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The Guardian: Premier League

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    • Defender agrees four-year deal at St Mary’s
    • Ghanaian joins from Real Valladolid

    Southampton have completed the £10.9m signing of Mohammed Salisu from Real Valladolid. The Ghanaian centre-back has agreed a four-year deal at St Mary’s, becoming the club’s second summer arrival after Kyle Walker-Peters made the permanent switch from Tottenham.

    Ralph Hasenhüttl hailed the 21-year-old Salisu as a defender of rich promise, with Saints continuing their rebuilding after selling the midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg to Tottenham for £20m. Salisu moved to Valladolid from Ghana in 2017, quickly establishing himself as a first-team regular. Now Hasenhüttl, the Southampton manager, expects him to shine in the Premier League.

    Related:Højbjerg 'very proud and excited' after completing £15m Spurs move

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  1. Aleksandar Antonov made remarks about footballer believed to be Raheem Sterling in private group chat

    With millions of players around the world, the Fantasy Premier League is meant to recreate the competitive excitement and experience of managing a football team in England’s top division.

    Instead, it has triggered an off-pitch row after this year’s champion was disqualified for allegedly offensivecomments made “in a moment of frustration” about a Premier League player, understood to be the Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling.

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  2. Jürgen Klopp’s side coasted to the title yet were the league’s second-best team according to the popular metric. Are Liverpool baffling the boffins – or are we missing the point?

    There was just the faintest whiff of schadenfreude about it. A table had been published showing how the Premier League would have finished if it were decided by expected goals. “Look,” a colleague said, “according to xG Manchester City should have won the title by 13 points.” In fact, over the past two seasons, Liverpool should have had 39 points fewer. It pained the colleague to say it, but might Jürgen Klopp have exposed the limits of nerdery?

    Seeking to show whether a given shot is a good chance, whether it should have gone in, xG is one of many metrics used in football analytics. It is, however, the first to move into the mainstream. It is featured (after the corner count) on Match of the Day, it pops up in analysis articles and is widespread on Twitter. It has also become a focal point in the debate about how far the magic of football can be distilled into numerical form. So when an xG league table looks so far off the real thing, people start asking questions.

    Related:Farewell Iker Casillas, the saint who brought us saves, tears and clashes | Barry Glendenning

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    • Teams vote to revert to three changes from seven on bench
    • VAR adjustment will mean more use of pitchside monitors

    Premier League sides will return to the old normal next season after it was confirmed they will no longer be allowed to make five substitutions during a match.

    A temporary measure introduced to help prevent injury during matches delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the rule was renewed by Fifa for the duration of the 2020-21 season.

    Related:Football's five substitutes rule doesn't benefit the big clubs – and here's why | Ignacio Palacios-Huerta

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    • Pressure group outlines demand in letter to Richard Masters
    • Move follows collapse of Saudi-led buyout of Newcastle

    The Premier League must change its rules to prevent human-rights abusers from taking control of clubs, Amnesty International has said.

    In a letter to the chief executive, Richard Masters, Amnesty has suggested changes to the owners’ and directors’ test that would disqualify prospective owners “on the grounds of contributing to human-rights violations”.

    Related:Amnesty say Premier League 'risks being a patsy' on Newcastle takeover

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  3. Max Rushdenis joined by Barry Glendenning, Faye Carruthersand Jonathan Liew to discuss Fulham’s return to the Premier League and we talk about VAR coughing and footballers who read books

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    Max Rushdenis joined by Barry Glendenning, Faye Carruthers and Jonathan Liew to discuss Fulham’s return to the Premier League after an extra-time double from left-back Joe Bryan. Fulham fan Archie Rhind-Tutt reveals his broken voice after the hysterical celebrations, and we talk VAR coughing and footballers who read books.

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    • Head of UK scouting and others in that department also going
    • Arsenal say job losses will allow investment in the team

    Arsenal’s head of recruitment, Francis Cagigao, is among 55 staff members who will leave the club after a swathe of redundancies was announced.

    Cagigao has forged a formidable reputation during 24 years of service at Arsenal, for whom he also played as a youngster, but he has been told his services are no longer required and will leave when terms between the parties have been finalised.

    Related:Men's transfer window summer 2020 – all deals from Europe's top five leagues

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    • Exciting forward signs five-year deal at Etihad
    • Bournemouth’s Nathan Aké also close to securing City transfer

    Ferran Torres has completed his €27m (£24.5m) move to Manchester City from Valencia after the forward met Txiki Begiristain, the Premier League club’s sporting director, in Barcelona on Tuesday.

    Leroy Sané’s departure for Bayern Munich caused Pep Guardiola to move for a replacement, with City negotiating a price €18m lower than Valencia’s initial valuation, though there are significant potential add-ons for a 20-year-old who had a year on his contract.

    Related:Leicester offer deal worth £45m to take Francisco Trincão from Barcelona

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    • England forward scored 17 goals with 16 assists last season
    • Sancho to earn about £250,000 a week on five-year deal

    Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund are close to agreeing a fee for Jadon Sancho, with the England forward having agreed personal terms on a five-year contract at Old Trafford.

    Both clubs are understood to be confident a deal to make Sancho the most expensive English player in history is nearing completion, with United expected to pay an initial £90m (€100m) over three annual instalments and a further £18m in performance-related add-ons. Dortmund would prefer to have the transfer completed by next week to help them bring in a replacement.

    Related:Football transfer rumours: Chelsea to go for £18m Reguilón over Chilwell?

    Related:My favourite game: Lask Linz v Manchester United, Europa League | Tim de Lisle

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    • Supporters want Premier League to explain handling
    • Efforts continuing to revive takeover involving Saudis

    More than 70,000 Newcastle fans have signed a petition demanding the Premier League explain its handling of the apparently collapsed Saudi Arabian-led takeover attempt.

    The initiative has been backed by several former Newcastle players including the former England midfielder Rob Lee, who has urged supporters to sign it.

    Related:Another Newcastle takeover mess shows football should mean more | Stephen Cockburn

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