Mourinho expects Drogba to make Chelsea return

Jose Mourinho is confident Didier Drogba will return to Chelsea in the future, ESPN has reported, although the manager could not say in what capacity the Ivory Coast striker would do so. Mourinho brought Drogba to Stamford Bridge in 2004, beginning a highly-successful association between club and player that spanned eight years and saw Drogba and his teammates accrue three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, two Community Shields and, in 2012, the Champions League. Drogba’s last act as a Chelsea player was to score the penalty…

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Fulham make renewed offer for Aston Villa outcast and Newcastle target Bent

Fulham have made an improved offer for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent, ESPN has reported, as the England international moves closer to leaving Villa Park. Bent has been told he can leave the Midlands club as manager Paul Lambert seeks to rebuild the side, shorn of the highly-paid older players that populated the team when he took over a year ago. Lambert last season favoured Christian Benteke, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann, with Bent making only 23 appearances, scoring six goals. Fulham’s initial offer of £4m was judged too low…

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Man Utd turn to Modric in midfielder search

Manchester United will offer Luka Modric a return to the Premier League a year after leaving Tottenham Hotspur, ESPN has reported, as David Moyes turns to Real Madrid’s Croatian playmaker in a further attempt to bolster the champions’ midfield. Moyes first moved for Barcelona’s Thiago Alcantara but could not persuade the Spain Under-21 captain to move to Old Trafford, with Thiago joining Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich instead. Moyes then tried for Cesc Fabregas but has thus far been frustrated in his attempts to sign the ex-Arsenal midfielder, forcing Moyes…

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Real Madrid goalkeeper Casillas hails talent of Tottenham winger Bale

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has said he would be excited to see Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale move to the Santiago Bernabeu as Bale has the capacity to be a match winner, the Daily Mail has reported. Casillas was reluctant to speak too much about Bale despite Madrid being strongly and persistently linked with a move for the 24-year-old but Casillas was willing to concede that Bale is among the most impressive players in football at the moment. “He is one of the best three or four players in…

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Moyes can rely on Man Utd experience, says Ferdinand

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has encouraged the club’s new manager, David Moyes, to turn to the experienced players within the team for advice, should he need it, Sky Sports has reported. Moyes succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of last season after Ferguson brought the curtain down on his 26-year United tenure, with Moyes ending his 11-year spell at Everton in order to move to Old Trafford. And Ferdinand was keen to play down comparisons between the former boss and his replacement, insisting that Moyes needed time to…

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Rodgers has faith in Liverpool new boy Aspas

Brendan Rodgers believes that based on the friendly performances of Liverpool new boy Iago Aspas, the former Celta Vigo forward will offer the Reds something different in attack, the Daily Mirror has reported. Liverpool scored goals regularly on their tour of Asia and Australia, as well as games played in England with Aspas also on the score sheet, and Rodgers feels that even though the 25-year-old is not the most technically gifted player he has ever seen, he will make a telling contribution next season. “ Sometimes he’s not always…

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Mourinho wants Chelsea reunion with Real Madrid’s Khedira

Jose Mourinho is lining up the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, the Daily Mirror has reported, as the Chelsea manager looks for a reunion with a player he originally brought to the Santiago Bernabeu. Since Mourinho departed Madrid, however, the club have spent £34m on Real Sociedad midfielder Asier Illarramendi, moving Germany international Khedira down the midfield pecking order. And Khedira is one of the few players with whom Mourinho did not have a falling out during his combustible final year in the Spanish capital, so each party…

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Man Utd striker Hernandez wanted by Valencia

Valencia have made Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez their preferred target to replace Tottenham Hotspur target Roberto Soldado, the Daily Mirror has reported. Hernandez is said to be keen to get more first team football after slipping below Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney in the United pecking order last season – and if Valencia agree to sell Soldado to Spurs, they would be able to make Hernandez their leading attacker. United do not want to sell Hernandez but Valencia are expected to have £25m to spend from the sale…

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Bale warned against Real Madrid move by former Tottenham boss Pleat

Gareth Bale is too young to move to Real Madrid and runs the risk of failing outside the Premier League, former Tottenham Hotspur manager David Pleat has told BBC Sport. Bale has been strongly and persistently linked with a move to the Spanish giants and recent reports indicate Bale would like to speak with the La Liga club. But Pleat, who managed Spurs between 1986 and 1987 and then in a number of caretaker spells over a decade later when he was also director of football, feels Bale should stay…

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Koscielny confident over Arsenal season after friendly success

Laurent Koscielny has told of his confidence in the light of Arsenal’s pre-season performances so far, Sky Sports has reported, with the Gunners having won every game ahead of the Emirates Cup, their annual friendly tournament, which begins this weekend. So far this summer they have beaten the Indonesian and Vietnamese national teams, Nagoya Grampus and Urawa Red Dragons in their tour of Far East, scoring a total of 19 goals. Arsenal picked up from where they left off from last season, where they lost just one of their final…

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Newcastle end pursuit of Lyon’s Gomis

The Daily Telegraph is reporting that Newcastle United have ended negotiations with Lyon concerning their striker Bafetimbi Gomis, after seeing a bid in the region of £7m rejected by the French club. The deal does remain on the table, however, but Gomis’ move to Newcastle is now appearing unlikely with Lyon hoping to receive a significantly larger amount of money, after the 27-year-old scored 20 goals in 44 appearances last season, his fourth with the club. This represents the latest setback in Newcastle’s attempts to strengthen this summer, after the…

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Chelsea to wait on second Rooney bid

Chelsea are to delay making another offer for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney until after Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial, which takes place next week, with the Blues looking for a hostile reception for the 27-year-old – should he play a part, reports ESPN. Chelsea are hoping that a negative reaction from the Old Trafford crowd would convince Rooney to make the move to West London, the Times newspaper said. The Europa League holders have already seen one bid rejected, and manager Jose Mourinho has publically stated that Rooney is his only…

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Reina criticises Liverpool handling of Napoli move

As he joins Napoli on a season-long loan, reuniting with former manager Rafael Benitez, Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has claimed that he was not informed of the deal with the Italian side until it was completed, according to Sky Sports. There were rumours linking Reina with a summer move to Barcelona and Reds boss Brendan Rodgers said last week that the 30-year-old’s desire to leave for the Nou Camp was the prime reason for the signing of Simon Mignolet, who will take over as first-choice ‘keeper. However, Reina disputes that…

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Chelsea Transfer Focus – Brazil defender Doria would be shrewd signing

As the new Premier League season edges ever closer, it appears Chelsea have not yet completed their transfer dealings. Manager Jose Mourinho insists that the club can still spend up to £30m should an appropriate player become available. Manchester United’s apparent wantaway frontman Wayne Rooney appears to be the primary target, but the Blues have been tipped to strengthen at the other end of the pitch. Having been a major part of Botafogo’s impressive start to the 2013 Campeonato Brasileiro (where the two-time domestic league winners currently sit in second…

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Aston Villa Transfer Focus – Outcasts set to be moved on by Lambert

Having signed several players relatively soon after the end of last season things have been quiet throughout July with regards to bringing any more new faces to Aston Villa. And, with the Christian Benteke situation finally resolved, manager Paul Lambert is beginning to turn his attention to offloading several players who find themselves out-of-favour. With little prospect of first-team action for the likes of Darren Bent, Shay Given, Alan Hutton and Stephen Ireland next season speculation has been rife, linking them with moves away. So far, Villa’s attempts have been…

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Suarez still hoping Real Madrid gazump Arsenal and meet Liverpool price tag

Luis Suarez remains hopeful that Real Madrid will make a late move and meet Liverpool’s asking price, the Daily Express has reported, but if the La Liga club decide against returning for the Uruguay international, he will join Arsenal instead, once a fee has been agreed. Madrid initially offered £25m for Suarez, around half the sum Liverpool were looking for, and while the Gunners have yet to match the £50m valuation, they have upped their bid to £40m and, as a result, Suarez confirmed he would like to speak to…

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Cabaye focused on Newcastle amid Man Utd link

Yohan Cabaye has insisted his mind is only on Newcastle United despite claims Manchester United are considering an offer for the France international midfielder, ESPN has reported. United are known to be in the market for a midfield playmaker and there have been repeated suggestions they could turn their attentions to Cabaye, who joined Newcastle in the summer of 2011 from Lille. Cabaye has gone on to make more than 70 appearances for the Magpies, wearing the captain’s armband on occasion, and stressed after Newcastle’s friendly win over Blackpool that…

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Nastasic injury forcing Man City back into transfer market

Manchester City will look to sign a central defender, the Guardian has reported, after it was confirmed Matija Nastasic will miss the start of the new season with an ankle injury. Real Madrid’s Pepe is said to be wanted by Manuel Pellegrini. City also allowed Kolo Toure to leave the club over the summer, the experienced Ivory Coast international signing on a free transfer for Liverpool, and while Joleon Lescott will be given the chance to resume his central defensive partnership with Vincent Kompany, Pellegrini was already keen to add…

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Bayern to tempt Chelsea into selling Luiz

Bayern Munich are to test Chelsea’s resolve to keep David Luiz with an offer worth more than £34m, the Daily Telegraph has reported. Previous reports that the Bundesliga and Champions League holders were interested in the Brazil international were dismissed by Bayern, but it is thought that Pep Guardiola, who took over at the Allianz Arena this summer, has reconsidered his stance on Luiz and wants to bring the player to Germany. Luiz’s name was originally mentioned as part of Chelsea’s attempt to sign Wayne Rooney from Manchester United, strenuously…

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Tottenham eager to resume Bale talks as Madrid interest persists

Tottenham Hotspur want to resume contract talks with Gareth Bale amid concerns the continued interest in the Wales winger from Real Madrid will push Bale out of White Hart Lane, according to the Daily Telegraph. Bale is said to be leaning towards a move to La Liga, with Madrid ready to make an offer for the 24-year-old that would involve two players – Fabio Coentrao and Angel Di Maria – moving to north London in return, along with a fee large enough to take the overall valuation of the transfer…

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Premier League chief Scudamore criticises FA over England failings

Richard Scudamore, the chief executive of the Premier League, has criticised the Football Association for appearing to pass the blame onto the competition for the failings of the England team, Sky Sports has reported. Tensions between the two governing bodies were enflamed when the fixtures for the new season were announced – and matches pitting the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur against each other were scheduled to be played the week before a set of crucial international fixtures. England play World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and…

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Distin impressed by new Everton signings

Everton defender Sylvain Distin has praised the transfers completed by new manager Roberto Martinez, Sky Sports has reported, as Joel Robles, Antolin Alcaraz, Gerard Deulofeu and Arouna Kone settle in to their new surroundings. Distin added that such is the quality of the players brought in by Martinez, Everton do not need any more new faces before the start of the season. “The competition is there because it is a much bigger squad now and we do not need any more players,” the centre-back said. Robles, Alcaraz and Kone have…

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Fernandinho targeting strong start to Man City’s Premier League campaign

Manchester City new boy Fernandinho believes his club must make a strong start to the Premier League season in order to cope with the rigorous demands of the Champions League, Sky Sports has reported. Fernandinho joined City from Shakhtar Donetsk at the end of last season and believes that if City are to make a title challenge, they need to get maximum points from the early fixtures to counter for any dropped once European competition gets under way. “ It is important to start strong,” Fernandinho said. “We need to…

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Moyes has faith in Man Utd squad

David Moyes believes the current squad at Manchester United is strong enough to remain competitive in the Premier League, Sky Sports has reported, as the manager suggests there is no urgent need for new arrivals. Moyes has thus far been frustrated in his attempts to sign former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona, having had a number of offers for the Spain international rejected, while strong links with Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines, his former Everton charges, have come to naught. The Scot has also had to deal with speculation…

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Soldado close to Spurs switch

Valencia striker, Roberto Soldado, is on the verge of joining Tottenham Hotspur, according to Sky Sports. Spurs manager, Andre Villas-Boas, has admitted that the Spain international is one of his top targets this summer to add competition for places between Jermain Defoe, Emmanuel Adebayor and another potential striker. Soldado would become Villas-Boas’ third signing of the summer if he does indeed make the move to White Hart Lane after the North-London club already added Paulinho and Nacer Chadli to the squad. Whether or not the 28-year-old seals a move to…

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