Tuesday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain, Cavani to Manchester United

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The Daily Mail claim Paris Saint-Germain have agreed to pay $65 million for Angel di Maria and match his Manchester United wages of $300,000 per week.

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Di Maria, 27, struggled in his debut season at Old Trafford after arriving from Real Madrid for $99 million in August 2014. Di Maria almost joined PSG last summer but the reigning French champions hand their hands tied due to UEFA’s strict Financial Fair Play regulations at the time. With those sanctions relaxed this summer, PSG can go full steam ahead with a move for United’s Argentine winger.

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After having his house burgled in Manchester and failing to settle in the Premier League following a string of lackluster display, Di Maria’s frustration was clear for all to see towards the end of last season when he was left on bench for plenty of games by Louis van Gaal and was sent off in United’s FA Cup quarterfinal defeat to Arsenal. Perhaps ending his PL adventure and heading to PSG is best for Di Maria and everyone. Sure, United will take a $30 million hit on him but that’s the way the transfer market goes sometimes. Looking around, the likes of Memphis Depay, Ashley Young, Adnan Januzaj and Antonio Valencia could easily negate the loss of Di Maria.

So, maybe a swap deal come be in the offing between United and PSG? “Why’s that?” you cry. Well, in an interview with Talksport Radio in the UK, Jamie Jackson of the Guardian (based in Manchester) claims that Edinson Cavani has emerged as United’s top target to replace the outgoing Robin van Persie. Cavani, 28, has scored 56 goals in 96 games for PSG since arriving from Napoli in 2013 for $75 million but “El Matador” continues to play second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Les Parisiens. Along with a new center back, Cavani could be the final piece in LVG’s expensively assembled jigsaw.

Elsewhere, Manchester City are apparently back in for Wolfsburg winger Kevin de Bruyne. The 24-year-old excelled in the Bundesliga last season and the former Chelsea attacker has spoken openly about his desire to move back to England in the past, despite his current side not interested in selling him. The Daily Telegraph say City’s reps are to meet with Wolfsburg this week and will bid up to $75 million for KDB, which would take their summer spending past the $150 million mark with Raheem Sterling set to arrive from Liverpool for the same price. If City do add De Bruyne, the Belgian flyer will be the perfect double act with Sterling. The pace and purposeful running of those two will give PL defenders sleepless nights months in advance of facing City.

Watch Live: Brazil v. Mexico in U-17 World Cup final

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The 2019 U-17 World Cup final takes place in Bezerrão Stadium on Saturday as favorites Brazil host an inspired Mexico.

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With four goals and one assist, Kaio Jorge has been Brazil’s most productive attacking player this tournament, while Mexico’s and Los Angeles Galaxy’s Efrain Alvarez is hoping to end an incredible tournament in triumphant fashion.

History between both national teams in a U-17 World Cup final dates back to 2005, when LAFC’s Carlos Vela and Mexico routed Marcelo and Brazil 3-0 in Lima, Peru.

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England finishes EURO 2020 qualifying by beating Kosovo

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England’s 2020 European Championship qualification campaign wrapped up on Sunday with a slightly flattering 4-0 victory away to third-place, and playoff qualifiers, Kosovo.

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Gareth Southgate‘s side was hardly at its best just three days after thrashing Montenegro and securing qualification to this summer’s tournament. They only led by a score of 1-0 through 78 minutes, before scoring a trio of late goals to put the game out of reach and rob the hosts of any potential moral victory.

Harry Winks opened the scoring, and his England account, in the 32nd minute. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain found Winks near the top of Kosovo’s penalty area and though Winks’ first touch appeared quite poor, every player in blue stopped and stood as the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder walked in on goal and coolly slotted the ball home to make it 1-0.

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From that point forward, Kosovo enjoyed control of the game’s tempo and looked every bit the Three Lions’ equal. That is, until Harry Kane finished an open chance at the back post in the 79th minute and opened the floodgates.

Marcus Rashford added a third four minutes later, followed by another first England goal — this time, scored by Mason Mount — in the 91st.

England finishes EURO 2020 qualification with a record of 7W-0D-1L and a +31 goal differential, which is second only to Belgium who sit at +32 with one game still to play. England required Sunday’s victory to confirm its place as a Pot 1 team at the draw for the group stage.

Arsenal beat Spurs in front of WSL-record crowd of 38,262

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LONDON (AP) The first north London derby in the Women’s Super League produced a record crowd of 38,262 for the competition on Sunday when Arsenal claimed a 2-0 victory at Tottenham.

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The newly fully professional side held out until the 66th minute when Kim Little struck for the champions and Vivianne Miedema extended Arsenal’s lead in the 82nd minute.

It was the first time Tottenham, in its first top-flight campaign, had staged women’s football at its main 61,000-capacity stadium, which opened earlier this year.

The crowd surpassed the 31,213 at Manchester City for the visit of Manchester United on the opening weekend of the season in September.

Tottenham hosted Arsenal on the first designated Women’s Football Weekend in England which also saw 23,500 at Anfield for Liverpool’s 1-0 loss to Everton.

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Chelsea opened the season by hosting Tottenham in front of around 25,000 at Stamford Bridge.

League leaders Chelsea were back at their usual home of Kingsmeadow on Sunday. Maren Mjelde’s penalty sealed a 1-0 victory over promoted Manchester United in front of 4,790 fans – a WSL record crowd for a game not played in a large stadium usually used by the men’s team.

VIDEO: Dutch 2nd-division game stopped for racist abuse; player later scores goal

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A Dutch second-division game between Den Bosch and Excelsior was temporarily stopped on Sunday due to suspected racist chanting and Nazi salutes performed by some of Den Bosch’s fans.

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The game was halted by referee Laurens Gerrets in the 30 minute. Dutch winger Ahmad Mendes Moreira, who plays for Excelsior, was the player targeted by the racist chanting. He was at that time seen gesturing toward the crowd, indicating to Gerrets and teammates that he was hearing racist abuse from the stands.

In a mixed zone for media availability after the game, Den Bosch manager Erik van der Ven is reported to have called Mendes Moreira a “pathetic little man” for pointing out the racist abuse to Gerrets. Den Bosch released a statement claiming that no racist abuse occurred, that the fans were instead making “crow sounds” and treating Mendes Moreira to a “crow concert,” which they claim is part of customary treatment of opposing players.

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Mendes Moreira appeared emotional after scoring a goal to put Excelsior 2-1 ahead fewer than 15 minutes after the game was restarted.