Gundogan to Man Utd? Or will Chelsea hijack bid?

Ilkay Gundogan is seemingly on his way to Manchester United after Borussia Dortmund officially announced that he will not extend his contract with the club. Gundogan is contracted to BVB till 2016, but has said he will not pen an extension, and that almost certainly means Dortmund will listen to offers for him this summer, or they’ll risk him going for nothing like Robert Lewandowski went to Bayern.

United have been long time admirers of Gundogan, and while he’s struggled for fitness in recent times, he’s slowly reaching his 2012/13 levels where he was a key cog in Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League runners up side. (more…)

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Yaya Toure to Inter?- Pellegrini ready to let Ivorian star go?

Yaya Toure, widely considered as the backbone of Man City’s performances over the last few years, could be on his way out of the Etihad if local paper reports are to be believed. Toure is the biggest earner at City, picking up £250,000 a week, but his performances this season haven’t quite been at their best, and City seem to be eager to cash in before his values dwindles any further.

Toure has been a key player for City, popping up with some fantastic thunderbolts and is a reliable player from the penalty spot, but his time at the Etihad hasn’t exactly been perfect, with many criticising the player for his perceived “laziness” (more…)

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Oscar Chelsea transfer latest- Blues ready to sell Brazilian to Liverpool/Juventus

Juventus and Liverpool have been put on alert after reports emerged that Chelsea were willing to offload Brazilian playmaker Oscar. Blues boss Jose Mourinho is looking to acquire Enner Valencia and is open to an offer for Oscar, whom the club bought from Internacional in 2012.

Liverpool have been linked with a move, but another potential destination touted is Juventus, with fans salivating with thoughts of an Oscar-Tevez-Morata trio. (more…)

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Wellington Silva Arsenal 2015- Brazilian starlet finally gets Spanish nationality

Wellington Silva, the Brazilian forward Arsenal signed from Fluminense way back in 2011, will finally get to represent the Gunners four years after signing for the North London club. The youngster, born in 1993, originally signed for the Gunners in 2009, but the transfer was delayed to 2011 owing to his young age.

At the time of his signing, Wellington was unable to get a work permit, and was farmed out to various Spanish clubs on loan. He is currently at Almeria, and has previously had loan spells at Levante, Alcoyano, Murcia and Ponferradina.

Wellington tweeted of his delight at getting a new Spanish passport, which makes him eligible to play for the Gunners in the forthcoming 2015/16 season without having to go through the hassles of a work permit (more…)

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Neymar puts Chelsea on alert

Brazilian wonderkid Neymar has put Chelsea on alert by naming them as one of the sides he would consider moving to when he makes his long-awaited transfer to Europe.

Neymar is expected to leave current club Santos in the next two years, and seems to have placed Barcelona top of his list of destinations. However a move to the Nou Camp is far from certain, and the striker named Chelsea as a possible option.

“Who wouldn’t dream about playing alongside Messi, Xavi and [Andres] Iniesta? They’re all great players,” he told Esporte Espetacular. “I dream of playing in Europe, for a big club like Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea.”

The 21-year-old Brazil international netted 34 goals in 33 domestic matches in 2012.

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Arsenal in Isco link

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Malaga start let Isco, with a fee of £30m being talked of.

The Gunners have already done business with the La Liga club this season, bringing Santi Cazorla to the Emirates Stadium, and the 20-year-old Isco, also an attacking midfielder, would require a fee rarely spent by the London club.

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Chelsea secure £5m deal for Brazilian defender

Chelsea look set to complete a January transfer deal for Fluminese right-back Wallace, reports the Daily Mail.

The 18-year-old Brazilian confirmed his move while talking with Fox Sports Brasil: ‘I used to follow the Spanish league and its big clubs like Real Madrid but now as I’m moving to Chelsea I’m following the club more closely, especially after the Champions League title.

‘I watch Chelsea games whenever I can, sometimes I can’t watch because I’m playing or concentrated with my team, but I don’t miss a chance to see them playing on TV.’

The Blues currently have Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta in that position, along with Branislav Ivanovic, yet the report suggests the £5m move could be with an eye on the future.

Wallace would join up with fellow Brazilians David Luiz, Lucas Piazon, Oscar, and Ramires at Stamford Bridge.

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Cleverley in line for new Man Utd contract

Tom Cleverley is to be given a new contract by Manchester United that would see the England international’s weekly wage doubled, bringing him closer to his more senior teammates in the Old Trafford financial pecking order, the Daily Mail has reported.

The Mail adds that Cleverley currently takes home £40,000 per week from United, which, if doubled, would see him receive the kind of pay packet usually reserved for key members of Sir Alex Ferguson’s side. With the bump in income would come a multi-year extension to Cleverley’s contract, tying down the 23-year-old for the foreseeable future.

Having previously spent time on loan at Wigan Athletic, Cleverley was introduced to the United first team at the start of last season, only to suffer an injury against Everton at Goodison Park that left him on the sidelines for much of the campaign. Since regaining fitness, however, Cleverley has been a regular in the United team and made his senior England bow under Roy Hodgson.

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Podolski a better player thanks to Arsenal move, says Germany boss Low

Joachim Low believes Lukas Podolski has become a better player as a result of his move to Arsenal, ESPN has reported. The Germany Coach added that Podolski was now one of the first names on his team sheet due to the start he has made in the Premier League.

Podolski has passed the 100-cap mark for Germany but ESPN notes his future in the national team was thought to be under threat, thanks to the proliferation of young attacking talent making its way through the ranks. Low however has moved to dismiss such speculation, insisting that Podolski has an important role to play – thanks in large part to his summer transfer to the Gunners.

Low said: “I have always been able to count on him for many years. That makes him indispensable for us. Even if he did not always start games, I always rated him very highly.

I think the progress he is making at Arsenal is very positive. He always has such a positive energy about him and is benefiting from his experiences with Arsenal.

Podolski has made nine appearances for Arsenal so far this season, scoring four times, including two goals in the Champions League in as many games. The 27-year-old was previously with FC Koln, and also spent time at Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

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