ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE PRE-SEASON 2016

Whilst the final penalty was being struck to win the European Championships for Portugal, the Premier League players who were not on International duty, had already been back in training for the new season for a couple of weeks.

There is no such thing anymore as a close season break from football, it is a global 24/7 business, with clubs revenues and profits sometimes taking preference over players being prepared in the best manner for the start of the season.

The pre-season games are based around large income from matches and tournaments utilising the power of the Premier League Clubs to attract large crowds around the world.

America, Australia, Asia, Africa, all the continents of the world being visited to provide pre-season games for the teams and financial windfalls for the participating clubs.

This is nothing new though, we were travelling overseas every year for pre-season games from the early 1980’s, when the glamour of English football was spreading onto the global stage.

The Champions Leicester City  traveled to Scotland for a game against Celtic, where they won 6-5 on penalties, after drawing 1-1, then they moved to America to play Paris St Germain, where they lost 4-0, their only victory so far was a 2-1 victory against Oxford United.

The Premiership runners up, Arsenal will have been  to France (drawing 1-1 with Lens), America (winning both games, one against an MLS All Stars Team), Norway (to play Stavanger and to Sweden to play Manchester United.

Conte’s managerial reign at Chelsea saw his first games in charge being played in Austria (losing 2-0 to Rapid Vienna, they then scored a moral victory over Jurgen Klopps Liverpool in America, beating them 1-0 before being defeated by Real Madrid 3-2.

Liverpool in Jurgen Klopp’s first pre-season for the club won four games in England against lower league opponents, before going to America where they were beater by Chelsea and AC Milan.

Manchester City under new manager Pep Guardiola have been to Germany (losing 1-0 to Bayern Munich and to China, beating Borussia Dortmund on penalties after drawing 1-1 and then having a massive game against Manchester United in Beijing called off due to bad weather conditions.

Jose Mourinho’s  campaign as the new United manager started with a 2-0 victory at Wigan Athletic and then they moved to China, beating Borussia Bortmund 4-1 and Galatasary 5-2

Tottenham have also been on their travels, going to Australia to take part in a tournament with Juventus and Athletico Madrid, losing both games, but putting up a good performance, considering that the players who took part in the European Championships, Lloris, Vertongen, Alderwereild, Kane, Davies, Rose, Walker, Alli were mostly not on duty.

Pre-season is the time for new managers, new players and new regimes to be bedded in and for the formations of the team to start to take shape for the start of the new season, lots of tinkering needs to be done and of course getting the players back to full match fitness is vital.

Of course for some clubs the changes in management and players from the end of last season can be massive, Liverpool for example with Jurgen Klopp in charge of his first pre-season has disposed of fifteen players from his squad, whereas other teams are moving into the new season with very few changes, Tottenham for example have only two changes to their squad from last season with two new signings and no players leaving.

Continuity has it’s positives for the start of the season and teams with little change will be hoping to utilise this to their advantage, before the other teams get themselves organised and bedded in, which is when the fun really will start.

Please see following all the transfer activities from all the Premier League Clubs.

ARSENAL

IN

Granit Xhaka (Borussia Monchengladbach, £35m)

Rob Holding (Bolton, £2.5m)

OUT

Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United, undisclosed)

Mikel Arteta (released)

Tomas Rosicky (released)

Mathieu Flamini (released)

 

BOURNEMOUTH

IN

Jordon Ibe (Liverpool, £15m)

Brad Smith (Liverpool, £6m)

Lewis Cook (Leeds United, £6m)

Lys Mousset (Le Havre, £5.4m)

Emerson Hyndman (Fulham, compensation)

Nathan Ake (Chelsea, loan)

OUT

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United, £12m)

Tommy Elphick (Aston Villa, £3.6m)

Lee Tomlin (Bristol City, £2.75m)

Sylvain Distin (released)

Stephane Zubar (released)

Josh Carmichael (released)

Josh Wakefield (released)

Glenn Murray (Brighton & Hove Albion, loan)

 

BURNLEY

IN

Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Charlton Athletic, £2.5m)

Nick Pope (Charlton Athletic, £1.1m)

OUT

Joey Barton (Rangers, free)

Matt Gilks (Rangers, free)

Steven Hewitt (Accrington Stanley, free)

Lloyd Dyer (Burton Albion, free)

Matt Taylor (Northampton Town, free)

Michael Duff (retired)

 

CHELSEA

IN

Michy Batshuayi (Marseille, £33m)

N’Golo Kante (Leicester, £32m)

OUT

John Swift (Reading, free)

Nathan Ake (Bournemouth, loan)

Tomas Kalas (Fulham, loan)

 

CRYSTAL PALACE

IN

Andros Townsend (Newcastle United, £13m)

James Tomkins (West Ham United, £10m)

Steve Mandanda (Marseille £1.5m)

OUT

Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United, £10m)

Alex McCarthy (Southampton, undisclosed)

Jerome Binnom-Williams (Peterborough United, undisclosed)

Jake Gray (Luton Town, free)

Emmanuel Adebayor (released)

Marouane Chamakh (released)

Brede Hangeland (released)

Adrian Mariappa (released)

Paddy McCarthy (released)

 

EVERTON

IN

Idrissa Gana Gueye (Aston Villa, £7.1m)

Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham, undisclosed)

OUT

Tony Hibbert (released)

Leon Osman (released)

Steven Pienaar (released)

 

HULL CITY

IN

Will Mannion (AFC Wimbledon, compensation)

OUT

Sone Aluko (Fulham, free)

Ryan Taylor (released)

 

LEICESTER CITY

IN

Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, £18m)

Nampalys Mendy (Nice, £13m)

Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 69, undisclosed)

Luis Hernandez (Sporting Gijon, undisclosed)

Raul Uche Rubio (Rayo Vallecano, undisclosed)

OUT

N’Golo Kante (Chelsea, £32m)

Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim, undisclosed)

Joe Dodoo (Rangers, compensation)

Paul Konchesky (Gillingham, free)

Ryan Watson (Barnet, free)

Dean Hammond (released)

Harry Panayiotou (released)

Mark Schwarzer (released)

 

LIVERPOOL

IN

Sadio Mane (Southampton, £30m)

Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle United, £25m)

Ragnar Klavan (Augsburg, £5m)

Loris Karius (Mainz, £4.7m)

Joel Matip (Schalke, free)

Alex Manninger (Augsburg, free)

OUT

Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth, £15m)

Joe Allen (Stoke City, £13.5m)

Brad Smith (Bournemouth, £6m)

Martin Skrtel (Fenerbahce, £5m)

Jerome Sinclair (Watford, £4m)

Sergi Canos (Norwich City (£2.5m)

Lawrence Vigouroux (Swindon Town, £400,000)

Jordan Rossiter (Rangers, £250,000)

Jose Enrique (released)

Kolo Toure (released)

Samed Yesil (released)

Danny Ward (Huddersfield Town, loan)

Adam Bogdan (Wigan Athletic, loan)

Ryan Kent (Barnsley, loan)

 

MANCHESTER CITY

IN

Leroy Sane (Schalke, £42m)

Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund, £21m)

Nolito (Celta Vigo £14m)

Oleksandr Zinchenko (Ufa, undisclosed)

Aaron Mooy (Melbourne City, swap deal)

OUT

Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield, loan)

Martin Demichelis (released)

Richard Wright (retired)

 

MANCHESTER UNITED

IN

Eric Bailly (Villarreal, £30m)

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund, £26m)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain, free)

OUT

Ashley Fletcher (West Ham United, £700,000)

Tyler Reid (Swansea City, undisclosed)

Victor Valdes (Middlesbrough, free)

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic, free)

Guillermo Varela (Eintracht Frankfurt, loan)

 

MIDDLESBROUGH

IN

Marten De Roon (Atalanta, £12m)

Viktor Fischer (Ajax, £3.8m)

Antonio Barragan (Valencia, £3m)

Victor Valdes (Manchester United, free)

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, free)

Bernardo Espinosa (Sporting Gijon, free)

Jordan McGhee (Hearts, loan)

Alvaro Negredo (Valencia, loan)

OUT

Rhys Williams (Perth Glory, free)

Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock, free)

Jonathan Woodgate (released)

Damia Abella (released)

Connor Ripley (Oldham Athletic, loan)

 

SOUTHAMPTON

IN

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Bayern Munich, £12m)

Nathan Redmond (Norwich City, £11m)

Alex McCarthy (Crystal Palace, undisclosed)

Jeremy Pied (Nice, free)

OUT

Sadio Mane (Liverpool, £30m)

Graziano Pelle (Shandong Luneng, £13m)

Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur, £11m)

Gaston Ramirez (released)

Kelvin Davis (retired)

Jason McCarthy (Walsall, loan)

Paulo Gazzaniga (Rayo Vallecano, loan)

 

STOKE CITY

IN

Joe Allen (Liverpool, £13.5m)

Ramadan Sobhi (Al Ahly, £5m)

Joe Allen (Liverpool, £13.5m)

OUT

Steve Sidwell (Brighton, free)

Peter Odemwingie (released)

 

SUNDERLAND

IN 

NONE

OUT

Emanuele Giaccherini (Napoli, £2m)

Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers, free)

Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday, free)

Wes Brown (released)

Steve Harper (released)

Mikael Mandron (released)

Liam Agnew (released)

Adam Matthews (Bristol City, loan)

 

SWANSEA CITY

IN

Leroy Fer (QPR, £3.5m)

Mike van der Hoorn (Ajax, £2m)

Tyler Reid (Manchester United, undisclosed)

George Byers (Watford, free)

Mark Birighitti (Newcastle Jets, free)

OUT

Alberto Paloschi (Atalanta, £6m)

Eder (Lille, £4m)

Daniel Alfei (released)

Lee Lucas (released)

Bafetimbi Gomis (Marseille, loan)

Matt Grimes (Leeds United, loan)

Kyle Bartley (Leeds United, loan)

Liam Shephard (Yeovil Town, loan)

Kenji Gorre (Northampton Town, loan)

 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 

IN

Vincent Janssen (AZ Alkmaar, £18.5m)

Victor Wanyama (Southampton, £11m)

OUT

NONE

 

WATFORD

IN

Isaac Success (Granada, £12m)

Christian Kabasele (Racing Genk, £5.8m)

Jerome Sinclair (Liverpool, £4m)

Brice Dja Djedje (Marseille, £4m)

Juan Zuniga (Napoli, loan)

OUT

Gabriele Angella (Udinese, undisclosed)

Jurado (Espanyol, undisclosed)

Almen Abdi (Sheffield Wednesday, undisclosed)

Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday (undisclosed)

George Byers (Swansea City, free)

Joel Ekstrand (released)

Josh Doherty (released)

Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord, loan)

 

WEST BROMWICH ALBION

IN

Matty Phillips (QPR, £5.5m)

OUT

Anders Lindegaard (Preston North End, free)

Victor Anichebe (released)

Stephane Sessegnon (released)

Tyler Roberts (Oxford United, loan)

 

WEST HAM UNITED

IN

Toni Martinez (Valencia, £2.4m)

Ashley Fletcher (Manchester United, £700,000)

Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia, free)

Havard Nordtveit (Borussia Monchengladbach, free)

Gokhan Tore (Besiktas, loan)

OUT

James Tomkins (Crystal Palace, £10m)

Elliot Lee (Barnsley, free)

Joey O’Brien (released)

Jordan Brown (released)

Leo Chambers (released)

Stephen Hendrie (Blackburn Rovers, loan)

Kyle Knoyle (Wigan Athletic, loan)

 

There may be more signings in the next week before the season starts, not always good in my opinion as it means that the new players have about a day to get used to their new team mates, before the big kick off, if I was a manager I would want all my signings to be completed before pre-season training begins, but that rarely happens, with all clubs owners playing games to get the players they want at the lowest prices.and the nearer to deadline day the more pressure it becomes on the selling club to negotiate, or if a club desperately want a player and the other club refuse their offer, the chances of a deadline day silly offer to get their player increases, Oh the games that are played around the game of Football.

Have a good week

Gary

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