The Premier League News will be a top-flight competition once again, but the teams involved are spending more money than they ever have. This summer, the biggest window in the history of the league saw Chelsea spend more than any other club in the history of the competition. The Blues announced deals to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona and Denis Zakaria from Juventus. As the window continues, we will continue to update you with the latest transactions in the Premier League News
Manchester United’s new manager Erik Ten Hag
Ten Hag’s appointment as Manchester United manager has been widely anticipated, but the club has not yet made an official announcement. Ten Hag has a lengthy CV and a proven track record in the Dutch league. He previously managed Ajax, winning two league titles and twice reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League. But the new boss will have to prove that he can turn around the Red Devils’ fortunes.
The Dutchman has joined the Red Devils on a three-year contract with the option of extending it by a further year. He will face a series of questions from the media, including his vision and plans for the team. Ten Hag also touched upon United’s history, and explained his plan for the future.
Ten Hag has been linked with the Manchester United job in recent weeks, and was even interviewed by the club during the international break. While Mauricio Pochettino had previously been considered a front-runner for the role, Ten Hag has jumped ahead of him in the latest round of managerial interviews. According to ESPN, Ten Hag has been chosen to take over at Old Trafford from Ralf Rangnick. Ten Hag, who started his managerial career in 2012 at Go Ahead Eagles, also managed Utrecht and Bayern Munich II.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Richarlison
Tottenham Hotspur will be without Richarlison for the first Premier League News match of the season on Monday, August 6. The Brazilian international has been banned by the FA for breaching a rule related to pyrotechnics, a ban he has accepted. The incident occurred during the 1-0 victory over Chelsea in May.
Richarlison is set to leave Everton this summer after a reported PS50 million fee. The price includes a ten million pound riser and is higher than the PS55 million that Tanguy Ndbombele cost Lyon last season. Although that player was a huge bust, it is still a good price for the Brazilian winger.
The move will take place subject to Richarlison receiving a work permit. The Brazilian international has spent five seasons with the national team and can play anywhere on the front three. He will add a strong attacking threat to Tottenham’s attack, already featuring Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min.
Leicester City’s Wout Faes
The signing of Wout Faes from PSG brings the end of a defensive uncertainty that has plagued the club this summer. He is not the biggest defender but is very good at reading the game, and his defensive statistics compare favourably with those in the top five European leagues. Faes is also likely to stay at Leicester for many years to come, so he should be an excellent addition to the team.
The Belgium international has signed a five-year contract with the club. The Frenchman will replace Wesley Fofana, who was sold to Chelsea on deadline day 2022. Faes has also announced that he is happy to have signed with Leicester, and hopes to give his best to the club. He started playing football in 2003 with the Rauw Sport Mol youth team and later moved on to Lierse and Anderlecht. In 2016, he broke into the first-team for Anderlecht.
Faes’ talent has been acknowledged by both scouts and managers. Faes made his international debut against Poland earlier this year. He has since gone on to make 70 appearances in the top flight of France. His move from K.V Oostende is likely to further improve his reputation. According to WhoScored, Faes is a smart defender and doesn’t make many mistakes. He avoids diving into tackles and instead uses his body to make blocks.
Man City’s Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp has mocked Manchester City by describing his favourite Premier League News moment as one involving Chelsea. The Liverpool manager has won nearly every trophy in the Premier League News, including three titles in the last four seasons and the UEFA Europa League, but is still hungry for more. The two sides have a good chance of winning the title in the 2022/23 season, with both Liverpool and City aiming to go one better than their rivals.
However, Liverpool are reluctant to sign a midfielder this summer, and this is mainly down to the club’s injury problem. They were beaten to the punch by Real Madrid and Southampton, and may have to wait a while to sign the right player. One possibility is Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham, who has impressed during pre-season.
Liverpool have had a good period under Klopp, and have strengthened their squad for the new season. The club have signed Uruguayan striker Darwin Nunez for PS64 million, and have also made a few more signings in the summer transfer window. However, Klopp remains level-headed and has made it clear that the priority of the new season will be to secure Champions League football.
Liverpool’s Wesley Fofana
The Premier League’s top goalkeeper has been linked with a move to Chelsea. Wesley Fofana has recently signed a seven-year deal with the Blues. Leicester City are also considering signing former Liverpool target Manuel Akanji.
The 24-year-old has signed a seven-year contract with the Blues after leaving Leicester City. He has reportedly flown to the United States for a medical. However, it should be noted that he will only be a third choice center-back this season. He will compete with Kalidou Koulibaly and Daniel Amartey.
Earlier this week, Chelsea failed to make a third bid for the defender. It is believed that Chelsea’s latest offer is around PS60m with a possible PS10 million in add-ons. Leicester, however, have rejected both previous offers.
Everton’s Wesley Fofana
Wesley Fofana is a talismanic centre-back who has been linked with a move to Chelsea. He has previously been linked with the Blues, and has been training with the academy. However, it is not clear if he is available for selection this weekend. After missing training with the rest of the squad on Tuesday, Fofana is likely to be unavailable for Saturday’s game against Chelsea. Despite this, Chelsea are reportedly prepared to make another bid.
Wesley Fofana is a physical presence in the backline, with a six-foot, 13-stone frame. His performance statistics reflect this, with 2.44 interceptions and 3.22 aerial duels per game.
The club have yet to respond to Chelsea’s latest bid for the striker. The bid includes guaranteed PS50m in instalments and a further PS10m in add-ons. However, Frank Lampard is insistent that Chelsea have not bid PS60m. Nevertheless, Gordon is keen to sign the Everton star. He is in negotiations with Chelsea, but they are not yet ready to meet his demands. Chelsea are also currently in talks with Barcelona and Dynamo Moscow.
Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana
Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Wesley Fofana from Leicester City on a seven-year deal. The centre-back is the third new signing for the Blues this summer, after Marc Cucurella and Kalidou Koulibaly. Fofana has a strong physical presence in the backline. He averages 2.44 interceptions and 3.22 aerial duels per game. Despite his physical presence, he is a well-rounded defender. Fofana is in the 93rd percentile for progressive carries and is a high-volume dribbler, although his passing ability could be limited by the system Leicester use.
Fofana made his Saint-Etienne debut at the age of 18, playing alongside William Saliba. However, Leicester have not made a major signing to replace the keeper.
Fofana began his career in Ligue 1 as a defensive midfielder but was later shifted to a central position. He was a regular in the team for three seasons before breaking his leg. He has since played 14 competitive games.
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