Javi Garcia Moves to Zenit St Petersburg

Danny Pugsley for Bitter and Blue:

The reality is though that Garcia is, and would remain, little more than a backup at City given the players in front of him and with the likes of Bruno Zucculini also brought in alongside Fernando to get such a fee for him (as it was with Rodwell) makes sense to move him on – something City have struggled to do over the past few seasons with many of the players brought in having such low re-sale value, largely as a result of the wages they commanded.

Wilson on Newcastle New Signing Ferreyra

Jonathan Wilson for The Guardian:

He is likely to find holding up the ball rather harder than he did in Argentina. There must be a concern that the direct style Alan Pardew has favoured will not make best use of the intelligence of his movement but he is clearly a player of some potential. Equally obviously, he is a confidence player: the difference between those early games at Veléz and his form after the hat-trick was vast.

There is a possibility he will exist in the shadows as Scocco did at the Stadium of Light but if he gets on a streak, he has shown he can be devastating.

talkSPORT: Davidson Joins West Brom

West Brom have made their seventh summer signing, with Australian defender Jason Davidson the latest Baggies recruit.

Bundesliga Transfers

A summary of transfers to German clubs that I’ve neglected due to the start of the Premier League:

Burnley 1-3 Chelsea

CD at Chelsea Daft:

What was to follow was very, very impressive from Chelsea. At times in games such as these last season, Chelsea lost their way or struggled to turn the game into our favour, tonight with the additions of Costa and Fabregas supporting Andre Schurrle and Eden Hazard, Chelsea stepped up another level, they looked like a wounded animal.

Chelsea suddenly grabbed possession of the football and dominated. They knocked it around with ease and at pace when they needed to and Burnley couldn’t cope with us.

They were impressive. First half they were aggressive and second half they played to kill the game Mourinho style. Both worked.

Chelsea Loan Ryan Bertrand to Southampton

Joe Cooper for FTB Pro:

Bertrand will attempt to fill the gap left by Luke Shaw’s £30m departure to Manchester United earlier in the summer. He will bring some much needed Premier League experience to the side, which is looking somewhat threadbare at this stage of the transfer window.

“A State of Artificial Inflation”

John Nicholson for Football 365:

The season never feels like it has properly got going until the leaves begin to turn and you need whiskey in your bloodstream in order to face the cold, so this is one of the strangest, most hysterical moments of any season. The urgent need to rush to judgement after one or two games is ludicrous and yet every season, great swathes of fans begin predicting success or failure on the basis of one 90-minute match despite all the historical evidence to show that the opening game isn’t a reliably predictable indicator of the next 37. Perhaps modern media and massive TV coverage only encourages this as pundits cast the runes and try to pretend they know what any of it means. Listen to any phone-in and it’s full of callers who say ‘I think we’ll struggle this season’ or that other early cliché ‘we’ll be there or thereabouts’. It’s an itch few can resist scratching, indeed, perhaps it is part of the entertainment for some. It all leads to this weird, artificial, febrile atmosphere.

Great counterweight to those claiming to know how the season will turn out. Just remember that David Moyes won his first league game with Manchester United.

Jordan Mutch Signs for QPR

Stuart James for The Guardian:

Mutch is an attacking midfielder and, as he demonstrated last season when he caught the eye in a struggling team, he is capable of scoring goals with either foot. He started his career as a youth player at Derby County before joining Birmingham City.

Liverpool Sign Moreno

Ben Green for 101 Great Goals:

Liverpool have been linked with Moreno since June and it would appear that Brendan Rodgers has two Spanish full backs to count on next season with Javier Manquillo expected to play right back.

Moreno is Liverpool’s eighth signing of a very busy summer and managing director Ian Ayre travelled to Wales today to close up the deal with Sevilla before they face Real Madrid.

Serie A Transfers

A summary of transfers to Italian clubs that I’ve neglected due to the start of the Premier League: