Five big-money signings waiting to happen this summer

The January transfer window, with all the noise that comes with it, offers little. The big clubs are seldom willing to let their players leave halfway through the season, as replacing them would be nigh impossible. Most of the players worthy of attention are also cup-tied due to already playing in Europe, and potential buyers would much rather have a player without such strings attached. This pushes major transfers to the summer transfer window. The summer represents the start of the new European season and except for rare occasions, a…

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Disappointed Manchester United fans react to Renato Sanches’ Bayern deal [Tweets]

On Tuesday, Bayern Munich completed the transfer of 18-year-old Portugal international and big Manchester United target Renato Sanches from Benfica for £27.6 million plus performance related bonus. Not surprisingly, United fans took it out on Twitter to vent their disappointment: Take note, Man Utd, that’s how you conduct transfer business. Mats Hummels and Renato Sanches sign for Bayern Munich on the same day. Ooft! — Liam Canning (@OffsideLiam) May 10, 2016 “No Renato Sanches,Ed.What do we do?” “Same as we do every night. Sign a player nothing like him for twice as…

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Bayern Munich announce transfer of big Manchester United target

Bayern Munich have completed the transfer of 18-year-old Portugal international Renato Sanches, as Benfica have agreed terms bringing the midfielder to the Bundesliga for the start of the 2016/17 season. Sanches rates as one of the most talented young players in European football after making his senior debut for Benfica this season. He has made 23 senior league appearances for his club this season. The player completed the obligatory pre-transfer medical in Munich on Monday before signing a five-year contract binding him to the German champions until 2021. “Renato is dynamic,…

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Manchester United to lose battle for star striker, close to completing massive transfer

Real Madrid are set to beat the Manchester clubs to the signing of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, with Karim Benzema set to leave the Santiago Bernabeu, according to The Daily Star. The Poland international has scored 41 goals in 49 appearances in all competitions for the recently crowned Bundesliga champions and is rated at £80 million by the club. Lewandowski recently extended his contract at Bayern, but rumours have been aplenty all season long that he wants a new challenge, definitely after the Bundesliga club failed to win the…

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Arsenal to fight for Bundesliga defender, facing interest for star midfielder

Once again, Arsenal have come up short in their first title bid since the 2003/2004 season and have been linked with numerous transfer targets. The Gunners are said to be preparing a bid for Bayern Munich centre-back Mehdi Benatia during the upcoming summer transfer window. According to a report by The Daily Star, the Moroccan international is about to leave the Bundesliga giants as Borussia Dortmund’s star defender Mats Hummels recently stated he’s leaving the club to join Bayern. The 29-year-old is a long-term target of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, but…

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Manchester United lead top 10 most profitable football teams (by a mile)

Manchester United are about to finish their third consecutive disappointing Premier League season, with the Red Devils probably unable to reach the Champions League. However, the Old Trafford club still tops the list of the world’s most profitable football teams according to Forbes. That is in the sense of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and player trading. During the 2014/2015 season, using June 2015 exchange rates, United made a £132 million profit, leading second-placed Real Madrid by a total of £20 million, as the Spanish giants earned £112 million.…

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Robert Lewandowski names one Premier League legend in his all-time Euro XI

Robert Lewandowski has been one of Europe’s beste strikers in recent years. The Poland international has been hitting the net numerous times for Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. He’s also ready to guide his country to glory at Euro 2016 in France this summer. Therefore, the UEFA asked Lewandowski to put together his all-time Euro XI, and he selected one Premier League legend. Robert Lewandowski picks his EURO #alltime11… Can you do better? https://t.co/dEVQlbweFb#EURO2016https://t.co/9qp4OwRbyN — UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) 4 april 2016

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Alex Ferguson warns Pep Guardiola about the Premier League

Football fans from all over the world are counting down the days until Pep Guardiola takes over as coach at Manchester City. The current Bayern Munich and former Barcelona boss agreed to become the Citizens’ next coach earlier this year, replacing Manuel Pellegrini on the bench. The Spaniard’s move to the English top flight comes with great expectations, as he’s gained much success in Germany and Spain. However, Manchester United legend Alex Ferguson has now come out to warn Guardiola. “Man City have made a real coup in getting him…

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Championship and League One team ranked among European giants in form table

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If you check the international form table at Transfermarkt, you expect to see European giants like Juventus, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and PSG. But Championship team Burnley FC and League One team Barnsley FC? No, those two clubs have been surprisingly strong during their last 15 league matches and are therefore ranked among the big clubs in the form table. The Clarets are sitting in fifth place, gaining a total of 36 points from their last 15 league matches. That’s as many as Ligue 1 champions and current leaders…

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United eyeing Juventus and PSG stars, City leading race for German playmaker and Arsenal talent

Despite having let the midfielder go on a free transfer in 2012, Manchester United are lining up a bid to sign Paul Pogba during the summer. Juventus are said to value the 22-year-old midfielder at around £62 million, while the Red Devils are facing competition from the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, and Real Madrid, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport and as reported by Metro. Meanwhile, according to Turin news outlet Tuttosport Juventus continue to monitor Mario Gotze’s situation at Bayern Munich, as the Germany international was linked with a move…

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Bayern star doubts Premier League clubs can compete in Europe

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Thomas Muller has said he received offers from other clubs before signing a new deal at Bayern Munich last year, also doubting the Premier League clubs’ chances to compete in Europe. The 26-year-old was one of four players to sign a new contract with the Bundesliga giants just a couple of days before the club announced that coach Pep Guardiola would be leaving during the summer. Manchester United have been great admirers of the striker and tried to lure him away from Bayern last summer, when the Red Devils were reportedly ready…

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Robert Lewandowski “open” to snub Premier League money for Bayern renewal

It looks like nearly every big football club in Europe will try to sign Robert Lewandowski during the summer. However, according to Sport Bild and as reported by Goal.com, the Polish striker is considering to renew his contract at Bayern Munich. The 27-year-old signed a five-year deal when he joined the Bundesliga champions on a free transfer from Borussia Dortmund in 2014. However, in recent months he has been strongly linked with Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and several Premier League clubs, mainly Manchester United and Liverpool (after the appointment of his former…

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Jurgen Klopp warns Pep Guardiola for “tougher” Premier League

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said Manchester City-bound Pep Guardiola should expect a tougher test in the Premier League than he has faced in the Primera Division and the Bundesliga. Guardiola will take over as Man City manager before the 2016-17 season starts, ready to sign a three-year contract at the Emirates after not renewing his contract with German giants Bayern Munich. Therefore, the former Borussia Dortmund coach and still current Bayern boss will renew their rivalry next season when Guardiola replaces Manuel Pellegrini as Man City manager. Klopp was fulsome in his…

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Manchester City ace “to leave” when Pep Guardiola arrives

Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk predicts the midfielder will leave Manchester City when Pep Guardiola arrives next summer, according to The Sun. On the last day of the winter transfer market, it was officially announced that the Spaniard will become the Citizen’s coach next season, joining them on a three-year deal from Bayern Munich, where his contract ran out. Guardiola coached Toure at Barcelona between 2008 en 2010, but the Ivory Coast midfielder opted to join Man City on a £24 million transfer after he lost his place in Pep’s starting…

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Premier League dominates highest earning club rankings but fails to take top spot

It’s the time of the year for the 2016 Deloitte Football Money League and again Real Madrid lead the way, despite the Premier League clubs dominating the top 30, as reported by Goal. The Football Money League details the 2014/15 season and measures a club’s earnings from matchday revenue, broadcast rights and commercial sources, ranking them on that basis. Spanish giants Real Madrid retained their first place for the 11th year in a row, having generated £439 million last season (up from £418m). They are followed by La Liga rivals FC…

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