Eddie Howe has completed his third signing of the summer transfer window by snapping up French under-20 starlet Lys Mousset from Le Harve.
Mousset who can play centrally or out wide arrives on the back of a successful season in Ligue 2 where the 20-year-old grabbed 14-goals in his 28 appearances. The Cherries moved quickly to secure the services of Mousset for £5.4million on a four-year deal following interest from Southampton and Italian side Torino. He joins recent arrivals Emerson Hyndman [from Fulham] and Nathan Ake [season long loan deal from Chelsea] as Eddie Howe prepares his Cherries squad for another season in the top flight. One player who could be on his way out of the Vitality is winger Matt Ritchie, who has been targeted by Championship side Newcastle United as a potential replacement for Andros Townsend who is expected to sign for Crystal Palace.
In his typical style, Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced on his official Twitter page that he will be playing for Manchester United this coming season.
After a legendary career that made stops in the Eredivisie with Ajax, Serie A with Juventus, Inter and AC Milan, La Liga with Barcelona and most recently Ligue One with PSG, the larger-than-life striker will finally make his mark in the PL. Much anticipation awaits for the Red Devils this coming season, with Jose Mourinho managing and Zlatan now arriving. It should officially end the era of Wayne Rooney playing at striker and Marcus Rashford will likely be making more appearances off the bench and starting in cup games assuming Zlatan stays fit. Then again, Mourinho may have just bought himself the newest version of Falcao and everything goes sour. Zlatan will certainly look to improve on his Euro performance but he should have plenty of improved quality around him. Expect his fantasy price tag to be through the roof. It could be a boom or bust early/expensive pick in draft leagues while FPL managers may want to wait and see before breaking their banks.
Newcastle United are expected to announce the signing of Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace while winger Andros Townsend travels in the opposite direction.
Gayle was pictured on Tyneside following talks with United and will sign a five-year deal, reportedly to be worth in the region of £8.5million. The 25-year-old joins following a frustrating spell at Selhurst Park in which he failed to nail down a regular starting spot. Gayle becomes the second addition to the United squad this week joining former Gent goalkeeper Matz Sels. However, there could be yet further deals to be done over the next 24-48 hours as Rafa Benitez begins to shape his Championship squad. Crystal Palace have triggered Andros Townsend’s release clause stealing a march on the likes of Watford and West Ham while AFC Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie has already been lined up as a potential replacement.
Defensive problems are beginning to mount for Belgium ahead of Friday night’s Euro 2016 quarter-final clash with Wales following the news that Jan Vertonghen has sprained his ankle in training.
The extent of the problem is not yet known, but manager Marc Wilmots is already considering his options in defence after Thomas Vermaelen picked up his second yellow card of the tournament during the win against Hungary, ruling him out of tomorrows match. Manchester City centre-back Jason Denayer is likely to partner Toby Alderweireld in the heart of the Belgium back four while injuries to Vincent Kompany, Dedryck Boyata, Nicolas Lombaerts and Bjorn Engels mean that 21-year-old Jordan Lukaku – younger brother of Romelu – could be drafted in for only his fifth senior cap. Belgium are expected to provide an update later this evening when they arrive in Lille.
Watford have officially announced the signing of Liverpool forward Jerome Sinclair to a four-year contract through 2020.
The 19-year-old joins Watford on a free transfer, although the Hornets had to agree to a compensation package with Liverpool due to the forward's age and standing in the youth setup. Sinclair became the youngest-ever player to take the field for Liverpool in the 2012 League Cup at just 16 years and six days old. But Sinclair was reportedly frustrated with his lack of first-team opportunities and rejected numerous offers from the Reds over a new contract with his previous deal expiring.
West Bromwich Albion confirmed midfielder James Morrison has signed a new contract to remain at the club this summer.
Reports claimed Sunderland and Middlesbrough, Morrison's former club before arriving at West Brom in 2007, were chasing the 30-year-old, whose contract was set to expire in a few days. But the Baggies secured Morrison for two more years through the summer of 2019 with a club option for a third year. Last season, Morrison made 18 Premier League appearances, recording three goals and three assists, before suffering a knee injury that kept him out for the final three months of the season.
Leicester City defender Christian Fuchs has officially announced his retirement from the Austrian national team this summer.
The 30-year-old left-back made 78 international appearances for Austria over the course of the past 10 years lining up for the national team. Fuchs recently returned from captaining the side at the European championships, where Austria disappointed with only one point to show from a group featuring Portugal, Hungary and Iceland—a 0-0 draw against Portugal on the second matchday. His retirement comes at a peculiar time for Austria with World Cup qualification set to start in September.
With Belgium manager Marc Wilmots indicating that Michy Batshuayi was excused from training to take a medical the rumor mill has him close to a move to Chelsea.
Batshuayi has been linked with Crystal Palace, Spurs and Chelsea within the past week so it is at least plausible that his medical could be with any of those clubs. Conspiracy theorists have suggested that Batshuayi's camp circulated the Palace rumor to push the pace with Chelsea and Spurs with Chelsea seemingly in the lead as of this morning. Presumably we'll know the answer soon enough but it looks like Diego Costa might have some company/competition on the forward line at Stamford Bridge this season.