Spanish squad in a state of serenity

As title defences go, Spain’s effort to retain the World Cup in 2014 was virtually as disastrous as it could have been. After losing their opening game in Brazil 5-1 to the Netherlands, Vicente Del Bosque’s side were the first team to be eliminated from the tournament following a 2-0 defeat by Chile in their second match. Subsequently, Spain’s acrimonious and early exit from the World Cup inspired Del Bosque to begin to make some subtle changes to his team, some of which were enforced. New generation The retirements from…

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Tottenham agree transfer fee for Southampton star, player set for medical

Tottenham Hotspur are on the verge of landing their first summer signing. According to a report by the BBC, the Spurs have agreed a £11 million transfer fee with Southampton for Victor Wanyama. It is understood Wanyama flew in from his native Kenya on Sunday ready to undergo a medical and to finalise personal terms on a four-year deal. Tottenham have held a long-term interest in the Kenya international and tried to sign him last summer, with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino being a huge admirer of Wanyama, having worked with him…

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A date with destiny for Wales

Rather than dwelling on and becoming dispirited by losing 2-1 to England due to conceding an injury time goal, the Welsh management team and players have chosen instead to focus upon galvanising themselves for their final Group C game against Russia. Anguish, hurt and pain was etched across the face of every Welshman, and woman, inside the Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens, after Daniel Sturridge scored for England in the 92nd minute to consign Wales to a cruel defeat. Nevertheless since leaving the field in Lens, despite being extremely disappointed by the…

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An abundance of dramatic conclusions to Euro 2016 games

Thus far in the 24 games played at Euro 2016, there have been 13 goals scored after the 85th minute. Starting the trend of late drama which is continuing to unfold at the finals were hosts France. Labouring to a 1-1 draw against Romania in the opening game of the tournament, Dimitri Payet scored a wonderful winning goal in the 89th minute. Whilst that late goal proved to be decisive, six of the other 12 late goals have either secured a draw or win for the scoring team, as demonstrated…

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Sunderland linked with former Manchester City star and Bundesliga gunner

Sunderland were able to stay up in the Premier League with a late run of two wins and three draws in their last five league matches, outplaying Norwich City and Newcastle United. The Black Cats want to avoid another difficult season and have been on the lookout for a striker that is able to hit the net consistently. Recent reports have talked about two names emerging in this regard. Sunderland have made an £8.5 million offer for Edin Dzeko but AS Roma are holding out for £11.6 million for the…

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Agent hands Manchester United huge boost in pursuit of star transfer target

Manchester United have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan after his agent said it would be “a sin” to abandon attempts to secure his client a move to Old Trafford. Mino Raiola remains hopeful that an agreement can be struck with Dortmund after his client signalled his desire to move to Old Trafford. Mkhitaryan has a year left on his contract and has told Dortmund he will not sign a new deal. “It would be a sin to stop talking,” Raiola said according…

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Manchester United duo emerge as Arsenal and Everton targets

With Jose Mourinho coming in as the club’s new manager, a set of Manchester United players are primed to leave Old Trafford this summer. Two of them are Daley Blind and Morgan Schneiderlin. Arsenal are set to make a move for Blind, with the Netherlands international’s future up in the air following Mourinho’s arrival at the club, according to The Sunday People. It’s noted in the piece that Mourinho is unsure about whether he has a place for the Dutchman, said to be valued at around £16 million, in his…

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Leicester offer star to Real Madrid, make bid for defender

Leicester City star N’Golo Kante has been offered to Real Madrid, according to Spanish source AS. The France international has a £ 19.8 million release clause and has been linked with a number of big clubs after impressing during the Foxes’ surprising Premier League title run. With another busy season ahead, the 25-year-old will bring further defensive cover to the team alongside Casemiro, who’s Real’s only true defensive midfielder. Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has been open with his praise for the France international, who joined Leicester from Ligue 1 side Caen…

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Louis van Gaal in the running for a new job as manager

Louis van Gaal is in the running for the AC Milan job, should the club overlook either Christian Brocchi or Marco Giampaolo. The former Manchester United boss is in the running along with Frank de Boer and Andre Villas-Boas, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. The Dutch manager got the sack at Old Trafford at the end of May in favour of Jose Mourinho, who was rumoured to become the next United coach for months. Van Gaal was unable to guide the Red Devils back to Premier League and Champions League…

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Arsenal turn attention to Manchester City star after failed Jamie Vardy attempt

Arsenal have received a major setback in their pursuit of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy. Gunners manager Arsene Wenger recently revealed that, despite the club ready to pay the release clause of the England international, he expects him to play for the Foxes next season. He said: “Jamie Vardy is, at the moment, at Leicester and from what I know, he will stay at Leicester.” At the same time, reports have emerged in Italy that the North London club are interested in Inter Milan forward Steven Jovetic. The 26-year-old moved to the…

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Danny Murphy draws ire of Arsenal fans following his comments on Granit Xhaka

Former Liverpool player Danny Murphy clearly didn’t do his homework for the Euro 2016 clash between France and Switzerland on Sunday night. While commentating for ITV, Murphy said that new Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is not the kind of player who will “get at you.” Now that’s a strange assessment of the player who is known for dominating the midfield and collecting five red cards in the Bundesliga last season. Arsenal fans, who are quite chuffed with their £30 million signing, were clearly not happy with Murphy’s comments. Asking Danny…

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Euro 2016 Group B – England in pole position to finish top

Whatever happened, there was always going to be a hefty list of talking points following the game between England and Wales. It did not disappoint, as Roy Hodgson’s bold decision to bring on two strikers from the bench at half-time paid off as Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge both scored to turn around a worrying deficit brought about by goalkeeper Joe Hart’s inability to field a long range free-kick from Gareth Bale. The last-gasp nature of Sturridge’s dramatic winner could be the catalyst for England to go a reasonable distance…

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