Friday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Rooney to Arsenal, Tevez to Liverpool?

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This morning we are going to take another quick look around Europe to see which transfer rumors have surfaced.

With plenty of big money deals already flying around, and new managers building their squads hurriedly behind the scenes, this summer is set to see plenty of transfer activity.

Let us begin.

Wayne Rooney is the subject of plenty of speculation once again, and it seems as if Arsenal are willing to splash the cash for the Manchester United forward. Chief executive Ivan Gazidis is adamant Rooney’s wages and a transfer fee of around $37 million can be arranged, if Arsene Wenger wants to sign the striker. Arsenal’s transfer policy is set for a change this summer, with the frugal spending to make way big-name signings. At least that is the plan. With Champions League soccer on offer and plenty of young talent, Rooney and other superstars may be looking at the Gunners in a different light. (The Sun)

Liverpool are apparently already preparing for life without Luis Suarez, as Carlos Tevez could be on his way to Anfield. The Manchester City forward only has one year left on his contract at the Etihad and Brendan Rodgers could pounce to sign the Argentinian striker. Tevez, 29, would provide an instant replacement for Suarez and his goalscoring record would certainly help the Reds. With Daniel Sturridge out for most of preseason, recruiting a striker is now of huge importance to Liverpool. A deal for Tevez would be at a knockdown price of $12 million. For a talent who could almost guarantee 15 goals, it’s a no brainer. What could go wrong… (Mirror)

Manchester United’s new manager David Moyes is lining up Uruguayan right back Guillermo Valera as his first signing. The 20-year-old defender had a two week trial with United and impressed, and Moyes has now lodged a $1.8 million bid for the Penarol player. Not exactly breaking the bank, but United’s success in securing young talent is unrivaled and Valera is tipped for big things. The youngster was flying to the UK yesterday to tie up the deal. So is this the way things will go at United? Frugal signings from Moyes and a reliance on homegrown talent? Perhaps. But I would expect to see a few big name arrivals over the summer too. (Daily Express)

The Spanish press have speculated that a whole host of Europe’s top clubs are on “red alert” as Cristiano Ronaldo‘s contract negotiations aren’t going well at Real Madrid. The Portuguese attacker is attracting interest from Manchester United, Manchester City, AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain. He still has two years left on his deal, but plenty of rumors have been surfacing about a possible return to Manchester United. A transfer fee of $90 million could be expected, with the clubs offering Ronaldo $34 million a year to sign on. Can United really afford this? Either way this saga could rumble on all summer. (AS, Spain)

One of Barcelona’s brightest young stars could be heading to the Bundesliga, with 21-year-old Cristian Tello set for a move to either Borussia Dortmund or Schalke. The Barcelona winger is now further down the pecking order, after Brazilian superstar Neymar arrived at the Nou Camp last week. Tello is an incredible talent but like many of Barca’s youngsters, he may have to move on for first team action. So instead of Spain’s top talent looking to England or Italy for a move, is Germany set to become the new place to go? European soccer’s superpowers are shifting towards Deutschland. (Bild, Germany)

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Reina faces hearing over links with trio connected to mafia

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ROME (AP) Outgoing Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina has been summoned to a hearing at the Italian football federation over his association with people with links to the mafia.

Reina, along with Paolo Cannavaro and Salvatore Aronica, is to face the FIGC’s disciplinary committee after an investigation by Naples’ anti-mafia department.

It is reportedly one of the reasons why Napoli decided not to renew Reina’s contract, with the former Liverpool goalkeeper set to move to AC Milan on a free transfer.

The FIGC says Reina “has had and continues to have inopportune association and friendship with Gabriele Esposito, Francesco Esposito and Giuseppe Esposito.” It adds that that includes holidays and “an exchange of favors.”

Cannavaro, who had two spells with Napoli, retired at Sassuolo last year. Aronica also spent several years at the southern club before joining Palermo in 2013.

Iran names initial squad for World Cup

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) Jalal Hosseini and Vouria Ghaffouri have both been left off Iran’s provisional 24-man squad for the World Cup.

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz did not say why Hosseini, a Persepolis defender, and Ghaffouri were not included.

There was space for midfielders Masoud Shojaei and Ehsan Hajsafi, however. Both played with Greek club Panionios against Maccabi Tel Aviv in August 2017. Iran does not recognize Israel and its supreme leader has threatened the country in the past. Both Shojaei and Hajsafi missed matches with the national team after the game.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh, a 24-year-old forward who plays in the Netherlands with AZ Alkmaar, is also in the squad, which was announced Sunday.

In the midfield, Queiroz chose Saeid Ezatolahi, although the Amkar Perm player will miss the team’s first World Cup match because he was given a red card in a game against South Korea in qualifying.

Nottingham Forest midfielder Ashkan Dejagah was also chosen.

Goalkeeper Amir Abedzadeh of Portuguese club Maritimo made the squad. His father, Ahmadreza Abedzadeh, was Iran captain and goalkeeper at the 1998 World Cup in France.

Iran will play in Group B at the World Cup with Portugal, Spain and Morocco. The team will play warm-up matches in Turkey and Greece before heading to Russia.

Goalkeepers: Alireza Beiranvand (Persepolis), Rashid Mazaheri (Zob Ahan), Amir Abedzadeh (Maritimo)

Defenders: Ramin Rezaeian (KV Oostende), Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh (Padideh), Morteza Pouraliganji (Al Saad), Pejman Montazeri (Esteghlal), Seyed Majid Hosseini (Esteghlal), Milad Mohammadi (Akhmat Grozny), Roozbeh Cheshmi (Esteghlal)

Midfielders: Saeid Ezatolahi (Amkar Perm), Masoud Shojaei (AEK Athens), Mehdi Torabi (Saipa), Ashkan Dejagah (Nottingham Forest), Omid Ebrahimi (Esteghlal), Ehsan Hajsafi (Olympiakos), Vahid Amiri (Persepolis), Saman Ghoddos (Ostersunds FK), Ali Gholizadeh (Saipa)

Forwards: Alireza Jahanbakhsh (AZ Alkmaar), Karim Ansarifard (Olympiakos), Mahdi Taremi (Al-Gharafa Sports Club), Sardar Azmoun (Rubin Kazan), Reza Ghoochannejhad (SC Heerenveen)

Six Premier Leaguers named to Argentina, but no Icardi

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Argentina’s World Cup roster features a number of the usual suspects, particularly up front, but Serie A’s top goalscorer has been surprisingly left off the list of 23.

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Manager Jorge Sampaoli’s squad was made official on Monday, which includes the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain.

The Albiceleste won’t be taking Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi though, which has raised some questions about the decision.

Icardi led all scorers in Italy’s top flight this season, scoring 29 goals in 34 Serie A matches, while Paulo Dybala edged out the final striker spot in the Argentina squad.

Dybala is teammates with Higuain at Italian giants Juventus.

Meanwhile, six Premier League players were named into the South American nation’s squad, including goalkeepers Sergio Romero (Man United) and Willy Caballero (Chelsea), as well as Nicolas Otamendi (Man City), Marcos Rojo (Man United) and Manuel Lanzini (West Ham).

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