World Cup hangover lingers over Premier League kick-off

Chelsea transfer news Eden Hazard is set for crunch talks over his future

There is little time for the Premier League's stars to shake off a World Cup hangover as less than a month on from Russia's summer showpiece, the chase to catch champions Manchester City begins in earnest on Friday.

After a disappointing World Cup and Jorge Sampaoli's departure, AFA chief Claudio Tapia confirmed Guardiola was approached. "What we are working on is the depth of the squad because you need it".

West Ham United with Chilean Manuel Pellegrini and Everton with Portugal's Marco Silva have new managers and have spent significant money on new faces as they look to make sure last season's struggles become top-half progress.

Like City, Liverpool's strength is in the final third, and the trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane will strike fear into Premier League defences again.

After the global break, attention turns to Huddersfield Town v Liverpool (Saturday, October 20th, 5.30pm) and Leicester City v West Ham United (Saturday, October 27th, 5.30pm). "That's why I am backing Jurgen Klopp's side to pip them to the title". The Gunners's current deal with Puma expires next year and the Mail says they will sign an agreement with adidas that will be worth £60m a season over five years.


It looks like Chelsea are going to be this annual summer transfer window's "busiest team on deadline day".

BT Sport is delighted to reveal the Premier League games it will show exclusively live on TV and online in October and November.

"The other clubs who compete with us are really strong and already have fantastic teams". But the decision has been made and we'll analyse it in September when it's all over.

"I can understand some speculation about our player because he has good attributes, but I am happy to keep him and hopefully start a great season".

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