After countless trophies, Andrea Pirlo begins his new chapter this weekend. Will he lead Juventus to SerieA glory?
BREAKING: Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich on a long-term contract.
📝 DEAL DONE: Liverpool have signed Thiago Alcântara from Bayern Munich for an initial £20m which could rise to £25m. He’s penned a 4-year contract and will wear the number 6 shirt. (Source: @LFC)
Liverpool are closing in on the deal to sign Diogo Jota from Wolves with talks at advanced stage.
Fee expected to be £35m+.
📝 DEAL DONE: Inter Miami have signed Gonzalo Higuaín from Juventus. (Source: @InterMiamiCF)
Gareth Bale has arrived at the Tottenham training ground and he looks buzzing to be there. (Source: Sky Sport)
Atalanta have agreed to sign Sam Lammers from PSV for €10m + add ons. (Source: @FabrizioRomano)
📝 DEAL DONE: Manchester United have sent James Garner on a season-long loan to Watford. (Source: @WatfordFC)
BREAKING: In the last few hours, Liverpool have contacted Barcelona to enquire about the signing of Ousmane Dembélé. They’re prepared to take him on loan and are willing to pay a compensation amount. Barça are yet to respond. (Source: SPORT)
Quique Setién is taking Barcelona to court over his severance package following his sacking. He will claim the club owes him €4m. (Source: AS)
Lyon are set to offer Memphis Depay to AC Milan as part of the deal to sign Lucas Paquetá. (Source: @DiMarzio)
DO YOU KNOW?
In the history of Germany’s Bundesliga, Thiago’s win rate of 78.7% (118 wins in 150 appearances) is the highest of the 1,022 players to make 150+ appearances in the competition
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Of every Bundesliga player with 100+ appearances since detailed data collection in 2004/05, Thiago
…had the most touches per 90 mins (115)
…made the most passes per 90 mins (95)
…had the best passing accuracy (91%)
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SL Benfica have won only two of their last 13 opening games of a Primeira Liga season played away from home (D8 L3).
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Between them, FC Porto (11) and SL Benfica (7) have won all the Primeira Liga titles since the 2001-02 season – the longest such run for two teams within the top seven ranked European leagues.
Harry Redknapp’s transfer advice for Tottenham: “I’d go and see if I could get Luka Modric back. Take the pair of them, Bale and Modric. I still feel they need somebody there; they’ve got the forward players, but they need somebody to supply the bullets.”
Jurgen Klopp on Thiago Alcantara’s arrival at Liverpool: “There’s nothing really to say. It’s not official until it’s announced and I’m not an announcer. It looks quite promising! My hands are tied pretty much. It might be useful for fans to look at LFC channels over today.
Zidane on Ronaldo Nazario de Lima: “I think he has an innate talent like Maradona, he was born with it. There was no system or tactics that could stop him. When he had the ball, he ran at 2000 miles per hour. In most cases, you’re fast without the ball, he was fast with it.”
Former Man Utd ‘keeper Edwin van der Sar: “I’m sure David (de Gea] will be the force that he has been for the club and hopefully now with the investment in the right players that are coming in, it’s looking more and more like a competitive squad again to challenge for honours.
Man Utd boss Solskjaer on his midfielders: “Of course the three of them (Bruno, Pogba, van de Beek) can start together, you’ve got Scott McTominay, Fred and Nemanja Matic in midfield as well, it’s not just about three players in a squad.”
Man Utd boss Solskjaer: “Since Sir Alex left we’ve been averaging fifth, last season we got third which was a big step forward. Everyone saw development, Bruno coming in, Harry being captain and showing leadership skills, Aaron did well.”
Man Utd boss Solskjaer on who starts between de Gea and Henderson: “I’m not gonna tell you the team today, but the training, goalkeeper training has been fantastic to watch, so enjoyable, highest possible quality you can imagine.”
Solskjaer: “It will be nice if the press talk about what a great goalkeeper (de Gea) we have, and it will be great if the press write about Sergio (Romero) who has not come back yet, he’s had some extra time.
FIFA has ordered West Ham to pay Eintracht Frankfurt £5.2m after a dispute between the two clubs over money owed from the transfer of the striker Sebastien Haller.