Sporting Lisboa's William Carvalho celebrates his goal against Porto during their Portuguese premier league soccer match in Porto

Wednesday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Carvalho to Chelsea, Zaha to Palace

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With less than two weeks until the transfer window slams shut clubs are hurriedly preparing themselves for ‘Deadline Day’ behind the scenes. The fact that so many teams now leave it to the last minute to acquire new players seems crazy, but it proves one thing: there’s bargains to be had out there. Usually.

Here is your latest installment of all the latest transfer gossip.

Arsenal are set to miss out on Sporting Lisbon’s midfielder William Carvalho, according to Portuguese outlet A Bola, as Chelsea have apparently won the race to sign the $56 million man. Carvalho, 22, will bolster Jose Mourinho’s midfield further but do the Blues really need him? You’re getting greedy now, Jose.

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Manchester City are set to sell young defense Matija Nastasic, as the 21-year-old continues to struggle to win over Manuel Pellegrini. The Serbian youngster was a regular under Roberto Mancini but his career has stalled at the Etihad. The Daily Express believes Arsenal will miss out, again, as Italian giants Juventus will swoop in for Nastasic.

Malky Mackay is expected to be named as Crystal Palace’s new manager in the next 24 hours and wants to bring back a former Eagles favorite on his arrival. The South London side sold Wilfried Zaha to Manchester United last summer for $30 million but the pacey winger has failed to make any impact at Old Trafford. According to the Daily Star Zaha, 21, could arrive initially on loan.

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Former Fulham and Liverpool left back John Arne Riise could be heading back to the Premier League sooner than we thought. Reports from Sky Sports state the Norwegian defender, 33, is claiming Aston Villa are after his signature. After signing experienced PL players Philippe Senderos, Joe Cole and Kieran Richardson already this summer, Paul Lambert could have another veteran on board soon enough.

Sticking with Fulham, the Championship side are set to lose Costa Rica’s Worls Cup captain, Bryan Ruiz, to Wolfsburg for $5 million according to the Daily Mail. Ruiz, 29, spent the second half of last season on loan at PSV Eindhoven and is desperate to avoid second-tier soccer in England.

VIDEO: Henrikh Mkhitaryan scores beauty for Man United

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Manchester United controls the ball under pressure from Aaron Cresswell of West Ham United during the EFL Cup quarter final match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on November 30, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Here he comes.

When Henrikh Mkhitaryan signed for Manchester United in the summer big things were expected.

It’s taken him a while to settle but now the Armenian playmaker has scored his first goal for United with a stunning superb solo effort against Zorya Luhansk on Thursday in the UEFA Europa League.

Watch the video below to see Mkhitaryan put United 1-0 up.

What a goal.

VIDEO: Is this the worst open goal miss in history?

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My goodness.

You truly have to see this a few times to believe it is possible.

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Stunning footage from a game between National Vatera and Makedonikos Kozanis in Greece’s four-tier last weekend has emerged as Kozanis striker Thanasis Takidis goes clean through on goal, gets one yard out but then somehow delays his shot and is blocked on the line by a defender, then the ball gets away from him.

Watch the clip above to see probably the worst miss you will ever see.

I mean, come on man…

Kashima beats Auckland City 2-1 in opener of Club World Cup

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - DECEMBER 08:  Daigo Nishi of Kashima Antlers heads the ball over Angel Berlanga of Auckland City during the FIFA Club World Cup Play-off for Quarter Final match between Kashima Antlers and Auckland City at International Stadium Yokohama on December 8, 2016 in Yokohama, Japan.  (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)
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YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) Japanese champion Kashima Antlers beat Auckland City of New Zealand 2-1 in the opening game of the Club World Cup on Thursday.

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Kim Dae-wook headed Auckland ahead five minutes after half time, but substitute Shuhei Akasaki equalized for the J-League champions in the 67th minute.

Fellow sub Mu Kanazaki then completed the comeback in the 88th, heading home from close range after Shoma Doi nodded a deep Shuto Yamamoto cross from the left back.

Kashima advanced to a quarterfinal against African champion Mamelodi Sundowns in Osaka on Sunday.

The winner of that game will face Copa Libertadores winner Atletico Nacional in the semifinal Wednesday. European powerhouse Real Madrid also enters the tournament from the semifinal stage.

The use of video replays was available during the match but there were no official reviews. The technology is there to be used only for correcting clear errors in game-changing decisions.

Previews of all 10 Premier League games – Week 15

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 10:  Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur (10) reacts after a challenge during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on April 10, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Week 15 of the Premier League season has arrived with Manchester United hosting Tottenham, Liverpool welcoming West Ham and Leicester City and Manchester City clashing at the King Power Stadium.

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With some intense relegation battles between Swansea City and Sunderland and Hull City and Crystal Palace, there is plenty on the line as the festive season really starts to heat up.

Below are previews, score predictions and everything else you need to know about all 10 games this weekend.


Chelsea vs. West Brom

Leicester City vs. Manchester City

Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Liverpool vs. West Ham

Arsenal vs. Stoke City

Southampton vs. Middlesbrough

Swansea City vs. Sunderland

Watford vs. Everton

Hull vs. Crystal Palace

Burnley vs. Bournemouth