Friday, 10 August 2012

EPL Transfer News and Community Shield Preview:

Hello and welcome to my EPL Transfer News Update and Community Shield Preview:

EPL Transfer News Update:

Manchester City have told midfielder Nigel De Jong that he can leave the club if he wants to.

Wanted: Nigel De Jong can leave Manchester City this summer. Inter Milan are among the clubs interested in him.

Tottenham, Bayern Munich and Italian clubs Inter Milan and Roma are all interested in the defensive midfielder.

De Jong's international team-mate Wesley Sneijder has said to his club that it is vital that they sign De Jong and they are reportedly readyt to make City an offer for him. 

West Ham have confirmed the £2million signing of 31-year-old midfielder Alou Diarra from French club Marseille. 

Liverpool forward Craig Bellamy has joined Championship club Cardiff on a two-year-deal and a free transfer after passing a medical in Wales this morning.

Back in Wales: Winger Craig Bellamy has left Liverpool to move back to Welsh club Cardiff on a free transfer.
 
Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar has had talks with Tottenham over a possible move there, as they are looking to buy a new goalkeeper.

EPL News: 

Aston Villa have some new fresh injury problems after winger Marc Albrighton has been ruled out of action for at least 6 weeks because of a broken metatarsal.

Out of action: Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton is out of action for at least two months with a broken metatarsal.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted that he is disappointed at the fact that City have not signed anyone in the transfer window yet.
He is interested in Liverpool defender Daniel Agger and Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie to name a few players. 

Chelsea young striker is close to signing on-loan at a EPL club, but will NOT join Fulham for next season.

A lot of Barcelona players (including midfielder Andres Iniesta and defender Gerard Pique) have been praising Arsenal defensive midfielder Alex Song after reports claim that Barca are ready to make a £15million offer for him.

Wanted: Arsenal defensive midfielder Alex Song is being scouted by Spainish giants Barcelona.

England manager Roy Hodgson has named his 23-man squad for the upcoming friendly match against Euro 2012 finalists Italy on Wednesday 15th of August in Switzerland.

The squad is:
 
Goalkeepers:
Jack Butland (Birmingham), Joe Hart (Man City) and John Ruddy (Norwich)

Defenders:
Steven Caulker and Kyle Walker (both Tottenham), Ryan Bertrand and Gary Cahill (both Chelsea), Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka (both Everton)

Midfielders:
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Adam Johnson and James Milner (Man City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Jake Livermore (Tottenham), Jack Rodwell (Everton); Ashley Young, Tom Cleverley and Michael Carrick (all Man United)

Forwards:
Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) and Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea)

Notable absences include Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard, Chelsea defenders John Terry and Ashley Cole, and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

Comebacks include Tottenham defender Steven Caulker, Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick, Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge and Tottenham midfielder Jake Livermore.

Europa League Qualification 3rd Round Second Leg:

Liverpool 3 FC Gomel 0 (Aggregate 4-0)

Liverpool have sealed their place into the Europa League Play-Off Round after beating FC Gomel the second time in one week.

£10million signing Fabio Borini opened the scoring with a piledriver goal after a solo run by striker Luis Suarez was parried away by the goalkeeper, straight to Borini who blasted the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

Piledriver: New £10million signing Fabio Borini breaks the deadlock to make it 2-0 on aggregate against Gomel.
Hungry for more: Striker Fabio Borini celebrates his first goal on his debut at Anfield.

Another nice solo run past three defenders by Suarez before enticing the keeper to come out before smartly passing the ball straight to captain Gerrard who tapped the ball into an empty net to make it 2-0.

Record breaking: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard celebrates his 150th goal for The Reds against FC Gomel.

Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson made it 3-0 in the 70th minute after a sweet half-volley flew past the goalkeeper into the net.

Swansea midfielder Joe Allen was spotted in the crowd at Anfield, while a £15million deal is complete for him to move to Liverpool.

2nd signing of the transfer window: Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has signed from Swansea for £15million.

On the way: Swansea midfielder Joe Allen was spotted at Anfield last night, hours after making a transfer request.
UEFA Europa League Play-Off Draw - EPL Ties:

Hearts vs Liverpool
Liverpool face Scottish club Hearts in their Play-off match.

Atromitos vs Newcastle United
While Newcastle face Greek club Atromitos who is quite un-heard of as a football club.

First leg to be played on Thursday the 23rd of August

Second leg to be played on Thursday the 30th of August 




Community Shield Preview 
Manchester City vs Chelsea:
LIVE on ITV from 13:30pm


EPL Champions Manchester City face a tough test against FA Cup winners Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.

Chelsea have strengthened their squad since their Champions League final win against Bayern Munich by signing Marko Marin, Oscar, Eden and Thorgan Hazard.

City however have surprisingly not signed any players yet though so their team on Sunday will be players who will be desperate to show their worth ahead of the new season.

Both teams stuggled to win their respective titles and it was close shaves for City and Chelsea.

This match will be EPIC with lots of talent on show for both teams including Eden Hazard, Sergio Aguero, Frank Lampard, Vincent Kompany and much more.

Plus, the two BEST goalkeepers in the EPL will go head-to-head.

Therefore you know that the players will have to do their best to get past the keepers.

Potential Battles on Sunday: 
Petr Cech vs Sergio Aguero

Champions League winner: Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech kept his side in the CL final against Bayern Munich.
30 goals for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero last season. Can he score again in the CS on Sunday?

30 goals last season for Aguero.
10 clean sheets and 84 saves in 3060 minutes last season for Petr Cech.

Can Aguero score on Sunday and win the Community Shield for City?

Can Cech prove his worth to Chelsea yet again and stop Aguero and co for his team?


Eden Hazard vs Vincent Kompany 

Huge price tag: Belgian winger Eden Hazard cost Chelsea £32million in the TW and has to prove his worth to his team on Sunday.
Defender of the season: Vincent Kompany holds the EPL trophy up aloft after a great season at City.

Belgium team-mates against each other.
Does not get closer than this,
£32million winger from Lille versus the best defender in the EPL last season.

Joe Hart vs Fernando Torres

Form of his life: Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has been unstoppable in goal. Can he stop Chelsea?
Golden Glove last season for Joe Hart.
17 clean sheets in 3420 minutes. 

Torres:
15 goals from 53 appearances (11 for Chelsea, 4 for Spain)



Fernando Torres had the best-worst season ever last season.
At the start, did not score for 3 months, was missing open goals and getting sent off.
 
Won the FA Cup and Champions League along with the Euro 2012 with Spain at the end of the season.

Can he kick-start it on Sunday?

Drama, goals, controversy and a preview of what is to come next season on Sunday.

Do not miss my LIVE Commentary on Sunday for the match.