A 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. Read more... (320 words, 1 image, estimated 1:17 mins reading time)
Liverpool have announced the signing of midfielder Giorgino Wijnaldum from Newcastle. The Dutch international cost £23m with a further £2m in add-ons and has signed a five-year contract with the Reds.
Jurgen Klopp is predicting Giorgino Wijnaldum will become a huge part of Liverpool’s future:
I am so happy we have got him. I think he can become a great player for us. There is still so much to come from him.
‘When I talked to him I could tell that he knows we have to work together to get this level out of him to all be successful for the team. Read more... (367 words, 1 image, estimated 1:28 mins reading time)
In a decision that talks more about the dearth of good English coaches, the England FA have names Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce as their new manager. Big Sam, the throwback coach who loves a big center forward and a long ball into the box replaces Roy Hodgson who oversaw England’s worst performances in back-to-back tournaments in history.
Allardyce has called on his new players to make the country proud again saying in a press release:
‘I am extremely honoured to be appointed England manager especially as it is no secret that this is the role I have always wanted. For me, it is absolutely the best job in English football. Read more... (417 words, 1 image, estimated 1:40 mins reading time)
It is not a good week for the European Champions. First they lose out on Paul Pogba to Manchester United. Then James Rodríguez, who Real were planning to sell to fund some new purchases, announces that he is staying at the Bernabéu, despite a €85 million bid for Manchester United for the services.
And then to top it all it, Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes, who was the European Champions top target this summer, and who was rumored to be all set to move to Madrid, suddenly ends up at bitter rivals Barcelona, as once again Madrid president Florentino Pérez failed to close out a sure thing. Read more... (501 words, 1 image, estimated 2:00 mins reading time)
Bad news for Arsenal fans as Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis believes the club’s current squad is good enough to win the Premier League for the first time since 2004.
While fellow title contenders Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City will spend big this summer in an attempt to win the title, Arsenal with more than £100 million in cash reserves seem content to basically stand still for the second consecutive summer.
Last summer manager Arsene Wenger did not recruit a single outfield player, buying goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea, and only added midfielder Mohamed Elneny from Basle during the January transfer window. Read more... (445 words, 1 image, estimated 1:47 mins reading time)
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 22 July
Most expensive signing: Michy Batshuayi (Marseille to Chelsea for £33m)
Busiest Premier League clubs: Middlesbrough and West Ham (6)
Granit Xhaka (Borussia Monchengladbach, £35m)
Rob Holding [Bolton] Reported £2m
Mikel Arteta (released)
Tomas Rosicky (released)
Mathieu Flamini (released)
Lys Mousset (Le Havre, £5.4m)
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham, compensation)
Nathan Ake (Chelsea, loan)
Lewis Cook (Leeds) Undisclosed
Jordon Ibe [Liverpool] £15m Read more... (745 words, 1 image, estimated 2:59 mins reading time)
Bilel Ghazi of L’Equipe is reporting that Manchester United and Juventus have agreed on a deal for Paul Pogba. Unitd will pay €120 million (£100.8m) to bring the French international back to Old Trafford. The deal is expected to be completed in the next couple of days as Pogba has already personal terms with United.
La Gazzetta dello Sport dedicated the first three pages of their Wednesday’s edition to the claims that the 23-year-old is set to move on, with the front-page headline reading:
“Pogba has decided: dear Juve, let me go.” Read more... (296 words, 1 image, estimated 1:11 mins reading time)
Almost since he touched down in Los Angeles in 2015, former Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has been very open that his goal was to return to Liverpool in some sort of official capacity. At times the former England captain has seemed more interested in a Liverpool job than he has been in helping the Galaxy win the MLS Cup.
The problem for Gerrard is that Jurgen Klopp has brought in his own staff at Liverpool and there appears to be no room for the Reds former captain who is currently earning his UEFA A licence. Read more... (269 words, 1 image, estimated 1:05 mins reading time)
According to his agent Michael Manuello, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is unlikely to leave North London this summer.
Arsenal have been linked with Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain and Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, but Manuello believes any incoming striker would be a replacement for the injured Danny Welbeck, not for Giroud.
Manuello told the London’s Evening Standard:
“Everything I’ve read on Giroud is not true. I personally have only said that if Arsenal want to sell, then we will see.” Read more... (347 words, 1 image, estimated 1:23 mins reading time)
The International Champions Cup, which will feature the champions of England, France and Germany plus European giants Real Madrid, Liverpool, Inter Milan and AC Milan, kicks off this weekend when PSG and Inter Milan meet in Oregon. i
With so many high powered teams there are some mouth-watering ties for fans to get excited about.
On July 27, Paris-Saint Germain will take on Real Madrid at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. That same day, Chelsea will face Liverpool at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Read more... (494 words, 1 image, estimated 1:59 mins reading time)