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Transfer Talk

Manchester United to finally bid for gossip column favourite Ezequiel Garay

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Manchester United could be ready move for Benfica centre-back Ezequiel Garay at last. The 26-year-old has been scouted by the champions for years, which means he has been a regular name in the Premier League rumour mill over the last few seasons. Now, David Moyes is set to bring the player long considered to be [.

Second club bid for Spurs’ Gareth Bale, Man Utd prime suspects

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A second club has entered the bidding for Tottenham star Gareth Bale, according to Sky Sports. Reports overnight suggested that an £86m deal had been struck to sell Bale to Real Madrid. But Spurs sources have denied that is the case and claim that a second bidder has now put in an offer for the [...

Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas refuses to discuss Real Madrid bid for Gareth Bale

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas refused to answer questions on Gareth Bale's future following reports of an official bid from Real Madrid. Villas Boas has always straight-batted question about his Welsh star by saying that he would be staying at White Hart Lane. His decision not to even discuss Bale marked a noticeable change in [.

A tale of two photos

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The rumour mill has gone into overdrive today over one player: Porto's Hulk has been linked with both Spurs and Chelsea with even some of the bigger and more established websites claiming that Tottenham were looking at a bid for the Brazilian striker.

This all seemed to be based on a single photograph of the player with his former boss Andre Villas-Boas.

Arsenal

Chelsea star Juan Mata’s dad spotted in the Arsenal director’s box

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5live say Juan Mata's dad in Arsenal directors' box Rob Harris (@RobHarris) August 27, 2013 Juan Mata's father and agent, Juan Snr, has been spotted in the director's box for tonight's match between Arsenal and Fenerbahce. The Spain international appears to be out-of-favour at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho and has been linked with a [.

Arsenal face competition for French defender

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Mapou Yanga-M'Biwa, the 23-year old Montpellier defender is currently the man most likely to join Arsenal if the rumour mill is to be believed. If he is in the sights of Arsene Wenger, however, he may be harder to acquire than first thought. With only a year of his contract with the French champions left, [.

Going for a Song

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Alex Song - necessary move, book balancing or both?

At the end of the past season, Arsenal fans were delighted to hear that money was available for new signings. And, there was optimism that the club was headed in the right direction when three top players were brought in: Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla.

M’Vila MUST be coming to Arsenal now

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With the news that Alex Song is off to Barcelona for a medical tomorrow, then surely this means that the long awaited arrival of Yann M'Vila must now be announced official. At the beginning of the transfer window it was an open secret that the deal was certain to happen, but suddenly the rumour-mill went [.

Season preview: Important matches and formation dilemma

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Nicks' note: Here's Krish, our fast-becoming-resident Chelsea scribe, penning down some thoughts on what he expects from Chelsea's campaign, and the potential season-defining matches they'll have to go through. He has Arsenal down as title contenders, bless him. That's gone and jinxed it nice and proper.

The Rumour Mill

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I have posted on here before of my amusement at the intensity of fans during the summer break, I know I am in the minority but I simply cannot be bothered to get wound up by the rumour mill and media circus. Thank god this superb Olympics has pulled so many of the scribes away from their dubious fabrications within the football silly season and directed them to a more worthwhile and fulfilling portrayal of fact rather than fiction.

The Rumour Mill

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I have posted on here before of my amusement at the intensity of fans during the summer break, I know I am in the minority but I simply cannot be bothered to get wound up by the rumour mill and media circus. Thank god this superb Olympics has pulled so many of the scribes away from their dubious fabrications within the football silly season and directed them to a more worthwhile and fulfilling portrayal of fact rather than fiction.

Why van Persie misses Arsenal tour

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Arsene Wenger has spoken to the media before taking his Arsenal squad to the far east for the pre-season tour. A notable absentee will be the Arsenal captain Robin van Persie. This will undoubtedly set the rumour mill into overdrive, but this is what Wenger said. "Some players have to work on their fitness so [.

Is Lewandowski the striker Arsenal need?

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Arsenal are in for Lewandowski! by KJ After the heart-breaking news that we learnt of a couple of days ago, the rumour mill is churning out that Arsenal are interested in replacing Van Persie with quality rather than promoting from within the ranks. This news does come from the Daily Mail so I urge you [.

English Premier League

Is Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson about to quit?

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Sir Alex Ferguson is odds-on to step down as Manchester United manager before the end of the week. Both bookies and the rumour mill are confident that Fergie will end his 26-year reign at Old Trafford. The rumours seem to have their source with information leaking out of a United players versus coaches golf day [.

Blind Item: Cash Complexes

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West Brom's Liam Ridgewell has apologised for wiping his bum with a £20 note, which was Twitpic'ed and posted to his Twitter account before Liam had to delete it and cough up a mea culpa. We recovered the photo, thankfully, via the Law of Google (if you have a past, it will re-surface, and it [...]

WAGs

Bumping Along: Daniella Semaan

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Images via Diez Minutos. Sooo we should've listened to our mums when they told us to pay attention in school and work hard for top marks because 'you never know where it will get you later on in life.' Well now we know. How fast do bubbas grow these days, Kickettes? Is there a new [...]

Kickette Catch Up: Your Weekend Gossip Edit

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In another case of old relationships coming back to haunt you, Danny Simpson's baby mamma Stephanie (who claims to be pregnant with their second child) has accused him of cheating on her with pop songstress, sex tapestress and X Factor judgestress, Tulisa, towards the end of their relationship. Separately, Krystal Benjamin (his alleged side, side [.

Christian Vieri: Back On The Beauty Wagon

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While we we're off collectively losing our minds (and wallets), Christian Vieri and his anonymous lady friend were scootin' and tootin' around Miami Beach. Wonder if he and Pato trade dating secrets or something becauseMelissaSatta's ex (afrequent habituéof SoBe) always pulls the pretty birds.

The Infidelity Files: Daniella Semaan

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We had several discussions at Kickette HQ about our suspicions surroundingthis couple's hook up. Sadly, we didn't make all of them public and now can't say "nyah, nyah told you so." Boo. Daniella Semaan's ex-husband continues to paintCesc's new girlfriend in anot so positive light, unsurprisingly.

Kickette Catch Up: Your Weekend Gossip Cheat Sheet

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Image: Twitter. H/T @tamarin. First attempt at achieving Mario Gomez-like hair no good, Jose Enrique? Saturday Want to play in the Prem? Shop at Asda. Newcastle's Gael Bigirimana swears by it [The Mirror]. Germany's "most famous football couple" are officially set to divorce. Simone Ballack, Michael's soon to be ex-wife, filed the paperwork in Bavaria [.

Kickette Catch Up: Your Weekend Gossip Cheat Sheet

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Image via Tumblr. The wonderful world of footy is chock-full of salacious gossip lately so let's hop right to it. Saturday Portland, Oregon was described as 'the US town who is fanatical about football' by the BBC.Go Portlandia! [BBC] Did Frankie Sandford get a boob job? While Frankie is likely to deny the rumours, it [.

Kickette Catch Up: Your Weekend Gossip Cheat Sheet

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Image: AP. We're confident our readers know what went down gossip-wise this weekend, but if not, here's the shortened version. Saturday Three time FIFA World Footballer of the year, OriginalRonaldo,is "completely exhausted" by the weight loss and exercise demands of Medid Certa, the Brazilian version ofCelebrity Fit Club he's currently appearing on.

Sergio Ramo & Pilar Rubio: Keep Calm & Hate-Read On

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This morning's footy left us with much to be desired, so here we are. Barely pissed on a Saturday, with something to offer everyone interested in the lucky bish having naked sleepovers at casa de Ramosâ„¢. Here's the latest reports, in true-to-Kickette HQ recap form... - "Rubio, asked about her relationship with Sergio Ramos" They [.

Sara Carbonero & Irina Shayk: Is There About To Be A WAG Fight?

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It's not everyday that we hear of awar brewing in WAG world, so if this baseless rumour about the mutually frostyrelations between Sara and Irina turns out to be true, it will be all of our Christmases, New Years and Hen nights rolled into one.Think 100 calorie buttered popcorn, pink boxing gloves, and a Cricket [.

Kickette Catch Up: Your Weekend Gossip Cheat Sheet

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A note of well wishes before we begin: Francesco Totti turned 36 last week. The patron saint of Speedos is a Libra: "Librans can be surprisingly energetic, though it is true that they dislike coarse, dirty work." Well that's a shame. Happy belated though! Saturday A Ukranian fan charged the field during Saturday's FC Metalist [.

Kickette Catch Up: Your Weekend Gossip Cheat Sheet

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We're quick with news on this end if you can't tell. Anywho, if you only have five minutes of procrastination time pencilled in for the day, you're in luck because we only have five can't miss stories from the weekend. Make yourself a cuppa (or make someone make you a cuppa), expect lots of air [...]

Shakira: The Voice & The Vexing Issue

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Images: @ShakiraTimor. Thx EC! News broke this morning that Pique's missus will be filling in for Christina Aguilera as a judge on US reality comp/show, The Voice, next season. Earlier this month the singer appeared at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Milan wearing...the above. Even more recently, Shakira sported even baggier clothes whilst out and [.

Ilary Blasi: Still Not Pregnant Or Giving Gifts

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Images: Ufficio Stampa. Speaking toTgcom24 at Milan's Fashion's Night Out last week, Mrs Francesco Totti once again feltcompelledto deny that she and the AS Roma captain were expecting a third. They say time heals all wounds, but our relief at this news proves otherwise. Maybe we haven't gotten past the time Ms Blasi boasted about [.

Carly Cole: On Twitter? Expecting Another?

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Maybe you have noticed that Carly Cole, wife of Joe, is on Twitter Kickettes? Don't beat yourselves up, we didn't either. Reader Soledad writes in: "There have been many fakes before, all posting what seem to be private pics, but they all disappeared. Now there is a new one, and she claims to be having [.

Sex Tape Shopping With Gerard Pique & Shakira

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Image: Bauer Griffin. The arguably most talked about couple in Spain seems to be dangerously closer than ever to having their sexual interactions broadcast to the world. While Shakira's reps originally denied, denied, denied the existence of any sex tape blaming two of the Colombian singer's former employees for winding everybody up it's [.

Kickette Catch Up: Your Extended Weekend Gossip Cheat Sheet

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Image: KCKRS via Tri-CityHerald.com. Hope you had a good bank holiday, Kickettes! Saturday - Note to all you memoir writers out there: You're going to have to answer to your grandmother about whatever you write. - We received the following reader Q: "Are we ready to proclaim Michael Laudrup the sexiest EPL manager?

Dani Alves & Bar Rafaeli: New Couple Rumour Report

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As Lecturas first reported [Ed. Note: hellow - always the rumour starters], Bar the supermodel was not after Gerard Pique or Cesc Fabregas as people first assumed about her random attendance at Barcelona matches. While some gossipers still think there's a connection to be made between her and Pique (some argue they had a fling [.

Dani Alves & Bar Refaeli: New Couple Rumour Report

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* The message boards and gossip watchers are buzzing after Lecturas first published [Ed. Note: hellow - always the rumour starters] "news" of a new couple: Barcelona defender, Dani Alves, and supermodel, Bar Rafaeli. After they allegedly met at a party he bombarded her with texts until she agreed to go out with him.

Kickette Catch Up: Your Weekend Gossip Cheat Sheet

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Image:Â BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/GettyImages. We have an announcement. In less than a fortnight, bathing suit season will officially be over and we can eat desserts again. So much to look forward to in September, Kickettes. We can hardly wait! Saturday - A much-vaunted production of Uncle vanya will arrive at London's Noel Coward theatre by way of [.

Randoms

Sergio Ramos: Sleepy Sounds For A Special Person

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If you found yourself wondering why in the hell would Sergio Ramos be tweeting links to the song "Heaven" by Bryan Adams before going to bed last night, wonder no more. Take it away Google Translate! Time to go to sleep. Tomorrow match against Saudi. I leave this topic of Bryan Adams dedicated to a [.

La Liga, Serie A May Soon Disappear For Viewers in America

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Image: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images Europe. Via a tip from reader, Carolina: "Very sad news for us USA Kickettes that don't have satellite service. ESPN3 did stream the Spanish Super Cup, but not sure if they will show other Liga matches." American Kickettes, what do you make of this potential news?

The Infidelity Files: Mario Balotelli

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Really, how many times can we pull out the thesaurus to find a different way to say "love rat" and "man whore"? We've reached synonym burnout when it comes to Mario Balotelli's love of keeping a bevy of ladies on the down low. Over the course of the past year or so, we've been privy [...]

The Rest

Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher confirms his next move

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Liverpool stalwart Jamie Carragher will join Sky Sports from the start of next season. The veteran defender had previously announced that he would retire at the end of the current campaign, although the rumour mill had suggested he was thinking of performing a U-turn and staying on for one more season.

Celtic FC, Snoop & Neil Lennon: Party People

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Snoop Lion is weighing up the possibility of buying "enough of a percentage to get me on" the Celtic board so he can be "heard," hetold the Daily Record last week. Some will dismiss this as manufactured publicity, but 'tis a real possibility, Kickettes. "I didn't catch the whole [Celtic vs] Barcelona game but I [.

Grappling Over Genitals: Ricardo Quaresma & Ahmed Nur Cebi

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Does this look like a dude who's trying to take Mario Balotelli/Joey Barton's coveted Chief Hooligan of Looking, Acting and Talking title? Well if Ahmed Nur Cebi's allegations turn out to be true, then yes. The backstory:Cash-strapped Besiktaswas trying to ease the burden of its high wage bill since last summer, and took several measures [.