Premier League returns: team news and transfers as we count …

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“75 days is a protracted wait,” says the authentic Premier League India Twitter account.

Is it?

It’s Friday, it’s 5pm – sure! – it’s Rob Smyth with as of late’s Fiver:

Ralph Hassenhüttl is correct, a number of time left to make transfers occur,” emails Olivier. “This is in fact a disgrace, I’d love to peer the switch window slam close with the primary kick-off. Much extra amusing and truthful than this nonsense.”

This is an concept I will be able to get in the back of. Spice it up somewhat.

Every time I transfer on Sky Sports News, it’s simply Brendan Rodgers announcing “at this second in time.”

The Premier League is maximum without a doubt again.

Championship information: Apparently, the pitch on the Coventry Building Society Arena is in a proper previous state after the venue hosted the rugby sevens on the Commonwealth Games.

As a end result, Coventry’s assembly with Rotherham, lately scheduled for 3pm on Sunday, has been thrown into doubt, and the house membership have showed {that a} pitch inspection will happen the next day:

The Southampton supervisor, Ralph Hasenhüttl, has insisted big-money signings “make no sense” for Southampton.

Saints have introduced in six recruits earlier than the brand new marketing campaign, with additional additions nonetheless being sought. Hasenhüttl believes spending upwards of £40million on one participant stays off Southampton’s schedule, then again, with the south-coast membership proceeding to concentrate on younger goals.

“I’m nonetheless of the opinion that £40 or £50million transfers make no sense for us,” he mentioned. “But we in fact need high quality, and if it’s younger, OK, no drawback, take it. This is the best way we need to move and it’s excellent that we have got achieved our task to this point. But the switch window is open goodbye that, if we do one thing we have now sufficient time to do it.”

Hang on, I’ve after all considered a extra ludicrous switch rate: Andy Carroll, for £35million, in 2011.

Cucurella newest!

“Yes, it might were great to pay somewhat much less,” emails Nate. “But for a barely-24-year-old Spanish world who was once participant of the season for a top-half membership final yr, and who can play in more than one positions … it sort of feels comprehensible to plunk down the additional 5 or 10 million. In a marketplace the place Richarlison and Raphina are each and every value £50m, Chelsea merely paid the going worth for a top quality younger participant.”

Via Nottingham Forest’s YouTube – Jack Colback has had a talk earlier than their opener towards Newcastle at 3pm the next day:

“I feel we’ve made the enthusiasts proud right here. It’s about backing that up. We’re no longer right here simply to have a ‘swansong’ season within the Premier League,” Colback mentioned. “It’s about seeking to compete, and it’s what we’ll be seeking to do.”

On Forest’s switch process: “Especially for us, the membership, and the enthusiasts, it should be excellent for them to peer the homeowners backing the crew and backing the chief.”

On Jesse Lingard: “Jesse’s a excellent lad. For us, he’s simply any other participant … for the enthusiasts, he’s the kind of participant they could by no means have anticipated to return right here. He brings an enormous quantity of of revel in on the subject of the Premier League … that’s going to lend a hand us, it’s going to lend a hand with lads who haven’t skilled his stage.”

Promotion joy.
Promotion pleasure. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images/Reuters

Barcelona’s new striker Robert Lewandowski says he feels more fit now at 33 than he did just about 5 years in the past and that he hopes to lend a hand the crew together with his technical talents and revel in. The Poland striker, who scored 344 targets for Bayern in 375 suits, joined Barça in a deal value €45million euros final month and was once offered to 1000’s of enthusiasts at Camp Nou on Friday. Lewandowski, who will flip 34 this month, says age does no longer topic.

“It is just a quantity and bodily I don’t really feel like I’m 33, just about 34, as a result of I do know I will be able to nonetheless play a couple of years at height stage and even longer,” Lewandowski mentioned. “I believe higher even than when I used to be a 29-year-old. It’s no longer the query we need to take into accounts.”

Lewandowski and Bayern bosses criticised each and every different over the best way they treated the switch, with the participant announcing there have been lot of “politics” from the aspect of the membership who have been “looking for a controversy” to promote him.

“If we’re speaking about that duration, evidently, it wasn’t simple for me to make a decision to go away Bayern after 8 years, however I do know for me and my circle of relatives it was once the very best subsequent step in my lifestyles and my profession,” he mentioned.

The Bundesliga’s 2d absolute best all-time scorer in the back of the overdue Gerd Müller mentioned he would use his revel in to lead Barca’s younger gamers. “This mixture of younger gamers and skilled gamers is vital,” Lewandowski mentioned. “If I will be able to lend a hand them with some phrases, no longer best technical talents at the pitch, however occasionally extra with phrases I will be able to inform them and provide an explanation for as a result of I’ve noticed so much in my lifestyles in soccer.” (Reuters)

Robert Lewandowski (right) with Barcelona’s president Joan Laporta.
Robert Lewandowski (proper) with Barcelona’s president Joan Laporta. Photograph: Alejandro García/EPA

Over on Twitter, Fabrizio Romano has extra information about Mertens and his departure from Napoli. Is he off to Turkey?

Galatasaray submitted their authentic proposal to Dries Mertens: €4m web wage according to season plus add-ons, new deal to be activated in case Gala will qualify to UCL 2023/24. 🚨🇹🇷🇧🇪 #Galarasaray

Gala are looking forward to ultimate resolution, whilst they’re set to finish Lucas Torreira deal.

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 5, 2022

And within the ultimate Mertens replace of the afternoon, this from Patrick Kendrick on Twitter:

Dries Mertens to be recognised as an honorary citizen of Naples. Not dissimilar to being given “freedom of town” in the United Kingdom

— Patrick Kendrick (@patrickendrick) August 5, 2022

The Cucurella debate rolls on:

“Cucurella is a fantastic participant, however I do marvel the place he’ll play with Chilwell obviously where holder at left-back,” feedback montesdeoca. “Perhaps Tuchel sees him as doubling up as a marauding centre-back … I’m additionally quite shocked at our alleged courtship of De Jong. Another midfielder? Perhaps Jorginho will certainly be bought. In common I’m baffled by means of the loss of departures – the squad is taking up a slightly bloated glance.”

Meanwhile, Bob Soule tweets:

@LukeMcLaughlin Brighton valued Marc Cucurella @ £50M. City valued him @ £40M. Chelsea can pay £55M. Sounds like trade as standard for Chelsea. Boehly and Abramovich: brothers of various moms?

— Bob Soule (@Rasalsul) August 5, 2022

And Jeff Sachs assists in keeping it brief and candy on electronic mail, referring to Cucurella: “This goes to be a large flop.”

Did you omit the rest? You can to find our particular person previews for each Premier League membership in this web page.

And underneath, a handful of items all having a look forward to the large kick-off:

You could have noticed this already, however right here is going anyway. Dries Mertens posted an emotional and sensible farewell message to Napoli enthusiasts on Wednesday night time. Both a trendy good-bye to the membership and a excellent piece of enhancing by means of his social media guru:

If you’d love to become involved with this afternoon’s Premier League countdown amusing/heated debate, you’ll be able to all the time electronic mail me, or on the other hand touch me by means of the magic of Twitter.

“Is as much as £62m for Cucurella (who can’t realistically be described as being within the height 5 complete backs within the league, a minimum of at this level) possibly the maddest switch in PL historical past?” feedback oceanicwave.

“I’m in truth suffering to consider a extra clearly overpriced deal. I used to be pondering possibly Pepe at £70m however a minimum of he’d come off an outstanding season and seemed thrilling.

“If a state-owned membership with about 12 £60m gamers in it already pull out of a deal since the worth has ballooned out of all regulate, possibly it’s time to take a look at whether or not you’re doing the fitting factor.”

I’m no longer completely positive if Richarlison’s sale to Tottenham may also be noticed as a part of Lampard’s “striker headache”? It’s going to be an excessively lengthy headache, if that is so.

Frank Lampard believes Dele Alli may well be the treatment for his striker headache in Everton’s Premier League opener towards Chelsea. Lampard heads into Saturday’s night fixture at Goodison Park with out a recognised central ahead after Dominic Calvert-Lewin was once dominated out for 6 weeks with a knee harm.

Salomon Rondon is suspended for the seek advice from of Lampard’s former membership, whilst Richarlison has been bought to Tottenham. Alli has began best as soon as since his January transfer from Spurs, however Lampard mentioned: “Dele made his title as a 2d striker, in my view, with Harry Kane at Tottenham.

“They had some nice years in combination. He could also be moved again because the years went on, in most cases to turn out to be extra of a No 8 or a extra structured midfield participant. But he’s indubitably within the working as an answer.” (PA Media)

Dele Alli and Lamps.
Dele Alli and Lamps. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

I do know what you’re sitting there and pondering … when do the highest leagues get started throughout Europe? Great query!

Serie A kicks off subsequent Saturday, Sampdoria v Atalanta being the curtain-raiser, at 6.30pm native time.

The Bundesliga, just like the Premier League, kicks into tools this night, with Eintracht Frankfurt webhosting the Robert Lewandowski-less Bayern Munich at 8.30pm this night (7.30pm UK).

La Liga starts subsequent Friday night time with Osasuna v Sevilla at 8pm UK time/9pm in Spain.

In France, Lyon kick issues off this night in Ligue 1, at house to some of the promoted groups, Ajaccio, who can be popping throughout from their base at the island of Corsica. Presumably they received’t get the ferry, however right here’s a photograph of 1 leaving Ajaccio anyway.

A ferry off the coast of Corsica.
A ferry off the coast of Corsica. Photograph: Danita Delimont/Alamy

Thanks Tom. Hello everybody. Right, what’s the most recent? Let me take a look at.

And with that, it’s Luke’s flip to retake the reins to lead you thru the remainder of the afternoon. Bye and feature a excellent weekend.

An early-season headache for Leicester: Ricardo Pereira has been dominated out for 6 months with a ruptured achilles.

Brentford’s Bryan Mbeumo may transfer his world allegiance from France to Cameroon in time to play for the west African country within the World Cup, Associated Press is reporting. Cameroon’s soccer federation mentioned on Friday that the winger needs to modify eligibility to position himself in rivalry for a spot at Qatar 2022 . He will be the 3rd former France under-21 world with circle of relatives ties to Cameroon to make the transfer this yr, after Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Olivier Ntcham.

And right here’s Jamie Jackson’s complete tale on Eric ten Hag’s laying down of the legislation at Old Trafford:

Wolves have rejected Nottingham Forest’s be offering for Morgan Gibbs-White, as Ben Fisher and Will Unwin file:

When did “within the development” turn out to be the go-to cliche to explain getting switch offers achieved? Whatever, Maxwel Cornet is it seems that in a single as his £17.5m West Ham transfer from Burnley edges nearer to crowning glory. Here’s Moyesy: “He’s within the development now, so confidently we will get that one achieved.”

Of route, for {most professional} golf equipment in England this isn’t the hole weekend of the season – the EFL season were given below manner final season, and there’s Championship motion this night when Birmingham, slowed down by means of possession uncertainty for months and tipped by means of many for relegation, tackle promotion hopefuls Huddersfield at St Andrew’s. Blues were given a good draw at Luton final week thoughts, whilst Huddersfield have been overwhelmed by means of Burnley and it’s going to take new supervisor Danny Schofield time to mattress in.

Eddie Howe indicators new long-term Newcastle deal

Newcastle’s supervisor has underlined his dedication to what we would possibly euphemistically name the Project by means of signing a brand new long-term contract at St James’ Park

A membership commentary mentioned: “Newcastle United are thrilled to substantiate that head trainer Eddie Howe has signed a brand new long-term contract at St. James’ Park.
“Howe joined the Magpies in November 2021, in a while after a takeover of the membership by means of an funding staff comprising PIF, PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media.

“The crew was once nonetheless pursuing its first Premier League win of the season on the time of Howe’s arrival, then again he guided United to eleventh position all through the 2021/22 marketing campaign, completing 14 issues transparent of the ground 3 and simply two issues off the highest 10.”

Thanks Luke. And right here’s an enchanting little statistical line that PA Media have simply post about substitute-use, as we head right into a season through which 5 are allowed: Manchester City used their subs’ bench much less ceaselessly than any crew within the Premier League or the English Football League final season, PA information company research finds. Substitutes accounted for best 4.5% of Man City’s Premier League taking part in time in 2021-22, the bottom proportion of mins in England’s height 4 tiers.

Though this would seem to head towards the road that expanding the collection of subs would favour the large groups, it additionally displays the squad balance that best the richest golf equipment are typically in a position to deal with.

That’s all from me – again to Tom Davies to lead you thru the remainder of the large Premier League countdown …

Here, in video shape, is John Brewin’s view on how Wolves are shaping up for the Premier League season forward:

Ready for the Premier League 2022-2023: Wolves – video

Now, some switch information from the Women’s Super League:

Chelsea have made the Sweden world Johanna Rytting Kaneryd their 5th summer season signing. The winger joins on a three-year deal, with an approach to prolong for any other yr.

The 25-year previous, who will put on the No 19 blouse, joins after scoring 15 targets in 55 appearances for BK Häcken, and featured in all of the Swedish membership’s Champions League staff suits final season.

Johanna Rytting Kaneryd.
Johanna Rytting Kaneryd. Photograph: Clive Howes/Chelsea FC/Getty Images

Ten Hag performs down Ronaldo row

The Manchester United supervisor Erik ten Hag has performed down the talk over Cristiano Ronaldo leaving final Sunday’s pleasant towards Rayo Vallecano early.

“There have been many gamers who left, however the highlight is on Cristiano and that’s not proper,” Ten Hag mentioned. “So I feel then do your analysis and make out many gamers left, that was once what was once mentioned … He was once a part of it. Again, there have been a large number of gamers.”

Asked about Ronaldo’s place on the membership, Ten Hag mentioned: “I’m in point of fact satisfied. I instructed you earlier than, we plan with the season (with him). We have a height striker and I’m in point of fact satisfied he’s right here, he’s within the squad and we keep on with that plan.”

And will he play towards Brighton? “We will see Sunday.”

The supervisor additionally showed that Anthony Martial is probably not to be had on Sunday: “Yes (he’s out),” Ten Hag mentioned. “It’s all the time tough to mention (the timescale). I’m hoping no longer too lengthy.”

(Quotes from PA Media)

“Our goal is to win each recreation,” says Erik ten Hag.

Not precisely what you’d name an unique idea from the brand new Manchester United supervisor, however an admirable ambition, nevertheless.

🔊 “Our goal is to win each recreation, that is what Manchester United stands for,” Erik provides.

“We need to stay up for the primary recreation and the way must be: to win each recreation. So, let’s get started Sunday.” 🙌#MUFC || #MUNBHA

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 5, 2022

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