Wednesday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Di Maria to PSG, Evra to Juve, more

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While several new signings and transfer have been made official today, including Gareth Barry to Everton and Robert Lewandowski to Bayern Munich, there’s even more buzz in the “what could happen?” department of silly season.

And it isn’t all silly.

PSG has struck the first blow in the Angel Di Maria sweepstakes by making an $83 million offer for the Real Madrid man, according to a Sky Italia report. Could that start a bidding war with expected suitors Manchester United, Monaco and Juventus amongst others?

We’ve already told you of the massive interest in American World Cup star DeAndre Yedlin and the three firm offers Seattle has received from UEFA Champions League clubs. Read more on that here.

The BBC is reporting that Patrice Evra is an object of desire for Juventus, who have reached out to Manchester United after the Red Devils triggered a one-year extension in the 33-year-old back’s contract. United does not have a ton of depth in the back, though they did add Luke Shaw in a high-profile move this summer.

Manchester City and Real Madrid disappointment Robinho is apparently the subject of a bidding war amongst three MLS teams, according to the league’s site. Orlando City, Chicago and New England are all linked as interested parties.

Fulham has sold 22-year-old Swiss midfielder Pajtim Kasami to Greek powers Olympiakos. He scored just three times in 55 games for the Cottagers.

Newcastle United is making a fresh approach for Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella, with a $16 million-plus offer according to Goal.com. The same report says the Magpies also want Olympique Lyonnais striker Alexandre Lacazette.

Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Inter Milan is making a strong approach to pry Stevan Jovetic away from Manchester City, while the Italian club is also looking into taking Chilean midfielder Gary Medel from Cardiff City.

Sky Bet seems to think Nicklas Bendtner to Aston Villa is a done-deal, with the odds on the controversial striker skipping Arsenal moving from 16:1 to 1:8. In any event, it seems he’s headed somewhere and soon.

Spanish newspaper AS says Chelsea will no longer chase Atletico Madrid back Filipe Luis.

Belgium goes to World Cup without Nainggolan

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BRUSSELS (AP) Belgium left midfielder Radja Nainggolan out of its World Cup squad despite a standout season with Champions League semifinalist Roma.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has long had a difficult relationship with the stormy midfielder. But after being called up for a warm-up game in March against Saudi Arabia, expectations had been that he would be on the 28-man roster announced Monday.

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On top of the troubled relationship, Nainggolan was also the victim of the unparalleled wealth of talent the small nation has produced over the past few years.

Thibaut Courtois, Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku were all named in the squad, which will be cut to 23 before the World Cup.

Nashville MLS expansion club snares ex-Liverpool CEO Ayre

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Former Liverpool CEO Ian Ayre is moving from Merseyside to the Music City.

The Tennesseean’s Joe Rexrode says Ayre is set to take the reins of Nashville SC as the first CEO in club history when it makes its debut in the 2020 MLS season.

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Liverpool hired ex-EA Sports executive Peter Moore to replace Ayre in 2017 after the latter, 54, spent six years with the club as managing director and then CEO.

From the Tennessean:

“The MLS has huge ambitions to be one of the biggest and leading leagues in the world, and is on that trajectory,” Ayre said. “Both as a soccer fan and an executive in the industry, it’s something I’ve had my eye on because it’s important. … You talk about MLS and its growth, I think it’s becoming easier and will become easier to attract the right talent to something that’s exciting and developing. And if you have a reputation of being involved in a club like Liverpool, you hope that stands for something when you start to try and attract talent.”

The timing of Ayre’s addition hearkens back to that of former Tottenham executive Darren Eales at Atlanta United. If it has the same success, Nashville will be proud.

Report: Lampard interviews twice with Championship club

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Steven Gerrard‘s longtime England midfield mate Frank Lampard could soon be joining him in a management.

While Gerrard is tasked with rebuilding Rangers’ Scottish title push, Lampard’s reported new gig would entail leading Ipswich Town back to the Premier League for the first time since 2002.

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Sky Sports says Lampard has already interviewed twice with Ipswich Town ownership in a bid to earn his first senior management gig.

Lampard, 39, played for Chelsea, Man City, New York City FC, West Ham United, and Swansea in a sparkling 20-year playing career.

Town finished 12th in the Championship, 15 points back of a playoff spot and 19 clear of relegation.

No World Cup for Chelsea’s Spanish trio

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Spain has left Chelsea trio Alvaro Morata, Marcos Alonso, and Pedro off its World Cup squad.

Also omitted were Napoli’s Jose Callejoin and Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin.

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Manager Julen Lopetegui did include Blues defender Cesar Azpilicueta and ex-Chelsea man Diego Costa, as well as Manchester United’s David De Gea, Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal, and Man City’s David Silva.

Spain is expected to contend for the tournament crown in Russia, led by a stellar midfield which includes Silva, Andres Iniesta, Isco, and Thiago Alcantara.

Spain is in a group with Portugal, Iran, and Morocco.

Spain’s World Cup squad

Goalkeepers: De Gea, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Pepe Reina

Defenders: Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Azpilicueta, Nacho, Alvaro Odriozola, Jordi Alba, Monreal, Dani Carvajal

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Asensio, Iniesta, Isco, Saul Niguel, Thiago Alcantara, Koke, Silva.

Forwards: Diego Costa, Rodrigo, Iago Aspas, Lucas Vazquez.