Trio of Dutch defenders find themselves nearing moves after bright World Cup

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Dutch defenders Daryl Janmaat, Bruno Martins Indi, and Stefan De Vrij are all in different stages of transfer negotiations after the World Cup put the youngsters on the map.

The trio, all of Eredivisie club Feyenoord, could be leading an exodus from the club after the young Netherlands squad finished a surprising third in the major tournament.

22 year old Martins Indi has completed a switch from the Dutch side to Portuguese giants FC Porto, Feyenoord confirmed.

Indi didn’t have as good a performance in Brazil as some of his young teammates, but it was enough to convince Porto to splash nearly $10 million, according to Goal.com’s Stefan Coerts.

Also according to Coerts, Indi’s contract with Porto includes a $54 million release clause should he make the jump to among the world’s elite defenders.

Indi was born in Portugal, but moved to the Netherlands when he was just three months old.

He made six appearances in the World Cup with the Dutch side, missing one match after getting knocked unconscious by Australia’s Tim Cahill.  However, he recovered in time to make the knockout stage and helped the Netherlands to a third-place finish. However, he was subbed off in three of his five starts, a poor mark for a defender even if one of those is due to injury.

The central defender made over 100 appearances with Feyenoord, joining the senior side from its academy in the 2010/11 season at just 18 years old.

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Daryl Janmaat (center) and Stefan de Vrij (right) could both be headed to big clubs after a successful World Cup.

Right-back Daryl Janmaat is nearing a move to Newcastle United, multiple reports in England are corroborating. For a reported fee of around $8.5 million, Janmaat is headed to St. James Park pending a medical today.

The medical would have taken place earlier, but apparently he got sick from the long flight back to Europe from the World Cup, where the 24-year-old made five appearances, including three full-90’s.

Janmaat would be a direct replacement for Mathieu Debuchy at right-back, after the French defender leaves for Arsenal.  Debuchy’s departure has not been made official yet, but it’s just about a foregone conclusion at this point.

Finally, Feyenoord could also lose World Cup standout Stefan de Vrij, who is rumored to be on a number of teams’ shortlists.

Dutch paper De Telegraaf quoted Feyenoord sporting director Martin van Geel as saying, “Stefan is a player who came through our youth academy and played in the first team for five years. He played an amazing World Cup and his contract is due to expire in one year. “If the right club comes along and puts in a good offer, we will definitely look at it.”

The 22-year-old was the Netherlands’ best defender in Brazil outside of standout Ron Vlaar, playing in all seven matches and picking up a goal in their opener against Spain.

De Vrij was stellar in the air, winning 18 of his 21 aerial duels according to Squawka statistics.  He also was exceptional on the ball, winning all six of his attempted take-ons.

He is rumored to be the most coveted by Manchester United, where his national team boss Louis van Gaal is taking over this season.  Also reportedly interested is Serie A side Lazio.

Report: Chicharito talks heating up with Los Angeles FC

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We’ve seen MLS teams make major splashes in the past, and one of next year’s newcomers could be a really big draw if they can manage to seal the deal on a Mexican international.

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According to Metro New York, Los Angeles FC is continuing its talks with Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez about a potential deal that would prove massive in terms of MLS spending.

While LAFC won’t debut in MLS until 2018, the club could potentially make the Mexico striker the highest-paid player in league history with an average salary of roughly $10 million.

The 28-year-old Hernandez currently plays in Germany with Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, where he’s plied his trade since joining the club during the 2015/16 season.

Additionally, the former Manchester United man has dominated the international scene for El Tri, scoring 46 goals in 90 appearances for the CONCACAF nation.

Report: Bayern Munich scouted Walker, Alexis this weekend

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German publication Kicker says Bayern Munich technical director Michael Reschke attended both of this weekend’s FA Cup semifinals and had his eye on two players in particular.

Reschke apparently wants to bring players from both North London Derby rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur to the Allianz Arena.

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In the case of Spurs, that man is right back Kyle Walker. The 26-year-old has also played right mid in 8 of his 35 matches for Tottenham this season, and was named in the PFA Team of the Year. It’s hard to believe Spurs would have interest in selling Walker, who would help fill the role of retiring Philipp Lahm.

On the other side is Alexis Sanchez, the embattled but electric Arsenal attacker who Arsene Wenger described as an “animal” and “always ready to kill the opponent” this weekend. Wenger says Sanchez isn’t going anywhere, but Bayern does boast Chilean teammate Arturo Vidal and former Barca mate Thiago Alcantara.

Walker is signed at Spurs through 2021, while Sanchez’s contract ends after next season.

Roma lands sporting director Monchi, a reported Arsenal target

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AS Roma has found its new sporting director, and it’s a man with a keen eye for talent.

Ramon “Monchi” Rodriguez Verdejo, 48, has spent the last 18 years as the sporting director at Sevilla, which won five UEFA Europa League titles under his watch.

Monchi was discussed in the media as a target for the same job at Arsenal and was a target for other Premier League clubs, but Roma sealed the deal with the former goalkeeper.

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He is considered to have a big role in discovering and developing Sergio Ramos, Jesus Navas, and Dani Alves.

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Liverpool’s murky Top Four path depends on Manchester United

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Liverpool is a historic club with incredible presence. Jurgen Klopp is a celebrated manager with a strong reputation as a players’ coach.

Those two facets will always make the club attractive to players. Missing out on the UEFA Champions League is another thing altogether and would put a huge dent in Klopp’s ambitious recruitment goals.

And right now, the Reds look destined to drop out of the Top Four.

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Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Chelsea 32 24 3 5 65 27 38 13-0-2 11-3-3 75
 Tottenham Hotspur 32 21 8 3 68 22 46 15-2-0 6-6-3 71
 Liverpool 34 19 9 6 70 42 28 11-4-2 8-5-4 66
 Manchester City 32 19 7 6 63 35 28 8-6-1 11-1-5 64
 Manchester United 32 17 12 3 50 24 26 7-9-1 10-3-2 63
 Everton 34 16 10 8 60 37 23 12-4-1 4-6-7 58
 Arsenal 31 17 6 8 63 40 23 10-3-2 7-3-6 57

Even if Manchester United and Manchester City draw Thursday’s derby, both will be poised to pass the Reds by winning the match-in-hand.

Injury-ravaged United is bothered by UEFA Europa League duty against Celta Vigo, and has a brutal run-in that includes Spurs and Arsenal in addition to City. Liverpool has to hope United falls off, because Man City is likely going to walk over the Top Four line even with a draw in the derby.

The worst case scenario for Liverpool, aside from continuing to flail against clubs outside the Top Seven, is United toppling City on Thursday.

As an aside, it’s extremely unlikely that Arsenal leaps into the fray but if the Gunners did it would come at the expense of United.

Really, Liverpool’s run-in is perfectly built for two of its supporters’ favorite things: Winning matches and rooting against Manchester United. Here’s how they finish:

May 1 — at Watford
May 7 — vs. Southampton
May 14 — at West Ham United
May 21 — vs. Middlesbrough

Liverpool battered Watford 6-1 at Anfield and Boro 3-0 at the Riverside Stadium, but drew both Saints and West Ham earlier this season in addition to losing to Southampton in an EFL Cup semifinal.

Say the Reds nab a perfect 12 points to finish with 78; They’ll need City to take less than 14 from six remaining matches and United to earn less than 15 from six. The latter is far more likely than the former, but will matter very little if Klopp can’t motivate and organize his men in the final four matches.