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New Manchester United signing Diogo Dalot will miss the start of the season after undergoing surgery to repair meniscus damage in his right knee.

The 19-year-old has been sidelined since suffering a training ground injury back in April, but Jose Mourinho didn’t want to risk missing out on the highly-rated defender. "Dalot is injured; we knew that but we didn't want to lose him because of that," revealed the United boss. "He is recovering really well. He will not be ready for the start of the season but we think he'll be ready for September." Dalot cut his teeth playing for Porto B before finally making his first senior start in February, a 5-1 thrashing of minnows Portimonense, in which he provided two-assists. Coach Sergio Conceicao kept faith in the versatile full-back a week later for the top-of-the-table clash with Sporting Lisbon, and he didn't disappoint, starring in the 2-1 win. Dalot impressed the onlooking United scouts just days later as Porto played out a goalless draw in the Champions League at Anfield.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 19 - 2:03 AM

Liverpool expect Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to miss the majority of 2018/19 and insist that any competitive play next season would be a ‘bonus’.

The former Arsenal midfielder was just beginning to establish himself at Anfield when he injured his knee during the Champions League win over AS Roma in April. Oxlade-Chamberlain underwent surgery 8 days later but details of the injury were never revealed publicly, and as such, there had been no definitive timeline on a potential return to play until now: "It feels like an appropriate time to tell people that for Ox this coming season will be about focusing on recovery and rehab," manager Jurgen Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com. "We have known this from pretty much the day after he got the injury and after the successful surgery, we were sure of it. There has been no change, no setback – it’s exactly on the schedule we expected and planned for." Liverpool have already been active during the transfer window and followed up the signings of Fabinho and Naby Keita with the capture of Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke.
Jul 19 - 1:12 AM

The Premier League has been well-represented in a leaked version of FIFA’s World Cup team of the tournament.

Almost half, five, of the starting XI came from sides within the English top-flight, and, as always, the results were the cause of much debate. Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris managed to edge out Golden Glove winner [most clean sheets] Thibaut Courtois while two England stars were included, but probably ‘not’ the duo you would have expected to see. Ashley Young scooped the award for best left-back with international team-mate Kieran Trippier earning the honours on the opposite flank. Surprisingly, there was no Harry Maguire as France centre-back Raphael Varane (fair enough) partnered Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren(!), go figure. N’Golo Kante was somehow overlooked following a string of excellent performances with the decidedly average Paulinho chosen in the holding role alongside Player of the Tournament Luka Modric. Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard made up the Premier League contingent for his contribution in helping Belgium secure third-place.
Source: Daily Star
Jul 18 - 1:44 AM

Heung-Min Son is poised to miss the start of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign after he was selected as one of three over-age players to represent South Korea at the upcoming Asian Games.

The tournament begins on August 14, and with Son set to join his international team-mates prior, he’s likely to be absent for Spurs’ opening four games of the season – Newcastle, Fulham, Manchester United and Watford. Although there has been no agreement for the release of Son, Mauricio Pochettino is expected to reluctantly allow the 26-year-old to represent his country as winning the Games would guarantee the South Korea star exemption from 21-months of national service, which is due to begin in 2020. Tottenham are already sweating on the availability of up-to nine first-team players who were involved in the final weekend of the World Cup finals. The likes of Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier, Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris all featured prominently for their respective countries in Russia and face a race against time to be ready for the opener when they return from their extended break.
Jul 18 - 1:11 AM

Manager Manuel Pellegrini has hailed the "new dimension" club-record signing Felipe Anderson will bring to West Ham United's attack.

The highly touted 25-year-old joined West Ham last week in a deal worth up to £47 million with add-ons, shattering the previous record £22 million signing of defender Issa Diop earlier this month. A technically gifted winger with an eye for goal, Anderson arrives having supplied 34 goals and 42 assists in 177 appearances during a five-year spell at Lazio. Priced at 7.0m in FPL, Anderson represents an exciting option with Manuel Lanzini out injured. The Brazilian was involved in a goal for Lazio every 104 minutes last season, scoring seven goals and adding nine assists in 1,670 minutes. "Felipe has a very natural and skilful ability, in the traditional style of Brazilian football, but has proven at Lazio that he also has the strength and mentality to play at the top level in European football," said Pellegrini.
Jul 17 - 5:45 PM

Jason Steele signed for Brighton from Sunderland in late June but it appears he may have to wait for a lesser competition to make his first competitive appearance for the club.

First-choice goalkeeper Mat Ryan was a standout performer in Brighton's first season in the Premier League under Chris Hughton. He will hold onto his starting berth for the coming season, with 27 year-old Steele ready to deputise if necessary. Steele, a former England U-21 international, played 18 times for Sunderland last season as they suffered their second consecutive relegation to League One. He has signed a three-year deal at the AMEX.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 17 - 4:32 PM

Early in July, Brighton announced the signing of Bernardo from RB Leipzig on a four-year deal which set the club back a reported £9m.

The Brazilian is a utility player, who can play on both the left and right side of the defence. Last season at Leipzig he was predominantly used on the left, with 15 of his 18 league outings coming on that side. He usually started for them though a string of appearances would be interrupted by a one game drop to the bench. In 27 total appearances last term, Bernardo notched up just a single goal and assist, suggesting that fantasy managers should not be rushing to include him in their gameweek one sides.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 17 - 4:25 PM

Rangers have signed centre-back Connor Goldson from Brighton.

Goldson made a comeback from a preventative heart surgery in February 2017 last season, making 8 appearances in total for the Seagulls including 2 PL starts. Whilst Chris Hughton was not desperate to offload the player, Goldson was looking to get first team football again after a frustrating period on the comeback trail from injury: "[The surgery] put a lot of things in perspective and one of those things was to just play as much as I could," said Goldson.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 17 - 4:15 PM

Jannik Vestergaard returned home from World Cup duty with Denmark having failed to make an appearance and promptly signed for Southampton a few days ago.

The 6ft 6in centre-back has signed a four-year deal at St. Mary's, becoming their record transfer in the process at approximately £18 million ($23.6m). The 24 year-old arrives from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach, for whom he made 79 appearances in two seasons including run-outs in the Champions League and Europa League. Given his height, it's not a shock that Vestergaard is renowned for his aerial ability - he won 90 aerial duels in the German top flight last term, a 60% success rate. 90 is the 13th best tally of all players in that division. The Dane also topped the league for blocked shots (35) and was 7th for clearances (146). His 3 defensive errors placed him 19th for that unfortunate tally but just one led to a breakthrough for the opposition.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 17 - 4:05 PM

Chelsea defender Todd Kane has joined Hull City on a season-long loan deal.

Kane moves to the KCOM Stadium for his eighth loan spell away from Stamford Bridge. Although the 24-year-old right-back has yet to feature for the Chelsea first team, he has made more than 120 first-team appearances during his loan travels. Kane scored three goals in 17 matches for Oxford United during a short-term loan in the second half of last season. "I think this will be my last loan because I really want to find a permanent deal, if that's here or not we will see over the course of the next few months," Kane told Hull's official website. "With that in mind, this is a very important year for me, and I want to play as many games as possible. I believe that I have the ability to do that."
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 17 - 3:31 PM

Southampton has snapped up England Under-21 goalkeeper Angus Gunn from Manchester City.

The transfer fee for the young player was in the region of £13.5m (almost $18m), including add-ons. Gunn, who spent last season at Norwich on-loan, was keen to leave Man City where he was set to be behind Ederson and Bravo in the pecking order. Gunn will now be competing with the first choice at the end of last season, Alex McCarthy, and Fraser Forster. All three goalkeepers come in at 4.5m in FPL. It will be interesting to see who is Mark Hughes' first choice as preseason progresses, as Gunn must have been given some assurances about his game time before he signed on to become a Saint.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 16 - 5:55 PM

Southampton's new midfielder Mohamed Elyounoussi joins the club with a formidable record from his time in Norway and Switzerland.

The 23 year-old started his senior career in Norway at Sarpsborg before signing for one of the country's biggest clubs, Molde. At Molde, he scored 42 goals in 92 appearances. Elyounoussi then moved to Basel where he spent two seasons. It proved to be a great incubator for the player, as he got Champions League experience and put in performances which attracted the interest of clubs as big as Arsenal. For Basel he had 23 goals and 30 assists in 84 games. "I'm at my best when I use my creativity, so I think the club's philosophy will suit me," said the player when he signed. He could be a vast improvement on the departed Dusan Tadic for 6.5m in the Official Fantasy PL game this season.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 16 - 5:48 PM

Sam Johnstone has left Manchester United permanently for Championship club West Brom.

Johnstone West Brom's manager Darren Moore's first signing of the summer transfer window. The 25 year-old leaves Old Trafford having never made a senior appearance for the club however he has a lot of senior experience gleaned from loan moves to Oldham Athletic, Scunthorpe United, Walsall, Yeovil Town, Doncaster Rovers and, most recently, Aston Villa. He was an important figure in Villa's run to the play-off final last season.
Source: manutd.com
Jul 16 - 5:30 PM

Chelsea goalkeeper Jamal Blackman has joined Leeds United on a season-long loan.

The 24-year-old Chelsea Academy product returns to the Championship after spending last season loan at Sheffield United, where he made 33 appearances and kept nine clean sheets. Blackman links up with another Chelsea youngster Lewis Baker on loan at Leeds, after the latter moved to Elland Road in June. The 6ft 7in shot-stopper is expected to compete with fellow Leeds goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell for the number one shirt for the 2018/19 season.
Jul 16 - 5:26 PM

Huddersfield Town midfielder Jack Payne has joined League One side Bradford City on a season-long loan for the 2018/19 campaign.

The 23-year-old spent the first half of last season on loan at Oxford United before being recalled in January and afterwards joining Blackburn Rovers. Payne scored four goals and provided ten assists in League One play for both clubs, and clinched promotion to the Championship with Blackburn last season. The creative midfielder will now join up with former Terriers midfielder Michael Collins, who was appointed Bradford City manager in June 2018.
Jul 16 - 5:16 PM




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