What The Soccer Guys Are Reading – August 24, 2010

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott scored three goals against Blackpool om Saturday, which led to comparisons to Arsenal great Thierry Henry by manager Arsene Wenger.

ESPN Soccer – Hat trick draws Henry comparisons for Theo

After scoring three goals in Arsenal’s 6-0 thrashing of everyone’s second-favorite Premier League team Blackpool, Theo Walcott has drawn perhaps the ultimate compliment from manager Arsene Wenger. While Wenger praised his future as a striker, he also compared the 21-year-old Englishman to former Arsenal legend and current New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry. Walcott has struggled to find regular playing time since joining Arsenal, but with his manager’s backing 2010-11 could be a huge season for the youngster.

The Guardian – Liverpool reject €15m bid from Barcelona for Javier Mascherano – James Callow

Despite his refusal to play on Monday in a 3-0 loss to Manchester City, Liverpool is still holding strong on its financial demands for midfielder Javier Mascherano. The Argentine has already agreed to terms with La Liga side Barcelona, as part of his family’s goal to get the hell out of Liverpool. While Liverpool respects his wish to leave Merseyside, it will not agree to any contract that does not provide any financial benefit. Roy Hodgson will need a lot of motivation to start Lucas 36 more times.

BBC – Neymar hail in Brazil for snubbing Premier League – Tim Vickery

Young Brazilian ace Neymar is considered by many to be the next major start to come out of the nation, and he has recently received further praise from his countrymen for his decision to refuse a move to England. Instead of accepting a transfer offer from Chelsea, Neymar opted to sign a five-year contact extension with historic Brazilian side Santos. There’s little question that the 18-year-old dynamo will sign a contract in Europe at some point, but his countrymen are happy he opted to delay that move for another couple years.

Yahoo – Gourcuff sold to Lyon for € 22 million

One day after Bordeaux fans wondered why their ace midfielders was on the bench to start a crucial match against Paris St. Germain, only to watch him assist on the eventual game-winning goal, they learned Yoann Gourcuff has been sold to Lyon for € 22 million. After he passes a physical with the club, he is expected to sign a long-term contract. Through the summer, he was linked with moves away from France, but it is likely he’s going to remain in his homeland for several years, which seemed nearly impossible just 24 hours ago.

Sky Sports – Ibra rumors continue – Simone Bargellini

After a tough first season in Barcelona, Swedish ace Zlatan Ibrahimovic seemed determined to spend another season at the Camp Nou to change the minds of his doubters. However, AC Milan has made a move to acquire his services, and Barca may be listening this time around. While the club is not necessarily in need of the money to buy more players, some financial troubles have made life difficult for its chairmen. Moving Ibra would open up playing time for some of Barcelona’s talented young stars.

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