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Date: Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 10:33

Liverpool: £10m Barcelona winger could be a real steal for Brendan Rodgers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Barcelona’s Cristian Tello looks to be on his way out this summer, with talkSPORT claiming that Napoli, AC Milan and Liverpool are all vying for the Spaniard’s signature.

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The 22-year-old has only made two starts for Barca this season, coming on a whopping 19 times, scoring just twice.

Able to play on either wing, and a confident dribbler, Tello’s £8m-£10m price-tag will surely entice Brendan Rodgers, with the Spaniard’s potential akin to that of former Inter attacker Coutinho, who has blossomed under the Liverpool boss since his January move to Anfield.

Like Tello, Coutinho was a young talent in a side unable to accommodate him, struggling to make an impact at the Italian side, and spending time on loan before Rodgers swooped in to kick-start his career in England.

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While the pair are admittedly different types of players, with Tello more of a wide-man compared to Coutinho’s playmaking instincts, Rodgers nurturing abilities, which he has shown with the likes of Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling this season, makes the possible signing of Tello all the more interesting, with the young attacker desperate for a mentoring manager to take him to the next level.

The Reds are on course to win their first Premier League title for 24 years this season, with Rodgers’ instilling a complete sense of belief in their own abilities, and fashioning a viciously attacking brand of football not seen in the English top flight for many moons.

 Liverpool: £10m Barcelona winger could be a real steal for Brendan Rodgers

But there is a distinct lack of quality width at Anfield, with Sterling recently playing more central, and only an out-of-favour Victor Moses as a natural wide-man in the squad, and Rodgers will surely be dipping into the transfer market for reinforcements.

If the rumours concerning Tello are true, Liverpool could be the stage for another struggling cocoon to be coaxed out of it’s shell by the brilliant Liverpool boss next season.

What do you think? Is Cristian Tello at £10m worth a gamble? Let me know in the comments below…

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Date: Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 10:27

Chelsea make £15m bid for Liverpool target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have made the first move for the highly rated Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno, and have lodged a £15m bid to secure his signature in the summer.

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Liverpool are thought to be interested in Moreno, who has a release clause of £25m, while reports also suggested that Manchester United have shown keen interest in him too, with ex-manager David Moyes sending scouts to watch him on a few occasions.

Spanish giants Real Madrid are also thought to be interested in the youngster with talkSPORT reporting in March that Carlo Ancelotti is looking to sign the left-back for £16m.

Chelsea are in need of a solid left-back as Jose Mourinho is searching for a long term replacement of Ashley Cole. They had initially targeted Southampton’s Luke Shaw but reports emerged yesterday that Manchester United have stolen the march on their rivals and have almost completed the deal.

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The attention shifts elsewhere for the Blues with Sky Italia journalist Fabrizio Romano now reporting that Chelsea have lodged an official bid for Moreno, while Sevilla sporting director, Monchi admitted: “Impossible to say he’ll not leave the club on summer”

Romano added in his following tweet that although Liverpool are interested in him, the Reds are yet to lodge any official bid for the Sevilla left-back.

Liverpool are also looking at other options, and are plotting a move for Sporting’s Argentine left-back Marcos Rojo.

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Date: Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 09:49

Chelsea’s €40m gem to be part of a new look Barcelona next season? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

I personally cannot remember a day when Chelsea’s David Luiz wasn’t been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, and today is of no exception. Barcelona is again the suitor, with Spanish newspaper ‘Sport.es’ claiming the Catalan giants want to bring both the Brazilian and Juventus dynamo Arturo Vidal to the Camp Nou this summer.

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As you can see, the Sport.es have run with the story on the front cover of their printed edition, with David Luiz haring after a ball, sporting a rather peculiar black strap on his knee.

Vidal is also present, with the report claiming the pair could be at the Camp Nou together next season, with the postponement of Barcelona’s two-year transfer ban allowing the Spaniards to push ahead with their transfer plans this summer.

The 27-year-old Luiz has been used sparingly by Chelsea this season, despite some barnstorming performances against top such sides such as Manchester City, PSG, and Arsenal.

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Usually deployed as a destructive midfield operator by Jose Mourinho, Barcelona are keen to bring him to La Liga as a centre-back, with a space in their defence set to open up following the departure of outgoing mainstay, Charles Puyol.

Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League this month to Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid, and are also trailing Diego Simeone’s side by four points at the top of La Liga, with Atleti only four games from winning the title.

Considered to be a failed season by the majority of fans and pundits, the Catalan giants are said to be ready to splash the cash this summer, and bring in as many as seven new players to make a push for the top honours next year.

Sport.es say that David Luiz had been on Barca’s transfer agenda last summer, but that the €40m valuation had scared them off.

Soccerlens can’t see that price dropping any time soon, especially considering his displays this season, and Barca will certainly have a fight on their hands to secure the star.

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What do you think? Is David Luiz a Barca player to be? Let us know in the comments below…

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Date: Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 09:13

Which £60m superstar could be Manchester United’s marquee summer signing? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to the British press, Manchester United are continuing their pursuit of Uraguyan superstar Edinson Cavani, with the Star reporting just hours ago that United officials had flown to France to discuss the possibility of a transfer with PSG.

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The 27-year-old, who became the sixth most expensive player in the world last summer when he moved to Paris from Serie A side Napoli for £52.7m, has endured a stop-start debut season in Ligue 1, and has been stuck out on the wing for a large part of the campaign.

He is evidently frustrated with how things are panning out for him under Laurent Blanc, and United are said to be keen to take advantage of the precarious situation surrounding the striker.

The Guardian reported yesterday that United are, despite being technically rudderless following the dismisal of David Moyes this week, still pushing forward with their three primary transfer targets for this summer, namely Cesc Fabregas, Luke Shaw, and Cavani.

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United chief executive, Ed Woodward, wants to offset the apparent instability currently residing at the club by making this summer one to remember, and bring in a superstar signing akin to the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, or indeed what he eventually meant to the club and the world of football.

The reports point to Cavani,  although here at Soccerlens, we are not so sure.

While the Daily Star cannot be considered a haloed source of truth, they had also ‘revealed’ Cavani’s indignation at the possibility of a transfer to Old Trafford back in March, and that the transfer was beneath him,

“He is well aware of United’s interest in him and at one stage this might have seemed like an attractive proposal,” said a StarSport ‘source’ last month,

“But the fact is Manchester United can no longer offer him the standard of football he wants or thinks he deserves.

“The club is going through huge changes and he doesn’t feel the time is right to even consider going to Old Trafford.”

The latest Star report does acknowledge their previous story, but suggests that the sacking of Moyes is the reason behind the striker’s change of mind.

Was Moyes so malignant a presence at the club that he would dissuade players from coming to the club? And how would a manageress club without Champions League football entice Cavani, if ‘he was against the idea’ of a transfer to United only one month ago?

What do you think? Do you think there is truth behind the rumours? Let me know in the comments below…

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Date: Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 08:06

Barcelona to make shock £30m bid for Mesut Ozil? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Well, I seriously don’t know how to react to it.

Barcelona’s transfer ban has been lifted by FIFA and now the Catalan giants can set their sights again to recruit top players from all around the world.

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Already they have linked up agreement for Ter Stegen and are trying to lure David Luiz of Chelsea, now reports in Spain suggest, they’re showing interest in signing Mesut Ozil from Arsenal.

“There are reports from Spain that Barcelona will make a move for Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil,” talkSPORT’s Spanish football expert Paul Breen-Turner told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.

“He was close to joining them in 2011. Ozil is a very serious target for Barcelona and they will make a move.

“They’re talking about a figure of £30million, although I can’t quite believe Arsenal would even consider.”

Take a look at his tweet as well:

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Arsenal paid £42m for Ozil which is a club record transfer fee and the German international did well in his first season at the club.

Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo reports that German midfielder is very liked by Andoni Zubizarreta and Barca are preparing to launch a bid for Ozil in summer. 

Even if they are interested, no way Arsenal would sell such a prized asset that too for a fee much lower than the value they paid to sign him.

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Date: Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 07:08

Liverpool to beat Arsenal for highly rated Argentine defender? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have secured the Champions League qualification already and eyeing for a Premier League glory this season.

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The club’s managing director Ian Ayre has said earlier this week that Liverpool will go to any extent to buy top quality players, deemed necessary by the manager.

Liverpool need to bolster on few areas, but immediate attention required is the defence. The Reds need to buy a top quality left-back and have set their sights on Sporting’s Marcos Rojo.

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The Reds scouts have watched him on several occasions this season and according to Portuguese press are highly impressed with what they saw.

Sporting meanwhile are not ready to sell at the moment, as they want to wait until after the World Cup to sell him because they believe his value might increase there.

Arsenal meanwhile are also keeping tabs on the 24-year-old Argentine, who can also play as a centre-back if required.

While the Gunners may need a defender to replace Thomas Vermaelen, who could leave the club in the summer, but it seems like Liverpool are genuinely impressed with his performances and could make a move for him in the summer.

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Date: Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 07:00

Chelsea loanee ready to ditch bitter rivals and make Stamford Bridge return - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea loanee Victor Moses has insisted that his future remains in West London, but that he will do all he can to help Liverpool pip Jose Mourinho’s side to the Premier League title this season.

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The 23-year-old has fallen out of favour under Brendan Rodgers since the turn of the year, and is ineligible to face his parent club Chelsea when the two sides meet at Anfield this weekend; a match that will have a huge baring on where the Premier League title ends up this season.

And Moses, who is set to appear for Nigeria in this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, still sees himself as a Chelsea player, and is looking forward to proving his worth at Stamford Bridge next season,

He told Sky Sports: “I’m a Chelsea player. I came to Liverpool to do a professional job for them but I’m going back to Chelsea at the end of the season to try and fight for my spot.”

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Despite his commitment to the Blues, the winger spoke about how the blossoming team unity at Liverpool will be crucial in keeping their momentum going, and securing their first league title for 24 years,

“Everyone’s ready to go because we know how important the last four games are for us. We just need to win as many games as we can to win the Premier League,” said Moses,

“I can’t say it’s in the bag but with the kind of players we’ve got, we’re just going to work hard together as a team and hope for the best at the end of the season.

“We’re all gelling together and working hard as a team, which is the most important thing. In the training sessions, everyone is at it to make sure we win every single game.”

What do you think? Is Moses good enough for Chelsea, considering his absence from the Liverpool first XI? Let me know in the comments below…

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Date: Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 06:52

The €40m Real Madrid target Liverpool must sign - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Earlier this week, we reported that Liverpool are showing keen interest in highly rated Porto’s attacking midfielder, Juan Fernando Quintero, who is also a reported target of Manchester United and Real Madrid.

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Quintero is a 21-year-old Colombian attacking midfielder who has been touted as one of the most promising talents in world football.

Having impressed at the youth level in the Colombian National team and club football in South America, this has been his first full season in Europe, in Portugal at Porto.

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Despite a far from brilliant start to the season, mostly explained by the time he took to adapt to European football and a totally new life, Quintero’s importance at Porto has been more and more apparent, especially under new manager Luis Castro.

He’s arguably the best creative midfielder in the Portuguese League, although he’s not quite the finished product as well and has plenty of room to improve – especially as far as his decision making is concerned.

He has often been compared to Lionel Messi due to his dribbling ability and vision, and is expected to play a key role for Colombia in this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

His performances have attracted the interested of many of Europe’s financial powerhouses, such as Real Madrid, PSG, Barcelona and Juventus. So far, no concrete offers have been reported, with the player’s buyout clause of €40 million probably requiring further observation of his play before making a move. Porto are known to be tough negotiators and rarely sell their pearls below their buyout clauses.

Liverpool have secured the qualification for the Champions League next season and top players are expected to arrive, with managing director Ian Ayre claiming that Liverpool will go to any extent to buy a player, if he is wanted by the manager.

Well, as I said, Quintero is far from a finished product but under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers, he could be one of the bests in the world. He is that talented. The problem lies in difficulty while negotiating with Porto. Can Liverpool show the ambition and sign him in summer?

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Date: Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 06:30

Chelsea and Arsenal to fight over dazzling young Frenchman? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to the Guardian, Premier League giants Chelsea and Arsenal are set to battle it out to land Paris St Germain’s 19-year-old sensation, Adrien Rabiot, in the summer.

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The French U-21 international has been a long term transfer target for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who has had sent scout Gilles Grimandi to track the youngster regularly this season.

The midfielder reportedly earns £5,000-a-week, but wants a significant pay rise to remain with the French giants, to the tune of £60,000 a week, a massive pay hike which Chelsea are willing to offer.

Despite his youth, and competition from Yohan Cabaye, Blaise Matuidi, Marco Verratti and Thiago Motta at the heart of PSG’s midfield, Rabiot has still managed 29 appearances this season.

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While Wenger is desperate to land a long term replacement for Mikel Arteta in the summer, Jose Mourinho too wants a player with creative imagination in the middle of the park.

PSG manager Laurent Blanc has however expressed his desire to keep the teenager at Paris beyond the summer.

“I have a lot of esteem for that boy who has a big potential. During the first part of the season he proved he could expect more time in the team.” Blanc said,

“Unfortunately he picked up a knee injury in January and Yohan Cabaye joined the club, which was a needed reinforcement because we didn’t have enough midfielders. I can understand he is impatient. But he must not forget he belongs to a very big club and you have to be patient in life.” 

“I hope he will stay at the club.”

What do you think? Is Rabiot destined for the Premier League? Let us know in the comments below…

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Date: Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 06:00

Juventus set sights on prolific Arsenal target in the summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Serie A champions Juventus have set their sights on Arsenal target Mario Mandzukic in the summer, according to a cover page story by Italian newspaper ‘Tuttosport’.

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The Old lady are desperate to revamp their squad to mount a serious Champions League challenge next season and manager Antonio Conte believes that Mandzukic will be the ideal partner with Carlos Tevez up front for the Turin giants.

Robert Lewandowski’s imminent arrival at the Allianz Arena will surely mean that the Croatian will play second fiddle to the Pole for the Bavarians. Arsenal have been linked with Mandzukic over the past few months and there are strong reports that the Gunners will go all out for to land the 27 year old in the summer.

Mandzukic has been in lethal form this season, scoring 18 times and grabbing four assists in 29 appearances in the Bundesliga, as Pep Guardiola’s side successfully defended their title in record time.

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge however is desperately trying to tie down the Croatian at Allianz Arena beyond the summer, and is confident of keeping the striker at the club, as he told German daily Sports Bild,

“I have spoken personally with Mario and I know that he will stay with Bayern Munich. He is a very important player for us and has a contract until 2016. Lewandowski? We’re glad he’s coming, but at the same time, we’re happy that Mandzukic will stay.”

So what do you think? Will Mandzukic stay at Munich or will leave for Juventus or Arsenal in the summer?

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Date: Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 06:00

Opinion: Pochettino could be the answer for Tottenham - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tim Sherwood never stood a chance at Tottenham.

From the moment he took over from Andre Villas-Boas, the former Spurs player was regarded with suspicion from many in the support-base, who, thanks to his persona, saw him as nothing more than a younger version of Harry Redknapp.

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The results were good at first, but his tactical naivety was soon viciously exploited by teams within the top four. Not only did results start to sour, but his straight-talking, brash, just-one-of-the-lads-at-the-pub attitude came across as untrustworthy and even embarrassing instead of honest and dependable.

However, Sherwood was never likely to be anything more than a stop-gap at Tottenham. The important question is, for who?

Louis Van Gaal had been the favourite for months, but the Dutchman is now seen as the likely successor to David Moyes at Manchester United. With his superstar hire now likely out of the picture, chairman Daniel Levy is forced to look elsewhere for the man who will lead Tottenham back into the Champions League.

He could find his answer on the south coast, in the Argentine Mauricio Pochettino.

Pochettino was born in the small town of Murphy, not far from Rosario, where he would begin his playing career at Newell’s Old Boys under the management of none other than Marcelo Bielsa.

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The bohemian nature of Rosario saw football as more than just a game. It was a subject for philosophical debate, for in-depth discussion on how it should be played and what it should represent, and this is the culture Pochettino was brought up in from an early age.

Pochettino played under Bielsa not only for Newell’s Old Boys but for the Argentina national team, so it should not be surprising that his teams at Espanyol and Southampton were both built upon some of the basic Bielsa principles, such as high-pressing, possession and aggressiveness.

Pochettino has the pedigree of a top manager, but is he the right man for Tottenham?

In my opinion, the answer is yes, and it is down to three main reasons:

1. Style of Play

“There are teams that wait for you and teams that look for you: Espanyol look for you. I feel very close to their style of football”, were the words of Pep Guardiola, full of praise for Pochettino and the style he had instilled in his Espanyol team. It is the same style he has instilled at Southampton, and the same style he would bring to White Hart Lane.

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Pochettino’s preferred formation is a hard-pressing, possession-based 4-2-3-1 that seeks to play the game in the opposition’s half. Southampton enjoy the largest amount of possession in the Premier League at 58.7 % (stat via WhoScored) but Pochettino’s style is not built around methodical build-up play or meaningless possession.

One of the concepts Pochettino has taken from Bielsa is the “verticalidad” concept of always moving the ball towards goal, not holding onto it just for the sake of keeping possession. This puts the defence under constant pressure both mentally and physically and is the basis of his attacking-oriented system.

Although Pochettino wants his teams to attack, they are built upon a solid base in defence, something which Spurs have desperately lacked this season. Part of this success has to do with his commitment to pressing teams high up the pitch in their own half, not allowing them to build up any sort of momentum in attack. It is a very proactive way of defending, and it can make his teams very difficult to play against.

2. Focus on Youth

First at Espanyol, and now at Southampton, Pochettino has put an emphasis on developing young talent and bringing them into the first-team squad.

In both instances, this devotion to developing players from the youth ranks had to do with the economic reality of both clubs, but it is also a fundamental aspect of who he is as a manager. Unsurprisingly, he finds his tactics and techniques more easily accepted by the younger players who are often more aggressive and hungry to prove their worth, but it also has to do with the simple fact that younger players are more malleable.

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At Tottenham, there is a large group of young, talented players such as Eriksen, Lamela, Bentaleb, Townsend, Kane, Carroll and Holtby that would thrive under his management and system. One of the major issues with Tottenham this season has been an inability to develop and mould the individual abilities of the players into a coherent system and team, an area which Pochettino has shown to be exceptional.

Creating an Identity

Spurs supporters will proudly tell you about the “Tottenham way”, but aside from a notion that the team should play attacking football, no one truly has an exact idea of what it is. It is not a specific philosophy or system such as at Ajax or Barcelona, and considering the vastly different styles of Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood at senior and youth team levels, it is clear the club is not sure of what it is either.

At Espanyol, not only did Pochettino change the style of the senior squad, but he made sure the entire system from the lowest youth ranks to the top were in constant communication and discussion over development and style of play. Because of this, players from the youth ranks are more easily assimilated into the senior-team, and all levels within the club can feel comfortable and confident within their system.

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Pochettino doesn’t just bring style, he brings a very discernible identity which Tottenham has been desperately crying out for, and it is something that supporters would be able to proudly call the “Tottenham way”.

Conclusion

Of course, there is no guarantee of success with Pochettino, but then again, there is never a guarantee of success with any manager. The fact he has been able to instill a system and style of play that would be unfamiliar and unknown into his Southampton team so quickly shows his ability to communicate and instill his ideas clearly and quickly.

After such a tumultuous season, Tottenham require a manager who is going to give the team and the club an identity that the supporters can admire and be proud of once again. He may be young, he may not be vastly experienced, and he may not even speak the language perfectly, but he is Tottenham’s best choice.

One thing is for certain, his style of football requires no translation.

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Date: Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 05:45

Premier League trio to battle it out for £24m Colombian flyer? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier league duo Arsenal and Manchester United are said to be keeping tabs on Juan Cuadrado, according to Italian Daily La Nazione, with Liverpool also in the mix.

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The Fiorentina winger is believed to be valued at around £24 million and has been in fine form this season for the Italian side. His displays in Serie A have attracted much interested abroad, particularly in London and Manchester. Liverpool have also been linked with the winger after losing out to Chelsea for the signature of Salah.

The 25 year old Colombian certainly knows how to find the net, having scored 11 goals in 39 appearances this season. Fiorentina are said to be very keen to keep hold of him, but every player has a price and an offer in the region of £24 million will be hard to turn down.

The club are however in the running for Champions League football and qualification for Europe’s most prestige tournament could persuade Cuadrado to stay. Focus is key though with Inter Milan hot on their heels. Only two points separate the two sides after 34 games.

Reports earlier this month suggested that Manchester United had sent scouts to watch the winger play against Udinese. The Daily Mail have suggested it is his versatility that is attracting United, having been converted from a right winger to a right wing-back and flourishing in the roll.

David Moyes was known to be putting in an incredible amount of scouting work for next season, but now that he has been sacked it remains to be seen if Manchester United will continue pursuing the Colombian international.

This could put Arsenal and Liverpool in a better position to sign the talented Cuadrado. Liverpool have recently gone on record that money will not be an issue next season when buying players. Rodgers has been assured they will pay what they have to in order to get the big players they need to continue their progression as a club.

With Champions League football a guarantee next season, and the title pretty much wrapped up, Liverpool fans will be linked with top players and their fans can look forward to a very exciting transfer window ahead.

When you consider his frequent ability to get on the score sheet, his speed and versatility, both in attack and defence, the price tag of £24 million seems to be value for money. Cuadrado certainly has all the attributes needed to succeed in the Premier League and will be a very good signing for either Liverpool, Arsenal or United.

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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 19:06

Manchester United: Adnan Januzaj commits to Belgian national team - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj has committed his international future to Belgium, with national team manager Marc Wilmots revealing the breakthrough on Twitter.

“I received official confirmation Adnan Januzaj who is now available to the Belgian national team for the rest of his career. This is good news and I am delighted that talented player is available for the Red Devils”, said Wilmots as quoted by Belgian newspaper, ’DH.

The 19-year-old who was born in Brussels to Kosovar Albanian parents was eligible to play for up to five countries, with England also being on the list. However, it has now become clear that Januzaj will represent Belgium, who will play their first World Cup in Brazil this summer since 2002.

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Januzaj has had a breakthrough season at Manchester United scoring 4 goals and grabbing 3 assists in 14 appearances for the Old Trafford outfit.

With Christian Bentke out of the World Cup and Kevin Mirallas ruled out for the rest of the season, Januzaj may well feature in the World Cup for his newly adopted nation.

Belgium are widely tipped to have a successful World Cup, with the plethora of dazzling talent they have at their disposal. They cruised through the qualifying rounds, picking up 26 points from a possible 30 en route to the finals.

Belgium are pitted against Algeria, Russia and South Korea in Group H for the showcase event come in June.

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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 18:48

PHOTO: Cristiano Ronaldo to wear Ballon d’Or golden boots vs Bayern Munich - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Cristiano Ronaldo will be wearing his golden Ballon d’Or boots tonight against Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League semi final at the Santiago Bernebeu.

boots PHOTO: Cristiano Ronaldo to wear Ballon dOr golden boots vs Bayern Munich

Real Madrid’s talismanic Portuguese attacker missed the last four games for Los Blancos, including the Copa Del Ray final against Barcelona last week. However, manager Carlo Ancelotti has decided to give his prized asset the start tonight against the Bavarians.

Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or after a stunning year, finally ending Lionel Messi’s four year run as the ‘world’s best player’. The 29 year old has scored 28 times, grabbing 8 assists from 199 shots in the 2013-14 La Liga season so far.

Unfortunately for the Spanish giants, Gareth Bale only makes the bench for Real, with reports suggesting that the 24 year old has stomach flu.

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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 13:23

Manchester United set to beat Chelsea for £30m defender - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have won the race to sign Luke Shaw, according to reports from The Guardian, and a large share of credit goes to ex-manager David Moyes for securing the deal in place.

Luke Shaw Manchester United set to beat Chelsea for £30m defender

The 18-year-old has had a fantastic campaign for Southampton this season and could be a part of Roy Hodgson’s squad for the World Cup in Brazil.

Shaw was also targeted by several English clubs including Liverpool and Chelsea, but United camp feel, that a £30m deal to buy Luke Shaw on a £100,000 a-week salary is almost complete.

The £100,000 a-week, on a five-year contract would make Shaw English football’s highest ever paid teenager. The sum was more than what Chelsea were ready to offer and the report claims when the Blues were made known what Manchester United had offered, they decided pull out of the race to sign him.

Manchester United are intent on a spend of up to £150m on rebuilding the squad and Shaw could be one of the first signings of the club in summer.

Credit must go to David Moyes who persuaded Shaw to chose United ahead of Chelsea, with the Scot having put in long hours of work to try and secure the hottest prospect, as the report suggests.

However, Shaw’s prospective transfer might have an impact on Evra’s future as well. The 33-year-old was considering leaving the club but the Frenchman is now minded to stay. Evra is happy to be his mentor as he understands that the youngster is seen as a long-term replacement for himself.

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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 08:44

Chelsea looking to hijack €45m Manchester United target? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The William Carvalho transfer saga is getting interesting now. If the reports are to be believed scouts of top European clubs are spending their valuable time watching him week after week.

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He is a young solid defensive midfielder who is technically sound and has been in tremendous form – so, ticks all the boxes you need. The only fly in the ointment remains is his €45m buy-out clause. Plus, there is this perennial ownership issues in Portugal with Sporting only owning 60% of the player’s economic rights.

Paying such a ridiculous dosh on a 22-year-old who has yet to prove at the highest stages is simply ludicrous. But that hasn’t deterred top clubs to monitor him closely.

Before the January transfer window, Chelsea and Arsenal were also thought to be interested in him along with Manchester United. The Red Devils scouts even watched him when he was on loan to Cercle Brugge last season.

Back in November, we reported that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is taking a keen interest in the player, who has a contract till 2018.

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Back in November, A Bola reported Chelsea’s interest in Carvalho

Then in December, O Jogo published a story that says Arsenal scouts were also showing an interest, with chief scout Francis Cagigal was impressed with the youngster’s performances.

During the January transfer window, Chelsea signed Nemanja Matic from Benfica. Naturally, the interest in Carvalho cooled down, and then throughout January, February and March English tabloids speculated about his future, linking mainly with Manchester United with several outlets even claiming the Red Devils have agreed a deal for the highly rated midfielder.

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O Jogo reports that Sporting wants the player to stay

O Jogo reporting today that Chelsea and Manchester City are still interested in the player, while other European clubs like Inter Milan and Juventus also monitoring his progress.

Sporting have always maintained they will not sell the player, until the release clause is met and now will try to convince him to stay next season to play the Champions League and further inflate his market value, under the promise that they will let him leave in the summer of 2015.

Bruno de Carvalho and Virgilo Lopez are key members of Sporting’s football structure, they’re the ones who are trying to convince Carvalho to stay and also has assured him of a salary hike at the club.

Carvalho is one of the worst paid members in the squad but he is the most valuable commodity right now so the proposed upgraded will be over 400% as per the report.

The interest from Chelsea really died down after they signed Matic, but it seems a) either they have reignited their interest or b) the newspaper just mentioned them as they were previously linked. The performances of Ramires and John Obi Mikel have been below par this season and either of them could be sold in the summer.

It remains to be seen whether Manchester United at all show any interest in him further, now that a new manager will be taking charge in the summer. In that case, can Chelsea make a move and hijack the deal?

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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 07:25

Ayre reveals Liverpool’s summer transfer plans - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This summer will be massive for Liverpool. Simply massive.

Before the season started, finishing in top four was the main priority but Liverpool have exceeded all expectations and are now assured of at least third place in the league. That means they don’t have to play the Champions League play offs to reach the main stage.

ayre Ayre reveals Liverpools summer transfer plans

But, most importantly they are in pole position to win the Barclays Premier League title for the first time in 24 years.

There will be a sea-change approach in their transfer outlook next season with manager Brendan Rodgers will be given a hefty transfer war-chest to bolster the squad. Further, with Champions League football to offer, Liverpool can once again attract top players around the world.

Managing director Ian Ayre had admitted that Liverpool will go to any extent to sign a top player, willing to match any price, if the player is wanted by the manager.

“It will cost what it costs when we decide who the manager wants to buy,” said managing director Ian Ayre as quoted by BBC.

“It has always been tougher in the transfer market when you are not competing at the highest level,” said Ayre.

“We have always been fortunate to be able to bring great players here despite that, but there is no question it opens up a few doors for us and makes it a little bit easier.

“There is no question we always expected that the squad we need for next season will be very different to the squad that we have needed for this year when we were not playing in Europe.”

While defence needs a major overhaul, Liverpool will be looking to add one or two midfielders as well. The Reds are heavily linked with several top European players already and to keep an update on it check here.

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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 07:08

Will Cech injury mean an early Chelsea return for Courtois? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Cech Will Cech injury mean an early Chelsea return for Courtois?

Standing at the opposite end of the pitch, Thibaut Courtois will probably not have had a particularly good view of the injury sustained by Chelsea’s Peter Cech early in the Champions League semi-final at the Vicente Calderon stadium last night. If he had however, the young Belgian ‘keeper on loan at Atletico from the west London club, may well have turned his thoughts to the implications the event may have on where he will be plying his trade next year.

The ‘dilemma’ for Chelsea of having two world-class goalkeepers on their books, albeit with one being a decade older than the other, has become a difficult circle to square for the club. Having a ready-made replacement lined up for Cech when the club deems it right to move him on seemed an ideal situation. The rapid progress of Courtois however to a level of performance where he is being hailed as the best goalkeeper in the world, has muddied the waters somewhat.  With Cech still turning in outstanding displays, and at 31 still relatively young in goalkeeping terms, the timing hasn’t seemed right to look at succession issues just yet.

With this in mind, Chelsea were minded to persuade the Belgian to extend his contract, currently due to expire in 2016 for a further two years, and then loan him back to Atletico for a final season. They would then bring him back to Stamford Bridge for a season of integration, before taking over the number one slot. The injury to Cech may have changed all that however.

A dislocated shoulder can be a worrying injury for any player, but for a goalkeeper it does of course take on a heightened level of concern. Depending on the seriousness of the dislocation, the injury may make it more likely for such problems to happen again. Suddenly, 31 may not seem so young any more, and with the thought that such injuries could seriously hamper, or even terminate a ‘keeper’s career at the top level, a potential crisis could be looming.

It must therefore now be in Jose Morinho’s mind to consider the option of bringing forward that transition season by taking Courtois back to Stamford Bridge as Cech’s anointed successor this summer, and begin the process of winding down the career of the club’s stalwart stopper.  The nightmare scenario would of course to be leaving Courtois in Madrid, excelling at his craft, and have Cech plagued with recurrences of the injury, relying on back-up ‘keepers, and having Chelsea’s season compromised.

The summer will be a time for decisions at the Bridge on a number of players’ futures. Concerns about Cech however will inevitably be at the top end of Mourinho’s list of issues to resolve as he contemplates the best way forward. The speed of the goalkeeper’s convalescence may be a factor in any decision, but that may just hide any potential for the injury to recur. Having an outstanding goalkeeper is a key requirement for a successful season, and Mourinho will not want to risk falling short. That’s why Cech’s injury could mean Courtois bidding ‘Adios’ to Atletico at the end of the season.

 

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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 06:00

Arsenal in talks to sign the ‘next’ Cristiano Ronaldo - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are in talks to sign Portuguese wonder kid Goncalo Guedes from Benfica in the summer, according to the Guardian.

Goncalo Guedes Arsenal in talks to sign the next Cristiano Ronaldo The 17 year old has come up the ranks from Benfica’s youth system, with Arsene Wenger believed to be interested in the player who has been dubbed the ‘next Cristiano Ronaldo’.

It is widely known that Wenger had Cristiano Ronaldo at Arsenal’s training ground when he was a youngster but failed to sign the Portuguese talisman, and Arsenal scout Gilles Grimandi has warned Wenger not to risk making the same mistake with Guedes.

Guedes has played for Portugal already at three different levels of international football; under-16, under-17 and under-18 level and has caught the eye with his dazzling performances on the pitch. Capable of playing as a second striker and also as a winger proves his versatility despite his tender age.

Benfica under Jorge Jesus have clinched the domestic title last weekend and are trying to tie Guedes down to a new contract. It is believed that the Portuguese side are also trying to set a high buy-out clause to fend off interest from foreign clubs.

AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund are also believed to have kept an eye on the youngster this season after he impressed in the UEFA Youth League.

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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 05:45

Manchester United and Arsenal set to miss out on highly rated Spanish star - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League giants Manchester United and Arsenal are set to be disappointed in their pursuit of highly rated Sevilla defender Federico Fazio as the Argentine claims that he is happy at the Andalusian club.

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Italian sides Napoli are Fiorentina are also interested in the 27 year old but Fazio said, “There is much talk of the market and one of my possible departure.  However I  can only say that now I’m focused on the field and want to stay focused on our goal, to reach the final of the Europa League”

A technically gifted player, Fazio has attracted the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United over the past few months. While the Red Devils are searching for a long term replacement for Nemanja Vidic, who will join Inter Milan in the summer, Arsene Wenger also wants an imposing centre back to reinforce his defence.

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Fazio has been a vital cog in the Sevilla’s machine this season with 31 appearances in all competitions. One of the mainstays for Sevilla at the back, the Argentine has been rock solid and rarely lets his team down.

fazio Manchester United and Arsenal set to miss out on highly rated Spanish star

He has won most of his headed duels (78%) and has been successful with his 86% take-on’s at the heart of the defense. Moreover he never shies away from a tackle and aids his team with clearances from the back. Sevilla are in semi finals of the Europa League and will take on Valencia in an all Spanish clash later in the week.

So what do you think? Should Arsenal and United bid over ambitiously to land the highly rated Argentine?

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