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Transfer Rumor Roundup: Verratti to Chelsea; Silva to Man United

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The Sun is reporting that Marco Verratti is being lined up by Chelsea this summer.

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Chelsea are said to have made a $71.6 million bid for Verratti, 24, but the Italian is said to be happy at current club Paris Saint-Germain.

The two-way midfielder shone under Chelsea boss Antonio Conte with the Italian national team and he would add some extra poise to their midfield as a deep-lying playmaker.

With Chelsea having Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic and N'Golo Kante in midfield, they seem pretty set for options in those two central areas, but if Fabregas was to move on in search of regular minutes then bringing in Verratti would be a great move. He’d likely even start ahead of Matic if the deal went through, despite the Serbian impressing this season alongside Kante.

The bid of over $70 million may seem high but Verratti oozes class on the ball and although PSG are reportedly willing to move him on, the player is apparently concerned about laying time.


Manchester United continued to be linked with a host of players and the latest is Bernando Silva from AS Monaco.

The Portugal international, 22, has been linked with a $90 million move to Old Trafford this summer and his dazzling displays in an attacking midfield role helped Monaco reach the UEFA Champions League semifinals and also seal the Ligue 1 title.

Do United really need another attacking midfielder? This is the same debate which came up surrounding James Rodriguez who has been heavily linked with a move to United this summer.

Speaking to French outlet SIC, Silva certainly didn’t pour cold water on reports linking him with a move to some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

“I am finishing my third season in Monaco, who gave me the opportunity to play at a higher level,” Silva said. “But of course, every player dreams of playing for the best teams and in the best divisions one day. I’m no exception.”

Silva is full of trickery and able to operate out wide or through the middle, but United already have Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard who can do this. Unless Jose Mourinho is preparing a big clear-out of his attacking midfield talents this summer, then spending big on Silva doesn’t make much sense. His main priority should be replacing the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic and finding a new targetman who can share the responsibilities with Marcus Rashford.

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.

Report: Manchester United, Inter Milan keen on Perisic deal

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Manchester United wants Ivan Perisic, and both the player and his current club are all about it.

Perisic, 28, is ready to leave Inter Milan, and the Serie A mainstays are happy to accept $46 million for his services according to Sky Sports.

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Primarily a left winger, Perisic moved to Inter from Wolfsburg at the start of the 2015-16 season. He scored 10 goals and added nine assists in Serie A play this season, and has kept up his production pace since moving from the Bundesliga to Italy.

United needs stars and depth for its Champions League campaign, and Perisic would buttress an attack with Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan amongst others. He was a difference maker for Croatia at EURO 2016, and can do the same at Old Trafford.