Champions League preview: featuring Chelsea and Manchester City

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  Last night the Champions League of 2014/15 kicked off in style with Premier League clubs Liverpool and Arsenal in action. Tonight though, we have plenty more fixtures to look forward to as Manchester City travel to 2013 winners Bayern Munich, Chelsea host German side Schalke and Barcelona get ready for the visit of Cypriot team Apoel Nicosia. Here is …

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Everton hopeful of re-signing Gerard Deulofeu

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Everton have been given renewed hope of re-signing their former loanee, Gerard Deulofeu. The Daily Express report that Barcelona are annoyed with Sevilla for not playing the forward more than promised when they signed him on loan this summer. Deulofeu is 20 years of age and has been at the Barcelona academy since 2003. He made 68 league appearances for Barcelona B …

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Pedro puts Liverpool and Arsenal on high alert

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Spanish superstar Pedro could be ready for a move to the Premier League in January according to The Metro. Pedro is reportedly concerned that he will be used as back up to Luis Suarez and Neymar at Barcelona if he stays. Pedro Rodriguez has 44 caps and 15 goals for Spain and has been at Barcelona since his youth career …

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Messi better than a playstation?

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Lionel Messi’s undoubted ability and skill has been likened to that of a Playstation by team-mate Neymar and manager, Luis Enrique. Messi assisted two Neymar goals at Barcelona beat Atletico Bilbao 2-0 to climb to the top of La Liga. “Messi is a star. I am improving playing with him,” said Brazil’s Neymar, 22. Even the Barcelona manager Luis Enrique …

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Barcelona’s Neymar misses from 4 yards for Brazil

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Neymar is one of the best players in the world, there is no arguments about that! However, the Barcelona winger embarrassed himself last night as he hit the crossbar in front of an open goal from 4 yards! To top it all, the player looked so surprised he had missed he even forgot to go for the rebound that would’ve …

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Arsenal target Barcelona youngster Samper

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19-year-old Barcelona starlet Sergi Samper is reportedly a target for Arsene Wenger this January. The Metro are one of a number of outlets who believe “the new Cesc Fabregas” would make an excellent addition to Arsenal. Samper’s contract at the Catalan giants contains a £9.6m buy-out clause and this means Wenger could decide to invest in Arsenal’s future with the …

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Dani Alves set for Liverpool or Man Utd switch?

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Barcelona right-back Dani Alves has emerged as a surprise transfer target for both Liverpool and Manchester United come January. The Daily Express report that the Brazilian international could be set for a Premier League switch. Dani Alves looked set to leave the Nou Camp this summer but signed a 1-year contract extension to stay with the Catalan outfit. New manager Luis …

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Ronaldinho signs for Queretaro

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Brazilian legend, Ronaldinho has decided to choose Mexico has his latest career move. The attacking midfielder was touted with a move to the Premier League with QPR, but it seemed to all be rumours. However, as a free agent; non-league Basingstoke Town had publicly expressed their desire to sign Ronaldinho according to BBC Sport. “We’ve put an offer to his brother, …

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Victor Valdes nears Liverpool switch

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Victor Valdes is understood to be nearing a move to Anfield when he passes a medical in October. The Daily Mail believe the Spanish shot stopper, who is seeking a new challenge, will compete with Simon Mignolet for the number 1 spot. Valdes joined Barcelona in 1995 as a youngster and worked his way through the Barcelona C & B teams …

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Samuel Eto’o set to sign for Everton

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Yesterday we reported that Everton remained tight lipped over any deal for Samuel Eto’o and now we know why. Last night,  news broke out from BBC Sport that the Cameroon international is set to join the Toffees on a two-year-deal. Released by Chelsea last season and left without a club, there was heavy interest from Liverpool and Arsenal regarding Eto’o, however, it has …

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Barcelona banned from signing players

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Barcelona have been banned from siging any players for two transfer windows after FIFA rejected their appeal on the transfers of minors. Former Barcelona player Gary Lineker posted on Twitter his feelings towards the ban, a somewhat tongue and cheek opinion… https://twitter.com/GaryLineker/status/502045667658059776 The ban states that Barca can buy and sell this window, but the next two they will not …

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Alex Song set for Premier League move

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Alex Song could be set for a Premier League return this summer as Barcelona are willing to waive any loan fee for the player. The Telegraph report that Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton are in the mix for the midfielder and I would add Liverpool to that list. Alex Song has never really been a first choice at the …

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Luis Suarez set to Barcelona debut

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Luis Suarez left Anfield and moved to Barcelona this summer for a mighty £75m. The former Liverpool forward was transferred despite the 4 month ban that hung over him following the bite of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during their World Cup clash in Brazil. However, when the Court of Arbitration for Sport decided to remove the sanction that banned him …

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Liverpool close to Alex Song transfer

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Liverpool have been heavily linked to Alex Song in recent weeks but according to The Metro and ‘Sport’ newspaper in Spain, the deal could be very close. Alex Song, formally of Arsenal, played 150 league games in Britain including 12 on loan at Charlton Athletic before Barcelona paid £15m for his services in August 2012. Following his move to Spain he …

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Barcelona or Real Madrid? Who looks stronger?

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  This season’s El Clásico is perhaps one of the most exciting prospects in many decades. Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid side won “La decima” (a tenth European Cup) against Atlético Madrid in May and have strengthened immensely whilst Barcelona will be managed by La Masia disciple Luis Enrique. With new signings on either side and a desire to take back …

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Luis Suarez cleared to train with Barcelona

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Luis Suarez has had his 4 month ban from competitive football upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). However, they have removed the restriction that meant the Uruguayan cannot train with his new club Barcelona. The original ban handed down by FIFA included all “football-related activity” which banned him from the training ground and the stadium to watch …

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Barcelona vs Man Utd Round 2 – Juan Cuadrado

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Colombia’s outstanding attacker Juan Cuadrado apparently came out of talks with his club’s chiefs today and has told his Fiorentina bosses that he wants his team to enter negotiations with Barcelona and Manchester United. After superb performances in the World Cup for Colombia, he has emerged a top attacking target for both the Catalans and the Reds. Now it seems likely that a …

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Arsenal Agree £15m Transfer Fee With Barcelona for Thomas Vermaelen

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The BBC has confirmed that Arsenal have agreed a £15million fee for centre back Thomas Vermaelen with Barcelona. The 28 year old Belgian left footer is now working on agreeing personal terms, and will then be attending a medical at the Nou Camp later this week. Vermaelen was the subject of Manchester’s interest, though the Reds’ bid of £7 million was …

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Vermaelen the options – Barcelona, Man United or stay at Arsenal?

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It is one of this season’s longest running transfer stories – the tale of Thomas Vermaelen, the 28-year-old Arsenal defender, who may or may not, depending on who you believe, have been deemed surplus to requirements at The Emirates. Yet even though the window is closing in just over three weeks and the season is starting this weekend, the Belgian seems no …

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How does Luis Suarez fit in at Barcelona?

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So it’s finally official, Luis Suarez has left the Premier League and will join Barcelona in a deal worth £75m. Suarez of course is under a 4 month ban handed down to him by FIFA after he bit the shoulder of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in their World Cup clash. His appeal against this was rejected yesterday meaning other than the official photo …

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