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Manchester United have turned their attention to Spain midfielder Thiago after being warned off his Barcelona team-mate Cesc Fabregas.
Fabregas had been a top target for United, who are desperate to sign a forward-thinking central midfielder this summer.
But after the former Arsenal captain ruled out leaving the Nou Camp, David Moyes has turned his attention to colleague and compatriot Thiago.
The 22-year-old is one of the best prospects to graduate from Barca’s impressive academy setup in recent years, but his road to regular first-team football has been blocked.
And with Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Fabregas showing no signs of moving on any time soon, United believe they can lure him to Old Trafford.
According to reports in Spain, Barca would be willing to part with the player for around £25million and the ball is now in Moyes’ court as to whether a bid is made.
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Chelsea confirmed that they reached an agreement with Bayer Leverkusen for Andre Schurrle on Thursday which will see the German international move to Stamford Bridge this summer, but what can Chelsea fans expect from him?
The 22-year-old primarily plays as a winger or left forward but could be used as a backup striker if need be and the Blues would benefit from Schurrle’s pace and athleticism, especially on the counter-attack. He operates mostly on the left-hand-side cutting in onto his strong foot and is capable of unleashing thunderous efforts.
Schurrle has a fair goal scoring record in the Bundesliga with both Mainz 05 and Bayer Leverkusen, with his best total being the 15 he scored during the 2010-11 campaign and he finished this season with 14.
He does, however, have a fairly poor conversion rate scoring 9% of his efforts which is the second worst out of players that scored…
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Manuel Pellegrini has vowed to ‘win it all’ at Manchester City after insisting they have the best squad in the Premier League.
Pellegrini, who was confirmed as City’s new manager yesterday, has signed a three-year-deal at the Etihad Stadium and immediately set out his plans for success.
After three trophies in three years under Roberto Mancini, Pellegrini is promising even more titles at City, including the holy grail of the Champions League.
‘Everyone knows if you arrive at a club like Manchester City that you must win titles,’ said Pellegrini.
‘City have invested a lot of money in improving the squad every year and to try to win titles every year.
‘Last season they were not successful in winning a title but I’m sure next year we’re going to win maybe the Premier League or the Champions League.
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