What The Soccer Guys Are Reading — August 31, 2010

Manchester City broke the transfer record fee in England when they signed Brazilian forward Robinho from Real Madrid just two seasons ago. But the little playmaker has been a flop in the Premier League and had to be loaned out last summer to his boyhood club Santos for the season. Could he be on his way out of Manchester for good today?

The Washington Post – Bob Bradley to remain with U.S. National Team – Steven Goff

After leading the United States Men’s National Soccer Team to the Round of 16 in this summer’s World Cup, Bob Bradley has signed a four-year extension that will likely make him the leader of the USMNT for another World Cup. Bradley, who took over following Bruce Arena’s dreadful performance as manager in the 2006 World Cup, had been connected with the job atop England Premier League club Aston Villa, but he agreed to terms with U.S. Soccer on Saturday night. German national Jurgen Klinnsman, who has lived in California for years, was rumored as Bradley’s replacement.

The Guardian – van Persie likely out of a month – David Hynter

Arsenal fans worried that Saturday’s match at Blackburn was going to be more of the same – a loss or a draw instead of what should have been an easy three points. While the Gunners defeated Blackburn, 2-1, Arsenal fans did see a familiar sight, as van Persie left with an ankle injury. It is likely the Dutch international will miss at least one month due to the injury, which rules him out of European Championship qualifiers for the Netherlands and Champions League matches with Arsenal.

ESPN Soccernet – Mascherano wants the truth to come out

Argentine midfielder Javier Mascherano recently completed his move to Spanish side Barcelona, adding to the club’s already deep midfield. However, after years of complaining about life in England, the final few days may have been the worst. Mascherano believes there are details about the move that Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson will not reveal to avoid making himself and the club look bad. Either way, Barcelona’s strong title hopes have improved, meanwhile Liverpool’s fledgling chances have taken another hit.

Sky Sports – Trezeguet signs with Spanish minnow Hercules – Jamie Casey

For the last 10 years, France striker David Trezeguet has called Turin home, while playing for one of the world’s biggest clubs in Juventus. But after spending the summer searching for a new home, the 32-year-old Frenchman has signed with Spanish club Hercules, who gained promotion this season for the first time since 1996. In 245 games in Serie A, Trezeguet scored 138 goals, while becoming one of the most of the most feared strikers in the league. Trezqguet was also rumored to be considering a move to Major League Soccer.

The Telegraph – Luis Fabiano commits to Sevilla – John Ley

Despite rumors of a potential move to North London with Tottenham, Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano recently signed a two-year extension with the club, which will keep him there until 2013. Talk of Fabiano’s move increased in recent weeks, as Spurs struggled to score goals in the first few Premier League matches of the 2010-11 season. Some thing Fabiano’s status as Cup-tied, having already played for Sevilla in the Champions League Playoff Round, may have prevented Spurs manager Harry Redknapp from making the move.

Sky Sports — Gyan arrives at Sunderland

Black Cats manager Steve Bruce has been trying to bolster his attacking options at the Stadium of Light this summer with some back up and help for Darren Bent. It looks like Bruce succeeded with adding another striker to the ranks with the signing of Ghana international Asamoah Gyan. The Rennes striker impressed at this summer’s World Cup as he scored three goals for Ghana– including an extra time winner against the U.S. The 24-year-old forward moved to Rennes in 2008 from Udinese and has score 14 goals for the club, will he be able to carry over his exciting World Cup performance to the Premier League?

The Guardian — Shay Given chooses to stay at Manchester City and fight for No1 place — by Daniel Taylor

It hasn’t been an easy summer for Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given. The Irish international had to watch the World Cup from home as his team was robbed of a place by a hand ball, and he lost his No1 position between the pipes for City to the young, but very talented, Joe Hart. It looks as though Given will be staying on at City this season though despite being angered by Roberto Mancinni’s decision to move him down the pecking order. There were rumors he’d be leaving for Fulham to rejoin Mark Hughes, but it doesn’t look like that will happen.

It does looks like one disgruntled City player will be on his way out of Manchester today. Reportedly Brazilian playmaker Robinho has finally sealed a move out of England. AC Milan has been linked with a move for the troubled forward and it looks like the rumors that a move was imminent were true. Robinho is on his way to Milan for a medial today and could be announced as the club’s second big signing in less than a week.

Sky Sports — Schalke swoop for Huntelaar

Dutch striker Klass-Jan Huntelaar has made his second move in two years during the transfer window after agreeing to terms with German club Schalke. The Holland international moved to AC Milan last summer after failing to break into Real Madrid’s starting XI while in Spain after moving from Dutch league giants Ajax. Huntelaar had a feeling ti was time to move away from the San Siro after Milan signed Barcelona and former Inter Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. This could be a positive move for Huntelaar as Milan are reported to have signed Robinho today and the Dutchman’s chances to break into the squad were dwindling.

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