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Summer transfer window opens; flurry of deals on July 1

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July 1 marks the opening of the summer transfer window in England and plenty of Premier League clubs have been confirming deals.

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It has been a busy day so far, with a few teams particularly busy as free agents can now officially sign for another team with their contracts expiring a midnight last night.

Below is a list of the moves so far on Friday and we will update it as the deals continue to be confirmed.


Manchester City

Pep Guardiola has made his second signing as Man City’s boss, Nolito. The Spanish striker, 29, reunited with Guardiola and joins from Celta Vigo in a deal worth around $17.2 million. He will wear the no. 9 jersey at the Etihad Stadium. MORE DETAILS

Crystal Palace

The Eagles have signed Andros Townsend from Newcastle United for $17.2 million on a five-year deal and French goalkeeper Steve Mandanda from Marseille for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal. MORE DETAILS

They have also sold striker Dwight Gayle to Newcastle for $13.7 million.

Bournemouth

Striker Lys Mousset signs from Le Havre for $8.1 million. The 20-year-old excelled for Bob Bradley’s side in Ligue 2 last season, scoring 14 goals in 34 games.

Emerson Hydnman’s move from Fulham on a free transfer has been confirmed on July 1, as the U.S. international midfielder moves up to the PL.

Bournemouth sold winger Matt Ritchie to Newcastle United for $15.9 million as the Scottish international was instrumental in getting them into the PL and scored four times in 36 appearances last season.

Also, Callum Wilson has sign a new four-year deal with the Cherries after impressing last season before his ACL injury.

Watford

The Hornets have been very busy with new manager Walter Mazzarri adding Belgian international defender Christian Kabasele from Genk. The 25-year-old central defender is currently part of Belgium’s squad at EURO 2016.

Watford’s captain Troy Deeney has also signed a new five-year contract at Vicarage Road, following on from Leicester City’s interest in him. He scored 13 goals in 35 games in his debut PL season last year and will remain in Hertfordshire.

Jerome Sinclair joined from Liverpool late on Thursday as the young forward completed his long-awaited move from Anfield.

It is rumored that Watford have also signed Nigerian forward Isaac Success from Granada for a club record $16.6 million and have rejected a $49.8 million bid from Chinese side Shanghai SIPG for Odion Ighalo.

Plus, Gabriele Angella has left Watford and joined Udinese after spending last season on loan at QPR.

Hull City

Tom Huddlestone has signed a contract extension with Hull City after the Tigers were promoted back to the Premier League. Huddlestone, 29, joined Hull from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 and has been a major part in Steve Bruce‘s success in Yorkshire.

Elsewhere…

Paris Saint-Germain have signed free agent Hatem Ben Arfa after his contract expired with Nice. The former Newcastle playmaker scored 17 times in Ligue 1 for Nice last season, rejuvenating his career as the mercurial talent flourished in the south of France. Now, he will slot into PSG’s superstar lineup.

Barcelona used today to quell any speculation about them selling superstar Neymar, as the Brazilian striker signed a new five-year deal at the Nou Camp. MORE DETAILS

Champions League score predictions: Round of 16

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The 2019-20 UEFA Champions League is finally back as the Round of 16 kicks off this week and two of the four Premier League clubs are in action.

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Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, the two finalists from last season, are first up and both will be happy enough with their draws in the last 16.

That said, Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool know that Diego Simeone’s Atleti are a very dangerous team to play as they will scrap and battle for every ball against the reigning European champions. As for Spurs and Jose Mourinho, the news that Heung-min Son has broken his arm and could be out for the rest of the season is a huge blow but they host an inconsistent RB Leipzig.

Borussia Dortmund host Paris Saint-Germain and Atalanta host Valencia in the other last 16 ties this week and both should be cracking encounters between two very evenly-matched teams.

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Next week the other four last 16 first legs take place as Man City and Chelsea are in action against Real Madrid and Bayern Munich respectively. Out of the four Premier League teams still in the competition, Liverpool and Spurs will be the most confident of advancing.

Below we predict the scores for the UCL round of 16 games taking place over the next two days. Feel free to make your own predictions in the comments section below, too.


Tuesday
Atletico Madrid 1-2 Liverpool
Borussia Dortmund 3-2 PSG

Wednesday
Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 RB Leipzig
Atalanta 2-1 Valencia

Lampard issues Chelsea injury update; Pulisic remains out

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard issued a lengthy injury update after their 2-0 defeat against Man United and USMNT fans will not be happy to hear that Christian Pulisic remains out.

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Ahead of Chelsea’s pivotal top four clash at home against bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com), Lampard could be without as many as five key players.

Andreas Christensen broke his nose and came off at half time against United, while N’Golo Kante was subbed off early after yet another leg injury for the French superstar.

“Callum, no. Pulisic, no. N’Golo, no, from that today. Tammy is a maybe. It is not going our way with injuries at the moment but the players who come in they have to show that. That is what the squad is there for. It is frustrating,” Lampard told Chelsea TV when asked about availability for Saturday.

Lampard then gave an extra update on Kante, who walked through the mixed zone after the game looking okay and told the French journalists who were assembled that it wasn’t too bad.

“It is an adductor injury,” Lampard confirmed. “We will have to assess it and scan it. It doesn’t look great. It is on the same leg [as he injured before].”

With four wins in their last 14 Premier League games Chelsea are not in good form and are just one point ahead of fifth-place Tottenham ahead of their game this weekend.

They also have a nasty habit of dominating matches but are failing to put multiple chances away and with these injuries piling up it certainly makes Chelsea’s decision to not spend in the January window to strengthen their squad, especially in terms of strikers, very surprising.

With Bayern Munich coming up in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last 16 tie next week, Lampard will hope Chelsea’s luck turns and plenty of players return from injury.

FC Cincinnati coach Jans resigns amid investigation over remarks

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CINCINNATI — FC Cincinnati coach Ron Jans resigned amid an investigation by Major League Soccer of his use of a racial slur in the locker room.

Jans resigned late Monday, FC Cincinnati President Jeff Berding said: “The club had suspended Jans pending the investigation, which was prompted by a complaint from the MLS Players Association.

“As Major League Soccer’s investigation unfolded and some themes emerged, Ron offered his resignation and we agreed that it was the best course of action for everyone involved with FC Cincinnati,” Berding said.

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The club designated Yoann Damet as interim head coach while the team conducts a search. Cincinnati is training in Florida for its second season in MLS.

Cincinnati has been through two head coaches during its brief stay in the league. It fired Alan Koch after its 11th first-tier match, which left the expansion club with two wins, seven losses and two draws.

Damet also was the interim head coach while the team conducted a search that resulted in Jans’ hiring last August.

Cincinnati finished with the worst record in MLS in its inaugural season, with six wins, six draws and 22 losses. It scored a league-low 31 goals in 34 matches.

Cincinnati gained entry into MLS after a successful debut under Koch, who led the team to the semifinals of the United Soccer League’s playoffs in both 2017 and 2018.

German fans turn on fellow supporter for racist abuse

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BERLIN — The fans of German soccer club Preußen Münster showed how racist abuse can be handled, shouting “Nazis out! Nazis out!” after one of their own fans targeted a visiting player with monkey chants.

The perpetrator was a 29-year-old man who was forced out of the stadium. And the player, Würzburger Kickers defender Leroy Kwadwo, thanked the opposing fans their “exemplary” reaction.

“I was racially abused by one single spectator. It just makes me sad,” Kwadwo wrote on Saturday, a day after the match. “I indeed have a different skin color, but I was born here in this wonderful land that has given my family and I so much and made so much possible. I am one of you. I live here and can live my calling as a professional with the Würzburger Kickers.

“Something like yesterday just makes me sad and angry because everyone has to know, racism does not belong in OUR world. We all have the opportunity to oppose it and stop it if it happens.”

The incident occurred during a third-division match in Münster.

On Monday, Münster said it would seek to ban the suspect from all German stadiums for three years, the toughest possible sanction permitted under current regulations.

“The least we an do is ensure that this person is no longer allowed in our stadium,” Münster president Christoph Strässer said. “We will not tolerate racism or any form of discrimination. The issue of integration is naturally important to us as a sports club, and Article 1 of the constitution applies primarily, namely: Human dignity is sacrosanct. That goes for everyone in this country.”

The perpetrator also faces legal consequences. Local police said the man would be charged with incitement, which can lead to financial penalties and a jail term of three months to five years if convicted.

Referee Katrin Rafalski stopped the 0-0 draw in the 88th minute after being informed of the racist abuse by Kwadwo. It was followed by a stadium announcement against the abuse and the “Nazis out!” chants from the fans.

The German soccer federation praised the fans’ reaction on Twitter on Saturday.

“So sad and shameful as the racist incident against Leroy Kwadwo was, so exemplary was the immediate reaction to it,” the federation said. “The third division stands together and says, no to racism and discrimination!”

The incident occurred only days after Bundesliga club Schalke was fined 50,000 euros ($54,600) after some of its fans subjected Hertha Berlin player Jordan Torunarigha to racist abuse during a German Cup game on Feb. 4.

Torunarigha, the son of former Nigerian player Ojokojo Torunarigha, was targeted with monkey chants and was eventually sent off in extra time when he picked up a second yellow card after appearing increasingly upset as the game went on. The 22-year-old German defender was consoled by Schalke’s Amine Harit.

Numerous other racist incidents have tarnished European soccer this season.

On Sunday in Portugal, Porto striker Moussa Marega was visibly angered by monkey noises targeting him after he scored his team’s second goal in a 2-1 win at Guimarães. Several Porto and opposition players attempted to dissuade him from walking off the field in the 71st minute, when he demanded to be substituted.