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Everton reject $42 million Manchester Utd bid for Baines and Fellaini

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It has been revealed that Manchester United have made another audacious double bid for Everton’s Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini.

The Red Devils have had a $42 million bid rejected for the duo, as United boss David Moyes looks to his old club to strengthen his squad.

However, the Toffees are not going to sell two of their star players on the cheap. Not at all.

Three weeks ago Fellaini alone was worth $34.5 million, as that was the release clause in his contract. However that clause expired and now the 25-year-old Belgian cannot be sold unless Everton accept the bid.

Baines and Fellaini are both top quality Premier League players, in their prime and established internationals. That’s why this bid from United is so ridiculous.

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Yes, we understand that you have to try and get value for money. Everyone in the Premier League is holding out for that. But what United offered for Everton’s prized possessions is a little bit embarrassing. For one of the richest and most prestigious clubs in the world to offer such a paltry sum is disrespectful to Everton.

Baines, 28, is worth at least $20 million on his own. At least. While Fellaini is obviously worth almost $40 million. So United are almost $20 million off in their estimations.

Moyes signed Baines from Wigan in 2007 for $10 million and Fellaini from Standard Liege in 2008 for $23 million when he was Everton manager. And with their sensational performances under Moyes at Everton, their value has sky-rocketed. They both started in Everton’s 2-2 draw with Norwich on Saturday and Blues manager Roberto Martinez has reiterated time and time again that he wants to keep them.

Everton are said to be angry and upset by the bids for their big name players, with chairman Bill Kenwright reportedly not happy at all. United had exactly the same bid for the duo rejected back in July, so why did they think Everton would sell for the same price now?

It makes no sense. With Everton disappointed by United’s transfer policy, the Red Devils may have just lost out on two of their top transfer targets.

For United, it’s back to the drawing board… and time to get serious with their bids.

Bayern’s Vidal says “ugly” Atletico not deserved UCL finalists

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 27: Juanfran of Atletico Madrid and Arturo Vidal of Bayern Munich argue during the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Bayern Muenchen at Vincente Calderon on April 27, 2016 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal has declared “ugly” Atletico Madrid unworthy finalists in the UEFA Champions League.

Bayern was eliminated in the Champions League semifinal by Atleti on Tuesday, with Diego Simeone’s Spanish side advancing on away goals.

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However, Vidal believed Bayern were the better team in the second leg, saying Atletico played “ugly football” to get through.

Today ugly football – Atletico – played against the best football in the world. The only time they saw the ball was for the goal.

They are going to be dreaming about us right up to the final. They did not have the ball, they took on the best team in the world, they took their chances and got to the final.

The best does not always win in football, like today. They are not deserved finalists.

Bayern Munich controlled more than 70-percent of possession and had 33 shots compared to Atletico’s nine, but those stats mean little as Antoine Griezmann’s away goal was enough to send Atleti to the final.

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Atletico may not play the most attractive football, but after eliminating Barcelona and Bayern Munich in consecutive legs, it’s hard to argue anyone deserves this more than Simeone’s men.

Europa League preview: Liverpool, Shakhtar look to overcome Spanish foes

VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28:  Cedric Bakambu of Villarreal is watched by the Liverpool defence during the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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The second leg of the Europa League semifinals kick off tomorrow, with two La Liga sides looking to make it an all-Spanish final.

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Villarreal holds a 1-0 lead over Liverpool, while Sevilla scored two away goals in their 2-2 draw at Shakhtar Donetsk.

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Villarreal won first leg 1-0

Adrian Lopez’s late winner in the first leg has given Villarreal a slight lead, while the Spanish side did well not to concede an away goal. However, Liverpool have overcome deficits at Anfield before, including their memorable 4-3 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the quarterfinals. Emre Can is back fit for the Reds, as manager Jurgen Klopp will hope his fellow German can help the team to a cup final in his first year in charge.

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First leg ended 2-2 draw 

Sevilla are looking to become the first team to win three consecutive Europa League titles as the two-time defending champions face off against Shakhtar Donetsk. Sevilla are in the driver’s seat after scoring two away goals in Ukraine, and will feel confident of advancing to the final with a great home record at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.

Men in Blazers podcast: Celebrating Leicester’s title with Arlo White

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In the latest Men in Blazers podcast, Rog and Davo celebrate Leicester City’s improbable Premier League title with Leicester’s own Arlo White.

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European police say Russian mafia infiltrating soccer clubs

LISBON, PORTUGAL - NOVEMBER 04:  Sporting Lisbon fans celebrate after their team score a goal during the Portuguese Liga match between Sporting Lisbon and Uniao Leiria at the Alvalade XXI Stadium on November 4, 2005 in Lisbon, Portugal.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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LISBON, Portugal (AP) Portuguese and European police say they have broken up a cell of an important Russian mafia group that allegedly laundered money through European football clubs.

Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, said in a statement Wednesday the group identified EU football clubs in financial distress and infiltrated them with benefactors who brought much-needed cash.

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Once they were in control, the mobsters allegedly laundered millions of euros (dollars) through player transfers, TV rights deals and betting.

Portuguese and European police on Tuesday raided third-division Portuguese club Uniao de Leiria and arrested three key members of the Russian gang. Three other Portuguese clubs’ premises were searched.

Europol said the operation helped identify serious crimes in Austria, Germany, and the United Kingdom, though it gave no details.