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The Most Full-On 'Off-Season' Ever!

The Most Full-On 'Off-Season' Ever!

With the transfer window now officially open; we are already well into full-on 'silly season' mode. Here at 2Upfront, we look at all the rumours currently circulating and more widely, how we as football fans, find ourselves in this crazy world of multi-million pound transfers, obscene wages and ludicrous transfer speculation. How Did We Get Here? The 2017 summer transfer window is the culmination of many factors that we have seen building over the last few years. Firstly, the latest …
Lukaku is the flat-track bully Mourinho needs at Manchester United

Lukaku is the flat-track bully Mourinho needs at Manchester United

The initial reaction to the news that Manchester United were in advanced talks including agreeing a fee in a staggering deal to sign Everton's Romelu Lukaku was one of utter disbelief. This slowly morphed into shock and now, having had a couple of days to process everything, this writer is positively excited and completely convinced that the soon-to-be-confirmed move makes total sense to United - in almost every aspect. To understand and even quantify what Lukaku could bring to Manchester …
Arsenal's Options in the wake of another Santi Cazorla Injury

Arsenal's Options in the wake of another Santi Cazorla Injury

Things are looking up this Summer at the Arsenal; Alexandre Lacazette recently became the club’s record signing and various reports from Chile hint at star man Alexis Sanchez remaining a part of Arsene Wenger’s squad for next season. Alongside this are the continued reports linking the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Thomas Lemar and Kylian Mbappe to the club, with Mesut Ozil’s recent renewal of his Emirates Stadium box brightening the N5 skies that little bit more. But news breaking early …
West Ham & Liverpool Target Raul Jimenez: Good Enough for the Premier League?

West Ham & Liverpool Target Raul Jimenez: Good Enough for the Premier League?

There are hundreds of foreign players that are linked with the Premier League every summer and there are few that haven't been watched by an English scout at one time or another. Raul Jimenez has been at the centre of speculation in recent weeks, as Liverpool and West Ham United have both been linked with the Benfica striker. It is unknown whether either club has a serious interest, but he is open to a move to England and it is …
Nathan Aké to Bournemouth: Worth Smashing the Transfer Record For

Nathan Aké to Bournemouth: Worth Smashing the Transfer Record For

Thanks to some mind-boggling TV revenues this season, Premier League clubs are in a transfer record smashing mode. Every club is being linked to a variety of stars and almost every club is willing to pay a high premium to ensure that they get their desired players for the start of the next season. Liverpool narrowly missed the transfer record in case of Mohamed Salah, although if the bonuses are included, it might still be their current record transfer. But …
Players to Watch in the Manchester United Pre-Season Tour 2017

Players to Watch in the Manchester United Pre-Season Tour 2017

This weekend will see the Manchester United squad officially begin their preparations for the upcoming campaign - with a return to the United States of America. The importance of rebuilding fitness to get up to speed particularly on the back of one of the longest and most arduous campaigns in the club's history cannot be overstated. With the lack of new signings much to the manager's chagrin and uncertainty around some of the existing members of the first team with short …
Four Liverpool Players To Keep an Eye Out for in Pre-Season

Four Liverpool Players To Keep an Eye Out for in Pre-Season

The 2017-18 season is almost upon us and most of the Premier League's players will re-group next week to kick start their summer preparations. Jurgen Klopp is expecting the majority of his squad back next Wednesday when Liverpool's pre-season campaign officially kicks off. They start by facing Tranmere Rovers on the 12th July, before taking on Wigan just two days later in the second of two domestic fixtures. Liverpool will then fly out to face a range of opponents in …
Wayne Rooney, Manchester United and a Costly Conundrum

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United and a Costly Conundrum

In just under two weeks, Manchester United will begin their pre-season preparations for the upcoming season in the United States of America - in a hectic run of games that will include Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona in the space of seven days. Although the usual excitement around the build-up to a fresh season still exists in a large scale - there is also a growing sense of unease, for want of the right word, among the supporters who spend …
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