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USMNT, Spurs defender Carter-Vickers close to Swansea move

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Multiple reports claim that Tottenham Hotspur and U.S. national team defender Cameron Carter-Vickers is heading to Swansea City on loan.

Carter-Vickers, 20, spent last season on loan at Sheffield United and Ipswich Town in the second-tier and he then spent the summer as one of Tottenham’s starting center backs on their preseason tour of the U.S.

The USMNT youngster look to have benefitted from that experience greatly and he signed a new contract in May, with his impressive display for the U.S. in a 1-1 draw against France in Lyon in June underlining his potential.

Per the BBC, Carter-Vickers will head to Swansea to fill the gap left by Federico Fernandez who signed for Newcastle United in the summer, as well as Alfie Mawson leaving for Fulham and fellow center backs Kyle Bartley and Jordi Amat moving on.

Is this a good loan move for CCV? It certainly seems like an upgrade on his past two loan moves as both Sheffield United and Ipswich were steady midtable Championship teams, while Swansea are one of the favorites for promotion straight back to the Premier League and new manager Graham Potter has restored their free-flowing style of play as they’re unbeaten and sit sixth in the Championship table.

The next 12-18 months are crucial for CCV’s development, with Mauricio Pochettino a huge fan of his as he was made the captain of Spurs’ reserve squad as a teenager. The powerful defender has an impressive turn of pace and aerial ability, while more time on loan in the Championship should sharpen up his reading of the game and positional sense. With Toby Alderweireld‘s future at Spurs uncertain given his contract dispute, it appears that CCV and Juan Foyth could soon be battling for a more prominent role alongside Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen.

Alongside Matt Miazga‘s loan move from Chelsea to Nantes in France’s top-flight, this is good news for the USMNT as both of their young center backs could be playing regularly this season at a higher level than they were in previous months.

CCV and Miazga have been center back partners since their team at the U-20 World Cup in 2015 and they’ve looked very comfortable when playing together for the full national team under interim coach Dave Sarachan in recent months.

Report: Chelsea would let Juventus hire Sarri for $7m fee

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Maurizio Sarri looks set for a second-straight offseason of “Will Chelsea or won’t they?”

One year after needing the Blues to sort out the removal of Antonio Conte and compensation with Napoli, Sarri could now be moving back to Italy.

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But Chelsea won’t make any decisions on his future until after the Europa League Final in Baku next week, and reportedly would let him leave for Juventus if the Serie A side pays a $7 million fee.

Sarri also criticized the Blues’ preseason trip to America, and Matt Law’s report says the manager is fine to stay in England but may want to return to Italy. Roma is also searching for a manager.

Chelsea’s playing style under Sarri drew criticism from supporters but the Blues are in the Europa League Final, finished third in the Premier League, and came within penalty kicks of beating Manchester City to the League Cup title.

Maybe the cigarette-chomping Sarri isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but his success on the table and tournaments with a transfer ban looming was pretty solid. Chelsea could do much worse.

Man Utd set to add $20m Swans winger James

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Manchester United’s first signing of the summer will be a Welsh international forward, but not that one, presuming the clubs sort out the transfer fee.

Swansea City winger Daniel James has agreed to terms with United, according to Sky Sports.

The 21-year-old is expected to cost Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s men about $20 million.

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James scored five times with 10 assists for Graham Potter in all competitions this season, totaling 2800 minutes for Swans.

Only Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish was fouled more per game than James, who was taken to the turf 2.7 times per match. He mostly played on the left wing this season.

Twice-capped by Wales, James turns 22 in November. How long will it take him to make the jump from Championship star to Premier League contributor?

Martinez names Kompany in Belgium squad

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Roberto Martinez is going to suit up a manager as Belgium fights to qualify for EURO 2020.

Okay, okay, that manager is Anderlecht player-manager Vincent Kompany, mere days removed from sealing a domestic treble for Manchester City.

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Kompany, 33, has been called up by Belgium for the first time since November. He has 87 caps with four goals for the Red Devils, and perhaps the nickname will be a little less awkward now that he’s not a member of the Premier League’s “noisy neighbors.”

Here’s what Martinez had to say about Kompany’s inclusion.

“In modern football it is not easy to combine the job of player and coach,” Martinez added. “In England they have a tradition of that but less and less because the job of coach has become enormously demanding. We must give him time. We will support him in everything he does.”

Belgium is in a qualifying group with Russia, Cyprus, Scotland, Kazakhstan, and San Marino, and should waltz into the tournament.

USMNT dates to host Cuba, Canada revealed

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MIAMI (AP) The United States will host Cuba on Oct. 11 and Canada on Nov. 15 in the first CONCACAF Nations League.

CONCACAF said Tuesday that the Americans, seeded in Group A, will play at Canada on Oct. 15 and at Cuba on Nov. 19.

Sites have not been determined.

Other Nations League groups are:

B – Bermuda, Mexico, Panama

C – Martinique, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago

D – Costa Rica, Curacao, Haiti

The top team in each League A group advances to the semifinals in March, and the last-place team is relegated to League B.

The U.S. intends to play exhibitions on the September FIFA dates for national teams.

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