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  • Play-off madness, Manchester City and Italy – Football Weekly Extra

    Elis James, Barry Glendenning, Paolo Bandini and George Elek discuss Frank Lampard’s Derby County, John Terry’s Aston Villa, Mike Dean’s Tranmere Rovers and Manchester City’s public missteps Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email. We look back at the last few days in football, starting with Derby County becoming the first team in Championship play-off history to get to the final having lost the first leg at home. There they’ll meet Aston Villa, pitching Frank Lampard and John Terry...

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  • Football transfer rumours: Rakitic to Manchester United for £48m?

    Today’s fluff is enjoying a more leisurely start to the day Juventus are planning to go shopping in London for a Max Allegri replacement. The Italian champions intend to stop off at Not White Hart Lane first and ask Tottenham if they can have Mauricio Pochettino. Daniel Levy, Tottenham’s gnarly negotiator of a chairman, will direct them towards a storage cupboard where he keeps Jacques Santini, Juande Ramos and Tactics Tim. Juve can choose from Jacques Santini, Juande Ramos and Tactics Tim. In...

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  • Dominance and difficult questions for Manchester City – Football Weekly

    Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, John Brewin and Mark Langdon discuss Manchester City 6-0 Watford, the price of supremacy, the Women’s Champions League, a rare crestfallen goalscoring keeper and botched Panenkas Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email. We look back at the FA Cup final, which Manchester City won 6-0, casting Watford aside like a team which wasn’t assembled by one of the greatest football managers in history at great expense. We discuss the line of questioning pursued...

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  • Football transfer rumours: six starlets heading to Manchester United?

    Today’s fluff is scented with joy A swarm of bees; a herd of deer; a pack of wolves; a kettle of vultures. What, though, is the collective noun for transfers? By common consent it would seem to be a spree, which is what the Sun’s back page suggests that Manchester City are about to indulge in as they “Sheikh it all about” and make yet another serious dent in Abu Dhabi’s oil reserves. Though it then goes on to mention only two incoming transfers, which falls some way short of qualifying as a...

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  • Football transfer rumours: Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United?

    Today’s fluff wants its ambitions matched The fears of Crystal Palace fans that Wilfried Zaha might have played his last game for the club against Bournemouth last Sunday appear justified, if a report in Thursday’s Daily Mail is to be believed. By their account, the 26-year-old winger has told the club’s owner, Steve Parish, that he wants to leave Selhurst Park for pastures new in order to play Champions League football. In an interview with the Mail last month, Zaha made his ambitions clear....

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  • Tucking in to a full English and ludicrous drama – Football Weekly Extra

    Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Gregg Bakowski and Eliot Rothwell discuss a comeback, a comeback, a ridiculous goal, another ridiculous goal, Sid’s ham garage breaking AirBnB records and lots more besides Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email. We look back at an extraordinary few days of football, starting with Tottenham Hotspur’s comeback at Ajax which culminated in a 96th-minute winner from Lucas Moura to take his side to their first ever European Cup final. Continue reading

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  • Football transfer rumours: Anthony Martial to leave Manchester United?

    Today’s rumours need a strawberry Remember when Manchester United trumpeted the £36m – rising to £58.8m – signing of Anthony Martial in 2015? It made the forward, then 19, Britain’s most expensive teenage player and it seemed the start of a bright new dawn in which a fresh, forward-thinking United went about their business with ambition and vigour. Well, about that, Martial is for the chop, according to reports, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s decision to omit him from the debacle at Huddersfield a...

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