We’ve already seen some high-profile moves this summer, like Kai Havertz’ £89m move to Chelsea and Donny van de Beek arriving at Manchester United for £40m, while other major deals like Lionel Messi to Manchester City are off the cards.

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It said: ‘Given the current state of upheaval in the industry and the uncertain outlook, it is difficult to justify a payment equal to around 92 per cent of maximum opportunity to the chief executive, regardless of performance.’ 

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O’Leary’s cash bonus was around 92 per cent of the maximum he could have received and took his total remuneration for the year to March to €3.5million – including €2.5million under a long-term incentive plan. 

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Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez agrees to join Aston Villa

The 28-year old Argentine travelled to Villa Park and the club’s Bodymoor Heath training ground on Saturday where he was given a tour and told about the club’s rich history and the role he would play.

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Last season’s Golden Boot winner had just extended his 100 per cent scoring record at The Hawthorns to five games and – cheeky as always – he could not resist a dig at the absent Albion supporters who were doubtless berating him in front of their televisions.

Manchester United target Sergio Reguilon ‘prefers a return to Sevilla’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have hit a roadblock in their pursuit of left-back Reguilon with Real Madrid reportedly insistent on a £27million buy-back clause. The 23-year-old made his debut for Spain.

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Sheffield United, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa have been pushing for the England U21 international with Liverpool still to make a decision. They would want over £20m plus clauses if they sell while any loan move would involve penalty payments if he did not play.

Watford were the more vibrant side before half-time before retreating after the break.
Middlesbrough saw chances come and go, with Britt Assombalonga their most dangerous player, but Watford showed a resoluteness often missing last season.

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Carragher claims Thiago clamour ‘disrespectful’ to Liverpool midfield

Reports in Germany claim the 29-year-old has agreed terms with Liverpool and is desperate for a move, but Carragher claims it will not be ‘the end of the world’ if the Spaniard does not sign.

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The likes of Troy Deeney, Danny Welbeck, Ismaila Sarr and Will Hughes were among a raft of players absent here through a combination of injury, lack of match fitness or simply sitting in the departure lounge waiting for a move before the window shuts next month.

United ‘unwilling to meet Dortmund’s asking price for Sancho’

Many Premier League clubs are concerned about the possibility of a new lockdown in addition to the continued uncertainty regarding when supporters will return to stadiums.

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Arsenal ‘prepare £10m bid for for Brentford goalkeeper David Raya’

Arsenal are reportedly set to waste no time in addressing their goalkeeping situation and make a £10million bid for Brentford’s David Raya, once Emilioano Martinez leaves the club.

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‘The period between Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar we had Ricardo, Fabien Barthez, Mark Bosnich, Roy Carroll, Tim Howard, Massimo Taibi, many goalkeepers over a five to six-year period and there was inconsistency that certainly didn’t help.’

The Old Trafford legend told Sky Sports: ‘The idea that Dean Henderson would come into Manchester United and replace David de Gea as No 1 goalkeeper straight away… it won’t happen, creditos rapidos sin nomina ni aval ni propiedades I can guarantee it won’t happen.

It’s early days of course and the remaining weeks of the transfer window will bring further upheaval, but Watford proved just about superior to a Middlesbrough team who you sense would be more than content with mid-table anonymity.

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