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The transfer carousel is in full swing again, so who will be moving to the Premier League this summer?

See a full list of all Premier League ins and outs from the 2022 summer transfer window below.

Keep track of all the latest developments with our transfer center Blog.

Fees include any add-ons.

Arsenal

In

Fabio Viera – Porto, £34m

Matt Turner – New England Revolution, undisclosed

Marquinhos – Sao Paulo, undisclosed

Out

Alexandre Lacazette – Lyon, free

Matteo Guendouzi -Marseille, £10 million

Harry Clark – Stoke, ready

Tyreece John-Jules – Ipswich, ready

AstonVilla

In

Diego Carlos – Sevilla, £26m

Boubacar Kamara – Marseilles, free

Robin Olson – Roma, undisclosed

Philippe Coutinho – Barcelona, ​​£17m

Out

Matt Target – Newcastle, £15m

Bournemouth

In

Joe Rothwell – Blackburn, free

Out

None

Brentford

In

None

Out

Dom Jeffries – Gillingham, free

Ben Hockenhull – Tranmere Rovers, free

Lewis Gordon – published

Max Haygard – published

Julien Jeanvier – published

Jaakko Oksanen – published

Zanka – published

Brighton

In

Julio Enciso – Libertad Asuncion, £9.5m

Out

Jayson Molumby – West Brom, undisclosed

Alex Cochrane – Hearts, undisclosed

Yves Bissouma -Tottenham, £35m

chelsea

In

None

Out

Antonio Rudiger – Real Madrid, free

Andreas Christensen published

Danny Drinkwater published

Charly Musonda published

Jake Clarke Salter published

Lucas Bergstrom – Peterborough, loan

Sam McClelland – Wheelbarrow, ready

crystal palace

In

Malcom Ebiowei – Derby, undisclosed

Out

Francois Hurl – Huddersfield, free

Everton

In

Out

Fabien Delphi – published

Cenk Tosun – published

Gylfi Sigurdsson – published

Jonjoe Kenny – published

Fulham

In

None

Out

Fabio Carvalho – Liverpool, undisclosed

André-Frank Zambo Anguisa – Naples, undisclosed

Sonny Hilton – Carlisle, ready

Taye Ashby-Hammond – Stevenage, ready

Leeds

In

Brenden Aaronson – Red Bull Salzburg, £24.7m

Rasmus Kristensen – Red Bull Salzburg, £10m

Marc Roca – Bayern Munich, £10m

Out

Nohan Kenneh – Hibernian, free

Liam McCarron – Stoke City, undisclosed

Leicester

In

None

Out

Tyrese Shade – Swindon, Free

liverpool

In

Calvin Ramsey – Aberdeen, £6.5m

Darwin Nunez – Benfica, £85m

Fabio Carvalho – Fulham, undisclosed

Out

Divock Original – published

Loris Karius – published

Sheyi Ojo – published

Ben Woodburn – published

Elijah Dixon Bonner – published

Luis Longstaff – published

Sean Wilson – published

Conor Bradley – Bolton, ready

Sadio Mane – Bayern Munich, £35m

Adam Lewis – Newport, ready

Billy Koumetio – Austria Vienna, loan

Takumi Minamino -Monaco, £15.5m

Manchester City

In

Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund, £51million

Out

Gavin Bazunu – Southampton, undisclosed

James Trafford – Bolton, ready

Fernandinho – Athletico Paranaense, free

Manchester United

In

None

Out

Paul Pogba – published

Juan Mata – published

jesse lingard – published

Nemanja Mátic – Rome, free

Edinson Cavani – published

Lee Grant – published

D’Mani Mellor – published

Reece Devine – published

Paul McShane – published

Connor Stanley – published

Paul Woolton – published

Newcastle

In

Matt Target – Villa Aston, £15m

Nick Pope – Burnley, £10m

Out

Jack Young – Wycombe, undisclosed

Oisin McEntee – Walsall, free

Mohamed Sangare – Accrington, free

Freddie Woodman – Preston, undisclosed

Nottingham Forest

In

Taiwo Awoniyi – Union Berlin, £17.5m

Out

Jayden Richardson – Aberdeen, undisclosed

Tobias Figueiredo – Hull, free

Southampton

In

Armel Bella-Kotchap – VfL Bochum, £9.5m

Gavin Bazunu – Man City, undisclosed

Mateusz Lis – Altai, free

Out

Kazeem Olaigbe – Ross County Loan

Harry Lewis – Bradford, free

Fraser Forster – Tottenham, free

Caleb Watts – Morecambe, ready

Tottenham

In

Ivan Perisic – Inter Milan, free

Fraser Forster – Southampton, free

Yves Bissouma – Brighton, £35m

Out

Cameron Carter Vickers – Celtic, undisclosed

West Ham

In

Nayef Aguerd – Rennes, £30m

Alphonse Areole – West Ham, £10.5m

Out

None

wolves

In

None

Out

Conor Carty- Published

Pascal Estrada – Published

Marcal- Published

Raphael Nya – Published

Jamie Pardington – Published

John Ruddy- Published

Romain Saiss- Published

Faisu Sangare – Published

Ki Jana Hoever – PSV, ready

Ryan Gilles – Middlesbrough, loan

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff slams ‘pitiful’ F1 rivals for row of porpoises, Christian Horner hits back with ‘theater’ jibe https://www.observingthesky.org/mercedes-boss-toto-wolff-slams-pitiful-f1-rivals-for-row-of-porpoises-christian-horner-hits-back-with-theater-jibe/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 05:03:20 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/mercedes-boss-toto-wolff-slams-pitiful-f1-rivals-for-row-of-porpoises-christian-horner-hits-back-with-theater-jibe/

Toto Wolff says rival team bosses are using ‘political games’ in F1 row over bouncing cars, but Christian Horner accuses Wolff of acting for Netflix cameras in heated meeting; Watch the British GP live on Sky Sports F1 this weekend, with Sunday’s race at 3pm

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has accused rivals of ‘dishonest’ and ‘pitiful’ behavior in F1’s ‘porpoising’ line, although Red Bull’s Christian Horner hit back saying his counterpart was creating ‘theatre’ .

Following a number of driver complaints about the new 2022 cars bouncing violently at high speeds, the FIA ​​issued a new technical directive ahead of the Canadian GP for safety reasons – leading to a heated meeting of team bosses at Montreal, where Wolff and Horner had divergent views.

Horner, whose team leads both championships and has a more stable car, said it was unfair to change the rules when a team struggles more than most, pointing to underperformance and bouncing back from Mercedes .

Wolff admitted that all the teams were either trying to maintain a competitive advantage or gain it, but insisted that “the situation has clearly gone too far”.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has questioned the FIA's plans to tackle the porpoising that has plagued cars this season

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Red Bull boss Christian Horner has questioned the FIA’s plans to tackle the porpoising that has plagued cars this season

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has questioned the FIA’s plans to tackle the porpoising that has plagued cars this season

He said all the pilots were suffering from what was a design issue that needed to be fixed.

“Team bosses trying to manipulate what is being said in order to maintain the competitive advantage, and trying to play political games when the FIA ​​tries to find a quick fix to at least put the cars in a better position, c ‘is dishonest,’ he said.

“It’s a common problem that we have as Formula 1…it’s a design problem that needs to be solved. We have long-term effects that we can’t even judge.”

“But anytime it’s a safety risk and offering little manipulations in the background, or Chinese whispers, or briefing pilots is just pitiful.”

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff gives an honest interview to Martin Brundle about driver safety, Mercedes issues and Lewis Hamilton's mindset

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Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff gives an honest interview to Martin Brundle about driver safety, Mercedes issues and Lewis Hamilton’s mindset

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff gives an honest interview to Martin Brundle about driver safety, Mercedes issues and Lewis Hamilton’s mindset

Wolff added: “Of course people will wonder if my position is sincere or not.

“That’s why I say it’s not just our problem.”

Once-dominant Mercedes are currently third in the constructors’ standings, 116 points behind Red Bull.

Horner accuses Wolff of creating “theatre”

The new FIA technical directive will force teams to change their settings if they are found to be breaking a limit on the vertical movement of their cars.

But Red Bull and Ferrari, first and second in the championship, have argued that the rebound is an issue for teams to resolve independently and that a technical directive should clarify the rules rather than change them.

Relive Lewis Hamilton's huge crash with title rival Max Verstappen at last year's British Grand Prix

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Relive Lewis Hamilton’s huge crash with title rival Max Verstappen at last year’s British Grand Prix

Relive Lewis Hamilton’s huge crash with title rival Max Verstappen at last year’s British Grand Prix

After the Canadian GP, ​​where Max Verstappen won again but Mercedes impressed in third and fourth despite their car troubles, Horner said Wolff’s position was “ironic”.

“Ferrari presented its position regarding the TD [technical directive] and Toto is campaigning for a rule change – which is somewhat ironic as his car looked quite fast with little rebound,” Horner said after the race.

“And I think he was just pointed out that maybe his problems were internal rather than everyone else’s problem.”

With Netflix cameras following Wolff over the weekend for the upcoming season of ‘Drive to Survive’, Horner added, “I think there was an element of drama to this reunion.

Christian Horner admits it was a nervous watch from the pit wall as Carlos Sainz tried to chase Max Verstappen in the closing stages of the race

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Christian Horner admits it was a nervous watch from the pit wall as Carlos Sainz tried to chase Max Verstappen in the closing stages of the race

Christian Horner admits it was a nervous watch from the pit wall as Carlos Sainz tried to chase Max Verstappen in the closing stages of the race

“So maybe with the new Lewis movie coming he will play a role!”

How to watch the British Grand Prix on Sky Sports

Formula 1 returns home this weekend with the famous British Grand Prix providing a live sporting spectacle Sky sports.

The key moments for an unmissable weekend on Sky Sports F1 are:

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the team has shown real pace in the race but insists there is still work to be done.

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the team has shown real pace in the race but insists there is still work to be done.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the team has shown real pace in the race but insists there is still work to be done.

  • Thursday welcomes the return of the F1 show live from Silverstone at 6pm, as the drivers join us for more exclusive interviews
  • Track action begins on Friday, with F1 testing, as well as F2, F3 and W Series sessions
  • British GP qualifying is live at 3pm on Saturday, with a ramp-up from 2.10pm after the W Series race
  • The British Grand Prix is ​​live at 3pm on Sunday, with a ramp-up from 1.30pm

All the action can also be followed online and through our digital platforms and streams, while the F1 Show will be live on the Sky Sports F1 YouTube channel. There will also be plenty of updates on Sky Sports News.

The Sky Sports F1 live schedule

Thursday June 30
6 p.m.: The F1 Motor Show

friday july 1st
9:35 a.m.: F3 training
10:45 a.m.: F2 training
12:30 p.m.: preparation for the British GP Practice One (the session starts at 1 p.m.)
2:50 p.m.: F3 qualifying
3:35 p.m.: preparation for the second British GP (the session starts at 4 p.m.)
5:25 p.m.: F2 Qualifying
6:10 p.m.: Series W qualifying

Saturday July 2
9:50 a.m.: F3 Sprint Race
11.45 a.m.: Preparation for the third practice of the British GP (the session starts at 12 p.m.)
1:10 p.m.: W Series race
2.10 p.m .: preparation for qualifying for the British GP
3 p.m.: Qualifying for the British GP
4:55 p.m.: F2 Sprint race
6 p.m.: Ted’s qualification notebook

Sunday July 3
8:30 a.m.: F3 Feature Race
10:00 a.m.: F2 Feature Race
1:30 p.m.: Grand Prix Sunday: preparation for the British GP
3 p.m.: THE 2022 BRITISH GRAND PRIX
5 p.m.: Reaction from the British GP: Checkered Flag
6 p.m.: Ted’s notebook

F1 2022 heads to Silverstone for motorsport’s big event of the summer. Join Sky Sports F1 for extended coverage of the British GP weekend – racing starts at 3pm on Sunday July 3.

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Alphonse Areola: West Ham agree five-year £11m deal for Paris Saint-Germain keeper | Transfer Center News https://www.observingthesky.org/alphonse-areola-west-ham-agree-five-year-11m-deal-for-paris-saint-germain-keeper-transfer-center-news/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 12:56:16 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/alphonse-areola-west-ham-agree-five-year-11m-deal-for-paris-saint-germain-keeper-transfer-center-news/

West Ham have agreed a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.

The Hammers will now trigger the £11million option price for the 29-year-old.

Areola is expected at the club within the next 24 hours to sign the deal with an official announcement to follow.

Areola was loaned out last summer with West Ham holding an option to buy.

West Ham see this as a fantastic deal as other clubs – including Newcastle – were interested.

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Alphonse Areola spent last season on loan at West Ham

West Ham offer to sign Lingard

Jesse Lingard had a successful spell on loan at West Ham in 2021
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Jesse Lingard had a successful spell on loan at West Ham in 2021

West Ham have made an offer for jesse lingard‘s representatives on signing the player on a free transfer.

The midfielder officially becomes a free agent on July 1 after his contract with Manchester United expires and it is believed the Hammers are ‘hopeful’ a deal can be agreed.

Lingard enjoyed a successful loan spell at West Ham in the second half of the 2020/21 season when he scored nine goals in 16 Premier League starts, while Newcastle attempted to sign Lingard in the January transfer window .

West Ham set to offer £30m for Chelsea striker Broja

West Ham are set to make an offer of around £30m for the Chelsea striker Armand Broja.

The 20-year-old has been identified as West Ham’s best striker this summer and talks continue with Chelsea.

The club are keen to step up their pursuit of the Albania international, with his future to be secured by new co-owner Todd Boehly and manager Thomas Tuchel following the departure of Chelsea manager Marina Granovskaia.

West Ham tried to sign Broja in January and a source claims Tuchel wants to watch him in pre-season before making a decision.

Broja impressed on loan at Southampton last season, scoring nine goals in 38 appearances in all competitions, and the Saints were also keen to sign him permanently. West Ham also tried to sign him in January.

Armando Broja was on loan at Southampton last season
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Armando Broja was on loan at Southampton last season

Hammers remain interested in Ward-Prowse

West Ham are also on the hunt for a midfielder and are interested in the Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse remains.

The Hammers are aware of the difficulty of concluding a deal after Ward-Prowse signed a five-year contract at Southampton in August.

His valuation will be high considering he is an England international and the deal would be between two Premier League clubs.

As a result, West Ham are considering a number of other players in this position. David Moyes wants to bring in at least six new players in this window.

What other positions are West Ham targeting?

Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol:

David Moyes will receive cash to spend on continuing to strengthen his squad, with Mark Noble, Andriy Yarmolenko, Ryan Fredericks and David Martin all leaving at the end of their contracts.

One of the sagas of the summer will be the future of Declan Rice. West Ham have made it clear they won’t be selling him this summer, but you’d think they would find it difficult to turn down an offer of around £100m. Rice has two years left on his contract, but West Ham have the option of extending it for another year until the summer of 2025.

They are also interested in Hull City striker Keane Lewis-Potter.

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West Ham’s new signing, Moroccan defender Nayef Aguerd, says it was an easy decision for him to join the club after speaking with manager David Moyes.

Follow the summer transfer window with Sky Sports

Who will be on the road this summer before the transfer window closes in 11 p.m. on September 1.

Keep up to date with all the latest transfer news and rumors in our dedicated Transfer Hub blog at Sky Sports’ digital platforms. You can also catch up on the ins, outs and analysis at Sky Sports News.

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Raphinha: Arsenal to make approach for Leeds United striker | Transfer Center News https://www.observingthesky.org/raphinha-arsenal-to-make-approach-for-leeds-united-striker-transfer-center-news/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 17:26:20 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/raphinha-arsenal-to-make-approach-for-leeds-united-striker-transfer-center-news/

Arsenal are interested in Raphinha and are expected to formally approach Leeds United about the possibility of signing the Brazilian striker.

Raphinha, 25, has two years left on her contract and is not expected to sign a new contract at Elland Road.

Barcelona would also like to sign Raphinha, whose agent is ex-Barca player Deco.

The Brazil international joined Leeds from Ligue 1 side Rennes on a four-year deal in October 2020, contributing six goals and eight assists in 29 Premier League games in his debut campaign, while last season the player managed 11 goals and three assists in 35 years. league matches.

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Raphinha, 25, has two years left on her contract and is unlikely to sign a new contract at Elland Road

Meanwhile, Arsenal remain in talks over the signing of Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus.

City’s asking price for the Brazil international is said to be £50million.

Would signing Jesus give Arsenal an edge in CL battle?

Guardian football writer and Italian football expert Nicky Bandini told Sky Sports:

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Arsenal remain optimistic about signing Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus this summer

“I think it’s too early to say it would give them the edge as there is a long way to go in the transfer window and Arsenal need to catch up. It won’t be easy next season as they will be in the Europa League.

“The Thursday-Sunday schedule has a negative impact on domestic performance, so it will be difficult for Arsenal to close the gap.

“If you want to do that, you have to be encouraged by the club to do your business early. Addressing a big area from the start by signing Gabriel Jesus is a positive step.

“His goal-to-expected ratio is one of the lowest in the Premier League since he arrived, but his goalscoring has been prolific. He has more than one goal every two games, so his productivity has been very high.

“Arsenal have been screaming for someone to constantly run out of those chances. That was the one thing that was missing last season.”

Arsenal schedule: Gunners start at Palace

Arsenal Calendar 2022/23

Arsenal will start their 2022/23 Premier League campaign at Crystal Palace on August 5, live on Friday Night Football.

Mikel Arteta’s side, who finished fifth in the Premier League last season, next host Leicester City on August 13 before traveling to newly-promoted Bournemouth on August 20.

The Gunners’ first North London derby will take place at the Emirates Stadium on October 1, while the second leg at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will take place early in the New Year on January 14.

Arsenal’s last game before the season’s break for the Winter World Cup will be away to Wolves on the weekend of 12/13 November. They will then return to action on Boxing Day, entertaining West Ham.

The final day of the Premier League season is May 28, when Arsenal will close out their home campaign against Wolves.

Follow the summer transfer window with Sky Sports

Who will be on the move this summer when the transfer window opens on June 10 and closes at 11 p.m. on September 1?

Keep up to date with all the latest transfer news and rumors in our dedicated Transfer Hub blog at Sky Sports’ digital platforms. You can also catch up on the ins, outs and analysis at Sky Sports News.

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US Open: Rory McIlroy regrets “missed opportunity” after extending major drought at Brookline | Golf News https://www.observingthesky.org/us-open-rory-mcilroy-regrets-missed-opportunity-after-extending-major-drought-at-brookline-golf-news/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 23:34:10 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/us-open-rory-mcilroy-regrets-missed-opportunity-after-extending-major-drought-at-brookline-golf-news/

McIlroy followed a second-place finish at the Masters and an eighth-place finish at the PGA Championship by claiming a share of fifth at the Country Club, his fourth straight top 10 finish at the US Open, finishing the week four strokes behind Matt Fitzpatrick

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Rory McIlroy remains without a major win since winning the 2014 PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy thinks the end of his major drought is drawing near after having to settle for a top five finish at the 122nd US Open.

McIlroy entered the final day three shots back and got off to the dream start with a birdie on the first hole, to mix five birdies with four bogeys in an eventful final round 69.

The Northern Irishman finished four strokes into tied fifth as Matt Fitzpatrick picked up a first major win, with McIlroy happy with his performance but disappointed not to come close to a second win in as many weeks.

McIlroy, winner of the RBC Canadian Open last week, was aiming for a second win in as many starts

McIlroy, winner of the RBC Canadian Open last week, was aiming for a second win in as many starts

“I will consider this another missed opportunity, just like Southern Hills was, but missed opportunities are better than not fighting at all,” McIlroy said. “So that’s a positive. I have to be patient at this point because if I keep getting into position, sooner or later it’s going to be my day and I’m going to have one.

“It’s not win or lose. It’s not like where I finished today is the same as not playing on the weekend. I guess when I look back, will I remember the fifth place I had at Brookline?

“Yeah, there’s some positives to come out of it. I played well enough to give myself a chance to win. I didn’t get the job done, but I’m closer than I’ve been in a while , the good thing is.”

After driving from 25ft on the first, McIlroy canceled a bogey on the third by birdieing 20ft on the fourth, but then dropped another shot on the next driveable after electing to putt from the green.

Rory McIlroy made the perfect start to the final round of the US Open at Brookline by birdieing the first hole to go two under par

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Rory McIlroy made the perfect start to the final round of the US Open at Brookline by birdieing the first hole to go two under par

Rory McIlroy made the perfect start to the final round of the US Open at Brookline by birdieing the first hole to go two under par

McIlroy followed up a birdie in the sixth by bogeying the next and failing to take advantage of the par-five eighth, seeing him reach turn five late, while any slim hope of a late major charge ended when he missed to nine feet to save par at 11th.

Consecutive birdies from the 14th brought McIlroy back into the top five and within three of the lead, before moving up and down from a greenside bunker to save par on the 16th, then missing birdie opportunities over the course. of the last two holes.

Matt Fitzpatrick won his first major title at the US Open with a par two putt on the 72nd hole as Will Zalatoris missed a birdie putt to force a play-off

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Matt Fitzpatrick won his first major title at the US Open with a par two putt on the 72nd hole as Will Zalatoris missed a birdie putt to force a play-off

Matt Fitzpatrick won his first major title at the US Open with a par two putt on the 72nd hole as Will Zalatoris missed a birdie putt to force a play-off

McIlroy will make his fourth start in as many weeks at the Travelers Championship, before taking two weeks off before heading into the 150th Open at St Andrews next month.

“A bit of a roller coaster on the front nine, bogeys and birdies,” McIlroy added. “I got off to a good start. I felt like there were a few holes this week that were my nemesis, with the third one being one of them.

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“It wasn’t that easy there. Obviously there were some good scores but I needed to shoot a 65 or a 66 to get the job done today and I just wasn’t I still feel like I played well and shot a solid round of golf, but not good enough to wrestle.

“Another top five in a major. Guess that really doesn’t mean anything. Yeah, the game is on. I still have a start next week in Hartford before going to the Open Championship.

“I’m going to rest two weeks before the Open and play golf on links and prepare and I’m looking forward to it. Again, my game is in good shape. I have one more chance this year of trying to get that major.”

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Bethany England on ‘incredible’ Euros and debuts in the boys’ team with her twin sister | Soccer News https://www.observingthesky.org/bethany-england-on-incredible-euros-and-debuts-in-the-boys-team-with-her-twin-sister-soccer-news/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 08:06:43 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/bethany-england-on-incredible-euros-and-debuts-in-the-boys-team-with-her-twin-sister-soccer-news/

Bethany England says representing England at a home Euro will be an “incredible experience” after reflecting on a footballing journey that started in a boys’ team with her twin sister Laura.

The 28-year-old has been selected in Sarina Wiegman’s squad for the upcoming tournament. The Lionesses’ matches, the first of which is played at Old Trafford on Wednesday July 6, are already sold out.

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We visit Beth and Laura England to discuss Euro 2022 and the sisters discuss the issues their surname is causing and their competitive sibling battles

England said Sky Sports News“I think it’s going to be amazing, having family and friends able to travel to the home countries and come to every game. With sold-out stadiums, it’s going to be packed. It’s going just be an amazing experience.”

England, who have just won the Women’s Super League with Chelsea, have been named Player of the Year and PFA Player of the Year for 2020. She has scored 60 goals in 126 appearances for Chelsea and has 16 international caps.

What many don’t know is that England has a twin sister, Laura, who is also a talented sportswoman. The pair played for Sheffield United academy, but started in a boys’ team.

“We weren’t afraid of tackles, whether it was kicking them out or giving them away,” Laura recalled.

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While Bethany admits the boys were always very welcoming, the girls could put them to the test. One of his most vivid memories was of a rather brutal defeat.

“The very first game I think was against Spy Rangers, we lost 22-0,” Bethany said. “Honestly, even if you think it sounds brutal. It didn’t hit us. We wanted to keep playing.”

When the pair were growing up, women’s football was far from what it has now. There were very few TV shows and there were very few role models. Laura decided to focus on the javelin instead, which she did internationally, training alongside Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Bethany England (left) with her twin sister Laura
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Bethany England (left) with her twin sister Laura

The girls may have matching tattoos and dogs, but they have very different personalities and aren’t identical twins. Laura admits this has its advantages, because unlike Bethany, she doesn’t get stopped at the supermarket all the time for her autograph. Nevertheless, they are fiercely competitive.

Bethany said: “We were playing tennis on the side of our house once. I lost and was so mad I threw the racquet. It bounced back and hit her in the face. She s was left with this really bad lump on her eye, which she had to have an operation to get it removed.”

Having the surname “England”, it seems almost fitting that both girls have competed in their own sports internationally. However, that has its downsides, as they found out when trying to book a taxi home after England lost to Italy in the final of the Men’s European Championship last summer.

“They asked what last name it was,” Laura recalled. “She said ‘England’ and they hung up. They didn’t want to believe us because they thought it was a prank.”

Follow Euro 2022 on Sky Sports

Catch up on all the latest Euro 2022 news on Sky Sports and Sky Sports News this summer.

Coverage will be anchored by Sky Sports WSL presenter Caroline Barker, alongside Jessica Creighton and Kyle Walker. Meanwhile, Karen Carney, Sue Smith, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk and Laura Bassett will provide analysis throughout the tournament.

They will also be joined by experienced England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley and Manchester City defender Esme Morgan.

Pundits and presenters will work from the Sky Sports Women’s Euro 2022 mobile presentation bus, which will follow the Sky Sports News team around the country to the various stadiums where the matches are taking place.

Additionally, Sky Sports’ Essential Football Podcast will be rebranded for the Sky Sports Women’s Euros Podcast Tournament from June 21. Hosted by Charlotte Marsh and Anton Toloui, it will feature exclusive news and player interviews in addition to a solid tournament programme.

Euro 2022: The groups…

Group A: England, Austria, Norway, Northern Ireland

Group B: Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland

Group C: Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal, Switzerland

Group D: France, Italy, Belgium, Iceland

Euro 2022: The schedule…

Group stage

Wednesday July 6

Group A: England v Austria – Kick off 8pm, Old Trafford

Thursday July 7

Group A: Norway v Northern Ireland – kick off 8pm, St Mary’s

Friday July 8

Group B: Spain v Finland – Kick off 5.00pm, Stadium MK

Group B: Germany v Denmark – Kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium

Saturday July 9

Group C: Portugal vs Switzerland – kick off 5pm, Leigh Sports Village

Group C: Netherlands v Sweden – kick off 8pm, Bramall Lane

Sunday July 10

Group D: Belgium v ​​Iceland – Kick off 5.00pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium

Group D: France vs Italy – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium

Monday July 11

Group A: Austria v Northern Ireland – kick off 5pm, St Mary’s

Group A: England v Norway – kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium

tuesday july 12

Group B: Denmark v Finland – Kick off 5.00pm, Stadium MK

Group B: Germany v Spain – Kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium

Wednesday July 13

Group C: Sweden v Switzerland – kick off 5pm, Bramall Lane

Group C: Netherlands-Portugal – kick-off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village

Thursday July 14

Group D: Italy v Iceland – Kick off 5pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium

Group D: France vs Belgium – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium

friday july 15

Group A: Northern Ireland v England – kick off 8pm St Mary’s

Group A: Austria v Norway – Kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium

Saturday July 16

Group B: Finland v Germany – Kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK

Group B: Denmark v Spain – Kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium

Sunday July 17

Group C: Switzerland vs Netherlands – kick off 5pm, Bramall Lane

Group C: Sweden v Portugal – kick off 5pm, Leigh Sports Village

Monday July 18

Group D: Iceland vs France – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium

Group D: Italy v Belgium – Kick off 8pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium

Knockout stage

Quarter-finals

Wednesday July 20

Quarter-final 1: Winners Group A v Runners-up Group B – kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium

Thursday July 21

Quarter-Final 2: Group B Winners v Group A Runners-up 8pm, London Community Stadium

friday july 22

Quarter-final 3: Winners Group C v Runners-up Group D – kick-off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village

Quarter-Final 4: Winners Group D v Runners-up Group C – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium

Semi-finals

tuesday july 26

Semi-Final 1: Quarter-Final Winners 1 v Quarter-Final Winners 3 – Kick-off 8pm, Bramall Lane

Wednesday July 27

Semi-Final 2: Winner Quarter-Final 2 v Winner Quarter-Final 4 – Kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK

Final

Sunday July 31

Winners Semi-Final 1 v Winners Semi-Final 2 – Kick-off 5pm, Wembley

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Paul Pogba filmed complaining about Man Utd’s latest contract offer | ‘They didn’t offer me anything’ | Soccer News https://www.observingthesky.org/paul-pogba-filmed-complaining-about-man-utds-latest-contract-offer-they-didnt-offer-me-anything-soccer-news/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 15:31:03 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/paul-pogba-filmed-complaining-about-man-utds-latest-contract-offer-they-didnt-offer-me-anything-soccer-news/

Paul Pogba has been filmed complaining about Manchester United contract offers in an upcoming documentary about the midfielder.

In a preview of ‘The Pogmentary’, seen by AthleticismPogba talks to his late agent Mino Raiola about United’s latest contract offer in July last year.

At the time, it was reported that United had offered Pogba two contracts worth over £290,000 a week and Sky Sports News understands that he was offered a 3.5% raise on his then-contract.

“Has Manchester (United) made a second offer?” Pogba asks Raiola.

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Remember the highs and lows of Paul Pogba’s polarizing six seasons at Manchester United.

“Yes,” Raiola replies. “They absolutely want you to stay. To me, the offer doesn’t reflect that. I told them, ‘If you want him to stay, don’t make that offer.’ really stay and they want to build a project around you, this time they have to do something different and put the money on the table.”

“They’re bluffing,” Pogba said. “How can you tell a player you absolutely want him and not offer him anything? Never seen that.”

Sky Sports News understands United’s contract offer remained on the table, but Pogba explored other options and has since left the club on a free transfer for the second time in his career.

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Paul Pogba leaves Manchester United at the end of his contract this month

Pogba’s representatives are finalizing a four-year deal for the player to join Juventus on a free transfer.

Sky Sports News has been told the dialogue is ‘still open’ with Paris Saint Germain and Pogba is expected to announce his final decision in the coming days. The France international has been free to negotiate with clubs over his next move since January.

The move to Juventus would mark a return to a club where Pogba spent four years before joining United in 2016.

As he approaches his thirties, Pogba is aware this could be the last big move of his career and wants to take his time to ensure he makes the right decision.

Manchester City have also made a stunning bid to sign Pogba from bitter rivals United, with Pep Guardiola meeting the midfielder and the club penning a lucrative contract to demonstrate their desire to sign him.

But although the World Cup winner considered City’s offer, he felt the noise and hatred that came with it was not worth it.

Pogba at Man Utd: mismanagement or mistake?

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Paul Pogba won just two trophies in his second spell at Manchester United

It’s the summer of 2016. Jose Mourinho is the manager of Manchester United and the club has just broken the world transfer record. A Frenchman has returned to Old Trafford for unfinished business.

“It’s the right club for me to achieve everything I hope for in the game,” said Paul Pogba after completing his £89m move to United from Juventus.

“He is lucky to be at the heart of this club for the next decade and beyond,” added Mourinho.

It’s a deal that has caused a frenzy on social media. Coming out of the shadows with a scarred red devil in his hair, Pogba’s announcement video was followed by a sponsored music video featuring Stormzy. The #POGBACK hype had begun.

It was supposed to be the start of something special. A new era for a club which is still struggling to find its feet after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson three years earlier.

But Pogba was unable to inspire United to former glories. The 2017 League Cup and the Europa League are the only trophies in his six seasons.

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Who will be on the move this summer when the transfer window opens on June 10 and closes at 11 p.m. on September 1?

Keep up to date with all the latest transfer news and rumors in our dedicated Transfer Hub blog at Sky Sports’ digital platforms. You can also catch up on the ins, outs and analysis at Sky Sports News

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Germany hit five to humiliate European champions Italy; England humiliated by Hungary – Nations League roundup | Soccer News https://www.observingthesky.org/germany-hit-five-to-humiliate-european-champions-italy-england-humiliated-by-hungary-nations-league-roundup-soccer-news/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 23:50:19 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/germany-hit-five-to-humiliate-european-champions-italy-england-humiliated-by-hungary-nations-league-roundup-soccer-news/

European champions Italy had a humiliating night in Mönchengladbach, beaten 5-2 by Germany in the UEFA National League.

Joshua Kimmich started the rout after 10 minutes before a penalty from Ilkay Gundogan, an effort from Thomas Muller and a quick brace from Chelsea’s Timo Werner. Italy’s consolations came from Wilfried Gnonto and Alessandro Bastoni.

England suffered a dismal 4-0 defeat to Hungary at Molineux.

A brace from Roland Sallai and late efforts from Zsolt Nagy and Daniel Gazdag condemned Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions to a heavy defeat and their fourth game without a win in Group A3 of the competition.

To add to the hosts’ misery, defender John Stones was sent off for a second bookable offense with eight minutes remaining.

The results put Hungary top of the group, one point ahead of Germany and two ahead of Italy, three points behind England.

Memphis Depay scored a winner in injury time as the Netherlands refused a Wales team who thought they had snatched the draw in Rotterdam.

Goals from Noa Lang and Cody Gakpo took the Dutch 2-0 up on 23 minutes, but Brennan Johnson pulled one back in the Group A4 clash soon after.

A Gareth Bale penalty leveled it at 2-2 after 90 minutes, but there was still time for Depay to have the final say.

The group’s other game saw Belgium to beat Poland 1-0 in Warsaw with a 16th-minute goal from Michy Batshuayi.

Scotland came from behind to beat Armenia 4-1 in their Group B1 encounter in Yerevan.

Vahan Bichakhchyan gave the hosts a strong start but Scotland turned the tide with a brace from Stuart Armstrong.

John McGinn and Che Adams added after the break and Armenia finished with 10 men after Arman Hovhannisyan was sent off.

The Republic of Ireland group leaders held Ukraine to a 1-1 draw at Lodz.

Nathan Collins gave the Irish the lead just before the half-hour mark with Artem Dovbyk equalizing early in the second half.

Edin Dzeko scored twice as leader of Group B3 Bosnia and Herzegovina came from 2-1 to beat Finland 3-2 at Zenica, while Stefan Mugosa scored a hat-trick to shoot Montenegro to a 3-0 win in Romania.

Kaan Ayhan and Hakan Calhanoglu scored to secure Turkey maintained their 100% record in Group C1 with a 2-0 win over Lithuania, while Luxemburg and the Faroe Islands played a 2-2 draw.

In Group D1, Vladislavs Gutkovskis scored both goals Latvia to beat Liechtenstein 2-0 and Moldova ousted Andorra 2-1.

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Erling Haaland: Man City confirm signing Borussia Dortmund striker for £51m | Soccer News https://www.observingthesky.org/erling-haaland-man-city-confirm-signing-borussia-dortmund-striker-for-51m-soccer-news/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 09:44:21 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/erling-haaland-man-city-confirm-signing-borussia-dortmund-striker-for-51m-soccer-news/

Manchester City have announced the signing of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth £51m.

City have paid the 21-year-old’s release clause and expect to pay £85.5m in total when agent fees, signing bonus and other costs are taken into account.

The Norway international has signed a five-year contract with the Premier League champions.

“It’s a proud day for me and my family,” Haaland told mancity.com after completing his move.

“I’ve always watched City and loved doing it in recent seasons. You can’t help but admire their style of play, it’s exciting and they create lots of chances which is perfect for a player like me.

“There are so many world-class players in this team and Pep is one of the greatest managers of all time, so I think I’m in the right place to fulfill my ambitions.

“I want to score goals, win trophies and improve as a footballer and I’m confident I can do that here. It’s a great decision for me and I can’t wait to start pre-season.”

Haaland has scored 86 goals in 89 appearances for Dortmund since joining from RB Salzburg in January 2020.

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Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “We have been following Erling for several years now, so we are delighted to bring him here to Manchester City.

“He’s a huge talent and he’s been one of the best strikers in Europe in recent seasons. His goalscoring record is outstanding and his performances at Borussia Dortmund and in the Champions League in particular have proven he can pull it off. at the highest level.

“Erling has everything we want in a striker and we are sure he will excel in this team and this system.

“His rise has been remarkable, but he’s still only 21. His best years are ahead of him and we’re confident he can improve further working with Pep.

“He’s a very exciting signing for our club, and I’m sure our fans will enjoy seeing Erling play for this team.”

Analysis: City tick all the boxes for Haaland

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Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol:

“He’s a fantastic signing from Man City, he’s the best young striker in Europe at the moment and every big club in Europe wanted to sign him.

“He chose to join City, he had a choice of clubs to join, he could have joined Bayern Munich, Real Madrid or Barcelona – but he decided to join City.

“And the reason he did it is because everything is perfect for him there as far as he is concerned – he’s going to be at one of the biggest clubs in the world, challenging for trophies, he will work with Pep Guardiola and he will play in the Premier League.

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Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has high expectations for Erling Haaland’s arrival, as well as revealing the club’s future plans and how he felt on the dramatic final day of the season against Aston Villa.

“And the financial package that City are offering him makes him even more attractive. So as far as he is concerned, City ticks all the boxes. And as far as City is concerned, if there is any kind of weakness in this City team , many of the pundits say they just need a full No.9 – they missed out on Harry Kane last summer, now they’re out and got Haaland.

“So it’s an incredible statement of intent from City, who are not resting on their laurels. Even when they are successful, they continue to buy the best players. Last summer it was Jack Grealish, this time around it’s Haaland.

“In a normal transfer market, a player of Haaland’s ability and age is probably worth around £150m and Man City get him for his £51m release clause.

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Manchester City-linked Erling Haaland has bid an emotional farewell to Borussia Dortmund after his final game for the club.

“But they’re also paying agent fees, bonuses, signing fees, which means in total it’s costing them £85m – still need to say, for a 21-year-old striker who is also good as it is, it’s a very good price.

“Compared to what he would do in a normal transfer market, if he didn’t have that release clause, they get a very, very good deal.

“Perhaps a discussion to have another time is the size of the rest of the deal, with £35million going to agents, bonuses and signing fees, although it would be interesting to see the exact breakdown of where that £35m is going, is it entirely up to his reps, or is it performance related?”

How will Haaland fit in at Man City?

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Erling Haaland arrives in the Premier League, but how will this change Manchester City’s approach? Pep Guardiola has relied on a rotating cast of characters to fill that centre-forward role at the club, but the Norwegian’s arrival could change all that…

Being City’s centre-forward should be the easiest role in football. They are the Premier League team with the most possession, the most touches in the box and the most goals this season. Stand in front and put the ball in the net.

And yet, it is not that simple. So much so, in fact, that it’s the role none of the senior players in City’s current squad seem to want. Gabriel Jesus prefers it wide where he can find space. Jack Grealish’s least convincing performances are in the middle.

Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling have done better at times but always seem happier, as illustrated by the fact that Guardiola even pushed Bernardo Silva into action there. He did it even knowing that it didn’t suit the Portuguese.

“He likes to go inside but coming from the outside, being inside already he struggles a bit but we have to understand that. When the opponents sit so, so deep and everyone fills the gaps inside, for the players who play there, it’s not easy.”

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Andy Murray reaches Stuttgart final with straight-set victory over Nick Kyrgios | Tennis News https://www.observingthesky.org/andy-murray-reaches-stuttgart-final-with-straight-set-victory-over-nick-kyrgios-tennis-news/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 16:19:50 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/andy-murray-reaches-stuttgart-final-with-straight-set-victory-over-nick-kyrgios-tennis-news/

Andy Murray advances to first grass singles final since winning Wimbledon in 2016 after beating Australian Nick Kyrgios; it was a landmark victory for the Scotsman as he reaches a 70th career final and his 10th on grass, where he has an almost flawless record of 8-1 in the final

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Andy Murray followed up his excellent win over Stefanos Tsitsipas by beating Nick Kyrgios to reach the final in Stuttgart

Andy Murray reached his first grass-court final in six years after beating Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 in Stuttgart on Saturday.

Murray, who earned his first victory over a top-five player in over five years by beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals, continued his superb run in Germany by showing his prowess on grass by beating Australian Kyrgios.

“It’s been a long time since the last final [on grass]. Lots of ups and downs but I kept going and kept working and finally got through another one,” Murray said during his on-court interview after improving his grass record at 114-23 “I’m proud of the effort I put in.

“I was just a little more solid in the tie-break. I asked the questions. On these courts, when it’s fast, the set often comes down to one or two points and I was a little more sure at the end match. the first set.”

1D: O’Connell 6-4 6-3

2D: Bublik 6-3 7-6 (7-4)

QF: Tsitsipas 7-6 (7-4) 6-3

SF: Kyrgios 7-6 (7-5) 6-2

The first set went with a serve before Murray took it with his second set point of the tiebreak.

A frustrated Kyrgios, who skipped the entire season on clay, broke his racket in anger and earned himself a penalty point after losing the set and he was still furious when the second set started as the double faults allowed Murray to break for the first time. in the contest.

The Aussie, who was constantly complaining to the referee, was then given a game penalty and he refused to continue playing, sitting in his chair until the supervisor came out and convinced him to end the game.

Kyrgios received a game penalty and then refused to continue playing

Kyrgios received a game penalty and then refused to continue playing

But by then the world No. 78 had lost focus and made numerous mistakes as Murray quickly wrapped up the second set and sealed his place in the final on his second match point when Kyrgios’ return found the net .

The 35-year-old Scotsman will be aiming for a ninth career title on grass when he faces Matteo Berretini in Sunday’s final after the Italian beat Germany’s Oscar Otte 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-5) to reach his first round-level final of the season.

“I’m really happy. Getting to the tournament was the goal [to reach the final]”, Berrettini said. “Thinking about it and realizing it, it’s a big difference. I’m happy to be here and to have another chance to play another final after months without playing and after the first big operation of my career.

“It means it’s my level and I proved once again that I’m comfortable at this level and on this surface. I really like it here in Stuttgart.”

Murray, currently world No. 68, will move to No. 47 in the ATP Live Rankings following his win over Kyrgios.

The three-time Grand Slam winner also reached the league game in Sydney in January, with his last tour-level title in 2019 in Antwerp.

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