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Report: Alexis Sanchez’s agent in talks with PSG

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According to a report from French outlet RMC, Alexis Sanchez’s agent is in talks with Paris Saint-Germain.

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The Arsenal striker, 28, has 15 months left on his current deal with the Gunners but with Arsene Wenger‘s future still uncertain and a top four finish looking increasingly unlikely (so, no UEFA Champions League action next season for Arsenal) it seems like the Chilean superstar is already thinking about his next step.

According to the French outlet Sanchez’s agent has met with representatives of PSG “several times” about a move to Ligue 1 for his client, plus they claim Chelsea are also in the hunt for his signature.

Sanchez has spent the past three seasons in the Premier League with Arsenal, winning one FA Cup and scoring 64 goals in 133 appearances in all competitions — including 18 goals and nine assists in the PL this season — since arriving from Barcelona in a $39.5 million transfer in the summer of 2013.

However this season speculation about his future has continued and a training ground bust-up, plus angry reactions to his teammates celebrating a draw at Bournemouth and when substituted by Wenger, have shown cracks are appearing.

Sanchez is a born winner and during the recent international break he was quoted by Chilean media as saying he loves to live in London but wants to play for a team that wins.

Many geniuses out there have put two and two together to state that Sanchez wants a move across London to Chelsea, but it is unlikely that Arsenal will want to sell their star man to a direct Premier League rival.

That’s what makes this PSG report a little more believable because if Arsenal do have to reluctantly sell Sanchez this summer (they can’t risk losing him for nothing if he doesn’t sign a new deal at the end of the season when contract talks will happen) they’d much rather he moved to Italy, Spain or France.

Also, PSG can certainly afford his wage demands which are said to be in-excess of $360,000 per week, over double what he is currently paid by Arsenal.

Sanchez, understandably for a player of his talent, wants one final payday in his career and if Arsenal can’t provide that then PSG certainly can with Les Parisiens eager to replace the lost goals of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to fire them to glory in the UEFA Champions League.

CCL: Toronto wins; Wild Herediano comeback

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On a single-digit Tuesday that severely limited the attendance at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, where the Colorado Rapids and Toronto FC dueled in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

Jonathan Osorio’s second half goal put the Reds in front and Sebastian Giovinco had a goal and an assist and the visitors take a 2-0 decision back to Ontario.

The best chance of a preseason quality first half saw Dominique Badji flub the best chance of the stage into the feet of Alex Bono.

Toronto took the lead, nabbing the away goal through Osorio’s header of a Sebastian Giovinco cross. And the Atomic Ant got on the board with a goal of his own off an Auro assist with 17 minutes to play.

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Tuesday’s other first leg saw Herediano and Tigres play to a 2-2 draw in Costa Rica, with the Liga MX visitors taking a pair of away goals but shocked by a pair of stoppage time concessions.

Francisco Meza scored in the 15th minute and Lucas Zelarayan seemingly put it to bed with 15 minutes to play.

But Yendrick Ruiz converted a 90th minute penalty kick before ex-DC United forward Jairo Arrieta did this ahead of the Feb. 22 second leg in Mexico.

Another American heads to Schalke: Zyen Jones

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Bundesliga mainstays Schalke have added yet another American, this one 17-year-old Zyen Jones of Atlanta United. Jones is a forward with the U.S. U-17 national team.

Like Josh Sargent, who signed his deal with Werder Bremen on Tuesday, he’ll head overseas and sign a pro contract on Aug. 25, his 18th birthday.

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Jones will join several potential USMNT teammates in Gelsenkirchen, including injured senior team midfielder Weston McKennie and youngster Nick Taitague (19). Forward Haji Wright is on loan at Sandhausen.

Report: Simon Dawkins making move to Minnesota

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The Loons are taking a flier on Simon Dawkins.

The London-born Jamaican international hasn’t done a ton since returning to MLS from Derby County, and turned 30 over the offseason, and Paul Tenorio says the player is on his way to Minnesota United.

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Dawkins scored 14 goals between 2011-12 with San Jose, but scored just five times in his return to California and was blanked in 14 appearances last season. He registered just 10 shots in those matches.

The left winger would join an attack with Christian Ramirez, Kevin Molino, Ethan Finlay, and a pair of Generations Adidas forwards: Abu Danladi (2017 SuperDraft) and Mason Toye (2018).

Champions League Weds. preview: Sevilla-Man Utd, Shakhtar-Roma

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Jose Mourinho says Manchester United is one round away from having legitimate hopes of winning the UEFA Champions League.

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That makes the Round of 16 tie against Sevilla — beginning Wednesday in Spain — a bit of a dream qualifier for the Red Devils.

“I normally say that Champions League dreams start around the quarter-finals and not yet in the last 16,” Mourinho said on ManUtd.com. “Last 16 still looks a long way to go. When a team reaches the quarter-finals, I think it’s the moment where even the teams that are not favourites – which is our case – they start realising that anything is possible.

The injury-hit side got a bit of a boost on Tuesday in Sevilla, where Paul Pogba, Antonio Valencia, Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera all trained ahead of the first leg.

As for the hosts, manager Vincenzo Montella admitted that he hopes Pogba won’t play, and joked that he’d prefer to tie up and “padlock” Alexis Sanchez in a bid to defend against the Chilean star.

The final Round of 16 tie to start will be Roma’s pairing with Shakhtar Donetsk, with the first leg taking place in Ukraine.

Shakhtar hasn’t played in some time, but the great equalizer is the bitter cold at Donbass Arena, where the temperature is set to be between 21 and 28 degrees Fahrenheit come kickoff.

Don’t worry, Roma fans, Daniele De Rossi is busy breathing fire into any teammates angling for excuses:

“The cold weather could affect things a little because we’re not used to it but at the end of the day it comes down to how well you perform out there. We must be mentally ready from the get-go because the cold might hit us in the opening minutes.

“If it was that much of a factor, these teams would win the Champions League every year. You don’t go through because of the weather.”