Arsenal Owner Personally Called Hector Bellerin and Told Him He’s Staying

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Whether they discuss it publicly or not, footballers are well aware of what’s being written about them. This is especially true with transfer rumors. Some take pride in being coveted by other clubs, others laugh at the “fake news” quotient that is often present in many of these stories. With all transfer rumors, it’s deeply personal for the individual player being discussed and sometimes the club leadership will step in as a response.

Such is the case with Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin and club Owner Stan Kroenke. According to a report by Spanish radio station Cadena SER, Kroenke made a personal call to Bellerin, telling him to stay put because he simply isn’t going anywhere.

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Man United Can “Attract all the Players” Says Dwight Yorke

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It’s widely thought that Manchester United have three or four players on their summer shopping list this summer, and the positions they covet are striker, winger, holding midfielder and central defense. Conventional wisdom holds that Executive Vice President Ed Woodward will give Manager Jose Mourinho all the resources he needs to get those needs taken care of.

Now it’s just a matter of closing the deals, and former United striker Dwight Yorke sees no issue there.

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Arsenal FC Reportedly Close on Alexandre Lacazette; Potential Club Record Signing

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Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette is the primary Arsenal transfer rumor circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world today. He was heavily linked to the Gunners last summer, as well as Arsenal’s local rival Tottenham Hotspur. In the past he’s also been linked to Liverpool, West Ham United and Paris Saint-Germain.

In other words, he’s a man in high demand and if Arsenal really want to sign him this summer transfer window, they’ll have to pay big money. However, both The Guardian and The Telegraph are reporting that a deal is moving closer to getting done.

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Romelu Lukaku Plays on Chelsea FC Branded Pitch, Angers Everton Supporters

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Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has been heavily linked with a return to Chelsea FC this summer, and this video below will only further increase speculation. Transfer rumors have surrounded the Belgian all year long. It even reached the point that Lukaku himself felt the need to comment on the Chelsea return (and even Manchester United transfer rumors) narrative.

Lukaku, currently on holiday in Los Angeles, scored twice in a five-a-side game, and he posted some of the highlights in the latest video posted on his official Instagram account.

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Michael Carrick Articulates How Much He Enjoyed Playing with Ronaldo

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick extolled the virtues of Cristiano Ronaldo to a point that many will perceive his comments as a recruiting pitch. Ronaldo is unsettled at Real Madrid, and there are only a small handful of clubs who could potentially meet his wage demands. 

United are obviously one of those clubs, and Old Trafford is a destination that is definitely close to his heart. Paris Saint-Germain or Chelsea could be a potential suitor as well.

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Chelsea Dealt Major Blow by FIFA in Diego Costa Situation

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Diego Costa and his agent thought they had it all figured out. The Chelsea striker could leave Stamford Bridge and return to Atletico Madrid, via a loophole that could potentially circumvent the transfer ban. The Costa camp would be happy with this situation, as would Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte, who (as it’s been well documented) cannot coexist with Costa.

Atletico has been hit with a transfer ban that prohibits them from signing new players until the new year, but the proposed solution was to loan Costa out until he could sign permanently.

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New Liverpool Man Mohamed Salah Says He’s 100% Improved Since Chelsea Days

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Liverpool finally announced the signing of Mohamed Salah from AS Roma yesterday, and the transfer fee is believed to have set a a new club record. English media reported a value of £39 million, while the Italian club claims they netted 50 million Euro on the transaction. When the 25-year-old signed with Chelsea, the transfer was fee reported to be in the region of £11 million, so Salah’s market value appears to have quadrupled in three and a half years.

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Alvaro Morata Reportedly Progressing Towards Manchester United Transfer

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Manchester United have already taken care of their central defender needs this summer transfer window (via Victor Lindelof), and it appears they are possibly moving on to central midfielder or striker next.  In the midfield, the solution could be Nemanja Matic, or possibly Fabinho (who made some remarks today that will certainly put United at high alert).

At the striker position United badly need a replacement for the rehabilitating and departing Zlatan Ibrahimovic. That could and should be Real Madrid man Alvaro Morata, who was moving very close to a transfer deal being sealed just a couple weeks ago.

Then the Cristiano Ronaldo drama occurred, and it overshadowed this situation, along with everything else in the football world.

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Fabinho Says He’s “Tempted” By Idea of Moving to Manchester United

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Manchester United have already checked off the central defender box on the summer shopping list (with Victor Lindelof), and it appears they are possibly moving on to central midfielder or striker next.  In the midfield, United are looking for a long term Michael Carrick replacement, who could be paired with Ander Herrera, allowing Manager Jose Mourinho to position Paul Pogba further up the field.

Perhaps Fabinho is that guy, and this idea received a significant boost today with eye-catching remarks made by the 23-year-old Brazilian. Fabinho says the idea of moving to United is “tempting.”

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Chicago Bulls Fans Have Every Right to “Check Out” For a Very Long Time

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Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman lied to the media several times about shopping Jimmy Butler, so on the night that he finally dealt away his franchise player, some backlash was to be expected. The 20 cents on the dollar the Bulls got in return for Butler also opened the team up to being heavily critiqued.

Forman probably didn’t expect to be publicly called out as harshly as he was by Butler’s trainer though-

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Caleb Swanigan Could Get Minutes Immediately, Given Portland Trail Blazers Needs

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You’ve read all the scouting reports on Caleb Swanigan, the 6’9” Power Forward/Center out of Purdue University who was taken by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 26th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

You already know the limitations of his athleticism and his defense. You’ve already heard/read about how Swanigan turns the ball over too much. On the flip side, you also know how well he rebounds and passes, what a great shooter he is for a player his size, and that he takes care of business at the free-throw line too.

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Bulls Get Fleeced in Jimmy Butler Trade; Some of the Funniest Reaction Tweets

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The Chicago Bulls made a really poor business decision by holding a country music theme night (because nothing says NBA like honky tonk), but it was pure genius compared to the Jimmy Butler trade. If you thought Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace got fleeced on draft night, in what he gave up in order to acquire quarterback Mitchell Tribusky, well that was an Oceans 11 level of a brilliant heist compared to this.

The Minnesota Timberwolves sent Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the rights to Lauri Markkanen at no. 7 to Chicago for Jimmy Butler and the rights to Justin Patton at no. 16. No, that’s not a typo.

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