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Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie will miss Manchester United's match against Swansea this weekend with injury.

David Moyes revealed that Rooney has gone away for some hot-weather training with a fitness coach, stating "Wayne's groin hasn't quite recovered. He's away with his family and the coach. Hopefully we can get him fit to face Chelsea". On van Persie's absence, he added that "Robin's going to be a little while. We'll do everything we can to get him back.". This means Danny Welbeck will start this weekend, with Javier Hernandez possibly alongside him.
Source: MUFC Twitter
Fri, Jan 10, 2014 09:12:00 AM

The arms race in Turkey is heating up as Fenerbahce match Galatasaray's signing of Lukas Podolski by signing Nani from Manchester United.

Former stars from top European leagues have dotted the Turkish first division in recent seasons from Didier Drogba to Wesley Sneijder to Filipe Melo to Demba Ba. Many have moved on over the past two summers and a new wave appears to be arriving to take their places. Nani wasn't going to regain his place at Old Trafford after a season out on loan and a move to Turkey as he, at 28-years-old, starts toward the downside of his career probably makes sense. The deal is not 100% official yet but it should be shortly as the Turkish club have posted a photo of the player arriving for his medical on their official Instagram account.
Jul 5 - 1:37 PM

Rumors in England and Turkey have Robin van Persie creating an Old Trafford reunion tour at Fenerbahce next season.

Things were supposed to go differently for Robin van Persie at Manchester United after Louis Van Gaal took over. He was coming off a strong World Cup performance for the same manager and everything looked primed for him to put his lost season under David Moyes behind him. It was not to be as his first season under Van Gaal went just as poorly as his season under Moyes. With a first team place unlikely, van Persie is apparently looking to Turkey as a way to get things going again. Should van Persie leave, the list of needed acquisitions in the next month is going to be steep at United with a David De Gea replacement likely needed along with a right back, center back, and at least one, if not two, forwards to replace Falcao and van Persie. The Guardian have gone as far as to say that terms have been agreed on this deal.
Source: The Guardian
Jul 5 - 1:47 PM

Manchester United will be sweating on an update from the Argentine FA after Angel di Maria limped out of Saturdays’ Copa America final against hosts Chile with an apparent hamstring injury.

Di Maria was making a lung bursting run from deep only to pull up sharply clutching the back of his thigh although the club remain hopeful that the injury will not impact too much on the wingers pre-season. The player will need a scan to confirm the extent of the problem but with minor fibre damage Di Maria could return as expected following his break post tournament. AdM joins Javier Hernandez in the treatment room - the striker is recovering from surgery after fracturing his collarbone while representing Mexico last week. United begin pre-season training on Monday.
Source: Daily Star
Jul 5 - 11:11 AM

The Sunday Express reveal that Liverpool are expected to meet the buy-out clause for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.

The big Belgium would cost near $50 million and represent Brendan Rodgers’ seventh major purchase of the summer. The arrival of Benteke is likely to see fringe players Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini move on while Mario Balotelli has reportedly been linked with a move to Tyneside although new manager Steve McClaren is not keen. Raheem Sterling will report to pre-season training on Monday but the England winger could complete a move to the Etihad within the next 7-days and former full-back Glen Johnson [released] is believed to be on the verge of a move to West Ham.
Jul 5 - 11:41 AM

Sunderland turn their attentions to Everton’s Aiden McGeady whose days look numbered at Goodison Park…

Having apparently missed out on PSV Eindhoven wide-man Georginio Wijnaldum to local rivals Newcastle, Sunderland have turned their attentions to Everton’s Republic of Ireland international McGeady. The 29-year-old has had an indifferent time at Goodison since joining from Spartak Moscow, starting just 14 matches since January 2014. The arrival of Tom Cleverley and Gerard Deulofeu suggests that he is no longer in Roberto Martinez’s plans. Rumours surfaced last week that he had handed in a formal transfer request, with former club Celtic ready to offer him a return to the SPL. Sunderland are in the market for a specialist wide player with Adam Johnson’s future uncertain and Jermain Defoe and Conor Wickham unconvincing in the role last season.
Source: The Mirror
Jul 5 - 6:21 AM

Crystal Palace Chairman Steve Parish has confirmed a bid for PSG midfielder Johan Cabaye…

It is a deal that has been mooted for some time, with manager Alan Pardew knowing Cabaye well from their days at Newcastle. Several big names have been talked of as potential Palace targets, Chelsea’s Loic Remy and QPR’s Charlie Austin among them. But when money-man Steve Parish goes public we can re-categorize the story from ‘rumor’ to ‘speculation’. Parish told talkSPORT that the move signaled the club’s ambition to become a Top 10 PL club. ‘For us to get in the top 10 in the PL, we have got to make sure we are bringing in top 10 players.’ Parish describes the deal as ‘challenging’ – for which we can probably read ‘expensive’ – but it is a real demonstration of intent. And if they pull it off don’t be surprised if more ‘top 10’ players such as Remy, Austin et al follow suit.
Source: Goal.com
Jul 5 - 6:41 AM

Argentina dropped it's second straight major tournament after advancing to the final match as the went down to Chile on penalties.

Argentina has a line-up filled with world superstars but for the second straight final they looked like less than the sum of their parts. Chile played well and took their penalties well with Arsenal talisman Sanchez getting the winner to send the host nation into delerium.
Jul 4 - 9:48 PM

Bournemouth have signed striker Joshua King to a three year deal after completing a transfer from Blackburn Rovers.

The 23-year-old Norwegian came up as a youth through Manchester United's system but found lackluster success with Blackburn during his time there, scoring eight goals in 74 appearances. It is a roll of the dice signing for Bournemouth, as they hope his pedigree decides to shine through in his new surroundings. Callum Wilson is the featured striker, so minutes are going to be hard to come by unless Wilson moves on. You can track all of Bournemouth's early summer signings along with all the other clubs in our "Early Summer Signings Roundup" column.
Source: The Guardian
Jul 4 - 12:56 PM

Clint Dempsey, playing despite being suspended in MLS, scored a penalty as the US routed Guatemala 4-0 in their last tune-up before the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The US has been scoring freely regardless of the opponent with an emphasis on late goals and the same was true again in this friendly. After scoring late goals to be Holland and Germany in friendlies the US turned a 1-0 halftime lead into a 4-0 romp. It could have been more as Jozy Altidore missed an 18th minute penalty just before Carlos Castrillo scored an own goal to open the scoring for the USA. Slumping defender Timothy Chandler and San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski joined Dempsey on the score sheet. Next up for the US is Honduras at 9:30 PM Eastern in Frisco, TX on July 7 for their Gold Cup group stage opener.
Source: espnfc.com
Jul 4 - 2:21 PM

Lukas Podolski has moved from Arsenal to Galatasaray on a permanent move for a reported €4 million fee.

Podolski never really found his niche at Arsenal and after three seasons on the books at the North London club, including an unsuccessful loan spell at Inter Milan, he has left for Galatasaray. With Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all presumably in front of him in the pecking order for minute, Podolski moved to find a place where he can start regularly. The move makes sense for all parties with the Turkish giants being light on international talent compared to their normal mode of operation.
Source: espnfc.com
Jul 4 - 10:17 AM

Crystal Palace have suffered a further transfer setback with Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson the latest to reject an approach…

Alan Pardew could be forgiven for thinking his summer would’ve gone a little more smoothly that it has thus far. Palace – and Chairman Parish – have money to spend and identified plenty of targets, but none are biting at the moment. So far Chelsea’s Loic Remy and QPR pair Charlie Austin and Matt Phillips have blanked offers, with PSG’s Johan Cabaye not yet gone beyond first base. And now Bournemouth front man Callum Wilson has joined in, stating he is not interested in a move. A swap deal involved Palace striker Dwight Gayle was floated, but this week shot out of the water by Wilson insisting he is going nowhere. Still, Palace can console themselves with having the PL’s most effective attacking centre-back already on the books. Scott Dann’s four assists (from 33 matches) last season was a division high. Perhaps they should start him up front…
Source: Rotoworld
Jul 4 - 9:36 AM





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