Bournemouth 2-2 Stoke: Goals galore on the South Coast

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  • Stoke twice led 
  • Bournemouth secure PL survival
  • Own goals from Mousset, Shawcross

Bournemouth twice pegged back Stoke City as they drew 2-2 at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday and clinched their place in the Premier League for next season.

Stoke took the lead when Lys Mousset headed into his own net in the first half but Bournemouth equalized through Junior Stanislas in the second half. A late flurry of goals arrived as Stoke went ahead again through Mame Biram Diouf but a controversial late equalizer saw Ryan Shawcross put through his own net as Josh King touched the ball from an offside position.

With the point Bournemouth move on to 42 for the season, 10 clear of third-bottom Swansea, while Stoke move on to 41.

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Stoke looked confident early on and Marko Arnautovic wasted a good chance as his weak shot went straight at Artur Boruc.

Bournemouth started to wake up after a slow start and Adam Smith hit the inside of the post with the left-footed effort, then Lys Mousset smashed the rebound over the bar.

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Harry Arter was then lucky to stay on the pitch as he launched into a high tackle on Joe Allen but somehow was only shown a yellow card. Stoke turned on the style after that with Xherdan Shaqiri‘s shot looking like it would go in but Steve Cook deflected it wide and moments later Marc Muniesa‘s shot was saved well by Boruc.

Before the break Stoke deservedly went ahead as a corner from the left was whipped in towards USMNT defender Geoff Cameron but the ball flicked off Mousset’s head and went in. 1-0 to the Potters.

That goal was Stoke’s first away from home in over 10 hours of play, as Josh King smashed an effort over the bar wildly before half time.

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Stoke did all the pressing and should have gone 2-0 up on the hour mark as Arnautovic was found five yards out but somehow headed wide. That was to prove costly.

Moments later Bournemouth were level as Smith’s ball from the right found Stanislas who tapped home after King let the ball go through his legs. 1-1.

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Stoke squandered a good chance to go ahead as Glen Johnson got forward but couldn’t finish but Diouf did put Stoke in front soon after as he controlled and finished Cameron’s cross from close range. 2-1 to the Potters.

Bournemouth equalized late on in controversial fashion as Smith’s cross was headed towards goal by substitute Max Gradel but it hit King who was offside, bounced off Ryan Shawcross and in. 2-2. Stoke were furious but the goal stood.

Cameron had a good chance to fire them back ahead once again late on but his shot went over as an entertaining encounter ended level.

Rumored Neymar for Bale swap: Who wins?

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Who would gain more of an advantage from the rumored, sensational Gareth Bale for Neymar swap: Paris Saint-Germain or Real Madrid?

Both players are currently problems for their clubs, though neither is known as a true rabble-rouser; Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane wants to be done with the newly-minted 30-year-old Bale, while PSG knows Neymar wants to leave and would love to satiate Kylian Mbappe’s appetite to be the man at their club.

[ REPORT: Man Utd, Leicester agree Maguire fee ]

Presumably some money would be headed PSG’s way in addition to Bale, and both clubs would be getting a motivated megawatt star.

Neymar doesn’t turn 28 until February, but the difference in age may be offset by the Brazilian’s track record of injuries.

In fact, his injury status last season combines with an off-field accusation of sexual assault and a red card for confronting a fan to overshadow his production: Neymar’s 23 goals and 13 assists in just over 2300 minutes last season, including five and two in the Champions League (and a goal and an assist against defensively-stout Liverpool).

Bale presents very few personality challenges, and PSG won’t have a problem with his massive wages (especially with Neymar off the books). His numbers have dipped in two of three seasons since his otherworldly 2015-16, but La Liga is a more difficult scoring league than Ligue 1.

Neymar has twice been a Ballon d’Or finalist and, presuming his legal troubles don’t persist, could be a title fight changer in La Liga. Imagine the Neymar, Eden Hazard, and Luka Jovic trying to outgun Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, and Luis Suarez? Insane.

We’d say Real would be winning the straight-up swap, and that it’s pretty unlikely to go down that way. So it depends what PSG does with the relative Financial Fair Play freedom that would come with the money that also arrives from Spain. Is it Idrissa Gana Gueye? Someone else who helps take PSG’s Champions League hopes to the next level?

Manchester United in ‘concrete talks’ with Lille over Pepe

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Manchester United are reportedly in “concrete talks” to agree a fee with Lille for much-tracked playmaker Nicolas Pepe.

The 24-year-old attacking midfielder has been linked with Liverpool and Arsenal amongst others, and Lille has admitted he’ll be leaving the club.

[ REPORT: Man Utd, Leicester agree Maguire fee ]

United’s reported salvo was around $87.5 million. He’d give them a star who could play across from Anthony Martial or as an attacking midfielder under Romelu Lukaku.

Only Kylian Mbappe and Teji Savanier garnered better season-long ratings than Pepe in the 2018-19 Ligue 1 campaign, and Pepe’s 22 goals and 11 assists stand out from the pack. Only Mbappe had more goals and only Savanier more assists.

Pepe has four goals in 11 caps for the Ivory Coast, and made three starts in Les Elephants’ five-match run at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. He’s a fit for the Premier League, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s system. And if the Red Devils can keep him from Liverpool, well, all the better we’re sure.

Report: Manchester United, Leicester agree to monster Maguire fee

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Manchester United and Leicester City have agreed a fee for Harry Maguire, clearing the way for the English center back to join the Old Trafford set.

That fee is a whopping $100 million, according to Bleacher Report’s Dean Jones. That’s about $4 million more than the world record for a defender, set when Liverpool purchased Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton.

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Maguire has been a statistical monster for Leicester City, and he passes the eye test, too.

Manchester United has needed to upgrade its stable of center backs for some time, and now the biggest question is who will work best alongside the 6-foot-4 26-year-old.

The former Sheffield United, Wigan Athletic, and Hull City defender is now 20-times capped by England.

The move could have a ripple effect on the Premier League, as the Foxes have been expected to bid for Burnley star James Tarkowski should Maguire leave the King Power Stadium.

Transfer rumor roundup: USMNT’s Long to London, Newcastle linked with pair

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Could USMNT center back Aaron Long be headed to the Premier League?

The 26-year-old could join West Ham United’s stable of center backs, which includes Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena, and Angelo Ogbonna.

Sky Sports says that the Red Bulls defender has drawn the interest of Lyon and Fiorentina, but been offered to the Irons should they match his $5 million release clause.

Unable to find a place with Portland and Seattle, Long spent a few seasons in the USL before earning a place with RBNY.

Now 11-times capped by the USMNT with two goals, Long could be bringing his talents to London’s Olympic Stadium.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, Newcastle United has the chance to sign oft-injured Danny Welbeck on a free transfer.

The longtime Arsenal striker, weaned at Manchester United, scored five times in 12 matches last season in a return to injury woes following a 43-match season the prior year.

Newcastle is also being linked with a former defender. James Tavernier has gone on to captain Glasgow Rangers, and the 27-year-old would cost around $10 million.

Surely Steven Gerrard would want more for the defender, but prices haven’t met quality for Scottish Premiership players as we’ve seen with Kieran Tierney at Celtic.