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Real Madrid: How Zinedine Zidane Killed The Galactico Era

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 05: Newly appointed manager of Real Madrid Zinedine Zidane looks on during a Real Madrid press conference at Valdebebas training ground on January 5, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez seems to have finally worked out that there are some battles you just cannot win. He has taken on managers with almost spiteful regularity in the past – including sacking three previous Champions League winners over his two spells in charge – but he has met his match in current head coach Zinedine Zidane. There is …

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Done Deal: Aston Villa’s Ciaran Clark Completes £5m Championship Move

NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 2: Ciaran Clark poses for a photograph with a home shirt with the pitch in the background at St.James' Park on August 2, 2016, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

Newcastle United have today confirmed the signing of Irish international Ciaran Clark from Aston Villa. The 26-year-old has signed a five-year deal at the Championship side, after Newcastle triggered his £5m release clause earlier this week (though the fee is undisclosed officially). CONFIRMED: @C_Clark_6 has signed for Newcastle United! ⚫️⚪️#WelcomeCiaran #NUFC pic.twitter.com/tjcJyFoMKb — Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 3, 2016 Speaking …

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Georginio Wijnaldum Reveals Why He Chose Liverpool Ahead Of Everton

Georginio Wijnaldum became Jürgen Klopp’s seventh signing at Liverpool when he arrived in a £25m deal last week. The Dutch international has since flown out to the US to meet his new teammates, and has been discussing the move from Newcastle publicly for the first time. Although Premier League rivals Everton and Tottenham were also interested in securing the 25-year-old midfielder’s …

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Juventus Line Up £35m Newcastle Star As Pogba Replacement

NEWCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 22: Moussa Sissoko of Newcastle United during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace at St James' Park on March 22, 2014 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Getty Images)

Juventus would appear to have accepted that Paul Pogba is destined to leave the club, and are in the process of lining up his successor. The Guardian are this morning reporting that the Italian giants have lined up Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko as the prefect replacement for the departing French international – but face competition from Everton to land him. After …

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Liverpool And Newcastle Agree Deal For Georginio Wijnaldum

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12: Georginio Wijnaldum of Newcastle United celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St James' Park on January 12, 2016 at Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

After days of negotiations, Liverpool and Newcastle have this morning agreed a fee of £25m for Georginio Wijnaldum. Sky Sports confirmed the deal earlier today. The Dutch international emerged as a prime transfer target for Liverpool recently, and having been in talks with the Championship side since the beginning of the week, a deal has now been struck. Newcastle had …

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Liverpool Planning Raid For Real Madrid Midfielder [Report]

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 24: Mateo Kovacic of Real Madrid talks to members of the press at the mixed zone after the team training session at the Real Madrid Open Media Day ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final against Club Atletico Madrid at Valdebebas training ground on May 24, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Liverpool’s midfield rebuild plan could see them return to an old target, according to Marca this morning. The Spanish publication (via the Express) are today reporting that Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovačić is once again on the club’s radar, with manager Jürgen Klopp interested in bringing the 22-year-old to Anfield. Last summer, Liverpool (then managed by Brendan Rodgers) were heavily linked …

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Liverpool Veteran Could Reunite With Rafa Benitez At Newcastle This Summer [Report]

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 26: Lucas Leiva of Liverpool looks on during the Capital One Cup semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on January 26, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Liverpool’s defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva could be set for a sensational reunion with former manager Rafa Benitez this summer, with The Daily Telegraph reporting Newcastle want Lucas as part of any deal which would see Georginio Wijnaldum leave St James Park for Anfield. Wijnaldum, capped 30 times by the Netherlands, only joined Newcastle last year, signing on a five-year contract, …

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Liverpool’s £25m Wijnaldum Pursuit Has Accelerated Massively [Report]

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: Georginio Wijnaldum of Newcastle United celebrates with the match ball as he scores four goal during their 6-2 victory after the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Norwich City at St James' Park on October 18, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

News broke last night that Liverpool were keen to add Newcastle and Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum to their squad. Multiple sources claimed that the Reds had leapfrogged Tottenham and Everton in the race to sign the 25-year-old, though stressed that Liverpool had yet to a agree a fee with Newcastle. This afternoon, it appears that both sides may be inching …

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Liverpool Midfielder Close To Galatasaray Loan Move [Report]

BANGKOK, THAILAND - JULY 14: Lucas Leiva of Liverpool greets the fans after the international friendly match between Thai Premier League All Stars and Liverpool FC at Rajamangala Stadium on July 14, 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)

With Martin Skrtel leaving Liverpool for Fenerbahce yesterday, another long-serving player could be set to join him in Turkey. Turkish website Fotomac are today reporting that Galatasaray have agreed a one-year loan deal worth €1m for Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva. The report goes on to state that Lucas’ €3m annual wages could be a problem – with Gala only prepared …

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Liverpool’s Ten Most Expensive Signings Ranked

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: Kenny Dalglish the manager of Liverpool stands between his new signings, Andy Carroll (l) and Luis Suarez (r) during a photocall at Anfield on February 3, 2011 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Liverpool recently broke the £30million barrier for the third time with the £34m signing of Southampton forward Sadio Mané. While the Reds will be hoping that the Senegalese international proves to be more successful than the other two signings of similar value (namely Andy Carroll and Christian Benteke), it does once again bring up the fact that Liverpool have a chequered …

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Done Deal: Newcastle Complete The Signing Of Atlético Madrid Defender

Newcastle sign Jesus Gamez

Newcastle United’s preparation for life in the Championship is continuing, as manager Rafa Benítez looks to promote the Magpies back to the Premier League at the first attempt. Further to the signings of Matz Sels, Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie, the club have today confirmed a deal to bring Atlético Madrid right back Jesús Gámez to St. James’ Park. CONFIRMED: Newcastle …

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Highly Rated French International Could Jump Ship To Liverpool [Report]

While Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s move to Manchester United continues to dominate the football headlines, a big move for one French midfielder could go ahead in the shadow of the big Swede. Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko has become a target for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and the Merseyside club is keeping tabs on the french powerhouse. According to L’Equipe, Liverpool are favorites to land the …

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Liverpool Defender’s Departure To Be Finalised This Week

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17: Martin Skrtel of Liverpool FC points during the international friendly match between Brisbane Roar and Liverpool FC at Suncorp Stadium on July 17, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

The departure of Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is set to be completed later this week. The 31 year old is set to complete a £5.5m transfer to Fenerbahçe in the coming days, the Turkish side’s president has confirmed. Skrtel’s Slovakia side were dumped out of Euro 2016 last weekend with an emphatic 3-0 defeat to Germany in the second round, and …

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Real Madrid: Fascinating Stats Point To Ronaldo’s Decline And Bale’s Upward Trajectory

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: James Rodriguez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale of Real Madrid run during a Real Madrid training session on the eve of their UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on April 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)

Bernie Uche from Under The Cosh Blog takes a look at the contrasting performances of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale over the last few seasons, predicting that Real Madrid are shifting to a more Bale-centric side. Three years ago Bale joined Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur for a world record £85.1 million. Real Madrid fans were upset because his signing came at …

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Arsenal Fans Go Mental As St Totteringham’s Day Finally Arrives


Arsenal’s wretched form at the turn of the year meant that finishing below Tottenham for the first time since 1995 looked a near certainty. The annual tradition of “St. Totteringham’s Day” – the point at which Spurs mathematically cannot finish above their North London rivals – seemed as though it would not be happening this year as Mauricio Pochettino’s side …

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Opinion: Jürgen Klopp Is Using Liverpool Emotion To Power Success

LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool celebrates victory after the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. Liverpool reach the Europa League Final winning 3-1 on aggregate. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

WHEN Jurgen Klopp arrived in English football amongst much fanfare during the October international break he quickly laid out his hopes for the future at Liverpool. “I believe in a playing philosophy that is very emotional, very fast and very strong. My teams must play at full throttle and take it to the limit every single game,” he declared to …

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Former Manchester United Winger Released By Newcastle

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Referee Anthony Taylor has words with Ashley Young (r) as Gabriel Obertan looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St James' Park on March 4, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Though few will remember it now, former Bordeaux and Manchester United winger Gabriel Obertan was actually at one time rated as a genuine prospect. He made his debut for the Ligue 1 side at the age of just 17, and his rise of the youth ranks at various underage levels for France certainly suggested that he would go on to …

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