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The first weekend of European soccer action came and went and there are stories galore to touch on, including a few involving American players. With the transfer market moving into its final stages, here are some stories to get your day and week going:
Edu completes Rangers switch
U.S. national team midfielder Maurice Edu completed his $5 million move to Glasgow Rangers over the weekend, agreeing to a five-year deal with the Scottish power. Edu must still secure a UK work permit, but if and when he does, he is expected to challenge for a starting role with Rangers immediately.
Robinho staying at Real Madrid
Brazilian star Robinho’s long-rumored move to Chelsea isn’t happening. So says Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon, who stated on Monday that Robinho would be staying put. Considering how good Chelsea looked in its opening week mauling of Portsmouth you wonder whether Chelsea really needed the speedy trickster. The Blues could certainly use a forward to fill out its stable up top but Real Madrid’s asking price of almost $70 million probably killed any chances of a deal.
Berbatov to Tottenham: Let me leave
Disgruntled Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov has asked Tottenham to let him go, with his potential transfer to
Tottenham Manchester United looking more and more likely. Berbatov came off the bench during Tottenham’s 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough on Saturday and looked far from pleased about not being in the starting lineup. Will Spurs sell him? It seems like a foregone conclusion at this point. What remains to been is just who Tottenham will buy with the money, with Andrei Arshavin still considered the most likely player to arrive in White Hart Lane.
That’s all for now. Share your thoughts on these and any other stories that emerge this morning in the comments section below.