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Manchester United have reportedly signed German defender Mats Hummels for a fee of $28 million.

$28 million is a fair price for a defender of his caliber, as Hummels showed in the World Cup that he is a World Class defender. He fills an immediate need for Manchester United's new manager Louis van Gaal and should be a starter on day one. van Gaal is an attacking minded coach but Manchester's defensive line is looking better and better and Hummels should be a great fantasy option if he does indeed join the Premier League.
Jul 22 - 1:16 AM

Patrice Evra's long-rumored move from Manchester United to Juventus has been confirmed by the Turin club via their official Twitter account.

Manchester United have had an interesting summer at the left back position. Seldom-used reserve Alex Buttner left early in the transfer window after Luke Shaw arrived for a wildly expensive fee. Evra's departure means that Manchester United have a 19-year-old and not much else at the position. Recruiting a high quality reserve (Ricardo Rodriguez and Daley Blind) will be difficult because it will be (rightly) hard to convince anyone with prospects that Luke Shaw won't get the majority of the minutes. At the same time, it will be hard for Louis Van Gaal to rely on such a young player consistently when the stakes get higher. United's next step will be very interesting.
Source: @JuventusFC
Jul 21 - 11:57 AM

Leicester have offered striker Jamie Vardy a new long-term deal in hopes of keeping him at the club.

Vardy scored 16 goals in 36 starts in the Championship last season and assisted four times. The 27-year-old will be the focal point of the Leicester attack once again but isn't likely to be a great fantasy option as he is unlikely to keep up his scoring rate against much better competition. There isn't a ton of fantasy value on Leicester this season but we will give you an in depth review on the club before the season starts.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 20 - 4:19 PM

Queens Park Rangers are interested in Cardiff defender Steven Caulker who is up for grabs after Cardiff were relegated last season.

Caulker is a quality defender and a great leader who captained Cardiff last season. Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already acknowledged that Caulker and Campbell Frazier are on the way out and QPR are reportedly in the hunt for Caulker. QPR have signed veteran center-back Rio Ferdinand but it's unknown if he can stay healthy and a defender of Caulker's quality will certainly help their chances of avoiding relegation. If Caulker ends on a team where he will be a starting defender, he will have good fantasy value as he's very active in chasing down players and getting in front of the ball to block shots.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 20 - 3:58 PM

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle scored twice in his debut for the Premier League club.

Pelle has joined Southampton to team up with former manager Ronald Koeman and has already made a good impression on fans. Pelle netted 55 goals in 66 matches under Koeman in the Eredivisie and will look to reproduce his success in the Premier League. The good news for the Italian striker is that Koeman knows how to use him well. The bad news is that many of Southampton's playmakers have left the club and Koeman is trying to build from the ground up. Pelle has the potential to be a great fantasy player but is a risky option due to his lack of Premier League experience.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 20 - 3:43 PM

John Terry scored twice to help Chelsea come from behind and win their first friendly of the summer against AFC Wimbledon.

AFC Wimbledon took a 2-0 lead in the first half but Jose Mourinho made eight changes at the break and his side came back to win 3-2. Mohamed Salah scored one while John Terry added two. John Terry took the summer off after not being called up to England's World Cup squad and will look to have a successful season at Chelsea. He should be a premium fantasy option considering Jose Mourinho's defensive approach and Chelsea tendency to earn clean sheets. Young midfielder Lewis Baker played great and was involved in all three goals, making a case towards a first-team call up this season.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 20 - 3:35 PM

Chelsea assistant coach Steve Holland has said that a decision on Romelu Lukaku is unlikely to come within the next two weeks.

Chelsea have signed striker Diego Costa and reports have surfaced about the return of Didier Drogba, making it unlikely for them to keep the Belgian star. Jose Mourinho wants to evaluate the striker before making a final decision. Lukaku has spend the last two seasons away on loan but there are rumors Chelsea might be trying to secure a permanent move for him away from Stamford Bridge. German side Wolfsburg are reportedly ready to offer a £20 million bid and Everton, where Lukaku spent last season on loan, are also interested in his services. Lukaku will have significantly higher fantasy value at Everton than at Chelsea.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 20 - 3:29 PM

Frank Lampard will likely confirm his move to MLS club New York City in the coming week.

Lampard has left Chelsea after a great career at the club and will be remembered as a legend by the Blues' fans. He leaves the club with 648 appearances and Chelsea record 211 goals. Chelsea have already signed a replacement in Cesc Fabregas, who will likely take over the central midfielder role. Fabregas will partner Nemanja Matic to form one of the best central midfielder duos in the Premier League, making Chelsea a strong contender for the title.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 20 - 3:20 PM

Jores Okore featured in Aston Villa's friendly against Mansfield and partnered Ciaran Clark at center-back.

Okore missed the majority of last season with an ACL tear but has recovered in time for the new season. Okore will likely partner Ron Vlaar in central-defense once fully healthy and Aston Villa can have one of the more solid center-back partnerships in the Premier League. Okore is extremely cheap in the Yahoo Fantasy game and is a great filler for your bench or your starting lineup if you need extra money to spend up top.
Jul 20 - 3:15 PM

Joe Cole made his Aston Villa debut in a friendly against Mansfield which ended 3-1 in Villa's favor.

Cole played the entire first half and looked healthy in the process. With that being said, he's had a series of injuries in the past few years and is too much of a risk to play in fantasy. Cole will probably be coming off the bench for Aston Villa and we don't anticipate him being a difference maker. In the case Cole earns a starting spot at Aston Villa, he could be a cheap filler for your fantasy bench.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 20 - 3:07 PM

Paul Lambert has come out to say that Darren Bent is still an option for him at Aston Villa.

Bent was deemed surplus last season and hasn't featured in Lambert's team for over a year before scoring two goals in Villa's first friendly a few days ago. Villa have been trying to unload the striker but haven't been able to get anyone interested and this could just be a ploy to trick someone to take his wages. Either way, we don't anticipate Bent to be a good fantasy option in the coming season.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 20 - 2:58 PM

New Southampton manager Ronald Koeman had admitted that Ron Vlaar is a possible target for Southampton if Dejan Lovren forces a move away from the Saints.

There have been rumors about Lovren being unhappy at Southampton and that he is trying to force a move to Liverpool. If he can force the move, Southampton will need to replace him and Ron Vlaar is reportedly a target. Vlaar had an amazing World Cup, leading his Netherlands side to a third-place finish. Vlaar's fantasy value would be about the same whether he leaves Aston Villa or goes to Southampton.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 20 - 2:47 PM

Reports have surfaced about Didier Drogba striking a one-year deal with his former club, Chelsea.

Chelsea were after the star striker last summer but couldn't land a deal. Drogba is now a free-agent after his contract with Galatasaray has expired. We envision the Ivory Coast international to take on a role similar to the one he played in the World Cup this summer. Drogba is likely to come off a bench when Chelsea need a goal and provide a target man for long balls and crosses. The arrival is worry-some for Fernando Torres, whose playing time might decrease even more with Drogba in town.
Source: Squawka
Jul 20 - 2:38 PM

Tottenham are closing in on the signing of Swansea left-back Ben Davies, according to Sky sources.

This story has been running for the past month with both Tottenham and Liverpool interested in the Swansea defender, but Sky Sports are now reporting that he's on the verge of a move to White Hart Lane. Left-back was a problem for Spurs last season, with Benoit Assou-Ekotto loaned out to QPR, Jan Vertonghen unhappy to cover in that position and Danny Rose not of the required quality to feature for a team with top four aspirations. Davies is a solid defender, comfortable going forward and would represent an upgrade on current options, making him an ideal first signing for Mauricio Pochettino.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 20 - 4:46 AM

Tottenham played out an exciting 3-3 draw with Seattle Sounders in Mauricio Pochettino’s first game in charge.

Lewis Holtby scored the opening goal of an entertaining match, before Seattle turned things around to take a 2-1 lead. Spurs equalised when Roberto Soldado was fouled in the box and converted the resulting penalty, but the fun wasn't over. Seattle went ahead once again, with the scoring completed with Iago Falque made it 3-3, also from he penalty spot. It was the first match for new manager Mauricio Pochettino and he declared himself satisfied - "I’m happy as it was the first game of the tour, the conditions were difficult with warm temperatures and all the players did their best. This is the time to improve and learn and I'm very pleased with all the players."
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 20 - 4:41 AM



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