With the start of the Premier League season just one week away, clubs are making their final preparations for the long campaign ahead.
Here's the latest news about the Premier League:
Arsenal: The Gunners announced the signing of Lille 24-year-old winger Nicolas Pepe for a club-record fee near £72 million. The Ivory Coast international scored 22 goals for his Ligue 1 side last season, finishing second in the league and qualifying for the UEFA Champions League. Pepe will wear No. 19 and adds to an already impressive Arsenal attack that boasts Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil, Alex Iwobi, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eddie Nketiah. (Source: Pro Soccer Talk)
Bournemouth: The club has fallen into an injury crisis at the worst possible time. After the news that midfielder Dan Gosling had undergone hip surgery that will keep him out until October, Bournemouth was given more bad news when further tests revealed that David Brooks would also need an operation. After the Welsh international left Saturday's match against Brentford, manager Eddie Howe described the injury as a "slight [ankle] twist." A scan revealed that the midfielder's ligament damage was much worse, and Brooks will be forced to miss up to 12 weeks of action.
Aston Villa: The club announced the signing of Burnley goalkeeper and captain Tom Heaton in an £8 million move. The 33-year-old relieves a logjam at his previous club, as Joe Hart and Nick Pope are also competing for the starting job. Heaton was a staple at Burnley for years before a serious shoulder injury forced him to miss most of the previous two seasons. The England international will have a chance to start before Euro 2020 after missing the World Cup.
Manchester United: Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed the knee injury suffered by Eric Bailly is much worse than initially thought. The club hoped that the defender could return in 6-8 weeks after appearing to twist his knee during United's International Champions Cup win over Tottenham. However, further tests revealed the larger extent of the issue and Bailly had an operation on Tuesday. Solskjaer said that his defender will miss "the best part of four to five months."
Everton: The club has confirmed that Idrissa Gueye has joined Paris Saint-Germain in a £30 million move. Since arriving from Aston Villa three years ago, the central midfielder has played a critical role for the Toffees. Gueye made 99 Premier League appearances for Everton and reached the African Cup of Nations final this summer with Senegal. Everton have now raised more than £50 million in the last couple of days and are looking to reinvest as they continue their pursuits of Juventus forward Moise Kean and Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.
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