Iago Aspas

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Akinfeev, Russia knock Spain out of World Cup

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Igor Akinfeev made an unbelievable stop on Iago Aspas to end a riveting round of penalty kicks as Russia eliminated Spain from the World Cup on Sunday.

A Russian own goal was equalized when Artem Dzyuba scored a 42nd minute penalty, but Spain could not break down Russia over 120 minutes.

Akinfeev, who struggled in the 2014 World Cup, made nine saves in regulation and stopped penalties from Isco and Aspas as David De Gea couldn’t get to any of Russia’s four finishes.

Russia will face the winner of Denmark or Croatia in the quarterfinal.

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Spain went ahead on the own goal, as a Nacho-won free kick from the right bounded off the back of Sergei Ignashevich’s right calf during a tussle with Sergio Ramos in the 12th minute.

La Furia Roja wasn’t scared off by the slow start, and Aleksandr Golovin kept up a fine World Cup with a give-and-go that ended with a curling shot just wide of the far post.

Russia would get its chance to make it 1-1 when Dzyuba headed a corner back across goal and off the raised hand of Gerard Pique. He finished his chance.

The Russian crowd continued to get behind its men, who closed up shop in a bus-parking that would make Tony Pulis crowd. Andres Iniesta broke through the lines, but his pass was turned wide of the goal.

Not much shame in that, but the hosts could not find the clinical finishing required to get a goal in regulation.

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Spain continued its possession and control in the first period of stoppage time, with Marco Asensio forcing Igor Akinfeev into a save.

Akinfeev has had a redemptive tournament after a rough 2014 World Cup saw him spill a South Korean goal into his net, and he made several stops as the match moved toward penalty kicks.

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Akinfeev stopped Isco on Spain’s third chance and made an unreal stop on Iago Aspas’ bid to force Russia to a fifth kick.

Spain draw Morocco, win Group B in dizzying final five minutes

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Spain survived a near-disaster scenario, which could have seen them eliminated from the 2018 World Cup (pending result elsewhere), but still struggled en route to a 2-2 draw with Morocco in Kaliningrad, Russia, on Monday.

From start to finish, it was a muddled mess of a performance for Fernando Hierro’s side. And yet, rather than facing Uruguay, who clinched Group A with a 3-0 victory over Russia earlier in the day, Fernando Hierro’s side finishes top of Group B (based on goals scored) and will face the hosts in the round of 16. More importantly, they’ll (likely) avoid the likes of Brazil, France and Germany in their half of the knockout bracket.

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Khalid Boutaib, Isco, Youssef En-Nesyri and Iago Aspas scored the goals, in that order, as Spain scraped their way to a 1W-2D-0L record in the group stage.

The scoring opened in perhaps the most unlikely way imaginable: a giveaway by Andres Iniesta, though plenty of blame could be given to Sergio Ramos as well, and an easy breakaway for Boutaib, who raced in on goal and slid the ball between David De Gea‘s legs to make it 1-0 (WATCH HERE).

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Morocco’s lead didn’t last long, though, as Iniesta atoned for his earlier error, with a little help of some silky operators wearing red. A quick passing sequence down the left side of the penalty area freed Iniesta to play the simple, but perfectly timed, ball to Isco for a close-range finish. (WATCH HERE)

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The second half’s first great scoring chance came in the 55th minute, and it nearly put Spain behind again. Nordin Amrabat unleashed a powerful, right-footed strike from the corner of the penalty area, leaving De Gea completely helpless in goal, but the Watford man was denied by the 90-degree angle where the crossbar meets post. Another wake-up call for the 2010 World Cup winners, but a massive let-off in the end.

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En-Nesyri headed home the would-be winner from Faycal Fajr’s corner kick in the 81st minute, seconds after Gerard Pique was perhaps suspected of having committed a handball offense inside the penalty area.

It wasn’t the last bit of drama, though, as Aspas flicked home the equalizer in the 90th minute. He was initially ruled offside by the assistant referee, but a video review indicated he was perfectly level when the ball was crossed into the box.

UEL PREVIEW: Manchester United heads to Celta Vigo

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Balaidos is the scene for Thursday’s UEFA Europa League semifinal first leg between Celta Vigo and Manchester United, and the visitors received welcome injury news this week.

It’s expected the headline would be Paul Pogba any time the influential midfielder is part of the returning group, but given United’s bare bones center back corps it’s just as notable that Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones trained ahead of Thursday’s match.

Celta’s attack is led by a pair of Premier League outcasts in Iago Aspas (24 goals) and John Guidetti (8), and manager Eduardo Berizzo rested both this weekend in a 3-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao.

While the home fans wouldn’t have enjoyed that, Aspas and Guidetti will be fresh to tangle with, presumably, Smalling and Bailly at the back.

Celta won’t be heading back to Europe next season unless it wins the UEL, with the club sitting 11th in La Liga’s table. And form isn’t exactly good for Celta, winless in four overall and on a three-match losing streak (albeit at less than full strength this weekend, as stated).

United won’t be pleased at having dropped points against Swansea City this weekend, but the draw did stretch its club record unbeaten run to 25 matches.

But will they be too tired?

“We had too many problems, to many players absent – because of that, we had players that had to play 750 or 800 minutes of football and we paid the price. We played against fresh teams and were in accumulation. At this moment, the perspective is different, because the Europa League becomes even more important for us. It’s good to have three players back that give us more options.”

Celta also played nine matches in April, so don’t expect any tears of pity coming from the home dugout.

Full list of every transfer made by Premier League clubs during the Summer Transfer Window

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More than $1.3 billion was spent by Premier League clubs this summer in the most expensive transfer window in English history.

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Below we take a look at every move made in the Summer Transfer Window, from loans to multi-million dollar deals.

Arsenal

In
Petr Cech (Chelsea) $15 million
Jeff Reine-Adelaide (RC Lens) $5 million

Out
Ryo Miyaichi (St Pauli) Free
Semi Ajayi (Cardiff City) Free
Abou Diaby (Marseille) Free
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Ipswich Town) Loan
Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray) $3 million
Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United) Loan
Wojciech Szczesny (AS Roma) Loan
George Dobson (West Ham) Undisclosed
Chuba Akpom (Hull City) Loan
Isaac Hayden (Hull City) Loan
Yaya Sanogo (Ajax) Loan
Jon Toral (Birmingham City) Loan
Serge Gnabry (West Bromwich Albion) Loan
Gedion Zelalem (Rangers) Loan
Josh Vickers (Swansea City) Free
Jack Jebb (Stevenage) Free
Austin Lipman (Released)
Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill (Swindon Town) Free
Damian Emiliano Martinez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) Free
Dan Crowley (Barnsley) Loan
Wellington Silva (Bolton Wanderers) Loan

Aston Villa

In
Scott Sinclair (Manchester City) $4 million
Micah Richards (Manchester City) Free
Mark Bunn (Norwich City) Free
Idrissa Gueye (Lille) $15 million
Jordan Amavi (Nice) $15 million
Jordan Ayew (Lorient) $15 million
Jose Angel Crespo (Cordoba) $800,000
Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) $9.5 million
Jordan Veretout (Nantes) $11 million
Adama Traore (Barcelona) $11 million
Joleon Lescott (West Bromwich Albion) $3 million
Matija Sarkic (Anderlecht) Undisclosed
Tiago Ilori (Aston Villa) Loan

Out
Darren Bent (Derby County) Free
Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) Free
Andreas Weimann (Derby County) $4 million
Matt Lowton (Burnley) $1.5 million
Yacouba Sylla (Rennes) Free
Antonio Luna (SD Eibar) Free
Shay Given (Stoke City) Free
Fabian Delph (Manchester City) $12 million
Christian Benteke (Liverpool) $49 million
Graham Burke (Notts County) Loan
Aly Cissokho (Porto) Loan
Alfie Crooks (Released)
Chris Herd (Released)
Craig Hill (Released)
Bradley Lewis (Released)
Isaac Nehemie (Released)
Daniel O’Brien (Wigan Athletic) Free
Callum Robinson (Bristol City) Loan
Janoi Donacien (Wycombe Wanderers) Loan
Ron Vlaar (Released)
Courtney Wildin (Sheffield Wednesday) Loan
Nathan Baker (Bristol City) Loan
Joe Bennett (AFC Bournemouth) Loan
Nathan Baker (Bristol City) Loan

Bournemouth

In
Artur Boruc (Southampton) Free
Adam Federici (Reading) Free
Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) Tribunal
Christian Atsu (Chelsea) Loan
Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town) $11.5 million
Sylvain Distin (Everton) Free
Max Gradel (Saint Etienne) $11 million
Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) $4.8 million
Filippo Costa (Chievo) Loan
Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) $6 million
Joe Bennett (AFC Bournemouth) Loan
Tomas Andrade (River Plate) Loan

Out
Ian Harte (Released)
Josh McQuoid (Released)
Darryl Flavahan (Released)
Mohamed Coulibaly (Released)
Joe Partington (Released)
Miles Addison (Released)
Ryan Fraser (Ipswich Town) Loan
Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) Undisclosed
Jayden Stockley (Portsmouth) Loan
Joshua Kaye (Released)
Aly Coulibaly (Released)
Benjamin Buchel (Released)
Aristide Bassele (Released)
Lee Camp (Rotherham United) Free

Chelsea

In
Nathan (Atletico Paranaense) $5 million
Radamel Falcao (AS Monaco) Loan
Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) $12.5 million
Danilo Pantic (Partizan Belgrade) Free
Baba Rahman (Augsburg) $23 million
Pedro (Barcelona) $34 million
Kenedy (Fluminense) $9.7 million
Papy Djilobodji (Nantes) $4 million
Michael Hector (Reading) $6 million

Out
Christian Atsu (AFC Bournemouth) Loan
Didier Drogba (Released)
Gael Kakuta (Sevilla) $6.8 million
Petr Cech (Arsenal) $15 million
Mario Pasalic (AS Monaco) Loan
Josh McEachran (Brentford) $1.2 million
Izzy Brown (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan
Lewis Baker (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan
Marco van Ginkel (Stoke City) Loan
Tomas Kalas (Middlesbrough) Loan
Patrick Bamford (Crystal Palace) Loan
Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid) $18 million
Danilo Pantic (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan
Dominic Solanke (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan
Mohamed Salah (AS Roma) Loan
Nathan Ake (Watford) Loan
Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) Loan
George Brady (Sunderland) Free
Oriol Romeu (Southampton) $8 million
Alex Davey (Peterborough United) Loan
Nathan (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan
Matej Delac (Sarajevo) Loan
Todd Kane (NEC Nijmegen) Loan
Wallace (Carpi FC) Loan
Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa SK) Loan
Jordan Houghton (Gillingham) Loan
Andreas Christensen (Borussia Monchengladbach) Loan
Bekanty Victorien Angban (Sint-Truiden) Loan
Ulises Davila (Vitoria Sport Clube) Loan
Cristian Cuevas (Sint-Truiden) Loan
Joao Rodriguez (Sint-Truiden) Loan
Victor Moses (West Ham United) Loan
Lucas Piazon (Reading) Loan
Michael Hector (Reading) Loan
Islam Feruz (Hibernian) Loan

Crystal Palace

In
Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint Germain) $15 million
Patrick Bamford (Chelsea) Loan
Alex McCarthy (QPR) $5.5 million
Connor Wickham (Sunderland) $14 million
Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) Free
Marcus Johnson-Schuster Free
Kleton Perntreou (Hibernian) Free
Andreas Breimyr (Bryne FK) Undisclosed

Out
Lewis Price (Sheffield Wednesday) Free
Owen Garvan (Released)
Peter Ramage (Released)
Stephen Dobbie (Bolton Wanderers) Free
Jerome Thomas (Released)
Shola Ameobi (Released)
Jerome Binnom-Williams (Burton Albion) Loan
Hiram Boateng (Plymouth Argyle) Loan
Michael Chambers (Released)
Kyle De Silva (Notts County) Free
Brede Hangeland (Released)
Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday) Loan
Ryan Innis (Port Vale) Loan
Chris Kettings (Stevenage Town) Loan
Chris Scales (Crawley Town) Loan
Ghassimu Sow (Released)
Glenn Murray (AFC Bournemouth) $6 million
Adlene Guedioura (Watford) Undisclosed

Everton

In
Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) Free
Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona) $7 million
David Henen (Olympiacos) $315,000
Mason Holgate (Barnsley) $1.5 million
Ramiro Funes Mori (River Plate) $14.5 million
Aaron Lennon (Spurs) $7 million

Out
Antolin Alcaraz Released
Sylvain Distin (AFC Bournemouth) Free
Luke Garbutt (Fulham) Loan
Chris Long (Burnley) $1.6 million
George Green (Oldham Athletic) Free
Russell Griffiths (Northwich Victoria) Loan
Jonjoe Kenny (Wigan Athletic) Loan
Curtis Langton (Released)
John Lundstram (Oxford United) Free
Ben McLaughlin (Released)
Francisco Junior (Wigan Athletic) Loan

Leicester City

In
Christian Fuchs (Schalke) Free
Robert Huth (Stoke City) $4.7 million
Shinji Okazaki (Mainz) $12.5 million
N’Golo Kante (Caen) $10 million
Yohan Benalouane (Atalanta) $7.9 million
Gokhan Inler (Napoli) Undisclosed $7.9 million
Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) Loan

Out
Chris Wood (Leeds United) $4 million
Paul Konchesky (QPR) Loan
Matthew Upson (Milton Keynes Dons) Free
Esteban Cambiasso Free
David Nugent (Middlesbrough) $6.3 million
Zoumana Bakayogo (Released)
Marcel Barrington (Released)
Jacob Blyth (Cambridge United) Loan
Adam Dawson (Released)
Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) Free
Ben Hamer (Bristol City) Loan
Kieran Kennedy (Released)
Tom Lawrence (Blackburn Rovers) Loan
Conrad Logan (Released)
Herve Pepe-Ngoma (Released)
Louis Rowley (Released)
Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Released)
Ryan Watson (Northampton Town) Loan
Liam Moore (Bristol City) Loan

Liverpool

In
James Milner (Manchester City) Free
Danny Ings (Burnley) Tribunal
Adam Bogdan (Bolton Wanderers) Free
Joe Gomez (Charlton Athletic) $5.5 million
Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim) $45 million
Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) $20 million
Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) $49 million
Taiwo Awoniyi (Imperial Academy)

Out
Steven Gerrard (Los Angeles Galaxy) Free
Glen Johnson (Stoke City) Free
Brad Jones (Bradford City) Free
Sebastian Coates (Sunderland) $3.2 million
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) $75 million
Andre Wisdom (Norwich City) Loan
Rickie Lambert (West Brom)
Mario Balotelli (AC Milan) Loan
Lazar Markovic (Fenerbahce) Loan
Fabio Borini (Sunderland) $15 million
Iago Aspas (Sevilla) $6 million
Lloyd Jones (Blackpool) Loan
Jordan Lussey (Bolton Wanderers) Free
Sheyi Ojo (Wolverhampton Wanderers) Loan
Rafael Paez (AD Alcorcon) Free
Marc Pelosi (Released)
Luis Alberto (Deportivo La Coruna) Loan
Kevin Stewart (Swindon Town) Loan
Lawrence Vigouroux (Swindon Town) Loan
Daniel Ward (Aberdeen) Loan
Michael Williams (Swindon Town)
Taiwo Awoniyi (FSV Frankfurt) Loan
Tiago Ilori (Aston Villa) Loan

Manchester City

In
Enes Unal (Bursaspor) $3 million
David Faupala (Lens) Free
Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) $75 million
Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) $13 million
Patrick Roberts (Fulham) $8.2 million
Nicolas Otamendi (Valencia) $50 million
Aleix Garcia (Villarreal) Undisclosed
Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg) $85 million
Yaw Yeboah (Right to Dream) Undisclosed
Thomas Aygepong (Right to Dream) Undisclosed

Out
Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) $4 million
James Milner (Liverpool) Free
Dedryck Boyata (Celtic) $2.25 million
Angelino (New York City FC) Loan
Micah Richards (Aston Villa) Free
Kerim Rekik (Marseille) $5.7 million
Stevan Jovetic (Inter Milan) Loan
Matija Nastasic (Schalke) $11 million
Jason Denayer (Galatasaray) Loan
Thomas Aygepong (FC Twente) Loan
Adam Drury (Released)
Edin Dzeko (AS Roma) Loan
Shay Facey (New York City) Loan
Seko Fofana (Bastia) Loan
John Guidetti (Released)
Jordy Hiwula (Huddersfield Town) $250,000
Frank Lampard (New York City) Free
Greg Leigh (Bradford City) Free
Alvaro Negredo (Valencia) $32 million
Olivier Ntcham (Genoa) Loan
Dominic Oduro (Released)
Enes Unal (Genk) Loan
Yaw Yeboah (Lille) Loan

Manchester United

In
Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven) $38 million
Matteo Darmian (Torino) $20 million
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich) $22 million
Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) $38 million
Sergio Romero (Sampdoria) Free
Anthony Martial (AS Monaco) $55 million

Out
Tom Cleverley (Everton) Free
Ben Amos (Bolton Wanderers) Free
Tom Thorpe (Rotherham United) Free
Saidy Janko (Celtic) $315,000
Nani (Fenerbahce) $6.5 million
Will Keane (Preston North End) Loan
Rafael Da Silva (Lyon) $3 million
Robin van Persie (Fenerbahce) $7 million
Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint Germain) $69 million
Jonny Evans (West Brom) $9 million
Adnan Januzaj (Borussia Dortmund) Loan
Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen) $13 million
Anders Lindegaard (West Bromwich Albion) Free
Callum Evans (Barnsley) Free
Angelo Henriquez (Dinamo Zagreb) $1.9 million
Reece James (Wigan Athletic) $1.5 million
Ryan McConnell (Released)
Ben Pearson (Barnsley) Loan
Joe Rothwell (Barnsley) Loan

Newcastle United

In
Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV Eindhoven) $23 million
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Anderlecht) $21 million
Chancel Mbemba (Anderlecht) $13.5 million
Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) $800,000
Florian Thauvin (Marseille) $21 million

Out
Jonas Gutierrez (Released)
Ryan Taylor (Hull City) Free
Adam Campbell (Notts County) Free
Remie Streete (Port Vale) Free
Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City) Loan
Adam Armstrong (Coventry City) Loan
Freddie Woodman (Crawley Town) Loan
Mehdi Abeid (Panathinaikos) $675,000
Jak Alnwick (Port Vale) Free
Remy Cabella (Marseille) Loan
Shane Ferguson (Millwall) Loan
Davide Santon (Inter Milan) $4.2 million
Haris Vuckic (Wigan Athletic) Loan

Norwich City

In
Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) $4.6 million
Youssouf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) Free
Robbie Brady (Hull City) $11 million
Andre Wisdom (Liverpool) Loan
Jacob Kean (Blackburn Rovers) Free
Dieumerci Mbokani (Dynamo Kiev) Loan
Matt Jarvis (Norwich) Loan

Out
Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town) $160,000
Mark Bunn (Aston Villa) Free
Kyle Callan-McFadden (Released)
Carlos Cuellar (Released)
Javier Garrido (Released)
Sam Kelly (Port Vale) Free
Remi Matthews (Burton Albion) Loan
Carlton Morris (Hamilton Academical) Loan
Jacob Murphy (Coventry City) Loan
Josh Murphy (Milton Keynes Dons) Loan
Bradley Johnson (Derby County) $9.1 million
Tony Andreu (Rotherham) Loan
Vadis Odjidja Ofoe (Rotherham) Loan

Southampton

In
Juanmi (Malaga) $7.9 million
Cedric Soares (Sporting CP) $7.4 million
Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham) Loan
Cuco Martina (FC Twente) $1.7 million
Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord) $14 million
Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers) Loan
Oriol Romeu (Chelsea) $8 million
Harry Lewis (Shrewsbury Town) Undisclosed
Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) $17.6 million

Out
Artur Boruc (AFC Bournemouth) Free
Jos Hooiveld (Released)
Cody Cropper (Milton Keynes Dons) Free
Omar Rowe (Released)
Jake Sinclair (Released)
Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) $20 million
Dani Osvaldo (Released)
Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United) $38 million
Sam Gallagher (MK Dons) Loan
Emmanuel Mayuka (Metz) Undisclosed
Chris Johns (Released)
Jack Stephens (Middlesbrough) Loan
Jordan Turnbull (Swindon Town) Loan

Stoke City

In
Jakob Haugaard (Midtylland) $675,000
Philipp Wollscheid (Bayer Leverkusen) $4.3 million
Joselu (Hannover 96) $9 million
Marco van Ginkel (Chelsea) Loan
Shay Given (Aston Villa) Free
Glen Johnson (Liverpool) Free
Moha El Ouriachi (Barcelona) Free
Ibrahim Afellay (Barcelona) Free
Xherdan Shaqiri (Inter Milan) $19 million
Sergio Molina (Real Madrid) Free
Dominic Telford (Blackpool) Undisclosed
Mark Wadidngton (Blackpool) Undisclosed

Out
Thomas Sorensen (Released)
Wilson Palacios (Released)
Andy Wilkinson (Released)
Steven Nzonzi (Sevilla) $11 million
Robert Huth (Leicester City) $4.7 million
Asmir Begovic (Chelsea) $12.5 million
Tomi Adeloye (Released)
James Alabi (Ipswich Town) Free
Daniel Bachmann (Ross County) Loan
Sam Coulson (Released)
Alex Grant (Released)
Robbie Parry (Released)
Nathan Ricketts-Hopkinson (Released)
Adam Thomas (Released)
Charlie Ward (Released)
Elliot Wheeler (Released)

Sunderland

In
Sebastian Coates (Liverpool) $3.2 million
Adam Matthews (Celtic) $3 million
Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kyiv) $12.8 million
Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur) $4.5 million
Yann M’Vila (Rubin Kazan) Loan
Ola Toivonen (Rennes) Loan
Fabio Borini (Liverpool) $15 million
George Brady (Chelsea) Free
DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur) Loan

Out
El-Hadji Ba (Charlton) Undisclosed
Santiago Vergini (Getafe CF) Loan
Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace) $14 million
Jordan Pickford (Preston North End) Loan
Emmanuele Giaccherini (Bologna) Loan
Peter Burke (Released)
Andrew Cartwright (Released)
Joel Dixon (Released)
David Moberg Karlsson (Nordsjaelland) $565,000
Tom McNamee (Released)
Anthony Reveillere (Released)

Swansea City

In
Andre Ayew (Marseille) Free
Franck Tabanou (St Etienne) $5.5 million
Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Heerenveen) $960,000
Eder (Braga) $8 million
Ollie McBurnie (Bradford City) $400,000
Gerhard Tremmel (Unattached) Free
Botti Biabi (Falkirk) Undisclosed
Josh Vickers (Arsenal) Free

Out
Alan Tate (Released)
David Cornell (Released)
Jazz Richards (Fulham) $800,000
Tom Atyeo (Released)
Modou Barrow (Blackburn Rovers) Loan
Rory Donnelly (Gillingham) Free
Corey Francis (Released)
Giancarlo Gallifuoco (Released)
Kenji Gorre (ADO Den Haag) Loan
Joseph Jones (Released)
Adam King (Crewe Alexandra) Loan
Kurtis March (Released)
Curtis Obeng (Released)
Gareth Owen (Released)
Connor Roberts (Yeovil Town) Loan
Scott Tancock (Released)
Dwight Tiendalli (Released)
Alex Samuel (Morton) Loan
Nathan Dyer (Leicester City) Loan

Tottenham Hotspur

In
Kevin Wimmer (Cologne) $6.5 million
Kieran Trippier (Burnley) $5.5 million
Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid) $17 million
Clinton Njie (Lyon) $19 million
Heung-Min Son (Bayer Leverkusen) $34 million

Out
Cristian Ceballos (Charlton Athletic) Free
Bongani Khumalo (Released)
Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande) $15.5 million
Lewis Holtby (Hamburg) $7.3 million
Etienne Capoue (Watford) $9 million
Younes Kaboul (Sunderland) $4.5 million
Benjamin Stambouli (Paris Saint-Germain) $9 million
Roberto Soldado (Villarreal) $18 million
Dominic Ball (Rangers) Loan
Vlad Chiriches (Napoli) $7.9 million
Shaquile Coulthirst (Wigan Athletic) Loan
Ryan Fredericks (Bristol City) $280,000
Brad Friedel (Retired)
Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers) Undisclosed
Aaron McEneff (Released)
Alex McQueen (Carlisle United) Free
Jonathan Miles (Released)
Nathan Oduwa (Rangers) Loan
Connor Ogilvie (Stevenage Town) Loan
Grant Ward (Rotherham United) Loan
DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland) Loan
Aaron Lennon (Everton) $7 million

Watford

In
Sebastian Prodl (Werder Bremen) Free
Giedrius Arlauskis (Steaua Bucharest) Free
Jose Holebas (AS Roma) $2.8 million
Matej Vydra (Udinese) $9.5 million
Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur) $9 million
Valon Behrami (Hamburg) $4 million
Allan Nyom (Granada) Free
Miguel Britos (Napoli) Free
Jose Manuel Jurado (Spartak Moscow)
Steven Berghuis (AZ Alkmaar) $7.3 million
Nathan Ake (Watford) Loan
Alessandro Diamanti (Guangzhou Evergrande) Loan
Obbi Oulare (Club Brugge) Undisclosed
Victor Ibarbo (Roma) Loan
Adlene Guedioura (Crystal Palace) Undisclosed
Matej Vydra (Reading)

Out
Jonathan Bond (Reading) Undisclosed
Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) $485,000
Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) Loan
Christian Battochio (Brest) Undisclosed
Uchu Ikpeazu (Port Vale) Loan
Juan Moreno (Deportivo La Coruna) Loan
Marco Motta (Released)
Sean Murray (Wigan Athletic) Loan
Luke O’Nien (Wycombe Wanderers) Free
Vujadin Savic (Released)
Miguel Layun (Porto) Loan
Gabriele Angella (Queens Park Rangers) Loan
Matej Vydra (Reading) Loan
Connor Smith (Stevenage) Loan

West Bromwich Albion

In
James McClean (Wigan Athletic) $2 million
James Chester (Hull City) $13 million
Rickie Lambert (Liverpool) $4.5 million
Serge Gnabry (West Bromwich Albion) Loan
Salomon Rondon (Zenit St Petersburg) $19 million
Jonny Evans (Manchester United) $12 million
Anders Lindegaard (Manchester United) Free

Out
Graham Dorrans (Norwich City) $4.6 million
Alex Jones (Birmingham City) Free
Kemar Roofe (Oxford City) Undisclosed
Youssouf Mulumbu (Released)
Chris Baird (Derby County) Free
Jason Davidson (Released)
Liam O’Neil (Chesterfield) Undisclosed
Adil Nabi (Delhi Dynamos) Loan
Brown Ideye (Olympiacos) Undisclosed
Wesley Atkinson (Released)
Aaron Birch (Released)
Sebastian Blanco (San Lorenzo) Undisclosed
Donervorn Daniels (Wigan Athletic) Undisclosed
Bradley Garmston (Gillingham) Free
Mani O’Sullivan (Released)
Joleon Lescott (Aston Villa) $3 million

West Ham United

In
Darren Randolph (Birmingham City) Free
Pedro Obiang (Sampdoria) $7 million
Dimitri Payet (Marseille) $17 million
Angelo Ogbonna (Juventus) $15 million
Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal) Loan
Manuel Lanzini (Al-Jazira) Loan
George Dobson (Arsenal) Undisclosed
Stephen Hendrie (Hamilton Academical) Undisclosed
Alex Song (Barcelona) Loan
Victor Moses (Chelsea) Loan
Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) $4.5 million
Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) $10 million

Out
Dan Potts (Luton Town) Free
Carlton Cole (Released)
Guy Demel (Released)
Jussi Jaaskelainen (Wigan Athletic) Free
Nene (Released)
Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) $8 million
Diego Poyet (Milton Keynes Dons) Loan
Reece Burke (Bradford City) Loan
Kevin Nolan (Released)
Kieran Bywater (Released)
Sean Maguire (Released)
Kusu Makasi (Chelmsford City) Loan
Paul McCallum (Leyton Orient) Free
Matt Jarvis (Norwich) Loan

Premier League 2015-16 season preview: Liverpool

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After spending over $100 million in transfer fees this summer, Liverpool need to challenge for a spot in the top four this season.

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Manager Brendan Rodgers will be under plenty of pressure to achieve qualification to the UEFA Champions League, but with Raheem Sterling and Steven Gerrard leaving, a new-look Liverpool could have plenty of growing pains. Traditionally the Anfield club are one of England’s most successful sides with 18 league titles, seven FA Cups, eight FA Cups and five UEFA Champions League titles during their rich history.

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Their Merseyside neighbors are Everton, who are based less than a mile away across Stanley Park, while Liverpool have a fierce rivalry with Manchester United.

Best possible XI:

—– Mignolet —–

— Clyne — Skrtel — Sakho — Moreno —

                                                                       —  Firmino  — Henderson — Milner — 

Coutinho

Benteke — Sturridge

Transfers In: James Milner (Free, Manchester City), Danny Ings (Tribunal fee, Burnley), Adam Bogdan (Free, Bolton Wanderers), Nathaniel Clyne ($20 million, Southampton), Roberto Firmino ($40 million, Hoffenheim), Joe Gomez ($5 million, Charlton Athletic), Christian Benteke ($50 million, Aston Villa)

Transfers Out: Raheem Sterling ($75 million, Manchester City), Steven Gerrard (Free, LA Galaxy), Brad Jones (Released), Glen Johnson (Free, Stoke City), Sebastian Coates ($6 million, Sunderland), Iago Aspas ($7.5 million, Celta Vigo), Javier Manquillo (Loan cancelled, Atletico Madrid)

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Coutinho will be the main man this season.

Last season: 6th in the Premier League, FA Cup semifinals, Champions League group stage – The Reds had an up and down season as they got off to a poor start and never really recovered. Despite going on a 13-game unbeaten spell at the turn of the year, Rodgers’ side could not remain in the top four after they had come agonizingly close to winning the title in 2013-14. It was a season of struggle as new players failed to bed in quickly and Daniel Sturridge’s long-term absence through injury, coupled with the sale of Luis Suarez, really hurt the Reds offensively. One high point was the form of Philippe Coutinho, as the Brazilian dazzled in midfield.

Star player: Philippe Coutinho – The Brazilian playmaker slots everything together and his play in-between midfield and attack will be crucial to the Reds’ success this year. If he can link up with countryman Firmino on the right and Lallana on the left to provide assists for Sturridge, Ings and Benteke, Liverpool will be in business. Still just 23, Coutinho now has two full PL seasons under his belt and he is getting better and better each month. With Gerrard gone, now is his time to step up and be the main man in midfield for Liverpool.

Coaches’ Corner: Rodgers is under pressure, there’s no doubt about that. Heading into his fourth season as Liverpool boss, he has yet to win any silverware and fans of the Anfield club are growing impatient as key players continue to leave. Will the likes of Milner, Ings, Firmino and Benteke settle immediately and help replace Gerrard and Sterling? Rodgers’ future as Liverpool boss depends on it, as despite preaching a free-flowing style of play, he reverted to a more defensive approach last season and the Reds struggled. His squad seems to be stronger this year with key additions throughout, but defensively the Reds still need help.

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Rodgers under pressure at Liverpool?

PST predicts: The Reds need to finish in the top four but it all depends on how quickly the new players settle in. This season Rodgers has added lots of talent who already have PL experience, so that should help. Expect Liverpool to be in and around the top four all season, but it may be another fifth or sixth place finish. Winning a cup competition could be vital to calling this season a success.