Friday, 3 August 2012

Friday Night EPL Transfer Update:

Hello everyone, and welcome to my latest installment of my blog posts. 
Tonight, with 2 weeks and 1 day left until the official start of the 2012-13 English Premier League, I will continue with the EPL Transfer Update which includes rumours, friendly results over the past few days and much more.

Let me begin this update with:

Liverpool starting their 2012-13 Europa League adventure with a 3rd round qualification match against Gomel.

FC Gomel 0 Liverpool 1

Liverpool kick-started their Europa League adventure this season after winning against Gomel abroad in Belarus. 

Midfielder Joe Cole was subsituted in the 23rd minute due to an injury knock on his professional return from being on-loan at French club Lille last season. 

He had a hamstring injury and it was a precautionary measure.

Ouch: Joe Cole recieves a knock on his professional return to football for The Reds.

Winger Stewart Downing scored the only goal of the match in the 68th minute.

Powerful: Liverpool winger Stewart Downing scores the only goal of the match against FC Gomel.
That winning feeling: Downing 'high fives' 17-year-old team-mate and fellow winger Raheem Sterling after his goal.
It's a start: Liverpool players including new signing Fabio Borini and Steven Gerrard celebrate their slender win.

FACT: Manager Brendan Rodgers has won his first match in charge of Liverpool after being appointed in June.

First European match, first European win: New Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers watches his team win 1-0.

FACT: This is only Stewart Downing's 2nd goal in an Liverpool shirt excluding (penalties) 

London Olympics:

Team GB 1 Uruguay 0 - Group Stage Match, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge scored the only goal of the match, as Team GB moved into the quarter-finals of the Olympics. 

Scrappy goal: Sturridge slots the ball into the net just on the stroke of half-time to give Team GB the lead.
Pure releif: Sturridge (2nd left) celebrates his goal with his team-mates against Uruguay in a tough match.

It was a tense match with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez asnd Napoli striker Edinson Cavani both pressing to score for Uruguay.

Team GB vs South Korea - Quarter-Final, LIVE from 19:30pm

EPL Transfer News and Rumours:

Malaga winger Santi Cazorla is set to become Arsenal's record signing with £16.5million pounds being accepted after undergoing a medical last night.

In the next few days: Malaga winger Santi Cazorla is set to become Arsenal's £16.5million record signing.
He is set to be unveiled very soon. 

PSG are ready to make a move to sign Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole. 
Manager Carlo Ancelotti used to manage at Chelsea, so he would like having one of his former players at his new club.

Join the French Revolution! Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole is wanted by 'moneybags' PSG.

Interesting, somehow though I doubt Cole would leave unless he got a massive pay package wage each week, higher than at Chelsea.

Arsenal young striker Benik Afobe has joined Championship club Bolton Wanderers on loan for the upcoming 2012-13 season.

Adventure: Arsenal startlet Benik Afobe has joined Bolton on a loan deal to gain more first-team experience.

Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani has completed his £7million move to Italian side Fiorentina.

He has moved on a three-year contract deal, and his agent said that he will fight for a place in the Italian national team again before he retires.

Wasted talent: Aquilani has moved to Fiorentina after being left out of the first-team squad over the past 3 years.

Spanish giants Real Madrid have been heavily linked today with a £20million swoop for Manchester United winger Nani after admitted their interest in the Portugese international. 

Interest: Manchester United winger Nani is wanted by Real Madrid, and Shinji Kagawa is reportedly his replacement.

Chelsea have confirmed that midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has moved to German side Werden Bremen on a season-long loan deal to gain more first-team experience, as he is not ready for the first-team just yet.

First-team experience: Chelsea's young midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has moved to Werder Bremen on a loan spell.

West Ham have made a £1.5million bid for Moussa Konate after his impressive showing with 4 goals so far in the Men's London Olympic Football. 

Impressive: Moussa Konate has scored 4 goals in 3 matches in this Olympics tournament so far and is wanted by West Ham.

Chelsea are ready to raise their offer for Marseille defender Cesar Azpilicueta to around £7million after having a £5million bid rejected.

Striker Romelu Lukaku has said that if he is shipped out on loan by Chelsea, then he ONLY wants to play in the EPL.  

Here we go again: Lukaku has been linked with lots of loan spell moves after a slow start to his Chelsea career.
Aston Villa have been given a double injury blow after it was confirmed that striker Gabriel Agbonlahor and defender Richard Dunne will miss the start of the season.

West Ham have confirmed the re-signing of Aston Villa defender James Collins.

Re-united with West Ham United: Defender James Collins has left Aston Villa for around £3-4million.

Everton have confirmed that they are in talks with Turkish club Fenerbache over a transfer fee for their defender Joseph Yobo.
If the deal is accepted, it would be around about £2.5million.

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has said that midfielder Nuri Sahin
can leave the club, because he will not have a starting 11 place next season.

We want you: Arsenal want Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin on a season-long loan to strengthen the squad.

Arsenal are ready to sign him on a season-long loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.