WATCH: USMNT’s Aaronson hits big assist to Liverpool, City target Daka

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As clubs continue to scout Red Bull Salzburg striker Patson Daka, they’re going to get a load of some sweet playmaking from USMNT midfielder Brenden Aaronson.

The Philadelphia Union product has impressed since Gregg Berhalter called him into national team camp last year and now has two goals and four caps for the USMNT.

Aaronson, 20, moved to Salzburg after the 2020 MLS season, where he had four goals and five assists in 33 matches.

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He’s been even better since heading to Austria and joining American coach Jesse Marsch at a club which has produced Erling Haaland, Takumi Minamino, and Dominik Szoboszlai.

Aaronson has two goals and three assists in 11 appearances for the Austrian side, which is pretty darn good for a side leading the Austrian Bundesliga and in pursuit of an eighth-straight league title.

The American’s latest assist was a showstopper, setting up Daka for a diving header. The 22-year-old Zambian had a hat trick in the 3-1 win and has 30 goals and eight assists in 32 appearances for Salzburg this season, earning links with Liverpool, Manchester United, and Man City.

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Transfer news: Daka to Manchester United; Alaba makes decision

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In the latest transfer news Patson Daka to Manchester United (among others) is an intriguing development, while David Alaba appears to have made up his mind on his next destination.

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Let’s start by taking a closer look at these Daka reports, as plenty of Premier League clubs are on the hunt for a new striker this summer.

Patson Daka to Manchester United and the Premier League?

Is it a surprise to see Manchester United linked with Zambian forward Patson Daka?

Probably not. It is believed that despite a stacked attack, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still keen to bring in a more clinical finisher this summer as reports elsewhere have stated that Anthony Martial could be sold, while it seems like Edinson Cavani could move on.

Daka’s incredible speed, and the fact he can play centrally and out wide, means he may suit the counter-attacking style at United.

Multiple Premier League clubs have been linked with a move for Daka, according to the Daily Mail, as the 22-year-old striker looks set to be the next star to move on from RB Salzburg.

Per the report, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal are also in the hunt for Daka, who has scored 27 goals in 32 games this season for RB Salzburg.

After Erling Haaland, Takumi Minamino and Dominik Szoboszlai moving to Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool and RB Leipzig respectively recently, plus Sadio Mane and Naby Keita previously playing for the Austrian giants, it is clear that Salzburg is a perfect breeding ground for young talent.

Daka is reportedly valued at just $23.5 million, but it is expected that this interest will see his transfer value increase. He has previously spoken of his hopes of playing in the Premier League and it would seem that a team which plays a high-pressing style would suit him well.

Is Daka the replacement for Roberto Firmino up top for Liverpool, or Sergio Aguero at Manchester City? Or will he freshen up the attack of Arsenal? Manchester United seem like the outliers, both in terms of need and the best fit for Daka, but you wouldn’t bet against them adding another forward to their squad.

David Alaba not heading to England

It appears that David Alaba has made his mind up about where he is heading next, and it won’t be the Premier League.

Alaba, 28, is out of contract this summer and the Bayern Munich legend is wanted by giants across Europe given his versatility and incredible reliability across the last decade.

Our partners in Germany at Sky believe that Alaba has decided he will join either Real Madrid or Barcelona when he leaves Bayern this summer.

Per the report, Alaba has turned down lucrative offers from Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, while Manchester City were also linked with a move for the Austrian international, but the defender/midfielder wants to move to Spain.

With Barcelona’s financial problems well documented, they look set to make a move for plenty of free agents this summer as they appear to have already moved in on a deal for Georginio Wijnaldum, while Sergio Aguero has also been linked with a move to the Nou Camp.

Ronald Koeman has brought through some talented youngsters, but there’s no doubt Barcelona need some extra experience, especially if Lionel Messi is going to leave on a free. That said, perhaps all of these free agent signings would convince him to stay…

As for Real Madrid, they could lose Sergio Ramos on a free transfer, while Raphael Varane’s future is up in the air too as Alaba would be a great replacement for one of them at center back.

Whatever Alaba decides, it appears he is now heading to La Liga.

Premier League’s five-subs proposal voted down again

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10 out of 20 Premier League clubs voted against re-introducing the five-subs rule for the remainder of the 2020-21 Premier League season on Thursday, dooming the proposed amendment to failure for the third time in four months.

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The Premier League’s biggest clubs — namely Liverpool and Manchester City — were reportedly left angered following the latest vote. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had previously campaigned on the issue of “player welfare and mental health” due to the condensed nature of this season’s schedule.

Aston Villa, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Leicester City, Leeds United, Newcastle United, Sheffield United, West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers — seven of which currently reside in the bottom-half of the Premier League table — were the 10 clubs to vote against the proposed rule change.

It has been reported that after the case was made in favor of allowing additional subtitutes, no counter-argument was presented. The measure immediately went to the vote. 14 yes votes are required to make the change.

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The Premier League is the only one of Europe’s top-five leagues without the five-subs rule in effect this season. The English Football League, from the Championship down to League Two, has also retained the rule change from the end of last season.

The clubs did, however, vote to allow two additional players on the substitutes’ bench for the remainder of the season.

Transfer news: Arsenal target Szoboszlai joins RB Leipzig

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Red Bull Salzburg boss Jesse Marsch will be losing his best player (again) during the January transfer window.

A year after losing Takumi Minamino (Liverpool), Erling Haaland (Dortmund), and Marin Pongracic (Wolfsburg) in January, Salzburg will reportedly sell Hungarian wizard Dominik Szoboszlai to brother club RB Leipzig.

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UPDATE: RB Leipzig confirmed their signing of Szoboszlai on Thursday.

Szoboszlai, 20, has eight goals and 10 assists in 20 matches this season, including goals against Atletico Madrid and Lokomotiv Moscow in the UEFA Champions League.

The rapid left-sided midfielder, who can also play centrally, scored the decisive goal against Iceland to send Hungary to EURO 2020 (in 2021).

He’s long been linked with Arsenal and lately has been mentioned as a Tottenham target, but will reportedly announce a move to the other Bundesliga and a spot on Julian Nagelsmann’s team.

Haaland wins Golden Boy Award; USMNT’s Dest, 2 Canadians make list

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Erling Haaland has won the 2020 Golden Boy Award.

The Golden Boy Award is awarded to the top U-21 player registered to a top division club in Europe, and has been previous won by Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and others (full list at bottom of post).

USMNT back Sergino Dest finished 13th in the voting, four ahead of Canada’s Jonathan David. Fellow Canadian star Alphonso Davies was third.

American youngster Giovanni Reyna and Mexico’s Diego Lainez will be among the favorites to join the top tier of vote-getters in 2021 after being named to the initial shortlist but missing the cut for the Top 40 this season.

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Haaland’s incredible 2019-20 season was split between Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund. He scored 28 times with seven assists in 24 matched for the Austrians before scoring 16 and 3 in 18 appearances for BVB.

Haaland, 20, is the first Norwegian to win the award and first Bundesliga player named to the honor since Renato Sanches in 2016.

Because the award includes all clubs the player suited up for in a given season and Haaland started last season with American coach Jesse Marsch at Salzburg, Haaland is the first player from an Austrian club to win the award.

Four Premier League stars made the list, with Man City’s Ferran Torres and Phil Foden joined by Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) and Bukayo Saka (Arsenal).


Voting results

17. Jonathan David, Gent / Lille
16. Rodrygo, Real Madrid
15. Ryan Gravenberch, Ajax
14. Sergino Dest, Ajax / Barcelona
13. Sandro Tonali, Brescia / AC Milan
12. Mason Greenwood, Manchester United
11. Ferran Torres, Valencia / Man City
10. Vinicius, Real Madrid
9. Bukayo Saka, Arsenal
8. Dominik Szoboszlai, Red Bull Salzburg
7. Phil Foden, Man City
6. Dejan Kulusevski, Pama / Juventus
5. Eduardo Camavinga, Stade Rennais
4. Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund
3. Alphonso Davies, Bayern Munich
2. Ansu Fati, Barcelona
1. Erling Haaland, Red Bull Salzburg / Borussia Dortmund


List of Golden Boy Award winners

2020 – Erling Haaland, Red Bull Salzburg / Borussia Dortmund
2019 – Joao Felix, Atletico Madrid / Benfica
2018 – Matthijs de Ligt, Ajax
2017 – Kylian Mbappe, Monaco / PSG
2016 – Renato Sanches, Benfica / Bayern Munich
2015 – Anthony Martial, Monaco / Manchester United
2014 – Raheem Sterling, Liverpool
2013 – Paul Pogba, Juventus
2012 – Isco, Malaga
2011 – Mario Gotze, Borussia Dortmund
2010 – Mario Balotelli, Inter Milan / Manchester City
2009 – Alexandre Pato, AC Milan
2008 – Anderson, Manchester United
2007 – Sergio Aguero, Atletico Madrid
2006 – Cesc Fabregas, ArsenaL
2005 – Lionel Messi, Barcelona
2004 – Wayne Rooney, Everton / Manchester United
2003 –  Rafael van der Vaart, Ajax