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Transfer window: 10 bargain signings of the summer so far

Football’s silly season has well and truly begun but some clubs are finding value in the transfer marketBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredWith every passing transfer window, prices seem to rise and rise – at least as far as Premier League clubs are conce…

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Matthijs de Ligt agrees terms with Juventus but PSG refuse to give up

Juve must now agree price with Ajax for centre-backItalian champions are set to re-sign Gianluigi BuffonMatthijs de Ligt has accepted Juventus offer of a five-year contract worth €24m (£21.6m) a year, of which a third will be performance related bonus,…

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Juventus edge ahead of PSG in race to sign Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax

• Serie A champions in talks with Ajax defender’s agent over move• 19-year-old has not decided where he wants to play next seasonJuventus are hopeful of beating Paris Saint-Germain to the signing of Matthijs de Ligt and have started negotiations with t…

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Matthijs de Ligt considers options after £340,000-a-week offer from PSG

• PSG have made an offer of €70m plus add-ons to Ajax• Player waiting to hear if other clubs will match that bidThe Ajax captain, Matthijs de Ligt, has been offered a five-year deal worth £340,000 a week by Paris St-Germain and is now considering his o…

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Louis van Gaal: ‘I thought Manchester United could buy every player’

United’s former manager on Rooney, tactics, why the club is too commercial and being ‘very surprised’ at Solskjær’s appointmentThe Guardian sat down with Louis van Gaal at Noordwijk’s Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin, three years since his dismissal by Manche…

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Liverpool and Spurs’ Champions League wins have European roots | Letters

UEFA wins for Spurs and Liverpool should be seen as a triumph for European integration, say Malcolm Bower and Sean Day-Lewis. Myrna Hughes is worried about the environmental cost of the final. Tim Davies says the clean sweep for English sides deserves …

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‘A fairytale with a very bad ending’: Ajax and Netherlands in disbelief

Frenkie de Jong summed up Ajax’s devastation after Spurs ended their European miracle and his pain was echoed by their fans, the Dutch media and even rivals such as Dick AdvocaatIt is a day of drying hot tears in Amsterdam and in almost every part of t…

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What a night part two! Spurs’ stunning comeback against Ajax – in pictures

Just 24 hours after Liverpool defeated Barcelona, Tottenham defied the odds by staging their own amazing turnaround, coming back from three goals down on aggregate at half-time in the second leg to go through on away goals Continue reading…

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Emotional Lucas Moura reacts to replay of his match-winning goal against Ajax – video

Tottenham’s Lucas Moura was overcome with emotion when shown a replay of his last-gasp winner against Ajax for the first time. The Brazilian’s goal, his third of the night, sealed a remarkable 3-2 comeback for Spurs and sent them through to the Champio…

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Lucas Moura calls stoppage-time winner for Spurs ‘best moment of my career’ – video

Lucas Moura has described his dramatic winner in Tottenham’s last-gasp win over Ajax in the Champions League as ‘the best moment of my career’.Moura’s hat-trick in the second leg of the semi-final sealed an astonishing 3-2 comeback win for Sp…

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Tottenham superheroes set up dream Champions League final with Liverpool

• Mauricio Pochettino hails ‘near miracle’ after comeback at Ajax• ‘It is impossible to live without type of emotion football brings’Mauricio Pochettino said that his Tottenham team had achieved a near miracle as he reflected on how his “superheroes” h…

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Spurs live a north London fantasy to break apart Ajax’s butterflies | Barney Ronay

This exhibition of Champions League drama, which ended with Mauricio Pochettino hugging everyone, was as good as it getsAnd, freeze that moment. As the ball bounced back out of the netting behind André Onana the white shapes wilted and stretched out ac…

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Mauricio Pochettino credits Spurs ‘superheroes’ for Champions League triumph over Ajax – video

Mauricio Pochettino has said his players ‘are superheroes now’ after Tottenham Hotspur sealed a sensational 3-2 comeback win over Ajax Amsterdam to advance to the Champions League final.Spurs overturned a 1-0 deficit at Ajax in the second leg…

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Ajax 2-3 Tottenham (3-3 agg): Champions League player ratings

Hakim Ziyech shines as a roaming threat for Ajax but there is no one to touch Tottenham’s Lucas Moura for predatory brillianceAndré Onana 6/10 Two excellent point-blank saves but erred on Lucas’s second and endured a couple of flaps. Continue reading…..

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Tottenham comeback stuns Ajax and sets up final against Liverpool

For Tottenham Hotspur, it was shaping up to be a night of so many what-ifs. What if Jan Vertonghen’s late header had gone in rather than thudding off the crossbar? What if they had started better? And, though it feels slightly unfair to put this on the…

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Ajax v Tottenham Hotspur: Champions League semi-final, second leg – live!

Champions League updates from the 8pm BST game (first leg: 1-0)Dutch player sacked for throwing sickie to watch Ajax at SpursAnd you can email Scott here with your thoughts 7.11pm BST Pre-match video entertainment. Here’s Mauricio Pochettino in inscrut…

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Hugo Lloris and Spurs hoping clarity at home can lead to a glory night | David Hytner

Tottenham were gifted a top-four place on Sunday and their goalkeeper believes they can now go for broke against AjaxFor Hugo Lloris, the exhilaration was in the surprise. Tottenham had slipped up again, losing their heads at Bournemouth on Saturday to…

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Mauricio Pochettino says he may leave Spurs if they win Champions League

• Tottenham manager makes shock claim on eve of Ajax game• ‘It should be fantastic – close the five-year chapter and go home’Mauricio Pochettino made the stunning claim on the eve of Tottenham’s Champions League semi-final, second leg at Ajax that he w…

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Spurs is most important match in Ajax stadium’s history, says Erik ten Hag

• Manager says players do not need any ‘external motivation’• Ajax take 1-0 aggregate lead into home second legErik ten Hag insists his young Ajax side need no motivation against Tottenham on Wednesday in the stadium that bears the name of the club’s m…

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Mauricio Pochettino takes heart in 1992 semi-final win against the odds

Tottenham’s manager knows his team has to be brave in Amsterdam and he can draw on Copa Libertadores memories from 27 years agoMauricio Pochettino picks up the story on the night before the 1992 Copa Libertadores semi-final, second-leg. The Tottenham m…