Tuesday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Fabregas and Lewandowski to United?

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This morning we are going to take a 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.

Manchester United could be set for an incredible double swoop, after both Cesc Fabregas and Robert Lewandowski have reacted positively towards at move to Old Trafford. However Fabregas has since calmed any speculation about a move back to the Premier League, but the Spaniard can’t be happy about not playing regularly at Barcelona. While LEwandowski has been told he won’t be sold to Bayern Munich, so could Dortmund instead sell to United? Davod Moyes would be adding two incredible talents if he can pull this one off. Surely not? Another question: If Lewandowski arrives, does Rooney depart? (Daily Mail)

Luis Suárez has once again reaffirmed his stance on leaving Liverpool, with the Uruguayan striker stating that “every player wants to play for a top team like Madrid.” Suarez is fed up with the British media after his 10-game ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic and is keen to exit the English game this summer. Should he be allowed to leave if that is his will? Perhaps. What is the point of keeping a player at the club if he’s not happy? This saga will play out all summer, but it seems Real Madrid is Suarez’ preferred destination. (AS)

Jose Mourinho can’t get a moments peace right now, but I’m sure he’s use to that. Chelsea’s new 50-year-old manager will be busy in the transfer market this summer, and reports from Germany this morning have the Blues signing Schalke’s Julian Draxler. The 19-year-old midfielder has recently side a new contract with the Bundesliga side, however Chelsea could trigger the $58 million release clause to get their man. This summer will see plenty of change at Stamford Bridge, with Mourinho grooming a young crop of hugely talented players, for an assault on the EPL and Champions League trophies. (Kicker)

Chelsea have also apparently offered Fernando Torres plus $50 million for Edinson Cavanni, but his club Napoli have rejected the offer. The Uruguayan has scored an incredible 102 goals in 124 matches for Napoli, but they’re holding out for the $75 million release clause in his contract. Cavani said he would be honored to play for Manchester City or Chelsea, as Mourinho plans for Cavani to spearhead his new look attack. Cavani would almost guarantee goals for Chelsea… but where have we heard that before? (Ahem, Torres) But with his direct style of play, Cavani suits the type of soccer Mourinho likes to play and prevailed with at Chelsea in the past. (Goal.com)

Brendan Rodgers has been a busy boy at Liverpool, with Celta Vigo attacker Iago Aspas set to sign later today in a $10 million deal. While Rodgers has his eye on Sporting Lisbon defender Tiago Llori and Sevilla midfielder Luis Alberto. Both are 20 and would fit in with Rodgers style of playing possession based soccer at Anfield. These signings aren’t really making huge headlines, but is Rodgers slowly putting together the pieces for a Champions League challenge next season? Could well be. (BBC Sport)

Premier League Preview: Swansea City vs. Liverpool

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Liverpool looks to avoid a letdown when it visits Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Monday (Watch live at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Swansea City has managed a win over the Reds in each of the previous two seasons, but was simply crushed by Jurgen Klopp‘s men in a 5-0 defeat at Anfield last month.

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The hosts badly need to pick up points, though few expect them to do so on Monday. Skeptics, however, will note that Liverpool under Klopp has been giants against the top teams and often lackluster against the other sides.

What they’re saying

Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal on springing an upset“I would prefer to be Goliath, I would rather be in his position. But during my career most of the time has been spent in the position of David, and we have been able to do some surprises as David. We have done it often, we are working to make more of them. I was kind of the Goliath when I was with Besiktas and Sporting Lisbon, but during those moments Goliath was a little ill.”

Liverpool’s Klopp on goalkeeper Loris KariusMy favourite solution, always, is that we do it with our boys. They step up, they deliver, they improve. The problem they have is that everyone is watching them (through a magnifying glass) and saying ‘still not good enough!’ I will only mention one name. Everyone talks about him with us and that is Butland. I only saw the game (against Manchester United). Fantastic goalkeeper but was he perfect? No. He wasn’t in that game. But everyone says ‘still better than our boys!'”

Prediction

It’s hard to see this going in Swans favor at all, though we’ll peg them to keep it close on the score board: 2-0 to Liverpool.

Transfer rumor roundup: Schurrle to Newcastle, Spurs

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A new name has emerged on the loan market, as Borussia Dortmund forward Andre Schurrle is reportedly being made available for the second half of the Premier League season.

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Newcastle United reportedly leads the pack for the former Chelsea scorer, who is struggling to get time at BVB thanks to a glut of fantastic wingers including Christian Pulisic.

Magpies boss Rafa Benitez has a good relationship with the Westfalenstadion set, having taken Mikel Merino off their hands in August. Newcastle currently uses Christian Atsu on the left wing and Matt Ritchie on the right, but Schurrle can play center forward and Benitez may prefer to use the 27-year-old in the middle of his trident.

But they’ll face competition, and HITC says BVB is willing to pay half of his wages on an 18-month deal to keep him reasonable for some clubs. This could be a boon for Spurs.

Newcastle and Stoke City have also been linked with Galatasaray midfielder Papa “Badou” Ndiaye, with the Magpies said to have bid just a bit higher than the Potters but still under Gala’s buyout clause.

And here’s a wild one, according to ESPN: Chelsea’s rumored pursuit of current Premier League scorers now includes Marko Arnautovic. The audacious Austrian attacker cost West Ham around $35 million when his head was turned from Stoke City in the summer.

He didn’t perform well but Slaven Bilic, but David Moyes has been able to get some fine performances from the powerful Arnautovic. Chelsea has previously been linked with West Ham teammate Andy Carroll, Burnley’s Ashley Barnes, and Stoke’s Peter Crouch as it attempts to find a center forward to ease the burden placed on Alvaro Morata in his first Premier League season.

World Cup winner, England legend Armfield passes away at 82

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1966 World Cup champion Jimmy Armfield has died at the age of 82.

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Voted “the best right back” in Europe between 1962-64, the former England and Blackpool captain also had a successful management and broadcasting career.

Armfield was a member of the 1962 and 1966 World Cup squads, though a toe injury kept him from his place in the starting lineup when England won the tournament.

He spent his entire playing career with Blackpool before managing Bolton Wanderers to promotion and Leeds United to the European Cup Final, righting the ship after Brian Clough’s infamous spell in charge of the club.

There’s a statue outside Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road, and the club legend has a stand named after him inside the venue.

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Julie Ertz scores in USWNT win, discovers good Eagles news after

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Whoever scheduled the U.S. Women’s National Team’s friendly against Denmark at the same time as the NFC Championship Game on Sunday night should really consider the Ertz family in the future.

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While noted USWNT defender Julie Ertz and her team cruised past the Danes in a 5-1 victory, her husband, Zach, was playing a hand in the Philadelphia Eagles’ progression to the NFL’s Super Bowl.

With Julie not knowing what to expect following her team’s match, find out how she took the news of her husband’s triumph in the video below.

While Zach’s night was certainly a memorable one for many reasons, it was Julie that arguably had the better performance — which included a goal in the 19th minute off of a close-range volley.

The USWNT had trailed through 14 minutes, but a combination of goals from Alex Morgan and Ertz in a span of two minutes quickly erased the deficit.

For Morgan, it was her 80th goal for the Stars and Stripes.

Meanwhile, a second-half brace from teenage sensation Mallory Pugh and Crystal Dunn’s finish with nine minutes to play proved to be the icing on the cake for Jill Ellis’ side, who kicked off 2018 with a bang.