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Gary Cahill’s Chelsea career is in serious doubt as Juventus defender Daniele Rugani looks set to become Maurizio Sarri’s second major signing.

The Italy international will cost in the region of £44m and is expected to sign a five-year contract worth around £77k per week. His arrival could bring to an end Cahill’s six-year association with the club and he will seek assurances over his future. Sarri was keen to stress that the 32-year-old still has a role to play: "In respect to Cahill he can still give us a lot," but the England international must accept that, going forward, opportunities will be limited. Rugani would join Jorginho, who signed from Napoli last week, and there could be more new faces at Stamford Bridge as Sarri looks to build a squad capable of improving on last seasons fifth place finish. Kasper Schmeichel is on the Chelsea radar with Thibaut Courtois attracting interest from Real Madrid, but if the Blues fail to lure the Denmark international away from Leicester then former goalkeeper Petr Cech could make a shock return.
Jul 21 - 2:32 AM

Everton are closing in on the capture of Richarlison in a deal that could be worth up-to £50m.

New Toffees boss Marco Silva was key in helping to bring the Brazil under-20 star to the Premier League from Campeonato Brasileiro Série A outfit Fluminense less than a year ago when he was manager of Watford. Richarlison took the league by storm following a string of outstanding performances before Christmas [5-goals and 4-assists in 13 games], but he faded badly during the second half of the season and struggled to recapture his early form [no returns in 2018]. However, his dip wasn’t enough to dissuade potential suitors and Everton look to have stolen a march on their rivals with the Hornets poised to recoup more four times their outlay in just 11 months. The pace and power of Richarlison would go some way towards helping abate growing tension on the Everton terraces as supporters became increasing disillusioned under former manager Sam Allardyce.
Jul 21 - 1:54 AM

Manchester United confirm Alexis Sanchez will join the squad in the United States after visa complications were resolved by club representatives.

Earlier this week, manager Jose Mourinho expressed his disappointment that Sanchez was unable to enter the country as he is currently serving a 16-month sentence for committing tax fraud in Spain. "It's really bad and he's really sad," he said of the Chilean. "It's not good for him and not good for me, or for the team. There is no-one to blame. I know the club is making the effort but the US authorities have their processes." However, just days later, Sanchez hinted that he could be heading Stateside: ‘Last training session in Manchester’. United confirmed on Friday that the 29-year-old could be available for the match against San Jose Earthquakes after flying to Los Angeles: "It’s about when Alexis lands," said Mourinho. "Because he trained with us for five days before we departed. When he arrives, he has to play. If he is coming, he has to play."
Jul 21 - 1:19 AM

Huddersfield Town has completed the signing of Adama Diakhaby from French side AS Monaco for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old, a former France Under-21 international, has put pen to paper on a three-year deal. A left-footed forward who can play on either wing on in the central attacking midfielder role, Diakhaby scored two goals and tallied three assists in 22 Ligue One appearances for Monaco last season. He becomes Town's fifth signing of the summer, joining Ben Hamer, Ramadan Sobhi, Juninho Bacuna, Erik Durm and Terence Kongolo at the John Smith's Stadium. Said David Wagner: "Diakhaby is a direct player who is comfortable with the ball at his feet and with genuine pace, which suits our style perfectly. We’re really looking forward to working with him on the training pitch and seeing him pull on our blue and white shirt in games, as I’m sure our fans are too!"
Jul 20 - 5:15 PM

Leicester City have completed the signing of goalkeeper Danny Ward from Liverpool for a fee of £12.5 million.

The 25-year-old leaves Anfield just a day after Liverpool signed AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson for a fee of £65m. Following the departure of Ben Hamer for Huddersfield Town this summer, Ward arrives to bring competition to Leicester's goalkeeping ranks as he joins fellow keepers Kasper Schmeichel and Eldin Jakupović. The Welsh international is expected to serve as the understudy of Schmeichel, though he could be thrust into the first-choice role if the Dane was to leave amid interest from Chelsea and Roma. Speaking to LCFC TV, Ward said: "I’m delighted to be here and I’m really looking forward to the future with this Football Club. I’ve come here to develop my all-round game and hopefully help deliver some more success. The Club has had that in recent years and hopefully there’s more to come in the future."
Jul 20 - 5:01 PM

Liverpool continue to stock up world class talent this summer, and their latest addition may be the key to their aspirations as they sign AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson for a fee of £65m.

The Reds have already turned heads with the acquisition of midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho, along with winger Xherdan Shaqiri, but with Alisson, they address their most important need. The keeper position has been a thorn in the club's side since the departure of Pepe Reina four years ago, with Simon Mignolet and, more recently, Loris Karius falling short of expectations. It is a clear statement of intent by the club that they are gunning for a title this season. If the defense can tighten up with steady work from Alisson between the sticks, they just might make a push. Conversely, anything outside a top four finish with this squad would be a major disaster.
Source: Liverpool FC
Jul 19 - 9:04 PM

Sean Scannell has left Huddersfield Town and joined League One outfit Bradford City on a permanent deal.

The 27-year-old joined Huddersfield from Crystal Palace in 2012 and went on to make 172 appearances for the Terriers in all competitions. Scannell found opportunities for regular football scarce towards the end of his time at the club and spent the first half of last season on loan at Championship side Burton Albion, where he made 19 appearances. On Scannell leaving the club, Town manager David Wagner said: "I’m pleased that we have sorted this transfer for ‘Scanny’, as we cannot offer him the regular football that he wants at this stage of his career. I cannot speak highly enough of him as a person, too; he has been top class since the first day I arrived in Huddersfield."
Jul 19 - 3:15 PM

New Manchester United signing Diogo Dalot will miss the start of the season after undergoing surgery to repair meniscus damage in his right knee.

The 19-year-old has been sidelined since suffering a training ground injury back in April, but Jose Mourinho didn’t want to risk missing out on the highly-rated defender. "Dalot is injured; we knew that but we didn't want to lose him because of that," revealed the United boss. "He is recovering really well. He will not be ready for the start of the season but we think he'll be ready for September." Dalot cut his teeth playing for Porto B before finally making his first senior start in February, a 5-1 thrashing of minnows Portimonense, in which he provided two-assists. Coach Sergio Conceicao kept faith in the versatile full-back a week later for the top-of-the-table clash with Sporting Lisbon, and he didn't disappoint, starring in the 2-1 win. Dalot impressed the onlooking United scouts just days later as Porto played out a goalless draw in the Champions League at Anfield.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 19 - 2:03 AM

Liverpool expect Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to miss the majority of 2018/19 and insist that any competitive play next season would be a ‘bonus’.

The former Arsenal midfielder was just beginning to establish himself at Anfield when he injured his knee during the Champions League win over AS Roma in April. Oxlade-Chamberlain underwent surgery 8 days later but details of the injury were never revealed publicly, and as such, there had been no definitive timeline on a potential return to play until now: "It feels like an appropriate time to tell people that for Ox this coming season will be about focusing on recovery and rehab," manager Jurgen Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com. "We have known this from pretty much the day after he got the injury and after the successful surgery, we were sure of it. There has been no change, no setback – it’s exactly on the schedule we expected and planned for." Liverpool have already been active during the transfer window and followed up the signings of Fabinho and Naby Keita with the capture of Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke.
Jul 19 - 1:12 AM

The Premier League has been well-represented in a leaked version of FIFA’s World Cup team of the tournament.

Almost half, five, of the starting XI came from sides within the English top-flight, and, as always, the results were the cause of much debate. Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris managed to edge out Golden Glove winner [most clean sheets] Thibaut Courtois while two England stars were included, but probably ‘not’ the duo you would have expected to see. Ashley Young scooped the award for best left-back with international team-mate Kieran Trippier earning the honours on the opposite flank. Surprisingly, there was no Harry Maguire as France centre-back Raphael Varane (fair enough) partnered Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren(!), go figure. N’Golo Kante was somehow overlooked following a string of excellent performances with the decidedly average Paulinho chosen in the holding role alongside Player of the Tournament Luka Modric. Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard made up the Premier League contingent for his contribution in helping Belgium secure third-place.
Source: Daily Star
Jul 18 - 1:44 AM

Heung-Min Son is poised to miss the start of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign after he was selected as one of three over-age players to represent South Korea at the upcoming Asian Games.

The tournament begins on August 14, and with Son set to join his international team-mates prior, he’s likely to be absent for Spurs’ opening four games of the season – Newcastle, Fulham, Manchester United and Watford. Although there has been no agreement for the release of Son, Mauricio Pochettino is expected to reluctantly allow the 26-year-old to represent his country as winning the Games would guarantee the South Korea star exemption from 21-months of national service, which is due to begin in 2020. Tottenham are already sweating on the availability of up-to nine first-team players who were involved in the final weekend of the World Cup finals. The likes of Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier, Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris all featured prominently for their respective countries in Russia and face a race against time to be ready for the opener when they return from their extended break.
Jul 18 - 1:11 AM

Manager Manuel Pellegrini has hailed the "new dimension" club-record signing Felipe Anderson will bring to West Ham United's attack.

The highly touted 25-year-old joined West Ham last week in a deal worth up to £47 million with add-ons, shattering the previous record £22 million signing of defender Issa Diop earlier this month. A technically gifted winger with an eye for goal, Anderson arrives having supplied 34 goals and 42 assists in 177 appearances during a five-year spell at Lazio. Priced at 7.0m in FPL, Anderson represents an exciting option with Manuel Lanzini out injured. The Brazilian was involved in a goal for Lazio every 104 minutes last season, scoring seven goals and adding nine assists in 1,670 minutes. "Felipe has a very natural and skilful ability, in the traditional style of Brazilian football, but has proven at Lazio that he also has the strength and mentality to play at the top level in European football," said Pellegrini.
Jul 17 - 5:45 PM

Jason Steele signed for Brighton from Sunderland in late June but it appears he may have to wait for a lesser competition to make his first competitive appearance for the club.

First-choice goalkeeper Mat Ryan was a standout performer in Brighton's first season in the Premier League under Chris Hughton. He will hold onto his starting berth for the coming season, with 27 year-old Steele ready to deputise if necessary. Steele, a former England U-21 international, played 18 times for Sunderland last season as they suffered their second consecutive relegation to League One. He has signed a three-year deal at the AMEX.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 17 - 4:32 PM

Early in July, Brighton announced the signing of Bernardo from RB Leipzig on a four-year deal which set the club back a reported £9m.

The Brazilian is a utility player, who can play on both the left and right side of the defence. Last season at Leipzig he was predominantly used on the left, with 15 of his 18 league outings coming on that side. He usually started for them though a string of appearances would be interrupted by a one game drop to the bench. In 27 total appearances last term, Bernardo notched up just a single goal and assist, suggesting that fantasy managers should not be rushing to include him in their gameweek one sides.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 17 - 4:25 PM

Rangers have signed centre-back Connor Goldson from Brighton.

Goldson made a comeback from a preventative heart surgery in February 2017 last season, making 8 appearances in total for the Seagulls including 2 PL starts. Whilst Chris Hughton was not desperate to offload the player, Goldson was looking to get first team football again after a frustrating period on the comeback trail from injury: "[The surgery] put a lot of things in perspective and one of those things was to just play as much as I could," said Goldson.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 17 - 4:15 PM




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