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Why Chelsea Should Sell Oscar This Summer

Money talks at Chelsea. In more ways than one.<p>Since Roman Abramovich’s arrival as owner, Chelsea have dictated the transfer market, paying big fees for big-name players.<p>That strategy remains a key part of their pursuit to be Europe’s No. 1 club side, but these days they’re equally willing to have …

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Arsenal news: Fatigued forward Alexis Sanchez needs a break, says Arsene Wenger ahead of Newcastle game

Chilean forward expected to be rested after manager Arsène Wenger admits he is feeling fatigued<p>Arsène Wenger has conceded that influential forward Alexis Sánchez is suffering from fatigue and could be taken out of the firing line when his Arsenal side face Newcastle on Saturday.<p>Sánchez failed to …

Cristiano Ronaldo is 'jealous' of Lionel Messi, says Hristo Stoichkov

Former Barcelona striker Hristo Stoichkov says he is sure Cristiano Ronaldo is "jealous" of Lionel Messi, as the "<i>morbo</i>" stirring continues ahead of …

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid, Messi vs. Ronaldo always more than just a game

Luis Enrique ducked the first question but they weren't going to give up that easily so back they came again, and again and again. There were 32 …

World Cup 2026: United States dream of celebrating 250th anniversary of independence with World Cup final

US are overwhelming favourites to host the 2026 World Cup and the prospect of a final on July 4 in Philadelphia - where independence was approved - is the perfect script<p>It is a dream, a distant dream, but the prospect of the United States staging the World Cup final on July 4, 2026 - the 250th …

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How Manchester City's attack can break through Barcelona

Manchester City is learning how difficult it is to be a consistent power on both the domestic and European level. The defending Premier League …

John Aldridge: Double incentive for Liverpool against Manchester United - Getting into the top four keeps them out

Double incentive for Liverpool against Manchester United: Getting into the top four keeps them out<p>This Sunday’s match is the biggest Liverpool v Man …

Barcelona v Manchester City: Vincent Kompany has final opportunity to justify his 'presidential' billing

Vincent Kompany has struggled to form a consistent partnership at centre-half, with only Martin Demichelis, with his excellent reading of the game, complementing the captain's game<p>They call Vincent Kompany the ‘Presi­dent’ in Belgium, partly out of respect for his elevated status as the country’s …

Greg Dyke: We must crack down on 'scary increase' in players surrounding referees

FA chairman Greg Dyke speaks out against spate of players surrounding officials in wake of scenes which marred Chelsea's Champions League match with PSG<p>Greg Dyke has called for a crackdown across football on players hounding referees, with the Football Association chairman attacking the “scary …

Mesut Ozil under fire for swapping shirts at half-time

Arsenal midfielder criticised by Paul Scholes for deciding to swap shirts with Monaco player at the end of the first half in Champions League tie<p>Mesut Ozil has been criticised for swapping shirts with a Monaco opponent as he walked off the pitch at half-time in <b>Arsenal's Champions League last 16 tie</b>.<p>…

Cristiano Ronaldo may finish career in MLS; odds on Wenger leaving slashed

<i>Collecting and sharing the latest transfer rumours from around the world of football as spring dawns and the summer window is just around the corner</i> …

Cristiano Ronaldo 'wants to end career with transfer to USA'

Real Madrid star is keen to leave Spain for Major League Soccer when his contract ends in 2018, according to reports<p><b>Cristiano Ronaldo</b> wants a swansong in Major League Soccer once his contract at Real Madrid ends in 2018, according to reports.<p><i>Sports Illustrated</i> claims the Portuguese winger, 30, is …

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Monaco 0 Arsenal 2, Champions League last 16 second leg, match report: Agony for Arsene Wenger as Arsenal crash out

Monaco vs Arsenal, Champions League: Resuonding win on the night not enough to save club's Champions League dream<p>Arsenal gave everything here, gave absolutely every last drop of sweat, launching attack after attack, <b>scoring through Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey</b> as their fans beseeched “one more …

With Manchester City's squad in need of overhaul, who stays and who goes?

Throughout their transformation from Premier League mid-table also-rans into regular title challengers, Manchester City have been a pure buying …

Sepp Blatter sees further support ebb away

Another of FIFA’s regional confederations has retreated from the full-hearted support it offered Sepp Blatter last year in his pursuit of a fifth term as president of the world football federation.<p>Last June Blatter enjoyed a near-triumphal procession through the confederations’ conferences on the …

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Koeman: Players fear Van Gaal

Louis van Gaal's combative style may be proving detrimental to Manchester United, according to Southampton boss Ronald Koeman.<p>Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has accused Dutch counterpart Louis van Gaal of striking fear into his Manchester United players.<p>United has been far from convincing in Van …

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Players fear Louis van Gaal, says Southampton's Ronald Koeman

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has offered an insight into the working environment Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal promotes, and claimed …

Manchester City should consider selling Sergio Aguero if they could buy Luis Suarez to win Premier League in 2016

Former Liverpool striker is not the main man in Spain, and may be an option for Premier League champions in the summer<p>The common accusation when a player agitates and ultimately achieves his objective to join <b>Barcelona</b> or <b>Real Madrid</b> is that he has succeeded in placing selfish ambition before the …

Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique enjoy late-night visit to Barcelona casino 48 hours before Manchester City clash

Barcelona stars photographed in late-night casino less than 48 hours before Champions League clash at Manchester City, throwing Luis Enrique's preparations in to turmoil<p><b>Barcelona</b>’s preparations for the <b>Champions League</b> clash with <b>Manchester City</b> have been thrown in to turmoil with coach Luis Enrique …