PST’s top 10 players to watch as transfer window comes to a close

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With the final week of the transfer window upon us, there are plenty of players said to be on the move.

‘According to reports’, ‘rumors suggest’ and ‘according to our sources’ are all terms you’ve become very familiar with over the past few months as transfer activity has ticked over throughout all of Europe’s big leagues.  On Sept. 1 at midnight, UK time, the window slams shut until January 1.

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Between now and next Monday, agents, managers and chairman will be working long hours to try and make sure certain players get their transfers.

Here’s a list of 15 players who could be on the move in the next seven days. Make sure to visit ProSoccerTalk for all the latest transfer news as we crank up our coverage of

Daley Blind

Versatile Dutch player who shone at the World Cup. Can play across midfield and defense.

Interested clubs: Manchester United, Barcelona
Possible fee: $25 million

Nigel de Jong

Destructive Dutch DM who was key for Louis van Gaal at the World Cup. Red Devils chasing him hard.

Interested clubs: Manchester United
Possible fee: $16 million

Danny Welbeck

Hasn’t got much of a future at Old Trafford, as a host of PL clubs line up the England international forward.

Interested clubs: Everton, Hull City, Tottenham
Possible fee: $25 million

Radamel Falcao

Colombian forward

Interested clubs: Liverpool, Real Madrid
Possible fee: $35 million or loan deal

Morgan Schneiderlin

Saints don’t want to sell but French international wants a move. Great passer in the DM position.

Interested clubs: Arsenal, Totteham
Possible fee: $30 million

 

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Nathan Redmond

Norwich winger, star for England’s U-21 side. Pacey and direct, both Stoke and Saints will look to sign Redmond this week.

Interested clubs: Southampton, Stoke City
Possible fee: $15 million

Marouane Fellaini

This deal was held up last week after Fellaini suffered yet another injury. The towering Belgian midfielder would prefer to stay in the PL but a loan deal to Napoli could reignite his career.

Interested clubs: Tottenham, Napoli
Possible fee: $25 million or on loan

Geoff Cameron

U.S. international who could be on the move from Stoke. Getting interest in playing CM or CB in the PL or elsewhere in Europe.

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Interested clubs: Hull, Swansea, West Brom, Sunderland
Possible fee: $10 million

Wilfried Bony

Swansea’s main striker scored 25 goals on his debut season at the Liberty Stadium. Big teams have been circling him all summer. Expect a late bid for Bony.

Interested clubs: Arsenal, Tottenham
Possible fee: $28 million

Salomon Kalou

Another Ivorian strike, Kalou has reinvented himself in Ligue 1 with Lille. Fancies a return to the PL. Pacey, direct and has experience in England.

Interested clubs: Arsenal, Everton, Sunderland
Possible fee: $15 million

Dempsey’s last-second PK lifts Sounders past Minnesota

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SEATTLE (AP) Clint Dempsey converted a penalty kick in the final seconds of stoppage time on Sunday night, lifting the Seattle Sounders to a 2-1 victory over Minnesota United.

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A corner kick by Seattle’s Joevin Jones floated into the penalty area, and Minnesota’s Jermaine Taylor was called for a hand ball in a scrum of players battling for possession. Dempsey stepped up and drilled his kick to the right side past Loons goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth in the fourth minute of stoppage.

Dempsey’s goal was his 11th of the year.

Referee Ismail Elfath blew the final whistle as soon as Minnesota kicked off.

Chad Marshall also scored for the Sounders (11-7-7), who tied a club record by extending their unbeaten streak to nine games (6-0-3). The team had an identical 6-0-3 mark from May 28-July 16, 2011.

Seattle was forced to rally after its club-record shutout streak ended at 421 minutes on a goal by Minnesota’s Ethan Finlay in the 21st minute.

The Loons (6-14-4, 22 points) are still looking for their first road win of the season. They are 0-8-2 away from Minneapolis.

MLS Snapshot: New York City FC 2-1 New England Revolution (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): For nearly 75 minutes, NYCFC couldn’t muster up any chances in the attacking third, but thankfully their captain did what he does best. David Villa scored his 19th goal of the season on Sunday night to pull out a 2-1 win against the New England Revolution, but it was rookie Jonathan Lewis that notched the winner. The visitors took the lead 20 minutes prior after Sean Johnson spilled a shot in front of his own goal, allowing Teal Bunbury to pounce on the rebound. NYCFC now moves to within four points of Eastern Conference leaders Toronto FC with nine matches remaining in the regular season.

Three four moments that mattered

16′ — Harrison breaks ankles, but Villa can’t finish — This might be the only time all see you’ll see David Villa miss a chance like this…

38′ — Johnson gets a finger tip to Rowe’s blast — Sean Johnson had no work to do in the first half, at least until Kelyn Rowe decided to rip a shot from distance just before halftime.

57′ — Johnson’s error grants Bunbury, Revs the lead — Look away, NYCFC fans.

77′ — Villa find the back of the net — When you need a goal, who you gonna call? That’s right. David Villa. The NYCFC captain is now up to 19 this season.

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Man of the match: David Villa

Goalscorers: Teal Bunbury (57′), David Villa (77′), Jonathan Lewis (90+4′)

Honoring victims of attacks, Barcelona wins league opener

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Wearing shirts honoring victims of the recent attacks in Spain, Barcelona opened its Spanish league season with a comfortable 2-0 win over Real Betis on Sunday.

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Players had the word “Barcelona” instead of their names on the back of their shirts, and the Catalan hashtag “TOTSSOMBARCELONA” (We are all Barcelona) was on display around the Camp Nou stadium. The message was also shown on the stadium’s large screens, as well as on many banners carried by fans.

An emotional minute’s silence was held before the game as the music of Catalan cellist Pau Casals played in the background.

Before the minute was up, the more than 55,000 fans at the stadium broke into a round of applause and began chanting “No tinc por” (I’m not afraid), a chant which has become a symbol of people’s reactions to the attacks that killed 14 people and injured more than 120 in Barcelona and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils.

Extra security was implemented in and around Camp Nou.

There was a minute’s silence before every Spanish league match this weekend.

Without Neymar and the injured Luis Suarez, Barcelona got off to a winning start in the league after consecutive losses to rival Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final.

It scored two goals three minutes apart near the end of the first half – an own-goal by Betis defender Alin Tosca and a close-range shot by Sergi Roberto. Both goals came after plays started by Gerard Deulofeu, one of the players expected to try to replace Neymar after his world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

“We lost depth with Neymar’s departure and we have to find a way to overcome that,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said.

Lionel Messi looked lively but wasn’t able to score his 350th goal in La Liga. He came close, though, being denied by the woodwork three different times.

AP Sports Writer Tales Azzoni contributed to this report.

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Brighton breaks club record with signing of winger Jose Izquierdo

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Brighton hasn’t gotten off to the ideal start in its debut season in the Premier League, but a key reinforcement is on the way.

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After starting the 2017/18 campaign with back-to-back defeats, the Seagulls announced on Sunday the signing of Colombian winger Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge in Belgium for a record fee.

The 25-year-old spent three seasons in Belgium’s top flight and totaled 38 goals across all competitions for Brugge, prior to making the move to England.

Additionally, Izquierdo has worked his way into the Colombia squad as of late, and scored his first international goal for his country in June 2017 in a friendly against Cameroon.