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first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Arsene Wenger has hinted he will leave Arsenal in 2017. The Frenchman’s current £8m-a-year deal expires at the end of next season. (Daily Mirror)The manager was round on by angry Gunners fans at yesterday’s feisty annual general meeting, with supporters slamming the team’s ‘embarrassing’ Champions League record. (Daily Express)Manchester United look set to miss out on signing Athletic Bilbao’s French under-21 defender Aymeric Laporte, who will join Barcelona next summer in a deal worth around £35m. (Daily Mirror)Both United boss Louis van Gaal and Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino are monitoring Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez. (Newcastle Chronicle) Magpies boss Steve McClaren has revealed the club will NOT sign an emergency goalkeeper following the long-term injury to No.1 Tim Krul, and will wait until January. (Newcastle Chronicle)Everton fans have hit back at former Crystal Palace and QPR manager Neil Warnock after he told talkSPORT that Toffees and England midfielder Ross Barkley, 21, “can’t defend, he can’t take responsibility in his own half”. (Liverpool Echo) Watford manager Quique Flores insists in-form striker Odion Ighalo will not be leaving the club in January despite coming close to a summer move to China. (Daily Star)Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood’s future at the club is in doubt after he angered club owner Randy Lerner by criticising Villa’s transfer business in the summer. (The Sun) Alan Pardew remains entirely focussed on his role as Crystal Palace manager but admits the prospect of taking over as manager of England is an enticing one. (The Guardian)Manchester City are to ask their fans if they want to change the club’s badge. (Daily Mail)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Exclusive – Chelsea should have ditched Jose Mourinho and gone for Jurgen Klopp, says former Blues starIt would be a ‘huge mistake’ for Aston Villa to sack Tim Sherwood, assistant Ray Wilkins tells talkSPORTShock transfer report: Robin van Persie could be on his way to Barcelona in January‘Jurgen Klopp will already have made his mark on Liverpool’, insists Tottenham boss Mauricio PochettinoMauricio Pochettino backs Tottenham starlet Dele Alli to make Roy Hodgson’s England Euro 2016 squadSteve McClaren says Tim Krul’s injury could cost Newcastle 20 points in relegation fight this seasonReal Madrid legend Raul announces his retirement from football‘How many trophies has Sam Allardyce won?’ Rafa Benitez responds to Liverpool jibe from former managerial rivalEva Carneiro’s Chelsea exit has ‘put football back 30 years’, claims Blues legend Le SauxExclusive – Ray Wilkins backs former boss Prince Ali’s bid for FIFA presidencylast_img read more

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first_img1 Richard Money Cambridge United have sacked manager Richard Money after three years at the helm.Money guided the U’s to promotion back into the Football League in 2014 and to FA Trophy glory in the same season.Last term, he presided over a memorable FA Cup run, which saw Cambridge take Manchester United to a replay, and led the club to League Two survival.He was duly rewarded with a three-year deal in May which also gave him greater off-field control. But Money has now been shown the door just five months later after a difficult start to the new campaign.Cambridge have won just five of their 16 games and are 18th in the League Two table following Friday night’s defeat at home to Bristol Rovers.Assistant manager Joe Dunne will take charge of training this week ahead of the club’s FA Cup tie against Basingstoke at the Abbey Stadium on Saturday.“The club has taken this difficult decision due to the disappointing pattern of results over the last nine months and because the current squad is not showing consistent signs of achieving its potential,” read a U’s statement.“We want to place on record our sincere thanks to Richard, who has been instrumental in the club’s progress over the last three years. “He led the team to success in the FA Trophy, promotion back to the Football League and a memorable run in the FA Cup last season which culminated in two games against Manchester United. Richard has achieved a special place in the history of Cambridge United Football Club and will always be warmly welcomed at the Abbey Stadium.”last_img read more

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first_imgHere’s a selection of stories from Sunday’s papersLiverpool have agreed to sign Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato from Corinthians. (Tutto Mercato via Evening Standard) Jurgen Klopp also wants to sign £14m-rated Empoli midfielder Riccardo Saponara in January. (Tuttosport, in Italian) In the event that Jose Mourinho is sacked, Chelsea will consider a shortlist of three potential interim managers: Roberto Di Matteo, Guus Hiddink and ex-Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers. (Sunday Express) Chelsea are “on red alert” with highly-rated Diego Simeone set to quit his role as Atletico Madrid manager next summer. (Sunday People) Cristiano Ronaldo has told Laurent Blanc that he would ‘love’ to play for him at Paris St-Germain. (Le Parisien – French newspaper) Tottenham’s Andros Townsend will demand a transfer in January. (Sunday Mirror) Roberto Mancini is interested in signing Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic for Internazionale, when the Serbian’s contract expires in the summer. (Sunday Mirror) Louis van Gaal believes former Paul Scholes’s criticism is partly responsible for United fans chanting “attack, attack, attack” in recent games. (Manchester Evening News) Willian will be offered a new Chelsea contract, worth more than £100,000 a week. (The Sun on Sunday) Jose Mourinho may have defied his FA stadium ban for Chelsea’s match at Stoke by communicating with assistants Steve Holland and Rui Faria during the Blues’ defeat. (Mail on Sunday) Former Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese is considering a takeover of Leeds United. (The Sunday Times) Transfer rumours and paper review 1last_img read more

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first_img Xabi Alonso Too bad you’re not allow to score from off the pitch, eh @XabiAlonso? 😉 #S04FCB https://t.co/WbHZbzAmCU— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) November 21, 2015 We all know Xabi Alonso has a penchant for outrageous goals.The Spanish midfielder scored twice from his own half in his Liverpool days while he is one of the most deadly set piece experts in the game.But the 33-year-old may have outdone himself in Bayern Munich training.Watch the magical moment below:center_img 1last_img

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first_imgLouis van Gaal has lost the support of the Manchester United dressing room and should be SACKED as manager.That’s the view of ex-England international Danny Murphy after Saturday’s shock defeat to Norwich at Old Trafford left United without a win in six games.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the ex-England international said: “I think United need a change. I am not one of these people that think you should sack managers every time you have a bad run but I can see the players’ body language and I can sense the players aren’t [behind him].”Jose Mourinho’s availability following his exit from Chelsea has sparked rumours he could be drafted into the Old Trafford hotseat to replace Van Gaal.But Murphy believes club legend and current assistant boss Giggs should be the man the United board turn to if they do decide to make a managerial change.“I would give it to Giggs,” he said. “At least until the end of the season to see how it goes.“He looks like he wants it, he is passionate and he knows how United fans want them to play.”last_img read more

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first_imgChelsea flop Baba Rahman will remain at the club until at least the summer, his advisor has confirmed.The Ghanaian defender joined the Blues from Ausburg in the summer and was expected to provide genuine competition for Cesar Azpilicueta.But the left-back was used just nine times by former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and has yet to feature under interim boss Guus Hiddink, raising questions about his ability to prove himself at a big club.But his representative, Kurt Okraku, insists Rahman will not be leaving Stamford Bridge this month.“There is nothing lined up for now. He is certainly going to stay at Chelsea,” he told Ghanaian station Radio Gold. 1 Baba Rahman last_img

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first_img1 Diego Costa Atletico Madrid want to lure Chelsea striker Diego Costa back to the club, according to reports in Spain.The La Liga side have money to spend after selling fellow forward Jackson Martinez to Guangzhou Evergrande for £31m on Tuesday.Atletico sold Costa to Chelsea in the summer of 2014 after the Blues met the Spain international’s £32m release-clause.But now, according to Marca, the Spanish club are trying to lure the 27-year-old back to the Vicente Calderon this summer.Costa was reportedly unsettled at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho this season, but since Guus Hiddink’s arrival he has rekindled his best form.The striker has six goals in seven appearances since the Dutchman has returned and Chelsea are keen to keep Costa.last_img

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first_imgJoel Matip to Liverpool. Done!Yes, the Reds announced the defender will sign for them in the summer when his contract at Schalke runs out.CONFIRMED: JOEL MATIP SIGNS PRE-CONTRACT AGREEMENT WITH LIVERPOOL“I have always said that there is only one reason I would leave Schalke – to experience something completely new,” the 24-year-old explained.Here, talkSPORT looks at some of the reaction online from fans.Is Matip an upgrade on what Liverpool currently have? Joel Matip above, left, in action for Schalke, will join Liverpool in the summer 1last_img

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first_img 11 11 11 11 11 6. Baba Rahman (left back) 24. Gary Cahill (centre back) 2. Branislav Ivanovic (centre back) – click the arrow above, right, to see the predicted Chelsea line up v Norwich 10. Eden Hazard (wide forward) 22. Willian (wide forward) 11 Following the win at Southampton, Chelsea visit Norwich looking to make it three wins on the bounce.The Blues are up to eleventh in the Premier League, but have to play relegation battlers Norwich without the injured Pedro, Radamel Falcao and Kurt Zouma. John Terry is reportedly on the verge of returning to the first team, but the captain may not be risked with Stoke visiting Stamford Bridge on Saturday before the Champions League second leg against PSG.Click the arrow above, right, to see the predicted Chelsea line up v Norwich and let us know if what changes you would make. 11 11 8. Oscar (central attacker) 11 13. Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper) 11 4. Cesc Fabregas (central midfield) 19. Diego Costa (striker) 12. John Mikel Obi (central midfield) 11 28. Cesar Azpilicueta (right back)last_img read more

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first_imgAgoura Hills attorney Robert Nagle, who helped cut the county’s litigation costs from a high of $109 million in 2002-03 to $75 million in 2004-05, alleged in a letter to the supervisors last year that County Counsel Ray Fortner’s office hid information about rising costs. “(We) are very concerned that there is a backsliding into a lack of oversight in the monitoring of legal costs,” said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. “There needs to be an independent investigation as to why this guy was terminated. The decreased costs during his tenure suggest he was doing precisely what he was hired to do.” Litigation cost manager Steven H. Estabrook, who replaced Nagle, said the County Counsel’s Office is working to bring the costs down. “They are making sure the fees we are paying are appropriate to outside counsel,” Estabrook said. “Efforts are also being undertaken to make sure the cases are being properly managed, the proper amounts are spent on settlements and the right cases are going to trial.” In the report, Estabrook said supervisors approved 238 lawsuit settlements last fiscal year totaling $36million. Ten of the cases involved amounts of more than $1 million and contributed to more than half the total value of all settlements. Settlements included $2.8 million for former jail inmate Jose Beas, who was severely beaten by other inmates, and $1 million for the family of Chadwick Shane Cochran, a mentally ill inmate who was beaten to death after he was left unsupervised. The supervisors also approved $1.8 million in a case involving a sexual assault by a sheriff’s deputy and a $1.8 million medical malpractice suit in which a baby died. The total amount paid in settlements for the year includes $11.7 million for settlements made in prior years, including $2.5 million paid to attorneys overseeing a consent decree. The number of cases the county took to trial dropped from 38 to 24 last fiscal year. The county prevailed in 15 of those cases. The amount of money spent on legal fees and outside law firms totaled $50 million last fiscal year, 6 percent more than the prior year. Estabrook said the County Counsel’s Office fees and costs have increased as in-house services have replaced some of those previously provided by outside law firms. “The increase in in-house fees is also attributable to upward adjustments of in-house billing rates brought about by annual increases in salaries and employee benefits,” Estabrook wrote. troy.anderson@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe disclosure is expected to be presented to the Board of Supervisors this month, but some have already expressed concern. “Supervisor Gloria Molina is very concerned that these costs went up for another year in a row,” said Roxane Marquez, Molina’s spokeswoman. “It’s a troubling trend in large part because the supervisors have taken strong steps to decrease legal costs. The fundamental reason we insisted that the county counsel hire a litigation cost manager was to get a handle on our legal fees. “County counsel said they heard our message loud and clear, but these numbers indicate the opposite,” Marquez said. The findings come shortly after the supervisors approved a $450,000 wrongful-termination settlement for the county’s former litigation cost manager. By Troy Anderson STAFF WRITER Los Angeles County’s legal costs jumped 17percent from $86 million in 2005-06 to $101million last fiscal year, just shy of the record high, officials said Friday. The $51 million in settlements and judgments was 20 percent higher than the average paid in the past five years and 32 percent higher than the previous year. last_img read more

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