Crystal Palace have completed the loan signing of Mitchy Batshuayi from Chelsea till the end of the season. The Belgian had been linked with a variety of clubs on transfer deadline day, with potential moves to West Ham, Real Betis, Everton and even Tottenham Hotspur being touted in the press, but eventually opted to move to Selhurst Park.
Palace, managed by Roy Hodgson, are currently 15th in the table and will take on Fulham this weekend. Batshuayi should make his debut against the Cottagers and will be key to their chances of winning, especially in the absence of Wilfried Zaha, who is suspended for this clash after his red card in their 1-1 draw against Southampton.
The Palace loan spell is the 25 year old Belgian’s third since joining Chelsea from Marseille in 2016- the previous two being with Dortmund in Germany and Valencia in Spain. The BVB spell was a successful one; the VCF one not so much, and Palace fans will be hoping that it is the Dortmund version of Batshuayi who turns up for them.
Newcastle have completed the signing of Miguel Almiron from MLS outfit Atalanta United for a club record £20m. The fee is the highest the Magpies have paid for a player, eclipsing Michael Owen’s long standing £16m record, set in 2005 when they acquired the England striker from Real Madrid.
In another deadline day swoop, the Magpies also completed the signing of Antonio Barreca on loan from AS Monaco till the end of the season.
Mike Ashley has often been criticised in the past for not making enough funds available to purchase new players, with many long suffering fans often wishing for better support for Rafa Benitez. The Magpies stunned Man City 2-1 at home a few days ago, leading many to say that they would be challenging for an European spot if Benitez had the same level of backing as some of the other teams in the bottom half of the table.
Newcastle are 14th in the league currently and will square off against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.
La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid have officially confirmed the signing of Alvaro Morata on loan from Premier League outfit Chelsea. The Spanish striker will be at the Wanda Metropolitano till the end of the 2019/20 season, thus making it an eighteen month loan stint for the 26 year old.
Morata joined Chelsea from Real Madrid in the summer of 2017, but has never quite had the impact he was expected to. Most of Chelsea’s signings that summer excepting Antonio Rudiger- the likes of Danny Drinkwater, Davide Zappacosta and Tiemoue Bakayoko and Morata have failed to establish themselves at the Bridge. It probably represents one of the worst transfer windows in recent history for the club, given the money that was splurged on these players. The quartet mentioned above cost the Blues well over £150m, and the London outfit, in all probability, will have to take a hit on these players when they permanently leave the club.
The Morata switch comes after Chelsea signed Gonzalo Higuain on loan from Juventus till the end of the season (with an option to buy)
Morata scored 24 goals in 72 games across all competitions for Chelsea. The Blues are fourth in the league table at the time of this transfer, while Atleti are second in La Liga.
The football world has been rocked by strange and unexplained transfers more than one time. From superstars arriving at lowly clubs to virtual unknowns being signed by juggernauts, some football transfers are as baffling as wearing a winter jacket on a beach.
Starting with Kevin Prince Boateng’s recent arrival to Barcelona, we list some of the most shocking football transfers ever.
Kevin Prince Boateng
A few days ago, Barcelona shocked the world by signing Sasuolo’s Ghanaian recently converted false-nine. It’s not that Boateng is not a well-known name in football – it’s just that he’s more known for his antics rather than his qualities.
Granted, his spell at AC Milan has been fruitful (who can forget that goal against Barca?) and he played well for Sasuolo this season. However, even with Barca needing a striker who can come off the bench after Munir left for Sevilla, Boateng doesn’t seem to be the answer. He’s obviously not as talented as Suarez, Messi or Dembele, so it remains to be seen if he’ll be a hit or a miss. Continue reading
Jose Mourinho’s record of having never managed over four seasons at a club continued after the Portuguese gaffer was sacked by Manchester United today morning. United were beaten 3-1 by Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday evening- the first time the Reds had got the better of their great rivals at home since 2013, and that defeat was apparently the last straw for the United board. Chief executive Ed Woodward cut a frustrated face at Anfield, and so did United legends like Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Alex Ferguson, who were present for the big game against Jurgen Klopp’s men. Continue reading