Chelsea news – Aguero plan alive, Di Matteo gets Blues role, No Essien exit

Aguero plan alive. Chelsea are monitoring the developments of Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero after the striker’s advisers tried to get the club to reduce their release clause, according to the Daily Mail. The Blues have been long term admirers of the Argentinian forward and are hoping that they can hold off competition from European giants Real Madrid and Juventus to land Aguero. Atletico hold a £42m release clause for Aguero, but representatives of the 23 year old are aiming to reduce the fee to £32m and make a transfer…

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Copa America 2011 fact file – Colombia

It is 10 years since Colombia won their one and only Copa America title when they became the sole team to break Brazil’s monopoly of the trophy since 1995. The likelihood of Los Cafeteros repeating that feat in Argentina will rest on how well they support free-scoring forward Radamel Falcao. The 2001 Copa America was fortunate to go ahead amid security concerns and the withdrawal of the favourites Argentina. While Colombia’s success owed much to weakened competition, with a transitional Brazil dumped out by Honduras in the quarter-finals, the hosts…

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Football League Daily – Wickham and Gardner bound for Sunderland

Ipswich Town wonder kid Connor Wickham looks set to make the step up to the Premier League with the East Anglian club accepting a bid reported to be £9m from Sunderland for the 18-year-old striker. Wickham, who was Ipswich’s youngest ever player when he made his debut against Doncaster Rovers in April 2009, just 11 days after his 16th birthday, is expected to arrive on Wearside on Wednesday to undertake a medical and to discuss personal terms. Sunderland appear to have beaten Liverpool to the signing of the youngster, although…

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Steve Bruce continues to unearth gems in the transfer market

Sunderland manger Steve Bruce snapped up two of the most sought after free agents of the summer last week when he secured the services of Seb Larsson and Kieren Westwood, it should come as no surprise, Bruce is an astute speculator in the transfer market, with a long list of unearthing gems or recognising unheralded talent. Bruce tends to conduct his business early and Ji Dong-won was also acquired last week, the 20 year old midfielder shone at January’s Asian Cup and Sunderland secured his services for around £2m, stealing…

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Football Boots review – adidas F50 adiZero

When you’re looking for football boots, you look to those who are successful in the game for inspiration. An “If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me” mentality. By that definition, the interest in the adidas F50 adiZero range must be through the roof, after Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi’s outstanding season. In many ways, the F50 adiZero’s seem made for Messi, and his style of play, along with other users of the range, like Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben. The adidas Ultralight approach to the boot…

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Aston Villa prepare for Downing transfer request

Aston Villa are preparing themselves for Stewart Downing’s written transfer request as the winger continues to manufacture a move to Liverpool, the Daily Star report. The former Middlesbrough man still has two years left on his contract which is Alex McLeish’s only bargaining tool, so expect the Villains to play hardball by slapping a valuation of around £20m on the 26-year-old’s head. The Villa board have told McLeish he can re-invest anything earn’t from Downing’s sale as they also attempt to ease the blow of Ashley Young’s recent departure to…

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Celtic news – Hoops in for Ings, Lennon eyes Ireland job, Parkhead perfect for Kenyan wonderkid

Lennon eyes Ireland job. Neil Lennon says he would like to manage the Republic of Ireland one day. The Celtic boss has 40 Northern Ireland caps but was forced to retire from the national side after receiving death threats. Current Republic manager Giovanni Trapattoni has a contract until after next year´s European Championships, and Lennon says that although he believes a more experienced man may required he would be open to contact from the Irish Football Association. He told the Belfast Telegraph: “The Republic job? Oh yeah. At the minute…

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Arsenal news – Gunners track Vidal, Talks over Cahill begin, No Hazard move

Gunners track Vidal. Arsenal are tracking Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal as a possible replacement for midfielder Cesc Fabregas, according to the Daily Mirror. As speculation mounts over a Fabregas move to Barcelona, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is looking to Vidal to immediately replace Arsenal’s current captain. Vidal’s form last season, scoring 10 goals, helped Bayer Leverkusen to a second place finish last season and the 24 year old is with the Chilean national side preparing for the Copa America. The Gunners will have to pay around £15m for the defensive…

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Man City news – City named in Neymar chase, Legend Doyle passes away, Fringe players set for exit

City named in Neymar chase. Brazilian club Santos today confirmed that Manchester City are one of five clubs locked in bidding war for striker Neymar. Santos president, Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro told ESPN Brazil that the release clause of £40.3 million had been triggered by Manchester City, Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Anzhi Makhachkala and that the player will be allowed to speak to these clubs, though Neymar has stated his preference would be to play for the Madrid giants. Neymar, 19, one of the hottest properties in world…

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Neville disappointed at Everton top four failure

Everton captain Phil Neville has revealed his disappointment in his side’s failure to break into the top four of the Premier League last season but insists the club can only improve in the future and that competing in the Champions League is only a matter of time. The former Manchester United defender admitted that the Merseyside’s last season was a disappointment but insisted that the club are only going to improve in the future. Scroll down for rest of article Neville went on to praise David Moyes and the Toffees’…

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Liverpool news – Cash and players Adam bid, Doni turned down ‘Pool, Reina backs De Gea

Cash and players Adam bid. According to the Daily Mirror, Liverpool are planning to sign Charlie Adam with a cash plus two players deal. Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston is reportedly keen on gaining £12m from Adam. The Reds had been in discussions over a £10m offer for the 26 year old, but with Oyston’s firm beliefs, Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli will offer £8m cash plus Jonjo Shelvey and youngster Stephen Darby on season long loans. Adam’s transfer has been a lengthy and arduous process for the Reds, with…

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Chelsea news – £27m Villa bid rejected, Villas-Boas standing firm, Drogba Marseille option

£27m Villa bid rejected. Barcelona have rejected Chelsea’s made a bid of £27m for David Villa, the Daily Mail reports. After rumours spread that Barcelona could look to offload Villa in order to fund the transfer of Cesc Fabregas, the Blues were quick to sanction a bid. However the European champions have dismissed the offer and insisted that the only way Villa would leave the Catalan club was if his release clause was triggered. The Spaniard has a whopping £180m buyout clause on his contract which is almost sure to…

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Tottenham news – Tasci interest confirmed, Bentley wanted by Athletico, Redknapp to sell before he can buy

Tasci interest confirmed. According to reports in The Sun today Spurs have stepped up their interest in German defender Serdar Tasci. It is understood that Harry Redknapp bid unsuccessfully for the centre back last summer. Tasci is valued at £12 million and is also being closely monitored by some unnamed Premiership clubs as well as Juventus and Lazio. His agent Maurizio Gaudino told The Sun: “Tottenham and two other clubs are keen on Serdar. No discussions are yet under way, but it’s down to the interested clubs to speak to…

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Spurs’ Giovani dos Santos in demand after Gold Cup wonder goal, Joaquín leaves Valencia

Giovani dos Santos’ wonder goal in Mexico’s 4-2 victory over the United States in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final could turn out to be bad news for Sevilla. The 22-year-old Tottenham Hotspur winger is being chased by the Andalusians, whose boss Marcelino was in charge at Racing Santander when the player spent a four-month loan spell there at the back end of last season. However, with signs the former Barcelona man could be back to something like his best dos Santos claims he is considering a number of offers: “I…

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Varane signs for Real, Atlético Madrid and Barcelona losing patience with Aguero and Sánchez

Real Madrid have wrapped up the signing of Lens youngster Raphael Varane on a five-year contract. The 18-year-old centre-back, who scored two goals in 22 games last season as his club suffered relegation to Ligue 2, will cost around £8.5m and arrives after a recommendation from French legend Zinedine Zidane. Zidane now acts as an advisor at the Bernab

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Newcastle News – Sissoko’s representative confirms Newcastle’s interest

The latest French-based player to be linked with Newcastle is midfielder Moussa Sissoko. The Toulouse player is rumoured to be a target for the Magpies along with Liverpool, Lyon, and Inter Milan. The player’s representative, Bacary Sanogo, told the Liverpool Echo: “The link with Lyon is serious, but it is not the only one. There are also negotiations with Liverpool, Newcastle and Inter. Things should seriously move next week. His priority is a club with a major sporting project.” The 21-year-old is believed to be valued at around £13 million…

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Man City news – Tevez denies fix allegations, £7m Boateng offer, Sanchez snubs City

Sanchez snubs City. Sought after winger Alexis Sanchez has snubbed Manchester City by revealing a move to Barcelona would be a dream come true. Roberto Mancini has made a last gasp attempt to tempt his prime target into a move to Eastlands with a £35.8 million bid but Sanchez has already made it quite clear where his allegiance lies for next season. Udinese are understood to be bowled over with City’s offer according to El Mundo Deportivo and are eager to do business with the English club despite Sanchez’s alternate…

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Celtic news – Hoops turn to Harper, Izaguirre going nowhere, Burnley bid for O´Dea

Hoops turn to Harper. A Sunday Mirror report suggests Neil Lennon could be ready to switch his sights to veteran keeper Steve Harper if he is unsuccessful in securing his Newcastle United teammate Fraser Forster. The Celtic boss had a £1.5m bid for Forster rejected last week but is ready to go back with an improved offer for the 6ft 7in shot-stopper, who was on season-long loan at Parkhead last term. However, if he receives another rebuff he may well turn his attentions to Harper. It was thought Harper would…

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Tottenham news – Blackburn in for Keane, Blues plan Bale plus Modric bids, Reds eye Lennon

Blackburn in for Keane. Robbie Keane’s Tottenham career looks like coming to an end after Blackburn have emerged as leading candidates for his signature according to the Metro. The Irish international has struggled to hold down a regular place in the last couple of seasons and has been sent on loan to Celtic and West Ham. Spurs are keen to get him off their wage bill as he is understood to be one of the highest paid players at the club. However there has been very little interest thus far.…

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Man Utd news – £15m Alcantara bid, Nani confident of keeping place, Fergie: No sentiments in this job

£15m Alcantara bid. Manchester United have made a £15million bid for Barcelona youngster Thiago Alcantara, Mirror Football has revealed. Sir Alex Ferguson has made the European Under-21 champion a top priority but the Catalan club are reluctant to sell the 20-year-old to a Champions League rival. Thiago’s progress over the last year has seen him attract the interest of several clubs in Europe of which United have made the biggest offer. The European champions would like a buy-back clause in the deal in order to avoid a repeat of the…

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Liverpool news – Adam £8m deal near, Clichy future talks, Payet to snub ‘Pool

Adam £8m deal near. Charlie Adam’s long awaited transfer away from Blackpool could be completed today with Liverpool reportedly agreeing an £8m transfer fee along with Jonjo Shelvey, The Independent reports. Adam has long been a target of Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish and the Reds had a bid rejected for the Blackpool captain in January. With Blackpool’s relegation to the Championship after one season in the Premier League, 26 year old Adam felt the need to continue playing in the top flight and Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston looks set to…

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Departures hurt Swansea’s Premier League recruitment drive

Swansea City can breathe a huge sigh of relief as it appears likely that they will escape a transfer embargo relating to the Tamas Priskin loan row. Ipswich Town’s complaint is likely to be heard by the Football League as opposed to the Premier League, with a fine more likely than a ban. Swansea do not need any further obstacles after a tough start to their transfer business, finding it difficult to attract players and also to hold on to their current players. So far, only Danny Graham has been…

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Chelsea news – Barcelona wonderkid link, Ramos rubbishes Blues link, Villas-Boas first-choice

Barcelona wonderkid link. Barcelona wonderkid Thiago Alcantara is a reported target for both Manchester United and Chelsea, according to the Daily Mirror. The 20 year old starred for Spain’s under 21 side in the European Championships this month and scored an outstanding goal in the final against Switzerland. Off the back of those performances, Thiago now faces speculation of a move away from current club Barcelona and to the Premier League. It was reported that Manchester United had tabled a £15m offer for the Spanish star, but Thiago himself is…

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Football League Daily – Bristol City and Yeovil Town strengthen squads

Bristol City made their third, but most high profile, signing of the summer on Friday when they brought in Neil Kilkenny from Leeds United. Kilkenny joins Yannick Bolaise from Plymouth Argyle and Ryan Taylor from Rotherham United in joining the Robins with the 25 year old Australian international signing a three year deal. Kilkenny turned down the offer of a new contract at Elland Road where he had been since a £150K move from Birmingham in January 2008. However despite playing a key role in Leeds promotion from League One…

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Man City news – £7m Savic bid, Adebayor Marseille move in doubt, Rivals to push City into action

£7m Savic bid. Manchester City are preparing a £7m bid for Partizan defender Stefan Savic, the News of the World report. The centre-half has been on Roberto Mancini’s radar since last season and the Italian sees the 20-year-old as a long-term partner for Vincent Kompany. The Montenegro international had a trial at Arsenal 18 months ago but the coaching staff at the Emirates were unimpressed with the versatile defender and warned Arsene Wenger off. The versatile defender can play right back or centre back and is being linked with a…

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