Sunday’s transfer rumor roundup: Blind to Barca, Vargas to Arsenal?

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With Thomas Vermaelen officially a member of Barcelona and Southampton adding Celtic keeper Fraser Forster, who’s next to make their run through the rumor mill and onto a new team?

Dutch back Daley Blind has spilled his guts regarding a transfer move away from Ajax. The 24-year-old has admitted that it would be hard to turn down a move to Manchester United or Barcelona, but said he thinks the Spanish way of play works a lot better for his non-physical game.

Meanwhile, the Daily Star is saying that Blind is United’s second hope, and that Louis van Gaal is readying an improved bid of $50 million for German back Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund. Of course, they’ve been linked up in the rumor mill for a long time with no real movement outside of the mill.

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Part of Arturo Vidal’s rumored move from Juventus to Manchester United has often included Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez going the other way, but Ronald Koeman is hoping that the Mexican forward will consider Southampton a better option for him. Koeman needs reinforcements after the great Southampton sell-off this summer.

Staying with United — aren’t we always during silly season — the latest on Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado is that the Italian club would sell him for $42 million. Surely the Red Devils can rifle through their couch cushions for that fee. Va Gaal has also dropped a hint on Angel Di Maria, according to some soothsayers.

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Remy

Metro cites Chilean sources saying Alexis Sanchez wants $16 million Chile teammate and attacker Eduardo Vargas to join him at the Emirates Stadium. Vargas has a year left on his contract at Napoli.

Loic Remy could be staying put at QPR, as Harry Redknapp says his player is ready to fight for his starting spot in the team. And by fight for, we mean have it given when healthy.

Go to jail for hitting your girlfriend and her family? Maybe there’s a spot for you at Cardiff City, where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to be keen on West Ham United’s Ravel Morrison. Cardiff is also interested in a non-leaguer named Danny Johnson.

Sky Sports sources say Samuel Eto’o is being offered around the Eredivisie, with Ajax and PSV Eindhoven paying attention.

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The Metro says Newcastle is the clubhouse leader to steal Wilfried Zaha away from Manchester United, though Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest are also interested in the 21-year-old.

FIFA fines Qatar after players’ political support for Emir

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ZURICH (AP) FIFA has fined Qatar’s soccer federation after national team players breached rules against political statements by displaying T-shirts of the country’s Emir at a World Cup qualifier.

FIFA says its disciplinary panel imposed a 50,000 Swiss francs ($51,800) fine and reprimanded Qatar, the 2022 World Cup host.

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The incident happened in Doha on June 13, amid a dispute with regional rivals Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

Qatar’s players warmed up for a 3-2 win over South Korea wearing white T-shirts with an image of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to show their support for him.

FIFA says the charges related to “displaying a political image” and “political displays” by spectators.

Report: USMNT’s Arriola drawing transfer interest abroad, in MLS

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Paul Arriola’s motor was constantly running as the United States men’s national team claimed its sixth Gold Cup title, and it could drive him all the way from Club Tijuana to Europe or a prime spot on an MLS roster.

There’s a snag, though.

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Arriola is reportedly wanted by Real Salt Lake and clubs in both the Netherlands and Portugal, but the LA Galaxy has what Goal.com describes a “dubious homegrown player” claim on Arriola, who participated in a minimal of practices with the Galaxy when he was younger.

As you’ll see below, there isn’t much “homegrown” about it and, to its critics, it is peak MLS monopolized tomfoolery. Here’s how Goal describes it:

“He was already a U.S. youth national team player when he traveled the 120 miles from Chula Vista to take part in a handful of training sessions with the LA Galaxy academy and eventually the Galaxy first team.

“The Galaxy are believed to hold a homegrown player claim on Arriola, and would have the right of first refusal on making Arriola an offer if he comes to MLS. The Galaxy’s current salary-cap situation might not allow them to make a serious bid for Arriola.”

But… here’s how the Galaxy described his choosing to sign for TJ instead of a pro deal from LA in 2013:

“It’s a little disappointing,” Galaxy technical director Jovan Kirovski told MLSsoccer.com by phone on Friday. “He went through our system, we offered him a contract and he decided to move on and go somewhere else. But that’s going to happen. It’s something that has happened before, and it’s something that will happen again.”

Arriola’s response in the same article? “I thank the Galaxy for giving me a wonderful opportunity to train with their first team and be a part of their first team which really taught me a lot.” That doesn’t read as much like he “went through their system.” He played in at least one U-18 game, debuting in October 2012, did more training with TJ in December 2012, and signed for the Mexican side in May 2013.

Should that qualify him as Homegrown?

https://www.transfermarkt.com/paul-arriola/leistungsdaten/spieler/189876

Did Arriola spent significant time with LA, or is it possible the Galaxy might reap rewards from having an already established youth national teamer to practice when he was a kid? Whether you’re okay with that or not, consider that it encourages clubs to pilfer rights without actually registering or training the player.

Not to mention there is no guarantee that playing in the Netherlands or Portugal will be better for his development than MLS. Benfica or Ajax and potential action in European tournaments? Maybe. NAC Breda or Tondela? Maybe not.

Nevermind the quagmire that is American youth soccer clubs’ not earning money from transfer fees, the Arriola drama seems baseless. We don’t know the Galaxy will hold the player hostage, but they would actually be depriving MLS of a talent, as LA would theoretically get nothing should TJ sell him to a European club.

In any event, check out Arriola’s use chart from Tijuana and you’ll see why he’s valued by Bruce Arena as well as his suitors. He’s a Swiss Army Knife. Here’s hoping Tinseltown doesn’t stop him from a proper next step (assuming he’s ready to leave Liga MX).