Premier League

Trending: United close in on Nemanja Matic as Chelsea plot £100m deals

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Alexis Nunes and Shaka Hislop sift through rumours such as Matic to Man United, Bakayoko to Chelsea and more. Monday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending... MAN UNITED: Manchester United are closing in on a deal for Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic and could sign the Serbia international before the end of the week, sources have told ESPN FC.  - Paul Pogba has told Telefoot he would not mind if close friend Antoine Griezmann moved to Manchester City, so long as it made him happy. CHELSEA: With Matic set to leave, the Premier League champions will reportedly move...

Mo Salah signs but Klopp must continue spending spree at Liverpool

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:53:00 PDT

With Mohamed Salah in the books, Steve Nicol gives his expected starting XI for Liverpool next season. Mohamed Salah says he wants to win trophies after completing his move from Roma to Liverpool. When Liverpool finally, and somewhat amusingly, "announced Salah" last week, it provided supporters with a much-needed fillip after the shambolic failed attempt to sign Virgil Van Dijk ended with an embarrassing public apology to Southampton. At 24, Mohamed Salah is an exciting addition who looks to have everything needed to thrive in Jurgen Klopp's system. His arrival has captured the imagination of supporters, who are now wondering where the Egyptian fits into the team and who will drop to the...

Calum Chambers ready for Arsenal chance after Per Mertesacker help

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:32:00 PDT

The FC crew react to Arsenal's interest in Alexandre Lacazette, and Craig Burley offers the club a caveat. Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit believes the Gunners will be stronger with Arsene Wenger staying as manager next season. NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira joins ESPN FC's Heineken Boot room to give his thoughts on Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. Former Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre says nice guy Arsene Wenger needs to be tougher. ESPN's Arsenal correspondent, Mattias Karen, explains who he thinks is likely to be playing at the Emerates next season. Calum Chambers wants to fight for his future at Arsenal thanks to advice he has received from his "mentor" Per Mertesacker. Chambers, 22, spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough who were relegated from the Premier League, but he hopes to make an impact with his parent club next season due to the influence of Mertesacker. He said: "The one player who has helped me a lot would be Per. Being in the same position, he was almost like my mentor for a couple of years. I have never seen a player so professional...

Manchester United nearing deal for Nemanja Matic of Chelsea - sources

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 11:57:00 PDT

Stevie Nicol feels Man United should do their best to sign Alvaro Morata, Jordi Alba and Fabinho to bolster their squad. Manchester United are closing in on a deal for Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic and could sign the Serbia international before the end of the week, sources have told ESPN FC. The 28-year-old, who returned to Chelsea for a second spell at Stamford Bridge in a £21 million transfer from Benfica in Jan 2014, has emerged as Jose Mourinho's top target in his attempts to recruit a new defensive midfielder, with United being given no encouragement in their efforts to prise Eric Dier from Tottenham. Tiemoue...

Rick Parry: Why Liverpool missed out on the signing of Dani Alves

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 05:14:00 PDT

Sid Lowe details what exactly Manchester City would be getting by signing Dani Alves. Craig Burley believes Pep Guardiola's defence still needs improving, even if Dani Alves decides to join Manchester City. Gab Marcotti and the FC crew weigh in on how Dani Alves would fit in at Man City following rumours of a Juventus exit. Dani Alves could have signed for Liverpool before a deal was called off for financial reasons, former Anfield CEO Rick Parry has told the BBC. Alves, who is expected to join Manchester City from Juventus over the summer, had been a target for ex-Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez when he was still playing for Sevilla. But Parry said a move failed to materialise because the club decided to spend the money on two players rather than one. He told BBC Radio Merseyside: "We had the deal -- finally, after enormous...

Chelsea defender Fankaty Dabo makes Vitesse Arnhem loan move

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 04:13:00 PDT

Fankaty Dabo had a loan spell at Swindon last season. Chelsea defender Fankaty Dabo has joined Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem on a season-long loan deal. Dabo, a full-back, becomes the club's third signing of the summer, with his move following a spell on loan in League One with Swindon Town last season. The Mail reported that he had spoken to fellow Chelsea players Lewis Baker and Isaiah Brown, who have both spent time at Vitesse, before opting to make the move. It quoted him as saying: "I look forward to getting to know the staff and to become integrated...

Arturo Vidal hopes Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez joins him at Bayern Munich

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 03:30:00 PDT

Chile manager Juan Antonio Pizzi says Alexis Sanchez is always motivated and gives his all regardless of the situation. Alexis Nunes and Steve Nicol examine the latest transfer rumours including Bayern Munich's interest in Alexis Sanchez. Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal has described Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez as "a spectacular player" and said he hopes he will join the Bundesliga champions. Vidal, a Chile international teammate of Sanchez, told Sport Bild that signing the attacker would improve Bayern still further. Sanchez is out of contract at Arsenal next summer, and reports have linked him with both Bayern and Paris Saint-Germain. "We'll see if Alexis is coming. I do not know yet," Vidal said. "I know him very well....

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku hits out over renewed Chelsea rumours

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Steve Nicol tries to decipher which club Romelu Lukaku could be leaning towards as the striker claims he already knows where he'll be next season. Arsene Wenger says Romelu Lukaku has never been a target for Arsenal, but he's been impressed with his performances. Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has hit out at speculation that he could soon return to Chelsea, writing on Twitter that the rumours were "bulls---." Lukaku, who has two years remaining on his Everton contract, has been strongly linked with his former club after he said he would not sign a new Goodison Park deal. Over the weekend, the Belgium international shared video that showed him playing five-a-side football in the United States on a pitch surrounded by Chelsea logos. That led to renewed...

Arsenal must pay ¬65m for Alexandre Lacazette, Lyon eye Giroud - Aulas

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 02:53:00 PDT

Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette over recent season's has displayed why he's considered one of the best strikers in Europe. Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has said Arsenal are interested in signing Alexandre Lacazette but would have to pay €65 million to get him. Lacazette, 26, has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates this summer after scoring 37 goals in 45 games for the Ligue 1 club last season. The striker almost moved to Atletico Madrid before the Spanish side were hit by a transfer ban, but Aulas said there was also interest from Arsenal. "I do not have the intention of rapidly letting Alexandre...

Swansea reject £27m bid for Gylfi Sigurdsson from Everton - sources

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 01:49:00 PDT

The guys answer your tweets about Kylian Mbappe, Everton's big day of signings and the Confederations Cup. Everton have seen a £27 million bid for Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson rejected, sources close to the Welsh club have told ESPN FC. Sigurdsson, 27, scored nine goals and handed 13 assists to teammates as he helped Swansea beat relegation last season. However, Everton and his former side Tottenham have both been strongly linked with a move for the Iceland international and reports suggest that he may be tempted by the prospect of playing European football. Sources told ESPN FC that Everton...

Chelsea's 'most-important signing' is Antonio Conte, says Frank Lampard

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 03:17:00 PDT

Gab Marcotti and the FC crew discuss reports that Antonio Conte is at odds with Chelsea's hierarchy and could leave the club. Frank Lampard believes if Chelsea tie Antonio Conte down to a new contract it would be their signing of the summer. Conte has signalled his eagerness to stay next season but an extension to his current deal, which expires in 2019, is yet to be confirmed. The Italian is one of the most sought-after coaches in Europe after leading Chelsea to the Premier League title in his opening season at Stamford Bridge. And while the Blues are set to make a number of big-money signings this summer, Lampard, who...

Watford announce signing of Derby County midfielder Will Hughes

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:15:00 PDT

Will Hughes made his Derby debut as a 16-year-old. Watford have announced the signing of England under-21 midfielder Will Hughes from Championship club Derby County. Hughes, 22, has put pen to paper on a five-year contract at Vicarage Road and joins for an undisclosed fee, reported to be £8 million. OFFICIAL: #watfordfc is delighted to confirm the signing of England Under-21 midfielder Will Hughes from Derby County on a five-year deal. pic.twitter.com/KmGrqsOxjE— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) June 24, 2017 New Watford coach Marco Silva has been looking to add creativity to a squad that struggled for goals in the second half of last season. Hughes, who made his derby debut as a 16-year-old in 2011 and has since become a fixture in the side, is currently...

West Bromwich Albion give backing to safe standing trial plan

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:36:00 PDT

Celtic opened a safe standing area last year. West Bromwich Albion have told the Premier League they would be willing to use part of their ground in a trial of safe standing areas. Director of operations Mark Miles confirmed the move after the Premier League wrote to all its clubs about the trial proposal. All-seater stadiums were made compulsory in English football's top two divisions following the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, and a reintroduction of standing would require government legislation. Miles told Albion's official website: "I have...

Georges-Kevin N'Koudou's Chelsea shirt gaffe shows players lack nous

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:35:00 PDT

ESPNFC's Tottenham correspondent Dan Kilpatrick believes Spurs may struggle to compete financially in the transfer market. When a footballer is photographed wearing another club's shirt, it usually means only one thing -- he is sending a message that he is looking for a move and wouldn't mind being on their shopping list. But when Georges-Kevin N'Koudou was snapped wearing a Chelsea shirt on holiday last week, no one jumped to that conclusion. The Spurs winger has struggled to make much impression at White Hart Lane, with his appearances limited to a few cameos from the bench, and the idea that Chelsea might make a...

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho will attract the best - Yorke

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 04:01:00 PDT

Stevie Nicol feels Man United should do their best to sign Alvaro Morata, Jordi Alba and Fabinho to bolster their squad. Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke has told Sky Sports the club are "in a position to strike" for the best players after qualifying for the Champions League. United secured a place in next season's competition by winning the Europa League final, and Yorke believes that has put manager Jose Mourinho in a strong position as he looks to challenge for the Premier League title. "United are obviously looking to add to the squad. We know that -- it is not a secret," he said. "I think that Man...

Five things for Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino to sort out first

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 02:58:00 PDT

Steve Nicol believes Mauricio Pellegrino's open, attack-minded style of football will suit Southampton. Southampton unveiled Mauricio Pellegrino as their third manager in as many seasons on Friday. Pellegrino, 45, won the race to replace the sacked Claude Puel ahead of Dutch legend Frank de Boer, as Saints chiefs were impressed with how the Argentine guided little Alaves to the Spanish cup final and see similarities with fellow countryman and their former boss Mauricio Pochettino. But what five things does Pellegrino need to do to ensure he matches Pochettino's success on the south coast? 1. Persuade...

Mohamed Salah arrival takes Liverpool a step nearer title - Patrik Berger

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 02:22:00 PDT

Mohamed Salah says he wants to win trophies after completing his move from Roma to Liverpool. With Mohamed Salah in the books, Steve Nicol gives his expected starting XI for Liverpool next season. Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol explains the benefits of adding Mohamed Salah for Liverpool. Former Liverpool players Paul Ince and Patrik Berger have said they believe the signing of Roma winger Mohamed Salah has moved the club closer to a first Premier League title. Liverpool confirmed the signing of Salah on Thursday in a deal that could be worth €50 million, according to the Serie A side. He had been close to joining Liverpool from Basel in January 2014, but instead opted to move to Chelsea. But he had an unsuccessful spell at Stamford Bridge, making just 19 appearances in two...

Spain's Alvaro Arbeloa retires after career with Liverpool, Real, West Ham

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:40:00 PDT

Arbeloa played 56 times for his country. Former Liverpool, Real Madrid and West Ham defender Alvaro Arbeloa has revealed he is retiring from football. Arbeloa, 34, made three Premier League appearances for the Hammers last season before being released and in an interview with Marca he revealed he was hanging up his boots. "It's time to say goodbye,'' he said. "Physically I was okay to keep playing.'' The former Spain full-back spent three years with Liverpool before returning to the club for whom he made his senior debut, Real Madrid,...

Huddersfield sign Laurent Depoitre from Porto for club-record fee

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:30:00 PDT

Laurent Depoitre signed with Huddersfield from Porto. Huddersfield have announced the signing of Belgium striker Laurent Depoitre from Porto for a club-record fee. The newly-promoted side made their first signing since clinching promotion to the Premier League, with the 28-year-old joining for an undisclosed fee. Depoitre, a Belgium international, is recognised as a physically-imposing striker and has signed a two-year deal to join the Terriers after making just 10 appearances since joining Porto at the start of last season. Head coach David Wagner...


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