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cfc-championsA survey of over close to 10,000 fans run by the Mirror newspaper of football fans showed a change in the most hated club category.

Traditionally Manchester United have notoriously been the most disliked team in the Premier League but the 2016 statistics show that more people now show hate to Chelsea.

Not to fret United fans. You just slipped to second place. Liverpool are in third spot followed by Manchester City and then Arsenal to complete the top five.

Arsenal’s Gazidis Pleads Poverty

Emirates_NightIn a statement that will infuriate fans of the club, Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis told the New York Times. that the Gunners cannot “outgun” their big-spending rivals in the transfer market, says.

For the second consecutive summer transfer window Arsenal have been quiet while their title rivals rearm and reload. Last summer Arsenal were the only club in Europe’s top five leagues not to buy an outfield player in last season’s summer transfer window. Goalkeeper Petr Cech, signed for £10m, was the only arrival, despite the club having almost £200m in cash reserves.

Premier League Summer Transfers

zlatan-billboardThe 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 July
Most expensive Premier League Signing: Granit Xhaka (Borussia Monchengladbach to Arsenal, £35m)
Busiest Premier League clubs: Middlesbrough (7)

ARSENAL
IN

Granit Xhaka (Borussia Monchengladbach, £35m)
Rob Holding [Bolton] Reported £2m

OUT
Mikel Arteta (released)
Tomas Rosicky (released)
Mathieu Flamini (released)

BOURNEMOUTH
IN
Lys Mousset (Le Havre, £5.4m)
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham, compensation)
Nathan Ake (Chelsea, loan)
Lewis Cook (Leeds) Undisclosed
Jordon Ibe [Liverpool] £15m
Brad Smith [Liverpool] Reported £3m

Koscielny And MertArsene Wenger has been resistant to signing a center half this summer, but he might be forced too now as Per Mertesacker was ruled out for five months with a knee injury after injuring himself in Arsenal’s 1-1 friendly draw against Lens on Friday

There is no indication at this stage as to whether the 31-year-old Mertesacker, who had been in line to become club captain, requires surgery to correct the damage but his absence leaves Arsene Wenger with a selection headache ahead of the new season.

Juve-Announce-HiguainJuventus have signed Gonzalo Higuain in a €90 million after triggering his release clause with Napoli.

The transfer fee will be payed in two instalments, with the 28-year-old Argentine inking a five-year contract with the Serie A champions believed to be worth in the region of €7.5m per season

The transfer fee makes Higuain the third most expensive player of all time, behind Real Madrid stars Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo. That is at least until Paul Pogba signs for Manchester United later this week.

A statement on juventus.com read:

International Champions Cup Is Underway

icc2016The International Champions Cup, which will feature the champions of England, France and Germany plus European giants Real Madrid, Liverpool, Inter Milan and AC Milan, kicked off a the weekend when PSG beat Inter Milan 3-1 in Oregon.

Next up for the ICC are two high profile matches on July 27. Paris-Saint Germain will take on Real Madrid at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio while Chelsea will face Liverpool at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

On August 3, Real Madrid will meet Bayern Munich at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. It will give incoming Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti a chance to face the team that let him go at the end of last season.

icardi-goal2For all the mixed messages that have came out of Inter this summer, the club have been crystal clear on one topic. Captain and top scorer Mauro Icardi is not for sale.

May 31 president Erick Thohir:

“Players like Icardi, Perisic and Miranda are Inter players and we will tell anyone who makes an approach they are not for sale,’ he said.

July 11 sporting director Piero Ausilio:

“Icardi signed a new contract a year ago, we’ve made him our captain and he’s not for sale. Anything else is just talk.”

July 17 Erick Thohir:

Juventus Activate Higuain Release Clause

higuain-restrainedIn a stunning move the champions, Juventus have activated the €94.7 million release clause in Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain’s contract and the Serie A’s top goalscorer last season is heading to Turin. The transfer fee paid for the 28-year-old striker is a record for a Serie A club, second only to the €101m fee paid by Real Madrid for Gareth Bale.

Higuain had already agreed contract terms with Juventus that will pay him a €7.5 million per year plus image rights over the next four years.

The shocking signing signals that Paul Pogba is on his way to Manchester United for a world record fee of €120 million.

Serie A 2016/17 Fixtures Released

serie aThe Serie A fixtures for 2016-17 have finally been released. The new season kicks off on August 20-21 with two headline matchups as Juventus v Fiorentina is an age-old rivalry and Milan v Torino sees Sinisa Mihajlovic face his former club.

Dates of the big derbies are:

  • 20 November 2016 and 15 April 2017: Derby della Madonnina Milan Derby
  • 18 September and 5 Feb 2017: The Derby d’Italia (Inter v Juventus)
  • 23 October and 12 March 2017: Genoa Derby (Sampdoria v Genoa)
  • 4 December 2016 and 30 April 2017: Eternal City Derby (Rome Derby)

Conte Says Chelsea Need FIVE New Signings

Stamford Bridge ChelseaA year ago Chelsea were the defending Premier League champions, but after a dismal 2014/15 campaign, new boss Antonio Conte wants to blow everything up telling Blues owner Roman Abramovich that they need FIVE more players if he wants Chelsea to compete for the Premier League title this season.

According to The Mirror, Conte, Abramovic, director Marina Granovskaia and technical director Michael Emenalo were involved in what was described as “a stormy two-hour summit” after Rapid Vienna’s 2-0 win against the Blues in Austria last weekend.