That allowed the club some wiggle room as Paratici secured another loan deal for Morata, while youngsters Weston McKennie and Federico Chiesa both arrived on season-long loan deals with a view to buy the following summer. Following their successful 2014 Champions League win, Madrid had a down year in 2015. They will retool and regroup to get back on track to dominate the world. Juventus won the league and cup double under coach Max Allegri and reached the Champions League final in one of their greatest seasons to date. The Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV in 2019 with a 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers for their first championship in 50 years. However, Chadli soon after decided to represent his country of birth and just 84 days on from his Morocco debut, the winger won his first cap for Belgium in a friendly against Finland. Grealish was eligible to play for either Ireland (via his grandparents) or England (his place of birth – having been born in Birmingham).
Podolski, formerly of Cologne, Bayern Munich and Arsenal, was born in Poland in 1985 but his country of birth will certainly rue not tying him down when they had the perfect chance. But Janas wasn’t having any of it: ‘We have much better strikers in Poland than Podolski. However, by the New Year the Brazilian was back on song with supporters having produced the attacking output expected of him in Thomas Tuchel’s side. Neymar arrived to the Parc des Princes with the desire to be the main man, having grown tired of living in Lionel Messi’s shadow at Barcelona despite their success together on the pitch. It’s understandable to assume Sergio Ramos came through the youth ranks at Real Madrid, given the enormous success he has managed to achieve across 13 years in the Spanish capital. City, Chelsea, United, Arsenal, Atletico, Barcelona, Liverpool, Spurs, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid had sparked outrage among much of the footballing world when they released a joint statement on Sunday backing the £4.6billion proposals.
Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus said to be spearheading the Super League plan. With the Covid pandemic hitting Juventus particularly hard, they were forced to manouvre in the market with loan deals – their only major cash deal being Barcelona midfielder Arthur, who was signed for £64m. Elsewhere, Juve strengthened in defence with Mattia De Sciglio to replace outgoing right back Alves, while they also splashed out £27m on PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi. And in defence was another veteran costing nothing as Barcelona right-back Dani Alves, hailed as one of the best in the world, arrived in Turin on another free. Free from the modern day clutches of FIFA’s regulations, Di Stefano incredibly represented Argentina, Colombia and Spain. TENNIS – Kei Nishikori of Japan holds up the trophy after beating Pablo Andujar of Spain to win the Barcelona Open. PSG’s off-season plans for the 2019-20 campaign were disrupted by their star man agitating for a move back to Barcelona.
Paratici has masterminded some stunning free transfers – including for Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba – while he was also the man who brought Cristiano Ronaldo in from Real Madrid. From the outset, Paratici’s second year at the club looks like a misfire as far as transfers are concerned. Paratici continued his knack of free transfers as goalkeeper Neto came in from Fiorentina, and pulled off another coup by snapping up midfielder Sami Khedira from Real Madrid. 104. You are free to manage your cookies anytime from your browser. That game also saw another new signing start the match in Patrice Evra, who arrived on a free transfer from Manchester United. He then even offered to contribute £17.7m towards his own transfer costs after PSG stubbornly refused to lower their asking price before reluctantly accepting that he wouldn’t be granted his wish. Known for his bargains and loan deals, the 48-year-old played a crucial role in the club’s dominance in Serie A while keeping costs down. Chapman was the club’s top scorer with 16 league goals while Cantona, who arrived in January that year, scored three.
The Egyptian has made himself a household name in the last 12 months following a stunning debut campaign at Anfield in which he scored 44 goals in 52 games as the Reds reached the Champions League final. But Musiala, who was born in Stuttgart to a German mother and British-Nigerian father, has now pledged his allegiance to the 2014 World Cup champions. As senior players Kane has developed into a striking force with two Premier League and one World Cup Golden Boots to his name. Players too made their feelings clear, with Leeds United stars wearing t-shirts emblazoned with the logo ‘football is for the fans’ before their Premier League clash with Liverpool. Cantona would leave Leeds the following season to join Manchester United. The 17-year-old is expected to accept an invitation to join up with Germany’s squad next month and now there is no turning back for a player tipped for a big future. That is former Arsenal midfielder Fran Merida, who struggled to nail down first team football at the Gunners and instead headed back to Spain. The Armenian attacking midfielder forged his career in Ukraine with Shakhtar Donetsk.