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Manchester City won the Asia Trophy as Edin Dzeko's spectacular strike earned a 1-0 victory over Premier League rivals Sunderland.

Dzeko is having a fine pre-season for City and it appears he is fully in new manager Manuel Pellegrini's plans. He may find starts tough to come by though, after the arrivals of Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic, and the existing presence of Sergio Aguero.
Source: Sky Sports
Sun, Jul 28, 2013 09:15:00 AM

Everton are interested in luring Jonny Evans away from Manchester United this summer, and they have a second player in mind should the Northern Irishman target fall through.

Rumor has it that should the Toffees fail to land Evans on a permanent deal, they will then target Tyler Blackett for a loan spell. Everton need to fill the void left by Sylvain Distin. John Stones will likely prefer the Evans plans to fall through if he remains with the club as Evans would surely be a bigger threat to his minutes than Blackett would.
May 27 - 12:19 PM

Nigel Pearson wants Esteban Cambiasso to stay at Leicester next season.

Cambiasso was instrumental to Leicester staying up in the Premier League despite being 35 years of age. The Argentinian midfielder was the team's leader on the pitch and brought much needed experience to a squad not fully familiar with top flight football. He looked good towards the end of the season and seems to have another year left in the tank. If Cambiasso returns, he will be a risky late round pick next season due to a combination of age, lack of goal scoring, and lack of fitness at age 36.
Source: Sky Sports
May 27 - 12:26 PM

Burnley striker Danny Ings will almost certainly be sold this summer and he has plenty of suitors, with Liverpool currently the favorites to land him.

With the Clarets having been relegated, it is only a matter of time before Ings exits Turf Moor. Liverpool will be shopping for a striker, especially if Mario Balotelli and Ricky Lambert are to leave this summer as expected. It is believed Burnley will command a fee between £3-£5million mark. Ings was red hot in the first half of the past season but hit a wall before finally finishing strong.
May 27 - 12:29 PM

Diego Costa became just the fourth Chelsea player to score 20 years in a Premier League campaign, according to Sky Sports and Opta.

Costa was fantastic for Chelsea this season, playing the striker role he knows so well. Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas were both in the top five in chances created and Costa certainly benefit from that. There is very little reason to think Costa will slow down next season and he'll be a first round draft-pick in many fantasy formats. He is 26 years old, Chelsea are only getting better, and the Hazard/Fabregas duo isn't going anywhere. Draft him with upmost confidence.
Source: Sky Sports
May 27 - 12:34 PM

Typist's nightmare Yevhen Konoplyanka appears to be headed to Stoke City on a £50,000 per week deal after tonight's Europa League final.

The Ukranian left wing has been linked to Spurs and Liverpool over the past few transfer windows but it will apparently be Mark Hughes and Stoke City who land the Dnipro man for next season. Konoplyanka's arrival leaves a doubt over the possibility of Victor Moses returning to the Britannia on a permanent deal over the summer. Moses played predominantly on the left side of midfield in his time at Stoke City. It is possible that Moses could be shifted to the right or play a more central role if he were to return but it may be that Mark Hughes is looking for a less injury-prone option than Moses proved to be.
May 27 - 10:50 AM

If Arsenal are unable to secure an established big name like Karim Benzema over the summer they may be considering Villarreal's Gerard Moreno as a cheaper alternative with big upside.

Bringing in another young player with potential isn't exactly what Arsenal supporters are hoping for this summer but the club has to have a contingency plan in the event that they are unable to sign a big name. Today's rumor mill has unearthed the name of Gerard Moreno who, at age 23, scored 16 goals in La Liga for Villarreal last season. At 5'10" he isn't exactly a like-for-like replacement for Olivier Giroud but he is more substantial than the likes of Theo Walcott or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but shorter than Danny Welbeck. It certainly feels like a pre-Ozil Wenger move but it might be the tabloids failing to re-adjust their sites after the signings of Ozil and Sanchez over the past two summers.
May 27 - 10:44 AM

Arsenal have been most frequently linked with a move for Karim Benzema but today comes word that Manchester United may be entering the fray for his signature as well.

Manchester United have things that Real Madrid and Benzema surely want if they become serious about acquiring the forward. United have cash, more cash than Arsenal, to pay a larger transfer fee and/or more wages than are likely on offer at the Emirates. As a trump card, United can also tie a Benzema deal to a potential move in the opposite direction for David De Gea. Any move for Benzema will surely signal an end to Robin van Persie's time as a starter for the Red Devils.
May 27 - 10:37 AM

Vicente Del Bosque has confirmed Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas will be included in the squad for the upcoming internationals against Costa Rica and Belarus despite having surgery on his broken nose.

Fabregas was caught by a Charlie Adam elbow back in April and the midfielder played for the remainder of the campaign wearing a protective face mask. The operation means Fabregas will not be a part of the post-season Chelsea squad which travels to Thailand and Australia this week. Diego Costa is expected to face Thailand All Stars and Sydney FC after overcoming a recent hamstring problem although Del Bosque omitted the striker from the Spanish squad "He has played two games, but not 90 minutes. He has just overcome some muscular problems and we didn’t think he was in the best condition for a key game against Belarus, so we have preferred players whose fitness isn’t in doubt."
Source: Fox Sports
May 27 - 4:28 AM

Ashley Barnes is set for an extended spell on the sidelines amid fears the Burnley attacker may have ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during Sundays’ final day victory at Villa Park.

An initial scan proved inconclusive but the club and player are preparing for the worst. If confirmed Barnes will become the third Burnley player since January 1, 2015 to rupture his ACL joining Kevin Long and Dean Marney and the fourth within the past 14 months after Sam Vokes missed the first half of the campaign having been injured back in March 2014. The ACL is one of the main knee stabilisers and although surgery is not always required in the case of an elite athlete it will be; success rates are high and recovery typically takes between 9-12 months.
May 27 - 5:04 AM

Jordon Ibe is not fit enough to represent England at the prestigious under-20s tournament in Toulon after the winger was ordered to rest following a persistent knee complaint.

Ibe had surgery after damaging his lateral collateral knee ligament while on Europa League duty in Turkey for Liverpool back in February. Despite early reports suggesting his season was over Ibe did return ahead of schedule although his involvement has been sporadic since April having failed to complete 90 minutes. This latest decision was taken to ensure Ibe will be fully fit and ready for pre-season as Rodgers’ aims to forget a disappointing end to this campaign. With Steven Gerrard moving to LA Galaxy and Daniel Sturridge out until October - in the first instance - Rodgers' will need all hands on deck at the beginning of the new campaign.
Source: Clubcall.com
May 26 - 11:59 AM

Kolo Toure has signed a one-year contract extension with Liverpool Football Club.

Toure showed every bit of his age of 34 at times during his first year with the Reds but Brendan Rodgers must see the appeal in keeping the veteran around as a backup for next season. Considering how poorly Liverpool looked defensively in their final two games, there should be plenty of competition for a spot in next year's back line. However, it would likely take an injury to someone else for Kolo to return to regular playing time at this stage.
May 26 - 1:11 PM





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