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  • Sporting briefs

    Sahar: Newly-promoted Dutch club Willem II Tilburg have signed Israeli international forward Ben Sahar on a one-year contract with an option for a second year. The 24-year-old, who was last on loan at Arminia Bielefeld from Bundesliga side Hertha...

  • Mata sees trophies under Van Gaal

    Mata sees trophies under Van Gaal

    Juan Mata thinks Manchester United will be challenging for silverware this year under Louis van Gaal. When Mata signed for United last January, the club were in the midst of a dreadful run of form that cost manager David Moyes his job. Despite the...

  • Evra nearing Juventus switch

    Evra nearing Juventus switch

    Juventus are closing in on the signing of Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra. Evra signed a one-year contract extension with United eight weeks ago, but the defender has since been allowed to leave Old Trafford. The 33-year-old's move to...

  • Wenger positive but Walcott will miss start of the season

    Wenger positive but Walcott will miss start of the season

    Arsenal forward Theo Walcott will miss the start of the Premier League season but should be back in full training by the end of August and playing again soon afterwards, manager Arsene Wenger said. The 25-year-old England international ruptured...

  • Mourinho respect for Van Gaal

    Jose Mourinho has “deep respect” for new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal – but the Chelsea boss is not concerned about their impending rivalry. The pair worked together for three years at Barcelona but will go head-to-head this season,...

  • Robin Van Persie tipped for United captaincy

    Robin Van Persie tipped for United captaincy

    Bryan Robson expects Robin van Persie to captain Manchester United next season. One of Louis van Gaal’s biggest priorities in his new role as United boss is to select a captain following the summer exit of Nemanja Vidic. After spending 10 years at...

  • Transfer spending hits £360m in two months

    English Premier League clubs are on a spending spree this summer with official figures showing a rise of £60m from the same point last year. The increase, to £360m from £300m in July 2013, means this transfer window is likely to surpass the record...

  • Spurs start tour with 3-3 draw in Seattle

    Spurs start tour with 3-3 draw in Seattle

    Tottenham Hotspur kicked off their summer tour of the US and Canada with a 3-3 draw against Seattle Sounders at Century Link Field on Saturday. In a game that saw three penalties, Spurs twice came from behind in Mauricio Pochettino’s first game in...

  • Navas future up in the air

    Levante coach Jose Luis Mendilibar says he is in the dark regarding the future of sought-after goalkeeper Keylor Navas – but insists the Costa Rica international is still his player. Navas has been heavily linked with a €10 million move to Real...

  • Napoli can win it all says Hamsik

    Marek Hamsik is buoyed by Napoli’s acquisition of Michu and Kalidou Koulibaly and said that his club can challenge for the honours next season. The Napoli skipper has made no secret of his lofty ambitions for the 2014-15 season. “We want to do...

  • Football news

    Sampdoria and Switzerland defender Gaetano Berardi left the Serie A to join Leeds United for an undisclosed transfer fee. Berardi, 25, agreed a two-year deal which will be completed once the Championship club gets an international...

  • Sporting briefs

    Astori: Cagliari have started talks with Juventus and Lazio for Davide Astori as the Italy defender is keen to leave Sardinia this summer. “We are in negotiations with both Lazio and Juventus,” club director Fran-cesco Marroccu said. “At the...

  • Sabella set to decide on future in midweek

    Sabella set to decide on future in midweek

    With a September friendly looming for Argentina against their World Cup final conquerors Germany, coach Alejandro Sabella is aware of the urgency of a decision on his future. Sabella, whose side lost 1-0 after extra time to Germany in the Maracana...

  • New Brazil coach to be named on Tuesday – CBF

    Brazil will reveal the identity of their new coach on Tuesday, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has announced. Luiz Felipe Scolari stood down last week after the hosts could only finish fourth at the World Cup, having been thrashed in...

  • Don’t copy others, Redknapp urges England

    Don’t copy others, Redknapp urges England

    Harry Redknapp wants to see England develop their own brand of football and believes he could offer some guidance if approached by the FA. There has been a clamour for England to adopt the approach set out by World Cup winners Germany, who drew...

  • Chelsea manager Mourinho predicts tough title fight

    Chelsea manager Mourinho predicts tough title fight

    Manager Jose Mourinho is confident Chelsea have assembled a squad capable of winning the Premier League next season – but also knows any of the title hopefuls could also easily end up fifth. The Blues have moved quickly in the summer transfer...

  • Military service casts doubt over Salah’s future at Stamford Bridge

    Mohamed Salah’s Chelsea career is hanging in the balance as he may be ordered to return to Egypt to complete military service, Egyptian media reported. Salah, who completed a move to Stamford Bridge from Swiss club Basel in January, is allowed to...

  • Lambert makes Liverpool bow

    Rickie Lambert made his first appearance in a Liverpool shirt as Brendan Rodgers’s side came from behind to beat Preston North End 2-1 in a pre-season friendly yesterday. Lambert, who supported the Reds as a boy, made his dream move to Anfield...

  • Another fine Messi they’ve got into

    Another fine Messi they’ve got into

    Lionel Messi winning the golden ball at the World Cup is the latest nail in the coffin of Fifa’s credibility. Did the little Argentinean perform well in Brazil? Absolutely. Was he crucial to his team making progress out of the group? Undoubtedly.

  • Striker Morata joins Juventus from Real

    Striker Morata joins Juventus from Real

    Juventus have signed highly-rated Spanish striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid for 20 million euros. The 21-year-old from Madrid, who scored eight goals in 23 Primera Division appearances for Champions League winners Real, has signed a five-year...