There probably won't be much interest in this thread but I'll give it a try.
New season is upon us with Ligue 1 and the FA Leagues having started already this weekend. EPL starts on Friday with a new London derby of Brentford v Arsenal.
Before my predictions for the EPL, the obvious big news is Messi leaving Barca because of the club's financial situation. Even agreeing to a 50% pay cut the club still can't afford to do it. So it seems as though he will be heading to PSG.
I'm not thrilled with the seemingly imminent prospect of Chelsea buying back Lukaku for €115 million after having previously bought (2011) and sold (2014) him for €12 million and €30 million respectively. I would have preferred they signed Danny Ings for 1/4 of that amount. Not that I don't think Lukaku is a good player and can see him displace Jorginho as our top scorer, it's just the short shortsightedness of past transfers that bugs me. See also the recent selling of Fiyako Tomori and Marc Guehi, two very promising defenders, when the back line is anchored by a soon-to-be 37 year old. Being a Chelsea fan can be challenging at times.
Grealish for €110 million seems pretty extreme also. Even more so than ManUre paying €80 million for Sancho.
Predictions for the EPL
3) Manchester City
4) Manchester United
And Steve Bruce to be the first sacked manager.