Chelsea set to complete at least two signings before transfer deadline

After facing setbacks in the recent days of the transfer window, Chelsea are set to complete a couple of signings on the deadline day. The latest reports claim that the Blues agreed on a deal to sign Torino right-back Davide Zappacosta. Sky Sports claims that the Blues will pay £23m, plus add-ons, for the 25-year-old. The right-back has reportedly landed in London on Thursday evening to complete his medical ahead of finalising his move. Blues manager Antonio Conte is familiar with the Italian defender, as he selected him for the Italy national…

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Chelsea interested in Leicester star, £62m failed bid for striker and more

Chelsea have reportedly identified Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy as a replacement for Diego Costa. The Blues have already signed Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid this summer, but according to the Mirror, Blues boss Antonio Conte also wants to bring in a striker with Premier League experience. The Italian has reportedly identified Vardy as a potential recruitment this summer. The 30-year-old scored 13 league goals for the Foxes last season and has already scored a couple this season. The England international was a target for Arsenal last summer, but he…

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Three Everton starlets among best assist men in Europe

Everton are ranked just 12th in the Premier League table, gaining only 38 points after 28 matches. However, the Toffees have scored 51 goals so far. Only Leicester City, Tottenham and Manchester City have hit the net more. The Toffees play fast-pace football and are helped by a trio of Under-23 starlets who have provided a total of 22 assists this season. The first one is Gerard Delofeu. The Spaniard has provided nine assists, six of them to Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian has scored 18 goals so far, with only Harry Kane…

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Surprise name leads top 10 Premier League dribblers

Football fans love players who score goals, but don’t we all also adore to watch guys that show off their creative skills, providing us with the best dribbles? Off course! Therefore, let’s take a look at the Premier League players who have registered the most successful dribbles per game this season (only counting players who have appeared in at least 10 league matches), using WhoScored. 10. Eden Hazard (Chelsea)  He might not be the player he was last season for the Blues, but Hazard has not lost his dribbling touch.…

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Aston Villa vs Everton – Premier League preview and team news

Everton will be hoping to move back into the top half of the Premier League table as they travel to Aston Villa, whose chances of making a serious bid for survival are looking increasingly forlorn. The performance at Stoke City on Saturday was at least an improvement as far as Aston Villa are concerned following their appalling surrender to Liverpool a fortnight before, but they were still clearly inferior to their opponents and suffered their 17th defeat from 27 Premier League outings this season. After the game, manager Remi Garde…

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Everton vs Liverpool combined XI: Is Merseyside Red or Blue?

This weekend sees the arrival of the first Merseyside derby of the campaign, with both sides still looking to get themselves out of second gear. Below, we put together a combined XI of both team’s current stars, giving an insight into which side has the better overall squad. GK: Tim Howard – Everton The American may not be as influential as he once was, but he’s still a safer option than the erratic Simon Mignolet. RB: Seamus Coleman – Everton A hamstring injury may keep him out of this particular…

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West Brom vs Everton – Premier League preview and team news

Having won their last two matches on the road, West Bromwich Albion will be determined to gain their first three-point haul at home on Monday evening against Everton, who they have not beaten in their last five Premier League meetings. The first six games of the season have proven how difficult a side the Baggies are to penetrate, emphasising the level of organisation that Tony Pulis has implemented at the club. A key figure in that success is Claudio Yacob, who over the course of 2015 has re-emerged as one…

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England’s confirmed line-up vs San Marino: Everton trio and Jamie Vardy start for Three Lions in Euro 2016 qualifier

Roy Hodgson has named the team that he will be expecting to comfortably claim victory over San Marino this afternoon, and possibly secure qualification for Euro 2016 in the process. Everton trio Phil Jagielka, John Stones, and Ross Barkley will all start the Group E clash in Serravalle, as does Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy, despite the racism row that cast some doubt over his international future. Meanwhile, Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has been rewarded for his fine start to the season by being awarded his second cap nearly three…

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How the England team would look based on current form: Man United striker and Chelsea defender nowhere near

With England set to qualify for Euro 2016 this weekend, many wondered why Roy Hodgson didn’t decide to experiment a little for the clash with San Marino. Instead, the Three Lions boss opted to spring for a full strength squad, though the announcement may have been lost amid all of the transfer deadline hubbub. But thanks to WhoScored (via The Guardian) we’re now able to see what the best England XI would look like if Roy picked solely on form alone. It’s quite an eye opener. GK: Jack Butland Stoke…

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Preview: Southampton vs Everton – Saints look to get points on the board before Europa League campaign kicks off

After they both shared four goals on opening day, Southampton and Everton will both be aiming for their first win in what promises to be a keenly contested encounter on the Hampshire coast. Manager Ronald Koeman was not at Newcastle to see his Saints side finish level in an entertaining game which saw Graziano Pelle continue his red-hot start to the new season with a fine headed goal, and Shane Long grab an equaliser through similar means. Two late chances for Sadio Mane meant there was a tinge of regret…

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Ten players who could replace Angel Di Maria at Manchester United as winger heads for exit

With Angel Di Maria closing in on his Manchester United exit (via BBC Sport), Louis van Gaal will be looking for the kind of player that the £59.7m man failed to be. Here are ten potential options who could fill the void that Di Maria leaves behind, including some members of the current squad, some that have been linked with a possible summer move, and some that should really be on United’s radar. Memphis Depay The £25m signing (via Telegraph) seems the most likely candidate to replace the former Real…

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