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Renato Sanches, Alen Halilovic, Naby Keita… 14 Bundesliga summer transfers to get excited about

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They've kept us waiting over in Germany but the Bundesliga 2016/17 season finally kicks off this weekend. After a round of DFB German Cup action last weekend and the curtain-raising Super Cup,...

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Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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The English Premier League kicked off on Saturday, but several of the league's heavy hitters make their season debut on Sunday morning.

Headlining Sunday's action is a clash between Arsenal and Liverpool that serves as each side's first match of the Premier League season. Prior to that match, though, will be the season debut of Jose Mourinho's Manchester United, who open their campaign against Emerson Hyndman and Bournemouth.

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Official: Pep Gets His Man As Claudio Bravo Completes £17.1m Man City Move (Photo)

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The deed is done. Claudio Bravo is officially a Manchester City player after finalising his big move from Barcelona.

It's little surprise that Bravo's transfer, all £17.1million of it, has gone through mere hours after Barca were able to source a suitable replacement in the wiry form of Jasper Cillessen.

Official: Dutch International ‘Keeper Jasper Cillessen Completes €13m Dream Move To Barcelona (Photo)

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Jasper Cillessen has opened a brand spanking new Twitter account to announce that he's only gone and sealed his dream move to Barcelona.

The Dutch international goalkeeper has joined the Catalans on a five-year deal, with Ajax receiving a fee of around€13million (plus a further €2million in add-ons) for the pleasure.

Pepe Reina Quite Literally Calls Bullshit On Tabloid Rumours He Offered His Services To Barcelona

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With the freshly-usurped Joe Hart reportedly set to leave Man City before the end of the current transfer window, the word on the wire is that Pep Guardiola is keen to bring in Barcelona 'keeper Claudio Bravo as his replacement.

In turn, this gave rise to reports that, sensing a disturbance in the Force, Pepe Reina had contacted Barca and touted himself as a replacement for Bravo, such was the 33-year-old veteran's clamour to return to play for his boyhood side.

Deal Almost Done: Manchester United's €42m Target Close To Joining Man City

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Pep Guardiola dropped England’s #1 Joe Hart from his starting XI in Manchester City’s 2-1 victory over Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium.

The second choice Willy Caballero was preferred to the England goalkeeper as Guardiola feels Hart doesn’t fit in with the style he wants to implement at City.

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Is this the ideal Wenger-like transfer Arsenal have been looking for?

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Arsenal are claimed to be rivalling Tottenham for the signature of Munir El Haddadi of Barcelona this summer, with the forward believed to be available for a cut-price fee. The youngster has been likened to Barca living legend Lionel Messi, and will be turning 21 next month. It seems a little strange that his club [.

Arsenal transfer news: Update on Shkodran Mustafi and pursuit for Atletico Madrid defender

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Arsenal have opened transfer talks with Atletico Madrid for Uruguayan centre back Jose Giminez as Gunners step up pursuit to bolster their defense before 31 August.

Arsene Wenger’s side suffered a dismal 4-3 opening day defeat to Liverpool on Sunday as youngsters Calum Chambers and Rob Holding failed miserably to keep hold against the threat provided by the attackers of the Merseyside club.

Arsenal defender chase takes double blow

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Arsenal have been strongly linked with a deal to sign Valencia's Shkodran Mustafi, as well as being linked with a deal for Barcelona's Jeremy Mathieu, but both look increasingly unlikely at present. The experienced French defender is believed to be out of manager Luis Enrique's first-team plans this season, and being eyed as a possible [.

Bookmaker claims Arsenal likely to land Barcelona defender

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Aspokesperson for a bookmakers firm has claimed that Arsenal have emerged as likely suitors for Barcelona's Jeremy Mathieu. An employee at Betstars has claimed that he is likely to arrive at Arsenal this summer, with odds as short as 5/4 for him to complete the move from Barca. "There's been a lot of talk about [.

Arsenal keen to sign Barcelona defender after move for Valencia's Mustafi collapses

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Arsenal have made an enquiry over the availability of Barcelona’s French defender Jeremy Mathieu after failing to reach an agreement with Valencia for Shkodran Mustafi.

Several sources claimed earlier this week that the Gunners have a verbal agreement with Mustafi over his proposed move to the Emirates this summer but reports now suggest that the German International’s father has revealed that there is no deal in place between Arsenal and his son.

Reports: Riyad Mahrez Agrees Not To Leave Leicester City In Current Transfer Window

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Riyad Mahrez is staying put

On the back of a summer of conjecture, Riyad Mahrez has now reportedly accepted that he will not be leaving Leicester City any time soon.

According to the Guardian, despite turning down a new £80,000-a-week contract offer, the Algerian has no qualms about staying put but has also made known his desire to try his hand at a club in the upper echelons, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona all said to be tailingthe 2015/16 PFA Player of the Year.

Which Liverpool will Arsenal face? 4 goal losers or winners?

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Arsenal fans will have been a bit worried to say the least when the news came in on Saturday that our opponents for the first game of the Premier League season had just put the mighty Barcelona to the sword, with a 4-0 win against a strong side including their former striker Luis Suarez, Messi, [...]

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Guardiola confirms Bravo on his way to replace Hart

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Pep Guardiola insisted on Tuesday that he will continue working with Joe Hart at Manchester City, even as Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo flew in to replace the unwanted England international.

Hart has been the most high-profile victim of Guardiola's new reign as manager of the Premier League club, with the City boss publicly announcing his preference for a goalkeeper who can play better with the ball at his feet.

Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola share a ruthless approach to man-management

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For all the fuss over differences between their footballing ideologies, style of play, tactical implementations and self-illustration, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola share an inimitable facet of ruthless man-management.

Its the pair’s unyielding nature – also inherited by the game’s other serial winners including Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger – to withstand reluctance when it comes to banishing a particular set to players they do not wish to work with.

Opinion: Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola share a ruthless approach to man-management

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For all the fuss over differences between their footballing ideologies, style of play, tactical implementations and self-illustration, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola share an inimitable facet of ruthless man-management.

Its the pair’s unyielding nature – also inherited by the game’s other serial winners including Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger – to withstand reluctance when it comes to banishing a particular set to players they do not wish to work with.

Barcelona confirm agreement for goalkeeper's transfer to Manchester City

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Barcelona have announced that an agreement has been reached with Manchester City for the transfer of Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

Following weeks of speculation, Bravo is now expected to sign a four-year contract with Man City, who will reportedly pay £17 million to acquire the Chilean stopper’s services.

Barcelona confirm ‘agreement’ with Manchester City for Bravo

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona have confirmed Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo will join Manchester City as soon as the Spanish champions sign a replacement for him.

"We have an agreement in principle with Manchester City for Claudio Bravo. We are waiting for events this week. We will open the door for Claudio when we sign another goalkeeper," sporting director Robert Fernandez said after the 6-2 win over Real Betis on Saturday at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona confirm ‘agreement’ with Manchester City for Bravo

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona have confirmed Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo will join Manchester City as soon as the Spanish champions sign a replacement for him.

"We have an agreement in principle with Manchester City for Claudio Bravo. We are waiting for events this week. We will open the door for Claudio when we sign another goalkeeper," sporting director Robert Fernandez said after the 6-2 win over Real Betis on Saturday at the Camp Nou.

La Liga 2016/17 season preview: Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid gear up for battle

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Another La Liga campaign gets underway this weekend with the top 20 clubs in Spanish football all looking to take the first step towards a memorable season. Over the last few years the El Clásico duo...

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La Liga 2016-17 – Will it be Barcelona, Real Madrid or Atletico that wins the title?

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The highly anticipated new La Liga season is set to start this weekend and again it will most likely be a battle between three main teams to take the title in 2016-17.

Read more: How to watch La Liga matches live online.

El Clasico superpowers Barcelona and Real Madrid remain two of the world’s biggest clubs and challenge for major silverware on a perennial basis.

Transfer Roundup: Liverpool agree fee for attacker; Barcelona bid for Dutchman; Man Utd in talks for Spaniard

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With just under two weeks remaining in the transfer window, clubs around Europe are busy strengthening their squad and getting rid of their fringe players.

Here at Soccerlens, we bring you some of the latest stories from the Premier League as well as other European leagues in our transfer roundup column.

Andre Gomes, Ganso, Gaitan: 10 La Liga summer transfers to get excited about for 2016/17

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England's Premier League is the place to go foroutrageous spending this summer.Manchester United securedPaul Pogba's world record transfer and mid-table players are changing hands for...

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With The Spanish Super Cup In The Bag, Luis Enrique Has Now Won Every Trophy There Is To Win As Barcelona Coach

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His side'sthumping of Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup last night saw Luis Enrique become only the third Barcelona coach of the modern era (i.e, post 1955) to complete a grand slam of available silverware.

Arda Turan scored twice and Lionel Messi once as Barca won3-0 on the night to complete a 5-0 aggregate rout, thus landing Enrique the only trophy missing from his collection having lost out (heavily) to Athletic Bilbao in the Super Cup last season.

La Liga Lens: Barcelona in advanced negotiation for €80m striker, Latest Real Madrid transfer news

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Barcelona want Valencia skipper Paco Alcacer to be their fourth striker, and the Catalan giants are hoping to secure a deal for the Spaniard before the end of the transfer window.

Alcacer has a reported 80m release clause (per Marca), but Barcelona are hoping to sign him on a cut-price deal, thought to be around 30m.

From Kaka to Paul Pogba: The top 10 most expensive football transfers of all time

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The summer's longest running transfer saga has finally cometo an end as, for the first time since 1996, a British club has brokenthe world transfer record. Manchester United have paid...

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FC BARCELONA SHIRT NUMBER SEASON 2016 - 2017

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Euro 2016 Transfers: Bartosz Kapustka and 23 players whose Euro form put them in the shop window

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Euro 2016 may be done and dusted but it's not quite forgotten. Despite the lack of classic matches the Euros had its fair share of excellent team and individual performances, and those quality...

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Suarez and Messi lead Barcelona past Leicester

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Solna (Sweden) (AFP) Barcelona thumped English Premier League champions Leicester City 4-2 in a pre-season friendly in Sweden on Wednesday but Claudio Ranieri's side were given hope by a second-half brace from new boy Ahmed Musa.

Lionel Messi's sumptuous pass set up the first of Munir El Haddadi's two first-half goals while Luis Suarez netted in between as the Spanish champions exposed the Foxes' defence.

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Liverpool and Chelsea players in Brazil squad for Ecuador and Colombia matches September 2016

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Tite has announced his first squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador on 1st September and Colombia six days later.
Seven of the squad that won the Olympic gold at the weekend have been called up (Neymar, Renato Augusto, Weverton, Rodrigo Caio, Marquinhos, Gabigol Barbosa and Gabriel Jesus).

Can Gabriel Jesus and Neymar lead Brazil to gold vs Germany? Olympic final 20 August 2016

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Brazil will battle Germany for the Olympic gold on Saturday in the Maracanã. After a slow start, the South Americans have strung together convincing wins over Denmark, Colombia and Honduras to reach the final. Rogério Micale has yet to reveal his eleven starters. Germany are the competition's top scorers with 21 goals.

Manchester City set to sign Barcelona goalkeeper; Joe Hart poised to leave

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Manchester City and Barcelona have reached an agreement for the transfer of Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo for a £17 million transfer fee, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

The 33-year-old has already agreed personal terms with Man City and is expected to sign a four-year contract with the Premier League giants.

Football Interviews

From Argentina: Lionel Messi reverses decision to retire from international football

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Argentine star striker Lionel Messi has reversed his decision to retire from international football for the ‘love’ of his country.

The 29-year-old announced his shocking retirement from international football in the wake of Argentina’s defeat in the final of Copa America in June. Despite participating in four major finals with his country, the Barcelona star man has failed to win a single international trophy.

Lionel Messi to hold talks over his international future with Argentina

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Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza has traveled to Spain to hold talks with Lionel Messi in his bid to persuade the star striker to come out of retirement from international football, the Guardian report.

Messi announced his shocking retirement from international football in the wake of Argentina’s defeat in the grand final of Copa America in June.

From Argentina: 'Lionel Messi will return to play in international football'

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President of Argentina Mauricio Macari has claimed that the country’s star footballer Lionel Messi will return to play on international level to lead the national team for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

Messi announced his shocking retirement from international football in the wake of Argentina’s defeat in the grand final of Copa America in June.

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3 to See: AC Milan, Barcelona and a tasty Rotterdam derby

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With a whole weekend of football stretched out in front of you (a long weekend if you're in the UK), it might be hard to work out the games that matter. Don't worry we've...

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Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Olympic soccer takes centerstage for a pair of semifinals, while the Spanish Super Cup and UEFA Champions League qualifiers return on Wednesday afternoon.

Neymar and Brazil look to continue their pursuit of a gold medal on Wednesday in a semifinal clash with Honduras with a bit of added pressure following the Brazil's loss to Sweden in Tuesday's women's semifinal.

Real Madrid line up move to sign former Barcelona midfielder

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Real Madrid are lining up a move for Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas after Antonio Conte omitted the Spain International in Blues’ opening Premier League fixture against West Ham on Monday night.

Fabregas, who was left as an unused substitute for the entire match as Chelsea defeated their London-rivals by 2-1, is reportedly up for sale as Conte continues to rebuild the Blues’ squad.

SEVILLA 0 FC BARCELONA 2 | 1º LEG SPANISH SUPER CUP RESULT

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Leicester City: Ahmed Musa Roasts Barcelona Defence To Score Consolatory Corker In Friendly Defeat (Video)

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After taking onthe likes of Lincoln City, Mansfield Town and Birmingham City last summer, Leicester City have found themselves mixing in altogether loftier circles this time round, with participation in the International Champions Cup affording theFoxes bigpre-season ties against Celtic, PSG and Barcelona.