Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Juventus-Barcellona 3-0 - HD HIGHLIGHTS - 11/04/2017

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Barcelona's defensive frailties were exposed once again at the pinnacle of European competition, as a magical Paulo Dybala and co. shredded the Catalan giants in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.



Higuain had the first chance, when he had a free header just eight yards from goal off Pjanic's out-swinging free kick. He planted the header firmly, but it was straight at Marc-Andre ter Stegen and the keeper gratefully collected it.

Juventus's early pressure did tell as Barcelona struggled to get out of their own half. Just seven minutes in, Cuadrado picked up the ball in acres of space on the right. He jinked his way in to the box, turning Jeremy Mathieu all ends up. He then played the short pass to Dybala, who was unmarked on the corner of the six yard box. The little Argentine spun and curled a delicious finish in to the bottom corner. 

But surprisingly, as soon as they took the early lead, Juventus appeared content to hold what they had, despite having more than 80 minutes left to play. They gave up with the early press which had yielded some positive results, and allowed Barca to have plenty of the ball in front of their midfield. 


The Spanish side created a fantastic chance when Messi threaded a delightful through ball that cut the Juventus midfield and defence wide open. Andres Iniesta peeled off the back of Dani Alves and was wide open in the penalty area. He looked to curl one in to the bottom corner, but Gigi Buffon was down quickly to his left and made a magical save.

That save proved pivotal as just 76 seconds later, the Old Lady doubling their advantage thanks to Paulo Dybala producing another glorious moment of technical guile. Higuain cantered down the left before cutting the ball back to an unmarked Dybala on the edge of the box, who lashed the ball hard, low and true, right in to the bottom corner. The 23-year-old was enjoying his coming out party on the European stage, but defensively Barcelona were all over the shop.

The Italians continued to turn the screw as the half wore on, but failed to get another real sight of goal. They went in to the break brimming with confidence, while their opponents could not have been more grateful to hear the whistle.

The second half started much better for Barca. Neymar countered quickly through the middle, but his progress was halted by a fantastic tackle by Bonucci. The ball broke to Messi on the edge of the area, but his shot skewed wide after he was put off by a desperate Pjanic, who threw himself at the multiple Ballon d'Or winner.



Iniesta came close as Juve tried to weather the storm, blasting a whisker over the bar, as did Suarez. The Catalonian side had changed the system at half time, and the results were being yielded as they began to dominate the midfield

But weather the storm the Italians did, and just ten minutes in to the second half, Chiellini met a corner with force and precision. He stood strong at the back post and fired a header in to the far corner, the ball kissing the post as it rolled in. It was turning in to the perfect night of revenge for the Italian champions.

But for all of Juve's prowess, Barca should have scored the away goal. Suarez had a golden opportunity, when Messi slid another magical pass through Juventus's backline. The Uruguayan let the ball roll across his body, but then panicked at the last moment and blasted just wide. The 30-year-old had an off-night in front of goal that could prove costly for his team.

Umtiiti and Neymar were also guilty of squandering good chances as Barca discovered they had packed the kitchen sink to thrown at Juventus. They dominated the game with 66% possession, but the Old Lady held strong, as they take a commanding lead in to the second leg at the Nou Camp next Wednesday.

Juventus: Buffon; Dani Alves, Alex Sandro, Chiellini, Bonucci; Khedira, Pjanic (Barzagli, 89'); Cuadrado (Lemina, 73'), Dybala (Rincon, 81'), Mandzukic; Higuain

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Umtiti, Mathieu (Andre Gomes, 46'), Pique; Mascherano, Sergio Roberto, Rakitic, Iniesta; Suarez, Messi, Neymar

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Manchester United Boss Jose Mourinho Keen to Seal Cut Price Deal for Arsenal Contract Rebel

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​Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is hoping to take advantage of the uncertainty surrounding Mesut Ozil's future and sign the player for a cut-price fee this summer.

Reports in the Mirror suggest that the Red Devils' boss is keen to reunite with the German midfielder, having managed him whilst at Real Madrid. 

The Arsenal star has yet to agree terms over a new deal and with just over 12 months left on his current contract, Ozil could well be sold by the Gunners this summer so as to avoid losing him for free at the end of next season. 



Arsene Wenger has insisted that he would be prepared for such a scenario to occur, however, considering Arsenal's past when it comes to players running their contracts down, the Frenchman may find himself in a losing battle with the club's hierarchy, who would rather cash in on their man over losing him for free in a year's time. 

Though undoubtedly a top player at the Emirates, Ozil is unlikely to have an unreasonable price tag if he fails to sign a new deal at the end of the season, so Mourinho is hoping to capitalise on that possible scenario and bring him to Old Trafford.

The United boss is expected to be on the lookout for attacking players during the upcoming transfer window, as he looks to solve his team's problems in front of goal. Out of the current top seven teams in the Premier League, the Red Devils have scored the fewest amount of goals (46), with the next closest being Everton, who have scored 11 more.

Crystal Palace 3-0 Arsenal . Arsenal's Champions League hopes took a major blow as they fell to defeat at Crystal Palace on Monday.

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Andros Townsend smashed in from close range, Yohan Cabaye whipped a right-footed shot over Emiliano Martinez before Luka Milivojevic's penalty settled the affair with Arsenal majorly lacking going forward.

Yohan Cabaye screwed an effort over as Palace started brightly before Luka Milivojevic curled wide. Mohamed Elneny soon registered Arsenal's first shot on target, forcing Wayne Hennessey into a smart save.


Arsenal's top four rivals all won at the weekend but their hopes of leaving Selhurst Park with three points took a huge blow as Palace surged into the lead. Smart build-up play involving Cabaye saw Wilfried Zaha played in down the right and the Ivory Coast international picked out former Tottenham man Townsend, who made no mistake in firing high past Emiliano Martinez.


The Gunners looked to respond quickly but Alexis Sanchez's drilled shot was simple enough for Hennessey. The Chile international was once again at the heart of Arsenal's attack moments later, seeing a cross-shot drift wide with Danny Welbeck looming.

Palace came close to doubling their lead twice in a matter of minutes with Martinez saving from Christian Benteke's fierce drive while a combination of Gabriel and Shkodran Mustafi headers were required to clear the resulting corner.

Arsenal soon pressed for an equaliser, with Welbeck's half-volley fizzing wide before Gabriel's header from a corner was held by Hennessey in the last action of the first-half.

Despite the Gunners needing a win to keep their Champions League hopes for next season alive it was Palace who started the second period brighter, with Benteke first seeing a shot deflect wide from close range before he rightly had a goal ruled out for offside.

Despite large amounts of Arsenal pressure Palace soon doubled their lead, with Zaha again turning provider and crossing similarly for Cabaye, with the midfielder sweeping an effort beautifully over Martinez to put Palace firmly in control.

Any hopes of an Arsenal comeback were obliterated as Palace grabbed their third of the evening. Townsend tapped the ball past Martinez and went to ground, winning a penalty which Milivojevic confidently converted to hand Arsene Wenger a fifth Premier League defeat in eight games.

​Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey, Ward, Kelly, Sakho, Schlupp, Milivojevic, Cabaye, Puncheon, Zaha, Townsend, Benteke

Arsenal XI: Martinez, Bellerin, Mustafi, Gabriel, Monreal, Xhaka, Elneny, Walcott, Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Napoli 1-3 Real Madrid: Ramos is a defender, He’s as free-scoring as a striker

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Sergio Ramos comes to the rescue for Real Madrid once again, boosts his incredible goal stats


Real Madrid faced Napoli in their away leg of their Champions League last 16 tie tonight.
Los Blancos won the first leg 3-1 and were firm favourites to progress to the next round, but they were made to sweat when Dries Mertens gave the Neapolitans an early lead.
And when Cristiano Ronaldo hit the post with the goal gaping soon after, it looked like the tie was swinging in Napoli’s favour.
But then up popped their salvador.

Ramos to the Rescue


Dspite Madrid having their famed BBC frontline all available tonight, it was their wily centre half Sergio Ramos who popped up with the crucial goals.
It’s almost hard to believe Ramos is a defender: he’s as free-scoring as a striker.
Known to score free-kicks and the occasional right-footed strike, Ramos’ favourite weapon of choice is his forehead.
And he used it to devastating effect once again tonight, scoring two powerful headers to ensure Madrid progressed to the quarter-finals.
Sergio Ramos has now scored 81 goals across all competitions for club & country.

Arsenal 1-5 Bayern Munich: Alexis Sanchez laughing on the bench

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Arsenal smashed by Bayern

Arsenal crashed out of the Champions League tonight in spectacular fashion, losing 10-2 on aggregate.
The Gunners were emphatically smashed by Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 a couple of weeks ago, on a night that was as depressing as it was predictable for Arsenal fans.
And it must have felt like deja vu for the long-suffering Gooners tonight.
They did get some faint hope from Walcott’s early goal, but they never managed to capitalize on that, and once Koscielny was sent off in the second half, it was all over bar the laughing.

Sanchez finds it funny

There’s been a lot of noise around Alexis Sanchez of late, and he’ll have a new controversy to answer to tomorrow.
The Chilean has been Arsenal’s best player this season, and their top 4 hopes rest largely on his shoulders.
But his contract situation is becoming a big distraction, and Gooners are starting to fret that they could lose their best player unless the club’s hierarchy meets his wage demands.
Until recently, Sanchez was looking happy as Larry, but he’s cutting an increasingly frustrated figure, and Saturday felt like a tipping point, when Wenger took the drastic decision to bench him.


He was restored to the team tonight, but we caught another glimpse of his selfish attitude once he was taken off, when he was spotted giggling at his team’s expense with Petr Cech.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Eibar 1-4 Real Madrid: Karim Benzema has scored in La Liga after seven games

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It was a case of no Cristiano Ronaldo, no problem for Real Madrid as they thrashed Eibar despite being without a number of key stars.

Madrid romped to a 4-1 away victory and were three goals up within 29 minutes despite being without Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Alvaro Morata while resting the likes of Marcelo and Toni Kroos as part of eight changes ahead of Tuesday's Champions League game at Napoli.
Benzema stepped up in the absence of the key attacking stars, scoring twice, assisting one for James Rodriguez and playing a part in the build-up for Marco Asensio's goal after the break.
Zidane felt Madrid had reacted in the ideal way after Wednesday's 3-3 home draw against Las Palmas.
"He was involved in all four goals," Zidane said of Benzema after the match.
"I am very happy with his performance, for his goals and for the other things he did in his build-up play.
"I am happy with the great game that he has had, but for the ball to get to him the rest of the players have to do well and they did.
"I am happy with the reaction. In a season, there are lots of different moments and a team can't always play well. But we have played very well here, with intensity. We came in with a high tempo and this is important.
"Real Madrid started very well, we scored three goals in half an hour. We knew that it would be a tough pitch to play on. We played a serious game, always respecting our opponent."

Zidane also praised Asensio, who scored Madrid's fourth goal to cap a strong individual performance on his first league start of 2017.
"Asensio had a great game," added the Madrid boss.
"It isn't easy to not play a lot and then need to play as if you have every three days. I believe that he is very happy with his goal and for the performance he has put in. He is happy to play with the team."
Madrid are two points clear of Barcelona at the top of the table ahead of their rivals' home match against Celta Vigo.
Zidane's men now turn their attention to the Napoli clash, which they lead 3-1 ahead of the away second leg of their last-16 tie.

Barcelona 5-0 Celta Vigo: Magical Messi Show

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Lionel Messi was at his sublime best as he scored two and inspired three more goals in Barcelona's 5-0 hammering of Celta Vigo, their first match since head coach Luis Enrique announced his plans to leave at the end of the season.

Luis Enrique confirmed his imminent departure after Wednesday's 6-1 dismantling of Sporting Gijon and that certainly did not appear to distract his men in any way as talisman Messi led from the front in a sensational display to see Barca retain their place at LaLiga's summit, a point ahead of Real Madrid who have a game in hand.
Barca played the first half with real freedom and carved Celta open several times before eventually breaking the deadlock through Messi, who applied a typically clinical finish after a fine run.
The Argentina international ran the show and caused havoc in his free role, setting Neymar up for Barca's delightful second five minutes before the interval.
Messi then unlocked the Celta defence in the lead up to Ivan Rakitic's controversial third, before then laying the ball on a plate for Samuel Umtiti's first Barca goal.
The inspirational forward then doubled his personal tally with what was Barca's third goal in seven minutes, securing another emphatic victory ahead their attempt at a Champions League last-16 rescue job when they host Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou with the Ligue 1 champions leading 4-0 from the first leg.

Luis Enrique's announcement had no negative impact on Barca during the first half as they moved the ball around well and generally dictated the tempo.
They were made to wait until the 14th minute for their first shot on goal and the move that preceded it showed their potential in attack as Messi linked brilliantly with Neymar on the edge of the box before seeing his eventual effort saved by Sergio Alvarez.
Barca then went desperately close twice shortly after.
Luis Suarez poked the ball through Gustavo Cabral's legs and caressed a 25-yard effort on to the right-hand post, with Messi then doing exactly the same from the rebound.
But Messi was not denied a few moments later, coolly slotting a left-footed strike into the bottom-left corner from just outside the box after a trademark jinking solo run.
Messi then turned provider just before the break feeding Neymar into the box and the Brazilian beat Alvarez with an outrageous first-time chip.
Barca's dominance showed no sign of letting up after the break and they should have extended their lead, only for Sergi Roberto's touch to desert him at the crucial moment and give Alvarez the chance to make an intervention after the right-back's driving run.
Rakitic eased any fears soon after, though, stabbing home from an offside position after Rafinha latched on to Messi's defence-splitting pass and cushioned it into the Croatian's path.
But there was no such controversy about Umtiti's effort as the Frenchman got himself into a great position in the danger zone and was on hand to turn in Messi's pass.
Messi then did it all himself for his second of the day just after the hour mark, striding past a couple of defenders before slotting into the bottom-right corner with a disguised finish.
Barca nearly scored six for the second time in four days when Messi found Suarez in the danger zone two minutes from time only for Alvarez to recover and save his stooped header, but it was still job done ahead of PSG.

Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal: Sanchez's bitter day

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Liverpool recorded an emphatic 3-1 victory over Premier League rivals Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday, heaping further pressure on the north London side, who now look to be locked in a real battle for a top-four finish.​

The Reds, quite desperate to get their season back on track, had to lineup without Daniel Sturridge (hip injury) and Jordan Henderson (foot). But the biggest talking point heading into the match was Arsene Wenger benching his best player, Alexis Sanchez, and starting Olivier Giroud up front.

Arsenal seemed intent on sitting back and hitting the home side on the counter-attack, while Jurgen Klopp's side tried to press as much as they could.

Klopp's tactics brought some early success, with Roberto Firmino breaking the deadlock in the 10th minute. Sadio Mane, racing forward on the right side, found the Brazilian unmarked in the box, leaving him to blast home after the pass was disguised by Philippe Coutinho's dummy.

Coutinho tested Petr Cech with a well-struck shot from outside of the box around the 29th minute. The keeper was able to palm it away from a corner with an acrobatic leap.
The first half continued on, dominated by the Reds, with hardly any threat from Arsenal. And, in the 39th minute, the home side would find the back of the net yet again, this time through a powerfully drilled shot from the pesky Mane, who received Firmino's pass with acres of space in the box.

The Senegal international made no mistake with his strike, rifling the ball past Cech and Nacho Monreal, with the defender having tried to clear off the line after racing in behind his keeper.


Klopp and his men headed down the tunnel at half-time with a two goal advantage, leaving the under-fire Wenger with a whole lot to say in his team talk.

The Frenchman threw on Sanchez in the second half, taking off Francis Coquelin to accommodate the forward and his impact was immediate, as he was involved in a move that forced Simon Mignolet into a superb save just four minutes in - Giroud got his head onto the end of Sanchez's cross, but the attempt was perhaps too close to the Belgian, who managed to get a hand to it.

The Chilean's influence continued to grow, and by the 56th minute, the Londoners were back in the game. A quick break saw Sanchez find Danny Welbeck in the Arsenal box with a neat through ball and the striker played a cheeky dink over Mignolet to cut Liverpool's lead in half.

Despite looking the better side in the second half, Arsenal struggled to find a second. In fact, it was Liverpool who nearly widened the gap through Divock Origi, who came on as a substitute for Coutinho late in the half.

The Belgian forward got on the end of James Milner's long free kick, but was unlucky to have his header come off the post.



Georginio Wijnaldum, however, got the third for the Reds in stoppage time, after a scorching run from Origi on the right wing enabled enabled the forward to set his teammate up with a sweet low cross.

Wijnaldum wasted no time in tucking it away to give Liverpool a 3-1 lead, sending them above their opponents in the league table into third place, with Arsenal dropping down to fifth.


Line-ups

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Klavan, Milner, Wijnaldum, Can, Lallana, Mane, Firmino, Coutinho.

Subs: Karius, Lovren, Moreno, Lucas, Origi, Woodburn, Alexander-Arnold.

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Xhaka, Coquelin, Welbeck, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Iwobi, Giroud.

Subs: Gibbs, Gabriel, Sanchez, Ramsey, Lucas Perez, Ospina, Walcott.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Man Utd 1-1 Bournemouth: Ibra Disasters ...

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Manchester United were left frustrated following a 1-1 draw with 10-man Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon in a game filled with controversy throughout.


There was drama throughout the game which saw a penalty scored, a missed penalty, a red card and a number of other questionable decisions. United took the lead with a Marcos Rojo goal before Joshua King levelled from the spot for the Cherries.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings were lucky not to be sent off following horrific incidents at the end of the first half. Andrew Surman was shown a second yellow and left Bournemouth battling on with 10-men for the second half. 

Ibrahimovic was given the chance to grab a winner in the second half with a penalty but saw his effort saved by Artur Boruc.


A frantic start to the game nearly saw United nearly grab a goal in the opening minutes when an Antonio Valencia cross picked out an unmarked Wayne Rooney at the back post. Rooney appeared to have time but opted to take the chance first time, and headed over on to the roof of the Bournemouth net. ​

United continued to dominate with another clear opportunity only moments - a long ball by Luke Shaw saw Paul Pogba chasing down on the Bournemouth goal. But a decisive touch by Boruc managed to see the ball turn around the post.

The Cherries were presented with a great chance to nick a goal on the counter when Benik Afobe was played through one on one, only to lose his footing at the vital moment.

United's pressure finally paid off following Bournemouth's failed to effectively clear a corner. Valencia fizzed a low cross back in to the Bournemouth penalty area, and Rojo was on hand to react first as he turned the cross in to the bottom left corner of Boruc's goal.

Bournemouth managed to find themselves back in the game after being awarded a penalty when Phil Jones blatantly brought down Danny Pugh in the area. Joshua King stepped up to take the penalty for the Cherries and confidently blasted the ball in to the top corner past a helpless David De Gea.

The half ended in chaotic fashion which should have seen Ibrahimovic and Mings both sent off - before Surman was shown a red which seemed to be unfair considering the severity of the events which took place beforehand.

Replays showed that Mings produced a sickening stamp on Ibrahimovic's head, before the United striker took revenge moments later and appeared to elbow the Bournemouth player in the face following a corner. Surman was shown a second yellow for his protests but confusion led to referee Kevin Friend sending him off minutes later - initially forgetting that he had already booked the player.

United began the second half putting Bournemouth under intense pressure, attempting to take advantage of having the extra man. They were denied however, by a number of impressive saves from Boruc.

The Cherries continued to defend resolutely which led to Untied boss Jose Mourinho making a triple substitution in search of a winner - sending on Jesse Lingard, Marouane Fellani and Marcus Rashford. 

Only minutes after the change, Bournemouth conceded a penalty when Adam Smith was adjudged to handle the ball in the area from close range. Ibrahimovic took the penalty but was denied his 27th goal of the season as Boruc pulled off a fine save down to his right. United continued to search for a winner but were left feeling frustrated as Bournemouth held on to earn themsevles a point.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Claudio Ranieri: N'Golo Kante's Future Is 'In His Own Hands'

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After a tremendous season with Leicester City and a run to the Euro final with France, N'Golo Kante has been the subject of a lot of transfer speculation. While Leicester certainly hope to retain the star midfielder, it will be difficult as he is being targeted by many big clubs.

Kante was offered a new contract, but it remains to be seen if he will follow Jamie Vardy by snubbing bigger clubs to stay at Leicester. Manager Claudio Ranieri told ​BBC, "We offered Kante a new deal before the Euros. Now I know there are a lot of big teams interested." 


Chelsea aew known to be targeting a high-profile defensive midfielder this summer, and ​reportedly offered £27m to Leicester for Kante. 
Ranieri said that after offering him a new contract, there was nothing more Leicester could do and at this point, Kante has his "future in his hands".

Euro 2016 Hero Eder Reveals Shocking Truth About Family After Firing Portugal to Glory

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ortugal's Euro 2016 hero Eder has revealed the horrific truth surrounding his family after Sunday's showpiece final in Paris.

Eder came on as a substitute to score a stunning extra time winner as Portugal overcame hosts France to win their first major tournament.

​Quoted in the Express, the Swansea City striker revealed in a television interview following the final that his father is in prison for the murder of his step-mother.

The goalscoring hero confirmed that his father is now nearing the end of a 16-year sentence after he was adjudged to have been found guilty of murder.

"My dad is in prison. Since I was 12. My step-mum died and he was accused of killing her.

"He was sentenced to 16 years, I think."

Having scored the winner on the biggest stage, Eder was reflective of the incredible journey he has been on.



"From the moment I went to Academica and began to earn money, I could go to England to see him in jail."

Eder became an Academica player at the age of 11, having moved from his native country of Guinea-Bissau in West Africa when he was a toddler.

Whilst many modern young footballers are interested in the latest car, Eder's situation ensured he remained focused on more important things.

The striker has revealed that he would use his wages in order to fund a holiday to see his father in prison.

"Every time I had holiday, I would go to England to see him."

Following Eder's goalscoring exploit on Sunday evening, it is unlikely the striker will have to save up for long in the future.

Juventus Reportedly Launch Enormous Bid for Napoli Striker Gonzalo Higuain

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After an outstanding campaign in the 2015-16 season, Gonzalo Higuain duly established himself as one of the hottest properties in European football - and now Juventus look to be leading the race for the Argentinian striker's signature. 


According to ​Gianluca Di Marzio and ​Fabrizio Romano - both reputable Italian journalists with impressive transfer track records - claim Juventus have moved to secure the services of the 28-year-old, who scored 38 times in 42 appearances for Napoli last season. 

Sky Sport Italy journalist Romano claims Juventus and Napoli have reached an agreement which will see the striker sign a four-year contract. Juventus are reportedly willing to meet the £79m buy-out clause in Higuain's current deal if a fee cannot be agreed. 

According to Football Italia, part of the fee will be covered by Juventus playmaker Roberto Pereyra moving in the opposite direction. Pererya is valued by the Serie A champions at £15m. 

Indeed, the rumour has been picked up by the UK's own transfer market guru, Sky Sports' Kaveh Solhekol, who says Higuain is willing to join Juventus if the clubs can agree a deal. Considering the enormity of the deal, there is still a long way to go before the striker is confirmed as a Juventus player. 

Earlier this week, long-term Higuain admirers Arsenal were said to be weighing up a move that would have involved Olivier Giroud moving to the Stadio San Paolo as a makeweight, but it looks as though Arsene Wenger will miss out on one of his top targets to the Italian giants. 

Higuain's profligacy have helped Napoli to the Coppa Italia in 2014, while the Argentine won three La Liga titles during his seven-year stint at Real Madrid.

Premier League Transfer Rumours: Memphis, Kompany, Higuain and.....

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Here it is! The latest round up of Premier League transfer rumours for this week, and you can bet your bottom dollar there's some corkers in Thursday's edition.

Have a gander, then...

12. Olympiakos Challenge Everton, Leicester and Hull in Robson-Kanu Chase.

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The likes of Leicester, Hull City and Everton face further competition in the race to sign free agent Hal Robson-Kanu this summer, as Greek champions Olympiakos are ready to offer a contract.
Welsh international Robson-Kanu came to Europe’s attention at Euro 2016, and is free to choose his next destination after leaving Reading at the end of last season. He’s been offered a reported £100,000-a-week by clubs in the Chinese Super League, but the Greek outfit are now considering an offer for him.
Everton are looking to add to their ranks up front, but are closing in on a deal for midfielder Axel Witsel.

11. Agent Confirms Sunderland Star’s Move to Napoli Is Imminent.

Germany v Italy - Quarter Final: UEFA Euro 2016
Emanuele Giaccherini is imminently set to sign for Napoli, according to his agent.
The Sunderland midfielder has been out of favour for most of his stay at the Stadium of Light, though he starred for Italy at Euro 2016. And agent Furio Valcareggi confirmed that a deal was agreed to take the player back to his homeland, with the Naples side.
He told Radio CRC: “Emanuele is very happy to join Napoli, a great team that will be playing to win. He’s finally getting what he deserves, after being underestimated for years.
“He’ll put in triple the effort to match what he showed at Euro 2016. Giaccherini runs 13km per game and plays wonderfully. He’s a box-to-box midfielder who can also play on the wing and who reaches the goal seven-eight times per game.
“He already spoke with [Napoli coach Maurizio] Sarri.”

10. Bournemouth Prepare £15m Double Swoop for QPR Defenders.

Liverpool U21 v Tottenham Hotspur U21: Barclays U21 Premier League
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is ready to keep on spending the big bucks ahead of the new Premier League season, amid reports he’s lining up a £15m double bid for QPR defenders Steven Caulker and Nedum Onuoha.
Howe is set to complete a deal for Jordon Ibe imminently for a similar fee, while he’s added the likes of Lewis Cook and Lys Mousset for big money too.
The Star however claim he’s ready to splash more cash in order to find suitable replacements for Tommy Elphick and Sylvain Distin – who’ve each left the club this summer.

9. Palace Switch Attention to West Brom Forward After Missing Out on Benteke.

West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United - Premier League
Crystal Palace have switched their attention to West Brom striker Saido Berahino after missing out on a deal for Liverpool’s Christian Benteke, according to South London Press.
Benteke has opted to stay at Anfield and fight for his place despite being subject to a big-money offer from the Eagles, with the differences in valuation between the two clubs being a little too wide to overcome. Instead, wantaway Berahino has become a main target.
He’s been linked with a host of clubs this summer, but Palace are ready to put up an offer to finally secure his exit from the Hawthorns.

8. West Ham Boosted as Strike Target Considers Napoli Future.

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Napoli forward Manolo Gabbiadini has provided West Ham with a huge boost, as he reportedly considers a summer move away from the club to pursue first team football.
Italian outlet Tutto Mercato claim both West Ham and Stoke are looking to sign the Italian, and that he’s ready to look at potential moves elsewhere after taking advice from his sister.
While Gabbiadini may be ready to leave, Napoli are however expected to be tough negotiators over his fee.

7. Leicester Prepare Final Offer of £15m for Burnley’s Michael Keane.

Burnley v Brentford - Sky Bet Championship
Premier League champions Leicester City are plotting a final bid worth £15m to land central defender Michael Keane from Burnley, according to the Telegraph.
The Clarets have already turned down bids of £10m and £12m for the former Manchester United youth, but Leicester are ready to return with another improved offer. Burnley are holding out for closer to £20m, but may buckle at the next offer should it come in.

6. Borussia Dortmund Linked With Move for Stoke Star Shaqiri.

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Stoke City attacker Xherdan Shaqiri is attracting interest from Thomas Tuchel’s Borussia Dortmund, according to a report from the Stoke Sentinel.
Shaqiri only joined Stoke last summer from Inter Milan, and played well in fits and starts for the Potters in his debut campaign. However, fear not Stoke fans, as separate reports claim BVB are very close to signing Wolfsburg’s Andre Schurrle and Bayern’s Mario Gotze – the latter from under the noses of Tottenham and Liverpool.
The arrival of both players would really limit the need for Dortmund to land Shaqiri, one would think.
In other Stoke news, they’re interested in bringing in Mario Lemina from Juventus.

5. Chelsea Remain in Pursuit of Bologna Wonderkid Amadou Diawara.

Chelsea’s pursuit of Bologna midfielder Amadou Diawara has yet to come to an end, with Antonio Conte’s side still looking to secure a deal.
Tuttosport claim the Blues are prepared to pay £18m for the teenager – a fee which is likely to tempt Bologna into selling – while it will also blow fellow interested party Roma out of the running to sign him.

4. Inter Ready to Sell Liverpool and Spurs Target If Witsel Comes in as Replacement.

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Inter Milan will allow Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal target Marcelo Brozovic to leave the club if they’re able to complete a deal to sign Axel Witsel.
Everton are closing in on the Belgian, as mentioned earlier, but Inter are well in the hunt for the Belgian too, and according to Gazzetta World, the Croatian will be allowed to leave for £21m if Witsel comes in.
However, a separate report from Corriere dello Sport claims that Inter will use Brozovic as bait to lure Erik Lamela back to Serie A.
The Nerazzurri have been chasing the Argentinian for several months, and will look to complete some kind of swap deal with Spurs involving the Croatian to get the deal done. Messy, eh?

3. Juventus Emerge as Arsenal’s Main Rivals in Higuain Chase.

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Gonzalo Higuain’s future is turning into one of the stories of the summer, with Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea each credited with interest in the Argentinian.
Atletico Madrid are also monitoring the Napoli star’s future, but Italian champions Juventus are the latest team to throw their name into the hat. Club owners – the investment company Exor – have given the go ahead for the club to try and sign him, and they could lodge a bid worth £79m to their domestic rivals.
CalcioMercato.com claim Juve are ready to meet the release clause in Higuain’s contract, meaning Arsenal may have some trouble in securing one of their primary targets.
Juve are also battling with Chelsea to sign Brazilian sensation Gabriel Barbosa.

2. Manchester City Skipper Targeted by Turkish Champions Besiktas.

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Turkish champions Besiktas are boldly pursuing a potential deal to sign Manchester City club captain Vincent Kompany, according to Fanatik.
Kompany has struggled with injury problems over the last several months, and speculation is abound over whether he will be retained in the City squad by new boss Pep Guardiola.
Besiktas president Fikret Orman is said to be monitoring the situation and meetings are even reported to have taken place at board level. The Champions League side believe they can sign Kompany for £25m, but will have to contend with his £130,000-a-week wage demands too.
City are pursuing John Stones – who could potentially become Kompany’s long-term replacement – but they’ll have to pay Everton more than £50m to get him.

1. Barcelona Line Up Shock Move for Manchester United Winger.

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Barcelona have been linked with a sensational and somewhat bizarre move to lure Memphis Depay from Jose Mourinho’s clutches at Manchester United.
Don Balon (yep, them again) claim that the Dutchman is being lined up by the Spanish champions as a potential arrival to supplement their current squad. Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne have arrived from French football this week to beef up the Catalans’ defence, and Memphis is next on the agenda according to the report.
United are said to be looking to recoup most of what they paid PSV Eindhoven for the player last summer.
On the incomings front at Old Trafford though, Paul Pogba’s finally had something to say on the speculation…