Today’s top stories:
Liverpool have agreed to a deal with Southampton that will bring 32 year old striker Rickie Lambert to Anfield for a fee of £4 million. Scored 16 goals with 12 assists last season. Sister took to Twitter to express her joy. He is undergoing medical today.
Arsene Wenger has agreed to a three year contract extension with Arsenal that will keep him there through 2017. The deal will likely be announced tomorrow.
In other Arsenal news, Atletico Madrid have rejected Arsenal’s £9 million bid for their right back Juanfran. We’ll keep an eye on this and see if another offer is made.
In Tottenham rumors today, Roberto Soldado is expected to leave the club for Atletico Madrid, while they will keep the services of Erik Lamela. Atletico Madrid meanwhile have continued their transfer saga with Diego Costa moving to Chelsea.
Bild is reporting that Dortmund and Roma have reached an agreement for the transfer of Ciro Immobile for a rumored fee of €18.5 million. The four year deal is expected to be finalized soon.
In other Roma transfer news, the club has apparently set an asking price of €35 million for dissatisfied central defender Mehdi Benatia.
Cristiano Ronaldo took to Facebook to say that he never gave the interview with the Sun that they had published. Comes in the wake of rumors of an arrangement where his brother would stop drinking if he won the Champions League, which has also been found to be untrue. In short, the Sun needs to get its shit together.
In news from La Liga, Eibar will celebrate their promotion to La Liga next Saturday with their fans using confetti that they purchased from Barcelona, after the club did not earn a home victory against Atleti on the final match day. Good bit of thrifty business.
Barcelona has announced that they expect both Cesc Fabregas and Javier Mascherano to stay at the club through next season.
The Norwegian and Russian Football Associations have come to an agreement to eject fans that wave rainbow flags in support of LGBT rights.
CONMEBOL has announced that Jamaica and Mexico have been invited to participate in the 2015 Copa America in Chile.
Betting has been suspended for the Celtic manager job and it is expected that Roy Keane will take the helm for them.
World Cup News:
Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly still struggling with the thigh injury that caused him to miss time towards the end of the La Liga campaign. Went the full 90 in only 2 of Madrid’s final 10 matches.
Vicente Del Bosque has revealed that he is confident Diego Costa has the fitness to make the final 23 for Spain. Has previously delayed announcing the squad because of Costa’s ongoing fitness concerns.
Coast Rican striker Alvaro Saborio has been ruled out of the World Cup after fracturing a metatarsal.
Japan’s official mascot for the World Cup this summer is none other than my favorite Pokemon, Pikachu. They released a national team jersey with Pikachu on the front. Check it out here.
FIFA has ordered Spain to wear white in their Group Stage match against the Netherlands. Claims Spain’s traditional red uniforms did not offer enough of a clash against the Netherland’s blue. Sounds like a quick way to grab a few million in kit licenses.
Yesterday’s notable matches:
Campeonato Braziliero Serie A
Flamengo and Figueirense played to a 1-1 draw. Alecsandro opened the scoring 20 minutes in before Everaldo Stum equalized two minutes later.
Santos managed a 2-0 win against Bahia. Alan and Lucas Lima both getting on the score sheet in that one.
Lithuania defeated Finland 1-0 thanks to a goal from Arvydas Novikovas
Cameroon fell 2-1 to Paraguay in their warmup match. Oscar Romero and Roque Santa Cruz scoring for Paraguay and Maxim Choupo-Moting for Cameroon. The indomitable lions haven’t looked great in their tune up matches, we’ll see if they can get it together for the tournament.
Latvia and Estonia ended in a scoreless draw. So the teams went to penalties where Latvia won 4-2.
Georgia defeated Saudi Arabia 2-0. Goals from Tornike Okriashvilli and Vladimir Dvalishvili
Turkey took down Honduras 2-0 thanks to goals from Mevlut Erding and Caner Erkin
Upcoming matches for today:
Full slates of matches for the League of Ireland and Serie B in Italy.
International Friendlies will put:
Qatar against Macedonia
Iran will take on Angola
Austria will face Iceland
Switzerland faces off against Jamaica
England take on Peru in their tune up match
Spain will flex their muscles against Bolivia
Uruguay warm up against Northern Ireland
Boznia-Herzegovina face C’ote D’Ivoire
...And finally Chile will see Egypt.