West Ham announce club-record signing of Marko Arnautovic from Stoke

img-20160828-wa001_editWest Ham have announced the signing of Marko Arnautovic from Stoke City on a five-year deal for a club-record fee of up to £25m, with a guaranteed £20m plus an additional £5m in potential add-ons.

The 28-year-old had been agitating for a move and after rejecting two earlier bids Stoke finally relented. Arnautovic will bolster the Hammers’ squad following the addition of Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart on loan, and the imminent transfer of Javier Hernández.

“It feels special to me to be a West Ham player,” said Arnautovic, who has 62 caps for Austria. “Everyone knows that West Ham is a big Club, with big history and I’m happy to be a part of it now. I can’t wait to get started.

“I played against West Ham at the old stadium – I didn’t play last year at the new stadium because I was suspended – but I came to the game and I can only say it is a massive club with a lot of fans. They are crazy for football and this is what I like. The club is still growing, getting better and better and that’s why I’m here.”

Arnautovic joined Stoke in 2013 from Bundesliga side Werder Bremen for £2.3m and quickly established himself as a regular in the side, scoring 26 goals in 145 appearances for the club.

 

Man City Sign Danilo from Real Madrid

Manchester City have completed the signing of Brazilian right-back Danilo from Real Madrid for a reported fee of £26.5million.

The 26-year-old has signed a five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium.

Danilo’s arrival takes City’s spending on full-backs past the £70m mark this close-season after they paid an initial £45m for Tottenham’s Kyle Walker – a deal that could rise to an eventual £50m.

City have seen a number of defenders depart the club since the end of last season. Aleksandar Kolarov was sold to Roma on Saturday, following Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna in leaving.

“I am very, very happy to be joining Manchester City,” the 26-year-old told the official Man City website.

“There has been strong interest from other Clubs, but it has always been my ambition to play for Pep Guardiola.”

STATS OF ALL THE 19 STRIKERS SIGNED BY CHELSEA DURING ABRAHIMOVIC ERA

chelsea_fc_thumbThe in and out strikers during the regime of Chelsea billionaire owner Roman Abramovich

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Chelsea owner *Roman Abramovich* 

Sportworld665 brings you their goals, assist and appearance during their stay at Stamford Bridge Stadium 

by Ejalonibu Ayodele

Fake no. 9’s: Steve Sidwell and Khalid Boulahrouz

(1) ADRIAN MUTU
Games: 37
Goals: 10
Assists: 9
(£15.8million from Parma, August 2003)

(2) HERNANDO CRESPO
Games: 71
Goals: 25
Assists: 4
(£16.8million from Inter Milan, August 2003)

(3) MATEJA KEZMAN
Games: 39
Goals: 7
Assists: 2
(£5.3million from PSV, July 2004)

4drogba-568x337.jpg(4) DIDIER DROGBA
Games: 389
Goals: 164
Assists: 88
(£24million from Marseille, July 2004

(5) SALOMON KALOU
Games: 251
Goals: 60
Assists: 44
(£9million from Feyenoord, May 2006

(6) ANDRIY SHEVCHENKO
Games: 77
Goals: 22
Assists: 11
(£30million from AC Milan, May 2006)

(7) CLAUDIO PIZARRO
Games: 32
Goals: 2
Assists: 4
(Free from Bayern Munich, June 2007

(8) NICOLAS ANELKA
Games: 188
Goals: 59
Assists: 38
(£15million from Bolton, January 2008)

(9) DANIEL STURRIDGE
Games: 103
Goals: 24
Assists: 11
(£3.5million from Manchester City, July 2009)

FernandoTorresChelseaFC.jpg(10) FERNANDO TORRES
Games: 182
Goals: 45
Assists: 40
(£50million from Liverpool, January 2011)

(11) ROMELU LUKAKU
Games: 15
Goals: 0
Assists: 1
(£12million from Anderlecht, August 2011)

(12) DEMBA BA
Games: 51
Goals: 14
Assists: 5
(£7million from Newcastle, January 2013)

(13) SAMUEL ETO’O
Games: 35
Goals: 12
Assists: 7
(£2million from Anzhi Makhachkala, August 2013)

2327803.JPEG(14) DIEGO COSTA
Games: 120
Goals: 59
Assists: 22
(£31million from Atletico Madrid, July 2014)

Reny-700x394.jpg(15) LOIC REMY
Games: 47
Goals: 12
Assists: 3 (£10.5million from QPR, August 2014)

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(16) RADAMEL FALCAO CHELSEA CAREER
Games: 12
Goals: 1
Assists: 0
(Loan from Monaco, July 2015)

Alonso-700x394.jpg(17) ALEXANDRE PATO
Games: 2
Goals: 1
Assists: 0
(Loan from Corinthians, January 2016)

michy-batshuayi-chelsea-watford-premier-league_3768744(18) MICHY BATSHUAYI
Games: 28
Goals: 9
Assists: 3
(£33.2million from Marseille, July 2016)

(19) ALVARO MORATA
Games: ?
Goals: ?
Assists: ?
(£65million from Real Madrid, July 2017)

Sportworld665 Question: Over £400m has been spent by Abrahimovic on strikers, who amongst them is your best and worst signings?

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Biggest Summer Transfer So Far This Season

arsenal-chelsea-tottenham-manchester-united-leicester-city-manchester-city-liverpool_3762038.jpgThe biggest transfers of the summer :

* ROMELU LUKAKU | EVERTON TO MANCHESTER UNITED | £75 MILLION

 

* ALVARO MORATA | REAL MADRID TO CHELSEA | £70 MILLION

* ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE | LYON TO ARSENAL | £52 MILLION

* KYLE WALKER | TOTTENHAM TO MAN CITY | £45 MILLION + £5 MILLION ADD-ONS

* BERNARDO SILVA | MONACO TO MANCHESTER CITY | £43 MILLION

* LEONARDO BONUCCI | JUVENTUS TO AC MILAN | €42 MILLION

* CORENTIN TOLISSO | LYON TO BAYERN MUNICH | €41.5 MILLION

* TIEMOUE BAKAYOKO | MONACO TO CHELSEA | £40 MILLION

* VICTOR LINDELOF | BENFICA TO MANCHESTER UNITED | £40 MILLION

* ANDRE SILVA | PORTO TO AC MILAN | €38 MILLION

* MOHAMED SALAH | ROMA TO LIVERPOOL | £36 MILLION

* EDERSON | BENFICA TO MANCHESTER CITY | £35 MILLION

* ANTONIO RUDIGER | ROMA TO CHELSEA | £34 MILLION

* NELSON SEMEDO | BENFICA TO BARCELONA | €30 MILLION + €5 MILLION ADD-ONS

* MICHAEL KEANE | BURNLEY TO EVERTON | £30 MILLION

* DAVY KLAASSEN | AJAX TO EVERTON | €27 MILLION

* THEO HERNANDEZ | ATLETICO MADRID TO REAL MADRID | €26 MILLION

* HAKAN CALHANOGLU | BAYER LEVERKUSEN TO AC MILAN | €25 MILLION

* JORDAN PICKFORD | SUNDERLAND TO EVERTON | £25 MILLION

* NATHAN AKE | CHELSEA TO BOURNEMOUTH | £20 MILLION

* DANI CEBALLOS | REAL BETIS TO REAL MADRID | €18 MILLION

* JUAN CUADRADO | CHELSEA TO JUVENTUS | £17 MILLION

* WAYNE ROONEY | MANCHESTER UNITED TO EVERTON | FREE

* JOHN TERRY | CHELSEA TO ASTON VILLA | FREE

* DANI ALVES | JUVENTUS TO PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN | FREE

* PABLO ZABALETA | MANCHESTER CITY TO WEST HAM | FREE

* KLAAS-JAN HUNTELAAR | SCHALKE TO AJAX | FREE

* PEPE | REAL MADRID TO BESIKTAS | FREE

* JAMES RODRIGUEZ | REAL MADRID TO BAYERN MUNICH | TWO-YEAR LOAN

* DOUGLAS COSTA | BAYERN MUNICH TO JUVENTUS | €6 MILLION (LOAN) + €40 MILLION BUYING OPTION

* JOE HART | MANCHESTER CITY TO WEST HAM | LOAN

* ASMIR BEGOVIC | CHELSEA TO BOURNEMOUTH | UNDISCLOSED

* FRANCK KESSIE | ATALANTA TO AC MILAN | UNDISCLOSED

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He’s not going this season’ – Jose Mourinho guarantees De Gea won’t leave Manchester United

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has dismissed the idea of a blockbuster move between the teams.

Despite continued rumours the Spanish international will leave Manchester United for the La Liga giants, Moruinho said he has no doubt that the goalkeeper will still be among his ranks when the transfer window closes.

The coach said that while he expects fierce competition from recently re-signed Sergio Romero for the No.1 job, De Gea will stay at the club and contribute.

“I can guarantee that he’s not going this season, that I can. And my feeling is that it will be very difficult for him to go,” he said at a news conference. “It will be very difficult for him to go because he’s a very honest boy, very straight.

“He gets, like, he was contacted for a long time, the club is closed. Then we open because I always have this feeling of when a player has a desire to go I don’t like to stop players to go because in the end you don’t get from them what you expect if they want to move and they don’t move.”

 

 

Rooney reveals reason he chose Goodison Park return over China move

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Wayne Rooney hopes to force his way back into the England squad after completing a move back to boyhood club Everton, something he believes would have been impossible if he’d moved to China.

“As you well know, I love playing for England,” said Rooney. “Gareth had to make a decision — as Jose Mourinho did — but I spoke to him. I wasn’t playing the football that I like and I don’t think you should play for your country if you are not playing for your club.
“So I understood his decision fully. He told me that if I get back playing every week then the door is still open to return to the squad.

“It would be great if I could do that. If I do well here, I’m sure he will have a decision to make. want to play for England,” added Rooney. “If I’d gone to China, which was an option, then I would have called it a day myself.

 

Bayern Munich confirm Juventus in ‘serious’ talks for Douglas Costa

img-20160828-wa001_editBayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that talks with Juventus are advancing over Douglas Costa’s transfer to the Italian club, although no deal has yet been struck.

Rummenigge said the Brazil winger, 26, has requested to leave and Juve have made contact, although he insists that Bayern will not be held to ransom over the player’s transfer fee.

“The current state of affairs is that we are holding serious talks with Juventus, I can confirm that, but we don’t have a deal ready to be signed today,” Rummenigge told a news conference on Monday. “We are in negotiations and I would say these are positive and very serious, but I cannot say it is a done deal today.

“The player has informed us he would like to move and we have started negotiations at his request, but let there be no two ways about it: there is a fee and if this fee is met then we are ready not only to consider it but also to finalise it.”