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Transfer Rumor Roundup: Rudiger to Chelsea; Perisic to Man United

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Antonio Rudiger is said to be mulling over a move from AS Roma to Chelsea.

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The German international helped Die Mannschaft win the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia and it is believed Roma have accepted a $43.7 million bid from Antonio Conte‘s side for his services.

Other reports state that Rudiger, 24, will fly to London for a medical, but that appears to be a little premature with Rudiger wanting to sit down with Roma before making a move to Stamford Bridge

Chelsea have been linked with plenty of center backs this summer with Virgil Van Dijk and Leonardo Bonucci mentioned often, but Rudiger would come a lot cheaper and he’d perhaps be used in a rotation of Conte’s three center backs, Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill and David Luiz.

With John Terry and Nathan Ake both leaving the Blues this summer, center back is an area where the reigning PL champs will look to strengthen, along with up front and in holding midfield.


Ivan Perisic could be heading to Manchester United after all.

The Inter Milan and Croatia winger was said to be interesting United back in May but Inter’s insistence that he wasn’t for sale meant everything went quiet. Until now.

Reports from various outlets state that Perisic’s switch to Old Trafford could be back on but Inter want $62 million for the Croatian star which United aren’t willing to pay.

Amid rumblings that Jose Mourinho is unhappy with the lack of summer signings for United so far (just center back Victor Lindelof has arrived) perhaps it makes sense that United are ramping things up a little.

Do they really need another wide player though?

With Marcus Rashford, Henirkh Mkhitaryan, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Anthony Martial all available to play in those positions, Mourinho seems well-stocked as a central striker, central midfielder and another full back will be the main aim this summer.


Crystal Palace are said to have moved on from signing Mamdou Sakho on a permanent deal from Liverpool with the Eagles unwilling to pay over $38 million for the French international defender.

Sakho, 27, was a monster for Palace at the end of last season as he joined on loan in January and helped the south London club to climb away from the relegation zone and secure their PL status. But after suffering a serious knee injury against Tottenham Hotspur towards the end of the season, Sakho’s future at Liverpool remains unclear and the Guardian reports new Palace boss Frank De Boer is targeting two Ajax defenders.

Dutch internationals Joel Veltman and Kenny Tete are both said to be on De Boer’s radar with the former Ajax coach ready to return to Holland for new players. Veltman, 25, and Tete, 21, could join for a combined $13.5 million, and given FDB’s penchant for developing young players he may go down that route at Palace and drastically alter their recruitment policy.


Manchester City are said to be closing in a deal for AS Monaco left back Benjamin Mendy.

The French international is reportedly keen on a move to the Etihad Stadium and with Monaco signing Feyenoord’s young left back Terence Kongolo, it appears the path is clear for Mendy’s $43.9 million move to the Premier League on a five-year deal.

Mendy and Ryan Bertrand were at the top of Pep Guardiola‘s wishlist for a new left back, and with Southampton saying the latter isn’t for sale Mendy’s arrival seems more likely.

A powerful defender who likes to get forward and whip in crosses, Mendy on one flank and Dani Alves (his arrival at City is said to be imminent after he left Juventus) on the other is very Pep. After signing Bernando Silva, also from Monaco, and new goalkeeper Ederson from Barcelona, City are addressing their needs diligently.

Reports: Alli unlikely to play in England’s second Group G match

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The Three Lions may not have taken all good news away from the team’s 2-1 win over Tunisia in their World Cup opener.

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Several reports are suggesting that England will likely be without Tottenham playmaker Dele Alli in their second Group G match against Panama on Sunday.

Alli was forced out of England’s opener with a thigh strain, which gave manager Gareth Southgate the decision to put in Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

There isn’t a timetable for the 22-year-old’s return to the pitch, but his absence will definitely present a major question for Southgate heading into the rest of group play.

Without Alli in the starting XI, it’ll likely be between Loftus-Cheek and Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard to fill the role where Alli normally sits.

In the case of Lingard, who started against Tunisia, the England boss would have to bring in another starter if Southgate opts to have the Red Devils attacker sit in as the number 10.

Report: Newcastle activates $12m release clause of ex-Arsenal youth

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Reports out of Turkey say Newcastle United have finally struck the transfer market for a new No. 10.

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Aksam reports that Rafa Benitez got the Magpies hierarchy to activate a near $12 million release clause for Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup.

The 25-year-old was part of Arsenal’s youth set-up until 2012, making two League Cup appearances in 2011-12 before moving to Besiktas.

Dutch-born Ozyakup is 35-times capped with a goal for Turkey, twice captaining the Crescent-Stars.

Ozyakup lost playing time to Talisca this season, and registered just four assists in 24 appearances. In 219 appearances for Besiktas, he’s posted 27 goals with 50 assists.

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Lukaku pens inspiring post on hard-scrabble upbringing

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Manchester United and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku has an inspiring and emotional post in The Players’ Tribune which tugs at the heart strings and explains his competitive fire.

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Lukaku talks about how his family’s poverty caused him to become a fierce competitor in the hopes of meeting his dreams head-on and providing for his family.

The Belgian, 25, scored twice in his side’s 3-0 World Cup-opening win over Panama earlier this week, and is now far removed from his youth, but he tells his story as if it lives fresh in his mind.

From The Players’ Tribune:

There were even times when my mum had to “borrow” bread from the bakery down the street. The bakers knew me and my little brother, so they’d let her take a loaf of bread on Monday and pay them back on Friday.

Lukaku also talks about racism in football, his debut for Anderlecht, and that aforementioned competitive drive. It’s 100 percent worth the read.

West Ham signs club record center back from Toulouse

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West Ham has reportedly set a club record with its latest signing under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Issa Diop is the player, the 21-year-old Toulouse captain and center back costing the Irons around $29 million.

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Diop scored three goals with an assist and eight yellow cards in 31 Ligue 1 matches this season, giving the young defender 95 apps, six goals, three assists, and 23 yellows since debuting with the senior team at 18.

Capped by France at every level below the senior team, Diop’s 2.2 interceptions per game ranked sixth in Ligue 1.

Toulose finished 18th in Ligue 1, but won its promotion/relegation playoff to stay in the French top flight.

From WHUFC.com:

“I am very happy to sign for such a historic, English club, and I hope to show my best here. I am a very ambitious player and West Ham is a very ambitious club, as we’ve seen with the appointment of the new coach. I hope to help the team win lots of games and make the fans happy.”