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Monday’s transfer news, rumors: Bacca to Chelsea, Shelvey to Newcastle

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Reports from Italy — Gazzetta dello Sport to be exact — state that Chelsea want to buy AC Milan forward Carlos Bacca for $50 million.

Bacca, 29, only joined Milan from Sevilla in the summer and the Colombian ace has scored nine goals in 21 games for the San Siro club. However, the fact that Bacca is not cup tied in Europe is a huge advantage for Chelsea and it is said that Paris Saint-Germain (Chelsea’s last 16 opponents in the UEFA Champions League) are also chasing the talented forward.

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With Diego Costa struggling with an injury, Radamel Falcao far from fully fit and Loic Remy said to be searching for a move away from Stamford Bridge, interim boss Guus Hiddink could be short of strikers at a pivotal stage of the season. Now, will Roman Abramovich let the temporary boss splash the cash in January?

Multiple reports — including Sky Sports and the Guardian — are reporting that Bournemouth have agreed a fee of $12 million with Norwich City for striker Lewis Grabban.

The out of favor Canaries striker, who was reprimanded by his boss Alex Neil in the summer for leaving a team hotel after getting upset about a bid from Bournemouth being rejected, looks set to rejoin the Cherries and bolster their attack. Grabban, 27, scored 35 goals in 93 games when previously playing for the Cherries from 2012-14 for a fee believed to be around $5 million. He failed to settle at Norwich and although he scored 12 goals in 36 games in the Championship last season he has only scored once in the Premier League this campaign in five starts and hasn’t played since Dec. 5.

That said, with Bournemouth losing both Max Gradel and Calum Wilson to injury, Eddie Howe is on the look out for new talent up top and have already snapped up Benik Afobe from Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday. Is Grabban the next forward to arrive at the Vitality?

With Bordeaux winger Henri Saivet working on agreeing personal terms at St. James’ Park on Monday, Steve McClaren is getting money to strengthen his squad in January. Sky Sports is reporting that Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is next on their wishlist with the England international, 23, struggling to hold down a regular spot at Newcastle’s relegation rivals Swansea City. Shelvey — formerly of Charlton Athletic and Liverpool — has been a regular the past two seasons with the Swans but with his future uncertain and Swans battling against the drop, maybe a change of scenery would do him good? McClaren is a big fan and Shelvey could cost upwards of $15 million, but he would certainly add creativity and poise to Newcastle’s engine room.

10-man Real Madrid comes back to draw 10-man Arsenal

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Maybe Zinedine Zidane ought to rethink his stance on Gareth Bale?

Of course it’s just preseason, but the on-the-market Real Match forward subbed into Tuesday’s match in Maryland on Tuesday and spearheaded a comeback 2-2 draw against Arsenal.

Real won in penalties, as all International Champions Cup matches must have a winner.

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Real was down a man after 10 minutes when Nacho Fernandez handled a ball on the goal line, and Arsenal also went down a man when Sokratis Papastathopoulos saw his second yellow of the contest in the 40th minute.

Alexandre Lacazette converted a penalty, then set-up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a goal 14 minutes later as the Gunners handled their business early.

The chemistry between two remains very real.

Real started new boys Eden Hazard, Ferland Mendy, and Luka Jovic in addition to Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema, and Sergio Ramos.

Bale came in for Hazard at halftime and poked a 57th minute rebound home and Marcelo set up Marco Asensio two minutes later to complete the comeback.

Asensio, sadly, would only last a few more minutes, needing to be stretchered off with injury.

Champions League wrap: PSV strikes late to win thriller (video)

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Five first legs of the UEFA Champions League’s second qualifying round are in the books, including a thrilling back-and-forth with a show-stopping stoppage time winner.

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PSV Eindhoven 3-2 FC Basel

Bruma scored a debut opener for the Dutch hosts, who fell behind 2-1 in the 79th minute before Sam Lammers and Donyell Malen struck in the 89th minute and second minute of stoppage, respectively, to put PSV ahead.

Basel will be okay taken two away goals home via Albian Aljeti and Omar Alderete.

Lammers came in for Mexican star Hirving Lozano in the 79th minute to score the leveler within 10 minutes before Malen, who went the full 90, kept his focus to deliver this clever winner.

The New Saints 0-2 Copenhagen

Pieros Sotiriou and Robert Skov scored on either side of halftime to give the Danish powers a healthy advantage heading into the second leg.

FK Sutjeska 0-1 APOEL Nicosia
Saburtalo 0-2 Dinamo Zagreb
Viktoria Plzen 0-0 Olympiacos

BATE Borisov v. Rosenborg — 1 p.m. ET
Ferencvaros v. Valletta — 2 p.m. ET
CFR Cluj v. Maccabi Tel-Aviv — 2 p.m. ET
Maribor v. AIK — 2:15 p.m. ET
Red Star Belgrade v. HJK Helsinki — 2:45 p.m. ET
Dundalk v. Qarabag — 2:45 p.m. ET
Celtic v. Nomme Kalju — 2:45 p.m. ET

Rodgers says no close bids for Maguire

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Those tired of seeing Harry Maguire‘s name in the headlines, hoping his transfer saga had concluded with weekend reports that Manchester United agreed to a fee with Leicester City, well, they are going to be sorely disappointed.

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Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers credited Maguire for his professionalism — the center back scored in a friendly win on Tuesday — and said that the club’s vice chairman Aiyawatt “Top” Srivaddhanaprabha has not received a fitting bid for the 26 year old’s services.

From The Leicester Mercury:

“There’s no big pressure to sell any player. If a player does leave Leicester City, then the player would need to be met because we have a top-level player, coveted by top-level clubs and I respect that,” Rodgers said. “Harry is on a long contract here and there’s been no valuation or near to that which would make Top have a look.”


Look, we’ve still got a few weeks until the close of the window, and every supporter has a target they want their club to acquire and some have some assets they hope stay in the same shirt at the deadline.

The Maguire story is getting a bit tedious now. He wants to go to Manchester United, but Rodgers is happy to keep him at Leicester. Maguire’s not the player who will quit on the club if he’s not sold, and Leicester’s hope of landing a replacement will dip as the deadline draws nearer and clubs like Burnley (James Tarkowski) realize their replacements options have been lessened by the wait.

Janssen leaves Spurs for Liga MX in $8M deal

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Vincent Janssen‘s less-than-ideal tenure with Tottenham Hotspur has come to its end, and he’s moving his way to this side of the Atlantic.

Liga MX side Monterrey has agreed to buy Janssen, Spurs announced Tuesday. The deal is for a reported $8 million.

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The Dutchman turned 25 this summer. He played just 42 times for Spurs after arriving from AZ Alkmaar for around $25 million in 2016, scoring six times, but did manage five goals and four assists in a half-year loan to Fenerbahce in 2017-18.

Janssen saw his time with the Netherlands national team peter out during his tenure at Spurs. After a red-hot start, he has not been capped since 2017. Janssen has seven goals in 17 caps.

His time at Spurs cannot be labeled as anything but a gigantic bust, but Janssen is still pretty young and has a chance to recapture his career momentum.

And he looks pretty happy about it.