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    25,009 posts since Sep '05
    • The financial fair play rules won't apply much to them as they have a over $100m annual profit to back them. It's those like Chelsea and City who hasn't got a huge commercial income and are back artificially that the rules are aim at.

      Anyway, United have takeover debts, Arsenal also have a $100m stadium debts yet to clear... Chelsea and City obviously don't have any... Spurs are probably manage the best in terms of accounting matters but not on pitch tho.

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    • Sahin in, Tello no-go: Liverpool land one target but lose out on another

      Real Madrid's Turkey midfielder is set to be unveiled on Thursday to kick off a year at Anfield as Barca starlet decides to stay at the Nou Camp

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      Turkish delight: Liverpool have sealed a deal for Sahin
      Turkish delight: Liverpool have sealed a deal for Sahin

      Brendan Rodgers is continuing his overhaul of Liverpool by taking Nuri Sahin on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.

      The agreement with the Spanish champions Real over the midfielder's move to Anfield includes an option for a permanent deal, and he is expected to be unveiled on Thursday.

      Sahin, 23, is a German-born Turkey international who can play in midfield or defence.

      He impressed with Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, but has failed to make an impact since his move to the Bernabeu last summer.

      While the Reds boss has completed one significant loan deal, to add to his purchases of Roma striker Fabio Borini and Swansea midfielder Joe Allen, another has collapsed.

      Barcelona starlet Cristian Tello has insisted he will stay at the Nou Camp until at least January.

      The highly-rated forward was also wanted by Rodgers on a one-year loan, but he has opted to stay with Barca in an attempt to force his way into the side.

      Tello, 21, has confirmed he will sit tight for at least one more transfer window.

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    • Van United: Fergie finally lands RvP with massive £40million package

      Arsenal will get £24m for striker they faced losing for nothing in a year, he'll get £200k-a-week - and the Gunners may get Chicharito too!

      Take it as Red: Van Persie is United bound to end the summer's No.1 saga Take it as Red: Van Persie is United bound to end the summer's No.1 saga

       

       

       

      Sir Alex Ferguson has finally got his man, with Robin van Persie poised to join Manchester United in a £24million deal.

      Van Persie will sign a four-year contract with United on £200,000-a-week in a package worth almost £40m to the Holland international.

      United will pay £15m cash up front with the fee rising to a guaranteed £22m. But, depending on other add-ons, Arsenal could still land £24m.

      As revealed by the Mirror on Tuesday, Arsenal agreed to sell their captain and star striker once their asking price was met.

      He will travel to Manchester on Thursday, where he will undergo a medical at the city's Bridgewater Hospital before the deal is completed.

      After weeks of wrangling, Ferguson had made a personal plea to old foe Arsene Wenger to agree to allow van Persie to join United. Wenger was reluctant to let his prized asset join United, but was forced to cave in once the offer reached £24m.

      The Dutchman had just one year left on his contract, and Arsenal faced the prospect of losing him for nothing next year unless they sold.

      The capture is a formidable statement of intent from United on the eve of the new Premier League season, as they aim to reclaim the title from local rivals Manchester City.

      United's attack now boasts the Premier League's two leading strikers from last season in van Persie and Wayne Rooney, who scored 71 goals between them.

       

       

       

      Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie

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      Ferguson feared he had lost out on van Persie a few weeks ago, with the United boss privately claiming Wenger wanted £30m for the forward.

      And only last week Ferguson went public with that dismay, accusing Wenger of trying to sell van Persie to any club other than United.

      Yet despite interest from Manchester City and Juventus, United was always Van Persie's first-choice, with Arsenal's asking price the only stumbling block to the move.

      Arsenal confirmed the deal on their website and United released their own statement moments later which said: "Manchester United is pleased to announce it has reached agreement with Arsenal for the transfer of Robin van Persie.

      "The deal is subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms."

      The news was greeted with fury by celebrity Arsenal fan and TV presenter Piers Morgan, who laid into the Dutchman on Twitter, labelling him "mercenary, heartless and selfish."

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    • Red Van Man! Fergie finally seals deal for Gunners captain RVP

       

      RVP is United&rsquo;s Wayne man

       

       

       

      ALEX FERGUSON landed Robin van Persie last night for £22million.

      And he promised him the chance to form a dream partnership at Manchester United with Wayne Rooney.

      Van Persie will travel to Old Trafford today for a medical after agreeing terms of just over £200,000 a week.

      As SunSport said on Tuesday, boss Fergie hoped to complete the transfer before the big kick-off this weekend.

      Van Persie, 29, who refused to sign a new deal at Arsenal, has been told he will be played at United as an out-and-out striker.

      Rooney will operate in a free role behind him.

      Fergie had feared Manchester City could still land RVP. City boss Roberto Mancini had insisted that the club were no longer in a position to secure him but United believed this was not the case.

      Rooney was also delighted at the news and took to twitter to taunt celebrity Arsenal fan Piers Morgan.

      He said: “Arrrr, poor Piers. what’s up now, big man?”

      Morgan responded by calling Roo “the No 2 striker at Old Trafford”.

      United will pay £15m cash up front with the fee rising to a guaranteed £22m. But, depending on other add-ons, Arsenal could still land £24m.

      Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said: “It’s sad to lose a player of his quality. He had a year left on his deal so we didn’t have the choice.”

      When asked if he would spend on new players, Wenger said: “We’ve already recruited to replace him.”

       

      Robin Van Persie
      RIGHT MAN FOR THE ROB ... Van Persie has opted for Man Utd despite interest from their neighbours City


       

      In a club statement, the Gunners said: “Van Persie will travel up to Manchester on Thursday so he can agree terms and complete a medical ahead of the proposed transfer.”

      A spokesman for United added: “We are pleased to announce we’ve reached agreement with Arsenal for the transfer of Robin Van Persie.”

      United midfielder Tom Cleverley was told the news after playing in England’s 2-1 win against Italy last night.

      And he said: “He’s a great player — he can only make us strong.”


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    • United 1 City 0: Hot-shot Henriquez turns his back on bigger bid by Blues

       

      Fergie's years of work pay off as the teenage Chilean striker sticks to his agreement to move to Old Trafford despite the champions' late interest

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      Angelo of the north: Henriquez is bound for the red side of Manchester
      Angelo of the north: Henriquez is bound for the red side of Manchester despite their 'noisy neighbours' being ready to pay more money.

       

       
       

       

      Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has won a major signing battle with neighbours City by landing Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez.

      Ferguson convinced the teenage sensation to join the Reds in whirlwind talks after City made a concerted attempt to hijack the move - as exclusively revealed by MirrorFootball.

      The youngster flew into Manchester for a medical after deciding to stick by United - who have had an agreement set up with him for months - despite their 'noisy neighbours' being ready to pay more money.

      Sources close to Henriquez revealed his 'heart' is still with United, who have courted him for years - they even had him over for a visit in his early teens - and struck an agreement two months ago, as we revealed in June.

      United decided to take up the option with Universidad de Chile to avoid champions City gazumping them and they will now try to secure a work permit for the starlet.

      Henriquez lived up to his youthful promise with a burst of goals after he broke into Universidad's first team.

      Both the Manchester clubs were camped out to watch him in action at a tournament in Holland over the weekend and the player's agent was due to meet the two sides.

      However, Henriquez took the decision out of everyone's hands by heading for Old Trafford immediately.

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    • Henriquez in dreamland after sealing switch to Man United

       

      Deal: Henriquez completed his medical on Tuesday

      Deal: Henriquez completed his medical on Tuesday

      New arrival: Henriquez (right) says he's fulfilling a dream after completing his move to Manchester United

      New arrival: Henriquez (right) says he's fulfilling a dream after completing his move to Manchester United

       

       
       

       

       

      Angelo Henriquez has no intention of wasting his dream move to Manchester United.

      The 18-year-old had a medical with the Old Trafford outfit on Wednesday and was due to meet Sir Alex Ferguson to sort out his short-term future.

      That could involve remaining at Old Trafford, or being allowed to leave on loan, either to an English club or his present team in Chile, Universidad. United have yet to confirm details of the deal.

      However, speaking to Chile paper La Tercera, Henriquez touched on his bewilderment at the speed of the deal.

      'I am super happy to get to Manchester United. I'm fulfilling a dream,' he said.

      'I am going where I wanted. 'You look on television and see the outstanding players, scoring spectacular goals. I cannot waste this opportunity.

      'It is not clear what will happen with my future. 'I want to play in the first team of Manchester United. That's my first thought.

      'If they decide to send me on loan, I would prefer to continue at Universidad, although I will do whatever United deem appropriate.'

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    • Derailed! The Liverpool gravy train has been cancelled warns Rodgers

       

      Shaken by the demise of Scottish giants Rangers, new boss refuses to continue Reds' habit of paying so-so players superstar wages

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      Oh no you don't: Rodgers wants hungry players who will earn their big money
      Oh no you don't: Rodgers wants hungry players who will earn their big money

       

       

       

      Brendan Rodgers is ready to introduce a new financial reality at Liverpool, after insisting: "I won't bankrupt the club".

      And he has warned potential new arrivals at Anfield that simply signing for the Reds is no longer a ticket for the gravy train.

      Fans have also been told to expect some budget acquisitions who will be rewarded only when they have proved themselves.

      "I am very much conscious on the value and worth of players," said Rodgers. "There's no doubt there are top players who have earned every single penny they get, but you can also get certain types of players for less.

      "The problem sometimes is there's a snobbery towards players at a lesser club. It's an ignorance.

      "You get scouts at a big club who see a young player and think maybe he can't play. Then he will go to a big club and all of a sudden they want him. It's about making those decisions earlier.

      "Look at the squad here, and there aren't too many who have dropped from heaven to play for Liverpool.

      "A lot have come through lower clubs, made their way and now they are making their name at Liverpool.

      "There's no doubt I want to get the best players I possibly can, and that costs money.

      "When you're not in the Champions League there is a restriction in terms of what you can spend and I know that. I was fully understanding of that before I came in.

      "When players come here, it should be the beginning, absolutely.

      "If you look at the history of the club, it is about hungry players, coming in from the lower leagues, from clubs in Scotland and Ireland, and working their way up.

       

      Counting the cost: Flop Aquilani set Liverpool back £50m in total

       

       

       

       

      "That has been the ethos of the club - talent aligned with hard work takes you a long way.

      "I just want to maintain that spirit within the club. I like to think I practice it myself in the club. I find it difficult to work with players who don't share and match that."

      In a hard-hitting interview, Rodgers offered a damning insight into the parlous state of Premier League football, which he believes is heading for disaster unless clubs get their houses in order financially.

      Liverpool MD Ian Ayre has admitted Liverpool were just days away from insolvency before the current owners took over.

      Rodgers said: "It's incredible this club came close to bankruptcy.

      "This is Liverpool Football Club.

      "You may think it will never happen to your club, but who would have ever thought that could happen to a team like Glasgow Rangers?

      "But listen, if football continues to pay the wages that some clubs do, then you will be asking for it. That is the way football is right now.

      "Who would have thought that a club like Glasgow Rangers would fall apart?

      "If you believe that it can't happen... well, it can. It might not be now but it could be later on. You can never say that it will never happen.

      "Look at that club's [Rangers] history and where they have been in the game. That is a warning for everyone."

      In recent years, Liverpool have been one of the clubs adding to the massive problem by paying mind-blowing wages to players such as Maxi Rodriguez, Alberto Aquilani, Joe Cole and Milan Jovanovic.

      Aquilani's signing left the Reds with a liability of almost £50million in transfer fee and wages, yet he played just 28 games before being shipped out on a succession of loans. 

       

      For Rodgers, one of the biggest problems is players arriving at big clubs and immediately expecting the superstar wages and lifestyle without ever earning it.

      That though, will not happen at the new Liverpool - as Rodgers' stance in talks with Gylfi Sigurdsson proved.

      The Icelandic midfielder was a major target for the Reds' new manager, having starred for him at Swansea last season, but Rodgers refused to spend silly money on salary and Sigurdsson eventually chose to join Tottenham instead.

      Rodgers then returned to previous employers Swansea and bought midfielder Joe Allen.

      When asked if that proved players can't now come to Anfield just to earn a quick buck, Rodgers replied emphatically.

      "No chance. Certainly not with me," he said. "In professional and social life, I like to get value. That is just my nature and just my upbringing.

      I won't pay 'anything at all costs' - absolutely not.

      "If there is a player out there who can make a difference, we will do all that we possibly can to bring him to the football club.

      "What I won't be prepared to do is waste time, money and effort to bring in a player who won't add value to the club.

      "There have to be certain factors to make a player want to come and play for you. Unfortunately for people, money distorts the reality.

      "I prefer the hungry player - those that want to succeed. Of course they will earn good money, and they will get their value and worth if they perform. I would rather work that way."

       

       

      No ordinary Joe: A beaming Rodgers with new signing Allen

       

       

      Rodgers knows it will take time for his pragmatic philosophy to pay dividends, especially given he still has plenty of supporting-cast players at Anfield who will prove difficult to shift because they are on superstar wages.

      And life in the Premier League is complicated further by the insistence of clubs such as Manchester City and Chelsea on paying huge money for even average players, massively distorting the market.

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    • Six Premier League transfer sagas that are still in limbo

      From Robin van Persie to Andy Carroll, a number of big moves have yet to be completed with the season almost underway

      Robin van Persie

      Arsenal's Robin van Persie is still at the Emirates, but for how long? Photograph: Peter Cziborra/Action Images

      Luka Modric

      It is incredible how long this saga has dragged on for given its relative straightforwardness: Modric wants to leave Tottenham, Tottenham are prepared to sell him, Real Madrid want the player and he wants to join them. Simple. Not quite. More than a month has passed since André Villas-Boas, the Spurs manager, confirmed Modric's desire for a transfer yet all that has happened since then is the Croatian has been forced to train on his own after going AWOL ahead of a tour to the USA and the two clubs involved have postured over a fee, with Spurs refusing to budge on £35m. Thankfully, a compromise figure of £25m appears to have been agreed upon.

       

      Emmanuel Adebayor

      If ever a saga epitomised the dark depths that Premier League football has descended to, it is the endless bartering between Manchester City, Tottenham and Adebayor. The Togolese striker spent last season on loan at White Hart Lane and scored 17 league goals in 33 appearances under Harry Redknapp. Despite a change of manager, Adebayor is still expected to make a permanent switch to north London, although tedious negotiations that have dragged on since the beginning of the summer have still not reached a conclusion. The 28-year-old is on ludicrous money at City and is unwilling to take a cut on his £170,000-a-week contract that he signed in 2009. Roberto Mancini has said the striker has "no chance" of playing for City in the forthcoming campaign, but the champions will have to subsidise a large chunk of Adebayor's wages if the move is to be finalised.

       

      Robin van Persie

      The Dutchman played for Arsenal in their pre-season win against Köln on Sunday but it remains a near certainty that he will be leaving the club soon. His destination? That remains unclear with Juventus, Manchester United and Manchester City all interested in the player but none able to seal a deal despite weeks of behind-the-scenes manoeuvrings. Van Persie is apparently keen to move to United but they, according to Sir Alex Ferguson, cannot agree a fee with Arsenal, while City have not even made a firm bid. Juventus, meanwhile, have all but accepted the 29-year-old does not want to move to Italy. This one looks set to run and run and run.

       

      Daniel Agger

      Last week Brendan Rodgers confirmed what had been rumoured for some time – that Manchester City are interested in signing the Dane, and after stating "every player has a price" it appeared the Liverpool manager was laying the ground for him to move there. This would surely only be the case if Agger himself had asked for a transfer given his abilities but it has transpired that the 27-year-old wants to stay put, so much so that he has had YNWA (You'll Never Walk Alone) tattooed on his knuckles. So it seems Liverpool may be trying to push the player out of the door, and with City still keen on him there could be more to come from this curious tale.

       

      Andy Carroll

      Another player who appears to have no future at Liverpool and one who has been left dangling by the club for more weeks than is perhaps kind. Brendan Rodgers made it quite obvious soon after he took over at Anfield in June that he was open to offers for Carroll and there has since been loan-first moves from West Ham and Newcastle, both of which have been rejected. Rodgers publicly insists he is happy with Carroll but it is more likely that he is holding out for a larger bid for the £35m striker and will allow him to go should the right bid land his way. Carroll, meanwhile, does not know if he is coming or going.

       

      Michael Owen

      Less of a saga this and more the slow, sad decline of a once sparkling career. Owen was released by Manchester United in late May and insisted then that at the age of 32, and despite a catalogue of injuries, he could still play in the Premier League. The striker has since held talks with Stoke but an agreement has stalled over Owen's reluctance to accept a short-term contract. A deal could still be done with Stoke, or indeed Everton who are apparently keen on the former England forward, but as things stand Owen remains in a long, agonising limbo.

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    • TOTTENHAM ATTEMPT TO NAB GASTON RAMIREZ FROM LIVERPOOL BUT FEE IS REJECTED

      Liverpool and Tottenham are battling over Gaston Ramirez

       

      Liverpool and Tottenham are battling over Gaston Ramirez

      OLYMPIC star Gaston Ramirez is in the middle of a tug of war contest between Spurs and Liverpool, with the Bologna ace likely to head to White Hart Lane if they increase their wage offer.

      The wing-centric attacking midfielder has held talks with Tottenham and could join the Londoners if they significantly increase his weekly wages, it has been reported.

      The 22-year-old wants to leave Bologna this summer and has been linked with a move to Anfield.

      But his agent, Oscar Betancourt, says Tottenham are the only club to have bid for the 21-year-old Uruguay and Bologna player.

      “The only solid offer is the one from Tottenham, who offered £12.6m,” Betancourt is quoted as saying.

      “But the deal didn’t go through because Spurs offered too low a wage to the player and if the wage difference is minimal he would stay at Bologna.”

      Betancourt says his client could still complete a move to White Hart Lane if Spurs increase their offer of wages, which could be made possible by the sale of want-away schemer Luka Modric.

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      “Tottenham could raise their offer if they sell Modric and in that case the deal could be done, otherwise Ramírez will stay another year at Bologna. We also talked with Liverpool but nothing more.”

      Liverpool have already lost out to Spurs in the race for attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson so are unlikely to be happy if Ramirez also snubbed Anfield for the London club.

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    • LIVERPOOL IN DOUBLE WHAMMY DEAL FOR SPANISH STARS?

      Brendan Rodgers is reportedly hoping to sign both Sahin and Tello

       

      Brendan Rodgers is reportedly hoping to sign both Sahin and Tello

      LIVERPOOL managing director Ian Ayre is in Spain to finalise deals for Barcelona winger Cristian Tello and Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin, according to reports.

      Club boss Brendan Rodgers has already splashed out £26 million on Roma striker Fabio Borini and Swansea pass-master Joe Allen and now seems ready to settle signings for the Spanish stars.

      Rodgers is also reportedly keen to gain 21-year-old winger Tello, who has been told he can leave the Nou Camp either on loan or for £5 million, despite scoring three goals in 15 appearances during his breakthrough season last year.

      The club may have to fight off interest from Atletico Madrid however, who have also expressed they are keen to gain the young star.

      Turkey midfielder Sahin, who has expressed that he is keen to play for a club in the Champions League, has struggled to make an impact at Real Madrid and is likely to move in the current transfer window with a number of clubs, including Arsenal, interested in his signature.

      By sending out Ayre to wrap up a deal however, Liverpool seem to have nabbed the midfielder before their rivals had a chance, according to reports from Spanish newspaper AS.

      Rodgers has reportedly turned to La Liga in the wake of losing Fulham's Clint Dempsey and Bologna's Gaston Ramirez, in an attempt to find more cost-effective deals.

      The Reds boss is said to be a big fan of Sahin and has delivered assurances that he will be a regular for Liverpool, which could be a major factor in the deal as the 23-year-old has been a bit-part player at the Bernabeu.

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    • LIVERPOOL AND ARSENAL TUG-OF-WAR FOR NURI SAHIN CONTINUES

      Nuri Sahin has had interest from Liverpool and Arsenal

       

      Nuri Sahin has had interest from Liverpool and Arsenal

      THE battle for Nuri Sahin continued today as it was revealed the player and the manager want very different things.

      Nuri Sahin is believed to favour a move to Arsenal whereas his manager Mourinho would prefer the player to move to Liverpool, according to Spanish reports.

      Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers have a good relationship after the Liverpool boss spent time as coach of Chelsea's reserve team when Mourinho was in charge.

      Mourinho said after Rodgers took the helm at Liverpool: "Liverpool will relive its glory days with Rodgers"

      Meanwhile Sahin would prefer a move to Arsenal to play alongside the likes of Robin Van Persie and Santi Cazorla.

      Both clubs have shown an interest in Sahin after Mourinho admitted that the Turkish international would not get enough play-time at Real Madrid.

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    • Zut! Ribery and Benzema must stand trial over underage hooker scandal

       

      The two France internationals face possible sentence of three years behind bars if found guilty over alleged romps with 16-year-old

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      Triallists: Benzema (left) and Ribery are confident after &quot;unject&quot; decision
      Triallists: Benzema (left) and Ribery are confident after "unject" decision
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      France internationals Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema are set to face trial for allegedly soliciting an underage prostitute.

      The duo are set to face the charges along with eight others after judicial papers were submitted by investigating magistrate Andre Dando this week.

      According to reports some of the defendants will be prosecuted for "aggravated pimping".

      The long-running case began in 2010 when Zahia Dehar claimed Real Madrid striker Benzema paid for sex with her in 2008, when she was 16.

      Dehar also alleged Ribery flew her to Munich for sex a year later.

      Prostitution is not illegal in France, however, it is with persons aged under 18.

      Prosecutors requested in November last year that the case against Ribery and Benzema, who have repeatedly denied the charges, be dropped because they were unaware that Dehar was underage.

      Dehar, who is now 20 and has become a celebrity in France since the story broke, has admitted both players did not know her age at the time of the alleged meetings.

       

      Crime of passion: Dehar says Ribery paid her for sex when she was 16  

       

       

      If found guilty, Ribery and Benzema could face three years in prison or a £35,000 fine.

      Lawyers for both players today revealed their confidence that they would beat any charge against their clients.

      Benzema's legal counsel, Mr Sylvain Cormier, told Le Parisien: "There is other material in the record to prove the innocence of my client. I feel it pays to be young and famous."

      Ribery's advisor, Sophie Bottai, told the same publication that she was surprised that Mr Dando had chosen to begin proceedings given the advice of the prosecutors' office.

      "This decision is unjust and also surprising in view of folder contents and submissions of the prosecution," she said.

      "But I remain confident for the rest of the procedure."

      Ribery and Benzema have both been included in France's squad for their friendly against Uruguay in Le Havre tomorrow.

      Le Bleus coach Didier Deschamps, who is set to lead the national team for the first time, refused to comment on the matter today.

      "I won't be commenting on it as it has a private aspect," Deschamps told reporters.

      "It's in the court's hands. It will not change my demands about players' behaviour on and off the pitch with respect to the French team.

      "I am concentrating on the essentials so tomorrow (Wednesday) we see a France team that wants to go forward and wants to win."

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    • Stimic wants Luka’s Real deal sorted

      Croatia coach calls for deal to be struck

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      OUT OF LUK ... Luka Modric
       

      CROATIA coach Igor Stimac wants the Luka Modric stand-off sorted out sooner rather than later.

      Spurs star Modric has not played this summer after refusing to go on Tottenham’s tour of the United States.

      He is the subject of transfer speculation with Real Madrid favourites to sign him.

      But they are baulking at the £40million price.

      Stimac plans to play Modric tonight when Croatia face Switzerland in Split.

      And he said: “I don’t like the situation that he is in at all, he has played no matches this summer.”

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    • Kop out: Louis van Gaal explains why he didn't become Liverpool boss

      Dutch managerial legend had "serious talks" with the Reds but wanted to hire his own staff and wouldn't agree to work with a British manager

       

      Whistle stop: Van Gaal confirms he talked to Liverpool but couldn't agree on his role
      Whistle stop: Van Gaal confirms he talked to Liverpool but couldn't agree on his role

       

       

       

      New Holland boss Van Gaal also ­revealed how close he came to joining Liverpool this summer before the Reds opted to appoint Brendan Rodgers.

      Van Gaal said: “I decided to go and talk to Liverpool, after they had approached me.

      "I had serious talks with them and for me it was a good option because I considered Liverpool as a fantastic club.”

      But the vastly experienced Dutchman could not agree with Liverpool's American owners about his role.

      He demanded his own staff and a special role for former Holland international Danny Blind.

      Also, Van Gaal refused to work with a British boss under him, as he wanted to restructure the club the way he had done at Bayern ­Munich and Ajax.

      Van Gaal claims he had more than 30 job offers over the past year.

      “But I only talked to Liverpool and the Dutch federation,” he said. “To all the others I said no.’’

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    • Almost there! Arsenal and United open official talks over van Persie

       

      Striker could now make a £20million-plus move to Old Trafford in time for the Premier League kick-off - and Song's set to go too

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      Welcome to Manchester: Van Persie is set to be a United player within days
      Welcome to Manchester: Van Persie is set to be a United player within days

       

       

       

      Robin van Persie is closing in on a sensational £20million-plus move after Arsenal officially began negotiations with Manchester United.

      The Mirror can reveal the two clubs spent Tuesday night talking about a deal which could now be pushed through before the Premier League kick-off this weekend.

      Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is likely to settle on a fee of just above £20m as United prepare to increase their offer for the Dutch forward, who is currently on international duty but won't be in the starting line-up when Holland play Belgium on Wednesday night.

      It is understood the clubs are very close to agreement on a fee.

       

       

      Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson (Pic:Getty)

      Shaking on it? Wenger will sell RvP to Fergie rather than lose him on a free  

       

       

      Arsenal would rather sell now than lose van Persie, who has already said publicly he will not extend a contract that is into its final year, on a free transfer next summer.

      United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has already had a £15m bid turned down, and has reservations about paying a bigger fee for a 29-year-old who has one year left on his contract and a chequered injury record.

      But United are now prepared to go higher to get their man as they set about taking the Premier League title back from neighbours Manchester City.

      Fergie made direct contact with Wenger earlier in the week to try to push the deal through after weeks of posturing.

      The clubs are likely to find a middle ground which means it is highly possible van Persie will be on the move and will therefore not be involved in Arsenal’s opening game against Sunderland.

       

      Van Persie has made it clear that United is his preferred destination, ahead of Manchester City and Juventus, and that has prompted Arsenal to sell now.

      Wenger is also understood to be ready to cash in on Alex Song, who is a target for Barcelona.

      Arsenal will then look to bring in Real Madrid’s Turkish midfielder Nuri Sahin on a one-year loan.

       

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      Vanishing point: Wenger is ready to sell Song to Barcelona and sign Sahin

       

       

       

       

      Liverpool are also keen and are prepared to pay a higher proportion of his £80,000-a-week wages, but the player would prefer to go to the Gunners.

      Wenger will be without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for Saturday’s Sunderland game through injury.

      Gunners winger Theo Walcott also pulled out of the England squad with a thigh problem on Tuesday, but is hopeful of being fit for the weekend.

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    • Blackburn adviser apologises to Steve Kean and Morten Gamst Pedersen

      • Shebby Singh called Rovers winger Pedersen a 'pensioner'
      • 'My blunt honesty sometimes upsets people,' says Singh

       

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      Shebby Singh told a meeting of Blackburn Rovers fans that the winger Morten Gamst Pedersen was a 'pensioner'. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

       

       

       

       

      Shebby Singh has issued a public apology to Steve Kean and Morten Gamst Pedersen after saying that the Blackburn Rovers manager would be sacked if he lost three games and calling the 30-year-old winger a "pensioner".

      Speaking at an open meeting organised by the Blackburn Rovers Action Group, the club's global adviser Singh told supporters Kean would be sacked if he lost three games in a row but it was the personal comments directed at Pedersen that caused the most upset.

      Kean and Pedersen were so furious with Singh that the Malaysian was forced to apologise to both men at a squad meeting. In addition, he deemed it necessary to make a public apology through the Lancashire Telegraph.

      Singh had said Kean's promises of a strong promotion challenge had to be taken "with a pinch of salt", while he likened Pedersen, who has been at the club for eight years, to a "pensioner".

      He said: "I would like to extend an apology to Steve Kean because some things were said on Saturday. I think they would have hurt Steve Kean's feelings and for that I sincerely apologise.

      "I would also like to apologise to Morten Gamst Pedersen for what was said. There are no excuses and Morten is a great character.

      "My blunt honesty sometimes upsets people and sometimes rubs people up the wrong way. I am making efforts to bring the club back to the fans and in trying to do that I have gone too far. I am trying to find the middle ground."

      Blackburn's Indian owners, Venky's, appointed the 51-year-old former Malaysia defender in June and one of Singh's tasks is to act as a go-between for Venky's and Kean. He has a reputation for forthright views earned while working as a football pundit for Asian TV.

      The Blackburn striker David Goodwillie has been called up by Scotland for Wednesday's friendly against Australia at Easter Road. Goodwillie scored in his last appearance – a 3-1 Euro 2012 qualifying defeat to Spain in October.

      The 23-year-old moved to Ewood Park from Dundee United in August 2011, scoring two goals in 20 Premier League appearances, although he started only four games.

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    • Tottenham thwarted in attempts to sign Hugo Lloris and Gastón Ramírez

      • Lyon confirm Spurs had bid rejected for goalkeeper Lloris
      • Ramírez's agent says Tottenham's wages a stumbling block

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      Tottenham's offer for Hugo Lloris was rejected by Lyon, and Spurs have also attempted to strike a deal for Gastón Ramírez.

      Lyon have confirmed that they rejected an offer from Tottenham for their goalkeeper Hugo Lloris this summer, while the agent of Gastón Ramírez has claimed the north London club have bid for the Bologna forward.

      Spurs' current No1, Brad Friedel, turned 41 in May and the France keeper Lloris, 25, would provide André Villas-Boas with a much younger alternative.

      "Hugo wants to play at one of the best clubs in Europe," the Lyon chairman, Jean-Michel Aulas, told the French radio station RMC. "This year there was an approach from Tottenham that was quickly rejected. If he absolutely wants to leave, we will look at the proposals but they must be consistent with what we want. If not, he will stay."

      Spurs have also made an offer for Ramírez, according to the Bologna forward's agent.

      "The only solid offer is the one from Tottenham, who offered €16m [£12.6m]," Oscar Betancourt told Calciomercato. "But the deal didn't go through because Spurs offered too low a wage to the player and if the wage difference is minimal he would stay at Bologna.

      "Tottenham could raise their offer if they sell Modric and in that case the deal could be done, otherwise Ramírez will stay another year at Bologna. We also talked with Liverpool but nothing more."

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    • It's City v United! Champions poised to hijack Henriquez's Old Trafford move

       

      Blues want the teenage Chilean striker even though their neighbours have already set up a £4m deal to buy him

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      Red or blue? Angelo Henriquez is a target for both the Manchester clubs
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      Manchester City are trying to snatch hot-prospect Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez away from Manchester United.

      City boss Roberto Mancini sent top spy Gary Worthington to watch the 18-year-old sensation play two games for his country's Under-20 side in a tournament in Holland at the weekend.

      And now the champions want to hijack the £4million deal set up between neighbours United and Universidad de Chile for their starlet, who has already scored a dozen first team goals for them.

      Henriquez has appeared destined for Old Trafford since he was a kid - he has already been over for a couple of visits, and there is an option in place to take him on when he has a chance of a work permit.

      United also updated their files on Henriquez in the Dutch tournament, and are looking at him as a possible alternative to Paris Saint-Germain-bound Brazilian Lucas Moura after the collapse of his multi-million move.

      But City could step in and try to do their own deal with Universidad de Chile as the club's money-men reacts to Mancini's stinging criticism about a lack of activity in the transfer market this summer.

      Henriquez is open to offers and could be swayed if City make a bid to take him now rather than wait - and his club would also take the guaranteed cash.

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    • United at last! Fergie delight as Chilean hotshot Henriquez finally confirmed in £4m deal

      United he stands: Angelo Henriquez has officially been unveiled by Manchester United in a &pound;4m deal

      United he stands: Angelo Henriquez has officially been unveiled by Manchester United in a £4m deal

       

      United he stands: Angelo Henriquez has officially been unveiled by Manchester United in a &pound;4m deal

      United he stands: Angelo Henriquez has officially been unveiled by Manchester United in a £4m deal

       

       

       

      Manchester United have finally confirmed the signing of 18-year-old Angelo Henriquez.

      The Chilean striker underwent a medical with the club in August ahead of his £4million move, but only now have the Premier League giants reacted to the capture.

      The South American moves to Old Trafford from Universidad de Chile, where he scored 11 goals in 17 league games in 2012 on-route to helping his team to the national title.

      Of the transfer, Sir Alex Ferguson said: 'Angelo has made a tremendous impact on the game in his short career so far. His pace is a great asset and he reads the game really well for someone of such a young age.

      'We have a proud record of developing young talent and Angelo fits the profile of a United player – skilful, attacking and someone who plays the game with real flair.'


       

      Watching brief: Henriquez has been around the club for the best part of a month

      Watching brief: Henriquez has been around the club for the best part of a month

       

       

      The player himself added to Manchester United's official website: 'I am thrilled to be joining the biggest club in the world. Manchester United is a great team and has a great manager.

      'To be able to be part of that is a huge honour and I can’t wait to get started.  I hope I can be part of many successful years with United.'

      The club also confirmed Henriquez will wear the No 21.


       

       

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    • Man City seal £15m deal to land Everton midfielder Rodwell


      Target: Jack Rodwell is wanted by Manchester City

      Target: Jack Rodwell is wanted by Manchester City

       

       

      Manchester City are signing Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell for £15million.

      The 21-year-old has impressed since breaking into the Toffees team and Roberto Mancini believes he is worth a gamble.

      An Everton statement read: 'Everton have agreed an undisclosed fee with Manchester City for the transfer of Jack Rodwell.

      'The midfielder is set to undergo a medical with the Premier League champions on Sunday.'

      Rodwell impressed the Italian manager when City lost 2-0 at home to Everton in March 2010, and again as he shackled David Silva for much of the his side's visit to the Ethiad last season.

      The Barclays Premier League champions have moved quickly, with both Chelsea and Manchester United also interested.

      Rodwell will join a busy midfield which already boasts Gareth Barry, Nigel de Jong and star man Yaya Toure.

      City want to acquire young British talent in order to fit in with Premier League regulations about homegrown players.

      Mancini is interested in Swansea winger Scott Sinclair for the same reasons.


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    • Seems like he learnt that part of Mourinho... But whether he can be as successful as Jose we will have to wait and see... Otherwise he will be all talk and no action boss.

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      £15m was a bargain! I would have paid 'many more millions' for Allen says Rodgers as Reds eye THREE more signings

       

      Clint Dempsey, Adam Johnson and Nuri Sahin could yet all sign for the Anfield club as Brendan Rodgers shuffles his pack ahead of the new season

      'I would have paid many more millions for this kid': Brendan Rodgers is delighted to have signed Joe Allen
      'I would have paid many more millions for this kid': Brendan Rodgers is delighted to have signed Joe Allen

       

       

      Brendan Rodgers reckons Joe Allen will provide a vital ingredient as he attempts to cook up a top four challenge from his new look Liverpool side.

      The Anfield manager welcomed his £15million star signing to the club on Friday night by insisting Allen is so good that he could almost be mistaken for a Spaniard.

      Rodgers couldn't disguise his joy at securing the Wales international, admitting he would have paid even MORE for the 22 year old, because of the player's ability to get on the ball and dictate the tempo of the game.

      Allen completed his medical and - despite a late hitch at the Swansea end - eventually signed a £45,000-a-week contract, and immediately Rodgers was proclaiming he had brought a rising star to the club.

      "This boy, when you see him play you'd think he was a Spanish player, a real European player - I would have paid many more millions for this kid," the Kop boss enthused.

      "He has so much courage to get on the ball and play. he is in love with the football, he loves it, he wants it all the time. He's unique in that he is a British player who just does not give the ball away. You will see that and the difference he can make.

      "He's incredible on the ball, his work is very intelligent - for a 22-year-old it's frightening. His game understanding is very, very good and and I think he will fit in really, really well with all the other players we have here."

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    • It's not all Welshman's dream to play for team GB as they consider themselves as Welshman and not GB which are mainly Englishman ruling over them... And those who went, refused to sing the God save the queen anthem at all their matches...

      Anyway, friendlies isn't the same as competitive matches... You are much more relax in between games... But I would say smart decision to pass it. The GB squad was a waste of time...

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    • London calling for Victor: Moses set for Chelsea switch as Wigan finally compromise on £9million fee

       

      Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo has been after the gifted attacker for weeks and have now finally got their man after Dave Whelan consented to the move

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      At last! Victor Moses is finally set to seal his Chelsea move
      At last! Victor Moses is finally set to seal his Chelsea move

       

       

       

      Victor Moses is on his way to Chelsea in a £9million deal after Wigan supremo Dave Whelan finally let him leave at the end of weeks of talks.

      The young Nigerian ­international will sort out personal terms and go through a medical as Whelan takes less than his original demand but accepts the player’s exit.

      Moses will leap at the chance of joining the double winners as he goes back to London where he cut his football teeth with Crystal Palace.

      Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo has been after the gifted attacker for weeks, as MirrorFootball first revealed on June 18 – but the fee and terms proved a problem as Whelan rejected low offers and held out for more.

       

      Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Wigan Athletic and West Bromwich Albion

      Mr Chairman: Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan has finally allowed Victor Moses to leave for Chelsea

       

       

       

      In the end, Whelan relented because he told Moses he would let him go when the price was ­acceptable, and now boss Roberto Martinez will get a chunk of the cash to spend.

      Moses’ old club Palace are due a slice of the deal – up to a possible £2m.

      Chelsea also plan make-or-break talks with Marseille on Monday to try to land Spanish right-back Cesar Azpilicueta.