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  • Hot Football Transfer Gossip: Chelsea 'to offload Courtois and Willian' while LVG turns to Jesus

    Boss of Goss Kevin Darling wonders why Chelsea are getting rid of their decent players rather than their rubbish ones - while Tottenham chase a 16-year-old Real Madrid 'wonderkid'

    In an ideal world, Chelsea would bid good riddance to this harrowing season by offloading all their rubbish players and rebuilding a squad with their best ones. But in the world of Hot Football Transfer Gossip, the opposite seems to be happening.

    Thibaut Courtois would probably not be high on the list of players that Blues fans want to flog this summer, especially after they had to sacrifice their beloved Petr Cech for him less than a year ago, but new manager Antonio Conte is apparently quite happy to let the Belgian leave.

    Conte has apparently given Blues chiefs “the green light” to sell

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  • 5 things... You will be able to watch if Leicester win the league

    If, as is widely expected, Leicester win the Premier League title this season, you can be certain they will be invading your television screens over the coming months and years...

    1 Ranieri: The Movie
    Jamie Vardy’s amazing rise from non-league to Premier League was supposed to be as cinematic as it got for Leicester City this season, but the rumoured Hollywood movie about the striker’s life doesn’t feel like it will do justice to this crazy campaign anymore. As Claudio Ranieri has repeatedly pointed out, his team contains 22 heroes. But the biggest of all is surely the manager himself. If Leicester do clinch the title, Hollywood producers will be queuing up to get the silver Fox on the silver screen. The obvious candidate to play Ranieri, due to his age, sex appeal in

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  • Hot Football Transfer Gossip: Martinez, Barkley, Yarmolenko, Walcott, Wanyama, Kante

    The Boss of Goss Kevin Darling finds time is rapidly running out for Roberto Martinez and Theo Walcott, while Newcastle are still targeting Premier League players.

    Roberto Martinez has remained as upbeat as ever while his Everton team has gradually imploded in recent months, and one suspects he will continue to pace the corridors of Goodison Park high-fiving random members of staff and barking motivational soundbites until the very moment he is invited into the boardroom and politely fired - at which point he will crumple onto the floor in a tired mess and sob himself gently to sleep. And it appears that moment is coming soon.

    The Telegraph reports that Toffees chiefs are set to hold an ominous “board meeting” on Friday, and that “barring a major U-turn”

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  • Europa League Review: Allen miss proves costly for Liverpool while savvy Sevilla move into pole position

    Matt Ogborn wraps up Thursday's Europa League semi finals as Liverpool were made to pay for squandered chances at Villarreal and Sevilla scrapped their way to a draw.

    1) Take your away chances early on or pay the price

    Joe Allen spurned a golden chance for Liverpool in the opening minutes on away turf, something that could well come back to haunt them when the second leg plays out to a close.

    Villarreal can pack in tight, as they have shown in this competition and La Liga this season, therefore when Welshman Allen could not convert Adam Lallana’s deflected cross it was a big blow.

    You could see the sense of relief in home keeper Sergio Asenjo’s face when the ball came straight at him with the Spaniards given an early reprieve.

    Allen has had a mixed season with

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  • Bluffers’ Guide to the Premier League weekend: stats show how Leicester have (almost) done it

    The obvious numbers don’t stack up - so just what is Claudio Ranieri’s winning secret?

    Leicester City stand one victory away from the Premier League title and every self-respecting bluffer will be wanting to be able to answer the question: “How on earth did this happen?” The commanding bluffer will wish to avoid waffle and pontification: instead they will want killer stats: and we have them.

    But before moving on to dissect Claudio Ranieri’s achievement, are there any crumbs of comfort for Tottenham fans in the bluffer’s audience? There are.

    Leicester City do, after all, have to win at Old Trafford, an achievement that previous incarnations of the club have accomplished only

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  • Very Specific Football Question No.35: What if Cesc Fabregas forgets how to play football again?

    Playing a starring role in meaningless end of season clash in the south coast sun might not herald the full return of Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas - as Kevin Darling is at pains to point out

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    The sight of Cesc Fabregas spraying passes around a sun-drenched Dean Court in Chelsea’s 4-1 win at Bournemouth last weekend was nothing less than majestic.

    It was the kind of day when Fabregas seemed to be operating on a higher plane to his team-mates and opponents. He resembled a God among men; a man among boys; a 103-times capped Spain international among Andrew Surman and Lewis Grabban. With assists for Chelsea’s first three goals and a performance oozing poise and grace, Fabregas was the best player on the pitch by a country mile.

    It was a remarkable turnaround from his last experience of

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  • Hot Football Transfer Gossip: Wenger 'ready to snap up' Ibrahimovic, Kante and Xhaka

    Boss of Goss Kevin Darling is back and he cannot believe just how much cash the normally parsimonious Arsenal boss seems willing to splash out - apparently

    It’s time to accept that in the coming weeks, until his contract at Paris Saint-Germain expires, Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be incessantly linked with a move to Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal. And occasionally, he’ll be linked with a move to the Chinese Super League, West Ham or somewhere silly like Newcastle. Today is merely one of the days he is being linked with Arsenal.

    It’s convincing though. The Star reports that Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has started taking an “active interest” in the Swede, which sounds a bit like he’s been following him around Paris in a car with blacked-out

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  • MLS: Amid European interest and Drogba comparisons, Larin stays focused on the goal

    Kristan Heneage highlights just how far Canada and Orlando City striker Cyle Larin has come as he continues to take the MLS by storm

    Cyle Larin sits down in the away dressing room at Red Bull Arena, his head in his hands. Now in his second season in Major League Soccer, the days of when scoring a goal would satisfy him are now long gone.

    “I mean I know it’s going to be harder this season,” Larin told Yahoo Sport after Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to the New York Red Bulls. “Defenders are going to watch me more. It just means I have to be sharper, and quicker with my touches, and my runs. I have  to make smarter runs, and just overall play quicker with the ball. I’m doing that, and if I keep doing that I’ll continue to score goals.”

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  • Champions League Review: Guardiola starting to look human

    Guardiola starting to look human

    The only times that Pep Guardiola has been under real pressure are 1) when he failed his drug test in Italy (later cleared, naturally) and 2) when Jose Mourinho was standing behind him for two seasons offering advice on every breath he took. Other than that, the pressure he has faced has largely been mitigated by producing absolutely outstanding football. He has never expected the sack, and he has left his clubs on his own terms. The three years at Bayern were planned to make sure he didn’t burn out and get into a rut with just his second club.

    But there’s

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  • Boxing: Fury admits 'I hate boxing and training and would rather be eating chocolate - but the money is easy'

    World championTyson Fury took off his shirt, mocked Wladimir Klitschko and admitted he hates everything about boxing when the two men came face-to-face at a press conference in Manchester today.

    Tyson Fury took off his shirt, mocked Wladimir Klitschko and admitted he hates everything about boxing when the two men came face-to-face at a press conference in Manchester today.

    Ahead of their July 9 rematch in the city, Fury showed off his wobbling stomach and goaded Klitschko for not being able to beat ' a fat man' when they last fought.

    The WBA Super and WBO world heavyweight champion openly admitted he lacks the professionalism of the veteran Klitschko.

    Fury said: "They [legacies] don't mean a lot to me. Boxing doesn't even mean much to me otherwise I wouldn't go into camp four stone

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