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Chelsea have officially resigned David Luiz from PSG for a fee of £38 million, signing a 3-year contract with the club.
The 29-year-old left Chelsea back in June 2014 to join Ligue 1 champions PSG for a then record fee of £50 million (€62 million)
Both clubs have successfully come to terms with the fee of the player. But Chelsea’s alleged first bid of £32 million for the Brazilian was rejected by the French giants, which then came to the interest of PSG to sell him back to Chelsea for £38 million.
Before leaving Chelsea, Luiz won the FA Cup and Champions League in 2012, followed by a Europa League title in 2013.
In comparison, his time at PSG saw him lift all 4 of the French domestic trophies in his first season of French Football.
Luiz was reportedly seen in a helicopter on his way to Cobham training ground, according to Sky Sports.
According to several sources, the move is almost complete with David Luiz awaiting a medical.
The club have posted a small article regarding the transfer and quote:
Even the man himself couldn’t help but confirm his move so that it would make the rumours become a reality.
The Blues have surprisingly resigned ‘Sideshow Bob’ but the move makes sense as Antonio Conte looked to reinforce his defensive options.
The ability of David Luiz is fascinating to spectate and Conte must have admired it to bring him back to Stamford Bridge.
Conte will be delighted with the signing of David Luiz which will likely solve the defensive issues that the team has been having. Also, Conte would have thought about the versatility of Luiz which is very beneficial for Chelsea, let alone any other team.
During this year, at the Rio Olympics, you may noticed that there’s no Team GB involved in the men’s football which may surprise you. Not to forget, this is the same case for the women.
Now many are wondering why the nation is not being represented in that sport, which is part of our history with great regard.
The reason is simply because the British football associations never came together to insert a team to go to Rio, moreover, they lacked so much support from the Home Nations as no one was thinking about the Olympics, mainly because of the fact it was prior to Euro 2016 so evidently that was their main priority.
FIFA stated they would block entry for Great Britain simply because the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish FA rejected the proposals from the FA so they formally withdrew their proposal last year.
This had has a great effect on one thing, youth. The FA were keen to send out a team to represent GB but mostly for promoting youth development and to increase the experience of younger players in a tournament following Team GB’s appearance at the London 2012 Olympics.
In 2015, England under-21 coach Gareth Southgate along with the FA Director of Elite Development Dan Ashworth made it clear that the Olympic tournament is a ‘valuable experience’ for the youth.
Remember English forward Daniel Sturridge during the time of the London Olympics was only 22, and after his experience in the Olympics, he seemed a better player.
Of course, this is a huge loss to youngsters this year that could’ve been granted the confidence by understanding what pressure is like during international duty. Not only this improves their mentality as a young player, but on an international level.
Furthermore, the chance of winning a medals is lost for Men’s and Women’s football. To many this has been a disappointment.
Some players who just missed out on an international call up from their respected nation, within the British Isles, could have been guaranteed a spot in the Team GB squad. For example, West Ham star Andy Carroll, Leicester City hero Danny Drinkwater and many others. For some players it was the case of international experience that let them down so that they weren’t given a spot on the flight to the Euros.
It may have been the case they were on the bench for the whole time such as Northern Irish forward Will Griggs who scored an impressive 20 goals for Wigan last term, but wasn’t ‘on fire’ at the Euros, but he was given no chance.
Olympic football, specifically for English football, could do wonders to benefit it. Whether it will give a chance to more English prospects to play with experienced players (that of the first-team) would definitely boost their footballing abilities.
If only a gold medal or even silver or bronze was added to the Team GB medal cabinet for football, the praise it would get would give the nation more confidence whenever they enter a competition.
Briefly speaking, if Wales could reach the semi-finals at Euro 2016 then Team GB could reach a latter stage of Olympic football.
Paul Pogba, 23, has re-signed with the Red Devils for £89m on a 5-year deal. This makes him the most expensive player in the world, ahead of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.
He left the club to pursue more gametime due to Sir Alex Ferguson not believing he was good enough to be in the first-team.
He joined Juventus from United in 2012 in an £800k move where he stayed 4 years at the club in which he proved he was worthy amongst the top players of the world, whilst making Fergie look silly.
He made 187 appearances and scored 36 goals for the Bianconeri in all competitions. The midfielder has 38 caps to his name for France in which he scored on 6 occasions and was a member of the recent Euro 2016 squad that reached the final.
In recent weeks, the young frenchmen has been the center of attention around the media. As he’s been heavily linked with a move back to his former club.
Pogba did not make it easy for fans to figure out he was moving back to United as he featured in the Adidas ‘blah blah blah’ commercial where he said ‘don’t believe everything you read in the papers’ which made the move seem untrue.
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However, the clubs official twitter released this image which made the move official, and put all the speculation to bed.
Many will be surprised that Pogba was not brought for £100m. But that doesn’t matter. United fans will be over the moon with the fact he’s now a United player.
Pogba has stated that it felt he ‘never left United’ and it was like he had been ‘on holiday in Juventus.’
Jose Mourinho has made it clear that United will indoubtfully pursue for the Premier League title and seem favourites in doing so since they last won it in 2013.
The signings of Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and now Paul Pogba have set the tone for the upcoming season.
Now Pogba is officially a Manchester United player!
Mohammed Salah, 24, has completed a permanent transfer to AS Roma in Italy.
The Egyptian winger spent last season with I Giallorossi and impressed with the Serie A side to help them finish third.
He scored 14 goals in 34 appearancss last season having spent some of the last campaign at Fiorentina.
Salah signed for Chelsea from Switze side Basel back in January 2014.
His most memorable moment was during the 6-0 thrashing of Arsenal, when he encapsulated the performance by running onto and Nemanja Matic pass to then score. Arsene Wenger’s 1000th managerial appearance for the club.
After he spent the latter part of 2014/15 campaign on loan at Fiorentina, he remained in Italy to join Roma on a season long-loan the following season.
Manchester United and Everton starred in a dull draw in Wayne Rooney’s testimonial match as Old Trafford paid tribute to the captains 12 years of success at the club.
It’s been 12 years since Rooney joined Manchester United from Everton.
Since his time with United, he has raised 5 Premier League titles, 5 community shields, the League Cup 3 times, the FA Cup, a Champions League, and a Fifa Club World Cup. Totalling 18 trophies.
Before kick-off, Rooney was given a guard of honour as he stepped on the pitch with his three sons.
As the testimonial game commenced, Old Trafford was filled with a happy and joyful atmosphere with the fans emphasising it.
The Utd team looked different in the presence of their new boss Jose Mourinho, who recently signed a 2 year contract, now in charge of his first home game for United.
Not only did this excite fans but it created a sense of hope as they will have Mourinho in the dugout who looks assured and doesn’t need to prove himself.
Their seemed to be a feeling of competitiveness as the match was part of preperation for the following Premier League season. So it would be taken seriously.
Skipper Rooney started the evening against his former club in the no.10 role behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic and was profoundly encouraged by the fans nearly every time he touched the ball.
Manchester United looked sharp in the first half but never got a goal.
Their was some chances made halfway into the first half. In the 25th minute, Ibrahimovic had the first chance played through by Rooney, but his left footed shot was palmed away strongly by new Everton keeper Maarten Stekelenburg, who again denied Ibra later on.
The chances were not taken, but the Toffees seemed less threatening. Then David De Gea made a fine save to deny Ross Barkley’s effort. Moments later Romelu Lukaku header went slightly wide.
It looked like a similar case for Everton as they also struggled to score.
The game had a quick tempo which was unusual for a testimonial match as players on both sides were fully committed in tackling and showed less discipline.
During the second half, Everton was dealt with a blow as Bosnian defender Muhamed Besic suffered a knee injury which will keep him out of action for at least 6 months. Of course this was not a concern for Utd, but the fans applauded him as he limped off the pitch.
Rooney played 50 minutes of the match and recieved a standing ovation from both sides as he came off for Marcus Rashford.
Shortly after, Kevin Mirallas wasted the biggest chance of the night, for Everton, but Rooney owned the evening. Despite his complicated relationship with United fans, but not due to the perception that he had attempted to leave the club twice in recent times.
Whilst Rooney was on the bench, he shared a nice moment with one of his sons, Kai, who giggled at Memphis Depay’s ambitious overhead effort which he absolutely blundered.
The game ended with an ovation for Rooney and shortly followed by a statement by the United skipper to address the suportiveness of the home crowd over the years, but most importantly the actual charitable causes.
“The money raised will go to a lot of children who are in desperate need of it, so you all should be prowd of yourselves – thank you.”
The proceeds of the match would go towards Rooneys foundation and to his four selected charity partners.
For some time, Koulibaly has been linked with a move to Chelsea since the start of this summers transfer window.
Chelsea are hoping to come to an agreement for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly from the club.
The Senegalese international has been a keen target of Antonio Conte. The club have already put forward a few bids for the player but the clubs president Aurelio de Laurentiis is yet to respond.
A bid of reportedly £38m was rejected by the club. Sportitalia says Chelsea will leave a £45m on the table but are prepared to increase their bid to reach a fee for the defender.
However, there’s news that Napoli are in talks with Koulibaly for a contract extension.
Koulibaly looks like a promising player who Conte would like to have in his ranks.
Apart from playing as a central-defender, the talented 25-year-old seems to show versatility with the option of being able to play right-back or even as a center-midfielder. This makes him a reliable player as if the team has an injured player in one of those positions, Koulibaly can fill that role.
Neither club has confirmed any talks regarding the transfer of Koulibaly, but updates are due to come.
Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain has joined Juventus for £75.3million – signing a 5-year contract worth £6.3m per year.
Juventus came to an agreement with Napoli to pay the 28-year-old’s full release clause which broke the Serie A record transfer fee.
This transfer was the 3rd most expensive in football transfer history. Only Cristiano Ronaldos (£80m) in 2009 and Gareth Bales (£85m) in 2013 are the only other 2 that costed more than Higuain.
Allegri made his fifth signing by acquiring Higuain. His other signings include Dani Alves, Miralem Pjanic, Medhi Benatia and Marko Pjaca.
Higuain seems to have a catalyst effect on the teams he plays for. He has not failed to impress for all of his teams in his career. He will surely be a regular starter in Allegri’s 11 which means Mandzukic and Dybala will have to compete for a regular spot in the starting to partner Higuain. This may bring about a requested transfer by Zaza as he will find it difficult to find regular gametime.
Higuain, who also attracted lots of interest from Arsenal and Chelsea signed for Napoli from Real Madrid in 2013.
He finished top goal scorer of the 2015/16 season with 36 goals and broke an astonishing 66-year-old record for the scoring the most goals in a Serie A season. Higuain set the record on the final day of the season with a hattrick.
He found the back of the net 91 times in 146 appearances for Napoli.