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Footy Talk: Football news and rumours - 28th December 2016

All the football news, rumors and gossip at one place
Updated: 28 December 2016 17:33 IST - Published: 28 December 2016 11:53 IST
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That's all we have in today's edition of Footy Talk. We will be back again with the latest news updates and transfer rumours from around the globe. This is Aaditya Narayan signing off for the day. Cheers!

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The Chelsea wing-back has done so well for Antonio Conte since joining from Fiorentina, and has been pivotal in Chelsea's rise to first place. 

We wish him a very happy birthday!

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Wesley Sneijder slams Louis van GaalSneijder said Van Gaal is the

Wesley Sneijder slams Louis van Gaal

Sneijder said Van Gaal is the "very best coach" he's worked with but admits he had 'nothing but trouble' working with the former Manchester United manager. 
 
The Galatasaray midfielder played under van Gaal for Ajax and the Netherlands.

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Hart and Oblak on Conte's radarWith Thibaut Courtois linked to a mega move to Real Madrid, Antonio Conte is looking to sign Joe Hart or Jan Oblak as the first-choice Chelsea stopper. Hart is out of favour at Manchester City and is currently on loan at Torino. Oblak is sidelined for the next three months with an injured shoulder. 

Hart and Oblak on Conte's radar

With Thibaut Courtois linked to a mega move to Real Madrid, Antonio Conte is looking to sign Joe Hart or Jan Oblak as the first-choice Chelsea stopper. 

Hart is out of favour at Manchester City and is currently on loan at Torino. Oblak is sidelined for the next three months with an injured shoulder. 

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Spurs visit Southampton tonight, and a win is a must for them with all the other teams in the top six winning their games in this round of Premier League fixtures

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Giroud close to new Arsenal dealOlivier Giroud will renew his Arsenal contract very soon, even as the French striker admitted that it had been a tough recent period for him. Giroud has been important for Arsenal, coming off the bench and scoring vital goals. The most recent of those was the 87th-minute winner he scored against West Brom on Boxing Day. 

Giroud close to new Arsenal deal

Olivier Giroud will renew his Arsenal contract very soon, even as the French striker admitted that it had been a tough recent period for him. 

Giroud has been important for Arsenal, coming off the bench and scoring vital goals. The most recent of those was the 87th-minute winner he scored against West Brom on Boxing Day. 

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Liverpool scored their 100th league goal under Jurgen Klopp last night against Stoke.

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Wenger takes aim at ChelseaAGAIN! The Arsenal manager this time accused Chelsea of stockpiling youngsters in their squad and sending them out on loan by the dozen. He said,

Wenger takes aim at Chelsea

AGAIN!
The Arsenal manager this time accused Chelsea of stockpiling youngsters in their squad and sending them out on loan by the dozen. He said, "The current system means financial interests are prioritized over youth development"

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Chelsea launch €25 million bid for KessieFrance Football says that Chelsea will beat Manchester United to the signing of the Atalanta starlet Franck Kessie, and will put in an official bid soon after the winter transfer window opens. 

Chelsea launch €25 million bid for Kessie

France Football says that Chelsea will beat Manchester United to the signing of the Atalanta starlet Franck Kessie, and will put in an official bid soon after the winter transfer window opens. 

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United to rival Arsenal, Liverpool for BrandtBayer Leverkusen's Julian Brandt is the subject of interest from various Premier League clubs. Manchester United are the latest to join the queue to acquire the services of the talented 20-year-old, who has been in sensational form for Leverkusen this season. Only Dortmund's Ousmane Dembele and Leipzig's Emil Forsberg have more assists than Brandt in this season's Bundesliga. 

United to rival Arsenal, Liverpool for Brandt

Bayer Leverkusen's Julian Brandt is the subject of interest from various Premier League clubs. Manchester United are the latest to join the queue to acquire the services of the talented 20-year-old, who has been in sensational form for Leverkusen this season. 

Only Dortmund's Ousmane Dembele and Leipzig's Emil Forsberg have more assists than Brandt in this season's Bundesliga. 

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Mourinho eyes £35 million Benfica raid

Manchester United are eyeing the signing of Benfica defender Nelson Semedo. United are also trying to sign Semedo's £38million rated team-mate Victor Lindelof. 

Mirror Football says the talks between Semedo and United representatives have commenced. But it is also understood that there any deal will happen only in the summer as Benfica do not want to lose their player in this window. 

Mourinho eyes £35 million Benfica raid

Manchester United are eyeing the signing of Benfica defender Nelson Semedo. United are also trying to sign Semedo's £38million rated team-mate Victor Lindelof.

Mirror Football says the talks between Semedo and United representatives have commenced. But it is also understood that there any deal will happen only in the summer as Benfica do not want to lose their player in this window. 

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Stam to rival Giggs for Swansea job
De Telegraaf in the Netherlands has reported that former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam is the frontrunner to replace Bob Bradley at Swansea. Stam currently manages Reading - who are sitting strong in 3rd position in the championship. This was in contrast to Sky Sports reporting that Ryan Giggs was the frontrunner to manage the Welsh outfit. 

Stam to rival Giggs for Swansea job

De Telegraaf in the Netherlands has reported that former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam is the frontrunner to replace Bob Bradley at Swansea. Stam currently manages Reading - who are sitting strong in 3rd position in the championship. This was in contrast to Sky Sports reporting that Ryan Giggs was the frontrunner to manage the Welsh outfit. 

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Mourinho eyes £35 million Benfica raidManchester United are eyeing the signing of Benfica defender Nelson Semedo. United are also trying to sign Semedo's £38million rated team-mate Victor Lindelof. Mirror Football says the talks between Semedo and United representatives have commenced. But it is also understood that there any deal will happen only in the summer as Benfica do not want to lose their player in this window. 

Mourinho eyes £35 million Benfica raid

Manchester United are eyeing the signing of Benfica defender Nelson Semedo. United are also trying to sign Semedo's £38million rated team-mate Victor Lindelof. 

Mirror Football says the talks between Semedo and United representatives have commenced. But it is also understood that there any deal will happen only in the summer as Benfica do not want to lose their player in this window. 

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Bilbao defender successfully operated uponAthletic Bilbao's young defender Yeray Alvarez, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer last week, has successfully undergone a surgical procedure. Yeray underwent an orchiectomy and Athletic described the procedure

Bilbao defender successfully operated upon

Athletic Bilbao's young defender Yeray Alvarez, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer last week, has successfully undergone a surgical procedure. 

Yeray underwent an orchiectomy and Athletic described the procedure "passing without incident.”

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Sevilla's French midfielder apologized for his actions

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Samir Nasri's Twitter account hacked

Samir Nasri's Twitter privacy was breached as his account was compromised and some obscene tweets were posted from his account. Below are excerpts of what happened:

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The hacker was in full flow.

The hacker was in full flow.

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The clinic denied all the allegations and cried foul.

The clinic denied all the allegations and cried foul.