Hello and good evening, here I Ayyaz. Malik aka the sports buff try to make some sense of the mess at Barcelona;
Hello and good evening, here I Ayyaz. Malik aka the sports buff try to make some sense of the mess at Barcelona;
Portugal and Manchester United forward became the highest goal-scorer in International football after scoring a record breaking 100th goal in his countries 2-1 win over Republic of Ireland, which took the former Sporting Lisbon players goal scoring tally to 111.
There’s not many superlatives left to describe Cristiano Ronaldo, but even he at 36 has taken his game to dizzy new heights with this latest in a countless list of impressive records.
Leading goalscorer in Champions League history, as well as being leading goalscorer for Real Madrid, and the fastest player to get to 100 Serie A goals, there’s not much more left for Ronaldo to achieve in football.
We can’t forget to mention that Ronaldo is the only man to score 50 plus goals in six consecutive seasons. Not bad from a once skinny kid from Madeira who was told he would never make it.
Today on Wednesday, the 1st of September, yet another footballing record has been completed by arguably one of Portugal greatest players. An International goal tally of 109 goals scored by Iranian captain Ali Daei was going to take some beating and so it proved.
Sunil Chehthri and Lionel Messi are two players who come anywhere near CR7 for most goals scored in International football, but just like with the Champions League record Cristiano is miles out on his own.
The Portugal captain looked all but set to have his name written in the record books during the Euro 2020 championships after equalling Daei’s record with a brace, but Belgium put an end to that fairy tale, as they knocked out the then holders Portugal 1-0 in the round of 16.
Having had his early penalty saved by 19-year old Ireland goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu, Ronaldo wasn’t to be denied his moment in the bright lights. Just for good measure Cristiano Ronaldo has gone level with Sergio Ramos, with 180 International appearances.
Some parts of the football community mock Cristiano Ronaldo, but any level-headed football fan will mourn the day CR7 hangs his boots up for good. We salute you legend.
This year’s transfer window, the 13th since its inception has been like no other. With the backdrop of a coronavirus pandemic and the revelation that many of Europe’s top clubs having seen big losses due to lack of matchday revenue and gate receipts, the understanding in the football community was that spending would be somewhat controlled compared to other transfer windows.
As well as the handsome fees transfer fees paid by some clubs, there were some bargains to be had and which were had. Real Madrid, who failed to prise away PSG attacker Kylian Mbappe from the Parisians to the Bernabeu with a £189 million, did have better luck in prising away his international team-mate Eduardo Camavinga for £27 million from Rennes. The 18-year old who had a year left on his deal had long been linked with Los Blancos and after a long drawn out pursuit, finally Real got their man on a six-year deal.
David Neres going to Leicester for just £15 million was an absolute steal, just like Crystal Palace capturing a striker in the form of Edson Edouard for £14 million-plus add-ons, which was a position that they have been dearly craving to fill, in what has been a superb window for The Eagles. Some clubs were able to still spend lavishly despite the coronavirus, but most had to be smart in the market due to financial constraints.
There were several good value captures in the market, but the team here at The Sports Buff, think that there still have been some gems of signings that should have been signed in this window, but surprisingly haven’t. We take a look at three such players;
Former Malaga midfielder Isco Alcaron, who was signed by Real Madrid, initially got his career off to a brilliant start. A regular in Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid in his first spell, a loss of form and injuries saw the Spaniard’s game time severely reduce, so much so in Zizou’s second spell at the Bernabeau, Isco never got anywhere near the first team and barely managed 1,000 minutes for Real. The 29-year old who started his career at Valencia is the kind of player you expect from a Spanish midfielder.
Good on the ball, calm in possession, Isco would have been a good addition to a midfield like Everton’s for example or even Liverpool’s. Both clubs have worked on restrained budgets for varying reasons, but it was an opportunity lost for either of these clubs to have signed Isco Alcaron. A player who some may argue is past his peak at 29, Isco would have been a good Gylfi Sigurdsson replacement we argue.
A great player when given a good run of games, both Merseyside clubs have missed a metaphorical open goal by not signing Isco.
Portuguese youngster Sanches who has clubs such as Bayern, Bayern Munich and Swansea on his cv, has enjoyed a renaissance his career, especially after a tough period in South Wales and Bavaria. A player who would have been an ideal replacement for departed Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum has unbelievably left unsold after a deal to Wolves (where else for Portuguese players these days) fell through in the eleventh hour.
A winner of the golden boy award and impressive performances for Benfica, lead Bayern Munich to sign one of the hottest prospects at the time and a Euro 2016 winner at the time too. What was seen as a good move for the German giants, hasn’t transpired that way. Thankfully for the 24-year old, a move to Lille, not only saw him become a title winner with Ledog, but it also saw him recapture the form that lead him to be sold to six-time European giants Bayern Munich.
The Bavarians passed up the chance to re-sign their former player and signed RB Leipzig’s Marcel Sabtizer instead. What has been Bayern’s loss surely should have been someone else’s gain? Wolves did try to sign the Lille man, but an agreement broke down, surely more clubs should have been in for the 24-year old. Lille need the money and would have surely listened to a reasonable offer.
Amazingly no team bar Wolves made a move, an opportunity missed here for sure.
The last man on our list is Houssem Aouar. The 23-year old Lyon man was heavily linked with Tottenham and Arsenal, but with The Gunners signing Martin Odegaard and no one wanting to buy Spur’s Ndomele, a move for the playmaker could be revisited in January. The lack of transfer for Auoar could be due to the youngster’s Lyon contract expiring in 2023 and come January, that would mean the Lyon youth team player’s transfer fee could further reduce.
At 23 and having played in Europe and impressing for Les Gones in their Champions League run a couple of seasons back, the question is why didn’t a club make the decisive move now for the former French under-21 star.
Objectively speaking Odegaard’s stats weren’t the best, well they weren’t good enough for a permanent deal at the Emirates we thought anyway. Auoar would have been a cheaper option, especially with Lyon needing to sell and Real only wanting to sell.
It can be argued, this is why Arsenal, financially are in the mess that they’re in. So there you have it, our take on three transfers who surprisingly didn’t leave in the transfer window. Do you agree? Let us know in the comments.
Since its inception in 2008, the final day of the transfer window or deadline day has become a spectacle that arguably has more drama than some actual games.
Thirteen seasons in, and the transfer window has provided a lot of twists and turns, even this current window, a window that has been amongst the back drop of a coronavirus pandemic.
Clubs have felt the pinch of the pandemic and have reported losses of substantial proportions as a result.
Many experts felt that spending would be minimal this window with cost cutting measures needed no doubt .
Having said that however £1 billion still has been spent on players, with signings such as Romelu Lukaku, and Jack Grealish (£97.5 million and £100 million respectively).
Expensive as those players have been to sign, this transfer window has seen some bargains.
David Neres to Leicester for £15 million plus add-ons and the signing of some bloke called Ronaldo for £12.5 million arguably being signings of the summer.
But Edson Edouard or Joachim Anderson to have been bits of brilliant business for Crystal Palace.
The what I call ‘Odemwingie’ moment, a transfer that didn’t go through when they wanted it to go through was the failed transfer of Kylian Mbappe.
The Frenchman who said he wanted to leave PSG, was not able to get his dream move In this transfer window due to the French side and willing to sell their star player despite an eye watering £189 million bid from Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Los Blancos despite the disappointment of missing out Khllian Mbappe Were able to sign his countrymen Eduardo Camavinga.Camavinga Who was linked with a whole host of clubs signed for Real in a £27 million deal on a six year contract.
Barcelona‘s financial mismanagement has been clear for all to see, with the With the frantic efforts to sell Frenchman Antoine Griezman back to Atletico Madrid.
To say one club has won the transfer market is very subjective but one could argue that teams such as Liverpool who have made just the single signing Have been one of the teams clearly that have lost in this market.
As this is a developing story, the team at the Sports Buff will bring you an update as soon as we get it.
To say this transfer window has been one of the most action-packed in living memory is an understatement. Two of arguably the greatest players of all time in Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have moved clubs to Manchester United and PSG respectively, due to the superstars that both are, when either moves it isn’t just any old news.
There have been many transfers that have happened in this window, but the examples of Alderwireld and Timouri are just examples of transfers done with minimal fuss and little fan fare.
This season’s transfer window, despite the backdrop of the Coronavirus pandemic has seen vast sums of money paid for transfers. Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City have spent over £100 million on transfers.
Despite not being in the top six, Arsenal is another club that have also spent heavily in this window The Gunners have spent the most out of all the clubs in the Premier League.
The attention generated from those signings that the traditional members of the top six have made, it can be argued will further cement Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United, Man City and Tottenham as the rightful members of the big six clubs in the Premier League.
What about Liverpool, I hear you ask? Worry not dear reader, this article has been written for you. Ibrahim Konate has been signed from RB Leipzig for £35 million, but he’s been the sole addition for Liverpool this summer. Klopp’s Liverpool who won their 19th domestic league title in the 2019/2020 season have largely had the same squad since their golden period some two three seasons ago.
Key to that trophy-laden period was the famed front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firminho and Mohammed Salah. The trio, who have been heralded as one of the most fearsome in Europe, have gained this reputation with merit.
But the harsh story of life is that all things must come to an end, and as much as Jurgen Klopp persists with the trio, it’s clear to see that Diogo Jota (a signing from Wolves) is ready for the first team and arguably Fiirmino is not.
The former Atletico Madrid man Jota has been in great form since arriving at Anfield, but fellow backup forwards Divock Origi and Minamino have struggled for some time.
Having looked into this matter further of their strength in depth, Liverpool’s issues are across the pitch, we’re sorry to say. The Reds, have arguably the best starting eleven in the Premier League, but look below the surface and the Anfield side lack strength in depth. The team here at The Sports Buff takes a look at three signings that Jurgen should make before the transfer window closes.
With The Reds, largely selling before they buy and ensuring they don’t pay over the odds for players, we advise of three potential bargains in this market to be had.
Linked with arch-rivals Manchester United and Real Madrid throughout the summer, Liverpool could do worse than take a chance on the 18-year old Frenchmen.
Ever since breaking through the ranks at Rennes, Camavinga has been impressive for the French side. Good in the tackle and good driving forward, many see Eduardo Camavinga as a defensive midfielder, but a player who can play further up the pitch too., a bit Pogbaesque.
With the six-time European Champions League winners having lost Gini Wijnaldum to PSG for free, then maybe take a chance on the 18-year old who became the youngest scorer for his country?
Manchester United seem to be stalling on doing a deal for the Rennes player who has less than a year on his deal and Real with no money, and looking to spend only on Mbappe then one has to ask Jurgen, why haven’t you spoken to Michael Edwards yet, you need a Gini replacement ?
We think there’s a certain bargain to be had, especially as Rennes wouldn’t want to lose their man for free, come the summer.
Update, Real Madrid have eventually pull their finger out and signed the Rennes man for £27 million.
Camavinga will be a mainstay in Los Blancos’ midfield.
For a list that is full of left-field choices, we admit even this choice is left of left field , but here us out on this one. David Neres, is bar Nicholas Tagliafico, the only survivor of that great Ajax team that was beaten By Tottenham in the semi-finals three seasons ago.
Neres in his pomp was notorious for terrorising the opposition full-backs with his pace and trickery. The Eredivisie defenders had many sleepless nights no doubt after they played the Dutch giants.
The 24-year old has had a serious injury and has had to battle back to form and fitness since those glorious nights , but if history is anything to go by, Ajax tend to be a good side to do business with, unless you’re Barcelona. If the Brazilian comes available, and he might well be due to his injury record and the way Ajax Amsterdam operate, then Jurgen Klopp would do well to get him, especially after repeatedly failing in the pursuit of PSV’s Donyell Malen.
Just like with Camavinga, another one had slipped the net for Liverpool, have signed David Neres for a bargain £20 million.
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Norwich City player Max Aarons who has impressed for The Canaries Norwich could be a good alternative for Trent Alexander Arnold. The 22-year old Alexander Arnold, who is seen as one of the best full-backs in the country and with good reason, could do with some competition for his place.
Liverpool academy graduate Alexander-Arnold, by his own high standards had a really below par season last year, which was worsened by an injury that forced him to miss Euro 2020.
The added rest, it will be hoped will help rejuvenate Trent, who ousted Nathaniel Clyne from right-back all those seasons ago. Aarons, who did attract interest from Spanish giants Barcelona several seasons back, might not come cheap as a Zeki Celik for example, but £35-£40 million which we think the Norwich man would be worth, could be a good price to get him at.
With Liverpool having made a healthy profit on the sales of Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, could do the same with Aarons if the Liverpool owners are bold enough to cough up the cash for The Canaries man .
So there you have it, our list of three Liverpool players that they should sign that you wouldn’t have thought of. Do you agree? Let us know in the comments.
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