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Saturday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Real Madrid players on the market?

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The number one story making the rounds on Saturday morning? Well it’s that Landon Donovan might be joining Everton on loan. Yes, yes, we hear this transfer rumor every winter. But if you’re hungry for all things USMNT, or LA Galaxy, or just a big fan of Landon, click here for more words on whether he’ll be wearing a Toffees kit once more.

In another transfer story that just never seems to die, it seems Chelsea are in the mix for Fábio Coentrão once more. Ashley Cole has struggled with injury for much of the season, with Cesar Azpilicueta, a right back by trade, stepping in on the left. With Cole getting up there in years (he’s about to hit his 33rd birthday) it’s only natural the Blues would try and swoop for a man once considered one of the world’s top left-backs. And with Marcelo first choice at Real Madrid, and Álvaro Arbeloa his back up, Coentrão barely gets a look in. In other words, it’s not out of the question that Madrid would allow Coentrão to leave on loan come January, although Chelsea would wrangle for the option to make the move permanent.

Speaking of the Spanish giants — no, we’re talking Madrid here, not Barcelona, do try to keep up — it’s rumored that Sergio Ramos may be on his way out. The, shall we say, temperamental defender was shown a straight red before 30 minutes had passed in Real Madrid’s match against Galatasaray. Real went on to win anyway, of course, but Carlo Ancelotti was none too pleased with Ramos. Again, Chelsea are interested, as José Mourinho takes great comfort in the familiar. So too, though, are Manchester City. Apparently Matija Nastasić isn’t truly they wonderkid they were hoping for in central defense.

And now that we’re on the subject of Serbs, let’s discuss Filip Đorđević. Dete, as he was known in his Red Star days, is lighting up Ligue 1, with eight goals for Nantes so far. His 20 goals helped them clinch promotion last season, and have them in an impressive fifth at the moment. The 26 year old may finally be hitting his stride, and that’s caught the attention of Hull City and Crystal Palace, particularly since he’s individually scored more than Palace have as a team this season. Without proven Premier League experience, and considering Serbian internationals aren’t nearly as trendy as, say, Belgians, Đorđević just might come at a very nice price.

WATCH: Man City’s Aguero, Nasri play soccer tennis atop Great Wall of China

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Manchester City stars Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero have both been under pressure in recent weeks for being out of shape, at least according to Pep Guardiola’s pizza-free standards.

One way to help fix that is better fitness, though we’re doubting that soccer tennis atop the Great Wall of China is necessarily going to tip the scales (pun absolutely, 100 percent intended).

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Nasri and James Horsfield of Man City took on teammates Aguero and Kelechi Iheanacho in the match, which resulted in a half-dozen balls sent over the wall.

Games like this, sometimes even more than actual matches, remind many of us how far we are from the magical touch and control of elite players.

Reports: Pogba passes Manchester United medical; Announcement nears

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The seemingly inevitable to end to years of speculation is nigh.

With the record-breaking fee agreed, Paul Pogba has reportedly passed his medical with Manchester United and is set to join the club in England.

It’s also worth noting that Pogba hasn’t been dealing with injuries, and reporting that he’s passed a medical is a pretty safe bet.

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Pogba, 23, left Manchester United for Juventus in 2012 after the Old Trafford club didn’t meet his contractual demands, infuriating then-manager Alex Ferguson.

His play at Juventus proved his caliber, and new boss Jose Mourinho has been adamant that United needed to acquire the midfielder.

Hints that Real Madrid — who loooooves to break transfer records — had edged back into the race have been squashed, though we’ve learned anything can happen when United and Real are involved in a transfer (See: De Gea, Beckham, Ronaldo).

Atletico Madrid edges frame-rattling Spurs 1-0; Yedlin impresses at LB

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 29:  DeAndre Yedlin of Tottenham Hotspur and Sime Vrsaljko of Atletico de Madrid compete for the ball during 2016 International Champions Cup Australia match between Tottenham Hotspur and Atletico de Madrid at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 29, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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Diego Godin’s close range redirection gave Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in an open match in Australia on Friday.

The International Champions Cup match was missing several big names including Harry Kane, Koke, Dele Alli, and Antoine Griezmann, so it’s hard to make any judgments either way.

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Spurs rattled the post and banged one off the crossbar in the loss, which comes days after a 2-1 setback of sorts against Juventus.

USMNT back DeAndre Yedlin and American prospect Cameron Carter-Vickers started in the back line. Yedlin was again at left back, and impressed in 60 minutes of work.

Godin appeared to be well offside in the 40th minute when Kyle Walker‘s ill-fated flick came his way inside the six.

USMNT keeper Guzan staying in Premier League, joins Boro

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 16:  Goalkeeper Brad Guzan #1 of the United States defends against Ecuador during the 2016 Quarterfinal - Copa America Centenario match at CenturyLink Field on June 16, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Brad Guzan is leaving a relegation campaign, and hopes he won’t be facing another.

The USMNT goalkeeper and starter at this summer’s Copa America Centenario, Guzan was announced Friday as the latest signing in a busy summer for newly-promoted Middlesbrough.

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Guzan will have a heck of a battle for the No. 1 shirt, as new recruit Victor Valdes and incumbent Dimitrios Konstantopoulos are in the fold at Riverside Stadium.

The 31-year-old leaves Aston Villa after eight seasons and 171 appearances, a tenure that included a 16-appearance loan to Hull City. He was a runner-up in the League Cup and FA Cup, and internationally won the Golden Glove at the 2015 Gold Cup.

Boro have added Antonio Barragan, Alvaro Negredo, Gaston Ramirez, Viktor Fischer, Marten de Roon, and Bernardo Espinosa this summer in preparation for their first PL campaign since 2008-09.