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ESPN – Koke to Chelsea for £47m, Podolski to escape Arsenal for Inter?

The ESPN FC crew select their best and worst transfers of 2014, with signs pointing to Liverpool's Mario Balotelli. Christmas is here but the January transfer window is coming up next. Find out the latest gossip with Transfer Talk… TRANSFERS BY LEAGUE All transfers English Premier League Spanish La Liga Italian Serie A German Bundesliga Major League Soccer Can Koke move to Chelsea for 47 million pounds? Atletico Madrid have undergone a bit of a change since they won La Liga last season. Most notably, star striker Diego Costa and on-loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois have moved to strengthen Chelsea instead. But will they now be able to hold on to midfielder Koke when the Blues come calling? “We must thank the interest of Barcelona…

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ESPN – Liverpool and City face tough tests to qualify in UCL matchday six

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti explains AS Roma should be well rested ahead of their vital Champions League encounter against a Manchester City squad without their injured striker, Sergio Aguero. Kevin Palmer pinpoints five key storylines ahead of the final matchday six of the Champions League, as Liverpool and Manchester City fight for a place in the knockout stages. 1. One of those Anfield nights Liverpool supporters tend to be among the more nostalgic in the game, so expect plenty of emotion to be attached to their final Champions League Group B game as they need a win against FC Basel at Anfield on Tuesday to progress. Memories of epic matches against St Etienne back in 1977 and Steven…

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ESPN – Champions League: English clubs reach last chance saloon

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says that his players lack confidence in Europe. As Manchester City and Liverpool prepare for a make-or-break week in the Champions League, here are five points to consider ahead of the action on Tuesday and Wednesday: City enter last chance saloon Manchester City appear to have developed a debilitating mental block as they continually fail to live up to their billing in the Champions League, with manager Manuel Pellegrini under increasing pressure to find a rapid solution to their European woes as he prepares for the daunting visit of Bayern…

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