Wednesday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Delph to Manchester City, Trippier to Tottenham

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Reports from the Daily Times have claimed Sporting Lisbon right back Cedric Soares is close to signing with Southampton. The 23-year-old Portuguese international looks set to replace Nathaniel Clyne, who has just one-year left on his deal at Southampton, and looks set to snub a new contract offer at Saints.

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Liverpool are reportedly lining up a new bid closer to $20 million for the England international after having a previous bid of $15 million turned down. However Soares could arrive at St Mary’s to strengthen the right back slot as Saints will play in the Europa League in the 2015-16 season as well as the Premier League. Soares is said to cost around $5 million and would be Southampton’s second signing of the summer after they acquired Juanmi from Malaga for $8 million.

The Daily Telegraph claims that Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph is wanted by Manchester City. Delph, 25, has become an England international over the past 12 months and despite signing a new four-and-a-half-year deal in January with Villa the former Leeds United man could be targeted by City. It is believed Delph could cost upwards of $40 million as his status as a homegrown player makes him incredible valuable. If City can’t prize Paul Pogba away from Juventus this summer then Delph would be a cheaper option to help reinvigorate their central midfield with his tireless running and all-action approach.

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Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is apparently being targeted by Chelsea. The Daily Telegraph say that Begovic, 27, would cost Chelsea $13 million and would be a good replacement for the outgoing Petr Cech. However, it is claimed that Begovic needs plenty of persuading to join the Blues as he will not be their first choice ‘keeper as long as Thibaut Courtois is around.

The Times say that West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion both want to bring former Newcastle and Chelsea striker Demba Ba back to the Premier League. Ba, 30, is currently playing for Besiktas in Turkey where he was signed by new Hammers boss Slaven Bilic. Ba scored 26 times for Bilic last season but is currently in a dispute with the Istanbul club regarding his wages.

Finally, the Independent claims that Burnley right back Kieran Trippier is close to signing for Tottenham Hotspur. Trippier, 24, impressed for the Clarets in the Premier League during the 2014-15 season and Spurs are said to be closing in on a $5 million deal to secure his services. Where that deal would leave U.S. national team right back DeAndre Yedlin remains to be seen, but Trippier is a wanted man with a release fee of just $5 million in his contract and is said to be scheduled for a medical at Spurs.

Watford chasing Rennes, Senegal star Sarr

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Watford may capture one of the rising stars of the game.

Ismaila Sarr would cost the Hornets a club transfer record fee, and Sky Sports says that Watford and Rennes are about $10 million apart.

The Ligue 1 side reportedly wants $34 million for the Senegal national team right wing.

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Sarr, 21, scored a goal and an assist in Senegal’s run to the Africa Cup of Nations final, playing opposite Sadio Mane of Liverpool.

He posted 13 goals with 14 assists last season between Ligue 1, the French Cup, and the Europa League. He was the lone Rennes player to score against Arsenal in the UEL Round of 16.

Watford has held onto Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dodi Lukebakio this offseason. Lukebakio is also a 21-year-old right wing, and had a sensational loan season with Fortuna Dusseldorf in 2019-20.

Nketiah leads Arsenal past Fiorentina (video)

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Eddie Nketiah scored twice as Arsenal beat Fiorentina 3-0 in Charlotte on Saturday.

Joe Willock also scored for the Gunners, which beat Colorado Rapids and Bayern Munich in their first two matches of the preseason and meet Real Madrid in Maryland on Tuesday.

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Fiorentina took 18 of the match’s 30 shots, though Arsenal had nearly 60 percent of the ball.

Nketiah, 20, scored against Burnley in last season’s Premier League finale and then late against Bayern Munich earlier this week.

He was deft in a high-pressure spot for this one.

Premier League friendlies: Watford beats Bayer, Man Utd over Inter

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Arsenal and Fiorentina are set to kickoff in Charlotte tonight, with the Gunners the last of a bevy of Premier League sides to engage in preseason friendlies this muggy Saturday.

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Girona 1-2 Bournemouth

Juanpe’s late header pushed La Liga’s hosts past Eddie Howe and his 10-man Cherries, playing down after VAR deemed Jack Simpson‘s foul worthy of a sending off. Ryan Fraser scored Bournemouth’s goal, assisted by Jordon Ibe.

Northampton Town 0-4 Sheffield United

Oliver Norwood converted two penalties in an easy win for Chris Wilder in his return to a club he played for and managed.

Fulham 2-1 Brighton and Hove Albion

Pascal Gross scored with an early free kick — a Megan Rapinoe special — but Tom Cairney scored twice after halftime for the Championship side.

Cheltenham Town 1-2 Leicester City

The Foxes collected a second win over a lower league side this week, with Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton on the board.

Newcastle United 1-0 West Ham United (Shanghai)

New manager Steve Bruce watched from the crowd as the Magpies made amends for a 4-0 loss to Wolves by blanking West Ham. Jamie Sterry‘s cross for Yoshinori Muto was delightful, and the Japanese striker’s finish was well-taken.

Port Vale 1-3 Burnley; Crewe Alexandra 0-1 Burnley

Chris Wood, Matej Vydra and Robbie Brady scored as the Clarets overcame an early Nick Pope goal to beat Port Vale, but the Premier League side couldn’t do much in a simultaneous friendly at Crewe.

Inter Milan 0-1 Manchester United (Singapore)

Substitute forward Mason Greenwood, just 17, scored the late goal in a match United controlled, outshooting Inter 21-8.

Preston North End 1-3 Southampton

Brace-bagging Danny Ings doesn’t usually have a problem with finish, so passing the ball directly to him is not something we’d recommend to goalkeepers. Jake Vokins also scored for Saints at Deepdale.

Watford 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen (Austria)

Will Hughes and Andre Gray scored as the Hornets collected a win over Champions League competition.

Man City (0-0, 2-3 pens) Wolves (Shanghai)

Rui Patricio was very good over 90 minutes, and stopped City’s first two penalty attempts as Wolves continue to perplex the PL champions.

WATCH: Marco Fabian smashes set piece goal

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Marco Fabian sent a missile toward goal, and perhaps it’s good the goalkeeper didn’t get to the hand-breaking shot.

Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead over Chicago on Saturday in Chester, Pennsylvania, thanks to the Mexican midfielder.

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It was a pretty set piece from Jim Curtin’s men, a backwards played free kick was laid off to Fabian for his audacious rip.

Fabian hasn’t had a wonderful 2019 season, but his fourth goal of the season will give Union supporters hope that he’ll pick up his form and make the already East-leading side all the more dangerous.