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MADNESS: Man City may submit £200 MILLION bid for Lionel Messi

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Stunningly Manchester City’s owners are really serious about purchasing arguably ‘the best player ever’ Lionel Messi for an incredible fee of £200 million!

The Mail on Sunday says City would have gone as far as paying Messi’s buy out clause from Barcelona of £200million. It is understood that the Argentinian star recently signed a long term contract worth over £16million per year!

Nonetheless the Argentinian star will be focusing on his upcoming World Cup final tonight rather than his Barcelona future, which is coming into doubt with the interest of Manchester City.

 

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Top 10 Football Transfers of Summer 2014 – Part 3

2. David Luiz, from Chelsea to PSG for £40 million

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David Luiz has received a lot of criticism for his adventurous style of play. Nonetheless David Luiz is good at retaining possession with the quality of his passing and his ability to dribble past players. On the other hand David Luiz can be known to drift out of position. Linking up with Brazilian teammate Thiago Silva at Paris  Saint German, the two will form a strong partnership that will be a force in Europe. For more information on this transfer see here.

 

1. Luis Suarez, from Liverpool to Barcelona for £75 million

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Luis Suarez has potentially been the best player in the Premierleague the past two seasons and Liverpool will miss the Uruagay sensation. However his on-pitch antics of biting various opponents and racial abusing Patrice Evra in 2012 have led to people talking about the star player for the wrong reasons. Nonetheless him, Neymar and  Lionel Messi will be a devastating trio in Europe next season.

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Top 10 Football Transfers of Summer 2014 – Part 2

5. Cesc Fabregas, from Barcelona to Chelsea for £30 million

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Despite heavily being linked with moves to Arsenal and Manchester United recently, Jose Mourinho captured the signing of Spanish icon Cesc Fabregas for a fee of £30 million from boyhood club Barcelona. Surprisingly the Catalan giants decided that the player they developed as a kid did not fit into their plans, therefore Cesc Fabregas has found his new home in London. Fabregas is known for his passing and scoring abilities, as well his leadership qualities which Chelsea are after because of their loss of club icon Frank Lampard. The arrivals of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa will make a Chelsea a force to reckon with! Chelsea’s opening game is against promoted side Burnley and are worth putting some money on at the odds they are rated at.

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4. Diego Costa, from Atletico Madrid to Chelsea  for £32 million

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We reckon Chelsea have sealed a bargain here with Luis Suarez rumored to have cost Barcelona £75 million. Half the price but Diego Costa is definitely not half the player. Of similar ability Diego Costa will show his value in the Premierleague instantly. He is an aggressive, strong and pacy player that scores goals for fun. Having led Atletico Madrid to their first La Liga title since 1996 and the Champions League Final in the 2013/2014 campaign Diego Costa proves to be a brilliant addition to their ranks.

 

3. Alexis Sanchez, from Barcelona to Arsenal  for £35 million

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It was almost certain that he would make the switch to Liverpool with Luis Suarez heading the other way, however luckily for Arsene Wenger, he was able to convince the Chilean star winger to make the move to the Emirates. Another a player that will instantly lighten up the Premiership with his magical ability to get players, pick out vital passes and score from the most awkward positions Arsenal have really purchased a fantastic player. Alexis Sanchez managed to score 19 La Liga goals for Barcelona the previous season. Arsenal fans may finally get their chance to finish above 4th this upcoming season! Have a look at the new look Arsenal side here.

 

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Top 10 Football Transfers of Summer 2014

10. Robert Lewandowski, from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich for Free

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Robert Lewandowski’s move to Bayern Munich has gone under the radar due to the amount of big money transfers in this summer window, however Robert Lewandowski has proved to be one of the best strikers in Europe in the past two seasons and will boost Bayern Munich’s chances of claiming back their Champions League title from Real Madrid next season. Bayern Munich have really got a bargain having not paid a penny on the transfer fee for this attacking veteran. All Fifa 15 players should be aware of the power of Bayern Munich with the addition of this reliable goalscorer. Yes, us at Clever Bets make jokes too.

 

9. Mario Mandzukic, from Bayern Munich to Atletico Madrid for near £20 million

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Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of Mario Mandzukic from Bayern Munich. The Croatian striker has signed a four-year contract with the Spanish champions and is a direct replacement for Chelsea signing Diego Costa. Mario Mandzukic is a great hitman with an eye for goal. He scored 26 goals in 46 appearances for Bayern Munich in his last season (2013/2014) for the Bundesliga giants. He will be a hit in La Liga, however we at Clever Bets reckon he will struggle to replicate what Diego Costa managed to do last season.

 

8. Adam Lallana, from Southampton to Liverpool for £25 million

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Adam Lallana has secured his move to one of the biggest teams in England after having a fantastic season at Southampton. His quick feet, cultured style and vision will definitely improve Liverpool’s attacking options as they re-enter the Champions League. Lallana will face competition from the likes of Raheem Sterling, Phillip Coutinho and Lazar Markovic, who they are also on the verge of signing. Liverpool look strong for next season. To see the new look Liverpool side click here.

 

7. Luke Shaw, from Southampton to Manchester United for £27 million

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As Manchester United looked to replace the aging Patrice Evra, Luke Shaw became the number one candidate. They finally secured their man to a four year contract on the 27th June 2014. Luke Shaw is known for his tremendous acceleration, impressive crossing and eye for a pass. He will be a brilliant asset to the Manchester United back line, however his defensive attributes are seemingly unproven at the highest level. Take a look at the new look Manchester United starting lineup here.

 

6. Ander Herrera, from Athletic Bilbao to Manchester United  for £29 million

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Finally Manchester United have signed a potentially world-class midfielder in Ander Herrera. Tipped by Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague to become ‘one of the best midfielders in the world’ Ander Herrera’s composure, skilled passing and vision will certainly assist Manchester United as they look for players that keep hold of the ball well. As  a top playmaker, the Spanish youngster will look to provide good service to the United attackers, as well as making sure the English side improve their retention of the ball. He is definitely one to look out for in the future!

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New look Arsenal Starting Lineup (2014/2015)

Alike Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool, Arsenal are another team looking to really compete in the upcoming 2014/2015 premierleague season and they have already left their mark by capturing the Chilean sensation Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona for a fee close to £28 million on 10th July 2014. Arsenal will be a force to be reckon with next season with the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy who has replaced Bacary Sagna.

Arsene Wenger is known to be quite shy in the market but by the looks of things these times are over as Arsenal seek to compete with the best in Europe by purchasing the best. Mesut Ozil is likely to be the first of many world class signings to arrive at the Emirates.

 

Potential Arsenal starting line-up:

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So what do you guys think of this new look Arsenal side? Are they dangerous? Leave your views below!


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New look Liverpool Starting Lineup (2014/2015)

A new look Liverpool starting XI is on the agenda of manager Brendan Rodgers with the imminent sale of Luis Suarez and return to the Champions League after sealing 2nd position last season.

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Brendan Rodgers’ side confirmed the arrival of Adam Lallana recently to follow up earlier deals for Rickie Lambert and Emre Can. Lazar Markovic looks to be the next arrival having missed out on Barcelona dazzler Alexis Sanchez. It is an exciting time for Liverpool fans who will be chuffed to understand that more transfer activity will be occurring in the coming weeks at Anfield. Divock Origi is considered to be another striking option being heavily linked with a move to the English side.

 

Potential starting lineup for opening game of the season:

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What do you think? Let us know who you hope to see in the starting XI below.

 

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New Manchester United Starting Lineup (2014/2015)

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So David Moyes has left the Man United ranks after a disastrous season whereby he failed to land the signings he was after. Last summer resulted in Moyes landing a last-minute panic buy in Marouane Fellani. On the other hand new manager Louis Van Gaal wasted no time when he secured his first 2 signings Ander Herrera, 24 from Athletic Bilbao and Luke Shaw, 18 from Southampton for a combined fee of near £60 million.

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Falcao and others!

Manchester United have been busy in the transfer window this summer, having signed the likes of Radamel Falcao, Angel Di Maria and Ander Herrera. The Manchester United fear factor is back! Have a look at their likely starting lineup below.

 

2014/2015 Starting lineup?

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Jones         Rojo

Valencia                                                      Shaw

Herrera      Blind

Mata         Rooney     Di Maria

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So that’s what we reckon we’re going to see in Man United’s starting XI. Who’s in your Manchester United starting XI? Leave a comment below.

 

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FOOTBALL: New Channel – Sky Sports 5 (sourced from Sky Sports)

Sky today have revealed some great news for millions of their customers ahead of the upcoming football season with the confirmation that Sky Sports are going to launch their first-ever television channel dedicated to European Football.

Customers with Sky Sports will be able to receive the new channel – Sky Sports 5 – as part of their sports package, at no extra cost, and as a further bonus they can also get two years’ free Sky Broadband Unlimited. Sky Sports 5 will screen over 600 live European football matches next season featuring some of the best players, the best teams and the best competitions. Sky Sports 5 will be the seventh channel from Sky Sports and will be the home of European Qualifiers, UEFA Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey for Sky Sports viewers, plus a host of other European football programming including Revista De La Liga and Champions League Weekly.

Sky Sports are launching a new channel, Sky Sports Five, the first channel dedicated to European football. The channel will show more than 600 live matches

For the first time Sky Sports will also offer exclusively live coverage of Holland’s top division Eredivisie. The new 4-year deal announced today will bring live matches each week to Sky Sports 5, enabling viewers to follow the domestic campaigns of the Netherlands’ top teams including Ajax, Feyenoord, FC Twente and PSV Eindhoven.

 

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Sky ambassador David Beckham:

“Some of my greatest playing moments were on the European stage with Manchester United, playing in El Clasico for Real Madrid and captaining England in Euro qualifiers.  Sky Sports 5 will offer all the drama and excitement that European football has to offer and I’ll certainly be gripped.”

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Arsenal to spend BIG on transfers with Karim Benzema on radar

After finally securing his first trophy in almost a decade Arsene Wenger was rewarded with a new contract, which may please some Arsenal fans and annoy others. Nonetheless Arsene Wenger will remain the manager of Arsenal and will be delighted to hear that he will be being backed this summer in the transfer window according to Sky sources.

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Don’t be surprised to see Arsenal spend big this summer and potentially break their transfer record that the signing of Mesut Ozil broke the previous summer. With a transfer kitty reported to be in the excess of £100 million many Arsenal fans may finally get their wish as they look to bring in some world class talent.

 

But who?

Here are a few players that Arsenal are keeping tabs on as they intend to reinforce the strength of the squad:

1. Serge Aurier (Toulouse) is a promising young right back and has been heavily linked with a move as they look to replace Bacary Sagna who looks set to leave the Emirates in the hunt of a new challenge. Serge Aurier may be available for ‘as little’ as £7 million.

2. Lars Bender (Bayern Leverkuson) is another man that has heavily been linked with Arsenal in recent weeks. He is a tall solid defensive midfielder that plays for Bayern Leverkuson, which is currently needed in the Arsenal’s midfield to help take some of the pressure off heavily relied upon midfielder Mathieu Flamini.

3. Micah Richards (Manchester City) is on his way out of Manchester City and it may be a great decision for Arsene Wenger to take on the experienced defender who has surprisingly faded out of the premierleague after showing signs of becoming a great England defender in the past. Arsenal will be able to get him on the cheap and he would really boost Arsene Wenger’s options in defense.

4. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) may be good option for Arsenal with Ramsey and Wilshere both having spent lengthy spells on the sidelines with injuries this term, central midfield is an area that greatly needs strengthening because of the recurrence of injuries that seems to plague this position.

5. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) would undoubtedly be a great signing for Arsenal with a lot of their reliance being put upon the shoulders of Oliver Giroud, who has done well but could do with some assistance. Benzema’s purchase would really lift the whole team as Mesut Ozil’s purchase from Real Madrid also did at the beginning of last season.

6. Loic Remy (QPR) would be a good cheaper alternative to Karim Benzema. He has demonstrated this season that he deserves to play at a higher level than Newcastle and Arsene Wenger is a keen admirer of the top striker.

7. Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona) would obviously be an ideal signing for Arsene Wenger who had to let him go a few years ago. With him seemingly falling out with the board at Barcelona it looks like he may be on his way back to the premierleague, but where to? Only time will tell. We will follow all of these transfer stories closely! Let us know who you want Arsenal to buy by commenting below.

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Manchester United owner Malcom Glazer dies aged 86

Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer has died at the age of 86.

Malcom Glazor sadly died three days after his 86th birthday on the 28 May 2014. He was the president and chief executive officer of First Allied Corporation, a holding company for his varied business interests, and owned both Manchester United of the Premier League and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a NFL team based in Tampa, Florida.

Glazer bought Manchester United in 2005 and since then the club won five Premier League titles (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013), as well as the 2008 Champions League title.

A statement on the website of NFL team Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which Glazer also owns, confirmed the news.

It read: “We are saddened to announce the passing of Owner/President Malcolm Glazer earlier this morning at the age of 86.

Mr Glazer leaves behind his wife Linda, six children and 14 grandchildren.

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Five young players to watch at World Cup 2014

There will be some top young players on show at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Here are a few to keep your eye on:

 

Julien Draxler (Schalke)
Germany

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Julien Draxler, who recently turned 20 managed to score 11 goals in the last campaign and has already drawn comparisons to former Germany star Michael Ballack. He has been capped seven times already and looks to help Germany to World Cup glory.

Draxler is a promising attacking midfielder with brilliant flair and attacking ability who will really shine on the big stage.

 

William Carvalho (Sporting Lisbon)
Portugal

William Carvalho’s price has seemed to have risen substantially in the last few months, thanks to great spells for both Sporting Lisbon and Portugal.

While not the fastest or most explosive player, Carvalho excels in his holding role thanks to positioning, great timing of tackles, keeping possession and dictating play with his fine passing. He is a major target for a number of top European clubs and should excel in the upcoming tournament.

 

Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli)
Italy

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The Napoli forward is an undoubted talent. He has the dogged tenacity of Antonio Cassano and shades of the diminutive Antonio di Natale with his wonderful first-touch and busy dribbling style.

He’s become an integral cog in Rafa Benitez’s attacking machine, with Marek Hamsik, Gonzalo Higuain and Jose Callejon also helping Napoli to second in Serie A.

 

Paul Pogba (Juventus)
France

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Manchester United have needed to sign a dynamic central midfielder capable of playing between both penalty boxes, and while David Moyes presumably signed Marouane Fellaini to fill this role last summer, his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson failed to see he already had a player capable of that role on his books in Paul Pogba.

The 6’1″ midfielder left Old Trafford for Juventus in summer 2012, and immediately made an impact in the first team, earning his first league title after a fine debut season in Serie A.

In December 2013 Pogba won the Golden Boy award for the best young player in Europe, and he looks set for great success with both Juventus and France in future.

 

Neymar (Barcelona)
Brazil

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Neymar is the definitely the youngster with the biggest shoulders to fill this World Cup. With the whole Brazilian nation behind him we expect him to excel and really show what he is capable of on the greatest stage in the world.

It has been an inconsistent beginning to his Barcelona career but we expect this not to affect him as he and his teammates seek to bring the trophy back to Brazil.

 

So…

all of these youngsters have great potential, but which youngster is going to lead their country to victory. To find great value odds on the country you think will win World Cup 2014 click here.

 

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Competition: Predict the Champions League Final 2014 score (Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid)

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Transfer news: PSG buy David Luiz for £40million from Chelsea

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Paris Saint German are finalizing a spectacular deal to bring David Luiz to France for £40  million from Chelsea according to Sky sources.

This will make the Brazilian the most expensive defender in the world. David Luiz, 27, appears to be deemed surplus to requirements by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. Skipper John Terry has signed a one-year extension to his contract, and Gary Cahill has been a fixture in the heart of the Blues defence.

 

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Branislav Ivanovic is also capable of playing as a centre-back, and Mourinho – who has used Luiz predominantly as a defensive midfielder – is also known to be a fan of rising youngster Tomas Kalas.

David Luiz joined Chelsea from Benfica in 2011, in a £23.5m deal during the January transfer window, and he still has two years left on his contract at Stamford Bridge. The Chelsea star is now on his way to Paris for an astonishing £40 million.

We are gobsmacked by this fee. What do you guys think? Let us know by commenting below.

 

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Cesc Fabregas looks set to leave Barcelona!

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It looks like Cesc Fabregas time second stay at Barcelona may coming to a surprising end after the missing the club’s photo shoot.

There has been a lot of speculation from newspapers such as Daily Express who suggest he may be on his way to Manchester United or Arsenal after being left out of Barcelona’s kit launch.

All the big guns including Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez, Neymar and Gerard Pique, but Cesc Fabregas wasn’t present. It echoes memories of when Thiago Alcantara was left out prior to his move to Bayern Munich last summer.

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With both Manchester United and Arsenal ready to pounce on the Catalan playmaker, it seems the asking price of £45 million may be paid. Will Barcelona really let him go with Xavi’s playing days soon coming to an end?

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Cristiano Ronaldo could quit Real Madrid soon

Cristiano Ronaldo has been a vital player for Real Madrid since he moved to the Spanish giants and he has improved year upon year. But is his time at the Galaticos coming to an end?

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s main goal at the Santiago Bernabeu has been to win the Champions League for the second time and his dream may come true soon as Real Madrid face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final on Sunday 24th May 2014.  Ronaldo has considered this game to be a “50/50” encounter, however Real Madrid truly have a great chance to get their  first Champions League trophy since 2002. They truly can’t afford to let this chance slip up with the pressure from their fans and the board.

However if Ronaldo does win this competition with Real Madrid we could potentially see the end of his stay in La Liga amid interest from French giants PSG and Monaco who have the funds to tempt the Portuguese star away. Cristiano Ronaldo has became visibly frustrated during this season  because of the way of new signing Gareth Bale has seemed to get in his way by taking free-kicks and by occupying his  favored positions when the two are on the pitch. This may be another factor that influences his future plans.

In addition Ronaldo has spoke upon his desire to return to Manchester United one day and a Champions League win may be a suitable time to make his exit. Ronaldo moved to Real Madrid from Manchester Utd in 2009 for a record fee of £80 million but he still has an intimate relationship with the majority of Man United fans who adore him. We, ourselves see Ronaldo wanting to stay at least another year before deciding to move on, however weirder things have happened and we will be following this story very closely.

 

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Toni Kroos to Manchester United deal nearly done! (Sourced from ESPN)

Manchester United believe they are close to capturing Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos after advancements, according to sources close to Old Trafford.

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The United hierarchy are now confident that the agreement between the two clubs is in place for the 24-year-old to become the first of potentially five high-profile signings by Man United. As Toni Kroos is moving into the final year of his contract at Bayern, this makes it easier for United to get their midfield maestro. Kroos being in his final year may persuade the German Double winners to consider selling the player this summer rather than see him possibly leave for free 12 months later. Toni Kroos is not happy with the way Bayern value him and Man Utd may step in to give him the wages he believes he deserves.

Louis van Gaal, whose appointment as successor to David Moyes was confirmed on Monday, has a significant rebuilding job with several players moving on and Ryan Giggs, who will be his No. 2, also hanging up his boots. United plan to spend at least £130 million improving four key areas: central midfield, central defence and left-back.

Toni Kroos is the exact type of player that Manchester United need. It is easy to compare him to the likes of Paul Scholes. He is  a great central midfielder who has great vision, can pick a pass and has remarkable shooting range. Paul Scholes himself has urged the club to make Kroos a priority target this summer!

 

Paul Scholes:

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“The first player I’d bring in is Toni Kroos. He’s a top-class central midfield player but United need five or six to get anywhere near the top of the Premier League again.”

 

Surprisingly, United may enjoy more success in bringing in one of Arturo Vidal from Juventus or Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas. While there is a belief that the Chilean midfielder can be secured relatively cheaply in relation to his standing, Barca may also be “open-minded” about offers for Fabregas. Cesc Fabregas is not strictly for sale, but Barca will consider approaches. Sources have stated that both United and Arsenal have been made aware of the situation.

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How much is the supposed agreed deal for Toni Kroos worth?

Sources suggest Manchester United are proposing a £20 million move for the German playmaker, which will be a lot cheaper than the proposed £45 million deal for Cesc Fabregas.

 

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Man Utd target Shaw house hunting & set to sign soon

Rumours suggest highly rated youngster Luke Shaw is house hunting around Manchester amid reports of his transfer to Manchester United! Manchester United expect to sign Luke Shaw this week, with the Southampton full-back on the lookout for a new house in Cheshire.

According to The Mirror, the 18-year-old’s family are happy with the proposed transfer to Old Trafford, and are now helping the youngster find a new home in the north of England.

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Reports have suggested that Manchester United and Southampton are currently in negotiations over a £27 million fee for the teenager and the house hunting rumours circulating perpetuate the likelihood that this transfer will be completed soon.

It’s expected that Shaw will receive a massive contract at Manchester United, as he looks to continue his rise in the footballing world. It appears that the youngster’s agents will finalise terms with Louis van Gaal’s side this week, as United prepare to enter a new era.

Shaw will be desperate to prove his credentials in Brazil this summer, before heading to The Theatre of Dreams after the World Cup.

It certainly looks set to be a busy summer for Manchester United, and the Shaw signing could well be the first of many for the club.

 

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Man Utd may give Louis Van Gaal up to £130m to spend on transfer targets

With the imminent arrival of manager Louis Van Gaal it may excite Manchester Utd fans and worry rival fans that the Glazer family may be giving Louis Van Gaal a transfer kitty of £130 million to spend on new players (excluding wages).

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This of course will put fear into the boots of the likes of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who got taught the ropes by Louis Van Gaal in his period coaching at Barcelona.

In recent weeks there has been a lot of speculation regarding his potential transfer targets and it looks like the prestige manager will urge the board to make Toni Kroos a Manchester United player. Since Paul Scholes retired Man Utd have failed to find a playmaker in central midfield that scores for fun and Kroos looks the perfect fit.

In addition Van Gaal will look to boost his center of defense with the loss of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand this summer. A player likely to be targeted by the Dutchman is Mats Hummels, an accomplished central defender that will fit right in at Manchester United. In terms of the left back position, Manchester United will be looking to tie up the Luke Shaw deal as soon as possible after reports of interest from Liverpool FC and a host of others.

With regards to the wingers, we wait to see if Van Gaal will choose to bolster his options. The future Man United careers of Wilfried Zaha, Ashley Young and Nani are up in the air and with Louis Van Gaal reportedly interested in signing either Lucas Moura, Arjen Robben, Marco Reus or Thomas Muller means these Man United wingers may be on there way out. Nonetheless Ryan Giggs and others certainly will have their input on the matter.

Who do you want to see at Manchester United? Leave your views below!

 

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Football Feuds – Enemies of the game

Rivalries in world football are all special. These rivalries are important for a variety of reasons and certainly have entertained us viewers over the years.

Here’s three of many football’s biggest feuds:

 

Patrick Vieira vs Roy Keane

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The Premier League in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s was all about Manchester United and Arsenal. They consisted of rock-solid defending, world class goals and a fight or two every season. Two captains in Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane constantly squared up in showcasing leadership and determination. They are also two phenomenal players and had a habit for putting in a nasty tackle in.

 

Barcelona vs Real Madrid

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El Clasico, as the world knows, remains one of the most heated rivalries in world football. The two most decorated clubs in Spain often battle each other on the pitch whether it’s by scoring goals, making dangerous challenges or stamping on eachother. They are sometimes identified as having opposing political positions, with Real Madrid viewed as representing Spanish nationalism and Barcelona viewed as representing Catalanism.

 

Patrice Evra vs Luis Suarez

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This historic feud began at Anfield when Luis Suarez was accused of racially abusing Patrice Evra. Luis Suarez was fined £40,000 and banned for 8 games. The FA charged the Uruguayan with “abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour contrary to FA rules”, including “a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Patrice Evra.” In the aftermath, when Liverpool faced Manchester United at Old Trafford, Suárez seemed to avoid shaking Evra’s hand, leading to Evra grabbing Suárez’s arm.

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England Starting XI for World Cup 2014 in Brazil

The upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil has been described as a “difficult task” according to England manager, Roy Hodgson. They have a challenge of facing four-time World Cup winners Italy, Costa Rica and a Uruguay team with Luis Suarez leading the line, as well as playing in the unfortunate heat in Brazil. The world cup starts on Thursday 12th June and here is who we think will start for England.

 

Potential England starting line-up (4-2-3-1) in Brazil:

Goalkeeper: Joe Hart

Joe Hart has suffered a dip in form the last couple of years due to confidence issues, however he is still England’s number one goalkeeper and should be given his start.

 

Right back: Glen Johnson

Glen Johnson is a very experienced defender that can cope with pressure of a high-caliber game. His attacking prowess and his improved defending ability will aid England.

 

Centre-back: Gary Cahill

Alongside John Terry, Gary Cahill has been formidable this season and will give England the solidity they need to take on the best attackers in the world at the World Cup 2014.

 

Centre-back: Phil Jagielka

Phil Jagielka is a very trusted experienced centre-back that has been immense for Everton this season. He has earned his spot in the starting lineup after putting in brilliant performances this season.

 

Left-back: Leighton Baines

Although Luke Shaw has been fantastic this season I feel Leighton Baines will get the nod after a solid season this year. Due to Ashley Cole’s lack of matches I feel he may miss out due to the high calibre of performances from Baines and Shaw.

 

Centre-midfield: Steven Gerrard

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Steven Gerrard has proven to be invaluable for Liverpool this season after having a phenomenal year and looks likely to pick up his first Premierleague winners medal after showing the consistency and leadership England will need to have a chance of having any success in this tournament.

 

Centre-midfield: Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere showed real promise in the first half of the season, picked up an injury but should still be given his spot alongside the Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard. He has the quality, drive, physical ability and composure that England need in this competition.

 

Right attacking midfielder: Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling has had an excellent year this season and left defenders quivering in their boots with his sensational speed, dribbling skill and athleticism. He has showed that he’s a big game player and we don’t expect the World Cup to phase him.

 

Centre-forward: Wayne Rooney

It would be a surprise to see Wayne Rooney left out of the starting lineup. Although he has never reached his full potential at a major international tournament yet. Hopefully Wayne Rooney will shine in the World Cup 2014 and lead England further than expected in the competition.

 

 

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Left attacking midfielder: Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana has been brilliant again this season for Southampton and has earned his place in the England starting line-up with sparkling performances throughout the season.

 

Striker: Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge is England’s most inform striker this year and has led the line superbly with Luis Suarez in this 2013/2014 season coming up with 34 goals in 46 appearances so far.

Who would be in your starting lineup? Leave your comments below.

 

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Sky sources: David Moyes will be sacked as Manchester United manager in next 24 hours

David Moyes will be sacked as Manchester United manager in next 24 hours, according to Sky sources.

The current Premier League champions have refused to discuss these reports on Monday afternoon, but Sky sources suggest that the Scotsman David Moyes will be officially sacked on 22nd April 2014.

Moyes has gone through a difficult reign ever since taking charge of Manchester United last summer, but the club were expected to stick by the Scot, despite a lack of success in domestic and European competitions.

United’s board appear set to cut short Moyes’ six-year deal in the wake of the latest 2-0 defeat at former club Everton, which left United 13 points adrift of the Premier League top four.

Reaching the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League did briefly ease the pressure on Moyes, but they bowed out with a 4-2 aggregate defeat against Bayern Munich.

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David Moyes said he couldn’t fault how his players played and felt two silly mistakes cost Manchester United the game.

Sir Alex Ferguson had urged the club to give the next manager time when he stepped down in May after a glittering spell at Old Trafford, but owners, the Glazer family, seem to have lost patience.

Ferguson, who has watched many of United’s games from the stands, himself had a tough start to his 27-year spell in charge, but went on to win two UEFA Champions League trophies, 13 Premier League titles and five FA Cups.

United are expected to spend heavily in the summer and a successor would be entrusted with the transfer fund, which is reported to be around £150million.

Holland manager Louis van Gaal, who is leaving after the World Cup, Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp, Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone and Paris St-Germain’s Laurent Blanc have been tipped as possible contenders to replace Moyes.

Sky Sports pundit Tony Cottee suggested that Moyes had lost the backing of some members of his squad.

Speaking on Gillette Soccer Special, Cottee said: “The key question is has he got the support of the players?

“Looking at the performances, I would say no at the moment. Players are very powerful these days.”

 


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Jose Mourinho vs His Strikers – 2013/2014 HITS & MISSES

It’s true that Jose Mourinho has improved the careers of a number of top class strikers in his years as a manager. He has helped the likes of Samuel Eto’o, David Milito, Gonzalo Higuain  and most notably Didier Drogba flourish under his management, however you have to agree that he has failed to get the best out of strikers this season (2013/2014). Is it because they lack quality or because of the stubborn side of Jose Mourinho’s personality?

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Jose Mourinho has been constantly complaining about his lack of striking options this season. But maybe he deserves to be criticized over his handling of strikers at Chelsea this season? Perhaps if he had put more faith in his strikers they may have scored more goals? The players he has had at his disposal this year have been Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba. Jose’s handling of his strikers this season has been questionable and here is how we think he has handled his strikers this season:

 

Fernando Torres – MISS

Handling of player – 3/10
Player rating for this season – 3/10
Potential rating for this season – 8/10

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The former Liverpool talisman has never quite got his sharpness back at Chelsea, however we were definitely seeing signs of the old Torres towards the end of the 2012/2013 season with him finding his shooting boots reaching 22 goals. However Mourinho has managed destroy his confidence by leaving him on the bench constantly and perhaps not giving him enough of a chance. I really think if Mourinho made him his main man at the start of the season, we could have seen a very different Torres this season.

 

Demba Ba – MISS

Handling of player – 2/10
Player rating for this season – 3/10
Potential rating for this season – 7/10

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It is without a doubt that Mourinho underestimates the ability of this man. At Newcastle he showed us time after time his ability to dominate the front-line, get among players and score unorthodox quality goals. Click here for an example. Demba Ba has the quality and can pinch a goal at anytime, as he proved against PSG in the final minutes of the Champions League Quater Final on the 8th April 2014. With more faith in this player Mourinho could have got a bag of goals out of this striker, who has been hugely disregarded this season.

 

Samuel Eto’o – HIT

Handling of player – 10/10
Player rating for this season – 7/10
Potential rating for this season – 7/10

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It was a great decision for Mourinho to bring back his former star at Inter Milan. The African veteran has proved many doubters wrong this season who have suggested he is ‘past it’ by scoring some vital goals this season and helping his team. Mourinho has handled Eto’o well and put his faith in him. Eto’o has been vital towards the end of this season.

 

Romelu Lukaku – MISS

Handling of player – 0/10
Player rating for this season – 8/10
Potential rating for this season – 9/10

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Mourinho decided Romelu Lukaka would not be in his plans for his return season to Chelsea, therefore he loaned him out after his brilliant season playing for West Brom. Unsurprisingly Lukaku has excelled Mourinho’s expectations at Everton by putting them in contention with a Champions League spot by scoring 14 goals in his first 27 games for Everton. There is no doubt Mourinho must be kicking himself with this decision.

 

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WE DID IT – We turned £10 into £1000 completing our 14 bets challenge

We did it!

With all of the ridiculous get money quick schemes out there on the internet, as well as the countless football betting tipster websites out there that claim to be thousands in profit. We at Clever Bets are one of the genuine few that are actually making their subscribers good profits and we have a great example of how we do it.

One of the things that sets Clever Bets apart from the rest is the Clever Bets £10 to £1000 14 bets challenge that we have now completed TWICE! Some doubted we could do it again, but we proved them wrong when we completed it for the second time on the 5th April 2014. We began the challenge on the 16th March 2014 and were able to complete it within 3 weeks. To see what the challenge consists of please scroll down.

 

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What does the 14 bets challenge consist of?

The 14 bets £10 to £1000 challenge consists of beginning with £10 and simply placing 14 consecutive bets. The profits are reinvested with each bet you do, which eventually accumulates into £1000 by the time you reach the 14th bet.

 

So here’s how we did it in April 2014:

BetDateSelectionStakeReturn
Bet 116/03/2014Arsenal – Win/Draw double chance
Parma – Asian handicap (+1.5)
£10£19
Bet 218/03/2014Chelsea – Over 1.5 team goals£19£30.59
Bet 319/03/2014Man United – Win£30.59£76.48
Bet 421/03/2014PSG – Win£76.48£110.13
Bet 522/03/2014Liverpool – Win£110.13£154.18
Bet 623/03/2014Parma – Win/Draw double chance£154.18£181.93
Bet 723/03/2014Real Madrid v Barcelona – Over 1.5 goal line£181.93£214.68
Bet 825/03/2014Arsenal – Win/Draw double chance
Man Utd v Man City – Over 0.5 2nd half goals
£214.68£296.26
Bet 926/03/2014Liverpool – Win£296.26£349.56
Bet 1028/03/2014Schalke – Win/Draw double chance£349.56£436.95
Bet 1130/03/2014Everton – Win/Draw double chance
Real Sociedad – Asian handicap (+1.5)
£436.95£576.77
Bet 1201/04/2014Atletico Madrid – Asian handicap (+2.5)£576.77£692.12
Bet 1302/04/2014Real Madrid – Asian handicap (0)£692.12£759.94
Bet 1405/04/2014Man United – Asian handicap (+0.5)£759.94£1,002.88

 

Interested?

Want to take part in the next Clever Bets 14 bets challenge and enjoy turning £10 into £1000? To see the current challenge everyone is taking part in click here. If you would like to take part with everyone click here to join the Exclusive Clever Bets premium membership club.

 

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BREAKING NEWS: Barcelona banned from making transfers in the next two windows (sourced from Sky Sports)

Barcelona have been banned from transferring players in the next two windows by FIFA.

The Spanish giants are deemed to have breached rules relating to the “international transfers of non-Spanish minors”, according to a statement from the game’s governing body, and they have also been fined along with the Spanish FA (RFEF).

Following investigations by both the FIFA Transfer Matching System and the Disciplinary Committee, Barcelona and the RFEF have both been found to have violated several provisions of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, as well as other regulations regarding the registration and participation of certain players in national competitions.

The FIFA statement added: “The disciplinary committee emphasised that the protection of minors in the context of international transfers is an important social and legal issue that concerns all stakeholders in football.

“The committee highlighted that while international transfers might, in specific cases, be favourable to a young player’s sporting career, they are very likely to be contrary to the best interests of the player as a minor.

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Barcelona have been given a year-long transfer ban by FIFA after breaching the rules on transfers of players under 18.

“Young football players are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse in a foreign country without the proper controls. This particular fact makes the protection of minors in football by the sport’s governing bodies, especially by FIFA, even more important.”

The Spanish FA, which violated article 19 of the regulations regarding the first registration of the players, has been given a period of one year in to regularise their regulatory framework and existing system concerning the international transfer of minors in football”.

Barcelona will almost certainly appeal against the transfer ban, which has cast a shadow of doubt over moves already agreed for Borussia Monchengladbach keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Croatian 17-year-old Alen Halilovic, who turns 18 in June.

Barcelona have a trio of youth players from South Korea, including much-sought after 15-year-old striker Lee Seung Woo, plus other players from Africa. FIFA only allows international youth transfers when one of three situations apply: the player’s parents have moved country for their own, non-related reasons; the move takes place within the European Union if a player is aged between 16 and 18; or the player’s home is less than 50 kilometres from the national border being crossed.

Sky Sports Spanish football expert, Guillem Balague, said: “The immediate reaction is shock, but at same time there have been so many cases not investigated for so many years, not just at Barcelona but at other clubs too.

“Barcelona say they are calm and they believe they have an explanation as to why and how these players have been signed.  I very much doubt Barcelona would do that illegally and they must have some explanation.”

 

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Jose Mourinho – Is he a clueless manager or a genius manager?

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Some of you may be thinking the title of this post is complete nonsense. But, is he an clueless manager who does not know what he’s doing? Of course he is not! He is blatantly a tactical genius with outstanding man-management skills! Jose Mourinho is certainly a master of his craft. Having studied the game he has adopted a number of great skills that have allowed him to achieve what he has in the game – including 2 champions league winning medals with Porto and Inter Milan. These achievements would go well on any of our CV’s.

The two-time Chelsea manager is one that loves to play mind games. Sometimes he attempts to disrupt the morale of opposition managers, players or teams with his mischievous messages in the press. An example can be found in his supposed attempts to sign Wayne Rooney at the beginning of the 2013/2014 season from the champions Manchester United, which led to disruption of the Manchester United camp.

Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side will come up against a  fired up Paris Saint German (PSG) side on the 2nd April 2014 in the quater finals of the Champions League 2013/2014 season and Mourinho has decided to approach the game in a respectful manner by praising his former player Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Perhaps the unavailability of key on-form players such as Nemanja Matic and Samuel Etoo have added to Mourinho feeling slightly wary of the threat of the opposition. We predict a cautious Chelsea side to feature against PSG. They will attempt to grab a goal and keep  the game tight as Jose Mourinho loves to do, however with an attacking combination of Edison Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic it may be difficult for Chelsea to hold on to a draw against them.

 

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