Manchester United set to lose out on their midfield target

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London24 have issued that Manchester United are set to lose out on prime target – Toni Kroos. The German and Bayern Munich midfielder is reported to have discussed personal terms with Real Madrid after a £20m bid had been accepted by the Bundesliga champions. With Kroos expected to sign the dotted line this week, Manchester United will feel aggrieved that they …

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Sanchez has agreed terms…but with which Premier League side?

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According to Sky Sports Spanish reporter, Guillem Balague;  Alexis Sanchez has agreed terms with Arsenal, despite not offering as much for the striker than Liverpool. I heard Arsenal have a personal agreement with Alexis but offer less to FCB than Liverpool. Juve also interested. — Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) July 2, 2014 Sanchez is said to have made it clear that …

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Are Arsenal set to lose their striker?

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Reports from the Daily Star are suggesting that Arsenal striker Joel Campbell may leave the Gunners without even making a single appearance for the club he joined in 2011. Unable to be granted a work-permit, Campbell joined a series of clubs on loan to retain first team football. Plied his trade in France, Spain and Greece – Campbell has a vast amount …

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5 Ex-Premier League players who have surprised us this World Cup

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The World Cup always provides us with plenty of surprises, this year was no different. I take a look at 5 players who used to ply their trade in the Premier League who have done wonders for the reputation after a strong tournament. Some have come to the end of their careers on British shores, others have helped their case …

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Liverpool to steal Balotelli out of the clutches of Arsenal?

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With it now official that Liverpool have opened talks with Barcelona over the future of Luis Suarez, it is now believed by the Daily Express that they could be set to hunt Mario Balotelli. Mario Balotelli has been heavily linked with a move back to the Premier League with Arsenal but with Arsene Wenger quiet on the speculation, it is now …

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Manchester City close to Benatia deal

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Manuel Pellegrini is understood to be close to agreeing a deal for Roma centre back Mehdi Benatia. The Daily Mirror believe that a fee in principle has been agreed for around £30m but any transfer is reliant on Roma’s ability to find a replacement. Rudi Garcia’s Roma had an impressive season during 2013/14, finishing second as i Lupi get set to …

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Official – Barcelona open talks with Suarez!

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BBC Sport have revealed that Luis Suarez and Liverpool have began negotiations with Barcelona over a potential move for the Uruguayan. Suarez who is in the limelight for all the wrong reasons at the moment is currently under-going a ban imposed by FIFA after biting Giorgio Chiellini in the World Cup group-stage clash. Liverpool, who signed Suarez from Ajax in 2011 …

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Flops – 5 players who didn’t reach their potential!

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In the wake of the Ryan Gould‘s transfer to Sporting Lisbon from Dundee United. We take a look at players who have been brandished as the “next big thing” but have failed to live up to their potential. (Hopefully that won’t be Gauld!) Dale Jennings – Tipped as a future England “wonderkid”, Dale Jennings made it all the way to Bayern Munich from …

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18-year-old Scottish starlet moves to Portugal

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The Daily Record have revealed that Dundee United starlet has officially joined Portuguese side, Sporting Lisbon. Dundee Utd ace Ryan Gauld completes dream move to Sporting Lisbon.. http://t.co/qHkp57IAqY pic.twitter.com/dVEIhj3lZx — The Daily Record (@Daily_Record) July 2, 2014 With 42 appearances at 7 goals in 2 years at Dundee, it was evident that Sporting had seen enough to make the call …

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Chelsea set to re-sign midfielder

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According to The Express, Chelsea are in talks to re-sign former midfielder Tiago from Atletico Madrid on a free transfer. The 33-year-old’s contract has expired with the Spanish outfit and the Portuguese man wants to find a new club. It appears that Jose Mourinho has been impressed with Tiago’s performances of late in La Liga and is ready to lure his …

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“I know there have been discussions” – Arsenal about to make first signing?

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London24 have reported that Colombian striker Jackson Martinez has revealed that his representatives and Arsenal have had talks over his move to the Emirates. As we reported a few days ago, it seemed Arsenal were ready to make contact and a bid for Porto striker Jackson Martinez. Martinez who has help guide Colombia to the last 8 of the World Cup said, …

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Spurs want Southampton star

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Highly rated defender Dejan Lovren is a player who is under the eyes of Arsenal and Liverpool. However, in a surprise late move, Tottenham have supposedly hi-jacked the deal and are said to be leading the way to secure the Croatian’s signature according to The Express. Apparently upset at the exit of Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino to Spurs; Lovren is keen …

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Is the penalty shootout a fair way to end a football match?

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So far this World Cup we have seen 2 penalty shootouts to decide who progresses to the Quarter Finals. As always “the lottery” (I’ll get to that later), is followed by the same questions of “Is this a fair way of deciding a football match after 120 minutes?”… Well is it? Firstly it must be said that both penalty shoot …

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Chelsea agree fee for Diego Costa

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Today Chelsea announced that the club have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid for Spanish international Diego Costa. The fee is believed to be around £32m and meets the strikers buy-out clause in his Atleti contract. This of course is not a surprise deal with Costa being linked to Chelsea heavily over the past few months and even refusing to …

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Gareth Barry ‘perfect fit’ for Everton

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Gareth Barry made 32 Premier League appearances for Everton last season whilst on loan from Manchester City and now Roberto Martinez hopes to secure him on a permanent deal following his release from the Manchester club. Martinez is a big fan of the 33 year old midfielder saying, “Gareth is such a unique person, I have been so impressed and …

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Can Mauricio Pochettino revitalise Spurs?

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Last season Tottenham Hotspur finished 6th in the Premier League after what can be called a very disappointing season. Andre Villas-Boas was sacked, his replacement Tim Sherwood was left feeling unwanted and of course star talisman Gareth Bale made the world record move to Real Madrid. Mauricio Pochettino, architect of Southampton’s recent impressive Premier League performances is now at the helm …

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