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Is Ronaldo really coming back to Man United? Can they afford him?

By Stefano on December 31st, 2012

The phoney war ends tomorrow and the 2013 transfer window finally opens. One story that is likely to rumble on throughout January though probably won’t reach any conclusion, revolves around the future of one Cristiano Ronaldo.

According to The Sun the Portuguese striker has been making noises recently that he is unhappy with his lot at Real Madrid. He has two years left on his contract and suggested that he would not be renewing it. The Sun also reported that he would consider a move back to United, but could they fund the mega bucks deal needed to sign him?

Today’s Sun thinks they could. It says…

If Ronaldo genuinely wants to leave, then Real’s asking price will tumble and players will come into the negotiations. The fee would be around £60m with David de Gea and possibly Nani joining Real.

So does he want to go? Who knows? After all this might just be a ploy to wrangle a few more million pounds a year to stay. If he does want to go then there are very few clubs in the world that could genuinely afford him. Front runners would be Paris St Germain, but Russian team Anzhi Makhachkala would also be in the frame and possibly a Chinese team or two.

And then there’s United. Fergie is apparently still close to the star and The Sun thinks that funded by shirt sales United could breaking the bank and make him an astronomic wage deal. The Sun thinks they could go as high as £300k a week. So would you break the bank to bring Ronaldo back?



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Hot stuff – Real Madrid’s new kit leaked? The best Xmas records ever and more

By Stefano on December 20th, 2012

The best Christmas records ever

Great video of how cows deal with a car crash

Who is going to shape 2013. 15 men to watch in tech, sport and style

The six most under-rated Beatles albums – going cheap now too

How to dress like Bradley Wiggins

2012′s 20 weirdest gadgets and gifts – from the t-shirt that thinks it is a guitar to the cushion that control your telly

Real Madrid’s new shirt leaked

The Champions League draw was identical to the rehearsal! Weird

Pics of people preparing for the end of the world

Cools 90s cars now going cheap



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Champions League draw; Arsenal face Bayern Munich and Man United tackle Real Madrid

By Stefano on December 20th, 2012

So here it is. Arsenal have been drawn against Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League while Man United will face Real Madrid in the plum tie of the round.

The draw means that Ronaldo will be returning to the stadium that made him famous. In 2000 and 2003 the two sides played with Real winning both ties.

At least Arsene Wenger will be cheered that he has managed to avoid Barcelona who have put the Gunners out twice in the last three years.  The last time Arsenal played the Germans, Bayern put them out of the Champions League in 2005 winning 3-2 on aggregate. Bayern are currently an ominous nine points clear in the Bundesliga.

The first legs of the Champions League last-16 ties will played on 12-13 and 19-20 February and the second legs are on 5-6 and 12-13 March.

The full draw is

Galatasaray v Schalke

Celtic v Juventus

Arsenal v Bayern Munich

Shakhtar Donetsk v Borussia Dortmund

AC Milan v Barcelona

Real Madrid v Manchester United

Valencia v Paris St Germain

Porto v Malaga

 



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Gareth Bale – is he going to Real Madrid/Barcelona? And why Spurs might not miss him

By Stefano on December 18th, 2012

As Arsene Wenger has found to his cost, sell your best players and it becomes very hard to stay a top team. And that’s a dilemma that must be uppermost in the mind of one André Villas-Boas as he ponders the future of Gareth Bale.

There’s no denying the huge talent of the Welsh full back/winger/striker and there are no shortage of clubs keen to secure his services.

A few weeks ago Spain was being talked of as the most likely destination for Bale, if he does choose to move this summer, with Jose Mourinho apparently keen enough to fork out the £50 million or so it would take to reunite Bale with his old mucker Luka Modric. Though it should be added that Mourinho’s future at Real seems to be in some doubt.

For AVB then the decision is a tricky one. Sell Bale, and he’ll need the board to back him, and he has a huge war chest with which to build a new team. But if he does sell him he will run the risk of seriously alienating some of the fans.

The interesting bit though is the question – how useful has Bale been to Tottenham this season? This chart from our mates at Bantr illustrates that not only do Spurs not miss Bale, they have actually performed slightly better without him. Obviously there would be a huge hole were AVB to cash in on Bale but if the figures are similar at the end of the season surely the temptation to sell Bale to a Spanish club would be overwhelming.

So why have Spurs not played so well when Bale has been in the team. Any theories Spurs fans?

Infographic courtesy of our mates at Bantr. Bantr makes live football interactive by allowing fans to follow and vote on live football matches in real time, set manager and player approval and much more.

Our website is a hotbed of sparky football debate and offers exclusive statistics about the mood from the terraces. Whether you want to keep an eye on all the scores, vote on whether Rooney dived for that penalty or comment on the unique data that our website produces, Bantr is the interactive future of following the beautiful game.



Coats & Jackets

Moncler puffa jacket from Start

By admin on October 28th, 2008

moncler grey wool jacket puffa puffer start.jpgMoncler have done for the puffa jacket what David Beckham did for ponytails when he moved to Real Madrid.

Their Gamme Rouge collection for women has elevated the simple puffer to a work of art, and while this Moncler jacket (£785) isn’t on a one-way journey to Kookytown it’s pretty special.

Featuring an impressive 220 grams of down in each jacket and a hidden elasticised waistband this ain’t no NAFF Co 54 market offering that will leave you shivering at the bus stop. The grey wool is a smart choice easily taking you from the rugged outdoors to the city in one fell swoop.




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