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After one of the most exciting Premier League seasons ever last year, we are now only 8 days away from being captivated again by the World’s best league and as ever Sky Sports will be there to bring us the best of the action.

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Make Sure You Catch All The Premier League Action On Sky Sports This Season!

After one of the most exciting Premier League seasons ever last year, we are now only 8 days away from being captivated again by the World’s best league and as ever Sky Sports will be there to bring us the best of the action.

Manchester United of course will be aiming to retain their Premier League title which they reclaimed in such an exciting manner last season. The Champions begin their defence away to Roy Hodgson’s West Brom on Super Sunday on Sunday 14th August and the only place where you can see that game live is on Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports HD1 and Sky 3D. Coverage will start at around 3.30pm with the game itself kicking off at 4pm.

Despite looking an easy game on paper Hodgson’s team should not be underestimated and it’s worth remembering United were somewhat fortunate to come away with a win from this fixture last season. Ex-Reds keeper Ben Foster will be making his debut for the Albion in this one and whilst his old team mates at United will be wishing him well throughout the season, they will not want him to become an instant hero at their expense.

Just before United’s game at West Brom, last season’s runners up Chelsea kick of Sky Sports’ coverage this season with a tricky looking game against Stoke City who have always made life tough for the ‘big boys’ at the Britannia Stadium.

 It will be a challenging game first up for Andreas Villa-Boas in English Football you can rest assured that the likes of Ryan Shawcross and Robert Huth will certainly make life difficult for Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres first up. The only place to see this game is on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports HD1, coverage is due to start at 1.00pm with the game kicking off at 1.30pm.

Big spending Manchester City will certainly be aiming to push on this season and will almost certainly challenge for honours this season. Even with the likely departure of their enigmatic skipper Carlos Tevez, the arrival of his compatriot Sergio Aguero will certainly add even more star-power to City’s world-class team.

With greater players though comes greater pressure and it shall be interesting to see how City’s players will be able to handle the pressure of challenging for the Title alongside their maiden voyage in the Champions League this season. City face newly promoted Swansea City in the first Monday Night Football clash of the season. The only place to watch this game is on Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports HD1 and Sky 3D on Monday 15th August. Kickoff is at 8pm with coverage due to start an hour earlier at 7pm.

Arsenal face a challenging season ahead and with long-term doubts over the futures of both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri will want to prove the doubters wrong and make the headlines for the right reasons.

They can only do that by winning games of course. After a tough trip to Newcastle first up, the Gooners first game live on Sky Sports this season is a mouth-watering clash at home to Liverpool on Saturday 20th August.

Backed by new owners, Kenny Dalglish has certainly been busy in the transfer market and you can bet that Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez will certainly thrive playing off new signings Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing. Coverage of the game at the Emirates is due to start at 12pm with kick off at 12.45pm. This game is available on Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports HD1 and Sky 3D.

Last but not least of the big sides this season are Harry Redknapp’s Totttenham Hotspur. After a tough game first up at home to David Moyes’ Everton, Spurs face a daunting trip to Old Trafford for their second game of the season against Manchester United on Monday 22nd August.

In the same fixture last season, Spurs certainly felt hard-done by as despite United winning 2-0, they sealed the game with a highly controversial goal by Nani and Harry’s men will be looking for revenge for sure. This will be the second Monday Night Football of the season and will be available to watch live on Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports HD1 and Sky 3D, coverage begins at 7pm with kick-off at 8pm.

The day before that see’s Mancini’s City face a tough trip to local rivals Bolton where they won 2-0 on the final day of last season. Much more will be on the line this time out and Owen Coyle’s side would love to make an early dent in City’s title challenge. This Super Sunday can be seen live on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports HD1 with coverage starting at 3.30pm with the game kicking off at 4pm.

There are a number of early top of the table clashes early on in what many believe is an unparalleled start to the Premier League season.

Sunday 28th August see’s Manchester United host Arsenal at Old Trafford. Games between these two are always hard-fought. This Super Sunday game is available to watch on Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports HD1 and Sky 3D and coverage starts at 3.30pm with the game kicking off at 4pm.

Chelsea travel to Old Trafford three weeks later in what is surely to be the first real test for Villas-Boas in charge of the Blues. It really is the perfect Super Sunday game and can be seen live on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports HD1 on Sunday 18th September. Coverage is due to start at 3.30pm with the game kicking off at 4pm.

Just as the build-up to that game starts Spurs and Liverpool will face at White Hart Lane and coverage will be on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports HD1 from 1pm with the game kicking off at 1.30pm. Last season saw Spurs do the double over the Merseysiders and this will definite be a game Dalglish would love to win.

October will be kicking off with a bang with two big derby matches. The Merseyside derby will be on Saturday 1st at 12.45pm with the North London Derby taking place the following day on Super Sunday with kick off scheduled for 4pm. Both games will be seen on Sky Sports.

Other mouth-watering clashes that you can see only on Sky Sports and in HD include the Manchester Derby at Old Trafford (Sunday 23rd October), Chelsea v Arsenal (Saturday 29th October) and Liverpool v Manchester City (Sunday 27th November).

So in the battle for what is going to be another exciting and emotional rollercoaster-ride of a Premier League season ahead, the best place to catch all the action as always is of course Sky Sports!

Make Sure You Catch All The Premier League Action On Sky Sports This Season!

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Transfer blow for Man United as £13m difference could stop the deal for Portugese star

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Bruno Fernandes transfer to Manchester United at the risk of collapse

The transfer of Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon is at the risk of collapse with Sporting Lisbon holding out for £55million, according to Portuguese station TVI24 (h/t Metro).

The 25-year-old midfielder has informed the Portuguese club of his wish to move to Old Trafford and has already agreed on personal terms with United. Sporting are unhappy with United’s opening offer of £42m, which is £13m short of the Portuguese club’s expectation.

United’s offer contains a number of add-on clauses that can eventually take the deal to £60million. Sporting, however, deem the conditions improbable and are seeking a greater fee upfront.

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Sporting are unwilling to drop their asking price as United have failed to include a player in exchange as a part of the deal.

The Portuguese side were willing to accept a lower fee had a player been included. However, neither Andreas Pereira or Marcos Rojo were willing to move to the Portuguese Primeira Liga.

Fernandes played in the 2-0 loss to arch-rivals Benfica in what could be the player’s last match for Sporting.

The Portuguese club have demanded a minimum of £55.3million as a guaranteed payment. They also expect United to include bonuses that are more achievable.

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Sporting will have to pay 50% of the sell-on fee to Fernandes’ previous club Sampdoria and will look to get as much as they can from United.

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Man Utd agree on contract terms with midfielder who could be signed for £51m

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Manchester United have reportedly agreed on terms with Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United have reportedly agreed on terms with Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes. (h/t Sun)

The player has reportedly agreed on a Manchester United contract until 2025 worth £5milion-a-year ahead of a £51m transfer in the January transfer window.

The 25-year-old has played 25 times for Sporting this season and has scored 13 goals and 10 assists. (h/t Whoscored)

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United were to make their first formal offer for the player. It is being reported now that the deal has already been agreed upon. (h/t Sun)

It’s claimed that Fernandes has been offered a deal nearing £100,000-a-week at United.

The signing of the Sporting skipper should provide the United midfield with numbers and an attacking impetus.

The midfielder has an £85million release clause in his contract but Old Trafford bosses have been working to drive the price down. The club were also open to offering two players to bring the price down. (h/t Sun)

Fernandes was part of the Portuguese squad that won the UEFA Nations League in 2019.

He has won 19 caps for the Portuguese national side and has scored 2 goals since making his debut in 2017.

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The Red Devils trail 3-1 from the first leg as they aim to get to their first final under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.

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Man United veteran snubs extension and demands immediate transfer

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Ashley Young rejects one-year contract extension offer

Veteran star Ashley Young has rejected a one-year extension on his contract at Manchester United. (h/t Sky Sports)

The 34-year-old’s contract at United expires at the end of the season and the player looks likely to leave in the summer. Inter Milan are said to be interested in securing Young’s services (h/t Sky Sports).

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer is keen to keep the player at Old Trafford. Young is one of the leaders in the United dressing room and has the versatility to play in multiple positions.

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Antonio Conte has been a long term admirer of Young and even tried to sign him when he was at Chelsea. Conte is ready to offer the play an 18-month contract at Inter with a considerable pay rise.

Young joined United in the summer of 2011 and has gone on to make 261 appearances for the English giants.

He took over as captain from Antonio Valencia at the beginning of this season.

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Young is keen on moving to Inter immediately rather than waiting for the summer (h/t Daily Mail). He has been left angered by United’s refusal to sanction the deal in January.

United are in the midst of an injury crisis and losing Young would deal a harsh blow to whatever little chances we have this season.

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Man United to enter head-to-head battle with Arsenal for this £19m-rated MLS wonder kid

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United and Arsenal to fight it out for Atlanta United forward Ezequiel Barco

Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in the signature of MLS wonderkid Ezequiel Barco. (h/t Daily Star)

The 21-year-old winger, who plays for Atalanta United, has impressed since his move to the MLS from Independiente in 2018. Barco has made 59 appearances for Atalanta and has scored 9 goals and 9 assists. (h/t Whoscored)

He won the 2017 Copa Sudamericana with Independiente and scored in the second leg of the final through a penalty as the Argententians prevailed 3-2 over Flamengo.

Both Manchester United and Arsenal need midfield reinforcements in the January transfer window and Barco would be a good signing for either club.

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United boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer needs additions in the midfield with Paul Pogba and Scott Mctominay out injured. United also sold both Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera in the summer and failed to replace them. Barco can score and assist and  be the creative spark that we need.

The 21-year-old has represented the Argentinian Under-20s, 9 times and has scored 2 goals. (h/t Whoscored)

Atlanta value Barco at around £19m, which would be a snip in today’s market.

With the likes of  Inter Milan, Sporting Lison and AS Roma also interested in the player, United must move quickly to secure him if we want to avoid a bidding war.

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With the player’s contract running till 2022, Atalanta hold the aces in any negotiations

Barco’s impressive form has seen him be selected for the MLS all-star teams in 2018 and 2019.

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