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Once-bitten Guardiola wary of Everton threat

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London (AFP) – The Premier League title credentials of Pep Guardiola’s new-look Manchester City face an early-season examination on Monday when Ronald Koeman’s ambitious Everton visit the Etihad Stadium.

With around £150 million ($193.1 million, 164.1 million euros) of new players on show, City made an assured start to the campaign by winning 2-0 at promoted Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend.

Once-bitten Guardiola wary of Everton threat

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London (AFP) – The Premier League title credentials of Pep Guardiola’s new-look Manchester City face an early-season examination on Monday when Ronald Koeman’s ambitious Everton visit the Etihad Stadium.

With around £150 million ($193.1 million, 164.1 million euros) of new players on show, City made an assured start to the campaign by winning 2-0 at promoted Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend.

Conte admits red cards could prompt Chelsea re-think

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has accepted he may have to embed a new formation in his team if they continue to have players sent off.

After being reduced to 10 men in both the FA Cup final and the Community Shield, Conte’s men finished the opening game of their Premier League title defence with just nine players after Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas were both dismissed in a pulsating 3-2 defeat by Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Conte admits red cards could prompt Chelsea re-think

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has accepted he may have to embed a new formation in his team if they continue to have players sent off.

After being reduced to 10 men in both the FA Cup final and the Community Shield, Conte’s men finished the opening game of their Premier League title defence with just nine players after Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas were both dismissed in a pulsating 3-2 defeat by Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Lukaku sizes up favoured prey West Ham

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London (AFP) – Romelu Lukaku’s remarkable scoring record against West Ham United means he will expect to hit the ground running when he makes his Premier League debut for Manchester United on Sunday.

The Belgium international, 24, scored nine goals in his first nine appearances against West Ham for former team Everton before the east London club finally kept him at bay in a 0-0 draw last April.

Lukaku sizes up favoured prey West Ham

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London (AFP) – Romelu Lukaku’s remarkable scoring record against West Ham United means he will expect to hit the ground running when he makes his Premier League debut for Manchester United on Sunday.

The Belgium international, 24, scored nine goals in his first nine appearances against West Ham for former team Everton before the east London club finally kept him at bay in a 0-0 draw last April.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose to ‘play up north’ some day

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London (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose risked angering the London club’s supporters by revealing Thursday he wanted to “play up north” before his career was finished.

Meanwhile he also appeared to question Spurs’ transfer policy, saying he hoped a couple of “well-known players” would be joining the club soon.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose to ‘play up north’ some day

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London (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose risked angering the London club’s supporters by revealing Thursday he wanted to “play up north” before his career was finished.

Meanwhile he also appeared to question Spurs’ transfer policy, saying he hoped a couple of “well-known players” would be joining the club soon.

Wenger braced for knife-edge Arsenal season

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger brokered a fragile truce with Arsenal’s dissenting fans by winning the FA Cup, but has little margin for error ahead of Friday’s Premier League opener against Leicester City.

Last season was by far the most difficult of Wenger’s 21-year tenure as manager, with Arsenal’s on-pitch travails exposing him to furious protests from sections of the club’s support.

Wenger braced for knife-edge Arsenal season

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger brokered a fragile truce with Arsenal’s dissenting fans by winning the FA Cup, but has little margin for error ahead of Friday’s Premier League opener against Leicester City.

Last season was by far the most difficult of Wenger’s 21-year tenure as manager, with Arsenal’s on-pitch travails exposing him to furious protests from sections of the club’s support.

Crystal Palace’s Pape Souare close to return after car crash

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London (AFP) – Crystal Palace’s Senegalese left-back Pape Souare has returned to full training after sustaining serious injuries in a car crash 11 months ago, his club revealed on Wednesday.

Souare, 27, had to be airlifted to hospital with a broken leg and jaw after the accident on the M4 motorway in London in September 2016.

No PSG contact over Sanchez, says Arsenal’s Wenger

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Wednesday he has had no contact with Paris Saint-Germain regarding Alexis Sanchez, who will miss the start of the season through injury.

Sanchez, 28, has been linked with a move to PSG, who have just completed a world-record 222 million euros ($260 million) swoop for Barcelona superstar Neymar.

Wenger fearful of another slow Arsenal start

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the strength of competition in the Premier League means his side cannot afford another false start if they are to challenge for the title.

Arsenal have lost three of their last four opening games, with last term’s 4-3 defeat at home to Liverpool setting the tone for a campaign in which they missed out on Champions League qualification for the first time since 1997.

Wenger fearful of another slow Arsenal start

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the strength of competition in the Premier League means his side cannot afford another false start if they are to challenge for the title.

Arsenal have lost three of their last four opening games, with last term’s 4-3 defeat at home to Liverpool setting the tone for a campaign in which they missed out on Champions League qualification for the first time since 1997.

Lacazette gets Wembley start for Arsenal

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London (AFP) – Arsenal’s record signing Alexandre Lacazette was handed a starting berth by manager Arsene Wenger for Sunday’s Community Shield showdown with Chelsea at Wembley.

The France striker, a £46.5 million ($60.6 million, 51.6 million euros) signing from Lyon, was flanked by Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi, with both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil left out.

Wolves land early promotion race blow

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London (AFP) – Big-spending Wolves made a strong start to their promotion bid as Leo Bonatini’s debut goal sealed a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough on the opening weekend of the Championship on Saturday.

Brazilian striker Bonatini, signed on a season-long loan from Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal, punished a mistake from Boro defender Daniel Ayala to settle a tight encounter in the 33rd minute at Molineux.

Unsettled Sanchez back in training with Arsenal

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London (AFP) – Alexis Sanchez finally returned to training with Arsenal on Tuesday amid persistent speculation the Chile forward is keen to leave the Gunners.

Sanchez missed Arsenal’s pre-season tour of Australia and China, as well as last weekend’s Emirates Cup tournament, as he rested following international duty at the Confederations Cup.

Football shirts reappraised as design classics

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London (AFP) – Football shirts are not just symbols of team allegiance: the colours, designs and styles are being reappraised as icons of sartorial cool at an exhibition in London.

“The Art of the Football Shirt” takes visitors through 180 different football shirts, from instantly recognisable classics to strange strips that pushed the boundaries, and jerseys that crossed over into fashion, music and politics.

West Ham snap up Mexico football star Hernandez

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London (AFP) – West Ham have completed the signing of former Real Madrid and Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez for £16 million ($20.8 million, 17.9 million euros), the Premier League club said on Monday.

A deal to bring Mexico’s record goalscorer to London Stadium was hammered out several days ago.

West Ham snap up Mexico football star Hernandez

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London (AFP) – West Ham have completed the signing of former Real Madrid and Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez for £16 million ($20.8 million, 17.9 million euros), the Premier League club said on Monday.

A deal to bring Mexico’s record goalscorer to London Stadium was hammered out several days ago.

Morata completes Chelsea move, targets silverware

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London (AFP) – Premier League champions Chelsea completed the signing of Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata on a five-year-deal on Friday in a deal reported to be worth up to 80 million euros ($92.2 million).

“I am so happy to be here. It’s an incredible emotion to be part of this big club.

Morata completes Chelsea move, targets silverware

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London (AFP) – Premier League champions Chelsea completed the signing of Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata on a five-year-deal on Friday in a deal reported to be worth up to 80 million euros ($92.2 million).

“I am so happy to be here. It’s an incredible emotion to be part of this big club.

Morata completes Chelsea move, targets football silverware

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London (AFP) – Premier League champions Chelsea completed the signing of Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata on a five-year-deal on Friday in a deal reported to be worth up to 80 million euros ($92.2 million).

“I am so happy to be here. It’s an incredible emotion to be part of this big club.

Morata completes Chelsea move, targets football silverware

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London (AFP) – Premier League champions Chelsea completed the signing of Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata on a five-year-deal on Friday in a deal reported to be worth up to 80 million euros ($92.2 million).

“I am so happy to be here. It’s an incredible emotion to be part of this big club.

Morata passes Chelsea medical

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London (AFP) – Spanish striker Alvaro Morata has passed his Chelsea medical ahead of his move to the Premier League champions from Real Madrid, according to Sky Sports on Friday.

The 24-year-old is now expected to fly to Singapore to link up with his new team-mates, who are preparing to play Arsenal in a friendly in Beijing.

Morata passes Chelsea medical

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London (AFP) – Spanish striker Alvaro Morata has passed his Chelsea medical ahead of his move to the Premier League champions from Real Madrid, according to Sky Sports on Friday.

The 24-year-old is now expected to fly to Singapore to link up with his new team-mates, who are preparing to play Arsenal in a friendly in Beijing.

Aston Villa sign veteran defender Samba

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London (AFP) – Veteran Congo international defender Christopher Samba penned a one-year deal with English second-tier side Aston Villa on Thursday after impressing coach Steve Bruce on a trial.

The 33-year-old was a free agent after leaving Greek club Panathinaikos in January and will bring with him a wealth of experience of English football having spent five years at Blackburn Rovers between 2007 and 2012.

Aston Villa sign veteran defender Samba

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London (AFP) – Veteran Congo international defender Christopher Samba penned a one-year deal with English second-tier side Aston Villa on Thursday after impressing coach Steve Bruce on a trial.

The 33-year-old was a free agent after leaving Greek club Panathinaikos in January and will bring with him a wealth of experience of English football having spent five years at Blackburn Rovers between 2007 and 2012.

Morata hails Chelsea as ‘best club’, Conte ‘best coach’

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London (AFP) – Chelsea’s 80-million-euro new boy Alvaro Morata hailed the English champions as “the best club” and manager Antonio Conte as “one of the world’s best coaches” as the striker arrived in London to complete his transfer Thursday.

The 24-year-old is expected to sign a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge after a deal reported to be worth 80 million euros ($92.

Morata hails Chelsea as ‘best club’, Conte ‘best coach’

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London (AFP) – Chelsea’s 80-million-euro new boy Alvaro Morata hailed the English champions as “the best club” and manager Antonio Conte as “one of the world’s best coaches” as the striker arrived in London to complete his transfer Thursday.

The 24-year-old is expected to sign a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge after a deal reported to be worth 80 million euros ($92.

West Ham agree terms with Leverkusen for Chicharito

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London (AFP) – West Ham United confirmed on Thursday that they’ve reached an agreement with Bayer Leverkusen to sign former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.

The Premier League side have been chasing the 29-year-old throughout the summer, and they’ve now agreed a fee of around £16 million ($20.

West Ham agree terms with Leverkusen for Chicharito

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London (AFP) – West Ham United confirmed on Thursday that they’ve reached an agreement with Bayer Leverkusen to sign former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.

The Premier League side have been chasing the 29-year-old throughout the summer, and they’ve now agreed a fee of around £16 million ($20.

Javier Hernandez poised for West Ham switch

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London (AFP) – West Ham United are close to agreeing a deal to sign former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, according to widespread media reports.

The Premier League side have been chasing the 29-year-old frontman throughout the summer, and appear confident of landing Mexico’s all-time leading goalscorer from Bayer Leverkusen.

Javier Hernandez poised for West Ham switch

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London (AFP) – West Ham United are close to agreeing a deal to sign former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, according to widespread media reports.

The Premier League side have been chasing the 29-year-old frontman throughout the summer, and appear confident of landing Mexico’s all-time leading goalscorer from Bayer Leverkusen.

Stoke’s Arnautovic set for West Ham move

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London (AFP) – Austrian international forward Marko Arnautovic is to undergo a medical at West Ham United on Wednesday after the London club agreed a £24 million ($31 million, 27 million euros) fee with Stoke City.

West Ham had two previous bids rejected for the 28-year-old, but Stoke have decided to cash in after the Austrian expressed a desire to leave the Midlands club.

Hart completes West Ham loan move

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London (AFP) – Manchester City’s England goalkeeper Joe Hart has completed his season-long loan move to Premier League rivals West Ham United, the club confirmed Tuesday.

The 30-year-old spent last season on loan at Italian side Torino after Pep Guardiola took over as City boss last summer, and Hart was told once again that he was not in the Spaniard’s plans.

Huddersfield shore up squad with new deals

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London (AFP) – Premier League newcomers Huddersfield Town have tied down three more players to new deals ahead of their first season in the top flight for 45 years.

Captain Tommy Smith, midfielder Jonathan Hogg and winger Rajiv van La Parra have all penned new three-year contracts that will keep them at the West Yorkshire club until the summer of 2020, with the option of a further 12 months.

Defoe leads mourners for funeral of ‘best mate’ Bradley

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London (AFP) – The funeral of Bradley Lowery, one of the iconic faces of last season’s Premier League season as the devoted Sunderland fan battled a rare form of cancer, drew crowds of mourners onto the streets on Friday.

Lowery died last Friday aged just six of neuroblastoma, and his parents will wear football shirts to the service to honour his love of the sport.

Kyle Walker set to become world’s most expensive defender

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London (AFP) – Kyle Walker is set to become the world’s most expensive defender on Friday with Manchester City prepared to spend up to £54 million ($70mn, 61mn euros) for the out of favour Tottenham player.

The 27-year-old England international, who joined Spurs alongside Kyle Naughton in 2009 for £9mn from Sheffield United, will cost an initial £45mn with another £5mn due in a year’s time and £4mn due in add-ons, according to The Times.

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Spurs closing in on highly rated South American, club chief in London to negotiate transfer

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Tottenham are looking to add some defensive depth this summer and the Londoners have identified Juan Foyth as a target.

According to Sky Sports, the Premier League outfit are close to signing the Argentine this summer.

Foyth is very highly rated in South America and Pochettino is keen on acquiring his services right away.