Where next for David Silva?

Where next for David Silva? With the 2019-20 Premier League season almost certain to come to a premature end, clubs will soon turn their focus to transfers. Although many players will be unable to get a move they wanted in the summer due to the financial and societal changes caused by COVID-19, many players will be looking for a clean break. In particular, players who have their contracts running out by the end of June.

One such player is David Silva of Manchester City. The Spaniard looks certain to move on, having made clear that this was his final season in Manchester. The talk is that he could make a similar move, though, going to New York City FC in the MLS instead of a return back to Spain. Links to Valencia, his original club, have persisted for a while and could be a realistic move for the young Spaniard. However, a new surprise destination is being mooted: AC Milan.

The Milanese giants are nowhere near the power they once were, having fallen quite spectacularly form the heights they once stood at. Still, a move to the Rossoneri would be a delight for almost any player, and it would be a chance for Silva to head up a whole new project.

The idea seems to have grown legs in the last weeks, with City seemingly happy to say goodbye to one of the best players in their history. Intrigued by the idea of a fresh start, there is talk that Silva will look to try his hand at European football one more time before moving on to start something fresh.

Expect many more clubs to be linked to the playmaker, but for now the only thing that is certain is that his future lies outside of Manchester. We’re sure he’ll have no shortage of takers.

Football clubs adjusting transfer plans accordingly

Football clubs adjusting transfer plans accordingly If you were to go back and read the football rumours of November 2019 and early December 2019, the talk was of more excess. More club record signings. More billions being spent on footballers. However, in the age of the COVID-19 virus, we are looking at a whole new landscape for football. It’s likely that one of three things will take place:

  1. Players who were previously set for a major move will stick around for a year, hoping for normality to resume.
  2. Players will get their moves, but at vastly reduced costs for both transfer fees and the wages being earned.
  3. Clubs will have to take a look further down their list of targets, with many ‘A’ targets unaffordable compared to previously.

This is likely to produce a massive change to the way that football works. Clubs are already being adjusting to the market and what it means. For example, one fine example comes at Liverpool FC. The would-be/should-be English champions have been linked with a new central defender for some time. The injury-prone Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are fine players but lack reliability. Dejan Lovren is both consistently unfit and inconsistent on the pitch.

For a while there, the Reds were being linked with everyone from Milan Skriniar to Samuel Umtiti. Now, though, the latest links show the likely reality of football finance moving forward; Diego Carlos. The 27-year-old has been solid enough for Sevilla but would mark a significant step down from some of the names being bandied around before this outbreak took place.

So, if Liverpool are having to readjust their targets to a smaller level of financial ambition, will that mean that most of the football world will follow suit? It’s likely to be the case moving forward.

Unforgettable Grand Nationals

Unforgettable Grand Nationals If there’s one sporting event that gets everyone talking it’s the Grand National. Steeped in hundreds of years of rich racing history (the first National took place in 1839), in April of each year it both grips and draws in the nation. Most (up to 10 million in the UK alone) gather around our TV screens or watch with friends in a local pub or bar. Others are lucky enough to attend the Aintree, Liverpool event and soak in every second of this competitive 4 miler. From office sweepstakes to following Grand National tips , and fun bets between friends, it’s one of the few sporting events that nobody wants to miss out on. Edge of your seat stuff from beginning to end. The 2020 Grand National is all but nailed on to be another memorable race, with the cream of the crop of racing all giving it their everything to win. In anticipation of the event, let’s have a recap of some of the unforgettable moments from previous Grand National races.

Neptune’s Nose

Everyone likes a sure thing, and the while the idea of grinding out a win is extremely satisfying after the fact, in the moment it can be a bit like pulling teeth. Still, if you come out on the right side of it ‘all’s well that ends well’. Many pulse raised punters will have been put in that position during the 2012 Grand National. Neptune Collonges, not given much of a hope before the race, put up a storming performance and the grey managed to win by just a nose.

We’re in the money

Second only to eking out a win on the line, is finding that big priced needle in the haystack. We’re not talking a 20-1 outsider here either, instead the real deal, a 100-1 shot. One thing in your favour in the National is that there are countless variables, so I’d be less inclined to rule out a long shot win – even though they are understandably few and far between. One of the only handful of times this occurred was with 100-1 shot Foinavon in the 1967 Grand National. Looking out on its feet in the early stages, several other fell (literally) by the wayside to make way for this unlikely winner. Only in the National!

Third time’s a Charm

Anyone with even a passing interest in racing has heard of Red Rum. The first horse to ever win back to back Grand Nationals he was instantly propelled into the racing history books, where he remains to this day. It was perhaps the gallant, and successful effort to win a third Grand National (this time in 1977 – the 131st Grand National) that cemented his legacy. Some had ruled out the prospect as far fetched saying that Red Rum was ‘too old’ at 12, especially after coming second in the 1975 and 1976 races. And yet did it he did! To rapturous on-course crowds Red Rum stormed home with a gulf between himself and his closest competitor, Churchtown Boy.

An attempt at a fourth win was floated for the 1978 Grand National, but a hairline fracture in the lead up put pay to that. By that stage though, Red Rum had nothing left to prove, and entered into a well earned retirement. Loved by the nation both then and now, this was a textbook lesson in grit and determination.