Carlos Tevez to Toronto FC for $10 million… silly season is here

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In what can only be described as illusions of grandeur, Toronto FC were linked with a $10 million swoop for Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez yesterday.

For a while, things were interesting as visions of Tevez dictating play at BMO Field whizzed through the minds of some.

Wake up people. Silly season is here.

Tevez to Toronto has to be one of the most bizarre transfer rumors involving Major League Soccer so far this summer.

Yesterday evening Toronto FC squashed the Tevez rumors. Breaking those visions of the Argentine menace marauding around in a red jersey with an MLS badge on one arm and a Canadian flag on the other.

“We are not in talks to acquire Carlos Tevez,” a team spokesman said on Thursday when told of the reports.

Man. That sucks. We expected it. But still. Tevez at Toronto would be awesome.

However, not only would his wages completely eclipse the salary of TFC’s highest-paid player tenfold, Danny Koevermans at $1.663 million, but Tevez joining MLS is just a non-starter all together.

We all know how he prefers the limelight and big money of the EPL and no offense to TFC, but they’re struggling to make the MLS playoffs.

(More: Titus Bramble on his way to MLS?)

But is Tevez moving to Toronto as likely as Kaka joining the LA Galaxy or the likes of Robbie Keane and Thierry Henry coming over to join the league?

Perhaps not.

The Argentine forward is 29-years-old, while Keane and Henry were both in their early 30’s when heading to MLS. Not a huge difference there.

So is the idea of seeing Tevez in MLS outlandish? Yeah, probably. More likely to join MLS is Carlton Cole, Titus Bramble or Frank Simek.

Hardly star names and hardly silly ideas.

(More: Carlton Cole being chased by three MLS teams)

But what are some of the strangest MLS transfer rumors involving some big name players?

Let us know which mega deals you remember from past seasons, and how they became just another column inch filled in the silly season transfer saga.

Soccer world reacts to the Manchester attacks

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NBC News is reporting that at least 19 people have been killed and another 50 are injured following a possible suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials who are monitoring British authorities told NBC News that preliminary reports indicate that a single explosion took place outside the arena on the southwest side opposite the train station. The explosion occurred as the concert ended, catching people as they exited.

Soccer clubs, players and personalities around the world are reacting to the horrible event.

Juventus purchases Cuadrado from Chelsea

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If you didn’t realize Juan Cuadrado still belonged to Chelsea, you’re forgiven.

The Colombian attacker will complete his second season at Juventus after the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, and won’t be headed back to Chelsea afterwards.

Juve has purchased Cuadrado, and the fee is $22 million, and Juve will pay it over three seasons. Cuadrado, 28, is now signed through 2020 with The Old Lady.

Cuadrado first went on loan to Juve in Aug. 2015, and has eight goals and 18 assists in 83 career appearances with the club.

Chelsea bought Cuadrado from Fiorentina for around $32 million in the January 2015 transfer window, but made just 14 appearances with the club.

Report: Jermain Defoe meeting with Bournemouth

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Sky Sports is reporting that Jermain Defoe may head back to the south of England following Sunderland’s relegation.

Defoe, 34, spent two seasons with Portsmouth between 2008-09, scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances.

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The 56-times capped England striker had a clause in his Sunderland contract allowing him to leave the Stadium of Light were the Black Cats to be relegated, as they were this season. He’d have little interest in dropping into the Championship given his desire to stay a part of the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Bournemouth’s strike corps includes Joshua King, who scored the most goals of any player not on a Top Seven side this season. King’s 16 goals were one more than Defoe’s 15, though the latter scored just one goal following a brace against Crystal Palace on Feb. 4.

Chelsea’s Conte wins pair of top managerial honors

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Antonio Conte took league and national honors from the League Managers Association on Monday night.

The Chelsea boss was named Premier League Manager of the Year and Manager of the Year after leading the Blues to the PL title and an FA Cup Final in his first year on the job.

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton nabbed another Championship boss of the year award after leading the Gulls to the Premier League. He also won the honor with Newcastle United in 2010.

The League One winner is Chris Wilder of Sheffield United. Wilder won the honor with Northampton Town last season.

In League Two, Paul Cook of Portsmouth was named the winner.