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Mark van Bommel leaves Milan for former club PSV Eindhoven

Dutch international and AC Milan midfielder, Mark van Bommel has announced that he is set to return home to former club PSV Eindhoven at the end of the season, reports Associated Press. The 35-year-old midfielder claims that he has taken this decision “because I have to respect the wishes of my family ... I have to return to Holland.” He added that he would continue to play for a year or two and then become a coach. He expressed his desire to coach Milan in the future and heaped praise upon the Serie A giants, claiming that “this club was like a family.”

Van Bommel left the Dutch side for FC Barcelona in 2005 after seven successful seasons at the club. He enjoyed considerable success with the Catalan side winning a Champions League title and the La Liga. He left Barca for German side Bayern Munich winning the Bundesliga title twice in addition to two DFB-Pokal trophies. He signed for AC Milan in January 2011. During his stint at Milan, he has won one Serie A title and a Supercoppa Italiana besides being an integral part of the squad that reached the quarter finals of last season’s UEFA Champions League.


Chelsea confirm the capture of Werder Bremen attacker Marko Marin

Chelsea have begun their summer shopping earlier than usual after they sealed a deal with Werder Bremen for the services of midfielder Marko Marin. The 23 year old German International, who has already passed a medical at the Chelsea, has been signed for an undisclosed fee with reports from certain corners suggesting that Romelu Lukaku could head out to Bremen on loan in addition to a cash exchange of between £8-10 million. Marin is set to sign a five year deal with the Blues and will join the squad in the summer.

Chelsea released an official statement on their website confirming the deal, which read, “Chelsea Football Club have today (Saturday) agreed to sign Marko Marin from Werder Bremen. Both clubs have agreed a fee and the 23-year-old midfielder has agreed personal terms. Marin, a German international, will join Chelsea in the summer.”


Abramovich outlays an incredible £247m summer spending spree

Roman Abramovich's master plan to rebuild the ageing Chelsea squad unsurprisingly involves throwing vast sums of money at players across the world. The Daily Mail reported that Chelsea could go an astounding £247m spending spree in the summer to restructure their entire squad. Matters will be complicated by the uncertainty surrounding the managerial position. Roberto Di Matteo is the interim manager but Abramovich is likely to get a big name in the summer. Chelsea have struggled in the Premier League this season and are set to finish outside the Top Four for the first time in Abramovich's reign.

As for the transfer targets, Abramovich has supposedly narrowed in on a striker, an attacking midfielder and two full-backs. The report also suggests that Abramovich's men have been preparing a detailed report on possible targets, which include Porto's Hulk, Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao and Napoli's Edinson Cavani. The defenders reportedly in the interested list are Alvaro Pereira and Cesar Azpilicueta.


Podolski move to Arsenal reportedly done and dusted

Arsene Wenger has begun his quest to lead Arsenal to challenge for major trophies next season with the reported capture of German international Lukas Podolski. After another trophy-less season at the Emirates, Wenger is perhaps already preparing a team to challenge the two Manchester clubs next season. Podolski, who still has a year left on his contract with German club FC Koln will join the Gunners on a five year deal for a reported fee of £10 million and will pocket a cool £80,000 per week according to a report in 'The Daily Mirror'.

The Emirates faithful will be hoping this will be the beginning of many arrivals at a club which is waiting for its first major trophy since their FA Cup win against Manchester United way back in 2005. Poland born Podolski is having a second stint with FC Koln, a club he was at since the age of 10. Podolski was being tracked by Arsenal for a couple of seasons now, right since he had re-joined FC Koln in 2009 after spending three seasons with Bayern Munich. The German international has scored 32 times in his 81 appearances for the club during this second stint.


Barcelona reportedly seal a deal for Neymar

The most coveted Brazilian star on the planet, Neymar, has reportedly inched a step closer to sealing a move from Santos to Barcelona. The Spanish radio station, Cadena SER, claims that Barca have won the race to sign the 20 year old, who will continue to stay at Santos for two more years before moving to the Nou Camp in 2014. The report also suggests that Barca will play 1/4th of the £50m transfer now and the rest in 2014.

This is a blow to Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City as all three clubs have been tracking the player for a long time and a bidding war was set to ensue. But Neymar's insistence to stay in Brazil for the next few years had kept the suitors at bay. With pace to burn and archetypal Samba footwork, Neymar has been hailed as the next big thing in Brazil. Already an established player at the International level, Neymar was named the South American Footballer of the Year in 2011.


Tim Howard inks new deal with Everton

Tim Howard is on course to complete a decade at Everton after agreeing a new long-term deal. The USA international put pen to paper on a new contract this week that will keep him at Goodison Park until 2016. Howard joined Everton from Manchester United in 2006, initially on loan, and he has been the model of consistency since then, playing over 250 games for the Blues.

This season he moved ahead of Neville Southall in the Everton Premier League appearance chart and, of course, he has also registered his first ever professional goal.


Tomas Rosicky earns himself a new lease of life at Arsenal

Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky has committed his future to Arsenal Football Club today by signing what is believed to be a 1-year contract extension. The 31-year old joined the Gunners from German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund just before the 2006 FIFA World Cup and was widely expected to fill the void left by veteran wingers Freddie Ljunberg and Robert Pires. His 6 years at Arsenal have been largely disappointing though as he has made only 156 appearances for the club with injury and form both going against him.

Rosicky, a world class central midfielder for the Czech Republic, failed to adjust to life on the Arsenal wings and his goals to games ratio had plummetted in recent seasons. The departure of his good friend Cesc Fabregas this summer though has allowed the Czech veteran to make 28 appearances this season for the Gunners, with a number of them coming in his preferred role just behind the striker.


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