Premier League players heading for the 2016 Rio Olympics

Ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympic Football tournament, which will begin on 4 August, the 16 competing countries have now announced their squads, which include a number of players based in the English Premier League. Whilst Arsenal could potentially be represented at the Olympics by two players, one player from each of Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham may feature in Rio. The only country whose squad contains more than one English Premier League player is Portugal’s, with their manager Rui Jorge naming Manchester United goalkeeper Joel Pereira and Liverpool…

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Matuidi interested in moving to the Premier League

Paris Saint Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi is currently considering his future options, with the 29-year-old being attracted to the possibility of playing in the English Premier League, as reported by Le Parisien. After spending five seasons with the Ligue 1 champions, Matuidi is now understood to be seeking a fresh challenge but has as yet not submitted a formal transfer request to PSG. At present although PSG are participating in the International Champions Cup in America, Matuidi is on holiday with the expectation being that he will to return to…

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Pep Guardiola engineering an improved Manchester City side

Pep Guardiola

It has not taken Pep Guardiola long to seamlessly settle into his new role as Manchester City manager. Since delivering his first press conference as Manuel Pellgrini’s predecessor, Guardiola has made significant progress towards developing a vastly improved City side, from the one which finished fourth in the Premier League last season. In addition to signing Iilkay Gundogan, Nolito and Alexander Zinchenko, in order to prepare his entire squad for the new season, Guardiola is currently engaging them in a well-designed training programme of the ilk which he ran in…

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Ranieri pragmatic on Leicester’s prospects of defending title

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After losing just three times during the entire 2015-2016 Premier League campaign, the Foxes won the championship by 10 points from runners-up Arsenal. As a result of masterminding that achievement, Ranieri was named both the League Managers’ Association and Premier League, manager of the year. Ranieri’s estimation of Leicester’s expectations Testament to Ranieri’s graciousness and humility, is that despite receiving those awards and leading Leicester to the title, the 64-year-old Italian’s ambition for the season ahead is to ensure his team retain their Premier League status for a third successive…

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Oxlade-Chamberlain’s potential remains clear for all to see

At the age of just 16 years and 199 days, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his senior debut for Southampton during the 2009-2010 League 1 season. In doing so, he became the second youngest player to ever appear for the club behind Theo Walcott, with the pair now being team-mates at Arsenal. Oxlade-Chamberlain joined the Gunners in August 2011, after performing brilliantly for Southampton during the 2010-2011 season. He ended that having scored nine goals in 34 appearances, whilst being named in the PFA League One Team of the Year, as he…

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Arsenal targeting a quartet of new signings

Arsene Wenger is currently undertaking an intensify effort to strengthen his Arsenal squad ahead of the new season, as the club are being heavily linked with moves for a quartet of new players, according to the Independent. Wenger interested in defensive duo High on the French manager’s list of priorities this summer is to bolster his defensive options, which he is understood to be interested in doing by signing Manchester City’s Jason Denayer and Matthias Ginter of Borussia Dortmund. In order to sign the defensive duo, Wenger’s is willing to…

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Wijnaldum set to strengthen Liverpool’s attacking options

Liverpool have continued their summer spending spree by signing Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle for £25m, in a move which further strengthens the club’s attacking options. Wijnaldum’s debut Premier League season During his first season in the Premier League with Newcastle, whom he joined from PSV Eindhoven for a reported £14.5m last July, Wijnaldum scored 11 goals, including one on his debut against Southampton and four in a 6-2 win over Norwich in mid-October. Whilst initially Wijnaldum played on the left wing for Newcastle, midway through last season he was redeployed…

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Gunners star interested in moving to Manchester City

Arsenal full back Hector Bellerin is currently considering his future and views moving to Manchester City as a potentially attractive option, as reported by Mundo Deportivo. Brilliant Bellerin The 21-year-old made 36 Premier League appearances for Arsenal last season. In doing so Bellerin established himself as one of the best full backs in the English top flight as he produced a series of assured performances to admirably handle his defensive duties, whilst he also gave the Gunners an attacking outlet by using his electrifying pace to make purposeful overlapping runs.…

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Injury crisis hampers Hull’s plans for the new season

Hull City have only 14 outfield players currently available ahead of the new season following the revelation that Moses Odubajo is to be sidelined for six months with a knee ligament injury, as reported by the BBC. Excellent 2015-2016 season for Odubajo After joining Hull for £3.5m from Brentford at the start of last season, Odubajo made 42 Championship appearances for the Tigers during a promotion winning campaign. Despite missing out on automatic promotion, Steve Bruce’s side secured their return to the Premier by winning the Play-Offs, as they beat…

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Liverpool set to further strengthen squad

Liverpool are on the verge of signing Augsburg central defender Ragnar Klavan , whilst the Merseyside club are also interested in recruiting Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle, according to the Telegraph. Experienced Estonian to bolster defensive options It is understood that Liverpool have agreed to initially pay £3.5m for Klavan, who played in both legs of Augsburg’s Europa League last 32 tie against Liverpool last season. The 30-year-old Estonian captain has made 108 international appearances and been named his country’s player of the year for the last three seasons. Since joining…

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The prolific Jordan Rhodes braced for debut season in the Premier League

Over the course of the last four seasons, one striker has scored far more prolifically in English football than any other. All Rhodes lead to goal From August 2012 until the present day, Jordan Rhodes has established himself as the leading goal-scorer in the top four divisions of English football by scoring 91 goals in 179 league games. The Middlesbrough striker’s career statistics are equally impressive with the 26-year-old averaging a goal every 1.94 league games, as he has scored 172 times in 334 appearances. After beginning his career with…

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Conte and Mourinho get off to contrasting starts

The Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho managerial era’s at Chelsea and Manchester United have began with contrasting fortunes, following the two team’s first pre-season friendly matches. Disappointing start for Conte Conte took charge of Chelsea for the first time against Rapid Vienna, with the Austrian Bundesliga side running out comfortable 2-0 winners. Despite being without a number of important players who featured at Euro 2016, such as Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard and Pedro, Conte was still able to name a relatively strong line-up. That included his…

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Five of the best free transfers from the 2015/2016 Premier League Season

English Premier League clubs notoriously spend vast sums of money in the transfer market, with last season representing a prime example of that. Specifically after the 2016 January transfer window closed, it was revealed that Premier League clubs had spent more than £1bn on transfers during a single season for the first time. Whilst the Premier League clubs 2015 summer spending reached £870m, they spent a further £175m during January, to give a total transfer expenditure for the season of £1,045bn. That exceeded the previous record of £965bn, which was…

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Life after Kante for Leicester

Chelsea have completed the signing of N’Golo Kante from Leicester on a five year deal for a fee understood to be in the region of £30m, as reported by the BBC. Kante’s superb debut season in England After joining Leicester from Caen last August for around £5.6m, Kante amassed 40 appearances for the Foxes, whilst being instrumental in their title winning campaign. Throughout that the 25-year-old consistently proved himself to be one of the best combative holding midfielder’s in the Premier League by producing a series of assured, all action…

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Mazzari’s preparing multinational Watford for new season

Watford manager Walter Mazzari has insisted that his players stay in a hotel throughout July, since he views doing so as a good means by which they can gel ahead of the new season, according to The Guardian. After meeting up with Mazzari at the start of last week, Watford’s multinational squad have been staying at Sopwell House in St. Albans, Hertfordshire. It is understood that whilst based at the hotel, the players are travelling back and forth from the club’s London Colney training ground, as Mazzari works diligently to…

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Bilic building a superb young squad at West Ham

Several English Premier League clubs have already been extremely busy in the transfer market this summer and none more so than West Ham. The Hammers have recruited six new players, as manager Slaven Bilic continues to build a superb young squad, with the Croatian having began that work immediately after arriving at the club last June. Bilic preparing for a bright future Bilic inherited a reasonably strong group of players from his predecessor Sam Allardyce but identified the need to strengthen his squad so as to develop a team capable…

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Arsenal and Chelsea transfer target determined to remain with Barcelona

Arda Turan is eager to stay at Barcelona and try to earn a regular place in the club’s starting XI, rather than move away, the midfielder’s agent has revealed, in a report run by The Guardian. After joining Barca from Atletico Madrid last summer, Turan endured a frustrating season, whereby whilst unable to play until January due to the transfer embargo placed upon the Catalan giants, when the 29-year-old did become eligible, he was afforded only 810 minutes of playing time in the league, during which he scored twice and…

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Dortmund interested in signing Premier League duo

Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing both Moussa Sissoko and Xherdan Shaqiri from Newcastle United and Stoke City respectively. Sissoko’s future destination unknown After performing brilliantly during the knock-out stages of the European Championship’s for France, Sissoko is believed to be a transfer target for both Juventus and Manchester United, as recently reported on Le 10 Sport. There is understood to be a direct correlation between the two team’s interests in Sissoko, in the sense that they are both connected to Paul Pogba’s potential transfer from Juventus to Manchester United.…

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Does Joe Allen have a future at Liverpool?

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to establish whether Joe Allen has a future with the club, according to the BBC. Despite only starting eight Premier League games last season, the 26-year-old enjoyed a magnificent Euro 2016 with Wales, testified by him being named in UEFA’s team of the tournament. Following his European Championship exploits, Allen is currently on a three week holiday, whilst being due to begin pre-season training with Liverpool at the end of July. In the meantime, Klopp appears intent on determining whether to either include the…

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Liverpool defender passes medical ahead of transfer to Fenerbache

Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel has successfully passed a medical with Fenerbache ahead of a proposed transfer to the Turkish club, according to the BBC. After moving to Anfield from Zenit St. Petersburg in 2008, the 31-year-old Slovakian internationalist has made 319 appearances, whilst being a constant feature in Liverpool’s starting XI throughout his eight-and-a-half years with the club. During that time Skrtel has won the 2011-2012 League Cup as Liverpool beat Cardiff on penalties, whilst also having been an unused substitute in last season’s Europa League Final, which Jurgen Klopp’s…

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Five outstanding young European goalkeepers set to star during the upcoming season

The development of a goalkeeper is similar to that of a fine wine, in that they often improve in quality with age. Nevertheless at the moment there are some outstanding young European goalkeepers who in previous seasons have defied their tender years to amass a considerable number of first team games and are destined to build upon that during the 2016-17 European club season. Whilst it is altogether possible to profile tens of young goalkeepers to whom that claim applies, this article will focus upon five who have become widely…

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UEFA announces Euro 2016 awardees and team of the tournament

The title of UEFA’s Euro 2016 player of the tournament has been awarded to the French striker Antoine Greizmann, as reported by the Independent. Great Griezmann Griezmann also finished the tournament with the Golden Boot as he scored six goals, which was double that of any other player, to help France make the final. Despite not being able to score in the final, whilst missing a great opportunity to do so with a header as France lost 1-0 to Portugal, Griezmann’s earned the award of the tournament’s most outstanding player…

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Eder: Portugal’s unlikely Euro 2016 hero

Almost as unlikely as Portugal winning Euro 2016, was their match winner in the final against France. When Cristiano Ronaldo went off injured after just 25 minutes, Portuguese prospects of winning a first European Championship suffered a damaging blow, since they lost their main goal scoring threat. As such Ronaldo’s team-mates were required to assume a greater level of responsibility for trying to unlock the French defence without their talismanic captain. Euro Ecstasy for Eder The Portuguese players did that collectively and came close to scoring on numerous occasions, before Eder…

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Southampton striker joins Papiss Cisse in China

Papiss Cisse has left Newcastle United to join Shandong Luneng, with the Chinese Super League side also signing Southamption striker Graziano Pelle, according to the Saints’ website. Cisse completes Chinese switch The Senegalese international striker appeared 131 times for Newcastle, scoring 44 goals, 13 of which arrived in his first 14 matches with the club, after he joined them from Freiburg midway through the 2011-2012 season. In the following four seasons which Cisse spent with Newcastle he struggled to score regularly and was on occasion guilty of ill-discipline, with the biggest…

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Multiple heroes emerge to help France to Euro 2016 final

France were the big favourites to win Euro 2016 at the star of the tournament en they made it all the way to the final in the Stade de France, where they will face Portugal on Sunday. Meanwhile, multiple Frencg heroes have emerged. The great Griezmann The French striker deservedly did so when substituted in the last minute of his country’s 2-0 semi-final victory over Germany, as he produced a man of the match performance and scored both goals to send Les Bleus through to the final of Euro 2016.…

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