EFL Championship 2019/20: Week 1 preview & predictions

 

After what seems like an age, English club football is finally returning to our screens this weekend.

While the Premier League doesn’t kick off until August 9th, the Championship is back in full swing on Friday, August 2nd as Middlesbrough travel to Luton Town.

Luton, along with Barnsley and Charlton are the three sides who won promotion to the Championship from League One in 2018/19.

Meanwhile, Huddersfield, Fulham and Cardiff City are the three sides joining the second-tier of English football after being relegated from the PL last term.

Luton Town vs Middlesbrough

As mentioned above, the first game of this seasons Championship campaign sees newly-promoted Luton take on Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough had a rather underwhelming 2018/19 whilst under the management of Tony Pulis.

Despite having some top quality players in their squad such as John Obi Mikel, Daren Randolph and Britt Assombalonga, Boro finished the season in 7th place, missing out on a play-off spot by one point.

However, Pulis has left and Jonathan Woodgate is now at the helm

With Woodgate looking to bring a more attacking brand off football to the Teessiders, plus the addition of a full-back and winger, two problem areas for Boro last season, things should be slightly better for the North East outlet this time around.

But Luton Town won’t likely be a pushover for Woodgate on his managerial debut.

They amassed a staggering 94 points last season, claiming 1st place in League One.

Luton have also been fairly busy in the transfer market bringing in a few solid additions such as ex-Everton defender, Brendan Galloway.

Prediction: Luton 0-Middlesbrough 1

Middlesbrough Head Coach Jonathan Woodgate during the Pre-season Friendly match between Middlesbrough and AS Saint-tienne at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough on Sunday 28th July 2019. (Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Wigan vs Cardiff

After just one season in the English top-flight, Cardiff are once again back in the Championship.

The Blue Birds earned 90 points under Neil Warnock in their promotion-winning season and will be hopeful of similar success this time around.

However, Wigan should still prove a tough test for the Welsh side.

Despite finishing last season down in 18th place in the Championship, Wigan had a solid end to the season, going unbeaten in five matches, including a draw with newly-promoted Norwich and a win against Leeds.

Prediction: Wigan 1-Cardiff 1

Neil Warnock

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND – MARCH 13: Neil Warnock, Manager of Cardiff City celebrates victory after the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Cardiff City at Griffin Park on March 13, 2018 in Brentford, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

Brentford vs Birmingham

Birmingham City had a rather interesting summer that saw them sack Garry Monk. The Times reported it was due to Monk trying to involve his agent in the club’s transfer dealings and his refusal to adapt to Birmingham’s style of play.

Pep Clotet, Monk’s assistant is now Birmingham’s current boss.

Birmingham finished 17th last season and will have to try and improve upon that finish without former top star Jota who has left for Aston Villa.

Meanwhile, Brentford finished last campaign in 11th place. But they have made a solid signing in experienced Championship defender, Pontus Jansson from Leeds.

Their latest addition is Joel Valencia.

Prediction: Brentford 2-Birmingham 1

Swansea vs Hull

Neither Swansea nor Hull had a great 2018/19, finishing in 10th and 13th place respectably.

The Welsh side have lost a number of key players this summer including Daniel James and Leroy Fer.

They could also be set to lose their top scorer last season, Ollie McBurnie to Sheffield United. Doing so before the Hull game would be even worse for Swansea.

As for Hull, they have had a pretty quiet transfer window and will probably finish the season in a similar spot to last year.

Prediction: Swansea 1-Hull 1

Barnsley vs Fulham

Barnsley’s first game back in the Championship isn’t exactly an easy one as they have to take on Fulham.

Since being relegated Fulham have kept hold of some key players such as Aleksandar Mitrovic and Tom Cairney.

They have also brought in some extra firepower in the form of Ivan Cavaleiro and Anthony Knockaert.

Prediction: Barnsley 1-Fulham 3

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 15: Aleksandar Mitrovic of Fulham during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and West Ham United at Craven Cottage on December 15, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Stoke vs QPR

After being relegated in 2017/18, Stoke will have probably been hoping to bounce straight back into the Premier League.

However, they had a rather disappointing 2018/19 and finished down in 16th spot.

QPR had a similarly disappointing campaign, finishing in 19th place.

But both sides have been pretty active in the transfer market this window with Stoke managing to bag Nick Powell on a free transfer.

QPR have, however, lost key man Luke Freeman to Sheffield United.

Prediction: Stoke 2-QPR 1

 

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Blackburn vs Charlton

When Charlton won promotion to the Championship last season, they were the lowest scorers of the top six clubs.

In a bid to add more goals to their side, Charlton have brought in Macauley Bonne who netted 23 in 46 National League appearances for Leyton Orient last campaign.

Blackburn have also added a few solid additions, bringing in experienced Championship players such as Stewart Downing and Bradley Johnson.

Prediction: Blackburn 1-Charlton 0

Reading vs Sheffield Wednesday

After Steve Bruce left for Newcastle United, Sheffield Wednesday could be set to start their new season without a permanent manager.

As of writing, Gary Rowett is favourite to take the job.

Reading, on the other hand, narrowly avoided relegation last season and haven’t been too active in the market with Charlie Adam their most high profile addition.

Neither side will likely be expecting too much from the upcoming season.

Prediction: Reading 0-Sheffield Wednesday 1

Millwall vs Preston

Much like Reading and Sheffield Wednesday, Millwall and Preston probably won’t be too hopeful of achieving anything huge in the forthcoming campaign.

Millwall avoided the drop last season by just four points and their biggest transfer this summer was right-winger, Connor Mahoney.

Mahoney scored just two and assisted four in 30 league outings on loan from Bournemouth at Birmingham last season.

Preston have had a similarly average window with David Nugent and Patrick Bauer their only incomings.

Preston have also lost Callum Robinson to Sheffield United this summer. Robinson was a key figure for Preston last year, scoring 12 and assisting three in 27 outings.

Prediction: Millwall 2-Preston 0

Nottingham Forest vs West Brom

In January of 2019, when the club was in and around the play-off spots, Nottingham Forest sacked Aitor Karanka.

Forest then dipped off under Martin O’Neil and finished 9th in the league, forcing them to sack O’Neil and bring in a third manager in the space of around six months.

Sabri Lamouchi is now at the helm for the new season.

As for West Brom, they have lost some big names this summer such Craig Dawson, Jay Rodriguez and Salomon Rondon.

But the Baggies have brought in some solid new signings, such as Benfica midfielder, Filip Krovinovic and Romaine Sawyers. They too have a new boss in Slaven Bilic.

Prediction: Nottingham Forest 1-West Brom 3

Bristol City vs Leeds

Leeds came so close to a Premier League return last season.

They finished the season in 3rd place, six points off an automatic spot. Leeds then lost in the semi-finals of the play-offs.

In order to push for promotion again, Leeds have brought in Helder Costa from Wolves and managed to keep hold of now Tottenham player Jack Clarke on a season-long loan.

However, as mentioned above, they have let go of top central defender, Pontus Jansson.

Bristol, on the other hand, missed out on a play-off spot last campaign by four points.

While The Robins haven’t brought in many fresh faces over the summer, they have made the permanent signings of Tomas Kalas and Jay Dasilva who were on loan at the club last season.

Prediction: Bristol 2-Leeds 3

DERBY, ENGLAND – MAY 11: Jack Clarke of Leeds United applauds the fans at full time during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Semi Final First Leg match between Derby County and Leeds United at Pride Park Stadium on May 11, 2019 in Derby, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Huddersfield vs Derby

The final Championship game of the week sees Derby County travel to recently relegated, Huddersfield.

With Frank Lampard gone and the likes of Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Harry Wilson back at their respective clubs, we are likely to see a very different Rams side this time around.

However, Derby have done very little to replace the quality Mount, Wilson and Tomori brought.

Meanwhile, Huddersfield’s biggest incoming has been the permanent signing of Isaac Mbenza from Montpellier.

Prediction: Huddersfield 2-Derby 1

 

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Manchester United agree £9million deal for 16-year-old Hannibal Mejbri

Man United splashing the cash on young talent

Manchester United have reportedly agreed a £9million deal to sign Monaco’s 16-year-old starlet Hannibal Mejbri after a fall out with the French club.

The Red Devils look to be transforming the way they do business in the transfer window.

In recent years, Man United have opted to sign proven players on big wages rather than buying young players and developing them.

That lead to expensive deals for the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

This summer looks to be different under Ole Gunnar Solskjær, however.

Man United have so far signed Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, both promising youngsters.

Meanwhile, they’ve also been linked with moves for Sean Longstaff and Harry Maguire.

Though, there’s another young player on the lips of all Manchester United fans right now.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND – MAY 05: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the head coach / manager of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Manchester United at John Smith’s Stadium on May 5, 2019 in Huddersfield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Planning for the future

That player is Hannibal Mejbri, with Man United having reached a £9million agreement with Monaco to sign the defender according to the Daily Mail.

It’s said that ‘the highly-rated France U16 international has been in a legal wrangle with Monaco over his contract after his family fell out with the club’. 

After that falling out, Man United have moved to sign him and the Mail claim that ‘Jorge Mendes has been at United’s Carrington training base to discuss a deal, with Ed Woodward and Matt Judge also in attendance’.

While Mejbri won’t see first-team football at Man United for a while, he could be a very shrewd acquisition down the line.

 

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Paulo Dybala wants €10m a year at Man United, Juventus could offer Mario Mandzukic

It’s safe to say that it’s been a busy summer for Man United and it’s not over yet.

That’s because reports of a swap deal involving Romelu Lukaku and Paulo Dybala are heating up.

It’s been suggested that Mario Mandzukic could also be included in the deal for Lukaku.

Click here to see more about a potential swap deal. 

Newcastle interested in Man United’s Tuanzebe/ deal hinges on Maguire- Mail

Axel Tuanzebe impresses for Villa

Axel Tuanzebe spent the past 18 months on loan at then Championship side, Aston Villa.

Tuanzebe did suffer an injury during the 2018/19 campaign that kept him out of 16 Championship games last season.

However, in the 30 games he did feature in last campaign for Villa, the centre-back was a key player for the club.

After a slow start to the season, Villa went on to finish 5th in the league and beat Derby County in the 2019 Championship play-off final, earning themselves a return to the Premier League.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 15: Dean Smith manager of Aston Villa during a press conference at Villa Park Stadium on October 15, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Where will Tuanzebe end up?

But with the 2018/19 season over, where Tuanzebe will be honing his craft next season is still somewhat up in the air.

The defender is currently back with Manchester United and has been playing in some of their pre-season ties.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also recently said he can’t wait to see more of him:

“Axel has got a great chance of staying here and playing. He had a great season last year. It was a stop-start season with injuries.

“But he’s really proven he can play at that level, he got promoted with Villa and he’s come strong. Focused. He did well in the first game here [against Perth Glory on Saturday] and he’s one of the exciting players that I can’t wait to see more of.” As quoted by the Telegraph.

Man United may also be slightly keener to keep hold of Tuanzebe now Eric Baily is expected to be out for around 4-5 months.

However, according to the Mail, Newcastle United are interested in signing Tuanzebe.

But the Mail does claim Man United will not let Tuanzebe leave until they sign Harry Maguire.

While the report doesn’t state if it is a loan or permanent move Newcastle want, you would think the Red Devils would prefer a loan deal as Tuanzebe has shown a lot of promise and is still pretty young.

Plus, from the above-mentioned quotes, Solskjaer looks to be a fan of the centre-back

Related: Paulo Dybala wants €10m a year at Man United, Juventus could offer Mario Mandzukic

David Ornstein reports on Arsenal’s Samuel Umtiti interest as Man United linked to €50m transfer

 

Bournemouth’s David Brooks ‘faces surgery’ after pre-season injury

Huge blow for Bournemouth

Bournemouth will reportedly start the season without young star David Brooks, with the Welshman facing surgery on an ankle problem.

Brooks set the Premier League alight last season, aged just 22.

The Welshman scored seven goals and assisted five in 33 top-flight appearances, quickly being recognised as a top talent.

So much so that it was even reported back in June that Tottenham were eyeing a move for Brooks in the summer transfer window. 

It was suggested that a bid of £50million could be made, but quite clearly, we can now see that was far from the truth.

Now, ahead of his second season in the Premier League, he’s been dealt a huge blow.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 25: David Brooks of AFC Bournemouth is tackled by Lucas Torreira of Arsenal during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal FC at Vitality Stadium on November 25, 2018 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Double injury blow for the Cherries

That’s because according to local outlet the Southern Daily Echo, Bournemouth could be without Brooks for ‘two to three months’ after an ankle injury.

Their report explains that ‘Brooks faces surgery on the problem after limping off after 71 minutes of Saturday’s 3-1 pre-season victory over Brentford at Griffin Park’.

If that is true, Brooks will miss a large chunk of the opening Premier League fixtures, including Bournemouth’s opener against his former club Sheffield United.

The bad news doesn’t stop there either.

Summer signing Lloyd Kelly is also ‘expected’ to miss the start of the new Premier League campaign.

The Southern Daily Echo claim Kelly suffered ankle ligament damage in training on Monday.

Fortunately for Kelly, there is reportedly no fracture and the injury ‘is not as bad as first feared’.

There’s no indication of how many games the summer signing could miss, but it’s a blow regardless.



Fantasy Premier League 2019/20: Four potential bargains

While Brooks and Kelly’s injuries are no doubt a blow for Bournemouth, we think it could be a decent season for the Cherries.

As a result, we’ve chosen one Bournemouth player as a potential fantasy football bargain.

Click here to see who that is. 

Everton close in on Gbamin, possible medical on Thursday – Sky Germany

Everton’s busy end to the transfer window set to continue

Everton are reportedly close to signing FSV Mainz midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin, with a medical even possible on Thursday.

The Toffees have burst into life in the transfer market this week.

Idrissa Gueye’s departure was confirmed, with Paris Saint-Germain signing the midfielder in a deal that could cost 32 million euros. 

Meanwhile, Everton are close to signing Juventus striker Moise Kean.

According to reports in Italy, the deal is done but the striker has not yet been confirmed as an Everton player. 

As well as Kean, Everton have been linked with moves for both Malcom and Wilfried Zaha.

Sky Sports reported this week that Everton actually bid £55million plus James McCarthy and Cenk Tosun for Zaha. 

However, the Blues quickly denied a second bid had been made, suggesting Sky Sports’ reported bid was fabricated. 

Though, the Toffees are now reportedly close to signing another player.

Everton Marcel Brands

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 01: Everton Director of Football, Marcel Brands looks on prior to the Premier League match between Everton FC and Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park on September 1, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Everton set to replace Idrissa Gueye.

That player is Mainz midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin.

According to Sky in Germany, Everton are close to agreeing a deal with Mainz for the 23-year-old.

It’s said that ‘the Toffees will transfer about 30 million euros including bonuses to the FSV’ for Gbamin.

It’s also claimed that Gbamin will sign a four-year deal and that ‘there are only a few final details to clarify’.

Not only is a deal supposedly close, but a medical could also even take place on Thursday.

 

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Brazilian sensation Reinier reportedly set to join Everton for €40 million in January

Another player who could soon join Everton is Reinier Jesus.

The Brazilian starlet is very highly rated, despite not even making his Flamengo first-team debut.

As a result, the Brazil U17 captain is reportedly in Everton’s crosshairs and a deal could soon be completed.

Click here to find out more about a potential move to the Premier League for Reinier.

Manchester United provide Lukaku & Alexis injury updates

Will Romelu Lukaku play for Man United again?

Manchester United have provided injury updates on both Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez’s ongoing problems during pre-season.

United’s pre-season has been pretty successful so far.

The Red Devils have won every game they’ve played, beating the likes of Tottenham and Inter Milan along the way.

However, two players yet to feature are Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku.

Alexis suffered an injury during his time at the Copa America with Chile.

Meanwhile, Lukaku has missed pre-season due to his own injury.

The Belgian striker has also been heavily linked with a move away from Manchester United this summer.

The latest rumours have suggested Lukaku could join Juventus in a swap deal involving Paulo Dybala.

Now, Manchester United have provided injury updates on both Lukaku and Alexis ahead of their clash with AC Milan this weekend.

Alexis Sanchez

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Positive updates for Man United

In a statement on their official website, Man United claim Romelu Lukaku ‘could be in a position’ to start training again.

They also claim that while Alexis Sanchez is back from injury, ‘his fitness will need to be assessed after sustaining an injury while on Copa America duty with Chile.’

Speaking this week, Ole Gunnar Solskjær claimed it was best for Lukaku that he remained at Carrington for United’s trip to face Kristiansund.

“He [Lukaku] got injured so it was best for him to stay home,” Ole explained.

“He wouldn’t have been able to play. He might be able to train in the next few days.”

 

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Paulo Dybala wants €10m a year at Man United, Juventus could offer Mario Mandzukic

There’s been a new update on Romelu Lukaku’s possible departure.

According to reports, Dybala is looking for a wage of €10million per year to join Manchester United.

Not only that, Juventus could throw Mario Mandzukic into the deal for Lukaku.

Click here to find out more. 

‘Unwell’ Gareth Bale was playing golf as Real Madrid lost 1-0 to Tottenham

‘Unwell’ Gareth Bale played golf

Real Madrid were back in action on Tuesday at the Audi Cup against Tottenham.

The match could have been an occasion for Gareth Bale to face his former employers, Spurs, but that wasn’t to be.

Zinedine Zidane claimed that Gareth Bale missed Real Madrid’s pre-season trip to Munich because he wasn’t feeling well.

However, Spanish outlet El Confidential have posted a picture on Wednesday showing Bale on the golf course yesterday. Readers are told:

According to Zidane, Bale did not travel to Munich because “he did not feel well.” However, at the same time that Madrid played against Tottenham, he was worried about improving… his swing.

El Confidential claim that Bale played golf at Santander Group City, in Boadilla del Monte.

It’s claimed that Bale was playing the 14th hole at 8pm at night.

The report also delivered the following assessment of Bale’s situation at Madrid:

It is evident that Real Madrid has a problem with the Welshman, because of his obvious lack of commitment.

Real Madrid 0 – Tottenham 1

Harry Kane was again Tottenham’s match-winner.

A terrible mistake from Real Madrid left-back Marcelo gifted possession to Kane in the first half.

Clean through on goal, the Spurs and England striker beat Keylor Navas at his near post.

Real Madrid are suffering a terrible run of form in pre-season. Los Blancos have failed to win a match in 90 minutes ni four attempts.

Bayern Munich beat Real 3-1 in Zidane’s first summer fixture.

Real beat Arsenal on penalties after a 2-2 draw in their second game.

While, before Tottenham, Atletico Madrid hammered their city rivals 7-3. Diego Costa scored four goals before being sent off.

Also see: Mauricio Pochettino indicates his role at Tottenham has changed & reveals transfer concerns.

Atletico reportedly join race to sign Tottenham target Giovani Lo Celso after James Rodriguez stays in Madrid.

Arsenal move to sign Daniele Rugani on loan from Juventus

Arsenal & Juventus defender Daniele Rugani

Gazzetta dello Sport reported on Wednesday that Arsenal have made a move to sign Daniele Rugani.

Rugani, 25, is under contract in Turin until 2023 having only recently signed a contract extension in March.

However, last season Rugani only made 15 Serie A appearances for Juve.

Gazzetta say that Arsenal offered Juve a two-year loan deal for Rugani.

Juve have rejected the initial proposal, but Arsenal are expected to return with an improved bid.

Will Arsenal sign Celtic’s Keiran Tierney?

According to the Scottish Daily Mail on Wednesday, Arsenal seem to be on the verge of signing Celtic’s Kieran Tierney.

The Mail today reported that Arsenal were close to signing the Scottish international.

As fans wait to hear more official news on the Tierney deal, rumours are spreading about how the Arsenal transfer may be structured.

A popular but unofficial Twitter account called Inside The SPFL has today posted details of the alleged future Tierney deal.

It’s claimed that Arsenal are willing to pay £20m up-front for Tierney, plus another £5m in guaranteed instalments.

When it comes to add-ons, Arsenal will pay Celtic £1m if they quality for the Champions Legaue.

Finally, Celtic will secure a 15% sell-on clause.

Also see: Arsenal’s Krystian Bielik looks set to join Derby for £10 million.

Arsenal are signing Edu Gaspar’s son Luigi from Corinthians.

Arsenal are signing Edu Gaspar’s son Luigi from Corinthians

Arsenal to sign Luigi Gaspar from Corinthians

As confirmed by Brazilian website Meu Timao, Arsenal are set to sign Edu Gaspar’s son Luigi from Corinthians.

Luigi Gasper is 15-years-old, as he’s set to move to the Gunners this summer.

It’s been confirmed that Arsenal will sign Luigi for free as he wasn’t under contract at Corinthians.

That’s an obvious blow for Corinthians, who have trained Luigi since he was seven.

Luigi Gaspar’s goodbye post on Instagram

Luigi Gaspar has posted a goodbye message to Corinthians on his Instagram account.

In a long post, the 15-year-old said:

It was a pleasure to play for Corinthians, where I’ve won many titles, I’ve grown as person to be who I am today. My heart is black and white.

Thanks again for everything Corinthians. I will forever be grateful to all of you.

Luigi Gasper goodbye post on Instagram

Meu Timao also reported that Arsenal’s new technical director, Edu Gaspar, posted a comment to his son’s message:

That’s what I told you son. You’ve grown and matured.

Now it is time for a new challenge head-on.

I am waiting for you, I am sure you will be a hit here! I love you my son!!!

Edu, of course, recently returned to Arsenal this summer.

It’s no real surprise to see that Edu is bring his family along with him to London.

Prior to rejoining the Gunners, Edu was working for the Brazilian FA.

Also see: Nicolas Pepe in an Arsenal shirt & his Gunners debut timetable.

David Ornstein reports on Arsenal’s Samuel Umtiti interest as Man United linked to €50m transfer.

Sheffield United to sign Oli McBurnie from Swansea City

Sheffield United will sign Swansea’s Oli McBurnie

Unless something dramatic happens, Oli McBurnie will join Sheffield United from Swansea City.

BBC reporter Simon Stone has confirmed that Oli McBurnie is on his way to Bramall Lane today for a medical.

At the same time, the Sheffield Star reporter Danny Hall has confirmed that Swansea have accepted an offer for their striker:

Sheffield United have had an offer accepted by Swansea City for striker Oli McBurnie.

How much will McBurnie cost Sheffield United?

That issue is also tackled in the Sheffield Star, as readers are told:

United are thought to be paying in the region of £17m for McBurnie, which could rise as high as £20m with add-ons.

Last season Scottish international McBurnie scored 22 goals for Swansea in the Championship.

Will Swansea replace McBurnie before the start of the season?

There are just three days to go before Swansea start the new Championship season.

The Swans face Hull City at the Liberty Stadium on the first day of the campaign.

Of course, it’ll be a blow for Swansea to lose their top goalscorer from last season so close to the start of the 2019-20 season.

However, the Guardian report that Swansea have a new attacker lined up:

Swansea have agreed a £1m fee with the Dutch club Heracles for the Swedish striker Kristoffer Peterson.

Swansea sales

Swansea have sold many of their top players this summer.

Jordan Ayew has joined Crystal Palace, while Daniel James has moved to Man United.

Also see: Sky may upload Premier League highlights on YouTube before BBC’s Match of the Day airs.

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