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Liverpool and Arsenal told staggering Riyad Mahrez price by Leicester boss Claude Puel | Football | Sport

Liverpool and Arsenal told staggering Riyad Mahrez price by Leicester boss Claude Puel | Football | Sport

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Liverpool have been highly linked with a move for the Algerian, especially since they sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142million.Arsenal are also looking to replace Alexis Sanchez who is edging closer to a move to Manchester United.However, Leicester boss Claude Puel says that Mahrez is currently enjoying his football in the midlands.And he claims that if any of England's top clubs want the 26-year-old then he would cost “more than £100m” to take him from the King Power Stadium.“Perhaps; maybe in the summer he will cost even more than £100m,” Puel said.“It’s just rumours, noise about him. “We can see Riyad smile, enjoying his football, enjoying to play with his team-mates.“After the training session he continues to play, I wanted him to stay rested, but it’s perfect.”Reports ci
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville names Liverpool star who has proved a lot of people wrong | Football | Sport

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville names Liverpool star who has proved a lot of people wrong | Football | Sport

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Oxlade-Chamberlain got Liverpool off to a flyer inside 10 minutes with a cracking shot that flew past Ederson into the bottom right corner.Leroy Sane levelled the scores before half-time but Oxlade-Chamberlain turned provider after the break after playing in Roberto Firmino with the Brazilian finishing with a deft lob over the top of the City goalkeeper.The England international was deployed in his more favoured central position and flourished alongside Georginio Wijnaldum and Emre Can.There were plenty of question marks over the £40million fee Liverpool paid Arsenal to sign him back in the summer.But Manchester United legend Neville believes Oxlade-Chamberlain deserves a lot of credit for taking the challenge in his stride.“It would either make or break him. If he wasn’t quite right he
Man Utd transfer news: Jose Mourinho miss out on Basel ace Manuel Akanji | Football | Sport

Man Utd transfer news: Jose Mourinho miss out on Basel ace Manuel Akanji | Football | Sport

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Akanji has attracted interest from big clubs after an impressive first half of the season, which included a 1-0 win over Manchester United in the Champions League.And United were understood to have been one of the sides keen on the 22-year-old along with Liverpool and Southampton.But it appears the Premier League will miss out on the Swiss international with Borussia Dortmund reportedly closing in on a deal.The German side have had a disappointing season, especially in defence, with 24 goals conceded as they sit 16 points off leaders Bayern Munich.According to German outlet Kicker, Akanji is in advanced negotiations with Dortmund.The transfer fee is expected to be around £17.7million (20m euros) with add ons.It is claimed United are still in the chase for Akanji but time is running out
Alexis Sanchez transfer: Man Utd and Man City tell Arsenal star decision is up to him | Football | Sport

Alexis Sanchez transfer: Man Utd and Man City tell Arsenal star decision is up to him | Football | Sport

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Manchester City are prepared to run the risk of losing long-term target Sanchez to neighbours United because they will not engage in a bidding war for the Arsenal striker.They hope the player’s desire to play under Pep Guardiola again will swing a deal their way.United have attempted to hijack City’s move by offering the Gunners a £35m transfer package, including Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Jose Mourinho made no attempt to disguise his interest by describing Sanchez as a “phenomenal player.”Highly-placed City sources insist they will not attempt to outbid United and will refuse to meet Arsenal’s £35m asking price – as well as the £5m agents’ fee – for a player who will be a free agent when his contract runs out this summer.City are understood to want to pay only £20m to land Sanchez in this
Liverpool news: Joe Gomez makes claim about Virgil van Dijk deal | Football | Sport

Liverpool news: Joe Gomez makes claim about Virgil van Dijk deal | Football | Sport

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Van Dijk joined Liverpool at the start of the January transfer window for £75million.The Dutchman made an immediate impact, scoring the winner on his Anfield debut in the 2-1 FA Cup victory over Everton.Gomez, who has predominantly played at right-back, would prefer to be at the heart of the defence if given the chance.The Reds made a statement signing in Van Dijk, as Jurgen Klopp seeks to shore up his backline.And Gomez only views Van Dijk’s arrival as a positive.“It’s great for me personally, because he’s one of the best in the world right now, long term if I want to play there then it’s a great opportunity for me to learn and see what he does,” Gomez told the Daily Mirror.“He’s got great attributes and that’s something I can look at and see what he does from day to day.“That’s one of
Chelsea news: Antonio Conte reveals the reason he withdrew Eden Hazard against Arsenal | Football | Sport

Chelsea news: Antonio Conte reveals the reason he withdrew Eden Hazard against Arsenal | Football | Sport

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The two sides played out a dull goalless draw in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final.The main talking point was when Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere suffered a further set-back as he withdrew through injury.And Chelsea fans were hoping that Hazard has not suffered a similar problem as he was taken off seven minutes from time with the game on a knife edge.But Conte has moved to allay those fears and confirmed that the switch, which saw Tiemoue Bakayoko enter the frame, was purely tactical.“No, it was a technical decision,” Conte said.He then went on to defend his attackers who have often come under pressure for not taking their chances this season.“You must be worried if you don’t create and it is difficult not to score,” Conte added.“Every game we create chances, this season we might be
Roberto Firmino incident: Referee report update on Mason Holgate racism allegations | Football | Sport

Roberto Firmino incident: Referee report update on Mason Holgate racism allegations | Football | Sport

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Liverpool won the match against Everton 2-1, but it was shrouded in controversy for an off the ball incident between Firmino and Holgate.The Everton defender pushed Firmino by the touchline sending him flying over the advertising boards The Liverpool forward retaliating by squaring up to Holgate with Madley getting in between the pair.TV footage of Firmino during the exchange led to lip-reading experts claiming he said: “Es maluco, filho da puta?' Translated that means: 'Are you crazy, you son of a b***h?”Holgate then reacted furiously to something Firmino seemed to say and after the game he claimed the 26-year-old had used the word “negro”.Both players are set to be interviewed by the FA to try and get to the bottom of the incident.But the Daily Mail claim to have seen a copy of Madley
Chelsea news: Antonio Conte faces transfer problem because of Man Utd and Arsenal | Football | Sport

Chelsea news: Antonio Conte faces transfer problem because of Man Utd and Arsenal | Football | Sport

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The Blues have been long-time admirers of the Jamaica Under-23 international and are believed to have stepped up their interest this month.Bailey has set the Bundesliga alight since joining Leverkusen in January last year.He has already contributed to 10 goals in the league this season and at 20 years old is one of the hottest properties in Europe right now.And Chelsea will seemingly have to fend off interest from both Arsenal and United in order to broker a deal for Bailey.That’s according to the Mirror, who claim the Premier League trio could wait until the summer to make their move. The report states Leverkusen would only consider selling Bailey for a fee in excess of £40million.But Leverkusen sporting director Jonas Boldt recently poured cold water on any suggestion Bailey would be
Philippe Coutinho reveals plans to RETURN to Liverpool after Barcelona transfer | Football | Sport

Philippe Coutinho reveals plans to RETURN to Liverpool after Barcelona transfer | Football | Sport

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The Brazil international will officially be unveiled as a Barcelona player later today after a £142million fee was agreed with Liverpool.It puts an end to one of the longest transfer sagas in recent memory after Coutinho attempted to push through a deal in the summer only for the Reds to refuse to sell.But Liverpool finally relented in allowing Coutinho to complete his dream move to the Nou Camp to make him the second most expensive player in history.He leaves behind a club now in need of finding an adequate replacement with reports suggesting Liverpool may wait until the summer.However, Coutinho still plans to return to his former club in the near future to say a final goodbye.“I gave 100 per cent, 100 per cent of the time I played for Liverpool,” Coutinho told the Daily Mail. “Five ye
Barcelona news: When will Philippe Coutinho make his debut after Liverpool transfer? | Football | Sport

Barcelona news: When will Philippe Coutinho make his debut after Liverpool transfer? | Football | Sport

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The Brazilian finally got his dream move to Barcelona when it was announced yesterday Liverpool had agreed a deal worth £142million.Coutinho made it clear in the summer he wanted to leave but Liverpool stood firm and released a statement that the player would not be sold.However, six months later and an improved offer from Barcelona with ‘achievable’ add-ons as opposed to the ones offered in the summer left Liverpool with little choice but to sell.Coutinho arrived in Barcelona yesterday and is expected to be in attendance for the club’s match against Levante this afternoon.But Barcelona fans will be eager to know when their new signing will be able to pull on the famous jersey and play alongside Lionel Messi.While today’s match match against Levante is expected to be the welcome parade