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CHELSEA, TOTTENHAM BATTLE FOR £50 MILLION MIDFIELDER, BARCELONA BIDS AGAIN FOR COUTINHO

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Premier League managers now know the strengths of their teams after two games of the new season, but, more importantly, they also know their weaknesses. They also know that they have just nine days to fill those holes with new additions before the Premier League transfer windowcomes to a close on August 31. Premier League champion Chelsea may have shown its grit and mettle at Wembley on Sunday but Antonio Conte is still desperate for new signings. Tottenham, which has only made one signing this summer, is also looking to strengthen Mauricio Pochettino’s team, while Pep Guardiola is looking to add a final polish to his pricey Manchester City squad. Here, Newsweek guides you through all the news and rumors in the Premier League’s transfer market: Tottenham Hotspur is preparing a £20 million (about $26 million) bid for Everton’s 23-year-old midfielder Ross Barkley, but Pochettino’s team faces a battle with Chelsea for the Englishman’s signature, according to the Daily Telegraph. Everton re…

Roberto Plans to Stay at Barcelona amid Manchester United and Chelsea transfer links

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Spain international Sergi Roberto intends to stay at Barcelona despite emerging as a target for Premier League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea.
Roberto played a prominent role for the La Liga giants last term but was said to be considering his future at Camp Nou following Paulinho’s arrival from Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.
The 25-year-old has a £36million buy-out clause written into his current contract and Man United and Chelsea have been plotting moves to bring him to England.

However, Roberto insists he is ‘happy’ at Barcelona and wants to become an even more important player for manager Ernesto Valverde this season. Speaking after the 2-0 La Liga win over Real Betis on Sunday, Roberto – who scored the second goal – said: ‘I’m happy, [against Real Madrid in the Super Cup] I was happy on a personal level and I felt comfortable today, too.


‘I played in my favoured midfield position. I started at the Bernabeu and the coach has given me confidence. I’ve scored today and I wan…

Barcelona Hope Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta will sign new contracts

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The Argentinean superstar agreed a deal months ago but hasn't put pen to paper, while Iniesta is still waiting for proper discussions as the club treat him with a remarkable disrespect.
It is now just over four months until Lionel Messi and Andrés Iniesta can begin to discuss Bosman transfers for the summer of 2018. That, in one sentence, highlights Barcelona's incompetence in tying down their best players, the two players who could fairly be described as the heart and soul of this team, to new deals.  Messi will sign, Barca say. They crowed loudly when they came to an agreement over an extension in early July and the plan was that when the Argentina international returned to Catalunya from his homeland in mid-July he would sign that contract until 2021.  But that important final act is yet to take place and there are more than a few nerves beginning to jangle behind the scenes. In a turbulent summer at the Nou Camp, where the directors remain under serious pressure and new bo…

World Cup Game: Wayne Rooney and Nathaniel Chalobah in line for England

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Ex-Three Lions captain Rooney pushing for international recall while Gareth Southgate is closely monitoring form of Watford midfield ace Chalobah
Everton star Rooney was axed by Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate last season after losing his way at Manchester United.
But the striker has settled in well since re-joining his boyhood side and his form in pre-season coupled with his displays in the opening four games of the campaign have catapulted him back into the mix for a recall. And the veteran could be joined in the senior squad by Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah as Southgate looks to add more quality to the centre of his side.
Rooney found himself eased out of the international scene by Southgate once he took over as England boss last season. His form had dipped to such an extent at United he was rarely given a first team opportunity by boss Jose Mourinho.
His form had dipped to such an extent at United he was rarely given a first team opportunity by boss Jose Mourinho. Southga…

I Made a Mistake by not Joining Manchester United - Antoine Griezmann

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Antoine Griezmann appears to have dropped a cryptic hint on Twitter that he might be rethinking his decision to snub a move to Manchester United this summer.

The French forward looked destined to move to Old Trafford at the end of last season, with his good friend and compatriot Paul Pogba even suggesting it was a done deal. But Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban meant the club would be unable to sign a replacement for Griezmann had he left, so he opted to remain at the club until January at least.

Now it looks as though Griezmann is regretting that decision, having posted an unhappy emoji sandwiched between the ‘call me’ emoji that denotes his Hotline Bling celebration not long after United had swatted aside Swansea.


While Griezmann is still waiting for Atletico’s Liga campaign to kick off, BFF Pogba has already racked up a couple of goals and assists as United recorded back-to-back 4-0 wins.


Romelu Lukaku – the player United targeted instead of Griezmann – has bagged three goals in those t…

Disallowed goal wasn't offside - Wenger

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Alexandre Lacazette looked to have equalised for Arsenal after Stoke had pulled ahead through Jese Rodriguez but the Frenchman's goal was ruled out.
Arsène Wengerblamed 'stupid mistakes' after hisArsenal side fell to their first defeat of the new Premier League season atStoke City.
A goal from debutant Jesé Rodriguez, lively for the hosts from the off, proved decisive as Mark Hughes picked up his third win in three years over Wenger.
Jesé picked up the ball after Granit Xhaka's ceded possession with a sloppy pass and, following a neat one-two with Saido Berahino, the Paris Saint-Germain loanee beat Petr Cech with a tidy finish.
“It was a very frustrating evening. Not only did we not score the chances we had, but we made stupid mistakes centrally,” Wenger admitted.
“We know in this kind of game it's important not to make a mistake but straight after half-time we were too sluggish on defending and we paid for it. First by losing the ball and then we didn't defen…

British Youth Champions

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DREW Kemp and Leon Flint were confirmed as British Youth Champions in Saturday’s seventh round at Glasgow.
Kemp clinched the 500cc title with victory over Liam Little in Heat 1, whilst Flint – a former 150cc champion – has now secured back-to-back 250cc titles, ensuring he would be uncatchable by winning his third ride.
Both riders will be presented with their trophies after the final round at Leicester next month, with the date set for Sunday September 17 after the meeting was abandoned earlier in the season. This event will feature 500cc and 250cc riders only.

Chelsea Manager Ready to Open Transfer Deal for Another Midfielder

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is reportedly weighing up a move for Grzegorz Krychowiak as he is no longer confident of signing Danny Drinkwater from Leicester City. The Blues are looking to bring in another central-midfield option before the transfer window closes, having been left thin on the ground due to injuries and suspensions. Drinkwater was initially linked with a Stamford Bridge switch last month but, after apparently being quoted a figure of £40m for the Englishman, Conte is unlikely to pursue his interest any further. According to The SunParis Saint-Germain midfielder Krychowiak is now at the top of Chelsea's wishlist as they are fast running out of time to bring in a fresh pair of legs.

Swansea Suffers Heavy Defeat to Man Utd

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Manchester United have signalled their Premier League title intent by claiming another convincing 4-0 victory at Swansea. Eric Bailly's first United goal on the stroke of half-time set them on their way before Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial blitzed Swansea in the final 10 minutes. After last weekend's 4-0 season-opener against West Ham this was another powerful message sent out by Jose Mourinho's side.
Strong and efficient at the back, United shut down opponents woefully short of attacking prowess following the club-record sale of Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton. Last season's top scorer Fernando Llorente also remains absent with a fractured arm sustained on his summer holiday, and Swansea boss Paul Clement is in urgent need of investing the Sigurdsson cash to prevent another flirtation with relegation. Swansea's only gripe was that Pogba remained on the pitch for the full 90 minutes as, with the game goalless in the first half, he escaped a second yell…

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 …