EPL

Red Hot Lukaku Bangs – in Four goals On Inter Debut

ITALY  – Former Manchester United striker, Romelu Lukaku on Sunday marked his first appearance for his new club, Inter Milan with a four-goal haul. Lukaku scored four goals in Inter Milan pre-season friendly against Virtus Bergamo. Lukaku left Man United to join Inter Milan in a £74m Deal last week. He didn’t play at all for United during the pre-season because of back injury but Inter manager, Antonio Conte handed him an opportunity against Serie D minnows Bergamo. Wearing the No 9 shirt, Lukaku took advantage by scoring four times in an 8-0 victory. Inter start their Serie A campaign against newly-promoted Lecce at the San Siro on August 26. [Read]

BREAKING: Super Eagles Forward, Henry Onyekuru Seals Monaco 5-Year Deal From Everton

MONACO – Monaco have signed Nigeria international Henry Onyekuru on a five-year-deal from Everton, the French club announced on Monday. “I’m very happy to join a great club like AS Monaco. I will give everything to improve and help the club to have a great season. I look forward to meeting my teammates,” the 22-year-old told Monaco’s website. Onyekuru, who has made 11 appearances for the Super Eagles, originally joined the Premier League side in 2017 but has spent the two past campaigns on-loan with Anderlecht and Galatasaray. The winger scored 14 league goals in Turkey last season and reportedly joins the Ligue 1 outfit for 17 million euros ($19 [Read]

JUST IN: Manchester United Tear Chelsea Apart At Old Trafford in EPL Clash [SEE FULL STATS]

Marcus Rashford’s double helped rampant Manchester United start the new season with a bang as Chelsea capitulated in Frank Lampard’s first match in charge. The Premier League kept the most eagerly anticipated of the opening weekend to last as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer started the Reds’ latest transitional season against a side buoyed by the appointment of a club great. Lampard’s side were on top for large patches but ended up being blown away at Old Trafford, where Rashford’s double complemented goals from Anthony Martial and debutant Daniel James as United’s curtain-raiser ended in a dream 4-0 victory. Solskjaer will be first to admit the display was far from perfect, but this win [Read]

EPL: Title Holders Man City Thrash Westham 5-0 In VAR-Dominated Game

Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick as Manchester City got their title defence off to a winning start with victory at West Ham in a game that saw the video assistant referee play a significant role for the first time in the Premier League. The technology is making its debut in England’s top flight this season and, after last night’s curtain raiser between Liverpool and Norwich passed off without incident, it took centre-stage on Saturday. VAR was first called on when Gabriel Jesus appeared to have put City 3-0 up midway through the second half, only for Raheem Sterling to be ruled fractionally offside in the build-up. After Sterling added City’s [Read]

BREAKING: David Luiz completes £8m Arsenal transfer from Chelsea

Confirmation of the Brazilian’s move from London rivals Chelsea – worth a reported £8m fee – has come via the club’s official website as well as social media channels, thus making him the sixth signing of the summer transfer window.   He joins Gabriel Martinelli, William Saliba, Dani Ceballos, Nicolas Pepe and Kieran Tierney as the new faces at the north London outfit since the end of last season. It’s understood that Luiz has signed a two-year deal at the Emirates Stadium and will challenge Sokratis, Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Shkodran Mustafi for a centre-back spot under Unai Emery.   This deal also marks a reunion between [Read]

BREAKING: Man United, Inter Agree £74m for Lukaku Transfer

ENGLAND  – Inter Milan and Manchester United have reached an agreement over striker Romelu Lukaku for a fee that could rise to 80m euros (£74m), BBC has reported. In July, the Premier League side rejected Inter’s £54m bid for Lukaku, who was fined by the club after missing training on Tuesday. Belgium international Lukaku, 26, has trained at his former team Anderlecht for the past two days. Lukaku’s agent, Federico Pastorello, flew to London on Wednesday in an attempt to resolve Lukaku’s future. Later that evening, Pastorello posted a photo on Instagram of them on board a private jet with the caption: “Ready to take off. Direction Milano.” United and [Read]

EPL: Check Out All Mouth-Watering Fixtures For 2019/2020 Season

As the 2019/2020 Premier League kicks-off this weekend, here are all weekly fixtures for the entire season which will be subject to changes for television coverage, apart from the opening weekend of games which is already confirmed as obtained by NEWS FLAKES NG: Friday, Aug. 9, 2019 Liverpool v Norwich City (8 p.m. BST / 3 p.m. ET)   Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 West Ham United v Manchester City (12.30 p.m. BST / 7:30 a.m. ET) A.F.C. Bournemouth v Sheffield United (3 p.m. BST / 10 a.m. ET) Burnley v Southampton (3 p.m. BST / 10 a.m. ET) Crystal Palace v Everton (3 p.m. BST / 10 a.m. ET) Leicester [Read]

Man City Star, Sane To Lose £11m If He Refuses To Sign New Contract

Leroy Sane faces the prospect of losing a staggering £11million in wages if he continues with his refusal to sign a new contract with Manchester City.  NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that that Manchester City are offering the German winger a £105,000-a-week pay-rise to commit himself to the Etihad until 2023, taking his salary to £170,000-a-week. But Sane is reluctant to pen the new deal despite indicating earlier in the summer that he was ready to sign. And Bayern Munich want to take the 23-year-old back to the Bundesliga. City have informed the flying forward and his advisers that he is free to leave if their demands are met. However Sane [Read]

JUST IN: Hazard Hits Two As Chelsea Maul Arsenal 4-1 to Seal UEL Title

BAKU – Eden Hazard scored twice in what was likely his last match for Chelsea to fire his team to a 4-1 victory over Arsenal in an all-English Europa League final in Baku on Wednesday. Olivier Giroud broke the deadlock just after half-time before Pedro Rodriguez doubled Chelsea’s lead. Hazard converted a penalty to make it 3-0 and then wrapped up victory with his second goal following a fine consolation strike by Alex Iwobi. [Read]

Manchester City Retain EPL Title, Crush Brighton 4-1

LONDON – Manchester City are English Premier League Champions, retaining the title they won last season, after mauling Brighton 4-1 away on Sunday. Manchester City suffered a first half scare before battering Brighton 4-1 to retain their premier league title and leave Liverpool despondent. With the victory, City have won the league back to back, through Pep Guardiola, a feat only Manchester United under Alex Fegunson and Chelsea under Jose Mourinho have achieved in the history of the league. [Read]

Tottenham Follow Liverpool’s Footsteps, Stun Ajax at Amsterdam to Set up An All-English Epic UCL Final Clash

Lucas Moura scored a stoppage-time winner to complete a hat-trick and seal a sensational 3-2 comeback win for Tottenham Hotspur to take them past Ajax Amsterdam on the away goals rule into the Champions League final on Wednesday (Thursday AEST). Tottenham looked down and out at halftime after skipper Matthijs de Ligt’s fifth-minute header and a superb 35th-minute effort by Hakim Ziyech put Ajax in complete command of the tie having won the first leg 1-0 in London last week. [READ ALSO]  Incredible Liverpool Dazzle At Anfield, Shock Barcelona, Messi 4-0 in UCL 2nd leg Clash But 24 hours after Liverpool’s miracle comeback to beat Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate, Tottenham [Read]

Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, City’s Raheem Sterling Emerge PFA Players of the Year

– Raheem Sterling of Manchester city wins PFA Young Player Of the Year award  Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been named the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Player of the Year. The Dutchman saw off tough competition from Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling to take the honour and succeeds his Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah, who won the award last year. Van Dijk, who signed for Liverpool from Southampton for £75m in January 2018, is the first defender to win PFA Player of the Year since Chelsea’s John Terry in 2005. The 27-year-old has played in all of Liverpool’s 35 league games this season, helping the Reds to a league-best 19 [Read]

BREAKING: “I’ve played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal, while he’s still in Spain,” Ronaldo shades Messi as he wins 3rd Major top leagues title with Juve

Having previously won the Premier League and La Liga, the Portuguese has now added the Serie A title to his collection with new club Juventus. Cristiano Ronaldo has done it again! Different country, same result: a domestic title for the Portuguese superstar. With Juventus having clinched the Scudetto with a 2-1 win over Fiorentina on Saturday, Ronaldo has become the first man to win Europe’s three major leagues: Serie A , La Liga and the Premier League. The significance of this latest success will, of course, be debated. Firstly, it has arrived just four days after a demoralising Champions League elimination at the hands of a far more exciting but [Read]

EPL: Chelsea Struggle To Snatch Three Points At Cardiff With Late Winner [READ FULL GIST]

LONDON – Chelsea struggled to get going until late on, and it had looked as though they were heading for another away defeat after Victor Camarasa’s delicate finish early in the second half put the Bluebirds ahead. The introduction of Eden Hazard and Loftus-Cheek off the bench in the second half injected new life into the team and two headed goals in the closing stages did the damage. Cesar Azpilicueta’s first of the season levelled for Chelsea, with six minutes to play, although Neil Warnock and his players were livid the offside flag had not been raised. Then came Loftus-Cheek’s winner as the clock ticked past 90, a powerful header [Read]

Manchester United Confirms Solkjaer Appointment As Full-Time Manager [READ MORE]

LONDON – Manchester Utd names Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as full-time manager. It was confirmed by the club on its Twitter handle. Man U tweeted, “Ole’s at the wheel! We can confirm that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed as #MUFC manager.” See tweet below;   [Read]