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Manchester United set to bid £50m for Edinson Cavani

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Manchester United are reportedly lining up a £50 million bid for Edinson Cavani. The Napoli striker seems destined to move to the Premier League this summer, with Manchester City and Chelsea the frontrunners for his signature. Now United are set to jump to the front of the queue with a bid that falls just £4 [.

Manchester United officials reported to have met Leandro Damião

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Porto Alegre newspaper, Zero Hora, have reported that representatives of Manchester United held talks with Brazil striker Leandro Damião on Monday. The player is in São Paulo to team up with the Brazil squad before their friendlies against South Africa and China. The meeting, which is said to have included United directors and players agents, is said to have been held at a private aircraft hangar at Congonhas airport in São Paulo.

Monday Ticker: Zenit lands dynamic duo Hulk and Witsel, Liverpool owner addresses fan concerns, & more

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By BRYAN ROBISON

After weeks of speculation on where the Brazilian striker would end up, the aptly named Hulk is headed east to FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. This comes just days after his current club, FC Porto, reportedly declined a rumored €50 million offer.

POTD : Atletico Madrid Wins Second Super Cup In Three Years Thanks To Brilliant Falcao Show

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You could probably say that no one deserved the UEFA Super Cup trophy more than Atletico Madrid and their Colombian wizard Falcao, whose glorious hat-trick handed Chelsea a 4-1 drubbing tonight. But Adrian Lopez and Arda Turan, creators of Falcao's goals, also deserve high praise for their wonderful display against an uninspired Chelsea side who defended poorly and had clearly been blindsided (which tactics video had Di Matteo been examining?

LIVERPOOL WANT CHELSEA'S STURRIDGE

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Liverpool have again been heavily linked with Chelsea's young striker, Daniel Sturridge.His asking price is now thought to be £25 million which is out of Brendan Rodger's price-range. However, the new Liverpool Manager is hoping to off-load Charlie Adam, Jay Spearing and Stuart Downing to raise funds to buy the striker from Chelsea.

Tottenham Hotspur step up interest in Leandro Damião

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According to Globoesporte, Spurs have representatives in Porto Alegre hoping to clinch a deal with Internacional over Leandro Damião.
Tottenham have already had previous bids turned down but the London club are confident of getting their man this time round.
Inter president, Giovanni Luigi, said that the Beira-Rio side will only sell the striker if the price is right.

Reds Overspent, Admits Werner

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Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has indicated that the big spending that marked Kenny Dalglish's second spell as Anfield manager is a thing of the past.
Dalglish spent £35 million on Andy Carroll, lavished around £20 million each on Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson and bought Charlie Adam from Blackpool for £8 million.

Heroes and Villains: Match preview.

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Imagine this: 2010. You support a club which has won the European Cup, your team has a wealthy American owner , they are Wembley regulars and are usually in contact with the League leaders, they are managed by one of the best PL managers (O'Neill) Â and have some decent players in the squad.

Move forward a couple of years to 2012.

Heroes and Villains: Match preview.

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Imagine this: 2010. You support a club which has won the European Cup, your team has a wealthy American owner , they are Wembley regulars and are usually in contact with the League leaders, they are managed by one of the best PL managers (O'Neill) Â and have some decent players in the squad.

Move forward a couple of years to 2012.

Fernando Torres

RODGERS NOT SELLING BACK CARROLL ON THE CHEAP!

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Liverpool Manger, Brendan Rodgers has reacted angrily to Newcastle's unwillingness to meet his valuation of the Geordie's parent-club of £12 million for the player.

Liverpool stumped up £35 million for the developing young forward, as Mike Ashbey.

Newcastle's scurrilous owner knew Liverpool had just received £50 million from Chelsea for Spaniard, Fernando Torres.

Blues boss not concerned about striker

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Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has dismissed any concerns regarding the mindset of striker Fernando Torres, who will be asked to take charge of the Blues' attack next season.

Torres had a turbulent 2011-12 season with Chelsea, winning the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League trophies but playing sparingly behind the in-form Didier Drogba.

Hateley: Liverpool Striker Should Leave Anfield

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Former AC Milan player Mark Hateley has urged Liverpool's Andy Carroll to consider quitting Anfield for a move abroad.
Speaking to talkSPORT, ex-Rossoneri striker Hateley believes that Carroll would become a better all-round player if he switched leagues, following suggestions that Milan could well be interested in him.

Fernando Torres: The name to remember from day seven of Euro 2012

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Spain took a chance and started a plucky 28-year-old striker named Fernando Torres in their second Euro 2012 Group C match against Ireland. This was a surprising decision considering his inability to finish several golden scoring chances when he played the final 25 minutes of Spain's 1-1 draw against Italy -- something he's rumored to have done on one or two occasions over the previous year and half for club and country.

Spurs linked with former Gunner

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According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspurs could complete a sensational swoop for former Arsenal striker Nicolas Anelka. The Frenchman has added to his journeyman career by accepting a player and assistant manager role with Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua, but according to the report he could be seeking a move back to England.

Torres Delighted With Performance

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Chelsea's epic performance against Barcelona last night is a result i am sure will be talked about for weeks even years to come. The Blues finally broke their duck against a Barcelona side that won more titles in their last 3 years than Chelsea have in the last decade.

The man of the moment however, was their £50 million signing Fernando Torres.

What An Incredible Fluke LI!

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Over £5 billion of conspicuous professional insider trading went down the pan when Fernando Torres equalised for Chelsea in injury time last evening.

Now that is some way to start repaying your £50 million transfer fee!

For once Fantastic Football Fucked The Frigging Fixers.

The 50 Million Pound Goal Poem : Fernando Torres Edition

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For the longest time, they labelled Fernando the £50 million flop. "Give him a ball, they said, "and he'll show you his mop!" But over the weeks, old Torres remained the same Till yesterday, when football returned to the Beautiful Game Pique, Messi, Alexis and Iniesta, they all tried None could break through when Ramires took flight And in the 81st minute, when Torres came on, Chelsea began to hum a strange song An hour of combing his blonde mane Had left the poor Spaniard quite insane, But who's to say what money can buy?

A snapshot of the send-off Newcastle fans gave Andy Carroll

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Andy Carroll's return to Newcastle went about as bad as he probably feared on Sunday. Not only did Fernando Torres, the man Liverpool sold for a tidy £50 million before quickly spending the majority of it on Carroll, score for Chelsea the day before, but Newcastle won 2-0, with their new No.

Premiership Party : Gary Cahill, Fernando Torres Daisies, The Muamba Effect & Chicharito’s Kung-Fu

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There was just so much sympathy and display of kindness in the football world this weekend in support of Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed during Bolton's FA Cup clash against Spurs on Saturday. It was a delicate situation and in the words of Steve Bruce "quite unbelievable" -, but the support he received has been amazing.

Premiership Party : Gary Cahill, Fernando Torres Daisies, The Muamba Effect & Chicharito’s Kung-Fu

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There was just so much sympathy and display of kindness in the football world this weekend in support of Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed during Bolton's FA Cup clash against Spurs on Saturday. It was a delicate situation and in the words of Steve Bruce "quite unbelievable" -, but the support he received has been amazing.

On Andre’s Last Days & Roman’s ‘Empire’

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We've made excuses for his hastiness in the past, but the time has come to lay some blame at the feet of our impatient owner. More, after the jump:

Well Hello There

It's been, to put it bluntly, a horrible six weeks for Chelsea. Results have been hard to come by, performances have waned, and speculation regarding the safety of Andre's job spiraled into some black hole of will-he will-he-not get the sack.

Fernando Torres is just as confused about why he can’t score as we are

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Since Chelsea bought Fernando Torres for a British record £50 million a little over a year ago. his complete inability to score goals with any semblance of regularity has gone from the hope of Liverpool fans to the jokes of all fans and, finally, to the befuddling expectation of everyone, including Fernando himself.

Chelsea boss defiant over striker pairing

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Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has dismissed suggestions that the club will part ways with either Didier Drogba or Fernando Torres in the near future, insisting that both will have roles to play at Stamford Bridge.

Torres has struggled for goals since his £50 million move from Liverpool a year ago and his goal return has not been improving while Drogba has been on international duty with Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations.

Five Best/Worst Transfer Deadline Day Signings – January 2012

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By Chris Wright

'Twas a bit of a slow one yesterday as anyone who spent 11-and-a-bit hours 'glued' to the live feed will tell you, with the total spending across the English leagues failing to surpass the £50 million that Chelsea spaffed on Fernando Torres this time last year let alone the ludicrous £225 million that was spent in total in January of 2011.

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Barcelona Announce Improved Financial Results

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After two seasons in the red, Barcelona ended the 2011/12 season with a record surplus of 48.8 million euros, according to economic vice-president Javier Faus

Last season, Barcelona saw revenue increase to 494.9 million euros (21.5 more than the previous year) Expenses were 441.1 million, a reduction of 30 million euros from the 2010/11 season.

Should Robin van Persie Get a New Contract? Remember Thierry Henry.

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Not so long ago, in a stadium not so far away....

Arsenal have had a hard season. On the final day of the campaign they've leap-frogged their rivals into fourth spot and secured Champions League qualification. Yet another worry has not quite disappeared. Their captain and best player has still not signed a new contract.

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Arsenal’s Finances: What do they mean for our transfer window?

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I recently came across a table on the internet that I personally found fascinating, and to be frank, it made me very proud of our team.

I guess I always knew that it was the case that we spent less in the transfer market than all other clubs who finished in the upper end of the table, but it is nice for the difference to be presented so well in a way that I can show to my Tottenham supporting friends.

Hill-Wood : Yes, Arsenal have lots of money, but it’s not for transfers!

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The board of Directors at Arsenal PLC are very happy to announce their £50 million profit today which added to their cash reserves gives them a mouth-watering £115 million in the bank to play with, but the Board are at pains to emphasise that this is NOT cash available to Arsene Wenger to bring in [.

Arshavin loan nothing more than salary dump

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Lending out Andrei Arshavin to his former club Zenit St. Petersburg of Russia while you're fighting for fourth place and a Champions League spot next season is nothing short of a salary dump. The Russian team is reportedly going to take over Arshavin's paycheques until the end of the season and will hand over a cool million pounds to Arsenal for the use of the player.

Not and Arsenal-Tottenham Preview

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Ducky's Note: A BFZ introduction is due to Chambo, our latest writer who we presume thinks he is a combination of Chamakh and Ramsey. From that you must have figured that he's now the 1325th Arsenal writer we have got, leading us very close to becoming Big-Arsenal-and-a-few-others-Za.

Football in the financial dock, a fraud against taxpayers?

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There has been some very bad news for football over the last week. The fact that Glasgow Rangers have been put into administration, by the club's owner, is an indication of the sorry state the Beautiful Game is in both financially and in terms of management.

This latest occurrence has come about as a result of Her Majesties Revenue and Customs (HMRC) demanding up to £50 million in unpaid taxes and National Insurance contributions due on money paid into Employee Benefit Trusts (EBTs).

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Report: D.C. United valued at $50 million

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D.C. United's front-office brass spoke Tuesday about how the club had no financial restrictions following the introduction of new owners Jason Levien and Erick Thohir. The club's latest valuation would seem to corroborate that.

According to a report from Forbes, D.C.'s two new owners bought 60 percent of the club to boost its value to $50 million, with the ownership deal being the most expensive in league history.

Forbes: D.C. United Valued at $50 Million

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United's new investors make a record deal yesterday for MLS. (Photo by: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Yesterday's big news with D.C. United made waves across the land. Erick Thohir and Jason Levien purchased ownership stakes in D.C. United from Will Chang and according to reports have even taken over the majority stake in the club from Chang.

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2014 World Cup Qualifying kicks off, Transfer News

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There have been some serious late transfer news involving both the Portugal national team and of course the Liga ZON Sagres. I'm sure you all know by now that FC Porto sold Hulk to Zenit for something like $50 million, and the St. Petersburg club also cashed in on [read more]

Mid-Day Ticker: Martinez move to Bayern in jeopardy, Guido makes debut and more

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By JOEY SAMUEL

Javi Martinez has been rumored with a move from Athletic Bilbao to Bayern Munich for weeks. But suddenly, the deal seems much less likely to be completed.

On Wednesday, Bayern president Uli Hoeness downplayed the potential move for the centerback, calling the Athletic Bilbao front office "very, very stubborn" and claiming that Bilbao is doing everything they can to stop the move.

Workers block route to Arena Gdansk, worries ahead of Germany

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It's the kind of thing Euro 2012 organisers were hoping to avoid. "Euro 2012 but at what cost?" read banners at a protest in Gdansk on Monday.

Construction workers blocked the main route to the Arena Gdansk, where Spain and Croatia played their final group game.

Sub-contractors claim general contractor Hydrobudowa hasn't paid them for the building of the road, that links the Euro 2012 venue to Gdansk airport.

Can Liverpool get back among big guns?

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The 2011/12 season is going to go down in the annuls at Liverpool as one of disappointment when it comes to the Premier League, but Daniel Agger remains confident the Reds can get back to challenging for the Premier League title in their next campaign.

Kenny Dalglish has guided Liverpool to the Carling Cup triumph and also the FA Cup final where they lost out to Chelsea, but when it comes to their league campaign it has been one of displeasure and anguish around Anfield.

Bayern Munich’s Champions League winners’ bonus has already been wiped out

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Champions League final hosts Bayern Munich are favorites to beat Chelsea at their home ground, but if they do win, their prize money will be going into the pockets of Bundesliga rivals Schalke and Hoffenheim.

UEFA will pay Bayern a €9 million prize if they beat Chelsea, which also happens to be the combined total due in "success" clauses written into last summer's deal to bring goalkeeper Manuel Neuer from Schalke and the previous January's acquisition of Luiz Gustavo from Hoffenheim.