World Football Gossip Roundup: Radamel Falcao, Olivier Giroud, Nemanja Vidic
It has been an eventful few days in the ever-changing world of football.
On this gossip roundup, there is hopeful transfer speculation, Luis Suarez defending his reputation (such as it is) and praise for a player who has just gotten off the mark for his new club.
Despite the international break, there are no shortage of rumors flying around, so read on for the latest goings on around the world of football.
Radamel Falcao to Chelsea in Huge Deal?
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Almost every news outlet has recently been reporting that Radamel Falcao is on his way out of Atletico Madrid as the club face deep financial trouble.
With Fernando Torres the only real striker at Chelsea, the Londoners are increasingly being mentioned as a possible destination for the Colombian star.
The Guardian is now linking Falcao with a £45 million move to Stamford Bridge as a possible competitor to or replacement for Torres.
Fans of every other team in England do not want to imagine how lethal Chelsea's attack would be with those two up front together.
Demba Ba to Liverpool in January?
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The striker situation at Liverpool just keeps getting worse and worse. With Andy Carroll out on loan and Luis Suarez often forced to play as a central striker, Brendan Rogers' options are very limited.
Now there is even less for the manager to choose from, as Fabio Borini has broken his foot while on international duty for Italy's U-21s.
If Liverpool can find the money to make a deal happen, this could be the type of revitalizing January signing that changes a team's fortunes.
Luis Suarez Rejects Accusations of Cheating
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Anyone who watches Luis Suarez play can tell that he does not, shall we say, absorb challenges very well.
The Uruguayan's propensity for going down easily has drawn harsh criticism from FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce, who described one particular Suarez dive against Stoke as "nothing less than cheating" (via the Mirror).
Suarez has not taken these accusations too kindly, pointedly responding:
This guy, I have no idea who he is. I don't know why he has been talking about me. He certainly can't be well-known and he wants to get publicity. Let him carry on talking. My job is to play football and to try to do so in the best way possible.What he has said does not affect me. I am not interested in what he has to say.
It's up to each individual fan to form an opinion of Suarez's playing style, but cheating and diving is something that needs to be taken out of the game.
Nemanja Vidic to Anzhi?
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In perhaps the most surprising bit of transfer gossip coming out of the internet this week, Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic is linked with a huge move to Russian big-spenders Anzhi Makhachkala.
According to goal.com, Anzhi could make a massive £33 million for the 30-year-old center back with growing fears over Vidic's long-term durability. Two major knee injuries in one year are certainly cause for worry.
While it does seem unlikely that United would sell their captain and best defender with a paucity of center-backs, we have seen improbable moves to rich clubs before, and both sides might feel that it is the right time to part ways.
Olivier Giroud the "Main Man" at Arsenal
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Olivier Giroud struggled in his first several games in an Arsenal shirt, and there was growing concern about his failure to score. When he netted in the League Cup against Coventry, the focus was then on his Premier League goose egg.
But after finally getting off the mark against West Ham, Giroud is drawing praise from many analysts for his obvious talent.
Arsenal legend Ray Parlour, in particular, has lauded Giroud for finally getting settled in North London. Speaking to talkSPORT, he said:
It does take time to settle at a new club and maybe into a new way of life for his family. Some players settle straight away and others take a little bit more time but I think he has done OK.
He had a brilliant game against West Ham. I think Giroud is the main man [at Arsenal]. The goal against West Ham will help him to push on now.
I think he will be a really good signing.
All Arsenal fans hope that Parlour is correct