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Transfer Rumor Roundup: Laporte, Seri, and a return to England for Cahill?

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Manchester City may finally be addressing their need for a new, quality centerback.

After reports emerged that Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte was on Manchester City’s radar, the transfer appears to be speeding up. Laporte was held out of Bilbao’s squad for its match against Eibar on Friday, with El Correo reporting that Manchester City will pay Laporte’s release clause of about $80.8 million on Monday.

[READ: The latest transfers as they happen]

The report says that while Laporte is expected to also complete his medical on Monday, it could be held up on contractual terms, which could bring the total amount of the transfer with agent feels to north of $186 million.

If Laporte does sign, it gives manager Pep Guardiola a top-notch La Liga trained centerback entering the prime of his career as a 23-year-old, with Vincent Kompany constantly sidelined and Eliaquim Mangala failing to break into the first team. What remains to be seen is how quickly Laporte can adjust to the rigors of the Premier League as Man City continues its charge through the Premier League season.

Here’s some more transfer rumors from around the Premier League and Europe:

Man United to bid for Seri

One of the stars of Ligue 1 the last few seasons has been Nice midfielder Jean Seri. And now he’s getting attention on international radar.

Manchester United is reportedly set to approach Nice on what it would take to acquire Seri in the future. Man United manager Jose Mourinho has ruled out other January signings but Seri could be a great summer signing to bolster Man United’s midfield following the World Cup.

Seri scored seven goals and had nine assists last season and so far has one goal and four assists through 16 Ligue 1 matches.

Cahill set for a return in England

Tim Cahill is pushing on 40-years old (he’s 38) but he’s not ready to hang up his boots.

After spells in Major League Soccer, the Chinese Super League and the A-League in Australia since leaving Everton, reports in England claim Cahill could finish the 2017-2018 season with Millwall, his former club where he became a professional in 1999.

Millwall currently sit in mid-table in the Championship, nine points clear of the relegation zone but also 12 points out of a playoff place.

If Cahill does return, it would be fascinating to see if he can still play in the physically-demanding league, and how many headers he’ll score by the end of the season.

Real Monarchs beat Louisville City to win first ever USL Cup
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Real Monarchs scored three unanswered goals as they routed Louisville City 3-1 at Lynn Stadium to win their first ever USL Cup title.

Noah Powder’s goal in the 66th minute sealed the deal for the visitor’s, adding to the goals scored by defenders Erik Holt and Konrad Plewa in the first half.

Surprisingly enough, it was Lou City who got off to a superb start on Sunday night, though.

Only six minutes after the initial whistle, Lou City’s leading goalscorer, Magnus Rasmussen, scored the game’s first goal, breaking a record for the fastest goal in a USL Cup final.

The defeat brings an end to Lou City’s historic run of consecutive USL Cup-winning seasons.

On July 1, former Real Salt Lake defender, Jamison Olave, took over as the Monarchs interim coach following Martin Vasquez’s unexpected resignation.

Man arrested after English soccer player reports homophobia

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TRANMERE, England — A footballer in England’s third tier reported being subjected to homophobic abuse from the stands, leading to police making one arrest.

Wycombe goalkeeper Ryan Allsop told the referee of the abuse at halftime of the League One soccer game at Tranmere as his team won 2-0.

Tranmere says it is very disappointed to learn of a homophobic comment made.

In a statement, Merseyside Police condemned abhorrent incidents.

Police Chief Inspector Jason Crellin added that “hate crime has no place in our communities, and not least at a showcase sporting event attended and watched by many people.”

Brazil beat Mexico to win U-17 World Cup (video)

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Brazil became Under-17 world champions for a fourth time in dramatic fashion as Lazaro Vinicius Marques’ scored a 93rd-minute winner to edge Mexico 2-1 at Estadio BezerrĂŁo on Sunday.

Brazil’s comeback started in the 84th minute when Kaio Jorge converted from the penalty spot, following VAR’s decision which ruled contact on the tournament’s Golden Ball winner, Gabriel Veron, inside the 18-yard box.

With Brazilian legends Ronaldo and Cafu in attendance, the host’s had the better of chances throughout the first 45 minutes. Without any luck, however, Brazil were unable to get the ball past Eduardo Garcia, instead hitting the bar on several occasions.

Then in the 66th minute, Mexico – winners of the tournament in 2005 and in 2011 – stunned the home crowd when Bronze Ball winner Eugenio Pizzoto’s cross into the box was headed into the back of the net by Bryan Alonso Gonzalez Olivan, breaking the deadlock between two sides that had met in the same game back in 2005.

What was going to be a stunning, underdog victory for El Tri, turned into a heartbreaking night for Marco “Chima” Ruiz and company.

Brazil, on the other hand, are now only one championship away from tying Nigeria’s record of five championships.

EURO qualifying wrap: France, Iceland, Turkey earn wins

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With their tickets already booked to next summer’s big tournament, France and Turkey picked up wins in Sunday’s Euro qualifying action, which saw defending champions Portugal clinch qualification.

[ READ: Defending champions Portugal qualify to EURO 2020 ]

Albania 0-2 France

Albania opened their new, 22,500-seat stadium with a hard-fought loss against France.

Early on, Bayern Munich’s Corentin Tolisso gave the impression that the home fans were in for a long night at the inaugurating Air Albania Stadium, opening the score just eight minutes in with a well-placed header. In the 31st minute, an unfamiliar face, Leo Dubois, connected with Antoine Griezmann, who slotted the ball into the bottom-right corner. France finish the qualifiers leaders of Group H with 25 points. Throughout the 10 matches, the world champions lost only once, a 2-0 loss against Turkey.

Andorra 0-2 Turkey

Real Valladolid’s Enes Unal scored a first-half brace as Turkey coasted past Andorra 2-0. Turkey, who clinched a spot next summer after finishing Group H two points behind France, controlled possession and chances at goal.

Moldova 1-2 Iceland

Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson scored the visitor’s second and winning goal in the second half, as Iceland walked away from Zimbru Stadium with a 2-1 win on Sunday.

With 19 points throughout 10 games, RĂşnar Kristinsson and company felt five points short of qualifying directly for next year’s competition. That said, they’ll partake in the Euro 2020 playoffs, looking to squeeze their way in.


Luxembourg 0-2 Portugal

Serbia 2-2 Ukraine

Kosovo 0-4 England

Bulgaria 1-0 Czech Republic