Chelsea close to signing midfielder, striker set to leave and more

Chelsea are close to signing Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko in a £35m deal, according to Daily Mail. The France international was a key part of the Monaco side that won the Ligue 1 title last season. The 22-year-old is reportedly one of the players Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants to sign this summer. The report also claims that Bakayoko’s arrival at the West London club could lead the departure of Nemanja Matic. Manchester United are reportedly interested in a move for the Serbian.   Meanwhile, Ligue 1 side Lyon President Jean-Michel…

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Summer Transfer Betting Tips

With the summer transfer window upon us, there has been much talk about one of the most anticipated seasons in football. While the actual football season is thrilling and heart stopping in itself, the summer transfer period is just as exciting with many fans and punters speculating who will join or leave their favourite clubs. In addition to this, there’s a wide range of football betting sites offering the latest odds. One of the most exciting discoveries is how many big-name players will join other clubs and how much money…

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Top journalist dismisses Arsenal’s mega-bid for Mbappe

Reliable BBC journalist David Ornstein has dismissed recent reports claiming that Monaco have rejected a mega-bid from Arsenal for their star player Kylian Mbappe. French publication L’Equipe yesterday reported that the Gunners have failed with a €100m bid for Mbappe and today, the claim was corroborated by the English media. In one of the biggest transfer stories of the day, James Olley, of Evening Standard, further fuelled the speculation by claiming that Monaco have indeed rejected a £87m bid from the Gunners for their star player. However, Ornstein, who has…

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Manchester United suffer setback in transfer pursuit

Premier League side Manchester United have suffered a huge setback in their pursuit of Monaco wonderkid Kylian Mbappe. The 18-year-old forward is the transfer target for most of the major European clubs, including United, following his meteoric rise at the Ligue 1 club. However, according to reliable French publication L’Equipe, via Get French Football News, the young French striker is set to turn down any opportunities to join Manchester United in the summer as he doesn’t like the kind of football the club play under manager Jose Mourinho. The likes of…

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Manchester clubs compete for Ligue 1 star

Manchester United and Manchester City are reportedly battling each other in the pursuit of Monaco defender Djibril Sidibe. French publication Le10 Sport, via MEN, claims that the 24-year-old is the summer target of both Manchester giants. Sidibe was a target for Arsenal last summer, but he rejected their interest to join Monaco from Lille. City manager Pep Guardiola is set to overhaul his defence in the summer as the likes of Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna are expected to leave the club following the expiration of their contracts…

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United target turns down contract extension

Bakayoko has turned down an extension with Monaco. There is tension on the issue. https://t.co/NSLYiFvjx6 — Daniel Feliciano (@dmf180593) February 12, 2017 Manchester United target Tiemoué Bakayoko has reportedly refused to sign a contract extension with his club AS Monaco. His current deal with the Ligue 1 club expires in 2019. The 22-year-old defensive midfielder was reportedly identified by United manager Jose Mourinho as a transfer target during the January transfer window, with sources listing him as a possible replacement for club veteran Michael Carrick. Bakayoko has been one of…

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Manchester United lead pursuit of Ligue 1 star

Manchester United are reportedly leading the pursuit to sign Monaco winger Bernardo Silva. The likes of United, Chelsea and Juventus have been linked with a move for the Portuguese in the last one year, but, French publication Le10 Sport, via talkSPORT, claims that the Red Devils are currently leading the pursuit to sign the 22-year-old. Silva is represented by famous agent Jorge Mendes, who is also the agent and close friend of United manager Jose Mourinho. The report suggests that this link gives a huge advantage to United in the…

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Manchester clubs battle for defender, Mourinho also interested in City reject

Manchester clubs are set to go head-to-head in pursuit of Monaco right-back Fabinho, according to the Sun. United have held a long-term interest in the Brazilian and were also linked with him during summer. However, according to the latest report, Guardiola’s City are set to join United in pursuit of the 22-year-old. City are actively looking for a new right-back as both of their current right-backs Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta have crossed 30, and both will be out of contract in the summer. The Citizens were also linked with…

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Arsenal’s two big summer targets revealed

Arsenal had quite a busy summer transfer window this year. The Gunners were linked with a host of players during summer and ended up spending around £90m on their acquisitions. However, following the comments from two of their summer targets, it’s quite clear that the North London club failed to secure all of their primary targets during summer. The Gunners were strongly linked with a move for Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez in the transfer window, but a move failed to materialise. The Algeria international has now confirmed that Arsenal…

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Monaco don’t want Falcao back from Chelsea

Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao looks to end his season at Stamford Bridge. Monaco don’t want to call the Colombian back from loan as he’s injured, according to Sky Sports. Falcao has seen little playing time since joining The Blues on loan from the Ligue 1 giants. The striker has scored just one goal so far and hasn’t seen any action since the end of October due to a tigh injury. The 29-year-old  was back at Monaco’s training ground this week to check up on his injury and the club believes Falcao will be…

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Monaco president claims Anthony Martial rejected bigger offer to join Man United

Monaco president Vadim Vasilyev has claimed that teenage striker Anthony Martial rejected an even bigger offer from an unnamed club over the summer in order to be able to link up with Manchester United, the Metro reports. The 19-year-old eventually completed a huge deal on to head to Old Trafford on deadline day that could end up costing United £58m (via Metro) in a move that stunned onlookers in the football world. United came in for some heavy criticism for spending so much money on a player that has largely…

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Arsenal boss reveals why he didn’t make a move for Man United striker Anthony Martial

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he could have made a move for Monaco striker Anthony Martial before he joined Manchester United this summer, but didn’t because he thought that the Ligue 1 side wouldn’t sell, according to the Daily Star. The 19-year-old ended up heading to Old Trafford for an eye watering £36m fee on transfer deadline day (via Star) and has already gone on to score four goals in his opening five games for the club. Having made his way through Lyon’s academy, Martial made a name…

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Dimitar Berbatov reportedly signs for Greek giants PAOK on free transfer

There was much speculation surrounding former Manchester United and Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov on transfer deadline day, but it now appears as though he has joined PAOK on a free transfer, according to Greek publication SDNA. The Daily Express reports that the Bulgarian international had been on the verge of returning to the Premier League with Aston Villa, who even claim he flew into Birmingham for talks with Tim Sherwood. However, Sky Sports state that talks hit the rocks at Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground, and personal terms were never even…

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Man United were forced to pay over the odds for striker Anthony Martial

Manchester United were reportedly forced to pay way over the odds to sign Monaco striker Anthony Martial in order to make sure they beat their European rivals to his signature, according to the Daily Express. The Express claims that United are all too aware that the £36million fee they coughed up for the Monaco starlet – which according to reports in France claim could rise to £58million with add-ons – is too high for a teenager. However, senior figures at Old Trafford have highlighted the danger from the likes of…

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Done deal: Manchester United confirm signing of striker Anthony Martial

Manchester United have finally confirmed that they have completed the signing of Monaco striker Anthony Martial. #mufc is pleased to announce French forward @AnthonyMartial has completed his transfer from Monaco. #WelcomeMartial pic.twitter.com/Eohl6tMOOz — Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 1, 2015 The 19-year-old has signed a four-year deal with the Red Devils, with an option for a further year in a move which is believed to be worth £36m (via BBC Sport). With less than an hour to go until the transfer window shuts until January, there may have been some United…

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Man United gossip: De Gea STAYS as Madrid move falls through and Martial arrives for medical

Transfer deadline day’s biggest Manchester United news and transfer rumour roundup. David De Gea’s £29m move from Manchester United to Real Madrid has collapsed because the necessary paperwork was not submitted in time, the BBC reports. No official announcement has yet been made by either club. Manchester United are set to complete the £36m signing of 19-year-old Monaco forward Anthony Martial, according to the BBC. The striker, who has been linked with Arsenal, was allowed to leave the France squad on Monday for a medical with Louis van Gaal’s side.…

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Anthony Martial pictured arriving at Man United training complex for medical

Anthony Martial’s move from Monaco to Manchester United looks as though it is close to completion after the young forward was spotted arriving at the club’s Carrington training complex to undergo a medical ahead of Tuesday’s 6pm deadline. The 19-year-old has emerged as a shock target for the Red Devils with various reports citing fees from everywhere between €30m to €80m. Many United fans had never even head of the player before, and the move is coming straight out of left field, but the reports have substance to them after…

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Chelsea ready to ditch John Stones interest and move for Aymen Abdennour

Chelsea are reportedly ready to turn their attentions away from Everton defender John Stones and make a move for Monaco’s Aymen Abdennour instead, according to the Daily Mail. After submitting three offers for the England under-21 international – all of which have been rejected by The Toffees – Chelsea are ready to turn their attentions to Abdennour as he represents a cheaper option at £15m. The 26-year-old impressed in the heart of Monaco’s defence last season and flourished both domestically as well as in European competition. Mourinho has made strengthening…

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Chelsea gossip: Blues to smash pay structure to sign Pogba and THREE Stones alternatives identified

Saturday’s biggest Chelsea news and transfer rumour roundup. Chelsea will have to break the British transfer record and pay £72m to sign France midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, from Juventus, and pay him £82.5m over five years, the Daily Express reports. Pogba wants £300,000 a week to join the Stamford Bridge side which would make him the club’s highest paid player, beating the £200,000 a week which Eden Hazard earns, according to The Sun. That means a five-year-deal for the French midfielder, 22, would cost £78million on top of a £70m…

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Arsenal and Liverpool free to sign international defender as French giants sign replacement

Arsenal and Liverpool have been given a clear path to the signature of Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour after the Ligue 1 side finalised the £1.8m deal to sign Felipe Macedo, the Daily Express reports. The Tunisian international has been in high demand this summer, and Monaco are seemingly preparing for his imminent departure by snapping up his replacement. Both Arsenal and Liverpool have been heavily linked with his signature, while Aston Villa and Newcastle are also rumoured to have taken more than a passing interest in his services. But now…

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Arsenal on alert as Joao Moutinho prepares to hand in Monaco transfer request

Arsenal are reportedly casting an eye towards Monaco after learning that midfielder Joao Moutinho is preparing to hand in a transfer request to leave the club should they fail to make it through to the group stages of the Champions League, according to the Metro. The Metro claims that The Gunners have held a long standing interest in the Portuguese international, but haven’t been able to prize him away from the Ligue 1 club. However, having been defeated 3-1 by Spanish giants Valencia during the first leg of their Champions…

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Chelsea submit £39m offer for Ligue 1 starlet Anthony Martial

Having just completed the signing of Barcelona forward Pedro on Thursday afternoon (via BBC), Chelsea are reportedly set to follow that move up by lodging an offer for Monaco striker Anthony Martial, according to Spanish publication AS.com. The 19-year-old front man joined Monaco back in 2013 from fellow Ligue 1 side Lyon, and went on to become a regular fixture in their first team over the course of the previous campaign. And his abilities have apparently attracted the attentions of Blues boss Jose Mourinho, who AS believe has tabled a stunning…

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Chelsea linked with France under-21 full-back despite recent Baba Rahman arrival

Chelsea are said to be in the mix to sign Monaco full-back Layvin Kurzawa before the close of the transfer window, despite having just brought in Abdul Baba Rahman, the Metro reports. The speedy left-back is also on the radar of Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain, but a report in French publication Le10Sport is claiming that The Blues are hopeful of beating them to his signature. The Metro go on to suggest that Cesar Azpilicueta will usurp Branislav Ivanovic at right-back in the coming weeks, leaving Mourinho hopeful of landing Kurzawa…

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Aston Villa to beat Arsenal and Liverpool to highly-rated summer target

Aston Villa could be set to continue their Ligue 1 recruitment drive after targeting Monaco centre-back Aymen Abdennour as the ideal replacement to Ron Vlaar, the Metro reports. Vlaar left the club on a free transfer at the end of last season, but then revealed that he would be out for the next four months with a recurrence of an injury that kept him out of extended portions of the 2014/15 campaign. Manager Tim Sherwood has since drafted in England international Micah Richards in the heart of defence, but is…

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Arsenal target Joao Moutinho told he’s free to leave Monaco

Arsenal may have been given a huge boost in their apparent hunt for Portuguese midfielder Joao Moutinho after Monaco reportedly told the player that he is free to leave the club this summer, the Metro reports. The 28-year-old has been a consistent performer for the principality side since his £18m arrival from Porto back in 2013 (via The Guardian), but has since been linked with moves to Arsenal and Chelsea. The Ligue 1 giants are currently in the process of trimming their expenditures, and Moutinho’s reported £110,000-per-week salary is next…

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