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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 pilgrims preaching to the converted in United States | Jamie Jackson

Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal have been in the United States this summer and demand among the public is high, providing an alternative to traditional American sportsCarlos Sepulveda is a 28-year-old LA Galaxy fan who has just watched his team suffer a 7-0 hiding by Manchester United at Pasadenas Rose Bowl.He paid $115 (67) to be one of an 86,432 crowd who were eager to watch what was, essentially, a meaningless friendly, though with tickets reaching a scarcely believable $433.59 the cheapest was $35 Sepulveda believes seeing Wayne Rooney and company compensated. Continue reading…

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