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Radamel Falcao to flop at Chelsea?

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Van Gaal has returned the arrogance that once propelled Man United

The ESPN FC panel respond to Wayne Rooney's suggestion that Manchester United are only a few signings away from challenging for the Premier League title next season, while Shaka Hislop indicates they need to sign a marquee striker.

It's too early to judge whether Manchester United are on their way back to the summit of English football, but they've certainly got their old swagger back. From the noises coming out of Old Trafford, you'd think that the club had only just missed out on the title in May and was now regrouping in anticipation of another tilt.

This weekend, Ryan Giggs echoed Louis van Gaal's contentious view that United were "close" last season with such confidence that you actually have to stop to remind yourself...

Brazil in shambles after Copa America loss to Paraguay

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol is at odds as to why Brazil have struggled so much in recent memory and attributes the lack of success to their inability to score goals.

SANTIAGO, Chile -- Nearly five years have passed since Brazil exited the 2010 World Cup in the quarterfinals, losing 2-1 to the Netherlands. Since then, they've only played 15 competitive games, as they didn't need to qualify for 2014. They won just 6 of those 15.

Sometimes, you don't need to see a doctor to know you're unwell. A self-diagnosis will tell you all you need to know.

Brazil's malaise pre-dated their Copa America quarterfinal loss on penalties to Paraguay on Saturday night. Bringing...

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Are Manchester United struggling to sign new players ... again?

The ESPN FC crew respond to your questions in regards to whether or not players are using Manchester United as a decoy, what Chelsea must do in the transfer market and more.

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos, Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger, Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin, Monaco's Fabinho are this week's potential arrivals at Manchester United, along with Benfica's Nicolas Gaitan, a player first linked with Old Trafford as far back as 2011. That lot joins at least 25 other rumoured transfers.

"[Mats] Hummels £36 million, [Nathaniel] Clyne of Southampton £15 million, [Paul] Pogba £75m, [Gareth] Bale £120 million...and Jackson Martinez of Porto...

 By Tim Vickery

Paraguay and Brazil's Copa America match is a test of resilience

Brazil midfielder Willian believes new Liverpool signing Roberto Firmino will adapt to English football, and hopes Brazil can beat Paraguay who knocked them out of the Copa America last time.

The semifinal lineup will be completed by the winner of the match in Concepcion, Chile between Brazil and Paraguay. A few weeks ago, Brazil would have been seen as overwhelming favourites to win this one. The odds, though, have probably got a bit closer over the last few days.

Twenty years ago at the Copa America in Uruguay, Paraguay turned up at the stadium in Maldonado for a training session. But the ground was closed, with no one around to open it. No problem. Paraguay shut off the approach...

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Would Jack Wilshere succeed at Man City, or should he stay at Arsenal?

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson and Steve Nicol assess Man City's potential transfer targets and predict which ones will end up at the Etihad.
Jack Wilshere has not made the strides he should have at Arsenal.

On the face of it, Jack Wilshere has no desire to leave Arsenal this summer. "I want to be wanted by Arsenal. I've grown up at Arsenal, I'm a home-grown player, and as long as Arsenal want me, then I'm happy," he told a news conference while on England duty earlier this month.

His statement seemed categorical but also stayed a little open-ended. For the first time in Wilshere's career, the possibility of leaving the Emirates is being freely floated. Manchester City's interest in him is obvious,...

 By Rory Smith

Why are the world's best goalkeepers seemingly so affordable to buy?

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop and Mark Donaldson weigh in on Petr Cech's imminent move to Arsenal and discuss why goalkeepers aren't all that expensive.
ESPN FC's Paul Mariner and Alejandro Moreno discuss John Terry's comments that Petr Cech could save 12 to 15 points a season for Arsenal if his transfer is completed.

Every once in a while, a transfer comes along that works for everyone: the buying club, the selling club and the player himself. It does not normally work like that, of course. Ordinarily, there is at least one winner and at least one loser. The case of Petr Cech is different. It seems everyone's a winner here.

The player, first: he gets to join a team in the Champions League and with genuine aspirations of challenging for the Premier League title for the first time in a decade. He will be a...