The announcement last week that the Premier League clubs are considering bringing forward the end of the transfer window to the beginning of August may be unworkable in practice, but that they are even discussing the issue suggests how problematic the early weeks of the season have become with players and clubs in limbo as deals are resolved. Philippe Coutinho, Alexis Sanchez, Diego Costa and Virgil van Dijk have not yet played a minute of football this season, while Gylfi Sigurdsson just made his first cameo for Everton on Monday, and, while it is possible that injury plays some part in that, at least some of them have been sidelined pending a move. It’s not just a Premier League issue–Ousmane Dembele has been suspended by Borussia Dortmund after refusing to train as he seeks a move to Barcelona–but as the league whose clubs buy and sell the most, it’s natural that the Premier League should be where most of the issues have occurred.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Barcelona is suing Neymar for the $10 million bonus it paid the Brazil striker for signing a contract he later broke to join Paris Saint-Germain on a world-record transfer. Barcelona said on Tuesday that it wants Neymar to pay back the bonus for a contract in Oct. 2016 that tied him to the club through 2021. It also wants an additional 10 percent interest. Neymar was able to leave Barcelona earlier this month after PSG paid 222 million euros ($262 million) to trigger a release clause included in his contract. Barcelona said in a statement that it “has taken these actions in defense of its interests after the unilateral breaking of the contract carried out by Neymar just
If two moments could be microcosms of last night’s game, it is beyond any doubt the videos of each of our goals, but not necessarily for the play itself. Look beyond that, to the apathetic reaction of Wahbi Khazri for the first, then Lynden Gooch’s fervent, lung-bursting roar as he scored his first senior Sunderland goal. Each poignant moment may prove to be the nadir and zenith in their respective Sunderland careers. Last night, as we drove along the gridlocked A69 away from Brunton Park, all of my thoughts kept turning back towards these two players. For those of you who were there in the away end sat anywhere near the front row, you’d have probably heard me castigating Khazri. It wasn’t for