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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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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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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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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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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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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Leicester City to try their luck at beating top clubs for the “next Suarez”

Leicester City have been busy this summer, preparing their Premier League title defence. Now, the Foxes have joined an elite group of teams trying to lure Brazilian starlet Gabriel Barbosa to Europe. Leicester are prepared to make a bid of £25 million for the 19-year-old forward, who is currently representing Brazil at the Olympic Games in Rio, and are scheduled to meet the Santos player’s representatives next week, according to a report by The Sun. Serie A champions Juventus seemed very close to signing the player known by the name…

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Arsenal and Chelsea after Real Madrid star, Middlesbrough to snap up Zidane

Real Madrid have made it clear that midfielder Isco is available this summer at the right price, putting Arsenal and Chelsea on red alert, according to Spanish newspaper AS. The report claims that Los Blancos have to sell at least one player before they can spend themselves and with coach Zinedine Zidane said to be unhappy with the 24-year-old’s lax attitude, he is open to the idea of letting the attacking midfielder leave the club. Isco is reportdely valued at around £67.8 milion by Real. Another way in which Isco could…

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Meet Leicester’s new boy Bartosz Kapustka’s stunning WAG

Earlier this week, Leicester City signed Poland winger Bartosz Kapustka in a reported £7.5 million deal. The 19-year-old signed a five-year deal with the English champions, according to the BBC. The Poland international doesn’t only bring his football skills to Leicester, Kapustka also has a stunning WAG to show to English football – Klaudia Adamczyk. Enjoy! @sugarfree ❣ Een foto die is geplaatst door Klaudia Adamczyk (@maly_gamon) op 10 Jul 2016 om 7:39 PDT 💪🏻😼 Een foto die is geplaatst door Klaudia Adamczyk (@maly_gamon) op 3 Jul 2016 om 10:50 PDT @cardiobunny 😘…

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Chelsea and Liverpool pushing to sign Brazilian starlets

Both Chelsea and Liverpool are trying to lure in a Brazilian starlet, after Manchester City were able to secure the services of Gabriel Jesus earlier this week. Antonio Conte is preparing a £15 million move for Santos midfielder Thiago Maia, pending the player’s performances at this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, according to Yahoo Sports Brazil. The 19-year-old midfielder has a contract until 2019 but is willing to move to Europe. Unlike most Brazilian youngsters, Maia’s ownership rights are pretty straightforward, with Santos owning 100 per cent of the player’s…

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Everton plan to go John Stones-style on Romelu Lukaku

Everton are prepared to take a John Stones-style stance on Chelsea’s interest in Romelu Lukaku, with boss Ronaldo Koeman prepared to turn down all bids for the Belgian striker, according to a report by the Daily Mail. On Monday, reports said the Toffees were confident that the Belgium international would start the new Premier League season at Goodison Park, which starts with an home encounter against Tottenham on August 13, unless their £75 million valuation was met. However, the Times later claimed Chelsea believe they can re-sign their former player for less and…

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Manchester City close deal for the “new Neymar”

Manchester City are on the brink of completing the signing of 19-year-old Brazilian starlet Gabriel Jesus from Palmeiras, according to the BBC. The news was confirmed by reports in Brazil: BREAKING NEWS: Manchester City have reached an ABSOLUTE agreement with Palmeiras over Gabriel Jesus transfer. Official in a few moments. — Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStats2) 3 augustus 2016 One last information, fully confirmed: Despite the deal being £27M, Palmeiras will get more from Gabriel Jesus than Santos got from Neymar. — Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStats2) 3 augustus 2016 The winger is expected to…

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Arsenal linked to another surprise defender as top targets seem unreachable

Arsenal are in the transfer market for a central defender following a long-term injury to Per Mertesacker and have been linked with a number of replacements. The Gunners reportedly had been offered the chance to seal a £37 million transfer of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, ahead of Chelsea and Everton. However, the Serie A giants have not been keen to selling the Senegalese international and the same proved to be true for AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas. Meanwhile, Arsenal have had their first bid of £15 million for centre-back Shkodran Mustafi rejected by Valencia,…

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Paul Pogba “confirms” Juventus stay, Manchester United fans go crazy

Paul Pogba is still dominating all the media headlines with a record move from Juventus to Manchester United on the verge of being completed. However, now it seems the midfielder has confirmed his Juve stay. According to multiple reports last week, United will offer Juventus £100 million for the services of the France international. The Premier League giants are also preparing a massive wage offer, which would translate to a staggering £11.1 million per season for a five-year contract. That would essentially be trebling his current salary in Turin. Meanwhile, Real Madrid dropped out of…

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Chelsea to make massive but final bid for Everton striker

The Paul Pogba transfer has had many chapters, but so does the one of Romelu Lukaku. Now, reports have revealed that Chelsea are going to make a final offer for the Everton striker. On Monday, reports said the Toffees were confident that the Belgium international would start the new Premier League season at Goodison Park, which starts with an home encounter against Tottenham on August 13, unless their £75 million valuation was met. But today, the Times claims Chelsea believe they can re-sign their former player for less and have warned Everton that, if…

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The 25 most expensive summer transfers so far

The summer transfer market is just passed halfway, as it started on July 1 and ends on August 31. Time to list the 25 most expensive signings so far! 1. Gonzalo Higuain: from Napoli to Juventus – £76.5 million 2. Hulk: from Zenit to Shanghai SIPG – £47.4m 3. Leroy Sane: from Schalke 04 to Man City – £42.5m 4. Granit Xhaka: from Borussia Mönchengladbach to Arsenal – £38.3m 5. Henrikh Mkhitaryan: from Borussia Dortmund to Man United – £35.7m 6. Sadio Mane: from Southampton to Liverpool – £35m 7.…

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Twitter brings up Anthony Martial when debating German starlet’s transfer to Manchester City

Manchester City have completed the signing of Germany midfielder Leroy Sane from Schalke 04 for a fee of £37 million plus add-ons, according to the club’s website. Leroy Sane’s official #mcfc player page ⚽️ https://t.co/FYtq89UTdI #WelcomeLeroy pic.twitter.com/358VZzc6yF — Manchester City (@ManCity) 2 augustus 2016 The 20-year-old signed a five-year contract after scoring eight goals in 33 Bundesliga appearances last season.  “He is a special talent and an exciting player that I think our supporters will enjoy watching,” City manager Pep Guardiola said. “I think he can make me a more complete player,”…

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Highlights: Zlatan’s bicyle kick, Origi and Firmino dribbles

Chelsea, Leicester City, Liverpool and Manchester United were all in friendly action against quality opposition, as they edged closer to the start of the 2016-2017 Premier League season. The following events were the biggest highlights: Talk about an instant impact! #ZlatanTime Switch over now to watch live on #MUTVHD. https://t.co/C8QYQI3308 — Manchester United (@ManUtd) 30 juli 2016 Rashford’s run and Zlatan’s applause Rashford’s run! 👊 Zlatan’s reaction! 😄 Watch the game again on #MUTVHD at 23:00 BST. https://t.co/WgEtobj8W5 — Manchester United (@ManUtd) 30 juli 2016 Hazard’s double Hazard goal.pic.twitter.com/9ETsMnCWJj —…

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Twitter mocks former Arsenal and Manchester United striker

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Betting has been suspended on Robin van Persie’s next club after Scottish Premiership side Rangers emerged as overwhelming favourites for his signature, according to The Sun (via The Guardian). On Twitter, the news was picked up pretty quickly and people pretty much laughed at the former Arsenal and Manchester United striker’s next destination. Van Persie to Rangers? pic.twitter.com/gxPV515pye — Kitbag (@KitbagUK) 28 juli 2016 Robin van Persie will announce his retirement soon by confirming his move to Rangers. — Paddy Power (@paddypower) 28 juli 2016 Rangers are favourites to sign…

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Manchester City confident of signing star defender, Everton lining up replacement

Manchester City are confident of sealing the £50 million signing of Everton defender John Stones, with terms set to be finalised as soon as the end of the week, according to a report by the Daily Mail. If this deal gets agreed upon, John Stones will become the joined-most expensive defender in the world. At the moment, David Luiz is the lone holder of the record, having left Chelsea for Paris Saint-German in a massive £50 deal million in 2014. However, the Citizens are prepared to match the Ligue 1 champions’ record…

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