On this day: Chelsea close on amazing double deal and Barca prepare offer for Arsenal star

News stories from Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool included.

The World Cup is now fully under way and some very good sides are already on the ropes after their first group games.

England and Spain are among the sides to have experienced the bitter taste of defeat, which puts them under huge pressure heading into the second round of games this week.

The rumour mill also continues to spin round at a rapid pace as sides look to try and do business before the tournament in Brazil finishes and potential bidding wars break out.

We’ve taken a look back at some of the key stories making the headlines on this day last year.

‘Chelsea linked with dynamic attacking duo’

Jose Mourinho appeared to be wasting no time attempting to attract new players to Chelsea in his second spell in charge of the club.

The two players in question were Hulk of Zenit St Petersburg and Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund.

He signed neither, choosing to trust the strikers already at the club, a decision he was critical of at times last season.

‘Barca ready huge bid for Arsenal star’

It was around this time last year that Barcelona started to get linked with the best defenders the Premier League had to offer.

Reports suggested they were considering a bid in the region of £13 million for Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny.

However, the club eventually chose to focus on signing David Luiz from Chelsea, with an initial offer knocked back.

‘Liverpool coach explains Tottenham exit’

Alex Inglethorpe explained why he left his position as a youth team coach at Tottenham Hotspur to go and work at Liverpool.

Inglethorpe was poached by Brendan Rodgers and has been credited with the development of several players now in and on the fringes of the first team.

He explained that his decision was simply to do with the fact that Liverpool spent more money on their academy than any other team.

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