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Newcastle have not been like free spending in this transfer window as many had predicted, but their search for new signings continues. But Eddie Howe has insisted the club will operate under spending restrictions for “years” despite all that Saudi cash behind them.

“Financial Fair Play will impact us, will continue to impact us I think for a number of years,” the Newastle manager said. “We don’t have a free hand, the free hand that may have been perceived in the media, that we can go and sign whoever we want and pay exorbitant fees and salaries.

“We’re not in that position and I don’t think we will be for a while. We have to be creative and smart and try to make the right additions with the financial constraints we have.

Chelsea is on point to secure the signing of Marc Cucurella from Brighton, according to Sky Sports News. The full-back, one of the most impressive performers in the top flight last season, was of course rumored to be a Manchester City target all summer.

In the WSL, champions Chelsea have signed Swedish winger Johanna Rytting Kaneryd on a three-year contract.

Manchester City may have recruited an incredibly gifted and efficient robo-attacker in Erling Haaland, but could they be about to lose the artistic talents of Bernardo Silva? “What happens will happen,” said Pep Guardiola, “and if he stays, it’s perfect and in the end if he has to leave, it’s because football is like that; the player has a desire. I won’t be a person to stop a desire for the people When you’re a footballer it’s so short you don’t realize it and it’s almost over The player will have to talk to the club and I don’t have never been involved in it.

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Jamie Jackson has the story:

And here’s a place for more season watch readingfrom Barney Ronay on the strangeness of a season abruptly interrupted by the most controversial of the World Cups:

And here’s David Hills on some other things we’ll have to get used to, like five substitutes, a new official ball and new kits:

Preamble

Hello everyone. Yes, the great Premier League juggernaut is back, and while observations that the football season seems to start earlier every year – like those about police officers and football managers looking younger these days – started to look tired and cliche, this season really ambushed us early (EFL games in July, I ask you!).

England have had at least a week to bask in the unknown sensation of Euro 2022 glory, before the more familiar sensations of the big, top-flight kick-off are upon us. And it starts, like last year, with Arsenal facing an away test match in London against opponents who can up their game against them. Selhurst Park is expected to be lively tonight as Patrick Vieira looks to inflict another bruising defeat on his former club, who nevertheless approach the new season with (cautiously) higher optimism than they have in some time.

Reigning champions Manchester City face a test start at West Ham in one of the weekend’s most intriguing fixtures, while their closest challengers in 2021-22 Liverpool visit a Fulham side in the ‘hope to leave the promotion / relegation alternation cheerful- go around.

We’ll have all the latest team news, press conference information, gossip and random commentary throughout the day. And to start, here are 10 things to watch out for this weekend:

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