Tuesday transfer rumor roundup: Falcao to Liverpool, Welbeck to Hull?

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Three World Cup powers of 2014 have players working their way through the rumor mills today, as we told you about the Dutch and Chilean players tipped for QPR and the Argentine defender excited about Manchester United.

So who else is moving through the gossip pages?

AS Monaco can keep saying Radamel Falcao is going nowhere, but the papers will keep moving him around the world. In this case, the Daily Mail says the 28-year-old Colombian is being pursued by Liverpool and Juventus. The same folks say Atletico Madrid is coming to Anfield for Daniel Agger, while Samuel Eto’o remains in the picture as a potential Liverpool addition.

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As Bayern Munich deals with an injury to Bastian Schweinsteiger, president Franz Beckenbauer is busy poking his nose in Borussia Dortmund’s business. Beckenbauer claims Marco Reus will move to Manchester United… next summer, according to the German paper Bild.

With Jack Rodwell moving to Sunderland from Manchester City, plenty of other Etihad-based names are being mentioned as departures. According to the Express, Micah Richards is being pursued by Roma, Newcastle, Tottenham and Arsenal. His supposed $7 million price tag isn’t hurting the buzz. Richards is a homegrown City player.

Speaking of Englishmen potentially moving within the country, it seems Andros Townsend could net Spurs some money from Southampton. The Mirror says Ronald Koeman is in pursuit of the winger despite having a $16 million bid denied.

Hull sold Shane Long for a profit, and want to find a replacement for the Irish striker. In this writer’s mind, all three of these links are at least as good as the man they sold: Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck, Watford’s Troy Deeney and Lorient’s Vincent Aboubakar. The latter, a 22-year-old Cameroonian World Cupper, seems especially intriguing and it’s odd that Hull could net him because of the domestic overvaluation of the other two.

Oxlade-Chamberlain back in Liverpool training

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back in Liverpool training, nine months after a horrible injury cost him the chance to appear in the UEFA Champions League Final.

Initially ruled out for the duration of the 2018-19 season following an ACL year, “The Ox” is giving the Reds a boost in Dubai.

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The 25-year-old Oxlade-Chamberlain posted five goals and seven assists in his first season at Liverpool.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has 32 England caps and 283 senior appearances between Southampton, Arsenal, and Liverpool. He left the Gunners in part because of a desire to play a more central role in the midfield.

Oxlade-Chamberlain detailed his recovery late last year. There’s yet to be discussion of when he might be fit to return to match play, but Liverpool will be careful with its industrious playmaker.

Montreal owner Saputo hands presidency duties to Gilmore

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Montreal Impact owner Joey Saputo is giving the reigns of his club to a new president.

Saputo announced Tuesday that he’s handing over presidency duties to Kevin Gilmore, the former chief operating officer of the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens.

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The Saputo family founded the Impact in 1992, and Joey Saputo shepherded the club into Major League Soccer.

The Impact is coached by Remi Garde, the former Aston Villa boss, and has Designated Players in Ignacio Piatti and Saphir Taidir. The Bleu-blanc-noir just started training camp.

Cardiff “very distressed,” “praying for positive news” regarding Sala

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Cardiff City executive director Ken Choo has released a statement on the missing flight from France to Wales which carried new signing Emiliano Sala.

Crews in Wales continue to search for the plane, which disappeared from radar late Monday night.

Fans have flocked to Cardiff City Stadium and Nantes town square to lay flowers in hopes of a miraculous recovery for Sala and his pilot.

From Cardiff City’s official site:

“We were very shocked upon hearing the news that the plane had gone missing. We expected Emiliano to arrive last night into Cardiff and today was due to be his first day with the team.

“Our owner, Tan Sri Vincent Tan, and chairman, Mehmet Dalman, are all very distressed about the situation.

“We made the decision first thing this morning to call off training with the thoughts of the squad, management staff and the entire Club with Emiliano and the pilot.

“All of us at Cardiff City FC would like to thank our fans, and the entire footballing family for their support at this difficult time.

“We continue to pray for positive news.”

Ronaldo pleads guilty to tax fraud at Madrid court

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MADRID (AP) Cristiano Ronaldo has pleaded guilty to tax fraud and received a two-year suspended sentence.

The Juventus forward, who was facing charges stemming from his days at Real Madrid, was in court for about 45 minutes and signed an agreement which will cost him nearly 19 million euros ($21.6 million) in fines.

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Ronaldo arrived at court in a black van and was wearing a black sports coat and black pants. He walked up some stairs leading to the court house and even stopped to sign an autograph.

Ronaldo made the deal to plead guilty with Spain’s state prosecutor and tax authorities last year.

In Spain, a judge can suspend sentences for two years or less for first-time offenders.

In 2017, a state prosecutor accused Ronaldo of four counts of tax fraud from 2011-14 worth 14.7 million euros ($16.7 million). Ronaldo was accused of having used shell companies outside Spain to hide income made from image rights.

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