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Football News: Review Of The Day 19th July 2022

Review Of The Day 19th July 2022
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed a 1-year contract with AC Milan despite the 40-year-old being out with an ACL injury.

Ian Wright's grandson (how old does that make me feel!) D'Margio Wright-Phillips has signed a new two-year deal with an option for a further year with Stoke City. The 20-year-old is the son of Shaun Wright-Phillips. Also signing a new contract with Stoke is Connor Taylor who has agreed a 3-year contract.

Jude Bellingham's younger brother Jobe Bellingham has agreed his first professional contract with Birmingham City. He will sign it when he turns 17 on 23rd September.

Former Liverpool youngster Liam Coyle has signed a 2-year deal with Accrington Stanley. Obviously never drank enough milk as a kid.



Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign their second player from Manchester City this summer in the shape of Oleksandr Zinchenko.

After he requested a permanent move from Chelsea, Armando Broja has flown back to the UK for talks with West Ham United.

Manchester United have agreed the signing of Argentine defender/midfielder Lisandro Martinez from Ajax pending a medical for £51.63m.

Rangers have agreed to sign Liverpool defender Ben Davies as they look to replace the outgoing Calvin Bassey, who is set to join Ajax to replace Martinez after the two clubs agreed a fee. Also joining Rangers is USA international midfielder Malik Tillman on a season-long loan deal from Bayern Munich, with an option to buy.

Nottingham Forest have signed teenage Costa Rica international Brandon Aguilera from Alajuense will complete a loan spell with fellow Costa Rican side Guanacasteca before joining up with Forest.

Everton have sent young defender Jarrad Branthwaite to PSV Eindhoven on loan for the season.

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen has signed for Manchester United on a free transfer from Brentford.

Paris Saint-Germain have signed Stade Reims striker Hugo Ekitike on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy.

Barcelona have agreed the expected deal with Bayern Munich to sign Poland striker Robert Lewandowski for £40.5m.

Major League Soccer's Toronto FC have signed Federico Bernadeschi on a free transfer from Juventus. At the age of 28, the Italian international winger is not the usual profile of European player to sign with an MLS team. He is joining another Italian international winger in the Toronto squad, in the shape of Lorenzo Insigne.

Barcelona have completed the signing of Raphinha from Leeds United.

Aberdeen have signed Luis Lopes from Benfica.

Croatian left-back Marijan Cabraja has signed for Hibernian for an undisclosed fee from Dinamo Zagreb. He replaces Josh Doig, who was bought by Hellas Verona, also for an undisclosed fee.

Kilmarnock have signed free agent defender Joe Wright.

Okay Yokuslu has returned to West Bromwich Albion on a free transfer from Celta de Vigo. The Turkish international had previously played for the Baggies on loan in the second half of the 2020-21 season.

Manchester City midfielder Lewis Fiorini has signed for Blackpool on a season-long loan.

Norwich City have paid an undisclosed fee of £9.45m to sign Gabriel Sara from Sao Paulo.

Huddersfield Town have signed Yuta Nakayama on a free transfer from PEC Zwolle and paid an undisclosed fee to AFC Wimbledon to add Jack Rudoni to their ranks.

Chelsea youngster Ian Maatsen has signed for Burnley on a season-long loan deal.

Cedric Kipre has signed for Cardiff City on loan for the season from West Brom.

Sunderland have paid an undisclosed fee to West Ham United to sign Aji Alese.

Arsenal central defender Auston Trusty has moved to Birmingham City on loan for the season. Also joining Birmingham is veteran goalkeeper John Ruddy on a free transfer following his release by Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Middlesbrough midfielder Martin Payero has signed for Boca Juniors for the season on loan.

Shane Long has returned to Reading following his release from Southampton. No doubt Royals fans will be delighted to see him run around a lot like a headless chicken but achieve the sum total of nothing apart from lots of fluffed chances.

Newcastle United defender Ciaran Clark has joined Sheffield United on a season-long loan.

Cardiff City have signed Sheyi Ojo after his release by Liverpool, despite the 25-year-old having played for them before. Some people just do not learn from their mistakes.

Hull City have signed Oscar Estupinan on a free transfer from Vitoria Guimaraes.

AFC Wimbledon have completed a double signing. Josh Davison has joined for an undisclosed fee from Charlton Athletic, while Paris Maghoma arrives on loan from Brentford.

Joining Charlton is Jack Payne on a free transfer from Swindon Town.

An undisclosed fee has been paid to Bournemouth by Cambridge United for Zeno Ibsen Rossi.

Barnsley have signed James Norwood on a free from Ipswich Town.

Ipswich Town have paid an undisclosed fee and sent Joe Piggott to Portsmouth on a season loan to sign Marcus Harness.

Derby County have signed Korey Smith after he was released by Swansea City. The Rams have aslso added James Collins and Scott Loach on free transfers from Cardiff City and Chesterfield respectively.

MK Dons have signed veteran former Leeds United midfielder Bradley Johnson after his release from Blackburn Rovers.

Burton Albion have signed Calum Butcher on a free transfer from Dundee United and Victor Adeboyejo from Barnsley also on a free. Burton have also added Quevin Castro on loan from West Bromwich Albion for the season.

Will Grigg has returned to MK Dons for a third time, this time around on a free transfer from Sunderland.

After a trial period with the Rams, Derby County have signed Kwaku Oduroh on a free transfer following his release from Manchester City.

Joining Portsmouth on loan is West Brom goalkeeper Josh Griffiths for the season.

Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Taylor Perry has returned to Cheltenham Town on loan for the second season in a row.

Plymouth Argyle have taken Bali Mumba on loan for the season.

Everton youngster Ryan Astley has moved to Accrington Stanley on loan.

MK Dons have paid an undisclosed fee to clinch the signature of Dawson Devoy from Bohemians.

Ash Hunter has signed for Morecambe on a free transfer from Salford City.

Aston Villa's former Barcelona youngster Louie Barry has signed for MK Dons on loan.

Former Liverpool youngster Joe Rafferty has signed for Portsmouth on a free transfer from Preston North End.

Charlton Athletic have sold Josh Davison to AFC Wimbledon for an undisclosed fee.

Salford City have spent the obligatory undisclosed fee to sign Ryan Leak from Burton Albion.

Ryan Law is to spend the season on loan with Gillingham from Plymouth Argyle.

Walsall defender Rollin Menayese has joined Hartlepool United on loan for the season.

Yet another undisclosed fee has seen Doncaster Rovers acquire Adam Long from Wigan Athletic.

Nottingham Forest have allowed young defender Riley Harbottle to join Mansfield Town on a season-long loan deal.

Swindon Town activated a release clause to sign Chesterfield midfielder Saidou Khan. They also paid an undisclosed fee to Barrow for Remeao Hutton and picked up Tomi Adeloye on a free transfer from Ayr United.

The undisclosed fee has seen Kieran Green join Grimsby Town from Halifax Town. Bryn Morris has also signed for Grimsby on a free from Burton Albion.

Shefield United's Femi Seriki has joined Rochdale on loan for the season. Another Blade to leave on a season-long loan is Harrison Neal, who has joined Barrow.

Following a trial period at Gillingham, the Gills have signed both Cheye Alexander and Jordan Green. Former West Ham youngster Alexander was released by AFC Wimbledon. Green was in the National League South with Dulwich Hamlet last season.

Kyle Hudlin has joined AFC Wimbledon on a season-long loan from Huddersfield Town.

Hartlepool United have spent an undisclosed fee on Josh Umerah from Wealdstone.

Colchester United have picked up Ossama Ashley following his release from West Ham.

Nottingham Forest youngster Fin Back has joined Carlisle United on a season long loan.

Former Chelsea youngster Kyle Jameson has joined Tranmere Rovers on a free transfer from Oldham Athletic.

After a trial spell with the Robins, Swindon Town have paid an undisclosed fee on Ronan Darcy from Bolton Wanderers.

Peterborough United goalkeeper Christy Pym has joined Mansfield on loan for the season.

Swindon Town have spent an undisclosed fee on Liverpool youngster Tom Clayton.

Fulham forward Kieron Bowie has moved to Northampton Town on loan.

Stevenage have signed Saxon Earley on loan from Norwich City.

Motherwell have signed Josh Morris from Salford City.

Walsall have signed teenage midfielder Flynn Clarke on loan for the season from Norwich City.

Tottenham Hotspur have signed the man his former manager Neil 'Colin Wanker' Warnock had said was a non-league player before sending him out on loan to Nottingham Forest. After a successful season with Forest, playing a large part in their promotion campaign, Djed Spence has moved to Spurs for a fee of £13.23m, which could rise to £20m from Middlesbrough. Hard to believe Colin could get it wrong, I mean this is the guy who said Sol Bamba was better than Virgil van Dijk and that van Dijk is slow!

Former Rangers winger Jordan Jones has signed for Kilmarnock on loan from Wigan Athletic.

Real Madrid's former Barcelona youngster Takefusa Kubo has joined Real Sociedad.

RSC Anderlecht have signed Fabio Silva from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Ligue 1 side Angers SCO have signed Ilyes Chetti from Esperance in Tunisia.

Union Berlin have spent £2.7m on Sampdoria midfielder Morten Thorsby.

Luis Suarez, no not the cannibalistic one, has joined Olympique Marseille for £9m from Granada.

Bologna have sent Luis Binks out on loan to Como.

Barcelona right-back Moussa Wague has moved to Croatian side HNK Gorica.

Napoli have paid £4.5m for Brighton & Hove Albion defender Leo Ostigard.

Former West Brom and Juve forward Mbaye Diagne has joined Karagumruk on a free transfer from fellow Turkish Super Lig team Galatasaray.

Udinese have signed Adam Masina from sister club Watford.

Angers SCO have signed Cedric Hountondji from Clermont Foot.

Sassuolo have sent Ryan Flamingo to Vitesse Arnhem on loan.

FC Lorient have paid £1.35m for Montassar Talbi from Rubin Kazan.

Stade Rennais have loaned Andy Diouf to Basel.

Empoli have paid a £450,000 loan fee to borrow Sebastiano Luperto from Napoli.

Pisa have taken Simone Canestrelli on loan from Empoli.

Former West Ham defender Fabian Balbuena has signed for Corinthians on loan from Dynamo Moscow.

Atalanta have loaned Emmanuel Gyubuaa to Pescara.

Atletico Madrid youngster Victor Mollejo has joined Real Zaragoza on loan.

Troyes have spent £1.35m on Brondby right-back Andreas Bruus.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Altube has joined Albacete on a free transfer.

Flamengo have signed Arturo Vidal on a free transfer from Inter Milan.

Fernandinho has completed his free transfer move to Atletico Paranaense.

Mattia Caldara has signed on loan for Spezia from AC Milan.

Cremonense have signed Paolo Ghiglione from Genoa.

Palermo have paid a £1.8m fee for Matteo Luigi Brunori from Juventus.

Lecce have taken Wladimiro Falcone and Kristoffer Askildsen on loan from fellow Serie A side Sampdoria.

OGC Nice have paid £4.5m for Rares Ilie from Rapid 1923.

Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez has joined Celta de Vigo on loan.

Former Arsenal man Gervinho has signed for Aris Salonika on a free transfer from Trabzonspor.

Hellas Verona have loaned Kevin Ruegg to BSC Young Boys.

AC Milan teenager Marco Nasti has joined Cosenza on loan.

Giresunspor have signed Riad Bajic from Udinese on a free transfer.

VfL Wolfsburg have paid £8.1m for Mattias Svanberg from Bologna.

Venezia have sold Thomas Henry to Hellas Verona for £4.5m.

A loan fee of £450,000 has secured the services of Diogo Leite for Union Berlin from Porto.

Chelsea have paid £34.2m for Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly.

Ittihad Kalba have signed Daniel Bessa on a free transfer from Hellas Verona.

AC Le Havre have signed Oualid El Hajjam from Troyes.

Major League Soccer's Los Angeles FC have sent Francisco Ginella to Nacional on loan.

AJ Auxerre have signed Benoit Costil on a free transfer from Girondins Bordeaux.

Clermont Foot have paid £900,000 to sign Komnen Andric from Dinamo Zagreb.

AS Monaco have spent £11.25m on Breel Embolo from Borussia Moenchengladbach.

LOSC Lille have sold Domagoj Bradaric to Salernitana for £4.5m.

Olympique Marseille have signed Chancel Mbemba on a free transfer from Porto.

Vancouver Whitecaps have spent £736,000 on DC United midfielder Julian Gressel.

Girona winger Alex Gallar has joined Malaga on a free transfer. Jonas Ramalho has also joined Malaga on a free transfer, this time from Osasuna.

Former Southampton and Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld has moved to Royal Antwerp for a fee of £3.6m from Al-Duhail SC.

Orbelin Pineda has moved to AEK Athens on loan from Celta de Vigo.

Werder Bremen have signed Mitchell Weiser on a free transfer from Bayer Leverkusen.

Ruben Yanez has joined Malaga on a free from Getafe.

Bologna have signed Andrea Cambiaso on loan from Juventus.

Bologna have loaned Gianmarco Cangiano to Bari.

Cremonese have paid £765,000 to sign Frank Tsadjout from AC Milan.

Nottingham Forest have signed Wayne Hennessey from Burnley.

MLS side Toronto FC have lost Carlos Salcedo to FC Juarez on a free transfer.

Racing Strasbourg have sold Mahame Siby to Malmo for £900,000.

Kasimpasa have taken Stephane Bahoken on a free transfer from Angers.

Venezia have taken Aaron Connolly on loan from Brighton.

Udinese have paid £3.6m for Jaka Bijol from CSKA Moscow.

Diego Alende has joined Andorra on a free transfer from Real Valladolid.

Brentford have signed Thomas Strakosha on a free transfer from Lazio.

Real Madrid have signed Alvaro Leiva from Algeciras.

Athletic Bilbao have loaned Benat Prados to Mirandes.

Genoa have signed Radu Dragusin on loan from Juve, moving the other way is Andrea Cambiaso for a fee of £7.65m.

Standard Liege have signed Noah Ohio from RB Leipzig.

Schalke 04 have signed Alex Kral on loan from Spartak Moscow.

Eibar have taken Imanol Garcia de Albeniz on loan from Athletic Bilbao.

Inigo Vicente has joined Racing Santander on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao.

Former Newcastle United striker Haris Vuckic has completed a free transfer move to HNK Rijeka from Real Zaragoza.

Getafe have signed Fabrizio Angileri on a free transfer from River Plate.

Empoli have loaned Andrea La Mantia to SPAL.

Zack Steffen has joined Middlesbrough on loan from Manchester City.


Injury Round Up

New Borussia Dortmund signing Sebastien Haller, the former West Ham United forward, has left pre-season training after a tumour was found in his testicle. The 28-year-old "complained that he felt unwell after training on Monday" and medical tests discovered the tumour. Fingers crossed for a quick and full recovery.

Manchester City have left John Stones, Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden behind when they flew to the USA for a pre-season tour due to the trio failing to meet entry requirements. Aymeric Laporte did miss out due to not being fit yet.

Veteran Shrewsbury Town winger Elliott Bennett is to have an operation on an ankle problem.

Job Changes

Celtic's chief executive Michael Nicholson and Graeme Mathie of Ayr United have joined the SPFL board for the new season. Nicholson has replaced Rangers MD Stewart Robertson, while Mathie is taking a spot from Dunfermline Athletic's Ross McArthur. Seven representatives are elected each season, but the other five places have remained in the hands of Ron Gordon (Hibernian), James MacDonald (Ross County), Les Gray (Hamilton Academical), Alistair Donald (Forfar Athletic) and Paul Hetherington (Airdrieonians).


Disciplinary Charges

Shakhtar Donetsk are appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in a demand for lost transfer fees from FIFA. The Ukrainian club are demanding 50m euros in damages after a FIFA ruling that allowed foreign players in Ukraine to suspend their contracts following Russia's invasion of the nation. Shakhtar Donetsk's chief executive Sergei Palkin told the BBC: "We had to do this because of Fifa's highly unfair ruling. The consequences mean we will continue to lose significant income from deals we expected to close. We would also like to highlight that given the situation Ukrainian clubs are facing with the war, there has been little respect shown towards these clubs by Fifa. Fifa has not looked to protect clubs and at no stage consulted with us to find a solution - they have seemingly ignored the perilous state that Ukrainian football clubs have been facing since the beginning of the war."

Police in Milan have apologised after Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, who is on loan at AC Milan, was stopped and searched at gunpoint while in his car. A video of the incident went viral this week after being shared on social media and AC Milan said of the incident: "After a shootout in the area where the midfielder happened to be, the police started making checks. The player was stopped but as soon as the police verified that he had nothing to do with what happened, they apologised and let him go." Milan police stated to Reuters: "It should be noted that the search occurred in an operational context that justified the adoption of the highest security measures. Also as a function of self-protection and was carried out in a manner absolutely consistent with the type of alarm in progress. Once the person had been identified and established that he was not involved, the service was resumed without any kind of remark from the person concerned."

Celta de Vigo striker Santi Mina has demanded that he be reinstated to their squad. The La Liga club opened disciplinary proceedings and excluded him from their squad after the 26-year-old was found guilty of sexual abuse in May. He was accused of raping a woman in a camper van in June 2017 while he was on the books of Valencia. Mina has since appealed his conviction and rejected an offer to move out on loan until the appeal is heard. Celta have stated that the club "reserves the right to claim, if the conviction is confirmed, all damages caused by the player's behaviour, both financially and in terms of the club's image, while respecting his right to appeal from today".


Heading Ban Trial

The English Football Association are to trial a ban on heading by players in under-12 level matches. Research has shown that former footballers are more likely to die from brain disease than most people and so the FA sought, and obtained, approval for the trial from the International Football Association Board (IFAB) for the start of the forthcoming season. An FA statement read: "Should the trial be a success, the aim is to then remove deliberate heading from all football matches at U12 level and below from the 2023-24 season."


Fofana Resumes International Career

The Lens midfielder voted the best African player in France's Ligue 1 last season, Seko Fofana, is coming out of his self-imposed retirement from international football. The 27-year-old took a break from playing for Cote d'Ivoire, including missing the AFCON, to "focus on his club career", but the former Manchester City man has new been persuaded by Ivory Coast's new head coach Jean-Louis Gasset to make himself available for selection once more. Fofana said: I had a good discussion with the coach and I look forward to playing for my country again. I have made it clear with all honesty that if I am called up I will make myself available to compete for a place in the squad."


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Written by Tris Burke July 19 2022 13:29:47


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