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Japan struck first and were ahead as the match entered the final half hour, but a two goal barrage by the Ivorians spoiled the day as the Samurai Blue come away empty-handed in the 2-1 loss.

Maya Yoshida started at center back and other than a yellow card in the first half was part of an effective defensive unit against the physical Ivorians but eventually the opponents were twice able to muscle through for headers. Shinji Kagawa made some contributions but was generally quiet in this one as Japan now look to topple Greece.
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 11:09:00 PM

Dedric Boyata has moved from Manchester City to Celtic for £1.5 million and signed a 4-year deal with the SPL side.

Boyata hasn't been a significant part of the Manchester City side for some time but the move is significant only in that Boyata, who came to City at the age of 16, counted as a home grown player for City. With his departure, the once-capped Belgium international joins Frank Lampard, Scott Sinclair, and potentially James Milner as home grown players leaving the Etihad this summer. City are going to have to start recruiting English players fast if they are to meet FA and Champions League regulations.
Source: espnfc.com
Jun 2 - 11:18 AM

Petr Cech started for Chelsea in their friendly against Sydney FC yesterday.

Cech has been replaced by Thibaut Courtois as the main goalkeeper at Chelsea this season and wants to leave to a club where he will be the starter. He has a number of suitors and will most likely be gone by the summer. This move could be Chelsea's way of showcasing his skills and showing teams he can still play as a way to increase his price. His fantasy stock will increase next season if he ends up at a club where he's the starter.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 2 - 10:46 AM

Brad Guzan has been named the starting goalkeeper for the US Men's National Team for their upcoming Gold Cup.

Guzan lost his job at Aston Villa late in the season to 39-year-old Shay Given, putting his future with USMNT in a slight doubt. It now sounds that he is still the number one goalkeeper during Tim Howard's one year leave, but his leash will probably be shorter should he not perform up to par. Guzan's dip in form this season is concerning for Villa fans and they may have to look for a new goalkeeper this summer if Guzan doesn't regain his old form.
Source: MLS Soccer
Jun 2 - 10:52 AM

ESPNFC.com is reporting that they have sources that have indicated that Liverpool would be willing to swap Raheem Sterling for Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs.

The swap is an interesting one for both sides. Liverpool, potentially smarting from losing one top level player for cash last summer and not doing exceptionally well spending that cash, might be interested in a deal that yields them a potential 15 goal, 10 assist man (Walcott's 2012-13 stats in 24 PL starts) along with an upgrade at left back. Arsenal would have to find a replacement at reserve left back but would presumably jump at the chance to bring in a younger, and in some eyes more talented version of Walcott. It is a rare transfer window rumor that actually makes some level of sense for both sides even if swap deals almost never actually come to pass.
Source: espnfc.com
Jun 2 - 10:54 AM

Nigel Pearson is pleased with the way Marc Albrighton performed near the end of the season.

Albrighton started the season extremely poorly and didn't really make much of his opportunities, to the point where he was in and out of the squad for the majority of the season. About seven matches before the end of the year, he was given another chance and he ran with it. He has played wing-back for Leicester to close out the season and was absolutely instrumental to their success. Pearson is impressed with how Albrighton worked hard on both sides of the ball and he will certainly be rewarded with another chance next campaign. Albrighton is a mid-round pick with a huge upside but definitely carries a risk.
Jun 2 - 10:22 AM

Christian Benteke claims that his agent will be the one to decide his future as he knows what the player wants.

There are a number of rumors for Benteke to leave Aston Villa this summer and it seems like it will happen sooner or later. Arsenal, Mancester United, and Liverpool are considered the favorites but Benteke's choice is probably one of the former two since he wants to play in the Champions League. His agent was also recorded earlier this week saying that Benteke will indeed leave Aston Villa, so the rumors are getting stronger and stronger about his departure. His fantasy stock will depend strongly on where he ends up.
Jun 2 - 10:31 AM

Reports in The Sun and Daily Mail indicate that David De Gea has been convinced to give up Old Trafford for the Bernabau this summer.

Manchester United's summer started off well with the arrival of Memphis Depay but it may start going in the wrong direction if reports today about David De Gea leaving are correct. The Spanish goalkeeper has been linked with a move to Real Madrid for some time and the rumor mill has that move becoming closer and closer to reality. The move would be a big dent in Manchester United's attempt to challenge for the title next season regardless of who they get to replace De Gea.
Jun 2 - 9:01 AM

Wes Hoolahan is on a collision course with Norwich as the City midfielder looks to go against the wishes of his club and play in the upcoming internationals despite injury.

The newly promoted Canaries were hoping Hoolahan would rest during the close season to help aid his recovery from a niggling knee problem – believed to be a tendon at the back – ready for the BPL opener in August. However the midfielder has made himself available for the friendly against England and more importantly for Martin O'Neill, the Euro qualifier with Scotland in a refreshing twist on the club versus country row. Marc Wilson, Shane Long, Stephen Ward, Aiden McGeady, Jon Walters and Paul McShane all sat out of the first training session but none are thought to be carrying serious injuries.
Source: Daily Mail
Jun 2 - 2:46 AM

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Chelsea will begin their BPL title defence with at least three players missing as Juan Cuadrado, Felipe Luis and Willian are given additional time to recover due to their impending participation in this summer’s Copa America.

Representing Colombia and Brazil respectively the trio will be afforded extra time away rather than being rushed back into pre-season training to help minimise fatigue related injury and burn-out. With the tournament running until July a return in early September is realistic although Chelsea do have options. Only Willian has featured regularly and, if fit, Oscar could come into the side as his replacement. Azpilicueta is the preferred choice at full-back while Cuadrado has failed to live up-to his expensive price tag since moving from Fiorentina in January.
Source: Daily Star
Jun 2 - 3:26 AM

The Liverpool Echo are reporting that Tom Cleverley is in talks with Everton over a move to the Goodison Park club amidst interest from Aston Villa, Arsenal and Southampton.

That Aston Villa, where Cleverley enjoyed a productive loan spell, and Everton, the home of loan boss Roberto Martinez from Cleverley's time with Wigan, comes as little surprise. What does come as something of a surprise are the links to Arsenal, who are stocked with central midfielders, and Southampton who may not be quite as stocked but are, none-the-less, not exactly struggling for central midfielders. If the rumors are true then Tim Sherwood and Villa are going to have a hard time getting their man. Cleverley's contract with Manchester United is up and he will be able to move to a new club on a free transfer this summer.
Jun 1 - 5:22 PM

Atletico Madrid are reportedly going to exercise their right to cancel the Southampton's agreed fee to purchase Alderweireld permanently.

Apparently there is a clause in the contract of Toby Alderweireld that sent him on loan to Southampton to prevent a permanent move and Atletico sound like they will exercise it. The defender had an excellent season with the Saints and Atletico must believe they can sell him for a higher fee. With Chelsea reportedly interested, the bidding war should increase his price significantly. Alderweireld would be a great fit at Chelsea as he can solve their depth issue at both center back and left-back if Felipe Luis leaves this summer. His fantasy value at Chelsea would be lower at the beginning of the season due to unknown playing time.
Source: Daily Echo
Jun 1 - 3:12 PM




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