World Football Transfer Tracker

The January transfer window is officially open and there’s plenty of rumors and done deals to keep an eye on.

  • Liverpool has brought on the highly touted dutch center back Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for $101 million.
  • Leicester City welcomes Portuguese midfielder, Adrien Silva who will replace Danny Drinkwater who went to Chelsea during the summer window.
  • Striker Diego Costa and midfielder Vitolo have finally joined Atletico Madrid after the clubs transfer ban ended with this transfer window.
  • Bayarn Munich have signed striker Sandro Wagner from Hoffenheim on a 2 1/2 year deal worth $15 million.
  • Chelsea have signed Ross Barkley from Everton
  • Everton sign striker Cenk Tosun from Turkish club Besiktas
  • FC Barcelona have finally got the signature of star Brazilian winger Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool for $192 million
  • Striker Carlos Tevez returns to his home country Argentina to sign with his old club Boca Juniors
  • Columbian Yerry Mina joins Barcelona from Brazilian club Palmeiras
  • Landon Donovan comes out of retirement to join Mexican club Leon
  • Theo Walcott is on his way to Everton from Arsenal for approximately $35 million
  • Alexis Sanchez is on his way to Manchester United from Arsenal

Rumors

  • Napoli are looking to sell left-back Faouzi Ghoulam to Manchester United as they look to sign Benfica left-back Alejandro Grimaldo.
  • Manchester United are wanting to sign FC Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes.
  • Real Madrid are considering selling star Toni Kroos to PSG in an effort to sign Neymar in the summer.
  • Chelsea have reached out to Bayarn Munich about acquiring central defending midfielder Arturo Vidal.
  • Arsenal are on the verge of signing star striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.

Manchester Derby

Another Manchester Derby is in the books and the “Citizens” come out on top 2-1. David Silva started the scoring with a goal in the 43′, but in stoppage time before the half, Manchester United tied it up all thanks to their young star striker, Marcus Rashford. Just 10 minutes into the second half, City’s Kevin De Bruyne’s free kick was terribly cleared by Utd’s Romelu Lukaku in the box which bounced off a player right to Nicolas Otemendi’s foot and then to the back of the net. In the 85′ City’s goalkeeper, Ederson came up with the biggest save of the game but it came at a cost. Lukaku’s attempt hit Ederson square in the neck and he was down for a little while but stayed in the game. City is on a tear, breaking a Premier league record with their 14th straight victory.

UEFA Champions League

Earlier today, we found out the remaining eight teams to make the round of 16. included Liverpool (England), Sevilla (Spain), Manchester City (England), Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine), Besiktas (Turkey), FC Porto ( Portugal), Tottenham Hotspur (England) and Real Madrid (Spain) (the other eight teams can be found on my previous post).

The days headline game belonged to Real Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund, based soley on club size and prestige. Madrid won the match 3-2.  Ronaldo was at it again, breaking another record, by scoring in every group stage game. As a Barcelona and Messi fan, this isn’t that intriguing of news but it is what it is. In a huge upset, Manchester City, who haven’t lost a game all year (all competitions), wound up losing to an Ukraine powerhouse club Shakhtar Donetsk. The Ukrainian Premier League is not an overall great league when it comes to the product on the field, but Shakhtar has some good players to compete in Champions League.  You would think their first loss might come to a fellow big time Premier League club but I guess thats why you have to play the games and not use whats on paper.

The round of 16 draw is on December 11th and the first leg of action begins February 13th.

UEFA Champions League

Atletico Madrid was stunned, shocked, and flat out embarrassed as they have been eliminated from champions league play in the group stage (first round). They recently made the champions league final in 2014 and 2016. This is the first time they have been knocked out in the group stage since the 2009-10 season, where they found themselves in the europa league and eventually won the competition. We saw Manchester United (England), FC Basel (Switzerland), PSG (France), Bayarn Munich (Germany), AS Roma. (Italy), Chelsea (England), FC Barcelona (Spain), and Juventus (Italy) all advance to the next round. Eight more games tomorrow 12/6/18 to find out who else advances.

 

WORLD CUP GROUP DRAW

The 2018 World Cup Group Draw

Group A: Russia, Uruguay, Egypt, Saudi Arabia

Group B: Portugal, Spain, Iran, Morocco

Group C: France, Peru, Australia, Denmark

Group D: Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, Nigeria

Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia

Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea

Group G: Belgium, England, Tunisia, Panama

Group H: Poland, Columbia, Senegal, Japan

LIONEL MESSI STAYING AT BARCELONA

Arguably the best player ever and in present times (some say Cristiano Ronaldo) has signed a new contract extension to stay at FC Barcelona. it goes through 2021 and Messi said “I want to be here for my whole career, I’ve always said that it’s my dream to retire at Barcelona and we’re on the path to that.” Now as a Barcelona fan myself, I couldn’t be more happy. There was a lot speculation about him fleeing to Manchester City to re-kindle his relationship with coach Pep Guardiola when he was at Barça 2008 – 2012 where they won two champions league titles. in closing, this is HUGE news for Barcelona fans and sad news for every La Liga team especially Real Madrid.