Saturday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Hazard to PSG, Gourcuff to Arsenal

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Chelsea are in for French youngster Kurt Zouma, with the promising teenager one of the top young defenders in Europe. The 19-year-old is highly-touted to one day be captain of France by Didier Dechamps, as the Saint-Étienne prospect has already been called into the national team. Saint-Étienne are looking for $15 million for their prodigy and may sell him earlier than this summer if the right bid comes on. Chelsea face competition from Inter Milan and Monaco, as they aim to rebuild their backline with one eye on the future.

The Gunners are looking to spend big in the transfer window as many expect a new striker to arrive at the Emirates. However it looks as though Arsene Wenger may plump for some more attacking midfielders. Yoann Gourcuff from Lyon could provide plenty of guile and ingenuity to Arsenal’s already stacked midfield with the French international looking for a move to England. Lyon would accept a bid of $6-10 million, as they look to get Gourcuff off the wage bill with the 27-year-old itching to play in the UEFA Champions League.

Sunderland are close to signing Argentine central defender Santiago Vergini from Estudiantes. The 25-year-old has been a long-term target for Black Cats boss Gus Poyet and at 6 foot 3 inches tall, he’ll add some extra strength and solidity to Sunderland’s defense. Poyet could pick up Vergini for less than $1 million, in a bargain because of Estudiantes’ perilous financial situation.

Bacary Sagna could be heading to Turkish giants Galatasaray as the 30-year-old French international continues to stall on a new deal with Arsenal. Sagna has played 17 times for the Gunners this season, as their regular right back only has until this summer on his contract. Sagna has been embroiled in long contract talks and is apparently no closer to sorting things out. Gala are apparently offering Sagna a deal worth $6.4 million per season. Will the Frenchman leave the Emirates?

Another player that is having his head turned away from London to foreign leagues is Chelsea’s Eden Hazard. The Belgian attacker, 23, is apparently being chased by Paris Saint-Germain but Chelsea boss Mourinho is reluctant to let his prized possession leave and claims “no price” would see Hazard leave Stamford Bridge. Hazard has shone this season and previously made his name in the French leagues with Ligue 1 club Lille. Does he fancy a move back to France with reigning champions PSG?

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Europa League Preview: Everton, Milan look to make group stage

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Everton look to make it back into the Europa League group stage for the first time since the 2014-2015 season and it has a two-goal advantage heading into the second leg of its tie.

Ronald Koeman and co. travel to Croatia to face Hadjuk Split Thursday having won the first leg at Goodison Park, 2-0. Everton is coming off a hard-fought draw on Monday with Manchester City and will be on short rest heading into the match.

Elsewhere in Europa League action, AC Milan take its 6-0 aggregate lead to Skopje, Macedonia as the legendary club looks to return to the group stage of a European competition for the first time since 2013-2014.

Here’s a look at all of Thursday’s Europa League matches, with the current aggregate scores:

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EFL Cup Rewind: Southampton, Newcastle knocked out by Championship sides

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Last season, Southampton made it to the EFL Cup final. This year, it’s a different story.

The Saints were bounced by Wolverhampton Wanderers, 2-0 at home on Wednesday in the second round of the cup. Joining Southampton of Premier League sides going home early was Newcastle, which lost 3-2 after extra time at home against Nottingham Forest.

Four other Premier League sides did advance to the third round, as Stoke City, Huddersfield Town, West Ham United and Burnley all won their fixtures.

Here’s a look at the rest of Wednesday’s EFL Cup action:

Blackburn 0-2 Burnley

Cheltenham 0-2 West Ham

Huddersfield 2-1 Rotherham

Newcastle 2-3 Nottingham Forest

Southampton 0-2 Wolverhampton

Stoke City 4-0 Rochdale

Breaking down who each Premier League team could face in the UCL Group Stage

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The UEFA Champions League group stage lineup is complete, with five Premier League clubs making the list.

On Wednesday, Liverpool joined Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United in the group stage after beating Hoffenheim, 6-3 on aggregate in the playoff qualification round.

Thursday’s Champions League draw (2 p.m. ET) will place clubs into groups of four, where they’ll play three matches at home and away.

Here’s a look at the four coefficient pots and who each Premier League club could face:

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Follow Live – Texas Derby, Cascadia Cup headline busy night of MLS action

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Welcome to MLS Rivalry Week.

The surging Houston Dynamo could move to first place in the Western Conference with a win over rivals FC Dallas while the current first-place side, the Seattle Sounders travel north and across the border to face Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

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The Dynamo have made an impressive turnaround under coach Wilmer Cabrera and he’ll have the trio of Ricardo Clark, Alberth Elis and star forward Erick Torres available to face Dallas after missing the Dynamo’s match at Vancouver last weekend, which ended 2-1 in favor of the Whitecaps.

FC Dallas are in its worst form of the season, winless in its last four games, but the team will be extra motivated to beat its rivals.

El Capitan is on the line after draws between FC Dallas and the Dynamo in two matches earlier this season.

Meanwhile up in Vancouver, the Whitecaps host a Sounders squad that pulled out a last-gasp victory last weekend over Minnesota United. While the team is in great form on the road recently (two wins and two draws), the top story heading into the game is the unexpected absence of Joevin Jones, who left the Sounders for his home in Trinidad and Tobago ahead of the upcoming international break.

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On the other side, Fredy Montero faces his former club and carries an interesting record into Wednesday’s match. Of his 35 MLS goals, 11 have been scored against Cascadia Cup competition.

Here’s a look at Wednesday’s action:

Full schedule

Columbus Crew vs. LA Galaxy – 7:30 p.m. ET

D.C. United vs. Atlanta United – 7:30 p.m.ET

FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo – 8 p.m. ET

Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union – 8 p.m. ET

Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose Earthquakes – 10 p.m. ET

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders – 10 p.m. ET

Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids – 10:30 p.m. ET