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Premier League Transfer Rumours: April 3, 2014

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Everybody wants Lacazette

22-year-old Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette has banged in 20 goals in all competitions this season, and the French international is set to be a hot commodity in the upcoming summer transfer window with English clubs Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton and Newcastle competing with soon to be Italian champions Juventus for his signature according to the Daily Express.

Manchester United ready to offer £40 million for Kroos

Reigning English Champions Manchester United continue to be optimistic about their pursuit of Bayern Munich contract rebel Toni Kroos, and are ready to offer their Champions League opponents a massive £40 million pounds to allow the midfield sensation to relocate to Old Trafford says theDaily Mirror. Despite the money on offer, one can't help but get the feeling that United continue to chase dead ends in the transfer market, just like they did last summer.

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PSG stun Chelsea 3-1, Real Madrid too god for Borussia Dortmund

In sharp contrast to Tuesday night, Wednesday proved to be a much better day to be the home side in the UEFA Champions League as Paris St. Germain and Real Madrid registered good wins to give themselves every chance of advancing to the semi-finals of the competition at the expense of Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund respectively.

PSG, who are very much in the same mould that Chelsea were 10 years ago, are still very much a work in progress, but they were good enough to get the business done against the 2012 European Champions 3-1 on the night. Ezequiel Lavezzi was the star of the show for the Parisiens, with the Argentine winger opening the scoring in the 3rd minute after John Terry's poor header in the box gifted him an opportunity which he took with glee.

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Premier League Preview: Everton vs Arsenal

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With the Premier League season winding down to its busy end, Arsenal have made the long journey downhill from being considered genuine title contenders to once again fighting for a top four finish. The Gunners have managed a miserly 9 points from the last available 24, but with a gritty display against Manchester City last weekend, in which they came from behind to share the spoils, have reinstated some semblance of confidence into a battered and scarred side.

Everton on the other hand are on a roll and are just four points behind the Gunners with a game in hand. A victory at Goodison Park will put them within a point of the North Londoners with 6 matches to go. Roberto Martinez had earlier elicited the importance of qualifying for a European competition next season in order to have any hope of holding on to their talismanic loanee forward Romelu Lukaku. The Toffees earned themselves a draw in the reverse fixture last year, but were hammered 4-1 in their FA Cup clash against the Gunners last December at the Emirates Stadium.

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Barcelona handed 2 window transfer ban, Spanish FA also sanctioned

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned the Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF) and Spanish club FC Barcelona for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.

The sanctions follow investigations initially conducted by FIFA Transfer Matching System GmbH (FIFA TMS) over the course of last year and subsequently by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee as part of disciplinary proceedings. The RFEF and FC Barcelona were found to have violated several provisions concerning the international transfer and first registration of non-Spanish minors with the club, as well as other relevant regulations with regard to the registration and participation of certain players in national competitions. The investigations concerned several minor players who were registered and participated in competitions with the club over various periods between 2009 and 2013.

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Chelsea solve major transfer headache

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Chelsea’s 21-year old goalkeeping starlet Thibaut Courtois, currently on loan at Spanish club Atletico Madrid, has agreed to extend his contract with the Blues until 2019, reports the Daily Mail. The former Genk man, who joined Chelsea for 9 million Euros in 2011, has not yet represented the Blues, and has been on loan at Atletico Madrid for nearly 3 years now. Although previous reports suggested that the Belgian No.1 was growing increasingly frustrated at being on kept out on loan, fresh rumours suggest that he has agreed to stay on for another season in La Liga as Chelsea line him up as a successor to Petr Cech.

Cech, 31, is still doing a top job for Jose Mourinho’s team in the Premier League, and the Portuguese manager wants him between the sticks for at least another season. Courtois has only 2 years left on his current deal with the Blues though and a proposed extension would see him remain on Chelsea’s roster for longer.

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Manchester United 1-1 Bayern Munich: Player Ratings

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A scored home draw is usually considered equivalent to a loss in the UEFA Champions League but Manchester United would have regained some of its lost pride and belief with the draw at Old Trafford last night. For most periods, United competed with the favorites Bayern and for some periods looked the better side. Danny Welbeck had an early goal disallowed and fluffed another on a one-on-one with the keeper. Nemanja Vidic headed in from a corner to give United the lead but Bastian Schweinsteiger equalized for the German Champions with a lovely half-volley. All-in-all a creditable performance from the Red Devils which should hold them in good stead for the return leg.

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Premier League Transfer Rumours: 2nd April, 2014

Arsenal have £100 million warchest

The Metro reports that Arsenal have been blessed this summer with a 100 million pound warchest to build a Championship winning side, and the Gunners have lined up Diego Costa, Mario Mandzukic and Julian Draxler as their top three transfer targets. The question though that every Arsenal fan will ask is will Wenger spend the money, coz he didn't when Arsenal were top of the league in January and the title was there for the winning!

Kaboul wants to be a Gunner

The chants of Judas could be ringing around White Hart Lane once again with the Daily Star reporting this morning that defender Younes Kaboul is keen to follow in the footsteps of former England international Sol Campbell and leave Tottenham to join Arsenal!

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