Silly Season16th Jun 2017 |
The last game of some importance was played on Tuesday when England’s national team faced the French counterpart. From now on we’ll have to focus on Silly Season, friendlies and new signings.
Loss to France
A friendly against France is not just a game for practice. Nobody can deny that there is a strong degree of pride in such a game, and the English pride got a blow on Tuesday. Harry Kane scored the two goals for England at Stade de France. Two goals should have been enough for a team like England, but it not this time. Umtiti, Sidibe and Dembele scored the French goals, which resulted in a 3-2 loss. To make matters worse, France decided the game with one player less than England as Rafael Varane got a red card in the 47th minute.
Record signing for Everton
It is always exciting to see if any transfer records gets broken during a transfer window. One such record was broken this week when Everton signed the 23-year-old goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from Sunderland for a fee of 25 million Pounds. This does not only make him the most expensive player in the history of Everton. It also makes him the 3rd most expensive goalkeeper in the history of football. Interestingly, the second most expensive goalkeeper in the history of football will be playing in the Premier League next season as well, as Ederson Moraes will join Manchester City from Benfica at the 1st of July at a fee of 35 million Pounds.
More goalkeepers on the move
It is not just those two clubs that will have a new man guarding their posts next season. Newly promoted Brighton has just signed the Australian goalkeeper Mathew Ryan from Valencia. It is vital for newcomers to guard their woodworks well, so this might just be the signing that will keep Brighton on the top level in English football for more than one season. There might be more goalkeepers on the move this summer as well. It has been reported that Chelsea and Thibaut Courtois are struggling to come to terms over his wage demands. David Ospina might move away from Arsenal and seize to play football, as he has been linked to New York where he will, of course, be playing soccer instead.