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Chelsea skipper John Terry set for new contract

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Jose Mourinho has given the nod for John Terry to be offered a new deal at Chelsea. The Blues boss has been convinced that his skipper has still got what it takes to perform at the top level based on his performances so far this season. Terry, aged 33, was being linked with a move [...]

‘Edi’s Going To Manchester’ – Napoli Owner Aurelio De Laurentiis Fools Press Conference With Fake Cavani Announcement (Video)

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By Chris Wright


The eccentricity of Napoli's film producer owner Aurelio De Laurentiis is well-documented; whether it be unveiling new players via the medium of rubber lion masks or storming out of 'rigged' Serie A fixture draws and pootling off into the sunset on the back of some random stranger's Vespa, the man has got a fair bit of previous in the 'well and truly barmy' stakes.

‘Edi’s Going To Manchester’ – Napoli Owner Aurelio De Laurentiis Fools Press Conference With Fake Cavani Announcement (Video)

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By Chris Wright


The eccentricity of Napoli's film producer owner Aurelio De Laurentiis is well-documented; whether it be unveiling new players via the medium of rubber lion masks or storming out of 'rigged' Serie A fixture draws and pootling off into the sunset on the back of some random stranger's Vespa, the man has got a fair bit of previous in the 'well and truly barmy' stakes.

Napoli owner tries to fake out media by saying Edinson Cavani going to ‘cold city’ Manchester

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Napoli owner and producer of awful movies Aurelio De Laurentiis has a history of conducting press conferences the odd way he goes about the rest of his existence. Last year, he unveiled Gokhan Inler to the press by having the player wear a lion mask. And now, on the final day of the summer transfer window, he decided to have a bit more fun with the media in a press conference about Edinson Cavani's future.

Reds Hopeful On Skrtel Deal

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Sky Sports understands Liverpool is close to agreeing a new deal with defender Martin Skrtel.
Skrtel's future at Anfield has been the subject of speculation this summer with the Slovakian claiming he was aware of interest from other club's in his services.
The 27-year-old, who joined Liverpool in January 2008, enjoyed his best season at Anfield last term, winning the club's Player of the Year award.

Suarez pens new Liverpool deal

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The Uruguay forward has ended all speculation about his future by penning a new Long term contract with the club.

Suarez has been frequently linked with a move to Juventus since the end of last season, but the 25 year old committed to a new deal with the Reds on his first day back at training .

Transfer Talk

Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs monitoring Andrea Pirlo contract situation

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The Premier League big boys are said to be keeping a close eye on Andrea Pirlo's contract situation amid rumours that the Italy great could end his career in England. Juventus are still deciding whether to offer the veteran midfielder a new deal. If Antonio Conte's side decide not to extend the 34-year-old's, he is [.

Liverpool hit transfer fee deadlock over defenders Tiago Ilori and Mamadou Sakho

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Liverpool are struggling in their attempts to bring at least one new defender to the club after deal for both their targets ran into problems. The Reds wanted to pay £6m to sign Sporting Lisbon centre-back Tiago Ilori, but the Portuguese side are demanding £17m for the 20-year-old. That's despite the fact that the youngster [.

Stoke target Manchester City striker John Guidetti

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Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is planning to raid former club Manchester City to sign striker John Guidetti. The Potters are being linked with a £5.5m bid for the Swedish youngster. The 21-year-old was, and perhaps still is, considered one of City's brightest talents. But now into his early twenties and yet to play for [.

Arsenal weigh up £25m bid for Swansea forward Michu

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Arsenal are considering a £25m bid for Swansea star Michu as they seek alternatives to Luis Suarez. With Suarez now staying at Liverpool for the coming season, the Spanish forward has been tipped as a second-choice option for Arsene Wenger. Saturday's disappointing 1-3 home defeat to Aston Villa has given the Gunners' transfer activity a [.

Arsenal interested in Man City’s Micah Richards

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Arsenal are being linked with a move for Manchester City right-back Micah Richards. The Gunners are light in defence and England international Richards is also comfortable at centre-back. The Daily Mirror reports that Arsenal have might tentative enquiries to City about Richards' availability. Arsenal will now sit tight to see how much involvement Richards has [.

Real Madrid offer Spurs £73m plus Fabio Coentrao for Gareth Bale

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Real Madrid have bid £73m plus left-back Fabio Coentrao as they attempt to sign Gareth Bale, according to reports in Spain. AS's frontpage splash today claims that an offer totalling €110m (£94m), including Coentrao's valuation, is now on the table. Marco Ruiz, a journalist who has been following Bale around during his international duty with [.

Real Madrid to bid for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez next week

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Real Madrid are already turning one eye in Luis Suarez's direction now they believe their move for Gareth Bale is in the bag. Once their world transfer record signing of the Tottenham star is completed, the Spanish giants will turn their attention to Suarez. Real were widely expected to be the Uruguayan star's destination the [.

Manchester United ‘in advanced talks’ to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid

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Manchester United are on the verge of closing a deal to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, according to the Daily Star. In a far-fetched but detailed story, the paper claims that the very public pursuit of Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas has been a smokescreen for 12 days of careful negotiations to put the deal [.

Napoli boss Rafa Benitez eyes Manchester City’s Gareth Barry

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Rafa Benitez is set to continue his attempt to build a decent Premier League side circa 2008 at new club Napoli with a bid for Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry. Former Liverpool boss Benitez has already signed Pepe Reina on a year-long loan deal and yesterday he was linked with a move for Reds defender [.

Barcelona set to bid for Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany

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Manchester City fear Barcelona will attempt to prise captain Vincent Kompany away from them. The Catalan giants are preparing to make a bid for the Belgium international, according to reports in the Manchester Evening News. Barca are known to be in the market for a centre-back. They were criticised for the lack of depth in [.

Villas Boas: Spurs in talks with Gareth Bale over new contract

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Gareth Bale is in talks with a view to signing a new contract at Spurs, according to manager Andre Villas Boas. The Welshman has been the subject of intense interest from Real Madrid this summer. But Villas Boas is hopeful that Bale will agree a new deal at White Hart Lane. Speaking from Hong Kong, [.

Inter Milan interested in Manchester City defender

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Manchester City right-back Micah Richards is a target for Inter Milan, according to reports in The Sun. The England international suffered an injury-ravaged season last term. Inter are planning to take advantage of that by offering him the regular football that he is not guaranteed at the Etihad. In Richards' absence, Pablo Zabaleta has nailed [.

Tottenham set to keep Gareth Bale for another season

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Spurs star Gareth Bale is set to sign an improved contract and stay at the club for another season on the condition that he is allowed to move at the end of next season. The new deal will see Bale pocket £130,000 and will be announced shortly, according to the Evening Standard. But the [...]

Who Are Ya? Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Yaya Sanogo Age: 20 Position: Striker Current club: Auxerre Fee: Free (with compensation) Did you know? Sanogo already has a cult following due to his propensity to turn into a virtual world-beater in the Football Manager computer game series.

Chelsea’s Frank Lampard favours Manchester United transfer

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Frank Lampard's preference is to make a summer move to Manchester United when his Chelsea contract expires, according to the Daily Star. The reports follow suggestions that Chelsea had yesterdat performed a U-turn on their decision to move Lampard on and offered the England midfielder a new deal. That talk of a new deal is [.


Man Utd boss David Moyes and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger both unsure on Wayne Rooney contract situation

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Both Manchester United manager David Moyes and Arsenal's Arsene Wenger seem to be uncertain as to whether Wayne Rooney intends to sign a new contract at Old Trafford. Asked if it was too soon to open contract talks with Rooney, Moyes sidestepped the question. He said: "We go step by step and to see him [.

Arsenal use subliminal messaging to deter Theo Walcott’s suitors

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Arsenal star Theo Walcott is still being linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium after failing to agree a new contract. Talks have again hit a snag over Walcott's demands for assurances that he will be a regular starter (and preferably as a striker) if he signs a new deal. The injury prone [.

At least Theo Walcott circus will be over by Aug. 31

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It's almost not worth writing articles during the transfer window these days since you don't know who to believe unless you actually talk to the players themselves. And even some of them don't have clue what's going on. Looking over the headlines regarding Theo Walcott and his contract negotiations with Arsenal you'll see there are about two dozen different scenarios offered by various writers and newspapers.

Arsenal hand all the cards to Walcott as the deadline nears

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Morning all,

as I write there are just over 36 hours until the transfer window shuts and as yet there has been little movement in any direction from Arsenal. Henri Lansbury has joined Nottingham Forest but we're no clearer about the future of any of the players I mentioned in Tuesday's blog.

What is Arsenal’s best XI if Walcott leaves?

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Arsenal without Walcott... by KJ Since the window is drawing to a close and Arsenal have been extremely tight-lipped on any transfer dealings, it's a good idea to start looking at the new line-up for this season without the pacey Englishman. I'm still hopeful that Theo will agree to sign a new deal but I [.

Let Theo Go

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By all accounts Theo Walcott wants £100,000 a week.

That is exactly £99,999 a week more than I would pay him.
Seriously though, he is lucky I don't run the club, because if I did, and he demanded that amount of money, I would hire Jonny Wilkinson to drop kick him and his agent out of the Emirates.

Backpage roundup: Wenger defends strikers, Song blames Arsenal, Tiote not coming but Cabaye might, and Ox wants central role

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Wenger Insists Arsenal Will Find Scoring Touch

Arsene Wenger has leapt to the defence of Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski, and has assured Arsenal fans that his misfiring attackers will soon start scoring goals.

Arsenal to be saved by Jesus?

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Arsene Wenger is praying that Theo Walcott agrees to sign a new deal that keeps him at the Emirates, but if he doesn't then Arsenal may have to sell him before he walks away next summer on a free transfer. Salvation may be just around the corner for the Gunners, as Arsenal are preparing a [...]

Backpage roundup: Song leaving, Wenger’s FFP warning, Walcott’s new deal and more

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Barcelona Agree Song Fee

Arsenal have announced that they have reached an agreement with FC Barcelona for the transfer of defensive midfielder Alexandre Song.

The deal, which is subject to Song passing a medical and agreeing personal terms with the La Liga giants, will see the Gunners pocket £15 million.

Robin, why exactly are you smiling?

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By Dominic Vieira, writing from London

In an ideal world, that smile means "yes, I'm staying". I'd like to believe that too, but that decision solely belongs to Robin Van Persie. I'm sure Mr. Wenger, like me and the passionate Arsenal fans, all share the same opinion.


Theo today, gone tomorrow?

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So our less-than-scintillating but far-from-disastrous start to the season gets puts to one side for the last straight of the madness that is the transfer window. This morning, belatedly if you ask me, it's all about Theo Walcott who's apparently turned down an offer of £75k a week.

Now, I haven't blogged much this summer, partly because I needed a break and partly because the incessant rumour gets my giddy goat, but I did write about Walcott back in July and it pretty much all still stands.

Inter Milan To Rival Liverpool For Theo Walcott

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Inter Milan are reportedly planning a bid for Arsenal winger Theo Walcott, who remains a transfer target for Liverpool.
The England international has less than 12 months remaining on his current contract at the Emirates Stadium and little progress has been made in negotiations about an extension.

Manchester City

Tuesday Kickoff: Arsenal eye M'Vila, Man. City close in on Sinclair and more

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With a new void in his midfield, Arsene Wenger may turn yet again to another rising French star to try and bolster his club.

Arsenal's interest in Stade Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila has reportedly been rekindled as the close of the summer transfer window nears. If M'Vila were to sign with Arsenal, he would join a group of young Frenchmen to sign with the club over the last few years that includes Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Abou Diaby and most recently Olivier Giroud.

Skrtel Commits Future to Liverpool

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Martin Skrtel today ended speculation over his future by signing a new four year long contract with the club. Martin had been linked to the likes of Manchester City in preseason and it's good to see that he has now pledged his future to the club.

A statement on the Club's official site read

"Martin Skrtel today committed his future to Liverpool by signing a new long-term contract and immediately declared his ambition to become an Anfield legend.

Liverpool Defender Commits Future To Club

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Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has committed his long term future to the club by agreeing a new deal.
The 27 year-old put pen to paper on a contract extension, as talk began to swirl that he could be on his way out of Anfield.
The Slovakian international, who joined Liverpool in 2008, had been linked with a surprise switch to Premier League rivals Manchester City in recent months, after he refused to comment on his future.

Liverpool Want £25m For Agger

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ESPN understands that Liverpool will only consider an offer of £25 million for Denmark international Daniel Agger, who has been targeted by Premier League champions Manchester City.
Liverpool sources have confirmed that City has made approaches over Agger, 27, but that the two sides are some way apart in their valuation of the player, who has two years left on his contract.

The Rest

Chelsea’s Frank Lampard signs new deal at last… but only to become a children’s author

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Chelsea fans have been desperately hoping Frank Lampard would be putting pen to paper soon... but not to become an author of children's books. The veteran midfielder has agreed a five-book deal with publisher Little Brown. The series, called Frankie's Magic Football, will be aimed at children aged five and above.

Kicking & Screening Soccer Film festival

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K+S Word
Wednesday, September 12, 7:30pm
Bazi Bierbrassiere, 1522 SE 32nd Ave
Free to the public (21+)
(Attendees are encouraged to make a $5.00 donation at the door to OPI or bring a pair of new or slightly used men's, women's, or kids soccer cleats.)

There will also be an OPI raffle with amazing items from:
Collins Lake Resort, Ski Bowl, Rack Attack, Portland Timbers, Bazi, TA No Pity Van, Green Flag, The BeerMongers, Snowrider PDX, Underdog Sports Leagues, Rise and Shine: The Jay Demerit Story, XI Quarterly, Dave Knows Portland, New Deal Distillery, Gigantic Brewing Company, Steven Lenhart Photography, Disklandia Poster Art, Douglas Zimmerman Photography, Author Alon Rabb, Green Drop Garage, Pele Sports, The Garden Spout.

Diskerud joins Rosenborg

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After a week of speculation, American midfielder Mikkel Diskerud has finally joined Rosenborg on a new deal that will run through the end of the 2012 season.