A Big Los for English football?
Despite being linked with a shock, but entirely sensible potential move to Manchester United, it looks like Frank Lampard is heading to MLS. Lazio and Monaco had emerged as potential destinations, but the signs are a move to the west coast of America is on the cards.
Galaxy manager, Bruce Arena was trying to be coy when he said ‘We wouldn’t rule out a move for Lampard, it’s always a possibility’ but it didn’t work and a deal could be signed next week with Lamps making the move at the end of the British season. Daily Mail
What now seems certain is that the pleas of the fans and to a lesser extent, Rafa Benitez will be ignored and Lampard will definitely not be offered a new deal with Chelsea. I heard a juicy rumour as to why this was the other day and it seemed very plausible. You could say it’s for footballing reasons, but only if you count ‘long running vendettas’ as part of football. Which I suppose they are.
Wal’ Sorted Now
The Theo Walcott contract saga had us all on the edge of our seats for literally milliseconds over the last few weeks, but alas we can’t use it as our go-to transfer tittle-tattle anymore. The Arsenal striker/winger/not quite sure has signed contract extension worth £100,000 a week. The deal runs until 2016, meaning little other than we’ll be spared another ‘Walcott contract extension saga’ until oh … at least 18 months. BBC Sport
Other equally/more speculative stuff
– Mario Balotelli is going to AC Milan for £24 million say the Sun, somewhat ignoring the fact the Italian giants have no money for either that sort of transfer fee or Balotelli’s wages. The lure of seeing Sivlio Berlusconi’s wrinkly ass at a ‘bunga-bunga party’ probably won’t be enough to tempt him to take the massive pay cut. The Sun
– The Liverpool Red Sox are set to continue the ‘Sabremetrics’ policy that has kept them in good shape in the transfer window. They’re going to offer Inter Milan £8 million for 20 year old Brazilian, Phillipe Coutinho. Daily Telegraph
– Something about Michael Owen. I doubt even Michael Owen cares at this stage. The Sun