Is this the summer Liverpool finally get it right in the transfer market? Have lessons been learned? Signing seven players by the July 1 opening of the window suggests that the club's much-criticised and mysterious transfer committee has chosen to get its business done early rather than later when prices begin to inflate. The new faces so far: attacking midfielder Roberto Firmino, strikers Danny Ings and Divock Origi, midfielder James Milner, right-back Nathaniel Clyne, goalkeeper Adam Bogdan and...
Douglas Costa will work under Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich just a few months after publically stating his desire to unite with his bitter rival, Jose Mourinho.
Back in January, when trying to persuade Shakhtar Donetsk to sell him to Stamford Bridge, the Brazilian midfielder hailed the Special One.
"To play at Chelsea is a dream for any player. What catches my eye is the coach. He is very intelligent and has been victorious wherever he went," he claimed.
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He has been desperate to leave Ukraine...
June is a deceptive month for football. This is not, perhaps, immediately apparent on the back pages of newspapers and homepages of websites, where the fevered talk of swoops and deals and big-money signings begins almost as soon as the last ball of the season is kicked. By and large, though, June is a month of positioning and posturing, one colossal stand-off as everyone waits for everyone else to move.
Still, it is possible to discern certain patterns in the transfer market so far. First and...
The summer transfer market is already being shaped by players whose previous clubs proved unable or unwilling to keep them when their contracts were expiring.
Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, James Milner, Danny Ings and Glen Johnson have all moved on this summer and the window next year will be no different.
As a host of players enter the final year of their deals, coveted footballers can find themselves in an even more enviable position when they are able to enter the market without...
If there's one thing we can be sure of in this summer's transfer window, it's that the Premier League will continue to be the epicentre of big business. The recent transfer of Dimitri Payet from Marseille to West Ham, for example, showed how uneven the playing field is, with a star leaving one of Europe's biggest traditional names for a reported salary of £65,000-a-week that the French giants couldn't dream of paying.
Yet there's plenty going on elsewhere in Europe. Italy is the biggest spender...
The Premier League's transfer window is now open, but what deals have already been done? You can see all the confirmed transfers, but here is a list of some of the biggest movers already.
NB. Any transfers "agreed" but still subject to a medical or work permit do not figure, like that of Liverpool's move for Roberto Firmino.
Memphis Depay - PSV to Man Utd - £25 million
Petr Cech - Chelsea to Arsenal - Undisclosed
Dimitri Payet - Marseille to West Ham - Undisclosed
James Milner - Man...