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  1. Is there potential for Premier League Covid chaos?, published at14:36 30 July

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    Simon Stone, BBC Sport

    The new Premier League campaign is fast approaching - but does a flurry of cancelled friendly fixtures suggest 2021-22 will be another season disrupted by the coronavius pandemic?

    Manchester United's fixture at Preston was the latest to be called off because of positive Covid-19 cases, while Norwich have been similarly impacted, Arsenal scrapped their pre-season tour of the US and Newcastle lost three goalkeepers to self-isolation for one fixture.

    The Premier League still intends to test twice a week. However, unlike last season, players will have lateral flow rather than PCR tests, to reduce costs and speed up the process.

    The number of players and staff taking tests will be increased to 100. Should any come back positive, a PCR test will then be arranged.

    The Premier League is also going to continue operating red zones for players and senior staff.

    For the first few weeks of the season at least, clubs will be asked to continue with the established virtual media conferences, both before and after matches.

    Read more: Could a Covid 'pingdemic' ruin the start of the season?

  2. Skipper Coleman signs new contract, published at19:04 28 July

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    Seamus Coleman has signed a one-year contract extension to keep him at Everton until 2023.

    The 32-year-old right-back, who had entered the final 12 months of his previous deal, has made 350 appearances since arriving from Sligo Rovers for £60,000 in 2009.

    "I'm very happy. Everyone around the football club, and I'm sure all the fans, know how much this club has meant to me from day one," Coleman, who was made captain in 2019, told the Everton website.

    "Hopefully now I can keep going as long as possible, give my experience to the younger lads, help and support them in any way I can, and contribute on the pitch as much as possible.

    "Winning is what we're here to do. My job in the process is to be sure we are doing all the right things behind the scenes, on the training pitch, the best way possible."

  3. Will Benitez appointment 'end in tears'?, published at13:51 28 July

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    Former Everton forward Don Hutchison fears Rafael Benitez’s appointment as Toffees boss “will end in tears”.

    The ex-Liverpool manager signed a three-year deal at Goodison Park in June.

    "I hope I’m massively wrong," Hutchinson - an Everton player from 1998 to 2000 - told the Football Daily podcast.

    "He’s got to get off to an unbelievably fast start. If he loses that game against Southampton on the first day of the season I think he could be in trouble."

    Former Everton midfielder Leon Osman is more positive about Benitez's chances at his old club.

    "I’m actually not surprised they ended up going for Rafa Benitez," he told Wednesday's pod.

    "A manager that’s got real European pull, a guy that everybody knows, he’s been successful in multiple countries, he’s got a lot of silverware, he’s got a lot of experience."

    Listen to the debate on Benitez's appointment from 27'30 in Football Daily on BBC Sounds

  4. Transfer news: Jamaica winger Bailey attracts interest, published at07:14 27 July

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    Leicester, Everton, Wolves and Southampton are all showing interest in Bayer Leverkusen's Jamaica winger Leon Bailey, who could be available for £30m. Aston Villa are also bidding to sign the 23-year-old. (90min)

    Want more transfer news? Read Tuesday's full gossip column

  5. Judging Everton's summer signings, published at14:18 22 July

    Andros Townsend, Asmir Begovic and Demarai Gray

    With the Euros over, attention has quickly turned to the new Premier League season and what clubs are doing to strengthen their squads.

    The transfer window is open until 23:00 BST on 31 August.

    Everton have already signed Andros Townsend, Asmir Begovic and Demarai Gray - but there could be plenty more business still to be done.

    But how do you rate those recruits, and how do they compare with those brought in by rivals?

    Get involved and judge all the notable Premier League signings so far

  6. Everton's pre-season in pictures, published at14:07 22 July

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    Everton have arrived in the United States for the Florida Cup - as their pre-season preparations step up.

    Rafael Benitez's team already have two wins under their belt from behind-closed-doors friendlies against Accrington Stanley and Blackburn Rovers at Finch Farm.

    Meanwhile, the Toffees have added Demarai Gray, Andros Townsend and Asmir Begovic to their squad.

    See how Everton have been preparing for the 2021-22 season in pictures

  7. Isolating Delph misses Florida trip, published at13:52 21 July

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    Alistair Magowan, BBC Sport

    Everton have flown to the United States to take part in the Florida Cup without Fabian Delph because he is self-isolating.

    The club took the precautionary measure after the 31-year-old midfielder came into contact with someone who has since tested positive for coronavirus.

    Arsenal have already pulled out of the tournament in Orlando after a "small number" of their travelling party tested positive for Covid-19.

    Delph will resume training once his period of self-isolation is over.

    Everton face Colombian side Millonarios on Monday, a day after Arsenal were due to face Inter Milan.

    Rafael Benitez's side then play Manchester United on Saturday, 7 August at Old Trafford in a friendly, before kicking off their Premier League season by hosting Southampton a week later.