Chelsea news: Jose Mourinho criticises referee and his own players following Crystal Palace loss

Here is Sunday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea: In the wake of the Blues’ defeat to Crystal Palace, Jose Mourinho has criticised the refereeing decision that saw Kurt Zouma denied what seemed a very good shout for a penalty during the first half, the Daily Mirror report. Mourinho believes that had the spot-kick been given, the result could have been very different. “That penalty was our best moment in the first-half and I can imagine that if the result at half-time is 1-0 that the game could be completely different,”…

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Arsenal gossip: Bid rejected for Serie A striker, and Cavani remains on radar

Here is Sunday’s news and gossip concerning Arsenal: Inter Milan have rejected a bid from the Gunners for their star striker Mauro Icardi, according to the Daily Star. The Argentina international signed a new four-year deal at San Siro earlier in the summer, making a deal seem unlikely. Despite the interest in Icardi, the north London outfit are also keeping an eye on the situation regarding Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, according to the Daily Star. The Uruguayan is reportedly less than happy at Parc des Princes, meaning that time…

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Man United news: Rooney helps pick team, and late Bale bid lined up

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Here is Sunday’s news and gossip concerning Manchester United: Louis van Gaal has revealed that United skipper Wayne Rooney is allowed to have an input regarding many things around the club, including the team selection, according to The Sun. “Things like the the selection and the kitchen and the members of staff, everything you can mention, he is involved,” he said. The Red Devils are planning to make a late attempt to bring Real Madrid star Gareth Bale to Old Trafford, according to the Metro. The Metro suggest that the…

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Bayern Munich join Paris Saint-Germain in race for Everton defender

Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain have emerged as the surprise front-runners in the race to sign Everton defender Seamus Coleman, according to the Daily Star. The Star report that the Ligue 1 champions have already made an enquiry regarding the 26-year-old, but that was knocked back as Roberto Martinez desperately tries to hold onto his best players. However, Pep Guardiola is also reportedly chasing the Republic of Ireland international, and is hoping to land the right-back with a bid of £18m (via Star). The news that two of Europe’s biggest…

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Man United plotting late bid to bring Gareth Bale to Old Trafford

Manchester United are planning to make a late attempt to bring Gareth Bale to Old Trafford this summer, according to the Metro. With the hours ticking down on the window, Louis van Gaal is still searching for an answer to the Red Devils’ attacking problems, and despite having just Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez to call upon, he is willing to let the Mexican head for the exit (via Telegraph). The Welshman’s arrival would alleviate those concerns, however, the Metro suggest that Rafa Benitez is still not keen on letting…

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David de Gea desperate to seal Man United exit to save Euro 2016 spot

David de Gea is desperate to seal a move to Real Madrid before Tuesday’s deadline, as he fears that staying at Manchester United may scupper his chances of playing at Euro 2016, the Daily Mirror report. The 24-year-old has yet to be included in any of Louis van Gaal’s squads so far this season as talk of a move to the Bernabeu continues, and he fears that without a deal being struck with Los Blancos, he stands to spend the entirety of next summer’s tournament as Iker Casillas’ understudy (via…

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Arsenal plotting stunning bid for Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez

Arsenal are planning to make a late attempt to bring Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez to the Emirates, according to the Daily Star. As a team, the Gunners have scored the same amount of goals as the Algeria international has managed on his own so far this season, and Arsene Wenger admitted that he is catching the eye (via Star). “I can’t predict what will happen,” he insisted. “I am optimistic and we’re working on it,” he added. The 24-year-old arrived at the King Power Stadium during their Championship title-winning campaign,…

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Louis van Gaal admits Wayne Rooney helps pick Manchester United team

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that captain Wayne Rooney helps to select the side that takes to the pitch for every game, according to The Sun. “Things like the the selection and the kitchen and the members of staff, everything you can mention, he is involved,” he said. The Dutchman made the 29-year-old his skipper not long after he arrived at Old Trafford, and van Gaal explained that they have developed a great relationship during his spell (via The Sun). “I think he trusts me so that…

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Southampton vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Southampton will be determined to regain some momentum by claiming their first Premier League victory of the season against a Norwich City that has not lost away from home in any competition since January. It has been a bit of a struggle in recent weeks for the Saints, with just two league points to their name and only one goal – a penalty – to their credit in their previous four outings. The most recent of those was in Denmark against Midjylland, where a sluggish first half display and a…

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Swansea vs Man Utd – Premier League preview and team news

Two sides who boast unbeaten records after two matches meet at the Liberty Stadium as Swansea City aim to have the better of Manchester United for the fourth time in five meetings in all competitions. There was a tinge of disappointment for Garry Monk and his players after they were held to a draw by Sunderland last weekend, having missed a number of chances to put the game beyond doubt during a period of dominance early in the second half. On the bright side, it was another positive, dynamic performance…

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Man United star’s departure set to spark transfer domino effect

Manchester United have reportedly agreed a fee with West Bromwich Albion over the sale of centre-back Jonny Evans in a deal that could spark moves elsewhere. A report in talkSPORT has claimed that the two clubs have settled on a £12m fee for the Northern Irish international after Albion were unsuccessful in prizing Federico Fazio away from Tottenham last week. What’s more, is that the deal is now likely to pave the way for Joleon Lescott to join Midlands rivals Aston Villa in a £1m deal. Villa boss Tim Sherwood…

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Jose Mourinho wants 11 defenders at Chelsea

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is so worried about his side leaking so many goals so far this season that he has told his squad that they are all defenders, The Sun reports. The defending Premier League champions have already conceded seven goals in their opening three games this term, but the 52-year-old is refusing to lay the blame solely on his back four. “You cannot blame defenders for goals conceded. A team is a team. A good team defends as a team,” he said. “I worked the team. You have…

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Chelsea ready to ditch John Stones interest and move for Aymen Abdennour

Chelsea are reportedly ready to turn their attentions away from Everton defender John Stones and make a move for Monaco’s Aymen Abdennour instead, according to the Daily Mail. After submitting three offers for the England under-21 international – all of which have been rejected by The Toffees – Chelsea are ready to turn their attentions to Abdennour as he represents a cheaper option at £15m. The 26-year-old impressed in the heart of Monaco’s defence last season and flourished both domestically as well as in European competition. Mourinho has made strengthening…

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Arsenal fans react to news of Mesut Ozil’s knee injury

Arsenal haven’t enjoyed the most convincing start to their Premier League campaign despite plenty of optimism during the pre-season warm up. Injuries have played their part in the side’s sluggish start, and this wasn’t helped by the news that playmaker Mesut Ozil would be missing for this weekend’s clash with Newcastle United. The German misses the visit to St. James’s Park due to a knee injury, but Arsene Wenger will be pleased by the return of Laurent Koscielny. Having just scraped a draw with Liverpool, Wenger will be delighted to…

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Former Liverpool winger has epic Twitter meltdown and goes on outrageous sexist rant before posting his phone number

Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel went on an astounding meltdown over Twitter on Friday night, and fired off a sickening sexist rant before posting his phone number ‘for his haters’. It is unknown why exactly he did that, but the whole event was sparked off by his retaliation to a female Liverpool fan who questioned him for criticising former Reds boss Rafa Benitez. Babel has never shied away from the chance to blame Benitez for his failure at Liverpool, claiming that the Spaniard’s defensive tactics stifled his attacking instincts. But…

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Alexandre Pato’s agent flies to London for talks with Tottenham

Alexandre Pato’s agent has reportedly flown into London for a meeting with Tottenham Hotspur over a possible transfer before Tuesday’s deadline, according to the Metro. The Brazilian international striker has endured a difficult time with Corinthians recently, and was even loaned out to Sao Paolo last term. But despite his troubles, a number of top European clubs are thought to be interested in landing his signature, with the likes of Spurs, Chelsea and Manchester United all believed to be closely monitoring his situation. And according to Portuguese outlet Globoesporte, Pato’s…

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Arsenal starlet Gedion Zelalem claims he’s be as good as Andrea Pirlo

Usually when young players are compared to a legend of the modern game they are quick to downplay the comparison, but not Gedion Zelalem. The Arsenal youngster has recently joined Glasgow Rangers on a season-long loan, and following the comparisons with the likes of Xavi and Andrea Pirlo, the 18-year-old has proved that he doesn’t lack the confidence to back up his own abilities. “It’s great being compared to Pirlo. Who doesn’t want to be compared to him?” he said. “I still have a long way to go to be…

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Arsenal gossip: Gunners hijack Barcelona offer for goal machine winger and HUGE Benzema contract offered

Saturday’s biggest Arsenal news and transfer gossip. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is refusing to axe defender Calum Chambers, 20, despite his shaky display against Liverpool on Monday, The Sun reports. The Arsenal manager admits £16million buy Chambers was nowhere near his best as he was run ragged in the first half. Olivier Giroud is keeping the reasons behind his fine Newcastle scoring run a tightly kept secret, the Daily Star reports. Arsenal travel to the North East on Saturday hoping to continue their recent dominance over the Magpies. Arsene Wenger…

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Man United gossip: £65m Real Madrid swap deal lined up and youngster to head for Celtic

Saturday’s biggest Man United news and transfer gossip. Manchester United will offer Real Madrid £65m plus goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, in exchange for Gareth Bale in a last-ditch bid to lure the 26-year-old Wales forward to Old Trafford, the Daily Star reports. Louis van Gaal is eager to bring in a marquee signing before Tuesday’s 6pm transfer deadline. Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville says Arsenal are a “soft touch” and lack the “character and winning urge” of potential title winners, the Daily Telegraph reports. England manager Roy Hodgson…

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Chelsea gossip: Blues to smash pay structure to sign Pogba and THREE Stones alternatives identified

Saturday’s biggest Chelsea news and transfer rumour roundup. Chelsea will have to break the British transfer record and pay £72m to sign France midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, from Juventus, and pay him £82.5m over five years, the Daily Express reports. Pogba wants £300,000 a week to join the Stamford Bridge side which would make him the club’s highest paid player, beating the £200,000 a week which Eden Hazard earns, according to The Sun. That means a five-year-deal for the French midfielder, 22, would cost £78million on top of a £70m…

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Chelsea hit snag in deal to sign Zhang Linpeng: Blues must give Chinese defender regular game time

Chelsea’s deal to sign Guangzhou Evergrande star Zhang Linpeng has hit a bump in the road after they were told that they would not be able to bring him on board unless they can give him regular game time, the Daily Express reports. The Chinese international told the press in his homeland earlier this week that a deal to take him to England is in place before speaking of his excitement at heading to Stamford Bridge. “I am very happy and very excited to finally have this formal invitation,” he…

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Arsenal boss contacts Andriy Yarmolenko’s agent to open transfer negotiations

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has apparently made contact with the agent of Dinamo Kiev forward Andriy Yarmolenko in order to attempt to convince him to make the move to The Emirates this summer, the Daily Express reports. However, The Express also claims that The Gunners are facing competition from the likes of Everton and Barcelona for the player’s signature, with a move to Barcelona said to be his favoured destination. But that hasn’t stopped Arsene Wenger from making a late dash to snap him up, with reports in Spain claiming…

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Man United to make big Gareth Bale gambit by offering £65m plus David de Gea

Manchester United are reportedly set to offer Real Madrid £65m plus goalkeeper David de Gea in a final attempt to land winger Gareth Bale, according to the Daily Express. United boss Louis van Gaal is aware that he has yet to bring in a true marquee signing yet this summer and is hoping to add one to his squad before Tuesday’s transfer deadline. The Express have highlighted that the Red Devils have been linked with big moves for the likes of Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller and Barcelona megastar Neymar in…

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Paul Pogba demands five-year £82.5m Chelsea contract

Chelsea target Paul Pogba has apparently told the club that he wants a five-year deal worth a stunning £82.5m if he is to sign for them, according to the Daily Express. And that number does not include the whopping £72m transfer fee the club would have to fork out in order to bring him to the club before Tuesday’s transfer deadline (via Express), meaning the total outlay would cost The Blues a total of £154.5m. The 22-year-old has been billed as Chelsea’s number one transfer target during the home stretch…

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Man United ready to turn to £20.3m Bundesliga superstar as Tomas Muller alternative

Manchester United are said to be weighing up a move for Schalke playmaker Julian Draxler as an alternative for Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller, the Metro reports. So far United boss Louis van Gaal has been frustrated in his attempts to prize Muller away from the Alianz Arena with the Bundesliga champions remaining firm on their insistence that he will not follow midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger to the club this summer. However, according to Italian publication TMW, the Red Devils are set to launch a surprise move for Draxler, with the…

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