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Date: Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 14:26

Chelsea and Arsenal lose grip in signing French playmaker to Italian clubs - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

2012 11 14 adrien rabiot Chelsea and Arsenal lose grip in signing French playmaker to Italian clubs Chelsea and Arsenal are reportedly losing their grip in signing Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Adrien Rabiot as the player is set to make a move to Italy in the coming days.

The teenager’s contract with the Ligue 1 champions runs down in the summer of 2015 and has rejected a chance to sign a new deal. PSG are looking to cash in on the player in this summer transfer window, rather than letting the player leave for nothing after the end of the next season.

Earlier we reported that Rabiot has long been a transfer target for the Gunners as their French manager Arsene Wenger was keen on securing a deal for the midfielder. The Emirates club’s London rivals Chelsea are also in the frame for securing a deal for the player.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the English clubs are set to face competition in signing the Frenchman from Serie A clubs. Juventus were keen on signing the 19-year-old, but it is Inter Milan who have now taken the lead for Rabiot’s signature.

The Premier League clubs’ hope of signing Rabiot looks very slim as the two Italian clubs are set to enter a summer battle – with PSG and the player also playing a role in the transfer.

The situation is that the French capital club want to sell Rabiot to Inter as PSG have very good relationship with Erick Thohir. However, the player wants to join the Serie A winners, having already agreed a deal with the Turin club.

This could get better over the weekend as the Italian report claims the decision over Rabiot’s future will be taken on Monday. If there could be any further developments from either Inter or Juventus, that could help either of the side to land the playmaker.

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Date: Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 13:58

DONE DEAL: Alvaro Morata joins Juventus - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

SetWidth638 morata DONE DEAL: Alvaro Morata joins Juventus Juventus have confirmed they have signed Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid on a five-year deal for a fee of €20m.

The club announced their latest signing on their official website, which allows the Champions League winners to re-sign the striker in two or three years from now.

“Juventus Football Club can today announce that Alvaro Morata has signed a five-year contract with the club after a fee of € 20 million, to be paid over three years, was agreed with Real Madrid,” a statement read of Juventus’ official website.

“The deal includes the option for Real Madrid to reacquire the player’s registration rights at the end of the 2015/16 or 2016/17 campaigns, at predetermined values, up to a maximum of €30 million. These values will be based on the number of matches played by Morata in the relevant season.”

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Date: Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 11:07

Manchester United star likely to depart, Italy possible destination - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to reports in Italian website Sportsmediaset, Manchester United midfielder Luis Nani could leave the Red Devils in the summer to join Serie A outfit AC Milan. It is believed that the Italian club’s vice-president Adriano Galliani is working hard to bring in players to the San Siro in the summer and Nani is one of the names in that list.

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We had earlier reported that Serie A Champions Juventus were linked with the player but the news has died down ever since. The Red Devils according to the report, want €14m for the Portuguese but Milan don’t want to rush ahead with the deal.

The Rosonerri are willing to wait until the end of August for the player’s price for drop drastically. The club first wants to sort out the situation regarding Robinho and now that Juventus, after the resignation of Antonio Conte has dropped out of the race, it would be a little easier for Milan to pursue their interest in the 27 year old.

Nani has endured a difficult season for United under David Moyes thanks to injuries but the World Cup experience with Portugal would give him huge confidence. New manager Louis Van Gaal will assess the situation of the player and will then decide whether he wants the winger to stay at Old Trafford for  the coming season.

 

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Date: Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 09:54

Liverpool midfielder could reunite with former mentor in Italy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Lucas Leiva is a popular figure among the Liverpool fans. Though it was not always like that. The Brazilian, who was signed by then manager Rafael Benitez, struggled to make a big impact in his debut season and was even booed by home fans at Anfield.

However Rafa kept faith in him as he went to establish himself as one of the top midfielders at the club, with slowly earning the respect from the fans. But, unfortunately, he became a crude victim of injury. One after another. His performance dropped gradually and a general feeling grew among the supporters that a new defensive midfielder is required.

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Liverpool are looking to spend big in the summer, with Brendan Rodgers keen to take the spending spree over £100m. He insisted that the money received from Luis Suarez’ sale will be reinvested in the side, while at the same time is looking to recoup some money from other potential sales as well. 

Already the club has agreed a deal to sell Borini and are on the verge of securing a deal for Assaidi as well. Italian newspaper CDS now claim that Lucas could be on his way to Napoli, where he will be reunited with his former mentor Rafael Benitez.

Napoli are planning to sign a good midfielder and are targeting players like Christoph Kramer and Sandro. But, they feel Lucas is a more realistic target and a deal could be secured in a short time. 

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Date: Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 08:44

CONFIRMED: Arsenal striker target set to join European giant - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

SetWidth638 morata CONFIRMED: Arsenal striker target set to join European giant Álvaro Morata is set to complete his transfer to Juventus from Real Madrid after snubbing a chance to join Arsenal in the summer transfer window.

The North London club have long been interested in signing the talented player from last summer. They even made an approach for him in the January transfer window.

The Gunners were interested in signing the Spanish striker as the reports surfaced earlier this summer that Arsene Wenger is keen on landing the 21-year-old. However,  Morata has arrived in Turin to complete his move to join the Serie A champions.

A statement on Juventus’ official website read, “Alvaro Morata has arrived in Turin ahead of a proposed switch from Real Madrid. The 21-year-old striker touched down around 23.15 CET local time on Friday night and will undergo his medical on Saturday morning.”

Meanwhile, Morata has admitted that he is excited to start a new adventure with the Italian champions as he is set to complete his medical on Saturday.

“I’m very happy to be beginning this new adventure. I’ll have my medical tomorrow [Saturday] morning,” Morata told the Spanish newspaper AS.

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Date: Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 08:32

Arsenal’s long term target ready to leave on free transfer  - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Iker Casillas1 Arsenal’s long term target ready to leave on free transfer Iker Casillas is set to leave Real Madrid on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of the next season.

The Spain international’s current deal with the Champions League winners runs down in 2015 and the goalkeeper has not been offered a new deal by the Los Blancos. According to the Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, the 32-year-old will leave the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium for nothing next summer.

Arsenal have long been interested in securing a deal for the stopper and Arsene Wenger could land the two-time Euro and Champions League winners for free next May. The Gunners registered their interest last summer, but were unsuccessful in their attempts to land him

During Jose Mourinho’s last season in the Spanish capital club, the Portuguese tactician allowed Casillas to spend the time on the bench and field his compatriot Diego Lopez ahead of him.

Mourinho was replaced by Carlo Ancelotti last summer and the arrival of the Italian manager did no good for the Casillas. The former AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain preferred Lopez for league fixtures, while the 32-year-old was used in the Champions League fixtures.

Casillas is aware that his future at Madrid beyond the next season looks slim and it is unlikely that he could get a new deal. Arsenal, being a club from England will be allowed to enter into negotiations with the Spaniard to sign a pre-contract agreement from January 2015.

Wenger could strike a pre-contract deal with Casillas at the start of the next calendar year and the World Cup winning goalkeeper could make a switch to the Emirates next summer. Another Spanish newspaper AS also reports the player could leave for nothing after his contract expires next year.

Casillas has expressed his desire to play till 40, which means, according to the keeper, he still has eight years of top-flight football left in him. He has admitted that he will consider his future when his contract expires at the Bernabéu.

“I’m thinking more and more about what I’ll do when I quit playing. I’d like to stay involved in football and help the club, if the circumstances allow it,” Casillas told Marca earlier in March.

“I can play on until I’m 40. If you look after yourself as a goalkeeper, you can carry on until that age. I’d love to be able to keep playing for Real Madrid until I’m 40, but a time will come when that’s not possible. I’ll consider my future at Real when my contract expires.”

With Casillas all but set to leave Real on a free transfer next summer, Arsenal could be his next likely destination as it is very unlikely that he could play for any other Spanish club.

Meanwhile, Wenger saw Łukasz Fabiański leave the Emirates on a free transfer to Swansea City after helping the Gunners win the FA Cup in May.

The big question is will the Frenchman wait till next season to find a back-up keeper for Wojciech Szczęsny, cause if an injury to the Polish international next season could hamper the North London club’s chances of winning silverware next season.

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Date: Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 07:55

Liverpool, United & Arsenal chase €22m Dutch World Cup hero - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to reports in Spanish newspaper Mundo Deperotivo, Premier League giants Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal are all interested to sign €22m Dutch World Cup star Daley Blind from Ajax. Barcelona are also serious about their interest in the player.

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For Barcelona, Blind however is a second option if they aren’t able to sign Jeremy Mathieu from Valencia. Liverpool, Arsenal and Dortmund are mentioned as interested too, but United have been the most insistent since new manager Louis Van Gaal knows and appreciates him. Moreover, the defender’s father Danny Blind has also been Van Gaal’s assistant.

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A move to the Red Devils might shape up earlier than a switch to Barcelona as the Catalan club’s first option for now is Paris St Germain’s Marquinhos, who is admired by new manager Luis Enrique.

German club Borussia Dortmund also have pursued their interested in the player but Ajax want €22m for the 24 year old.

As we saw in the World Cup, the Dutch side under Van Gaal was immensely versatile, while Blind can play in a wide range of positions, something and would fit into Van Gaal’s footballing philosophy at Old Trafford. A player of Blind’s quality would seamlessly fit into the Red Devils starting eleven and would provide much solidity in midfield and would also be able to screen the back four playing in the central defensive midfield role.

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Date: Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 07:31

PSG’s FFP restrictions key to Manchester United landing €50m winger - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid. Manchester United. Paris Saint-Germain. Two big fishes and three fishermen. That’s how the situation is at the moment. Let me elucidate here, you’ll love it.

Barcelona have signed Luis Suarez from Liverpool for a mega deal of around £75m. How come Real Madrid not do a similar sort of galactico signing and impress their fans? They have already signed Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich, but all their attention have shifted towards James Rodriguez, the boy wonder who stole the show in 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

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However, he would cost around €80/85/90m depending on which paper you read and that seems a hell lot of money. Madrid are therefore looking to offload one of their star players to balance the books. In comes James Rodriguez and out goes Angel di Maria – to put it simply.

Madrid are looking to recoup a fee around €50/60m for Di Maria and it is doesn’t need any rocket science to understand which clubs can really afford to pay that price. Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for the Argentine with El Confidencial reported last month that famous agent Jorge Mendes is masterminding a move to bring him at Old Trafford.

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Likewise, there has been a strong interest from PSG as well. L’Equipe today ran a story where they claim the interest is genuine for Di Maria but PSG are finding hard to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations and having already splashed a huge money on David Luiz, they cannot afford to spend recklessly again on another marquee name.

Along with that comes the salary part. Di Maria would demand a salary of €8m per annum, and PSG will have to sell either of players like Javier Pastore, Lucas Moura, Marco Verratti, Ezequiel Lavezzi or Edinson Cavani to finance the deal. 

Manchester United do not have the problems of meeting FFP rules but the question is will they pay such a ridiculous sum on one single player?

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Date: Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 07:03

Liverpool beat Arsenal to secure fifth signing, striker to join on five-year-deal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers vowed to make full use of the money received from Luis Suarez’ sale to Barcelona and didn’t waste any time in delving into the transfer market to sign QPR striker Loic Remy.

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Last night reports emerged that Liverpool have agreed a £14m deal to sell Fabio Borini to Sunderland. It became very clear that the Reds have had already lined up a deal and it came true soon after, with Sky Italia claiming that Liverpool have sealed a deal for Remy, who will join on a five-year-contract.

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The 27-year-old, who played the last season on loan at Newcastle United, was thought to be a reported target of Arsenal, but it seems, Liverpool have jumped in quickly to secure his services.

French magazine Le 10 sport has also published an Exclusive story on Remy where they echo on the similar lines reported by Sky Italia.

Remy could become the fifth major signing of the season for Liverpool, after the Reds have already captured Rickie Lambert, Emre Can, Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic. The Frenchman would cost around £8m. 

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Date: Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 06:37

Manchester United star set to leave OT, official announcement today - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Louis van Gaal on his first press conference insisted that he will take a close look on the existing players, before making incursions in the transfer market or perform the necessary cull. It seems like he will not get the chance to take a look at Patrice Evra, as the French defender is all set to leave Manchester United, ending a glorious nine year relationship with the Old Trafford club.

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The 33-year-old was linked heavily with a move to the Turin giants but the shock departure of Antonio Conte had put a dark cloud on the transfer. However, Italian media reports that Evra is all set to complete his move and could be officially announced on Saturday.

Evra’s future was speculated well in the media, with reports even suggested that his wife doesn’t want to stay at Manchester, but at the same time there was a growing feeling that following the departures of few senior players at the club, Louis van Gaal would need a leader to steady the ship and might force him to stay. He could have acted as a mentor for young left-back Luke Shaw, who joined United this summer for Southampton.

May be the Frenchman feels that time is right for him to jump the ship as he is approaching the apogee of his career and may not get another chance to represent a big club. Sky Italia claim that Evra is now all set to join Juventus, while official announcement could be completed as early as Saturday.

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Date: Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 00:25

INFOGRAPHIC: World Cup Goals 2014 – The Who, What, Where, When and Why of Brazil’s 171 goals (Videos) - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Brazil 2014 equaled the record for the highest number of goals scored in a World Cup finals competition and has been hailed by some as the best World Cup of all time.

Now, thanks to the guys at Sports Matrix, we can analyze many of the stats surrounding all those goals. Let’s focus on the most memorable ones and check out some videos to refresh the memory and whet the appetite.

World Cup goals infographic INFOGRAPHIC: World Cup Goals 2014   The Who, What, Where, When and Why of Brazils 171 goals (Videos)

Tap-ins to screamers – Where the shot originated from

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Around 70% of the goals in the finals were shot from inside the penalty area (almost 90% if you include the ones inside of the 6-yard box) and one of the finest of those was Tim Cahill’s peach of a strike against the eventual 3rd placed nation; the Netherlands.

It was a game that Holland were expected to win convincingly, with the Socceroos the lowest ranked team in the competition and the Dutch fresh on the back of devastating the title holders. Cahill wasn’t going to let the stats tell the whole story though, scoring this dream goal immediately after Australia had gone a goal down.

Limbs and appendages – What the goal was scored with

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The normally dominant right foot was given a good run for its money in South America with just 14 less goals scored by lefties. Own goals are not taken into account for the part of the body that scored it because, lets face it, if you put one in your own net you don’t care if it bounced off your butt, its horrible no matter what!

Without question, the finest of those left-footed goals was Colombian glory-boy James Rodriguez’s wonder goal against Uruguay. The most amazing aspect of this strike is how intentional it was. Obviously, all strikers ‘intend’ to score when they strike, but plenty of chances could be categorized as ‘hit and hope’, whereas this was very precisely calculated.

Play the video below and watch very carefully the way James turns his head to see where the goal, is in a split second movement upon seeing Abel Aguilar’s header coming towards him. It was entirely premeditated by a footballing brain that works at the speed of light, but blink and you’ll miss it!

It’a a team thing – Playing position of scorer

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Forwards and wingers weighed in with their expected bulk share of the goals but the efforts of midfielders cannot be under-rated at this World Cup. Germany especially sourced much of their attacking menace through their midfield. The champions were made complete by having such a strong set of attack-minded midfielders coupled with a very solid and trusted back-line behind them to allow them so much freedom in the final third.

Conversely, the Netherlands were a side that relied much more on their center forwards and wingers, namely Robin Van Persie and the sensational efforts of Arjen Robben.

In the destruction of Spain, Manchester United striker, Robin Van Persie, scored a beauty of a header to bring the Dutch back level on the brink of half-time. Daley Blind played a sublime cross, all the way from near the half-way line, and RvP got behind the Spanish defense to equalize in style. Note the little leap right before he makes contact with the ball. It wasn’t just an unnecessary embellishment for the cameras, it was a finely timed maneuver to ensure the flight of the ball went up over the keeper, as well as down under the crossbar.

Dead balls to counter attacks – Source of goal

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Goals came from all angles, especially in the group stages, with the above graphic displaying a breakdown of set pieces, penalties and the like. The vast majority fall into the Other category, which is primarily open play.

A big highlight in Brazil’s campaign, that saw more lows than highs for the hosts, was David Luiz’s stunning free-kick against Colombia. The Quarter Final victory was the strongest result the home nation secured in the tournament and the world’s most expensive defender certainly looked pleased with himself (if that slightly crazy looking face equates to pleased, that is!).

His strike is more about placement than power but that isn’t to say he didn’t get behind it. Brazil conceded a late penalty in the game, which James Rodriguez slotted home, but held on to their lead for the final ten minutes.

They think it’s all over… – When goals were scored

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One of the magnificent natures of the World Cup was the way that a goal was possible at any moment and the graphic above shows how evenly divided through games they were. The last 15 minutes is always going to have more, with players desperately giving every ounce of energy left in their bodies to find the back of the net. This leaves defenses exposed too, doubling the danger.

Extra time was a little more of a cautious affair, with just 8 goals being scored, 3 of which were in the USA v Belgium game.

The definitive extra-time goal has to be Mario Gotze’s World Cup winning pearler in the 113th minute of the final. Andre Schurrle put in a great cross and the Bayern Munich midfielder made no mistake as he brought the ball down with his chest then smashed it past Romero to seal the title.

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Date: Friday, 18 Jul 2014 22:26

Chelsea manager makes pre-season jibe at Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has started playing his usual mind games tricks already. The Blues have completed the signings of Atletico Madrid duo Diego Costa and Filipe Luis and Mourinho doesn’t expect any more arrivals at the Bridge this summer.

The Londoners made a big statement early on after signing Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona during the World Cups. The 27-year-old was deemed surplus to requirements at the Catalan club and was asked to find a new employer.

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Fabregas had a chance to return back to his old club Arsenal (the gunners has first refusal) in the summer. The Spaniard revealed last month that returning back to Arsenal was his first priority and only when Arsene Wenger refused to sign him, he chose Chelsea as the next best possible option. 

“Arsenal was the first option, for contractual reasons. There was a clause that gave them the right to decide. We spoke to Wenger and he said that the space was very well filled by Mesut Özil and it was hard to find a place for both of us in the team,” said Fabregas.

“I wanted to go back to the Premier League and I had to think about what my options were then [once Arsenal had said no].”

However, we all know Jose Mourinho loves to tweak things or two in order to spice things up. He relishes this and we’re all used to it. He insists that Chelsea were Fabregas’s first choice once it became clear he had no future in Spain.

“I spoke with him for 20 minutes,” Mourinho said, speaking in his role as a football expert and ambassador for BT Sport. “I think he really wanted to come to us. As you know Arsenal had an option where they could interfere but I think he was not open to that. He was very much in our direction. It was an easy job for me.”

Arsenal fans, already annoyed? Well, here’s the funny part. Recently Jack Wilshere was caught smoking again while the England star was enjoying his holiday and it created a brouhaha in the media. Jose Mourinho insists that although it doesn’t affect anyone’s performance, but it has a social consequence as footballers have a responsibility to be role models to children.

“What football players do, millions and millions are watching, lots of kids are watching,” Mourinho said.

He added: “I’m not a specialist obviously but I don’t think if a football player smokes one cigar or cigarette with friends in the summer when he is not training – I don’t think it affects his performance. What gets affected is that a kid at home says if a top football player can smoke then I can smoke and it is not a problem. It is more a social consequence than a physical consequence.”

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Date: Friday, 18 Jul 2014 21:46

Liverpool prepare final €22m mega bid to lure Spaniard - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This Alberto Moreno saga is really getting messy now. At one point of time, it seemed that the deal was just a formality but it has hit a snag since then.

To put it better, it is still hanging in the balance. One moment the deal is completely off with Liverpool having lost all their interest in the Spaniard and are looking for other alternatives, while the interest reignites again at other moment. And to make the matter more complicated, Atletico Madrid have joined the race too, but the Rojiblacos are willing to do cash plus player part exchange deals, something which doesn’t encourage Sevilla.

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Few days back, representatives from Liverpool visited Sevilla, where a deal was struck for Reds’ striker Iago Aspas. The Spaniard joined on a season long loan, with Sevilla holding the option of signing him permanently next season.

Liverpool based newspaper Liverpool Echo claim that the merseyside giants will only make an attempt to sign Moreno, should the Andalusian club reduce their asking fee to less than £20m. 

Spanish newspaper Marca however claim  Liverpool are preparing a final offer of €20m bid plus €2m additional bonuses to Sevilla for Moreno, which should be enough to seal the deal. The report claims that although an opening bid was rejected, a deal can still be done, with Sevilla might be willing to drop their asking price. 

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Date: Friday, 18 Jul 2014 21:13

Manchester United ready to lodge shock €10m bid for Dutch midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal upon taking officially taking charge of the club gave his first press conference yesterday. The Dutchman stressed upon implanting his own philosophy, while has vowed to take the club back to the top.

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Van Gaal has made it clear that he will take time to assess the squad before delving into the transfer market, but one can understand, the summer spending spree won’t stop after buying Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw only.

However, the new manager was met with a bad news at the same time. England midfielder Michael Carrick has suffered an ankle injury that will rule him out for at least couple of months.

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Catalan newspaper Sport has covered the whole Louis van Gaal’s press conference story where in a separate small column they mention Manchester United are showing a serious interest in buying Holland midfielder Nigel di Jong and could make a shock €10m bid for his signature.

The 29-year-old midfielder has become the latest Dutch player to have been linked with Manchester United. He has a contract till 2015 and could be persuaded to join Old Trafford in the summer. He has played in England before with Manchester City but most importantly could be the type of player probably Van Gaal wants at his new club.

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Date: Friday, 18 Jul 2014 20:13

Liverpool agree £14m deal to sell striker – Arsenal target to arrive at Anfield? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have recouped £75m by selling Luis Suarez to Barcelona and manager Brendan Rodgers has vowed the invest the money in the squad. He revealed that four signings Liverpool have made so far were independent to Suarez’ departure and if we add money from potential player sales, the total transfer budget is expected to cross £100m.

Already Liverpool have sold Iago Aspas to Sevilla on loan (free up the wages) and are close to selling yet another striker in the summer. The Times’ merseyside reporter and one of the most trusted and respected journalists around Tony Barrett now claims that Liverpool have agreed a deal with Sunderland for Italian striker Fabio Borini.

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Borini joined Liverpool in 2012 and became Brendan Rodgers’ first major signing. However, he struggled to make a big impression while injury hampered his progress in his debut season at Anfield. He was sent on loan to Sunderland last season, where he scored 17 league goals. It seems like the Black Cats want to make the deal permanent and with the money they’re prepared to offer; really hard for Liverpool to turn it down.

The departure of Borini indicates only one thing – Liverpool must have an alternative deal in place. The Reds are heavily linked with a move for Loic Remy, who has attracted interest from Arsenal as well, and are prepared to trigger the £8m release clause, inserted in the Frenchman’s contract. 

Liverpool were linked with a move for Wilfried Bony, but Remy emerges out as number one strike target and represents a better value than the Swansea frontman. The Times also reported that Liverpool are also closing in on signing Belgium striker Divock Origi.

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Date: Friday, 18 Jul 2014 19:20

World Cup winning captain retires from international football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Germany’s captain, Philipp Lahm, who led them through a fantastic World Cup winning tournament, has retired from the national side at the age of 30, going out on an all-time high. Lahm played in 20 World Cup finals matches in his career and retires with the greatest prize in the world of football in his hands.

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For many Germany and Bayern Munich fans, Philipp Lahm epitomizes what a ‘Perfect Player’ should be. His German following is also joined by many admirers from around the world, who appreciate the majestic nature of watching such a complete player.

The World Cup winning captain has spent almost his entire season remaining loyal to his local team as a young boy, Bayern Munich, only playing else where for a short loan spell when he first broke through from Bayern Munich II. That kind of integrity is all too rare in the modern game and fully deserves to be commended and respected.

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Lahm was a very robust full back, getting forward regularly to help create chances and had an ability to pick out penetrating passes that most players wouldn’t see the opportunity for. At the same time as supporting the font players regularly, Lahm is also an exceptional defender, who never gives anything less than 100% to cover ground and make perfect tackles to grind the opposition’s threats to a halt.

For a man that stands a mere 5 ft 7 in from the turf, he has surprising pace, allowing him to make the dangerous forward runs he is renowned for. In the World Cup that concluded his Germany career, Lahm showed his versatility by playing both right-back and as a defensive midfielder, just in front of Mertesacker and Hummels, both with adept skill.

Lahm was at the heart of many German goals and chances, picking out the runs of Khedira, Muller, Kroos, Ozil et al with the kind of passes players dream of.

His influence, inspiration and captaincy will be greatly missed by the German team for the up-coming France 2016 campaign. Hats off to one of the true greats as he bows out of international football.

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Date: Friday, 18 Jul 2014 18:25

Manchester United’s business in transfer window and done deals so far - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

ander herrera Manchester Uniteds business in transfer window and done deals so farManchester United have added two players to their squad as the Red Devils completed deals for Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw last month, along with Vanja Milinkovic.

The Spaniard arrived from Athletic Bilbao as the Premier League outfit managed to seal a deal for the midfielder after failing to land him last summer. The Old Trafford club needed a central midfielder and the addition of Herrera could help the answer for their midfield crisis in the last few seasons.

Patrice Evra has been a regular inclusion in the left back position over half a decade and the French international has been a key character in United’s squad. However, the defender ageing has seen his defensive abilities being exposed in the last few season.

Evra is still exceptional when he goes up front to support the wingers during attack. It is when it’s time to track back, the Frenchman faces trouble. With the addition of Shaw, the England international will be the next first choice left-back in the squad.

United new manager Louis van Gaal has hinted the club will not make any additions this month and will leave it late till the Red Devils make more signings. It is unlikely though Milinkovic could get a place in next season’s starting lineup.

DONE DEAL: Manchester United Transfer Ins and Outs

In: Luke Shaw (Southampton, £30m), Ander Herrera (Athletic Bilbao, £28.8m), Vanja Milinkovic (FK Vojvodina, Undisclosed).

Out: Alexander Buttner (Dynamo Moscow, £4.4m), Jack Barmby (Leicester City, Free);  Feredrico Macheda (Cardiff City, Free); Nemanja Vidic (Inter Milan, Free); Vanja Milinkovic (FK Vojvodina. Loan); Sam Byrne (Released); Rio Ferdinand (Released); Ryan Giggs (Released); Jack Rudge (Released)

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Date: Friday, 18 Jul 2014 18:06

PHOTO: Filipe Luis in Chelsea shirt, defender to wear no 5 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Brazilian left back Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid. The 28 year old La Liga winner and Champions League runner up with the Rojiblancos will wear the number five shirt for the Stamford Bridge outfit.

luis11 PHOTO: Filipe Luis in Chelsea shirt, defender to wear no 5

The defender said it was a dream come true to join the Blues and he is eagerly looking forward to play in the Premier League.

“I’m very happy and looking forward to getting started and giving my best for the team during the coming seasons.”

Meanwhile the London club also confirmed that new striker Diego Costa will wear the number 19 shirt.

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Date: Friday, 18 Jul 2014 17:40

PHOTO: Filipe Luis signs contract and holds Chelsea shirt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A couple of days after Chelsea agreed on a £20m deal for Atletico Madrid’s Filipe Luis, the 28 year old left back signed a contract with the Stamford Bridge outfit.

luis PHOTO: Filipe Luis signs contract and holds Chelsea shirt

The Brazilian was also pictured holding the Chelsea shirt after signing his contract

luis1 PHOTO: Filipe Luis signs contract and holds Chelsea shirt

The defender signed a three year contract and will wear the number five shirt.

Luis told the club’s official site Chelseafc.com , “This move is a dream come true for me. I now have the opportunity to play for Chelsea, and also in the Premier League.”

“I’m very happy and looking forward to getting started and giving my best for the team during the coming seasons.”

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Date: Friday, 18 Jul 2014 15:19

Another Manchester United midfielder suffers injury during training, misses US Tour - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Anderson1 Another Manchester United midfielder suffers injury during training, misses US TourManchester United have confirmed their midfielder Anderson will miss the club’s pre-season tour to US due to a calf injury.

The Brazilian was not included in the squad list, which was announced by the Red Devils earlier on Friday. The club has now confirmed the 26-year-old picked up an injury during the training session.

“Anderson sustained a calf injury during pre-season training and has subsequently not joined Louis van Gaal’s travelling squad for this summer’s Tour 2014, presented by Aon,” United’s mentioned in the statement released in their official website.

“The Manchester United midfielder will remain at the Aon Training Complex where he will continue his rehabilitation ahead of the 2014/15 season, which kicks off on Saturday 16 August when the Reds face Swansea City at Old Trafford.”

Anderson spent the second half of last season on-loan at Fiorentina, where he failed to impress. After having a disappointing spell in the Serie A, the Brazilian midfielder will returned to Old Trafford earlier this summer.

He now joins Michael Carrick in the list of causalities, even before the start of the pre-season. The England international suffered an ankle injury during the training earlier this week and will be sidelined for close to three months.

 

 

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