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Transfer Rumor Roundup: Barkley to Spurs; Koke to Man City

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Ross Barkley has been in and out of the Everton team under new manager Ronald Koeman so reports linking him with a move away from Goodison Park aren’t too surprising.

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Barkley, 23, has failed to regain the form he showed when he burst on the scene as a teenager and the London Evening Standard is reporting that Tottenham Hotspur are monitoring his situation closely and have inquired about his availability.

Per the report, Everton value Barkley at over $43 million but with the academy product out of contract at the end of the 2017-18 season Spurs may be able to get Everton to back down on their asking price.

Why Barkley?

Well, on his form in 2016-17 it is a bit of a head-scratcher. Barkley has two goals and two assists in 14 Premier League games so far this season, and although he has been to both the 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Championships, he’s fallen out of favor with the English national team. The thought is that Barkley could be able to provide ammunition for Harry Kane in the years to come and with Koeman obviously not a big fan of the playmaker, maybe the Toffees would be better off cashing in this January while his value is still high enough?

Spurs have Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Heung-Min Son, Erik Lamela and Moussa Sissoko in attacking midfield areas but Barkley would bring something a bit different and has more pace than Eriksen and Alli.


With Ilkay Gundogan out for several months with a new knee injury, Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola could be on the hunt for a new two-way midfielder.

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According to Spanish outlet Marca, Guardiola is looking at Koke to become the hub of City’s midfield. The 24-year-old Spanish international has been a star at Atletico Madrid in recent seasons and is able to play out wide or in both attacking or defensive central midfield positions.

It is in the deep-lying playmaking role where City has experienced some issues. Fernandinho has been good in patches but isn’t as good on the ball as Koke, while Gundogan’s long-term injury leaves a huge hole in Guardiola’s midfield for a player who can link midfield and attack seamlessly. That’s where Koke comes in.

The biggest issue here is that Koke is said to have a huge $155 million release clause in his current five-year contract which he signed in 2014, so any deal may have to wait until the summer. With Aleti currently struggling in sixth place in the La Liga table and 12 points off leaders Real Madrid, perhaps there will be a mass exodus in the summer if they can’t qualify for the UEFA Champions League. If there is, Koke would be a great fit and just the man City is looking for. Plus, when it comes to money it’s not like they won’t pay top dollar for a player who would be key for Guardiola’s philosophy to work.

MLS: Le Toux to join D.C., Timbers set to acquire Myers and more

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Two teams are set to bring in experienced players ahead of the new season, while another veteran has said his goodbye to his former club.

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D.C. United has reportedly signed veteran forward Sebastian Le Toux after spending last season with the Philadelphia Union and the Colorado Rapids.

According to SB Nation’s Black and Red United, Le Toux has inked a one-year deal with D.C. United. Le Toux has scored 57 goals in his time in MLS, with 50 of those goals coming with the Union.

Le Toux has also previously played for the New York Red Bulls, Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders.


Meanwhile, the Portland Timbers are reportedly set to sign long-time Sporting KC defender Chance Myers, who spent the last nine seasons with the Western Conference side.

The 29-year-old had made 147 appearances for Sporting KC since joining MLS, while adding two goals over that span.


Dax McCarty posted a heartfelt message to New York Red Bulls fans, players and staff following the veteran’s move to the Chicago Fire.

The midfielder was recently traded to the Eastern Conference side after the spending the last five-and-half years with the Red Bulls, where McCarty served as the team’s captain.

Gerrard urges Liverpool to “try and bid for Van Dijk”

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28:  Virgil van Dijk of Southampton celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium on December 28, 2016 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Virgil Van Dijk‘s quick rise in the Premier League has caught the attention of many around England, and one of the division’s greats has high hopes the Dutchman will join his former side in the future.

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Steven Gerrard has suggested that Liverpool come out and pursue Van Dijk, who joined Southampton back in 2015 from Scottish side Celtic.

Gerrard — who is set to take a coaching position with Liverpool’s academy — believes the budding star would be a strong fit for the Reds, however, the ex-midfielder realizes it’ll be a hard sell.

“Who I think we need, I would go and try and bid for Van Dijk from Southampton,” Gerrard told BT Sport. “But we’ve had enough of their players so that will probably go down like a lead balloon.”

The 25-year-old has made waves in England’s top flight after quickly proving to be one of the division’s top defenders and helping guide the Saints towards the top half of the table since his arrival.

Report: San Diego making push to become future MLS expansion site

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With the NFL no longer the biggest show in town, San Diego could be bringing another football to the city in the near future.

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According to NBC 7 San Diego, FS Investors founder Mike Stone and former Qualcomm Vice Chairman Steve Altman are prepared to reveal their proposal on Monday that will bring a future MLS franchise to San Diego.

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The proposed move includes a stadium plan that will reside where the Chargers’ Qualcomm Stadium currently sits. With the NFL franchise now playing in Los Angeles, the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball are the only remaining professional team in the area, out of the five major sports in the U.S.

NBC 7 is also reporting that a future San Diego team would share its facility with the San Diego State Aztecs football team.

MLS is currently up to 22 teams entering the 2017 season, while Los Angeles FC is also tabbed to enter the league next year. David Beckham’s Miami project is also considered to be the league’s 24th team, and MLS is likely to hold off on further announcements regarding expansion until later in 2017.

If San Diego were to be chosen as an expansion site, the club would become the fourth to call California home in the current state of MLS, joining the San Jose Earthquakes, Los Angeles Galaxy and LA FC (2018).

In addition to San Diego, several other cities are currently vying to enter MLS in the future, including St. Louis, Cincinnati, Sacramento and Charlotte.

Hull’s Ryan Mason hospitalized following collision with Gary Cahill

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: Ryan Mason of Hull City lies injured after the collision with Gary Cahill of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge on January 22, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Ryan Mason has undergone surgery following a scary collision with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill on Sunday.

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The Hull City midfielder was injured after knocking heads with Cahill during first half of the 2-0 defeat to the Blues. Nine minutes of first-half stoppage time were needed after Mason stayed down on the pitch at Stamford Bridge.

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It has been confirmed by the club that Mason suffered a skull fracture, while it is has also been speculated that the 25-year-old could have had bleeding on his brain.

Mason will remain hospitalized for the “next few days,” according to the Tigers.

“The Club can confirm that Ryan Mason sustained a skull fracture in our fixture at Chelsea this afternoon. He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital where he has undergone surgery.

“Ryan is in a stable condition and is expected to remain in hospital for the next few days.
“Everyone at the Club would like to express their sincere thanks for the excellent and swift care given to Ryan by both the Accident and Emergency department and Neurosurgery Unit at St Mary’s Hospital.

“A further update will be issued tomorrow.”

While Mason was forced off during the match due to the injury, Cahill managed to continue for Chelsea and scored the game’s second goal.