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Despite a rotten showing from his team, Phil Jones managed to score well for fantasy managers without the benefit of a clean sheet, goal or assist.

There are certainly worries all over the pitch for Manchester United supporters and fantasy managers who own United players alike but Phil Jones wasn't one of them in Week 1. He managed to fill the stat sheet with interceptions (4) and tackles (4) as well as being fouled by Swansea players (4 times). In the Yahoo format that led to 11 points which is a very solid performance for a defender on a losing team. The only immediate concern is whether the arrival of Marcos Rojo and return of Jonny Evans to full health will impact Jones' playing time. For the record, I don't think either will have an impact but we don't know what Louis Van Gaal thinks of his central defenders yet since he hasn't had enough where he's been able to show a preference.
Source: Yahoo.com
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 10:23:00 AM

Man City target Raheem Sterling has been named the most valuable young player in Europe by the Soccerex 20 Football Value Index…

Despite topping the poll, ahead of the likes of PSG’s Marquinhos and Manchester United new boy Memphis De Pay, Sterling’s value has been set at just £35 million. I say ‘just’ because Man City have already had a £40m bid knocked back by Liverpool, who value him at £50m. And that is the one that counts, of course. Soccerex is essentially a networking organization that periodically produces studies like this, so their gravitas is limited. But it does to serve to demonstrate the gulf between PL transfer fees and the rest of the (real) world. According to these number Man United not only paid £7.2m over the odds for De Pay, but £15m over for ‘home grown’ Luke Shaw. And with Liverpool holding out for £50m for Sterling, it appears that a £15m hike is the going rate.
Source: bbc.co.uk
Jul 7 - 5:15 AM

Sunderland have had a £5 million bid for West Ham winger Stewart Downing turned down, with Middlesbrough standing by to move in…

The battle for the services of Stewart Downing is hotting up, with former clubs Sunderland and Middlesbrough going toe-to-toe. Downing spent a short loan spell at Sunderland in 2003 and manager Dick Advocaat has made no secret of his desire to take him there permanently. A transfer fee of £5m and a three-year deal has been tabled for the player who turns 31 this month. But former club Middlesbrough are prepared to better that, offering a £6m fee and a four-year deal. It is thought that Downing planned a move to his boyhood club if they had been promoted, but whether he would drop into the Championship is unclear. West Ham are in no hurry to sell the winger after an excellent season, hitting six goals and eight assists in an almost ever-present campaign (37 matches).
Source: Daily Mail
Jul 7 - 5:34 AM

Liverpool prepare to take their spending past £80 million for the summer, which is good news for Man City as they launch a third bid to secure Raheem Sterling…

The Daily Express report that Liverpool are ready to meet Aston Villa’s £32.5 million release clause in Christian Benteke’s contract. The Belgian striker would be their sixth signing of the summer, taking their spending past £80 million. All of which is music to Manuel Pellegrini’s ears. City have already had offers of £25m and £40m for Raheem Sterling knocked back, but with an £80m hole in Liverpool’s budget it is widely thought that a third bid closer to £50m will finally land their man. Sterling reported back to pre-season training this morning and will no doubt want the matter dealt with quickly. Not least because he stands to pocket a £4m slice of his agents’ fee if a £50m deal is done, thanks to an unique contract arrangement.
Jul 6 - 5:17 AM

Roberto Martinez is on pole position to sign Juventus center-back Angelo Ogbonna in a £7 million deal…

According to reports in Italy, Juventus are ready to listen to offers for center-back Angelo Ogbonna and Everton are ready to pounce. The 27-year-old made 25 appearances in Juve’s double-winning season and was on the bench for the Champions League final. But has struggled to nail down a regular first team spot. His availability has alerted West Ham and Southampton, but Roberto Martinez has been tracking the player all summer and thought to be favorite to land him for a fee in the region of £7m. Italian international Ogbonna will relish the chance to revive his career in the PL with the Euros coming at the end of the season and provide Everton with a quality alternative to John Stones and Phil Jagielka.
Jul 6 - 5:42 AM

Norwich have been put off a move for Robbie Brady by Hull’s £7 million asking price…

The proposed transfer of Robbie Brady to Norwich has hit the buffers because Hull are demanding too much money for the winger. Norwich boss Alex Neil has identified the Republic of Ireland international as key to his plans on their return to the PL, but value Brady at £4.5 million. Hull want £7 million for the former Manchester United man who spent two years on loan at the club before making the move permanent in January 2013. He was a regular last season, playing 34 times and will add PL experience but if a compromise cannot be made Norwich will turn their attention elsewhere. QPR winger Matt Phillips was a player of interest, but he looks on the verge of a move to West Brom so Norwich could be left frustrated.
Source: Daily Mail
Jul 6 - 6:03 AM

Tottenham have formally announced that Etienne Capoue has joined Watford on what is believed to be a £5million transfer.

Capoue, believed to be part of a package deal between Spurs and Watford that could also include Benjamin Stambouli, should see the field much more at Watford than he did at Spurs. After a high profile move to the North London club as part of the class of summer signings that came in to replace Gareth Bale, playing time failed to materialize. With Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb ascendant in holding midfield roles, Capoue's move was inevitable. As Watford's new record signing, he should be a guaranteed starter.
Source: espnfc.com
Jul 6 - 8:46 AM

Chelsea are still confident of capturing the signature of Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic despite late interest from Manchester United.

Mourinho moved quickly to increase his offer to over $12 million after his initial bid was rejected a week ago and the Blues expect Begovic to pen a 4-year deal said to be worth around $110k per week. The move could also see either Victor Moses or Patrick Bamford move to the Britannia on-loan for the 2015/16 season. Meanwhile Chelsea face a struggle to keep full-back Felipe Luis at the club as the defender is unhappy with his lack of first team opportunities. The Brazilian has found himself playing second fiddle to Cesar Azpilicueta but Atletico must stump up around $25 million as Chelsea are keen to recoup the money they invested last summer.
Jul 6 - 9:45 AM

With rumors still flying about a move to Real Madrid, David De Gea is set to rejoin Manchester United for the start of pre-season training today.

The player's presence at the start of pre-season training is probably not indicative of anything other than that it is going to be a complex and drawn-out process to get De Gea from Old Trafford to the Bernabeu. There is no indication that there is any acrimony between any of the parties so consider this business as usual until the situation changes. There isn't any indication that De Gea has decided to reverse course and commit his future to United so it would be an eternal optimist that would take his reporting to training as anything other than waiting until the other shoe drops.
Source: espnfc.com
Jul 6 - 10:20 AM

Manchester United forward Angelo Henriquez has secured a permanent transfer from Old Trafford to Dinamo Zagreb.

The much-loaned Henriquez leaves Old Trafford never having appeared in a first team match for the Red Devils. On loan last season at Zagreb, the Chilean international scored 20 goals in 25 matches so clearly the Croatian club was motivated to keep him. They will be getting a newly crowned Copa America champion as well as Henriquez played a reserve role in Chile's run to the South American championship on Saturday.
Source: manutd.com
Jul 6 - 12:44 PM

Toby Alderweireld's summer has taken an odd turn as Atletico Madrid reportedly missed a deadline to pay Southampton a £1.5million fee to invalidate their right to make the Belgian's move to St. Mary's permanent for a cut-price fee.

If this story is true then someone at Atletico is in big trouble because Spurs and perhaps Chelsea appear to be willing to pay far more than the rumored £6.8million fee that Southampton's loan deal allows them to purchase the player for. The deal will also likely not sit well with the player as he apparently has his heart set on joining Belgium colleague Jan Vertonghen at Spurs this summer.
Source: espnfc.com
Jul 6 - 12:49 PM

Norwich striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel is close to a return to Sporting Lisbon in a deal worth £3.8 million…

After the disappointing news that winger Robbie Brady will not be arriving (yet, anyway) because Hull are asking for too much money. Norwich fans will be cheered by the news that their misfiring front man Ricky van Wolfswinkel is going. Reports in Holland suggest he is on the brink of rejoining Sporting Lisbon for a fee in the region on £3.8 million. His record of 54 goals in 119 matches persuaded Norwich to pay a club record £8.5m in 2013, with fans hoping the Dutch International would be another van Basten or a van Nistelrooy. But after a goal scoring debut, he quickly looked more like a van driver – failing to hit the net in his following 24 appearances. He spent last season on loan at St-Etienne, scoring five times (in 24 matches) but not enough to earn a permanent deal. Or another stab at the PL with Norwich.
Source: itv.com
Jul 6 - 12:55 PM





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