Report: Edinson Cavani wants Premier League move, Chelsea, Manchester United alerted

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According to various reports in the UK, Sky Sports most notably, Edinson Cavani is ready to pack his bags in Paris and pop over the English Channel to the Premier League.

Cavani, 27, struggled for Uruguay at the World Cup after a season of playing out wide and second-fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Paris Saint-Germain.

It seems as though the man they call El Matador wants out.

With the Premier League losing one top Uruguayan striker this summer, Luis Suarez, it seems like another could be on his way as Cavani tries to engineer a move to England. After signing for PSG for a whopping $94 million last summer, he scored 25 goals in 43 games in his debut season in France including both goals in Les Parisiens Coupe de la Ligue victory over Lyon.

Cavani is a fine physical specimen who could lead the line for any top PL side. His power, pace and eye for goal will make him a deadly acquisition, but Manchester United and Chelsea offering more than the $94 million PSG paid for him last summer is highly unlikely. It is also unlikely PSG will sell him for less than that.

Long-rumored with a switch to the PL, Cavani could get his wish this summer but it seems like the transfer fee could be a huge sticking point.

Chelsea have already signed Diego Costa for $60 million this summer, so they seem to be set for forwards. Manchester United have Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie up top but Cavani could be exactly what Louis van Gaal’s men need to take the PL by storm next season. Apart from those two clubs, only Liverpool seem like a viable option financially as they certainly have the cash after selling Suarez to Barcelona for $128 million.

Expect this transfer story to rumble on between now and September 2 when the transfer window slams shut.

Soccer world reacts to the Manchester attacks

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NBC News is reporting that at least 19 people have been killed and another 50 are injured following a possible suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials who are monitoring British authorities told NBC News that preliminary reports indicate that a single explosion took place outside the arena on the southwest side opposite the train station. The explosion occurred as the concert ended, catching people as they exited.

Soccer clubs, players and personalities around the world are reacting to the horrible event.

Juventus purchases Cuadrado from Chelsea

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If you didn’t realize Juan Cuadrado still belonged to Chelsea, you’re forgiven.

The Colombian attacker will complete his second season at Juventus after the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, and won’t be headed back to Chelsea afterwards.

Juve has purchased Cuadrado, and the fee is $22 million, and Juve will pay it over three seasons. Cuadrado, 28, is now signed through 2020 with The Old Lady.

Cuadrado first went on loan to Juve in Aug. 2015, and has eight goals and 18 assists in 83 career appearances with the club.

Chelsea bought Cuadrado from Fiorentina for around $32 million in the January 2015 transfer window, but made just 14 appearances with the club.

Report: Jermain Defoe meeting with Bournemouth

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Sky Sports is reporting that Jermain Defoe may head back to the south of England following Sunderland’s relegation.

Defoe, 34, spent two seasons with Portsmouth between 2008-09, scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances.

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The 56-times capped England striker had a clause in his Sunderland contract allowing him to leave the Stadium of Light were the Black Cats to be relegated, as they were this season. He’d have little interest in dropping into the Championship given his desire to stay a part of the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Bournemouth’s strike corps includes Joshua King, who scored the most goals of any player not on a Top Seven side this season. King’s 16 goals were one more than Defoe’s 15, though the latter scored just one goal following a brace against Crystal Palace on Feb. 4.

Chelsea’s Conte wins pair of top managerial honors

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Antonio Conte took league and national honors from the League Managers Association on Monday night.

The Chelsea boss was named Premier League Manager of the Year and Manager of the Year after leading the Blues to the PL title and an FA Cup Final in his first year on the job.

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton nabbed another Championship boss of the year award after leading the Gulls to the Premier League. He also won the honor with Newcastle United in 2010.

The League One winner is Chris Wilder of Sheffield United. Wilder won the honor with Northampton Town last season.

In League Two, Paul Cook of Portsmouth was named the winner.