Vertonghen keen to stay at Tottenham

Tottenham have been handed a boost after defender Jan Vertonghen revealed that he is likely to sign a new contract with the club, reports the London Evening Standard. The 27-year-old’s future in North London has been under considerable doubt this summer, amid reported interest from Barcelona. Despite that, Tottenham are determined not to sell the player, and have offered him new terms; a five-year deal worth £60,000 per week. Vertonghen confirmed that he is likely to commit his future to the club, telling a Belgian radio station: “I still had…

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Mata impressed by van Gaal mentality

Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata has said that new manager Louis van Gaal’s demands for perfection is what the club needs, the Guardian has reported. The Dutchman has begun his Man Utd reign with a pre-season tour of the United States, just weeks after leading his country to third place at the World Cup in Brazil. He saw his side win 7-0 in their opening friendly against Los Angeles Galaxy, and then they followed it up with a 3-2 victory over Roma. However, van Gaal was most unhappy about the…

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Liverpool complete Lovren signing

Liverpool have completed the signing of Southampton defender Dejan Lovren for a reported £20m, with the Croat having signed a five-year contract, writes the Daily Mirror. Lovren becomes the third Southampton player to make the move to Anfield this summer, after Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana. It comes after a long transfer pursuit by Liverpool, which resulted in the player publically announcing his desire to leave the South coast after only one season. He impressed with his organisation and leadership qualities in the centre of the Southampton defence as he…

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Inter to discuss move for Southampton striker Osvaldo

Inter officials are to travel to Southampton on Tuesday to discuss a proposed move for out-of-favour striker Pablo Osvaldo, the Daily Mail has reported. Osvaldo was made Southampton’s record signing last summer when he joined from Roma for £15m. However, he struggled to make a significant impact in the Premier League, scoring three goals in nine starts, while a series of disciplinary issues have also led to him being sidelined by the club. He was sent on loan to Juventus and played a part in their Serie A title triumph…

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Liverpool must improve defensively, admits Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that his side must improve in defence if they are to have any chance of winning the Premier League title next season, Sky Sports has reported. The Reds finished second last season, just two points behind eventual champions Manchester City. They scored 101 goals in the Premier League, but the 50 goals they conceded was seen as a major reason why they did not claim their first title since 1990. They are yet to bring in any defensive reinforcements so far this summer, but…

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Everton confident of signing Lukaku

Everton are confident of completing a deal to sign Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku on a permanent basis, the Daily Mail has reported. Lukaku returns for pre-season training with Chelsea on Wednesday, with several rumours linking him with a move away from Stamford Bridge. As things stand, he will be battling with Fernando Torres and new signings Diego Costa and Didier Drogba for a place in the starting line-up. He spent last season on loan at Everton and finished as the club’s top scorer, with manager Roberto Martinez making no secret…

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Man City to offer four new contracts

Manchester City are to offer new contracts to Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, Joe Hart and James Milner as they return from their extended break following the World Cup, the Daily Mail has reported. The club are keen to secure the long-term futures of as many of their star names as possible, and have turned their attentions to this quartet after agreeing new deals with Aleksandar Kolarov and Samir Nasri earlier in the summer. Aguero, who was a substitute as his Argentina side lost the World Cup final to Germany, is…

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Inter considering swap deal for Man Utd’s Hernandez

Inter are said to be considering the possibility of offering midfielder Fredy Guarin to Manchester United in a swap deal which would see striker Javier Hernandez go the other way, according to the Daily Star. Guarin is unlikely to have a future at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium, and has already reject offers to join Wolfsburg and Zenit St. Petersburg already this summer. Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal is reportedly keeping tabs on the Colombian, having made strengthening his midfield the top priority. Hernandez has become unsettled at Old Trafford…

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Stoke move for Assaidi stalling over wage demands

Stoke City’s attempts to sign Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi have stalled in recent days due to the player’s high wage demands, according to the Daily Express. Negotiations between the two parties have been going on for a week, and Stoke have now decided that they may turn their attentions to securing other targets should a deal not be agreed over the coming days. The Potters have already seen a bid of £4.5m accepted by Liverpool, although that could eventually rise to £7m. Assaidi spent last season on loan at the…

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Ospina has signed for Arsenal, says Nice boss

Nice manager Claude Puel has claimed that goalkeeper David Ospina has left the club and joined Arsenal in a £3.2m move, ESPN has reported. Ospina has been the subject of interest from Arsenal since his impressive performances helped the Colombian national team to the quarter-finals of the World Cup, the furthest they have ever been in the competition. Neither club has officially announced the deal, but both Puel and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger have suggested that Ospina has completed his move to North London. Puel said: “It is confirmed, yes.…

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Pardew – Newcastle must aim for Champions League

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew believes his side must target a berth in the Champions League positions if they are to avoid the same fate as Southampton and lose their best players , according to the BBC. Southampton enjoyed a hugely successful season to finish eighth in the league but have seen their squad picked apart by bigger clubs who can offer their stars some form of European football. Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, and Luke Shaw have all left in big money moves while Dejan Lovren and Callum Chambers are…

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Real Madrid plotting Lukaku swoop

Spanish giants Real Madrid are thought to be lining up a shock swoop for Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku as they look to bolster their striking options ahead of their new season, the Metro has reported. According to reports in Spain Madrid are weighing up a potential move for the player who has impressed in two season long loan spells at West Brom and Everton, scoring 33 goals in 71 games for the two clubs – but is yet to make a sustained breakthrough at Chelsea. Jose Mourinho has already seen…

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Lallana in danger of missing season opening

Adam Lallana could well miss the start of his new Liverpool season after suffering a knee injury during training, according to Sky Sports. Lallana is one of four latest additions to Brendan Rodgers’ changed Liverpool squad but will now have to wait to make his Reds bow after suffering the set back during their preseason training in America. He had been set to make his debut against Olympiakos on Sunday but is now facing a spell on the sidelines – it was only the fourth training session he took part…

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Lovren to have Livrpool medical

Croatian star Dejan Lovren is set to have a medical with Liverpool over the weekend, Sky Sports has reported, as he nears his desired move to the Premier League runners up from Southampton. Liverpool have already raided the Southampton squad that impressed last season for Adam Lallana and Rickie lambert, and now appear to be closing in on their third addition from the club in a deal worth around £20m. Lovren only joined the Saints 13 months ago from French club Lyon in a £8.5m switch and impressed in his…

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Mourinho claims Shaw ‘too expensive’

Chelsea manager has claimed that the club pulled out of the race to sign young defender Luke Shaw because his wage demands would have “killed” the club, Sky Sports is reporting. Shaw penned a deal with Manchester United once the Blues had pulled out of the race to sign the 19-year-old, who became the most expensive teenager in the world having signed for £27m from Southampton. Many regarded Shaw as the ideal replacement for the outgoing Ashley Cole, with the player also being a boyhood Chelsea fan – but the…

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Southampton to demand over £27m for Schneiderlin

Southampton have told potential suitors Arsenal and Tottenham that midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin will cost in excess of £27m, the Guardian has reported. Both North London clubs are said to have made enquiries for the Frenchman, who was a late call-up to Didier Deschamps’ World Cup squad, and made his first international appearance in the final round of group matches in the goalless draw with Ecuador. Schneiderlin has been on leave since the tournament, and returns to his club side for pre-season training on Monday, having seen teammates Adam Lallana, Rickie…

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Lescott targets England recall

Defender Joleon Lescott hopes that the prospect of playing regular football at West Bromwich Albion could help him regain his place in the England setup, the Birmingham Mail is reporting. A lack of first-team action at previous club Manchester City saw Lescott miss out on selection for this summer’s World Cup, with the likes of Vincent Kompany, Martin Demichelis and Matija Nastasic having been preferred by manager Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium. He left City on a free transfer at the end of last season and has since moved…

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Roma rule out Man Utd move for Strootman

Roma boss Rudi Garcia has ruled out the possibility of midfielder Kevin Strootman leaving the club for Manchester United this summer, Sky Sports has reported. Despite missing the chance to play under Louis van Gaal at this summer’s World Cup due to injury, Strootman has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer, with reports in Italy suggesting that Man Utd had made a bid of £30m to try and tempt the Serie A runners-up into a sale. Van Gaal has already signed Ander Herrera from Athletic…

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Arsenal close to signing Southampton’s Chambers

Arsenal are close to completing the signing of Southampton full-back Calum Chambers for a fee believed to be in the region of £16m, according to BBC Sport. The 19-year-old underwent a medical in North London on Friday, and now looks set to become the latest player to leave the St. Mary’s Stadium this summer, with Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Luke Shaw having already departed for big-name clubs, while Dejan Lovren also looks set to move on. He is also close to following in the footsteps of former Southampton youth…

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Sunderland sign defender van Aanholt

Sunderland have completed the signing of Chelsea defender Patrick van Aanholt, who has penned a four-year deal to play under Gustavo Poyet at the Stadium of Light, Sky Sports has reported. The 23-year-old left-back had been at Chelsea since 2007, when he joined from PSV Eindhoven at the age of 17. However, in seven years with the club, he made just eight appearances for the first team as struggled to provide significant competition to Ashley Cole. He has spent the last two seasons back in the Netherlands with Vitesse Arnhem…

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Bebe completes move to Benfica

Manchester United striker Bebe has left the club for Portuguese champions Benfica, signing a four-year contract in a deal worth around £2.4m, the Guardian has reported. The 24-year-old was brought to Man Utd by Sir Alex Ferguson for £7.4m in 2010 after he was recommended by former assistant manager Carlos Quieroz. However, over his four years at the club, he made just seven appearances in the cup competitions. He scored twice, but never looked like challenging for a first-team place. The deal with Benfica could rise to €3m, while they…

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Wenger to rest Arsenal’s World Cup winners

Arsene Wenger has said Arsenal’s three World Cup winners – Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski – will miss the start of the Premier League season, according to ESPN. The three all contributed as Germany went all the way in Brazil, beating Argentina in the final of a seven-game tournament. With the summer’s exertions in mind, Wenger has revealed he will let the players return to club football at a later date, in an effort to preserve their fitness for the latter stages of the season. “I have a…

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Pochettino wants Rose at Tottenham

Mauricio Pochettino has dismissed the chances of Danny Rose leaving Tottenham Hotspur this season, according to ClubCall. Hull City were said to be interested in the left-back but the Tigers appear to have all-but wrapped up a deal for Dundee United’s Andrew Robertson, quashing talk of a £6m bid from Steve Bruce. Pochettino has come out publically to suggest Rose will remain at White Hart Lane, even with the signing of Ben Davies from Swansea City, which was confirmed this week. “Davies is important for us because he’s good competition…

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Collison chases QPR deal

Welsh international midfielder Jack Collison is hoping to impress enough during a trial spell with Queens Park Rangers to earn himself a contract, according to Sky Sports. Collison is currently a free agent after being released by West Ham United at the end of last season. He joined the Hammers as a 16-year-old but has endured a torrid time, particularly in recent years, as a succession of injuries have blighted his career. QPR manager Harry Redknapp has invited Collison along on the club’s pre-season tour of Germany, where the midfielder…

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