'Perfect signing'- Man United fans ecstatic about reports over imminent transfer

Manchester United fans quickly got swept away by the reports coming in of the serious interest in Ajax’s Donny van de Beek.

Supporters have been desperate for transfer news, particularly since they’ve been seeing their rivals spend left, right and centre.

Van de Beek was of interest to United a while ago again so it was no surprise to see his name pop up again.

What was surprising is how quickly the transfer news was moving and how it appeared as though it went from nothing to suddenly being imminent according to some.

Van de Beek would obviously be a good addition to the squad and the fans are certainly excited by his potential arrival.

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Liverpool fans all say the same thing after Brewster misses costly penalty

Young Liverpool forward Rhian Brewster was brought on against Arsenal in the Community Shield and missed his spot-kick in the penalty shootout.

It was a very bitter moment for the 20-year-old, who was hoping to impress Jurgen Klopp after a short-term loan at Championship side Swansea City.

It wasn’t meant to be for the Reds and Arsenal won the shootout 5-4, with Brewster being the only player to fail to convert his chance.

Loads of Liverpool fans have taken to Twitter to express their support for the youngster, who will no doubt be beating himself up right now.

MORE: Sheffield Utd in ‘advanced talks’ to sign Liverpool forward; Blades want permanent deal

There are simply bigger days ahead for the lad, with one penalty not able to define a player beyond the context in which it happened.

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Video: ‘We are close’ – Arteta admits that Arsenal are almost over the line with Aubameyang

Arsenal supporters don’t need reminding just how good Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is, but he proved his importance again in the Community Shield and showed how vital he is to the Gunners’ continued success.

A first-half goal put the north Londoners into the lead against Liverpool, and though Arsenal were pegged back late on, it was left to the Gabonese to fire home the match-winning penalty and hand Mikel Arteta his second trophy as manager.

In his post-match interview, the Spaniard admitted that a deal to extend Aubameyang’s contract was close, which will surely be music to the ears of the Gunners’ faithful.

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Cristiano Ronaldo commits to Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo has committed his future to Juventus, stating that his ‘pirit and ambition are as high as ever’ as he prepares for his third season in Turin.

The Portuguese star was the subject of reports linking him with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, with one French news outlet suggesting he was no longer happy with Juve.

Despite the rumours, recent reports in the Italian press state that Ronaldo is considered one of the ‘untouchable’ players for new coach Andrea Pirlo and that the team would be built around him.

In an Instagram post, CR7 confirmed his commitment to the club, insisting that he wants to work with the club to ‘conquer Italy, Europe and the World!’

As I’m getting ready for my third season as a bianconero, my spirit and ambition are as high as ever. Goals. Victories. Commitment. Dedication. Professionalism. With all my strength and with the precious

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A 19/20 season review of: Nélson Semedo

The performances of Nélson Semedo were in question throughout the past two years, and a lot was expected from him coming into the 19/20 season. But how has the right-back performed this campaign?


This is the fourteenth episode of a series in which we review the performances of Barça first team players, as well as discuss their future for the next campaign. You can check the series here.


When club president Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed the list of “non-transferable” players, a name that shocked culés all over the world was Nélson Semedo. Has he performed so well that his name belongs on that list? No. Actually, the Portuguese right-back has had an interesting season. It was neither an unbelievably stellar campaign nor a disastrous one.

“Messi is untouchable. But there are various non-transferable players like (Marc-André) Ter Stegen, (Clément) Lenglet, (Nélson) Semedo, (Frenkie) De Jong, (Antoine) Griezmann, (Ousmane) Dembélé…

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Ortlieb bikepacking frame bags add easy rolltop closure, plus versatile mini Fork Packs

German waterproof bag maker Ortlieb’s bikepacking line-up adds a new style of Frame Packs, making it easier to get to your gear, while still keeping the water out. Plus, a pair of all-new small Fork Packs are like little waterproof panniers to let you carry more gear on your adventure rides, snapping quickly onto the […]

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O’Ward takes spoils in practice at WWT Raceway

As the NTT Indycar Series comes down from the high of the Indianapolis 500 a week ago, they now face a tricky double-header at World Wide Technology Raceway for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500.

The weekend began with the only practice session the teams will get, with 90 minutes for the teams to get their setups spot on for Saturday’s race, the first of two which will both be during the day for the first time at this oval.

Pato O’Ward has been very impressive so far in 2020 and he was the man to beat in practice, topping the session for his Arrow McLaren SP team with the only lap above the 181 mph barrier.

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Reading between the lines of Arteta’s press conference

Happy Friday to you.

Mikel Arteta met the press (over Zoom) yesterday, and just over three weeks after we won the FA Cup, we’re back up and running again. As you can imagine there was a lot to get through, with the manager being asked about fitness, Covid-19, fans being allowed back in the stadium, transfers, contracts, the futures of individual players, Black Lives Matter, and more.

The easiest way to do this is by highlighting the most important/interesting bits, so let’s do that, starting with:

Gabriel Magalhaes

When a player is in London on Monday for a medical, there are expectations that he’ll be announced not long after. The thing about transfers is that there are all kinds of little things involved which can prevent the deal being fully completed. There are two clubs involved, the player, his representatives, so there are lots of Is to dot and TsRead the rest

Raonic Makes Masters 1000 Final Return

Milos Raonic advanced to his first ATP Masters 1000 final in four and a half years on Friday with a 7-6(5), 6-3 victory against Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The unseeded Canadian won 90 per cent of first-serve points (35/39) to reach his fourth Masters 1000 championship match (0-3) after one hour and 37 minutes. Raonic is through to his first final at the level since his runner-up finish to Novak Djokovic at the 2016 BNP Paribas Open final in Indian Wells.

“It would be incredible [to win an ATP Masters 1000 title]. Just generally as part of my career, it’s not just the past six months coming back [and] playing. Just with everything else, I want to go to heights I haven’t achieved yet and this is a part of it,” said Raonic. “This is what I’ve worked hard for with very clear, specific goals and I hope that I can get … Read the rest

Could this be the reason for Nemanja Matic's retirement from international duty?

Manchester United’s Nemanja Matic has announced his retirement from international duty.

The 32-year-old has made 48 appearances for Serbia, scoring two goals.

It is unfortunate timing for his national side, who are due to meet Norway in the Euro 2021 play-off semi-final in October.

The Serbian FA sports director Vladimir Matijasevic told Sky Sports: ‘Other than saying it was time for younger players to take over, Matic did not state any other specific reasons for quitting.

‘We respect his decision. He is 32 years old and he’s had an exerting club season. European club football is demanding and hence we are aware that we’ll have to inject fresh blood into the national team.’

Matic recently signed a new three-year contract at Old Trafford, which raised eyebrows due to his age.

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