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Matuidi completes move from PSG to Juventus

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Paris (AFP) – France midfielder Blaise Matuidi has completed a move to Juventus from Paris Saint-Germain, the two clubs confirmed on Friday, ending a successful six-year stint in the French capital.

Matuidi, 30, has signed a three-year deal in Turin with the Italian club saying they had paid 20 million euros ($23.

Matuidi completes move from PSG to Juventus

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Paris (AFP) – France midfielder Blaise Matuidi has completed a move to Juventus from Paris Saint-Germain, the two clubs confirmed on Friday, ending a successful six-year stint in the French capital.

Matuidi, 30, has signed a three-year deal in Turin with the Italian club saying they had paid 20 million euros ($23.

Sneijder hoping Nice success will lead to World Cup

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Nice (France) (AFP) – Veteran Wesley Sneijder is dreaming of playing in a fourth World Cup next summer and believes a good season with Nice can help him achieve that aim.

The 33-year-old, the most capped player in the Netherlands’ history with 131 national team appearances, was the latest marquee signing to join the Cote d’Azur outfit when he put pen to paper on Monday.

Neymar parties in Saint-Tropez after record move

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Ramatuelle (France) (AFP) – Brazilian superstar Neymar partied alongside the jetset in France’s upmarket resort of Saint-Tropez on Monday ahead of his highly-anticipated debut for Paris Saint-Germain, an AFP photographer said.

The 25-year-old, who moved from Barcelona to Paris in a world record deal last week, was spotted on the beach in the glitzy French Riviera resort favoured by the rich and famous.

Neymar parties in Saint-Tropez after record move

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Ramatuelle (France) (AFP) – Brazilian superstar Neymar partied alongside the jetset in France’s upmarket resort of Saint-Tropez on Monday ahead of his highly-anticipated debut for Paris Saint-Germain, an AFP photographer said.

The 25-year-old, who moved from Barcelona to Paris in a world record deal last week, was spotted on the beach in the glitzy French Riviera resort favoured by the rich and famous.

Sneijder agrees ‘in principle’ to join Nice

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Nice (France) (AFP) – Champions League winner Wesley Sneijder is on the brink of becoming the latest star name to sign for ambitious Ligue 1 outfit Nice after the two parties reached an “agreement in principle” on Sunday.

Unfashionable Nice have made a habit of signing top class talent over the last few seasons, with France international Hatem Ben Arfa, Italian striker Mario Balotelli, Brazilian centre-back Dante and Morocco playmaker Younes Belhanda all joining over the past two years.

Sneijder agrees ‘in principle’ to join Nice

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Nice (France) (AFP) – Champions League winner Wesley Sneijder is on the brink of becoming the latest star name to sign for ambitious Ligue 1 outfit Nice after the two parties reached an “agreement in principle” on Sunday.

Unfashionable Nice have made a habit of signing top class talent over the last few seasons, with France international Hatem Ben Arfa, Italian striker Mario Balotelli, Brazilian centre-back Dante and Morocco playmaker Younes Belhanda all joining over the past two years.

Sneijder arrives in Nice ahead of Ligue 1 move

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Nice (France) (AFP) – Champions League winner Wesley Sneijder is on the brink of becoming the latest star name to sign for ambitious Ligue 1 outfit Nice after arriving at the city’s airport on Sunday.

Unfashionable Nice have made a habit of signing top class talent over the last few seasons, with France international Hatem Ben Arfa, Italian striker Mario Balotelli, Brazilian centre-back Dante and Morocco playmaker Younes Belhanda all joining over the past two years.

Bielsa thumps Ranieri on pair’s return to Ligue 1

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Paris (AFP) – Marcelo Bielsa inflicted a punishing blow on Claudio Ranieiri in the battle of big-name coaches as Lille opened their Ligue 1 campaign with a 3-0 win over Nantes on Sunday.

Second half goals from Paraguayan Junior Alonso, Nicolas de Preville and Dutch-Moroccan Anwar El Ghazi earned Bielsa a winning return to France two years after walking out of Marseille following the opening game of the 2015/16 season.

Bielsa thumps Ranieri on pair’s return to Ligue 1

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Paris (AFP) – Marcelo Bielsa inflicted a punishing blow on Claudio Ranieiri in the battle of big-name coaches as Lille opened their Ligue 1 campaign with a 3-0 win over Nantes on Sunday.

Second half goals from Paraguayan Junior Alonso, Nicolas de Preville and Dutch-Moroccan Anwar El Ghazi earned Bielsa a winning return to France two years after walking out of Marseille following the opening game of the 2015/16 season.

Denmark stun Germany, England beat France for first time in 43 years in Euro

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Tilburg (Netherlands) (AFP) – Germany’s hopes of a seventh successive European women’s title were shattered on Sunday when second-half headers by Nadia Nadim and Theresa Nielsen gave Denmark a shock 2-1 victory in the quarter-finals in Rotterdam.

In Thursday’s semi-finals, Denmark will face newcomers Austria who beat Spain 5-3 on penalties following a goalless draw in Tilburg.

Denmark stun Germany, England beat France for first time in 43 years in Euro

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Tilburg (Netherlands) (AFP) – Germany’s hopes of a seventh successive European women’s title were shattered on Sunday when second-half headers by Nadia Nadim and Theresa Nielsen gave Denmark a shock 2-1 victory in the quarter-finals in Rotterdam.

In Thursday’s semi-finals, Denmark will face newcomers Austria who beat Spain 5-3 on penalties following a goalless draw in Tilburg.

Confident England face France at women’s Euro

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Doetinchem (Netherlands) (AFP) – A confident England will seek to extend their perfect record at the women’s Euro against France while Spain will take on newcomers Austria on the second day of quarter-finals on Sunday.

“We go into the game on a great run of form,” said England coach Mark Sampson, whose side thrashed Scotland 6-0, sank Spain 2-0 in a rain-drenched game, and edged Portugal 2-1 with a reserve team in the group phase.

Confident England face France at women’s Euro

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Doetinchem (Netherlands) (AFP) – A confident England will seek to extend their perfect record at the women’s Euro against France while Spain will take on newcomers Austria on the second day of quarter-finals on Sunday.

“We go into the game on a great run of form,” said England coach Mark Sampson, whose side thrashed Scotland 6-0, sank Spain 2-0 in a rain-drenched game, and edged Portugal 2-1 with a reserve team in the group phase.

France goalkeeper Mandanda returns to Marseille

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Marseille (AFP) – French international goalkeeper Steve Mandanda has returned to former club Marseille from English Premier League outfit Crystal Palace on a three-year deal, the Ligue 1 side announced on Tuesday.

Mandanda, 32, starred for Marseille for nine seasons and helped them win the French title in 2010.

Transfer News and Gossip

Chelsea pull out of Grzegorz Krychowiak signing

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Chelsea have pulled out of a deal to sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, according to French newspaper L'Equipe. The...

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Pape Cheikh Diop: Spurs outbid for Celta Vigo starlet

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Tottenham Hotspur have been trumped in the bidding for Celta Vigo youngster Pape Cheikh Diop, according to the Daily Mail. French side Lyon have...

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Arsenal give up on Thomas Lemar deal

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Arsenal have accepted defeat in their pursuit of Monaco winger Thomas Lemar, according to the Daily Mail. The Gunners have all but given up on being...

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Serge Aurier agrees five-year contract with Man Utd

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Paris Saint-Germain right-back Serge Aurier has agreed a five-year contract with Manchester United, according to Goal's PSG correspondent Loic...

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Paris Saint-Germain set to bid £80m for Alexis Sanchez

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Big-spending Paris Saint-Germain are ready to launch an £80m bid for Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, according to The Independent. Fresh from their...

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Chelsea and Man Utd go head-to-head for Serge Aurier

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Chelsea and Manchester United are both set to make bids for Paris Saint-Germain right-back Serge Aurier, according to the Daily Mail. After Jose...

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Arsenal and Liverpool battling to sign Thomas Lemar

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Monaco winger Thomas Lemar is a transfer target for four clubs, according to the Sunday Mirror. Long-term suitors Arsenal have been joined in their...

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Monaco prepare £45m bid for Alexis Sanchez

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Monaco are readying a £45m bid for Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez, according to The Sun. The Chile international, aged 28, is into the final 12 months...

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Kylian Mbappe decides to leave Monaco, Man City linked

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Manchester City are in the running to sign French starlet Kylian Mbappe after he decided to leave Monaco, according to L'Equipe. The highly...

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Arsenal considering bid for Jean Michael Seri

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Arsenal are weighing up a bid for Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, according to ESPN. Sources close to the Gunners have reportedly briefed that...

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Man Utd agree £27m signing of Spurs target

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Manchester United have agreed to sign Paris Saint-Germain right-back Serge Aurier, according to the Daily Mirror. But the Red Devils are waiting to...

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Serge Aurier: Spurs biding time over transfer

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Tottenham Hotspur are keeping their power dry over a deal to sign Paris Saint-Germain right-back Serge Aurier, according to Le Parisien. The north...

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Arsenal set to offload fringe players to fund club record bid for Thomas Lemar

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Arsenal are hoping to sell several fringe players to part-fund a club record deal for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar, according to the Daily Mail. The...

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Video: Kylian Mbappe teases Arsenal fans

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Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe has teased Arsenal fans who are hoping the wonderkid will join their club this summer. The Gunners are reportedly vying...

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Tiemoue Bakayoko posts a photo from Chelsea’s Cobham training ground

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Chelsea's signing of Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko will be done soon, according to the man himself. The France international, aged 22,...

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Arsenal make world record bid for striker

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Arsenal have lodged a world record bid of £123m for Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe, according to Spanish newspaper Marca. The Gunners have offered more...

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Chelsea agree £40m deal for Tiemoue Bakayoko, player due for medical

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Chelsea have agreed a €45m (£40m) deal with Monaco for midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, according to French broadcaster RMC. The Blues, who have long...

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Neymar

Before Neymar: Five players who played for Barcelona and PSG

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The transfer of Neymar from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record fee has reverberated around the globe. There were also rumours that Italian midfielder Marco Veratti could go the other...

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Neymar, Tielemans, Dani Alves… 10 Ligue 1 summer transfers to get excited about in 2017/18

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With the 2017/18 Ligue 1 season kicking off in France, what were the major deals of the summer you need to know about? Here are 10 Ligue 1 summer transfers we're most excited about ...

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Neymar Expected To Have PSG Medical On Tuesday

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Brazil star Neymar will not head to Doha for a medical before completing a £196m transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain but is instead likely to arrive in the French capital on Tuesday, according to reports in France.

Le Parisien reported on Monday that 'everything suggests' Neymar will return to France from China, where he is visiting for promotional events, instead of heading to to the middle east where PSG's owners, Qatar Sports Investments, are based.

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Marcus Rashford congratulates Neymar on his PSG transfer

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Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford has taken to Twitter to congratulate Neymar on his world record transfer from Barcelona to Paris...

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Photos: Tiemoue Bakayoko poses in a Chelsea shirt

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France international Tiemoue Bakayoko has posed in a Chelsea shirt for the first time after completing his transfer from Monaco. Sporting his usual...

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Arsenal

Thomas Lemar hoping to be an Arsenal player by this weekend

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Arsenal are closing in on the £45m signing of Monaco starlet Thomas Lemar. The Gunners have been strongly linked with the 21-year-old winger all...

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Man City accused of tapping up Kylian Mbappe, Arsenal in the clear

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Manchester City are one of four clubs threatened with being reported to FIFA by Monaco for allegedly tapping up their striker Kylian Mbappe. The...

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The Rest

On This Day in Football: Zidane’s debut, Liverpool’s Icelandic utopia

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23 Years to this day, Zinedine Zidane made his debut for the French national team.

The then 22 year-old was already turning heads in Ligue 1 with his performances for Bordeaux but despite being a regular for both club and the French Under-21 side, Zidane failed to earn a senior cap.