first_imgAs if it were a rock star. Thus he was received by his hobby Hatem Ben Arfa, the new shining star of Real Valladolid, which was exercised for the first time yesterday under Sergio González. He did it with apparent cold, with a hat, warmers and gloves, but very accompanied, more than what the blanquivioletas players usually are other times. Despite being a daily day, and despite the bad weather, several hundred people populated the stands of Los Annexes to see the new idol live, because, as exaggerated as it may seem, it already is. His first hours as a blanquivioleta also left another positive note, and that is that the club’s electronic mailbox arrived several emails from abroad interested in buying your shirt. Yes, with 3 behind, a ‘random’ number where there are. Not in vain, there were many who wanted to take a picture with him at the end of the session training, during which he was seen talking mainly with players who handle other languages ​​such as Ünal, Salisu, Sandro or Guardiola. Even among those curious there was a Peruvian fan, as well as several players of the Promises who, once they finished the session, remained stationed next to the natural grass to see the newcomer, who left his first flashes in his passes and conductions.A ‘random’ signingIf a qualifier has accompanied Ben Arfa in his first hours as a Real Valladolid footballer, he is ‘random’, at the time, something like that. The strangeness around his signing has reached far beyond the fans and local media, since it monopolized press impacts around the world and a multitude of reactions in social networks.last_img read more

first_img Wolmer’s Girls ‘B’ were seventh with three points and Excelsior High ‘B’ took eighth place on a tiebreaker over Green Island ‘B’, as both teams ended on two points. The Best Rural team award went to Green Island ‘A’. Individual category prizes were awarded to Campion’s Sheanel Gardner, Aulanni Kidd and Janique Lee, who were declared Best Board One, Best Board Two and Best Reserve, respectively. The Best Board Three prize went to Alliyah Yankana of Wolmer’s Girls ‘A’. Campion’s coach, National Master Ryan Blackwood, was adjudged best coach. In closing the championship, chair of the Jamaica Chess Federation’s (JCF) women’s chess committee, Listra Clemetson, said they want to use the championship as a springboard. “The JCF’s women’s chess committee is very pleased with the revival of schoolgirls chess, and we plan to use the foundation we have laid this year to build for the future,” said Clemetson. “We are thankful to the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, who, over the last year and a half, has embraced the vision for the growth of the sport of chess in Jamaica at the junior level, through their support of the high schools chess championships, and we are encouraging other corporate bodies to throw their weight behind the sport,” she added. KINGSTON: Campion College are winners of the PCJ Group National Schoolgirls Chess Champion-ship, securing a 1.5-1.5 draw against Immaculate Conception High in the final round of the tournament at PCJ Auditorium, in St Andrew. Campion went into the fourth and final round on six points, needing only a draw against Immaculate to secure seven points and top honours. Despite being the superior team on paper, Campion’s Sheanel Gardner, Aulanni Kidd and Janique Lee decided not to take any chances, eventually offering draws to their less-fancied opponents on all three boards. Three teams ended on six points each, including Wolmer’s Girls ‘A’, Immaculate Conception and Excelsior High ‘A’. Wolmer’s Girls ‘A’ took home second place on a tiebreaker over Immaculate, adjudged third. Excelsior ‘A’ ended fourth. Green Island High ‘A’ and Holy Childhood High ended on four points each. However, when the tiebreaker system was employed, Green Island ‘A’ took fifth place over Holy Childhood, who had to settle for sixth position. TIEBREAKERlast_img read more

first_imgSARATOGA SPRINGS, New York (CMC):Jamaican Shaun Bridgmohan brought 9-1 outsider White Rose with a sharp late run to edge the field and win the US$200,000 Glens Falls Stakes in track record time at Saratoga racetrack Saturday.The race was an open affair at the top of the stretch, but Bridgmohan got the best out of the five-year-old mare as she eased clear of her rivals to reach the wire three-quarter lengths clear in a time of two minutes, 22.46 seconds.The victory was the first for White Rose in six outings this season and the first since October last year, as she improved her record to 6-4-3 from 24 starts and pushed her career earnings to US$558,663.”I had a perfect trip,” Bridgmohan said afterwards.PHENOMENALJOB”It was pretty straightforward: I got to the fence, saved every inch of ground and angled off at the top of the stretch, and she gave me what she had today. Obviously, (trainer Bill Mott) does a phenomenal job with her and she showed it.”Mott was also quick to praise Bridgmohan for a superb ride.”She had a ground-saving trip the whole way, it was beautiful,” Mott said.”I thought, even down the backside, maybe he’ll (Bridgmohan) tip her out and go outside of Goldy Espony, but he went inside. He cut the corner the whole way, so really it was a great trip.”Going a mile and three-eighth, Maximova, another 9-1 bet, set a lively pace with fractions of 23.69 for the quarter mile and 46.70 for the half.Ceisteach tracked from second and Goldy Espony from third, with Bridgmohan saving ground with White Rose in fourth.Maximova opened up down the backstretch to reach three-quarters in 1:10.57 and to carve out a three-length advantage.Bridgmohan had moved White Rose up to the third by the time the race reached the final turn and the mare then unleashed a thunderous stretch run to overhaul the front runners and reach the wire first.last_img read more

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments The constant scrutiny about why he left Oklahoma City to join a super team and the questions on how the Warriors could possibly share the ball so many ways have subsided at last. He has settled in beautifully to the Bay Area. The music and low-key vibe at team headquarters are now familiar.Yes, Durant is at ease.“Oh, yeah. Last year he was trying to figure out what the hell we were doing and this year he’s totally dialed in, understands the concepts,” coach Steve Kerr said, “comfortable in his surroundings, not only on the floor but off. He’s a different guy this year. … It took a couple months for him to get comfortable with our style of play more than anything. It’s one thing to memorize a play, it’s another thing to feel comfortable with the concepts of what you’re trying accomplish every time down the floor. Then there’s a lot of little nuances within that. I thought it took him a couple months, then he figured it out and he was off and running.”Teammates can’t wait to see what Durant does next.Iguodala appreciates greats like Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady but will put Durant at the top.“In my opinion KD is the most talented I’ve ever seen. There have been some other talented guys though, but he’s gotten the most out of his talent, just like TMac and Vince,” Iguodala said. “There are a lot of guys who are talented and they don’t even make it to the pros. I’m saying KD is most talented because he’s maximized his talent. He’s still got more room to go, so I believe he’s still grinding to get there.”From Day One, Durant showed he’s a difference-maker.“There’s a lot of stuff I’ve been thinking about,” he said, “and I’m just trying to take it all in and get better.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours FILE – In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant poses for photos during the NBA basketball team’s media day in Oakland , Calif. Beginning his 11th NBA season at age 29 and fresh off his first career championship, Durant is as determined as ever. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, FIle)OAKLAND, Calif. — Fatigued after a long flight home from China, Kevin Durant knocked down one baseline 3-pointer after another — making 21 of 22 and 19 straight before finally another miss had him hollering in frustration over the blaring music.Stephen Curry wasn’t even pushing him this time in one of their thrilling competitions — just KD and a couple of capable rebounders.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Durant’s new deal earns him approximately $53 million over the next two years and includes a player option for year two. His willingness to be flexible allowed the Warriors to re-sign Curry for $201 million over five years and 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala to a three-year contract with $48 million guaranteed, among all the other reliable returners.Durant repeatedly curses when he misses during those heated post-practice shootouts with Curry. They rarely keep an official count on made shots or track who wins.“I honestly don’t know exactly what the standings are when it comes to that but we always challenge each other,” Curry said. “I think the best thing about it is we both get mad when we miss a shot because you know in that competition that we have if you miss a shot you’re probably going to end up losing whatever spot or whatever drill you’re doing. Every shot’s important, which for us can transition into the game because you have that certain focus and expectation that you’re going to make every shot. Put a little bitof pressure on yourself while you can in practice in these situations.”For Durant, it’s all about getting better alongside the shooter he considers the world’s most accurate.“I’m just coming into work every day trying to get better and I’m going home afterward,” Durant said. “It’ssimple. Just try to simplify it, so I get my work in and go home. … I don’t even remember last year.”Durant is far more comfortable this preseason.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson NBA: Curry to pick Dubs teammates if picked as All Star game captain Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ The NBA Finals MVP wants more from himself. He thinks about it when he’s sitting on his couch at home.Beginning his 11th NBA season at age 29 and fresh off his first career championship, Durant is as determined as ever.In his second season with the Golden State Warriors, he is challenging himself to do everything better, down to setting great screens to get teammates open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I just want to keep doing the same things,” Durant said. “If I’m making five out of my 10 shots a night, I can see if I can try to make 5 1/2 or six shots a night. I guess that’s just the next challenge that I have for myself, just continue to do the small things with my game as far as my rhythm, catching and shooting, dribbling, one-dribble pull-ups, post-ups, all that type of stuff that goes into me being the scorer that I am. I’ve got to work on that every day, make sure that doesn’t fall by the wayside because if I take two or three days off from doing that stuff I’m right behind. I can’t take days off because I’m not physically as big and strong as a lot of guys that can use their bodies. I’ve got to rely on my skill a little bit more.”He sure delivered on basketball’s biggest stage just four months ago, then — as promised — accepted a pay cut so general manager Bob Myers could keep the roster largely intact for repeat run. 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first_imgThe favorite LFA presidential candidate, Mustapha Raji, and outgoing LFA President Musa Bility.Two stakeholders have raised serious issues on what they described as ‘election guideline violations’ by the LFA Elections Committee in the just concluded qualification of presidential and executive committee members for the March 22 elections in Buchannan, Grand Bassa County.The two men said the LFA must tackle the ‘violation’ to avoid any interference by Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA).Mustpaha Raji told the Daily Observer that the Elections Committee violated the Electoral Code and the New Approved Statutes by stating that, “No single club shall nominate more than one aspirant for each of the two vice presidential posts and no club shall nominate more than 10 aspirants for the executive committee.”Raji said the LFA’s Approved Statutes, Article 58.2 says: No one (1) member shall propose two (2) or more candidates,” which he said should have been sufficient for the process.The LISCR FC boss argued that, Article 9 of the LFA Electoral Code acknowledges the primacy of the statutes when it states: “The eligibility criteria are defined by the code and the LFA statutes and must comply with the statutes and regulations of FIFA.”He added: “The Executive Committee, which is the highest decision body in the absence of Congress, must address this violation.”He further quoted FIFA electoral code article 26 which says: “Failure by the association (member) to apply the principles of this code shall be considered a serious violation of the provisions of article 13 of the FIFA Statutes…”Georgian FC President (candidate for the EC), Wilmot Smith called on the LFA to set the records straight by correcting the ‘violation.”Mr. Smith said the alarm on the ‘violation’ clearly demonstrates “leadership and honesty and I don’t see a divorce from fraternity by raising the flag and calling for an emergency meeting to tackle the breach.”The LFA says as per the Statutes and Electoral Code, which were duly approved recently by an Extraordinary Congress in Monrovia, it is obliged to protect the independence of the Committee irrespective of subjective views.Elections Committee Chairman Malcolm Joseph told the Daily Observer yesterday that there are provisions on the process and anyone who is not satisfied must take advantage over them.The final lists of candidates are: M. Hassan A. Bility, President; Musa Shannon and Sekou Konneh; Vice President for Administration, Cassell A. Kuoh, Sr., Vice President for Operations.Executive Committee Women Seat: Ciata Bishop and Executive Committee Members include: Ansu V. S. Dulleh, J. Allan Klayee, Dee-Maxwell Kemeyah, Sr., Samuel Y. Karn,  Rochell G. D. Woodson,  D. Sheba Brown,  Wallace Weiah and S. Matthew P. Smith. Others are Cyrus Wright, Wilmot Smith, Mustapha Raji, Adolphus Harmon, Korpo Kpoto, Yanqueh S. Borsay, Urias Glaybo, Lemuel Sherman and Samuel Ashley.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgOver 200 volunteers, who worked to ensure the success of the 2015 Liberia Marathon held on November 8, will on this Saturday be honored for their “immeasurable contributions” by the organizers.The Volunteers Appreciation Event is expected to bring together volunteers, partners and friends of the Liberia Marathon. According to Ms. Eunice Dahn, the program will be held at the San Zokie Beach on 19th Street at 4:00p.m. She stated that 56 of the over 200 volunteers, comprising of Liberians and foreign residents, would be certificated as outstanding volunteers. “These are mostly volunteers who have worked with the Liberia Marathon since 2014. As volunteers, their commitment, sacrifice and dedication to the marathon cannot be overemphasized. These hard working men and women made the 2015 Liberia Marathon possible,” Ms. Dahn said. “This is our way to thank the volunteers, because we don’t have money to pay them for their services. We have regular volunteers, stewards, medical volunteers, as well as volunteers from the Armed Forces of Liberia, theLiberia National Police, the Liberia Red Cross amongst others, who worked together to make history.”Accordingly, partners, sponsors and other stakeholders who have continued to contribute to the success of the marathon each year will be in attendance. Volunteers will also be able to share their experiences and a special motivational statement will be made by Mr. Daniel Dean, Assistant Minister at the Ministry of Commerce, and long time Liberia Marathon volunteer.Over 2,000 runners participated in the 2015 Liberia Marathon, under the theme, ‘A New Beginning’. Originally slated to take place in August 2014, the race was postponed that year due to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia. The Liberia Marathon intended to be an annual event, was staged only twice before then – in 2011 and 2013. The marathon is the only long distance road race in Liberia and it is organized almost entirely by local and international volunteers. This event fosters the spirit of volunteerism, and showing appreciation for the wonderful work carried out by the volunteers cannot be over-emphasized, Ms. Dahn said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgLionel Messi may reverse his decision to retire from international football, according to South American football expert Tim Vickery.The Barcelona superstar announced he had played his last game for Argentina after missing a penalty in the Copa America final defeat to Chile.Messi has lost four major finals with La Albiceleste, including the 2014 World Cup, and has been critical of his country’s Football Association.But Vickery believes the 29-year-old, Argentina’s leading goalscorer with 55 goals in 113 appearances, will reconsider his initial decision.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “He lost [the Copa America final] this way last year and, of course, the World Cup final the year before so there is a lot of emotional pain there and this could be something said in the heat of the moment.“That is one side of the story, the possibility that this was just something said in the heat of the moment and in the cool but painful light of day he will decide to carry on.“But there is another side to the story, a side that goes beyond merely the pain of defeat. It is that Messi and the Argentine FA are in conflict.“The Argentine FA are in absolute chaos at the moment and that has had an impact on the logistics and the organisation and the preparation of this team during the competition.“There is a problem there and if he is pushed over the edge it won’t just be the pain of defeat – it will be that he is fed up of the Argentine FA.”last_img read more

first_imgThe internet sensation Molly-Kate Sloyan from Kinsale finally met her idol the “real” Daniel O’Donnell who invited her to his sold out gig in the INEC, Killarney today.A video of the 23-year-old super fan went viral in February as it showed her reaction to Mario Rosenstock impersonating her idol Daniel, during the The Late Late Show Valentines special. Molly-Kate’s expression switched from delight to disgust when she realised that it wasn’t the real Daniel performing to the audience.To make up for Molly-Kate’s disappointment the Donegal star sent out a special video message inviting her to this evenings (Friday night) sold-out gig in the INEC Killarney.Distance could not stop Molly-Kate from meeting Daniel as she flew especially from Spain to attend the show tonight. We’re sure it’ll be a night to remember!Photo by Don Mc Monagle Daniel superfan from Late Late Show finally meets her idol was last modified: August 12th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:daniel o donnellLate Late Showmario rosenstockmolly-kate sloyanlast_img read more

first_imgLetterkenny Credit Unions James Mc Monagle presenting Conor O Donnell St Eunans Maclarnon Cup Captain sponsorship for €500. Also included in photo Shaun Patton Michael Miller Daire Mc Daid and team manager Neil Gordon Paul Hume with his son Shaun, Charles Mc Glynn Eva Mc Closkey, College Principal Chris Darby and Gordon Randals. PICTURES BY GERALDINE DIVER PHOTOGRAPHY. ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE IN CREDIT BEFORE MacLARNON CUP! was last modified: March 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalMacLarnon CupSt.Eunan’s Collegelast_img read more

first_img 20 Playing in a division that did not quite match his talents, Neves cruised to the Championship Player and Young Player of the Season awards in 2017/18 as Wolves ended their six-year Premier League hiatus.The youngest player ever to wear the captain’s armband in the Champions League at 18 with Porto, Neves’ arrival in the Black Country was a landmark moment for the club, marking the beginning of the Jorge Mendes era.Mendes’ client Nuno Espirito Santo led Wolves to the Championship title at the first time of asking, with Neves quite literally at the centre of their play as they racked up a club-record 99 points.Still only 21, Neves has been linked to both Manchester United and Liverpool this summer but stated his desire to remain at the club who brought him to English football.If Wolves are to live up to expectations and push for a top-half finish on their return to the Premier League, they will need Neves to lead them there. 20 20 Slipping into the Mesut Ozil category of Big-Money-Opinion-Splitters-From-Abroad, Pogba has either been a revelation or a total waste of Chevrolet-branded millions since rejoining from Juventus, depending on who you ask.Flashes of brilliance, including a storming two-goal performance in the Manchester derby in April, are counter-balanced with long periods out of the team, and no matter how good a career Scott McTominay goes on to have, very few people bought Jose Mourinho‘s claims he was in the team over Pogba on merit.Six goals and ten assists in just 27 league appearances last season demonstrated how useful he can be to this United team, but Mourinho’s refusal to give him a run of games cut short any momentum he was building.The Mourinho feud hinged on Pogba’s supposed lack of defensive discipline, something the Portuguese boss is seemingly looking to address this summer, spending £52m on Brazilian defensive midfielder Fred and hovering over the send button on a £115m bid for Lazio‘s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.Newcastle United: £16m – MICHAEL OWEN from Real Madrid, 2006 Surprisingly not one of the countless obscure signings Watford made from Udinese or Granada, Gray excelled in the Championship for Brentford and Burnley but has yet to set the Premier League alight.Just five goals followed his move to Vicarage Road last summer, although given that he was playing for Hinckley Town in the Conference North just six years ago, his meteoric rise had to hit a plateau at some point.Briefly Burnley’s record signing when he joined them for £6m in 2015, Gray already has an impressive 153 career goals under his belt, but finds his path to the striker’s spot at Watford blocked by club captain Troy Deeney.As a result 15 of Gray‘s 31 league appearances last season came from the bench, and with Deeney unlikely to vacate his starting role any time soon, he may be forced to turn elsewhere before long.West Ham United – MARKO ARNAUTOVIC from Stoke City, £25m The most freshly-minted of all the names on this list, Kongolo was so impressive in his 13-game stint at Huddersfield after a January loan that they made the move permanent this summer.A recipient of four Dutch caps, Kongolo made his name under Ronald Koeman at Feyenoord before Monaco took a chance on him last summer.The move did not work out, but he does seem to have found a home at the John Smith’s Stadium.A childhood dream, surely.Leicester City: £28m – ISLAM SLIMANI from Sporting Lisbon, 2016 20 After years of financial prudence under David Moyes, Everton went berserk last summer.Ronald Koeman splashed £145m on nine players, many of them, ahem, ‘generous’ fees, before being sacked two months into the season. These two events may indeed be linked.Sigurdsson was at least a minor success, although the Toffees may have been a little too drawn to his set-piece threat at Swansea.The Icelandic midfielder found the net just four times in the league as Everton, somehow, struggled their way back up to eighth by the season’s end.Fulham: £12.4m – KONSTANTINOS MITROGLOU from Olympiakos, 2014 Southampton have a goals problem. In the last two seasons, they have found the net just 78 times in the Premier League, one fewer than Liverpool – never far away from the Saints in any transfer talk – managed in 2017/18 alone.Their most recent centre-forward addition Carrillo did not contribute any of those 78, joining fellow recent big-money signings Manolo Gabbiadini and Sofiane Boufal in struggling at St Mary’s since making the switch from France in January.With just 21 goals in 95 appearances for Monaco, Carrillo was an unusual candidate to solve Southampton’s problems, but rather than let Charlie Austin show why he has found the net nearly 250 times in his career, Mauricio Pellegrino brought in the 27-year-old Argentine.Having brought little to Southampton other than a stale brand of football and a regular place in the relegation zone, Pellegrino’s poor transfer business was one of many final straws for the club, and he was given his P45 just seven weeks into Carrillo’s time under him.Tottenham Hotspur: £42m – DAVINSON SANCHEZ from Ajax, 2017 Christian Benteke, as far as the Premier League is concerned, has ‘even-season syndrome’. Stay with us, this is scientific.After a 19-goal debut with Villa in 2012/13, he dropped down to ten a year later, before hitting 13 in his final season in the Midlands.A £32.5m move to Anfield brought only nine league goals, before Alan Pardew splashed almost the same amount to bring him to Selhurst Park.Despite a 15-goal 2016/17 hinting he may have found his stride, Cyclical Christian struck again last season, finding the net just three times in 30 Premier League games.Everton: £40m – GYLFI SIGURDSSON from Swansea City, 2017 The Cherries smashed their transfer record to complete the permanent signing of centre-back Ake last summer, after spending time on loan at the Vitality Stadium last season.Just as comfortable at left-back as in the centre, he was one of Chelsea’s highest-rated prospects coming through the academy, but as with so many young Blues he found his path blocked to the first team by bigger names with bigger price tags.The Dutchman made such an impression in his first stint with Bournemouth that his parent club recalled him halfway through the season, which allowed him to pick up a Premier League winners’ medal with the 2016/17 champions.Ake went on to play in all 38 of Bournemouth‘s Premier League games last season and established himself as a Dutch national team regular too, picking up seven caps in the past 12 months.Brighton & Hove Albion: £14m – JURGEN LOCADIA from PSV Eindhoven, 2018 A shame really, this one. Morata started so well at the Bridge, bagging seven goals in as many games to start his time with the Blues.However, after the clocks went back – a crucial marker in any overseas player’s first season in the Premier League – Morata crumbled.Struggling for form, Morata saved the peak of his troubles for Chelsea‘s trip to the Emirates in January, missing a string of presentable chances that effectively spelled the end for his starting place.Chelsea, in what appeared to be a thinly-veiled kick up the backside directed at the Spaniard, then turned their interest to the likes of Andy Carroll, Ashley Barnes and Peter Crouch, before finally settling Olivier Giroud to replace Morata. Another victim to the Frenchman’s irresistible charm. Still talking football, here.Crystal Palace: £27m – CHRISTIAN BENTEKE from Liverpool, 2016 Premier League sides, it is increasingly becoming clear, cannot be trusted with their vast swathes of cash.Slimani had admittedly scored 27 times in the Primeira Liga the season before Claudio Ranieri opened his chequebook to bring him to the English champions (still feels odd saying that about Leicester).But a £28m price tag did seem a little dear, and so it proved as Slimani scored just 12 times in 47 games before being shipped out on loan to Newcastle in January.Slimani’s troubled time in England is likely to come to an end before next season starts, with Claude Puel appearing to have given up on the Algerian.Liverpool: £75m – VIRGIL VAN DIJK from Southampton, 2018 Signed just before Cardiff‘s first crack at the Premier League in 2013/14, Medel arrived from Spain draped in the cliches of hard-nosed, South American midfielders not afraid to mix it with these European fancy dans.Think Simeone. Mascherano. The irrepressible Lucas Leiva.Medel’s stint in the Welsh capital did not bring the same success enjoyed by that list however, with Cardiff finishing rock bottom of the league.The Chilean was flogged to Inter Milan at the end of the season for a £1m loss.Chelsea: £60m – ALVARO MORATA from Real Madrid, 2017 Another subscriber to the mantra of ‘if there’s a hole in your defence, throw money at it until it plugs’, Manchester City have four defenders in their top five highest transfer fees paid.Should Laporte line up at the back alongside Kyle Walker, John Stones and Benjamin Mendy next season, City fans will be looking at £202m worth of goal-stopping talent.One of few managers able to splash out the GDP of a Pacific island nation on a back-up, Pep Guardiola used Laporte somewhat sparingly in the title run-in, playing just nine times after signing in January.Eligible to play international football for Spain and France, Laporte is yet to decide for certain, although he represented Les Bleus at youth level and is likely to continue to do so in a senior capacity.Manchester United: £89m – PAUL POGBA from Juventus, 2016 20 Arnautovic‘s time at the London Stadium began slowly after signing last July, dropped by new manager David Moyes in November and a red card against Southampton for elbowing Jack Stephens.Rejuvenated in the second half of the campaign, the Austrian hit 11 Premier League goals for the Hammers by the end of the season, the most for the club since Bobby Zamora in 2006/07.Labelled ‘the bad boy of Austrian football’ – presumably an uncontested title – during his time with Inter Milan and Werder Bremen, Arnautovic was a hit at Stoke before leaving them last summer, with the move met by claims he went for the money.Never one to mince his words, the forward hit back: “They hate me, of course, but they hate me because they miss me and they lost me.” Not short of self-confidence, it would appear.Wolverhampton Wanderers – RUBEN NEVES from Porto, £15.8m The last player Arsene Wenger ever signed in his illustrious 22-year reign at Arsenal, Gabonese striker Aubameyang is also the club’s most expensive buy.It was the second time Arsenal had broken their transfer record in the space of six months, having splashed out £45m on fellow striker Alexandre Lacazette last summer.Signed on deadline day in January this year, Aubameyang made an electric start despite the club’s woeful form in Wenger’s final days, scoring 10 times in 13 league games.Ineligible to play in Arsenal’s Europa League run due to Dortmund also being in the competition, Aubameyang was reportedly stunned by the Frenchman’s departure, but new boss Unai Emery has put the forward at the centre of his plans for the new season.Bournemouth: £20m – NATHAN AKE from Chelsea, 2017 No, really. The New Zealander, while prolific for his country in the prestigious Oceanian confederation, would be an unlikely choice for a record transfer fee at most Premier League clubs, but something about the big, strong target man drew Sean Dyche‘s eye.Netting on his debut to snatch a draw at Wembley against Spurs, Wood formed a solid partnership with Ashley Barnes as Burnley made one giant leap into the Europa League, scoring ten goals in 24 league games.Wood is now starting to make the league his own after failing to make the grade at both West Brom and Leicester earlier in his career, sold to Leeds United on the eve of the Foxes’ historic title-winning campaign.Cardiff City: £11m – GARY MEDEL from Sevilla, 2013 20 20center_img Another side smashing their record fee twice in 2017/18, Jurgen Locadia arrived on the south coast in January to snatch the mark from summer signing Jose Izquierdo, costing Brighton a whole £500,000 more than the Colombian.Joining fellow ex-Eindhoven man Davy Propper at the Amex, Locadia was sidelined for a month before making his club debut, taking just 15 minutes to open his account for the Seagulls.He made it two in two against Swansea City a week later, but failed to register again in 2017/18 as Brighton escaped relegation in their inaugural Premier League campaign.After a hat-trick on his Eredivisie debut – in just 22 minutes off the bench – in 2012, Locadia was tipped for big things but at 24 is still yet to make his Netherlands debut, even despite his country’s sorry state of affairs in recent years, not qualifying for the last two international tournaments.Burnley: £15m – CHRIS WOOD from Leeds United, 2017 20 Jurgen Klopp tried a range of options to solve Liverpool’s defensive issues.He brought in Joel Matip on a free, Ragnar Klavan (me neither) from Augsburg and even a 39-year-old Alex Manninger to inspire confidence in the Reds’ shaky backline.The answer, however, turned out to be throwing a world record fee for a defender at one of the league’s best centre-backs, which all sounds simple really.Refusing to wilt under the weight of his transfer fee, van Dijk formed a formidable partnership with Dejan Lovren (in itself no small feat) and led Liverpool all the way to the Champions League final.For all Liverpool’s attacking prowess, it is their new-found defensive solidity that is most impressive, and Van Dijk is at the heart of that.Manchester City: £57m – AYMERIC LAPORTE from Athletic Bilbao, 2018 20 Sensing a theme with some of these record signings, here.Mitroglou arrived from the Greek champions with a fearsome reputation and equally fearsome facial hair, set the task of rescuing Fulham from their impending relegation.Injuries limited the Greek striker to just three appearances at the Cottage, although his abject performances may have also played a part.Loaned back to Olympiakos at the end of the season, before a second loan to Benfica was made permanent, Mitroglou continued to astonish Fulham fans by showing the one thing they never got to experience – the ability to score football goals.Eighty-four of them arrived in 149 appearances since leaving the Whites, who may just feel they missed his peak years.Huddersfield Town: £17.5m – TERENCE KONGOLO from Monaco, 2018 20 20 20 It would not be a stretch to imagine this being Rafa Benitez‘s opening argument when beginning contract negotiations with Mike Ashley this summer.Twelve long years have passed since Newcastle last broke the £15m barrier, which for a Premier League side in the current era is quite something.In all, the Magpies have spent more than £10m on just EIGHT players in their entire 126-year history. For reference, Manchester City’s next eight-figure signing will be their eighth in the past 12 months.Owen‘s time at St James’ Park was, of course, blighted by injuries, including a broken metatarsal against Spurs and an ACL injury on England duty, which led to Newcastle putting in a compensation claim against the FA for a reported £20m.That figure is significantly higher than their transfer record, by far the longest-standing on this list, and one that does not appear likely to be broken any time soon with Ashley in charge of the finances.Southampton: £19m – GUIDO CARRILLO from Monaco, 2018 20 20 20 Spurs, like many others on this list, have struggled in the past when handing out sizeable transfer fees, with the likes of Roberto Soldado, Erik Lamela and Moussa Sissoko immediately springing to mind.But in Colombian centre-half Sanchez, they found a diamond. Tough, comfortable on the ball and an asset at both ends of the pitch with his aerial ability, he is already beginning to pay back some of the enormous fee Spurs paid Ajax last summer.Sanchez, still just 22, is not short of confidence either. When offered the chance to join Barcelona‘s B team at 16, he reportedly told them “I don’t want to play for the reserve team.” Chris Sutton would be proud.His partnership with Jan Vertonghen is already turning into one of the best in the league, and meant Toby Alderweireld‘s threats to quit Spurs were met with little more than a shrug, as the man signed to be his understudy had already done enough to warrant replacing him in the starting lineup.Watford – ANDRE GRAY from Burnley, £18.5m 20 20 20 20 This summer’s Premier League transfer window is already in full flow, with clubs scrambling to lock up the best talent before the new early deadline of August 9, two days before the start of the new season.Transfer fees in England have rocketed in the past few years after an influx of TV money, with even the smaller clubs now able to splash out on big-name arrivals.Fifteen of the 20 Premier League sides in 2018/19 have broken their transfer record in the last 12 months, although for one club the same transfer has topped their list since 2006.Here, we reveal every club’s biggest buy, from Arsenal to Wolverhampton Wanderers….Arsenal: £55million – PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG from Borussia Dortmund, 2018 20 talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 have 89 Premier League games EXCLUSIVELY live in 2018/19.last_img read more