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Man Utd in talks with playmaker, optimistic about agreement; Star has impressed Mourinho

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Manchester United have begun talks with Michael Carrick over a new contract.

The 35-year-old midfielder is out of contract at the end of this season and the Red Devils are willing to keep him at the club with a 12-month extension.

Rooney: I Love Being The Playmaker

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Wayne Rooney has suggested that as he gets older and loses some of his pace, he plans to play in central midfield. Having played there a few times last season when United were hit by injuries, Rooney grew to enjoy the role, although would still prefer to play up front for the time being.

"I did my bit by dropping into a central midfield role when the team got hit by injuries last season," Rooney said in My Decade in the Premier League, which is being serialised by the Daily Mirror.

Chelsea’s transfer window: Roman splurges in pursuit of Premier League title

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Chelsea are going through something of a transitional period, as a number of older heads have left Stamford Bridge to be replaced by young pretenders. Roman Abramovich splurged in excess of £80 million in revamping the Blues' squad this summer, with the Russian oil tycoon conducting all his business before the panic of transfer deadline day.

Chelsea’s transfer window: Roman splurges in pursuit of Premier League title

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Chelsea are going through something of a transitional period, as a number of older heads have left Stamford Bridge to be replaced by young pretenders. Roman Abramovich splurged in excess of £80 million in revamping the Blues' squad this summer, with the Russian oil tycoon conducting all his business before the panic of transfer deadline day.

Liverpool

GIF It: Shinji Kagawa nutmegs Steven Gerrard (Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool)

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There has been something of a clamour among Manchester United fans for Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa to be given more of a run in the first-team. And there are likely to be a few more fans in his corner now after this cheeky nutmeg on Steven Gerrard during last night's Capital One Cup victory over [.

Philippe Coutinho tells Liverpool fans: ‘I’ll be back soon’

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Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has declared the operation on his shoulder a success and vowed to back in the team soon. The Brazilian star required surgery after falling awkwardly following a foul by Ashley Williams during the 2-2 draw with Swansea. But Coutinho says the procedure went well and he is now on his way [.

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho out for six weeks

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Table-topping Liverpool have been dealt a blow with the news that Philippe Coutinho will be out of action for six weeks. The Brazilian playmaker will be out of action until the end of October due to a shoulder injury he sustained during Monday's 2-2 draw at Swansea. The 21-year-old will have to undergo surgery on [.

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho doesn’t feel pressure

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Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho says he isn't feeling the weight of expectation ahead of the new season. The Brazilian star has quickly become an Anfield favourite following some great displays towards the end of last season. Indeed, Coutinho replica shirts are outselling those bearing the names of Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez, Liverpool have claimed.

Scotland Option For Shelvey

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Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey admits to having held talks with the Scottish FA about the prospect of turning out for them at international level.
The 20-year-old playmaker was born in England and has represented the Three Lions at youth level.
He could, however, switch allegiance as his grandfather was born in Scotland.

Cole Rejects Moscow Move

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Sky Sports understands Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole has rejected a move to Spartak Moscow.
Sky Sports had earlier indicated that the Anfield giants were ready to listen to offers for player before the close of the transfer window.
And it's understood that the Russians, who were drawn to face Barcelona, Benfica and Celtic in Group G of the Champions League, were keen on signing the experienced 30-year-old.

Sahin Ruling Nothing Out

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Nuri Sahin has refused to rule out the prospect of completing a permanent switch to Liverpool if his loan deal proves to be a success.
The Turkey international has linked up with the Reds on a season-long agreement from Real Madrid.
Arsenal were also believed to be keen on acquiring his services, but Sahin will spend the 2012/13 campaign at Anfield after being convinced to head for Merseyside by Real colleague Xabi Alonso.

Transfer Talk

Spurs linked with fresh move for Chelsea’s Juan Mata

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Tottenham hope to bring Chelsea star Juan Mata to White Hart Lane in January, according to reports in the Daily Express. The Blues playmaker is by no means a guaranteed starter under Jose Mourinho, and Andre Villas Boas is reportedly hoping to capitalise on that by offering the Spaniard an exit route when the transfer [.

Mesut Ozil undergoing Arsenal medical ahead of £42.4m transfer

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Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil is reportedly having a medical for Arsenal before he completes his £42.4m move to the club. It is looking increasingly likely that the deal has been lined up for a while and was merely dependent on Gareth Bale making the switch to Real Madrid. And as Bale was unveiled at [.

Arsenal bid £42.5m for Real Madrid’s Mesut Ozil

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Arsenal have launched a bid for Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil, Sky Sports News is reporting. The Gunners are said to be in "advanced talks" with the 24-year-old. They are hoping to take advantage of Gareth Bale's move to the Bernabeu from north London rivals Spurs. Selling Ozil would allow Real to recoup almost half [.

Chelsea new boy Willian says he’s joined ‘the best club in the world’

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Willian has taken to his social media accounts to let the world know just how happy he is to be joining Chelsea. The Brazilian playmaker will complete his move to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday pending the outcome of a work permit hearing. But the Brazil international is obviously of the opinion that it's a mere [.

Chelsea to offer Man Utd £40m for Wayne Rooney after Monday’s clash

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Chelsea will make one final bid for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney after the two sides meet in Monday night's Premier League clash. The Blues have already had two bids for Rooney rejected. Now they will make a £40m offer for the England international to test United's resolve once the fixture is out of the [.

Jose Mourinho hints that Chelsea have beaten Spurs to Willian signing

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Jose Mourinho has arrived in the press conference room at Cobham... #CFC pic.twitter.com/R3lIIjOhRs Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) August 23, 2013 Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho dropped a series of strong hints that he expects Willian to join the club. Speaking at a press conference this lunchtime, Mourinho made it pretty clear that he thought the Brazilian [.

Willian snubs Tottenham and will sign for Chelsea

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Willian's widely expected transfer to Tottenham is off, according to The Guardian. They quote a source close to the move as saying the Brazilian playmaker will definitely not be moving to White Hart Lane. He is now expected to be unveiled as a Chelsea signing in the not too distant future. The Guardian claims: "Despite [.

Will Xabi Alonso’s injury scupper Man Utd’s attempts to sign Luka Modric?

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Manchester United are planning to sign Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric but their plans could be thwarted by an injury to former Liverpool star Xabi Alonso. There seems to be consensus across various media outlets that United will move for Modric once Real complete the signing of Gareth Bale. But the plan to sit [.

Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas expecting players to be sold

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas had admitted that he expects his squad to be 'trimmed' before the end of the transfer window. But the Portuguese boss is also expecting new arrivals at White Hart Lane and indicated that his side's transfer dealings are by no means finished for the summer. He said: "We are moving [.

Tottenham boss Andre Villas Boas expecting more signings

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Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas has said he expects the club to make more signings before the end of the transfer window. Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue have already arrived at White Hart Lane this summer at a cost of more than £60m. But Villas Boas is expecting to strengthen his squad [.

Fulham complete loan signing of QPR’s Adel Taarabt

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QPR playmaker Adel Taarabt has joined Fulham on a season-long loan deal. The Morocco international has played more than 150 games for the R's since 2009, but has had a chequered record since the club won promotion to the Premier League. With Harry Redknapp's side now back in the Championship, Taarabt has been allowed to [.

Shakhtar Donetsk offer ‘best financial package’ for Arsenal target Bernard

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Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk have made the best offer for Arsenal transfer target Bernard, according to his current club Atletico Mineiro. The Gunners, Shakhtar and Porto are all vying for the Brazil international's signature. Arsene Wenger's side were the favourites to land the 20-year-old just a few days ago, but they now appear to be [.

Chelsea launch bid for Brazilian defender Doria

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Chelsea have made a £8.1m bid for Botafogo central-back Doria, according to reports in the Brazilian media. An article in Lancenet suggests that the Blues want to add the 18-year-old defender to their considerable Brazilian contingent, which already includes Oscar, David Luiz, Ramires, Lucas Piazon and Wallace.

Man Utd reject Chelsea’s bid of Juan Mata plus £10m for Wayne Rooney

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Chelsea have had a bid for Wayne Rooney of £10m plus Spanish playmaker Juan Mata rejected. Manchester United have turned down the offer, which is also said to have given the champions the opportunity to take David Luiz instead of Mata, and have maintained their position that Rooney is not for sale at any price.

Eden Hazard wants Chelsea to sign Wayne Rooney

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Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard says he would love to link-up with Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. The Blues have been linked with a move for Rooney is recent days, with Jose Mourinho acknowledging he would like Rooney at the club. Any potential move would go down very well with their Belgian midfielder.

Montpellier slap €100m price tag on Arsenal target Remy Cabella

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Arsenal appear to have been priced out of a move for Montpellier playmaker Remy Cabella after the French side announced a €100m (£85.4m) asking price. The 23-year-old was reported to be high on Arsene Wenger's wanted list for the summer transfer window, but Montpellier are not prepared to sell on the cheap (or even at [.

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GIF It: Mesut Ozil’s first Arsenal assist

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It didn't take Mesut Ozil long to make an impression at Arseanl. The German playmaker set up this goal for Olivier Giroud in the Gunners' 3-1 win at Sunderland today. After his debut, the £42.4m man expressed his pride to be playing for Arsenal on Twitter. 3:1 i am so proud, to be member [...]

GIF It: Chelsea’s Juan Mata is terrible at bowling

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Given Juan Mata's ability to thread a throughball you might have thought he'd be decent at 10-pin bowling. Not so. It turns out the Chelsea playmaker's accuracy goes out of the window entirely when he's using his hands instead of his feet. The outstanding GIF has emerged of the Spain international bowling straight into the [.

West Ham

Former West Ham man Alessandro Diamanti is Europe’s most fouled player

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Bologna playmaker Alessandro Diamanti is the most fouled player in Europe so far this season. While you might assume that Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi would be on the receiving end of most rough treatment, it is actually the former West Ham player who's taken a bit of a battering this season. According to figures [.

Ducks To Shatter To Duck Dust At Anfield; Liverpool Preview, Stoke Post Mortem

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Arsenal has a crunch match against Liverpool up at Anfield on Sunday (8:30 EST, Fox Soccer Channel). Both teams have yet to win a game this season, although it's not quite crisis intervention time, as it's only the third game in. Still, Arsenal has yet to score a goal, which is worrying since we just sold the player who scored 40% of our goals last season.

Real Madrid

Sad Ronaldo Is Sad

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This has the potential to render the rest of the internet moot. It really does.

Sad Ronaldo has a Twitter.

They say Modric is a playmaker, but what does he make? Nothing you can hold in your hands. Nothing that can ever say, "I love you, Ronaldo."

- Sad Ronaldo (@SadRonaldo) September 5, 2012

It's like the Twitter version of this.

Spurs complete double signing to round off a busy transfer window

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Tottenham rounded off transfer deadline day with a double signing of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and forward Clint Dempsey.

Andre Villas-Boas started his managerial post at Tottenham FC eager to sign a goalkeeper, a striker and a replacement to Luka Modric who left White Hart Lane to join Real Madrid.

Spurs complete double signing to round off a busy transfer window

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Tottenham rounded off transfer deadline day with a double signing of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and forward Clint Dempsey.

Andre Villas-Boas started his managerial post at Tottenham FC eager to sign a goalkeeper, a striker and a replacement to Luka Modric who left White Hart Lane to join Real Madrid.

The Rest

Ballon D`Or, is it all about goals ?

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As an avid soccer fan, one who yearns for the beautiful game to be played in a beautiful way, I have come to appreciate the role of the playmaker. In the words of Galeano, "Years have gone by and I've finally learned to accept myself for who I am: a beggar for good soccer. I go about the world,hand outstretched, and in the stadiums I plead:"A pretty move, for the love of God.

Bayern Munich’s young gem ‘Kroos-ing’ to stardom

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Bayern Munich produces an abundance of players for the German national team, but unlike the national powerhouse, the Bavarian side lacked a player who could play behind the striker as a number 10. When you hear Bayern Munich, "FC Hollywood," trophies, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery come to mind.

Figuring out the USMNT midfield ahead of Tuesday's showdown vs. Jamaica

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There was a time not too long ago when the U.S. national team enjoyed a wealth of midfield options and a lack of forwards. As the team heads into Tuesday's must-win World Cup qualifier, the Americans are faced with the opposite problem.

Injuries to Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan have exposed a lack of midfield depth and left Jurgen Klinsmann's team lacking attacking punch and stability.

Adu vs Farfan, statistically

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Adu expected to be the playmaker when he arrived at the Union but Farfan has more often been given that role. What do the stats say about their play?

Conor Henderson gives Arsenal a Play-Me-Or-Lose-Me Ultimatum

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Conor Henderson has been dubbed as one of Ireland's most promising football stars, yet the young playmaker has spoken out about his future stating that it may not be with Arsenal after enduring a frustrating start to the campaign. The player, who is a vital part of Noel King's team which must beat Hungary this [.

MLS Spotlight: John emerges from setbacks, adversity for FC Dallas

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By THOMAS FLOYD

George John has experienced his fair share of setbacks in the past year. But if the FC Dallas centerback's spirits have been dampened, he isn't showing it.

Last summer, a deal that would have sent John to English side Blackburn Rovers FC fell through.