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Djilobodji vows to impress at Chelsea


Papy Djilobodji determined to impress at Chelsea and in Premier League

ESPN FC's Gabriele Marcotti says the recent transfers of centre back Papy Djilobodji to Chelsea brings experience and options to the EPL side.
Rafael Honigstein says that new signing Papy Djilobodji could play in central midfield, similar to how Kurt Zouma has for Mourinho.

New Chelsea signing Papy Djilobodji has vowed to prove his worth in England.

Djilobodji, 26, was a surprise signing for the English Premier League champions, joining them for £2.7 million shortly before the transfer window closed.

The former Nantes defender has been left out of Chelsea's squad for the Champions League but he says he is willing to work hard to prove himself in London.

"It's one part of my dream that's coming true," he told Nantes' official website. "The path was very long but...

Anthony Martial could cost Man United £57.6 million - Monaco vice-president

New Manchester United forward Anthony Martial claims he is trying to move past the hefty price tag that has surrounded his move from AS Monaco.
The ESPN FC crew discuss Arsene Wenger's comments on Manchester United signing Anthony Martial whom the Arsenal manager praised as a "huge talent".
ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes breaks down all you need to know about Man United's deadline day teenage signing Anthony Martial.

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev says the Ligue 1 club turned down a succession of offers from Manchester United before agreeing to part with Anthony Martial for a fee of £57.6 million.

Martial, 19, signed for United earlier this week in a deal reported to be worth £36m up front.

French media reported that the transfer fee could eventually rise to €80m (£58m) when bonuses were included, which would make him the most expensive French player in history.

And Vasilyev appeared...

Marseille missed out on Erik Lamela after Tottenham failed to get Berahino

The ESPN FC crew discusses Saido Berahino's tweet saying he 'will never play' for Jeremy Peace, chairman of the striker's current club, West Bromwich Albion.
Is West Brom's Saido Berahino worth £30 million? ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes discuss.

Marseille president Vincent Labrune has confirmed that Tottenham Hotspur pulled the plug on a deal for Erik Lamela at the last minute because the English club failed to sign Saido Berahino.

Berahino, 22, made his frustration clear on Twitter when West Bromwich Albion refused to sell their star striker to Spurs before the close of the transfer window.

But Spurs' failure to land Berahino also had implications for Argentina winger Lamela, 23, who had been set for a move to Marseille.

Tottenham could use a few more goals out of Erik Lamela, who has just four on the season in all competitions.
Erik Lamela has scored two Premier League goals for Tottenham.

Speaking to Le...

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Monaco chief Vadim Vasilyev admits Premier League riches hard to resist

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson talks to Alison Bender about young signing Anthony Martial, saying he's not sure that the forward will be a star forward for the team, even after he matures.
Didier Deschamps and Pierre Mankowski believe former Monaco forward Anthony Martial will succeed with his new club Manchester United.
Monaco's Leonardo Jardim admitted his side were beaten by the better team, after falling to a 3-0 loss at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain.

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev admits the "unprecedented resources" of British clubs means selling players like Anthony Martial is unavoidable.

The principality club were knocked out of the Champions League playoffs recently, lost 3-0 to Paris St Germain in Ligue 1, and then saw talented forward Martial depart for Manchester United in a world-record fee for a teenager at £36 million.

The summer of 2014 saw a similar story involving big-name players, when James Rodriguez was sold to Real...

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic dismisses Arsenal talk, calls AC Milan 'desperate'

PSG head coach Laurent Blanc is satisfied that Angel Di Maria is adapting to life in the French capital following his transfer from Manchester United.

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has played down talk he could have moved to Arsenal, while labelling AC Milan's interest in him "a bit desperate."

The Gunners were linked with a deadline day swoop for Ibrahimovic, 33, with Arsene Wenger reported to have flown to Paris for negotiations.

The Sweden captain, however, has dismissed such speculation, but did reveal former club Milan were very keen on taking him back to the San Siro.

"No," Ibrahimovic is quoted by the Daily Mirror as...