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Jul 26

Football transfer rumours: Manchester City bid £143m for Kylian Mbappé?

Today’s fluff has got the skills to pay the bills

Welcome to the Rumour Mill on a day when Real Madrid could complete a £161m deal for Kylian Mbappé – a player who has, to date, scored 16 league goals. They once got Ferenc Puskás for free.

Anyway, this is where we are, although Real’s hopes of doing irreparable damage to the space-time continuum might be scuppered by Manchester City, who are preparing a £143m bid for Mbappé themselves. It wasn’t too long ago when their big summer spend was £3.8m on Lee Bradbury. The Mill feels very old today.

Related: Transfer window 2017 – every deal in Europe’s top five leagues

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/26/football-transfer-rumours-manchester-city-bid-143m-for-kylian-mbappe

Jul 22

West Ham announce club-record signing of Marko Arnautovic from Stoke

• Austrian international signs five-year contract
• Arnautovic: ‘I can only say it is a massive club’

West Ham have announced the signing of Marko Arnautovic from Stoke City on a five-year deal for a club-record fee believed to be around £24m.

The 28-year-old had been agitating for a move and after rejecting two earlier bids Stoke finally relented. Arnautovic will bolster the Hammers’ squad following the addition of Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart on loan, and the imminent transfer of Javier Hernández.

Related: Benjamin Mendy set to join Manchester City from Monaco in record £52m deal

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/22/west-ham-sign-marko-arnautovic-stoke-city

Jul 07

Transfer roundup: Middlesbrough’s £5m bid for Newcastle’s Karl Darlow rejected

• Rafael Benítez willing to allow goalkeeper to leave St James’ Park
• Stoke’s Jonathan Walters signs two-year deal with Burnley

Middlesbrough and Newcastle United are discussing Karl Darlow’s potential transfer to the Riverside, despite Garry Monk having a £5m bid rejected.

Although Darlow was Rafael Benítez’s first-choice goalkeeper as his side won the Championship title, Newcastle’s manager is not entirely sold on a player whose admirers include Aston Villa and Reading. It is understood an improved offer from Boro will almost certainly prompt his departure.

Related: Chelsea winded by Romelu Lukaku blow and Antonio Conte will demand answers | Dominic Fifield

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/07/transfer-round-up-karl-darlow-middlesbrough-newcastle

Jun 22

Crouch still hungry for goals at Stoke

Stoke City striker Peter Crouch, who turns 37 in January, wants to carry on playing football as long as he can.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40368482

Jun 19

Stoke keen to extend Shawcross contract

Stoke City hope to extend Ryan Shawcross’ contract and also sign loan man Bruno Martins Indi on a more permanent deal.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40328736

Jun 14

Premier League fixtures in full

Find out your club’s full fixture list for the 2017-18 Premier League season.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40253157

Jun 06

Jack Butland back from ‘rock bottom’ into Southgate’s England reckoning

• Stoke goalkeeper returns to national fold after lengthy spell out injured
• 24-year-old is in England squad for Scotland and France matches

Jack Butland has admitted there were moments when he feared he might never play again during his lengthy rehabilitation from a fractured ankle as the goalkeeper, now restored to full fitness, targets a fifth cap in England’s forthcoming games against Scotland and France.

The Stoke City player last represented his country in the friendly win against Germany in Berlin in March 2016 but was substituted at half-time after breaking the joint just before the interval. His rehabilitation proved a protracted process and he did not feature for his club side for over a year, returning in a defeat at Swansea City in April, before starting Stoke’s final five games of the Premier League season.

Related: Eric Dier seals England’s stunning comeback against Germany

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/06/jack-butland-back-southgate-england-reckoning-stoke

May 26

Goalkeeper Given released by Stoke

Former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given is released by Stoke City, having made just five league appearances this season.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40059820

May 20

Stoke’s Ramadan Sobhi: ‘It was not arrogance, it was just a bit of skill’

The Egyptian winger, known as Ramadona, sparked controversy by standing on the ball in a Cairo derby. He reflects on that incident, questions over his age, a fall-out with his former coach and why his Muslim faith helps his game

For a 20-year-old, Ramadan Sobhi’s career has been quite a journey. He has, in no particular order, played in front of 100,000 fanatical supporters in Egypt, got an opponent sent off after standing on the ball mid-game, fallen out with his coach at al-Ahly and acquired the nickname “Ramadona”.

The Egyptian winger, who has made 16 league appearances for Stoke City during his first season in England, has hardly had time to stop and reflect. On Sunday, he hopes to add another for Mark Hughes’s side at Southampton before taking a well-earned break. Next season, he hopes, will be his big breakthrough.

Related: Premier League: 10 things to look out for on the final day of the season

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/20/stoke-ramadan-sobhi-egypt-premier-leagueal-ahly

May 14

Arsène Wenger says Arsenal have shown unity even if it may be too late

• ‘We are now stronger defensively,’ says Wenger
• ‘Chelsea will face a tougher title challenge next season’

Arsène Wenger acknowledged Arsenal’s players have risen to the challenge as they attempt to rescue a top-four finish from a season that appeared to be heading for disaster just a fortnight ago.

Since the defeat against Tottenham Hotspur last month, Arsenal have recorded three consecutive victories over Manchester United, Southampton and Stoke to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League. Another win over Sunderland on Tuesday would ensure their challenge goes to the final day of the season and Wenger admitted the performance in Saturday’s first win in Staffordshire since 2010 was testament to his team’s new-found resilience.

Related: The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/14/arsene-wenger-arsenal-chelsea-top-four

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