A recap: Bayern and Spurs reportedly reach an agreement with Kane
Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich appeared to have reached an agreement on Harry Kane’s transfer fee on Wednesday after a summer back-and-forth, but the England striker’s move was delayed ahead of his trip to Germany to finalize the deal. An offer from the Bundesliga side worth more than €100m (£86.4m) has been reportedly accepted by Spurs. But now the sides continue to work out the finer points.
And in the crazy final hours before the start of the season, Liverpool appeared to have glared at Chelsea over the signing of Moises Caicedo, with Brighton expected to pocket £110million. Elsewhere, the transfer carousel continues to spin with news that West Ham and Monaco are emerging as main rivals for Arsenal’s Folarin Balogun.
Below is team news from all the Premier League press conferences across the country, the latest transfer news and Fantasy Premier League tips:
The new signing from Bournemouth is likely to miss the start of the season
New Bournemouth midfielder Alex Scott is set to miss the first few months of the season through injury.
The Cherries completed the £20million signing of England Under-20 international Scott from Bristol City on Thursday, despite a scan revealing a “significant” knee injury he sustained in training.
And new Bournemouth manager Andoni Iraola revealed on Friday that 19-year-old Scott may not be available for his debut until October.
“It’s a great signing for the club, first impressions are really nice,” said Iraola at his pre-match press conference.
“At the start of the season he will be out for the first few months. We need to take the time these weeks to allow him to settle in, to learn more about the team and how he can help us in the season.
“He’s a player his age who had a fantastic season in the league last year and he can definitely help us.”
Mike JonesAug 11, 2023 6:42 p.m
Dean Henderson’s future is uncertain after suffering a goalkeeper injury at Manchester United
United have been in talks with Nottingham Forest for weeks and were ready to allow the England international to leave following Andre Onana’s arrival.
But veteran Heaton was injured in training and while United wait to hear the full extent, he is certain to miss the first couple of games.
Mike JonesAug 11, 2023 6:30 p.m
Marco Silva urges Fulham to focus ahead of Everton opener
Fulham manager Marco Silva has stressed the need for “togetherness” in his understaffed squad as they face a difficult start to the new Premier League season.
Three of the Cottagers’ first four Premier League games have been played away from home. Saturday’s trip to Everton was followed by visits to last season’s runners-up Arsenal and champions Manchester City.
Fulham signed Calvin Bassey and Raul Jimenez this summer and are expected to stick with Aleksandar Mitrovic despite interest from other clubs, but Silva has made it clear to the board he needs more signings.
“It doesn’t change anything about our preparation,” Silva said when asked about the game plan for the pre-season.
“Sometimes you think it will be more difficult to play against teams that are at the top of the table and if you don’t take care of the others that’s the first mistake you make.”
“For us, the focus is on the game against Everton. It’s always difficult to play a game like that, to play the first game of the season there at Goodison and of course afterwards we talk and think about Brentford and everyone else.
“We’re not thinking about Arsenal or City or what comes after, we have to keep our focus on our preparation. (Preseason) wasn’t particularly strong numerically to really set up for the first game of the season.
“Normally I wouldn’t start thinking about other games, and certainly not now because we really need everyone together and we need to focus on the Everton game.”
Mike JonesAug 11, 2023 6:18 p.m
We Are Newcastle United: What we learned from the Amazon Prime documentaries
We are Newcastle United, the new documentary series from Amazon Prime, could be the prelude to a new sports genre: the financial fair play drama. It’s more about the boardroom than the dressing room; The reserved Eddie Howe is given less reveal than in the luxurious setting of Alnwick Castle, where his employers care more about the bottom line than the line of scrimmage.
Take for example the exciting search for a new shirt sponsor.
Newcastle United approached 1,193 companies. They had a first meeting with 65 of them. They were reduced to nine, then four, then two before settling on Sela, a Saudi Arabian sporting events and hospitality company. Which may seem a bit practical to some. Newcastle earnings are inflated this summer and a commercial deal has materialized from the owners’ home country, while Allan Saint-Maximin has been sold to the Saudi Pro-League.
Mike JonesAug 11, 2023 6:10 p.m
The Premier League is in the throes of an identity crisis – but one thing can save it
If the Premier League once again turns into a title race between Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta, it won’t be the only way to stand out. They are two of the few players in the competition who seem to think anyone other than Manchester City can win the title. However, even Guardiola’s opinions should be treated with some caution, given the modesty in his acting that he occasionally displays.
A close title race is certainly not what the Catalan expects from his City players on the eve of the season. Guardiola demands more perfection.
Some of the other public comments on the subject from Jurgen Klopp and Erik ten Hag are similarly for the benefit of their own side, but it should still be noteworthy for the Premier League that managers at their two biggest clubs are now so open about how completed is the title.
Mike JonesAug 11, 2023 6:00 p.m
Finalizing early transfer deal could boost Arsenal’s title appeal – Mikel Arteta
Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal could give their Premier League rivals a head start after the summer transfer deal was closed early.
The Gunners spent over £200m to sign Kai Havertz, Jurrien Timber and Declan Rice ahead of mid-July. All three joined Arteta’s squad for the pre-season tour of the United States.
The PA news agency understands a loan deal for Brentford goalkeeper David Raya will be announced later on Friday but – subject to later changes – no further signings are planned in the current window.
Mike JonesAug 11, 2023 5:48 p.m
Erik ten Hag has no regrets that Man Utd have targeted Rasmus Hojlund instead of Harry Kane
Tottenham marksman Kane has long been admired by United but the club instead capitalized on his potential by signing Atalanta talent Hojlund.
“First of all, we chose a striker and we’re really happy with our choice,” said Ten Hag of the Denmark international.
“[Kane] is a great striker. That’s clear, he’s a real goalscorer and he has all the qualities and skills you would expect from a striker.
“It’s absolutely a failure for the Premier League.”
Mike JonesAug 11, 2023 5:40 p.m
Ange Postecoglou on Harry Kane
Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou says he prepared for the departure of Harry Kane during pre-season after his initial talks with the England captain made it clear he wanted to leave Spurs.
“I didn’t see any point in it [trying to convince Harry Kane to stay]whatever I wanted to say, it was irrelevant.” Postecoglou said, “I felt like we’re going to get to know each other and that would be the best way to navigate the early relationship.”
“Nevertheless, in my mind, I thought that after the first conversation, he had already decided to leave. I’ve tried to treat him with the respect his reputation deserves.”
“I’m not frustrated by these things. I was involved in the negotiations, but it’s never an easy process. Harry Kane is one of the greats of this football club and there must have been some agony inside.”
“While it would have been great to have cleared things up sooner, it’s always been borderline for me. The only thing I was aware of was that I went into the first game with undecided things. That’s what happened, hopefully we’ll have confirmation within the next few hours.
“I don’t need assurances. Nothing has changed since I started. We had a clear vision of bringing in players to strengthen the squad in the right areas. Player departures are still a big part of what we need to do, so we’ll see how that plays out.
Mike JonesAug 11, 2023 5:32 p.m
Harry Kane is looking to complete the move to Bayern Munich after a late request from Tottenham
Kane will now fly to Germany after an earlier delay, although Spurs have never revoked Kane’s flight permit, sources said Independent.
The final fee is said to be £105m and could rise to £120m if surcharges are met.
The England captain was at Stansted Airport on Friday morning, waiting in a car for the green light to travel to Munich.
Mike JonesAug 11, 2023 5:23 p.m
Man City’s offer for Lucas Paqueta fell far short of West Ham’s valuation
West Ham manager David Moyes stressed that Manchester City’s offer for midfielder Lucas Paqueta was “nowhere near” the club’s valuation.
West Ham are understood to have rejected an initial £60m bid for Paqueta from the Premier League champions.
“We received an offer from Manchester City, but at the moment it’s far from our valuation,” Moyes said at a press conference ahead of the new season.
Mike JonesAug 11, 2023 5:14 p.m