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  • Juventus can’t offer Pogba ‘crazy’ wage

    Juventus can’t offer Pogba ‘crazy’ wage

    Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta admits the club cannot offer Paul Pogba a ‘crazy salary’ but reiterated their desire to keep hold of the highly-rated France international. Pogba has helped Juventus win three successive Serie A titles...

  • Higuain to reject new Napoli deal – agent

    Gonzalo Higuain has been offered a new Napoli contract but will not sign it, according to his brother and agent. The Argentina striker, who has scored 35 Serie A goals in his two years with the Azzurri, has been linked with a move away from the...

  • Bale and Benzema will stay says Real’s Benitez

    Bale and Benzema will stay says Real’s Benitez

    Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez remains confident Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema will both still be at the Bernabeu this coming season despite ongoing speculation about their futures. Bale has long been linked with a move to Manchester United and,...

  • Blatter gives up his IOC membership

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter was relieved of his International Olympic Committee ex officio membership yesterday, seven months before he will be replaced as the head of soccer’s governing body, IOC president Thomas Bach said. Blatter would...

  • Petr Cech unnerved his former Chelsea team-mates – Wenger

    Petr Cech unnerved his former Chelsea team-mates – Wenger

    Petr Cech broke a few Arsenal hearts down the years during his glittering Chelsea career but helped the Gunners enjoy a rare victory over Jose Mourinho’s side on Sunday. The 33-year-old shut out his former team-mates at Wembley as Arsenal drew...

  • Oxlade-Chamberlain sets sights on more goals

    Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has set himself a personal target of scoring, or at least make an assist, every time he plays for Arsenal in the new season. The 21-year-old netted the all-important goal in his side’s 1-0 victory over...

  • Cahill tips Arsenal to challenge for the league title

    Cahill tips Arsenal to challenge for the league title

    Chelsea defender Gary Cahill feels Arsenal could mount a strong challenge for the Premier League title, following the champions’ 1-0 defeat to their bitter rivals in the Community Shield. “They’ve started well, they’ve got a good squad and I think...

  • Celtic told Baku venue will not be changed

    Celtic told Baku venue will not be changed

    Officials of former European champions Celtic expressed concerns about the state of the pitch for their Champions League qualifying match against Qarabag in Azerbaijan tomorrow after UEFA announced that the venue would not be changed. Earlier...

  • Lazio close in on Serbian midfielder

    Lazio are closing in on a deal for Genk’s Serbian midfielder Sergei Milinkovic-Savic. The 20-year-old is Italy-bound, having caught the eye at this summer’s Under-20 World Cup. Milinkovic-Savic, who signed a five-year contract with the Belgian...

  • I feel good at Inter says new signing Jovetic

    Stevan Jovetic admitted he is pleased to be playing again after making his Inter debut in Sunday’s pre-season friendly defeat against Galatasaray. Montenegro international Jovetic joined Inter on an 18-month loan last week after failing to...

  • Benteke to wear number nine shirt

    Christian Benteke has been handed Liverpool’s famous number nine shirt. The Reds signed Benteke from Aston Villa for £32.5 million two weeks ago. The Belgian made a big impact on his debut last weekend, scoring a stunning volley in Liverpool’s 2-1...

  • Malta U-19s to play two friendlies against Azerbaijan

    The Malta U-19 team are playing two friendly matches against Azerbaijan U-19s this week. Led by new coach David De Sousa Nascimento and technical director Robert Gatt, the Malta U-19 squad flew out to Azerbaijan via Turkey yesterday. Nascimento...

  • Birkirkara’s Liliu on verge of joining Hungarian club

    Birkirkara’s Liliu on verge of joining Hungarian club

    Birkirkara are resigned to losing one of their key players in the coming days after it emerged that Liliu has accepted an offer from a club in Hungary. Last night, the Brazilian striker confirmed his departure in a message on his Facebook page but...

  • Balzan extend Spiteri’s contract until 2018

    Balzan extend Spiteri’s contract until 2018

    Balzan FC have extended the contract of first-team coach Oliver Spiteri until the end of season 2017/18, the BOV Premier League club announced yesterday. After taking charge of the team in the summer of 2014, Spiteri guided Balzan to a top-four...

  • Football news

    Striker Rickie Lambert is hopeful his move to West Bromwich Albion will help him win back his place in Roy Hodgson’s England set-up. The 33-year-old joined West Brom from Liverpool on a two-year deal on Friday. “It is only two years ago that I...

  • Sporting briefs

    Leicester: Leicester City have signed midfielder N’Golo Kante from Caen, and Atalanta defender Yohan Benalouane. Kante, 24, is a Frenchman of Malian descent who was part of the Caen team that gained promotion to Ligue 1 in the 2013-14 season.

  • Balzan extends Oliver Spiteri’s contract

    Balzan FC has extended first team coach Oliver Spiteri’s contract to the end of season 2017/18. Balzan President Anton Tagliaferro said Mr Spiteri was a true professional and everyone in Balzan respected his commitment to the role. Mr Spiteri...

  • Arsenal gain morale-boosting win over champions Chelsea

    Arsenal gain morale-boosting win over champions Chelsea

    FA Cup winners Arsenal beat champions Chelsea 1-0 in England’s Community Shield season curtain-raiser at Wembley yesterday to end a long wait for victory over their London rivals. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s brilliant goal after 24 minutes settled a...

  • Wenger hails rugged Gunners’ display, Mourinho impressed

    Wenger hails rugged Gunners’ display, Mourinho impressed

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praised his team’s uncharacteristically rugged display after they beat champions Chelsea 1-0 in the Community Shield yesterday. Wenger denied, however, that he was giving up on his usual attacked-minded approach to...

  • Di Maria on verge of PSG medical, British media report

    Di Maria on verge of PSG medical, British media report

    Manchester United’s Argentine winger Angel Di Maria is set to have a medical ahead of a proposed transfer to French champions Paris St-Germain a year after arriving at Old Trafford for a British record transfer fee, British media reported...