Arsenal reject £50m bid from Manchester City for Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal have rejected a £50m bid from Premier League rivals Manchester City for forward Alexis Sanchez.

The Gunners have rebuffed all approaches for Sanchez, and would like City’s Raheem Sterling as part of any deal before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Raheem Sterling is reportedly keen on a move to Arsenal from Manchester City.

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Alexis Sanchez meets with PSG sporting director ahead of move

PSG are also ready to make a £70m offer for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 28 and offer him £400,000 a week.

Alternatively, PSG will make a £35m offer for Alexis Sanchez next week.

The dynamic Chilean forward has just 12 months left on his Arsenal contract and has been linked with several of Europe’s top clubs this summer.

Alexis Sanchez and his representatives were in Paris on Friday to meet with Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Antero Henrique.

Henrique and his assistant travelled to the United States with PSG last weekend but returned to Europe before the club’s International Champions Cup opener against Roma in Detroit because of urgent transfer business.

According to the source, that transfer business concerns Sanchez and Neymar, and Henrique swiftly moved to London after his return to Europe.

Henrique’s flying visit to London was fruitful as he then received Sanchez and his representatives, including agent Fernando Felicevich, at Le Royal Monceau in Paris.

Alexis Sanchez agree terms with Manchester City 

​Alexis Sanchez edges closer to £50m Arsenal exit after agreeing terms with Manchester City.
O Jogo claims that the Chile international recently spoke with Pep Guardiola, which has helped speed up the transfer, and negotiations have now progressed to a point where the deal is ‘virtually complete’.

FIFA Confederations Cup – Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo the hero as he saves three penalties to send Chile to final

Portugal 0 – 0 Chile (0 – 3 Penalties)

Chile reached the final of the Confederation Cup after Claudio Bravo saved three penalties as Chile edge Portugal on a 3-0 shoot-out.

The Chile captain denied Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho and Nani to send his team into Sunday’s final after the game in Kazan ended 0-0 after extra time.

Chile, who scored all three of their spot-kicks taken by Arturo Vidal, Charles Aranguiz and Alexis Sanchez, will face the winner of Germany against Mexico.
Nani missed the decisive penalty as Portugal did not call on Cristiano Ronaldo, who likely was scheduled to take the fifth.

Chile created the better opportunities and were unfortunate not to win the game in extra-time when they struck the woodwork twice in quick succession through Vidal and Martin Rodriguez.

New Manchester City signing Bernardo Silva overcame a foot injury to start, while Cristiano Ronaldo captained his country and Jose Fonte replaced the suspended Pepe. Alexis Sanchez and Claudio Bravo featured for Chile.

FIFA Confederations Cup – Lars Stindl cancels out Alexis Sanchez goal, who becomes Chile record goalscorer 

GROUP B 

Germany 1 – 1 Chile


Alexis Sanchez became Chile’s all-time leading scorer when he grabbed an early goal in their 1-1 draw against Germany at the Confederations Cup on Thursday.

Lars Stindl equalised for the world champions just before half-time although the game petered out in the second half as the high-octane Chileans appeared to run out of gas.


The result left both teams level at the top of Group B with four points each from their opening two games, although Chile have the better goal difference. 

FIFA Confederations Cup- Russia 2017: Vidal and Vargas score as Chile beat Cameroun

GROUP B

Cameroun 0 – 2 Chile

Chile beat Cameroon 2-0 thanks to goals from Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal and Tigres forward Eduardo Vargas.

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez came off the bench to cross for Vidal’s 81st-minute header, with Vargas finishing in injury-time after Sanchez rounded the keeper but failed to beat a defender on the line.

Had Sanchez found the net, he would have become Chile’s all-time leading goalscorer. He currently has 37 goals, level with former Lazio and Juventus striker Marcelo Salas, who retired in 2008.

Just before the break in Moscow, Vargas had a strike correctly ruled out for a very marginal offside following the use of video technology. 

His goal in the 91st minute was also referred to the video assistant referees – presumably to check on another possible offside – but it stood.

Latest Football News 

  • Yaya Toure has signed a new one-year deal which keeps him at Manchester City for an eighth season.

  • Manchester City have agreed a deal to sign Benfica goalkeeper Ederson Moraes for €40 million (£34.7m), on a five-year contract , the Portuguese side have announced.
  • Ederson becomes the most expensive goalkeeper in history, surpassing the £33m Juventus paid Parma for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001.
  • However, City are keen to stress that it’s not a world record as the amount in Euros, which is how they paid Benfica (€40m), is lower than how much Juve paid for Buffon (€53m) in 2001.

  • Ajax have re-signed their former striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar on a one-year contract after his departure from German side Schalke.
  • Huntelaar, 33, played for the Dutch giants between 2006 and 2008, scoring 105 goals.

  • Darren Fletcher will join Stoke when his West Brom contract ends this summer.
  • Atletico Madrid have reacted angrily to the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) rejection of their appeal of a transfer ban imposed by FIFA, saying they feel “discriminated against” by an “unfair ruling” which causes “irreparable damage” to their club.
  • Antoine Griezmann has made an apparent pledge of allegiance to Atletico Madrid hours after Manchester United cooled their interest in a summer transfer. 
  • “Now more than ever #Atleti #All together.”
  • The transfer ban defeat kills Costa’s bid and ends Manchester United’s Griezmann hopes.
  • Liverpool are emerging as favourites to land Alexandre Lacazette after his  chances of joining Atletico Madrid  took a serious nosedive.
  • The Anfield club are reportedly in talks for Mohamed Salah in a deal that will set them back a club record £43million.
  • The Egypt star struggled during his time in the Premier League with Chelsea, but has become a major asset at Roma, where he struck 19 goals and notched an impressive 12 assists as the club finished as runners-up in Serie A to Juventus.
  • Gareth Bale has reportedly threatened to leave Real Madrid this summer if he is not included in their starting line-up in Saturday’s Champions League final.
  • ​Franck Kessié is set to complete a €28 million move to AC Milan.
  • Stefano Pioli is expected to terminate his Inter contract today, freeing him to take the Fiorentina job.
  • There could be a twist in Manchester United’s attempts to sign Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan this summer. The arrival of a new manager at the nerazzurri could throw a spanner in the works – Roma boss Luciano Spalletti.
  • Real Madrid are prepared to break the transfer world record to sign Eden Hazard from Chelsea for £100 million.
  • Chelsea are reportedly preparing an opening offer for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro.
  • Chelsea are set to move for Lyon midfielder Corentin Tolisso and could send centre-back Kurt Zouma back to the Ligue 1 side as part of the deal.
  • The Juventus, Inter and Napoli target Corentin Tolisso is “ready” to leave Lyon.
  • Manchester United have rejected a €60 million bid from Real Madrid for their star goalkeeper David de Gea.
  • Jose Mourinho has been in personal contact with Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.
  • AC Milan will offer €60 million to Madrid for Alvaro Morata.
  • Milan are ready to offer €80 million for Torino striker Andrea Belotti.
  • Manchester City have until 2020 to  re-sign Enes Unal after agreeing a  buy-back clause into their deal to sell him to Villarreal.
  • Manchester City are set to target Monaco again for their second summer signing in defender Benjamin Mendy – according to his family.
  • City will bid more than £50m for Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk and are prepared to offer the 25-year-old Dutch international a five-year contract worth £180,000 a week.
  • Liverpool have offered Gael Clichy a two-year deal ahead of the expiry of his Manchester City deal.
  • New Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde does not have any interest in signing Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.
  • Paris St-Germain have agreed a £61m deal to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 27, after offering £168,000 a week in wages.
  • But, Dortmund has denied the report.
  • Gunners forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, and midfielder Mesut Ozil, 28, both want in excess of £350,000 a week to stay at the club. Both players are entering the final year of their contracts.
  • Manchester City are increasingly confident they will win the race for Alexis Sanchez – but Pep Guardiola has not ruled out a move for Kylian Mbappe.
  • Arsenal are in the race to sign Monaco star Kylian Mbappé.
  • However, the Monaco Mbappe, 18, will turn down Pep Guardiola and City this summer for the chance to work with his idol Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.
  • Manchester United are leading the race to sign Monaco star Fabinho.
  • Jose Mourinho is prioritising moves for both Real Madrid star Alvaro Morata and Everton frontman Romelu Lukaku.
  • If Lukaku does leave, Everton want Malaga striker Sandro to replace him.
  • Everton’s hopes of landing Sandro Ramirez have been given a boost after Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban was upheld.
  • The Toffees are close to completing a deal for Southampton’s 27-year-old right-back Cuco Martina.
  • Leicester City are determined to get the best deal possibly for Riyad Mahrez and have slapped a £50 million pricetag on the playmaker’s head.
  • Wojchiech Szczesny could be staying in Serie A next season as Juventus consider a £14 million bid for the on-loan Arsenal goalkeeper.
  • Current Porto keeper and former Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas has been offered to Paris Saint-Germain.
  • Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants Paris Saint-Germain’s Alphonse Areola as Thibaut Courtois’ backup at Stamford Bridge.
  • The Blues are reported to have agreed a £42million fee with Monaco for the signing of midfield powerhouse Tiemoue Bakayoko.
  • Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, 28, wants to be reunited with former manager Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.
  • The Premier League champions are confident of keeping defender Cesar Azpilicueta, 27, who has been linked with a move to La Liga giants Barcelona.
  • Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger  has been given the task of finding his successor, with Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe in pole position to take over.
  • Crystal Palace have contacted Mauricio Pellegrino, 45, about replacing Sam Allardyce as manager. The Argentine, who was Rafael Benitez’s assistant at Liverpool, stepped down as Alaves boss this week.
  • Besiktas are still interested in signing out-of-favour Sunderland winger Jeremain Lens, who spent last season on loan at fellow Turkish side Fenerbahce.
  • Wolfsburg are set to complete their first transfer of the summer window by signing Hertha Berlin and USA defender John Brooks.
  • Pepe Reina’s agent is in talks with Napoli over the goalkeeper’s future at the Serie A side, amid interest from Newcastle United where the 34-year-old Spaniard would be reunited with former boss Rafael Benitez.
  • Metz teenager Ismaila Sarr has enjoyed a fine breakthrough season in France’s top flight this season and could make the jump to Newcastle.
  • PSG star Angel Di Maria is open to a  move to Barcelona this summer.
  • Juventus and Inter are also interested in signing Di Maria.
  • ​Radja Nainggolan does not want to leave AS Roma but he is also still waiting on a contract extension.
  • Inter Milan are rumoured to have reached a verbal agreement with AS Roma defender Antonio Rudiger, who has also been a target for Chelsea and Man United.
  • Italian agent Mino Raiola has revealed that there have been several offers for young AC Milan goalkeeper Gigio Donnarumma.
  • Liverpool have reportedly pulled out of the race to sign Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon – to seemingly leave Tottenham in pole position to land the player.
  • Atletico Madrid’s 19-year-old defender Theo Hernandez failed to turn up for France Under-21 duty, and is apparently on the beach instead.
  • West Ham have appointed former Arsenal and England physio Gary Lewin as the club’s head of medical services.
  • The Hammers have announced a record number of season ticket renewals for the 2017/18 season.
  • The trial for a fourth substitute to be allowed in extra time will be extended to four Uefa tournaments this summer, the governing body has announced.
  • Bulgarian Bogdan Dochev – the assistant referee who failed to spot Maradona’s Hand of God goal against England at the 1986 World Cup – has died aged 80.
  • The remains of deceased Brazilian football legend Garrincha are missing, members of his family say.
  • The remains of the winger, who died in 1983 aged 49, may have been lost in an exhumation, relatives told O  Globo.

Harry Kane wins PFA fans’ Premier League player of the Season award

Harry Kane has won the PFA Fans’ Premier League Player of the Season award, ahead of N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard.

Over 49,000 votes were cast in the poll, which was held on the Sky Sports website and apps, and Kane, who finished as the Premier League’s top goalscorer, came out on top with 16,378 votes ahead of Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, who received 13,515 votes.

Hazard, who scored 16 goals and grabbed five assists, finished third with 8,412 votes ahead of Alexis Sanchez (6,727), Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli (3,507) and Everton striker Romelu Lukaku (955).

The top six were chosen by our expert panel, which includedSky Sportspundits Paul Merson and Peter Beagrie, Mike Riley – general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials, and Malcolm Clarke – chairman of the Football Supporters’ Federation.

And it is Kane who has come out on top thanks to your votes, which have been verified by an independent party.

The 23-year-old scored 29 goals and provided seven assists to help Tottenham finish second behind champions Chelsea – their highest Premier League finish.
Kane finished as the league’s top scorer for a second successive season and his performances also saw him named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year.

FA Cup Final – Ramsey grabs the winner as Arsenal beat 10-man Chelsea to seal record 13th FA Cup victory

Arsenal 2 – 1 Chelsea

Arsenal ended a season of frustration and uncertainty with FA Cup glory, denying 10-man Chelsea the double as Arsene Wenger secured his record seventh FA Cup final win, to became the most successful manager in the competition’s history.

Alexis Sanchez gave Arsenal the lead in contentious fashion after only four minutes, when referee Antony Taylor overruled his assistant after he had flagged for offside against Aaron Ramsey, — although his handball in the build-up was missed.

In a lively battle between north and west London at Wembley, Chelsea – who trailed 1-0 to Alexis Sanchez’s controversial opener Victor Moses was sent off on 68 minutes for picking up a second yellow card for diving. 

However, Diego Costa sensationally levelled for the 10 men on 77 minutes.
Having stumbled home fifth and missed out on Champions League qualification, criticism of the Wenger has reached unprecedented and unpalatable levels.

Arsenal, outstanding throughout, refused to be denied and were back in front inside three minutes when Ramsey, who scored the FA Cup final  winner against Hull City in 2014,did it again with a header from substitute Olivier Giroud’s cross.

Wenger pumped his fists in delight at the final whistle, as a season that has brought so much criticism for the 67-year-old Frenchman, ended in Wembley glory with a record 13th FA Cup win for the Gunners.

With Laurent Koscielny suspended and Gabriel and Shkodran Mustafi missing out through injury, Wenger had to field a makeshift back three of Per Mertesacker, who was making his first start in 13 months, alongside Rob Holding and Nacho Monreal.

A larger than usual security presence welcomed supporters at a time of heightened alert following Monday’s terror attack.

Armed police patrolled Wembley and all in attendance underwent rigorous searches after 22 people were killed and many more injured in the attack at Manchester Arena.

Chelsea did not wear their black armbands in the first half after leaving them inside the jackets they decided against due to the warm weather.

Latest Football News 

  • ​Jose Mourinho has handed Ed  Woodward a list of four players – Antoine Griezmann, Romelu Lukaku, Andrea Belotti and Michael Keane – to sign in a £300m spending spree.
  • PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi is on Jose Mourinho’s radar.

  • Monaco star Bernado Silva reportedly arrived in Manchester on Thursday night, with City said to be favourites to sign the playmaker. Silva, 22, has arrived in Manchester for a medical and to complete talks over a move to the Etihad Stadium in a deal that could be worth around £65 million.
  • City are also set to make a move for his Monaco teammate Benjamin Mendy.
  • Manchester City announced on Thursday that a string of players will leave the club this summer, with Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy, Jesus Navas, and Willy Caballero all moving on.
  • The foursome join Pablo Zabaleta as players with expiring contracts to leave the club this month. Yaya Toure and Tosin Adarabioyo are also out of contract, and manager Pep Guardiola has said a decision on their futures will be revealed soon.

  • Mario Mandzukic has committed his future to Serie A champions Juventus until June 2020. Mandzukic, 31, has scored 11 goals for Juve in all competitions this term, while registering another eight assists.
  • Lionel Messi has agreed to terms with Barcelona over a new four-year contract worth €40m a year.
  • Barcelona are targeting a summer move for Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera.
  • But, United will not sell the Spain midfielder Herrera, 27, to Barcelona.
  • Manchester City are back in the race for Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin, who is also a major target for Barcelona.
  • Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny and Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma are reportedly among Marseille’s transfer targets.

  • Arsenal have offered a new contract worth £270,000 a week to Alexis Sanchez in a bid to keep the forward at the club.
  • The Gunners are eyeing a move for Borussia Monchengladbach winger Thorgan Hazard.
  • Diego Costa will cost Tianjin Quanjian a world-record £152m if his move to China goes ahead this summer.
  • Chelsea will only sell 28-year-old striker Diego Costa if a bidder meets their £60m valuation.
  • Manchester United are ready to activate Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann’s £86m release clause.
  • United are confident of signing Griezmann by the end of June and have already agreed a “hugely persuasive” financial package with the 26-year-old’s representatives.
  • Manchester United’s 31-year-old forward Wayne Rooney has two offers from China that would be worth £50m in salary over two years.
  • Monaco are set to join Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham in the race for Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez.

  • West Ham have signed defender Pablo Zabaleta on a free transfer. Zabaleta has agreed a two-year deal at London Stadium.
  • West Ham are hoping Pablo Zabaleta can help lure Kelechi Iheanacho to the club for £25m.
  • Manchester City and Manchester United have jointly pledged £1m to an emergency fund set up to support the victims of Monday’s attack in the city.
  • Chelsea star David Luiz has revealed he took a pay cut to return to Chelsea last summer and says he  took a “risk” in returning, but the ”risk” has paid off.
  • Arsenal made an approach to sign  Miguel Almiron last summer, now the Paraguayan is tearing it up for  Atlanta United.
  • Newcastle United are plotting a £39 million bid for Sporting midfielder William Carvalho, but face competition from West Brom.
  • Brighton hope to beat Newcastle to the loan signing of 19-year-old Tammy Abraham after both clubs were given permission to speak to the Chelsea striker.
  • Timmy Abraham, the 15-year-old brother of Tammy, has joined Fulham from Charlton Athletic.

  • Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, a target for Manchester United and Chelsea, is close to agreeing a £52m move to AC Milan.
  • Stoke forward Marko Arnautovic is a £15m transfer target for AC Milan and Paris St-Germain.
  • Juventus are preparing an offer for 23-year-old Monaco and Brazil midfielder Fabinho, a target for Manchester United and Manchester City.
  • The Serie A champions are pulling out of the race for Arsenal, Inter and Napoli target Corentin Tolisso.
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has asked to leave Borussia Dortmund.
  • Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik organised a Tinder ‘date’ with four fans, who got to join the 23-year-old on a tour of the club’s stadium.
  • Andres Iniesta has placed doubt over his future after revealing that there is a chance that he may not end his career at Barcelona.
  • Reported Liverpool transfer target Leon Goretzka has poured cold water over reports linking him with a move to Bayern Munich.

  • Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has signed a five-year contract extension with the Premier League club.
  • Former England boss Fabio Capello says United are “not an exciting team” and need more than just France international Griezmann.
  • After talks with FC Porto this week, former Hull City boss Marco Silva looks set to turn down a move to Portugal because he wants to continue his career in the Premier League. Crystal Palace are the most likely destination.
  • Former club captain Nigel Pearson is expected to get the Middlesbrough job, but Garry Monk is also a candidate after resigning from Leeds United.
  • Ex-Boro boss Aitor Karanka is the favourite to replace Monk at Elland Road.
  • Chris Coleman has dismissed rumours linking him with the vacant Palace job and says he wants to remain with Wales until the 2018 World Cup.
  • West Brom will have to pay £35m if they want to sign Watford striker Troy Deeney, 28, this summer.
  • Leicester City and Everton are also considering moves for Deeney.

  • Liverpool will have to pay up to £60m if they are to sign RB Leipzig’s 22-year-old midfielder Naby Keita.
  • Liverpool goalkeeper Alex Manninger, 39, will retire after the club’s post-season tour to Australia – and is considering becoming a joiner.
  • Everton could sign defender Cuco Martina, 27, on a free transfer after he was released by Southampton.

  • Manchester United right-back Antonio Valencia has been rewarded for an impressive season with a new contract, the Premier League club have announced.
  • Valencia, 31, only signed a new one-year deal in January. But after becoming a key part of Jose Mourinho’s team, the Ecuador international has signed a further extension which will keep him at Old Trafford until at least 2019 with the option of another year.
  • He was voted United’s Players’ Player of the Year this season after playing 43 times and captained the team in the final of the Europa League in Stockholm on Wednesday night.
  • Claude Makelele has signed a new contract to remain part of Paul Clement’s coaching staff at Swansea City.
  • The former French international joined the Swans in January on a short-term deal which was due to expire this summer but has now committed his immediate future at Liberty Stadium.
  • Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente, 32, says he held talks with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte in January, but would now be open to a return to Spain.
  • Watford want to make 24-year-old Genk and Gambia defender Omar Colley their first summer signing.
  • Jose Mourinho has named his price for goalkeeper David de Gea. The Portuguese boss wants €75m (£65m) from Real Madrid for the Spaniard, or rumoured Chelsea  targetAlvaro Morata plus €25m (£21.7m). Although it seems the striker is set on a move to AC Milan.
  • Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo’s scheduled appearance in London this weekend has been postponed after the UK terror threat level was upgraded in the wake of the Manchester terrorist attack.

    • Angel Di Maria could be moving to Inter Milan in the summer. The Nerazzurri are offering Paris Saint-Germain €50m, that’s more than Juventus. Manchester  United transfer target Ivan Perisic could move in the opposite direction.
    • Napoli are ready to do battle with Paris Saint-Germain for Manchester City full-back Gael Clichy, who is available on a free.
    • Napoli have also targeted Bayern Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno as a replacement for current number one Pepe Reina.
    • Jerome Boateng has told SportBild he plans to remain at Bayern Munich next season, amid reports he wanted assurances about his future at the club.
    • Eliaquim Mangala will not be part of Manchester City’s plans next season. On loan at Valencia, the French defender’s entourage has been told by Txiki Begiristain that he doesn’t fit into Pep Guardiola’s plans. He will cost around €20m, which would rule out a permanent move to Valencia.
    • Arsenal striker Lucas Pérez will hold talks with Arsenal this summersays his agent. The player is unhappy with the lack of minutes he received and his priority would be to return to Deportivo if the situation doesn’t look like improving.

      • Chelsea transfer target Franck Kessie is close to signing for AC Milan, the clubs have already had talks and a medical is on the horizon.
      • Milan are also interested in Lyon’s Corentin Tolisso, but he looks set to move to Inter or Juventus.
      • Nice are unclear whether or not Mario Balotelliwill sign an extension on his initial one-year deal and it has emerged that Marseille could be an option for the former Liverpool striker. They are looking for a replacement for Bafetimbi Gomis and the Italian striker has paid tribute to the OM fans in the past.
      • An agent representing Real Madrid’s new signing Vinicius Junior says Barcelona offered a better financial package to the player, but the youngster was more attracted by the football project outlined by Los Blancos.
      • Madrid announced this week that they had signed Vinicius, 16, from Flamengo, with the reported €45 million transfer effective in July 2018 when the Brazil youth international turns 18.
      • Reports from Italy suggest that former Leeds United patron Massimo Cellino is considering a takeover move for Serie A side Genoa.
      • Derby want to sign Burnley winger George Boyd on a free transfer, with the 31-year-old Scotland international yet to agree a new deal with the Clarets.
      • Fans can now be buried in a wooden replica coffin of Real Madrid’s Bernabeu stadium.

      Latest Football News 

      • Barcelona are reportedly preparing to sell Manchester United target Neymar in the summer.
      • Barca are believed to have concerns about the Brazilian’s lifestyle and will offload the 25-year-old as long as his £170million release clause is met.

      • ​Juventus have made their loan signing of winger Juan Cuadrado from Chelsea permanent in a £17m deal.
      • Arsenal have opened talks with Belgian club KAS Eupen over signing 19-year-old Nigerian Henry Onyekuru. Everton, Southampton and West Brom are also interested in the striker.
      • The Gunners are preparing a move for Real Madrid right-back Danilo.
      • Alexis Sanchez’s agent is in talks with Bayern Munich after the German champions agreed to meet both the player and Arsenal’s financial demands.
      • Bayern are prepared to pay $65 million (£50m) to sign the Chilean and hand him a $14.5m-a-year (£11.2m) contract but Manchester City also remain interested.

      • Arsene Wenger will look to bring Hulk back to Europe from Shanghai SIPG if Alexis Sanchez leaves the club this summer.
      • Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe, 34, has begun talks with Bournemouth over a possible transfer.
      • Defoe could join the Premier League side on a free transfer after West Ham, who bid £6m for the England forward in the winter, ended their interest.
      • Manchester United are mulling over a £20 million bid for Everton playmaker Ross Barkley.
      • United are interested in signing central defenders Raphael Varane.
      • Chelsea and Bayern Munich have both joined the race to sign Tottenham defender Kyle Walker.
      • West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini is a shock target for champions Chelsea.
      • Real Madrid have agreed a deal worth €45 million to sign Flamengo prodigy Vinicius Junior. The 16-year-old Brazil youth star will not be able to officially make the switch to Spain until his 18th birthday but an agreement that will see Madrid pay two-thirds of the fee up front has been struck and will be announced this week.
      • Pepe is one of a number of players likely to leave Real Madrid this summer, according to AS, with Inter his most likely destination.
      • Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has made Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante his No.1 transfer target.
      • Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has flown to Abu Dhabi for end-of-season talks with Khaldoon Al Mubarak.
      • Chelsea will begin negotiations this week with Monaco over France midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 22.
      • Conte is pleading with the Chelsea board to offer a deal to keep Spain player at the club.
      • The Blues boss is fighting to keep Diego Costa at Chelsea.
      • Manchester United are reported to  have made the first move to sign  in-demand defender Marquinhos by  lodging a £60m bid for the PSG star.
      • United have been given hope of signing Renato Sanches and Douglas Costa after both players endured a tough season at Bayern Munich.
      • Former Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas could make a summer switch to Liverpool.
      • Liverpool are leading the race for Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
      • Atletico Madrid want to sign Monaco and Brazil player Fabinho. Manchester City are also rumoured to be interested in the 23-year-old, who can play at right-back or in midfield.
      • Former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, 33, will stay at Atletico Madrid for another year and could be first choice if the club’s transfer ban is not lifted.
      • Monaco, Newcastle and West Ham will battle it out for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi this summer.
      • Craig Shakespeare has begun talks with Leicester City over the extension of his managerial contract.
      • Leicester will listen to offers for £15m flop Ahmed Musa this summer.
      • Jose Mourinho is open to offers for England defender Chris Smalling, 27.
      • Man Utd and Man City have paid tributes to all those killed and injured in Monday night’s terror attack at Manchester Arena.
      • Gael Clichy has said he will leave Manchester City next month. The former Arsenal and France left-back, 31, has been with the club for six years.
      • Everton have agreed a £25m deal with Swansea for midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, 27, but the Iceland player wants more than £120,000 a week to sign.
      • Juventus are reportedly pondering a move for Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta this summer.
      • Juve are preparing to renew the contract of much sought-after left-back Alex Sandro.
      • Roma midfielder Leandro Paredes, who has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool, is reportedly wanted by AC Milan.
      • Roma have joined AC Milan in the race for Atalanta attacker Alejandro Gomez.
      • Barcelona are set to re-sign Gerard Deulofeu for €12 million from Everton.
      • Real Madrid won’t stop striker Alvaro Morata from leaving this summer.
      • Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke is set to commit his long-term future to the club.
      • Leicester City are working on a deal to sign former Arsenal target Samuel Chukwueze from his Nigerian club Diamond Academy.
      • Inter Milan are to make a summer move for Roma star Antonio Rudiger, who is also a target for Chelsea.
      • Besiktas star Anderson Talisca is ready to snub Manchester United and stay in Turkey.
      • Fiorentina are set to make a move for West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang.
      • Napoli full-back Faouzi Ghoulam is on the radar of Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
      • Napoli are chasing Manchester City free agents Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta.
        • Watford are targeting former Bayer Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt to take over as manager following Walter Mazzarri’s exit from the club.
        • Claudio Ranieri has been put off managing Watford after the way his pal Walter Mazzarri was treated.
        • Leicester are preparing to battle it out with Crystal Palace for Belgian side Anderlecht’s Senegal international defender Kara Mbodji.
        • The Foxes are also trying to snap up centre-back Harry Maguire on the cheap from relegated Hull, as he only has 12 months left on his contract.
        • Former Scotland and Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is Sunderland’s No. 1 target to replace David Moyes.
        • Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny is to serve a three-match suspension after his appeal against his sending-off in Sunday’s win over Everton was dismissed by the Football Association.
        • Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has been arrested on Tuesday as part of a money laundering investigation, police have confirmed to a number of Spanish publications.
        • Police investigating suspected tax fraud have raided the headquarters of Paris Saint-Germain and the homes of Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore, a French official says.
        • Southampton do not expect a final decision on Claude Puel’s future until later this week but Marco Silva does not feature on their current list of possible successors.
        • Tim Sherwood is set to leave his role as director of football at Swindon.
        • Norwich are set to name Borussia Dortmund reserve boss Daniel Farke as their new manager.
        • Diego Maradona claims Roma legend Francesco Totti is the best player he has ever seen.
        • A psychic cow in Holland – who has an 85% success rate – has predicted that Ajax will beat Manchester United in the Europa League final on Wednesday.

        EPL results  – Alexis Sanches scores twice to keep alive Arsenal’s top four dream; City  beat West Brom in Zabaleta’s farewell match

        ​Arsenal 2 – 0 Sunderland

        Manchester City 3 – 1 West Bromwich Albion

        • Manchester City 3 – 1 West Bromwich Albion

        Manchester City clinched an emphatic win over West Brom to move back up to third place in the Premier League with one game remaining.

        City scored two quick first-half goals with Gabriel Jesus opening the scoring in the 27th minute before Kevin de Bruyne added the second two minutes later with a fine curling strike.

        Yaya Toure made it 3-0 after the break, exchanging passes with Aguero as he marched into the area to slot past Ben Foster.

        West Brom managed a late consolation when substitute Hal Robson-Kanu turned in Allan Nyom’s low cross.

        A point in their final game at Watford on Sunday will now be enough to guarantee Pep Guardiola’s side a place in the top four and Champions League football, while a win would see them finish third and go straight into the group stage.

        Meanwhile the Baggies have now gone eight games without a victory and remain on 45 points with a trip to Swansea on Sunday.

        With the points all but secured by Toure’s goal, attention for many City fans switched to Pablo Zabeleta’s big send-off.

        After nine years with City in which he won every domestic trophy, the 32-year-old Argentina defender is leaving the clubat the end of the season.

        He started on the bench but the home fans sang his name from kick-off, gave him his first standing ovation of the night in the first half and then exploded into noise when he began warming up.

        The ground rose to applaud him on to the pitch when he replaced David Silva on the hour mark, and then cheered every time he touched the ball.

        Zabaleta ended the game wearing the captain’s armband after Vincent Kompany was substituted and West Brom’s belated fightback never threatened to ruin his night.

        After an emotional farewell speech at the final whistle, when he was joined on the pitch by his wife and young son, Zabaleta was given a guard of honour by his team-mates as he and his family departed down the tunnel.

        • ​Arsenal 2 – 0 Sunderland

        Alexis Sanchez kept Arsenal in the hunt for a top-four finish as his double secured a 2-0 win over Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium.

        Alexis Sanchez tapped in Mesut Ozil’s square pass to the relief of those inside a sparsely populated Emirates Stadium.

        As Arsenal increased in urgency, Sanchez bundled in Olivier Giroud’s cut-back to renew their hopes of a top-four finish for a 21st successive season.

        The Gunners are a point behind fourth-placed Liverpool.

        Arsenal will now look to beat Everton in their final match and hope Liverpool drop points against relegated Middlesbrough if they are to maintain their record of finishing in the top-four in each of Wenger’s 21 seasons in charge.

        They could mathematically still catch third-placed Manchester City, who beat West Brom 3-1 on Tuesday night, but that scenario would require defeat for Pep Guardiola’s side at Watford with Arsenal enjoying a five-goal swing on the final day.

        EPL result  – Sanchez and Giroud strike as Arsenal defeat Southampton to go fifth

        Southampton 0 – 2 Arsenal 

        Arsenal kept alive their hopes of a top-four Premier League finish as second-half goals from Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud earned victory at Southampton.
        Alexis Sanchez produced a moment of brilliance on his 100th Premier League appearance, to hit his 20th Premier League goal of the season.

        Sanchez struck the opener on the hour mark at St Mary’s before Olivier Giroud came off the bench to make sure of the points with a close-range header.

        Under-fire Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has constantly reiterated his side cannot put a foot wrong in their remaining games, and they were solid enough to take home victory from the south coast to keep them in the hunt for Champions League qualification.

        The victory sees them leapfrog Manchester United into fifth and now sit three points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City.
        Mid-table Southampton rarely threatened. Their best chance came in the first half when Manolo Gabbiadini forced a fine save out of Petr Cech from close range, and they stay 10th.

        Injury before the break to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was a sour note but Arsene Wenger’s men, given renewed hope by victory against Manchester United at the weekend, ended a 14-year barren league run on the south coast at the most crucial of times.
        Arsenal still require their rivals to slip up if they are to qualify for the Champions League for a 20th successive season.

        2015 FIFA Ballon d’or 23 man shortlist

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        Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez head the shortlist for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or.

        Real Madrid forward Ronaldo, who has won the award for the past two years, is joined by teammates Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez.

        And Barcelona’s attacking triumvirate of Messi — who is a four-time winner — Neymar and Suarez are listed along with fellow Blaugrana stars Andres Iniesta, Javier Mascherano and Ivan Rakitic. With six, Barca have the most players nominated.

        Bayern Munich also have five players — Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer, Arjen Robben and Arturo Vidal.

        Five Premier League stars make the list, headed by Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez after he helped Chile to Copa America glory on home soil in the summer. PFA Players’ Player of the Year Eden Hazard is the only representative from Premier League champions Chelsea.

        Manchester City have three players named: Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Kevin De Bruyne.

        Wales and Real Madrid forward Bale is the only British player named.

        Juventus’ midfielder Paul Pogba is the only player from Serie A — though Vidal played the first half of the year with Juve, with Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic completing the 23.

        The final vote for the award will be made by the captains and head coaches of each men’s national team as well as by international media representatives selected by French publication France Football.

        The final three nominees will be named on Nov. 30, along with the announcement of the top 10 goals in the running for the FIFA Puskas Award.

        The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Zurich on Jan. 11, 2016.

        Full list of Ballon d’Or nominees:

        Sergio Aguero (Argentina/Manchester City)

        Gareth Bale (Wales/Real Madrid)

        Karim Benzema (France/Real Madrid)

        Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid)

        Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium/VfL Wolfsburg/Manchester City)

        Eden Hazard (Belgium/Chelsea)

        Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden/Paris Saint-Germain)

        Andres Iniesta (Spain/FC Barcelona)

        Toni Kroos (Germany/Real Madrid)

        Robert Lewandowski (Poland/FC Bayern Munich)

        Javier Mascherano (Argentina/FC Barcelona)

        Lionel Messi (Argentina/FC Barcelona)

        Thomas Muller (Germany/FC Bayern Munich)

        Manuel Neuer (Germany/FC Bayern Munich)

        Neymar (Brazil/FC Barcelona)

        Paul Pogba (France/Juventus)

        Ivan Rakitic (Croatia/FC Barcelona)

        Arjen Robben (Netherlands/FC Bayern Munich)

        James Rodriguez (Colombia/Real Madrid)

        Alexis Sanchez (Chile/Arsenal)

        Luis Suarez (Uruguay/FC Barcelona)

        Yaya Toure (Cote d’Ivoire/Manchester City)

        Arturo Vidal (Chile/Juventus/FC Bayern Munich)

        World Coach of the Year nominees:

        Massimiliano Allegri (Italy/Juventus)

        Carlo Ancelotti (Italy/Real Madrid)

        Laurent Blanc (France/Paris Saint-Germain)

        Unai Emery (Spain/Sevilla FC)

        Pep Guardiola (Spain/FC Bayern Munich)

        Luis Enrique Martinez (Spain/FC Barcelona)

        Jose Mourinho (Portugal/Chelsea)

        Jorge Sampaoli (Argentina/Chilean national team)

        Diego Simeone (Argentina/Atletico Madrid)

        Arsene Wenger (France/Arsenal)

        UEFA Champions League Results

        Olivier Giroud and his teammates celebrate his goal for Arsenal in 2-0 win over Bayern Munich.
        Olivier Giroud and his teammates celebrate his goal for Arsenal in 2-0 win over Bayern Munich.

        Group E

        Ivan Rakitic was the hero as he scored twice to guide Barcelona to a 2-0 win at BATE Borisov.

        Rakitic came on for Sergi Roberto in the 18th minute.

        Roma and Bayer Leverkusen drew 4-4 in a wild game in which both teams saw two-goal leads slip.

        Leverkusen’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez opened the scoring with a fifth-minute penalty after Vasilis Tortosidis was whistled for handling Hakan Calhanoglu’s cross. Hernandez scored his second 15 minutes later after playing a 1-2 with Calhanoglu.

        Roma got one back in the 30th minute with Daniele De Rossi to scoring. The Italian side equalised eight minutes later when De Rossi redirected a freek kick by Pjanic, and the Bosnian curled a goal with a long free kick early in the second half.

        Gervinho then found Iago Falque in the box to widen Roma’s lead in the 73rd minute, but Leverkusen were not finished as Kevin Kampl scored with a looping shot in the 84th minute and Admir Mehmedi completed the comeback with a goal from close range two minutes later.

        Group F

        Arsenal defeated Bayern Munich 2-0 at the Emirates as substitute Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil struck late to give life to Arsenal’s Champions League ambition.

        After losing their first two matches against Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos, Arsenal needed to take something from their clash with Pep Guardiola’s side and Giroud’s bobbled 77th-minute finish set them on their way before Ozil wrapped up the win in added-on time.

        The Germans had arrived at the Emirates Stadium in imperious form following a new Bundesliga record of nine consecutive victories and leaders of Group F with maximum points from two European ties.

        However, Arsenal – who had lost their first two matches to sit bottom of the table – produced a resolute display and took the lead on 77 minutes when Giroud headed in after a mistake from goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who had earlier produced a brilliant save to deny Theo Walcott.

        Former West Brom striker Brown Ideye scored the only goal for Olympiakos in the 79th minute as the Greek champions won 1-0 away to Dinamo Zagreb.

        Group G

        Chelsea’s recent struggles continued and the pressure ramped up on Jose Mourinho as the Blues were held to a 0-0 draw at Dynamo Kiev.

        Eden Hazard, restored to the starting XI, hit the post with an early shot, Cesc Fabregas felt he was sandwiched in the box but penalty appeals were dismissed, and Nemanja Matic beat three men before prodding wide.

        Jose Mourinho spoke out about the referee after a penalty shout was waved away when Cesc Fabregas went down under a Serhiy Rybalka challenge.

        Porto lead Group G after managing a 2-0 win at home against Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

        Vincent Aboubakar and Yacine Brahimi scored three minutes apart in the first half to give Porto a two-point cushion over Dynamo Kiev and three clear of Chelsea.

        Group H

        Zenit St Petersburg stayed perfect in Group H, defeating Lyon 3-1 for their third win from three games.

        Artem Dzyuba provided Zenit a lead inside three minutes, but Alexandre Lacazette equalised for the French side shortly after the break.

        But Hulk put the hosts back in front eight minutes later with a blast from 30 yards, and Danny added a third goal seven minutes from time.

        Valenica used a Stefan Mitrovic own goal to squeeze out a 2-1 win at home against Belgian champions Gent.

        Sofiane Feghouli and Thomas Foket exchanged first-half goals, but Valencia took the lead again in the 72nd minute when a lobbed cross hit off the top of the crossbar and fell to Jose Luis Gaya, whose shot deflected off Mitrovic and into the net.

        Group E

        BATE Borisov 0 – 2 Barcelona

        Bayer Leverkusen 4 – 4 Roma

        Group F

        Arsenal 2 – 0 Bayern Munich

        Dinamo Zagreb 0 – 1 Olympiakos

        Group G

        Dynamo Kyiv 0 – 0 Chelsea

        FC Porto 2 – 0 Maccabi Tel Aviv

        Group H

        Valencia 2 – 1 Gent

        Zenit St. Petersburg 3 – 1 Lyon

        EPL Results

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        Jurgen Klopp could not inspire Liverpool to victory in his first game at the helm, as they produced a goalless draw with Tottenham.

        Klopp, the self-proclaimed ‘Normal One’ left White Hart Lane with what he labelled a ‘normal result’ as his new Liverpool side drew 0-0.

        Chelsea ended their run of three games without a victory as Jose Mourinho turned the spotlight onto his Aston Villa counterpart Tim Sherwood with a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

        The Blues went into the game searching for a first win since beating Walsall 4-1 in the Capital One Cup on Sept. 23, and looking to bounce back from their 3-1 defeat to Southampton before the international break.

        Costa returned from suspension to score one and force another as the Premier League champions won 2-0 and their fans sang “we are staying up”

        Mourinho was the subject of the first managerial vote of confidence of Roman Abramovich’s 12-year ownership following the October 3 loss to Southampton, which left the Blues 16th.

        And the Russian billionaire was present as the Villa clash began with the home crowd voicing their support for the self-proclaimed Special One.

        Wayne Rooney fired Manchester United to victory with his first goal at Goodison Park in eight years, but his day was tinged with sadness following the death of Howard Kendall.

        Rooney ended his 11-month wait for a Premier League away goal on Saturday in United’s 3-0 win at Everton.

        Morgan Schneiderlin scored his first United goal after some slack marking at the back post, and the unmarked Ander Herrera nodded in Marcos Rojo’s cross to double the lead.

        The goal also saw Rooney draw level with former United striker Andy Cole as the second highest scorer in Premier League history.

        Kendall won the league as a player with Everton and then went on to manage the club three times.

        In his most successful period in the mid-1980s, Kendall led Everton to two titles, the FA Cup and the Cup Winners’ Cup.

        Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey all netted as Arsenal retained second place in the Premier League table with a 3-0 win at Watford.

        The Gunners, who had beaten Manchester United before the international break, were made to work hard for their victory following a spirited effort by the well-organised Hornets.

        Ultimately, though, the technical superiority of Arsene Wenger’s men proved enough, as in-form Sanchez netted after a breakaway on 62 minutes, with goals from substitute Giroud and Ramsey helping to keep Arsenal only two points behind leaders Manchester City.

        Raheem Sterling hit a first-half hat-trick and Wilfried Bony struck twice as Manchester City hammered Bournemouth 5-1 at The Etihad.

        City had needed someone to step up in the absence of injured star striker Sergio Aguero and £49million man Sterling duly rose to the challenge.

        He and Bony both struck inside the opening 11 minutes and the former Liverpool man added two more after a Glenn Murray reply. Bony wrapped up scoring in the closing minutes.

        Late goals from Manuel Lanzini and Dimitri Payet floored 10-man Crystal Palace as West Ham snatched a dramatic 3-1 victory at Selhurst Park.

        The Eagles appeared to have held on for a point despite playing the entire second half with 10 men following Dwight Gayle’s brainless red card.

        But West Ham’s pressure paid off when Argentinian winger Lanzini rifled home in the 88th minute and Payet put the icing on the cake in injury time.

        Carl Jenkinson had put the visitors ahead with his second goal in two matches, but Yohan Cabaye equalised moments later with a twice-taken penalty.

        Jamie Vardy scored twice as Leicester came back from 2-0 down to earn a 2-2 draw with Southampton at St Mary’s.

        Goals from Jose Fonte and Virgil van Dijk had given them a two-goal half-time lead, but Leicester gradually and impressively recovered the point that their exertions deserved.

        The draw keeps them fifth in the Barclays Premier League table, even if that position is likely to be difficult to maintain, and three points ahead of eighth-placed Southampton.

        Saido Berahino’s third Premier League goal of the season ensured Sam Allardyce lost his first game as Sunderland boss 1-0 at West Brom.

        Berahino scored the only goal of the game on 54 minutes, when he outmuscled giant goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon and tapped the ball into the net from close range.

        Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 0 Liverpool

        Chelsea 2 – 0 Aston Villa

        Crystal Palace 1 – 3 West Ham United

        Everton 0 – 3 Manchester United

        Manchester City 5 – 1 AFC Bournemouth

        Southampton 2 – 2 Leicester City

        West Bromwich Albion 1 – 0 Sunderland

        Watford 0 – 3 Arsenal

        World Cup Qualifiers Results: South America-CONMEBOL

        Eduardo Vargas (R) of Chile celebrates after scoring against Brazil during their 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Santiago, Chile.
        Eduardo Vargas (R) of Chile celebrates after scoring against Brazil during their 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Santiago, Chile.

        Defending Copa America champs Chile kicked off their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign by sinking Brazil 2-0 in Santiago.

        Eduardo Vargas’ side-footed volley and Alexis Sanchez’s 90th minute goal secured the points for the hosts.

        It was Brazil’s first World Cup qualifier in six years.

        Neymar was not in the team as he is still serving his four-game international suspension.

        A Messi-less Argentina were forced to cope with the early exit of Sergio Aguero, and were defeated 2-0 by Ecuador in Buenos Aires.

        Goals from Frickson Erazo and Felipe Caicedo ensured that the Ecuadorians enjoyed a famous victory at the Estadio Monumental.

        An Uruguay side without suspended duo of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani defeated 10-man Bolivia 2-0 in La Paz.

        Uruguay were always in control and led in the 10th minute when Martin Caceres fired home a loose ball from close range.

        Skipper Diego Godin made the game safe with 21 minutes remaining when he headed home Carlos Sanchez’s cross to double the lead.

        It was Colombia’s first ever away win in Bolivia.

        The hosts were reduced to 10 men after Jair Torrico saw red for two yellow cards.

        Colombia also got off to a winning start as they beat Peru 2-0 in Barranquilla.

        Teofilo Gutierrez put them in front nine minutes before the break as he converted from a corner and the game was put to bed at the death as Edwin Cardona fired in a second from a quick counter attack.

        Paraguay left it late to beat Venezuela as they triumphed 1-0.

        A stalemate looked on the cards until Derlis Gonzalez popped up with the winner in the 85th minute.

        Bolivia 0 – 2 Uruguay

        Colombia 2 – 0 Peru

        Venezuela 0 – 1 Paraguay

        Chile 2 – 0 Brazil

        Argentina 0 – 2 Ecuador

        Manchester United top list of money-wasters

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        Manchester United are guilty of wasting the most money on transfers with the now-departed Angel Di Maria and Marouane Fellani the two biggest flops, according to a transfer survey.

        TheSoccerexTransfer Reviewstudied the value of Premier League players signed within the past three years who failed to play 50 per cent of their club’s total minutes last season. Premier League clubs spent £885.85m on new players this summer – a 14 per cent rise on last year.

        The report concluded that United’s rarely-used players amounted to the most expensive in the division with over £117million of talent left rotting on the sidelines for much of last season. Heading that list was Argentina playmaker Di Maria, who arrived from Real Madrid for £59.7m. The 27-year-old signed a five-year deal last August and made an encouraging start to life at Old Trafford scoring three league goals in his first five games, but his form dipped badly soon after and he failed to score again in the league after October 2014. He made 27 Premier League appearances for Louis Van Gaal and missed more than half of his team’s playing time and was last month sold to Paris Saint-Germain for £44million – a near £16million loss.

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        Belgian international Fellaini has also been deemed an expensive mistake by the study with the 27-year-old restricted to the substitute’s bench for much of last season. Fellaini was a last-minute transfer deadline day buy from Everton for £27.5million in 2013. The former Standard Liege man has only made one appearance in the league this season and has chalked up just 43 Premier League appearances since his arrival two years ago.

        The survey found £560million worth of players signed by Premier League sides over the last three seasons were used in 50 per cent or less of the total minutes of their club’s season.

        1.Manchester United £117m

        2.Tottenham £100m

        3.Manchester City £53.3m

        4.Liverpool £50.4m

        5.Arsenal £34.3

        6.Chelsea £32.8m

        At the opposite end of the scale the study rated Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez the most profitable signing after he played 86 per cent of Arsenal’s minutes in 2014/15 – more than any other recent signing in Europe’s top five leagues. The former Barcelona man was a £35million recruit from the Nou Camp last summer and he had a fantastic debut season in the top flight, scoring 16 times for the Gunners.

        Meanwhile, United trio Di Maria, Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, who spent most of last season injured, played just 55 per cent, 48 per cent and 33 per cent of the minutes respectively last season.