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GUARDIAN – Liverpool close to signing Alberto Moreno and Javier Manquillo

Ian Ayre in Spain to finalise deals with Sevilla and Atlético Young duo seen as national teams future full-back pairingLiverpools chief executive, Ian Ayre, has travelled to Spain in an attempt to end the impasse over Alberto Morenos proposed transfer from Sevilla and finalise Javier Manquillos move to Anfield.The Anfield club made an offer worth up to 16m for Moreno earlier this summer but Sevilla have held firm on their 20m valuation of the 22-year-old left back. That led Liverpool to consider alternative targets Ryan Bertrand and Ben Davies, who have since joined Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur respectively, while keeping their offer on the table for Moreno, the manager Brendan Rodgers first-choice option. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Premier League 2014-15 statistical previews: Arsenal to Manchester City

In the first half of their season previews, WhoScored analyse Arsenal with Alexis Sánchez, Chelsea with Diego Costa and predict how Leicester and Burnley will fare in the top flight Having ended their barren run for a trophy with FA Cup glory back in May, Arsenal will now look to build on that and not endure another stint without domestic success. Fans debate whether the last decade has been a success for a club in their financial situation but Arsne Wenger is now competing with the transfer markets power-players. Continue reading…

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