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Thiago Sets Premier League Passing Record On Liverpool Debut After £20m Move
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Thiago Sets Premier League Passing Record On Liverpool Debut After £20m Move

The new signing from Bayern Munich has made an instant impact in a Reds shirt as they beat Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge New signing Thiago Alcantara set a Premier League record on his Liverpool debut as he out-passed every single Chelsea player, despite only being on the pitch for 45 minutes. The Spain international only completed his initial £20m ($26m) move from Bayern Munich on Friday, but was included in the travelling Reds squad for Sunday’s clash at Stamford Bridge. He began the game on the bench but was introduced at half-time after captain Jordan Henderson was forced off with a suspected thigh injury, and immediately showed the excitement around his arrival at Liverpool was justified. The game was goalless at that stage, though the champions were given the edge wh...
Arsenal yet to start contract talks with Lacazette – Arteta
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Arsenal yet to start contract talks with Lacazette – Arteta

The Gunners boss confirmed there were no contract talks underway with their French forward but stressed he has been happy with his performances Arsenal are yet to begin contract talks with Alexandre Lacazette, manager Mikel Arteta confirmed. Lacazette is contracted at the Premier League club until 2022 after joining from Lyon 2017, but there has been speculation over the forward's future. The Frenchman scored his 50th goal for Arsenal during Saturday's 2-1 win over West Ham at Emirates Stadium.
Iwobi returns to Everton squad ahead of West Brom game
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Iwobi returns to Everton squad ahead of West Brom game

The Nigeria international is in contention for Saturday's league match after missing the Toffees' opening two games of the season Alex Iwobi has returned to the Everton squad ahead of their Premier League outing against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday after recovering from a knock. The 24-year-old was missing in Carlo Ancelotti's team for their opening league fixture against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, and their Carabao Cup triumph against Salford City on Wednesday. Ahead of the encounter against the Baggies at Goodison Park on Saturday, Ancelotti confirmed the Super Eagles star is among the players fit and ready to play following his recovery.
Leeds, Southampton crash out of League Cup
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Leeds, Southampton crash out of League Cup

Leeds and Southampton were the Premier League casualties in the second round of the League Cup on Wednesday as League One Hull won a Yorkshire derby 9-8 on penalties at Elland Road, while Saints lost 2-0 at home to Brentford. On their first appearance in the top-flight for 16 years, Leeds were unlucky not to hold Liverpool to a thrilling draw at Anfield on Saturday, but Marcelo Bielsa's decision to make 11 changes backfired as his side were far less clinical against a team two divisions below them. Mallik Wilks's early deflected effort gave the Tigers something to hold on to and, despite handing club Spanish international forward Rodrigo his first start, Leeds failed to muster a response until deep into stoppage time when Ezgjan Alioski fired home. A marathon shootout followed w...
‘Bale could have sat on his backside playing golf every day’ – Spurs return for Real Madrid outcast backed by Hartson
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‘Bale could have sat on his backside playing golf every day’ – Spurs return for Real Madrid outcast backed by Hartson

The former Wales international is pleased to see his fellow countryman heading back to the Premier League, saying his quality is beyond questioning Gareth Bale heading back to the Premier League at Tottenham is a good move for all concerned, says John Hartson, as the Wales international could have “sat on his backside in Madrid playing golf every day”. The 31-year-old forward is closing in on a deal that will see him head back to familiar surroundings on an initial loan deal. A return to English football has been mooted for some time, with Manchester United and Chelsea having been heavily linked with a proven performer in the past. Spurs have, however, moved to the front of the transfer queue due to their strong emotional and professional ties with Bale.
EPL Predictions For Week 2 – By Owolabi Marcus
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EPL Predictions For Week 2 – By Owolabi Marcus

Everton vs Westbrom - Home win Leeds vs Fulham - Home win Man United vs Crystal Palace - Home win Arsenal vs Westham - Home win Southampton vs Tottenham - BTS Newcastle vs Bournemouth - Home win Chelsea vs Liverpool - BTS Leicester vs Burnley - Home win Aston Villa vs Sheffield - BTS Wolves vs Man City - BTS If you stake N200 on www.nairabet.com or any Nairabet shop, you could win N69,924 Bet Code >> 1693005 You don't necessarily have to pick all games, you can pick some and leave the rest. Good Luck.
Jack Grealish Signs New 5-Year Deal With Aston Villa
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Jack Grealish Signs New 5-Year Deal With Aston Villa

Englishman Jack Grealish has signed a new 5-year deal with Aston Villa which keeps him at the club till 2025. The Aston Villa skipper has been with his hometown club since he was eight-years-old and made his claret and blue debut at the end of the 2013/14 season. He remained with Villa despite relegation in 2016 and was pivotal in our return to the top-flight last year. https://twitter.com/AVFCOfficial/status/1305816395251421185?s=20 In their first season back in the Premier League, Jack was instrumental in the team’s survival and was capped by England for the first time earlier this month. CEO Christian Purslow said: “Jack is an emblem of our Owner’s vision for Aston Villa. He joined our Club as a local boy aged six and has developed into one of the country’s finest...
Ex-chelsea Defender, Branislav Ivanovic Returns To Premier League With West Brom
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Ex-chelsea Defender, Branislav Ivanovic Returns To Premier League With West Brom

Branislav Ivanovic has sealed a return to the Premier League after signing a one-year contract with West Brom. The 36-year-old left Chelsea in February 2017 and has spent the last three-and-a-half years in Russia with Zenit Saint Petersburg. Ivanovic becomes Slaven Bilic's sixth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Grady Diangana, Matheus Pereira, Cedric Kipre, David Button and Callum Robinson. The Serbian defender spent nine years at Chelsea between 2008-2017, winning 10 major trophies which included the 2012 Champions League. Bilic said after West Brom's opening game 3-0 defeat to Leicester that Ivanovic's signing was almost done and the club have now confirmed it. Ivanovic, who can play at right-back or centre-back, was a free agent after leaving Zenit foll...
Jose Mourinho Is The Fourth Most Likely Premier League Manager To Be Sacked First
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Jose Mourinho Is The Fourth Most Likely Premier League Manager To Be Sacked First

Jose Mourinho is the fourth most likely manager to be sacked first this season after Tottenham Hotspur's opening day defeat. Spurs lost 1-0 to Everton on Sunday afternoon as Dominic Calvert-Lewin's header condemned Mourinho to his first opening day loss in the Premier League. While there is plenty of time for the 'Special One' to turn it around, Oddschecker have revealed he currently sits at 33/1 to get the sack. The most likely is West Ham United boss David Moyes, who oversaw a 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Saturday evening. Check out the full odds for every Premier League manager per GIVEMESPORT: 20. Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) - 100/1 19. Chris Wilder (Sheffield United) - 35/1 18. Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) - 35/1 17. Carlo Ancelotti (Everton) - 33/1 16. Ole Gu...
Kevin De Bruyne Warns Liverpool How Tough Premier League Defence Will Be
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Kevin De Bruyne Warns Liverpool How Tough Premier League Defence Will Be

Manchester City successfully defended their crown in the 2018/19 season but were pushed all the way by Liverpool. Pep Guardiola's men finished on 98 points, just one ahead of Liverpool, who responded by finishing 18 points ahead of City last season to end their 30-year wait for a league title, "It was harder than we expected and we needed a very big fight with them to get it done," De Bruyne told the Daily Mail. "Mentally, sometimes it's tougher. Some teams are a little more focused on beating you. "Sometimes, some people find it more difficult after winning to get that same feeling again. It is very difficult to recreate the same feeling even with the same team, "There is so much in life that goes on personally. Every little thing can change you. Injury can change you. Football is all...
I’m really happy at Arsenal – Alexandre Lacazette
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I’m really happy at Arsenal – Alexandre Lacazette

Alexandre Lacazette insisted he is “really happy” at Arsenal after helping the Gunners kick off the new Premier League season with a comfortable 3-0 win over Fulham. Summer signings Willian and Gabriel both starred on their Arsenal debuts at Craven Cottage, the former Chelsea playmaker finishing with three assists while the ex-Lille defender headed home his side’s second. Lacazette had opened the scoring in the eighth minute when he capitalised on a loose ball, with strike partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang adding Arsenal’s third before the hour mark. Lacazette has been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid but the French forward dismissed any suggestions he is unhappy at the Emirates Stadium. “I am really happy,” he told the club website after the game. ...
Liverpool’s Salah reflects on performance vs Leeds United
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Liverpool’s Salah reflects on performance vs Leeds United

The 28-year-old Egyptian scored three goals to give the defending English champions a winning start Mohamed Salah has stated that playing without fans was tough but was nonetheless pleased as he scored a hat-trick in Liverpool’s 4-3 triumph over newly-promoted Premier League side Leeds United on Saturday. The Egypt international got things off for the Reds in the fourth minute via a penalty, but the Whites responded through Jack Harrison eight minutes later. Liverpool had a 2-1 lead thanks to Virgil van Dijk, but Leeds would equalise again. Even when Salah scored his second of the evening, Marcelo Bielsa’s men made it 3-3 thanks to Mateusz Klich in the second half.
Schwarzer explains ‘phenomenal’ Kante’s dip in form at Chelsea
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Schwarzer explains ‘phenomenal’ Kante’s dip in form at Chelsea

The Premier League veteran believes the France international can bounce back this season if he remains at Stamford Bridge N'Golo Kante can bounce back for Chelsea this season, with former team-mate Mark Schwarzer believing the midfielder has been in desperate need of a break from football. The 29-year-old was restricted to 28 appearances for the Blues last season with minor injuries keeping him sidelined after playing 53 matches the campaign before. Kante was criticised in some quarters for his performances over the past year, with Inter currently exploring the possibility of a transfer and the Blues reportedly open to cashing in on the Frenchman.
Arteta dazzled by Willian’s ambition to succeed at Arsenal as Premier League season nears
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Arteta dazzled by Willian’s ambition to succeed at Arsenal as Premier League season nears

The Brazilian still has the desire and ambition to be a driving force at the top level, according to his new manager Mikel Arteta believes Willian is the player who can drive Arsenal towards a push for more silverware and a top-four finish. Willian, 32, signed a three-year deal with Arsenal in August after leaving Chelsea as a free agent. The playmaker – who joined Chelsea from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013 – scored 37 goals and provided 33 assists in 234 Premier League appearances for the Blues.
Klopp: Liverpool won’t throw money away in transfer window
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Klopp: Liverpool won’t throw money away in transfer window

The Reds have made just one signing since winning the Premier League title, but their manager is not concerned by the lack of activity Jurgen Klopp vowed Liverpool will not "throw money away" as he hit back at the Premier League champions' transfer critics. Liverpool finished 18 points clear at the top of the table last season but have been accused by some observers of sitting back after making just one signing so far this window. Kostas Tsimikas was brought in from Olympiakos for £11.75 million ($15m) in August to provide competition for regular left-back Andy Robertson.
Man Utd the kind of club where Bale would fit in
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Man Utd the kind of club where Bale would fit in

The Wales international has been linked with a return to the Premier League and has been put forward as an alternative signing to Jadon Sancho Gareth Bale would be a 'perfect' signing for Manchester United if they fail to seal a deal to sign Jadon Sancho this summer, according to the Real Madrid's former Tottenham team-mate Peter Crouch. Bale has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford time and again in recent years, with United failing in a late bid to sign the Wales international prior to his world-record £86 million ($110m) move from Spurs to Madrid in 2013. Now Bale is surplus to requirements at Real Madrid and has hinted that he would be open to a return to the Premier League, amid reports that the Spanish giants would be willing to fund some of his lavish wages in...
Amartey: Leicester City boss Rodgers going careful with fit-again Ghana defender
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Amartey: Leicester City boss Rodgers going careful with fit-again Ghana defender

The Foxes boss talks about the way forward for the 25-year-old following his return to the pitch ahead of Sunday's Premier League opener Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers wants the club to tread cautiously in re-introducing fit-again defender Daniel Amartey to Premier League action. On the sidelines since suffering an ankle injury against West Ham United in October 2018, the Ghana international made a massive step on his road to regaining full fitness with 45 minutes of action in a friendly fixture against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, capping his return with his side's goal in the 1-1 draw. Leicester are set to play as guests to West Bromwich Albion in their 2020-21 league opener on Sunday.
Stoke City boss O’Neill banking on Mikel’s experience for 2020-21 Championship campaign
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Stoke City boss O’Neill banking on Mikel’s experience for 2020-21 Championship campaign

The Potters fortified their team with the former Nigeria international in the summer in their quest to return to the English top-flight Stoke City manager Michael O'Neill is hoping John Obi Mikel will bring his experience to bear when the 2020-21 Championship campaign gets underway. The 33-year-old teamed up with the Bet365 Stadium outfit in August as a free agent after mutually parting ways with Turkish Super Lig club Trabzonspor. The former Nigeria captain made his name while playing for Chelsea, where he spent 11 years and won a number of accolades including the Champions League, Premier League and Europa League titles, among others.
‘I have to come back better than last season’ – Rashford admits he ‘could have done much more’ for Man Utd in 2019-20
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‘I have to come back better than last season’ – Rashford admits he ‘could have done much more’ for Man Utd in 2019-20

The striker was not completely satisfied with his latest campaign for the Red Devils, despite posting career-best numbers in the final third Marcus Rashford has admitted he "could have done much more" for Manchester United in 2019-20, and that he will "have to come back better" when the new season kicks off. Rashford hit 22 goals across all competitions last term, his highest tally to date for United, to help Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side finish third in the Premier League and reach three semi-finals. However, the England international saw his progress halted when he was sidelined with a back injury in January, and his form dipped significantly upon his return to action post-lockdown.
Chelsea capable of winning the Premier League – Ezeji
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Chelsea capable of winning the Premier League – Ezeji

The Blues have been the busiest of all English top-flight sides in the summer transfer window Ex-Chelsea striker Victor Ezeji believes the Blues can win the Premier League this season following their plethora of signings in the transfer window. The London side were unable to spend during the last summer window due to a ban by Fifa, which found them guilty of a serious and systemic breach of the rules regarding their dealings with overseas players under the age of 18. It was, however, lifted this January after winning an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sports.
Silverbird TV To Broadcast EPL Matches Courtesy Of A Sub-license Deal
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Silverbird TV To Broadcast EPL Matches Courtesy Of A Sub-license Deal

One of Nigeria’s most entertaining TV stations, Silverbird Television has signed on to broadcast one live English Premier League match per week over the course of the 2020 – 2021 season. This deal was agreed with Integral, the current free-to-air rights holder for the Premier League matches in Nigeria. Integral secured its rights in a sub-license deal from the Infront Sports & Media agency, the substantive rights holder for free-to-air distribution rights in Sub-Saharan Africa. Integral currently has a similar deal with the national broadcaster, NTA and will now be adding Silverbird TV as an additional broadcaster partner. Silverbird TV will air one of the 3 pm fixtures each Saturday on its free-to-air channel while it will also show a handful of Premier League produced magazine ...
‘The possibility of goals is extraordinary’ – Nevin backs Werner & Havertz to flourish at Chelsea
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‘The possibility of goals is extraordinary’ – Nevin backs Werner & Havertz to flourish at Chelsea

The Bundesliga may be a different beast from the Premier League, but the former winger predicts few issues as the pair adapt to new surroundings New Chelsea signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have been backed to hit the ground running in the 2020-21 season, with club legend Pat Nevin of the opinion that the German duo will take very little time to settle in before the goals begin to flow. The Blues have not been shy about splashing the cash this summer, with over £200 million ($258m) having been spent to bring in the former Bundesliga pair alongside Hakim Ziyech from Ajax and Ben Chilwell from Leicester. Frank Lampard exceeded expectations in the previous Premier League campaign, finishing in the top four despite a transfer embargo and having to turn to several of the club's y...
Diangana to West Bromwich Albion: What were West Ham thinking?
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Diangana to West Bromwich Albion: What were West Ham thinking?

The uproar provoked by the Hammers letting one of their prized assets depart has generated column inches...but was that decision reasonable? When West Ham United sent prodigious talent Grady Diangana out on loan to West Bromwich Albion last season, the plan was for him to get gametime, gain valuable experience and return to the London Stadium ready to push for a place in the first team...or so we thought. In fairness, two of those wishes were met: the exciting winger played 30 times for the Albion as they regained promotion to the top flight after two years away, and was probably Slaven Bilic’s second-most-important attacker behind the mesmeric Matheus Pereira. The third hope for the 22-year-old academy graduate seemed to be a mere formality after an impressive campaign at The H...
English PFA Awards 2020: Kevin De Bruyne Pips Liverpool Stars To PFA Player Of The Year Award, Other Winners
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English PFA Awards 2020: Kevin De Bruyne Pips Liverpool Stars To PFA Player Of The Year Award, Other Winners

Kevin De Bruyne has become the first Manchester City man to be named the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Player of the Year. The Belgium playmaker’s award breaks a two-year run of Liverpool winners, with Virgil Van Dijk and Mohamed Salah having claimed the prize in the last two seasons. City trailed the Reds by an eventual 18 points in the 2019/20 Premier League term but De Bruyne, who registered 13 goals and a record-equalling 20 assists, was voted the campaign’s top performer by his peers and he was quick to thank his manager for handing him full creative licence. “Most of the time he just lets me be me,” the 29-year-old said of Pep Guardiola. “We speak often about the team but in a lot of senses he knows when he gives the orders of what the team has to do that I will...
Newcastle complete £13.5m deal for Norwich star Lewis in aftermath of Liverpool links
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Newcastle complete £13.5m deal for Norwich star Lewis in aftermath of Liverpool links

The young Northern Ireland international becomes the Magpies' fifth summer signing after previously being connected with a move to Anfield Newcastle United have completed the signing of highly rated Norwich City defender Jamal Lewis, the Magpies confirmed on Tuesday. Lewis, 22, came to the fore with a fine season at Norwich under difficult circumstances, proving one of the few high points in a 2019-20 campaign that ended with the Canaries bottom of the table and relegated. That form placed him in the sights of several Premier League clubs this summer, with Liverpool among others linked with an approach to make Lewis Andrew Robertson's deputy at left-back before the club signed Kostas Tsimikas.
Covid-19: Three positives in latest round of Premier League testing
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Covid-19: Three positives in latest round of Premier League testing

Manchester City pair Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez are two of the three players who returned positive tests Three Premier League players have tested positive for Covid-19 in the latest round of testing instigated by the league. Manchester City have confirmed that Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez have both returned positive tests for the virus, but the identity of the third player is unknown. Both City stars are, therefore, doubtful for the opening round of fixtures for the new Premier League season, with Pep Guardiola’s side up against Wolves on Monday, September 21.
England Striker Wilson Moves To Newcastle From Bournemouth
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England Striker Wilson Moves To Newcastle From Bournemouth

Callum Wilson on Monday completed his move to Premier League club Newcastle from relegated Bournemouth for a reported fee of £20 million ($26 million). The 28-year-old England forward has signed a four-year deal with Steve Bruce’s side. “Newcastle United are delighted to announce the signing of striker Callum Wilson from AFC Bournemouth,” the club said in a statement. “The 28-year-old joins the Magpies for an undisclosed fee and has signed a contract that will keep him at St James’ Park until summer 2024.” Manager Bruce said he was delighted to sign the player from Bournemouth, who were relegated last season. “He has done fantastically well at Bournemouth and was deservedly playing center-forward for England less than two years ago.” he said. “The club has worked ever so ...
EPL Predictions For Week 1 – By Owolabi Marcus
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EPL Predictions For Week 1 – By Owolabi Marcus

Welcome back!!! EPL is back and we are very excited. Though the fans are still going to be locked out, we will enjoy football from the comfort of our homes due to coronavirus. Below are the games for week 1 of the English premier league. Fulham vs Arsenal - Away win Crystal Palace vs Southampton - BTS Westham vs Newcastle - BTS Liverpool vs Leeds United - BTS Westbrom vs Leicester - Away win Tottenham vs Everton - BTS Brighton vs Chelsea - Away win Sheffield vs Wolves - Draw If you stake N200 on www.nairabet.com or any Nairabet shop, you could win N27,047 Bet Code >> 1624886 You don't necessarily have to pick all games, you can pick some and leave the rest. Good Luck.
‘Liverpool will get Thiago for close to £20m’ – Carragher confident deal with Bayern will be done
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‘Liverpool will get Thiago for close to £20m’ – Carragher confident deal with Bayern will be done

The Anfield legend believes the Reds will sign the Spain international “on their terms”, with a move set to be made late in the summer window Liverpool will do a deal for Thiago Alcantara “on their terms”, says Jamie Carragher, with the Reds legend confident that the midfielder will be snapped up from Bayern Munich in a deal worth around £20 million ($26m). A move to Anfield for the Spain international continues to be mooted in the current transfer window. Jurgen Klopp is said to have indentified the 29-year-old as a top target, with the Premier League champions looking to add even more graft and guile to their engine room.
Why The Premier League Ditched The Multimillion Dollar Chinese Broadcasting Deal
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Why The Premier League Ditched The Multimillion Dollar Chinese Broadcasting Deal

The Premier League has taken immediate action against PPTV and has cancelled the remaining two years of the broadcasting deal between the two parties. The company is owned by Suning Holdings Group. The 3-season cycle deal which was supposed to run from 2019/20 through 2021/22, was announced with great enthusiasm and large Chinese fanfare in the first season of the previous 3-year cycle – this sort of deal was highly unusual in the Chinese broadcasting sphere. The deal warranted for PPTV to pay the Premier League $750 million with an upfront payment of $350 million. The payment of $210 million became due this year but no money was forthcoming, hence the Premier League’s decision to terminate the contract. In recent years, the football teams in the Chinese Super League have been called...
Diangana: West Ham captain Noble ‘angry’ after DR Congo-born winger joined West Brom permanently
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Diangana: West Ham captain Noble ‘angry’ after DR Congo-born winger joined West Brom permanently

The DR-Congo born star completed a permanent switch to the Hawthorns after playing a crucial role in their promotion to the Premier League this season West Ham United captain Mark Noble has expressed his anger after Gary Diangana left the club to join newly-promoted West Bromwich Albion on a five-year contract. Friday's move brought an end to Diangana's 10-year stay in London having joined West Ham Academy at the age of 12. The 22-year-old joined West Brom on a season-long loan last summer after struggling to break into the Hammers' first-team, and he made a commanding statement with his return of eight goals in 30 Championship outings as Slaven Bilic's side returned to the English top-flight for the 2020-21 campaign.
Sanchez says he wanted Man Utd exit after one training session
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Sanchez says he wanted Man Utd exit after one training session

Inter Milan forward Alexis Sanchez has said he was ready to end his ill-fated spell at former club Manchester United after only one training session with the Premier League side. United had signed Chile international Sanchez in January 2018 after he scored 80 goals in 3-1/2 years at Arsenal, but he failed to reach those heights at Old Trafford under both Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with five goals in 45 games. The former Barcelona man joined Inter on loan at the start of the 2019-20 campaign, before the Italian Serie A club signed him permanently on a three-year deal in August. “I accepted the opportunity to go to United, it felt tempting and it was something good for me … but I didn’t ask for information on what was happening inside the club,” Sky Sports quoted Sa...
Chelsea midfielder Gallagher undergoes Crystal Palace medical
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Chelsea midfielder Gallagher undergoes Crystal Palace medical

Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher has completed a medical at Crystal Palace. Multiple outlets in the UK have claimed Gallagher will pen a new contract with the Blues before joining their Premier League rivals. The 20-year-old was impressive on loan at Charlton and Swansea City last season. Gallagher featured in the 1-1 friendly draw with Brighton at the AMEX. Roy Hodgson will be delighted with Gallagher's signing, having already recruited talented midfielder Eberechi Eze from QPR last week.
‘De Bruyne is the best midfielder in the world’-Xavi
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‘De Bruyne is the best midfielder in the world’-Xavi

The former Barcelona playmaker has heaped praise upon the man who picked up the Premier League Player of the Year award last season Kevin De Bruyne is the "best midfielder in the world", according to Xavi, who says the Manchester City star is "on another level" to his peers. De Bruyne has established himself as one of the most consistent performers in the Premier league since completing a £55 million ($73m) move to City from Wolfsburg in 2015. The 29-year-old has hit 57 goals in 222 appearances for the Blues, while also providing a staggering 89 assists, 20 of which were recorded in the top-flight last season.
Ejuke: Nigerian forward reacts after joining CSKA Moscow
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Ejuke: Nigerian forward reacts after joining CSKA Moscow

The 22-year-old winger has signed a deal that will keep him at VEB Arena until 2024 after successful medicals Chidera Ejuke has expressed his delight after completing his move to Russian Premier League side CSKA Moscow from Heerenveen. The Nigerian forward sealed a four-year contract with the Red and Blues on Friday to end transfer speculation surrounding him. The winger made an impressive contribution during his one-year stay with the Super Frisians, scoring nine goals and providing four assists in 25 league appearances.
Liverpool Won’t Go Near Messi – Jamie Carragher
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Liverpool Won’t Go Near Messi – Jamie Carragher

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher is excited about the prospect of Barcelona star man Lionel Messi coming to the Premier League claiming he will like to watch him play week in week out.There have been talks on where Lionel Messi will be playing next since he handed in his transfer request this week to Barcelona which is likely to end his 20-year spell at the club. Many top clubs are now looking to bring the current World best player to their respective teams and Manchester City is leading the race as Messi former manager Pep Guardiola is the team coach.Liverpool are also in the scene but Jamie Carragher thinks Liverpool won't go near him as the Argentine will be too expensive for the Premier League champions. He revealed this when he was asked 'whether Messi could join a Premier Lea...
We’re Going To Enjoy If Messi Comes To England – Mikel Arteta
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We’re Going To Enjoy If Messi Comes To England – Mikel Arteta

Arteta’s remarks come after reports surfaced that Messi has conveyed his message to Barcelona that he no longer wants to stay with the club. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said he is going to enjoy if the “best player in football history” Lionel Messi joins a Premier League club as it will make the league competitive. Arteta’s remarks come after reports surfaced that Messi has conveyed his message to Barcelona that he no longer wants to stay with the club. The 33-year-old sent a fax to the club, asking them to allow him to activate a clause in his contract that will allow him to leave on a free transfer this summer, Goal.com had reported. “He has been linked everywhere, you know? He has more clubs than any other player in history after him. I’ve been a Barcelona fan since I...
Henderson: Liverpool can be a lot better, individuals will get stronger
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Henderson: Liverpool can be a lot better, individuals will get stronger

The Reds skipper has lifted Champions League, Club World Cup and Premier League trophies, but he says there is more to come from those at Anfield Jordan Henderson is a Champions League, Club World Cup and Premier League title winner at Liverpool, but the Reds captain says Jurgen Klopp’s side “can be a lot better”. It is difficult to see how the Merseyside outfit could take their game to even greater heights. They were a dominant force on a domestic scene in 2019-20, with a first English top-flight crown in 30 years secured in record-setting style.
Premier League Stadiums Set To Welcome Back Supporters From October
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Premier League Stadiums Set To Welcome Back Supporters From October

Away fans are unlikely to return to Premier League matches in the upcoming 2020/21 season, despite stadiums due to reopen for supporters from October 3. All matches have taken place behind closed doors since football resumed from its coronavirus hiatus, but Government guidelines continue to suggest at the possible return of fans to stadiums in slightly over a month. Clubs are preparing for this possibility, but they are well aware stadiums will have to open with a reduced capacity to ensure social distancing rules are adhered to. With a one-metre social distancing rule in place, data suggests that just 20,590 people will be allowed inside Manchester United’s Old Trafford, the largest stadium in the Premier League. Turf Moor, Burnley’s home stadium, normally sits ...
‘De Bruyne would be the perfect fit for Liverpool!’ – Man City star
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‘De Bruyne would be the perfect fit for Liverpool!’ – Man City star

A former Anfield favourite believes the Belgian midfielder would slot into Jurgen Klopp's line up perfectly Stan Collymore says that Kevin De Bruyne "would be the perfect fit for Liverpool", with it his belief that the Manchester City star could turn the Reds into a "truly great side". De Bruyne was the standout player for City throughout their 2019-20 campaign, as he hit 13 goals while also recording a staggering 20 assists in 35 top-flight outings. The 29-year-old picked up the Premier League Player of the Season award for his efforts, and also added a fourth League Cup winners' medal to his collection of domestic honours.
Ben Chilwell Close to £50m Chelsea Move
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Ben Chilwell Close to £50m Chelsea Move

Chelsea are close to agreeing a £50 million deal with Leicester City for Ben Chilwell, according to Sky Sports. The two Premier League clubs have made progress in negotiations this week. Although nothing has been signed yet, a deal is expected to be completed early next week. Leicester have constantly made it clear they will not allow their players leave for low fees, and last summer, they made Manchester United pay £80m for Harry Maguire. The former champions are not under pressure to sell, as Chilwell is under contract until 2024, but the situation could change if he wants to leave. Chilwell is understood to be keen on the move with the opportunity for Champions League football at Chelsea.
Ex-Fulham defender Paintsil narrates why he grabbed Yakubu Aiyegbeni’s balls
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Ex-Fulham defender Paintsil narrates why he grabbed Yakubu Aiyegbeni’s balls

The Ghanaian full-back had a little altercation with the Nigerian forward during their playing days in the English top-flight Former Fulham right-back John Paintsil has come out to explain the reason why he held ex-Nigeria international Yakubu Aiyegbeni by his crotch in a Premier League game with Everton. The incident happened during a corner kick routine in which Paintsil was to mark Yakubu. In a bid to distract the Toffees forward before the ball was played, Paintsil took it upon himself to grab Yakubu’s balls. The prolific striker was not pleased with it and confronted him. However, the incident was missed by the referee and the game continued without any fuss.
Premier League 2020/21 Fixtures Released
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Premier League 2020/21 Fixtures Released

The Premier League fixtures for the 2020/21 season have been announced. Kick-offs are 15:00 for Saturdays and Bank Holidays unless stated otherwise. Fixtures are subject to change. Go to the fixtures page for club-by-club fixtures. Stay up to date with all the fixtures with the Premier League's digital calendar. PostponedBurnley v Man UtdMan City v Aston Villa Saturday 12 SeptemberCrystal Palace v SouthamptonFulham v ArsenalLiverpool v Leeds UtdSpurs v EvertonWest Brom v Leicester CityWest Ham v Newcastle Utd Monday 14 September20:00 Brighton v Chelsea20:00 Sheffield Utd v Wolves Saturday 19 SeptemberArsenal v West HamAston Villa v Sheffield UtdChelsea v LiverpoolEverton v West BromLeeds Utd v FulhamLeicester City v BurnleyMan Utd v Crystal PalaceNewcastle Utd v B...
Man Utd And Man City To Miss Start Of Premier League Campaign
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Man Utd And Man City To Miss Start Of Premier League Campaign

Man utd and their neighboring club City will be missing out on the next season Premier League opening match with will be kicking off in September after reaching the latter stage of the European competition this month. According to the Times, an agreement was reached at the premier league shareholders meeting earlier this month that will allow a team to rest at least a 30-day break between the coming season and the end of the 2019-20 campaign. Man City was knocked out in the quarter-final stage of the European Champions League by Lyon on Saturday evening,  While Manchester United was sent home by the Spanish club Sevilla in the semi-final stage of the Europa League on Sunday. It means that the two Manchester clubs will be playing their Premier League opening matches in...
Barcelona president Bartomeu opens door to Coutinho stay
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Barcelona president Bartomeu opens door to Coutinho stay

Though the Brazilian is expected to leave Camp Nou, he could stay in 2020-21 if the Blaugrana's new head coach wants him there Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has opened the door for Philippe Coutinho to play for the club next season. After a season on loan with Bayern Munich, Coutinho was tipped to be sold to the Premier League, with his agent Kia Joorabchian claiming his client is keen on a return to England. Bartomeu, though, has said that the 28-year-old could be at Camp Nou next season if incoming head coach Ronald Koeman desires. 
Liverpool’s Mane reveals personal target for 2020-21 season after winning PFA award
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Liverpool’s Mane reveals personal target for 2020-21 season after winning PFA award

The Senegal international was voted by fans as the best player in the Premier League for the 2019-20 season Liverpool forward Sadio Mane said he will work harder to be a better player in the 2020-21 season after winning the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year award. Mane was announced as the winner of the annual accolade on Monday after seeing off competition from teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold and Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne. The Senegal international, who is currently in Austria with his Liverpool teammates for their pre-season training, reacted to the honour by appreciating the fans who voted for their support.
Liverpool Defender Williams Signs New Five-Year Contract
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Liverpool Defender Williams Signs New Five-Year Contract

The Welshman is the latest Anfield youngster to sign a new deal after a breakthrough year in 2019-20 Liverpool full-back Neco Williams has signed a new five-year contract with the Premier League champions. As reported by Goal last week, the 19-year-old is now considered a part of Jurgen Klopp’s squad and has been rewarded after a breakthrough year that saw him make his senior debut and first top-flight appearance. “It feels amazing,” he told the club’s website. “At the minute for me, I think there is no better place to learn and to become a better player than being here and working with the lads. I think we’ve got some of the best players in the world and we’re one of the best teams in the world.”
Podolski advises Havertz over Chelsea move: Get tougher!
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Podolski advises Havertz over Chelsea move: Get tougher!

Former Arsenal star Lukas Podolski has advised countryman Kai Havertz to work on his power and strength if he moves to the Premier League. The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder, 21, is being heavily linked with Chelsea, with reports he could move to Stamford Bridge after his side were knocked out of the Europa League last week. "Why are you asking me about a Leverkusen player?" Podolski joked to The Athletic. "I'm [a] Cologne [man] and they are our rivals along with Gladbach and Dusseldorf. "[But] he's a great talent. On the ball he is so creative, but he's still young — let's see if he can fit into the Premier League. I think he is still missing some strength and power, but he should taste the drink of the Premier League and see if he likes it. "I did, but I knew I would like i...
Kevin De Bruyne Wins Premier League Player Of The Season
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Kevin De Bruyne Wins Premier League Player Of The Season

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been named Premier League Player of the Season for the 2019/20 campaign. The Belgian playmaker beat Liverpool trio Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold, Southampton striker Danny Ings, Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope and Leicester's Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy to the award. De Bruyne was the only Manchester City player to be nominated for the prize after they relinquished their Premier League title to Liverpool following two seasons as champions but even if City's domestic campaign fell short of their previous lofty standards, De Bruyne enjoyed his most productive season since arriving at the Etihad in 2015. As well as recording 20 assists - equalling the league record set by Thierry Henry in 2003 - he also sco...