Marquee summer signings Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke will not feature in Liverpool's final preseason friendly against Helsinki tomorrow, and Brendan Rodgers has stated that both may not be ready for Week 1 at Stoke.
Rodgers decided that rather than have both new signings travel with the team for the match in Finland tomorrow, that they would be better served to stay at home base and use the time to train. Firmino had international tournament obligations this summer, so a delayed introduction was to be expected but it was hoped that he would get one look in preseason after having signed over a month ago. Danny Ings is looking like a lock to lead the line Week 1 while the lack of Firmino will be made up with a trident of Phillipe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Jordan Ibe starting in all likelihood.
Diego Costa and Gary Cahill are ready for Chelsea's match against Arsenal this weekend.
Costa and Cahill suffered minor injuries in Chelsea's last match but both have recovered and will play in the Community Shield. The Community Shield is not as important as a Premier League match, at least according to Jose Mourinho, so it's a huge sign of confidence that the club feels both players are 100% fit. Continue drafting both in fantasy leagues as you normally have.
Enner Valencia has suffered a serious injury to his knee and and ankle during the club's Europa League match on Thursday.
Valencia has undergone evaluation by the club doctors and they have determined the injury is very serious. The forward will see a specialist in central London on Monday to determine the exact extent of the injury but it doesn't look like he'll be back anytime soon. Check back next week for an update on his timeline.
Stevan Jovetic has left the Premier League and Manchester City for Serie A and Inter Milan according to a Tweet from Inter.
Jovetic arrived at the Etihad with much fanfare but poor health robbed him of a chance to really establish himself in the side. With Wilfried Bony arriving last January and Raheem Sterling coming this summer, the writing was on the wall for Jovetic. He will now move on and see if he can recreate the great Serie A form that saw City buy him in the first place. There is some question over the nature of the deal with Inter having announced a four-year permanent deal and Manchester City indicating a year-and-a-half loan with an option to buy permanently. The terms don't matter too much on the pitch but City have put together a string of disappointing transfers and to not get a transfer fee back for Jovetic for another 18 months minimum would be another brutal indictment of their transfer dealings.
West Bromwich Albion have signed Rickie Lambert from Liverpool on a two-year deal.
Lambert went from great redemption story at Southampton two seasons ago to feel-good story of last summer when he went to boyhood club Liverpool to massive disappointment after a poor season after arriving at Anfield. He will have a chance to change the narrative at West Brom who are in desperate need of a target man to front Tony Pulis' battering ram style of play. Victor Anichebe could be that guy but he's frequently injured and Brown Ideye is hardly proven. Lambert could step in and be the starter if he proves he's fit and that last season was just a poor fit between player and playing style.
As the player remains AWOL from Manchester United's pre-season tour, a permanent move to PSG appears to be nearing completion.
No, a deal hasn't been announced officially by either club but it's close enough that we're going to call it done. Angel di Maria's short and disappointing tenure in the Premier League with Manchester United is over. His departure opens a place that reportedly will be filled by Pedro. The interesting question raised by the arrival of Pedro is where Memphis Depay fits into the United attack. With Pedro, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata around it may be that Depay starts the season as more of a super-sub than a guaranteed starter. It isn't an unreasonable strategy for helping him adapt to a better league in the real world but it would certainly upset fantasy managers who are drafting Depay 20th overall in draft-style leagues.
Santi Cazorla, who had only one year remaining on his current contract, has signed a new deal with the club committing his future.
Santi Cazorla was the subject of at least some transfer rumors over the summer because his Arsenal deal was set to expire at the end of this season. While the length of the new deal wasn't revealed in any of the initial press releases this new deal presumably ties Cazorla to the club for at least this season and the next. With Cazorla turning 31 in December it is reasonable that this season or next season would be his last as a consistent starter for the Gunners. Whether he stays on in more of an Arteta/Rosicky-type role after that or elects to step down a level to keep playing consistently remains to be seen.
Theo Walcott ended speculation about his future after signing a four-year contract extension with Arsenal.
With only the upcoming season remaining on his current deal, there was some urgency on both sides to figure out the future. If Walcott hadn't signed then Arsenal might have considered a late August or January sale. With Walcott signed for the next four years, Arsenal will be very picky in the transfer market with Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and even Aaron Ramsey all signed long term and able to play in the three primary attacking roles around Mesut Ozil.