Top 5 Moments from the Weekend - 10th July

Top 5 Moments from the Weekend - 10th July

Everton and Man Utd swap strikers, Chelsea left red faced but bag Roma defender, plus the best of the rest from a frantic weekend of football

1 – Romelu Lukaku set to join Manchester United

24-year-old striker Romelu Lukaku has undergone a medical and is set to join Manchester United for a deal that’s worth an initial £75 million.  Chelsea had reportedly matched United’s bid, but the Belgium international favoured the Red Devils over his former club.  The deal sees Lukaku reunited with Jose Mourinho who was boss at Stamford Bridge in 2014 when he was sold to Everton for almost £30 million.  Lukaku scored 25 Premier League goals last season and was runner-up to Harry Kane in the race for the Golden Boot.

2 – Gazza plays in charity match

Paul Gascoigne donned a Newcastle United shirt once again and played in charity match in memory of goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek on Sunday.  Srnicek died from a cardiac arrest in 2015 and this was the second edition of the charity cup in his honour.   A host of ex-players took to the pitch to play tribute, including Peter Beardsley, Keith Gillespie and Steve Harper who helped the Newcastle Legends to a 7-1 win with Gazza netting the seventh goal.

3 – Chelsea sign Antonio Rudiger

Chelsea have signed Roma defender Antonio Rudiger for what could be close to £35 million on a five-year contract.  The 24-year-old German international has spent two seasons in Italy’s Serie A and helped them to a 2nd place finish in the table last season, four points off champions Juventus.  He’s just enjoyed success as part of Germany’s relatively inexperienced squad in the Confederations Cup, where he plays as part of a three-man central defence, making him a good fit for Antonio Conte’s Chelsea.

4 – England U19 smash Germany U19 4-1

England’s Under-19 squad smashed Germany Under-19 4-1 to make it to the semi-finals of the Euro U19 tournament.  After a goalless first-half, Nottingham Forest’s Ben Brereton got the first of a brace when he calmly struck home a penalty to open the scoring seven minutes after the break.  Twelve minutes later he bagged his second when he converted a low cross.  Germany got one back courtesy of Tobias Warschewski, but Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon got his own brace within the final ten minutes to complete the 4-1 rout.  Next up for England’s youngsters are the Czech Republic on Wednesday, while Portugal battle the Netherlands for the other spot in the final.

5 – Rooney’s Return

Wayne Rooney will return to his former club Everton, 13 years after he left for Manchester United.  He completed a medical at Everton’s Finch Farm training ground on Saturday and is set to re-join on a free transfer after signing a two-year deal.  Despite interest from other clubs both at home and abroad, Rooney has stated he wouldn’t play for any other English club other than Everton.  He was still contracted to Man United but last season saw him slip down the club’s hierarchy, as well as being dropped from Gareth Southgate’s England squad.  He’ll be hoping for more playing time at Goodson and it will be an undoubtedly sentimental return for the 31-year-old, who first joined the Toffees youth team at the age of 9.



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