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Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has moved to AC Milan on a season-long loan.

The 23-year-old made 43 appearances for Chelsea last season after joining from Monaco in a deal worth £40 million. The French midfielder had fallen down the pecking order following the arrival of Jorginho and later Mateo Kovacic, a loan signing from Real Madrid, and was left out of Maurizio Sarri's squad for the opening match of the Premier League season. Having failed to earn a place in Sarri's midfield trio, Bakayoko makes the temporary switch to the Serie A side on an initial loan move for the 2018/19 season.
Aug 14 - 5:57 PM

Leicester City’s deadline-day signing Filip Benkovic made his debut for under-23s in their Premier League 2 opener against Swansea City on Monday night.

The Croatia under-21 international joined the Foxes from Dinamo Zagreb on a five-year contract in a move worth a reported £13 million on deadline day. Benkovic made 30 appearances in all competitions for Zagreb last season and helped the club secure the Croatian league and cup double last season. The 6ft 4in defender was handed a prompt debut for the under-23s, completing the full 90 minutes alongside Darnell Johnson at centre-back as the development side kept a clean sheet. On Benkovic's debut, under-23s manager Steve Beagehole said: "Filip, you can see his quality. He’s got great size, he’s comfortable on the ball, good in the air. At times, he was maybe a little bit casual, but he’s just finding his feet, he’s only just come to the club. I’m sure it’ll be a great acquisition."
Aug 14 - 5:30 PM

Caglar Soyuncu became Leciester City's seventh and final signing of the summer window when he completed a £19 million move from Bundesliga side Freiburg on deadline day.

The 22-year-old agreed to personal terms, underwent a medical and put pen to paper on a five-year contract at the King Power Stadium. Leicester announced the deal an hour after the deadline had passed, but the club is understood to have completed the required paperwork on time. While Soyuncu could granted a work permit this week, it is unlikely he will be ready to face Wolverhampton on Saturday. The highly-rated centre-back made 50 appearances in Bundesliga during two seasons at Freiburg while also being capped 16 times for Turkey. The ball-playing centre-back will compete with Filip Benkovic and Wes Morgan to provide depth behind Harry Maguire and Jonny Evans in central defence.
Aug 14 - 5:10 PM

Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner has revealed Ben Hamer and Jonas Lossl will battle it out for the starting place between the sticks this season.

Hamer, a free-agent signing from Leicester City, produced a run of impressive displays in pre-season and was given the nod in the against Chelsea. On Hamer getting the first chance ahead of last season’s ever-present number one Lossl, Wagner added: "I have always said that it’s the present that counts. The difference this year to last year is we have competition for the goalkeeping position and this makes me very, very happy. It is now up to these two boys to fight for the shirt every single week, like all the other players have to fight for their place." The 30-year-old's competitive debut for Huddersfield was a rough one as he conceded three goals and made just one save in the 3-0 defeat at the John Smith's Stadium. Lossl returned to pre-season late after going to the World Cup with Denmark but should get his chance once fully fit. It will be interesting to see if Wagner rotates the pair or settles on one after the first couple matches.
Aug 14 - 3:17 PM

West Ham United midfielder Edmilson Fernandes has joined Italian Serie A side Fiorentina on a season-long loan.

The 22-year-old Switzerland international, who has been capped four times by his country at senior level, joined the Hammers in the summer of 2016 from FC Sion and has made 48 appearances in Claret & Blue. Fernandes heads to Fiorentina in search of regular first-team football having been pushed down the pecking order in central midfield following the arrivals of Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez. Fernandes is one of a few youngsters to leave on loan for the 2018/19 season. Striker Toni Martinez (Rayo Majadahonda), defender Sam Byram (Nottingham Forest) and midfielder Domingos Quina (Watford) have also completed temporary moves away from the London Stadium.
Aug 14 - 1:59 PM

Barcelona's club president has not ruled out a move for Paul Pogba before the end of the transfer deadline.

While the Premier League transfer window closed before the start of the season, the Spanish window doesn't close until the end of the month, meaning Pogba could feature in two more Premier League games and still make the move to Barcelona. Although a big-money move to Barcelona seems unlikely given that United wouldn't be able to sign a replacement this month, Pogba made his frustrations clear after a 2-1 win over Leicester City on Friday where he converted a penalty: "If you're not happy, you cannot give your best. There are things that I cannot say otherwise I will get fined."
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 14 - 1:47 PM

Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal participated in full team training over the last few days as he looks to be ready for the weekend.

The Spanish international returned from the World Cup but suffered a knee injury that has kept him out of much of the preseason. But after being one of three starting defenders to miss the season-opening loss to Manchester City on Sunday (the other two being long-term absentees in Sead Kolasinac and Laurent Koscielny), Monreal is expected to return to the team this weekend for another big matchup, this time against Chelsea. But with an injury to Ainsley Maitland-Niles this weekend, Monreal could slot right back into the starting lineup in no time. Said manager Unai Emery: "Today we are going to do the medical analysis with the doctor [for Maitland-Niles]. Nacho is starting with the group, working yesterday and maybe he can come in, maybe, for the next match. I think every day is important to know how they are."
Aug 14 - 1:39 PM

Bruno Saltor is an early doubt for the visit of Manchester United next weekend after limping off during the 2-0 defeat to Watford.

The veteran full-back was replaced within half-an-hour at Vicarage Road to compound a truly miserable afternoon in London. Manager Chris Hughton said his side were outclassed in "most departments" and he had no complaints about the result. "We never had anywhere near enough of an effect on the game. No excuses." Bernardo was the only summer signing to start on Saturday, and the left-back was forced to switch flanks following the loss of Bruno to a muscular problem. "He felt his hamstring," Hughton said. "As with all muscle injuries you don't really know the extent." If tests reveal a strain, it is likely to keep him sidelined for at least a fortnight and Gaetan Bong could come into the side. Jose Izquierdo and Florin Andone are also pushing for their inclusion after missing the opener while Jurgen Locadia, who was an unused substitute, will compete with Glenn Murray to lead the Seagulls attack.
Source: The Argus
Aug 13 - 5:00 AM

Tottenham Hotspur took all three-points at St James’ Park, but the win may have come at a cost after Lucas Moura and Eric Dier were forced off.

The Spurs squad is already a little stretched - Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose both missed out on Saturday due to a lack of match fitness - while the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen featured against Newcastle after just 4 days training. The club have also confirmed that Heung-Min Son could be absent for up-to a month due to his participation in the upcoming Asian Games. With so many doubts heading into week two, Mauricio Pochettino can ill-afford to add further numbers to the treatment room. Fortunately, it looks like the withdrawal of Moura, who was seen icing his thigh, was more of a precaution and Dier, who was substituted late on, was due to fatigue. "No, no they are ok. I hope that Monday they will start to train with the team. Eric was so tired. He felt in the end cramp, but Lucas nothing," the Tottenham boss confirmed.
Aug 13 - 4:40 AM

Both Eric Dier and Lucas Moura left Tottenham's win over Newcastle United early with knocks, but Mauricio Pochettino expects both will be back in training for the coming week.

Pochettino chalked up Dier's situation as a result of a fatigue, pulling the midfielder after he began to experience minor cramping. Lucas was spotted icing his leg down after his exit, but the manager said after the match that it was "nothing". Moussa Sissoko was given a start against the Magpies, with Mousa Dembele beginning the season on the bench, but Dembele will push to join Dier in the middle of the park for next weekend's match against Fulham.
Source: Sports Mole
Aug 13 - 12:34 AM

Heung-min Son is off to join his South Korean teammates as they get set to participate in the Asian Games tournament taking place in Indonesia.

As if there isn't enough pressure to perform for one's national team, Son's situation has even more on the line than the average footballer. South Korea require military service for their male citizens that must be served by the age of 27. Son has avoided this due to his football career up until now but he is about to hit that age. However, there is a way out of service for him. If he helps lead the country to a tournament win, he will be exempt from service. In the meantime, his absence should give Lucas Moura a few more weeks in a starting role.
Source: Goal
Aug 13 - 12:24 AM

Tim Ream failed to recover from a knock in time for Fulham's return to the top flight, as he was out of the squad in the Cottagers' 0-2 loss to Crystal Palace.

Slavisa Jokanovic opened the season with Cyrus Christie and brand-new signing Joe Bryan at the full back positions, while recently-acquired loanee Calum Chambers partnered summer acquisition Maxime le Marchand in the middle. Question marks abound once Ream is fully fit. One has to think Alfie Mawson, who is due back next month, is a strong first-choice candidate when he is healthy and Timothy Fosu-Mensah is also in the mix. Ream may very well be trading starts with le Marchand, making both undesirable fantasy options.
Aug 13 - 12:04 AM

Southampton's Alex McCarthy and Burnley's new goalkeeper Joe Hart were kept occupied in their sides' 0-0 draw at St. Mary's.

Burnley dominated the first half; Aaron Lennon drew the first notable save out of Mccarthy when he latched onto a loose ball and hammered the ball at goal. The Clarets continued to shoot with abandon but failed to really trouble Southampton's 'keeper again until Jeff Hendrick's header late in the first half. Danny Ings and Mohamed Elyounoussi were introduced to the fray in the second half and helped Mark Hughes' men grow into the game, sparking opportunities for Lemina and Josh Stephens which couldn't beat Hart. A slow start for two PL top-half hopefuls.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 12 - 4:18 PM

Cardiff City were left disappointed on the south coast following their opening day defeat at the hands of AFC Bournemouth.

Bobby Reid was the only summer signing to start for the Bluebirds with Alex Smithies, Greg Cunningham, Josh Murphy and Victor Camarasa all named on the bench. But, it was the absence of Kenneth Zohore from the matchday squad which caused the biggest stir after the striker failed to overcome a minor groin issue. "I thought he was going to be fit on Friday, but he just felt it a little bit," Neil Warnock confirmed following the 2-0 defeat. "I hope [he’ll be fit for next weekend] but you don't know with injuries." However, one player who will miss out [against Newcastle] is midfielder Aron Gunnarsson as he continues his recovery from a niggling knee problem. "He will probably be a couple of weeks. We're building him up, so he doesn't come back and break down again. There's no need to rush him now because we've got Harry Arter coming in."
Source: Wales Online
Aug 12 - 2:48 PM

Newcastle have been left sweating on the fitness of US international DeAndre Yedlin after he left St James’ Park on crutches following the home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur.

The flying full-back fell awkwardly when making a challenge as the game moved into time added-on, and following lengthy treatment on the pitch, he slowly limped to the sidelines and was helped down the tunnel. "It is too early to know what has happened," revealed Rafa Benitez post-match. "We have to wait, and the doctor has to assess the injury." Unable to put any weight through his right leg, Yedlin was seen leaving the stadium with the aid of crutches and there are growing fears on the Tyneside that he may have damaged knee ligaments. With the 25-year-old almost certain to miss next weekend's trip to Cardiff City, Benitez could look to Javier Manquillo or Jamie Sterry to slot in on the right. Although, with Christian Atsu at his disposal again, Rafa may consider a slight change of formation with the speedster playing as an attacking wing-back.
Aug 12 - 2:26 PM



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