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Deal Close – £26m Manchester United Star Set To Complete Move In Hours

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Manchester United look set to miss out on Benfica winger Goncalo Guedes who is set to complete a move to Monaco with the next 48 hours, according to Portuguese newspaper Record (As reported by the Express ).

Jose Mourinho's men had reportedly been in talks with the highly-rated youngster over a potential £26 million move to Old Trafford.

4-2-3-1 – How Manchester United Will Line Up With Likely £26m Signing

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Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for Goncalo Guedes who is expected to cost the Red Devils a fee in the region of £26 million.

The Benfica winger is believed to be in talks with Jose Mourinho's side who are confident they can beat Arsenal to his signature.

The 20-year-old shares an agent with Mourinho, Jorge Mendes who has reportedly met with Benfica's president to discuss a deal.

From Västeras with love: the rise of Victor Lindelöf – Manchester United’s big Swedish target

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Have you ever heard of Västerås? You'd be forgiven if you haven't. A city in central Sweden, it boasts a population of around 150,000. It is also home to the football club Våsterås SK Fotboll. They...

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January Transfer Window 2017 complete guide: 17 players who could be on the move around Europe

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It's January and you know what that means: transfer window time! The January transfer window 2017 is now open and Jim White, for one, is absolutely delighted about it. January is always a...

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Mourinho to complete first January signing; €45m fee agreed, top class target will sign 5-yr deal

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Benfica defender Victor Lindelof is all set to complete a January transfer to Manchester United.

Portuguese media are reporting that the Swedish international’s move to Old Trafford is all but done.

The 22-year-old centre-back is set to sign a five-year contract with the Red Devils according to O Jogo.

Mourinho to complete first January signing; €45m fee agreed, top class target will sign 5-yr deal

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Benfica defender Victor Lindelof is all set to complete a January transfer to Manchester United.

Portuguese media are reporting that the Swedish international’s move to Old Trafford is all but done.

The 22-year-old centre-back is set to sign a five-year contract with the Red Devils according to O Jogo.

Man Utd set to sign top class Mourinho target; €45m offer accepted, deal almost finalised

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Benfica defender Victor Lindelof is closing in on a move to manchester United.

Portuguese newspaper Record are reporting that the Swedish defender will begin training under Jose Mourinho from January.

The report adds that Benfica President Luis Filipe Vieira examined Manchester United’s offer for the player in England earlier this week and was satisfied with it.

Man Utd set to sign top class Mourinho target; €45m offer accepted, deal almost finalised

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Benfica defender Victor Lindelof is closing in on a move to manchester United.

Portuguese newspaper Record are reporting that the Swedish defender will begin training under Jose Mourinho from January.

The report adds that Benfica President Luis Filipe Vieira examined Manchester United’s offer for the player in England earlier this week and was satisfied with it.

Man Utd Roundup: Mourinho very interested in £67m star; Club chief flies in for transfer discussions

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Manchester United are looking to sign Benfica star Victor Lindelof in January.

As per the latest report from Portugal, Benfica President Luis Filipe Vieira is set to arrive in England today to discuss the sale of Lindelof to Manchester United. The Portuguese club will hold out for a fee of €45 million excluding add-ons.

Man Utd Roundup: Mourinho very interested in £67m star; Club chief flies in for transfer discussions

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Manchester United are looking to sign Benfica star Victor Lindelof in January.

As per the latest report from Portugal, Benfica President Luis Filipe Vieira is set to arrive in England today to discuss the sale of Lindelof to Manchester United. The Portuguese club will hold out for a fee of €45 million excluding add-ons.

Man Utd Roundup: Attacker close to January move; Woodward approves Mourinho transfer request

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Manchester United winger Memphis Depay has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford recently.

The Dutch winger has struggled to hold down a regular first team place under Jose Mourinho and could leave in January if a suitable offer comes in.

Man Utd star impressed with this transfer target, says player 'is good enough' for big clubs

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Benfica defender Victor Lindelof was linked with a move to Manchester United during the summer transfer window, but Mourinho ended up signing Eric Bailly instead.

Manchester Evening News are reporting that Ibrahimovic has been impressed by the Manchester United defensive target.

Arsenal scout ‘the new Ronaldo’

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According to Portuguese newspaper, A Bola(h/t the Independent),Manchester united will face...

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Arsenal

Arsenal representatives in talks over €60m move for star

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Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Benfica star, Goncalo Guedes. It has now been...

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Arsenal heavily scouting Portuguese sensation

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Napoli, Benfica through as Arsenal pinch top spot in last 16

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Paris (AFP) Napoli and Benfica clinched places in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday as nine-man Besiktas capitulated at Dynamo Kiev, while Arsenal snatched first place away from Paris Saint-Germain in Group A.

Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens scored second-half goals to earn Napoli a 2-1 victory over Benfica in Lisbon to send the Italians through to the knockout phase as winners of Group B.

Napoli, Benfica through as Arsenal pinch top spot

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Paris (AFP) Napoli and Benfica clinched places in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday as nine-man Besiktas capitulated at Dynamo Kiev, while Arsenal snatched first place away from Paris Saint-Germain in Group A.

Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens scored second-half goals to earn Napoli a 2-1 victory over Benfica in Lisbon to send the Italians through to the knockout phase as winners of Group B.

Napoli, Benfica through as Arsenal pinch top spot

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Paris (AFP) Napoli and Benfica clinched places in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday as nine-man Besiktas capitulated at Dynamo Kiev, while Arsenal snatched first place away from Paris Saint-Germain in Group A.

Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens scored second-half goals to earn Napoli a 2-1 victory over Benfica in Lisbon to send the Italians through to the knockout phase as winners of Group B.

Napoli, Benfica, Besiktas vie for last 16 Champions League slots

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Paris (AFP) As Paris Saint-Germain joust with Arsenal for top spot in their group, Napoli, Benfica and Besiktas will battle it out Tuesday for last 16 Champions League slots.

The Group B trio all have everything to play for in their final pool games as the only one of the eight first phase groups where no side has yet secured a berth.

Hamsik says Napoli can revive Champions League dream

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Milan (AFP) Napoli captain Marek Hamsik has called for his teammates to cap their stuttering Champions League campaign with a win at Benfica and qualify for the last 16 as group winners.

Napoli's hopes of making the knockout phase for the first time since elimination by eventual winners Chelsea in 2012 were left hanging in the balance by a scoreless draw at home to Dinamo Kiev on Wednesday.

Misfiring Napoli frustrated by Dynamo

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Milan (AFP) Napoli's Champions League last-16 hopes will be decided by a final group showdown away to Benfica after the Italians were held to a frustrating scoreless home draw by Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday.

Napoli, who will need a draw in Portugal, were given extra incentive to seek their last-16 ticket when Benfica, despite racing to a 3-0 lead, were held to a 3-3 draw by Besiktas in Istanbul.

Misfiring Napoli frustrated by Dynamo

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Milan (AFP) Napoli's Champions League last-16 hopes will be decided by a final group showdown away to Benfica after the Italians were held to a frustrating scoreless home draw by Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday.

Napoli, who will need a draw in Portugal, were given extra incentive to seek their last-16 ticket when Benfica, despite racing to a 3-0 lead, were held to a 3-3 draw by Besiktas in Istanbul.

Benfica must wait after stirring Besiktas fightback in Champions League

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Istanbul (AFP) Portugal's Benfica must wait on a place in the last 16 of the Champions League after they squandered a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 at Turkey's Besiktas on Wednesday.

The Portuguese cruised into a 3-0 lead inside barely half an hour but were pegged back as the Turks maintained their unbeaten record with two goals in the final seven minutes, including a penalty by former Sporting Lisbon and Porto man Ricardo Quaresma.

Benfica must wait after stirring Besiktas fightback in Champions League

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Istanbul (AFP) Portugal's Benfica must wait on a place in the last 16 of the Champions League after they squandered a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 at Turkey's Besiktas on Wednesday.

The Portuguese cruised into a 3-0 lead inside barely half an hour but were pegged back as the Turks maintained their unbeaten record with two goals in the final seven minutes, including a penalty by former Sporting Lisbon and Porto man Ricardo Quaresma.

Benfica launch wedding dress collection

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Lisbon (AFP) Heavily indebted Portuguese giants Benfica unveiled Tuesday a collection of wedding dresses which it will sell alongside other club items such as nappies and dog beds.

The club put on display 24 wedding dresses, including several in red the team's colour at a fashion show at their Stadium of Light that included an appearance by the club's mascot, an eagle.

Benfica launch wedding dress collection

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Lisbon (AFP) Heavily indebted Portuguese giants Benfica unveiled Tuesday a collection of wedding dresses which it will sell alongside other club items such as nappies and dog beds.

The club put on display 24 wedding dresses, including several in red the team's colour at a fashion show at their Stadium of Light that included an appearance by the club's mascot, an eagle.

Milik, Mertens star as Napoli outclass Benfica

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Milan (AFP) Arkadiusz Milik struck his third Champions League goal and Dries Mertens hit a brace as Napoli staked an early claim for a place in the last 16 with a 4-2 win against Benfica on Wednesday.

Milik, signed as a replacement for Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, headed a brace in a 2-1 come-from-behind win at Dinamo Kiev a fortnight ago to hand coach Maurizio Sarri his maiden win in the competition.

Julio Cesar out to banish ‘bad memories’ at Napoli

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar said he will be looking to put bad memories of previous visits to the San Paolo behind him when Benfica face Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The 37-year-old spent "seven beautiful and successful" years with Serie A giants Inter Milan, helping them to Champions League glory with a 2-0 win over Bayern Munich in the 2010 final.

Vasteras

Why Benfica’s refusal to pay Swedish club Vasteras is troublesome for more than one reason

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In 2012 Benfica signed Victor Nilsson Lindelof from a small Swedish club, Vasteras, for a nominal fee – understood to be around €60,000 – with numerous add-on clauses.

Now the criteria for one of those add-ons have been, but Benfica has declined to pay an additional €250,000 after Lindelof made ten first-team starts in the Primeira Liga and Champions League.

Why Benfica’s refusal to pay Swedish club Vasteras is troublesome for more than one reason

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In 2012, Benfica signed Victor Nilsson Lindelöf from a small Swedish club, Vasteras, for a nominal fee – understood to be around €60,000 – with numerous add-on clauses.

Now, the criteria for one of those add-ons has been met, but Benfica has declined to pay an additional €250,000 after Lindelöf made ten first-team starts in the Primeira Liga and Champions League.

Why Benfica’s refusal to pay Swedish club Vasteras is troublesome for more than one reason

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In 2012, Benfica signed Victor Nilsson Lindelöf from a small Swedish club, Vasteras, for a nominal fee – understood to be around €60,000 – with numerous add-on clauses.

Now, the criteria for one of those add-ons has been met, but Benfica has declined to pay an additional €250,000 after Lindelöf made ten first-team starts in the Primeira Liga and Champions League.

Porto

Where to find Porto vs. Benfica on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Porto vs. Benfica, you've come to the right place.

Benfica and Porto compete on Sunday in a top of the table clash in Portugal. Benfica is currently five points ahead in the Primeira Liga, with Porto hoping to close the gap to just two points if they can win.

Where to find Porto vs. Benfica on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Porto vs. Benfica, you've come to the right place.

Benfica and Porto compete on Sunday in a top of the table clash in Portugal. Benfica is currently five points ahead in the Primeira Liga, with Porto hoping to close the gap to just two points if they can win.

Napoli

‘Emotional’ Sarri calls for Napoli calm

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) Emotional Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri called for calm after a 4-2 demolition of Benfica on Wednesday put the Italian giants within sight of a coveted place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

"Mentally, this is only a confirmation for us and it will give us a spur. But we have to be mindful that that is all it will give us," Sarri told reporters.

‘Emotional’ Sarri calls for Napoli calm

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) Emotional Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri called for calm after a 4-2 demolition of Benfica on Wednesday put the Italian giants within sight of a coveted place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

"Mentally, this is only a confirmation for us and it will give us a spur. But we have to be mindful that that is all it will give us," Sarri told reporters.

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Africa Cup of Nations 2017 Managers

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A list of the coaches of the participating teams at the Africa Cup of Nations 2017.

Black managers have a hard job getting a look-in at clubs in England, they also have a struggle to manage their own national sides. Only 4 teams at the Africa Cup of Nations 2017 have native African coaches: DR Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal and Zimbabwe.

Demarai Gray, Victor Lindelof, Tiemoue Bakayoko… #JF70 top young talents in Europe, week 9

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A must win for Besiktas !

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As Besiktas coach Senol Gunes said this is the most important match in Besiktas's history ..

I agree with a win Besiktas will gain respect and earn money for the club ..

That's why this is a must win !

Besiktas, with one win and four draws so far in Group B, are close to qualifying from the group stages for the first time in the Istanbul club's history.

Os Belenenses

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Clube de Futebol Os Belenenses are very much Lisbon's third team after the big two of Benfica and Sporting.



Founded in 1919, Os Belenenses play their home games at the 19,000 capacity Estádio do Restelo in Belem in the west of the Portuguese capital, where crowds average a lowly 1,500 unless one of the big three Portuguese clubs, Benfica, Sporting or Porto, are in town.

Football Tat: Benfica To Launch Their Own Collection Of Luxury Wedding Dresses (Photo)

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Photo: Lisbon Lux Brands (via @PortuBall/Twitter)

In an altogether different class to the usual football tat we feature here on Pies (FC Dnipro bucket and spade, anyone?), Benfica are on the cusp of launching their very own range of luxury wedding dresses.

The Portuguese giants have collaborated with bridal stylist Michelle Oliveira to create a range of 40 dresses specifically 24 bridal gowns, 12 gala dresses and four children's designs, all decked out in club colours.