Afternoon Football Report: July 25
Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Barcelona news
Arsenal need more than just Luis Suarez if they are to transform themselves into genuine title contenders, according to club legend Frank McLintock.
The Gunners have made a record bid in the hope of signing Suarez from Liverpool, but McLintock has warned Arsene Wenger he must make more top class additions.
Manchester United winger Ashley Young has welcomed the challenge the arrival of Wilfried Zaha will bring this season.
Zaha joins the Premier League champions from Crystal Palace, and Young is excited by the prospect of competing for his place alongside the youngster.
Spain striker Roberto Soldado has requested Valencia allow him to join Tottenham this summer.
Spurs have seen an offer of £24 million rejected, and Soldado has now asked his employers to lower their demands.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes his players are well equipped to cope with the pressure of being among the favourites to win the Premier League.
City have been the big players in the transfer market this summer, and Pellegrini expects his squad to thrive on the pressure this has created.
The west London club have gone all black for their alternative strip, which has been modelled by Chelsea stars Eden Hazard, Gary Cahill and Oscar.
Lionel Messi claims he had nothing to do with the appointment of Gerado Martino as the new Barcelona manager.
Messi has previously spoken in glowing terms about his compatriot, but says the decision to bring Martino to the Camp Nou was that of the club president.