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The Premier League has just started for a season, but transfers continue on and on as managers look to finalize their squads after a short off-season.

With the Premier League starting on its first date due to the impact of a planned mid-season World Cup, many managers still have a lot of work to do – with Leicester yet to sign a single player.

The Foxes today announced that legendary goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has left for France, but that was Chelsea’s signing of Marc Cucurella from Brighton for a record-tying full-back

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Chelsea have signed Spanish defender Marc Cucurella from Premier League rivals Brighton on a six-year deal, the London club announced on Friday.

No fee was disclosed, but UK media valued the deal at £60million – the highest fee for a full-back.

The 24-year-old is now expected to be available for Chelsea’s Premier League opener at Everton on Saturday.

“I’m really happy; it’s a great opportunity for me to join one of the best clubs in the world and I’m going to work hard to be happy here and help the team,” Cucurella told Chelsea’s website.

The Spanish winger has now become Chelsea’s latest pre-season signings with Kalidou Koulibaly, Raheem Sterling and Carney Chukwuemeka all arriving at Stamford Bridge for a total outlay of £172m.

Cucurella’s decision paved the way for young Chelsea centre-back Levi Colwill to head in the opposite direction on loan at Brighton.

Manchester City and Chelsea have both been interested in Cucurella, although the Premier League champions have balked at Brighton’s asking price.

But Chelsea, under new owner Todd Boehly’s consortium, remained interested.

“He’s young, hungry, mobile and a very smart player,” Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said of Cucurella, with the German explaining the new signing would relieve Ben Chilwell as the England winger recovers from surgery at the club. knee.

“It helps in depth and in quality, and it helps with Ben, to escape the pressure of I have to deliver and we absolutely need you now,” Tuchel said.

“Of course we have Marcos Alonso, Kenedy and Emerson in this position at the moment.

“And I think he (Cucurella) can play very well in the back three, so it’s a bit of an Azpi (Azpilicueta) profile on the left side. He gives us a lot of options.

Boehly added: “Marc is an elite defender of proven Premier League quality and he further strengthens our squad for the new season.

“We continue to work on and off the pitch, and we are delighted that Marc is part of the present and the future at Chelsea.

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Belgian international striker Christian Benteke, who has spent the past 10 years in the Premier League, joined Major League Soccer’s DC United, coached by Wayne Rooney, on Friday, the club announced.

United secured the 31-year-old striker on a permanent transfer from Crystal Palace and signed him on a contract until the 2024 season with a club option for 2025.

“Christian is a top player who has played at the highest level for a long time,” said former England and Manchester United star Rooney.

“His experience and ability to score goals and help the team will be invaluable. It’s exciting for the team and myself to play him. He will make a huge difference. United will need all the help possible with a record of just six wins and three draws for 21 points, the second-worst in the North American league at 28 teams.

Benteke has scored 86 goals in 280 Premier League appearances for Aston Villa, Liverpool and Palace.

Benteke becomes the sixth player to join United since Rooney was appointed manager last month.

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David Moyes says West Ham will still be involved in the transfer market after signing Maxwel Cornet.

The Ivory Coast striker joined the Hammers after Burnley’s relegation from the Premier League in a move worth £17.5million.

His arrival at the London Stadium ahead of the new season comes after Nayef Aguerd, Flynn Downes and Gianluca Scamacca joined the club, with goalkeeper Alphonse Areola signing a permanent deal after a loan spell.

However, £30m defender Aguerd is set to be out for three months with a knee injury.

Having also lost retired Mark Noble and the released duo of Ryan Fredericks and Andriy Yarmolenko from what was already a thin squad, West Ham manager Moyes is keen to sign more players.

“We made some good signings,” Moyes said on Friday. “We also had one or two injuries, which we have to take into account, but we are far from finished in this regard.

“We have lost three outfield players and a goalkeeper this summer. We didn’t sign any players in January, so we have to fill those gaps. We want to bring in quality players and we are working on it.

Scamacca will help fill the void in West Ham’s ranks left by the departure of striker Sebastien Haller last year.

But the £30million signing from Sassuolo is strapped for fitness so is unlikely to feature in West Ham’s opener against champions Manchester City on Sunday.

Leicester City’s Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel (R) and Leicester City’s former Italian manager Claudio Ranieri (L) after their iconic triumph.Source: AFP


Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel said on Friday he had “big ambitions” to replicate his success with Leicester City at new club Nice.

The 35-year-old was the mainstay of the most successful spell in the English club’s history winning the Premier League, FA Cup and Community Shield in 11 years.

“In football, if you have a feeling, you have to go,” said the former captain of Leicester, who wants to make the Riviera formation the “best club” which has won four Ligue 1 titles, the last in 1959.

“Leicester is a club that I love. The decision to leave family members is a difficult one,” Schmeichel told a press conference.

“But I’m 35. It was time to challenge myself, with the desire to keep growing as a player and a person – a new language, a new experience for my family.

“But the main reason was the fact that Ineos (owners) have very big ambitions for Nice. They want to make it a top club. I see similarities there with when I joined Leicester. The son of former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel joined Leicester from Leeds in 2011 and quickly became a fan favorite with his 479 appearances, the third in club history.

Nice finished fifth in Ligue 1 last season and open their new campaign at Toulouse on Sunday.


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