Monday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Eto’o, Welbeck to Everton? Gustavo to Arsenal?

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With just one week to go until the summer transfer window slams shut, here is you latest dose of transfer gossip. 

Everton could be set to bolster their forward line considerably as boss Roberto Martinez refused to rule out a move for free agent and former Chelsea, Inter Milan and Barcelona forward Samuel Eto’o. The Cameroon international, 33, is available on a free after failing to find a club since his one-year deal at Chelsea came to an end back in May. With his vast experience around European soccer’s top leagues, Eto’o would certainly add experience to the Toffees’ front line and be a key player alongside Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas and Steven Naismith. The Daily Mirror believe Eto’o could arrive shortly after Liverpool pulled out of a deal to sign him.

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If that deal doesn’t work out, there are also rumors circulating that Manchester United and England forward Danny Welbeck could be heading to Goodison Park. Welbeck, 23, has apparently been told he’s surplus to requirements at Old Trafford and with Angel Di Maria set to arrive from Real Madrid, Welbeck will fall further down the pecking order in the coming days. A move to Everton, even if it’s initially a loan deal, could suit all parties.

Arsenal could be in line to bring Brazilian midfielder Luiz Gustavo to the Emirates from Bundesliga side Woflsburg. Former Bayern Munich star Gustavo, 27, almost joined Arsenal last summer but the Gunners couldn’t guarantee him regular playing time. According to the Daily Mirror, Arsene Wenger apparently sent scouts to watch Gustavo during Wolfsburg’s 2-1 defeat to Bayern Munich and is worried about Mikel Arteta’s injury and Mathieu Flamini’s slow start to the season. Lukas Podolski could be included on a player-swap plus cash deal  for Gustavo.

According to the Sun, Southampton are set to renew their interest in Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond. The young English attacker, 20, is currently playing in the second-tier with the Canaries but Saints boss Ronald Koeman is desperate to grab a pacey winger to bolster his sides offensive output. Koeman repeated that belief following Saints’ 0-0 draw with West Brom on Saturday and Redmond could be available for $16 million. The England U-21 international had a great start to last season at Carrow Road but his form petered off as injuries hit and the Canaries were eventually relegated.

Finally, reports from the Daily Express suggest Sunderland have spoken with former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou about a move to the Stadium of Light. Ivory Coast international Kalou, 29, is currently playing for French side Lille but after a productive campaign in Ligue 1 last season (scoring 16 goals) the attacker wants a move back to the Premier League. Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton are said to be monitoring the situation closely but reports suggest a switch to Sunderland is more likely.

Don’t forget to tune in to the “Transfer Deadline Day Show” on NBCSN (Monday, 6-8 p.m. ET).

LIVE, UCL semifinal: Liverpool v. Roma at Anfield

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Liverpool host AS Roma at Anfield in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semifinal on Tuesday, as Jurgen Klopp‘s men aim to get off to another fast start in a first leg to have one foot in the final.

Tuesday promises to be yet another memorable European night at Anfield.

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With Mohamed Salah leading the goalscoring charts in the Premier League with 31 goals and scoring 42 goals in all competitions this season, Klopp will hope the Egyptian wizard can blow away his former team.

As for Roma, they are similarly set up to attack and their main man is Edin Dzeko who helped the Italian giants overcome Barcelona in the quarterfinals following an incredible comeback from 4-1 down in the first leg to reach the final four.

Both Liverpool and Roma are admired for their attacking play and both are considered the underdogs to win the UCL with Bayern Munich facing Real Madrid in the other semifinal.

That said, when these two teams get hot, nobody can stop them.

Click on the link above to follow all of the action live, while we will have reaction and analysis from the clash at Anfield right here on Pro Soccer Talk.

Premier League player Power Rankings

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Here’s a look at the top 20 players in the Premier League right now.

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Players from Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City dominate our latest rankings after a busy seven days in the PL with midweek games and a funky schedule due to the FA Cup semifinal.

Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League and based on them actually playing in the previous Matchweek. If they didn’t play due to injury or suspension, they aren’t going to make this list. Simple.

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.


  1. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – Even
  2. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – Even
  3. David Silva (Man City) – Up 8
  4. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) – New entry
  5. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) – New entry
  6. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – Up 3
  7. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – Down 4
  8. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) – New entry
  9. Harry Kane (Tottenham) – Down 3
  10. David De Gea (Man United) – Down 3
  11. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) – Down 3
  12. Raheem Sterling (Man City) – New entry
  13. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – Down 9
  14. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – Down 4
  15. Paul Pogba (Man United) – Down 3
  16. Romelu Lukaku (Man United) – Down 3
  17. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) – Down 12
  18. Marko Arnautovic (West Ham) – Down 3
  19. Salomon Rondon (West Brom) – New entry
  20. N'Golo Kante (Chelsea) – New entry

Could Iniesta succeed at Manchester City

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It appears more likely with each passing day that Andres Iniesta will leave Barcelona at the end of the season.

The general feeling around Iniesta’s future is that he’ll either follow former teammate Xavi Hernandez to a club in Qatar or the United Arab Emirates, or follow Javier Mascherano to a club in China.

But according to reports in Spain, Iniesta has received a request from a manager who is inextricably linked with his career.

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Per Diario AS, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has reached out to Iniesta to try and gauge the 33-year old’s interest in coming to England. It’s a surprising move, considering Iniesta has appeared to have lost a step, and while his skill on the ball is still world class, he hasn’t played as big of a role for Barcelona this season as in years past.

But the big question for Iniesta – as hard as it is to believe we’re asking this – is where he’d fit into the side, and who he’d push out.

If Guardiola sees Iniesta as part of his best XI, and Iniesta played his usual position on the left side of a midfield trio or at left wing, that would see either David Silva or Leroy Sane losing their spot in the team. That’s hard to see, considering how big of an impact those players had.

Sane has scored nine goals and dished out 12 assists in the Premier League while Silva has a nearly-identical stat line, with nine goals and 11 assists in league play.

However, if Guardiola, who played a very small squad this season, wants to have a world-class player to bring off the bench some games or spot start in the UEFA Champions League, he couldn’t do much better than signing Iniesta.

After being given time to adjust to the physicality of the Premier League, there’s no reason why, even at his advanced age, Iniesta can’t make a big impact in 25-30 games for Man City in the future. You can imagine the Spanish maestro setting up 10 to 15 goals and scoring a few himself as he plays for another title-winning side.

Of course, Iniesta likely won’t earn as much money with Man City as he would in the Arab world or in China, so he has a big decision to make coming up.

Iniesta won three La Liga titles, two Copas Del Rey, two UEFA Champions League and two FIFA Club World Cup titles under Guardiola as Barcelona shined as the best club in the world during that era. Iniesta also made UEFA’s Team of the Year all four years.

Perhaps reuniting with Guardiola can bring the best out of Iniesta once again.

Report: Man United to target Rose, other full backs this summer

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Jose Mourinho has identified perhaps the most underrated position on the pitch as a place he needs to upgrade his squad this summer.

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According to a report from The Guardian, the Manchester United manager is looking to sign Tottenham wing back Danny Rose and potentially another full back in the summer transfer window. With Luke Shaw likely to leave the club, Mourinho is left with incumbents left back Ashley Young and right back Antonio Valencia, both on the wrong side of 30-years old and both converted wingers playing out-of-position.

Mourinho last December decried crosstown rivals Man City for spending more than $140 million to sign wing backs Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker last summer. Though Mendy missed most of the season with a torn ACL, Walker and fellow outside back Danilo helped give Man City’s attack another dimension out wide, as the wing backs in the 3-4-3 or Man City’s 4-1-4-1 with Fernandinho dropping back into the centerback pairing become ever more important.

Rose has had a contentious last 18-months or so at Tottenham and could be looking to leave this summer. But it will likely take a bid north of $75 million, around what it cost Man City to sign Walker last summer, to buy Rose out of his Tottenham contract.

Matteo Darmian meanwhile, another potential outside back for Man United, could also be departing the club this summer, as Man United looks to replenish its side.