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LA Galaxy look towards PSG’s Edinson Cavani to replace Zlatan Ibrahimović

According to several reports, the LA Galaxy are hoping to replace Zlatan Ibrahimović with former PSG teammate Edinson Cavani.

Ibrahimović, who had been in the league since making his much-anticipated debut for the Galaxy on March 31, 2018, decided it was time to leave the club after scoring an impressive 52 goals in only 56 appearances.

Cavani, who has been sensational for the French giants since arriving from Napoli in 2013, has fallen down the pecking order after the club signed Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi on loan for this season. This has caused the Uruguayan striker to find a move that could get him playing time, which the MLS would be able to offer.

Throughout the summer, Cavani had been linked to David Beckham’s Inter Miami for their inaugural season, but Ibrahimović’s departure could lead the storied franchise to sign the prolific striker.

The Uruguayan has been a pivotal part of PSG since his arrival, scoring 136 goals in 192 appearances with the club. Cavani has also been sensational for his national team, alongside FC Barcelona’s striker Luis Suárez, bagging 48 goals in 114 appearances. 

If the Galaxy are able to land Cavani, it would be a major coup for the league. The striker has dominated Europe, winning a Coppa Italia with Napoli in 2012, winning five Ligue 1 titles, and many more. The Uruguayan was also a part of the squad that won the 2011 Copa América in Argentinian soil.

Although Cavani’s personality may not as out-of-the box as Ibrahimović’s, whose flair off the pitch seemed to take over the city of Los Angeles and the league, he is a player that could make an immediate impact if signed.

The 32-year-old looks as if he could still play at a high level, so some may wonder why he would move to the MLS, a league considered to be a place where Europe’s biggest stars come to “retire.” However, if the Galaxy are able to land Cavani, it could be a huge step to increase star influence in the league, having already had players such as Beckham, Ibrahimović, Thierry Henry, Didier Drogba, and many more take their talents to the U.S. and Canada. 

As the Galaxy become desperate to search for their next No. 9, it should be interesting to see if Cavani will be able to fill the giant void left by Ibrahimović in a city where the lights and pressure shine the brightest.

Are Ultras in the Women’s game becoming more prominent?

With the recent events taking place at the Champions League game involving Chelsea Ladies and PSG Ladies, it is clear that football ultras are becoming active in the rise of the women’s game.

The question is, is this good for our development?

The second leg took place at the Stade Jean Bouin, whereby middle-aged men, shirtless and chanting as loud as they could attended the game, with the pride for their city shining through. Ultras at a women’s game is something which is a rarity, especially in England, however, it is clear that the support is on the rise looking at the quarter final game on Wednesday. The game is clearly gaining significant momentum around the world.

The stadium holds 20,000 people and less than half the stadium was full. This is an area which clearly needs work but it is easy to say, the fans of PSG were loud enough to convince anyone that the stadium was packed. The part of the stadium that was full included a diverse range of fans, going from young boys and girls to shirtless chanting men, all there to support their team. PSG were trailing behind by 2 goals and therefore they needed their fans to rally behind them and try to revive their quest to further their progress in the continental showpiece.

In the stadium, it appeared that the game was no longer the focus of the game and it was in fact taken over by a large group of PSG supporters chanting un-relentlessly. The group of self identifying ‘Collectif Ultras Paris’ expressed their discontent with the treatment they experienced at the first leg, when fans were removed due to finding illegal substances and weapons. They used banners and chants which were based on the fact they felt they were being ‘deprived of their freedom’ to express their anger with Chelsea ladies security. Aside from this, the chants motivated the PSG ladies team by explaining their greatness and talent in self-written eulogy chants.

Banners being held at PSG Women’s game which reads ‘Treated as Criminals’. Photo credit: Frank Fife/AFP

Ultras seem to be an issue more in other parts of Europe’s leagues, whereas England have tackled it successfully. These CUP ultras have been banned from multiple men’s games, however, it didn’t stop them from attending matches in general, meaning that they were more than welcome at the Jean Bouin, giving them a new lease on life and the opportunity to rally behind the ladies and more specifically the team they support.

Although PSG ladies are now out of the Champions League, alongside the men, the CUP were not deterred from future games. They saw the ladies show passion and class in all that they did, creating multiple chances and scoring 2 goals to take the aggregate score to 2-3 Chelsea, the support seemed to work, just not enough.

Are ultras going to be a new thing to women’s football? What effect do you think they will have? All I can say is from this game in particular, it showed the power that support can have on the teams performance and PSG can proudly boast about their loyal fan base. In my opinion I think these passionate fans will help develop the game. An experience I had at an FC United Women’s game really inspired me and filled me with confidence that the support was there. Although I wouldn’t class them as Ultras, they were clearly devoted fans whom loved their team. Chants were sang for each individual player and attractive banners were held on the sideline to rally on the girls.

This is what I like to see, let’s keep this up and keep expanding our fan base loyalty!

PSG Suspend Adrien Rabiot!

Little has gone right for Paris Saint Germaine this week, in the wake of their Champions League exit to Manchester United last week.

First of All Neymar, took to Social Media, to say that FIFA were effectively idiots, though in much stronger language than that!

Now, Adrien Rabiot, has been suspended, by the club, for his reaction to that same defeat.

He was pictured dancing in a nightclub, following that defeat looking anything but disappointed at all with the events earlier in the evening.

Add into the bargain, that former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra had posted a video celebrating Uniteds progression to the next round, which Rabiot had liked!!… Especially not when you also happen to be the centre of transfer speculation, linking you with … Manchester United.

Hardly the sort of behaviour you would expect from a professional of one of the Worlds Top European clubs.

Now everyone asssociated with a football club has different ways of dealing with defeats, that is true, but most of the time, players, managers and supporters alike will spend time re~running events in their head to iron out what went wrong and why?

Not… Dancing in a nightclub without a care in the world.

So against that backdrop, its a fairly safe bet, to say that Rabiots days at PSG may well be numbered.

Summer Transfers – Who’s made the best business?

As the summer transfer window has now come to its penultimate end, the world of football has seen the biggest transfer in history take place with €222 million forward Neymar taking the prize on his move to PSG.

With the value of players sky rocketing over the last couple of seasons, it’s interesting to see which signings will be worth their price tag, and which players will not fill their boots.

Lets start with Manchester City. The Manchester club were the biggest spenders in the Premier League this summer spending £220 million on a number of assets that Pep Guardiola has hand picked himself.

Firstly, there is the young goal keeper Ederson, the young lad from Benfica has now been handed the label of most expensive goal keeper in the world, being bought for £35 million by the Mancunians. A big gamble again from city with their choice of keeper but the early days of this season have shown that he seems a much more reliable and a stronger figure to have between the sticks. I think every City fan is praying for a world record bargain here with the 23 year old.

Man City have then gone on to add at the back, with Englishman, Kyle Walker coming in from Tottenham, Danilo from Real Madrid and Benjamin Mendy coming in from the French champions, Monaco. These are additions that needed to be made by Guardiola as the ageing back line was being exploited for its flaws at numerous stages last season.

With the new system Guardiola is trying to embroil into the City philosophy, the fresh injection of youth and pace could be exactly what City need to be able to break their poor run of disappointing form in the Premier League over the last couple of seasons – as its been quite obvious that is where the Blues have faltered.

My favourite signing the Catalan manager has brought in for city is Bernardo Silva. The Portuguese play maker is another signing from Monaco who has turned a number of heads so far this season with his impressive ball control and his eye for a pass.

The £43 million midfielder was a player who impressed against City in the Champions League last season, so the many city fans watching in great expectation will be itching to see how much Bernardo delivers – as he so far seems the perfect replacement for the Spaniard, David Silva who may arguably head to a slow decline as he gradually gets older.

Arsenal. I’m not too sure what is going on there. Mr Wenger is staying for another season, which has recieved mixed opinions. The biggest signing the Gunners have made is French forward, Alexander Lacazette, for a club record £52.7 million. This got all Arsenal fans excited after he scored a great header on the opening day of the season.

He seems to have the potential to fill the spot of the big striker they need to be scored 20+ goals a season, a position they’ve arguably needed to fill since Henry. However, what else have Arsenal done? With the poor performance away at Liverpool hovering over their shoulders, Arsene Wenger is under a substantial amount of pressure to deliver a positive season this time around – but can he do it with the squad he’s got? I’m not sure.

Arsenal have not spent enough money in my opinion this summer, and with Alexis Sanchez wanting to leave, it would be thought that it would most definitely cause a stir of upset in the changing rooms. Also, injecting all your trust into such a young lad as Rob Holding at the back, I just can not see the Gunners turning around any success this season.

Moving across London, to Chelsea. I think the uncertainty behind Antonio Conte’s future at the start of the summer has prevented them from making some of the signings that he wanted to make. However, if I was a Chelsea fan I would not be complaining about Alvaro Morata coming into the ranks.

The £75 million man has impressed so far with a goal and assist on his debut, and seems to have the knowledge of a highly experienced centre forward with his impressive link up play and movement with his teammates.  This is a lad I am excited to see make the most of his opportunity at Chelsea this season as it looks like Diego Costa is not playing for Conte’s side again.

The signing of Monaco midfielder Bakayoko is another good singing who highly impressed for the French side last season. A £39.7 million fee sounds reasonable for the young lad, who is bound to slot perfectly into the departed Nemanja Matic’s spot.

The injection of youth and strength is what Conte will need this season, if they want to compete in both the league and the Champions League this season.

Manchester United and Jose Mourinho have made some excellent business this season (as much as it hurts to say) with Romelu Lukaku signing for £90 million from Everton, he seems a guarantee to score goals this season. The addition of Zlatan Ibrahimovic for another season is also a move I think Mourinho needed to make, to make the more regular games much easier to manage.

The signing that has caused the most turned heads for United this season has been the former Chelsea man, Nemanja Matic. An interesting singing from United as I did not think Chelsea would be open to letting him leave – but football is football.

He has controlled the midfield well when he’s played, and it’s allowed Pogba to have more freedom, which is what I think he’s needed. I think United have made some good business this window, and you cant deny that the front line is looking as strong as ever. It will be interesting to see how United cope with their league form when the Champions League gets into full flow.

My favourite signing in the Premier League that I have been most surprised by is Renato Sanches signing to Swansea from Bayern Munich on loan. The promising centre midfielder has shown great potential for his club when he has been given the opportunity and for his national side of Portugal. It will be interesting to see how well he does this season, but I’m confident he will be a great addition for the Swans.

Finally, how could I finish this post without mentioning Paris Saint Germain. Is it unfair? The French club have spent 220 million Euros on Neymar from Barcelona which has taken every football fan by surprise. He is bound to do well and in my opinion, he’s next to win the prestigious Ballon D’or after Messi and Ronaldo have had their time.

As well as Neymar, the Paris side have managed to sign French wonder-kid Kylian Mbappe on loan. The young lad has impressed massively as Monaco and has had every leading side in world football interested.

Are they now good enough to win the Champions League? Who knows. But I’ll definitely be watching in great expectation when watching that forward line.