Do Tottenham Stick or Twist?

The conclusion of the World Cup was just a few days ago, but there is no rest for the wicked as the prospect of the 2018/19 Premier League season looms large. The first ball will be kicked on Saturday August 11thas Newcastle take on Tottenham at St James Park, however before the campaign gets underway there will be something of a sense of urgency in the preparations of English clubs. The reason being is that the domestic transfer window no longer closes at the end of August, instead it shuts…

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Five Premier League transfers to bet on in the summer window

Following the competition of the FIFA World Cup, one can expect a flurry of transfers in the coming weeks. The Premier League is bound to see the majority of the action as the transfer window closes early, 9 August, in England this summer. Therefore, clubs have around 20 days to sort out their transfer activity. Here, we are predicting five summer transfers that can earn you money in the betting market. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) There has been a lot of speculation about Anthony Martial’s future at United. The 22-year-old…

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Barcelona sign Sevilla centre-back Clement Lenglet

Barcelona have signed Sevilla centre-back Clement Lenglet for £32m on a five-year contract after the club met his release clause. The 23-year-old had long been linked with a move to a bigger club after impressive performances with Sevilla whom he joined from French side Nancy in January 2017, and scored four goals in 52 games last season. Lenglet, who has been capped at all levels of youth football for France but missed out on Didier Deschamps World Cup squad, now has a £265m release clause in his Barcelona contract.   Barcelona…

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Antonio Conte sacked by Chelsea with Maurizio Sarri waiting in the wings

Antonio Conte has been sacked by Chelsea after two seasons in charge of the club with outgoing Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri expected to take over in the coming days. Conte, who won the Premier League and the FA Cup in his two seasons at the club, expected to get the axe after relations increasingly turned sour but with negotiations becoming complicated with Napoli over Sarri, Conte returned to the club this week to take charge of pre-season. He had a year to run on a £9m-a-season deal, renegotiated last summer in the…

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Fulham seal sensational Seri swoop for club record fee

Fulham have completed the signing of Jean Michaël Seri from Nice for a club-record fee in the region of £25m, on an initial four-year contract with a further option for one year. The west London club have beaten off stiff competition from several European clubs to sign Seri, who was on the verge of a move to Barcelona last summer. Chelsea, West Ham, Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal were thought to be interested in the Ivory Coast international but Slavisa Jokanovic’s side have acted decisively to make him their first summer…

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Arsenal sign French youngster Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient

Arsenal have completed the signing of Matteo Guendouzi from Ligue 2 side Lorient for an undisclosed fee believed to be £7m. The youngster began his career at the Paris Saint-Germain academy before joining Lorient’s academy in 2014. The 19-year-old, who plays as a defensive playmaker, made his first team debut for Lorient in Ligue 1 and went on to make 30 appearances in a season that saw them relegated. Guendouzi is a France youth international having represented his country at under-18, under-19 and under-20 level. “He is a talented young…

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Sarri, Jorginho heading to Chelsea in €65m double deal

Maurizio Sarri is set to be named the new manager at Chelsea with Napoli Napoli selling Jorginho as part of the €65m deal, according to reports in Italy. That would mean Jorginho snubbing Manchester City despite Napoli reaching an initial £43m agreement with the Premier League champions last month. Chelsea started pre-season with incumbent manager Antonio Conte taking charge at the club’s Cobham training ground but is now expected to make way for Sarri who is still under contract at Napoli but has been replaced by Carlo Ancelotti since May. Napoli…

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Manchester City finally complete £60m Mahrez capture

Manchester City have finally completed the signing of Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City for a club record fee of £60m that could rise to £75m with add-ons The 27-year-old was linked with the Premier League champions in January and even went as far as handing in a transfer request but Pep Guardiola’s side balked at Leicester’s £90m fee. Mahrez, who will wear the no 26 jersey, has signed a five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium and will hope to play a major role in City’s title defence. “I am so pleased to…

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Fernando Torres joins Japanese side Sagan Tosu

Former Liverpool, Chelsea and Spain striker Fernando Torres has signed for Japanese side Sagan Tosu on a free transfer after his contract at Atletico Madrid expired last month. The 34-year-old rejoined his boyhood club in 2014 for a second spell after spending time on loan at AC Milan. Torres made his final appearance for Atletico as a 90th minute substitute in the 3-0 Europa League final victory over Marseille back in May. “I have had offers from France, Germany and even one from Spain but at no point did I…

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Arsenal sign Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria

Arsenal have completed the signing of Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria for an undisclosed fee, the club announced Tuesday. The 22-year-old midfielder completed his medical at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground and will wear the number 11 shirt at Arsenal. The Uruguay international had been linked with Unai Emery’s team for some time and the deal inched towards completion when Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero revealed he had accepted a €30 million offer from the Gunners last month. Torreira’s participation at the World Cup, where he played all five of Uruguay’s games, meant the deal…

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Antonio Conte in charge of Chelsea training amid uncertain future at club

Antonio Conte took charge of Chelsea’s first full day of pre-season training at the club’s facilities in Cobham despite uncertainty over his immediate future at the club. Conte and his entire backroom staff were in place as the first team players began their preparations for next season with reports of Maurizio Sarri replacing his fellow Italian still making the rounds. Reports in Italy say negotiations between between Napoli and Chelsea over Sarri’s appointment as Conte’s potential replacement are deadlocked. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is waiting for an improved offer from…

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Jack Wilshere joins West Ham on three-year deal

Jack Wilshere has become a West Ham player after signing a three-year deal with the club following the expiration of his Arsenal contract at the end of last month. Wilshere left Arsenal this summer, a club he joined aged nine, after talks with new manager Unai Emery left him adamant that his “playing time would be significantly reduced”. “It feels good and of course my family and a few of my friends are West Ham fans so everyone’s buzzing,” Wilshere, whose brother and father are also supporters of his new…

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Manchester United complete goalkeeper Lee Grant signing

Manchester United have completed the signing of goalkeeper Lee Grant from Stoke City on a two-year deal. The 35-year-old, who previously had two spells with Derby County and has also kept goal for Sheffield Wednesday and Burnley, had impressed in the Premier League over the past two years with Stoke. The move opens the door for third choice goalkeeper Joel Pereira to leave Old Trafford on loan to gain some experience during the 2018/19 season. Grant only played three league games last season after playing second fiddle to Jack Butland…

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Mohamed Salah signes new Liverpool contract

Mohamed Salah has signed a new five-year contract that keeps him at Liverpool until 2023, in what manager Jurgen Klopp, describes as proof of the club’s progress. The Egyptian international was widely coveted by the biggest names in football after a historic debut season at Anfield where he scored 44 goals in 52 appearances and led Liverpool to their first Champions League final in 11 years. Financial details of the contract weren’t made public but it is understood Salah has increased his basic wage to around £200,000/week and the deal…

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Arsenal complete Papastathopoulos signing from Dortmund

Arsenal have completed the signing of Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund for an undisclosed fee on a long-term contract. Reports linking the Greek international with the north London club have been widespread in the last few weeks and Unai Emery has now got his man as he continues the rebuilding work following Arsene Wenger’s departure. The 30-year-old brings experience to Arsenal’s defence and having won two Bundesliga titles and one German Cup during his time with Dortmund, Emery will be hoping he proves the lynchpin at the heart of a new-look club.…

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Thibaut Courtois hints at Madrid move for kids’ sake

Thibaut Courtois could be set to leave Chelsea for a move to Madrid to spend more time with his young kids. The Chelsea goalkeeper has one year left on his current deal at Stamford Bridge, and although the club are hopeful of convincing him to sign a new £200,000/week contract, Courtois has hinted at a move to Madrid where he spent three seasons on loan with Atletico. Real Madrid have long been credited with an interest in the Belgium international who is currently at the World Cup. “I have a…

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Petr Cech turns down Napoli to fight for Arsenal spot

Petr Cech has turned down the chance to join Napoli as the veteran goalkeeper insists his ‘future is at Arsenal.’ The 36-year-old moved to the north London club three years ago from Chelsea and still has a year to run on his current contract. But with new manager Unai Emery having invested £19m in Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen, Cech’s time as Arsenal number one could be over. Serie A runners-up Napoli are in the market for a new goalkeeper following Pepe Reina’s move to AC Milan and were reportedly…

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Jack Wilshere willing to go abroad after Arsenal exit

Jack Wilshere has admitted that he is “willing to go abroad” as he weighs up his options after leaving Arsenal as a free agent. The 26-year-old is leaving the club he joined as a 7-year-old, and amid interest from English clubs and a few others on the continent including Fenerbahce. “I am willing to go abroad if the right opportunity comes up. Also, everyone knows I like the Premier League and the battle of it,” Wilshere said when asked by Sky Sports News if he was willing to leave England. “It is…

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Fellaini signs two-year extension at Manchester United

Marouane Fellaini is set to stay at Manchester United after the midfielder signed a two-year contract extension until 2020 with an option of a further year to stay. The midfielder was set to become a free agent on July 1 and the Belgium international had stated he was going to make an announcement on his future soon. There were rumours of a move to AC Milan but United made the jump before their own player and made an announcement on Friday. “I am pleased to be continuing my journey as…

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Liverpool’s Mignolet set for talks over club future after World Cup

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet will hold talks with the club at the end of Belgium’s World Cup as he seeks to ascertain whether there will be first-team opportunities for him next season. The goalkeeper, who began last season as Jürgen Klopp’s first-choice, last played a Premier League game New Year’s Day and has played only once since falling behind Loris Karius in the pecking order. Mignolet has spent five years at Anfield and with Liverpool seemingly keen on acquiring a new goalkeeper for the new season, the Belgian is set for showdown…

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Liverpool and Chelsea finally agree Solanke fee after protracted negotiations

Liverpool have finally agreed a fee with Chelsea for Dominic Solanke after a year of protracted negotiations. The teenage striker swapped Stamford Bridge for Anfield last summer after running down his Chelsea contract but given he was under 24, Chelsea were entitled to compensation having developed him since the age of seven. Liverpool hoped to pay around £3m but Chelsea wanted almost £10m for his services after his championship-winning exploits with England’s U-20 team in South Korea. The impasse was set to be resolved by a tribunal, the Professional Football Compensation…

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Former Manchester United star Rooney completes D.C. United move

Wayne Rooney completed his long-mooted move to Major League Soccer side D.C. United from Everton on Thursday. The 32-year-old former England international now joins the likes of David Beckham, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard in making the switch to the other side of the Atlantic. Former Everton manager Sam Allardyce first confirmed reports of a possible move in May and Rooney now joins a side currently sitting bottom of the Eastern Conference standings with only 10 points from 12 matches this season. The striker has signed a three-and-half-year deal that will reportedly net him…

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Roma deny Chelsea offer for Manolas

Roma have yet to receive any offers from Chelsea for Kostas Manolas, according to the Serie A club’s sporting director Monchi amid reports of an impending transfer. The Greece international has been linked with moves in the past, particularly to Arsenal and Chelsea, and was close to a departure last summer before a proposed move to Zenit St. Petersburg fell through. Now reports are rife Chelsea have made an offer to trigger the defender’s release clause said to be in the region of £38m but Monchi says that is not…

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Danny Ings ready to leave Liverpool for fresh start

Liverpool striker Danny Ings is set for the exit door at Anfield after an injury-ravaged time at the club, according to various reports in the British press. The £6.5m signing from Burnley suffered two serious knee injuries in just over two seasons wiith Liverpool managed to make 14 appearances last term for the Champions League finalists, scoring once in a 2-2 draw at West Bromwich Albion in April. Ings who still has two years to run on his contract is now minded to seek new opportunities away from Liverpool to breath…

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Report: Sarri released by Napoli as Chelsea move nears

Maurizio Sarri is set to become Chelsea’s next manager in the coming days after being released from his Napoli contract, according to reports in Italy. Napoli have already replaced Sarri with Carlo Ancelotti at the Stadio San Paolo, and has agreed a deal with Chelsea. However, he is still under contract with the Partenopei and the English side have been struggling to agree a compensation package with Chelsea said to have balked at Napoli’s asking price. Now though Neapolitan newspaper Il Mattino is reporting that Sarri’s contract has been resolved,…

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