Newcastle United sign Hoffenheim forward Joelinton for club-record fee


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Zinedine Zidane hits back over Gareth Bale, Dani Ceballos set for Arsenal loan


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  • Zidane claims it was Bale’s choice not to play against Bayern
  • Unai Emery hints at loan deal for Real midfielder Ceballos

Zinedine Zidane has denied disrespecting Gareth Bale, and claimed the Welsh forward was left out against Bayern Munich because he did not want to play.

“I have not disrespected anyone,” the Real Madrid head coach told a press conference before the friendly against Arsenal in Washington. “The club is dealing with his departure. Period.”

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Football transfer rumours: Perisic and Dybala to Manchester United?


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Today’s fluff would like to grow apple trees and honey bees

The same player is on the front cover of the Spanish sport newspapers Marca, AS and Mundo Deportivo, and also on the back pages of most British nationals, and it’s Gareth Bale – or “Gareth Sale” as AS have it. According to Mundo Deportivo, Real have offered the Welshman and £90m to Paris Saint-Germain for Neymar; Marca say he is heading to China, where he has offers from two teams; AS insists he has been offered to PSG, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Internazionale and Tottenham and none of them was interested, but that negotiations with an unnamed Chinese team “are at an extremely advanced stage”. Back in England, various papers name the side as Beijing Guoan – the Sun says they are offering £1m a week, tax free – but confusingly while the Mail reports that “the likeliest Continue reading “Football transfer rumours: Perisic and Dybala to Manchester United?”

Sheffield United sign Lys Mousset for club-record £10m from Bournemouth


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Zinedine Zidane says Gareth Bale could leave Real Madrid in matter of days


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• Real are ‘working on his departure’ with unnamed club
• Bale has been linked with Manchester United and SpursGareth Bale appears to be edging closet to leaving Real Madrid after Zinedine Zidane revealed the Spanish club are in talks with an unnamed club about a transfer.

Zidane confirmed the Wales international was left out of Real’s matchday squad to face Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup in Houston on Saturday night because “the club is working on his departure”. The Frenchman also said he hopes a deal for Bale can be struck soon “for everyone’s sake”.

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Manchester United tell Inter to improve £54m bid for Romelu Lukaku


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• Antonio Conte confirms ongoing interest after friendly
• United beat Inter 1-0 thanks to Mason Greenwood’s strikeManchester United have rejected a £54m bid from Internazionale for Romelu Lukaku and informed the Italian club it will need a significantly higher offer to succeed in luring the player away from Old Trafford.

Lukaku missed the pre-season friendly between the two clubs in Singapore on Saturday, having complained of an ankle injury, and was seen talking to Inter officials on the pitch after a 1-0 victory for Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team, courtesy of a second-half winner from Mason Greenwood.

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Ethan Ampadu hails ‘perfect step’ of joining RB Leipzig on loan from Chelsea


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Football transfer rumours: Pogba and Lukaku to stay at Manchester United?


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This gossip doesn’t recognise all of these things

The transfer window is full of surprises, so here’s another. It turns out that, after spending more than £400m on players already this summer, Real Madrid have no money left with which to sign Paul Pogba. Apparently this is not because they never actually wanted him in the first place and have no use for an unreliable adornment who has never been the best player in a good team. As such, Florentino Pérez must convince Zinedine Zidane to use Gareth Bale instead – once the Open is finished, of course.

Another Manchester United player who might not be on the move is Romelu Lukaku. Inter are interested in securing his services, but are not sure that he’s worth £75m. It’s now up to Ed Woodward to explain that the fee includes not just the player but the antique grand piano he carries Continue reading “Football transfer rumours: Pogba and Lukaku to stay at Manchester United?”

Kieran Trippier meets the fitness coach who strikes terror into players | Sid Lowe


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The England full-back will be working with Oscar Ortega, the Atlético Madrid coach who makes players run until they vomitOscar Ortega has a reputation for being a bit of a sadist. Nicknamed El Profe, the teacher, he is part man, part myth, mixing fear, fascination and fondness too, his very name striking terror into footballers’ hearts. Atlético Madrid’s fitness coach, a 61-year-old Uruguayan drill sergeant who spent the morning of the 2016 Champions League final doing laps of San Siro, Ortega likes nothing more than running them until they drop, vomit and pass out – while shouting at them. Or better still, laughing. So, ask Kieran Trippier’s new teammates what awaits him in Spain, and many would smile knowingly and reply, tongue in cheek: El Profe does.

Which might be just what he needs; it’s certainly a little different.

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Salomón Rondón leaves West Brom to rejoin Rafael Benítez at Dalian Yifang


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• Striker moves to Chinese club for undisclosed fee
• Rondón was with Benítez at Newcastle last seasonSalomón Rondón has linked up again with Rafael Benítez after joining Dalian Yifang from West Bromwich Albion for an undisclosed fee.

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William Saliba decides to join Arsenal instead of rivals Tottenham Hotspur


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  • Saint-Etienne defender set to be first major summer signing
  • Spurs made late effort to hijack €30m (£27m) transfer

The young St-Étienne centre-back William Saliba has decided to join Arsenal despite a late attempt by Tottenham to sign the France Under-20 international.

Arsenal agreed a five-year deal with the 18-year-old last week and he looked all set to sign for the Gunners, but late interest from their North London rivals delayed the announcement.

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Norwich spurn spending spree as promoted sides stay cautious | Ben Fisher


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Daniel Farke and Chris Wilder are keen to learn from others’ mistakes and resisting the urge to splash out excessivelyIt is hardly a science but for a rough indication of how promoted clubs can best make a fist of staying up, perhaps it is best to examine some of the more disastrous recent attempts.

Derby’s record-low points tally in 2008 sticks in the memory, as does Queens Park Rangers’ feeble effort, largely under Harry Redknapp, four years ago, in which they finished bottom of the pile. But it was the manner in which Fulham spectacularly failed to avoid the drop last season – bulldozing all the hard work that helped them to the Premier League in the first place – that struck a chord with Stuart Webber, the sporting director at Norwich City, who won the Championship in May.

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‘Amazing feeling’ to play abroad: Kieran Trippier on Atlético Madrid move – video


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Kieran Trippier has joined Atlético Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in a deal worth at least £20m.

The England full-back, who made over 100 appearances during a four-season stint at the north London club, has signed a three-year contract at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Trippier was one of the most impressive performers as England finished fourth at the World Cup in Russia last summer, scoring early in the semi-final defeat by Croatia in Moscow, but endured a dip in form last season.

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Signing Sébastien Haller is good business for West Ham – even at £45m


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Haller scores goals, sets them up, makes tackles, leads from the front and has a far better attitude than the striker he is replacing

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So, it’s official. West Ham have broken their transfer record for the third consecutive summer with the arrival of French striker Sébastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt. The 25-year-old has the task of replacing Marko Arnautovic, another forward who was once their most expensive signing.

Haller was apparently not the club’s first choice – Maxi Gómez chose Valencia over West Ham so he could play in the Champions League – but missing out on the Uruguayan forward may prove a blessing. Haller is nearly three years older than Gómez, but he is a much more complete striker and is better equipped to make an immediate impact.

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Football transfer rumours: Joelinton to join Steve Bruce at Newcastle?


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Today’s fluff is surveying the scene

As if the underworld of tittle-tattle was not incognito enough, Real Madrid are preparing to launch “Operation 200”, the kind of code that belongs in an MI6 mission to aid James Bond but, in this case, it is simply the La Liga club’s masterplan to offload James Rodríguez and Gareth Bale to fund a move for Paul Pogba. Real’s plan is music to the ears of Mino Raiola, the Manchester United midfielder’s agent, who has fuelled further fire by refusing to rule out a return to Juventus.

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

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Matthijs de Ligt joins Juventus from Ajax in €75m deal


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• Defender signs five-year contract as Juve beat PSG to signing
• Teenager could earn €460,000 a week after add-onsJuventus have confirmed the signing of Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax for a fee of €75m (£67.8m), with the 19-year-old defender agreeing a five-year contract worth a basic €16m (£14.5m) a season which could rise to €24m (£21.7m) with add-ons.

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Atlético Madrid confirm signing of Kieran Trippier from Tottenham


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• Defender signs three-year-deal at Wanda Metropolitano
• He leaves Spurs after four years in north London
Kieran Trippier has completed one of the more eye-catching transfers of the summer to date after joining Atlético Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in a deal worth at least £20m.

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Everton’s summer of stealth continues with capture of Delph | Paul Wilson


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Having already secured the permanent services of André Gomes, the arrival of the England midfielder for a cut-price £8.5m should only add to sense of excitement at GoodisonThe consensus among the more excitable news outlets is that this is going to be a record-breaking transfer window in England, with some huge deals expected in the next few weeks, even if Paul Pogba, Harry Maguire, Christian Eriksen and the rest are all back in pre-season training with the same clubs they were supposed to be leaving.

There is more to building an effective side than splashing the cash and playing games of brinkmanship, however, and Everton must be among the clubs quite satisfied with the business they have done so far. Basically Marco Silva has bought himself a new midfield for a cost of around £30m, even if André Gomes was already at Goodison on loan last season. Most Continue reading “Everton’s summer of stealth continues with capture of Delph | Paul Wilson”

West Ham break club record with £45m purchase of Sébastien Haller


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• French striker joins from Eintracht Frankfurt
• Haller signs five-year contract with West HamWest Ham have announced the signing of striker Sébastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt for a club-record fee that it is understood could rise to €50m (£45m).

The 25-year-old scored 20 goals in 41 appearances last season and now becomes the most expensive player in West Ham’s history, eclipsing the fee the Hammers paid to land Felipe Anderson last year.

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Tottenham omit Rose from Asia tour ‘to explore opportunities with other clubs’


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• England defender expected to leave after omission
• Vincent Janssen and Georges-Kévin Nkoudou also left out

Danny Rose has been omitted from Tottenham’s party for their pre-season tour to Asia “to explore prospective opportunities with other clubs” as Mauricio Pochettino’s restructuring of his squad continues.

The England full back now looks set to follow fellow defender Kieran Trippier in leaving Spurs just six weeks after the pair started in the Champions League final defeat to Liverpool in Madrid, with Rose left behind along with Vincent Janssen and Georges-Kévin Nkoudou for the tour of Singapore and Shanghai. The 29-year-old, who joined Tottenham from Leeds in 2007 and has made nearly 200 appearances for the club, still has two years left on the contract and is valued at around £25m by Spurs.

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