Draxler, Pogba, Januzaj headline 10 deals to monitor as we near Transfer Deadline Day

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With the transfer deadline approaching its Tuesday conclusion, deals and rumored deals are hitting the headlines at a head-spinning rate.

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Of course as we’ve learned with Kevin De Bruyne and Pedro Rodriguez, any deal can be delayed, hit a snag, or find a new destination. Yes, even on Deadline Day.

Ten deals to watch

A big named striker to the Emirates — Arsenal has looked anything but clinical, and fans will feel quite worried after another pass-heavy performance led to… winning by a Newcastle own-goal despite being up a man for 76 minutes at St. James Park. Edinson Cavani? Aleksandr Kokorin? Andriy Yarmolenko?

Paul Pogba to Chelsea — Juventus is 0-2 to start the Serie A season — yes, seriously — and is already dealing with the new identity that comes with life after Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal. Might now be the time to cash in on their big French playing chip? He would instantly boost Chelsea’s befuddling start to the season, and is among the most exciting and influential players in the world.

Anthony Martial to Manchester United — This one looks pretty cut-and-dried, as the 19-year-old Monaco man has left France camp for a quick trip to Manchester and a $56 million move to Old Trafford.

Julian Draxler finally leaves the rumor mill (UPDATE: Done… off to Wolfsburg) — Schalke has been dealing with Draxler rumors for ages, and reports say the club is actually going to sell the player in the next couple days. Will he help replace Kevin De Bruyne at Wolfsburg, aid Juventus in ending its early season funk, or is Arsenal a landing spot? And what would the trickle down do for his new club’s deadline day ideas?

Victor Wanyama to anywhere — Southampton’s 24-year-old Kenyan dynamo has apparently asked to leave St. Mary’s, but manager Ronald Koeman has been adamant that no one will be leaving the club before Sept. 1, and referenced Saints holding onto Morgan Schneiderlin last year at this time:

“Maybe it is good for Victor to talk to Morgan, because I think he is more happy now than he was last year even to do the move he wanted at that moment,” said Koeman.

Which side will blink?

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Adnan Januzaj to Borussia Dortmund (UPDATE: Done deal) — Is it a loan or a permanent move seems more on the mind than will it happen, as Januzaj didn’t play for United on Sunday. It’s a curious move, as the youngster looked lively for the Red Devils this early season, but if Martial’s on the way perhaps it’ll work out?

Kevin Nolan to somewhere — The longtime West Ham, Newcastle and Bolton man, who becomes a leader wherever he goes, has apparently left Upton Park by mutual consent. Dick Advocaat lies in wait, but would the 33-year-old really be primed to take the Northeast abuse that comes from joining his former rivals? Or will rumored moves to Burnley and Cardiff City give the promotion player his next lease on life?

Charlie Austin back to the Premier League — QPR’s big goal man is now being linked to — wait for it — Manchester United after a summer of Newcastle, Everton and Spurs talk. One thing’s for sure, we’d love to see the Englishman back on our televisions this Fall. Bonus name: Will valuable midfielder Matty Phillips remain at Loftus Road come the deadline?

Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez to Bayer Leverkusen [ UPDATE: Confirmed ] —  And it would be two Old Trafford attackers to the Bundesliga if El Tri’s ‘Little Pea’ moves to Bayer. $18 million is quite a risk for the German powers (although what’s $18 million in the transfer market these days? Could he reclaim his form with Stefan Kiessling and company?

Gyasi Zardes to Europe — He’s in USMNT camp right now and he will get a big raise soon (one that won’t probably come from an L.A. squad with Steven Gerrard, Gio Dos Santos, and Robbie Keane on the books). Genk and Reading have been linked. Will Zardes leave the Galaxy (the team, not the Milky Way. Haven’t read of any interest from FC Andromeda 964).

Klinsmann gets first point as Hertha Berlin manager

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Jurgen Klinsmann claimed his first point since returning to coaching as his Hertha Berlin team let slip a two-goal lead to draw with Frankfurt 2-2 in the Bundesliga on Friday.

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Hertha was clinging to a 2-1 lead in the 86th minute when Sebastian Rode hammered the ball in from a corner for Frankfurt to deny the Berlin team the win.

Hertha is in the relegation playoff spot in 16th and winless in its last six league games, while Frankfurt is 10th.

Dodi Lukebakio gave Hertha the lead with a shot through Frederik Ronnow’s legs. That goal was assisted by Marko Grujic, who later made it 2-0 with a header from a free kick.

However, Frankfurt almost immediately replied with a header of its own from Martin Hinteregger, the Austrian defender with five Bundesliga goals.

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Frankfurt’s fans expressed their disapproval of the video assistant referee after it ruled out two goals for the hosts. There was a rare disallowed own goal when Hertha goalkeeper Thomas Kraft palmed a cross into his own net but was found to have been pushed while jumping.

Klinsmann took over Hertha last week on a temporary deal until the end of the season, after Ante Covic was fired with the team under threat of relegation. Klinsmann hadn’t coached since being fired in 2016 by the United States, and last worked at a club in 2009 at Bayern Munich.

Nigel Pearson appointed new Watford manager

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Nigel Pearson has been appointed new manager of Watford and been handed a very straightforward — but tall — task for the remainder of the season: avoid relegation from the Premier League.

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Pearson takes over from Quique Sanchez Flores — who only took over from Javi Gracia in September — who left his post at Vicarage Road with the Hornets sitting 20th out of 20 teams in the PL table, already seven points adrift from safety. Pearson’s contract runs through the end of the season.

The 56-year-old Pearson, who last managed in the PL with Leicester City in 2015, was most recently in charge of Belgian side OH Leuven before he was fired in February.

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Pearson won’t take charge of Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET, on NBC Sports Gold). Interim manager Hayden Mullins will see out the week’s preparations and manage the team before handing the reins to Pearson on Sunday.

Prince-Wright’s Premier League picks

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Matchweek 16 is here in the Premier League as things are heating up very nicely ahead of the festive season.

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If you, like me, love to dissect all the games and predict what the score will be and which team will win, I encourage you to get involved in the comments section below. Let’s have a bit of fun.

Okay, so I’ve consulted my crystal ball and here’s how we see things panning out. Listen carefully, because this is very specific.

While you can download the NBC Sports Predictor app (below) and play the Premier League Pick ‘Em game yourself to predict the scores and win the prizes.


With the first section labelled “basically, free money” for the picks I think are dead certs. The section labelled “don’t touch this” means if you’re betting I advise you to stay clear, while the “so you’re telling me there’s a chance” section are the long shots. If it is better odds you are after, those are the picks to go for.


Tottenham 3-0 Burnley – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM

Bournemouth 1-3 Liverpool – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM] 

West Ham 3-1 Arsenal – (Monday, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM


Newcastle 1-1 Southampton – (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM]

Man City 2-2 Man United – (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET, NBC) – [STREAM]

Watford 1-2 Crystal Palace – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM


Everton 2-1 Chelsea – (Saturday, 7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM

Aston Villa 2-2 Leicester City – (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]

Brighton 2-1 Wolves – (Sunday 11:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]

Norwich 2-0 Sheffield United – (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM

Premier League TV, streaming schedule

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Matchweek 16 of the Premier League season is here, as the busy festive season has well and truly arrived.

Get in there.

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The full TV schedule for the games this weekend are below, plus you can watch every single second of every single game live online via NBC Sports.com,the NBC Sports App and by purchasing the new “Premier League Pass” via NBC Sports Gold.

Gold also includes an extensive selection of shoulder programming such as Premier League News, Premier League Today, Sky Sports News, NBC Sports originals such as Premier League Download and much more.

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You can also watch Premier League “Goal Rush” for all the goals as they go in around the grounds. Goal Rush is available via NBC Sports.com and the NBC Sports App.

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If you’re looking for full-event replays of Premier League games, you can find them here for the games streamed on NBCSports.com and here for the games on NBC Sports Gold.

Here’s your full TV schedule for the coming days.


7:30 a.m. ET: Everton v. Chelsea – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Bournemouth v. Liverpool – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Tottenham v. Burnley – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Watford v. Crystal Palace – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
12:30 p.m. ET: Man City v. Man United – NBC [STREAM]

9 a.m. ET: Aston Villa v. Leicester City – NBCSN [STREAM]
9 a.m. ET: Newcastle United v. Southampton  – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
11:30 a.m. ET: Brighton v. Wolves – NBCSN [STREAM]
9 a.m. ET: Norwich City v. Sheffield United – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

3 p.m. ET: West Ham v. Arsenal – NBCSN [STREAM]