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Five moves we could still see in the premier league

Despite the difficult financial circumstances cited across football, this summers spending has shown little sign of relenting as numerous clubs continue to splash the cash in search of a successful campaign.

With Premier League clubs spending already surpassing the £750m mark there has certainly not been the reduction many expected. Chelsea have been the biggest spenders to date, the deal to bring Kai Havertz to London from Bayer Leverkusen the largest outlay of the summer.

As the transfer window enters its final week we’ve had a look at the five deals we could still see in the Premier League before the October 5 11.00pm deadline passes.

Jadon SanchoBorussia DortmundManchester United

The Old Trafford clubs interest in the England man has been widely spoken of in recent weeks with the 20 times English champions reportedly having bid of £91.3m rejected by the players club Borussia Dortmund.

With the interest showing no signs of subsiding this is a deal that could run and run, however, earlier in the window Dortmund stated they wouldn’t sell the 20 year old this summer.

Even if they were willing to sell their star, the Yellow & Blacks have set an asking price of over £100m – a fee United have been reticent to even come close to.

Ousmane DembéléBarcelonaManchester United

It’s United again, however, a lot depends on the Sancho deal for this one. Should Ole Gunner Solskjær fail to add his number one target the Norweigan could turn his attention to Barcelona’s Dembele.

The talented French forward has long been linked with a loan move away from the Camp Nou, and United could provide the way out before the deadline.

Dembele is currently not being used at Barca, who boast a wealth of attacking talent, including Ansu Fati – who has surpassed Dembele in the pecking order.

Houssem AouarLyon Arsenal

The Lyon captain impressed plenty in the latter stages of the Champions League as he lead the Ligue 1 side to a famous victory over Manchester City.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is reportedly a huge fan and is desperate to land another midfielder before the window closes next week, with Aouar his number one target.

There has been little movement on the deal to date but there could be time for a late move for the 22 year old.

Rhian Brewster – LiverpoolSheffield United

Much has been made of the prospected future at Liverpool of the goal scoring 20 year old who impressed whilst on loan at Swansea City last season.

Although now it seems with a wealth of high quality players in front of him at Anfield, Brewster’s future may in fact lie elsewhere, with numerous clubs looking at snapping up the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup Golden Boot Winner.

Many expected Liverpool to allow the youngster to leave on loan this summer, however it seems a permanent deal with a buy-back clause looks more likely at this moment.

Dele Alli – Tottenham HotspurAnywhere

One time regarded as a pivotal part of the Spurs setup, it seems more and more likely Alli’s future could well be away from he New White Hart Lane.

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has seemingly not taken to the attacking midfielder in recent months and has outcast him from almost every matchday squad, including a depleted Carabao Cup line-up this week against Chelsea.

In terms of suitors there are plenty who would benefit from a in form Alli. PSG were linked for a while but nothing has materialised, there could well be a host of Premier League clubs making tentative enquiries before next weeks deadline.

Former Chelsea forward announces his retirement from the game

Andre Schurrle has announced his shock decision to retire from football at the age of 29.

The German forward had a year left on his contract with Borussia Dortmund but the two parties agreed to cancel it.

He told German newspaper Der Speigel: 

“The depths became deeper and the highlights less and less. Only performance on the field counts, in which vulnerability and weakness must never exist.”

That very much sounds like a player who is constantly expected to perform and has come to the conclusion that the pressure of football has caught up with him.

Schurrle played for Chelsea for two seasons and won a Premier League winners medal in 2015 despite leaving the club part way through the season for German side Wolfsburg.

He also represented the German nation side for seven years between 2010 to 2017. Schurrle was a member of the German side that won the World Cup in 2014. During extra time in the 2014 final he provided the assist for Mario Gotze’s winning goal against Argentina.

The forward started his career at Mainz in 2009 where he made 66 appearances and scored 20 goals in his two seasons at the club.

Bayern Leverkuson were aware of his talent and signed him for £6.5 million in 2011, where he went on to make 65 appearances and hit the net 18 times.

In 2013 he fancied a chance to showcase his talents in the English Premiership when Chelsea secured his services after paying £18 million. He featured 44 times for the London club and scored 11 goals before joining German side Wolfsburg in 2015.

Schurrle had just a single season with Wolfsburg after signing for them for a reported fee of £22 million in 2015, winning the DFL Supercup.

Dortmund signed him in 2016, where his four-year stint was rewarded by 33 appearances.

In between his time at Dortmund, he was sent out on loan to Fulham for one season and also Russian side Spartak Moscow.

Earlier on this month his loan expired and was not extended as he had not made any appearances for Spartak this season due to an injury.

Undoubtedly his finest moment in a fine career came in the 2014 World Cup after helping Germany win the World Cup with three goals in Brazil, including a brace in their famous 7-1 thrashing of Brazil in the semi-final.

Real Madrid all set to launch Women’s team for 2020/21 campaign

Real Madrid has finally ended its wait to launch a women’s team by buying out Madrid based club CD Tacon for 300,000 euros.

Los Blancos were one of the few remaining major European clubs not to have a women’s team but now have been encouraged to invest in the women’s game following in the footsteps of other leading teams such as Manchester United and Juventus.

The official name of the Spanish club is set to be Real Madrid Femenino, replacing that of CD Tacon and the merger will be confirmed once the men’s La Liga season ends on 19 July.

Following the confirmation of the takeover, President Florentino Perez said:

“Real Madrid must be part of this worldwide phenomena and the time has come to face this new challenge and build a football team which is able to compete and of which we can feel proud.”

Madrid’s impending arrival on the Women’s European stage arguably leaves German Bundesliga’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund as the biggest European club not to have a senior women’s team.

Unlike the men’s team, however, the women’s side in the short term at least will be playing catch up with fierce rivals FC Barcelona Femeni and Atletico Madrid Femenino, whose teams are already firmly established in the women’s game.

Players from other leading European clubs have stressed what ‘a huge positive’ the introduction of Real Madrid to the women’s game will be.

Lyon forward, Ada Hegerberg, who was the first winner of the Women’s Ballon d’Or in 2018, said:

“I’m hoping they will stabilise the investment over a long period and that they have a long-term perspective because it can’t happen overnight.”

This view appears to be shared by the Real Madrid President, who, despite the obvious pressure of competing for instant success, has stressed that Los Blancos are planning to invest in young Spanish talent rather than recruiting from abroad.

Indeed, steps have already been put in place so that this is enforced, as there will also be Real teams between U16 and U19 level.

Perez added:

“CD Tacon was chosen because this club has an academy structure which allow us to remain loyal to our philosophy from day one.  As such, we will look to scout, train and develop young talent.”

These positive actions already taken by Los Blancos seem that to indicate they are intent on contributing to the sport’s continuing development and growth and with the top two Spanish Leagues set to go professional next season, the future of women’s football in Spain certainly appears to be heading in the right direction.

Who is Jude Bellingham?

Jadon Sancho. Lautaro Martinez. Erling Haaland. We see plenty of names being branded about as the next best young players but one player that has flown into the public eye recently is Birmingham City’s Jude Bellingham.

The 16 year-old turns 17 on the 29th and has amassed 33 Championship appearances since 2019, scoring four goals. He caught the attention of FourFourTwo magazine when he scored the winner for the Birmingham U23’s side against Nottingham Forest at the ripe age of 15. By March 2019, he’d made 10 development side appearances and bagged three goals. He was also being linked with top clubs around Europe, Borussia Dortmund being the most talked about name at first.

Bellingham then signed a two-year scholarship with Birmingham to begin in July 2019. He was part of the first-team squad in their pre-season training, played and scored in some pre-season friendlies and was subsequently given the number 22 shirt for the 2019/20 campaign .

On the 6th August 2019, Bellingham became Birmingham City’s youngest ever first-team player when he started an EFL cup tie with Portsmouth. At the age of 16 years and 38 days, he beat the record of 16 years 139 days that Trevor Francis had previously held. The Englishman also captained England U15’s in the 17/18 season and went on to do the same for the U16’s by the end of 2018.

In the current season he has played 33 times, as mentioned before and has played a mix of wing and central midfield positions. He has the physical presence needed for a central midfielder and has a good eye for a pass. For a young player he seems very composed and plays with a maturity beyond his years.

With four goals from midfield, you could also say he has a decent eye for goal, which at 16 is highly impressive. The Championship is a notoriously difficult league to play in and with him being able to establish himself, you would have to say the hype surrounding his talents is justified.

Pep Clotet and the club staff feel he is most suited to an advanced central midfield role.

Speaking in October, Clotet said:

“The only difference between a player who is 16 and a player that has a lot of years as a pro is the way they handle the load.

“He’s handling it very well at the moment and he’s a strong player so I don’t see why he can’t hack it.”

His performances have certainly garnered a lot of attention from Europe’s top clubs, with Bayern Munich now entering the fray alongside Dortmund and Manchester United. There were reports in January linking the youngster with a £50 million move to United, a deal that never seemed likely.

However, it does bring up the topic of English players going for a certain premium. As £50 million for a player who had only played half a Championship season seems very steep.

Bellingham will be able to sign his first professional contract when he turns 17 on Monday – he earns a measly £145 per week at Birmingham, which means clubs have just a few days to convince him to join them. Bayern Munich have made an effort to potentially hijack a deal to Dortmund, with Bellingham choosing the latter over United because of the success Jadon Sancho has had.

It would be difficult to see where he fits in at Bayern, whereas Dortmund you could assume Bellingham would get more playing time. Wherever his career path takes him, you can be sure that we haven’t heard the last of this starlet.

Bayern wrap up Bundesliga title – What makes them so successful?

Robert Lewandowski’s first half strike sealed Bayern Munich’s eighth successive title after defeating struggling Werder Bremen on Tuesday evening.

Bayern’s 11th straight Bundesliga win put them 10 points clear of Borussia Dortmund, who have three games remaining.

Not for the first time this season Bayern were far from their best, but like all great sides they know how to win tight games, which they have been successfully doing all season.

Bayern celebrated at the final whistle with shouts of delight from all the squad in a rain soaked Weserstadion. The Bayern machine wrapped up the Bundesliga title with two games remaining, having gone on an unstoppable run which yielded 22 wins in their last 23 games with only two points dropped.

It wasn’t all plain sailing for Bayern this season after an embarrassing 5-1 defeat at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt at the beginning of November, the club decided to take the decision to remove Niko Kovac from his 16 month reign and replace him with Hansi Flick as an interim manager before signing a new contract until 2023 in April.

Bayern have certainly flourished under the 55-year-old, having taken 58 points from a possible 66 on offer, including winning 26 of his first 29 games in charge, yet their season is still far from over.

Having wrapped up the Bundesliga, they have also progressed to the final of the German Cup and are still in the Champions League and who is to say that they will not complete a unique treble.

Bayern have now reached a new peak after a record 30th title and look certain to continue dominating German football for a long time to come.

People can say that the Bundesliga isn’t the strongest league in Europe and you would always expect Bayern or Dortmund to be the sides favourite to be crowned champions. What, however, makes Bayern so much ahead of rivals Dortmund must be their all-round squad which oozes quality in every department. The likes of Alphonso Davies, Lucas Hernandez, Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich and Ivan Perisic to name a few are class, and to think the likes of Philippe Coutinho can’t even get into the side at the moment. That just shows you the strength that they possess.

Take the evergreen Lewandowski, a proven goal scorer in this league with 31 goals already so far- his best haul in the Bundesliga- and a total of 46 in total in all competitions. This Bayern side is not just about the Pole’s goals. Look at Germany’s Golden Boot winner in 2010 Thomas Muller who has been a regular goal scorer for the Champions for many years. This season he is being crowned king of the assists with 20 thus far.

Flick’s team do not just have the experienced fire power up front, which makes them the class act that they are. It all starts at the back with experienced goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. The 34-year-old stopper has been in superb form this season alongside a solid defence that has conceded only 31 goals in 32 games.

Bayern have also set another record, by hitting 93 goals in their Bundesliga games, setting a new league best.

Overall with the calibre of players that Bayern have in their current squad, you would expect them to be dominating German football for a lengthy period, which is bad news for the other 17 clubs in the Bundesliga.