Chelsea reach Schurrle agreement

first_img Press Association The 22-year-old has long been a target for the Blues and becomes the first transfer since the appointment of new manager Jose Mourinho in what is reported to be an £18million deal. A statement on the club’s official website, www.chelseafc.com, read: “Chelsea Football Club and Bayer 04 Leverkusen have reached an agreement for the transfer of Andre Schurrle, subject to the completion of legal documentation and related matters, including personal terms and passing a medical.” Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Germany forward Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen.center_img It had been expected Chelsea midfielder Kevin de Bruyne would move on loan as part of the deal, following a successful spell in the Bundesliga at Werder Bremen last season. However, Chelsea’s statement made no mention of the 21-year-old, with Mourinho suggesting at Monday’s press conference the player was very much in his first-team plans for the future. Mourinho, who agreed a four-year deal to return to Stamford Bridge following his departure from Real Madrid, admitted it was “normal” to expect some fresh faces to be added to the squad, and Chelsea have been heavily linked with Napoli’s £30million-rated frontman Edinson Cavani as well as Wayne Rooney, should the England striker be sold by Manchester United. However, the new Blues manager, who won the Champions League for a second time with Inter Milan after leaving Stamford Bridge six years ago, maintained he was also looking to bring on the club’s younger players in the new campaign. ”These ‘kids’ – and I say that respectfully – have big potential and big space for improvement. They’ve not reached their best level,” he said. ”The stability the owner and I can give them is related to work – in the methods, the coaching philosophy, in my leadership, in everything that can help them improve. ”When you mix with them those who are over 30, we will keep a balance and try to go on.” last_img read more

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Betting on transfers in January – Rumour has it…

first_img PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Share ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Share Will Rooney be joining Oscar in China? Is Depay set to depart Old Trafford too? Has Gerard Deulofeu had enough of life at Goodison Park? Rumours, rumours, rumours. We’ve no idea but if you think you do, whether it’s gut feeling or you know something we don’t, you can be rest assured you bet on it.With rumours and transfer ‘news’ intensifying in January, bookmakers are never far behind and ‘Next Club’ type markets are now commonplace. We spoke to the bookies about the popularity of transfers betting, and how they price and promote them.Sky Bet’s Head of PR Sandro di Michele, BetVictor Head of Comms Charlie McCann and Betway’s Alan Alger were kind enough to give us their thoughts.Sandro di Michele, Sky BetSBC: How much betting volume does the transfer window bring in…are there more or less wagers than in the past with the impact of online rumours and ‘fake news’? Sandro: The volume of business brought in during transfer windows is directly related to the amount of activity by clubs in the window. If we see a lot of clubs signing players this quite often create a chain reaction and we then see an increase in customer interest and in turn stakes.Charlie: The volume is not particularly high; these markets are not meant to bring in huge volumes but they are meant to meet the needs of our customers, we need to be flexible but we also need to keep abreast of all online rumours and differentiate between sources. Some of these markets are fascinating e.g. (at the time of writing) Jose Fonte has handed in a transfer request at St Mary’s – he is 12/1 to join the Chinese exodus, Memphis Depay is 5/2 to join fellow Dutchman Ronald Koeman at Everton.They are fun markets that the new breed of football bettor, often fuelled by social media, expects from their bookmaker of choice – but it would be naive to think they bring in high volumes.Alan: Wagers placed on transfers to take place can be lumpy. We’ve had a number of telling bets over the years from notable accounts and our traders have to be on red alert during the windows. The number of sources pumping out transfer talk has risen significantly over the past few years, and we’ve certainly seen the betting on our markets rise too.Whilst they don’t rival your big weekend football matches, punters seem to always be sniffing around for big odds and they’re certainly available in transfer betting.SBC: How much impact does social media chatter have on the odds? Charlie McCann, BetVictorSandro: We have an awareness of what is happening on social media and pay attention to what we deem to be informed accounts. We are however a bookmaker and we will always pay far more attention to weight of money, volume of bets and informed business.Charlie: I would suggest that local and national media reports fuel social media chatter. We all like to think our own club are on the brink of signing the next Messi so when a media agency speculates that a particular club is keen on signing a player social media is awash and we get inundated with enquiries asking to create a market for X to join Y.Media outlets must fill pages/websites and their own social media handles; the majority is hot air but you will often find a gem. We must of course keep abreast of all social media chatter and other legitimate media outlets such as the transfer news feature on Sky Sports News is closely monitored. We often get requests from customers asking for a particular market; our job is to make sure there is sufficient demand for the market and competition for the signature. For example, if we get a request to add a market we must first decide that a deal hasn’t already been done. In many instances the customer or potential customer knows more than we do. In other instances they think they know more than we do; why else would you have the bet? Alan: There are certain sources that could be deemed more reliable than others, but we’d still be likely to see if the money pours in before acting rashly on rumours.Of course, when punters start to believe the hype then it feeds through to us. The Antonio Conte story was a particularly good example. We were forced to suspend betting on the Italian being sacked back in October, after media leaks led to a string of solid bets forced us to review our offerings. As it turned out, the cash was kept in our satchel thanks to Alan Pardew settling the market by getting the boot before Christmas!SBC: What way can you best promote these markets? Alan Alger, BetwaySandro: We generally provide a service with our transfer markets and allow the public to talk about our prices which sometimes organically promotes them. Journalists and broadcasters will sometimes quote our prices on very high profile transfers, but the key thing to remember is that we offer all possible outcomes including the player to stay at their current club which isn’t the case with all bookmakers.Alan: We are regularly updating the media with the latest betting news on our transfer markets, as well as flagging any newsworthy markets with our followers across the social platforms.SBC: Biggest hit you’ve taken or heard of on a transfer?Alan: Ibrahimovic moving to Manchester United was a bit of stinger. The big Swede was well rumoured for many months in the build up to the transfer and we maybe kept his price a little too big for too long.One particular customer seems to have a good insight into the goings on at Arsenal and has hit us on three of their recent high-profile transfers. He was even on Jamie Vardy to join the club before the rumours surfaced and if sources are to be believed only narrowly missed out on a payday there too.last_img read more

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Things to do this weekend in the area…

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Of course, there is the high school football games tonight and the cross country meet tomorrow morning. But there is plenty to do elsewhere this weekend… •••••Michael CastanedaMike Castaneda is having a Fan Support & Masterchef Casting block party on Saturday, Sept. 12. Come try his signature chicken and waffles, listen to some music and support Mike in his Masterchef audition video taping! You might see yourself on TV. •••••The second annual Blessing of the Animals Service will be held Sunday, September 13, at 7:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1419 Western Ave., in the west parking lot area.  A short worship service and pet blessing will be followed by refreshments for our human friends.  Come and celebrate God’s goodness and creation, honoring the pets who enrich our lives with their affection and unconditional love. Animal blessing ceremonies to honor our pets are often held in the Fall season on or near the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4).  St. Francis was born in the 12th century and is remembered for his love for animals and nature, and ministry to the sick and the poor.   If you are unable to bring your pet to the service, please bring a photograph or special memory item (collar, leash, etc.) and receive a blessing.•••••Ballet in the park: Snow White, performance by Ballet Wichita this Sunday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. in Sellers Park, 601 E. Harvey. This will be a 45 Minute performance. Bring lawn chairs. This is a free event. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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