The summer transfer window is like fine wine, it gets better with time, but also too much consumption early doors can make you feel a bit dizzy. Well, thankfully this year almost every club in England’s top flight has taken a teetotal approach to signing players this summer. But which clubs have snuck a sneaky shandy? And which ones are preparing to get completely bladdered in the next few weeks? I’ll fill you in with what’s happened so far and what could yet still happen.
The Premier League is arguably the biggest and best Europe has to offer, this allows for massive pay-outs, even for the teams that are floating above the relegation zone.
On the 22nd of February 2019, FIFA announced that Chelsea will be sanctioned for the next two transfer windows. The club was found to have breached article 19 and article 18bis—both of these articles relate to the transferring and signing of players under the age of 18. Chelsea then went to FIFA to appeal for the ban to be overturned.
According to reports from The Times, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been given a respectful £250 million to spend on signings in the summer.
Most soccer fans can agree—Manchester United is one of the most iconic football clubs in the world. Their David Beckham era was certainly one that will live on in the memories of MU fanatics everywhere, but there is no doubt the club has an illustrious history, with or without him.
Having come so close to getting their hands on the Champions League title before succumbing to Real Madrid in the final, Liverpool sits two points ahead of current Premier League holders Manchester City thanks to a 3-0 victory over Eddie Howe's Bournemouth. Having missed chances to gain an even bigger lead against Leicester and West Ham, it was crucial Klopp's men got three points to leapfrog the Citizens back to the summit of the Premier League.
According to some reports, Arsenal have struck a summer deal to sign £22 million rated winger Leandro Trossard from Belgian side, Genk.
In the summer of 2018, Arsenal spent somewhere in the region of £70million on five new signings to mark the start of a new era under head coach Unai Emery.
When I was younger, the FA Cup was considered an incredibly prestigious competition capable of producing moments of magic. Ryan Gigg's goal against Arsenal in 1999 is one of the most memorable in modern football. FA Cup final day was always a special event, dominating the day's media coverage. Who remembers Roberto Di Matteo's wonder goal in the 1997 FA Cup final? Gerrard forcing extra time in 2006 from 35 yards? The Cardiff versus Portsmouth final in 2008? Now, however, it almost seems like the FA Cup has lost a lot of its value among Premiership teams.
Title holders Manchester City narrowly defeat Liverpool in thrilling encounter at the Etihad Stadium, narrowing Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table to four (4) points.
For starters, I am a Liverpool fan, so let me get that out of the way. I try to be as unbiased as a "Red" can be, but my team, at this moment, is clicking on all cylinders and flying high, so if I come across as boastful it's only because I take pride in what they have become. And how couldn't I get fired up after the display they put on the other day?
Prior to this game, the expected goal data from 2018/19 pointed towards a 2-0 win for Liverpool. Jürgen Klopp's team won by two goals in the end, but it was far from a straightforward, routine victory.