SoccerLens Archives for January 2013

Manchester United Transfer Round Up: Is Thiago to United a done deal?

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Manchester United Transfer Round Up: Is Thiago to United a done deal? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have reportedly agreed terms with the Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara. According to the Catalan newspaper, Sport, the Red Devils have offered €140,000 per week a contract worth £6.

Manchester United Transfer Round Up: Patrice Evra open to Monaco move

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Manchester United Transfer Round Up: Patrice Evra open to Monaco move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have reportedly agreed personal terms with Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara. According to reports from the Catalan newspaper Sport, the Red Devils have offered 140,000 euros per week, a contract worth £6.

Arsenal Transfer Round Up: Gunners target £12m Manchester City defender

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Arsenal Transfer Round Up: Gunners target £12m Manchester City defender - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have made the first move for Manchester United's striker Wayne Rooney, by submitting a formal bid of £20million for the England international.

The 27-year-old is unsettled at the Old Trafford club and could make a move in the summer.

Gunners boss wants Fernando Torres to partner Higuain at Arsenal

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Gunners boss wants Fernando Torres to partner Higuain at Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants to bring Chelsea striker Fernando Torres to partner Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain at the Emirates, claims Dean Jones and Dave Kidd of the Sunday People.

Tottenham Transfer Round Up: David Villa? Yilmaz? Striker hunt continues for Spurs

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Tottenham Transfer Round Up: David Villa? Yilmaz? Striker hunt continues for Spurs - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur are in desperate need of a striker and quite understandably the North London club are linked with few tops strikers from across the Europe.

Spurs are expected to hold further talks with Barcelona to come to a negotiation for David Villa.

Liverpool agree deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan claims Russian media

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Liverpool agree deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan claims Russian media - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan, according to reports from Russian newspaper Sport Express.

According to their reports, Liverpool will make an official announcement about the transaction within next few days, while the player will fly to Merseyside shortly to conclude his medical and other documentation works.

Chelsea Transfer Round Up: Blues told to double the bid for John Ruddy

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Chelsea Transfer Round Up: Blues told to double the bid for John Ruddy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's an eventful Chelsea transfer round up today in this segment Lewandowski transfer saga, players going on loan, bid rejected, and plenty more. Without further ado, let us check all the major Chelsea transfer news of the day.

Is Robert Lewandowski the only solution for Chelsea and Manchester City?

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Is Robert Lewandowski the only solution for Chelsea and Manchester City? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Cavani. Lewandowski. Cavani. Again Lewandowski. Back to Cavani. Again link with Lewandowski. Break for few days. Rooney sandwiched in between. Manchester City. Chelsea. Again Cavani.

Liverpool youngsters could tempt Barca star into Anfield move

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Liverpool youngsters could tempt Barca star into Anfield move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool's youth policy could be the thing which gets Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofeu to choose them over any other side.

The 19-year-old forward is available for clubs to loan over the coming season after Barcelona seemingly told the teenager he was not going to get a chance in Tito Vilanova's side over the coming season.

Manchester United Transfer Round Up: Moyes pondering renewed bid for Baines

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Manchester United Transfer Round Up: Moyes pondering renewed bid for Baines - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

We all knew, predicted, speculated that at some of time this season Manchester United manager David Moyes will definitely try to bring Leighton Baines at the Old Trafford club.

Is Sunderland the future destination for Tom Huddlestone?

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Is Sunderland the future destination for Tom Huddlestone? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tom Huddlestone is more-or-less certain to leave the North London club this summer, and going by the reports, he could play under Paolo Di Canio next season at Sunderland.

Five ways Leighton Baines will improve Manchester United

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Five ways Leighton Baines will improve Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A Manchester United transfer for Leighton Baines now looks a relative certainty if David Moyes ups his £12 million offer for the left back.

Reports broke yesterday over United's initial bid for the defender, shortly after comments he made which suggested he was more than happy at Everton and looking forward to the new season.

Five players Chelsea can’t let Ancelotti target at Real Madrid

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Five players Chelsea can't let Ancelotti target at Real Madrid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Carlo Ancelotti has been confirmed as the new manager of Real Madrid and he's been quick to promise the club's officials and fans a spectacular brand of football.

The former Chelsea man will quickly have to come to grips with the club's transfer position and there are several players at his former club he could target to try and take to Spain.

Ronaldo’s secret United meeting – Five things to be discussed

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Ronaldo's secret United meeting Five things to be discussed - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Reports have suggested Cristiano Ronaldo will hold secret talks with Manchester United over a possible return to Old Trafford and the Premier League.

If those talks happen, they will stay very much behind closed doors because any publicity or proof of them will land all parties concerned in very hot water with FIFA.

Arsenal Transfer Round Up: Higuain close to Gunners move claims agent

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Arsenal Transfer Round Up: Higuain close to Gunners move claims agent - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are on the verge of making their first big signing of the season after Gonzalo Higuain's brother has confirmed that the Real Madrid striker is close to joining the North London club in the summer.

Manchester City revive interest in Lewandowski

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Manchester City revive interest in Lewandowski - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City have renewed their interest in Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski as they look to replace Carlos Tevez, who sealed a move to Italy with Turin giants Juventus, reports Daily Mirror.

Chelsea suffer strong blow as Edinson Cavani hints Napoli stay

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Chelsea suffer strong blow as Edinson Cavani hints Napoli stay - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The transfer saga of Edinson Cavani has taken every possible twists and turns in the last few weeks and it seems like there are plenty of drama still left to unfold.

Cavani spoke about his future last night after Uruguay got eliminated at the hands of Brazil in the Confederations Cup where he gave strong hints of his desire to stay at the Naples club.

Manchester United have seven days to do a deal for Thiago

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Manchester United have seven days to do a deal for Thiago - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Will Thiago Alcantara join United in the summer?

Spanish news source AS has claimed that Manchester United are looking to tie up a deal for Thiago Alcantara within the next week.

Several reports earlier this week suggested that the Barcelona midfielder had agreed terms with the Old Trafford club ahead of an official switch in the transfer window.

Liverpool Transfer Round Up: Reds duel with Dortmund for Mkhitaryan

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Liverpool Transfer Round Up: Reds duel with Dortmund for Mkhitaryan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are having an excellent summer so far. The Reds are doing their business early and it is always a comforting sign for any club and its manager.

Yesterday, they have secured the signing of Simon Mignolet from Sunderland for £9 million on a long term contract, which could be seen as a master-stroke act from the Reds manager Brendan Rodgers.

Benitez wants Cavani stay at Napoli

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Benitez wants Cavani stay at Napoli - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Napoli boss Rafael Benitez has dismissed the report that a deal has been agreed with Chelsea for Edinson Cavani rather wants the striker to stay at the club.

It was reported yesterday that Chelsea had struck a deal with the Italian club for Cavani, fees believed to be in the region of €58 million, which was a slight discount from the player's buy-out clause.

Chelsea or Arsenal? Which club is better for Kurt Zouma?

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Chelsea or Arsenal? Which club is better for Kurt Zouma? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

French defender Kurt Zouma is being linked with a move from St Etienne to the Premier League with both Chelsea and Arsenal thought to be interested in signing the 18-year-old.

He's undoubtedly a very talented defender but a move to either club has positives which Zouma must weigh up before he makes a decision over which direction to take when the transfer window opens up next week.

How Chicharito could be Manchester United’s best player next season

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How Chicharito could be Manchester United's best player next season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Javier Hernandez could be Manchester United's most important player next season according to the comments of midfielder Antonio Valencia and goalkeeper David De Gea.

Chicharito is in the current process of putting huge pressure on David Moyes to use him from the start of the new season, as he continues to bang in goals for Mexico on a consistent basis.

Chelsea’s Striker Curse: Could Schurrle and Cavani be the cure?

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Chelsea's Striker Curse: Could Schurrle and Cavani be the cure? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea's pursuit of German international striker, Andre Schurrle, finally came to a conclusion on Tuesday, with the 22-year-old penning a five-year deal for a fee of £18 million.

Although not one of their most expensive outlays in recent times, Schurrle is a talented acquisition, who will undoubtedly put even more pressure on what is already a crowded attacking roster at the Stamford Bridge.

Manchester United Transfer Round Up: Ronaldo to return back? Rooney to Barcelona?

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Manchester United Transfer Round Up: Ronaldo to return back? Rooney to Barcelona? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Crazy transfer window is getting crazier day by day. Speculations and rumours are crossing limits at times, bordering on laughter occasionally – but we love it. Yes, we simply love it, don't we?

Simon Mignolet could be a master-stroke signing from the Liverpool manager

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Simon Mignolet could be a master-stroke signing from the Liverpool manager - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Simon Mignolet becomes the fourth signing of Liverpool in the summer after the club confirmed his signing today.

The 25-year-old has penned a long-term contract at the club after successfully completing his medical and becomes the first Belgian to represent the Reds.

Manchester City Transfer Round Up: Isco set to join Real Madrid

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Manchester City Transfer Round Up: Isco set to join Real Madrid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini's opening day at the office ended in utter disappointment with Isco looking likely to sign for Real Madrid in the summer, according to reports from the Guardian.

Would Manchester United rather have a happy Rooney or Ronaldo’s goals?

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Would Manchester United rather have a happy Rooney or Ronaldo's goals? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have been linked with a sensational swap deal which would see Wayne Rooney heading to Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo coming back to Old Trafford.

It's a deal which has many positives and negatives and will rest on whether David Moyes can ease the fears Rooney has, which forced him to hand in a second transfer request at the back end of last season.

Chelsea and Manchester United at tug-of-war for Edinson Cavani

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Chelsea and Manchester United at tug-of-war for Edinson Cavani - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have struck a deal in the region of £49.3 million for striker Edinson Cavani, according to Napoli's official radio station Radio Marte.

On Monday evening, the radio station announced that they have received news from a very reliable source that both the clubs have agreed a deal for Cavani's sale.

Madridista’s warning for Chelsea’s young stars

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Madridista's warning for Chelsea's young stars - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid youngster Jese Rodriguez has sent out a warning to Chelsea's younger players, suggesting Jose Mourinho never gave him a chance.

Jese is an extremely talented striker who can also play down the left wing but he's criticised Mourinho for never giving him a chance to impress while he was the manager of the side.

How Zinedine Zidane could ‘talk’ Gareth Bale into a Real Madrid switch

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How Zinedine Zidane could 'talk' Gareth Bale into a Real Madrid switch - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Gareth Bale's possible move to Real Madrid could rest entirely on the shoulders of French football legend Zinedine Zidane.

Spanish newspaper Marca has revealed Zidane was the reason Isco decided to snub Manchester City, choosing to stay in Spain when he was seemingly on the verge of a move to the Premier League.

Carlo Ancelotti confirmed as the new coach of Real Madrid

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Carlo Ancelotti confirmed as the new coach of Real Madrid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Carlo Ancelotti is officially confirmed as the new head-coach of Real Madrid with the Italian signing a three-year-contract at the Bernabeu.

The former Paris Saint-Germain manager was the club's automatic choice for the coaching job, after Jose Mourinho left the La Liga giants at the end of last season to join Chelsea.

Manchester United Transfer Round Up: Topsy-turvy saga of the boy from Catalonia

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Manchester United Transfer Round Up: Topsy-turvy saga of the boy from Catalonia - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Big clubs transfer generally involves various twists and turns. It is expected that when champions of Spain and champions of England are tussling over a potential move for any player, here Thiago Alcantara, it will naturally create brouhaha in the media.

Gareth Bale confident of joining Real Madrid in the summer

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Gareth Bale confident of joining Real Madrid in the summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale is confident of joining Real Madrid in the summer, according to Spanish based newspaper Marca.

The 23-year-old had a sensational last season for Spurs and almost earned his team the elusive Champions League qualification spot singlehandedly.

Liverpool Transfer Round Up: Reds confirm signing of Iago Aspas

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Liverpool Transfer Round Up: Reds confirm signing of Iago Aspas - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have completed the signing of Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo, subject to international clearances.

Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo

The 25-year-old striker has penned a long-term contract at the club, after successfully completing his medical, as confirmed by the club's official website.

How Arsenal can win the Premier League next season

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How Arsenal can win the Premier League next season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The boasts of financial power and the players Arsenal have been linked with means Arsene Wenger is under pressure to put a trophy in the cabinet next season, possibly the Premier League title.

That is something the club's former captain tony Adams says they are a million miles away from being able to do but it's very dangerous to underrate Arsenal in the title race next season.

Can Moyes convince Rooney to stay by the end of this week?

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Can Moyes convince Rooney to stay by the end of this week? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Reports are suggesting that Wayne Rooney's future at Manchester United could rest on talks with new manager David Moyes this week.

Rooney is set to return from holiday and it will be the first thing Moyes will want to strike off of his list ahead of officially starting his position as United's new boss this time next week.

Chelsea Transfer Round Up: David Luiz emerges as shock target for PSG

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Chelsea Transfer Round Up: David Luiz emerges as shock target for PSG - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea defender David Luiz has been targeted by Paris Saint-Germain and the French club are considering making an offer for the highly rated Brazilian.

Ever since Jose Mourinho had returned to Chelsea's managerial hot-seat for the second time around, it was reported extensively in the media that the Portuguese wants to cash in on players like Luiz and Juan Mata.

Barcelona star could be a very easy signing for Tottenham

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Barcelona star could be a very easy signing for Tottenham - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur have effectively been given a green light to go after David Villa unchallenged from any other Premier League side.

Catalan press sources have suggested Arsenal are no longer interested in the Barcelona forward, after reportedly agreeing a deal to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid when the transfer window opens next month.

5 transfers to make Guardiola’s Bayern stronger

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5 transfers to make Guardiola's Bayern stronger - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Pep Guardiola has today been officially unveiled as the new Bayern Munich head coach, after a year away from the game.

The treble-winning German giants dominated the domestic game last season, looking unbeatable at times, but how can Guardiola make his new side even stronger?

Tottenham seal €18m deal for Brazilian Paulinho

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Tottenham seal €18m deal for Brazilian Paulinho - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a fee in the region of €18 million to sign the highly rated Corinthians midfielder Paulinho.

Tottenham have sealed a deal for Paulinho from Corinthians

The 24-year-old joined the Brazilian club in 2010, and during his three years stay at the club, he scored 34 goals in 167 appearances.

Carlo Ancelotti would welcome Rooney at Real Madrid

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Carlo Ancelotti would welcome Rooney at Real Madrid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Carlo Ancelotti is set to be confirmed as the new head-coach of Real Madrid within next few weeks, and the Italian will consider making Wayne Rooney his first signing at the new club, reports Daily Mail.

West Ham show ambition: Carroll, return of adidas & new sponsorship deals

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West Ham show ambition: Carroll, return of adidas & new sponsorship deals - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With Andy Carroll's signature on a six-year contract, and the move to the Olympic Stadium set for the 2016/17 season, there's certainly a lot for Hammers fans to look forward to.

Liverpool Transfer Round Up: Mignolet set to join the Reds for £11m

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Liverpool Transfer Round Up: Mignolet set to join the Reds for £11m - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have agreed a fee of just over £11million for Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and the deal is expected to be completed as early as next week.

The 25-year-old will travel to Merseyside for a medical and to discuss personal terms this weekend and according to Liverpool Echo, Mignoletis expected to put pen to paper a five-year contract.

Liverpool complete Luis Alberto deal from Sevilla

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Liverpool complete Luis Alberto deal from Sevilla - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have completed the signing of Luis Alberto from Sevilla, subject to international clearances.

It was reported earlier that the young Spaniard has passed his medical at the club's training ground, while it was thought that the deal will be officially announced some time within next week.

Chelsea extend partnership with adidas in a £300m deal

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Chelsea extend partnership with adidas in a £300m deal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In a joint announcement from London yesterday, Chelsea and adidas announced the extension of their global partnership. The deal that was signed is the biggest in Chelsea's history that will make adidas their official sportswear supplier for the next ten years.

Arsenal eyeing £6m move for Croatian wonderkid

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Arsenal eyeing £6m move for Croatian wonderkid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are lining up a £6million bid for the highly rated Croatian defender, Tin Jedvaj as Arsene Wenger looks to bolster his squad in the summer, reports The Sun.

The 17-year-old Dinamo Zagreb defender is often touted as the 'next big thing' in Croatian football since midfielder Luka Modric and is already attracting attentions from several top clubs in Europe.

Manchester City closing in on completing Isco deal

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Manchester City closing in on completing Isco deal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City are hopeful of concluding a deal for Malaga's highly talented youngster Isco in the coming days, despite strong competition from Real Madrid.

According to reports from Goal.

European Transfer Round Up: Juventus step up chase for Stevan Jovetic

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European Transfer Round Up: Juventus step up chase for Stevan Jovetic - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Italian giants Juventus have stepped up their chase for Stevan Jovetic and have offered €20 million plus Luca Marrone and Manolo Gabbiadini for the Fiorentina forward.

The Bianconeri offered initially €18 million and Marrone for the striker but it was rebuffed immediately.

Who will win the battle for London? Wenger, Mourinho or AVB?

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Who will win the battle for London? Wenger, Mourinho or AVB? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas head into next season with similar aims and ambitions but in very different positions and under very different amounts of pressure.

Arsene Wenger

Wenger is possibly under the most pressure he's experienced for the last few years as Arsenal head into the new season.

Moyes could be an Old Trafford legend by the end of September

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Moyes could be an Old Trafford legend by the end of September - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

David Moyes has a chance to quickly turn himself into an Old Trafford favourite as Manchester United face Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in the club's first six games of the season.

In a sense, it's the perfect start for the new United manager because he gets to experience a broad range of intense duels and battles before the season has even really started for the club.

How Thiago and Kagawa can become the next Xavi and Iniesta

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How Thiago and Kagawa can become the next Xavi and Iniesta - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Will Thiago Alcantara join United in the summer?

Thiago Alcantara is on the verge of completing a move to Manchester United on a five-year contract which represents a superb piece of business by new United boss David Moyes.

Italy v Brazil: World Cup hosts to be tested

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Italy v Brazil: World Cup hosts to be tested - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Italy v Brazil
Match 9, 2013 Confederations Cup
Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Bahia
Saturday, 22nd June, 2013
16:00 Local Time (UTC 03:00)

Brazil and Italy are set to play each other in the Confederations Cup this Saturday, in what should be a mouth-watering affair.

Chelsea Transfer Round Up: Juan Mata going no where

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Chelsea Transfer Round Up: Juan Mata going no where - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Yes. You have read the headline right. Juan Mata is going nowhere and the news definitely would bring a huge sigh of relief to the Chelsea camp.

Ever since Jose Mourinho was appointed for the second time, it was reported (often a forceful attempt from the media) that the Portuguese is not too convinced with Mata and is looking to sell him in the summer.

Carlo Ancelotti wants Paulinho at Real Madrid

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Carlo Ancelotti wants Paulinho at Real Madrid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Carlo Ancelotti is yet to become the new head-coach of Real Madrid and already speculations are rife about which players he might want to bring in at the Bernabeu.

According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Brazilian midfielder Paulinho is very high up on the Madrid's wanted-list and certainly one of the players Ancelotti will be recommending to Florentino Pérez on his arrival at the club.

Manchester United Transfer Round Up: Red Devils to reignite interest in Nico Gaitan

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Manchester United Transfer Round Up: Red Devils to reignite interest in Nico Gaitan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are set to reignite their interest in Benfica winger Nicolas Gaitan, despite reports that the Portuguese club are unwilling to sell their prized asset in the summer transfer window.

What can we expect from the Liverpool and Everton duel next season?

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What can we expect from the Liverpool and Everton duel next season? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez head into the new season with very different ambitions and very different aims and it will be fascinating to see how the duel between the two major Merseyside clubs pans out.

Chelsea start at home to Hull, but the ‘Happy One’ will be wary

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Chelsea start at home to Hull, but the ‘Happy One' will be wary - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jose Mourinho has had a lot to smile about recently. He has arrived backat his spiritual home of Chelsea, thereby escaping his poisonous regime at Real Madrid; graced himself with a new moniker in the public eye, that of revered confidente to Sir Alex Ferguson; and returned to a league where his two Mancunian rivals are both entering new and uncertain eras.

Why Thiago is now more expensive and why Manchester United shouldn’t care

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Why Thiago is now more expensive and why Manchester United shouldn't care - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Thiago Alcantara is one of the most talked about players in Manchester at the moment, with the Barcelona youngster's superb performances at the Under-21 European Championship in Spain, piling pressure on David Moyes at Old Trafford to make a bid.

The £10m Williams price tag could be a roadblock for Arsenal

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The £10m Williams price tag could be a roadblock for Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal's hope of signing central defender Ashley Williams from Swansea has hit a roadblock, with the Gunners reluctant to match his £10 million price tag.

Arsene Wenger is reportedly a keen admirer of the 28-year-old's talent and the Gunners asked about his availability during the January transfer window.

Arsenal Transfer Round Up: Higuain close to join the Gunners

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Arsenal Transfer Round Up: Higuain close to join the Gunners - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are edging ever closer to signing Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid after the player and his agent father Jorge are believed to have agreed personal terms with the North London club.

The Gunners are not only prepared to break the club's transfer record, estimated to be around £22 million; they are also likely to break the wage structure of the club making it an exception for the Argentina international.

Liverpool coach’s comments change nothing in the Agger-Barcelona saga

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Liverpool coach's comments change nothing in the Agger-Barcelona saga - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Rodolfo Borrell's apparent comments suggesting Daniel Agger as the perfect defender for Barcelona change nothing in the saga linking him with a move to the Nou Camp.

There are plenty of reasons why Agger would be misguided and ill conceived to consider a move away from Anfield, with the likelihood being that he will be the primary centre back at the club next season.

Have Liverpool learnt the lessons from the Andy Carroll transfer saga?

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Have Liverpool learnt the lessons from the Andy Carroll transfer saga? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Andy Carroll has sealed his move to West Ham permanently ending his turbulent two and half years relationship with Liverpool.

The 24-year-old joined Liverpool in the January transfer window of 2011 for a record fee of £35m from Newcastle United on the transfer deadline day, along with Luis Suarez who joined from Ajax.

Can Arsenal make the most of their transfer kitty?

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Can Arsenal make the most of their transfer kitty? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

So Arsenal have money to spend do they? Is that any different to the past or will the board now actually release funds to compete with the top sides on player transfers and wages?

Will Arsene Wenger actually spend that money or is he still in the pocket of those same board members who are happy with their dividends?

How will Brendan Rodgers & Roberto Martinez fare at the Merseyside clubs?

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How will Brendan Rodgers & Roberto Martinez fare at the Merseyside clubs? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez could take the Merseyside rivalry between Liverpool and Everton in a very different direction next season but both bosses are under pressure.

Marc Bartra’s words welcomed by Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool

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Marc Bartra's words welcomed by Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Barcelona defender Marc Bartra says he thinks he's good enough to be the long term replacement for Carles Puyol at the Camp Nou, which will be music to the ears of several Premier League bosses.

Premier League fixtures 2013-14: Moyes will face Mourinho on Matchday 2

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Premier League fixtures 2013-14: Moyes will face Mourinho on Matchday 2 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Premier League fixtures for the 2013-14 season have been announced and it turns out that we will not have to wait too long to watch David Moyes lock horns with Jose Mourinho. Manchester United will face Chelsea in Moyes' first home game of the new season.

Liverpool Transfer Round Up: Reds in advance talk for Porto winger

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Liverpool Transfer Round Up: Reds in advance talk for Porto winger - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are making smart moves in the transfer market and the fans can expect a few top signings in the summer, if the media reports are believed to be true.

The Reds were linked with a move for Porto's highly rated winger Christian Atsu in the past week, and according to reports from the Guardian, both the clubs are in advanced talks with Liverpool aiming to wrap up the deal for the 21-year-old for a paltry fee of just £3m.

How Real Madrid have effectively sealed the Gareth Bale deal

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How Real Madrid have effectively sealed the Gareth Bale deal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Gareth Bale is enjoying the form of his life

If you ever had any doubts over whether Real Madrid would be making a big bid for Gareth Bale this summer, then get ready to throw those doubts away.

Will Cavani be playing in white or blue this season?

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Will Cavani be playing in white or blue this season? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez might be dreaming of playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, but with every passing day, it seems like his national team-mate Edinson Cavani's chances of playing with the Portuguese are getting stronger.

Chelsea Transfer Round Up: Juan Mata linked with a shock move to Barcelona

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Chelsea Transfer Round Up: Juan Mata linked with a shock move to Barcelona - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ever since Jose Mourinho has returned to the Chelsea managerial hot-seat for the second time around, there have been wide spread rumours that the Portuguese is not a big fan of Juan Mata and could sell him in the summer as he wants to raise funds to re-shape the squad according to his own taste.

Chelsea Transfer Round Up: Juan Mata linked with a shock move to Barcelona

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Chelsea Transfer Round Up: Juan Mata linked with a shock move to Barcelona - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ever since Jose Mourinho has returned to the Chelsea managerial hot-seat, there have been wide spread rumours that the Portuguese is not a big fan of Juan Mata and could sell him in the summer as he wants to raise funds to re-shape the squad according to his own taste.

Fabregas reiterates his desire to stay at Barcelona

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Fabregas reiterates his desire to stay at Barcelona - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Cesc Fabregas has insisted that he hasn't received any concrete offers from any clubs and reiterates his desire to stay at Camp Nou.

The former Arsenal skipper's future has been well speculated in the media while the player has been linked with a return to the Premier League.

Arsenal clear favourites to land Gonzalo Higuain

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Arsenal clear favourites to land Gonzalo Higuain - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have moved in to pole position to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid and have tabled a club record of £22 million offer for the striker.

The 25-year-old striker, who served the Los Blancos for seven long years, clearly stated that he would be leaving the club at the end of the season.

Who will get the sack first? David Moyes or Manuel Pellegrini

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Who will get the sack first? David Moyes or Manuel Pellegrini - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini have both just started their journeys with Manchester United and Manchester City respectively but they are under different types of pressure with different sets of expectation.

Gundogan won’t rule out a Manchester United switch

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Gundogan won't rule out a Manchester United switch - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Borussia Dortmund star Ilkay Gundogan hasn't ruled out the possibility of joining Manchester United at some point in the future.

Gundogan has been one of Dortmund's stand out players in recent times and one of the Jurgen Klopp crop tipped for a move away from the German giants this summer.

Spain silence the doubters with imperious display

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Spain silence the doubters with imperious display - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Since Barcelona's 7-0 aggregate defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals last month, football in Spain has been written off by many as yesterday's news, with Germany now the fashionable country to admire in terms of footballing philosophy.

Liverpool Transfer Round Up: Andy Carroll edges closer to Anfield exit

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Liverpool Transfer Round Up: Andy Carroll edges closer to Anfield exit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll will undergo a medical on Tuesday at West Ham United, as the £35 million striker is looking to fly back from his holiday trip in the United States to complete the formalities at Upton Park.

Joe Kinnear is already proving to be the biggest joke of the summer for Newcastle

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Joe Kinnear is already proving to be the biggest joke of the summer for Newcastle - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Joe Kinnear is a great entertainer. Just when you thought that Newcastle United are moving in the right direction (cough!), they quickly switched on their laughing-stock button, happily proving you wrong again, following the appointment of their new director of football, Mr Kinnear.

The most important signing Liverpool will make this summer

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The most important signing Liverpool will make this summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Andy Hughes, Liverpool's new chief financial officer, could be the best appointment the club makes in any capacity this summer.

Hughes has been drafted in to over see Liverpool's financial plans all over the world, including the redevelopment of Anfield which will increase the current capacity of the stadium up to around the 60,000 mark.

What does the Ferguson and Mourinho ‘secret pact’ mean for United and Chelsea?

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What does the Ferguson and Mourinho 'secret pact' mean for United and Chelsea? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jose Mourinho has spoken of a pact between himself and Sir Alex Ferguson which suggests the pair share secrets and close guarded issues which have repercussions for both Chelsea and Manchester United.

Footballers on Holiday 2013 – ‘The Boys of Summer’

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Footballers on Holiday 2013 'The Boys of Summer' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's the holiday season for the professional footballer. A time to slip off the boots, slither out of the muddy jersey, and jet off on ahard-earned vacation of sand, sea, and hard-earned recuperation. Fans will be flocking to Twitter to see the sneaky snaps of their favourite stars in unfamiliar territory.

How Manuel Pellegrini is setting himself up for a big fall at Manchester City

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How Manuel Pellegrini is setting himself up for a big fall at Manchester City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manuel Pellegrini has only just been confirmed as Manchester City's new manager and he's already ruffling feathers in the new role.

If winning over neutrals was one of his main ambitions as Manchester City boss then he's not doing a very good job because he's made some big, bold claims over what City will win next season.

Is Joe Kinnear really a ‘very good judge of players’?

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Is Joe Kinnear really a 'very good judge of players'? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Joe Kinnear's transfer history as manager of Newcastle United didn't exactly set the world alight during his brief spell in charge of the club during 2008 and 2009.

For some bizarre reason he's been drafted in by Mike Ashley as the Director of Football at the club, making Alan Pardew's eight-year contract look pointless but more significantly increasing further chances of poor transfer business.

Confederations Cup preview: Spain, Brazil and Italy favourites

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Confederations Cup preview: Spain, Brazil and Italy favourites - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The 2013 Confederations Cup kicks off this weekend in Brazil, with a number of the favourites for next year's World Cup taking part. The mini-tournament only features eight teams, but the hosts, Spain and Italy will look to flex their muscles ahead of the real event next summer.

Liverpool seal £7.6m deal for Iago Aspas

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Liverpool seal £7.6m deal for Iago Aspas - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have confirmed that a deal has been agreed for Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas, who will become their second signing of the summer transfer window.

Liverpool have agreed fees for Celta Vigo's Iago Aspas

The 25-year-old would join the club for€9 million (£7.

Andre Schurrle becomes Mourinho’s first signing as Chelsea manager

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Andre Schurrle becomes Mourinho's first signing as Chelsea manager - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jose Mourinho has completed his first signing of his second spell at Chelsea with the capture ofBayer Leverkusen's highly rated young attacking midfielder,Andre Schurrle for a reported transfer fee of £18 million.

Will Rybolovlev’s Riches Reap Rewards for Revitalized Monaco?

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Will Rybolovlev's Riches Reap Rewards for Revitalized Monaco? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

While the future is filled with promise for AS Monaco now, this time a decade ago, it was very much up in the air.

For much of the last couple of decades of the 20th century, Monaco were a fixture at the top of French football.

Messi accused of tax evasion in Spain

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Messi accused of tax evasion in Spain - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Lionel Messi has everything going his way in his career and he is only a World Cup win away from being widely regarded as the all-time best player to have graced the game. His club career is undoubtedly unmatched and the fans love him.

Navas to City – Will the gamble pay off?

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Navas to City Will the gamble pay off? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jesus Navas spent ten years of his playing career at Sevilla. He evaded many top European clubs' offers to stay at the La Liga side mainly down to his issues with homesickness. Thanks to an unnamed psychologist, Manchester City were able to acquire his services for a fee of £14.

Cavani may prefer England to Spain

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Cavani may prefer England to Spain - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Uruguay international, Edinson Cavani, is a hot target for top European teams like Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester City. But Madrid was ruled out when Cavani dropped the biggest hint that he's ready for a move to England.

Five reasons Fellaini won’t be going to Arsenal

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Five reasons Fellaini won't be going to Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have boasted big time about their new financial pulling power, which Ivan Gazidis says means they can compete for nearly any player they want in the transfer market.

One such player is Everton's Marouane Fellaini but the logistics of pulling off a deal for the Gunners could be far more difficult than they realise.

Liverpool city council spends £13m to buy Everton training ground

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Liverpool city council spends £13m to buy Everton training ground - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Liverpool city council have given Everton a little breather in these tough financial circumstances by buying the Toffees' Finch Farm training ground.

The city council has denied claims that it has done so only to help Everton save some money but it can not be denied that Everton will save a lot of money that they had to pay for their 50-year tenancy contract with the private company that owned the Finch Farm facility.

Report – What the salary figures mean for Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United

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Report What the salary figures mean for Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The City bench will make most teams jealous

Manchester City have been named as the best paid team in global sport after Sportingintelligence released a Global Sports Salaries Survey.

Manchester United reveal 2013 pre-season schedule

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Manchester United reveal 2013 pre-season schedule - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

David Moyes' maiden tour with Manchester United is only a month away now. United will play five friendlies in four countries Thailand, Australia, Japan and China. United has also confirmed the kick-off times for all of thier matches in their pre-season schedule this summer.

Five reasons Andre Villas-Boas won’t go to PSG

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Five reasons Andre Villas-Boas won't go to PSG - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Andre Villas-Boas is being tipped to turn his back on Tottenham Hotspur and become the new manager of French giants Paris Saint-Germain in a deal worth £40 million.

With Carlo Ancelotti due to complete a move to Real Madrid this summer, it opens up one of the most exciting managerial jobs in European football.

Suarez to stay or go?

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Suarez to stay or go? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Luis Suarez has today reconfirmed that he is unsettled at Liverpool, and stoked the fires in the media that he could leave Anfield this summer. The Uruguayan has been at the centre of a number of controversies since moving to England from Ajax, and as such could well leave Merseyside for a new start elsewhere this summer.

Who will win the Premier League battle of mind games next season?

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Who will win the Premier League battle of mind games next season? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jose Mourinho gave his first press conference as Chelsea's new manager yesterday and his comments suggested the season ahead is going to be one based on Premier League mind games, just as much as superb football and brilliant tactics.

Why is Raheem Sterling putting himself under needless pressure?

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Why is Raheem Sterling putting himself under needless pressure? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Raheem Sterling has talked up Liverpool's chances of finishing in the top four next season but the teenage winger is creating extra pressure for himself, which could affect his career.

Sterling lost his place at the back end of last season which was due to fatigue and then injury, which stopped him getting back into the first team after two appearances for the Under-21 side.

Liverpool plans to become a financial super power

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Liverpool plans to become a financial super power - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool's Managing Director Ian Ayre has given a big idea over how Liverpool are going to turn themselves into one of the financial superpowers of English and European football.

He's hinted that everything Liverpool do is aimed towards the impending cost control measures which are imminent across the professional game, aimed at penalising clubs that spend more than they earn.

A year before the 2014 World Cup: Argentina are favourites

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A year before the 2014 World Cup: Argentina are favourites - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

On Wednesday, it will officially be one year before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil gets under way. Despite a number of highly impressive sides around at the moment it is Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, who look favourites to lift the World Cup trophy on 13th July 2014.

Mats Hummels to Manchester United rumours are baseless

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Mats Hummels to Manchester United rumours are baseless - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

An inside and close source to Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels claims the German defender could be tempted into a move to Manchester United.

Hummels' future at the German club has been thrown into doubt this summer following rumours of possible interest from Barcelona and the way Dortmund have been outgunned by Bayern Munich in German and European football.

Why Arsenal have to use their money to re-sign Fabregas

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Why Arsenal have to use their money to re-sign Fabregas - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal now have no excuse for failure to re-sign former midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona should he become available.

Arsenal's chief executive Ivan Gazidis made the club's prominent financial position quite clear last week with comments that Arsenal could match any other big clubs in terms of financial muscle.

Michael Ballack: 90 minutes of long-awaited, unthreatened triumph for German legend – ‘Ciao Capitano’

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Michael Ballack: 90 minutes of long-awaited, unthreatened triumph for German legend 'Ciao Capitano' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Michael Ballack's testimonial on Wednesday night proved to be a fitting end to a career littered with loose ends.

A proverbial buffet of former and current international stars, with a combined caps total of over 1,600, rolled out in Leipzig, East Germany, on what was a gloriously royal affair; with 45,000 fans and well-wishers filling the impressive, Red Bull Arena to the brim.

Liverpool 2013-14 away kit – The ‘diamond’ era returns to Anfield

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Liverpool 2013-14 away kit The 'diamond' era returns to Anfield - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Warrior Football marked the return of the 'diamond' era by the launch of the new Liverpool 2013-14 away kit. The kit carries the spirit of the "breakthrough" patterns and graphics featured throughout the 1980s and early 1990s.

Arsenal get the jump on United with a bid for Marouane Fellaini

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Arsenal get the jump on United with a bid for Marouane Fellaini - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal seem ready to compete with Manchester United for the signing of 25-year-old Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

The Gunners are reported to have activated a £22 million release clause in his current contract with Everton, which could see them beat Manchester United to the signing of the midfielder.

Five problems with Liverpool’s reported swoop for Carlos Tevez

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Five problems with Liverpool's reported swoop for Carlos Tevez - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are reportedly ready to stun the football world with an approach for Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez.

Reports were starting to emerge that Tevez had agreed to join Serie A giants Juventus but Liverpool seemingly want the controversial Argentinian striker as a replacement for Luis Suarez should their star striker leave the club this summer.

Why Wayne Rooney will not be joining Arsenal this summer

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Why Wayne Rooney will not be joining Arsenal this summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal's chief executive has suggested that the club can now afford to launch a bid for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

Rooney's future has been the subject of much speculation ever since Sir Alex Ferguson had confirmed that the forward had asked to leave Old Trafford for the second time since he joined the club from Everton.

With or without Suarez – Dodging the shadows of dependency

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With or without Suarez Dodging the shadows of dependency - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This summer is vital for Liverpool for more than just the Luis Suarez dilemma. The past season was a 'season-of-introspection' for the fans. A new manager came in and was given ample time to implant his ideas and philosophy at the expense of immediate results.

Why Arsenal need Carlos Tevez to join Juventus

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Why Arsenal need Carlos Tevez to join Juventus - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has reportedly committed to a move to Juventus, which increases Arsenal's chances of signing Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain.

Higuain was thought to be Juventus' main transfer target for the summer but he's now hinted towards a move to London, which could mean the Italian club have switched their focus to another target.

Is this Stuart Pearce’s last chance with England?

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Is this Stuart Pearce's last chance with England? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Stuart Pearce is under massive pressure following England's opening 1-0 defeat to Italy at the 2013 Under-21 European Championship.

Pearce is effectively coaching for his future with his contract due to expire at the end of the month and the FA likely to make a decision over whether to extend that deal based on how England perform in this tournament.

Barcelona splashed 57m on Neymar, but it’s defence that needs reinforcements

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Barcelona splashed 57m on Neymar, but it's defence that needs reinforcements - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Neymar appeared for his medical examination on Monday and Barcelona revealed him in their 2013-14 home kit as he stepped foot on the Camp Nou pitch for the first time.

Until Sunday, it was reported that the transfer fee offered was around €28 million (£23.

Is Kevin Strootman ready to play for Manchester United?

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Is Kevin Strootman ready to play for Manchester United? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A Dutch football expert and player agent has suggested that Kevin Strootman may not be ready to play for Manchester United in the Premier League.

Magnus Magnusson represents over 20 Icelandic players playing football in Europe, meaning he regularly attends Dutch matches where Strootman has been playing for PSV Eindhoven.

If Bale goes for 100m, how will Tottenham spend it?

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If Bale goes for 100m, how will Tottenham spend it? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says the Spanish club wouldn't have a problem paying £100 million for Gareth Bale because they view him as an investment over anything else.

That would be a new world record fee for any player in the history of football and a huge amount of cash which Spurs would benefit from, enjoy and be able to re-invest in the club.

Can signing Kyriakos Papadopoulos backfire for Liverpool?

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Can signing Kyriakos Papadopoulos backfire for Liverpool? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool continue to be linked with versatile FC Schalke defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos as Brendan Rodgers seeks to solve his defensive problems, created through the retirement of Jamie Carragher.

Manchester United’s 2013-14 home kit is a collar and button affair

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Manchester United's 2013-14 home kit is a collar and button affair - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

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Manchester United have revealed their 2013-14 home kit which takes inspiration from the club's success and Manchester's industrial heritage.

Top 5 European Under-21 players to watch (including Manchester United and Liverpool future stars)

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Top 5 European Under-21 players to watch (including Manchester United and Liverpool future stars) - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Under-21 European Championship gets under way today with England playing their first match against Italy tomorrow evening. It's an exciting event which will showcase some of the best young talent Europe has to offer.

Five Wigan players who may follow Roberto Martinez to Everton

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Five Wigan players who may follow Roberto Martinez to Everton - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has announced the club have agreed a compensation package with Everton for manager Roberto Martinez.

After a four year spell with the club, Martinez decided to move on after Wigan were relegated down to the Championship and he will be named as the new Everton manager.

Five key facts about Liverpool target Henrikh Mkhitaryan

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Five key facts about Liverpool target Henrikh Mkhitaryan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have reportedly set their sights on 24-year-old Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, with reports suggesting that a £22 million bid is imminent.

Brendan Rodgers seems keen to add to his midfield reserves, giving him a core of top quality young players to perform alongside the likes of Steven Gerrard and Lucas heading into next season.

Can Arsenal complete a double raid on Swansea City?

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Can Arsenal complete a double raid on Swansea City? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Gunners are looking to sign £8m rated Ashley Williams

Arsenal face an uphill fight if they are going to complete a double swoop on Swansea City by signing centre back Ashley Williams and striker Michu.

Jose Mourinho first three priorities as Chelsea manager

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Jose Mourinho first three priorities as Chelsea manager - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jose Mourinho has finally been confirmed as Chelsea manager ahead of the 2013/2014 Premier League season and there are several pressing issues he must address.

Mourinho needs to prioritise quickly in order to get Chelsea into the best possible shape heading into firstly, the summer transfer window and secondly, the pre-season schedule.

Wenger talks about Fabregas and Rooney, but Arsenal can’t match their wages

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Wenger talks about Fabregas and Rooney, but Arsenal can't match their wages - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When speaking to AlJazeera, Arsene Wenger was asked about Cesc Fabregas and Wayne Rooney. While any manager would show interest in 'unsettled' world-class players (unless you're Bayern), there's little to suggest that Arsenal can attract those players and will be looking at lower-value players during the Premier League transfer season.

David Villa has a pre-contract agreement with Arsenal – claims Spanish journalist

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David Villa has a pre-contract agreement with Arsenal claims Spanish journalist - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Axel Torres, a Spanish football expert, has claimed Barcelona striker David Villa has reached a pre-contract agreement with Arsenal ahead of a summer move.

The future of the Spanish international has been the subject of intense speculation ever since it emerged Barcelona were officially in the race to sign Neymar from Santos.

Why keeping David Luiz should be Mourinho’s top priority

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Why keeping David Luiz should be Mourinho's top priority - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jose Mourinho will have several priorities when he's confirmed as Chelsea's next manager and the main one should be trying to keep David Luiz at the club.

The Brazilian has been tipped to follow his international teammate Neymar to the Nou Camp as the long term replacement for Carles Puyol and the defensive solution for the Spanish champions.

Jesus Navas admits his interest in Manchester City

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Jesus Navas admits his interest in Manchester City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sevilla winger Jesus Navas has issued a subtle come and get me plea to Manchester City by admitting his admiration for the club. Navas is an extremely talented player who has been linked with various moves away from the club for his entire life.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s future for Arsenal and England

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's future for Arsenal and England - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain produced the most important performance of his young career to date on Sunday night; a promising, exciting half hour cameo in England's 2-2 draw with Brazil at the Maracana.