Man United Reportedly Close to Signing Nemanja Matic From Chelsea FC

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Manchester United extended Michael Carrick another season, but they’re reportedly seeking a long term anchor for after he’s gone. Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic could be that holding midfielder, and he’s a great fit given that Jose Mourinho already has a history of good chemistry with him.

United are looking for a player of this variety who would then allow Mourinho to press Paul Pogba forward, and thus get the best return on investment possible from the world’s most expensive player.

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Deron Williams Will Have a NBA Job Next Year, Says Dee Brown

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The future of Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Deron Williams remains in doubt.

Williams signed a one year, $410,733 contract with the Cavaliers, all of it guaranteed, but he becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2017. His previous team, D. Will’s hometown Dallas Mavericks, paid him $9,000,000 in 2016-17.

After an absolutely abysmal NBA Finals performance (he finished with just five points on 2-of-16 shooting, 1-of-9 from three-point range and five turnovers in just 61 total minutes of action), many are wondering if Deron Williams will return at all to the league next season.

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United Winger Jesse Lingard Gushes as He Meets His Hero Ronaldinho

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Manchester United Winger Jesse Lingard is the answer to a great trivia question. Lingard was the last United player to score in both the last goal of the Louis van Gaal era (FA Cup 2016) and the first (2016 Community Shield) of the Jose Mourinho era.

A couple days ago, Lingard met his hero, the legendary Ronaldinho at a Miami night club, and posted the meeting of the footballers on his Instagram account.

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Paul Pogba Achieves First Ever “Dab Goal,” Celebrates with Dab (Video)

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Love it or hate it, the dab is a dance move that seems to be sticking around for awhile, and likely not going away any time soon.

Paul Pogba has appropriated the polarizing maneuver as his signature dance move and 10 days ago he even brought it to the Great Wall of China. Yes, he dabbed on the Great Wall, and you can see that over at this link.

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Romelu Lukaku Passionately Responds to Renewed Chelsea Transfer Speculation

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Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, currently on holiday in Los Angeles, scored twice in a five-a-side game and he included those highlights in the latest video posted on his official Instagram account. That five-a-side match was played on a Chelsea FC branded pitch, which inspired a lot of conversation in the post’s comments section.

As it’s social media, you can imagine some of the places that the conversation went. You can have a look over at this link.

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Illini Basketball Coach Brad Underwood: “We Need to Have that Swagger”

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Speaking ahead of the inaugural University of Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame Gala, Illini basketball coach Brad Underwood called on his team to have “that swagger.” Not just any swagger, but one befitting of the program’s all time ranking (#11) by the AP this spring.

Asked if history can be used as a recruiting tool, even with players who may be too young to remember the past glory days, Underwood responded:

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Antonio Conte is Chelsea’s Most Important Signing, Says Frank Lampard

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Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte is signed on to stay at Stamford Bridge until 2019, but there have been reports this summer that he’s unsettled. While those reports certainly invite a lot of skepticism, if not outright doubt and disbelief, there has still been plenty of drama for both the Italian and his club.

Chelsea certainly could not have been very happy about Conte’s texting Diego Costa that he’s no longer part of the plan, because that leak drove Costa’s selling price way down. That said, the Blues will no doubt overlook that transgression given how Conte won the Premier League in his very first season at the helm, and he’s now in very high demand.

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Nemanja Nikolic and David Accam Provide Fabulous Finishing for Chicago Fire

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Reigning MLS player of the month Nemanja Nikolic is the front-runner for Major League Soccer’s Golden Boot, and in order to stay in that position he needs every single goal that he can get. However, the league’s leading scorer had no hesitation at all about letting his Chicago Fire teammate David Accam take the penalty kick in in the 63′ minute, enabling Accam to accomplish his first career hat trick.

That speaks volumes about the selflessness of this Fire team, and that spirit of putting the unit above the individual is a huge reason why this team in undefeated in their last nine.

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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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