N’Golo Kante to Chelsea, Leroy Sane to Manchester City and the 10 most important Premier League transfers this summer



As the transfer window slams shut for another year, Greg Lea picks the 10 deals concluded by Premier League clubs this summer that could prove decisive.

N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)

Kante, 25, was the driving force behind Leicester City’s remarkable title triumph last season, and the midfielder has picked up from where he left off at Stamford Bridge so far this season. The energetic ball-winner, signed for £32 million (Dh154.5m), is a perfect fit for Antonio Conte’s side, with his ability to cover ground and retrieve possession likely to be essential to Chelsea’s championship challenge.

Leroy Sane (Manchester City)

A hamstring injury suffered in pre-season has delayed Sane’s introduction to the Premier League following his £25m (Dh12.7m) arrival, but the former Schalke winger is bound to impress once he gets going at Manchester City. Sane, 20, is one of Europe’s most promising prospects, and his tricky dribbling is sure to catch the eye.

Steve Mandanda (Crystal Palace)

The club-record signing of Christian Benteke from Liverpool was Palace’s most high-profile acquisition, but Mandanda, 31, looks to be the best on a value-for-money basis. France’s No 2 goalkeeper, who spent nine years at Marseille before moving to England, arrived at Selhurst Park on a free transfer and represents a significant upgrade on the inconsistent Wayne Hennessey.

Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

Liverpool have made Southampton a regular shopping destination in recent years, with Mane, 24, the latest to follow in the footsteps of Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert by swapping the south coast for the northwest. Quick and direct, the Senegal international, who cost a reported £30m (Dh144.9m), is ideally suited to Jurgen Klopp’s high-tempo style of play.

Alvaro Negredo (Middlesbrough)

Negredo, 31, had a very mixed year at Manchester City in 2013/14, scoring 23 goals in his first 33 matches before failing to score in any of his final 16 appearances. While perhaps not quite cut out for a team challenging for the title, the striker’s season-long loan move represents something of a coup for Middlesbrough, who will employ the Spaniard as the spearhead of their attack.

Islam Slimani (Leicester City)

The champions have had a successful window overall, with Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy, and Danny Drinkwater signing new contracts and Ahmed Musa, Papy Mendy, Luis Hernandez, Raul Uche, Bartosz Kapustka, Ron-Robert-Zieler and Slimani all moving to the King Power Stadium. Slimani, 28, had been linked with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the summer before moving to Leicester on deadline day for a reported £30m (Dh144.9m). The Algeria international is a traditional No 9 and could be the best addition of the lot.

Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

Pogba certainly did not come cheap, but the fact that Manchester United have landed a player who could feasibly be the world’s best means his £89m (Dh429.8m) fee might one day be seen as a bargain. The France international, 23, has already brought dynamism and creativity to the United midfield and will be an essential part of Jose Mourinho’s team both this season and beyond.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Southampton)

Highly rated by Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, Hojbjerg, 21, arrives in the Premier League with a reputation as a potential star in the making. The midfielder is smart, adaptable and a fine passer of the ball. If he can become anywhere near as good as Sergio Busquets, to whom he has been likened in the past, Southampton will have got themselves a good deal at £12m (Dh57.9m).

Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal)

Injuries picked up by Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista heightened Arsenal’s need for a new centre-back, with the £35m (Dh169m) purchase of Mustafi, 24, pushing that duo down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium. The World Cup-winning German partnered Manchester City’s Nicolas Otamendi in the heart of Valencia’s defence in 2014/15 and is strong in both the air and the tackle.

Jack Wilshere (Bournemouth)

Bournemouth pulled off a coup by beating the likes of Roma and AC Milan to the signature of Wilshere on a season-long loan deal. The England international has had a torrid time with injuries in recent years and will see this as a golden opportunity to get some regular football, with Eddie Howe’s team set to benefit from his technical quality in the centre of the park.

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Company name: Fasset
Started: 2019
Founders: Mohammad Raafi Hossain, Daniel Ahmed
Based: Dubai
Sector: FinTech
Initial investment: $2.45 million
Current number of staff: 86
Investment stage: Pre-series B
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Artist: Khaled
Label: Believe
Rating: 4/5

The five pillars of Islam

1. Fasting

2. Prayer

3. Hajj

4. Shahada

5. Zakat

KEY DATES IN AMAZON'S HISTORY

July 5, 1994: Jeff Bezos founds Cadabra Inc, which would later be renamed to Amazon.com, because his lawyer misheard the name as 'cadaver'. In its earliest days, the bookstore operated out of a rented garage in Bellevue, Washington

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2000: Amazon Marketplace opens, allowing people to sell items on the website

2002: Amazon forms what would become Amazon Web Services, opening the Amazon.com platform to all developers. The cloud unit would follow in 2006

2003: Amazon turns in an annual profit of $75 million, the first time it ended a year in the black

2005: Amazon Prime is introduced, its first-ever subscription service that offered US customers free two-day shipping for $79 a year

2006: Amazon Unbox is unveiled, the company's video service that would later morph into Amazon Instant Video and, ultimately, Amazon Video

2007: Amazon's first hardware product, the Kindle e-reader, is introduced; the Fire TV and Fire Phone would come in 2014. Grocery service Amazon Fresh is also started

2009: Amazon introduces Amazon Basics, its in-house label for a variety of products

2010: The foundations for Amazon Studios were laid. Its first original streaming content debuted in 2013

2011: The Amazon Appstore for Google's Android is launched. It is still unavailable on Apple's iOS

2014: The Amazon Echo is launched, a speaker that acts as a personal digital assistant powered by Alexa

2017: Amazon acquires Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, its biggest acquisition

2018: Amazon's market cap briefly crosses the $1 trillion mark, making it, at the time, only the third company to achieve that milestone

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UAE currency: the story behind the money in your pockets
Western Region Asia Cup T20 Qualifier

Sun Feb 23 – Thu Feb 27, Al Amerat, Oman

The two finalists advance to the Asia qualifier in Malaysia in August

 

Group A

Bahrain, Maldives, Oman, Qatar

Group B

UAE, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia

 

UAE group fixtures

Sunday Feb 23, 9.30am, v Iran

Monday Feb 25, 1pm, v Kuwait

Tuesday Feb 26, 9.30am, v Saudi

 

UAE squad

Ahmed Raza, Rohan Mustafa, Alishan Sharafu, Ansh Tandon, Vriitya Aravind, Junaid Siddique, Waheed Ahmed, Karthik Meiyappan, Basil Hameed, Mohammed Usman, Mohammed Ayaz, Zahoor Khan, Chirag Suri, Sultan Ahmed

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Funding: $200,000 plus undisclosed grant
Investors: Venture capital and government

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Friday Stuttgart v Cologne (Kick-off 10.30pm UAE)

Saturday RB Leipzig v Hertha Berlin (5.30pm)

Mainz v Borussia Monchengladbach (5.30pm)

Bayern Munich v Eintracht Frankfurt (5.30pm)

Union Berlin v SC Freiburg (5.30pm)

Borussia Dortmund v Schalke (5.30pm)

Sunday Wolfsburg v Arminia (6.30pm)

Werder Bremen v Hoffenheim (9pm)

Bayer Leverkusen v Augsburg (11.30pm)

UNSC Elections 2022-23

Seats open:

  • Two for Africa Group
  • One for Asia-Pacific Group (traditionally Arab state or Tunisia)
  • One for Latin America and Caribbean Group
  • One for Eastern Europe Group

Countries so far running: 

  • UAE
  • Albania 
  • Brazil 
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Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi
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Midfielders: John Obi Mikel, Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo, John Ogu
Forwards: Ahmed Musa, Victor Osimhen, Moses Simon, Henry Onyekuru, Odion Ighalo, Alexander Iwobi, Samuel Kalu, Paul Onuachu, Kelechi Iheanacho, Samuel Chukwueze 

On Standby: Theophilus Afelokhai, Bryan Idowu, Ikouwem Utin, Mikel Agu, Junior Ajayi, Valentine Ozornwafor

Confirmed bouts (more to be added)

Cory Sandhagen v Umar Nurmagomedov
Nick Diaz v Vicente Luque
Michael Chiesa v Tony Ferguson
Deiveson Figueiredo v Marlon Vera
Mackenzie Dern v Loopy Godinez

Tickets for the August 3 Fight Night, held in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, went on sale earlier this month, through www.etihadarena.ae and www.ticketmaster.ae.

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NYBL PROFILE

Company name: Nybl 

Date started: November 2018

Founder: Noor Alnahhas, Michael LeTan, Hafsa Yazdni, Sufyaan Abdul Haseeb, Waleed Rifaat, Mohammed Shono

Based: Dubai, UAE

Sector: Software Technology / Artificial Intelligence

Initial investment: $500,000

Funding round: Series B (raising $5m)

Partners/Incubators: Dubai Future Accelerators Cohort 4, Dubai Future Accelerators Cohort 6, AI Venture Labs Cohort 1, Microsoft Scale-up 

Bharatanatyam

A ancient classical dance from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Intricate footwork and expressions are used to denote spiritual stories and ideas.

Director: Nag Ashwin

Starring: Prabhas, Saswata Chatterjee, Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachchan, Shobhana

Rating: ★★★★

The biog

Simon Nadim has completed 7,000 dives. 

The hardest dive in the UAE is the German U-boat 110m down off the Fujairah coast. 

As a child, he loved the documentaries of Jacques Cousteau

He also led a team that discovered the long-lost portion of the Ines oil tanker. 

If you are interested in diving, he runs the XR Hub Dive Centre in Fujairah

 

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Power: 201hp at 5,200rpm

Torque: 320Nm at 1,750-4,000rpm

Transmission: 6-speed auto

Fuel consumption: 8.7L/100km

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