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ian-ayre-lfcLiverpool have been one of the busiest clubs in the transfer market again this summer, using the Raheem Sterling to fuel the purchase of seven new players as Brendan Rodgers has once again reaped his squad.

With the news season just days away, Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre is pleased with the clubs signings and indicates that the Reds have finished buying:

“We set out a plan with Brendan at the start of the summer, and the objectives the manager wanted to achieve.

“We’ve achieved all of them.

“So we are very pleased with how the summer has gone and it’s been kind to us this year.

Why Chelsea Need To Buy Another Striker

In the community shield on Sunday we saw a Chelsea side that lacked an offensive threat due to the injured Diego Costa.

While the stats from last season show that Remy actually takes fewer minutes to score each goal than Costa, that’s at least in part down to coming off the bench against weary opposition.

But other stats show the true value of Costa. He averaged 2.9 shots per game compares to Remy’s 1.6. Costa (1.3) won nearly twice as many aerial duels per game as Remy for Chelsea (0.6), made more than five times as many key passes (1.6 to 0.3), completed nearly three times as many dribbles (1.1 to 0.4) and was fouled twice as often (1 to 0.5).

Jack Wilshere Injured Again

Jack-Wilshere-FACupArsenal midfielder is expected to miss at least the first two games of the Premier League season after injuring his ankle in training on Friday.

Arsenal sent Wilshere went for a scan on his right ankle on Monday after missing the weekend Community Shield victory over Chelsea and fears another lay-off.

“He couldn’t take part in the game because of an ankle problem he sustained yesterday, at the training ground” Arsene Wenger said on Sunday.

“We don’t think it’s bad at all, but I haven’t been told if it will be two days or five days.

A bold statement from former Liverpool and Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy that Christian Benteke will be one of the Premier League‘s top goalscorer this season.

Benteke joined Liverpool late last month after a long drawn-out transfer saga, which resulted in the Reds activating his £32 million release clause at Aston Villa, as per the Liverpool Echo.

The Belgium international had to wait until last week for first team action with the Reds, after arriving at the club whilst the rest of the squad were touring the Far East and Australia.

ac_milan_trophiesAC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has signed a pre-sale agreement to sell 48 percent of his one of Europe’s most storied clubs to a group led by Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol(Mr. Bee) by the end of September.

A spokesman for holding company Fininvest said:

‘A deadline of September 30 has been set for transfer of the stake and payment of the 480 million euros by September 30. ‘

The Serie A soccer club is owned by Fininvest, Berlusconi’s family holding company which also controls Italian TV broadcaster Mediaset and publisher Mondadori.

khedira-juveJuventus have confirmed that their top summer signing, Sami Khedira, will be out for ‘approximately two months’ with a thigh injury. Khedira is expected to a miss six or seven league matches, including big games against Roma and Napoli, plus a pair of Champions League group stage games.

The German international joined the Serie A champions this summer on a free transfer from Real Madrid, but pulled up with an injury in the friendly with Marseille on Saturday.

“Sami Khedira will be sidelined for approximately two months after medical examinations revealed a second-grade myotendinous tear of the rectus femoris muscle in his right thigh,” the Juventus confirmed in a statement.

arsenal-charity-shieldArsenal claimed a huge physiological win over Chelsea at Wembley in Sunday’s English FA Community Shield as Arsene Wenger’s won 1-0 thanks to a first half goal by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

While the ommunity Shield is another glorified friendly, and was played at that pace at times, the win could have a long lasting impact on the upcoming Premier League title race.

Before the match, Arsene Wenger had never beaten Jose Mourinho in their previous 13 meetings and you had the feeling that Chelsea felt that the Gunners could not beat them. Conversely, Wenger and the Gunners had a mental block about Mourinho and Chelsea that they had to overcome and today they slew the dragon that was Mourinho.

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.