Diego Costa continues to show class and create controversy

In each of the last two seasons, Diego Costa has been Chelsea’s top goal scorer, despite not always being either fully fit or in the best of form. That was particularly the case during the early part of last season, whereby after scoring 20 Premier League goals in his maiden year with Chelsea, Costa’s goal scoring touch largely deserted him. Specifically during the first half of the 2015-2016 Premier League season, the 27-year-old striker scored just three goals in 14 games, although Costa’s performances markedly improved thereafter, as he rediscovered…

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Three Premier League clubs interested in Barcelona star

Barcelona striker Munir El Haddadi is a hot prospect among the Premier League clubs at the moment. The latest reports have suggested that as many as three English clubs are interested in the 20-year-old forward. Catalan newspaper Sport suggested on Monday that the North London club Tottenham are in talks with the Catalan club over the potential signing of the talented youngster. The youth prodigy is currently sitting behind the likes of Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar in the pecking order at Barcelona and could decide to leave the…

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Arsenal linked with Real Madrid star, deal for centre-back looks doubtful

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Real Madrid star James Rodriguez in Spanish media. Madrid-based paper AS has claimed this week that Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina is trying to convince the 25-year-old to join the Gunners. Both players not only play for Colombia national team, but Rodriguez is married to Ospina’s sister Daniela Ospina. Rodriguez reportedly has a £69m release clause in his contract with Madrid. Chelsea have also been linked with the Colombia international as of late. However, Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane this week insisted that Rodriguez won’t be leaving his…

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Chelsea close to signing keeper, also interested in Juventus star

Chelsea are closing on a deal for Dinamo Zagreb goalkeeper Eduardo. Dinamo manager Zlatko Kranjcar confirmed that news that the 33-year-old is set to sign for the West London club in the coming days. When asked whether the upcoming Champions League game against Red Bull Salzburg will be the Portuguese keeper’s last for the Croatian club, Kranjcar said: “Yes, I think so. “Eduardo has been given an amazing opportunity to leave for a big club like Chelsea. “When he arrived, we gained security in our team, and in my time in…

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Koeman engineering an improved Everton

Unbeaten in their first two English Premier League games of the 2016-2017 season under the guidance of Ronald Koeman, who has worked with patience and intelligence to bolster the club’s squad, Everton seem to be a much improved team from the one which Roberto Martinez led during the last two seasons. Whilst each of those ended with Everton finishing 11th in the English Premier League, the Toffees are undoubtedly well prepared to perform better this campaign, given the depth and quality of their pool of players, who Koeman is engineering…

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Crystal Palace’s pursuit of Benteke set to end successfully

Crystal Palace’s prolonged pursuit of Christian Benteke is set to end successfully, as they have agreed to pay Liverpool an initial fee of £27m to sign the Belgium international striker, according to BBC. After joining Liverpool for £32.5m from Aston Villa in July 2015, Benteke endured a frustrating debut season with Jurgen Klopp’s side, as he struggled to find his best form and scored just 10 goals in 42 appearances. Nevertheless the 25-year-old, former Genk and Standard Liege striker, is a proven Premier League goal – scorer from his time…

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Flurry of late summer transfer activity at Sunderland

Prior to David Moyes’ appointment as manager of Sunderland on 23 July the club had not made a single signing during this summer, with several players having left the club. Following the departures of Wes Brown, Steven Fletcher, Emmanuele Giaccherini, Danny Graham, and Santiago Vergini, along with the return to their parent club’s of last seasons loanees Yann M’Vila, Dame N’Doye and Ola Toivonen, Moyes inherited a squad lacking in depth and as such, requiring reinforcements. Moyes moves to make a quartet of signings Subsequently the 53-year-old, who has previously…

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Aguero set for another season as Manchester City’s talisman

Many teams, whether they be competing at either the top of the European game or amateur level, have a talisman, with that figure for Manchester City undoubtedly being Sergio Aguero. Aguero a chief architect of City’s success The 28-year-old Argentinean has been a main driver behind City’s success over the last five years, during which time the club have won five trophies. The first of those was the 2011-2012 English Premier League title. City dramatically clinched that after beating Queens Park Rangers 3-2 on the last day of the season,…

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Dyche continues to reshape Burnley’s squad

After watching his side lose 1-0 at home to Swansea on the opening day of the 2016-2017 English Premier League season, Sean Dyche has continued to reshape Burnley’s squad, by freshening his central midfield options. Specifically whilst Steven Defour has joined Dyche’s squad, David Jones is no longer a member of that, with the 31-year-old midfielder moving to Sheffield Wednesday for an undisclosed fee, as reported by the BBC. Formerly of Preston, Derby, Blackburn, Wolves and Oldham, Jones, who began his career at Manchester United signed for Burnely in 2013,…

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Chelsea renew interest in defender, closing on deal for former Real Madrid star

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is determined to sign centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli this summer. The Blues, who have maintained an interest in the Senegal international throughout the summer, have already seen their initial approach for the player rebuffed by the Naples club. Now, according to Italian website calciomercato.it, the Blues are ready to launch a renewed bid of £43.4m for the player in the coming days. Napoli don’t intend to sell the 25-year-old and have offered him a new contract. However, Koulibaly has refused to sign a new contract as he…

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Leicester tie down one player, but another might leave

Leicester City are still facing the after-effects of winning the Premier League last season. The Foxes’ remarkable achievement last season has attracted a number of suitors for their stars. The transfer window started with Arsenal’s interest in striker Jamie Vardy, but the champions managed to convince the England international to stay at the club. However, they were not so lucky in the case of N’Golo Kante, who joined Chelsea after spending just one season with the club. The Foxes pulled the biggest coup of the window when Player of the Year Riyad…

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Premier League clubs won’t have to worry about the Champions League coefficient anymore

UEFA is considering a change in the current format of the premier club competition Champions League, reports ESPN FC. In the current format, only top three European leagues have three guaranteed spots in the group stage and one spot in the final qualifying round. The Premier League currently occupies the third spot in the coefficient ranking and is involved in a battle with Serie A, who are placed fourth, for the elusive third spot. La Liga and Bundesliga occupy the first two spots in the ranking. However, with the new format the…

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Coutinho’s creative craft crucial to Liverpool

During the first weekend of the 2016-2017 English Premier League season, there were several outstanding individual performances, but none more so than the one Phillipe Coutinho produced for Liverpool in their enthralling 4-3 win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Classy Coutinho’s superb start to the season As well as scoring twice, Coutinho was the fulcrum of Liverpool’s attack, just as he has consistently been since joining the club in January 2013. Whilst Coutinho scored with a wonderfully executed free kick, which he earned himself, in first half stoppage time…

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The crazy Arsenal – Liverpool made Twitter go wild

Arsenal didn’t start the new Premier League season on a positive note. The Gunners suffered a 4-3 home defeat against Liverpool. Theo Walcott had put Arsenal 1-0 up but the Reds made it 4-1 with goals from two goals from Philippe Coutinho, and one from both Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane. The last one coming after an impressive run. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Callum Chambers rocketed the Gunners back in the game but to no avail. Not surprisingly, Twitter went crazy during and after the game: Show me the Mane! pic.twitter.com/9P92EFAtsA — Dinesh…

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Chelsea to launch late massive spending spree

Chelsea are planning to launch a massive spending spree in the closing stages of the transfer window. The Express claims that the Blues intend to spend up to £150 million before the transfer window shuts down at the end of this month. The West London club have faced continuous frustration in their pursuit of Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly as the Naples club are not willing to budge on their £50m valuation of the Senegal international. However, Chelsea are still hopeful of signing their primary defensive target in the coming days. The report…

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Manchester United’s interest in Belgian starlet confirmed

Manchester United are contemplating a move for Anderlecht midfielder Youri Tielemans, according to the latest report. The 19-year-old is one of the hottest midfield prospects in European football at the moment and has been previously linked with moves to the Red Devils, Chelsea, and Juventus. Despite his young age, Tielemans has already made more than 100 senior appearances for his club in the Belgian Jupiler Pro League. A recent report from Polish publication Weslo has claimed that United manager Jose Mourinho has already made an enquiry about the availability of the…

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Twitter thinks Leicester City might get relegated this season

The new season of Premier League finally kicked off this weekend, but things didn’t go quite as planned for current champions Leicester City. The Foxes started their season with a 2-1 defeat at recently promoted Hull City and became the first Premier League champions to start their title defence with a defeat. The Tigers were the better team on the day and deservedly won the game in front of the home crowd. Following the game, many football fans have already started tipping the Foxes for relegation this season. The story is…

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Hull enjoy winning return to the Premier League

Hull enjoyed a dream return to the Premier League, as they started the new season by producing a courageous performance to surprisingly defeat reigning champions Leicester. Hull overcome adversity to secure win Despite being managerless and having only 13 senior players available, Hull defied their current problems to record an unlikely but deserved victory over an uncharacteristically lacklustre Leicester, who became the first team to begin a Premier League title defence with a defeat, since Arsenal did so in 1989, when the Gunners lost to Manchester United. In stoppage time…

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Conte aims to revamp Chelsea’s squad

Antonio Conte has identified that Chelsea’s squad is too big and as a result the Italian manger intends to allow several high profile players to leave the club before the start of the new season, according to the Independent. Potential for a swathe of departures Among those who Conte perceives as being potentially surplus to his requirements are goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, along with the South American duo of Juan Cuadrado and Oscar, as well as the French striker Loic Remy. Another player that may not feature in Conte’s plans for…

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Premier League 2016-17 season preview

The new Premier League season is finally upon us! Time to preview the 2016-17 campaign! Top two It seems the two Manchester clubs will battle for the English football crown this season. Manchester City have Pep Guardiola to coach them and made a couple of excellent signings this summer. Ilkay Gundogan could be gold in City’s midfield, while Leroy Sane adds pace and creativity, and John Stones is made to play in a Guadriola-led team due to his great feet. But can the Citizens play Guardiola football? That’s the big…

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Mata and Mourinho’s fractured relationship continues

Juan Mata endured the ignominy of being substituted in Manchester United’s 2-1 Community Shield win over Leicester since he was the smallest player, according to his manager Jose Mourinho, as reported by the BBC. Mata controversially substituted Despite only sending Mata on in the place of goal scorer Jesse Lingard in the 63rd minute, Mourinho then replaced the Spanish playmaker with Henrikh Mkhitaryan ten minutes after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 83rd minute winner. Subsequently Mourinho’s justification behind the decision to substitute Mata related to the former Valencia player’s lack of height. “I…

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A summer of club record breaking transfer fees paid by Premier League teams

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So far this summer, six English Premier League teams have paid club record transfer fee’s, with the most recent of those being the £89m Manchester United spent to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus. Pogba rejoins United In doing so, Manchester United also set a new world record transfer fee. That previously stood at £85.3m, which was the fee Real Madrid paid Tottenham for Gareth Bale in 2013. Prior to acquring Pogba, United’s record transfer fee which the club paid was £59.7m to Real Madrid for Angel de Maria in August…

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Fans can’t believe rumours about Bastian Schweinsteiger’s next destination

Bastian Schweinsteiger has attracted a lot of attention in media recently because of his current situation at Manchester United. The German international, who joined United last summer, has been totally sidelined by Jose Mourinho following his arrival. The Portuguese manager has clearly stated that the 32-year-old doesn’t feature in his future plans. It is widely expected that the 2012 World Cup winner will join a new club this summer, with a number of destinations being touted. The latest rumours have thrown the name of Celtic into the mix and football fans…

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Manchester City strengthen striking options with talented trio

Many English Premier League clubs are currently extremely active in the transfer market, with one of those being Manchester City. Over the course of the last week the club have signed three talented attacking players to significantly strengthen their attacking options ahead of the new season. In addition to recruiting the German internationalist winger Leroy Sane from Schalke for £37m, City have also brought in the South American striking duo of Gabriel Jesus and Marlos Moreno, from Palmeiras and Atletico Nacional respectively. Leroy Sane After making his debut for Schalke in…

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Everton ready to sell John Stones, Toffees lining up replacement

Everton manager Ronald Koeman will give the green light on signing £15 million-rated Wilfried Bony as part of the deal that will take John Stones to Manchester City, according to a report by The Sun. Last week, it was claimed that the Citizens were confident of sealing the £50 million signing of the Everton defender, with terms set to be finalised as soon as possible, according to a report by the Daily Mail. If this deal was agreed upon, Stones would have become the joined-most expensive defender in the world. At the…

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