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Former Liverpool captain Gerrard turned down European move

Steven Gerrard turned down moves to Europe. Credit: PA

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits he turned down a "couple of nice opportunities" to move to a club in Europe in order to pursue a new challenge with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The 35-year-old midfielder is set to be presented to his new club's fans at half-time of Saturday's Major League Soccer game against Toronto.

He will then publicly don Galaxy kit for the first time in an open training session on Tuesday ahead of a press conference, with his debut pencilled in for July 17 at home to San Jose Earthquakes.

Former England captain Gerrard is looking forward to a fresh start after admitting he wanted a new challenge.

"I had some nice opportunities around Europe," he told Galaxy TV.

"But I wanted a completely fresh challenge, to come out of my comfort zone, live away from home and get a different life experience and choose a place where my family can enjoy themselves and settle.

"When I retire from football in a few years time I want to say I did try something different and didn't stay in the same place - although I loved every minute of it."

Fiorentina call in lawyers over Chelsea winger dispute

Mohamed Salah was in Florence last season. Credit: PA

Fiorentina have called in their lawyers to settle a dispute with on loan Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah.

The former Basle star spent the end of last season on loan in Florence, with the Italian club having a clause to extend his stay in Serie A, but the Egyptian has refused to return to the club.

Salah looks set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, with both Inter Milana and Roma expressing an interest, but this latest incident has complicated the matter.

Following recent developments concerning Mohamed Salah, ACF Fiorentina would like to clarify the following points out of respect for Viola fans.

Through his representative, the player has rejected our improved contract offer and expressed his desire to join another club. He has also informed us that he does not intend to respond to our request for him to report back for pre-season training. As a result of the above, we have placed the matter in the hands of our lawyers so that they may assess all possible courses of action in order to protect the club's rights.

– Fiorentina statement

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Chelsea sign striker Falcao on loan

Radamel Falcao has another chance in the Premier League. Credit: PA

Chelsea have confirmed the signing of striker Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan from Monaco.

The Colombian spent last season with Manchester United, but struggled to make any impact, scoring just four league goals for Louis van Gaal's men.

"I am very happy to be joining Chelsea and can't wait to start training and help with our aim of retaining the league title and being successful in Europe," he told the club's official website.

Arsenal forward given permission to find new club

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski looks set to leave the Emirates after his agent admitted he'd been given permission to find the German a new club.

Podolski spent a disappointing few months out on loan at Inter Milan at the back end of last season and has been heavily linked with a move to Galatasaray.

Lukas Podolski is off. Credit: PA

"We had good talks with Wenger," Podolski's agent, Nassim Touihri, told German newspaper Bild.

"He wanted to keep Lukas at Arsenal but could not guarantee him a starting position. That's why we agreed to make a transfer."

West Brom in talks over takeover

West Brom could get new owners very soon. Credit: PA

The sale of West Brom has moved a step closer after chairman Jeremy Peace confirmed exclusivity has been granted to one interested party.

Discussions have taken place with several groups after Peace made the decision earlier in the year to offer up his 88 per cent share of the Baggies as he "considered strategic options for the future development and legacy of the club".

Speculation has linked a Chinese consortium with the club but there has been no confirmation of the identity of the party to whom exclusivity has been granted.

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