Thursday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Ospina leaving Arsenal, Cabaye to Tottenham

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David Ospina could be leaving Arsenal after just one season at the Emirates. The Colombian national team goalkeeper joined the Gunners from Nice last summer after an impressive World Cup, but multiple reports suggest that Arsene Wenger is ready to offload Ospina to Turkish giants Fenerbache for $6.2 million and bring in Petr Cech from Chelsea. Wojciech Szczesny is said to be sticking around at Arsenal and the Polish international will battle with Cech for the No. 1 jersey.

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According to the Times, Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Yohan Cabaye is being chased by Tottenham Hotspur. Cabaye, 29, dazzled for Newcastle United in the Premier League during a three-year stint with the Magpies but has failed to nail down a regular spot in PSG’s lineup after moving to the Ligue 1 club in January 2014 for $30 million.

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Despite winning back-to-back French titles in Paris and playing in the UEFA Champions League, Cabaye is eager to get more minutes to rubber-stamp his spot in the French national team squad ahead of Euro 2016. His former boss at Newcastle, Alan Pardew, is said to be interested in taking him to Crystal Palace but now Spurs have emerged as a likely destination for Cabaye to return to the PL. His cultured play and set-piece delivery would add something extra to Spurs’ midfield as he and Christian Eriksen could be the perfect playmaking duo to lay chances on a plate for Harry Kane up top.

Chelsea, West Ham and Newcastle United have emerged as the front-runners to sign QPR striker Charlie Austin. According to the Daily Express, Austin will be able to leave Loftus Road if a club offers $23 million for his services. The 25-year-old scored 18 goals last season during his debut campaign in the PL and earned himself a call up to the English national team. Austin would be a bench player at Chelsea but at West Ham and Newcastle he’d be the main man up top. Chelsea may offload Loic Remy with the imminent arrival of Radamel Falcao said to have unsettled the French international, but would Austin relish sitting on the bench for the Blues? First, let’s see who stumps up the hefty wad of cash Rangers are asking for.

Watch Live: Liverpool v. Arsenal

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2-0 to start the season, Liverpool and Arsenal are both bidding for their first marquee three points when they tangle at Anfield on Saturday (Watch live on NBC and online via

Alexandre Lacazette is on the bench for Arsenal as record signing Nicolas Pepe starts for the Gunners, who have beaten Burnley and Newcastle United.


Liverpool’s wins have come against Norwich City and Southampton, and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is deploying his very best to face the Gunners.




AT HALF: Manchester United trails, 10-man Brighton loses goal to VAR

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We’ve got goals. We’ve got red cards. We’ve got fun.

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All four Premier League 10 a.m. ET Saturday kickoffs have reached halftime. Here’s your primer to select which second half to stream live.

Watford 1-1 West Ham United

Chances and entertainment for days at Vicarage Road, where Mark Noble‘s early penalty was quickly offset by Andre Gray‘s emphatic finish of a Will Hughes through ball.

Brighton and Hove Albion 0-0 Southampton

Florin Andone has been sent off for the hosts after a gnarly challenge on Yan Valery, and further insult for Brighton came when VAR spotted a clear foul on Lewis Dunk‘s headed goal.

Sheffield United 0-1 Leicester City

Jamie Vardy may not tire of throwing parties, and James Maddison sure designs delightful invitations.

Manchester United 0-1 Crystal Palace

Possession doesn’t matter much if you can’t handle a 70-yard goalkeeper pass, and Victor Lindelof‘s lost header to Jeff Schlupp allowed Jordan Ayew as much time as he needed to slot past David De Gea.

United probably should be up a man after Gary Cahill chopped down Anthony Martial, but only a yellow arrived at Old Trafford.

Lampard, Abraham react to first Chelsea win, goal

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Frank Lampard was all business in being asked about his first Premier League win as Chelsea boss.

Coming on the heels of a loss and draw heading into Saturday’s 3-2 defeat of Norwich City, Lampard was ready to talk about the big picture (especially considering the Blues dealt with a pre-match injury to Pedro).

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With a lot of young players and a tricky transfer ban, Lampard has to walk a fine line between the expectations of Chelsea and the reality of working with a side he hasn’t been able to improve through the transfer window. From the BBC:

“We want to compete. We know this year is difficult on different levels. We’ve had a tough start, and yep, we needed a win. It helps confidence.”

On the other end of the spectrum is Tammy Abraham, who has no qualms whatsoever with his first Chelsea goal in the Premier League.

“I didn’t even know how to celebrate so I just ran over to the management and the staff. It always gives confidence to me and the young boys when the coach believes in you.”

Sheffield United is next, a real chance for the Blues to round into form even if the Blades have been plucky early in their Premier League return.

Watch Live: Four Premier League games at 10am ET

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Four Premier League games kick off at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, as Matchweek 3 is in full swing.

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Man United host Crystal Palace, Southampton head to Brighton, Watford and West Ham do battle and Leicester travel to Sheffield United.

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You can access additional games by purchasing the new “Premier League Pass” via NBC Sports Gold which also includes an extensive selection of shoulder programming such as Premier League News, Premier League Today and NBC Sports originals such as Premier League Download and much more.

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For those of you familiar with the Premier League Breakaway Show during busy days (Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Championship Sunday etc.) in the PL, this will follow that model of being similar to the NFL RedZone with action shown from all of the games in the 10 a.m. ET window. More info is available here.

The schedule for all four games at 10 a.m. ET is below and you can stream each game live by clicking on the links.

10 a.m. ET: Man United v. Crystal Palace – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Brighton v. Southampton – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Sheffield United v. Leicester – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Watford v. West Ham – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]