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Man City and Arsenal interested in Gotze

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Manchester City and Arsenal are both believed to be interested in signing Germany and Borussia Dortmund superstar Mario Gotze in the summer.

The 20-year-old is among the most highly rated youngsters in world soccer, and has just helped Dortmund reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 1997. He has often spoken of his interest to play in the Premier League at some point in his career, and perhaps he feels now is the time for change.

City’s director of football, Txiki Begiristain, apparently held talks with Gotze’s agent in March about the potential to sign the German offensive player, after coach Roberto Mancini made it his number one priority to strengthen his squad, following a disappointing defence of their title this season.

Other players linked with a move to City include Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain, Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao and Napoli’s Edinson Cavani; all of whom are among the top 10 strikers in the game.


Arsenal, meanwhile, are also interested in Gotze, but it is likely that they will be outbid by one of Europe’s more wealthy clubs. Arsene Wenger’s reluctance to spend the big bucks in the transfer market will probably mean they won’t get their man. They made a bid for the German back in 2011, when he was just 18, but the offer was rejected and Gotze stayed with Dortmund.

If Arsenal are to realistically challenge for the Premier League title next season there is no doubt they need to improve their squad hugely. If they were to bring in three or four players of somewhere close to Gotze’s ability, Wenger’s side could become a real force at the summit of English soccer again.

Miss of the season candidate as Correa whiffs for Sampdoria

GENOA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 23:  Jaoquin Correa of UC Sampdoria disappointed during the Serie A match between UC Sampdoria and AS Roma at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on September 23, 2015 in Genoa, Italy.  (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images)
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21-year-old Joaquin Correa may be young and inexperienced, but he may have grown today.

Painful growth.

The young Sampdoria attacker will not want to watch the highlights of today’s 1-1 draw with Inter Milan in Serie A play knowing he could have given his side all three points.

Could have, had he – you know – hit an open goal from less than three yards out. Spoiler alert: he didn’t.

Correa rounds Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic thanks to a fruitful rebound after his initial shot was smothered, but as he turned to face the wide open net, he scuffed his shot and it trickled embarrassingly wide.

Not much more to say about this one than try to put it behind you, Joaquin. It’s an ugly one.

Watch Live: Swansea City vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Lineups & Live Stream)

MONACO - OCTOBER 01:  Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur gestures during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Tottenham can go third in the table with a road win today at one of the toughest places to play in the Premier League at the moment as they visit the Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea City at 11 a.m. ET live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.

Spurs are coming off a massive win over Manchester City last weekend – their third straight victory in league play – but will be without bright new signing Hueng-min Son for the forseeable future after he suffered a foot injury in the victory. Spurs then managed a stout 1-1 draw with Monaco in Europa League play.

They are also without Danny Rose from an injury in that midweek meeting and Nabil Bentalib misses his fourth straight match due to injury, but Deli Alli is fit while Moussa Dembele makes the bench. Erik Lamela is in the starting lineup as he finds himself in fine form the last few weeks.

WATCH LIVE: Swansea City vs. Tottenham Hotspur live online at NBC Sports Live Extra

Swansea, meanwhile, have a fully fit squad eight matches into the Premier League season, and they would move into the top half of the table with a win.

Bafetimbi Gomis starts up front with four goals on the season, but he has not scored in his last three appearances, and conversely the Swans have picked up just one point over that span.


Swansea City: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Ki, Shelvey, Ayew, Sigurdsson, Montero, Gomis.
Nordfeldt, Tabanou, Bartley, Cork, Barrow, Routledge, Eder.

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Alli, Dier; Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela; Kane.
Vorm, Trippier, Wimmer, Carroll, Dembele, Townsend, Clinton.