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Transfer Balls: Fabregas Goes Full House Hunting In Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool And Manchester

FOR some days Anorak has been bringing you the Daily Farbregas, an offshoot of our Transfer Balls (TB) round-ups. The aim in in TB is for all the mainstream Press to link the top players with each of the top English clubs. Facts matters not. If a source says Fabregas is off to Manchester City, the story gets written.

Guillem Balague has picked up the Balls that Fabregas is set to play for Chelsea, (for whom one paper says he’s already signed Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United and tweets:

 

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Posted: 11th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment


Transfer Balls: Arsenal Want Fabregas For £35m But Cheslea Get Him For Much Less

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TRANSFER Balls: It’s the Daily Fabregas, a round-up of expert views in the media.

The Daily Express says that Cesc is not yet a Blues player because  – get his – billionaire sugar daddy Roman Abromaovich is worried about a £1million:

Chelsea’s move for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas is being held up because Roman Abramovich doesn’t want to see any of the fee go to Premier League rivals Arsenal.

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Posted: 11th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Sports | Comment


Transfer Balls: Not-For-Sale Marco Reus Rejects Manchester United For Barcelona And Arsenal, Maybe

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TRANSFER Balls: How’s the summer been treating Marco Reus? Well. He’s out of the World Cup with an injury. But what about afterwards? Is he leaving Borussia Dortmund?

June 10, Daily Mirror: “Manchester United transfer rumours: Barcelona in for Marco Reus but Dortmund holding firm”

According to reports in Spanish daily Sport, United’s hopes of signing Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus could be scuppered by Barcelona.

Could.

It’s reckoned that the attacker – who will miss the World Cup through injury – has agreed personal terms over a move to Camp Nou.

Reckoned.

Stella reporting from, the Mirror, there.

Can the Daily Star do better? Also today, is report:

He’s staying! Borussia Dortmund KO Manchester United’s hopes of signing Marco Reus

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Posted: 10th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment


Transfer Balls: Messi Heads To Chelsea As Arsenal Man Fabregas Spins In Manchester United’s Revolting Door

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TRANSFER Balls – with the Daily Fabregas.

The summer’s story so far: Fabregas has  joined Chelsea (Daily Star) for £30m (Express) in a “done deal” (TalkSport); Chelsea don’t really want him (Irish Indy); he wants to play for Arsenal who do want him (The Sun); has agreed to join Manchester United (Express), who don’t want him (Mail) ; is wanted by Manchester City, who are “clear favourites” to sign him (Telegraph); but might join Liverpool (Mail).  Oh, and in July 2013, Farbegas joined Manchester United (Daily Express) in a “secret meeting” – so secret no-one told Fabregas who carried on playing for Barcelona.

Now to today’s news:

Daily Star: “Arsenal legend Martin Keown not surprised by Arsene Wenger’s Cesc Fabregas snub”

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Posted: 10th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, manchester united, Sports | Comment


Transfer Balls: Alvaro Morata Is Free To Arsenal, Spurs And Manchester United After Signing For Juventus

TRANSFER Balls: A look at Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata in the British Press.

Today the Sun tells readers:

ARSENAL have been handed a massive transfer boost with the news that Alvaro Morata is free to leave Real Madrid.

Free?

Arsene Wenger has been hot on the heels of the Spanish Under-21 youngster for six months. And now the Gunners have been given the green light to make a move after Real boss Carlo Ancelotti revealed the club are happy to sanction the whizkid’s exit.

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Posted: 9th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment (1)


Transfer Balls: Arsenal And Barcelona Deal Means Chelsea Miss Out On Fabregas

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TRANSFER Balls – in association with the Daily Fabregas, a look at reporting on the Barcelona player.

The Daily Telegraph says Chelsea aren’t all that keen on giving Arsenal money:

Arsenal could miss out on Cesc Fabregas payment in Chelsea transfer deal with Barcelona

They could?

Jose Mourinho’s team would prefer not to pay their Premier League rivals a percentage of any fee should they agree to sign the Spanish midfielder

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Posted: 9th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Sports | Comments (2)


Transfer Balls: Lorenzo Insigne Will Join Arsenal If… Can You Guess?

TRANSFER Balls: The Press is talking about Lorenzo Insigne heading to Arsenal from Napoli. TalkSport calls him “Italy’s Messi” He must be good.

The Mirror reports:

[Agent] Antonio Ottaiano has declared: “We take into account the praising reports that Wenger has given about the player. We are honoured that a club like Arsenal could have Lorenzo on their wish list. I don’t see that there can be any further developments unless Arsenal speak to Napoli directly and Napoli change their view on Lorenzo’s role here.”

Well, quite. This just sound like an agent talking loudly in public.

But the Metro says:

Arsenal to make £17million Lorenzo Insigne bid – if he impresses at World Cup

The Mirror does as it always does and leads with a question:

Arsenal to buy Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne after the World Cup?

This can be summed up: No. Betteridge’s law of headlines is an adage that states: “Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.”

And then the Star chip in with news that the story is balls:

Arsenal will have to move mountains to if they want sign Napoli ace Lorenzo Insigne

Does moving a mountain cost just £17m?

More Transfer Balls every day.

Posted: 8th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment


World Cup Balls: Spurs Makeweight Andros Townsend Gives Arsenal And England Fans A Good Laugh

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WORLD Cup Balls presents the wisdom of Spurs’ player Andros Townsend, now ‘writing’ for the Sun:

MISSING out on a World Cup is the most devastating thing in football. And it is good news that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should only sit out the opener against Italy.

As there is nothing more painful in the game than getting sidelined for the world’s biggest tournament.

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Posted: 6th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports, Spurs | Comments (6)


Transfer Balls: Fabregas Wants Arsenal Who Want Him To Play For Chelsea

TRANSFER Balls – more news from the Daily Fabreags. Following the Daily Star and TalkSports‘ “exclusive” news that Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas has passed a medical and signed for Chelsea, the Mirror today tells its readers that, er, he hasn’t:

 

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So. Jose Mourinho is “interested” in Fabregas. Well, so too as ManCity, Manchester United, Liverpool and Zenit St Petersburg , according to the Press.

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Posted: 6th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Sports | Comment


Transfer Balls: Agent Fabregas Joins Chelsea To Help Arsenal

TRASNFER Balls: The Daily Fabregas.

Th story do far: the Barcelona player has been linked with moves for Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal. It’s a Transfer Balls Royal Flush: all the big clubs covered with not a single fact to support the links.

Now read on…

June 5, 2013, BBC: “Cesc Fabregas: Arsenal not pursuing Barcelona midfielder”

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Posted: 5th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Sports | Comment


Transfer Balls: Remy Joins Hulk At Arsenal As Chelsea And Spurs Twiddle Their Thumbs

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TRANSFER Balls: Is Loic Remy still a QPR player?

On May 31, the Daily Star said he’s moved on:

Arsenal agree personal terms with QPR striker Loic Remy

On June 3, the IBTimes, said Remy was still at QPR. He was just part of a list of maybes on their way to the Gunners:

Loic Remy, Antoine Griezmann, Carlos Vela, Mari Mandzukic and Karim Benzema all heavily linked.

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Posted: 5th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Sports, Spurs | Comment


Transfer Balls: Arsenal Hijack Fabregas’ Chelsea Medical With £5m Add On

TRANSFER Balls brings you today’s update from the Daily Fabregas. Today the Sun leads with the news that the Barcelona players is wanted by…Arsenal.

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But was waaaay back on June 1, that the Daily Telegraph stated:

Cesc Fabregas will not return to Arsenal from Barcelona as Arsene Wenger rules out £30m move

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Posted: 5th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Sports | Comment


Transfer Balls: Chelsea Buy Fabregas From Manchester City But He Wants To Pay For Arsenal

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TRANSFER Balls: Having been linked in the media with a transfer from Barcelona to Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City, the Telegraph brings news that Cesc Fabregas is wanted by…Chelsea. The aim in Transfer Balls is for the Press to link every top player with all the big English clubs. So. Well done, Fleet Street.

Writes the Tele:

Exclusive: Jose Mourinho wants Spain World Cup midfielder Cesc Fabregas to replace Frank Lampard, who has released a statement saying he has officially left Chelsea

It was waaaay back on June 1, that the Daily Telegraph told readers:

Spain international will be allowed leave the Nou Camp with Manchester City now clear favourites to land the midfielder

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Posted: 3rd, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Sports | Comment


Transfer Balls: Arsenal Trigger That Fabregas £175m Release Clause

WHEN Cesc Fabregas left Arsenal For Barcelona, the Daily Mail said his contract contract had a £130m buy-out clause.  The BBC said that was rubbish – the clause was worth £175m.

The Telegraph told readers:

While Barcelona believe the deal is worth no more than €40 million (£35 million), Arsenal value the transfer at almost £40 million after Fabregas agreed to waive a £4 million loyalty bonus.

We also learnt:

Arsenal will receive €14.5 million up front, with another €14.5 million to be paid in October. A further €1 million will be released for each year of a contract that lasts until 2016.

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Posted: 1st, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment


Transfer Balls: Remy Dreams Of Chelsea But Signs For Arsenal

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TRANSFER Balls: A look at how the media experts have been reporting on QPR’s Loic Remy. As ever, the aim of the desperate Press is to link every player with every top club:

May 25, Daily Mail:

Arsenal and Liverpool target Loic Remy can leave for £8m, says QPR boss Harry Redknapp

May 27, Daily Express:

I’m dreaming of Chelsea! Loic Remy ready to snub Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs for Blues

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Posted: 1st, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment


Transfer Balls: Fabregas Rejoins Arsenal Who Then Sell Him To Liverpool To Spite Manchester City

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TRANSFER Balls looks at Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas’ summer in the news media. Can he fill space to deadline? What utter balls can he news media say of the player?

May 19, Daily Mail:

Fabregas’ suitors have already been told that it will take £45million to get him…

May 21, Indy:

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Posted: 1st, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comments (2)


Transfer Balls: Manchester United, Arsenal Get Juve’s Alexis Sanchez As Liverpool Prepare Bid

TRANSFER Balls: The contest in the national Press is to link every big English team with Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez.

Daily Star:

Chelsea, Liverpool and Man Utd target Alexis Sanchez

October 2013, Daily Star:

SNAPPED: Barcelona ace Alexis Sanchez dons a Manchester United shirt! ALEXIS SANCHEZ is pictured for the first time in a Manchester United shirt – but it’s only a Starsport impression!

May 10, Daily Mirror:

Wenger has been tipped off the Chile international will be sold this summer and is set for a £20million tug-of-war with Juventus

May 11, Daily Mail:

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Posted: 30th, May 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment


Transfer Balls: Manchester United And Arsenal Make Fabregas Hungry

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TRANSFER Balls: Today we look at how the Press have been talking about Cesc Fabregas.

May 19, Daily Mail:

Fabregas’ suitors have already been told that it will take £45million to get him…

May 21, Indy:

Speculation over midfielder leaving Barcelona fuelled as star is left out of club’s kit launch

May 22, Telegraph:

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Posted: 27th, May 2014 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment


Arsenal Balls: It’s 25 Years Ago Since The Catharsis At Anfield (And I Was There. Were You?)

ON May 26, 1989, Arsenal did it. After years of nothingness but huff and puff and plod and dreariness and disappointment and hope, they won the league. On the last day of the season. With pretty much the last kick of the last game. On a Friday night. In Liverpool. And I was there.

Nothing beats watching your team win against all the odds and then remembering “I was there”.

 

 

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It’s up for grabs now…!

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Posted: 26th, May 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment


Transfer Balls: Arsenal Buy Benzema On A Wenger Whisper

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THE Daily Star’s Colin Harvey says “Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger drops MASSIVE hint about imminent Karim Benzema bid”.

Because if there is one thing we know about Wenger it is that always hints about players he is going to buy. This is the man who told us:

“I read some transfer rumours in the newspapers and they are all wrong. All of them. So you do not even need to ask me one name – they are all wrong.”

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Posted: 26th, May 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment


Arsenal Balls: Sagna Takes The Silver And Runs To The Manchester City Cashpoint

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HAS Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna left the club?

All these headlines are from today:

Daily Mail: “Bacary Sagna on brink of signing for Man City after agreeing £150,000-a-week deal at the champions from rivals Arsenal

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Posted: 22nd, May 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment


Arsenal Balls: Wenger Sings For 1 Year, Two Years And 3 Years, Say The Experts

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SO. Arsene Wenger is signing up for more Arsenal. What do we know about the contract? Well, noting. The club and their trusty manager are in private negotiations. Still, the papers do like to get a march on the facts. Some even make them up:

The Telegraph:

Years: 3
Money: £22.5m

 

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Posted: 19th, May 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment


Transfer Balls: Arsenal, Spurs And Everton Are All Favourites To Sign James Milner

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SO. How are Arsenal going to kick on from FA Cup glory? The Telegraph and Mail says the Gunners have £100m to invest in new players.  And the Times identifies the first name though the door. It’s…  Manchester City’s James Milner.

The Times says the Gunners are to offer around £10m for the blond Ray Parlour.

The Guardian says this is true:

Arsenal lead race as James Milner tells Manchester City he wants to leave

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Posted: 19th, May 2014 | In: Arsenal, Manchester City, Sports, Spurs | Comment


When Arsenal Broke Hull City Hearts In The 1930 FA Cup

ON the way to their first FA Cup win in 1930, Arsenal defeated Hull City.

The first semi-final at Elland Road, Leeds, finished  2–2. The Gunners had been two down at half-time. An upset was on. Arsenal were to emerge as the country’s top side; Hull were bottom of the second division.The replay at Villa Park, Birmingham, ended 1-0 to the Arsenal. David Jack scored the winner after a red card had reduced Hull to ten men.

The Hull local paper was noble in defeat.

 

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Posted: 17th, May 2014 | In: Arsenal, Flashback, Sports | Comment


Arsenal Balls: You’ll Never Guess Who Else Is Planning An FA Cup Victory Parade

THE Sun picks up on the Yorkshire Post’s story that Arsenal have already prepared for victory in the FA Cup Final.

 

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It says that the “Gunners are so very sure they will beat Hull…. a victory parade is planned.”

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Posted: 16th, May 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment