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Transfer Window Winners And Losers

January Transfer Window

In a transfer window where COVID-19 really impacted player sales, who won the window in the Premier League. And what teams did not buy well?

Transfer Window Winners

Aston Villa
Aston Villa only secured their Premier League status on the final day of last season – now the club’s owners have backed manager Dean Smith in ambitious fashion to make the most of that escape.

The biggest signing was record buy Ollie Watkins, brought in from Brentford for £28m potentially rising to £33m, the 24-year-old well known to Smith from his time in charge at Griffin Park.

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Champions League Draw: Messi v Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are set to face each other after Juventus and Barcelona were drawn in Group G, while holders Bayern Munich will face Atletico Madrid in Group A.

The draw, which also saw Real Madrid and Inter Milan paired in Group B, took place without club officials present because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

And it was a particularly tough draw for Manchester United, who will play last season’s beaten finalists PSG, as well as 2020 semi-finalists RB Leipzig.

Elsewhere, Premier League champions Liverpool will have to negotiate a group containing Ajax, Atalanta and Danish side Midtjylland.

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Chelsea Transfer News: Good Summer For The Blues

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While transfer deadline day passed without anymore signings for Chelsea, it was overall a good transfer window for Frank Lampard’s side.

The Blues spent more money than anyone in Europe this summer and they got most of their business done early.

Having saved up funds after two transfer windows of no new players and sales of nearly £200m, Chelsea were in a relatively advantageous financial position in the market compared to basically every other team, all of whom were hit to some extent by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Chelsea 2020-2021 Fixtures

Chelsea will kick-off their 2020-21 Premier League campaign with a trip to the south coast to face Brighton on Monday, September 14 in an 8pm kick-off.

Frank Lampard’s side then host champions Liverpool on the second weekend before heading to newly-promoted West Brom. They face a tough trip to London rivals Arsenal on Boxing Day.

The Blues will finish off their campaign with a daunting run-in: games against Manchester City, Arsenal and Leicester are followed by a trip to Villa Park on the final day of the season on May 23.

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FA CUP SEMI-FINAL DRAW: MManchester United face Chelsea while Arsenal take on Manchester City at empty Wembley

Manchester United face Chelsea while Arsenal will play Manchester City in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

The draw features three of the Cup’s four most successful sides, with Arsenal the record 13-time winners.

United, who beat Norwich to reach the last four, have won it 12 times, while Chelsea, who edged past Leicester in the quarter-finals, have eight wins.

Both ties will be played at Wembley on the weekend of 18 and 19 July. The final is scheduled for Saturday, 1 August.

City booked their clash with the Gunners after a Kevin De Bruyne penalty and Raheem Sterling goal saw off Newcastle on Sunday evening.

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Premier League To Return On June 17

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Premier League clubs have agreed to restart the season in just three weeks’ time in what is a huge breakthrough for their Project Restart plans.

The Premier League have desperately been trying to finalize plans to get the season back underway again following its suspension at the beginning of March amid the coronavirus crisis.

June 20 has been lined up as the first round of fixtures following the Premier League’s resumption although Manchester City vs Arsenal and Aston Villa vs Sheffield United are set to go ahead on Wednesday June 17.

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Transfer News: Chelsea Enter The Mauro Icardi Bidding War

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Chelsea are reportedly in the hunt for Mauro Icardi, as PSG struggle to agree a permanent transfer for the on loan striker with his parent club Inter Milan.

The Argentina international joined the Ligue 1 champions, awarded the 2019-20 title after the season in France was cancelled last month, on a season-long-loan at a cost of €13m, scoring 20 goals in 31 competitive games. PSG had an option to make the loan permanent for €70m.

With Edinson Cavani leaving on a free transfer, PSG are keen to do a deal but don’t want to pay the full price, and had an offer of €50m plus €10m in bonuses rejected by Inter last week, who want the full price for the Argentina international.

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Chelsea Slammed Over Coutinho Transfer Pursuit

Gary Neville has slammed the Chelsea board for pursuing £75 million Philippe Coutinho amid the coronavirus crisis.

Barcelona have reportedly offered Chelsea the chance to sign former Liverpool playmaker Coutinho this summer. But Manchester United legend Neville says it is ‘illogical’ for Chelsea to even be considering transfer moves at a time when their current players could well be set to take pay cuts.

This week, it was reported that Chelsea players have agreed to take a 10 per cent pay cut as the club look to cut losses from lack of revenue during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Inter Milan Line Up Olivier Giroud

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It looks like Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is going to get his wish and finally complete a move to Inter Milan in the summer as a free agent.

Giroud tried to push through a move to Inter in January after a frustrating first half of the season with Frank Lampard’s side, but Chelsea blocked the move due to a lack of alternative options up front at Stamford Bridge.

Giroud is desperate to play regular first team football next season as he wants to be part of the French side at the Euro’s next summer.

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Premier League Owner Does Not Think Clubs Should Be Relegated If Season Isn’t Completed

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Brighton owner Tony Bloom says he cannot see how clubs can be relegated from the Premier League if the season is not completed.

On Friday, the Premier League met to go through several scenarios to finish the campaign, but uncertainty still hangs over a season that has nine rounds to go.

“It would be very difficult to relegate somebody, particularly from the Premier League, if the season hasn’t played out,” said Bloom.

In the ‘scheduling model’ possibilities looked at on Friday, the earliest would start on 8 June. While it was not discussed as expected at that meeting, there are clubs who think 30 June should be the cut-off date for the season to end for contractual reasons.