SoccerLens Archives for January 2014

Chelsea set to sign £12.5m French defender

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Chelsea set to sign £12.5m French defender - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are reportedly close to completing a £12.5m deal for St Etienne centre-back Kurt Zouma.

According to Sky Sports, the 19-year-old defender is set to sign a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge, and will be immediately loaned back to the Ligue 1 side for the remainder of the season.

PHOTO: Wilfried Zaha and Fabio in Cardiff training kits

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PHOTO: Wilfried Zaha and Fabio in Cardiff training kits - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha has finally completed his loan move to fellow Premier League side Cardiff City, with the England international joining the Bluebirds for the remainder of the season.

Blow For Arsenal – Julian Draxler will not leave Schalke in January

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Blow For Arsenal Julian Draxler will not leave Schalke in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have suffered a major blow in their chase for Julian Draxler, after Schalke O4 sporting director Horst Heldt insisted the Bundesliga outfit have no interest in selling one of their prized asset in the January transfer window.

Vucinic turns down Arsenal, wants Juve stay

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Vucinic turns down Arsenal, wants Juve stay - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Mirko Vucinic has turned down the offer to join Arsenal, rather wants to stay at Juventus for the rest of the season.

Early in the day, we reported that the 30-year-old is due to fly to London for medical with Arsenal, but latest report saying that he has taken himself off the market.

Chelsea agree €3m deal for Croatian midfielder

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Chelsea agree €3m deal for Croatian midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have reportedly agreed a €3mdeal with Croatian sideHajduk Split for midfielderMarioPasalic.

According to Gianlucadimarzio.com, Pasalic has agreed to move to Stamford Bridge, having flown to London with the Hajduk club president, and will become the Blues' fourth January signing.

Pellegrini chases Manchester United and Liverpool midfield target

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Pellegrini chases Manchester United and Liverpool midfield target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City have joined the race to sign Porto midfielder Fernando, who is also a reported target of Liverpool and Manchester United.

Both Manchester United and Liverpool are in need to bolster their midfield in January and have targeted the 26-year-old, whose contract will expire after the end of the season.

Chelsea’s deficiencies should not be masked by West Ham’s resilience

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Chelsea's deficiencies should not be masked by West Ham's resilience - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The frustrating 0-0 draw against West Ham will surely have cemented in Jose Mourinho's mind, the simple fact that all Blues' fans have been aware of since the season got under way. That is, despite having an immensely creative three midfield players, without a regular goal-scoring striker, any challenge for a major trophy is going to be compromised.

Pellegrini Eyes Move For £30m Chelsea and Manchester United target

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Pellegrini Eyes Move For £30m Chelsea and Manchester United target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City are ready to flex their muscles in the remaining days of the January transfer window, after reported emerged that the Premier League outfit have opened discussions with FC Porto to sign Eliaquim Mangala.

Arsenal keen to sign Liverpool target on loan

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Arsenal keen to sign Liverpool target on loan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are not only keen to land Julian Draxler, but are also monitoring the options the buying one or two more players before the transfer deadline day.

The Gunners are keen to land Barcelona forward Cristian Tello on loan for the rest of the season and are poised to make a bid, after Aaron Ramsey suffered an injury setback.

Chelsea told to stump up £18m for potential John Terry replacement

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Chelsea told to stump up £18m for potential John Terry replacement - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have been one of the busier Premier League sides in the this January's transfer window, adding Mohamed Salah and Nemanja Matic to their star-studded squad.

Reports in both France and England today are suggesting that Jose Mourinho could well be ready to make that a trio – but only if the Blues can agree a fee for their next target.

Ideal Manchester United midfield target reacts angrily after substitution

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Ideal Manchester United midfield target reacts angrily after substitution - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United's lack of creativity in midfield has been somewhat sorted by the introduction of Juan Mata, but David Moyes is believed to still be in the market for an energetic box-to-box player to take the side forward.

Medical scheduled – Arsenal on the verge of signing Serie A hitman

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Medical scheduled Arsenal on the verge of signing Serie A hitman - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to Tuttosport, Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic is due to fly to London for a medical with Arsenal today, with the Montenegro captain nearing a move to the Gunners.

Vucinic, 30, was expected to move to Serie A side Inter Milan in a swap deal including Fredy Guarin, but this fell through, leaving the way clear for Arsenal to swoop for the attacker.

Mario Pasalic flies to London to seal Chelsea move

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Mario Pasalic flies to London to seal Chelsea move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea could be on the verge of making their fourth signing of the January window, with Italian sources claiming thatHajduk Split midfielderMario Pasalic has flown to London to seal a move to Stamford Bridge.

PHOTO: Real Madrid 2014-15 Home Kit Leaked

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PHOTO: Real Madrid 2014-15 Home Kit Leaked - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Home kit of Real Madrid has been leaked, according to Exclusive information from Footy Headlines. The new Real Madrid away kit will be pink in colour.

Once again, Madrid will use three different new kits for their 2014-15 season and the recommended price has been increased from €80m to €85m.

How West Brom Can Defeat Liverpool

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How West Brom Can Defeat Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

West Bromwich Albion come up against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, live on television. Both teams come off the back of high scoring derby games, but only The Reds came out victorious. Albion managed the double over Liverpool this season, but how will they be able to pick up all three points when the club from Merseyside visit the Hawthorns?

Liverpool negotiations for €19m winger ‘enter final stages’

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Liverpool negotiations for €19m winger 'enter final stages' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool's capture of FC Dnipro wingerYevhen Konoplyanka is reportedly close to completion, with Ukrainian international set to move to Anfield for an increased fee of€19m.

Konoplyanka, who was thrust into the transfer spotlight early this week, has emerged as Brendan Rodgers' number one target this January, and according to the unofficial Dnipro website, a Liverpool delegation has flown to Ukraine to finalise the move with Dnipro executive Andriy Rusol.

PHOTO: Yohan Cabaye wears PSG shirt after £19m move

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PHOTO: Yohan Cabaye wears PSG shirt after £19m move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

French midfielder Yohan Cabaye has completed his move from Newcastle to PSG for a fee of £19m.

The 28-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal at the Parc des Princes, having completed his medical in the French capital on Wednesday.

PHOTO: Luuk de Jong in the Newcastle shirt

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PHOTO: Luuk de Jong in the Newcastle shirt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Newcastle have completed the loan signing of Dutch striker Luuk de Jong fromBorussia Monchengladbach.

The 23-year-old Holland international completed his medical at St James Park this afternoon, and joins the Magpies for the remainder of the season.

Scouting Konoplyanka – Liverpool’s next big signing?

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Scouting Konoplyanka Liverpool's next big signing? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are keen to add at least one top quality player to their squad before the January window closes, and if reports are to be believed, manager Brendan Rodgers is targeting Ukrainian attacker Yevhen Konoplyanka.

Done Deal? Liverpool ‘agree €18m fee’ for winger Konoplyanka

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Done Deal? Liverpool 'agree €18m fee' for winger Konoplyanka - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are closing in on FC Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka, with the Mirror claiming that the clubs have agreed an €18m fee for the player.

The 24-year-old Ukrainian has emerged as Brendan Rodgers new number one target this January, after Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah opted for a move to Chelsea last week.

Manchester United duo are best in the world: Mata

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Manchester United duo are best in the world: Mata - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United new boy Juan Mata has claimed that Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are two of the best strikers in the world.

The Spaniard, who joined the Old Trafford club on a club-record transfer fee, was involved against Cardiff City last night and did put up a polished performance.

Negotiations advancing – Arsenal determined to sign Julian Draxler

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Negotiations advancing Arsenal determined to sign Julian Draxler - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

An Arsenal delegation is said to be currently in Germany, with the future of Schalke 04 star Julian Draxler set to be decided in the coming days.

Arsenal are very keen to sign the 20-year-old German this month, and according to Sky Sports, the Gunners have sent a delegation to negotiate with Schalke 04, with the German club looking for the full £37m of his buyout clause.

PHOTO: Lacina Traore with the Everton Shirt

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PHOTO: Lacina Traore with the Everton Shirt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Everton unveiled new signing Lacina Traore today, with the giant Ivory Coast striker joining the Toffees until the end of the season.

The forward, at 6ft 8in, breaks the record of Birmingham's Nicola Zigic for tallest striker ever in the Premier League, and moves to Goodison Park from the principality for the remainder of the season.

Injury to Lukaku could derail Everton’s season

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Injury to Lukaku could derail Everton's season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Just when everything was looking rosy in Roberto Martinez's Everton garden, the capricious fates of football take a hand. As if losing the Merseyside derby wasn't bad enough, an injury to on-loan Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku may mean that the Chelsea player may have kicked his last ball for the Toffees.

Manchester United given hope in £25m rated midfielder chase

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Manchester United given hope in £25m rated midfielder chase - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the last few days of the transfer window upon us, the Premier League's big clubs will continue their efforts to sign that certain player that could well lead them to silverware this term.

Manchester United in line to secure £70m world-record kit deal

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Manchester United in line to secure £70m world-record kit deal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United could pull off a stunning world-record kit deal worth as much as £70 million a year, as sponsorship war develops between sportswear companies.

The Red Devil's current contract with Nike expires next year and the Champions are locked in a battle with three leading shirt sponsors for the most lucrative and mouth-watering sponsorship contracts in sport.

Sherwood admits two midfielders could leave Tottenham this week

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Sherwood admits two midfielders could leave Tottenham this week - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham have been surprisingly quiet in the January transfer window, with no real substance in any rumblings of new players heading towards White Hart Lane.

It may well be that the north London side actually see players leave the club rather than new faces arrive this week.

Talks ongoing – Liverpool keen to land Konoplianka before deadline day

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Talks ongoing Liverpool keen to land Konoplianka before deadline day - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are hoping to sign highly rated Ukrainian wingerYevhen Konoplianka before the transfer window closes, with the Reds set to pay up to £16m for his services.

According to the Guardian,Konoplianka is being targeted by Brendan Rodgers as an alternative to Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah, with Liverpool missing out on the 21-year-old to Chelsea last week.

Liverpool’s €15m target will be allowed to leave – bad news for Arsenal

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Liverpool's €15m target will be allowed to leave bad news for Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A newspaper article in Portugal today will come as interesting reading for Premier League fans, with Benfica reportedly willing to only sell one more player in the January transfer window.

Negotiations ongoing – Inter Milan closing in on Man Utd winger

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Negotiations ongoing Inter Milan closing in on Man Utd winger - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to respected Italian sources, Inter Milan are currently in talks with Manchester United over Portuguese winger Nani.

Noted Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzioclaims that Nani could well make a move to the San Siro this month, with updates expected in the coming hours.

Manchester United to make move for former Man City player

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Manchester United to make move for former Man City player - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are actively seeking to find a goal keeper, who will serve as a deputy to first choice David De Gea, and according to reports, the Red Devils could make a move for Denmark's Kasper Schmeichel.

Chelsea and Man Utd £15m target demands emergency crisis talks

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Chelsea and Man Utd £15m target demands emergency crisis talks - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The agent of Colombian midfield battler Fredy Guarin has demanded to meet with Inter presidentErick Thohir in a bid to resolve the growing crisis concerning his client's future.

The 27-year-old had been set to move to Juventus in a swap deal involving Montenegrin striker Marco Vukinic, but the deal fell through at the last minute, leaving both players in footballing limbo, having cleared out their respective lockers and bid their farewells.

Liverpool and Manchester United miss out on yet another midfield target

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Liverpool and Manchester United miss out on yet another midfield target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have missed out on yet another of their January transfer target. The Anfield club earlier missed out on Mohamed Salah, who joined Chelsea this month.

The Reds are in need to bolster their midfield, especially after the injury to Lucas Leiva and were thought to be interested in Lazio's play-maker Hernanes, but the club never made any concrete approach for the Brazilian.

Manchester United: Twitter reacts to Juan Mata’s performance vs Cardiff

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Manchester United: Twitter reacts to Juan Mata's performance vs Cardiff - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Juan Mata made his Manchester Uniteddebut tonight as the Red Devils beat Cardiff 2-0 at Old Trafford.

The Spaniard, who completed his £37.1m move from rivals Chelsea last week, started the move that led to Robin van Persie's opener, and bagged an assist of sorts for Ashley Young's devastating second.

PHOTO: Sturridge and Suarez lead Liverpool rout

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PHOTO: Sturridge and Suarez lead Liverpool rout - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool put rivals Everton to the sword in the Merseyside derby on Tuesday, with Daniel Sturridge bagging a brilliant brace in his side's 4-0 win at Anfield.

Sturridge scored the second and third goals for Liverpool, taking his Premier League tally to 13 for the season.

PHOTO: Juan Mata celebrates Van Persie’s goal

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PHOTO: Juan Mata celebrates Van Persie's goal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Robin van Persie opened the scoring against Cardiff tonight, with the Dutchman finishing off a flowing move started by new signing Juan Mata.

Mata started proceedings by pinging an accurate cross-field pass over to Patrice Evra on the wing, and when the Frenchman's header from the resulting Ashley Young cross came off the bar, Van Persie was on hand to mop up the pieces, and start the party at Old Trafford.

Manchester United scouts watched Italian starlet Domenico Berardi

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Manchester United scouts watched Italian starlet Domenico Berardi - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Goal scoring sensation Domenico Berardi could be the next big thing in Italian football and according to reports Manchester United are showing keen interest in the youngster.

The 19-year-old signed co-ownership terms with Juventus in the summer but the Biaconeri have allowed him to remain at Sassuolo for one more year.

Serie A trio target struggling Tottenham defender

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Serie A trio target struggling Tottenham defender - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to reports emanating from Italy, Serie A trio Fiorentina, AC Milan, and Roma are all targeting Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul this January.

Kaboul is currently in his second spell at White Hart Lane, having re-signed for the North London club in 2010 after two years at Portsmouth, but has struggled for form and fitness since, with along-term thigh injury severely hampering the 28-year-old this season.

PSG agree deal for Newcastle’s Cabaye

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PSG agree deal for Newcastle's Cabaye - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Paris St-Germainhave agreed a fee with Newcastle for the transfer of French midfielder Yohan Cabaye, with the price set to exceed the £20m mark.

The Premier League side rejected a £14m bid from the French Champions for Cabaye a few days ago, but it has been widely reported that PSG have now agreed a deal for the 28-year-old.

Nemanja Matic returns to complete Chelsea’s midfield jigsaw

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Nemanja Matic returns to complete Chelsea's midfield jigsaw - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Although he made his official 'second debut' by coming on late in the game against Manchester United, Nemanja Matic started against Stoke City in the FA Cup tie this Sunday and, very much as he should I guess, looked right at home.

Chelsea and Manchester United ‘Shaw’ to battle for Luke in the summer

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Chelsea and Manchester United 'Shaw' to battle for Luke in the summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It seems increasingly likely that Manchester United and Chelsea will feature in a summer transfer window battle over the signature of Southampton's Luke Shaw.The Saints left back is rapidly becoming the most in demand defender in the Premier League and David Moyes and Jose Mourinho will be squaring up over his future after the season ends.

Possible Chelsea Starting Line-Up Against West Ham

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Possible Chelsea Starting Line-Up Against West Ham - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will take on West Ham on Wednesday Night at the Stamford Bridge, where the Blues will be looking to pick up full three points and keep the pressure on other title challengers.

The Blues kept themselves busy in the winter transfer window, as they sold club hero Juan Mata to Manchester United and signed Mohamed Salah from Basel as replacement.

What They Said: Moyes pinning hopes on Mata, Rodgers frustrated…

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What They Said: Moyes pinning hopes on Mata, Rodgers frustrated... - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United manager David Moyes believes that new signing Juan Mata's arrival will galvanize the team, while the Spanish could play a pivotal role in taking them to the Champions League spot this season.

Arsenal ready to fight Juventus for €14m French winger

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Arsenal ready to fight Juventus for €14m French winger - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

French newspaper La Parisien have suggested that Arsenal are keen on bringing Paris Saint Germain winger-cum-forward Jeremy Menez to the the Emirates and are willing to fight Juventus for his services.

Rodgers chases £22m Chelsea and Manchester United Target

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Rodgers chases £22m Chelsea and Manchester United Target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are showing keen interest in Southampton's young defender Luke Shaw, who is also a reported target of both Chelsea and Manchester United.

The Telegraph's Mark Ogden reported couple of days back that Manchester United are ready to battle Chelsea for the signing of this highly rated young left-back, who graduated from the Saint's youth academy.

Juan Mata, Adnan Januzaj and the numbers game

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Juan Mata, Adnan Januzaj and the numbers game - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Those old enough to remember the days before the Premier League will recall when teams took to the field wearing 1 to 11. not only that, but the goalkeeper always wore 1, the centre forward number 9, and the right and left wingers 7 and 11 respectively.

Arsenal and Man Utd’s transfer hopes could rest on the future of Lewis Holtby

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Arsenal and Man Utd's transfer hopes could rest on the future of Lewis Holtby - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby has been strongly linked with a move to the Bundesliga this month, having fallen down the pecking order at White Hart Lane, but his choice of destination could have a big effect on the transfer aspirations of bothArsenal and Manchester United.

Chelsea send scout to watch Marseille winger Florian Thauvin

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Chelsea send scout to watch Marseille winger Florian Thauvin - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A Chelsea scout was in France on the weekend to watch Marseille pairFlorian Thauvin andGiannelli Imbula, with the Blues already starting to compile a list of potential summer targets.

Blues scoutGuy Hillion wasspotted at the Monaco vs Marseille Ligue 1 game at the weekend, and according to 'InsideFutbol',L'OM pair Thauvin and Imbulawere both under scrutiny.

Chelsea: The Great Hope Invested In Mohamed Salah

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Chelsea: The Great Hope Invested In Mohamed Salah - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Just a couple years ago, Mohamed Salah was playing for an Egyptian league team owned by an engineering contracting company. The team, perhaps not coincidentally, was called the Arab Contractors.

It was not a glamorous life.

Possible Arsenal Starting Line-Up Against Southampton

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Possible Arsenal Starting Line-Up Against Southampton - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will travel to the St. Mary to take on Southampton, where the Gunners will be looking to maintain their top position in the Premier League.

The Gunners are firing all cylinders at the moment both on and off the pitch.

Possible Manchester United Starting Line-Up Against Cardiff

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Possible Manchester United Starting Line-Up Against Cardiff - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United will take on Cardiff City on Tuesday night at the Old Trafford, where record signing Juan Mata could make his debut for the home side.

The Red Devils have had a poor start to the season and are languishing in 7th place in the league, 6 points off the 4th position, but with Juan Mata in the side, United will push hard with renewed optimism for the Champions League places.

Possible Liverpool Starting Line-Up Against Everton

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Possible Liverpool Starting Line-Up Against Everton - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool will take on Everton on Tuesday night at the Anfield in the Merseyside Derby, where the Reds will be hoping to get three full three points and consolidate their position in top four.

The Reds are largely frustrated by their lack of movements in the transfer market, but manager Brendan Rodgers insists his team will be extra motivated to secure the Champions League spot.

The Transfer Lens – Gourcuff to Arsenal? Inler to Liverpool?

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The Transfer Lens Gourcuff to Arsenal? Inler to Liverpool? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Big news today, and a transfer of sorts, with Arsenal set to extend the lease on their perennial piece of furniture, Arsene Wenger, potentially taking him beyond the two-decade mark as Gunners manager.

PHOTO: David Ngog with the Swansea shirt

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PHOTO: David Ngog with the Swansea shirt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Swansea have completed the signing of former Liverpool striker David Ngog from Bolton for an undisclosed fee, with the Frenchman joining the Swans until the end of the season.

Ngog, 24, signs for the Swans after spending 3 years at Bolton, where he scored 16 goals in 91 games.

Monaco targeting Manchester United striker to replace Falcao?

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Monaco targeting Manchester United striker to replace Falcao? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ligue 1 side Monaco are reportedly targeting Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez to provide cover for injured Radamel Falcao in the principality.

Hernandez has been linked with a move from Old Trafford this month, after reportedly becoming frustrated with the lack of playing time afforded to him under David Moyes at the club.

Liverpool join the race to sign….Tom Ince?

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Liverpool join the race to sign....Tom Ince? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After missing out on Mohamed Salah, who joined Chelsea, Liverpool have turned their attention to Blackpool's Tom Ince.

According to Sky Sports, the Reds have entered the race to sign the youngster, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

Arsene Wenger to sign contract extension – Gazidis

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Arsene Wenger to sign contract extension Gazidis - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has announced that long-serving manager Arsene Wenger is to sign a contract extension at the club, with a full announcement to be made 'at the right time'.

Gazidis broke the news during a press conference to announce Arsenal's big-money sponsorship deal with Puma, with Wenger now poised to extend his 17-year stay in North London,

Gazidis: "Arsene will be extending (his contract) with us and at right time we will make that announcement.

PHOTO: Juan Mata holding the No 8 Manchester United shirt with David Moyes

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PHOTO: Juan Mata holding the No 8 Manchester United shirt with David Moyes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Juan Mata, the latest January recruit of Manchester United will wear the no 8 shirt, as confirmed by the club.

The Spanish play-maker became the record signing of the club, after the Red Devils completed a £37.

Manchester United could bid for Atletico Madrid flyer ‘this week’

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Manchester United could bid for Atletico Madrid flyer 'this week' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are set to continue their January spending spree with a move for Atletico Madrid full-back Filipe Luis, with a bid said to be launched as soon as this week.

With the news today that Everton defender Leighton Baines has signed a new four-year deal at the club, David Moyes has seemingly pulled all focus onto securing the services of the Brazilian Luis.

TWIF: What Went Wrong For Mata At Chelsea?

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TWIF: What Went Wrong For Mata At Chelsea? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

THIS WEEK IN FOOTBALL

On a week when Moyes tasted his first success at United, Salah completed his feel-good rise, Falcao got a visit from the President, and the MLS preseason got underway.

Not For Sale – Manchester United reject PSG bid for Adnan Januzaj

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Not For Sale Manchester United reject PSG bid for Adnan Januzaj - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have rejected a bid from French giants Paris Saint Germain for young Adnan Januzaj and have made it clear that they will not enter into any sort of negotiation.

Januzaj, who signed his first major contract at Old Trafford in October, attracted interest from PSG and as reported by The Guardian, the French heavyweights tabled a significant offer to prise him away.

Wayne Rooney given access to £200m worth of Moyes’ rebuilding plans

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Wayne Rooney given access to £200m worth of Moyes' rebuilding plans - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Wayne Rooney has been given privileged access to Manchester United's transfer activity, as David Moyes trying his best to convince him that his future lies at Old Trafford.

It seems like Moyes wants to rebuild his team around Rooney and are even considering making him the club captain next season.

What They Said: Mourinho on FA Cup Draw, Henderson “can’t wait” for Merseyside Derby

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What They Said: Mourinho on FA Cup Draw, Henderson "can't wait" for Merseyside Derby - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will travel to Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City while Liverpool will visit Arsenal at the Emirates in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

The Blues manager Jose Mourinho has expressed that his side has been given the perfect FA Cup draw.

Talks Ongoing – Arsenal Chasing £25m Benfica striker Rodrigo Moreno

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Talks Ongoing Arsenal Chasing £25m Benfica striker Rodrigo Moreno - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are still the race for Benfica striker Rodrigo Moreno and Arsene Wenger may move for him before the transfer deadline day.

The Gunners are one of the three clubs that are chasing the 22-year-old striker, who has scored five league goals this season thus far.

Is Allardyce targeting Osvaldo for West Ham striker role?

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Is Allardyce targeting Osvaldo for West Ham striker role? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Despite already completing the a couple of signings in this window including Marco Borrielo on loan from Roma, Hammers' boss Sam Allaradyce is reported to be lining up a move to take Southampton's 'bad boy' Dani Osvaldo from St Mary's, form under the noses of a trio of Serie A clubs.

Manchester United closing in on €8m Liverpool midfield target

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Manchester United closing in on €8m Liverpool midfield target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After the signing of Juan Mata for a club record fee, David Moyes has been vocal in stating that Manchester United are trying their utmost to add more quality to the Old Trafford squad.

A report in Portugal today indicates that Porto midfielder Fernando may well be next in Moyes' gaze, with the Premier League champions eager to bring the Brazilian to England before the transfer window closes.

Manchester United target Baines signs new Everton deal

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Manchester United target Baines signs new Everton deal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Everton left-back Leighton Baines has signed a new four-year deal at the club, effectively ending Manchester United's interest in the player.

The full-back had been a transfer target for the reigning Premier League champions this month, but Baines has now committed his long-term future with the Everton.

Benfica agree to sell £12m Liverpool Target

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Benfica agree to sell £12m Liverpool Target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Sunday Times reported yesterday that Liverpool are showing keen interest in Benfica midfielder Andre Gomes and manager Brendan Rodgers may even more for him in the January transfer window.

Now, Portugal media have covered this news extensively, with both O Jogo and A Bola covered a piece on it.

Arsenal Injury Latest: Wenger confirms triple injury boost

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Arsenal Injury Latest: Wenger confirms triple injury boost - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that three players are coming back into the squad from injury ahead of Tuesday's trip to Southampton.

However, star midfielder Jack Wilshere, who suffered an ankle injury during Friday night's 4-0 victory over Coventry in the fourth round of the FA Cup, could miss out.

Place your Bets! Analysing the 2014 World Cup Betting Favourites

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Place your Bets! Analysing the 2014 World Cup Betting Favourites - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The summer is fast approaching, and in true World Cup fashion, football fans everywhere have begun to browse catalogues of the latest wide-screen TVs, sound out their favourite watering holes, and pray that the old barbecue will survive in the back garden this winter.

PHOTO: Michael Essien shaking hands with Adriano Galliani

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PHOTO: Michael Essien shaking hands with Adriano Galliani - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

AC Milan have announced the signing the Michael Essien from Chelsea.

The Ghana international passed his medical on Sunday and signed an 18-month deal with the San Siro giants.

The first part of the medical didn't went smoothly as it exposed a knee problem but eventually Essien got the green light after further tests on Sunday.

PHOTO: Borriello and Nocerino with West Ham shirts

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PHOTO: Borriello and Nocerino with West Ham shirts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

West Ham have signed Italian duoMarcoBorriello and Antonio Nocerino on loan for the remainder of the season, and manager Sam Allardyce was on hand today to present the pair to the media at their first Hammers training session.

PHOTO: Mohamed Salah holding the Chelsea Shirt

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PHOTO: Mohamed Salah holding the Chelsea Shirt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have completed their third signing in the January transfer window,after the Blues have signed Egypt midfielder Mohamed Salah from Swiss champions Basel for a fee in the region of £11m.

The 21-year-old who was also a target of Liverpool has signed a five-and-a-half year deal and will wear the number 15 shirt.

PHOTO: Wilfried Zaha arrives for medical ahead of loan move to Cardiff

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PHOTO: Wilfried Zaha arrives for medical ahead of loan move to Cardiff - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United's Wilfried Zaha is at England's traning camp St. George's Park for his medical ahead of his loan move to Cardiff City, for the reminder of the season.

According to reports, Cardiff will pay a £1.

Moyes looks to German talents for squad recruits

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Moyes looks to German talents for squad recruits - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When Manchester United manager David Moyes jetted off to Germany to watch Borussia Moenchengladbach and Bayern Munich, it was assumed that that was there merely to cast an eye over reported targets Patrick Herrmann and Mario Mandzukic.

Manchester United expect Wayne Rooney to sign £15m-a-year record deal

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Manchester United expect Wayne Rooney to sign £15m-a-year record deal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United fans can expect further good news, following the capture of Juan Mata from Chelsea for a club-record transfer fee, as star striker Wayne Rooney is expected to sign a bumper new contract and commit his long term future to Old Trafford.

Liverpool Eye Move For Benfica midfielder Andre Gomes

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Liverpool Eye Move For Benfica midfielder Andre Gomes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admitted yesterday that the club has not admitted defeat in the race for Mohamed Salah, who is all set to join Chelsea, if the reports are to be believed.

The Reds manager is looking to bolster the squad in January with a need to reinforce the defensive midfield region is a top priority, especially now that Lucas Leiva is injured.

Rodgers keen to sign £12m Arsenal and Chelsea target

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Rodgers keen to sign £12m Arsenal and Chelsea target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With only few days remaining for the transfer window to slum shut, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers seems in a hurry to sign a player or two.

The Sunday People reports that Reds manager is ready to swoop for Spanish starlet Saul Niguez, who is also a reported target of Arsenal and Chelsea.

Manchester United To Fight Chelsea For Kurt Zouma

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Manchester United To Fight Chelsea For Kurt Zouma - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have already secured Juan Mata from Chelsea for a club-record transfer fee yesterday. David Moyes has insisted that it was "first of many", so expect the Scot to remain busy in bolstering the squad in the remaining days of the January transfer window.

The real cost of Ferguson’s Manchester United legacy?

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The real cost of Ferguson's Manchester United legacy? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United's decision to lavish £37million on the signing of Juan Mata from Chelsea and then follow it up with a plan to lay out £200million on further star players says much about the club's desire to ensure their position at the top of English football is maintained.

PHOTO: Manchester United complete £37.1m Juan Mata signing

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PHOTO: Manchester United complete £37.1m Juan Mata signing - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have completed the signing of Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata for a club record fee of £37.1m.

The deal was announced on the club's official Twitter page, with the player signing a four-and-a-half year deal at Old Trafford.

Chelsea close to signing €15m French defender

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Chelsea close to signing €15m French defender - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Well, well, well. The Transfer window is just slowly heating up, if not already. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said yesterday that he doesn't expect any more signing in January (once the Salah deal is complete) but now it seems there could be few more additions before the transfer window closes down.

Rodgers still hopes to land Chelsea-bound Mohamed Salah

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Rodgers still hopes to land Chelsea-bound Mohamed Salah - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted that he has not given up hopes of luring Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah from Basel despite his imminent move to Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho in his press conference revealed that the club needed to move quickly to replace Juan Mata, who will undergo a medical with Manchester United over the weekend, and the Blues already sealed the deal for young Salah.

PHOTO: Juan Mata signing a Manchester United Shirt

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PHOTO: Juan Mata signing a Manchester United Shirt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As Juan Mata's transfer to Manchester United edges ever closer, the first pictures of the Spaniard in and around the United shirt have begun to appear.

photo courtesy of '100% Manchester UTD'

The 25-year-old is seen here in a United training top, signing what looks could well be a 'Mata No.

PHOTO: Juan Mata meets David Moyes after arriving in Manchester

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PHOTO: Juan Mata meets David Moyes after arriving in Manchester - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spanish midfielder Juan Mata has arrived in Manchester to complete his transfer to Manchester United from Chelsea.

The 25-year-old, who is set to wear the number 7 shirt at Old Trafford, will undergo a medical at Manchester United's Carrington training complex before putting the finishing touches to his high-profile transfer.

Liverpool Eye Move For Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri

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Liverpool Eye Move For Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Following Chelsea's announcement that they had agreed a deal for Basel winger Mohamed Salah, the rumour mill has started to churn out viable alternatives to the Egyptian for the seemingly beaten Liverpool.

PHOTO: Michael Essien holding the AC Milan shirt

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PHOTO: Michael Essien holding the AC Milan shirt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

AC Milan are on the verge of completing the signing of Michael Essien from Chelsea, with the Ghanaian having flown Italy for a medical.

The 31-year-old was greeted at the airport in Milan, draped in a scarf, and presented with the club's shirt by the excited fans.

Reliable Bundesliga source: Arsenal have reached fee agreement for Draxler

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Reliable Bundesliga source: Arsenal have reached fee agreement for Draxler - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As a number of transfer sagas run on into the last week of the January window, there appears to be major progression in North London.

For the entire month Premier League leaders Arsenal have been linked with a move for Schalke wonderkid Julian Draxler, who continues to sparkle in Gelsenkirchen.

Manchester United make £22.5m bid for Chelsea target

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Manchester United make £22.5m bid for Chelsea target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With now officially less than a week remaining in the January transfer window, things are starting to gather pace, with the Premier League heavyweights starting to flex their muscles.

In the face of adversity and recent mediocrity, Manchester United have tried to reverse the tide with the signing of Chelsea's immensely gifted playmaker Juan Mata – but it appears that David Moyes' men are not finished there.

Moyes plots £25m move for German midfield maestro

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Moyes plots £25m move for German midfield maestro - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United manager David Moyes was in Germany last night to watch Bundesliga action, though his main purpose was something else, which we all can understand.

The Scot was at the Borussia Park, watching Bayern Munich talking on Borussia Monchengladbach, where his main interests was to scot few players like Patrick Herrmann, Max Kruse and Mario Mandzukic, all were recently linked with the Old Trafford club.

Liverpool target Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri

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Liverpool target Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Following Chelsea's announcement that they had agreed a deal for Basel winger Mohamed Salah, the rumour mill has started to churn out viable alternatives to the Egyptian for the seemingly beaten Liverpool.

PHOTO: Mata meets David Moyes after arriving in Manchester

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PHOTO: Mata meets David Moyes after arriving in Manchester - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spanish midfielder Juan Mata has arrived in Manchester to complete his transfer to Manchester United from Chelsea.

The 25-year-old will undergo a medical at Manchester United's Carrington training complex before putting the finishing touches to the high-profile transfer.

The Transfer Lens – Pepe to Manchester City? Yarmolenko to Liverpool?

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The Transfer Lens Pepe to Manchester City? Yarmolenko to Liverpool? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Still no sign of Juan Mata today as the month's biggest transfer continues to procrastinate something rotten!

Manchester United fans continue to haunt the social media networks, desperate for an inkling into what's going on; while Chelsea fans continue to lament the impending loss of one of their truly great players from the last decade.

Done Deal: Everton sign Monaco’s ‘Gentle Giant’ Lacina Traore

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Done Deal: Everton sign Monaco's 'Gentle Giant' Lacina Traore - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Everton have signed Monaco's Ivory Coast striker Lacina Traore on loan for the rest of the season.

The striker, nicknamed 'Gentle Giant' due to his 6ft 8in frame, moves to Goodison Park just weeks after signing for mega-rich Monaco.

Manchester United eye move for Gaitan to partner Mata?

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Manchester United eye move for Gaitan to partner Mata? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are targeting Benfica' attacking midfielder Nico Gaitan according to the Portuguese press, with David Moyes looking to continue the club's attacking revamp this January.

United are expected to complete the signing of Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata later on today, and according to Portuguese newspaper 'Record', the club are also looking to bring in Benfica's Gaitan, in what would be the start of a new-look midfield.

Arsenal have a big chance of winning the title: Ferguson

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Arsenal have a big chance of winning the title: Ferguson - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Manchester United manager and club's legendary figure Sir Alex Ferguson, who has been appointed as UEFA's coaching ambassador, said that five or six teams in the Premier League could be involved in the title race this season.

Done Deal: AC Milan sign Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien

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Done Deal: AC Milan sign Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to Italian sources, Serie A side AC Milan have completed the signing of Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien on a free transfer.

The midfielder has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, and has been linked with a move to Italy these past few weeks.

Mourinho: Juan Mata will undergo medical at Manchester United

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Mourinho: Juan Mata will undergo medical at Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Juan Mata has been allowed to travel and the Spaniard will undergo a medical at Manchester United.

Mourinho on Mata: 'We allowed Juan to travel and have a medical at Manchester United'.

Moyes considering move for Fredy Guarin after Carrick injury blow

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Moyes considering move for Fredy Guarin after Carrick injury blow - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United manager David Moyes could be forced to make an emergency signing, with midfielder Michael Carrick could be sidelined for a month.

This would serve as a huge blow to the Champions, who are already out of all domestic cup competitions and out of title race as well.

Premier League News: Will A Sponsorship Deal Between A Gambling Company And A Premier League Team Push Through?

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Premier League News: Will A Sponsorship Deal Between A Gambling Company And A Premier League Team Push Through? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sponsorship deals are common in the world of sports because they can significantly increase the income of respective sports clubs. This is most true when it comes to Premier League teams.

Possible Chelsea Starting Line-Up Against Stoke City

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Possible Chelsea Starting Line-Up Against Stoke City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea take on Premier League outfit Stoke City in the fourth round of the FA Cup tie at the Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The Blues have kept themselves busy in the transfer market so far. The Londoners have agreed a deal to sign Mohamed Salah from Basel, who is seen as a direct replacement for departing Juan Mata.

Chelsea legend John Terry edging towards summer exit?

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Chelsea legend John Terry edging towards summer exit? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It has always been expected that Chelsea's John Terry would end his career at Stamford Bridge, the club he has been since 1995 as a youngster, and proudly captained since 2004. He has won a whole host of glittering personal and team accolades throughout his long and memorable career; and, at the ripe old age of 33, has played every second of the Blues' Premier League campaign under returning boss Jose Mourinho this season.

Arsenal striking target “has huge wage demands”

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Arsenal striking target "has huge wage demands" - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the January transfer window only having a week left before it runs its course, Arsenal fans are keeping a close eye on the potential for new faces – especially in the final third.

Although a big-money move for Schalke's Julian Draxler is being touted, the real need for the current Premier League leaders is a centre forward that can provide support to Olivier Giroud.

Shinji Kagawa ‘will stay’ at Manchester United despite Mata arrival claims agent

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Shinji Kagawa 'will stay' at Manchester United despite Mata arrival claims agent - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United winger Shinji Kagawa's agent has insisted that the Japanese will stay at the Old Trafford, despite the imminent arrival of Juan Mata from Chelsea.

Mata is all set to join Manchester United after both the clubs have agreed the transfer fee.

Chicharito wants to leave Manchester United – should he?

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Chicharito wants to leave Manchester United should he? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Reports in the British press this morning are suggesting that Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez has become frustrated with his lack of first-team football at Old Trafford, and wants a move elsewhere this January.

PHOTO: Chelsea and Tottenham target Hulk flies to London

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PHOTO: Chelsea and Tottenham target Hulk flies to London - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Zenit Saint Petersburgstriker Hulk has shared a photo of him flying to London in what appears to be a private jet, sparking rumours of a potential move to the capital.

The photo appeared on the player's 'Instagram' page last night, with the reason for his trip is as yet unknown.

Liverpool still hoping to secure Mohamed Salah ahead of Chelsea

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Liverpool still hoping to secure Mohamed Salah ahead of Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is refusing to throw in the towel over Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah, despite Chelsea announcing yesterday that they had agreed a deal for the attacker with Swiss side Basel.

The Transfer Lens – Ross Barkley to Chelsea? Sergi Roberto to Arsenal?

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The Transfer Lens Ross Barkley to Chelsea? Sergi Roberto to Arsenal? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are up to their old tricks again, having once more poached a rival's main target right from under their noses!

The West London side announced the signing of Liverpool target Mohamed Salah this afternoon in a move that is highly reminiscent of the 'Willian snatching' debacle last summer involving Tottenham.

Possible Arsenal Starting Line-Up Against Coventry

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Possible Arsenal Starting Line-Up Against Coventry - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal take on Coventry City in the fourth round of the FA Cup tie at the Emirates on Friday night.

The Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has revealed in the press conference that he would field a strong team against Coventry.

Done Deal: Chelsea agree Mohamed Salah transfer

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Done Deal: Chelsea agree Mohamed Salah transfer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have confirmed that an agreement has been reached with Swiss side Basel for the transfer of 21-year-oldMohamed Salah.

The club have announced the deal on their official website, with the deal subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms.

Mohamed Salah edges closer to join Chelsea

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Mohamed Salah edges closer to join Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Déj vu. Remember last summer? Liverpool were heavily linked with a move for Willian and out-of-no-where Chelsea emerged and hijacked the deal.

We are close to witnessing yet another similar story.

Liverpool were linked with Mohamed Salah for some time now.

Falcao set to miss World Cup

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Falcao set to miss World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Colombian super-striker Radamel Falcao is likely to miss World Cup in Brazil this summer after suffering knee ligament damage during a Monaco game.

The striker, who signed for Monaco for a reported £50m, suffered the injuryduring Wednesday's Coupe de France encounter against Chasselay, and faces six months on the sidelines, with his World Cup dreams now lying in tatters.

Chelsea to muscle in on Liverpool’s Salah deal?

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Chelsea to muscle in on Liverpool's Salah deal? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With a big tranche of money apparently on the way from Manchester United in exchange for Juan Mata, reports are suggesting that the cash is unlikely to stay in the Blues' bank account very long. The summer saw the west London club snatch wide man Willian from under the noses of Tottenham as they negotiated a deal with Shaktar Donetsk, and they may be looking to reprise the trick by signing Egyptian international Mohammed Salah who has been heavily linked with Liverpool.

£37m Arsenal target is the perfect replacement for Juan Mata

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£37m Arsenal target is the perfect replacement for Juan Mata - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea's Juan Mata is expected to complete his eye-watering £37m move to Manchester United in the coming hours, with speculation now centering on the Blues' potential assault on the transfer market for a direct replacement.

Money League: Manchester United drop out of top three, Liverpool out of top 10

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Money League: Manchester United drop out of top three, Liverpool out of top 10 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have dropped down to fourth position in the Deloitte Football Money League table, while Liverpool's revenue dropped to 12th highest in the money-league.

Reigning European Champions Bayern Munich moved into the third place behind Real Madrid and Barcelona in the money league table, despite the fact United generated more money last season, £363.

Chelsea Plot Summer Bid for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney

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Chelsea Plot Summer Bid for Manchester United's Wayne Rooney - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are plotting to make a fresh summer bid for Manchester United's maverick star, Wayne Rooney, as the Blues hope to exploit the striker's contract situation.

According to reports from The Times, Chelsea camp feels that Rooney's expiring contract will enable them to get the player on the cheap.

Arsenal making one last ditch effort to sign £35m German star

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Arsenal making one last ditch effort to sign £35m German star - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are desperately trying to push through a deal for talented play-maker Julian Draxler in the remaining days of the January transfer window.

While Draxler's current club Schalke 04 want to retain the player for the season, with an eye on the knockout phases of the Champions League of course, it is rumored that any amount north of £35 million might seal the deal.

£37m Deal Agreed – Juan Mata set for Medical at Manchester United

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£37m Deal Agreed Juan Mata set for Medical at Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have broken their club transfer record by paying a reported £37m to seal the capture of Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata.

According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho signed off on the deal following talks with the club executive and the Spaniard is set to have medical in Manchester on Thursday.

Atletico ready to pay £20m for Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois

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Atletico ready to pay £20m for Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are on the verge of losing talented playmaker Juan Mata to Manchester United in the next few days and the Blues could well lose yet another shining star Thibaut Courtois next summer, should Aletico Madrid pay the amount the London club demands.

Chelsea Playing Dangerous Game With Mata Sale

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Chelsea Playing Dangerous Game With Mata Sale - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The deal is well underway. Juan Mata, who hasn't played since New Years' Day, is on his way to Manchester United. He may be officially signed before the end of the week. The transfer will be a club-record for United, and in resolve and ammunition it will be worth double the price-tag.

Could this Manchester United fringe figure be heading to the Bundesliga?

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Could this Manchester United fringe figure be heading to the Bundesliga? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Although the emphasis this January for Manchester United will be to bring new faces to the club, there is every chance that a number of David Moyes' squad could be heading towards the Old Trafford exit.

Wenger travels to scout Barcelona – the two players he was watching closely

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Wenger travels to scout Barcelona – the two players he was watching closely - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsene Wenger takes a hands-on role in Arsenal's player recruitment and is clearly weighing up a number of options while the January transfer market remains open.

The French coach was spotted at Heathrow Airport earlier this week, and according to Sport was sighted in Valencia to take in Barcelona's trip to take on Levante in the Copa del Rey.

Chelsea may throw Mata money at €29m Arsenal target

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Chelsea may throw Mata money at €29m Arsenal target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have reportedly targeted Real Sociedad attackerAntoine Griezmann, as they look to replace United-bound Juan Mata.

After weeks of Manchester United transfer speculation dominating back pages everywhere, today saw Chelsea thrust into the spotlight, as their impending sale of Juan Mata has seen them linked with a plethora of attacking talent across Europe.

Chelsea midfielder nearing exit as agent negotiates with Milan

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Chelsea midfielder nearing exit as agent negotiates with Milan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The agent of Michael Essien is currently talking with AC Milan representatives, with a view to securing a deal to take his client to Italy this January.

The Ghanaian, who has struggled for first team opportunities this season, has been linked with a move away this month, with the big-money purchase of Nemanja Matic leaving him well down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea looking to hijack €18m Liverpool target

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Chelsea looking to hijack €18m Liverpool target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The transfer window is now getting crazier with every passing hour. According to Sky Italy, Chelsea have joined the race to sign Mohamed Salah, who is also a target of Liverpool.

We reported few hours back that Egyptian media KingFut.

The Transfer Lens – Micah Richards to Arsenal? Goran Pandev to Tottenham?

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The Transfer Lens Micah Richards to Arsenal? Goran Pandev to Tottenham? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

For those of you looking for respite from the relentless speculation concerning Juan Mata and his proposed move to Manchester United; you've come to the right place!

Today's Transfer Lens focuses on Spurs' potential swap deal involving Napoli strikerGoran Pandev, andManchester City defender Micah Richards' link to Arsenal.

Liverpool agree £10m deal for Mohamed Salah – report

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Liverpool agree £10m deal for Mohamed Salah report - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to the Egyptian press, Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Basel winger Mohamed Salahfor a fee of £10m.

Salah, who has shot to prominence this season after a number of impressive performances for Swiss side Basel, has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months, and now it seems Liverpool have managed to secure the player.

Manchester United make £35m approach for Chelsea’s Juan Mata

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Manchester United make £35m approach for Chelsea's Juan Mata - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have made an approach for Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata, according to the BBC.

Mata has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford, having fallen out of favour under Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

Manchester United’s tactical plans for Juan Mata

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Manchester United's tactical plans for Juan Mata - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are on the verge of signing Juan Mata from Chelsea, if the reports are to be believed. I seriously don't know how to react to it.

Getting right kinds of player for right kind of money is some-what difficult in January.

La Liga leaders desperate for £26m Chelsea man; Man Utd back for £30m midfielder

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La Liga leaders desperate for £26m Chelsea man; Man Utd back for £30m midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeonehas said that he would be happy to part with over £26m if offered the chance to buy Chelsea loanee Thibaut Courtois.

Former Argentina international Simeone, who has guided Atletico to joint top of La Liga this season, told Spanish TV station 'Deportes Cuatro' that he would be prepared to go to great lengths in order to sign the keeper permanently.

Manchester United: German duo rule out Old Trafford move

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Manchester United: German duo rule out Old Trafford move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Borussia Moenchengladbach duo Patrick Herrmann and Max Kruse have rejected rumours of a January transfer to Manchester United.

David Moyes is expected to be in attendance for Moenchengladbach's home game against Bayern Munich this Friday that has led to new transfer rumours as the Red Devils hope to secure top four positions in the Premier League.

Chelsea and Arsenal to miss out on £34m striker

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Chelsea and Arsenal to miss out on £34m striker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea and Arsenal set to miss out on Porto striker Jackson Martinez, after his agent claimed that the Colombian will sign a new deal within next few days.

Several European clubs are thought to be interested in the striker, who has scored 13 goals in 16 league appearance so far this season.

Yohan Cabaye – Moyes joins the race to sign Newcastle midfielder

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Yohan Cabaye Moyes joins the race to sign Newcastle midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It seems like Manchester United manager David Moyes is looking to splash money to sign few players in the last few days of the Januarytransfer window.

The Red Devils are in desperate need of reinforcement and failing to do so could see them miss out on top four this season, having blown out of the title race already.

23 Key passes, 41 dribbles – Manchester United chase £13m Arsenal target

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23 Key passes, 41 dribbles Manchester United chase £13m Arsenal target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Central midfield is definitely one of the areas where Manchester United need to invest heavily in the January transfer window. However, there are other areas of the squad too that needs proper consideration at the moment, especially the wing position.

Negotiation ongoing – Juan Mata edging closer to Man Utd move

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Negotiation ongoing Juan Mata edging closer to Man Utd move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

So, it's happening! Chelsea are finally letting Juan Mata go!

Sky Sports tweeted this morning that the Spaniard is edging closer to join Manchester United in the January transfer window.

Tottenham showing keen interest in £25m Manchester United target

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Tottenham showing keen interest in £25m Manchester United target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United were linked with a move for Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio, on more than one occasions in the past and in this January transfer window as well.

The Red Devils have also targeted Juventus midfield duo Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba and according to reports manager David Moyes may move for him in the summer.

Madrid, not Chelsea, could be the ‘Real’ summer suitors for Rooney

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Madrid, not Chelsea, could be the ‘Real' summer suitors for Rooney - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Just as Manchester United appear to have finally coaxed Chelsea's Jose Mourinho into submission in his attempts to take Wayne Rooney to west London, another suitor is reported to have entered the equation.

Arsenal flop scores wondergoal in Italy – did Arsene make a mistake?

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Arsenal flop scores wondergoal in Italy – did Arsene make a mistake? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal's lack of strength in depth in attack has been well publicised this season, with an over-reliance on Olivier Giroud to lead the line for the North London outfit.

As such, a host of striking targets have been mentioned as potential additions for Arsene Wenger's men, as the club looks to take some of the goalscoring burden off the France international's shoulders.

Bayern Munich star admits United interest – a good move by Moyes?

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Bayern Munich star admits United interest – a good move by Moyes? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United's search for top-quality additions continues as the January transfer window flashes by, with no luck in signing any new faces as yet for David Moyes.

With the likes of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand out of contract at Old Trafford this summer, a new central defender is believed to be on the Scottish manager's wishlist.

Possible Manchester United Starting line-up against Sunderland

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Possible Manchester United Starting line-up against Sunderland - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United will take on Sunderland in the 2nd leg semi-final of Capital One Cup tonight at the Old Trafford where the Red Devils need to win this tie, in order to give themselves a chance to win any domestic silverware.

Another Manchester United player heading for the exit?

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Another Manchester United player heading for the exit? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Having only secured the loan deal of Brazilian midfielder Anderson a few days ago, Fiorentina are circling Old Trafford once again, looking to snap up want-away defender Nemanja Vidic.

The 32-year-old, who is currently serving a three-match ban for his sending off against Chelsea, is set to leave the club at the end of the season, with TuttoMercatoWebclaiming that Fiorentina are looking to lure him to theStadio Artemio Franchi this January.

Manchester United vs Sunderland: Can Moyes’ men make it to Wembley?

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Manchester United vs Sunderland: Can Moyes' men make it to Wembley? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In the Sir Alex Ferguson era, Manchester United had much bigger fish to fry than winning the domestic cup competition. However, with replacement David Moyes under increasing pressure, tonight's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Sunderland has increased significance and importance.

Manchester United striker to be involved in swap deal for Guarin?

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Manchester United striker to be involved in swap deal for Guarin? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to reports in Italy, Inter Milan are keen to offload Fredy Guarin to Manchester United but in return want Red Devils' striker Javier Hernandez.

Back in December, The Daily Telegraph writer Mark Ogden reported that Inter Milan were planning to exploit Manchester United's interest in midfielder Fredy Guarin, by pursuing a potential move for striker Hernandez.

Footbaholic: The Unbeatable Football Quiz Game

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Footbaholic: The Unbeatable Football Quiz Game - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There have been many football quiz games, but only a few have nailed exactly what makes a quiz game fun: A wide range of options and variety of choices, ensuring that the quiz is in fact a game, and doesn't feel like a test.

PICTURE: Man Utd’s Rooney and Van Persie back in training

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PICTURE: Man Utd's Rooney and Van Persie back in training - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United fans can breath a sigh of relief. Both Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney have been pictured taking part in full training today, with the strikers set to return to first team action.

Liverpool show interest in former Man City powerhouse

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Liverpool show interest in former Man City powerhouse - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to reports from Italy, Liverpool are reportedly looking at bringing AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong to Anfield this month.

Brendan Rodgers is in the market for a defensive midfielder this January, with the Brazilian Lucas ruled out for up to two months with knee ligament damage.

Vucinic Guarin deal off! Man Utd and Arsenal handed lifeline

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Vucinic Guarin deal off! Man Utd and Arsenal handed lifeline - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The much anticipated deal involving Juventus' Mirko Vucinic and Inter Milan's Fredy Guarin seems to be dead in the water after Inter presidentErick Thohir called a halt to proceedings this evening.

The Transfer Lens – Rodrigo to Arsenal? Berisha to Liverpool?

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The Transfer Lens Rodrigo to Arsenal? Berisha to Liverpool? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

I've noticed that there's been a phenomenal amount of Manchester United gossip recently. The rumour mills have reached fever pitch over who David Moyes will sign this month/week/hour. Does that tell you more about how attractive a club United still are, or more about the dire state of the current United squad?

TWIF: Xavi To New York?

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TWIF: Xavi To New York? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

THIS WEEK IN FOOTBALL

On a week when MLS headlines poured in from the SuperDraft, Vancouver wasembarrassed, Xavi rumors swirled, and the status quo reigned in England.

USA

- To say it's been a trying offseason for the Vancouver Whitecaps would be an understatement.

Is Mata the ‘Juan’ For Manchester United?

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Is Mata the ‘Juan' For Manchester United? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After beating them 3-1 on Sunday afternoon, and declaring that they were probably out of the title race for this season, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho could be in a position to offer Manchester United a kick-start to their season – but it could cost United either £40million or Wayne Rooney.

Liverpool and Man Utd target former ‘Most Promising Player in the World’

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Liverpool and Man Utd target former 'Most Promising Player in the World' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Serie A side Lazio have said that it would take a bid of over £15m to prise star midfielder Hernanes from theStadio Olimpico, with both Liverpool and Manchester United believed to be preparing bids for the 28-year-old.

Chelsea set to miss out on Dortmund-bound star – good or bad?

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Chelsea set to miss out on Dortmund-bound star – good or bad? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jose Mourinho's Chelsea have made strides in their battle to be crowned Premier League champions of late; firstly with the signature of midfield lynchpin Nemanja Matic, and then recording a morale-boosting victory over Manchester United on Sunday.

Moyes sees ideal midfield solution as a ‘panic buy’ – another mistake?

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Moyes sees ideal midfield solution as a ‘panic buy' – another mistake? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There has been a general uniformity in opinions that Manchester United need to strengthen their squad this January to get them back into the top-four reckoning, with the reigning champions languishing in seventh place currently.

UPDATED: Huge Serie A swap deal set to scupper Arsenal and Man Utd

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UPDATED: Huge Serie A swap deal set to scupper Arsenal and Man Utd - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arguably the biggest deal of the summer so far is set to play out in Serie A in the coming hours, with Juventus' Mirko Vucinic and Inter Milan's Fredy Guarin on the verge of an impressive swap deal, completely removing both Man Utd and Arsenal from the equation with one fell swoop.

Manchester United to launch record-breaking bid for Juan Mata

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Manchester United to launch record-breaking bid for Juan Mata - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are preparing to receive a mammoth offer from Manchester United for Spanish midfielder Juan Mata.

According to widespread reports, summarised in the Guardian, David Moyes will put forward a formal offer for the Chelsea outcast 'in the next couple of days', an offer that could well shatter the club's current transfer record.

Liverpool set to miss out on £20m playmaker

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Liverpool set to miss out on £20m playmaker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool's pursuit of Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic looks all but over after the player stated his desire to remain at Sevilla for the foreseeable future.

The Sevilla captain,who scored the penalty that earned Sevilla a credible draw against Atletico Madrid on the weekend, has been linked with a move to Anfield this month, with his current deal set to expire at the end of next season.

Atletico Madrid and Barcelona draw as Real Madrid close in

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Atletico Madrid and Barcelona draw as Real Madrid close in - originally posted on Soccerlens.com


In La Liga, the weekend's results saw the door reopening for real Madrid as both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid slipped up to let Los Blancos close the gap on the top two to a single point.

The Transfer Lens – Edinson Cavani to Man Utd? Souare to Arsenal?

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The Transfer Lens Edinson Cavani to Man Utd? Souare to Arsenal? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With Manchester United transfer gossip dominating the front and back pages all over the globe, it only seems right that we address one of the most spectacular sounding pieces of speculation in today's Transfer Lens, that of Edinson Cavani's proposed link with a move to Old Trafford.

Talks ongoing – Arsenal still interested in €12m Juventus striker

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Talks ongoing Arsenal still interested in €12m Juventus striker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal manager finally insisted he is looking to bolstering the squad but hasn't found the right type of player yet. Nicklas Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo both will resume training next week, but Wenger insisted he is still in the market for a striker.

Salah could be Liverpool’s first signing in January

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Salah could be Liverpool's first signing in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been given the green signal to make a formal offer for their January target Mohamed Salah.

According to The Mirror, Rodgers held talks with the American owners John Henry and Tom Werner, who jetted in from the States for a progress update on Anfield business, and top of their agenda was to make a move for Salah.

Manchester United still leading the chase for €60m Spanish midfielder

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Manchester United still leading the chase for €60m Spanish midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United were linked with several midfielders in the summer transfer window, but they failed to land any of their major targets and ultimately signed Fellaini on the transfer deadline day, paying over the odds.

Forget Baines & Coentrao! Manchester United want £18m Chelsea target

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Forget Baines & Coentrao! Manchester United want £18m Chelsea target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With Leighton Baines on the verge of signing a new deal at Everton, Man Utd havereportedly turned their attention to Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno.

According to the Daily Mirror, David Moyes' scouts have been watching the 21-year-old over the past few months, with the Scot targeting a long-term replacement for Patrice Evra.

Chelsea join Arsenal in the race to sign Mirko Vucinic

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Chelsea join Arsenal in the race to sign Mirko Vucinic - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Transfer window is slowly heating up. Early in the morning we reported that Arsenal are still interested in Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic, now Italain media reports that Chelsea have also joined the race for the striker.

Manchester United target Lucas Moura comments on transfer rumours

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Manchester United target Lucas Moura comments on transfer rumours - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

PSG flyer Lucas Moura has told the French Press of his desire to remain at the Parc des Princes beyond the transfer window, dealing a potentially crippling blow to Manchester United's hopes of bringing the Brazilian to the Premier League this month.

Arsenal skipper Thomas Vermaelen Set For Exit in January: Report

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Arsenal skipper Thomas Vermaelen Set For Exit in January: Report - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have yet to sign any player in the winter transfer window, though manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that the squad may require reinforcement, especially in the strike department.

Chelsea fringe man given hope by Mourinho: “It’s time”

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Chelsea fringe man given hope by Mourinho: "It's time" - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the January transfer window open for business, rumblings over Demba Ba's future have been rife. The Senegal international has been on the fringes of things for Jose Mourinho's men this term, starting only two Premier League games all season.

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard crushes PSG rumours

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Chelsea winger Eden Hazard crushes PSG rumours - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has moved to dismiss rumours linking him with a move to Ligue 1 leaders PSG.

The Belgian, who is in scintillating form this season, moved to Stamford Bridge in 2012 for a fee of £32m, and is in no rush to leave West London,

"Every transfer window last four years, they say I'm here and there," Hazard told 'Telefoot' (via L'Equipe)

"This was the case when I was in Lille.

Who is the €36m defender United and Arsenal are keeping tabs on?

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Who is the €36m defender United and Arsenal are keeping tabs on? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Reports in Spain over the weekend have suggested that Manchester United and Arsenal are closely monitoring the situation of Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte.

AS suggest that the Premier League due have been impressed with his form for the San Mames outfit this term, and are weighing up a summer move for the young French defender.

Chelsea 3-1 Manchester United: The Player Ratings

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Chelsea 3-1 Manchester United: The Player Ratings - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea kept pace with the leading pack at the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, which effectively ends the Red Devil's own title ambitions.

Now a colossal 14 points behind leaders Arsenal after this defeat, Man Utd were put to the sword by Cameroonian hit-man Samuel Eto'o, who bagged a super hat-trick, in what was a consummate display of predatory finishing.

PHOTO: Cazorla and Podolski celebrate Arsenal’s victory

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PHOTO: Cazorla and Podolski celebrate Arsenal's victory - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The juggernaut rolls on. Arsenal maintained their top position in the Premier League, with an emphatic 2-0 victory over London rivals Fulham at the Emirates.

The visitors did well to frustrate the home sides in the first half and kept the scoreline 0-0 before going into the break.

Liverpool: Twitter Reacts to Steven Gerrard’s performance – “was awful, no legs”

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Liverpool: Twitter Reacts to Steven Gerrard's performance "was awful, no legs" - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool suffered a disappointing 2-2 draw at Anfield on Saturday against Aston Villa and lost further ground in the title race.

The Reds manager Brendan Rodgers dropped Lucas Leiva for this match and introduced Steven Gerrard in the defensive midfield role.

Peace breaks out between Moyes and Mourinho

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Peace breaks out between Moyes and Mourinho - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Disputes between mangers ahead of big games are notihng new. Call it 'mind games.' Call it psychology. Sometimes though it can all get a bit boring. it's a pleasant surprise then to see peace breaking out between Jose Mourinho and David Moyes.

Is Richard Garlick The Right Man For The Job?

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Is Richard Garlick The Right Man For The Job? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Since Richard Garlick took over from Dan Ashworth as West Bromwich Albion's sporting and technical director, he has come under a lot of criticism from the fans for the transfer policy and the way the club has been run, but is he actually doing a bad job?

MLS Blasts Off In 2014

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MLS Blasts Off In 2014 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

One of the seminal moments of the Michael Bradley chase came after the American midfield general agreed to sign with Toronto FC.

When Goal.com reported that Bradley had also fielded offers from Philadelphia, Columbus, and Sporting Kansas City – the latter especially sparking a bidding war– it was a clear sign of the new-age MLS.

Manchester United midfielder posts classy farewell message to the fans

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Manchester United midfielder posts classy farewell message to the fans - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United midfielder Anderson has posted a good bye message on Instagram, thanking all the Red Devils fans for their support, ahead of his move to Fiorentina.

The Brazilian midfielder completed his medical yesterday and will complete his transfer, once his work-permit been granted.

Radamel Falcao: Not possible to work with Jose Mourinho

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Radamel Falcao: Not possible to work with Jose Mourinho - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are long term admirers of Colombian striker Radamel Falcao. He was one of the prime targets of the Blues since his Atletico Madrid days and despite him joining French nouveau riche Monaco, the interest hasn't died down a bit, if the reports are to be believed.

Moyes confident of luring £23m Arsenal and Chelsea target

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Moyes confident of luring £23m Arsenal and Chelsea target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are increasingly growing in confidence that they can persuade Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan to join them in the summer.

Three days ago, Gundogan said in an interview that he will soon make a decision about his future.

Manchester United will try to sell Rooney abroad: Mourinho

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Manchester United will try to sell Rooney abroad: Mourinho - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has stoked tensions before the Blues' encounter on Sunday with rivals Manchester United by claiming the Red Devils would probably sell star striker Wayne Rooney to any foreign clubs next summer.

Vucinic – Arsenal need to pay €12m to land Juventus striker

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Vucinic Arsenal need to pay €12m to land Juventus striker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claimed yesterday that the Gunners are not close to signing anyone in the January transfer window while branded the winter transfer window as a low key transfer market.

Man Utd set for €20m summer transfer battle for Roma star

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Man Utd set for €20m summer transfer battle for Roma star - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are said to be preparing for a summer transfer auction over Bosnian midfielderMiralemPjanic, despite the player being set to sign a contract extension with Serie A side Roma.

PHOTO: Kevin De Bruyne in first Wolfsburg training session

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PHOTO: Kevin De Bruyne in first Wolfsburg training session - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Kevin De Bruyne has completed his protracted move back to the Bundesliga, with the Belgian winger taking to the practice pitches in Germany today for his first training session as a Wolfsburg player.

Serie A leaders target Manchester United duo

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Serie A leaders target Manchester United duo - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Serie A leaders Juventus have been linked with a move for Manchester United duo Nani and Patrice Evra.

Italian newspaper TuttoSport have claimed that the United pair are both on the Juventus radar for the summer, with the 'Old Lady' looking to take advantage of the potential squad overhaul at Old Trafford.

The Transfer Lens – Vucinic to Arsenal? Badu to Liverpool?

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The Transfer Lens Vucinic to Arsenal? Badu to Liverpool? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Today's 'Transfer Lens' features two pieces of speculation we have recently covered, but not properly explored. We'd hate to ever miss out on slicing up juicy transfer rumours!

1. Mirko Vucinic to Arsenal?

The Transfer Lens – Rabiot to Chelsea? El Haddadi to Arsenal?

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The Transfer Lens Rabiot to Chelsea? El Haddadi to Arsenal? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Man Utd look set to lose Anderson in the coming hours, with the Brazilian midfielder/winger/bench-warmer in Italy for a medical with Serie A side Fiorentina.

The 25-year-old was one of the world's hottest properties when he made the move to Old Trafford from Porto way back in 2007, but was warped into a stunted defensive midfielder by then United boss Sir Alex.

Possible Manchester United Starting Line-Up Against Chelsea

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Possible Manchester United Starting Line-Up Against Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United will travel to West London to face Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge, where David Moyes would be hoping to get a positive result.

The Red Devils have had a stuttering start to the season but it seems like they are slowly coming back to some sort of forms.

Manchester United: Twitter Reacts to Anderson loan move – ‘Deadwood’

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Manchester United: Twitter Reacts to Anderson loan move 'Deadwood' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United midfielder Anderson has passed his medical and moves to Fiorentina on loan for the rest of the season. The Italian club reportedly have an option to buy the Brazilian in the summer, if the loan spell goes according to plan.

Liverpool could swoop for £9m Italian playmaker

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Liverpool could swoop for £9m Italian playmaker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to the latest reports in Italy, Liverpool have been linked with a January move for Lazio midfielder,Antonio Candreva.

Italian newspaperCorriere della Sera (via TuttoMercatoWeb) have claimed thatCandreva is a January target for Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool.

Meeting held – Arsenal told NO loan move for Juventus striker

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Meeting held Arsenal told NO loan move for Juventus striker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger thinks that January Transfer window is a 'low key transfer market' and claimed that his side is not close to signing anybody, but the Gunners are actively looking to buy a striker, if the reports are to be believed.

Liverpool target rules out loan move in January

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Liverpool target rules out loan move in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Barcelona winger Cristian Tello has ruled out a move in the January Transfer window but hinted of considering his future in the summer.

The 22-year-old has been linked with Liverpool for quite some time now, with the player claiming that he knew about the interest from the Reds, but the very thought of leaving the club never occurred to his mind.

23 goals, 22 appearances – Chelsea open transfer talks with £32m Arsenal Target

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23 goals, 22 appearances Chelsea open transfer talks with £32m Arsenal Target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have opened preliminary discussions with Atletico Madrid to make striker Diego Costa their principal summer signing.

According to The Times, Chelsea are firm favourites to sign the 25-year-old, who is also a reported target of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

Negotiations ongoing – Chelsea close in on €25m Swiss star

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Negotiations ongoing Chelsea close in on €25m Swiss star - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are reportedly deep in talks with German side Wolfsburg over a deal for Swiss international defenderRicardo Rodriguez.

According to Italian website, TuttoMercadoWeb, Chelsea are in advanced stages of negotiation with the Bundesliga outfit, having already agreed to sell them winger Kevin De Bruyne.

Liverpool not convinced by €13m price tag of French midfielder

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Liverpool not convinced by €13m price tag of French midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool may fail to land French midfielder Yann M'Vila in the winter transfer window, as Rubin Kazan are unwilling to send the player on loan.

The Reds manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to add young bloods in the central midfield department, as there is an acute need to find a cover for Lucas Leiva in the defensive midfield region.

Manchester United Eye Move for Fredy Guarin?

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Manchester United Eye Move for Fredy Guarin? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to reports in Italy, Manchester United are considering to join the race for Inter Milan's midfielder Fredy Guarin.

Chelsea were thought to be interested in Guarin, with The Times reporting that the Blues manager is keen to land the midfielder.

Arsenal target won’t move in January claims agent

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Arsenal target won't move in January claims agent - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Agent of Juventus striker Sebastian Giovinco has hinted that his client will not leave the Italian club in January.

Last week, we reported that Arsenal have made contact with Giovinco's agent as the Gunners boss is looking to bolster the squad, following the injury to Theo Walcott.

Arsenal and Liverpool frustrated by €40m attacking pair

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Arsenal and Liverpool frustrated by €40m attacking pair - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal's move for Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmannlooks to have hit a dead end, with the Frenchman stating his desire to remain in Spain until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old, who has also been linked with a move to PSG, told French radio station, RMC,

"Maybe I have a double that pretends to be me!

Inter Milan Struggles as Thohir Must Rebuild

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Inter Milan Struggles as Thohir Must Rebuild - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It has been a trying month for Inter Milan coach Walter Mazzarri, and especially the Nerazzurri's new owner Erick Thohir. This past Monday the former 2010 European champions were held to a 1-1 draw against Chievo, and although a wrongly disallowed goal by Nagatomo could have given Inter three points, it would have merely hid the rapid decline which has recently afflicted the club.

Possible Arsenal Starting Line-Up Against Fulham

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Possible Arsenal Starting Line-Up Against Fulham - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will take on London rivals Fulham at the Emirates on Saturday in the Premier League, looking to keep their top position intact.

The Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has hailed the team's consistency this season and admits that in a close title race, every game is massive for the club.

Done Deal: Chelsea’s Ryan Bertrand heads to Aston Villa

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Done Deal: Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand heads to Aston Villa - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand has sealed a season-long loan move to Aston Villa.

The 24-year-old defender moves to Villa Park having only played in one Premier League game for Chelsea this season.

PHOTO: Chelsea’s Ryan Bertrand holding Aston Villa shirt after completing loan move

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PHOTO: Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand holding Aston Villa shirt after completing loan move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand has joined Aston Villa for the rest of the season, the club has confirmed.

The 24-year-old full back has played in 56 matches in all competitions for Chelsea, including the 2012 Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena.

Possible Liverpool Starting Line-Up Against Aston Villa

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Possible Liverpool Starting Line-Up Against Aston Villa - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool will face Aston Villa on Saturday at the Anfield, where manager Brendan Rodgers will be hoping for nothing less than full three points.

The Reds cemented their fourth position last week, after earning an emphatic victory against Stoke City at the Britannia.

Possible Chelsea Starting Line-Up Against Manchester United

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Possible Chelsea Starting Line-Up Against Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will take on Manchester United on Sunday in the Premier League, in what's going to be a blockbuster clash at the Stamford Bridge.

The big news coming this week from the Chelsea camp is the resigning of defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic from Benfica.

What They Said: Chelsea new boy ready for Man Utd action, Van Persie backs Moyes

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What They Said: Chelsea new boy ready for Man Utd action, Van Persie backs Moyes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea new boy Nemanja Matic says he is ready to face Manchester United on Sunday, should his manager pick him for the tie.

The Blues resigned their former player from Benfica for a reported fee of £21m.

PHOTO: Manchester United’s Anderson arrives in Florence for Medical

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PHOTO: Manchester United's Anderson arrives in Florence for Medical - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United midfielder Anderson is all set to seal a loan move to Italy with Fiorentina. The Brazilian is now in Florence to undergo a medical.

Anderson, who has hardly featured under David Moyes, wanted a permanent move but Manchester United were only willing to send him on loan.

The Transfer Lens – Lucas Moura to Man Utd? William Carvalho to Chelsea?

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The Transfer Lens Lucas Moura to Man Utd? William Carvalho to Chelsea? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

More Manchester United gossip for you in today's 'Transfer Lens', gossip that Saikat and I will have great pleasure in picking apart, if we can! Lucas Moura is the first subject, and according to reports, he was the player United manager David Moyes went to see last week in Paris.

Chelsea: Twitter Reacts to Matic signing – ‘New Michael Ballack’

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Chelsea: Twitter Reacts to Matic signing 'New Michael Ballack' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have re-signed their former player, Nemanja Matic from Benfica, for a reported fee of €25m yesterday.

The 26-year-old has signed a five-and-half-year contract at the Blues and will wear the no.

Liverpool striker envisage future at Anfield

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Liverpool striker envisage future at Anfield - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool striker Fabio Borini has ruled out a permanent move to Sunderland insisting he wants to return to Anfield, after the end of the season.

The 22-year-old was signed by Brendan Rodgers in 2012 for a reported fee of £10m, but having failed to make a bright impression last season (injury played a huge part too), he was loaned to Sunderland to get regular games.

£34m Arsenal and Chelsea striker target won’t leave in January

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£34m Arsenal and Chelsea striker target won't leave in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Porto striker Jackson Martinez, who is a reported target of Chelsea and Arsenal, have ruled out any possible move in the January transfer window.

The Colombia international, who has a buy-out clause of £34m,is thought to be one of the prime targets of both Premier League clubs Arsenal and Chelsea.

Manchester United & Liverpool need to pay €40m to land Rakitic in January

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Manchester United & Liverpool need to pay €40m to land Rakitic in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

La Liga expert Guillem Balague wrote in his article that Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United target Sevilla's Ivan Rakitic will not leave the club in the January transfer window, but the player is almost certain to leave in the summer.

Manchester United: €14m left-back offered – NOT Baines or Coentrao

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Manchester United: €14m left-back offered – NOT Baines or Coentrao - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are on the hunt for a world class left-back this month, and have reportedly been offered the chance to sign Inter Milan's Japanese internationalYuto Nagatomo.

According to the Daily Mail, Nagatomowill be allowed to leave Serie A this month, with United in pole position to sign him.

Arsenal face €45m Draxler decision; €27m Man Utd target has La Liga contact

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Arsenal face €45m Draxler decision; €27m Man Utd target has La Liga contact - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The transfer speculation surrounding German golden boy Julian Draxler has gone into overdrive recently, with Arsenal reportedly desperate to secure the signing of the 20-year-old this month.

The Transfer Lens – Ilkay Gundogan to Man Utd? Mangala to Man City?

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The Transfer Lens Ilkay Gundogan to Man Utd? Mangala to Man City? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's finally happened! The January transfer window burst into life this afternoon with Chelsea confirming the signing of former midfielder Nemanja Matic for a whopping€25m.

The Serbian signed a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge, and will be a huge boost for the club in their quest for silverware this season.

Negotiations ongoing – Liverpool chase £7m midfielder

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Negotiations ongoing Liverpool chase £7m midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are leading the chase to land £7m rated defensive midfielder from Udinese, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, and according to several reports, negotiation between both the clubs are ongoing.

The Mirror reported that the Reds are in pole position to snap the 23-year-old, who has made more than 40 appearances for Ghana.

PHOTO: Nemanja Matic holding the Chelsea shirt

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PHOTO: Nemanja Matic holding the Chelsea shirt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have resigned Benfica's highly rated midfielder Nemanja Matic for a reported fee of€25m, the club has confirmed.

The 25-year-old has been given a five-and-a-half year contract and will wear the no 21 jersey for the Blues.

Confirmed: Nemanja Matic seals €25m Chelsea return

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Confirmed: Nemanja Matic seals €25m Chelsea return - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have completed the signing of Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic, who returns to Stamford Bridge after three years in Portugal for a reported fee of€25m.

The 25-year-old confirmed yesterday that he was leaving Benfica during a heart-felt interview with Portuguese newspaper 'A Bola', and today finalised the deal after completing a medical at Chelsea's Cobham headquarters.

Manchester United’s €30m target set to reveal future

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Manchester United's €30m target set to reveal future - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Borussia Dortmund destroyerIlkay Gundogan is set to make a decision regarding his future, with both Manchester United and Real Madrid said to have made tempting bids for the 23-year-old.

German newspaper Bild has reported that both United and Spanish giants Real have presented Gundogan with offers to leave the Bundesliga.

Arsenal Eye £35m move for German wonderkid

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Arsenal Eye £35m move for German wonderkid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are plotting an audacious move for Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler, as Arsene Wenger looking to give a different dimension to his attacking unit.

The 20-year-old is not a new name to Arsenal fans or any football fans for that matter.

€20m Chelsea target: I want to play for big clubs

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€20m Chelsea target: I want to play for big clubs - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Highly rated defender Papy Djilobodji has claimed that he wants to play for a big club and in the Champions League, but is committed to Nantes at the moment.

According to reports from Le Parisien, the 25-year-old defender has been attracting interests from Premier League club Chelsea and German giants Borussia Dortmund in recent weeks.

Liverpool eye move for Napoli’s Gokhan Inler

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Liverpool eye move for Napoli's Gokhan Inler - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool need to invest in at least departments, either in winter or next summer and one of them is the position of defensive midfield.

Lucas Leiva has been below par this season which has forced Brendan Rodgers to introduce Steven Gerrard as a defensive holding midfielder against Stoke City.

Manchester United to look at £35m midfield superstar

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Manchester United to look at £35m midfield superstar - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United boss David Moyes recently traveled to Italy to watch Juventus in action against Cagliari and it was thought that his real intentions were something else. English media reported that Moyes spoke with Juventus hierarchies over a possible move for midfielders Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba.

Chelsea legend John Terry to reconsider retirement?

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Chelsea legend John Terry to reconsider retirement? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Reports in the newspapers over the weekend suggest that John Terry may be reconsidering his international retirement, with a view to gaining a place in England's squad for the Brazil World Cup.

Whilst this may seem an enticing prospect for the player, and an attractive opportunity for Roy Hodgson to have the Premier League's outstanding English centre-back available, it would surely be a poisoned chalice for both - not to mention the FA.

The In’s and Out’s At West Bromwich Albion

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The In's and Out's At West Bromwich Albion - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

At the half way point of the January transfer window, West Bromwich Albion are yet to do any business, with no players leaving or joining the club, but will there be any movement now new head coach Pepe Mel has been appointed?

Arsenal target now chased by three Italian clubs

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Arsenal target now chased by three Italian clubs - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Italian clubs Fiorentina and Inter Milan are thought to be interested in Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, who is also a reported target of Arsenal.

Arsenal are thought to be looking to sign a striker, following the injury to Theo Walcott that will rule the England international out for rest of the season, and were linked with a move for Morata.

Zlatan? Pastore? – Moyes makes another scouting trip

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Zlatan? Pastore? – Moyes makes another scouting trip - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The transfer rumour mill has gone into overdrive today, after the Daily Mail reported that Manchester United manager David Moyes was at the Parc De Princes yesterday to watch French champions PSG.

Manchester United star will sign a new deal: Kezman

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Manchester United star will sign a new deal: Kezman - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Chelsea player Mateza Kezman has insisted that Manchester United skipper Nemanja Vidic will sign a new contract at the Old Trafford club.

The 32-year-old has been the rock at the defence for Manchester United, since he joined the club in 2006.

Leighton Baines set to frustrate Manchester United

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Leighton Baines set to frustrate Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to the Guardian, Everton are poised to offer star left-back Leighton Baines a new long-term contract, with the club eager to permanently end speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United.

Manchester United’s Nani heading for exit – negotiations ongoing

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Manchester United's Nani heading for exit negotiations ongoing - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United winger Nani could leave the club in the January Transfer window, as several European clubs are looking to sign him up.

The Portugal international signed a five-year-contract at the club that will keep him till 2018, but has struggled to make a strong impression under manager David Moyes.

Chelsea’s Bad Business Goes Unpunished

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Chelsea's Bad Business Goes Unpunished - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Nemanja Matic appears close to rejoining Chelsea FC this week in a rich deal for around 25 million pounds. It's a solid buy for Chelsea: Matic is the type of young, promising, two-way central midfield player the Blues haven't purchased since Frank Lampard at the beginning of the century.

The Transfer Lens – David Luiz to Barcelona? Fernando to Liverpool?

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The Transfer Lens David Luiz to Barcelona? Fernando to Liverpool? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The January transfer window is beginning to go through the gears, with Chelsea poised to confirm the big-money signing of Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic. It could well be the first of many spectacular winter acquisitions for Premier League elite.

PHOTO: Chelsea bound Nemanja Matic arrived in London for Medical

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PHOTO: Chelsea bound Nemanja Matic arrived in London for Medical - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to reports from Sky Sports, Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic has arrived in London to undergo a medical.

According to journalist Pedro Pinto, a fee in the region of€26.

Manchester United duo ‘very likely’ to leave the club in summer: Agent

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Manchester United duo 'very likely' to leave the club in summer: Agent - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are expected to be busy in the next few transfer windows as new manager David Moyes looking to stamp his own authority at the club.

While new faces are expected to arrive, there could be mass exodus as well.

AC Milan appoint Clarence Seedorf as manager

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AC Milan appoint Clarence Seedorf as manager - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Dutch international Clarence Seedorf has been appointed as manager of Serie A side AC Milan, according to Sky Sports.

Dutchman Seedorf, who played for Milan for 10 years between 2002-2012, succeedsMassimiliano Allegri as manager, who was sacked on Monday.

Arsenal and Liverpool in scrap for future England star

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Arsenal and Liverpool in scrap for future England star - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal and Liverpool are both linked with a January move for Nottingham Forest defenderJamaal Lascelles.

According to the Daily Mirror, the Premier League duo are keeping tabs on the 20-year-old centre-back, who has put in a number of mature performances in the Championship.

Manchester United: Moyes plans sensational £80m raid on midfield duo

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Manchester United: Moyes plans sensational £80m raid on midfield duo - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are preparing an audacious move to take their former player back to Old Trafford in the January transfer window.

The Red Devils manager David Moyes was in Italy to watch Juventus in action against Cagliari on Sunday.

TWIF: MLS 3.0 Strikes Again With Michael Bradley And New TV Deal

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TWIF: MLS 3.0 Strikes Again With Michael Bradley And New TV Deal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

THIS WEEK IN FOOTBALL

On a week when Michael Bradley one-upped Clint Dempsey in returning to MLS, Toronto shot out of a franchise-long monotony of losing, Allardyce's West Hamembarrassed, and Manausreceivedanother compliment.

Chelsea: £22m midfield maestro will undergo medical

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Chelsea: £22m midfield maestro will undergo medical - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are all set to re-sign Nemanja Matic from Benfica for an eye-catching fee of around £22m, according to reports from The Guardian.

The Blues sold the player three years ago in a part exchange deal that saw David Luiz coming to Stamford Bridge, and now they are on the verge of re-signing their former midfielder, who has had a phenomenal season for Benfica thus far.

Liverpool to battle Napoli to sign Gerrard alternative

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Liverpool to battle Napoli to sign Gerrard alternative - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool haven't given up on their chase for highly rated young midfielder Jorginho and are ready to battle with Napoli, according to reports in Italy.

Yesterday, we reported that that Napoli have already agreed a fee with the player and have have the necessary details ready with them and are simply waiting for the player's signature to complete the deal.

Tottenham midfield duo set for January Exit?

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Tottenham midfield duo set for January Exit? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Reports in Germany emerged that Bundesliga outfitSchalke04are targeting a shock move for Tottenham Hotspur attacking midfielder Lewis Holtby.

According to reports in Bild, Lewis Holtby's agent has claimed that a loan move back to Schalke would be an 'interesting option' as the German is looking to secure a place in the national team's World Cup squad.

Juventus confident of keeping £20m Manchester United target

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Juventus confident of keeping £20m Manchester United target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Serie A side Juventus have moved to put an end to speculation linking their Italian midfielder Claudio Marchisio with a move to Manchester United.

The 27-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford this January, with David Moyes apparent scouting mission to Turin last week only adding further fuel to the fire.

Luis Garcia announces retirement from football

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Luis Garcia announces retirement from football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Liverpool hero Luis Garcia has retired from professional football, the player has announced through his personal blog site.

The 35-year-old has thanked his parents, family, friends, Rafael Benitez and all his well-wishers who played a major part in his development as a professional footballer.

Chelsea’s tactical plan for Nemanja Matic

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Chelsea's tactical plan for Nemanja Matic - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are on the verge of re-signing Benfica's highly rated midfielder Nemanja Matic. If the reports are to be believed, a deal has already been agreed between both the clubs, while the player would undergo a medical in few days.

Nemanja Matic ‘Chelsea-bound’ after farewell interview

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Nemanja Matic 'Chelsea-bound' after farewell interview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Nemanja Matic, expected to complete his £22m move from Benfica to Chelsea today, has given a final interview to Portuguese newspaper A Bola about his time at the Estádio da Luz, how he feels about leaving the club, and his desire to prove himself in a better league.

Arsenal: Twitter reacts to Mesut Ozil’s performance

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Arsenal: Twitter reacts to Mesut Ozil's performance - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal returned to the Premier League summit tonight with a narrow 2-1 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Mesut Ozil set up the first goal for the Gunners, but his performance was under intense scrutiny today after a series of hit-and-miss displays of late.

Done Deal: Manchester United agree to sell midfielder

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Done Deal: Manchester United agree to sell midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have agreed a deal with Italian club Fiorentina to sell midfielder Anderson on loan, according to Sky Italy.

The 25-year-old has had a frustrating season so far and has played a peripheral role under new David Moyes.

Cristiano Ronaldo wins 2013 Ballon d’Or

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins 2013 Ballon d'Or - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has been awarded the 2013 Ballon d'Or, beating Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery to the crown of world's best player.

The 28-year-old enjoyed a stellar year in the Spanish capital, scoring 66 goals in 55 games for Real from January to December, and leading Portugal to the World Cup Finals with a stunning hat-trick in the Play-Off against Sweden.

Blow for Arsenal & Man Utd: Clement rules out Morata and Coentrao exit

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Blow for Arsenal & Man Utd: Clement rules out Morata and Coentrao exit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid assistant manager Paul Clement has insisted that Arsenal target Alvaro Morata and Manchester United target Fabio Coentrao will not leave the club in the January transfer window.

Mancini plots move for £30m Manchester United and Arsenal Target

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Mancini plots move for £30m Manchester United and Arsenal Target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Galatasaray manager Roberto Mancini is targeting Real Madrid's Argentine winger Angel di Maria, who is also a transfer target of Arsenal and Manchester United.

The 25-year-old has been one of the key players for Carlo Ancelotti, but his future has come under speculation recently, with several European heavyweights are plotting a move to snatch him from Bernabeu.

Confirmed: Chelsea winger Kevin De Bruyne completes Wolfsburg move

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Confirmed: Chelsea winger Kevin De Bruyne completes Wolfsburg move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea winger Kevin De Bruyne is to move to Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg for fee of £20m, according to German newspaper 'Bild'.

The 22-year-old Belgian will sign a five-year contract with the German side following the completion of a medical, and will be officially presented in the next few days, after formalities between the two clubs have been ironed out.

Confirmed: Chelsea winger Kevin De Bruyne completes Wolfsburg move

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Confirmed: Chelsea winger Kevin De Bruyne completes Wolfsburg move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea winger Kevin De Bruyne is to move to Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg for fee of £20m, according to German newspaper 'Bild'.

The Belgian winger will sign a five-year contract with the German side following the completion of a medical, and will be officially presented in the next few days, after formalities between the two clubs have been ironed out.

The Transfer Lens – Cabaye to Arsenal? Niguez to Man Utd?

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The Transfer Lens Cabaye to Arsenal? Niguez to Man Utd? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Still no movements thus far from the Premier League big guns this month, with the January transfer window still but a beckoning siren for the likes of David Moyes and Arsene Wenger to either staunchly ignore, or tentatively engage.

PHOTO: David Moyes in Italy on a scouting mission?

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PHOTO: David Moyes in Italy on a scouting mission? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United ended their horror run of results in 2014 with a convincing 2-0 victory over Swansea City on Saturday. After a happy weekend, David Moyes didn't waste any time to get himself busy on a scouting mission, in Italy.

What They Said: Rodgers on title challenge, Ozil on Emirates debut

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What They Said: Rodgers on title challenge, Ozil on Emirates debut - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool moved into the top four, after beating Stoke City 5-3 on Sunday at the Britannia Stadium in the Premier League. Luis Suarez fired all cylinders again, as the Uruguayan scored yet another brace, while strike partner Daniel Sturridge, who returned from injury, bagged a goal to his name as well.

Inter losing the battle to keep hold of Chelsea target Fredy Guarin

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Inter losing the battle to keep hold of Chelsea target Fredy Guarin - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Inter Milan's new president Erick Thohir has admitted that Fredy Guarín is likely to leave the club during the current transfer window.

Chelsea are long term admirers of the Colombian midfielder while Premier League outfit Southampton have also been linked with an ambitious move for the 27-year-old.

Benitez plots move to sign €10m Chelsea and Liverpool target

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Benitez plots move to sign €10m Chelsea and Liverpool target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to reports in Italy, Napoli have already agreed a deal to sign Jorginho, who is also a reported target of Chelsea and Liverpool.

Jorginho is one of the in-demand players in the Serie A at the moment.

La Liga Expert: Liverpool & Chelsea target certain to leave the club in the summer

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La Liga Expert: Liverpool & Chelsea target certain to leave the club in the summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to La Liga expert Guillem Balague, Liverpool and Chelsea target Sevilla's Ivan Rakitic will not leave the club in the January transfer window, but he is almost certain to leave next summer.

AC Milan sack manager Massimiliano Allegri

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AC Milan sack manager Massimiliano Allegri - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Struggling AC Milan have sacked manager MassimilianoAllegri after four years at the helm,

The Italian giants have taken definitive action after Allegri managed only two wins from the last 11 Serie A games,with the clubcurrentlylanguishingin 11th place in Serie A, a whopping 30 points behind leaders Juventus.

Man Utd duo close to Old Trafford exit

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Man Utd duo close to Old Trafford exit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Man Utd seem certain to unload at least two of their current squad in the coming months, with both Anderson and Patrice Evra said to be gearing up to leave Old Trafford.

Brazilian battler Anderson is on the verge of moving to Serie A side Fiorentina, according to the Daily Mail, with either a loan deal or permanent deal on the cards.

Liverpool: Twitter React to Suarez’ performance – ‘Born Genius’

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Liverpool: Twitter React to Suarez' performance 'Born Genius' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool moved into the top four in the Premier League after the Reds earned a pulsating 5-3 victory against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

Luis Suarez scored yet another brace as Liverpool registered their first victory at the Britannia in the Premier League.

Manchester United Eye Move For £16m Argentine star – Not Garay

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Manchester United Eye Move For £16m Argentine star Not Garay - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United managed David Moyes has reiterated that he didn't say that the club won't be interested in transfer dealings in January, but admits getting the right kind of player is difficult.

Manchester United: Twitter Reacts to Januzaj’s performance – ‘Magic Darts’

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Manchester United: Twitter Reacts to Januzaj's performance 'Magic Darts' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United finally avoided their poor run in 2014 and bounced back strongly with a thumping 2-0 victory over Swansea City in the Premier League at Old Trafford.

Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck scored for the Red Devils, as the home side, emerged victorious and can look forward to build-up a momentum from here on.

Chelsea agree €35m deal with Nemanja Matic – Report

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Chelsea agree €35m deal with Nemanja Matic Report - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have agreed a deal in the region of€35m to snatch Benfica's highly rated central midfielder Nemanja Matic, according to reports from Portugal newspaper O Jogo.

The 26-year-old, who was also a target of Manchester United, is expected to be in London tomorrow to conclude the deal.

Juventus join the race to sign Arsenal target

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Juventus join the race to sign Arsenal target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Italian giants Juventus have joined the race to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, who is a January transfer target of Arsenal.

The race for Alvaro Morata is hot, with new reports emerging each and every day.

Possible Arsenal Starting Line-Up Against Aston Villa

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Possible Arsenal Starting Line-Up Against Aston Villa - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will face Aston Villa on Monday night at the Villa Park, looking to reclaim the top position in the Premier League.

Chelsea are currently top of the league, after they defeated Hull City yesterday, but the Gunners could reclaim that top-spot, should they win against the Villans.

Manchester United in talks to sign £16m defender, £15m winger face exit

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Manchester United in talks to sign £16m defender, £15m winger face exit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are in talks to sign Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao for the rest of the season, according to The Telegraph.

Jorge Mendes, the Portuguese agent, who has a close connection with Manchester United, has told the club that Coentrao is keen to revive a loan move that collapsed on the transfer deadline-day in summer.

PHOTO: Messi fails to fire as Atletico Madrid hold Barcelona

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PHOTO: Messi fails to fire as Atletico Madrid hold Barcelona - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Atletico Madrid and Barcelona played out a highly entertaining 0-0 draw in the Spanish capital, with the result keeping the Catalan side just ahead of their fierce rivals at the top of La Liga.

Atletico Madrid 0-0 Barcelona: Honours even as Messi fails to break deadlock

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Atletico Madrid 0-0 Barcelona: Honours even as Messi fails to break deadlock - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Atletico Madrid and Barcelona played out a highly entertaining 0-0 draw in the Spanish capital, with the result keeping the Catalan side just ahead of their fierce rivals at the top of La Liga.

Everton sign winger McGeady

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Everton sign winger McGeady - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Everton have signed Republic of Ireland international winger Aiden McGeady from Spartak Moscow for an undisclosed fee.

The 27-year-old has agreed a four-and-a-half-year deal at Goodison Park.

More to follow.

The Transfer Lens – Destro to Arsenal? ​​Fischer to Man Utd?

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The Transfer Lens Destro to Arsenal? ​​Fischer to Man Utd? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A couple of reasonably obscure transfer rumours today, featuring a pair of rising stars and their links to the Premier League's biggest and brightest.

1.Mattia Destro to Arsenal?

Juventus could go for Luis Suarez if Pogba departs – Italian Report

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Juventus could go for Luis Suarez if Pogba departs Italian Report - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport reports the Serie A Champions Juventus will target the likes of Luis Suarez, Karim Benzema or Diego Costa, should they lose star midfielder Paul Pogba.

PHOTO + VIDEO: Hazard & Torres celebrate their goals as Chelsea go top

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PHOTO + VIDEO: Hazard & Torres celebrate their goals as Chelsea go top - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelseahave gone top of the Premier League table with a 2-0 win at Hull City at the KC Stadium, where Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres found the net for the Blues.

After a stalemate first half, Belgian winger Hazard broke the deadlock, when he fired home after making space for himself from the edge of the box.

Arsenal: Alvaro Morata’s agent was in London to negotiate a deal

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Arsenal: Alvaro Morata's agent was in London to negotiate a deal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Only yesterday, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in his press conference had played down suggestions of a possible loan move for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, claiming he could do without the distractions of the January transfer window.

Manchester United to battle Real Madrid for £24m German midfielder

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Manchester United to battle Real Madrid for £24m German midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United manager David Moyes has reiterated his stance, claiming he didn't say that the Red Devils are against any business in January, but admitted that getting prime targets are tougher during winter.

Benitez plots move for £25m Manchester United and Chelsea target

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Benitez plots move for £25m Manchester United and Chelsea target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Napoli boss Rafael Benitez is targeting to land Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno, who is also a target of Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid, in the January transfer window.

The 21-year-old Moreno, after graduating from Sevilla's youth academy, started his senior career in 2012 for his hometown club and has made 31 appearances so far, scoring two goals already.

Michael Bradley To Toronto With MLS Growing

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Michael Bradley To Toronto With MLS Growing - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Michael Bradley is 26 years old, the most key player on the United States national team, and until very recently, a key cog in a machine at Roma that is competing for the Serie A title and hurdling towards the Champions League.

Schalke admit €45m Arsenal target may leave

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Schalke admit €45m Arsenal target may leave - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Although they are hopeful of keeping him, German side Schalke 04 accept that their star man, Julian Draxler, may leave the club in the summer, with Arsenal ready to swoop.

Draxler, who is one of the rising stars of German football, and has been followed by a whole host of European big guns for the past couple of years.

Chelsea and Man City hunting French dynamo; Gunners to miss out on Gourcuff?

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Chelsea and Man City hunting French dynamo; Gunners to miss out on Gourcuff? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi is being tracked by Chelsea and Man City, who are looking to take advantage of the Frenchman's precarious contract situation at the Parc de Princes.

Liverpool target could still leave Barcelona – Agent

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Liverpool target could still leave Barcelona Agent - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Barcelona right-back Martin Montoya's agent has claimed that his client's only priority at the moment is to sign a contract extension with the Catalan club, but if the agreement cannot be reached, then the defender would seek for other alternatives.

£15m Chelsea target could be heading to Germany – Report

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£15m Chelsea target could be heading to Germany Report - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

German giants Borussia Dortmund are targeting Inter Milan central defender Andrea Ranocchia in the January transfer window.

In December, The Mirror reported that Chelsea are looking to bolster their central defence and are targeting Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia.

Ronaldinho extends contract with Atletico Mineiro despite Besiktas reports

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Ronaldinho extends contract with Atletico Mineiro despite Besiktas reports - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Barcelona legend Ronaldinho has reportedly rejected the advances of Turkish side Besiktas and signed a new deal with current club Atletico Mineiro.

It had been widely confirmed that the 33-year-old had signed a two-year deal with Besiktas, but Atletico Mineiropresident Alexandre Kalil has put paid to the speculation, announcing that Ronaldinho has signed a currently unspecified contract extension with the Brazilian side.

Possible Manchester United Starting Line-Up Against Swansea

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Possible Manchester United Starting Line-Up Against Swansea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United will face Swansea City at the Old Trafford on Saturday in the Premier League, where manager David Moyes will be looking to bounce strongly after three successive defeats in all competitions.

Possible Liverpool Starting Line-Up Against Stoke City

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Possible Liverpool Starting Line-Up Against Stoke City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool will take on Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday, looking to register their first victory against them at this venue in the league since November 1984.

The Reds bounced back strongly after back to back defeats at the hands of Manchester City and Chelsea, with victories against Hull City and Old Ham in the Premier League and FA Cup respectively.

Possible Chelsea Starting Line-Up Against Hull City

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Possible Chelsea Starting Line-Up Against Hull City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will take on Hull City at the KC Stadium on Saturday in the Premier League, where Blues manager Jose Mourinho will be hoping to make it four wins in a row in the league.

The Londoners are currently occupying the third position in the league, and a victory against the Tigers would take them on top of the table, depending on other results.

The Transfer Lens – M’Vila to Liverpool? Garay to Man Utd?

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The Transfer Lens M'Vila to Liverpool? Garay to Man Utd? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool take centre stage in today's 'Transfer Lens', with rumours concerning Manchester United and Arsenal also under scrutiny.

1. Yann M'Vila to Liverpool?

The former Rennesdestroyer only signed for Russian club Rubin Kazan last year for a fee of around £9.

Arsenal fail with €14m bid for Antoine Griezmann – report

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Arsenal fail with €14m bid for Antoine Griezmann report - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have failed with a €14m bid for Real SociedadattackerAntoine Griezmann, according to journalist Alfredo Duro(via the Daily Mirror)

Duro,who was speaking on Spanish TV show 'El Chiringuito', said that the bid was made by Arsenal, who are in need of an extra midfielder to offset the loss of Theo Walcott, who is out for the rest of the season.

Liverpool Eye Move For Mexican Right Back, talks ongoing

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Liverpool Eye Move For Mexican Right Back, talks ongoing - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Defence is one of the areas where Liverpool will be looking to invest in the winter transfer window. While, there is enough cover for the centre-back roles, manager Brendan Rodgers could be looking to bolster the full-back areas.

Mourinho: No bids for Chelsea duo, not interested in Guarin

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Mourinho: No bids for Chelsea duo, not interested in Guarin - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was asked about several transfers during his press conference ahead of their Premier League clash against Hull City.

The Blues are linked with players like Fredy Guarin and Jackson Martinez, while media speculated that players like Juan Mata and Michael Essien could leave the club.

Manchester United vs Swansea: 5 Key Stats & Analysis

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Manchester United vs Swansea: 5 Key Stats & Analysis - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United will take on Swansea City in the Match Day 21 of Premier League at the Old Trafford, where manager David Moyes will be looking to avoid yet another victory at the home ground.

Swansea City knocked the Red Devils out of the FA Cup competition few days back and Michael Laudrup will be hoping to inflict further damages on Saturday.

Arsenal handed transfer boost in the chase for Spanish striker

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Arsenal handed transfer boost in the chase for Spanish striker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are given a massive transfer boost after Real Madrid have told Arsene Wenger that the Los Blancos are willing to listen to offers for striker Alvaro Morata.

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti insisted few days back that the Spaniard is not going anywhere in the winter transfer window.

1 goal, 1 assist – Arsenal chase Liverpool target to solve striker crisis

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1 goal, 1 assist Arsenal chase Liverpool target to solve striker crisis - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have made contact with Juventus forward Sebastian Giovinco's agentand areinquiringabout his client's availability in the January transfer window.

Arsenal are in need of a striker in the January transfer window.

Manchester City’s Yaya Toure named African Player Of The Year

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Manchester City's Yaya Toure named African Player Of The Year - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City's talisman midfielder Yaya Toure has bagged the prestigious award of African Footballer of the Year.

The 30-year-old won this award for the third year running, after edging out Nigerian team-mate John Obi Mikel and Chelsea legend Didier Drogba.

Coach wants £15m Chelsea target to stay at Inter Milan

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Coach wants £15m Chelsea target to stay at Inter Milan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Inter Milan manager Walter Mazzarri has expressed hopes that star midfielder Fredy Guarin do not jump ship and stick with the Nerazzurri to turn around a season which is not going well for the club.

CONFIRMED: Jermain Defoe will join MLS side Toronto

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CONFIRMED: Jermain Defoe will join MLS side Toronto - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe will join MLS side Toronto FC,with effect from February 28, 2014, the club has confirmed.

The 31-year-old striker has had a glittering career in English football and at Spurs especially.

AC Milan consider loan move for Chelsea’s Michael Essien

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AC Milan consider loan move for Chelsea's Michael Essien - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to reports in Italy, Serie A giants AC Milan are plotting a loan move in January for Chelsea's forgotten man Michael Essien.

Essien, who spent the last season on loan under Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, has only managed three league appearances this season with Chelsea under the same manager.

Eden Hazard: ‘I will definitely join PSG next summer’

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Eden Hazard: 'I will definitely join PSG next summer' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea's Eden Hazard has reportedly revealed that he is to leave Chelsea next summer and join up with PSG in what will be a sensational return to Ligue 1.

The young Belgian has been linked with a move to the mega-bucks French champions for a few weeks now, and now according to the sources of French newspaper 'Le Parisien', Hazard has told one of his Chelsea teammates the news of his impending departure.

Manchester United midfielder is a ‘special player’: Kompany

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Manchester United midfielder is a 'special player': Kompany - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Marouane Fellaini didn't have a rocking start to his Manchester United career. The Belgium international was probably not the first choice midfielder for the club but having failed to land other targets in summer, managed David Moyes went for him on the transfer deadline day, paying a hefty transfer fee of £27.

What They Said: Wenger Coy on transfers; Courtois reflects on Chelsea future

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What They Said: Wenger Coy on transfers; Courtois reflects on Chelsea future - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are reported to be lining up a loan move for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata. Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti insisted that the striker will not be sold in the January transfer window, but the player himself hinted of a possibility of moving elsewhere.

Arsenal make contact with agent of Juventus playmaker

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Arsenal make contact with agent of Juventus playmaker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsene Wenger may be set to offset the loss of Theo Walcott by signing Juventus attacker Sebastian Giovinco, after it was revealed that the Gunners had made contact with the player's agent.

The diminutive playmaker has spent his entire career at the 'Old Lady', bar a couple of loan moves, having come through the youth ranks in Turin.

West Brom appoint Pepe Mel as manager

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West Brom appoint Pepe Mel as manager - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

West Brom have announced the appointment of Spaniard Pepe Mel as manager on an 18-month contract.

The 50-year-old left La Liga side Real Betis in December after three years at the helm, and now succeeds Steve Clarke at the Hawthorns.

West Brom appoint Pepe Mel as manager

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West Brom appoint Pepe Mel as manager - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

West Brom have announced appointment of Spaniard Pepe Mel as manager.

Mel, 50, left former club Real Betis in December, and takes over at the Hawthorns on an 18 month deal.

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The Transfer Lens – Hazard to PSG? Marchisio to Man Utd?

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The Transfer Lens Hazard to PSG? Marchisio to Man Utd? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A few juicy rumours here on 'The Transfer Lens' today, with Saikat and I giving our verdicts on the latest reports surroundingClaudio Marchisio, Eden Hazard andAnderlecht defender Cheikhou Kouyate.

What They Said: Welbeck claims Man Utd “not good enough”, Messi wants to end his career at Barcelona

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What They Said: Welbeck claims Man Utd "not good enough", Messi wants to end his career at Barcelona - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have started the New Year with three consecutive defeats, their worst start in 13 years and there is a genuine concern that the Red Devils might miss out on top four this season.

Champions League Knockout Stage 1st Leg Betting Trends

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Champions League Knockout Stage 1st Leg Betting Trends - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the 2014 Champions League knockout stage quickly approaching, it's a good time to look at some betting angles to keep in mind when the matches come around in February.

Underperformance Of Away Clubs

Looking back over every Champions League tournament since 1998/99, the under-performance of away clubs in the opening legs of knockout ties caught my eye.

Lamela’s lament at Tottenham – what next for him?

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Lamela's lament at Tottenham what next for him? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

If there's one thing for certain regarding the sorry episode of Tottenham Hotspurs' record £30million signing of Argentine winger Eirk Lamela, it's that there'll be far more "not my fault" statements than mea culpas emanating from White Hart Lane as the player apparently heads for the exit door.

Arsenal star targeted by Dortmund to replace Lewandowski

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Arsenal star targeted by Dortmund to replace Lewandowski - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

German newspaper Bild reports that Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund are scouting Arsenal's young midfield dynamo Serge Gnabry.

Dortmund have already lost striker Robert Lewandowski, who will join Bayern Munich next summer on a free transfer and manager Jurgen Klopp will be looking for quality replacements, either in the winter transfer window or next summer.

Liverpool contacted by Valencia for the transfer of Iago Aspas

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Liverpool contacted by Valencia for the transfer of Iago Aspas - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Iago Aspas didn't enjoy a great season so far for Liverpool. The former Celta Vigo striker has struggled to adjust to the pace of the league and is currently used as a cover for main strikers Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.

Pellegrini Eyes Move for £45m Manchester United & Chelsea Target?

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Pellegrini Eyes Move for £45m Manchester United & Chelsea Target? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City are looking to announce themselves on the January transfer market in a big way, by snatching Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic right from under the noses of rivals Chelsea and Manchester United.

Chelsea Transfer Crisis: Fredy Guarin staying with Inter Milan

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Chelsea Transfer Crisis: Fredy Guarin staying with Inter Milan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have been dealt a second transfer blow in the space of two days, with the news that primary January target Fredy Guarin is to remain with Inter Milan.

A potential deal had been discussed by the two clubs, but Inter's sporting directorPiero Ausilio has now put paid to any hopes the Blues had of luring the Colombian to Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window,

"Guarin is an Inter player and we are happy to keep him," Ausilio said,

"Denying the contacts with Chelsea would be denying the evidence.

Xabi Alonso signs two-year contract extension with Real Madrid

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Xabi Alonso signs two-year contract extension with Real Madrid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso has ended speculation linking him with a move back to the Premier League by signing a two-year contract extension with Real Madrid.

The 32-year-old had been strongly linked with a January move to England, with Chelsea and Liverpool reportedly looking to swoop for the play-maker, as his contract was set to expire at the end of the current season.

TWIF: David Moyes Struggles While Bob Bradley Leaps Again

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TWIF: David Moyes Struggles While Bob Bradley Leaps Again - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

THIS WEEK IN FOOTBALL

On a week where Bob Bradley took another leap into the unknown, trouble reigned at Old Trafford, the FA Cup returned, and Klinsmann set up his sneakily decisive January camp.

The Transfer Lens – Pjanic to Man Utd? Van Dijk to Arsenal?

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The Transfer Lens Pjanic to Man Utd? Van Dijk to Arsenal? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Here we are again, diving back into the garbled mess that is the Premier League rumour mill! There are so many different reports flying around, but which may actually happen? Saikat and I give our verdicts once more in today's 'Transfer Lens'!

11 goals in 17 games: Liverpool target Luis Suarez’s compatriot

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11 goals in 17 games: Liverpool target Luis Suarez's compatriot - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are targeting Uruguayan forward,Abel Hernandez, according to reports from The Mirror, as Brendan Rodgers eyes Champions League qualification.

The 23-year-old striker currently plays in Serie B with Palermo, where he has been in fine form this season, netting 11 times in 17 appearances thus far.

Chelsea and Liverpool midfield target ‘made available’ by Spanish giants?

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Chelsea and Liverpool midfield target 'made available' by Spanish giants? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The saga of Xabi Alonso may have taken a decisive turn, with 'The Daily Express' claiming that Real Madrid have made the Spanish playmaker available this January.

The former Liverpool midfielder's contract at the Bernabéuexpires at the end of the current season, and despite the efforts of 'Los Blancos' to tie the 32-year-old down with an extension, the signs are now pointing towards a winter exit.

Arsenal miss out on Barcelona youngster Tony Sanabria

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Arsenal miss out on Barcelona youngster Tony Sanabria - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League giants Arsenal are set to miss out on one of the prime January targets Tony Sanabria of Barcelona, after reports in Spain emerged that the player has bid farewell to his team-mates to join Italian giants AS Roma.

What They Said: Moyes hits out at the officials, Lamela not happy at Spurs says his father

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What They Said: Moyes hits out at the officials, Lamela not happy at Spurs says his father - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After suffering third defeat in a row, Manchester United manager David Moyes is surely feeling the pressure at the moment. The Red Devils suffered a 2-1 defeat against Sunderland last night and Moyes was furious with some of the referring decisions that went against them.

Liverpool Transfer: Reds keen on Benfica winger, latest on Barcelona defender

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Liverpool Transfer: Reds keen on Benfica winger, latest on Barcelona defender - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are showing keen interest in Benfica's Ola John, who is free to leave, but they are facing a tough competition from Premier League outfit Swansea City, reports the Daily Mail.

Liverpool plotting to hijack Arsenal target Alvaro Morata?

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Liverpool plotting to hijack Arsenal target Alvaro Morata? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The injury to Theo Walcott may force Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to delve into the transfer market. The Guardian today has speculated few strikers Wenger may look at, while The Mirror's John Cross, who has a deep contact with the London club, reports that the Gunners are looking to solve their striker problem by signing Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.

12 goals in 14 games: Arsenal target €40m ‘Plan B’ striker

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12 goals in 14 games: Arsenal target €40m 'Plan B' striker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This is shaping up to be a crucial January transfer window for Arsenal. The news of Theo Walcott's long-term injury has further increased the need for Arsene Wenger to buy a striker, and if reports are to be believed, he has wasted no time in compiling a list of potential targets.

Arsenal Star: We can win the Premier League title

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Arsenal Star: We can win the Premier League title - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky has insisted that the Gunners have the squad this time round to win the Premier League title.

The Czech Republic midfielder has praised the squad's impressive form over the festive period and believes the team has got a new found belief and resilience.

FIFA confirm 2022 Qatar World Cup will not be held in the summer

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FIFA confirm 2022 Qatar World Cup will not be held in the summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

FIFA have announced that the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will not take place in the summer, while adding that a winter tournament would be 'perfect'.

FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valckeconfirmed the decision during a French radio broadcast, seemingly ending the long-running debate over the hosting dates,

"The dates for the World Cup (in Qatar) will not be June-July," Valcke told Radio France.

The Transfer Lens – Balotelli to Chelsea? Ntep to Arsenal?

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The Transfer Lens Balotelli to Chelsea? Ntep to Arsenal? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As the January transfer window begins to go through the gears, it seems as though the Italian hot-head Mario Balotelli is inching towards the Premier League spotlight once more.

In today's 'Transfer Lens', Saikat and I take a closer look at the rumours surrounding the former Man City man, as well as the latest concerning Arsenal's hunt for a striker, and also a Ligue 1 duo's interest in Spurs' Kyle Walker.

What They Said: Michael Gray and Gary Pallister on Capital One Cup Semi-final

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What They Said: Michael Gray and Gary Pallister on Capital One Cup Semi-final - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ahead of tonight's Capital One Cup semi-final clash between Sunderland and Manchester United,The Football League and credit card company and League Cup sponsorsCapital One hosted Q & A event with Sunderland legend Michael Gray and Manchester United legend Gary Pallister.

Should Shane Long Stay At The Hawthorns?

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Should Shane Long Stay At The Hawthorns? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

West Bromwich Albion striker Shane Long has been linked with several Premier League clubs and was undergoing a medical at Hull before the club pulled out, but should West Brom sell the player?

The former Reading man is reportedly unsettled at West Brom and is calling for clarity over the vacant head coach role.

Former Chelsea star seeks return to Premier League – Liverpool interested

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Former Chelsea star seeks return to Premier League Liverpool interested - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After a period of French leave, the January transfer window may see the return of former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou to the Premier League. Never the most popular players at Stamford Bridge, Blues' fans should not be overly concerned however.

Chelsea given permission to talk with Fredy Guarin

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Chelsea given permission to talk with Fredy Guarin - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have moved one step closer to signing Fredy Guarin after Inter Milan's sporting director Piero Ausilio has admitted that the midfielder has been given permission to talk to the Premier League giants.

Talks with Liverpool ongoing: Agent of Mohamed Salah

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Talks with Liverpool ongoing: Agent of Mohamed Salah - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Mohamed Salah's agent admitted that Liverpool are genuinely interested in the player but the Reds are not alone in the chase for the midfielder.

Liverpool are thought to be favourites to land FC Basle midfielder Mohamed Salah, and four days back former Tottenham player and now turned-pundit Mido claimed that the Egyptian star is set to join the Reds within next week.

Possible Manchester United Starting Line-Up Against Sunderland

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Possible Manchester United Starting Line-Up Against Sunderland - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After getting knocked out in the FA Cup in their last match Manchester United will be looking to bounce back against Sunderland in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final tonight at the Stadium of Light.

Brazil Legend Ronaldinho signs for Besiktas

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Brazil Legend Ronaldinho signs for Besiktas - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Barcelona superstar Ronaldinho has signed for Turkish Süper LigsideBesiktas on a free transfer.

The 33-year-old moves to theBJK İnönü Stadium this winter on a two-and-a-half year deal confirmed today by Dutch newspaper 'De Telegraaf' which will earn him between €10-€15m.

Chelsea Transfer Round-Up: Juan Mata heading to Barcelona?

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Chelsea Transfer Round-Up: Juan Mata heading to Barcelona? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Juan Mata is fast becoming the most sought-after commodity of the winter market, with a constant stream of rumours claiming that the unsettled Spaniard is looking to break out of West London to revitalise his stalled career.

Arsenal Injury Shock: Theo Walcott out for the rest of the season

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Arsenal Injury Shock: Theo Walcott out for the rest of the season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal and England have received a huge injury blow, with Theo Walcott ruled out for six months with a cruciate ligament injury to his left knee.

The 24-year-old will miss the remainder of the season, and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil this summer.

The Transfer Lens – Grenier to Arsenal? Chelsea go for Zouma?

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The Transfer Lens Grenier to Arsenal? Chelsea go for Zouma? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Today, Saikat and I look at three transfer rumours that have evolved over the last few weeks, and speculate whether or not they might come to fruition this January transfer window.

1.Clément Grenier to Arsenal?

What They Said: Moyes admits Old Trafford losing fear factor, Mourinho says ‘no divers at Chelsea’

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What They Said: Moyes admits Old Trafford losing fear factor, Mourinho says 'no divers at Chelsea' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The pressure is mounting on the shoulders of Manchester United manager David Moyes. It is like a vicious circle. It was always going to be tough for any new manager at Manchester United, but it is getting tougher with each loss, especially at home.

Benitez: ‘Very difficult’ to get Chelsea duo, no real interest in them

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Benitez: 'Very difficult' to get Chelsea duo, no real interest in them - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Napoli coach Rafael Benitez has rubbished reports of a possible move for Chelsea duo Juan Mata and David Luiz in the January transfer window.

The Spaniard, who was an interim manager of Chelsea, last season, was thought to preparing for a raid in the winter transfer window for the two unsettled players.

Lamela agent touches down in Italy for Inter meet – Italian report

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Lamela agent touches down in Italy for Inter meet Italian report - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to Italian newspaperGazzetta dello Sport,the agent of Tottenham misfit Erik Lamela has flown to Italy, and will meet with Inter Milan officials in the next few days.

The report(via tuttomercatoweb.

Manchester United & Arsenal Target Not For Sale – Report

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Manchester United & Arsenal Target Not For Sale Report - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal and Manchester United target striker Mario Mandzukic is not going anywhere in the January transfer window, as claimed by Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Bayern have signed Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, who will join them next summer on a free transfer.

PHOTO: De Bruyne’s agent spotted at Wolfsburg training session

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PHOTO: De Bruyne's agent spotted at Wolfsburg training session - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Kevin De Bruyne saga continues to dominate headlines, and his agent Patrick De Koster is once more at the centre of the latest rumours, having been photographed at a recent Wolfsburg training session in Abu Dhabi.

PHOTO: John Obi Mikel scores in the FA Cup against Derby

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PHOTO: John Obi Mikel scores in the FA Cup against Derby - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

John Obi Mikel scored for Chelsea, yet again, as the Blues moved into the 4th round of the FA Cup, after earning a convincing 2-0 victory against Derby County.

Mikel, who made his 300th appearance for the club, scored his second goal of the season and the occasion will be more special for him as he captained the side as well.

PHOTO: Oscar celebrates his goal against Derby

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PHOTO: Oscar celebrates his goal against Derby - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea midfielder Oscar scored his 20th goal for the club as the Blues earned a convincing 2-0 victory against Derby County.

After a goal-less first half, Chelsea took the lead through John Obi Mikel and Oscar added another one few minutes later to put the game beyond any doubt.

PHOTO: Arsenal’s Tomas Rosicky celebrates his first goal of the season

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PHOTO: Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky celebrates his first goal of the season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal moved into the 4th round of the FA Cup after the Gunners earned an emphatic 2-0 victory over their North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

What They Said: Moyes & Wenger on January transfers

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What They Said: Moyes & Wenger on January transfers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United manager David Moyes has hinted that the Red Devils might not do any business at all in the January transfer window.

The Old Trafford giants have made a poor start to the season and are lying 7th in the table, 11 points behind league leaders Arsenal.

PHOTO: Theo Walcott reminds Spurs fans the 2-0 scoreline with hand gesture

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PHOTO: Theo Walcott reminds Spurs fans the 2-0 scoreline with hand gesture - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal moved into the 4th round of the FA Cup after earning an emphatic 2-0 victory over North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates.

Theo Walcottwas stretchered off injured towards the end of the match and on his way off the England international took the opportunity to anger the away fans after reminding them the 2-0 scoreline, using his fingers.

‘The Transfer Lens’ – featuring Rooney, Martinez, and Anastasio

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'The Transfer Lens' featuring Rooney, Martinez, and Anastasio - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Seconds out! It's round two of 'The Transfer Lens', and today Saikat and I tackle three transfer stories doing the rounds on the world stage.

There has been little real movement so far this January transfer window, but its sure to start heating up in the coming weeks.

Robert Lewandowski finally agrees Bayern move

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Robert Lewandowski finally agrees Bayern move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Robert Lewandowski has finalised his long awaited move from Borussia Dortmund to fierce rivals Bayern Munich.

The Polish striker, who has been the subject of huge speculation in recent months, has agreed a five-year contract with the Champions League holders, as confirmed by German Newspaper 'Bild'.

Robert Lewandowski finally agrees Bayern move

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Robert Lewandowski finally agrees Bayern move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Robert Lewandowski has finalised his long awaited move from Borussia Dortmund to fierce rivals Bayern Munich.

The Polish striker, who has been the subject of huge speculation in recent months, has agreed a five-year contract with the Champions League holders, as confirmed by German Newspaper 'Bild'.

Chelsea step up the chase for Inter Milan’s Fredy Guarin

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Chelsea step up the chase for Inter Milan's Fredy Guarin - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are favourite to sign Inter Milan's Fredy Guarin in the January transfer window, according to reports from The Times.

The Colombian midfielder, who can play on either wing, is a prime target for the Blues, as Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea boss, is keen to bolster his squad to consolidate their position as contenders for the Barclays Premier League.

What They Said: Wenger gives his reaction on Costa rumours, Mourinho insists Mata will stay

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What They Said: Wenger gives his reaction on Costa rumours, Mourinho insists Mata will stay - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels that he must buy a new striker but must decide whether to go for a long term target now or a stop gap until next summer.

The Gunners will be without their two main strikers for the FA Cup tie against Tottenham at the Emirates on Saturday.

Possible Manchester United Starting Line-Up Against Swansea

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Possible Manchester United Starting Line-Up Against Swansea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United will take on Swansea City at the Old Trafford on Sunday in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup tie, where David Moyes will be looking to rotate his squad to good effect as busy festive period begins to take its toll.

Possible Chelsea Starting Line-Up Against Derby

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Possible Chelsea Starting Line-Up Against Derby - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will take on Derby County in the third round of the FA Cup tie at the Pride Park on Sunday, where Blues manager Jose Mourinho will be looking to make the best use of his bench strength.

Mourinho insisted that he will field a strong team on Sunday but expect the Portuguese to make several changes for this tie.

Arsenal set to move for £25m Man Utd & Chelsea target

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Arsenal set to move for £25m Man Utd & Chelsea target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to the latest reports from 'talkSport', Arsenal are preparing a move for Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic, and have contacted the Serbian's agent for talks.

The Gunners, who rumoured to be looking to strengthen in this January transfer window, have reportedly made the first move for the Serbian destroyer ahead of Premier League rivals Chelsea and Man Utd.

How Nani could help Man Utd sign Juventus’ Arturo Vidal

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How Nani could help Man Utd sign Juventus' Arturo Vidal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

ManchesterUnited currently lie seventh in the Premier League, 11 points behind leaders Arsenal, following another hugely disappointing home defeat, this time to Tottenham on New Year's Day.

It is a sorry sight for fans of the club, and certainly not something they are used to after decades of success under David Moyes' illustrious predecessor, Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Transfer Lens – Mata to Inter Milan? Pogba to Arsenal?

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The Transfer Lens Mata to Inter Milan? Pogba to Arsenal? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In the first of our daily January roundups, Saikat Mandal and I take a look at a number of interesting pieces of Premier League transfer gossip, and give our verdict as to their plausibility.

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Possible Arsenal Starting Line-Up Against Tottenham

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Possible Arsenal Starting Line-Up Against Tottenham - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will take on Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday, looking to earn yet another victory over their North London rivals.

Both the teams are heading into this match on the back of some fine performances in the league.

PHOTO: Mesut Ozil back in training ahead of FA Cup clash with Spurs

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PHOTO: Mesut Ozil back in training ahead of FA Cup clash with Spurs - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsene Wenger said in the press conference today that Mesut Ozil will undergo a fitness test ahead of Arsenal's FA Cup clash with Tottenham. The German international is back in training and could play some part against Spurs as well.

No Chelsea bid for Gonzalo Higuain – Mourinho

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No Chelsea bid for Gonzalo Higuain Mourinho - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that there has been no bid for Napoli striker Gonazalo Higuain, and that there are no plans to bring a striker to Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window.

Speaking at a Chelsea press conference today, the Portuguese boss insisted that he is happy with the strikers he has, and that they are enough to be be able to compete on all fronts.

4 Reasons Why Dimitar Berbatov Is The Perfect Short-term Solution for Arsenal

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4 Reasons Why Dimitar Berbatov Is The Perfect Short-term Solution for Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are linked with a shock move for former Manchester United's striker Dimitar Berbatov. Tom Duncan feels the Fulham striker would be a perfect short-term signing for the Gunners.

Manchester United join the race to sign Chelsea’s Juan Mata

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Manchester United join the race to sign Chelsea's Juan Mata - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Juan Mata's future has come under intense speculation once again after Jose Mourinho openly admitted that the door is open for him to leave. The Spaniard was arguably one of the best players for the Blues over the last couple of years, but under the Portuguese, he has struggled to make a big impression and it seems, his future lies away from London.

Liverpool Latest: Raheem Sterling wanted by Swansea

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Liverpool Latest: Raheem Sterling wanted by Swansea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Swansea City have made an approach for Liverpool's winger Raheem Sterling and are hoping that the Reds would allow the youngster on loan, if they sign Mohamed Salah from FC Basle in the January transfer window.

Arsenal Latest: Wenger dismisses Berbatov link + Injury update

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Arsenal Latest: Wenger dismisses Berbatov link + Injury update - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gave his pre-match press conference ahead of the Gunner's FA Cup mouth-watering clash with North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

In the pre-match build-up, Wenger has given an update on his side's long injury list and also commented on the latest transfer rumours, about the possible move for former Manchester United player Dimitar Berbatov.

We’ll Be Back: Real Madrid Will Not Stop Hunting Liverpool’s Luis Suarez

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We'll Be Back: Real Madrid Will Not Stop Hunting Liverpool's Luis Suarez - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Luis Suarez, the darling of the Anfield faithful, is still being pursued by long-term suitors Real Madrid, despite the Uruguayan having recently signed a new long term contract at Liverpool.

Manchester United Latest: Javier Hernandez Out, Mateo Kovacic In?

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Manchester United Latest: Javier Hernandez Out, Mateo Kovacic In? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to Turin based newspaper La Stampa, Inter Milan could be willing to sell one of their prized assets Mateo Kovacic to Manchester United, should they land Red Devil's striker Javier Hernandez as a part of the deal.

Salah will join Liverpool next week says former Spurs star

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Salah will join Liverpool next week says former Spurs star - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Mido, now turnedTV pundit for Al Jazeera has claimed that FC Basel footballer Mohamed Salah will join Liverpool next week on his Twitter account.

The 21-year-old play-maker, who is often dubbed as Egyptian Messi, has scored 17 times in 26 appearances for his country and caught the attention of scouts of top European clubs for his performances against Chelsea in the Champions League.

No Chelsea bid for Gonzalo Higuain – Mourinho

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No Chelsea bid for Gonzalo Higuain Mourinho - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that there has been no bid for Napoli striker Gonazalo Higuain, and that there are no plans to bring a striker to Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window.

Speaking in a Chelsea press conference today, the Portuguese boss insisted that he is happy with the strikers he has, and that they are enough to be be able to compete on all fronts.

Chelsea latest: Bayern target David Luiz + De Bruyne ‘not allowed to leave’

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Chelsea latest: Bayern target David Luiz + De Bruyne 'not allowed to leave' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to German newspaper Sportbild, Chelsea's David Luiz is a January transfer target for Bayern Munich.

The Champions League holders have shown an interest in the maverick defender, according to the report, and are willing to pay the rumoured €29m asking price.

Arsenal latest: Wenger to choose between three Premier League hitmen?

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Arsenal latest: Wenger to choose between three Premier League hitmen? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are set for a very busy January transfer window, with Arsene Wenger reportedly set to choose between three Premier League strikers, with the Gunners looking to add attacking reinforcement to their squad.

Man Utd Latest: £40m Reus happy at Dortmund + Moyes to snatch up bargain striker?

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Man Utd Latest: £40m Reus happy at Dortmund + Moyes to snatch up bargain striker? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Borussia Dortmund attacker Marco Reus has said that it is an 'achievement' to be linked with Barcelona and Manchester United, but stresses that he is happy at the Bundesliga club.

Liverpool Latest: Playmaker’s future ‘to be announced’; £20m Maestro to stay in France?

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Liverpool Latest: Playmaker's future 'to be announced'; £20m Maestro to stay in France? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso could be set to finally resolve his future, with Spanish newspaper AS reporting that a meeting between the player and the club is imminent.

Cardiff City hire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Cardiff City hire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Cardiff City have appointedOle Gunnar Solskjaer as their new manager.

The former Manchester United player arrives at the Premier League club after a successful stint as manager of Norwegian side, Molde.

Solskjaer said: "It is a fantastic challenge.