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4-2-3-1 vs Monaco: Man City predicted starting XI, Team News, Key Stats

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:21:37 +0000

4-2-3-1 vs Monaco: Man City predicted starting XI, Team News, Key Stats - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Manchester City vs Monaco Prediction, Preview & Live stream info ahead of this week’s Champions League fixture. Manchester City vs Monaco UEFA Champions League 2016/17 21st February, 19:45 pm BST Etihad Stadium, Manchester Live Stream: Watch Manchester City vs Monaco live on BT Sport 2 Manchester City remain England’s biggest hope to progress beyond the round of 16 in the Champions League. Pep Guardiola is a great manager and he has done exceedingly well in this competition, both with Barcelona and Bayern Munich. The tie against Monaco promises to be a cracker. Monaco are a free scoring side under Leonardo Jardim, and have been

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Everton plotting move to sign £17m striker in the summer

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:00:48 +0000

Everton plotting move to sign £17m striker in the summer - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Everton are considering making a move for Palermo striker, Ilija Nestorovski, in the summer transfer window.  The Toffees are likely to receive offers for Romelu Lukaku, the club’s leading goalscorer, in the summer. The Belgian is wanted by several heavyweight Premier League clubs, and there is a genuine concern that he might fancy a move away from Goodison Park. According to Tutto Mercato Web, Everton are closely following Nestorovski, and Ronald Koeman could make a move for the Macedonian if the Belgian opts to leave the club. Palermo have been struggling in the Serie A this season, lying in 18th, and are currently

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Man Utd eyeing €35m South American midfielder, Star has a weakness for Man City

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:05:40 +0000

Man Utd eyeing €35m South American midfielder, Star has a weakness for Man City - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Brazilian midfielder Fabinho has been linked with a move to the Premier League. The Monaco star is thought to be a target for both Manchester clubs and the player’s father has now added to the speculations with his comments. As reported by L’Equipe, the player’s father has admitted to liking Manchester United and especially what Jose Mourinho has done at the club. However, the player and his father also have a weakness for bitter rivals Manchester City. The highly talented defensive midfielder is being watched by several other European clubs. But it seems that the chance to work with Pep or

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Agent drops major hint, South American star could leave PL giants and join Real Madrid

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:32:09 +0000

Agent drops major hint, South American star could leave PL giants and join Real Madrid - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi is being linked with a move away from Etihad at the end of this season. The Argentine international’s agent has dropped a strong hint that his client is heading to Real Madrid this summer. Martin Sendoa, the player’s representative believes that his client is happy at Manchester. However, Real Madrid are looking to sign him as a replacement for Portuguese defender Pepe. Pepe’s contract at Real Madrid is up at the end of this season and Sendoa confirmed that Otamendi has a similar profile to that of the Portuguese defender. He also revealed that Real

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Chelsea keeping close eye on €15m Serie A defender

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:32:53 +0000

Chelsea keeping close eye on €15m Serie A defender - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Chelsea are reportedly keeping a close eye on Atalanta’s highly talented right-wing back, Andrea Conti. Atalanta have been one of the biggest surprises of the Italian Serie A this season. Gian Piero Gasperini’s side are fifth in the Serie A, and are chasing European qualification dreams. At one point of time, Gasperini’s job was in real danger, after the Bergamo-based club lost four of their opening five games. Since then, it’s been a remarkable progress for the club that finished 13th last season, and narrowly escaped relegation the season before. Gasperini’s side is built on a perfect blend of youth

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Partizan Belgrade player Everton Luiz breaks down after 90 minutes of racial abuse

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:20:14 +0000

Partizan Belgrade player Everton Luiz breaks down after 90 minutes of racial abuse - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Serbian football authorities suspend Rad Belgrade from home games after the incident of severe racial abuse against Partizan’s Everton Luiz.  Partizan Belgrade midfielder Everton Luiz was subjected to racist abuse for the entirety of the match against Rad. The Brazilian played through 90 minutes of monkey chants and other abuse including a racist banner in the stands during his team’s Serbian league victory over Rad on Sunday. The referee interfered, and the banner was removed, but the chants continued through the game which Partizan won 1-0. As a result, the Serbian Football Association suspended Rad’s stadium in Belgrade until further notice

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Chelsea news: Antonio Conte agrees contract extension until 2020

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:06:19 +0000

Chelsea news: Antonio Conte agrees contract extension until 2020 - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Chelsea Football Club have reached an agreement with manager Antonio Conte to keep their manager at Stamford Bridge at least until June 2020, Italian source Tutto Mercato Web reports. Conte had initially signed a three-year contract last summer, but Roman Abramovich has already seen fit to give him an extension. The Russian owner is obviously very impressed by what he has seen from the Italian so far. Chelsea are currently top of the Premier League table, with an 8-point lead over second-placed Manchester City with 13 games left to play. Barring a cataclysmic collapse, Conte should win the league in

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Man Utd Injury blow: Mourinho confirms these two players will miss out in Europa clash

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:40:31 +0000

Man Utd Injury blow: Mourinho confirms these two players will miss out in Europa clash - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Wayne Rooney will not only miss Manchester United’s Europa League match against Saint-Étienne, but could also be ruled out of Sunday’s EFL Cup final clash against Southampton. The Manchester United skipper suffered a muscle injury in United’s 3-0 win away to Leicester City, and is yet to recover since. He has missed three games after that, and looks all set to be on the sidelines for at least a week more. Jose Mourinho revealed in his pre-match press conference on Monday that Rooney will miss the Europa League tie against Saint-Étienne, and there is no guarantee that he will play on Sunday. England

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Arsenal and Tottenham keeping close eye on 20-year-old French defender

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:05:45 +0000

Arsenal and Tottenham keeping close eye on 20-year-old French defender - originally posted on Sportslens.com

North London clubs, Arsenal and Tottenham, are reportedly keeping tabs on the highly talented French defender, Issa Diop. According to reports from France Football, scouts from both Arsenal and Spurs were present when Toulouse took on Paris Saint-Germain last week. Needless to say, both the clubs were impressed by what they saw, as Toulouse defended resolutely to hold on for a 0-0 draw at the Parc des Princes. The 20-year-old has come of age this season, and has become a key player for his side. He has played 20 games in Ligue 1 this season and has two goals to

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World class Barcelona star to stand trial on corruption charges

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:22:04 +0000

World class Barcelona star to stand trial on corruption charges - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Brazilian superstar Neymar has lost his final appeal and will stand trial on corruption charges related to his transfer to Barcelona four years ago. In effect, Neymar (and the company run by his parents) Barcelona and Santos will all stand trial on fraud and corruption charges after their appeals were turned down by Spain’s high court on Monday. The complaint was brought by a Brazilian investment group DIS which claimed that it received a “smaller compensation” as a result of the transfer fee being concealed by the parties directly involved. DIS owned 40% of Neymar’s transfer rights and alleged that they received

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West Ham keeping close eye on 25-year-old Brazilian striker

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:03:14 +0000

West Ham keeping close eye on 25-year-old Brazilian striker - originally posted on Sportslens.com

West Ham are keeping a close tab on Real Sociedad striker, Willian Jose, ahead of the summer transfer window. The attacking department is one area where West Ham are expected to reinforce in the summer. The Hammers cancelled Simone Zaza’s loan in January and sent him back to Juventus, while Jonathan Calleri has failed to fire. Initially, West Ham planned to sign Zaza on a permanent deal this summer, but the club opted to pull the plug on the deal instead. The Hammers have relied on Andy Carroll for goals and inspiration in attack. According to reports from Calciomercato, the Hammers are lining

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Roundup: Mourinho's 'un-sellable' target; Man Utd agreed personal terms for star in January

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:21:40 +0000

Roundup: Mourinho's 'un-sellable' target; Man Utd agreed personal terms for star in January - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Manchester United will renew their efforts to sign the German international Toni Kroos from Real Madrid this summer. The Old Trafford outfit were close to signing him in 2013-14 when David Moyes was in charge. Kroos had agreed on terms with Manchester United before opting to join Real Madrid instead. According to Independent, Kroos and Griezmann are two marquee targets for Jose Mourinho this summer. The report adds that Kroos is considered as ‘un-sellable’ by the Bernabeu hierarchy, but Manchester United will make an effort anyway. Furthermore, Independent claims that Griezmann’s move to Old Trafford is doubtful as well. Apparently,

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Top class La Liga target gives Chelsea transfer hope, Star open to summer move

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:25:05 +0000

Top class La Liga target gives Chelsea transfer hope, Star open to summer move - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Spanish international Isco has been linked with a move away from Real Madrid in the past. The attacking midfielder has now expressed his frustration at a lack of game time under Zinedine Zidane. The former Malaga star was rated a world-class talent when he arrived at Santiago Bernabeu. However, his progress has stalled due to the lack of regular first team football. As per Daily Mirror, Isco is a target for the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Barcelona right now. The Spaniard revealed that he is worried about his playing time, despite being happy at the club. The midfielder also

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Club chief executive: Everton have a deal in place for 21-year-old midfielder transfer

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:07:11 +0000

Club chief executive: Everton have a deal in place for 21-year-old midfielder transfer - originally posted on Sportslens.com

League Two club, Doncaster Rovers, have a deal in place to sign Everton midfielder, Conor Grant, on a permanent transfer. Rovers tried to sign the midfielder on a permanent deal during the January transfer window. In fact, their bid for a permanent move was accepted by Everton. However, Grant wanted to prove himself at a higher level, and agreed on a loan move instead. According to Rovers’ chief executive, Gavin Baldwin, the financial deal between the two clubs have been informally agreed. The club believe that winning promotion to League One could tempt the youngster to make a permanent switch.

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Pundit: This Aston Villa midfielder is the Mesut Ozil of the Championship

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:38:09 +0000

Pundit: This Aston Villa midfielder is the Mesut Ozil of the Championship - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Former Chelsea footballer, Tony Cascarino, in his column for The Times has shed light on what is going wrong for Steve Bruce at Aston Villa. Cascarino writes that Villa’s main problem has been poor ‘recruitment’, as he feels the club “have got just about everything wrong” in the transfer market. When Bruce took charge of the club in October there was an air of optimism surrounding his appointment. However, Villa have picked up just two points from eight games since Boxing Day. Cascarino writes that it only shows that Bruce is managing a team whose attitude is not right. Bruce has

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Conte watched Fulham vs Spurs - was he on scouting mission?

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:25:49 +0000

Conte watched Fulham vs Spurs - was he on scouting mission? - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Less than 24 hours after Chelsea eased into the next round of the FA Cup following their victory against Wolves, Antonio Conte decided to keep himself busy on Sunday afternoon doing some scouting work. The Italian was spotted in the stands at Craven Cottage on Sunday alongside Carlo Cudicini, as he was following Fulham’s FA Cup clash with Tottenham. Surely, Conte wasn’t interested in watching Spurs, as Chelsea have played them twice already in the Premier League. His main motive was something else. According to reports from the Mirror, Conte was observing two Fulham players – both of them were

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Arsenal legend on Liverpool target: He has so much talent

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:20:21 +0000

Arsenal legend on Liverpool target: He has so much talent - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Moanco striker, Kylian Mbappe, has scored seven goals in eight starts, with a further 10 substitute appearances in Ligue 1 so far this term. He is the new big thing in France, and has already been branded as the ‘new Thierry Henry‘. Henry started his playing career with Monaco, before moving on to play for clubs like Juventus, Arsenal and Barcelona. The Arsenal legend reveals that he met with the 18-year-old and found the youngster ‘very respectful’ and a quiet guy. Henry ushered heaps of praise on the Frenchman, claiming the player is a great package, who ‘can do what

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FA Cup 2017 Draw: Chelsea handed blockbuster tie in the quarter finals, boost for Arsenal

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:25:04 +0000

FA Cup 2017 Draw: Chelsea handed blockbuster tie in the quarter finals, boost for Arsenal - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Premier League giants Chelsea will face holders Manchester United in the Quarter-finals of the FA Cup. Antonio Conte’s men managed to humiliate Jose Mourinho’s team earlier this season and the Blues will be hoping for more of the same when the two sides meet on the 11th of March 2017. Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger’s men take on Sutton in the fifth round of the competition tonight. If Arsenal manage to secure a win tonight, they will take on Lincoln in the Quarter-finals. The fifth-tier club eliminated Premier League outfit Burnley in the last round. The easy fixture in the next round

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West Ham not interested in signing former Manchester United striker

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:00:10 +0000

West Ham not interested in signing former Manchester United striker - originally posted on Sportslens.com

The former Manchester United and Tottenham striker, Dimitar Berbatov, has recently expressed his desire to extend his playing career at the age of 36. Berbatov has been out of contract since he was released by Greek side PAOK in June 2016, but the Bulgarian is not keen to hang up his boots yet. The former Monaco striker, who has won two Premier League titles with United, believes he has still plenty to offer at the top level. He said in an interview with BBC: I’m trying to find a team, if you want to put it like this. I still feel

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Former Man Utd striker: This Tottenham star can become one of the best

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:02:14 +0000

Former Man Utd striker: This Tottenham star can become one of the best - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham Hotspur striker, Harry Kane, has proven himself to be one of the league’s best strikers in the past three seasons. Former Manchester United striker, Dimitar Berbatov, feels that Kane is on course to become one of the best English strikers. After returning from a loan spell in 2012-13, Kane was ready to lead the line for Spurs the following season. He made a huge impression after scoring 31 goals for the north London club in all competitions in 2014-15. He scored 25 league goals last season, and this term he has already racked up 19 goals, despite spending nearly

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