More World Cup keeper moves: Ospina to Arsenal; Ochoa still deciding

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More World Cup goalkeeping stars are on the move, as Arsenal have reached an agreement with Nice to snare Colombia keep David Ospina and things continue to progress between Real Madrid and Keylor Navas.

It’d be a nice week for the Ospina/Rodriguez family, as the keeper’s brother-in-law is Colombian star James Rodriguez. The latter is all-but-a member of Real Madrid.

Our friends at Soccerly have the Ospina story:

As was mentioned earlier in the week, Ospina would be heading to London on an estimated €4 million transfer fee according to French daily L´Equipe.

The news was also confirmed by Nice Matin, the publication that earlier last week talked about the former Atlético Nacional man’s move to England.  They also go as far as saying that Ospina would end up signing in the coming hours and would be presented by the London side early in the week.

Could Ospina possibly take playing time away from reigning Premier League Golden Glove co-winner and 24-year-old Polish keeper Wojciech Szczesny?

Meanwhile, Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas is comfortable that his move from Levante to Real Madrid is on track. Speaking with Marca, Navas said:

“I haven’t signed anything with anyone yet. I’m relaxed at the moment and I’m waiting. But we’re on track”, Navas said in the knowledge that that the agreement between Real Madrid and Levante is complete with only the official communication of the transfer remaining.

The shot-stopper refused to confirm anything about his future, but did add that “things are progressing” but that negotiations take time. “There are aspects on which an agreement must be reached between the club and player”, he added.

Earlier in the summer, Real’s rivals Barcelona swooped to scoop up Claudio Bravo of Chile. Bravo joins Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the competition to be Barca’s No. 1.

Mexican tournament hero Guillermo Ochoa is out of contract at Ajaccio. Myriad rumors abound regarding the 28-year-old, who either wants to stay in France or go to Spain and has interest from Malaga, Liverpool and Arsenal.

AT THE HALF: Manchester derby scoreless after 45 minutes

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After 45 minutes, the final Manchester derby of the 2016-17 Premier League season — the one that’ll go a long, long way toward deciding which of the city’s sides will finish in the top-four — is scoreless, but not without incident.

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The game’s best chances thus far fell Manchester City’s way, as Sergio Aguero missed a clear-cut chance after 10 minutes — Kevin De Bruyne whipped in the perfect ball to the back post, and Aguero put it wrong side of David De Gea‘s post.

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Ander Herrera has, once again, be Manchester United’s danger man, combining well with Marcus Rashford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but Claudio Bravo made the one save he was forced into during the first half. One thing to keep an eye on during the final 45 minutes: Rashford picked up a knock very early on, and struggled to move around the field after that.

STREAM LIVE: The Manchester Derby

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The third Manchester Derby of the season is the first away from Old Trafford, as Manchester United visits Manchester City (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday.

There’s much on the line, as the sides sit just two points apart in the race for the Top Four. Man City would leapfrog third-place Liverpool with a win, while United could join the Reds on 66 points with a match-in-hand.

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Sergio Aguero starts for Man City, with Gabriel Jesus on the bench.

On the other side, it’ll be a physical middle-third guarded by Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick, and Marouane Fellaini. Wayne Rooney and Jesse Lingard start on the bench.

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Manchester City: Bravo, Zabaleta, Kompany (C), Otamendi, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, Sterling, De Bruyne, Sane, Aguero. Subs: Caballero, Sagna, Fernando, Navas, Clichy, Gabriel Jesus, A. Garcia

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Darmian; Herrera, Carrick, Fellaini, Mkhitaryan; Rashford, Martial. Subs: Romero, Shaw, Fosu-Mensah, Tuanzebe, Young, Lingard, Rooney.

Ex-Liverpool CEO shares biting story of Suarez transfer

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Ian Ayre’s got jokes.

The former Liverpool CEO lifted the lid on some transfer stories during a Merseyside lecture this week.

Of note, Ayre admitted that the club thought Dele Alli demanded too much given what he had produced when the Reds has the chance to sign him as a 16-year-old, and said that Liverpool could’ve landed Alexis Sanchez but the player wanted to live in London (“We couldn’t move the football club to London, unfortunately,” he quipped).

The best part relayed by Sky Sports had to do with Luis Suarez, and shows the relentless nature of the transfer market. Clearly Barcelona had interest in Suarez before the fiery striker bit Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, because, well…

“I remember the sporting director of Barcelona calling me during that game, immediately as Suarez bit the player, and he said to me ‘my friend, he’s bitten somebody, how can this be the price?’ I said ‘he’d already bitten somebody when you first bid!'”

We’re sure there’s a certain amount of storytelling in there, but undoubtedly some truth.

Given Barca paid a reported $84 million for the striker, the asking price couldn’t have started that much higher.

Men in Blazers podcast: Chelsea tops Spurs, Top Four predictions

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Rog and Davo return to discuss Chelsea’s FA Cup semifinal victory over Spurs, update their Top Four predictions (again), and dive into the depths of the relegation zone. Plus, the very important movement to change “Hudson Street” to “Ray Hudson Street.”

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