1. Reports: PSG Looking To Spend £166 Million For Neymar’s Strike Partner
In what could turn out to be the most intensely debatable transfer saga of the summer, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) have reportedly taken an astonishing step and are closing in on the signing of Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe for £166 Million and the deal will allow them to bring the striker to Ligue 1 while also abiding by Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules and regulations.
Since they have already bought Neymar from Barcelona for an astonishing amount of £200 Million, Unai Emery’s team is keen on recruiting the Frenchman on loan for the 2017/18 season, with an option of a complete buyout next year. Kylian Mbappe has become one of the hottest properties in club football after scoring 26 goals in 44 appearances for Monaco last season, in all competitions.
2. Real Madrid 2-2 Valencia: Asensio Emerges As The Best Replacement For Ronaldo
With Cristiano Ronaldo serving a suspension for pushing the referee in the El Clasico at and Sergio Ramos having received his marching orders in the very first game of the season for elbowing in a match against Deportivo La Coruna, Los Blancos were without their key men at both ends of the pitch. However, Marco Asensio’s double (10’ and 83’) saved Real Madrid t6he blushes as it was enough to take the match towards a draw, as Carlos Soler (18’) and G. Kondogbia (77’) were on the verge of leading Valencia to a victory against Los Blancos.
Marco Asensio, on the other hand, has scored four goals in the season already, two of them against arch rivals Barcelona and is looking ready for a regular starting spot, which might force Gareth Bale to the bench, when Ronaldo returns. As for the tally, after two games, Real Madrid have only four points, while Barcelona, Real Sociedad as well as Leganes have six.
3. Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal: Gunners Humiliated At Anfield
Liverpool sent a strong message to fellow Premier League clubs with a dominating performance which destroyed Arsenal at Anfield. The opener came as early as on the 17th minute when Roberto Firmino’s header off Joe Gomez’s cross and the lead was doubled in the 40th minute when Sadio Mane made a brilliant run, before curling a low strike, out of the reach of Petr Cech right into the far bottom corner
Arsenal looked even more sluggish in the second half, failing to defend their position as there was no exchange of batons, and Liverpool continued their charge at a shaky Arsenal defensive line. Mohamed Salah (57’) and Daniel Sturridge (77’) took the tally to 4-0, leaving Arsenal with their biggest Premier League defeat since a 0-4 loss against Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium on Boxing Day 2015.
4. Chelsea 2-0 Everton: Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata Took The Blues Home
Chelsea eased their way to a 2-0 victory over Everton at the Stamford Bridge thanks to the first half goals from Cesc Fabregas (27’) and Alvaro Morata (40’) which earned the defending champions three points against Ronald Koeman’s side. Having faced a defeat in the first game of the season against Burnley at home and now the Premier League champions will go into a 2-weeks international break with all the needed momentum after back-to-back league wins.
Interestingly, Chelsea remain unbeaten in their last 23 Premier League games at home against Everton since the 0-1 loss in November 1994 (W13 D10) and the club has an even longer unbeaten streak against Tottenham (25) in Premier League clashes at Stamford.
5. Sevilla vs Getafe CF: Ganso’s Solitary Goal Helps Sevilla Win This Underrated La Liga Clash
Sevilla registered a 1-0 away victory against Getafe, with Paulo Henrique Ganso being the only one to light up a mediocre contest, featuring low-quality football. The Sevilla vs Getafe CF La Liga Clash was looking to be head towards a goalless draw until Ganso showed a master class and flicked Gabriel Mercado’s cross right into the far corner in the 83rd minute, however, substitute Luis Muriel could have doubled the lead in injury time.
On the other hand, Amath Diedhiou missed Getafe’s best chance of taking the lead in the first half, which could also have taken the match to a 1-1 draw, when he blazed his strike over the bar, after being played through by Jorge Molina, from 12 yards out.