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Transfer Rumor Roundup: Wijnaldum to Liverpool, Sane to Man City stalls

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According to multiple reports Georginio Wijnaldum is having a medical at Liverpool.

The Dutch midfielder, 25, scored 11 times in his debut season in the Premier League in 2015-16 but was relegated with Newcastle United.

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A report in the Guardian claims that Wijnaldum will join Liverpool for $32 million.

Wijnaldum is able to play a varity of positions with attacking midfield and out of the wing his most favored but he can also play in central midfield. Jurgen Klopp has already had a busy summer, signing five players and letting plenty more leave Anfield.

Wijnaldum would be a little different to Liverpool’s other attacking midfielders but they are stacked in that area of the pitch with Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana in those positions. Perhaps Klopp would use Wijnaldum in central midfield to add more dynamism to that area of the field.


Manchester City seem to have hit a stumbling block regarding the signing of German international Leroy Sane.

Sane, 20, wants to leave his team Schalke according to their officials but it is believed neither City or Bayern Munich are willing to pay the $55 million asking price for the young winger.

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Speaking to the media in Munich following City’s 1-0 defeat to his old club Bayern on Wednesday, Guardiola revealed Sane is a player City is watching but no fee has been agreed.

“Sane is a player of Schalke. Of course we talk to him – Schalke knows we are interested, but at this moment we don’t have many possibilities to get him,” Guardiola said. “There is a difference between Manchester City and Schalke and it is quite big. I do not know what is going to happen but right now he is with Schalke.”

If the winger does arrive then the likes of Samir Nasri, Jesus Navas and even Raheem Sterling may be questioning their future at City. With Guardiola also signing Spaniard Nolito in the summer, City are undergoing a huge shakeup in the attacking third of the pitch.


Joe Allen is set to complete his move to Stoke City with the Potters reportedly having a $19 million fee accepted by Liverpool for the Welsh midfielder.

Allen, 26, excelled for Wales during EURO 2016 and although he became more of a regular for Jurgen Klopp during the closing months of last season, he isn’t believed to be in Klopp’s plans at Anfield.

Stoke will be looking for Allen to replicate the excellent form he had at Swansea City and in his early days at Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers as the passing maestro can link up the play and connect with playmakers Bojan Krkic, Xherdan Shaqiri and Marko Arnautovic, if he decides to stay on at Stoke next season and beyond. That is a mouth-watering prospect for Mark Hughes and seems like a good fit for everyone concerned with Allen set to get regular minutes in the PL.

Per the report above, Swansea City could make a last-minute bid to sign Allen but more than likely he will be heading to Stoke.

VIDEO: Breaking down some celebrated Premier League derbies

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The kickoffs aren’t coming back soon, so we’re finding solace in anticipating the biggest matches on the Premier League calendar.

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Certain rivalries are circled on the fixture list when it arrives each summer, the sort of games that seem to level the playing field regardless of the gulf in class.

Is Arsenal struggling? No better way to bounce back than Spurs.

Liverpool sliding a bit? It’ll snap back to form when Everton hits Anfield.

PST lead writer and editor Joe Prince-Wright has prepped up for several of these derbies over the years, and here’s a cheat sheet for those new and a tasty summation for those missing their hated foes.

Liverpool-Manchester City

Arsenal-Tottenham Hotspur

Liverpool-Everton

Manchester City-Manchester United

Chelsea-Tottenham Hotspur

Bournemouth’s Howe takes voluntary pay cut, first PL manager to do so

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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is the first Premier League manager to take a pay cut due to the coronavirus suspension.

Howe joins Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake, first team technical director Richard Hughes, and assistant manager Jason Tindall in taking “significant, voluntary” pay cuts.

Howe is the longest-serving manager in the PL. He started with Bournemouth’s academy in 1994 and spent just a few short seasons away from home (Portsmouth and Swindon Town) during his playing career.

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The club has also furloughed employees throughout the organization. From a Bournemouth statement:

There is no script for moments like this. No tactics and no set plays to find a winning formula. But as a board we are continually looking at ways to ensure the future of the club and our employees is protected when the season returns.

We have also advised a number of staff across all areas of the club that they will be temporarily furloughed, as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

These measures have been taken to safeguard the financial stability of the club during what is such an uncertain period, not only in football but for businesses in all industries across the world.

Surely Howe won’t be the last during this uncertain time for clubs and businesses all over the world.

Ex-Marseille president first coronavirus-related death in Senegal

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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) Pape Diouf, a former president of French soccer club Marseille, died Tuesday in Senegal after contracting the coronavirus. It was the West African country’s first COVID-19-related death, according to the health ministry. He was 68.

Diouf, who was president of Marseille from 2005-09, had been treated since Saturday in intensive care in Dakar, health minister Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr said.

Senegal President Macky Sall wrote on his official Twitter account that he had followed Diouf’s health closely after he was admitted for treatment.

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“I pay tribute to this great figure in sport,” Sall wrote. “I pay tribute to the medical staff at Fann Hospital who spared no effort to save him.”

Relatives said Diouf was meant to be moved to France. He had recently traveled to several countries in the West Africa region.

In its most recent count, Senegal has reported 190 cases of the coronavirus, with 45 of those having recovered.

Diouf was a charismatic and popular leader who was close to the fans and players at Marseille, the only French team to win the European club title.

“Pape will forever remain in the hearts of Marseille people and (is) one of the great architects of the club,” Marseille wrote under a photo of Diouf.

Shortly before his time at the club ended, Diouf signed Didier Deschamps as the new coach and Deschamps won the French league title and League Cup in his first season in charge. It was Marseille’s first league title in 18 years.

Deschamps, who coached France to World Cup success two years ago, described Diouf as “a man of convictions, a spirited man, passionate about football” adding that his “sudden and brutal death deeply saddens me.”

“I could measure his popularity, which was immense with the Marseille people whose hearts he had won,” Deschamps said on L’Equipe’s website.

The French soccer league called Diouf’s death “a moment of immense sadness for French soccer.”

Diouf was born in Chad to Senegalese parents. After arriving in Marseille at the age of 18, he became a sports journalist and then a players’ agent.

Diouf was not afraid to take risks in signing unheralded players, such as the diminutive Mathieu Valbuena from third-tier side Libourne in 2006 when he was 21.

The 1.67-meter (5 feet, 5 inches) Valbuena went on to prove Diouf right, and all the doubters wrong, playing 52 times for France.

“A great man with a great heart,” Valbuena said. “We were hypnotized by his speeches, he had a lot of charisma.”

Diouf was awarded the French Legion of Honor medal in 2012, one of the country’s highest honors.

Pugmire reported from Paris. AP reporter Babacar Dione in Dakar, Senegal contributed.

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Report: Griezmann plus cash could finally get Neymar back to Barcelona

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Neymar’s long-rumored return to Barcelona hasn’t quite reached the point of exhaustion, but it’s close.

A new report has said Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain may be coming to terms with what’s been a fairly obvious swap deal for some time.

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According to Sky Sports, PSG would send Neymar to Barcelona in return for French hero Antoine Griezmann and money.

The $167 million price tag attached to Neymar is significantly more than the $110 million on Griezmann, and there’s no doubt the former is more of a gamechanger at this point on their careers.

While Neymar gets both the #whenhealthy and #whenavailable tags to his rep, he’s scored 18 times with 10 assists in 22 matches across all competitions this year.

Before the full phrase ‘Ligue 1’ exits your lips, he’s scored against Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Celtic, Galatasaray, Liverpool, Anderlecht, and Red Star Belgrade in his three seasons with PSG.

Griezmann is a full year older than Neymar and, while one of the world’s elite attackers, he’s a step below the Brazilian’s tier. He’s also said to want to keep finding his way at Barca, with Gerard Pique and others ready to lend support.