Instagram Transfer Rumors: Radamel Falcao heading to Real Madrid

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In one of the most shocking discoveries of the summer, Madrid-based newspaper AS has revealed that Radamel Falcao has begun following three Real Madrid players on Instagram.

Take a moment to catch your breath.

The report, which claims that the Colombian striker is now following Gareth Bale, Isco Alarcon and Sami Khedira, has sent shockwaves through the internet.

The significance of this bold social media move can not be understated – Falcao is on the next private jet to the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu. For months, nay years, rumors have been flying that Los Blancos were interested in buying the predatory striker known as El Tigre and now, we should all consider that deal as good as done.

It is of no importance that Falcao is currently recovering from knee surgery and is still on the mend, Madrid’s top-knotch social media investigators are clearly convinced he will return as good as new. His current club, AS Monaco, have spent the summer being peppered by rumors of Madrid’s desire to bring Falcao to the Spanish Giants, so much so that last week Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim uttered the dreaded concession: “At the moment, he is our player.”

That statement sent the higher-ups at Madrid into a tizzy, knowing their man was but a few pokes-and-prods away from caving in to their master plan. And now, if the almighty Instagram tea leaves are correct, it seems Madrid’s persistence has paid off.

But stop the presses.

Because I, too, have access to Instagram and after hours of investigative work have managed to uncover conflicting evidence to stoke the fire of silly season. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it appears that Mr. Falcao has been one bad boy because he also recently followed Carles Puyol, Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, meaning Madrid have stiff competition for Falcao’s signature from Barcelona and Manchester United.

And, as if the added competition wasn’t bad enough for Madrid, Falcao’s Instagram reveals yet another compelling interest: Babies. Yes, babies.

Paseo de los 3 papas @andreymolina @juancoflacortes

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As more information on Falcao’s Instagram comes available, we’ll be sure to pass it along. But for now, he’s definitely deciding between Madrid, Barca, United and Babies.

Instagram. The best damn transfer rumor app in the world.

 

Marco Reus out several months with cruciate ligament tear

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DORTMUND, Germany (AP) Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Marco Reus has been ruled out for several months with a partial tear of the cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Reus suffered the injury in Saturday’s German Cup final and Dortmund says, “Further examinations will be conducted over the next few days to determine what course of treatment is required. Borussia Dortmund will therefore not make any precise prognosis on the possible length of the player’s absence.”

Reus, who had been left out of Germany’s Confederations Cup squad after a season plagued by injury, suffered the latest blow in the first half of Dortmund’s 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the German season’s showpiece in Berlin.

Dortmund’s win gave the 27-year-old Reus his first title in a career of persistent injury setbacks.

Transfer Rumor Roundup: Perisic to Man United; Iheanacho to West Ham

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Inter Milan’s sporting director Pierro Ausilio has told Mediaset that Manchester United are interested in signing Croatian winger Ivan Perisic, but there’s been no official offer.

Ausilio said that “certainly there is interest” from United but also said that Perisic is a “champion” and Inter like to “keep hold of their champions.”

Perisic, 28, has been linked with a $46.2 million move to United and it is believed Inter may be willing to offload him to bring in James Rodriguez from Real Madrid.

The Croatian international is capable of playing on the left, right or in the center and scored 11 goals and added eight assists in 31 Serie A starts for Inter in 2016-17.

United seemed to be well stocked out wide with Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial, but the power and supreme crossing ability of Perisic may give them a slightly different option out wide.


West Ham United have offered $26.4 million for Kelechi Iheanacho, according to the Daily Mirror.

Iheanacho, 20, has struggled for playing time this season at Manchester City after the emergence of Gabriel Jesus. With Sergio Aguero also likely to be around next season in a center forward role, plus City’s whole host of star attackers, the Nigerian youngster may find it hard to break in to Pep Guardiola‘s team next season too.

For West Ham, this move would make plenty of sense. Be it a permanent deal or a loan move.

The latter may suit City as Iheanacho proved his worth in the 2015-16 campaign, scoring 14 goals in 35 appearances, most of which were off the bench. In the 2016-17 campaign he was reduced to just 29 appearances but he still scored seven times for City in all competitions. The potential is obviously there, but Iheanacho needs game time.

With Andy Carroll suffering from numerous injuries, plus Andre Ayew also missing a large chunk of last season through injury and Jonathan Calleri‘s loan ending, Slaven Bilic will be looking to add some extra firepower and a hungry Iheanacho could fit the bill.

This move makes sense on so many levels, especially with West Ham scoring just 47 goals in 38 games last season.

Stampede at stadium in Honduras kills multiple people

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TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) Officials in Honduras say thousands of soccer fans trying to force their way into a stadium for a championship match stampeded in panic when police fired tear gas, and at least four people and an unborn fetus were killed in the crush and 25 others were injured.

A spokesman for University Teaching Hospital says the victims died from suffocation and multiple broken bones from being trampled Sunday. Spokesman Miguel Osorio says a fetus died when its mother suffered severe injuries.

The stampede happened at the National Stadium as fans tried to push their way into the jammed venue to see the game between Motagua and Honduras Progreso.

About 600 police officers were guarding the stadium and used water cannon and tear gas trying to push back the crowds.

LIVE, at the half: Huddersfield miss glorious chances v. Reading

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It is tough to explain how Huddersfield Town aren’t ahead at half time of the Championship playoff final at Wembley Stadium on Monday.

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The Terriers had two glorious chances early on but Michael Hefele headed wide and then Izzy Brown — on loan from Chelsea — somehow put his effort wide from a yard out.

Reading only had a few forays forward but Jaap Stam’s men held firm with the score locked at 0-0 at the break.

Will David Wagner’s Huddersfield live to rue those missed chances?

Follow the second half live from Wembley by clicking on the link above.