Tuesday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Fabregas and Lewandowski to United?

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This morning we are going to take a 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.

Manchester United could be set for an incredible double swoop, after both Cesc Fabregas and Robert Lewandowski have reacted positively towards at move to Old Trafford. However Fabregas has since calmed any speculation about a move back to the Premier League, but the Spaniard can’t be happy about not playing regularly at Barcelona. While LEwandowski has been told he won’t be sold to Bayern Munich, so could Dortmund instead sell to United? Davod Moyes would be adding two incredible talents if he can pull this one off. Surely not? Another question: If Lewandowski arrives, does Rooney depart? (Daily Mail)

Luis Suárez has once again reaffirmed his stance on leaving Liverpool, with the Uruguayan striker stating that “every player wants to play for a top team like Madrid.” Suarez is fed up with the British media after his 10-game ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic and is keen to exit the English game this summer. Should he be allowed to leave if that is his will? Perhaps. What is the point of keeping a player at the club if he’s not happy? This saga will play out all summer, but it seems Real Madrid is Suarez’ preferred destination. (AS)

Jose Mourinho can’t get a moments peace right now, but I’m sure he’s use to that. Chelsea’s new 50-year-old manager will be busy in the transfer market this summer, and reports from Germany this morning have the Blues signing Schalke’s Julian Draxler. The 19-year-old midfielder has recently side a new contract with the Bundesliga side, however Chelsea could trigger the $58 million release clause to get their man. This summer will see plenty of change at Stamford Bridge, with Mourinho grooming a young crop of hugely talented players, for an assault on the EPL and Champions League trophies. (Kicker)

Chelsea have also apparently offered Fernando Torres plus $50 million for Edinson Cavanni, but his club Napoli have rejected the offer. The Uruguayan has scored an incredible 102 goals in 124 matches for Napoli, but they’re holding out for the $75 million release clause in his contract. Cavani said he would be honored to play for Manchester City or Chelsea, as Mourinho plans for Cavani to spearhead his new look attack. Cavani would almost guarantee goals for Chelsea… but where have we heard that before? (Ahem, Torres) But with his direct style of play, Cavani suits the type of soccer Mourinho likes to play and prevailed with at Chelsea in the past. (Goal.com)

Brendan Rodgers has been a busy boy at Liverpool, with Celta Vigo attacker Iago Aspas set to sign later today in a $10 million deal. While Rodgers has his eye on Sporting Lisbon defender Tiago Llori and Sevilla midfielder Luis Alberto. Both are 20 and would fit in with Rodgers style of playing possession based soccer at Anfield. These signings aren’t really making huge headlines, but is Rodgers slowly putting together the pieces for a Champions League challenge next season? Could well be. (BBC Sport)

World Cup’s only black coach says there should be more

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MOSCOW (AP) — The only black coach at this year’s World Cup says there is a need for more in soccer.

“In European countries, in major clubs, you see lots of African players. Now we need African coaches for our continent to go ahead,” Senegal’s Aliou Cisse said through a translator on Monday, a day ahead of his nation’s World Cup opener against Poland.

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The percentage of black players at this year’s tournament and with clubs in the world’s top leagues is far higher.

Cisse was captain of Senegal when it reached the 2002 quarterfinals in the nation’s only previous World Cup appearance.

“I am the only black coach in this World Cup. That is true,” Cisse said. “But really these are debates that disturb me. I think that football is a universal sport and that the color of your skin is of very little importance.”

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FIFA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Cisse cited Florent Ibenge, the coach of Congo’s national team, as a sign of progress.

“I think we have a new generation that is working, that is doing its utmost, and beyond being good players with a past of professional footballers,” Cisse said. “We are very good in our tactics, and we have the right to be part of the top international coaches.”

Africa’s best performance at the World Cup has been to reach the quarterfinals, accomplished by Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010.

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“I have the certainty that one day an African team, an African country, will win the World Cup,” Cisse said. “It’s a bit more complicated in our countries. We have realities that are not there in other continents, but I think that the African continent is full of qualities. We are on the way, and I’m sure that Senegal, Nigeria or other African countries will be able win, just like Brazil, Germany or other European countries.”

A lack of minority managers also has been documented at the club level. The Sports People’s Think Tank said in November there were just three minority managers among the 92 English professional clubs as of Sept. 1.

World Cup: Saudi team safe after plane caught fire mid-flight

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The Saudi Arabian national team arrived alive and well in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, on Monday after a terrifying incident that saw their plane catch fire in the air.

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The blaze was caused by “a technical failure in one of the airplane engines,” which the airline, Rossiya, claims was caused by a bird flying into the engine. Each of the planes engines were reportedly in operation upon landing at its final destination.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation posted a message on Twitter later on Monday, saying they “would like to reassure everyone that all the Saudi national team players are safe, after a technical failure in one of the airplane engines that has just landed in Rostov-on-Don airport, and now they’re heading to their residence safely.”

The Green Falcons will face Uruguay in Rostov, hoping to rebound from their tournament-opening 5-0 loss to Russia on Thursday, in each side’s second game of Group A action on Wednesday (11 a.m. ET).

Seismologists clarify Mexico fans didn’t cause earthquake

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s National Seismological Service says there was seismic activity around the country’s capital Sunday, but it wasn’t linked to soccer fans celebrating their country’s game-winning goal vs. Germany at the World Cup.

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The service says in a report that there were two small earthquakes at 10:24 a.m. and 12:01 p.m. The goal came around 11:35 a.m. local time.

A geological institute reported Sunday that seismic detectors had registered a false earthquake that may have been generated by “massive jumps” by fans.

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Mexico’s Seismological Service explained Monday that the city’s normal bustle of traffic and other movement causes vibrations that are detected by sensitive instruments.

It says those vibrations notably quieted during the match as people gathered in front of TVs to watch, and rose after the goal.

WATCH: World Cup, Day 6 — Colombia vs. Japan; Salah’s debut?

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Day 6 of the 2018 World Cup is up next, on Tuesday — and would you believe it? — there’s another three games on the schedule. This whole “back-to-back-to-back games of soccer” thing isn’t so bad.

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Up first, it’s the 2018 debut of Colombia, winners of tens hundreds of millions of hearts in 2014, as they take on Japan. In the day’s other Group H fixture, it’ll be Robert Lewandowski and Poland facing Sadio Mane and Senegal. Star power aplenty.

Then, we swing things back around to Group A, where the hosts Russia will look to continue their hot start against Egypt with Mohamed Salah expected to make his World Cup debut.

Below is Tuesday’s schedule in full.

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2018 World Cup schedule – Tuesday, June 19

Group H
Colombia vs. Japan: Saransk, 8 a.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE
Poland vs. Senegal: Moscow, 11 a.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE

Group A
Russia vs. Egypt: St. Petersburg, 2 p.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE