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Spurs pay club record fee for Colombian defender Sanchez

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London (AFP) – Colombian international defender Davinson Sanchez became Tottenham Hotspur’s first signing of the close season on Friday when they paid a reported club record £42million (46m euros, $54m) to Dutch side Ajax.

The 21-year-old, who was a pivotal member of the side that reached the Europa League final only to lose to Manchester United, signed a six-year contract with last season’s Premier League runners-up.

Spurs pay club record fee for Colombian defender Sanchez

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London (AFP) – Colombian international defender Davinson Sanchez became Tottenham Hotspur’s first signing of the close season on Friday when they paid a reported club record £42million (46m euros, $54m) to Dutch side Ajax.

The 21-year-old, who was a pivotal member of the side that reached the Europa League final only to lose to Manchester United, signed a six-year contract with last season’s Premier League runners-up.

Top 10 Premier League transfers 2017-18

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London (AFP) – Ahead of Arsenal’s home game with Leicester City in the curtain-raiser to the new Premier League season on Friday, AFP Sport selects the 10 biggest transfers of the close season:

Romelu Lukaku

– Everton to Manchester United; £75 million ($97.5 million, 83 million euros) rising to £90 million*

After four increasingly prolific seasons at Everton, Belgium striker Lukaku has been given another shot at the big time with Manchester United.

Top 10 Premier League transfers 2017-18

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London (AFP) – Ahead of Arsenal’s home game with Leicester City in the curtain-raiser to the new Premier League season on Friday, AFP Sport selects the 10 biggest transfers of the close season:

Romelu Lukaku

– Everton to Manchester United; £75 million ($97.5 million, 83 million euros) rising to £90 million*

After four increasingly prolific seasons at Everton, Belgium striker Lukaku has been given another shot at the big time with Manchester United.

Ranieri’s Nantes ‘not ready’ for Ligue 1 opener

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Nantes (France) (AFP) – Claudio Ranieri admitted that his Nantes side are “not ready” for the start of the new season, as the Italian prepares to make his Ligue 1 bow on Sunday at Lille.

“We are not ready, but I’ve never known a team that’s been ready for the first day (of a season),” Ranieri said on Friday.

Ranieri’s Nantes ‘not ready’ for Ligue 1 opener

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Nantes (France) (AFP) – Claudio Ranieri admitted that his Nantes side are “not ready” for the start of the new season, as the Italian prepares to make his Ligue 1 bow on Sunday at Lille.

“We are not ready, but I’ve never known a team that’s been ready for the first day (of a season),” Ranieri said on Friday.

Real’s Danilo set for Man City move

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London (AFP) – Manchester City are close to signing Real Madrid full-back Danilo, according to widespread media reports on Thursday.

Pep Guardiola made full-backs his top transfer priority in the close season having released Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna, and Brazilian international Danilo is on the verge of joining Kyle Walker as City’s latest recruit in that position.

Saints rule out Van Dijk sale

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London (AFP) – Southampton have warned clubs interested in Virgil van Dijk that the Netherlands defender is not for sale at any price.

Van Dijk saw a potential move to Liverpool fall through earlier in the close-season after the Reds were forced to apologise for their pursuit of the centre-back after Saints complained to the Premier League.

Real Madrid call presidential election

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish and European champions Real Madrid announced on Thursday that they will hold a presidential election over the close season, provided somebody comes forward to challenge the incumbent Florentino Perez.

“The Electoral board…have agreed to an election for the club president and board of directors,” read a statement published on the English version of the club website.

Real Madrid call presidential election

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish and European champions Real Madrid announced on Thursday that they will hold a presidential election over the close season, provided somebody comes forward to challenge the incumbent Florentino Perez.

“The Electoral board…have agreed to an election for the club president and board of directors,” read a statement published on the English version of the club website.

Navas, Clichy, Caballero and Sagan in Manchester City exodus

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Spanish international winger Jesus Navas, and experienced French defender Gael Clichy on Thursday headed a quartet of players to be released by Manchester City in the promised close season clearout.

City announced later Thursday reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who famously saved three penalties in the shootout win over Liverpool in the 2016 League Cup final, would also be leaving.

Navas, Clichy, Caballero and Sagan in Manchester City exodus

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Spanish international winger Jesus Navas, and experienced French defender Gael Clichy on Thursday headed a quartet of players to be released by Manchester City in the promised close season clearout.

City announced later Thursday reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who famously saved three penalties in the shootout win over Liverpool in the 2016 League Cup final, would also be leaving.

Navas, Clichy and Caballero join Manchester City clearout

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Spanish international winger Jesus Navas, and experienced French defender Gael Clichy on Thursday became the latest players to be released by Manchester City in the promised close season clearout.

City announced later Thursday reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who famously saved three penalties in the shootout win over Liverpool in the 2016 League Cup final, would also be leaving.

Navas, Clichy and Caballero join Manchester City clearout

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Spanish international winger Jesus Navas, and experienced French defender Gael Clichy on Thursday became the latest players to be released by Manchester City in the promised close season clearout.

City announced later Thursday reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who famously saved three penalties in the shootout win over Liverpool in the 2016 League Cup final, would also be leaving.

Navas and Clichy join Man City clearout

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Spanish international winger Jesus Navas and experienced French defender Gael Clichy on Thursday became the latest players to be released by Manchester City in the promised close season clearout.

The duo join veteran Argentinian full-back Pablo Zabaleta in leaving after their contracts ended following an underwhelming campaign that resulted in the first ever trophy-less season for manager Pep Guardiola.

Navas and Clichy join Man City clearout

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Spanish international winger Jesus Navas and experienced French defender Gael Clichy on Thursday became the latest players to be released by Manchester City in the promised close season clearout.

The duo join veteran Argentinian full-back Pablo Zabaleta in leaving after their contracts ended following an underwhelming campaign that resulted in the first ever trophy-less season for manager Pep Guardiola.

Wenger mulls second chance for ‘great player’ Wilshere

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger is weighing up whether to end Jack Wilshere’s Arsenal exile after the injury-plagued England international’s latest fitness setback.

Wenger sent Wilshere on loan to Bournemouth earlier this season in a bid to give the midfielder a chance to prove his fitness and form after several seasons of injury problems.

Wenger mulls second chance for ‘great player’ Wilshere

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger is weighing up whether to end Jack Wilshere’s Arsenal exile after the injury-plagued England international’s latest fitness setback.

Wenger sent Wilshere on loan to Bournemouth earlier this season in a bid to give the midfielder a chance to prove his fitness and form after several seasons of injury problems.

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Arsenal’s strangely enjoyable close season

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"For the first time in a while, I will be very active"

With these dozen words, spoken at the tail end of May, Wenger has kicked off a fascinating close season. I didn't think I'd be enjoying it one bit, but I appear to be doing just that.

How so? Given that as much of the current transfer eddy is whirling around players who might depart as it is around players who might join, you'd have thought the whole rumour mill would be too hair-tearing for words.

My mouth is parched in this transfer desert

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What a goldfish I am. Despite an end of season that spent most of its time reeling from one calamity to another, I appear to be hankering for the new one already. When will I ever learn?

To be fair though, some bits and bobs need to happen before I can get genuinely giddy. Namely a scythe cutting through the chaff of the squad, coupled with the club storing the wheat in a silo where nobody can steal it.

Season overboard

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Fulham 2-2 Arsenal

So that's finished then, and as books go, I didn't much like the ending. I had high hopes there'd be a satisfying twist three quarters of the way through we were hoping for one but it finished rather predictably and it was heavy going to boot. I should have just read the last page back at the beginning of March and spared myself the effort.

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Photos: Spurs stars play golf on holiday

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Tottenham Hotspur's players have not allowed their competitive instincts to switch off entirely during the close-season. Rather than resting on...

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Staffs County League Fans’ Guide 2017

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Welcome to the seventhedition of the Staffs County League fans' guide. The divisional structure has reverted back to just one Division Two, from regionalised North and South divisions. This is largely due to a lack of teams forthcoming from South Staffordshire. All existing teams from the previous North and South divisions merge into one Division Two.

Pulisic draws game-winning penalty to lead Dortmund to DFB-Pokal victory

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In Saturday's DFB-Pokal final, it was Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund that came out on top to close the season with a trophy.

Pulisic drew the game-winning penalty kick on Saturday, leading Dortmund to a 2-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in Saturday's DFB-Pokal finale. The win sees Dortmund win their fourth German Cup trophy while Pulisic sangs his first major professional honor.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, USWNT, and Champions League news for Wednesday February 17, 2016

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United's season is days away, various MLS moves, USWNT games, and more to start your day.

As always, I left this very late and the result is no intro anecdote.

With Bill Hamid injured, Woodbridge's Andrew Dykstra gets D.C. United chance | Washington Times
Thomas Floyd talks to various United players about Andrew Dykstra, who is probably going to start a soccer game in less than a week.

End of an Era For Manchester United Stars Heralds a New Beginning For Younger Players

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The close season is, more than anything else, a time of change. Players and mangers come and go, club goals are reassessed and expectations molded. Similar to this summer, the corresponding months of 2006 also featured a World Cup, followed by its annual transfer merry-go-round.

That summer also featured change and uncertainty at one of the world's biggest clubs, Manchester United.

The story of the come-and-get-me plea

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In this protracted vacuum of idle nothingness, it's amused me to once again notice the proliferation of bonkers transfer-only phrases. You know, those ones that you never hear for the rest of the year, but suddenly become common currency. Tim Stillman spotted it too, all that pouncing and swooping, ('Pouncing on the tabling swoops') as did Rory Smith ('Cracking the transfer code') too.

Arsenal: Downsizing to fourth

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Arsenal 1-2 Aston Villa

So that's the Grove done and dusted for another season, on a day when there were plenty there in person but not in spirit, and plenty more there in theory but not in reality. 60,023 in the crowd? That's right up there with ‘great mental strength'.