Premier League Season Review – Manchester City

Manchester City: 4th FA Cup: Round Five Capital One Cup: Winners Champions League: Semi-finals There was a degree of surprise when Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini signed a contract extension to remain at the club for a third season, where there was a great determination emanating from the top to atone for a trophyless 2014-15, as well as reaching the latter stages of the Champions League. In the final reckoning both of those targets were met, but regardless of that Pellegrini’s days were always numbered. That was confirmed by the…

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Premier League Season Review – Manchester United

Manchester United: 5th FA Cup: Winners Capital One Cup: Round Four Champions League: Group Stage Europa League: Round of 16 There were many talking points during the 2015-16 season in the Premier League as defending champions Chelsea fell from grace, Tottenham emerged as serious contenders and Leicester City defied the odds in spectacular fashion to win the title by a massive 10 points. But still no club attracted more debate and more column inches than Manchester United as criticisms over the team’s style of football and speculation over the future…

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Player’s agent puts an end to Manchester United’s dream transfer

It has been one of the biggest questions of the football year: where will Zlatan Ibrahimovic play next season? The Sweden international told the world he won’t resign with Paris Saint-Germain this summer, opening the door for a new adventure for the striker who scored 50 goals in 51 appearances in all competitions for the Ligue 1 champions this season at the age of 34. Many top clubs have been linked to the former Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Milan and Barcelona star, but Manchester United have been rumoured to be the…

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Arsenal bidding for couple of Serie A strikers, facing huge battle to keep star player

With a second-place finish in the 2015/2016 Premier League season and a ticket to next season’s Champions League in the books, Arsenal are looking to make noise during the summer transfer market. According to a report by The Sun, Real Madrid are willing to exercise Alvaro Morata’s buy-back clause before selling him to Arsenal. However, Los Blancos want at least £38 million for the current Juventus striker and it remains to be seen of the Gunners, who have made an intial bid of £28 million, want to put that much cash…

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England fans go crazy as Marcus Rashford scores, Eric Dier gets mocked for own goal [Tweets + Video’s]

England were able to secure a 2-1 victory during an international friendly against Australia at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland. Manchester United’s teenage sensation Marcus Rashford became the youngest player ever to score for the Three Lions on his debut when he hit the net in the third minute of play. Therefore, Rashford gave his hopes of making Roy Hodgson’s final 23-man squad for Euro 2016 a huge boost. 2 minutes into his international debut @MarcusRashford scored the 1-0 for @England! LIVE on https://t.co/1F6qCMffjx https://t.co/jNqxmw6Ext — Eleven Sports BE…

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Manchester United on the outlook for a centre-back

Following his appointment at Manchester United, Jose Mourinho has already started making transfer plans for the Old Trafford club. After a lengthy period of speculation, the Portuguese manager was finally announced as United’s manager, signing a three-year deal for the Red Devils. Reliable Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has now linked Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a host of the players with moves to Old Trafford. Romano tweeted that United are already in talks with the 34-year-old Swedish international, and are also interested in Juventus striker Alvaro Morata. He also claimed that United are…

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Chelsea not giving up on Juventus star, linked with Serie A defender

Chelsea are not ready to give up in their pursuit of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba. The Serie A champions have already made it clear that they won’t be selling their star player in the summer, but that hasn’t stopped the Blues in their chase of the France International. Get French Football News has claimed that the West London club are in constant contact with Pogba’s camp. According to the report, Pogba is the club’s top transfer target for incoming manager Antonio Conte and Chelsea are ready to spend more £70 million to secure…

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Jose Mourinho in talks with Chelsea star about reunion at Manchester United

With Jose Mourinho now fully in charge of Manchester United’s squad, the Red Devils are expected to overhaul their squad with a massive spending spree during the summer transfer window. The Portuguese has been looking at Chelsea to lure in a couple of star players, one being Willian. However, the Blues will issue a hands off warning to Mourinho over the Brazil international. Mourinho isn’t easily deterred and according to a report by the Daily Express, Eden Hazard has been in talks with Mourinho over joining United. The Belgian thrived under the…

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Jose Mourinho’s reported earnings and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s wage demands at Manchester United are massive

Manchester United have officially appointed former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho as their new manager. He signed a three-year contract, according to the club’s website. However, the question that remains: how much will the Special One be paid at Old Trafford? Reports are varied over Mourinho’s wage with the Red Devils: The Independent are talking about the Portuguese earning £10 million a year, with Mourinho making a total of £30 million from 2016 to 2019. The Times report Mourinho will earn £12 million a year, which would result in earnings of £36 million…

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Chelsea to resist Manchester United transfer raid, battle Red Devils for star winger

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With Jose Mourinho now fully in charge of Manchester United’s squad, the Red Devils are expected to overhaul their squad with a massive spending spree during the summer transfer window. Mourinho is known to be a big fan of Brazilian star Willian, whom the Portuguese coached at Chelsea. He is reported to be plotting a £60 million move to make Willian his first signing at Old Trafford. However, according to a report by The Evening Standard (via The Independent), the Blues will issue a hands off warning to Mourinho over the Brazil…

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Twitter’s best reactions to Jose Mourinho’s appointment at Manchester United

Manchester United have officially appointed former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho as their new manager. He signed a three-year contract, according to the club’s website. The Portuguese has long been linked to a move to Old Trafford after being sacked by the Blues in December and succeeds Dutch coach Louis van Gaal, who was sacked last week after failing to secure a place in next season’s Champions League. Jose Mourinho speaks for the first time as #mufc manager… #WelcomeJose https://t.co/DcYI3LIh0F — Manchester United (@ManUtd) 27 mei 2016 What a CV! #WelcomeJose https://t.co/6YRNAhzbsK —…

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Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid – Champions League Final Preview

For the second time in three years, the Champions League final will be contested from the two footballing giants of Madrid as Real go searching for their 11th European crown while Atletico will be going all out for their first. Back in 2014 Atletico came agonisingly close to breaking their duck as they led going into stoppage time, but a Sergio Ramos header denied them and during the extra 30 minutes energy sapped and allowed Real to run away with it, emerging as winners by the somewhat flattering scoreline of…

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Premier League Season Review – Liverpool

Liverpool: 8th FA Cup: Round Four Capital One Cup: Runners-up Europa League: Runners-up Even before the 2015-16 season began, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was clearly under considerable pressure. Given a second chance after a largely disappointing year which had culminated with an embarrassing 6-1 thrashing at Stoke City, he had to make a strong start in order to remain at Anfield for the foreseeable future, all while no longer able to call upon the influence of Steven Gerrard. The long-time captain had finally said goodbye to the club to which he…

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Premier League Season Review – Leicester City

Leicester City: 1st (champions) FA Cup: Round Three Capital One Cup: Round Four Leicester City are without doubt the architects of the greatest triumph in recent sporting history; a case of David overcoming a whole army of Goliaths; a team largely made up of bargain buys and players who failed to make the grade at some of those supposedly elite clubs winning the Premier League title at the end of a season which they began among the favourites for relegation. The word ‘fairytale’ is used much too often in football,…

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Manchester United to launch massive transfer bids, facing huge competition for star striker

With Jose Mourinho expected to be announced as Manchester United’s new manager this week, the transfer rumour mill hasn’t stopped spinning. The Red Devils remain the only Premier League club Zlatan Ibrahimovic has considered during the past few months, but according to a report by Sky Sports, United are facing serious competition from an unnamed Chinese club that have tabled a deal worth £53 million over two years. Meanwhile, United have held talks with Kostas Manolas’s agent regarding a summer move for the Roma centre-back, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di…

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Jurgen Klopp failed to convince top summer target to move to Anfield

Liverpool have continuously been linked with Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze since Jurgen Klopp has taken charge at Anfield. The German international was long linked with an exit from the Allianz Arena, and the Reds were one of the clubs interested in his service. However, the 23-year-old has recently stated his desire to impress Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti and now it seems likely that he will stay put at his current club beyond summer. German publication SportBild has claimed that Klopp recently met Gotze, but the player told his former manager…

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Three players face the end of their time at Manchester United

Jose Mourinho is set to take charge of Manchester United this week, according to the latest reports. As expected, the Portuguese manager’s arrival at Old Trafford will result in a major shake-up of the squad. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been heavily linked with a move to the Red Devils recently and The Sun claims that the Swedish striker has already agreed on a deal with the Red Devils. However, Mourinho’s arrival will also spell the end of several players at the club. According to the same report, Mourinho has already made his mind…

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Premier League Season Review – Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace: 15th FA Cup: Runners-up Capital One Cup: Round Four A feature of many Premier League seasons is when an unfancied side does brilliantly up until the turn of the year and is riding high in a position where qualification for Europe becomes a potentially realistic ambition, before fading away dramatically in the final months as performance levels deteriorate and opposition sides become more adept at eliminating their threat. This time around that team was Crystal Palace. Appointed manager in January 2015, Alan Pardew had seen the club to…

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Premier League Season Review – Everton

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Everton: 11th FA Cup: Semi-finals Capital One Cup: Semi-finals The distraction and the fixture congestion caused by the Europa League was the main reason provided for an indifferent campaign for Everton in 2014-15 as they fell way below the standards set when narrowly missing out on the top four in Roberto Martinez’ first season in charge. This time there was no such excuse and there were some encouraging signs to begin with, but it all ended up going horribly wrong as a squad full of talent flopped badly once again.…

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Premier League clubs ranked based on transfer policy: Leicester lead, four big clubs fail to deliver

With the Premier League season in the books, it’s time to look back at the efficiency of all the English clubs’ transfer policies during the summer and winter transfer windows. The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) calculated the average transfer fee per player fielded for every Premier League club and compared those rankings to the ones in reality. Not surprisingly, Leicester City lead the way. The Foxes jumped 17 places, no club in Europe’s five biggest football competitions came close and in England Watford are ranked second with a mark of…

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Chelsea dealt two transfer blows, chasing surprising duo of central defenders

With new manager Antonio Conte joining Chelsea after Euro 2016, the Blues are primed for a big summer transfer window to improve on their very poor Premier League season. However, the Stamford Bridge club were handed two serious transfer blows this week. Chelsea have told Everton they will not just give the Toffees what they want for Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian striker has made it clear he wants to leave Goodison Park and is open to a return to Stamford Bridge. However, the Blues will not pay the £65 million Everton are…

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Jose Mourinho wants to bring in trio of French star players to Manchester United

According to Sky Sports, Jose Mourinho has agreed personal terms with Manchester United but the deal will not be completed until image-rights issues are resolved by lawyers representing both parties. This week, the Red Devils sacked Louis Van Gaal after two seasons in charge of the Old Trafford club. Mourinho is set to succeed the Dutchman after months of speculation. Not surprisingly, United’s squad is primed for a big overhaul during the summer transfer window. According to The Independent, Mourinho has identified Karim Benzema as a primary target, but he is aware that…

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Fans react as Arsenal announce first summer transfer [Tweets]

Arsenal have officially signed Granit Xhaka from Borussia Mönchengladbach. The 23-year-old Swiss midfielder signed in a reported £35 million deal. The Switzerland international, who scored six goals in 108 Bundesliga appearances, will join up with his new team-mates after Euro 2016, where Xhaka will play for his home country in a group with France, Albania and Romania. OK, let’s announce Xhaka… https://t.co/u8siwTRzUY #GunnerGranithttps://t.co/AqskUiGrX4 — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) 25 mei 2016 On Twitter, fans from the Gunners voiced their opinion on their club’s first summer signing: @Arsenal #gunnergranit got me like pic.twitter.com/q4RBXGStUB —…

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Arsenal complete midfielder signing

Arsenal have completed the signing of Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka in a reported £35m deal, the club have confirmed. The Gunners have been linked with the Swiss star for months, and with the end of the Premier League season, boss Arsene Wenger appears to have moved quickly in the transfer market to ensure he does not miss out on another big name signing, as he has done in previous seasons. Wenger has received criticism in the past for not spending big in Summer transfer windows, but this move could signify a new…

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Premier League Season Review – Chelsea

Chelsea: 10th FA Cup: Quarter-finals Capital One Cup: Round Four Champions League: Round of 16 Not a single footballing observer of sound mind would have predicted Chelsea not to at least threaten to successfully defend the Premier League title that they won so convincingly in 2015, so it was more than a little startling to witness such an incredible decline that some were discussing the prospect of a potential relegation as the season headed into the festive period. The opening months made of mockery of the team’s reputation as they suffered defeat…

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