Europe

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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As a Chinese billionaire pays 45 million euros for a large stake in the Spanish champion, Goal takes a closer look at the man behind the lucrative deal.

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The Fiorentina winger was reportedly in attendance at Anfield on Tuesday for Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Liverpool but the manager claims to be unaware of his presence.

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The 17-year-old, who can play in defensive midfielder or at center back, will go straight into the Gunners' first-team squad after sealing his move from Legia Warsaw.

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The Portugal Under-21 star has signed for the Ligue 1 side on a permanent basis after already spending the past six months at the club on loan.

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The striker has been a disaster since his 26-million-pound transfer to Spurs but looks set to stay this month as they prepare for a League Cup semifinal with Sheffield United.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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The Juventus veteran, who has twice lifted the trophy, has chosen the players he believes to be the best in the tournament's history but there is no place for Cristiano Ronaldo

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The 34-year-old injured his shoulder in Saturday's friendly with Steaua Bucharest and is unlikely to return until the end of next month.

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Matias Vecino was penalized for a challenge on Leandro Paredes after 113 minutes and the Giallorossi midfielder kept his nerve to send his side into the last eight.

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The Reds were unable to win at Anfield in the League Cup semifinal encounter, but the manager is optimistic heading into the return leg at Stamford Bridge.

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The Blues' only shot on target came from the penalty spot while they were indebted to Thibaut Courtois for denying the hosts, but their manager says they performed well.

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The Anfield manager's decision to play the England international as a lone striker has been vindicated by the 20-year-old's rich vein of form in recent weeks.

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Though the former Toronto FC striker's debut for the Black Cats ended in a 2-1 defeat to Tottenham on Saturday, he is confident he'll get on the board.

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The Brazilian's contract is up in the summer and his agent has revealed he may move on after seven seasons, with the Catalans unable to sign a replacement.

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The German midfielder was unable to make an impression while at Fiorentina and has had that spell cut short in order to join up with the reigning Belgian champion.

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Eden Hazard had given the Blues the lead by winning and then burying a first-half penalty, but the England international's brilliant burst through the defense leveled matters.

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Raheem Sterling's superb second half solo effort earned Liverpool a deserved 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semifinal at Anfield.