Edinson Cavani wants talks as Chelsea, Manchester United circle

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Paris Saint-Germain issued a massive “hands off” cry earlier this week as their Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani is being chased by some of the Premier League and European big boys.

Now it seems like Cavani is willing to listen to what Chelsea, Manchester United and others have to say.

Cavani, 27, has won the French league title with PSG in his first season in the French capital since signing from Napoli last summer in a a monster $88 million deal. Cavani has scored 25 goals in 39 appearances for the French champions this season but has often found himself shunted out to the right wing to enable Zlatan Ibrahimovic to play as the lone front man.

Cavani has now demanded talks with PSG’s hierarchy as the French club have stated he will not be sold this summer.

“My first season in France has been beautiful, despite all controversies around me,” Cavani told L’Equipe. “Will I stay at PSG next season? I will surely talk with the chairman, and with the club. If I have important things to say, I will do it in-house. I believe we will all do our best for things to go off smoothly.”

The man known as ‘El Matador’ due to his incredible size, power and pace, has been linked with moves to Chelsea and Manchester United for many years and with his situation at PSG unlikely to change following the French champions handing Laurent Blanc a contract extension, it seems as though Cavani is willing to listen to the suitors to see if he can play in his preferred central role elsewhere.

Only four English teams could really splash the cash to land Cavani — Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal — as PSG won’t sell him cheap and will expected to at least break even on the whopping transfer fee they dealt out last summer. Chelsea are in desperate need of a top striker who can operate as the lone man as either Cavani or Diego Costa seem to fit the bill.

Jose Mourinho has admitted the club is looking to buy a striker, while the uncertain situation at Manchester United means Cavani may not opt to switch the Parcs des Princes for Old Trafford. Man City are set for strikers and have to try and keep their big-spending down after recent UEFA sanctions and as for Arsenal, they really only have Olivier Giroud up front and are in need of a lethal poacher to finish off delicate balls from Mesut Ozil et al. Will Arsenal break the bank once again this summer as the club flexes their financial muscles under a new transfer policy?

Whichever team decides to try and coax Cavani over the English channel this summer, if any at all do, they will have to use plenty of cash and promise to make the Uruguayan forward the focal point of their team.

Cavani is wiling to listen, but is any club willing to pay PSG the money they want for him?

Daly collapses during match, treated for heat illness

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HOUSTON (AP) Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly collapsed during the final minute of a National Women’s Soccer League match against the Seattle Reign as temperatures climbed into the 90s.

The 25-year-old Daly was stretchered off the field and taken to the hospital, where the team said she was being treated for heat illness.

The temperature at BBVA Compass Stadium was 92 degrees at the 3 p.m. kickoff. The Reign won 2-0.

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The NWSL issued a statement that said the league had worked with the Dash before the season to schedule any afternoon games early in the year to help avoid heat issues. The teams took a hydration break late in the match.

“We will immediately review these measures to prevent this situation from occurring in the future,” the statement said.

Reign coach Laura Harvey posted to Twitter: “Proud of the team today. Some of the hottest conditions I’ve seen. Road games are tough but that was crazy.”

MLS roundup: Outrageous dive, posts doom ‘Caps; Ramirez stays red hot

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Six matches are in the books on a busy Saturday in Major League Soccer, and five of them finished 1-0.

How they got there? Much different stories. With the Cali Clasico still to play, let’s dig into the five that followed Seattle 1-0 Portland.

[ MORE: Perisic to Man Utd? ]


Vancouver Whitecaps 0-1 DC United

It’s especially difficult to win on the road in Major League Soccer, unless the hosts fritter away four good chances off the woodwork — including a Cristian Techera PK — and give away a spot kick of their own. Lamar Neagle converted the 61st offering after a sinister dive from Jose Guillermo Ortiz. He was taken off soon after, and is probably going to miss sometime when the DisCo is done with him. Outrageous.

New York Red Bulls 2-1 New England Revolution

Not one, not two, nor three, but four New England players saw a low cross slide by them for Daniel Royer to finish as New York came from behind to take all three points at Red Bull Arena. Cody Cropper committed a gaffe that allowed Bradley Wright-Phillips to equalize after a Lee Nguyen PK had put the Revs ahead early.

Colorado Rapids 1-0 Sporting KC

Homegrown defender and University of Denver product Kortne Ford has his first MLS goal, as the Rapids surprised the Western Conference leaders on Saturday. SKC outshot Colorado by nearly 20 attempts (Shoulder shrug emoji).

Minnesota United 1-0 Orlando City

There were questions as to whether NASL superstar Christian Ramirez could translate his game to Major League Soccer.

Yes. The answer is yes.

Ramirez has eight goals in 13 MLS matches, and should be hearing his name from a certain Bruce Arena around Gold Cup time. Those USMNT dreams of last season should come true.

Bobby Shuttleworth made six saves for his third shutout of the season. All have come at home.

Real Salt Lake 1-0 Philadelphia Union

Joao Plata keeps shooting, and the tiny Ecuadorian menace keeps scoring, too. His 36th minute goal was enough for the hosts at Rio Tinto.

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.

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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.