A quick guide to who’s come and gone from Premier League teams

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With rumors, friendlies, the World Cup and medicals, it’s easy to lose track of which players switched sides during the summer. Did this move happen? Did one team pull out of the deal?

In short, who’s on my team? We’ve put together a list of the bigger names to come and go this offseason.

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There’s still plenty of time in silly season for moves to be made, but let’s get you caught up on who’s moved to and away from Premier League clubs, as the season begins Aug. 16 (three weeks away!!)

Arsenal

In: Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle), Hugo Keto (Helsinki), Elias Chatzitheodoridis (Mas Kallitheakos)

Out: Nicklas Bendtner, Chu-Young Park, Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea), Bacary Sagna (Man City)

Analysis: Debuchy replaces Sagna, and Sanchez is perhaps the biggest add in the Premier League this season. Will Arsene Wenger sign his big forward before the end of the window? It seems likely he has to bring a star man to the Emirates.

Aston Villa

In: Joe Cole (West Ham), Philippe Senderos (Valencia), Kieran Richardson (Fulham)

Out: Nicklas Helenius (Aalborg), Marc Albrighton (Leicester)

Analysis: Picking up Senderos is a big get for a Villa team that allowed the most goals of any team to stay up. Cole and Richardson are risks at best, as Villa needs a couple more strong bodies.

[ MORE: Trio of transfer moves include Swiss back’s Villa move ]

Burnley

In: Michael Kightly (Stoke), Steven Reid (West Brom), Matt Taylor (West Ham)

Out: David Edgar (Birmingham), Chris Baird (West Brom)

Analysis: The Baird loss is a big one, and Burnley will have a heck of a task to stay up without further add-ons.

Chelsea

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In: Didier Drogba (Galatasaray), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid)

Out: Samuel Eto’o, Thorgan Hazard (Monchengladbach), Tomas Kalas (Cologne), Ashley Cole (Roma), Demba Ba (Besiktas), David Luiz (PSG), Frank Lampard (New York City FC)

Analysis: The team is starting to look more and more like a Jose Mourinho squad, and it’s easy to forget he did his work last year without many of the players he’d like to have around. The Nemanja Matic signing of January almost feels like it should be included here, as it helps make up for the loss of Luiz. In Drogba, Fabregas and Luis, he has brought in good veteran depth that understands his demands.

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Crystal Palace

In: Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City)

Out: Kagisho Dikgacoi (Cardiff), Dean Moxey (Bolton), Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge), Danny Gabbidon

Analysis: They added a striker in Campbell, and Tony Pulis really needs to find some goals. Palace finished 11th last season but third-last in goals scored with a paltry 33. Another attacker is needed, if not two.

Everton

In: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Muhamed Besic (Ferencváros)

Out: None

Analysis: The whole thing shakes out as such: if Roberto Martinez doesn’t get to bring Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea full-time, he better find a forward to finish Ross Barkley and company’s work.

Hull City

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Livermore

In: Tom Ince (Blackpool), Jake Livermore (Tottenham), Robert Snodgrass (Norwich)

Out: Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest), Abdoulaye Faye, Robert Koren

Analysis: Some more deft moves from Steve Bruce, who will hope to build off his FA Cup final run of a year ago. Snodgrass leaves Norwich to give the Tigers plenty in the middle, and Hull can be in good shape if Ince can find his promise.

Leicester City

In: Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton), Matthew Upson (Brighton), Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa)

Out: Zak Whitbread (Derby County)

Analysis: Ulloa was brilliant for Brighton, and Upson can help the club learn the ropes of the Premier League.

Liverpool

In: Adam Lallana (Southampton), Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Emre Can (Bayer Leverkusen), Lazar Markovic (Benfica)

Out: Iago Aspas (Sevilla), Andre Wisdom (West Brom), Luis Suarez (Barcelona)

Analysis: The loss of Suarez is massive, and the Reds say they are not done replacing him. Markovic is a sneaky good signing, while Lallana is coming off a PL Team of the Year season. Surely manager Brendan Rodgers will add another striking option (Loic Remy?).

Manchester City

In: Fernando (Porto), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Wily Caballero (Malaga)

Out: Gareth Barry (Everton), Joleon Lescott, Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland)

Analysis: Former Porto man Fernando gives City more depth in the midfield, but for now the champions look set to defend with a very similar lineup.

Manchester United

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Shaw, 19, was the youngest player at the 2014 World Cup.

In: Luke Shaw (Southampton), Ander Herrera (Bilbao)

Out: Ryan Giggs, Alexander Buttner (Dynamo Moscow), Patrice Evra (Juventus), Federico Macheda (Cardiff City), Nemanja Vidic (Inter Milan), Rio Ferdinand (Queens Park Rangers), Bebe (Benfica)

Analysis: The two pieces they’ve added are huge in quality, but depth is dwindling and Louis van Gaal wants to assess his current crop. United is woeful in defense outside of Shaw. LVG’s 3-5-2 can help mitigate that shallow depth, but surely he’d like to have options.

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Newcastle United

In: Remy Cabella (Montpellier), Emmanuel Riviere (Monaco), Siem de Jong (Ajax), Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord), Ayoze Perez (Tenerife), Jack Colback (Sunderland)

Out: Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal), Dan Gosling (Bournemouth), Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp), Shola Ameobi, Romain Amalfitano (Dijon)

Analysis: The Magpies are having a summer! After selling off players like Yohan Cabaye, Andy Carroll and Demba Ba over the past few years, Newcastle has only watched one key piece walk (Debuchy). They’ve added plenty in the attack and replaced Debuchy with the cheaper, younger, potentially better (one day) Janmaat.

Queens Park Rangers

In: Steven Caulker (Cardiff City), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)

Out: Stephane Mbia, Yossi Benayoun (Maccabi Haifa)

Analysis: The very veteran unit hasn’t added a bunch for Harry Redknapp, but Caulker is a solid signing. Do they have the know-how to stay up? Who knows, but keeping Loic Remy instead of his presumed move to Liverpool would be a good step. Otherwise, they need striking help.

Southampton

In: Dusan Radic (Twente), Graziano Pelle (Feyenoord)

Out: Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Rickie Lambert (Liverpool).

Analysis: Set to lose Dejan Lovren and maybe more assets, the Koeman brothers have a lot of work to do. The vaunted academy can’t offset losses forever, and the Saints are set to lose four of their very best pieces.

Stoke City

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In: Steve Sidwell (Fulham), Phil Bardsley (Sunderland), Mame Biram Dioug (Hannover), Bojan Krkic (Barcelona)

Out: Michael Kightly (Burnley), Juan Agudelo, Mathew Etherington

Analysis: Quietly added three decent potential pieces before the flashy signing of Krkic from Barcelona. The Potters have had a very strong offseason under Mark Hughes. Bardsley is a very good move.

Sunderland

In: Jordi Gomez (Wigan), Billy Jones (West Brom), Costel Pantilimon (Man City), Patrick van Aanholt (Chelsea)

Out: Jack Colback (Newcastle), Kieren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Craig Gardner (West Brom), Phil Bardsley (Stoke), Ignacio Scocco (Newell’s Old Boys)

Analysis: The Black Cats need to find a desperate Gus Poyet some new men. For now this lucky to survive Sunderland side looks worse off than when the season ended.

Swansea City

In: Jefferson Montero (Morelia), Marvis Emnes (Middlesbrough), Lukasz Fabianski (Arsenal), Bafetimbi Gomis (Lyon)

Out: Michel Vorm (Tottenham), Alejandro Pozuelo (Rayo Vallecano), Michu (Napoli)

Analysis: Vorm and Michu are big names to Swans supporters, but the new blood is promising. Montero is a potential star, while the other three can be major factors either immediately — Gomis and Wilfried Bony could be a threatening pair — or in the long-term.

Tottenham Hotspur

In: Ben Davies (Swansea), Michel Vorm (Swansea)

Out: Jake Livermore (Hull), Heurelho Gomes (Watford), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea)

Prognosis: Spurs did a bunch of business last summer, and are hoping signings like Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado come around. Vorm gives them depth behind Hugo Lloris, while losing Sigurdsson to bring in defensive power with Davies is a decent risk.

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West Bromwich Albion

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Lescott

In: Joleon Lescott (Man City), Chris Baird (Burnley), Andre Wisdom (Liverpool), Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kiev), Craig Gardner (Sunderland), Sebastien Pocognoli (Hannover)

Out: Liam Ridgewell (Portland), Steven Reid (Burnley), Billy Jones (Sunderland)

Prognosis: The Baggies gave up plenty of goals last season and stayed safe by a mere three points. They’ve added some punch with Ideye and revamped their back line with Baird and Lescott. Baird may be the coup of the group, with depth at center mid always good.

West Ham United

In: Enner Valencia (Pachuca), Mauro Zarate (Velez Sarsfield), Cheikhou Kouyate, Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town), Diego Poyet (Charlton Athletic)

Out: Joe Cole (Aston Villa), Matt Taylor (Burnley)

Prognosis: West Ham surged late to avoid the drop after spending a good portion of last season in the drop zone, and they moved quickly to grab some offense. Now with Andy Carroll out for up to four months, with the Hammers need to snag yet another striker?

 

Report: Man City bid for Mendy rejected

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According to a report by Sky Sports, Manchester City has seen a bid for Monaco full-back Benjamin Mendy rejected, and will have to significantly increase their offer for the transfer to be completed.

The report states that Manchester City bid $58 million for the 23-year-old French international, but Monaco values Mendy at the $65 million level Man City paid for Kyle Walker, a world record for a defender.

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Monaco is in an advantageous position in this situation, with Manchester City desperate for full-backs and Monaco not obligated to sell. Mendy’s current contract with the defending Ligue 1 champions runs through the summer of 2021.

City has already purchased Walker, but with the departure of aging full-backs Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, and Bacary Sagna, the club is almost completely devoid at the position, with just Walker and Aleksandr Kolarov on the roster.

Mendy has shown blistering pace and great crossing ability, racking up 11 assists last season across all competitions, including four in seven Champions League appearances. His tackling numbers are also surprisingly competent for such a young defender, completing just about 50% of his attempted tackles during league play last season, and sporting a 64% completion rate in Champions League play.

MLS to add VAR replay in early August

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Less than a month from now, Major League Soccer will introduce Video Assistant Replay to its matches, the league confirmed Thursday.

VAR took its biggest jump forward yet when it was introduced at the 2017 Confederations Cup. Referees on the field were alerted by video assistants in a booth about questionable calls, and the on-field ref would then have the opportunity to review a decision themselves on a video screen.

The MLS press release read, “A fifth member of a game’s officiating crew, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), located in a booth at the stadium, will have access to all available broadcast angles and check all plays for potential clear and obvious errors or serious missed incidents in four game-changing situations — goals, penalty decisions, direct red cards, and cases of mistaken identity.” The league confirmed August 5th would be the introduction of VAR.Major L

For VAR to be successfully implemented and affect the flow of game as little as possible, the system will have to be tightly monitored as to not be used to challenge 50/50 decisions or those too close to call. In addition, quick decisions will be paramount to the system to keep confusion at a minimum and continue play as quick as possible.

There were examples of both good and bad use of VAR during the Confederations Cup. Early in the tournament, Portugal saw a goal correctly wiped off against Mexico thanks to a blatant offside call, with the decision coming 53 seconds after the ball hit the back of the net. However, later in the tournament, Chile saw a goal by Claudio Vargas controversially erased when the system was used to overturn an incredibly close call.

MLS says its decision to use VAR comes after three years of research and testing. It’s somewhat surprising the system is being implemented in the middle of a campaign, with any possible kinks to work out despite the stretch run of the regular season.

Back in early July, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said there is “nothing standing in the way of VAR” use at the 2018 World Cup.

Africa Cup of Nations moving to summer

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The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations has been moved to the summer, neutralizing the effect of the tournament on domestic leagues, the CAF has announced.

In the past, players were forced to choose between club and country with the tournament taking place in January and February. Now, players will not have to choose, and will be able to play for their country without missing any critical club time. Last season, clubs like Liverpool struggled in the absence of key players like Sadio Mane while they left to play for their country.

With the change to playing in June and July, teams will need to manage the heat of a summer tournament in Africa, although it wouldn’t be as bad as one might expect. The 2019 tournament is set to be played in Cameroon, where average temperatures in June start at around 87 degrees and fall throughout the month, reaching closer to 80 degrees by the start of July. Cameroon hosted Morocco in their most recent AFCON qualifier 10 days ago in Yaoundé, and the high temperature for that day (June 10) was 78 degrees.

The CAF also confirmed that the tournament will expand from 16 teams to 24 teams, despite qualification for the tournament having already begun. To fill out the additional slots, the CAF has not announced how it will change qualifying, but it’s likely that 2nd place finishers in all 12 groups would make the field, rather than the top three 2nd place finishers that currently progress. In the current format, the host country automatically qualifies, but still participates in qualification. Cameroon is currently leading Group B after one match.

Eight additional teams could pose problems for Cameroon, who admitted on Wednesday that preparations were behind schedule for the 2019 tournament. “Despite security concerns, social and economic crises, the government and President Paul Biya are totally engaged to do everything for the Nations Cup to go ahead,” said Cameroon Sports Minister Ismael Bidoung.

Finally, the CAF release confirmed that the tournament will, in the future, stay on African soil with only African teams. That means there will be no tournaments held in foreign nations such as China, and non-African teams will not be invited. Both were possibilities the organization was considering.

Barcelona president warns PSG over FFP

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is warning Paris Saint-Germain that even if they try to sign Neymar, they would condemn themselves to UEFA sanctions.

With PSG heavily linked to the Brazilian superstar, rumors suggest the French club is hoping to activate Neymar’s monstrous release clause set at $258 million.

However, that could have serious consequences, warns Bartomeu. “These clauses are impossible to activate if you want to comply with Financial Fair Play,” the Barcelona president told the Associated Press. “If someone doesn’t want to comply, then of course it can be activated.”

The Spaniard assured fans that Neymar is a critical part of Barcelona’s success.

“He has a contract for the coming four years and, of course, we count on him,” Bartomeu said. “He’s part of our team. He’s part of this trident [with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez].”

The 25-year-old signed a five-year contract extension last October that runs through the summer of 2021. Club vice-president Jordi Mestre also said he was “200 per cent” sure Neymar would stay with Barcelona.