Weekend Sports Review

Weekend Sports Review

In a week clouded by issues away from sport, it comes as a welcome relief to be concerned
about transfer speculation, Wimbledon build-up, and the cricket. You know things are going a
step too far when Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar have been linked to Chelsea, it’s like 2012 all
over again.
This week has witnessed some of the stranger transfer rumours, a week of success for Mark
Cavendish, and a special feeling is developing in the England cricket camp. Welcome to the
Weekend Review.

Tessuti Talks Transfers
Let’s talk about the deals that have been confirmed this week before we get lost in the whirlwind
of transfer rumour. Arsenal have been busy. At the time of writing Gabriel Jesus is yet to be
announced but we have all seen him in an Arsenal shirt, so we can count it albeit slightly early.
Fabio Vieira has also joined the Gunners from FC Porto for a £34 million fee, meaning that
Arteta has already spent upwards of £80 million on players so far. If William Saliba can get his
name into the starting eleven too, then Arsenal will be in a strong position to fight for a
Champions League spot having missed out last season.

Manchester City have added to their summer haul in the shape of Kalvin Phillips, with the
England international set to directly replace the outgoing Fernandinho. Having already acquired
the services of Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips may enable City to maintain their push on every
trophy available. Crystal Palace have added another talented youngster to their roster, signing
Derby County’s Malcolm Ebiowei on a free transfer as the Patrick Vieira revolution continues.
Nottingham Forest have made their first major move of the window, signing former Liverpool and
Union Berlin striker Taiwo Awoniyi. To be honest, this is an outstanding transfer. Awoniyi has
managed 25 goals and assists in 52 games for a stolid yet competitive Union Berlin. Forest will
be aiming to stay in the Premier League next season, and Awoniyi is the ideal indication that the
fallen giant is building back intelligently. Oh, and Gareth Bale has signed for LAFC. This might be the least surprising move of the entire window; good golf courses there it has to be said.

In the rumour mill, Sven Botman is in the UK to undergo a medical ahead of a proposed €37
million move to Newcastle whilst Alphonse Areola is set to sign a five year deal at West Ham.
Raphina is grabbing the attention of everyone it seems, with Leeds placing a £65 million price
tag on the Brazilian attacker, with Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea, and Spurs all interested.
Chelsea remain seriously interested in Raheem Sterling who looks like he would be willing to
move for West London in a deal worth between £35-45 million. With Petr Cech being the next
on the list of Chelsea employees leaving the club, major changes are underway at Stamford
Bridge. On the East side of London, West Ham are clearly looking for another attacking
midfielder with Jesse Lingard and James Ward Prowse on the list of potentials.

Wimbledon
The world’s premier tennis competition gets underway this week, with Britain’s Andy Murray and
Emma Raducanu looking to make a significant impact.

Since 2002 at Wimbledon, every men’s single title has been won by either Roger Federer,
Novak Djokovic, Raphael Nadal, or Andy Murray and it seems likely this theme will continue.
Nick Kyrgios, Casper Ruud, and Matteo Brerrettini will be attempting to derail business as usual,
yet as things stand, it seems unlikely they will succeed.

World number one Iga Swiatek will be aiming to claim grand slam title number three having won
the French Open earlier this year. Ons Jabeur ,Coco Gauff, and Petra Kvitova will all be looking
to prevent the Polish tennis star from rising even further, whilst Emma Raducanu, in her second
Wimbledon appearance, will be looking to maintain her ever-improving form against Alison van
Uytvanck on the opening day of the tournament.
As always, the favourites will almost certainly go the distance. It remains to be seen if, like
Raducanu at the US Open, a dark horse can take Wimbledon by the reins and claim victory.

Cricket
The cricket is going well, very well. As things stand, England need 113 runs with eight wickets in
hand to claim victory at Headingley. Ollie Pope and Joe Root have been batting impressively,
yet it is Jack Leach who has stolen the headlines, claiming his first 10-wicket haul in Tests.
Victory would give England a 3-0 Test Match victory over New Zealand. The Black Caps are the
current reigning ICC World Test Champions, meaning their heavy defeat to England will go a
long way in boosting England’s confidence.

In breaking cricket news, England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan is set to retire from
international cricket with an announcement expected on Tuesday. A blow to England cricket, but
a legend without question, Eoin Morgan will be remembered as one of cricket’s greats, here’s
hoping his future is as bright as his cricket career was.
Mark Cavendish has won his second British National Road Championship and first since 2013
narrowly edging a three-way sprint. This victory comes as a welcome bit of joy for Cavendish
who looks unlikely to compete at the Tour De France this year with Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl
preferring Dutch sprinter Fabio Jakobsen.

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