LUHG2In a summer where the two biggest clubs in the world, Barcelona and Real Madrid have both spent over €80 million on a signing a top player, Manchester United owners have announced plans to raid the Premier League side for another $150 million.

On Wednesday, United announced that the Glazer family is selling 8 million shares with reduced voting rights, which is about 5% of the club. The Glazers had previously sold 10% of their holding via a stock listing in 2012.

Instead to that money being invested in the playing staff, it will instead line the pockets of the Glazer family.

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louis-van-gaalIt promises to be a record breaking transfer summer in England as Manchester United are poised to spend close to £200 million to get back into race for the Premier League title again. How will last season’s top four of Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal react to United’s spending spree? Will they match it with one of their own?

The transfer window re-opened on the final day of the domestic season and will close at 23:00 BST on Monday, 1 September.

Clubs could buy domestic players again once they had played their final game of the season. International deals can go through from 10 June.

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Gareth-Bale-Champions-LeagueCeltic were thrashed 4-1 by Polish side Legia Warsaw in the Champions League third qualifying round first leg on Wednesday, a result that all but ends their hope for progression to the group stages. It will take a remarkable turnaround for Ronny Deila’s side to overturn this at Parkhead next week.

Celtic had taken an early lead in Poland with a curling shot into the top corner from Callum McGregor. However, Miroslav Radovic scored twice, and it got worse before half-time when Efe Ambrose was sent off.

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LVG and GiggsManchester United manager Louis van Gaal has complained that he inherited an unbalanced and “broken” squad from David Moyes.

Van Gaal pointed the finger at former manager David Moyes for the squads problems saying that Sir Alex Ferguson had left Moyes with a team of winners while he getting a “broken” squad awash with attacking midfielders.

“No,” Van Gaal said when asked whether following Ferguson would have been harder.

“I don’t agree. I had to follow Bobby Robson at Barcelona the year after he won three titles and there wasn’t a problem (Van Gaal won the league that year).

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Arjen-Robben2Note: Brazil has added two September friendlies in the US. Sept 5 v Colombia in Miami and Sept 9 v Ecuador in New York. Ticket details below.

This summer promises to be an exciting one for US soccer fans as some of the biggest club sides in the world with Champions League winner Real Madrid, Spanish champions Atletico Madrid, German champions Bayern Munich and English champions Manchester City all slated to play in the US this summer.

Plus with Man United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Roma touring also this might be the best group of teams to ever visit the US in one summer.

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Milan Logo!I am absolutely gobsmacked at AC Milan‘s performance in the International Champions Cup so far. While I know that preseason is all about building players fitness and confidence ahead of the upcoming season, Milan’s performances in the ICC this season has to be sapping away all the player confidences, not to mention the damage that it is doing to the Rossoneri brand.

After getting thumped 3-0 by Olympiacos in their opening game of their US tour, Milan were ripped apart by Manchester City on Sunday on the way to a 5-1 defeat.

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Radamel Falcao defends Monaco move - videoJust over a month ago, BeIn Sports broke the story that former Atletico Madrid and current Monaco star Radamel Falcao was heading back to Madrid to join the European Champions.

Falcao, who I consider to be the best center forward in the world, seemed like a natural fit for Madrid. While defenses were scared of Madrid’s BBC (Bale, Benzema, Cristiano) attack last season, they would have been terrified at the thought of facing Bale, Falcao and Ronaldo.

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Juventus and Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United for weeks now, and after denying he was going nowhere, Juventus appeared to soften that stance on Monday when the club’s CEO Giuseppe Marotta is said that they will only sell Vidal if the midfielder asks to to go.

Gazzetta dello Sport say that United are offering somewhere in the region of €50m to €60m for the 27-year-old dynamic midfielder, who has reportedly already agreed to a wage packet of €8m per season (net), which is double what he makes in Turin.

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juve-supercupThe 2014-15 Serie A fixture list has been released and the season gets underway the weekend of August 30-31 and the season will come to an end on May 31 2015. There are four midweek rounds planned on September 24, October 29, January 6 and April 29.

Limitations have been put in place for derby games, barring them in the first, last or any midweek rounds.

Juventus begin defence of their title away to Chievo, while Roma v Fiorentina and Milan v Lazio are intriguing opening ties.

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inter-fansThe 2014-15 Serie A fixture list was released today and Walter Mazzarri will be pretty happy with an opening five matches of Torino (A), Sassuolo (H), Palermo (A), Atalanta (H) and Cagliari (H).

Inter’s first big test is week seven when then they meet Napoli at home. The Derby di Milano is in Week 12, so towards the end of November, on the same weekend as Lazio-Juventus while the first Derby d’Italia between Juventus-Inter takes place on in Week 17.

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