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Reports: Things Hot Up As Man Utd Lodge Rival Bid For Alexis Sanchez In Attempt To Derail Man City Machinations

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Well, well, well. Just when it looked like Alexis Sanchez joining Man City was an inevitability, somebody goes and throws a Manchester United-sized cat in amongst the pigeons.

According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, both Mancunian clubs have tendered offers for Sanchez, either to take him off Arsenal's hands for a lump sum in January or to offer a pre-contract terms that will see the Chilean leave for nowt when his current deal ends in June.

Reports: Man City Eager To Nab Alexis Sanchez From Arsenal Before Deadline, Lodge ‘Player-Plus-Cash Offer’ Including Raheem Sterling

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Word on the gossip wire this morning is that Man City are getting increasingly eager to push through a deal for Alexis Sanchez before the transfer window closes this coming Thursday.

Indeed, City are reportedly plotting a "last ditch" effort to sign Sanchez, with reports this morning that the club have lodged a "player-plus-cash offer" for the Chilean that would see Raheem Sterling included in the bartering.

Arsenal have £8m bid for Podolski turned down

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It is being reported this morning that Arsene Wenger made an £8m bid to sign the Koln striker Lukas Podolski this month, but the Bundesliga side turned Arsenal away despite the striker only having 18 months left on his contract. Wenger desperately needs a classy back-up striker to cover for Robin Van Persie and has [.

Barcelona Set to Launch Improved £31m Bid For Fabregas

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 Barcelona are set to make an improved bid of £31 million for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas as the Catalans up the ante in their quest to land the midfielder.Â

The European champions will test Arsenal's resolve once again with a bid of £31 million for captain Cesc Fabregas who Barca coach Pep Guardiola has identified as a top summer target.

Arsenal raise bid for Samba to £10 million

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It is being reported this evening that the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is still adamant that the Blackburn defender Christopher Samba is the right man to strengthen the Gunners' defence from set-pieces next season, and has decided to increase his bid. Wenger originally went for Samba in January but was turned down point blank, and [.

Henry training with Arsenal

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LONDON, England — Arsenal great Thierry Henry has returned to training with the Premier League side in a bid to maintain fitness ahead of the start of the Major League Soccer season in the United States. Henry, who plays for the New York Red Bulls in MLS, scored 226 goals for Arsenal in a successful [.

Mark Hughes – No bid from Arsenal for Schwarzer since May

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The new Fulham manager Mark Hughes has admitted that Arsenal made a bid to sign Mark Schwarzer at the end of last season, but they haven't had any increased bids since then. The ex-Man Utd star understands that Schwarzer would find it hard to turn down a chance to play in the Champions League, but [.

Arsenal Still Interested in Sunderland Captain

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Arsene Wenger has his sights set on Sunderland captain Lorik Cana as he aims to bring some bite to Arsenal's lightweight midfield. Reports from the Sunderland Echo suggest that Arsenal will do their best to sign the Albanian midfielder when the transfer window opens.

Cana is a new signing at the Stadium of Light having joined the Black Cats over the summer.

Transfers & Rumours

‘He’s Slow And He Plays In Scotland’ – Neil Warnock Reveals Why He Passed On Signing Virgil Van Dijk For £6m At Crystal Palace

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All these years, Virgil van Dijk has presumably been living in blissful ignorance of the fact that he, had fickle fortune smiled upon him, could have played under Neil Warnock.

Alas, thanks to a Sliding Doors moment in the Crystal Palace manager's office in 2014, that alluring eventuality sadly never came to pass.

Reports: Everton Agree Deal To Blow £25m Of Their Christmas Money On Besiktas Striker Cenk Tosun

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Word has it that Everton are poised to blow their Christmas money on a striker in the January sales, with Besiktas forward Cenk Tosun top of their wish list.

According to Ed Aarons of the Guardian, the deal has already been struck after the Toffees saw their £25million offer accepted by their Turkish counterparts.

Reports: Barcelona To Make Final Take-It-Or-Leave-It Offer Of £138m For Philippe Coutinho, And Liverpool Would Be Bonkers To Reject It…

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Word on the wire today is that Barcelona are cobbling together one final take-it-or-leave-it offer for Philippe Coutinho, reportedly worth £138million with £100million paid upfront.

The colossal bid would constitute Barca's fourth official attempt to coax Liverpool into parting with their man, with the Catalans prepared to walk away from the negotiating table and pursue other targets should their advances be rejected this time.

West Brom: Tony Pulis Confirms Man City Will Have To Make ‘A Very, Very Good Offer’ If They Want To Sign Jonny Evans

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Tony Pulis has confirmed that West Brom have knocked back an opening offer from Man City as the latter continue to canvass Jonny Evans.

It's being reported that City began the bidding at £18million, only to be unceremoniously rebuffed by the Baggies, who have no intention of selling their man.

Peterborough Forced To Fend Off £250,000 Bid For Non-League Striker They’ve Not Actually Signed Yet

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Peterborough United have confirmed that they've been forced to turn down a bid for a player they haven't technically even signed yet.

A week or so back, Peterborough agreed a three-year contract with Dover Athletic striker Ricky Miller that would see the newly crowned 'National League Player of the Year' make the move as soon as his current deal expires this summer.

Euro 2012

Balotelli cracker seals Italy win over disappointing Ireland

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Italy progressed to the quarter-finals of Euro 2012, finishing second in Group C after a 2-0 win over Ireland in Poznan.

Cesare Prandelli's men knew only a win would do and took the lead on 35 minutes when Antonio Cassano's header was adjudged to have crossed the line, despite the best efforts of Ireland's Damien Duff.

As expected, Italy doesn’t get Euro 2016

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After missing out on Euro 2012, the FIGC decided to put in a bid for Euro 2016, the first European Championship that will have 24 teams instead of the usual 16. The bid included new stadiums in many cities across Italy (and some simply being renovated) and many saw Italy hosting Euro 2016 as the only way we'd see some new stadiums around the peninsula.

World Cup

Netherlands take on Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal in bid to reach last 16

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Two years ago they were in the World Cup final, now the Netherlands are on the brink of exiting Euro 2012 at the first hurdle

Bert van Marwijk's side need some fortune from old rivals Germany to survive in the tournament as the Dutch sit bottom of Group B with no points to show from their two games so far.

Canada, Zimbabwe vie for 2015 Women’s World Cup

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EDMONTON, Alberta — Canada has a 50-50 chance of hosting the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015. Canadian Soccer Association General Secretary Peter Montopoli confirmed only Canada and Zimbabwe are left in the bid process. A decision is expected March 3. The FIFA Women's World Cup is FIFA's second biggest property, behind only the men's [.

France’s Zidane sues comedian for magazine insult

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PARIS, France  French soccer star Zinedine Zidane launched a legal complaint on Friday against a comedian for insulting him in a sports magazine over his support for Qatar's successful bid to host the World Cup, his lawyer said on Friday.ac Lawyer Alberto Brusso said he was suing comedian Christophe Aleveque and the magazine Sportmag [.

FIFA denies winter plans for WOrld Cup 2022

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DOHA, Qatar FIFA has announced that there are no plans to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to winter to alleviate concerns over the country's climate. As temperatures can reach 50 degrees Celsius in the summer in Qatar, there had been strong indications that FIFA was ready to move the tournament. President Sepp [.

8 Reasons Why England Didn’t Win the 2018 World Cup Bid (Part 2)

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Part two of my eight reasons for England's failure to win the World Cup bid, read part one here...

5. Football is already massively followed

FIFA's motto is: For the Game, For the World – which says a lot about what they want to achieve as a governing body.

8 Reasons Why England Didn’t Win the 2018 World Cup Bid (Part 1)

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There are many reasons as to why England were not chosen to host the 2018 World Cup, but I have picked out 8 which seem to be the most potent....

1. Football hooliganism

England fans, although they have been better in recent years, still hold this stigma as no-good thugs.

Obama: Not awarding US bid for World Cup ‘wrong’

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WASHINGTON, DC — President Barack Obama says FIFA made the "wrong decision" in awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar over the United States. The U.S. Soccer Federation spent millions of dollars on its bid. Former President Bill Clinton was highly involved in the process and participated in the closing presentation.

Violence mars Birmingham’s win over Aston Villa

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BIRMINGHAM, England — Birmingham fans ran onto the field and threw flares at rival supporters following Wednesday's League Cup quarterfinal win over Aston Villa in violent scenes, just a day before FIFA's executive committee votes on whether to award England the right to host the 2018 World Cup. Villa supporters responded by ripping up seats [.

Congo pull out of African Nations Cup bidding race

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CAIRO, Egypt The Democratic Republic of Congo have withdrawn their bid to host the 2015 or 2017 African Nations Cups, leaving just Morocco and South Africa in the running, the Confederation of African Football said on Tuesday. African football's governing body will decide in January on the outcome of the bids but with just [.

Weird People Who Are Backing World Cup Bids

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It is, it seems, a competitive business trying to persuade FIFA to bestow their munificence upon a nation and condescend to allow them to host a World Cup.That, presumably, is why each country rolls out a host of big celebrity names to 'back' their bids. What this means is that the FIFA delegates get to meet the aforementioned celebrities on one of their many all-expenses paid jollies.

Report Card: Ballon d’Or Nominations

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With the Ballon d'Or nominations finally releasing this weekend, the headlines have mostly been devoted to the fact that world champions Italy have no representation whatsoever. But why blame the press for paying excessive attention to an irrelevant detail? After all, the award itself is destined to be heading Lionel Messi's way, which means very little is there to be talked about in terms of debating the winner, right?

To get a World Cup you need Beckham. Also Goody Bags.

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So FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has come out and had a bit of a pop at our attempt to hold the World Cup. He said that not only was the bid lightweight, but he was really impressed by Australia, who gave him a goody bag with Australia 2018 tat in it. Apparently, this could swing the bid. I quote Warner (Via The Guardian):

I came here and was shocked that I got a bag for Australia at the entrance.

Manchester City

Man City win the bid for Denis Suarez

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MANCHESTER, England Manchester City have swooped to snatch Celta Vigo starlet Denis Suarez from under the noses of Barcelona. Celta's chairman Carlos Mourino has confirmed that the Spanish Under-17 midfielder will move to Eastlands for an initial fee of €1 million which could rise to €3m depending on appearance- and performance-related clauses in the [.

Man City prepares for a £100million bid for Fernando Torres

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Megabucks 'City' are on a buying spree again as they prepare a £100million bid for Spaniard Fernando Torres this summer. If the transfer takes place then it would even beat the eye-opening bid of £80million of Ronaldo from United to Real Madrid. Regarded as a star forward, the Liverpool player will earn a £200,000 a week [.

Tottenham Hotspur

Leyton Orient protesting against West Ham bid for Olympic Stadium

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LONDON, England — A football club based near London's Olympic Stadium has written to British Prime Minister David Cameron urging him to block West Ham's planned move into the venue after the 2012 games. West Ham has been named as the preferred bidder to take over the stadium, beating a rival bid from Tottenham.

BBC: West Ham chosen for Olympic stadium

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LONDON, England - West Ham United have beaten out rivals Tottenham Hotspur to take over the London 2012 Olympics stadium, according to the BBC. The decision is set to be announced later this week after both English Prmeier League sides submitted bids to the Olympic Park Legacy Company, an unsourced report on the BBC's website said.

Inter Milan reject Bale reports

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Inter Milan have denied reports linking them with a January move for Tottenham Hotspur sporting star Gareth Bale. Reports had suggested the reigning Serie A champions were preparing a £40million swoop for Spurs' talented winger after being on the receiving end of two excellent performances by Bale in the Champions League sport competition.

thursday

UEFA picks Israel to host U21 European Championships in 2013

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NYON, Switzerland — UEFA has chosen Israel to host the Under-21 European Championships in 2013. UEFA's Executive Committee voted for Israel's bid ahead of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, England and Wales. Israel's victory comes after it was edged by Denmark in the contest to host the 2011 edition. Compensation for that defeat was offered when UEFA [.

Parents fight during Swedish soccer tournament

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KRISTIANSTAD, Sweden Brawling parents at a youth soccer tournament in Sweden had to be separated by police as several players looked on in tears, Swedish news website The Local reported Tuesday. Fighting broke out in the stands during a semifinal match of the Alliansen indoor soccer tournament at which 12-year-old boys were competing.

Blatter says Qatar neighbors could host WC games

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PARIS, France -Â FIFA president Sepp Blatter says Qatar's neighboring countries could host games at the 2022 World Cup. Qatar was designated the 2022 World Cup last week, despite concerns that the intense heat poses a serious health risk if the tournament is played in summer. In an interview with sports daily L'Equipe on Thursday, [.

World Cup D-day arrives

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ZURICH, Switzerland The frenzied race for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups entered the home straight Wednesday as rival bids made final presentations on the eve of the scandal-tainted vote. The five countries battling for the 2022 football extravaganza – Australia, the United States, South Korea, Japan and Qatar – showcased their bids in [.

The Rest

US Drops World Cup 2018 Bid; England Drops World Cup 2022 Bid.

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These moves have been unofficial for some time with FIFA reportedly just dropping them from consideration and pushing the 2018 World Cup to Europe, but today they've been made official probably with some heavy pushing from FIFA.

Nothing's really changed but the names on the bid committee: World Cup 2018 has always been heading to Europe, while 2022 will go either Asia (including Australia) or the US.

Mark Hughes – No bid for Schwarzer on deadline day

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While Arsenal fans the world over believed that Arsene Wenger was working frantically to get a new goalkeeper for his team, and Mark Schwarzer was just inches away from arriving at the Emirates, it seems that there was no new talks with Fulham on deadline day. There were numerous reports that Arsenal had put in an [.