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Liverpool Keeping Tabs On Victor Valdes


Valdes Set To Sign

Liverpool are said to be monitoring Victor Valdes’s fitness ahead of a possible move for the former Barcelona goalkeeper. The news comes amidst fears over current number one keeper Simon Mignolet.

Valdes is currently a free agent. His contract with Barcelona expired at the end of June and a move to Monaco fell through due to a cruciate knee ligament injury he picked up at the end of March.

Valdes is expected to return to training next month and could sign for Liverpool soon afterwards – possibly in November.

Liverpool have space in their Premier League squad for the 32-year-old having named 23 players out of a possible 25 in their squad. League rules allow for the signing of free agents if the full complement hasn’t been filled.

On Friday, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers called for Mignolet to be more combative, saying: “I think Simon is a bit laid back. The key thing is to make sure you are on the front foot and aggressive.”

However, Mignolet let in two goals in the first seven minutes last night as Liverpool clashed 3-1 at West Ham, their third defeat in their opening five Premier League games.

Reds skipper Steven Gerrard arguably had a worse night, completing only 82 percent of his passes. But he managed no crosses, no shots on target and won no tackles.


Premier League transfer news

Premier League Transfer News Sunday 21 September


Manchester United won’t pay £60m to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford. However, they may have to pay that amount to secure the signature of Kevin Strootman from Roma. Adnan Januzaj could be set for a loan move to Italy. United defender Rafael wants to stay at the club for the rest of his career.

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Meanwhile, Darren Fletcher is battling to save his Manchester United career, says the Sunday People. Aston Villa, Hull City and Stoke City have all been put on alert.

Arsenal and Manchester United transfer target William Carvalho looks set to sign a new deal with Sporting Lisbon worth just £7500 a week. Arsenal are looking to do a cut-price January deal for Basel defender Fabian Schar but will face competition from Spurs as well as from Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund. The Gunners are also keeping tabs on Lyon striker Clinton N’Jie.

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Liverpool are still eyeing up a move for Victor Valdes following Simon Mignolet’s faltering start to the new season. Meanwhile, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp claims Liverpool have no chance of winning the Premier League title this season.

Newcastle United are being linked with a January move for their former goalscoring hero Andy Carroll, currently at West Ham.

Everton are keeping tabs on Tottenham midfielder Moussa Dembele. Toffees’ striker Kevin Mirallas looks set to sign a new deal with the club that will run to 2019. Everton boss Roberto Martinez wants to hold on to midfielder James McCarthy.

Manchester City keeper Joe Hart says he knows nothing about a possible new contract.

West Ham and QPR will tussle for former Spurs striker Jermain Defoe who looks set to quit MLS side Toronto FC.

Chelsea, Arsenal and Crystal Palace are monitoring Ipswich Town full-back Tyrone Mings.

Malky Mackay is being linked with the vacant manager’s job at Fulham.


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Arsenal Transfer Target To Sign New £7500-A-Week Deal


Carvalho Set For New Deal With Sporting

Arsenal transfer target William Carvalho looks set to sign a new contract with Sporting Lisbon, but his new deal will only see him earn a fraction of the wages he could be on in the Premier League.

Carvalho was tracked by Arsenal over the summer, but any chance of a move broke down when the Portugese side reportedly demanded £24million in one up-front payment to secure his signature.

The Portugal international midfielder was watched on a number of occasions by Manchester United last season, but both the Premier League giants baulked at paying such a high transfer fee for a player untested at the highest level.

Record newspaper in Portugal claimed yesterday that Carvalho is set to sign the new contract with Sporting after seeing his hopes of a move dashed. The paper claims that his current deal sees him pick up just €100,000 a year before tax – that’s the equivalent of £1500 per week. His new contract will see his pay rise to €500,000 a year, or just over £7500 per week. But that’s a small fraction of the £30,000 a week or more that he could now be earning if he had moved to Arsenal.

There’s no news on any increase in his release fee. Sporting dropped it to €30million for a quick sale as long as the cash was paid up front. Prior to that the release clause in his contract stood at €45million or £36million.

Sporting’s highest-paid player is goalkeeper and team captain Rui Patricio who earns £18,000 a week, or €1.2million a year.

Spurs Join Schar Hunt

Arsenal will face competition from north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur for FC Basel defender Fabian Schar.

We reported yesterday that Arsenal were ready to make a fresh move for the Switzerland international but that Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund were also interested. Now, the Daily Star Sunday adds Tottenham to that list.

Schar is out of contract this summer although his agreement with Basel includes the option of an additional twelve months.

The Star claims Arsenal will try and do a cut-price deal for the 22-year-old in January. The Gunners were reported to have put in a bid of around £6million this summer. Basel valued Schar at £10million.

Arsenal are also keeping tabs on Lyon’s 21-year-old striker Clinton N’Jie. The Cameroon international has yet to score for his club but he scored three times in his first two international appearances earlier this month.

N’Jie’s release clause is just £800,000.


Manchester United transfer news

Manchester United Cooling Over £60m Ronaldo Bid


United Won’t Pay Over The Odds for Ronaldo

Club To Baulk At £60m Transfer

Manchester United will hold fire on a move for Cristiano Ronaldo next summer, according to a newspaper report today.

The Portugal international and former United legend has been linked with a return to Old Trafford at the end of the season after growing impatient with Real Madrid. The European champions have parted company with Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso and it is believed that Ronaldo is eyeing up a move back to United.

It has been suggested that a £60million transfer fee along with wages of £15million a year for a player who turns 30 in February might be a step too far for United. The Mail On Sunday suggests there is little appetite at Old Trafford for a Manchester United transfer bid for Ronaldo at those prices.

A four-year deal would cost United a total of £120million and the Mail adds that United are still unhappy about Ronaldo flirting with the idea of a return to the club only to announce a greatly increased pay deal with Real Madrid last September.

A deal will only be done on United’s terms. We still believe that an initial bid from Old Trafford will only be in the region of £20-25million. United may also demand a lowering of Ronaldo’s wage demands.

Strootman ‘To Cost £60m’

Meanwhile, after the Daily Mirror claimed that Manchester United will have to pay Roma £46million for Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman, the same paper’s Sunday version claims Roma will demand £60million.

Strootman has replaced agent Chiel Dekker with Robin van Persie’s agent Kees Vos in readiness for a move to Manchester United in January. However, the Sunday Mirror claims that Roma owner James Pallotta is demanding that United match the €75million (£60million) they paid Real Madrid for Angel Di Maria if they want to buy Strootman.

Roma paid €17million (£13million) to PSV Eindhoven for Strootman in the summer of 2013. However, he picked up a cruciate knee ligament injury in March that caused him to miss the end of last season as well as the World Cup. He returns to training next month.

United were tracking Strootman for over a year prior to his move to Roma but decided against getting into a bidding war with Roma.

Loan Move for Januzaj?

Speculation has increased over the future of Manchester United forward Adnan Januazaj. The young Belgium international could find playing time limited following the arrival of Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Ander Herrera.

Januzaj has failed to make the starting line-up in any of United’s four league games so far this season, but with no European football on offer and with the club now out of the Capital One Cup the chances of first-team football look slim.

Reports in the UK on Saturday suggested that Januzaj could be heading out on loan in January. Tuttomercatoweb in Italy claims that Fiorentina and Juventus are both keen on the 19-year-old.

Van Gaal Rejects Guardiola Claims

Louis van Gaal has refuted the suggestion that Manchester United did not have money to buy Bayern Munich stars Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller or Toni Kroos. The claim was made this week by Bayern coach Pep Guardiola but van Gaal insists players still want to come to Old Trafford.

“Every player I have contacted wants to play for Manchester United,” insisted van Gaal as he carefully chose his words.

“In spite of the fact that we are not playing in the Champions League this season the players are still willing to come.”

Taken literally, van Gaal’s comments suggest he didn’t contact Robben, Muller or Kroos. That’s despite the first two allegedly being on a list of four principle transfer targets this summer. The latter was rejected as a transfer target by van Gaal despite contacts between Kroos’s agent and van Gaal’s predecessor, David Moyes.

Rafael Wants United Stay

Manchester United defender Rafael insists he wants to spend the rest of his career at Old Trafford.

“I want to keep going and stay her forever, if possible,” he told United Uncovered.

“It depends on me to play well. I need to play well, I just want to stay here.”

Rafael recovered from injury only made his first appearance of the season in last Sunday’s 4-0 win over QPR.


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Liverpool Transfer Target Linked With Inter


Reds To Miss Out On Ukrainiain?

Former Liverpool transfer target Yevhen Konoplyanka is wanted by Serie A side Inter Milan.

Liverpool were closely linked with the Ukrainian winger – who plays for Dnipro in his homeland – during the January transfer window only for the deal to fall through when the Ukrainian side demanded too much money.

Although Liverpool were expected to return with a fresh bid, Konoplyanka was linked instead with West Ham and Manchester United during the summer. There was no further interest from Anfield.

“Surely there is a bit of disappointment, although I can not claim to be angry,” Konoplyanka said after failing to secure his move to Anfield. “Life goes on. Of course I cannot hide my disappointment, but I can ensure it will not affect my performance. I will continue to give everything for the team.”

Inter could leap ahead of Liverpool, according to reports, but it won’t be at the £18million Dnipro were demanding last January. Konoplyanka is out of contract next summer and has already told Dnipro that he won’t be signing a new deal with the club. They will either sell him in a cut-price deal in the winter transfer window or let him leave for nothing next summer.


Premier League transfer news

Premier League Transfer News Saturday 20 September


Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says the Premier League side is interested in signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. But he does not believe the Spanish side are willing to sell. Meanwhile, Serie A side Roma are reported to have put a price tag of £46m on midfielder and United transfer target Kevin Strootman.

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Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says the west London side are not interested in making a move for Ronaldo. However, he has left the door open to Frank Lampard returning to Stamford Bridge in some capacity one day.

Arsenal are being linked once again with two former transfer targets. The Gunners look set to make a January move for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, though they will face competition from Roma. Basel defender Fabian Schar is also a target but Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund are also keen.

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One-time Liverpool transfer targer Yevhen Konoplyanka is wanted by Inter Milan.

Gareth Bale has dropped a hint that he could one day return to Tottenham Hotspur. “Tottenham will always have a place in my heart,” he told BT Sport. “I hope the fans still love me even though I’ve moved on. I love Spurs fans. You never know, I could come back one day.”

Everton are ready to award James McCarthy a new contract including a 50percent pay rise.

Hull City boss Steve Bruce has again played down suggestions he could succeed Alan Pardew at Newcastle United.


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Rabiot, Schar Are Still Arsenal Transfer Targets


Rabiot, Schar In New Arsenal Transfer Links

Arsenal are being linked again with two players they have had an interest in over the past year: Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot and Basel’s Fabian Schar.

According to the Daily Mirror, the Gunners are ready to go back in with a January bid for Rabiot, who is in the final year of his contract with PSG. Arsene Wenger was linked with the 19-year-old last month when it was rumoured he was set to make a £7million bid. However, the move stalled, largely due to the interest of Serie A side Roma.

The Italian club were linked with a deadline-day bid of €15million (£12.5million), but they failed to come to an agreement over personal terms and the move was scuppered.

However, Roma – as well as another Serie A side, Juventus – are still keen on a January move. By that stage Rabiot will be less than six months away from the end of his current deal.

PSG coach Laurent Blanc claimed earlier this week that if Rabiot goes it will be in the January window. The Mirror claims Arsene Wenger will make a fresh move in January.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are still being linked with 22-year-old Fabian Schar but they will face competition for his signature.

Schar was first linked with Arsenal as long ago as last September. There were reports last month that the Gunners had made a £6million bid. If so, it was rejected by his club side Basel who value the Switzerland international in excess of £10million.

However, Spanish website Fichajes.net claims that both Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund are keen on Schar and are weighing up bids this winter.

Basel are keen to hold on to Schar, who is under contract at the Swiss champions to 2016.


Manchester United transfer news

Manchester United Transfer Moves for Ronaldo and Strootman?


Van Gaal Keen On Ronaldo Move

Cristiano Ronaldo is a Manchester United transfer target for next summer, admits manager Louis van Gaal. However, the Dutchman is not convinced that Real Madrid are keen to sell.

Speculation that Manchester United are interested in Ronaldo – and that he is keen to move back to Old Trafford – has heightened since the beginning of the month. The Portugal international is believed to be unhappy with the exits from Madrid of both Angel di Maria, who moved to United for a record fee of almost £60million, and of Xabi Alonso, who left for Bayern Munich.

Van Gaal was asked during his Friday press conference about a possible Manchester United transfer bid for Ronaldo. “It is possible,” he replied. However, he added: “Players like Ronaldo give a lot extra to a team, but I don’t think Real Madrid shall sell him.”

United have been linked with a possible £60million bid next summer along with a deal worth anything between £300,000 and £500,000 a week according to the latest speculation.

“Yes, but it’s always a discussion in the paper,” van Gaal added when pressed further. “And I don’t think the media shall buy Ronaldo.”

The 29-year-old stressed earlier in the month how much he loved United. He won eight major trophies during his six years at Old Trafford before moving to Real Madrid for what was then a world-record fee of £80million.

“I am still in contact with some people there because I had a good relationship with everybody – it was like my second family.”

Strootman ‘To Cost £46m’

Meanwhile, Manchester United transfer target Kevin Strootman will cost £46million should Louis van Gaal make a January bid.

The Daily Mirror claims today that Roma owner James Pallotta has put the price tag on Strootman, who is out of action until at least next month after damaging a cruciate ligament in his knee in March.

The Mirror attributes no source for its claim and the story hasn’t been reported in Italy. Even so, the noises coming out of Roma suggest they aren’t interested in the sale of a player whom they missed in the run-up to the end of last season.

Roma bought Strootman from PSV for around £13million last summer. United were tracking the 24-year-old for well over a year beforehand but decided the money PSV were demanding was too much.

But van Gaal is an admirer of Strootman having worked with him in the Dutch national set-up and is keen to bring him to Old Trafford.

Last week, Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini said the club have no intentions of selling Strootman.


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Blatter Urges Sporting Leaders To “Behave Ethically”


’Fifa Takes The Lead’ Says Blatter

Sepp Blatter, the president of football’s scandal-hit governing body Fifa, claims that the organisation has “taken the lead” in its responsibility to act ethically.

The 79-year-old – who looks set to stand for a fifth term in 2015 – took to his Twitter account today to hail his organisation’s process of reforms and has called on other sporting bodies to follow its lead.

“FIFA’s reform process gives us a framework for the future that I believe WILL put FIFA at the forefront of governance standards in sport,” said Blatter in a tweet earlier today.

“Everyone in the global football community has a responsibility to act ethically. Football fans rightly demand this. FIFA has taken the lead.”

The news comes as FA president Greg Dyke is one of 65 delegates to a Fifa conference in Brazil this summer who have been told to return a £16,000 gold watch received for just turning up. Blatter has refused to state if he is another of the 65.

Blatter’s call came as Fifa opened its World Summit on Ethics In Sport at Fifa headquarters in Zurich.

“Since the reforms, we have had an exemplary organisation in ethics … we have two chambers … with independent chairmen.

“We are the only sports organisation which has this independent body for ethics, nobody else, not even the IOC. What is important is that they are totally independent, they have been elected by the congress.”

Fifa has been attacked in recent years over alleged corruption surrounding the award of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments to Russia and Qatar, respectively.


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Euro 2020 Finals To Be Played At Wembley


Wembley Chosen For Euro 2020 Climax

Glasgow, Dublin To Host Games

Wembley Stadium will host the semi-finals and finals of the Euro 2020 competition. The decision was announced by Uefa earlier today. Glasgow’s Hampden Park and Dublin’s Aviva Stadium will host three group matches plus one game each in the Round of 16. However, there will be no games for Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

In all 13 cities will host matches. Copenhagen, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Bilbao, Budapest and Brussels will also host three group matches plus a last 16 game, along with Hampden and the Aviva.

Munich, Rome and St Petersburg will host quarter-final matches along with the surprise package Baku. The winners of the match in the capital of Azerbaijan face a trip of 2500 miles back to London for their semi-final.

The rejected cities were Stockholm, Skopje, Jerusalem, Sofia and Minsk as well as Cardiff.

“This bidding process was open to more than 50 Uefa countries so for Wembley to be ultimately recognised in this way is testament to a lot of hard work behind the scenes,” said FA chairman Greg Dyke.

Wembley’s main rival for the competition came from Munich. However, the German FA withdrew their bid for the semi-finals and the final and are believed to be preparing a bid for the whole of the 2024 finals tournament.

The multi-city format was devised by Uefa president Michel Platini as a means of celebrating the competition’s 60th anniversary.