Marseille agree terms with West Ham star

Following West Ham manager Slaven Bilic’s revelation that Dimitri Payet wants to leave the club, French publication L’Equipe, this morning, have reported that Marseille have reached an agreement with the Frenchman. Payet has reached an agreement with Marseille pic.twitter.com/hzJz353yiY — Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) January 13, 2017 The 29-year-old attacking midfielder had a blistering start to his career in England, capped off by an international call-up to the Euros. He, however, has found life harder this season, caused, in part by West Ham’s struggles to maintain their great form from last…

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Arsenal tracking Euro 2016 star, facing Italian competition for star player and Ligue 1 targets

On Tuesday, the whole football world got to know Ivan Perisic. The Croatia international provided an assist and a stunning late goal against Spain, as Croatia beat the reigning European champions 2-1. The 27-year-old winger joined Serie A giants Inter for £12 million last summer from Bundesliga club Wolfsburg, after first impressing with Borussia Dortmund and Club Bruges. He provided seven goals and five assists in 34 league appearances during his first season in Italy. Arsenal have been said to have a long-term interest in Perisic and are actively tracking him…

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Small champions in big competitions: these teams set the example for Leicester City

Leicester City were crowned the most surprising Premier League champions ever as Tottenham drew 2-2 at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea on Monday. However, despite the Foxes’ amazing accomplishments, they are not unique in football history, as there have been more “small” champions in Europe’s five biggest competitions – England, Italy, Germany, France, and Spain. Premier League: Blackburn Rovers (1995) Before Leicester won it this season, there were only five teams who had won the Premier League since 1992: Manchester United (13), Chelsea (4), Arsenal (3), Manchester City (2) and… Blackburn…

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Premier League’s transfer spending dwarfs those by other big leagues

The current football season is far from over. However, the 2016 transfer summer window is approaching very fast. A bunch of big name players have been rumoured to change clubs during the summer. Just think about the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Edinson Cavani, Toni Kroos, Romelu Lukaku, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Robert Lewandowski, and Eden Hazard. Conclusion: it’s once again time to put big money on the table! And that’s exactly what the Premier League clubs have done during the last five seasons. The…

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Premier League owns European top five on penalty kick success

Scoring a penalty kick is not so easy as it looks. Just ask Lionel Messi, who has missed four of eight opportunities from the spot this season. However, the Premier League in general rocks the table in this regard. Using the database of Transfermarkt, we were able to collect the statistics about the penalty success rate in the top five European football leagues: Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga, Primera Division, and Ligue 1. The 20 clubs in the English top flight have been awarded 66 penalty kicks so far. Only ten…

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic hints at move to Premier League

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hinted that he might move to the Premier League next season, according to The Daily Mail. The 34-year-old’s contract in Paris expires at the end of the season, and few expect him to stay with PSG. However, no one really knows what Zlatan wants to do next season. It looks like he will join the MLS at some point in his career, with the expectation that he’ll play for David Beckam’s Miami-based team in 2017. However, that leaves options open for the 2015-16 season and Ibrahimovic hinted at a move…

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Chelsea set their sights on French and Italian star midfielders

Chelsea are reportedly eyeing a move for Paris Saint-Germain’s Blaise Matuidi or Marco Verratti as the departure of Ramires has left them short of central midfielders. Ramires joined Chinese club Jiangsu Suning for £25 million in January, but according to French sports news outlet L’Equipe (as reported by The Daily Express), Matuidi could be open to a Premier League move. The Blues undoubtedly need to bolster their midfield if they want to contend for the Premier League crown again next season. The 28-year-old Frenchman could be the ideal addition for the Blues, as he is vastly experienced…

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Marseille write weird article to introduce Steven Fletcher to their fans

Steven Fletcher joined Ligue 1 giants Olympique Marseille on a loan move from Sunderland, but we’re not sure the French side are really happy about their new player. On the club’s website, the 28-year-old got a ‘warm welcome’. “He will not leave you unmoved. He will not go unnoticed. Marseille has added a Scotsman to the mix. And if you know anything about the mentality of that people, you’ll know that’s good news.” Considering how many Scottish players have altered football clubs’ faiths over the past few season, that doesn’t really…

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