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So I thought I would take on the deed of starting the 2014/15 Football Thread, like Kramerica Industries did for 2013/14. This will be a place to talk about transfers, all news and matches from domestics leagues from Brazil and Argentina to the A-League with stops in Europe, title chases, backroom dealings, big football stories that makes all the national papers and small football stories alike that only make the local airwaves, UEFA Champions League and Europa League competitions as well as international friendlies and EURO 2016 qualifying that starts in August/September. This is our thread to talk about everything domestic and international football for the 2014/15 season. I know the World Cup is still going on with the Semifinals going tomorrow and Wednesday. But action is already heating up in the transfer market. Big news is RB Mathieu Debuchy completed his medical with Arsenal today and is expected to sign for the Gunners for 8m GBP later this week from Newcastle. As well, Arsenal are prepared to throw Joel Campbell into the deal to sweeten the pot. http://www.goal.com/en-ca/news/4188/transfer-zone/2014/07/07/4942579/debuchy-completes-arsenal-medical?ICID=HP_TS_3 As well, Barcelona has accepted a €40m offer from Arsenal for Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez with talks progressing throughout the coming days this week. Arsenal are in a competition to sign the Chilean ahead of Liverpool, Manchester United, and Juventus. The timing is right for Barcelona as they have made a €88m bid for Luis Suarez due to his buy-out clause from Liverpool comes into affect at that price. But reports from Mundo Deportivo state that Barcelona will have to pay €94.6m for his release clause to be activated http://www.goal.com/en-ca/news/4188/transfer-zone/2014/07/06/4940669/barcelona-to-accept-arsenal-offer-for-sanchez?ICID=AR_RS_1 Other dealings and rumors: 1. Arsenal are readying a bid for Greece and Olympiakos defender Kostas Manolas as they prepare for the loss of club captain Thomas Vermaelen. The Belgian is expected to head to Old Trafford and Manolas will cost the Gunners €10 million. (Daily Mail) 2. Manchester United will take advantage of boardroom uncertainty at Valencia to hijack their proposed deal for Benfica and Argentina midfielder Enzo Perez. The winger has a €25 million buyout clause. (O Jogo) 3. Stoke City have emerged as surprise candidates to sign Brazilian legend Ronaldinho. The 34-year-old currently plays for Atletico Mineiro. (Metro) 4. Ex Blackpool winger Tom Ince was signed on a 2-year deal with Hull City. This is the third signing for Hull City with the Tigers already signing Jake Livermore and Robert Snodgrass from Tottenham and Norwich respectively. (BBC Sport) http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/28203490 5. Liverpool have agreed on a deal with Lille for Belgium striker Divock Origi and are in advanced talks to sign Serbia winger Lazar Markovic from Benfica, both to expected to cost 35m GBP (BBC Sport). http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/28188589 6. Arsene Wenger’s ambition to strengthen the core of his Arsenal team looks to have taken another turn, with reports suggesting that the Gunners have reinstated Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender as the man they want to bolster the centre of midfield ahead of Sami Khedira (Bleacher Report and The Telegraph). http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2121230-arsenal-transfer-news-lars-bender-bid-prioritised-over-sami-khedira-interest