Man City bonuses for Premier League victory revealed

It would seem the celebrations from the Manchester City players on the last day of the season were not just down to their first ever Premier League title win but also the extra cash that win guaranteed Published today and reported by the Belfast Telegraph, the newly crowned English champions have earned a total of £6.2m to be shared between the 24 players that featured for the team over the course of the season. In effect, Sergio Aguero’s stoppage time goal not only won the Citizens their first title since…

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Lucas backs Shelvey to shine for Liverpool

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has backed teammate Jonjo Shelvey to shine this season after the 20-year-old had an impressive pre-season. Speaking in the Liverpool Daily Post, Lucas has talked up his fellow midfielder, suggesting that his age is not something that will hold him back, but rather his quality will propel him forward. Lucas said: “Jonjo is a young player, but he’s been with us for two or three seasons so we have seen every day he has a lot of quality and I think he will be a very…

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Adam camp fights back after criticism over Bale challenge

Kenny Moyes, the agent of Charlie Adam, has jumped to his client’s defence after accusations from Gareth Bale regarding a challenge made in a preseason game at the weekend. The Independent have reported that Moyes strongly disagrees with Bale’s remarks suggesting that Adam is a “coward,” instead claiming that those who have commented on the tackle at Tottenham have acted in a childish manner. Moyes said: “It doesn’t warrant a reply because everyone knows Charlie is not that type of player. Everyone in football knows he has no malice or…

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Keown calls for world class Arsenal signing

Arsenal need to sign a world class player in this transfer window, according to former defender Martin Keown. Reported in the Evening Standard, the BBC pundit has spoken publicly about the current situation at the Emirates Stadium regarding striker Robin van Persie and his desire to leave the club. Keown said: “Last year when it was Nasri and Fabregas it impacted so much on the group that when they were seven games in it was like a relegation fight. And I think this time round this won’t happen if van…

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Juventus consider massive offer for Arsenal captain van Persie

Serie A champions Juventus could be set to trump Premier League pair Manchester City and Manchester United by making a huge offer for Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, the Daily Mirror has reported. The trio have been linked with van Persie throughout the summer, after the Netherlands international announced he would not be extending his contract with the Gunners, sparking off a series of bids for the 28-year-old. All have thus far been rejected but Juventus are said to be readying another offer that could tempt Arsenal into parting with…

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Van Persie would make Man City stronger, says Kompany

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes Manchester City will get stronger next season, and admitted the signing of Arsenal skipper Robin van Persie would improve the club’s fire power, the Daily Mirror has reported. Van Persie has been heavily linked with a departure from Arsenal this summer after announcing he did not intend to renew his contract with the club. City are one of three main suitors for the Netherlands international, with the Premier League winners facing competition from their Serie A counterparts Juventus and near neighbours Manchester United. All…

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Liverpool agree loan fee with West Ham for Carroll

Andy Carroll could be a step closer to leaving Liverpool after the Daily Telegraph reported the Reds have agreed a loan deal with West Ham United for the England international. The Hammers will pay £2m to take Carroll on a season-long loan and, if Sam Allardyce’s newly-promoted side manage to avoid relegation, they will have the option of signing Carroll permanently for £17m. While Liverpool are thought to have agreed to the deal Carroll has not, and indeed is said to have told friends that he would prefer a return…

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Barcelona to rival Tottenham for Moutinho

Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas faces competition in his quest to replace Luka Modric, as the player the new boss is said to have targeted, Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho, is also wanted by Barcelona, according to the Daily Mirror. Modric is expected to complete a move to Madrid imminently, creating a gap in the Spurs midfield that Villas-Boas hoped to plug with the 25-year-old Porto playmaker. But despite reportedly having limited funds to work with – the Mirror claims Barcelona Coach Tito Vilanova has only £15m for a midfielder…

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Bould wants tighter Arsenal defence

Arsenal assistant manager Steve Bould is working with the club’s defence in an effort to plug the gaps that plagued the Gunners last season, the Daily Mail has reported. Bould was promoted from working with the youth team to assisting Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman’s long-time No.2, Pat Rice, retired at the end of the season. Bould, a former Arsenal player who won titles under both George Graham and Arsene Wenger, was part of a famous Arsenal defence alongside the likes of Tony Adams, Lee Dixon and Nigel Winterburn. Last…

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Dempsey to force Liverpool transfer

Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey will attempt to force through his move to Liverpool and has pulled out of the Cottagers’ pre-season training camp, according to the Daily Mail. The Mail adds that Dempsey is desperate to move to Anfield after five years with Fulham, feeling that at 29 this is his last chance to move to a club with the stature of the Reds. The two clubs have not been able to agree a fee however, with Liverpool unwilling to pay more than £5m for Dempsey as he has only…

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Pienaar has Everton medical ahead of Tottenham exit

Steven Pienaar’s full-time return to Everton has moved a step closer as the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has undergone a medical with David Moyes’ side, the Daily Mirror has reported. The transfer is expected to be completed within a matter of days. A fee of around £4m has been agreed for the 30-year-old, an increase of £1m on the sum Spurs originally paid Everton for the South Africa international in January 2011. Pienaar is said to have been Moyes’ primary transfer target of the summer after a successful loan return in…

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Szczesny believes Arsenal are getting better with or without van Persie

Wojciech Szczesny believes Arsenal are a better side today than they were at this time last year, and will continue to be so regardless of the future of captain Robin van Persie, the Daily Mail has reported. Joining Szczesny at Arsenal already this summer are strikers Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, while the Mail claims Arsene Wenger still hopes to sign Malaga’s Spanish international winger Santi Cazorla and Turkey playmaker Nuri Sahin, currently with Real Madrid. Szczesny admitted he would be sad to see van Persie leave the Emirates Stadium…

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Chelsea to make final Moses offer

Chelsea will make a fourth and final offer for Wigan Athletic forward Victor Moses, the Daily Mail has reported, with the Champions League winners ready to pay £7.5m for the Nigeria international. However, that sum is still short of the £10m Latics chairman Dave Whelan had been holding out for, despite Moses admitting he wants to leave the DW Stadium this summer. Wigan have already turned down three offers from Chelsea for the 21-year-old. Moses’ contract expires in 12 months’ time but as he is under 24 Wigan would still…

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Arsenal striker Chamakh a Besiktas target claims manager

Marouane Chamakh is on the verge of a move away from Arsenal according to Besiktas coach, Samet Aybaba. Reported by Goal, Aybaba has said that the Turkish club are set to sign the Moroccan as they continue to bolster their squad for the forthcoming campaign. He said: “There are many players on our list. We need to be careful when it comes to transferring players. It’s obvious our club has financial problems. We are interested in Tuncay Sanli and Marouane Chamkh. We are close to getting a striker.” However, reports…

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Lucas Moura to delay decision on future until after Olympics

Brazilian youngster Lucas Moura will decide his future at Sao Paulo after his involvement in the Olympics, according to the Manchester Evening News. Moura has long been linked with a move to Manchester United this summer and reports have suggested both clubs have been locked in talks, but there has been a difference of opinion over the valuation of the 19-year-old. Sir Alex Ferguson is rumoured to be hesitant to spend over £20million on a player who has yet to showcase his talent in a top European league, however his…

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Ferdinand charged for Cole Twitter comments

The Football Association have charged Rio Ferdinand in relation to comments he made on Twitter regarding Ashley Cole after he gave evidence in court earlier this month. The BBC are reporting that the FA have issued an improper conduct charge to the Manchester United defender after he used the term ‘choc ice’ when discussing the Chelsea left back. The tweet came amid the court hearing concerning Rio’s brother Anton and Chelsea captain John Terry who was been tried for using racially charged language in a heated exchange with the QPR…

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Arsenal line-up move for Southampton youngster

Southampton are preparing themselves for another transfer saga with Arsenal amid reports that the Gunners’ are set to renew their interest in Luke Shaw. According to the Daily Mail, the 17-year-old – who has attracted plenty of interest this summer – is high up on the list of transfer targets for Arsene Wenger and a bid could be imminent. London based rivals Chelsea have already had a £4 million bid rejected by the Saints but now the Emirates outfit are ready to do battle to get the signature of the…

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Gourlay admits Chelsea could make two new signings

Chelsea are still in the hunt for two new signings according to Chief Executive Ron Gourlay. Reported by Sky Sports, Gourlay has spoken about the European Champions’ squad rebuild and their intentions to add another pair to Roberto Di Matteo’s new look team. He said: “While we ended with a very strong season, it was clear that there were some areas where we could strengthen, so we knew we were always going to have to do that.” Adding: “If the right players become available at the right time we will…

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Tottenham linked with Real Madrid defender

Tottenham Hotspur could be set to add another central defender with rumoured interest in Real Madrid’s Ricardo Carvalho, who was left out of Jose Mourinho’s pre-season squad, according to the Daily Mail. The 34-year-old has fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu and has not travelled with the Real Madrid squad to America to begin their pre-season campaign off the back of a La Liga campaign that saw them break Barcelona’s dominance in Spanish football. Los Merengues had hoped to include Carvalho in a deal to bring Tottenham Hotspur midfielder…

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Aquilani set for Liverpool exit as Serie A move near

Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani could finally end his Liverpool career, after the Merseyside club accepted a bid from Serie A’s Fiorentina, according to the BBC. The 28-year-old had returned to Liverpool for pre-season training after a season long loan at AC Milan having failed to live up to the hype built around him when he moved to the Reds from Roma in 2009 for a reported £20million. New manager Brendan Rodgers had featured Aquilani in the clubs pre-season tour of America, but with two-years remaining on his contract, the Liverpool…

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Chelsea have Azpilicueta bid rejected

Chelsea have had a £6 million bid for Marseille right back Cesar Azpilicueta rejected. According to the Metro the Ligue 1 side are demanding £10 million for the 23-year-old but the Blues are wary of paying so much for the Spanish full back, choosing instead to monitor his progress at the Olympics before making a final decision. Roberto Di Matteo and co are in the hunt for a right sided defender as they look to replace the loss of Jose Boswinga whose contracted expired at the end of the season.…

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Manchester United Transfer Focus – Wanyama linked with Old Trafford switch

Manchester United scouts watched Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama in their recent pre-season friendly against Norwich, according to the Daily Mail. Arsenal too are looking at the Kenyan, who is thought to be keen on a move south of the border and could see Old Trafford as an ideal destination Queens Park Rangers and Stoke have been rumoured to be chasing Wanyama, but the prospect of joining either United or Arsenal could prove too much to resist if their interest is firmed, with both sides offering Champions League football. The youngster…

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Aston Villa Transfer Focus – Vlaar deal back on as Villa raid Holland once more

Aston Villa and Paul Lambert finally look set to confirm their fourth signing of the summer, with Dutch defender Ron Vlaar set to undergo a medical with the club on Monday. The deal looked to have stalled this time last week as Vlaar stated that he was happy to stay with Feyenoord as his ‘dream’ move to Villa was not going to go ahead. A week is a long time in the world of football, and Vlaar now appears to be on his way to Villa Park with personal terms…

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Tottenham transfer focus – Spurs lacking strikers with Adebayor deal quiet

In just under three weeks, Tottenham Hotspur will walk out at St James’ Park for the opening match of the Premier League season. Whilst Newcastle are likely to line up with Demba Ba and Papiss Demba Cisse up front, Spurs may have only Jermaine Defoe as an experienced striker, with the deal to sign Emmanuel Adebayor appearing to have gone quiet. Spurs fans may be getting more and more concerned about the lack of activity in the transfer market for an area that is the most in need of recruitment…

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Arsenal transfer focus – Wenger could look at midfield with Wilshere out until at least October

With a little over a month left until the transfer window slams shut, more incomings and outgoings seem a certainty for Arsenal. Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski have been the only summer signings for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger so far but, with prodigy Jack Wilshere now expected to be out until October at least, an addition to the centre of midfield could prove to be a shrewd move. If the entirety of Arsenal’s midfield were fit, it could be argued that they have ample cover in the centre of the…

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