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Premier League football takes a back-seat this weekend as the FA Cup has the spotlight with matches being played in June for the first time in the competition’s history.

Sheffield United host Arsenal in the early kick-off at 1.00pm, before Chelsea travel to Leicester and Newcastle welcome Manchester City in today’s quarter-final ties.

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Werner breaks record in final Leipzig game

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Chelsea-bound Timo Werner made history in his final game for RB Leipzig, with two goals sealing his place as the club’s all-time top scorer.

The 24-year-old has sealed a £53million move to Chelsea this summer and guided Leipzig to third place in the Bundesliga table with a 2-1 win against Augsburg in their final game of the season.

The German has rejected the chance to play in Leipzig’s remaining Champions League fixtures this season, meaning he entered the game knowing it was his last for the club.

And Werner certainly didn’t disappoint, taking his goal tally to 95 in 159 matches with a special double.

Werner needed just 30 minutes to break Daniel Frahn’s long-standing record, rounding Augsburg goslkeeper Tomas Koubek to strike home into an empty net.

Leipzig needed to match Borussia Monchengladbach’s win to secure a top-three finish, and Augsburg looked to spoil the party, with Ruben Vargas providing an equaliser.

Typically, it was Werner who settled the tie with 10 minutes remaining. The forward beat the offside trap before smashing home from a tight angle.

The offside flag did go up, but fortunately – both for Werner and Leipzig – the decision was overruled by VAR.

Leipzig took the three points and third place, while Werner cemented his position in club history.

Werner was immediately brought off, with his final involvement being that second goal.

The striker – who finished the season with a total of 28 league goals – will be able to join up with Chelsea from June 30, but he is not eligible to play until next season.

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When does the 2020 summer transfer window open?

The Premier League’s chief executive, Richard Masters, has confirmed that the window is not set to open until the end of the season.

The campaign is currently scheduled to finish on Sunday July 26th, though the FA Cup Final will be held on August 1.

Therefore, August 2 seems a likely date for the window to open, though Masters admitted there is not yet a plan for how long it would go on for – especially with no dates yet confirmed for the 2020/21 season.

A summer transfer window usually lasts at least 12 weeks. Recent reports suggest Fifa will allow leagues to open their windows up to four weeks before the culmination of the season.

Players can be officially registered with their new clubs when the Fifa international window opens on July 1 – such as Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner with Chelsea – though Fifa guidelines suggest players joining in July will not be able to play for their new clubs during the current 2019-20 season.

From January 1 onwards, Premier League players with six months left on their contract have been able to negotiate and agree pre-contract deals with foreign clubs.

Some players have signed short-term deals with their clubs to finish the current season, but there is no obligation for players to do so. However, they will not be able to play for a new team this season even if they become a free agent due to Fifa regulations on registrations.


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