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Big Transfer Rumours

1. Chelsea are ready to snatch France’s 26-year-old right-back Mathieu Debuchy of Lille from under Newcastle’s noses. Full story: Daily Mirror 

2. Manchester United are chasing Thiago Alcantara. Manchester United are watching Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara, 21, and remain keen on Tottenham’s Luka Modric. Full story: Daily Mail

4. Arsenal are leading the chase to sign Real Madrid’s 22-year-old star Joselu.  Full story: talkSPORT 

5. Chelsea have had a £20m bid for Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic, 22, rejected, according to reports. Full story: Daily Star 

6. Michael Owen, 32, has decided on a move to Stoke City despite interest from Everton. Full story: Daily Express 

7. Shay Given may retire from international football. Full story: 

8. Tottenham have informally spoken with former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas about their managerial vacancy. Full story: The Times 

9. Damien Comolli could be set for a shock return to Tottenham as director of football.  Full story: Daily Telegraph 

10. Tottenham are set to hand Tim Sherwood the role of director of football at White Hart Lane. Full story: The Sun 

11. Salomon Kalou’s agent claims his client would be willing to discuss a summer switch to Liverpool, but says there has been no approach as yet. Source: Sky Sports

Salomon Kalou - Liverpool v Chelsea - Premier League

Other Transfer Rumours

1. Out-of-favour midfielder Alberto Aquilani will not be allowed to tear up his Liverpool contract, but Joe Coe is set for a second chance at the Reds.

Full story: The Metro 

2. Everton are trailing Mario Mandzukic, 26, who has been one of the stars of Euro 2012 so far with three goals in two games for Croatia. Full story: Daily Mirror 

3. Stoke City are chasing Fulham midfielder Dickson Etuhu, 30, but Martin Jol’s side will want £1.5m before letting him leave Craven Cottage. Full story: The Sun 

4. West Ham are set to hand out-of-contract Mohammed Diame, 25, a three-year deal worth £7m as they look to add to their midfield options. Full story: Daily Mirror  


5. New Swansea boss Michael Laudrup will make Denmark and Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner his main transfer target this summer. Full story: Daily Mirror 

6. Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has told fellow Scot Alan Hutton he has no future at Villa Park. Full Story: Daily Mirror 

7. Birmingham have Roy Keane on a four-man short-list for their manager’s job – even though, unlike the other three people on it, he has not actually applied. Roy Keane on Birmingham’s short-list Full story: Daily Mirror 

8. Injury-prone midfielder Owen Hargreaves, 31, is considering whether to call time on his career.  Full story: Daily Mail 


Big Transfer Rumours:

 1.Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is considering whether to sack Harry Redknapp after failing to secure Champions League football. Full story: the Guardian 

2.Chelsea will name Roberto Di Matteo as the new manager on a full-time basis after failing to talk former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola out of taking a sabbatical. Full story: Daily Mirror 

3. Swansea City hope to appoint a successor to Brendan Rodgers by the end of this week from a shortlist headed by Ian Holloway and Michael Laudrup.  Full story: the Guardian 

4. Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has delayed completing his proposed £7m move to Liverpool from Hoffenheim so he can explain himself to the new Swansea manager, according to the Mirror.

5. Arsenal are in pole position to sign Montpellier forward Olivier Giroud, 25, according to his club coach Rene Girard. Full story: Metro 

6. The Baggies could be about to lose Jonas Olsson, 29, with Tottenham closing in on a cut-price deal for the Sweden centre-half. Full story: Daily Mirror 

7. Speculation, though, continues regarding Van Persie’s future. The Daily Mail reports on claims in Italy that Serie A champions Juventus have sent director, and club legend. Reports have also linked Arsenal with a move for Malaga’s Salomon Rondon in recent weeks, with the Daily Star claiming that Chelsea have joined the pursuit for the £11 million-rated Venezuelan.

8. Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been talking up a potential move to Chelsea, amid rumours the Blues are set to bid for the Belgian ace. The Belgian midfielder is quoted in the Mirror as saying he would be open to a move to Chelsea as he would have several of his international team mates there, and he’s ready to join an ambitious club who plays in Europe every season.

Other Rumours:

1. West Ham are leading the chase to sign Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga. The 24-year-old Mali forward almost moved to Newcastle in January but the deal collapsed over concerns about a knee problem. Full story: talkSPORT 

2. The Hammers have also tabled a £4m bid for Wolves winger Matt Jarvis. Full story: the Sun 

3. Chris Hughton is concerned that his predecessor as Norwich boss, Paul Lambert, will win the race to sign Kyle Naughton from Tottenham. Full story: Daily Mail 

4.Southampton are poised to firm up their interest in Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland with an offer for the 19-year-old.  Full story: Birmingham Mail


These 2 teams are coming into this game completely differently. Germany come in on the back of a win against Portugal, but Holland did themselves no favours when they lost to Denmark.

They are both very good teams, with the Netherlands making it to the final in 2010 and Germany making it to the semis. They are very evenly matched and this is going to be a very good time.

It starts at 8pm English time and is a much watch game.

Here are the odds:

Netherlands: 19/10                    Draw: 23/10                 Germany: 7/5

I think that Holland will bounce back in style with a dominant 3-0 beating of Germany.

This game is important for 2 different reasons for each team. For Denmark they are 1 win away from securing their place in the knock-out stage of the competition and if Portugal don’t win this they will get knocked – out of the competition.

These are the odds:

Denmark: 7/2                                Draw: 12/5                 Portugal: 5/6

It starts at 5pm English time and is a do or die game for Portugal and very important for Denmark as if they don’t win this they will have to beat Germany in the final group game.

I fancy an upset for this game and that Denmark will win 2-1. The last time they played Denmark won 2-1 so anything can happen.

There are many stand-out favorites this year, the main 3 at the beginning of the Euros obviously being Holland, Spain and Germany.

Holland’s hope were given a sucker punch when they lost to Denmark with the fire power like Van Persie, Huntelaar and Kuyt at front they are definitely not short of attacking. If they start firing in the goals they could still make it out of this group so don’t be surprised if they bounce back

Spain are backed up by back to back tournament victories, these being the Euro 2008 and The World Cup 2010. They have came into this competition with high hopes and with the likes of Xavi, Iniesta, Fabregas and Torres they could be the first team to win 3 major tournaments in a row.

Germany on the other hand were beaten by Spain in the semis of the Fifa World Cup and this would be perfect time for revenge. With a hole team of young and old talent they can tear teams apart and are likely to make the semis at the very least.

But then again there are many other decent teams which stand a chance this June including France, Italy and England and maybe even Portugal.

My predictions are that because of England’s defensive tactics they will not make it any further than the semi – finals and they would have to be extremely lucky for this to even happen.

The team that England faced was France who were exceptional with Laurent Blanc’s tactics working brilliantly. They were on the front foot for 80 of the 90 minutes of the game and their agressive offensive tactics were brilliant. The only reason they only scored one goal was because they were playing against 8 defenders. They should win their group and they have a  good chance of reaching the semis.

Then theirs Italy, who managed to give Spain a hard time which is never easy. Di Natale put them into the lead before Spain drew level through Fabregas. Italy have a very solid defense and the only problem is their attack finnishing wise. If they can get that problem sorted out they will do very well. I tip them to make it to the semis and maybe all the way.

So these are the teams which I predict will make it to the semis:

Spain, Germany, Italy, Holland