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Swansea - having already added youth in the form of Jonjo Shelvey, Jordi Amat and Alejandro Pozuelo - continue to shop for youth as they track Belgian Nacer Chadli.

The Belgian winger would make a nice addition to the crop of young players that Swansea have brought in already. He has been productive in the Eredivisie with 21 goals in 80 matches for FC Twente and has been capped 14 times by Belgium. The Swans still need a significant signing at forward but if Chadli arrives their secondary work for the summer will be very solid indeed with the caveat that most of it likely won't pay off until 2014-15 at the earliest. Current starters like Nathan Dyer don't have to start worrying...yet.
Source: TeamTalk.com
Wed, Jul 3, 2013 02:46:00 PM

Manchester United centre-back Eric Bailly will not feature for the Red Devils against Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday, August 8.

UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings into an incident in United's Europa League Second-Leg clash with Celta Vigo at Old Trafford in which the defender was sent off. Bailly saw red for lashing out at Celta frontman John Guidetti in that match and received an automatic one match ban as a reprimand. However, Europe's football governing body have now opted to add two more games to that suspension. The Ivorian served the first portion of the suspension by sitting out the Europa League final. The UEFA Super Cup will be the second game and the final part of the suspension will be served during United's first Champions League group game.
Jul 25 - 1:46 AM

Antonio Conte remains hopeful that Tiemoue Bakayoko will be available for the Community Shield curtain raiser against Arsenal on 06 August.

A knee injury almost scuppered the chances of the 22-year-old moving to Stamford Bridge following key hole surgery at the end of Monaco’s Championship winning season. Bakayoko was said to have arrived at the club’s training ground – Cobham – three weeks prior to finally completing his £40 million switch, a delay brought about due to his ongoing knee complaint and the rigorous testing to ensure he could make a full recovery. The midfielder is not part of the squad which is currently touring China and Singapore but he is working hard to regain full fitness ahead of the new season. Bakayoko, along with fellow new arrivals Antonio Rudiger and Alvaro Morata will link up with their new teammates on their return.
Jul 25 - 6:12 AM

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial's pre-season performance against Real Madrid has not gone unnoticed, least of all by his manager, José Mourinho.

Martial's quick-feet to bypass Lucas Vazquez, Luca Modric and Dani Carvajal as he breezed into Madrid's box from the left before teeing up Jesse Lingard for his goal has received plenty of attention in recent days, and it delighted Mourinho. The boss admitted that he left the Frenchman on for 90 minutes off the back of the sublime assist in order to build his confidence. Martial's experimentation and clear enjoyment on the pitch excited Mourinho, who called on Martial "to bring his talent more in a consistent way." Perhaps Mourinho's tough love for Martial last season is paying dividend now, as Mou added that Martial is training better and working harder than before. Maybe United won't need Perisic after all.
Jul 24 - 9:36 PM

Pedro will return to London "for further review" after suffering concussion and facial injuries in Saturday’s 3-0 friendly win over Arsenal in Beijing.

The 29-year-old was taken for medical tests following a first-half collision with David Ospina which left the winger dazed: "I think he had concussion," Conte said post-match. "For this reason, our doctor preferred to take him to the hospital and check him in the right way." Pedro later tweeted that "everything is OK" and it was thought that he would rejoin the group in Singapore, but the club have now released a statement confirming he will fly back to England. Concussion protocol stipulates: "The player should not be allowed to return to play for at least 6 days after the injury" which means Pedro would have missed the game against Bayern Munich on Tuesday. The Blues face Internazionale four days later, although Antonio Conte is not prepared to rush the winger back unnecessarily.
Source: The Mirror
Jul 24 - 5:43 AM

Manchester United beat Real Madrid on penalties last night in front of a disappointing crowd at the Levi Stadium, California.

This fixture drew over 109k three years ago in Michigan, but the 68,500 stadium in Santa Clara looked well under-capacity despite the official attendance being given as 65,109. Jesse Lingard opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time before Casemiro equalised from the spot midway through the second half, and that’s how the game remained until Jose Mourinho’s men edged a shootout 2-1. However, the victory came at a cost as Herrera was forced off just minutes after his introduction: "It must be very painful for Ander to come off," the United boss said in response to questions about the severity of the injury. "I always say to the players that you don't risk anything in friendly matches. If you feel something is coming, even if it is a little injury, get off because the result is not important. Maybe it is ribs but I don't know."
Jul 24 - 6:05 AM

Jose Mourinho has finally given us a little insight into when he expects injured trio Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Marcos Rojo to return to action.

All three players travelled to America as part of the clubs summer tour, with many speculating that they could be close to re-joining the group. But, speaking to reporters in San Jose on Saturday, the United manager confirmed the players have "no chance" of being ready for the opening weekend: "It’s good to have them here, the group is really strong" he said before adding. "Luke Shaw is the first one to recover, Marcos [Rojo] will be last and Ashley [Young] will be in between. Luke is September, Young is October and Rojo is December, or maybe January." Zlatan Ibrahimović also continues to rehabilitate at the club and Mourinho hasn’t ruled out the possibility of resigning the striker once he completes his recovery from a serious knee ligament injury.
Jul 24 - 6:42 AM

Manchester City lost one full-back and added another on Sunday, with a deal for another close to being completed.

The Sky Blues moved for the Real Madrid right-back just a week after signing right-back Kyle Walker in a world-record move for a defender. Said Director of Football Txiki Begiristain: "Danilo is a fine player who offers great versatility to our squad. He can operate in several different roles in both defence and midfield, increasing Pep’s options ahead of the new season." Meanwhile, Aleksandar Kolarov has left the club to join AS Roma with Monaco's Benjamin Mendy heading to Los Angeles to take a medical with City ahead of another record-setting move.
Jul 23 - 3:20 PM

Mame Biram Diouf has been off to a hot start with two goals in his past two pre-season friendlies. His latest was the only goal in the Potters' victory over Ligue 1 newcomers Amiens.

The Potters should have been the favorites against a newly promoted Ligue 1 side and they were the dominant side on the afternoon. In addition to Diouf's goal, Bojan and Xherdan Shaqiri both had solid chances to add to the tally for Mark Hughes side. While pre-season isn't always indicative of much, Stoke City have some openings in attack with Jon Walters and Marko Arnautovic both having departed so far this summer. Given Crouch's age and Berahino's lack of goals last season, Diouf could finally be the man at Stoke City.
Jul 22 - 9:50 PM

Jay Rodriguez was one of a number of West Brom attackers to narrowly miss scoring as Albion fell 2-0 to a pair of deflected Crystal Palace goals in the Premier League Asia Cup pre-season tournament.

Hopes are high that Jay Rodriguez can shake off a couple of seasons lost to injury and be the prolific forward that West Brom have lacked since Romelu Lukaku left and Saido Berahino failed to capitalize on his early promise. There were some positive signs for both Rodriguez and Albion overall despite the 2-0 loss. Matt Phillips once again played without injuring himself. Rodriguez and Rondon were both dangerous and Nacer Chadli started despite rumblings of discontent earlier in the summer.
Source: WBA.co.uk
Jul 22 - 9:58 PM

Etienne Capoue rediscovered his scoring touch as a second half goal proved to be the only tally as the Hornets beat La Liga side Eibar 1-0 in Austria.

Etienne Capoue certainly showed that he loves the early season last year when he started off the Premier League campaign scoring goals like a center forward. While his prolific scoring pace didn't last a season ago he seems to be warming up again with the weather as he netted for Marco Silva's side. Of interest for those tracking potential early-season starters, Silva has been going with Stefano Okaka in Troy Deeney's injury-enforced absence and Steven Berghuis has been playing in a supporting role from the start in the pre-season. Could be nothing but there could be some way under-the-radar value there.
Jul 22 - 10:05 PM

West Ham officially announced a move for Stoke City winger Marko Arnautovic for a club-record £24 million fee.

The Austrian international joins on a five-year deal after the Hammers saw their third bid accepted following his transfer request and becomes the third signing of the summer after Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart. The 28-year-old recorded six goals and five assists last season after his breakout 2015/16 season where he scored 11 goals. Said Arnautovic: "Everyone knows that West Ham is a big club, with a big history and I'm happy to be a part of it now. I can't wait to get started...I can only say it is a massive club with a lot of fans. They are crazy for football and this is what I like. The club is still growing, getting better and better and that's why I'm here."
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 22 - 5:46 PM





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