Transfer roundup: Spurs close in on £55m defender Ndombélé, West Ham ponder Rondón


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• Pochettino moves in on No 1 summer target
• West Ham will sign Rondón if they can sell HernándezTottenham have made a club record £55m (€62m) bid for the Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombélé and are confident of closing a deal for one of the most exciting young talents in Europe.

Mauricio Pochettino has made the 22-year-old France international his prime summer target as he seeks new impetus at the club after spending five years in charge, and negotiations with Lyon are at an advanced stage.

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Everton set to land £22m Gomes but Burnley hit by Heaton contract blow


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• Barcelona midfielder André Gomes close to Everton transfer
• Goalkeeper Tom Heaton rejects new contract at Turf MoorEverton are close to the permanent signing of André Gomes after agreeing a fee of £22m plus add-ons for the Barcelona midfielder.

Gomes enjoyed a successful loan last season at Goodison Park, where regular first-team football and a healthy relationship with the manager, Marco Silva, helped to rejuvenate a career that had stalled.

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West Ham bid £20m for Barcelona’s André Gomes but fear Everton interest


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Premier League 2018-19 review: our predictions versus reality


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We thought Manchester City would pip Liverpool to the title, but we also said Watford would go down

What we said: “Pep Guardiola’s talented side look well placed to become the first team to retain the Premier League title since Manchester United did it in 2009.”

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Unforgettable photos: the best of the 2018-19 Premier League season


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Photo editor Jonny Weeks reviews a tumultuous football season through some of its best, weirdest and most defining images

On an average weekend, The Guardian receives around 12,000 photographs from Premier League matches via its staff, agency and contributor photographers. That’s almost half a million images per season. Some capture extraordinary joy and despair; some bear witness to defining moments in the title race; some owe greatly to the creativity of the men and women behind the lenses; and some, like this first one from August, feature the rare but always amusing sight of a referee nearly getting thwacked by a ball.

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos


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The best photos from around the grounds chosen by our picture editors

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action


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Brighton were rewarded for their assertiveness and defence against Arsenal, Crystal Palace continued to do well away from home while Everton’s Phil Jagielka deserves a fitting farewell

Manchester United have suffered their share of indignities already this season but now they will have to start supporting Manchester City in the FA Cup final. A tame draw at Huddersfield finally ended Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s slim hopes of a creeping into the Champions League, but Watford winning the FA Cup and United finishing sixth would bring forward the latter’s Europa League involvement with a qualifying round on 25 July. That will lead to some rescheduling as United are supposed to be in Shanghai then for a meeting with Spurs in the International Champions Cup. Solskjær spoke of the positives Arsenal and Chelsea have drawn from the Europa League this season, but United did all that two years ago when they beat Ajax Continue reading “Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action”

Everton see off Burnley to stay in reckoning for Europa League spot


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While Merseyside will host a Champions League semi-final on Tuesday, it may yet stage Europa League football in July. Everton remain in the race for seventh place with a fourth straight home win and while their destiny is out of their hands, Leicester still have to visit Manchester City and Wolves must go to Liverpool. Everton’s neighbours could yet help book them a place in continental competition. Ben Mee’s own goal and Seamus Coleman’s strike continued Everton’s spring surge as they added Burnley to Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United on their impressive list of scalps at Goodison Park.

As Everton exerted early pressure, Burnley’s supporters made their own entertainment by barracking Jordan Pickford with chants of “England’s No 4,” referencing their own trio of international goalkeepers. As Burnley had taken 28 points in 17 games since December’s 5-1 demolition by Everton, Tom Heaton has emerged as much the best of Continue reading “Everton see off Burnley to stay in reckoning for Europa League spot”

Everton 2-0 Burnley: Premier League – as it happened


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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend


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Leicester can test City but Liverpool face a challenge of their own, it’s all or nothing for Cardiff and Watford need to regroup

Following the disappointment of their reasonably heroic Champions League defeat at Barcelona, Liverpool must rouse themselves for what could be an extremely tricky Saturday evening appointment at Newcastle in which they simply cannot afford to slip up. With only two matches of the Premier League campaign remaining, anything less than a win for Liverpool would leave the door open for Manchester City to all but wrap up the title on Monday. One suspects this is a far tougher assignment than Jürgen Klopp would like so soon after a gruelling and dispiriting game at the Camp Nou and the portents are not great. Last September, a BBC study on the form of Premier League teams following midweek fixtures in Europe showed that Liverpool had won half a Continue reading “Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend”

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action


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Chris Hughton’s position looks uncertain after five successful years, Youri Tielemans catches the eye but Leicester will face a battle to keep him and Wolves show the way forward

When was the last time Manchester City finished a Premier League match with four centre-halves on the pitch? Pep Guardiola, who admitted he had been “trembling”, said he would have brought on another one if he had not already used all his substitutes and Sean Dyche said, with some pride, that he could tell the City manager was anxious. “I saw Pep Guardiola with my own eyes – and I heard it too – screaming, ‘Get it in the corner.’ That’s some compliment.” It was certainly not a stress-free afternoon at Turf Moor for the league leaders and reigning champions but 12 league wins in a row suggest City can handle the pressure. If they can make it 14, Continue reading “Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action”

Everton’s European hopes dashed in goalless draw at Crystal Palace


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Crystal Palace and Everton played out a forgettable goalless draw at Selhurst Park to dent the visitors’ chances of ending the Premier League season with European qualification.

A seventh-placed finish could prove enough to play Europa League football next season but, after thrashing Manchester United last weekend, the visitors could not find a way past Palace. With fellow European hopefuls Wolves winning at Watford, Everton are now four points adrift of Nuno Espírito Santo’s side.

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Crystal Palace v Everton: match preview


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Crystal Palace have not beaten Everton in a league game at Selhurst Park since 1989, and have won only four top-flight matches there this season. But a startling success at Arsenal guaranteed survival and has focused minds on beating their best Premier League points tally, 48, of their current six-year stint, in the games to come. Marco Silva has been beaten on visits here with Hull and Watford, but Everton had their own excellent victory to celebrate on Sunday and arrive confident after four wins in five. Dominic Fifield

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend


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A chance for Shaqiri to shine, City may need to show their dark side and Cardiff can pile pressure on Brighton

Pep Guardiola is not usually short of post-match praise for his players, but he struck a different note after the Manchester derby win. “Tonight we can enjoy it, but tomorrow it’s over, so we have to be focused,” he said. “I know people are going to talk about how beautiful, how handsome we are, but now we have to go to Burnley”. Guardiola is rightly taking nothing for granted even after taking the necessary six points from Spurs and United. Burnley were one of six teams to take points off City last season and have routinely posed problems for the top six this term. It is to City’s advantage that they have been winning ugly for a while. The 6-0 thrashing of Chelsea in February was perhaps the last Continue reading “Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend”

The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos


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Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær apologises to Man Utd fans as Marco Silva celebrates Everton’s 4-0 win – video


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Ole Gunnar Solskjær has said Manchester United’s performance during their 4-0 defeat at Everton was ‘difficult to describe because it is so bad’.

United have conceded 48 Premier League goals in 2018-19, their highest ever tally in a single season in the competition and their most in a top-flight league campaign since 1978-79 (63)

• Everton embarrass United as Richarlison kickstarts rout

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær apologises to Man Utd fans as Marco Silva celebrates Everton’s 4-0 win – video


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Ole Gunnar Solskjær has said Manchester United’s performance during their 4-0 defeat at Everton was ‘difficult to describe because it is so bad’.

United have conceded 48 Premier League goals in 2018-19, their highest ever tally in a single season in the competition and their most in a top-flight league campaign since 1978-79 (63)

• Everton embarrass United as Richarlison kickstarts rout

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Everton 4-0 Man United: The Fallout


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12538394-6944481-image-a-3_1555851751729Manchester United collapsed to a horrible 4-0 loss at Everton on Sunday as Richarlison, Gyilfi Sigurdsson and Theo Walcott found the net for the Toffees. Contributing writer, Nathan Quao, observed the tie and put down his thoughts.

Horror show from start to finish

There have been a few dodgy performances under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. The home games against Watford and West Ham come to mind and of course, the loss at Barcelona also ranks high on that list but every Man United fan can boldly say that the loss at Everton will top the charts.

Nothing seemed to work for the Red Devils right from the onset and it cascaded until the very end.

Everything that could go wrong went very wrong. Tackling was non-existent, there was no pressing, no marking, zero attitude and the general feeling of players not wanting to be out there.

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The Premier League teams’ ineptitude index 2018-19


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It’s awards time for the most incompetent teams in the Premier League, from those who can’t take throw-ins to others who revel in needless yellow cards

Welcome to the Guardian’s fifth annual index of ineptitude, a catalogue of calamity, a prospectus of the piss-poor.

As each season draws to a close, the best moments, players and teams of the year are all charted, celebrated and cheered. Which means that what comprises most of the rest of the Premier League experience is missed.

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The Premier League teams’ ineptitude index 2018-19


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It’s awards time for the most incompetent teams in the Premier League, from those who can’t take throw-ins to others who revel in needless yellow cards

Welcome to the Guardian’s fifth annual index of ineptitude, a catalogue of calamity, a prospectus of the piss-poor.

As each season draws to a close, the best moments, players and teams of the year are all charted, celebrated and cheered. Which means that what comprises most of the rest of the Premier League experience is missed.

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