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Transfer Rumor Roundup: Gray to Everton, Spurs; Coutinho to PSG

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Sky Sports is reporting that Leicester City winger Demarai Gray has held talks with the owners of the club to try and move away from the King Power Stadium.

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Gray, 21, has been with the Foxes for the past two seasons after signing from second-tier Birmingham City in January 2016 for $9 million but has been a bit-part player with Marc Albrighton and Riyad Mahrez the mainstays out wide for Leicester.

The England U-21 international has bags of talent, scoring stunning goals against Manchester United and Derby County last season and made 41 appearances in all competitions but started just nine Premier League games.

His blistering pace, direct running and crossing ability mean plenty of Premier League clubs have been keeping tabs on him, especially as he made a good impression for Aidy Boothroyd’s U-21 side by scoring twice as they reached the semifinals of the European Championships this summer.

Able to play on either flank, the report suggests Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Borussia Dortmund all want to sign Gray and he has held talk with the owners about his future but has been told he’s not for sale. Spurs are said to be keen on bringing in another wide option with Erik Lamela battling back through injury after a year out and deals for Georges-Kevin N’Koudou and Moussa Sissoko not working out thus far.

Everton have plenty of attacking options but perhaps Ronald Koeman is unsure exactly how Yannick Bolasie will return after his ACL injury which kept him out for the majority of last season after his big-money move from Crystal Palace. As for Dortmund, well, they are known across the soccer world for attracting and nurturing the best young attacking talent and all three of the aforementioned clubs can offer Gray European action (Champions League in the case of Spurs and Dortmund) which Leicester cannot this season.

With Riyad Mahrez also pushing for a move away as UCL clubs circle, Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare (in his first full season as a PL boss) will certainly have plenty of issues to sort out between now and the end of the transfer window on Aug. 31.


A report from Spanish outlet Sport claims that Neymar is trying to persuade Philippe Coutinho to join him at Paris Saint-Germain.

Coutinho, 25, is being chased by Barcelona with widespread reports stating that Barca will use the money they gain from selling Neymar to PSG in a potential word-record transfer of $255 million.

Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool insist Coutinho, who signed a new long-term deal in January, is not for sale but the report states that Neymar is hoping to persuade Coutinho to join him at Les Parisiens.

Per the report Neymar has inundated Coutinho with WhatsApp messages over the summer and the duo are close friends after first playing together at the age of 14.

If PSG are somehow able to meet UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations by signing Neymar, then surely any deal for Coutinho (valued at over $115 million by Liverpool) would just not be possible.

Still, this is a world where PSG seem to be able to print money via their Qatari owners. Just imagine Coutinho threading through balls for Neymar and Edinsn Cavani to finish… Hey, stop drooling.

The report also states that Barca are better placed to sign Coutinho and they hope his signing, after having two bids turned down by Liverpool already, will convince Neymar to stay at the Nou Camp.

Coutinho is a wanted man and that’s just when it comes to Neymar. After scoring 13 goals and adding seven assists in the PL for Liverpool last season as he led Klopp’s men to fourth-place, Coutinho appears to be entering his prime. Will that be spent at Anfield, the Nou Camp or the Parc des Princes?

MLS Snapshot: Chicago Fire 1-3 Toronto FC (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): Greg Vanney and Toronto keep on doing their thing, and the Canadian side is yet another step closer to achieving MLS glory. TFC picked up its 50th point of the season on Saturday night after comfortably handling the Chicago Fire, who have cooled off significantly as of late in the Eastern Conference. The Fire are now nine points behind the East leaders and are losers of four of their last five matches.

Three moments that mattered

54′ — Accam, Fire level it up — Toronto really does manage to get contributions from everybody…

64′ — Hasler nets first MLS goal — Toronto really does manage to get contributions from all of their players…

90′ — Giovinco says goodnight to Chicago — That’s 12 goals on the season for Sebastian Giovinco and the TFC striker continues to help his side push towards the top seed in the East and MLS.

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Man of the match: Sebastian Giovinco

Goalscorers: Marco Delgado (14′), David Accam (54′), Nick Hasler (63′), Sebastian Giovinco (90′)

Video: Watts gifts D.C. United own goal for the ages

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Not many things have gone right for either side involved in 2017, but D.C. United was the recipient of a gift early on against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night.

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In the 27th minute, Rapids center back Jared Watts received the ball at the back, before making a routine back pass to USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard

Or at least, it should have been a routine back pass.

Instead, Watts’ pass was well off target and too strong for Howard to reach and landed in the back of the Rapids goal. 1-0 in favor of D.C.

Reminder: Both these teams sit at the bottom of their respective conferences on points.

MLS Snapshot: Piatti brace lifts Impact | Crew, Orlando City draw

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The game in 100 words (or less): The Montreal Impact have proven to be a second-half of the season team the last several years, and that form appears to be holding true once more. Mauro Biello’s side won its fourth straight match on Saturday, while Ignacio Piatti continues to show he’s one of the most deadly scorers in the league. Meanwhile, RSL’s six-match unbeaten run is snapped north of the border, leaving the Western Conference side three points out of sixth place.

Three four moments that mattered

11′ — Piatti nets his first of the night — The Impact made this attack look so easy, and Ignacio Piatti simply won’t miss a chance like this one.

26′ — Evan Bush left motionless as RSL equalize — Luis Silva took matters into his own hands, and boy did he connect with this effort!

29′ — Impact punish poor RSL defense — Guess who? Piatti has his second of the evening.

47′ — Hosts begin to pile it on — Anthony Jackson-Hamel played provider in the first two goals, so it’s only fair he got one of his own.

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Man of the match: Ignacio Piatti

Goalscorers: Ignacio Piatti (11′, 29′), Luis Silva (26′), Anthony Jackson-Hamel (47′)


The game in 100 words (or less): Orlando City and the Crew settled for a point apiece on Saturday night, but for the former the club is running out of opportunities to pick up points in the playoff race. Giles Barnes pulled a goal back for the hosts after Lalas Abubakar netted his first MLS goal for the Crew, but Orlando couldn’t find a second. The Lions played up a man for the final 13 minutes, following Harrison Afful’s dismissal.

Three moments that mattered

35′ — Abubakar knocks in first MLS goal — Orlando City’s defensive woes are certainly notable as well, but for Lalas Abubakar this is a quality way to open his scoring account in MLS.

67′ — Barnes knots it up at 1-1 — The veteran MLS forward picked up his second goal of the season.

77′ — VAR used for red card decision — The video monitor came into play briefly in the second half, and Harrison Afful was sent off the pitch early after the referee viewed the defender’s elbow to the head of Yoshi Yotun.

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Man of the match: Zack Steffen

Goalscorers: Lalas Abubakar (35′), Giles Barnes (67′)

Atlanta United fans pack 20,000 into new stadium for training session

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Atlanta United is currently in the midst of a three-match road trip in MLS play, but that didn’t stop the club from unveiling its new home venue to a massive crowd of supporters on Saturday.

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Over 20,000 fans of the Eastern Conference expansion side filed into Mercedes-Benz Stadium to watch Gerardo Martino’s side train on Saturday as Atlanta prepares to finish out its road trip against D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union.

Atlanta will open up home play at their new stadium on September 10 when they host FC Dallas. The club will have the benefit of playing eight of its final 10 regular season matches in front of its Georgia fan base.

The first-year MLS side will share the stadium with the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL.

Here are some sights from the training session