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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.

MLS Snapshot: Philadelphia Union 3-0 Columbus Crew

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The game in 100 words (or less)Goals from Ilsinho, CJ Sapong, and Marcus Epps led the Philadelphia Union to a 3-0 win over the Crew, who had not one but two players sent off in the loss. Jonathan Mensah saw red in the 35th minute for denial of an obvious goal scoring opportunity, and Lalas Abubakar was sent off for violent conduct with about a quarter hour to play. Sapong had two assists and Ilsinho added a helper too. Philly pulls to within five points of sixth-place Columbus, and have played one less game.

Three moments that mattered

20′  — Overhead pass gets deserved finish — Ilsinho made Zack Steffen’s diving attempt look feeble with a blast after Sapong’s bike-like ball across the box.

38′ — Alberg PK denied — Did we mention it could’ve been worse for Philly? Roland Alberg was stopped by the left hand of the law, er, Steffen. The left hand of the Steffen.

81′ — Epps puts it to bed — The man was credited with eight shots on the night, as 22-year-old Marcus Epps has his first MLS goal (He has scored in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup).

Man of the Match: Sapong.

Conte questions Spurs ambitions: “You must buy expensive players”

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Like most Spurs fans, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has noticed that Tottenham isn’t spending during this summer transfer window.

He’s also heard the remarks of Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who said the spending from many other Premier League clubs is “unsustainable.”

Conte’s reply? Maybe not winning’s okay to you, Dan.

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The Chelsea boss defends the massive money being doled out on players by, essentially, saying ambitious clubs have to keep up with other ambitious clubs. And without digging into the profit margins of Spurs and other PL clubs, perhaps he has a point.

Also, you can’t help but appreciate the subtle dig at Liverpool, as if to say, “Yeah, maybe they care.”

From the BBC:

“If [Spurs] don’t win the title, it’s not a tragedy. If they don’t arrive in the Champions League, it’s not a tragedy. If they go out in the first round of the Champions League, it’s not a tragedy. If they go out after the first game that they play in the Europa League and go down against Gent, it’s not a tragedy.

“Maybe for Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and – I don’t know – Liverpool, it is a tragedy. You must understand this. You must understand the status of the team.

“Every team has to understand what their ambitions are. If their ambitions are to fight for the title or try to win the Champions League, you must buy expensive players. Otherwise you continue to stay in your level. It’s simple. My question is this: What are Tottenham’s expectations?”

Again, we’re not poring over the financials of these clubs, but it is saying something that Spurs have not bought any new players and sold Kyle Walker to Man City for $59 million. If the market says players are worth that, than the logic goes that Spurs cannot improve without investing that sum into players.

And look, Mr. Levy, you spent $40 million on Moussa Sissoko and close to $30m on Vincent Janssen. It’s not like we’re talking about a totally new world here.

It wasn’t all negative, or passive aggressive negative, from Conte, who said Harry Kane is the top striker worth buying in the world, and valued him at more than $131 million.

FOLLOW LIVE: Lineups as the USMNT goes trophy hunting

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Levi’s Stadium is the scene as the United States men’s national team looks to wrestle the Gold Cup back after Mexico claimed the 2015 championship.

Jamaica is the opponent, and an incredible story all things considered, as the Reggae Boyz hope their second-straight tournament final is the occasion for their first Gold Cup crown.

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Kickoff is slated for about 9:45 p.m. ET, with the pageantry from California getting started at 9:30.

There are no real surprises in the XI, aside from Bruce Arena’s continued use of Graham Zusi at right back. Omar Gonzalez pairs with Matt Besler in the heart of the defense, with Michael Bradley, Kellyn Acosta, Darlington Nagbe, and Paul Arriola combining for an industrious midfield.

Jozy Altidore and Jordan Morris are up top, while Jorge Villafana fills out the lineup at left back with Tim Howard in goal.

Clint Dempsey is on the bench, perhaps awaiting another super sub performance.

WATCH: Neymar dizzies Valencia, gets Suarez pick to score vs. Man Utd

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All three parts of the MSN trident helped Barcelona produce an International Champions Cup goal against Manchester United on Wednesday, though not in the most traditional of fashions.

Lionel Messi’s through ball was off target, and Neymar rushed onto it before spinning toward goal. Luis Suarez literally shoved Chris Smalling out of contention to stop the Brazilian, and Neymar did the rest with a finish past David De Gea.

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Say it with me, “It’s preseason for the officials, too, you guys.”

Neymar’s goal has given Barcelona a 1-0 lead over United, and the match is at halftime. Obviously, he hasn’t been sent to Paris Saint-Germain.