Aston Villa Transfer Focus – Has Helenius been brought in to replace Benteke?

Of all the teams in the Premier League this summer, none have signed more players than Aston Villa, who have recently added numbers four and five, Aalborg striker Nicklas Helenius, and left-back Antonio Luna, who arrives from Sevilla. Both are young, highly-rated, and very likely to command a place in manager Paul Lambert’s starting XIs next season. However, with Helenius being 6ft 5in tall, he would in all likelihood be used in a similar way to Villa’s current star striker Christian Benteke, who is being persistently linked with a move…

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Man City revive interest in Lewandowski

Manchester City are to return to their pursuit of Borussia Dotmund’s star striker Robert Lewandowski, who has been attracting interest from across Europe, according to the Daily Express. Lewandowski, 24, who scored 38 goals for Jurgen Klopp’s side last season, is rumoured to want to join arch rivals Bayern Munich, who have already taken attacking midfielder Mario Gotze off their hands. However Dortmund are not willing to sell him Bayern, but may be tempted by a swap deal involving Edin Dzeko. This is despite selling Carlos Tevez to Juventus, which…

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Tottenham to miss out on Guarin

Inter’s Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarin, who has been linked with Tottenham Hotspur, hopes to remain at the San Siro, according to Goal.com. Andre Villas-Boas’ side have already had a bid of around £15.3m rejected by Inter, who may want to cash in on 26-year-old Guarin, who still has three more years left on his contract. However, according to the player’s agent, he does not currently have any plans to leave. Marcelo Ferreyra told Internews.it: “He wants to stay at Inter, He’s happy and he wants to become a champion in…

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Isco to join Real Madrid

Malaga playmaker Isco, coveted by Manchester City, has decided against moving to the Etihad Stadium in favour of signing for Spanish giants Real Madrid, The Sun has reported. The 21-year-old, who helped Spain to winning the recent European U-21 Championship, has been the subject of a battle between the two sides throughout the summer, but it now appears as though he has turned down the chance to work under his former boss, Manuel Pelligrini, due to the lure of playing for Real. Their president Florentino Perez announced the deal, expected…

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Chelsea and City in Jorginho battle

Verona midfielder Jorginho is the subject of interest from Premier League sides Chelsea and Manchester City, with the asking price being roughly £6m, according to the Daily Express. Both clubs have been impressed with the form that the 21-year-old has shown for Verona in Serie B, making 44 appearances last season. Though Arsenal were linked back in January, it now seems that two of their rivals are the front-runners to sign him. While both Chelsea and City are expected to vie for his signature, he is expected to be loaned…

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Luiz has praise for compatriot Paulinho

Chelsea’s David Luiz has said that his international teammate Paulinho will adapt quickly to English football, with the 24-year-old expected to join Tottenham Hotspur in the coming weeks, reports Goal.com. Spurs have agreed a fee of £17 with Brazilian side Corinthians, the World Club champions, for midfielder Paulinho, with the transfer expected to be completed after the Confederations Cup, in which the player is currently taking part. And Luiz believes that Paulinho, who’s goal against Uruguay secured a place in the Confederations Cup final, will take to the Premier League,…

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Meulensteen swaps Man Utd for Anzhi

BBC Sport has understood Rene Meulensteen is ready to swap a coaching role at Manchester United for a higher position at the oil-rich Russian club Anzhi. Meulensteen’s departure from the Red Devils was officially confirmed today, after 12 successful years at the club. The former first team coach is the final part of the main managerial team from Sir Alex Ferguson’s era to leave. Last month, goalkeeping coach Eric Steele and Ferguson’s right-hand man Mike Phelan were both sacked. The 49-year-old, who had a short spell in charge of Brondby…

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Higuain’s Arsenal move takes a step closer

The brother of Gonzalo Higuain has admitted a move to Arsenal is looking more and more likely after Juventus completed a deal for Carlos Tevez. Higuain had been a prime target for the two-time winners of the European Cup, but ended up wrapping up a deal for Tevez on Wednesday. Tevez will cost the club around £12m, ending his seven-year spell on these shores and a fairly fiery time especially at Manchester City. Higuain is set therefore to head to the Emirates for a club record fee of £22m, according…

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Swansea target Shelvey deal

Swansea City want to sign Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey. However, the Daily Mail have identified they might have to pay over the odds to sign the 21-year-old. Shelvey has just returned from England Under-21 duty after their dismal showing at the recent European Championships in Israel. It is believed that Brendan Rodgers is looking to move the midfielder on, either on loan or a permanent deal and that has alerted the Welsh side, who need to strengthen ahead of a European campaign this season. Swansea will have to pay at…

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Spurs close in on Villa deal

Newly appointed technical director of Tottenham, Franco Baldini will hold talks with Spanish international striker David Villa before the weekend is out, claims the Daily Mail. Villa has been used on a rotational basis by Barcelona ever since he broke his leg in Japan during the 2011 edition of the FIFA World Club Championship. He was sidelined for eight months, missing Euro 2012 in the process and Spain’s record all-time international goalscorer is reportedly fed up of sitting on the sidelines behind colleague Pedro and Chilean Alexis Sanchez. Baldini, who…

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Gerrard fit for new season

Steven Gerrard has given his club and country a boost by saying he is almost recovered from the shoulder operation that ended his 2012-13 campaign a fortnight before the season’s end. The 33-year-old played every single minute of Liverpool’s last Premier League campaign until May. He went under the knife after the goalless Merseyside derby match, meaning he missed the final two games of the domestic campaign and England’s post-season friendlies with the Republic of Ireland and Brazil. Now, the midfield colossus has spoken to the Daily Mirror and is…

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Arsenal face competition for Imbula

The London Evening Standard is leading with the story of the battle for the services of French youngster Gilbert Imbula. Imbula, who plays for Guingamp in his homeland, is being tracked by Arsene Wenger, but he now faces competition for the player from AS Roma. Wenger has a proven track record for buying French youngsters, spanning back as far as 1996 when Patrick Vieira was signed just before the philosophical manager arrived from managing in the J-League. Other buys in the past that have been successful include Abou Diaby and…

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Schurrle expecting regular trophy success with Chelsea

New Chelsea signing Andre Schurrle has spoken for the first time since finally being unveiled as a Blues player. The Guardian says the German attacking midfielder is expecting regular trophy success under Jose Mourinho. He moves to the club from Bayer Leverkusen for £18.7m, and has signed a five-year contract. Schurrle told the club’s website: “I think we have a great team with some very talented young players. “We can all improve ourselves, and under Jose Mourinho I’m confident we can have a really great season.” Schurrle will wear the…

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Gignac emerges as Newcastle target

Newcastle United’s first signing of the new Joe Kinnear era could be Frence striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, according to the Daily Mail. The Marseille man is thought to have been earmarked by Chief Scout Graham Carr, and the club are set to make a bid of £12m for the man bought from Toulouse for £15m in 2010. The report also suggests that a move for Gignac comes as preferential to a move for Vitesse forward Wilfried Bony, a player who has also been linked with a move to Swansea City and…

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Koscielny happy at Arsenal despite Barcelona link

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has indicated that he is likely to stay with the Gunners, despite recent reports lining him with a move away from the club. Koscielny had been linked with a move to Bayern Munich and Barcelona, after being part of a defence that conceded the second-least amount of goals in the Premier League last term. But the France international, 27, talking to the media in his home country, reiterated his interest in staying at the Emirates Stadium club: “I have four-year contract. For now, I am still…

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Tottenham confirm Monaco friendly fixture

Tottenham have announced that they will play a pre-season friendly with Monaco, at the Stade Louis II stadium in August. The match will be one of four high-profile friendly matches, which will include two games in the Barclays Asia Trophy at the end of July, and ending with their last match before the new season, at home to Espanyol of Spain. Spurs will also face MK Dons and Cambridge City in early preparation for the season. The clash with Claudio Ranieri’s Monacois set for the 3rd August, at 6:30pm local…

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Liverpool hold firm over Suarez Real Madrid move

Liverpool’s stance in the Luis Suarez transfer row is to remain resolute, despite the player having reportedly agreed to a lucrative move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, reports The Daily Mail. Spanish paper Marca, a famous publication with notoriously close links to Real Madrid, reported that Suarez has agreed personal terms with the club despite the Spaniards continuing to kill time before following up their interest with an official bid. Marca also reports that Suarez has indeed received offers from elsewhere as well, and is not against giving these offers…

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Confederations Cup – Attacking talent abounds for Brazil and Uruguay in first semi-final

Brazil and Uruguay meet in Belo Horizonte on Wednesday in the first Confederations Cup semi-final, in a game that will showcase plenty of attacking talent. With so much danger going forward, the outcome could be decided by which defence performs most solidly. Neymar will of course be the star attraction, and he has not disappointed so far in the tournament. Despite having a somewhat quieter game in the Sele

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Zouma welcomes Chelsea links

Defender Kurt Zouma welcomes the interest shown in him by Europa League holders Chelsea, reports the Daily Express. The central defender, who currently plays his club football in France with St Etienne, is away representing France at the Under-20 World Cup in Lithuania. However, the 18-year-old is aware of the speculation in the gossip columns regarding his longer-term future. Zouma, who has attracted interest in the past from Liverpool and Manchester United has spoken of his admiration for Chelsea and clearly takes their interest without a pinch of salt. He…

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Liverpool target Mkhitaryan goes AWOL

Liverpool target Henrikh Mkhitaryan could be attempting to push through a move to the Premier League, by going AWOL from his current club Shakhtar Donetsk. The Armenian midfielder, who scored a highly impressive 25 goals last season as the club charged to another domestic championship is according to the Daily Mirror and his current club, gone missing. Shakhtar claim he hasn’t reported yet to their pre-season training camp in Austria, and have threatened the midfielder with a hefty fine if he doesn’t turn up soon. The club’s CEO Sergei Palkin…

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Van Ginkel talks with Chelsea ‘positive’ says agent

The agent of Marco van Ginkel has revealed that “very positive” talks have taken place between the player and suitors Chelsea, according to The Metro. Jose Mourinho spoke with agent Karel Jansen, who revealed that there has been some very serious discussion over the prospect of doing a deal to take the 20-year-old to Stamford Bridge. There has been interest in the player from various other quarters, including Premier League rivals Man United, but the Chelsea interest appears the most concrete and would certainly interest the Vitesse Arnhem midfielder. “‘I…

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UEFA ban Fenerbahce and Besiktas from Europe

European’s football governing body UEFA has chucked Turkish giants Fenerbahce and Besiktas out of European competition next season over match-fixing allegations. The Daily Mail reports Fenerbahce, who made the semi-finals of the Europa League last season, will be banned for three seasons in total, although the third year is a suspended sentence for five years. Besiktas have been barred from playing in the UEFA Europa League next season, but their ban is for just 12 months. They join Malaga in facing a year on the sidelines; after the Spanish side’s…

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Tevez flies out for Juventus talks

The famous ‘Welcome to Manchester’ advertising billboard with Carlos Tevez on it will need replacing as the temperamental Argentine prepares for a new life in Italy. Rumours broke on Tuesday night of interest from Juventus in the striker, and as the Daily Express can confirm, the Serie A champions have agreed a fee with Manchester City for the former Corinthians striker. With only one year left on his current deal, there has been speculation throughout this summer about Tevez’s future at Eastlands, but many will still be surprised considering a…

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Fellaini price tag may deter Arsenal

Arsenal’s need for a strong central midfielder may not go as far as Marouane Fellaini after a report in the Daily Mail revealed his signature could cost the Gunners up to £50m over the course of his stay in north London. Everton boss Robert Martinez retains hopes of keeping the midfielder past the transfer window but following two impressive seasons in a blue shirt the Belgian is set to depart Goodison. Arsene Wenger is well aware of Fellaini’s £22m release clause but the Belgian is reportedly expecting a huge pay…

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