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de-jong-kickThere are some MLS sides that have no plan in place (hello New England Revolution) while someone like the LA Galaxy are always looking two or three steps ahead.

The Galaxy have realized that midfielder Nigel de Jong is not worthy of a Designated Player place and the player is in talks with Turkish side Galatasaray about joining before the European transfer window closes this week.

De Jong joined the Galaxy earlier this year, making 21 league and cup appearances. But his contract had him poised to become a Designated Player at the end of the campaign, taking the place of Steven Gerrard who is retiring.

Costa Still Pines For Return To Madrid

diego-costa-2Diego Costa admits he was hoping to leave Chelsea this summer to rejoin Atletico Madrid and only a few details stopped the move from happening.

The striker has had a great start to the season for Antonio Conte’s side, scoring late winners against West Ham United and Watford, but if he had his way he would be back under the command of Diego Simeone in the Spanish capital.

Speaking to Spanish television channel Movistar Plus while in Spain for the international break, the striker explained his desire to swap London for Madrid.

Joe Hart Lands In Italy To Seal Torino Move

joe-hartEngland goalkeeper Joe Hart has landed in Italy as his season-long loan move to Torino edges closer to completion.The Italian side have agreed to pay around £55,000 of Hart’s £135,000-a-week wages, leaving just the medical to complete the move.

The Manchester City goalkeeper, who has been left out in the cold by new City manager Pep Guardiola, is reported to have personally pushed for the deal due to his willingness to play in Serie A, despite interest from a number of Premier League sides, who were keen to keep him in England.

Lucas Perez completes transfer to Arsenal

Emirates_NightThree games into the new season and Arsenal have finally signed a new striker, 27-year-old Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna.

The Spaniard netted 17 goals in La Liga last season and got 19 in all competitions, equalling the club record set by Brazilian forward Bebeto.

The striker becomes Arsene Wenger’s fifth signing of the summer transfer window following the arrivals of Granit Xhaka, Takuma Asano, Rob Holding and Kelechi Nwakali. Vale.ncia centre-back Shkodran Mustafi is expected to be announced as the club’s sixth summer acquisition later today

Pogba-MUFCPaul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola says that Jose Mourinho wanted to sign the French midfielder last season when was still Chelsea manager.

The 23-year-old Pogba signed for Mourinho at Manchester United in a world-record £89m deal this summer and Raiola believes United’s gain is every other top club’s loss.

Real Madrid also wanted Pogba but were soon priced out of the move along with “five or six other clubs” according to Pogba’s representative.

“Mourinho already wanted to bring him to Chelsea last summer, but it was not the right time” said Raiola.

Fabregas: ‘Fully Committed’ To Chelsea

New-Cesc-FabregasChelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas explicitly denied that head coach Antonio Conte has told him he does not have a future at Stamford Bridge.

Fabregas started the midweek EFL Cup win over Bristol Rovers but has only made one Premier League appearance this season, as a substitute at Watford last weekend.

He was an unused substitute during Saturday’s 3-0 win over Burnley and media reports on Sunday morning stated that he had been told by Conte that he would be allowed to leave the club.

However, Fabregas issued a series of tweets on Sunday night in which he made it clear that he will be remaining with the Blues.

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 29 August
Most expensive Premier League Signing: Paul Pogba [Juventus – Man Utd] £89m
Busiest Premier League clubs: Middlesbrough and West Ham(9)

ARSENAL
IN

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

OUT
Mikel Arteta (released)
Tomas Rosicky (released)
Mathieu Flamini (released)
Wojciech Szczesny [Arsenal] Loan

Mourinho: “We Won In Fergie TIme”

Mourinho-Old-TraffordJose 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.

Conte Happy As Blues Go Top Of The League

conte-celebratesAntonio 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.

Wenger: There Is More To Come From Us

arsene-wenger-afcArsene 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.