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Relegated clubs buoyed by prospect of richer parachute payment pickings

Posted Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by theguardian.com

• Parachute payments threaten to distort competition• £16m windfall will exceed that of any other second-tier club Even if Ian Holloway's Blackpool are relegated from the Premier League next season, they will float gently down under a parachute that all but guarantees they will be one of the five richest clubs in the Championship the following year. Premier League clubs have ...Full Story »

Billionaire Nigerian Aliko Dangote set to bid for 16% stake in Arsenal

Posted Monday, May 24, 2010 by theguardian.com

• Tycoon reportedly keen to buy out Bracewell-Smith• Usmanov and Kroenke also in contention A Nigerian billionaire is planning to enter the race to buy a 16% stake in Arsenal. According to The Sunday Times, Aliko Dangote – who is one of Africa's richest men – has registered his interest in the shareholding that is being sold by the club's fourth-largest investor, Lady...Full Story »

Robben questions Mourinho's tactics

Posted Friday, May 21, 2010 by theguardian.com

Arjen Robben criticises José Mourinho ahead of Champions League final Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben says Internazionale's José Mourinho is too keen to sacrifice style for results. The Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has questioned José Mourinho's football philosophy ahead of Saturday's Champions League final. Robben worked under Internazionale coach Mourinho during his time...Full Story »

Fabregas Tells Wenger In 'Emotional' Face-To-Face Meeting He Wants To Quit Arsenal For Barcelona

Posted Wednesday, May 19, 2010 by Goal.com

Cesc Fabregas has told Arsene Wenger in a face-to-face meeting today that he wants to quit Arsenal and rejoin Barcelona, Goal.com UK can confirm. In a showdown described only as "emotional", the midfielder delivered the bombshell to his mentor and the man to whom he feels he owes his career that, following some agonising soul-searching, he wants to leave the club that he joined as a 16-year-old...Full Story »

Roman rewards Carlo with funds for Kaka

Posted Sunday, May 16, 2010 by NOTW.co.uk

Abramovich will bankroll Milan star bid KAKA: Chelsea target the Brazilian ROMAN ABRAMOVICH will reward Double-winning boss Carlo Ancelotti by backing a sensational move for Kaka. Ancelotti is a huge admirer of the Brazilian, who last year turned down a move to Manchester City. Instead, Kaka headed to Real Madrid in a £56million switch from AC Milan but his first season in La Liga...Full Story »

Barca warn Cesc it's now or never

Posted Sunday, May 16, 2010 by NOTW.co.uk

FABREGAS: Pressurised by Barcelona  BARCELONA have made it clear it's now or never for Cesc Fabregas as they prepare to step up their pursuit of the midfielder. The Arsenal skipper confirmed this week that he wants to play for Barcelona "at some stage", but Nou Camp officials want the £40m deal done this summer. Despite their admiration for the Arsenal midfielder, they have war...Full Story »

City offer £80m package for Reds duo

Posted Sunday, May 16, 2010 by NOTW.co.uk

WANTED: Torres and Gerrard MANCHESTER CITY have lined up Emmanuel Adebayor and Stephen Ireland as bait in an £80m package for Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres. City will put forward the pairing as part of a sensational deal to bring two of the best players in the Premier League to Eastlands. Although City fear the pair will only leave Liverpool for another team in the Champions Le...Full Story »

I Can’t Wait To Celebrate La Liga Title

Posted Saturday, May 15, 2010 by Goal.com

Midfielder desperate to get his hands on another La Liga trophy. Barcelona Midfielder Andres Iniesta couldn’t hide his excitement at the prospect of winning another La Liga title with the club this weekend while speaking at a press conference today. “It is hard to regain the title. To do it on the final day, with so many points, would be spectacular,” the injured Barca said...Full Story »

Andrey Arshavin And Gael Clichy Head Queue Of Eight Arsenal Players Who Could Leave This Summer

Posted Friday, May 14, 2010 by Goal.com

Gallas, Rosicky and Eduardo also set to leave north London Andrey Arshavin and Gael Clichy head a list of eight Arsenal players who could leave the club this summer. William Gallas, Tomas Rosicky, Eduardo, Philippe Senderos, Mikael Silvestre and Fran Merida are also in line to head through the Emirates Stadium exit door. Although manager Arsene Wenger has been promised “significant fun...Full Story »

Benoît Assou-Ekotto: 'I play for the money. Football's not my passion'

Posted Saturday, May 01, 2010 by theguardian.com

The Tottenham defender admits to being a mercenary as he seeks to escape the game's unreal world If there is one thing guaranteed to vex Benoît Assou-Ekotto, it is hypocrisy. The trouble is, as the Tottenham Hotspur defender acknowledges, his working environment, the parallel universe that is the Premier League, is bogged down in the stuff. It is evident in so many areas but the one that...Full Story »

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