Sporting Lisboa's William Carvalho celebrates his goal against Porto during their Portuguese premier league soccer match in Porto

Wednesday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Carvalho to Chelsea, Zaha to Palace

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With less than two weeks until the transfer window slams shut clubs are hurriedly preparing themselves for ‘Deadline Day’ behind the scenes. The fact that so many teams now leave it to the last minute to acquire new players seems crazy, but it proves one thing: there’s bargains to be had out there. Usually.

Here is your latest installment of all the latest transfer gossip.

Arsenal are set to miss out on Sporting Lisbon’s midfielder William Carvalho, according to Portuguese outlet A Bola, as Chelsea have apparently won the race to sign the $56 million man. Carvalho, 22, will bolster Jose Mourinho’s midfield further but do the Blues really need him? You’re getting greedy now, Jose.

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Manchester City are set to sell young defense Matija Nastasic, as the 21-year-old continues to struggle to win over Manuel Pellegrini. The Serbian youngster was a regular under Roberto Mancini but his career has stalled at the Etihad. The Daily Express believes Arsenal will miss out, again, as Italian giants Juventus will swoop in for Nastasic.

Malky Mackay is expected to be named as Crystal Palace’s new manager in the next 24 hours and wants to bring back a former Eagles favorite on his arrival. The South London side sold Wilfried Zaha to Manchester United last summer for $30 million but the pacey winger has failed to make any impact at Old Trafford. According to the Daily Star Zaha, 21, could arrive initially on loan.

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Former Fulham and Liverpool left back John Arne Riise could be heading back to the Premier League sooner than we thought. Reports from Sky Sports state the Norwegian defender, 33, is claiming Aston Villa are after his signature. After signing experienced PL players Philippe Senderos, Joe Cole and Kieran Richardson already this summer, Paul Lambert could have another veteran on board soon enough.

Sticking with Fulham, the Championship side are set to lose Costa Rica’s Worls Cup captain, Bryan Ruiz, to Wolfsburg for $5 million according to the Daily Mail. Ruiz, 29, spent the second half of last season on loan at PSV Eindhoven and is desperate to avoid second-tier soccer in England.

Ferguson still being asked about Moyes: “We chose a good football man”

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In some ways absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it seems Sir Alex Ferguson‘s life after Manchester United has been filled with second guessing.

Whether the sales of Paul Pogba and Gerard Pique or the appointment of David Moyes, “Fergie” apparently can’t rest on his title-winning laurels.

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One thing that seems to bug him more than anything, though, is the idea that he hand-picked David Moyes to be his successor, and should be responsible for his failings.

In a new documentary, Ferguson both defends the appointment of Moyes and explains the process behind his choice.

From the BBC:

“I don’t think we made a mistake at all. I think we chose a good football man,” Ferguson says. “Unfortunately it didn’t work for David.

“Jose Mourinho was going back to Chelsea, Carlo Ancelotti was going to Real Madrid, Jurgen Klopp had signed a contract with Dortmund, Louis Van Gaal was staying with Holland for the World Cup.”

The article also makes another key point, according to Ferguson: the manager claims he only gave United a few months notice that he’d be stepping down. That certainly didn’t provide a lot of lead time to secure a big boss.

What do you make it of it? If your answer is, “When can we stop talking about Moyes and United?” I tend to be with you, but it’s a talking point.

Tax evasion charges against Messi dropped; Case vs father continues

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2013 file photo, Barcelona F.C. star Lionel Messi, left, arrives at a court to answer questions in a tax fraud case in Gava, near Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona prosecutors are calling for the arrest of Messi's father in a tax fraud case. Prosecutors have cleared Messi of wrongdoing but are seeking an 18-month prison sentence for his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, for allegedly defrauding Spain's tax office of 4 million euros ($4.5 million) in unpaid taxes from 2007-09. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)
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Lionel Messi will not face charges that he and his father defrauded the government in millions of unpaid taxes, though his father is not so lucky.

Messi’s father, Jorge, could face 18 months in jail and an approximate $2.25 million fine despite a voluntary payment of $5.5 million in 2013 to “correct” the missed taxes.

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The Barcleona star had plead ignorance to the charges, something that failed to impress prosecutors. But, it apparently worked out in his favor on Tuesday.

From the BBC:

Prosecutors allege that Jorge avoiding paying tax on his son’s earnings by using offshore companies in Belize and Uruguay between 2007 and 2009.

Messi’s lawyers argued that the player had “never devoted a minute of his life to reading, studying or analysing” the contracts, El Pais newspaper reported.