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Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho on why Romelu Lukaku did not celebrate goal vs West Brom

And Jose Mourinho has suggested the hitman failed to mark the goal because of the time he spent on loan at the Hawthorns from Chelsea. Lukaku put United ahead against West Brom today when he nodded past Ben Foster in the 23rd minute. But, just as when he scored for the Red Devils against Bournemouth in midweek, the Belgian did not celebrate the goal. Lukaku’s decision to remain po-faced when his team-mates surrounded him drew some criticism from fans and pundits alike. It has been suggested that the striker is…

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Liverpool news: Barcelona give up on Philippe Coutinho for two huge reasons

Barcelona are expected to bid big for Liverpool star Coutinho next month. The Catalan giants spent the summer pursuing the Brazilian but, after being rebuffed on three separate occasions, ultimately focused on signing Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund. Despite that decision, however, talk remains they are still hellbent on signing the 25-year-old. However, Spanish publication Diario Gol say Barcelona have now abandoned their pursuit for two big reasons. It is said the club feel Liverpool have priced them out of any potential deal. The Reds wanted a huge £166million to…

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Chelsea news: Real Madrid hope Barcelona win Champions League clash for shock reason

Real Madrid are eyeing Chelsea forward Hazard with their current attack in sore need of a revamp. Cristiano Ronaldo’s best days appear to be behind him with Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio also failing to fire. As a result, Zinedine Zidane wants Hazard in order to ensure Los Blancos keep pace with Barcelona at the La Liga summit in the future. And Spanish outlet Don Balon claims the club want to open negotiations as soon as possible – with Barcelona now key to the deal. Chelsea have been…

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Real Madrid equal Barcelona record for Club World Cup wins – who else has lifted trophy?

Cristiano Ronaldo’s free-kick was enough to seal victory over Gremio in the Club World Cup final yesterday, sealing Los Blancos’ third tournament victory. The win – Real’s second consecutive triumph and third in the last four years – equalled the trophy tally of La Liga rivals Barcelona in the FIFA competition. While the Spanish giants have dominated in recent seasons, Brazilian sides also have a superb record in the competition. Despite Gremio meekly stepping aside in this year’s final, Corinthians have triumphed twice while Sao Paulo and Internacional have also…

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Transfer news: Arsenal to challenge Chelsea for long-term target Leon Bailey

Bailey is one of the most sought after young talents in the Bundesliga right now. His performances for Bayer Leverkusen have helped the German club climb into the battle for the Champions League places so far. Clubs from Spain and Italy are thought to be interested in his signature. But Chelsea were seemingly in the driving seat to secure his services next month. Antonio Conte is desperate to bolster his options next month as the fight for a top-four place heats up. However, Arsene Wenger could rival his counterpart to…

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Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho facing uncertainty over future at Old Trafford

Mourinho goes to The Hawthorns amid simmering unrest at the club following last week’s defeat by Manchester City – and the unsavoury bust-ups that followed it. And with the £30million Armenian midfielder Henrika Mkhitaryan the latest star to clash with the volatile Mourinho, critics in Old Trafford’s corridors of power are understood to be seriously considering whether there should be a change at the top. Some behind the scenes were privately critical of his appointment in the first place and now fear that the controversies that blighted his reign at…

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Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp refuses to take credit for Mohamed Salah signing

Most managers would be rushing to claim credit for signing the top scorer in the country. Especially when that buy is not even a specialist centre-forward but a winger. But not Klopp. The Liverpool boss was quick to deflect praise towards the scouting team. They wanted Mohamed Salah. They kept telling Klopp that. He listened. He acted. He spent £37 million. He is grateful for their good advice. “The scouting department did a fantastic job about him,” Klopp said.  “They didn’t get out of our ears. It was 100 percent,…

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte plans Juventus swoop for defender Alex Sandro – EXCLUSIVE

Juventus have indicated that they are willing to cash in on the Brazilian wing-back who has failed to sign a new contract. The Blues spent the whole of last summer trying to tempt the Italian giants into selling the £70million rated star. But they found that their £55m bid for Sandro was snubbed and the player has suffered a slump in form as a result. Juventus now feel that they will have to do business when the transfer window opens at the start of next month. They will however wait…

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Man City news: Pep Guardiola’s side will break huge Manchester United record – Paul Merson

That is the view of Sky Sports pundit and former Arsenal star Paul Merson. Manchester City are currently 11 points clear of rivals Manchester United and are unbeaten after 17 games. Pep Guardiola’s side have scored 52 times, averaging over three goals a game, with the 7-2 win over Stoke their biggest. But Merson thinks they can score more than that in a single match and break United’s 9-0 win over Ipswich in 1995. “We do get funny results at the end of the season,” Merson said when discussing if…

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Chelsea to beat Arsenal and Liverpool to Thomas Lemar with player-plus-cash offer

Both Arsenal and Liverpool were close to signing the winger in the summer but a deal failed to materialise. The Gunners in fact had a £90m offer agreed in the closing stages of the last transfer window, but Alexis Sanchez’s failure to join Manchester City meant a move for Lemar was never able to be completed. Liverpool also were said to have had two bids knocked back for Lemar with reports this week suggesting Jurgen Klopp hasn’t given up hope of signing Lemar as a possible replacement for Philippe Coutinho…

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