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˜Ukrainian Messi' Konoplyanka chased by United, Chelsea and Arsenal

Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have emerged as front-runners in the race to sign Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk midfielder Yevhen Konoplyanka. The midfielder’s immense skill, vision and agility have been noted by critics who have dubbed the 22 year-old as the ‘Ukrainian Lionel Messi’. The youngster’s form and talent have prompted his inclusion in Ukraine’s squad for Euro 2012.

The attacking midfielder was born in Kirovohrad and began his career at the local youth team. Scouts from Dnipro noticed the midfielder and took him to the Dnipro Arena at the age of 17. He made his Ukrainian Premier League debut shortly thereafter in August 2007. His talent was duly noted as he played for his country at the Under-19 level. Meanwhile, he continued to grow at Dnipro where he became a first team regular, scoring four goals in the 2009-10 season. In his last season at Dnipro, the versatile playmaker scored 9 goals in 32 games for the club, and also made several impressive performances for the national team in the run-up to the Euros.

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Chelsea free agent Kalou to join Schalke

Salomon Kalou, who is likely to be released by Chelsea come the end of the season, is expected to make a move to Bundesliga side Schalke 04. The Ivorian has also linked with several top clubs including London rivals Arsenal and former club Feyenoord, who were also speculated to be chasing the forward. The Champions League medal winner though is rumoured to be surplus to requirements at the Blues, despite making the starting line-up in the big final in Munich.

Kalou joined Chelsea from Dutch side Feyenoord in 2006 for an estimated fee of £9 million. Kalou has won a Premier League title and four FA Cup titles during his spell at Chelsea. However, since the arrival of Andre Villas-Boas at the start of the previous season, Kalou's role at the club reduced significantly as the focus shifted on to Fernando Torres. Kalou only made 12 League appearances for the Blues last season. The 26 year-old has not been offered a new contract and is widely expected to be allowed to leave as a free agent.

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Tottenham offers Bale new deal to ward off transfer speculations

Tottenham Hotspur are involved in a struggle to retain their star players after Chelsea's emphatic Champions League triumph pushed Tottenham into the Europa League despite a fourth place finish. As a result, some players are on the lookout for greener pastures. To ensure that money doesn't necessarily motivate certain individuals to move, Tottenham have drawn up a new deal for their talismanic left-winger Gareth Bale, that will see his wages increase to £70,000-a-week making him one of the highest paid players at White Hart Lane. The winger already has a contract with the club upto 2015, but Spurs are willing to go the distance to quell the transfer speculations.

Gareth Bale was instrumental in Tottenham's early season surge that saw them placed at third spot in the Premier League for a major part of the season. A sudden dip in form and a slew of bad results later, Tottenham managed to finish fourth behind Arsenal and the Manchester clubs. The Welsh international netted 13 times in 42 appearances for the North London side, and also provided an equal number of assists, making it more than a fruitful season for the youngster.

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Didier Drogba bids adieu to Chelsea Football Club

drogba4They say that art imitates life, so if anyone is looking for a movie script right now, A Miracle in Munich is probably a great place to start. The closing credits of that potential blockbuster just got that added incentive to bring a tear to one's eye with Didier Drogba's announcement that his penalty that won Chelsea their first European Cup will be his last kick of a ball in the Blues shirt.

Drogba made the announcement to leave Chelsea at the end of the season through the club's official website, bringing an end to 8 glorious years at Stamford Bridge. The Ivorian legend said, "I wanted to put an end to all the speculation and confirm that I am leaving Chelsea. It has been a very difficult decision for me to make and I am very proud of what we have achieved but the time is right for a new challenge for me."

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Chelsea hero Drogba set to join Anelka at Shanghai Shenua

Bayern Munich's tormentor-in-chief and Chelsea hero Didier Drogba has seemingly scored his 'final' goal in a Blues shirt, with reports in many of the UK's top tabloids suggesting he is poised to join Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenua. Drogba who scored the two most important goals in Chelsea footballing history on Saturday, is reportedly ready to leave The Blues on a free transfer and accept the 250,000 pounds per week deal offered by the Chinese club.

There were reports coming out of the Chinese media last week suggesting Drogba's agent Thierno Seidy was ready to meet Shanghai club owner Zhu Jun, in a bid to wrap the deal much sooner than expected in order to help the struggling Shanghai side who lie a lowly 10th in the Chinese league.

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Man United have transfer funds reiterates David Gill

Manchester United's chief executive and board member of the F.A, David Gill has re-iterated the fact that manager Sir Alex Ferguson will have the necessary funds to strengthen his squad this summer. The English giants need reinforcements in their bid to regain the Premier League title and European success after only their 5th trophy-less season in two decades.

Speaking after the club's player of the year awards Gill told MUTV that he along with other members of the club agreed United had underperformed in Europe this year but were willing to move on and come back fighting strong next season. Speaking on the transfer developments, Gill explained that United's chief scout Jim Lawlor along with his scouting team and Ferguson had identified potential targets and work was about to be intensified in terms of their deals. Gill also admitted the fact that Sheikh Mansour owned City had raised the limit in terms of player salaries and transfer fees but United themselves were more than decent paymasters along with being one of the top three in terms of turnover.

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Kompany to sign new five-year £120,000-a-week contract with Manchester City

Belgian international and Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany is poised to sign a new five-year deal with his current employers, reports The Sun. The reward follows a fine run of form that sees Manchester City sitting on top in the Premier League, with only an 8 goals difference separating them from city rivals Manchester United. Reports in March suggested that an informal agreement was reached between Kompany's agents and Manchester City on the terms of the new contract. However, Kompany chose to formally put pen to paper at the end of the season.

Kompany joined City in August 2008 from German side Hamburger SV for an undisclosed fee thought to have been in the region of £6 million. Since then, Kompany has been a regular feature in the City first team. He was awarded the captaincy of the team at the start of the 2011-12 season. The skipper led the charge capably and was integral in City's quest for the title as he scored the only goal for the Citizens in the what could be the title-deciding Manchester derby. Kompany was also named as the Barclays Premier League Player of the Season on Friday.

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