Monday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Bale to PSG and Koscileny wanted by Bayern and Barcelona

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Here’s an update of all the transfer rumors surrrounding the Premier League.

Today’s news out of White Hart Lane has Gareth Bale a target of Paris Saint Germain, who appear willing to outbid Real Madrid for the Welshman’s services. In a cheeky move, the Parisians are consdiering signing Andre Villas-Boas to replace Carlo Ancelotti, and using AVB’s relationship with Bale to reel in the winger.

So just how serious are the Ligue 1 club? Word has it they’re ready to break the Premier League transfer record and flash £85 million in Daniel Levy’s face. Will the tight-pocketed chairman snatch it?

Down the road at rivals Arsenal, word has it Barcelona and Bayern Munich both have interest in signing Laurent Koscielny. The Frenchman has enjoyed a steady rise at the Emirates although conjecture that either the Spanish or Bavarian giants are ready to move for his signature feels a bit far-fetched. Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, looks eager to poach Ligue 1 for more talent as he targets Lille winger Dimitri Payet, Marseille’s Andre Ayew and Guingamp midfielder Gilbert Imbula.

In West London, Chelsea might soon be doing business with Paris Saint-Germain as the Ligue 1 side are preparing a £25 million move for David Luiz, who has reportedly spoken with his countrymen about life in the French capital and an interest in the PSG project. Jose Mourinho has yet to discuss Luiz’ future but nevertheless seems keen on bringing Vitesse Arnhem midfielder Marco van Ginkel to the Bridge.

Over on Green Street, West Ham are putting Andy Carroll through a medical ahead of his proposed £15 million transfer from Anfield to Upton Park. The Hammers have long believed Carroll to be their key man up top but were stymied by Liverpool’s previous asking price as the Reds hoped to recoup a sizeable portion of the £35 million they spent to acquire the striker from Newcastle in January 2011.

Up in Manchester, Samir Nasri looks to be on the hot-seat after City is reported to be one of the two clubs making offers for Spanish sensation, Isco. The Malaga playmaker is also being looked at by Real Madrid but many believe his strong relationship with new City boss Manuel Pellegrini could be the tipping point for the player to come to the Premier League. If Isco does make the move that could spell trouble for Nasri, who is already facing stiff competition on the wing from new-boy Jesus Navas.

And on the red side of Manchester, David Moyes is ready to battle Chelsea for the signature of van Ginkel although the links to another midfielder, PSVs’ Kevin Strootman, continue to be strong.

Heading west to Liverpool where Brendan Rodgers looks to be inching closer to signing Sunderland’s Simon Mignolet after making an initial £6.5 million pound bid for the netminder. The Black Cats are holding out for more money for the 24 year old Belgian international who they consider to be one of the best up and coming keepers in the league. While Liverpool are keen on acquiring Mignolet they have also inquired as to Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic and Swansea City’s Michel Vorm. If the Reds do make a move, expect a domino effect to transpire whereby Pepe Reina is sent to Barcelona and Victor Valdes and transfered out of the Camp Nou.

Antoine Griezmann reveals desire to play in MLS

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Antoine Griezmann is being chased by the biggest clubs in Europe and is the main attacking talent for the French national team.

He just signed a new deal with La Liga giants Atletico Madrid through the 2022 season and despite Manchester United and Barcelona, among others, linked with a move for the predatory striker, nobody really knows where the Frenchman will be beyond this season.

But which league does he want to play in, for sure? Major League Soccer. Yep. That’s right.

In his new book titled “Behind a Smile: The life of the Little Prince” Griezmann says that he wants to follow in the footsteps of his idol, David Beckham, and finish his career in MLS. Griezmann also stated his love for NBA star Derrick Rose and his admiration for David Villa, captain of NYCFC.

Given the fact that Griezmann is 26 years old, it could be some time before he arrives in MLS but maybe he will do so in time to become one of Beckham’s first handful of Designated Players at his long-awaited Miami franchise?

Given the fact that whenever he discusses a potential move to Man United he cites the cold weather as an issue against the transfer, it’s likely Griezmann would want to be in a warmer climate in MLS. His good friend from their time together at Real Sociedad, Carlos Vela, is swapping Spain for Los Angeles in a few months as LAFC’s first DP.

Take your pick, Antoine. LAFC? Miami? NYCFC? LA Galaxy? Atlanta United?

I’m sure anyone would want to sign in a few years on DP-level money if you keep scoring goals like this one last night against AS Roma in the UEFA Champions League…

USMNT move up in latest FIFA rankings

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The latest batch of FIFA World Rankings arrived on Thanksgiving Day and the U.S. men’s national team can be thankful for moving up three places.

Despite their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the managerless USMNT rose three spots to 24th in the latest rankings and are the fifth-highest ranked nation to not qualify for the World Cup.

Mexico remain the top team in CONCACAF and stay in 16th place, while the U.S. has jumped ahead of Costa Rica who fell four places to 26th.

Germany remain in top spot in the rankings, while there were no other movers in the top five with Brazil in second, Portugal third, Argentina fourth and Belgium fifth. Spain moved up two spots to sixth, while Chile is back in the top 10 despite failing to make the World Cup and Switzerland moves into eighth place.

In total, four teams in the top 20, Chile, Italy,Wales and the Netherlands, failed to reach the World Cup. Senegal are the big climbers after their World Cup qualification as they rose nine places to 23, while Sweden moved up seven spots to 18th.

Below is a look at the top 25 nations on the planet, according to FIFA, as the 2017 international season comes to a close.


1. Germany
2. Brazil
3. Portugal
4. Argentina
5. Belgium
6. Spain
7. Poland
8. Switzerland
9. France
10. Chile
11. Peru
12. Denmark
13. Colombia
14. Italy
15. England
16. Mexico
17. Croatia
18. Sweden
19. Wales
20. Netherlands
21. Uruguay
22. Iceland
23. Senegal
= 24. USA
= 24. Northern Ireland

Wigan player races off for son’s birth after scoring 2 goals

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WIGAN, England (AP) It was better than a hat trick.

A player for English soccer team Wigan had a night to remember when he scored his second goal before dashing off the field and to the local hospital, where his girlfriend was in labor.

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A picture of Ryan Colclough holding his new-born baby, Harley, while still in his soccer uniform was shared on social media by Wigan chairman David Sharpe.

Colclough said his father, sitting in the stands on Tuesday for Wigan’s 3-0 win over Doncaster in the second division, “gave me the action that the waters had broken,” but he didn’t want to come off until the ball was out of play.

“My head was a little bit battered, but I went and scored, looked at the manager and he said we’ll bring you off now,” Colclough said Wednesday of his 58th-minute goal, which he celebrated by pretending to rock a baby. “I came off and was straight down the tunnel, grabbed my keys and my phone, and went to hospital.”

Colclough had visited the midwife that day, and was told the baby was unlikely to arrive for “another couple of days.”

Lille suspends coach Marcelo Bielsa

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LILLE, France (AP) French club Lille has provisionally suspended coach Marcelo Bielsa following a string of poor results in the top tier.

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The northern side said in a statement that Bielsa has been suspended “as part of a procedure started by the club.” Lille did not elaborate.

Bielsa joined Lille this season but has failed to make the club competitive again, with the team second to last after 13 matches.