Tottenham and Man United stars make 59-name leaked Balon d’Or shortlist

A contender list for the 2016 Balon d’Or has apparently been leaked online (via Metro) and shows a few startling additions. Tottenham striker Harry Kane, Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina, Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney have all made the list, but strangely are joined by the likes of Christian Atsu of Bournemouth, Swindon’s Massimo Luongo and Leicester striker Shinji Okazaki. All of the usual suspects are there, too, with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Eden Hazard all included, with the list set to be whittled down to…

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Chelsea starlet Christian Atsu joins Bournemouth on season-long loan

Premier League new boys Bournemouth have wasted no time in strengthening their squad ahead of the new season by signing Chelsea youngster Christian Atsu on a season-long loan from Chelsea, the Daily Star reports. The Ghanaian international spent last season on loan with Everton, making 13 appearances across all competitions and will now further his development with the side from the south coast. Having joined Chelsea from Portuguese giants FC Porto in 2013, he has yet to make an appearance for the Premier League champions, but was named as the…

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