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Football News: Review Of The Day 28th July 2022

Review Of The Day 28th July 2022
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Review of the Day


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Millwall defender Murray Wallace has signed a new contract the club have called "long-term".

Corrie Ndaba has signed a 3-year deal with Ipswich Town.

Veteran Derby County defender Craig Forsyth has signed a 1-year deal.



Manchester United have completed the signing of Lisandro Martinez from Ajax.

Everton have signed former Wolverhampton Wanderers wing-back Ruben Vinagre on a season-long loan from Sporting Clube de Portugal and are close to also signing Dwight McNeil from Burnley.

Crystal Palace have signed Bayern Munich defender Chris Richards for a fee of £10.8m for the US international. 35% of the fee will go to his former club in Major League Soccer, FC Dallas.

Fulham have signed Swiss international right-back Kevin Mbabu from VfL Wolfsburg for £6.3m. The full-back was previously in English football for four years at Newcastle United, where he made a total of 3 Premier League appearances.

St Johnstone have signed Remi Matthews from Crystal Palace and Alex Mitchell from Millwall on season-long loan deals.

Australian international Aziz Behich has signed for Dundee United on a free transfer from Giresunspor.

Experienced full-back Tommy Smith has signed for Middlesbrough on a free from Stoke City.

Cardiff City have loaned goalkeeper Dillon Phillips to Oostende for the season.

An undisclosed fee has been paid by Sunderland to sign Alex Bass from Portsmouth.

MK Dons have signed Daniel Oyegoke on loan for the season from Brentford.

Teenage Everton midfielder Tyler Onyango has signed for League One Burton Albion on a season-long loan deal.

Fulham have agreed a fee to sign Bernd Leno from Arsenal.

MLS franchise Portland Timbers have paid £1.56m for Juan David Mosquera from Independiente Medellin.

Palermo have taken Atalanta winger Salvatore Elia on loan.

Augsburg have sgned Elvis Rexhbecaj for £1.53m from Augsburg.

Luis Suarez has completed his homecoming to Nacional from Atletico Madrid on a free transfer.

DC United have paid £450,000 for Victor Palsso from Schalke 04.

Celtic defender Osaze Urhoghide has signed for Oostende on loan.

CA Osasuna have paid a £180,000 loan fee for Manu Sanchez from Atletico Madrid for the season.

Nottingham Forest have loaned Nikolas Ioannou to Como in Serie B.

Oussama Idrissi has signed for Feyenoord on loan from Sevilla.

SSC Napoli have signed Min-jae Kim from Fenerbahce for £16.26m to replace Kalidou Koulibaly.

APOEL Nicosia have signed Danny Blum on a free transfer from VfL Bochum.

Lazio have loaned Emanuele Cicerelli to Reggina.

Montpellier midfielder Gabriel Bares has signed for Thun on loan.

Atletico Madrid fans have made their feelings clear over a rumoured move for Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United. Atleti fans attending the friendly against Numancia held up a banner which read: "CR7 not welcome". Their fan clubs even went as far as publishing an open letter against the signing which read, in part: "He is the antithesis of the values that constitute our identity. Even if, in the unlikely event, a player in clear decline could guarantee a title, we wouldn't accept his signing."

Meanwhile, actually signing for Atleti is a much-needed right-back in the shape of Nahuel Molina from Udinese.

La Liga president Javier Tebas has confirmed Barcelona still need to do more to enable them to register all their new signings: "They know what they have to do. I think that they still have a bit of work to do but they are on the right track. Barcelona has sold 10% of its audiovisual rights for 207 million euros. Then they increased that part to 25%, which I think means about 350 more... That would already be 500 million euros and I think they still have another third lever of another 200. With this and if they release some players is what explains that chance to sign."

Bayern Munich have picked off one of La Masia's top talents as they sign U-16 'wunderkind' Adam Aznou from Barcelona.


Injury Round Up

Borussia Dortmund's Sebastien Haller has been ruled "out for a few months" after having surgery on his testicular cancer. Dortmund's sporting director Sebastian Kehl said: "He had a successful operation last week. The operation went very, very well and he's on the right track. Sebastien will be out for a few months but once we can be more precise about that we will communicate it."

Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Raul Jiminez is out for a "number of weeks" after picking up a knee and groin injury while stretching for the ball in a pre-season friendly against Besiktas. Wolves stated that the 31-year-old Mexico striker has suffered an MCL injury to his knee and a minor strain of his adductor.

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been diagnosed with a tear of the lateral meniscus in his right knee. The injury could potentially rule the Juventus player out of the Qatar World Cup.

Job Changes

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard has changed captain from Tyrone Mings to John McGinn. Gerrard said: "Naturally, I have had to have a discussion with Tyrone Mings and have explained my reasons for making this decision. More importantly, I believe that not having the responsibility of the captaincy will allow Tyrone to focus more on his own game which can only benefit him and the team. John has demonstrated that he is ready to take on the captaincy through his performances on the pitch combined with his attitude and application in training. He is a popular member of the dressing room who sets high standards and expectations of himself." Emiliano Martinez has been named as vice-captain, while veteran Ashley Young will be club captain.


Disciplinary Charges

Jens Lehmann is facing issues after being caught on a live CCTV feed as he went on a rampage with a chainsaw on his neighbour's garage. The former Arsenal keeper has been feuding with his neighbour for years over a property with a view of Lake Starnberg in Bavaria. Lehmann claims his neighbour built a garage which blocks his view of the lake on his property and, after years of arguing, decided to take the law into his own hands. First he attempted to switch off the surveillance camera so that he could act undetected. Then he severed the roof beams of the garage with a chainsaw in what is described as a "frenzy of rage", causing hundreds of pounds of damage. Police are also investigating whether he is guilty of 3 other cases of vandalism which caused total damages of over £8,500. Lehmann has also reported the neighbours for "property damage and coercion".

Torino's head coach Ivan Juric and sporting director Davide Vagnati were caught on camera at Torino's pre-season training camp in Austria coming to blows over the desire of Juric to sign West Ham United's Nikola Vlasic. Juric wants to add his fellow Croatian to the team but Vagnati has failed to clinch the signing and instead let club captain Andrea Belotti and key defender Gleison Bremer leave. Juric has been making his point by putting out starting teams of reserves and youth players, many out of position, in pre-season friendlies, to show how limited his options are. Vagnati visited the training retreat to discuss the issues with Juric and attempt to calm him down. Instead the pair were secretly filmed by a Torino player as their row grew increasingly heated and they had to be pulled apart, with Juric clearly furious with Vagnati. The footage does highlight very real problems at the club, with Vagnati heard to shout "I am the only one who defends you from that shithead!" It seems the 'shithead' in question is the club president Urbano Cairo. Vagnati also tells Juric to "just coach the team that I give you, understand? I've had enough of you, you need to show respect!" The row is claimed to have begun because Vagnati accused Juric of going to see Cairo behind his back, to which Juric shouted in reply: "That's because he wants you to disappear! And yet here you are, breaking my balls!" Interestingly La Gazzetta dello Sport was the only site, earlier today anyway, in Italy without the video plastered all over it. It is owned by Cairo's company. Juric has been close to resigning already this summer and complained to the media a few weeks ago that he was "not aware the club was in austerity. This is the situation, we didn't know that when we accepted." Juric quit his job as Hellas Verona manager a couple of seasons ago complaining that he could not build a team when most of the players were on loan or on the transfer list.

Aston Villa have clarified the leaked fines list dated from the previous manager, Dean Smith, not Steven Gerrard as claimed. Though they refused to confirm whether Gerrard had changed the fines system at all.

La Liga president Javier Tebas has sent a warning to Barcelona over their conduct as they try to force Frenkie De Jong to leave the club: "What La Liga is going to do is to comply with our collective agreement with the Association of Spanish Footballers. The players cannot be split from the team or pressured. It is what the collective agreement, the law, reason and ethics mark. From there, Barcelona knows the rules and the responsibilities that exist in that aspect." This comes as Barca place pressure on the midfielder to move to Manchester United by asking him to take a large pay cut, when they have yet to pay back his deferred wages from the last cut he took. They have also been pushing him onto the fringes of the squad with head coach Xavi claiming he now sees him as a centre-back and playing him in the position in pre-season friendlies, a position the player is not keen to play. The president of the Netherlands' footballers' union Evgeniy Levchenko has hit out at Barca's attempts at 'extortion': "A union should protect all players. Now a player is cornered by a club and chased away. It's up to an international union to stand up." Levchenko also advised the midfielder to refuse to take a pay cut as the financial mess Barca are in is not his fault.


Pointless List Of The Day

Today's list courtesy of Transfermarkt is the goalkeepers with the highest cumulative transfer fees, including Bernd Leno's potential move to Fulham from Arsenal for 9.5m euros. Prices are in euros.
1. Kepa - 1 move - 80m
2. Alisson - 1 move - 70.5m
3. Gianluigi Buffon - 1 move - 52.9m
4. Jasper Cillesen - 3 moves - 51.2m
5. Sebastien Frey - 4 moves - 49.8m
6. Aaron Ramsdale - 3 moves - 49.4m
7. Thibaut Courtois - 3 moves - 45.2m
8. Bernd Leno - 4 moves - 42.5m
9. Roberto - 7 moves - 42m
10. Ederson - 2 moves - 40.5m
11. Angelo Peruzzi - 2 moves - 36.9m
12. Neto - 3 moves - 36.5m
13. Petr Cech - 4 moves - 32.6m
14. Edouard Mendy - 2 moves - 31.6m
15. Claudio Bravo - 3 moves - 31.2m
16. Manuel Neuer - 1 move - 30m
17. Rui Patricio - 2 moves - 29.5m
18. Emiliano Viviano - 8 moves - 28.8m
19. Fabian Carini - 4 moves - 28.5m
20. Jordan Pickford - 1 move - 28.5m


UEFA To Trial Safe Standing

Despite being unable to even organise safe entrance to their showpiece event at the end of last season, UEFA are to begin trials with 'safe' standing at European club competitions in England, Germany and France during the new season. It is limited to those three countries as there standing is "authorised and implemented at a domestic level".


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Written by Tris Burke July 28 2022 12:12:00


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