Manchester United

Rafael da Silva on verge of £2.5 million move from Manchester United to Lyon

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Lyon are closing in on the signing of Brazilian right-back Rafael from Manchester United.

The defender was told he could leave United earlier this summer after being left out of the squad for the club's pre-season tour of the United States.

And on Monday morning, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas announced the 25-year-old was in the French city ahead of a potential transfer to the Ligue 1 runners-up.

Video: Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney delighted at Everton reaction

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Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney risked the wrath of Everton fans yesterday when he performed a brief cameo for the club he began his career at...

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Humiliated ex-Man Utd star Cristiano Ronaldo fails to score as model shoots him down

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Cristiano Ronaldo was left shocked and humiliated when a model rejected his advances over social media. The former Manchester United idol attempted...

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Roy Keane says Arsenal care more about selfies than winning titles, they prove point after Chelsea win

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Arsenal players have been accused of being more concerned with taking selfies and having six packs rather than focusing on winning titles, according...

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LVG: “United can win the title with Pedro”

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Louis Van Gaal is convinced that Pedro will turn Manchester United into title contender, as the Spaniard would add pace and creativity to United's options up-front.

With Angel Di Maria close to completing a switch to PSG, United are reportedly closing in on the Barcelona striker, as the United manager looks to bolster the options at his disposal in the final third of the pitch.

Arsenal can challenge for title with Petr Cech but Chelsea still team to beat, says Rio Ferdinand

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Arsenal can challenge for the Premier League title with the signing of Petr Cech but Chelsea remain favourites, according to Rio Ferdinand....

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Louis van Gaal says Man Utd signing Pedro essential to compete with Chelsea

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Louis van Gaal believes the signing of Pedro will help Manchester United compete with Chelsea and other clubs in Europe. United are ready to land the...

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Club president confirms Manchester United defender transfer

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Club president confirms Manchester United defender transfer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed Manchester United defender Rafael has arrived for a medical before his proposed switch to the French club.

The Brazilian right-back has seen his first team appearances being and has struggled to break into the first team last season.

Photo: Man Utd’s new seat display at Old Trafford

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A new-look Old Trafford. #BeTheDifference pic.twitter.com/X61akn7OJY Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 2, 2015 Manchester United have...

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Photos: Man Utd’s Angel Di Maria in Qatar for PSG medical

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A photo posted by علي عبدالله علي السليطي (@__sulaiti) on Aug 2, 2015 at 12:49pm PDT Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria has arrived in Qatar as...

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Transfer Balls: Man Utd Ready Megabid For Bale, Liverpool Reel In Real Madrid’s Cheryshev, Wenger Dismisses Arsenal Benzema Bid

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Man Utd Ready Megabid For Bale

The Star, via the Express, tells us that Manchester United are still eager to lure Gareth Bale to Old Trafford. Red Devil's boss Louis van Gaal is itching for another big signing ahead of the new season, and even the imminent arrival of Barcelona's Pedro at Old Trafford in unlikely to quench his thrist for a blockbuster deal.

Manchester United will regret selling Di Maria

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Manchester United will regret selling Di Maria - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

An angel by name and on the field, Angel Di Maria seems to be within a few days of swapping England for France. Although having only arrived last year for a Premier League record fee of sixty million pounds, Manchester United are happy to take a pay cut and sell the Argentine to Paris Saint Germain, but this is a mistake.

Former Chelsea striker advises Manchester United manager in making summer signings

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Former Chelsea striker advises Manchester United manager in making summer signings - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has advised Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal to sign a forward in the summer transfer window.

The Red Devils had Radamel Falcao – who was on loan from AS Monaco – Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and James Wilson as the four first choice strikers in the squad last season.

Manchester United Transfer: Defender to sign four-year-deal this week

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Rafael Da Silva will sign a four-year-deal with Lyon this week

The mass exodus at Manchester United continues. Rafael Da Silva is all set to leave Old Trafford, and sign a four year deal with French club Lyon this week.

PHOTO: Winger set for medical ahead of Manchester United transfer

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PHOTO: Winger set for medical ahead of Manchester United transfer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It started off as a rumour, and now it is turning out to be true. Angel di Maria is on the verge of joining French champions Paris Saint Germain.

The Argentine winger didn't return to Manchester for the pre-season training.

Videos

Video: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reveals Arsenal plans after scoring winner against Chelsea

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has opened up on his plans for the upcoming season for Arsenal after scoring the winner against Chelsea in the Community...

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Video: Arsene Wenger’s neat sidestep away from bitter Chelsea rival Jose Mourinho

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Mourinho shakes hands with each Arsenal player but he & Wenger ignore each other + JM throws medal in crowd #cfc #afc pic.twitter.com/TYyO5GCJLg...

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Young Leeds Fan Gives Painfully Honest Assessment Of His Club’s Promotion Chances (Video)

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It would seem that several years of chaos and underachievement has had a devastating effect on the outlook of even the most enthusiastic young Leeds United fans.

While being interviewed on the pitch before Leeds' 2-0 friendly win over Everton on Saturday, onemascot was asked breezily if Leeds would be going up this season.

FAIL: Norkopping Captain Andrea Johanssen Performs The Most Embarrassing Dive We’ve Ever Seen (Video)

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Thanks toNorkopping captain we repeat, captain Andrea Johanssen, the prevalence of pathetic diving in football may have just reached some kind of critical mass thanks to his woefully embarrassing escapades over the weekend.

As AIK striker Mohamed Bangurawas innocently pointing up-field, Johanssen sidled up behind his victim, nudged his nose into Bangura's outstretched arm and duly proceeded to collapse in mock-agony as if he'd been blunderbussed in the face at point blank range.

Belgrano Goalkeeper Enjoys Quick Nibble After Racing Fans Chuck Hamburger At Him (Video)

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Over in theArgentinian Primera Division, Belgrano goalkeeper Juan Olave demonstrated the perfect way to deal with missiles being thrown from the crowd after being pelted with a rogue hamburger by the Racing Club fans sat behind his goal.

Olave simply picked up the burger andmade a point of taking a nibble before gently stowing it away beside his goal to tuck intolater.

Video: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger denies Karim Benzema reports

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has dismissed speculation that he is on the verge of signing Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. Speaking in his press...

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Video: Individual highlights of Roberto Firmino’s Liverpool debut vs Swindon

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Brazil international Roberto Firmino made his first appearance for Liverpool in yesterday's 2-1 win over Swindon Town in the Reds' final...

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FIFA 15 Goals of the season by EA Sports

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FIFA 15 Goals of the season by EA Sports - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

EA Sports have released FIFA 15 Goals of the Season compilation video. It's an absolute treat to watch, featuring some breath taking goals, which we can only dream of scoring like these.

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, Manchester City's Sergio Aguero all feature in this short collection.

English Premier League

Power Ranking & Journo Grades for Quintessential American Essays on “How to Pick Your EPL Club”

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One of the beauties of covering the same sport for several years is learning to read the subtle changes in the tides of said sport. Indisputably, July is normally low tide for footy. Gold Cups are played. Rich English clubs go on preseason tours in America and Asia, where said clubs field reserve teams for entire halves and charge you over $50 for parking.

First Eight Games Very Tough For Newcastle

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In the first eight games of the season we play each of the top four clubs in the league table last season the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Arsenal and that's a really difficult start for us after we finished last season like a team headed for the Championship. In fact we play [...]

Top five Community Shield talking points: Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea

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1. Arsenal's progress continues with this monumental win Arsenal started this calendar year strongly and while it was too late for them to win the...

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McClaren Undecided On Newcastle Captain – Fans Are Not

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Fabricio Coloccini'sslightAchilles injury has meant that he has not played at all in pre-season, and that seems to have put a spanner in the works as far as Steve McClaren is concerned because it looks like he sees Coloccini as a man who can still play a part for Newcastle in the coming season. And [.

2015/16 Premier League team preview: Everton

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After one season which yielded so much promise and another which was an unmitigated disaster, the upcoming campaign is a vital one for Everton boss Roberto Martinez.

An appalling pre-season paved the way for a terrible start to 2014-15. The domestic calendar was interspersed with Europa League football at Goodison Park and with regular injuries to key players, the Toffees really struggled to accrue any kind of positive momentum.

Arsenal

On This Day In 1999: Thierry Henry Signs For Arsenal – Was He Arsene Wenger’s Greatest Ever Signing?

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Just eight months after joining Juventus from Monaco, Thierry Henry signed for Arsenal 16 years ago today. It didn't prove to be a bad deal in hindsight.

Henry went on to become the Gunners' record goalscorer, notching up 226 goals over the next eight years. He helped the club to two Premier League titles, three FA Cups, two Community Shields and a runners up spot in the Champions League.

Will The Arsenal be successful this season

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Morning Gooner's

The 2015-16 season is about to start, will The Arsenal be better equipped this season, to mount a realistic challenge on not only the domestic trophies but the European ones as well?

Arsene Wenger has said, he feels we are where he would like us to be, and that if we make a better start this season than we did last, he see's no reason that we could be a factor.

Tweets and Photos: Arsenal stars react to victory over Chelsea

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What a day @Wembley ! Thank you @arsenal fans and @ChelseaFC fans for your support ! pic.twitter.com/8fNKgSPNNY Petr Cech (@PetrCech) August...

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Transfer News and Gossip

Kevin De Bruyne admits he’s still waiting for Man City bid but remains keen

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Kevin De Bruyne has admitted his interest in a Manchester City move but says there has been no bid for him yet. The attacker, who only joined...

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Juventus eyeing move for Man City star

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Juventus are eyeing a move for Manchester City star Samir Nasri if they cannot land their primary targets Julian Draxler and Mario Gotze. The Old...

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Roberto Soldado on brink of Spurs exit

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Tottenham misfit Roberto Soldado is on the brink of having his English nightmare ended as an £11m deal with Villarreal is close to being agreed. The...

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Recruitment

Lyon President Quotes Massive Newcastle Offer For Thauvin

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Newcastle have had a lot of dealings with Lyon's outspoken President Jean Michel Aulas over the last few years, and one of them was a couple of years ago when we were trying to buy his striker Bafe Gomis in the days when Joe Kinnear was the Director of Football at Newcastle. Last summer we [...]

Newcastle Unlikely To Bring In Another Specialist Center-Back

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It very much looks like it will go down to the wire with Newcastle's pursuit of Charlie Austin, and it could be that Newcastle wait until late August, maybe even August 31st, for QPR to decide they would rather take around £13M for their top striker Charlie Austin, than get nothing for him next summer [.

Liverpool

Christian Benteke signing has divided Liverpool fans but he will prove a hit, says Phil Thompson

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Christian Benteke's signing for Liverpool has divided opinion among fans of the Anfield club but he will prove a big hit, says Phil...

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Spanish winger could travel to Liverpool TODAY for medical

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Spanish winger could travel to Liverpool TODAY for medical - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Catalan newspaper Sport has some interesting story to share that would delight the Liverpool fans. The newspaper claims that Barcelona youngster Adama could travel to Liverpool today to undergo a medical, ahead of his official transfer.

Real Madrid

SERGIO RAMOS | TOP OVERRATED FOOTBALL PLAYER

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Cristiano Ronaldo Gives Agent Jorge Mendes An Entire Greek Island As Wedding Present

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Cristiano Ronaldo was on best man duty while his agent and confidante Jorge Mendes gotmarried in Porto on Sunday afternoon.

As well as all the usual shenanigans, the Real Madrid superstar also bestowed the groom with one hell of a wedding present.

As initiallyreported by Move Noticias, Ronaldo apparently chose to show his gratitude to Mendes by buying his Mr 15% a nice new Greek island.

Soccer Morning

Listen to Soccer Morning from 9-10:15am ET with Andrew Mangan (aka ArseBlogger)

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Today's Soccer Morning features an interview with Andrew Mangan (aka ArseBlogger).

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.worldsoccertalk.com/live.

During the show, you can tweet your questions or observations live to @soccermorning Or better yet, you can call in with your questions or comments by dialing 646-832-3909.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 9-10:15am ET with Andrew Mangan (aka ArseBlogger)

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Today's Soccer Morning features an interview with Andrew Mangan (aka ArseBlogger).

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.worldsoccertalk.com/live.

During the show, you can tweet your questions or observations live to @soccermorning Or better yet, you can call in with your questions or comments by dialing 646-832-3909.

The Rest

Official: Crystal Palace Spluff £9m On Connor Wickham

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Crystal Palace have shovelled around £9million in Sunderland's general direction for the services of Connor Wickham.

Wickham, 22, joins Palace on a five-year deal on the same day that striker Dwight Gayle leaves Selhurst Park to join Fulham on a season-long loan.

BREAKING: #CPFC are delighted to announce the signing of @ConnorWickham10 on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

D.C. United has chosen Populous as the architects for the Buzzard Point stadium

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Progress is progress, but the newest renderings look to be a step backward.

The stadium developments just keep coming, slow and steady. The latest update comes from - who else? - Jonathan O'Connell at the Washington Post, who reports that D.C. United have selected Populous to design the new soccer stadium on Buzzard Point in Southwest DC.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Drunk Games are the Best Ones

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We still try to figure out what happened, while reveling in some really nice moments and rate Led Zeppelin songs.

I mean, when you can get old-timers shaking their heads at what happened Saturday night, we can all see that it was something, right?

Recaps of D.C. United's come from behind 6-4 win over Real Salt Lake from us, MLS (with more here), the Washington Post and CSN Washington.

Monday Morning Game Changers: Tranquillo Barnetta's Union Career Didn't Start Calmly #DOOP

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Every week we "Monday morning manage" the previous Philadelphia Union games, talking about the major points in the game that changed momentum, led to goals and won or lost the points for the Union. This week, we analyze how the Red Bulls got revenge for the USOC game.

An exciting few weeks saw a great win in the U.

MLS Week 22: Goals at RFK Stadium

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MLS saw plenty of goals in Week 22, with DC United and Real Salt Lake scoring ten and Orlando vs Columbus scoring seven. Read More

What did Rooney say when he left Everton?

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Wayne Rooney returned to Goodison Park on Sunday for the testimonial of Duncan Ferguson, his hero. When his name was read out on the teamsheet, it was cheered. When he was warming up, the fans chanted his name. When he was substituted on to the pitch, he received a standing ovation.

This is a far cry from the reception in every other game he's played at Goodison Park since joining United in 2004, following his transfer request.

Fire 2 FC Dallas 0 - recap and ratings

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With thirteen games remaining in the season, time will do some damage to the Fire's playoff dreams but a nearly complete and healthy roster showed what they're capable of on Sunday night. A 2-0 win over the top team in the Western Conference and a club that had won five consecutive matches highlighted much of what Frank Yallop has planned for but hasn't been able to implement completely through the team's first 21 games.

Rumors: O'Neill Out, New Striker In

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Game recap coming sometime in the next 48 hours but two rumors floating around the Dick last night.

First, its all but confirmed that Shane O'Neill was sold this week. multiple tweets from friends of his and other connected sources have reported it. It appears that Cyprus' Apollon Limassol is the most likely destination but Cyprus' APOEL and Denmark have also been part of the rumors.