Southampton chairman claims club will reinvest $165M in this transfer window

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Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger claims that “every penny” of the club’s summer transfer sales will be made available to manager Ronald Koeman to rebuild the team before the close of the transfer window.

“Our summer activity is definitely not a fire sale, every penny of that will be up for reinvestment as transfer fees and wages,” Krueger’s told TalkSport’s Drivetime.

Thus far, the Saints have raked in around $165 million in transfer fees through the sales of Dejan Lovren ($34M), Rickie Lambert ($7M) and Adam Lallana ($44M) to Liverpool, Luke Shaw ($53M) to Manchester United and Calum Chambers ($27M) to Arsenal.

Rumors of additional sales for midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and forward Jay Rodriguez have been shut down, with the former noting his discontent over the decision to keep him at St. Mary’s. Perhaps now with Krueger’s announcement, the intense feelings of distress at St. Mary’s will abate.

“It is there right now as we speak for Ronald and [club executive director] Les Reed to put into play in the transfer market,” Krueger continued. “We need to have a dressing room filled with players who want to be at Southampton, who understand the way we’re moving forward, how we’re building towards European football and how we can get there in a healthy way.”

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How selling five of your best assets can be considered “moving forward” is the gripe of most Southampton fans. Last year the club produced some brilliant football, finishing 8th in the table, a coup many attributed to the side’s impeccable balance and positive mood.

In fact, it was during last season that then-manager Mauricio Pochettino announced his side’s intention to qualify for the UEFA Champions League and not, specifically, the Europa League. Now Krueger, who took over for the much-beloved former chairman Nicola Cortese last March, is reiterating the same goal. How that’s to be accomplished by selling five key assets and bringing in a handful of new personalities is a huge ask.

Yet Krueger insists that the decisions to sell were based on the extraordinary fees being offered for their players, a fact that, aside from Lambert’s fee, is very difficult to argue with. “[S]elling the players at the prices were offered gives the club an opportunity to continue building a team that will be competitive for many years to come, and not just in the short-term,” Krueger said.

Now it’s up to Krueger to prove to the fans that he will keep his word and replenish the cupboard. “We will try to be as transparent as possible as we move forward, I can’t fix the dates [of any future transfers] that would be wrong. But I am extremely optimistic we will have some targets at the club within the next few days.”

CCL: Lodeiro from 45; Royer’s diving header — SEA, RBNY lead (video)

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After 45 minutes of their respective CONCACAF Champions League knockout-round quests, things are going unnervingly well for the Seattle Sounders and New York Red Bulls.

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If you’ve watched Major League Soccer teams try, try and try again — only to eventually fail in spectacular fashion — in CCL over the years, you might say things are going a little too well.

There’s still another 45 minutes to be played on Thursday — plus the return legs next week — but both the Sounders and Red Bulls hold 1-0 halftime leads, and the vitally important away goals which come with it. Nicolas Lodeiro’s 45-yard, first-time lob of the Santa Tecla (El Salvador) goalkeeper in the 15th minute has already been eternally etched into the memories of Sounders fans.

Just 15 minutes later, Daniel Royer perfectly executed the diving header and got on the end of Bradley Wright-Phillips’ curling ball into the box to Jesse Marsch’s side ahead of Honduran side CD Olimpia.

Villarreal DF Semedo charged with attempted murder

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MADRID (AP) A Spanish judge has charged Villarreal defender Ruben Semedo with attempted murder and ordered him to be temporarily detained without bail.

Court officials in Lliria say on Thursday the Portuguese player is also charged with assault, robbery, illegal detention, and illegal possession of firearms.

Semedo testified before a judge on Thursday, and left the court in handcuffs.

The 23-year-old Semedo was detained early Tuesday, accused of tying up, assaulting and threatening another man last week. Authorities say he and two other men allegedly held the victim captive while they robbed his apartment.

Semedo’s agents told Spanish media the player denies any wrongdoing.

Villarreal on Tuesday said it was investigating Semedo and would take appropriate disciplinary action.

Villarreal signed Semedo from Sporting Lisbon last summer for a reported fee of $17 million.

Wenger: Arsenal “complacent, had no ideas” in Ostersunds loss

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Perhaps Sunday’s League Cup final had already reached the forefront of their minds, but Arsene Wenger admonished his players, whom he said were “complacent, not focused” and “had no ideas” for much of Thursday’s Europa League defeat, at home, to Swedish side Ostersunds.

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The Gunners advanced to the round of 16 on the back of their 3-0 first-leg victory last week, but Wenger was understandably displeased by the effort he saw and expressed such feelings in no uncertain terms, before quickly easing up and praising the fact they were able to pull back a goal against the current fifth-place team from Sweden — quotes from the BBC:

“We were not at the races in the first half,” said Wenger, who saw his side booed off at half-time and full-time. I think in the second half it was much better and we should have scored a few goals.

“In the first half, we were in trouble and in danger because we were complacent, not focused and were open every time we lost the ball. We had no ideas with the ball and that’s why we were in trouble.

“We responded very well because we did the job to qualify, but that’s what we have to take from the night and that’s all.”

With Arsenal now trailing fourth-place Chelsea by eight points (and seven back of fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur), winning the Europa League might just be the Gunners’ last chance at qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

Batshuayi racially abused by Atalanta fans

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Borussia Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi says he was subject to racist chants from Atalanta fans during a Europa League game in Italy.

The Belgium international, on loan from Chelsea, tweeted:

Dortmund advanced to the round of 16 by drawing 1-1 to beat Atalanta 4-3 on aggregate on Thursday.

The game was played at Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia because Atalanta’s home stadium is unsuitable for UEFA games.

There have been several incidents of racism at Serie A matches this season.