Arsenal offer £35 million for Suarez? But is Higuain still the real target?

Its is still speculation, but Goal are suggesting that rather than go back to their original number one transfer target Gonzalo Higuain, the Gunners are preparing a £35 million offer for Luis Suarez. Arsenal offered £30 million last week, but we knocked by Liverpool. However £35 million might just be enough to convince the Reds that they should part with …

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Arsenal update: Jovetic news, Serge Aurier wants to be a Gooner

After dominating Arsenal transfer news for months things have gone a little quiet around Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic lately. At one point its seemed as if Arsenal and Juve would be battling for the player’s signature, but now it seems that Arsenal are pursuing Higuain while Juve have landed Tevez. But there still remains the possibility that Wenger might sign two …

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Gonzalo Higuain’s Arsenal move is close says his agent

The marathon race that is Gonzalo Higuain’s move from Real to Arsenal inched closer to the finishing line today with a quote from his brother who is also his agent. Nicolas Higuain told Tutto Mercato Web: “Now that Tevez is signing for Juve, does that mean Higuain is closer to Arsenal? I think so. “Juventus is a great club, but …

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Higuain to Arsenal? Juventus are still in the hunt says their general director

Just when it seemed that it was done deal and that Arsenal fans would be getting the marquee striker signing they crave comes the news that Juventus haven’t given up hope of signing Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain. In spite of rumours that the player has signed a £130,000-a-week contract to join the north London club and that Arsenal and Real …

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Were Jose Mourinho and Chelsea made for each other?

Asks Simon Poulter of the award winning What Would David Bowie Do blog Over the last couple of weeks sports journalists have been trying their best to construct the richest analogy to cover the Will he? Won’t he? Surely he will…? speculation surrounding Jose Mourinho’s supposed or actual return to Chelsea. Most – actually, all of them – have tried …

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Chelsea update: Mourinho hints at return, Zola says ‘no contact’

So Chelsea fans – do you fancy having the Special One back at the club? A number of papers are reporting this morning that Jose Mourinho not only knows where his next job will be, but that it will be at one of his former clubs. The Real Madrid manager is expected to leave the Bernabeu at the end of …

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Why history will be kind to Liverpool and England’s boy wonder Michael Owen

Simon Poulter, of What Would David Bowie Do? fame -puts the case for the England striker In much of the world, we’ve become quite used to the commonly employed calendar system. We know that this is 2013 AD, and at some point in time there was a year 1AD. Before that, we had the BC era, which goes back to, …

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Chelsea update: Yaya Toure and Radamel Falcao updates

Well after yesterday’s revelation that Yaya Toure could be about to quit Mnan City the papers today are hinting that Chelsea could be favourites, alongside Real Madrid, to land the 29 year old. ESPN suggests that Chelsea see Toure as the perfect replacement for England international Frank Lampard, who may or many no be with the club after the summer. …

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Jose Mourinho could be Chelsea manager this month if Man United win tonight

Some fantastic mischief making from The Daily Star which has today run the story that Chelsea’s favourite son, Jose Mourinho, will be back running the Blues this month if Man United knock Real Madrid out of the Champions League tonight. It is no secret that the ex-Blues man is unhappy at the Bernabeu and is angling for a return to …

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Guardiola wants Spurs’ Gareth Bale for Bayern Munich

Gareth Bale’s sensational season hasn’t gone un-noticed in Germany. According to today’s Daily Mail Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola is lining up a bid to rival the one that which is expected to come from Real Madrid in the summer. The paper reckons that the ex Barca boss has a transfer war chest of £100 million and that he is …

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The World’s priciest mobile phone, Valentine’s Day disasters and Football’s top 12 romances

Top stories from Brandish and our pals The Clash’s incredible 1979 New York shows and the story behind that pic The best Valentine’s Day disasters – punch ups, murder and Spaghetti attacks The mobile phone that costs £7,000 – and it isn’t even 4G Football’s 12 top romances – John and Frank, Ronaldo and himself and more 10 conclusions – …

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Arsenal’s finest CL moment remembered – beating Real Madrid at the Bernabeu

I must admit to not having been to too many of Arsenal’s away Champions League games, but when we drew Real Madrid in in 2006 a trip to the Bernabeu seemed like too much of an opportunity to miss. A huge game in Spain against a very strong Madrid side. Besides I did enjoy watching real at the time. And …

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Arsenal transfer round up – Real Madrid youngster loan deal? Ezequiel Lavezzi targeted, M’Vila battle

Arsenal’s quest to sign a new striker continues and this morning sees several old names thrown back into the to mix. The one that seems to have the most momentum is a loan deal for Real Madrid’s youngster Alvaro Morata. The player has been on Arsene Wenger’s radar for a while (he was a target last summer apparently) and he …

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Ashley Cole in Real Madrid talks with PSG waiting in the wings

There’s a huge amount of speculation this morning about the next move of Chelsea’s England left back Ashley Cole. According to the Mail he has his heart set on a Spanish swansong. The paper is reporting that the 32 year old who will not be offered a new contract at Chelsea could be on his way to Real Madrid with …

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Is Ronaldo really coming back to Man United? Can they afford him?

The phoney war ends tomorrow and the 2013 transfer window finally opens. One story that is likely to rumble on throughout January though probably won’t reach any conclusion, revolves around the future of one Cristiano Ronaldo. According to The Sun the Portuguese striker has been making noises recently that he is unhappy with his lot at Real Madrid. He has …

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Hot stuff – Real Madrid’s new kit leaked? The best Xmas records ever and more

The best Christmas records ever Great video of how cows deal with a car crash Who is going to shape 2013. 15 men to watch in tech, sport and style The six most under-rated Beatles albums – going cheap now too How to dress like Bradley Wiggins 2012′s 20 weirdest gadgets and gifts – from the t-shirt that thinks it …

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Champions League draw; Arsenal face Bayern Munich and Man United tackle Real Madrid

So here it is. Arsenal have been drawn against Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League while Man United will face Real Madrid in the plum tie of the round. The draw means that Ronaldo will be returning to the stadium that made him famous. In 2000 and 2003 the two sides played with Real winning both ties. At …

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Gareth Bale – is he going to Real Madrid/Barcelona? And why Spurs might not miss him

As Arsene Wenger has found to his cost, sell your best players and it becomes very hard to stay a top team. And that’s a dilemma that must be uppermost in the mind of one André Villas-Boas as he ponders the future of Gareth Bale. There’s no denying the huge talent of the Welsh full back/winger/striker and there are no …

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