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Manchester United complete Fred signing from Shakhtar Donetsk

Steve Nicol explains why Fred is a great addition to Manchester United's midfield and why the club were smart to seal the move before the World Cup.

Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Brazil international midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Fred, 25, has agreed a five-year contract at Old Trafford club and becomes their second first-team signing of the summer.

"Fred will complement our other midfielders' qualities, which we need; his creative brain and passing vision will give us another dimension to our game," United manager Jose Mourinho told the club's website.

"I am very happy he is joining our club and I believe our players...

Manchester United's Patrice Evra mocked 'baby team' Arsenal when Robin van Persie left

Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson shares his thoughts on how Sampdoria's Lucas Torreira would fit in at the Emirates.
David Seaman believes that although a top four finish is achievable for Arsenal under Unai Emery, their defence needs to be addressed.
Raphael Honigstein explains why Borussia Dortmund's Sokratis Papastathopoulos would be an underwhelming addition for Arsenal.

Patrice Evra has said he mocked Arsenal as a "baby team" when Robin van Persie joined Manchester United -- and that the striker "understood straight away" what he meant.

Van Persie left Arsenal in 2012 after turning down a contract extension, saying the club's ambition didn't match his own. He signed for United instead and won the Premier League title in his first season there -- which proved to be Sir Alex Ferguson's last as a manager.

When Evra highlighted the work ethic United had under Ferguson,...

 By Reuters

Ruben Loftus-Cheek confident of Chelsea breakthrough

Gab Marcotti explains how Chelsea's managerial situation will play into Eden Hazard's decision to stay at Stamford Bridge or leave for Real Madrid.
Gab Marcotti puts himself in the shoes of the Chelsea brass and explains why the club should hold off on replacing Antonio Conte with Maurizio Sarri.

England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is eager to play regularly for Chelsea next season but said that the lofty expectations at the Premier League club makes it difficult for academy players to break into the first team.

Loftus-Cheek, 22, has made just 32 appearances for Chelsea since his senior debut in 2015 and his future at the club remains uncertain despite an impressive loan spell at Crystal Palace and call-up for England's World Cup squad.

"I'm confident in my ability that I can do well wherever...

 By Ben Gladwell

Juventus sign Emre Can on four-year contract

Emre Can has arrived in Turin to complete his Juventus medical ahead of his move from Liverpool.
ESPN FC's Paolo Bandini says that Juventus would welcome Alvaro Morata back to Turin with open arms if the price is right.
The ESPN FC panel discuss the timing of Gianluigi Buffon's decision to leave Juventus.

Emre Can has joined Serie A champions Juventus from Liverpool on a four-year contract.

Can, 24, passed a medical on Thursday and has signed a deal that will reportedly see him paid €4 million per season.

The Germany international midfielder becomes Juve's second signing of the summer following the arrival of Mattia Perin from Genoa and joins players including Paul Pogba, Kingsley Coman and Dani Alves in having moved to Juve on a free.

"The versatile midfielder, who can also operate in defence,...

 By Ben Gladwell

Chelsea yet to contact Gianfranco Zola over coaching role - agent

Gab Marcotti puts himself in the shoes of the Chelsea brass and explains why the club should hold off on replacing Antonio Conte with Maurizio Sarri.
John Obi Mikel explains why he believes that as long as Roman Abramovich is in charge of Chelsea, fans shouldn't be concerned for the club's future.

Gianfranco Zola's agent has said he has not yet had any contact with Chelsea amid reports that Zola left his role as a pundit on Tuesday to fly to London.

Zola bade farewell to his fellow studio guests on South African TV channel SuperSport following Russia's 3-1 win over Egypt.

"At the moment there are a lot of rumours about me, but we'll see what happens and what happens in the future -- at the moment, it is only talking but nothing is decided," the 51-year-old said.

Agent Fulvio Marrucco would...