What The Soccer Guys are Reading — Sept. 22, 2010

Wesley Sneijder was sold by Real Madrid last summer to make way for Kaka and Ronaldo, now he could be on his way back to Spain if Jose Mourinho has his way. Courtesy Paul Blank

The Independent — Serie A strike called off

Good news for Italian soccer fans: The player’s union and Serie A have come to an agreement and there will not be a strike this weekend. Players will play, and this weekend’s round of games will go on as planned. The player’s union and the league came to an agreement on six of the eight points of contention in the talks over a new collective bargaining agreement. The two sides will try and hash out the details for the remaining two issues at hand in the near future.

BBC — Sunderland’s Titus Bramble arrested over rape claim

Steve Bruce hasn’t had much time to celebrate his team’s miraculous, 1-1, draw with Arsenal on Saturday. Today, Bruce had to wake up and open the newspaper and see one of his summer signings topping the headlines. Titus Bramble has been brought into police custody because a woman has charged him and his brother with rape. Bramble moved from Wigan this summer to the Stadium of Light to bolster Sunderland’s defense.

ESPNSoccernet — Sneijder’s agent reveals Real interest

Wesley Sneijder has yet to agree to a new contract with Inter Milan, and talks have supposedly stalled. Not good for the Nerazzurri because Jose Mourinho is a shark in the transfer market waters, and he smells blood. Real Madrid sold Sneijder to Mourinho when he was in charge of Inter Milan just a summer ago, and now the Dutchman could be heading back to Spain if Mourinho has his way. The midfielder was the cog in Inter’s treble winning campaign last year and he lead the Netherlands the World Cup final in South Africa this summer, and Milan will try to hold on to him as best they can.

The Guardian — Bebé: Six steps that took a Lisbon street kid to Manchester United — by David Conn

Sir Alex Ferguson isn’t usually a risk taker in the transfer market, he tries to make solid, sound transfers for players he knows will fit into his system and the lifestyle of Manchester United, but he took a calculated risk when he signed Bebé this summer. The relatively unknown Portuguese striker is a 20-year-old with an amazing story that Hollywood dreams of. Bebé was homeless, he was left by his parents on his own as a child, and he made something of himself by playing soccer, and word got out about the striker, so he was picked up by one of the biggest clubs in the world. Now, the world could get their first look at the £7.4m player as he is expected to make an appearance for United in its Carling Cup clash today with Scunthorpe.

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