Van Gaal mobbed by jubilant United fans as Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin join De Gea for US tour... but there's no sign of Valdes

David de Gea named in Manchester United squad for pre-season tour of America as Victor

David de Gea joined his Manchester United team-mates on Monday as they flew to Seattle for their pre-season tour of America. De Gea, who is wanted by Real Madrid all summer, was included in Louis van Gaal's 26-man squad for the tour, as well as new signings Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Matteo Darmian and Memphis Depay. Fans mobbed players and staff as they arrived at Manchester Airport, with Van Gaal getting special attention in particular. One absentee, though, was Victor Valdes.

First Sterling, now De Bruyne: Man City are ready to switch attention to £40m former Chelsea star

Manchester City prepared to follow up buying Raheem Sterling with initial £40m bid for

SIMON JONES: Manchester City are ready to follow up their £49million move for Raheem Sterling by launching a similar bid for Kevin De Bruyne. The Premier League runners-up hope to tie up the loose ends on the deal for Sterling within the next 24 hours but will offer £40m for Wolfsburg midfielder de Bruyne. The Bundesliga side have discussed a new contract for the 24-year-old who returned to training with his club on Monday.

Lloris fractures wrist as Spurs fear keeper will miss start of the new season... and United may need to look elsewhere for a De Gea replacement

Tottenham Hotspur's Hugo Lloris

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris could miss the start of the season after the club confirmed he suffered a fracture to his wrist over the summer. Spurs face a tough trip to Manchester United on August 8.

My ULTIMATE pro: Van Gaal hails Schweinsteiger as he's unveiled with Schneiderlin in £40m swoop

Louis Van Gaal headed off on pre-season tour to America convinced that he has just signed the midfield general Manchester United have been missing.

Ranieri branded 'uninspiring' choice as boss by Leicester legend Lineker

Leicester have appointed the vastly-experienced Claudio Ranieri as their new manager, but former club icon Gary Lineker has called the Italian's hiring 'uninspiring'.

Meet Chelsea's new No 9... Falcao: Striker follows in footsteps of Torres, Sidwell, Di Santo and Boulahrouz

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 17:  Radamel Falcao of Manchester United sits on the pitch during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on May 17, 2015 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

Chelsea's new striker Radamel Falcao has officially been confirmed as their new No 9 ahead of the 2015-16 season, following Fernando Torres in wearing the traditional striker's shirt.

Ajax discuss season-long loan deal for out-of-favour Arsenal striker Sanogo

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - JULY 07:  Yaya Sanogo of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on July 7, 2015 in St Albans, England.  (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Ajax are discussing a season-long loan deal with Arsenal for striker Yaya Sanogo.

Van Persie to be unveiled as a Fenerbahce player on Tuesday after completing medical

Robin van Persie set to be unveiled as a Fenerbahce player on Tuesday as his Manchester

Robin van Persie will be unveiled as a Fenerbahce player on Tuesday following the striker's transfer from Manchester United. The Turkish club revealed the news on Monday as pictures emerged of his medical examination in Istanbul.  The 31-year-old will put pen to paper on a three-year deal worth in the region of £240,000-a-week at Fenerbahce, although the two clubs have not yet signed off on the fee or structure of payment.

The Tinkerman is back... at Leicester! Former Chelsea boss Ranieri returns to Premier League to replace Pearson

Claudio Ranieri named new Leicester City manager as former Chelsea boss replaces Nigel

Claudio Ranieri has secured a return to the Premier League with Leicester City, replacing Nigel Pearson as manager of the club on a three-year contract. The 63-year-old was last in England's top flight with Chelsea, a role he lasted in for four seasons before being sacked in 2004 after Roman Abramovich's first year as Chelsea owner was a trophyless one.

Schneiderlin: Once I knew that United were interested in signing me, it was a very easy decision to make

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 13:  (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Morgan Schneiderlin of Manchester United poses after signing for the club at Aon Training Complex on July 13, 2015 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton taking the club's summer spending towards £80million.

TRANSFER NEWS COLUMN: United remain interested in Real star Ramos

Manchester United remain keen to sign Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid with Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi also still interesting United.

Van Persie won't be missed by Manchester United, and here's why... 

Robin van Persie is joining Fenerbahce but Manchester United fans are unlikely to be too disheartened at the Dutchman's departure given his diminishing form

Look who's back: Ronaldo reunited with Bale and Co for Real's tour Down Under

Cristiano Ronaldo joins up with Real Madrid squad in Australia as they prepare for

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has linked up with his team-mates in Melbourne ahead of their participation in the International Champions Cup. The pre-season tournament, which is being hosted in Australia and China, sees Madrid take on both Inter and AC Milan, Roma and Manchester City over the course of July. Ronaldo arrived in Melbourne on Sunday, having traveled separately to the rest of the Madrid squad, but was given a warm welcome by Gareth Bale and manager Rafa Benitez.

Hamilton invited to return to Royal Box at Wimbledon after dress code snub meant F1 champion missed men's final

Lewis Hamilton will be invited back to Wimbledon next year despite dress code snub that

Lewis Hamilton will be invited back to sit in Wimbledon's Royal Box next year, despite the mix-up over clothing that saw him miss the men's final on Sunday. Richard Lewis, Chief Executive of the All England Club, insisted that there were no hard feelings on either side after the F1 world champion (who arrived in New York City on Monday, hours after his SW19 snub) turned up looking insufficiently smart to sit in the famous enclosure among other celebrities and sports stars.

Van Persie exit reduces young United fan to tears... but now he could get a chance to meet his idol in Turkey

Robin van Persie's impending move to Fenerbahce has reduced a four-year-old Manchester United fan to tears due to his admiration for the Dutchman.

Wright returns to Match of the Day... seven years after blasting the BBC for treating him like a 'comedy jester' 

BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey (R) with pundits Rio Ferdinand (L) and Ian Wright before the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London. 

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Ian Wright is to make a return to Match of the Day, the show he once slammed for treating him like a 'jester', as the BBC looks to replace the departed Phil Neville.

Bianchi's father admits his family are put through 'daily torture' and are losing hope about F1 driver's recovery

Jules Bianchi's father says his family still go through 'daily torture' and is less optimistic about his son's recovery following his crash at Suzuka last season.

I've got no problem with Sterling... I just want to make us better, vows Rodgers after Liverpool agree to sell him for £49m

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says there were no personal issues with Raheem Sterling

DOMINIC KING IN BANGKOK: Brendan Rodgers is adamant Liverpool can thrive without Raheem Sterling and insisted that a breakdown in their relationship did not push the winger to Manchester City.

Manchester City star Demichelis marries former Playboy model in Argentina

Martin Demichelis marries former Playboy model Evangelina Anderson in Argentina 

Martin Demichelis suffered heartbreak in the Copa America final with Argentina, but he had reason to be happy this weekend in Buenos Aires. The Manchester City defender tied the knot with his long-time partner and former Playboy model Evangelina Anderson at a ceremony in the Argentine capital.

With new midfield pairing confirmed, is this how Van Gaal's side will look when the season starts?


All of a sudden Louis Van Gaal's wish to have Manchester United's transfer business concluded before flying out to the United States for pre-season is pretty close to fruition.

Sterling will earn up to £180,000-a-week at Manchester City

Raheem Sterling, who rejected a new £100,000-a-week deal at Liverpool last season, will pocket at least £160,000-a-week - plus appearance and goal bonuses - at Manchester City.

MARTIN SAMUEL: Sterling's recent behaviour should be a warning sign

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We understand why Raheem Sterling has left Liverpool. He wants an upgrade: in the standard of his team-mates, the potential for achievement, quite probably in salary, too.

Sinclair's Liverpool future in doubt after he rejects new contract

Chelsea's Gary Cahill battles for the ball with Liverpool's Jerome Sinclair (right)

Liverpool are facing up to losing another young starlet with Jerome Sinclair stalling on a new deal. The youngster is highly rated at Anfield, but is set to follow Raheem Sterling out of the exit door.

Just checking you're still the best in the world... Barca stars put through intensive check-ups ahead of new La Liga season

Arda Turan and Andres Iniesta have their pre-season medicals at Barcelona

It's been little over five weeks since Barcelona ended their stunning 2014-15 campaign, finishing with a 3-1 victory in the Champions League final over Juventus on June 6 to complete a famous treble. But on Monday, the Catalan club were back at work as a large portion of their squad returned to pre-season training. New man Arda Turan was joined by Andres Iniesta, Rafinha, Adriano and Sergi Roberto in having their post-holiday medicals.

We've got plenty of players like Sterling, claims Wenger in Singapore as he admits Man City have got a good deal

Arsene Wenger never considered Raheem Sterling as Arsenal manager says 'we've got plenty

MATT BARLOW IN SINGAPORE: Arsene Wenger has claimed that Raheem Sterling's record transfer had been on the cards for some time and never considered joining the race for the England winger.

Police investigate Sterling death threats and racist abuse as he closes in on £49m move to City

Raheem Sterling's impending move to Manchester City has left some fans angry, with the England man being targeted with vile online abuse since the deal was announced.

VIEW FROM LIVERPOOL: Selling Sterling to City for £49m and getting Milner on a free is great business

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 09:  (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) James Milner of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on July 9, 2015 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Raheem Sterling is about to become the most expensive English player and 20-year-old in football history as he prepares the Liverpool exit he so desperately craves.

Kane living high off the hog as Tottenham striker swims with pigs while on holiday in The Bahamas

Harry Kane is soaking up every last minute of sunshine he can in The Bahamas before he has to return to the less glamorous climes of the United Kingdom for pre-season training.

Casillas poses in front of his monster trophy cabinet as he waves goodbye to Real Madrid with Bernabeu send-off

Iker Casillas waves goodbye to Real Madrid on emotional farewell day at the Bernabeu

Real Madrid's goalkeeping great Iker Casillas was given an official send-off by Los Blancos on Monday, ahead of his move to Portuguese side Porto. Casillas was initially angry at the manner of his exit after 25 years at the club and on Sunday he sat alone in a tearful press conference in which he could barely read his prepared statement such was the emotion felt after 16 seasons in the first team.

Khedira set to get his career back on track after undergoing medical at Serie A champions Juventus 

Sami Khedira looks set to get his career back on track after undergoing medical at Serie A

Having signed for Juventus from La Liga giants Real Madrid on July 1, Sami Khedira has now got around to completing his medical at the Turin club.

England will continue to invite Australia for post-match drinks despite Clarke's first Ashes Test snub

England will carry on inviting the Australians into their dressing room for a beer and a chat after each Test of the Ashes even though Michael Clarke refused their offer to join them in Cardiff.

MARTIN SAMUEL: England are out of comfort zone, only because risk-taking Cook has abandoned his

It was an unusual role reversal for Alastair Cook. His captaincy was widely praised, his batting held up as one of the few disappointments of England's first Test victory.

Wood takes wickets, scores runs and raises smiles - character does matter and England will need plenty when Ashes battle resumes at Lord's

THE TOP SPIN - LAWRENCE BOOTH: England's triumph was a triumph of self-belief and childlike pleasure, of the kind that is supposed to be out of place in the Ashes.

Holding a champions scarf, £8m Begovic is unveiled by Chelsea as he takes on challenge of trying to dislodge Courtois

Chelsea sign Asmir Begovic as keeper arrives from Stoke City in £8m deal

Asmir Begovic has completed his move to Premier League champions Chelsea after singing a four-year deal at Stamford Bridge. Jose Mourinho had been chasing the Stoke City goalkeeper for a number of weeks ever since it emerged that last season's No 2 Petr Cech would sign for Arsenal.

With the same trainers in six colours, which Manchester United player is picking his ones for tour to US?

Luke Shaw and his colourful collection of trainers... big decisions for Manchester United

The 20-year-old is clearly excited for United's imminent pre-season tour of the United States, as he took to social media to ask his fans which trainers he should bring with him. He posted a picture of his six pairs of adidas Superstar trainers, which retail at £67, in green, orange, silver, red, white and blue.

THE OPEN TEE TIMES: Spieth joins Johnson and Matsuyama as Woods goes out with Day and Oosthuizen 

American sensation Jordan Spieth has Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama for company as he goes in search of a third straight major win when he starts his bid for Open glory at St Andrews.

Basso withdraws from Tour after being diagnosed with testicular cancer 

Tinkoff-Saxo rider  Ivan Basso (L) rides next to Team Sky rider Chris Froome of Britain, race leader's yellow jersey, at the start of the 223.5-km (138.9 miles) 4th stage of the 102nd Tour de France cycling race from Seraing in Belgium, to Cambrai, France, July 7, 2015. Former Giro d'Italia winner Ivan Basso withdrew from the Tour de France on Monday July 13, 2015 after revealing he has testicular cancer. Picture taken July 7, 2015.   REUTERS/stefano Rellandini

Ivan Basso has withdrawn from the Tour de France after being diagnosed with testicular cancer. Basso was a key member of Alberto Contador's Tinkoff-Saxo squad, but will return home to Italy on Monday.

Froome sends warning to rivals by insisting: 'I'm getting stronger... it's up to the other teams to put pressure on'

PLUMELEC, FRANCE - JULY 12: Chris Froome of Great Britain and Team Sky retains the leader's yellow jersey following stage nine of the 2015 Tour de France, a 28 km team time trial from Vannes to Plumelec on July 12, 2015 in Plumelec, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Chris Froome has sent an ominous message to the rivals bidding to snatch the Tour de France leader's yellow jersey off him, saying: 'I'm getting stronger'.

How the transfer record for English players has been broken in the Premier League era as £49m Sterling takes it to new heights

Raheem Sterling joins Rio Ferdinand, Alan Shearer and Paul Gascoigne in breaking English

Raheem Sterling's massive £49m transfer fee makes him the most expensive English player of all time, and only behind Angel di Maria and Fernando Torres as the biggest buy in Premier League history.  Sterling takes the title of England's highest costing player from Andy Carroll, whose £35m move to Liverpool failed to yield the hoped-for results. At the other end of the scale is Rio Ferdinand, whose record move to Manchester United produced six Premier League titles and a Champions League trophy.

McGregor will lead Europe against rival Faber and USA in the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter

Conor McGregor will lead Europe against Urijah Faber and the United States in the upcoming

Conor McGregor, the new UFC interim featherweight champion, will lead Europe against Urijah Faber and the United States in the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter. McGregor, who defeated Chad Mendes in Las Vegas on Saturday to claim the featherweight belt, will coach eight European lightweight hopefuls against Faber's American squad. 

Jenkinson agrees new five-year deal with Arsenal but will return to West Ham for season-long loan

West Ham United's Carl Jenkinson applauds the fans after the final whistle during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London. 

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Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson has agreed a new five year contract - but will join West Ham on season-long loan deal. He will sign fresh terms which will expire in 2020.

Watford face battle to sign Spurs star as PSG bid £6m for Stambouli

SHAH ALAM, MALAYSIA - MAY 27:  Benjamin Stambouli of Tottenham Hotspur clashes with Mohd Nasir of Malaysia XI during the pre-season friendly match between Malaysia XI and Tottenham Hotspur at Shah Alam Stadium on May 27, 2015 in Shah Alam, Malaysia.  (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)

Paris Saint-Germain have made a surprise £6million bid for Tottenham midfielder Benjamin Stambouli, though the 24-year-old had been talking to Watford about a move recently.

Chelsea move for Pedro must wait until after Barca elections with board blocked from making transfers

FC Barcelona's Pedro Rodriguez during the UEFA Champions League soccer match, FC Barcelona Vs Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou in Barcelone, Spain on December 10, 20114. Barcelona won 3-1. Photo by Giuliano Bevilacqua/ABACAPRESS.COM

Chelsea's move for £22m-rated Pedro will have to wait until after the July 18 elections at Barcelona because the club's temporary board has been blocked from making any more transfer decisions.

Southampton make £10m bid for Feyenoord midfielder Clasie

Saints held talks with Feyenoord over the weekend and have now lodged a bid. The offer comprises of £8million in cash plus a further £2million in performance-related add ons.

Fiorentina target Balotelli loan as Liverpool remain keen on Benteke  

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 09:  (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Joao Teixeira and Mario Balotelli of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on July 9, 2015 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Fiorentina have discussed a possible loan for Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli. The Italy international was left behind from Liverpool's tour to Singapore.



WHAT WE LEARNED: England were on fire while Australia won't share beer with rivals

England are on fire while Australia won't share a beer with Ashes rivals... what we've

So, how on earth did that happen? How did England, humiliated 5-0 by Australia barely 18 months ago, turn the tables so dramatically on the hot favourites in the first Test?  Cricket Correspondent Paul Newman looks at how England became the epitome of a very modern cricket team.

NASSER HUSSAIN gives his ratings on his first Test hits and misses

Cricket - England v Australia - Investec Ashes Test Series First Test - SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff, Wales - 11/7/15
 England's Joe Root celebrates with James Anderson and Alastair Cook after dismissing Australia's Mitchell Johnson
 Reuters / Philip Brown

England produced an almost flawless performance in Cardiff to defeat Australia by 169 runs in four days in the first Investec Test to take a 1-0 Ashes lead to Lord's.

Lehmann bemoans Cardiff pitch and hopes Lord's has more bounce

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 Australia coach Darren Lehmann during a training session
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LAWRENCE BOOTH IN CARDIFF: Darren Lehmann has criticised the Cardiff pitch after Australia lost the first Test by 169 runs and hopes for more pace and bounce in the surface at Lord's.

Anderson hails England's new aggressive approach after Ashes win

James Anderson has hailed England's new aggressive approach after their opening Ashes Test victory over Australia. The bowler praised his team-mates and their 'brilliant all-round performance.'

'I was a man on a mission': Faldo returns to St Andrews and reflects on the greatest major triumph of his career, 25 years on...

Nick Faldo looks back 25 years to winning The Open at St Andrews

EXCLUSIVE BY DEREK LAWRENSON: The three-year-old son who ran into his arms on the day he became the only British golfer since the war to win The Open at St Andrews will be by his side this time as his caddie.

Westwood moves on from his ongoing divorce as he finds love with model, 38 

Lee Westwood moves on from his ongoing divorce as he finds love with model, 38 

English golfer Lee Westwood appears to have found love again after 'falling head over heels' with a model.

Interactive guide to the Old Course at St Andrews - all you need to know

The Open returns to St Andrews for the 29th time this week and just in case you don't know the famous Old Course well enough, we've got a brilliant interactive guide to help you out.

Fowler lays down a marker for St Andrews with fine Scottish Open win

The American poses with girlfriend Alexis Randock after producing a sensational finish

World No 9 Rickie Fowler produced his second brilliant finish of the season to win the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Gullane on Sunday.

Casey in confident mood for The Open after breaking back into world's top 50

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 13:  Paul Casey of England speaks at a press cofnerence ahead of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 13, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Five years after finishing third at the Open, revitalised Paul Casey is confident he can challenge for the Claret Jug on the Old Course this week after getting his career firmly back on track.

Australian Day heads to The Open with vertigo fear still looming over him

Jason Day will play in The Open this week despite knowing another episode of vertigo that affected him so badly at the US Open last month could strike at any moment.

Johnson tips himself for major win as he prepares for St Andrews 

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 13:  Dustin Johnson of the United States tees off on the 14th hole during practice ahead of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 13, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

American Dustin Johnson insists he has what it takes to win a major despite his latest near-miss raising more questions about his temperament to get the job done.

Mickelson relives Muirfield as he prepares for another tilt at The Open  

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Phil Mickelson swapped his golf clubs for a bottle of wine and took three of the closest people in his life with him to Muirfield to relive one of the most special victories of his career.

Raheem who? Liverpool players get back to business as they train in Bangkok after touching down for pre-season tour

Liverpool train in Bangkok after touching down on pre-season tour

Liverpool began life without Raheem Sterling as they trained at the National Stadium in Bangkok on Monday morning.  With the young winger on his way to Manchester City for an English record £49m, Liverpool's remaining stars touched down in Thailand for their pre-season tour. And new captain Jordan Henderson was in the thick of all the action as Brendan Rodgers put his team through their paces in the far east. 

Big in Bangkok: Henderson leads way as Liverpool are mobbed in the Far East with Rodgers rebuilding after Sterling's exit

Liverpool land in Thailand for pre-season tour as Raheem Sterling stays home to seal his

The absence of Raheem Sterling didn't stop Liverpool from receiving a warm welcome in the Far East as they touched down in Bangkok on Monday. While the 20-year-old remained home to finalise a £49million move to Manchester City, Brendan Rodgers' squad landed in Thailand for their pre-season tour and were greeted by adoring fans at Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

Real Madrid legend Zidane posts picture with two of his sons as new season in Spain edges closer

Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane posts Instagram picture with two of his sons as new

Preparations for Real Madrid's new season are well underway but Zinedine Zidane took a moment to enjoy some time with his family on Monday. The Real Madrid legend uploaded a picture on Instagram of him with two of his sons, and simply wire 'ZA' as a caption to the image.  Zidane, 43, is the current coach of Real Madrid Castilla but is expected to eventually step up and become manager of the senior team.

Ozil is going nowhere, says Wenger as he is forced to start the season without injured Rosicky

Barclays Premier League Game, Arsenal v Queens Park Rangers at the Emirates Stadium

Tomas Rosicky celebrates scoring and making it 2-0

Arsenal won the game 2-1.

Wenger fears Rosicky will miss the start of the new season after suffering a knee injury while on international duty, but the Gunners boss issued a hands-off warning to Juventus over Ozil.

Besic ruled out for Everton ahead of Barclays Asia Trophy

SINGAPORE - JULY 13:  Everton FC players arrive at the Jet Quay Private Terminal for the Barclays Asia Trophy on July 13, 2015 in Singapore.  (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

MATT BARLOW IN SINGAPORE: Mo Besic has been forced out of Everton's pre-season trip to the Barclays Asia Trophy with a hamstring injury.

Sherwood boasts Villa have their Ramires following signing of Gueye 

Lille's Senegalese midfielder Idrissa Gueye (R) vies for the ball with Evian's Ivoirian midfielder Djakaridja Kone during the French L1 football match between Evian (ETGFC) and Lille (LOSC) on April 12, 2015 at the Parc des Sports in Annecy, southern France. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT        (Photo credit should read JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT/AFP/Getty Images)

Tim Sherwood has compared new signing Idrissa Gueye to Chelsea's Ramires and joked the Villa Park groundsman will have trouble maintaining the pitch due to the ground he covers.

Palace defender Dann signs new five-year contract as he becomes the latest player to commit future to club

Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann has signed a new five-year contract with the club and says he is delighted to commit his long-term future to the south London side, after joining in January 2014.

World of Smile Stadium! Cheltenham agree three-year deal to rename home

Cheltenham Town have confirmed a new three-year sponsorship deal that will see their home ground Whaddon Road renamed the World of Smile Stadium.

Former Arsenal star Arshavin joins Kuban Krasnodar after leaving Zenit

ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - DECEMBER 06: Andrey Arshavin of FC Zenit St. Petersburg (R) and Hulk of FC Zenit St. Petersburg react during the Russian Football League Championship match between FC Zenit St. Petersburg and FC Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast at the Petrovsky stadium on December 6, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Epsilon/Getty Images)

Former Arsenal forward Andrei Arshavin joined Russian Premier League team Kuban Krasnodar on Monday after leaving Zenit St. Petersburg when his contract expired at the end of the campaign.

TRANSFERS: Club-by-club guide to all the summer Premier League deals


With Premier League clubs up and down the country hoping to strengthen their squad and offload dead wood, Sportsmail has every summer move covered with this handy guide.

PRE-SEASON GAMES: Keep track of all your side's fixtures and results

Liverpool fans show their support during the match between the Melbourne Victory and Liverpool at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia.  

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The big kick-off in the Premier League may still be in August, but the hard work begins long before for top flight clubs across the country.

NEW KITS: The strips your team will be wearing next season...

Aston Villa new kit

As Premier League sides unveil their new kits for the 2015-16 season, Sportsmail will keep track of them all as they are released and rate them out of 10.

Injured Lampard forced to watch eight-goal thriller from the stands as Villa rescues New York City after Giovinco's treble for Toronto

New York City 4-4 Toronto: Frank Lampard watches on as Sebastian Giovinco scores hat-trick

NEW YORK CITY 4-4 TORONTO: New York City new boy Frank Lampard watched on from the stands as his team-mates played out an eight-goal thriller against Toronto. Lampard attended the match with his fiancee Christine Bleakley and was soon celebrating as New York captain David Villa fired the hosts ahead on 17 minutes.

Sealed with a kiss: Ferguson leaves fan in awe after turning up at her door to say thanks for buying tickets to his Everton testimonial game

Duncan Ferguson leaves Everton super-fan 'gobsmacked' after turning up at her front door

Everton legend Duncan Ferguson surprised a super-fan by turning up at her front door unannounced to thank her for buying tickets to his testimonial match.

Neymar takes a selfie with basketball legend Jordan in 'dream come true' Las Vegas encounter

Neymar meets Michael Jordan as Barcelona star takes selfie with basketball legend

After a long, mixed 2014-15 campaign in which he won the treble with club side Barcelona before enduring disappointment in the Copa America with Brazil, Neymar is currently enjoying blowing off some steam with friends in Las Vegas.

City youngster Denayer signs new five-year deal following Celtic loan

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 18: Jason Denayer of Manchester City in action during the Pre Season Friendly match between Hearts and Manchester City at Tyncastle Stadium on July 18, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Jason Denayer has signed a new five-year contract with Manchester City. The Belgium international, 20, spent last season on loan with Scottish Premier League champions Celtic.

Brighton bid £1.5m for Blackburn winger and ex-United trainee Marshall 

Brighton have made a £1.5million bid for Blackburn Rovers winger Ben Marshall. The 24-year-old former Manchester United trainee is regarded as one of the best wingers in the Championship.

Swansea snap up 19-year-old striker McBurnie from Bradford City


Swansea have signed teenage striker Ollie McBurnie from Bradford for an undisclosed fee after he put pen to paper on a three-year deal. He will join the Swans' development squad.

Pogba is not a priority for Barcelona, says president Bartomeu 

Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu insists that signing Paul Pogba is not a priority for the club despite their pursuit of the French international.

Sunderland close in on Lens as club agree £9m fee with Dynamo Kiev

KIEV, UKRAINE - APRIL 16: Dinamo Kiev's Jeremain Lens (L) in action against Fiorentina's Gonzalo Rodriguez  (R) during the UEFA Europa League quarter final match between Dinamo Kiev and Fiorentina at Nsk Olimpijskyj in Kiev, on April 16, 2015. (Photo by Vladimir Shtanko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Sunderland are closing in on a £9million swoop for Dynamo Kiev forward Jeremain Lens. The Black Cats have now agreed a fee for the Holland international and expect to complete a move.

Celtic's Lustig over injury nightmare as he eyes Champions League opener

Celtic defender Mikael Lustig is hopeful he will be ready for the Champions League opener against Stjarnan following a long injury lay-off.

From Dustin Brown to David Beckham... it's been a fortnight of fine highlights at SW19

Wimbledon memories: From Dustin Brown to David Beckham... it's been a fortnight of

Wimbledon is over for another year, and 2015 has been no different from past editions in providing matches and memories to savour for years to come. Ultimately Novak Djokovic prevailed in the men's singles, while Serena Williams also secured her 21st Grand Slam title, but here, Sportsmail's MIKE DICKSON takes a look at some of the other stories from past two weeks at SW19. Interest doubles in Broady siblings

Serena sets sights on Graf's Open era record after 21st Grand Slam win

Serena Williams sets sights on Steffi Graf's Open era record after 21st Grand Slam win at

Serena Williams became the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam singles title in the Open era, and in scintillating form that suggests no end is in sight for her career. But she then appeared to suggest she won't play on long enough to break another age-related record.

I'm the Daddy! Djokovic hails family life after crushing Federer as champion celebrates SW19 success at gala

Novak Djokovic hails family life following victory over Roger Federer at Wimbledon 2015

Novak Djokovic celebrated his first wedding anniversary on Sunday by stopping Roger Federer's glorious run at this year's Wimbledon and winning a third singles title.

ROLL OF HONOUR: Who took home the big prizes at Wimbledon 2015

Sportsmail brings you the definitive list of all the winners at this year's thrilling tournament following Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic's heroics at SW19 over the weekend

MARTIN SAMUEL: Gatecrasher Novak ruins the party in Roger's house

Djokovic lifts the famous cup above his head as Federer had to settle for second

Ultimately, Novak Djokovic was just too good to be denied. Centre Court made it plain who they wanted to be champion this year, but their wishes went unheeded.

Williams beats Muguruza in final to edge closer towards calendar slam

NICK HARRIS AT WIMBLEDON: Serena Williams remains on course to complete a calendar Grand Slam after defeating Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-4 at Wimbledon.

Hamilton BARRED from Royal Box after refusing to wear jacket and tie

The driver, who had posted a picture of his Royal Box invitation, was sent away by officials after turning up in a rather colourful ensemble, which included a bright floral shirt.

Ward into top 100 in world rankings for first time in his career as he hits 89

Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 4/7/15
 Men's Singles - Great Britain's James Ward celebrates during his third round match
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James Ward has broken into the world's top 100 for the first time in his career after his performance at Wimbledon. The 28-year-old Brit rose to No 89 in the world, a leap of 22 places.

Murray is ready to roar back as part of Team GB in Davis Cup quarter-finals

Andy Murray cut a somewhat more anonymous figure at the All England Club on Saturday, arriving incognito to watch his brother play the men's doubles final

McGregor lands left hand from hell to stop Mendes in second round of Vegas title fight

UFC 189: Conor McGregor stops Chad Mendes late in second round to win interim

Conor McGregor backed up every single word. The Irish mixed martial arts sensation won the UFC interim featherweight title at UFC 189 on Saturday night, stopping Chad Mendes with three seconds left in the second round.

Froome extends Tour de France lead as Team Sky finish second in time trial

Chris Froome extends Tour de France lead as Team Sky finish second in team time trial

MATT LAWTON, SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR, IN PLUMELEC: Another day, another hugely impressive performance from Chris Froome and his colleagues at Sky.

Wie plugs her ball into a bag at US Women's Open... so what happened next?

Michelle Wie bags freakish shot during final day of US Women’s Open 

Michelle Wie may have failed in her bid to defend the US women's Open title but the American landed arguably the shot of the tournament on Sunday. After hitting a shot from the eighth fairway during the final round of action at Lancaster Country Club, Wie was surprised to find that her ball had landed inside a small bag near the green.

Marquez dominates from start to finish at the Sachsenring to secure sixth straight victory in the German MotoGP

Spain's Marc Marquez claimed his sixth straight victory in the German MotoGP on Sunday. Marquez dominated the race after slipping past early leader Jorge Lorenzo

Burgess can be part of England's World Cup plans, says Bath coach

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - JULY 08:  Sam Burgess holds onto the ball during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park on July 8, 2015 in Bagshot, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Bath boss Mike Ford has predicted a bright England future for former rugby league superstar Sam Burgess - starting at the World Cup in September.

Hull 21-18 Castleford: Radford's side secure Super 8s spot with comeback

Hull all but booked their place in the Super 8s with a hard-fought 21-18 comeback victory over Castleford at the KC Stadium.

World Championships in Beijing could have podium of shame as drug cheats Gatlin, Gay and Powell lead the field

Next month's World Championships men's 100m final is in danger of rivalling the 1988 Olympic final in Seoul as the 'Dirtiest Race in History'.

Wakefield 20-40 Warrington: Smith gets better of brother Brian

Tony Smith got one over on his older brother Brian as Warrington kept alive their top-four hopes with a hard-fought 40-20 win at bottom club Wakefield.

Goneva warns England that Fiji are can pull off a World Cup opener upset

Leicester centre Vereniki Goneva believes it will be 'anybody's game' when he and his Fiji team-mates take on hosts England in the World Cup opener at Twickenham on September 18.

Trip To Paris trainer yet to make final decision over Melbourne Cup trip 

Trip to Paris ridden by Graham Lee on the way to winning the Gold Cup during Ladies Day, on day three of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.

A decision on whether Trip To Paris goes for the Melbourne Cup will be made after the Ed Dunlop-trained gelding tries to add the Goodwood Cup to his Ascot Gold Cup success.

Miracle jockey Toomey forced to pull up Kings Grey on return to the saddle

There was no fairytale return to action for jump jockey Brian Toomey on Sunday when his comeback ride, Kings Grey, failed to finish at Southwell. The 1-3 favourite was pulled up.

Casillas' Madrid fairytale is over after 16 seasons and 18 trophies but the final chapter is still to be written with Porto

Iker Casillas' Real Madrid fairytale is over after 16 seasons and 18 trophies in Spain...

PETE JENSON IN MADRID: Standard-bearer and stopper supreme, Iker Casillas' 16 seasons at Real Madrid have been a fairytale of 18 domestic trophies in 725 games for the club. When they threw open the doors of the Santiago Bernabeu midday on Friday and supporters braved 35C heat to send him off it was the last goodbye for a man whose like no one in Spain expects to see again - a local boy who made very, very good.

Van Persie and Van Gaal were all hugs and high-fives at the World Cup last year. But now the striker is leaving United for Fenerbahce. Where did it all go wrong?

Robin van Persie and Louis van Gaal were all hugs and high-fives at the World Cup a year

ADAM SHERGOLD: Louis van Gaal's arrival at Manchester United seemed to be a dream come true for Robin van Persie. Their hugs and high-fives for Holland at the World Cup spoke of their close relationship. But one year on and the striker is on his way to Fenerbahce after falling out of favour with his compatriot. So what went wrong?

Schweinsteiger, the man they call 'Football God', makes sense for everyone... except Bayern's fans 

epa04842361 FILE?- A file picture dated 13 December 2014 shows Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger as he celebrates with fans after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC?Augsburg and FC?Bayern Munich at the SGL-Arena in Augsburg, Germany. Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger is leaving Bayern Munich for Manchester United, Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed 11 July 2015.  EPA/STEFAN?PUCHNER

It is the transfer the fans never thought could happen. Schweinsteiger, the man who has been at the club for 17 years, and won 20 trophies, will no longer wear the red of Bayern Munich.

OLIVER HOLT: Stop the criticism of Raheem Sterling. If you want loyalty, put a Labrador on the wing


OLIVER HOLT: So these are the things that have been levelled at Raheem Sterling: he's selfish, he's disloyal, he's arrogant, he's ambitious. Well, yes. Newsflash: he's a professional footballer.

With United losing Van Persie after Falcao exit, here's FIVE strikers on the radar as they look for Rooney partner

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - APRIL 19:  Harry Kane of Spurs celebrates scoring their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St James' Park on April 19, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

With Robin van Persie set to join Radamel Falcao in leaving Manchester, the search for a striker is now Louis van Gaal's priority. Sportsmail looks at the prime candidates for an Old Trafford switch.

CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURES: QPR start off against Charlton

Jamie Mackie poses on his return to QPR

Take a look at the full breakdown of the Sky Bet Championship fixtures as the likes of Hull, Burnley, Derby and Middlesbrough go in search of promotion.

LEAGUE ONE FIXTURES: Hasselbaink kicks off at home to Scunthorpe


Take a look at the full breakdown of the Sky Bet League One fixtures as Sheffield United take on the likes of Wigan, Peterborough and Millwall for promotion.

LEAGUE TWO FIXTURES: Sheringham begins career against Notts County

Teddy Sheringham, West Ham United coach.
Matt Lawless Feature at West Ham.
Pic Andy Hooper

Take a look at the full breakdown of the Sky Bet League Two fixtures as favourites Portsmouth look to beat the likes of Oxford and Leyton Orient to promotion.