Arsenal Linked With Summer Move for Paris Saint-Germain Lynch-pin

Arsenal Linked With Summer Move for Paris Saint-Germain Lynch-pin

You would think that with the closing of the transfer window we would get a few weeks reprieve of transfer stories….don’t be silly. Sunday’s big story was in the Daily Star, suggesting that Arsenal had been told that it would cost £40 million to sign Italian international Marco Verratti. There is no doubt that Verratti is a superb midfielder, and if you are looking to build a world class midfield, he is the ideal lynch-pin…

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Debut Goal for Lucas Ocampos Marseille’s Last Gasp Transfer

Debut Goal for Lucas Ocampos Marseille’s Last Gasp Transfer

One of the most interesting moves of the January transfer window was the loan of Argentine winger Lucas Ocampos from Monaco to Marseille – particularly when it looked like it might not happen. How ironic that he would go on to save Marseille’s blushes this weekend. With the clubs in agreement, somebody pointed out that Monaco had made too many loans already. According to LFP Regulations (article 266), teams can only have seven players out on…

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Mercato: Danic left Lyon, Lacazette didn’t, Liverpool sad.

Mercato: Danic left Lyon, Lacazette didn’t, Liverpool sad.

So, not a great deal happened in headline terms, apart from the intriguing possibility of Hatem Ben Arfa playing in the Arctic circle and Doria eventually getting to play some actual top-tier football (to clarify – Doria unlikely to play some actual top-tier football). But there has been a lot of movement in and around the Ligue, and it’s worth taking a moment to look at how that pans out on a club-by-club basis. Bastia…

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Hard to Refuse Arsenal Admits Saint-Étienne Captain

Hard to Refuse Arsenal Admits Saint-Étienne Captain

Saint-Etienne will still have plans to qualify for the Europa League this season, perhaps even push towards the top three. One crucial element of Les Verts success has been the play and leadership provided by captain Loic Perrin, and the one-club man has revealed today that he would have found it very hard to say no to Arsenal, if they had come calling during the January transfer window. The 29-year-old centre-back has spent 15 seasons…

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Layvin Kurzawa talks about his future and Man City’s interest

Layvin Kurzawa talks about his future and Man City’s interest

Layvin Kurzawa has been a long-term target for Manchester City, ever since he rose to prominence in Ligue 1 last season. It all came to a head when before City’s key Champions League group game against Bayern Munich at the Etihad Stadium, rumours emerge via L’Equipe that AS Monaco left-back, Layvin Kurzawa, had been spotted in Manchester and after meeting representatives from the English club during the day, he had been invited to watch the…

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Valenciennes’ Dayot Upamecano Isn’t Joining Manchester United

Valenciennes’ Dayot Upamecano Isn’t Joining Manchester United

Reports emerged on Transfer Deadline Day that Manchester United had agreed the signing of Valenciennes’ young 16-year-old defender Dayot Upamecano. However, with two days having passed since the window closed there seemed to have been a lack of infromation coming from both clubs. Today, local newspaper La Voix du Nord is reporting that Upamecano is still a Valenciennes player and that the original deal was off. While the French club had agreed with compensation of  €450,000 with…

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AS Monaco Made An Offer for Manchester United’s Target

AS Monaco Made An Offer for Manchester United’s Target

Brazil international and recent Manchester United target, Everton Ribeiro has confirmed that his former club Cruzeiro rejected an offer from Ligue 1 giants AS Monaco before he signed for Al-Ahli on deadline day. The 2013/2014 Ligue 1 runners-up failed in their attempt to bring the promising Brazilian to the club before he made a big money move to United Arab Emirates’ side. It seems that, according to the Brazil international, Monaco were unable to match…

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Hatem Ben Arfa: I’m ready to go to the North Pole to play

Hatem Ben Arfa: I’m ready to go to the North Pole to play

After the Court of Arbitration for Sport refused to overturn the ruling of FIFA and the LFP that Hatem Ben Arfa cannot represent Nice this season, the former Lyon, Marseille, Newcastle and Hull midfielder has decided to leave Nice. At a press conference held at the Riviera club this morning, Ben Arfa spoke about his feelings and his plans for the future: Have you made any decisions about the next step in your career? It’s…

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