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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.


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


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

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Atletico Madrid has signed Mario Mandzukic from Bayern for €22m. This will be a definate boost and a good fit for Atletico. Plus now Mandzukic will be getting more playing time.

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As the Gunners finalise a £31.8m move for the Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez, Arsene Wenger wants a second marquee forward signing and is exploring the possibility of capturing the Brazil schemer Bernard. Now this would be a good pickup for the Gunners at £20m as the current Shakhtar Donetsk forward is understanding to be wanting to leave Ukraine after 12 months.

Juventus have approached Manchester United over the availability of defender Patrice Evra

HM Revenue and Customs has lost its appeal over Rangers' use of Employee Benefit Trusts (EBTs) - the so-called "Big Tax Case". The tax authority had argued that payments made to players and other employees should be taxable. The Murray Group, which formerly owned Rangers, argued they were loans. Rangers FC are doing a North America pre-season tour with two stops in Canada (Ottawa and Victoria) and two in California.

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I do hope Everton signs a good young keeper this window. Howard's just come off a career season and a fantastic world cup don't get me wrong, but I just hope that the team doesn't try to ride him off until he's 50 or something and we have to watch him become the Cam Ward of the BPL. It may not be the biggest need for the Toffees right now, but the other keepers in our system are a good few years away from being ready to test the first team waters.

Also, Lukaku has discussed the possibility of returning to Everton, so that's nice.

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Samir Nasri and Robert Green each sign multi-year deals at their clubs. Nasri for 5 at City, and Green for 2 at QPR (euh..)

Also, Emile Heskey's back on the market. Watch for him folks.

What does this mean for Julio César?

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Who knows that that means for Julio Cesar. Might mean nothing but Cesar is on loan with TFC for the remainder of the 2014 MLS season. Time will tell after October.

Other big transfer news, Alexis Sanchez was officially unveiled in Arsenal training kit today on the club's website and Instagram. It is said to be a total transfer fee of £35m with a four year contract with a single year option in the fifth. Great signing by the Gunners.

In other big news of the day, Luis Suarez is on the brink of officially completing his sensational transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona after the terms of a deal worth just over £70 million were agreed on Wednesday night, as being reported on Goal.com. Barcelona will unveil the ex-Liverpool striker Luis Suarez at the Camp Nou on next Wednesday. RAC1

Aston Villa are on the brink of signing Kieran Richardson on a three-year deal. The 29-year-old will move from relegated Fulham for an undisclosed fee after undergoing a medical on Thursday. talkSPORT

Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira wants to move to Arsenal and has rejected a new contract at the Bernabeu. The Germany international has been convinced by close friends Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker to make the move. El Confidencial

- This would be a huge coup for the North London club to have numerous players from the German World Cup Final on their payroll. With Sanchez already signed, and Debuchy in the wings, Khedira could be that missing piece.

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Strong rumor is that Manchester United's defender Patrice Evra is going to Juventus on a £2m-3.5m transfer fee as Evra has requested to leave. The deal could go through on Friday BBC Sport

Liverpool are ready to make a £19 million bid for Swansea City's Wilfried Bony. The Reds are looking for a replacement for Barcelona-bound Luis Suarez and are ready to stump up the Ivorian's buyout clause. Tottenham are also interested. Daily Mirror

Arsenal are closing in on Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Sami Khedira. The 27-year-old has rejected the chance to sign a new deal at the Santiago Bernabeu and is keen to be reunited with Mesut Ozil at Emirates Stadium. Daily Express

Arsenal are hopeful of completing a deal for Atletico Madrid's Spanish right-back Javi Manquillo. The Gunners are looking for defensive reinforcement after Bacary Sagna's exit, and could offload Carl Jenkinson with Mathieu Debuchy also joining. Daily Mail (Not looking good for Jenkinson as this is the second news report \I have seen on him getting offloaded by Arsenal in the last two days. Jenkinson is ok but has had some major failings in the last two seasons in defense for the Ginners.)

Despite agreeing a few with QPR for Loic Remy, Arsenal look set to miss out on the Frenchman after failing to agree personal terms. Newcastle hope to lure the 27-year-old back to St James' Park, while Tottenham are also keen. Daily Mail

Paul Pogba has fuelled rumours that he could swap Juventus for Chelsea after being spotted near the west London club's Stamford Bridge home. The Blues hold a long-standing interest in the France international midfielder. Daily Mail

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In transfer news today, Liverpool have agreed to sell striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona for around £75 million. In the end, the ex-Liverpool striker cited that his wife's happiness to live in Spain made the final choice for him to leave the Reds. BBC Sport

You know that things are frosty in the Liverpool front office and boardroom when the club only releases a short statement on his departure.

Suarez pens open letter to Reds fans after agreeing to join Barcelona - "It is a with heavy heart I leave."

As well, manager Brendan Rogers also released a statement to LFC

supporters and press about the ex-Liverpool striker and his time at the club. Liverpool FC

*Now Liverpool can move on from this fiasco and in the process make a decent profit on the Uruguayan striker that can be put to use in the summer transfer market.

Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus is furious that Barcelona have moved for Luis Suarez. The striker was confident of a move to Camp Nou which looks unlikely now the Uruguay international is set to sign. Daily Express

It was confirmed today that Alessandro Matri will be going on a season-long with Genoa after not impressing the AC Milan coaching staff.

Levante vice-president Tomas Perez has claimed Costa Rican standout goalkeeper Keylor Navas will join FC Bayern Munchen for a transfer fee of €10 million. This was based on his standout performances in both the 2013-14 La Liga season with Levante and the World Cup with Costa Rica. Goal.com

Tottenham are preparing to offer Swansea £18m for striker Wilfried Bony. Spurs are hoping to beat Liverpool to the Ivory Coast international although Garry Monk's side want £20m for the striker. London Evening Standard

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Transfer news and rumors of the day:

Arsenal have made enquiries about Sami Khedira but Real Madrid want a fee in excess of £20 million for the Germany international (Daily Mirror). As well with Khedira, Chelsea are set to lead the race ahead of Arsenal for the midfielder. The Gunners have already submitted a €25 million offer to Real Madrid for the midfielder (Daily Express).

According to Montpellier president Louis Nicollin, a deal is complete with Newcastle United for the transfer of winger Remy Cabella. An announcement is expected shortly. Various

Everton have beaten Swansea City to the signing of Bosnia-Herzegovina midfielder Muhamed Besic. The 21-year-old will move from Hungarian side Ferencvaros and join up with the Toffees ahead of the new campaign. talkSPORT

Manchester United and Chelsea are both interested in bringing former Arsenal man Alex Song back to the Premier League. Barcelona have made the Cameroonian available for transfer for a fee of £20 million. Daily Star

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