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EL 2015-16 SUMMER IN and OUT (Upto 3.08.2015)



AFC BOURNEMOUTH


PLAYERS IN :
Sylvain Distin(Everton)
Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town)
Artur Boruc (Southampton)
Adam Federici (Reading)
Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers)
Christian Atsu (Chelsea, Loan)
Max Gradel (Saint Etienne, Undisclosed)
Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough, Undisclosed)

PLAYERS OUT :
 
Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town)
Ryan Fraser (Ipswich Town, Loan)
Ian Harte Released
Josh McQuoid Released
Darryl Flavahan Released
Mohamed Coulibaly Released
Joe Partington Released
Miles Addison Released
Jayden Stockley (Portsmouth, Loan)

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ARSENAL


PLAYERS IN :
 
Petr Cech (Chelsea)

PLAYERS OUT :
 
Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United, Loan)
Wojciech Szczesny (AS Roma, Loan)
George Dobson (West Ham, Undisclosed)
Chuba Akpom (Hull City, Loan)
Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray, Undisclosed)
Ryo Myaichi (St Pauli, Undisclosed)
Semi Ajayi (Cardiff City, Undisclosed)
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Ipswich Town, Loan)
Abou Diaby(Marseille, Free)
Jack Jebb Released
Oluwasemilogo Adesewo Ajayi Released
Austin Lipman Released
Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill Released
Josh Vickers Released

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ASTON VILLA


PLAYERS IN :
Scott Sinclair (Manchester City)
Micah Richards (Manchester City)
Mark Bunn (Norwich City, Free)
Idrissa Gueye (Lille, Undisclosed)
Jordan Amavi (Nice, Undisclosed)
Jordan Ayew (Lorient, Undisclosed)
Jose Angel Crespo (Cordoba, Undisclosed) 
Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers, Undisclosed)
Jordan Veretout (Nantes, Undisclosed) 

PLAYERS OUT :
Christian Benteke (Liverpool, Undisclosed)
Fabian Delph (Manchester City, Undisclosed)
Darren Bent (Derby County, Free)
Enda Stevens (Portsmouth, Free) 
Andreas Weimann (Derby County, Undisclosed) 
Matt Lowton (Burnley, Undisclosed) 
Yacouba Sylla (Rennes, Undisclosed) 
Antonio Luna (SD Eibar, Undisclosed) 
Shay Given (Stoke City, Free) 
Graham Burke Released 
Alfie Crooks Released 
Christopher Herd Released 
Craig Hill Released 
Bradley Lewis Released 
Isaac Nehemie Released 
Daniel O'Brien Released  
Thomas Strain Released 
Ron Vlaar Released 
Courtney Wildin Released

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CHELSEA


PLAYERS IN :
Nathan (Atletico Paranaense, Undisclosed ) 
Falcao(Monaco, Loan) 
Asmir Begovic (Stoke City, Undisclosed) 
Danilo Pantic (Partizan Belgrade, Undisclosed)

PLAYERS OUT :
Petr Cech (Arsenal) 
Christian Atsu (AFC Bournemouth, Loan) 
Didier Drogba (Montreal Inpact, Free) 
Gael Kakuta (Sevilla, Undisclosed) 
Mario Pasalic (Monaco, Loan) 
Josh McEachran (Brentford, Undisclosed) 
Marco van Ginkel (Stoke City, Loan) 
Izzy Brown (Vitesse Arnhem, Loan) 
Lewis Baker (Vitesse Arnhem, Loan)
Tomas Kalas (Middlesbrough, Loan)
Patrick Bamford (Crystal Palace, Loan) 
Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid, Undisclosed) 
Danilo Pantic (Vitesse Arnhem, Loan) 
Dominic Solanke (Vitesse Arnhem, Loan) 
Mohamed Salah (AS Roma, Loan)

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CRYSTAL PALACE


PLAYERS IN :
Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint Germain, Undisclosed) 
Patrick Bamford (Chelsea, Loan)
Connor Wickham (Sunderland, Undisclosed)
Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers, Free)

PLAYERS OUT :
Lewis Price Released
Owen Garvan Released
Peter Ramage Released
Stephen Dobbie Released
Jerome Thomas Released
Foluwashola Ameobi Released
Michael Chambers Released
Kyle De Silva Released
Brede Hangeland Released
Ghassimu Sow Released

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EVERTON


PLAYERS IN :
David Henen (Olympiakos)
Tom Cleverley (Manchester United)
Gerard Deulofeu (FC Barcelona, 6m Euro)

PLAYERS OUT :
Danielle Young Released
Antolin Alcaraz Released
Sylvain Distin (AFC Bournemouth, Free)
George Green Released
Curtis Langton Released
John Lundstram Released
Ben McLaughlin Released

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LEICESTER CITY


COACH/PLAYERS IN :
Claudio Ranieri (MANAGER)
Christian Fuchs (Schalke, Free)
Robert Huth (Stoke City, Undisclosed)
Shinji Okazaki (Mainz, Undisclosed)
N'Golo Kante (Caen, Undisclose)
Yohan Benalouane (Atalanta, Undisclosed)

PLAYERS OUT :
Chris Wood(Leeds United)
Esteban Cambiasso Released
Zoumana Bakayogo Released
Marcel Barrington Released
Adam Dawson Released
Paul Gallagher Released
Kieran Kennedy Released
Conrad Logan Released
Herve Pepe-Ngoma Released
Louis Rowley Released
Gary Taylor-Fletcher Released
Matthew Upson Released

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LIVERPOOL


PLAYERS IN :
Christian Benteke (Aston Villa)
Nathaniel Clyne(Southampton)
Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim)
James Milner (Manchester City)
Danny Ings (Burnley)
Adam Bogdan (Bolton Wanderers)
Joe Gomez (Charlton Athletic)

PLAYERS OUT :
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City, undisclosed)
Sebastian Coates (Sunderland)
Steven Gerrard (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Glen Johnson Released
Brad Jones Released
Jordan Lussey Released
Marc Pelosi Released
Andre Wisdom (Norwich City, Loan)
Rickie Lambert (West Brom)

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MANCHESTER CITY


PLAYERS IN :
Fabian Delph (Aston Villa, Undisclosed)
Patrick Roberts (Fulham, Undisclosed)
Raheem Sterling (Liverpool, undisclosed)
Enes Unal (Bursaspor, Undisclosed)
David Faupala (Lens, Undiclosed)


PLAYERS OUT :
Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa)
James Milner (Liverpool)
Dedryck Boyata (Celtic)
Angelino (New York City, Loan)
Adam Drury Released
John Guidetti Released
Frank Lampard (Loan return)
Greg Leigh Released
Dominic Oduro Released
Micah Richards (Aston Villa)
Karim Rekik (Marseille, Undisclosed)

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MANCHESTER UNITED


PLAYERS IN :
Sergio Romero(Sampdoria, free)
Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven)
Matteo Darmino (Torino)
Bastian Schweinsteiger(Bayern Munich)
Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) 


PLAYERS OUT :
Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint Germain, Undisclosed)
Robin Van Persie (Fenerbahce, Undisclosed)
Nani (Fenerbahce, Undisclosed)
Tom Cleverley (Everton)
Ben Amos(Bolton Wanderers)
Tom Thorpe Released
Callum Evans Released
Ryan McConnell Released
Saidy Janko(Celtic)
Will Keane (Preston North End, Loan) 

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NEWCASTLE UNITED


PLAYERS/COACH IN :
Steve McClaren (COACH)
Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV Eindhoven, Undisclosed)
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Anderlecht, Undisclosed)
Chancel Mbemba (Anderlecht, Undisclosed)
Ivan Toney (Northampton Town, Undisclosed) 


PLAYERS OUT :
Adam Armstrong (Coventry City, Loan)
Freddie Woodman (Crawley Town, Loan)
Jonas Gutierrez Released
Ryan Taylor Released
Adam Campbell Released
Remie Streete Released
Jak Alnwick Released
Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City, Loan)

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NORWICH CITY


PLAYERS IN :
Youssouf Mulumbu(West Bromwich Albion, Free)
Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion, Undisclosd)
Robbie Brady (Hull City, Undisclosed)
Andre Wisdom (Liverpool, Loan) 

PLAYERS OUT :
Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town)
Mark Bunn (Aston Villa, Free)

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SOUTHAMPTON


PLAYERS IN :
 Juanmi (Malaga)
Cedric Soares (Sporting CP)
Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham, Loan)
Cuco Martina (FC Twente, Undisclosed)
Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord, Undisclosed)
Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers, Loan) 


PLAYERS OUT :
Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United, Undisclosed)
Nathaniel Clyne(Liverpool, Undisclosed)
Artur Boruc (AFC Bournemouth, Free)
Sam Gallagher (Milton Keynes Dons, Loan)
Dani Osvaldo Released
Jos Hooiveld Released
Cody Cropper Released
Omar Rowe Released
Jake Sinclair Released
Christopher Johns Released

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STOKE CITY


PLAYERS IN :
Jakob Haugaard (Midtylland, Undisclosed)
Philipp Wollscheid (Bayer Leverkusen, Undisclosed)
Joselu (Hannover 96)
Marco van Ginkel (Chelsea, Loan)
Shay Given (Aston Villa, Free)
Glen Johnson (Liverpool, Free)
Ibrahim Afellay (Barcelona, Free) 

PLAYERS OUT :
Steven Nzonzi (Sevilla, Undisclosed)
Asmir Begovic (Chelsea, Undisclosed)
Thomas Sorensen Released
Wilson Palacios Released
Andy Wilkinson Released
Oluwatomisin Adeloye Released
James Alabi Released
Samuel Coulson Released
Alexander Grant Released
Robbie Parry Released
Nathan Ricketts-Hopkinson Released
Adam Thomas Released
Charlie Ward Released
Elliot Wheeler Released

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SUNDERLAND


PLAYERS / COACH IN :
Dick Advocaat (COACH)
Sebastian Coates (Liverpool)
Adam Matthews (Celtic, 2 million Pound)
Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kyiv, Undisclosed)
Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur, Undisclosed)
Yann M'Vila (Rubin Kazan, Undisclosed)


PLAYERS OUT :
Santiago Vergini (Getafe CF, Loan)
Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace, Undisclosed)
El-Hadji Ba (Charlton Athletic)
Wes Brown Released
Peter Burke Released
Andrew Cartright Released
Joel Dixon Released
Thomas McNamee Released
Anthony Reveillere Released

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SWANSEA CITY


PLAYERS IN :
Eder(SC Braga)
Andre Ayew (Marseille)
Franck Tabanou (St Etienne)
Kristoffer Nordfeldt (SC Heerenveen)
Oliver McBurnie (Bradford City FC, undisclosed)


PLAYERS OUT :
Jazz Richards(Fulham)
Alan Tate Released
Gerhard Tremmel Released
Thomas Atyeo Released
David Cornell Released
Ruaridhri Donnelly Released
Corey Francis Released
Giancarlo Gallifuoco Released
Joseph Jones Released
Kurtis March Released
Curtis Obeng Released
Gareth Owen Released
Scott Tancock Released

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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR


PLAYERS IN :
Kevin Wimmer (Cologne)
Kieran Trippier (Burnley)
Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid, Undisclosed)


PLAYERS OUT :
Younes Kaboul (Sunderland, Undisclosed)
Benjamin Stambouli (Paris Saint Germain, Undisclosed)
Lewis Holtby (Humburg)
Paulinho(Guangzhou Evergrande, Undisclosed)
Jordan Archer Released
Cristian Ceballos Released
Bongani Khumalo Released
Brad Friedel Released
Aaron McEneff Released
Alexander McQueen Released
Jonathan Miles Released
Etienne Capoue (Watford, Undisclosed)

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WATFORD


PLAYERS/ COACH IN :
Enrique Sanchez Flores (COACH)
Sebastian Prodl (Werder Bremen) 
Giedrius Arlauskis (Steaua Bucharest)
Jose Holebas (AS Roma, Undisclosed)
Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur, Undisclosed)
Matej Vydra (Udinese, Undisclosed)
Valon Behrami (Hamburg, Undisclosed)
Allan Nyom (Granada, Undisclosed)
Miguel Britos (Napoli, Undisclosed)
Jose Manuel Jurado (Spartak Moscow)
Steven Berghuis (AZ Alkmaar, Undisclosed) 

PLAYERS OUT :
Jonathan Bond (Reading, Undisclosed)
Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday, Undisclosed)
Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough, Loan)

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WEST BROMWICH ALBION


PLAYERS IN :
James McClean( Wigan Athletic)
James Chester (Hull City, Undisclosed)
Rickie Lambert (Liverpool)

PLAYERS OUT :
Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion, Undisclosed)
Alex Jones (Birmingham City)
Kemar Roofe (Oxford City)
Youssouf Mulumbu(Norwich City)
Chris Baird (Derby County)
Donervorn Daniels(Wigan Athletic)
Jason Davidson Released
Wesley Atkinson Released
Aaron Birch Released
Bradley Garmston Released
Alexander Jones Released
Gareth McAuley Released
Mani O'Sullivan Released
Alex Palmer(Kidderminster Harriers FC, Loan)

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WEST HAM UNITED


PLAYERS / COACH IN :
Slaven Bilic (COACH)
Darren Randolph (Birmingham City)
Pedro Obiang (Sampdoria)
Dimitri Payet (Olympique Marseille)
Angelo Ogbonna (Juventus, Undisclosed)
Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal, Loan)
Manuel Lanzini (Al-Jazira, Loan)
George Dobson (Arsenal, Undisclosed) 

PLAYERS OUT :
Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough, Undisclosed)
Dan Potts (Luton Town)
Carlton Cole Released
Guy Demel Released
Jussi Jaaskelainen Released
Nene Released
Kieran Bywater Released
Anderson De Carvalho Released
Sean Maguire Released
Paul McCallum Released
Daniel Potts Released

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EPL 2015-16 - TRIBUTE ARTICLE

European Football without Xavi, Gerrard, Pirlo: A Tribute to Three of the Greatest Midfield Maestros of the Modern Era

ADHIRAJ DUTTA : Last season saw Xavi Hernandez, Steven Gerrard and Andrea Pirlo, three of the greatest midfielders of the modern era, leave the prime level of European club football and leave for lesser known destinations to see out the remainder of the career. The new season of European football has started with its usual pomposity but without the three greatest midfielders of the present generation.

At the end of last season, Xavi Hernandez announced he would be leaving the club at the end of the season. Xavi will head to Qatar to play for club Al Sadd. The deal is reportedly for two years and it will give Xavi opportunities in coaching as well. It was inevitable that Xavi, at age 35, would leave El Blaugrana either to go play elsewhere or retire. While some are a bit disappointed that Xavi will not retire as a Barcelona player, he has earned the right to do what makes him happy, and that is to continue playing football.

Xavi is more than just arguably the best midfielder in Barca history and the best midfielder our generation, he's arguably the most intelligent and best midfielder in the history of the game. Xavi has influenced some of today's best medios and in a few years, we'll see even more midfielders in our game stating that Xavi was their influence ó some of which already say this. He truly sees things on the pitch no one else can. The great Ray Hudson called Xavi "Chameleon Eyes." Xavi is like a football chess master: studying the opponent's movement and strategy, then using his brains and talent to outsmart the opponent and reach checkmate. "El Maestro" played in 505 games in La Liga: 322 wins, 107 draws, 76 losses. Xavi scored 58 goals, racked up 116 assists and won 8 La Liga trophies, three Copa del Reys, four UEFA Champions Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups, two FIFA Club World Cups, and six Spanish Super Cups.

Itís not just because the man universally known as 'Stevie G' is one of the most naturally gifted technicians to ever wear the red of Liverpool or Englandís Three Lions, the reason Steven Gerrard departing the Premier League is a bereavement to us all, including many Manchester United fans, is that the man himself is a throwback of masculinity, a window to a better time. Sadly, itís a time we may never see again. Gerrardís allegiance to the red side of Merseyside verges on religious conviction. Stevie Gerrard lives and breathes Liverpool Football Club, so much so that he almost definitely had a Liverbird lunch box and pencil case while a schoolboy.

If you nipped round his opulent home, chances are both might still in his bag for training. Make no mistake, while Gerrard is leaving for one last hurrah in the sunny climes of Los Angeles (on a smaller salary, no less), had he been assured that his role at Anfield amounted to more than applying a sprinkle of magic off the subsí bench, neither this reality nor these words would have ever happened. One can of course, not forget his performance at the historic 2005 Champions League final at Istanbul, where trailing 0-3 at half time against a formidable AC Milan side, Gerrard lead Liverpoolís resurgence to draw it 3-3 and eventually achieve their 5th Champions League title, registering one of the greatest comeback wins in the history of the game.

Though he's every bit the superhero to LFC fans, Gerrard is in fact quite sensitive, vulnerable even, and not afraid to admit it. While weíre on the subject of mistakes Gerrard probably does regret that slip against Chelsea and that 48-second cameo against Man United last season. Nonetheless, one cannot but admire him for his work-rate and his loyalty towards his childhood club, a gesture which is a rarity at a time when itís almost always about glory and money.

It's a grievous shame that true genius is hardly ever recognized in its time. The public is always behind.. The creator and his works are dismissed or overlooked at first - discarded due to ignorance and childish arrogance. Diamonds are thrown away because the scavenger takes them for ordinary stones. Here, we have one of the brightest in Andrea Pirlo, who in the tail end of his career has become a cult hero, sadly when his genius is not as luminous as it once was.

Pirlo was never physically dominant, but he compensated for that failing with his cerebral play. He was always the smartest man on the pitch. Playing passing lanes and pouncing on loose touches to recover possession; embodying the doctrine of pass and move like few others ever could and having such a vast array of talents that he could be dangerous from his team's defensive third to the opponent's box. One 60-yard pass could lead to a goal, and so could his free kicks and strikes from outside the penalty box. He was control personified. Even in moments of intense pressure, he had already calculated how to escape it and the two moves beyond that.

That is not to say that he didn't have his weaknesses: the failures of the body are hard to hide in a 90-minute game and his Hollywood passes are a sin to be lived with. But he was remarkable. This was Pirlo at the height of his powers. Clean-shaven, full of luscious hair and bursting with life. Fully developed and accomplished. A world champion who still surprised and befuddled with the slightest of touches and feints. Now as he seems destined to depart to New York City FC for a new adventure and his swan song, he's become more of a caricature of himself than the real thing.

He needs more than the one destroyer next to him in midfield as his legs have lost their strength. The dribbling is gone, the movement has waned and he's now in a sense the art of a higher society, in that he's more admired for what he represents than any usefulness. But before he became the bearded Mona Lisa, he was a gentle terror at Milan and in his early days at Juventus. This marks an end to the high-level career of one of the most influential midfielders of our time. A conductor that turned the deep playmaking role into an art form before he inevitably became the decoration on the wall himself.

People seem to be not missing them but if one takes a closer look, their absence has definitely left a small void outside the lucrative side of modern day football and it is a void which would be hard to fill.

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