Transfer Talk

Manchester City and Arsenal head the queue for transfer listed Valencia defender Adil Rami

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Valencia defender Adil Rami, transfer listed for criticising coach Miroslav Djukic, is a target for Manchester City and Arsenal. Reports in Spain suggest the France international has been fined and also told he can leave the club over an outspoken interview in which he complained of "confusion" at the Mestalla.

Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Sunderland all want Burnley’s Danny Ings

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Burnley are bracing themselves for January transfer bids for star striker Danny Ings. Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Sunderland are reported to be among a host of Premier League clubs looking very closely at the Championship forward. The 21-year-old has seven goals in nine games so far this season as Sean Dyche's side find [.

Man Utd had put aside £80m for Cristiano Ronaldo deal

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Manchester United had £80m budgeted to sign Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, according to the Mail on Sunday. The reports claim that the plan had been in place since Sir Alex Ferguson and former chief executive David Gill were at the club and it could still be revisited in January or, more likely, next summer.

Man Utd consider bid for Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala

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Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala is rumoured to be a transfer target for Manchester United. Manager David Moyes is still hoping to strengthen his squad before Monday's transfer deadline. But after experiencing a frustrating summer chasing big-name targets, the Scot is ready to but the marquee signings on the backburner to bring Mangala to Old Trafford.

Everton and QPR in for former Liverpool midfielder Momo Sissoko

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Former Liverpool star Momo Sissoko could be back on Merseyside next season playing in the blue of Everton. The Toffees and QPR are both said to be interested in the PSG midfielder, who is surplus to requirements at his current club. He spent last season on loan at Fiorentina and would be available for a [.

Liverpool reject £30m offer from Arsenal for Luis Suarez

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Arsenal have had a club record £30 million bid for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez rejected. As we reported last week, some bookies have stopped taking bets on the Emirates being Suarez's destination this summer. It has now emerged that one of the reasons for a flurry of bets on that happening was an audacious offer [.

Newcastle prepare second bid for Saint Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Newcastle are lining up an improved offer for Saint Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with newly appointed director of football Joe Kinnear eager to complete the deal before he goes on holiday. Reports in The Journal suggest that Kinnear is eager to secure a major signing sooner rather than later to give him some credibility in [.

£60m price tag slapped on Tottenham’s Gareth Bale… by Real Madrid director of football Zinedine Zidane

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Normally in a transfer saga, it's the selling club that puts a price tag on the player that's in demand. But in the case of Gareth Bale, Zinedine Zidane director of football at Real Madrid, one of Bale's main suitors has done the job for them. Doing his best Antiques Roadshow impression, Zizou [...]

English Premier League

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 [.

Newcastle target Bafetimbi Gomis will stay at Lyon until the end of the season

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Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis has confirmed he will stay with the club until next summer which means his Premier League suitors might not be able to sign him in the winter transfer window. The France striker was widely linked with a move to Newcastle during the transfer window. At one stage he appeared to [.

Arsenal ready to pay £11m for Liverpool target Kyriakos Papadopoulos

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Arsenal are preparing an £11m bid to beat Premier League rivals Liverpool to the signing of Schalke defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos. It's not clear whether Brendan Rodgers side will launch a bid of their own. The Reds were heavily linked with the Greece international but, having signed PSG's Mamdou Sakho and Sporting Lisbon's Tiago Ilori, Rodgers [.

Liverpool set to move for Derby starlet Will Hughes in January

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Liverpool are being linked with a £6m move for Derby County wonderkid Will Hughes. The England Under-21 international is known to have a number of Premier League suitors, and Brendan Rodgers' side were tipped to sign the 18-year-old over the summer. Despite holding talks with the Rams about a possible deal, the transfer never materialised.

Arsenal, Man City and Spurs target Eduardo Salvio given £34m price tag by Benfica

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Benfica have told Eduardo Salvio's various Premier League suitors that a bid of £34m will be needed to sign him. Arsenal have reportedly joined Manchester City and Spurs in the race for the 23-year-old winger. But Benfica are hoping to dampen the interest in the Argentina international by giving him a whopping asking price.

Video: David Villa takes thinly veiled swipe at Spurs

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Spain international David Villa has been unveiled as an Atletico Madrid player and the former Barcelona striker took the opportunity to knock his Premier League suitors. Villa was widely expected to sign for Spurs but made a surprise move to Atletico instead. Some Spurs fans were critical of chairman Daniel Levy's negotiating skills at [.

Sevilla president says he’s had no offer from Spurs or Man City for Alvaro Negredo

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Sevilla's president says he has not received any offers for striker Alvaro Negredo and warned his Premier League suitors that there is no cut-price deal to be done. Negredo is thought to be a target for Tottenham and Manchester City, but Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido says neither club has yet made an [.

Chelsea ‘agree’ £49.3m deal for Edinson Cavani

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Chelsea have agreed a £49.3 million fee for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, according to the Italian side's official radio station Radio Marte. In a statement released last night, the station said: "We have received news in the office from a very reliable source that Napoli have sealed a deal with Chelsea for Cavani's sale.

Gunners issue Walcott update

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Arsenal Football Club have spoken out regarding Theo Walcott's heavily rumored transfer away from the Emirates Stadium following a week of strong rumors. While everything is still in the air, an Arsenal spokesperson has informed ESPN that reports indicating contract talks have all but broken down are "all speculation.

Mid-Day Ticker: Petrov in remission, Santos intent on keeping Neymar & more

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Four months after being diagnosed with leukemia, Stiliyan Petrov is in remission.

The Aston Villa captain and Bulgaria international was diagnosed after he developed a fever following a match March 24 against Arsenal. Petrov, 33, has suspended his career while receiving treatment and was the subject of numerous tributes around the English Premier League this past season.

Spurs Want £35million For Modric

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Andre Villas-Boas has said that want-a-way midfielder Luka Modric will not be sold until someone meets Tottenham's £35million asking price.

Spanish champions Real Madrid are thought to be leading the chase for the 26-year-old midfielder with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain reportedly among other potential suitors.

Moyes aims to keep Blues and Utd targets

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Everton boss David Moyes has warned Chelsea and Manchester United that he is determined to retain star players Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines in a bid to secure Champions League qualification next season.

Moyes has heard the intense speculation surrounding United's interest in Baines and Fellaini, with the latter also being a reported Blues target this summer.

Spurs, Dortmund to battle over midfielder

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Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly inquired about the availability of Russian play-maker Alan Dzagoev, who is also believed to be a target of German champions Borussia Dortmund.

Dzagoev scored three goals over the course of Russia's somewhat surprising Euro 2012 group stage elimination and it has since been believed that potential suitors must be prepared to bid at least £15 million for the 22-year old's services.

Gunners rule out skipper’s sale

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Arsenal captain Robin van Persie will not be voluntarily sold to any potential suitors, as confirmed by chairman Peter Hill-Wood.

Van Persie has been repeatedly linked to English champions Manchester City and Italian champions Juventus since inconclusive contract talks held with manager Arsene Wenger a few weeks ago.

Midfielder ‘honored’ by Toffees interest

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Former Bayern Munich wing-back Danijel Pranjic has hinted that he is closing in on a move to Everton as he took time away from a family holiday to acknowledge the Toffees' interest as an honor.

Pranjic spent most of his time at Bayern on the bench last season but despite a frustrating club season that he ended as a free agent, the 31-year old managed to feature for Croatia in Euro 2012 group stage last month.

Magpies rejuvenate pursuit of top defender

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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is reportedly prepared to return to Lille with a £6 million offer to secure the services of highly rated right-back Mathieu Debuchy.

The French outfit recently belittled the Magpies' £4 million offer and reports suggested that they were seeking at least another 50% increase in the next offer.


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 [.

Ferguson – Van Persie forced Arsenal to sell him to United

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The Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that the Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie had turned down many other suitors and made it clear to Arsene Wenger that he didn't want to join any other club. Wenger was reported to have been in favour of sending RVP abroad to a club like PSG [.

Nicklas Bendtner Has ‘Three Demands’ Over Potential Transfer – What Could They Possibly Be?

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By Chris Wright

As if told by Liam Neeson that he will be found and he will be killed if he doesn't leave Arsenal, kidnapper/outbound striker Nicklas Bendtner has warned potential hostage negotiators/suitors that he has some very specific demands that must be met if you're serious about purchasing him.

Liverpool Consider Move For Real Madrid Midfielder

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Nuri Sahin's queue of potential suitors continues to grow, as Liverpool prepare to enter the race for the Real Madrid midfielder, Spanish reports suggest.
Marca report that the Anfield club is preparing an offer for the Turkey international that will meet the requirements set out by the La Liga champions.

Backpage Roundup: Wenger Fed Up Of RVP Saga, Malaga Want More for Cazorla, Saints Target Walcott Reunion and More

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Wenger Fed Up Of Answering RVP Questions

Arsene Wenger has said that he is tired of answering media questions about Robin van Persie's future and added that there is no fresh news regarding the club captain's potential summer exit.

Arsenal recently lost out to Manchester City in a pre-season friendly encounter in China, after which the French trainer once again faced questions about van Persie's future at the club.

Sneijder wants Arsenal target at Inter Milan

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by AH According to the Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Sneijder has told his club Inter Milan that they should move quickly and fight off interest from other suitors to try and sign Barcelona player Ibrahim Affelay. Reports over the summer have seen Afellay linked with a move away from Camp Nou, with Arsenal being named [.

Manchester United

Berbatov’s stubbornness could cost him a move

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With the summer arrivals of Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa at Manchester United, the already out-of-favour Dimitar Berbatov's time at Old Trafford is up. The Bulgarian frontman was forced to watch-on from the sidelines for the majority of last term, and Sir Alex Ferguson is willing to sell the attacker given the strength in depth at his disposal in attack.

Where should van Persie play this season?

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Time is winding down for Robin van Persie to make a move away from Arsenal, but the question that remains is: Where exactly will he go?

The list of reported interested suitors in the Dutch international are some of the premier clubs in the world. From Manchester United to Manchester City to Juventus, van Persie has attracted a number of top teams who not only have an eye on their respective domestic leagues, but also on the UEFA Champions League.


Disgruntled At Being Left On The Bench, Kolo Toure Gives Community Shield Winners Medal To Man City Fan (Photo)

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What being below Stefan Savic in the pecking order can do to a man

Narked at being left on the bench for Manchester City's largely inconsequential curtain-raising Community Shield victory over Chelsea at Villa Park yesterday, a jilted Kolo Toure allegedly handed his winners' medal over to a City fan as he sidled down the tunnel after the game as these photos (posted on Twitter) would appear to show.


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Feverish speculation surrounding the future of Liverpool's record purchase of £35 million forward Andy Carroll.

It is well-known that new Reds Manager, Brendan Rodgers does not believe that the big Geordie does not feature in his plans for a new pass and move Liverpool.

The Irish Manager, however, is not willing to let such an expensive player just go out on loan and is looking for £20 million from suitors such as West Ham & Newcastle United to pay up front for the England International.


Liverpool striker Andy Carroll struck down by the world’s least convincing injury

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Andy Carroll has been left out of Liverpool's squad for tonight's Europa League clash FC Gomel with a slight groin strain. OTP would like to stick its neck out and suggest that the strain is so slight as to be non-existent. The England striker is being widely linked with a move away from Anfield this [.

A-League Side Adelaide United Hoaxed, Take Non-Existent American Wünderkind On Trial

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A-League side Adelaide United have been forced into making a particularly embarrassing admission after the prodigious trialist they hyped to high heaven, one 25-year old Dexter Rosales, turned out to be completely fictional.

Having scoured the internet for potential gems the world over, Adelaide announced that two players were to be handed trials at the club former Chelsea reserve striker Fabio Ferreira and Rosales, who was billed as having represented Ajax, Valencia, River Plate and Club Atletico Junior as well as the US national side at U17, U20 and U23 level.

Blues Record Opening Round Knockout

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It wasn't perfect, and there's still plenty of work to be done. But for the moment, Chelsea appear to be on the verge of identifying themselves as a new-look counter-attacking side with plenty of pace and trickery. More, after the jump:


Preseason friendlies are hard to judge.

The Rest

Milan transfer update: Bojan and Niang are Milan players, Kaka deal is off

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Milan have given up on Kaka. For those who dreamt of his return, the dream is over. If Milan's transfer campaign this summer was not a joke already, the failure to sign Kaka ensures it. The Brazilian was unwanted by Real Madrid, did not have many other genuine suitors and he was the club's number [..

Great Football League Teams 36: Brighton and Hove Albion 2010-11

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Last Wednesday Bradley Wiggins' big yellow Tour de France victory parade passed near to a town synonymous with its greatest ever champion – Mourenx, site of the coming of age of the indomitable Belgian, Eddy Merckx. From the moment his breakaway victory there on the 17th stage of the 1969 Tour, people spoke in hushed tones about Merckx's achievement.

Apono on his way back to Real Zaragoza

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Real Zaragoza look set to complete the signing of Malaga midfielder, Apono on a three-year deal.

The Spanish midfielder became an important part of Zaragoza's first team last season, whilst on loan from Malaga. However, he returned to the Andalusian club this summer but has been deemed surplus to requirements by coach Manuel Pellegrini.