The summer transfer window is open and already we have seen Manchester City, Man United, Liverpool and Chelsea flex their financial muscle with big signings as they look to close the gap on champions Leicester.
Summer Transfer Window – Updated 27 August
Most expensive Premier League Signing: Paul Pogba [Juventus – Man Utd] £89m
Busiest Premier League clubs: Middlesbrough and West Ham(9)
Granit Xhaka (Borussia Monchengladbach, £35m)
Rob Holding [Bolton] Reported £2m
Mikel Arteta (released)
Tomas Rosicky (released)
Mathieu Flamini (released)
Wojciech Szczesny [Arsenal] Loan Read more... (1023 words, 1 image, estimated 4:06 mins reading time)
Jose Mourinho has admitted he’s delighted to have won late on against Hull and that he’s happy to call it ‘Fergie Time’.
Deep into injury-time, Wayne Rooney past Hull full back Ahmed Elmohamady and played in a low cross that was a simple tap-in for Marcus Rashford to score to give United a vital three points in their quest to become champions.
The style of the win was reminiscent of life under Sir Alex Ferguson, whose teams notoriously scored late goals to secure victory.
And Mourinho has taken it as a compliment to be likened to United’s most successful manager of all time. Read more... (415 words, 1 image, estimated 1:40 mins reading time)
Antonio Conte‘s debut season at Chelsea couldn’t have started off brighter with three wins in as many matches, but Saturday’s victory against Burnley was certainly the most convincing yet.
Despite beating Liverpool last week, promoted Burnley were no match for a rampant Chelsea side that deserved to win 3-0. A result that took the Blues top of the Premier League for the first time in 15 months.
‘I’m pleased with the performance and the win,’ Conte said. ‘We played good football with good ball possession. We created a lot of chances. Read more... (417 words, 1 image, estimated 1:40 mins reading time)
Arsene Wenger saw his Arsenal side win their first Premier League game of the season with a comfortable 3-1 victory at Watford before insisting there is more to come from his players as they close in on two new signings.
An early Santi Cazorla penalty was added to by Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil as the Gunners raced into a commanding first-half lead at Vicarage Road.
They visibly tired after the interval and Watford pulled a goal back as club-record signing Roberto Pereyra scored a debut goal, but the hosts could not find a way to set up a grandstand finish. Read more... (401 words, 1 image, estimated 1:36 mins reading time)
Jurgen Klopp will spend the international break wondering how Liverpool could not close at Spurs at White Hart Lane, being forced to settle for a share of the points and not all three.
James Milner, playing in the unfamiliar position of full-back, rifled home the opener from the penalty spot before Sadio Mane unjustly had a goal disallowed for off-side as the Reds pushed for a second.
Spurs were in danger of being over-run as the visitors created a series of chances, but they struck back through Danny Rose in the second half and finished the stronger team. Read more... (305 words, 1 image, estimated 1:13 mins reading time)
Europe’s top four leagues will have four guaranteed places in the Champions League group stage from the 2018-19 season, UEFA has confirmed.
The top four leagues in the UEFA coefficient ranking, currently La Liga, the Bundesliga, Premier League and Serie A, will see four teams enter the group stage without having to go through a qualification round.
Currently, La Liga, the Bundesliga and the Premier League are guaranteed three group spots, with a fourth possible through the qualifying round, while Serie A has two guaranteed spots and a third possible via qualification. Read more... (372 words, 1 image, estimated 1:29 mins reading time)
New Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is not happy at the club’s lack of activity in the summer transfer marketing and says that the inability to strengthen the Blues squad before the transfer window closes will have a negative impact on how well the team does this summer.
Chelsea has brought in big-money signings in the shape of midfielder N’Golo Kante and forward Michy Batshuayi this summer but has yet to add the defensive reinforcements that Conte desperately needs.
The Blues have long been linked with Kalidou Koulibaly but have been unable to lure him away from Napoli, while AC Milan say they have knocked back a bid for Alessio Romagnoli. Read more... (575 words, 1 image, estimated 2:18 mins reading time)
Arsène Wenger has confirmed Arsenal are close to completing the signings of Lucas Pérez and Shkodran Mustafi for around £52m but denied suggestions he is panic buying and warned that football fans will be “amazed” at the amount of money spent by Premier League clubs before the transfer window closes on Wednesday.
Pérez, from Deportivo La Coruña, and the Germany defender Mustafi, of Valencia, were due to have medicals on Friday with fees of £17.1m and £35m respectively agreed with the two La Liga clubs but the Arsenal manager believes the late nature of the deals and the sizeable price is a natural consequence of the Premier League’s new £5bn three-year TV deal. Read more... (654 words, 1 image, estimated 2:37 mins reading time)
Christmas has come early for Inter Milan fans with the news that the club is se to sign Portuguse midfielder Joao Mario and Brazilian striker Gabriel Barbosa this weekend for a combined €72m.
According to reports Inter have paid Santos €28m for Gabigol, with €10m going to the player and €18m to Santos, as his ownership rights are divided up.
It is unclear whether Gabigol, who has just finished playing for Brazil in the Olympics, will join Inter now or will remain at Santos on loan until January. Read more... (336 words, 1 image, estimated 1:21 mins reading time)
Manchester United have been handed a mouthwatering reunion with former striker Robin van Persie in this season’s Europa League. Jose Mourinho’s side will also meet Dutch giant Feyenoord and Zorya Luhansk of Ukraine in Group A.
“It is a good draw for us. We think we are in the Champions League. There are very similar groups in the Champions League,” said Mourinho.
“It is a difficult group but it is good. If you have teams without expression, even fans wouldn’t enjoy Thursdays. Read more... (564 words, 1 image, estimated 2:15 mins reading time)