Leicester sign James Maddison from Norwich on five-year deal

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James Maddison has joined the Foxes this summer as the old guard continue to be phased out.

Leicester have completed the £24million signing of James Maddison from Norwich.

The England Under-21 international has signed a five-year deal at the King Power Stadium.

Southampton and Everton were also interested in the midfielder but Maddison’s first choice was always to move to Leicester.

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Arsenal closing in on Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira as Jack Wilshere replacement

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Arsenal have wasted no time in moving on from Jack Wilshere’s departure by closing in on a £26.3million deal for Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira.

Wilshere confirmed on Tuesday in an emotional Instagram post that he would be leaving the Gunners after 17 years, having failed to receive assurances from new head coach Unai Emery over his role in the team.

Prior to the Spaniard’s appointment, he had indicated he would sign a new deal.

However, Emery is keen to reshape Arsenal’s midfield without him and Torreira, currently at the World Cup with Uruguay, looks set to be at the heart of his new-look side after Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero claimed a transfer had been finalised.

“Torreira has left for €30m [£26.3m],” he told Italian television station TMW. “I bought him from Pescara when nobody believed in him. We took a gamble on him and we won, paying just £2.75m.”

Lucas Torreira is set to join Arsenal from Sampdoria.

Lucas Torreira is set to join Arsenal from Sampdoria.

Wilshere, 26, will spend the coming days assessing his options, with a host of clubs expressing an interest, both at home and abroad.

Crystal Palace registered their interest earlier this week, joining Everton, Southampton and Wolves among several Premier League sides keen on snapping him up.

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When does the 2018/19 Premier League season start?

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Manchester City will open the 2018/19 season as reigning champions.

The 2018/19 Premier League season will kick off on Saturday, August 11, with a slate of fixtures headlined by Arsenal meeting defending champions Manchester City, it was announced on Thursday morning.

Elsewhere, Chelsea will face Huddersfield, Liverpool will encounter West Ham, Manchester United will clash against Leicester and Tottenham will tangle with Newcastle.

Check out the full opening fixtures below and read more on the coming season’s mouth-watering encounters.

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