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Transfer Rumor Roundup: Barton to re-join Burnley, Reds target Schmeichel

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After some time away from the Premier League, Joey Barton is set to make a return to England’s top flight.

The 34-year-old will officially re-join Burnley in January after being cast away by Rangers several months back. Barton was involved in a spat with fellow Rangers teammate Andy Halliday following a loss and was ultimately exiled by the club.

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Since, Barton has been training with Burnley before the club opted to bring back the veteran midfielder.

Goalkeepers are in high demand for some of the PL’s top sides, and Liverpool could be preparing to bring a new player to man the pipes.

The Reds are reportedly eyeing up a move for Leicester City keeper Kasper Schmeichel in order to establish consistency at the position.

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Between Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius, manager Jurgen Klopp has had much difficulty maintaining success at the goalkeeper position in his tenure at Liverpool, and the reigning PL-winning keeper Schmeichel could be the player the team needs to take over.

With the Foxes far off the pace they set a season ago as PL champions, the Reds could potentially swoop in and sign the 30-year-old.

Everton are reportedly reigniting their interest in Napoli’s Manolo Gabbiadini after previously putting in a bid for the striker last summer.

Gabbiadini is said to be unhappy with the Italian side and looking for a way out in January.

In 10 Serie A matches this season, the 25-year-old has scored one goal.

The Gunners are looking at a long-term answer at goalkeeper once Petr Cech moves on from the London side, and the club’s answer could come from Belgium.

Arsenal is reportedly interested in Standard Liege keeper Guillaume Hubert, who has already posted 13 clean sheets for the Belgian side in his young career at the club.

The 22-year-old will see his contract expire with the club in the summer, potentially giving Arsenal a legitimate shot at signing ahead of next season.

Man United honor attack victims ahead of Europa League final

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Manchester United’s players and coaching staff held a minute’s silence ahead of training on Tuesday at their Carrington base in Manchester.

Following the terrorist attack in Manchester late on Monday where a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured 59 at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena, United will not hold a press conference and other media activities on Tuesday ahead of the Europa League final in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Europa League final against Ajax on Wednesday will still go ahead as planned at the Friends Arena in nearby Solna, with UEFA releasing a statement reassuring fans that there was no security threat in the Swedish capital.

“UEFA is shocked by last night’s attack in Manchester. Our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those affected. There is currently no specific intelligence which might suggest that any of the UEFA Europa League final activities in Stockholm may be the target of attacks.

“UEFA has been closely working with local authorities and the Swedish FA for many months and the terrorist risk had been taken into account since the very beginning of the project. Furthermore, a number of additional security measures were implemented following the attacks in Stockholm last April. Due to the tight security arrangements, UEFA urges fans to arrive at the stadium as early as possible, as detailed checks will be made at the entrances, resulting in potential delays in accessing the stadium.”

United released the following statement early on Tuesday morning following the attack, while many of their players and key figures in the soccer world have been sharing their condolences on social media.

Everyone at Manchester United is deeply shocked by last night’s terrible events at the Manchester Arena. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected, including our supporters, club staff and members of our community such as the children from our Manchester United Foundation partner schools who were attending the concert at the Arena. Club staff are ready to help the police and other emergency services in any way that may be required at this challenging time for our city.

Soccer world reacts to the Manchester attacks

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NBC News is reporting that at least 19 people have been killed and another 50 are injured following a possible suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials who are monitoring British authorities told NBC News that preliminary reports indicate that a single explosion took place outside the arena on the southwest side opposite the train station. The explosion occurred as the concert ended, catching people as they exited.

Soccer clubs, players and personalities around the world are reacting to the horrible event.

Juventus purchases Cuadrado from Chelsea

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If you didn’t realize Juan Cuadrado still belonged to Chelsea, you’re forgiven.

The Colombian attacker will complete his second season at Juventus after the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, and won’t be headed back to Chelsea afterwards.

Juve has purchased Cuadrado, and the fee is $22 million, and Juve will pay it over three seasons. Cuadrado, 28, is now signed through 2020 with The Old Lady.

Cuadrado first went on loan to Juve in Aug. 2015, and has eight goals and 18 assists in 83 career appearances with the club.

Chelsea bought Cuadrado from Fiorentina for around $32 million in the January 2015 transfer window, but made just 14 appearances with the club.

Report: Jermain Defoe meeting with Bournemouth

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Sky Sports is reporting that Jermain Defoe may head back to the south of England following Sunderland’s relegation.

Defoe, 34, spent two seasons with Portsmouth between 2008-09, scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances.

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The 56-times capped England striker had a clause in his Sunderland contract allowing him to leave the Stadium of Light were the Black Cats to be relegated, as they were this season. He’d have little interest in dropping into the Championship given his desire to stay a part of the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Bournemouth’s strike corps includes Joshua King, who scored the most goals of any player not on a Top Seven side this season. King’s 16 goals were one more than Defoe’s 15, though the latter scored just one goal following a brace against Crystal Palace on Feb. 4.