Evening Report: August 15

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The Premier League has rejected claims that they purposely handed Manchester United a tough set of opening fixtures.

David Moyes said he found it 'hard to believe' the sequence of games was given to them by chance, but a Premier League spokesman has confirmed that all fixtures are generated randomly.

Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has blamed Barcelona for causing Neymar's recent health problems.

The 21-year-old was diagnosed with anaemia after he underwent surgery to remove his tonsils, and Scolari is blaming the Catalan club for wrongly advising him to go under the knife.

Tottenham have been handed a significant blow in their pursuit of Ajax star Christian Eriksen.

The playmaker had declared his interest in joining the north London club earlier this week, but his agent has now revealed that he will only leave Amsterdam for a Champions League club.

Scott Sinclair looks set to put an end to his short stay at the Etihad after West Brom manager Steve Clarke confirmed talks are ongoing.

Sinclair only signed for City last season, but has failed to break in to the first XI and doesn't feature in Manuel Pellegrini's plans.

Chelsea have been boosted by the news that PSG are willing to let Gregory van der Wiel leave after spending just one season at the Parc de Prince.

The Blues are reportedly still keen on signing the Dutch international after missing out on him last summer.

Lukas Podolski believes Arsenal are ready to challenge for the Premier League this season saying the team are strong enough to fight for the title.

The German international also said he feels more settled in the English game after initially being shocked at not having a two week winter break as they do in the Bundeslga.

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