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Guardian - Wed Aug 8 6:19 PM
The Spain international with a passion for birdsong quickly moved past early uncertainty about his own talent to attract world-record interest from Chelsea “They’re going to throw me out, I think they’re going to throw me out, ” said Kepa Arrizabalaga in an interview in 2016. Born in Ondarroa, a...
Guardian - Wed Aug 8 12:09 PM
• Goalkeeper’s release clause has been activated • Fee is a world record for a goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s €80m (£71m) buyout clause has been met, Athletic Bilbao have announced, as the goalkeeper appears on the verge of a world record move to Chelsea. The Basque club confirmed the 23-year-old...
Guardian - Wed Aug 8 10:14 AM
Chelsea ’s heach coach, Maurizio Sarri, has praised Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga as the club closes in on a deal for the Spain goalkeeper for a world record £71.6m. With the Blues’ current keeper Thibaut Courtois absent from training on Monday and Tuesday in an apparent attempt to force a...
Guardian - Tue Aug 7 6:51 PM
• World record for keeper eclipses Liverpool’s £67m for Alisson • Chelsea also secure Mateo Kovacic on loan from Real Madrid Chelsea will pay a world record fee for a goalkeeper to secure Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao as a replacement for the outgoing Thibaut Courtois, who has failed to...
Guardian - Mon Aug 6 7:36 PM
• Belgium goalkeeper is seeking move to Real Madrid • Thursday’s domestic transfer deadline increases urgency Thibaut Courtois has made clear his desire to leave Chelsea before the closure of the transfer window this month by spurning talks with Maurizio Sarri and failing to report back for pre‑s...
Guardian - Mon Aug 6 6:37 PM
• World Cup winner remains unsure about future • Fekir almost made £53m Anfield switch in June Nabil Fekir has reignited speculation over his future by suggesting he could still move away from Lyon in this transfer window. Fekir was on the verge of a £53m transfer to Liverpool in June only to see...
Guardian - Mon Aug 6 3:38 PM
Young English players are often mistreated but there will always be the thrill of seeing a major talent fulfilled In the sweltering sunshine of Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon, Ryan Sessegnon was going about his usual business of looking older than his years. A composed, even studious presen...
Guardian - Mon Aug 6 1:09 PM
The Thibaut Courtois situation needs resolving, how will the players adapt to a four-man defence, and can anyone fill the long-gone Diego Costa’s shooting boots? 1. In different circumstances it would make sense for Thibaut Courtois to complete a £35m move to Real Madrid now given that the Chelse...
Guardian - Mon Aug 6 9:35 AM
• Three days to the deadline – all the developments as they happen • Sarri admits Courtois could leave in coming days • Every summer deal from Europe’s top five leagues • Email nick.ames@theguardian.com or tweet @NickAmes82 9.35am BST As we go along, don’t forget to email or tweet me your thought...
Guardian - Sun Aug 5 8:27 PM
The teenager played with poise and maturity to leave City fans with little cause to regret losing out on Jorginho to Chelsea The first time Manchester City’s supporters spotted Jorginho on the ball, they could not resist booing the man who turned down Pep Guardiola. Yet they were pantomime jeers,...
Guardian - Sun Aug 5 8:14 PM
• Sarri hints he will allow move if Courtois requests it • ‘I only want players with very high levels of motivation‘ The Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, has suggested he is open to allowing Thibaut Courtois to depart Stamford Bridge this week if the goalkeeper asks to leave. Courtois’s agent, Ch...
Guardian - Sun Aug 5 5:12 PM
Given that this is the shortest break between the World Cup final and English football’s traditional curtain raiser since 1966 – a mere three weeks – this should have felt unfeasibly early to be feeling remotely ready for the resumption of domestic tussles. It was, until Manchester City, defendin...
Guardian - Sun Aug 5 2:25 PM
All the latest from the 3pm BST kick-off at Wembley Jorginho first piece in the puzzle as Sarri risks friendship Email Daniel | or tweet @DanielHarris 2.25pm BST I just saw an ad for anti-perspirant Lynx; whatever happened to the simple body spray? What on earth is going on? I was Marine, now tha...
Guardian - Sat Aug 4 10:30 PM
The new Chelsea manager was prepared to blow his relationship with Pep Guardiola to sign the Italian midfielder It is a measure of how important Jorginho is to Maurizio Sarri that Chelsea’s new manager was willing to risk a friendship to sign him from Napoli. Business mattered more than his perso...
Guardian - Sat Aug 4 6:59 PM
Fatigue from Russia could be a factor in the title race as Manchester City bid to retain the title for the first time So, we go again – and perhaps this season with an even greater sense of disbelief than usual that it’s back already. It won’t be long before we’ve returned to the familiar routine...
Guardian - Fri Aug 3 10:30 PM
Italian has barely had time to work with his players but is keen to start strongly against Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday Maurizio Sarri describes Pep Guardiola as a friend, somebody he respects as a person first and foremost and, as he prepared to cut his teeth in English football against...
Guardian - Fri Aug 3 10:18 PM
• Left-back injured playing against Chelsea in Dublin • Aaron Ramsey to return to training after calf problem Arsenal have received an injury setback with the news that Sead Kolasinac will miss eight to 10 weeks of the new season. The left-back faces a stint on the sidelines as a result of the in...
Guardian - Fri Aug 3 4:42 PM
• Brazilian midfielder was on loan at Girona last season • Pep Guardiola admits he could still sign another player Manchester City have requested a work permit for the Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz after he forced his way into Pep Guardiola’s plans. City signed the 20-year-old for £10m from V...
Guardian - Fri Aug 3 3:25 PM
• 25-year-old is free agent after leaving Shakhtar Donetsk • Bernard has won 14 caps for his country West Ham have revived their interest in Bernard after learning that the Brazilian winger could be persuaded to lower his wage demands. Manuel Pellegrini targeted the 25-year-old earlier this summe...
Guardian - Fri Aug 3 2:00 PM
• Steve Bruce says Spurs yet to lodge formal bid • Burnley make new bid for Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson Tottenham Hotspur have yet to make a formal bid for Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish and are some way off in their valuation of the player, the Championship club’s manager Steve Bruce has ad...
Guardian - Fri Aug 3 11:20 AM
Who lost? Who lost it? And who kept winning the Premier League? Manchester City begin their season on Sunday by playing Chelsea in the Community Shield. Who were the last Premier League champions to retain their title? Arsenal Chelsea Manchester City Manchester United Johanna Konta beat Serena Wi...
Guardian - Fri Aug 3 9:26 AM
Today’s fluff came here to slay With a week to go before the end of the summer transfer window, Daniel Levy has a decision to make: Incredibles 2 or Ant-Man and the Wasp? Friends have recommended the former but Levy is leaning towards the latter because the first Ant-Man caper was a real hoot – h...
Guardian - Thu Aug 2 12:00 PM
• England Under-17 international starred in friendly v Arsenal • Maurizio Sarri confirms forward will not be sent on loan For Callum Hudson-Odoi, the question is no longer whether he might start in Sunday’s Community Shield against Manchester City. The 17-year-old winger has surely done enough in...
Guardian - Thu Aug 2 12:31 AM
• Brazilian did not report for training after World Cup break • Arsenal win on penalties after 1-1 draw in Dublin Maurizio Sarri expressed his exasperation at Willian’s late return for pre-season training, agreeing that the situation was strange, after he watched his Chelsea team go down on penal...