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The Transfer Market Food Chain

  After a World Cup’s worth of transfer speculation, Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward typically felt the need to offer some headline-creating words of his own. “Our financial position allows us to do things in the transfer market that most other clubs cannot do,” he said last week. It was quite a statement, especially […]

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Mata swoop belies transfer window marked by restraint

… As most of this final day broke little more dramatic news than Dimitar Berbatov’s fitting farewell from Fulham for sunny Monaco, it left this January’s dominant news as it was last week, at another of Berbatov’s former clubs, Manchester United. When the flurry of deals have cleared at clubs like Cardiff City, securing Wilfried Zaha […]

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Manchester United: Who stays, who goes?

After another defeat left Manchester United stagnating in mid-table at the weekend, David Moyes was once again a target for criticism as he continues to struggle to get the best out of a group of players that won the Premier League title last season. There is, however, only so much that Moyes can do sitting […]

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Lukaku and the Loan System – Martin Samuel

…From my angle, I’m happy that he’s scoring goals against our direct rivals, and he doesn’t score against us because he can’t,’ said Jose Mourinho of Romelu Lukaku. ‘It’s phenomenal you have a player that, even when he is not playing for you, is scoring against your opponents.’ Indeed it is. Phenomenal, outrageous, diabolical, the […]

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How Bosman’s lawyer is plotting another football revolution

Bespectacled, business-like and Belgian, Jean-Louis Dupont does not look like a revolutionary. But then if revolutionaries looked too obvious, we would see them coming. There is little danger of Dupont sneaking up on anybody now, though. He is the man who took on European football’s bosses as an inexperienced lawyer and claimed a landmark victory […]

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Top 10 transfers that never were

ESPN FC writer Nick Miller examines the top 10 transfers that never quite happened. TKTG narrows it down to the ones that really matter…. 10 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Arsenal Arsenal seem to crop up quite often in regards to nearly signing players, from quibbling over a fee in the region of £4 million for […]

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Everyone’s a liar during the transfer window

… From the other side of the negotiating table, Spurs were saying much the same thing. Their official statement noted that they did not want to sell Bale but that his resolve to leave was decisive. He had forced their hand; they had little choice. Coach Andre Villas-Boas added that “the pressure we were subjected […]

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Man United Mystify in Transfer Window

Manchester United’s scramble to get the deal for Marouane Fellaini from Everton over the line moments before the transfer window closed symbolised the confusion in a summer when a clear transfer strategy was conspicuously absent from Old Trafford. And coming just 24 hours after the disappointing performance in defeat at Liverpool, it will have only increased the […]

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What can £ 70 million buy?

Its been widely reported that Arsenal have up to £ 70 million to spend this transfer window. A summary of Swiss Rambles article on Arsenal’s finances can be read here. However what exactly could Arsenal do with this £ 70 million? Can they be title contenders or at least give the top 3 a good run in? […]

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Marquee mishits

To the casual observer, it seems another indication of the Fergie factor. Equipped with ambition and boasting an enviable budget, Manchester United set about securing a marquee signing this summer. Lacking the aura and allure of the retired Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes has so far failed to secure one. It seems a damning indictment […]

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