Chelsea rejected a world-record offer from China for Diego Costa in January

It has been reported that Chelsea rejected a massive £90.3 million transfer offer from Tianjin Quanjin of Chinese Super League for striker Diego Costa in January. According to SFR Sport, Chinese Super League outfit Tianjin Quanjin submitted an audacious bid of €107 million to secure the services of Costa. The Spanish International was offered a staggering salary of £85 million over a period of three years. Chelsea’s decision to turn down the offer did not appease Costa, it is understood. It is also believed that this episode sparked a rift between Diego…

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Leicester City plan life post-Mancini

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Leicester City, after sacking Claudio Ranieri, have approached Roberto Mancini for the job. Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has emerged as the bookies’ favourite to succeed the outgoing Ranieri- who won Leicester their historic maiden league championship in May. Mancini won the Premier League with Manchester City in 2011-12 and was replaced by Manuel Pellegrini the following season. According to Sky Sports, Leicester owners are wasting no time and have approached Mancini for the role of manager at the club. Mancini (52) has been out of work since last…

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Liverpool key duo doubtful for Monday Night clash vs Leicester

Dejan Lovren and Daniel Sturridge are major doubts for Liverpool for the Monday night clash with Leicester after sitting out of the recent training sessions. The Reds will face the reigning champions on Monday night at King Power Stadium with both the teams struggling at either end of the table. Liverpool sit one point behind Arsenal on fifth and will look to come back in the Top 4 with Arsenal and Manchester United not playing this week. Leicester, on the contrary, sit one point above the relegation zone and have…

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Jurgen Klopp hints at a potential swoop for teenage sensation from Ajax

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has expressed his admiration for Kasper Dolberg (19) who has netted 13 times for Ajax this season. The teenage sensation from Denmark has scored 10 and assisted another 5 goals for Ajax Amsterdam in Eredivisie this season, in just 19 appearances. On the back of his performances this season, Dolberg has been linked with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton in the past. Now, Reds manager Klopp has publicly admitted his admiration for the 19-year-old. Klopp is a fan of 19-year-old, Danish starlet,…

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Influential Arsenal midfielder ruled out for the season

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla will miss the remainder of this season following an ankle injury. Arsenal have missed the influential midfielder this season, and now, they have been dealt another blow as the Spaniard is set to miss the rest of the season. Cazorla had limped out during a 6-0 thrashing of Ludogorets Razgrad at the Emirates Stadium in October. The injury did not look as serious initially, and the Spanish maestro was expected to be back within a couple of weeks. Cazorla underwent a surgery in December and Wenger was…

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Leverkusen star Hakan Calhanoglu banned for 4 months by FIFA

Turkish international Hakan Calhanoglu has been banned from playing professional football for four months by FIFA. BREAKING! @hakanc10 has been suspended by FIFA for four months and will miss the rest of the 2016/17 #Bundesliga season. More to follow. pic.twitter.com/Gzz6WLK5tq — Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) February 2, 2017 The Court of Arbitration for Sport has supported FIFA’s verdict of imposing the ban on Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder. Calhanoglu (22) will now miss the rest of the season and must pay Trabzonspor a fine of 100,000 Euros (£85,900). Turkish club Trabzonspor had claimed that…

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Deadline Day Stories- Young and Rooney to stay, Sakho and Dembele spotted in London, Ulloa blasts Ranieri

The January Transfer Window has a few hours until it closes and the deadline day has been full of drama, quite unsurprisingly. Let us take a look at the biggest stories from the deadline day: Rooney and Young to stay, Mourinho confirms Jose Mourinho confirmed today that their transfer window is shut and the English duo are going nowhere. When asked about the situation circling Rooney and Young, Mourinho said: “He stays – he is selected for tomorrow (v Hull City). Rooney stays as well.” Moussa Dembele spotted in London,…

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Deadline Day Confirmed Deals- Ranocchia joins Hull City, Pato moves to China and more

With only few hours left in the January Transfer Window, let us take a look at the confirmed deals from the deadline day. Inter defender Andrea Ranocchia joins Hull City on loan Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia joins @HullCity on loan until the end of the season: https://t.co/dPhyWQE6yr pic.twitter.com/PjMp4hnfPt — Premier League (@premierleague) January 31, 2017 On the face of it, Ranocchia (28) looks like a bit of a coup by the Tigers. Ranocchia replaced Zanetti as Inter captain and was a key figure at Inter before Mancini’s arrival in…

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Schweinsteiger rolls back the years as Manchester United win 4-0 in FA Cup

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After being frozen out by Jose Mourinho, Bastian Schweinsteiger came back into the team with a fine performance assisting a goal as well as scoring one. 2 – Bastian Schweinsteiger has both scored (1) and assisted (1) as many goals today as in his previous 33 games for Man Utd. Return. — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 29, 2017 The midfielder last started a game for United on 9th January 2016. The former German international had only made two appearances from the bench this season, against Hammers and Reading in EFL Cup and…

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Arsene Wenger accepts FA charge, gives verdict on Granit Xhaka

It has been a whirlwind of a week for Gunners gaffer Arsene Wenger who was sent off during a win against Burnley while his summer signing Granit Xhaka came under intense scrutiny following his second red card of the season and a police investigation for allegedly racially abusing a staff member at Heathrow airport. Le Professeur has accepted the FA charge of misconduct and is understood to not challenge it. Although, Arsene believes he will not be fined or banned following his actions. Wenger pushed the fourth official Anthony Taylor…

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Transfer Roundup January 26- Chelsea chasing Celtic goalie, Xavi signs extension and more

With just five days left in the Winter Transfer Window 2017, let us take a look at the biggest transfer happenings across the footballing fraternity: CELTIC REJECT CHELSEA’S BID FOR GOALKEEPER GORDON Celtic have rejected a bid from Chelsea for goalkeeper Craig Gordon as per Sky Sports. Chelsea are looking to offload second choice keeper Asmir Begovic to Bournemouth and are keen to sign a replacement before his departure. Espanyol’s Diego Lopez and Fernando Muslera of Galatasaray are also being monitored by the London club. XAVI HERNANDEZ SIGN AN EXTENSION WITH AL-SADD…

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Transfer Roundup 25th January- Hull accept Snodgrass bid, Niang to join Watford & more

Only six days to go before the Winter transfer window draws curtain so let us take a look at the top stories from today concerning the transfer activities across Europe: HULL CITY ACCEPT  £10 MILLION BID FOR ROBERT SNODGRASS FROM A PREMIER LEAGUE SIDE Burnley have had a bid believed to be in the region of £10 million accepted by relegation-battling side Hull City for Robert Snodgrass. Middlesbrough and West Ham were also interested in Hull City’s leading goalscorer (9) with the former having submitted an equivalent bid albeit the add…

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Philippe Coutinho signs a contract extension with ‘no release clause’

It had been a miserable start to 2017 for the Liverpool fans having won just a single game (against lowly Plymouth) this year coupled with an idle winter transfer window and in stepped the little magician Philippe Coutinho. BREAKING: #LFC‘s Philippe Coutinho signs new long-term contract at #LFC. More here: https://t.co/oOn4QtRByv #SSNHQ https://t.co/T83QfSVOIC — Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) January 25, 2017 The 24-year-old Brazilian playmaker, earlier today, put pen-to-paper on a new contract, which will keep him at Anfield until 2022. Coutinho now becomes the highest earning player in…

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Harry Kane urges teammates to stay put, says it would be ‘Stupid’ to leave Spurs

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In an interview with Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport, via the Telegraph, Spurs and England forward Harry Kane has urged his fellow teammates at the White Hart Lane to stay put, saying it would be ‘stupid’ to leave the club. Tottenham currently sit third in League table, nine points behind Chelsea, and are also competing in Europa league after a dismal exit from the Champions League earlier this season. Spurs recently announced that they will be moving to an all new 61,000 seater stadium at the start of 2018-2019 season. 👍…

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Transfer Roundup 24th January- Payet saga goes on, Dani Alves China-bound and more

Less than a week to go before the January transfer window comes to a close, the deals are coming in thick and fast, with lots happening across the globe. Let us take a look at the hottest transfer stories from today: WEST HAM REJECT THIRD BID FROM MARSEILLE FOR PAYET Sky Sports sources say West Ham United have rejected yet another bid from Marseille for wantaway star Dimitri Payet. The latest bid is believed to be in the region of £22.5 million while the Hammers rate their French (homesick) star at £30…

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Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka in trouble again following racial abuse accusation

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has been interviewed by police following an allegation of racial abuse by an airline staff member at Heathrow airport. Xhaka is understood to have made the visit to London airport to see off his friend Leonard Lekaj, who plays in the German sixth division. This friend of Arsenal midfielder was refused entry after arriving late for boarding the flight at Heathrow Terminal 5. Xhaka racially abused a member of staff by apparently saying f****** white b**** in German, at which point airport security and police were…

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Arsene Wenger charged by the FA, faces imminent touchline ban

As everyone had expected, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been slapped with a misconduct charge by the FA for his actions during his side’s last-gasp 2-1 win over Burnley on Sunday. Arsene Wenger was sent off to the stands for using abusive language with fourth official Anthony Taylor after match referee John Moss awarded a 92nd-minute to the Clarets against ten-man Arsenal. However, Wenger appeared to stay in the tunnel and watch the proceedings instead of leaving the area. This is Arsène Wenger’s home. He stands where he wants. pic.twitter.com/hjcdEHNKV8…

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Transfer Roundup 23rd January- New Zlatan Signs For Dortmund, Hull chasing Liverpool man and more

With just over eight days left in this dramatic winter transfer window of 2017, we take a look at the hottest transfer stories from today: NEW ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC ALEXANDER ISAK SIGNS FOR BORUSSIA DORTMUND The youngest Swedish goalscorer became the highest-earning teenager from his country after Borussia Dortmund completed his signing from Swedish side AIK Solna. The 17-year-old was linked with a move to Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid but joined the Bundesliga side for a sum believed to be £8.6m. LIVERPOOL WINGER SET TO JOIN HULL CITY FROM SPORTING…

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Transfer Roundup, 22nd January- Zarate Returns, Snodgrass Bid Rejected, Payet To Depart

With just 9 days left in the winter transfer window, the deals are taking place thick and fast while several transfer sagas are taking shape in tandem. Let us take a quick look at the transfer stories from today: MAURO ZARATE RETURNS TO PREMIER LEAGUE, JOINS WATFORD ON LOAN Former Birmingham, QPR and West Ham striker, who was plying his trade for Fiorentina, has been loaned to Watford and is understood to have arrived in England and has successfully completed his medical at Vicarage Road. SNODGRASS LEFT OUT OF HULL…

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Arsenal vs Burnley Talking Points- Mustafi Extends Record, Red Card To Xhaka, FA Trouble For Wenger & Sanchez Penalty

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10-man Arsenal snatched all three points against Burnley, literally with the skin of their teeth in a game that involved blockbuster drama. Let us take a look at the key talking points as Arsenal leapfrogged North London rivals Spurs and Merseyside Reds to the second spot, sitting 8 points behind leaders Chelsea. SHKODRAN MUSTAFI EXTENDS HIS MAGNIFICENT RECORD The £35-million-summer arrival is currently on a valuable 21 games unbeaten streak for Arsenal this season. The German is yet to feature in a defeat with the Gunners and scored the opener…

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Best Premier League XI Of ‘Summer 2017’ Free Agents

A Different League brings, The Best Premier League XI of Summer 2017 Free Agents consisting of the best players across the Premier League who will be free agents this summer provided they are not offered a contract extension by their respective clubs. City goalie Willy Caballero (35) has made just 30 appearances for the club in two and half years, but was impressive in their successful Capital One Cup campaign in 2016, edges out Manninger (39) and Eduardo (34) between the sticks who are yet to make a start for Liverpool…

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Manchester United move ahead of Barca and Madrid to top the Deloitte’s Football Money League

Manchester United might be sitting on a lowly 6th position in the English Premier League but find themselves sitting pretty at the top of the Deloitte’s Money Football League (2015-2016) for the first time since 2003-2004. The Deloitte Football Money League measures clubs’ earnings from matchday revenue, broadcast rights and commercial sources, and ranks them on that basis. Champions League holders Real Madrid were top of this table for last 11 years but slipped to the third position behind United and arch-rivals Barcelona despite crossing the €600-million barrier for the first time.…

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Plymouth player charged with rape, set to be dropped for Liverpool’s visit

David Goodwillie, who was an unused substitute when the Pilgrims took away an FA Cup 3rd round replay from Anfield earlier in January, is set to be dropped following a civil court ruling that found him and his former Dundee teammate David Roberton guilty of raping a woman.   Goodwillie, 27 is a former Scotland International who joined Plymouth last year. David Goodwillie and David Roberton have been ordered to pay £100,000 compensation to the mother of one, Denise Clair. The Plymouth forward was accused of serious sexual assault way back in 2011,…

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Joel Matip dropped from Liverpool squad amid FIFA fears

Klopp decides to leave behind fit-again Joel Matip for the trip down south to Plymouth Argyle for the FA Cup 3rd round replay at Home Park. Joel Matip was in contention to start against Mourinho’s Red Devils in the North-West derby earlier this week. The summer arrival could not be selected for the crucial fixture as confusion persisted concerning the former Cameroon defender’s eligibility to play. Matip, 25 refused to play for his national side in the going AFCON after being named in the preliminary squad. Confusion persists regarding a clearance…

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Four bizarre ways Dutch legend Marco Van Basten intends to revolutionize football

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The former AC Milan and Netherlands forward who won the Ballon d’Or thrice was appointed the technical director of FIFA in September 2016 to oversee innovations in the ‘beautiful game’. Here are the four most bizarre (read ludicrous) suggestions from the former World Player of the Year to make football more ‘honest, dynamic, interesting and attractive.’: ICE-HOCKEY STYLE SHOOTOUT Marco van Basten’s proposed PK change: “Maybe the player should start 25 meters from goal.” Hmm. https://t.co/9LAoW4wVKB — Major League Soccer (@MLS) January 18, 2017 Basten’s suggestion puts an end to…

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