Liverpool news – Reds push for Enrique, Adam excited, Gerrard injury set-back

Reds push for Enrique. Newcastle left-back Jose Enrique could move to Liverpool before the start of the new Premier League season, according to the People. The 25-year-old has been linked with a move to Anfield and Reds boss Kenny Dalglish is believed to have made signing a left back his top priority before the new season. Reports last week suggested that Dalglish was prepared to wait patiently for Enrique, but defensive frailties in the previous two friendlies against Hull City and Galatasaray have forced Dalglish into immediate action. Liverpool face…

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Tottenham news – £10m Pjanic plan, Spurs confirm Mata interest, Zamora/Crouch swap link

£10m Pjanic plan. Spurs are lining up a £10m bid for Olympique Lyonnais midfield star Miralem Pjanic, The Mirror reports. The 21-year-old Bosnian international has been the subject of glowing reports and the North London club are ready to move for Pjanic this summer. Pjanic could replace Luka Modric in the Tottenham midfield, who has been the subject of bids from Premier League rivals Chelsea. Pjanic impressed for Lyon last season and is the main creator for the Lyon side. Chelsea have offered Spurs £25m for Modric, which was swiftly…

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Man Utd news – No Sneijder move, Fergie: De Gea right choice, Positive Hernandez news

No Sneijder move. Claims that Manchester United have formally approached Inter Milan’s Wesley Sneijder have been dismissed by Sir Alex Ferguson, the Guardian has reported. In the aftermath United’s 2-1 victory over Barcelona in Washington, Ferguson rubbished a story run by the Mail on Sunday, which unequivocally stated that United had presented Sneijder with a ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ offer. “Absolute nonsense. I have never discussed him. There is nothing new,” Ferguson declared about the report linking United to Sneijder. Whilst Sneijder has been touted in many quarters as having the potential to…

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Arsenal news – Cesc walks out, Mata latest, Wenger content with friendly

Cesc walks out. Arsenal want away captain Cesc Fabregas attended the Gunners 2-2 friendly draw with Boca Juniors at the Emirates last night, only to leave the stadium at half time in controversial fashion, as highlighted by the Daily Mail. Fabregas was witnessed to vacate the stadium accompanied by a minder, whilst avoiding questions regarding his future from reporters. Although much speculation exists as to the exact reason for his premature departure from the game, Arsene Wenger swiftly moved to diffuse any potential impending criticism of Fabregas by saying: “Cesc…

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Chelsea news – Fresh Modric approach, Blues win Barclays Asia Trophy, Villas-Boas impressed

Fresh Modric approach. There has been plenty of speculation surrounding Luka Modric and Chelsea of late and the fact that Javier Pastore is believed to have signed with PSG, has now escalated talks around Chelsea’s pursuit of Luka Modric. Blues chief executive Ron Gourlay plans to hold talks with the Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas about whether he sees Modric as a player needed for the squad. Chelsea are reportedly willing to offer an improved bid for the Tottenham star, but will not do so without the consent of the manager.…

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Benzema ´not for sale´ to Arsenal says Mourinho

Real Madrid Coach Jose Mourinho has rubbished suggestions that Karim Benzema is on the verge of moving away from the club. After seeing the 23-year-old score his fourth goal in pre-season against Leicester City, Mourinho confirmed the striker will stay at the Bernebeu this season: “There is no speculation. He is not for sale, no chance,” said the Portuguese. Arsenal had been linked with a move for the French international as Arsene Wenger seeks to bolster the Gunners’ striking options, with Nicklas Bendtner set to join Sporting Lisbon. However, Mourinho…

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Bolton Wanderers: Future of Cahill and signing a striker the main concerns for Coyle

Bolton Wanderers’ manager Owen Coyle’s declaration that any party interested in his England defender Gary Cahill should make themselves known before Monday is a bold move from the highly-rated boss. With Arsenal known to be in the market for a centre-back, and Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur also rumoured to be interested, Coyle has taken a proactive measure in an attempt to end the saga that has quietly rumbled along all summer. The Bolton News added that if no offer is forthcoming from any potential suitor, Wanderers will offer Cahill a…

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Barcelona beaten 2-1 by Man United in first pre-season defeat

Barcelona suffered their first defeat of the pre-season as they went down 2-1 to Manchester United in a friendly played in front of an 81,000 sell-out crowd in Washington DC. A 75th minute goal from Michael Owen secured the Reds victory after Thiago had equalised Nani´s first-half opener, giving Sir Alex Ferguson´s side a small measure of revenge for their Champions League final defeat in May. Pep Guardiola once again took the opportunity to give playing time to some of the younger members of his squad, allied to six of…

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Redknapp joins Wenger in chase for Valencia´s Juan Mata

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has confirmed his interest in bringing Valencia winger Juan Mata to White Hart Lane and claims chairman Daniel Levy has been handling the matter. “The chairman has been dealing with it,” Redknapp told skysports.com after his team´s 3-2 friendly victory over Brighton on Saturday. “He is a player we like, obviously, so do Arsenal, so do a few other clubs, but where it’s all at I don’t know. “He is a player I went and saw when England played Spain Under-21s and I thought he…

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Man City news – Eto’o in Tevez swap link, Mancini wants two more signings, Celtic Bellamy interest

Eto’o in Tevez swap link. Manchester City are reportedly considering a move for Inter Milan’s Samuel Eto’o that could see Carlos Tevez finally seal a move away from Manchester. These reports come despite manager Roberto Mancini claiming that Tevez is in his plans for next season. According to Sky Sports news Mancini said: “I think that Carlos for the moment is a City player and he is an important player but I don’t know what can happen in the next days.” If Tevez were to move to Inter Milan they…

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Chelsea news – Blues miss out on Pastore, McEachran inspired by Wilshere, Hiddink: Chelsea need stability

Blues miss out on Pastore. Chelsea look set to miss out on Palermo playmaker Javier Pastore. The Blues had been pursuing the much sought-after player all summer and were reportedly meeting with his agent in London yesterday. However it appears that PSG have beaten Chelsea to his signature and it looks like Pastore will be signing a five-year deal with the Parisian club. According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini said: “[We] closed the deal last night (Friday) around midnight. Basically it’s the official transfer of Pastore…

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Man Utd news – Reds scout Gaitan, Fergie set for challenge, Gill ‘comfortable’ with finances

Reds scout Gaitan. Manchester United are monitoring the situation of Benfica’s Argentine midfielder Nicolas Gaitan, Goal.com has reported. Gaitan arrived at Benfica from Boca Juniors last summer to replace his fellow country man Angel Di Maria who left to join Real Madrid. Subsequently following an impressive first season as a Benfica player in which he scored nine times in 47 appearances, Gaitan is believed to have been identified by Sir Alex Ferguson as a potential future signing. Indeed United are reported to have had a scout watch Gaitan help Benfica…

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Liverpool news – Reds to hijack McCarthy deal, Brazilian midfielder link, Lawrenson backs Adam

Reds to hijack McCarthy deal. Liverpool are preparing to hijack any Arsenal move for Wigan midfielder James McCarthy and are watching his contract talks intently, The Mirror reports. The Anfield side have been interested in the Glasgow-born youngster since his days at Hamilton, the club he played at before his signing for the Latics back in 2009. McCarthy opted then for the regular first team chances Wigan would reward him, but at the age of 20, the Irishman feels that he is approaching the time where he needs to move…

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Arsenal news – Wenger: Fab has lost focus, Sporting rubbish Bendtner link, Hill-Wood: We’re trying to buy

Wenger: Fab has lost focus. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has suggested that his captain Cesc Fabregas is losing his focus amid rumours of a move to Spanish giants Barcelona, The Independent reports. Fabregas will not feature in the Emirates Cup this weekend and has not played a single pre-season fixture with the Gunners, citing a hamstring injury as the problem for his absence. The 24-year-old is under pressure to decide his future and many suspect that he is keen on a move back to Barcelona, a club where he grew…

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Newcastle Club Focus – Magpies’ US tour ends on a high

Newcastle ended their tour of the States on a high note as they eased to a comfortable victory over Columbus Crew. Goals from Shola Ameobi, captain Fabricio Coloccini and young prodigy Haris Vuckic saw the Magpies run out 3-0 winners over the hosts. Before then it appeared that the pre-season tour had been something of a failure. Three players had failed to travel with the squad due to visa issues, several players picked up injury problems and before Wednesday the team were yet to score a goal. However an improved…

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Tottenham news – Spurs join Mata race, Agent hints at Zigic interest, Vucinic to choose Juve

Spurs join Mata race. The Guardian are this morning reporting that Tottenham are to challenge North London rivals Arsenal to the signing of Valencia forward Juan Mata. The Gunners are currently favourites to land the signature of the Spaniard, but are yet to table a bid. On the other hand, Tottenham are reported to have made an offer worth approximately £22m, which meets the release clause in Mata’s contract. Spurs manager Harry Redknapp will be desperate to tie up a deal that will undoubtedly improve his inconsistent strike-force, though Mata may be…

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Tottenham Hotspur Club Focus – Is Spurs’ transfer limbo due to Redknapp’s indecision?

Tottenham Hotspur have been noticeable in their lack of transfer activity, despite countless rumours linking them with high profile players. This summer, as in January, there appears a sense of uncertainty over which target to actually go for, resulting in a scatter gun approach. Bids have seemed tentative and consequently rejected leaving the impression that players do not want to go to the club. This may be true of some, but other players may feel they are being undervalued by low bids – as may their current clubs. To date…

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Wigan Athletic: Martinez facing fight to replace N’Zogbia

With Charles N’Zogbia having left Wigan Athletic for Aston Villa, Latics manager Roberto Martinez faces the task this summer of replacing one of his side’s key players and building on the potential of a number of promising young stars. After a narrow escape from relegation last season, when Wigan finished 16th, only three points safe of the drop, Martinez has been slow to add to his squad. Indeed, with only Ali Al-Habsi signed so far, having spent the past season on loan from Bolton Wanderers, as it stands, the Wigan…

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Barcelona and Manchester United clash in Washington DC

Just two months after the Champions League final at Wembley, Barcelona and Manchester United cross paths once more this weekend, albeit in very different circumstances. The FedExField in Washington DC, home of the NFL´s Washington Redskins, is the venue for a World Football Challenge match which has captured the imagination of the American public. A sell-out crowd of 91,000 will see last season´s top two European teams lock horns in a game which will be played in temperatures approaching 38 degrees, with 80% humidity. Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola will be…

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French ´Cristiano Ronaldo´ joins La Liga new boys

Granada, returning to the top flight after a 35-year absence, have reached agreement with AS Monaco for the transfer of winger Yohan Mollo, nicknamed ´Monaco´s Cristiano` primarily because of his similar playing style to Real Madrid´s Ronaldo and the fact he once wore the No 7 shirt. Mollo, who cost around €1m, has signed a four year deal after what was described by the Andalusian club as “more than a month of long and hard negotiations”, and will make his debut in Saturday´s friendly at Real Ja

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Real Madrid sign sponsorship deal with Emirates

In their continuing fight to overcome great rivals Barcelona, in both an economic and sporting sense, Real Madrid have been searching for months to find a sponsor to match Barca´s alliance with the Qatar Foundation, which will be worth an estimated €150m to the Catalans. However, at the moment Los Blancos will have to settle for the agreement signed on Friday worth €25m with Emirates Airlines, who will become an official sponsor of the club for the next five years and will pay €5m per season. President Florentino P

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Diego confirms Atletico Madrid interest

Wolfsburg midfielder Diego has confirmed he has received an offer from Spanish club Atletico Madrid. The Brazlian international has had a career packed full of ups and downs with his spell at Wolfsburg being no different, getting fined on a number of occasions and falling out with members of the club’s staff. Diego signed for the 2008/09 Bundesliga champions in the summer of 2010 for a fee of €15.5m (£13.6m) after a disappointing season in Serie A with Juventus, but following yet another below-par year he looks set to be…

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Arsenal news – Gunners prepare £15m Jagielka bid, Gervinho wants to emulate Henry, Diaby injury set-back

Gunners prepare £15m Jagielka bid. Arsenal are preparing a bid of £15m for Everton’s Phil Jagielka after their initial bid of £10 million was rejected by the Merseyside club, the Mail understands. Manager Arsene Wenger has been a long term admirer of the defender and made a £12m offer for the player last year. Wenger now hopes his persistence pays off and his latest proposal is deemed sufficient enough to prise him away from the Toffees, who value the England international at somewhere closer to £18m. Scroll down for rest…

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Alvaro Morata, Real Madrid’s ‘fourth’ striker who could become their third

“[Real Madrid] have signed players whom we felt were important to complete a squad that was already very strong. In my opinion, and in that of everyone, we are missing one more man, one more attacker,” Jose Mourinho told realmadrid.com, as the team began their pre-season tour of the US. Real Madrid’s preparations to end Barcelona’s domination next season have been as thorough and wide-ranging as they have fast, but despite spending €55.5m in transfers even before pre-season began, the search remains open for a third striker. However, is that…

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