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ESPN – Real Madrid win Odegaard race, Arsenal’s Di Maria miss, De Gea doubt

The ESPN FC crew discuss the learning opportunity that 16-year-old Martin Odegaard will be afforded at Real Madrid and look ahead to what the future may have in store for the young Norwegian international. ESPN FC's Sid Lowe discusses the possible move of Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista to the Premier League, with clubs like Arsenal having a reported interest in the 24-year-old. ESPN FC's Sid Lowe indicates a return to Spain is an option David de Gea has considered and believes Real Madrid would be tempted to sell Gareth Bale. FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne has labelled David Ginola's campaign a 'stunt'. This week's roundup of the biggest news stories sees a predictable winner in the race to sign the next big thing, Arsene Wenger get Arsenal fans wondering “what if…” and the FIFA presidential race reaches new depths. 1. Teenage dream comes true (Wednesday Jan. 21) Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Southampton and Ajax all tried to tempt Norway's 16-year-old wunderkind to sign for them. However, the predictable conclusion of Martin…

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GUARDIAN – FA Cup fourth-round draw – as it happened!| Alan Smith

Cambridge United were drawn at home to Manchester United, while Chelsea could face Millwall in a London derby if the latter can defeat Bradford in a replay 7.51pm GMT Is there a special atmosphere to expect if Chelsea would entertain Millwall?asks Michael Schlagenhaufen via email. Yes, Michael, there would be a cracking atmosphere at Stamford Bridge but Millwall, as mentioned, will face a really difficult task at Bradford next week after their initial meeting at the Den ended 3-3 on Saturday.I know this plea will fall on deaf ears, but wouldn’t it be refreshing if whoever reports on this fixture avoids the pitfall of writing about “United” if who they really mean is the team from Manchester rather than Cambridge?We live in hope!Cambridge versus Man U? I smell a punditry call up for Dion Dublin. 7.45pm GMT Well there you go. One guaranteed highlight – Cambridge United v Manchester United – and a couple of potentially tasty derbies: Chelsea v Millwall (if they beat Bradford in a replay, which is of course no easy task) and Birmingham City v West Bromwich Albion 7.43pm GMT Manchester City v Middlesbrough 7.42pm GMT Doncaster/Bristol City v Everton/West Ham 7.42pm GMT Sunderland v Fulham/Wolves 7.42pm GMT Rochdale v Stoke City 7.41pm GMT Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal 7.41pm GMT Burnley/Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City 7.41pm GMT AFC Wimbledon/Liverpool v Bolton Wanderers 7.40pm GMT Cardiff City v Reading 7.40pm GMT Aston Villa v Bournemouth 7.40pm GMT Birmingham City v West Bromwich Albion 7.39pm GMT Preston North End v Sheffield United 7.39pm GMT Derby v Scunthorpe/Chesterfield 7.39pm GMT Chelsea v Millwall/Bradford City 7.38pm GMT Blackburn Rovers v Swansea City 7.38pm GMT Cambridge United v Manchester United (great tie for the U’s) 7.37pm GMT Southampton/Ipswich v Crystal Palace 7.37pm GMT Mark Champan tees it up from the President’s lounge at Kingsmeadow to the usual cheers and oi oisDouglas Hawthorn has been in contact via email:Quick “big up” for Cambridge United. Back in the Football League after a nine year absence, and in the fourth-round for the first time in fifteen years. Glory days. Would settle for a rerun of the rehearsal in the draw, albeit at the Abbey. 7.34pm GMT We’re moments away … but here’s a refresher of the numbers in the pot1. Arsenal 7.24pm GMT There is something terrible about the draw being made with eight teams still to play their third round fixture (not including replays). Then again, who had the bright idea of putting Everton v West Ham on a Tuesday night? Such silliness. 7.18pm GMT While we wait for the draw, why not pay Jacob Steinberg a visit over on the AFC Wimbledon v Liverpool MBM? Just promise you’ll come back in 10 minutes, ok? 7.11pm GMT Glamour of the cup captured perfectly by our man at Kingsmeadow tonightSlightly obstructed view from the pressbox at AFC Wimbledon tonight pic.twitter.com/Ly03b2hyls 7.09pm GMT Lawrie Sanchez, who was part of the victorious Wimbledon team in 1988, and Stef Loucaides, a local grassroots football coach, will be making tonight’s draw.In the trial, Manchester City were drawn at home to Cambridge United, the lowest ranked team left in the competition. 7.02pm GMT Here we go, then. The FA Cup fourth round draw – almost but not quite as good as the third round draw on the basis that there are fewer chances of a major shock.Then again, there hasn’t been a giantkilling yet (step up AFC Wimbledon, who take on Liverpool right after these balls are pulled out of a drum?). Wrexham promised a surprise until Stoke’s Stephen Ireland ruined it, Sheffield Wednesday led at Man City briefly while Blyth Spartans threatened to upset Birmingham and Southport were denied in desperately late circumstances at Derby. Sheffield United, on the basis of their outstanding record in knockout competitions, winning at a QPR side whose priorities lie elsewhere was hardly a shock. It pains to say, the #magicofthecup has not been all that magic so far. 7.00pm GMT Alan will be here shortly before the draw, which is due to start at 7.30pm. Here are the teams and their numbers:1. Arsenal Continue reading…

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ESPN – Radamel Falcao vows to fight for his place at Manchester United

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek says the only person who can help Mario Balotelli succeed at Anfield is the Italian striker himself. Radamel Falcao has started just three games for Manchester United since arriving from Monaco on loan in the summer. Some people think the festive season is about counting down December's days until Christmas morning, but we all know the real fun begins on Jan. 1 — keep connected with all the build-up with Transfer Talk… TRANSFERS BY LEAGUE All transfers English Premier League Spanish La Liga Italian Serie A German Bundesliga Major League Soccer El Tigre wants to stay and play I'll tell you what he wants, what he really, really wants… Radamel Falcao is desperate to stay at Manchester United despite becoming a bit-part player for Louis van Gaal, and determined to earn a starting role at Old Trafford. The Colombian has started just…

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