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Real Madrid

Top five most promising youngsters in Europe

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1. Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) If you hadn't heard of Raphael Varane before the double El Clasico and the Champions League tie against Manchester United then no doubt you seriously took note of his performance. Aged just 19, he looks so incredibly comfortable yet so unbelievably reassuring in defence at one of the greatest clubs [.

Ronaldo: Neymar Has Too Much Talent To Stay In Brazil

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So as Messi basks in the glory of winning a third straight FIFA world player of the year title, attention continues to be centred on the players who missed out.

One such Player is Neymar. According to Brazilian legend Ronaldo, Neymar not only has the potential to win the Ballon d'Or, but he can become better than Messi.

What Now For Sergio Asenjo?

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It might have been over ten years since Atletico Madrid beat Real Madrid and more than fifteen since the same club won the league title, but few can remember the last time los Rojiblancos had a goalkeeping crisis a good one that is. While attacking talent is usually found in abundance at the Vicente Calderon, security between the sticks is something that the club has struggled to find for a long time.

Arsenal

Transfer rumour suggests Arsenal set to sign young Crewe striker

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Crewe Alexandra has long held a reputation for producing lots of talented young players through their academy, and Arsenal could be about to sign the latest hot prospect, striker Max Clayton.

Pat Rice, in his new role as scout for the Gunners, has been watching the 18-year old recently in his league games against Portsmouth and Walsall.

Arsenal’s Best Winger Combination Next Season?

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What is Arsenal's best winger combination? by KJ Arsenal's wingers have flourished this season especially Wenger's newest hot prospect, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. However, what would be Arsenal's best winger combination for next season? The shoe-in for everyone must be the 18 year old Englishman that I mentioned earlier.

Transfer deadline: The hype, deadends, and the surprising finishes

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Arsenal have signed this guy to partner RVP. Alive and kicking?

If you are an Arsenal fan, your level of excitement should be deader than a dodo.

Wayne Bridge goes to Sunderland and Arsenal can heave a sigh of relief. Ravel Morrison, the Man Utd teenager with a self destructive streak but the skills of a young Paul Scholes, goes to West Ham.

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Andre Villas-Boas was turned down by Burnley as they didn’t understand his job application

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Before he touchline-crouched his way to domestic and European success with Porto — and even longer before he flexed his knees on the side of the pitch at Stamford Bridge — Andre Villas-Boas was lined up to make his Premiership managerial debut in Lancashire.

In his upcoming autobiography, Burnley chief executive Paul Fletcher reveals that the current Tottenham manager was interviewed for the vacant position at Turf Moor when Owen Coyle departed in 2010.

Andre Villas-Boas Almost Got The Burnley Job in 2010, Jargon-Filled CV Blew His Chances

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By Alan Duffy

It all could have been so different for Andre Villas-Boas. Instead of walking a path which took in Euro-success with Porto, lack-of-success with Chelsea and not-sure-yet-if-he'll-have-any-success with Tottenham, the Portuguese tactician could have been the main man at none other than Burnley FC.

English Premier League

Welcome to Liverpool, Rodgers – it’s Top Four or the Door

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Welcome to Liverpool, Rodgers – it's Top Four or the Door - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Top four may not be a divine right for any club in the premier league given the competition has increased immensely over the past few years. Still the Manchester clubs remain clear favorites, Blue side with their versatile squad plus cash and Red side with their stability.

Liverpool Enter Race To Sign Swiss Youngster

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Liverpool have entered the race to sign Switzerland youngster Fabian Frei, but face competition from a host of European clubs such as Juventus and Schalke as interest intensifies.
Considered by many pundits as a hot prospect, Frei has established himself as full international since his step up from the Under-21 squad in the summer and remains an integral part of Basel's squad though Swiss media are suggesting that his seven year stay at the Swiss Super League champions could be coming to an end if the interest from Liverpool is genuine which its believed is.

Gunners set to resume defender chase

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted his admiration for Bolton center-back Gary Cahill and has refused to play down talk of chasing the defender's signature again in January.

The Gunners were linked with Cahill's services throughout the summer but Wenger reportedly submitted an official bid less than half of Bolton's valuation, which subsequently led to a public bust-up with Trotters boss Owen Coyle.

Jordan Henderson Becoming a Primary Target for Liverpool Manager Kenny Dalglish

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Clive Mason/Getty Images(Bleacher Report) Sunderland's 20-year old midfielder Jordan Henderson is becoming a hot prospect for the Reds in recent weeks. With a high transfer fee estimated at around £20 million it is expected that it may fall through.

However, this also has just as high of a possibility of going through because of his age and the new youth injection policy of Fenway Sports Group.

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

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With two hours to go until the transfer window closes again, the world's football media are focusing their attention on Liverpool. It is looking likely that the Anfield side will have former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll in their ranks to team up with Luis Suarez in their frontline at the end of today.

West Ham Make Record Breaking £16m Brazilian Starlet Bid: Hammers Linked With Outrageous Neymar Move

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How much! Upton Park side ready to break the bank for teenager?

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West Ham have made a £16million offer for Santos wonderkid Neymar.

Tottenham Set to Bid £8m for ‘The New Wayne Rooney’: Redknapp Wants Ipswich Youngster Wickham

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White Hart Lane boss closes in on Championship starlet.

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TOTTENHAM are ready to make another move for prodigious Ipswich teenager Connor Wickham, an English striker who is already being dubbed the new Wayne Rooney.

Tottenham Boss Eyes Up £8m Italian International: Redknapp Wants Bari Centre Back Bonucci

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Redknapp lines up move for highly rated Italian defender.

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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is rumoured to be interested in Italian international Leonardo Bonucci who he wishes to bring in to strengthen his White Hart Lane defence.

Manchester United Line Up £14m Vidic Replacement as Real Madrid Close In On Old Trafford Centre Back

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Old Trafford boss makes back up plans in case Nemanja opts for Bernabeu move.

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JOSE MOURINHO is closing in on a £30million move to sign Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic.

Reds Urged To Up Wilson Bid

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Rangers are waiting for Liverpool to make an improved bid for highly-rated teenager Danny Wilson after they rejected a £2million offer from the Reds.

The Scottish champions confirmed the Anfield club was interested in signing the 18-year-old around two months ago.

Gers manager Walter Smith has revealed the club has recently turned down an offer for the promising youngster.

Tottenham Set Sights on French Under 21 Captain Mamadou Sakho

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White Hart Lane boss looks to bring in hot prospect to allay injury concerns.

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Harry Redknapp has set his sights on highly rated French Under 21 captain Mamadou Sakho and is hoping to sign the Marseille man this summer.

Where will Chris Smalling fit in?

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United purchased for around seven million pound a new raw defender in form of Fulham's hot prospect Chris Smalling. The young centre half was spotted at non-league Maidstone and made the switch to Craven Cottage representing excellent sell on value for money. There was speculation at the time that this could be in preparation for United to lose Vidic.

Manchester United Flop Foster Set to Complete £6m Move to Birmingham City

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Old Trafford flop on his way to St Andrews?

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Birmingham have agreed a £6million deal with Manchester United for goalkeeper Ben Foster.

The two clubs held talks over the weekend and have struck a deal for the 27-year-old with a basic £4million being paid up front and the rest added according to performances and international caps.

Liverpool

Update: Ojo Signs for Pool

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Wait, what???

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Well color me surprised. It seemed that this bit of business was all done and dusted last month. Now comes the revaluation that Seyi Ojo has, in fact, agreed a deal to join Liverpool. The 14-year old deemed that his future would be better served on Merseyside, hence the change of heart.

Hansen Set for Bradford Loan Deal

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Hansen Set for Bradford Loan Deal

Liverpool goalkeeper Martin Hansen is set for a loan move to Bradford, according to Sky Sports. The young stopper is currently behind Pepe Reina, Alexander Doni and Brad Jones in the pecking order, and will drop down three divisions in the pursuit of first team football.

Connor Wickham Is For Sale To Liverpool Or Spurs, Says Paul Jewell

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Ipswich boss Paul Jewell appears to have resigned himself to losing hot prospect Connor Wickham to either Spurs or Liverpool in the summer.
Tottenham and Liverpool are reportedly leading the race for the £15 million-rated striker, who turned 18 on Thursday.
Jewell said: 'I am hopeful he will stay but, let's be honest, we are all at the mercy of the big clubs.

Boudebouz In No Hurry

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Ryad Boudebouz is happy to bide his time at Sochaux and wait for the right move to come along.
The Algeria international is attracting mounting interest, with his potential recognized across Europe.
At just 20 years of age he is regarded as a hot prospect for the future and the likes of Liverpool, Paris St Germain, Marseille and Lyon are all reported to be monitoring his situation.

Liverpool Offer Inter Milan Ryan Babel And Dirk Kuyt For Davide Santon

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Liverpool are in talks with Inter Milan over young right back Davide Santon.
And according to itasportpress, after an initial €10 million bid was rejected by Inter, Liverpool has now offered to throw in Ryan Babel and Dirk Kuyt as part of the deal.
19-year-old Santon is a multi-skilled full-back, who can also play on both flanks or in central midfield.

Benitez Aims To Land ‘Best of British’

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Benitez promised Liverpool will continue to pursue a "Best of British" transfer policy whenever possible this summer as they begin the task of rebuilding.

The Reds swooped to sign hot prospect Jonjo Shelvey – who has played for England at a number of youth levels – last month from Charlton Athletic in a £1.

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Revolutions, radical change and a sense of foreboding: why French imports come with a warning label for Newcastle United fans

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Revolutions, radical change and a sense of foreboding: why French imports come with a warning label for Newcastle United fans - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In the Age of Enlightenment, a European nation overcame financial crises and numerous regime changes to briefly flourish on the big stage for a few years.

Under-21 Euro 2011: Players To Watch

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Under-21 Euro 2011: Players To Watch - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With no senior tournament for Europe this summer, it is the chance for the next generation to shine. Here are eleven youngsters hoping to catch the eye at the forth coming 2011 Under 21 European Championships in Denmark.

The Rest

Hamid overcomes adversity to shine in goal for D.C. United

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It has been a roller coaster 2012 for young D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid.

He started it by earning his first U.S. national team cap, and was subsequently named by no less than Jurgen Klinsmann as the No. 2 goalkeeper in the U.S. national team pool. He was starting on the U.

The lowdown on Dan Potts

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While die-hard U.S. men's national team fans probably already have the lowdown on young West Ham United defender Dan Potts, the reaction to some tweets about the 17-year-old left back suggests that not everybody is aware of the story behind the latest promising foreign-born prospect eligible to play for the United States.

Dasan Robinson - The new Rick Titus

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That means you Ty HardenThe seemingly never-ending transfer/ roster freeze/ trade/ beaver pelt barter system that is MLS player transactions finally came to a close today... we think. Either way, it gave Toronto FC a chance to do one last little piece of business - a seemingly straightforward defender-for-defender swap which sees Dasan Robinson, who was apparently a member of TFC, go to Los Angeles Galaxy for Kyle Davies.

Good Player Guide #16 – Granit Xhaka

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Granit Xhaka
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Granit Xhaka's mother was confident, but not even she could expect to be proven right so quickly. "Granit will play for Switzerland in the future," she told the Swiss media back in 2009.

Golazo: Mauro Zárate vs Belgrano 2007

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In 2007 Vélez Sársfield striker Mauro Zárate was a hot prospect. He was the joint top scorer in the Argentine league in Apertura 2006 at the age of 19 and he started 2007 with this magnificent goal in a pre-season 3-0 win against Belgrano, his other goal in the game was also pretty good. Within 6 months Qatari side Al-Sadd made him an offer he couldn't refuse, enough money to set himand his

Mid-Day Ticker: Man City targets Torres, MLS lands Salgado and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The list of star players linked with Manchester City continues to grow.

Fernando Torres has become the latest Manchester City target, with manager Roberto Mancini claiming the club is interested in signing the Spanish striker as long as Manchester City can afford a deal and if Torres wants to leave Liverpool.