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PL Playback: Mane’s red masks Liverpool’s real problems

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MANE RED MASKS LIVERPOOL ISSUES

Sadio Mane‘s red card in the 36th minute was the main talking point from Liverpool’s 5-0 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday.

It was a big moment but in no way should it have masked the bigger problem Liverpool have failed to address over the offseason: their defense.

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Jurgen Klopp was scathing after Mane’s red for a high challenge on Man City goalkeeper Ederson. Told to calm down on the sidelines by officials, perhaps Klopp was so incensed because he had seen his team go 1-0 down after a poor piece of defending, plus miss glorious chances via Mohamed Salah to compound Mane’s sending off.

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Speaking to the media afterward, Klopp stood up for Mane as Guardiola also believed it was an accident but that the action was dangerous.

“It was an accident. A very unlucky situation. I think everybody knows Sadio didn’t see the goalie. He just wanted to get the ball as soon as possible… and then it was a red card. We cannot change that anymore,” Klopp said. “Hopefully the goalie isn’t seriously injured. At the first moment when the people were on the pitch it looked like this, but after the game he was running around the dugout. Hopefully it was not too serious.”

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Ederson did not break anything but had some nasty cuts on his face and will be feeling the impact of that reckless challenge from Mane, which deserved a red, for quite some time.

Klopp was also asked if Liverpool would appeal against Mane’s three-game ban, and reports have since suggested they could do: “It would be another waste of time. Like the game today,” Klopp said.

Yet, the game wasn’t a complete waste of time.

We learnt an awful lot about Liverpool’s defensive deficiencies and the usually charismatic Klopp seem distracted as he mumbled through his answers in his post-game press conference.

He admitted it was far too easy for Man City’s midfielders, the brilliant David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne in particular, to turn and hurt his defense but that he “will try, with the boys, to forget the result. Not the mistakes, but the result” as Liverpool were torn apart time and time again.

“We have four in defense and six in midfield and in these situations, yes, we could have done better. We could have done better with the ball in the second half. You don’t lose 5-0 when a lot of things are right. It is not that I am concerned in the long-term,” Klopp explained. “I think if City takes too much confidence from this game today it is a mistake, if we lose too much confidence from this game we will also make a mistake.”

Analyzing Liverpool’s defensive display before and after Mane was sent off will draw a similar conclusion: gaping holes. Not just among the defenders because that is an easy target. But in midfield, which player is the true holding midfielder to provide a shield? Jordan Henderson isn’t and Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum lack discipline defensively. Even club-record signing Naby Keita, who will arrive next summer, is a two-way player who chips in with goals and assists.

City’s balanced midfield of Fernandinho behind Silva and De Bruyne is what Liverpool should aim for if their extreme attacking side is going to challenge for trophies.

Liverpool’s young right back Trent Alexander-Arnold was targeted too easily and the center back duo of Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan (who was preferred to Dejan Lovren) didn’t know whether to step up or hold with Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus buzzing around them. Every time City put the ball in the box it looked like they would score and they had two more goals ruled out for offside. Yes, Liverpool aren’t a team who are ever going to set back but when you’re 2-0 down at Man City at half time and a man down, surely Klopp didn’t expect the defensive capitulation he witnessed.

Even if Mane hadn’t been sent off, it would be tough for Man City not to have won that game.

Liverpool went all-in on center back Virgil Van Dijk this summer and they didn’t get their man. They didn’t seem to have a Plan B about strengthening their defense, which is undoubtedly their Achilles heel. Until they defend better, they will not win the title or challenge in Europe. Simple.

Klopp tried to mask the issues with Mane’s red card but you felt that, like Liverpool’s defensive display, it was halfhearted.

“After the international break, one man down, young players on the pitch in different positions. It was hard for the boys, I know, but we don’t look for excuses. It [the red card] changed the game today, we know it,” Klopp said. “What would have happened if we played 11v11? But I don’t have the chance to watch this game.”


DE BOER UNLUCKY

Quite why Crystal Palace hired Frank De Boer in the first place is mind-boggling.

It is admirable that for the second time in 12 months Steve Parish and Palace’s U.S. owners Josh Harris and David Blizter want to change the playing style of the south London club to an attractive, possession-based side, but now on both occasions it has failed. Miserably.

Palace now have to be brave and stick with what they want to be. Substance over style is okay. If you’re going to do it, just own it. And give it longer than four games.

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Frank de Boer was nothing more than a victim of Palace’s ongoing identity crisis. They have now replaced Alan Pardew‘s experiment with a more attacking side with the pragmatism of Sam Allardyce and after the de Boer experiment went horribly wrong they are reportedly going back to basics with Roy Hodgson lined up to take charge as a horror run of games is on the horizon with Man City, Man United and Chelsea all in their next four PL games.

Sacked just four Premier League games into the season, FDB lasted 77 days and set a new record for the fewest PL games managed by a permanent boss. This comes after his disastrous 85-day spell in charge of Inter Milan last season as the Dutchman will do well to rebuild his coaching reputation following his four-straight Dutch titles with Ajax.

He was given some funds to strengthen and loanees Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Timothy Fosu-Mensah looked okay, but Mamadou Sakho never played due to injury and Jairo Riedewald also suffered on the sidelines. The players are partly to blame, particularly with their poor finishing and shambolic defending, but without a complete squad overhaul these systematic changes were doomed from the start.

This squad flourished under the direct approach of Allardyce last season and was now expected to play expansive, flowing soccer from the back.

Yet, this isn’t really about de Boer. Sure, he wanted to bring his expansive style of soccer to Selhurst Park, but that’s what Parish and others wanted too. And although you could accuse Palace of making horrendous defensive mistakes as they tried to keep the ball, they mixed it up and played long balls and got in crosses against both Liverpool and Burnley where they could have picked up points.

But they didn’t and they lost all four opening games without scoring a goal and the killer-blow was that three of those defeats came against Huddersfield, Swansea and Burnley who are all likely to be relegation rivals.

With 54 points from their last 63 games, Palace have racked up the second-lowest points total out of the 92 professional teams in England in that period. They have been scrapping away and fighting with themselves for so long now. Do they try to create a different identity or do they play it safe and aim for 40 points each PL season? The financial implications of relegation, plus the impending arrival of Hodgson, suggest the latter.

This is no longer de Boer’s problem to sort out.


DE BRUYNE OTHER-WORLDLY

Kevin de Bruyne provided two wonderful assists for Manchester City on Saturday in their demolition of Liverpool and the Belgian wizard finally seems to have found his spot in the team.

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Under Pep Guardiola last season he was played in a deeper role and he flourished, grabbing 18 assists in the Premier League (more than any other player)

This season he is again lining up centrally rather than out wide and it giving City extra balance to their play with a 3-5-2 system allowing Jesus and Aguero to start up top, plus wing backs Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker to bomb forward.

De Bruyne, 26, spoke to the media in the tunnel area at the Etihad Stadium with a smile on his face as he discussed his match-winning display like it was a kickaround with his mates in the schoolyard.

“I just do whatever I need to do. I’d prefer to get zero goals and zero assists and win the league. Obviously it is a little bit different. I will try to do my thing and the coach is very happy with the way I am playing since the beginning of the season. I feel sharp. It always depends, but think where I am playing right now is the position which is best for me. Obviously every game is a little bit different, higher, lower, but it is small margins.”

Those small margins are what Guardiola and City are all about and De Bruyne believes they are hungrier than ever to win silverware this season after a barren spell in Pep’s first campaign.

“Everybody wants to win,” De Bruyne explained. “Obviously we have a couple of years where we don’t win a lot so there’s maybe more urgency to win something between the players. I have a good feeling about this season but you never know. We started well.”

And if those trophies arrive with him playing in a deeper role and not scoring as many goals?

“If it happens, it happens. If we win at the end of the season you will see a very happy Kevin.”


USMNT UPDATE: CAMERON OUT; EPB ON THE WAY?

Couple of U.S. national team notes to catch up on from around the Premier League.

Pro Soccer Talk understands Stoke City’s Geoff Cameron will be out for up to two weeks after injuring his hamstring just before half time in the Potters’ 2-2 draw against Manchester United.

Cameron, 32, started at center back but hobbled off after pulling up as he tracked back Romelu Lukaku. The experienced defender will now face a race against time to get back to full fitness before the USMNT’s final two World Cup qualifiers against Panama and Trinidad & Tobago with a trip to the 2018 tournament in Russia on the line.

A younger USMNT center back has also been in the news with reports stating that Sporting Kansas City’s Erik Palmer-Brown will join Manchester City.

EPB, 20, has been a star for the U.S. youth national teams and his coach as SKC, Peter Vermes, has confirmed he will move on at the end of the 2017 MLS season when his contract expires.

Pro Soccer Talk understand there is interest from Man City and that any deal will be sealed for him to join at the start of 2018. A versatile defender who can also play in midfield, EPB will likely join City’s development squad and then be loaned out.


INTRIGUING GOLDEN-BOOT RACE

We are only four weeks into the Premier League season but the Golden Boot race already seems like an intriguing one.

Harry Kane, the reigning two-time top scorer in the PL, is off the mark (because it is September) with two goals, while he has a little catching up to do as Romelu Lukaku has four goals, while Alvaro Morata and Gabriel Jesus have three goals each.

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There’s no doubt Sergio Aguero and Alexandre Lacazette (both on two goals) will also be up there all season long, but this could well be a three-horse race between Kane, Lukaku and Morata.

All three are the main-men up top for their teams and will likely start every single game. They are also very similar players who are comfortable with scoring in the air, holding the ball up and able to score all kinds of goals.

Let the best man win. And by win, I mean score a bucket load of goals.


Premier League Playback comes out every week as PST’s Lead Writer and Editor takes an alternative look at all the action from the weekend. Read the full archive, here

Every Premier League summer transfer

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What a summer.

As usual, massive names were floated all summer as potential Premier League arrivals, returns, or departures.

Some of those materialized as predicted, with Alexandre Lacazette, Alvaro Morata (above), and Mohamed Salah coming to England.

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Others, like Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, and Thomas Lemar, did not move at all.

Then there were the intra-league moves that happened or didn’t. As of post time, there are no new homes for Alexis Sanchez, Riyad Mahrez, and Diego Costa.

So who did move? Below are all the deals for each club via PremierLeague.com.

AFC Bournemouth

In
Asmir Begovic (Chelsea) Undisclosed Details
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) Free Details
Nathan Ake (Chelsea) Undisclosed Details
Connor Mahoney (Blackburn Rovers) Undisclosed Details

Out
Mark Travers (Weymouth) Loan Details
Ryan Allsop (Blackpool) Loan Details
Jordan Lee (Torquay United) Loan Details
Lewis Grabban (Sunderland) Loan Details
Sam Surridge (Yeovil Town) Loan Details
Ben Whitfield (Port Vale) Loan Details
Harry Cornick (Luton Town) Undisclosed Details
Sam Matthews (Eastleigh) Loan Details
Jordan Green (Yeovil Town) Free Details
Max Gradel (Toulouse) Loan Details
Baily Cargill (Fleetwood Town) Loan Details
Joe Quigley (Newport County) Loan Details
Mihai Dobre (Bury) Loan Details
Matt Worthington (Yeovil Town) Loan Details
Adam Federici (Nottingham Forest) Loan Details

Arsenal

In
Sead Kolasinac (Schalke) Free Details
Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) Undisclosed Details

Out
Takuma Asano (Stuttgart) Loan Details
Chris Willock (Benfica) Free Details
Kaylen Hinds (Wolfsburg) Undisclosed Details
Marc Bola (Bristol Rovers) Loan Details
Dan Crowley (Willem ll) Undisclosed Details
Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus) Undisclosed Details
Emi Martinez (Getafe) Loan Details
Stephy Mavididi (Preston North End) Loan Details
Gabriel Paulista (Valencia) Undisclosed Details
Carl Jenkinson (Birmingham City) Loan Details
Cohen Bramall (Birmingham City) Loan Details
Ismael Bennacer (Empoli) Undisclosed Details
Savvas Mourgos (Norwich City) Undisclosed Details
Jon Toral (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Kieran Gibbs (West Brom) Undisclosed Details
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) Undisclosed Details
Kelechi Nwakali (VVV-Venlo) Loan 
Details
Donyell Malen (PSV Eindhoven) Undisclosed Details
Lucas Perez (Deportivo de La Coruna) Loan Details
Joel Campbell (Real Betis) Loan Details

Brighton & Hove Albion

In
Pascal Gross (Ingolstadt) Undisclosed Details
Josh Kerr (Celtic) Undisclosed Details
Mathew Ryan (Valencia) Undisclosed Details
Markus Suttner (Ingolstadt) Undisclosed Details
Mathias Normann (FK Bodo/Glimt) Undisclosed Details
Izzy Brown (Chelsea) Loan Details
Steven Alzate (Leyton Orient) Undisclosed Details
Ales Mateju (Viktoria Plzen) Undisclosed Details
Davy Propper (PSV Eindhoven) Undisclosed Details
Soufyan Ahannach (Almere City) Undisclosed Details
Jose Izquierdo (Club Brugge) Undisclosed Details
Ezequiel Schelotto (Sporting Lisbon) Undisclosed Details
Tim Krul (Newcastle United) Loan Details

Out
Elvis Manu (Genclerbirligi SK) Free Details
Jordan Maguire-Drew (Lincoln City) Loan Details
Christian Walton (Wigan) Loan Details
Rob Hunt (Oldham Athletic) Undisclosed Details
Oliver Norwood (Fulham) Loan Details
Ben White (Newport County) Loan Details
Tom Dallison (Accrington Stanley) Loan Details
Tyler Forbes (Accrington Stanley) Loan Details
Kazenga LuaLua (QPR) Loan Details
Archie Davies (Whitehawk) Loan Details
Mathias Normann (Molde) Loan Details
Rohan Ince (Bury) Loan Details

Burnley

In
Charlie Taylor (Leeds United) Undisclosed Details
Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) Undisclosed Details
Jack Cork (Swansea) Undisclosed Details
Phil Bardsley (Stoke City) Undisclosed Details
Adam Legzdins (Birmingham City) Undisclosed Details
Chris Wood (Leeds United) Undisclosed Details
Nakhi Wells (Huddersfield Town) Undisclosed Details

Out
Michael Kightly (released) Details
Joey Barton (released) Details
George Green (released) Details
R J Pingling (released) Details
Christian Hill (released) Details
Taofiq Olmowewe (released) Details
Jon Flanagan (Liverpool) End of loan Details
Josh Ginnelly (Lincoln City) Loan Details
Michael Keane (Everton) Rising to £30m Details
Ntumba Massanka (Wrexham) Loan Details
Bradley Jackson (Southport) Loan Details
Rouwen Hennings (Fortuna Dusseldorf) Free Details
Paul Robinson (retired) Details
Connor King (Barnoldswick Town) Loan Details
Tendayi Darikwa (Nottingham Forest) Undisclosed Details
Chris Long (Northampton Town) Loan Details
Alex Whitmore (Bury) Loan Details
Aiden O'Neill (Fleetwood Town) Loan Details
Conor Mitchell (Chester FC) Loan Details
Andre Gray (Watford) Undisclosed Details
Luke Hendrie (Bradford City) Loan Details
Tom Anderson (Port Vale) Loan Details
Daniel Agyei (Walsall) Loan Details

Chelsea

In
Willy Caballero Free Details
Antonio Rudiger (Roma) Undisclosed Details
Tiemoue Bakayoko (Monaco) Undisclosed Details
Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid) Undisclosed Details
Kylian Hazard (Ujpest) Undisclosed Details
Davide Zappacosta (Torino) Undisclosed Details
Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City) Undisclosed Details

Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Out
Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) Undisclosed Details
Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) Undisclosed Details
Asmir Begovic (AFC Bournemouth) Undisclosed Details
Dominic Solanke (Liverpool) Free Details
Alex Kiwomya (Doncaster Rovers) Undisclosed Details
Bertrand Traore (Olympique Lyonnais) Undisclosed Details
Fankaty Dabo (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan Details
Nathan Ake (AFC Bournemouth) Undisclosed Details
Tammy Abraham (Swansea City) Loan Details
Kasey Palmer (Huddersfield) Loan Details
Todd Kane (Groningen) Loan Details
Charlie Colkett (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan Details
Ola Aina (Hull City) Loan Details
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace) Loan Details
Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford) Undisclosed Details
Marco Van Ginkel (PSV Eindhoven) Loan Details
Ike Ugbo (Barnsley) Loan Details
Mukhtar Ali (Vitesse) Undisclosed Details
Kurt Zouma (Stoke City) Loan Details
Mason Mount (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan Details
Izzy Brown (Brighton) Loan Details
Tomas Kalas (Fulham) Loan Details
Michael Hector (Hull City) Loan Details
Jamal Blackman (Sheffield United) Loan Details
Matt Miazga (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan Details
Bekanty Victorien Angban (Waasland-Beveren) Loan Details
Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) Undisclosed Details
Mario Pasalic (Spartak Moscow) Loan Details
Lewis Baker (Middlesbrough) Loan Details
Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa) Loan Details
Jeremie Boga (Birmingham City) Loan Details
Jordan Houghton (Doncaster Rovers) Loan Details

Crystal Palace

In
Manager: Frank De Boer Details
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) Loan Details
Jairo Riedewald (Ajax) Undisclosed Details
Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Man Utd) Loan Details
Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool) $31-34 million

Out
Steve Mandanda (Marseille) Undisclosed Details
Ryan Inniss (Colchester United) Loan Details

Everton

In
Jordan Pickford (Sunderland) £25m Details
Davy Klaassen (Ajax) €27m Details
Nathangelo Markelo (FC Volendam) Undisclosed Details
Henry Onyekuru (Eupen) Undisclosed Details
Sandro Ramirez (Malaga) Undisclosed Details
Michael Keane (Burnley) Rising to £30m Details
Boris Mathis (Metz) Free Details
Anton Donkor (Wolfsburg) Loan Details
Josh Bowler (QPR) Undisclosed Details
Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) Undisclosed Details
Cuco Martina (Southampton) Free Details
Lewis Gibson (Newcastle United) Undisclosed Details
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) Undisclosed Details
Nikola Vlasic (Hajduk Split) Undisclosed Details

Out
Tom Cleverley (Watford) Undisclosed Details
Russell Griffiths (Motherwell) Free 
Conor McAleny (Fleetwood Town) Free
Henry Onyekuru (Anderlecht) Loan Details
Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona) Undisclosed Details
Brendan Galloway (Sunderland) Loan Details
Tyias Browning (Sunderland) Loan Details
Romelu Lukaku (Man Utd) Undisclosed Details
Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) Undisclosed Details
Courtney Duffus (Oldham Athletic) Undisclosed Details
Matthew Pennington (Leeds United) Loan Details
Joe Williams (Barnsley) Loan Details
Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest) Loan Details
Antonee Robinson (Bolton Wanderers) Loan Details
Gareth Barry (West Brom) Undisclosed Details
Conor Grant (Crewe Alexandra) Loan Details
Callum Connolly (Ipswich Town) Loan Details

Huddersfield Town

In
Laurent Depoitre (Porto) Undisclosed Details
Aaron Mooy (Man City) £8m Details
Jonas Lossl (Mainz) Loan Details
Tom Ince (Derby County) Undisclosed Details
Kasey Palmer (Chelsea) Loan Details
Danny Williams (Reading) Free Details
Steve Mounie (Montpellier) Undisclosed Details
Scott Malone (Fulham) Undisclosed Details
Mathias Jorgensen (FC Copenhagen) Undisclosed Details
Abdelhamid Sabiri (Nurnberg) Undicslosed Details
Florent Hadergjonaj (Ingolstadt) Loan Details
Robert Green (Leeds United) Undisclosed Details

Out
Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (Portsmouth) Loan Details
Jordy Hiwula (Fleetwood Town) Loan Details
Fraser Horsfall (Gateshead) Loan Details
Rekeil Pyke (Port Vale) Loan Details
Jack Payne (Oxford United) Loan Details
Mark Hudson (Retired to coach) Details
Luke Coddington (Northampton) Undisclosed Details
Sean Scannell (Burton Albion) Loan Details
Jordan Williams (Bury) Loan Details
Jason Davidson (released) Details
Nakhi Wells (Burnley) Undisclosed Details

Leicester City

In
Sam Hughes (Chester) Undisclosed Details
Harry Maguire (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Vicente Iborra (Sevilla) Undisclosed Details
Eldin Jakupovic (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Kelechi Iheanacho (Man City) Undisclosed Details
George Thomas (Coventry City) Undisclosed Details
Harvey Barnes (Barnsley) Loan Details

Harry Maguire of Leicester City (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Out
Ron-Robert Zieler (Stuttgart) Undisclosed Details
Bartosz Kapustka (Freiburg) Loan Details
Callum Elder (Wigan Athletic) Loan Details
Tom Lawrence (Derby County) Undisclosed Details
Nampalys Mendy (Nice) Loan Details
Danny Drinkwater (Chelsea) Undisclosed Details


Liverpool

In
Mohamed Salah (Roma) Undisclosed Details
Dominic Solanke (Chelsea) Free Details
Andrew Robertson (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Undisclosed Details

Out
Andre Wisdom (Derby County) Undisclosed Details
Ryan Fulton (Hamilton Academical) Undisclosed Details
Lucas Leiva (Lazio) Undisclosed Details
Kevin Stewart (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Pedro Chirivella (Willem II) Loan Details
Connor Randall (Hearts) Loan Details
Taiwo Awoniyi (Royal Excel Mouscron) Loan Details
Shamal George (Carlisle United) Loan Details
Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) Loan Details
Allan (Apollon Limassol) Details
Ryan Kent (Freiburg) Loan Details
Sam Hart (Blackburn Rovers) Undisclosed Details
Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace) $31-34 million

Manchester City

In
Bernardo Silva (Monaco) Undisclosed Details
Ederson (Benfica) Undisclosed Details
Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) Undisclosed Details
Douglas Luiz (Vasco De Gama) Undisclosed Details
Danilo (Real Madrid) Undisclosed Details
Benjamin Mendy (Monaco) Undisclosed Details

Out
Pablo Zabaleta (West Ham) Free Details
Gael Clichy (released) Details
Jesus Navas (released) Details
Willy Caballero (released) Details
Bacary Sagna (released) Details
Enes Unal (Villarreal) Undisclosed
Angus Gunn (Norwich City) Loan Details
Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) £8m Details
Bersant Celina (Ipswich Town) Loan
Angelino (NAC Breda) Loan
Ruben Sobrino (Alaves) Undisclosed
Joe Coveney (Nottingham Forest) Undisclosed
Bruno Zuculini (Hellas Verona) Undisclosed
Olivier Ntcham (Celtic) Undisclosed
Nolito (Sevilla) Undisclosed Details
Joe Hart (West Ham United) Loan
Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma) Undisclosed Details
Aleix Garcia (Girona) Loan Details
Douglas Luiz (Girona) Loan Details
Marlos Moreno (Girona) Loan Details
Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester) Undisclosed Details
Fernando (Galatasaray) Undisclosed Details
Brandon Barker (Hibernian) Loan
Samir Nasri (Antalyaspor) Undisclosed Details
Patrick Roberts (Celtic) Loan
Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) Undisclosed
Jason Denayer (Galatasaray) Loan Details
Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) Undisclosed Details

Manchester United

In
Victor Lindelof (Benfica) Undisclosed Details
Romelu Lukaku (Everton) Undisclosed Details
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) Undisclosed Details
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Unattached) Free Details

Lukaku  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Out
Josh Harrop (Preston North End) Free Details
Regan Poole (Northampton) Loan Details
Wayne Rooney (Everton) Undisclosed Details
Dean Henderson (Shrewsbury) Loan Details
Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad) Undisclosed Details
Sam Johnstone (Aston Villa) Loan Details
Devonte Redmond (Scunthorpe United) Loan Details
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Leeds) Loan Details
Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Crystal Palace) Loan Details
Guillermo Varela (Penarol) Undisclosed Details
Matty Willock (Utrecht) Loan Details

Newcastle United

In
Christian Atsu (Chelsea) Undisclosed Details
Florian Lejeune (Eibar) Undisclosed Details
Stefan O'Connor (Arsenal) Free Details
Josef Yarney (Everton) Free Details
Jacob Murphy (Norwich City) Undisclosed Details
Javier Manquillo (Atletico Madrid) Undisclosed Details
Mikel Merino (Borussia Dortmund) Loan Details
Joselu (Stoke City) Undisclosed Details

Out
Florian Thauvin (Marseille) Undisclosed Details
Kevin Mbabu (BSC Young Boys) Undisclosed Details
Matz Sels (Anderlecht) Loan Details
Haris Vuckic (FC Twente) Undisclosed Details
Lubomir Satka (DAC 1904) Free Details
Vurnon Anita (Leeds United) Free Details
Alex Gilliead (Bradford City) Loan Details
Tom Heardman (Bury) Loan Details
Adam Armstrong (Bolton) Loan Details
Yoan Gouffran (Goztepe Spor Kulubu) Free Details
Sean Longstaff (Blackpool) Loan Details
Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest) Undisclosed Details
Lewis Gibson (Everton) Undisclosed Details
Ivan Toney (Wigan Athletic) Loan Details
Emmanuel Riviere (Metz) Undisclosed Details
Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock) Loan Details
Siem De Jong (Ajax) Undisclosed Details
Grant Hanley (Norwich City) Undisclosed Details
Tim Krul (Brighton & Hove Albion) Loan Details
Achaf Lazaar (Benevento Calcio) Loan Details

Southampton

In
Manager: Mauricio Pellegrino Details
Jan Bednarek (Lech Poznan) Undisclosed Details
Mario Lemina (Juventus) Undisclosed Details
Jack Rose (Unattached) Free Details
Wesley Hoedt (Lazio) Undisclosed Details

Out
Manager: Claude Puel Details
Cuco Martina (released) Details
Lloyd Isgrove (released) Details
Harley Willard (released) Details
Martin Caceres (released) Details
Jason McCarthy (Barnsley) Undisclosed Details
Jay Rodriguez (West Brom) Undisclosed Details
Harrison Reed (Norwich) Loan Details
Harry Lewis (Dundee United) Loan Details
Ryan Seager (MK Dons) Loan Details
Sam Gallagher (Birmingham City) Loan Details
Paulo Gazzaniga (Spurs) Undisclosed Details
Jordy Clasie (Club Brugge) Loan Details

Stoke City

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Josh Tymon (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Tre Pemberton (Blackburn Rovers) Undisclosed Details
Kurt Zouma (Chelsea) Loan Details
Eric Maxwell Choupo-Moting (Schalke) Undisclosed Details
Bruno Martins Indi (Porto) €7.7m Details
Jese (Paris Saint-Germain) Loan Details
Kevin Wimmer (Tottenham Hotspur) £18m Details

Stoke’s Jese (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

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Daniel Bachmann (released) Details
Shay Given (released) Details
Liam Edwards (released) Details
Harry Isted (released) Details
Joel Taylor (released) Details
George Waring (released) Details
Jonathan Walters (Burnley) Undisclosed Details
Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa) £1.25m Details
Marko Arnautovic (West Ham) Undisclosed Details
Phil Bardsley (Burnley) £750,000 Details
Dominic Telford (Bristol Rovers) Loan Details
Ryan Sweeney (Bristol Rovers) Loan Details
Marc Muniesa (Girona) Loan Details
Joselu (Newcastle United) Undisclosed Details
Philipp Wollscheid (Metz) Free Details
Giannelli Imbula (Toulouse) Loan Details
Bojan Krkic (Alaves) Loan Details

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Cian Harries (Coventry City) Undisclosed Details
Courtney Baker-Richardson (Leamington FC) Undisclosed Details
Sam Clucas (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Jack Bainbridge (Unattached) Free Details
Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich) Loan Details
Steven Benda (1860 Munich) Undisclosed Details
Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) Undisclosed Details

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Liam Shephard (released) Details
Josh Vickers (released) Details
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Tom Dyson (released) Details
Tom Holland (released) Details
Alex Samuel (Stevenage) Undisclosed Details
Franck Tabanou (released) Details
Bafetimbi Gomis (Galatasaray) Undisclosed Details
Daniel James (Shrewsbury Town) Loan Details
Borja Baston (Malaga) Loan Details
Jordi Amat (Real Betis) Loan Details
Jack Cork (Burnley) Undisclosed Details
Connor Roberts (Middlesbrough) Loan Details
Modou Barrow (Reading) Undisclosed Details
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) Undisclosed Details
Matt Grimes (Northampton Town) Loan Details
Stephen Kingsley (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Botti Biabi (Hamilton Academical) Loan Details
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Fernando Llorente (Swansea City) Undisclosed Details

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Luke Mcgee (Portsmouth) Undisclosed Details
Kyle Walker (Manchester City) Undisclosed Details
Federico Fazio (Roma) Undisclosed Details
Clinton Njie (Marseille) Undisclosed Details
Tom Glover (Central Coast Mariners) Loan Details
Anton Walkes (Atlanta United) Loan Details
Joshua Onomah (Aston Villa) Loan Details
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United) Loan Details
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Watford

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Will Hughes (Derby County) Undisclosed Details
Daniel Bachmann (Stoke) Free Details
Kiko Femenia (Alaves) Free Details
Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea) Undisclosed Details
Richarlison (Fluminense) Undisclosed Details
Andre Gray (Burnley) Undisclosed Details
Andre Carrillo (Benfica) Loan Details
Orestis Karnezis (Udinese) Loan Details
Marvin Zeegelaar (Sporting Lisbon) Undisclosed Details
Molla Wague (Udinese) Loan Details

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Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord) Undisclosed Details
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Oliver Burke (Red Bull Leipzig) Undisclosed Details
Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Undisclosed Details
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AFC Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake, left, an dWest Bromwich Albion’s Jay Rodriguez (Nick Potts/PA via AP)

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Yuning Zhang (Werder Bremen) Loan Details
Shaun Donnellan (Walsall) Loan Details
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Tyler Roberts (Walsall) Loan Details
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West Ham United

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Sead Haksabanovic (Halmstads) Undisclosed Details

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Gokhan Tore (Besiktas) End of loan Details
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Sam Howes (released) Details
Sam Ford (released) Details
Kyle Knoyle (released) Details
Sam Westley (released) Details
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Reece Oxford (Borussia Monchengladbach) Loan Details
Raphael Spiegel (released) Details
Stephen Hendrie (released) Details
Enner Valencia (Tigres UANL) Undisclosed Details
George Dobson (Sparta Rotterdam) Undisclosed Details
Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough) £5m Details
Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) £6.5m Details
Reece Burke (Bolton Wanderers) Loan Details
Josh Cullen (Bolton Wanderers) Loan Details
Sofiane Feghouli (Galatasaray) Undisclosed Details
Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa) Loan Details

Crystal Palace 0-2 Swansea City: Misery continues for Eagles

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  • Swansea’ first win of season
  • Abraham scores first PL goal
  • Palace lose third-straight game
  • Ayew adds second for Swans

Swansea City grabbed their first Premier League win of the season as Paul Clement‘s side beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Palace have now lost all three PL games under new manager Frank De Boer this season and Tammy Abraham broke the deadlock right on half time for the Swans.

Jordan Ayew doubled Swansea’s lead and despite pressure from Palace they held on rather comfortably for the win.

Swansea now have four points for the season, while Palace remain on zero.

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Early on Ayew had a good chance for Swansea but his diving header went just wide in a tentative start to the game in south London.

Palace woke up and went close with Patrick Van Aanholt fizzing a cross which just missed everyone and then James McArthur drilled an effort just wide.

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Swansea almost went ahead before the break when Timothy Fosu-Mensah hesitated on the ball but Wayne Hennessey saved well from Abraham.

From the resulting corner Alfie Mawson headed wide with the goal gaping but soon Swansea would take the lead.

Scott Dann had to be substituted and his replacement Martin Kelly was soon at fault as Leroy Fer‘s cross caught out the defender and Abraham’s instinctive finish made it 1-0. It was the Chelsea loanees first Premier League goal and Swansea’s first PL goal of the season.

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At the start of the second half Palace had a great chance but Kelly’s header was straight at Lukas Fabianski.

Palace, and Kelly, were soon caught out again as Abraham’s lay-off saw Kelly caught in possession with Kyle Naughton playing the ball through to Ayew who rounded Hennessey to make it 2-0.

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Palace pushed to get back into the game with Andros Townsend‘s shot saved by Fabianski and then Mawson made a wonderful last-ditch tackle on Yohan Cabaye.

Townsend again went close but curled an effort wide late on as Frank de Boer’s tough start to life in the Premier League continues.

Transfer rumor roundup: Barca aims for Lemar; Saints chasing Juve, Benfica men

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Monday mornings are especially busy in the transfer rumor mill, and the final one ahead of the Premier League season is no exception.

Multiple reports say Barcelona is flashing that Neymar sale money in pursuit of a summer-long target of Arsenal. Thomas Lemar has seemingly been linked with the Gunners each week of the offseason, but Monaco’s flashy forward could be headed to La Liga. Lemar, 21, is a left wing like Neymar and has 19 goals and 22 assists in 91 appearances for Monaco, including a pair of goals against Tottenham in last season’s UEFA Champions League.. He’s been capped five times by France.

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Southampton is being linked with a pair of players, including a battle with Crystal Palace for a defender from Benfica. The man in question is Andre Almeida, the 26-year-old Benfica right back with 158 appearances for the Portuguese power. Almeida also plays left back and defensive midfielder, and would cost about $10.5 million.

Meanwhile, Saints are expected to land $21-26 million Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina on Monday pending a medical. Lemina is a Gabonese international with six caps and a goal after representing France at youth levels. The 23-year-old moved permanently from Marseille ahead of last season following a loan spell with Juve, and made 42 appearances over two seasons. He cost about $11 million, and would clearly provide a hefty profit for The Old Lady.

Nineteen-year-old Timothy Fosu-Mensah is going to move away from Manchester United for first team minutes, according to ESPN, moving to Crystal Palace. He played just six Premier League minutes last season before going 90 in the season-closing win over Palace. Fosu-Mensah can play defensive mid, right back, and center back.

PSG’s Serge Aurier to join Manchester United?

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Paris Saint-Germain right back Serge Aurier could be heading to the Premier League, with a report in France claiming he is close to joining Manchester United.

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Aurier, 24, will likely find minutes hard to come by this season at the Parc des Princes after Dani Alves’ arrival and he has been linked with a move to both United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Paris United claim Aurier has agreed personal terms and his transfer fee is $25 million, and although United’s manager Jose Mourinho previously stated he wanted to sign a central midfielder (Nemanja Matic‘s move from Chelsea is edging nearer) and a winger, it appears Aurier could arrive.

There is a slight complication with this deal though as Aurier was banned from traveling to England last November for PSG’s UEFA Champions League game against Arsenal due to being convicted of assaulting a police officer outside a Paris nightclub.

The Ivory Coast international has appealed the conviction and has a hearing on Aug. 7 which will decide if the ruling is overturned.

Do Manchester United really need another full back?

With Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Ashley Young and Timothy Fosu-Mensah already able to play in that position, this seems like a strange move for Mourinho. That said, Aurier possesses raw power and pace and could be deployed further forward. Both Valencia and Young have traditionally been wingers who have slotted into defensive roles over the past two seasons.

Aurier’s pace, power and athleticism make him a Mourinho-esque player and his versatility and UCL experience is also a bonus.

Depending on how the Aug. 7 hearing goes, Aurier’s future seems to lie away from PSG.