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pogba-mufcIt threatened to drag on all summer but by all accounts Paul Pogba’s return to Manchester United has finally been completed. The former United player will return to Old Trafford as part of a record-breaking £112m deal that makes him the most expensive football player in history.

As part of the deal, Juventus will receive a bonus payment should the French ace renew his United contract and another should he win the Ballon d’Or.

However because of the Italian taxes due on the deal, Juventus are expected to announce the transfer fee at £84.3m, just shy of the £86m Real Madrid paid to Tottenham for Gareth Bale in 2013.

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 28 July
Most expensive Premier League Signing: Granit Xhaka (Borussia Monchengladbach to Arsenal, £35m)
Most expensive signing: Gonzalo Higuain [Napoli – Juventus] £75.3m
Busiest Premier League clubs: Middlesbrough (7)


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

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

icc2016We have a bog week ahead in The International Champions Cup, with the headline matches being Chelsea v Real Madrid in the Big House in Michigan where close to 100,000 tickets have been sold followed Real Madrid versus Bayern Munich on August 3 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J, where incoming Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti a chance to face his former side.

2016 Schedule
July 31: Arsenal v Chivas de Guadalajara at the StubHub Center in LA – Buy Arsenal v Chivas Tickets

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.

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:

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)