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How Neymar's Exit Heralded the End of an Era

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Comprehensive 5-1 defeat in Spanish Super Cup to Real Madrid led Catalan hero Gerard Pique to admit he finally feels 'inferior'Just two years after winning the Treble and looking set to embark on world domination, the club is full of ageing stars, bereft of emerging talent and appear to have lost their way on the transfer market.Neymar was allowed to join Paris Saint-Germain despite being heralded as Barcelona future
They are more reliant on Lionel Messi than ever — and the five-time Ballon d’Or-winners is now 30.
A turbulent summer started with the acrimonious departure of the man they intended to build their future around in Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for £198million.And just 12 days later, the La Liga side announce they have made former Tottenham flop Paulinho their fourth-highest signing of all-time at £36.4m.
No 1 Nou Camp cheerleader Gerard Pique admitted for the first time in his nine years at the club that he feels “inferior” to Real Madrid.And the Catalans’ demise …

Neymar's Move to Influence Other Transfer Deals

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Even if no signing goes as sensationally high as Neymar’s, Barca’s next deal is influenced by it and their necessity to buy, thus creating a knock-on effect for Liverpool and then Southampton.On Wednesday, Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger set as unmoving a stance as possible for this window and insisted Virgil van Dijk is “not for sale”, but there are some close to the club who believe there is still a degree of flexibility to that.They feel that the hierarchy are just waiting for Liverpool to sell
Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, so that they can then charge the Anfield club even more for the Dutch defender. Maybe above £80m.Liverpool, meanwhile, have set as strong a stance on the Brazilian as Southampton did with Van Dijk and have no public will to sell to Barcelona, but there are similarly some who believe that there is a price Anfield just couldn’t turn down. That price is probably much higher than it would have been even a month ago, thanks to
Neymar’s record-breaking transfer t…

Manchester City set to reopen transfer deal for Jonny Evans

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Manchester City are expected to return with a second offer for
Jonny Evans, after West Brom rejected an initial opening bid of £18m.
The former Manchester United defender has been a wanted man this summer, as Hawthorns sources also revealed that the club rejected two earlier bids this summer from Leicester City.City manager Pep Guardiola sees the 29-year-old as an ideal player as he seeks to bolster his options in central defence.
City were often caught short in that area last season, with just three senior centre halves in Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones and Vincent Kompany.West Brom expect to have to fend off another offer, but it would take a sum significantly greater than £18m to tempt them into a sale in the current market.
Evans won three Premier League titles at City’s crosstown rivals United, having been a youth player there before finally leaving for West Brom in 2015.

Why Barcelona must sign Philippe Coutinho Immediately

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With rivals Real Madrid set to create a dynasty, the Camp Nou hierarchy know they must act now or face an era of being second bestrom what we have seen, Liverpool will not budge on selling
Philippe Coutinho, and that could well be one of the most meaningful decisions of this summer beyond Neymar’s move to
Paris Saint-Germain - although it is of course connected to that.This could have big repercussions for the English league, the Spanish league and the Champions League.
First of all, there are no two ways about it: Barca simply need a player like Coutinho, both tactically and for his quality. From a tactical point of view, I think he is a perfect fit.They have already lost Xavi while Andres Iniesta is already in the latter stages of his career so will play less, and they thereby don’t manage to control the ball in the middle of the pitch in the same way, or make it arrive for the forwards at the right pace. They have lost that.Coutinho can offer this, he ticks all the boxes, and espec…

MANCHESTER UNITED boss Jose Mourinho needs to sign another goalscorer this summer

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Manchester United have already spent £75million on striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton, who has bagged three goals in his opening two games for the club.But Ince fears Mourinho could be left short on goals should the Belgium international suffer an injury.
The former Old Trafford captain reckons rising star Marcus Rashford is not good enough to lead the line for United at just 19 years of age.Zlatan Ibrahimovic was United’s leading goalscorer last season but left in the summer after picking up a lengthy knee injury, but there has been talk of the experienced Swede returning in January once he recovers.And Ince believes the 35-year-old hitman, who bagged 28 goals in 46 appearnaces last term, would be the perfect signing for Mourinho.Ince told Paddy Power : “United still need to get another big name in, a goalscorer.
“Yes, they’ve got Lukaku, but if he’s injured or has an off-day, I don’t know who’s going to get the goals.“This won’t go down well, but unless it comes to when he gets olde…

Antonio Conte ready to challenge Man Utd for Ivan Perisic

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Conte has been desperate to sign more additions to his squad this summer.
Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger and Willy Caballero have all arrived at Stamford Bridge.But seven players have left on permanent deals, including Nathan Ake and Nemanja Matic while a further 12 players have gone out on loan.It has left Conte short of options going into the new season and this weekend he only has N'Golo Kante as his only recognised central midfielder available.Eden Hazard is still out injured meaning Willian and Pedro are also Chelsea's only options in the wide ares with Victor Moses occupying the right wing-back role.
And The Times report, Chelsea are considering a move for United target Perisic.
Inter Milan have been firm with the Red Devils that Perisic is not for sale and is reportedly in talks over signing a new deal.Conte is determined to bolster his squad and believes Perisic would fit into his system at Stamford Bridge.But the Italian coach is reportedly strugglin…

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has approved an appeal from both men to fight wearing 8oz gloves.

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On Wednesday morning, the Nevada State Athletic Commission ruled that Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will fight wearing 8oz gloves.The two met are set to meet on August 26 at the junior-middleweight weight limit of 154 pounds, which meant that 10oz boxing gloves are mandatory, but the NASC relaxed their rules on a one-time only basis.Mayweather took to social media to first challenge McGregor to wear 8oz gloves instead of 10oz: “I’m telling McGregor, ‘let’s fight in 8oz gloves’”, he wrote on his Instagram page.But why would Mayweather — who hasn’t knocked out an opponent since Victor Ortiz in 2011 and has admitted to suffering from “brittle fists” — want to fight in lighter gloves, something which would appear to favour McGregor?And what are the Nevada State Athletic Commissions actual rules on the topic?Let attempt to clear up some of the confusion.According to Mayweather, Don't believe what you hear in the media. Don't believe what you hear on blog sites. If it's no…

Ronaldo's Appeal Against Ban for Pushing Referee Flops

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Cristiano Ronaldo has failed in his bid to overturn his five-match ban for pushing a referee during Real Madrid's Supercopa de Espana first-leg win over Barcelona.The Portugal forward, who had scored in the 3-1 victory, reacted badly after being shown a second yellow for diving by match official Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea, shoving the Spaniard in the back.A Spanish football federation (RFEF) committee has now dismissed an appeal, meaning Ronaldo will miss Wednesday evening's Supercopa return leg against Barca and upcoming LaLiga games against Deportivo La Coruna, Valenica, Levante and Real Sociedad.Ronaldo was found guilty of 'Violation of article 96 of the Disciplinary Code', which relates to using "mild force" against the officials, including grabbing, pushing or shaking.
He has also been fined 3,805 euros (£3,459), with Real fined 1,750 euros (£1,590).Real boss Zinedine Zidane believes the ban is disproportionate, telling the club's official website …

Andres Iniesta to miss Super Cup 2nd leg

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Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta will miss their Spanish Super Cup second leg against Real Madrid on Wednesday after suffering a thigh injury.Barcelona said captain Iniesta would miss the match after he was not able to train with his team mates on Tuesday ahead of the encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu, where the Catalans will look to overturn a 3-1 deficit.Iniesta, 33, was plagued by injury problems last season and rarely found top form. The midfielder joins Rafinha Alcantara and Thomas Vermaelen on the injury list at the Nou Camp.Barcelona did not give a recovery timescale for Iniesta, who may also miss the start of the league campaign on Sunday, when Barca host Real Betis.

Arsenal may Lose Striker Alexis Sanchez

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Arsenal risk losing striker Alexis Sanchez for free next season, according to manager Arsene Wenger, who confirmed the club have made no progress on a new contract for the Chilean striker.Sanchez, 28, is currently in the final year of his contract. He has been linked with a move to Paris St Germain in the current transfer window.
"We have not progressed on that front," Wenger said in a news conference before Arsenal head to StokeCity on Saturday."At the moment, he is a player who goes into the final year of his contract and prepares for the season. We have not made any progress on the other front.
"It's not an ideal situation on the financial side and it demands some sacrifice ... but it doesn't mean the players who are in the final year of their contract will not extend their contract. We will work on that as well."Wenger said Sanchez is still recovering from an abdominal strain but is expected to regain full fitness before the club's match in Liv…

Latest Transfer News

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Transfer news live: Philippe Coutinho won't play for Liverpool again, Chelsea rival Manchester United for Danny Rose.Chelsea are being linked with a move for Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose in a bid that would put them in direct competition with Manchester United and former manager Jose Mourinho.The matter is made all the more complicated given the Blues take on Spurs this weekend with a threadbare squad, and it’s believed that Chelsea will wait until after the Wembley Stadium clash before making a formal £50m offer for the England defender, who recently gave a revealing interview to express his unhappiness with certain aspects at Spurs.Reports in France claim Spurs have found a replacement for Kyle Walker, with Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier reported to have agreed a deal to join them instead of United even though youngster Kyle Walker-Peters made an impressive Premier League debut on Saturday.Arsene Wenger meanwhile has insisted that Arsenal will reject any offe…

Rooney Fires Everton to a Winning Start

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Former Manchester United captain was on top form as Ronald Koeman's men dominated Mark Hughes' Potters.
 Rooney’s fine header in first-half stoppage time was enough to earn three points and to kick off a big season for him and the club on a happy note.
It was 15 Augusts ago that the 16 year old who would go on to become England’s record goalscorer made his Toffees’ debut in a 2-2 home draw against Tottenham. And for all Ronald Koeman’s big statements in the transfer market, it was Rooney’s free transfer from Manchester United, back to the club he had never stopped loving, which stood out.
Indeed, until Rooney’s goal, the first half had been a non-event, particularly if you were an Everton fan. Without Romelu Lukaku, whose £75m transfer to Manchester United was a key factor in Rooney’s return home, Ronald Koeman’s team lacked pace and power.
Of the five new signings on show for the home side, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford had made the most important contribution by keeping out a …

Club Legend Blames Klopp on Liverpool's Draw

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes sealing the transfer of Virgil van Dijk won’t be enough to sort out the Reds’ defence as the issues there are down to manager Jurgen Klopp.
The Merseyside giants got off to a nightmare start this season as they drew 3-3 with Watford in their opening game at Vicarage Road this afternoon.
Liverpool’s sloppy marking saw them concede twice from set pieces against the Hornets, and Carragher has laid the blame at Klopp’s poor record in that department since he took over.
‘It’s a down to the manager,’ Carragher told Sky Sports after the game. ‘(Liverpool’s) set-pieces are the worst in the league. You see the same thing year in, year out. It’s not rocket science, set-pieces and counter-attacks.
‘One man won’t change Liverpool’s defence. On average, Liverpool concede almost fifty games a season.’
Liverpool have been strongly linked all summer with a move for £60million-rated Southampton defender Van Dijk, but have so far failed to bring him in.
Carrag…

Can Chelsea Survive This Unwanted Premier League Record?

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Chelsea set an unwanted Premier League
record in their opening match of the 2017-18
season against Burnley – and it is one that
does not bode well for the rest of the
campaign.
Less than three months after lifting the title,
the mood at Stamford Bridge has turned
somewhat sour with Antonio Conte
frustrated by the club’s summer transfer
business.

Chelsea were beaten in
last weekend’s
Community Shield clash
against Arsenal and things got even worse in
the first-half of their
opening league game
against Burnley.
After club captain Gary
Cahill was sent off for a rash challenge, a
Sam Vokes brace and a Stephen Ward strike
gave the Clarets a surprising 3-0 lead at half-
time.
The shambolic display ensured Antonio
Conte’s side became the first reigning
Premier League champions to concede three
goals in the first game of their title defence.

Speaking at half-time, former Chelsea winger
Pat Nevin told 5 live Sport: ‘I really am not
surprised, because Chelsea have not looked
like a team or a g…

Froome celebrates fourth Tour de France

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British ace cruised to brilliant triumph as he enjoys procession into French capital with hard work already done.

The Team Sky ace hopped off his bike straight for a reunion with wife Michelle and baby son Kellan — who wore his own yellow jersey with ‘Froome’ on the back.

As he was joined on the podium by his family, Froome, 32, said: “It’s amazing to see them again — it feels like more than a month on the road.“I’m speechless. There is something magical about the Champs-Elysees when you’ve spent three weeks thinking about this moment.“I want to dedicate this to Michelle and Kellan — your love and support makes this all possible.“My life with you is what makes all the sacrifices worth it. And I will be back to win No 5 next year!”

Froome insisted his latest triumph would not be overshadowed by doping slurs.UK Anti-Doping chiefs are currently carrying out a probe into Team Sky’s conduct.

Hernandez, Set for West Ham Medical Test

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JAVIER HERNANDEZ will fly into London on Monday to complete his £16million move to West Ham. And the Hammers are sending popular rookie Ashley Fletcher out on loan to make room for him. Javier Hernandez will fly in for his West Ham medical on Monday
Championship sides Middlesbrough, Leeds, Reading and Wolves have all asked to take the former Manchester United trainee for the season in order to give him match time.
Fletcher, 21, scored in last week’s pre-season friendly against Fulham played while both teams were on a training camp in Austria. A Hammers insider said: “Ashley is well thought of at West Ham. “He’s going out to get some games under his belt. 
The club needs an experienced and prove striker like Hernandez this season to help Andy Carroll.” Hernandez is set to become a West Ham player within 24 hours in a move from German side Bayer Leverkeusen. The Mexican star is joining for just £16m.
The former Manchester United striker, 29, scored 39 goals in just 76 matches for Leverku…

Real Madrid, Confident of Signing Mbappe

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Bernabeu bosses have been working on switch for a month and are set to beat off competition from Prem clubs. 

SunSport can reveal Real chiefs have been working on the deal for the past month — and that an agreement is thought to be in place with Monaco and the player

Real expect to complete the signing in the next two weeks, with £91.5m in the pipeline from the sales of Alvaro Morata and Danilo. President Florentino Perez is under pressure to make good on the promise of a Galactico signing, which saw him re-elected unopposed last month. But Real’s creditors insisted the club must sell before they could spend big, which has delayed a potential transfer for the 18-year-old striker. And there is an option for Monaco to sign Real’s Karim Benzema in part-exchange forMbappe, although this would reduce the cash element of the deal. Monaco have publicly resisted all interest in the striker.But Real’s creditors insisted the club must sell before they could spend big, which has delayed a potential…

Chelsea Winger, Pedro, Rushed to Hospital

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Spain international Pedro was attempting to get on the end of a lofted pass into the box but was wiped out by Colomobian keeper in ugly collision

PEDRO had blood dripping from his head and to be taken to hospital during Chelsea’s friendly with Arsenal, after picking up a head injury in a brutal collision.
David Ospina clattered into the Spaniard as he rushed out to punch the ball clear, but Pedro looked in agony as he writhed on the turf.

PEDRO had blood dripping from his head and to be taken to hospital during Chelsea’s friendly with Arsenal, after picking up a head injury in a brutal collision. David Ospina clattered into the Spaniard as he rushed out to punch the ball clear, but Pedro looked in agony as he writhed on the turf.

Shots showed blood dripping from his ear and his face as he sat up in a daze while being treated by Chelsea medical staff. Surprisingly, the referee actually gave a free kick to Arsenal, instead of a penalty to the Blues after the collision. Antonio Conte lo…

We Want Fernando Llorente as Back-up Player

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Chelsea have turned their attention to a back-up striker after signing Alvaro Morata. The Spanish striker on Friday passed his medical in London to complete a move from Real Madrid worth around £70m, with the Italian already having looked to bring in the regular back-up option that Chelsea had been missing last season. Spanish international Llorente has been their main target, having worked with both Conte and Morata before at Juventus, and is seen by the younger forward as something of a mentor given how he talked him through his time at Turin. Swansea would however demand a very high fee for Llorente, which Chelsea are so far unwilling to rise to.

Alvaro Morata Now a Chelsea Player

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Chelsea have announced the signature of the Spanish striker Alvaro Morata , who joins the club from Real Madrid in a £70m deal.Morata has signed a five-year contract with the Premier League champions and will now fly out to Asia to join up with his new team-mates.He becomes Chelsea's most expensive signing, with the transfer fee surpassing the £49.73m they paid Liverpool for Fernando Torres in 2011.Morata is the Blues' fourth summer recruit, after goalkeeper Willy Caballero, defender Antonio Rudiger and midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko. Upon signing for the club, the 24-year-old said that he joined because he was eager to win trophies.“I am so happy to be here,” he told the club website.
“It’s an incredible emotion to be part of this big club. I am looking to work hard, score as many goals as I can and to win as many trophies as possible.”

Mourinho Seeks Out 15 Years Stay at Man Utd

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants to stay at Old Trafford for the next 15 years but concedes the pressures of managing at the top level make a long tenure difficult.Mourinho, who previously won league titles in Portugal, Spain, Italy and England, has never been in charge for more than three seasons at his previous clubs."I am ready for this," Mourinho, about to start his second season at Old Trafford, told ESPN. "I am ready for the next 15, I would say. Here? Yes, why not?"I have to admit that it is very difficult because of the pressure around our jobs, everybody putting pressure on managers... but in reality only one can win and every year it is getting more difficult."In my vision, my job is much more than what I do on the pitch and the results that my team gets at the weekend."The Portuguese had previously expressed his intention to stay in charge at Stamford Bridge for more than 10 years during his second stint at Chelsea but was sacked j…

Mourinho Gradually transform Man Utd

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While on tour with Manchester United in the USA, Jose Mourinho told a news conference: "Our squad is not so big. Everybody knows, because I told the objective, I would like four players and I have asked for four players, and I am ready to go from four to three because the market is difficult."Mourinho already has two of those signings -- Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku -- and many assume he is still looking for additions in defensive midfield as well as on the wing. It is always tempting to dissect his words and extract more meaning from them than they actually have -- mainly because in the past, he has so often put out statements with barely veiled barbs.But in this case, it seems his words can be taken at face value. This summer has seen the most distorted market to date -- one where, as Mourinho states: "The strange thing is now I am used to seeing teams paying big amounts for big players. Now, everybody is paying big amounts for good players. There is a difference…

Michael Carrick Named Man Utd Club Captain

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Michael Carrick has been confirmed as the new captain of Manchester United following Wayne Rooney’s exit.All-time top scorer and captain Rooney’s return to boyhood club Everton after 13 years was confirmed on Sunday.United boss Jose Mourinho has moved quickly to name a new skipper, with long-serving midfielder Carrick handed the captain’s armband."It feels great and it is such a huge honour to captain such a great club," he told MUTV."It is my 12th year now and I came as a 25-year-old. I never thought I could be here for so long and achieve so much.
"Now, to lead the boys and look after the young boys, to guide them in some ways, it is a nice thing and a real pleasure."I came to this club as a footballer and I am now a huge fan. I have grown to love the club over the years and to be in this position is very special for me."Carrick joined United from Tottenham in 2006 and his contribution was recognised in a testimonial last month.
The 35-year-old is the l…

Johanna Konta, the Britain's first women's Wimbledon semi-finalist since 1978.

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Sixth seed Konta, 26, fought back to win 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 and match Virginia Wade's feat of 39 years ago.With Wade watching from the Royal Box, Konta served superbly to win in two hours and 38 minutes and set up a semi-final against American Venus Williams."I've always believed in my own ability and I've always dreamt big," she said.
"But I'm much more process orientated, so I don't give myself too much time to dream. I'm more focused on the work."Konta is just two victories from matching Wade's 1977 triumph and will take on five-time champion Williams on Thursday for a place in the final.

Bayern seal two-year loan deal for Real Madrid's James Rodriguez

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United, Chelsea and Inter were in talks about a potential signing at some stage, but none were willing to go close to the £70m asking price with Bayern swooping for a loan deal.Manchester United 's transfer plans have been dealt a setback with Bayern Munich sealing a two-year loan for transfer target James Rodriguez.Both James and Real have been desperate to do a deal this summer due to the Colombian star falling out of favour to such an extent that he was left out of their Champions League final squad, and the 25-year-old has been offered around Europe.All of Bayern, United, Chelsea and Internazionale have been in talks about a potential signing at some stage, but none were willing to go close to the £70m asking price Bernabeu president Florentino Perez is looking for.

Chelsea Eye Morata

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After losing out to Manchester United in the battle for Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea will make a £62 million move for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata , according to the Sun.It reports that Antonio Conte "is desperate to agree a deal for Morata," with hopes of bringing Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge having been dashed and Diego Costa set to return to Atletico Madrid even though they cannot register him until January.But Chelsea boss Conte is in for a nervy wait, the Sun reports, with Chelsea's bid "likely to be turned down by Madrid, who know they are in a strong bargaining position."Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane also wants to keep Morata despite the player's reported keenness to move to the Premier League.

We are Confident of Completing Ivan Perisic Deal - Man U

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Manchester United are still a few million short of Internazionale’s asking price for Croatian winger Ivan Perisic, but those close to the deal expect it to be completed for a fee of around £45m to £50m over the next week.The 28-year-old has already agreed personal terms with the Old Trafford club but - in something that has become a theme of the summer for United and all of the other top Premier League clubs when looking to buy from foreign sides - Inter have so far proved unmoving on their star player’s asking price.United sources feel a deal will eventually be struck, however, and that the English club are likely to match Inter’s demands - possibly over the next few days.New Inter boss Luciano Spalletti, who took over last month, has been publicly hopeful of keeping Perisic and told La Gazzetta dello Sport that the player hasn’t yet told him he wants to leave.“There'll be fewer chances for those players who are distracted, and better opportunities for those who want to stick wit…

Sanchez may Stay in Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger is obstinately digging in over Alexis Sanchez’s future, leading many close to the player and manager to believe that the Chilean could yet stay at Arsenal next season.While the 28-year-old is now widely believed to desire a move to Manchester City - and a reunion with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola - above all else, and is refusing to sign a new contract at the Emirates as his current deal runs out next year, there is still no willingness on the part of Wenger to let him go to a rival.It had been felt that a move to Bayern Munich could be on, as they had been making progress in June over a prospective transfer that would at least have been more palatable to the Arsenal boss, but the German champions have ultimately baulked at the high price demanded by Wenger.

Liverpool Confirms Dominic Solanke deal at the same time as Man Utd Signs Lukaku

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The Belgian striker arrives in a £75million deal and could be the biggest signing of the summer should Lukaku fire United back to the top of the Premier League table.It is a big coup for United and an ambitious move and the announcement came at around the same time as Liverpool  confirmed a new signing.Chelsea youth star Dominic Solanke has joined the Reds to officially become their second summer signing.It has been known for some time that Liverpool would be signing Solanke, but he was only confirmed on Monday when his Chelsea contract expired – not too long after United’s Lukaku announcement.Solanke is 19 years old and his transfer fee has yet to be decided with a tribunal in line to set the fee while Lukaku could cost United as much as £90m.And United fans could not help but troll their Liverpool rivals for their timing, but of course there were plenty of Reds to fire back at the abuse.