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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.

[RELATED: Transfer Rumor Roundup]

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.

[ MORE: EXCLUSIVE report from JPW on Cameron’s situation at Stoke ]

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

Youthful Tottenham Hotspur lose to Juventus in ICC opener

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 26:  Cameron Carter-Vickers of Tottenham Hotspur and Paulo Dybala of Juventus FC compete for the ball during the 2016 International Champions Cup match between Juventus FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 26, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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Italian champs Juventus beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia on Tuesday as Paulo Dybala and Medhi Benatia both scored in the first half and Erik Lamela pulled one back for Spurs in the second half.

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The International Champions Cup clash saw both teams field plenty of youngsters but Juve put the result to bed inside the opening 15 minutes with two well-taken goals.

New Spurs signings Vincent Janseen and Victor Wanyama started the game, while U.S. youth international Cameron Carter-Vickers started at center back and DeAndre Yedlin was on the bench but came on at half time and played left back.

Mauricio Pochettino‘s young side defended poorly early on but he will have been pleased to come through the game without any injuries — plus youngster Marcus Edwards impressing off the bench — and Spurs’ attention will now switch to playing Atletico Madrid in Melbourne on Friday.

Dybala scored after just six minutes with the first effort of the game as young Spurs defender Dominic Ball gave the ball away and Carter-Vickers couldn’t clear the ball which led to Dybala smashing home with his left foot. 1-0 to Juve.

A strong Juventus side continued to pin Spurs back as Miralem Pjanic becoming more influential and Dybala hammered a shot towards the to corner after Carter-Vickers was caught out but Michel Vorm tipped it over.

From the resulting corner Benatia headed home across the goal and despite protests of a push by Benatia from Spurs’ players, the goal stood. 2-0 to the Italian champs.

Spurs began to grow into the game after their initial struggles and looked dangerous from wide areas but Janseen was a frustrated figure up front, while William Miller went down in the box under a heavy challenge but no penalty kick was awarded.

At half time Pochettino made four changes with Josh Onoma, Harry Winks, Erik Lamela and Yedlin coming on, with the USMNT man slotting in at left back before playing the final 12 minutes at right back as he showed plenty of promise going forward.

Pjanic was set clean through in the second half but skewed his effort over the bar when he should’ve hit the target and at the other end Lamela struck a low left-footed effort just wide of the far post via a deflection.

After a flurry of subs for both teams Lamela pulled one back for Spurs. Wanyama won the ball back 40-yards out in a central area and Lamela drilled a low shot into the bottom corner to make it 2-1.

Lamela had a great chance to equalize late on but hit his shot straight at the goalkeeper, while Shayon Harrison was also kept out as Spurs couldn’t find an equalizer with the first game of their tour of Australia ending in defeat.

Ronaldo shows no sign of injury while hanging with Conor McGregor

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Cristiano Ronaldo may not be ready for the UEFA Super Cup, but he’s no longer limping around.

To explore the Real Madrid superstar’s Instagram is to see Ronaldo, sometimes clothed, hanging out with celebrities.

In the last couple weeks we’ve seen him with Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, and now his “bro” Conor McGregor.

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Wait, what?

Yeah, Ronaldo is friends with the MMA star, and showed no ill form (and no brace of any kind) in several posed photos with McGregor.

Although admittedly, McGregor’s IG game is a bit better: The Irish fighter posted a photo of himself sunning in his briefs with the caption, “I’m gonna get him on the Forbes list by next year. But I’m gonna get him on the tan by next week.”

Good luck with both, bro.

Great to see you bro!!💪🏽🔝

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Bruce pens letter to Hull fans: “Desperately wanted to make it work”

YORK, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Steve Bruce manager of  Hull City ahead of the pre-season friendly match between York City and Hull City at Bootham Cresent on July 23, 2014  in York, England. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
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Many Hull City fans didn’t want Steve Bruce to leave the club, and this open letter shows why.

After leaving the club by “mutual consent” on Friday — it was first widely reported that he quit — fans protested at Hull’s game on Monday.

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Bruce may’ve had his problems with Hull’s ownership, but he certainly got his supporters’ feelings right down to the core.

From the Hull Daily Mail:

My biggest regret is having to walk away but it was a decision I had to make for the sake of the club. The last 12 months have been very tough and it felt like the right step for the club to move forward in a different direction and with someone else in charge.

I desperately wanted to make it work this summer and be a Premier League manager again but, sadly, it wasn’t to be. Nevertheless, I’ve left Hull City with some fantastic memories that I’ll always cherish, including just eight weeks ago in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

Class from the longtime boss, and we imagine he’ll have a job very soon if he wants it.

Report: Everton to activate release clause of Stoke’s Arnautovic

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28: Marko Arnautovic (1st L) of Stoke City competes for the ball against Seamus Coleman (2nd L) and Gareth Barry (1st Rof Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Stoke City at Goodison Park on December 28, 2015 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)
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Everton is going to activate Marko Arnautovic‘s $16 million release clause to bring the Stoke City striker to Goodison Park, according to a report out of Austria.

Stoke had been trying to sign Arnautovic to a contract extension, but the player was reportedly prepared to play out the final year of his deal.

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The huge 27-year-old Austrian has been with Stoke since 2013, and broke through with 11 Premier League goals last season.

Arnautovic would give Everton support behind Romelu Lukaku, and insurance in case the Toffees do wind up selling their Belgian striker. Everton also has Arouna Kone as a potential target forward, but Oumar Niasse is expecting to leave after less than a year at Goodison Park.