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MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 21: Keisuke Honda of AC Milan attends prior the Serie A match between AC Milan and SSC Napoli at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 21, 2017 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)
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Report: Sounders on verge of adding AC Milan’s Honda

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The Seattle Sounders may have a game-changing transfer on their hands (inasmuch as a game can be changed for a reigning MLS Cup winner).

AC Milan is reportedly willing to release Keisuke Honda from his contract, clearing the way for Seattle to add the 30-year-old attacker.

Honda has 36 goals in 82 caps for Japan, and has played just 15 minutes in Serie A since Oct. 25 despite his status as a regular call-up for country.

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This untenable situation would be a boon for Seattle, who would gain Honda despite recent gossip linking him to Watford, Southampton, Spurs, and others.

The idea of Honda on the pitch with Nicolas Lodeiro and Clint Dempsey could spell a major sophomore season for forward Jordan Morris.

If this Japanese import has even a modicum of the success as another Seattle team’s look to Asia — See: Suzuki, Ichiro — look out.

Report: Chelsea making first waves in $88m Bernardo chase

MONACO - NOVEMBER 22:  Bernardo Silva of Monaco  during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC  at Louis II Stadium on November 22, 2016 in Monaco, .  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Monaco has slapped a massive price tag on Bernardo Silva, and The Times says that isn’t stopping Chelsea.

Antonio Conte is trying to land the 22-year-old Portuguese attacker according to the report, which says that the Blues are already chatting up the Ligue 1 outfit.

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Silva has six goals and seven assists in France’s top flight this season, adding another three in the UEFA Champions League. He did not appear at EURO 2016 thanks to a hamstring injury, as Portugal won the Henri Delaunay Trophy.

Chelsea is ready to spend $88 million on the right winger, who can also play in a attacking center mid role. From The Times:

Monaco would like to secure a minimum of €80m (£68.4m) for Bernardo, who is comfortable operating on either the left or right wing or as a number 10. With Barcelona, Real Madrid and both Manchester clubs also expressing their interest Monaco, who play Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday, believe a money-spinning auction may develop.

Transfer prices can be hard to predict, but is Silva the sort of talent that will tempt nine figures? We’ve been surprised before, and at his age it’s possible, but color us skeptical.

Evans has a dig at new Whitecaps forward Montero, MLS

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 24: Fredy Montero Munoz of Sporting Club de Portugal during the 2015 Cape Town Cup match between Ajax Cape Town and Sporting Lisbon at Cape Town Stadium on July 24, 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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The Vancouver Whitecaps made a potentially big loan addition to their roster on Wednesday, one that caused an amusing exchange on Twitter between two USMNT players.

Fredy Montero scored 47 goals in four seasons with Seattle Sounders, where he plied his trade alongside defender and now captain Brad Evans.

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On Wednesday, Montero joined Cascadian rivals Vancouver, and Evans was not amused at his former teammate’s decision. He even ventured into curse territory.

That inspired fellow American midfielder Dax McCarty, himself traded from New York Red Bulls to Chicago Fire this winter, to ask for Evans’ thoughts on his move.

As for Montero, he went on to play for Millonarios in Colombia before spending two and a half seasons with Sporting CP. Last season, he netted nine goals in 30 matches for Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda.

Will he be the answer to Vancouver’s needs at striker? The Caps also added Peruvian striker Yordy Reyna this offseason, and have Giles Barnes, Kekuta Manneh, and Erik Hurtado in their ranks.

New York City signs longtime Atalanta mid to DP deal

GENOA, ITALY - JANUARY 06:  Maxi Moralez of Atalanta BC scores his side's second goal during the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and Atalanta BC at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on January 6, 2015 in Genoa, Italy.  (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)
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Maxi Moralez is headed for Yankee Stadium, New York City FC announced its third Designated Player on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old Argentine midfielder has a knack for the final pass, and was a difference maker for several seasons in the Serie A with Atalanta.

More recently, he posted seven goals and 10 assists for Leon in Liga MX.

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Moralez is fired up to play for Patrick Vieira, and alongside Andrea Pirlo and David Villa. Here’s what else he had to say, from NewYorkCityFC.com:

“Maxi is dynamic, he’s direct and he’s very good in one v. one situations. He can create chances and can score goals. He’s a really creative player who can make an assist – he can create something from nothing and I believe that our fans will love him.”

Howe hopes Wilshere loan will lead to permanent transfer

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04:  Eddie Howe manager of AFC Bournemouth celebrates victory with Jack Wilshere of AFC Bournemouth after the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool at Vitality Stadium on December 4, 2016 in Bournemouth, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Thus far, Jack Wilshere‘s loan move to Bournemouth can only be seen as a massive success.

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Beyond the fact he’s remained healthy enough and fit enough to appear in 19 of the Cherries’ 22 Premier League games for which he’s been at the club this season, the 25-year-old midfielder has impressed his temporary boss, Eddie Howe, so much that he hopes Wilshere’s move to the Vitality Stadium can be made permanent in the summer transfer window.

Speaking ahead of Monday’s clash with Manchester City (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET, on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com), Howe was effusive in his praise for Wilshere and transparent regarding his desire to extend his time on the south coast — quotes from the Guardian:

“As I see it, Jack’s on loan until the summer when we’ll look at it and Jack will look at it. He views this as his home at the moment, until the end of the season. His heart has been here from the day he walked in the door. There have been no problems there. But it’s his right to review his options at the end of the season and see where his career goes next.

“His future is something we can worry about at the end of the season. Not now. We’ve got other things to think about. But it’s very much in Jack’s hands, and where he sees his career going next. We’re enjoying the relationship at the moment, but let’s concentrate on the football.”

“From my perspective, I look deeper in terms of what he is doing and what he’s doing for the team. This season we’ve improved a lot of the aspects of our play because of him. It’s not down to one individual in how you play, but he’s fitted into that team very well. He is producing more match-defining moments for me: the pass to Josh King against Everton was sublime. I think there are more moments like that to come from him as he continues to improve.”

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Back at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger expressed last month his regrets over allowing Wilshere to leave on loan after a rash of injuries left his squad paper-thin during one of the busiest periods of the season.