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Morata, Fabregas ruled out for League Cup tilt against Arsenal

Chelsea will be without Alvaro Morata and Cesc Fabregas for Wednesday’s League Cup semi-final match against Arsenal, with manager Antonio Conte forced to take on this second leg bout without the team’s leading goal scorer as well as its top midfield distributor. “Morata and Fabregas are out, they are not available for the Arsenal game, I have to check a ...

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Morocco launches 2026 World Cup campaign

Morocco has launched its campaign to host the 2026 World Cup in Casablanca. The North African nation, making its fifth bid to host the finals, faces competition from a joint bid proposed by Canada, Mexico and the USA. “Morocco 2026 will showcase the best of football, at the heart of the world,” bid chairman Moulay Hafid Elalamy said at Tuesday’s ...

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Report: Manchester City renews interest in Aymeric Laporte

Manchester City is once again considering a move for Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte in an effort to reinforce Pep Guardiola’s ranks at centre-back, sources told Jonathan Smith of ESPN FC. The highly touted 23-year-old was linked to a move to the Etihad Stadium in summer 2016, but instead penned a new four-year deal with Athletic Bilbao, which included an ...

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Wenger: Arsenal in talks to sign Dortmund's Aubameyang

Arsene Wenger confirmed that Arsenal is in talks to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a day after the club secured the services of the forward’s former Borussia Dortmund teammate, Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Aubameyang has missed Dortmund’s last two matches because of disciplinary issues, which triggered speculation that the Gabon international could be on the verge of leaving before the January window closes. After ...

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Chelsea and their hunt for a target man

Wanted: Target man. Must be over 6ft 1in. Premier League experience necessary. Age/mobility not important. Short-term deal considered. Chelsea have not quite gone as far as putting that advert in the window of a west London newsagents this January, but there have been times when their search for a new centre-forward has almost appeared to be that desperate. Andy Carroll, ...

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'Money talks as NI's O'Neill stays put'

On Saturday, 13 January, Michael O’Neill made his way from his home in Edinburgh to Lancashire to take in a League Two game between Morecambe and Stevenage, a match between two mid-to-bottom-of-the-table sides in the fourth tier of English football. The centre of the football universe it was not. But, to O’Neill, it was important to be there. Morecambe had ...

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Report: West Ham without Carroll for 3 months after foot surgery

by Carlo Campo 6h ago Catherine Ivill / Getty Images Sport / Getty West Ham United will reportedly be without one of its target men until April. According to the Guardian’s Dominic Fifield, West Ham lost Andy Carroll for three months after the English striker underwent foot surgery. The product of Newcastle United apparently hoped that a period of rest ...

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Liverpool slumps to shock Swansea City defeat

by Michael J. Chandler · 3h ago On the back of beating the Premier League’s best, Liverpool has tasted defeat against the English top flight’s bottom side. Jurgen Klopp and Co. suffered just their third league loss of the year Monday at the Liberty Stadium courtesy of Alfie Mawson‘s match-winner five minutes before the interval, which moved Swansea City level ...

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Report: 4 more players to take legal action against Chelsea over racism

by Carlo Campo 45m ago Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images Sport / Getty Warning: Story contains coarse language Chelsea is reportedly the subject of further legal action related to allegations of racism. According to the Guardian’s Martha Kelner, four former youth-team players are set to take legal action against Chelsea, claiming they were subjected to racial abuse by Graham ...

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How would an old-fashioned target man fit into Conte's Chelsea lineup?

The concept of a lumbering target man is one intrinsically linked to British football. When Leeds United won the Division One title in 1991-92 – the season before the top flight was rebranded as the Premier League and broke away from England’s other professional divisions – Eric Cantona was a marginal figure, often watching from the bench as fair-haired Lee ...

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