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VAR helps Leicester advance to FA Cup fourth round

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London (AFP) – Leicester made history as English football’s first beneficiaries of the Video Assistant Referee system after the replay technology was used to award their second goal in a 2-0 FA Cup win over Fleetwood on Tuesday.

When Leicester striker Kelechi Iheanacho ran onto a Riyad Mahrez pass to slot home in the 77th minute of the third round replay, his strike was initially ruled out for offside.

VAR helps Leicester advance to FA Cup fourth round

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London (AFP) – Leicester made history as English football’s first beneficiaries of the Video Assistant Referee system after the replay technology was used to award their second goal in a 2-0 FA Cup win over Fleetwood on Tuesday.

When Leicester striker Kelechi Iheanacho ran onto a Riyad Mahrez pass to slot home in the 77th minute of the third round replay, his strike was initially ruled out for offside.

Coutinho move could spark spending spree

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Paris (AFP) – Philippe Coutinho’s 160-million-euro ($192 million) deal to join Barcelona is likely to unleash a series of big-money transfers, not least as Liverpool seek to re-invest the proceeds.

It took the third largest amount ever paid for a footballer to prise Coutinho away from Liverpool and the rumour mill has already linked the club with Leicester’s Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez as a possible replacement for the Brazilian playmaker.

Coutinho move could spark spending spree

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Paris (AFP) – Philippe Coutinho’s 160-million-euro ($192 million) deal to join Barcelona is likely to unleash a series of big-money transfers, not least as Liverpool seek to re-invest the proceeds.

It took the third largest amount ever paid for a footballer to prise Coutinho away from Liverpool and the rumour mill has already linked the club with Leicester’s Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez as a possible replacement for the Brazilian playmaker.

Manchester City join Arsenal in League Cup semis after penalty drama

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London (AFP) – A much-changed Manchester City held off a spirited challenge from Leicester on Tuesday to reach the League Cup semi-finals following a dramatic penalty shootout, as Arsenal also progressed.

Pep Guardiola showcased the riches at his disposal by making nine changes as his runaway Premier League leaders held their nerve to edge through 4-3 on spot-kicks after the two sides were locked at 1-1 following extra time.

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Mahrez worth over £100m to Leicester – Puel

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London (AFP) – Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez could be worth even more than £100 million (112 million euros) if he leaves Leicester City at the end of the season, Foxes manager Claude Puel said on Monday.

“It is speculation and we cannot respond to all the speculation with information,” Puel told a press conference.

Leicester escape with FA Cup draw against lower-league Fleetwood

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London (AFP) – Former Premier League champions Leicester City came within a whisker of suffering an FA Cup shock on Saturday but clung on to draw 0-0 at lower-league Fleetwood Town while Middlesbrough eliminated Sunderland.

The big news before kick-off was that Leicester’s star striker Jamie Vardy was denied an emotional return to his former club due to a groin injury while Riyad Mahrez was also missing from the teamsheet.

Leicester escape with FA Cup draw against lower-league Fleetwood

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London (AFP) – Former Premier League champions Leicester City came within a whisker of suffering an FA Cup shock on Saturday but clung on to draw 0-0 at lower-league Fleetwood Town while Middlesbrough eliminated Sunderland.

The big news before kick-off was that Leicester’s star striker Jamie Vardy was denied an emotional return to his former club due to a groin injury while Riyad Mahrez was also missing from the teamsheet.

Salah inspires Liverpool, Chelsea crush Stoke

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London (AFP) – Liverpool celebrated Virgil van Dijk’s arrival at Anfield by coming from behind to beat Leicester City 2-1 thanks to Mohamed Salah’s brace, while Danny Drinkwater scored his first Chelsea goal in a 5-0 rout of Stoke City.

Van Dijk, signed from Southampton for a world record fee for a defender of £75 million ($100 million), isn’t able to play for Liverpool until January, but the flaws the Dutch centre-back will be asked to fix were on display as Leicester took a third minute lead at Anfield on Saturday.

Salah inspires Liverpool, Chelsea crush Stoke

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London (AFP) – Liverpool celebrated Virgil van Dijk’s arrival at Anfield by coming from behind to beat Leicester City 2-1 thanks to Mohamed Salah’s brace, while Danny Drinkwater scored his first Chelsea goal in a 5-0 rout of Stoke City.

Van Dijk, signed from Southampton for a world record fee for a defender of £75 million ($100 million), isn’t able to play for Liverpool until January, but the flaws the Dutch centre-back will be asked to fix were on display as Leicester took a third minute lead at Anfield on Saturday.

Pochettino laments Spurs’ lack of ‘fight’ in Leicester loss

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino slammed his players lack of “fight” after their Premier League title aspirations suffered another damaging blow with a 2-1 loss away to Leicester City.

Tuesday’s defeat meant Spurs have now gone three league games without a win and they will fall 16 points behind Manchester City if the runaway leaders beat Southampton on Wednesday.

Pochettino laments Spurs’ lack of ‘fight’ in Leicester loss

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino slammed his players lack of “fight” after their Premier League title aspirations suffered another damaging blow with a 2-1 loss away to Leicester City.

Tuesday’s defeat meant Spurs have now gone three league games without a win and they will fall 16 points behind Manchester City if the runaway leaders beat Southampton on Wednesday.

Vardy stars as Spurs suffer huge title setback

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jamie Vardy’s 100th goal in English league football helped inspire Leicester City to a 2-1 win at home to Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday that left the visitors’ title bid floundering.

Vardy struck early on before Riyad Mahrez doubled Leicester’s lead, only for Harry Kane to ensure a nervous finish for the Foxes at the King Power Stadium.

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 11 Preview – Manchester United keeper in, Arsenal man out

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Title-holder Mahrez excluded from CAF nominees

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Johannesburg (AFP) – Reigning African Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez of Algeria failed to make the 30-nominee list of contenders announced Wednesday for the 2017 award.

The winger was a key figure in the Leicester City side that defied 5,000-1 odds and stunned the football world by winning the 2015/16 English Premier League title.

Title-holder Mahrez excluded from CAF nominees

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Johannesburg (AFP) – Reigning African Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez of Algeria failed to make the 30-nominee list of contenders announced Wednesday for the 2017 award.

The winger was a key figure in the Leicester City side that defied 5,000-1 odds and stunned the football world by winning the 2015/16 English Premier League title.

Deadline Day: Riyad Mahrez Given Special Permission To Leave Algeria Squad To Finalise Move To ‘New Club’

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With the last hours of the transfer window wicking away, it looks like Riyad Mahrez is finally preparing himself to leave Leicester City.

The winger, who politely informed the Foxes of his desire to leave several months ago, has been given special dispensation to leave the Algeria squad and travel to London in order to "free himself up" to negotiate with an as-yet unnamed new club.

Leicester boss happy as wantaway winger inspires victory over Brighton

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Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare praised Riyad Mahrez after the winger led Leicester to a 2-0 victory over Brighton on Saturday.

Mahrez has been the subject of transfer speculation throughout the summer, with AS Roma having three bids rejected, but he was the standout performer as Leicester comfortably saw off newly-promoted Brighton.

Leicester City stand firm over Riyad Mahrez transfer

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Leicester City are set to reject a third bid from AS Roma for winger Riyad Mahrez.

The Serie A side have already had offers of £20m and £27m knocked back, while an increased bid of £31.8m still falls short of Leicester’s £50m valuation.

Roma have set a deadline of August 15 for their offer to be accepted, but according to the Mirror the Foxes will rebuff this latest attempt to lure Mahrez to Italy.

Roma’s Mahrez bid rejected by Foxes

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London (AFP) – Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare confirmed on Friday that the club had turned down an offer from Italian side AS Roma for winger Riyad Mahrez.

The Paris-born Algeria forward is likely to command a fee of around £50 million ($65 million, 55.8 million euros), with Roma’s offer believed to be some way short of that figure.

Roma’s Mahrez bid rejected by Foxes

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London (AFP) – Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare confirmed on Friday that the club had turned down an offer from Italian side AS Roma for winger Riyad Mahrez.

The Paris-born Algeria forward is likely to command a fee of around £50 million ($65 million, 55.8 million euros), with Roma’s offer believed to be some way short of that figure.

Barcelona free Arsenal to make Mahrez 2nd summer transfer

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Even though the Arsenal transfer target Riyad Mahrez made it clear after the end of the season that he wanted to leave his current club and suggested there was an agreement in place with Leicester City not to stand in his way, there was still a major obstacle standing in the way of Arsene Wenger [...

Wenger delay to see Juventus beat Arsenal to Mahrez transfer?

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There are quite a few IFs in this particular Arsenal transfer rumour, or the latest development in an ongoing rumour because Arsene Wenger did try to sign Riyad Mahrez last summer but was knocked back by the Algerian international who agreed to another season with Leicester City. After Wenger spoke highly of the attacking star [.

Antonio Conte looking at former Premier League Players Player of the Year this summer?

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According to The Telegraph, Antonio Conte is watching developments regarding the immediate future of Riyad Mahrez who is looking to leave Leicester City this season.

Now as we know Arsenal have been huge admirers of Mahrez and it looked as though he would follow N'Golo Kante out of the club last summer after their amazing title win.

Video: Arsene Wenger confirms interest in star winger

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Top class attacker reveals transfer decision; Star wants summer move, informs Leicester

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Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez is looking to leave the club this summer and the Algerian has already informed the Foxes of his decision.

Mahrez helped Leicester win the Premier League title during the 2015/16 season. The former PFA player of the year decided to stay during the 2016/17 season but he feels that he needs to move on this summer in order to realise his ambitions.

‘Now Is The Time To Move On’ – Riyad Mahrez Releases Statement Confirming He’s Asked To Leave Leicester City

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Riyad Mahrez has released a personal statement to confirm that he has, in effect,handed in a transfer request at Leicester City.

The Algerian midfielder scored 17 goals in the Foxes' title-winning season of 2015/16, but managed just six this time out his form bottoming out entirely before Craig Shakespeare's mini-revival saw him muster up a few decent outings toward the end of the campaign.

Mahrez asks to leave Leicester

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London (AFP) – Riyad Mahrez, one of the inspirations behind Leicester City’s fairytale Premier League title triumph, has told the club he wants to leave, he said in a statement released on Tuesday.

“Out of the huge admiration and respect I hold for Leicester City Football Club I wanted to be totally honest and transparent with them and have therefore informed the club that I feel now is the time for me to move on,” Mahrez said in a statement sent to various media outlets.

Breaking News: Arsenal target asks to leave club

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Mahrez slip spares Manchester City, Swansea close on safety

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London (AFP) – Manchester City benefited from two strokes of fortune as they beat Leicester City 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday to close in on a Champions League qualifying berth.

David Silva’s opener was awarded despite an apparent offside against Raheem Sterling, while Riyad Mahrez had an equalising penalty disallowed after he slipped and struck the ball twice.

Mahrez slip spares Manchester City, Swansea close on safety

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London (AFP) – Manchester City benefited from two strokes of fortune as they beat Leicester City 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday to close in on a Champions League qualifying berth.

David Silva’s opener was awarded despite an apparent offside against Raheem Sterling, while Riyad Mahrez had an equalising penalty disallowed after he slipped and struck the ball twice.

Mahrez penalty mishap lets Man City off hook

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Riyad Mahrez’s disallowed penalty allowed Manchester City to take a significant step towards Champions League qualification with a 2-1 victory over Leicester City on Saturday.

All of the goals came in the first half at the Etihad Stadium, with David Silva’s opener for the home side allowed to stand despite a strong suggestion of offside.

Everton’s Lukaku halts Leicester revival

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Liverpool (AFP) – Romelu Lukaku scored twice for Everton in a 4-2 victory on Sunday as Craig Shakespeare suffered defeat for the first time since becoming Leicester City manager.

Shakespeare had won all of his first six matches in charge, five of them in the Premier League, since replacing the sacked Claudio Ranieri in February.

Leicester sink West Ham to prolong Shakespeare surge

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London (AFP) – Leicester City made it four wins from four under new manager Craig Shakespeare as the Premier League champions squeaked home 3-2 at West Ham United on Saturday.

The win added to domestic home victories over Liverpool and Hull City plus Tuesday’s Champions League success over Sevilla, which set up a last-eight assignment with Atletico Madrid.

Transfers & Rumours

10 Thoroughly Decent Players Who Could Potentially Replace Alexis Sanchez At Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger has once again maintained that Arsenal will not sell Alexis Sanchez, either to Man City or Manchester United, unless they manage to bring in an adequate replacement.

So, being the diligent transfer-shamans we are here at Pies, we thought we'd seize the chance to take a little butcher's at a tensome of possible candidates who could effortlessly slip into the Chilean's brawny wake.

Reports: Barcelona To Make Final Take-It-Or-Leave-It Offer Of £138m For Philippe Coutinho, And Liverpool Would Be Bonkers To Reject It…

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Word on the wire today is that Barcelona are cobbling together one final take-it-or-leave-it offer for Philippe Coutinho, reportedly worth £138million with £100million paid upfront.

The colossal bid would constitute Barca's fourth official attempt to coax Liverpool into parting with their man, with the Catalans prepared to walk away from the negotiating table and pursue other targets should their advances be rejected this time.

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Mourinho: Lingard is becoming a very good player

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Jesse Lingard scored Manchester United's second in our 2-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park as his great form continues.

In the league this season, Lingard has made a total of 18 appearances but just nine of those have been starts. Regardless, he's scored seven goals and assisted a further four, working out at a goal or assist every 84 minutes on the pitch.

The Top 5 Contenders for Premier League Player of the Year

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We look at the players who are likely to be on the Player of the Year shortlist later on this season

We're a few weeks into the 2017-18 Premier League season and the usual suspects are forming an orderly queue at the top of the table.

Indeed, it would already be a major surprise if one of Manchester City, Manchester United or Chelsea failed to land the title this season, although it's much harder to predict who will land the coveted Player of the Year award.

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Friday Kickoff: Dortmund not worried about Ousmane Dembele, Kylian Mbappe given No. 10 and more

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The Neymar deal is set to send shockwaves through the game, and those shockwaves could stretch from Monaco to Dortmund.

Borussia Dortmund boss Peter Bosz says he is not concerned about losing Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona in the aftermath of the Neymar sale. (REPORT)

AC Milan general manager Marco Fassone says the club could sign Radamel Falcao or Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Monday Kickoff: Reus sets sights on 2018, Costa still wants Atletico move, and more

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One oft-injured star's return timetable has been confirmed while one of the game's top forwards continues to push towards a new club.

Marco Reus will officially be out until 2018 after suffering yet another knee injury. (REPORT)

Diego Costa says he could still join Atletico Madrid despite the club's transfer ban by joining a different club on loan until January.