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Oxford United have signed head coach Karl Robinson up to a new 4 year contract.
Mamadou Fofana has extended his FC Metz deal until 2024.
Cagliari forward Luca Gagliano has agreed a 1 year contract.
Fulham have given Dennis Odoi a new 2 year deal with a club option for an extra year.
Italian full-back Andrea Badan’s trial at Oldham Athletic has been enough to persuade the Latics to sign him on a 2 year deal.
Scottish midfielder Scott Fraser has signed for MK Dons on a free transfer after leaving Burton Albion.
Fleetwood Town have signed Sam Stubbs, the son of Alan, from Middlesbrough.
David Stockdale has returned to Wycombe Wanderers on a 1 year deal after leaving Birmingham City.
Stade Brestois 29 have paid an undisclosed fee to sign Steve Mounie from Huddersfield Town.
An undisclosed fee has seen Jacob Brown move to Stoke City from Barnsley. Joining Barnsley is Polish centre-back Michal Helik from Cracovia for under £1m. Leaving Stoke is Nigerian midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo, who is going on loan to Galatasaray with a loan fee of over £500,000 being paid.
Another player has made the move from Udinese to Watford, this time it is Chile international Francisco Sierralta that is joining the Hornets.
A swap deal between West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United has seen Callum Robinson joined the newly promoted Baggies in return for Scottish winger Oliver Burke.
Aston Villa have paid a club record fee of around £28m for Brentford striker Ollie Watkins, with add-ons potentially taking the deal up to as much as £33m. The fee is also a record for a player from the Championship.
Nashville SC have filled their final designated player spot with the loan signing of Jhonder Cadiz from Benfica until 30th June 2021.
Boavista have signed their first American player after paying an undisclosed fee to get Reggie Cannon from Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas.
AC Milan have paid a £9m loan fee to take Sandro Tonali on loan from Brescia for the season.
Fulham have taken Alphonse Areola on loan for the season from Paris Saint-Germain.
Lennart Czyborra has joined Genoa on loan from Atalanta.
Dijon have signed Bersant Celina from Swansea City.
Porto have paid around £6.75m to sign Brazilian youngster Evanilson from Tombese.
Troyes have taken Lenny Pintor on loan from Olympique Lyonnais.
Cardiff City have released Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.
Melbourne City have signed Aiden O’Neill from Burnley.
Verona have released Slovenian full-back Jure Balkovec.
Italian right-back Cristiano Piccini has joined Atalanta on loan from Valencia.
Lorient have paid around £2.7m to sign Armand Lauriente from Stade Rennais.
Manchester City teenager Ivan Ilic has signed for Hellas Verona on loan.
Aberdeen have released veteran midfielder Craig Bryson.
Portland Timbers have been hit by a season-ending injury to their star Mexican playmaker Sebastian Blanco. The 32 year old will undergo surgery on the 14th. Blanco had managed 4 goals and 7 assists in 13 matches this season and was voted the best player at the MLS is Back Tournament.
Not strictly managerial, but Stoke City have appointed John Coates as joint-chairman with his father Peter.
Danish side FC Nordsjaelland, which is owned by Ghana’s Right to Dream Academy, has appointed midfield legend Michael Essien to their coaching staff as he works towards getting his coaching badges. The 37 year old former Real Madrid and Ghana midfielder said on social media: “I am delighted to have joined FC Nordsjaelland coaching staff as part of my development towards my full coaching licence. I will also be assisting the players on and off the pitch as part of my role.” Essien has previously been gaining experience at another of his former clubs, Chelsea.
Leeds United have been fined £20,000 and warned about their future conduct for using pyrotechnics in their on-pitch celebration after winning promotion to the Premier League. It was a closed doors game, during the coronavirus lockdown, in July at Derby County’s Pride Park that saw Leeds seal their return after 16 years away. The Football Association have ruled that their celebrations broke the rule on behaving “in an orderly fashion”.
Its Sonny In Newport
After obtaining permission from his parents and headteacher, Newport County’s Wales Under-15s international midfielder Sonny Lewis has become the League Two club’s youngest ever player at the age of 15. The record was previously held by MK Dons’ defender Regan Poole, who was later bought by Manchester United, who was 16 years and 94 days old when he made his debut in 2014 for the Exiles. Newport’s manager Mike Flynn said: “I didn’t tell him he was playing – I didn’t want him thinking too much about it and worrying. He was a little bit late to the game, so we all thought that he had been in detention! It’s exceptional for a 15-year-old to make their debut no matter what competition it is. He’s a good kid, funnily enough he used to live by me when I first moved back to Newport. He was a little kid playing in the street, so now I definitely feel old! I thought that he grew into the game after the first 10 minutes and he was excellent. I am really pleased for him, he’s got a lot of hard work to do to keep improving and make the step up, but I’m sure I can guide him in the right way and do all I can to help him.”
Salford Change Focus
One of the co-owners’ of Salford City, Phil Neville, has admitted that the club have given up on the dream of developing talent within the club and decided to focus on bringing players in from outside. Neville believes it is cheaper to buy talent than produce it with the competition for youngsters from local Premier League sides depriving them of the chance to get the most talented players. Neville said: “We were really passionate about it because we were given such opportunities when we were young. But the investment was huge and if you are in League One or League Two, getting the best 16-year-olds is almost impossible because they have gone to Premier League or Championship clubs. Our focus has shifted to the 18-to-21 age group. If you ask any of the lads involved at Salford, those are the critical years when you have to become a first-team player. That is when people make decisions about you, whether you are at an elite club or our level. We will still have young players coming to our club but the likelihood of us having a team of Salford born and bred players coming to us at 14 and staying until they are 18 is very slim. We feel if we can cherry pick the best 18-20-year-olds, working with the best youth coach in Warren Joyce, it gives us a better opportunity to get them into the first-team quicker. These kids aren’t exposed to senior football often enough. We feel through the EFL Trophy and our own games programme, it will give the club even more chance to be.”
Begbies Traynor, the administrators of Wigan Athletic, are hoping that the team will be able to the English Football League season despite not having a new owner yet. They had set a deadline of 31st August to sell the club, but that deadline has come and gone without a new owner yet in place but Begbies have confirmed they are in talks with a number of potential owners, including a fans’ group which has raised over £640,000 in their attempt to save the club. Wigan have so far already been allowed to enter the EFL Trophy and League Cup and Begbies said: “We have kept the EFL informed of the progress of selling the club and we are quietly optimistic that permission will be given.”
And The Lists Go On
Today’s first list is the players with the most major team trophies in the 21st century. The serial league and cup winners, rather than those who win player of the year awards:
1. Dani Alves 41
2. Andres Iniesta 39
3. Lionel Messi 37
4. Maxwell 37
5. Gerard Pique 36
6. Hossam Ashour 34
7. Arjen Robben 33
8. Cristiano Ronaldo 33
9. Sergio Busquets 33
10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic 33
11. Xavi 32
12. Wael Gomaa 31
13. Thiago Alcantara 31
14. Thiago Silva 30
15. Emad Meteb 30
16. Darijo Srna 29
17. Pedro 29
18. Karim Benzema 29
19. Fernandinho 28
20. Thiago Motta 27
21. Bastian Schweinsteiger 26
22. Toni Kroos 26
23. Andriy Pyatov 26
24. Carles Puyol 26
25. Pepe 26
26. Angel Di Maria 26
27. Carlos Tevez 26
28. Sergio Ramos 26
29. Gianluigi Buffon 25
30. Iker Casillas 25
31. Franck Ribery 25
32. Thomas Muller 25
33. Mark van Bommel 25
34. Marco Verratti 25
35. Luisao 25
36. Marquinhos 25
37. Edinson Cavani 25
38. Deco 25
39. Jerome Boateng 24
40. Manuel Neuer 24
41. Yaroslav Rakitskiy 24
42. Victor Valdes 24
43. Javier Mascherano 24
44. James Rodriguez 24
45. Mohammad Al-Shalhoub 24
46. Julio Cesar 24
47. Neymar 24
48. Blaise Matuidi 23
49. David Alaba 23
50. Mario Mandzukic 23
How do you follow a list of players with the most trophies in this century? Yes, you guessed it, a list of the teams with the most trophies in the 21st century:
1. El Ahly Cairo (Egypt) 41
2. Bayern Munich (Germany) 40
3. Lincoln Red Imps (Gibraltar) 40
4. Barcelona (Spain) 34
5. Porto (Portugal) 33
6. Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) 33
7. Celtic (Scotland) 33
8. Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) 33
9. Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldavia) 33
10. Auckland City (New Zealand) 33
11. Real Madrid (Spain) 30
12. Paris Saint-Germain (France) 29
13. Pyunik Yerevan (Armenia) 26
14. Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine) 25
15. Olympiacos (Greece) 25
16. Bate Borisov (Belarus) 25
17. F91 Dudelange (Luxembourg) 25
18. Al-Hilal Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) 25
19. Manchester United (England) 24
20. Boca Juniors (Argentina) 24
21. Esperance Tunis (Tunisia) 24
22. Galatasaray (Turkey) 23
23. Flora Tallinn (Estonia) 23
24. Juventus (Italy) 22
25. Benfica (Portugal) 22
26. Kashima Antlers (Japan) 22
27. CSKA Moscow (Russia) 21
28. Rangers (Scotland) 21
29. KF Tirana (Albania) 21
30. Buriram United (Thailand) 21
And Another List
With it being revealed that Everton did not in fact pay a £25m fee for James Rodriguez up front and instead signed him on a ‘free’ transfer with Real Madrid getting a percentage of any future transfer instead Transfermarkt wasted no time. They released an updated list of the most valuable ‘free’ signings of all time according to the market value assigned to them by the Transfermarkt site at the time of the player’s transfer. Values in euros:
1. Robert Lewandowski Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich in 2014 50m
2. Stefan de Vrij Lazio to Inter Milan in 2018 40m
2. Leon Goretzka Schalke 04 to Bayern Munich in 2018 40m
2. Aaron Ramsey Arsenal to Juventus in 2019 40m
5. Michael Ballack Bayern Munich to Chelsea in 2009 35m
5. Adrien Rabiot Paris Saint-Germain to Juventus in 2019 35m
7. James Rodriguez Real Madrid to Everton in 2020 32m
8. Emre Can Liverpool to Juventus in 2018 30m
8. Santi Mina Valencia to Celta Vigo in 2019 30m
10. Ander Herrera Manchester United to Paris Saint-Germain in 2019 25m
11. Thomas Meunier Paris Saint-Germain to Borussia Dortmund in 2020 24m
12. Willian Chelsea to Arsenal in 2020 22.5m
13. Samuel Eto’o Anzhi Makhachkala to Chelsea in 2013 22m
13. Hector Herrera Porto to Atletico Madrid in 2019 22m
15. Joe Cole Chelsea to Liverpool in 2010 21m
15. Yacine Brahimi Porto to Al Rayyan Sports Club in 2019 21m
17. Henrikh Mkhitaryan Arsenal to AS Roma in 2020 20m
17. Luis Figo Real Madrid to Inter Milan in 2005 20m
17. Michael Ballack Chelsea to Bayer Leverkusen in 2010 20m
17. Fernando Llorente Athletic Club Bilbao to Juventus in 2013 20m
17. Keisuke Honda CSKA Moscow to AC Milan in 2013 20m
17. Sami Khedira Real Madrid to Juventus in 2015 20m
17. Yevgen Konoplyanka Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk to Sevilla in 2015 20m
17. Jack Wilshere Arsenal to West Ham United in 2018 20m
17. Mario Balotelli OGC Nice to Olympique Marseille in 2018 20m
17. Diego Godin Atletico Madrid to Inter Milan in 2019 20m
17. Mario Balotelli Olympique Marseille to Brescia Calcio in 2019 20m
17. Dani Parejo Valencia to Villareal in 2020 20m
29. David Beckham Real Madrid to LA Galaxy in 2007 19.8m
30. Maxi Rodriguez Atletico Madrid to Liverpool in 2009 18m
31. Max Meyer Schalke 04 to Crystal Palace in 2018 18m
31. Joel Matip Schalke 04 to Liverpool in 2016 18m
Written by Tris Burke September 09 2020 21:20:26