Friday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Swiss captain to Leicester, more Muller to Manchester links

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Aston Villa have landed a Barcelona wantaway, while a USMNT back is headed for London. So what’s the next bit of truth to come from the transfer rumor mill?

It’s been shot down again and again, but rumors of a Thomas Muller to Manchester United move continue to spill out of Germany. This time it’s Kicker saying the Red Devils are trying to tempt Bayern Munich with a $75 million offer for one of Germany’s World Cup heroes. The move would make even more sense than adding Pedro from Barcelona, as it could free up Wayne Rooney and ease the captain’s burden during the busy UEFA Champions League and Cup seasons.

Swiss veteran Gokhan Inler be en route to the Premier League. Sky Sports says the Napoli man may be another Serie A signing for the club that famously added Esteban Cambiasso last season. Inler, 31, is the captain of the Swiss national team and manned the midfield in all four of their matches at the 2014 World Cup. Claudio Ranieiri would certainly welcome the mid’s gusto.

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Has Sunderland’s embarrassing opening day prodded their front office into further action? Offense wasn’t the Black Cats problem in a 4-2 loss to Leicester City, but Fabio Borini is being pegged as more likely to leave Liverpool for the Stadium of Light than stick around. It would be a loan, and Sky Sports says Adnan Januzaj is still weighing the option to make a similar move.

Newcastle United may be set to send veteran back Mike Williamson down South in search of a younger, better model. Williamson has fallen down the Magpies’ depth chart with the arrival of Chancel Mbemba, and Brighton & Hove Albion back Lewis Dunk may be had in exchange for the veteran and about $7.5 million. Dunk’s a towering 24-year-old back, and Brighton boss Chris Hughton knows plenty about “Willo” from his days at St. James Park.

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Roma is going to land talented left back Lucas Digne from Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports in Le Parisien, while i Lupi is also interested in Liverpool center back Mamadou Sakho if you’re to believe Foot Mercato.

It looks like Clinton N’Jie could be having a medical at White Hart Lane, as the Lyon striker hopes to boost Spurs’ forward ranks.

William Carvalho was linked with Manchester United and Arsenal for a few years, but now it seems the Sporting Lisbon man could be on the way to Real Madrid, according to Spanish publication AS.

Sky Sport says Hibernian’s midfield star Scott Allan could be making a big move to Celtic after undergoing a medical at the Scottish powers.

Men In Blazers podcast: Mohamed Salah continues to shine

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Rog and Davo marvel at Mo Salah’s four goal, one dime haul in Liverpool’s 5-0 beatdown of Watford, analyze Jose Mourinho’s recent rants about football heritage at Manchester United, and recap Rog’s family trip to Stoke vs. Everton.

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1912 FA Cup winner’s medal stolen

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A 106-year-old footballing relic has been snatched from a house in England.

The home of the 82-year-old grandson of former Barnsley player Philip Bratley was burglarized last weekend according to the BBC and other reports, and among the items stolen was an “invaluable” FA Cup winner’s medal from 1912.

That year, Barnsley defeated West Bromwich Albion in the finals of the 41st FA Cup, with Bratley scoring the winning goal in the semifinal replay over Swindon Town. He went on to make over 100 appearances for Barnsley between 1910 and 1014 before moving transferring to Liverpool, where he spent one season before he left during the first World War.

“This item is of great sentimental value to the family and belonged to the 82-year-old victim’s grandfather who, at the time, played for Barnsley,” the South Yorkshire police said. “The family is extremely upset that this, along with many of their belongings, have been stolen. If you have any information please get in touch so we can try and reunite this invaluable item with its rightful owner.”

Barnsley has offered to assist the South Yorkshire police in their search for the stolen artifact, as those with any information are encouraged to contact either entity to share what they may know.

Griezmann sets pre-World Cup deadline for transfer future

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French striker Antoine Griezmann is no stranger to seeing his name in the transfer rumor mill, but that familiarity doesn’t make it any more enjoyable for the Atletico Madrid attacker (who celebrates his 27th birthday on Wednesday).

Long-tipped for a move to either Barcelona or Manchester United, Griezmann knows one thing: He wants his future sorted before the World Cup.

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“I want to travel to Russia without this concern,” he told L’Equipe. “It’s not about knowing where I’ll play, but about having the peace of mind if I’m still in one place or another.

“It may be boring, but I have told my sister that, whether I stay or not, this will have to be resolved beforehand. What bothers me the most is that everyone asks me about this issue.”

That’s both honest and reasonable, and we can imagine it’s not a blast to answer questions on your future every day. He also has a contract through 2021-22, which won’t make any transfer a simple one.

Griezmann has 23 goals and 13 assists in all competitions for Atleti this season, as La Liga’s second place side remains alive in the UEFA Europa League. He’s scored 106 goals for Atleti since arriving from Real Sociedad.

NYCFC signs second Homegrown Player in history

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Four years, two Homegrowns.

That’s the decent track record for New York City FC, which has spotted a second youngster from amongst its ranks in 15-year-old Joe Scally.

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Scally joins United States youth international James Sands as Homegrown Players from NYCFC. Here’s USMNT legend and NYCFC technical director Claudio Reyna:

“Joe has been one of the top performers in the Academy for the past few seasons and represented US Soccer at U-15 and U-17 level.”

“He has all of the attributes we look for in a right-back: he’s strong in defense and can support in attack to help create chances from wide areas.”

Sands was signed last summer, and played 23 minutes for NYCFC against Colorado in his lone senior appearance.