Man United expect to break revenue records before going after Gareth Bale

Manchester United expect to become the first English club to surpass the half-billion pound mark for revenue, before using their financial muscle to land some of the best players in the world, according to the Manchester Evening News. The Red Devils’ predict that they will make between £500m and £510m in revenue, which would take them above Real Madrid in football’s money table (via MEN). And to celebrate, they are hoping to lure one of Los Blancos’ key men away from the Bernabeu. According to the Manchester Evening News, the…

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Man United boost as Louis van Gaal confirms Wayne Rooney is available for Southampton clash

Manchester United have been handed a major boost ahead of their clash with Southampton this weekend, after Louis van Gaal confirmed that Wayne Rooney is available for the game at St Mary’s, according to the Daily Express. As well as confirming that defender Phil Jones is back in training, the Dutchman explained that the skipper missed the game against PSV Eindhoven as they did not want to take the chance and face losing him for even longer (via Express). “Wayne is fit to play,” he said. “He’s only had one…

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Liverpool plot move for Man United and Chelsea target William Carvalho

Liverpool are plotting a potential move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, according to the Daily Express. The 23-year-old is being monitored by several Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal, but it is the Reds that are hoping to swoop in ahead of their rivals for his signature. Carvalho is likely to provide some much-needed depth to the holding role, should Brendan Rodgers decide to make a move. The Anfield outfit were close to letting Brazilian Lucas Leiva leave Merseyside this summer (via Express), and while he…

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Liverpool defender closing in on new five-year deal at Anfield

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho is close to agreeing a new five-year deal at Anfield, according to the Daily Express, despite only making his first appearance of the season this week. The France international’s current deal runs out in 2017 (via Express), but this extension could see him remain with the club until 2020. The 25-year-old was linked with a move away from Merseyside this summer, but the Reds rejected loan bids from both Roma and Bayer Leverkusen (via Express). Despite the interest in Sakho from the two Champions League sides,…

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Arsenal legend wants Theo Walcott to start ahead of Olivier Giroud for Chelsea clash

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has urged Arsene Wenger to start with Theo Walcott spearheading the attack against Chelsea instead of Olivier Giroud, according to the Metro. Keown suggested that the system currently being employed by Wenger means that it makes more sense to use the England man. “Arsenal are at their best when they pass it through the compartments. When they get Ozil and Sanchez in a central position they are able to play good quality balls on the deck for Theo’s pace,” he said. The tough-tackling centre-back believes that the…

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Chelsea without Willan for Arsenal game, but Pedro could feature

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Willian will miss Chelsea’s clash with Arsenal on Saturday, but hinted that Pedro may well feature at Stamford Bridge, according to the Daily Express. Despite only playing 23 minutes of the clash against Maccabi Tel Aviv, it was the Brazilian that opened the scoring in the Champions League tie. Meanwhile, Pedro may have given Mourinho a worry ahead of the visit from Arsene Wenger’s men after missing the game against the Israeli side. But, the Blues boss has suggested that the former Barcelona man, as…

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Arsenal gossip: Ozil’s agent hints at future exit, and Wenger set to continue goalkeeper rotation

Here is Friday’s news and gossip concerning Arsenal: Mesut Ozil’s agent has hinted that the German would want to join Fenerbahce at the end of the season, but only if he decided to leave the Emirates, according to the Metro. Ozil is a fan of the Turkish side, but Erkut Sogul insisted that he is not thinking about leaving at the moment. “At the end of the day it is a huge club and I think Ozil would say yes to an offer if it came down to it but…

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Chelsea news: Fenerbahce target Terry and Ivanovic, while Man City man refuses to rule Blues out of title race

Here is Friday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea: Fenerbahce are planning a stunning move for both John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic, according to the Daily Express. The pair are out of contract in the summer, so will be free to discuss a move away from Stamford Bridge with foreign sides in January. Manchester City midfielder Fernando has refused to rule the Blues out of the title race, despite their poor start to the campaign, ESPN report. Jose Mourinho’s men are already eleven points behind the Citizens, but Fernando thinks that…

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Man United gossip: £36m move for Chelsea target planned, while former captain issues warning

Here is Friday’s news and gossip concerning Man United: The Red Devils are plotting a £36m move for Valencia left-back and reported Chelsea target Jose Gaya, according to the Daily Express. The La Liga side do not want to sell the 20-year-old, meaning that United will have to trigger his release clause which was raised from £13m when he signed a new deal earlier this year. The reason for their Gaya bid appears to be the horrific injury suffered by Luke Shaw, who is set to be offered a psychologist’s…

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Fenerbahce plotting swoop for Chelsea pair John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic

Fenerbahce are plotting a surprise swoop for Chelsea pair John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic, according to the Daily Express. The experienced defenders are both in the final year of their contracts, and will be able to discuss a free transfer with foreign sides in January (via Express), potentially paving the way for a move to Turkey in the summer. Just a few months ago, the idea of the pair leaving Stamford Bridge – even with their respective deals entering their final years – would have been discarded instantly following their…

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Chelsea are feeling good again ahead of vital Arsenal clash, claims Gary Cahill

Ahead of their massive clash with Arsenal, Gary Cahill has ominously warned the rest of the Premier League that Chelsea are feeling good once again, according to the Daily Express. The Blues are going into the game at Stamford Bridge off the back of only their second win of the campaign in all competitions. But, the manner of their 4-0 victory against Maccabi Tel Aviv appears to have restored the confidence lost following their shaky start, as Cahill admits he’s seen a difference in his teammates (via Express). “We’ll go…

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Man United consider triggering Chelsea target’s £36m release clause

Manchester United are considering the possibility of triggering the release clause of Chelsea target Jose Gaya, according to the Daily Express. The interest in the Valencia man comes in the wake of Luke Shaw’s injury, which is set to rule him out for the next six months after he had his leg broken during the Champions League clash with PSV Eindhoven (via Express). However, Gaya is one of the La Liga side’s brightest stars, making it seem very unlikely that they will be willing to accept a bid for the…

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Former Gunner slates Arsenal trio for performances in Champions League defeat

Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas has criticised Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta for their performances in their Champions League group stage opener with Dinamo Zagreb, while also accusing Olivier Giroud of being childish in the defeat in Croatia, the Metro report. Zagreb took the lead in the 24th minute, and Nicholas believes that it was the tempo being set by the Spanish pair in the minutes leading up to the opener that caused the Gunners to go behind (via Metro). “After 20 minutes I thought it was going nice and…

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Man United need two new centre-backs, claims former captain

Former Man United captain Roy Keane has concerns about both Chris Smalling and Daley Blind, and believes that the Red Devils need to add at least one, or possibly two new centre-backs, according to the Metro. “The money United have invested, going forward they will be fine and in midfield they are not too bad but I think they are crying out for centre-halves, definitely one, possibly two,” he said. “As long as Blind and even Smalling – I’m not sure about him – or either Jones are playing centre-half,…

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Man United desperate to do deal for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane

Manchester United have placed Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane at the very top of their transfer target list as they attempt to bolster their defensive ranks, according to the Metro. Louis van Gaal is a big admirer of the Frenchman, and hopes to begin negotiations about a potential deal during the next two transfer windows, the Metro report. However, the Red Devils have got a tricky task on their hands if they wish to prise the 22-year-old away from the Bernabeu, as Rafa Benitez has made it quite clear that…

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa thinks win against Arsenal will kick-start season

Chelsea striker Diego Costa believes that all of the side’s problems will be forgotten should they go and beat Arsenal this weekend, the Daily Express report. While the Blues emphatically defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv 4-0 in midweek, their start to the new Premier League season is a major concern, with just one win coming in their first five games, but Costa thinks that their campaign will be well and truly off and running if they beat the Gunners (via Express). “If we win then we’ll take a step forward in…

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Man United considering bid for Barcelona defender as cover for Luke Shaw

Manchester United are considering a possible move for Barcelona full-back Adriano as cover for the injured Luke Shaw, according to the Metro. Shaw is out for most of the season after sustaining a broken leg during the Champions League defeat to PSV Eindhoven (via Metro), and while Louis van Gaal has other options available, the Metro suggest that some transfer activity in January is highly likely. While Leeds United’s Charlie Taylor has been linked, van Gaal is hoping to use his strong relationship with Luis Enrique to try and force…

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Jose Mourinho orders Chelsea’s scouts to find new right-back as Branislav Ivanovic’s future remains in doubt

Jose Mourinho has ruthlessly decided to plan for life without one of his most consistent performers from last season, after telling his scouts to go out and find Chelsea a new right-back, capable of replacing Branislav Ivanovic, according to the Daily Mail. The Serbian – whose contract expires at the end of the season (via Mail) – was an integral part of the Blues’ title-winning campaign last year, but a string of poor performances at the beginning of this campaign has left his future in serious doubt. The struggles he endured…

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Chelsea gossip: Mourinho praises Loftus-Cheek, while Oscar issues rallying cry

Here is Thursday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea: Jose Mourinho praised Ruben Loftus-Cheek after the youngster came on as an early substitute and put in an excellent performance against Maccabi Tel Aviv, according to the Daily Express. The 19-year-old helped the Blues keep a clean sheet, and Mourinho hinted that he’s pushing for a more regular spot in the side. “He played very well which is very good for us,” he said. “He is in conditions to compete with the other players for opportunities and minutes, but he is having…

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Arsenal news: Wright brands Benzema pursuit ’embarrassing’, but another former Gunners backs club to win title

Here is Thursday’s news and gossip concerning Arsenal: Ian Wright has called the Gunners’ failed pursuit of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema embarrassing, according to the Daily Mirror. The 27-year-old quashed speculation linking him with a move to the Emirates with a defiant Tweet, and Wright believes the whole saga reflected poorly on Arsenal. “I thought the Benzema situation was embarrassing in the way they pursued it,” he said. Another former Gunner Charlie Nicholas believes that the club are in a strong position to go on and win the Premier…

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Man United gossip: Red Devils hero PRAISES Hector Moreno’s challenge, while Championship prospect targeted

Here is Thursday’s news and gossip concerning Manchester United: Former United captain Roy Keane has praised the challenge made by Hector Moreno that led to Luke Shaw’s horrific injury, according to the Daily Mirror. The tough-tackling midfielder also suggested that it was only after it was clear that Shaw was severely hurt that anyone had a problem with the attempt to win the ball. “I thought it was a brilliant challenge. I love the physical side of the game. You can always tell by the players’ reactions – they are…

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho praises Ruben Loftus-Cheek for Champions League performance

Jose Mourinho was full of praise for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, after the youngster put in an excellent display during Chelsea’s emphatic victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League, the Daily Express report. The 19-year-old was brought on for Willian, who sustained an injury in the 23rd minute of the game at Stamford Bridge, and proceeded to help the Blues keep a clean sheet and romp to a 4-0 win, and Mourinho expressed how pleased he was with the holding midfielder (via Express). “He played very well which is very…

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UEFA rankings highlight how low Liverpool have dropped since FSG’s takeover

As Liverpool prepare to kick off their Europa League campaign with a tricky trip to Bordeaux, UEFA’s latest rankings highlight the side’s alarming decline since Fenway Sports Group took control of the club. When the American company bought the club in 2010, the Reds were fifth in the European rankings, but now find themselves down in 55th place, the Metro report. To put the ratings into perspective, Tottenham – Liverpool’s nearest rivals in the Premier League last season – sit 24th, while Manchester United are 20th (via UEFA). The Merseyside…

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Arsenal considering move for Carlos Tevez’s Boca Juniors strike partner

Arsenal are considering whether to make a January move for Boca Juniors striker Jonathan Calleri, according to the Metro. The Gunners have lost Danny Welbeck for the next three months (via Metro), leaving Arsene Wenger’s side looking very short on attacking options. His two favoured choices, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott, have also spent considerable spells on the sidelines in the past, which arguably leaves the north London side in a precarious position moving forward. Calleri is reportedly keen on a move to Europe, but is also attracting the interest…

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Man United target likely to leave Real Madrid this summer, claims journalist

French journalist Frederic Hermel has claimed that he expects Manchester United target Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Real Madrid this summer, according to Le 10 Sport. “I think Ronaldo will leave Real Madrid at end of season. I have information that confirms this,” he said. According to Hermel, the Red Devils will face plenty of competition for the 30-year-old, with a move to Paris Saint-Germain or MLS being mooted (via Le 10 Sport). The Ligue 1 champions may well be the favourites for his signature as they reportedly made an astonishing…

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