Premier League 2018-19 opening day fixtures in full – Arsenal face Manchester City in Unai Emery’s first game

Manchester City won the Premier League last season with a record 100 points (Picture: Getty)Manchester City will begin the defence of their Premier League title away against Arsenal.

Pep Guardiola’s side dominated the division last season, becoming the first side in the history of the competition to reach 100 points.

The game represents a baptism of fire for new Arsenal manager Unai Emery, who will come up against Guardiola and his assistant Mikel Arteta who was also in the running to succeed Arsene Wenger.

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Unai Emery faces a daunting start to his Arsenal tenure (Picture: Getty)

Premier League | Opening Day Fixtures

Arsenal vs. Man City

Bournemouth vs. Cardiff

Fulham vs. Crystal Palace

Huddersfield vs. Chelsea

Liverpool vs. West Ham

Man Utd vs. Leicester

Newcastle vs. Spurs

Southampton vs. Burnley

Watford vs. Brighton

Wolves vs. Everton

Fixtures to be played on on the weekend of August 11

Elsewhere, Manchester United start with a home game against Leicester, while Liverpool host West Ham at Anfield.

Chelsea, who are still to resolve their managerial situation, travel to Huddersfield while Tottenham visit Newcastle.

Promoted Wolves entertain Everton, while Craven Cottage will host its first Premier League game for four years when Crystal Palace travel to west London for an opening day derby.

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Fiorentina slap £62million price tag on Manchester United and Liverpool transfer target Federico Chiesa

Federico Chiesa will command a monster fee this summer (Picture: Getty)Fiorentina are demanding £62million for their talented youngster Federico Chiesa, according to reports in Italy.

The forward’s stock has shot up in the last 12 months after an excellent season for his side.

Chiesa, 20, scored six times and provided nine assists in 38 appearances and has caught the attention of several Premier League sides.

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Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City are all credited with an interest in the transfer and it seems Fiorentina

Gazzetta dello Sport claim Fiorentina are ready to cash in on their star attacker, but will only do so if a club meets their valuation.

Fiorentina had told suitors in April £44m would be enough to secure Chiesa, but have upped their asking price in the last few weeks after a host of sides made their interest known.

How Liverpool have complicated Manchester United’s pursuit of Toby Alderweireld

Tottenham are resigned to losing Toby Alderweireld this summer (Picture: Getty)Tottenham will demand a fee in the region on £70million for Manchester United transfer target Toby Alderweireld, according to ESPN.

Mauricio Pochettino is resigned to losing the former Southampton and Atletico Madrid defender, but Spurs believe Liverpool’s world record purchase of Virgil van Dijk in January has changed the goalposts.

Jurgen Klopp sanctioned the £75m signing of Van Dijk and Spurs are adamant Alderweireld should command a similar fee.

The Belgium international’s situation has been further complicated by a clause in his current contract which states he can be sold for just £35m next summer unless he signs a new deal before then.

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Liverpool paid £75m for Virgil van Dijk in January (Picture: Getty)

Clement Lenglet is also said to be interesting Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward have made an impressive start to their summer transfer dealings, completing the signings of Brazil international midfielder Fred and highly-rated Portuguese right-back Diogo Dalot for a combined total of over £70m this week.

If United fail to agree a deal with Spurs for Alderweireld, Mourinho is likely to switch his attentions elsewhere.

Reports on Thursday claimed United had already made an approach for Clement Lenglet, while Mourinho is also said to be an admirer of Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng.

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Christian Pulisic’s father directly responds to Manchester United and Liverpool transfer links

Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly keen on Christian Pulisic (Picture: Getty)Christian Pulisic’s father has labelled the speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League as ‘hogwash’.

The 19-year-old winger has scored 12 goals in 97 games since breaking into Borussia Dortmund’s first-team back in 2016 and is regarded as one of the most promising young talents in the Bundesliga.

Tottenham are eyeing a move for Pulisic’s services this summer and the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool are also understood to be interested.

The American’s father, Mark Pulisic, has poured cold water on the rumours, but revealed that his son will sit down for talks with Dortmund ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

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‘He was linked to Tottenham. Last week it was Liverpool. The week before Man United. The week before this… it’s hogwash,’ he told Sky Sports.

‘He’s linked with a different club every week. I have no idea. His agent right now is working and looking, in close relation with me and Christian, and we’re just trying to see what the best phase of his next development will be.

The American will discuss his future with Borussia Dortmund this summer (Picture: Getty)‘Now is the time that the season has just ended that we’ll sit down with Dortmund, we’ll sit down with, I don’t know whether others clubs are in the mix, [and see what] Dortmund’s idea is and their plans for Christian.

‘But there’s nothing concrete. Right now, Christian plays for Dortmund and that’s where he is planning on playing again next year.’

SINSHEIM, GERMANY – MAY 12: Christian Pulisic of Dortmund looks on during the Bundesliga match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund at Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena on May 12, 2018 in Sinsheim, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)While Pulisic’s father refused to rule out a summer move, he stressed his son would make the ultimate decision.

Asked if the United States star should stay at Dortmund, he responded: ‘I don’t know. I wish I had the answer because life would then become very easy. But there’s always change.

‘You can think one thing, then you do it, and at the end of the day it wasn’t the right thing.

‘Football is crazy. You kind of have to go with the flow and make sure the player feels comfortable, whatever the decision is.

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‘There’s no magic formula. Is it right to stay at Dortmund? Who knows. Is it right to move to another club? He might think it is, or someone else might think it is, but it might not be in part of his mind.

‘The only thing we can do is continue to talk with him and make sure he’s always in the loop of what’s going on, present all the facts and the content of what can happen, or will happen.

‘It’s up to the player to make that final call.’

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How Jurgen Klopp convinced Fabinho to join Liverpool ahead of Manchester United

The Brazilian signed a five-year contract on Monday to complete a £44m move (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp secretly met with Fabinho and convinced the Brazilian to join Liverpool over Manchester United and a number of other European giants, according to reports.

The Merseysiders moved on quickly from their Champions League final heartbreak by announcing the arrival of Fabinho from Monaco in a deal worth around £44m on Monday night, surprising much of the football world.

But while Liverpool’s deal appeared to come out of nowhere, Yahoo Sport report that the club had been working on the transfer for weeks with Klopp even speaking to Fabinho.

Fabinho was chased for much of last summer by Jose Mourinho and Man Utd (Picture: Getty)Klopp sold Liverpool to Fabinho during a meeting, with the 24-year-old thrilled with what the German coach told him about his vision of the club and plans for the future.

Fabinho took an instant shine to the charismatic Klopp, and after the meeting he immediately told his representative to stop talks with all other interested clubs.

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Jose Mourinho – who shares agent Jorge Mendes with Fabinho – was among the suitors and tried to sign Fabinho last summer, though Monaco were adamant they would not allow yet another key first-team player leave after such a mass exodus.

United have remained in the market for a new midfielder this summer, and look likely to sign Fabinho’s compatriot Fred who made the Selecao squad for the World Cup ahead of the former Monaco man.

Klopp spoke to Fabinho and convinced him to sign for Liverpool quickly (Picture: AFP)Fabinho, who has scored 29 goals in his three seasons in Monaco despite being a holding midfielder, also spoke with fellow Brazilian Roberto Firmino about moving to Anfield.

‘We spoke a bit more about how the city was, about the infrastructure of the club, the city and we also spoke about the coaches and how they do their work,’ Fabinho told Liverpool’s website.

Fabinho has seen how other Brazilians have used Liverpool as a springboard (Picture: Getty)‘So I was able to know a bit more about Liverpool through Firmino. I had been with him at the Brazilian national team on a few occasions.

“I know he’s a fantastic person, his background is from nice people. He is also very good for someone who comes to a new country, a new city – someone who speaks the same language. This will of course make the adaptation much easier.’

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Anderson Talisca breaks silence on Manchester United and Liverpool transfer interest

Manchester United have reportedly tabled an offer for Anderson Talisca (Picture: Getty)Anderson Talisca has confirmed that both Manchester United and Liverpool are interested in signing him this summer.

The 24-year-old forward played his final match for Besiktas last weekend, where he had been on loan from Benfica, and it appears he is set for a move to the Premier League.

Reports suggest United have lodged a £35million offer for Talisca, with Jose Mourinho on the hunt for attacking reinforcements ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

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Talisca is understood to be ‘excited’ about a move to England and the Red Devils are confident that their sizeable bid will be accepted by Benfica.

Asked which country he dreams of playing in, Talisca told Correio da Bahia: ‘England. For the fans, for being a theatre, a show, all games are a spectacle and I like it.

The Brazilian looks set for a switch to the Premier League (Picture: Getty)The Brazilian was then asked about the reported interest from United and Liverpool which he appeared to confirm.

He said: ‘The interest exists, it exists, but there is nothing certain.

‘I haven’t agreed anything yet. It’s just speculation. These things of negotiations I can’t speak.’

Anderson Talisca has played his last match for Besiktas (Picture: Getty)Speaking after Besiktas’ final game of the season, the club’s manager Senol Gunes confirmed that Talisca will be heading to England.

‘I am sorry that Talisca is gone, he’ll be a competitor to Cenk Tosun in the Premier League.’

Asked if that meant Wolves, Gunes responded: ‘Look higher.’

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Victor Wanyama breaks silence on Manchester United and Liverpool transfer talk

Wanyama only made eight league starts last season but did feature in victory over United. (Picture: Getty Images)Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama has no plans to leave the club despite links with Liverpool and Manchester United.

The 26-year-old missed large swathes of last season with a knee problem but upon his return in January made just seven Premier League starts during the second half of the campaign.

As a result, Champions League finalists Liverpool and Premier League and FA Cup runners-up United have both been linked with a move for the Kenya international, according to The Daily Mail, and he could be available for around £40m.

Mourinho has been linked with a move for him (Picture: Getty)But Wanyama has dismissed such speculation and aims to come back stronger next season after an injury-ravaged term.

‘I don’t respond to rumours and all those are rumours to me, I still have a contract with Spurs and that is what I want to see through’ Wanyama told Goal.

‘I did not have a good season with the team because of injury and my aim now is to work hard during this break and return for next season even stronger and help them perform even better.

‘I am happy at Tottenham and I am committed to the team. I am not aware of anything [regarding a move away] and I am very fine and happy where I am.’

Since moving to north London from Southampton in 2016, Wanyama has made 71 appearances in all competitions for Tottenham but is yet to nail down a regular first team place under Mauricio Pochettino.

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Ruben Neves refuses to put career at risk with transfer to Liverpool or Manchester United

Ruben Neves is attracting interest from big Premier League clubs (Picture: Getty)Ruben Neves has insisted it is not the right time in his career to move club.

The Wolves star has been linked with a switch to Liverpool and Manchester United in recent weeks after helping his side gain promotion to the Premier League.

Neves was a massive investment for Wolves at over £15million last summer, a Championship transfer record, and his performances have already peaked the interest of bigger clubs.

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But the 21-year-old believes he is right to stay at Wolves and does not want to rush his development.

He said: ‘Right now it’s not good for me to risk a way out. I feel very good at Wolverhampton, I have no reason to leave because I’m going to play in the best league in the world.

‘The fans already know me, the club too, and everyone knows what I can do.

Wolves won the Championship (Picture: Reuters)

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‘I had a great year and I love playing in Wolverhampton, so I have no interest in going out, because it’s the best for me and for my future.’

Neves is considered one of the brightest young stars in Portugal, but missed out on a spot in his country’s World Cup squad.

The news will be a blow to Neves who was involved in Portugal’s recent friendlies, but he has been given some advice by a Portugal legend, Deco.

Neves cost Wolves over £15million (Picture: PA)He told Sky Sports: ‘He’s doing his career step by step. Normally when a player is doing well, everybody says he needs to change to a big club, but I think he’s doing his job. He needs to wait, he’s young.

‘He did well in the Championship when people maybe believed that would not be possible. If I was him I would just relax now and enjoy the Premier League.’

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Manchester United, Arsenal and Man City make offers to Feyenoord teenager Melayro Bogarde

A number of Premier League clubs wants to sign Melayro Bogarde, right (Picture: Getty)Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City have all made contract offers to Melayro Bogarde, the teenage nephew of former Chelsea player Winston.

The talented defender will be in a position to sign his first professional deal when he turns 16 later this month and Chelsea and Liverpool are also monitoring the situation, according to The Guardian.

Bogarde is rated as one of the most promising young players in Europe and Pep Guardiola, the Man City manager, is said to see similarities between him and John Stones, who he signed from Everton two years ago.

Manchester City, who wrapped up the Premier League title last month, have invited Bogarde and his family to visit their Academy but United and Arsenal have also tabled similar proposals.

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The teenager is rated highly by coaches at Feyenoord (Picture: Getty)United will hope good relations with Feyenoord puts them in a better position than their domestic rivals – the club signed Tahith Chong from the Dutch side in 2016.

With a number of Premier League clubs interested in securing his signature, Bogarde is expected to decide on his next destination after considering which team will give him the best chance of eventually progressing to the first-team.

Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool are all believed to have scouted the youngster extensively this season, while RB Leipzig are also known admirers.

The player’s uncle Winston earned 20 international caps with Netherlands and had a spell in the Premier League with Chelsea.

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