Ten Hag was silent to Ronaldo; Rashford says Man Utd are ‘a lot fitter than last season’
Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are now all in a race against time to land signings ahead of the start of the Premier League season, with all three still reportedly chasing at least one major signing apiece. The Blues suffered a blow when Barcelona confirmed they had agreed a deal to sign a key target for Thomas Tuchel’s side, Jules Kounde. Latest rumors suggest they will try to sign either Josko Gvardiol, Presnel Kimpembe or Wesley Fofana.
The Gunners, meanwhile, are looking to both sack players and potentially bring in a new signing in midfield, with Youri Tielemans reportedly the subject of their attention. Nuno Tavares and William Saliba are both wanted by Marseille, while the futures of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Hector Bellerin are also yet to be determined.
For Manchester United, the ongoing summer stories remain with Cristiano Ronaldo and Frenkie de Jong. The former is targeting an Old Trafford exit as he looks for another leap to winning the Champions League but his chances appear slim and United have not agreed to let him go. Dutch midfielder De Jong, meanwhile, remains in a standoff with Barcelona on financial matters while they have to leave him to register players signed this summer.
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Bournemouth want to sign at least three more players
Scott Parker is unhappy with the depth available to him at Bournemouth and TalkSport say at least three players will come.
Jonas Lossl and Alex Smithies are on trial while the Cherries seek a backup goalkeeper, while Liverpool’s Nat Phillips, Aston Villa’s Kortney Heimat and Man United’s Axel Tuanzebe are three options for the centre-back.
Regarding the latter, the Telegraph reports that Erik ten Hag plans to sell two and keep one away from Tuanzebe, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly.
Karl MatchettJuly 29, 2022 4:15 p.m
Tammy Abraham has no desire to return to the Premier League
Tammy Abraham shone with Roma in Italy last season and he plans to do more – over there. Speaking to Corriere Dello Sport, the England international explained what he hopes for this season and said he doesn’t need to return to his home country immediately.
“The best decision of my life was coming here,” he said.
“No rush to get back into the Premier League. I want to score one more goal than last season.
“I hope I can beat my personal goal record. But don’t hurry, because I’m not 100% done yet. Then again, at this point in preseason, no one is.”
Karl MatchettJuly 29, 2022 4:00 p.m
Watford signs Mario Gaspar after leaving Villarreal
Yesterday we found out that Villarreal legend Mario Gasper is leaving the Spanish club ahead of a move to Watford – that move is now complete.
The right-back was granted a free transfer after playing well over 400 games of dedicated effort – and three caps for Spain – and he now joins the Hornets, who are preparing for life in the Championship again.
Karl MatchettJuly 29, 2022 3:45 p.m
Man City star James McAtee is wanted by two Premier League clubs
Manchester City could be ready to loan youngster James McAtee on loan this summer if he can be guaranteed playing time.
Nottingham Forest and Leeds United are the two teams that will provide just that, with the former having already added more than one team of new faces to the squad.
The 19-year-old midfielder has made six appearances for City’s senior squad, including one in the Champions League.
Karl MatchettJuly 29, 2022 3:30 p.m
Rivaldo’s advice to Gabriel Jesus after Arsenal transfer
Brazilian icon Rivaldo has spoken about the transfer of Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City to Arsenal this summer.
“After moving from Man City to Arsenal, the best thing that could have happened to Gabriel Jesus was a strong start with his new club,” he said bet fair.
“That’s exactly what happened as Jesus scored a lot of goals and assisted in pre-season, proving he was signing with the club to become one of their stars and a regular starter. This good start is crucial for his confidence.
“I spoke to Jesus after the Chelsea game, wished him the best for this new phase in his career, praised his qualities as a player and asked him to stay focused to start the new season very strongly.
“How he starts at the club will probably be crucial to his success with the Brazil national team at the World Cup. I can only hope that he produces the goods for the Gunners early on – starting when Arsenal head to Crystal Palace next Friday – and travels to Qatar in tip-top shape as Brazil’s bid to win a sixth World Cup.”
Karl MatchettJuly 29, 2022 3:15 p.m
Frenkie de Jong most recently to Manchester United
Barcelona President Joan Laporta is a convincing sounding person, isn’t he?
“We will do everything possible for that [De Jong] can stay and we hope that the player will do everything possible to stay too. We all have to make an effort,” he is quoted as saying by Football Espana.
Of course, “everything possible” does not include paying the agreed wages, but that is a trifle.
An impasse between club and player at the moment as Manchester United await a firm yes to finalize the deal.
Karl MatchettJuly 29, 2022 3:00 p.m
Liverpool and Man City face a new challenge to make old solutions work after the transfers of Darwin Nunez and Erling Haaland
The words came out of Jurgen Klopp’s mouth, but Pep Guardiola could have spoken. “He’s a different striker than what we have or had but he’s a really good one,” said the Liverpool manager. He spoke about Darwin Nunez, while Guardiola may spend much of Manchester City’s season discussing Erling Haaland.
Their flagship commitments are the kind of players they neither had nor perhaps needed. City and Liverpool combined scored 297 goals last season. Very few came from genuine strikers: since Gabriel Jesus rebranded himself as right winger, none of City’s 150 seems to have done so. Perhaps only Divock Origi, responsible for six of Liverpool’s 147, qualified as a conventional centre-forward at Anfield. Diogo Jota excelled in midfield in his own way, Sadio Mane proved a notable success at No9 and Roberto Firmino remains Anfield’s definitive false nine. But probably none would have met the traditional descriptions of a centre-forward.
Enter strapping sixties that can be defined by their goal stats.
Rich Jolly looks back at the Community Shield clubs with the redesigned attacks after transfers:
Liverpool and City face a new challenge to make old solutions work after striker deals
A change in approach and focus on goals after the title rivals brought the classic No9 into the team this summer
Karl MatchettJuly 29, 2022 2:45 p.m
Aston Villa offer Douglas Luiz a new contract
Douglas Luiz was wanted by Newcastle last season and now has just 12 months on his contract – but Aston Villa hope they don’t have to sell him during this tenure.
Instead, the Telegraph says they are in talks about a new deal with him and hope to extend his contract as Villa Park has a core of other South Americans around him.
Negotiations are ongoing but Steven Gerrard wants him as a key player, the report said.
Karl MatchettJuly 29, 2022 2:30 p.m
Guardiola is silent on Cucurella links as Brighton man asks for transfer
No confirmation, denial or anything else from Man City boss Pep Guardiola when it comes to a direct question about intentions to make a second offer for Marc Cucurella.
However, the Spaniard confirmed he wants a new left-back option to come before the transfer window closes, although of course that’s not exactly brand new.
However, Sky Sports have just reported that Cucurella has submitted a transfer request to Brighton which could well speed things up.
Karl MatchettJuly 29, 2022 2:15 p.m
Juventus are waiting for Fabian Ruiz
Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz has long been linked with teams battling for major domestic and European honors outside of Italy, but now a rival is looking to sign him closer to home.
According to Goal Italia, Juventus are keen to add him to the squad but can’t afford the expense and are struggling to negotiate with Napoli this summer – so he will wait until next year.
With his contract expiring in the summer of 2023, they are confident of signing him on a free transfer in a year’s time.
Karl MatchettJuly 29, 2022 2:00 p.m
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