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Manchester City travel to Stuttgart for their final pre-season game on Saturday but the Citizens will be taking no risks as Yaya Toure, Fabian Delph and Gael Clichy remain at the Etihad Complex recovering from injury.

Toure was involved in a collision with Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas during a friendly game seven days ago and the Ivorian has been rested as a precaution. Initial concerns were that Toure was suffering from concussion after "feeling groggy" but subsequent tests were clear and although the 32 year-old will miss the trip to Germany he is expected to fully recover for GW1. Delph has been ruled out after suffering a hamstring tear just 20-minutes into his debut while Clichy has picked up a knock. However there was better news as Wilfried Bony was included having missed the tour of Australia due to a ‘mystery illness’ but there was no place for Aguero, Demichelis, Fernandinho or Zabaleta having been given additional time-off due to their involvement in the Copa America.
Jul 31 - 6:05 PM

Watford wrapped up their preseason schedule with a 0-1 loss to Sevilla.

It was a real test for the Hornets today, as they took on the reigning Europa League champions with a strongly-named side. They traded blows with the Spanish club until the visitors finally broke through for the lone goal of the match in the 70th minute. Miguel Layun got the start for Watford, and had a big chance in each half, but he nor the rest of the team could beat the Sevilla keeper. Interestingly, Odion Ighalo earned another start while Matej Vydra began on the bench, further indicating the former may be preferred for starts to begin the season.
Source: WD Sport
Jul 31 - 5:12 PM

AFC Bournemouth returned from their summer travels to play a friendly in front of the home crows, but would lose to Championship side Cardiff City, 2-3.

To be fair, only a couple of starters in today's match look to be the among the starters for Week 1, namely Simon Francis, Sylvain Distin and Marc Pugh. The rest of the squad turn around and play their final friendly tomorrow in Germany, which will likely feature the other starters. Christian Atsu is still a question mark today but it would be a good sign that his back is not an issue if he can at least make the bench tomorrow against Hoffenheim.

20-year-old Arsenal center back/holding midfielder Isaac Hayden has gone out on loan to Hull City for the 2015-16 season.

Arsenal have been active today signing Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla to contract extensions and loaning Jon Toral to Birmingham City and Hayden to Hull City. The 20-year-old has represented England at each age level and now looks to pick up his first taste of first team football that means something in the Championship with newly relegated Hull City. If he can secure a place in Steve Bruce's line-up the it will be an invaluable experience as the player looks to secure a spot in the senior Arsenal squad over the next few years.
Source: Twitter.com
Jul 31 - 4:48 PM

Just a couple of hours after signing with West Bromwich Albion, Rickie Lambert was given a start in their friendly with Bristol Rovers and promptly scored two goals as the Baggies would win, 0-4.

How is that for a splash? Lambert's time at Anfield left little to keep in our memory banks but he reminds us immediately with his arrival to West Brom just how much he likes to score. Keep in mind it was only two seasons ago that he scored double digit goals and assists in league play, not a single player achieved that feat last season. This is still a Tony Pulis side that will make defending their top priority, but the two-headed monster of Lambert and Saido Berahino up top could make the Baggies an attack worth investing in. Lambert's presence can only give more value to providers like Chris Brunt as well. James Chester also made his debut, playing right back in an XI that looked like the one Pulis may roll with in Week 1. Craig Gardner and Victor Anichebe provided the other goals on what was a very positive day for WBA.

Nathan Baker has signed a new deal with Aston Villa that will see him at the club for four more years.

Baker has been a part of the Aston Villa academy since he was eight years old and came through their ranks to become a part of the first team. Baker seems to be bound for a reserve role if Micah Richards and Ciaran Clark remain healthy, but he can slot in across the entire back-line as a backup and figures to remain a part of the Aston Villa rotation for the foreseeable future.
Source: AVFC
Jul 31 - 4:29 PM

Tim Sherwood continues to rebuild the Aston Villa squad he inherited last season by adding striker Rudy Gestede from Blackburn Rovers to the ranks and French midfielder Jordan Veretout from Nantes as the Villains’ swooped to make their fourth and fifth signings of the summer window.

Gestede arrives for a smidgeon under $10 million and will challenge Jordan Ayew, Libor Kozak and Gabby Agbonlahor for a starting berth in Villa’s new look attack. Having established himself within the second tier of English football as a strong frontman who enjoys an aerial duel and – most importantly – has the ability to score the 26 year-old bagged 32-goals from his last 50 league starts and he is a player Sherwood knows well. Gestede was joined on Friday by under-20 World Cup winner Jordan Veretout - a dead ball specialist - who finalised his deal from Ligue 1 side Nantes just hours later.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 31 - 2:53 PM

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.
Source: Chelsea FC
Jul 31 - 2:04 PM

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.
Source: WHUFC
Jul 31 - 1:57 PM

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.
Jul 31 - 12:57 PM

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.
Source: Twitter.com
Jul 31 - 12:51 PM

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.
Jul 31 - 10:57 AM

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.
Source: Twitter.com
Jul 31 - 10:51 AM

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.
Source: Twitter.com
Jul 31 - 10:42 AM


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