Queens Park Rangers: Building a team destined for failure?

Mark Hughes on the sideline at Loftus Road

To say QPR avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth on the final day of the season, would be putting it lightly.
At one stage in their last game, they were losing away to a title bound Manchester City, while the other side attempting to avoid relegation, Bolton Wanderers were winning away at Stoke City.
If things stayed the same way, QPR would have been relegated, but to the astonishment of every football fan in England, Mark Hughes’ side at point in the game took a 2-1 lead, only for City - with the title on the line - to score two last-minute goals.

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Demba Ba’s £7.5m release clause all but history for NUFC

Demba Ba in action for Newcastle United against Stoke

When Demba Ba hit double figures extremely early on in the Premier League last season, people immediately began to ponder where the Senegalese forward would be playing his football in 2012, they certainly didn’t expect it to be St.James’ Park. These are the same people who said NUFC would fade away from the Top 6 in the New Year.
However, despite constant rumours and the best efforts of the London media; Demba Ba’s much publicised £7.5m release clause will expire at midnight, tonight. Unless some club makes a quick move to offer the cash, and agree unarguably intricate terms - Demba Ba will be wearing Black and White next season. You’d have to say Newcastle United have done very well indeed.

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What are Chelsea’s realistic ambitions this year?

Roberto di Matteo glances at the scoreboard at Stamford Bridge

With Chelsea looking to break the £100m barrier in transfer signings this summer, Blues fans are no doubt excited about the prospect of multiple trophies this coming 201213 season.
Eden Hazard has today been joined by his brother Thorgan from Lens, which makes him Chelsea’s fourth signing and brings spending up to roughly: £70m. The Brazilian, Hulk, is reportedly the next man to sign the dotted line at Stamford Bridge in a move that would bring the London outfits tally past the one hundred million mark. In France, PSG have seemingly thrown down the gauntlet with the signings of Silva and Ibrahimovic and by my reckoning, if Chelsea do indeed sign Hulk from FC Porto, and Manchester City land a couple of their desired targets; summer spending across the world of football will have reached a new record high.

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Just how well can Liverpool do this season?

Brendan Rodgers looks on during a Swansea game

When Kenny Dalglish took over the reigns at Anfield after Roy Hodgson’s tenure that was deemed a failure, Liverpool fans hoped that the day had come where Liverpool would reestablish themselves as Top 4 club, or even succeed that expectation.
That didn’t happen, and they went on to have a dismal season which saw one of the best players banned for a considerable chunk of the campaign following a racism scandal. Their performances on the pitch were less than desirable too. José Enrique who departed Newcastle United after claiming that NUFC would never challenge for the Top 6 with the current blueprint in place, summed up what a season the Reds had.

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Van Persie making his position untenable to force through move

While Chelsea, Manchester United and even Liverpool strengthen their squad with new faces; Arsenal are facing the likely prospect of losing their key man and their top goalscorer last season. It has become crystal clear to Arsene Wenger, and indeed Arsenal fans that van Persie isn’t interested in renewing his contract, and has no desire to play his football at the Emirates this coming season. He’s looking for a move away, and as soon as possible. Read On →

Chelsea capture Oscar as di Matteo continues revamp

Internacional's Oscar in action for the Brazilian side

If people questioned whether di Matteo had the backing of owner Roman Abramovich in the transfer market, then surely their latest acquisition confirms he does. Oscar, the much talked about Brazilian - who will feature at the Olympics - signed for Chelsea today, in a move reportedly worth £25m to the South American outfit. Not bad money, if you can get it.
After already completing the signing of the mercurial Eden Hazard in a move that cost the London side in the upper regions of £35m - it doesn’t take much to notice that Chelsea mean business this season, big time. The Champions League winners want to reestablish themselves at the top of the table, and rival Manchester City in every way, shape, and form. They’ve started with the transfer market side of things. 

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Swansea City complete impressive Michu signing

Michu in action for Rayo

While Gylfi Sigurdsson may have opted to sign for Andre Villas Boas’s Tottenham, and despite the fact Joe Allen looks likely to link up with Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool; there is good news for Swansea fans across the globe.
After agreeing a fee of £2m, Michael Laudrup today completed the signing of Rayo Vallecano’s attacking midfielder Michu. The Spaniard signed a three year deal, and after an excellent 15 goals last season for a side that escaped the drop on the final day of the season in the La Liga, this signing is nothing less than an absolute bargain. Michu becomes Laudrup’s third signing after taking over at the Liberty Stadium following Brendan Rodger’s move departure to Liverpool, with de Guzman and Chico already in the bag. 

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PSG make statement of intent with £33m Thiago Silva signing

Thiago Silva celebrates after scoring for AC Milan

Manchester City, lookout.
There’s a new big spending kid on the block and he happens to be ready to break transfer records. Today, after prolonged discussions, PSG announced the official signing of Thiago Silva for €42m. Yes, forty-two millions euros. The signing marks the intentions of the Parisian side’s owners as they gear up to challenge for the Champions League and every trophy domestically. Silva, 27 is expected to the first of a double swoop from the Italian giants with the infamous and widely idolised Zlatan Ibrahimovic likely to sign the dotted line for the French side in the coming days, marking a staggering and indeed historic spending spree from Paris Saint Germain.

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