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Nemanja Matic: Man Utd close to signing Chelsea midfielder

Nemanja Matic was left out of Chelsea's pre-season tour of the Far East by manager Antonio Conte (Image credit: Getty Images)

Manchester United are close to signing Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic from Chelsea for £40m. Matic, 28, would be United’s third summer buy – following £31m defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica and £75m striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton. It will be the second time United manager Jose Mourinho has bought Matic, having signed him for Chelsea. Mourinho spent £21m in January ...

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Tottenham’s Kane would be dream Chelsea signing – Conte


Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed his dream striker signing would be Tottenham’s Harry Kane. The Italian, who has brought in Alvaro Morata for £58m, was not suggesting the Blues are looking to buy the England striker, but spoke of his admiration for the 23-year-old. Kane has finished as the Premier League’s top goalscorer for the past two seasons, and when answering a question ...

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Hernandez completes £16m West Ham move


West Ham United have completed the signing of striker Javier Hernandez from Bayer Leverkusen. The 29-year-old has agreed a three-year deal and joins the London club for £16million. The Mexico international becomes West Ham’s fourth summer signing, following Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart, both from Manchester City and Marko Arnautovic from Stoke City. “I am very happy to join West ...

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Man City complete signing of left-back Benjamin Mendy


Manchester City have signed Monaco full-back Benjamin Mendy from Monaco, both clubs have announced. Neither club disclosed the fee, but sources told ESPN FC at the weekend that the deal could be worth up to £52 million. “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester City,” Mendy told City’s official website. “They are one of Europe’s leading clubs and in ...

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Virgil van Dijk left out of Southampton’s squad for training camp


Southampton captain Virgil van Dijk has not been included in their squad for a training camp in France this week. The defender, 26, has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool, although the Anfield club said they ended their interest last month. Southampton say they do not want to sell the Netherlands international. Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino said last ...

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Chelsea could be banned in China over Kenedy post


The Brazilian caused uproar after posting a pair of videos to his Instagram page, and there’s a possibility the club will face an outright ban Kenedy’s insensitive Instagram posts may result in Chelsea being banned from China, Goal understands. The Brazilian attracted criticism for a pair of videos posted to his social media page during his side’s pre-season tour of ...

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Man City sign Brazilian defender Danilo from Real Madrid


Manchester City have completed the signing of Real Madrid defender Danilo for a fee believed to be £26.5m. The 26-year-old Brazil international has signed a five-year deal and will join City on their pre-season tour of the United States. “I am very, very happy,” Danilo said. “There has been strong interest from other clubs, but it has always been my ...

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Citi Sports Editor’s tweet sparks global discussion after Smalling gaffe


Defender Chris Smalling has been an extremely polarising figure with fans of Manchester United since he first made an appearance for the club. The player endured a particularly testing season in the last campaign, questioned for repeated defensive mishaps and poor decisions. Despite the anticipation that he would be shipped out this summer, Smalling joined the squad for pre-season in ...

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Alvaro Morata calls Chelsea the ‘best club’


Alvaro Morata has exclusively told Sky Sports News he is joining Chelsea because they are “the best club” after arriving in London for a medical. The 24-year-old striker flew in to Heathrow airport on Thursday morning to complete his move from Real Madrid for an initial £58m fee, which could rise to £70m according to Sky sources. Jose Mourinho admitted ...

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