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Juventus Coach Maurizio Sarri Treated For Pneumonia

Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri
Sarri signed a three-year deal at Juventus this summer

Former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is being treated for pneumonia.

The 60-year-old Juventus coach spent Monday morning at the Italian club having missed a weekend friendly against Triestina because of what was initially thought to flu.

After feeling unwell, further tests diagnosed pneumonia and Juve confirmed treatment had begun.

Juventus visit Parma for their opening Serie A match on Saturday and it is not clear if Sarri will be in charge.

The veteran Italian joined Chelsea from Napoli in July 2018 and won the Europa League with the west London club during his one season at Stamford Bridge.

He succeeded compatriot Massimiliano Allegri at Juventus in June.

Myself And Other Super Eagles Players Used To Sneak Girls Into Eagles Camp Back Then – Pastor Taribo West

Myself and other Super Eagles players used to sneak girls into Eagles camp back then- Pastor Taribo West confesses

Taribo West, the very talented Super Eagles defender, has disclosed how himself and some of his Super Eagles teammates used to sneak women, both local and foreign, into camp during national assignments.


Taribo who has since become a Pastor, disclosed this in an interview with Sports Extra.


“Sometimes we (the players) will import ladies from other countries and keep them in different hotels. As the competition progressed, more ladies would keep coming and going. It’s something we all did but my teammates won’t talk about it. I can talk about it now because I’ve given my life to Christ.

We normally kept the girls in different locations, but once everyone was asleep, around 2am, we would bring them into our hotel rooms. It happened in every tournament we competed in, from the Africa Cup of Nations to the World Cup.

We had a teammate who the other players waited for to bring in his girl first, because he always had fine women. Once we saw the shape and height of his girl, we would call our own boys to go out and negotiate for girls more beautiful than this player’s own. It was more like a competition for women amongst us then. We had crazy guys in the team but there was discipline, that’s why we had to sneak the ladies into camp.” he said

Ashley Cole: Ex-Arsenal, Chelsea And England Full-Back Retires

Former England, Arsenal and Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole has announced his playing retirement from football.

Cole, 38, was out of contract at Derby County at the end of the 2018-19 season and says he is now focused on coaching.

He made his professional debut for Arsenal in 1999 and went on to represent Crystal Palace on loan, Chelsea, Roma, LA Galaxy and Derby.

“After hard thinking it was time to hang up my boots and look forward to my next chapter,” Cole told Sky Sports.

Cole said he is currently taking qualifications with a view to move into a coaching role.

The London-born defender earned 107 caps for England and is the most decorated footballer in FA Cup history, having lifted the trophy seven times.

He also won the Premier League twice with Arsenal – including the 2003-04 season in which the Gunners went unbeaten – and once with Chelsea after moving to Stamford Bridge in 2006.

Cole won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2011-12 and the Europa League the following season.

After joining Derby County in January, he worked under the management of his former Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard and helped the club to the Championship play-off final, where they were beaten by Aston Villa.

Honduras Football Rioting: Three Killed Ahead of Tegucigalpa Derby

Spectators react from tear gas after rioting breaks out at the National Stadium in Tegucigalpa, 17 August
Thousands of people in side the stadium were caught in the violence



Three people have been killed and about 10 injured in rioting between fans of rival football clubs in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa.

The violence broke out ahead of a planned game between the Motagua and Olimpia clubs on Saturday evening.

It began when crowds threw stones at the Motagua team bus, injuring three players with shards of broken glass.

Fighting continued both inside and outside National Stadium after officials cancelled the game.

“Three people died and seven were shot and stabbed. One of them is a boy. Three of the injured adults are in critical condition,” local hospital spokeswoman Laura Schoenherr told Reuters new agency.

More than 10,000 people were already in the stadium when the trouble erupted. Many were caught in a stampede as police used tear gas to tackle the rioters.

The Motagua club tweeted pictures of the damage inside the bus after the attack, and of the wounded played being treated in hospital. They were named as Emilio Izaguirre, Roberto Moreira and Jonathan Rougier.

The club blamed members of the Ultra-Faithful Olimpia fan club, saying: “This has to be severely sanctioned by the authorities.”

Neymar Left Out of Paris St-Germain Squad For Second Week Running

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said Neymar is still one of the most important players at the club

Neymar has been left out of the Paris St-Germain squad for the second week in succession as speculation continues about his future.

The 27-year-old, who missed PSG’s league opener against Nimes last weekend, has been the subject of bids from Barcelona and Real Madrid.

However, the French club are yet to accept an offer for the Brazil forward.

Coach Thomas Tuchel said “he won’t be with us” for Sunday’s game at Rennes, adding that he was still not fully fit.

While admitting that Neymar’s future remains undecided, Tuchel said the former Barca attacker is still one of the most valuable players at the club.

“If I think of a strong PSG team, I think of a team with Ney in it,” the German said.

Neymar, who became the world’s most expensive player when he joined PSG from Barcelona for 222m euros (£200m) in 2017, has scored 34 league goals in two seasons at the Parc des Princes.

In the 3-0 win over Nimes, PSG fans held up a banner telling Neymar to “go away” after sporting director Leonardo revealed that talks regarding his exit where “more advanced than before”.

I Did Nothing Wrong And I Have Not Received Any Letter From FIFA’ – Samson Siasia Reacts To Lifetime Ban

Yesterday, FIFA banned former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia from all football activity for life after being found guilty of accepting to receive bribes in order to manipulate matches.


In his reaction, Siasia had a chat with veteran sports journalist, Colin Udoh where he’s quoted to have said, “I don’t know anything about this. I did nothing wrong and I have not received any letter from FIFA.”


According to Udoh, ‘Siasia also told me -very angrily – that he was never invited to defend himself and is hearing about all of this for the first time’.

Real Madrid Boss Zinedine Zidane To ‘Count On’ Gareth Bale After Eden Hazard’s Injury

Bale came on as a second-half substitute against Roma in pre-season on Sunday

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says he will now “count on” forward Gareth Bale despite previously saying the Wales international could leave.

Bale was expected to join Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning in July.

Zidane said at the time his departure would be a “good thing for everyone” before the Real blocked the move.

New signing Eden Hazard sustained a thigh injury in training on Friday and Bale may now be considered for their La Liga opener at Celta Vigo on Saturday.

“It looked like he was leaving but now he is here and now I’m going to count on him, just like all the other players that are in the squad,” said Zidane.

“He has a contract, he’s an important player and I hope all the players want to make it difficult for me to pick the team.”

As well as Hazard, who is expected to miss three to four weeks, Real are without long-term absentee Marco Asensio and left-back Ferland Mendy, who has a calf problem.

The injuries mean Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez is also in contention to make his first competitive appearance for the club since returning from a two-year loan at Bayern Munich.

“He is in shape and I’m glad to have him,” added Zidane.

Bale, 30, joined the Spanish club for £85m from Tottenham in 2013 in what was then a world record deal.

He has three years left on his contract with the Bernabeu club, where he has won four Champions Leagues, one La Liga title, a Copa del Rey, three Uefa Super Cups and three Club World Cups.

Bale scored three goals, plus a penalty in a shootout, in four Champions League finals for Real as they won the competition in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

However, injury problems have limited him to 79 La Liga starts in the past four seasons.

He played 42 matches for Real Madrid last season but was booed by the home supporters at times during the campaign.

FIFA Bans Samson Siasia For Life Over Match Fixing

FIFA bans Samson Siasia for life over match fixing

Samson Siasia, a former Nigerian football player and National team coach, has been banned for life by world governing body, FIFA, after he was found guilty of match fixing.


Siasia who coached various national youth sides before a spell as senior coach in 2016, was linked to FIFA’s long-running investigation into the activities of Singaporean Wilson Raj Perumal who has been described by the football body as a “known match fixer”. Though the time period when FIFA believes he committed his infractions is unclear, however he was found ‘guilty of  accepting bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches’.


Samson Siasia was also given a CHF 50,000 fine following the formal ethics proceedings initiated against him on on February 11, 2019. Before being handed the life ban “from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level”.


Siasia won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria as a player and was one of the successful national youth team coaches in the country.


He is the third African to be banned by FIFA for his links to Perumal after former Sierra Leone FA official, Abu Bakarr Kabba and former Botswana FA official Mooketsi Kgotlele were suspended in July for five years and for life respectively.

Most Expensive Football Players in The World Revealed – See List

Most expensive football players in the World revealed - See list

The CIES Football Observatory algorithm have released the list of the most expensive football players in the World with forwards  Kylian Mbappé(€252M), Mohammed Salah (€219M) and Raheem Sterling (€208M) in the top three positions.


Apart from strikers, the most expensive footballers per position are Alisson Becker (€107M) for goalkeepers, Trent Alexander-Arnold (€130M) for defenders and Paul Pogba (€125M) for midfielders.


Here are the top 30 footballers on the list.

Most expensive football players in the World revealed - See listMost expensive football players in the World revealed - See list

Neymar Would Take 15m Euros Pay Cut To Join Barca

Neymar became the world’s most expensive player in 2017 when PSG paid him 222m (£205m) so that he could buy himself out of his contract at Barcelona

Neymar would take a pay cut of 15 million euros (£13.7m) to rejoin Barcelona from Paris St-Germain, says BBC Radio 5 Live’s Guillem Balague.

The Spanish giants are believed to have made several offers for the Brazil international, including one of 100m euros (£92.4m) plus Philippe Coutinho.

However, those bids have been rejected with PSG holding out for more money.

“The player is happy to reduce his wages from 38 million euros net to 23 million euros net,” said Balague.

“It is an interesting situation at Barcelona. They feel they have to try really hard to get him back.

“Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez want him back but also the president Josep Maria Bartomeu has two more years in his mandate and he wants to leave a big legacy. Can you imagine all those players that have been mentioned and Neymar as well?”

Neymar is currently training alone at PSG, although that is understood to be part of a scheduled programme rather than related to the transfer saga.

Real Madrid have also put forward a deal that includes money as well as Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez but, like Barcelona’s bid, that has been rejected.


Lionel Messi
Messi would welcome Neymar back to Barcelona, says Balague

‘Neymar belongs to PSG and we’ll see what happens’

Barca boss Ernesto Valverde was non-committal when asked about Neymar in a news conference previewing Friday’s La Liga opener between the defending champions and Athletic Bilbao.

Valverde lamented the fact the transfer window does not close until 2 September and insisted he was “very happy with the squad”.

“It’s inconvenient and it’s not logical,” he said about the transfer window.

“The normal thing would be that the team you start with is the same one that will compete for the whole season.

“Now we have two weeks until the transfer window shuts and you can’t breathe easily until then. I’m very happy with the squad I have at the moment but I don’t know what will happen next.

“Neymar belongs to PSG and we’ll see what happens but I can’t say anything more about him.”

Messi to miss season opener

Messi scored 51 goals in 50 appearances for Barcelona in all competitions in 2018-19 but will miss the start of this season because of a calf injury.

The Argentina international has not trained ahead of Friday’s game at San Mames and Valverde said: “We are not going to take risks with any player, even less with Leo.

“He hasn’t trained or played with the team. We will wait a while but his recovery process is going well.”

Friday’s game will be broadcast on ITV after the broadcaster agreed a continuation of their La Liga partnership to screen the Spanish top flight on terrestrial TV this season.

Kanu Nwankwo Appointed As SSA On Sports Matters To Gov Ihedioha of Imo State [Photos]

Kanu Nwankwo appointed as SSA on Sports matters to Gov Ihedioha of Imo state (Photos)

Nigerian football legend, Kanu Nwankwo has been appointed as Senior Special Assistant on Sports matters to Imo state Governor, Chukwuemeka Ihedioha. 

The appointment was confirmed during a special dinner which took place at the Government House in Owerri on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. This will be Kanu’s first political appointment since he retired from football in 2011.

Kanu Nwankwo appointed as SSA on Sports matters to Gov Ihedioha of Imo state (Photos)

In his new role, 43-year-old is expected to help the Imo state government in developing the sports sector and also advise Governor Ihedioha on sports-related issues.

Kanu Nwankwo appointed as SSA on Sports matters to Gov Ihedioha of Imo state (Photos)

Monaco Complete £37m Signing of Wissam Ben Yedder From Sevilla

 Monaco complete ?37m signing of Wissam Ben Yedder from Sevilla to partner Super Eagles star Henry Onyekuru

Monaco has signed French striker Wissam Ben Yedder from Sevilla on a five-year contract with Portugal midfielder Rony Lopes moving in the opposite direction.


Both clubs made the announcement on Wednesday, August 14, 2019.


The financial details of the deal were not disclosed but French media reported that Monaco paid Sevilla £37m to activate 29-year-old France international Ben Yedder’s release clause.


Ben Yedder who joined Sevilla in July 2016, scored 70 goals in three seasons at the La Liga club. He will partner Super Eagles striker, Henry Onyekuru at the French club.


“I am very happy to be involved with AS Monaco,’ he told the club website. ‘I chose Monaco because I believe in this project and I am determined to do everything possible to go after our common ambitions.’


Super Eagles Defender Kenneth Omeruo Completes Permanent Move To Leganes From Chelsea

 No more loans! Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo completes permanent move to Leganes from Chelsea

Super Eagles defender, Kenneth Omeruo has completed a permanent transfer to La Liga side Leganes where he spent a successful season on loan in 2018/19, making 31 appearances.


The transfer fee is understood to be around €4.5m


The 25-year-old who signed for Chelsea in 2012 from Standard Liege couldn’t break into the first-team squad. He spent time on loans in the Netherlands, Turkey, Spain and with Championship side Middlesbrough.


Earlier this summer, Kenneth spoke of his desire to leave Chelsea to continue his development in Spain.


“I think now’s the time for me to leave, to find a place, to be my own man,” he said. “I’m married with a baby now, so I need stability.


“Chelsea have done amazingly for me, and for my family as well, but it’s time for me to reach my potential and get where I think I deserve to be.” he said

Bayern Munich Complete Signing of Ivan Perisic From Inter Milan On £4.6m Loan [Photos]

Bayern Munich complete signing of Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan on ?4.6m loan (Photos)

Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich have completed the signing of Ivan Perisicfrom Serie A side Inter Milan on an initial one-year loan deal for £4.6million.

The 30-year-old Croatia international is likely to join them permanently in June 2020 as the German club have an option to buy him in the deal.

Bayern Munich complete signing of Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan on ?4.6m loan (Photos)

On completing the move, Perisic told the club’s website: ‘I’m very glad to be back in Germany. FC Bayern are one of the biggest clubs in Europe.


‘We want to go on the attack, not only in the Bundesliga and the DFB Cup, but also in the Champions League.’

Bayern Munich complete signing of Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan on ?4.6m loan (Photos)

Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic added: ‘Ivan will help us from the start with his extensive experience at a top international level.


‘He has good technique and he’s flexible in attack. I’m sure Ivan will settle in quickly as he knows both the Bundesliga and our coach Niko Kovac well.’ Bayern Munich complete signing of Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan on ?4.6m loan (Photos)

Nigeria’s Michael Emenalo Quits His Job As Monaco’s Sporting Director


Former Nigeria international defender, Michael Emenalo has left his role as Monaco’s sporting director by mutual consent, on a day that the club signed Nigerian forward, Henry Onyekuru from Everton.

The 54-year-old joined the French Ligue 1 outfit in November 2017 after quitting a similar role at English side Chelsea. Monaco only avoided relegation from the top flight on the final day last season and the Principality side suffered a 3-0 home loss to Lyon on the opening day of the current season.

“I want to thank AS Monaco for giving me the opportunity to discover the French championship and wish the Club and supporters a great season 2019/2020,” Emenalo said.

He joined Chelsea in 2007 under Avram Grant, for whom he played at Maccabi Tel Aviv and spent a decade in West London. Emenalo worked in both the scouting and coaching departments at Chelsea before being promoted to technical director in 2011.


During his time at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea won the Champions League in 2012, plus three Premier League titles, three FA Cups, the League Cup and Europa League.  Emenalo, who played for Notts County in the 1990s and for the San Jose Clash in the first MLS game, represented Nigeria at the 1994 World Cup.

Nigeria Football Federation Marks 30th Anniversary of The Death of Samuel Okwaraji Who Died At The National Stadium During A Match

Nigeria Football Federation marks?30th anniversary of the death of Samuel Okwaraji who died at the National Stadium?during a match

The Nigeria Football Federation marked the 30th anniversary of the death of footballer, Samuel Okwaraji who died at the National Stadium, Surulere on the 12th August 1989, during a match.


The NFF shared a video in memory of the late football player where the NFF president, Amaju Pinnick was quoted as saying, “We still feel and respect the labours of our heroes past, and we want to say today, being the 30th year that Late Okwaraji passed on while playing, we still feel the sacrifice and patriotism that he showed, playing for this great country. And we have learnt great lessons from that patriot, even as we continue to use his attitude to guide young talents.”


Okwaraji was born on May 19, 1964.  Apart from being a professional footballer, who played for Nigeria, Okwaraji was also a qualified lawyer who had a masters in international law from the Pontifical Lateran University of Rome.

Rogers Cup: Bianca Andreescu Wins Title As Serena Williams Retires Injured

Williams is a three-time Rogers Cup champion

Serena Williams retired with a back injury in the final of the the Rogers Cup in Toronto, handing the title to Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu.

Williams, 37, was left in tears after suffering back spasms as 19-year-old Andreescu comforted her courtside.

The American was a break down at 1-3 in the first set when she withdrew.

“I’m sorry I couldn’t do it today, I tried,” said the 23-time Grand Slam champion. “It’s been a tough year, but we’ll keep going.”

Andreescu, who won her first WTA title at Indian Wells earlier this year, becomes the first Canadian to win the Rogers Cup women’s singles title since 1969.

“Serena, you made me cry. I know how it is to pull out of tournaments, it’s not easy,” she said.

“This wasn’t the way I expected to win. You are truly a champion. I’ve watched you win so many times, you are truly a champion on and off the court.

“I’m speechless right now. This has been a dream come true.”

Williams’ only previous retirement in a singles final came at the Rogers Cup in 2000 – the year Andreescu was born.

Williams was seeking to win her first title since returning to competition in 2018 after the birth of her daughter.

The US Open, where Williams will hope to win her 24th Grand Slam title, starts on 26 August.

She reached the Wimbledon final last month – losing to Simona Halep – but struggled with a knee injury earlier in the year.

Rogers Cup: Naomi Osaka Beaten By Serena Williams But Back On Top of World Rankings

Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson kept 21 clean-sheets for Liverpool in his first Premier League campaign

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said goalkeeper Alisson’s calf injury “cast a shadow” over the 4-1 win against Norwich in the Premier League season opener.

The Brazilian suffered the problem as he took a goal-kick towards the end of the first half, and will now miss next week’s Super Cup match against Chelsea in Istanbul.

“It felt like something hit him and that’s not a good sign,” said Klopp.

“He will not be ready for Wednesday.”

Alisson was a key figure for the Reds in his debut season, helping them win the Champions League and take the Premier League runners-up spot.

The 26-year-old former Roma player was replaced by new signing Adrian, a free agent in the summer after he was released by West Ham.

The Spaniard made a great save from Moritz Leitner but conceded a goal in the 64th minute when Temmu Pukki fired in for Norwich.

Klopp added: “Adrian was completely relaxed and did what he had to do. He’s a good keeper, calm on the ball and a good shot stopper. That’s why we signed him.”

Liverpool’s third-choice keeper Caoimhin Kelleher is recovering from minor surgery on a broken wrist.

Man City Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan Signs New Contract To 2023

Ilkay Gundogan scored a penalty in Manchester City’s penalty shootout win over Liverpool in the Community Shield

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has signed a new four-year contract until 2023.

After lengthy negotiations, the Germany international, 28, agreed fresh terms with the Premier League champions last week and signed the deal on Thursday.

City and manager Pep Guardiola see him as a key part of their plans as he enters what should be the peak years of his career.

Gundogan’s previous contract at Etihad Stadium had a year to run.

He joined City from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund for £25m in 2016.

Despite suffering two serious knee injuries, the former Nuremberg player has won five major trophies, scoring 17 goals in 115 appearances for City.

Transfer Deadline Day Signings Take Premier League Spending To £1.41bn

Kieran Tierney, Alex Iwobi, Ryan Sessegnon and Ismaila Sarr were the four £25m+ Premier League signings on deadline day

A late flurry of deadline-day signings took Premier League spending for the summer up to £1.41bn, just short of the £1.43bn record set in 2017.

Deadline day spending alone by English top-flight clubs was £170m – but on just 17 deals, the joint fewest number of transfers on the last day of the summer window since 2009.

Everton’s £34m signing of forward Alex Iwobi from Arsenal was the biggest incoming Premier League deal, while the largest transfer saw Romelu Lukaku leave Manchester United for Inter Milan for £74m – a loss of £1m on the fee they paid Everton.

Arsenal were the biggest spenders in England during the window, splashing out £155m. On deadline day, they bought £25m Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney and £8m Chelsea centre-back David Luiz.

Tottenham recruited Real Betis midfielder Giovani lo Celso on loan and signed Fulham winger Ryan Sessegnon for £25m. Their pursuit of Juventus forward Paulo Dybala was one of the big stories earlier in the day but the deal fell through.

Watford spent a club record, reported to be £25m, on Rennes winger Ismaila Sarr and Leicester bought Sampdoria’s attacking midfielder Dennis Praet for a reported £18m.

Three former England internationals made moves – Burnley signing Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater and Manchester City bringing in Derby goalkeeper Scott Carson, both on loan, while Newcastle re-signed free agent striker Andy Carroll.

A busy day in the Championship was headlined by West Brom spending £4m on Southampton striker Charlie Austin.

This was the second year in a row when Premier League clubs could only sign players until the day before the season started, instead of the end of August.

The deadline has also now passed for Championship clubs, but teams from Scotland, Leagues One and Two and all of Europe’s major leagues can bring in players until 2 September.

The total number of Premier League signings in the summer fell for the sixth year in a row.

Deadline day transfers by year

What deals happened in the summer?

Eleven of the 20 Premier League clubs broke their transfer record this summer, with Sheffield United smashing theirs four times. Arsenal, Aston Villa, Leicester (twice), Manchester City, Newcastle, Southampton, Tottenham, Watford – on deadline day – West Ham and Wolves are the other 10.

Harry Maguire’s £80m switch from Leicester to Manchester United was the biggest Premier League signing of the summer, followed by Arsenal’s £72m purchase of Lille winger Nicolas Pepe.

Champions Manchester City bought Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri for £62.8m and Juventus right-back Joao Cancelo for £60m.

Spurs spent £53.8m on Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele – their first first-team signing since January 2018.

The 10 biggest signings by Premier League clubs this summer

Most expensive Premier League signings this summer

Villa spent £125m, the second promoted club to hit nine figures after Fulham, who did so last summer, only to be relegated in April.

The other biggest transfers were Manchester United right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£50m from Crystal Palace), West Ham striker Sebastien Haller (£45m from Eintracht Frankfurt), Newcastle striker Joelinton (£40m from Hoffenheim) and Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans (reported £40m from Monaco).

Chelsea also spent £40m on Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic despite having a transfer embargo. The Croat was already there on loan, so Frank Lampard’s side were allowed to sign him permanently as he was already registered. Their sale of Eden Hazard to Real for a fee of £89m, which could rise to £150m, was one of the biggest deals in the world.

La Liga could overtake Premier League – Analysis

This was the second highest total spend since the introduction of the transfer window system in 2003, according to analysis from Deloitte’s Sports Business Group. It is the fourth consecutive summer that Premier League clubs have spent over £1bn.

But Premier League clubs’ net expenditure (purchases minus sales) was £625m – the lowest in a summer since 2015, helped by Hazard and Lukaku’s big-money moves.

Dan Jones, partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, said: “With this level of net spend, combined with a more modest increase in Premier League broadcast rights values for the coming season than we have seen previously, we would expect wages to increase at a greater rate than revenue, returning to a wages to revenue ratio of over 60%.

“However, this does not signal major financial concerns as Premier League clubs collectively generated pre-tax profits of £426m in 2017-18, while net spend as a proportion of revenue of 12% is at its lowest since 2012.”

Here are some of Deloitte’s other findings…

  • La Liga clubs could still overtake the Premier League’s total. Spain’s top-flight clubs have spent £1.1bn, with Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona accounting for two thirds of that alone. That number will increase with their deadline not until 2 September.
  • Championship clubs spent £160m on transfers, an increase from the £155m spent last summer.
  • Chelsea (who had a transfer embargo), Crystal Palace and Liverpool were the three clubs to make a profit on transfers this summer.
  • Benfica (£170m) and Ajax (£165m) were among the sides to make the most in player sales this summer.

What could still happen?

The deadline for La Liga, Serie A, the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and other European leagues is on 2 September so their clubs can sign Premier League players until then.

Real Madrid have been linked with United midfielder Paul Pogba all summer, but it seems unlikely United would let the France international go now without being able to bring in a replacement.

Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen is another who could leave the Premier League. The Denmark international, who has one year left on his contract, is interested in a move abroad. But could their failure to sign Dybala make a move less likely?

Manchester City winger Leroy Sane is a long-term Bayern Munich target but the cruciate ligament damage suffered in Sunday’s Community Shield could see him stay at Etihad Stadium.

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale was never really linked to any English clubs before the deadline. He has got three-and-a-half weeks to find a European club, or else face a season out of the team, with the Welshman seemingly not in Zinedine Zidane’s plans.

Paris St-Germain forward Neymar continues to be linked to Real Madrid and former club Barcelona, while Real attacking midfielder James Rodriguez – like Bale – may have to move away for first-team football.

The Premier League deadline closing could spark a flurry of signings elsewhere. Some managers in Leagues One and Two have been waiting for this stage, with Premier League and Championship clubs now more likely to know who they will be willing to loan or sell.

Transfer News: Done Deals in Transfer Window in August

Kieran Tierney had a double hernia operation during the close season but came through his medical to sign for Arsenal

The Premier League and Championship’s transfer window closed at 17:00 BST on Thursday – the day before the start of the new top-flight season.

But the summer transfer window still has longer to run elsewhere – Scottish clubs, England’s Leagues One and Two and Europe’s top leagues all have a Monday, 2 September deadline.

Below you can track all the latest signings as they happen in England, Scotland and across the world.

8 August

Premier League

21:20 Alex Iwobi [Arsenal – Everton] £34m

21:00 Meritan Shabani [Bayern Munich – Wolves] Undisclosed

20:20 David Luiz [Chelsea – Arsenal] £8m

19:33 Muhamed Besic [Everton – Sheffield United] Loan

19:33 Michael Verrips [Unattached – Sheffield United] Free

19:24 Dennis Praet [Sampdoria – Leicester] Undisclosed

17:51 Danny Drinkwater [Chelsea – Burnley] Loan (until Jan 2020)

17:36 Giovani lo Celso [Real Betis – Tottenham] Loan

17:20 Scott Carson [Derby – Man City] Loan

17:10 Kieran Tierney [Celtic – Arsenal] £25m

16:50 Andy Carroll [West Ham – Newcastle] Free

15:51 Ismaila Sarr [Rennes – Watford] Undisclosed

15:50 Aaron Mooy [Huddersfield – Brighton] Loan

15:18 Ryan Sessegnon [Fulham – Tottenham] £25m

11:30 Romaric Yapi [Paris St-Germain – Brighton] Undisclosed

11:00 Emil Krafth [Amiens – Newcastle] Undisclosed

09:03 Albian Ajeti [Basel – West Ham] £8m

English Football League

22:00 Beram Kayal [Brighton – Charlton] Loan

21:00 John Bostock [Toulouse – Nottingham Forest] Loan

20:35 Greg Cunningham [Cardiff – Blackburn] Loan

20:00 Bobby Reid [Cardiff – Fulham] Loan

19:45 Harrison Reed [Southampton – Fulham] Loan

19:15 Marlon Pack [Bristol City – Cardiff City] Undisclosed

19:15 Ben Hamer [Huddersfield – Derby] Loan

19:03 Luke Bolton [Man City – Luton] Loan

19:00 Patrick Schmidt [Admira Wacker – Barnsley] Undisclosed

18:30 Jamie Paterson [Bristol City – Derby] Loan

18:30 Callum Elder [Leicester – Hull] Undisclosed

18:21 Izzy Brown [Chelsea – Luton] Loan

18:18 Benik Afobe [Stoke – Bristol City] Loan

18:16 Nahki Wells [Burnley – QPR] Loan

18:00 Mark Duffy [Sheff Utd – Stoke] Loan

18:00 Josh Magennis [Bolton – Hull] Undisclosed

18:00 Clarke Odour [Leeds – Barnsley] Undisclosed

17:46 Josh Onomah [Tottenham – Fulham] Swap as part of Ryan Sessegnon deal

17:45 David Bates [Hamburg – Sheff Wed] Loan

17:44 Trevoh Chalobah [Chelsea – Huddersfield] Loan

17:42 James Bree [Aston Villa – Luton] Loan

17:33 Matheus Pereira [Sporting Lisbon – West Brom] Loan

17:17 Ovie Ejaria [Liverpool – Reading] Loan

17:00 Jacob Maddox [Chelsea – Tranmere] Loan

17:00 Chris Willock [Benfica – West Brom] Loan

17:00 Jacob Murphy [Newcastle – Sheff Wed] Loan

17:00 Chema [Levante – Nottingham Forest] Undisclosed

17:00 Jacob Greaves [Hull – Cheltenham] Loan

16:46 Bright Enobakhare [Wolves – Wigan] Loan

16:44 Isaac Vassell [Birmingham – Cardiff] Undisclosed

16:30 Matthew Pennington [Everton – Hull] Loan

16:00 Eddie Nketiah [Arsenal – Leeds] Loan

16:00 Leonardo Da Silva Lopes [Wigan – Hull] Undisclosed

15:32 Alfie Jones [MK Dons – Crawley] Free

15:30 Tom Pearce [Leeds – Wigan] Undisclosed

15:16 Charlie Austin [Southampton – West Brom] £4m

15:00 Josh Dacres-Cogley [Birmingham – Crawley] Loan

14:30 Cameron Carter-Vickers [Tottenham – Stoke] Loan

14:15 Grady Diangana [West Ham – West Brom] Loan

14:00 Luke Steele [Nottingham Forest – Millwall] Loan

13:00 Steve Morison [Millwall – Shrewsbury] Free

11:01 Josh Grant [Chelsea – Plymouth] Loan

10:30 Jonathan Leko [West Brom – Charlton] Loan

10:26 Sam Field [West Brom – Charlton] Loan

10:05 Adam Nagy [Bologna – Bristol City] Undisclosed

10:01 Dominic Thompson [Arsenal – Brentford] Undisclosed

10:00 Massimo Luongo [QPR – Sheffield Wednesday] Undisclosed

09:33 Illan Meslier [Lorient – Leeds] Loan

09:30 Tyler Magloire [Blackburn – Rochdale] Loan

Scottish Premiership

13:32 Zak Vyner [Bristol City – Aberdeen] Loan

Women’s Super League

Maxime Bennick [PEC Zwolle – Reading] Undisclosed

Amelie Eikeland [IL SAndviken – Reading] Undisclosed

Lea Le Garrec [Guingamp – Brighton] Undisclosed

Alex Greenwood [Man Utd – Lyon] £36,900


16:08 Romelu Lukaku [Man Utd – Inter Milan] £74m

7 August

Premier League

Ibrahim Amadou [Sevilla – Norwich] Loan

Victor Camarasa [Real Betis – Crystal Palace] Loan

Joao Cancelo [Juventus – Manchester City] £60m

James McCarthy [Everton – Crystal Palace] £3m

Djibril Sidibe [Monaco – Everton] Loan

Danny Welbeck [Arsenal – Watford] Free

English Football League

Josh Cullen [West Ham – Charlton] Loan

Anfernee Dijksteel [Charlton – Middlesbrough] Undisclosed

Scott Hogan [Aston Villa – Stoke] Loan

Carl Jenkinson [Arsenal – Nottingham Forest] Undisclosed

Layton Ndukwu [Leicester – Southend] Loan

Pedro Pereira [Benfica – Bristol City] Loan

George Puscas [Inter Milan – Reading] Undisclosed

Brice Samba [Caen – Nottingham Forest] Undisclosed

Fran Villalba [Valencia – Birmingham] Free

Joe Wollacott [Bristol City – Forest Green] Loan

Scottish Premier League

Sam Stubbs [Middlesbrough – Hamilton] Loan


Danilo [Man City – Juventus] £34.1m

George Johnston [Liverpool – Feyenoord] Undisclosed

Nathaniel Phillips [Liverpool – Stuttgart] Loan

Women’s Super League

Lee Geum-min [Gyeongju KHNP – Manchester City] Free

Adrienne Jordan [Atalanta – Birmingham] Free

6 August

Premier League

Goncalo Cardosa [Boavista – West Ham] Reported £2.7m

Renat Dadashov [Estoril – Wolves] Undisclosed

Harry Wilson [Liverpool – Bournemouth] Loan

English Football League

Harry Arter [Bournemouth – Fulham] Loan

Ched Evans [Sheffield United – Fleetwood] Undisclosed

Alvaro Gimenez [Almeria – Birmingham] £1.4m

Matt Godden [Peterborough – Coventry] Undisclosed

Lucas Joao [Sheffield Wednesday – Reading] Undisclosed

Paul Jones [Fleetwood – Sheffield Wednesday]

Caolan Lavery [Sheffield United – Walsall] Undisclosed

Pele [Monaco – Reading] Loan

Rafael [Sampdoria – Reading] Free

Wayne Rooney [DC United – Derby] Undisclosed*

Sam Surridge [Bournemouth – Swansea] Loan

* Deal to go through on 1 January 2020

Scottish Premiership

Liam Burt [Rangers – Celtic] Free

Liam Millar [Liverpool – Kilmarnock] Loan


Taiwo Awoniyi [Liverpool – Mainz] Loan

Renat Dadashov [Wolves – Pacos de Ferreira] Loan

Laurent Koscielny [Arsenal – Bordeaux] £4.6m

Jason Puncheon [Crystal Palace – Pafos] Free

Kemar Roofe [Leeds – Anderlecht] Undisclosed

Pape Souare [Crystal Palace – Troyes] Free

5 August

Premier League

Adrian [West Ham United – Liverpool] Free

Gary Cahill [Chelsea – Crystal Palace] Free

Harry Maguire [Leicester – Manchester United] £80m

Neal Maupay [Brentford – Brighton] Undisclosed

English Football League

Aldo Kalulu [Basel – Swansea] Loan

Han-Noah Massengo [Monaco – Bristol City] Undisclosed

Bryan Mbeumo [Troyes – Brentford] Undisclosed

Kieffer Moore [Barnsley – Wigan] Undisclosed

Marc Richards [Swindon – Cambridge] Free

Joel Rollinson [Reading – Stevenage] Free

Dru Yearwood [Southend – Brentford] Undisclosed


Yosuke Ideguchi [Leeds – Gamba Osaka] Undisclosed

Radja Nainggolan [Inter Milan – Cagliari] Loan

4 August

Premier League

Moise Kean [Juventus – Everton] Undisclosed


Ismael Bennacer [Empoli – AC Milan] £14.5m

Junior Firpo [Real Betis – Barcelona] £27.5m

Simon Mignolet [Liverpool – Club Bruges] £6.4m

Alexander Sorloth [Crystal Palace – Trabzonspor] Loan

3 August

Premier League

Adam Webster [Bristol City – Brighton] £20m

English Football League

Josh Earl [Preston – Bolton] Loan

Alex Hurst [Bradford (Park Avenue) – Port Vale] Undisclosed

Mohammed Ali Sagaf [Unattached – Carlisle]

James Weir [Hull – Bolton] Free

2 August

Premier League

Jean-Philippe Gbamin [Mainz – Everton] £25m

Bruno Jordao [Lazio – Wolves] Undisclosed

Allan Saint-Maximin [Nice – Newcastle] Undisclosed

Oli McBurnie [Swansea – Sheffield United] £17.5m

Pedro Neto [Lazio – Wolves] Undisclosed

Bailey Peacock-Farrell [Leeds – Burnley] £2.5m

Jetro Willems [Eintracht Frankfurt – Newcastle] Loan

English Football League

Alex Baptiste [QPR – Doncaster] Free

Tom Bayliss [Coventry – Preston] Undisclosed

Krystian Bielik [Arsenal – Derby] Undisclosed

Andre Blackman [Unattached – Southend] Free

Lucas Boye [Torino – Reading] Loan

Cohen Bramall [Unattached – Colchester]

Nathan Broadhead [Everton – Burton] Loan

Josef Bursik [Stoke – Accrington] Loan

Matt Clarke [Brighton – Derby] Loan

Lewis Doyle [Southport – Accrington] Free

Niall Ennis [Wolves – Doncaster] Loan

Conor Gallagher [Chelsea – Charlton] Loan

Rushian Hepburn-Murphy [Aston Villa – Tranmere] Loan

George Honeyman [Sunderland – Hull] Undisclosed

Diallang Jaiyesimi [Norwich – Swindon] Loan

Cameron John [Wolves – Doncaster] Loan

Josh Knight [Leicester – Peterborough] Loan

Ryan Loft [Leicester – Carlisle] Loan

Kristoffer Peterson [Heracles – Swansea] Undisclosed

Liam Ridgewell [Hull – Southend] Free

Sam Smith [Reading – Cambridge] Loan

Ashley Smith-Brown [Plymouth – Oldham] Loan

Tom Soares [AFC Wimbledon – Stevenage] Free

Tyler Walker [Nottingham Forest – Lincoln] Loan

James Wilson [Lincoln – Ipswich] Free

Scottish Premiership

Sean McLoughlin [Hull – St Mirren] Loan

Jonathan Obika [Oxford – St Mirren] Free


Dani Alves [Paris St-Germain – Sao Paulo] Free

Malcom [Barcelona – Zenit St Petersburg] £36.5m

Reece Oxford [West Ham – Augsburg] Undisclosed

Women’s Super League

Lucy Whipp [St John’s University – Birmingham] Free

1 August

Premier League

Nicolas Pepe [Lille – Arsenal] £72m

Arnaut Danjuma [Club Bruges – Bournemouth] £13.7m‏

Tom Heaton [Burnley – Aston Villa] £8m

Marvelous Nakamba [Club Bruges – Aston Villa] Undisclosed

English Football League

Rocky Bushiri [Norwich – Blackpool] Loan

Canice Carroll [Brentford – Carlisle] Loan

Peter Clarke [Oldham – Fleetwood] Free

Louis Dennis [Portsmouth – Leyton Orient] Undisclosed

Callum Dolan [Altrincham – Oldham] Free

Tomas Egert [Unattached – Oldham] Free

Andre Green [Aston Villa – Preston] Loan

Jake Doyle-Hales [Aston Villa – Cheltenham] Loan

Morgan Ferrier [Walsall – Tranmere] Undisclosed

Matt Gilks [Lincoln – Fleetwood] Free

Daniel Gyollai [Stoke – Wigan] Free

Jay Harris [Tranmere – Macclesfield] Free

Noor Husin [Notts County – Stevenage] Free

Jamal Lowe [Portsmouth – Wigan] Undisclosed

Taylor Maloney [Charlton – Newport] Loan

Elliott Moore [Leicester – Oxford] Undisclosed

Joe Nuttall [Blackburn – Blackpool] Undisclosed

Kasey Palmer [Chelsea – Bristol City] Undisclosed

Josh Parker [Charlton – Wycombe] Free

Ben Reeves [Charlton – MK Dons] Free

Gavin Reilly [Bristol Rovers – Cheltenham] Loan

Oliver Sarkic [Leeds – Burton] Free

Joe Shaughnessy [St Johnstone – Southend] Free

Samba Sow [Dinamo Moscow – Nottingham Forest] Undisclosed

Dujon Sterling [Chelsea – Wigan] Loan

David Wheater [Bolton – Oldham] Free

Freddie Woodman [Newcastle – Swansea] Loan

Scottish Premiership

Sam Foley [Northampton – St Mirren] Free

Steven Naismith [Norwich – Hearts] Free


Dodi Lukebakio [Watford – Hertha Berlin] Undisclosed

Women’s Super League

Katharina Baunach [Wolfsburg – West Ham] Undisclosed

Man Utd Resume Technical Director Search As Fan Discontent Sweeps Social Media

Manchester United will turn their attention to appointing a technical director now their summer transfer window business is complete.

United’s initial intention was to make an appointment before Jose Mourinho’s successor as manager was confirmed.

But for this window, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer operated within the existing recruitment structure.

The club spent £140m on the signings of defenders Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka and winger Daniel James.

When Solskjaer was given the job on a permanent basis on 28 March, club insiders said the role would be filled by the start of the season.

Former players Darren Fletcher and Rio Ferdinand spoke to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward a number of weeks ago.

Although it is understood there has been no further face-to-face contact, Woodward has kept the pair in the loop over changes to the timescale for an appointment.

No offer has been made and it is thought the role would not involve negotiating with or signing transfer targets.

Social media unrest

Not everyone thinks United have had a good transfer window.

In particular, many fans on social media feel United made an error in not attempting to sign midfielder Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon.

It was also suggested their interest in Argentina forward Paulo Dybala was used as a smokescreen given they have been unable to sign an additional forward, as it had been obvious for some time that Romelu Lukaku would be leaving at some stage.

At one point on Thursday, #WoodwardOut – calling for the executive vice-chairman to leave his job – was trending in the UK with more than 50,000 tweets, second only to #DeadlineDay in terms of football-related tweets.

United have failed to mount a sustained Premier League title challenge in the six seasons since Woodward replaced former chief executive David Gill.

Fan @SteveCapes94, who has just over 100 Twitter followers, said: “If you’re in charge of the world’s biggest football club and haven’t come close to a league title in your six-year time in charge. You have to look at yourself and admit you can’t do your job.” This tweet has been liked more than 1,500 times.

The Glazers Out movement, which is trying to generate enough support to unseat United’s owners, called the club’s transfer window business “abysmal”.

United ‘need time’

United regard their summer outlay as significant and believe, after last season’s sixth-placed finish, 32 points behind champions Manchester City, it was always known it would take more than a single window to rectify their problems.

They also point to a number of new contracts – those for Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial which have already been done, and David de Gea’s, which is due to be completed in the coming weeks – as proof of a rebuild.

In addition, they feel the performances of 17-year-old striker Mason Greenwood in particular during the club’s pre-season tour of Australia and Asia offers hope for the future and underlines their continuing commitment to developing first-team players from their academy.

Premier League: Five Key Talking Points From Deadline Day

Transfer deadline day was back with a bang.

High-profile names switching clubs, big bucks being exchanged, transfers breaking down and a hashtag demanding the sacking of a high-profile chief executive meant the final day of the Premier League summer transfer window proved rather entertaining.

Here are five of the biggest talking points of the final day of wheeling and dealing until January…

Why did Arsenal want David Luiz?

Transfer deadline day often throws up a deal which leaves some fans of both clubs asking ‘why?’

Chelsea defender David Luiz leaving for London rivals Arsenal – not long after signing a new contract and professing his love for the Blues – might well be one of them.

“It is a bit of a strange one – but it didn’t entirely come out of the blue,” explains BBC Sport correspondent David Ornstein.

“In January 2018 there was some late interest on deadline day from Arsenal for Luiz and since then the Gunners have brought in Unai Emery – who he worked with briefly at Paris St-Germain – while Edu, who knows him from Brazil, is Arsenal’s technical director.”

The departure of club captain Laurent Koscielny to French side Bordeaux on Wednesday sharpened Arsenal’s search for a proven Premier League centre-back.

Former Chelsea midfielder Andy Townsend believes signing Luiz for £8m is “extremely good business” for the Gunners.

“He is exactly the type of centre-half they needed to acquire. I think he is the right fit at this particular juncture for Arsenal,” he said.

“When you think Brighton have taken Adam Webster for £20m from Bristol City, without any Premier League experience or top-flight know-how – and that’s no slight on a very good young player – to get a deal like this done is shrewd.

“There will be a few raised eyebrows but he can be exceptional on his day and I think he is a leader in his own right.”

Why Spurs should not be distraught by Dybala deal collapsing

Tottenham looked on the verge of signing Juventus forward Paulo Dybala when the north London club swooped in after his proposed move to Manchester United collapsed because of his wage demands.

Then, in a classic deadline day twist, the Italian champions decided to pull the plug on the deal, leaving plenty of Spurs fans disappointed not to land what would have been a marquee signing.

On reflection, they may well still see it as a strong summer, with the club-record deal for Tanguy Ndombele followed by the arrivals of England Under-21 winger Ryan Sessegnon and Argentina midfielder Giovani lo Celso. on deadline day.

“Tottenham have had a standout window,” ESPN football journalist Melissa Reddy told BBC Radio 5 Live. “They have made signings in key areas and with pedigree, aligned with the fact they have continuity and consistency.

“They were desperate for a refresh which they now have. All along I had a feeling it would be Manchester City and Liverpool plus the rest – now I think it’s Manchester City and Liverpool, and Tottenham will worry the other two more than any other club.”

Ian Dennis, BBC Radio 5 live’s chief football reporter, added: “I never thought the Dybala deal was going to happen. It was just too expensive and too complicated with his demands and the image rights.

“I think all in all the Tottenham people have delivered the players that Mauricio Pochettino wanted.”

It will be the future of another attacking midfielder, Christian Eriksen, which will now occupy the minds of Spurs fans. He is thought to be keen on a move to Spain and the La Liga transfer window does not close until 2 September.

Paolo Dybala
Paulo Dybala has scored 78 goals for Juventus since joining in 2015-16 – more than any other player, helping them win four successive Serie A titles and three Coppa Italias

Does Lukaku exit leave Manchester United short up front?

If football was solely about statistics then Romelu Lukaku probably would not have been sold by Manchester United.

Lukaku, 26, scored 42 goals in 96 games for United but he was still allowed to join Italian side Inter Milan on deadline day – just two years after his £75m move from Everton.

Only seven players have scored more Premier League goals over the past two seasons.

Yet it is telling United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was happy to sanction the move, while plenty of Red Devils supporters – critical of the Belgian’s work-rate and ability to hold up the ball – were hardly furious he was allowed to leave.

United legend Gary Neville questioned Lukaku’s professionalism and commitment to his former club, an emoji waving goodbye to the striker indicating his feelings.

Gary Neville waves goodbye to Romelu Lukaku in Twitter post

Despite his scoring record, Lukaku found himself overlooked by Solskjaer last season and was left on the bench for several big games.

The United manager, favouring a quicker, more mobile striker, instead went with England international Marcus Rashford and has also talked up Anthony Martial during pre-season, saying the France forward has the “world class attributes” to flourish in a central role.

Added to that is the emergence of 17-year-old Mason Greenwood, who Rashford says has “frightening natural abilities”.

Whether any of these three – or a combination of them – can step up and increase their goal tallies in Lukaku’s absence is the question to which United supporters do not yet know the answer.

“I knew Lukaku was going but I never thought Manchester United would get another forward in,” BBC Sport football reporter Simon Stone said.

“I think the club felt they have already got – for the way Solskjaer wants to play – the forwards they needed.”

Goals scored by United players in all competitions since Lukaku arrived in 2017-18
Romelu Lukaku 42
Marcus Rashford 26
Anthony Martial 23
Paul Pogba 22
Jesse Lingard 18


How key is Zaha staying for Palace?

“He’s an important player for the club and I’m looking forward to him doing this season what he has done for the past two seasons.”

No wonder Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson looked pleased as he confirmed Wilfried Zaha was staying put at Selhurst Park.

Ivory Coast international Zaha, 26, reportedly put in a transfer request as a deadline-day move to Everton looked likely, only for the Toffees to be unable to strike a deal as Palace played hardball over a player who has been instrumental in keeping them up.

The evidence is clear; when Zaha does not play, Palace struggle.

The Eagles talisman has missed just 15 league matches since 1 January, 2017 – and in those games the Eagles have won only six points from a possible 45.

Wilfried Zaha
Wilfried Zaha has scored 19 goals and provided eight assists over the past two seasons

Added to that, Zaha’s pace and trickery is a nightmare for top-flight defenders and has led to him winning 11 penalties over the past three seasons – a tally only bettered by Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling.

Luka Milivojevic – Palace’s precise penalty-taker – will be rubbing his hands with glee…

Is Carroll coming home a gamble for Newcastle?

Andy Carroll leaving Newcastle in a £35m move to Liverpool was one of the big stories of transfer deadline day in January 2011 – and eight-and-a-half years later, his return to St James’ Park is another.

But will the 30-year-old striker be able to shake his injury problems and rediscover the form which made him a Gallowgate darling?

Carroll scored 31 league goals in 80 matches during his first period at the club, including 11 in his final 19 games before his shock departure.

Having completed 90 minutes in just four Premier League matches over the past two seasons, the fear is the Geordie will not be fit enough regularly to make a significant impact at his boyhood club.

Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll’s excitement at returning to Newcastle was clear – he rediscovered his Twitter password to announce the move in his first post for three years…

“I think for Newcastle that is a no-brainer,” Townsend says.

“Andy knows that when he’s asked to play week in week out his body lets him down. So he has to accept that he is not going to play every week and is happy to affect matches.

“I think he has to have a change of mentality in the way he thinks and the way he prepares. If he is available for 25 games – set yourself a target – it could be a good bit of business.”

Andy Carroll Returns To Newcastle United For Second Spell

Former England striker Andy Carroll has returned to boyhood club Newcastle United eight years after he left.

The 30-year-old, released by West Ham this summer following a six-year spell blighted by injuries, has signed a one-year contract.

Carroll made his Newcastle first-team debut in 2006, scored 31 league goals and helped them win promotion to the top flight in 2009-10.

He moved to Liverpool for a club-record £35m in 2011.

Carroll scored only six goals in 44 league games for Liverpool before he was loaned to West Ham for the 2012-13 season.

Although he experienced knee and hamstring problems during that campaign, the Hammers signed Carroll on a permanent deal for £15m in the summer of 2013.

Further injuries limited him to 142 appearances and 34 goals for West Ham.

Carroll is Newcastle’s fifth signing of the summer following the arrival of forward Joelinton, winger Allan Saint-Maximin, left-back Jetro Willems and right-back Emil Krafth.

Inter Milan Agree £74m Deal With Man Utd For Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku has scored 42 goals in 96 appearances for Manchester United

Inter Milan have reached an agreement with Manchester United to sign striker Romelu Lukaku for a fee that could rise to 80m euros (£74m).

In July, United rejected Inter’s £54m bid for Lukaku, who was fined by the club after missing training on Tuesday.

Belgium international Lukaku, 26, has trained at his former team Anderlecht for the past two days.

Lukaku’s agent, Federico Pastorello, flew to London on Wednesday in an attempt to resolve Lukaku’s future.

Later that evening, Pastorello posted a photo on Instagram of them on board a private jet with the caption: “Ready to take off. Direction Milano.”

United and Inter Milan had been some way apart in their valuation, with United wanting to recoup at least the £75m they paid Everton two years ago.

Inter and fellow Serie A side Juventus have been competing to sign Lukaku, who did not play in pre-season because of an ankle injury.

Inter manager Antonio Conte – who wanted to sign Lukaku when he was Chelsea boss – has said he remains his number one target, adding: “I consider him a player who could improve our team.”

United have an interest in Juventus’ Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic, 33, who could reinforce their forward options.

Lukaku’s United career

Lukaku moved to United from Everton in 2017 and at the time was only the fourth player to score 80 goals in the Premier League before turning 24 – after Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler and Wayne Rooney.

In his debut season, Lukaku became one of only 11 United players to score 25 goals or more in a campaign since 1992-93. Cantona, Andy Cole and current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (25 each) are among the strikers who never matched Lukaku’s 27-goal tally in a United campaign.

However, 26% of his United goals – 11 out of 42 – came in the first two months of his Old Trafford career.

He has scored 42 goals in 96 appearances for United but was often overlooked in the second half of last season in favour of England striker Marcus Rashford.

Lukaku’s impending departure leaves United with just three established forwards – Rashford, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez – in addition to youngsters Angel Gomes, Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong.

United have spent £140m this summer on Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James.

West Ham Sign Basel Striker Albian Ajeti For £8m

West Ham have signed striker Albian Ajeti from Swiss side Basel for £8m.

Ajeti, 22, scored 15 goals in 35 games last season and was part of the Switzerland squad that competed in the Nations League tournament in June.

“I didn’t have to think twice about signing for such a big, traditional club in the Premier League,” he said after agreeing a four-year deal.

West Ham have already spent a club record £45m on former France Under-21 forward Sebastien Haller this summer.

Ajeti is the Hammers’ sixth signing, following the arrivals of Haller, midfielder Pablo Fornals, defender Goncalo Cardosa and goalkeepers Roberto and David Martin.

It is anticipated Mexican striker Javier Hernandez will remain at London Stadium while Andy Carroll has left.

Arsenal Agree £8m Deal For Chelsea Defender David Luiz

Luiz returned to Chelsea in 2016 after two years at Paris St-Germain

Arsenal have agreed an £8m deal with Chelsea to sign defender David Luiz on a two-year contract.

The 32-year-old Brazil centre-back, who signed a new two-year Chelsea deal in May, will have a medical at Arsenal on Thursday.

On Tuesday, Arsenal sold defender Laurent Koscielny to French side Bordeaux for a fee of up to 5m euros (£4.6m).

They are also set to sign Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney for £25m.

Luiz has spent six and a half years at Chelsea during two spells and has made 160 Premier League appearances, scoring 11 goals.

His departure, if confirmed, comes five weeks after Frank Lampard returned to Stamford Bridge to manage his former club.

Chelsea are banned from signing players until the end of January 2020 following an investigation into their signing of foreign under-18 players.

With Gary Cahill, who has since joined Crystal Palace, released at the end of last season, Chelsea’s options at centre-back include Germany’s Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, who was on loan at Everton last season, and Denmark’s Andreas Christensen.

Having signed for Chelsea from Benfica in a £21m deal in January 2011, Luiz joined Paris St-Germain for £40m in June 2014 before returning to Stamford Bridge in August 2016 for £34m.

Luiz was present at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground on Wednesday, although he did not take part in first-team training.

Paulo Dybala: Tottenham Move off After Juventus Decide Not To Sell

Paulo Dybala joined Juventus from Palermo in 2015 for £23.4m

Tottenham’s proposed move for Paulo Dybala is off after Juventus decided not to sell the 25-year-old forward.

Manchester United ended their talks with the Argentine earlier this month because of his wage demands

Tottenham are still set to sign Fulham’s England Under-21 left-back Ryan Sessegnon for £25m with midfielder Josh Onomah moving the other way.

Spurs had previously abandoned their interest in Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes because of the asking price.

Dybala joined Juventus from Palermo in 2015 for £23m and scored 10 goals for the Italian champions last season.

He also scored in a friendly against Novara in Turin on Wednesday.

Former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri took over as Juventus boss in June.

Tottenham Agree £25m Deal For Fulham Defender Ryan Sessegnon

Sessegnon made six assists in the Premier League last season

Tottenham have reached an agreement with Fulham to sign England Under-21 left-back Ryan Sessegnon for £25m.

The deal will see Spurs midfielder Josh Onomah moving the other way.

The fee for Sessegnon, 19, who scored two goals in 35 Premier League appearances last season for relegated Fulham, could rise to £30m.

In addition, Spurs’ proposed signing of Real Betis and Argentina midfielder Giovani lo Celso is likely to be on loan with an obligation to buy.

Lo Celso, who has 19 caps for Argentina, joined Betis on a permanent deal in April after spending the season on loan from Paris St-Germain. He made 45 appearances for the La Liga club in all competitions last season, scoring 16 goals.

Meanwhile, Tottenham could be set to lose midfielder Christian Eriksen as the 27-year-old Denmark international is understood to want a fresh challenge after six years at White Hart Lane.

Eriksen was linked with a move to Manchester United, but they have ended their pursuit of him.

Tottenham have ended their interest in a loan move for Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

The 27-year-old Brazil international, who joined Barca from Liverpool in a deal worth £142m in January 2018, worked with Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino during a loan spell with Espanyol in 2012.

He has scored 21 goals in 76 appearances for Barcelona but has been linked with moves to Arsenal, Liverpool and PSG.

The Premier League transfer window closes at 17:00 BST on Thursday.

Racist Tweet About Liverpool Star Mo Salah Probed By Merseyside Police

Mohamed Salah
Police are investigating a racist tweet aimed at Liverpool striker Mo Salah


A racist tweet aimed at Liverpool’s Egyptian striker Mo Salah is being investigated by police.

The message, which included a mocked-up image of the footballer, was sent on Wednesday afternoon before being shared by others, said Merseyside Police.

The force said it was treating the incident as a hate crime.

Everton said they were investigating whether the message was sent by a Twitter user who had connections to the club.

A Merseyside Police spokesman said: “Merseyside Police is aware of an offensive tweet posted in relation to a Liverpool footballer, and shared by others, and will be investigating the matter.

“Hate crime in any guise will not be tolerated and those who use the internet to target others, and who commit a criminal offence such as hate crime in doing so, need to understand that they are not beyond the law.”

An Everton spokesman added: “Everton condemns in the strongest terms any kind of racism.

“We have shared the material with the appropriate authorities and are looking into the matter further to understand if the twitter user in question is known to the club in any way.”

Newcastle Sign Sweden Defender Emil Krafth From Amiens On Four-year Deal

Emil Krafth helped Sweden reach the quarter-finals at the 2018 World Cup

Newcastle have signed defender Emil Krafth from Ligue 1 side Amiens for about £5m on a four-year contract.

The Sweden right-back only joined Amiens on a permanent deal earlier this summer after a season on loan.

Krafth becomes the Magpies’ fourth signing of the summer after the arrivals of Joelinton, Jetro Willems and Allan Saint-Maximin.

“When a Premier League team wants to sign you, of course you are happy,” said the 25-year-old.

“I know Newcastle is a big club, so I’m very happy to sign here and to be here right now.

“It’s a good moment in my career to take a step forward. The plans Newcastle had for me, I felt like they were fitting me perfectly, so that was why I chose Newcastle.”

Krafth made 35 appearances in the French top flight while on loan at Amiens last season from Bologna.

He has won 20 caps for Sweden and played at last year’s World Cup in Russia.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick ‘Still Ready’ To Play in NFL

Eric Reid (left) was the first player to join then-49ers team-mate Colin Kaepernick in kneeling for the national anthem

Colin Kaepernick says he is “still ready” to play in the NFL despite being without a contract for 889 days.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback tweeted a video of himself working out in a gym, saying: “5am. 5 days a week. For 3 years. Still Ready.”

Kaepernick has been without a team since opting out of his 49ers contract in March 2017.

In 2016 he began kneeling for the national anthem in protest against racial injustice in the USA.

Other players followed suit but the protest divided the country and sparked the anger of President Donald Trump, who accused those kneeling of disrespecting the flag and called for them to be sacked.

In February Kaepernick reached a settlement with the NFL over a ‘collusion’ case against team owners.

The 31-year-old believed owners were conspiring not to hire him because of his protests.

Jesus Given Two-month Brazil Ban After Copa America Antics

Gabriel Jesus (left) scored two goals and provided two assists in this year’s Copa America

Brazil’s Gabriel Jesus has received a two-month international ban for his behaviour after he was sent off during the Copa America final last month.

The Manchester City forward, who scored in the 3-1 win over Peru, remonstrated with referee Roberto Tobar, kicked a water bottle and then pushed the VAR monitor as he left the pitch.

Jesus, also fined $30,000 (£24,691), has seven days to appeal.

The striker is set to miss September’s friendlies against Colombia and Peru.

A statement from governing body Conmebol said: “Gabriel Jesus is suspended for two months from the day following the notification of this decision.

“Consequently, the player is suspended to play official and friendly matches with his national team in that period of time.”

Everton Signs Djibril Sidibe From Monaco

Sidibe is Everton’s sixth signing of the summer transfer window

Everton have signed France defender Djibril Sidibe on a season-long loan from Monaco.

The Toffees have the option to buy the 27-year-old on a permanent deal at the end of the season.

Sidibe won the Ligue 1 title with Monaco in the 2016-17 season and was part of the France squad that lifted the World Cup in Russia last year.

He has scored six goals in 114 appearances for Monaco since joining from Lille in 2016.

The defender will provide competition at right-back for Ireland international Seamus Coleman.

Everton manager Marco Silva said: “It is important to have different options in each position and with Djibril and Seamus, we now have two high-quality right-backs.

“Djibril has also shown to me he has a real desire to play for Everton and be part of the big things we are trying to create.”

Sidibe is Everton’s sixth signing of the summer after goalkeeper Jonas Lossl, midfielders Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin, and striker Moise Kean.

The Merseyside club remain interested in signing Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

They have also had a £30m bid for Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi and a loan offer for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling rejected.

Mikel Obi Enjoys A Stroll With His Russian Partner And Their Beautiful Twin Daughters

Mikel Obi enjoys a stroll with his Russian partner and their beautiful twin daughters

Beautiful family!

Man City Complete Deal For Juventus Full-back Joao Cancelo As Danilo Moves Other Way

Manchester City have completed the signing of Portugal right-back Joao Cancelo from Juventus for £60m.

The agreement sees City full-back Danilo, 28, move in the opposite direction for a fee of £34.1m.

Cancelo, 25, has signed a contract at the Etihad Stadium until the summer of 2025 and becomes City’s third signing of the summer after Angelino and Rodri.

“City are a fantastic club, with a brilliant manager and I am delighted to be here,” said Cancelo.

“Everything about them has impressed me, from the facilities, to their style of play.

“I am always looking to develop my game and win trophies and I believe I can do that here, so now I’m really looking forward to the new season and testing myself in the Premier League.”

Cancelo, who can play further forward as well as at left-back, joined Juventus from Valencia for £35m in 2018 after a season on loan at Inter Milan.

He was part of the Portugal squad that won the Nations League in June, although he did not play.

City director of football Txiki Begiristain said: “Joao is a fine player and an excellent attacking full-back who will provide us with a real threat on the right-hand side.

“We have been impressed with his progress and have no doubt he can continue to shine here in Manchester.

“He fits the profile of player we want here at Manchester City. His best years are ahead of him, he’s technically proficient and has the physical attributes we desire.”

City signed Danilo from Real Madrid for £26.5m in 2017, and he made 22 league starts in 60 appearances for the Blues across all competitions.

The Brazilian, who has agreed a five-year contract at Juve, has been involved in back-to-back Premier League title wins under manager Pep Guardiola but has rarely been viewed as a first choice.

Spurs Agree Deal For Betis Midfielder Giovani lo Celso

Lo Celso could reportedly cost Spurs close to £60m

Tottenham have reached an agreement with Real Betis to sign midfielder Giovani lo Celso.

They hope to complete a deal for the 23-year-old Argentina international, who could cost close to £60m, before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Spurs are continuing talks with Fulham to sign 19-year-old left-back Ryan Sessegnon.

But the club have ended their interest in Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

Spurs had been considering a loan move for the 27-year-old Brazilian, who joined Barca from Liverpool in a deal worth £142m in January 2018.

Coutinho worked with Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino during a loan spell with Espanyol in 2012.

He has scored 21 goals in 76 appearances for Barcelona but has been repeatedly linked with a move away from the Nou Camp this summer.

Arsenal, Paris St-Germain and former employers Liverpool were among the clubs linked with a move for the playmaker.

Lo Celso, who has 19 caps for Argentina, only joined Betis on a permanent deal in April after spending the season on loan from Paris St-Germain. He made 45 appearances for the La Liga club in all competitions last season, scoring 16 goals.

Meanwhile, Spurs could be set to lose midfielder Christian Eriksen as the 27-year-old Denmark international is understood to want a fresh challenge after six years at White Hart Lane.

Eriksen was linked with a move to Manchester United but the Old Trafford club have ended their pursuit of him.

The Premier League transfer window closes at 17:00 BST on Thursday.

Inter Milan Close To Signing Manchester United Striker Romelu Lukaku After Improved Bid

Romelu Lukaku has scored 42 goals in 96 appearances for United

Inter Milan are close to signing Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku after submitting an improved bid.

In July, United rejected Inter’s £54m bid for Lukaku, who has been fined by the club after missing training without permission on Tuesday.

Belgium international Lukaku, 26, has trained at his former team Anderlecht for the past two days.

Lukaku’s agent, Federico Pastorello, flew to London on Wednesday in an attempt to resolve his future.

The clubs had been some way apart in their valuation of the striker, with United wanting to recoup at least the £75m they paid Everton two years ago.

Inter and fellow Serie A side Juventus have been competing to sign the forward, who did not play in the Premier League club’s pre-season matches because of injury.

Inter manager Antonio Conte has previously confirmed the striker remains his number one target, saying: “I consider him a player who could improve our team.”

Arsenal And Celtic Reach Deal For Scotland Full-Back Kieran Tierney

Kieran Tierney is nearing a return to full training after having double hernia surgery

Celtic and Arsenal have agreed a Scottish transfer record fee of £25m for Scotland left-back Kieran Tierney.

The Premier League club have already had two bids rejected by the Scottish champions but a deal has been struck for the 22-year-old.

Tierney will now travel south to discuss personal terms ahead of the English top-flight transfer window closing at 17:00 BST on Thursday.

He last played for Celtic on 4 May due to injury.

Speaking immediately after Celtic’s 1-1 draw away to Cluj in Champions League qualifying, Parkhead manager Neil Lennon said: “I don’t know anything. I’ve said the last few days it wouldn’t surprise me [if Arsenal came back in for the player].

“If he goes, he goes with everyone’s best wishes. He’s an outstanding talent and a great kid.”

Chelsea Defender David Luiz Among Transfer Targets For Arsenal

David Luiz has made more than 150 Premier League appearances for Chelsea across two spells at the club

A move for Chelsea’s David Luiz is among the deals Arsenal are working on as they bid to sign a centre-back.

Luiz, who is is under contract until 2021, did not take part in first-team training with Chelsea on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old was present at their Cobham base and did not refuse to do anything – but was not involved with the main group.

Arsenal open the new Premier League season at Newcastle on Sunday, while Chelsea visit Manchester United.

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