Defensive target to arrive at Arsenal before Aubameyang?

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Arsenal are active in the transfer market this month, as confirmed by Arsene Wenger, but which players are we close to signing, and who do we expect to be confirmed next? If you listen to all the reports and interviews, there is plenty of talk about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but Wenger moved to deny that a [.

Moura urged to join Arsenal? Where would he fit in our side?

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Former Brazilian international defender Alex has urged Lucas Moura to join Arsenal. The midfielder has fallen out of favour with Paris Saint-Germain this season, following the arrivals of megabucks duo Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, and is struggling for game time at present. Moura has to vie with the likes of the above, as we all [.

Could Wenger be tempted to leave Arsenal for £10m a year PSG job?

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Arsene Wenger has jumped to the top of PSG's transfer list apparently. The super rich French club want the Arsenal manager to take over from the current coach Carlo Ancelotti in the summer, apparently, and they are ready to tempt Le Prof with a three year contract worth £30 million.

According to the Sunday Mirror, Ancelotti is aware that he will probably be replaced at the end of the season, even if he wins the French Ligue 1 title.

Lucas Moura

PSG signing Lucas Moura says Leo Messi is ‘like a mirror image’ of him

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Some of the biggest clubs in Europe tried to lure 20-year-old Brazilian sensation Lucas Moura away from Sao Paulo last summer as he was being compared to some of the biggest names in the sport. Comparisons that Lucas Moura, who will join PSG in January for a Fernando Torres level fee, gladly reinforces.

Oscar, David Luiz, and Ramires to start for Brazil x South Africa friendly 8 September 2012

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Brazil take on South Africa in a friendly at the estádio Morumbi on Friday. Just over 64,000 tickets were made available and a good crowd is expected for the holiday Friday.
Since taking charge in August 2012 and has 33 games under his belt, but this is only the fourth time that Menezes has led a side out in Brazil.

Brazil announce squad for South Africa and China friendlies September 2012 includes David Luiz, Oscar, Ramires, Ranieri

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Mano Menezes has named his squad to face South Africa on 7th September in São Paulo and China three days later in Recife.
Goalkeepers: Cássio (Corinthians), Diego Alves (Valencia), Jefferson (Botafogo)
Wingbacks: Adriano (Barcelona), Alex Sandro (Porto), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Marcelo (Real Madrid)
Centrebacks: David Luiz (Chelsea), Dedé (Vasco), Réver (Atlético-MG), Thiago Silva (PSG)
Midfielders: Arouca (Santos), Lucas Moura (São Paulo), Oscar (Chelsea), Paulinho (Corinthians), Ramires (Chelsea), Rômulo (Spartak Moscow), Sandro Ranieri (Tottenham)
Forwards: Hulk (Porto), Jonas (Valencia), Leandro Damião (Internacional), Neymar (Santos)

Paris Saint-Germain Bound Winger Lucas Moura On Brazilian Women & ‘Periguetes’

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When Sao Paulo's Lucas Moura held his recent 20th birthday party at the Carribean Disco Club in Sao Paulo recently, a long line of girls in Body-con dresses and stilettos (it's part of the look, guys!) waited outside the venue to get in. Asked if he enjoyed the attention from the "periguetes" (a Portuguese term referring to girls who frequent nightclubs to look for boyfriends), Lucas said with a laugh : "You need a balance but 'periguetes' don't work (for me)"

According to 'EgO', he added : "There is no match for Brazilian women in this world.

POTD : Paris Saint-Germain’s New Winger Lucas Moura Celebrates With Birthday Cake

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If you've been a diligent Futbolitinha or Futbolitinho, you'd know by now that the Brazilian national team bakes the absolute BEST birthday cakes for their players. A few years ago, the chefs were understandably in 'experimental' mode as the likes of Lucio, Kaka and Elano only received simple fruit cakes for their birthdays!

Sao Paulo’s Lucas Moura Joins PSG After Leonardo The ‘Player Whisperer’ Steps In and Bonus Carnaval Candids!

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So after days of intense talks, Sao Paulo's Lucas Moura spotted looking bored out of his mind at Salvador's Carnaval in February this year is joining the magnifique Paris-Saint Germain project! Indeed, Leonardo's true purpose at the club has finally been revealed.

São Paulo confirm sale of Lucas Moura to PSG

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São Paulo have confirmed that Lucas Moura has joined PSG for a staggering €57 million a new record for a Brazilian joining a European club.


Brazil vs China 2012 Highlights 8-0 Goals Ramires Neymar hat trick Lucas Hulk Jianye Oscar Video Friendly

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Selecao Bootcamp : David Luiz Reunites With Brazil National Team – Plus Dani Alves, Lucas Moura

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David Luiz may have performed poorly against Atletico Madrid in the Super Cup last Friday, but now that he is with his irmãos in the Selecao, he can fully focus on pulling off the best pranks in expense of his teammates. The Chelsea jokester was called up for Brazil's upcoming friendly matches against South Africa (in Sao Paulo) and China (in Recife) on Friday and Monday respectively.

Liverpool Will Need To Act Fast To Land Bologna Star

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Liverpool will have to act fast to secure the signature of Gaston Ramirez as Inter Milan have entered negotiations with the Uruguayan's representatives.
The Anfield side has been linked with a move for Ramirez since the January transfer window, and the 21-year-old has been touted for a move to Merseyside this summer after manager Brendan Rodgers revealed that he wished to add to his squad before the end of the transfer window.

Olympics: Marcelo’s Son Visits Brazil Camp, Plays With Pato and Neymar Ahead Of South Korea Meeting

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The Selecao Bootcamp is back in time for the Olympic semi-final showdown between Brazil and South Korea in Manchester tonight. Oh, haven't you heard? The backdrop happens to be Lucas Moura's new home city!

Manchester United

Salary cap restrictions on the table for the Premiership

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There seems to be for the first time a serious debate on introducing salary cap restrictions a la NFL into the Premiership. This comes on the heels of a strengthened TV deal that would generate £3bn to be shared by all 20 clubs towards player transfers and wages.

The bottom line is that increasing and out of control wage demands have eaten into that pie leaving clubs with less to spend.

Mid-Day Ticker: PSG rule out Ronaldo, Owen signs with Stoke City and more

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Cristiano Ronaldo's reported sadness with his situation at Real Madrid won't be leading to a shock move to Paris this week.

Paris St-Germain sporting director Leonardo ruled out a major swoop for Ronaldo prior to Wednesday's close of France's transfer window. The speculation was sparked by Ronaldo's comments over the weekend that he was unhappy with his professional situation, and big-spending PSG became a likely destination considering what they are capable of spending.

Manchester United Aiming To Beat Liverpool To Mexico Midfielder

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Manchester United is considering a £10million move for Mexico's Olympic star Hector Herrera.
The 22-year-old midfielder was the inspiration behind Mexico's gold medal victory and has been on United's radar for over a year with Liverpool also very keen.
Pachuca sporting director Andres Fassi has announced they had had a fresh approach from United requesting permission to approach the starlet who is nicknamed 'Zorro'.

Agent Says: “Man Utd had agreed Lucas deal”

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Lucas Moura had agreed to sign for Manchester United before Paris Saint-Germain made a late bid, according to his agent.

PSG confirmed this week that Lucas ad become the club's latest acquisition and would make the switch from Sao Paulo in January, leading Sir Alex Ferguson to vent his frustration on Wednesday.

Thursday Kickoff: Arsenal sets Van Persie price, Mourinho says Kaka can leave, and more

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If Manchester United wants Robin Van Persie, they are going to have to pay more than any other team in the running for the Dutch striker's services.

United manager Alex Ferguson revealed on Wednesday that his team had made a bid for Van Persie, but reports suggest Arsenal won't sell Van Persie to Manchester United for less than £25 million, if not more.

Lucas Moura Gone and No Progress On RVP

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Sir Alex Ferguson rarely confirms who are transfer targets are so when he opted to tell the media that we were trying to bring in Lucas Moura from Sao Paulo and Robin van Persie, conspiracy theories started to circulate amongst some United fans. Was he under instructions to make the club look more competitive to help with the IPO?

Man Utd Gazumped By PSG Over €45m Lucas Moura, But Still Keen On RVP

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19-year-old Brazilian attacker Lucas Moura was within touching distance of becoming a Man Utd player when nouveau riche PSG jumped in to gazump the Old Trafford giants courtesy of a whopping €45m bid for the player.

According to Moura's agent, Wagner Ribeiro, a deal had already been agreed for the Sao Paulo youngster to join the Red Devils.

Sir Alex critical of PSG spending

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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has questioned the rationality of Paris St. Germain's massive summer spending, hoping that UEFA's rules bring a halt to the French club's relentless spree.

The latest big name to join PSG is Brazilian starlet Lucas Moura, who cost €45 million in a deal strck with Sao Paulo earlier this week.

PSG Spend €100 million To Sign Lucas Moura

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Paris Saint-Germain have beaten Inter Milan and Manchester United in the race to sign Lucas Moura from Sao Paulo for a reported fee of €45 million.

The Brazilian teenager will move to the Parc des Princes in January because PSG currently has filled all their non-EU positions.

It had seen that Manchester United was going to land the talented Brazilian, but PSG have the deepest pockets in football, and they can outspend anyone.

Lucas Moura Transfer to Paris Saint-Germain Underscores How Soccer Spending Is Unsustainable

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Manchester United lose out on Lucas Moura – but is he really worth £34 million?

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One of the most prolonged transfer sagas of the year finally came to an end today when São Paulo agreed to sell Lucas Moura to Paris St Germain for £34 million (€43 million).
The fee beats that offered by Manchester United just a couple of weeks ago. But the rumours persisted and only last weekend it was being reported that Moura was on his way to complete a medical at Old Trafford.

São Paulo confirm PSG interest in Manchester United target Lucas Moura

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The silence surrounding Paris Saint-Germain and Lucas Moura was finally lifted when Sao Paulo vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes said the club had been approached by the French side. Former Brazil and São Paulo player, Leonardo, is director of football at PSG and in an interview with newspaper Le 10 Sport, Lopes confirmed: "We have been probed by PSG about Lucas .

Lucas Frenzy Out Of Control As PSG Bid €45m For Brazil Reserve

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The bidding frenzy for San Paulo starlet Lucas Moura has taken another crazy turn. Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has claimed that Paris St Germain have offered Sao Paulo €45 million for the midfielder, a fee he believes is "completely illogical".

The Inter President has came to his senses and pulled his club out of the Lucas sweepstakes telling Sky Sport Italia:

"We would never have gone up to that sum," Moratti said.

Mid-Day Ticker: PSG bid for Lucas, Revs waive Moreno and more

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The race for Lucas Moura is heating up.

According to Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti, French club Paris Saint-Germain have thrown themselves into the mix for the 19-year-old midfielder. Moratti, whose club is keen on signing the midfielder, said PSG has offered Sao Paulo a bid worth an estimated $55.

Day 3 in Oslo

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Despite having been forecast a weekend of rain, today was the first we saw of it, and we have pink cheeks from yesterday's afternoon in the sun at the national stadium to prove it. We were treated to a bizarre rendition of "Glory, Glory, Man United" ahead of kick-off yesterday, with an old guy wearing a 'Chicharito 14′ shirt dropping to his knees to belt it out.

Sao Paulo’s Lucas Moura Works Out At Gym, Possibly Over-thinking Man United Medical

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It's that time of the year again when transfer gossip heats up faster than an Oprah-written telenovela episode! Brazil's Lucas Moura, who was furiously working out at the gym yesterday, is one of the better-balanced and geekier Brazilian players in the squad (think Kaka's mentality, love for Morrissey and a little bit of Neymar's Pagode influence).

PSG move for Manchester United target Lucas Moura – deal imminent

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Reports in Globoesporte on Sunday evening claim that Lucas Moura is on the verge of joining Paris Saint-Germain. The fee has not been disclosed but Moura's agent, Wagner Ribeiro, declared that a deal was in place and that Moura had only to pass a medical and sign the contract. The news that the player is close to signing for PSG has come as a real surprise.

Weekend Ticker: SPL season kicks off, Man U nears deal with Moura, and more

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While the absence of Rangers FC may be hard to fathom, the Scottish Premier League nevertheless got underway on Saturday as all twelve teams were in action on the first weekend of the SPL season.

Celtic, now heavy favorites in Scotland with their rivals banished to the fourth division, opened their 2012-13 campaign with a win as a 79th minute goal from Kris Commons was enough for a 1-0 victory over Aberdeen.

CBF refuse to release Lucas Moura for Manchester United medical

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The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) have refused to release their Brazil international Lucas Moura for a medical at Manchester United. Late Saturday evening, The Mail on Sunday and The Telegraph were reporting that a deal had been done between United and São Paulo and that Moura would be having a medical at United.

Is Lucas Moura finally on his way to Manchester United?

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Reports in the Mail on Sunday and The Telegraph claim that Lucas Moura is set to join Manchester United for around £30 million (almost €38 million). United have had several bids turned down by São Paulo, but if the claims are correct, the midfielder who turns 20 later this month, could finally be on his way to Old Trafford.

Solving Manchester United’s Left Back Conundrum

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As Manchester United continues to be embroiled in transfer sagas involving Brazilian starlet Lucas Moura and Arsenal's Robin Van Persie, another position that hasn't been addressed is who can provide cover for an aging Patrice Evra at left back....

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PSG investment about more than just football

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's is already making his mark in the French capital after his eye catching move from AC Milan this summer. The Swede, who became the world's most expensive player in accumulated transfer fees when he moved to Paris St Germain this summer, struck twice in his first game for his new club.

Can Paris Saint-Germain Turn Spending Spree Into Champions League Glory?

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The French Ligue 1 football season starts on Friday but the title has already been awarded.

"The question is not whether they will win the league but when," wrote France Football magazine this week. "The question is not whether they will be champions but how often."

After spending over €250m on transfers in 12 months, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Motta and today Lucas Moura, PSG are expected to romp to victory in France, not just this season, but for the foreseeable future.

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Mark Ogden on signing RvP, imploding and conspiracy theories

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Mark Ogden, Daily Telegraph Northern Football Correspondent, looks ahead to United's 2012-2013 season.

Scott the Red: United never implode at the end of the season. What do you think happened?

Mark Ogden: United have had a few wobbles during the run-in in the past, so it wasn't totally unusual that it happened last season.

Barcelona Continue Misinformation Campaign On Neymar

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I am amazed that Barcelona officials are still keeping up the appearances that they are not really that interested in Brazilian superstar Neymay. Just this week Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova insisted that he has never spoken about trying to sign the Santos striker.

"I've never spoken about signing Neymar," he was quoted as saying by Marca.

Some Soccer News for Mon Aug 6, 2012

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Lets stop everything for a few moments and open our hearts to the family, friends and teammates of Columbus Crew player Kirk Urso who passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning. Its a very sad day. RIP Kirk Urso.

There has been no further word on the cause of Urso's death.