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.

 

Mexico star Marquez back at Atlas after US drug sanctions

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MEXICO CITY (AP) Mexican soccer star Rafael Marquez is back with his club more than a month after the U.S. Treasury Department named him on a sanctions list for alleged drug trafficking ties.

Atlas said Monday that the 38-year-old defender is practicing with the team again.

In August, Marquez was among 22 people sanctioned by the department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. He was accused of acting as a frontman for the Raul Flores Hernandez drug trafficking organization.

Marquez has denied any wrongdoing and said he will work to clear his name. He is not known to face any criminal charges in the United States or Mexico.

Atlas says Marquez will continue his legal fight while at the team.

Marquez has played internationally with AS Monaco, Barcelona and the New York Red Bulls.

Wolfsburg hires Martin Schmidt after firing Andries Jonker

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WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) Wolfsburg has hired Martin Schmidt to coach the Bundesliga side as a swift replacement for Andries Jonker.

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Jonker was fired on Monday after less than seven months in charge, with Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Stuttgart leaving Wolfsburg with four points from its opening four league games of the new campaign.

The 50-year-old Schmidt has signed a contract through 2019 and he will take charge of Tuesday’s game against Werder Bremen.

The Swiss coach left Mainz by mutual consent in May after almost three years in charge. Mainz finished last season in 15th place in the Bundesliga, above Wolfsburg on goal difference. Wolfsburg only survived in the Bundesliga last season by a winning a playoff.

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Swapping cleats for gloves: Rio Ferdinand to become a boxer

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It wouldn’t be the first time a professional athlete has tried his hand at another sport, but this one is a bit surprising.

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The Telegraph is reporting that ex-Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is poised to become a professional boxer and is expected to announce his decision on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old has been a pundit for BBC and BT Sport since retiring from soccer 2015, but the six-time Premier League winner appears ready to tackle a new venture.

Ferdinand will attempt to follow in the footsteps of former Sheffield United striker Curtis Woodhouse — who went on to become British light-welterweight champion.

Below is a video Ferdinand posted to his Instagram account on Monday which appears to show him practice dodging with a personal trainer.

Dodging Rain Drops…. Reaction Drill… Keep Moving!! 💧🎾 @chrisvarnavas

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Cavani, Neymar feud presents questions about PSG chemistry

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Paris Saint-Germain picked up its sixth consecutive win to start the Ligue 1 season on Sunday, but something else happened during the team’s 2-0 victory over Lyon that should be a show for concern.

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In fact, two notable sequences occurred during the match that proved money cannot buy chemistry — or how the saying goes.

The issues on both occasions were between summer signing Neymar and Edinson Cavani — who has been with PSG since 2013.

First, a free kick situation arose where Cavani had appeared that he was going to take the set piece, until Brazilian defender Dani Alves stepped in and took the ball and proceeded to give it to his national and club teammate, Neymar.

The second occurence was even more embarrassing though, as Neymar and Cavani argued over who would take a penalty kick, which Cavani ultimately got his way before having his shot saved by goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.

Below is a video containing a piece of both instances.