Chelsea on verge of signing Radamel Falcao on season-long loan

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Radamel Falcao seems likely to be lining up for Chelsea in the Premier League next season.

The Colombian forward, 29, is inching towards a move back to England after Manchester United declined their option to sign the AS Monaco striker permanently for a reported $60 million after he spent the 2014-15 campaign on loan at Old Trafford.

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In the UK Sky Sports is reporting that the deal is completed, while the BBC and various other outlets in claim that the deal is still being finalize but is close to completion. Monaco can’t afford to keep Falcao around and would rather loan him out once again as his four-year deal still has two years remaining, while the player has no intention of returning to the Ligue 1 outfit who bought him for $80 million from Atletico Madrid back in 2013.

Falcao scored just four times in 29 appearances for United as Louis van Gaal left the former Atletico and FC Porto striker on the bench for much of the second half of the season. However, Chelsea’s boss Jose Mourinho recently spoke of his displeasure at the way Falcao was treated at United last season and had the following to say about a potential move for the man they call “El Tigre” back in Colombia.

“If I can help Falcao reach his level again, I will do it,” Mourinho said. “It hurts me that people in England think that the real Falcao is the one we saw at Manchester United.”

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So, with Chelsea needing a forward after Didier Drogba’s departure over the summer and only Loic Remy around to support the magnificent but injury-prone Diego Costa, Falcao’s potential arrival for the reigning PL champions will significantly bolster their attacking options for the 2015-16 season.

Signing him on a season-long loan from Monaco is a little bit of a gamble after his season of struggle in 2014-15 at United but given the fact that he has something to prove and may get plenty more minutes with Chelsea, Falcao’s arrival in west London could be a masterstroke from Mourinho. He is a true predator in and around the box — 142 goals in 178 games for Porto and Atletico will give you that reputation — and if he can link up with Eden Hazard, Oscar and Cesc Fabregas then it could add at least another 15-20 goals to Chelsea’s forward line who missed Costa badly for large stretches of last season but still eased to the PL title.

Many believe the Colombia national team captain has never fully recovered from rupturing his left ACL in January 2014 but it looks like he will get a chance to once again showcase his talents in the PL next season.

Falcao is currently in action for Colombia at the Copa America tournament but his side face an uphill task of qualifying for the knockout stages after a shock 1-0 defeat to Venezuela in their Group C opener.

10-man Real Madrid comes back to draw 10-man Arsenal

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Maybe Zinedine Zidane ought to rethink his stance on Gareth Bale?

Of course it’s just preseason, but the on-the-market Real Match forward subbed into Tuesday’s match in Maryland on Tuesday and spearheaded a comeback 2-2 draw against Arsenal.

Real won in penalties, as all International Champions Cup matches must have a winner.

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Real was down a man after 10 minutes when Nacho Fernandez handled a ball on the goal line, and Arsenal also went down a man when Sokratis Papastathopoulos saw his second yellow of the contest in the 40th minute.

Alexandre Lacazette converted a penalty, then set-up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a goal 14 minutes later as the Gunners handled their business early.

The chemistry between two remains very real.

Real started new boys Eden Hazard, Ferland Mendy, and Luka Jovic in addition to Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema, and Sergio Ramos.

Bale came in for Hazard at halftime and poked a 57th minute rebound home and Marcelo set up Marco Asensio two minutes later to complete the comeback.

Asensio, sadly, would only last a few more minutes, needing to be stretchered off with injury.

Champions League wrap: PSV strikes late to win thriller (video)

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Five first legs of the UEFA Champions League’s second qualifying round are in the books, including a thrilling back-and-forth with a show-stopping stoppage time winner.

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PSV Eindhoven 3-2 FC Basel

Bruma scored a debut opener for the Dutch hosts, who fell behind 2-1 in the 79th minute before Sam Lammers and Donyell Malen struck in the 89th minute and second minute of stoppage, respectively, to put PSV ahead.

Basel will be okay taken two away goals home via Albian Aljeti and Omar Alderete.

Lammers came in for Mexican star Hirving Lozano in the 79th minute to score the leveler within 10 minutes before Malen, who went the full 90, kept his focus to deliver this clever winner.

The New Saints 0-2 Copenhagen

Pieros Sotiriou and Robert Skov scored on either side of halftime to give the Danish powers a healthy advantage heading into the second leg.

Elsewhere
FK Sutjeska 0-1 APOEL Nicosia
Saburtalo 0-2 Dinamo Zagreb
Viktoria Plzen 0-0 Olympiacos

Wednesday
BATE Borisov v. Rosenborg — 1 p.m. ET
Ferencvaros v. Valletta — 2 p.m. ET
CFR Cluj v. Maccabi Tel-Aviv — 2 p.m. ET
Maribor v. AIK — 2:15 p.m. ET
Red Star Belgrade v. HJK Helsinki — 2:45 p.m. ET
Dundalk v. Qarabag — 2:45 p.m. ET
Celtic v. Nomme Kalju — 2:45 p.m. ET

Rodgers says no close bids for Maguire

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Those tired of seeing Harry Maguire‘s name in the headlines, hoping his transfer saga had concluded with weekend reports that Manchester United agreed to a fee with Leicester City, well, they are going to be sorely disappointed.

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Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers credited Maguire for his professionalism — the center back scored in a friendly win on Tuesday — and said that the club’s vice chairman Aiyawatt “Top” Srivaddhanaprabha has not received a fitting bid for the 26 year old’s services.

From The Leicester Mercury:

“There’s no big pressure to sell any player. If a player does leave Leicester City, then the player would need to be met because we have a top-level player, coveted by top-level clubs and I respect that,” Rodgers said. “Harry is on a long contract here and there’s been no valuation or near to that which would make Top have a look.”

Nooooooooooo.

Look, we’ve still got a few weeks until the close of the window, and every supporter has a target they want their club to acquire and some have some assets they hope stay in the same shirt at the deadline.

The Maguire story is getting a bit tedious now. He wants to go to Manchester United, but Rodgers is happy to keep him at Leicester. Maguire’s not the player who will quit on the club if he’s not sold, and Leicester’s hope of landing a replacement will dip as the deadline draws nearer and clubs like Burnley (James Tarkowski) realize their replacements options have been lessened by the wait.

Janssen leaves Spurs for Liga MX in $8M deal

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Vincent Janssen‘s less-than-ideal tenure with Tottenham Hotspur has come to its end, and he’s moving his way to this side of the Atlantic.

Liga MX side Monterrey has agreed to buy Janssen, Spurs announced Tuesday. The deal is for a reported $8 million.

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The Dutchman turned 25 this summer. He played just 42 times for Spurs after arriving from AZ Alkmaar for around $25 million in 2016, scoring six times, but did manage five goals and four assists in a half-year loan to Fenerbahce in 2017-18.

Janssen saw his time with the Netherlands national team peter out during his tenure at Spurs. After a red-hot start, he has not been capped since 2017. Janssen has seven goals in 17 caps.

His time at Spurs cannot be labeled as anything but a gigantic bust, but Janssen is still pretty young and has a chance to recapture his career momentum.

And he looks pretty happy about it.