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Chelsea gamble on David Luiz

Premier League
 By Sam Kelly

Edgardo Bauza era with Argentina will be aided by Lionel Messi's return

Argentina's Javier Mascherano tried to put a positive spin on Argentina's recent high-profile failures in recent tournaments.
Edgardo Bauza will have a tough introduction to life as Argentina manager, but at least he has Lionel Messi.

Europe's World Cup qualifying campaign for Russia 2018 might be just preparing for kickoff, but elsewhere in the world, the process has been underway for some time, and there will be few, if any, bigger fixtures on the international calendar this week than Argentina vs. Uruguay. For new Argentina manager Edgardo Bauza, it will be a baptism of fire. His first game in charge is one of the world's oldest international clasicos.

The issues that have beset the Argentine Football Association recently...

David Luiz is a risk for Chelsea but Antonio Conte has reason to be happy

The ESPN FC crew discuss how the return of David Luiz will affect Chelsea in the defensive third.

It's no secret that David Luiz was not Chelsea's first-choice option to bolster their central defence. The club had pursued a range of center-backs, most notably Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly and Milan's Alessio Romagnoli, without success. They were now stuck. Indeed, but for Antonio Conte signing off on David Luiz in the last 72 hours of the transfer window, this deal might never have happened.

On Tuesday night, 24 hours before the transfer window shut, Chelsea had all but given up. PSG were refusing...

Juventus will be back for Axel Witsel in January; Everton miss out on Sissoko

The ESPN FC crew discuss how the return of David Luiz will affect Chelsea in the defensive third.
The deal between Juventus and Zenit Saint Petersburg for Axel Witsel collapsed at the last minute.

The transfer window may have just slammed shut, but don't think that the wheeling and dealing won't continue!

Short-term loans and free transfers can still be submitted to the FAs. Plus, there's always January to start thinking about! As always, you can see all the latest deals here.

Top Story: Juve to come back for Axel in January

Juventus will resuscitate their deal for Axel Witsel in January after their €18 million move, plus €2 million in add-ons, collapsed late on Deadline Day.

 By Paul Murphy

Kiatisuk dares to dream as Thailand look to emulate Leicester City

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts look ahead to Thailand's upcoming World Cup qualifying matches against Saudi Arabia and Japan.

Head coach Kiatisuk 'Zico' Senamuang must find his inner Claudio Ranieri if he is to cause a major surprise by leading Thailand to the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

The Southeast Asian champions begin the final round of AFC qualifying with a tough game against Saudi Arabia in Riyadh on Thursday night.

Thai-owned Leicester City created one of the biggest sporting upsets of all time when they won the 2015-16 English Premier League title back in May.

The Foxes had narrowly avoided relegation in...

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David Luiz on his way back to Chelsea; Leicester seal Islam Slimani deal

Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey delves into where David Luiz will fit into Antonio Conte's plans.

The summer transfer window is close to swinging shut -- it closes at 6 p.m. ET / 11 p.m. BST -- so stay with Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip as the clock ticks down on deadline day. Follow our live blog below, and see the latest deals here.

Top Story: Luiz back at Chelsea

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been searching for defensive reinforcements this summer -- and now he has brought back David Luiz from Paris Saint-Germain.

The Blues confirmed they have...

 By Nick Ames

How Premier League clubs' 'endless loans' impact the transfer market

Former Arsenal striker Paul Mariner is disappointed Jack Wilshere didn't opt for Europe over staying in England.

You probably know Kenneth Omeruo's name by now. For a 22-year-old defender, his career achievements stand up to scrutiny: he played 100 senior games for good clubs in the Netherlands, England and Turkey, along with 31 caps for his native Nigeria -- four of them at the 2014 World Cup.

Omeruo will enjoy a long career in the game but knows the chances of that happening at his parent club are slim: his entire professional life has been spent contracted to Chelsea, but not a single one of those appearances...