Football teams are back to Premier League action this weekend soon after the summer transfer window slammed shut.
The transfer window has seen £2.36 billion spent in England’s top flight on new players, it was business as usual for Man City as they made it four wins from four at home to Fulham.
Chelsea’s glut of new signings failed to pay instant dividends though, beaten at home by Nottingham Forest.
Manchester United fans will finally get to see new £72 million man Rasmus Hojlund in action at Arsenal today while Sergio Reguilon could also feature, but ex-Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat won’t be involved.
Meanwhile, Mason Greenwood will now head to Spain after sealing a last-minute loan to Getafe.
Liverpool signed Ryan Gravenberch from Bayern Munich on Friday after a summer long pursuit, but he won’t be eligible for their home game with Aston Villa today.
And the Reds are bracing themselves for another bid for Mo Salah, after Al-Ittihad had a £150 million offer turned down last week.
But Saudi Arabia isn’t the only country where the transfer window remains open. And the future of a host of players in the UK remains up in the air.
Liverpool “haven’t thought about” selling Salah.
Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Liverpool “haven’t thought about” selling Mohamed Salah to Al-Ittihad.
Salah is currently playing against Aston Villa and before kick-off he once again brushed off suggestions his star player could leave.
“I didn’t have to this was a media story and it never came through,” he said. “I have a big desk in my office, a lot of papers on there, a laptop, iPad, everything you need. None of them are busy with any kind of these news. I have a lot of other things to do and we haven’t thought about it.
“Mo was completely normal, good training week and nothing from my point of view to think about.”
‘No change’ in Man Utd sale process
There has been no change in the Manchester United sale process, despite reports that the Glazers are to take the club off the market.
Sky Sports reports that the bidders – Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Sheikh Jassim – are stil interested and others involved in the process, including Raine Group, have not been told of any change.
Felix fits into Barca plans – Xavi
Xavi has explained why Barcelona signed Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid on deadline day.
“Joao Felix fits in 100 per cent,” he said. “He is a natural talent. He scores and he can make the difference. He’s a versatile player who can operate anywhere in attack,” Xavi explained.
“These are two players who can help us a lot. We will treat them like any other player. We will try to help them be at their best level. It happened with Aubameyang, and he was exemplary. We try to make them comfortable and treat them with respect. With a good attitude, everyone will be happy.”
Bellingham equals Ronaldo record
Signing of the summer? He’s already a contender.
Jude Bellingham scored his FIFTH La Liga goal of the season on Saturday as Real Madrid beat Getafe 2-1 on Saturday. He joins Cristiano Ronaldo as the only two players to have struck in their first four competitive games for the Spanish club.
Premier League fixtures
Some new signings will be on show in the Premier League today.
A reminder there are three Premier League games today – Crystal Palace v Wolves (2pm); Liverpool v Aston Villa (2pm); Arsenal v Man United (4.30pm).
Merson urges Liverpool to make Saka move
Paul Merson has urged Liverpool to accept an anticipated £200m bid for Mohamed Salah and then go all out to buy Bukayo Saka.
“Do they sell him for £200m, and then in January see if they can get Saka from Arsenal for £150m? I am thinking, one person is 31, if I can get £200m, who is the next one in line?” Merson told Sky Sports.
“If you were Liverpool, you’re trading in someone who is a little bit older for someone younger. I think they will go rock the boat with Arsenal and say ‘here is £150m for Saka’.”