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Report: Man United to spend $220 million on four stars


Jose Mourinho isn’t here to mess around.

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A report from the Daily Telegraph says as much as they believe Mourinho and Manchester United will spend in excess of $220 million on four new players between now and next August.

After spending $180 million in his first transfer window as United manager with Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan coming in, Mourinho could now take his spending to over $400 million in his first 12 months in charge at United.

Think about that…

Antoine Griezmann, Victor Lindelof, Nelson Semedo and Tiemoue Bakayoko are the four players linked with a move to United but it is believed it will take two transfer windows to get them all at Old Trafford.

Griezmann, 25, will be the most expensive of the quartet with Atletico Madrid wanting the $103 million release clause for the French international striker who was the top scorer at EURO 2016.

With Griezmann previously speaking about his close relationship with Manchester United midfielder and compatriot Paul Pogba, it’s believe United has the edge on rivals to bag the clinical striker.

When it comes to Benfica duo Lindelof and Semedo, the former is a promising Swedish center back and both players have the same agent (Jorge Mendes) as Mourinho. It is believed talks over a $46.8 million transfer for Swedish international Lindelof, 22, are already in place and countryman Zlatan Ibrahimovic is key to those talks.

Semedo, 23, is a speedy right back and would cost over $30 million and he and Lindelof would vastly improve Mourinho’s defensive options as he’s currently playing winger Antonio Valencia at right back and the duo of Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones at center back. With Eric Bailly also impressing, it would seem like Chris Smalling and Daley Blind could be the odd men out, plus Luke Shaw‘s future is up in the air with his injury-hit spell at Old Trafford.

Bakayoko, 22, is also a target for Chelsea with the holding midfielder impressing for the Ligue 1 outfit in the UEFA Champions League. He’s a powerful defensive midfielder who is also capable of keeping the ball and plugging gaps. Think: Victor Wanyama but taller. It is believed Monaco want $43.1 million for Bakayoko.

With Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger seemingly on their way out of United, plus Michael Carrick having just one more year on his current deal, the Red Devils should be looking to strengthen its options in central midfield and Bakayoko is the type of destructive midfielder Mourinho has always had in his teams in the past.

If United can pull off these four deals in the next two windows, it will go a long way towards putting them back among England and Europe’s elite teams.

Mourinho has spoken about his love for the summer window over the winter window, so United’s fans may have to wait six more months for most of these deals to happen. Between now and then, you feel it’s essential for United to finish in the top four of the Premier League so they can offer these players UEFA Champions League action.

Day 9: USMNT tops Group F and more from the U20 World Cup

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Five teams booked their place in the knockout phase at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup on Sunday, including Tab Ramos and the U.S. after the Americans picked up a valuable point to finish atop Group F.

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USMNT U-20s 1-1 Saudi Arabia

An unbeaten record in group play has Ramos and Co. moving on to the Round of 16, where the U.S. will meet New Zealand. Brooks Lennon inked his name on the scoresheet for the first time at this month’s World Cup just prior to halftime, before Abdulelah Alamri equalized with almost a quarter hour left to play.

Senegal 0-0 Ecuador

A draw was all Senegal needed to ensure it would continue its run at the World Cup, while Ecuador fell short of a final 16 bid after only managing two draws during Group F play.

New Zealand 0-2 France

With nine goals for and none conceded during Group E play, France remains one of the heavy hitters at the conclusion of the group phase. Les Bleus received a strong contribution from Bastia winger Allan Saint-Maximin, who netted twice in the first half.

Honduras 2-0 Vietnam

Honduras scored twice in the final 14 minutes-plus added time but neither nation reaches the Round of 16 with Sunday’s result.

Daly collapses during match, treated for heat illness

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HOUSTON (AP) Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly collapsed during the final minute of a National Women’s Soccer League match against the Seattle Reign as temperatures climbed into the 90s.

The 25-year-old Daly was stretchered off the field and taken to the hospital, where the team said she was being treated for heat illness.

The temperature at BBVA Compass Stadium was 92 degrees at the 3 p.m. kickoff. The Reign won 2-0.

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The NWSL issued a statement that said the league had worked with the Dash before the season to schedule any afternoon games early in the year to help avoid heat issues. The teams took a hydration break late in the match.

“We will immediately review these measures to prevent this situation from occurring in the future,” the statement said.

Reign coach Laura Harvey posted to Twitter: “Proud of the team today. Some of the hottest conditions I’ve seen. Road games are tough but that was crazy.”

MLS roundup: Outrageous dive, posts doom ‘Caps; Ramirez stays red hot

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Six matches are in the books on a busy Saturday in Major League Soccer, and five of them finished 1-0.

How they got there? Much different stories. With the Cali Clasico still to play, let’s dig into the five that followed Seattle 1-0 Portland.

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Vancouver Whitecaps 0-1 DC United

It’s especially difficult to win on the road in Major League Soccer, unless the hosts fritter away four good chances off the woodwork — including a Cristian Techera PK — and give away a spot kick of their own. Lamar Neagle converted the 61st offering after a sinister dive from Jose Guillermo Ortiz. He was taken off soon after, and is probably going to miss sometime when the DisCo is done with him. Outrageous.

New York Red Bulls 2-1 New England Revolution

Not one, not two, nor three, but four New England players saw a low cross slide by them for Daniel Royer to finish as New York came from behind to take all three points at Red Bull Arena. Cody Cropper committed a gaffe that allowed Bradley Wright-Phillips to equalize after a Lee Nguyen PK had put the Revs ahead early.

Colorado Rapids 1-0 Sporting KC

Homegrown defender and University of Denver product Kortne Ford has his first MLS goal, as the Rapids surprised the Western Conference leaders on Saturday. SKC outshot Colorado by nearly 20 attempts (Shoulder shrug emoji).

Minnesota United 1-0 Orlando City

There were questions as to whether NASL superstar Christian Ramirez could translate his game to Major League Soccer.

Yes. The answer is yes.

Ramirez has eight goals in 13 MLS matches, and should be hearing his name from a certain Bruce Arena around Gold Cup time. Those USMNT dreams of last season should come true.

Bobby Shuttleworth made six saves for his third shutout of the season. All have come at home.

Real Salt Lake 1-0 Philadelphia Union

Joao Plata keeps shooting, and the tiny Ecuadorian menace keeps scoring, too. His 36th minute goal was enough for the hosts at Rio Tinto.

Raiola: Zlatan to “100 percent” stay in Europe for two seasons

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be 35 and coming off major knee surgery, but that isn’t stopping suitors from lining up across Europe.

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Ibrahimovic’s agent, Mino Raiola, says that MLS is not an option for the Swede over the next two seasons. From Sky Sports:

“Many clubs have asked for Zlatan. He can play two more years and will stay in Europe, 100 per cent.”

It would make sense for Ibrahimovic to stay around Manchester United, where he is admired by Jose Mourinho and coming off a season that showed he’s still capable of contributing at a high level.

But he remains beloved in Italy, and would be effective for most clubs in the Top 5 leagues should he return at even 75 percent of the Zlatan we’ve seen regularly.