With David de Gea's future looking uncertain at Manchester United, Sport360 takes a look at the players that could replace the Spaniard in-between the posts.
De Gea's injury leaves him as the current incumbent, and, an impressive display agaisnt Hull may go some way into convincing Van Gaal he's the man for the job. Vastly experienced outside of the premier league, however, the question mark remains over his suitibility to the more physical side of the English game. If United fail to sign anybody, Valdes makes a solid insurance policy.
Probably the worlds best backup keeper at the moment, the Czech has made just sic league appearences for Chelsea having lost his place to Thibaut Courtois at the start of the season. At 32, its unlikely he would want to hang around Stamford Bridge for much longer. His abilities and leadership make him an attractive accomodity. However, with PSG also interested, would Chelse willingly sell him to an English rival?
The most expensive of the obvious options due to the fact that he still has 4 years remaining on his contract with Spurs and also because Daniel Levy loves nothing better than to drive a hard bargain. Lloris though is viewed by some as the Premier League's best keeper, is still a relativly youthful 28 years old and is captain for both his club and country, which can help shape an often haphazard United defence. Champions League football will also appear to the French star.
Serie A's penelty saving expert has turned down a series of contract offers from Inter, only fueling the liklihood he will leave the San Siro this summer. With a year left on his present deal with the Nerazzurri, the Slovenian would be extremly affordable and has the physicality and experience that implies he would be a success in England. The 30 year old is also determined to play in the Champions League meaning negotiations should be swift.
Petr Cech's expected departure means Chelsea will also be in the market for a new goalkeeper but the 27 year old Bosnian is said to only want first-team football. Begovic is out of contract next summer and, so far, has shown little willingness he wants to extend his five year stay at Stroke. An assured and technically-sound keeper, his transfer would make a lot of sense.
Chelsea suffered their first defeat in 19 matches as the Premier League champions crashed 3-0 at West Bromwich Albion following the bizarre sending off of Cesc Fabregas.
Saido Berahino had given the hosts an early lead at the Hawthorns before Chelsea midfielder Fabregas was dismissed later in the first half for kicking the ball against Chris Brunt’s head with play stopped.
West Brom made the most of their numerical advantage with Berahino’s penalty early in the second half before Brunt got the third as Jose Mourinho’s side suffered their heaviest defeat of the season and their first league loss since New Year’s Day.
With both sides having little but pride to play for, there was a jovial atmosphere inside the Hawthorns as the hosts gave the now traditional guard of honour for the champions.
But West Brom were ahead on nine minutes as England Under-21 striker Berahino ended his nine-game goal drought by curling home from the edge of the area in superb fashion following Joleon Lescott’s pass.
An off the ball clash between Costa and Gareth McAuley on 29 minutes led to an ugly altercation between players of both sides. As referee Mike Jones went to book Costa, Fabregas inexplicably kicked the ball straight against the back of Brunt’s head, prompting an angry exchange with the Albion player and then a red card for the initial offence. Fabregas could now miss the first two games of next season if he is handed a three-game suspension.
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West Brom started the second half in positive fashion and won a penalty in the 47th minute as John Terry brought down Berahino in the area, although the Chelsea captain escaped without a red card. The 21-year-old picked himself up to slot the spot-kick low and hard past Courtois for his 20th goal of the season in all competitions.
Chelsea nearly grabbed a lifeline when Loic Remy’s 20-yard effort had Myhill beaten, but the shot came back off the post. Brunt played a short corner to Craig Gardner who returned the ball for the Northern Irishman to drill a left footed shot that beat Courtois at his near post.
Chelsea should have got on the scoresheet when Matic was left unmarked following Luis’s corner, but Myhill was able to push the ball away while Matic also fired over from a free kick to put the seal on a rare disappointment for the champions.
“I’ve not seen a sending off like that,” said Mourinho. “I would like to see it again. What is this for a sending off? Where is the danger of the situation to get a red card in a friendly game almost?
“A top referee with big personality has a few words and controls the game. It’s a bizarre red card. Three game ban for this? Jesus Christ. Of course it’s harsh. We lose all the time (when we appeal) but I’ve not spoken to him.
The financial fair play rules that saw Manchester City handed a huge fine by UEFA last season are set to be relaxed.
UEFA is expected to announce next month that the FFP rules will be eased to allow more owner investment – a move that will aim to nullify more than 10 legal challenges that the European governing body is now facing.
It will also hand a huge boost to City in terms of challenging for honours next season if restrictions on spending on transfers are watered down.
It will mean owners of clubs who do make a loss will be able to cover those losses with injection of equity – but not loans.
Some clubs, including City, have argued that the FFP rules favour the rich, established clubs because they effectively prevent wealthy owners taking over a club and pumping in huge sums of money over a short period.
That scenario happened with City and Paris St Germain and both were handed £49million fines and transfer restrictions last season, and the European Clubs’ Association has been putting pressure on UEFA for a change.
UEFA confirm City are financial fair play free. The club will be spending almost a minimum of £150million NET this summer. #MCFC
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UEFA president Michel Platini has revealed that some of the rules will be “eased” – and the lawyer leading one of the legal challenges against the FFP system has welcomed the move.
Platini told French radio station RTL: “The world is two-faced but we will say this openly: I think we’ll ease things, but it will be the executive committee who will decide if it is to be eased and the outcome will be known by the end of June.
“I think the regulations have been very good and it is the clubs who voted for FFP. But the French press say it is not right that [Chelsea owner Roman] Abramovich can buy many players and in France they can not buy them. But if the Qataris had bought AC Milan the French would also say we should make financial fair play even tougher.”
One source close to the negotiations told Press Association Sport: “Many clubs want change – the current system means those who have more will always have more, and those who have less will always have less.”
Jean-Louis Dupont, the lawyer leading the legal action against UEFA, said in a statement: “We welcome the announcement of a change in the rules in line with the demands expressed by our clients in their various legal actions.
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“When the exact content and scope of these changes are known, we will consider with our clients how this development, which on first sight appears favourable, is likely to meet their legitimate expectations and influence the conduct of ongoing actions.”
Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak last year claimed that history would prove that his model of heavy investment in the club at all levels is the right one.
Khaldoon said in May: “We have zero debt. We don’t pay a penny to service any debt. For me, that is a sustainable model. However, our friends at UEFA seem to believe otherwise.
“They have their view, we have ours. I disagree with their views, but we are pragmatic and one thing our fans need to know, we will do, as always, what is best for this club and the fans.”
Any changes will need to be ratified by UEFA’s executive committee at its next meeting on June 29/30 in Prague.