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Our latest Premier League preview puts West Ham front and center as they look to build 2021-22 on a season of fun and exuberance, even if there was a feeling they were falling towards the end of the season. It might be difficult to live up to the increased expectations, suggests Jacob Steinberg, who asks if David Moyes’ squad is a little stale:

It wasn’t Newcastle as big-spending in this transfer window as many predicted, but their search for new recruits continues. But Eddie Howe has insisted the club will operate under spending restrictions for “years” despite all the Saudi money.

“Financial fair play will affect us, will affect us for a few more years I think,” said the Newastle manager. “We don’t have a free hand, which may have been perceived in the media, that we can go and sign whoever we want and pay extortionate fees and wages.

“We are not in that position and I don’t think we will be for any time. We have to be creative and smart and try to make the right additions with the financial constraints we have.”

Chelsea is about to to secure the signing of Marc Cucurella from Brighton, according to Sky Sports News. The full-back, one of the most impressive players of last season in the top flight, has naturally been tipped as a Manchester City target all summer.

In the WSL, champions Chelsea have signed the Swedish winger Johanna Rytting Kaneryd for three years.

Manchester City may have recruited an amazingly gifted and efficient robo-striker in Erling Haaland, but could they lose Bernardo Silva’s artistic talents? “What happens will happen,” said Pep Guardiola, “and if he stays it’s perfect and if he has to go in the end it’s because football is like that; The player has a wish. I will not be a person who stops craving for people. If you’re a soccer player, it’s so short you don’t realize it and it’s almost over. The player needs to talk to the club and I’ve never been involved in that.”

Jamie Jackson has the story:

And here’s another read on the eve of the seasonfrom Barney Ronay on the oddity of a season abruptly cut short by the most contentious of World Championships:

And here’s David Hills on some other things to get used to like five substitutions, a new official ball and some new kits:


Good morning everyone. Yes, the Premier League’s great juggernaut is back, and while observations that the football season seems to start earlier every year – like those about police officers and football managers looking younger these days – are starting to seem tired and clichéd, this season really ambushed us early (EFL games in July please!).

England have had at least a week to bask in the unfamiliar sensation of Euro 2022 glory before hitting the more familiar sensations of the grand opener of the top flight. And it starts, like last year, with Arsenal having a test away game in London against opponents who can step up their game against them. Selhurst Park should be lively tonight as Patrick Vieira looks to inflict another painful defeat on his old club, who nonetheless (cautiously) head into the new season with more optimism than they have in a long time.

Defending champions Manchester City face a Test start at West Ham in one of the most fascinating games of the weekend, while Liverpool, their closest 2021-22 challenger, visit a Fulham side in hopes of breaking out of the alternating joys of promotion and relegation. walk around

We’ve got the latest team news, tidbits from media conferences, and random gossip and commentary throughout the day. And to start us all, here are 10 things to watch out for this weekend:

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