Marc Cucurella has signed for Chelsea on a six-year contract from Brighton for £55m plus £7m add-ons. Levi Colwill has joined Brighton on a season-long loan. Nizaar Kinsella: "Chelsea have registered Marc Cucurella in time for a possible debut against Everton on Saturday after his move from Brighton went through just minutes before the midday deadline." Marc Cucurella will become the 15th Spanish player to play for Chelsea in the Premier League. Only Liverpool (21) and Manchester City (16) have had more Spanish players in the competition. (Opta) Marc Cucurella made more ball recoveries (247) than any other defender during the 2021/22 Premier League season. (Squawka)
“Frankfurt achieved something special. They were not among the favourites. They played great games, beating Barcelona at the Camp Nou with a style of counterattack football, great attention to defence and transitions at high speed.” “First coach to win 4 UCL titles & win every top-5 league? I’m very proud. It has been an incredible season for both Real Madrid and me. Returning to Real Madrid has been very rewarding for me. I need to continue to be the coach of this great club and this great team.” "We are ready for the final. The team is already in top shape. The joy and satisfaction you feel after winning the UCL title tend to stay. It makes you feel that no one should take your place.” “UCL comebacks? It is a very fresh memory. There was also exceptional chemistry between the fans & the stadium. Thanks to the fans' push, we had all the comebacks in our stadium. You always have to believe. You have never to give up.”“I believe that the key factors for our UCL title win were the humility and experience of the old players complemented by the energy and enthusiasm of the young players.” (UEFA)
Virgil van Dijk has been unveiled as the new ambassador and shareholder of London-based e-sports organization Tundra Esports. His unveiling as a Tundra Esports ambassador was revealed through ‘OUTPLAYED’, a song released by British grime artist P Money.
MUFC sponsor TeamViewer has said it doesn't want to extend its £47 million a year sponsorship deal with the club, which is set to run until 2026. (Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung) The announcement of the TeamViewer sponsorship deal last year didn't go down well with shareholders, who were put off by the negative effect that the expensive sponsorship would have on profits. The share prices immediately dropped 15%. (Süddeutsche Zeitung)
"Everything will be very even, but we will have to be attentive to Arsenal's performance, which has put together a great project with help of Arteta and I think that this year they will give people something to talk about. "My candidates are Manchester City, which I think can repeat, Liverpool, Chelsea and I add Arsenal, which has strengthened very well and has had great games in the pre-season."
“We played very late last season and lost. We remember very well. Very emotional crowd and team. We know some very familiar faces on the other bench.Still, we have nothing but respect for Frank and his staff.
It was and will be very respectful between the two benches, but it will be competitive. We do not like to lose. We know what’s coming, and we will be ready.”
Talks are ongoing on the club's side to find a way with Chelsea, Alonso’s priority target since May and already agreed personal terms with Barça months ago. Alonso hopes to leave Chelsea this summer due to personal reasons (Fabrizio Romano)
Napoli’s new shift in direction for the starting goalkeeper position is now focused on Keylor Navas instead of Kepa. [Gianluca Di Marzio] Reminder: PSG manager Galtier publicly expressed that he will be a secondary option for him this upcoming season.