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Declan Drysdale has signed for Gillingham on a season-long loan deal from Coventry City.
Argentina international Robert Pereyra has signed for Udinese from Watford for an undisclosed fee.
Markus Fjortoft has signed for Greenock Morton after his Hamilton Academical contract was terminated by mutual consent. Joining the Accies is defender Ben Stirling from Hibernian.
Liverpool goalkeeping duo Kamil Grabara and Loris Karius have left the club on loan. Polish keeper Grabara has signed for AGF Aarhus, while German keeper Karious has returned to his home nation to play for Union Berlin.
Turkey’s Fatih Kragumruk have taken Badou Ndiaye on loan from Stoke City for the season.
West Bromwich Albion are closing in on a return for Croatian midfielder Filip Krovinovic. The Benfica player spent last season on loan with the Baggies and is set to sign for another season-long loan.
Benfica have confirmed that they have reached an agreement to sell Portugese defender Ruben Dias to Manchester City for cash + Nicolas Otamendi. The two players have yet to agree personal terms but, if the transfer does go through, it would mean City will have signed 6 of the 15 most expensive centre-backs in the world, with Dias 4th.
RB Leipzig have announced the signing of teenage defender Josko Gvardiol for the summer of 2021. The 18 year old will play out this season with Dinamo Zagreb.
Vancouver Whitecaps have acquired Evan Bush from fellow Canadian Major League Soccer side Montreal Impact in return for Whitecaps’ third-round pick in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft.
Juan Soriano has signed for Malaga on loan from Sevilla.
Young Polish keeper Marcin Bulka has joined Cartagena on loan from Paris Saint-Germain.
Former Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona player Kevin-Prince Boateng has joined Monza from Fiorentina.
Mallorca have paid just over £1m for Argentine left-back Brian Cufre from Velez Sarsfield.
Toulouse have sold Ibrahim Sangare to PSV Eindhoven for £8m.
There have now been 14 players and staff members tested positive for coronavirus at Genoa.
Mainz 05 manager Achim Beierlorzer has become the second managerial casualty of the Bundesliga season with just ten days gone. Mainz have descended into disarray, with players refusing to train after forward Adam Szalai was suspended and told to find a new club.
Prem Clubs To Vote On Early Season Ending
Premier League clubs are set to vote on how the season will be ended if it can not be completed due to the ongoing pandemic. The clubs will vote today and, if the motion is passed the ruling will be added to the Premier League rules. There is also planned to be a vote in future about how much of the season needs to have been completed before the rules are applied.
Lampard Unhappy With Kepa Spotlight
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is unhappy with the attention that his goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga receives, terming it “unfair”. The world’s most expensive goalkeeper has made a series of errors and has been dropped once more by Lampard, but Lampard is unhappy that the media are focusing on Arrizabalaga. Lampard said: “I certainly won’t go to the point of saying Kepa has played his last game for Chelsea. We have to also understand Kepa is a young man. A lot of the spotlight on him has become unfair. I have to protect him because I know he’s a good lad trying to do his best.”
The highest scoring defenders from the Top 10 leagues from the 2019/20 season:
1. Alex Telles (Porto) 11 goals 8 assists
2. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) 11 goals 2 assists
3. Robin Gosens (Atalanta) 9 goals 7 assists
4. Philipp Max (Augsburg) 8 goals 6 assists
5. Martin Hinteregger (Eintracht Frankfurt) 8 goals 2 assists
6. Domenico Criscito (Genoa) 8 goals 0 assists
7. Aleksandar Kolarov (AS Roma) 7 goals 4 assists
8. Filip Novak (Trabzonspor) 7 goals 0 assists
9. Alpaslan Ozturk (Goztepe) 7 goals 0 assists
10. Theo Hernandez (AC Milan) 6 goals 5 assists
11. Papy Djilibodji (Gaziantep) 6 goals 2 assists
12. Davy De Fauw (Zulte Waregem) 6 goals 2 assists
13. Sebastiaan Bornauw (1.FC Cologne) 6 goals 0 assists
14. Achraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund) 5 goals 10 assists
15. Ramy Bensebaini (Borussia Monchengladbach) 5 goals 4 assists
16. Davide Faraoni (Hellas Verona) 5 goals 3 assists
17. Jonathan Schmid (SC Freiburg) 5 goals 2 assists
18. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) 5 goals 1 assist
19. Edmond Tapsoba (Vitoria Guimaraes/Bayer Leverkusen) 5 goals 1 assist
20. Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt) 5 goals 1 assist
21. Ivan Marcano (Porto) 5 goals 1 assist
22. Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina) 5 goals 0 assists
23. Domagoj Vida (Besiktas) 5 goals 0 assists
24. Steven Vitoria (Moreirense) 5 goals 0 assists
25. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) 4 goals 13 assists
Serie A Player Of The Season
Lazio striker Ciro Immobile has pipped Cristian Ronaldo to the Serie A Player of the Season award for 2019/20 by less than 1% of the vote.
1. Immobile (Lazio) 29.08%
2. Ronaldo (Juventus) 28.11%
3. Amrabat (Fiorentina) 15.96%
4. Dybala (Juventus) 4.87%
5. Lukaku (Inter Milan) 3.44%
6. Gosens (Atalanta) 3.17%
7. Hernandez (AC Milan) 2.36%
8. Ilicic (Atalanta) 2.24%
9. Donnarumma (AC Milan) 2.22%
10. Alberto (Lazio) 2.15%
Khan Apologises To Fulham Fan
The vice-chairman of Fulham, Tony Khan, has apologised to the club’s fans on social media after yet another abject performance under Scott Parker on their return to the Premier League. Khan said: “We’ve looked to add centre-backs since Wembley. I’m sorry we haven’t yet as two got Covid, we lost a free we thought was close and had another issue with a fourth centre-back. I should and will apologise repeatedly for that performance. I’m sorry everybody. We all need to do a better job. Everyone at the club for the past year worked really hard to get the team up and now we need to work significantly harder to stay up. I promise better efforts than today.”
Written by Tris Burke September 29 2020 07:10:43