Monday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: PSG’s $133 million Ronaldo bid, Stones to Chelsea


Paris Saint-Germain are said to have had a bid of $120 million turned down by Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo.

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PSG are banking that Ronaldo, 30, is unhappy at Real after Carlo Ancelotti was replaced by Rafael Benitez this summer. In various reports from the Middle East, it is said that Real’s president Florentino Perez met with PSG officials in Doha, Qatar in early July but the initial bid was turned down. However with Paris Saint-Germain’s Financial Fair Play restrictions eased by UEFA, it is believed the French champions are willing to up their bid despite Perez claiming that Ronaldo is not for sale.

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic said to be close to leaving PSG, Laurent Blanc’s side could have an offensive overhaul this summer with Angel di Maria, a close friend of Ronaldo’s from their Real Madrid days, said to be closing in on a $60 million move from Manchester United. If Ronaldo did leave Real for PSG it would certainly be for one of the largest transfer fees in history and it would also scupper the dreams of United fans who hope to see Ronaldo back at Old Trafford in the not so distant future. Despite these rumors, a PSG official claims that they have not made a bid for Ronaldo. Interesting.

Elsewhere, the Daily Mirror claims that Chelsea will make an improved bid of $40 million for John Stones but they also say that Everton want $52 million for the 21-year-old defender. Jose Mourinho has revealed his admiration for Stones, but is the young Toffee really worth this much? The future heir to John Terry has developed into a fine ball-playing center back, and it seems like Everton will fight tooth and nail to keep him at Goodison Park.

Finally, Spanish outlet Fichajes say that Arsenal will make an improved offer for Karim Benzema. The 27-year-old forward will cost the Gunners $52.5 million from Real Madrid but the French international would become the focal point of their attack as question marks remain over the duo of Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck being able to perform and stay injury-free for an entire season.

Report: Chelsea would let Juventus hire Sarri for $7m fee

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Maurizio Sarri looks set for a second-straight offseason of “Will Chelsea or won’t they?”

One year after needing the Blues to sort out the removal of Antonio Conte and compensation with Napoli, Sarri could now be moving back to Italy.

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But Chelsea won’t make any decisions on his future until after the Europa League Final in Baku next week, and reportedly would let him leave for Juventus if the Serie A side pays a $7 million fee.

Sarri also criticized the Blues’ preseason trip to America, and Matt Law’s report says the manager is fine to stay in England but may want to return to Italy. Roma is also searching for a manager.

Chelsea’s playing style under Sarri drew criticism from supporters but the Blues are in the Europa League Final, finished third in the Premier League, and came within penalty kicks of beating Manchester City to the League Cup title.

Maybe the cigarette-chomping Sarri isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but his success on the table and tournaments with a transfer ban looming was pretty solid. Chelsea could do much worse.

Man Utd set to add $20m Swans winger James

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Manchester United’s first signing of the summer will be a Welsh international forward, but not that one, presuming the clubs sort out the transfer fee.

Swansea City winger Daniel James has agreed to terms with United, according to Sky Sports.

The 21-year-old is expected to cost Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s men about $20 million.

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James scored five times with 10 assists for Graham Potter in all competitions this season, totaling 2800 minutes for Swans.

Only Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish was fouled more per game than James, who was taken to the turf 2.7 times per match. He mostly played on the left wing this season.

Twice-capped by Wales, James turns 22 in November. How long will it take him to make the jump from Championship star to Premier League contributor?

Martinez names Kompany in Belgium squad

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Roberto Martinez is going to suit up a manager as Belgium fights to qualify for EURO 2020.

Okay, okay, that manager is Anderlecht player-manager Vincent Kompany, mere days removed from sealing a domestic treble for Manchester City.

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Kompany, 33, has been called up by Belgium for the first time since November. He has 87 caps with four goals for the Red Devils, and perhaps the nickname will be a little less awkward now that he’s not a member of the Premier League’s “noisy neighbors.”

Here’s what Martinez had to say about Kompany’s inclusion.

“In modern football it is not easy to combine the job of player and coach,” Martinez added. “In England they have a tradition of that but less and less because the job of coach has become enormously demanding. We must give him time. We will support him in everything he does.”

Belgium is in a qualifying group with Russia, Cyprus, Scotland, Kazakhstan, and San Marino, and should waltz into the tournament.

USMNT dates to host Cuba, Canada revealed

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MIAMI (AP) The United States will host Cuba on Oct. 11 and Canada on Nov. 15 in the first CONCACAF Nations League.

CONCACAF said Tuesday that the Americans, seeded in Group A, will play at Canada on Oct. 15 and at Cuba on Nov. 19.

Sites have not been determined.

Other Nations League groups are:

B – Bermuda, Mexico, Panama

C – Martinique, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago

D – Costa Rica, Curacao, Haiti

The top team in each League A group advances to the semifinals in March, and the last-place team is relegated to League B.

The U.S. intends to play exhibitions on the September FIFA dates for national teams.

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