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Review of the Day
Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa will be staying with the promoted side for next season. His contract had expired in the summer, but it came with an option for a third year which it seems he will be taking up. Bielsa said: “Everything has been sorted and it’s definite I will be here next season.”
Michy Batshuayi has signed a 1 year contract extension with Chelsea.
FC Metz forward Ibrahima Niane has extended his contract until 2024.
Brentford midfielder Arthur Read has signed for Stevenage on a season-long loan deal.
Gillingham have taken Celtic midfielder Scott Robertson on loan for the season.
Newly promoted League One side Swindon Town have signed goalkeeper Joe Fryer on a short-term deal. The 24 year old has not played senior football since August 2018 due to injury and had been on trial with Swindon during pre-season. He is now signed up until January.
Bristol Rovers have signed Brandon Hanlan from fellow League One side Gillingham. The Gills will receive a compensation payment for the loass of the 23 year old forward.
Middlesbrough have added Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli to their ranks on a season-long loan.
Lee Erwin has signed for St Mirren after being allowed to leave Ross County for “family reasons”.
Vitinha has joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on a season long loan from Porto with an option to make the deal permanent.
Chelsea’s Belgian international striker Michy Batshuayi has joined Crystal Palace on loan for the season.
Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nacer Chadli has signed for Istanbul Basaksehir from AS Monaco.
Olympique Lyonnais have received about £3m for Kenny Tete from Fulham. Lyon will also get 10% of the profit of any future transfer.
Cercle Brugge have signed Portugese midfielder Leonardo da Silva Lopes from Hull City.
Andre Silva has joined Eintracht Frankfurt from AC Milan.
Pescara have signed Stephane Omeonga from Genoa.
Cagliari have taken young Italian winger Riccardo Sottil on loan from Fiorentina.
Brighton & Hove Albion have paid under £2m to sign young Dutch defender Jan Paul van Hecke from NAC Breda.
Young Spanish defender Chumi has joined Almeria on a free transfer from Barcelona.
Bayern Munich youngster Oliver Batista Meier has joined Heerenveen on loan.
Giacomo Bonaventura has made a free transfer move from AC Milan to Fiorentina.
Amiens have taken Molla Wague on loan from Nantes.
Lois Diony has made a free transfer move from Saint-Etienne to SCO Angers.
It is a piece of bad luck for Newport County as their new defensive signing David Longe-King has been ruled out with a groin injury picked up in training. The centre-back only joined the Exiles as a free agent signing in August and has yet to make his competitive debut. Now he will have to wait, possibly up to 3 months, to play for the Welsh side.
22 year old Coventry City winger Jodi Jones has suffered his third anterior cruciate ligament injury in less than 3 years. The previous injuries were ruptures of his left knee’s ACL, this one is to his right. Coventry boss Mark Robins said: “We are all really disappointed for Jodi. Jodi will be operated on by the best surgeon in Europe in the coming weeks, once the injury has settled down. He has shown his mental and physical strength to recover from injury previously, and we will support him again over the coming days and weeks and through his rehabilitation programme.”
St Mirren goalkeeper Jak Alnwick is self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19. His housemate Lee Hodson, who joined Hamilton Academical in the summer, is also having to isolate for 14 days.
Napoli’s president and owner Aurelio de Laurentiis has tested positive for coronavirus. The 71 year old’s test returned as positive on Wednesday.
Fan Return Delayed
A test event planned for Cambridge United’s League Two match against Carlisle United has been cancelled after crowds were capped at 1,000. The match was set to be played in front of 2,000 fans on Saturday, but will now take place behind closed doors. Cambridge were worried about the 1,000 tickets they had already sent out being used as thier chief executive Ian Mather told the BBC: “The concern we had was, ‘what if fans come with the invalid ticket?’ In the end it was decided on safety grounds we will just have to abandon the event and play behind closed doors. We were leading the way for the UK for getting fans back into stadiums in a socially-distanced way. We had a really good event on Tuesday when we played Fulham and all of the safety authorities were very pleased with how that went, so we’d had a really good start. Saturday was meant to be the next step and its not to be, not for the moment.”
Scotland have also had a similar setback in their plan to re-introduce fans to football stadiums as the proposed second test events scheduled for 14th September have been pushed back to at least 5th October after a rise in coronavirus cases. The two events planned for the SPFL games on Saturday will still go ahead as planned. Those two games, Aberdeen v Kilmarnock and Ross County v Celtic, will be played in front of up to 300 home supporters. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “The pandemic is at this stage accelerating again – albeit, and thankfully, from a low base and not as rapidly as it was back in March and April. We have concluded that these changes must be paused for a further three weeks. The new indicative date for their resumption is Monday 5 October. However, I must stress that this remains an indicative date – a final decision can only be taken nearer the time.”
Baggies Forward Releases Rap Track
West Bromwich Albion’s Kyle Edwards has released a rap song to celebrate the club’s promotion to the Premier League. The song is called ‘Promotion Ting’ and features references to the final game of the season, where they clinched promotion despite not winning, and his teammates.
Saints Announce Aussie Tie-Up
Scottish Premiership side St Mirren have announced a ‘strategic’ partnership with second-tier Australian side Para Hills Knights SC. The two teams will exchange players and coaches as well as play academy tours and tournaments. They will also look into commercial opportunities together. Para Hills senior co-ordinator Dale Ramsay said: “Developing a pathway for growth and resource sharing between our clubs is exciting and we believe it will be hugely beneficial for players, managers and officials to share knowledge and strengthen both clubs.”
New Sleeve Badge In Premier League
Premier League players and match officials are to wear a sleeve badge reading, “No Room For Racism” throughout the new season. The Premier League’s chief executive Richard Masters said: “We, our clubs, players and match officials have a longstanding commitment to tackling discrimination. Players rightly have a strong voice on this matter, which we saw last season. Discrimination in any form, anywhere, is wholly unacceptable and No Room For Racism makes our zero-tolerance stance clear.”
Werder Will Not Risk Rashica
Werder Bremen are set to play their DFB Pokal game against Carl-Zeiss Jena without Milot Rashica as “the risk is too high” for a player that looks set to complete a move soon. There has been interest in signing the 24 year old Kosovo international from RB Leipzig, though they could not agree a transfer fee and moved on, Aston Villa and Napoli.
List For The Day Number 1
The first list of the day from Transfermarkt is the most valuable Premier League signings for this season, based on their valuation. The valuations are in euros:
1. Kai Havertz Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea (paid 80m) 81m
2. Timo Werner RB leipzig to Chelsea (paid 53m) 64m
3. Ferran Torres Valencia to Manchester City (paid 23m) 45m
4. Donny van de Beek Ajax to Manchester United (paid 39m) 44m
5. Ben Chilwell Leicester City to Chelsea (paid 50.2m) 40m
6. Giovani Lo Celso Real Betis to Tottenham Hotspur (paid 32m) 40m
7. Hakim Ziyech Ajax to Chelsea (paid 40m) 40m
8. Rodrigo Valencia to Leeds United (paid 30m) 40m
9. James Rodriguez Real Madrid to Everton (free transfer) 32m
10. Nathan Ake Bournemouth to Manchester City (paid 45.3m) 28m
11. Allan Napoli to Everton (paid 25m) 28m
12. Willian Chelsea to Arsenal (free transfer) 22.5m
13. Gabriel Magalhaes Lille to Arsenal (paid 26m) 20m
14. Dean Henderson Sheffield United to Manchester United (loan return) 20m
15. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg Southampton to Tottenham Hotspur (paid 16.6m) 20m
16. Abdoulaye Doucoure Watford to Everton (paid 22.1m) 20m
17. Callum Wilson Bournemouth to Newcastle United (paid 22.25m) 20m
18. Timothy Castagne Atalanta to Leicester City (paid 21m) 18m
19. Ryan Fraser Bournemouth to Newcastle United (free transfer) 17.5m
20. Robin Koch Freiburg to Leeds United (paid 13m) 17m
21. Malang Sarr OGC Nice to Chelsea (free transfer) 16m
22. Matt Doherty Wolverhampton Wanderers to Tottenham Hotspur (paid 16.8m) 16m
23. Alphonse Areola Paris Saint-Germain to Fulham (on loan) 13m
24. Aaron Ramsdale Bournemouth to Sheffield United (paid 20.5m) 12.5m
25. Fabio Silva Porto to Wolverhampton Wanderers (paid 40m) 12m
26. Mohammed Salisu Valladolid to Southampton (paid 12m) 12m
27. Ollie Watkins Brentford to Aston Villa (paid 30.8m) 12m
28. Tomas Soucek Slavia Prague to West Ham United (paid 16.2m) 12m
29. Jamal Lewis Norwich City to Newcastle United (paid 16.5m) 11m
30. Mario Lemina Southampton to Fulham (on loan) 10m
List Number 2 For Today
This one is the most expensive transfers in history in euros:
1. Neymar Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain 2017/18 222m
2. Eden Hazard Chelsea to Real Madrid 2019/20 160m
3. Kylian Mbappe AS Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain 2018/19 145m+35m potential bonuses
4. Philippe Coutinho Liverpool to Barcelona 2017/18 145m
5. Ousmane Dembele Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona 2017/18 138m
6. Joao Felix Benfica to Atletico Madrid 2019/20 126m
7. Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid to Barcelona 2019/20 120m
8. Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid to Juventus 2018/19 117m
9. Paul Pogba Juventus to Manchester United 2016/17 105m
10. Gareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid 2013/14 101m
11. Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United to Real Madrid 2009/10 94m
12. Gonzalo Higuain Napoli to Juventus 2016/17 90m
13. Neymar FC Santos to Barcelona 2013/14 88.2m
14. Harry Maguire Leicester City to Manchester United 2019/20 87m
15. Matthijs de Ligt Ajax to Juventus 2019/20 85.5m
16. Romelu Lukaku Everton to Manchester United 2017/18 84.7m
17. Virgil van Dijk Southampton to Liverpool 2017/18 84.65m
18. Luis Suarez Liverpool to Barcelona 2014/15 81.72m
19. Kepa Athletic Bilbao to Chelsea 2018/19 80m
20. Lucas Hernandez Atletico Madrid to Bayern Munich 2019/20 80m
21. Nicolas Pepe Lille to Arsenal 2019/20 80m
22. Kai Havertz Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea 2020/21 80m
23. Zinedine Zidane Juventus to Real Madrid 2001/02 77.5m
24. Kevin de Bruyne VfL Wolfsburg to Manchester City 2015/16 76m
25. James Rodriguez AS Monaco to Real Madrid 2014/15 75m
26. Angel Di Maria Real Madrid to Manchester United 2014/15 75m
27. Frenkie de Jong Ajax to Barcelona 2019/20 75m
28. Romelu Lukaku Manchester United to Inter Milan 2019/20 74m
29. Arthur Barcelona to Juventus 2020/21 72m
30. Thomas Lemar AS Monaco to Atletico Madrid 2018/19 70m
31. Rodri Atletico Madrid to Manchester City 2019/20 70m
32. Victor Osimhen Lille to Napoli 2020/21 70m
33. Zlatan Ibrahimovic Inter Milan to Barcelona 2009/10 69.5m
34. Riyad Mahrez Leicester City to Manchester City 2018/19 67.8m
35. Kaka AC Milan to Real Madrid 2009/10 67m
36. Diego Costa Chelsea to Atletico Madrid 2017/18 66m
37. Alvaro Morata Real Madrid to Chelsea 2017/18 66m
38. Aymeric Laporte Athletic Bilbao to Manchester City 2017/18 65m
39. Joao Cancelo Juventus to Manchester City 2019/20 65m
40. Edinson Cavani Napoli to Paris Saint-Germain 2013/14 64.5m
41. Christian Pulisic Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea 2018/19 64m
42. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal 2017/18 63.75m
43. Raheem Sterling Liverpool to Manchester City 2016/16 63.7m
44. Angel Di Maria Manchester United to Paris Saint-Germain 2015/16 63m
45. Alisson AS Roma to Liverpool 2018/19 62.5m
46. Luis Figo Barcelona to Real Madrid 2000/01 60m
47. Anthony Martial AS Monaco to Manchester United 2015/16 60m
48. Oscar Chelsea to Shanghai SIPG 2016/17 60m
49. Naby Keita RB Leipzig to Liverpool 2018/19 60m
50. Tanguy Ndombele Olympique Lyonnais to Tottenham Hotspur 2019/20 60m
51. Luka Jovic Eintracht Frankfurt to Real Madrid 2019/20 60m
52. Miralem Pjanic Juventus to Barcelona 2020/21 60m
53. Fred Shakhtar Donetsk to Manchester United 2018/19 59m
54. Fernando Torres Liverpool to Chelsea 2010/11 58.5m
55. Benjamin Mendy AS Monaco to Manchester City 2017/18 57.5m
56. Jorginho Napoli to Chelsea 2018/19 57m
57. Hernan Crespo Parma to Lazio 2000/01 56.81m
58. Alvaro Morata Chelsea to Atletico Madrid 2020/21 56m
59. Hulk Zenit St Petersburg to Shanghai SIPG 2016/17 55.8m
60. John Stones Everton to Manchester City 2016/17 55.6m
61. Bruno Fernandes Sporting CP to Manchester United 2019/20 55m
62. Aaron Wan-Bissake Crystal Palace to Manchester United 2019/20 55m
63. Antoine Griezmann Real Sociedad to Atletico Madrid 2014/15 54m
64. Alexandre Lacazette Olympique Lyonnais to Arsenal 2017/18 53m
65. Timo Werner RB Leipzig to Chelsea 2020/21 53m
66. Gianluigi Buffon Parma to Juventus 2001/02 52.88m
67. Kyle Walker Tottenham Hotspur to Manchester City 2017/18 52.7m
68. Leroy Sane Schalke 04 to Manchester City 2016/17 52m
69. Ben Chilwell Leicester City to Chelsea 2020/21 50.2m
70. Alex Teixeira Shakhtar Donetsk to Jiangsu Suning 2015/16 50m
71. Bernardo Silva AS Monaco to Manchester City 2017/18 50m
72. Eder Militao Porto to Real Madrid 2019/20 50m
73. Sebastien Haller Eintracht Frankfurt to West Ham United 2019/20 50m
74. Mauro Icardi Inter Milan to Paris Saint-Germain 2020/21 50m
75. David Luiz Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain 2014/15 49.5m
76. Gylfi Sigurdsson Swansea City to Everton 2017/18 49.4m
77. Ferland Mendy Olympique Lyonnais to Real Madrid 2019/20 48m
78. Gaizka Mendieta Valencia to Lazio 2001/02 48m
79. Mesut Ozil Real Madrid to Arsenal 2013/14 47m
80. Christian Benteke Aston Villa to Liverpool 2015/16 46.5m
81. Christian Vieri Lazio to Inter Milan 1999/2000 46.48m
82. Rio Ferdinand Leeds United to Manchester United 2002/03 46m
83. Nathan Ake Bournemouth to Manchester City 2020/21 45.3m
84. Pavel Nedved Lazio to Juventus 2001/02 45m
85. Ronaldo Inter Milan to Real Madrid 2002/03 45m
86. James Rodriguez Porto to AS Monaco 2013/14 45m
87. Eliaquim Mangala Porto to AS Monaco 2014/15 45m
88. Granit Xhaka Borussia Monchengladbach to Arsenal 2016/17 45m
89. Fabinho AS Monaco to Liverpool 2018/19 45m
90. Vinicius Junior Flamengo to Real Madrid 2018/19 45m
91. Rodrygo FC Santos to Real Madrid 2019/20 45m
92. Youri Tielemans AS Monaco to Leicester City 2019/20 45m
93. Mateo Kovacic Real Madrid to Chelsea 2019/20 45m
94. Leroy Sane Manchester City to Bayern Munich 2020/21 45m
95. Juan Mata Chelsea to Manchester United 2013/14 44.73m
96. Nemanja Matic Chelsea to Manchester United 2017/18 44.7m
97. Nicolas Otamendi Valencia to Manchester City 2015/16 44.5m
98. Joelinton Hoffenheim to Newcastle United 2019/20 44m
99. Andriy Shevchenko AC Milan to Chelsea 2006/07 43.88m
100. Robinho Real Madrid to Manchester City 2008/09 43m
Written by Tris Burke September 10 2020 22:54:57