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Football News: Review Of The Day 26th July 2022

Review Of The Day 26th July 2022
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Bristol City forward Sam Bell has signed a 3-year contract.

Aaron Drinan has signed a 2-year deal with Leyton Orient.

Tottenham Hotspur have given Welsh left-back Ben Davies a new 3-year deal.

Monaco's Ruben Aguiler has signing on until 2025.

Veteran former Liverpool forward Iago Aspas has agreed a 3-year contract with Celta de Vigo.

Newcastle United have given Swedish right-back Emil Krafth a 2-year deal.



Southampton have signed teenage French under 21 international Sekou Mara from Girondins Bordeaux for £11.7m. Knowing how Ralph Hasenhuttl likes to shove square pegs in round holes, I am sure we can all look forward to finding out how good he is at right-back, because the right-back will be playing at left-back. The left-back will be in midfield and the midfield up front...

Rangers have paid an initial fee of £3.4m for Turkey international left-back Ridvan Yilmaz from Besiktas.

Fulham have revealed they have agreed a deal to sign Israel midfielder Manor Solomon on "loan" from Shakhtar Donetsk until the end of the season. FIFA have allowed foreign players at clubs in Ukraine to suspend their contracts for the season due to the invasion of the nation by Russia. Shakhtar are pursuing a claim against FIFA in court for compensation due to that decision due to lost transfer fees.

Aberdeen have paid an undisclosed fee to Notts County for Callum Roberts.

Tottenham Hotspur forward Troy Parrott will spend the season on loan with Preston North End.

Blackpool have completed the signing of former Arsenal youngster Dominic Thompson from Brentford for an undisclosed fee.

Accrington Stanley have signed Alhagi Touray Sisay from Welsh Premier League club Haverfordwest.

Jensen Weir has signed for Morecambe on a season-long loan from Brighton & Hove Albion. Also leaving BHA on loan is Scotland Under-21 midfielder Marc Leonard, who will be playing for Northampton Town for the season.

Queens Park Rangers have loaned Charlie Kelman to Leyton Orient for the season.

Danny Johnson has joined Walsall on a 6-month loan deal from League Two rivals Mansfield Town.

Major League Soccer side Orlando City SC have taken Ivan Angulo on loan from Palmeiras.

Getafe have paid £4.5m for Luis Milla from Granada.

Ipswich Town have signed Leif Davis from Leeds United.

Experienced defender David Lopez has signed for Girona on a free transfer from Espanyol.

Manchester City have loaned Yan Couto to sister club Girona. Another sister club, MLS side New York City, have loaned Girona Valentin Castellanos, Major League Soccer's Golden Boot winner last season with 19 goals and 8 assists in 32 games. He is current league top scorer with 13 goals in 17 games. He is being loaned to Girona, who were promoted to La Liga for this season, to increase his transfer value for the City Group.

Clermont Foot have signed Polish defender Mateusz Wieteska from Legia Warsaw for a fee of £1.17m.

Al-Raed of the Saudi Pro League have signed Alexandru Mitrita on loan from New York City.

Inter Milan's Belgian defender Zinho Vanheusden has signed for AZ Alkmaar on loan. Inter forward Samuele Mulattieri has joined Frosinone on loan.

Veteran Spanish winger Jose Callejon has signed for Granada on a free from Fiorentina.

Barnsley's former Leeds defender Aapo Halme has moved to HJK Helsinki on a free transfer.

VfL Bochum have signed Jannes Horn on a free transfer from 1.FC Koln.

Levante have signed Aston Villa's Brazilian striker Wesley on loan.

Lecce have taken Kristijan Bistrovic on loan from CSKA Moscow.

Reggina have signed experienced defender Riccardo Gagliolo from Salernitana.

It is being reported that Justin Kluivert is training away from the AS Roma squad along with Amadou Diawara and Gonzalo Villar as Jose Mourinho looks to offload the trio.

Sevilla defender Jules Kounde's name appeared as an official option to have as a name on the back of a Barcelona shirt over night in their online shop. Is that an indication that they have beaten Chelsea to his signing or simply an error?

Bologna have signed Sydney van Hooijdonk on loan from Bologna for the season.

Bohemians have signed Laurenz Dehl on loan from Union Berlin for the season.

Arsenal transfer chief Edu has admitted that he held talks with a player in Dortmund but walked away from the deal when the player was only interested in talking about money.


Injury Round Up

Returning Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, who has now signed for Juve twice on a free transfer from Manchester United, is to have a "specialist orthopaedic consultation" to look at a knee injury he suffered. Juventus said that initial tests showed "a lesion of the lateral meniscus".

West Ham United's new centre-back Nayef Aguerd has had surgery on the ankle he injured in a pre-season match against Rangers. The club called the operation a success and said that he would now "continue his rehabilitation at Rush Green with the club's medical team". It is almost certain the 26-year-old will miss the start of the season.

Job Changes

Inter Milan have appointed club legend Riccardo Ferri as their new club manager to replace Lele Oriali, who had previously done it part-time while also working on Roberto Mancini's Italy staff. Ferri, who played 418 times for Inter during his playing career after coming through the academy at the club, was already a brand ambassador.


Disciplinary Charges

The English league system, both Premier League and Football League, are bringing in an automatic ban from the club for pitch invaders and clubs will face stiffer penalties as the FA attempts to tackle the problem of violence which reared its ugly head during the tail end of last season. Players were assaulted at a number of grounds during pitch invasions, with clashes between players and fans encroaching on the pitch almost becoming commonplace. They are also looking to clamp down on the use of pyrotechnics and smoke bombs.

RedBird Capital have publicly accused Blue Skye, a minority shareholder in AC Milan, of trying to push up the price of the shares with their attempts to block the sale of the club. A RedBird statement read: "Blue Skye will profit from this transaction and its lender [Arena Investors] has publicly praised the purchase price, which represents a significant increase in value since Elliott-affiliated investment funds acquired the team about five years ago and made fortunes on the field and financially. But after first attempting to become a co-investor in the transaction, and then halting it for months behind the scenes, Blue Skye has now filed two lawsuits in Luxembourg against more than a dozen defendants, with whom it seeks the 'cancellation of the operation', we read again in the document that reports the position of RedBird on the issue. Blue Skye has also filed this application under section 1782 of title 28 of the United States Code asking for permission to notify a subpoena to the RedBird buyer, on whom it seeks to impose an immediate and permanent obligation to produce every single document relating to the transaction, a few weeks before the scheduled closing, presumably 'for use' in the Luxembourg lawsuit. That Blue Skye's real intention here is not to obtain documents to help it settle its claims in Luxembourg, but to stop and increase the costs of the transaction so that it can extract more value than it is entitled to under its share, it is evident for a number of reasons. In Luxembourg, Blue Skye claims that the sellers took action in breach of one of these contracts, [...] but RedBird had no contractual obligations towards Blue Skye and has no direct knowledge of Blue Skye's contracts with the sellers or others potential buyers. Any documentation that Blue Skye actually needs to establish its claims can be obtained from the parties to the Luxembourg lawsuits, which include Elliott, with whom RedBird has negotiated. [...] It is these entities and individuals who will have information on alleged contractual violations and other offers to purchase the club and Blue Skye. On the contrary, RedBird is unlikely to have any relevant documents, and certainly not those that could not be obtained by the parties present. It is evident that Blue Skye's real motivation for using section 1782 is not because RedBird has documents relevant to its causes that cannot be obtained in Luxembourg, but because Section 1782 is the most convenient way to strike now. This Court should not accept this tactical use of Section 1782. Any collection, search, review and registration obligations would take weeks or months to meet with significant expense. This burden is not justified given the breadth of subpoenas, the marginal relevance of the required documents and the fact that the relevant documents can be obtained in Luxembourg. For this reason, if Blue Skye is allowed to obtain documents, RedBird should be relieved of the fees and costs to comply. This shift in costs is justified here, given the incredible burden RedBird faces in trying to meet the broad demands of Blue Skye, which a reputable and experienced document provider estimates would cost over $1.7 million."

VfB Stuttgart midfielder Atakan Karazor has been released from custody in Ibiza on bail and is able to return to training with the Bundesliga club.


Pointless List Of The Day

Today's pointless list is that of the 30 top spending promoted clubs in history, though it will soon be out of date if Nottingham Forest complete the signing of Mangala as expected. Spend is in Euros.
1. AS Monaco - Ligue 1 - 2013/14 - 160.7m
2. Aston Villa - Premier League - 2019/20 - 159.5m
3. Fulham - Premier League - 2018/19 - 116.5m
4. Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League - 2018/19 - 112.8m
5. Leeds United - Premier League - 2020/21 - 106.8m
6. RB Leipzig - Bundesliga - 2016/17 - 95.2m
7. Watford - Premier League - 2015/16 - 82.8m
8. Nottingham Forest - Premier League - 2022/23 - 81.8m (so far)
9. Hebei FC - Chinese Super League - 2015/16 - 77.9m
10. Tianjian Tianhai - Chinese Super League - 2016/17 - 75m
11. Sheffield United - Premier League - 2019/20 - 70.5m
12. Juventus - Serie A - 2007/08 - 69.5m
13. Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League - 2017/18 - 66.5m
14. Sunderland - Premier League - 2007/08 - 64.3m
15. Norwich City - Premier League - 2021/22 - 64.1m
16. Huddersfield Town - Premier League - 2017/18 - 56.8m
17. Bournemouth - Premier League - 2015/16 - 55.1m
18. Cardiff City - Premier League - 2018/19 - 51.2m
19. Fulham - Premier League - 2001/02 - 50.6m
20. Norwich City - Premier League - 2015/16 - 50.5m
21. Fiorentina - Serie A - 2004/05 - 49.5m
22. Middlesbrough - Premier League - 2016/17 - 48m
23. Sassuolo - Serie A - 2013/14 - 46.5m
24. Newcastle United - Premier League - 2017/18 - 46.5m
25. Cardiff City - Premier League - 2013/14 - 45.8m
26. Burnley - Premier League - 2016/17 - 45.6m
27. Manchester City - Premier League - 2002/03 - 44.5m
28. Napoli - Serie A - 2007/08 - 44.1m
29. Queens Park Rangers - Premier League - 2014/15 - 43.5m
30. Watford - Premier League - 2021/22 - 43.5m


Nagelsmann Looks To Upset Another

Not content with upsetting Tottenham Hotspur with his public comments about Bayern Munich's interest in signing the "very expensive" Harry Kane from them, Julian Nagelsmann has now decided to pick fault with Juventus' training methods. Nagelsmann was talking to the media about his new signing from Juve Matthijs De Ligt and said: "I spoke to him [de Ligt] after training and he told me that today's session was the hardest in the last four years. It was difficult, but not that much."


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Written by Tris Burke July 26 2022 09:17:04


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