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  • La Liga Leaks: Pogba, Gameiro/Vietto swap, Pato joining La Liga side, Bacca return

    Senor Rumor Andrew Gaffney wraps up the latest transfer rumours from Spain, with some more news on Paul Pogba, Atletico Madrid beat Barcelona to Kevin Gameiro and Barca are in the hunt for a new striker.

    Another day, another Paul Pogba story. Unfortunately, like most of the ‘updates’ in the past week, there isn’t a lot of substance to it. Marca say the Frenchman is waiting for Real Madrid to make a last minute move but he’ll be left disappointed unless something dramatic happens in the next 48-72 hours. Zinedine Zidane is a huge fan of Pogba’s but knows the club can’t reach the sums talked about in the press, at least not without letting someone like James Rodriguez go. This appears unlikely and it seems he has two choices: re-join Manchester United or stay at Juventus.

    Last night ‘Diario de

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  • Hot Football Transfer Gossip: Manchester City ‘might get Messi’, Pogba agent fee ‘holds up United deal’

    Boss of Goss Kevin Darling on the latest Pep/Messi being reunited rumour - while quiet neighbours Manchester United are struggling to land their big fish

    What with the eight La Liga titles, four Spanish cups, four Champions League trophies and 453 goals he has given them, you would have thought Lionel Messi would be quite popular at Barcelona. But apparently some people at the Nou Camp remain unimpressed. That, at least, is what the Metro is reporting, and it’s music to Manchester City’s ears.

    Former Barca president Joan “Collins” Laporta has apparently claimed that there is a “conspiracy” to get Messi out of the club. We’re not sure why exactly. It appears to be something to do with the Argentine’s recent trips to court on tax evasion charges,

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  • La Liga Leaks: Scouting for... Arsenal

    Senor Rumor Andrew Gaffney points Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in the direction of some great and promising players in the Spanish top flight

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    Arsenal are one of those strange sides that even when they overachieve it feels like they haven’t quite done enough. A contradiction in itself, I know, but strangely true.  Finishing second after being so many points behind arch rivals Spurs should be seen as successful but it wasn’t. Arsenal recorded their highest finish in over 10 years, matching their second place finish from 2004/05 season.

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    However after a brief stay at the top of the table earlier in the season they then fell away dramatically

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  • Cricket: England v Pakistan, 2nd Test Day Four: Five Things We Learned

    England level the series at Old Trafford with a comprehensive 330-run win over Pakistan. Here’s what we learned…

    MAN OF THE MATCH - JOE ROOT

    Who else. Really. Culpable at Lord’s with two dismissals that spoke of boredom and overconfidence, Root has spent the last week knuckling down and realising that, as the best batsman in the team, he has to apply himself accordingly. Of course, it is not all on him and Alastair Cook. Others need to step-up in the very near future. But something clicked in those nets prior to the first day at Old Trafford. He thinks he can get better and this is why we could be on the cusp of something truly special, because from his words and actions, it seems that Root is now very

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  • Social Chatter: Sam Allardyce is just what England need, now can they win the World Cup?

    James Matthews rounds up the best and worst reaction to Sam Allardyce’s appointment as England manager and his official unveiling.

    Sam Allardyce has divided opinion since being named as the new England manager - but can he really lead the country to World Cup glory?

    Allardyce was named as successor to Roy Hodgson, who quit after the dismal exit from Euro 2016, on Friday after the FA finalised their search for a new manager.

    And after whirlwind weekend, Allardyce was officially unveiled at a press conference on Monday at St George’s Park.

    So is he the right man for the job ahead of the start of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia?

    Social media gave it’s verdict:

    And Lineker wasn’t dampening down his enthusiasm

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  • La Liga Leaks: Scouting for.. AFC Bournemouth

    Senor Rumour Andrew Gaffney offers the benefit of his knowledge to Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe in recruiting players from the Spanish top flight

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    Now I know what you’re thinking, “Isn’t La Liga Leaks about news and rumours in the Spanish press?”  And yes, you’re right, it is.  However over the next couple of weeks I’m going to go through each Premier League side, identify their weaknesses and offer suggestions as to players from La Liga who could help strengthen their squad.

    A brief overview

    First up is AFC Bournemouth, who we’ll just call Bournemouth from now on, and obviously Eddie Howe has done a fantastic job at the club but there are a few holes in his squad that need to be filled.  Avoiding relegation was the preseason remit - as

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  • MLS round-up: Vieira loses his cool, as Drogba and Giovinco shine

    Kristan Heneage rounds up all the action from the Major League in the USA

    The LA Galaxy remain unbalanced in attack 

    When written down, the LA Galaxy’s squad list is an enviable collection of players. Particularly blessed in attack, the team can call upon the veteran talent of Robbie Keane & Steven Gerrard, as well as explosive forwards such as Giovani Dos Santos and Gyasi Zardes.

    However, amid their strength also sits a complexity. Bruce Arena has yet to find a perfect balance to his side, with Saturday’s win over Portland Timbers highlighting that once again. Zardes and Keane started up front, while Dos Santos was moved to the right of midfield. Dos Santos prefers

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  • La Liga Leaks: Gameiro ‘sparks transfer battle between Barca and Atletico’

    Senor Rumor Andrew Gaffney on the latest potential comings and goings in the Spanish top flight

    The biggest news actually relates to something which happened yesterday afternoon. Kevin Gameiro, who scored 29 goals last season, has been linked with a move away for a few months now and his late withdrawal from Sevilla’s friendly match sparked speculation that he could be close to an exit.

    The Frenchman has rejected talks over a new deal and has his sights set firmly on a move to a bigger club, one which will compete for the title. Local press suggested a deal with Atletico Madrid was very close and that was why he didn’t play. Interestingly enough, he was down on the original teamsheet to

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  • Hot Football Transfer Gossip: Stoke and Palace ‘battle for Berahino’, Chelsea to ‘replace Costa with Morata’

    Boss of Goss Kevin Darling mulls over a £20m-plus war for a striker who has done almost nothing for the past year except sulk - and it's all go as usual at Stamford Bridge

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    Stoke v Crystal Palace isn’t the kind of contest that generally sends the general public into a frenzy of excitement, but the Mirror has made a manful attempt to spice up the rivalry by billing it as a fearsome fight for the affections of Saido Berahino.

    After a full year of speculation about the future of the unsettled West Brom striker, it appears that all his other suitors have gradually died off, a bit like in the Hunger Games, and the Potters and Eagles are the last mediocre football teams standing.

    Stoke boss Mark Hughes is apparently “ready to take the battle for Berahino to the wire” as

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  • Cricket: England v Pakistan, 2nd Test Day Three: 5 Things We Learned

    Another day of domination for England as they eye up a huge win over Pakistan to level the series. Here’s what we learned from Old Trafford, day three…

    MAN OF THE DAY - MISBAH UL HAQ

    When all about lost their heads, he kept his. It was quite hilariously typical that he would be the one to lather on some respectability to a scorecard that could have looked like a phone number. It was only 52 but it was typical of the man: risky without taking risks, punchy without malice as England were well, well in front. That the middle order fell in the heap was down to a host of shots brought about through muddled thinking as to how to continue on in an innings that started with them 589 behind. 

    TOP ORDER WOES

    With so much English introspection after the

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