Today, we are launching a new feature where we round-up all the major news at Brentford, in the Sky Bet Championship, and across the football world over the past seven days
Friday night saw French attacker Neal Maupay become our fourth summer signing as he joined on a four-year deal from Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne. The 20-year-old signed for an undisclosed fee and will meet up with his teammates this week to begin training ahead of the new season.
On the pitch, Lasse Vibe opened his account for the season in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Lausanne Sport which brought The Bees pre-season Training Camp in France to an end. The Bees striker netted after 14 minutes with LS equalising after the break through North Korean striker Kwang Pak.
Kevin O’Connor’s B Team returned from Hungary with two wins from two after following up Tuesday’s 4-0 win over ETO Gyor with a 2-1 victory over MSK Zilina on Friday. The Scottish duo of Ali Coote and Theo Archibald were on target against MSK, the former also scoring twice in Tuesday’s win over Gyor.
Sky Bet Championship news:
Wolverhampton Wanderers continue to be the second tier’s big spenders as they smashed the Championship transfer record to land Porto midfielder Ruben Neves last weekend. He has been joined through the door at Molineux in the past week by Porto defender Wily Bolly, and goalkeepers John Ruddy and Will Norris from Norwich City and Cambridge United.
Simon Grayson has been quick to add to his squad at Sunderland with Everton defender Ty Browning arriving on a season-long loan, striker James Vaughan signing from Bury, and winger Aiden McGeady following his former Preston manager to the Stadium of Light.
In other moves this week, Lee Tomlin swapped Bristol City for Cardiff City while Leeds United added striker Samu Saiz from SD Huesca and winger Ezgjan Alioski from FC Lugano. Martin Braithwaite joined Middlesbrough from Toulouse, Tom Huddlestone left Hull City for Derby County, and Dominic Iorfa agreed a season-long loan at Ipswich Town from Wolves.
Also leaving Molineux this week was Jon Dadi Bodvarsson as he joined Reading while Sam Johnstone returned to Aston Villa from Manchester United on a season-long loan, Sammy Ameobi moved to Bolton Wanderers from Newcastle United on a free transfer and Cheikh N’Doye joined Harry Redknapp at Birmingham City from French side SCO Angers.
World Football news:
Elsewhere in football this week, Kyle Walker became the world’s most expensive defender as he moved from Tottenham Hotspur to Manchester City for a reported £45 million.
In a week of big money moves, Romelu Lukaku swapped Everton for Manchester United for £75 million with England’s record goalscorer, Wayne Rooney, heading in the other direction. Premier League Champions Chelsea added Roma defender Antonio Rudiger and Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko while Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez agreed a two-year loan move to Bayern Munich.
A trophy laden summer for England’s youth teams continued as Keith Downing’s Under-19s won the European Championships on Saturday after a 2-1 victory over Portugal. It’s the third title for England’s youth teams in two months with the Under-21s also reaching the European Championship Semi-Finals last month.