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Who needs Harry Maguire more: Man City or Man United?

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Harry Maguire is, once again, a man in demand this summer.

The Leicester City and England center back is entering the prime of his career and the 26-year-old has stated that he is happy with the Foxes but wants to challenge for trophies and play at the top level for as long as he can.

Both Manchester City and Manchester United have been linked with summer moves for Maguire, currently valued at $110 million, and the latter pushed hard to try and sign the oft-marauding center back last summer after his breakout 2018 World Cup.

But which club needs him more?

On the face of it, Man United badly need a new center back to help galvanize their entire defensive unit with Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof all struggling at various points last season.

Maguire’s ball-playing ability from the back would help get them on the front foot more often, and that is exactly how Solskjaer likes to play and he has the attacking players to make the most of early balls and runs from Maguire which will turn defense into attack quickly.

As for Man City, their desire for a center back is clear also as John Stones continues to struggle, Vincent Kompany has left over the summer and Nicolas Otamendi far from happy playing a bit-part role. Aymeric Laporte is their main man at center back and if Maguire wants Champions League action and challenging for trophies, City will be his obvious first-choice.

But if United manage to somehow sign Matthijs de Ligt this summer, Maguire could see him and De Ligt as the defensive leaders of a new era at Old Trafford. That is appealing, and we’ve seen how Stones, a ball-playing center back who was supposed to be the perfect fit for City, has struggled to adapt to Pep’s methods.

Just because Maguire plays out from the back, it doesn’t mean he will slot straight in at City. Man United should break the bank to sign him this summer and build their entire defense around him, and if they can add Maguire to signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka, then all of a sudden their much-maligned defense will no longer be the problem.

The battle for Maguire will rumble on, and both Manchester clubs will have very good reasons for pushing the boat out to sign him. Even if they lose Maguire, Leicester will be the big winners, financially, here.

Haiti stuns Costa Rica to claim Group B at Gold Cup

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Poetic justice, put it in a Song.

Haiti’s Djimy Alexis made up for his early own goal by scoring a deserved winner as Haiti won Group B of the Gold Cup with an upset of Costa Rica on Monday.

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Los Ticos got everything they could handle from the upstart Gombey Warriors, who are now 3-0 on the tournament, and the World Cup mainstays tossed aside their early lead to meet Mexico in the quarterfinals.

Haiti will challenge Canada in the quarters, guaranteeing the semifinals an intriguing participant.

An early own goal had Costa Rica in control, but Duckens Nason’ 16th international goal was a part of a hard charge from the Haitians in the second half.

The other match saw Bermuda earn a 2-0 win over Nicaragua via goals from Lejuan Simmons and QPR’s Nakhi Wells. That gives the Gombey Warriors a 1-2 record while dropping Nicaragua to 0-3.

Bermuda was ranked 174th by FIFA to Nicaragua’s 129, but that will certainly change next month.

AFCON wrap: Diaby’s sensational rip highlights trio of matches

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The Africa Cup of Nations said hello to six more competitors on Monday, with a thrilling goal amongst the eight tallied across the competitions in Egypt.

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Mali 4-1 Mauritania

Two different men named Adama Traore — neither of them the Wolves winger — joined Moussa Marega on the score sheet but it’s difficult to describe the class and small margins that defined the tournament’s goal of the day.

Sporting Lisbon’s Abdoulay Diaby somehow got this shot off through two defenders and into the upper reaches of the goal to open the scoring in the three-goal win for Mali, which is having some summer when you take into account the U-20 World Cup.

Ivory Coast 1-0 South Africa

There were only 13 total attempts in the game, and Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodija scored the lone goal of a tournament opening win for Les Elephants.

Tunisia 1-1 Angola

A draw was probably fair, as Youssef Msakni’s first half penalty was met by Djalma Campos’ late goal to split the spoils in Group E.

Copa America roundup: Uruguay tops Chile; Full knockout bracket

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Ecuador and Japan drew to allow Paraguay to sew up the final knockout round spot, sending Miguel Almiron and Co. into a match-up with Brazil.

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And Uruguay rode Edinson Cavani’s goal into the other side of the bracket, moving ahead of Chile in a tight match.

Ecuador 1-1 Japan

There was a lot to like in a match with 30-plus shots and the ultimate prize of a match-up with Brazil on Thursday in Porto Alegre.

Shoya Nakajima put the Asian side ahead a quarter-hour into the match, but Angel Mena provided an equalizer before halftime to put both sides in danger of failure to reach the knockout rounds.

Chile 0-1 Uruguay

Cavani scored for the second time this tournament as Uruguay claimed first place in Group A and a knockout round meeting with Peru.

Cavani’s deftly flicked header of a Jonathan Rodriguez pass pushed Uruguay above Chile, which had won both of its group matches and now meets Colombia on Friday.

Knockout round schedule

June 27
Brazil v. Paraguay

June 28
Venezuela v. Argentina
Colombia v. Chile

June 29
Uruguay v. Peru

July 2
Brazil/Paraguay v. Venezuela/Argentina
Colombia/Chile v. Uruguay/Peru

July 6
Third place playoff

July 7
Final

Norwich City adds Switzerland international Drmic on free transfer

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Norwich City has added a new star striker to a unit which produced 93 goals in the Championship last season.

Josip Drmic will join Swiss national teammate Timm Klose with the Canaries for the next three seasons, hoping to bring his Bundesliga and international experience to a Premier League safety campaign.

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Drmic turns 27 next month, and scored two goals in five appearances for Borussia Monchengladbach last season. He has 31 goals and seven assists in 107 Bundesliga appearances between Gladbach, Hamburger SV, Bayer Leverkusen, and Nurnberg.

Coach Daniel Farke got 30 goals from target forward Teemu Pukki, who plays a similar role to Drmic and has plenty of top flight experience with Celtic and Schalke amongst others.

Drmic can also operate on the wing, usually left over right, and has featured in both the 2014 and 2018 World Cup. From Canaries.co.uk:

“I’m going to do everything and give 100% on the pitch. I will be ready to give everything for the club. My job is scoring but I also want to help my team and help us be successful.

“When I first came to Norwich, the first thing I noticed was how kind everybody was. It’s given me a lot of positive energy and I’m excited to see what happens.”

Between Pukki and Drmic, Norwich can have faith that its well-prepared to have an answer up top.