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Arsenal to step up Mandzukic chase

Arsenal are set to step up their chase for Bayern Munich’s Croatia international forward Mario Mandzukic.

 

The 28-year-old has been a long term target for Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea. But now, with Mandzukic confirming he will leave the club this summer, alarm bells are going off all over Europe. Chelsea may struggle to stick to financial fair play rules if they sign the Bayern striker. The Blues are expected to announce the signings of Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa this week. Those two deals are expected to run up a bill of over £60 million – around £30 million each – and Mandzukic could cost the same.

This could leave the path clear for Arsenal, who are looking to add goals to their team in an attempt to reign in the title chasers next season. The Gunners are also being linked with… Continue reading →

United on red alert as Muller seeks Bayern talks

Thomas Muller and Louis Van Gaal have a strong friendship

WHEN ROBERT Lewandowski agreed to move to German giants Bayern Munich in January it not only surprised his old club Borussia Dortmund and German football, but it also caught one of his new team-mates by surprise.

Thomas Muller has been a key figure in Bayern’s side over the last six years and has gone on to make 256 appearances for the club which he grew up with. Regarded as one of the best players to come through the clubs ranks over the past decade or so he now wants clarification over his future at the Allianz Arena after only 25 starts last season and now a new team-mate to contend with.

Lewandowski’s arrival not only threatens the position of strike partner Mario Mandzukic, but is also throws Muller’s status up in the air. When appointed Bayern coach in 2013 Josep… Continue reading →

Donovan sensationally omitted from the USA World Cup squad

The LA Galaxy front-man has ben omitted from the US World Cup squad

LANDON Donovan was last night sensationally left out of the United States squad for the forthcoming World Cup this summer.
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann named his 23-man roster at the US World Cup base in Stanford, California, and immediately shocked the footballing world by announcing that the 32-year old wouldn’t be travelling to Brazil.

News of Donovan’s exclusion has spread like wildfire across the world as the greatest soccer player to ever grace the game Stateside learned, that for the first time in his career, he won’t be taking part in an international tournament for the US.

The question now is: what does this mean for Donovan’s international future? At present it is unclear if he will call it a day and retire from US duty, just like Ashley Cole has done with England after missing out on… Continue reading →

Louis Van Gaal: The new United boss explained

Van Gaal will join United after the World Cup

Earlier this week the speculation surrounding the Manchester United job was finally put to bed as Louis Van Gaal was appointed manager after signing a three-year contract.

The news comes as no surprise and will please fans, players, the media and the man himself as no more interviews are required where the same question is asked: “When are you signing for United?”

The Dutchman finally occupies the United hot-seat, 12 years after he almost became manager of the Red Devils.
Back in 2002 Sir Alex Ferguson had announced his retirement and the then chief executive at United Peter Kenyon approached Van Gaal about taking over.

“It was said to me that Alex Ferguson was going to retire. The moment he’d go, I’d succeed him. But, in the end, Ferguson didn’t want to quit,” van Gaal said.

The rest, as they say,… Continue reading →

Liverpool agree deal to sign Bundesliga star

Liverpool are closing in on a deal to bring Bayern Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can to Anfield, with a fee agreed between the clubs already.

 

German newspaper Bild says that the two clubs have agreed a deal worth €12 million (£10.75 million). Now the Reds needs to agree personal terms with the 20-year-old. However these are thought to be a formality.

 

The Turkish born midfielder has been compared to Bastian Schweinsteiger and could follow in his footsteps internationally too. He played for Germany at youth level and has previously stated his intentions of playing for the country at the full level too. He is comfortable with the ball at his feet, both feet, and looks to dictate the game from the middle of the pitch. He also looks to get forward whenever possible, meaning he could become the natural successor to club legend Steven Gerrard.

 

He has scored… Continue reading →

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