Man United outcast Victor Valdes not wanted by Sevilla

first_imgManchester United outcast Victor Valdes has been turned down by Sevilla, claim reports in Spain.United offered up the former Barcelona goalkeeper to the Europa League winners but the La Liga club failed to agree a deal with the player’s agents.According to Radio Sevilla, contact was made between Valdes and the club last week but talks quickly ended after manager Unai Emery decided he did not want the 33-year-old after all.Valdes, who still has a year remaining on his United contract, is desperate to manipulate himself a transfer before the window shuts after falling out with Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal at the end of last season. 1 Victor Valdes last_img

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‘He makes me think about Coquelin!’ Wenger delighted by Arsenal star

first_imgArsene Wenger has hailed the emergence of Joel Campbell after his goal helped Arsenal to a 3-1 FA Cup win over Sunderland.The Costa Rican star hasn’t had it easy at the Emirates, needing loans spells to earn a work permit and struggling to force his way into the first-team last season.Now, though, the 23-year-old, who has been handed a run in Wenger’s starting XI thanks to injures, is improving and impressing.And his French boss congratulated him on his recent displays, which have also been praised by fans.Wenger said: “He’s getting stronger in every game. He makes me think about Francis Coquelin last year. Nobody expected him and suddenly he knocked on the door and said, ‘hey, my friends, I’m here.’“What I like is you see the way he plays, he has more certainty in his game, more assurance in the final third and he scores goals.”last_img read more

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Ukrainian partisans celebrate nationalist past

first_imgKIEV, Ukraine – For the first time since World War II, Ukrainian partisans celebrated their nationalist army’s creation Sunday with the full approval of the Ukrainian government, despite efforts by angry socialists and communists to break up their gathering. The Ukrainian Insurgent Army, or UPA, battled both Soviet and Nazi forces during the war, and for several years after the war continued to carry out raids against the Soviets and to disrupt efforts to collectivize farms. Since the 1991 Soviet collapse, the former partisans have sought financial and moral recognition similar to what Red Army veterans have long enjoyed. “We needed our government to recognize us and nothing else,” said UPA veteran Stepan Babii, 83, who came to commemorate the anniversary of the army’s creation in 1942. The crowd of several thousand included uniformed veterans, their relatives and many young Ukrainians. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Hostility toward the partisans runs deep in Ukraine because they initially sought support from the Nazis, believing the Germans would grant Ukraine independence. The country was overrun by Nazis before the Soviets drove them out in 1944. An estimated 7 million Ukrainians died in the fighting, and 2.4 million people were sent to Nazi concentration camps. During Soviet times, schoolchildren were taught that members of the insurgent army were enemies of the people and that they committed atrocities alongside Nazi troops. Western-leaning Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko signed a decree Thursday on celebrating the 65th anniversary and ordered the government to improve medical care and other social benefits for the former partisans. The president – whose father was a Red Army soldier who spent four years in a Nazi camp – called for further study of the historical role played by the 100,000 partisans. Yushchenko has long been trying to win recognition for the partisans, but his efforts have met resistance from communists and Red Army veterans. The question of how to treat the nationalists in Ukrainian history – as freedom fighters or traitors – has polarized Ukraine. The west of the country supports them, while in the Russian-speaking east, support for the Soviet fighters is stronger. Members of the Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine tried Sunday to prevent the former partisans and their supporters from reaching the central square, and a few were detained while trying to push through police barriers.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Chelsea agree Eden Hazard sale, Liverpool chasing FC Koln pair and MORE gossip

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers and online…Chelsea have agreed a deal in principle with Real Madrid over the transfer of Eden Hazard. The Belgian ace has been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer, with Real and Paris Saint-Germain both keen on his signature. And the La Liga giants have won the race to sign him with sources close to the Bernabeu hierarchy claiming there is already an agreement in place. (Daily Express)Chelsea have failed with a £26million bid for Roma defender Kostas Manolas. However, the Italian giants have told them they will do business if they cough up £35million for the 24-year-old Greek international. (The Sun)Manchester City are trying to do a £20million summer deal for Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Julian Weigl. They were keen even before Pep Guardiola was confirmed as taking over at the Etihad but the incoming City boss is also an admirer. (Daily Mirror)Liverpool are aiming to complete a huge double swoop of FC Koln this summer. The Reds are interested in bringing in goalkeeper Timo Horn and defender Jonas Hector as Jurgen Klopp bids to rebuild the Liverpool team this summer. (Daily Mirror)Arsenal and Tottenham have sent scouts to watch Michy Batshuayi, the striker who has been a revelation for Marseille this season. (Daily Express)Arsenal are keeping an eye on Gonzalo Higuain as they look to add a top striker to their squad — with Zlatan Ibrahimovic also linked with a move to the Emirates. (The Sun)West Ham have sounded out Lyon about a £20m summer move for France striker Alexandre Lacazette. Lacazette, 24, has already admitted he fancies a move to the Premier League and West Ham are prepared to break the bank to get him. (Daily Mirror)Leicester will make a shock summer swoop for West Ham defender Reece Burke. And East Ender Burke, 19, is keen to join table-topping Foxes for a shot at Champions League football. Burke has played five league games for the Hammers and is currently on loan at League One Bradford. (The Sun)Former Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin has moved to Kazakhstan, signing a one-year contract with Kairat Almaty. (Daily Mail)Tottenham have stepped up their interest in Anderlecht’s teenage prospect Youri Tielemans. Tielemans, 18, has been watched by Spurs and Liverpool while West Brom are the latest club to be linked with the Belgium under-21 midfielder. (The Sun)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Rene Meulensteen slams current Manchester United team as ‘nowhere near’ the levels of Champions League sides‘Sunderland players need a mental toughness for Newcastle atmosphere’ – Sam AllardyceArsenal and Tottenham send scouts to watch striker target Michy BatshuayiManchester United to battle Arsenal in scrap to sign Napoli striker Gonzalo HiguainArsenal and Tottenham sending scouts to watch highly-rated Chelsea teenager Domingos QuinaGenoa say Liverpool and Manchester United target Mattia Perin will not leave clubTottenham back in for Sporting Lisbon striker Islam SlimaniJuventus to sell Paul Pogba to fund moves for N’Golo Kante and Edinson CavaniWest Ham plotting club-record move for in-demand Lyon striker Alexandre LacazetteInter Milan striker Eder insists he does not regret Leicester City snubEx-Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres set for Mexico move? Transfer rumours and paper review 1last_img read more

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Chelsea ‘close’ to signing 16-year-old goalkeeper prodigy

first_imgChelsea are close to beating Bayern Munich and Juventus to the signing of Troyes starlet Yehvann Diouf.The goalkeeper is expected to have a big future and already trains with the Ligue 1 club’s first-team, despite being just 16-years-old.Chelsea have scouted Diouf during his matches for Troyes’ under-19s, while Bayern Munich and Juventus have also been monitoring the youngster’s progress.But, according to L’Equipe, the Premier League champions look set to win the race for the promising goalkeeper.Chelsea are ready to complete a deal worth around £800,000, which includes various performance related add-ons.And Blues director Marina Granovskaia is reportedly flying to Troyes to finalise the transfer this week. 1last_img

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Football Association announce scrapping of FA Cup quarter-final replays

first_img Manchester United won the 2016 FA Cup The Football Association has announced FA Cup quarter-final replays will be scrapped from next season.In a move approved by the FA board on Thursday, the last-eight stage of the cup competition will revert to a sudden-death format over one weekend in a bid to ease English football’s congested fixture list.FA chief executive Martin Glenn said: “The Emirates FA Cup remains at the heart of English football and this change adds to the excitement of the competition and will benefit the wider game in general.“With great attendances and TV figures across the BBC and BT Sport, this season has confirmed the cup’s special status – underlined by great stories culminating in Manchester United’s triumph at Wembley last Saturday.“In a demanding calendar and with increased pressures on fans, it is important we move with the times and consider new innovations such as last week’s successful non-league finals day which saw 50,000 fans at Wembley for the Vase and Trophy.”Glenn added on the FA website: “While fully respecting tradition and history, this new development will help the cup retain its status as a much-loved and world-renowned competition.” 1last_img read more

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Middlesbrough and West Brom keen on out-of-contract Cameroon international

first_img1 Henri Bedimo is set to become a free agent next month Middlesbrough and West Brom have expressed an interest in Lyon defender Henri Bedimo, claim reports in France.The Cameroon international is expected to be a free agent next month after repeatedly stalling on renewing his contract with the Ligue 1 side.Middlesbrough and West Brom are not the only clubs keen on landing the right-back, with Lille and Nantes also monitoring his situation.However, according to L’Equipe, Bedimo is leaning towards a switch to the Premier League, where he is likely to be offered a bigger pay packet, and has ordered his agent to seek contact with Boro and West Brom.The 31-year-old has spent the whole of his senior career in France and is understood to be chasing a spell at a Premier League club before his playing days are over.last_img read more

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Mourinho to make his mark by selling two stars? Man United fans react

first_img There is a rumour claiming Daley Blind could be sold by Man United manager Jose Mourinho 1 Man United manager Jose Mourinho is set to make a mark in his job by selling popular duo Juan Mata and Daley Blind.That’s a rumour coming from Sky Sports and there was a mixture of reactions from fans to news of the possible double sale.Both Blind and Mata have been at the club since 2014, but it appears Mourinho believes the club would be better served by other players.Here, talkSPORT looks at some tweets from supporters discussing the futures of Blind and Mata…last_img

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