Updated team-by-team list of Premier League transfers this summer

3 Comments

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.

[ RELATED: Premier League schedule ]

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 (two weeks away!!).

Arsenal

In: Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle), Hugo Keto (Helsinki), Elias Chatzitheodoridis (Mas Kallitheakos), Calum Chambers (Southampton), David Ospina (Nice)

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, as Sanchez is better suited for a second striker or wide responsibility.

***

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 if it wants to avoid another relegation battle.

***

source: Getty Images
Kightly on loan last season

Burnley

In: Michael Kightly (Stoke), Steven Reid (West Brom), Matt Taylor (West Ham), David Edgar (Birmingham City)

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

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

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

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.

***

Crystal Palace

In: Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City), Brede Hangeland (Fulham)

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, and Hangeland is a big boost in defense.

[ RELATED: Jenkinson, Hangeland find new Premier League homes ]

***

Everton

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

Out: None

Analysis: Roberto Martinez got his man in Lukaku and has lost precious little.

[ RELATED: Is Lukaku really worth $47 million ]

***

Hull City

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.

***

source: Getty Images
Lovren

Liverpool

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

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, and Lovren is a big pickup.

***

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. Eliaquim Mangala could join the defensive corps.

[ RELATED: New York City FC could be proving ground for Man City youth ]

***

Manchester United

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. Marouane Fellaini could be headed to Napoli, but will the manager land long-rumored targets Mats Hummels and Arturo Vidal?

[ RELATED: Glazer family to make $150 million on share sale ]

***

source: Getty Images
de Jong

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. Now will they get in on Loic Remy and loan signing Facundo Ferreyra?

***

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 — failed physical for Liverpool or not — would be a good help. Otherwise, they need striking help.

***

Southampton

In: Dusan Tadic (Twente), Graziano Pelle (Feyenoord), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea)

Out: Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Rickie Lambert (Liverpool), Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool)

Analysis: More and more walk out the door, and Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez could be next. Southampton may have difference makers in Radic and Pelle, but they’ve let a lot more than two walk out the door.

[ RELATED: Southampton’s replacement for Luke Shaw? Ryan Bertrand, on loan ]

***

Stoke City

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.

***

source: Getty Images
Pantilimon

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), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea)

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

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), Eric Dier (Sporting Lisbon)

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.

***

West Bromwich Albion

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.

***

source:
Valencia (Source: West Ham United)

West Ham United

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

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, will the Hammers need to snag yet another striker?

Vancouver adds versatile Juarez, formerly of Monterrey, Celtic

Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images
1 Comment

Efrain Juarez is bringing his game to Major League Soccer.

[ MLS: 2018 Mock SuperDraft ]

The 39-times capped Mexico veteran has inked a deal with the Vancouver Whitecaps, joining a strengthened unit which came within a point of winning the West last season.

Juarez, 29, was unveiled as a midfielder by the ‘Caps, though he’s primarily played right back in his club career. He’s played at Celtic, Real Zaragoza, Club America, Monterrey, and Pumas.

Last capped by El Tri in 2012, Juarez has played every position except goal, center attacking mid, and center forward in his career (picture a ‘U’ on the pitch).

“I’m so happy and excited for this new stage in my career,” Juarez said. “It’s an opportunity for me to keep growing in a new league and to be a part of an amazing club in Vancouver. From the moment they showed interest me, Carl Robinson and the Whitecaps staff have made me feel very important. I promise to put all my effort into this club and do my best to help us achieve our goals.”

VIDEO: Asensio goal ends Real Madrid’s winless run

AP Photo/Francisco Seco
Leave a comment

Marco Asensio’s eighth goal of the season and second of this Copa del Rey put an end to an unlikely Real Madrid winless run in a 1-0 victory at Leganes.

[ MLS: 2018 Mock SuperDraft ]

The 21-year-old darted in front of a defender to volley home from in-tight, giving Real Madrid a first leg lead in the tournament quarterfinals.

More importantly, perhaps, it gives struggling Real a boost in morale after draws with Celta Vigo and Numancia, and a loss to Villarreal.

Real is home to Deportivo de la Coruna in La Liga before hosting Leganes in the second leg.

Hopeful Newcastle buyer Staveley: Offer still on the table

Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
2 Comments

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is probably happy that his for-sale club is away this weekend, even though his side’s up against Manchester City.

[ MORE: Top PL storylines — Week 24  ]

That’s because hopeful buyer Amanda Staveley has responded to claims that her hopeful takeover of the team won’t be happening any time soon.

Talks had stalled, said Tuesday reports, much to the chagrin of an #AshleyOut brigade that at times can make Arsenal’s #WengerOut brigade look like a yard full of happy puppies.

A “source” had said, “Attempts to reach a deal have proved to be exhaustive, frustrating and a complete waste of time,” but Staveley shot back on Thursday to reignite the fire. From the BBC, taken from The Times:

“Our bid remains on the table. This is an investment, but it has to be a long-term investment. Newcastle would be run as a business, but we want it to be a successful, thriving business that is an absolutely integral part of the city.”

She also said that popular manager Rafa Benitez is integral to her interest in the team, and that fact combined with her insistence that an offer remains on the table will have many Newcastle fans seething with current ownership (and there have been protests for years). It’s Ashley’s move now.

2018 MLS Mock Draft: LAFC, Galaxy hold the keys

@MLS
Leave a comment

Major League Soccer’s latest batch of hopeful rookies learn the next steps of their professional careers beginning Friday with the first two rounds of the MLS SuperDraft.

There are several intriguing prospects, including accomplished Stanford center back Tomas Hilliard-Arce and dangerous Michigan winger Francis Atuahene.

[ FOLLOW: All of PST’s MLS coverage ]

An MLS mock draft is always tricky given the wildly varying opinions on players from the college game. This year, it’s even trickier as clubs without picks and some with multiple first round picks may be looking to move up and down even more than the norm.

Here’s how we think the draft could play out:

  1. LAFC – Tomas Hilliard-Arce, CB, Stanford
  2. LA Galaxy – Jon Bakero, FW, Wake Forest
  3. DC United – Francis Atuahene, FW, Michigan
  4. Montreal – Joao Moutinho, LB, Akron
  5. Minnesota – Wyatt Omsberg, CB, Dartmouth
  6. Orlando City – Ema Twumasi, FW, Wake Forest
  7. Montreal – Chris Mueller, FW, Wisconsin
  8. New England – Mo Adams, MF, Syracuse
  9. New England – Chris Lema, MF, Georgetown
  10. Real Salt Lake – Justin Fiddes, LB, Washington
  11. FC Dallas – Marcelo Acuna, FW, Virginia Tech
  12. San Jose – Brandon Bye, RB, Western Michigan
  13. Sporting KC – Ed Opoku, FW, Virginia
  14. Atlanta – Alex Roldan, MF, Seattle
  15. Chicago – Mason Toye, FW, Indiana
  16. New York Red Bulls – Alan Winn, MF, North Carolina
  17. Vancouver – Tristan Blackmon, RB, Pacific
  18. Sporting KC – Jon Gallagher, FW, Notre Dame
  19. New York City FC – Daniel Musovski, FW, UNLV
  20. Houston – Mo Thiaw, FW, Louisville
  21. Columbus – Brian White, FW, Duke
  22. Seattle – Tim Kubel, MF, Louisville
  23. Toronto FC – Oliver Shannon, MF, Clemson

There are a few players to keep an eye on for the later rounds that I won’t project for the first round due almost exclusively to first person bias (Some I’ve seen play in college, others at other levels). Afonso Pinheiro from Albany produced like crazy until this season, and Bowling Green defender Alexis Souahy has a skill set that could really transmit to the MLS level.

Mac Steeves (Providence) is a prototypical big body scorer, while Evansville’s heady Ian McGrath has a flair for the absurd and can play almost every position up the center of the pitch. Charleston’s Thomas Vancaeyezeele was a D-2 monster and is probably worth a shot earlier than people suspect.