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Manchester City to buy new attacker by end of July

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As buying season heats up, Manchester City have announced they hope to bring in a new striker by the end of July.

News of the Citizens intent to buy came straight from manager Manuel Pellegrini following his side’s 2-0 loss to South Africa’s SuperSport United.

“We are aware that we need two or three more players,” Pellegrini said. “I said before we came to South Africa that we need two players for each position and that’s what we are looking for and I’m sure we will get them.”

The most pressing need for City is up top, where Pellegrini said “[it’s] difficult to say exactly which day but before the end of the month we will have a new attacker.”

City has had its strike ranks reduced in half since the beginning of last season. After selling Mario Balotelli to AC Milan for $28.7 million (£19m) in last January’s transfer window, the Sky Blues shipped off Carlos Tevez to Juventus for the cut-rate fee of $15.1 million (£10m) in late June.

The Citizens had been hot on the trail of Napoli striker Edinson Cavani before the goal-scorer snubbed a move to the Premier League in favor of a $83 million (£55m) transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

With Cavani out of the picture, City has reportedly turned its attention to Sevilla’s Alvaro Negredo and Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic. In fact, if The Sun is to be believed, City may move for both forwards in a $60 million (£40m) swoop.

Jovetic is a versatile attacked who can play striker, in the hole, or either flank. The 23 year old is known as a pacy player with masterful technique, dribbling ability, vision and passing to complement his knack for finding the back of the net. At just over 6 feet tall, he is well-sized for the Premier League and possesses great toughness, a result of his upbringing at Partizan Belgrade.

Negredo is even more physically imposing than Jovetic. An out-and-out center forward, the acquisition of the Spaniard could signal the end of Eden Dzeko’s time at the Etihad. Accompanying Negredo’s size and strength are a flair for the dramatic and an underrated set of foot-skills that can surprise defenders.

 

Viktoria Plzen set to sign midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz

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PRAGUE (AP) Czech champion Viktoria Plzen is close to signing Austrian midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz.

Plzen says Ivanschitz agreed terms for a contract lasting 1 + seasons and will sign it when the team returns from a training camp in Spain. Ivanschitz has already joined the squad at the Oliva Nova resort, the club says.

Ivanschitz helped the Seattle Sounders win their first MLS Cup in December.

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No financial details were given.

The 33-year-old Ivanschitz also played for Rapid Vienna and Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, Mainz in the Bundesliga, Levante in Spain and Panathinaikos in Athens.

Ivanschitz played 69 games for Austria in 2003-14, scoring 12 goals.

FIFA allows Matip to represent Liverpool during AFCON

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: Joel Matip of Liverpool heads to score his team's third goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park on October 29, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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Joel Matip is going to get to play for Liverpool during AFCON after all.

The center back had turned down the chance to represent Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations, and Liverpool was forced to apply to FIFA for a waiver.

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Matip suffered an ankle injury in December, adding to his desire to stay at Anfield. He declared himself internationally retired and was one of six Cameroon players who refused call-ups for AFCON.

He last played for the Reds on Dec. 11, and can be selected by Jurgen Klopp against Swansea City on Saturday.

Man United captain Rooney raises $1.5m from charity game

FILE - A Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 file photo of Manchester United's Wayne Rooney leaving the field after the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England. Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says he raised 1.2 million pounds ($1.5 million) for charity from a friendly game against former club Everton last year. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
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MANCHESTER, England (AP) Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says he raised 1.2 million pounds ($1.5 million) from a friendly game against former club Everton last year.

That represents the profits, after operational costs, from August’s sellout match at Old Trafford and goes toward the Wayne Rooney Foundation’s target of raising 5 million pounds for children’s charities.

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Rooney said: “I’d like to thank all the fans who came to the testimonial and made it such a special night. They’ve raised a huge amount of money for children who are disadvantaged and it will make a real difference to their lives.”

Rooney is one goal from breaking Manchester United’s scoring record, with the striker currently tied with Bobby Charlton on 249 goals.

Rooney joined United from Everton in 2004.

WATCH: Lewandowski’s juggling stoppage time winner

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the German soccer Bundesliga match between SC Freiburg and FC Bayern Munich in Freiburg, Germany, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (Patrick Seeger/dpa via AP)
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Robert Lewandowski picked up where he left off.

The Polish striker scored twice for Bayern Munich, once in stoppage time, as the Bavarians improved their Bundesliga lead to six points after toppling Freiburg 2-1 on Friday.

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And what a winner it was, Lewandowski taking a Douglas Costa cross with two juggling touches before hitting an offspeed bouncer inside the post.

It was the league’s first match following the winter/holiday break, giving Bayern a cushion before RB Leipzig takes the pitch against Eintracht Frankfurt in a Top Five tilt on Saturday.

Lewandowski moves closer to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the goal scoring chart. His 13th and 14th goals have him two back of Borussia Dortmund’s striker, as Lewandowski pursues a third Golden Boot in four seasons.

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Freiburg 1-2 Bayern Munich — Friday
Augsburg vs. Hoffenheim — Saturday
Schalke vs. Ingolstadt — Saturday
Darmstadt vs. Borussia Monchengladbach — Saturday
Werder Bremen vs. Borussia Dortmund — Saturday
Wolfsburg vs. Hamburger SV — Saturday
RB Leipzig vs. Eintracht Frankfurt — Saturday
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Hertha Berlin — Sunday
Mainz vs. Koln — Sunday