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.

After VAR drama, does new handball law need to change?

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The fallout from Manchester City and Tottenham’s wild 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium continues, as late VAR drama stole the show with Gabriel Jesus‘ strike ruled out deep into second half stoppage time.

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Jesus’ goal in stoppage time was ruled out for a handball on Aymeric Laporte after being checked by VAR, as the new laws brought in by IFAB this summer were interpreted correctly. The exact same thing happened as Wolves had a goal chalked out against Leicester during the opening weekend of the season.

But do those new laws need to be tweaked?

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The new rules state that if there’s a handball in the box from an attacking player which either a) leads to the ball going into the net or b) leads directly to a goal being scored, then it will be called a handball.

However, the same law states that if a defending player handles in the box then it is down to the referees discretion to decide whether or not it was a deliberate handball.

As you’d expected, Man City midfielder Ilkay Gunodgan has strong feelings on this law change, and our broadcast crew discuss whether or not this law needs to be changed in the video above.

The overall feeling is that the law needs to tweaking to state that handballs in the box by either attacking or defending players are treated the same and called a handball.

Watch Live: Sheffield United v. Crystal Palace

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Sheffield United host Crystal Palace at Bramall Lane on Sunrday (Watch live, 9 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via as the Blades fans will enjoy their first home game back in the Premier League.


Chris Wilder, the lifelong United fan who is now their manager, will be emotional and fans of the Yorkshire club will create a heated atmosphere for opponents to visit this season.

In team news Sheffield United are unchanged from the team which drew at Bournemouth last week, with club captain Billy Sharp on the bench.

Crystal Palace bring in star man Wilfried Zaha who starts up top


Zidane says Bale will stay at Real Madrid

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Gareth Bale is staying at Real Madrid.

The Welshman was not wanted by manager Zinedine Zidane, who stated that publicly on many occasions over the summer.

But Bale started and grabbed an assist as 10-man Real beat Celta Vigo 3-1 in their La Liga opener on Saturday and it seems like Zidane is ready to brush all of this Bale talk under the carpet.

“He’s going to stay and we all have to think of that as a positive thing,” Zidane said. “The injury to Eden Hazard was bad luck for us but it didn’t change the plans we had for Bale in this game. Gareth and everyone else here is going to show this shirt the respect it deserves.”

After his move to China broke down at the last minute amid conflicting reports blaming Bale and the club for the collapse of the deal, his future at Real has seemed pretty much dead in the water.

Adding in a serious injury to Marco Asensio and Eden Hazard picking up a knock, and all of a sudden Bale is needed again. But for how long?

He was linked with a loan move to Bayern Munich but Philippe Coutinho moved to Bavaria instead, and Bale wasn’t chased by Premier League clubs during the summer due to his huge wage demands. With the transfer window across many European countries closing at the end of this month, he has run out of options to leave a club where the hierarchy and fans don’t want him.

Bale, 30, is now stuck at Real and he has another three years left on his contract. It will be interesting to see how this plays out for the man who has won four Champions League trophies at Real, yet has become the main villain at the Santiago Bernabeu as fans lambast him for playing golf and not learning to speak Spanish fluently during his six years in Spain.

Ibrahimovic scores twice, 10-man Galaxy ties Sounders 2-2

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Carson, Calif. (AP) Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in each half and the LA Galaxy tied the Seattle Sounders 2-2 on Saturday night despite playing nearly the entire match down a man.

The Galaxy’s Daniel Steres was sent off in the sixth minute for the denial of obvious goal opportunity.

Ibrahimovic tied it at 1 for the Galaxy (13-11-2) with a header in the 45th minute. In the 65th minute, he was taken down by Kim Kee-hee while going for a header in the area and converted the penalty, making it 2-1 with his 20th goal of the season.

LA defender Jorgen Skjelvik scored an own goal in the 82nd minute when he inadvertently deflected goalkeeper David Bingham’s attempted clearance into the Galaxy net.

Raul Ruidiaz opened the scoring in the 42nd minute for the Sounders (11-8-7). Harry Shipp hustled to round up a loose ball and fed it to an open Ruidiaz, who slotted it home.