Corluka leaves Tottenham

Croatia international Vedran Corluka has left Tottenham Hotspur for Lokomotiv Moscow, Yahoo Sports has reported, linking up with former Croatia Coach Slaven Bilic, who moved to Russia after Croatia were eliminated from Euro 2012. Corluka spent the second half of last season on loan at Bayer Leverkusen after losing his place in the Tottenham side to Kyle Walker, but the German club chose not to sign the 26-year-old on a permanent deal, freeing up Corluka to move to Russia under Bilic. Corluka follows compatriot Niko Kranjcar out the Spurs exit…

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Chelsea’s Courtois renews Atletico loan

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaud Courtois will spend a second season on loan at La Liga side Atletico Madrid, the Daily Mail has reported. Courtois joined Chelsea from Racing Genk last summer but was immediately loaned to Atleti, spending the year in Spain and helping his temporary side to victory in the Europa League. The 20-year-old played 37 league games for Atletico last season, establishing himself as the club’s No 1 and aiding a fifth-place league finish. Courtois also made his international bow last season, having been called into the Belgium squad…

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Arsenal to play Nigeria friendly

Arsenal’s preparations for the new Premier League season will see them travel to Nigeria to face the country’s national team in Abuja, the BBC has reported. The match will be held on August 5 and it will be the first time the Gunners have played in the West African state. A strong Nigeria side is expected to be named for the fixture while Arsenal will also include many of their big names as they search for match-fitness ahead of the first game of the league season two weeks later. Arsenal…

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Bale signs new Tottenham contract

Gareth Bale has signed a new four-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur, putting an end to speculation linking the winger with a move to Barcelona, the Guardian has reported. The newspaper adds that as well as Barca, La Liga champions Real Madrid and Serie A giants Inter were interested in the Welshman, but Bale chose to extend his stay at White Hart Lane and vowed to help return the club to the Champions League, a competition in which they have not taken part since 2010-11. Bale committed his future to Spurs…

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Chelsea move for Dortmund’s Piszczek

Chelsea could make an offer for Borussia Dortmund’s Poland international right-back Lukasz Piszczek as Roberto Di Matteo continues to rebuild the Champions League winners, the Daily Mail has reported. Jose Bosingwa left Stamford Bridge at the end of the season when his contract expired, leaving Branislav Ivanovic as Chelsea’s only senior right-back as Paulo Ferreira is also expected to leave the club this summer. But Ivanovic may also be needed in central defence, leaving Di Matteo short of options in his back four. Piszczek has been at Dortmund since 2010,…

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Spain 0-0 Portugal (Pens: 4-2): Fabregas penalty sends Spain through to the final

We waited and waited for Spain to turn up in this game and eventually they did, with Cesc Fabregas sealing their final place in a tense penalty shoot-out (as if there is any other kind). Joao Moutinho and Bruno Alves were the unlucky ones and for Portugal and it was a cruel way for the team to depart the competition as they had matched the reigning European Champions over the two-hour contest. Before the match we were wondering which Portugal Spain would have to face: the defensive version which they…

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Germany Euro 2012 Focus – Löw with selection headaches ahead of semi-final clash with Italy

Germany go into Thursday’s Euro 2012 semi-final looking to end their Italian jinx. Die Mannschaft have never beaten Italy in a competitive fixture, having drawn four and lost three against the Azzurri in tournament matches. Their last meeting was the World Cup semi in 2006, with the Azzurri winning 2-0 in extra time. Despite this, Joachim L

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Arsenal to appoint Burton as reserve boss

Former Wimbledon manager Terry Burton is expected to be named the new manager of the Arsenal reserve side following a re-organisation of Arsene Wenger’s backroom staff, the Independent has reported. Wenger’s assistant, Pat Rice, retired at the end of the season after 16 years in the position, with former Gunners centre-back Steve Bould promoted from the youth set-up to replace Rice, and Neil Banfield, the former reserve team coach, moved to work with the first team. Burton will then take Banfield’s old job. Burton is currently assistant manager to Dave…

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Modric wants to leave Tottenham

Luka Modric will inform Tottenham Hotspur that he wants to leave the club this summer, ESPN has reported, with Real Madrid expected to be the Croatian’s preferred destination. ESPN adds that reports in Spain suggest Modric’s move to Madrid is at an advanced stage, with the player’s agent, Mario Mamic, having already met with representatives from Real. Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with a move for the playmaker. Spurs are expected to demand a fee in the region of £40m for the 26-year-old if he is…

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Chelsea and Man City warned off Cavani

Premier League duo Chelsea and Manchester City have been told that Napoli have no intention of selling striker Edinson Cavani this summer, the Daily Mail has reported. Both the Champions League winners and the Premier League title holders have been linked with a move for the Uruguayan but Napoli have insisted Cavani is not for sale at any price. The Napoli sporting director, Riccardo Bigon, added that not only was there no amount of money that could induce the club into selling Cavani, but that Cavani was not interested in…

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Portugal vs Spain – Match preview and team news

The first of the two Euro 2012 semi-finals gets under way tonight and an old rivalry is to be reignited. Current holders Spain take on 2004 runners-up Portugal, a contrast in styles but not in passion. Both have faced some tough tasks to get here, the Portguese coming second in the aptly named ‘group of death’ beating the Netherlands and Denmark to progress. Whilst Spain took on Italy and Croatia in their two toughest group games, only to face France in the quarter-finals. Spain – although accused of playing ‘boring’…

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Man Utd increase Rodriguez offer

Manchester United have increased their interest in Porto winger James Rodriguez after weeks of speculation. The Daily Mail are reporting that the Premier League runners-up had a deal in excess of £30 million rejected by the Portuguese champions – it is thought Porto want the £40 million buy-out-clause met if they are to sell their youngster. There had been conjecture that Manchester United would offer Anderson as part of the deal but Porto seem to be uninterested in a player-exchange, opting instead for cash. Rodriguez has become one of Europe’s…

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Tottenham could get Sahin as part of Modric Madrid move

Real Madrid’s £30 million bid for Luka Modric could be backed up by the addition of central midfield Nuri Sahin. According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham would be prepared to let their Croatian star go for that kind of money plus a player who many would feel is an instant replacement. Sahin has fallen out of favour with Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho and the arrival of Modric would likely see him slip further down the ranks – meaning a move to White Hart Lane would benefit both clubs and…

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Giroud Arsenal deal done despite Chelsea interest

Olivier Giroud has revealed just why he has recently completed a switch to the Arsenal also revealing interest from London rivals, Chelsea. A report from Sky Sports has the Gunners new boy discussing his future in North London and his prospects in English football. The 25-year-old said: “Why did I choose Arsenal rather than Chelsea? Because it is a club I love. And I thought it was easier for my adaptation. Arsenal is a great club, the facilities are wonderful, but I feel it is a club that takes big…

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Blow for Man City as Napoli insist Cavani stays

Napoli have officially announced that their star striker Edinson Cavani is not for sale at any price. Corriere dello Sport are reporting that the Serie A side’s sporting director, Riccardo Bigon, has moved swiftly the end any speculation surrounding their talisman, making it clear they will not sell the Uruguayan in any situation. He has said: “I can confirm that Cavani is not for sale at any price. The president has made it clear to everybody what he thinks about a transfer, and Edi, too, has been very clear about…

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Ex-Chelsea boss Villas-Boas close to Tottenham job

Former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas could soon be appointed the new Tottenham Hotspur manager, in succession to Harry Redknapp, the Daily Telegraph has reported. A clause in the terms of Villas-Boas’ departure from Stamford Bridge means he cannot officially be confirmed at White Hart Lane until July 1 but negotiations between Villas-Boas’ representatives and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy are said to be going well. The Telegraph claims suggestions Villas-Boas was unhappy at a number of other candidates being considered were wide of the mark, and after turning down an offer…

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Contract row threatens Vertonghen’s Tottenham move

A dispute between Jan Vertonghen and his current club Ajax could see the collapse of the centre-back’s move to Tottenham Hotspur, the Daily Mirror has reported. The two clubs had agreed a fee of around £10m for the Belgium international, with the move still set to go ahead despite the vacancy in the Tottenham dugout following the sacking of Harry Redknapp. But a clause in Vertonghen’s Ajax contract says he is entitled to 15% of the fee when he leaves Amsterdam, a stipulation Ajax are now said to be unwilling…

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Liverpool remain hopeful of beating Tottenham to Sigurdsson

Liverpool have not given up on signing Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson despite reports Tottenham Hotspur have moved into the driver’s seat to bring the former Swansea City loan player to the Premier League on a full-time basis, the BBC has said. Spurs will reportedly offer Sigurdsson higher wages than he would receive at Anfield but the presence of former Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers in the Liverpool dugout could still prove a decisive factor. Not only did Sigurdsson play under Rodgers at Swansea but the pair were together at Reading, the…

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Redknapp hails Arsenal midfielder Wilshere

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has hailed Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere as a player who can help England revive their fortunes on the international scene, but Redknapp added an immediate improvement should not be expected, the Independent has reported. England crashed out of Euro 2012 on penalties to Italy in a match where the Italian playmaker, Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo, dominated much of the contest as England gave up possession to their continental counterparts. But Redknapp believes a fit and firing Wilshere could be England’s own Pirlo. He said:…

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Tottenham’s Parker could miss start of Premier League season

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Scott Parker could miss the start of the new Premier League season as he may need surgery on his Achilles, the Daily Telegraph has reported. If Parker does undergo the operation – intended to clean the region rather than repair any damage – the England international will be out of action until mid-September. Tottenham begin their Premier League campaign away to Newcastle United on August 18, with West Bromwich Albion the opposition for Spurs’ first home game a week later. Tottenham also travel to Old Trafford to…

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Malouda to leave Chelsea for Brazil

Chelsea winger Florent Malouda is expected to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, with a number of teams, including at least one in Brazil, interested in signing the France international, the Daily Telegraph has reported. The Telegraph notes that Malouda’s wife is Brazilian and Vasco de Gama hope that and the chance to play with former Lyon teammate Juninho Pernambucano, together with the upswing in financial power currently boosting the country thanks to the hosting of the 2014 World Cup, can tempt the 32-year-old to South America. Malouda has a year…

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Vargas open to Liverpool move

Juan Manuel Vargas, Fiorentina’s Peruvian winger, would consider a move to the Premier League with Liverpool, his agent has claimed, after revealing the Reds are interested in his client, ESPN has reported. Jorge Cyterszpiler claimed that Malaga are also thinking about an offer for the 28-year-old, who has a year remaining on his contract with La Viola but has been strongly linked with a move away from the club. Vargas moved to Fiorentina from Catania in 2008, the Florence side paying €12m for the left-sided midfielder. Vargas moved to Italy…

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Arsenal seal Giroud deal

Arsenal have completed the signing of France international striker Olivier Giroud from Montpellier, the Daily Telegraph has reported, with Arsene Wenger’s summer spending approaching the £25m-mark after Lukas Podolski was also brought to the Premier League by the Gunners. Giroud moves to the Emirates Stadium for a fee in the region of £12m, with the Telegraph claiming he has signed a four-year contract worth £60,000 per week. Podolski was signed from FC Koln for just under £12m, and the Germany international and his new French teammate are expected to play…

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Ivanovic wants to see Tottenham’s Modric at Chelsea

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has revealed he hopes Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luka Modric moves to Stamford Bridge this summer, but the Daily Mirror believes the Croatian could be bound for Real Madrid, with two players heading in the opposite direction. The Mirror adds that a number of clubs are chasing Modric, including both Manchester United and Manchester City, but Ivanovic has said joining the Champions League winners would see Modric improve as a player. He added: “I think at Chelsea he would adapt instantly and become a better player…moving to…

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Bendtner Arsenal exit nears

Nicklas Bendtner is getting closer and closer to sealing a move away from the Emirates, according to his agent Jesper Lynghus. ESPN have reported that the Danish striker is wanted by a number of high profile clubs and Lynghus is confident a big money move is on its way. Speaking about Bendtner’s proposed transfer, the agent said: “We are getting closer day by day, the interest is overwhelming, just as it should be after the way Nicklas performed at Euro 2012.” But he chose to not add fuel to any…

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