Theo Walcott thinks a fast start could be key for Arsenal next season. The Gunners enjoyed a 10-game unbeaten stretch to finish last year's campaign, and Walcott wants his side to carry that form through pre-season to opening day.

Mark Schwarzer has described his surprise move to Stamford Bridge as "an honour" after agreeing a one-year deal. The new Chelsea signing joins the club from Fulham and will provide competition for first-choice keeper Petr Cech.

Micah Richards will wait and see if he's part of Manuel Pellegrini's plans before agreeing a new contract at Manchester City. The right-back has been offered a new deal, but reports claim Richards won't sign until he's received assurances over his playing time next season.

David Moyes has confirmed Wilfried Zaha will be part of Manchester United's squad for their pre-season tour of the Far East. The 20-year-old began training with his new teammates this week after being given extra time off following England under-21 duty.

Tottenham are unwilling to meet Aston Villa's £25m asking price for Christian Benteke, according to reports. The Belgian international has handed in a transfer request as he looks to force through a move, but Spurs will refuse to pay more than £15m for the forward.

Barcelona will start the defence of their La Liga title with a home match against Levante. The fixture list sees Levante travel to the Nou Camp on the weekend of August 17th and 18th, before Barcelona face away trips to Malaga and Valencia.

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