- Lionel Messi has a new football tattoo on his left leg [Pictures]
- Inter Milan reach agreement with Lukas Podolski, still yet to speak to Arsenal [Di Marzio]
- Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois has claimed 51 crosses in the Premier League with a 100% success rate [HLN]
- Sevilla are interested in Man United striker Radamel Falcao [AS]
- Neymar linked to medical student Camila Karam during his Xmas trip home, she denies relationship
Kinnear’s shock Newcastle return, PSG target Spurs’ Bale & AVB & Liverpool may sell Suarez to Real if Morata is a makeweight
Comment & analysis round-up
Quote of the day: “I love being back up in Newcastle, irrespective of the situation I had with the media. I’m one of those fellas that has to speak my mind. I’m never one that holds back, and if I’ve got something to say, I’ll say it. Geordies are Geordies. They want people from that area to work for that club. But you’ve got numerous international managers from all parts of the world. Because I wasn’t a Geordie, for some reason that went against me. Because my record speaks for itself, it’s there for everybody to see. But I got over that, maybe my reaction was a little bit over the top but half of the stuff that was written was very disappointing. But it’s all finished now… I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to come back. I have turned down managerial jobs in the lower leagues, because I felt I’d gone past that and I wanted to get my teeth into something in the Premier League. It’s an interesting role for myself and I don’t think I could be at a better club to do it. I signed it with Mike [Ashley, the Newcastle owner] today and that’s taken care of. I intend to meet Alan either tomorrow or within the coming week to discuss the future and go through the team itself. We will discuss where it’s glaringly clear we need to improve and that will be my job, to go and find those players.” – Joe Kinnear.
Runner-up: “To win the league under David Moyes would be phenomenal. Last season was one of the best when we won title No 20 but this could go beyond that. To win it at the first attempt with a new man in charge would be something special.” – Rio Ferdinand.
Shock: Kinnear Returns To Newcastle
Joe Kinnear’s return to Newcastle comes as the Magpies need stability and common sense. What could go wrong? (Simon Bird, Mirror) Why is this such a big deal? Kinnear’s record while boss was unspectacular, setting the course for relegation before he was sidelined by ill health in February 2009. Is he the perfect deal maker? When boss, he claimed Michael Owen was signing a new contract (it didn’t happen). He said Nicky Butt was staying long term (it didn’t happen). He had top Argentinians playing in Italy on the verge of signing (it didn’t happen). Every other week was “D-day” for Ashley to sell the club (it never happened).
Toon fury at Joe’s return (David Coverdale, Sun) Furious Newcastle fans hit out last night after Joe Kinnear was sensationally appointed as the club’s director of football. Toon owner Mike Ashley plucked the former Wimbledon boss out of the football wilderness for a second time to bring him back to St James’ Park.
You must be Joe-king, Newcastle… Flop boss Kinnear makes sensational return as director of football alongside Pardew (Sam Cunningham, Mail) Kinnear was manager for six months four-and-a-half years ago but was forced to quit in February 2009 through ill-health after suffering a heart attack. The club were relegated at the end of the season. Now he insists he is fighting fit and has accepted a far more powerful role which puts him in charge of transfers… Kinnear’s first job will be to target a new striker. Demba Ba was not replaced after he joined Chelsea in January and the side struggled for goals.
Joe Kinnear stuns Newcastle fans by returning as director of football (Dominic Fifield, Guardian) Joe Kinnear has insisted there are “no issues whatsoever” with Alan Pardew after his surprise appointment as Newcastle United’s director of football, a role that apparently includes the final say on incoming and outgoing transfers, appeared to undermine the manager’s authority at St James’ Park.
Bale Gets Trademarked, PSG Plot Mega Spurs Bids
Bale’s heart of gold (Mike McGarth, Sun) Gareth Bale is set to make a fortune after trademarking his goal celebration and shirt number. The ‘Eleven Of Hearts’ logo is the first step in marketing the Tottenham star as a global brand. And it could see the flying Welshman net over £10million a year in endorsements alone.
PSG plot £85million Gareth Bale bid in effort to land Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas (Neil McLeman, Mirror) PSG have offered to buy Gareth Bale in a bid to lure Andre Villas-Boas to the French capital. The Tottenham manager turned down a first approach from the Qatari-owned club to move to Paris next season. But PSG have now returned determined to land the 35-year-old Portuguese – and have discussed a world record £85m bid for Bale as part of the negotiations. Chelsea defender David Luiz is also on their shopping list.
PSG escalate interest in Tottenham Hotspur manager André Villas-Boas (Dominic Fifield, Guardian) Paris St-Germain continue to covet the Tottenham Hotspur manager André Villas-Boas, having been offered no reason, as yet, to suppose their desire to lure him to the Parc des Princes will be dismissed out of hand by the Portuguese… It remains to be seen whether Villas-Boas, who has been on holiday, is indeed tempted to swap the Premier League for Paris having recently expressed a desire to start a second season at the same club for the first time.
Morata Makeweight in Suarez Deal?
Luis Suarez’s Real Madrid move edges closer as Liverpool eye Spain starlet Alvaro Morata as makeweight (David Maddock, Mirror) Luis Suarez will get his wish to join Real Madrid – but only if the Spanish giants sweeten the deal with one of their most promising youngsters. Liverpool are now ready to listen to offers for their wantaway striker, but have made clear they will not budge a penny below the £40million clause built into the Uruguayan’s contract that triggers a transfer… [Liverpool] have identified the top scorer at this summer’s European Under-21 Championship Alvaro Morata as a possible makeweight in any deal to ensure they get the full value for the player.
Mourinho’s Chelsea Mission
This time around Mourinho needs to win a lot more than just trophies (Kevin Garside, Independent) The summary dismissal of the man who brought the ultimate prize to Chelsea, however fortuitously, is proof that winning is not enough for Roman Abramovich. The courtship of Guardiola suggests that, after 10 years at Stamford Bridge, Abramovich wants his team to capture the imagination as well as trophies. This is Mourinho’s challenge. We know he can win football matches, but can he make the heart beat faster? If the story continues to be about him, as his Fergie snippet suggests, you would have to question how much has changed. If nothing has, why should we believe that, three years from now, outcomes will be any different? Fergie might have gone but United remain and now he has Manchester City on his case. It won’t be dull, that much we can say.
Arsenal Linked To Payet
Lille star Payet on Wenger’s radar as Arsenal battle with Juventus for Higuain (Simon Jones, Mail) Arsenal are showing interest in Lille and France winger Dimitri Payet. The 26-year-old scored 12 times for the Ligue 1 club last season and could bolster Arsene Wenger’s attacking options at the Emirates. Arsenal have made a £25m offer to Real Madrid for Gonzalo Higuain which outstrips the one bid so far by Juventus. However, the Argentina forward is keen on a move to Turin.
Hull Get Bent
Bruce in Bent bid (Michael Morgan, Sun) Steve Bruce plans to hijack Newcastle’s move for Aston Villa outcast Darren Bent. The Toon are dithering over Villa’s £6million asking price and the ex-England striker’s £70,000-a-week wage demands.
Villa Seek Out Sevilla Defender
Villa set for £1.5m Luna landing from Sevilla as Lambert continues summer rebuild (Simon Jones, Mail) Paul Lambert’s summer spending spree shows no sign of slowing down, with Seville left-back Antonio Luna tipped to become Aston Villa’s next signing. The defender, who has been on loan at Majorca this season, is in talks over a £1.5m move according to reports in Spain.
- Updated: June 17, 2013