Free transfers? Full list of players released, retained by Premier League clubs

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With the transfer window officially opening for Premier League clubs on Wednesday, June 10, a full list of the players retained or released by all 20 PL teams from the 2014-15 season has been published.

Safe to say there are some tidy free transfers to pick up.

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Although those players on the released section can still agree to sign new deals at their current clubs up until June 30 when their contracts officially expire, the likes of Glen Johnson, Abou Diaby, Micah Richards, John Guidetti, Didier Drogba, Ron Vlaar, Sylvain Distin, Paul McShane, Brad Jones, Jonas Gutierrez, Joey Barton, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Wes Brown, Youssouf Mulumbu and Gareth McAuley have all technically been released.

Surely a few of those players will land elsewhere in the PL this summer?

Here is the full retained and released list from the Premier League’s website, while below are the players released by each Premier League club following the end of the 2014-15 season.

Use the comments section below to let us know who could be savvy pickups on a free for your club this summer.

Arsenal

Ajayi Oluwasemilogo Adesewo
Diaby Vassiriki Abou
Jebb Jack
Lipman Austin
Miyaichi Ryo
Ormonde-Ottewill Brandon
Vickers Josh

Aston Villa

Bent Darren Ashley
Burke Graham Dylan
Crooks Alfie
Herd Christopher
Hill Craig Dennis
Lewis Bradley
Nehemie Isaac
O’Brien Daniel William
Stevens Enda
Strain Thomas James
Vlaar Ron Peter
Wildin Courtney James

Burnley

Howieson Cameron Drew Neru
Reid Steven John
Wallace Ross

Chelsea

Drogba Didier

Crystal Palace

Ameobi Foluwashola
Chambers Michael John Miles
De Silva Kyle Mattew
Dobbie Stephen
Garvan Owen William
Hangeland Brede Paulsen
Price Lewis Peter
Ramage Peter Iain
Sow Ghassimu
Thomas Jerome William

Everton

Alcaraz Antolin
Distin Sylvain
Green George William
Langton Curtis John
Lundstram John David
McLaughlin Ben Padraic

Hull City

Cracknell Joseph
Dawson Leon Stanley
Dudgeon Joseph Patrick
Figueroa Rochez Maynor Alexis
Harper Stephen Alan
Mahon John
Margetts Jonathon Gary
McCawl Eoghan Martin
McShane Paul David
Oxley Mark Thomas
Rosenior Liam James
Sagbo Latte Yannick Anister
Topliss Sam David

Leicester City

Bakayogo Zoumana
Barrington Marcel
Dawson Adam Ryan
Gallagher Paul
Kennedy Kieran
Logan Conrad Joseph
Pepe-Ngoma Herve
Rowley Louis James
Taylor-Fletcher Gary
Upson Matthew James

Liverpool

Gerrard MBE Steven George
Johnson Glen McLeod Cooper
Jones Bradley
Lussey Jordan
Pelosi Marc

Manchester City

Drury Adam John
Guidetti John Alberto
Lampard Frank James
Leigh Greg
Oduro Dominic
Richards Micah

Manchester United

Amos Benjamin Paul
Cleverley Thomas William
Evans Callum Leeroy
McConnell Ryan Peter
Thorpe Thomas Joseph

Newcastle United 

Alnwick Jak
Campbell Adam
Gutierrez Jonas Manuel
Streete Remie
Taylor Ryan Anthony

Queens Park Rangers

Andrade Bruno Miguel Carvalho
Barton Joseph
Dunne Richard Patrick
Ferdinand Rio Gavin
Gibbons Jordan Leon Chidubem
Henry Karl Levi Daniel
Lennox Aaron Keith
Murphy Brian
Sendles-White Jamie Alexander
Wright-Phillips Shaun Cameron
Zamora Robert Lester

Southampton

Boruc Artur
Cropper Cody Joseph
Hooiveld Jos
Johns Christopher Patrick Adam
Rowe Omar Reiss
Sinclair Jake Tony

Stoke City

Adeloye Oluwatomisin
Alabi James
Coulson Samuel Philip
Grant Alexander Ian
Palacios Suazo Wilson Roberto
Parry Robbie Jay
Ricketts-Hopkinson Nathan Alton
Sorensen Thomas
Thomas Adam Christopher
Ward Charlie
Wheeler Elliot Peter
Wilkinson Andrew Gordon

Sunderland

Brown Wesley Michael
Burke Peter
Cartwright Andrew
Dixon Joel Stephen
McNamee Thomas Gerard
Reveillere Anthony

Swansea City

Atyeo Thomas David Benjamin
Cornell David Joseph
Donnelly Ruaridhri
Francis Corey Benjamin
Gallifuoco Giancarlo
Jones Joseph Michael
March Kurtis Charles
Obeng Curtis
Owen Gareth Thomas
Tancock Scott Russell
Tate Alan
Tremmel Gerhard

Tottenham Hotspur

Archer Jordan Gideon
Ceballos Cristian
Friedel Bradley Howard
Khumalo Bongani
McEneff Aaron
McQueen Alexander Luke
Miles Jonathan David

West Bromwich Albion

Atkinson Wesley
Baird Christopher
Birch Aaron
Davidson Jason
Garmston Bradley
Jones Alexander
McAuley Gareth Gerald
Mulumbu Youssouf
O’Sullivan Mani

West Ham United

Bywater Kieran
Cole Carlton
De Carvalho Anderson Luis
Demel Guy Roland
Jaaskelainen Juusi Albert
Maguire Sean
McCallum Paul Leon Miller
Potts Daniel

Coronavirus: Italy may lift ban on sporting events by Monday

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MILAN (AP) The Italian government could lift its ban on sporting events by Monday in areas affected by the coronavirus if the number of cases stabilizes.

The outbreak forced a number of sporting events to be called off throughout the country this past weekend, including four Serie A matches in the north of Italy.

This week, the ban on sporting events was extended from Lombardy, Veneto and Piedmont – the areas hardest hit by the outbreak – to also include the regions of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Emilia Romagna and Liguria, until March 1.

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“If, as I hope, the statistics don’t give us different signs then maybe already by Monday these measures won’t be continued,” Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora said. “But it’s only Tuesday today and we have to wait and see what happens over the next few days. The health of the Italian citizens is the most important thing.”

Italy reported a 45% increase in the number of coronavirus cases Tuesday, from 222 to 300. Ten people have died, all of them elderly or suffering from other ailments.

“Obviously, I can’t say I’m not worried because I don’t want anyone to think we’re underestimating this emergency,” Premier Giuseppe Conte said before meeting with visiting World Health Organization representatives. “But we trust that with the measures we have implemented, there will be a containing effect in the coming days.”

Italy has closed schools, museums and theaters in the two regions where clusters have formed and troops are enforcing quarantines around 10 towns in Lombardy and the epicenter of the Veneto cluster, Vo’Euganeo.

Serie A matches this weekend are set to be played behind closed doors, including Juventus’ key match against Inter Milan. That game is not only potentially crucial to the title race but also sees the return of former Juventus coach Antonio Conte.

Inter’s Europa League match at home to Ludogorets on Thursday will also take place without any fans allowed in.

Serie C canceled all games in two leagues which have teams in the north. Volleyball and rugby games were also suspended nationwide through next weekend.

The Italian Winter Sports Federation suspended all of its events throughout the country for an entire week, although it said that “for now” next weekend’s World Cup ski races in La Thuile in the Valle d’Aosta region were still set to go ahead. Those races are operated by the International Ski Federation, which has already canceled races this season in China that were slated to test the course for the 2022 Beijing Games.

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El Tri winger Jurgen Damm headed for MLS this summer

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This season’s Liga MX invasion of MLS continues with Jurgen Damm announcing that he’ll leave UANL Tigres this summer after five years with the club.

TUDN has the destination as Atlanta, though previous reports have linked Damm to the LA Galaxy is the spot.

And MLSSoccer.com scribe Tom Bogert says the Houston Dynamo have his “discovery rights” (which remains the worst concept in the entire league).

Reports emerged over the past 48 hours that the El Tri man was headed for an MLS club.

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The 12-times capped winger has one goal for Mexico, but has not been capped since Oct. 2018. He has spent his entire career in Liga MX.

Damm spent the early part of his career with Tecos and Pachuca, but has been with UANL Tigres since 2015.

He won four league titles with UANL, as well as the 2018 Campeones Cup.

Ex-Arsenal man Gnabry: “London’s still red” after Bayern beats Chelsea

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Ex-Arsenal man Serge Gnabry still has love for the club.

Gnabry tweeted that “London is still red” after he scored twice for Bayern Munich in a 3-0 beating of Chelsea on Tuesday in the first leg of a UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie.

This after scoring four times against Spurs in a previous Champions League group stage match and Tweeting that “North London is Red.”

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So what’s with the London form?

“I’ve got a lot of friends here,” Gnabry said after the game. “A lot of them were in the stands tonight, and it seems they give me a lot of good power.”

Gnabry only scored once during his time in England with Arsenal and West Brom but is a bona fide star in the Bundesliga.

With a three-goal advantage over Chelsea heading to Munich for a second leg, however, he’s not got his head in the clouds.

“Three goals ahead gives us a little bit of confidence, but we need to be prepared for the second leg. We can’t take it not seriously enough. … We’ve seen it last year with Liverpool beating Barcelona, so we have to be careful. We have to go into the second leg with all of our focus.”

Gnabry now has 51 goals and 29 assists in four seasons since returning to Germany from Arsenal. Not terrible production for a player the Gunners offloaded to Werder Bremen for under $6 million in 2016.

What color will London be when Chelsea buys him next year? We kid, we kid…

Champions League preview: Real Madrid renews rivalry with Pep; Lyon hosts Juve

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The final two ties of the UEFA Champions League’s Round of 16 begin Wednesday when Manchester City and Juventus head to Spain and France.

The focus for many will be on the former, as City continues to weather UEFA drama while its manager prepares for his fiercest foe as a player and manager.

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Pep Guardiola has managed against Real Madrid 17 times and boasts a 9-4-4 record between Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

The Catalan wizard has lost his last three versus Real, two with Bayern and once in his final El Clasico as Barca boss.

Even as Guardiola stresses preparation and plan, he knows there will be bounces and that both teams will have to cope with them.

“We have to be strong, have quality and need to have luck,” he said, via The Manchester Evening News. “At this stage, it’s important but we cannot control that. We can control what we can control and we will see. This competition, last season, against Liverpool, there are decisions. You have to overcome. You need incredible concentration in our game and game plan plus try to be a little lucky.”

Real Madrid living legend Sergio Ramos has earned the ire of Guardiola on plenty of occasions, one of the few things Liverpool and City fans have in common.

Ramos wouldn’t get drawn into rivalry talk, sying the stage somewhat negates the opponent.

“I have a lot of respect for him,” Ramos said via the club’s web site. “I think he’s a fantastic coach, with loads of experience, and his numbers speak for themselves. We’re motivated by the Champions League, regardless of the players or coaches who may have been rivals in the past. We’re up for the Champions League and our next task is to beat City. From a personal point of view, I’m just focused on making the next round.”

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Wednesday’s other match sees a club long linked with Guardiola, as Juventus will play the role of heavy favorites against Lyon.

Maurizio Sarri‘s side is to bidding to win what’s eluded all Juve bosses since Marcello Lippi beat Ajax in 1996. If they succeed, it will be by going down a different path than it’s traveled in recent years.

Here’s Leonardo Bonucci, via Football-Italia:

“What the coach asks of us now is basically the opposite of what the previous coach did,” Bonucci mused. “It was usually individual against individual, now it’s more about organized team movements. Obviously, you need to train consistently to get that down and playing every three days makes it difficult. But we started this journey well aware of the positives it could bring and the difficulties of getting there.”

Lyon has been maddeningly inconsistent this season, sitting seventh in the Ligue 1 table, but has the tools to surprise if Juve doesn’t bring its best. That starts in France on Wednesday.