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Old 08-04-2020, 01:14 PM
Location: Tejas
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Pre season = Silly season.
There are no stories to write so they make stuff up. This is a prime example.

Originally Posted by Huasho View Post
Newly promoted Premier League outfit Leeds United have missed out on the signing of Edinson Cavani, with the Uruguayan set to join Benfica following the expiry of his Paris St-Germain contract.

The Elland Road outfit sealed their promotion back to the top-flight last weekend after 16 years away. And chairman Andrea Radrizzani seems determined to make a massive statement signing to mark their return.

After missing out on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the ambitious Leeds chief instead outlined his hopes of bringing Cavani to West Yorkshire.

The Uruguay international has the status of 'free' player on the market. That means he can demand more in wages and a signing-on fee, having come to the end of his PSG contract.

"In addition to his quality, Cavani could contribute with his physicality and adapt here," Radrizzani said. "But I've never talked about him with the coach (Marcelo Bielsa).

"Having said that, we've certainly thought about him and we'll see. Given he's still available on a free transfer."

But the transfer now looks a no-go according to website Todo Fichajes.

They claim Cavani has now accepted an offer to join Portuguese side Benfica this summer. They claim the Portuguese side has agreed a package with the 33-year-old striker worth around £200 000 a week.

Benfica, who are currently second and could also offer Champions League football, have offered him a two-year deal. As per Fijaches, the transfer could be made official as soon as Wednesday.

Cavani's half-brother and agent, Walter Guglielmone, is said to have negotiated the terms with the Lisbon side.

Uruguayan journalist Sebas Giovanelli described the first meeting as ending very positively. A second round of talks was held this weekend and it now seems an agreement is close.

The signing of Cavani has also been rubberstamped by Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira, who was present at the latest round of talks.

Leeds could perhaps have stretched to meet his salary demands given their promotion. However, it may have caused some disruption in their camp, with their current top earner, Kalvin Phillips, reported to be on £35 000 a week.
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Old 08-07-2020, 06:19 PM
Location: SE UK
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Originally Posted by ncstateofmind View Post
yea I know some years where some teams (Leicester, Sheffield, Wolves) are able to step up, but as far as consistent winning and dominance goes, its extremely hard to do unless you're one of the Big 6.
In the late 1800's Sunderland, Villa and Newcastle were the big boys, in the 1920's Huddersfield Town were the 'big boys', in the 1930's it was Arsenal, in the 1950's it was Wolves, 1970's Liverpool, 1980's Liverpool and Everton (yes Everton), 1990's Manchester United, 2000's it was United, Arsemal and Chelsea, last few seasons City. In the late seventies/early 80's Nottingham forest won the Champions League (old format) TWICE and look at them now! Aston Villa were also Champions League winners and the best team in Europe in 1982. Over time the 'big 6' has changed, is changing and will change in the future.
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Old 08-07-2020, 06:27 PM
Location: SE UK
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There is a bit of rivalry between Chelsea and Leeds (goes back to the 1970's). The Chelsea v Leeds cup final in 1970 is a game quite like any other!


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