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19:00 BST

09/07/2014

CHEERIO

With that, we bid you farewell. Thank you very much for following throughout the day. We'll be back right here at 09:00 BST on Thursday for more transfer talk and reaction from tonight's HUGE semi-final showdown in Sao Paulo. See you then!

Preview: Netherlands v Argentina
 

18:54 BST

09/07/2014

PASALIC RECAP

To recap before we head off, Chelsea have completed the signing of 19-year-old Croatian midfielder Mario Pasalic from Hajduk Split. He told the club's official website: "This is now a new start in my career. I am a central midfielder, my favourite player is Frank Lampard, and so I am very happy to be a Chelsea player."

Official: Pasalic joins Chelsea

18:48 BST

09/07/2014

ROBBEN v MESSI

Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder told Gazzetta dello Sport: "Argentina have Messi, a crazy champion, but we have the Messi of Holland, whose name is Arjen Robben and he's having a fantastic World Cup. Arjen is as important for us as Messi is for Argentina."

Sneijder: Robben is the Dutch Messi

18:42 BST

09/07/2014

BRAZIL PRESS CONFERENCE

Luiz Felipe Scolari has refused to resign after Brazil's 7-1 hammering at the hands of Germany and says he will hold talks with the CBF following the third/fourth place play-off match on Saturday. He also claimed his team's work "wasn't so bad" after reaching a first World Cup semi-final since 2002. Luiz, pal, you lost 7-1!

18:34 BST

09/07/2014

STAT ATTACK

18:28 BST

09/07/2014

FIFA STATEMENT

Fifa does, however, add that the ban will be lifted when an agreement is reached between the Nigerian Football Federation and government. They say in a statement: "The suspension will be lifted once the court actions have been withdrawn and the properly elected NFF Executive Committee, the NFF general assembly and the NFF administration are able to work without any interference in their affairs."

18:23 BST

09/07/2014

FIFA SUSPENDS NIGERIAN FOOTBALL FEDERATION

Uh-oh. After giving the Nigerian government until Tuesday to reinstate the sacked Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) board, the Fifa Emergency Committee has suspended the NFF on the grounds of "government interference". More on the way.

18:15 BST

09/07/2014

MIKE TYSON DEFENDS SUAREZ BITE

Yep, really. Tyson replied during a Q&A on social networking service Reddit: "Suarez's bite? I understand it. It was a blackout moment which can happen at times. It was just one moment in which the competition can make the blood in your veins boil and it overpowers your rationality. Sometimes you become something that you are not."

Tyson leaps to Suarez defence

18:08 BST

09/07/2014

GET INVOLVED - ARSENAL CONSIDER BERNARD MOVE

For what it's worth, he received a rating of one-and-a-half stars in our player ratings for Tuesday's semi-final. Much better than many of his team-mates, it must be said.

Player Ratings: Brazil 1-7 Germany

18:00 BST

09/07/2014

MANDZUKIC RECAP

When it comes to replacing star players, Atletico Madrid know their stuff. Fernando Torres leaves, up step Sergio Aguero and Diego Forlan. They leave, in comes Falcao. He leaves, up steps Diego Costa. Now, with Costa on his way out, Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer has confirmed that Mario Mandzukic will be joining the Spanish champions.

Mandzukic to join Atletico Madrid

17:47 BST

09/07/2014

DONE DEAL

Championship club Leeds have completed the signing of 23-year-old Italian goalkeeper Marco Silvestri on a four-year deal from Chievo. Leeds boss David Hockaday told the club's official website: “Everybody in Italy believes that Marco is destined for very big things. We are delighted to welcome him to Leeds. He has been training with us for a week now and he has impressed everybody. Not only with his quality on the park but with his general manner off it as well. So are we delighted to welcome a very good person and footballer to Leeds United.”

17:38 BST

09/07/2014

BRAZIL PRESS CONFERENCE

By the way, we'll hear more on the fallout from BRAZIL 1-7 GERMANY shortly when Brazil hold a press conference at 18:30 BST. Will Luiz Felipe Scolari remain in charge? The 65-year-old said last night that yesterday was the worst day of his life and apologised to fans of the host nation.

17:30 BST

09/07/2014

HIGUAIN STAYING PUT

Despite Lionel Messi urging him to join Barcelona, Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain insists he wants to stay at Napoli. He told TycSport: "I'm truly grateful to Leo for his kind words. But I have a contract with Napoli that makes me very happy. Ever since I arrived, the Partenopei have always treated me very well."

Higuain: I'm happy at Napoli

17:24 BST

09/07/2014

ARSENAL CONSIDER BERNARD MOVE

Goal's Wayne Veysey: "Arsene Wenger wants a second elite forward who can provide further mobility and pace to an attack that was found to be one-dimensional last season. Arsenal are confident of wrapping up the signing of Alexis Sanchez within days, although Barcelona are keen not to sanction the Chilean’s departure until they have finalised Luis Suarez’s transfer from Liverpool."

17:20 BST

09/07/2014

EXCLUSIVE

Goal understands Arsenal are considering a move to bring in Brazil international Bernard alongside Alexis Sanchez. Arsene Wenger is keen to sign a second marquee forward this summer and has received encouraging scouting reports on the 21-year-old. Shakhtar Donetsk value the player at around £20 million. Full details below.

Arsenal consider Bernard move
 

17:15 BST

09/07/2014

ARSENAL TRANSFER NEWS

The waiting is over! News on the way...

17:08 BST

09/07/2014

NUGENT SIGNS NEW DEAL

The 29-year-old, Leicester's top scorer in each of his three seasons with the club, told their official website: "I’m delighted to have signed for two years and I’m really looking forward to testing myself with the rest of the squad in the best league in the world. Last season was the best of my career in terms of goals and assists, but I wouldn’t have managed it without the lads around me so I’m really pleased the squad has been kept together. I think we’ve got a great chance of doing well in the Premier League."

17:02 BST

09/07/2014

DONE DEAL

16:55 BST

09/07/2014

VIDEO - VAN GAAL HOPEFUL OVER VAN PERSIE

The Dutch coach maintains hope that his captain could be available for tonight's semi-final after picking up a stomach bug. Refresh the page to see what LVG has to say on RVP below.
    

16:47 BST

09/07/2014

WEST HAM LATEST

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is still looking to strengthen his squad this summer following the arrivals of Cheikhou Kouyate, Mauro Zarate, Aaron Cresswell and Diego Poyet.

He told West Ham TV: "I think there are three or four positions - it depends on the budget. You would say there is still room for a young central defender, particularly a left-footed one because we do run with three and not four. Ideally, you would have four. You would also say we need another left-back to go along with Aaron and I think a front-line player and the possibility of a midfield player as well."