COP IT! DeJ Loaf Hits Us With A Brand New EP ‘Sell Sole’

Posted by: Caroline SM

Recently signed to Columbia Records, Dej Loaf is the name on every lips right now.

The hype came about when her mellow thug rhythm “Try Me” began to circulate the blogs and radio, catching the attention of Hip-Hops number one co-signer Drizzy Drake amongst others including Wiz Khalifa, Remy Ma and Ty Dolla $ign, who have all added their touches to the original.

During a press run across all of New York’s must attend and TV show, the Detroit starlet has delivered us with a brand new free mixtape entitled ‘Sell Sole’. The 13 track project includes the aforementioned never-before-heard “Try Me” remix and a collab with guys of the moment, Young Thug and Birdman. 

What do you think of Young DeJ?

Tragic… Indian Footballer Dies After Goal Celebration

Posted by: Raphael

Peter Biaksangzuala died from the injuries he suffered as he landed awkwardly while celebrating a goal.

The 23-year-old damaged his spinal cord doing a somersault after scoring an equaliser for Bethlehem Vengthlang FC against Chanmari West FC in the Mizoram Premier League.

Biaksangzuala was taken to hospital and had surgery, but passed away.

The match in which he sustained his injuries was a state level game in the Mizoram Premier League.

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A statement from the MPL said: “It has been a sad day for Mizoram football and the demise of the footballer shook his team-mates, footballers and fans alike all over Mizoram.”

“Peter was a defensive midfielder who had always been aggressive and hard working, a true team player.”

“Peter’s club Bethlehem Vengthlang FC will retire his jersey no. 21.”

Watch the harrowing footage below:

Oscar Pistorius Sentenced To 5 Years In Jail For Killing His Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Posted by: Raphael

The South African Paralympic athlete was handed the term after being found guilty of culpable homicide last month for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year. Pistorius was also given a three-year suspended sentence for firearms charges.

However Pistorius’ defence team believe he will spend a sixth of the term in prison (10 months) before being placed under house arrest for the remainder of his sentence.

But Nathi Mncube, a spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority, said he was likely to serve one third of the sentence behind bars, before adding “it’s not for the NPA to decide.”

The parents of Reeva Steenkamp told the assembled press outside of court that they were “happy” with the sentence and were “relieved” the case was over. Her mother June added: “The sentence brought a sort of closure, but that full closure was not possible unless you can magic her back.”

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As she delivered her final verdict, Judge Thokozile Masipa stated that there must be a balance between retribution, deterrence and rehabilitation when it came to sentencing Pistorius. She then said the decision to give the 27-year-old five yeas behind bars “was hers and hers alone.”

She added: “Sentencing is about achieving the right balance. Sentencing is not a perfect exercise. Having regard to the circumstances in the matter, I am of the view that a non-custodial sentence would send the wrong message to the community.”

“On the other hand, a long sentence would also not be appropriate either, as it would lack the element of mercy.”

“What may appear to be justice to the general public may not be justice. Society cannot always get what they want.”

Ms Masipa also stated that Pistorius skill using a gun was an aggravating factor but that she also “recognised his remorse.”

She then claimed Pistorious had made an “enormous contribution to society” through his charity work and in “changing the public perception of disability.”

There was no legal limit on the length of a jail term, but experts say the typical maximum sentence for culpable homicide is around 15 years.

However, despite the sentencing being announced, the case may not be over.

Both the prosecution and the defence have the right to appeal against the sentence.

Watch Judge Masipa deliver her final verdict below:

Is the sentence handed to Pistorius too lenient? How long should he spend in jail? Give us your thoughts in the comments section.

WATCH: ILoveMakonnen Ft. Drake – “Tuesday” Remix (Official Video)

Posted by: Rene

ILOVEMAKONNEN has had the club going up on a Tuesday since earlier this year, but it didn’t take long until the OVO boss, Drake dropped a verse on the track only to sign the ATL singer to the OVO label a short time later.

Produced by Metro Boomin and Sonny Digital, ironically the visuals have in fact dropped on a Tuesday…

For ILoveMakonnen 2014 has been a good year, with 2015 on the horizon the ATL singer is destined for great things.

Words By: @Ren_GRM

What City Will You Be Repping Ladies? #CREPCHECK

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Nike will be dropping these bold coloured beauties on Thursday and the Air FOrces with matching sliders too.

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Tokyo Red.

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London Olive.

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Milan Mustard.

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Paris Blue.

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NYC White.

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Shanghai Burgundy.

The Nike Women’s City pack will be dropping on 23/10/14 on nike.com at 8am.

What city will you be repping?

Hottest UK Tunes Out This Week – #GRMFreshestOut [011]

Posted by: Caroline SM

This week we bring you the 10th instalment of #GRMFreshestOut. Each week our team of experts, headed up by Dwayne Gordon-Harris, deliver to you the biggest hiphop, urban and rap bangers in UK.

DWAYNE’S TOP 5 HOTTEST UK TUNES THIS WEEK…

Rapman – Blue Story Pt. 3

Rapman is fast building a reputation for himself as one of the best storytellers in the scene. Over the past year, ‘The Blue Story’ has been leaving viewers desperately waiting to see what will unfold, part 3 has been eagerly anticipated as the story of Bricker and Y.Madder continues. This track takes storytelling to another level, press play and let Rapman take you on a musical journey with a powerful tale about friendship, gangs and betrayal. (Check out parts 1 & 2 first if you haven’t already seen them).

Sneakbo Ft. Krept and Konan – Right Here

This track sees the triple threat, Sneakbo and Play Dirty come through with a banger! The beat is accompanied by strong contributions from all three and a very catchy hook. Just turn it up and enjoy this one!

Youngs Teflon – I Don’t Respect It

Tef has been a regular in our recent Top 5′s, simply because his work rate is one of the highest in the scene at the minute, and the quality matches the quantity. This is a cover of a Bonkaz freestyle released earlier this year, Tef does what he does, just press play and respect it.

Benny Banks - Famous

Benny Banks hasn’t dropped anything for a few months, so it’s good to see something new from him and it’s sounding good. Solid track with the visuals to match, Banks has always been able to rap, it will be interesting to see what’s next in the second phase of his career.

Little Torment – Warmup Freestyle

Torment has dropped this freestyle to keep the momentum going ahead of ‘Chapter 20′ and it’s a sign of good things to come. An effortless display that the bars and flows are there, judging by the past 2 releases, ‘Chapter 20′ is definitely going to be worth the wait when it’s dropped.

Meet The Writer – Dwayne Gordon-Harris

The real musical journey started for Dwayne as a kid trying to mix cassette tapes with radio recordings on his dads dual cassette deck. In his early teens, after a year or so dabbling with grime and emceeing, he reverted to his first real interest within music – DJ’ing.

Dwayne began collecting music, studying pirate radio and old Jamaican video footage and familiarising himself with any music software he could find. By the age of 15 his collective ‘Strictly Music’ (with partner G-Star) was on pirate radio stations and within the first year, being booked for house parties and clubs throughout London.

Strictly Music grew in experience and skill and successfully played at and put on events in London, Kent, Nigeria and Ayia Napa up until 2011. After many years in clubs, he turned his attention to not just playing music but exploring the artists behind it. Starting as a contributor at The Cut Magazine before taking the position of Music Editor up until 2013- interviewing artists in all musical genres from Miguel to Flirta D to Tarrus Riley.

Today, Dwayne is the Head of Music at one of the leading urban radio stations in London as well as managing talent and providing audio production services for a number of organisations.

Follow: @dstrictlymusic

MUST LISTEN: PW Releases His EP ‘From London With Love’

Posted by: Caroline SM

After teasing the project with tracks such as “Blow”, “Cause”, a feature on Angel’s banger “Instagram” and even the collab with Nas’ signee Dave East (“Look At My Face”) at the top of the Summer, we finally get our hands on 22 year old Edmonton hailing rapper PW’s EP, ‘From London With Love’.

7 tracks deep, ‘From London With Love’ seriously distinguishes PW’s development as an artist since the first few hits you might remember hearing a couple of years back, such as his hugely popular “Here With You”. Displaying his immensely improved wordplay ability, the aptly titled project talks you through his adventures back and forth working in New York and London, as well as the troubles that came with a long distance relationship between the two.

FLWL highlights include “Down 4 Me” featuring Hefna Gwap and Dymez-a-Duzin, “Eat” and “Tell Me” produced by Greatness Jones, featuring Ari Lennox.

Internet Trolls To Spend Two Years In Jail Under New Laws

Posted by: Raphael

Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling wants trolls who spread “venom” on social media to be locked up for up to two years, quadrupling the current sentence they can serve for the crime.

Mr Grayling said the changes will allow magistrates to pass on the most serious cases to crown courts.

The changes, which will be introduced as amendments to the criminal justice and courts bill, will mean the maximum custodial sentence of six months will be increased to 24 months for anybody found guilty of trolling.

Mr Grayling made the pledge days after TV presenter Chloe Madeley suffered online abuse, which he described as “crude and degrading.”

Miss Madeley received threats after defending her mother Judy Finnigan’s comments on a rape committed by footballer Ched Evans, which she said was “non-violent” and did not cause “bodily harm.”

On the increased punishment for troll’s, Mr Grayling said: “These internet trolls are cowards who are poisoning our national life. No-one would permit such venom in person, so there should be no place for it on social media. That is why we are determined to quadruple the current six-month sentence.”

He added: “This is a law to combat cruelty – and marks our determination to take a stand against a baying cyber-mob. We must send out a clear message – if you troll you risk being behind bars for two years.”

Mr Grayling announced last week that anybody caught posting “revenge porn” images with on the internet will face two years in jail.

Will the threat of more time behind bars be enough to discourage troll’s? What else can be done to combat troll’s? Has it taken the government/politicians to long to act on inappropriate behaviour on-line? Give us your thoughts in the comments section.

LOL! Dundee FC Duo Celebrate Goal With Randy Orton ‘RKO’ Impression

Posted by: Raphael

Gary Harkins and Jim McAlister brought the latest internet craze to life at the weekend, when they celebrated a goal against Motherwell with their own version of a ‘RKO’.

As Harkins stood with his arms in the air, McAlister pretended to grab him by the head and throw him to the floor WWE style.

The Vine sensation (some have been looped over 1.5 million times), shows Randy Orton, a 12-time WWE champion, performing his finishing manoeuvre ‘out of nowhere’ on random people in various locations.

Randy seemed to approve the celebration, he tweeted:

Watch Harkins and McAlister’s hilarious celebration below:

Below some of the best ‘RKO’ Vines on the internet:

Kissing Men Told To “Get Off Bus” By Driver In London

Posted by: Raphael

Two men who were kissing on a London bus have said they were shouted at by the driver to get off.

Jack James, 23, told Transport for London that he and his boyfriend were ordered off the number 89 near Blackheath after they shared a “peck on the lips.”

Mr James said: “The bus driver shouted ‘Oi, you two, don’t do that on my f****** bus or you can get off’.”

Mr James added: “When the bus stopped at our stop I walked up to the driver and politely asked the driver if he was talking to us.”

“His reply was: ‘Yes, it’s my bus, it is my rules, and I don’t want to watch that. It’s disgusting. Get off the bus’.”

TFL said the bus company that operates the route, Go Ahead, was investigating the incident.

The head of bus operations for TFL, Ken Davidson said all customers had the right to use the service “without fear of being abused and offensive behaviour is completely unacceptable.”

He added: “We would like to reassure Mr James that this matter is being taken very seriously and that a thorough investigation is being conducted.”

Mr Davidson also stated that the TFL had recently (the incident occurred in August) “come into possession” of all the relevant information to identify the driver who would be spoken to in due course.

What punishments should the driver face if found guilty of saying those despicable things?

No Chill! QPR Manager Harry Redknapp Criticises His Own Player For “Not Training Properly” & Being “Unfit”

Posted by: Raphael

The 67-year-old launched a blistering verbal attack on the absent Adel Taarabt, also calling the Morocco international “overweight” and “lazy”.

Taarabt has only played for 26 minutes in the Premier League this season for QPR and was loaned out to Fulham and AC Milan last term.

The 25-year-old was taken to task for his lack of fitness by Redknapp earlier on in the season, but the QPR boss did not hold back after yesterday’s 3-2 defeat by Liverpool.

Watch Redknapp’s explosive comments below:

In what could be interpreted as a shot at his managers “three stone overweight” comment, Taarabt posted the following on Instagram after Redknapp’s post match interview:

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Is it the manager’s responsibility to keep all of his players fit? Should QPR terminate Taarabt’s contract for his unprofessionalism? QPR fans, is Taarabt worth all the trouble he is give your club? Give us your opinions in the comments sections.

WATCH: Stalley Ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Always Into Something” (Official Video)

Posted by: Rene

On October 27th Stalley will drop his debut album entitled ‘Ohio’. Singles off the album include “One More Shot” featuring August Alsina and the MMG Boss Ricky Rozay assisted “Jacking Chevy’s”.

For the second visual from the album, the Ohio rapper has released “Always Into Something”. Chorus duties are granted to none other then Taylor Gang’s singer/producer/paranoid king Ty Dolla $ign.

Watch as the Maybach Music signee gives his prospective of always being into something:

As Stalley continues to drop dope visuals and tracks off the album ‘Ohio’, the build up to the release has been nothing but impressive.

Over the next two weeks Hip Hop fans will be graced with new material as the likes of T.I drop his ninth studio works ‘Paperwork: A Motion Picture’ and Lil Wayne releases ‘The Carter V’ a day after Stalley’s debut ‘Ohio’.

Words By: @Ren_GRM

Little Simz, Ghetts, Fekky & Meridian Dan Added To The MOBO Award Performance Line Up

Posted by: Caroline SM

Today we heard more news regarding the MOBO Awards performance line up for the show this coming Wednesday (22/10/2014) in London, with Space Age representative Little Simz being added to the bill. Little Simz will be performing alongside legendary American soul and gospel singer Candi Staton.

Not only has Simz been nominated for ‘Best Newcomer’, she’s also been nominated for ‘Best Hip Hop Act’. This news comes soon after the release of her collaboration with Raleigh Ritchie titled “Cuckoo“.

The star-studded line-up for 2014′s MOBO Awards include Jessie J and Professor Green who have both recently released their latest albums; ‘Sweet Talker’ and ‘Growing Up In Public’, as well as Krept and Konan, Nicole Sherzinger, Ghetts, Clean Bandit collaborator Jess Glynne, Ella Eyre, Gorgon City, MNEK, Fekky and Meridian Dan.

This years edition of the MOBO’s will be hosted by X-Factor judge and mentor Mel B, as well as BBC Radio 1Xtra and Xtra Factor host DJ Sarah Jane.

Words: @CamJohnst0n

VIBES! OG Maco Ft. Johnny Cinco – “Seesh”

Posted by: Caroline SM

OG Maco is an artist bubbling in a big way on the underground scene in Atlanta. With his track “Bitch You Guessed It” becoming a viral sensation, the Quality Control signee (home to Migos) is proving he isn’t a one hit wonder with a series of diverse releases… including the DJ Mustard produced super catchy “Parade” featuring Casey Veggies and the wavey vibes of “All In 2″ and “Love In The City”.

Favouring a slower vibe and auto-tune in his latest wave of tracks, contrasting to the high-octane harsher delivery you may be familiar with on “Bitch You Guessed It”, the young ATL rebel continues to prove his worth amongst the new wave of up and comers hailing from the South.

For his latest release, OGG recruits Johnny Cinco – another heavy hitting underground rapper from Atlanta signed to QC, for a track entitled “Seesh”.

Keep an eye out for both artists.

FAIL ALERT! Drake Tries To Shoot A Three Pointer But Misses TWICE

Posted by: Rene

As we know Drake is a huge basketball fan. On friday the YMCMB rapper attended the Kentucky Blue Madness event. Showing support to the team the rapper greeted each player before the games took place.

Choosing to participate in the warm up session Drake attempts to shoot a three pointer, watch as the Canadian rapper/singer tries to set the hoop alight.

Even though the miss counts for absolutely nothing, it’s good to see that someone of Drake’s stature is willing to be involved, take part and show love for a good cause.

Looks like he won’t be gambling his money on the court with the likes of DJ Khaled, Rick Ross and French Montana who only last year had a shoot off worth $120K.

Words By: Ren_GRM

THIS LOOKS SICK! Get Your FREE Tickets To Latimer Live

Posted by: Caroline SM

Latimer and Link Up TV present to you LATIMER LIVE. Sponsored by G Shock this is an exclusive event showcasing some of the hottest creative talent in the UK on the 23rd October.

This night is free and calling out to all creative people that have a passion for the music, art and film worlds. This is an opportunity to connect with some of the UK’s most influential people and brands in the game.

Hosted by Remel London and Arnold Jorge aka A Squeezy, there are a massive list of artists performing on the night.

Register now for free guest list and click attending to automatically secure your place.

This is an 18+ no i.d no entry event.

Ghetts’ ‘The Rebel Tour’ Dates Moved From October To November

Posted by: Caroline SM
Ghetts’ UK dates for ‘The Rebel Tour’ have been moved from October to November due to a clash with the MOBO Awards show where Ghetts has been pitched for 3 nominations.
The new dates are:
12 Nov - Birmingham – O2 Academy 3
13 Nov - Manchester – The Deaf Institute
16 Nov - London – Borderline
Tickets are still valid for the new shows. To buy tickets for the new dates click here.

In the meantime check out Ghetts’ latest release “Fire Burning” Ft. Kof here.

THOUGHTS? Twitter Responds To The UK BET Awards Cypher

Posted by: Rene

Last night the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards was aired for the first time in the UK.

While this years talking point for the 2014 US cyphers included Murda Mook threatening to cripple Drake’s career, over in the UK all eyes and ears were focused on the line up for the BET UK cypher.

For this years line up we saw a mixture of lyricists.

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Stormzy:

The South London emcee’s momentum in 2014 has seen him blossom and gain the respect of his peers for his skill and presence. Earlier this year Stormzy hit number 1 on the iTunes Hip-Hop charts with his ‘Dreamers Disease’ EP which is a massive achievement for an unsigned artist. On the single “Not That Deep” Stormz asked where his Fire In The Booth was, which lead to Charlie Sloth giving him his own time to shine in the freestyle segment, and also in the cypher. Stormzy made another reference which proved that he’s going to a problem for certain lazy emcees, “I came to the cypher and I cleaned up, most of your favourite rappers couldn’t keep up”.

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Yungen:

When it comes to Yungen it’s fair to say as a scene we have seen him develop into becoming one of the UK’s top emcees. Yungen is already a huge name in UK music, touring with the likes of Naughty Boy in Australia as well as releasing his own debut album ‘Project Red & Black’. The album easily displays his versatility and song writing skills, featuring on this years cypher is just another tick off the bucket list so far on his musical journey.

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Dotz:

While some may be aware of who Dotz is, many may be introduced to him for the 1st time on this years cypher. Dotz who is from Bedford is a UK battle rap pro. After being the runner up in the 2012 Jump Off Final, Dotz went on to claim the title in 2013 and became the Jump Off TV Battle Rap Champion. Since then the Bedford based Emcee has competed in Don’t Flop.

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Paigey Cakey:

No stranger to being on screen, the actress/rapper is another young UK female artist who’s proving her worth in the industry. This year saw Paigey release her 1st EP entitled ‘The Next Paige’ on iTunes which featured the likes of Chip, Princess Nyah and Abel Miller.

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Shezar:

The East London vocalist has been making moves in the industry for quite a while now; touring and sharing stages with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Delilah, Chipmunk and Angel as a backing vocalist. Many may not realise Shezar is actually Labrinth’s sister but that doesn’t deny her talent as a singer, the BET cypher is the first time a lot of people will have seen her rap.

Twitter Responds…

Considering the BET Hip Hop Awards is an American based awards show, a wide range of US cliques take the majority of the cyphers, for example Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang and Kanye West’s GOOD Music.

The UK however is only limited to one cypher from the BET Hip Hop Awards. So with the margin so thin to represent, despite each artist getting those bars off, the line up didn’t seem to be justified to some.

Whilst all of the participants were undoubtedly talent, many viewers aired their opinions and took no time at all in jumping on twitter to vent thoughts and criticisms.

The most repeatedly named absence from the cypher was 20 year old rapper Little Simz. After Twitter blowing up with disappointment, Simz responded with this message:

With speculation that certain other rappers declined from participating, we want to look at the positives in the showcase. We can’t knock the fact that those who did take the opportunity did the UK proud despite the line up only being limited to 5 artists. We should celebrate and congratulate their efforts.

Although some may feel that the representation was weak we would like to know who you, the fans, would select for the 5 to feature in this years BET cypher. Let us know below.

#GRMTalkBack… here’s who Twitter decided would have been an ideal line up for this years UK cypher:

Reports Reveals Unemployment In The UK Has Fallen Below 2 Million For The First Time Since 2008.

Posted by: Raphael

The figures, collected by the Office for National Statistics, show the number of jobless people fell by 154,000 to 1.97 million in the three months to the end of August.

Overall, the number of unemployed people fell by 538,000, the largest annual fall since records began, but the number of people choosing not to seek work increased.

Those classed as economically inactive, such as students, long-term sick and those retiring early, increased by 113,000 in the quarter to more than nine million.

Average weekly earnings in the June-to-August period, excluding bonuses, rose by 0.9% from a year earlier. Including bonuses, earnings rose by 0.7%, well below inflation, which is currently running at 1.2%.

In total, there are now 30.76 million people in work, however wage growth is still below the current inflation rate.

The proportion of people aged between 16 and 64 in work is now 73%, close to its all-time high of 73.2%.

Chancellor George Osborne said the fall in unemployment was “evidence that our long-term economic plan is working.”

He added: “I’m the first to say there are still too many people out of work. We need to make further reforms to our welfare system so that people have a life of work, rather than a life on the dole.”

Chief secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, also spoke about the new figures, he said: “Britain is fast becoming the job creation capital of the Western economies because our recovery plan is working, so is the country and in record numbers.”

Prime Minister, David Cameron tweeted the following about the statistics:

Below are other key findings from the report:

  • The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in September fell by 18,600 to 951,900, the 23rd consecutive monthly reduction.

  • The number of self-employed people dropped by 76,000 in the latest three-month period to 4.5 million, but the total is 279,000 higher than a year ago.

  • The number of employees in part-time jobs has reached a record high of 6.8 million.

  • Youth unemployment – covering 16-to-24-year-olds – fell by 88,000 over the quarter to 733,000, giving a jobless rate among the age group of 16%.

Dani Alves Will Sign For Manchester United In The Summer

Posted by: Raphael

According to FIFA agent Francois Gallardo, the 31-year-old will be playing at Old Trafford next season.

Speaking to Spanish television, Gallardo said: “The player will leave Barcelona next season. He has signed a preliminary agreement with Manchester United.”

Alves is in the final year of his contract at Barcelona and has not been offered fresh terms at the Camp Nou.

The player’s agent, Dinorah Santana said this week that they would consider all options before making a decision in December or January.

He added: “If the club [Barcelona] wanted to renew Alves they would have done it already. I would not do things they way they have.

“We will leave the suitors until December or January… then we’ll decide who to marry.”

The Brazil international signed for Barcelona in 2008 from Sevilla, he has played 193 times and has won 16 trophies during his time at the Camp Nou.

United fans, will Alves be a good signing for your team? Give us your thoughts in the comment section.