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Premier League appearance record a tribute to Gareth Barry's longevity, consistency

Saturday against West Ham marks Gareth Barry's 632nd league appearance, equalling Ryan Giggs' Premier League record.

History is not always made by the trendy. The Premier League can market itself as being about the glitz and glamour. Gareth Barry may seem the anti-Premier League football but when West Bromwich Albion against West Ham kicked off, it meant no one had made more appearances in the division's history.

Barry drew level with Ryan Giggs on 632. Giggs may have seemed a more fitting figure at the top of the leaderboard, the most decorated individual in the history of the Premier League's most successful...

Premier League grades so far: Man United get top marks, Arsenal flop

The guys at Exploding Heads take an alternative look at Arsenal's continued demise following their 4-0 defeat at Liverpool.
The FC panel respond to your tweets about the transfer deadline, struggles in Manchester and Arsenal's season outlook.
Craig Burley says Arsene Wenger is kidding himself if he thinks he can turn Arsenal around, but the club won't sack him.
After Tottenham's draw against Burnley at Wembley, the FC crew debate whether the London ground is behind Spurs' struggles.

After a breathless opening fortnight, the Premier League now goes on hold to make way for another raft of World Cup qualifiers. So how did your team do? Iain Macintosh grades the entire division.

MANCHESTER UNITED: A+

Perfect. An entirely unblemished record. Admittedly, this entirely unblemished record has been secured against some of the weaker teams in the league, but that's hardly their fault. Besides, if we all insist that the beauty of the Premier League is that, "anyone can beat anyone," then...

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Gareth Barry and Darren Fletcher: the Premier League elder statesmen

Darren Fletcher (left) and Gareth Barry (right) are two of the Premier League's most battle-tested veterans.

When Darren Fletcher unexpectedly departed West Bromwich Albion this summer for Stoke City, West Brom manager Tony Pulis had an ideal replacement in mind. In Gareth Barry, 36, three years Fletcher's senior, Pulis signed just about the only player who might replicate his dependability and experience in central midfield.  

"There was a big void when we lost Fletch, and Gareth will fill that void," Pulis said after Barry was signed last week. Between them, two of the Premier League's most...

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Marco Asensio set for €500m Real buyout clause; City firm on Evans

Don Hutchison joins Layla Anna-Lee to explain why a move for Jonny Evans would be 'no bad thing' for Manchester City.
Marco Asensio.
Real Madrid are to reward Marco Asensio with a new contract.

The football world is awash with gossip. Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here.

TOP STORY: Asensio set for €500m buyout clause

With Marco Asensio's star rising, Real Madrid are set to offer the 21-year-old a lucrative new contract in order to ward off potential suitors, according to Marca.

Madrid hope to insert a huge buyout clause in Asensio's new deal to ensure they won't be in danger of losing him.

The...

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Man City target Evans has shown his quality since leaving Old Trafford

Don Hutchison joins Layla Anna-Lee to explain why a move for Jonny Evans would be 'no bad thing' for Manchester City.
Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes reflect on Nemanja Matic's debut and how Man United might line up moving forward.
Brian McBride questions whether or not Mourinho is making the right move to hold off on any additional Man United signings.

Jonny Evans had been back to Old Trafford a couple of times as a player since his move from Manchester United to West Brom in 2015 but, despite that, his mindset had barely changed: He still let on to staff like he played there, still wore the club's shirt when he went back for Wayne Rooney's testimonial.

But having gone back to do an interview for MUTV, he walked pitch side in the empty stadium and took a few minutes for himself. He'd forgotten how amazing Old Trafford was and, as he stood there,...

Transfer Rater: Jonny Evans to Man City, Lorenzo Insigne to Chelsea

Rumours
The latest transfer rumours from around the world.

Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper.

Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip.

Jonny Evans to Manchester City

Manchester City operated with a back three in their first Premier League game of the season against Brighton & Hove Albion....