Casemiro: Manchester United confirm £59.5m agreement to sign Real Madrid midfielder | Football News

Manchester United have confirmed they have reached an agreement with Real Madrid to sign midfielder Casemiro.

United will pay £59.5m (€70m) for the 30-year-old. The transfer is subject to the agreement of personal terms, UK visa requirements and a medical.

Casemiro is expected to arrive in the UK in the next 24 to 48 hours to undergo a medical and sign a four-year contract with United, which has the option of a further year.

Real Madrid announced an “institutional act of homage and farewell to Casemiro will take place at Real Madrid City on Monday morning, with the presence of club president Florentino Perez”.

Casemiro joined Real Madrid in 2013 and won three La Liga titles and the Champions League five times.

United defender Raphael Varane, who played alongside Casemiro at Real, said on social media: “Many battles fought together with my warrior Case! Welcome to Manchester, amigo.”

Ancelotti: Casemiro wants new challenge

Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed earlier on Friday that Casemiro was set to leave Real Madrid to pursue a “new challenge”.

“I talked to (Casemiro) this morning,” Ancelotti said. “He wants to try a new challenge, a new opportunity. I and the club understand it.

“With what he’s done at this club and the person he is, we have to respect it. There are talks right now, nothing is official, but he wants to leave. We wish him all the best in his next challenge.”

De Jong deal ‘very unlikely’ this window

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United’s move for Casemiro comes amid the backdrop of the club’s fruitless pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

A deal to bring the Netherlands international to Old Trafford before the September 1 transfer deadline looks increasing unlikely, though De Jong remains a long-term target for United boss Erik ten Hag.

Were Barcelona to offer United the chance to sign De Jong in the final two weeks of the window, it would require a creative deal on the part of United to get it over the line.

United to return for Antony?

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Antony wants to join Man Utd but can a deal be struck before the September 1 deadline?

Manchester United have not ruled out making an improved bid for Ajax forward Antony after the Dutch club rejected a £68m (€80m) offer.

While United are reluctant to increase their offer, there is a feeling the player is keen to secure a move to Old Trafford and dialogue remains open between the two clubs.

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Erik ten Hag: Manchester United boss says he did not see ‘fighting spirit’ against Brentford ahead of Liverpool clash | Football News

Erik ten Hag says Manchester United did not show “fighting spirit from minute one” in last weekend’s defeat at Brentford – as the focus turns to the Monday Night Football clash with Liverpool, live on Sky Sports.

United were well beaten 4-0 by the Bees to leave them bottom of the Premier League table.

Ten Hag continued his criticism of his players and that performance at his press conference on Friday.


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“I was definitely not happy,” he said.

“The basic stuff has to be good and that has to start with the right attitude.

“You need fighting spirit on the pitch and I didn’t see it from minute one.

“The players didn’t play good, a lot went wrong. You don’t have to talk about anything [tactical] when the attitude is not right.”

Ten Hag added he is aware of United’s intense rivalry with Liverpool and instructed his side to “act as a team” to gain confidence after a poor start to the season.

“I know the rivalry,” he said. “We are the rivals. We have to win every game but especially this game. It starts with yourself.

“Act as a team, follow the results and principles and from that you get confidence.”

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Ten Hag: Glazers want to win

United look to kickstart their ailing campaign at a time of intense pressure on the Glazer family, the club’s owners.

Protests are planned against the owners before and during Monday’s clash with rivals Liverpool and Sir Jim Ratcliffe has publicly declared his interest in buying the club.

Asked about the protests against the Glazer family, Ten Hag said: “I can only say the owners want to win and the fans we want them behind the club.

“I can understand sometimes but I am not that long in the club that I can see all the backgrounds, but we have to fight together so we have to be unified and fight together.”

‘Ronaldo remains in our plans’

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With Anthony Martial’s recent injury, will the Frenchman or Cristiano Ronaldo start against Liverpool on Monday?

Anthony Martial has returned to training ahead of the game but his availability is unclear after injury, increasing the chances of Cristiano Ronaldo starting again.

There is unrelenting speculation about the wantaway star’s future but Ten Hag is still counting on the 37-year-old for the season ahead.

“I don’t know why he’s particularly in focus after Saturday,” he said.

“It was the team performance and the whole team’s attitude, including Ronaldo.”

Pushed on if he could guarantee Ronaldo will still be at United on September 2, Ten Hag added: “He’s in our plans, so that’s what I can say.”

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Christophe Soumillon: Ten-time French champion jockey talks Vadeni, Zarkava, Aga Khan split and more! | Racing News

There is a self-confidence that exudes from star Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon, and if you look at his glittering CV, it is not hard to see why.

A 10-time French champion jockey, Soumillon has been making headlines for over 20 years, having ridden the likes of Dalakhani, Zarkava, Thunder Snow, Dylan Thomas and Excelebration, to name a few.

And if you thought his exploits were limited to the Flat game, you would be wrong.

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He won the French Champion Hurdle back in 2010 on Mandali for trainer Jean-Paul Gallorini, following in his father Jean-Marc Soumillon’s footsteps, himself a jump jockey in Belgium.

But when you are that good, you are always likely to ruffle a few feathers, and Christophe would admit himself he has had his fair share of disagreements over the years, including one that led to a split with owner The Aga Khan between 2010 and 2013.

“He’s probably one of the greatest sportsmen I’ve seen,” Soumillon told Sky Sports Racing. “He can be great after victory, but it’s the same when we get beat. I’ve learned so much by his side.

“When you feel the confidence he has in you when you go to the track you want to give 200 per cent each time.

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“I started to get a bit frustrated over the years because sometimes with the trainers we didn’t agree over tactics or stuff like that.

“There was a point when we needed to see if we really loved each other that much in the job. We had that little break for a few seasons but I knew I wanted to come back again.

“What I’ve learned over the years is that every time you reach the summit, you go down afterwards.

“What I love about sport is when people have hard times you can see them fighting back.”

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In a truly exceptional list of racehorses ridden by the 41-year-old, arguably sitting at the top of the tree is Zarkava, a star mare who remained undefeated in her seven-race career, winning five Group One races including the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, arguably the biggest and best race in the world.

She gave Soumillon a feeling he admitted he had never had from a racehorse before, and he knew from a very early stage he could be riding something pretty special.

“I knew straight away she was a superstar, from the morning before the Prix Marcel Boussac,” he said. “We galloped and she did something in the straight that I’d never felt before from a horse.

“His Highness [The Aga Khan] asked if we could go for the Marcel Boussac and I said, ‘No. We’re not going to go, we’re going to win it’.

“That’s a part of me that probably looks like arrogance but it’s a self-confidence. When you feel good, your horse is good and you’re the favourite in a race, why should you feel that you can be beat?

“I’m my own character so when I’m not happy some people might say I’m arrogant or not well behaved, but when something goes wrong, I say it. You can’t make everybody happy.

“When I make a mistake the most important thing is to go forward.”

‘Frankie was always my idol’

Although his father was a rider and it was clear at a very early stage he had a considerable amount of talent – a champion Belgian pony jockey at the age of nine – Soumillon was not always destined to become the global star he is today.

“There was a big discussion with my mother because she didn’t want me to become a jockey,” he said.

“I tried to become a chef and worked in a restaurant but a good friend of my dad said there was an opening in France and why don’t you go for it.

“I knew I was good at it [riding] and the thing that really gave me the dream to become a worldwide jockey was seeing Frankie Dettori on a poster winning the Arc on Lammtarra (1995). He has always been my idol.”

His professional riding career meant a move from Belgium to France, spending time in Chantilly’s riding school before joining Cedric Boutin as an apprentice jockey.

That move was not an instant success and he would admit he struggled with the change in his life, leaving his family home at the age of 15.

“It was difficult because I was going away for periods of around a month or two without seeing my family,” he said.

“I was quite lucky to arrive at a stable with Cedric Boutin that was giving a chance to a young apprentice.

“The most difficult part was to feel happy without my family.”

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Perfect Power, ridden by Soumillon, winning the Watership Down Stud Too Darn Hot Greenham Stakes

The move to legendary trainer Andre Fabre kickstarted his career as second jockey behind Olivier Peslier, and he soon had a first Group One and Classic to his name with victory in the French 2000 Guineas on Vahorimix in 2001.

But arguably more notable was his deal at the end of that campaign, taking the spot with The Aga Khan team following Gerard Mosse’s move to Hong Kong.

And it was in those colours which quickly provided Soumillon with a superstar colt in Dalakhani, a four-time Group One winner with just one defeat to his name.

A winner of the Criterium International in 2002 and French Derby in 2003, Alain de Royer-Dupre’s stable star headed to the Curragh for the Irish Derby as a red-hot favourite.

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But despite going off the 4/7 favourite, Soumillon and Dalakhani were edged out by John Oxx’s Alamshar, ridden by Johnny Murtagh who he admitted rode a perfect race on the day.

“With Dalakhani I was quite lucky to find him so early, but with a little bit more experience I think would probably have been unbeaten with him,” Soumillon said.

“There is always that bitter taste in my mouth when I think of the Irish Derby because that day I made a few little mistakes and was probably too confident, while Johnny rode a perfect race.

“It was a hammer on our head because I never thought we’d get beaten on him. He is still one of the best horses I’ve ridden.”

Soumillon continues to land big prize after big prize around the globe, most recently the French Derby and Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on Vadeni for Jean-Claude Rouget.

That Sandown success was a first French victory in the 10-furlong Group One since 1960, but was not without controversy as Soumillon’s animated post-race celebrations and accidental veering into runners on his inside was deemed as careless by the stewards, receiving an eight-day ban for his exploits.

“Sometimes, with the emotions when you pass the line, not everyone understands what you are doing,” he added.

“I don’t want people to just remember what I did after the line. It was an amazing moment for French racing history.

“Vadeni is a superstar now, a monster. On the track he is a machine.

“We can’t be much happier than we are now and that’s the point when you have to be the most careful.”

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PGA Tour: Keegan Bradley leads BMW Championship as Rory McIlroy slips back after triple-bogey | Golf News

Shane Lowry sits tied-third alongside Justin Thomas and Harold Varner III, while Rory McIlroy triple-bogeyed the par-three 14th to post a three-under 68; Watch the BMW Championship throughout the week live on Sky Sports Golf

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Keegan Bradley (right) holds a one-shot lead over Adam Scott (left) at the BMW Championship

Keegan Bradley (right) holds a one-shot lead over Adam Scott (left) at the BMW Championship

Keegan Bradley holds a one-shot lead after the opening round of the BMW Championship, with Rory McIlroy four off the pace after being unable to build on a fast start.

The American – who won the event in 2018 – mixed eight birdies with a lone bogey on his way to an opening-round 64 at Wilmington Country Club, giving the former major champion a narrow advantage over former world No 1 Adam Scott.

Bradley holed five of his opening seven holes and added another from 40 feet at the ninth to reach the turn in 29, before cancelling out a bogey at the 11th by posting back-to-back gains from the 14th to set the clubhouse target.

Keegan Bradley is searching for a first PGA Tour victory since winning this event in 2018

Keegan Bradley is searching for a first PGA Tour victory since winning this event in 2018

“I made a nice putt on the first hole and just kept it going,” Bradley said. “I feel like coming here is no different than any event I play all year. I try to make it that way. Then come Sunday there’s a lot of ramifications for your career, for Atlanta, and I’m proud of the way I played today.”

Scott birdied three of his last five holes to end the day in solo second, while Shane Lowry reached six under until he three-putted from long range at the par-four last and Justin Thomas got briefly within one of the lead when he holed a 40-foot eagle at the 14th.

Thomas missed from inside three feet at the par-three next to drop back into the share of third, with Harold Varner III completing the group on five under after responding to a three-putt bogey at the par-five 12th by going birdie-eagle over his next two holes.

McIlroy holed from off the opening green and tapped in to birdie the par-five third, having missed the eagle try from inside eight feet, with the four-time major winner rolling in from 15 feet at the fifth and seventh to quickly move to four under.

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The former world No 1 birdied the 13th and two-putted from 30 feet to pick up a shot at the par-five next and get within one of the lead, only to find the water off the 15th tee and three-putt from 30 feet to post a triple-bogey six.

McIlroy failed to convert a 10-foot birdie chance at the 16th and two-putted from 20 feet to par the next, with a long-range two-putt at the last leaving him in the group on three under that contains world No 1 Scottie Scheffler.

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Rory McIlroy is looking to win the FedExCup for a third time

“Much better than last week and sort of feel like I shook off the rust a little bit,” McIlroy said. “Started really well, made some good things. Yeah, just that one tee shot on 15. I felt like I had probably half a club too much, so I was trying to hit like a cut in there over the water, and I just double-crossed it and then compounded that by the three-putt.”

FedExCup leader Will Zalatoris made four birdies in a five-hole stretch on his back nine but bogeyed the last to post a one-under 70, while Jon Rahm struggled to a two-over 73 and Tony Finau stuttered to an opening-round 77.

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South Africa quell England’s Ben Stokes-inspired fightback at Lord’s to stay on top in first Test | Cricket News


Highlights from day two of the first LV= Insurance Test between England and South Africa at Lord's.

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Highlights from day two of the first LV= Insurance Test between England and South Africa at Lord’s.

South Africa quelled England’s Ben Stokes-inspired fightback at Lord’s to remain firmly on top after day two of the first LV= Insurance Test.

After South Africa stumbled from 160-2 to 210-6 – at which point the tourists’ lead was just 45 – Marco Jansen (41no off 57) and Keshav Maharaj (41 off 49) combined for a vibrant seventh-wicket partnership of 72 from 75 balls before the Proteas closed on 289-7 and and 124 runs to the good.

Kagiso Rabada (5-52) had earlier picked up three of the final four wickets to fall, including top-scorer Ollie Pope (73), as England slipped from their overnight 116-6 to 165 all out before opening batter Sarel Erwee (73) guided South Africa into the lead only three down.

Ben Stokes took three wickets on day two at Lord's, removing Sarel Erwee (73), Rassie van der Dussen (19) and Keshav Maharaj (41)

Ben Stokes took three wickets on day two at Lord’s, removing Sarel Erwee (73), Rassie van der Dussen (19) and Keshav Maharaj (41)

England skipper Stokes (3-53) removed Erwee with a scorching short ball and pinned Rassie van der Dussen (19) lbw while Stuart Broad then made Kyle Verreynne (11) his 100th Test wicket at Lord’s as England rallied.

That revival, though, was halted by Jansen and Maharaj, until the latter was caught off Stokes at midwicket by Matthew Potts close to stumps.

Rabada and Erwee have also played key roles for the tourists – the former notching his 12th five-for in Test cricket and the latter sharing half-century stands with skipper Dean Elgar (47) and Keegan Petersen (24).

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England added just 49 runs in the morning as Rabada proved red-hot with the red ball on the day Lord’s turned red for the Ruth Strauss Foundation and to support families facing the death of a parent.

Pope was the first to be dismissed, dragging Rabada onto his stumps off an inside edge, having been shelled off the same bowler in the opening over as Erwee failed to catch in the cordon after a series of comical juggles.

Rabada proceeded to have Broad (15) caught at point off a splendid slower ball and then, after Jansen cleaned up Jack Leach (15), ended the home side’s innings when he pinned James Anderson lbw for a duck – England all out in exactly 45 overs with Pope the only player to pass 20.

Ollie Pope was dropped on 67 in the slip cordon as South Africa fielder Sarel Erwee failed to catch the ball despite having about four goes at it!

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Ollie Pope was dropped on 67 in the slip cordon as South Africa fielder Sarel Erwee failed to catch the ball despite having about four goes at it!

Ollie Pope was dropped on 67 in the slip cordon as South Africa fielder Sarel Erwee failed to catch the ball despite having about four goes at it!

Elgar and Erwee both surpassed that mark – although Elgar did endure a couple of scares on seven, firstly overturning a caught-behind dismissal off Broad with no bat, just pad, involved, before Zak Crawley shelled a chance reaching above his head at slip, off the bowling of Potts.

Potts proved expensive after lunch, picked off for boundaries by Elgar and Erwee when he erred too full or too short, and it was Anderson who snapped the 85-run, first-wicket stand in rather fortuitous fashion.

Elgar attempted to clip the England seamer off his pads only for the delivery to brush thigh guard and forearm before trickling back onto the stumps as he fell three runs shy of a 23rd Test fifty.

That dismissal ensured Anderson become the first forty-plus frontline pace bowler to take a Test wicket for England since Leslie Jackson against Australia in 1961 – Anderson having turned 40 on July 30.

South Africa captain Dean Elgar's luck was out as he was bowled by James Anderson off his thigh pad and forearm

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South Africa captain Dean Elgar’s luck was out as he was bowled by James Anderson off his thigh pad and forearm

South Africa captain Dean Elgar’s luck was out as he was bowled by James Anderson off his thigh pad and forearm

Erwee stars before Stokes lifts England

Elgar missed out on a half-century, then, but not Erwee, who struck Broad through the off-side for four to reach fifty from 89 deliveries.

The left-hander – who was considering quitting the game a few years ago after struggling with off-field issues – continued to play tidily amid Petersen and Aiden Markram (16) snicking Potts and left-arm spinner Leach respectively behind.

Erwee’s composed innings eventually came to a close following that brutish short ball from Stokes, which the Proteas opener could only balloon through to wicketkeeper Ben Foakes.

Stokes struck again in his next over, trapping Van der Dussen plumb in front with a nip-backer to leave South Africa five down and the lead at just 27 – Stokes’ crucial spell reading 2-14 from five overs with two maidens.

Broad then nicked off Verreynne as he became only the second player, after Anderson, to claim a triple-figure number of Test wickets at Lord’s – before Jansen and Maharaj’s alliance dampened England fans’ optimism.

That optimism may have risen once more when Maharaj flapped a Stokes bumper to Potts late in the day but the home side have a lot of work to do to preserve their unbeaten record under captain Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum.

Leach insists England will continue to stick to their guns

Jack Leach says despite being behind England will stick with their attacking intent

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“Obviously we are behind in the game, but we stuck at it very well. We are always trying to take wickets, that is our mindset,” left-arm spin bowler Jack Leach told Sky Sports.

“We could have got a few more wickets earlier, but we just have to keep at it. We are creating half chances, and have to believe that at some point, they will go for us.”

Leach also hopes to maintain his own progress under Stokes’ guidance, adding: “I feel that belief in me which is nice and am just trying to make the most of that.

“It is confidence after playing enough Test cricket that you learned a lot from those games, it comes from performances and takes some time I guess.

“I would rather have done that earlier, but don’t think I could have got to that quicker.”

England have won only two of their previous 25 Tests in which they have been rolled for less than 200 after batting in the first innings of the match – against Ireland at Lord’s in 2019 when they were skittled for 85 and versus Pakistan at The Kia Oval in 2006 when they were razed for 173.

Stats of the Day

– England’s total of 165 is their lowest against South Africa at Lord’s since they were dismissed for 110 in the 1998 Test.

– Kagiso Rabada took his 12th haul of five or more wickets, his fourth against England and his first at Lord’s. The last South African with a five-wicket haul at Lord’s was Vernon Philander, with 5-30 in the 2012 Test.

– A total of 194 bowlers have taken at least 100 Test wickets. Only one of them has a better strike rate than Rabada’s 40.4 balls per wicket, and that is George Lohmann, whose 112 wickets came at a strike rate of 34.1.

Kagiso Rabada celebrates after dismissing James Anderson to complete his 12th five-wicket haul in Test cricket and first at Lord's

Kagiso Rabada celebrates after dismissing James Anderson to complete his 12th five-wicket haul in Test cricket and first at Lord’s

– James Anderson is playing his 27th Test at Lord’s, which equals Mahela Jayawardena’s record of 27 Tests at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo.

– When he dismissed Kyle Verreynne, Stuart Broad took his 100th Test wicket at Lord’s. Only James Anderson (at Lord’s), Rangana Herath (at Galle) and Muttiah Muralitharan (at the Sinhalese Sports Club, Kandy, and Galle) had previously taken at least 100 Test wickets on a single ground.

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Matheus Nunes: Wolves sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder in club-record £42.2m deal | Transfer Centre News

Wolves have signed Sporting Lisbon midfielder Matheus Nunes in a club-record £42.2m deal.

Bruno Lage’s side will pay an initial £38m plus £4.2m in add-ons for the 23-year-old, who could make his debut in Saturday’s game at Tottenham.

The £42.2m deal for the Portugal international eclipses the £35m Wolves paid Porto two years ago for forward Fabio Silva, who has been loaned to Belgian side Anderlecht this season.

Nunes becomes Wolves’ third summer signing after the arrivals of Portuguese forward Goncalo Guedes from Valencia and Burnley defender Nathan Collins.

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Nunes, who scored in Sporting’s 3-0 home win over Rio Ave on Saturday, has spent the last three-and-a-half seasons at the Portuguese club having joined from Estoril in January 2019.

He has made 76 appearances and scored seven goals in all competitions for the Lions. He also has eight caps and one goal for his country having made his debut for Portugal last year.

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West Ham had also been in for Nunes this summer but Hammers boss David Moyes revealed last week “the player didn’t want to come”.

‘Nunes is one of the best players in Portugal’

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Portuguese football expert Pedro Sepulveda says new Wolves signing Matheus Nunes is one of the brightest talents currently playing in the country

Portuguese football journalist Pedro Sepulveda speaking to Sky Sports News about Nunes:

“I really think this transfer record for Wolves is worth it. We are talking about one of the best players in Portugal these days. He will be at the World Cup for Portugal in Qatar.

“I really think this is one of the best midfielders nowadays in football. We have to wait now and see how he is going to react and his impact in the Premier League.

“But if he fits in his first season in England then we’ll talk about this player in the next transfer window.

“If he goes well at Wolves we can easily talk about a huge transfer in the next transfer window for another team.”

How Nunes will fit in at Wolves

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Joao Moutinho’s injury on the eve of the Premier League season left Bruno Lage with only two senior central midfielders available for the opening two games of the season. Connor Ronan and Luke Cundle were the cover for Ruben Neves and Leander Dendoncker.

Wolves clearly needed a midfield addition in this transfer window but what an addition this is. Nunes brings a key quality to the team that they have lacked in that area of the pitch ever since their promotion from the Championship in 2018 – the ability to carry the ball forward from midfield.

Nunes completed 81 dribbles in the Portuguese league last season. Unusually for a central midfield player, that was more than anyone else in the competition. If he can replicate anything like that at Molineux, it will have a transformative effect on his new team.

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Neves and Moutinho have been superb together over the past four seasons, but they are passers of the ball more than ball carriers. The blend of skills between the three Portugal internationals will now give Lage good options as he looks to change formation.

Conor Coady’s exit marked the end of the back three. The limited options in midfield persuaded Lage to switch to 4-2-3-1 for the first two games. But the arrival of Nunes allows the coach to adopt the 4-3-3 that he toyed with in pre-season. This could be a new Wolves now.

Wolves rivalling Saints for Benfica striker Ramos?

Goncalo Ramos celebrates scoring at Anfield
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Goncalo Ramos scored eight goals in 40 games in all competitions for Benfica last season

Portuguese football journalist Pedro Sepulveda speaking to Sky Sports News about the future of Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos:

“I can tell you Southampton were in Denmark when Benfica played against Midtjylland in the Champions League [earlier this month] and Southampton had a meeting with Benfica president Rui Costa to know the price of the player and find out Benfica’s conditions to make this deal.

“Wolves want the player too and some weeks ago they made an offer to Benfica and that offer was a loan, worth €5m with an obligation to buy around €30m.

“I can also reveal that Wolves boss Bruno Lage has already made the call to Ramos to know if he wants to join Wolves because they’ve already worked together and Lage has told Ramos he wants him at Wolves.”

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Emma Raducanu ruthlessly dismisses Victoria Azarenka at Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati | Tennis News

Emma Raducanu ruthlessly dismissed former world No 1 Victoria Azarenka 6-0 6-2 at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

The Brit followed up a straight-sets victory over Serena Williams in style and remained incredibly focused as Azarenka suffered from a nightmare of a match.

Azarenka wasn’t able to hold serve until the fifth game of the second set, and struggled with all areas of her game, including her serve from the first points of the match.

In contrast, Raducanu displayed a steely focus and outstanding concentration to keep her foot on the gas for two sets. She wasn’t fazed by Azarenka’s bathroom break after the first set and will now take on American Jessica Pegula in the round of 16.

“I was playing a great match for sure,” Raducanu said on court after.

“I had to stay really focused throughout and in the second set I could feel the important moments. There were a couple of turning points that could have made the second set really, really difficult… more than it already was.

“I’m really pleased with how I dug in and serving it out in that last game as well.

“It was another great honour to play Vika, she’s won so many Championships and Slams. It’s just a great opportunity for me to be out here.”

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Premier League record-breakers: Alan Shearer, David Beckham, Peter Crouch, Patrick Vieira and Gareth Barry among chart-topping stars | Football News

To celebrate the Premier League’s 30th anniversary, we take a look at the chart-topping stars who lead the way for appearances, goals, assists, clean sheets and ill-discipline over the past three decades.

Appearances

Gareth Barry holds the all-time record for Premier League appearances, clocking 653 run-outs – representing Aston Villa, Manchester City, Everton and West Brom over a 21-year career in the division.

Barry only hung up his boots two years ago after three seasons with the Baggies – playing his final two campaigns in the Sky Bet Championship – and earned 53 senior England caps during his playing career.

Barry

There are few surprises in the top 10, with Ryan Giggs comfortably securing runner-up spot with 632 appearances – having made his debut for Manchester United just before the Premier league launched at 17 years old and still represented the club 23 years later before announcing his retirement in 2014.

Frank Lampard, James Milner, David James, the late Gary Speed, Emile Heskey, Mark Schwarzer, Jamie Carragher and Phil Neville complete the top 10.

Minutes

Barry also leads the way for total game time, amassing 54,439 minutes on the pitch – with David James moving into second spot, while Rio Ferdinand, Sol Campbell, Jamie Carragher and John Terry enter the top 10.

Goals

A more familiar set of rankings is for all-time Premier League goals with Alan Shearer still dominating the chart on 260 over a 14-year career in the league with Blackburn and Newcastle – some 52 goals clear of runner-up Wayne Rooney.

Shearer

Shearer and Rooney remain the only two players to hit a double-centre of Premier League goals, while Harry Kane is on 184 goals and on course to challenge the leading pair as the only active player in the top 10.

Headed goals

Standing at 6′ 7” tall, Peter Crouch secures top spot in this category with 53 headed goals during his Premier League career, which spanned spells with Aston Villa, Southampton, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Tottenham, Stoke and Burnley.

Crouch

Crouch remains the only player to surpass half a century of headed goals in the division, but Shearer ended his career merely four shy of that landmark – one ahead of Dion Dublin.

Les Ferdinand, Dwight Yorke, Teddy Sheringham, Duncan Ferguson, Christian Benteke, Olivier Giroud, Tim Cahill and Kane compete the top 10.

Direct free-kicks

This category hit the headlines last season as Southampton set-piece specialist James Ward-Prowse netted his 14th direct free-kick – to move just four shy of the all-time record of 18 scored by David Beckham.

Beckham

Premier League legends Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry and Gianluca Zola are locked on 12 apiece, with Ronaldo sitting in third spot.

A host of free-kick masters complete the top 10, evoking numerous wonder strikes, including Sebastian Larsson, Laurent Robert, Ian Harte, Morten Gamst Pedersen, Lampard, Nolberto Solano and Jamie Redknapp.

Penalties

Shearer was clinical from all ranges and angles and was equally as effective from the penalty spot, converting an all-time high of 56 during his career.

Midfield maestros Lampard and Steven Gerrard are next on the list, while Kane – who is locked on 28 with recently retired Mark Noble – could usurp the Liverpool legend this term.

Sergio Aguero, Jamie Vardy, Matt Le Tissier, Rooney, Henry, David Unsworth and Luka Milivojevic complete the top 10.

Assists

Recent followers of the game might expect Kevin De Bruyne to top these rankings, but the Belgium playmaker currently sits in joint-eighth on the all-time list on 86 – nearly half as many as chart-topping Giggs on 162.

The former Wales international is 51 assists clear of runner-up Cesc Fabregas – while Rooney and Lampard are the only other players to have registered in excess of 100 Premier League assists.

Dennis Bergkamp, David Silva, Gerrard, De Bruyne, Milner and Beckham complete the top 10.

Yellow cards

Only two players have received more than a century of yellow cards during the Premier League era: Barry and Rooney. However, Barry shored up his top-flight career with 21 more cautions than any other player.

Striker Kevin Davies ranks third ahead of a raft of midfield destroyers, including Lee Bowyer, Paul Scholes, Scott Parker, Robbie Savage, Lee Cattermole, Kevin Nolan and George Boateng.

Red cards

Three feisty former players top the rankings for most red cards during the Premier League era: Patrick Vieira, Richard Dunne and Duncan Ferguson with eight dismissals apiece.

Vieira

Interestingly, only one player from the yellow card rankings also features in the top seven list for red cards: Cattermole, who was sent off seven times during his top-fight career.

Roy Keane, Alan Smith – of Leeds and Manchester United – and Vinnie Jones were also sent off seven times.

Clean sheets

Goalkeeping legends populate the clean sheet rankings with former Chelsea and Arsenal stopper Petr Cech leading the way with 202 – some 33 clear of runner-up David James.

Schwarzer pips former England ‘keepers David Seaman and Nigel Martyn, followed by Pepe Reina, Tim Howard, Edwin van der Sar, Brad Friedel and David de Gea.

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