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Transfer Rumor Roundup: Schneiderlin to West Brom, Van Dijk’s value

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The January transfer window is right around the corner, and plenty of clubs have big needs. Liverpool and Manchester United will be shopping defenders, Manchester City is always a major player, and Arsenal could look to boost its title chances.

But there are also plenty of other needs around the Premier League aside from the top teams.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis confirmed the club has made a bid for Manchester United’s cast-away midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. “I don’t want to say any more other than confirm our bid [for Schneiderlin]. We have to be fair to Manchester United and the player,” Pulis said Friday morning.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho agreed that they would let Schneiderlin go, with Mourinho praising the former Southampton midfielder’s behavior this season. “If the offer is right and our board thinks so, I would not stop him. If he is playing regularly, I have a right to say ‘no way’. If he is not playing regularly, I have no right to say ‘you are not going anywhere’. He is a great professional. A fantastic boy.”

While Schneiderlin may be on his way out, likely Memphis Depay is likely to leave Old Trafford as well, with both unable to crack the matchday squad. Everton manager Ronaldo Koeman has been an admirer of his fellow Dutchman, and has been long rumored to be the leaders for Depay’s signature in January.

However, they could have competition from Italian club Roma, looking to catch Juventus at the top of the Serie A table. According to the Liverpool Echo, Everton knows it cannot compete with Champions League play, but Koeman will pin his hopes on the knowledge that Depay would likely slide right into the starting lineup at Goodison Park. The report also claims Koeman will make a play for Schneiderlin as well.

With so many top clubs needing defenders, Southampton pair Jose Fonte and Virgil Van Dijk will be in high demand. For Saints, they’ll likely be able to drive the price up, if not keep the two together at St. Mary’s. Van Dijk in particular has been linked to Liverpool, Manchester City, and others, but Saints manager Claude Puel has issued the Premier League a warning, saying it will cost them if they wish to pry away his best defender.

“For Virgil the price will be the same in two or three years and he can stay two or three years with us,” Puel said. “He is an important player for us and for the team. He has good spirit.” The Telegraph claims the price tag is as high as $73.5 million. Southampton sold Saido Mane to Liverpool this past summer for around $47 million, and has done significant business with the Reds the past few years.

Transfer Rumor Roundup: Chelsea still pursuing Roma duo, and more

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Chelsea is looking to make a big transfer splash as it searches for potential replacements for Michy Batshuayi and David Luiz.

According to multiple reports, Chelsea is attempting a double signing from AS Roma, forward Edin Dzeko and midfielder Emerson Palmieri. The Brazilian left-back is rated by Roma at $30.5 million but he could join Chelsea on loan. However the interest in Dzeko is much newer, and it’s unclear whether Roma would allow Dzeko to leave, especially in the middle of the season.

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With Roma preparing to face Inter Milan this weekend, talks between the two clubs have been put on hold until next week.

Dzeko’s agent confirmed that Conte is interested in the Bosnia and Herzegovina international but stated Dzeko’s desire is to remain at Roma.

After failing to beat out Sergio Aguero in the starting lineup for Manchester City, it would be interesting to see Dzeko give the Premier League another go, although he’d likely play second-fiddle again, this time to Alvaro Morata.

Here are some more transfer rumors from around Europe and the Premier League:

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MLS SuperDraft 2018 Live Tracker

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For a few dozen players, hearing their name called up to the big stage will validate all the hard work and sacrifices they’ve made since they were children.

Starting at 11:00 a.m. when Los Angeles FC is on the clock at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, the 2018 MLS SuperDraft will be underway. Many of the top college prospects will soon find out whether they’ll be headed to the Pacific Northwest, New England, the Southeast, Southern California or anywhere in between.

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This year’s draft class is loaded with attacking talent, from Generation Adidas trio Ema Twumasi (Wake Forest), Mason Toye (Indiana) and Francis Atuahene (Michigan) to Twumasi’s college teammate Jon Bakero.

But potential No. 1 overall pick is a three-time national champion, Thomas Hilliard-Arce, who could become the anchor of a backline for a decade.

Follow along below as we update the picks live as we hear them:

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Bayern signs Germany midfielder Goretzka from rival Schalke

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MUNICH (AP) Bayern Munich signed Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka on Friday on a free transfer from Bundesliga rival Schalke effective from next season.

Bayern said the 22-year-old Goretzka signed a four-year deal from July 1 through June 2022.

Schalke, which Goretzka joined in 2013 from hometown club Bochum, said the player informed the club this week of his wish to join Bayern when his contract expired.

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“We think we did everything in the last months to convince Leon to stay with us,” Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel said. “In the end, it wasn’t enough.”

Schalke had long been engaged in trying to get Goretzka to extend his contract, but was aware of reported interest from Bayern, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and Liverpool.

“We’re very happy that Leon Goretzka, a German international with big potential, has decided in favor of Bayern despite big-name international competitors. This way it’s ensured that Leon Goretzka remains in the Bundesliga,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.

Goretzka scored 19 goals and set up 13 more in 130 appearances for Schalke.

The club had previously expressed its displeasure with Bayern making public statements about its player after Goretzka was praised by sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and coach Jupp Heynckes.

Heidel said “we don’t need to hear every day from the Munich people how good our player is.”

Goretzka has six goals in 12 games for Germany.

Pele hospitalized overnight in Brazil

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The most famous soccer player in the world had a scare last night as he was hospitalized in Brazil for “severe exhaustion.”

Pele, 77, was set to travel to London this weekend to be honored by the Football Writers Association, though it looks like that trip has now been postponed.

In the early hours of Thursday morning, Pele collapsed and was taken to a hospital in Brazil where he has undergone a series of tests which appear to point to severe exhaustion,” a FWA statement said. “He remains on fluids while doctors monitor his recovery.

“Thankfully, there is no suggestion of anything more serious than exhaustion.”

Here’s to hoping Pele makes a full recovery.

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