Speculation

Chelsea

Conte Blames Language Barrier For Talk Of Premature Exit

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Antonio Conte has now says that he has no intention of leaving Chelsea before the end of his contract. The Italian is committed to the champions until 2019 but appeared to fuel speculation of an earlier departure with a recent interview in Italy in which he was quoted as saying:

'Not a doubt in my mind that I will be home before long.

Diego Costa: Chelsea and the fans are losing patience. He MUST deliver a big performance against Tottenham.

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The speculation surrounding Diego Costa's immediate future has become the focus of attention once again. Chelsea are reportedly losing patience, the Chelsea fans are losing patience and he MUST deliver a big, big performance tomorrow at Wembley.

Having fallen out with people at the club over a lucrative move to China once, Diego Costa has become the focus of an improved offer to the club AND a ridiculous salary offer which is reported to be £650,000 per week.

Rumours

Thibaut Courtois: Once again while away from Chelsea with Belgium, speculation of his future intensifies.

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When there is a break for International Football you can always rely on three things. Firstly speculation regarding the future of Antonio Conte. Secondly, the future of Eden Hazard and like clockwork, thirdly the same of Thibaut Courtois.

It frustrates the life out of me it really does.

Obsessed: Some Liverpool Fans Are Conducting Forensic-Level Private Investigations Into Virgil Van Dijk Transfer Rumours

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With this current transfer season proving sillier than ever, it's perhaps understandable that some football fans have been driven to the very edge of lunacy by the constant whirling maelstrom of bullshit.

Indeed, it would appear that a handful of Liverpool fans though they are far from alone in their endeavours have been pouring hundreds of man-hours into conducting their own private investigations into the club's ongoing pursuit of Virgil van Dijk.

AFP

Arsenal’s Wenger admits no progress on Sanchez contract talks

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London (AFP) – Alexis Sanchez and Arsenal remain at an impasse over new contract talks, manager Arsene Wenger said on Wednesday.

Wenger’s admission will only heighten speculation the 28-year-old Chile international forward will join Premier League rivals Manchester City.

Sanchez, who played under City manager Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, is presently injured with an abdominal strain which will keep him out of Saturday’s game against Stoke City and prevented him from playing in the opening 4-3 win over Leicester City.

Monaco coach Jardim evasive on Mbappe talk

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Monaco (AFP) – Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim insists he is not worried by the ongoing speculation surrounding the future of star striker Kylian Mbappe amid reports that he is close to joining Paris Saint-Germain.

“I am not going to talk about conjecture. I am staying focused on my work and helping my team to evolve,” Jardim told reporters on Friday.

Monaco coach Jardim evasive on Mbappe talk

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Monaco (AFP) – Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim insists he is not worried by the ongoing speculation surrounding the future of star striker Kylian Mbappe amid reports that he is close to joining Paris Saint-Germain.

“I am not going to talk about conjecture. I am staying focused on my work and helping my team to evolve,” Jardim told reporters on Friday.

Neymar keeps silence on return to Barcelona

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Paris (AFP) – Brazilian superstar Neymar landed back in Barcelona on Tuesday evening, avoiding making any comment on the ongoing speculation about a possible world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

The 25-year-old Barcelona forward was travelling back from China and had earlier posted a video on social media apparently from Dubai airport, amid suggestions that he could have been bound for Paris.

Cristiano Ronaldo: ‘I’m staying at Real Madrid’

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo has told a Spanish newspaper he is staying put at Real Madrid to plunder more silverware, ending weeks of speculation about his future.

“To win important trophies with my club and the personal honours last season was brilliant, to do it again would be nice,” Ronaldo told the sports daily Marca on Tuesday in an interview from Shanghai.

Barkley’s Everton football future clouded by surgery

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Liverpool (AFP) – England midfielder Ross Barkley underwent groin surgery on Wednesday and is expected to miss the start of the Premier League season amid ongoing speculation over his future.

Everton said the 23-year-old is set to be sidelined for around four weeks after missing the club’s pre-season trips to Tanzania and the Netherlands.

Aguero going nowhere says Guardiola

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Houston (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said Wednesday he had no plans to sell Sergio Aguero but confirmed the club was in talks with “three or four” potential new signings.

Speaking to reporters ahead of Manchester City’s Houston derby with Manchester United on Thursday, Guardiola attempted to draw a line under speculation about Argentina striker Aguero’s future.

Aguero going nowhere says Guardiola

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Houston (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said Wednesday he had no plans to sell Sergio Aguero but confirmed the club was in talks with “three or four” potential new signings.

Speaking to reporters ahead of Manchester City’s Houston derby with Manchester United on Thursday, Guardiola attempted to draw a line under speculation about Argentina striker Aguero’s future.

Dortmund insist Aubameyang not for sale

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Guangzhou (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday moved to end speculation about the future of star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, by insisting the Gabon international is going nowhere.

Aubameyang, who scored 31 goals in the Bundesliga last season, has been linked with big-money moves to Real Madrid, Chelsea, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain in recent weeks.

Wenger expects Arsenal player Giroud to stay with Gunners

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Sydney (AFP) – Arsene Wenger says he expects Olivier Giroud to stay at Arsenal this season despite speculation over how he will fit in following the record signing of fellow French striker Alexandre Lacazette.

Giroud, the reported off-season target of Premier League rivals Everton and Germany’s Borussia Dortmund, was among the goalscorers in the Gunners’ 3-1 pre-season win over Western Sydney Wanderers in Sydney on Saturday.

Wenger expects Arsenal player Giroud to stay with Gunners

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Sydney (AFP) – Arsene Wenger says he expects Olivier Giroud to stay at Arsenal this season despite speculation over how he will fit in following the record signing of fellow French striker Alexandre Lacazette.

Giroud, the reported off-season target of Premier League rivals Everton and Germany’s Borussia Dortmund, was among the goalscorers in the Gunners’ 3-1 pre-season win over Western Sydney Wanderers in Sydney on Saturday.

Football: Japan’s Honda joins Mexican side Pachuca

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan international Keisuke Honda has signed for Mexico’s Pachuca, the former AC Milan player announced on social media Friday, ending months of speculation about his future.

The 31-year-old left the Serie A side at the end of last season after a frustrating three-year spell in Italy.

Football: Japan’s Honda joins Mexican side Pachuca

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan international Keisuke Honda has signed for Mexico’s Pachuca, the former AC Milan player announced on social media Friday, ending months of speculation about his future.

The 31-year-old left the Serie A side at the end of last season after a frustrating three-year spell in Italy.

Costa given extra time off with Chelsea future uncertain

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London (AFP) – Diego Costa has been permitted by Premier League champions Chelsea to miss the start of pre-season training on Monday, fuelling speculation he is set to rejoin Atletico Madrid.

The 28-year-old Brazil-born Spanish international is still keen on a return to Atletico despite them not being allowed to field new players until January because of a transfer ban.

Costa given extra time off with Chelsea future uncertain

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London (AFP) – Diego Costa has been permitted by Premier League champions Chelsea to miss the start of pre-season training on Monday, fuelling speculation he is set to rejoin Atletico Madrid.

The 28-year-old Brazil-born Spanish international is still keen on a return to Atletico despite them not being allowed to field new players until January because of a transfer ban.

Arsenal fans must get behind Wenger, says chief executive Gazidis

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London (AFP) – Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis on Friday urged fans to cease their heckling of Arsene Wenger and unite behind the long-serving manager.

Despite speculation about his future the 67-year-old French coach finally signed a new two-year contract after the end of last season in which Arsenal finished fifth.

Arsenal fans must get behind Wenger, says chief executive Gazidis

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London (AFP) – Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis on Friday urged fans to cease their heckling of Arsene Wenger and unite behind the long-serving manager.

Despite speculation about his future the 67-year-old French coach finally signed a new two-year contract after the end of last season in which Arsenal finished fifth.

Cheick Tiote’s agent calls for end to speculation over death

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London (AFP) – The agent of the late Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote on Wednesday called for the media to cease making unsubstantiated claims about the reasons for his death.

The 52-time capped star - a member of the Ivory Coast squad that ended a 23-year drought in winning the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations - died after fainting during training with second division side Beijing Enterprises on June 5.

Cheick Tiote’s agent calls for end to speculation over death

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London (AFP) – The agent of the late Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote on Wednesday called for the media to cease making unsubstantiated claims about the reasons for his death.

The 52-time capped star - a member of the Ivory Coast squad that ended a 23-year drought in winning the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations - died after fainting during training with second division side Beijing Enterprises on June 5.

I’m staying at Atletico, insists Griezmann

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Paris (AFP) – Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann intends to stay at the Spanish club next season amid ongoing speculation about his future, the striker told French television station TF1 on Sunday.

Griezmann has been heavily linked with a move away from Atletico, all the more so since the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld a transfer ban that means the club will not be able to sign any new players until January next year as a punishment for irregularities in the signing of foreign players under 18.

Wenger signs new two-year Arsenal contract

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London (AFP) – Long-serving Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has signed a new two-year contract, the club announced on Wednesday, ending months of speculation about his future.

Wenger has presided over a gruelling season, which saw his team fail to qualify for the Champions League, but masterminded a stunning FA Cup final win over Chelsea last weekend.

Arsene Wenger signs two-year contract with Arsenal

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London (AFP) – Long-serving Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has signed a new two-year contract, the club announced on Wednesday, ending months of speculation about his future.

Wenger has presided over a challenging season, which saw his team fail to qualify for the Champions League, but masterminded a stunning FA Cup final win over Chelsea last weekend.

Arsene Wenger signs two-year contract with Arsenal

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London (AFP) – Long-serving Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has signed a new two-year contract, the club announced on Wednesday, ending months of speculation about his future.

Wenger has presided over a challenging season, which saw his team fail to qualify for the Champions League, but masterminded a stunning FA Cup final win over Chelsea last weekend.

Kylian Mbappe ‘exceptional’, says Real Madrid boss Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane hailed Kylian Mbappe’s “exceptional” breakout season on Friday as speculation mounted that the Monaco starlet has set his heart on a move to Real Madrid.

Friday’s edition of the Madrid sports daily Marca said that the 18-year-old Mbappe has indicated his desire to join the reigning European champions.

Kylian Mbappe ‘exceptional’, says Real Madrid boss Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane hailed Kylian Mbappe’s “exceptional” breakout season on Friday as speculation mounted that the Monaco starlet has set his heart on a move to Real Madrid.

Friday’s edition of the Madrid sports daily Marca said that the 18-year-old Mbappe has indicated his desire to join the reigning European champions.

I’m staying at Manchester United says Rooney

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London (AFP) – Wayne Rooney said Thursday he was staying with Manchester United following persistent speculation he could make a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League.

British media reports said Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, had been in China speaking to interested clubs but the United and England captain insisted he was remaining at Old Trafford.

I’m staying at Manchester United says Rooney

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London (AFP) – Wayne Rooney said Thursday he was staying with Manchester United following persistent speculation he could make a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League.

British media reports said Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, had been in China speaking to interested clubs but the United and England captain insisted he was remaining at Old Trafford.

Rooney’s agent in China for transfer talks

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London (AFP) – Wayne Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford held talks in China on Thursday amid mounting speculation over the Manchester United captain’s future, British media said.

Rooney, 31, has been sidelined by manager Jose Mourinho heightening expectations he could leave United for the mega-rich Chinese Super League.

Arsenal

If Alexis CAN fire Arsenal to EPL title would he STAY?

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After all the speculation and concern from Arsenal fans about whether or not we would be saying goodbye to our star performer Alexis Sanchez during the current transfer window, it is looking ever more likely that he will not be going anywhere for the time being, although there are still a few weeks of the [.

Top four spot to give Arsenal chance to sign Ibrahimovic?

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There was a lot of speculation about whether the Swedish striker would thrive in the English Premier League this season, with his age and supposed lack of mobility as well as the need to adapt to a different style of football all brought up as possible obstacles, but I think most Arsenal fans will have [.

UEFA Champions League

Could Turner Sports’ strategy for the Champions League be an over-the-top subscription play?

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Among soccer fans, there has been much anticipation about how Turner Sports will broadcast the UEFA Champions League when they begin coverage in the late summer of 2018.

At the same time, there’s also been a lot of speculation about what channels Turner Sports will use to distribute the games to soccer fans throughout the United States.

Could Turner Sports’ strategy for the Champions League be an over-the-top subscription play?

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Among soccer fans, there has been much anticipation about how Turner Sports will broadcast the UEFA Champions League when they begin coverage in the late summer of 2018.

At the same time, there’s also been a lot of speculation about what channels Turner Sports will use to distribute the games to soccer fans throughout the United States.

The Rest

Wednesday Kickoff: Edinson Cavani willing to work with Neymar, Keylor Navas unfazed by speculation and more

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While two teammates appear set to work together for the good of the club, one big-name goalkeeper isn't looking over his shoulder despite rumors indicating he should be.

Edinson Cavani says that he and Neymar don't have to be friends as long as they play like professionals and lead the PSG attack.

Wood extends contract with Hamburg

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Bobby Wood has reportedly been a transfer target for several clubs scattered throughout Europe, but the U.S. Men's National Team forward put an speculation to rest by committing his future to Hamburg on Saturday.

Hamburg announced on Saturday that Wood has signed a new deal to remain with the club until 2021.

Are the Dynamo interested in Colombian-international attacker?

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With an international spot open and Matt Jordan scouting in Argentina, speculation is (reasonably) rampant.

On Friday, the Houston Dynamo made a roster move: they waived oft-injured center back Agus, a Spaniard who has not played a minute this year after making eight starts in 2016. Having turned 32 last month, he didn't seem to have had much of a future role with the Dynamo, so the move wasn't completely surprising.

Major Link Soccer: Mallory Pugh to be introduced today

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After weeks of speculation, the 19-year-old will finally play for an NWSL club.

Seattle

It was a great weekend for the Seattle Reign. After demolishing the Washington Spirit 6-2 on Saturday, the Reign have taken the top spot in Power Rankings.

Haley Kopmeyer is up for Save of the Week for her late game reaction save that kept the Spirit to just two goals on the afternoon.