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Everton forward Wayne Rooney is set to move to MLS side DC United, signing a two-year deal worth £10m. The 32-year-old spent just one season back at Goodison Park after his time at Manchester United came to an end, but things didn’t go well in Merseyside.
Rooney was frequently substituted in 2017/18 and failed to score or create a goal in 2018. He leaves Everton after new manager Marco Silva told him that he wouldn’t be a starring role in the side next season. That’s a damning revelation but one that …

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba admitted he had “small issues” with manager Jose Mourinho last season. The 25-year-old briefly lost his place in the starting lineup between January and February, which raised doubt over his long-term future at Old Trafford, but Pogba says such experiences “helps you to grow”.
“It was a better season than the previous one,” he said to reporters ahead of France’s final World Cup group game. “It was an experience. There were some small issues with (Mourinho), but they were nothing in the end. Being a substitute, …

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann ended months of speculation after committing his future to the Rojiblancos in a video published on Twitter. Barcelona and Manchester United were previously keen on the French international but made little progress in agreeing a deal this summer which raised suggestions that he might indeed stay at the Wanda Metropolitano.
But after reports that Griezmann had made two different videos, one containing a statement saying he’ll stay at Atleti and one saying the opposite, he’s come under a lot of criticism. The 27-year-old should be preparing …

The 2018/19 Premier League fixtures have been released and we’ve listed all 380 games that will be played by Arsenal, Bournemouth, Brighton & Hove Albion, Burnley, Cardiff City, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Fulham, Huddersfield Town, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford, West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Bournemouth v Cardiff
Arsenal v Man City
Fulham v Crystal Palace
Huddersfield v Chelsea
Liverpool v West Ham
Man United v Leicester
Newcastle v Tottenham
Southampton v Burnley
Watford v Brighton
Wolves v Everton

Saturday, August 18

Brighton v Man United
Burnley v Watford
Cardiff v …

The English Football Association have confirmed there will be an annual winter break in the Premier League, starting in 2019/20.
The two-week break will take place in February but will still see Premier League games taking place every weekend during the period – five games will take place on one weekend and five on another.
The FA have made significant changes to the fixture list to accompany the winter break, moving FA Cup fifth round matches to midweek and removing fifth-round replays with extra time and penalties.
The aim of the winter break …

The Guardian have released the financial figures of every Premier League club for 2016/17, detailing their turnover, wages and profit. The information came from most recently published annual reports at Companies House.
Arsenal (Accounts for the year to 31 May 2017)

Turnover: £427m (3rd highest in the league)
Wages: £199m (5th highest, 47% of turnover)
Profit before tax: £45m (up from £3m in 2016)

Bournemouth (Accounts for the 11 months to 30 June 2017)

Turnover £139m (11th highest in league)
Wages £72m (16th highest, 52% of turnover)
Profit before tax £15m (up from £3m in 2016)

Burnley (Accounts for …

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini looks set to leave the club this summer after rejecting the Red Devils’ latest offer, but why has this saga been allowed to go on and on?
The Belgian international spent the majority of last season on the periphery and has no long-term future at Old Trafford given the stiff competition in midfield, but manager Jose Mourinho just wouldn’t let Fellaini go.
While a useful player from the bench at times, the 30-year-old’s impact has been considerably oversold and United are ultimately better off without him. Fellaini …

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has recently halted stadium plans, citing an ‘unfavourable investment climate’. It comes after the 51-year-old was recently denied a UK Visa renewal, forcing him to seek residence in Israel.
It’s already been a bad summer for Chelsea supporters. Their owner is currently denied visitation in the United Kingdom, there’s uncertainty over who will be manager next season and a number of important players could be on their way out in the coming weeks.
Chelsea are falling apart and could be in for a rough season.
Player recruitment has been …

Mauricio Pochettino agreed a new five-year deal with Tottenham Hotspur worth  £42.5m which has gone done very well with supporters. He earned his initially appointment four years ago after impressing at Southampton and is now regarded as one of the best managers in Europe for his work at Spurs.
The 46-year-old has led the Lilywhites to the brink of success since taking charge in 2014 and he has no intention of leaving just yet. Such loyalty should bode well for Tottenham’s chances of picking up major silverware. Or will it?
Can Tottenham …

Arsenal look set to appoint Paris Saint-Germain’s departing manager Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger’s replacement, but the Gunners didn’t even have the Spaniard on their radar until 10 days ago, says the Telegraph.
Mikel Arteta was believed to be the frontrunner to become the next Arsenal manager before Emery edged his way ahead of his inexperienced countryman. So, what happened?
Arsenal got cold feet over Arteta
Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta was set to replace Wenger as Arsenal manager this summer, after Massimiliano Allegri opted to stay at Juventus and Julian Nagelsmann …