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Reports: Swansea In Negotiations To Cut Renato Sanches’ Loan Short And Send Him Back To Bayern Munich In January

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Swansea are reportedly at the end of their tether with Renato Sanches and are currently in the process of negotiating an premature conclusion to the Portuguese midfielder's season-long loan from Bayern Munich.

Sanches has failed to make much of an impact at the Liberty Stadium since his high-profile arrival in September as his once-golden glow, stoked by a series of buccaneering performances at Euro 2016, continues to fade.

‘Bullsh*t’ – Bayern Munich Hotshot Robert Lewandowski Addresses Resurfaced Real Madrid Transfer Rumours In Curt Fashion

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Robert Lewandowski invited a whirlwind of tabloid bullhonky upon himself recently when, in the wake of PSG splurging to sign Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, he publicly criticised Bayern Munich for failing to match their state-financed Champions League rivals in the money-frittering stakes this summer.

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‘It’s Time To Leave, Our Patience Is Over’ – AC Milan Fans Reduce Gianluigi Donnarumma To Tears With Incredibly Merciless Banner (Photo)

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AC Milan's teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was reduced to tears at several junctures of Wednesday night's Coppa Italia tie against Hellas Verona after his own fans unfurled a massive banner informing the youngster that they'd "lost patience" with him.

The 18-year-old stopper and his agent, the irrepressible Mino Raiola, are currently locked in an ongoing contractual wrangle with Milan, with Raiola attempting as is his wont to squeeze every last cent out of the Rossoneri.

Tottenham: Serge Aurier Free To Enter UK After New French Court Ruling ‘Downgrades’ Assault Conviction

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Last time we dipped in, Tottenham were progressing nicely with their efforts to sign Serge Aurier from PSG.

Indeed, the Evening Standard had it that the Ivory Coast international defender had tentatively agreed a five-year contract with Spurs, with the piffling matter of him not being legally allowed to enter the UKbeing the only hitch holding up the transfer.

Reports: West Brom Very Close To Completing Shock Loan Deal For PSG Evacuee Grzegorz Krychowiak

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In one of the more brow-furrowing developments of the transfer window, West Brom are closing in on the signing of Grzegorz Krychowiak from PSG.

According to John Percy in the Telegraph, the Polish defensive midfielder is currently in the West Midlands to undergo at medical at the Baggies...

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Reports: Everton Put £60m Aside For Sam Allardyce To Coax Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang From Dortmund In January

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Desperate for a striker, Everton are reportedly set to go big very big in January by attempting to lure Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund to Goodison Park.

According to the Mirror, approximately £60million has been set aside for Sam Allardyce to pursue Aubameyang, who has been identified by the Toffees as the perfect replacement for Romelu Lukaku.

On This Day In 1999: Liverpool Attempt To Sign Didier Baptiste, Fictional Character From Sky One’s ‘Dream Team’, For £3.5m

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Dream Team: Harchester United's entirely made-up squad (Photo: Sky One)

Every year, the 24th November marks a truly momentous anniversary in the cavernous annals of footballing stupidity: The day Liverpool attempted to sign Didier Baptiste, an entirely fictional player, for £3.5million.

To be clear, the gaffe wasn't made by Liverpool themselves, but by The News of the World newspaper, who erroneously peddled a rumour that the Reds were interested in signing the promising left-back a "French Under-21 international" no less from Monaco.

‘We Need Him To Qualify For Europe’ – RB Leipzig Will Not Allow Naby Keita To Join Liverpool In January Under Any Circumstances

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Liverpool have been thwarted in their attempts to expedite Naby Keita's transfer from RB Leipzig after being told they will have to wait until the end of the season as agreed.

The Reds secured Keita's services by triggering his £48million buyout clause in August, striking a deal with Leipzig that will see the Guinean midfielder move to Anfield at the conclusion of the 2017/18 campaign.

Diego Costa Pens Obligatory Open Letter To Chelsea Fans After Wrapping Up Atletico Madrid Return

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It's done. Diego Costa has officially returned to the employ of Atletico Madrid, with the striker's Chelsea exit confirmed by both parties on Tuesday night.

The transaction, said to be valued in excess of £50million, will take effect on the first day of January, 2018 the day on which Atleti's current transfer embargo is lifted.

Official: Chelsea Confirm Diego Costa Is Free To Return To Atletico Madrid With Heartfelt 30-Word Statement

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It's over. It's finally... over.

Chelsea have announced that they've struck a deal with Atletico Madrid that will finally allow Diego Costa to return from whence he came.

The Blues issued a statement via their club website confirming as much, and incredibly touching it was too all 30 words of it.

Leicester City: FIFA Reject Adrien Silva Transfer Application After Deadline Missed By 14 Seconds

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Leicester City have had their attempts to sign Adrien Silva from Sporting Lisbon nixed by FIFA after the Foxes left it just a smidgen too late on deadline day.

The bulk of the £22million deal had been squared away earlier in the window, but the Foxes left it until deadline day to agree terms and finalise some of the small print.

Financial Fair Play Be Damned: PSG Welcome Kylian Mbappe On Board In Yet Another Exorbitant Cash-Spluff

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Monaco have been plundered once again as PSG have announced that their convoluted deal to sign Kylian Mbappe has now officially gone through.

The transfer basically boils down to a long-term contract, beginning with a bullshit one-season loan, presumably to allow the young lad to gain a vital bit of experience.

Official: Swansea Sign Renato ‘Golden Boy’ Sanches On Season-Long Loan From Bayern Munich

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As unlikely as it may sound, Swansea City have secured the services of Renato Sanches on a season-long loan from Bayern Munich.

The Swans announced their big coup on deadline day, confirming that the 20-year-old will spent the remainder of the 2017/18 campaign at the Liberty Stadium...

Welcome to @SwansOfficial, Renato Sanches.

Official: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Pulls On His New Liverpool Shirt For The First Time (Photos)

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With an agreement struck hours earlier, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain officially completed his £35-40million switch between Arsenal and Liverpool on Wednesday afternoon after successfully coming through a medical at England's training base at St George's Park.

Just to seal the deal, the midfielder was then allowed to pull on his new shirt for the first time and pose for a series of official club portraits.

Arsenal: If This Passionate, Anthemic Musical Plea Doesn’t Convince Alexis Sanchez To Stay, Nothing Will… (Video)

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Alexis Sanchez may well have 10 good reasons to leave Arsenal on transfer deadline day, but thankfully he now also has one good reason to stay.

From the same deranged, off-key genius who brought us 'Leave Right Now', the definitive anthem of the 2016/17 'Wenger Out' campaign, comes what might just prove to be the decisive factor in Sanchez's decision.

Official: Kieran Gibbs Joins West Brom On Permanent Deal After 13 Years At Arsenal (Photo)

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After Watford pulled out yesterday, West Brom have swooped in and wrapped up a deal to sign Kieran Gibbs from Arsenal.

The initial fee is reported to be £5million, rising to a potential £7million in add-ons, et cetera.

Gibbs, 27, has signed a four-year contract and will wear the No.

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Reports: Sam Allardyce Agrees Deal To Take Over At Everton On Seminal Day For Proper Football Men™ Everywhere

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In what is turning out to be a jolly good day for Proper Football Men™ that Know The League™, it's being reported that Sam Allardyce has agreed to take over at Everton, a little over two weeks after initial talks between the two parties dwindled to nothing.

At the time, Everton were chucking increasingly silly amounts of money at Watford in the vain hope of luring Marco Silva to Merseyside, with Allardyce withdrawing his application after tiring of the dilly-dallying.

Reports: Alan Pardew To Be Appointed New West Brom Manager At Some Point Today

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West Brom have identified the man they want to haul them back up into the safe confines of mid-table, and that man is Alan Pardew.

According to just about every prominent source, Pardew is set to be appointed as the Baggies new manager at some point on Wednesday, meaning he'll take charge of his first game against Crystal Palace this coming Saturday.

Reports: Leicester City Approached Claudio Ranieri To Return As Manager Eight Months After Sacking Him

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Reports are emanating in the Italian press that after dismissing Craig Shakespeare earlier this month, Leicester City went cap in hand back to Claudio Ranieri and asked him if he'd like to manage them again, eight months after sacking him nine months after winning the Premier League title.

Harry Redknapp Claims He Has No Idea Why QPR Are Being ‘Picked On’ After Club Land Record £40m Fine For FFP Breaches

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As you may have heard, QPR are currently being taken through the ringer to the tune of around £40million after being found guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

The club were accused of spending way, way beyond their permitted limit in their attempts to secure promotion to the Premier League, which they duly did at the end of the 2013/14 season, before manipulating their accounts to make it appear otherwise.

Reports: Leicester City Poised To Appoint Claude Puel As New Manager ‘Within Next 48 Hours’

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If whispers on the wind are to be believe, then Leicester City are within a day or so of appointing a successor to Craig Shakespeare.

The man(ager) in their sights is reported to be one Claude Puel, the charisma-less Frenchman who just sort of came and went at Southampton a while ago.

Chelsea

End Of An Era: Chelsea’s Longest-Serving Player To Leave Club After Seven Years (Without Making One Single Appearance)

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There's a chance you won't have the foggiest who he is, but Chelsea's longest-serving player has announced he is planning to leave the club after seven years of service.

Despite originally signing from Inter Zapresic in 2010, Croatian goalkeeper Matej Delac has yet to make a single senior competitive appearance for the Blues, instead enduring 10 separate loan moves during his sparse tenure.

Hot Air: Roy Keane Thinks Diego Costa Is A ‘Balloon’ And Chelsea Should Get Rid Of Him ASAP

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Roy Keane has bestowed us with his definitive assessment of Diego Costa as the impasse between the striker and his current employers, Chelsea, continues to rumble on into a third month.

Costa is currently refusing to return to the club after being informed (via text message) that he was surplus to requirements by manager Antonio Conte after finishing as top goalscorer in the Blues' title-winning 2016/17 season.

Reports: Turkish Giants Fenerbahce Eye Loan Move For Chelsea Outcast Diego Costa

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Fenerbahce are eyeing a swoop for Diego Costa, with the Turkish giants reported to have opened talks with Chelsea over a loan deal for the striker.

Costa was deemed surplus to requirement by Blues' boss Antonio Conte, and remains in his homeland of Brazil after failing to move away from Stamford Bridge before the end of transfer deadline day.

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The 14-Second Man: Adrien Silva Trains With Leicester City For First Time, Chooses Very Apt Squad Number (Photos)

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While still unable to represent his new club until January, the good news is that Adrien Silva has been cleared to start training with the rest of the Leicester City squad.

The Portuguese midfielder joined the Foxes from Sporting Lisbon on transfer deadline day but, despite being afforded a two-hour extension, the buying club still managed to overshoot the deadline for his registration by 14 seconds.

Leicester: FIFA Reject Appeal Over Botched Adrien Silva Transfer, Midfielder Stuck In Limbo Until January

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Leicester City have had their appeal over the botched registration of Adrien Silva rejected by FIFA.

The Foxes attempted to sign Silva from Sporting Lisbon on deadline day but missed the cut-off by 14 seconds.

The majority of the £22million deal had been agreed earlier in the window, but Leicester left it until the very last moment to start finalising the small print and, even with a specially requested two-hour extension, managed to overshoot the deadline, thus leaving FIFA with no choice but to reject the application.

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Reports: Karim Benzema’s New Four-Year Contract Extension With Real Madrid Includes Bonkers €1bn Release Clause

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Despite being linked with an exit for the past dozen consecutive transfer windows, but today Karim Benzema has committed his long-term future to Real Madrid.

The 29-year-old French striker, who is currently in his ninth season at Los Blancos, has signed a new four-year contract extension thus tying him to the club beyond his 33rd birthday.

Blast From The Past: Ex-Arsenal Striker Julio Baptista On Cusp Of Signing For Bolton Wanderers

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There was a time, not so very long ago, when Bolton Wanderers seemingly made it their business to sign every ageing, out-of-work ex-international they could nab out of the transfer bargain bin.

Indeed, as unlikely as it may sound, the likes of Youri Djorkaeff, Jay Jay Okocha, Fernando Hierro, Jared Borgetti, Ivan Campo, Hidetoshi Nakata, Mario Jardel, Julio Cesar, Bruno N'Gotty, Ibrahim Ba, Fredi Bobic and Nicolas Anelka all played for the Trotters within about five or six years of each other.

Lightning Round-Up: Handy List Of All The Premier League Movers And Shakers On Transfer Deadline Day

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That's it. The summer transfer window has closed, with the Premier League racking up an enormous net spend of £665million in the process taking the top-flight's total 25-year outlay past the £1.41billion mark.

Let's see what people got for their money, eh?

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.

Liverpool Agree £40m Deal To Sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain From Arsenal, Six-Year Contract On The Table

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain isn't likely to be an Arsenal player for much longer with the breaking news this evening that Liverpool have reached a £40million agreement to take him off the Gunners' hands.

It was reported earlier in the day that Oxlade-Chamberlain rejected a move to Chelsea for fears he'd be stationed at wing-back.

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Reform: Premier League Summer Transfer Window Will Close Before Start Of Next Season

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The Premier League transfer window will shut before the start of the season as of next year after club chairman voted in favour of bringing the deadline forward.

Starting in 2018/19, the summer window will close at 17:00 BST on the Thursday before the opening weekend of the Premier League campaign (i.

West Ham: David Sullivan Claims Slaven Bilic Rejected Chance To Sign Renato Sanches And Grzegorz Krychowiak On Deadline Day

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Whether you choose to believe him is another matter, but West Ham owner David Sullivan has made it known that Slaven Bilic rejected the chance to sign both Grzegorz Krychowiak and Renato Sanches on transfer deadline day.

Krychowiak eventually agreed a season-long loan at West Brom, while Sanches struck a similar deal to join Swansea for the remainder of the 2017/18 campaign.

Official: Tottenham Complete £23m Deal To Sign Serge Aurier From PSG

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With a timely assist from the French judicial system, Tottenham have completed their deal to sign Serge Aurier from PSG.

The flying right-back joins for a fee of around £23million, has signed a five-year contract and will wear the No.24 shirt last sported by none other than Brad Friedel...

Going To Waste: 10 Premier League Exiles In Dire Need Of Deadline Day Moves

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It's transfer deadline day (again), and a cursory glance around the Premier League reveals a fair amount of players who must be crossing everything that their agent pulls something anything out of the bag before the 11pm cut-off.

Here are but a few...

Eliaquim Mangala (Man City)

He's not without his flaws, but Mangala has undoubted potential and is far too good to be left wasting away in City's reserve string for six months.

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‘I Know That He Needs To Grow’ – Diego Simeone Confirms Antoine Griezmann Will Be Allowed To Leave Atletico Madrid At End Of The Season

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Not that it's much of a secret anymore, but Diego Simeone has all but confirmed that Antoine Griezmann will be leaving Atletico Madrid at the end of the season, and that the Frenchman will be departing on good terms.

Manchester United are known to be interested in acquiring the 26-year-old French striker's services, but it's been reported, at least in the Spanish press, that he has already struck a verbal agreement to join Barcelona come the summer.

Apparently This Is The New Nike Kit England Will Wear For Their Disappointing Second Round Exit At 2018 World Cup (Leaked Photos)

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'Tis the season of the international kit release and, while England's new strip has yet to be formally unveiled, a couple of leaked images purport to show just how the Three Lions will be togged up come the 2018 World Cup.

Because this is Nike we're talking about here, they'll be none of the individually themed retro-tinged goodness we witnessed with the recent batch of Adidas World Cup efforts.

Reports: Crystal Palace In Contact With Free Agent Carlton Cole After Losing Christian Benteke To Knee Ligament Injury

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Roy Hodgson's soul-sapping start to life as Crystal Palace's new manager has plumbed a new depth today with news that, having lost their sole remaining striker to injury, the club are mulling over the prospect of signingCarlton Cole.

Having lost Christian Benteke to a knee ligament injury last week, Hodgson currently doesn't have a single recognised senior striker at his disposal with Connor Wickham already ruled out until January and, well.

Le Cringe: French Journalist Tricked By Spoof Report That Bordeaux Have Signed Younger Brother Of Brazilian Winger Malcom, Named ‘Douwi’

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Bordeaux winger Malcom is currently enjoying something of a breakout season in Ligue 1 this year, having already contributed three goals and four assists in the space of just seven appearances so far.

As such, it's perhaps only natural that Bordeaux might think to scour the20-year-old Brazilian winger's family tree in search of more as-yet unearthed footballing gems.

Official: Fenerbahce Tentatively Agree To Take Vincent Janssen On Loan From Tottenham For Rest Of Season

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Fenerbahce have announced that they've come to a tentative arrangement with Tottenham to take Vincent Janssen off their hands for the remainder of the season.

The Dutch international striker has failed to gel at Spurs, scoring just six goals (many of which were penalties) in 38 appearances to date.