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Report: Man United target Tottenham’s Danny Rose

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A report in the Independent states Manchester United are pushing hard to try and sign Tottenham Hotspur and England left back Danny Rose.

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Rose, 27, has four years left on his current contract at Spurs and reports have since suggested that Tottenham have no intention of selling their first-choice left back, especially after selling Kyle Walker to Manchester City for $70 million earlier this summer.

The report states that United have turned their attention to Rose with deals for Ivan Perisic and even Gareth Bale (something Jose Mourinho has been talking about at length ahead of the UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid) seeming increasingly unlikely.

Mourinho is said to want another wide player after adding Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku for a combined total of almost $200 million this summer.

Although Rose is a left back by trade he operates just as effectively as a wing-back and Mourinho has played with a three-man defense for most of preseason as he plans to role out the new formation in 2017-18.

United’s current left back options are Luke Shaw, Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind. The latter two aren’t best suited to being wing backs and Shaw is still recovering from a foot injury he suffered at the end of last season and Mourinho’s issues with the England international have been well documented.

It’s tough to see Spurs selling Rose for anything less than the $70 million fee they received for Walker. And in truth it’s a very similar situation to the Walker deal as Kieran Trippier was lined up to replace him and Ben Davies performed very well in Rose’s absence in the second half of last season.

With Spurs’ rigid wage structure not budging under chairman Daniel Levy ahead of the move to the new stadium at White Hart Lane for the 2018-19 campaign, if Rose wants to double his wages like Walker has then you can see why the Yorkshire lad would be tempted to move back north.

Mauricio Pochettino had to cope without Rose from January onwards last season but he will be hoping Spurs’ dynamic, powerful full back will be in his team for many years to come.

Liga MX wrap: Xolos beats Chivas as Apertura begins

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Liga MX’s Apertura season is off and running with all 18 clubs partaking in a match this weekend.

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Club Tijuana 2-1 Chivas Guadalajara

Scoreless at the half, the weekend’s marquee match sprang to life in the final 45. Juan Martin Lucero gave TJ a 54th minute lead before Jose Van Rankin knotted it up five minutes later.

Lucero assisted Jose Rivero’s 75th minute winner, which was helped in its status when Michael Perez took a red card in the 80th.

Cruz Azul 3-0 Puebla

Elias Hernandez scored a goal and added an assist, and Milton Caraglio put one of his five shots on goal into the net. Andres Renteria also scored in the win.

Tigres 2-0 Leon

Andre-Pierre Gignac scored, and Lucas Zelarayan marked a goal and an assist in the win.

Elsewhere
Necaxa 2-1 Club America
Toluca 2-0 Morelia
Santos Laguna 2-1 Lobos BUAP
Pachuca 0-1 Monterrey
Veracruz 0-2 Pumas UNAM
Atlas 0-0 Queretaro

Report: Colorado acquires USMNT mid Acosta for Badji

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The West’s first place team is switching it up in a big way.

FC Dallas is sending Homegrown Player and USMNT midfielder Kellyn Acosta to Western foes Colorado Rapids in exchange for striker Dominique Badji, according to a report by The Dallas Morning News.

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Acosta, 22, has 17 caps and a goal for the U.S., and is primarily a defensive midfielder. He’s also played right and left back.

He’s appeared 139 times for Dallas, scoring 13 times with nine assists, but had fallen out with head coach Oscar Pareja. He’s also struggled mightily on the field, according to WhoScored.

Badji, 25, has seven goals and three assists in 16 matches for the Rapids this season, building on an eight-goal, five-assist campaign last season.

FCD has gotten six goals out of forward Maxi Urruti, and there’s been little production from anyone else. Cristian Colman is out with an ankle injury and managed just a pair of goals in 399 minutes.

The risk of trading Acosta is mitigated by the continued speculation that he may test the waters of European soccer. Badji’s a quality player, but Colorado may’ve gotten a bargain in its push to escape the dregs of the West.

Quintero, Loons pick LAFC apart in five-star win (video)

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Minnesota United throttled LAFC on Sunday, using a Christian Ramirez brace to batter the hot expansion team 5-1 in Minnesota.

Darwin Quintero had a goal and two assists for the Loons, who took advantage of LAFC’s decision not to start dominant forward Adama Diomande and center back Walker Zimmerman.

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Quintero ripped off seven shots, putting five on goal. He now has 10 goals and five assists since joining the Loons after scoring two and eight in 29 matches for Club America last year.

Miguel Ibarra recorded a goal and an assist, while Rasmus Schuller also scored. LAFC’s goal came courtesy Benny Feilhaber.

Minnesota’s Bobby Shuttleworth and LA’s Tyler Miller each made six saves in their goals.

LAFC fails in a bid to make up points on Western Conference first seed FC Dallas, while the Loons now can eye a playoff spot in the West.

Already-thin Liverpool center back corps loses Matip to quad injury

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Liverpool’s 3-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund featured an injury to a position with very little depth.

The Reds lost Joel Matip to what Jurgen Klopp said could possibly be a “small tear” in one of his quads.

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If Matip, 26, needs any significant time to heal up, he’ll put a major question mark into Liverpool’s opening day center back pairing.

Virgil Van Dijk, who scored against BVB on Sunday, already won’t have Dejan Lovren as a partner thanks to a post-World Cup vacation.

That leaves Joe Gomez and Ragnar Klavan as options next to Van Dijk.

Matches at Crystal Palace and home to Brighton and Hove Albion follow the Aug. 12 visit from West Ham.