Swansea confirm Gylfi Sigurdsson won’t play in season opener

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Gylfi Sigurdsson is still a Swansea City player, but it appears he will never pull on the jersey again.

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With a move to Everton edging closer, the two Premier League clubs have been locked into talks for weeks but no deal has been struck with Swansea wanting over $65 million from the Toffees (who, after all, received over $96 million earlier this summer for Romelu Lukaku) for their main man.

Everton boss Ronald Koeman seemed positive a deal would be done soon but it has continued to drag on.

Sigurdsson, 27, hasn’t played for Swansea since the start of preseason when they lost Barnet on July 12 and did not go on their preseason tour to the U.S. as he “wasn’t in the right frame of mind” to join the squad. Since then he has been training with the squad every day despite wanting a move away.

Speaking ahead of Swansea’s trip to Southampton on Saturday, Clement revealed that the Icelandic playmaker won’t feature in his squad for the Swans’ opening game of the season and gave an update on his situation.

“The latest is that there is no deal done with any club with Gylfi,” Clement said. “Talks are ongoing and I’m speaking to our chairman and owners every day for an update but there is no current conclusion to that situation… Sigurdsson won’t be involved in the squad this weekend. I don’t anticipate it going until the end of the window [the deal]. Of course I would like the situation resolved as soon as possible. I’ve come out and said that quite clearly. Hopefully that will be the case.”

The end is near, it seems.

Sigurdsson scored nine goals and added 13 assists in the PL last season with only Kevin De Bruyne and Christian Eriksen creating more goals in the league.

The former Tottenham Hotspur star still has three years left on his current Swansea contract but he has made it clear from the start of preseason that he wants to move to Goodison Park to join Koeman’s revolution. At Everton he is expected to line up alongside Wayne Rooney and Davy Klaassen in a fluid attacking unit which aims to see multiple players chip in with goals after relying heavily on Lukaku in recent years.

Sigurdsson’s departure at Swansea would leave a huge gap in their side, especially with Fernando Llorente, their top goalscorer from last season, also out injured, hence why they’re holding on for the biggest fee possible.

Still, at this point, it would seem better for everyone that a deal was struck for Sigurdsson to move on as Swansea need to find suitable replacements to bring in during the final two weeks of the summer transfer window. Time is ticking and this deal has taken long enough.

MLS Snapshot: New York City FC 2-1 New England Revolution (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): For nearly 75 minutes, NYCFC couldn’t muster up any chances in the attacking third, but thankfully their captain did what he does best. David Villa scored his 19th goal of the season on Sunday night to pull out a 2-1 win against the New England Revolution, but it was rookie Jonathan Lewis that notched the winner. The visitors took the lead 20 minutes prior after Sean Johnson spilled a shot in front of his own goal, allowing Teal Bunbury to pounce on the rebound. NYCFC now moves to within four points of Eastern Conference leaders Toronto FC with nine matches remaining in the regular season.

Three four moments that mattered

16′ — Harrison breaks ankles, but Villa can’t finish — This might be the only time all see you’ll see David Villa miss a chance like this…

38′ — Johnson gets a finger tip to Rowe’s blast — Sean Johnson had no work to do in the first half, at least until Kelyn Rowe decided to rip a shot from distance just before halftime.

57′ — Johnson’s error grants Bunbury, Revs the lead — Look away, NYCFC fans.

77′ — Villa find the back of the net — When you need a goal, who you gonna call? That’s right. David Villa. The NYCFC captain is now up to 19 this season.

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Man of the match: David Villa

Goalscorers: Teal Bunbury (57′), David Villa (77′), Jonathan Lewis (90+4′)

Honoring victims of attacks, Barcelona wins league opener

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Wearing shirts honoring victims of the recent attacks in Spain, Barcelona opened its Spanish league season with a comfortable 2-0 win over Real Betis on Sunday.

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Players had the word “Barcelona” instead of their names on the back of their shirts, and the Catalan hashtag “TOTSSOMBARCELONA” (We are all Barcelona) was on display around the Camp Nou stadium. The message was also shown on the stadium’s large screens, as well as on many banners carried by fans.

An emotional minute’s silence was held before the game as the music of Catalan cellist Pau Casals played in the background.

Before the minute was up, the more than 55,000 fans at the stadium broke into a round of applause and began chanting “No tinc por” (I’m not afraid), a chant which has become a symbol of people’s reactions to the attacks that killed 14 people and injured more than 120 in Barcelona and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils.

Extra security was implemented in and around Camp Nou.

There was a minute’s silence before every Spanish league match this weekend.

Without Neymar and the injured Luis Suarez, Barcelona got off to a winning start in the league after consecutive losses to rival Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final.

It scored two goals three minutes apart near the end of the first half – an own-goal by Betis defender Alin Tosca and a close-range shot by Sergi Roberto. Both goals came after plays started by Gerard Deulofeu, one of the players expected to try to replace Neymar after his world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

“We lost depth with Neymar’s departure and we have to find a way to overcome that,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said.

Lionel Messi looked lively but wasn’t able to score his 350th goal in La Liga. He came close, though, being denied by the woodwork three different times.

AP Sports Writer Tales Azzoni contributed to this report.

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Brighton breaks club record with signing of winger Jose Izquierdo

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Brighton hasn’t gotten off to the ideal start in its debut season in the Premier League, but a key reinforcement is on the way.

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After starting the 2017/18 campaign with back-to-back defeats, the Seagulls announced on Sunday the signing of Colombian winger Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge in Belgium for a record fee.

The 25-year-old spent three seasons in Belgium’s top flight and totaled 38 goals across all competitions for Brugge, prior to making the move to England.

Additionally, Izquierdo has worked his way into the Colombia squad as of late, and scored his first international goal for his country in June 2017 in a friendly against Cameroon.

MLS Follow Live — NYCFC hosts Revs, Minnesota meets Sounders

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Only two matches will feature on the MLS docket Sunday evening, but luckily two of the league’s most exciting teams will take to the pitch.

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First, New York City FC will attempt to continue its ascent up the Eastern Conference ladder when they host Kei Kamara and the New England Revolution.

In the night cap, the Seattle Sounders look to extend their unbeaten streak to nine matches when they welcome newcomers Minnesota United to CenturyLink Field.

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Here’s the schedule and kick-off times for Sunday’s two MLS fixtures.

New York City FC vs. New England Revolution — 6 p.m. ET
Seattle Sounders vs. Minnesota United — 10 p.m. ET