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Transfer hotlist: Five players every club wants

Craig Burley urges Matthijs de Ligt not to be tempted by the big-money offers and to choose his next club based purely on the football.

The transfer window for the rest of Europe isn't even open yet (the Premier League opened on May 16), but ahead of July 1 there are a host of players whose names just won't disappear from the gossip columns.

Imagine being a young star and having every top club in Europe after you. Here are five who know what that feels like.

- QUIZ: Which top club should you join?
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Matthijs de Ligt

Club: Ajax

Premier League fixtures: Easy start for Man City, but Liverpool can take the title

With no director of football in sight for Manchester United, the FC guys debate whether Ed Woodward's transfer-by-committee method still works.

The countdown to the 2019-20 Premier League has now begun with the publication of the fixtures for the new season, and it promises to be a box office start, with Manchester United hosting Chelsea at Old Trafford on the opening weekend.

There is a clutch of heavyweight clashes during the first month as Manchester City, on the back of last season's domestic treble, begin their bid to win a third successive Premier League title with an away game at West Ham on Aug. 10.

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Toe Poke Daily: Premier League fixtures, fixtures and more fixtures

With no director of football in sight for Manchester United, the FC guys debate whether Ed Woodward's transfer-by-committee method still works.

The Toe Poke Daily is here every day to bring you all the weirdest stories, quirkiest viral content and top trolling that the internet has to offer, all in one place.

With the new season just 57 days away, today is Premier League fixtures day, yes that day when fans can see when their club will play twice against every other club in the league. When everyone has quite finished making the same point about everyone having to play 38 games, it made for some fun comments on social media.

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LIVE Transfer Talk: Tottenham finally ready to spend big on Ndombele

The Premier League transfer window is open. Click here to review all the latest transfers and, below, keep up to date with the latest gossip.

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TOP STORY: Spurs finally ready to spend big on Ndombele

It has been 18 months since Tottenham signed a player, but they're preparing to change all that with a club-record offer for Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, according to the Sun.

France international Ndombele is top of...

Inside Man United's painful search for a technical director and why it matters to their future

MANCHESTER, England -- Confusion reigned at Manchester United last summer.

Matthijs de Ligt was dismissed as a possible transfer target over fears he could become overweight. The club's video analysts pushed for the arrival of Brazilian midfielder Fred. Manager Jose Mourinho demanded a new centre-back but didn't get one; he'd be fired just three months after the 2018 summer window closed. The lack of clear direction was enough to convince executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, in charge of it all,...

Man United's Daniel James: Meet 'electric' youngster who is Solskjaer's first signing

As Daniel James completes his move to Manchester United from Swansea, relive the FA Cup goal against Brentford that put him on everyone's radar.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol says Manchester United should focus their efforts on keeping David de Gea happy before splashing the cash for Jan Oblak.
Steve Nicol loves what he saw from Aaron Wan-Bissaka last season and says he would be worth every penny for Manchester United.
The FC crew debate whether Manchester United can afford Gareth Bale and how effective he could be if he returned to the Premier League.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop looks at a few reported Man United young transfer targets, headlined by Fulham midfielder Ryan Sessegnon.

Manchester United have completed their first signing of the summer and the first of the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era at Old Trafford with the arrival of Daniel James.

How long that era lasts will depend, in part, on how successful United are in the transfer market. James, a 21-year-old winger from Swansea City, is the opening act of a summer designed to rebuild and rejuvenate a squad that only finished sixth in the Premier League last season.

- Ogden: Six crazy transfers to improve Prem's big six