Schalke 04's Draxler celebrates a goal against Werder Bremen during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match in Gelsenkirchen

Saturday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Arsenal, Newcastle set to pick up new forwards?

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Despite whispers last week that Julian Draxler would not be headed to Arsenal, Saturday’s top rumor stars the Schalke forward. German sources are claiming that the clubs have already agreed on a fee, and the Gunners are now in negotiations with the 20 year old. Then again, Arsenal have also claimed that they’re not currently set to do any business this transfer window, so take your pick on who to believe on this one.

Newcastle just might be about to finally land Luuk de Jong. The striker keeps getting linked to the Magpies, but it seems this time the deal may actually get done – possibly even before their game against Norwich on Tuesday. Currently at Bundesliga side  Borussia Mönchengladbach, the 23 year old is eager for a move away after falling out with manager Lucien Favre last year, and consequently seeing his playing time reduced.

West Ham sure are getting linked to quite a few players, many of them former big names that have subsequently moved away from the Premier League. Today’s rumor is no exception: it seems the Irons are after former Chelsea man Raul Meireles. The midfielder joined Turkish side Fenerbahce back in 2012, but he reckons he’s no longer seeing enough of the pitch, and could be persuaded to return to England. AC Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino may also come in on loan, helping to prop up Sam Allardyce’s beleaguered defense.

When your career is suffering due to making an anti-Semitic gesture, and you just can’t convince anyone that you’re not racist, but simply “anti-establishment,” what’s the next step? Why, arrange a transfer to Lazio, of course. With the Serie A side’s supporters having a reputation towards fascism and, yes, racism, this move just might be genius in its simplicity. With Miroslav Klose not knocking in nearly as many goals as last season, Lazio could use another striker, and moving to Italy gets Nicolas Anelka out of his five match (or longer) ban.

Finally, yesterday showed us all just how the transfer window makes everyone slightly crazy. Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen got a bunch of people all excited when he tweeted out “Touchdown Florence!!” from his official account. Naturally this lead to speculation that the Belgian was set to leave Spurs for Fiorentina, causing much excitement amongst viola fans, who are well aware of the side’s need for a quality defender. Alas the rumor was squashed quickly, Fiorentina fans being left with broken hearts after learning Vertonghen was simply there for a vacation.

WATCH: USMNT’s Gonzalez nets first for Pachuca, earns exuberant “Gol” call

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Come for the goal, stay for the “Gol” call.

Or should we say the “Gol. Goool-Goool-Goool-Goool-Goool-Goool-Goool-Goool-Goool-Goool-Gol” call.

[ MORE: Angry Louis van Gaal rips journalists for “inventing” stories ]

USMNT defender Omar Gonzalez has opened his account for Pachuca with this 88th minute header, and it’s worth it if just for the auditory performance.

Gonzalez also pulls out the high-capacity weapon celebration, though he’s apparently opted to do the version closer to the “Scarface” finale (Spoiler alert).

VIDEO: Premier League Team of the Week – Round 25

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In a week where defenders scored critical goals, it’s no surprise to see a 4-3-3 in the Premier League’s Team of the Week.

Robert Huth‘s brace while blanking Manchester City leads the way for the PL’s top XI from the weekend, while Southampton’s vaunted back line and keeper have two in mix.

[ MORE: Ailing Chelsea, Man Utd showcase obvious deficiencies ]

Liverpool and Arsenal both put offensive forces on the team, while big goals for safety hopefuls Newcastle United and Aston Villa found three players between the two in the XI.

[ VIDEO: Premier League highlights ]

Premier League Team of the Week — Round 25 ARCHIVE ]

Goalkeeper: Fraser Forster (Southampton)

Defenders: Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Robert Huth (Leicester City), Joleon Lescott (Aston Villa)

Midfielders: Aaron Lennon (Everton), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)

Forwards: Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United), Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa)

Premier League Player of the Week — Round 25

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Score one for the Midlands.

In a season for lowlights, Aston Villa captain Gabriel Agbonlahor is celebrating a bit of hope for his beleaguered club after his classy finish gave the 29-year-old his first goal of the season.

[ REACTION: Agbonlahor says Villa now ready to produce great escape ]

It also inspired Villa to consider that eight points off the Premier League safety chase isn’t unrealistic if it can put together some more gritty performances like the 2-0 defeat of Norwich City on Saturday.

Premier League Players of the Week

Week 1: Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City

Week 2: Romelu Lukaku, Everton

Week 3: Callum Wilson, Bournemouth

Week 4: Bafetimbi Gomis, Swansea City

Week 5: Steven Naismith, Everton

Week 6: Anthony Martial, Manchester United

Week 7: Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal

Week 8: Sergio Aguero, Manchester City

Week 9: Raheem Sterling, Manchester City

Week 10: Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur

Week 11: Arouna Kone, Everton

Week 12: Jesse Lingard, Manchester United

Week 15: Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City

Week 16: Ayoze Perez, Newcastle United

Week 17: Odion Ighalo, Watford

Week 19: Xherdan Shaqiri, Stoke City

Week 20: Jermain Defoe, Sunderland

Week 21: Jermain Defoe, Sunderland

Week 22: Sergio Aguero, Manchester City

Week 23: Dele Alli, Tottenham Hotspur

Week 24: Fraser Forster, Southampton

Week 25: Gabriel Agbonlahor, Aston Villa

Napoli fans wear Koulibaly masks to support defender after racial abuse

NAPLES, ITALY - FEBRUARY 07:  Fans of Napoli  during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Carpi FC at Stadio San Paolo on February 7, 2016 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)
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Napoli fans showed their support for Kalidou Koulibaly on Sunday after the Senegalese center-back was the subject of racial abuse in a match against Lazio last week.

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The Lazio match was temporarily stopped in the second half as Lazio supporters hurled racial insults at Koulibaly.

At Napoli’s match against Carpi on Sunday, fans wore Koulibaly masks and painted signs in his honor to show their support for the 24-year-old defender.

A statement from Napoli’s supporters’ group read: “Everyone in Naples is offended by what happened to our young star. Because of this, we want to show our full support to Koulibaly.”

[ VIDEO: Van Gaal rips journalist who questions his Manchester United future ]

Lazio was fined more than $50,000 and will be forced to close certain sections of their stadium for the next two league matches because of the incident.