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What The Papers Say – Tuesday, August 7

Follow ‘What the Papers Say’, with all the latest gossip and speculation from today’s newspapers.

The Sun

  • Manchester United’S bid to sign Brazil superstar Lucas Moura is in danger of being hijacked by Paris Saint Germain. – Link
  • Manchester City will have to pay £20million to land Daniel Agger. – Link
  • Michael Laudrup has told Liverpool: Cough up £15million or forget signing Joe Allen. – Link
  • Chelsea have stepped up their attempt to sign Marseille’s Cesar Azpilicueta by making a ‘serious approach’. – Link
  • Turkish giants Galatasaray have offered £4million for Arsenal midfield flop Andrey Arshavin. – Link
  • Wolves winger Michael Kightly is poised to seal a £2.5million move to Stoke today. – Link

Daily Mail

  • Liverpool have joined the race to sign Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin and Brendan Rodgers’ close relationship with Jose Mourinho could give the Anfield club an edge over Arsenal and Tottenham in negotiations. – Link
  • Juventus will turn their attentions to Liverpool forward Luis Suarez as their chase for wantaway Arsenal striker Robin van Persie looks certain to fail. – Link
  • Chelsea have stepped up their chase for Victor Moses with a fresh approach for the Wigan forward. – Link
  • West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison has joined Birmingham on loan as the Blues look to boost their bid for Championship promotion campaign. – Link
  • Manchester United’s Nani is becoming increasingly disillusioned with life at Old Trafford after failing to agree a new contract. – Link
  • Andre Villas-Boas will start his Tottenham cull this week after finalising a list players he deems surplus to requirements. – Link

Daily Mirror

  • Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is making a shock £8 million swoop for Swansea City’s Team GB winger Scott Sinclair. – Link
  • The summer’s most unlikely transfer saga took a new twist after Rio Ferdinand promised to arrange an Old Trafford trial for Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt! – Link
  • Chelsea appear to be getting closer to signing Wigan forward Victor Moses and Marseille right-back Cesar Azpilicueta. – Link
  • Manchester United are pulling out of the race for Brazilian whizzkid Lucas Moura – because his ‘camp’ want an eye-watering £6million in fees. – Link

Daily Star

  • Nemanja Vidic wants to ­celebrate his comeback in style by putting Barcelona to the sword. – Link
  • Roberto Mancini has rejected a bid from AC Milan to sign Edin Dzeko on a season-long loan. – Link
  • Fulham boss Martin Jol has moved in for Vitesse Arnhem defender Alexander Buttner following the collapse of his move to ­Southampton – Link

Daily Express

  • Sir Alex Ferguson’s hopes of signing Brazil star Lucas Moura appear to have been scuppered by Paris Saint-Germain. – Link
  • Arsenal’s board have once again come under attack from shareholder Alisher Usmanov. – Link
  • Liverpool winger Craig Bellamy is poised to complete a free transfer move back to Cardiff City. – Link
  • Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has warned Liverpool that Joe Allen will not be sold on the cheap. – Link
  • Arsenal target Joselu has signed for German club Hoffenheim according to reports. – Link

Metro

  • Premier League giants Manchester United have said that 100m world record holder Usain Bolt would be useful to Alex Ferguson’s side, with Rio Ferdinand promising to speak to the boss about a trial for the Olympic champion. – Link
  • Swansea manager Michael Laudrup says that Liverpool should have to pay in the region of £20million if they want to sign Wales international Joe Allen. – Link
  • Manchester City star Edin Dzeko has admitted his desire to move to Italy, as AC Milan and Juventus prepare to do battle for the powerful striker. – Link
  • Manchester United’s signing of young playmaker Lucas Moura could be in the balance as Paris Saint-Germain are set to hijack the deal. – Link
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Premier League’s Top 5 Golden Oldies To Watch This Season

With just over ten days to go for the new 2012/13 Premier League season to kick-off, we continue to look forward to it and build up for the new season. Today, we look at the top five Golden Oldies in the Premier League. Five players who have been a vital part of the Premier League for the last few years and continue to impress us even today – with their advancing ages – whenever they play. 

5. BRAD FRIEDEL – TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (41 YEARS)

For many players, age is just a number but for some keepers it’s not even a number and Brad Friedel is one of those. At the age of 41, the former American international remains Tottenham’s first choice keeper as he looks forward in making some more spectacular saves and helping Spurs qualify for the Champions League next season. There have been rumours of Tottenham signing a new number one this summer, but Friedel has said that he will continue work hard and fight for his place in the first-team.

4. CRAIG BELLAMY – LIVERPOOL (33 YEARS)

Bellamy looked at home during his second spell at Liverpool and was probably the much-needed spark in Liverpool’s disastrous league campaign last season. The 33-year-old Welshman has been a regular performer in the Premier League with the likes of Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham & Manchester City and was also the Reds top performer in the League Cup last season. Sadly, if the reports are to be belived then Bellamy could be playing his trade in the nPower Championship next season with Cardiff City.

3. FRANK LAMPARD – CHELSEA (34 YEARS)

Lampard is one of the most famous footballers around the world because of his legendary status at Chelsea. The England international has been a mainstay in the Chelsea first-team since his arrival at Stamford Bridge from West Ham in 2001. At the age of 34, Lampard with his brilliant passing abilities and an eye to score spectacular goals, is a huge part of the Chelsea team as they look to win the Premier League title for the first time in two years and also defend their Champions League trophy.

2. PAUL SCHOLES – MANCHESTER UNITED (37 YEARS)

At the start of last season it looked like football had lost one of it’s greatest sons when Scholes decided to hang his boots. Then in January, the Ginger Prince returned and showed the world his true class and proved that age is just a number. The former England international played a vital role last season helping United finish second in the league to Manchester City, just on goal difference. The midfield maestro made 17 appearances for the Red Devils scoring four goals, which made Sir Alex Ferguson offer him a new one-year deal.

1. RYAN GIGGS – MANCHESTER UNITED (38 YEARS)

With over 900 plus appearances, 160 plus goals and 12 league titles to his name, Giggs is by far the most decorated players in the Premier League’s history. At the age of 38, the former Wales international has been an one-club man with Manchester United and is an important part of the Red Devils squad. He looks energetic and tireless whenever he comes on to play and remains a threat to the opposition defence even today. He is a true legend, an inspiration and a role model for everyone in the game.

What The Papers Say – Monday, August 6


Follow ‘What the Papers Say’, with all the latest gossip and speculation from today’s newspapers.

The Sun

  • Roberto Mancini admits he faces defeat in his bid to land top summer target Robin van Persie. – Link
  • Andre Villas-Boas says he hopes Luka Modric will return to the Tottenham squad soon. – Link
  • Ashley Cole has rejected rumours his contract talks with Chelsea have stalled. – Link
  • Andy Carroll was handed an extra chance to win over Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers in a training-ground friendly with Rochdale. – Link
  • Cristiano Ronaldo claims he would like follow David Beckham and play in the MLS. – Link

Daily Mail

  • Darren Fletcher will meet up with the Scotland squad for training ahead of next week’s friendly against Australia. – Link
  • Arsenal are believed to be considering a bid for Olympiakos striker Kevin Mirallas as they await the outcome of Robin van Persie’s transfer saga. Link
  • Manchester United in the box seat for Van Persie after City boss Mancini concedes defeat in striker race. – Link
  • Paris Saint-Germain have launched a last-minute bid to hijack Lucas Moura’s move to Manchester United.  – Link

Daily Mirror

  • Manchester City defender Gael Clichy alleges that bananas were thrown on the pitch during his side’s 4-0 defeat of Limerick yesterday. – Link
  • Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal’s summer spending spree can persuade Robin van Persie to stay. – Link
  • Roberto Mancini has waved the white flag in the long-running battle to sign Arsenal’s unhappy Dutchman Robin van Persie. – Link

Daily Star

  • Brendan Rodgers has made it clear he will not be giving up his prized defender Daniel Agger without a fight, as Manchester City make a bid for him yet again. – Link
  • West Ham skipper Kevin Nolan has told pal Andy Carroll: ‘Sign up and turn us into a top-six club’. – Link
  • Roberto Di Matteo has warned Chelsea fans not to expect ­fireworks this ­season – despite a £70m summer spending spree. – Link

Daily Express

  • Tottenham Hotspur have made an £11million bid for Brazil striker Leandro Damiao, according to reports. – Link
  • Juventus’ bid for Robin Van Persie may be the only one left on the table for Arsenal’s star striker after Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini admitted doubts over his transfer to City. – Link
  • The Brazilian Football Federation last night denied they had given Lucas Moura permission to leave their Olympic squad to undergo a medical with Manchester United. – Link 
  • Wolves are keen to sign Manchester City’s Montenegro defender Stefan Savic on a season-long loan after accepting Christophe Berra’s transfer request. – Link

Metro

  • Manchester City are weighing up a move for Roma star Daniele De Rossi as the club look to reinforce their midfield options. – Link
  • Liverpool look set to miss out on signing Clint Dempsey this summer after failing to agree a fee with Fulham. – Link
  • Manchester United are reportedly hoping to take advantage of Malaga’s financial crisis to sign Spain Under-21 international Isco. – Link
  • Ex-England striker Emile Heskey is training with former club Wigan in a bid to remain in the Premier League. – Link
  • Liverpool are set for further talks with Swansea this week as they look to wrap up a deal for midfielder Joe Allen. – Link

Premier League New Signings Best XI

With just over two weeks to go for the new 2012/13 Premier League season to begin, we continue to look forward to it and build up for the new season. Today, we have decided to make a best XI of the new signings done by the Premier League clubs this summer.  

The team is formed by using the 4-2-3-1 formation. It also has a manager (who has been recently appointed) and seven substitutes. Have a look at the them and feel free to comment below.

GK – ROBERT GREEN (WEST HAM TO QPR – FREE)

The experienced England keeper may be still haunted by the goal he conceded against USA in the 2010 World Cup, but he is a safe and reliable man to have inbetween the sticks. Hughes snapped him up for free after his contract with the Hammers came to an end this June.

RB – NATHANIEL CLYNE (CRYSTAL PLACE TO SOUTHAMPTON – £2M)

The young, highly-rated but talented right-back joined the Saints for a compensation fee after his contract with the Eagles expiered in the summer. The 21-year-old, who was once a target of Manchester United, will add a lot pace to Southampton’s defence and will be a constant threat on the right-side.

CB – JAN VERTONGHEN (AJAX TO TOTTENHAM – £11M)

The Belgium international was chased by a hosts of top clubs across Europe, but in the end Tottenham won the race to sign him. With Ledley King having announced his retirement in the past month, Vertonghen will be a perfect addition to the squad and his presence will be felt at the back.

CB – RON VLAAR (FEYENOORD TO ASTON VILLA – £3.5M)

The Dutch international has spent the best part of his eight year career at Feyenoord and the hard tackling defender – who had a decent Euro 2012 campaign compared to his team – will be a great addition to Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa side – who have been poor at the back in the past couple of seasons.

LB – FABIO (MANCHESTER UNITED TO QPR – LOAN)

The young United left-back has been primed for big things in the future, but his opportunities and Old Trafford have been very limited. The pacey Brazilian, who is good with either foot is expected to be R’s first choice left-back at Loftus Road and will be hoping to impress his employees with a good season under Mark Hughes.

CM – OSCAR (INTERNACIONAL TO CHELSEA – £28M)

The young Brazilian has been one of the top performers for his country at the Olympics this year and his big money move to Chelsea has excited a lot of fans. The playmaker, who has great vision, passing and an eye for spectacular goals, is tipped for big things at Stamford Bridge.

CM -GYLFI SIGURDSSON (HOFFENHEIM TO TOTTENHAM – £8.8M)

The Iceland international had a very successful loan spell with Swansea last term and that attracted a lot of suitors for the 22-year-old midfielder. The former Reading star snubbed offers from Liverpool and Swansea to join Andre Villas-Boas at Tottenham and is expected to play a major role at White Hart Lane this season.

LW – LUKAS PODOLSKI (FC KOLN TO ARSENAL – £11.4M)

It’s not often that you see Arsene Wenger buying experienced and proven talents over youngsters, but this signing of the German international, who has more than 100 caps to his name, could be a masterstroke and could well help the Gunners win their first ever major silverware in more than seven years.

CAM – SHINJI KAGAWA (DORMUND TO MANCHESTER UNITED – £13.2M)

Kagawa has seen a steap rise in his career from Japanese League football to Premier League football in the last three years or so. The Japanese international was named the Bundesliga player of the season last term after helping Dortmund do the domestic double and his transfer to United has delighted the United fans. The playmaker is expected to play a key role in helping United regain their Premier League title this season.

RW – EDEN HAZARD (LILLE TO CHELSEA – £32.5M)

The highly-rated playmaker was the most sought-after property in Europe at the start of the summer. Manchester City and Manchester United were both interested in him, but in the end Chelsea landed the Belgium international after winning the Champions League. Roman Abramovich has again splashed a lot of money on a youngster who is expected to become one of the best player in the world.

ST – OLIVIER GIROUD (MONTPELLIER to ARSENAL – £10.5M)

The France international had a great last season as helped Montpellier win their first ever league title in their history. Arsenal ssigned the striker early in the summer beating off competition from several clubs across Europe. With skipper Robin van Persie expected to leave in the near future, Giroud will have a huge role to play this season.

Manager – ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS (UNEMPLOYED TO TOTTENHAM)

The Portuguese had a distatourous time at Stamford Bridge which lasted for just over nine months, after he had helped Porto to do the treble in the previous season by winning the League, domestic cup and the Europa League. Villas-Boas was given another chance to prove himself in the Premier League after he was appointed as the new boss at White Hart Lane to succeed Harry Redknapp. The 34-year-old will be hoping make the most of his second chance and help Tottenham secure Champions League football for the next season.

Subs – Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton to West Ham for Free), Steven Whittaker (Rangers to Norwich for Free), James Collins (Aston Villa to West Ham for £2.8m), Marko Marin (Werder Bremen to Chelsea for £8.6m), Park Ji-Sung (Manchester United to QPR for £2.7m), Junior Hoilett (Blackburn to QPR for Free), Fabio Borini (Roma to Liverpool for £11.7m).

Five Premier League Youngsters To Make Breakthrough This Season

With less than three weeks to go for the start of the new 2012/13 Premier League season, we look at five young players who are expected to make the breakthrough to the first-team this season.

1. THOMAS EISFELD (ARSENAL)

Eisfeld was signed from the Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund in January for a fee around £500,000. The 19-year-old German has been the part of the Gunners’ reserve squad, but played a couple of pre-season games this year and scored two goals in the process. Good passing, vision and intelligent movement makes him a typical Arsenal player playing under Arsene Wenger and expect him to get a few substitute appearances in the Premier League this year.

2. LUCAS PIAZON (CHELSEA)

At only 18-year-old, the Brazilian joined the Blues from Sao Paulo in 2011 for a fee around £5m and arrived at Stamford Bridge in January 2012. The young forward was named the Chelsea Young Player of the Year in his first season after he had stared in the FA Youth Cup Final against Blackburn Rovers. The Brazil U-17 international has been on the fringes of the first team since last season and is expected to make the breakthrough after impressing during the pre-season friendlies.

3. SUSO (LIVERPOOL)

Jesus Fernandez Saez commonly known as Suso arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2010 from Spanish side Cadiz CF. The young Spaniard has made great strides in the Reds’ reserve and made his first team debut at the tender age of 16 as a late substitute in a friendly against Borussia Moenchengladbach. The attacking midfielder was very impressive for the Spain U-19s during the European Championships this summer and was also the part of Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the US. Suso is expected to be on the fringes of the first-team this season and may make a few substitute appearances in the league.

4. DAVIDE PETRUCCI (MANCHESTER UNITED)

The highly-rated Italian midfielder joined Manchester United from AS Roma’s youth academy in July 2009. Petrucci has been a regular performer for the United reserves and has impressed everyone with his eye for spectacular goals and impressive passing, but has been terribly unlucky with injuries. With Paul Pogba leaving the Red Devils during the summer, the 20-year-old is expected to feature in Sir Alex Ferguson’s first-team plans this season after impressing for the Reserves last season with eight goals in 25 starts.

5. HARRY KANE (TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR)

Kane is one of the products of Tottenham Hotspur’s youth academy. The 19-year-old had highly successful loan spells at Leyton Orient (2009/10) and Millwall (2012). The England U-19 international has been a regular goal-scorer for the reserves and has also made six appearances for Tottenham in the Europa League last season. Kane has impressed the new manager, Andre Villas-Boas in pre-season and is expected to be Spurs’ third choice striker this season.

FIFA 13 – Career Mode Twitter Q&A

On 23rd July, EA Sports FIFA 13 producer Santiago Jaramillo answered questions about the Career Mode on their official Twitter account. Here is the complete set of the Question and Answers.

INTERNATIONALS

Q: bponair: @EASPORTSFIFA #FIFA13CAREER so you can now work as an international manager, separately to league, or with a league team?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @bponair You can accept an offer to manage a national team IN ADDITION to managing your club #FIFA13Career

Q: chrisglend: @EASPORTSFIFA as a career mode manager will you be able to manage your club and national teams at the same time? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @chrisglend As a Manager you start with a club. then, depending on where you manage and how well you are doing, you will get offers from national teams.

Q: Caolan_LFC: @EASPORTSFIFA will the World Cup/Euros/Confed. Cup be on career mode aswell? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @Caolan_LFC Lots of International tournaments to play in. World Championship, European Championship, Conf. Cup, qualifiers, friendlies.

Q: dvillabon: @EASPORTSFIFA #FIFA13Career is Venezuela one of the national teams this year?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @dvillabon Yes, Venezuela will be in the game. I already played them with Colombia 🙂 #FIFA13Career

Q: DavidMikhail: @EASPORTSFIFA #FIFA13Career Will Canada be one of the national teams?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @DavidMikhail No, no Canada national team this year 😦 Maybe next year!

Q: LawrieTubb: @santiagoj83 In career mode, can your players get called up? Eg African cup of nations, so you’d lose players like gervinho? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @LawrieTubb @santiagoj83 We don’t have all the regional tournaments this year, but we do have a South America Cup and European Championship.

Q: MrCrazy3000: @EASPORTSFIFA Can you get offers for a national team job while managing another national team?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @MrCrazy3000 You can decide to ‘stall’ offers from national teams. The contract will have an expiry date, but you will continue to receive offers.

@MrCrazy3000 ./..but once you are managing a national team, you have to resign if you want to get new offers #FIFA13Career

Q: isisrocha: @EASPORTSFIFA #FIFA13Career with an international team I can call the players of that country that I want?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @isisrocha Yes, you will be taken to a Squad Selection screen before tournaments and matches where you can choose from all the players.

Q: MrCrazy3000: @EASPORTSFIFA @EASPORTSFIFA If you are managing a smaller club will you still get national team offers? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @MrCrazy3000 Yes, but you won’t get offers from the best.For example,to get the Spain or Brazil job, you need to be successful in a top club.

Q: JudahS_: @EASPORTSFIFA #FIFA13Career are you more likely to get an off from the country you’re working in or the nationality you are?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @JudahS_ if you do well in the top league, that country’s FA will be more interested in you. Same goes for your nationality. #FIFA13Career

Q: xDanny1812: Seem a bit easy to get a national offer @EASPORTSFIFA Thought you would have to wait at least a few seasons before an offer? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @xDanny1812 The best offers will only come starting in the second season, once you’ve made a name for yourself as a manager.

Q: Kav_LFC: @EASPORTSFIFA #FIFA13Career Can you manage a club AND national team at the same time?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @Kav_LFC Yes, if you accept a national team offer, you get to manage the national team AND your club. BUT, you start the career with club only #FIFA13

Q: MrCrazy3000: @EASPORTSFIFA Can you just manager a national team and not manager a club? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @MrCrazy3000 No, you always need a club job.

Q: Marc8Griggs15: #FIFA13Career when you manage a club,will your player get called up for international friendlies?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @Marc8Griggs15 Yes, all AI Managers of the national teams will call up players, who will then leave your club if that is the case #FIFA13

Q: Frimponged: @EASPORTSFIFA #FIFA13CAREER – Is it possible to test players for NT team in international friendlies?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @Frimponged Yes, you can call up any players of the nationality that you manage and try them out in friendlies, qualifiers, or tournaments!

Q: _YOLOscar: @EASPORTSFIFA now that there are National Teams in #fifa13career, is the World Cup in the game?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @_YOLOscar We will have a World Championship that will follow the same format.

TRANSFERS

Q: FesLatif: @EASPORTSFIFA any changes made to the way transfers are done? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @FesLatif LOTS. Better Manager AI for CPU teams; ability to specify asking price for your players; more realistic transfers, Player + Cash

Q: chrisglend: @EASPORTSFIFA Could you explain the new FIFA 13 transfers system for #FIFA13Career?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @chrisglend Couldn’t possibly do that in 140 characters! Complete re-write. Will be much more authentic + lots of new features #FIFA13Career

Q: JasonE__: @EASPORTSFIFA any new features in this years #Fifa13Career thats never been used in the past ones? 

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @JasonE__ lots, for example, you can now ask for extra Transfer funds from your board, but you may have to commit to higher objectives!

Q: fieryrangaa: When being a VP, can you receive transfer offers for your player during the January transfer window, not only off-season? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @fieryrangaa Yes, you can now go on loan and on transfer as your pro in any transfer window. Ask my fellow producer @thisismunny for details.

Q: AntDutra15: #FIFA13Career I think you should have a feature so we know how much potential a player has before I waste money on him!

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @AntDutra15 We’re doing a lot of work on the player growth system as we speak! #FIFA13Career

Q: Dsluss13: #FIFA13Career @EASPORTSFIFA when doing a transfer will you be able to offer a player as well as cash?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @Dsluss13 Yes. You can now offer one of your players in a transfer deal, and the CPU manager will evaluate how good of a fit he is.

Q: Breeno8: @EASPORTSFIFA #FIFA13Career Are transfers more realistic now? In F12 we saw big names moving clubs every 6 months, that doesn’t happen in real life.

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @Breeno8 Yes, Transfers will be much more realistic this year. @amb3ll has been working tirelessly on that!

Q: nathanrees7: @EASPORTSFIFA Can you reject a bid for a player, and then tell the bidding team what price you want? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @nathanrees7 Yes, ability to specify a counter offer is a big part of Transfers for #FIFA13Career

Q: MrCrazy3000: @EASPORTSFIFA If you ask for too much in the counter offer, can they give an offer lower than your asking price? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @MrCrazy3000 Yes, you will have to negotiate a lot with CPU managers! It’s a lot of fun! I had to fight really hard to get Falcao with CFC 🙂

Q: BrettUnwin: @EASPORTSFIFA could u please explain the counter offer with a bit more detail? Thanks #FIFA13 #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @BrettUnwin In the screen, which looks like a contract, you can specify how much you want for a player that the CPU has made a bid on.

Q: jrussell27: #FIFA13Career will it be possible to move clubs halfway through the season?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @jrussell27 Yes, we implemented the ability to do Mid-Season job changes. You can browse for new jobs, get offers, quit your national team.

Q: AntonHMill: @EASPORTSFIFA #FIFA13Career if I play Player Mode, can I hand in a transfer request or leave a club in the winter transfer window?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @AntonHMill Yes, you can hand in a transfer request at any point.

Q: bcfc: #fifa13career All these new additions wont matter when Birmingham city get took over and sign Kaka, Ronaldo etc…

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @bcfc we re-wrote the transfer system and there are lots of improvements there for authenticity.

 

YOUTH AND PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

Q: eivindws: Is youth academy still in #FIFA13Career? @EASPORTSFIFA

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @eivindws Yes, Youth Academy is still there 🙂

Q: mikeastuto: @EASPORTSFIFA Any updates to the youth academy? Specifically player growth? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @mikeastuto Some additions to the Youth Academy, and we are working on some very good improvements to the player growth system #FIFA13Career

Q: stowesport: @EASPORTSFIFA Will youth academy players be able to develop very quickly, like e.g. Rooney did in real life? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @stowesport It will depend on their potential, their playing time, match rating, and other factors that we are working on to improve it all.

Q: farrisonhorde: #FIFA13Career Players should progress even if they’re in the bench, in FIFA12 many potentially good players didnt get to be good cause of this

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @farrisonhorde I agree. We are doing a lot of work on player growth at the moment. It’s going to be MUCH BETTER #FIFA13Career

Q: Sabre0001: @EASPORTSFIFA If you get subbed while playing poorly or tired, will your match rating drop? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @Sabre0001 Doing lots of improvements to the match rating system. We are still tuning it at the moment. Should be much better! #FIFA13Career

CAREER MODE AND EA SPORTS FOOTBALL CLUB CATALOUGE

Q: JaKeR7: @EASPORTSFIFA what can you buy with the credits you get in easfc? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @JaKeR7 You can redeem lots of cool CM stuff with the EAS FC Catalogue: Re-match option, option to edit players’ appearance, get national team offfer…

Q: BrandonBednarek: @EASPORTSFIFA Will you be able to use these unlockables in other game modes or only CM? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @BrandonBednarek There will be unlockables for FIFA in general, and specific to modes too.

Q: lfcrusayne: #FIFA13Career Do you have to purchase the “edit player” option before starting the CM for it to take effect or does it update mid-CM?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @lfcrusayne You can ‘unlock’ the option to edit players inside #FIFA13Career from the catalogue, and it will work for in-progress CM games.

Q: PepsiJamie: @EASPORTSFIFA Why not add things like team chemistry and wages where you can buy new boots and items? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @PepsiJamie You will be able to unlock new boots and other cool stuff from the EAS FC catalogue. #FIFA13Career

Q: liam_Cotter: @EASPORTSFIFA can u change your team kit every few seasons? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @liam_Cotter No, you can’t change the kits. They are licensed. BUT, you CAN unlock historic kits for a variety of teams and have them in CM!

MISCELLANEOUS

Q: eliotclements: @EASPORTSFIFA can you change clubs mid-season as a manager? #FIFA13Career 

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @eliotclements Yes. Get fired, look for new jobs, get job offers from other clubs… I just left Parma after getting a better offer 🙂

Q: MrCrazy3000: @EASPORTSFIFA What happens if you get fired from club job mid-season? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @MrCrazy3000 You will then see what other clubs have sacked their managers and are willing to give you an offer. Won’t be very prestigious!

Q: Murrayyyyyyyy: @EASPORTSFIFA Will more clubs receive face scans? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @Murrayyyyyyyy Yes,I don’t have the details now,but more players have gone through the new face-scan tech and look incredible! #FIFA13Career

Q: pawlik_23: Did you fix match fixtures so we don’t have to play league match on Sat and then cup game on Sun? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @pawlik_23 We are fixing bugs on scheduling. Even more challenging now with Internationals, but we’ll get there! #FIFA13Career

Q: GoOnDanny: #FIFA13Career Can you choose the teams who you want to play in pre-season friendly games?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @GoOnDanny I really wanted this too, but we didn’t have the time to implement the feature. We had higher priorities for #FIFA13Career

Q: ZS_mkd: @EASPORTSFIFA Is there any “My player mode” in the game? Where we start w/our player in small league and then become star? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @ZS_mkd You can create a player and choose your position. Then work your way up! #FIFA13Career

Q: sirdaz12: @EASPORTSFIFA @sirdaz12: Are the celebrations better when you win a trophy? Should be seen going up and getting the cup. #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @sirdaz12 We have new celebrations, new stadium entrance sequences, etc…#FIFA13Career

Q: Shakhtar941: @EASPORTSFIFA Will be in FIFA 13 Ukrainian Premier League?,.,. #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @Shakhtar941 Sorry, no Ukranian league 😦

Where Next For City Rejects?

Manchester City may be the Premier League champions and may have a huge transfer budget to strengthen their squad this summer, but there are many dead wood players in the squad which they need to get rid off. Here, we look at the possible destinations of those players who are expected to leave Eastlands this summer.

1. Kolo Toure

The former Arsenal defender has struggled to get his place back in Manchester City’s starting XI following the lengthy drugs ban last year, and with Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott now City’s first choice pair in the heart of the defence, Toure looks likely to leave this summer. PSG and Bursaspor, were both rumoured to be interested in the Ivorian, but with the French capital side signing Thiago Silva and the Turkish side making no further contacts, it looks unlikely that Toure will move to anyone of those two clubs. Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal are also chasing the strong defender, but his huge wage demands may create an obstacle to the potential deal.

2. Stefan Savic

With Vincent Kompany suspended and Kolo Toure on international duty, Savic had his opportunity to prove himself in the Premier League at the back for City. The result was disastrous, as he played a huge part in City’s defeat to Liverpool in the Carling Cup semi-final and his worst game was against Swansea, when he was subbed off after just 45 minutes. The Montenegro international still has three years left on his contract at the Etihad, but City could cut their losses by selling him this summer. Sporting Lisbon and Roma are both interested, while Wolves are ready to take him to the Championship on a season long loan.

3. Nigel de Jong

The hard-tackling midfielder has seen his role fall from a first team member to a squad player in the past couple of years, but yet the Dutch international claims he is happy to warm the bench and be useful whenever the club needs him. Italian giants Inter Milan are said to be interested in him and move to the San Siro could be hard to turn down.

4. Roque Santa Cruz

Signed for around £17.5m in 2009, the Paraguayan international is one of those City signings who has spent more time away on loan to other clubs rather than at the Etihad stadium. A brief spell at Blackburn was followed by a season-long loan to Real Betis in 2011/13. Mancini is not at all a fan of Santa Cruz, but Betis are certainly interested to sign him, after he scored some important goals for them in the La Liga last season. The former Manchester United target has expressed his desire to stay with the La Liga club on permanent basis and is ready to take a wage cut to do so.

5. Emmanuel Adebayor

The Togolese striker is another big money signing who has seen his career fall apart since joining City. The former Arsenal man had a bright start at the Eastlands, scoring in his first four games including against his former club but since the arrival of Roberto Mancini, the 6ft 3in slipped down the pecking order. Adebayor had successful loan spells at Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur but both the clubs were unable to agree a deal to keep him. Spurs have made it clear they want to sign him but he will have to take a significant wage drop to make the transfer possible.

6. Edin Dzeko

The tall Bosnian striker became one of the Europe’s hottest prospects during his time at Wolfsburg, where he helped them win the Bundesliga title, but his time at City has been very disappointing. Dzeko scored just twice in his first season and was in some good goal-scoring form at the start of last season, but his goals dried up in the second half of the season and that resulted him in falling out of favour with Mancini. AC Milan are rumored to be interested in signing him as a potential replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.