U.S. player news from Mexico: DaMarcus Beasley on the move, Landon Donovan being sought

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Our neighbor to the south is making some U.S. player-related news today.

First on Tuesday came the news that DaMarcus Beasley has moved from his current Liga MX home to a new one in Mexico, from Puebla to rival Queretaro.

The most important thing for Beasley, the closest thing the United States national team has to a starting left back at the moment, is that he keeps playing games. He was getting them at Puebla, so let’s keep our fingers crossed.

By the way, raise your paw if you would have liked to have seen Beasley, 31, back in MLS. The move between Liga MX clubs doesn’t mean he cannot get into MLS this summer, but it would seem to make such a trek north less likely.

Meanwhile, also out of Mexico, someone would like to employ Landon Donovan. That “someone” is Club Atlas, a side that has fallen onto hard times.

Well, that’s great and all; they would like to sign Donovan. And I would like to receive 50 percent off and walk away hassle-and-haggle free on my next new car purchase – but I doubt that’s going to happen, either.

Donovan just re-signed with the Galaxy. He seems happy as a clam, his soccer spirit rejuvenated, his life in Manhattan Beach just swell.

Bruce Arena keeps telling people that Donovan isn’t “going anywhere.” He was speaking about loans, mostly, but it seems fair to speculate that Arena would broaden his “not going anywhere” sentiments to any and all offers from all the sundry corners of the soccer universe.

Donovan does want to go to a fourth World Cup. He is settled with the Galaxy. He gets starts. He loves sunny So Cal. Life is a freakin’ peach.

He’s not about to turn all that upside down for some new fling with a club on the skids in Mexico.

Raiola: Zlatan to “100 percent” stay in Europe for two seasons

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be 35 and coming off major knee surgery, but that isn’t stopping suitors from lining up across Europe.

Ibrahimovic’s agent, Mino Raiola, says that MLS is not an option for the Swede over the next two seasons. From Sky Sports:

“Many clubs have asked for Zlatan. He can play two more years and will stay in Europe, 100 per cent.”

It would make sense for Ibrahimovic to stay around Manchester United, where he is admired by Jose Mourinho and coming off a season that showed he’s still capable of contributing at a high level.

But he remains beloved in Italy, and would be effective for most clubs in the Top 5 leagues should he return at even 75 percent of the Zlatan we’ve seen regularly.

Report: Manchester United, Inter Milan keen on Perisic deal

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Manchester United wants Ivan Perisic, and both the player and his current club are all about it.

Perisic, 28, is ready to leave Inter Milan, and the Serie A mainstays are happy to accept $46 million for his services according to Sky Sports.

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Primarily a left winger, Perisic moved to Inter from Wolfsburg at the start of the 2015-16 season. He scored 10 goals and added nine assists in Serie A play this season, and has kept up his production pace since moving from the Bundesliga to Italy.

United needs stars and depth for its Champions League campaign, and Perisic would buttress an attack with Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan amongst others. He was a difference maker for Croatia at EURO 2016, and can do the same at Old Trafford.

Celtic secures trophy treble, ends Scottish season unbeaten

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GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) Celtic completed a trophy treble in Scottish soccer and finished the domestic season undefeated after beating Aberdeen 2-1 in the Scottish Cup final thanks to an injury-time goal on Saturday.

Midfielder Tom Rogic scored from an acute angle in the second minute of stoppage time at Hampden Park to ensure Celtic added the cup to the Scottish Premiership and the Scottish League Cup.

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Brendan Rodgers became the third manager, after Jock Stein (1967, 1969) and Martin O’Neill (2001), to lead Celtic to a treble of domestic titles.

Celtic hasn’t lost any of its 47 games across in the league and both cups, and is the first team to go through the whole of a Scottish domestic season unbeaten.

No China for Costa: It’ll be Chelsea or Atletico Madrid

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Blues striker Diego Costa offered some insight into his future following Chelsea’s FA Cup Final loss to Arsenal on Saturday.

The combustible striker was subject to a head-turning bid from the Chinese Super League this winter, but is only looking at two European locations for his future.

Those are his current club, Chelsea, as well as former home at Atletico Madrid.

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The 28-year-old Costa has kept his scoring pace level since arriving in the Premier League. He scored 64 goals in 134 matches for Atleti, and has notched 58 goals for Chelsea in 120 appearances.

Costa reportedly said, “No, no, no” when asked about China, as well as the following: