Argentinean football is in a pretty dire state. Fans up and down the great South American nation lamented yet another disappointing end to a tournament after their team crashed out of the group stages of the 2016 Summer Olympics.
The 18-man-squad, devoid of any stellar characters, almost entirely consisted of players from the Argentine Primera Division or the Campeonato Brasileiro, with only five of them playing their trade in Europe.
West Hamare going to be able to hold on to Dimitri Payet for the time being after the French playmaker insisted he's "100%" committed to staying on next season.
After seeing his stock soar on the back of a goal-laden maiden season withthe Hammers and an impressive showing at Euro 2016, rumoured potential suitors were rife as the likes of PSG, Barcelona and Inter Milan were all linked in passing.
The transfer rumor mill is in full effect as we enter the final week of player movement. The maligned Italian striker Mario Balotelli has been linked with several moves this summer, with the latest reportedly coming out of Switzerland. Meanwhile Serie A contenders Napoli are the subject of several rumored moves for forwards.
Chelsea’s season got off to a dramatic start under new manager Antonio Conte, after a last-gasp winner from Diego Costa gave them all three points in a 2-1 victory against West Ham United. After a goalless opening half, the Blues took the lead almost immediately after the restart through an Eden Hazard penalty.
It’s been only fourteen weeks since Claudio Ranieri’s boys provided the most miraculous experience of a Premier League season ever by dramatically clinching the title when even in the wildest dreams nobody had predicted such a result but it still feels like ages. It happens all the time. Even in a summer filled with European Championships (the sporting spectacle being an unmitigated success) and a fascinating transfer window – it still fails to satiate the hunger of millions of ravenous die-hard football fans across the world.
Real Madrid's Jese is supposedly in talks over a move to to either West Ham United or Southampton currently, while Arsenal and Liverpool have also been linked. The Spanish striker appears to be surplus to requirements to Real boss Zinedine Zidane this season, and he is supposedly being offered out to clubs this summer.
Manchester United are exploring the possibility of signing French winger Dimitri Payet this summer. The Red Devils have enquired about the possibility of signing the West Ham star and are looking at a fee nearer to €60m to lure him to join Old Trafford.
While United have shifted all their focus on signing Paul Pogba, the club is in need of another winger and Payet certainly, would be a great addition to the squad.
Manchester City have made a formal approach to sign West Ham’s highly rated teenage star Reece Oxford.
According to reports from the Telegraph, City have made contact on Monday night for the 17-year-old who is also wanted by a host of Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.
West Ham United are showing real ambition in the transfer market. The Hammers have already signed Havard Nordtveit, Sofiane Feghouli and Gokhan Tore and they’ve been linked with some of the top players around the world.
For instance, West Ham had lodged a formal bid for Michy Batshuayi before the Belgian joined Chelsea last month.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud scored twice while Antonine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet also got their name on the scoresheet as France beat Iceland 5-2 at St-Denis on Sunday evening to secure their passage to the semifinals of Euro 2016.
Didier Deschamps made two changes to the side that won 2-1 against Ireland in their last match: Samuel Umtiti made his international debut in place of suspended Adil Rami, while N’Golo Kante, also suspended, is replaced by Moussa Sissoko.
Barcelona keeper Claudio Bravo has completed his £15.4m move to Premier League side Manchester City, with Ajax’s Jasper Cillessen replacing the Chile captain at the Nou Camp, with the Eredivisie runners up getting £12.8m for the Dutchman. Now is the time for England number one Joe Hart to leave the Etihad.