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Manchester United have seriously strengthened, clearly determined to challenge for top spot in the Premiership after going nowhere close in the last two seasons. The Old Trafford club have completed the £40 million captures of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, from Bayern Munich and Southampton respectively.
Two seriously impressive signings who will transform the midfield. Both have great leadership qualities.
And there is talk United could go further.
Manager, Louis van Gaal, is being linked with a big-money move for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, with Angel Di Maria possibly heading in the opposite direction. What a coup that would be.
The 28-year-old Uruguayan would fill the void left by Robin van Persie, who has departed for Fenerbahce in Turkey.
That has left Wayne Rooney as the only senior striker in the squad with the exciting Memphis Depay, picked up from PSV Eindhoven. With PSG manager Laurent Blanc admitting that the French club are still interested in Di Maria, who almost joined them last summer, a deal could be close.
Cavani, who has been close to a move to the Premier League for some time, is said to have never fully settled in Paris. He is thought unhappy at playing on the left to accommodate the amazing Zlatan Ibrahimovic at centre forward.
Being the main man at United may appeal. Cavani has scored 56 goals in 96 matches for PSG.
However United’s pursuit of Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos seems to be faltering. Reports from Spain claim he has been named club captain for next season. Manchseter United have confirmed the arrival of Italian full-back Matteo Darmian from Torino. But David De Gea may yet move to Real Madrid now Iker Casillas has switched to Porto.
Liverpool FC are digesting events after finally sanctioning the ‘bad blood’ transfer of want-away winger Raheem Sterling to Manchester City. The England forward, aged 20, departs in a deal that will cost £44 million up front and £49 million after add-ons, pretty much meeting Liverpool’s £50 million valuation. With Manchester City to give Sterling around £200,000-a-week on a five-year deal, the rebel will end up costing City in excess of £100 million.
How will Liverpool spend the money? Roberto Firminio (£29 million), James Milner, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan and £12.5 million Nathaniel Clyne are the new faces at Anfield.
The front line options now feature, Firminio, Daniel Sturridge, Ings and Divock Origi, with the trio of Balotelli, Lambert and Borini surplus to requirements. Speculation continues as to Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette and Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke. Lacazette scored 27 goals in 31 Ligue 1 matches last season.
Tottenham Hotspur have been active on and off the pitch. They have revealed that White Hart Lane will be developed into the biggest club stadium in London and will host the NFL when it is completed in 2019. Spurs’ plans would see a ground capable of holding 61,000 fans, which will be more than Arsenal, whose Emirates Stadium has a capacity of 60,432, while Chelsea’s proposal to redevelop Stamford Bridge will take it up to 60,000.
Spurs have agreed a partnership with the NFL, with the club announcing a 10-year deal to host a minimum of two American football matches a season. Tottenham have completed the signing of Toby Alderweireld from Atletico Madrid for £11.5 million despite a contract row with Southampton for whom he played on loan last year.
He joins fellow newcomers Kevin Wimmer, £4.3 million from Cologne, Dele Alli, from Milton Keynes Dons for £5 million and Burnley defender Kieran Trippier.
Chelsea have completed the signing of goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from Stoke City for £8 million. The Bosnian replaces Petr Cech, who moved to Arsenal earlier this summer. Thibaut Courtois remains No.1 keeper at Stamford Bridge. Radamel Falcao is already on board having previously agreed to swap one loan for another, switching from Manchester United to Chelsea. He will support Diego Costa up front.
So who is winning this battle of the transfer market?
Manchester United look formidable. Chelsea will hope the Falcao move is a success; John Terry though will be another year older and slower. Liverpool have spent wisely but look a work in process. Arsenal at last have a goalkeeper but need new signings to freshen up the squad. Tottenham appear set to hold onto Harry Kane but still seem a long shot for the top four.
All to play for!
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