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    Bakayoko to Chelsea, Matic to Man United close

    Two defensive midfielders will have new homes very soon. Tiemoue Bakayoko, 22, is closing in on a move to Chelsea from AS Monaco as he is set to replace the outgoing Nemanja Matic who will link up with his former boss Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. Multiple reports, including this one from the BBC, state the deal for Bakayoko is close to completion with Chelsea and Monaco agreeing the $41.8 million fee and the French midfielder is expected to be a Chelsea player in the next 48 hours.

  • El Hadji Diouf: I am not a bad guy, says controversial Senegal great
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    El Hadji Diouf: I am not a bad guy, says controversial Senegal great

    El Hadji Diouf is a hero in Senegal. Everywhere he goes, he is mobbed by fans both young and old. His countrymen are still grateful for the stellar role he played during the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea. But in England, he is remembered more for his controversial antics than for his football talent. It is a trait that followed him in the English league clubs he played for - from Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers to Bolton Wanderers, with a spell for Rangers in Scotland as well. Diouf was aggressive, spat at opponents and confronted match officials as well as opponents. But now in his retirement, he is telling his story. 'I am a bad loser' "I am a lion, I am a bad loser and it's not wrong

  • Newsweek

    Is Arsene Wenger finally going to sign a really expensive striker?

    Arsene Wenger needs a striker if Arsenal is finally going to get serious about reclaiming a Premier League title it hasn’t seen for 13 years. The identity of that man is a more difficult question to answer. Adding goals to the team means spending money, something Wenger has become only slightly less resistant to over the past few summers. It also means selling Arsenal as a destination for trophies to some of the world’s elite forwards. That might be the toughest part. Here, Newsweek rounds up Arsenal’s most likely signings up front this summer. Alexandre Lacazette The Lyon striker is deadly with both feet, in and around the penalty area. Lacazette has shown his class repeatedly in Ligue 1 and