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Lucas Podolski, born Lucas Josef Podolski, is a German footballer who plays as an attacker for Premier League side Arsenal, whilst also playing for the national German side. Podolski is known for his attacking talents and powerful shooting accuracy. He is currently the sixth highest goal-scorer in German history, scoring 46 times for his country.
The German joined Arsenal from FC Koln in 2012 in a long term deal, which was for an undisclosed fee, although it is rumoured the deal was close to eleven million pounds. Since then, Podolski has gone on to score 23 goals for Arsenal in 57 games. Throughout his career, the forward has a total of 135 competitive goals in 348 appearances. Continue reading →
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Abou Diaby born Vassiriki Abou Diaby is a French footballer who plays for his national team as well as the Arsenal, the English football club. He is known for his adaptation of attack and defense and described as a footballer with athletic, elusive and languid abilities that allow him to dribble around opponents or slip a pass quickly to a team mate during play. His position of play and his physical build prompt comparison with Patrick Vieira, the Arsenal legend.
Born on 11th May, 1986 in Paris Diaby is a towering midfielder standing at 6.3”who made his youth debut with Aubervilliers club in 1996. His senior debut was made with Auxerre in 2004 and the Arsenal contract was offered to him in 2006. Made the French under 19 in 2004, under 21 in 2006 and the French national team in 2007.
He was the member of the under-19 team that took the 2005 UEFA European under-19 Football Championship. Senior International debut started with UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier against Lithuania and his representation for France was the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He played all the 3 group matches with the starting lineup.
He was awarded a £2 million contract by Arsenal in January 2006 and prior to that he had already refused an offer from Chelsea the London rival of the Gunners. When he made his first appearance for the team he was awarded the shirt number 2 which was incidentally lying vacant after the retirement of Lee Dixon. His career statistics include a total of 190 appearances with 20 goals and 16 assists. For his national team he has played 16 times scoring once. His contract with the Arsenal team started in 2006 and will run till 30th June 2015. His 2009-10 seasons with Arsenal was his highest output in terms of number of games played and he played a phenomenal 40 matches out of 55.
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Fabio Coentrao is considered to be deadweight for Real Madrid as the Portuguese defender has only been featured in 4 matches for the Spanish titans in this season and reports are suggesting Manchester United to be interested in signing the defender. Carlo Ancelotti did say however that he does not want to sell any players in this transfer window.
PSG was believed to be interested in C.Ronaldo and was even said that the French side was preparing a huge offer in order to sign the Portuguese player from Real Madrid but those rumors were shut down when the chairman of PSG, Nasser Al-Khelaifi spoke to the press about their situation with the player.
“Ronaldo is a huge player we respect a lot. But he is under contract at Real Madrid, who I respect a lot too. The day I really want a Real player, believe me I will know to talk to President Florentino Perez. It is not the case so far.” He said.
Considering the fact that C.Ronaldo is enjoying what might be the best time of his life in Real Madrid, it was an almost impossible task for PSG to sign him.
It comes as no surprise to anyone that Real Madrid wants to boost their squad with a new forward and Luis Suarez has been on the radar of Carlo Ancelotti for a few months. According to some reports that have been emerging from Spain, Real Madrid will be willing to match the buyout clause of the Uruguayan forward which is believed to be around €70 million but it still is not certain whether Real Madrid will be able to offload that amount of money in January or during th summer.
Robert Lewandowski was another huge target for Real Madrid but unfortunately for them, he signed with Bayern Munich as the German side is building a team that can go against anyone not only in the Bundesliga but also in the Champions League and Real Madrid cannot afford to be left behind.
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