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Mahrez too good for Leicester, says Danny Murphy

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Match of the Day pundit Danny Murphy believes that Riyad Mahrez is too good to be playing for Leicester City.

Mahrez has been linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium all summer, with Seria A giants AS Roma strongly linked with the player in recent weeks.

Speaking after Leicester’s 2-0 win over Brighton on Saturday, Murphy claimed that the Algeria international deserves to play with better players around him.

Sanchez rejected Barca before joining Spurs

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New Tottenham Hotspur signing Davinson Sanchez rejected an offer from FC Barcelona before agreeing terms with Spurs, according to reports in Spain.

Tottenham will pay a club record fee believed to be in the region of £40 million to sign the 21-year-old centre-back from Ajax, and it is understood that Barcelona were in the hunt for Sanchez until the very last minute.

Bournemouth boss at a loss for words after Watford defeat

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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says he cannot put a finger on why his side lost at home against Watford on Sunday.

The Cherries were humbled 2-0 at Dean Court thanks to goals from Richarlison and second half substitute Etienne Capoue. This was Bournemouth’s second defeat on the trot after last week’s 1-0 loss against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.

Jonathan Walters brands Arsenal as ‘worst sore losers’

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Former Stoke City player Jonathan Walters has labelled Arsenal as the ‘worst sore losers’ ahead of Saturday’s Premier League fixture between the two sides.

Walters signed for Burnley this summer after seven years at the Britannia Stadium. The Clarets shocked the footballing world on opening weekend of the new league campaign by beating Chelsea 3-2 at Stamford Bridge.

Leicester defender offered contract by Turkish club

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Leicester City centre-back Yohan Benalouane has been offered a three-year contract by Turkish Super Lig club Osmanlispor, as per reports in France.

Born in France, Benalouane represented the country at youth level before switching his allegiance to Tunisia. Now according to French daily L’Equipe, Osmanlispor have offered the 30-year-old a contract but have not yet made a bid for Leicester to accept.

Chelsea youngster heaps praise on Mourinho

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Young Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has paid tribute to former manager Jose Mourinho for helping him develop as a footballer.

Abraham spent last season on loan at Championship club Bristol City where he scored an incredible 26 goals in all competitions. The 19-year-old has been sent out on loan again this season by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.

Newcastle enter race to sign Napoli goalkeeper

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Newcastle United are interested in signing Napoli’s Brazilian keeper Rafael Cabral, according to reports in Italy.

The 27-year-old has been in Naples since 2013 but has spent most of his time as a backup to the club’s chief custodian, Pepe Reina. Now Magpies boss Rafael Benitez wants to bring the former Santos keeper to Tyneside before the transfer window shuts down in a fortnight’s time.

Newcastle’s Joselu hopes to hit the ground running

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Newcastle United’s new summer signing Joselu believes the Spanish influence at the club will help him make a strong start at the club.

The former Real Madrid man signed a three-year deal with the Magpies for a fee believed to be £5 million. The 27-year-old claims he can get the goals for manager Rafael Benitez, who he cites as the principal reason why he decided to come to Tyneside.

Coutinho “perfect” for Barca, says former Liverpool coach

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Phillippe Coutinho would be a “perfect” signing for Barcelona, says former Liverpool assistant manager Pako Ayestaran.

Ayestaran who was in the Reds’ coaching staff under Rafael Benitez from 2004 to 2007, claims Coutinho would add stability and control to Barcelona’s midfield.

Scottish superstar could leave Leipzig this summer

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Scotland international Oliver Burke could leave Bundesliga club RB Leipzig this summer, reports the Daily Record.

Burke was signed by Leipzig from Nottingham Forest in 2016 in a move that surprised many. Although the 20-year-old played a few games since his 13 million move from Forest, he failed to hold down a regular place in the club’s starting XI.

Brighton trio sign contract extensions

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Brighton and Hove Albion’s Lewis Dunk, Shane Duffy and Anthony Knockaert have all signed new contracts, the club has confirmed.

Centre-back Dunk and winger Knockaert have signed five-year extensions while Duffy has extended his stay with the Seagulls by four years.

“Lewis, Shane and Anthony were key members of our promotion-winning side last season, and I fully expect them to be important members of the team once again this season,” said manager Chris Hughton.

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.

Stoke City target Belgian centre-back to boost defence

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Stoke City are interested in signing Club Brugge centre-back Bjorn Engels, according to reports in Belgium.

Engels stands at a towering 6ft 4in and was previously reported to be attracting interest from Arsenal and Everton. The 22-year-old has already played two games for Brugge this season in the Jupiler Pro League.

Watford goalkeeper returns to Romania

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Watford FC’s Lithuanian goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis has moved back to Romania, confirm several sources in the country.

Arlauskis is believed to have joined Liga 1 club CFR Cluj on a free transfer. The 29-year-old was well below the pecking order in at Watford with both Heurelho Gomes and Costel Pantilimon preferred ahead of him.

Fulham set to sign Liverpool youngster

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Fulham are on the brink of signing Liverpool youngster Sheyi Ojo, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The 20-year-old winger was sought after by a number of clubs in the Championship including Aston Villa, Derby County and Middlesborough but it seems that Fulham have won the race to secure his services.

Hull City reject improved offer from Burnley for Clucas

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Hull City have rejected another bid for midfielder Sam Clucas from Premier League club Burnley.

Sean Dyche’s side failed with a £5 million offer for Clucas last week but came back with a £10 million bid for the 26-year-old which has also been rejected by the Tigers.

Hull manager Lenoid Slutsky is determined to keep hold of his star midfielder and is believed to be preparing a contract extension for the player to keep him out of Burnley’s clutches.

Huddersfield defender pays tribute to club’s new signings

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Huddersfield Town centre back Christopher Schindler has paid a glowing tribute to the club’s new signings and believes that the new boys have already proved their worth.

The Terriers procured the services of striker Steve Mounie and Schindler’s new centre back partner Mathias Jorgensen from Montpellier and FC Copenhagen, respectively.

Leicester reject fresh bid from Roma for Mahrez

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Leicester City have rejected the latest bid from AS Roma for Riyad Mahrez, according to sources in Italy.

Mahrez has been linked with a move to the Italian capital all summer with Leicester already rejecting an earlier of €37 million for the Algeria international. Roma’s director of football, Ramon Verdejo or Monchi as he is commonly known, is personally involved in the pursuit of Mahrez and came back with another offer of €40 million which has also been thwarted by Leicester.

Brighton receive boost to land Leeds United star

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Premier League newcomers Brighton & Hove Albion are reportedly interested in signing Leeds United striker Chris Wood this summer.

The Seagulls have Glenn Murray and Tomer Hemed in their ranks to lead the line but manager Chris Hughton is looking to add a prolific goal scorer to his attacking arsenal.

Transfer window to shut before the Premier League starts next year

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The English Premier League clubs are discussing the possibility of closing the summer transfer window before the league campaign begins in the 2017/18 season, according to Sky Sports.

Representatives from all 20 Premier League clubs are expected to attend the shareholders’ meeting scheduled in September this year to discuss this proposition and Sky are under the impression that ‘majority’ of clubs are in favour of ending the summer transfer madness before a ball has been kicked in the league.

Inter move in for Man City defender; Perisic to sign new contract

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Inter Milan are reportedly in the market for a new centre back and are hoping to sign either one of Manchester City defenders – Eliaquim Mangala and Jason Denayer.

According to sources in Italy, Inter centre back Jeison Murillo has agreed a deal to join La Liga outfit Valencia but the Nerazzurri are unwilling to let the Colombian go until they find a replacement.

West Ham missed out on new Everton signing, reveals Bilic

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West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has revealed that the club missed out on signing new Everton forward Sandro Ramirez this summer.

The Spanish Under-21 star joined the Merseyside club from Malaga for a reported £5.2million deal in July after Everton triggered his release clause and Bilic believes that The Hammers were in the mix to bring him to London.

Juventus enter race to sign Arsenal midfielder in shock transfer swoop

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Juventus have joined the race to sign Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, according to sources in Italy.

Wilshere remains well below the pecking order at the Emirates with Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny both prefered ahead of the 25-year-old in Arsenal’s midfield.

The report claims that Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri sees Wilshere as a potential backup to midfielder Miralem Pjanic.

Everton star suffers training ground injury

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Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has suffered an injury in training and is waiting to learn the extent of it in what could be another setback for the England international.

The 23-year-old is believed to have pulled up his hamstring and had to be taken off the pitch in the middle of training at Finch Farm this morning.

Tottenham ready to reject any bid from Barcelona for star player

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Tottenham Hotspur are adamant that they would reject any offer from FC Barcelona to prize Christian Eriksen away from the club.

With Andreas Iniesta in the latter stages of his career and Ivan Rakitic struggling for consistency, new Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde is determined to bolster his midfield arsenal with creative signings.

Top 5 contenders for the Premier League Golden Boot next season

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The race for the Golden Boot in the Premier League next season is going to be very enticing indeed. In the running are some old faces and some new. Arsenal and Chelsea have spent big on marksmen overseas, while Manchester United have splashed the cash on a tried and tested goalscorer in England.

All in all, the route to be crowned top scorer is going to be fiercely contested.

Money-Spending United Hunting Reform in New Season

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The inevitable process of rebuilding the giants of Manchester United at the end of the ‘Ferguson era’ may be nearing completion. While it’s been a few years since football fans have heard the cries from commentators, “Manchester United are champions of England again,” the club may be close to having spectators repeat those very words soon.

VIDEO: Chelsea smash Arsenal 3-0 in pre-season friendly

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Chelsea have got their pre-season tour of Asia off to a flyer with a 3-0 thumping of London rivals Arsenal. Willian scored the opener on 40 minutes before two stunning strikes either side of the half from Michy Batshuayi sealed a comprehensive win for Antonio Conte’s men at the Bird’s Nest in Beijing.

£60M Liverpool and Chelsea target set to ask for transfer

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Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk is unhappy at Southampton. According to new manager Mauricio Pellegrino, the Dutchman’s heart is not at the club and has therefore not been taking part in training sessions. According to The Guardian, Soton have made it clear that they will not sell the player, but van Dijk is desperate to play his football elsewhere next season.

Roman Abramovich approves £50M Nemanja Matic transfer

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Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic has inched closer to a move to Manchester United. The Serbian international is set for a reunion with Jose Mourinho, after it was reported by the Telegraph last night that Blues owner Roman Abramovich has given his thumbs-up. United will pay a whopping £50 million to land Matic to Old Trafford.

Chelsea transfer news: Antonio Rudiger to have medical this week

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Chelsea have agreed a £34 million deal to sign Antonio Rudiger from AS Roma, according to Sky Sports. The German will take a medical in Los Angeles this week before being officially announced as a Blues player. The defender could become Chelsea’s first summer signing of the window, ahead of Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alex Sandro.

Manchester United agree £75M deal for Romelu Lukaku

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Manchester United are about to hijack Chelsea’s bid to sign Romelu Lukaku. According to the BBC, the Red Devils have agreed a £75 million fee to land the Belgian to Old Trafford next season. The report states that this is a standalone deal and will not be a swap deal involving Wayne Rooney.

John Terry to be confirmed as an Aston Villa player today

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Chelsea legend John Terry has completed a move to Championship side Aston Villa and will be unveiled by the club today. According to the Telegraph, the Englishman has agreed to sign a one-year deal with the Midlands club.

It is understood that Terry will sign a contract worth £60,000 per week, plus bonuses.

Everton complete Sandro Ramirez signing, Michael Keane to have medical today

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Everton’s spending spree in the transfer window continues. According to Sky Sports, the Toffees have completed the signing of Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez on a five-year deal. The Spaniard will join the Merseyside club for £5.25 million, becoming Everton’s fourth acquisition of the summer after Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaasen and Henry Onyekuru.

Transfer News & Rumours

Fulham set to sign Portuguese fullback from Porto

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Championship side Fulham are on the verge of signing FC Porto left back Rafa Soares, according to reports from Portugal.

The 22-year-old has been at Porto since 2005 and has spent the last two seasons on loan at Academica and Rio Ave. Portuguese daily O Jogo suggest that if negotiations between Fulham and Porto are successful, Soares could travel to England by the end of this week to complete his move to the Championship.

Valencia to make four more signings, confirms manager

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Valencia CF manager Marcelino García Toral is adamant that the club will make four more signings before the transfer window shuts down.

Speaking in a pre-match press conference for Los Che’s game against las Palmas, Toral said he is “absolutely sure” that the club would be bringing in four more players.

Birmingham City interested in Torino midfielder

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English Championship club Birmingham City are reportedly monitoring the situation of Torino midfielder Afriyie Acquah, according to reports in Italy.

The Serie A club have made several changes to their squad this summer. Promising defensive midfielder Marco Benassi joined Fiorentina and was replaced by Tomas Rincon who arrived from local rivals Juventus.

The Rest

On This Day in Football: Birth of Rivera, Brentford elude Death

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One of football’s all time greats Gianni Rivera was born on this day in 1943. Son of a railway worker, Rivera grew up in the Piedmontese town of Alessandria where he began his footballing career with ASD Don Bosco.

There he caught the eye of former AC Milan midfielder Franco Pedroni who then worked as the assistant coach of U.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers hits out at player’s advisors

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that Start Armstrong’s agent and advisors are to blame for the player’s delay in signing a new contract.

Armstrong is represented by Pro-Legal, a firm with close ties to the Scottish Professional Footballers’ Association. Rodgers is under the impression that the player’s advisors have created false rumours about Armstrong wanting to leave the club which consequently has affected his form on the pitch.

2018 host Russia’s 2014 World Cup squad to be investigated by FIFA for doping

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Russia finds itself trapped in a doping scandal in the middle of playing hosts to the Confederation Cup.

The 23-man-squad from the 2014 World Cup is currently being investigated by FIFA over possible drug offences. They are among 34 Russian footballers being investigated by football’s world governing body.