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''Amateur" Premier League clubs charged DOUBLE by Europeans in transfer rip off

The Premier League is awash with money – and clubs with players to sell have been trying to get their hands on some of that cash by hiking up their prices.
With the staggering new £5billion TV deal kicking in this season, top-flight clubs have never been richer.
They are in an even stronger position to attract players, offer better contracts and retain their biggest stars.
The downside of their increased wealth is what many experts familiar with the workings of the transfer market feel is happening when they try to buy.
“There is now one price for English Premier League clubs and another price for everybody else,” one agent said.
It is common knowledge our teams have money to burn and clubs abroad have been
particularly keen to take ­advantage. Some sides in France simply call it an ‘English tax’.

  Georges-Kevin N'Koudou, Roberto Firmino and Eric Bailly

Pep factor crucial for Jesus

Brazilian wonderkid Gabriel Jesus has told team-mates he expects to sign for Manchester City, with Pep Guardiola a huge factor in the Etihad club securing his signature.
Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United and most of Europe’s elite have talked to Palmeiras or the player’s entourage about signing South America’s brightest young talent.
The 19-year-old has been dubbed ‘the new Neymar’ and Barca sporting director Robert Fernandez flew into São Paulo this week to try and convince him to sign for the Spanish champions alongside the Brazil captain to whom he would be heir.
But City’s offer, revealed 10 days ago by Mirror Sport, is the biggest proposal on the table and sources close to the forward have claimed he wouldn’t have considered signing for the Etihad club had it not been for Guardiola’s presence.

Jamie McDonald - FIFA CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 17: Gabriel Jesus of Brazil celebrates victory during the FIFA U-20 World Cup Semi Final match between Brazil and Senegal at Christchurch Stadium on June 17, 2015 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Jamie McDonald - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Ranieri: Mahrez distracted by Arsenal talk

Riyad Mahrez is struggling to cope with the speculation surrounding his future according to Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri.
The Algerian inspired the Foxes to the Premier League title last season with 17 goals and 10 assists.
But after N’Golo Kante signed for Chelsea , talk is heating up as to whether the 25-year-old will join him at Stamford Bridge or even at Arsenal.
“Maybe Riyad is distracted a bit by all of these rumours and speculation,” Ranieri admitted after Paris Saint-Germain thrashed Leicester 4-0 in a pre-season friendly in Los Angeles. “But that is also an experience for my players.
“It is important that he understands that he should stay with us. He has to improve his fitness and play for the team as well as last season.”

  Claudio Ranieri hugs Riyad Mahrez as he is substituted

Zidane: Morata will stay at Real Madrid

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that Alvaro Morata will not be leaving the club this summer.
The Spanish club exercised their buy-back clause this summer and were expected to sell Morata on for a hefty profit.
But both Arsenal and Chelsea were scared off by Morata’s huge fee and Zidane now says he will stay at the Bernabeu.
“Yes, Morata is a Real Madrid player,” Zidane told reporters in Michigan.
“We’re delighted to have him back, back to his original home. He’s going to remain a Real Madrid player.”

  Real Madrid forward Alvaro Borja Morata Martin (R) takes a shot on goal as Chelsea defender Ola Aina (L) defends during an International Champions Cup soccer match

Manchester United inviting offers for Schweinsteiger

Manchester United are inviting offers for out-of-favour midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.
And after an injury-hit and underwheming debut season at Old Trafford, United are open to offers for the former German international.
With competition from Michael Carrick , Morgan Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, and the likely arrival of Paul Pogba, Mourinho has decided Schweinsteiger is not part of his plans for next season.
He has been invited to find a new club, although United now face the tough task of finding a buyer for one of their top earners.
There is tentative interest from Inter Milan and AC Milan but Schweinsteiger, who announced his international retirement last week, would have to take a pay cut to secure a move to the San Siro.
Adnan Januzaj, Andreas Pereira and Paddy McNair were also left out of the squad that travelled to Sweden on Saturday and have been told they can leave on loan.

John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Bastian Schweinsteiger lies injured

Vardy: Rejecting Arsenal for Leicester was an "easy" decision

Jamie Vardy has claimed he did not even speak to Arsene Wenger before rejecting Arsenal to stay at Leicester.
The England striker, who shot the Foxes to the title last season, said: “I was away with England. No, I never spoke with them.”
Vardy has rubbed salt in Arsenal’s wounds by claiming it was an “easy” decision to turn down the Gunners to stay at ­champions Leicester.
“I’ve always said the brotherhood at Leicester is unbelievable.” he said.
“Personally I feel I have a lot of unfinished ­business here. It wasn’t that big a decision, it was quite easy, this is where I wanted to be.”

Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Boyers Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring the third goal for Leicester City

Zaha 'more than happy' at Palace, says Millen

Crystal Palace assistant boss Keith Millen has insisted Wilfried Zaha is ‘more than happy’ at Selhurst Park amid rumours he could leave the Eagles.
Zaha had reportedly expected to be offered fresh terms with Palace this summer, but no new contract has been forthcoming leading to suggestions he could move on with Watford allegedly interested.
The former Manchester United flier is under contract with the Londoners until 2020 and started in the club’s 3-1 pre-season defeat to Fulham on Saturday.
And Alan Pardew’s No.2 is confident the winger is going nowhere.
Millen said: “It’s paper talk. Wilf is more than happy here. There is no response from the club because there is no need for one. It is just a story.
“Wilf is a massive part of what we’re trying to do and he’s happy here. We brought him back from Manchester United so we certainly don’t want to lose him.”

Getty Wilfried Zaha reacts

Wenger refuses to deny he has bid for Mahrez

Arsene Wenger refused to deny he was trying to sign Riyad Mahrez after watching him play for Leicester in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
The Premier League champions lost 4-0 to Paris Saint-Germain and PFA Player of the Year Mahrez was subdued throughout.
But that is unlikely to deter the Arsenal manager who is keen the 25-year-old to his squad.
And when asked after the match whether had made an offer for the Algerian, Wenger smiled and said: “Yes of course we watch all the players but we play Leicester in the second game of the championship so it’s a good opportunity for us to see them.”
When pushed further on Mahrez, he added: “I cannot give you a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ because we do not publicise our transfer interest and the best way to make things happen is to keep it as secret as possible.”

Chelsea set to bid £68m for Lukaku

Everton have told Chelsea that Romelu Lukaku will start the season with them unless they meet his staggering £75million valuation.
The Blues are ready to offer up to £68million for the 23-year-old striker having had a £57million bid rejected.
But Everton are refusing to compromise despite accepting he wants to return to Stamford Bridge.
Mirrorfootball exclusively revealed news of the rejected £57million bid on Saturday.
It is understood talks between the two clubs have been ongoing for over a fortnight with Everton refusing to budge over the striker’s fee.
It means Chelsea will have to shatter the British transfer record, set by Manchester United when they signed Angel Di Maria for £59.7million from Real Madrid two years ago.
Chelsea’s offer is already more than double the £28million Everton paid for Lukaku two years ago.
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West Brom agree Sakho fee

West Brom have agreed a £16million fee with West Ham for Diafra Sakho - moving the departure of Saido Berahino a step closer.
Sakho is set to depart east London two years after arriving from French club Metz. The fee agreed with the Baggies is around four times the amount paid for him by the Hammers.
Sakho, who scored in six successive games soon after his arrival, is moving on after his relationship with the club broke down.
He submitted a transfer request in July after seeing an £11million bid from Sunderland rejected and refused to travel with the Hammers’ squad on their pre-season tour of Austria.
West Brom want to secure his signing before allowing 22-year-old Berahino to leave the club.

Avril Husband LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: Diafra Sakho (R) and James Tomkins (L) of West Ham United during the first day of pre-season training at Chadwell Heath on July 1, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Avril Husband/West Ham United via Getty Images)


August is here and that means the beginning of the Premier League is just around the corner.
In less than two weeks Premier League champions Leicester will begin the defence of their title, and it’s sure to be hotly contested.
The Foxes rivals have all made major investments over the summer, and the transfer window isn’t closed yet.
Clubs have got another month to get their business done, but will that be enough?
Arsenal are still in the hunt for a forward and Arsene Wenger was spotted watching Riyad Mahrez last night.
Manchester United are expected to add Paul Pogba to their squad any day now while new Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has repeatedly stated that he would like to sign a new central defender.
In particular, the Etihad boss wants John Stones.
Stick withy us here throughout the day and we’ll bring you all the latest on those deals and more.



  1. I can't wait for the Premier League to start, as for the Transfers, i dont see Mahrez signing for Arsenal, I also think Chelsea's Bid for Romelu Lukaku is Outrageous. Bastian isn't fairly treated at United right now but i see him staying too.