Liverpool to await Alexis Sánchez decision before signing off on Luis Suárez deal

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Luis Suárez may be serving out a four-month ban after biting Giorgio Chiellini in Uruguay’s World Cup match against Italy, but that doesn’t mean the star has disappeared from the headlines. Despite his ever-growing reputation as the biggest bad boy in soccer, it seems Barcelona are willing to take a chance on Suárez.

One of last summer’s biggest transfer sagas was that of Suárez’s potential move to Arsenal. The switch never transpired, leaving the forward in a bit of a sulk. But he pulled himself out of his funk, returning to the Liverpool side in late September (after sitting out a ten-game ban for his then-latest transgression, taking a bite out of Branislav Ivanović) and performing so well that the club offered him a contract extension in December.

That contract was meant to keep him at Anfield until 2018, but the Reds included a release clause, said to be worth between £70-£80m (~$120-$135m). Barcelona are prepared to meet that fee.

However, Liverpool aren’t ready to jump at the sale just yet. That’s because they are waiting to see whether a deal can be worked out in which Alexis Sánchez moves to England as part of the agreement.

But the Chilean needs time to ponder whether he will move away from Barcelona – and if so, whether it is Liverpool that most appeals. The 25-year-old is also rumored to be wanted by other Premier League clubs, particularly Arsenal and Manchester United, as well as Serie A side Juventus, who’ve long held a soft spot for Sánchez.

Because Liverpool must wait on a decision from Sánchez, it may be some time before a deal for Suárez is agreed. Media outlets are saying next week “at the earliest”, and it seems unlikely that it will happen in the next few days.

U.S. Open Cup roundup: Poku lifts Miami; Red Bulls, Cincy win on PKs

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While MLS represents the majority of the remaining clubs in this year’s U.S. Open Cup, one side continues to defy the odds.

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Miami FC reached their first quarterfinal in club history after knocking off Atlanta United late on Wednesday, behind a goal and an assist from Kwadwo Poku. The victory for Miami sets up a date with FC Cincinnati — who pulled off an unbelievable shootout win against the Chicago Fire.

Meanwhile, the New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution both advanced on the night with wins over the Philadelphia Union and D.C. United, respectively. The Red Bulls and Revs will meet in the final eight as well.

Sporting KC kept its hope of hoisting a fourth U.S. Open Cup title alive on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo. The 2015 winners will take on FC Dallas — who defeated the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday night.

Here are all the results from tonight’s Open Cup action.

Houston Dynamo 0-2 Sporting KC
New England Revolution 2-1 D.C. United
Miami FC 3-2 Atlanta United
New York Red Bulls 1-1 (5-3 on PKs) Philadelphia Union
FC Cincinnati 0-0 (3-1 on PKs) Chicago Fire

Late action (10:30 p.m. ET kick off)

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders
LA Galaxy vs. Sacramento Republic

Report: City Football Group set to expand outreach with Girona deal

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City Football Group appears on the verge of adding to its global outreach, and it’s next destination looks to be in Spain.

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The group of investors, which are known for controlling Premier League side Manchester City, are reportedly nearing a deal to purchase a partial stake in Spanish club Girona — which is set to make its La Liga debut in 2017/18.

CFG is said to be gaining a near “50 percent” stake in the club, with the rest of the club owned by Media Base, a company owned by Pep Guardiola‘s brother, Pere.

Over recent years, CFG has vastly expanded its ownership outreach and currently has a stake in five clubs around the world, with Girona set to be the sixth.

MLS side New York City FC, Australian A-League side Melbourne City FC, Japan’s Yokohama F. Marinos and Club Atletico Torque in Uruguay are all part of the CFG enterprise, alongside Man City.

New York Red Bulls ink goalkeeper Luis Robles to new deal

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The “Iron Man” will keep up his amazing journey with the New York Red Bulls, after signing a new deal with the club on Wednesday.

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Goalkeeper Luis Robles has extended his contract with the reigning Eastern Conference champions, as the American continues to raise his consecutive starts streak, which stands at 157.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed in the club’s release.

Robles joined the Red Bulls back in 2012 after playing in Germany, and the shot-stopper hasn’t missed a start ever since.

Report: Minnesota United adds Hearts midfielder Sam Nicholson

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Minnesota United has had its shares of ups and down in its debut MLS season, but the Loons are on the verge making an exciting young signing.

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ESPN FC is reporting that Minnesota will sign Hearts winger Sam Nicholson from the Scottish Premier League on a deal that makes him a Loon until 2019.

The young attacker is expected to join the MLS side when the summer transfer window opens on July 10.

Nicholson, 22, has played with the Edinburgh side since his youth days, and made his senior debut with the club in 2013. During his time at Hearts, Nicholson scored 16 goals in all competitions for the team.

Last season, Nicholson missed 16 matches due to a significant knee injury.

According to the report, Scottish sides Rangers and Aberdeen were also among those interested in acquiring Nicholson, while English Championship clubs Bristol City and Barnsley also reached out about the attacker.