Newcastle United’s French legion has gained another new member, as Remy Cabella has joined the Magpies from Montpellier for a fee believed to be around $20 million.
Cabella, 24, has signed a six-year deal at St. James’ Park after returning from the World Cup with France this summer.
The attacking midfielder has been chased by Newcastle manager Alan Pardew for quite some time and Cabella will fit in nicely with plethora of Frenchman already plying their trade in the North East.
Cabella scored 14 goals last season for Montpellier as they narrowly avoided relegation from Ligue 1, but just two years ago he was an integral member of their squad won the French title. He has quick feet and is creative player will add an extra attacking option for Pardew in midfield, as his side aim to improve on their 10th place finish during the 2013-14 Premier League season.
With French players Moussa Sissoko, Hatem Ben Arfa, Yoann Gouffran, Mapou Yanga-Mbwia, Massadio Haidara, Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux already at Newcastle, Cabella should feel right at home.
However French international right back Matheiu Debuchy looks poised to seal his switch to Arsenal ahead of the new season, as he will follow in the footsteps of countryman Yohan Cabaye and leave Newcastle.
Cabella is Pardew’s fourth signing of the summer transfer window, as he joins Siem de Jong, Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez in the Magpies’ squad. Newcastle’s scouts seem to have found plenty of value in the French top-fight in recent years and are sticking with their strong connections in France to propel them forward this season.
Let’s see if Cabella will follow in Cabaye’s footsteps, or Obertan’s…
Four Premier League giants are heading to the USA and it all kicks off this week.
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Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are all heading Stateside to prepare for the upcoming 2018/19 PL campaign, with Liverpool clashing with both Manchester City and Manchester United over the next 10 days.
We will keep you up to date right here at Pro Soccer Talk as to how their preparations are going in the USA.
Here’s where you can watch all of the Premier League teams in action Stateside this summer.
22 July v Borussia Dortmund (Bank of America Stadium, North Carolina)
25 July v Manchester City (MetLife Stadium, New Jersey)
28 July v Manchester United (Michigan Stadium)
20 July v Borussia Dortmund (Soldier Field Stadium, Chicago)
25 July v Liverpool (MetLife Stadium, New Jersey)
28 July v Bayern Munich (Hard Rock Stadium, Miami)
19 July v Club America (Phoenix University Stadium, Arizona)
22 July v San Jose Earthquakes (Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara)
25 July v AC Milan (Rose Bowl Stadium, LA)
28 July v Liverpool (Michigan Stadium)
31 July v Real Madrid (Hard Rock Stadium, Miami)
25 July v Roma (SDCCU Stadium, San Diego)
28 July v Barcelona (Rose Bowl Stadium, LA)
31 July v AC Milan (US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis)
There are just 24 days to go until the new Premier League season kicks off and 19 of the 20 teams have released at least one new jersey.
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With so many fresh kits out there, it’s tough to pick a favorite but take a good look through all of the new threads below.
These are all of the confirmed new Premier League jerseys for the 2018/19 campaign.
Brighton & Hove Albion
Not yet released
West Ham United
There are just 24 days until the 2018/19 Premier League season kicks off.
So, now seems like a good time to continue to focus on what the big boys need to do in order to challenge for the title and the top four.
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We’ve already focused on the top two from last season and what each of Manchester City and Manchester United need to do to get better, and Tottenham and Liverpool’s quest to remain among the top four.
But what about London giants Chelsea and Arsenal? They both finished outside the top four last season and they both have new managers heading into the new campaign.
Will Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery adapt quickly to life in England? Or will the London rivals struggle to rebuild and reach the top four as they’ll both play in the UEFA Europa League?
Below we analyze the situation for both Chelsea and Arsenal and their biggest needs for the season ahead.
Following their superb displays for Croatia at the 2018 World Cup, Ivan Perisic and Ante Rebic are being linked with moves to Manchester United via a report from the Sun.
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It’s no secret that Jose Mourinho is a big admirer of Perisic as he tried to buy the left winger from Inter Milan last summer but saw plenty of bids turned down as United missed out.
Perisic, 29, then went on to become one of Croatia’s star performers this summer as he scored three goals and grabbed two assists combined with tireless displays on the left flank. Perisic grabbed 11 goals and added nine assists last season as Inter qualified for the UEFA Champions League.
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Rebic, 24, also had a fine tournament with his powerful surges forward from the right flank as the Eintracht Frankfurt star scored in the win against Argentina and went close to scoring in the World Cup final but his drive was saved by Hugo Lloris. He also committed more fouls than any other player at the tournament as he tracked back and dug deep in Croatia’s best-ever finish at a World Cup.
Do United really need these two attacking wide men?
Mourinho loves to add pace and power to his teams and they certainly fit the bill in that regard, with the likes of Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and even Alexis Sanchez not out-and-out wingers. The transfer values of Perisic and Rebic will have soared due to Croatia finishing the tournament as runners up with Perisic valued at around $63 million and Rebic at $57 million.
Perisic only signed a new contract at Inter last season but given United’s long-time pursuit of him, he may feel like this could be his last chance to move to the Premier League, if that’s what his heart desires. While Rebic only just arrived at Frankfurt on a permanent deal after scoring twice in their German Cup final win last season, helping them win their first trophy since 1988.
If one or both of these players arrive at Old Trafford, serious doubt will be put on the future of Martial and Rashford as neither will seriously challenge Romelu Lukaku for the central strikers role.