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January Transfer Targets: Tottenham

By Zach Malamud

Tottenham is just looking to get into a Champions league spot for next season as it doesn’t look like anyone is going to catch Manchester City. But, Spurs did go undefeated in the group stage of this year’s Champions League in what was so called the “Group of Death” with Real Madrid and German runner-ups Borussia Dortmund. To secure a top-four spot and even try to win the Champions League this year, here are some players that Tottenham can look at during the January transfer window:

#1. Cedric Bakambu- Villarreal

With Harry Kane on fire, Tottenham still have lost games where they have not scored many goals. Spurs are also looking for an extra striker as Fernando Llorente who they bought from Swansea over the summer, has not met expectations when Kane needs a rest. Bakambu is on fire to start the season with 14 goals in 21 appearances. Therefore, I do believe that Spurs have a shot to get the Congo striker if they give up a good chunk of money for one of the best strikers in La Liga so far this season.

#2. David Neres- Ajax

The 20-year old Brazilian has caught the attention of many teams as he is on absolute fire with 8 goals and 11 assists through just 16 appearances in Eredivisie. He has been given the name “Little Neymar” by the press and he could be headed to Spurs, Man United or AC Milan if he keeps this run up. He could be a big help for Spurs as a long term option with Moussa Sissoko and Victor Wanyama having injury problems. He would be an extra midfielder that could help them stay in a Champions League spot and even try to make a run to the title in this year’s Champions League. Therefore, I do believe Spurs can get this young star in the January window.

#3. Ryan Sessegnon- Fulham

This is another defensive option for Spurs as they are looking for a stronger left back with the date of Toby Alderweireld’s return unknown. A young defender like Sessegnon who is also linked with a move to Real Madrid can be a long-term option. Spurs will have to pay a little more than expected if they are really interested in the 17-year old English defender. Therefore, he will be a good option for depth in the January window.

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#4. Yannick Carrasco- Atletico Madrid

The 24-year old winger has so much potential to become a star. He has been through some fallouts this season with team-mates Koke and Gabi which means that he is free to leave Atletico during the January transfer window. The Belgian winger is also linked with a move to Arsenal, Chelsea and Bayern Munich which can make a move to Spurs a lot more expensive. Therefore, Spurs have a slim chance of securing the winger.

#5. Wilfried Zaha- Crystal Palace

Zaha is 25 and is in the best form of his life, but there is still room for improvement if he chooses to go to Spurs to play with world class players like Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen. Also, Crystal Palace are close to relegation and might not want to sell their top goal scorer with still another half of the season to go. Therefore, it is unlikely for him to move in this January window but it is a possibility for a move to Spurs, Arsenal, City or Chelsea over the summer.


Zach Malamud is a contributing writer for Dabuzzza. He is a radio host of The Plainview Blitz on WPOB 88.5 FM. He loves soccer and basketball and finds himself watching Manchester City on a regular basis. His favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Kevin De Bruyne. You can follow him on twitter at @Zachmalnyy

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January Transfer Targets: Chelsea

By Zach Malamud

Chelsea are 16 points behind league leaders Man City but are just 1 point behind 2nd place Man United. The premier league champions have struggled at some points this season as they have lost in games that most people would say the should’ve won. These games include a 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace who lost their first 7 games before winning this match for their first win of the season and a 1-0 loss to West Ham who was in the relegation zone at the time. With Antonio Conte giving up in the title race, here are some transfer targets that can help Chelsea secure a spot in the Champions League next season:

#1. Yannick Carrasco- Atletico Madrid

The 24-year old winger has so much potential to become a star. He has been through some fallouts this season with team-mates Koke and Gabi which means that he is free to leave Atletico during the January transfer window. The Belgian winger is also linked with a move to Arsenal, Tottenham and Bayern Munich which can make a move to Chelsea a lot more expensive. Therefore, Chelsea have a slim chance of securing the winger

#2. Jean Michaël Seri- Nice

Seri is another target of Antonio Conte and his look for an extra midfielder. The 26-year old midfielder would be a signing for more depth at that spot of the Chelsea squad. The Ivory Coast man can be an option for with Cesc Fabregas getting older. He has also been linked with a move to Liverpool, but with the signing of Virgil Van Dijk it seems that Liverpool are done with their January spending. Therefore, Seri could end up in a Chelsea uniform for the right amount of money.

#3. Arturo Vidal- Bayern Munich

This is a more surprising name to see on Chelsea’s shortlist but with Conte keen to bring his good friend Vidal to the bridge, the deal could end up happening in the January window. The Chilean midfielder is now 30 and has just 18 months left on his contract. With the Bundesliga winners bringing in a lot of young players, they could look to cash in and get around 50 million euros for their top class midfielder.

#4. Gareth Bale- Real Madrid

Challenging Manchester United for the Welshman’s signature, Chelsea are looking for another world-class winger with Eden Hazard on one side. Bale is now 28 and has had experience in the premier league when he played for Tottenham for 6 seasons before being sold to Real Madrid for 101 million euros in 2013. Bale can also help Chelsea in the Champions League where they will have to play La Liga leaders FC Barcelona in the round of 16. Therefore, I see Chelsea beating Man United to a deal for Bale.

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Bale is certainly in the rumors to be on their way out, but is it to Chelsea? (via Goal)

#5. James Tarkowski- Burnley

Tarkowski is having the best season of his career and with Burnley in 7th place, a lot of the credit will go to him. This has gotten Chelsea interested into getting another center back with David Luiz reportedly close to a move to Real Madrid. The English defender would be a huge help and allow them to focus on a Champions League spot. However, I believe that Burnley’s key to success has been their defense coming up big in tough situations so I don’t think they will look to give up their top defender.


Zach Malamud is a contributing writer for Dabuzzza. He is a radio host of The Plainview Blitz on WPOB 88.5 FM. He loves soccer and basketball and finds himself watching Manchester City on a regular basis. His favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Kevin De Bruyne. You can follow him on twitter at @Zachmalnyy

 

January Transfer Targets: Manchester United

By Zach Malamud

Now down 15 points to their arch rivals Manchester City, United might be more interested in staying in second place to secure a spot in the Champions League for next season. To help secure their spot in the Champions League, United have a couple of names they are looking to bring in during this January window:

#1. Malcom- Bordeaux

At the age of 20, Malcom can be a huge addition to the young wingers that Man United have brought up. Adding a goal scorer can definitely help win more games, especially because he could end up being a bargain due to Bordeaux’s financial problems. Malcom has also been linked with PSG which can make things a bit more challenging for United if the Brazilian winger would like to stay in France. This means United might end up spending a little more than they wanted to.

#2. Antoine Griezmann- Atletico Madrid

Griezmann is 26 and is arguably one of the best strikers in the world. But he might want a move somewhere else now that his team didn’t make it into the Champions League round of 16. Griezmann has been at Atletico since 2014 and just signed a huge contract extension over the summer. Man United are interested in him, therefore I don’t see them getting him in January due to the extension. There is a slight chance that they can get him over the summer though.

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Griezmann has been linked to United, but will a move happen in January? (via Daily Express)

#3. Danny Rose- Tottenham

The 27-year old defender would be a great fit for a United defense that has struggled this season with injuries to Eric Bailly and Ashley Young having to play at left back. The English defender can be a start of defensive signings for United as they are also in need of a center back which they will probably look at over the summer

#4. Ryan Sessegnon- Fulham

This is another defensive option for Man United as they are in need of a left back. A young defender like Sessegnon who is also linked with a move to Real Madrid can be a long-term option. United will have to pay a little more than expected if they are really interested in the 17-year old English defender. Therefore, he will be a good option in the January window.

#5. Gareth Bale- Real Madrid

With reports that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will leave by the end of the season, United can sign another winger like Gareth Bale. Bale is now 28 and has had experience in the premier league when he played for Tottenham for 6 seasons before being sold to Real Madrid for 101 million euros in 2013. Real Madrid have said that Man United and Chelsea will have to give them around 80 million euros to secure the Welshman. Therefore, buying Bale will slim the chances for United to buy targets Antoine Griezmann and Paulo Dybala.


Zach Malamud is a contributing writer for Dabuzzza. He is a radio host of The Plainview Blitz on WPOB 88.5 FM. He loves soccer and basketball and finds himself watching Manchester City on a regular basis. His favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Kevin De Bruyne. You can follow him on twitter at @Zachmalnyy

January Transfer Targets: Manchester City

By Zach Malamud

Now 15 points ahead of 2nd place Manchester United, the citizens are rolling through the premier league season dropping points just once in a draw at home against Everton on August 21. But, there is still room for improvement with another half of the season to play. Here are some transfer targets that the citizens can pounce on in the January window to help them secure their 3rd premier league title in the last six years:

#1. Milan Skriniar- Inter

At the age of 22, Skriniar can be a long-term help for Pep Guardiola’s side. City are in need of a center back considering the consistent injury problems of their captain Vincent Kompany. The Slovakian defender just joined Inter in the past summer window which can be a problem for City who might have to spend more than they wanted to.

#2. Iñigo Martínez- Real Sociedad

Martinez is one of Pep’s top targets and at the age of 26, he can also be a help to the in-need defense at Manchester City. The Spanish defender started his career playing for U19 Sociedad before moving to the A team and now could end up being a bargain for City who are valuing him at 7.5 million dollars.

#3. Jonny Evans- West Brom

Evans, who is 29 now is another center back option for Pep’s side to look at. The former Manchester United defender has a lot of experience in the premier league can help city in developing some of their younger center backs including John Stones and Tosin Adarabioyo. He won 3 league titles at Manchester United and can help win one for the blue side of Manchester.

#4. Wilfried Zaha- Crystal Palace

Zaha is 25 and is in the best form of his life, but he might get limited playtime in a filled attack at City. Also, Crystal Palace are close to relegation and might not want to sell their top goal scorer with still another half of the season to go. Therefore, it is unlikely for him to move in this January window but it is a possibility for a move to City, Arsenal, Spurs or Chelsea over the summer.

 

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Will Alexis Sanchez finally make his move to Manchester City? (via TalkSport)

#5. Alexis Sanchez- Arsenal

Last summer, a move to the Etihad fell through as Arsenal couldn’t find a replacement like Thomas Lemar to go to the Emirates. An angry Alexis who was coached by Pep at Barcelona, wanted a move and didn’t get it. City and PSG are the two clubs interested in him. If PSG move for Alexis in January it will leave Pep no other choice to start agreeing to a pre contract as City’s attack is full.


Zach Malamud is a contributing writer for Dabuzzza. He is a radio host of The Plainview Blitz on WPOB 88.5 FM. He loves soccer and basketball and finds himself watching Manchester City on a regular basis. His favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Kevin De Bruyne. You can follow him on twitter at @Zachmalnyy

Top 10 FIFA Summer Transfers So Far

By Alex Winston

10. Alexis Sanchez
Sanchez was a key player to Barcelona throughout the years that he played there. In the 2013-14 season, he scored 19 goals with 10 assists in La Liga. Alexis Sanchez has accepted a deal of £250,000 a week to join Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League.

9. Ivan Rakitic
Rakitic had a fantastic 2013-14 season for Sevilla. He led his team to the club’s third Europa League championship in nine years. Ivan Rakitic came to an agreement with FC Barcelona on a five year deal, but they haven’t made a agreement on price yet.

8. Mario Mandzukic
Mandzukic was a key player for Bayern Munich in the 2013-14 season. He had 18 goals and four assists. It was tough for Bayern to let go of such a key player but Atletico Madrid offered a deal he couldn’t resist. Mandzukic agreed with Atletico on a five year, £17.5 million deal.

7. Luke Shaw
Shaw is only 18 years old but is unbelievable and has showed that he has high potential. Luke Shaw agreed with Manchester Untied for £30 million for four years and he will be getting £100,000 a week.

6. Thibaut Courtois
After playing great as a starting goalie for Atletico Madrid, Courtois will return back to Chelsea from a season loan. Courtois is only 22 years of age and already has 100 clean sheets. It should be interesting to see how Courtois fits back in to Chelsea, as he’ll have to fight with Petr Cech for the starting goalie spot.

5. Toni Kroos
The German phenom Kroos was on his last year of his contract, and everybody and their grandmother knew he was gonna leave Bayern Munich. Toni Kroos is a 24 year old brilliant midfielder. In the 2013-14 season, Toni was a brilliant passer, more specifically on his long lob passes. Toni Kroos will leave Bayern Munich and will move to Real Madrid on a six year, £24 million deal.

4. Cesc Fabregas
Fabregas played in the 2013-14 season with FC Barcelona. Last season he scored eight goals with four assists. With phenomenal passing ability and quick touches, he was one of the best midfielders on the club. Barcelona decided to move him to Chelsea on a five year, £30 million deal.

3. Diego Costa
Costa was last season’s second leading scorer on Atletico Madrid. In the 2013-14 season he scored 27 goals and had three assists. Costa was a excellent passer and had a curving shot. He is leaving Atletico and is heading to Chelsea for £32 million for five years.

2. James Rodriguez
This arguably can be placed as number one, but I’ve decided to pick it here. When Real Madrid sees a player that they like, they throw money at his team and buy him. This was surely the case with James Rodriguez. In the 2014 World Cup, James Rodriguez was a stand out player as he lead Columbia to the quarterfinals. He also won the Golden Boot, scoring the most goals in the tournament with six. The 23 year old fútbol player played well for AC Monaco. He mostly plays midfielder and is very quick with the ball. He is one of the most expensive young transfers in the history of FIFA. He will be leaving AC Monaco to head to the powerhouse that is Real Madrid for six years and £63 million.

James Rodriguez made an impact on the World Cup and now will hope to do the same in La Liga (Via Goal News)

James Rodriguez made an impact on the World Cup and now will hope to do the same in La Liga (Via Goal News)

1. Luis Suarez
James Rodriguez is great and should make an immediate impact in La Liga with Real Madrid. But there’s no denying that their arch-rivals FC Barcelona got better. In the 2013-14 season, Suarez was named the PFA player of the year. He was the leading scorer on Liverpool with 31 goals in 33 games. The 27 year old is currently one of the best strikers in the world. In the 2014 World Cup, Suarez bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini and was suspended for four months in the regular season. Suarez is leaving Liverpool to go to FC Barcelona for £75 million on a 5 year deal.

Honorable Mentions:

1. Robert Lewandowski: Dortmund –>Bayern

2. David Luiz: Chelsea –> PSG

3. Didier Drogba: Galatasaray –> Chelsea

4 David Villa: Althetico Madrid –> New York City FC

5. Nemanja Vidić: Manchester United –> Inter Milan


 

Alex Winston is an avid sports fan. His favorite teams include the Boston Bruins and PSG. He also enjoys playing and watching hockey

World Cup Predictions

By Vishnu Nagaraj

For Group A Preview, click here.

For Group B Preview, click here.

For Group C Preview, click here.

For Group D Preview, click here.

For Group E Preview, click here.

For Group F Preview, click here.

For Group G Preview, click here.

For Group H Preview, click here.

Match 1:

Group A Winner: Brazil

Group B Runner-up: Netherlands

Winner: Brazil

 

Match 2:

Group C Winner: Ivory Coast

Group D Runner-up: England

Winner: England

 

Match 3:

Group E Winner: France

vs.

Group F Runner-up: Nigeria

Winner: Nigeria

 

Match 4:

Group G Winner: Germany

vs.

Group H Runner-up: South Korea

Winner: Germany

 

Match 5:

Group A Runner-up: Croatia

Group B Winner: Spain

Winner: Spain

 

Match 6:

Group C Runner-up: Greece

Group D Winner: Italy

Winner: Italy

 

Match 7:

Group E Runner-up: Switzerland

Group F Winner: Argentina

Winner: Argentina

 

Match 8:

Group G Runner-up: Portugal

Group H Winner: Belgium

Winner: Belgium

 

Match 9:

Match 1 Winner: Brazil

vs.

Match 2 Winner: England

Winner: Brazil

 

Match 10:

Match 3 Winner: Nigeria

Match 4 Winner: Germany

Winner: Germany

 

Match 11:

Match 5 Winner: Spain

Match 6 Winner: Italy

Winner: Spain

 

Match 12:

Match 7 Winner: Argentina

Match 8 Winner: Belgium

Winner: Argentina

 

Match 13 (Semi-Final 1):

Match 9 Winner: Brazil

Match 10 Winner: Germany

Winner: Germany

 

Match 14 (Semi-Final 2):

Match 11 Winner: Spain

Match 12 Winner: Argentina

Winner : Spain

 

Match 15 (Final):

Match 13 Winner: Germany

vs.

Match 14 Winner: Spain

Winner: Germany

 

Match 16 (3rd Place Game):

Match 13 Loser: Brazil

Match 14 Loser: Argentina

Winner: Brazil
In this World Cup I am predicting Germany to win. They are arguably the most complete team in the world and they have perfect chemistry and balance. Spain will finish second as their lack of height and strength will harm them in the end. I expect Brazil to finish a disappointing third and Argentina to finish fourth. I am predicting Germany forward Thomas Muller to be named the MVP of the tournament however, I am predicting that Argentina forward Lionel Messi to be the leading goalscorer in the tournament.

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Vishnu Nagaraj is a finance major at Binghamton University. He is a self-taught DJ and sports fanatic. His favorite teams are the Yankees, Brooklyn Nets, San Diego Chargers, and FC Barcelona. You can follow him on twitter at @DJVishMusic.

World Cup Preview: Group H

By Vishnu Nagaraj

For Group A, click here.

For Group B, click here.

For Group C, click here.

For Group D, click here.

For Group E, click here.

For Group F, click here.

For Group G, click here.

Group H consists of Belgium, Algeria, Russia, and Korea Republic. This is another group that promises to be very entertaining. With the young stars of Belgium to the veterans of Russia, one can expect plenty of great games from this group. Belgium could potentially be the biggest sleepers in the World Cup. They have the talent to go all the way but can the youngsters handle the pressure of playing on such a big stage. Eden Hazard and Vincent Kompany are the two big stars for Belgium and they will be expected to carry the load for the team. Algeria and Korea Republic will be looking to pull an upset and knock off the two European powers in an attempt to advance to the knockout rounds. Russia will expect to advance from this group but they cannot get complacent. They are a team that has been known to disappoint and they cannot let that happen to them this time around. Midfield star Alan Dzagoev and veteran Alexander Kerzhakov will be asked to lead the Russians in the tournament.

Chelsea Midfielder Eden Hazard will try to take Belgium far into the World Cup this year (Via Getty)

Chelsea Midfielder Eden Hazard will try to take Belgium far into the World Cup this year (Via Getty)


Vishnu Nagaraj is a finance major at Binghamton University. He is a self-taught DJ and sports fanatic. His favorite teams are the Yankees, Brooklyn Nets, San Diego Chargers, and FC Barcelona. You can follow him on twitter at @DJVishMusic.