SoccerLens Archives for January 2015

Ilkay Gundogan won’t sign new contract – boost for Manchester United

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Ilkay Gundogan won't sign new contract boost for Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

German giants Borussia Dortmund have confirmed today that central midfielder Ilkay Gundogan will not be extending his contract at the club.

Dortmund were hopeful of securing a new deal for Gundogan, whose current deal expires in June 2016, but now they are left with no options but to sell him to the highest bidder in the transfer market.

Bournemouth and their fairytale journey to the Premier League

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Bournemouth and their fairytale journey to the Premier League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Looking at The Championship this season, there are some significant clubs in the competition, plenty of which that have relatively recent Premier League experience.

As such, ahead of the 2014-15 campaign, few would have expected the joyous scenes at Dean Court on Monday night.

Can Manchester United challenge for the 2015/16 Premier League title?

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Can Manchester United challenge for the 2015/16 Premier League title? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's pretty clear that Manchester United are getting better. The train-wreck that was last season under poor David Moyes is slowly being forgotten, with Louis van Gaal and his new look Red Devils gradually finding their feet in the English top flight.

Leicester City 1-3 Chelsea: Analysis and Major Talking Points

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Leicester City 1-3 Chelsea: Analysis and Major Talking Points - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are just one win away from securing the Premier League title, after an inspired second-half performance helped them come from behind and beat Leicester City 3-1 at the King Power Stadium.

Liverpool solution to right-back issue is another Manchester United transfer target

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Liverpool solution to right-back issue is another Manchester United transfer target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson admits that the chances of him still being at the club next season are slim, however he is still willing to discuss a new contract at Anfield.

Manchester United’s prime summer target to sign new deal

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Manchester United's prime summer target to sign new deal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have made Southampton's young fullback Nathaniel Clyne their top transfer priority in the summer but it seems the Saints won't buckle under pressure. Instead, Southampton are fighting hard to keep hold of their prized asset for at least one more season.

Everton want Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj

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Everton want Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Everton would be interested in signing Adnan Januzaj, if Manchester United made him available on loan next season.

United are yet to decide whether Januzaj would be required in Louis van Gaal's squad next season.

Can Manchester United challenge for the 2015/16 Premier League title?

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Can Manchester United challenge for the 2015/16 Premier League title? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's pretty clear that Manchester United are getting better. The train-wreck that was last season under poor David Moyes is slowly being forgotten, with Louis van Gaal and his new look Red Devils gradually finding their feet in the English top flight.

Why A Montreal Impact Victory at the CONCACAF Champions League Final 2015 Could Mean a Win for the Entire MLS

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Why A Montreal Impact Victory at the CONCACAF Champions League Final 2015 Could Mean a Win for the Entire MLS - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This time round, we are not talking about any big names in the world of football. It is all about an underdog team that is looking to give the Major League Soccer the recognition and credibility that it has always dreamt of.

Manchester United lining up De Gea’s replacement

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Manchester United lining up De Gea's replacement - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A key partin Manchester United's squad planning for next season is the looming uncertainty over the future of David De Gea.

The Spanish goalkeeperhas been in stellar form for Manchester United, rightly findinga place in the Premiership Team of the Year.

Does Adnan Januzaj need a break from Manchester United?

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Does Adnan Januzaj need a break from Manchester United? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Louis van Gaal is reportedly considering the option of sending Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj on loan next season.

The Belgian winger was one of the stand out performers under David Moyes, but has struggled to establish himself under the new manager.

The International Champions Cup 2015 Guide & Schedule

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The International Champions Cup 2015 Guide & Schedule - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

What: The International ChampionsCup (ICC) is a yearly pre-season tournament held in the summer. Up until 2015, the ICCwas held exclusively in the USA, with a number of stellar teams from Europe join sidesfrom the American continent in competing for the trophy.

A deal with Arsenal’s major sponsor thought be close for FA Cup

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A deal with Arsenal's major sponsor thought be close for FA Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Guardian has today reported that the FA Cup is on the verge of attracting a major new sponsor, which would result in the competition becoming rebranded.

Global airline Emirates are thought to be keen to sponsor the cup tournament in a deal worth a total of £30 million over three years.

Bayern Munich’s new adidas deal worth £100m less than Man Utd’s

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Bayern Munich's new adidas deal worth £100m less than Man Utd's - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

German champions Bayern Munich have announced that they have signed a new ten-year deal with kit manufacturer Adidas, worth a cool €900 million over the space of ten years.

As reported on The Guardian, the Bundesliga giants had five years remaining on their current deal with the American clothing giant but have moved quickly to tie up a new agreement that will extend the partnership until 2030.

Wayne Rooney’s injury is a major concern for Manchester United

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Wayne Rooney's injury is a major concern for Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With only four games left to go, Manchester United are fearing the worst skipper Wayne Rooney's season could be over due to ligament injury.

Rooney limped off at the end ofUnited's humiliating 3-0 defeat by Everton last Sunday and it appears now it was aserious knee problem.

The marquee signing Liverpool need is someone Rodgers doesn’t want

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The marquee signing Liverpool need is someone Rodgers doesn't want - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Brendan Rodgers played the game of deflecting criticism from his team in the wake of defeat at the hands of Hull City by calling out the need for signing marquee players in order to mount a serious challenge for the Premiership title.

Mourinho: Arsenal and Manchester United will challenge us next season

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Mourinho: Arsenal and Manchester United will challenge us next season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes that it will be difficult for his team to win consecutive Premier League titles. The Blues would need only one win from their remaining four matches, should they beat Leicester City on Wednesday night, to be mathematically certain of winning the Premier League.

Liverpool manager: Manchester United target ‘very talented’

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Liverpool manager: Manchester United target 'very talented' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hasdescribed PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay as a 'very talented' player and refused to comment onhis club's interest in signing the Dutch international.

Edinson Cavani hands Manchester United massive transfer boost

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Edinson Cavani hands Manchester United massive transfer boost - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United and other major European clubs may all have a chance of signing Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani in the summer, according to reports from Le Parisien.

Cavani, who joined PSG in 2013 for a reported fee of €64m, has been frequently linked with a move to United.

The curious case of Olivier Giroud

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The curious case of Olivier Giroud - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sky Sports pundit Thierry Henry recently said that Arsenal need to sign four new players this summer if they are to challenge for the Premier League title next season.

"Arsenal need to buy four players, they need that spine," the Frenchman told Sky Sports.

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard: The Premier League’s best but no Messi or Ronaldo

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Chelsea's Eden Hazard: The Premier League's best but no Messi or Ronaldo - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Given Chelsea's impending Premier League title triumph and the fact that Jose Mourinho's side have been the team to beat in English football for the entire campaign, it makes sense that a Blues star be named PFA Player of the Year.

Ancelotti: Manchester United star ‘non-negotiable’ on current form

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Ancelotti: Manchester United star 'non-negotiable' on current form - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Javier Hernandez is doing everything he possibly can to make his loan move to Real Madrid permanent after scoring fourgoals in the last fourmatches for Los Blancos. And it seems Carlo Ancelotti, the Madrid boss, is highly impressed with the Mexican's recent form.

Manchester United aiming for titles next year ahead of CL-chasing Liverpool

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Manchester United aiming for titles next year ahead of CL-chasing Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Louis van Gaal accusedManchester United players of being complacent and off the boil in a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at Everton on Sunday that left the Premier League top-fourrace alivefor arch rivalsLiverpool.

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard deservingly named PFA Player of the Year

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Chelsea's Eden Hazard deservingly named PFA Player of the Year - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has been named PFA Player of the Year for the 2014-15 season. In the ceremony held in London on Sunday evening, the Belgian walked away with the top gong while Tottenham's Harry Kane was named PFA Young Player of the Year.

Real Madrid need to pay £200m for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard

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Real Madrid need to pay £200m for Chelsea's Eden Hazard - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has quashed rumours of Real Madrid's interest in Eden Hazard and says if Madrid wanted the Belgium winger, he would be among the first to know.

Castilla coach Zinedine Zidane had revealed his admiration forHazard, who won the PFA Player of the Year on Sunday, last week and the Frenchman's comments were interpreted as a sign of courtship designed to lure the Belgian playmaker away from Stamford Bridge.

Why Chelsea deserve credit for their Arsenal performance

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Why Chelsea deserve credit for their Arsenal performance - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The image of Chelsea's players jumping for joy at the end of Sunday's 0-0 draw against Arsenal casts two main trains of thought.

Firstly, celebrating a goalless draw like a victory will be criticised as negative in some corners, with Jose Mourinho's track record of conservatism continuing along with accusations of being boring.

Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea: Analysis and Major Talking Points

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Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea: Analysis and Major Talking Points - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Well if it was slightly in question before this match, it certainly isn't now. Chelsea's quest for the Premier League title has almost reached its climax. After a dogged, stubborn and defensively brilliant performance at the Emirates on Sunday, they held Arsenal, their closest challengers, to a 0-0 draw.

President wants €40m Chelsea, Arsenal target to sign for Italian Giants

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President wants €40m Chelsea, Arsenal target to sign for Italian Giants - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Palermo's Paulo Dybala is the hottest young prospect in the latest production line coming through the ranks of the Serie A this season. The 21 year old has enjoyed a stunning season having scored 13 goals and providing 10 assists in 31 appearances thus attracting envious glances from a host of European heavy-weights.

Could this French midfielder be a solution to Manchester United’s problems?

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Could this French midfielder be a solution to Manchester United's problems? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With Liverpool dropping points against West Brom yesterday, the away trip to Goodison was a golden opportunity for Manchester United to secure their place in the top four.

Everton was supposed to be a competitive yet winnable affair considering Louis Van Gaal's promising record against the top sides in the league.

Do Liverpool lack ambition or is it just Brendan Rodgers?

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Do Liverpool lack ambition or is it just Brendan Rodgers? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool produced another abject performance yesterday as the runners-up from last season came away with just a point from the Hawthorns.

The FA Cup semi final was a wretched affair, but West Brom was a chance to bounce back and finish the season strongly.

Manchester United or Liverpool: Who will sign Memphis Depay?

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Manchester United or Liverpool: Who will sign Memphis Depay? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Two interesting transfer stories caught my eye this morning while I browsed through the stories relating to rumours surrounding Memphis Depay and his eagerly anticipated summer move.

While the Daily Telegraph claims that the young forward's representatives have opened talks with Manchester United, the Daily Mirror believes that Depay along with entourage held 'secret talks' with Liverpool.

Arsenal fans should not boo Fabregas; it’s Wenger’s fault he’s not a Gunner today

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Arsenal fans should not boo Fabregas; it's Wenger's fault he's not a Gunner today - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Love stories, albeit beautiful, can go horribly wrong at times. Heartbreak is followed by indifference, before hatred comes along. Just like so many different aspects of life, love and hate are seen in football as well.

Free Agents To Look At This Summer

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Free Agents To Look At This Summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the likes of Steven Gerrard, Winston Reid, Mikel Arteta and Ron Vlaar attracting attention due to their free agent status come the end of the season, here are five players you may not know could be picked up on the cheap as well this summer.

Newcastle United and the very real chance of relegation

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Newcastle United and the very real chance of relegation - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Newcastle United fans received a late Christmas present on January 2nd this year, when what they really was delivered; Alan Pardew had left Tyneside and was confirmed as Crystal Palace manager.

The majority of the St James' Park faithful were jubilant that a coach that they had never wanted in the first place, who they felt was underachieving, was no longer at the club.

Chance to replace Casillas could see De Gea leave Manchester United

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Chance to replace Casillas could see De Gea leave Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Just when Manchester United didn't need a distraction to come their way, Louis Van Gaal's recent comments on David De Gea's future could be a bad omen for everyone associated with the club.

Chelsea players dominate PFA team of the year

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Chelsea players dominate PFA team of the year - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

PFA announced their Premier League team of the year ahead of today's awards ceremony.

Congratulations to the Barclays @PremierLeague PFA Team of the Year! #PFAawards pic.

A return to Barcelona for Guardiola – but can he stop Lionel Messi?

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A return to Barcelona for Guardiola but can he stop Lionel Messi? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Champions League draw yesterday threw up two mouthwatering semi-finals, with Real Madrid facing Juventus and Barcelona taking on Bayern Munich.

A number of interesting subplots emerged as part of the draw, with potential for an El Clasico final in the competition for the first-ever time.

Proactive Arsenal must dish out £21.5 m for William Carvalho

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Proactive Arsenal must dish out £21.5 m for William Carvalho - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to reports from the Daily Telegraph, who have cited Portuguese media outlet O Jogo, Arsenal have been given the 'green light' to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho.

The North London club made several approaches for the player last summer but to no avail, thus they are being proactive to secure the youngster's services this time out.

Three Reasons why Ilkay Gundogan will be the right signing for Manchester United

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Three Reasons why Ilkay Gundogan will be the right signing for Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to reports from German media outlet Der Westen, Manchester United are close to securing the services of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan for €30m. Sky Sports too have confirmed the news and it now appears that the deal is as good as done.

Has Memphis Depay’s agent revealed Manchester United move?

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Has Memphis Depay's agent revealed Manchester United move? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Memphis Depay is one of the hottest properties in Europe at the moment, and Liverpool and Manchester United are said to be hot on the winger's heels this summer. The Dutchman has been in sparkling form with PSV Eindhoven this season, scoring 20 league goals and helping his side seal the Eridivisie title.

Arsenal’s nemesis declared fit for Chelsea’s trip to the Emirates

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Arsenal's nemesis declared fit for Chelsea's trip to the Emirates - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said in his press conference today that Didier Drogba is fit to play against Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday, while Diego Costa also has a chance of making it.

Arsenal vs Chelsea: Three Key Battles

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Arsenal vs Chelsea: Three Key Battles - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal and Chelsea face off in a top-of-the-table clash at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Even though a game between the top 2 at this stage of the season is usually very important in the title race, this one is not.

West Brom vs Liverpool Preview, Possible Lineups & Key Stats

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West Brom vs Liverpool Preview, Possible Lineups & Key Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have the opportunity to close the gap on Manchester City when they kick off at 3pm against West Brom.

The home side start the weekend eight points above the relegation zone but having lost three of their last four matches.

Everton vs Manchester United Preview, Possible Lineups & Key Stats

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Everton vs Manchester United Preview, Possible Lineups & Key Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Three points for Manchester United would move them into second place, at least ahead of Arsenal's kick off against Chelsea following the action from Goodison Park.

Louis van Gaal's side start the weekend having played one game more than the top two, and one more game than Liverpool in fifth position, but with a healthy eight point lead in the race of the UEFA Champions League places.

Arsenal vs Chelsea Preview, Possible Lineups & Key Stats

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Arsenal vs Chelsea Preview, Possible Lineups & Key Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The biggest clash of the Matchday 34 concludes the weekend's Premier League action as second place Arsenal play host to proverbial champions Chelsea.

Victory for Chelsea would give them the opportunity to wrap up the title in April which would be won if they matched three points at the Emirates with three points at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday.

Henderson’s contract only papers over the cracks for Liverpool

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Henderson's contract only papers over the cracks for Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jordan Henderson's new five-year deal at Liverpool is a piece of excellent news for the Anfield club, with the England international an essential player in Brendan Rodgers' side.

Despite his extension however, Reds fans should not get too carried away by the news for a number of reasons.

What next for Rafa Benitez?

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What next for Rafa Benitez? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Napoli advanced to the Europa League semi-finals as they beat Wolfsburg 6-3 on aggregate over two legs in the quarter final tie on Thursday night. The result sees the Italian side reach the last four of a major European Cup competition for the first time in 26 years since the glory days of Diego Maradona.

UEFA Champions League semi final draw: Bayern v Barcelona confirmed

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UEFA Champions League semi final draw: Bayern v Barcelona confirmed - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The 2014-15 Champions League semi final draw has been finally confirmed as the holders Real Madrid, along with Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Juventus are all in the frame to win the prestigious club competition.

UEFA Europa League semi final draw: Sevilla v Fiorentina confirmed

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UEFA Europa League semi final draw: Sevilla v Fiorentina confirmed - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Just like the Champions League, UEFA Europa League semi final draw will also be conducted as four teams, Napoli, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Fiorentina and Sevilla will find their opponents on Friday.

Brendan Rodgers challenges Liverpool owners to back him in transfer market

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Brendan Rodgers challenges Liverpool owners to back him in transfer market - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Brendan Rodgers has urged Fenway Sports Group, owners of Liverpool Football Club, to be more assertive in the upcoming transfer window, and assist him to achieve success at Anfield.

Why Eden Hazard staying at Chelsea is best for both parties

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Why Eden Hazard staying at Chelsea is best for both parties - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's been a constant trend over the years and can be predicted with complete accuracy now. Every time a Premier League club produces a world-class talent, Real Madrid are sure to arrive on the scene.

Liverpool star commits future after signing long-term contract

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Liverpool star commits future after signing long-term contract - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has signed a new long-term contract and put the recent speculations surrounding his future to bed.

The England international had one year left on his previous contract and the latest deal will see him stay at Anfield for a long time.

Arsenal bid for ‘the new Messi’ – but would he fit in?

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Arsenal bid for ‘the new Messi' – but would he fit in? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will be encouraged by their form in the second half of the season, with a superstar signing or two this summer having the potential to turn the Gunners into real contenders next term.

Of the many players linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium, one of the most exciting is Palermo attacker Paulo Dybala.

The next Bale? Tottenham must buck trend and keep Hugo Lloris

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The next Bale? Tottenham must buck trend and keep Hugo Lloris - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Although the emergence of Harry Kane has been one of the few plus points of Tottenham's season, the performances of Hugo Lloris deserve just as much applause and recognition.

The France international goalkeeper has proven himself consistently as one of the best in his position in the Premier League with breathtaking saves and a real command of the Spurs backline.

Manchester United star commits his future by signing contract extension

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Manchester United star commits his future by signing contract extension - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have confirmed their defender Chris Smalling has signed a new deal to extend his stay at Old Trafford.

BREAKING: @ChrisSmalling has signed a new contract at #mufc which keeps him at the club until at least June 2019.

The FA should reconsider Wembley semi-finals

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The FA should reconsider Wembley semi-finals - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This weekend's FA Cup semi-final matches have been a fantastic advert for the English game. The passion, the drama, the nail-biting tension and outstanding support was exactly what cup football should be all about.

Chelsea suffer massive blow as injury list extended for Arsenal clash

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Chelsea suffer massive blow as injury list extended for Arsenal clash - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have suffered a huge blow ahead of their visit to Arsenal as they will be without the services of striker Didier Drogba, who now joins the injured strikers list at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester United can find Rooney’s successor in England

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Manchester United can find Rooney's successor in England - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There have been a few names linked to United, in the wake of a season where their strikers have seriously underperformed, but the latest name might just make the most sense.

Falcao has 4 in 13; Van Persie has 10 in 24 and Rooney has 12 in 29.

Jose Mourinho vs Louis Van Gaal: A glimpse of the future

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Jose Mourinho vs Louis Van Gaal: A glimpse of the future - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As Chelsea and Manchester United battled it out on Saturday, two of the greats of this generation watched from the sidelines.

Jose Mourinho and Louis Van Gaal's association goes to back to the time when the latter was the first-team coach of Barca from 1997 to 2000.

Why Liverpool must beat Man Utd to Memphis Depay’s signing

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Why Liverpool must beat Man Utd to Memphis Depay's signing - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Guardian today reports that Liverpool are set to go head-to-head with rivals Manchester United for the potential signature of highly-rated Dutch star Memphis Depay this summer.

The PSV Eindhoven starlet has played a crucial role in the club's Eredivisie title success this season, while he has developed into one of the most exciting young prospects in European football over the last 18 months.

Liverpool need to rebuild, but is Brendan Rodgers the right manager for it?

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Liverpool need to rebuild, but is Brendan Rodgers the right manager for it? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After an incredible 2013/14 campaign for Liverpool, it's all gone wrong this time around. Sunday's defeat in the FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa means that there is hardly anything memorable for them to take away from this season.

Chelsea injury news: With Drogba out, what does Mourinho do against Arsenal?

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Chelsea injury news: With Drogba out, what does Mourinho do against Arsenal? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have been hit with a severe injury crisis in the striker department, after it was confirmed that the only option they had left Didier Drogba, has now been sidelined with an ankle problem.

Harry Kane’s 30 goals a rare bonus for Tottenham

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Harry Kane's 30 goals a rare bonus for Tottenham - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham's chances of playing in next season's Europa League were boosted on Sunday as the North London club beat Newcastle 3-1 at St James' Park.

Harry Kane's late strike secured the three points for Mauricio Pochettino's men and also chalked up 30 goals for the season for the 21-year-old forward.

Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United: Analysis and Major Talking Points

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Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United: Analysis and Major Talking Points - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have all but sealed the Premier League title with a gritty, hard-fought 1-0 win over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Eden Hazard was once again the match-winner as his first-half strike proved to be the difference in a game that was dominated by the Red Devils in terms of possession.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo continue record breaking form

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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo continue record breaking form - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The La Liga title race looks set to go right down to the wire, with both Barcelona and Real Madrid winning again yesterday at home.

With two points separating the Catalan leaders from the chasing capital city side, one negative result could be all it takes to decide the destination of the league title.

Chelsea v Manchester United, Depay, Lacazette and more this weekend

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Chelsea v Manchester United, Depay, Lacazette and more this weekend - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea vs Manchester United

Chelsea against Manchester United remains one of the most coveted fixtures in world football, with both sides challenging each other for the title consistently over the last decade.

PFA Player of the Year: Three Chelsea and City stars that should have been included

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PFA Player of the Year: Three Chelsea and City stars that should have been included - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The PFA Player of the Year nominees have been revealed, with a wealth of attacking talent and a goalkeeper up for the prestigious accolade.

Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Alexis Sanchez, David De Gea, Philippe Coutinho and Harry Kane have been named as the six best players in the English top flight this season.

Harry Kane for player of the year? Eden Hazard might disagree

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Harry Kane for player of the year? Eden Hazard might disagree - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

'Kane deserves Player of the Year award over Hazard'.

Not quite, Mauricio.

Tottenham Manager, Mauricio Pochettino has been waxing lyrical about how Harry Kane is the best thing since sliced bread.

Five midfielders Premier League clubs should consider buying this summer

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Five midfielders Premier League clubs should consider buying this summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the Premier league season nearing its climax, transfer talk has been dominating the headlines in the recent weeks. Considering their knack of attracting the most popular footballing talents across the globe, Premier League clubs are set to splash the cash once again.

Why Chelsea hold the upper hand against Manchester United this weekend

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Why Chelsea hold the upper hand against Manchester United this weekend - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Although the FA Cup semi-finals mean it is not a full round of Premier League fixtures this weekend, one clash stands out.

League leaders and title favourites Chelsea host a resurgent Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, in what is sure to be a mouth-watering clash.

Why the FA Cup needs Arsenal and Liverpool to play in the final

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Why the FA Cup needs Arsenal and Liverpool to play in the final - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With Chelsea looking increasingly likely to lift this season's Premier League and having already won the Capital One Cup, the FA Cup is the last piece of domestic silverware up for grabs.

The historic competition's semi-finals take place this weekend, with Liverpool going head-to-head with an improved Aston Villa and Arsenal facing Reading.

Chelsea v Manchester United: Why Di Maria should start and Rooney should play up front

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Chelsea v Manchester United: Why Di Maria should start and Rooney should play up front - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Injuries and suspension have always hindered Manchester United's progress under Louis van Gaal this season.

With a bit of luck, the 20-times English champions were buzzing in the Premier League in the last six matches where they are on a winning streak.

Liverpool vs Aston Villa Preview, Possible Lineups & Key Stats

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Liverpool vs Aston Villa Preview, Possible Lineups & Key Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Two Premier League sides do battle at Wembley Stadium this weekend for a place in the 2015 FA Cup final.

Nearly 24 hours will have passed between knowing who the other finalist is that the winner of this match will be facing next month as Arsenal and Reading play on Saturday.

Arsenal vs Reading Preview, Possible Lineups & Key Stats

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Arsenal vs Reading Preview, Possible Lineups & Key Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A place in the 2015 FA Cup final is at stake as holders Arsenal take on Championship side Reading on Saturday evening.

The Gunners are the country's in-form team with 16 wins in their last 18 games in all competition.

Chelsea vs Manchester United Preview, Possible Lineups & Key Stats

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Chelsea vs Manchester United Preview, Possible Lineups & Key Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have the opportunity to to move into second and close the gap on Chelsea when they face the Premier League leaders in a highly-anticipated match Saturday evening.

The Red Devils are on the league's second longest active winning streak currently, as their 4-2 win in the Manchester derby last weekend means Louis van Gaal's side have won six straight.

Chelsea vs Manchester United: Three Key Battles

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Chelsea vs Manchester United: Three Key Battles - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea's clash with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday will be extremely intriguing to say the least. It always is, you might say, but this time it's not only because ofthe big names on show.

Swansea City’s business model is worth celebrating

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Swansea City's business model is worth celebrating - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There is always a glimmer of hope at the end of the tunnel. From being on the verge of relegation to the Conference in 2003 to their all-time high finish of eighth in the Premier League this season, Swansea City have firmly established themselves in the highest echelons of English Football with each passing year.

Alarming lack of quality defenders in the Premier League

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Alarming lack of quality defenders in the Premier League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Six players Diego Costa, Philippe Coutinho, David De Gea, Eden Hazard, Harry Kane and Alexis Sanchez are nominated for this year's PFA Player of the Year award.

It is indeed heartening to see two goalkeepers Thibaut Courtois and De Gea were included on the six-man shortlist for the young player of the Year award, as the goalkeeping position is too often neglected.

Manchester United’s injury crisis could give Falcao another chance

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Manchester United's injury crisis could give Falcao another chance - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are missing several key players ahead of their Saturday's crucial Premier League clash with league leaders Chelsea. Louis van Gaal has revealed that United will be without Michael Carrick, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Phil Jones for this game.

Away Goals – Relevant in Today’s Game?

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Away Goals Relevant in Today's Game? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Watching the first leg of the Champions' League quarter final tie between Atletico Madrid and their city rivals, Real Madrid, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was a match completely dominated by Real. I, like many others, was quick to praise their all-too-evident superiority when it came to possession, shots, corners and just about every stat you could mention in the first 45 minutes.

Why Manchester United should avoid Sami Khedira

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Why Manchester United should avoid Sami Khedira - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sami Khedira has recently confirmed that he is set to leave Real Madrid this summer, with the experienced Germany international out of contract in the Spanish capital and available on a free transfer.

Although the midfielder has no shortage of reported suitors, with Arsenal and Schalke most frequently being linked with the 28-year-old, Manchester United have also been mentioned as a possible destination for the ex-Stuttgart star.

Three players Manchester United must sign to win the Premier League title

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Three players Manchester United must sign to win the Premier League title - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville believes that Manchester United have taken giant stridesunder Louis van Gaal and are serious contenders for the Premier League title next season.

Wenger: Theo Walcott will have a great future at Arsenal

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Wenger: Theo Walcott will have a great future at Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Theo Walcott has yet to sign a new contract but Arsene Wenger has insisted that the England international has a bright future at Arsenal.

The 25-year-old has just over a year left on his current contract and has been linked with a summer move to Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp to leave Borussia Dortmund at end of this season

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Jurgen Klopp to leave Borussia Dortmund at end of this season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Borussia Dortmund have confirmed their manager Jurgen Klopp will leave the club at the end of this season after seven years of service.

The Bundesliga outfit have endured a poor run in all competitions and their form in the league have been a matter of worry.

Should Arsenal or Liverpool go for Jurgen Klopp?

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Should Arsenal or Liverpool go for Jurgen Klopp? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It has been confirmed today that Jurgen Klopp will step down as Borussia Dortmund manager at the end of the current campaign. The charismatic German leaves the Signal Iduna Park after leading Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles and three German Cups, along with a Champions League final appearance in 2013.

Premier League Manager of the Season Nominees

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Premier League Manager of the Season Nominees - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There may still be six games to go for most teams in the Premier League but the league table is shaping up fairly clearly for the first time this season. Chelsea look to have a tight grip on the title, as they have for the majority of the season.

Sampdoria want Mario Balotelli – Liverpool should sell him

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Sampdoria want Mario Balotelli Liverpool should sell him - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sampdoria are prepared to sign Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli in the summer, according to the Italian club's president.

Balotelli was signed by Brendan Rodgers for£16m from AC Milan last summer, but the 24-year-old forward has turned outto be a massive disappointment for the Reds.

Liverpool: Sterling’s controversies highlight Brendan Rodgers’ testing job

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Liverpool: Sterling's controversies highlight Brendan Rodgers' testing job - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The will-he, won't-he nature of Raheem Sterling's future at Liverpool looks set to drag on long into the summer, with the scintillating attacker potentially the subject of a tug-of-war between a list of venerable suitors and his current employers.

Real Madrid striker to help Manchester United sign £20m target?

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Real Madrid striker to help Manchester United sign £20m target? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are likely to make a move for Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne and will offer Javier Hernandez as a part of the deal.

The 24-year-old fullback has repeatedly rejected contract extension on his current deal which ends in 2016, and has been a reported target of both Chelsea and Manchester United.

Chelsea to add another Brazilian to their ranks?

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Chelsea to add another Brazilian to their ranks? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Brazilian youngster Nathan, according to reports from The Telegraph.

The 19-year-old is considered as one of several exciting young talentsin Brazil and he is now expected at Chelsea on Wednesday to discuss a£4.

How Francis Coquelin’s ‘accidental’ return has turned around Arsenal’s season

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How Francis Coquelin's 'accidental' return has turned around Arsenal's season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

For years now it has been widely accepted that Arsenal, for all their flair, have lacked the bite and doggedness required to go the distance. When they need to get stuck into the opposition, and maintain their discipline, they have more often than not come undone.

Zidane: Manchester United’s €153m target not for sale

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Zidane: Manchester United's €153m target not for sale - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid legend and Castilla manager Zinedine Zidane has insisted that Gareth Bale will not be sold to Manchester United or any other club in the summer.

Bale joined Madrid for a world record transfer fee from Tottenham in 2013, but the Welshman has been repeatedly linked with a move to Old Trafford this season.

Tottenham’s Danny Rose in Man City’s sights – but should they sell?

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Tottenham's Danny Rose in Man City's sights – but should they sell? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Following Manchester City's capitulation in the second half of this season, a widescale revamp of the playing squad is expected this summer.

One of the issues that the current Premier League champions have is a lack of homegrown players, with their array of stars originating from the four corners of the globe.

Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle: Reds reignite Champions League hopes

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Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle: Reds reignite Champions League hopes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool kept their top four hopes alive after a 2-0 victory over a struggling Newcastle United and closed the gap with Manchester City to only four points, with six games left to be played.

Champs to Chumps: Pellegrini only a part of Manchester City’s downward spiral

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Champs to Chumps: Pellegrini only a part of Manchester City's downward spiral - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Following his side's meek surrender to Manchester United in the derby yesterday, City boss Manuel Pellegrini put on a brave face, "I am not talking about my position. It is not important.

Man Utd 4 Man City 2: Three key observations

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Man Utd 4 Man City 2: Three key observations - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United made it six straight Premier League wins yesterday with another impressive performance, which was enough to claim local bragging rights in the derby against Manchester City.

The Old Trafford hosts came back from a goal down to assert their dominance in the clash, with a comprehensive 4-2 victory playing a considerable role in Louis van Gaal's hopes of finishing above the current Premier League champions this season.

Should Chelsea sign the 30-year-old Manchester United target?

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Should Chelsea sign the 30-year-old Manchester United target? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea maintain a comfortable seven points lead with a game in hand at the top of the Premier League table after earning a 1-0 win over QPR on Sunday.

The Blues are edging closer to reclaiming the league title after five years, thanks in no small part to the roles played by Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois, two players who were pivotal forAtletico Madrid in winning the La Liga league title in 2013-14.

Could you pass a Premier League club’s fitness test?

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Could you pass a Premier League club's fitness test? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The days of George Best turning up at Old Trafford half-an-hour before kick-off, quickly getting changed into the red of Manchester United and running out onto the pitch to torment the opposition are well and truly over.

Aaron Ramsey a key player in Arsenal’s long-term title ambitions

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Aaron Ramsey a key player in Arsenal's long-term title ambitions - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal kept pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea on Saturday, beating Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor.

The victory makes it eight league wins on the trot for Arsene Wenger's men, who have not recorded a similar feat since 2004.

Liverpool vs Newcastle Preview, Possible Lineups & Key Stats

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Liverpool vs Newcastle Preview, Possible Lineups & Key Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have a great opportunity to get back to winning ways on Monday night when they host Newcastle at Anfield.

The Reds have lost back-to-back league games against top four sides but now face an out-of-form Newcastle side drifting towards the relegation zone.

Why Chelsea’s game against QPR is more important than it looks

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Why Chelsea's game against QPR is more important than it looks - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are almost there. Having been on top of the Premier League table since the first day of the season, it is now time for the final push. Currently 7 points ahead of second-placed Arsenal, they are on course to becoming the first team to have led the race throughout.

Chelsea’s latest transfer move is a classic Manchester United tactic

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Chelsea's latest transfer move is a classic Manchester United tactic - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are seemingly set to seal a deal to bring Japanese forwardYoshinori Muto to Stamford Bridge, with reputable sources such as The BBC jumping on the bandwagon over a potential £4 million summer move.

Can Sevilla cause an upset against Barcelona?

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Can Sevilla cause an upset against Barcelona? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As the La Liga reaches its climax with only eight games left to play, the next two matches could have a huge say in deciding who will win the title Barcelona or Real Madrid.

Barcelona face Sevilla at the Sanchez Pizjuan on Saturday before having to host Nuno's high flying Valencia.

Chelsea and Manchester United keeping tabs on Europe’s Golden Boy

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Chelsea and Manchester United keeping tabs on Europe's Golden Boy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool unveiled their new 2015-16 Home kit in front of 500 supporters at Anfield yesterday, where Raheem Sterling, who was one of the players modelling the strip, was "heckled" atthe ceremony.

Dani Alves: Which Premier League club will swoop for the Brazilian?

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Dani Alves: Which Premier League club will swoop for the Brazilian? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The news today that Brazilian full-back Dani Alves is to reject a new contract at Barcelona has sent the rumour mill into overdrive. The 31-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp for well over a year, but now, with his agent all but declaring that his client's time in Catalonia is up, the defender could finally be on his way to the Premier League.

Burnley vs Arsenal Preview, Possible Lineups & Key Stats

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Burnley vs Arsenal Preview, Possible Lineups & Key Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will be looking to continue their tremendous form when they travel to Burnley in Saturday evening's Premier League game.

The Gunners are on a seven-game winning streak in the league and moved up to second place with their 4-1 thrashing of Liverpool last weekend.

Manchester United’s chance to reassert dominance over Manchester City

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Manchester United's chance to reassert dominance over Manchester City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A number of this weekend's Premier League fixtures catch the eye, with the return of former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood to White Hart Lane an interesting sidenote.

The Aston Villa boss maintains that he was not given ample opportunity in North London and will be keen to assert this with an away win.

Manchester United vs Manchester City Preview, Possible Lineups & Key Stats

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Manchester United vs Manchester City Preview, Possible Lineups & Key Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The second Manchester derby of the season sees United heading into this weekend's match in much the better form than the defending Premier League champions.

Louis van Gaal's side have won five straight and eight of their last 10 in the league, whilst Manchester City have lost three of their last four in all competitions.

Would you have Radamel Falcao?

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Would you have Radamel Falcao? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the 169th Manchester Derby fast approaching, Manchester United misfitRadamel Falcao will once again be hoping for a chance to shine in the limelight for his loan club.

The29-year-old has playedjust half an hour of football in the last four games, and has bagged a mere four goals in the league all season.

Valencia hurt and angered by poor referring

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Valencia hurt and angered by poor referring - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Valencia players left the new San Mames on Thursday deeply hurt and angered, after poor referring had cost them the win against Athletic Bilbao.

After a stalemate in the first half, Valencia broke the deadlock through Rodrigo De Paul in the 60th minute.

Could Youshinori Muto be a Chelsea success?

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Could Youshinori Muto be a Chelsea success? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are closing in on Japanese strikerYoushinori Muto, with Jose Mourinho prepared to pay one of the highest transfer fees paid by a European club for a player from Asia. The move comes less than two months after Chelsea signed a bumper sponsorship deal with Japanese tyre firm Yokohama Rubber (at £40m / year, it's the second biggest deal behind United's Chevrolet sponsorship).

Chelsea: Forgotten man Oscar needs to pack his bags

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Chelsea: Forgotten man Oscar needs to pack his bags - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When looking back on Chelsea's relentless charge towards the 2014/2015 Premier League title, one picks out the likes of Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic as key players in their run. Cesc Fabregas, a bargain at £32m, has brought real vision to the centre of midfield, while Branislav Ivanovic and John Terry have both been nothing short of monstrous at the back.

Paulo Dybala: Do Arsenal really need another striker?

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Paulo Dybala: Do Arsenal really need another striker? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Paulo Dybala, the young Argentine attacker, is making waves. The 21-year-old has scored an impressive 13 goals this season in Serie A for Palermo, with his eye-catching dribbling and maturity beyond his years leaving him, along with Raheem Sterling, the 'it' youngster in Europe at the present.

Chelsea all set to beat Manchester United’s Premier League record

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Chelsea all set to beat Manchester United's Premier League record - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With a comfortable seven point lead and a game in hand, Chelsea look certain to win their fifth Premier League title at the end of the season.The Blues are also on course to setting a new record for time spent at the top of the Premier League table.

Morgan Schneiderlin: Why Arsenal is the right club for the Southampton midfielder

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Morgan Schneiderlin: Why Arsenal is the right club for the Southampton midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Morgan Schneiderlin is a Premier League proven defensive midfielder who could help solve Arsene's problems

Morgan Schneiderlin has been instrumental for Southampton as he helped the Saints start this season on a high.

Philippe Coutinho takes Liverpool to Wembley

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Philippe Coutinho takes Liverpool to Wembley - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are off to Wembley after registering a hard earned 1-0 victory against Blackburn at Ewood Park in the FA Cup sixth-round replay on Wednesday.

Phillipe Coutinho's second half strike proved to be the difference between the two sides and the Reds will now face Aston Villa in the semi-final.

James Rodriguez justifies Real Madrid selection

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James Rodriguez justifies Real Madrid selection - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 300th goal for Real Madrid as the European Champions beat Rayo Vallecano 2-0 to remain hot on the heels of La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Fresh from scoring five goals against Granada in Real's 9-1 win in the previous match, Ronaldo once again proved to the saviour after he broke the deadlock in the 68th minute.

Why Schneiderlin and Clyne should avoid Chelsea at all costs

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Why Schneiderlin and Clyne should avoid Chelsea at all costs - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Despite the remainder of this season still to be played out and silverware yet to be claimed, the British press are already in transfer rumour overdrive.

Although most websites can be ignored, having a reputable source such as The Guardian state that Chelsea are interested in Southampton pair Morgan Schneiderlin and Nathaniel Clyne deserves at least some consideration.

Edinson Cavani: A Wanted Man Across Europe

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Edinson Cavani: A Wanted Man Across Europe - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani could leave the French Champions for Spain and England, according to one of his agents.

Cavani has always maintained that he is happy in Paris, however, he has stated his dissatisfactionfrom time to time with his role on the wide side in Laurent Blanc's 4-3-3system.

Carlo Ancelotti’s dilemma

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Carlo Ancelotti's dilemma - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

For the first time since November, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti nearly has his full squad available to him and the Italian now faces a welcome selection headache as we approach the business end of the season.

Madrid will travel to Vallecas on Wednesday, their second of eight matches in a jam-packed April, and Ancelotti will be more than happy to have a fully fit squad at disposal.

Real Madrid fans want Manchester United target Gareth Bale to be dropped

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Real Madrid fans want Manchester United target Gareth Bale to be dropped - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Carlo Ancelotti has been urged by Real Madrid fans to drop Gareth Bale after the Spanish newspaper AS conducted a poll.

The reigning European champions have the entire squad fit as they welcome James Rodriguez back from injury.

Daily musings: Jack Wilshere’s role at Arsenal unclear and a timely Christian Benteke reminder

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Daily musings: Jack Wilshere's role at Arsenal unclear and a timely Christian Benteke reminder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal poster boy Jack Wilshere is a step closer to a first-team return after completing 90 minutes for the Gunners' under-21 side last night.

The England international has not played in the Premier League since November and is set to face a real battle to claim a place in the North London club's starting XI.

Why Eden Hazard should be the Premier League Player of the Year

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Why Eden Hazard should be the Premier League Player of the Year - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As the season draws to a close, and the teams get ready to face their fates, there are some highly-anticipated individual awards up for grabs too. The most decorated and prestigious of those, is of course the PFA Player of the Year Awards.

Who will be Real Madrid’s next Galactico – Sterling or De Gea?

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Who will be Real Madrid's next Galactico Sterling or De Gea? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane has revealed that the European Champions are monitoring the situation of Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling,who is stalling on signing a new contract.

The past few weeks have been tormenting for Liverpool.

Was the Charlie Adam goal the best scored against Chelsea?

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Was the Charlie Adam goal the best scored against Chelsea? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Apparently, were it not for thatfaint touch from the glove of Thibaut Courtois, Charlie Adam's power drive from inside his own half on Sunday would have passed clean through the bottom of the Chelsea net, out the back of Stamford Bridge, and would be skimming like a pebble across the English Channel by now.

Brendan Rodgers denies crisis talks

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Brendan Rodgers denies crisis talks - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has denied reports that there was a crisis meeting at the Melwood training ground after Saturday's 4-1 defeat to Arsenal.

The Daily Mirror reported that he accused "several players for not playing for him" and that players reacted angrily to this.

Daily musings: Mohamed Salah is Chelsea’s new Kevin De Bruyne

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Daily musings: Mohamed Salah is Chelsea's new Kevin De Bruyne - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City's slim chances of retaining their Premier League crown evaporated last night as a plucky Crystal Palace side beat the champions 2-1 at Selhurst Park.

Escapologists from the relegation battle in successive seasons, Alan Pardew deserves to be lauded as much as Tony Pulis was for the impact he has had at the London club since arriving mid-season.

Mohamed Salah – Fiorentina’s new superstar

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Mohamed Salah Fiorentina's new superstar - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After failing to settle down at Chelsea, Mohamed Salah is making waves of his own with one stellar performance after another during his loan spell at Fiorentina.

The 22-year-old, affectionately known as the Egyptian Messi, was at the centre ofunlocking several big money chain transfers, but it is his loan to the city of Florence that turned out to be the best deal of the January transfer window.

Daily musings: Real Madrid and Ronaldo’s heroics too late, while Newcastle are awful

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Daily musings: Real Madrid and Ronaldo's heroics too late, while Newcastle are awful - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A number of standout games yesterday caught my attention, with Real Madrid's unrelenting 9-1 victory over Granada propelled to headlines across the Europe's press.

Cristiano Ronaldo ended any fears that he has gone off the boil with five goals, but after Barcelona beat Celta Vigo 1-0 in a cagey encounter last night, a renaissance from the capital city side may well have come too late.

Chelsea 2-1 Stoke City: Analysis and Major Talking Points

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Chelsea 2-1 Stoke City: Analysis and Major Talking Points - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea recorded another edgy and narrow win as they beat Stoke City 2-1 at Stamford Bridge to move 7 points clear at the top of the Premier League table. Loic Remy was the match-winner for the second game in a row, as his tap-in midway through the second half proved to be the decider.

The German international that must leave Arsenal this summer

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The German international that must leave Arsenal this summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Mesut Ozil's first half performance in Arsenal's hugely impressive 4-1 win over Liverpool will live long in the memory, and not just for Gunners fans.

Strutting around the pitch, stoically adhering to his languid style of play, the German international dictated play effortlessly, with his stunning free kick in the 40th minute richly deserved.

Have Arsenal finally broken the ‘big team’ hoodoo?

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Have Arsenal finally broken the 'big team' hoodoo? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Last season Liverpool launched their title challenge on the back of blistering first half displays, but the tables were turned this weekend as they were given a dose of revenge in the form of a rampant Arsenal early show.

Daily musings: Arsenal click into top gear and Rafa Benitez’s Napoli future on the rocks

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Daily musings: Arsenal click into top gear and Rafa Benitez's Napoli future on the rocks - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal fans will have been delighted by their team's performance in a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Liverpool yesterday, but in another respect there will be a feeling of an opportunity wasted.

Daily musings: Man Utd scare rivals with fighting talk and Bayern making Bundesliga boring

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Daily musings: Man Utd scare rivals with fighting talk and Bayern making Bundesliga boring - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Although Arsenal's clash with Liverpool is the mostly highly-anticipated Premier League fixture this weekend, Manchester City's title defence has the potential to be completely derailed in the next 72 hours.

Why Chelsea should not buy Paul Pogba

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Why Chelsea should not buy Paul Pogba - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have never been afraid to splash the cash on proven quality. Their policy has sometimes bore fruit, but backfired on a few occasions as well. The most obvious example of the latter case is that of Fernando Torres, who was signed for£50 million from Liverpool in 2011 but only managed 20 Premier League in three-and-a-half seasons with the club.

No margin for error for Liverpool against Arsenal in Champions League race

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No margin for error for Liverpool against Arsenal in Champions League race - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool travel to Arsenal for a vital Premier League clash where defeat on Saturday lunchtime could all but kill their hopes for returning tothe Champions League next season.

Chelsea’s best XI of the season – the story so far

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Chelsea's best XI of the season – the story so far - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In the second part of this series, after Manchester United, we take a look at Chelsea's best team this season. The Blues are on course to end the campaign on a high by lifting the Premier League title to go along with their Capital One Cup triumph in March.

Daily musings: A potential AC Milan lifeline and Arsenal’s puzzling figure, Abou Diaby

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Daily musings: A potential AC Milan lifeline and Arsenal's puzzling figure, Abou Diaby - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Skimming through today's news ahead of a packed weekend of European football, events in Milan and North London catch the eye.

AC Milan set to receive a much-needed lifeline?

Arsenal vs Liverpool: win a share of £1000 or a signed Liverpool jersey

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Arsenal vs Liverpool: win a share of £1000 or a signed Liverpool jersey - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League action returns this weekend after the international break, with Arsenal's clash with Liverpool on Saturday a fixture that catches the eye.

With both teams in the hunt for a top-four finish, it promises to be exciting and end-to-end clash at the Emirates Stadium.

Watch Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich Live + Preview, Lineups & Stats

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Watch Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich Live + Preview, Lineups & Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

One of the biggest games in the German calendar each season takes place this Saturday as Borussia Dortmund take on Bayern Munich.

Despite a 31 point difference between these two sides, and with Bayern Munich clear at the top of the league, this still promises to be an intense and exciting match up between two of the top Bundesliga sides.

Chelsea Hospitality Package for 2 – your chance to win a trip to Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea Hospitality Package for 2 your chance to win a trip to Stamford Bridge - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Join Chelsea's official Club on INPLAY for your chance to win an amazing hospitality package for 2 to watch Chelsea in London.

Fans can now follow the Chelsea F.

Arsenal’s England international duo set to miss Liverpool clash

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Arsenal's England international duo set to miss Liverpool clash - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsene Wenger has confirmed Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the weekend clash against Liverpool, while Danny Welbeck remains doubtful.

The English midfielder picked up a hamstring injury during the Gunners' 2-1 victory over Manchester United in March.

Arsenal v Liverpool Live: Champions League 6-pointer can go either way

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Arsenal v Liverpool Live: Champions League 6-pointer can go either way - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal play host to Liverpool on Saturday lunch time at the Emirates Stadium in the weekend's big game,where victory for the Gunners will take them eight points clear of the Reds in the race for top four, with just seven games left to play.

Daily musings: Real Madrid sign Danilo, while Sterling’s comments will worry Liverpool

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Daily musings: Real Madrid sign Danilo, while Sterling's comments will worry Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Two main stories in the media have caught my attention this morning, with one star player on the move and another potentially hankering for a new club also.

As Real Madrid have confirmed the acquisition of Porto and Brazil right-back Danilo, I can't help but think that Manchester United have missed out on a player that would have been an ideal addition.

Valencia rising from the ashes again

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Valencia rising from the ashes again - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Football in Spain is lot entertaining these days. Atletico Madrid brought about a breathof fresh air after breaking theduopoly of Real Madrid and Barcelona in the league last season, and this term it has beenall themore exciting afterValencia finally risingfrom the ashes, threatening to regain their lost pride and glory.

Do Chelsea really need Theo Walcott?

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Do Chelsea really need Theo Walcott? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's the same old story again. Deja Vu. Theo Walcottand Arsenal are once again atloggerheadsover agreeing to new deal.

Walcott's contract is set to expire at the end of the 2015/16 season and already there has been a lot of speculation going on surrounding his future.

Daily musings: Arsenal star off the pace, Man Utd duo have tough night and a Cristiano Ronaldo reliance

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Daily musings: Arsenal star off the pace, Man Utd duo have tough night and a Cristiano Ronaldo reliance - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It has been an interesting round of international fixtures for the major European nations, with last night's action throwing up a number of intriguing talking points.

Manchester United’s best XI of the season – the story so far

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Manchester United's best XI of the season the story so far - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With only eight games remaining in the Premier League, we're slowly approaching the business end. Voting has opened for the PFA awards and at Soccerlens, we are runningthe best XI series starting with the herculean task of predicting the Manchester United's best starting XI of the season.