Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen is a shock target for Manchester United according to the Daily Star. The Welshman is said to be available for $30 million and Louis van Gaal wants the pint-sized midfielder to play alongside the likes of Ander Herrera and Juan Mata in the engine room. Inevitably any player who joins United from Liverpool will be scrutinized but that aside, Allen is a quality player. He hasn’t got anywhere near the minutes he would have hoped for since his big money move from Swansea City back in 2013 and the Reds may let him leave for United if the price is right.
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Former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song could be set for a move back to North London, but not with the Gunners. Tottenham Hotspur have jumped to the top of the queue for Song as the 26-year-old Cameroonian may be available on a season-long loan deal from Barcelona. Spurs are in the market for a holding midfielder, as Morgan Schniderlin is their top target but Southampton aren’t willing to sell. According to various reports Song would cost nothing on loan as he’s fallen out of favor at the Nou Camp under new boss Luis Enrique.
Spurs are also edging closer to signing Federico Fazio from Sevilla, as the central defender could arrive for $14 million according to the Daily Telegraph. Spurs offloaded Michael Dawson to Hull City for a similar fee on Tuesday and Mauricio Pochettino is eager to bring in some more competition to battle with Younes Kaboul, Jan Vertonghen and Vlad Chiriches for the central defensive position. Fazio, 27, hails from Argentina and has spent the past seven seasons in La Liga with Sevilla.
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Queens Park Rangers are looking at bringing in Mohamed Diame from West Ham according to the Daily Mirror. Diame, 27, is available to leave the Hammers after falling out of favor at Upton Park. Harry Redknapp is said to be eager for more strength in the midfield and the towering Senegalese international is sure to provide just that. Diame arrived at West Ham in 2012 and has scored seven goals in 77 appearances in East London.
AC Milan are apparently in for Fernando Torres, but they are annoyed with waiting for the Chelsea striker to make up his mind. If Torres continues to stall then Milan will move for Tottenham’s Roberto Soldado according to this report. The 29-year-old Spanish striker had a tough first season at White Hart Lane and despite looking more comfortable this season so far under Pochettino, the former Valencia star could be on his way to the San Siro.
Don’t forget to tune in to the “Transfer Deadline Day Show” on NBCSN (Monday, 6-8 p.m. ET).
After 45 minutes of their respective CONCACAF Champions League knockout-round quests, things are going unnervingly well for the Seattle Sounders and New York Red Bulls.
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If you’ve watched Major League Soccer teams try, try and try again — only to eventually fail in spectacular fashion — in CCL over the years, you might say things are going a little too well.
There’s still another 45 minutes to be played on Thursday — plus the return legs next week — but both the Sounders and Red Bulls hold 1-0 halftime leads, and the vitally important away goals which come with it. Nicolas Lodeiro’s 45-yard, first-time lob of the Santa Tecla (El Salvador) goalkeeper in the 15th minute has already been eternally etched into the memories of Sounders fans.
Just 15 minutes later, Daniel Royer perfectly executed the diving header and got on the end of Bradley Wright-Phillips’ curling ball into the box to Jesse Marsch’s side ahead of Honduran side CD Olimpia.
MADRID (AP) A Spanish judge has charged Villarreal defender Ruben Semedo with attempted murder and ordered him to be temporarily detained without bail.
Court officials in Lliria say on Thursday the Portuguese player is also charged with assault, robbery, illegal detention, and illegal possession of firearms.
Semedo testified before a judge on Thursday, and left the court in handcuffs.
The 23-year-old Semedo was detained early Tuesday, accused of tying up, assaulting and threatening another man last week. Authorities say he and two other men allegedly held the victim captive while they robbed his apartment.
Semedo’s agents told Spanish media the player denies any wrongdoing.
Villarreal on Tuesday said it was investigating Semedo and would take appropriate disciplinary action.
Villarreal signed Semedo from Sporting Lisbon last summer for a reported fee of $17 million.
Perhaps Sunday’s League Cup final had already reached the forefront of their minds, but Arsene Wenger admonished his players, whom he said were “complacent, not focused” and “had no ideas” for much of Thursday’s Europa League defeat, at home, to Swedish side Ostersunds.
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The Gunners advanced to the round of 16 on the back of their 3-0 first-leg victory last week, but Wenger was understandably displeased by the effort he saw and expressed such feelings in no uncertain terms, before quickly easing up and praising the fact they were able to pull back a goal against the current fifth-place team from Sweden — quotes from the BBC:
“We were not at the races in the first half,” said Wenger, who saw his side booed off at half-time and full-time. I think in the second half it was much better and we should have scored a few goals.
“In the first half, we were in trouble and in danger because we were complacent, not focused and were open every time we lost the ball. We had no ideas with the ball and that’s why we were in trouble.
“We responded very well because we did the job to qualify, but that’s what we have to take from the night and that’s all.”
With Arsenal now trailing fourth-place Chelsea by eight points (and seven back of fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur), winning the Europa League might just be the Gunners’ last chance at qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
Borussia Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi says he was subject to racist chants from Atalanta fans during a Europa League game in Italy.
The Belgium international, on loan from Chelsea, tweeted:
Dortmund advanced to the round of 16 by drawing 1-1 to beat Atalanta 4-3 on aggregate on Thursday.
The game was played at Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia because Atalanta’s home stadium is unsuitable for UEFA games.
There have been several incidents of racism at Serie A matches this season.