Manchester clubs compete for Serie A star

Manchester United and Manchester City are set to rival each other in the pursuit of Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. City were said to be leading the pursuit for the Italy international, but the latest reports suggest that United have entered into the foray for the defender. Manchester Evening News claims that Jose Mourinho is keen on signing another defender in the transfer window and has identified the 29-year-old as his primary target. The report adds that Mourinho intends to sell Marcus Rojo this summer and he is unsure whether new signing…

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Arsenal’s bid for star forward rejected, Gunners linked with young striker and experienced defender

It’s a busy news day for Arsenal fans as a number of new stories linking the club with prospective transfer targets have emerged. Firstly, Ligue 1 club Lyon have confirmed that they have turned down a £29 million bid from the Gunners for their striker Alexandre Lacazette. The French made the announcement on their official Twitter denouncing the claim from French source Le Progrès that the North London club have made a £40 million bid for the player. Communiqué du club ! #Mercato #Lacazette pic.twitter.com/mEKZvHAobx — Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) July…

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Matuidi interested in moving to the Premier League

Paris Saint Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi is currently considering his future options, with the 29-year-old being attracted to the possibility of playing in the English Premier League, as reported by Le Parisien. After spending five seasons with the Ligue 1 champions, Matuidi is now understood to be seeking a fresh challenge but has as yet not submitted a formal transfer request to PSG. At present although PSG are participating in the International Champions Cup in America, Matuidi is on holiday with the expectation being that he will to return to…

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Pep Guardiola engineering an improved Manchester City side

It has not taken Pep Guardiola long to seamlessly settle into his new role as Manchester City manager. Since delivering his first press conference as Manuel Pellgrini’s predecessor, Guardiola has made significant progress towards developing a vastly improved City side, from the one which finished fourth in the Premier League last season. In addition to signing Iilkay Gundogan, Nolito and Alexander Zinchenko, in order to prepare his entire squad for the new season, Guardiola is currently engaging them in a well-designed training programme of the ilk which he ran in…

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Ranieri pragmatic on Leicester’s prospects of defending title

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After losing just three times during the entire 2015-2016 Premier League campaign, the Foxes won the championship by 10 points from runners-up Arsenal. As a result of masterminding that achievement, Ranieri was named both the League Managers’ Association and Premier League, manager of the year. Ranieri’s estimation of Leicester’s expectations Testament to Ranieri’s graciousness and humility, is that despite receiving those awards and leading Leicester to the title, the 64-year-old Italian’s ambition for the season ahead is to ensure his team retain their Premier League status for a third successive…

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Chelsea eye two new defenders

Chelsea are actively searching for centre-backs in the transfer market. The Blues were interested in signing Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, but they have turned their attention elsewhere after their £42million bid was turned down by the Naples club. According to the latest reports, the West London club are considering a bid for Lazio defender Stefan De Vrij. The 24-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at his current club following his knee operation last year, and it is believed that Lazio are keen on selling him. The Holland international is expected…

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Arsenal primed to miss out on yet another two transfer targets

Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has been approached by Napoli, according to the reports in Italy. Sky Italia claims that the Naples club have identified the Argentinean striker to replace his compatriot Gonzalo Higuain, who is Juventus-bound. The report adds that Napoli’s chairman, Aurelio De Laurentiis, is meeting representatives from Inter in Verona to discuss the possible signing of the 23-year-old. The Naples club have reportedly put forward an offer of around £34 million for the Inter striker. However, the Nerazzurri value their player at £46 million. Nevertheless, Napoli will have…

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Manchester United star is not happy with the latest development

Manchester United striker Anthony Martial is not a happy man following the latest development at the club. Reports claim that the France international is upset after the Manchester club reallocated his squad number 9 to new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic without informing him of the decision. The 20-year-old has gone as far to unfollow the club on Twitter and Instagram. Martial will be wearing the number 11 jersey for the next season. #MUFC‘s provisional squad numbers for 2016/17: pic.twitter.com/dlwFy62Iaq — Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 21, 2016 Paris-based RMC Sport journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi…

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Arsenal star hints at stay

Arsenal youngster Hector Bellerin has emerged as one of the top full-backs in Premier League last season. The 21-year-old was voted into the Premier League team of the year last season, and quite understandably has attracted interest from some of the top clubs in Europe. Earlier in the summer, Barcelona expressed their interest in their former youth player. However, the Gunners made it very clear that they have no intention of selling their player. Now, recent reports have suggested that Pep Guardiola-led Manchester City are interested in the Spain international and…

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Oxlade-Chamberlain’s potential remains clear for all to see

At the age of just 16 years and 199 days, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his senior debut for Southampton during the 2009-2010 League 1 season. In doing so, he became the second youngest player to ever appear for the club behind Theo Walcott, with the pair now being team-mates at Arsenal. Oxlade-Chamberlain joined the Gunners in August 2011, after performing brilliantly for Southampton during the 2010-2011 season. He ended that having scored nine goals in 34 appearances, whilst being named in the PFA League One Team of the Year, as he…

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Arsenal missing out on yet another star striker

Gonzalo Higuain is reportedly set to leave Napoli this summer, but not for Arsenal, as the striker reportedly had a medical after already agreeing personal terms with Juventus. Multiple reports (via Football-Italia) have claimed that the Argentina international has undergone a medical at La Moraleja hospital in Madrid and that the Serie A champions will pay the player’s £78.4 million release clause. There are even photographs online of Higuain’s blood tests, as Juventus directors Fabio Paratici and Beppe Marotta were present, which is why they were notably absent from friday’s Serie…

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Manchester City move for Brazilian starlet to be hijacked by Manchester United

Manchester City have been in the hunt for Brazilian starlet Gabriel Jesus, who’s been dubbed the new Neymar, and is considered one of the two biggest Selecao talents along with Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa, who’s been heavily linked with a transfer to Juventus. Guardiola and City are ready to pay £26.7 million for Jesus, said Brazilan newspaper UOL (via freelance journalist Zizouology) recently, with authorized agent Giovanni Branchini handling the negotiations with Palmeiras. The Premier League giants’ bid is less than the 19-year-old forward’s £33.4 million release clause, but higher than the £20 million…

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Borussia Dortmund dominate Manchester United, Twitter laughs but is in awe of wonder goal

On Friday, Manchester United played their second game of the preseason against Borussia Dortmund. The Bundesliga giants dominated the game and won 4-1 with goals from Gonzalo Castro (2), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Ousmane Dembele. Meanwhile, Henrikh Mkhitaryan hit the net for the Red Devils against his former club. Not surprisingly, some people on Twitter laughed with United’s big defeat: Louis Van Gaal watching #MUNBVB pic.twitter.com/r5Kc6iSw1D — Matt ™ (@Chelfucius) 22 juli 2016 Take his advice… maybe ? #Mourinho #ManUtd #MUFCBVB #MUNBVB #Preseason #LvG pic.twitter.com/r9QhaQFIZx — Der Fußball Teufel ⚽ (@lukereddevil7)…

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Twitter reacts to Sam Allardyce’s appointment as new England manager

England has a new manager: Sam Allardyce. The 61-year-old leaves Sunderland and signed an initial two-year contract with a view to potentially extending that deal until 2020. The Black cats will receive a £3m compensation from the Football Association. It’s official. We are delighted to announce that Sam Allardyce is the new manager of the #ThreeLions! pic.twitter.com/7L3y9S62TP — England (@England) 22 juli 2016 The appointment of Allardyce didn’t go unnoticed on Twitter: Now that allardyce is England manager. Does that mean Kevin Nolan will finally get that well deserved 2nd cap? #lovers4lyfe…

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois shows class in penalty shootout

Thibaut Courtois is eager to show Antonio Conte and Chelsea fans he’s better than the goalkeeper that endured a very rocky Premier League season. The Belgium international performed well at Euro 2016 and showed his penalty-stopping skills in a one-on-one game with Chicago Bulls basketball player Nikola Mirotic. Aquí tenéis el resultado del reto… gracias @thibautcourtois por el buen rato y a la @SeFutbol por sus campos! pic.twitter.com/zwe4bBYC5R — Nikola Mirotic (@threekola) 19 juli 2016

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Team-mates make fun of Wayne ‘Panna’ Rooney

Sometimes, it’s not easy to be Wayne Rooney. The Manchester United captain was abused on training by both Memphis Depay and Daley Blind, who were able to ‘panna’ Rooney by playing the ball between his legs twice… Toch maar die beentjes beginnen dichthouden, @WayneRooney… ☝https://t.co/Nw9MqigawC — Play Sports (@playsports) 21 juli 2016

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When a little Manchester City superfan meets Pep Guardiola…

Pep Guardiola is not just a football manager, he’s a celebrity. When Braydon Bent, a young City fan, got into the club’s cab, he was surprised by the presence of the new Manchester City boss. “Is it really him,” he asked the driver. But soon thereafter, the kid was speaking to Guardiola like he was one of his best friends…

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Paul Pogba’s agent slams transfer rumours once again

For months, Paul Pogba has been linked with a transfer to back to Manchester United. The Juventus player once left Old Trafford on a free transfer, but United have been rumoured to put huge cash on the table to lure the France international back to England. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Football-Italia), they did just that on Monday. The Red Devils will invest a total of £151 million for Pogba, including a £100 million transfer. However, Mino Raiola, Pogba’s agent, categorically denied all these claims in an interview with Goal on Tuesday. “All of what…

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Manchester United announce squad numbers and have a little suprise

On Thursday, Manchester United announced their squad numbers for the upcoming 2016-2017 season. It’s always interesting to see which numbers the new signings get. Zlatan Ibrahimovic will wear the number 9, with Anthony Martials switching to 11 and Adnan Januzaj to 15. Henrikh Mkhitaryan gets number 22 and Eric Bailly number 3. Check out the full list here: #MUFC‘s provisional squad numbers for 2016/17: pic.twitter.com/dlwFy62Iaq — Manchester United (@ManUtd) 21 juli 2016 No player is wearing number 13 but that’s no exception. The big surprise was the number 6, which…

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Arsenal targeting a quartet of new signings

Arsene Wenger is currently undertaking an intensify effort to strengthen his Arsenal squad ahead of the new season, as the club are being heavily linked with moves for a quartet of new players, according to the Independent. Wenger interested in defensive duo High on the French manager’s list of priorities this summer is to bolster his defensive options, which he is understood to be interested in doing by signing Manchester City’s Jason Denayer and Matthias Ginter of Borussia Dortmund. In order to sign the defensive duo, Wenger’s is willing to…

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Wijnaldum set to strengthen Liverpool’s attacking options

Liverpool have continued their summer spending spree by signing Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle for £25m, in a move which further strengthens the club’s attacking options. Wijnaldum’s debut Premier League season During his first season in the Premier League with Newcastle, whom he joined from PSV Eindhoven for a reported £14.5m last July, Wijnaldum scored 11 goals, including one on his debut against Southampton and four in a 6-2 win over Norwich in mid-October. Whilst initially Wijnaldum played on the left wing for Newcastle, midway through last season he was redeployed…

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Chelsea linked with two world-class strikers

Chelsea have been linked with two top strikers in the space of last 48 hours. The Blues, who have already bought Michy Batshuayi from Marseille this summer, are reportedly looking to procure another striker before next season. Italian football journalist Gianluca di Marzio has claimed that the West London club have made a bid of £50 million for their former player – Everton striker Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian striker has earlier hinted that he could quit the Merseysiders this summer. Along with Chelsea, Lukaku has also attracted attention from the likes…

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Arsenal announced their new signing in an epic manner

Arsenal today announced their third signing of the summer transfer window. The Gunners reportedly completed the signing of Bolton Wanderers defender Rob Holding earlier this week, and it was considered only a matter of time before they made their acquisition public. The North London now announced that they have signed the 20-year-old, and the manner they did it in was unprecedented. The Arsenal fans must be aware of the change in the direction club’s official Twitter has taken of late. Arsenal social media team nowadays never leave an opportunity to amuse their…

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Leicester lose head of recruitment to Everton

Leicester City’s assistant manager and head of recruitment Steve Walsh has left the club and joined Everton, as reported by the Daily Mail. Despite only signing a new contract with Leicester in April to remain as Claudio Ranieri’s joint assistant along with Craig Shakespare, Walsh will now assume the fresh challenge of being Everton’s director of football. Prior to Walsh’s appointment, the Toffee’s major investor Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright had previously held talks with Sevilla’s technical director Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, also known as Monchi, over his potential to…

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Manchester City to outbid competition in race for ‘the new Neymar’

With Pep Guardiola arriving at Manchester City, the Premier League giants were primed to hit hard on the summer transfer market. The Citizens have already secured the signings of midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and winger Nolito, with an English record move for Everton’s John Stones and a world record move for Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci reportedly being considered. In addition, City have been in the hunt for Brazilian starlet Gabriel Jesus, who’s been dubbed the new Neymar, and is considered one of the two biggest Selecao talents along with Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa,…

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