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Premier League Summer Transfers

sterling-mcfcIt promises to be a record breaking transfer summer in England as Manchester United and Manchester City are both poised to spend close to £200 million to get back into race for the Premier League title again. Arsenal have already signed Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech while Liverpool have done their buying early.

The summer transfer window is open, and you can keep up to date with all the latest activity with transfer page as we approach the start of the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League season.

Champions League Draw And Fixtures

UCLDrawThe draw for the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League group stage has been made and Manchester City and Arsenal have drawn with some rather tricky ties, while Manchester United and Chelsea will be counting their blessings after a kind draw.

Manchester United have been drawn in Group B alongside Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven, with Memphis Depay set to return to the club he left this summer. The Red Devils also have Russian outfit CSKA Moscow, whilst German outfit VFL Wolfsburg make up the group. United should be able to get out of this group as winners especially if Wolfsburg sell their star Kevin De Bruyne to Manchester City.

Not a big surprise to see Barcelona‘s Lionel Messi be named the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award on Thursday ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suárez. This is the second time that Messi has won the award.

Messi, speaking after the UEFA Champions League group stage draw, said:

“We’re a unified squad who worked very hard to achieve the goals we did. I’m very happy and I would like to thank my team-mates – without them I wouldn’t have achieved this.”

Capital One Cup Draw: Arsenal v Spurs

Wembley Stadium Inside Sept 2011The draw for the third round of the Capital One draw has been amde and the headline tie is the North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Both sides have had a slow start to the season, and with the tie taking place on either September 22 or September 23 the pressure will really grow up on the losing manager.

The two sides have not faced each other in the competition since Arsenal won 4-1 at Tottenham in a match that went to extra time at the same stage of the competition five years ago.

jovetic-interDisappointing performances by champions Juventus and last season’s runners-up Roma at the weekend, and those results will just intensify the pressure on both clubs when they meet in Rome next Sunday.

Juventus’s bid for a record-equalling fifth scudetto was kept in check by a stunning 1-0 defeat to Udinese on Sunday.

Massimiliano Allegri’s men had dominated throughout a one-sided encounter in Turin but paid the price for a string of missed chances when Frenchman Cyril Thereau was left unmarked to beat Gianluigi Buffon at his far post in the 78th minute. It was Juve’s first reverse at home on the opening day of the season, having suffered a rare opening day defeat in 2010 away to then top flight side Bari.

Rafa-Real-Madrid2The Rafael Benitez era in Madrid got off to a poor start on Sunday as as his side of star names were held 0-0 by newly-promoted Sporting Gijon.

Los Blancos are already two points behind Barcelona as the champions exacted revenge for their Spanish Super Cup defeat to Athletic Bilbao thanks to Luis Suarez’s solitary second-half strike.

Sporting were playing their first game back in the top flight for three years, but roared on by a vociferous home support they matched the visitors. They could even had taken a famous three points had Antonio Sanabria’s first-half header been deemed to have crossed the line.

Super Mario Heading Back To Milan

Mario-Balotelli-AC-MilanIt looks like Liverpool will be able to unload Mario Balotelli after all as the Anfield flop is expected to complete a return to AC Milan within the next 48 hours.

Liverpool are so desperate to unload the Italian striker that they are expected to pay around 50% of Balotelli’s £90,000 per week wages if Milan takes him on loan for the season with an option to buy the 25-year-old next summer.

Over the weekend Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani confirmed their interest over the weekend of taking the forward back to Milan saying:

Chile Copa AmericaWill there be a Copa America in the United States next year? The arrest of FIFA officials on bribery charges have put the competition under threat, but in what is good news for football fans, CONCACAF is preparing as if there will be one, scheduling qualifiers to determine their final two entrants to the tournament.

The confederation reportedly set October 13 as the date for the first leg of the two-legged qualifiers. Trinidad and Tobago and Haiti will play in one of the ties, while Panama will take on Cuba in the other. There is no word yet on when the second legs will be played.

Transfer Ban Finally Impacting Barcelona

camp-nou-new2Barcelona have for the most part thumbed their noses at FIFA over their transfer ban,signing both Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal this summer, despite them not being able to play until the new year.

While these are two quality signings that will undoubtably help the European Champions in the second half of the season, there is a lot of football to be played between now and then and the lack of depth in the Barca squad has to worry Luis Enrique.

howe-bournmouthCallum Wilson scored d a hat-trick as Bournemouth won 4-3 at West Ham United to claim their first ever English Premier League victory.

Wilson took advantage of some horrible defending by Hammers fullback Aaron Cresswell to score twice in the opening 28 minutes. But when Mark Noble penalty and Cheikhou Kouyate both scored to draw West Ham level early in the second period you expected the Hammers to go on and take all three points.

But substitute Marc Pugh restored Bournemouth’s lead and Wilson completed his hat-trick from the spot after Carl Jenkinson had been sent off, before Modibo Maiga hit back for West Ham.