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Transfer Balls: Manchester United Sign Pogba To Partner Kroos As Chelsea Miss Out

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TRANSFER Balls: Is Paul Pogba making a move from Juventus? Let’s se what the papers have been saying:

June 5, Manchester Evening News: “Pogba agent rules out Premier League return”

The Frenchman has been the subject of reports linking both United and City with a swoop, but is happy to remain with Juventus this summer.

Adding:

…the player’s representative Mino Raiola has now moved to end speculation over his client’s future. He wrote on Twitter: “My player Paul Pogba happy at the club.. He is not going anywhere.”

June 7, Daily Telegraph: “Manchester United unlikely to pursue former midfielder Paul Pogba”

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Posted: 8th, June 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


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 | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Eliaquim Mangala Heads To Manchester United Because He Likes London

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TRANSFER Balls. A look at Eliaquim Mangala, the £35m-rated Porto central defender. As ever, the media’s aim is to link every top player with every top English club.

Last summer, the Mirror told us that Mangala was off to Barcelona. And the Star told us that this summer:

BARCELONA want to hijack Porto star Eliaquim Mangala’s proposed move to the Premier League.

The Metro added that Bayern Munich wanted the player.

Today the Guardian tells us that

Eliaquim Mangala would prefer Manchester United to Manchester City.

Oh, and:

Chelsea, Paris Saint-German and Real Madrid also on radar

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Posted: 7th, June 2014 | In: Chelsea, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Barcelona Pick Up Arsenal Genius Nicklas Bendtner On eBay

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TRANSFER Balls: With cocky Nicklas Bendtner, newly “released” by Arsenal:

June 6, The Sun:

NICKLAS BENDTNER is being chased by FOUR Premier League clubs — with Hull the new favourites to land the Dane. Premier League new-boys Leicester and Burnley are keen, along with Crystal Palace.

June 6, The Indy:

Nicklas Bendtner transfer latest: Frankfurt and Stuttgart reportedly interested in Arsenal flop Nicklas Bendtner but wage demands could scupper any move to Germany

Can we trust the Indy, which cites Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet as its source?

 

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How much?!

The Mirror clarifies:

Arsenal misfit Nicklas Bendtner looking for £104,000-a-week deal at his next club

How much?!

In any case, the Dane is too to Newcastle United, as the Chronicle reported.

But they are all wide of the mark. As Yahoo recalls, the Dane is not shot of confidence:

“How do you envisage continuing your career?” he was asked by Danish publication Politiken.

“[At] Real Madrid or Barcelona,” came the instant answer.

Let’s hope they have an eBay account (see above).

More Transfer Balls every day…

Posted: 6th, June 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


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, World Cup Watch | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


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 | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How To Get Americans To Watch Football During 2014 FIFA World Cup

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HOW can football be sold to the Americans in time for the FIFA 2014 World Cup?

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Posted: 5th, June 2014 | In: Sports, World Cup Watch | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


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 | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


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FACES of the day: Archie McDiarmid takes part in the Ardbeg Peat Football Championship in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh.

 

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Posted: 5th, June 2014 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


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 | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


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 | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United Will Buy Kevin Strootman When Old Trafford Freezes Over

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TRANSFER Balls: A quick look at Manchester United and Kevin Strootman:

June 4, The Guardian: “Manchester United make Kevin Strootman a £30m January target”

Louis van Gaal has made Kevin Strootman a £30m January target for Manchester United – and the midfielder would be open to the move should Roma consider it, although there is yet to be any official contact between the clubs.

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Posted: 4th, June 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


World Cup Balls: Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard Troubled By Hodgson’s Dad Dance

WORLD CUP Balls spots England training in Miami. Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard is being treated to a dose of Roy Hodgson’s tactical nous…

 

 

Spotter: Pies

Posted: 4th, June 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports, World Cup Watch | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Eden Hazard Agrees to Stay At Chelsea If They Give Him His Favourite Number

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TRANSFER Balls: The summer so far with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.

May27, Evening Standard: “Eden Hazard rejects talk of PSG switch”

Eden Hazard today dismissed the possibility of moving to Paris Saint Germain this summer…

He did?

Asked about the link with PSG, he said: “If you got to know me you’d know I’m not someone who is disturbed by it. Every year they say I’m everywhere. It’s part of the job. I focus on the World Cup which is much more important than what is said in the papers.”

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Posted: 4th, June 2014 | In: Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United Target Fabregas Signs For Chelsea Who Hate Him

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TRANSFER Balls presents the Daily Fabregas. Is the former Arsenal captain set to leave Barcelona? Let’s se what the experts have been saying in today’s newspapers:

The Daily Star deals only in facts:

Chelsea agree deal with Arsenal and Man United target Cesc Fabregas 

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Posted: 4th, June 2014 | In: Chelsea, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United Offer Liverpool £25m Less For Luis Suarez Than Real Madrid Will Buy Him For

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TRANSFER Balls: How’s the summer shaping up for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez? Well, for Liverpool fans hoping their star man will remain at Anfield, it began well.

Daily Telegraph, March 4, 2014:

Liverpool striker Luis Suárez vows to stay at Anfield no matter whether club qualifies for Champions League

Sky Sports, May 5:

Speaking to Uruguayan TV channel Canal 10, the new PFA Player of the Year said: “Don’t worry, nothing is going to happen to me. I’m very happy here and my family is happy here.”

Liverpool Echo, May 15:

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Posted: 3rd, June 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comments (21) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Frank Lampard Leaves Chelsea But Joins Manchester City Not New York City

TRANSFER Balls: What news of  Chelsea legends Frank Lampard?

On May 31, The Daily Mirror told its readers that Lampard had joined the New York City FC:

 

 

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Posted: 3rd, June 2014 | In: Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


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 | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs Balls: West Ham United Celebrate Doing The Treble In Embarrassing Fashion

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WEST Ham United fans are celebrating The Treble with an official t-shirt. It turns out that season 2013-14 was a stella year for the club.

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Posted: 2nd, June 2014 | In: Sports, Spurs | Comments (5) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


World Cup Balls: The Sun’s ‘Do Us Proud’ Campaign Is Good For India And Bad For England

THE Sun wants England to ‘Do us proud’ at the World Cup.

JACK WILSHERE has backed The Sun’s #DoUsProud campaign, telling fans: Tweets can make the Lions roar.

The tweets will be “ringing” in the players’ ears.

The paper tells readers on a webpage:

JUST #DOUSPROUD BOYS

We’ll keep all your messages of support to the England team here.

Send your own message of support via Twitter, Instagram, or Vine along with the hashtag #DoUsProud and yours could appear here too.

We’ll use the best tweets and Instagram posts in our World Cup campaign.

Will yours be there?

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Posted: 2nd, June 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester City Take Vow Of Silence On Fabregas Move

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TRANSFER Balls update: The Daily Fabregas has news on the Barcelona star:

On June 1, 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: 2nd, June 2014 | In: Manchester City, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Balls: Tom Cleverley Trying To Board The England Team Plane

MANCHESTER United Balls: Tom Cleverley trying to board the England team plane

Just a joke, of course. And a funnier one than would-be Norman Wisdom impersonator Simon Brodkin being dragged away by the suits:

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Posted: 2nd, June 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Adam Lallana Signs For Liverpool For £10m Less Than Southampton Demand

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TRANSFER Balls: Is Adam Lallana heading out of Southampton? Where is he going?  Let’s see what the newspaper experts have been reporting the summer so far?

First up, Lalllana was Manchester United bound. And he was better than Arsenal’s young English star. So said the local Manchester newspaper.

March 6, Manchester Evening News: “Better than Wilshere: Why United are right to target Lallana”

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Posted: 2nd, June 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


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 | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0