English Premiership

Liverpool sign Manquillo from Atletico Madrid


Liverpool have announced the signing of Atletico Madrid right-back Javier Manquillo. The 20-year-old has joined on a two-year loan deal with an option to buy after his first season at Anfield. Manquillo said: “I’m very happy to have signed for a club like Liverpool. “I think it’s one of the biggest in Europe. Any footballer would want to come and ...

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John Obi Mikel happy about Drogba’s Chelsea return

John Obi Mikel: Chelsea midfielder wants to win trophies

John Obi Mikel wants Chelsea to enjoy a successful season after missing out last term and is also happy to see Didier Drogba back at Stamford Bridge. Jose Mourinho’s first year back at Chelsea failed to yield a trophy as his side finished third in the Premier League and lost to Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions ...

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Barcelona make bid for Arsenal defender Vermaelen

Thomas Vermaelen: Subject of bid from Barcelona

Reports indicate that Barcelona have moved ahead of Manchester United in the race to sign Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen. Vermaelen’s future at Arsenal has been the subject of speculation all summer, with the Belgium centre-back entering the final year of his contract at the Emirates. Manchester United and Barca are both thought to have expressed an interest in Vermaelen, but ...

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Bayern Munich to sign goalkeeper Reina from Liverpool

Pepe Reina: Lost Liverpool place to Simon Mignolet

Bayern Munich have agreed a deal to sign goalkeeper Pepe Reina from Liverpool. The Spain international, who spent last season on loan at Napoli, will join the German champions as back-up for number-one keeper Manuel Neuer if he passes a medical. A statement on the Bayern website confirmed terms have been agreed with both Reina and Liverpool. And chairman Karl-Heinz ...

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Jack Rodwell completes move from Man City to Sunderland


The England midfielder has signed a five-year contract and joins for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £10million. The deal ends Rodwell’s two injury-affected years at City, where he started just seven Premier League games after joining from Everton in a £12m move. His prospects of first-team football at the Etihad were further hit when City signed midfielder Fernando ...

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Alexis Sanchez already feeling settled at Arsenal


Alexis Sanchez is already enjoying himself at Arsenal, but admits he remains some way short of full match fitness. Arsene Wenger pulled off quite a coup in luring Sanchez to Emirates Stadium from Barcelona in a £33million deal. The Chilean’s arrival has excited the north London natives, with a world-class talent expected to illuminate the Premier League. Sanchez is, however, ...

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Manchester City will pay all of Lampard’s wages


Manchester City will pay all of Frank Lampard’s wages during his loan spell with the club, amid suggestions they are using the deal to bypass Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations. Lampard, 36, signed on a free for New York City last month – who are part-owned by Manchester City – and with the MLS season not starting until March he ...

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Man Utd beat Liverpool in International Champions Cup final


Manchester United ended their US pre-season tour unbeaten with a 3-1 win over Premier League rivals Liverpool. A Steven Gerrard penalty gave Liverpool the lead, but Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard replied for United. More than 50,000 fans were at the Sun Life Stadium, home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, to see the International Champions Cup final. “It’s ...

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Manchester United: Players will learn their fates soon- Van Gaal


Manchester United players should discover later this week if they have a future at Old Trafford. New manager Louis van Gaal says he will sit down with his squad members on their return from the United States and inform them of their fate. The 25-man squad will head back to Manchester in the early hours of Tuesday morning, following the ...

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LVG toughens Man United players at “boot camp”

No slacking: The Dutch manager watches on as the players are put through their paces in Miami

A stopwatch and a whistle round his neck, van Gaal wore an unrelenting critical glare as his players sprinted and slalomed through cones, lifted weights and medicine balls, and took part in resistance training with an elasticated band around their waists. The scrutiny was intense. Nobody was allowed to slacken off for a second. If they did, he would issue ...

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