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Transfer rumor roundup: Van Dijk to Chelsea? Roma make another Mahrez bid

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Liverpool faces some stiff competition for the services of Virgil Van Dijk, and it could puts the Reds out of the running for their man.

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Chelsea is reportedly willing to spend $65 million to acquire the Southampton defender, according to the Times.

The Blues have had interest in Van Dijk previously, and Antonio Conte‘s side could potentially recruit the Dutchman to Stamford Bridge given Southampton’s poor relations with Liverpool.

The Sun has reported that Saints are more willing to sell Van Dijk to Chelsea for that very reason. Southampton had previously threatened to report the Reds to the Premier League for illegally approaching Van Dijk in the quest of signing him.

Roma’s interest in a particular Leicester attacker has been noted this summer, and the Italian giants appear willing to do just about anything to secure the services of this player.

Sky Sports Italia is reporting that Roma has made a third bid for Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez, with the latest offer coming in at over $41 million.

Mahrez has expressed his interest in getting out of the King Power Stadium after the club took a noticeable step back in 2016/17 following their Premier League title the season prior.

The Algerian international’s production dropped last season as part of the Foxes’ struggles, with the 26-year-old totaling just 10 goals in 48 appearances across all competitions.

Inter Milan is reportedly on the brink of signing a promising Borussia Dortmund midfielder after he struggled to crack the German side’s starting XI.

Sky Sports Italia is reporting that Emre Mor will likely be joining Inter for a $23 million fee as the 20-year-old looks for steady playing time with the Serie A side.

The Danish international made just 12 league appearances last season for Dortmund, and scored once in that span.

Barcelona is actively seeking a replacement for Neymar, and Ousmane Dembele continues to be a name circulating around the Spanish giants.

L’Equipe is reporting that the Dortmund attacker is at the top of Barca’s list to replace the Brazilian forward just as La Liga gets ready to start up.

Guingamp: 11-goal captain Briand off to Montreal

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Guingamp captain Jimmy Briand is making the move from Ligue 1 to Major League Soccer.

The French side announced that the 32-year-old, capped five times by France between 28-32, is coming to the Montreal Impact.

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Briand spent time with Lyon and Hannover after a eight-year stint with Rennes, where he was teammates with former USMNT captain Carlos Bocanegra.

The center forward scored 11 goals last season in France, including markers against Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco.

Briand could provide a big missing piece of Montreal’s attack. The Impact have playmakers in Ignacio Piatti and Saphir Taidir, but haven’t found much from their forwards.

Pulisic sparks BVB’s breakdown of Liverpool

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Second half substitute Christian Pulisic stole the show in Charlotte, where Borussia Dortmund toppled Liverpool 3-1 in International Champions Cup play on Sunday.

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Virgil Van Dijk had given Liverpool the lead with a first half header, but it was all BVB in the second half.

Pulisic won and converted a penalty, then scored a second before taking the shot that led to Jacob Bruun Larsen’s rebound goal.

The performance put Pulisicmania in a nutshell for the unindoctrinated, and spoiled the trip to the stadium for a bright red crowd.

Moments like this don’t hurt either:

Pulisic wins, converts penalty against Liverpool (fan video)

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USMNT star and Borussia Dortmund teenage winger Christian Pulisic won a penalty kick off James Milner, then insisted on taking the spot kick in front of his home crowd.

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Pulisic, 19, took the ball off Mario Gotze and finished his chance clinically to equalize against Liverpool, his second won penalty of the American tour.

Pulisic began the game on the bench after starting in Chicago against Manchester City, and Liverpool had gone ahead early when Virgil Van Dijk took advantage of poorly set up BVB zonal marking.

But Pulisic cut past Milner and was tripped by the veteran before clattering into Ragnar Klavan and earning the PK.

Everton target Mina wants to stay at Barca, but also to play

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1 Comment says Yerry Mina could be leaving the Camp Nou after just one season for meaningful playing time at Goodison Park.

Mina’s agent says the center back would still like to feature at Barca following his strong World Cup with Colombia, but that Everton and Zenit Saint-Petersburg are interested in the $20 million man.

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He was WhoScored’s second-best player in the entire World Cup tournament, going 270 minutes for Los Cafeteros. Mina averaged seven clearances a match, with 1.3 tackles and an interception per contest. Here’s Mina’s agent, from The Liverpool Echo:

“Everton is a club that insists on the player, who has called us directly. There are other teams like Zenit, but we hope Barcelona will take the initiative. He wants to play and do it in Barcelona. For Yerry Mina it would be a failure not to play. He just wants to play.”

The 23-year-old played just six times for Barcelona last season, and would join Michael Keane and Mason Holgate as younger center backs in Everton’s corps (Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka are well into the careers).