From Patrick Vieira to Andrew Robertson… the best signings in Premier League history

In the summer of 2012, European champions Chelsea were in the middle of a busy transfer window, signing Eden Hazard, Oscar and Victor Moses. While promising youngsters Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku had returned to Stamford Bridge after successful loan spells and were hoping to get their chance in the first team. Meanwhile, as … Read more

How Manchester United signed Mason Mount: Smokescreens, a conciliatory phone call and Ten Hag’s sales pitch

It was after three failed bids that Manchester United let it be known a week on Friday that they would walk away from negotiations with Chelsea for Mason Mount. They had a figure in mind, £55 million ($70 million), and saw Chelsea’s efforts to push for more than that as unreasonable as Mount had only … Read more

Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea squad assessed: Youth, potential, but one or two glaring holes

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Chelsea have officially entered the Mauricio Pochettino era. Pre-season training begins in Cobham this week, with players filtering back in groups to begin a grueling fitness and conditioning regime that will lay the groundwork for a series of high-profile friendlies in the United States. The dressing room dynamic they enter will also have a whole … Read more

How will Mason Mount fit in at Manchester United: Goal threat, adaptable, presses

Manchester United are on the verge of landing their man. It took four bids to award Mason Mount of Chelsea – the clincher, as reported by The athletic, an offer of £55million plus £5million in add-ons – but their persistence is paying off. The midfielder is due for a medical in Manchester on Monday, with … Read more

The new transfer deadline? Why June 30 matters for Chelsea, Barcelona and more

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It’s not the transfer deadline that calls for countdowns on scrolling news pages. Nor is it one with the potential to irrevocably shape a season. Yet June 30 has quietly become a date of growing importance on the football calendar – for some in the industry it is beginning to feel akin to a third … Read more

Tino Livramento’s sliding sale fee explained: How much will Newcastle pay?

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Monday evening, Athletics reported that Newcastle United were in talks with Southampton over a move for Tino Livramento. The 20-year-old right-back is highly rated but missed almost all of last season after suffering an ACL tear in April 2022. It is not set to be an easy transaction as Chelsea, his former club, owed a … Read more

Complaining about the Saudi Pro League runs the risk of sounding hypocritical

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It’s the time of year when Premier League managers can take a break, get away from it all, switch off, relax – or, in fact, spend sunny days in a state of high anxiety, preoccupied with constant updates on their club’s transfer activity or lack thereof. Still, at least they get a break from the … Read more

Transfer news mailbag: Thomas Partey’s Arsenal future, Christian Pulisic’s situation and more

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We’ve done it once, so let’s do it again. The transfer window is now in full swing, with bids being rejected and clubs trying to sign key players away from other teams. Our readers took the mailbag from earlier this week and threw a few more questions our way. We just had to get back … Read more

Man Utd leave Tottenham stunned to hijack £51m Serie A swoop amid Kim defeat

Manuel Locatelli, Denzel Dumfries and Gleison Bremer, Juventus vs Inter

Manchester United have set their sights on an alternative Serie A star after conceding defeat in the race for Kim Min-jae, which could see them rival Tottenham, West Ham hope a Chelsea forward will be able to replace Gianluca Scamacca, while Monday’s EC Paper Talk includes Paris Saint-Germain hoping to land a big name from … Read more