Malcom's move from Barcelona to Russian Premier League side Zenit has been completed, with the deal worth a total of €45million.

Arsenal have announced the signing of Lille forward Nicolas Pepe in a club-record deal reported to be worth £72million (£80m).

Pepe was linked with Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Champions League winners Liverpool after a breakthrough 2018-19 season.

The Ivory Coast attacker scored 22 Ligue 1 goals last term and supplied 11 assists to catch the eye of Europe's elite clubs.

But it is Arsenal who have landed the 24-year-old, who eclipses Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the club's record signing.

"Nicolas is a highly-rated and talented winger who was wanted by many of the top teams in Europe," Gunners head coach Unai Emery told his club's official website.
 
"Signing a top-class winger has been one of our key objectives in this transfer window and I'm delighted he's joining.
 
"He will add pace, power and creativity, with the aim of bringing more goals to our team."

Pepe's capture is a coup for Arsenal, given they failed to qualify for the Champions League last term and he is their fourth addition ahead of 2019-20.

After Brazilian youngster Gabriel Martinelli signed earlier in the close season, Dani Ceballos joined on loan from Real Madrid and William Saliba signed from Saint-Etienne, although the defender will remain in Ligue 1 on loan this season.

Arsenal have announced the signing of Lille forward Nicolas Pepe in a club-record deal reported to be worth £72million (£80m).

Pepe was linked with Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Champions League winners Liverpool after a breakthrough 2018-19 season.

The Ivory Coast attacker scored 22 Ligue 1 goals last term and supplied 11 assists to catch the eye of Europe's elite clubs.

But it is Arsenal who have landed the 24-year-old, who eclipses Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the club's record signing.

 

England have named their XI for the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston, with Jofra Archer, Sam Curran and Olly Stone the men to miss out from the initial 14-man squad.

Archer was England's leading wicket-taker as the hosts claimed glory at the World Cup this month, but he was prescribed a period of rest after having to negotiate the latter games of the competition while managing a side strain.

The 24-year-old returned to T20 action for Sussex against Surrey last week, but England have elected not to risk the fast bowler, with veteran seamer James Anderson returning following a calf injury.

Joe Root's frontline seam attack is completed by Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes, who combined to blow Ireland away for 38 all out at Lord's last week.

Their exploits meant left-armer Curran and paceman Olly Stone did not a have a second-innings chance to press their Ashes case further, although they claimed three wickets apiece in the 143-run victory.

England's batting struggles were to the fore once again against Ireland and Root will move up to number three, with Joe Denly dropping to four as the latter confirmed at a news conference on Tuesday.

Off-spinning all-rounder Moeen Ali retains his place despite being shy of his best form with bat and ball.

England have won the past four home Ashes series, but Australia are in possession of the urn, having prevailed 4-0 on home soil 18 months ago.

 

England team to face Australia in the first Ashes Test:

Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Root (captain), Joe Denly, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

England have named their XI for the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston, with Jofra Archer, Sam Curran and Olly Stone the men to miss out from the initial 14-man squad.

Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed the signing of midfielder Idrissa Gueye from Everton for a reported €32million.

The 29-year-old joins the Ligue 1 champions on a four-year deal.

PSG were strongly linked with a move for Senegal international Gueye during the January transfer window.

The Toffees were able to hold on to the former Lille and Aston Villa player for the rest of the campaign but PSG have now got their man, the club's sixth new addition of the close season.

"I feel tremendous pride in joining Paris Saint-Germain," Gueye said.

"After remaining focused on the Africa Cup of Nations, I wanted to give new boost to my club career by engaging with Paris Saint-Germain, one of the most structured and ambitious sporting projects in the world.

"I thank the directors, the coach and his staff for the confidence they have shown in me."

Gueye's arrival will help to address the loss of Adrien Rabiot after the France international joined Juventus on a free transfer.

PSG have also brought in Ander Herrera, Pablo Sarabia and Abdou Diallo ahead of the 2019-20 season, with Moussa Diaby, Christopher Nkunku and Timothy Weah among the fringe players to depart.

Everton, for whom Gueye made 108 competitive appearances, have denied the money will be used to mount a second bid for Wilfried Zaha after Crystal Palace rejected their opening offer, which was said to be worth £52m.

"A bid was made over the weekend which was turned down. Both clubs agreed that was the end of the matter," the Goodison Park side said in a statement circulated on Monday.

Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed the signing of midfielder Idrissa Gueye from Everton for a reported €32million.

Egan Bernal made history by becoming the first Colombian to win the Tour de France in Paris on Sunday.

The 22-year-old all but claimed the title in the ski resort of Val Thorens on Saturday, crossing the line in fourth alongside Geraint Thomas to put Team INEOS on the brink of a one-two.

Bernal completed the formality of becoming the youngest Tour winner for 110 years by finishing the 128-kilometre procession from Rambouillet to the capital after sampling the customary glass of champagne soon after setting off.

Caleb Ewan sprinted to a victory on the Champs-Elysees, having vowed to accomplish that feat when he visited Paris for the first time at the age of 17.

The Australian's rapid final burst on a glorious evening earned him a third stage success of the race ahead of Dylan Groenewegen and Niccolo Bonifazio.

Bernal crossed the line soon after with 2018 champion and colleague Thomas, becoming the only rider to win the Paris-Nice, Tour de Suisse and Tour de France in the same year.

The brilliant Bernal is the third-youngest champion in the most prestigious Grand Tour, having taken the yellow jersey off long-time leader and home hope Julian Alaphilippe in dramatic fashion in the Alps.

Bernal's aggressive climb of the Col de l'Iseran proved to be decisive, with stage 19 cut short on the descent due to hailstorms and mudslides on Friday.

That gave Bernal the lead and he retained it after a penultimate stage to Val Thorens that was shortened due to concerns over the weather, going on to take the title by a margin of 71 seconds over Thomas.

Alaphilippe finished back in fifth in the general classification, with Steven Kruijswijk third and Emanuel Buchmann fourth.

Deceuninck-Quick Step rider Alaphilippe was unable to end the 34-year wait for a home winner of the Tour but was named the most combative rider after spending 14 days in yellow.

 

STAGE RESULT

1. Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) 3:04:08
2. Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma)
3. Niccolo Bonifazio (Total Direct Energie)
4. Maximiliano Richeze (Deceuninck-Quick Step)
5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)

CLASSIFICATION STANDINGS

General Classification

1. Egan Bernal (Team INEOS) 82:57:00
2. Geraint Thomas (Team INEOS) +1:11
3. Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) +1:31

Points Classification

1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 316
2. Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) 248
3. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) 224

King of the Mountains

1. Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) 86
2. Egan Bernal (Team INEOS) 78
3. Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) 75

Egan Bernal made history by becoming the first Colombian to win the Tour de France in Paris on Sunday.

The 22-year-old all but claimed the title in the ski resort of Val Thorens on Saturday, crossing the line in fourth alongside Geraint Thomas to put Team INEOS on the brink of a one-two.

Bernal completed the formality of becoming the youngest Tour winner for 110 years by finishing the 128-kilometre procession from Rambouillet to the capital after sampling the customary glass of champagne soon after setting off.

Gareth Bale's transfer from Real Madrid to Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning has fallen through, Omnisport understands.

The Wales international was reportedly on the brink of signing a deal that would have seen him earn £1million per week after falling out of favour under Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.

The transfer would have brought Bale's spell at the LaLiga club to an end after six trophy-laden years, but he now looks set to stay in Madrid unless a deal can be done elsewhere.

Bale has helped Madrid to a LaLiga title, the Copa del Rey and four Champions League crowns since his then-world record €100.8M (£90.7m) transfer from Tottenham in August 2013, as well as three UEFA Super Cups.

The 30-year-old scored eight goals in 29 LaLiga appearances for Los Blancos in 2018-19 – his second-lowest goal return since joining the club.

His struggles for form and fitness across the course of a torrid campaign for the club led Zidane to claim a transfer would be "best for everyone", while Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett dubbed the Frenchman "a disgrace" for his handling of the situation.

Bale has three years left on his contract at Madrid and he featured in the club's pre-season matches against Arsenal and Atletico Madrid in the International Champions Cup.

Barnett ruled out the possibility of a loan switch for Bale, who has been linked with Manchester United, Inter, Bayern Munich and former club Tottenham since it became clear he was available.

An injury to Marco Asensio may have given Zidane reason to reconsider his stance, the 22-year-old likely to miss up to nine months while he recovers from a cruciate ligament injury.

Should Bale stay at Madrid, he will compete for places with new signings Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic as well as team-mates Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and Mariano Diaz.

Gareth Bale's transfer from Real Madrid to Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning has fallen through, Omnisport understands.

Australia chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns has praised Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for earning their Ashes places on merit.

Former captain Smith, Warner and Bancroft are all part of the 17-man party for the five-Test series against England after serving bans for their part in the ball-tampering scandal that engulfed Australian cricket last year.

Warner and Smith featured throughout Australia's run to the World Cup semi-finals, where they lost to eventual winners England, whereas Bancroft has the opportunity to represent his country for the first time since his nine-month suspension.

The opening batsman impressed in English conditions with Durham this season, scoring two centuries and three fifties as part of an average of 45.37 in County Championship Division Two, while his 93 in Australia's warm-up match this week also decisively caught Hohns' eye.

"David Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft have forced their way back into the Test squad through the excellence of their recent performances," he said.

"David and Steve also have the advantage of being proven players at Test level, while Cameron has produced impressive numbers for county side Durham this season. His innings in the intra-squad match in Southampton on a tough pitch was outstanding and showed his quality."

Bancroft will contest a place at the top of the order for next week's series opener at Edgbaston, with Joe Burns omitted despite scoring 180 in Australia's previous Test against Sri Lanka, but the tourists' true strength comes in the seam-bowling department.

Pat Cummins tops the Test rankings, while Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood are joined by James Pattinson and Peter Siddle.

Ashes veteran Siddle's maiden tour of England came a decade ago, while his Victoria colleague Pattinson is back in the Test fold for the first time since 2016 – persistent injury woes forcing the paceman to undergo back surgery a year later.

"James Pattinson has demanded inclusion after impressing everyone on the Australia A tour with his pace and control, following on from a good season at home for Victoria," Hohns said.

The focus on pace comes at the expense of spin specialists, with Nathan Lyon the lone representative in that regard, although Hohns expects middle-order batsman Marnus Labuschagne to pick up some of the slack if required.

"We have faith in [Lyon's] ability, we know our strength lies in our pace attack and we have Marnus Labuschagne's leg spin as another spin option," Hohns said.

"He has bowled almost 200 overs for county side Glamorgan in first-class cricket this season."

Hohns added: "We have not won an Ashes series in the United Kingdom since 2001 but we are confident that this group of players can break that cycle and ensure we retain the urn that we won at home in the summer of 2017-18."

Cameron Bancroft has been recalled to Australia's squad for the Ashes series against England.

It is the opening batsman's first selection for international duty since serving a nine-month ban for his part in last year's ball-tampering scandal.

Bancroft impressed with 93 in the tourists' warm-up outing at Southampton on Thursday – a match-winning knock that ultimately sealed his place.

He features alongside David Warner and former captain Steve Smith, with all three taking part in their first Test tour since their actions against South Africa in Cape Town placed their careers at the highest level on hiatus.

Their inclusions mean there is no place for Joe Burns or Kurtis Patterson, despite both men scoring centuries in Australia's previous Test outing against Sri Lanka in Canberra, although Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh are back.

A strong seam bowling department is bolstered by recalls for James Pattinson and Ashes veteran Peter Siddle.

Injury-plagued paceman Pattinson last played in the longest format in February 2016 and will in part fill the void left by Jhye Richardson being ruled out with a dislocated shoulder.

Seam bowling all-rounder Michael Neser is the only uncapped player in the party, with Nathan Lyon the lone spinner for a series where conditions are expected to favour seam.

Arsenal have beaten north London rivals Tottenham to the signing of William Saliba in a deal reportedly worth around £27million that will see the teenager return to Saint-Etienne on loan.

French centre-back Saliba will head straight back to Stade Geoffroy-Guichard for the 2019-20 season after penning a "long-term" contract with the Gunners.

The 18-year-old becomes Unai Emery's third signing of the close season following the capture of young Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli and Real Madrid's Dani Ceballos.

Saliba is a considered a talented prospect but will have to bide his time for an opportunity at Emirates Stadium.

He made 16 appearances in Ligue 1 last term, with Tottenham also reportedly having made a late bid for the player.

Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney remains a target, with Arsenal reportedly having had bids for the 22-year-old rebuffed.

Arsenal head coach Emery told the club's website: "We’re delighted William is joining us. Many teams wanted him but he decided he wanted to come to us and be part of our future.

"He will stay in France next season for more experience and then we look forward to him joining our group."

Arsenal have beaten north London rivals Tottenham to the signing of William Saliba in a deal reportedly worth around £27million that will see the teenager return to Saint-Etienne on loan.

French centre-back Saliba will head straight back to Stade Geoffroy-Guichard for the 2019-20 season after penning a "long-term" contract with the Gunners.

The 18-year-old becomes Unai Emery's third signing of the close season following the capture of young Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli and Real Madrid's Dani Ceballos.

Saliba is a considered a talented prospect but will have to bide his time for an opportunity at Emirates Stadium.

He made 16 appearances in Ligue 1 last term, with Tottenham also reportedly having made a late bid for the player.

Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney remains a target, with Arsenal reportedly having had bids for the 22-year-old rebuffed.

Arsenal head coach Emery told the club's website: "We’re delighted William is joining us. Many teams wanted him but he decided he wanted to come to us and be part of our future.

"He will stay in France next season for more experience and then we look forward to him joining our group."

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