- Manchester City confirm loaning of Stevan Jovetic to Internazionale
• Montenegro striker to spend 18 months at San Siro • City say there is a view to a permanent transfer The striker Stevan Jovetic has completed his loan move to Internazionale from Manchester City. The Premier League club have confirmed the 25-year-old has joined Inter on a year-and-a-half loan deal, with a view to a permanent transfer. Jovetic joined City from Fiorentina in the summer of 2013, but has not been a regular in Manuel Pellegrini’s side. Continue reading... Stevan Jovetic's time at Manchester City since joining from Fiorentina in 2013 has been disrupted by injury. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPAStevan Jovetic's time at Manchester City since joining from Fiorentina in 2013 has been disrupted by injury. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA
- Chelsea rein in spending while José Mourinho lets loose at rivals | Barney Ronay
Chelsea remain £10m in black in transfer window so far as manager shows no restraint in attacking challengers for Premier League title You can generally tell when José Mourinho feels a little antsy about life in general. As a basic rule any time you actually notice him – talking, gesturing, spreading his own special Mourinho voodoo – then something is probably up. And Mourinho has been talking this week before the Community Shield match against Arsenal at Wembley. Just when you thought he’d gone quiet. A creak of the coffin lid. José’s back. And he’s going on about stuff. In among the pot shots and wisecracks, Chelsea’s manager has had two main areas of interest in the last week of pre-season. First the overly lavish spending of others , a mischievous line of argument given Mourinho’s own status as the highest-spending manager in world football over the last decade. And beyond that the strength of Chelsea’s own playing core, most notably Eden Hazard’s claim on having had a more successful season than Cristiano Ronaldo which, for all the slight sense of double take, is based on an unarguably decisive contribution by Hazard to Chelsea’s title win. Continue reading... The Chelsea manager, José Mourinho, in the buildup to his club's search to be English champions again. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/ReutersThe Chelsea manager, José Mourinho, in the buildup to his club's search to be English champions again. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters
- Chelsea treating Community Shield as start of season, says José Mourinho - video
José Mourinho, the Chelsea manager, looks ahead to his team's Community Shield match against Arsenal on Sunday at Wembley. Mourinho says the team are not satisfied with the loss against the New York Red Bulls and so a very motivated to win against London rivals Arsenal. He also refuses to answer questions about Everton defender John Stones, comments on Diego Costa's fitness and Eden Hazard's progress Continue reading... 140x84 trailpic for Chelsea treating Community Shield as start of season, says Jos Mourinho - video
- Notts County justify rapid advancement with big crowds and a Wembley final
Women’s FA Cup finalists, Notts County, are only 18 months old, but have quickly created a model that is the envy of many in the Super League While the name is synonymous with longevity, Notts County’s presence at Wembley for Saturday’s Women’s FA Cup final against Chelsea revives a discussion that has continued during these times of progress in women’s football. Notts County will celebrate their 153rd birthday this November, but the women’s arm of the club is only 18 months old and its change of incarnation – effectively moving from Lincoln to take up a place in the Women’s Super League last year – has raised questions about the collateral cost of advancement in the sport. The facts that post-date their relocation, which saw Lincoln Ladies uprooted to Meadow Lane, are compelling. Notts County Ladies have been watched by higher crowds than anybody else in the Women’s Super League during the franchise’s first season and a half, their attendance record of 2,057 beaten only when Manchester City played Birmingham after the World Cup. Their squad contains five England players – including Laura Bassett – and they sit four points off the leaders, Sunderland, in an increasingly competitive top flight. More broadly, their integration with the men’s club, newly relegated to League Two, has set a standard for the sport in general. Continue reading... Laura Bassett and Danielle Buet of Notts County Ladies FC during their match against Sunderland AFC Ladies at Meadow Lane in April 2015.
- Aston Villa complete deals for Jordan Veretout and Rudy Gestede
• France Under-21 international Veretout arrives from Nantes on five-year deal • ‘Gestede knows how to find the back of the net,’ says Tim Sherwood Aston Villa have signed the French midfielder Jordan Veretout from Nantes and confirmed the arrival of the Benin striker Rudy Gestede from Blackburn Rovers. Veretout joins for an undisclosed fee on a five-year deal from the Ligue 1 club, with the France Under-21 international having been linked with a move to the Premier League throughout the summer. Continue reading... Jordan Veretout has represented France at youth level and helped his country win the Under-20 World Cup in 2013. Photograph: SIPA/REX ShutterstockJordan Veretout has represented France at youth level and helped his country win the Under-20 World Cup in 2013. Photograph: SIPA/REX Shutterstock
- The Fiver | FA-approved daddies, partners and sons
Click here to have the Fiver sent to your inbox every weekday at 5pm, or if your usual copy has stopped arriving QUE SERA SERA, WE’RE GOING TO WEMBLEY, TWICE There are a couple of huge matches taking place at Wembley this weekend. First up, it’s the Women’s FA Cup final , to be contested at the home of English football for the very first time in the tournament’s 44-year history. Some older readers may recall that a similar fixture in a similar competition at the same stadium used to be a big thing with the men, too, but the women’s game hasn’t become utterly riddled with cynicism yet. Indeed, it’s positively thriving, and Saturday’s clash between Chelsea and Notts County is certain to capture the imagination, partly because of the grand setting, partly because both teams are looking for their first-ever major trophy, but mainly because Arsenal aren’t cluttering up the place for once. Continue reading... Captains Katie Chapman and Ellen White get their Stare-out Championship on before the final.Captains Katie Chapman and Ellen White get their Stare-out Championship on before the final.
- Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino made to wait by Liverpool
• New signings not included in squad to face Helsinki on Saturday • Emre Can, Alberto Moreno, Lucas Leiva and Joe Allen will also not feature Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino will have to wait for their first appearance in a Liverpool shirt after being left out of the trip to Finland for Saturday’s pre-season friendly against HJK Helsinki. Related: Liverpool omit Balotelli, Borini and José Enrique for final pre-season games Continue reading... Liverpool's Christian Benteke, left, and Roberto Firmino will not travel to Finland for Saturday's pre-season game against MJK Helsinki. Photograph: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty ImagesLiverpool's Christian Benteke, left, and Roberto Firmino will not travel to Finland for Saturday's pre-season game against MJK Helsinki. Photograph: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images
- Women’s FA Cup final: Alex Scott breaks down Chelsea v Notts County
The England and Arsenal defender looks at why Chelsea should win but says they will have to match the physicality and aggression of Notts County Manager Emma Hayes Continue reading... Katie Chapman is regarded as one of Chelsea’s key players because of her battling qualities in midfield. Photograph: Ben Hoskins/The FA via Getty ImagesKatie Chapman is regarded as one of Chelsea’s key players because of her battling qualities in midfield. Photograph: Ben Hoskins/The FA via Getty Images
- Gillingham and chairman Paul Scally fined £75,000 for ‘race victimisation’
• FA rule striker Mark McCammon was unfairly dismissed in 2011 • Club and Scally ‘shocked, stunned and angered’ and say they will appeal Gillingham and their chairman, Paul Scally, have each been fined £75,000 for “race victimisation” relating to the departure of the striker Mark McCammon in 2011. McCammon spent three years with Gillingham, and an employment tribunal in Ashford had previously ruled his departure was because of racial discrimination . McCammon claimed the club refused him treatment for an injury and docked his wages. Continue reading... Gillingham chairman Paul Scally.Gillingham chairman Paul Scally.
- Premier League 2015-16 preview No10: Manchester United | Jamie Jackson
Louis van Gaal has created a culture of ‘no excuses’ for his players while fearing a deficit of creative class will leave them short against Chelsea and Europe’s elite Guardian writers’ predicted position: 2nd (NB: this is not necessarily Jamie Jackson’s prediction but the average of our writers’ tips) Last season’s position: 4th Continue reading...
- Maarten Stekelenburg keen to get career back on track at Southampton
• 32-year-old played for Holland in 2010 World Cup final in South Africa • Stekelenburg: ‘I wanted to play and I get the chance here at Southampton’ Maarten Stekelenburg intends to get his career back on track at Southampton after the frustration of his previous spell in English football at Fulham, which necessitated what he calls an “escape” from Craven Cottage. The goalkeeper, who played for Holland in the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa , joined Fulham from Roma in the summer of 2013 only to endure a frustrating season, which culminated in him being dropped by the then manager Felix Magath and the club being relegated from the Premier League. Continue reading... Maarten Stekelenburg saves Cesc Fàbregas's effort in the 2010 World Cup final between Holland and Spain. Photograph: Luca Bruno/APMaarten Stekelenburg saves Cesc Fàbregas's effort in the 2010 World Cup final between Holland and Spain. Photograph: Luca Bruno/AP
- West Brom confirm signing of Rickie Lambert from Liverpool for £3m
• Striker, 33, cost Liverpool £4.5m last summer • Lambert struggled to get a run in Liverpool side West Bromwich Albion have confirmed the signing of Rickie Lambert from Liverpool as Brendan Rodgers looks to trim his squad . Lambert becomes Tony Pulis’s third summer signing for a fee believed to be just under £3m. The 33-year-old striker passed a medical at West Brom on Friday and will join James Chester and James McClean as the new faces in the squad. Continue reading... Rickie Lambert joined Liverpool at the beginning of last season but struggled to get a run in the team. Photograph: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty ImagesRickie Lambert joined Liverpool at the beginning of last season but struggled to get a run in the team. Photograph: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images
- Manchester United 2015-16 season preview: will Van Gaal's team hit the heights? – video
Jamie Jackson takes a look at Manchester United's chances of success this season. Louis van Gaal has had more than a year to mould his squad now, with high-profile signings to augment the core left by Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes. Back in the Champions League with a squad deeper than most, will their resurgence continue ? Continue reading... 140x84 trailpic for Manchester United 2015-16 season preview: how high can van Gaal take the Red Devils? - video
- Celtic will win Scottish Premiership but hope springs eternal for the rest | Ewan Murray
Celtic team are 1-33 to win the title again but despite the unease around Scottish football there remains optimism at the start of a new season Scottish football does not exactly celebrate diminishing standards but it has been forced to accept them. Inverness enjoyed the finest season of their short history in 2014-15 and lost one of their star players, Marley Watkins, to Barnsley for a 400% salary increase. Earlier, the main striker at the Premiership’s third footballing force, Billy McKay, left for League One-bound Wigan Athletic. He has thus far made little impression. Continue reading... The Celtic manager, Ronny Deila, will likely be celebrating again this season, but who will be the best of the rest in Scotland? Photograph: Graham Stuart/Action ImagesThe Celtic manager, Ronny Deila, will likely be celebrating again this season, but who will be the best of the rest in Scotland? Photograph: Graham Stuart/Action Images
- Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla sign new contracts with Arsenal
• Walcott’s £140,000 a week puts him in same pay bracket as Özil and Sánchez • Walcott given four-year contract; Cazorla agrees two-year extension Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla have signed new contracts at Arsenal. Walcott put pen to paper on Thursday on a four-year deal which is worth £140,000 a week and replaces his old £100,000-a-week terms, which were set to expire next summer. Cazorla had earlier agreed his extension, which runs for two years to the summer of 2017, but the club waited until Walcott had signed so they could make a double announcement on Friday, before Sunday’s Community Shield against Chelsea at Wembley. Continue reading... Theo Walcott, left, and Santi Cazorla have signed new contracts with Arsenal. Photograph: David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty ImagesTheo Walcott, left, and Santi Cazorla have signed new contracts with Arsenal. Photograph: David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images
- Didier Drogba introduced by Montreal Impact – video
Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is unveiled as the newest member of Canadian football team Montreal Impact in Québec. Sitting with club officials, president Joey Saputo and manager Frank Klopas, the striker speak to cheering crowds about his reception at the airport and his expectations for the club Continue reading... 140x84 trailpic for Didier Drogba introduced by Montreal Impact - video
- MLS All-Star Game marks halfway, and will Frank Lampard finally appear?
All-Stars’ 2-1 win over Spurs means we’re into the business end; New York City wonder whether Lampard will play; and Revolution aim to continue turnaround The MLS All-Star Game happened, an event which provided the slightly surreal sight of David Villa and Kaka both scoring for the “home” side at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado. Sadly, despite Don Garber’s two “commissioner picks”, injuries denied American fans first-hand knowledge of whether Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard can effectively occupy the same pitch at the same time. Continue reading... Omar Gonzalez celebrates with David Villa after the Spaniard’s goal in the all-star game.
- Van Gaal praises Manchester United despite losing 2-0 to PSG – video
Louis van Gaal, the Manchester United manager, looks ahead to his side's Premier League campaign and comments on David De Gea's performance against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, defending the goalkeeper from criticism that his performance was poor. The manager also refuses to comment on the state of Angel Di Maria's transfer to the Parisian club Continue reading... 140x84 trailpic for Louis van Gaal pleased with Manchester United, despite 2-0 loss to PSG - video
- Fenerbahce complain to Uefa over Fred’s Shakhtar selection in qualifier
• Midfielder has doping allegations hanging over him from Copa América • Fred played in Champions League qualifier first leg against Uefa advice Fenerbahce have lodged a protest with Uefa over the inclusion of the midfielder Fred in the Shakhtar Donetsk lineup for Tuesday’s Champions League qualifier despite allegations of a doping offence hanging over the Brazilian international. According to reports in Brazil , the 22-year-old had tested positive for a banned diuretic at the recent Copa América in Chile and faces a lengthy ban from the game should his second sample confirm the findings. Continue reading... The Brazilian midfielder Fred, right, played in the first leg of the Champions League qualifier in Turkey which ended goalless. Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Brazilian midfielder Fred, right, played in the first leg of the Champions League qualifier in Turkey which ended goalless. Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images
- Any club in need of a goalkeeper should look to Germany and the Bundesliga
Germany has always produced great keepers but the current crop is exceptional. Manuel Neuer is a world champion, their Under-21 keeper has just won the Champions League with Barcelona and 14 Bundesliga clubs have native No1s By Jason Humphreys for Englische Woche , part of the Guardian Sport Network When Hugo Lloris injured his wrist earlier this month he did more than delay his own start to the season – he threw a spanner into the works of the goalkeeper merry-go-round. If reports were true, the France and Tottenham player had been lined up by Louis van Gaal to replace Real Madrid-bound David de Gea, with Victor Valdés seemingly on his way out of Manchester United. Lloris’ fractured wrist could keep him in London and De Gea in Manchester – at least for this summer. Van Gaal has picked up Sergio Romero on a free transfer, but it remains to be seen whether the Argentina international will be a replacement, competition or back-up for De Gea. Continue reading... Marc-André ter Stegen won the Champions League win Barcelona last season but is yet to impress in the senior Germany squad.Marc-André ter Stegen won the Champions League win Barcelona last season but is yet to impress in the senior Germany squad.