Premier League transfer needs: Where each club has to strengthen before Deadline Day

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With one week to go in the summer transfer window, now seems like a good time to look at the transfer needs for each Premier League team.

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The summer window closes at 1 p.m. ET on Sept. 1, so the clock is ticking as managers and chairmen struggle to get deals over the line and make room in their squads for new faces.

With that in mind, here is what each PL team needs before the window slams shut.

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Winger Manchester City: After buying Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph and Nicolas Otamendi, City addressed most of their needs. If they can actually seal the deal for Kevin de Bruyne, it would make them contenders in the UCL and the PL. $75 million is a lot of cash, especially as they have Nasri, Navas and Sterling out wide.
source: CB Chelsea: After addressing needs at LB and in attack with Rahman and Pedro arriving, Chelsea needs one more CB. They are said to be close to signing John Stones for $60 million. If they can seal that deal, great window for Mourinho.
source: CB   Manchester United: Despite Wayne Rooney struggling to score goals, more on that here, Louis van Gaal isn’t interested in buying another forward. The midfield is packed, as are the wingers. Maybe United could do with a new CB as Daley Blind is a stop-gap and Phil Jones has struggled.
source:  Striker West Ham: Slaven Bilic has added 10 new players but only a handful have been influential so far. Bilic needs more firepower with Valencia and Carroll out injured. Will a move for Adebayor solve their problems short-term?

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Striker/CB ArsenalThe same needs at the start of the window are still clear for the Gunners: they need a top-class striker and a center back. With Koscielny and Mertesacker out last week, Gabriel looked okay but Chambers struggled. Up top, Cavani and Kokorin have been mentioned. The clock is ticking as Wenger looks for another late mega-deal.
source:  Striker Stoke City: The only area the Potters could use some help in is up top. They’ve score three goals in their opening three games but have made plenty of other chances. Hughes has added Shaqiri and Afellay to bolster the attack, but if a top forward comes up at the right price, the Potters must pounce.
source:  CB EvertonWith the Stones saga rumbling on, Everton only have two first-team center backs and he’s one of them. If Stones leaves for Chelsea, the Toffees will be in trouble but Martinez has been linked with a whole host of CBs. It is the one area where Everton look ridiculously thin.
source:  Striker Newcastle UnitedFour new key additions for Steve McClaren with over $65 million spent, but the Magpies still look short on goals up top. Cisse and Mitrovic have split time, but with two goals in three games, Newcastle need more firepower.
source: Striker WatfordThe Hornets have struggled to finish chances but look solid throughout the rest of the team. After a 2-2 draw on the opening day they’ve drawn 0-0 at home to West Brom and Saints. A lack of goals in those games may come back to hurt them.
source:  CB Southampton: Ronald Koeman is in need of a center back. Saints have shipped five goals in their opening three games and look all over the place. After losing Clyne and Alderweireld from last season’s back four, plus Forster and Bertrand through injury, it will improve, but Virgil van Dijk arriving from Celtic would be a big signing.
source:  Striker Tottenham Hotspur: Harry Kane needs help. That is clear for everyone to see and Spurs have gone after West Brom’s Saido Berahino. The Baggies have rejected bids from Tottenham but Berahino’s head has been turned and $40 million should do the trick to bolster Spurs’ forward line significantly. Heung-Min Son has also been mentioned as an option up top.
source: CM/DF Sunderland: Dick Advocaat has said he needs six new players before the window shuts and after a difficult start to the season, the Black Cats especially need help at the back. With 11 goals conceded in four games so far this season, bolster across the defense is a top priority for Sunderland.
source:  ST Aston VillaSherwood has had a bid for Gervinho turned down and it seems like Villa still wants to bolster its attack after scoring just one goal on their own through three PL games. Ayew has struggled to settle up top so far.
source: CM  West BromBerahino looks to be heading towards the exit, which would be a big blow for the Baggies, but they have signed Rickie Lambert and Salomon Rondon this summer to offset that potential loss. In CM they could use a more creative attacking player to help get things going in the final third. Let’s see if Pulis can work his magic once again on Deadline Day.
source:  Striker BournemouthThe Cherries are said to be chasing an experienced PL marksmen with Jermain Defoe’s name popping up. If they could grab him it would make a big difference to their attack, but it would be more of a luxury signing than a necessity.
source: CB LiverpoolWith three CBs in Lovren, Skrtel and Sakho, the Reds could need cover in the heart of the defense but should be set elsewhere after signing seven new players this summer. Rodgers’ squad is looking strong.
source:  CB Crystal PalaceThe Eagles have added Cabaye, Bamford, Wickham, McCarthy and Sako to strengthen throughout their spine. One more CB to combat injuries would be useful.
source:  CB Swansea CityThe Swans have been expertly built by Garry Monk and they only area they need to strengthen is providing cover for Ashley Williams and Federico Fernandez. Elsewhere, all is well.
source:  Striker Norwich City: The Canaries are said to be interested in Benik Afobe but Wolves want $20 million for the former Arsenal striker. If Alex Neil is serious about keeping Norwich up, they have to buy a predatory forward.
source:  CB Leicester CityClaudio Ranieri has bought well this summer with Okazaki and Inler top additions. If either Wes Morgan or Robert Huth go down in defense the Foxes could struggle. Like a number of teams, cover at CB would be nice.

Franck Ribery signs for Fiorentina

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Franck Ribery has signed for Fiorentina in Serie A.

The French winger, 36, left Bayern Munich when his contract expired over the summer and many thought he may retire after a long list of injuries.

However, the tricky wideman has arrived in Italy after 12 seasons at Bayern which saw him win 23 major trophies, including the UEFA Champions League in 2013.

As for Fiorentina, this is a huge deal for them as Ribery will be unveiled in a press conference tomorrow.

The Florence club have slumped in recent seasons and barely avoided relegation from Serie A in 2018-19, and that came after six consecutive top eight finishes in Italy’s top-flight.

U.S. businessman Rocco Commisso bought the club for $181 million this summer and is promising to steadily rebuild the squad under Vincenzo Montella, who had a glorious spell in charge from 2012-15.

Adding Ribery means they have a big name on board, but can he stay fit and help this new-look side push up the Serie A table? Fiorentina have made 13 new signings this summer and a huge overhaul was needed.

If Ribery can stay fit and fresh, he showed at Bayern last season that he still has a little left in the tank.

First Leagues Cup will be an all-Liga MX affair

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Given Major League Soccer’s record against Liga MX sides when both teams are bringing their best players to the party, it’s no surprise that the former has been left out of the Leagues Cup Final.

Instead, Cruz Azul and Tigres UANL will meet on Sept. 18 for the first ever crown in the history of the competition pitting teams from Mexico, Canada, and the United States top flights.

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Choosing not to play Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Jonathan Dos Santos, and Carlos Pavon amongst others, the LA Galaxy fell 2-1 to Cruz Azul in Carson, California, getting an Emil Cuello goal but allowing the below delightful winner from Orbelin Pineda just after halftime.

The Galaxy were in the midst of a nasty four-match fortnight, and opted for this match — a tournament semifinal against a league which has bossed its league — to rest their men. Not a choice we love, but a fair choice given the Galaxy’s mere 4-point advantage on 7th place in the West.

Tigres needed penalties to get past Club America in an absolutely bonkers semifinal.

The match was level at 2 after regulation, with two own goals, a penalty, and a 90th minute red card doled out to Tigres’ Roger Martinez.

The second Tigres own goal, which came before the club outlasted America 5-3 in penalties, came deep in stoppage.

USWNT lawsuit goes to trial May 5

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LOS ANGELES (AP) A judge has set a May 5 trial date for the gender discrimination lawsuit filed by the women’s national team against U.S. Soccer.

District Judge R. Gary Klausner assigned the date at a hearing Monday in Los Angeles, which came less than a week after mediation between the two sides broke down.

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The players sued U.S. Soccer in March, alleging institutionalized gender discrimination that includes inequitable compensation when compared with their counterparts on the men’s national team.

The federation claims that compensation for each team is the result of separate collective bargaining agreements, and that the pay structures are different as a result.

The sides had agreed to mediate the dispute after this summer’s World Cup in France. The U.S. beat the Netherlands in July for its second straight title, and fourth overall.

The players and U.S. Soccer had requested a trial date after the Tokyo Olympics, which start July 25.

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Report: Zappacosta off to Roma as Chelsea trusts youth

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Tuesday was a great day to be Reece James.

Not that it hasn’t been a good summer altogether with Frank Lampard in charge of Chelsea.

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Lampard sanctioned the loan of Zappacosta to AS Roma, which puts James firmly in line for first team reps at Stamford Bridge.

The 19-year-old James has earned his place after two seasons on loan at Wigan Athletic, and Cesar Azpilicueta will either need rest or time at center back at some point.

As for Zappacosta, he was a curiosity buy who was serviceable during his time at Stamford Bridge. At Roma, though, he’ll… also be second choice to club captain Alessandro Florenzi.

Lampard is definitely giving the Blues’ youth a chance to shine during this transfer ban, and this may well be the best opportunity of James’ career.