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Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislintat leaving over transfer strategy - sources

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Craig Burley says Arsenal's recent poor form was always expected, and the club have to respect Unai Emery's treatment of Mesut Ozil. Sven Mislintat is set to leave Arsenal after a series of disagreements over the Gunners' organisational structure and transfer strategy, a source within the club has confirmed. The 46-year-old head of recruitment had been hired just over a year ago by Ivan Gazidis and Arsene Wenger to replicate the success he has had in spotting undervalued talents such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ousmane Dembele and Shinji Kagawa at Borussia Dortmund. Transfers How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli, we show you a step-by-step guide to a transfer. What's a medical like? Can a 44-year-old man cut it in the Premier League? Our writer suffers -- and suffers some more -- through a medical at Everton. Watch live games, ESPN FC TV and MLS Rewind on ESPN+ in the U.S. LIVE: Latest from Transfer Talk FC Exclusives - United join race for Under - Morata loan, Chelsea want Higuain - United cool Milenkovic interest - Hudson-Odoi won't sign Chelsea deal - Man United to wait for Koulibaly However, after Gazidis left to take charge at AC Milan in...
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Tottenham's Harry Kane suffers ankle ligament damage, back in training early March

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Harry Kane's injury couldn't have come at a worse time for Tottenham. Alejandro Moreno questions whether Spurs can cope without their star striker. David De Gea's 11 saves helped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer become the first Man United manager to win his first six matches with a huge win at Tottenham. David De Gea's 11 saves helped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer become the first Man United manager to win his first six matches with a huge win at Tottenham. Craig Burley goes to the tape and demonstrates how the pace of Manchester United's front three played a key role in their win at Tottenham. Stewart Robson shares his thoughts on how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's tactics and vital saves from David de Gea helped them overcome Tottenham 1-0 at Wembley. Check out the best of David De Gea's 11-save performance for Manchester United in a crucial 1-0 win at Tottenham. David De Gea's 11 saves helped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer become the first Man United manager to win his first six matches with a huge win at Tottenham. Harry Kane will be sidelined for two months after scans confirmed ankle ligament damage, and the Tottenham striker looks set to miss both legs of the Champions League last-16 showdown with Borussia Dortmund. The 25-year-old was injured by a tackle from Phil Jones at the end of Sunday's 1-0 home defeat to Manchester United and limped off gingerly. Kane had to wait until Tuesday for a scan as the swelling went down on his ankle, but Spurs' fears have now been confirmed. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE in January - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! A club statement read: "Following...
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Emery says Arsenal can sign only loan players ... and the reason should worry fans

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Last week, Arsenal boss Unai Emery said something surprising: "We cannot sign players where we have to make a payment ... we can only make loan signings." That's not what you'd expect to hear from a club that is six points away from fourth place and in danger of finishing outside the Champions League spots for the third successive season after 19 consecutive years of playing in the world's biggest club competition. Nor is that what you'd expect from a club that ranked sixth in the most recent Deloitte...
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Fabregas and Morata row over whether eggs crack on grass for some reason

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Willian's sublime second-half curler gave Chelsea a 2-1 win over Newcastle, at Stamford Bridge. Willian's sublime second-half curler gave Chelsea a 2-1 win over Newcastle, at Stamford Bridge. Willian's sublime second-half curler gave Chelsea a 2-1 win over Newcastle, at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says he needs to have cover for Jorginho after Cesc Fabregas left the club to join Monaco. Cesc Fabregas may no longer be a Chelsea player, but he has aimed a parting shot to former teammate Alvaro Morata that may have kicked off 2019's first social media craze. If you are one of the many people who are trying to cut meat and dairy out of your diet for "Veganuary," or just bristle at the sight of food being wasted, best look away now. At some point during a standard day at training, Morata obviously took Fabregas aside and told him about his theory that an egg won't break if it lands...
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PSG confident Frenkie de Jong will choose them over Barca, Man City - sources

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PSG's Thomas Meunier believes the 2022 World Cup in Qatar would benefit from having stadiums close together for a better atmosphere after visiting the Al Wakrah Stadium. Check out what you may have missed at the weekend, including another Messi milestone, David De Gea's big night, Coppa Italia action and more. Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappé and Marquinhos were on the scoresheet for PSG, helping the league leaders to a comfortable 0-3 win at Amiens. French Ligue 1: Kylian Mbappé (70') SC Amiens 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain Paris Saint-Germain are increasingly optimistic that they will beat Barcelona and Manchester City to the signing of Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong this summer, according to ESPN FC sources close to the French champions. The Netherlands international is wanted by a host of Europe's top clubs but PSG, Barca and City have emerged as the 21-year-old's three main options with Pep Guardiola's men a distant third to the Ligue 1 giants and the Catalans. One source said the guaranteed key role...
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Tom Rogic, Chris Ikonomidis earn 8/10, cover Australian defensive lapses vs. Syria

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Tom Rogic's injury-time winner over Syria confirmed Australia's place in the Asia Cup knockout rounds. Australia progressed to the Asian Cup Round of 16 courtesy of a second-place finish in Group B, but did so in less than convincing fashion by narrowly defeating Syria 3-2 on Tuesday night. Positives Despite having pressure put on them by a Syrian team that needed a win to finish second in the group themselves, the Socceroos found just enough grit to get the job done, which will please coach Graham Arnold ahead of the more difficult contests. The performances -- and goalscoring -- of Awer Mabil and...
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Derby County spy claim against Leeds to be investigated by EFL

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Steve Nicol and Alejandro Moreno react to Marcelo Bielsa admitting to spying on Derby County and that he's done it since he was with Argentina. Marcelo Bielsa and Frank Lampard speak pre-match about a spy controversy hovering over the Championship clash between Leeds United and Derby County. The English Football League launched a formal investigation on Tuesday after Derby County complained that Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa sent a spy to the club's training ground last week. The incident happened the day before the Championship clubs met at Elland Road, a game which Leeds won 2-0. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE in January - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! The EFL have now written to Leeds requesting their observations after the Yorkshire club apologised to Derby and reminded Bielsa of the club's principles of "integrity and honesty." Following the victory...
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Who might emerge -- as Messi once did -- at South America Under-20 Championships?

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In 2005, South America's under-20 tournament proved a springboard for Lionel Messi to U20 Wrld Cup and global stardom. Venezuela are the only South American nation never to have made it to a World Cup. But they are convinced that their time will come in 2022 -- and their optimism is based on much more than mere faith. Two years ago they went to the final of the Under-20 World Cup, where they missed a penalty before losing 1-0 to England. In Venezuela, they believe this generation will carry them all the way to Qatar -- an illustration of the importance that South America attaches to its under-20 teams. There is...
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Sevilla drop out of Morata race due involvement of 'powerful clubs' - president

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Paolo Bandini says Milan are not convinced about allowing Gonzalo Higuain to join Chelsea, but the club aren't necessarily committed to him long term either. Check out what you may have missed at the weekend, including another Messi milestone, David De Gea's big night, Coppa Italia action and more. Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says he needs to have cover for Jorginho after Cesc Fabregas left the club to join Monaco. Willian's sublime second-half curler gave Chelsea a 2-1 win over Newcastle, at Stamford Bridge. Sevilla have dropped out of the race to sign Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata, according to the Spanish club's president Pepe Castro. The La Liga side had expressed an interest in acquiring the Spain international, who is also a reported target of Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. "Morata was enthusiastic about coming to Sevilla," Castro told Onda Cero. "We spoke to him and his agent. "But it's true that the situation became more difficult because there are many strong and powerful clubs that got involved...
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India centre-back Anas Edathodika retires from international football

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India centre-back Anas Edathodika has announced his retirement from international football, a day after a hamstring injury forced him off the field within four minutes of the crucial Asian Cup clash against Bahrain in Sharjah.  "It's been a very hard decision to take and accept. I love (sic) to play more years at my best, but I think it's the time to step down and give opportunities to youngsters who can perform better," Kerala Blasters defender Anas said in a social media post announcing...
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Cech out! Goalkeeping and drumming legend to hang up cap as clean sheet record-holder

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Samir Nasri assisted on Declan Rice's winner as West Ham defeated Arsenal at home for the first time since November 2006. Samir Nasri assisted on Declan Rice's winner as West Ham defeated Arsenal at home for the first time since November 2006. Samir Nasri assisted on Declan Rice's winner as West Ham defeated Arsenal at home for the first time since November 2006. Craig Burley says Arsenal's recent poor form was always expected, and the club have to respect Unai Emery's treatment of Mesut Ozil. Petr Cech has announced that he intends to retire at the end of the season, calling time on his 20-year professional career. The Arsenal goalkeeper, who turns 37 in May, confirmed his decision with a succinct statement posted on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/xRnP0Rnv21— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) 15 January 2019 An undisputed Premier League legend of what already feels like a bit of a bygone era, Cech will bow out with records aplenty as well as four league titles, five FA Cups, a Champions League and a Europa League. Here are but a few of the reasons we'll miss having...
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LIVE Transfer Talk: Arsenal willing to pay Mesut Ozil to leave the club

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Craig Burley says Arsenal's recent poor form was always expected, and the club have to respect Unai Emery's treatment of Mesut Ozil. With reports Mesut Ozil would reject a January loan move, ESPN FC's Raf Honigstein examines how he can get in Unai Emery's squad on a regular basis. With Mesut Ozil reportedly missing out on Arsenal's trip to Liverpool, the FC crew assess his future at the club and the issue his wages present. The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is open again. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world's media and setting our correspondents loose to see who could be heading to/out of your club this month. TOP STORY: Ozil out, whatever the cost Arsenal are willing to pay some of Mesut Ozil's wages after he leaves the Emirates if that would make a potential move more likely, according to the Mirror. Just one year ago, the German signed a new contract that made him the club's highest-earning player...
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Transfer Talk: Arsenal willing to pay Mesut Ozil to leave the club

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Craig Burley says Arsenal's recent poor form was always expected, and the club have to respect Unai Emery's treatment of Mesut Ozil. With reports Mesut Ozil would reject a January loan move, ESPN FC's Raf Honigstein examines how he can get in Unai Emery's squad on a regular basis. With Mesut Ozil reportedly missing out on Arsenal's trip to Liverpool, the FC crew assess his future at the club and the issue his wages present. The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is open again. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world's media and setting our correspondents loose to see who could be heading to/out of your club this month. Ozil out, whatever the cost Arsenal are willing to pay some of Mesut Ozil's wages after he leaves the Emirates if that would make a potential move more likely, according to the Mirror. Just one year ago, the German signed a new contract that made him the club's highest-earning player on £350,000...
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