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Football News: Review Of The Day 27th July 2022

Review Of The Day 27th July 2022
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Review of the Day


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Davide Gentile has agreed a new 3 year Fiorentina contract.



Luis Suarez has revealed he has agreed to return to first club Nacional in Uruguay.

West Ham United have completed the signing of Gianluca Scamacca from Sassuolo for £32.4m to finally give themselves an actual striker.

Aaron Ramsey is a free agent after his contract with Juventus was "mutually terminated" ie Juve wanted rid of the malingerer so paid him off.

French defender Nordi Mukiele has signed for Paris Saint-Germain from RB Leipzig for £10.8m.

Bayern Munich have signed teenage forward Mathys Tel from Stade Rennais for an initial fee of £18m.

Aberdeen have signed Hayden Coulson on loan for the season from Middlesbrough.

Brighton & Hove Albion forward Reda Khadra has joined Sheffield United on loan for the season.

Manchester United youngster Alvaro Fernandez has joined Preston North End on a season-long loan deal.

Jaden Philogene will spend the season on loan with Cardiff City from Aston Villa.

Portsmouth have signed veteran defender Michael Morrison on a free from Reading.

Exeter City have signed former Chelsea youngster Jamal Blackman on a free from Huddersfield Town and Southampton midfielder Kegs Chauke has arrived on loan for the season.

Derek Agyakwa has signed for Port Vale on a free transfer from Watford after impressing on trial.

Port Vale have signed Gavin Massey on a free transfer from Wigan Athletic.

Salford City have signed Richard Nartey on a free after he was released by Burnley at the end of the season. Tranmere Rovers have signed Jordan Turnbull on a free from Salford.

Tammy Abraham's younger brother Timmy has signed for Walsall after his release from Fulham.

Leicester City midfielder Khanya Leshabela has joined Crewe Alexandra on loan until the end of January.

Granada have taken Erick Cabaco and Jonathan Silva on loan from Getafe. Also making the same move is former Barcelona and Arsenal youngster Ignasi Miquel on a free transfer.

Salernitana have paid £4.5m to Sampdoria for Federico Bonazzoli.

Also leaving Samp is Antonino La Gumina who has joined Benevento on loan.

Cremonese has paid £1.8m for Heracles Almelo's Italian left-back Giacomo Quagliata.

Bari have signed Michael Folorunsho on loan from Napoli.

AC Ajaccio have paid £270,000 for Fernand Mayembo from Le Havre.

Celta Vigo have signed Julen Lobete from Real Sociedad for £900,000.

Utrecht have paid a £450,000 loan fee to take Can Bozdogan on loan from Schalke 04.

Pescara have paid £180,000 to sign Alessandro Plizzari from AC Milan.

Monza forward Leonardo Mancuso has signed for Como on loan.

Josh Murphy has moved to Oxford United on a free transfer from Cardiff City.

Former Chelsea winger Christian Atsu has been released by Saudi side Al-Raed.

Jahn Regensburg have signed Sarpreet Singh on loan from Bayern Munich.

Stuttgart have sent Omar Beyaz to 1.FC Magdeburg on loan.

Coventry City have signed Tayo Adaramola on a season-long loan deal.

It is little wonder Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to Manchester United to talk to Erik ten Hag as his options look to be completely gone now both Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich have ruled themselves out. Atleti president Enrique Cerezo told El Partidazo De Cope: "I've already said this several times, I don't know who invented the Cristiano story but I'll tell you that it's practically impossible that he comes to Atletico de Madrid. Rumours are rumours and they have to stay as rumours. If you keep on fuelling the rumours then eventually it will look like it's something real, which it's not." Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn had a similar story to tell: "We discussed about Cristiano Ronaldo internally, I consider him one of greatest players ever. Then we came to conclusion that, despite appreciation for Cristiano, he would not fit into our philosophy in the current situation."

Airdrieonians have signed Lewis Jamieson on loan from St Mirren.

Former Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Christophe Berra has announced his retirement from playing. The defender had already made four appearances for Raith Rovers this season in the Premier Sports Cup group stages before deciding it was time to call it quits.


Injury Round Up

Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka's knee problems have continued to plague him and forced him to undergo surgery last week. He has been ruled out of contention for the team for the next 6 weeks.

Job Changes

Alison Brittain has been appointed as the new chair of the English Premier League and will replace the current interim chair Peter McCormick early next year. Brittain is currently CEO of Whitbread PLC and said: "I have been a football fan since I was a child and so am absolutely delighted to be appointed chair of the Premier League. The game is of enormous national importance, is loved by so many people around the world and can have a tremendous positive impact on communities. It will be a real privilege to be able to help to develop plans for the future and work with all the key stakeholders in the game to ensure its long-term sustainability and success."

Tottenham Hotspur have appointed Yaya Toure, the former Barcelona and Manchester City player, to a coaching role in their academy. Toure was at the club working on his coaching badges and has just completed his UEFA A license. He has previously worked as an assistant coach in Ukrainian and Russian football. Spurs are also in talks with Jermaine Defoe over a role in the academy set-up.

Cheltenham Town have appointed Marcus Bignot as their first-team coach, after he was sacked by Birmingham City's women's team earlier this month. Bignot, who still has 2 matches of a 7-match ban touchline ban left to serve, was sacked after being found guilty of using abusive language regarding "sexual orientation" by the Football Association during a Women's Super League match against Tottenham Hotspur.

Manchester United have appointed David Hughes as their new professional development phase coach. The 44-year-old went into coaching nearly 20 years ago after his playing career was cut short due to injury. Hughes has managed Barry Town and then worked at Shrewsbury Town, Watford and the Welsh FA as head of youth development. He has also had a spell at Aston Villa, the club where he began his playing career after coming through their academy, before moving on to Southampton and then Cardiff City before joining the Man Utd ranks. Also joining the coaching ranks is Martin Drury as new U15s lead coach after he quit as Bradford City's head of coaching.

Ceri Bowley has left the City Football Group ahead of an expected move to Rangers to join Giovanni van Bronckhorst's coaching staff. Bowley posted his goodbyes on social media: "Today was my last working day as Head of Coaching Support at City Football Group. It has been a privilege to work for a prestigious organisation who are among the leaders in multi-club ownership. Twelve countries and five continents, I am blessed to have witnessed the power of the beautiful game to unite people in pursuit of a common vision. From six clubs in 2019 to 12 today there have been so many special moments - league titles and championships, promotions, club trained player debuts, coach transitions to name a few... unforgettable. I have experienced and learned more than I could ever have imagined in the pats 3+ years and will be forever grateful for the opportunity afforded to me. To global football colleagues, your determination and relentless commitment will continue to inspire - keep being awesome! Finally, to all technical football staff, thank you for allowing me to be part of your journeys. It has been an honour to share the rollercoaster that each season brought. I will continue to support from afar. Good luck and thank you."

Javier Saviola has made his return to Barcelona, 6 years after hanging up his boots. The Argentine, who also played for Real Madrid, has been chosen as assistant manager to Oscar Garcia with the Juvenil A side (under-19s). Saviola has been living in Andorra and coaching with their first division side FC Ordino since 2018.


Disciplinary Charges

The list of fines Steven Gerrard is imposing on his players has been leaked online:
Late for training £500
Forget GPS for training £100
Late out on to training pitch £200 a minute
Late for meeting, walk or coach on match day £1,000
Late for coach £200 a minute
Late for meeting £200 a minute
Wrong attire on match day (tracksuit and polo to be worn, not shorts) £100 an item
Leaving plate, cups at dining table £100 an item
Leaving kit on training pitch £100 an item
Illegal parking (at football or outside football) £100
Late for commercial appearance £250
Forgetting cakes on birthday £50 a day
No flip flops in shower £100
Not reporting by 10am to Doc for new injury or illness £200
Late for physiotherapy treatment £200
Snus being left anywhere £200
Forgetting recovery leggings £50
Booked for dissent £200
If sent off, have to take the team for a meal within 4 weeks of the red card.
Worst player in the small sided games on MD-1 (as voted for by the winning team) will wear 'I was the worst trainer' jumped the following week for the MD-1 warm up

After Ross County staff were "threatened and intimidated" by some Celtic fans who attempted to falsely purchase tickets in the home support for Celtic's second league match of the season, County have confirmed that they have cancelled a number of tickets purchased by "suspected Celtic supporters" in the home allocation. They are now only allowing people with a ticketing history for Ross County home matches to buy tickets to the game. A Ross County statement read: "Ross County would like to put out a very clear message at this stage that any Celtic supporters attempting to purchase tickets for the home end will be refused. Those who try to gain entry to the home end will also be rejected. We are already cancelling numerous purchased tickets by suspected Celtic supporters for the home end and refunds have been processed. We need to be very clear that only those who have a ticketing history for home matches will be sold tickets.
It is disappointing and unacceptable that our Staff have been threatened and intimidated by some individuals attempting to falsely purchase tickets, and this shall not be tolerated."

Neymar's court case for corruption has been set to go to trial on 17th October, just a month before the Qatar World Cup kicks off. The case relates to Neymar's move to Barcelona from Santos in 2013, which involved a lot of dodgy dealing between then-Barca president Sandro Rosell and Neymar's father, who is also his agent. DIS, a company who owned 40% of the player's rights at the time of the transfer, actually lodged the complaint 7 years ago, alleging that they were defrauded by the player, his family and Barcelona. The prosecution have asked the court for a 2-year prison sentence and 10m euro fine for Neymar but DIS are asking the court for a 5-year sentence and for him to be banned from football for the same period. The prosecution are also requesting prison sentences for Rosell and another former Barca president, Josep Maria Bartomeu who was the vice-president of the club at the time of the deal.

Atalanta's experienced defender Jose Palomino has been handed a provisional suspension after testing positive for clostebol, a steroid on WADA's banned list. The 32-year-old had been linked with a move to Inter Milan in recent days.


Pointless List Of The Day

Today's list thanks to Transfermarkt is the most expensive players aged 17 or younger. Prices are in euros.
1. Jude Bellingham - 2020/21 - Birmingham City to Borussia Dortmund - 25m
2. Alexandre Pato - 2007/08 - Internacional to AC Milan - 24m
3. Pietro Pellegri - 2017/18 - Genoa to AS Monaco - 20.9m
4. Jadon Sancho - 2017/18 - Manchester City to Borussia Dortmund - 20.6m
5. Mathys Tel - 2022/23 - Stade Rennais to Bayern Munich - 20m*
5. Willem Geubbels - 2018/19 - Olympique Lyonnais to AS Monaco - 20m
7. Pedri - 2019/20 - Las Palmas to Barcelona - 17.5m**
8. Gareth Bale - 2007/08 - Southampton to Tottenham Hotspur - 14.7m
9. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - 2011/12 - Southampton to Arsenal - 13.8m
10. Marco Cruz - 2021/22 - Porto to Sporting Clube de Portugal - 11m
11. Theo Walcott - 2005/06 - Southampton to Arsenal - 10.5m
12. Karim Adeyemi - 2018/19 - Unterhaching to RB Salzburg - 10.1m
13. Arthur Zagre - 2019/20 - Paris Saint-Germain to AS Monaco - 10m
13. Eddie Salcedo - 2019/20 - Genua CFC to Inter Milan - 10m
13. Hannibal Mejbri - 2019/20 - AS Monaco to Manchester United - 10m
*Add-ons in the deal could take the amount paid to as much as 28.5m for Tel
**The Pedri deal was an initial fee of 5m, which has risen to 17.5m due to add-ons and could potentially reach as much as 30m.


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Written by Tris Burke July 27 2022 11:37:07


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