Arsenal Drop Interest in Loïc Perrin With Paulista Move

Arsenal Drop Interest in Loïc Perrin With Paulista Move

It has been reported this weekend that Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal. That move all but confirms that Arsene Wenger has moved away from former target, and Saint-Etienne captain, Loïc Perrin. The Spanish side confirmed on twitter that they had agreed a deal in principal with Arsenal, with only work permit issues causing the final hurdle. Principio de acuerdo de traspaso con el @Arsenal por Gabriel,…

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Lavezzi To Spend Season at PSG Despite Italian Interest

Lavezzi To Spend Season at PSG Despite Italian Interest

There are only nine days left in the current transfer window and stories linking Paris Saint-Germain winger Ezequiel Lavezzi will not go away. The Italian press today link the Argentine with a move to both Inter Milan and Juventus, but the closer the deadline becomes, the less likely any deal will be done. On Thursday, it was reported by Le Parisien that Laurent Blanc had told the powers that be that he would be happy…

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Preview: Lille OSC v AS Monaco + Ligue 1 Saturday

Preview: Lille OSC v AS Monaco + Ligue 1 Saturday

Earlier in the season, the last meeting between these two was played out in the shadows of Radamel Falcao arranging his move to Manchester United in the stands. Both teams have changed significantly since the end of August and it sets up a very intriguing clash at the Stade Pierre Mauroy. The home side sit in 12th, but their form had improved massively just before the winter break, winning three out of four games before…

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Preview: OGC Nice v Olympique de Marseille

Preview: OGC Nice v Olympique de Marseille

Marseille will travel the 200km of beach coastline on Friday night as they take on OGC Nice at the Allianz Riviera in Derby du Sud. OM Coach Marcelo Bielsa is without some key defenders as they look to keep pace with Olympique Lyonnais at the top of Ligue 1. Nice will be no walkovers, with Les Aiglons coming back from one-goal down in their last two games to pick up all six points. Claude Puel’s side…

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Chance for Ben Arfa as Newcastle United Game Deemed Unofficial

Chance for Ben Arfa as Newcastle United Game Deemed Unofficial

After a failed loan period with Hull City, the former Lyon and Marseille multiple Ligue 1 winner and international, Hatem Ben Arfa, famously discovered by Alan Shearer once he joined Newcastle United, was all set to sign for Nice this January, having had his Newcastle contract terminated. However, FIFA’s consultative opinion was that, on the basis that Hatem had also played for Newcastle’s Under-21s this season, there may be a breach of the rule against…

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Crystal Palace Move For Defender Could Help Liverpool Land Origi

Crystal Palace Move For Defender Could Help Liverpool Land Origi

Premier League side Crystal Palace have this morning been linked with a move for Lille OSC left-back Pape Souaré. It has been reported by French newspaper L’Equipe, that the London club has made an offer of €4.6 million for the 24-year-old Senegalese defender. There are two interesting developments that the sale of Souaré could lead too. First of all, it would give Lille the money to buy Brazilian centre-forward Derley from Portuguese side Benfica, which…

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Could former Liverpool forward be a shrewd addition at Lyon?

Could former Liverpool forward be a shrewd addition at Lyon?

Lyon are going to have to get creative in what remains of the winter transfer window as the purse strings are pulled tight at Stade Gerland. Coach Hubert Fournier is embracing the challenge, though, and will leave no stone unturned in his efforts to unearth potential bargains. That search is reported to have led him to Turkey and in particular to an experienced performer on the books of Fenerbahce who is catching the eye. Dirk…

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Guerreiro Roars as Les Merlus topple Lille #FFWTOTW

Guerreiro Roars as Les Merlus topple Lille #FFWTOTW

The Lyon fun bus continues to roll on. This week, Hubert Fournier’s youngsters gained revenge for their shock early season home defeat by coming away from Amiens with a comfortable 2-0 win over Lens. OL weren’t at their best but did enough for the win, helped by an unfortunate Gbamin own goal and a careless Sylla handball. Despite the win, questions have to be asked over Alexandre Lacazette’s form: after four straight doubles, all he…

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