Comment & analysis round-up
Quote of the day: “I have been fortunate to win a lot of trophies in my career but as a footballer you never think you might win an Olympic gold medal. It is going to be tough: there are some good teams and good players in the tournament. But, with home advantage and the players we have, we have a good chance.” – Ryan Giggs.
Runner-up: “Ryan is the standout captain among the group. He has got the respect of all the members of the group and I’m looking forward to working with him.” – Stuart Pearce.
Andy For AC?
AC want Carroll on loan (Sun) AC Milan are considering a loan move for Liverpool’s Andy Carroll. The England striker was discussed as the clubs talked over Alberto Aquilani’s return to Anfield after his year at the San Siro.
Wenger’s taste of his own medicine (Martin Samuel, Mail) What Manchester City have done to Arsenal is only what Arsenal have done to smaller economic entities. One form of entrepreneurial capitalism consumes the other. It is a tough world, but not unfair.
Players in dark over Van Persie (Independent) Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey said yesterday that he and his team-mates do not know if the striker Robin van Persie will play for the club next season. The Dutchman last week issued a carefully-worded statement in which he said he would not sign an extension to his current deal with Arsenal, which expires next summer. “I don’t know and we as players don’t know what is happening so we will just have to wait to see what happens,” said Ramsey, who welcomed the signings of Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski. “They are great additions to the squad,” he added.
Chelsea Setback Over Schurrle
Schurr drive a hard bargain (Sun) Chelsea have had an opening £18million bid for Germany’s Andre Schurrle knocked back.
Muddle Over Mancini
Hello and goodbye? Mancini ducks welcome ceremony at City training camp as speculation continues over his future (Mirror) Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini ducked out of a ceremony to welcome his title-winning team to their pre-season training camp in Austria on Sunday night as speculation grows over his future. However, Blues fans will be relieved that the Italian HAS travelled with the squad to the high-altitude base for the next two weeks after he was linked with quitting for the Russian national team job.
Brendan Rogers’s Liverpool
Rodgers’ example can start tika-taka revolution at home (Kevin Garside, Independent) It is manifestly absurd to maintain that an English professional footballer lacks technique. He might not be Messi or Ronaldo but he is not wanting for a grasp of the basics. Rodgers showed what can be achieved by players most would regard as middling. At Liverpool he has an opportunity to move the story on at a team with global appeal. It is important not just for fans of Liverpool but for lovers of the game in England that he succeeds.
Now Brendan hits the bar (Sun) Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is immersing himself in the local culture. Not by visiting The Cavern Club or the Liverpool cathedrals – no, he’s been spotted in one of the city’s most famous gay bars.
Liverpool rebuffed in swoop for Real Madrid midfielder Granero (Mail) Liverpool are understood to have had a bid rejected for Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero. The 25-year-old was a target for Arsenal last season, who have again been linked with Rennes midfielder Tongo Doumbia.
Wigan boss Martinez targets Chicago Fire star Marco Pappa as Moses replacement (Mirror) Martinez is set to agree a pre-contract with the MLS ace who could be the first player from his country to come to the Premier League – if he can get a work permit.
Jan’s the man for AVB (Sun) The Belgium defender will fly to London this week for a medical and complete his move. Vertonghen is expected to cost Spurs around £9million.