Kyle Walker signed for Manchester City from Tottenham this weekend. The transfer fee is still unclear, but it is no less than £50 million. Walker is a good player, but £50 million seems like a lot for a player who didn’t always start for Tottenham last season. Mark Ogden of ESPNFC argues that Man City need to look more for bargains at defense, especially as expensive defensive signings like John Stones and Eliaquim Mangala have not worked out yet.
AC Milan signed Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus over the weekend, for a transfer fee of €40 million. The signing is definitely a statement of intent from Milan, who have a new ownership and have made a lot of signings in the offseason. But what does this say about Juventus, who have dominated Serie A, but still haven’t claimed that Champions League trophy that they covet? There are rumors that they sold Bonucci because he and manager Max Allegri had a falling out this past season. Maybe Bonucci is simply looking for a new challenge. None of these theories seem sufficient, and for Juventus fans it doesn’t seem like there will be a sufficient explanation for why they sold their best defender to a bitter rival.
Bruce Arena made six changes to the Gold Cup roster as the U.S. advances to the knockout round, and none of the players being added are a surprise, with FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez maybe an exception. The others are the standard bearers for the U.S. team, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Tim Howard, and Darlington Nagbe. More surprising are the players who are departing the team. They include forward Dom Dwyer, and midfielder Kelyn Rowe, arguably the two best performers for the U.S. so far in the Gold Cup. One could argue that Arena saw all he needed to see from those players. On the other hand, it would’ve been nice to see how Dwyer and Rowe performed against better competition than Martinique and Nicaragua.
Chelsea FC continued to strengthen their midfield, signing Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco for a reported £40 million. Bakayoko is a strong athletic midfielder who should fit in well in Chelsea’s midfield, both as a backup, and a midfield partner for N’golo Kante. This also means Nemanja Matic is probably gone, there have been rumors that other teams were interested in Matic, and with the Chelsea midfield becoming crowded, Matic appears to be the odd man out.
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