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Shakhtar Donetsk slap £21 million price tag on Chelsea target Willian

The Metro reports that Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk have demanded £21 million from suitors of star winger Willian amid news of Chelsea rekindling their interest in the Brazilian. The Blues have decided to renew their chase for Willian as they think that he would help them further bolster their squad, especially in the wides areas of the pitch where they have been found lacking in the past.

Chelsea's owner Roman Abramovich wants to leave no stone unturned in his aim to establish an era of Chelsea domination. And he feels that a wide player would offer his team another dimension by helping them spread the play and provide pace down the flank. He is also looking at Arsenal's contract rebel Theo Walcott for that position, but a deal with their London rivals is always a difficult task to accomplish.

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Lukaku close to joining Fulham on season long loan

Martin Jol's Fulham are about to land Chelsea's skillful 19 year old striker Romelu Lukaku on loan for the next 12 months, reports Goal.com. The Cottagers are looking for striking reinforcements ahead of the upcoming season and are likely to be successful in snapping up the talented Belgian from rivals Chelsea for a period of one year.

Chelsea would take the burden of half of Lukaku's wages for the next season, similar to the deal they had struck with Gael Kakuta with Fulham last season. The former Anderlecht player would also be the third striker signing for a Fulham side who were in dire need of strengthening in that position having seen Andy Johnson move away as a free agent and last season's hit Pavel Pogrebnyak deciding to move to Reading instead.

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Reading sign Chris Gunter from Nottingham Forest

Reading announced their second major signing of today with the capture of Welsh international Chris Gunter, who joins the clib on a three-year contract, with the option of a further year.

After signing Adrian Mariappa for a significant fee earlier in the day, the Club have again made a sizeable outlay to bring 22-year-old Chris to Madejski Stadium. Chris moves to Berkshire from Nottingham Forest, and he has exceptional experience despite his tender age. He first came through the ranks at Cardiff in his native south Wales, and then earned a move to Tottenham before a switch to Forest.

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Reading continue summer spending spree, sign Adrian Mariappa from Watford

The Royals have continued their exciting run in the summer transfer window by signing talented center-back Adrian Mariappa from Watford today. The 25-year-old defender has inked a three-year contract with the club, and will travel with his new teammates for the Royals' pre-season training camp in Portugal on Wednesday.

While the transfer fee has not been disclosed, Reading have specified it as 'significant', and no doubt see Mariappa breaking into the first eleven pretty soon.

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Premier League 2012-13 Club-wise Summer Transfer Guide

Finally, it is that time of the year again. Managers get busy on their phones, hooked in meetings and fretful over agents and tow, players and agents start acting pushy and pricey or just plain desperate, Chairmen and board members are expected to put their money where their mouths are, fans are spurred on by an enthusing excitement owing to a latent synergy arising out of the haunts of the thought-fox during which they turn managers of their beloved clubs. It is a sorority for footballing analysts, journalists and all those with the privilege of expressing their thoughts about the game on a public platform.

The woes of the previous season get washed away, and the desire for more glory gets rejuvenated. It's almost festivity, only not so entirely due to the skewness in the market and the obvious financial disparity between clubs. Still, it's pretty exciting and a readymade invitation for all football buffs to confabulate over. It is the beginning of the summer transfer window...

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Alex MacDonald inks new 12-month Burnley contract

Alex MacDonald has signed a new contract to confirm his place in Eddie Howe's plans for the new season. The 22-year-old striker has agreed a 12-month deal with the Clarets after reaching the end of his existing contract.

MacDonald returned to Turf Moor to start pre-season training earlier this month after ending last season on loan at Plymouth Argyle. The Scotland under-21 international scored four times in 18 appearances to help the Pilgrims retain their place in the Football League.

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McEachran seeks clarity on his Chelsea future

Ninteen year old Chelsea prospect Josh McEachran was once upon a time spoken in the same glowing terms as a certain Jack Wilshere across London. However, the young Englishman has seen his opportunity to flourish at Stamford Bridge decline rather rapidly over the last few seasons, and even a loan move to Swansea did not work out as planned in February with the Welsh side only using the player once in their League campaign.

Frustrated at the lack of opportunities, but determined to succeed at the club he loves, McEachran is set to hold talks with Roberto di Matteo this week to understand what the Italian Manager has planned for him this season according to reports in the Daily Express.

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