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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.

scott-caldwellThe New England Revolution beat Toronto FC 3-1 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night in front of 21,362 happy fans.

Charlie Davies with two goals and Lee Nguyen from the penalty spot scored the New England goals, who now have a three match unbeaten run going.

I had been looking forward to see Toronto’s dynamic trio of Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco. But was disappointed as Bradley missed the game through injury, Altidore was sent off after 39 minutes for kicking out at Jose Goncalves and Giovinco was invisible, starved of service in the first half with only 11 touches and was replaced at half time.

Michael Carrick Turns Down PSG Move

carrick-blindWhile negotiating over the transfer of Angel Di Maria with Manchester United, Paris Saint Germain are reported to have also asked about the availability of midfielder Michael Carrick.

PSG boss Laurent Blanc is a big admirer of Carrick and was hoping to lure the midfielder to the Parc des Princes as he looked to strengthen the Ligue 1 champions as they look to win the Champions League this season.

United have strengthened their midfield this summer with the additions of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, which should cut into Carrick’s playing time. But the England international was not interested in a move across the channel.

Rodgers: Benteke Is A ‘Bargain’ Signing

Benteke-lfcAccording to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, Christian Benteke will prove to be a money well spent. Liverpool used a big chunk of their Raheem Sterling money to sign the 24-year-old Benteke from Aston Villa for £32.5 million.

The Belgium international scored 42 goals in 89 top-flight matches for Villa and Rodgers is confident he will be a success at Anfield.

“For me, I think he’ll prove to be a bargain for the club. I really do,” Rodgers said on the club’s official website.

“I’ve read and seen things about his game, but in the short period of time he’s been in, I’ve been even more impressed.

Another Day Another Trophy For PSG

PSG-WinIt has been a terrific preseason for Paris Saint-Germain, and they continued their success form from their USA preseason tour into the French Trophee des Champions, where they beat Lyon 2-0 in Montreal on Saturday.

Two early goals by Serge Aurier and Edinson Cavani put Paris in control of the traditional season-opening contest and left Lyon with a mountain to climb long before their captain Maxime Gonalons was sent off in the 64th minute. Having completed an unprecedented clean sweep of the domestic honours in France last season, this win underlined their status as the team to beat again in the coming campaign.

lord-bendtnerGerman Cup winners Wolfsburg upset Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on penalties to win their first domestic Super Cup at the Volkswagen Arena.

Arjen Robben’s second-half strike from close range looked to have secured victory for Bayern, but substitute Nicklas (Lord) Bendtner, who scored just one goal in 18 league appearances for Die Wolfe last season, equalised in the 89th minute after a terrific cross from Belgian international Kevin De Bruyne.

With no extra-time played, the match went straight to penalties with Xabi Alonso the culprit for Pep Guardiola’s Bayern who lost the shootout 5-4. Alonso, Bayern’s second penalty taker, was thwarted by Wolfsburg’s Belgian goalkeeper Koen Casteels who saved with his legs, while Dieter Hecking’s Wolfsburg were successful with all five of their spot kicks.

DDG2Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admits that he has a goalkeeping problem on his hands after an unconvincing David de Gea performance against PSG on Wednesday.

De Geal was brilliant against Barcelona at the weekend, but he was equally as bad in Chicago where van Gaal hauled his goalkeeper off at half-time. At fault for PSG’s first goal, De Gea heads towards the start of the season with only 107 minutes of pre-season action behind him and looking decidedly shaky.

United’s player of the year has been linked with a move to Real Madrid for months now and Van Gaal admitted that he has an issue to resolve, saying:

Kaka Helps MLS All-Stars Beat Spurs 201

kaka-mlsOrlando City SC star Kaka scored one goal and set up another as the Major League Soccer All-Stars beat Tottenham 2-1 on Wednesday night.

With the win, the MLS improved to 5-3 in All-Star Games against English Premier League teams. Since the MLS squad began facing European clubs at the All-Star Game in 2005, the North Americans are 7-4, and have won three of the last four games.

But this score flatters the MLS side. Spurs were much the better side and on another night England striker Harry Kane could have scored four.

Ramos Signs New Deal At Real Madrid

ramos-rmIt was exactly as Manchester United feared. Sergio Ramos had no intention of ever leaving Real Madrid and the news that he has signed a new deal that will keep him at the Bernabéu until 2020 confirmed those fears. Ramos used the interest from United, as others have done also, to get more a bigger contract from his current club.

The Ramos deal is expected to be announced next month, but the fact that the story appears on the back page of MARCA confirms that is official.

Mourinho Calls Rafa Benitez Fat

Mourinho12We are not yet into August and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has accused Liverpool and Manchester United of trying to buy the title, of Arsenal of out-spending the Blues, and now he has called Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez fat. What will he be like in mid-season when the pressure is really on?

Mourinho was responding to an interview that Rafa’s wife gave in which she jokingly said that it seems almost fated that Benitez should continue to join clubs in the Portuguese coach’s wake.