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Former Palace chief names Premier League’s most important signing this season



Former Crystal Palace chief, Simon Jordan, has said that Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku will be the most important Premier League signing this summer.

The former Palace owner also predicted that the Belgian will score not less than 30 goals this summer.

He said this while commenting on one of the most hectic transfer windows in recent years.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United was officially confirmed earlier today while England midfielder Jack Grealish broke the Premier League’s transfer record this summer when he swapped Aston Villa for Manchester City for £100million.

Lukaku took second place on that list with his £97million move back to Chelsea from Inter Milan.

But when asked who he thinks will make the biggest difference in the Premier League this season, he told talkSPORT “Lukaku.

“Lukaku playing in a Chelsea side that I admire.

“I’m not a huge fan of Chelsea, I’m a London club supporter and it’s not Chelsea so I don’t sit there in awe of Chelsea, but I admire [Thomas] Tuchel, I think he embodies everything that a manager should be.

“I think that his team is quite formidable and I think Lukaku being put in that side will score 30 plus goals this season.”

The former Everton, Manchester United and Inter Milan star has already opened his Premier League account with a strike against Arsenal on match day two of the season.

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LaLiga: Why David Luiz did not join Real Madrid after leaving Arsenal



Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, was keen to bring David Luiz to the club this summer, but the club never tabled an offer for the player, Globo reports.

Ancelotti is believed to have made contact with Luiz, who he worked together with at Chelsea.

The 34-year-old became a free agent this summer, having seen his contract with Arsenal expire at the end of June.

However, he has now returned to his native Brazil to sign with Flamengo, putting pen to paper on a 15-month contract.

It ended Luiz’s 15-year playing career in Europe.

But things would have been different if Madrid presented an offer for the experienced centre back.

The LaLiga giants allowed captain Sergio Ramos leave this summer, while Raphael Varane signed for Manchester United.

David Alaba arrived at the Bernabeu on a free transfer over the summer, but the La Liga giants are said to be determined to bring another centre-back to the club in 2022.

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Serie A: Mourinho’s Roma tipped to win title



Former Inter Milan president, Massimo Moratti, has said Roma are title contenders under new manager Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho won the Treble at Inter Milan under Moratti during his first spell in Italy.

According to Moratti, his return to Serie A makes Roma one of the teams to watch out for.

“I follow the league with great attention.

“Mourinho has revived the competition, he started very well.

“Serie A has one more team, Roma, who will aim for the title. Someone like Mourinho is not aiming for third place,” Moratti said.

Mourinho only joined Roma this year, after he was sacked as Tottenham Hotspur manager.

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2022 WORLD CUP Salah Among Absentees as African Qualifying Resumes



Africa’s second round of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup is set to kick off with some notable absentees – Mohamed Salah, among them – after the refusal of British clubs to release players for various matches.

Premier League clubs have led the way in refusing permission for players to head to countries on the British government’s Covid red list, which would require 10 days of quarantine upon their return.

With Egypt one of 17 African countries on the red list, Liverpool superstar Salah will miss this week’s home match against Angola in Cairo but could play in Gabon, which is not on the list, next week.

Quarantine conditions meant he could have been one of several internationals to miss multiple games, said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

“As clubs we cannot do that – not only because we play games in that time, but because without being positive (for coronavirus) they lose 10 days of training,” he said.

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