By Kevin Koczwara
Let’s go over some transfer news shall we? Been a long time since the window has been open, and there is still plenty of time for rumors to come and go, but here are some recent ones that I really have enjoyed.
Riquelme to Leave Boca Juniors? Couldn’t Be. Or Maybe?
There is a lot to this story that makes sense. Corinthians is the biggest club in Brazil and they are on top of their game. Boca Juniors on the other hand is faltering, and Riquelme looks staggered in the Juniors attack. Watching a few matches has given me the impression that the “Maestro” isn’t in the flow of Boca’s game and he isn’t being used as the creator like he should be. He is a supply line with no supply and no line. He could be looking for a move for his own personal success, but that isn’t his way of business.
Riquelme is playing for free next year (imagine that) because he so badly wanted to get out of Spain. Riquelme signed a contract at Juniors that said in his third year he would play for free if he was bought from Villareal. Juniors went through with it and now have a world-class footballer playing on their side for free next season. And they need it because they are struggling financially (like the rest of the AFA) for the first time in a while.
The financial struggles could also be a reason to sell Riquelme to Corinthians–they have a lot of money, and Boca needs money, what could be easier. The money issue is important here because if Boca thinks they can win a title next year with a free superstar than they should try it, but if they can’t and see a move as necessary to open up some space, then they should sell the aging wonder for a good price and pick up their losses.
AC Milan and Dzeko, a Match Made in Heaven…
Dzeko has said before that he wants to play for AC Milan, and now he repeats himself. The only way this deal doesn’t go through is if AC is so poor come the summer transfer window they have to sell of some ore of their aging stars. This move will happen some day, and too bad for Wolfsburg because they are an entertaining bunch.
The other thing to worry about here is what Milan will have to off load to get Dzeko. AC will surely have to let go of one of their aging strikers to make room for the young Bosnian. And if this does happen, then Serie A and the rest of the world need to look out for Milan’s young striker pairing of Pato and Dzeko, now if only they could find a good keeper.
Ben Foster Moving to Spurs, A Posetive for Both Sides
Tottenaham needs a steady goalie (check their bench right now, oh you mean Gomes? the most unpredictable goalkeeper in the English Premier League) and Ben Foster needs a place to play to solidify his World Cup chances. This is a match made on match.com.
United are looking to oust the ostracized England keeper because he isn’t living up to what they think his potential is –they need him to be on top of his game for when Edwin Van der Sar calls it quits. United fans have reportedly thrown mothballs at the 26 year old keeper, and have given him a good lashing during his playing chances. He needs to get out of Old Trafford, quick.
Spurs need a goal keeper for now and the future. And Ben Foster can be both for the North London side. With Gomes unpredictability and injuries littering their net minders, Spurs need someone and quickly. And United will be looking to offload their 3rd string keeper in January for an inflated price, so both can be happy if they reach on an agreement of compensation. This is a no brainer if it does happen.
Argentine Wonder Kid Dreams of United
21-year-old Angel Di Maria almost moved to Arsenal not too long ago. It would have been a positive move for the youngster, he could have learned under one of the games best managers, and gotten a good amount of playing time because Arsene Wenger believes in youngsters more than most managers. But the move fell through, and Di Maria is playing for Benefica.
And cue Manchester United’s patent swoop and dive. Di Maria has said they he dreams of playing int he United red, and his chance could be coming up because United have the cash they need to bring in the youngster and need to find some more skill for the future. This is one move that I see happening either in January or come summer. It just feels like a move United will make, a sure fire youngster with a lot of potential. The price tag may be what slows down the deal and if United can get him early it will surely allow them to make a profit like the one of Ronaldo.
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