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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Barcelona to sign Suarez (and five clubs he could play for during the ban)

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It  seems that Barcelona’s pursuit of Luis Suarez, Liverpool’s 27 year-old star striker and Uruguay’s World Cup saviour, is reaching a climax. According to lots of sources, including the BBC,  the two clubs have met in London and are discussing a deal which could be completed in 48 hours. Liverpool have apparently been angling for a fee close to world record of £80m, …

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Manchester United join the hunt for in demand striker

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The Metro today have increased speculation surrounding the future of Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez. It has been made clear that Sanchez may be leaving the Camp Nou this summer, but the one uncertainty is, where? With Barcelona trying to come to a consensus on Luis Suarez and agree terms with the Uruguayan, it has been suggested that Liverpool would want Sanchez as …

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Liverpool’s dilemma. Is £56 million plus Sanchez a good deal for Suarez?

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Ok, so you can take much of what has been written about Luis Suarez over the past week with a huge dollop of salt. But even the most die-hard reds can’t deny that Liverpool’s red hot striker isn’t on the wish list of just about every big club in the world. So personally I would ignore Daily Star gossip like …

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Arsenal update: Fabregas and Williams back on? Abate in for Sagna?

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Well they keep on reeling us in… The Daily Mail has a story today that suggests that the Cesc Fanregas to Arsenal might be back on. It says that as the summer has worn on Fabregas has felt increasingly isolated at Barcelona and is mulling over igniting the clause in his contract that would see him return to north London. …

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Arsenal update: Rooney latest, Vermaelen on his way, Gervinho exit

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After last night’s shock news that the Gunners have made a bid for Everton’s talismanic midfielder Marouane Fellaini things are a bit quieter on the gossip front this morning. There’s a little more about Wayne Rooney plus some whispers about a couple of players who might be on their way out. Firstly Rooney, and Arsenal’s CE has been talking about …

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Fabregas could return to Arsenal this summer – says his agent’s dad David Dein

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David Dein may be an ex-Arsenal board member who left in acrimonious circumstances a few years ago. He is also the father of agent Darren Dein who represents, among others, Cesc Fabregas, so when Dein senior speaks about potential transfers it is worth taking in every word So despite saying that he wanted to stay at Barca earlier this week …

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Arsenal update: David Villa, Lukasz Piszczek, Julian Draxler

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Another of the winter’s main targets for Arsene Wenger is back in the news again. Barca’s David Villa is the subject of much speculation this morning as it was revealed that he allegedly had one one foot at Arsenal in the winter. Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo claims that the North Londoners had offered £8.5m for the 31-year-old, but the La …

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Arsenal round up: Gonalons, Fabregas, Koscielny and Cesar

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It is no secret that Arsenal are looking to strengthen their midfield this summer with one, maybe two signings. On the Emirates wants list somewhere is likely to be the £15m-rated Lyon captain Maxime Gonalons. Wenger has sent scouts to watch the 24-year-old on several occasions this season and Lyon have hinted that it take offers of over £15 million …

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