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How the ash cloud stopped Robert Lewandowski signing for Blackburn

By Stefano on April 25th, 2013

Remember the ash cloud that hovered over the north of Europe in 2010? Well it didn’t just have the effect of crippling the Icelandic economy and downing hundreds of planes.

It also scuppered what might have been the footballing coup of the decade.

For had it not happened Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski could well have been a Blackburn Rovers player.

Apparently Sam Allardyce had bid £4.3m for the lanky goalscoring genius, a fee which Polish side Lech Poznan were happy with it.

Allardyce was due to hold talks with the player but the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud forced the cancellation of his flight.

Allardyce then bought Croatian Nikola Kalinic for around £6m and Lewandowski left for Germany.

Three years on and Rovers are just about going to keep their Championship status while Dortmund are almost certainly heading to Wembley for the Champions League final.

On a more serious note I really hope that Lewandowski stays with Dortmund and doesn’t move to Bayern Munich like his colleague Mario Gotze. Losing your star players to your deadliest rivals is one thing – but losing both is beyond belief.



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Wenger plots Borussia Dortmund raid and mulls over Arsenal return for Alex Song

By Stefano on April 2nd, 2013

Tonight Barcelona take on PSG in the first leg of their Champions League quarter finals. One player who is unlikely to start is the club’s misfit midfielder Alex Song.

Since signing for Arsenal in the summer Sing has made very little impression at the Catalan club and was even named the second worst signing of 2012 after Real Madrid’s Luka Modric in a poll carried out by Spanish paper Marca.

There are reports though that Song’s Spanish sojourn is all but over and that the player could be heading back to the Premiership, and maybe even Arsenal.

The Express is claiming that Song could be sold for £12.7million and that Arsenal are likely to have first option on the player. Barca still owe Arsenal plenty of money not just for Song but also for Fabregas who signed the year before.

There are also lots of reports that Arsenal are looking to plunder the Bundesliga with Mario Götze and Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund two of Arsene Wenger’s biggest targets. Lewandowski is the Bundesliga’s leading scorer and would significantly eat into the £70 million wear chest that Wenger has.

Now HITC is suggesting
that another Borussia Dortmund player on Arsene Wenger’s radar is midfielder Marco Reus. The website hints that the deal could depend on the status of one of the club’s veterans Tomas Rosicky.

Reus told The Guardian…

“My idol was always Tomas Rosicky. He used to be phenomenal. He had such a good eye for an opening and knew where his team-mates were, and he was so quick. Rosicky had great technique and was so intelligent and mature.”

Rosicky’s opportunities have been limited this season and it has been widely rumoured that the player will make a switch to the Bundesliga in the summer. However if Rosicky could help Wenger land Reus, who is reportedly keen on a move to the Premiership, he might be staying a little longer at The Emirates. Reus is having a corking seasons with ten goals and nine assists in 27 starts.

Arsenal have also been linked with another Dortmund player in central defender Mats Hummels. There could be a seriously Germanic flavour to the London team next season.



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Where is Robert Lewandowski going? Bayern Munich? Man United?

By Stefano on February 12th, 2013

They have Rooney, Hernandez, Wellbeck and some Dutch fella. You would have thought that the last thing that Man United needed in the summer was a striker. However during the winter transfer window there were plenty of rumours that United had already done a deal to sign Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund.

The story is back in the news again this week with differing reports from Germany about where the player’s future will be.

On Saturday German legend Lothar Matthaus claimed that the deal had already been done to sell the player to Bayern Munich

As ESPN reports Mattheus told Sky the only question remaining was whether the Poland international, who has also been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford, joined the champions-elect in the summer or when his deal expires in 2014.

“I have heard that Lewandowski and his management have already reached an agreement with Bayern,” Matthaus said.

“His contract runs out in 2014. Dortmund could cash in on him in 2013. They would get a high fee – I have overheard something like €25 million to €30 million – or he could join Bayern on a free in 2014.”

However Bayern President Uli Hoeness has a different view,

He told German paper Abendzeitung: “If Lothar confirms this, then soon he will be the general manager at Bayern.”

Matthaus then struck back telling Sky

“Uli Hoeness also knows I have been in the business for 30 years now. I have good contacts, not only domestically but also internationally. A reliable source – one who would know – told me that Lewandowski will join Bayern. If you have such information – and in this case I am no coach, but a pundit – I have the duty to pass this information on. If I am wrong, I will apologise to Uli Hoeness.”

In case you have forgotten German newspaper Bild claimed that Borussia Dortmund star Robert Lewandowski would join Manchester United this summer.

Bild said that a €22million bid will be enough to land the 24-year-old, and he will pick up £100,000 a week at Old Trafford.

This one could get interesting.

Pic Christopher Neundorf



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Spanish paper claims Arsenal are negotiating for £17.6 million German defender Mats Hummels

By Stefano on January 24th, 2013

Spanish football site Fichajes has been stirring things up a bit by suggesting that Arsenal are already in negotiations with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of the club’s highly rated defender Mats Hummels.

The German has been watched by a number of Premiership clubs, but if Fichajes is right it puts the North London side in pole position to sign the player.

Hummels is a 24 year old who has been a regular fixture in Dortmund’s Bundesliga games this season. He has already played 23 times for the national side and is a graduate of Bayern Munich’s youth academy who was snapped up Dortmund in 2009.

As well as being a very solid central defender Hummels does like to get forward to instigate attacks and has scored 13 times in his tenure at Dortmund. Crucially he is very quick, which might make him an ideal partner for the slightly less mobile Per Mertesacker.

I just wonder if Wenger is considering using him as a defensively minded midfielder, a position he has the attributes to play.

He is likely to be expensive though with the asking price being around £17 million – a huge amount to pay for defensively minded player in the winter window even one this talented.

Pic from Wikipedia



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Robert Lewandowski on his way to Man United says German paper – but who is leaving?

By Stefano on December 27th, 2012

A pretty reliable source – German newspaper Bild – has claimed that Borussia Dortmund star Robert Lewandowski will join Manchester United this summer.

Polish striker Lewandowski had an impressive Euro 212 and has scored fourteen goals for Dortmund so far this season. Sir Alex Ferguson also sees a major advantage in linking Lewandowski with his former Dortmund colleague Shinji Kagawa.

Bild says that a €22million bid will be enough to land the 24-year-old, and he will pick up £100,000 a week at Old Trafford.

If true the big question then is who, if anyone, will be leaving Old Trafford in the summer? In Van Persie, Hernandez, Wellbeck and Rooney Ferguson already has the most potent striking force in the Premiership. Five strikers, three of which are on very sizable wages might be difficult to maintain from a financial point of view. Also would Rooney or Van Persie expect not to be an automatic starter. Rooney’s form has been inconsistent this season. He has been sporadically brilliant but then has disappeared in games too. Lewandowski’s arrival does raise the tantalising prospect that Fergie might consider cashing in on his English striker.

Images PA



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Robert Lewandowski is interesting Sir Alex Ferguson – summer move on the cards?

By Stefano on December 21st, 2012

Some interesting news this morning on Goal which is reporting that Sir Alex Ferguson, who has been reasonably quiet about Manchester United’s transfer plans of late, has lined up the highly regarded Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski for a summer move.

Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc recently admitted “the departure of Robert Lewandowski end of the season is a done deal.”

If true, the 24 year old Polish striker, who has already banged in 15 goals this season, will join an embarrassment of attacking riches at the club including Rooney, Hernandez, Wellbeck and one Robin Van Persie.

Apparently Lewandowski, who will cost between £12-14million, is keen to link up with former colleague Shinji Kagawa at Old Trafford.

Lewandowski’s arrival could however mean that Ferguson may cash in on one of his other striker. So United fans who would you be prepared to lose – Wellbeck or Hernandez?



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Why Manchester City need the Europa League like a hole in the head

By Stefano on December 4th, 2012

So Champions League Group D, aka The group of Death, has turned out to be a bit of a mare for City. With no chance of qualification Mancini’s men will clearly be glad to see the back of it tonight too as they head off to Germany to face group leaders Borussia Dortmund.

Even if it was a game that City needed to win, it would still be a very tough call. Dortmund have been hugely impressive in the CL this year including drawing 1-1 with the Blues at the Etihad Stadium in October.

Bizarrely though City could still continue their European adventure this year as they have an outside chance of qualifying for the Europa League. With Dortmund and Real Madrid having already qualified from the group, City need to beat the German champions and hope third-placed Ajax fail to win at the home of the Spanish title-holders.

Roberto Mancini is certainly playing lip service to the possibility of winning. He said: “We will try, but we need to win in Dortmund and it will not be easy because Dortmund are in a good condition.”There is the Premier League, and the Europa League if we can go in it, and also the FA Cup. The season is long and it is important.”

There is also the chance of a good win sparking off some self-belief in the team, something that seems to be sorely missing this season in spite of the Blue’s impressive home record.

And true to his word Mancini has sent a decent squad over to Germany, unlike Arsene Wenger whose Arsenal squad who play Olympiakos in a fairly meaningless game tonight, features a group of players several of whom are not even regular in the Gunners’ reserve team.

If Mancini has any sense though he will try and play for a face-saving draw or 1-0 defeat. City need the Europa League like a hole in the head. The Premiership is quite possibly still their’s to lose. Their only real rival at the moment are the quieter neighbours and their form has been inconsistent too. Sure the Europa League is still a trophy and it would continue to give City that European experience they so sorely lack. But at the moment it would be a distraction that Mancini really doesn’t need.




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