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Report: Michael Keane to leave Burnley this summer

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Michael Keane will leave Burnley this summer, according to Sky Sports in the UK.

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Keane, 24, has just over 12 months left on his current deal at Turf Moor and it is believed he will not sign a new deal with the Clarets this summer.

The former Manchester United defender has excelled for Burnley this season (laying in all 33 Premier League games) and earned his first call-up to the England national team in March, playing against Germany in a friendly and Lithuania in a 2018 World Cup qualifier.

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Last summer and again in January, Keane was linked with a move to a whole host of clubs and it is believed Manchester United, Everton, Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea will all be interested in a move for Keane this summer.

Where would be the best fit for the powerful central defender who has also shown plenty of poise on the ball?

It seems like Everton or Liverpool would be ideal clubs for him to not only become a regular straight away but to also lead their defenses. In Liverpool’s case they currently have three central defenders in Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan but Keane would almost certainly start alongside Lovren or Matip if he arrived at Anfield. The same could be said if he switches to Goodison Park with veteran defenders Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams, plus Ramiro Funes Mori and Matthew Pennington around.

Tottenham look set for defenders so Keane may look elsewhere, plus Chelsea have plenty of options in Kurt Zouma and Nathan Ake waiting in the wings despite John Terry leaving Stamford Bridge at the end of the season. Keane’s ability to play in a back three, as he did for England against Germany last month, proves that he could be a good fit for Antonio Conte‘s prefered 3-4-3 formation though.

Manchester United is an intriguing option given the fact that Keane came up through their academy, was born near Manchester and perhaps feels like he has unfinished business at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho has mixed and matched his central defenders throughout this season with Eric Bailly perhaps the only center back really impressing throughout. The futures of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo all appear to be a little up in the air due to injury and shaky displays throughout this season, although Rojo has improved drastically in recent months.

Keane will have many, many options this summer as Burnley will have to cash in on him with just 12 months left on his contract.

Report: Crystal Palace to build new stadium

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Crystal Palace may have a new home in the next few years.

That’s according to reports out of English, which state that Crystal Palace owner Steve Parish is set to make a major stadium announcement before Christmas.

Crystal Palace’s home stadium, Selhurst Park, is nearly 100 years old, and the club has looked over the last few years at either new locations for a stadium in South London or ways to renovate the current ground.

“When I came into this thing, the aim was to bring something for all of us to be proud of on the pitch and very importantly off the pitch,” Parish told the Croydon Advertiser. “We want to give everybody in Croydon a south London stadium that we can all be proud of and not lose our atmosphere and uniqueness.

“That’s a dream for me, a lifelong dream and one that hopefully everybody will share when they see what we’ve put together. It’s fantastically exciting times for us to look forward to.”

Unlike in America, where many sports owners demand a new stadium every 20-25 years or so, in England, there are many stadiums still in use across the Football League and Premier League that were initially built in the 1800s.

It’s unclear who would pay for a new Crystal Palace stadium, what it would look like and how many seats it would hold, but perhaps a new stadium and facility could help

FOLLOW LIVE – MLS Conference Finals, Leg 1

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There’s never been more on the line in the latest Trilliam Cup matchup.

For the first time, Toronto FC and the Columbus Crew will meet in the MLS Cup playoffs, kicking off at 8:00 p.m., with both teams taking different paths to the Eastern Conference finals.

Toronto FC battled the New York Red Bulls to win on away goals, after a 2-1 win in Red Bull Arena in the first leg, but tempers flared and the Supporters Shield winners will be without both Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore on Tuesday night. The Crew meanwhile survived an incredible 120 minutes at Atlanta United to win in a shootout, and then carried that momentum into a 4-3 aggregate victory over New York City FC.

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Now, with the Crew’s status in Columbus still up in the air, Crew fans have one chance to pack MAPFRE Stadium to support their team and prove to the league they can support an MLS franchise.

Meanwhile, in the Western Conference, the upstart Houston Dynamo host a sold-out crowd as the defending MLS Cup champions Seattle Sounders visit, with kickoff set for 9:30 p.m.

The Dynamo stunned the injury-riddled Portland Timbers in the last round and the Dynamo has lost just once at home in MLS action this calendar year. On the other side, the Sounders are getting a major boost, with Osvaldo Alonso and Jordan Morris close to returning, either in this game or next week, and Clint Dempsey remains fit and raring to go back in his home state.

Follow all the action from tonight’s MLS Cup playoff matchups.

LAFC, Bradley add Egyptian international

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On it’s face, Los Angeles FC signing an Egyptian international may be strange.

But when you think about who’s calling the shots, it makes all the sense in the world.

LAFC coach Bob Bradley brought in a former player of his from his time with the Pharoahs, as Omar Gaber became the latest player to join the new MLS club. Gaber comes from FC Basel on a season-long loan. The 25-year-old right back has played just once for Basel in the 2017-2018 season in the league, finding himself on the outside looking in and looking for a new place to prove his fitness ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

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“I loved working with all the Egyptian players, and had a great opportunity to get to know Omar during that time,” Bradley said in a statement. “He’s always been admired by teammates and fans for his all-around contributions and willingness to give everything on the field. I am proud to welcome Omar Gaber to LAFC.”

Gaber is the fifth signing this offseason for LAFC.

 

 

Report: Lukaku avoids jail time for Beverly Hills complaint

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Romelu Lukaku doesn’t have to worry about having to serve time in a Beverly Hills, Calif. jail cell.

After being issued a citation this past July for multiple noise complaints at a residence, on Tuesday a Los Angeles court ordered that Lukaku pay $450 to the Beverly Hills Police Department to reimburse them for multiple responses to the residence. The decision by the court reduces the Manchester United striker’s offense from a misdemeanor, which carries a maximum of six months in jail, to a charge of disturbing the peace.

“They are reaching a disposition in this case that the first thing that must happen is the defendant must pay Beverly Hills Police Department $450 for multiple response calls.,” Jane Godfrey, Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner said.

Of course, it was unlikely that Lukaku would ever face jail time for his offenses, but perhaps now with this out of the way, he can get back to doing what he does best; scoring goals.