Draxler, Pogba, Januzaj headline 10 deals to monitor as we near Transfer Deadline Day

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With the transfer deadline approaching its Tuesday conclusion, deals and rumored deals are hitting the headlines at a head-spinning rate.

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Of course as we’ve learned with Kevin De Bruyne and Pedro Rodriguez, any deal can be delayed, hit a snag, or find a new destination. Yes, even on Deadline Day.

Ten deals to watch

A big named striker to the Emirates — Arsenal has looked anything but clinical, and fans will feel quite worried after another pass-heavy performance led to… winning by a Newcastle own-goal despite being up a man for 76 minutes at St. James Park. Edinson Cavani? Aleksandr Kokorin? Andriy Yarmolenko?

Paul Pogba to Chelsea — Juventus is 0-2 to start the Serie A season — yes, seriously — and is already dealing with the new identity that comes with life after Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal. Might now be the time to cash in on their big French playing chip? He would instantly boost Chelsea’s befuddling start to the season, and is among the most exciting and influential players in the world.

Anthony Martial to Manchester United — This one looks pretty cut-and-dried, as the 19-year-old Monaco man has left France camp for a quick trip to Manchester and a $56 million move to Old Trafford.

Julian Draxler finally leaves the rumor mill (UPDATE: Done… off to Wolfsburg) — Schalke has been dealing with Draxler rumors for ages, and reports say the club is actually going to sell the player in the next couple days. Will he help replace Kevin De Bruyne at Wolfsburg, aid Juventus in ending its early season funk, or is Arsenal a landing spot? And what would the trickle down do for his new club’s deadline day ideas?

Victor Wanyama to anywhere — Southampton’s 24-year-old Kenyan dynamo has apparently asked to leave St. Mary’s, but manager Ronald Koeman has been adamant that no one will be leaving the club before Sept. 1, and referenced Saints holding onto Morgan Schneiderlin last year at this time:

“Maybe it is good for Victor to talk to Morgan, because I think he is more happy now than he was last year even to do the move he wanted at that moment,” said Koeman.

Which side will blink?

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Adnan Januzaj to Borussia Dortmund (UPDATE: Done deal) — Is it a loan or a permanent move seems more on the mind than will it happen, as Januzaj didn’t play for United on Sunday. It’s a curious move, as the youngster looked lively for the Red Devils this early season, but if Martial’s on the way perhaps it’ll work out?

Kevin Nolan to somewhere — The longtime West Ham, Newcastle and Bolton man, who becomes a leader wherever he goes, has apparently left Upton Park by mutual consent. Dick Advocaat lies in wait, but would the 33-year-old really be primed to take the Northeast abuse that comes from joining his former rivals? Or will rumored moves to Burnley and Cardiff City give the promotion player his next lease on life?

Charlie Austin back to the Premier League — QPR’s big goal man is now being linked to — wait for it — Manchester United after a summer of Newcastle, Everton and Spurs talk. One thing’s for sure, we’d love to see the Englishman back on our televisions this Fall. Bonus name: Will valuable midfielder Matty Phillips remain at Loftus Road come the deadline?

Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez to Bayer Leverkusen [ UPDATE: Confirmed ] —  And it would be two Old Trafford attackers to the Bundesliga if El Tri’s ‘Little Pea’ moves to Bayer. $18 million is quite a risk for the German powers (although what’s $18 million in the transfer market these days? Could he reclaim his form with Stefan Kiessling and company?

Gyasi Zardes to Europe — He’s in USMNT camp right now and he will get a big raise soon (one that won’t probably come from an L.A. squad with Steven Gerrard, Gio Dos Santos, and Robbie Keane on the books). Genk and Reading have been linked. Will Zardes leave the Galaxy (the team, not the Milky Way. Haven’t read of any interest from FC Andromeda 964).

UEL, LIVE — Arsenal meets Eintracht before Man Utd, Wolves play

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The Europa League group stage begins play on Thursday, with Arsenal in Germany to face Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Bundesliga side is missing a lot of familiar faces after a tumultuous summer saw Luka Jovic, Sebastien Haller, and Ante Rebic.

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Arsenal will follow suit with some youth, as Emile Smith-Rowe, Bukayo Saka, and Joe Willock drawing starts.

Kickoff is at 12:55 p.m. ET, with Manchester United and Wolves set to kick-off their respective matches against Astana and Braga at 3 p.m. ET.

Full slate

12:55 p.m. ET
CFR Cluj v. Lazio
LASK v. Rosenborg
Getafe v. Trabzonspor
PSV Eindhoven v. Sporting Lisbon
Basel v. Krasnodar
APOEL Nicosia v. Dudelange
Copenhagen v. Lugano
Standard Liege v. Vitoria SC
Qarabag v. Sevilla
Eintracht Frankfurt v. Arsenal
Rennes v. Celtic
Dynamo Kiev v. Malmo

3 p.m. ET
Wolfsburg v. Oleksandriya
Espanyol v. Ferencvaros
Rangers v. Feyenoord
Porto v. Young Boys
Slovan Bratislava v. Besiktas
Borussia Monchengladbach v. Wolfsberg
Partizan v. AZ Alkmaar
AS Roma v. Istanbul Basaksehir
Gent v. Saint-Etienne
Manchester United v. Astana
Wolves v. Braga
Ludogorets Razgrad v. CSKA Moscow

Report: Man City’s David Silva in “likely” Inter Miami move

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Arguably the greatest player in Manchester City history could become the first star player of Inter Miami.

That’s the story coming out of England, where The Independent reports that David Silva will “likely” join Inter Miami CF for its inaugural MLS run in 2020.

It’s well-known that Silva is leaving Man City this summer after one last-go at his first UEFA Champions League title.

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David Beckham has been recruiting some of the top names in the game, and has been linked with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Silva, 33, checks all the boxes. The Spanish star won two EUROs and a World Cup, and is still playing at a very high level. He has five assists in six matches for City this season.

If healthy, it would be foolish to expect anything but dominance out of Silva, though beware the think pieces out there about how he “might find it tougher than he thinks.” We’re talking about a world beater who posted 10 goals and 14 assists for City last season.

Even at his age, he’d carry one of the top resumes of any player to join Major League Soccer (Beckham, Steven Gerrard, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic would like a word).

He has 71 goals and 134 assists in 402 matches for City, and would eventually line up against fellow City Football Group club NYCFC.

NBC Sports’ Premier League Fan Fest heading to Austin

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Everything is bigger in Texas. And this will be no different.

NBC Sports and the Premier League have announced details for the first Premier League Mornings Live Fan Fest event of the season, and we are heading to Austin, Texas in October.

Just like the events in Washington D.C., New York City and Boston last season, fans will be able to watch all of the PL action together with the live studio show taking place in front of them.

This time it takes place at Scholz Garten in downtown Austin.

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The two-day celebration of Premier League fandom will take place on Saturday Oct. 26 and Sunday Oct. 27. The Scholz Garten venue is inclusive of a full street closure, courtyard space, and indoor bar.

All sections of the venue will be packed with fun activities and of course plenty of viewing areas for fans to watch all of the action.

The event will feature the NBC Sports studio broadcast live onsite with special appearances throughout the day. We’ll also have free merchandise and giveaways throughout the day, plus food, drink and plenty more.

Premier League Interim Chief Executive, Richard Masters, said: “After a successful season of Premier League Mornings Live, we are delighted to be visiting Austin, Texas, for the first event of 2019-20. Last year we saw how passionate our American fans are, as we brought the Premier League experience to Washington D.C., New York and Boston.

”This season we are once again working with NBC Sports and bringing many of our clubs, partners and some famous faces to unique locations in different cities. Those attending in Austin can expect some great activations and I am sure there will be plenty of entertaining football for them to enjoy as we have some exciting fixtures taking place over the weekend.”

Report: Newcastle United tracking Atlanta United’s Martinez

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A report out of Newcastle says the Magpies may be returning to Atlanta United’s ranks for a January transfer swoop.

MLS record goal scorer Josef Martinez is the name mentioned as among Newcastle’s targets, though journalist Lee Ryder says there may be trepidation given Miguel Almiron’s failure to find goals at St. James’ Park.

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Martinez, 26, scored twice more Wednesday evening for the Five Stripes, including a sensational solo goal. He has scored in 15-straight league matches and is five goals away from matching his MLS single season record set last season.

Atlanta signed Martinez through the 2023 season. Transfermarkt puts his market value around $11 million, comparing him with players like Jurgen Locadia, Yoshinori Muto, and Manolo Gabbiadini.

Newcastle broke its transfer record to land Almiron last season, then smashed it sign Joelinton from Hoffenheim in August. The Magpies have also splashed cash on Allan Saint-Maximin and there’s a clear focus on upgrading the attack.

Maybe the Magpies would view the move as a bargain which could help Almiron get back to his form of last season, but it seems there would be numerous hurdles to clear before a firm bid would be made for Martinez. If Saint-Maximin or Almiron finds form, would there be room for Martinez running underneath Joelinton? Or maybe we’re wrong and Mike Ashley is ready to spend to provide adequate depth?

Lots of questions here.