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.

Men in Blazers podcast: Transfer window, USMNT at Gold Cup, RBNY-NYCFC

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Men In Blazers are back with their latest podcast, and the boys are hitting club soccer here and abroad as well as Bruce Arena’s men in the red, white, and blue.

Rog and Davo break down transfer window activity, rumored and real; get a heat check on the USMNT heading into the Gold Cup; and recap the (Ray) Hudson River Derby.

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Agent Jorge Mendes appears before judge in Falcao tax probe

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MADRID (AP) Football agent Jorge Mendes has told a Spanish judge that he had no involvement in the financial planning of client Radamel Falcao, who has been accused by a state prosecutor of tax fraud.

Mendes, who is not accused of any wrongdoing, appeared before a judge in a Madrid court for 45 minutes on Tuesday as part of the probe into whether there are grounds for the case against Falcao to go to trial.

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Mendes’ agency, Gestifute, released a statement saying that “neither he nor his employees have ever intervened in the creation of corporate structures for his clients and much less provided any tax advice to them.”

Last month, a state prosecutor accused Falcao of defrauding Spain’s Tax Office of around $6 million from 2012-13. The alleged unpaid taxes were from money the Colombian player made from endorsement deals through image rights, not from the salary he was then being paid from club Atletico Madrid. Falcao now plays for Monaco.

Arfield, Adekugbe on Canada’s Gold Cup roster

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Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield and on-loan Brighton defender Samuel Adekugbe are among the players who will represent Canada in this summer’s Gold Cup.

Arfield, 28, was born in Scotland and earned the first of seven Canada caps in 2016, and Adekugbe returns to Vancouver from a year-long loan to Brighton and Hove Albion on June 30.

The pair join nine MLS players, two NASL player, and a USL player, with the rest of the group based outside North America.

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Notably, Orlando City players Will Johnson and Cyle Larin were not called up by coach Octavio Zambrano.

Goalkeepers: Maxime Crepeau (Montreal), Milan Borjan (MKS Korona Kielce), Jayson Leutwiler (Shrewsbury Town)

Defenders: Samuel Adekugbe (Brighton and Hove Albion), Fraser Aird, Manjrekar James (Vasas Budapest), Dejan Jakovic (New York Cosmos), Adam Straith (FC Edmonton), Steven Vitoria (Lechia Gdansk), Marcel de Jong (Vancouver Whitecaps)

Midfielders: Scott Arfield (Burnley), Patrice Bernier (Montreal), Alphonso Davies (Vancouver), Raheem Edwards (Toronto FC), Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City), Mark-Anthony Kaye (Louisville City FC), Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Montreal), Jonathan Osorio (Toronto), Michael Petrasso (QPR), Samuel Piette (CD Izarra), Russell Teibert (Vancouver)

Forwards: Lucas Cavallini (CA Penarol), Tosaint Ricketts (Toronto)

Lampard speaks to Oxford United about manager’s job

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Frank Lampard may be getting his first stint in the manager’s hot seat.

A Sky Spors report claims Lampard will join Oxford United in League One as the club aims to make its way to the Football League Championship.

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The 39-year-old has been vocal about his desire to move into management after a celebrated playing career that saw him become a Chelsea legend and make stops at West Ham, Swansea, Manchester City, and New York City FC.

The U’s finished eighth in League One last season. Manager Michael Appleton left the club and is an assistant to Craig Shakespeare at Leicester City. Oxford won the League Cup in 1986.

Lampard seems willing to earn his stripes, though some players wait for jobs in bigger leagues. The report says the longtime England midfielder is just one of several names in the mix for the job.