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toni-kroos-RMReal Madrid are expected to unveil Bayern Munich and Germany star Toni Kroos next week as Carlo Ancelotti’s first reinforcement for the 2014-15 campaign.

Los Blancos, who will wait for the Germany midfielder to finish his World Cup before making the move official, could present the player next week. No date has been set as of yet given that Kroos still has to dispute the final with Argentina on Sunday. If Kroos and Germany are crowned world champions, he will travel to Berlin on Tuesday with his team-mates to celebrate in front of the German fans. If they lose, however, he will fly to Frankfurt with the rest of the Germany squad, travel to Munich to collect some of his belongings and then make his way to Madrid.

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New Barcelona player Luis Suárez said in a statement to Liverpoolfc.com that to “play and live in Spain” was a “lifelong dream and ambition” and that he felt the timing was now “right”. He said though that he and his family would “always be Liverpool supporters”.

Suárez said he was leaving Liverpool “with a heavy heart” for a “new life and new challenges in Spain”. And affirmed that he and his family had “fallen in love with this club and with the city”.

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sami-khedriaArsenal fans are still buzzing over the signing of Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez, but it does not look like Arsene Wenger has finished shopping in Spain as the Gunners are strongly linked with Real Madrid and Germany star Sami Khedira.

Khedira has 12 months remaining on his current deal at Madrid and the European Champions are said to be wiling to sell Khedira for around £25 million. Real are willing to let Khedira go as they have already agreed a deal with Bayern Munich for Khedira’s German teammate Toni Kroos.

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Mario-MandzukicMario Mandzukic has big shoes to fill but the former Bayern Munich striker says that Atletico Madrid’s style of play was one of the things that attracted him to Vicente Calderon.

“I know a lot of things about Atletico, I’ve seen various matches and I like the team’s style of play,” Mandzukic was quoted as saying by AS this afternoon.

“The Coach is very good, there are good players here and I think I can do good things with this team.”

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luis-suarez-barcelonaBarcelona have officially announced the signing of Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez from English side Liverpool. The Catalan club’s website made the following statement:

“FC Barcelona and Liverpool FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of Luis Suárez. The Uruguayan will be travelling to Barcelona next week for a medical, to sign his five-year contract and to be officially presented to the media and fans as an FC Barcelona player”.

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Suarez-bites-againI am a little surpassed that Fifa today rejected Uruguay and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez’s appeal against a four-month ban from all football-related activities for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini.

The Uruguayan FA had described Fifa’s ruling as an “excessive decision” for which “there was not enough evidence”.

A statement on the FIFA website said:

The FIFA Appeal Committee has decided to reject the appeals lodged by both the Uruguayan player Luis Suarez and the Uruguayan FA, and to confirm the decision rendered by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee on 25 June 2014 in its entirety.

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Alexis-Sanchez-fc-barcelonaWhen title rivals Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City all made moves before the World Cup to strengthen their squads for next season, and Arsenal did not, Gunners fans were left worrying if this was deja vu. Would Arsene Wenger dither again and let the teams top transfer targets get away?

The answer appears to be no as it looks like Arsenal have landed their top target, Barcelona striker Alexis Sanchez for a bargain price of £30 million.

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di-maria-rmManchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are said to be lining up offers for Real Madrid midfielder Angel Di Maria.

AS reports that the pair will make bids of €60m but Madrid would need €70m before they consent to letting the Argentina international go.

But Di Maria is said to want to quit Santiago Bernabeu despite Carlo Ancelotti hoping to keep him at the club. It’s claimed that Manchester City, Arsenal and Monaco are also keen on Di Maria but are offering less than United and PSG.

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Di-StefanoReal Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano has died in hospital at the age of 88.

Di Stefano suffered a heart attack during a meal to celebrate his 88th birthday at the weekend and had been in a coma at the Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Maranon in Madrid until he passed away today.
News of Di Stefano’s passing was confirmed via a statement released by Madrid on Monday afternoon.

“Real Madrid CF announces that its honorary president, Alfredo Di Stefano, has died today at 5.15 p.m. at the Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Maranon in Madrid,” the statement read.

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Victor-Valdes-BarcelonaMonaco have taken back a contract offer to former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes after he failed a medical at the club.

Valdes was expected to join the Ligue 1 outfit this summer after leaving Barcelona upon the end of his contract, but Mundo Deportivo has reported Vadim Vasilyev as telling a Press conference that the deal has been scrapped due to the knee injury the goalkeeper suffered in March.

“Valdes is injured and cannot come,” Vasilyev said.

The 32-year-old remains a free agent and must now convince a new club of his fitness to play.

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