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Leicester Name Their Price For Chelsea Target Danny Drinkwater

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Leicester's Danny Drinkwater during the Leicester City Training session at Belvoir Drive Training Complex on July 07 , 2017 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

Chelsea could have a fight on their hands if they want to sign Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater, with the 2016 Premier League champions digging their heels in. Antonio Conte is determined to buy more players before the transfer window closes at the end of the month, and while the England international is a player that the Blues are seriously interested …

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Guillem Balague Clarifies Barcelona’s Reported Claim That Coutinho Deal Is ‘Close’

BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 29: Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool FC looks on during the Preseason Friendly match between Hertha BSC and FC Liverpool at Olympiastadion on July 29, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images)

Guillem Balague has suggested that Barcelona general manager Pep Segura’s comments regarding Philippe Coutinho may have been lost in translation. Segura appeared to suggest after Wednesday night’s 5-1 aggregate Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid that deals to bring Coutinho and Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele to Camp Nou were ‘close,’ telling television station TV3: “We are close to Coutinho and …

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Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane Furious With Cristiano Ronaldo’s Five-Game Ban

Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane speaks during a press conference at Real Madrid sports city in Madrid on August 15, 2017, on the eve of the Spanish SuperCup second leg football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Barcelona. / AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has questioned the decision to hand Cristiano Ronaldo a five-game suspension for his actions in Sunday night’s Clasico. The forward came on as a second-half substitute but was later sent off for, having already received a yellow card during his goal celebration, was adjudged to have dived in the Barcelona penalty area and was subsequently …

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Do League Of Ireland Fans Have A Right To Feel Aggrieved At The Timing Of Sean Maguire’s Ireland Call-Up?

Maguire Ireland

Martin O’Neill caught many on the hop on Monday afternoon by naming Preston North End striker Sean Maguire in his latest Ireland squad. It wasn’t that the 23-year-old didn’t deserve it – the opposite was true in fact as Maguire has been lethal all season – but the timing seemed a bit off for those following the narrative of this …

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The FAI Cup Second Round Draw Has Been Made

Irish Daily Mail FAI Senior Cup Draw & Republic of Ireland Press Conference, Springhill Court Hotel, Co. Kilkenny 21/7/2017 A view of the FAI Senior Cup

The draw for the FAI Cup second round has taken place during RTE’s Soccer Republic on Monday evening. With eight Premier Divison teams, four First Divison teams and four non-league sides remaining it was finely poised to produce some intriguing ties and it did not disappoint in that regard. Shocks were in short supply in the last round despite the four …

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Liverpool Register Interest In €40m Naby Keita Alternative

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 02: Jean Michael Seri of OGC Nice during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Third Round match between Ajax and OSC Nice at Amsterdam Arena on August 2, 2017 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)

With just over two weeks remaining of this summer’s transfer window, Liverpool aren’t quite done in the market just yet. Jurgen Klopp confirmed as much last week, and irrespective of Philippe Coutinho leaving Anfield or not, the Reds boss outlined intentions to at least bring in a new midfielder. With Naby Keita very much closed off to them (for now …

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Punishment For Pushing Referee In El Clasico Confirmed

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 13: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid (L) gets a red card from Fifa Referee Ricardo de Burgos Bergoetxea (R) during the Supercopa de Espana Final 1st Leg match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou on August 13, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Power Sport Images/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo will miss the opening weeks of Real Madrid’s La Liga title defence. The Portuguese forward received a red card during his side’s 3-1 win at Camp Nou against Barcelona on Sunday night’s Super Cup first leg, risking further punishment by pushing referee  Ricardo de Burgos Bergoetxea before leaving the pitch It was confirmed on Monday that he has …

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