Friday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Rooney to Arsenal, Tevez to Liverpool?

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This morning we are going to take another quick look around Europe to see which transfer rumors have surfaced.

With plenty of big money deals already flying around, and new managers building their squads hurriedly behind the scenes, this summer is set to see plenty of transfer activity.

Let us begin.

Wayne Rooney is the subject of plenty of speculation once again, and it seems as if Arsenal are willing to splash the cash for the Manchester United forward. Chief executive Ivan Gazidis is adamant Rooney’s wages and a transfer fee of around $37 million can be arranged, if Arsene Wenger wants to sign the striker. Arsenal’s transfer policy is set for a change this summer, with the frugal spending to make way big-name signings. At least that is the plan. With Champions League soccer on offer and plenty of young talent, Rooney and other superstars may be looking at the Gunners in a different light. (The Sun)

Liverpool are apparently already preparing for life without Luis Suarez, as Carlos Tevez could be on his way to Anfield. The Manchester City forward only has one year left on his contract at the Etihad and Brendan Rodgers could pounce to sign the Argentinian striker. Tevez, 29, would provide an instant replacement for Suarez and his goalscoring record would certainly help the Reds. With Daniel Sturridge out for most of preseason, recruiting a striker is now of huge importance to Liverpool. A deal for Tevez would be at a knockdown price of $12 million. For a talent who could almost guarantee 15 goals, it’s a no brainer. What could go wrong… (Mirror)

Manchester United’s new manager David Moyes is lining up Uruguayan right back Guillermo Valera as his first signing. The 20-year-old defender had a two week trial with United and impressed, and Moyes has now lodged a $1.8 million bid for the Penarol player. Not exactly breaking the bank, but United’s success in securing young talent is unrivaled and Valera is tipped for big things. The youngster was flying to the UK yesterday to tie up the deal. So is this the way things will go at United? Frugal signings from Moyes and a reliance on homegrown talent? Perhaps. But I would expect to see a few big name arrivals over the summer too. (Daily Express)

The Spanish press have speculated that a whole host of Europe’s top clubs are on “red alert” as Cristiano Ronaldo‘s contract negotiations aren’t going well at Real Madrid. The Portuguese attacker is attracting interest from Manchester United, Manchester City, AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain. He still has two years left on his deal, but plenty of rumors have been surfacing about a possible return to Manchester United. A transfer fee of $90 million could be expected, with the clubs offering Ronaldo $34 million a year to sign on. Can United really afford this? Either way this saga could rumble on all summer. (AS, Spain)

One of Barcelona’s brightest young stars could be heading to the Bundesliga, with 21-year-old Cristian Tello set for a move to either Borussia Dortmund or Schalke. The Barcelona winger is now further down the pecking order, after Brazilian superstar Neymar arrived at the Nou Camp last week. Tello is an incredible talent but like many of Barca’s youngsters, he may have to move on for first team action. So instead of Spain’s top talent looking to England or Italy for a move, is Germany set to become the new place to go? European soccer’s superpowers are shifting towards Deutschland. (Bild, Germany)

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Roma boosts bid for 2nd in Serie A by beating Pescara 4-1

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PESCARA, Italy (AP) Roma boosted its bid for second place in Serie A and automatic entry into the Champions League with a 4-1 win at Pescara, which was mathematically relegated on Monday.

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Roma moved four points clear of third-placed Napoli, which drew against Sassuolo 2-2 on Sunday. Third place in Serie A receives a Champions League playoff.

Pescara remained 15 points behind Empoli. There are only five matches left and Empoli has the better head-to-head record, which is the deciding factor if two teams finish level on points.

There were 48 goals in total in the 33rd round, matching the record set in October 1992.

Roma took control shortly before halftime, with Kevin Strootman breaking the deadlock after Stephan El Shaarawy unselfishly rolled the ball across the area.

Radja Nainggolan, who earlier hit the bar, doubled Roma’s lead two minutes later.

Mohamed Salah extended Roma’s advantage three minutes after the break and the winger doubled his tally on the hour following a swift counterattack.

Ahmad Benali got a consolation for Pescara and a Cristiano Biraghi free kick also hit the post for the home side.

Frank Yallop resigns as Phoenix Rising coach shortly after Drogba arrival

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The timing is a bit sudden and certainly leaves many questions up in the air, but Phoenix Rising will have to look for a new manager.

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On Monday, head coach Frank Yallop resigned from his position with the United Soccer League (USL) club less than one day after former Chelsea legend Didier Drogba joined the organization as a player-owner.

With Phoenix seen as one of several lower-level clubs with ambitions of making the leap to MLS over the coming seasons, Yallop’s departure is surely a shock to many.

According to ESPN FC, Rising lead owner Berke Bakay was quite surprised by Yallop’s decision to step down, as was Drogba.

“Didier was as surprised and disappointed as we were that Frank is unable to continue coaching our Club,” Bakay told ESPN FC. “But, we all respect his decision to put his family first.

“Didier’s focus will remain on improving our team as a player and assisting our MLS expansion team ownership group as a co-owner. Frank will be helping with our international search for a new head coach.”

Rick Schantz, the current Rising assistant coach, will head the team’s managerial duties for the interim while the club completes a full search for a new manager.

Conte praises Hazard’s style, wouldn’t want him to be “more selfish”

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Antonio Conte made two bold decisions on Saturday afternoon as his Chelsea side prepared to take on Tottenham in their FA Cup semifinal.

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The Italian manager has been known for his innovation and risk-taking in the past, but many were critical of the 47-year-old when his team sheet came out ahead of the match.

Conte left key attacking duo Eden Hazard and Diego Costa on the bench, allowing out-of-favor striker Michy Batshuayi and Pedro to get the starting nod.

Although Hazard nor Costa saw the field for the opening hour, the former made his presence known when he was summoned by Conte in the second half.

Often times Hazard has been known as a facilitator, someone that can pick apart defenses with his tremendous foot skills and clever passing. But the Belgian international has also shown his capabilities of scoring on a regular basis as well, which has prompted great interest from other giant clubs around Europe.

When Conte was asked about Hazard and if his attacker should be more selfish, the Italian gave an emphatic “NO” as his response.

“No, no, no, absolutely not,” Conte said. “I don’t think that a player like Messi is a selfish player. The first target for every great champion is to play for the team and to put your talent into the team. If you do this, the team [increases] your talent.

“The best players in the world don’t exist without a team. For me, it’s sad to listen to this, that a player must ‘be more selfish’ to reach the top level. That’s very sad. It’s not my idea of football and I will never understand this. Never, never. In my team, I don’t want selfish players.

“I prefer to lose a game than to have a selfish player. For me, I don’t want this and I can’t accept this. I don’t want my club to buy me a selfish player one day. Never. No.”

Newcastle joins Brighton in promotion to Premier League

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Two sides have now booked their trips to England’s top flight after Newcastle United rattled off its 27th win of the season.

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The Magpies earned a decisive 4-1 victory over Preston North End on Monday afternoon at St. James’ Park as the second-place side ensured its finish inside the top two in the English Championship.

Newcastle joins already-promoted club Brighton & Hove Albion, who currently sit atop the Championship on 92 points.

Ayoze Perez paced the hosts with goals on both sides of halftime, while Christian Atsu and Matt Ritchie also converted for Newcastle.

U.S. Men’s National Team defender DeAndre Yedlin was on the bench for the Magpies but didn’t feature in Monday’s match.

The third and final team to be promoted from the Championship will be decided by the league’s annual promotion playoff, which is held at the end of the season and contested by four sides that finish third through sixth position.

As it stands, Reading, Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield Town and Fulham occupy the four playoff positions.