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Carlos Tevez is back in the news this week after handing in his transfer request to Manchester City. The Argentine forward seems to be unhappy with life in Manchester and wants out immediately. Rumors have even surfaced that he may quit football all together if things don’t improve or change. Any team in the world could use a player like Tevez, I hope he ends up somewhere that he can shine because football needs a player like him.
Thierry Henry officially becomes the second designated player to sign with the New York Red Bulls. Henry will join the list of high-profile players and hopefully draw new interest to the Red Bulls as well as the MLS as a whole. It is going to be amazing to see a player of Henry’s calibre who still has a lot to offer to the game of football. The transfer can only be approved after the window opens on July 15th and Red Bulls executives expect Henry to make his debut on the 22nd when they take on Tottenham in a friendly at Red Bull Arena. A full news conference is expected to be held on Thursday at 1:15pm EST.
Former Chelsea boss Avram Grant has been officially announced as the manager of West Ham United. It is a much tougher task than the one he held in London but he is an experienced coach who will be up for the challenge. He is already saying that he will do everything he can to keep Matthew Upson on the books with the Hammers.
Real Madrid have added one of the most highly touted young players in this summers World Cup. Angel Di Maria, the Argentinean international will join Madrid upon conclusion of his teams run in the World Cup. Di Maria will be leaving his Portuguese club, Benfica, where the 22-year old has been since the summer of 2007. Still very young and relatively unproven, Di Maria will have a lot of pressure on him as he takes his place in the line-up in Spain.
This move kind of went under the radar but former Chivas USA star, Sacha Klejstan made the jump to a historic European soccer club. Klejstan will be playing Champions League football come the new season, which will be a little different than what he has been used to for his entire professional career.
We wish him the best of luck, and hope he does his thing on the big stage.
According to the BBC this morning, Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is on the verge of leaving the club he signed a 5 year deal with back in 2009. Liverpool is going to be giving him a multi-million pound package in order to get him to step away. With Benitez out, who get’s the Liverpool job? Where does Rafa end up? And is this the summer that Gerrard finally tests his skills elsewhere?
Arsenal.com has reported that they have completed the singing of free agent striker Marouane Chamakh, making him the first signing for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal in this summer’s transfer window. Chamakh has been under Wenger’s radar for a long time, and Chamakh has long since been a fan of the Emirates side. A huge aerial threat, the 26 year old played a huge part in the 2008/2009 season with Bordeaux, netting 14 goals en route to a Ligue 1 title. He was also a big reason for their Champions League run during the 2009/2010 season. He will wear the number 29 for Arsenal this season. More facts of Chamakh can be found at Arsenal.com
Marouane Chamakh (picture taken from Arsenal.com)