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‘I Told Luis He Was Too Good For Arsenal’ – Liverpool Captain Steven Gerrard Has Pop At Gunners Over Last Summer’s Suarez Transfer Saga

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By Alan Duffy

Thursday's newspaper are full of quotes from Liverpool captain Stevie G, who has lifted the lid (a bit) on last summer's transfer saga involving Luis Suarez and Arsenal.

Gerrard's revelation that he told Suarez to forget the Gunners and ultimately aim for a bigger and better club will no doubt irk some Arsenal fans.

Will Sanchez’ late arrival affect his start for Arsenal?

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Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal players are clocking up the miles at the minute. The Gunners flew straight back from America after the disappointing defeat by New York Red Bulls in a pre-season friendly, and they will be flying out of London again today, heading to Austria for a four day training camp.

Barca to help Arsenal keep Vermaelen from Man United transfer!

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It has been on the cards all summer, and it still looks like Arsenal are set to say goodbye to yet another club captain. After seeing Cesc Fabregas join Barcelona and Robin van Persie head to Manchester United, losing our Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen may not leave quite such a hole in the Arsenal team, [.

United and Barcelona to go head-to-head for target

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Manchester United face stiff competition from Barcelona in the race to sign Arsenal centre-back Thomas Vermaelen, according to reports in Spain that claim the Catalans' interest in Vermaelen has increased in recent weeks.

The Belgian centre-back has been linked with a move to United for over a month now, with suggestions that Louis Van Gaal sees the Arsenal man as the perfect candidate to replace the departed Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, while Vermaelen's versatility and his ability to play as left-back mean he could even provide cover for Luke Shaw.

Why Arsenal fans should get excited about the club’s latest steal from Barcelona

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FC BARCELONA "OVER POPULATED" MIDFIELD

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FC BARCELONA SIGNS JEREMY MATHIEU FROM VALENCIA CF

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Liverpool close to completing €15m transfer, deal done claim Spanish media

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Liverpool close to completing €15m transfer, deal done claim Spanish media - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Daniel Agger is facing an uncertain future at Liverpool. The 29-year-old defender dropped down the pecking order at the club last season behind Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel and is likely to slip further down the list, withLiverpool adding yet another central defender in Dejan Lovren from Southampton this summer.

Chelsea join the race to sign €36m world class defender

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Chelsea join the race to sign €36m world class defender - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Is the mass exodus set to continue at Atletico Madrid? After Diego Costa and Filipe Luis left for the greener pastures of Stamford Bridge, French daily Le 10 Sport claim that Chelsea have joined Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the race to sign Diego Godin from the La Liga winners.

Manchester United and Barcelona told to pay €50m for World Cup star

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Manchester United and Barcelona told to pay €50m for World Cup star - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Fiorentina have told Manchester United and Barcelona to pay €50m if they hope to sign star Juan Cuadrado in this summer transfer window.

The Colombian international had an impressive World Cup with his national side.

Can €100m signings help Liverpool mount serious title challenge?

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Can €100m signings help Liverpool mount serious title challenge? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

At the beginning of last season, few gave Liverpool a chance of breaking into the top 4. Regardless to say, practically no one gave them any chance of being genuine title contenders. Even individuals from within the club publicly stated that finishing in the Champions League places is top priority.

Manchester United and Barcelona both desperate for £28m World Cup star

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Manchester United and Barcelona both desperate for £28m World Cup star - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Its amazing what onegood World Cup campaign can do for you! South American starsAlexis Sanchez and James Rodriguez have already moved to Arsenal and Real Madrid respectively for a combined fee of over £100m, Liverpool seem dead-set on Belgium'sDivock Origi, Dutch rock Ron Vlaar is attracting plenty of Premier League attention, and a host of keepers are now about to begin new club adventures after inspired performances in Brazil.

Liverpool star ready to take pay cut to leave Anfield

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Liverpool star ready to take pay cut to leave Anfield - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool had gone through a sort of mixed emotion last week. The club celebrated the signing of Southampton defender Dejan Lovren but had to cancel the deal for Loic Remy, because of the player's medical concerns.

Arsenal keen to sign Barcelona player after scouting for two years

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Arsenal keen to sign Barcelona player after scouting for two years - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Catalan media have always expressed their frustration (even criticised) when any Premier League club targets any player from their prestigious La Masia academy. Over the years we have seen several examples of that.

Luis Suarez – Replacing The Irreplaceable?

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Luis Suarez Replacing The Irreplaceable? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Be it the acquisition of a major international name, or the return of a prodigal hero, the flamboyant unveiling of a major signing by the world's biggest clubs has long since become part and parcel of the realm of modern football.

Barcelona sign Jeremy Mathieu from Valencia for €20m

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Barcelona sign Jeremy Mathieu from Valencia for €20m - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The 30 year-old defender Jeremy Mathieu has signed for Barcelona on a four-year contract after his£15.8 million release clause was activated.

A statement from the club has said: "The cost of the transfer is 20 million Euros and the buyout clause will be 50 million Euros.

Manchester United target hints at Barcelona move

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Manchester United target hints at Barcelona move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Dutch World Cup star Daley Blind has dropped a major hint that he could join Spanish giants Barcelona in the summer. The 24 year old spent a few days in the Catalan capital with his friends as he enjoyed his vacation after the World Cup in Brazil.

Barcelona bid €35m to land €42m Manchester United target

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Barcelona bid €35m to land €42m Manchester United target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It certainly seems a three way transfer tussle is on full flow for Colombia's World Cup star Juan Cuadrado.After we reported yesterday citing Spanish daily that Bayern Munich were willing to offer €42m for Juan Cuadrado, Spanish site ABC Deportes has now claimed that the Catalan giants have put in a €35m for the 26 year old.

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Why Tiki-Taka Isn’t Dead; It’s Just Sleeping

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"Tika-Taka is dead."

The phrase was used a lot during the Spaniard's World Cup campaign. Finishing third in the group, conceding seven and scoring just four left people mourning the style of play called tiki-taka. The style of play is seen as an art-form for the technical lovers of soccer, the short and precise passing, creating space and knowing your surroundings had the soccer enthusiasts worshipping the way they play.

An Age of Extremes – Tiki-Taka and Counter-Attacking Soccer

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Let's face it, we live in an age of extremes – and it's not only due to our unseasonal, severe weather. As soccer continues to evolve in a bizarre, exponential way, seeing that 18 year olds can be sold for £30,000,000 and that a much-hailed Brazilian team can be completely annihilated in the semis of a World Cup hosted on home soil, it goes without saying that even game tactics are bound to put up with similar fortunes.

Messi And Father To Face Tax Charges

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The tax courts have not been very favorable to Barcelona and there players this year. First the club was hit with the "Neymar Affair"a and then today a Spanish judge rejected a prosecutor's request to drop charges of tax fraud against Lionel Messi and ordered the investigation into three cases of suspected unpaid taxes to proceed.

Jan Vertonghen Set To Remain At Tottenham Despite Interest From Abroad

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Belgian international defender Jan Vertonghen has expressed his desire to remain at Tottenham despite reported interest from La Liga giants Barcelona.

The 27-year-old moved to North London from Ajax in 2012 and made an immediate impact at White Hart Lane. The centre-back has scored four goals and made 57 appearances since joining Spurs.

FC Porto 4-4 Barcelona – Deco signs off in style in mouthwatering game (VIDEO)

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FC Porto 4-4 Barcelona Deco signs off in style in mouthwatering game (VIDEO) - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Legendary Portuguese midfielder, Deco, ended his staggering career in the best possible fashion, with an exquisite lob over the keeper in the last 10 seconds of his own testimonial.

Why Didier Drogba’s shock return to Chelsea makes perfect sense

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Why Didier Drogba's shock return to Chelsea makes perfect sense - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's been one hell of a transfer window for Chelsea Football Club. After a trophy less campaign, it hasn't taken manager Jose Mourinho to wring the changes and turn the Blues into a formidable-looking force.

Friday Kickoff: La Liga schedule released; Pinto resigns from Los Ticos; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Fans of La Liga only have to wait one more month until the start of the 2014/2015 season.

The Spanish league announced their schedule on Thursday, with the first weekend of games set to take place 30 days from today. The Big Three of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona start off the season against Cordoba, Rayo, and Elche, respectively.

From Spain: Barcelona want to sign Manchester United summer target

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Manchester United are losing their grip in their efforts to sign Arsenal skipper Thomas Vermaelen.

The Belgium international has been a transfer target for the Old Trafford club as their new manager Louis van Gaal has set his sights on the central defender to bolster his side's back four.

Luis Suarez Could Have His FIFA Ban Lifted By The Court of Arbitration for Sport

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News coming out of Spain today reports that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has agreed to review the appeal of Luis Suarez's ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's World Cup Group D encounter with Italy.

If Suarez's appeal is successful, he would be able to play in Barcelona's opening match of the La Liga season versus Elche on August 25.

Luis Suarez Could Make His Barcelona Debut in October el Clasico

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The 2014-15 La Liga schedule has been released and most fans of the Spanish league quickly scanned the fixtures to see when Barcelona and Real Madrid will be facing off in the first El Clasico of the season.

The first matchup between the Spanish giants will be Sunday, October 26 at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid.

Barcelona or Real Madrid: Who Is The Real Deal?

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Barcelona or Real Madrid: Who Is The Real Deal? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There are few things in life that are certain. Apples will fall from the tree, Celtic will win the Scottish Premier League and in Spain, Barcelona and Real Madrid will once again contest the 2014-2015 Spanish Primera Liga title.

Barcelona’s £16million Signing of Jeremy Mathieu Is Bad Business For The Blaugrana

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Barcelona have confirmed the signing of defender Jeremy Mathieu from Valencia for £16million. The move displays the Catalan club's continued deficit in the quality of defensive footballers compared to their attacking counterparts.

The 30-year-old was a left-back for most of his career but has been moved to center-back due to his pace and quality out wide rescinding with age.

Sevilla Loanee Iago Aspas Believes Luis Suarez Has Been “Treated Like A Murderer”

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Iago Aspas, on loan at Sevilla from Liverpool, told the Spanish radio stationCadena Cope that he understands why his former team-mate Luis Suarez has been banned from playing. However, even though this latest offense is Suarez's third time biting someone, Aspas believes that the Barcelona striker's ban from all soccer-related activities is excessive.

Iago Aspas Reckons FIFA Have Treated Ex-Liverpool Teammate Luis Suarez Like A ‘Murderer’

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By Chris Wright

"He says he's got hostages, five more inside"

Ex-Liverpool employee Iago Aspas has claimed that former teammate Luis Suarezhas been treated like a "murderer" by FIFA after biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

Aspas, who recently joined Sevilla on loan for the whole of next season after a dismal year at Anfield, toldSpanish radio station Cadena Cope that while he thought Suarez should been banned from playing, the Uruguayan striker'sban from all football-related activity by FIFA was more befitting of a killer.

FC Barcelona signs Jeremy Mathieu for €20 Million

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Barcelona Football Club has announced the much awaited signing of defender Jeremy Mathieu from fellow Spanish Club, Valencia. The transfer of the French national was stuck up for sometime with dispute arising about the final fee and the way in it will be structured. But finally it looks Barca has succumbed to Valencia's demand and agreed to pay €20 Million.

Barcelona’s Bojan Krkic Joins Stoke City On A Four Year Deal

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Stoke City have announced the signing of 23-year-old Barcelona La Masia product, Bojan Krkic.

The Spanish striker, who has spent loan spells with AS Roma, Ajax and AC Milan, has signed a four-year deal with the Premier League side.

An official announcement was issued via Stoke City's Twitter account:

"#HolaBojan Stoke City are delighted to confirm the signing of Bojan Krkic from FCBarcelona on a 4-year deal.

Videos

Porto Legend Deco Scores Absolute Peach In His Farewell Testimonial Game Against Barcelona XI (Video)

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By Chris Wright

'Twas Deco's farewell testimonial game in Lisbon last night, with Porto's Class of '04 side taking on Barcelona's 2006 vintage and the guest of honourdoing a stint for both of his Champions League-winning XIs.

Deco scored for both sides during the game,but his second goal of the game a90th-minuteequaliser to tie the game at 4-4 was an absolute peach of a controlled volleyed lob over Albert Jorquera.

Deco Scores Wonderful Lob in his own Testimonial Against Barcelona

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2004 European Footballer of the Year Deco ended his playing career last year but the clubs he won a Champions League with Porto (2004) and Barcelona (2006) got together and organised a testimonial game for their former star and Deco didn't disappoint with a brilliant equalizer for Porto against Barcelona in which he played for both and actually scored for both also.

The Rest

Tata Martino to be Offered Argentina Head Coach Position, Says Report

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Former Barcelona manager Tato Martino will be offered the vacant managerial position with Argentina, according to a reportfromSouth America.

The position has been left vacant since Alejandro Sabella confirmed that he has resigned from the position as head coach. According to Canchellena,there were a long list of candidates including Jose Pekerman and Diego Simeone, but Martino has proven to be the way forward for the AFA.

Snapshot: Thumbs Up If You’re A Sexy Beast…

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By Chris Wright

Gerard Pique in rolled-up shorts and a little pink crop-top = one-way ticket to Sexytown...

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This Is How Carles Puyol Is Spending His Summer, Post-Retirement (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

So, this is the kind of thing that recently-retired Carles Puyol and his girlfriend Vanesa Lorenzo are getting up to these days...

You're a long time retired, you know! You've got to fill your days somehow.

(Photos: vanesalorenzo_/Instagram/Via: @kelly_welles)

Report: Xavi to stay with Barcelona

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Talk about a U-turn.

Xavi has opted to remain at Barcelona and will not be joining New York City FC for its inaugural MLS season as was recently believed, according to the latest reports from Spain. Xavi is expected to remain with the Spanish giants for the 2014-15 season, a surprising move given that Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu recently stated that Xavi would be on the move.