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Ter Stegen’s transfer off? Banned Barcelona believe they are conspiracy victims

Four-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi, Confederations Cup winner Neymar and now the widely respected academy La Masia. What is going on at Barcelona?

Ter Stegen may not go to BarcelonaFC Barcelona’s 2013/14 pre-season campaign was tarnished with tax fraud allegations against Lionel Messi. As if it wasn’t enough, the mighty Spanish club was then accused of transfer fraud concerning Neymar’s move away from Santos. The intensity of this transfer issue led to the resignation of Sandro Rosell as club president in January.

Problems continue to hurt Barca under new president Bartomeu. On Wednesday, the Catalans were slapped with a two-transfer window ban for “illegal buying and selling of players under 18” according to FIFA.

However, Barcelona vice president Javier Faus is certain that “enemies” are behind all the controversies to fall down the club.

Speaking to the Spanish press on Thursday, Faus boldly declared:

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Transfer Debate: Will Juan Mata’s arrival solve Man United’s problems?

Thursday January 23 2014,
Tags: Juan Mata, Chelsea, Man United
The Spaniard is expected to seal a move to Old Trafford after being frozen out at Chelsea, regardless of how good a player he is, it still remains to be seen whether he will fit into Man United’s style of play.

After a lot of rejections and failures, it appears that David Moyes will finally be able to get his hands on a player who he feels will have enough about him to turn around the fortunes of a club the Scot inherited from Sir Alex Ferguson last year.

With continuing their reign as the champions of England out of the question, the most pressing matter for Manchester United is now to go for a top four finish which seems to be a very tough ask considering the form of the teams above them.

However, the club has got to try but with the players their manager has at his disposal, it might not happen.

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Transfer debate: Is Chelsea’s signing of former player Nemanja Matic justified?

Thursday January 16 2014,
Tags: Nemanja Matic, Chelsea, Jose Mourinho
After letting the Serbian international leave for Benfica three years back, Chelsea have spent a lot of cash to bring the player back to Stamford Bridge.

Three years back, Serbian international, Nemanja Matic was transferred to Portuguese giants Benfica along with 24 million euros in a swap deal for David Luiz. Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho had already identified central midfield as an area that needed some strengthening following the long-term injury to Marco van Ginkel.

The Portuguese tactician was desperate to have an imposing presence in the middle for his team and Nemanja Matic, at 6ft 4inch fits the profile perfectly.

The Serb is likely to pair up with Ramires in the centre of the midfield which will give the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian freedom to express themselves more on the field.

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Tottenham Hotspur debate: Do Spurs need to buy more players in January?

Tottenham's first team coach Les Ferdinand has hinted that Tim Sherwood may dip into the January transfer market but only if the 'right player' comes available at the 'right price'.

Tim Sherwood has been said to be a huge admirer of both Quagliarella and VucinicSince the quick turnaround of replacing Andre Villas-Boas in December, Sherwood's strong start as manager has quickly clouded over the criticism of the club's lavish spending in the summer.  The excitement of the seven arrivals has been overshadowed as these players have taken their time to gel as AVB original failed to scope together his best eleven.  Les Ferdinand has declared both he and Sherwood have distinguished who is their first choice players which has seen a winnable blend in recent weeks.

Although there has been plenty of circulation of potential targets, no formal contact has been made with any player in the early stages of the market.  From Ferdinand's point of view, speaking to the media of late, it appeared that Spurs are in no rush to bring in the numbers as they look continue with their recent consistency. 

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Transfer Window: Signings imperative for Liverpool as they chase first EPL title

Wednesday January 8 2014,
Tags: Liverpool, EPL, Transfer window
The congested fixture list has taken its toll on the Reds who are in dire need of adding more depth to their squad plagued by injuries.

Mohamed Salah poised to complete Liverpool moveDespite not featuring in European football, today’s football fixture lists are so congested especially in the Premier League that not having a deep squad can ruin a team’s chances of acquiring its preseason goals.

And Liverpool, after making an excellent start to the Premier League campaign, risk undoing all good they have achieved these past few months due to injuries to key players and not having enough players for a particular department. For this reason, Brendan Rodgers needs to identify players he can target in the January transfer window and bring them to Anfield in order to address this concern.

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Premier League Opinion: Moyes must spend or risk missing out on the top four

Monday January 6 2014,
Tags: David Moyes, Manchester United, Transfer window
Following yet another home defeat, David Moyes’ side’s deficiencies just keep on getting exposed and the current transfer window has to be made good use of.

It was yet again another dull display, lacking everything that has defined Manchester United sides of yesteryears under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson. Swansea City had never won at Old Trafford ahead of last night’s FA Cup clash. However, it appears that many teams are now keen on setting the record straight whenever they have a trip to Old Trafford on the horizon.

The likes of Tottenham, West Brom and Newcastle United finally ended their disappointing trips at the Theatre of Dreams and it was definitely not out of Swansea’s sights to do the same. The place that was once a fortress, has now been assailed and each and every single deficiency David Moyes’ side possesses, is being thoroughly exploited.

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Mesut Ozil to Arsenal: A transfer that could come back to haunt Real Madrid

Wednesday September 4 2013,
Tags: Mesut Ozil, Arsenal, Real Madrid
Following the arrival of Gareth Bale, Real Madrid may have made a huge mistake by letting Mesut Ozil leave the club, a decision that could come back to haunt the decision makers.
At Monday lunchtime, there were about 20,000 Madridstas gathered at the Santiago Bernabeu to welcome Wales international, Gareth Bale to the club who signed for the La Liga giants for a world record deal. There were smiles all around the park as a new Galactico was welcomed to a club that is pretty much used to players whose stature can’t be matched by many out there.

However, during the presentation, there were loud chants by the Madrid faithful urging Florentino Perez to not let Mesut Ozil leave. The German international had been a fan favourite for three years and it was indeed surprising to see him being sacrificed in order to compensate for Bale’s arrival.
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Will the arrival of Mesut Ozil make Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal title contenders again?

Tuesday September 3 2013,
Tags: Arsenal, Mesut Ozil, Transfer, Real Madrid, English Premier League
In a transfer window which seemed quite underwhelming for the Arsenal fans at first, manager Arsene Wenger has pulled one out of the hat by splashing the cash on German international Mesut Ozil.
The former Real Madrid man is Arsenal’s record signing and with the reputation the 24 year old boasts, it can be said that he is very well worth every penny paid for him. Signing one of the best playmakers in the world right now, is clearly a strong signal of intent from Arsene Wenger who wants to bring an end to a long running trophy drought which has consumed the last eight years of his managerial career.

A youth product of Schalke 04, Ozil had from early days been touted to achieve great things. After falling out with the club management, the youngster made his move to Werder Bremen where he started showing his true colours of what a wonderful prospect he was.
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Summer 2013 transfer round-up: News, rumours, done deals and costs

The 2013 summer transfer market was in full swing. Live Soccer TV has been your ultimate source to keep track of the hottest transfer news, rumours, done deals and costs from Europe’s biggest teams!

Kaka's move on transfer deadline day from Real Madrid to Milan made a lot of noise in the media.Biggest clubs eying transformation

Last season, these squads suffered from lack of balance in attack, midfield or defence – due to injuries or loss of form by some of their players. They have since been busy letting names out or bolstering themselves with new acquisitions.

With the appointment of David Moyes at Manchester United, the return of Jose Mourinho to Chelsea, the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, and the appointment of Pep Guardiola by Bayern Munich, several players have been linked with moves to the respective clubs of these aforementioned gentlemen.

And this year’s most hyped transfer stories are not just about the Red Devils, the Blues, Los Blancos or Hollywood FC. Other popular clubs like Arsenal, Barcelona, Juventus, Liverpool, Man City, Milan and Spurs complete LiveSoccerTV.com’s 2013 Summer Transfer Guide. 

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Transfer: Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid presentation video in full – September 2, 2013

So much is happening on transfer deadline day and Gareth Bale’s unveiling at Real Madrid is one of those things. Watch the ex-Tottenham Hotspur star’s presentation in full.

Gareth Bale kissed his badge during his Real Madrid presentation on September 2, 2013.Gareth Bale is officially the world’s most expensive footballer ever following his $132M move from Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane to Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu. It took months of intense speculations in the English and Spanish media before Los Blancos finally announced the deal on their official website last Sunday.

On transfer deadline day, Bale got unveiled in front of over 25,000 supporters. He was handed the number 11 shirt – his iconic number. In the video, you will see the Welshman speak his first words in Spanish as he stated:

“It is a dream for me to play for Real Madrid. Thanks for this great reception. ¡Hala Madrid!”

Historically, Florentino Perez eventually declared:

“From today onwards, just as you dreamt of as a child, this is your stadium, this is your shirt, this is your shield and these are your fans. This is your home and also your family.

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Official: $132M-priced Gareth Bale beats C. Ronaldo with most expensive transfer ever

Sunday September 1 2013,
Tags: Gareth Bale, Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur, Cristiano Ronaldo
After a transfer saga which consumed a major part of this season’s transfer window, Gareth Bale has finally made his switch to Real Madrid.

In what should be considered as one of the longest stretched transfer dramas in recent times, Real Madrid finally got their way by signing Wales international, Gareth Bale for a world record transfer fee. Most people would call them mad but the Spanish giants were keen on making a marquee signing of their own this summer after seeing bitter rivals Barcelona splash the cash for Neymar.

Thanks to the arrival of new owners, new TV deals and the increasing popularity of the game all over the world, the supply of money is bound to increase which accounted for the momentous fees Madrid paid for their man.

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Arsenal vs Fenerbahce: Outcome to spark big late transfers to the Emirates?

The Gunners hold a three goal advantage over the Turkish side and will be looking to cement their place in the group stages of this year’s Champions League tonight.

A spirited display saw Wenger’s men earn three important away goals at Istanbul last week. This implies that Fenerbahce will have to score at least three or more goals against the London side if they are to have any chance of qualifying to the next round.

However even if Arsenal succeed in qualifying for the next round, it is unlikely they will progress much in the tournament given the lack of depth in the squad.
With less than a week left in the conclusion of the summer transfer window, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is yet to open his cheque book and a marquee signing which had been promised earlier looks less than likely to happen.

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Arsenal transfer debate: Are Benzema and Di Maria a good choice for Wenger?

There are 10 days remaining in the summer transfer window, and Arsene Wenger appears to have turned his attention to the Real Madrid duo.

Once again, Arsene Wenger has left his transfer business to be done very late in the transfer window, that is of course if he does sign anyone. But after a comfortable victory over Fenerbahce on Wednesday in the first leg of their Champions League Playoff, the French manager remains confident that the next 10 days will be very busy.

When Le Prof was questioned about his current approach being very much like the one in 2011, when the Gunners signed Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta on the final day, the Arsenal manager disagrees with that comparison.

"At the time it was linked with injuries, we had unexpected long-term injuries and you cannot sit there and do nothing at all," Wenger told the clubs official website.

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Manchester United sign new online fans while summer transfer window boils

Manchester United have stepped up their social media coverage. They have opened official pages on Google Plus, Instagram and Renren.

Manchester United go social by launching offical pages on Google Plus, Instagram and Renren.Manchester United supporters worldwide have been left anxious this summer as the club continues to stumble on the transfer market. David Moyes has been trying to sign Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas and keep Chelsea away from unhappy Wayne Rooney.

Previously, the Red Devils were reportedly targeting Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale but it appears the Welsh man will not land at Old Trafford anytime soon.

Likewise, the highly-anticipated return of Cristiano Ronaldo to the club has taken a huge setback. According to transfer speculations in Spain, the Portuguese winger is close to renewing a deal at Real Madrid.

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Premier League Debate: Are Manchester United wasting time on unrealistic transfer targets?

Monday August 5 2013,
Tags: David Moyes, Francesc Fabregas, Manchester United
After missing out on top priority targets so far this summer, it is time for David Moyes and Ed Woodward at Manchester United to come back to reality if they are to make much needed additions to the squad.
So far this summer, the only player Manchester United have bought is young Uruguayan left-back, Guillermo Varelo who arrives at Old Trafford as a relatively unknown quantity. This is David Moyes’ first summer transfer window as the manager of the Red Devils and so far, the Scot has not been able to make a marquee signing which was promised to the club’s fans.

At the start of the transfer window, the reigning English champions were hotly linked with a move for Thiago Alcantara who reportedly, had agreed personal terms with the club. However, in came Bayern Munich with Pep Guardiola and the young Spaniard chose to sign for the European champions.
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Arsenal vs Napoli Live: Watch ex-Gunners transfer target Higuain – Emirates Cup

After a quiet month of July for Arsenal in the transfer market, which is not surprising, Arsene Wenger's squad will take the pitch at the Emirates in the 2013 edition of the Emirates Cup.

Preview: Gunners out to show Higuain he made the wrong choice

Arsenal did not host the Emirates Cup last season, due to the fact that the Olympic Games were being held in London. Looking back on the 2011 edition of the competition, the Gunners did not do to well, forcing them to leave a better image this time around.

Their first match will be against a Napoli side that has made some significant changes in the off-season. 

With the departure of Edinson Cavani to PSG, the Italian side was left to wonder what would be left of the team, without the Uruguay international. Rafa Benitez made quick work of that doubt, and brought in former Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, who at one point seemed destined to sign for Arsenal.

Raul Albiol and Jose Callejon also made the move from the Bernabeu to the Stadio San Paolo, joining Benitez in his second stint in the Serie A. One other addition to the squad will be Pepe Reina, who will spend the season on loan with the Italian side from Liverpool.

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EPL Transfer update: Can Soldado be a solution to Tottenham’s striker problems?

Friday August 2 2013,
Tags: Roberto Soldado, Tottenham
Pending a medical, Roberto Soldado is set to leave Valencia for English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur who need a striker badly.

After what was an over-stretched transfer saga, Tottenham Hotspur chairman, Daniel Levy agreed to pay the buyout clause of Valencia striker Roberto Soldado. It is not every day the Spurs’ chairman is in a charitable mood when it comes to buying players and Soldado will be an exception to the case.
Valencia remained resolute in their stance and for the first time in recent history, Levy was unable to pull something out of the hat in order to lure the striker to White Hart Lane.

"We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Valencia for the transfer of Roberto Soldado subject to medical," said a statement from Tottenham on Thursday morning.

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Bundesliga Transfer update: Players who could leave Bayern Munich this summer

Friday August 2 2013,
Tags: Luiz Gustavo, Emre Can, Diego Contento
Radical changes are taking place at Bayern Munich despite the team being already so strong. This could lead to a few players heading for the exit door.
Coming on the back of a treble winning season, Bayern Munich fans are understandably in buoyant spirits. However, it is quite strange to see that the arrival of Pep Guardiola at the helm has seen a lot of changes made to the squad already. Some of the players, who played such an integral part in a fantastic last season for the Bavarians, could leave Allianz Arena this summer.

Guardiola is keen on imposing his style of play and philosophy to the team, something that a few players might not agree to and thus would seek pastures new just like Mario Gomez who will now play for Italian Serie A entertainers, Fiorentina.
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Does Tottenham star Gareth Bale warrant a world record transfer fee?

Sunday July 28 2013,
Tags: Gareth Bale, Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid, Transfer
Tottenham Hotspur are hell-bent on keeping their star man at the club and have even branded quite a hefty price-tag on him, something quite a few clubs would be willing to pay.
As things stand, Wales international, Gareth Bale is one of the most wanted players in European football. After a stellar last season with Tottenham Hotspur, Bale has already justified that he definitely is in for the long haul in terms of global stardom. Setback after setback during his early days as a professional football, the youngster has shown great mental strength to be where he is today.

And his talent has been acknowledged by so many former legends, including Zinedine Zidane, the director of sports at Real Madrid. The former France international is a big fan of the Welshman and has made no secret of his desire to bring the player to the capital of Spain.
Coveted by both Manchester United and Real Madrid, it will not be unnatural if Bale feels the need to at least talk to both suitors who are willing to go the extra notch in their pursuit of the forward.
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EPL transfer update: Tottenham should be proactive in their pursuit of a top striker

After being hotly linked with so many strikers this summer, Spurs are yet to sign one which means that the club has to revise its transfer policy quickly.
We are almost reaching the final few days of this month and the transfer market activity has gathered a lot of pace. Lots of clubs have bought and sold players and many are still looking to make a few changes here and there, wherever it is necessary.

Yet, there are still quite a few clubs that have not really done a lot of business in the transfer market. Among those clubs, are Tottenham Hotspur whose only notable contributions to the transfer market this summer have been the acquisition of Belgian international Nacer Chadli and the persistent rumours surrounding the future of star player, Gareth Bale.
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