Premier League youngsters who can shine on tour from Arsenal to Wolves


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We take a look at one young player from each Premier League club who can make an impact this summer

Bukayo Saka, 17, winger

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Transfer window: what Premier League clubs have done – and still need to do


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Aston Villa have been the most active of the promoted clubs; Arsenal look to have work to do; Tottenham have secured their top target; Newcastle are still looking for a manager

What have they done so far? Nowhere near enough. Teenage striker Gabriel Martinelli has arrived from regional football in Brazil and is expected to need some adaptation and development time. David Ospina has departed for a modest fee.

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Leicester emerge from chaos ready to write new Premier League story | Stuart James


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Efficiency with transfers and a commitment to youth are signs of renewed ambition from the club who did the impossible

It says much about the way that Leicester City are operating these days that their transfer plans extend well beyond this window. Forward-thinking is at the heart of an active approach to recruitment that has seen Leicester bring in three new faces already and break their transfer record with the sort of signing that suggests the club who gave us one of the great sporting fairytales of modern times could be ready to ruffle a few feathers again.

Three years have passed since that incredible Premier League title success and, realistically, there was always going to be a tricky period of readjustment for everyone at Leicester. For a while the club were trying to find themselves again and, perhaps more than anything, work out where they belonged in football’s pecking Continue reading “Leicester emerge from chaos ready to write new Premier League story | Stuart James”

Leicester emerge from chaos ready to write new Premier League story | Stuart James


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Efficiency with transfers and a commitment to youth are signs of renewed ambition from the club who did the impossible

It says much about the way that Leicester City are operating these days that their transfer plans extend well beyond this window. Forward-thinking is at the heart of an active approach to recruitment that has seen Leicester bring in three new faces already and break their transfer record with the sort of signing that suggests the club who gave us one of the great sporting fairytales of modern times could be ready to ruffle a few feathers again.

Three years have passed since that incredible Premier League title success and, realistically, there was always going to be a tricky period of readjustment for everyone at Leicester. For a while the club were trying to find themselves again and, perhaps more than anything, work out where they belonged in football’s pecking Continue reading “Leicester emerge from chaos ready to write new Premier League story | Stuart James”

Leicester sign Youri Tielemans from Monaco for club record fee


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• Belgian midfielder signs four-year deal with Leicester
• Fee believed to be in the region of £40mLeicester City have completed the signing of Youri Tielemans from Monaco. The Belgian spent the second part of last season on loan at the club and has now joined on a permanent basis for a fee believed to be in the region of £40m.

Related: Transfer window 2019 – every summer deal from Europe’s top five leagues

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Maguire and Pérez show it still pays to shop in unheralded locations | Paul Wilson


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Statement spending can work in the Premier League but for every Virgil van Dijk there is a Paul Pogba or Romelu LukakuMike Ashley is the Premier League equivalent of Captain Rum – the seafarer from Blackadder who runs his ship in a contrary manner to “all the other captains” – though much as it must depress supporters to lose their leading scorer so soon after a popular manager, the bottom line in Ayoze Pérez’s move to Leicester stands up to scrutiny.

Newcastle’s owner knows more about trading than most – he has certainly made plenty of money through his grasp of markets and mark-ups – and, though critics might accuse him of caring for little else, it cannot be denied that raising £30m for a player who cost £1.5m five years ago is eye-catching.

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Leicester confident of sealing Youri Tielemans deal as player flies to England


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• Leicester negotiating with Monaco over fee for midfielder
• Player hopes to train with Premier League club next weekLeicester are confident of completing the club-record transfer of Youri Tielemans after the Belgium international flew to England with a view to training with the Premier League club next week.

It is understood that Leicester and Monaco have been negotiating over the fee – the French club were demanding considerably more than £40m earlier in the week – but with personal terms a formality, and Tielemans determined to sign, everything points to the deal being finalised in the next couple of days.

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Premier League pre-season 2019: a full list of all the clubs’ friendlies


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From Yankee Stadium in New York to New York Stadium in Rotherham, here are the 20 clubs’ fixtures before 9 August

All dates and kick-off times BST. All information correct at time of publication

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Leicester confirm signing of Ayoze Pérez from Newcastle for £30m


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Manchester United in pole position to sign Leicester’s Harry Maguire


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Long contracts, big pay-offs: Premier League remains a manager’s market


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Rafa Benítez running down his Newcastle contract is a rarity in the Premier League, with managers still being offered long-term deals in an era of high turnover

Rafael Benítez’s departure from Newcastle United may not have been amicable, but it represented a relative Premier League rarity – a manager seeing out the full term of his contract.

On Sunday, Benítez’s three-year tenure on Tyneside comes to an end – on the same day David Moyes’ six-year assignment at Manchester United was due to expire. Moyes lasted nine months at Old Trafford. The end of Benítez’s reign comes a year ahead of the infamous eight-year deal Alan Pardew signed with Newcastle in September 2012.

Related: Six years on, David Moyes’ contract at Manchester United finally nears its end

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James Maddison: ‘My trophy cabinet is empty. I am desperate to win’ | Andy Hunter


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Leicester midfielder is raring to go as England start their campaign in the Euro Under-21 finals against France in ItalyJames Maddison can pin-point the moment England enthralled him as accurately as a set piece for Leicester. It was almost 15 years ago to the day when, sitting at home in Coventry in a kit bearing the name Rooney, he watched the teenage sensation lead England into the European Championship quarter-finals with two goals against Croatia. The long wait to make his own mark on the international stage is just about over.

There is a genuine, giddy excitement about Maddison as he prepares to face France in England’s opening game of the European Under-21 Championship on Tuesday. At 22 he is one of the most senior members of Aidy Boothroyd’s squad and has Premier League pedigree to support that status. Yet in terms of international competition he is a novice; Continue reading “James Maddison: ‘My trophy cabinet is empty. I am desperate to win’ | Andy Hunter”

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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Pep Guardiola says Liverpool play with no pressure as City reclaim top spot


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• Manager says Manchester City win makes it easy for rivals
• Guardiola salutes ‘incredible human being’ Vincent KompanyAfter Manchester City placed one hand on the Premier League trophy Pep Guardiola hit back at Liverpool, claiming that City’s title rivals play “without pressure”.

City leapfrogged Liverpool once again in this exhausting championship race, thanks to Vincent Kompany’s 70th-minute thunderbolt which beat Leicester City 1-0, to leave Guardiola’s players with their destiny in their own hands.

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Bernardo Silva catches the eye before Kompany leaves indelible mark


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Portuguese tried to fill gap left by Kevin De Bruyne but Manchester City captain stepped up when all others had failed against Leicester

Blue Moon, Blue Moon!” This breathless contest ended with Vincent Kompany in tears and the champions’ supporters in fine voice. They heralded how their magnificent Manchester City team are favourites to claim a second successive title on the season’s final day.

Bernardo Silva had threatened to make it his show before Kompany’s 70th-minute intervention: a 30-yard piledriver that claimed a memorable victory before Sunday’s trip to Brighton where, if they win, City have a fourth Premier League crown.

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‘I said no shoot, Vinnie’: Pep Guardiola on Kompany’s long-range stunner for Manchester City – video


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Manchester City are one win away from the Premier League title after captain Vincent Kompany scored from 30 yards to give his side a 1-0 victory over Leicester City.

City, who are now top having won 13 straight league games, will once again lift the trophy if they are able to beat Brighton on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola‘s men have 95 points to Liverpool’s 94 and also have a superior goal difference over Jürgen Klopp’s side.

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Manchester City take title lead into last day as Kompany goal beats Leicester


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Perhaps Gary Neville put it best in his commentary duties from the television gantry: “Where do you want your statue, Vincent Kompany?” It was, without question, the goal-of-a-lifetime from the Manchester City captain and the rewards will be considerable if his team can extend their winning 13-game sequence by just one more match. It is simple now: a win at Brighton on Sunday and there will be nothing Liverpool, a point behind in second position, can do about it.

Kompany might not get a statue – not yet, anyway – but another championship winner’s medal will make up for that, one imagines, and if his team can make sure the trophy remains in Manchester there can be no doubt how people will remember the defining moment of the title race.

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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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Manchester City 1-0 Leicester: Premier League – as it happened


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