SoccerLens Archives for January 2013

Martin Skrtel nears Napoli switch as he draws curtains on his Liverpool career

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Martin Skrtel nears Napoli switch as he draws curtains on his Liverpool career - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are looking to offload their second player to Napoli in the summer, as Rafael Benitez is thought to be closing in on bringing Martin Skrtel to Naples.

According to reports from The Mirror, the Reds are willing to send the Slovakian skipper on a season-long-loan while insisting on a clause that makes the deal permanent if the 28-year-old remains fit throughout next season.

Napoli closing in on Jackson Martinez

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Napoli closing in on Jackson Martinez - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Serie A side Napoli are said to have agreed terms with Porto striker Jackson Martinez, but are still in negotiations over the asking price.

The 26-year old signed for the Primeira Liga outfit last summer leading the Portuguese side to the league title, scoring 26 goals in 30 games.

Valencia targeting Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud to replace Spanish hit-man

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Valencia targeting Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud to replace Spanish hit-man - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spanish club Valencia are looking to fill the void left by their would-be-departing striker Roberto Soldado by replacing the Spaniard with Arsenal front-man Olivier Giroud, reports The Times.

Manchester United looking to replace Rio Ferdinand & Nemanja Vidic with Dortmund’s Mats Hummels

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Manchester United looking to replace Rio Ferdinand & Nemanja Vidic with Dortmund's Mats Hummels - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League champions Manchester United are reportedly interested in Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels.

The 24-year old made 28 Bundesliga appearances last season, and lead the side to the Champions League final where they eventually lost 2-1 to Bayern Munich.

Top ten longest unbeaten league runs in European Cup winning nations

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Top ten longest unbeaten league runs in European Cup winning nations - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When you think about the best teams in European football history, the names of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United immediately spring to mind. However, Romanian side Steaua Bucharest hold the enviable record of having the longest unbeaten streak in domestic club history in a European Cup winning nation.

Is Wenger bailing on his own philosophy?

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Is Wenger bailing on his own philosophy? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Much to the relief of so many fans at the Emirates, Arsene Wenger's stubborn streak in the transfer window has finally been broken.

Despite the fact the Frenchman is yet to bring in any of his top targets this summer, the club's intentions to smash through their current transfer record is certainly there.

How Roberto Soldado would fit into the plans of Villas-Boas at Tottenham Hotspur?

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How Roberto Soldado would fit into the plans of Villas-Boas at Tottenham Hotspur? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Valencia striker Roberto Soldado is on his way to join the North London club Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, as the latest reports say that Spurs have agreed to trigger his release clause.

Should Dortmund cash in on Robert Lewandowski this summer?

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Should Dortmund cash in on Robert Lewandowski this summer? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has already confirmed his striker Robert Lewandowski will be leaving the Champions League runners-up at the end of next season on a free transfer.

The 24-year old's contract expires on the 30th June 2014, and the Bundesliga side have opted not to sell him this summer, but rather are hoping he can lead the side to one last season of glory.

Roberto Soldado edges closer to Tottenham move

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Roberto Soldado edges closer to Tottenham move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Valencia forward Roberto Soldado is expected to join Tottenham Hotspur in the next couple of days, as per reports from The Daily Mail.

The North London club have triggered his release clause,believed to be in the region of £25millionand are ironing out the final details of the proposed transfer of the striker to White Hart Lane over the coming days.

Bernard on course to sign for Porto

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Bernard on course to sign for Porto - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Reports are emerging Atletico Mineiro forward Bernard is set to join Primeira Liga champions Porto, after turning down Arsenal.

The 20-year old has been linked with Arsenal, Shakhtar, and Porto in recent weeks, but the latter appear to have won the race to procure the Brazilian international's signature.

Valencia in bid for Javier Hernandez

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Valencia in bid for Javier Hernandez - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has been attracting interest from La Liga side Valencia.

However, with the future of England forward Wayne Rooney still in doubt, Hernandez won't make any decisions on leaving the side until it's settled.

Newcastle to pull out of the race to sign Bafetimbi Gomis

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Newcastle to pull out of the race to sign Bafetimbi Gomis - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Newcastle United look set to give up their chase for Olympique Lyonnais striker Bafetimbi Gomis.

The 27-year old was the subject of a £7M bid from the North-East side, but the offer was swiftly rejected by Lyon.

How important are David Moyes’ pre-season problems?

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How important are David Moyes' pre-season problems? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Filling the shoes of Sir Alex Ferguson was never going to be an easy task, and while Manchester United fans won't be worried just yet, it is safe to say David Moyes hasn't had the most comfortable start in his new job.

Bale On The Edge Of World Record Madrid Move

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Bale On The Edge Of World Record Madrid Move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The odds are stacking up that Tottenham Hotspur's 24-year old golden boy Gareth Bale is about to join Real Madrid. It seems just a question of time until Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, a notoriously tough negotiator, will accept the inevitable and succumb to Madrid's world record transfer bid for the Welsh wizard.

Arsenal, Liverpool, and the ‘Future’ that is Luis Suarez

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Arsenal, Liverpool, and the ‘Future' that is Luis Suarez - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Luis Suarez's ever-growing repertoire of outrageous attacks on fellow professionals, which often shroud his obvious talent and ability, has done little to circumvent his allure to the biggest clubs in the current transfer market.

Manchester City boss might be forced to look for defensive reinforcements following Nastasic injury

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Manchester City boss might be forced to look for defensive reinforcements following Nastasic injury - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City could be without Matija Nastasic for the start of the season, after the highly rated defender suffered a serious injury during the club's pre-season tour of Asia, which could force manager Manuel Pellegrini to search for a quality centre-back, although the Chilean insists he is happy with the squad.

Liverpool looking to Lorenzo Melgarejo as a solution for their Left back conundrum

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Liverpool looking to Lorenzo Melgarejo as a solution for their Left back conundrum - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have made an approach for Benfica left-backLorenzo Melgarejo, as manager Brendan Rodgers looking to strengthen his full back department for the coming season, reports The Guardian.

Spurs should accept Di Maria and Coentrao swap deal for Bale

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Spurs should accept Di Maria and Coentrao swap deal for Bale - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

If rumours are to be believed, Real Madrid are set to bid £51 million plus left-back Fabio Coentrao and winger Angel Di Maria for the services of Gareth Bale next season. This would be a terrific deal for the North London club, and one that they should go through with.

Pepe Reina reveals Liverpool forced him out in his open letter to the fans

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Pepe Reina reveals Liverpool forced him out in his open letter to the fans - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Pepe Reina has written a good-bye letter to the Liverpool fans who he so dearly loves, after joining the Serie A outfit Napoli on a season-long loan, posted on his official website.

Tottenham reject world-record offer for Gareth Bale

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Tottenham reject world-record offer for Gareth Bale - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid have finally made their first move for Tottenham' Welsh wizard Gareth Bale and have been knocked back by the Londoners unsurprisingly as Spurs are holding out for a higher fee.

The Los Blancos have tabled a record bid of £86.

Chelsea & Tottenham going head-to-head for Brazilian defender Doria

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Chelsea & Tottenham going head-to-head for Brazilian defender Doria - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Matheus Doria Macedo, known just as Doria, has been attracting interest from a number of European sides this summer.

The 18-year old centre-back currently plays for Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A side Botafogo, and made 20 league appearances last season.

Why Wayne Rooney should fill the void in midfield for Manchester United

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Why Wayne Rooney should fill the void in midfield for Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This summer has seen Premier League champions Manchester United linked with a number of central midfielders, as new manager David Moyes looks to address to side's lack of a creative midfielder.

Will Edin Dzeko have a part to play for Man City next season?

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Will Edin Dzeko have a part to play for Man City next season? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has recently revealed disillusioned striker Edin Dzeko will have a part to play for the club as they mount a title challenge next season.

‘I have a lot of trust in him.

Southampton in bid for Ever Banega

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Southampton in bid for Ever Banega - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Valencia's attacking-midfielder is attracting interesting from Premier League side Southampton.

Saints' manager Mauricio Pochettino is said to have long-admired the Argentine international, and is preparing a bid for the £12M-rated player.

Cardiff leading the race to sign Liverpool and Arsenal target Etienne Capoue

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Cardiff leading the race to sign Liverpool and Arsenal target Etienne Capoue - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

French Ligue One side Toulouse have been inundated with enquiries for their highly-rated midfielder Etienne Capoue this summer, and Premier League side Cardiff City are said to be the favourites to procure his signature.

Wilfried Zaha rejects talks of a loan move next season

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Wilfried Zaha rejects talks of a loan move next season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United forward Wilfried Zaha has recently admitted he doesn't want to be loaned out of Old Trafford for the upcoming 2013/14 campaign.

The 20-year old signed for the Premier League champions during the January transfer window last season, but was loaned straight back to Crystal Palace as per the agreement.

Chelsea Transfer Round Up: David Luiz targeted by Barcelona yet again

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Chelsea Transfer Round Up: David Luiz targeted by Barcelona yet again - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea defender David Luiz has been targeted, linked, chased by several European heavy weights throughout the summer, and according to the latest Exclusive report from Goal.com, La Liga giants Barcelona have stepped up their chase witha €29 million offer for the charismatic Brazilian.

Arsenal preparing yet another bid for Luis Suarez

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Arsenal preparing yet another bid for Luis Suarez - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have refused to give up on Luis Suarez yet, despite Liverpool rejecting both of their offers, and are preparing to lodge a third and final bid for the unsettled striker, reports The Guardian.

Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla plays down Atletico link

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Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla plays down Atletico link - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla has assured the fans that he is not going anywhere, after being linked with a move away to La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid.

The 28-year-old joined the Gunners from Malaga and has had a sparkling debut season, where he scored 12 goals and bagged 16 assists, helping his side finish in top four, ahead of their North London rivals Tottenham.

Manchester United target Cesc Fabregas not going anywhere insists new Barcelona boss

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Manchester United target Cesc Fabregas not going anywhere insists new Barcelona boss - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have suffered a major set-back today in their pursuit of midfielder Cesc Fabregas, after new Barcelona coach Gerardo 'Tata' Martino quashed the rumours of selling the Spaniard, reports The Guardian.

Everton joins the race to sign Manchester City’s winger Scott Sinclair

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Everton joins the race to sign Manchester City's winger Scott Sinclair - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair must consider looking at greener pastures this summer, such as Everton, in order to revive his career, should there be an interest from the Merseyside club.

AC Milan pressure CSKA Moscow to sell Keisuke Honda

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AC Milan pressure CSKA Moscow to sell Keisuke Honda - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Serie A side AC Milan have recently been turning the heat up on Russian Premier League side CSKA Moscow over their ongoing pursuit of Japanese international Keisuke Honda.

The 27-year old's contract with CSKA expires at the end of December, and no talks of an extension are undergoing between the midfielder and his side.

Adil Rami could leave Valencia this summer

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Adil Rami could leave Valencia this summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Valencia defender Adil Rami has been linked with a move away from the La Liga side this summer after revealing he's after a new challenge.

The 27-year old made 25 league appearances last season, but failed to lead the side to a Champions League place finish (5th).

Manchester United unveils 2013-14 away kit

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Manchester United unveils 2013-14 away kit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Inspired by Manchester's industrial heritage, Nike have offered Manchester United a gingham-style away kit in black and midnight navy colours.

The 2013-14 away kit will be unveiled during the club's pre-season tour in Japan at the Osaka Castle.

Gareth Bale to undergo contract talks with Tottenham

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Gareth Bale to undergo contract talks with Tottenham - originally posted on Soccerlens.com


Gareth Bale to undergo contract talks with Tottenham

The PFA Players' player and Young player of the year Gareth Bale is said to be in negotiations with Tottenham's representatives over a new contract deal.

adidas reveals Chelsea 2013/14 third kit

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adidas reveals Chelsea 2013/14 third kit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

adidas revealed Chelsea's 2013/14 home kit back in April following the campaign "It's Blue, What Else Matters?". The club has now unveiled their third kit for the 2013/14 season.

This new kit is designed to represent the future of football with a sleek matte black-on-black prints lining a mesh panel which allows for optimal ventilation.

Real Madrid away kit 2013/14: Retro style from the halcyon days revisited

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Real Madrid away kit 2013/14: Retro style from the halcyon days revisited - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

La Liga giants Real Madrid have launched their new away kit for the 2013/14 season in collaboration with Adidas. The kit draws its inspiration from the halcyon days of the club back in the eras of 30's to 50's.

Chelsea boss not forcing Frank Lampard to follow the footsteps of his compatriots

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Chelsea boss not forcing Frank Lampard to follow the footsteps of his compatriots - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes that club legend Frank Lampard will still play a significant role in the side even now and in near future. However the Portuguese is aware that he cannot rely on Lampard to be ever-present as in the past, rather will use him sparingly.

Pellegrini hails his attacking options as Manchester City aim to regain title

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Pellegrini hails his attacking options as Manchester City aim to regain title - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes that he has a good collection of strikers at his disposal required who will help him mount a serious challenge for Premier League and the Champions League as well.

Could Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini be staying at Everton?

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Could Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini be staying at Everton? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Everton left-back Leighton Baines and midfielder Marouane Fellaini have been frequently speculated about this summer.

Premier League champions Manchester United had previously enquired about the pair, but their initial advances were rejected by the Merseyside outfit.

AC Milan & Liverpool waiting in the wings as Mamadou Sakho makes a decision on his future

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AC Milan & Liverpool waiting in the wings as Mamadou Sakho makes a decision on his future - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Paris Saint-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho has been frequently linked with a move away from the Ligue One champions this summer.

The France international previously admitted he would consider his future with PSG if he continued to be a bit-part player for the side.

Daniele De Rossi urged to stay at Roma amidst Premier League interest

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Daniele De Rossi urged to stay at Roma amidst Premier League interest - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

AS Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi has been linked with a move to the Premier League this summer.

Premier League runners-up Manchester City and Europa League winners Chelsea have both previously enquired about the 30-year old's services in recent weeks.

Luis Suarez’ feeling of warmth is the only thing he owes towards Liverpool

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Luis Suarez' feeling of warmth is the only thing he owes towards Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has tried to tickle the sentimental nerves of unsettled striker Luis Suarez, urging him to repay the loyalty that the fans and the club have demonstrated towards him, during his dark days – notably the racial saga and the biting incident.

Versatility the key to unlocking Phil Jones’ first team doors at Manchester United

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Versatility the key to unlocking Phil Jones' first team doors at Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This season will prove to be a pivotal season in the career of Phil Jones for multiple reasons. The Manchester United defender's career at Old Trafford hasn't exactly been off to a flyer, despite him possessing great potential and flashes of brilliance, as his short tenure has been blighted by injuries that restricted his appearances to only 46 games.

Unhappy Suarez remains the prime concern for Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool

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Unhappy Suarez remains the prime concern for Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool maintained their impressive pre-season record so far by beating Melbourne victory 2-0 and in the process earned three victories in a row, without conceding a single goal.

Luis Suarez set to demand talks with Arsenal amidst chaos regarding his £40m release clause

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Luis Suarez set to demand talks with Arsenal amidst chaos regarding his £40m release clause - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have rejected yet another offer for talisman striker Luis Suarez from Arsenal, further straining the relationship between the two clubs following a bold comment from the Reds' owner, John Henry via Twitter.

Dortmund hoping for Shinji Kagawa return

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Dortmund hoping for Shinji Kagawa return - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Last season's Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund have admitted they are keen to bring back Manchester United attacking-midfielder Shinji Kagawa.

The Japanese international signed for United last summer from the Bundesliga side, but has a stop-start season as he spent a number of weeks sidelined with injury.

Sevilla sign PSG striker Kevin Gameiro

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Sevilla sign PSG striker Kevin Gameiro - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

La Liga side Sevilla have confirmed the signing of Paris Saint-Germain striker Kevin Gameiro.

‘I have appreciated this player for a long time, but it is his choice to leave and that choice seems to be compatible with the club's choice.

Gervinho close to completing move to Roma

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Gervinho close to completing move to Roma - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal forward Gervinho is reportedly within touching distance of completing his move to Serie A side Roma for a fee said to be around £7M.

The Ivory coast international has been at Arsenal for two years signing from Ligue One side OSC Lille.

Manchester United given hope on Fabregas

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Manchester United given hope on Fabregas - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United saw their £26million bid for Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas rejected last week, and the fans of their fiercest rivals also laughed it off. This week however, things have changed. United have been given a glimmer of hope in the pursuit of their #1 transfer target.

Have Manchester United given up on Fabregas?

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Have Manchester United given up on Fabregas? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United saw their £26million bid for Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas rejected last week, and the fans of their fiercest rivals also laughed it off. This week however, things have changed. United have been given a glimmer of hope in the pursuit of their #1 transfer target.

Ashley Cole wishes to extend his stay at Chelsea

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Ashley Cole wishes to extend his stay at Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole insists that he is looking to prolong his career at Stamford Bridge and wants to win more silverware in his career.

Cole had a hugely successful career during his time at Arsenal, having won two Premier League titles and three FA cups.

Everton stepping up their interest in Scott Sinclair

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Everton stepping up their interest in Scott Sinclair - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League side Everton are said to be enquiring about Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair this summer. His asking price is around £7M.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez wants to bolster the side's attacking options, and views the 24-year old as potentially a good addition.

Chelsea preparing second bid to sign Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney

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Chelsea preparing second bid to sign Manchester United's Wayne Rooney - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are reportedly preparing another bid to sign Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney this summer.

Manager Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to bring the England international to Stamford Bridge, and could offer £30M to make it happen.

Chelsea’s most exciting youngster: Kevin De Bruyne

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Chelsea's most exciting youngster: Kevin De Bruyne - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea's most exciting new player, has actually been a Chelsea player for over a year and a half!

The young Belgian, Kevin De Bruyne, has been at Chelsea since January 2012, but has yet to represent the club in a competitive match.

Manchester City away kit 2013-14: A tribute to the club’s history and founding fathers

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Manchester City away kit 2013-14: A tribute to the club's history and founding fathers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City have unveiled their new away kit in Hong Kong as a part of the pre-season tour, in collaboration with Nike for the upcoming 2013-14 season, where latest technologies have been used to full effect while the new-design honours the club's rich history and its founding fathers.

Barcelona unveil Gerardo Martino as their new manager

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Barcelona unveil Gerardo Martino as their new manager - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

La Liga champions Barcelona have unveiled ex-Newell's Old Boys coach Gerardo Martino as their new manager.

‘FC Barcelona have reached an agreement to appoint Gerardo Martino as the new coach of the football team for the next two seasons.

VIDEO: Liverpool eye more signings with expected Suarez windfall

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VIDEO: Liverpool eye more signings with expected Suarez windfall - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted once again that having done enough to add sufficient squad-depth, he is now looking to add few players that can improve the first team as well.

VIDEO: Manchester United plan club record bid for Fabregas

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VIDEO: Manchester United plan club record bid for Fabregas - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League champions Manchester United are thought to be putting together a club record-shattering bid for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, after the Red Devil's second bid of£30 million was rebuffed by the Catalan giants.

Tottenham Hotspur in bid for Lyon striker Lisandro Lopes

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Tottenham Hotspur in bid for Lyon striker Lisandro Lopes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur are said to be renewing their interest in Olympique Lyonnais striker Lisandro Lopez.

The 30-year old striker was targeted by the London side during last season's January transfer window, but a deal failed to materialise.

Video: Nacho Monreal adds to Arsenal’s woes

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Video: Nacho Monreal adds to Arsenal's woes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have been dealt a huge blow today following reports that first choice left-back Nacho Monreal could miss the start of the new season due to a back injury.

The 27-year-old was signed from Malaga in the January transfer window and the Spain international made a bright impression, with his ten Premier League appearances for the club.

Nani given permission to speak with AS Monaco

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Nani given permission to speak with AS Monaco - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United winger Nani is said to have been given permission to speak with newly-promoted French Ligue One side AS Monaco over a potential transfer.

The 26-year old's contract with the Premier League champions is set to expire at the end of the 2013/14 campaign.

Lazio in bid for Liverpool’s Fabio Borini

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Lazio in bid for Liverpool's Fabio Borini - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Serie A side Lazio are reportedly interested in Liverpool forward Fabio Borini.

The 22-year old joined the Merseyside outfit from Roma last summer, but has since failed to impress. Borini made 13 Premier League appearances in his debut season, but only scored once.

Isco: What Ancelotti’s system holds for the Golden boy of Europe?

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Isco: What Ancelotti's system holds for the Golden boy of Europe? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

One of the major questions this season regarding Real Madrid is – howFrancisco Roman Alarcon Suarez aka Isco will fit into the system of Carlo Ancelotti? While, no one harbors any doubt whatsoever about the 21-year-old's talent, as he is indeed the golden boy of Europe, even at such a tender age, but trepidation lingers, because he is joining a star studded team at one of the biggest clubs in the world – Real Madrid.

Top 5 Badge Kissers

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Top 5 Badge Kissers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Badge-kissing is a much-abused habit by footballers to endear themselves to fans, but not everyone gets away with it. KissedTheBadge.com takes a look the top (or is that the worst) five badge kissers:

Robbie Savage Loves Blackburn's badge, hates Geography

Robbie Savage spent three years in the Midlands before leaving them for Blackburn, claiming he wanted to be closer to his parents in Wrexham.

‘Strikers’ the flavour of the month, as Premier League clubs join the bandwagon

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‘Strikers' the flavour of the month, as Premier League clubs join the bandwagon - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The movements in this summer's transfer window have certainlyhighlighted the importance clubs have placed on the art of the striker. We have been blinded by the inordinate amounts of money thrown around by the world's wealthiest,with astunning array of transfershaving already gone through this summer.

Michael Laudrup: New Barcelona Boss?

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Michael Laudrup: New Barcelona Boss? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

English Premiership side Swansea City are bracing themselves for the news that the club and their supporters have feared for some time the inevitable loss of their 49-year old manager Michael Laudrup to a top club.

For Laudrup, it is rumoured, is being considered by Spanish giants Barcelona as a replacement for Tito Vilanova who resigned on Friday.

Arsenal Transfer Round Up: Gunners set to beaten to the signing of Gonzalo Higuain

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Arsenal Transfer Round Up: Gunners set to beaten to the signing of Gonzalo Higuain - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Gonzalo Higuain is back again at the centre of a transfer battle and it seems like there is still no solution as to where the Argentine will ply his trade next season. Arsenal, despite genuinely interested in him are unwilling to meet the asking price of Real Madrid that has soared high from£24 million to near about£40 million mark.

Manchester United Transfer Round Up: Red Devils lodge second bid for Fabregas

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Manchester United Transfer Round Up: Red Devils lodge second bid for Fabregas - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League Champions Manchester United are going hell-for-leather for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, having lodged their second bid within a week, reports The Telegraph.

10 of the greatest loan signings

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10 of the greatest loan signings - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Loan signings are rife in football these days, with Pepe Reina the latest high profile player set to move in that fashion, joining Napoli from Liverpool.

Here are ten of the best loan signings in recent memory:

HENRIK LARSSON Helsingborg IF to Manchester United (2007)

The Sweden and Celtic legend was 35 when he made the shock move to Old Trafford back in 2007.

Liverpool set to pip Tottenham in their pursuit of Roberto Soldado

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Liverpool set to pip Tottenham in their pursuit of Roberto Soldado - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It has been reported in the media that Liverpool seemingly have registered an interest in Valencia's highly rated striker Roberto Soldado, who is also a target for Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Tottenham confirm Nacer Chadli capture

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Tottenham confirm Nacer Chadli capture - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur look to have completed their second signing of the summer after the club announced that FC Twente winger Nacer Chadli has agreed to join the club subject to a medical.

The Belgian, 23, has been on Tottenham's radar for a number of weeks and it looks like the North London club have finally got their man.

Newcastle step up their bid for a striker

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Newcastle step up their bid for a striker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Newcastle are said to be stepping up their bid to bolster the attack for the coming season.

With their current striker Papiss Cisse looking likely of a departure after his refusal to wear the side's shirt for next season, as it features a sponsor which goes against his Muslim beliefs, the North-East side are now looking for potential replacements.

Eduardo Salvio could be on his way to the Premier League

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Eduardo Salvio could be on his way to the Premier League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Benfica winger Eduardo Salvio has been attracting interest from a host of Premier League sides.

Manchester City and Tottenham are said to be among the favourites for his signature this summer.

Manchester City eyeing up Real Madrid defender Pepe

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Manchester City eyeing up Real Madrid defender Pepe - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Portuguese international defender Pepe has been attracting interest from Premier League runners-up Manchester City. The Sky Blues are said to be preparing a potential £25M bid to procure his signature.

Mauro Icardi: Inter Milan’s New Number 9

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Mauro Icardi: Inter Milan's New Number 9 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Last season saw the emergence of yet another talented Argentine in European football. Mauro Icardi provided a bright spark in an otherwise poor season for Sampdoria in the Serie A. The 20-year-old striker hit the net ten times in 31 appearances for the Ligurian club, providing a further four assists in his first full season.

Wenger running out of options as Arsenal seek big name striker

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Wenger running out of options as Arsenal seek big name striker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal's hunt for a top-drawer striker has continued this week, with limited success. Having reportedly agreed terms with Argentine Gonzalo Higuain over an original fee of £23 million, Real Madrid President Florentino Perez in a move befitting of him decided to hike up the asking price by a further £10 million, to which Arsenal have baulked.

Andres Villas-Boas linked to the Vacant Barcelona job

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Andres Villas-Boas linked to the Vacant Barcelona job - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham manager Andres Villas-Boas has emerged an early favourite for the Barcelona job, following the resignation of Tito Vilanova due to poor health.

The 44-year old Spaniard has suffered from throat cancer which has returned this summer, and has forced him to stand down as manager of the La Liga champions.

Aguero could prove to be the difference in the Premier League next season

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Aguero could prove to be the difference in the Premier League next season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Explanation shan't be necessary for this iconic moment in the 2011/12 season, a moment which will go down as the most dramatic moment in Premier League history. Yet this also sums up Sergio Aguero's style of play: typical South-American forward, bullying his way into the box, retaining balance with his wonderful low centre of gravity, and having the composure to clinically finish from a tight angle.

Can John Terry reclaim a starting place for Chelsea?

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Can John Terry reclaim a starting place for Chelsea? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea defender John Terry has endured a difficult two years with the side. Club owner Roman Abramovich had previously made it clear the veteran centre-back was to be ousted from the starting line-up due to his advancing age, and a long-term replacement be found.

PSG’s signing of Marquinhos could see Mamadou Sakho exit this summer

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PSG's signing of Marquinhos could see Mamadou Sakho exit this summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ligue One champions Paris Saint Germain recently confirmed the signing of Roma's highly-rated Brazilian defender Marquinhos for £27M. The 19-year old centre back signed a five-year deal with the French side.

Man City sign Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic

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Man City sign Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic for a fee said to be around £22M. The Montenegro international signed a three-year deal with the Premier League runners-up.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini has expressed his delight in signing a player so heavily coveted.

Stevan Jovetic’s importance to Manchester City’s title challenge

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Stevan Jovetic's importance to Manchester City's title challenge - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With two quality attacking purchases in the last few days – Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic – Manchester City have not only sounded out their intentions loud and clear, but are likely to be a major force once again in the Premier League, as they look to regain the title from the clutch of their bitter rivals.

Are Chelsea preparing a bid for Gonzalo Higuain?

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Are Chelsea preparing a bid for Gonzalo Higuain? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Reports are emerging Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain has been attracting interest from Chelsea.

Following former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho re-joining his old side, it was to be expected a number of Madrid players would be linked with potential transfers to the Premier League outfit.

Chelsea and Arsenal to battle it out for three world class strikers

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Chelsea and Arsenal to battle it out for three world class strikers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It seems like cross town rivals Chelsea and Arsenal will battle each other out in the summer transfer window, as both the London clubs are in a tug-of-war for three quality strikers – Luis Suarez, Gonzalo Higuain and Wayne Rooney.

Napoli in bid for Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina

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Napoli in bid for Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Serie A side Napoli are reported to be interested in Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina. Napoli manager Rafael Benitez, a former Liverpool manager, is keen to renew acquaintances this summer.

Following the signing of ex-Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, Reina now has question marks surrounding his future.

End of the road for Liverpool’s Pepe Reina as Napoli come calling?

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End of the road for Liverpool's Pepe Reina as Napoli come calling? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool goal keeper Pepe Reina will have an interesting decision to make regarding his future, as the Spaniard has reportedly been earmarked by Napoli and former Reds manager Rafael Benitez as a solution to Napoli's goalkeeping conundrum.

Jose Mourinho challenges players to earn their world cup qualification

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Jose Mourinho challenges players to earn their world cup qualification - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Many say that Jose Mourinho has evolved since he left Chelsea seven years back. But, the thing that has remained constant is his style of throwing equivocal statements.

Yesterday, in a press conference, he said, "For a player to be selected for his country, normally he must be first choice at his club,"

"He must play very regularly with the club and I think that's the big motivation if they are thinking about the World Cup," Mourinho added.

Rooney to Chelsea Mirrors van Persie Saga Last Year

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Rooney to Chelsea Mirrors van Persie Saga Last Year - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

So the news is out. Chelsea have officially bid for 27-year old Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney.

And to add spice to the intrigue, recently appointed Chelsea manager José Mourinho has now stated publicly that Rooney is his only transfer target this summer.

Meet PSG’s Newest Acquisition – Lucas Digne

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Meet PSG's Newest Acquisition Lucas Digne - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

At only 19-years-old, Digne already has 49 league appearance to his name, along with Champions League experience, and has been a permanent fixture at left-back for almost two seasons in the Lille side.

Experienced at every youth level of the French national team, he missed only 17 minutes of football during France's successful U20 World Cup campaign this summer, providing two assists in the process.

Maicon leaves Manchester City to join AS Roma

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Maicon leaves Manchester City to join AS Roma - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City defender Maicon has joined AS Roma on a free transfer. The 31-year signed a two year-deal with the Serie A side.

He was left out of the side's pre-season tour of Africa in order to complete the deal and to undergo the medical.

Paris Saint-Germain want Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo

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Paris Saint-Germain want Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

French side Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly planning an audacious bid to land Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

‘I know he has two years left on his contract with Real Madrid, but I have a very good relationship with Florentino Perez (Real Madrid president).

AS Monaco set to complete the signing of Hulk

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AS Monaco set to complete the signing of Hulk - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Newly promoted Ligue One side AS Monaco are reportedly on the brink of signing Zenit Saint Petersburg forward Hulk for a fee said to be around €60M.

The 26-year old has endured an indifferent debut season upon his move to the Russian Premier League side, and admitted this summer he would consider offers.

Newcastle rocked by Papiss Cisse sponsor snub

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Newcastle rocked by Papiss Cisse sponsor snub - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Papiss Cisse has rocked Newcastle United by pulling out of their pre-season friendly tour to Portugal. He told the club he is unwilling to wear the sponsor and in turn promote the money lending firm, Wonga due to his religious beliefs.

Chelsea deny offering star duo to Manchester United, but confirm cash offer for Wayne Rooney

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Chelsea deny offering star duo to Manchester United, but confirm cash offer for Wayne Rooney - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have wasted no time in reacting strongly to the suggestions that the club is looking to sell either of Juan Mata or David Luiz, and have included either of the duo as a make-weight deal for Manchester United's unsettled striker Wayne Rooney.

Atletico Madrid desperate for Santi Cazorla despite Arsenal warnings

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Atletico Madrid desperate for Santi Cazorla despite Arsenal warnings - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have issued a hands-off-warning to Atletico Madrid, over star player Santi Cazorla, insisting the Spaniard is not up for sale at any price, afterthe La Liga outfit tried to lodge an ambitious bid for the former Malaga midfielder, as per reports from the Evening Standard.

Manchester United to turn their attentions to Yohan Cabaye

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Manchester United to turn their attentions to Yohan Cabaye - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Reports are emerging Manchester United are keen to turn to Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye after losing out on their two main targets.

Premier League champions Manchester United have faced a long and unfulfilling quest to find a long-term replacement for central-midfielder Paul Scholes.

Alvaro Negredo move to Manchester City collapsing

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Alvaro Negredo move to Manchester City collapsing - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City had previously seemed close to completing the deal to sign Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo, however, the La Liga side's president has seemingly throw a spanner in the works by revealing the deal has a ‘one percent chance of happening'.

Suitors told to stump up £40M to sign Luis Suarez

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Suitors told to stump up £40M to sign Luis Suarez - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With Liverpool laughing off Arsenal's previous bid of £25M to procure Luis Suarez' signature, the word from his representatives is the Uruguayan will cost £40M this summer.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Real Madrid have been keen to sign the 26-year old, but have yet to make an offer that meets Liverpool's valuation.

Manchester City launch ten new international language websites

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Manchester City launch ten new international language websites - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Premier League champions Manchester City have expanded their global online presence, with the launch of ten new international language websites.

With such an innovative step, Man City have created the broadest multilingual website offering in English football at the moment, aiming to cater for the Club's growing fan base abroad.

Chelsea’s shocking player plus cash offer for Wayne Rooney rebuffed by David Moyes

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Chelsea's shocking player plus cash offer for Wayne Rooney rebuffed by David Moyes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have lodged a formal offer for Manchester United's unsettled striker Wayne Rooney, but it was rebuffed, as per the exclusive report from The Daily Mail.

Tottenham’s Striker Woes Set to Continue

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Tottenham's Striker Woes Set to Continue - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham's on-going search for a striker looks set to continue. The last two transfer windows in particular were full of calls for another striker and plenty of potential targets and this one is turning out to be no different.

How Thiago Alcantara will feature in Pep Guardiola’s system at Bayern Munich?

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How Thiago Alcantara will feature in Pep Guardiola's system at Bayern Munich? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

European Champions Bayern Munich had sealed a deal for Barcelona prodigy Thiago Alcantara last week for a reported fee of €25 million.

The 22-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Premier League Champions Manchester United, as he looked for regular first team opportunities while the Red Devils were ready to activate his €18 million release clause.

Mikel Arteta buzzing over Arsenal’ transfer targets as the Gunners look to get back to the top

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Mikel Arteta buzzing over Arsenal' transfer targets as the Gunners look to get back to the top - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Mikel Arteta believes that Arsenal can be genuine contenders for the Premiership title again and insists the Gunners will close the gap with other top clubs, provided they spend money on top players and strengthen the side this summer.

Pellegrini nets Jovetic and Negredo in a bid to win back the title for Manchester City

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Pellegrini nets Jovetic and Negredo in a bid to win back the title for Manchester City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City are on the verge of sealing a £28 million deal for the highly rated Fiorentina forward, Stevan Jovetic, reports the Daily Mail.

Manchester City have been locked in talks with Jovetic for some time now and it seems like a deal has finally been brokered for the 23-year-old.

Napoli, Man City, and Liverpool to Gazump Arsenal for Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain

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Napoli, Man City, and Liverpool to Gazump Arsenal for Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Serie A side Napoli are reported to make a last-gasp bid to procure Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain.

The Argentine international has wanted to leave the La Liga side this summer after citing he was disillusioned with the club.

Is Romelu Lukaku ready to start for Chelsea?

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Is Romelu Lukaku ready to start for Chelsea? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Dubbed "the new Didier Drogba" at a very young age, it has been a lifelong dream for the Belgian striker to play for Chelsea.

‘The day I'm playing here in this stadium, that will be the single time in my life that you would see me cry.

Roma make £7M bid for Gervinho

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Roma make £7M bid for Gervinho - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Serie A side Roma are reported to have made a bid for Arsenal forward Gervinho. The fee is around £7M, but has yet to be accepted by the Gunners who are holding out for more.

The London side are said to be keen to let the Ivorian go as they look to make-way for a potential big-name signing this summer.

Manchester United make £25m bid for Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas

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Manchester United make £25m bid for Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League champions Manchester United have lodged a £25 million bid for the unsettled Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, reports the BBC.

The Red Devils have been linked with several midfielders this season and it is understood that having missed out on Barcelona prodigy Thiago Alcantara, new manager David Moyes has switched his attention to Fabregas, whose future has also been well speculated in the media.

Liverpool skipper extends his stay as we look back at five of the finest Steven Gerrard moments

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Liverpool skipper extends his stay as we look back at five of the finest Steven Gerrard moments - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has put pen-to-paper on a two-year contract extension at Anfield today, that could possibly see out the end of the talisman's illustrious career at the club.

Spain vs France: Winner to assure Euro 2013 group stage progression

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Spain vs France: Winner to assure Euro 2013 group stage progression - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After England and Russia meet in the first second-round fixture in Euro 2013 Group C, Spain and Italy will lock horns in a bid to maintain their 100 per cent record in the competition.

Edinson Cavani set to sign for Paris Saint-Germain

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Edinson Cavani set to sign for Paris Saint-Germain - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani is expected to sign for Ligue One champions Paris Saint-Germain pending a medical.

The 26-year old has been linked with every top side in Europe this season Manchester City and Chelsea were among the favourites to procure his signature.

Thiago joins Bayern Munich

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Thiago joins Bayern Munich - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have confirmed the signing of ex-Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara for a fee said to be around £21M.

The 22-year old has signed a four-year deal, and will join up with his former manager Pep Guardiola.

Why Wayne Rooney has an expiration date on his time with Manchester United

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Why Wayne Rooney has an expiration date on his time with Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United's want-away forward Wayne Rooney may have been told he won't be sold this summer, but his new manager David Moyes is proving he rules with an iron fist with his latest batch of comments.

Manchester United refuse to bow down to Wayne Rooney as Moyes takes up Fergie’s blueprint

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Manchester United refuse to bow down to Wayne Rooney as Moyes takes up Fergie's blueprint - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

"Manchester United isn't about Wayne; Manchester United is about the team, the club." – David Moyes

Interpret it as you like, but with a statement this bold, the new manager, David Moyes, has made a few things very, very clear.

Ramadan & Football: Liverpool club doctor talks about training while fasting

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Ramadan & Football: Liverpool club doctor talks about training while fasting - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Muslim world is observing the holy month of Ramadan as football teams across Europe begin their pre-season training sessions. This could spell disaster for a professional footballer as fasting means you eat before sunrise and stay hungry until the sunset.

Arsenal back in the frame for Luis Suarez with improved offer

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Arsenal back in the frame for Luis Suarez with improved offer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are looking to come back with an improved offer of £35 million for Liverpool's unsettled Uruguayan striker, Luis Suarez with a hope to lure the coveted striker to the Emirates in the summer.

England vs Russia: Must win Euro 2013 clash for Lionesses

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England vs Russia: Must win Euro 2013 clash for Lionesses - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The women's Euro 2013 competition is in full flight in Sweden, with the second round of group fixtures coming to a close. England are in a must-win situation when they take on Russia in Linkoping today.

Liverpool given encouragement over Eriksen chase

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Liverpool given encouragement over Eriksen chase - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It seems like Liverpool haveentered the pursuit of Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen, and have been given a green light to approach officially, as coach Frank de Boer admitted, he would be powerless to stop the prodigy, if he wants to join the Anfield outfit in the summer.

Ibrahimovic: Could he succeed in England; his final frontier?

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Ibrahimovic: Could he succeed in England; his final frontier? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a rare footballer, for a number of reasons. His services are always sought after, and rightly so, due to his often stunning performances and talismanic qualities. Yet, he has so often been depicted as something of a ‘diva'; a pantomime villain in his own heroic tale.

FA to look into retrospective punishment from next season

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FA to look into retrospective punishment from next season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Football Association have finally taken a drastic step to punish players for foul playretrospectively.

The FA, under an amendment to the current policy, will be able to act on incidents, that go unnoticed of the match officials, or the officials were not in a position to fully access, from next season.

Manchester United closing in on Ezequiel Garay

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Manchester United closing in on Ezequiel Garay - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League champions Manchester United are reported to have agreed a fee to sign Benfica centreback Ezequiel Garay said to be around £17M.

The 26-year old has been linked with a move to the Red Devils throughout this summer, with manager David Moyes keen to look for long-term placements for ageing defenders Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.

Manchester United given deadline to sign Marouane Fellaini

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Manchester United given deadline to sign Marouane Fellaini - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Reports are suggesting Manchester United only have a matter of weeks in which to sign Belgium international Marouane Fellaini.

The Everton midfielder has a £23.5M release clause attached to his contract which is said to expire in August.

Michael Essien to replace John-Obi Mikel at Chelsea

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Michael Essien to replace John-Obi Mikel at Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ghanaian international Michael Essien is planning a comeback at Chelsea next season.

During the 2011/12 league campaign, Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien suffered a ligament rupture which kept him out of action for nearly six months.

Arsene Wenger has his heart set on an extension at Arsenal this summer

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Arsene Wenger has his heart set on an extension at Arsenal this summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal fans can now breathe a sigh of relief, as their beloved manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he has opened talks with the club over a new contract, as per reports from The Guardian.

Manchester City aim to bring Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the Etihad

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Manchester City aim to bring Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the Etihad - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Last season's Premier League runners-up are planning an audacious attempt to lure Swedish international forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the side this summer.

No official bid has been made from Manchester City, but talks are expecting to be undertaken in the coming week.

Liverpool to make one last-ditch attempt to re-sign Xabi Alonso

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Liverpool to make one last-ditch attempt to re-sign Xabi Alonso - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's no secret Liverpool have been interested in re-signing Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso this summer.

His asking price is said to be around £7M. Brief talks are reportedly undergoing between both parties, but no official bid has been tabled as of yet.

Didier Drogba could be in line for a sensational return to Chelsea

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Didier Drogba could be in line for a sensational return to Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The all-time top-scorer of the Ivorian national team has been linked with a return to Europa League winners Chelsea this summer.

Movement is expected to be made from both parties during Chelsea's pre-season, but no talks have undergone yet.

Baines move to United not as cut-and-dry as many believe

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Baines move to United not as cut-and-dry as many believe - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Having had a formal bid for Everton left-back Leighton Baines rejected last month, Manchester United are expected to return to the Toffees with an improved offer for the England international. Baines is currently away on pre-season tour in Austria, and the Merseyside club are bracing themselves for contact from United.

Arsenal boss tight lipped on Suarez link

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Arsenal boss tight lipped on Suarez link - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger resorted to certain degree of secrecy when asked about the possibility of signing Liverpool star Luis Suarez, at a press conference from the club's base in Indonesia.

The Gunners have arrived in the Indonesian capital Jakarta for the club's pre-season tour of the Far East, where Wenger responded to questions from reporters at the Indonesian capital's airport.

Tottenham turning their attentions to Roberto Soldado

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Tottenham turning their attentions to Roberto Soldado - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Valencia striker Roberto Soldado could be making his way to the Premier League this summer.

Tottenham have been named among the favourites for his signature, but interest is also said to come from Manchester City and Chelsea.

Building that skyscraper – How have Juventus fared in the transfer market so far?

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Building that skyscraper How have Juventus fared in the transfer market so far? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Just this past April, following their 4-0 aggregate quarter-finals defeat to eventual Champions League winners Bayern Munich, Juventus manager Antonio Conte admitted that while his side had done well so far, they still had quite a ways to go to catch up to Europe's elite.

Real Madrid president still keeping hopes on Kaka

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Real Madrid president still keeping hopes on Kaka - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Of all the great players in the modern era, if one has to single out an individual whose career is the best example of the clichéd term used in football -‘falling-from-grace'- it has to be of the great Brazilian Kaka's.

How much will David Moyes change Manchester United?

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How much will David Moyes change Manchester United? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

2012/13 Premier League stats
W D L GF GA GD
Manchester United 28 5 5 86 43 43
Everton 16 15 7 55 40 15

David Moyes is renowned for being a defensive manager.

Javior Saviola in talks with Queens Park Rangers

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Javior Saviola in talks with Queens Park Rangers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ex-Malaga striker Javier Saviola is reportedly in talks with newly-relegated Championship side Queens Park Rangers.

The two parties are said to be thrashing out a deal, but have yet to confirm the news.

Why can’t Arsenal get rid of Bendtner?

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Why can't Arsenal get rid of Bendtner? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal fans, who thought that they might have finally seen the back of Nicklas Bendtner this summer, will be extremely disappointed with the situation that has unfolded, as it seems like the towering Dane is set to stay for another season, until his contract expires next year.

Arsenal in bid for Stephane Ruffier

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Arsenal in bid for Stephane Ruffier - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Saint-Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier has attracted interest from Arsenal this summer.

The London side are looking for competition for their current number one 'keeper Wojciech Szczesny, after selling back-up Vito Mannone to Sunderland.

Could Sunderland be the surprise package of the Premier League?

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Could Sunderland be the surprise package of the Premier League? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has been very busy in the summer transfer market.

The Black Cats have already made eight transfers to bolster the squad for the upcoming season while clearing out the deadwood.

Blinded By Love: Why All Arsenal Fans Are Deluded

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Blinded By Love: Why All Arsenal Fans Are Deluded - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Of all the clubs in the Premier League, Arsenal are without doubt the most infuriating to watch and support. One week they are showing Bayern Munich up at home and untouchable, the next they throw away a four nil lead against whichever team has done it to them this time.

How did Arsenal lose Jovetic to Man City?

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How did Arsenal lose Jovetic to Man City? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle knew full well that it was probably out of his means to keep hold of star striker Stevan Jovetic in the summer, after completing yet another impressive season in the Serie A.

Suárez Again Courts Controversy: What Next? Where Next?

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Suárez Again Courts Controversy: What Next? Where Next? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool's supremely talented 26-year old Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez excels in the art of controversy. There are surely few players with such a rich and varied portfolio of misdemeanors in modern football.

BT Sport to cover London and Merseyside derbies next season

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BT Sport to cover London and Merseyside derbies next season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

BT Sport have become the first providers (other than Sky Sports) to have the rights to show the London and Merseyside derbies next season. They have secured a series of top-pick games including Tottenham vs Chelsea, and Everton vs Liverpool.

Can the Premier League no longer compete with the European heavyweights?

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Can the Premier League no longer compete with the European heavyweights? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This summer has seen a number of big-name players linked with potential moves to the Premier League. However, a common trend has been seeing them sign for sides elsewhere in Europe.

Liverpool manager looking to spend in coming weeks

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Liverpool manager looking to spend in coming weeks - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This summer has turned out to be a brilliant window so far for Liverpool.

Despite the fact that the club has failed to make any marquee signings so far, four players have been signed, and the feel-good-factor has been reinstated at Anfield, with the general consensus being that manager Brendan Rodgers has done enough to bolster the squad.

Clement Chantome attracting Premier League interest

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Clement Chantome attracting Premier League interest - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

France international Clement Chantome has been making a name for himself for Paris Saint-Germain. The long-serving 25-year old came through the ranks with the Ligue 1 title holders and is now an established first-team player.

Sky Sports boast ‘the biggest ever season’ of Premier League football coverage

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Sky Sports boast ‘the biggest ever season' of Premier League football coverage - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The 2013/14 Premier League season has already been tipped as potentially the most exciting of recent years with Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea all changing managers this summer.

Premier League Transfer Analysis: Manchester City and Arsenal sniffing around La Liga duo Ronaldo and Fabregas

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Premier League Transfer Analysis: Manchester City and Arsenal sniffing around La Liga duo Ronaldo and Fabregas - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

We are in the second week of July and as expected the transfer market is gradually heating up, with press dishing out delicious scoops to meet the ravenous needs of the football fans from all over the world.

Kolo Toure looking to emulate Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher

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Kolo Toure looking to emulate Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

New Liverpool signing Kolo Toure has hailed legendary retired club defender Jamie Carragher as "great leader" and insisted it's an "honour" to represent such a big club.

The 32-year-old has moved to Anfield on a free transfer in the summer and pledged the fans that he'll do his best for the club.

Martinez crucial to Everton snapping up Spanish wonderkid

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Martinez crucial to Everton snapping up Spanish wonderkid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Everton have agreed a deal to bring one of the brightest prospects of Barcelona and Spain, Gerard Deulofeu, to Goodison Park on a year-long loan.

The 19-year-old was in sparkling form last season, scoring 18 goals for Barcelona B in 33 appearances, and signed a new contract in May that runs until 2017.

Mario Götze’s move to Bayern – value in absurdity

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Mario Götze's move to Bayern value in absurdity - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's one of those nightmare scenarios as a true football fan You support a club, follow a young player closely, you know he's tipped for greatness, he quickly becomes one of your favourites in the game and then before you know it, he's joining a club you come to detest over the years.

Playing it out from the back – Is Rodgers doing it right for Liverpool?

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Playing it out from the back Is Rodgers doing it right for Liverpool? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Played 54 – Won 25, Drew 15, Lost 14

Brendan Rodgers' record last season shows no significant progress than the record of Kenny Dalglish when he returned for his short stint. The current Liverpool manager has almost exactly the same net spend as Dalglish did now however.

Manchester United left red faced in their pursuit of Thiago Alcantara thanks to the influence of Guardiola

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Manchester United left red faced in their pursuit of Thiago Alcantara thanks to the influence of Guardiola - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Barcelona youngster Thiago Alcantara has snubbed the opportunity to join Manchester United and will unite with his former manager, Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, reports NBC Sports.

Chelsea renewing interest in Hulk

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Chelsea renewing interest in Hulk - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Despite numerous failed attempts from Chelsea to procure Hulk's signature, it does appear the Blues have renewed their interest in the Brazilian forward.

The 26-year old currently plays for Zenit Saint-Petersburg in the Russian Premier League.

Manchester United Captain Nemanja Vidic suffers yet another injury setback

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Manchester United Captain Nemanja Vidic suffers yet another injury setback - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United skipper Nemanja Vidic is set to miss the flight to Bangkok for the pre-season tour, with the defender thought to be suffering from painful nerve conditions, sciatica.

Manchester United looking to expand the brand by taking to Twitter finally

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Manchester United looking to expand the brand by taking to Twitter finally - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League Champions Manchester United have finally made their Twitter debut today, after achieving a considerable presence on Facebook.

Twitter, is a popular micro-blogging site, used as a networking and communication tool by football clubs to communicate with their fans.

Tottenham looking to strengthen the Belgian contingent at White Hart Lane with double deals

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Tottenham looking to strengthen the Belgian contingent at White Hart Lane with double deals - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly closing in on a deal for one of Belgium's brightest young prospects, Nacer Chadli from FC Twente, reports the Daily Mail.

Spurs are ready to dish out £6 million for the exciting winger, who is equally adept on both flanks.

Barcelona ignoring real issue behind fragile defence

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Barcelona ignoring real issue behind fragile defence - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

April 23, 2013: Bayern Munich 4-0 Barcelona The night the Catalan juggernaut wasexposed in the most spectacular of ways.A week later at the Camp Nou, the Bavarianswent on to adda further three goals to the aggregate score line, as if to prove it wasn't a fluke.

What now for Darren Bent?

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What now for Darren Bent? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With Aston Villa potentially possessing an array of solid options up-front for the forthcoming season in the shape of last season's top-scorer Christian Benteke and the emerging Andy Weimann; not to mention local lad Gabby Agbonlahor and recent arrival of giant Dane Nicklas Helenius from AaB, it goes without saying that Darren Bent's mixed time at Villa Park will soon be coming to an end.

Borussia Dortmund: Can Mkhitaryan Magic Overcome Götze’s Ghost?

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Borussia Dortmund: Can Mkhitaryan Magic Overcome Götze's Ghost? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Dortmund supporters are still reeling from the shock departure of their 21-year old German international star Mario Götze to their fiercest Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich.

In just a few seasons, former academy player Götze developed into a prodigious world-class talent.

Arsenal 2013-14 away kit – sparkling contrast of yellow and blue

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Arsenal 2013-14 away kit sparkling contrast of yellow and blue - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have unveiled their new away kit, in collaboration with Nike, for the upcoming 2013-14 season that happens to be fusion of the club's traditional away colours of yellow and blue, with a distinct contemporary style.

West Ham pondering move for Liverpool winger Stewart Downing

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West Ham pondering move for Liverpool winger Stewart Downing - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Following the £15M signing of Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, West Ham United are considering signing another Liverpool outcast in 28-year old Stewart Downing.

Signed from Aston Villa in 2011, Downing hasn't impressed for the large part during his two seasons with the Merseyside outfit.

Manchester United set to begin their title defense preparations under David Moyes

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Manchester United set to begin their title defense preparations under David Moyes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United players had their first opportunity to work with their new manager David Moyes, in a sun-baked day at the AON training complex, today.

Wayne Rooney, whose future has been well speculated in the media, was also seen enjoying his first day back at training, with the rest of the squad.

Tottenham must break the bank to secure Benteke

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Tottenham must break the bank to secure Benteke - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Christian Benteke has left Aston Villa stunned by handing in an official transfer request. The 22 year-old had become a fan favourite since moving from KRC Genk last summer for £7 million, scoring 23 goals in 39 appearances, but has now seemingly decided the time is right to secure a move to a bigger club.

Real Madrid distancing themselves from Mourinho reign

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Real Madrid distancing themselves from Mourinho reign - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Five weeks have passed since Jose Mourinho'sacrimonious departure from Real Madrid.In that time, Florentino Pérez has appointed Carlo Ancelotti as head coach, promoted Zinedine Zidane to being the Italian's assistant and looked to conclude deals for Spanish under-21 stars such as Isco, Dani Carvajal and Asier Illarramendi.

Tottenham Hotspur 2013-14 kits

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Tottenham Hotspur 2013-14 kits - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur have unveiled their new three-kit package for the 2013-14 season, with poster-boy Gareth Bale featuring heavily in the promotional ads.

The new kit sponsored by American manufacturer Under Armour, who had signed a five-year-contract with Spurs back in 2011, sport a huge logo of the club sponsor Hewlett-Packard in the front of their kit.

Darren Bent and Loic Remy are again being targeted by Newcastle

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Darren Bent and Loic Remy are again being targeted by Newcastle - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's been no secret Newcastle have been in the market for a striker this summer.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has wanted to address the side's obvious need for a prolific goalscorer.

Liverpool step up their bid for Aly Cissokho

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Liverpool step up their bid for Aly Cissokho - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Valencia left-back Aly Cissokho has been a transfer target for Liverpool throughout the 2012/13 season.

Despite the France international only joining Spanish La Liga side Valencia last summer, he did admit he would take any interest from Liverpool very seriously should they make a formal approach.

Mario Gomez: Fiorentina’s new striking sensation?

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Mario Gomez: Fiorentina's new striking sensation? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Mario Gomez is set to complete his move to AC Fiorentina,withBayern Munich today announcing that a deal has been agreed between both clubs, reportedly worth up to €20 million.

Speaking on the club's official website, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rumenigge acknowledged the striker's contributions towards the club's success culminating in a historic treble-winning season as well as wishing Gomez luck as a Fiorentina player.

PSG’s proposed Cavani signing could signal Ibrahimovic exit

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PSG's proposed Cavani signing could signal Ibrahimovic exit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to reports, PSG have won the race to sign Napoli's 26-year old prolific Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani.

Cavani, whose contract at Napoli runs until 2017, finished last season as Serie A's top goal scorer with 29 goals as the Azzurri finished runners-up to champions, Juventus.

Exodus begins at Barcelona as Atletico Madrid snap up David Villa on a bargain

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Exodus begins at Barcelona as Atletico Madrid snap up David Villa on a bargain - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Barcelona have announced that they have agreed in principle to a deal, pending medical, with Atletico Madrid to sell star striker David Villa.

David Villa seals a move to Atletico Madrid

The 31-year-old would sign a contract with the Los Colchoneros for the next three years.

Manchester United’s new Russian connection

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Manchester United's new Russian connection - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United took the first step in warming up to the Russian market by signing a commercial deal with the state-owned Russian airlines Aeroflot.

The agreement was signed in Old Trafford where new manager David Moyes was in attendance.

Arsenal’s £30m bid for Luis Suarez rebuffed by Liverpool

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Arsenal's £30m bid for Luis Suarez rebuffed by Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have rejected a reported £30 million offer from Arsenal for star striker Luis Suarez and remain adamant that they would not consider an offer for their top player from any Premier League rival clubs.

Manchester United and Barcelona at loggerheads with Rooney and Thiago swap

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Manchester United and Barcelona at loggerheads with Rooney and Thiago swap - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Wayne Rooney saga refuses to draw a conclusion despite David Moyes' bold statement in his opening press conference as a Manchester United boss, where he reaffirmed his desire to keep hold of the England international.

Ambitious Tottenham primed to challenge

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Ambitious Tottenham primed to challenge - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Life as a Tottenham fan can be difficult, with the end of a season often met with an overriding sense of heartache. This is especially the case for the new generation of Spurs fans, who have witnessed talented squads come agonizingly close to achieving their ultimate ambition of Champions League football, only to fall short at the last hurdle.

Could Victor Moses be on his way to Everton?

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Could Victor Moses be on his way to Everton? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea winger Victor Moses has emerged a potential transfer target for Everton this summer.

The 22-year old Nigerian international signed for the Blues from Wigan Athletic in 2012, and made 13 Premier League starts this season.

Liverpool and Swansea in bid for Gylfi Sigurdsson

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Liverpool and Swansea in bid for Gylfi Sigurdsson - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League sides Liverpool and Swansea City look set to battle it out over Tottenham Hotspur's young Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.

The 23-year old has had an indifferent debut season with the London side, and has largely failed to impress.

Manchester City lining up Jose Salomon Rondon to ease striker woes

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Manchester City lining up Jose Salomon Rondon to ease striker woes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Rubin Kazan striker Jose Salomon Rondon has emerged a summer target for Premier League runners-up Manchester City.

The 23-year old Venezuelan international has represented his country on 31 occasions, scoring 11 goals.

Juventus summer signings to secure dynasty

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Juventus summer signings to secure dynasty - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Withthe transfer window having only officially opened a week ago, Juventus have already went a long way to securing their position at the top of Serie A for the foreseeable future. Indeed, the Old Lady may now even be in a position to view winning the Champions League as a realistic ambition.

Dortmund and Leverkusen to go head-to-head for Lukas Podolski

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Dortmund and Leverkusen to go head-to-head for Lukas Podolski - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal's out-of-favour forward Lukas Podolski has been linked with a summer move to Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen. His asking price is said to be around €10M.

Bundesliga runners-up Dortmund are keen on recruiting the German international as they prepare to cope for life without their striker Robert Lewandowski who has been linked with Bundesliga title holders Bayern Munich, La Liga runners-up Real Madrid, and Premier League champions Manchester United for a reported €35M transfer fee.

Could Javier Hernandez leave Manchester United this summer?

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Could Javier Hernandez leave Manchester United this summer? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund, and Napoli are all in the market this summer for a proven prolific goalscorer, and Manchester United's Javier Hernandez could certainly prove to be the ideal candidate.

Chelsea Transfer Round Up: Benteke a possible solution to the Blues’ striking conundrum

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Chelsea Transfer Round Up: Benteke a possible solution to the Blues' striking conundrum - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's search for a top-quality striker continues as the Portuguese is now believed to be lining up a shock move for Aston Villa's highly promising Belgian striker Christian Benteke.

Question marks hanging over Younes Kaboul’s future with Tottenham

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Question marks hanging over Younes Kaboul's future with Tottenham - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur's central defender Younes Kaboul has been linked with a number of sides across Europe this summer most notably, French Ligue One sides Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco.

The 27-year old France international is currently in his second spell with Tottenham, after re-signing from League Two side Portsmouth in 2010.

Liverpool must overcome their emotions and snub Xabi Alonso for the greater good

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Liverpool must overcome their emotions and snub Xabi Alonso for the greater good - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The signing of Kolo Toure has proven one point perfectly, if not a few more. That is, Liverpool's all new recruitment policy of not investing on players over the age of 30 definitely has an exception or two provided the signing adds value to the squad.

Borussia Dortmund 2013-14 kits

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Borussia Dortmund 2013-14 kits - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Puma have, today launched the brand new home kit of the Champions League Runners-up Borussia Dortmund for the 2013/14 season at a special event in Dortmund's Westfalen Park.

In an innovative style, replicating their way of playing on the football pitch, the image and design of the new kit was displayed, where 80, 645 yellow flowers were planted in the mould of a football shirt, covering an area of over thousand square metres, to make it visible to the public at the heart of Dortmund.

Lionel Messi’s new Adidas adizero F50 boots

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Lionel Messi's new Adidas adizero F50 boots - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Adidas have announced the launch of adizero F50 football boots for Lionel Messi. The German manufacturers believe that the new boots will escalate the performances of the Barcelona genius to a whole new level.

Liverpool 2013-14 third kit – a perfect blend of old and new

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Liverpool 2013-14 third kit a perfect blend of old and new - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool football club have revealed their new third kit design, in collaboration with Warrior Football, completing the full three-kit package for the 2013/14 campaign (see the 2013/14 home kit and the 2013/14 away kit).

Why Manchester City should hold on to Edin Dzeko

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Why Manchester City should hold on to Edin Dzeko - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Bosnia & Herzegovina international striker Edin Dzeko has been linked with a move away from Manchester City this summer, and the Citizens are said to be considering offers for the right price.

What's more bemusing about the decision is City have endured a season of disappointment and underperforming players, but Dzeko has remained consistent as ever for the majority.

Why Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be swapping clubs this summer

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Why Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo won't be swapping clubs this summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney (left) and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo (right) have both been linked with summer moves away from their respective clubs to each others'.

Chelsea looking to sign ‘the new Marcel Desailly’

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Chelsea looking to sign 'the new Marcel Desailly' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

French Ligue One side AS Saint-Etienne have issued a hands-off warning to Premier League side Chelsea, following reported interest in their young centre-back Kurt Zouma from the Europa League winners.

His playing style has already drawn comparisons to ex-Chelsea and France centreback Marcel Desailly a player Zouma is said to have idolised grown up.

Carlos Tevez: A Mercenary in a Legend’s Shoes?

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Carlos Tevez: A Mercenary in a Legend's Shoes? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There can be no doubting Alessandro Del Piero's enduring legacy on the Italian game. The diminutive Italian submitted defenders to an almost two-decade-long torrent of footballing abuse for Juventus; showed genuine humility and loyalty to drop down a division with his beloved 'Old Lady', andall the whileevolvinginto an Italian icon for many of the up and coming youth to aspire to.

Manchester City look to Pablo Osvaldo to replace Carlos Tevez

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Manchester City look to Pablo Osvaldo to replace Carlos Tevez - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Roma striker Pablo Osvaldo is reported to be lined up by Premier League side Manchester City as a replacement for Carlos Tevez who left to join Serie A holders Juventus this summer.

The 27-year old has enjoyed a prolific season with Roma scoring an impressive 16 goals in 29 Serie A games.

Premier League Transfer Round Up: Wayne Rooney set to stay claims the Chosen One

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Premier League Transfer Round Up: Wayne Rooney set to stay claims the Chosen One - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

David Moyes handled the inquisitions regarding the Wayne Rooney transfer saga, in his first press conference as the manager of Manchester United, very well.

Instead of conventional style of evading the questions, Moyes responded graciously with a certain degree of diplomacy and in turn rubbishing reports that the maverick striker is up for sale.

Tottenham and Newcastle to fight it out over QPR’s Loic Remy

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Tottenham and Newcastle to fight it out over QPR's Loic Remy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Queens Park Ranger striker Loic Remy has been the subject of interest for Premier League sides Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United. His asking price is said to be around £5M, but no official bid has been made from either club as of yet.

Benfica resigned to losing Chelsea-bound Nemanja Matic

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Benfica resigned to losing Chelsea-bound Nemanja Matic - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic has been attracting interest from a number of sides across Europe. However, Premier League side Chelsea look to be the favourites to procure his signature this summer.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan snubs Liverpool with the lure of Champions league proving hard to turn down

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan snubs Liverpool with the lure of Champions league proving hard to turn down - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are set to miss out on one of their prime transfer targets this summer, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, after the German giants Borussia Dortmund took a considerable step forward in a bid to hijack the deal for the Armenian, from right under the noses of the Reds.

Five ways Higuain will make Arsenal a better team

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Five ways Higuain will make Arsenal a better team - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Reports suggest Arsenal are close to securing a deal for Gonzalo Higuain of Real Madrid, which would be a superb signing for the club and a real statement of intent.

Higuain has been linked with the Gunners for several weeks and now that the transfer window has opened, Arsenal appear close to announcing that they have done a deal for the Argentinian striker.

Premier League transfer news: Arsenal close to Higuain deal

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Premier League transfer news: Arsenal close to Higuain deal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain is on the verge of a £23 million transfer to Arsenal. The striker has been linked with the Gunners for several weeks but he's thought to be close to completing a three-year deal.

Liverpool planning for life after Suarez as Reds issue ultimatum to the want-away Uruguayan

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Liverpool planning for life after Suarez as Reds issue ultimatum to the want-away Uruguayan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Luis Suarez remains the only thorn in the flesh for Liverpool, in an otherwise an excellent and commendable summer transfer window for the Reds so far.

The 26-year-old Uruguayan has been chased by several European heavy weights, including the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, following admissions from the player himself that he is getting dis-enchanted with life in England and is actively seeking a move abroad.

Chelsea set to loosen the purse strings in order to land World Cup winning midfielder

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Chelsea set to loosen the purse strings in order to land World Cup winning midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former European champions, Chelsea are thought to be lining up an offer for the Roma midfield maestro Daniele de Rossi and are willing to go to any lengths in order to lure the Italian.

Gonzalo Higuain to fill the shoes of Van Persie at Arsenal?

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Gonzalo Higuain to fill the shoes of Van Persie at Arsenal? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Gonzalo Higuain looks finally set to join Arsenal, after his parent club Real Madrid granted the player and his father-cum-agent, Jorge Higuain, the permission to further the negotiations with Arsenal.

Barcelona eyeing swap deal for Rooney amidst Manchester United’s petrifying stance

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Barcelona eyeing swap deal for Rooney amidst Manchester United's petrifying stance - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are set to toughen their handling of the want-away English forward, Wayne Rooney.

The Old Trafford outfit remain adamant that Rooney will not be sold this summer and plan to demand a formal transfer request, should the player and his agent try to engineer a move away.

Out-of-favour Manchester United winger a summer target for Monaco

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Out-of-favour Manchester United winger a summer target for Monaco - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United winger Nani is reportedly generating interest from newly-promoted French Ligue One side Monaco. His asking price is said to be around £10M.

The 26-year old Portuguese international has dropped further down the pecking-order with the Premier League side and is said to be considering his options for the 2013/14 season.

Five reasons for Victor Wanyama to stay at Celtic

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Five reasons for Victor Wanyama to stay at Celtic - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama has been consistently linked with moves away from Scotland following his impressive performances in the Champions League last season.

Southampton and Cardiff City have now come to the table with serious offers for him, but it may not be a bad idea if he considers the possibility of staying with Celtic and holds out for a bigger move to Manchester United, Liverpool or Arsenal.

Five ways Tottenham can make it harder for Real Madrid to sign Bale

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Five ways Tottenham can make it harder for Real Madrid to sign Bale - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Recent reports from the Spanish press have suggested that Real Madrid have given up on the possibility of signing Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur until next summer.

That's superb news for Spurs because it gives them a unique chance to hang onto one of their best players and create a situation where it will become much more difficult for the Spanish giants to get their hand on their best player.

Alvaro Negredo – The final piece of Pellegrini’s jigsaw?

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Alvaro Negredo The final piece of Pellegrini's jigsaw? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City are reportedly looking to fill the gaping hole left by Carlos Tevez, who signed for Juventus last week, by signing the Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo.

According to reports from Sky Sports, City are thought to be lining up a move for the 27-year-old, while reports in Spain suggest that a deal could be struck for a fee, in the region of £24 million.

Chelsea Confirm Signing of Dutch Midfielder Van Ginkel

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Chelsea Confirm Signing of Dutch Midfielder Van Ginkel - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have agreed terms with Dutch Eredivisie side Vitesse for the signing of young Dutch midfielder Marco Van Ginkel.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho sees Van Ginkel as a potential long-term replacement for long-serving Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, who is nearing the end of his playing career.

Premier League transfer news: Suarez to Arsenal and Madrid give up on Bale

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Premier League transfer news: Suarez to Arsenal and Madrid give up on Bale - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have been linked with a sensational move to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. A flurry of bets in Spain suggested Suarez was on the verge of a switch to the Emirates stadium, forcing the bookies to close the betting market for his next destination.

Isco – Real Madrid’s latest Galactico is just getting started

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Isco Real Madrid's latest Galactico is just getting started - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

"The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he's dead" ― Bette Davis

Francisco Roman Alarcon Suarez aka Isco was unveiled yesterday as a Real Madrid player, having successfully completed the move from La Liga outfit Malaga for a reported fee of €30 million.

Neville and Giggs join coaching staff at Manchester United

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Neville and Giggs join coaching staff at Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs will take up the player-coaching role from next season, the club has announced today.

The 39-year-old, who agreed a one-year contract extension last term, will re-unite with former defender Phil Neville as a member of David Moyes' backroom staff.

Made in Germany: The Premier League elite home in on some of the Bundesliga’s top talents

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Made in Germany: The Premier League elite home in on some of the Bundesliga's top talents - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Bayern Munich's spectacular success in last season's Champions league certainly turned heads. The sight of Jupp Heynckes' side ploughing through the champions of Italy in the quarters, and clinically despatching the mighty Barcelona in the semi-finals, will live long in the memory.

Chelsea reaffirm their interest in John Ruddy

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Chelsea reaffirm their interest in John Ruddy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy is once again the subject of interest for Europa League winners Chelsea. The London side want a back-up goalkeeper for long-serving veteran Petr Cech, and regard Ruddy as the ideal choice.

Liverpool clubs reportedly interested in Manchester City winger

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Liverpool clubs reportedly interested in Manchester City winger - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Out-of-favour winger Scott Sinclair, currently of Manchester City, could be loaned out this season to get regular first-team football.

The 24-year old has failed to force his way into the starting line-up at Manchester City making only two Premier League starts last season.

Does Nikica Jelavic have a future at Everton?

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Does Nikica Jelavic have a future at Everton? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Croatian international striker Nikica Jelavic has had question marks over his future with Everton after a season to forget in the Premier League.

Upon his initial signing from Scottish Second Division side Rangers in the 2012 January transfer window, Jelavic netted nine goals in 13 league games during the second half of the 2011/12 season.

Is Ronaldo missing his glory days at Manchester United?

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Is Ronaldo missing his glory days at Manchester United? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Crsitiano Ronaldo's love for Manchester United is no secret, however his feelings will bear different connotations this season, amidst speculations that the Portuguese superstar is itching to relive his glories in the red of Manchester.

Tottenham to sell misfiring striker Emmanuel Adebayor

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Tottenham to sell misfiring striker Emmanuel Adebayor - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Togo international striker Emmanuel Adebayor looks set to be sold this summer, as Tottenham Hotspur manager Andres Villas-Boas starts a clearout of players surplus to requirements.

During his time as a Manchester City player, he underwent two season-long loan spells to Real Madrid and Tottenham respectively.

Darren Bent in Aston Villa Exile

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Darren Bent in Aston Villa Exile - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Out-of-favour striker Darren Bent has been forced out of the first-team dressing room at Villa's training ground, and is now having to train alongside a group of fellow exiles Stephen Ireland and Alan Hutton.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert wants Bent's £60K-a-week off the wage bill, and is hoping a side will make an official bid for his services in the coming weeks.

Stoke City sign Barcelona defender Marc Muniesa

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Stoke City sign Barcelona defender Marc Muniesa - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spanish U21 international defender Marc Muniesa has signed for Premier League side Stoke City on a free transfer. The 21-year old has signed a four-year deal with the Potters.

‘I'm very excited about moving to England to play for Stoke City and will do everything I can to help the Club.

Swansea Have £6M Bid Accepted for Jonjo Shelvey

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Swansea Have £6M Bid Accepted for Jonjo Shelvey - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have accepted a £6M bid from Swansea City for midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.

The 21-year old made 69 appearances for the Merseyside giants, but more than half of them were from the bench. During his three years with Liverpool, Shelvey averaged just 50 minutes of playing time per game.

Is James Milner being forced out of Manchester City?

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Is James Milner being forced out of Manchester City? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England international midfielder James Milner has been at Manchester City since 2010 making 112 appearances in all competitions.

Despite the Citizens' transformation into one of the biggest clubs in the world, Milner has still managed to be an important regular for the side.

Have Swansea City secured the bargain of the summer?

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Have Swansea City secured the bargain of the summer? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Swansea City could well have secured the bargain of the summer with the £6 million capture of Liverpool's Jonjo Shelvey.

The Swans and Liverpool have agreed the fee, which means providing Shelvey and his new club can agree terms, the deal should go through without a problem now the transfer window is open.

Has Harry Redknapp just drafted in his successor?

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Has Harry Redknapp just drafted in his successor? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Steve McClaren

Steve McLaren's arrival at Queens Park Rangers could offer Harry Redknapp a way out of Loftus Road.

Redknapp was drafted in to take charge of QPR last season, with the ultimate aim of keeping them in the Premier League.

Hull City and West Ham in the market for Richard Dunne

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Hull City and West Ham in the market for Richard Dunne - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Republic of Ireland centreback Richard Dunne is the subject of interest from West Ham United and newly-promoted Hull City.

The 33-year old was released by Aston Villa this summer, following an injury-hit season which saw the defender sidelined for the entire duration of the 2012/13 Premier League campaign.

Chelsea Transfer Round Up: Mourinho left Blue faced in the pursuit of El Shaarawy

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Chelsea Transfer Round Up: Mourinho left Blue faced in the pursuit of El Shaarawy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

AC Milan have sounded out a hands-off warning to those interested, that star winger Stephan El Shaarawy will not be sold in the summer, following rumours of strong interest from Premier League outfits – Chelsea and Manchester City.

Premier League transfer news: Chelsea to focus on Rooney

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Premier League transfer news: Chelsea to focus on Rooney - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are ready to switch their focus to signing Wayne Rooney from Manchester United. The blues' planned deal for Edinson Cavani could fall through due to Napoli's incredibly high transfer fee demand.

Thiago Alcantara set to cut the ribbons for Manchester United boss

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Thiago Alcantara set to cut the ribbons for Manchester United boss - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League champions Manchester United are "very close" to signing Thiago Alcantara, following emergence of reports, that the Red Devils have all but wrapped up the deal to lure the Barcelona prodigy away from Camp Nou this summer.

Bayern Munich considering £35m swoop for Chelsea’s David Luiz

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Bayern Munich considering £35m swoop for Chelsea's David Luiz - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

German giants Bayern Munich are set to launch a £35 million bid for Chelsea's highly rated defender David Luiz, according to the Daily Mirror.

The 26-year-old played an integral part in Brazil's Confederations Cup win, where his incredible goal-line clearance against Spain in the final was one of the pivotal moments of the match.

Five reasons Arsenal should up their offer for Lars Bender

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Five reasons Arsenal should up their offer for Lars Bender - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have just had an £18.5 million bid for Bayer Leverkusen's Lars Bender rejected but there are several reasons why they should go back with a much bigger offer.

The 24-year-old is currently rated as one of the best defensive central midfielders in Europe and he was touted as the ideal player to fill in at Manchester United at various points last season.

Five ways Paulinho will make Tottenham Hotspur a better team

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Five ways Paulinho will make Tottenham Hotspur a better team - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham have sealed a deal for Paulinho from Corinthians

Paulinho is set to complete his move to Tottenham Hotspur to become one of Andre Villas-Boas' first signings this summer.

He's a player that Real Madrid tried to poach so spurs have got themselves a key midfielder and a player who could dramatically improve their side in a number of different ways.

Premier League transfer news: Bayern Munich in for David Luiz

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Premier League transfer news: Bayern Munich in for David Luiz - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Reports in the British press this morning have suggested David Luiz is a £35 million target for Bayern Munich. The Brazilian defender has also been linked with moves to Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

Chelsea join Arsenal in the race to land Wayne Rooney

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Chelsea join Arsenal in the race to land Wayne Rooney - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are preparing a £20 million bid to land striker Wayne Rooney from Manchester United, according to reports from The Telegraph.

The 27-year-old has been tracked by several top clubs but it is understood that the England international would prefer a move to Stamford Bridge as he is most attracted by the prospect of working with Jose Mourinho.

Gary Hooper needs to make a big decision on his future

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Gary Hooper needs to make a big decision on his future - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Celtic's prolific striker Gary Hooper has once again found himself the subject of interest from a host of Premier League sides this summer.

The Bhoys' top scorer is getting ever closer to reaching his prime, and his contract will expire at the end of the coming season.

James Perch close to joining Wigan Athletic

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James Perch close to joining Wigan Athletic - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Out-of-favour utility man James Perch, currently at Newcastle United, is nearing a £1 million move to the English Championship outfit Wigan Athletic.

The newly-relegated side, who won the FA Cup last season, are keen on making the 27-year old Newcastle player their fourth signing of the summer after left-back Stephen Crainey, midfielder Chris McCann, and centre-back Thomas Rogne all joined the side.

Stoke and Hull City going head-to-head in the race to sign Charlie Austin

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Stoke and Hull City going head-to-head in the race to sign Charlie Austin - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Burnley striker Charlie Austin again faces emerging rumours of Premier League interest in his services. This summer has seen a number of sides linked, with Hull reported to have run the race to sign him, but Stoke have hijacked the deal and are now potential favourites to procure his signature.

Arsenal Transfer Round Up: Gunners sign Yaya Sanogo

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Arsenal Transfer Round Up: Gunners sign Yaya Sanogo - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have announced the signing of France Under-20 striker Yaya Sanogo, who joined the club on a long-term contract.

Meet Arsenal's new boy Yaya Sanogo

The 20-year-old, who refused to sign a new contract with Ligue 2 side Auxerre, made 24 appearances for the French side and scored 11 goals.

Could Adam Le Fondre Fill the Void for a Newly-Promoted Premier League Side?

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Could Adam Le Fondre Fill the Void for a Newly-Promoted Premier League Side? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With Reading now relegated to the Championship, their top scorer Adam Le Fondre could surely fill the void at one of the newly-promoted Premier League teams Cardiff City, Crystal Palace, and Hull City.

Sunderland Announce the Signings of Cabral, Diakite, and Robergo All on Free Transfers

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Sunderland Announce the Signings of Cabral, Diakite, and Robergo All on Free Transfers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sunderland have completed the signings of Basel midfielder Adilson Tavares Varela (centre), known as Cabral, Lazio defender Modibo Diakite (left), and Maritimo defender Valentin Roberge (right) all on a free transfer and the aforementioned trio have signed three-year deals with the North-East side.

Is Pepe Reina’s reign at Liverpool coming to an end?

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Is Pepe Reina's reign at Liverpool coming to an end? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Barcelona have renewed their interest in Liverpool goal keeper Pepe Reina, as they seek a long-term- replacement for goal-keeper Victor Valdes, who looks all set to leave the Catalan club at the end of next season.

Is Pepe Reina’s reign at Liverpool coming to an end?

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Is Pepe Reina's reign at Liverpool coming to an end? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Barcelona have renewed their interest in Liverpool goal keeper Pepe Reina, as they seek a long-term- replacement for goal-keeper Victor Valdes, who looks all set to leave the Catalan club at the end of next season.

Arsenal Transfer Round Up: Gunners’ €23m Lars Bender offer rejected

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Arsenal Transfer Round Up: Gunners' €23m Lars Bender offer rejected - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

German giants Bayern Leverkusen have rejected Arsenal's offer of €23 million for defensive midfielder Lars Bender, as per reports from German publication Express.

Bayer Leverkusen general manager Wolfgang Holzhauser is not keen to sell another star player in the summer, having already sold Andre Schurrle to Chelsea and Daniel Carvajal to Real Madrid.

Can Liverpool bring Mamadou Sakho to the Premier League?

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Can Liverpool bring Mamadou Sakho to the Premier League? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

France international Mamadou Sakho, currently of French Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain, has been the subject of interest for a number of European sides this summer. It now appears Liverpool have entered the race for the out-of-favour centreback.

Cardiff Move a Step Closer to Signing Blackpool’s Tom Ince

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Cardiff Move a Step Closer to Signing Blackpool's Tom Ince - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Newly-promoted Premier League side Cardiff City have had a bid accepted by Blackpool for England U21 international Tom Ince reportedly around £8M.

‘Cardiff have come in massively for Thomas, and it's been accepted.

Wigan Agree Fee with Bursaspor for Scott Carson

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Wigan Agree Fee with Bursaspor for Scott Carson - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Scott Carson, currently playing for Turkish side Bursaspor, looks set to sign for newly-relegated Championship side Wigan Athletic. The Lactics have reportedly agreed a fee with Bursaspor for the ex-West Brom goalkeeper said to be around £700K.

End of an era? No. Spain just need a world-class striker

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End of an era? No. Spain just need a world-class striker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

"It's the changing of the guard," some may shout. "End of an era," others will claim. While Brazil's mauling of Spain in Sunday's Confederations Cup final was a dark moment for Vicente del Bosque's world and European Champions, to write them off is utter madness.