Transfer mayhem, kick-off in Scotland, plus the best of the rest in another interesting summer weekend of football
1 – Kyle Walker signs for Manchester City
Tottenham’s Kyle Walker has signed for Manchester City in an estimated £50 million deal plus add ons, making him the world’s most expensive defender and the most expensive English player of all time. The 27-year-old joined Tottenham from Sheffield United in 2009, has made 198 Premier League appearances and has 27 caps for England. The right-back helped Spurs to a 2nd place finish in table last season, where they boasted the best defensive record with 26 goals conceded, champions Chelsea leaked 33.
2 – Chelsea sign Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko
22-year-old Tiemoue Bakayoko emerged as one of the stars of Monaco’s impressive squad last season, helping them to the Champions League semi-finals and a Ligue 1 title. The French international has now signed a five-year deal with Premier League champions Chelsea, reported to worth around £40 million. Chelsea fly out to Beijing on Monday as part of their pre-season tour of the Far East, but it could be a while before Bakayoko takes to the pitch as he’s recovering from a knee procedure.
3 – Goals galore in the Scottish League Cup
The Scottish League Cup kicked off at the weekend and Premiership side Motherwell made light work of League One’s Queen’s Park. Chris Cadden opened the scoring for Motherwell ten minutes into the match at Hampden Park, before Adam Cummins equalized at twenty-three minutes. After the break a goal from Craig Tanner restored Motherwell’s lead before a brace from Ryan Bowman in the space of three minutes and a free kick from substitute Louis Moult completed the 5-1 rout. Elsewhere Falkirk beat Stirling 4-1, St Mirren won 4-1 over Stranraer, Cowdenbeath had a 4-2 victory over Buckie Thistle and Hibernian hammered Montrose 4-0. But Dunfermline achieved the most striking scoreline of the weekend with a 6-0 trouncing of Elgin City. Nicky Clark netted four of the goals with Michael Paton and Callum Smith contributing one apiece.
4 – Someone have a Hart
Goalkeeper Joe Hart is set for a medical with West Ham on Monday ahead of what will be a season-long loan spell, the Hammers will then have the option to buy the 30-year-old. After Pep Guardiola’s arrival at Manchester City, Hart was no longer first choice and spent the majority of last season on loan to Serie A side Torino. His contract with City doesn’t expire till 2019, but eager to retain his position in the England squad ahead of the World Cup in Russia, Hart needs regular Premier League football.
5 – England’s Under 19s beat Portugal in Euro U19 final
England’s under 19s enjoyed a 2-1 victory over Portugal in the Euro U19 Championship final in Georgia on Saturday. Aston Villa’s Easah Suliman’s header put England in front five minutes after the break, but Dujon Sterling accidentally fired into his own net restoring the deadlock six minutes later. Fortunately it didn’t matter, as Lukas Nmecha coolly slotted in the winner with just over twenty minutes to play. The Young Lions saw out the final ten minutes of the game with ten men after Adetayo Edun was sent off for a second yellow card offense. England’s youth teams have enjoyed plenty of success this year with the Under-20 World Cup win in June and the Under-21 side reaching the semi-finals of the Euro U21 tournament also last month. Unfortunately, they missed out on a place in the final after penalties with the Germans.