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Monday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Chicharito to Liverpool, Stones to Barca

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Reports have linked Liverpool with a multitude of strikers in recent days and ProSoccerTalk understands that Southampton’s Republic of Ireland international Shane Long is not heading to Anfield, despite reports claiming a $12 million bid had been rejected.

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Reports from Don Balon claim that Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez could arrive at Anfield this summer. The Mexican international striker, 27, has been on fire for Bayer Leverkusen since leaving Manchester United for the Bundesliga on Transfer Deadline Day last summer. Hernandez has scored 19 goals in 22 games for Bayer, further enhancing his reputation as a “fox in the box” and if he does return to England then Leverkusen can expect a handsome profit for the man they paid just $12 million for less than six months ago.

Chicharito has already played for two teams this season (United and Bayer) and he can’t play for a third in the same season so any transfer would have to happen in the summer. According to the report Jurgen Klopp is unhappy with his current strike options at Anfield as Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Divock Origi have been out injured, while Christian Benteke continues to underwhelm with the Reds creating plenty of chances but struggling for goals.

Sky Sports’ Spanish expert Guillem Balague says in his weekly column that Barcelona could make a move for Everton youngster John Stones. Balague says: “I know Barcelona like John Stones a lot, but they haven’t yet decided where they are going to put their money this summer.”

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Stones, 21, was the subject of multiple bids from Chelsea in the summer with Everton said to have rejected a $60 million fee. Would the Toffees be more wiling to sell Stones overseas? He looks like a young Gerard Pique in the making, with the way he marauds out of the back four with the ball perhaps more suited to La Liga than the Premier League. Stones is a future star of the English national team and with Everton treading water in the PL’s midtable, teams such as Chelsea, Manchester United and now Barca are lining up to make a move.

Elsewhere, Tottenham Hotspur are said to be keen on signing Fulham’s young French striker Moussa Dembele. The 19-year-old can leave for nothing at the end of the season but Fulham would be due a tribunal fee if he joins another English team because Dembele is under the age of 24. The London Evening Standard reports that Tottenham’s reps have been speaking to Fulham about snapping up Dembele, while plenty of other top clubs in Europe — Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli and Monaco to name a few — are sniffing around the situation.

Dembele has scored 11 goals in 28 appearances this season and if he did end up at Spurs he would follow his namesake, Mousa Dembele, in switching Craven Cottage for White Hart Lane. Now, that would get confusing for announcers: “Mousa Dembele plays the ball in to Moussa Dembele, and he then lays it off for Mousa Dembele.” Just saying.

The Evening Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle United have been offered both Alexandre Pato and Bafetimbi Gomis. Pato is currently at Brazilian club Corinthians but is eager to return to Europe and has previously been linked with both Arsenal and Liverpool. The Brazilian winger, 26, burst onto the scene at AC Milan as a teenager but his powers have dwindled in recent years. After buying Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet so far in this transfer window, perhaps the Magpies will wait until the summer to splash more cash. According to other reports, Newcastle aren’t interested in Pato and any move for Gomis could be vetoed as Swansea would prefer not to sell the French striker to a direct relegation rival.

Watford chasing Rennes, Senegal star Sarr

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Watford may capture one of the rising stars of the game.

Ismaila Sarr would cost the Hornets a club transfer record fee, and Sky Sports says that Watford and Rennes are about $10 million apart.

The Ligue 1 side reportedly wants $34 million for the Senegal national team right wing.

[ VIDEO: Nketiah leads Arsenal win ]

Sarr, 21, scored a goal and an assist in Senegal’s run to the Africa Cup of Nations final, playing opposite Sadio Mane of Liverpool.

He posted 13 goals with 14 assists last season between Ligue 1, the French Cup, and the Europa League. He was the lone Rennes player to score against Arsenal in the UEL Round of 16.

Watford has held onto Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dodi Lukebakio this offseason. Lukebakio is also a 21-year-old right wing, and had a sensational loan season with Fortuna Dusseldorf in 2019-20.

Nketiah leads Arsenal past Fiorentina (video)

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Eddie Nketiah scored twice as Arsenal beat Fiorentina 3-0 in Charlotte on Saturday.

Joe Willock also scored for the Gunners, which beat Colorado Rapids and Bayern Munich in their first two matches of the preseason and meet Real Madrid in Maryland on Tuesday.

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Fiorentina took 18 of the match’s 30 shots, though Arsenal had nearly 60 percent of the ball.

Nketiah, 20, scored against Burnley in last season’s Premier League finale and then late against Bayern Munich earlier this week.

He was deft in a high-pressure spot for this one.

Premier League friendlies: Watford beats Bayer, Man Utd over Inter

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Arsenal and Fiorentina are set to kickoff in Charlotte tonight, with the Gunners the last of a bevy of Premier League sides to engage in preseason friendlies this muggy Saturday.

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Girona 1-2 Bournemouth

Juanpe’s late header pushed La Liga’s hosts past Eddie Howe and his 10-man Cherries, playing down after VAR deemed Jack Simpson‘s foul worthy of a sending off. Ryan Fraser scored Bournemouth’s goal, assisted by Jordon Ibe.

Northampton Town 0-4 Sheffield United

Oliver Norwood converted two penalties in an easy win for Chris Wilder in his return to a club he played for and managed.

Fulham 2-1 Brighton and Hove Albion

Pascal Gross scored with an early free kick — a Megan Rapinoe special — but Tom Cairney scored twice after halftime for the Championship side.

Cheltenham Town 1-2 Leicester City

The Foxes collected a second win over a lower league side this week, with Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton on the board.

Newcastle United 1-0 West Ham United (Shanghai)

New manager Steve Bruce watched from the crowd as the Magpies made amends for a 4-0 loss to Wolves by blanking West Ham. Jamie Sterry‘s cross for Yoshinori Muto was delightful, and the Japanese striker’s finish was well-taken.

Port Vale 1-3 Burnley; Crewe Alexandra 0-1 Burnley

Chris Wood, Matej Vydra and Robbie Brady scored as the Clarets overcame an early Nick Pope goal to beat Port Vale, but the Premier League side couldn’t do much in a simultaneous friendly at Crewe.

Inter Milan 0-1 Manchester United (Singapore)

Substitute forward Mason Greenwood, just 17, scored the late goal in a match United controlled, outshooting Inter 21-8.

Preston North End 1-3 Southampton

Brace-bagging Danny Ings doesn’t usually have a problem with finish, so passing the ball directly to him is not something we’d recommend to goalkeepers. Jake Vokins also scored for Saints at Deepdale.

Watford 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen (Austria)

Will Hughes and Andre Gray scored as the Hornets collected a win over Champions League competition.

Man City (0-0, 2-3 pens) Wolves (Shanghai)

Rui Patricio was very good over 90 minutes, and stopped City’s first two penalty attempts as Wolves continue to perplex the PL champions.

WATCH: Marco Fabian smashes set piece goal

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Marco Fabian sent a missile toward goal, and perhaps it’s good the goalkeeper didn’t get to the hand-breaking shot.

Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead over Chicago on Saturday in Chester, Pennsylvania, thanks to the Mexican midfielder.

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It was a pretty set piece from Jim Curtin’s men, a backwards played free kick was laid off to Fabian for his audacious rip.

Fabian hasn’t had a wonderful 2019 season, but his fourth goal of the season will give Union supporters hope that he’ll pick up his form and make the already East-leading side all the more dangerous.