future to AC Milan for the next two years after guiding the team back into Europe.

Paris Saint-Germain set to sign Borussia Dortmund’s striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

By: Marius Hrebenciuc

Paris Saint-Germain are said to have agreed on a fee with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who recently bought a new house in the Parisian suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine. PSG struggled throughout the 2016/17 competitive season, particularly after losing Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer to Manchester United. Paris Saint Germain managed to win both Coupe de la Ligue and Coupe de France trophies, but they only finished second in the Ligue 1 table. They already have a quality striker in the shape of Edinson Cavani, who scored 35 goals throughout this Ligue 1 campaign, but they needed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for more pace.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been one of the best strikers in Europe over the past few years, scoring 85 goals in 125 appearances for Borussia Dortmund. This season, the Gabonese striker managed 31 goals in 31 league appearances and he also scored seven in eight European fixtures. Due to this performance, Aubameyang picked up the Bundesliga Golden Boot award. During his time at Borussia Dortmund, the 27-year-old striker has been crowned the Bundesliga topscorer, Bundesliga Player of the Year and African Footballer of the Year.

Reports in France says that PSG have agreed a £61 million deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and the 27-year-old striker will pick up a £5m signing-on fee and a reported £8.75m annual salary at Les Parisiens.

Zola Out, Redknapp In!

By: SBAT Staff

Gianfranco Zola resigned as Birmingham City FC following the defeat by fellow Championship strugglers Burton Albion on Monday night. The Italian held the job for 4 months and won only twice in 24 games.

Zola had the following to say “I sacked myself, I decided to give in my resignation”

"I am sorry because I came to Birmingham with huge expectations. Unfortunately, the results have not been good and I take full responsibility.

"It is not that I like quitting, but Birmingham deserves better. If I feel I cannot help the players, why stay? If I cannot help the team, it is better I leave and let someone else do that.

"I feel very bad and very sorry. We worked with a lot of meaning, but unfortunately it didn't produce the results. It is all very disappointing."

 

So in comes Harry Redknapp after managing the Jordan national team for two games in March this will be his first full-time managerial job since he left QPR in February 2015.

Harry said “I got a phone call last night at 7 pm from the people of Birmingham,”

Redknapp spoke on Tuesday. “I drove to London and had a 10-15 minute meeting with them and said ‘sure I’ll come and do it’. My wife said to me ‘are you mad or what?’. I get fed up sitting around doing nothing.

“It’s not really a risk [for me]. They’ve won two out of 22. I haven’t got a magic wand, I’m not going to turn them into Real Madrid. If I can just get them going and get a bit of belief back into them and we can pick up a win or whatever we need to stay up – that’s all I can do.”

Harry brings a wealth experience from guiding Portsmouth and QPR to promotion to the premier league and also secured an FA Cup victory with  Portsmouth . He picked up the Premier League Manager of the Year award with Tottenham while qualifying them to the Champions league. Redknapp has agreed to take charge for the rest of the season but can extend his stay should he keep the club up. He has a task on his hands with Birmingham not winning a game since February and being three points off the relegation zone they travel to Aston Villa for the derby on Sunday who have suffered two 3-1 defeats in their last two games so will be looking to bounce back with a win.

The remaining fixtures for Redknapp and Birmingham City

Aston Villa (Away)

Huddersfield (Home)

Bristol City (Away)

Redknapp's Managerial Career

1983-92 Bournemouth

1994-01 West Ham

2002-04 Portsmouth

2004-05 Southampton

2005-08 Tottenham

2012-15 QPR

2016 Jordan National Team

Transfer News, Rumours and Gossip

By: SBAT Staff

  • Aston Vills star Jack Grealish looks set to chose represent England at international level rather than the Republic of Ireland. 
  • Liverpool will not make any attempts to re sign Steven Gerrard on loan in Janurary. 
  • Manchester City and Arsenal look to go head to head for te signature of Real Madrid's Isco. 
  • Chelsea target John Stones wants a £38 million release clause if he is to sign a new deal with Everton. 
  • Arsenal and Tottenham are both targetting a move for Switzerland star Breel Embolo. 
  • Florentino Perez has aid Real Madrid will not be signing David De Gea in Janurary. 
  • Tottenham's new signing Son Heung-Min is inline to make his Tottenham debut this weekend. 
  • Tottenham will consider loan offers for attacking midfielder Alex Pritchard. 
  • Harry Kane ignored potential approaches from clubs by blanking his phone whilst on holiday. 
  • Southampton manager Ronald Koeman looks clear favourite to replace Danny Blind as Netherlands head coach. 
  • Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves believes Manchester City's new signing Kevin De Bruyne is not good enough to get in their side. 
  • Some of Manchester United's senior players are not happy with the Dutchmans harsh training regime. 
  • Wayne Rooney has been called one of the greatest players of this generation bny Barcelona's Lionel Messi. 

Transfer News, Rumours and Gossip

By: SBAT Staff

  • Martin Demichelis has been linked with a move to River Plate in Argentina.

  • Juventus have revealed they will let Arsenal target Simone Zaza go in the January transfer window.

  • Manchester City may give a debut to Nicolas Otamendi if Bacary Sagna does not recover from injury.

  • Gareth Bales agent has revealed talks of him moving to Manchester United are nothing but rubbish.

  • Arsenal, Manchester City and Juventus are all ready to go head to head to sign Real Madrid’s Isco.

  • AC Milan captain Riccardo Montolivo is a target for both Tottenham and Liverpool.

  • Fiorentina are planning a January move for Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma.

  • Man United target Lucas Biglia has not signed a new contract at Lazio.

  • Bayern Munich had the chance to sign Kevin De Bruyne, but pulled out of the deal according to the stars agent.

  • Ander Herrera is a target for both Barcelona and Valencia.

  • Manchester United’s James Wilson is a target for struggling Championship side Derby.

Transfer News and Rumours and Gossip

By: SBAT Staff

  • France and Juventus midfielder has hintged he may leave Juventus next season. The 22 year old was linked with a move to Chelsea in the summer.
  • Southampton have revealed they will not sell Victor Wanyama. 
  • Manchester United goalkeeper could make his first appaerance of the season against Liverpool at the weekend. 
  • France striker Karim Benzema has revealed he did not come close to signing for Arsenal this summer. 
  • Manchester City's new winger Kevin De Bruyne has been warned he will be under pressure in the Premier League due to his hefty fee. 
  • Arsenal and Liverpool have been linked with a move for Real Betis Dani Ceballos. 
  • Leicester's star man this season Riyad Mahrez is a suprise candidate for Barcelona. 
  • Arsenal are targetting a move for Juventus striker Simone Zaza. 
  • Marco Reus has been linked with a move to Manchester United. 
  • PSG made a late deadline day transfer bid for Cristano Ronaldo. 
  • Newcastle tried to sign Charlie Austin on deadline day.

Transfer News and Rumours

By: SBAT Staff

  • Emmanuel Adebayor has been axed from both Tottenham Europa League squad and Premier League. The Togo will continue to be paid by the club after they failed to offload him to West Ham despite giving him a big pay off. 
  • Saido Berahino edges closer to a move. The West Brom striker has angered the Baggies fans even more by posting a picture on a private jet after being given time off by the club. 
  • Jonathan De Guzmans agent was at fault for the collapse of his move to Bournemouth. The former Swansea midfielder was set for a move to the South coast, but it has been revealed that the deal collapesed due to his agent. 
  • Van Dijk explains why he chose the Saints. Southampton completed the signing of Celtic defedner Virgil Van Dijk, and it was revealed today that the reason the dutch start chose the Saints was because former Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster sold the club to him. 
  • Tottenham offered £25million in cash for Berahino. It has been revealed that Tottenham offered £25million in cash in order to complete the signing of Saido Berahino. 
  • Barca in for Everton target. Barcelona are planning a Janurary bid for Everton target Andiry Yarmolenko. 
  • Romelu Lukaku off to United? Romelu Lukaku has emerged as a surprise transfer target for Manchester United in Janurary. 
  • Bayern Munich wanted Kevin De Bruyne. It has been revealed that Kevin De Bruyne could have joined Bayern Munich, before choosing to sign of Manchester City. 
  • Eliaquim Mangala looking to improe on last season. Eliaquim Managala has started every Premier League game for Manchester City this season, and the French defender is looking to consolidate his place in the Manchester City team, and improve on his performances from last year. 

Transfer News and Rumours

By: SBAT Staff

Here we have today’s top transfer news, rumours and completed deals from around World.

 

Paul Pogba

Chelsea

Its been reported that French midfielder Paul Pogba recieved a phone call from Jose Mourinho ahead of a move to Chelsea. 

Simone Zaza

Arsenal

Its been reported that Arsenal failed with a late deadline day bid for Juventus striker Simone Zaza. 

Andiry Yarnolenko

Barcelona

Barcelona are plotting a Janurary bid for Everton target Andiry Yarmolenko. 

Zlatan Ibrahimovich

PSG

Zlatan Ibrahimovich has revealed that his former club AC Milan were desperate to sign him in the summer transfer window. 

Ashley Cole

Newcastle

After being left out of Roma's Champions League and Serie A, Ashley Cole has been linked with a move back to the Premier League. 

Riyad Mahrez

Arsenal

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez in Janurary. 

Victor Wanyama

Tottenham

Victor Wanyama will turn down a 5 year contract offer from Southampton, to force a move to Tottenham