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The new Premier League season is underway but the transfer window looks to be the main attraction for many with Manchester United likely to dominate the headlines over the last few weeks after their loss to Brighton leaving Erik ten Hag desperate for reinforcements. Realistic targets include Adrien Rabiot and Marko Arnautovic, while Guido Rodriguez, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Cody Gakpo continue to be linked with moves to Old Trafford.

Then there is the saga surrounding Frenkie de Jong and his future at the Camp Nou, which rumbles on, and Manchester United and Chelsea remain strongly linked to the Barcelona midfielder. The Spaniards want to bring in Bernardo Silva as a replacement for him if a deal is arranged with Man City, while Marcos Alonso could move from Stamford Bridge to Catalunya.

Elsewhere, Thomas Tuchel has hinted at the need for more players despite a win at Everton, with Wesley Fofana linked to the Blues. Fofana’s exit could provide Leicester with ammunition to sign players, as the only club in Europe’s top five leagues without one incoming player, the Foxes have already lost goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and midfielder James Maddison is wanted by Newcastle, meaning Brendan Rodgers could be busy after watching his side cough up a 2-0 lead against Brentford to open up the season. Follow all the latest transfer news, rumours and updates below.

Transfer News and Rumours

Arsenal move ahead of Liverpool in race to sign Yeremy Pino

09:33 , Jack Rathborn

Villarreal’s Yeremy Pino could soon be playing his football in London.

Liverpool are interested in the 19-year-old but it is Arsenal who have made a £33m offer for the winger which is set to be accepted, says Metro while citing Spanish outlet AS.

The teenager would join summer recruits Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Fabio Vieira if he moved to the Emirates.

Could Yeremy Pino end up plying his trade in the capital? (Kieran Cleeves/PA) (PA Archive)
Could Yeremy Pino end up plying his trade in the capital? (Kieran Cleeves/PA) (PA Archive)

Manchester City ‘dismiss talk of Barcelona’s Bernardo Silva bid’

09:22 , Jack Rathborn

Manchester City have dismissed reports they have accepted Barcelona’s bid for Bernardo Silva. The Mail says the Blues were forced to throw cold water on the talk coming from Spain that they had agreed a £46million fee to sell the midfielder to the LaLiga giants. The paper adds the 28-year-old told his club last year he would like to move to Spain to be closer his family in Portugal.

Manchester City have dismissed reports they have accepted Barcelona’s bid for Bernardo Silva (Martin Rickett/PA) (PA Wire)
Manchester City have dismissed reports they have accepted Barcelona’s bid for Bernardo Silva (Martin Rickett/PA) (PA Wire)

RB Leipzig beat Manchester United to Benjamin Sesko transfer

09:10 , Jack Rathborn

RB Leipzig have confirmed the signing Red Bull Salzburg‘s Benjamin Sesko in the latest high-profile deal between the sister clubs.

The 19-year-old Slovenia international will stay with the Austrian champions this season before starting a five-year contract with Leipzig next summer.

Manchester United were one of a number of clubs interested in Sesko but Leipzig have won the race.

“Benjamin Sesko is one of Europe’s best young talents and has a great amount of potential,” Leipzig technical director Christopher Vivell said in a club statement.

Sesko joins a stellar list of deals between the two clubs which were both owned by drinks firm Red Bull until 2017 when Uefa intervened over integrity concerns in the Champions League.

RB Leipzig beat Manchester United to Benjamin Sesko transfer

Sergio Gomez: Manchester City closing in on Anderlecht full-back but exploring other options

09:00 , Jack Rathborn

Manchester City are closing in on the signing of Anderlecht left-back Sergio Gomez but may yet move to sign a first team reinforcement in his position.

The 21-year-old is expected to become Pep Guardiola’s fifth summer signing following the arrivals of Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, Julian Alvarez and Stefan Ortega.

Gomez is viewed as a development player by City, however, and though it is not beyond the realms of possibility that he stays if signed, the expectation would be a loan.

It is understood that City are still exploring additions at full-back to account for the departure of Oleksandr Zinchenko, who joined Arsenal in a £30m deal last month.

Manchester City closing in on Anderlecht full-back but exploring other options

‘Massive potential’: Everton complete Amadou Onana transfer in £33m deal from Lille

08:50 , Jack Rathborn

Everton have made their second signing in as many days and the biggest buy of Frank Lampard’s reign by bringing in the Lille midfielder Amadou Onana for £33 million.

They beat off competition from West Ham for the Belgium international, who has signed a five-year contract at Goodison Park.

Onana, who passed a medical on Merseyside at the weekend, said he wanted to learn from Lampard, one of the finest midfielders of his generation.

“It feels great to join Everton. I know it’s a big, big club, one of the biggest in England,” Onana said. “It’s something I want to be part of for many years. The manager was one of the big reasons. He played at the highest level, won many things and was a midfielder, too. It means a lot to have interest from him and I think he can teach me many things.”

Amadou Onana becomes Everton’s biggest signing of the summer (BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)
Amadou Onana becomes Everton’s biggest signing of the summer (BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

England star Rachel Daly signs for Aston Villa

08:40 , Jack Rathborn

Aston Villa have signed European champion and England international Rachel Daly on a three-year contract.

The versatile Lioness played left-back in Sarina Wiegman’s Euro 2022-winning side but can also play higher up the pitch, with Villa manager Carla Ward intending to use her talents up front.

Harrogate-born Daly, 30, makes her return to England after playing for the Houston Dash in America’s NWSL, with previous spells at Leeds, Lincoln Ladies and West Ham.

Ward said: “This is a big signing for us and one we’ve worked hard on completing. Rachel is a top forward and a proven goalscorer.

“Having performed admirably at full-back this summer, she showed us that she is a player you simply need in your team.

England star Rachel Daly signs for Aston Villa

Timo Werner thanks ‘special’ Chelsea fans as return to RB Leipzig confirmed

08:30 , Jack Rathborn

Timo Werner has thanked Chelsea fans as his move back to RB Leipzig was confirmed.

The Germany forward returns to the Bundesliga club - the club he left for Chelsea back in 2020 - in a deal understood be worth £25million.

Chelsea paid £54million for Werner, with the 26-year-old playing a pivotal role in the Blues’ Champions League triumph in Lisbon in 2021.

“Today marks the end of my journey with Chelsea FC,” Werner posted on social media. “I am incredibly grateful for the time I spent at this special club.

“At this point I would like to express my appreciation for my teammates, the coaches and staff, and especially for you, the special supporters of Chelsea Football Club.

Timo Werner thanks ‘special’ Chelsea fans as return to RB Leipzig confirmed

Manchester United need to get over Sir Alex Ferguson exit, Javier Hernandez claims

08:20 , Jack Rathborn

Javier Hernandez believes former club Manchester United need to adapt and finally get over Sir Alex Ferguson’s exit if they are to get back to the top.

The Scot called time on his masterful, medal-laden managerial reign at Old Trafford in 2013, having won 13 league titles and two Champions Leagues among his impressive trophy haul.

Hernandez was part of Ferguson’s final Premier League title triumph and has watched from afar as United floundered for much of the nine years that have followed.

The LA Galaxy striker hates the way things have panned out for a club he retains so much affection for and believes the Old Trafford giants need to focus on what is to come rather than what they have lost.

Manchester United need to get over Sir Alex Ferguson exit, Javier Hernandez claims

Arsenal in talks to sign AC Milan midfielder Sandro Tonali

08:05 , Jack Rathborn

Arsenal and AC Milan have discussed a move to send Sandro Tonali to the Emirates.

The Mail report the Gunners are keen on the Italian midfielder.

The 22-year-old would cost £46m, with Mikel Arteta eager to upgrade his midfield after a productive summer.

Manchester United turn attention to Ismaila Sarr

08:00 , Jack Rathborn

Manchester United have turned their attention to Ismaila Sarr of Watford after ending interest in Marko Arnautovic.

The Sun claim the Senegalese forward is now a target as Erik ten Hag looks to bolster his forward options.

With Cristiano Ronaldo’s future uncertain and Anthony Martial’s form and health unreliable, the Red Devils desperately need more options to lead the line.

City closing in on Anderlecht full-back but exploring other options

Tuesday 9 August 2022 20:15 , Jamie Braidwood

Manchester City are closing in on the signing of Anderlecht left-back Sergio Gomez but may yet move to sign a first team reinforcement in his position, The Independent’s Mark Critchley reports.

The 21-year-old is expected to become Pep Guardiola’s fifth summer signing following the arrivals of Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, Julian Alvarez and Stefan Ortega.

Gomez is viewed as a development player by City, however, and though it is not beyond the realms of possibility that he stays if signed, the expectation would be a loan.

It is understood that City are still exploring additions at full-back to account for the departure of Oleksandr Zinchenko, who joined Arsenal in a £30m deal last month.

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Manchester City closing in on Anderlecht full-back but exploring other options

Manchester United chase Sergej Milinkovic-Savic after Adrien Rabiot deal

Tuesday 9 August 2022 20:00 , Michael Jones

Juventus have reportedly agreed to sell Adrien Rabiot to Manchester United for an initial £15million. The Guardian says the discussions over personal terms for the 27-year-old France midfielder are still at an early stage with approval still needed from his agent and mother. The paper notes he has achieved success with five Ligue 1 titles at Paris St Germain as well as another in Serie A, but he also has a uneven discipline record including fines for lateness.

The Red Devils are also said to be interested in Lazio’s Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who they have been linked with for a number of years. But the Telegraph reports intermediaries believe a deal can actually be done for the 27-year-old.

Manchester United chase Sergej Milinkovic-Savic after Adrien Rabiot deal

Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey facing lengthy spell on sidelines

Tuesday 9 August 2022 19:45 , Michael Jones

Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is facing up to three months on the sidelines after undergoing surgery to address a hamstring injury.

It is understood 30-year-old Shelvey will be out of action for around 12 weeks following the procedure at the weekend.

That means he could be unavailable to head coach Eddie Howe until Boxing Day at the earliest, with the Premier League breaking in mid-November for the World Cup finals.

Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey facing lengthy spell on sidelines

Marko Arnautovic: Manchester United end controversial pursuit of Bologna striker

Tuesday 9 August 2022 19:30 , Michael Jones

Manchester United have ended their controversial pursuit of Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic amid a backlash from supporters.

Arnautovic had emerged as a surprise target for Erik ten Hag amid uncertainty over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Old Trafford and a lack of options up front following a hamstring injury to Anthony Martial.

The 33-year-old striker previously worked under Ten Hag during at FC Twente and was viewed as more physical alternative to United’s other options in attack who could provide short-term cover.

Manchester United end controversial pursuit of Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic

Erling Haaland’s early impact at Manchester City already looks ominous for the Premier League

Tuesday 9 August 2022 19:15 , Michael Jones

While Erling Haaland was swearing on live television, and Pep Guardiola was getting a little passive aggressive, David Moyes was becoming defensive.

The West Ham manager had been speaking about how his side had been preparing for the Norwegian’s runs all week. They had watched his game against Liverpool, and tried to apply the lessons from previous games against Manchester City.

It didn’t matter, though. They could do little about it.

Moyes was a little unwilling to go all in on all the gushing praise for Haaland, though.

He first of all said that his team should have cut out the Kevin De Bruyne pass that led to the new signing’s sublime second goal. He then refused to admit that the main difference was Haaland.

Erling Haaland’s early impact already looks ominous for the Premier League

Frenkie de Jong’s deferred wages explained: Why Barcelona stand-off is part of growing trend

Tuesday 9 August 2022 19:00 , Michael Jones

If the long and protracted Frenkie de Jong transfer saga has not already been messy enough, there is one way of making it a whole lot messier.

“De Jong should consider legal action v Barcelona and all players should be behind him,” Gary Neville tweeted last week. “A club spending fortunes on new players whilst not paying the ones they have under contract their full money is immoral and a breach. @FIFPRO should be all over bullying like this and stop it.”

Predictably, Neville’s tweet did not go down well among Barcelona’s support – with some even going as far as to pretend his infamous spell in charge of Valencia went even worse than it actually did – but you do not have to be a former Manchester United right-back to sympathise with the sentiment behind it.

For a financially-challenged club like Barça to push a player out so that they can fund a summer of extravagant spending is one thing. To do so while refusing to pay him wages that he is owed is another entirely.

Frenkie de Jong’s deferred wages explained

Nick Pope had ‘a good laugh’ at not having to wait for first Newcastle win

Tuesday 9 August 2022 18:45 , Michael Jones

Newcastle new boy Nick Pope has admitted his delight at not having to wait until the end of October to taste Premier League victory.

The 30-year-old England international was part of the Burnley side which collected all three points for the first time last season at the 10th attempt when they beat Brentford 3-1 at Turf Moor on 30 October, and was on the receiving end when the Magpies finally ended their drought with a 1-0 win over the Clarets on 4 December, their 15th game of the league campaign.

Pope, who joined Newcastle in a £10million summer switch, made his competitive debut on Saturday and helped Eddie Howe’s men brush aside promoted Nottingham Forest in a 2-0 opening day success.

Nick Pope had ‘a good laugh’ at not having to wait for first Newcastle win

Manchester United interested in PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo

Tuesday 9 August 2022 18:41 , Jamie Braidwood

Manchester United are interested in signing PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo as Erik ten Hag looks to strengthen his attacking options, The Independent’s Mark Critchley reports.

United are yet to hold talks with either Gakpo’s representatives or PSV but their interest in the player is known.

The 23-year-old becomes the latest name to be linked with Old Trafford as Ten Hag seeks to strengthen his squad in the final weeks of the summer transfer window.

Gakpo is a right-footed winger who has predominantly played on the left for PSV, who are managed by former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

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Manchester United interested in PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo

Brilliant Brighton show there will be plenty of life after Marc Cucurella and Yves Bissouma

Tuesday 9 August 2022 18:30 , Michael Jones

If there is a blueprint for winning at Old Trafford, it probably doesn’t involve selling your two best players. If the theory was that Brighton will emerge from the summer around £90million richer but poorer on the pitch without Yves Bissouma and Marc Cucurella, they conjured what – on paper, anyway – ranks as one of the best results in their history.

Although, perhaps, not even their finest against Manchester United since the start of May. A maiden win against Old Trafford was a second against United in swift succession; for 7 May, read 7 August. After a 4-0 victory at home, with the soon-to-be £90million pair, came a 2-1 victory away. United’s decline has to be factored into any evaluation but even February’s 2-0 defeat, when Brighton were the superior side for an hour, offered evidence that now they are a better team than United: not necessarily individually but definitely collectively.

Brilliant Brighton show there will be life after Marc Cucurella and Yves Bissouma

England star Rachel Daly signs for Aston Villa

Tuesday 9 August 2022 18:15 , Michael Jones

Aston Villa have signed European champion and England international Rachel Daly on a three-year contract.

The versatile Lioness played left-back in Sarina Wiegman’s Euro 2022-winning side but can also play higher up the pitch, with Villa manager Carla Ward intending to use her talents up front.

Harrogate-born Daly, 30, makes her return to England after playing for the Houston Dash in America’s NWSL, with previous spells at Leeds, Lincoln Ladies and West Ham.

England star Rachel Daly signs for Aston Villa

Timo Werner thanks Chelsea fans ahead of return to RB Leipzig

Tuesday 9 August 2022 18:00 , Michael Jones

Timo Werner has confirmed his Chelsea exit ahead of completing a £25million move back to RB Leipzig.

The Germany forward moved to thank Chelsea’s fans for voicing their support despite the battles for top form that he faced in west London.

Werner has been in Germany to put the finishing touches to his move back to Leipzig, the club he left for Chelsea in 2020.

Timo Werner thanks Chelsea fans ahead of return to RB Leipzig

Tottenham not interested in Depay

Tuesday 9 August 2022 17:48 , Michael Jones

Barcelona are looking for a way to get Memphis Depay off the books and the striker had been linked with a possible move to Tottenham Hotspur or Juventus.

Apparently Spurs are not interested in signing the former Manchester United man but Juventus have been interested since July.

Timo Werner re-signs for RB Leipzig

Tuesday 9 August 2022 17:40 , Michael Jones

Chelsea have announced that Timo Werner has re-signed for RB Leipzig in a deal worth up to £25m. Werner spent two years at Chelsea having made 89 appearances for the club, scoring 23 goals.

Liverpool set to be without Thiago as scans reveal hamstring injury

Tuesday 9 August 2022 17:35 , Michael Jones

Scans have confirmed Liverpool midfielder has Thiago Alcantara suffered a hamstring strain.

The Spain international will now face a spell on the sidelines but the club are hoping the problem is not serious and he could return to action within weeks.

The 31-year-old was forced off early in the second half of the Reds’ opening Premier League match of the new season at Fulham last Saturday.

Liverpool set to be without Thiago as scans reveal hamstring injury

Daly joins Aston Villa

Tuesday 9 August 2022 17:25 , Michael Jones

Rachel Daly has joined Aston Villa on a three year deal from Houston Dash for an undisclosed fee. The recently crowned European champion joins the club was deployed at left-back throughout the Euros but has played further forward at club level and will provide an added goal threat to Villa’s ranks.

The 30-year-old player has had previous spells in England with Leeds United, Lincoln Ladies and West Ham United.

Danny Ward to be Leicester’s first-choice goalkeeper after Kasper Schmeichel’s exit

Tuesday 9 August 2022 17:20 , Michael Jones

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers says he has no doubts over his decision to appoint Danny Ward as first-choice goalkeeper this season.

Ward made just his second Premier League appearance in over four years for the Foxes in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Brentford after Kasper Schmeichel’s departure to Ligue 1 side Nice.

Rodgers said Daniel Iversen would also be challenging for the role last week when Schmeichel ended his 11-year stay at the King Power Stadium before handing Ward the number one jersey for his side’s Premier League opener.

Danny Ward to be Leicester’s first-choice goalkeeper after Kasper Schmeichel’s exit

Sanchez to join Marseille?

Tuesday 9 August 2022 17:08 , Michael Jones

Alexis Sanchez is close to signing a contract to join Olympique Marseille as a free agent after leaving Inter Milan. The former Manchester United star will have a medical at the club on Wednesday morning.

Vlasic to hvae medical at Torino

Tuesday 9 August 2022 16:57 , Michael Jones

Torino have agreed a deal with West Ham for the signing of forward Nikola Vlasic.

The deal is a loan with an option to buy for £15m including add-ons. Vlasic is flying to Italy today ahead of a medical tomorrow.

West Ham signed Vlasic on a five-year contract last summer for a fee worth £30m including add-ons.

Everton’s Ben Godfrey out for three months with broken leg

Tuesday 9 August 2022 16:45 , Michael Jones

Everton defender Ben Godfrey will be out for three months after undergoing surgery on the leg he broke after just 10 minutes of the season.

Manager Frank Lampard is waiting to discover how long he will be without another centre-back as Yerry Mina will see a specialist later this week about the ankle ligament injury he also sustained in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea.

Everton are trying to sign Wolves captain Conor Coady, potentially on loan, and their need for defensive reinforcements became greater when they lost two centre-backs on the opening day of the campaign.

Everton’s Ben Godfrey out for three months with broken leg

McTominay swap on the cards?

Tuesday 9 August 2022 16:34 , Michael Jones

Manchester United are seriously interested in signing Adrien Rabiot from Juventus this summer and a report in Italy suggests a shock swap-deal could be suggested.

Juve Dipendenza has confirmed the rumours that United are working hard to sign Rabiout but they’ve added that Scott McTominay could move in the opposite direction.

The report focuses on United’s pursuit of the French midfielder and also states that the Turin side are fond admirers of the Scotland international.

Could this swap deal actually go through?

Jury discharged in trial of Wolves fan accused of racist abuse of Rio Ferdinand

Tuesday 9 August 2022 16:26 , Michael Jones

The jury in the trial of a Wolverhampton Wanderers football fan accused of racially abusing former England defender Rio Ferdinand, has been discharged by a judge for legal reasons.

Jamie Arnold had been accused of causing racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress Mr Ferdinand by using “threatening, abusive or insulting” words or behaviour towards him.

The incident is alleged to have happened during the first half of the Wolverhampton Wanderers versus Manchester United match at Molineux on May 23 last year.

Jury discharged in trial of Wolves fan accused of racist abuse of Rio Ferdinand

Diop having a medical

Tuesday 9 August 2022 16:11 , Michael Jones

Issa Diop is having a medical ahead of his £15m move from West Ham United to Fulham.

Personal terms are for the defender are still to be finalised and Fulham must have him registered before midday on Friday to make sure he is available for Saturday’s game at Wolves.

‘Massive potential’: Everton complete Amadou Onana transfer in £33m deal from Lille

Tuesday 9 August 2022 16:04 , Michael Jones

Everton have made their second signing in as many days and the biggest buy of Frank Lampard’s reign by bringing in the Lille midfielder Amadou Onana for £33 million.

They beat off competition from West Ham for the Belgium international, who has signed a five-year contract at Goodison Park.

Onana, who passed a medical on Merseyside at the weekend, said he wanted to learn from Lampard, one of the finest midfielders of his generation.

‘Massive potential’: Everton complete Amadou Onana transfer in £33m deal from Lille

PSG closing in on Fabian Ruiz

Tuesday 9 August 2022 15:50 , Michael Jones

Fabián Ruíz to Paris Saint-Germain seems to be a go according to Fabrizio Romano. Negotiations between the clubs are still ongoing but Ruiz’s personal terms have been agreed and it seems to be a wait for confirmation now.

Thomas Tuchel responds to Gary Neville’s criticism of Chelsea’s ‘panicky’ transfer window

Tuesday 9 August 2022 15:41 , Michael Jones

Thomas Tuchel has defended Chelsea owner Todd Boehly after Gary Neville accused him of being “panicky” in the summer transfer window.

The Blues have been big players in the market so far with the American, who has taken on the role of sporting director at the club, keen to reshape the playing squad at Stamford Bridge.

Marc Cucurella has become the latest new face through the door, joining from Brighton in a deal understood to be worth £62million.

He follows the likes of Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Carney Chukwuemeka in making the move to west London in what has been a busy offseason.

Thomas Tuchel responds to Gary Neville’s criticism of Chelsea’s ‘panicky’ window

Tottenham departures?

Tuesday 9 August 2022 15:29 , Michael Jones

Villarreal have held initial talks with Tottenham over the signing of Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele. Tottenham’s preference is permanent deals for both but would consider loans with options and/or obligations to buy.

Spurs are also keen to shift Harry Winks and Sergio Reguilon off the books but no offers have come in for the players who continue to train away from the first team squad.

Winks, Reguilon, Lo Celso and Ndombele all have squad numbers but are unlikely to feature in Antonio Conte’s 25-man squad for the season.

Zaha to Stamford Bridge?

Tuesday 9 August 2022 15:16 , Michael Jones

A report from 90min says that Wilfried Zaha has emerged as a target for Chelsea as manager Thomas Tuchel wants to sign a central attacker but is also keen on a wide player.

The Ivory Coast star has entered the final year of his contract at Selhurst Park and reportedly wants to have the opportunity of playing Champions League football.

Incredibly any move could involve Callum Hudson-Odoi travelling the other way. Zaha’s departure wiuld leave Crystal Palace with a hole to fill and Hudson-Odoi is keen for more first team football.

The 21-year-old was left out of the Blues match-day squad for the season-opener against Everton on Saturday with the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Newcastle, West Ham and Leicester also keen on signing him.

West Ham pursue Kehrer

Tuesday 9 August 2022 15:08 , Michael Jones

West Ham have made an offer to sign PSG defender Thilo Kehrer.

The club are awaiting a response and have other options they will pursue if they can’t reach an agreement with PSG.

Kehrer would be an ideal fit for the Hammers as the defender wants to play games to get into contention for Germany’s World Cup squad meaning his has to move clubs .

PSG would usually find players on his kind of wages quite difficult to shift but his will is to go may make him more affordable to the likes of West Ham who don’t normally go in for players with high-salaries.

Fantasy Premier League: Who should you captain for GW2?

Tuesday 9 August 2022 14:57 , Michael Jones

Fantasy Premier League enters Gameweek 2 with the players most owned in the game delivering in the opening round.

Among the must-own players before the opening weekend, Erling Haaland shone for Manchester City, hitting 13 points in a tie with Fulham’s Alexsandr Mitrovic for most points in GW1 by a forward.

The Norwegian is owned by 53.8 percent of players, justifying his 11.5 price tag, which has already seen him increase to 11.6.

Fantasy Premier League: Who should you captain for GW2?

Ten Hag has spoken to Rabiot

Tuesday 9 August 2022 14:47 , Michael Jones

Manchester United boss, Erik ten Hag, has reportedly spoken with Adrien Rabiot and both parties feel as though a move to Old Trafford for the midfielder could be a good option.

Celtic enquire over Collado

Tuesday 9 August 2022 14:40 , Michael Jones

Celtic have made an enquiry for Barcelona’s attacking midfielder Alex Collado.

The 23-year-old is said to be attracting interest from a number clubs in Europe, including Olympiacos and Collado, who can also play as a winger, spent last year on loan at Granada.

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Conor Coady the face of an era for Wolves but departure highlights Bruno Lage’s revolution

Tuesday 9 August 2022 14:28 , Michael Jones

The continuity candidate has become the unlikely revolutionary. Bruno Lage shaped up as the new Nuno Espirito Santo in his first season at Wolves: Portuguese and with marked connections to Jorge Mendes, overseeing a relatively low-scoring side who were hard to break down and who built on the solid foundations their back three provided.

He is starting his sophomore season by taking an axe to a rearguard who, for swathes of his debut campaign, had one of the best defensive records in Europe’s five major leagues.

The system is gone and its emblematic figure has followed: with Conor Coady an Everton player for the season, the greatest beneficiary of the back three and the biggest reason for playing it has been exiled.

Coady the face of an era for Wolves but departure highlights Lage’s revolution

Championship clubs in battle for Choudhury

Tuesday 9 August 2022 14:15 , Michael Jones

A report in The Daily Mail is saying that Championship clubs, Watford and West Bromwich Albion are both interested in signing Hamza Choudhury from Leicester City.

Leicester are said to be open to the move on a temporary basis in the hopes of providing the midfielder with the opportunity to play regular first-team football this season.

West Brom in particular are keen on the move after also being linked to the 24-year-old earlier this year.

Liverpool could strengthen midfield says Carragher

Tuesday 9 August 2022 14:07 , Michael Jones

Jamie Carragher believes that there could still be some movement in this transfer window from Liverpool who could be thinking about strengthening their midfield options.

“Most people would say Liverpool’s midfield could now be strengthened, not in terms of numbers but maybe in terms of quality and offering something different to what they have in midfield.” said Carragher, “It’s not having a go at the midfield players that they currently have, it’s just the age profile of some of the midfielder there, who are getting into their 30s.

“Liverpool’s first-choice midfield – and the one that played at Fulham – is getting towards the 30-age mark. You think a younger and more energetic player at some stage is needed, they’ve got those players there in reserve but they’re all injured.

“I would only want Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool to do that if they get the midfielder they want. Liverpool’s success in the transfer market has been down to not panicking, it’s not what they’ve done in the past, it’s not what they’re doing now and it can’t be what they do in the future. If there’s no midfielder they want out there, don’t get him. But if they feel there’s one who has those quality and is available, I would like them to do it of course. But don’t panic.”

Marko Arnautovic: Manchester United end controversial pursuit of Bologna striker

Tuesday 9 August 2022 13:55 , Jack Rathborn

Manchester United have ended their controversial pursuit of Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic.

Erik Ten Hag was thought to be keen on the former West Ham and Stoke striker, but United will turn to alternative options.

Manchester United end controversial pursuit of Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic

Forest interested in Emerson

Tuesday 9 August 2022 13:40 , Michael Jones

The Evening Standard are reporting that Nottingham Forest have reportedly enquired about Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri.

It is understood that the 28-year-old is among a group of players at Stamford Bridge that are potentially planning to leave before the summer transfer window closes.

Emerson signed for Chelsea in 2018 for £24m but hasn’t nailed down a permanent spot at in the first XI despite 71 appearances for the Blues. With Ben Chilwell and Marc Cucurella now ahead of him he could be open to a move especially considering his successful season on loan at Lyon last year.

Steve Cooper’s Forest have been extremely busy in this window trying to strengthen their squad following promotion back to the Premier League and are turning their attention to Emerson after a £9million bid for Real Betis star Alex Moreno failed.

Lucas Torreira leaves Arsenal to join Galatasaray on a permanent dea

Tuesday 9 August 2022 13:28 , Michael Jones

Midfielder Lucas Torreira has left Arsenal to join Turkish club Galatasaray on a permanent deal.

Uruguay international Torreira spent the last two seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina respectively.

The 26-year-old made 89 appearances for the Gunners after moving from Sampdoria in July 2018 at the start of Unai Emery’s reign.

Lucas Torreira leaves Arsenal to join Galatasaray on a permanent deal

Questions remain over Man Utd transfer policy

Tuesday 9 August 2022 13:20 , Michael Jones

The last few transfer windows have all followed a similar pattern for Manchester United.

Target a few big names, see those targets either reject the offer or move somewhere else before panic buying older players at the tail ends of their careers to appease the fans and try and rescue the window.

Radamel Falcao, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani, even Cristiano Ronaldo have all been brought to Old Trafford in the hope that they can turn around the club’s misfortunes.

None of these arrivals have worked - though Ronaldo is still there - and questions remain whether United even have a competent transfer strategy in mind on who to bring in.

Marko Arnautovic: Manchester United end controversial pursuit of Bologna striker

Tuesday 9 August 2022 13:17 , Luke Baker

Manchester United have ended their controversial pursuit of Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic.

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Manchester United end controversial pursuit of Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic

‘Massive potential’: Everton complete Amadou Onana transfer in £33m deal from Lille

Tuesday 9 August 2022 13:13 , Michael Jones

Everton have made their second signing in as many days and the biggest buy of Frank Lampard’s reign by bringing in the Lille midfielder Amadou Onana for £33 million.

They beat off competition from West Ham for the Belgium international, who has signed a five-year contract at Goodison Park.

Onana, who passed a medical on Merseyside at the weekend, said he wanted to learn from Lampard, one of the finest midfielders of his generation.

‘Massive potential’: Everton complete Amadou Onana transfer in £33m deal from Lille

Everton sign Onana

Tuesday 9 August 2022 13:09 , Michael Jones

Belgium international Amadou Onana has signed for Everton from LOSC Lille for an undisclosed fee, agreeing a five-year contract until the end of June 2027.

The 20-year-old central midfielder becomes Everton’s fifth signing of the summer following James Tarkowski, Rúben Vinagre, Dwight McNeil and Conor Coady.

“It feels great to join Everton. I know it’s a big, big club, one of the biggest in England,” Onana told evertontv. “It’s something I want to be part of for many years.”

Kostic heading to Italy

Tuesday 9 August 2022 13:00 , Michael Jones

Juventus are close to completing the signing of Eintracht Frankfurt’s Filip Kostic.

The German club say Kostic will not feature in Wednesday’s Super Cup Final against Real Madrid and confirmed he is in “final talks with a new club” after entering the final year of his contract.

West Ham United made an offer for Kostic last month - but his preference was to play Champions League football with Juve set to be his next destination.

RB Leipzig beat Manchester United to Benjamin Sesko transfer

Tuesday 9 August 2022 12:50 , Jack Rathborn

RB Leipzig have confirmed the signing Red Bull Salzburg‘s Benjamin Sesko in the latest high-profile deal between the sister clubs.

The 19-year-old Slovenia international will stay with the Austrian champions this season before starting a five-year contract with Leipzig next summer.

Manchester United were one of a number of clubs interested in Sesko but Leipzig have won the race.

“Benjamin Sesko is one of Europe’s best young talents and has a great amount of potential,” Leipzig technical director Christopher Vivell said in a club statement.

Sesko joins a stellar list of deals between the two clubs which were both owned by drinks firm Red Bull until 2017 when Uefa intervened over integrity concerns in the Champions League.

RB Leipzig beat Manchester United to Benjamin Sesko transfer

Chelsea and Leicester £10m apart on Wesley Fofana valuation

Tuesday 9 August 2022 12:38 , Michael Jones

Chelsea are currently £10m short of Leicester City‘s valuation for Wesley Fofana, as the London club prepare another bid that could spark their busiest period of the window. The Stamford Bridge hierarchy are also working on deals for Frenkie de Jong and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

While Leicester’s public stance is that neither Fofana nor James Maddison are for sale, sources close to the situation insist the club’s financial circumstances - which has seen the Thai owners’ duty free-based business suffer through two years of the pandemic - means one will likely have to go, albeit at high prices.

The feeling within the market is that Fofana is gettable for £80m and Maddison for £60m. Newcastle United remain someway short of the latter price, and Leicester would be more keen to keep the playmaker.

Chelsea and Leicester £10m apart on Wesley Fofana valuation

Man Utd discussing personal terms with Rabiot

Tuesday 9 August 2022 12:25 , Michael Jones

Manchester United are in negotiations with Adrien Rabiot’s mother and agent, Veronique, over personal terms, according to Sky Sports’ Italian correspondents.

The club have already agreed the terms of a deal with Juventus to sign Rabiot with the Old Lady satisfied to let him go despite the midfielder still having a year left on his contract.

Spurs closing in on Udogie

Tuesday 9 August 2022 12:17 , Michael Jones

Tottenham are close to completing a £21m deal to sign Udinese defender Destin Udogie according to ESPN. Part of the deal would see Spurs loan the left-back back to the Serie A club for this season before he joins up with his new team in the summer of 2023.

ESPN say that Tottenham will pay an initial £15m with a series of performance related add-ons worth in the region of £6m with a medical expected to take place in Italy this week for the 19-year-old.

Should Udogie’s transfer be completed, he will become Antonio Conte’s seventh summer signing following Ivan Perisic, Richarlison, Fraser Forster, Djed Spence, Yves Bissouma and Clement Lenglet.

Manchester United chase Sergej Milinkovic-Savic after Adrien Rabiot deal

Tuesday 9 August 2022 12:07 , Michael Jones

Juventus have reportedly agreed to sell Adrien Rabiot to Manchester United for an initial £15million. The Guardian says the discussions over personal terms for the 27-year-old France midfielder are still at an early stage with approval still needed from his agent and mother. The paper notes he has achieved success with five Ligue 1 titles at Paris St Germain as well as another in Serie A, but he also has a uneven discipline record including fines for lateness.

The Red Devils are also said to be interested in Lazio’s Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who they have been linked with for a number of years. But the Telegraph reports intermediaries believe a deal can actually be done for the 27-year-old.

Manchester United chase Sergej Milinkovic-Savic after Adrien Rabiot deal

Chelsea preparing new bid for Fofana

Tuesday 9 August 2022 11:54 , Michael Jones

Chelsea’s summer of spending looks set to continue as Fabrizio Romano says the club on preparing a new bid for Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana.

The Foxes turned down a bid of £70m last week and insist the defender is not for sale but Chelsea seem confident they can get their man at the right price.

FC Copenhagen sign Ryan

Tuesday 9 August 2022 11:42 , Michael Jones

Former Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan has signed for FC Copenhagen from Real Sociedad. The 30-year-old Australian international has agreed a two-year contract.

“We are getting an experienced and strong keeper in his prime, who arrives to take on the competition with our other goalkeepers,” says FCK sporting director Peter Christiansen. “After Kamil Grabara’s injury, we have been looking for an addition to the goalkeeper position, and we are very satisfied with the solution, which both in the short and long term ensures increased competition and quality in that position. “Maty has played many games in some of the world’s biggest leagues and still has plenty of hunger to do well at FCK and for Australia in the World Cup. “We are looking forward to having him in the team and are sure that he will strengthen our squad.”

Wolves sign Goncalo Guedes in £27.5m deal from Valencia

Tuesday 9 August 2022 11:30 , Michael Jones

Wolves have signed Valencia forward Goncalo Guedes on a five-year contract.

Just minutes after confirming captain Conor Coady had left to join Everton on loan, the club announced the arrival of the 25-year-old former Benfica academy graduate.

“We have been monitoring Goncalo for a long time and are very pleased to welcome him to Wolves,” said chairman Jeff Shi.

Wolves sign Goncalo Guedes in £27.5m deal from Valencia

Leipzig sign Sesko

Tuesday 9 August 2022 11:16 , Michael Jones

Benjamin Sesko has joined RB Leipzig in a £20m deal which is another transfer window blow for Manchester United who were rumoured to be interested in the striker.

The 19-year-old Slovenia striker makes the move from RB Salzburg and has signed a contract until 2028. Sesko will be loaned back to Salzburg for the forthcoming season before joining the Bundesliga club in 2023.

United, meanwhile, are expected to go back in with an improved offer for Bologna’s Marko Arnautovic after seeing a £7.5m bid rejected last week while Guido Rodriguez and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic continue to be linked with moves to Old Trafford.

Man Utd offer for Arnautovic rejected

Tuesday 9 August 2022 11:05 , Michael Jones

According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United’s opening bid of £7.5m for Marko Arnautovic was dismissed by Bologna and a report from the Guardian suggests that the club would have to pay closer to £10m if they want to secure the striker.

Arnautovic’s brother and agent, Danijel, told Austrian outlet Kurier that there has been an offer for the former West Ham Utd and Stoke City forward saying: “It’s true that there is an offer from a well-known club. I’m in contact with Bologna to see if that can be realised.”

Bologna manager Sinisa Mihajlovic, meanwhile, has said that he expects Arnautovic to remain with the Serie A club.

“I would be happy for Marko [if he joins United] but I don’t think he will leave,” he said. “I spoke to Arnautovic about Man Utd’s proposal in case he leaves.

“We will see, but I think he will stay.”

Timo Werner putting finishing touches to £25m RB Leipzig return

Tuesday 9 August 2022 10:54 , Michael Jones

Timo Werner is expected to complete his £25million return to RB Leipzig without any issues, the PA news agency understands.

Werner has been in Germany to put the finishing touches to his move back to the club he left for Chelsea in 2020.

The Germany forward is understood to be just formalities away from completing his move back to Leipzig, after two years in west London.

Timo Werner putting finishing touches to £25m RB Leipzig return

Manchester United’s Eric Bailly targeted by Monaco

Tuesday 9 August 2022 10:45 , Jack Rathborn

Monaco are pushing to sign Manchester United's Eric Bailly, report L'Equipe, with a loan and option to buy proposed.

Six years on from signing from Villarreal for €38m, United could cash in with the Ivorian only having two years left on his contract.

Roma are also keen, with Jose Mourinho familiar with the player from his time at Old Trafford.

PSG target new striker this summer

Tuesday 9 August 2022 10:30 , Jack Rathborn

PSG are targeting a new striker to support Kylian Mbappé, Lionel Messi and Neymar, reports L'Equipe.

Reims youngster Hugo Ekitike has joined, but attempts to sign Gianluca Scamacca and Robert Lewandowski failed.

Firstly, Luis Campos could try to move on Mauro Icardi and Arnaud Kalimuendo, who has been linked to Leeds.

Lucas Torreira leaves Arsenal for Galatasaray

Tuesday 9 August 2022 10:14 , Jack Rathborn

Lucas Torreira has left Arsenal and joined Galatasaray on a four-year deal.

The Uruguayan midfielder went on loan to Sampdoria last season but has now left the Emirates on a permanent deal.

Torreira said: “I am very happy and excited to be a new Galatasaray player. I am convinced that this is the beginning of a long and successful history together. Thank you for trusting me and I promise to leave everything for these colors. Let’s go Gala!”

Tottenham poised to sign Udinese left-back

Tuesday 9 August 2022 10:00 , Jack Rathborn

Tottenham are closing in on a deal to sign Udinese left-back Destiny Udogie.

Sky Sport Italia report the move will be finalised in the coming days after a verbal agreement was reached.

An initial £15m fee has been agreed, with bonuses on top, and the Italy U21 international set to be loaned back for a season.

Roma set to keep Tottenham target Nico Zaniolo

Tuesday 9 August 2022 09:43 , Jack Rathborn

Jose Mourinho looks primed to keep Nico Zaniolo for Roma this season, report Gazzetta dello Sport.

Tottenham had been strongly linked with Zaniolo in recent weeks.

The Italian will therefore line up alongside a new-look midfield and attack, which includes Paulo Dybala, Tammy Abraham, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Gini Wijnaldum.

Chelsea wait on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang move

Tuesday 9 August 2022 09:32 , Jack Rathborn

Chelsea are waiting to find out whether a move for Barcelona forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can materialise.

With Timo Werner set to finalise his departure, plus Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech pushing for moves, the Blues may sign another forward.

The former Arsenal captain could be sacrificed to help the Catalan club’s financial situation, with the Telegraph reporting that Chelsea are patiently waiting to see if opportunities open up for the Gabonese or Memphis Depay, with only one likely to depart the Camp Nou.

Joel Robles signs for Leeds United

Tuesday 9 August 2022 09:20 , Jack Rathborn

Joel Robles has joined Leeds on a free transfer.

The experienced shot-stopper, 32, joins after leaving Spanish La Liga side Real Betis.

It’s a one-year deal at Elland Road for Robles, a former Spain Under-21 international, who has experience in England with Wigan Athletic and Everton while working with Roberto Martinez.

Timo Werner set for Leipzig medical to complete £25m Chelsea exit

Tuesday 9 August 2022 09:10 , Jack Rathborn

Chelsea forward Timo Werner will have a medical today to clinch a return to RB Leipzig.

The Mail report the Blues will bank £25m, just two years after signing the German for £47.5m.

Leipzig will hope the 26-year-old can recapture the form over a four-year spell the first time around, including 95 goals in just 159 games.

Chelsea prepare world record bid for Wesley Fofana

Tuesday 9 August 2022 08:53 , Jack Rathborn

Chelsea appear ready to make a third bid for Wesley Fofana and this time it could be a world record fee for a defender, report Footballl London.

The latest bid topped out at £70m, with the Foxes valuing the French centre-back at £85m.

But any offer at £80m, the current record paid for Harry Maguire by Manchester United, could get Leicester’s attention.

Former Man United goalkeeper Sergio Romero joins Boca Juniors

Tuesday 9 August 2022 08:36 , Jack Rathborn

Former Man United goalkeeper Sergio Romero has joined Boca Juniors.

The 35-year-old left Venezia in June and has now signed on with the Buenos Aires club until December 2024.

The signing ensures Boca have cover amid reports first-choice goalkeeper Agustin Rossi could leave the club.

While Romero could play immediately after making a full recovery from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

Everton look to bolster defensive options after Conor Coady signing

Tuesday 9 August 2022 08:22 , Jack Rathborn

With Conor Coady in on loan, will that be enough for Frank Lampard at Everton?

Ben Godfrey suffered a serious injury, while Yerry Mina could be out for a while too.

Here’s the latest on Godfrey’s condition:

Everton’s Ben Godfrey out for three months with broken leg

Manchester United close in on midfield targets

Tuesday 9 August 2022 08:10 , Jack Rathborn

Manchester United have struck an agreement with Juventus for France midfielder Adrien Rabiot worth an initial £15m, but they continue to be linked with more players after a dismal start to the season.

Real Betis' 28-year-old Argentina midfielder Guido Rodriguez is one player rumoured to be a target, according to AS in Spain.

While Lazio's Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, 27, is a long-standing target, according to the Telegraph.

Everton confirm Coady signing

Monday 8 August 2022 21:15 , Lawrence Ostlere

Everton have confirmed the signing of Conor Coady on a season-long loan deal.

A move for the former Liverpool academy graduate was accelerated after Ben Godfrey broke his leg against Chelsea at the weekend and fellow centre-back Yerry Mina limped off injured.

Coady was at the club’s Finch Farm training complex on Monday afternoon to finalise an initial loan deal.

Everton later announced that Godfrey has undergone successful surgery on his fractured fibula and is expected to be out for around three months.

Meanwhile, Mina will this week see a specialist to discover the full extent of his issue after sustaining ankle ligament damage.

Everton are also on the verge of confirming the £33m signing of Lille midfielder Amadou Onana.

Everton loan Wolves captain Conor Coady until the end of the season

Done deal: Torreira joins Galatasaray for £8m

Monday 8 August 2022 19:44 , Lawrence Ostlere

Lucas Torreira’s permanent move to Galatasaray has been confirmed:

Juventus target Frankfurt star

Monday 8 August 2022 19:30 , Jack Rathborn

Juventus continue to chase Filip Kostic, according to Goal’s Romeo Agresti.

The Old Lady want the Frankfurt star to sure up their left-hand side, with his ability to play full-back or wing-back.

The Serbian could join compatriot Dusan Vlahovic in Turin.

RB Leipzig set to win race for Benjamin Sesko

Monday 8 August 2022 19:15 , Jack Rathborn

RB Leipzig are poised to win the race for Benjamin Šeško but are prepared to wait until 2023.

That’s according to Fabrizio Romano, who claims the RB Salzburg striker could move to the Bundesliga despite the Austrian club rejecting offers to sell this summer.

The player is content to stay one more year and has been followed by Manchester United among other clubs.

Thomas Tuchel on the need for young defenders amid Chelsea’s Wesley Fofana chase

Monday 8 August 2022 19:00 , Jack Rathborn

“It is a lot of experience, it is maybe another of age, it is a lot of experience and they have their quality and they know what they are doing,” Tuchel said.

“We also need to make sure we have a new generation to take over in the next years but the guys are strong that is why they are under contract and the guys have our trust.

“There needs to be [balance]. I think it is necessary. The game in general is very physical and demands a lot. This is the situation. We knew it before.

“Azpi is the legend that he is, Thiago is in the moment still very important to us and when we had the chance to sign Kalidou we did it because we believe that he has some years ahead of him. But in general it is the fact that like the goalkeeper and the double sixes are in their thirties, and that is just what it is.

“Pace is an issue and speed is an issue. In all signings, this is the demand of the game that you can play one on ones, that you can defend space if needed with high-speed runs.”

Brilliant Brighton show transfer strategy works after Marc Cucurella and Yves Bissouma sales

Monday 8 August 2022 18:45 , Jack Rathborn

If there is a blueprint for winning at Old Trafford, it probably doesn’t involve selling your two best players. If the theory was that Brighton will emerge from the summer around £90million richer but poorer on the pitch without Yves Bissouma and Marc Cucurella, they conjured what – on paper, anyway – ranks as one of the best results in their history.

Although, perhaps, not even their finest against Manchester United since the start of May. A maiden win against Old Trafford was a second against United in swift succession; for 7 May, read 7 August. After a 4-0 victory at home, with the soon-to-be £90million pair, came a 2-1 victory away. United’s decline has to be factored into any evaluation but even February’s 2-0 defeat, when Brighton were the superior side for an hour, offered evidence that now they are a better team than United: not necessarily individually but definitely collectively.

“It was a big difference with their routines,” noted the beaten Erik ten Hag. “They are a long time together with a certain philosophy and plan, cooperation between coach and team.” It was a triumph of cohesion, coaching and continuity. Graham Potter supplied the context: taking over a team fourth from bottom, requiring results to persuade the doubters. “The way you convince people in football is to win and when you are Brighton and Hove Albion it can take you time to win,” he said.

Brilliant Brighton show there will be life after Marc Cucurella and Yves Bissouma

Fulham’s new faces and old give early optimism over survive and thrive Premier League plans

Monday 8 August 2022 18:30 , Jack Rathborn

At the interval on the opening weekend of the season, Fulham fans would have been riding high on optimism, not just for the 90 minutes but for the season and even beyond.

It wasn’t just that they were beating Liverpool, nor even that they were deservedly ahead. Nor was it solely about the usual (and warranted) over-excitement of a Premier League return, more impending transfer arrivals in the final week of the window or the prospect of clocking up about 8 per cent of the points required to stay up already, on day one.

The added surge of hope and belief would also have been in part due to the debut performance of Joao Palhinha, a summer signing from Sporting CP who had previously been linked with bigger, more established top-flight clubs. On the basis of how he handled Liverpool’s midfield in that opening period, maybe a few are already regretting their hesitation.

Fulham’s new faces and old give reason for optimism over survive and thrive plans

Adam Smith to reach decade of service at Bournemouth after signing new deal

Monday 8 August 2022 18:15 , Jack Rathborn

Bournemouth defender Adam Smith has signed a contract extension until the summer of 2024.

The 31-year-old full-back is the longest-serving member of the Cherries’ squad, having joined on a permanent deal from Tottenham in January 2014 following a loan spell during the 2010-11 campaign.

He made his 306th appearance for the south-coast club in Saturday’s 2-0 Premier League win over Aston Villa.

Adam Smith signs new contract at Bournemouth

Leicester to keep faith in Danny Ward rather than turn to transfer market for new goalkeeper

Monday 8 August 2022 18:00 , Jack Rathborn

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers says he has no doubts over his decision to appoint Danny Ward as first-choice goalkeeper this season.

Ward made just his second Premier League appearance in over four years for the Foxes in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Brentford after Kasper Schmeichel’s departure to Ligue 1 side Nice.

Rodgers said Daniel Iversen would also be challenging for the role last week when Schmeichel ended his 11-year stay at the King Power Stadium before handing Ward the number one jersey for his side’s Premier League opener.

Danny Ward to be Leicester’s first-choice goalkeeper after Kasper Schmeichel’s exit

Marko Arnautovic: Why he has been linked with Man Utd and where he would fit in

Monday 8 August 2022 17:45 , Jack Rathborn

Manchester United lost their opening Premier League game of the new season as Erik ten Hag’s tenure began with defeat to Brighton at Old Trafford.

Before the final whistle, reports began to surface the club had highlighted Bologna forward Marko Arnautovic as a potential signing.

Here we take a look at Arnautovic’s career to date and what the 33-year-old Austria international can bring to Old Trafford.

Why Marko Arnautovic has been linked with Man Utd and where he would fit in

Frenkie de Jong’s deferred wages explained: Why Barcelona stand-off is part of growing trend

Monday 8 August 2022 17:30 , Jack Rathborn

If the long and protracted Frenkie de Jong transfer saga has not already been messy enough, there is one way of making it a whole lot messier. “De Jong should consider legal action v Barcelona and all players should be behind him,” Gary Neville tweeted last week. “A club spending fortunes on new players whilst not paying the ones they have under contract their full money is immoral and a breach. @FIFPRO should be all over bullying like this and stop it.”

Predictably, Neville’s tweet did not go down well among Barcelona’s support – with some even going as far as to pretend his infamous spell in charge of Valencia went even worse than it actually did – but you do not have to be a former Manchester United right-back to sympathise with the sentiment behind it. For a financially-challenged club like Barça to push a player out so that they can fund a summer of extravagant spending is one thing. To do so while refusing to pay him wages that he is owed is another entirely.

Frenkie de Jong’s deferred wages explained

Conor Coady set for Everton move

Monday 8 August 2022 17:15 , Jack Rathborn

Conor Coady is expected to join Everton imminently.

The Wolves centre-back, 29, with the Daily Mail reporting that the England international is set to boost Frank Lampard’s defence.

The Toffees will hope Coady and James Tarkowski can make it tougher for opponents and act as a foundation to build from after flirting with relegation last season.

Leroy Sane linked to Man United as Antony back-up

Monday 8 August 2022 17:00 , Jack Rathborn

An unexpected return to the Premier League with one of Manchester City’s rivals has been rumoured for Leroy Sane. The former City winger departed for Bayern Munich two years ago and scored seven goals in 32 Bundesliga appearances last season.

The Mirror says Manchester United have made a surprise enquiry about the 26-year-old’s availability, with Sane considered a back-up if Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag fails to bring Ajax’s Antony to Old Trafford.

Callum Hudson-Odoi ‘asks to leave Chelsea on loan’ with Leicester and Southampton keen

Monday 8 August 2022 16:45 , Jack Rathborn

Callum Hudson-Odoi has reportedly asked Chelsea to go out on loan and there are at least two Premier League clubs ready to snap him up. The Guardian reports Leicester and Southampton are considering signing the 21-year-old, with the winger searching for more regular playing time after not even being named on the bench when the Blues opened their league campaign with a 1-0 win over Everton on Saturday.

Callum Hudson-Odoi ‘asks to leave Chelsea on loan’

Cesar Azpilicueta reveals how close he came to leaving Chelsea for Barcelona

Monday 8 August 2022 16:30 , Jack Rathborn

Cesar Azpilicueta has revealed he decided to leave Chelsea and talked to Barcelona about a return to his native Spain because he had completed the full set of trophies by winning the Club World Cup.

But the captain, who signed a new two-year deal on Thursday, said he was convinced to stay at Stamford Bridge by new owner Todd Boehly and insisted he displayed his commitment to the club as they were in limbo while Roman Abramovich was sanctioned and they were waiting for a takeover.

Azpilicueta admitted his performance levels dropped in the final two months of last season, which he attributed to his heavy workload and the added exhaustion of the extra running from playing wing-back when Reece James was injured.

Cesar Azpilicueta reveals how close he came to joining Barcelona

Fantasy Premier League: Haaland, Salah and Pascal Gross headline GW1 top scorers and team of the week

Monday 8 August 2022 16:15 , Jack Rathborn

The new 2022/23 Premier League season kicked off on Friday night and now every club has faced that first hurdle, with some sides faring rather better than others over the weekend.

Manchester United again suffered defeat to Brighton in what was Erik ten Hag’s first game in charge, while Liverpool surprisingly dropped points at newly promoted Fulham. But for reigning champions Manchester City it was straight back to business with a brace from new signing Erling Haaland, while Tottenham also showcased their credentials for the campaign with a brutal demolition of Southampton.

While as fans it’s always a case of wanting your own team to win, the nine million players involved in Fantasy Premier League this season gives every game during the campaign an additional edge of interest- so which players starred across the opening games?

Haaland, Salah and Gross lead Fantasy Premier League GW1 top scorers

Adam Smith to reach decade of service at Bournemouth after signing new deal

Monday 8 August 2022 15:58 , Jack Rathborn

Bournemouth defender Adam Smith has signed a contract extension until the summer of 2024.

The 31-year-old full-back is the longest-serving member of the Cherries’ squad, having joined on a permanent deal from Tottenham in January 2014 following a loan spell during the 2010-11 campaign.

He made his 306th appearance for the south-coast club in Saturday’s 2-0 Premier League win over Aston Villa.

Adam Smith signs new contract at Bournemouth

Bournemouth set to sign Marcos Senesi from Feyenoord

Monday 8 August 2022 14:50 , Jack Rathborn

Marcos Senesi will join Bournemouth, reports César Luis Merlo, with the Feyenoord star joining on a four-year contract with the option of a fifth season.

The Dutch club will pocket €15 million plus €2 million in bonuses, while Senesi’s previous club in Argentina, San Lorenzo, will receive €1.2 million.

Scott Parker lands reinforcements after an opening weekend victory over Aston Villa.

Chelsea defender set for Monaco move

Monday 8 August 2022 14:35 , Jack Rathborn

Chelsea and Monaco have struck a deal for Malang Sarr, who will leave on loan with an option to buy, reportedly worth €15m if a certain amount of appearances are met, according to David Ornstein of The Athletic.

Nabil Djellit reports that the French defender will now undergo a medical, before completing a return to Ligue 1.

The 23-year-old joined the Blues in 2020 from Nice, but has played just 21 times.

Raheem Sterling continued his good form (Getty Images)
Raheem Sterling continued his good form (Getty Images)

Juventus consider move for Barcelona forward Memphis Depay

Monday 8 August 2022 14:23 , Jack Rathborn

Juventus are targeting a move for Barcelona forward Memphis Depay, Gazzetta dello Sport report.

The Old Lady are keen on the Dutch international given his cut-price fee, with Barcelona under pressure to sell.

A loan could prove tricky, while the Catalan giants may release the player, which would see Memphis demand a huge salary, which may put off Juve.

 (AFP via Getty Images)
(AFP via Getty Images)

On this day in 2011: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signs for Arsenal

Monday 8 August 2022 14:09 , Jack Rathborn

Arsenal completed the £15million signing of Southampton winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on this day in 2011.

Saints announced that Oxlade-Chamberlain had moved to the Emirates Stadium in a club-record sale. The Gunners paid £12million up front with a further £3m in add-ons.

Arsene Wenger hailed Oxlade-Chamberlain, 17, as a player of rich potential.

“We are delighted that Alex has decided to join us,” said Wenger. “He is an exciting young player who will provide us with creativity and offensive quality.

“Alex is a versatile player who can play in a number of positions. He can play as an attacking centre midfielder, or wide left and right.

“Alex is a perceptive passer of the ball and has a great understanding of the game and looks to be a very good team player.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain had yet to compete at a higher level than League One, but his signing was viewed as a coup for Arsenal, despite the size of the transfer fee.

Manchester United and Liverpool also expressed interest in the Southampton academy product, but the Gunners edged their rivals.

“Arsenal have a great manager in Arsene Wenger, top-quality players and an attractive style of play,” said Oxlade-Chamberlain.

“These were all important factors in me choosing to sign for Arsenal.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain played 198 games and scored 20 goals in his six seasons with the Gunners, winning the FA Cup three times before he signed for Liverpool in August 2017.

He won the Champions League with the Reds in 2019 and the Premier League the following season. He has also represented England on 35 occasions.

PSG set to make new bid for Inter defender Milan Skriniar

Monday 8 August 2022 13:56 , Jack Rathborn

PSG look set to make a new bid worth €70 million for Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar.

Gazzetta dello Sport report the Italians still want €80m and that Simone Inzaghi would like to keep the defender.

The 27-year-old has one year remaining on his deal, but Inter remain determined to hold out for a huge fee.

Villarreal eye Tottenham pair Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele

Monday 8 August 2022 13:43 , Jack Rathborn

Villarreal could make a double move for Tottenham pair Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele, according to Sky Sports.

Antonio Conte continues to revamp his squad and trimming some unwanted squad players could balance the books after a big summer of spending.

Ndombele went on loan to Lyon last season, while Lo Celso enjoyed a loan with the Yellow Submarines, with Unai Emery seeing enough to push for the Argentine’s return.

Chelsea eye younger defenders

Monday 8 August 2022 13:32 , Ben Burrows

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was delighted with the performance of Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta and Kalidou Koulibaly on Saturday but with the back three having a combined age of 100 he knows the club must secure the next generation of defenders.

"We are so happy to have players such as Azpi, Thiago and Kalidou but it is also important that we have the next generation coming through to eventually take over from them in future years," he said.

"The game is very physical and very demanding, this is the situation, so we do need other players to rotate with these guys.

"In general, it is a fact that we have the back three, the goalkeeper and the double six in Jorginho and N'Golo (Kante) that are all in their thirties.

"That's the way it is and while we are so happy with these guys, we also need to consider the future."

Valencia goalkeeper set for NEC Nijmegen move

Monday 8 August 2022 13:30 , Jack Rathborn

Valencia continue to trim down their squad with Jasper Cillessen leaving the Spaniard for NEC Nijmegen after an agreement was reached.

A statement read: “Valencia CF wish the goalkeeper the best of luck in this new stage of his career.”

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