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August 9, 2018 12:08 PM Chelsea swoop for Kepa in record move as transfer deadline looms

LONDON: Chelsea shattered the world-record fee for a goalkeeper with an 80-million euro swoop for Athletic Bilbao's Kepa Arrizabalaga on Wednesday as the Premier League transfer window prepared to slam shut. While the rest of Europe's leading leagues don't close the window until later in August, England's top-flight clubs have until 1600GMT on Thursday 10

August 1, 2018 7:23 AM Kante offered huge raise by Chelsea to deter PSG: Reports

LONDON: French midfielder N'Golo Kante, labelled the "essential element" in the World Cup-winning side by Didier Deschamps, has been offered a new five-year contract by Chelsea, according to British media reports on Tuesday. The pocket-sized 27-year-old dynamo — who recovered the ball more often than any other team-mate during the finals in Russia — will earn £290,000 (RM1.5 million) 12

July 19, 2018 9:54 AM Liverpool close in on record 75 million euro deal for Alisson

LONDON: Brazilian international Alisson is expected to sign for Liverpool on a five-year deal worth 75 million euros, a world record for a goalkeeper, media reports suggested Wednesday. The 25-year-old, who currently plays for Roma in Italy, is cutting short his vacation to undergo a medical on Merseyside after being given permission to talk to Liverpool 7

July 18, 2018 11:36 PM Hazard and Courtois futures in board's hands, says Sarri

LONDON: The futures of star Belgian duo Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois can be decided by the Chelsea board, said the club's new manager Maurizio Sarri on Wednesday. The 59-year-old Italian, speaking at his unveiling after being appointed the successor to sacked compatriot Antonio Conte, admitted to being disinterested by the transfer market. This will be music 7

June 17, 2018 4:07 PM Kolarov stunner gives Serbia victory over Costa Rica

SAMARA, Russia: Aleksandar Kolarov said Serbia "won't be doing the maths yet" after his brilliant second-half free-kick grabbed a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica, with the Balkan side drawing first blood in their World Cup group in Samara on Sunday. The Roma defender made the crucial breakthrough early in the second half with a magnificent effort, and although 11

June 16, 2018 9:52 AM Mbappe leads France attack against Socceroos

KAZAN ARENA, Russia: France coach Didier Deschamps left Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud on the bench for a World Cup opener against Australia on Saturday as teenager Kylian Mbappe leads Les Bleus' front line in Kazan. Mbappe, one of 14 players in France's squad who have yet to feature in a major tournament, has been in great form for Paris Saint-Germain 10

June 14, 2018 9:39 AM Manchester City to start title defence at Arsenal

LONDON: Premier League champions Manchester City will begin their title defence away to Arsenal on the weekend of August 11-12, the English Premier League announced Thursday as it unveiled the fixtures for the 2018/19 season. The match will also be new Arsenal manager Unai Emery's first in English football's top flight. The exact date of the game will be confirmed 11

June 13, 2018 12:58 AM Monaco to sell Lemar to Atletico Madrid

PARIS: French World Cup star Thomas Lemar (pix) looks set to quit Monaco and join Atletico Madrid, the two clubs revealed on Tuesday. "Atletico de Madrid and AS Monaco have achieved a preliminary agreement over the transfer of Thomas Lemar to our club," for the definitive transfer," the Spanish club said of the 22-year old. "Over the next days, both clubs 10

June 7, 2018 2:12 PM Former Chelsea player Michael Essien released by Indonesian club

BANDUNG, Indonesia: Former Chelsea star Michael Essien has been released from Persib Bandung, the Indonesian club said Thursday, the latest big foreign signing to be axed from the national league in the past two seasons. The Ghanaian, 35, who signed with the Bandung-based club just over a year ago, had his contract terminated on Wednesday because the club had exceeded 9

May 22, 2018 11:38 PM Cech happy to regain shirt number one at Arsenal

PRAGUE: Arsenal keeper Petr Cech said Tuesday he was happy to finally get back the shirt number one he wore throughout his eleven seasons at Chelsea but never with the Gunners. "I already wanted number one when I came but it belonged to Wojciech Szczesny at the time," the 36-year-old Czech keeper told the public Czech Television. "Last season when he left, it was at the last possible 5