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Transfer rumor roundup: Fernandes to Man United; Neymar deal off

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The transfer window is officially open again and that means one thing: transfer reports are kicking up a few notches between now and Aug. 8 when the window shuts for the 2019-20 season.

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Here’s a look at some of the latest gossip from around the Premier League…


Manchester United and Sporting Lisbon are reportedly in talks to finalize the massive $88 million transfer of Bruno Fernandes.

The Portuguese midfielder, 24, has been linked with a move to a host of clubs across Europe and both Man United and Man City were said to be interested in the silky center mid who scored an incredible 32 goals and added 18 assists for Sporting last season.

Per a report from o Jogo in Portugal, United are meeting with the agent of the Portugal international agent to discuss the finer details of the deal as Sporting Lisbon want a transfer fee of $88 million for Fernandes. United were also after another Portuguese international in midfield, Joao Felix, but the teenager appears to be close to joining Atletico Madrid this summer instead.

If United do sign a free-scoring central midfielder, it would likely mean Paul Pogba is heading out of Old Trafford as per his wish. If Fernandes is half as successful in the Premier League as his countryman Bernardo Silva has been at Man City, it will be money well spent as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer freshens up his dated United squad. Stay tuned.


The vice-president of Barcelona, Jordi Cardoner, has pretty much quashed any chance of the Brazilian superstar heading back to the Nou Camp this summer.

Neymar, 27, has been linked with a huge transfer away from Paris Saint-Germain, with both Real Madrid and his former club Barca said to want to buy him, while Man United have been linked with a swap deal with Pogba.

“As far as I know Barcelona have not taken any steps to bring him here,” Cardoner told a press conference. “The board has not discussed bringing him back, unless the player were to take actual steps. It seems Neymar wants to come back, or at least that’s what he’s expressed, but it’s not something on the table. It’s not true that Barca are worrying about signing Neymar.”

Cardoner added that he isn’t surprised Neymar wants to return given how great of a club Barcelona is. Talk about blowing your own trumpet…

He does have a point. The way Neymar left Barca for PSG in his world-record $251 million transfer in the summer of 2017 left a bad taste in the mouths of pretty much everyone connected with the Catalan club, but if Neymar is close to moving to Real Madrid, you can expect Barca to try and figure out if they can make a deal happen.

Neymar’s problems off the pitch in Paris have intensified in recent months following two injury-hit seasons on the trot, with PSG’s club president saying that players who think they are bigger than the club can leave.

That’s all well and good, but who on earth can afford to pay Neymar what he is earning at PSG, a reported $1.2 million per week? Even the likes of Man United, Barca and Real will baulk at those wage demands.

Report: Everton could land Juventus’ Kean after all

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Everton could end up with one of the hottest prospects in world soccer.

Moise Kean may wind up leaving Juventus due to the club’s failure to offload fellow strikers Mario Mandzukic and Gonzalo Higuain.

And Kean, 19, was poised for a breakthrough to the first team, to the extent that Juve reportedly turned down a $33 million bid from Everton.

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The Toffees, however, may have new life due to the Higuain/Mandzukic problem, and Sky Sports Italia reports that Kean may indeed be an option for Marco Silva‘s club.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Kean elected to leave Italy given the racial abuse he’s suffered in Serie A (Though racism is everywhere, of course).

The same report says Kean turned down a Barcelona offer because he would’ve headed on loan, while Arsenal is also said to be in the mix.

Kean scored six Serie A goals with an assist in just 13 matches for Juventus last season after scoring four times for Hellas Verona on loan.

Premier League weekend friendlies: Man Utd-Inter, PL Asia Trophy

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This weekend in Premier League preseason friendlies sees Liverpool taking on a pair of top European foes, while four PL foes trade blows in Shanghai.

Man City and Wolves move on from significant defeats of Newcastle and West Ham, who in turn will face each other on Saturday.

You can watch Saturday’s Premier League Asia Trophy matches between Wolves and Man City, and Newcastle versus West Ham here on NBC Sports Live.

Meanwhile, Manchester United will tangle with Romelu Lukaku-chasing Inter Milan on Saturday (and, no, the Belgian striker won’t be in uniform).

There’s also a sneaky good match-up of Watford and Bayer Leverkusen in Austria on Saturday, while Sunday’s light docket has Spurs facing Matthijs de Ligt and Juventus in Singapore.

Friday
Borussia Dortmund v. Liverpool (Notre Dame, Indiana)

Saturday
Girona v. Bournemouth
Arsenal
v. Fiorentina (Charlotte)
Fulham v. Brighton and Hove Albion
Cheltenham Town v. Leicester City
Crewe Alexandra v. Burnley
Port Vale v. Burnley
Bromley v. Crystal Palace
Man City 
v. Wolves (Shanghai)
Inter Milan v. Manchester United (Singapore)
Newcastle United v. West Ham (Shanghai)
Northampton Town v. Sheffield United
Preston North End v. Southampton
Watford 
v. Bayer Leverkusen (Austria)

Sunday
Shrewsbury Town v. Aston Villa
Liverpool 
v. Sevilla (Boston)
Juventus v. Spurs (Singapore)

PL friendly wrap: Pukki leads Norwich past Schalke

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London sides went 0-2, while three other Premier League sides won ahead of Friday night’s friendly between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund in Indiana.

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The wins included defeats of Schalke and Monaco, while Brighton and Hove Albion topped lower league Crawley Town.

Schalke 1-2 Norwich City

Teemu Pukki had a goal and an assist, giving hope that the Championship goal collector can bring his game to the Premier League.

Pukki’s 13th minute goal was assisted by Man City loanee Patrick Roberts, and the Finn later assisted Moritz Leitner‘s winner.

Rabbi Matondo scored Schalke’s only goal, and American midfielder Weston McKennie was neither with the starters nor the bench.

Everton 1-0 Monaco

Seamus Coleman scored and Maarten Stekelenburg stopped a penalty as the Toffees handled their Ligue 1 opposition in Switzerland.

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Leandro Damaio scored the lone goal as Chelsea had plenty of chances to win in Christian Pulisic‘s debut. The American came off the bench for the final 25 minutes in Japan.

Nottingham Forest 1-0 Crystal Palace

Albert Adomah scored the lone goal in a win for the Championship side.

Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 Crawley Town

New signing Taylor Richards‘ late penalty kick was enough for the Seagulls to get a result at home. The Man City midfielder arrived on Thursday.

Liverpool v. Borussia Dortmund (Notre Dame, Indiana) — 8 p.m. ET

Algeria wins Africa Cup of Nations

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In the words of a Missouri-born rapper, you only get one shot. In Algeria’s case in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, that was true and it was all the Desert Foxes needed to claim their first AFCON title since 1990 with a 1-0 defeat of Senegal on Friday at Cairo International Stadium in Cairo.

Baghdad Bounedjah’s wildly-deflected second minute shot was enough to give Algeria its second AFCON crown.

Senegal out shot Algeria 11-1 on the day, but Sadio Mane and Co. couldn’t find their way over the goal line.

One-time Man City and Southampton player Djamel Belmadi has now managed an AFCON winner and a Gulf Cup of Nations champion (Qatar, 2014).

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Bounedjah’s wild rip after a cut-in from the left bounded into the air and looped into the far corner. Senegal goalkeeper Amigo Gomis made it look more odd with his befuddlement (Scramble, my guy!).

Referee Neant Alioum’s ruling of a penalty to Senegal after Ismaila Sarr’s rip hit the arm of Adlene Guedioura was overturned when review showed the Algeria midfielder’s arm was at his side.

We mean, was this going to be the goal that won Africa’s most important tournament? Yep.