The transfer window is right around the corner, but if you have come here for rumors, you have come to the wrong place. Transfer rumors that you read about in the English tabloids, and other faux news sources in Europe, have been known to prove untrue almost every time. I'll tell you about deals that look to be close to completion and final agreements, but nothing that looks fishy or completely unrealistic, like this whole Messi to Manchester City nonsense that keeps floating around.
Anyways, on to yesterday's lone match and a plethora of soccer news items.
Leicester City 0-0 Manchester City
It's no secret that Michel Platini isn't happy with his ban from all football related activities. He wasted no time defying that ban when he attended an awards ceremony in Dubai this past Sunday. He could face further discipline from FIFA as a result.
Manchester City have not been the same team without their leader, Vincent Kompany, on the pitch. Word has come out that the Belgian international could miss up to another month due to his lingering calf issue. Surely this will continue to impact Manchester City's title pursuit as several more matches without their top defender is likely to allow a few more goals to find their way in against them.
I like to avoid transfer rumors as the only think that rivals the gossipy nature of transfer reporters is a group of high school girls, so unless it's a done deal, you won't read it here. However, the transfer window begins this week and we are already seeing some agreements in principle. For instance, it looks like Everton are selling Steven Naismith to Norwich for the modest sum of £8 million. The emergence of Gerard Deulofeu has made the Scot expendable.
Sad news for Montreal Impact fans as it looks like seeing Didier Drogba at the Stade Saputo is becoming increasingly unlikely. Drogba appears to be more interested in joining Chelsea in a coaching capacity rather than returning to America to play. The once world class Ivory Coast international took MLS by storm, scoring 11 times in as many games.
LA Galaxy have been making headlines by selling players off to Mexico lately, so it makes sense that we are starting to hear about the men they might bring into the club. Their prime target is 35 year old Ashley Cole, who would join Steven Gerrard as former Premier League stars at the club. He also joins Robbie Keane and Giovani dos Santos as old international superstars joining LA for a smooth transition into retirement.
Finally, Vancouver Whitecaps have brought in a much less known player with international experience. They have signed Japanese international Masato Kudo on a free transfer. The striker scored 92 goals in 260 matches in the J-League to go along with four caps with Japan. He hopes to bring some scoring to a club that struggled to grab many goals down the stretch last year.