Van Persie wants same money as Rooney

Wantaway Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has stated he wants the same wage as star striker Wayne Rooney, if he is to join the England forward at Old Trafford, according to the Express. Van Persie has indicated that United is his favoured destination as he seeks some silverware, following a seven-year drought at the Emirates Stadium. However, the two clubs appear a long way apart in terms of transfer fee, as Arsene Wenger is determined to not let the Dutchman leave for less than £30m, while United are only willing…

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AVB hits out at Adam after Bale injury scare

New Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has hit out at Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam, after the midfielder’s tackle left Gareth Bale with an injury in yesterday’s friendly between the two sides. Villas-Boas told the Telegraph: “I think it is a very nasty challenge from Charlie. The player is gone and he comes in from behind on Gareth’s ankle. I did not know the previous history between the two. I know now.” The Portuguese is referring to an incident from over a year ago, when Adam left Bale with ruptured ankle ligaments…

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Pienaar on verge of Everton return

Everton are close to completing the signing of former winger Steven Pienaar, according to the Guardian. The South African left the Toffees for White Hart Lane just 18 months ago, and now looks certain to make the return move after the clubs agreed a fee. Indeed, Pienaar was on-loan at Goodison Park for the second half of last season, and recaptured the fantastic form of his previous spell on Merseyside, almost leaving David Moyes with no choice but to snap up the fans’ favourite on a permanent basis. Pienaar will…

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Hargreaves training with QPR

Former Manchester United and Bayern Munich midfielder Owen Hargreaves is training with QPR, reports the Independent. Hargreaves has suffered an injury-plagued last few years and has been released by Manchester United and Manchester City in the last two summers, due to his failure to shake of his injury problems. However, Mark Hughes stopped short of suggesting Hargreaves, who is a free agent, was in line for a move to Loftus Road: “Owen is training with the group, there is no obligation for either party. He is keen to retain his…

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Fulham in for Arshavin

Arsenal misfit Andrei Arshavin is a target for Fulham, after Zenit St Petersburg decided against a permanent deal for 31-year-old, according to the Metro. Arshavin spent the second half of last season on loan at Zenit, but with no permanent deal forthcoming, he has indicated his desire to stay in London. The Gunners, however, want to shift the diminutive Russian off their wage bill, and will accept a cut-price £1m for the player. That has led Fulham to signal a desire to bring the player to Craven Cottage, although no…

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London 2012 Olympics Focus – Group C

The group favourites Brazil recorded an expected victory in the opening round of fixtures in the London 2012 Olympic football tournament, but the result was much closer than could have been predicted at half time following an impressive Egyptian comeback. In the other Group C game, Belarus picked up a precious three points against New Zealand. Dmitry Baga was the match-winner for Belarus, heading home in the first half to secure a 1-0 victory. The fluid passing style of the Eastern Europeans helped them dominate the opening period, and they…

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Scholes wasn’t asked to play at Euro 2012

Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has insisted he wasn’t asked to play at Euro 2012 for England, despite the dearth of central midfield options Roy Hodgson had during the tournament. Scholes told the Daily Mail: “I wasn’t offered the chance. It was flattering to be talked about. But I wasn’t asked, so it means nothing.” The 37-year-old retired from football as a whole this time last year, but was lured back by Sir Alex Ferguson with the Red Devils missing a midfield lynchpin. England had similar issues this summer, as…

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London 2012 Olympics Focus – Group B

Matchday Two sees all four teams level on one point after opening draws in Group B – Mexico and South Korea played out a goalless draw, whilst Gabon took a point with a 1-1 draw against Switzerland. All teams will be looking to grab an advantage with victory on Matchday Two, safe in the knowledge that a win will see them take a big step to the quarter-finals. However, a defeat may also see a team exit the competition and it remains to be seen whether nerves will take hold…

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London 2012 Olympics Focus – Group D

Football is a game loved by young and old, from nation to nation across the world. It can bring communities together, it can inspire a generation, and it is one of the greatest sports in the world. It supplies the dizzying highs of competition victory, the distraught and despair of losing in a penalty shootout, and the wonder and imagination of the underdog fighting their way through round after round and going all the way. Olympic football has been shunned by many, who say it is a sport which shouldn’t…

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London 2012 Olympics Focus – Group A

The main noise being made in Group A has come from the Great Britain camp, which is understandable considering the Olympics are being held in London. After a disappointing 1-1 draw with Senegal, where Team GB were subjected to a physical approach from their opposition, Stuart Pearce’s side face the United Arab Emirates tomorrow in a bid to get their first win of the tournament. Captain Ryan Giggs has acknowledged that the pressure is on Team GB, but the squad are up to the challenge and ready to “answer the…

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Carroll will only move to a club in Europe

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll has reportedly insisted he will only listen to offers from clubs who have guaranteed European football next season, according to the Independent. Liverpool, in recent weeks, have confirmed that they are willing to listen to offers for the 23-year-old as new boss Brendan Rodgers has no plans for a forward of Carroll’s build and play. Newcastle United made a loan bid for Carroll, whom they sold to Liverpool in January 2011 for a fee of around £35m, which many agree the striker has not justified after…

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Torres confident of filling Drogba’s boots

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres remains confident he can fill the void left by former striker Didier Drogba, and admits he will enjoy the responsibility, according to the Independent. The Spanish striker endured a tough start to his £50m Chelsea career but he enjoyed a successful end to the season, picking up a Champions League winners medal and lifting the European Championships with Spain in July. Torres has yet to join his Chelsea team-mates for their pre-season campaign due to his involvement in Euro 2012, where he scored three goals and…

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Ramirez in talks with Premier League club

Uruguayan playmaker Gaston Ramirez has edged ever closer to a move to the Premier League, as his agent confirmed they are in talks with an English club, rumoured to be Liverpool, according to the Daily Mail. The 22-year-old is currently in London, on Olympic duty, where he scored his country’s opening goal in the 2-1 win over the UAE, with a stunning free-kick. It seems his performances for Bologna last season have put him firmly in Liverpool’s sights, as Brendan Rodgers looks to bolster his attacking options. The £20m-rated player…

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Arsenal told to increase Cazorla bid

Malaga have told Arsenal they will have to part with more than the quoted £20m for star player Santi Cazorla, according to the Metro. The in-demand 27-year-old has long been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium and several media reports across the continent have suggested a lodged bid of £16.5m, however, Malaga Coach Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed the speculation, insisting a higher bid would be needed. Speaking to assembled Spanish journalists, the 58-year-old said: “To sell Cazorla for €20 million would be to give him away. I don’t…

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Ramis set to snub Wigan for “a new and very interesting offer”

Mallorca defender Ivan Ramis has stated he will leave the club this summer, but long-term suitors Wigan may not be the club to land him, reports the Daily Mirror. Wigan have long chased the 27-year-old, but the player has now suggested he has better options elsewhere. “I have played my last match for Mallorca because there is a new and very interesting offer for me. Wigan is not the best proposition for me,” he explained. Newly-promoted West Ham have shown interest in the player, but it is unclear whether he…

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Gunners want Sahin loan deal

Arsenal are looking to wrap up a season-long loan deal for Real Madrid benchwarmer Nuri Sahin, reports the Daily Mail. Sahin has only been at the Bernabeu for a single season, with injuries and fierce competition restricting him to only a handful of appearances. However, the Turk is regarded as one of Europe’s finest central midfielders following his impressive spell with Borussia Dortmund. The 23-year-old has been coveted by a number of clubs this summer, including Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham, but he had originally insisted he was happy with…

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Manchester United step up interest in Dembele

Manchester United are poised to make a bid for Fulham midfielder Moussa Dembele, according to the People. The Red Devils have made no secret of their desire to land a central midfielder this summer and Dembele seems to have impressed Sir Alex Ferguson with his form last season. The Belgian was originally brought as a forward by the Cottagers, but Martin Jol used him in a deeper role in central midfield and the 25-year-old proved an excellent distributor of the ball and creative hub. It is believed a fee of…

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Juventus pull out of van Persie race

Italian giants Juventus have pulled out of the race to sign Arsenal’s talismanic striker Robin van Persie, reports the Daily Mail. Van Persie has admitted his desire to leave the Gunners having decided not to extend his contract, which runs out in 12 months. It was believed Juve and the two Manchester clubs were interested in the Dutchman, but it now appears the Serie A champions have insisted Arsenal’s valuation is not value for money. It is unclear whether Arsenal are happy to listen to offers from Premier League rivals,…

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Spurs join chase for Allen

Tottenham are interested in Swansea midfielder Joe Allen, according to the Daily Star. Allen has been the subject of interest from Liverpool, as new Reds boss Brendan Rodgers attempts to link up with his former midfield maestro. However, Swansea have stated Liverpool have broken the agreement in place, which stopped Rodgers from poaching any of his former charges. That has led Spurs to jump to the head of the queue, as they seek alternatives to wantaway midfielder Luka Modric. The midfielder has a buy-out clause of £10m, if approached by…

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Manchester United Transfer Focus – Ferguson could look to South America for inspiration

As Lucas Moura’s proposed move from Sao Paulo to Old Trafford threatens to develop into a full-blown transfer saga, the situation with Robin van Persie could already be considered as such. In the meantime, Manchester United could do well to look in a similar direction as Lucas as a number of options from South America look able to fill a gap in Sir Alex Ferguson’s side. The motives behind the Scot’s public discussion of his targets have been debated, and subsequently linked to the IPO that will see Manchester United…

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Aston Villa Transfer Focus – Lambert must focus on youth to achieve success

It has been a quiet few weeks for Aston Villa on the transfer front following the arrivals of Matt Lowton, Karim El Ahmadi and Brett Holman in early July, as new manager Paul Lambert has been assessing his squad during Villa’s tour of America. Although the squad contains experienced senior Internationals such as Darren Bent, Richard Dunne, Shay Given and Stephen Ireland, it may well be the younger contingent that holds the key to success in this and in future seasons. Since Martin O’Neill’s departure in August 2010, Villa have…

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Liverpool transfer focus – Carroll continues to be linked with Anfield exit

Newly-promoted Premier League side West Ham United are the latest team to express an interest in taking Liverpool striker Andy Carroll away from Anfield on a season-long loan, with a view to making the transfer permanent. Former Newcastle forward Carroll, who joined the Reds for a staggering £35m just 18 months ago, has been the subject of interest from a number of teams in recent weeks. However, while new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has refused to suggest Carroll is firmly part of his plans for the coming season, he has…

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Arsenal transfer focus – Holtby contract running low in similar vein to present Gunners

The uncertainty over Robin van Persie’s future continues to linger over the Arsenal setup like a stormy cloud. But, as if that wasn’t worrying enough for Gunners supporters, there is increasingly fierce speculation over the future of winger Theo Walcott. According to several newspapers, including the Daily Mail, Walcott has reportedly been courted by Chelsea and Liverpool for some time. Like van Persie, the England wide man has less than a year to run on his current contract at the Emirates Stadium and is pushing for an increase in his…

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