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Deadline Day, morning roundup: Bony, Wilshere, Sissoko, Slimani, Brahimi

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With less than 11 hours to go until the summer transfer window slams shut, plenty of deals are in the offing around the Premier League.

On Wednesday morning players started to travel to, and around, England as clubs made their moves.

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Below is a quick update on several key players who seem likely to be on the move at some point on Transfer Deadline Day.

You can stay up to date on all the moves as they happen via our transfer news center, here.

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal to Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Roma) – With up to 22 teams showing an interest in Wilshere, it looks like only three remain in the running. Bournemouth and Palace are battling it out for a season-long loan of Wilshere, while reports in Italy say AS Roma are fighting hard to get Wilshere on board. The 24-year-old needs to play regularly wherever he ends up ans although Palace is situated in London, close to his home, Bournemouth’s style of play would perhaps suit Wilshere more. As for Roma, it would be a change of scenery for the Englishman but the Italian giants can offer UEFA Europa League action and a new experience for Wilshere and his young family. He has already met with Alan Pardew and Eddie Howe and will decide on his loan move at some point today.

Islam Slimani (Sporting Lisbon to Leicester City) – The powerhouse striker has been given permission to leave Algerian’s national team camp to have a medical with the Foxes. It is believed Leicester have agreed a club record $39.4 million fee with Sporting for the 27-year-old. Slimani has an impressive scoring record in Portugal and at international level and would provide much-needed support for Jamie Vardy up top. A player with UEFA Champions League experience looks like he’s heading to the King Power Stadium, but the Foxes will now have to get the medical sorted ASAP to get this deal over the line.

Wilfried Bony (Manchester City to Stoke City) – Early on Deadline Day Bony tweeted the message below. Now, he’s popped up at Stoke City”s Clayton Wood training ground. It is believed the Ivorian striker is close to sealing a season-long loan move to the Potters after falling out of favor with new Man City boss Pep Guardiola. Bony is a man with something to prove and Stoke badly need a target man. Great fit for everyone if it goes through.

Manolo Gabbiadini (Napoli to Everton) –¬†Toffees in talks with Naples based club over a $28 million move for the striker who can also play in wide positions. The 25-year-old is said to be keen on a move to Everton but Napoli want to find a replacement in the closing hours of the window before they sell. May go down to the wire.

Didier Ndong (Lorient to Sunderland) – A club record fee of $21 million has reportedly been agreed for the Gabon international with David Moyes scrambling around to sign new players. Defensive midfielder Ndong is expected to have a medical and sign today.

Bruno Martins Indi (Porto to Stoke City) – Another loan signing is at Stoke tying up the loose ends as Dutch international center back Bruno Martins Indi will join the Potters for the 2016-17 season. A star during the 2014 World Cup, Martins Indi can play at center back and left back and will add plenty of power to Stoke’s defense.

Yacine Brahimi (Porto to Everton) – Algerian winger could arrive at Goodison if the deal for Gabbiadini doesn’t get over the line. An exciting winger with UCL experience, Brahimi could cost the Toffees a club record¬†$45 million. Looks like Ronald Koeman is expecting a busy final day of the transfer window.

Enner Valencia (West Ham United to Swansea City) – The Swans were said to be interested in Valencia earlier this summer and West Ham are willing to let the Ecuadorian international leave on loan with Simone Zaza arriving from Juventus last week. Valencia has scored just 10 goals in 64 appearances for the Hammers since arriving in the summer of 2014 after a promising World Cup.

Lamine Kone (Sunderland to Everton) – This deal could still be on as Everton placed a bid for Kone two weeks ago and the player himself handed in a transfer request. Moyes really can’t lose any players for the Black Cats but if Everton met Sunderland’s valuation of $30 million for the Ivorian¬†center back then it may be too good an offer to turn down. Chelsea have also been sniffing around.

Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United to Tottenham Hotspur) – This deal was all the buzz early on Deadline Day with Newcastle asking for $39.5 million for Sissoko and willing to receive five installments of $8 million for the French international. Tottenham are said to value Sissoko at around $22 million and have since cooled their interest. May they go back in late in the day?

David Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain to Chelsea) – It is reported that PSG do not want to sell Luiz even if the player wants a move back to Chelsea. Apparently Chelsea offered $39 million for Luiz late on Tuesday as they aimed to buy him back after selling him to the French champions for $62 million in 2014. The center back is a fans favorite at Stamford Bridge but it seems like this audacious bid is too little too late, however it is reported that the two clubs remain in talks.

Bologna draws 3-3 at Lazio to secure Serie A safety

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ROME (AP) Bologna secured Serie A football for another season after drawing at Lazio 3-3 in a thriller on Monday.

Bologna moved four points clear of the relegation zone with one match remaining.

Lazio was still celebrating winning the Italian Cup midweek and Joaquin Correa fired the capital side in front in the 13th minute.

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However, two goals in the space of a minute from Andrea Poli and Mattia Destro saw Bologna take the lead early in the second half.

Bastos curled in a stunning effort to level for Lazio in the 59th but Riccardo Orsolini restored Bologna’s lead shortly after.

Substitute Sergej Milinkovic-Savic secured a draw for Lazio with a sensational free kick 10 minutes from time.

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Choosing a USMNT XI for the Gold Cup

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Noting that most positions on the international stage are up for grabs based on form, there are special opportunities on the wing, right back, and center back when it comes to the USMNT at the Gold Cup this summer.

That’s because of two related things, one fact and one close to it:

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  1. DeAndre Yedlin and John Brooks are missing from the lineup due to injury. Brooks is easily the Yanks’ No. 1 center back, and Yedlin is a right back when Tyler Adams is unavailable and good enough that Gregg Berhalter tries to shoehorn him in at right wing when Adams is manning that spot.
  2. Mexico’s the overwhelming favorite to win the tournament with more in-form club players in Europe than the U.S., including would-be Premier League Best XI forward Raul Jimenez of Wolves. And who’s going to have to deal with Raul? You guessed it, the big American center backs.

Presuming Berhalter is still wed to Adams as the part-fullback, part distributing midfielder role, that has our lineup for important Gold Cup matches with few sure things.

Zack Steffen (if healthy)


McKennie — Bradley

XXXXX — Pulisic — XXXXX


Now you may not like that I’ve assumed Bradley and Altidore’s places here, but there’s little doubt both are still quite capable against CONCACAF competition and also have the experience in this exact competition and against Mexico. Surely both are motivated for a bit of redemption as well.

Friendlies against Jamaica and Venezuela will give Berhalter a chance to try out players like Tyler Boyd, Marlon Fossey, and Miles Robinson should they impress amongst a 40-player field (although the Jamaica match on June 5 in Washington, D.C. is a day before the final rosters are due for the Gold Cup).

Now what we are trying to solve here is who is the best bet to help the Yanks win the dang thing.

Defenders: Aaron Long, Matt Miazga, and Tim Ream are the favorites to start at the two center back spots and left back, but Daniel Lovitz will try to push Ream after a rough season at Fulham. Both Walker Zimmerman and Omar Gonzalez are in good form, and you can bet Berhalter will give Cameron Carter-Vickers a chance to earn some time. A flat back four role gives Antonee Robinson hope in place of Ream, and if Adams moves into the midfield, Nick Lima did alright in his right back role in January.

Midfielders/Wingers: The spots around Pulisic should be filled by those who can keep the width of the field but also serve somewhat as enforcers for the No. 10. Sebastian Lletget gives them a good shot on one side, and Paul Arriola provides a similar spot. While Joe Gyau, Josh Sargent, Duane Holmes, and Djordje Mihailovic can hope to challenge, the MLS vets with experience outside the country are good bets to get the gigs.

Zack Steffen (if healthy)

Adams — Miazga — Long — Ream

McKennie — Bradley

Arriola — Pulisic — Lletget


Does that get the job done against Mexico? Probably not, but it’ll give Tata Martino’s men a hassle.

Report: Man City could use Gabriel Jesus to get Rodri

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At the root of this report is a question to which we don’t know the answer: How highly does Pep Guardiola rate Gabriel Jesus?

A report from Spanish outlet AS says Guardiola could use his young striker to lure Atletico Madrid into a swap deal, landing Manchester City their stirring defensive midfielder Rodri.

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Rodri is a nearly year older than 22-year-old Jesus, and is more instrumental to his current club. One of Atletico Madrid’s top talents, his $78 million release clause is an obvious route for City.

If Guardiola doesn’t see Jesus as a huge part of the club’s future, however, the manager may be able to go nearly like-for-like money-wise.

Jesus scored nearly every other game for City in all competitions, nabbing 21 goals in 47 matches, and has 13 goals in 27 caps for Brazil. Those are good numbers, especially with still-electric Sergio Aguero turning 31 this summer.

At his relatively tender age, Jesus has appeared 100 times for Man City and his 45 goals are made more impressive by less than 5600 total minutes in those matches.

Giving up on him to complete his midfield is a tough one. We think it’s more likely Guardiola pays the release clause… unless the manager simply doesn’t rate the player.

Players to watch at the U-20 World Cup

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The U-20 World Cup begins this week in Poland, and there are a bevy of future stars to watch, as well as several who will make their names during the tournament.

We’ll focus on the former. While England’s failure to qualify somewhat limits the Premier League starlets on show, there are still plenty from the English top flight.

Tim Weah, United States (PSG) —¬†After a loan at Celtic and time with the full USMNT, how much can he dominate back in his age group?

Alban Lafont, France (Fiorentina) — At age 20, he’s already the starter between the sticks for his Serie A mainstays.

Diego Lainez, Mexico (Real Betis) — Eighteen with 12 league appearances for Real Betis, Lainez is a massive part of¬†El Tri‘s future and carries four caps to his name.

Ruben Vinagre, Portugal (Wolves) — Wolves were promoted, and Vinagre actually made eight more appearances (17) than he made in the Championship.

Ezequiel Barco, Argentina (Atlanta United) — His sophomore season for the Five Stripes has been better than his debut campaign, though that’s not saying a ton given the hype.

Evan N’Dicka, France (Eintracht Frankfurt) —¬†Plenty of playing time in the Bundesliga at the age of 19 for this towering center back.

Paxton Pomykal, United States (FC Dallas) — Looking good in MLS. How much should that translate on this stage?

Andriy Lunin, Ukraine (Real Madrid) —¬†Won’t be wearing the white of Madrid in meaningful action any time soon, but made four appearances on loan for Leganes as a 20-year-old.

Sebastian Soto, United States (Hannover 96) —¬†Not the American-born Bundesliga starlet we expected had we created this list months ago, but Soto has made his Bundesliga debut, so there’s a lot to like while Josh Sargent works with the full USMNT.

Dan Zagadou, France (Borussia Dortmund) —¬†The left- and center back has 25 first team appearances for BVB at 19.

Diogo Dalot, Portugal (Manchester United) —¬†Red Devils supporters know about this fella, who was purchased under the watch of Jose Mourinho last summer.

Mickael Cuisance, France (Borussia Monchengladbach) —¬†Took a step back after his blockbuster ‘Gladbach breakthrough in 2017-18, but will be a key piece for the favorites.

Moussa Sylla, France (Monaco) —¬†The winger is already a factor for AS Monaco, even if they struggled this season.

Bonus: Erling Håland, Denmark (Red Bull Salzburg); Ronald Araujo, Uruguay (Barcelona); Tom Dele-Bashiru, Nigeira (Manchester City).