AC Milan Amid Speculation Over Zlatan Deal
AC Milan have met with super-agent Mino Raiola, with the potential signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic thought to be high on the agenda as Milan look to recruit in January.
Milan are in the midst of an injury crisis. Ivan Strnic, Halkan Calhanoglu and Alessio Romagnoli have all picked up knocks in recent days, taking the injury count to seven, and according to Milan News, the club have turned to Raiola to discuss potential solutions.
The meeting, reported to have lasted four hours, is thought to have centred around Ibrahimovic, who Raiola counts among an extensive list of high-profile clients, as Milan are keen to secure his return to the club for whom he scored 56 goals in 85 games between 2010-12.
Ibrahimovic, 37, currently plays for LA Galaxy in MLS, and has scored 22 goals in 27 appearances since joining from Manchester United - recently winning the league's Goal of the Year and Newcomer of the Year awards.
Another topic on the agenda is expected to have been the injury to Giacomo Bonaventura, who is also a Raiola client, and isn't expected to return until well into 2019.
While the other 'market solutions' reportedly discussed haven't been named, the report claims that Raiola has become an ally to the club in their current 'emergency' situation, so it would come as no surprise to see a few of the agent's clients arrive at the San Siro in January.
Among the more high profile of his clients are Manchester United pair Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba, as well as PSG's Marco Verratti and Arsenal's Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Dos Santos joins brother at LA Galaxy
Jonathan Dos Santos has completed his move from Villarreal to LA Galaxy, according to reports.
Reports in American media claimed earlier this week that the La Liga side had received an offer in the region of €5m for the former Barcelona midfielder as they seek to go one better than a Conference Play-off semi final this season.
And, whilst reports of a bid were true, the figure is just less than that amount and has now been agreed for €4.3m, with the midfielder having been presented on Friday morning.
“Jonathan is a quality player that we think instantly becomes a top midfielder in Major League Soccer,” stated Galaxy general manager Pete Vagenas.
“His signing will significantly improve our team as we continue to push for the playoffs and, ultimately, a sixth MLS Cup. We believe Jonathan will be a leader during the second half of this season and for years to come. We look forward to him joining our squad.”
Dos Santos made 34 appearances for the Yellow Submarine last season and is seen as a starter at the club, but his desire to link up with brother in the US has seen his time at the La Liga club come to an end.
This comes after the signing of young Malaga midfielder Pablo Fornals on Monday evening, who is seen as a direct replacement.
Dos Santos joined Villarreal in 2014 after developing as a youngster with Barcelona. He has since gone on to make 121 appearances at El Madrigal and has gained 25 international caps for Mexico.
Brother Giovani has played for Galaxy since 2015 and has re-found his form after torrid spells with Barca and English side Tottenham Hotspur, scoring an impressive 26 goals in 59 games.
Source: La Liga News
Robbie Keane Says Goodbye
Last Wednesday night, the 31st of August will go down as a sad but memorable day in Irish football history. The Republic of Ireland played Oman in a friendly and striker Robbie Keane had decided that this game would be his last in the green shirt of his country. Robbie,s career spanned 18 years in which time he bagged 68 goals for his country. The striker appeared in the 2002 World Cup and the 2012 and 2016 European Championships for Ireland, appearances that will surely live in his memory forever.
No war was lost, nobody died, but last Wednesday a local lad from Dublin hung up his international boots. Robbie will not only be missed for his goal scoring ability but also his passion as captain that gelled together this Irish squad. Robbie will continue to play club football for his side LA Galaxy in America but his international days are over.
Robbie leaves behind an international career which saw him score 68 goals in 146 games. In my opinion this record will never be equalled by any other Irishman no matter how long I live. Robbie made his debut in March 1998 when he came on as a substitute against the Czech Republic.
Robbie was part of the Republic of Ireland under 18 squad that won the 1998 UEFA European Championships who at the time were managed by future senior team manager Brian Kerr. Keane broke into the senior international team when he made the breakthrough into the Wolverhampton Wanderers side and over the years he also played for Coventry City, Inter Milan, Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Glasgow Celtic, West Ham United, Aston Villa and his current club LA Galaxy.
There is no doubt that the boy from Crumlin on the south side of Dublin has done very well for himself at club level as well. Robbie's goal scoring in the Premier League was incredible, he bagged 126 goals for himself. Whilst with Tottenham Hotspur he won the League Cup in 2008, it is an awful shame he did not manage to win more honours. On the international stage, Robbie broke Niall Quinn,s Ireland goal scoring record back in 2004 and set a healthy new one with his 68th goal last Wednesday against Oman. Although Robbie is calling it a day at international level, he will continue to play in the US for LA Galaxy in the MLS league and surely more honours will come there.
Off the field Robbie is a great family man and with his wife Claudine he will be badly missed around the Irish set up. He has had a fantastic time playing for his country and always made himself available for games. As we know only to well in this country a lot of players over the years took a dive so as to protect themselves for their clubs. Not Robbie, he was always prepared to come home and pull on the green shirt of Ireland, a shirt he admitted the other day that sat well on his shoulders. I have been very lucky to meet Robbie on a couple of occasions and have to say he has always willingly stopped to have a chat. He may be 36 now but he still has the enthusiasm he had when he made his debut all those years ago.
Who is to say what the future holds for Robbie Keane but it would not be a surprise to me if we saw him at some stage return to coach for the Football Association of Ireland once his time in LA is over. All we can do for now, is thank Robbie Keane for every memory he has given the Irish supporters and wish him well in his international retirement. Keano, Keano, Keano.