Kane to Arsenal, Bolt to United and left-footed balls: April fools roundup

It’s April 1st and that means a day full of pranks, jokes and a light-hearted approach to almost everything. Football is no different and there have been some great April Fools’ stories so far today.

From Harry Kane’s £50 million North London switch to Arsenal to Wayne Rooney’s new Liverpool tattoo, here is a roundup of the best stories today:

1. Manchester United add pace to the side by signing Usain Bolt

A look at what Usain Bolt will look like in a United shirt (Photo: Metro)

A look at what Usain Bolt will look like in a United shirt (Photo: Metro)

A report in the Metro today reveals that the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt has agreed a deal with Manchester United to play in the club’s reserve team.

The report claims: “Bolt will fulfill a number of athletics commitments before meeting up with the squad.

“He is thought to be planning to retire from athletics in 2017 but could bring that date forward should he be given a chance in United’s first team.”

Falcao may not have worked out quite as well as many United fans had hoped, but Bolt could be a future star.

2. Arsenal have agreed a £50 million move for Tottenham’s Harry Kane

A look at Harry Kane in his new colours (Photo: Daily Express)

A look at Harry Kane in his new colours (Photo: Daily Express)

Tottenham‘s Harry Kane has been unstoppable this season and after making his first England appearances this week, the Daily Express are reporting that the 21-year-old forward has earned a mega money move to Spurs’ North London rivals Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger has been desperate to sign Kane since he netted twice against the Gunners in the North London Derby earlier this season and Wenger “is believed to have locked himself away in his house for 48 hours straight following the defeat – watching continuous re-runs of Kane’s performance”, according to the report.

Tottenham fans might not have seen the funny side of this one though. April Fools’ Day or not, putting Kane back in an Arsenal shirt is something Spurs fans won’t enjoy seeing.

3. Wayne Rooney’s new Liverpool tattoo revealed

Wayne Rooney's new Liverpool tattoo (Photo: Daily Star)

Wayne Rooney’s new Liverpool tattoo (Photo: Daily Star)

The Daily Star also played on a Premier League rivalry in their report this morning, showing an image of Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney with a Liverbird tattoo on his arm and the letters YNWA underneath – short for “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.

The report claimed that Rooney got the tattoo after losing a bet for stating that he would score against Liverpool in the game at Anfield two weeks ago. The England skipper missed a last minute penalty and had to face the consequences.

As well as angering United fans, this prank won’t have gone down too well with Everton supporters either…

4. Arsenal have teamed up with PUMA to release left-footed football

Arsenal players get together to test out the new left-footed ball (Photo: Arsenal.com)

Arsenal players get together to test out the new left-footed ball (Photo: Arsenal.com)

Arsenal have linked up with official partner PUMA to release the world’s first-ever left-footed evoPOWER football.

The story on Arsenal’s official website claims the new ball will help left-footed players to perform in a game dominated by right-footed players.

Right-back Hector Bellerin, who is predominantly right-footed, claimed the new ball worked well: “It’s a bit tricky to use on your right foot but it instantly improved my left foot,” he said.

5. Qatar will take part in Euro 2020

Qatar will also take part in the European Championships in 2020 (Photo: EPA)

Qatar will also take part in the European Championships in 2020 (Photo: EPA)

Finally, the Telegraph have reported that controversial World Cup hosts Qatar will take place in the European Championships in 2020 despite not even being from the continent.

The Arab country will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup but football’s governing body thinks putting them into the European Championships will give “European teams a chance to ‘get to know’ their 2022 hosts better”.

The report ended by claiming FIFA will use its “sealed bids” system to draw groups for qualifying and that Qatar could even win the tournament.

“Is it possible that Qatar could win Euro 2020?” asked a FIFA delegate. “Sure, why not? If it makes commercial sense for all parties.”


Xavi snubs New York City interest as huge money move to Qatar agreed – report

FC Barcelona legend Xavi no longer looks likely to complete a move to Major League Soccer with New York City FC as a big money deal has been agreed with Qatar-based side Al Saad, according to Stade Doha.

The 35-year-old midfielder is expected to sign a three-year deal with Al Saad and will earn €10 million per season if the latest reports are to be believed.

Earlier this month, reports emerged suggesting that the Spaniard was looking set to seal a move to NYCFC and he apparently met with representatives from City Football Group as well as his agent and father in Barcelona.

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New York City sporting director, Claudio Reyna confirmed that the MLS Expansion Franchise were interested in signing Xavi back in February.

“We are very interested in ‘franchise’ players like Xavi. We do not close the doors to Xavi ahead of next year,” Reyna said.

But head coach Jason Kreis then poured some cold water over the rumours yesterday by suggesting that a move for Xavi wouldn’t make much sense.

It now looks the man who has made more appearances than any other player in Barcelona history is ready for a new challenge in Qatar.

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The 2010 World Cup winner is expected to fly out to Al Saad in the next couple of days to finalise a move during the current international break but will remain in Spain with Barca until the end of the current season.

Xavi will also begin working on his coaching badges once a move to Qatar is confirmed and will help with the Aspire Academy, which is trying to develop players ahead of the Qatar World Cup in 2022.

Is a move to Qatar a good one for Xavi? Should he have chosen MLS?

USA to host FIFA World Cup?

FIFA have told The United States Soccer Federation to prepare to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.

Through fresh corruption allegations surrounding Qatar’s successful bid to host the event, FIFA are seriously considering reselection, with FIFA president Sepp Blatter describing the allocation a ‘mistake’.

Should the event be hosted by Qatar in 2022, it brings about other issues such as the climate, and it has also been suggested the event could be moved to the winter.

Should the USA host the World Cup it would only improve the quality of soccer in America, as well as improving popularity of Major League Soccer across the globe.

Previously hosting the tournament in 1994, America has all the resources to host the games, including some of the best stadiums in the world.

Although there are several soccer specific stadiums now in use in the USA, a World Cup would see American football stadiums used by NFL teams due to the need for high capacity.

With the growth of MLS, and with David Beckham’s Miami franchise set to be up and running by the time the 2022 World Cup come round, this World Cup could be the boost MLS needs.

We expect soccer to take off in America and the USMNT will naturally become stronger because of this.

There is even the possibility of the USA winning the World Cup soon, and where better to do it than on home soil?