Manchester United supporters leaving Old Trafford on Sunday will have been pleasantly surprised by the near perfect performance turned in by debutant Nemanja Matic with the Serbian showing a uniquely technical side of his game in the 4-0 victory over West Ham. It wouldn’t be fair on the hosts to suggest he alone was the 

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Arsenal are set for a £70 million raid on Sporting Lisbon as they seek to acquire William Carvalho and Gelson Martins. According to The Sun, Arsene Wenger wants to beef up his midfield with the signing of Carvalho – the Portuguese international has perpetually been linked to the Gunners and definite interest exists. Martins, who 

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According to reports, Liverpool’s Lazar Markovic could have his loan deal with Sporting Lisbon terminated. The Portuguese side have been reportedly unimpressed by the Serb’s progress and form so far this season. As reported by the Daily Express: “Lazar Markovic joined Sporting Lisbon on a season-long loan last summer as he was not part of 

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Olivier Giroud had a European Championship campaign so outstanding — he was the second-joint top scorer — that it has prompted transfer requests from an array of European heavyweights. Although Arsenal have turned down the interested parties’ advances, he cannot, as evidenced by the 2015/16 campaign, wholly shoulder Arsenal’s striking responsibility. A striker is the 

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Analysis of the Big Three after summer transfers and pre-season friendlies As ever, the summer transfer market has seen many of the Primeira Liga’s top players leaving Portugal in exchange for more high-profile leagues or a huge hike in their salaries, or for the exceptional few, both. As for the incomers, a mixed bag of 

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Portugal is not only a popular destination for holiday-makers during the summer months. Professional football clubs across Europe often turn to the Primeira Liga to boost their squads ahead of the new campaign. Whether it’s a proven performer or a bargain-basement buy, there are plenty of high-quality options available for every club (and every budget) 

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Cédric Soares is the latest of Sporting Lisbon’s highly promising crop of young players to be linked with a lucrative move, either abroad or domestically. Contract talks with the Portugal right-back have stalled over several months amid rumours that both FC Porto and Benfica are keen on prising the 23-year-old away from their direct rivals, 

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An extravagantly talented winger, Sporting Lisbon winger André Carrillo has at last added the missing piece to take his game to the next level – consistency. Carrillo arrived in the Portuguese capital still a teenager in the summer of 2011, and from the outset the Peruvian proved both an explosive and a mercurial performer. With 

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After David Moyes’s reign at Manchester hit the nadir of the 0-3 home defeat to Liverpool, the outlook has started to become a lot brighter for the Scottish manager who strains desperately for his team to produce indications that he is worth both the long-term patience and financial backing of the Glazer family. Olympiakos were 

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