Mid-Day Ticker: Anzhi to swoop for Berbatov, PFA for Blatter axe and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

FC Anzhi Makhachkala are plotting yet another transfer to shock the soccer world, and this time, Dimitar Berbatov is the man set in its sights.

Enjoying its glut of cash from its new owner, Suleyman Kerimov, the Russian club is looking to prise Berbatov, now 30, away from Premier League champions Manchester United.

The Bulgarian ace has only made five appearances for United in the current campaign, and the player's agent suggested that a £15 million offer would be "interesting" and something that Berbatov would have to mull over.  The striker's contract is up at the end of the season.

Anzhi has already secured the services of Samuel Eto'o, Yuri Zhirkov and Roberto Carlos since the takeover. The club currently sits eighth in the Russian Premier League, but a strike force of Eto'o and Berbatov would surely help its odds of moving up the table. 

Galatasaray is also said to be interested in the striker.

Here are some other stories to keep your Thursday rolling along:

PFA CHIEF CALLS FOR BLATTER EXIT 

After stirring up a whirlwind of controversy across the globe following his comments on racism in the game of soccer, Sepp Blatter is under fire in regard to his position as the president of FIFA.

Professional Footballer's Assocation chief Gordon Taylor has lobbied that Blatter needs to step down after insisting that a handshake could settle a racist dispute.

Blatter also took to Twitter briefly to defend himself from Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand, who described Blatter's attempt to backtrack as "almost laughable."

Blatter is no stranger to controversy, as he has previously made questionable comments on female soccer players as well as angering the gay community with his statement from last December.

Taylor believes that "without a shadow of a doubt," Blatter needs to step down from his post at FIFA.

AQUILANI TO STAY IN MILAN A "FORMALITY"

Franco Zavaglia, the agent of Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani, spoke up today to reveal that the Italian International's future lies at AC Milan following the conclusion of his loan move from the British club.

The option to make the loan a permanent deal is a "formality" at this point, according to Zavaglia. Aquilani has revitalized his career with consecutive loan moves to Serie A over the last two seasons — the first at Juventus. 

After making the switch from Roma to Liverpool, Aquilani struggled with fitness, then form and then being selected to the Starting XI at all, prompting a move elsewhere despite the hefty price tag that brought him to Anfield.

Once Aquilani reaches 25 appearances for Milan, the club can offer him a contract for a permanent deal, something Zavaglia says shouldn't meet opposition from either party.

CAHILL COULD LEAVE BOLTON

After having locked down the Bolton defense for nearly four years, manager Owen Coyle admits the club may end up needing to sell the centerback.

Cahill has long been a topic of interest for Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham, but a deal has failed to materialize for the Englishman.

Arsenal and Liverpool looked close to signing Cahill at different points in the summer, but ended up purchasing Per Mertesacker and Sebastian Coates, respectively.  

Coyle admitted that he would love to work with Cahill every day, but if a suitable offer came in January, the defender could exit the club.

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Should Blatter step down as FIFA president?  Think Anzhi has a shot at Berbatov?  Where do you see Cahill ending up?

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21 Responses to Mid-Day Ticker: Anzhi to swoop for Berbatov, PFA for Blatter axe and more

  1. Dylan says:

    Don’t forget balazs dzsudzsak, one of the best young wingers in his time at psv.

  2. timmytwoshoezzz says:

    As if things weren’t bad enough for Bolton this year, massive injuries and facing a very tough relegation fight, they might have to sell their best defender? Ouch. So tough being a small market team in the EPL. And many of us thought Major League Baseball was broken…

  3. DC Josh says:

    Sepp Blatter lives with his foot in his mouth. He is such an embarrassment for soccer.

  4. blag says:

    I thought his foot lived up his arse and came out of his mouth.

  5. NE Matt says:

    when i read what he said yesterday i was in utter shock. i thought it was a typo with espn soccernet. then i remembered sepp blatter that ignorant bastard was the individual speaking and thought well it makes sense coming from him. he lives in his own world

  6. Dinho says:

    Cahill is overrated.

  7. The post is awesome. I am sure more and more people will stick to this informative as well as entertaining post. Thanks for sharing quality content.

  8. KC says:

    The English and the Americans  want Blatter gone? Who made them relevant?

  9. Gnarls says:

    You’re obviously a terrorist.

  10. John says:

    I agree with Blatter to a degree. Heat of the moment exchanges happen. Man up, grow thicker skin, and play harder. What’s the problem?

  11. T says:

    Heat of the moment?! Don’t make me laugh.

  12. RB says:

    ‘…”without a shadow of a doubt,” Blatter needs to step down from his post at FIFA.’

    Not exactly news, but…

  13. What he said yesterday and the ensuing outcry for his removal isn’t news? You are clueless.

  14. patrick says:

    problem is your probably white and have never experienced something of this nature. Any racial epithet is ingrained with hundreds of years worth of meaning which can, and should deeply offend any and everyone. The language is unacceptable in any way shape or form

  15. patrick says:

    i think he’s saying its not new, not that it’s not newsworthy

  16. RB says:

    You might want to try reading what I posted before criticizing it. Thanks.

  17. emman says:

    Berbatov is a hunk.

  18. jimbo says:

    With that outfit I thought Berbatov was thinking about transfering to the vatican.

  19. JG13 says:

    Nothing like attempting to explain racism with a little racism.

  20. TomM says:

    And one of the best names in football- balls sudsack.