Swansea vs Liverpool – Premier League preview and team news

Liverpool will be aiming to collect their fourth win in five Premier League matches when they head to South Wales to take on Swansea City, having triumphed in each of the last four meetings between the sides. There was a lot of possession but no penetration for Swansea last weekend as they were beaten heavily by title favourites Leicester City. A lot of the damage inflicted upon them was of their own making as Ashley Williams for an uncharacteristically casual and slack pass resulted in the opening goal, from which…

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Chelsea star free to leave Stamford Bridge on one condition

Incoming coach Antonio Conte has reportedly given the green light to Chelsea’s management to sell goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, according to The Times. The 23-year-old has enjoyed a disappointing season at Stamford Bridge, as he missed three months of football after suffering a training ground injury in the first half of the season. Following his return from injury, he has not been at his best and produced some questionable performances. He has also received a couple of red cards in the Premier League this season. Recently, when asked about his future, he…

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Louis Van Gaal draws the wrath of Manchester United fans with two astonishing statements [Tweets]

Louis Van Gaal has drawn the wrath of Manchester United fans, as their coach made two very astonishing statements ahead of the Red Devils clash with Leicester City. The Dutchman argued that much of his squad was not used to being champions, with the Foxes being on the verge of Premier League glory. He said: “The players who are now playing, they are not used to being champions,” Van Gaal said according to Goal. “I don’t think Matteo Darmian is used to being a champion and David de Gea was never champion. Memphis…

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Liverpool have to pay big for “free transfer”

Liverpool have been told they must pay Burnley up to £8m for striker Danny Ings, a record for a tribunal ruling, according to The Guardian. The 23-year-old striker arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2015 on a free transfer. However, it turns out there was nothing free about the transfer at all. Ings left the Championship club last season as his contract had expired, but because he was under 24 years of age, his former employers were entitled to compensation from the Reds. However, a tribunal was needed as…

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Cristiano Ronaldo move ruled out, Manchester United interested in Bundesliga star

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United has been ruled out by his mother. The former United star has been linked with a return to Old Trafford for several seasons now. However, now it appears that the Portuguese international will be staying put at Santiago Bernabeu. Ronaldo’s mother, Dolores Aveiro, has claimed that her son is happy at his current club and has no intention to move. “Cristiano is happy here, he would like to finish his career at Real Madrid,” Dolores said at the launch of her biography. Spanish media has also linked…

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Tottenham fans are overjoyed about the club’s latest news [Tweets]

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has ended all speculation regarding his future by committing his future to the North London club, according to BBC. On Friday, the Argentine manager announced that he has verbally agreed to a new five-year deal with the club. Pochettino joined the Spurs in 2014 and has been a huge success during his time with the club. He led them to a fifth-place league finish and the Capital One Cup final in his debut year at White Heart Lane. This year, the North London club are on…

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Out-of-favour striker to stay at Chelsea

Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato arrived at Chelsea amid high expectations on a loan move from Brazilian club Corinthians in January. He was expected to play an important role in the second half of the season for the Blues, but things didn’t turn out according to the plan for the 26-year-old. Pato managed to make only two appearances for the West London club under manager Guus Hiddink and up until now the understanding was that his career at Stamford Bridge had finished before it even started. However, according to Sky Sports…

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Arsenal vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Norwich City have slipped back into the drop zone, and with the pressure on and so few games left to save their season they must take at least a point from what is a very difficult game at top four hopefuls Arsenal. The home side are making immensely hard work of securing a Champions League place, to the extent that they are looking over their shoulders a little. There were few reasons to be encouraged in their last match as they were held by another struggling side in Sunderland, where the likes…

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Newcastle vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Newcastle United are growing in confidence as they continue their battling attempts to avoid dropping into the second tier, and they can give their chances a significant boost by getting the better of FA Cup finalists Crystal Palace. Just one point now separates the Magpies from the safety line and indications are that they are very much in with a chance of hauling themselves out of the mess they have been in for the majority of the season. A marvellous comeback from two goals down at Liverpool shows just how much…

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Stoke vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

Outside of the relegation zone with only four games to go, Sunderland will be looking to make a potentially huge leap towards Premier League survival by winning away to a Stoke City side that has suffered a staggering loss of form in recent weeks. Lying slap bang in the middle of the table with 47 points, Stoke are in a very comfortable position yet manager Mark Hughes currently has plenty to mull over, with four goals having been conceded in the club’s last three games and just one scored in…

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West Brom vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

West Ham United are just about still in the running for a top four place but they need to finish the season with a run of wins if they are to achieve that, beginning on Saturday when they travel north to face West Bromwich Albion. For the home side points have been tough to come by of late, but they got one against all the odds last time out at Tottenham, in all probability ending their opponents’ title aspirations in the process. Craig Dawson was the man at the centre…

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Everton vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

It looks set to be a sombre atmosphere at Goodison Park on Saturday as Everton begin to play out their season of dismal underachievement by taking on a Bournemouth side that has lost four of the last five games. After such a miserable showing in being embarrassed at the home of bitter rivals Liverpool just three days prior, credit has to go to Everton for the manner in which they battled so hard in their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. A goal down at half-time, they took the game to…

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Watford vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Watford will be hoping to win at home in the league for the first time since January 23 when they take on already relegated Aston Villa, whose run of defeats now stands at a demoralising nine matches. After several weeks of anticipation, it has to be said that Watford were just not good enough in their FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace as they struggled to create many meaningful scoring chances and generally lacked a cutting edge from open play. A lot of work went into their performance as the…

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Top five free transfers in football history

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The summer transfer market of 2016 is still a couple of weeks away, but it is already poised to become a big one. With a bunch of teams ready to spend huge transfer fees on star players. But adding a star player doesn’t always has to cost millions of pounds. Some teams were able to land a big name for free. So let’s take a look at the five best free transfers in football history! 5. Sol Campbell (Arsenal) Tottenham fans are still not able to look at Sol Campbell…

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West Ham facing fierce competition for Bournemouth striker and PSG starlet

West Ham, Inter and Olympiakos are all interested in Bournemouth winger Max Gradel and are willing to pay his £10 million asking price, according to The Daily Mail. The Ivory Coast international joined the Cherries only last summer from French side Saint-Etienne, as they paid £7 million for his services. Gradel provided only one goal and two assists in his first Premier League season, as a cruciate ligament injury ruled him out for six months. However, the 28-year-old has impressed since his return to action for the Cherries and is now wanted by…

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Liverpool facing competition for American starlet, holding talks for La Liga defender

Liverpool face competition from Real Madrid and Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund starlet Christian Pulisic, according to The Daily Mail. The 17-year-old made his debut for the USA in March and was promoted to Dortmund’s senior team in January. Since, the attacking midfielder has already scored twice for the Bundesliga giants, while impressing coach Thomas Tuchel with his mature play. It is claimed that the Reds are unlikely to make a move this summer, with coach Jurgen Klopp taking a long-term view, looking to monitor his progress over the next season…

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Twitter explodes as Arsene Wenger blames Arsenal fans for failed title bid [Tweets]

Arsene Wenger has suggested fan unrest may have contributed to this season’s failed title challenge, according to Sky Sports. The Frenchman said: “We lost the championship at home against lower teams, but we played sometimes at home in a very difficult climate. Away we are championship winners.” Not surprisingly, Twitter exploded after Wenger’s statements… I can take the stupid transfers and the dodgy tactics. Most coaches do that. But Wenger is so often condescending to fans! It’s insulting. — Messi Minutes (@MessiMinutes) 29 april 2016 Wenger says Arsenal are “title…

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Manchester City asked to keep track of Arsenal forward

Manchester City have added Arsenal forward Theo Walcott to their transfer wish list. In an exclusive report, London Evening Standard claims that incoming manager Pep Guardiola is a fan of the pacey forward and has asked City keep a watch over him. Walcott has endured a difficult season at the Emirates Stadium and Arsene Wenger recently suggested that his future might not lie with the North London club. The 27-year-old has lost his place in Wenger’s starting eleven and hasn’t started a league game since his abject performance in the 3-2…

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Manchester United tracking Barcelona star, linked with Leicester midfielder

Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are keeping tabs on Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets, according to Spanish daily Sport. The 27-year-old has a contract until 2019 with the Catalan club, but he is currently in negotiations over a new deal. Busquets is said to be demanding a £30,000 increase on his current £120,000-a-week wages. Sport, via talkSPORT, claims that all three Premier League clubs are closely monitoring the situation and are ready to pounce if an opportunity presents itself. Busquets, earlier this season, stated that he would be like to…

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Top five most valuable Premier League loanees

A promising young player isn’t always able to break through in a senior squad. Therefore, being loaned to a smaller club could offer that player experience, develop his skills, and increase his confidence. However, loaning players to other clubs isn’t restricted to young guns, which is proven by the Premier League’s top five most valuable loanees this season (via Transfermarkt). 5. Florian Thauvin (Newcastle United) – £6.75 million First up is Florian Thauvin. The 23-year-old joined Newcastle in the summer of 2015 for £13.76 million but was never able to prove…

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In-demand player’s agent hints at Liverpool move

Dynamo Kyiv winger Andriy Yarmolenko is an in-demand player at the moment. The Ukraine international has been recently linked with moves to Everton and Arsenal, and now the latest report has hinted at a possible transfer move to Liverpool. Yarmolenko’s agent Vadim Shabliy has recently uploaded a video on his Instagram account which suggests that the has recently held transfer talks with the Merseyside club. The video shows Liverpool’s London office and contains hashtags like ‘#meeting’, ‘#transferwindow’, ‘#fcliverpool’, ‘#ProStar’, ‘#football’, and ‘#agency’. #meeting #transferwindow #fcliverpool #ProStar #football #agency A video…

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Arsenal plan swoop for Leicester City duo in major summer overhaul

Arsenal are set for a major overhaul in the summer transfer window. Following a disappointing finish to the season, Arsene Wenger has already set the wheels in motion for the upcoming transfer window. According to a report in The Sun, the Gunners have set their eyes on Leicester City duo N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez. Recent reports have linked the North London club with a move for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka, but the Sun claims that the Gunners will only move for Xhaka if they fail to sign Kante.…

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Liverpool have made an offer for Barcelona star

Liverpool have made a bid of £7.5 million for Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen. Spanish daily Sport claims that the Catalan club have already received a formal offer from the Reds for the Belgian international. The 30-year-old has already been told by the Primera Division giants that he is no longer needed at the club and is free to leave in the summer. The former Arsenal captain moved to Nou Camp in a £15 million move in 2014. However, due to his consistent injury problems, he couldn’t secure his place in the Barcelona…

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Villarreal vs Liverpool – Match preview and team news

Liverpool’s reward for their incredible victory over Borussia Dortmund a fortnight ago is a Europa League semi-final with dark horses Villarreal, one of two Spanish sides left fighting in the competition. Given how that memorable last eight clash panned out, it would be something of a shame if Liverpool do not go on to lift the trophy. They have beaten the tournament favourites, but manager Jurgen Klopp will be ensuring that his players are fully focused and aware of the considerable threat that Villarreal will pose, determined that they can get…

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Shocking stats on Liverpool outcast, Jurgen Klopp’s influence in full effect

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho is facing a lengthy suspension from the game of football after the Frenchman decided not to challenge the results of his failed drugs test, according to the BBC. The 26-year-old tested positive for a banned substance, which was reported to be a fat burning supplement, following Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford in March. He was subsequently left out of the Reds’ squad for their encounter with Newcastle. He had until Tuesday to request a test of his B sample, but opted not to.…

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