Report: Phil Neville in talks with Inter Miami

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Inter Miami have reportedly reached out to Phil Neville about becoming their new manager.

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The second-year Major League Soccer franchise haven’t yet parted company with inaugural head coach Diego Alonso after they finished 10th in the Eastern Conference and lost in the first round of the playoffs.

It is believed that Alonso’s future at Inter Miami is uncertain and this report would suggest that David Beckham and his ownership group are looking to bring in one of his close friends from his playing career with Manchester United and England and they are part-owners of League Two side Salford City.

According to our partners in the UK at Sky Sports, Neville has been approached by Inter Miami CF.

“They have approached Phil Neville about the managerial role. Preliminary discussions have taken place, as Neville is due to leave his role as the England women’s national team head coach in July at the end of his contract.”

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Neville was assistant coach to David Moyes at Manchester United in 2013-14 but that season didn’t go well as they were fired and since then he was assistant coach with his brother Gary at Valencia, but they were also fired after a short spell in charge of the Spanish club.

However, Neville has had some success in the women’s game as he led England to the 2019 World Cup semifinals but he has caused some unrest along the way and many believed he wasn’t qualified to coach in the women’s game. Neville has been extremely outspoken in the media about the women’s game, which has upset some, and this would be seen as a left-field choice by Inter Miami.

Neville is scheduled to lead Team GB at the Olympics in the summer, as current Dutch women’s national team head coach, Sarina Wiegman, will replace him as England boss in July.

Would Neville to MLS be a good idea?

Neville hasn’t had any experience within MLS, but the right people can help him in that regard and Beckham will work closely with him to build the team and an identity.

This will certainly take Inter Miami CF in a different direction, as Neville’s coaching style is very pragmatic and will be very different to the skillset of the squad Alonso put together.

With Blaise Matuidi and Gonzalo Higuain the two star players on the Inter Miami CF roster, plus Rodolfo Pizzaro and Matias Pellegrini around as Designated Players, there is a sense that Alonso didn’t get the most out of a talented squad in 2020.

Beckham was always likely to call on his vast array of contacts to help him out at Inter Miami, and this seems like the first step towards a Manchester reunion in Miami.

Presidential candidate: Barcelona to buy MLS club, sign Messi and Suarez

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A sensational report claims that a Barcelona presidential candidate plans to keep Lionel Messi at the club by:

  • Buying an MLS franchise
  • Giving Lionel Messi a share in it
  • Signing Messi and Luis Suarez

And you thought, “No new taxes” was an ambitious campaign promise.

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There are a lot of red flags here, not the least of which is the alleged cash-poor status of Barcelona as well as the status of Xavi Vilajoana as a candidate to replace resigned Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Messi has said he wants to play in MLS and live in the States one day, and Messi and Suarez playing for David Beckham’s Inter Miami has been mooted in the press.

City Football Group, which owns NYCFC and Manchester City, had reportedly offered Messi a five-year $830 million deal in August which would include playing time for both squads and an investment stake in the company.

Barcelona’s lack of activity in the transfer market and its corresponding release of Luis Suarez were down to a painful financial situation at the club, an issue so sensitive that Messi’s rumored exit was considered to have the silver lining of eliminating his massive salary.

The Carolina franchise’s expansion fee was $325 million, so we imagine the next asking price is upwards of $350M.

We’re not sure where Messi prefers to go in MLS, but the highest-profile teams are owned by parties we don’t expect to sell their rights. NYCFC is part of City Football Group, which owns Man City amongst others, while David Beckham holds Inter Miami.

New York Red Bulls are owned by Red Bull, while LAFC is a new and active group recently valued at a record $700 million and the LA Galaxy have long been owned by the Anschutz Entertainment Group. Toronto FC is owned by MLSE.

That’s not to say Messi wouldn’t want to live in Vancouver, Montreal, Chicago, or even Nashville. Maybe he’s a huge fan of Carrie Underwood.

Transfer news: Messi, Suarez to Inter Miami; Ramos to Tottenham

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The latest transfer news keeps on rolling in as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to Inter Miami and Sergio Ramos to Tottenham are a few of the reports circulating.

First up, let’s dive into this juicy Messi and Suarez report.

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After Messi, 33, admitted a few days ago that he wanted to play in MLS in the future, the rumor mill has been in overdrive about where he could end up Stateside as he contract runs out at Barcelona this summer. Messi mentioning his ‘dream’ to play in MLS was something he brought up on his own and is clearly something he wants to do.

Many believe that Messi will sign a deal with the City Football Group which will see him play at Manchester City for the next two seasons, then play for their sister club New York City FC in MLS.

However, there is another intriguing report out there.

Cataluyna Radio say that Messi and his close friend Luis Suarez have hatched a plan to play together in MLS in the future.

“Messi and Suarez plan to play together at Inter Miami, but not until 2022.”

This would be amazing.

How likely is Messi and Suarez to MLS?

Very, very likely.

Both players have talked about moving to MLS and they are getting towards that stage in their career and their contract situations are favorable to being given a huge Designated Player contract after arriving on a free transfer.

In his intriguing interview on what is going on at Barcelona, Messi mentioned his astonishment at Suarez being allowed to leave Barcelona in the summer due to their financial problems, and he used to leave a few doors down from Suarez and the duo are extremely close off the pitch.

Having them both roll up at Inter Miami is realistic, and it would certainly make the huge splash David Beckham and his ownership group would like to make.

With Messi out of contract in the summer, it will be intriguing to follow this storyline closely in the coming months, as Suarez has a contract at Atletico Madrid until the summer of 2022. So: Messi to Man City for one season until the summer of 2022, then he heads to Miami to link up with Suarez?

Cogs are starting to turn as two of the biggest stars on the planet line up their nest eggs for a potential Floridian swansong together.

Sergio Ramos to Tottenham

Well, this is a bit bizarre, but it could make sense.

Real Madrid legend Sergio Ramos is out of contract this summer and is free to talk to non-Spanish clubs in January about signing a pre-contract agreement.

Ramos, 34, is said to be at a contrast impasse with Real and according to the London Evening Standard, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is keeping a close eye on the situation.

The experience central defender has been a machine in recent seasons, continuing to drive Real on to trophies despite is advancing years, and Mourinho is said to have loved working with Ramos during their time together at Real Madrid.

Tottenham continue to struggle with keeping clean sheets, something which has been showcased in recent weeks as they have let multiple leads slip late on in games to slip down the table. Ramos alongside Eric Dier could work.

Ramos has the nous and experience to add an extra dimension to the Tottenham defense but it is hard to picture him anywhere other than Real Madrid after is 15 years at the Bernabeu. But like Messi at Barca, all good things eventually come to an end.

Austin FC takes five players in MLS Expansion Draft, trades one

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Claudio Reyna and Josh Wolff continued work on Austin FC’s first Major League Soccer roster with Tuesday’s MLS Expansion Draft.

Austin previously used trades to acquired Nick Lima from San Jose, Jon Gallagher from Atlanta, Julio Cascante from the Portland, Ben Sweat from Inter Miami, and Ulises Segura from DC United.

They club had previously signed Paraguayan international winger Cecilio Dominguez as its first Designated Player and fellow Los Guaraníes hopeful Rodney Redes.

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Austin took San Jose’s Danny Hoesen with the first pick, then took Jared Stroud off of New York Red Bulls.

Their third pick was Brady Scott from Nashville SC, followed by LA Galaxy’s Joe Corona.

The 30-year-old Corona has 23 USMNT caps, though he has not appeared for the Yanks since 2018.

The last of their five picks was Orlando City back Kamal Miller, who was sent to the Montreal Impact moments after the draft. The Canadian international heads closer to home after starring at Syracuse University before going pro.

No trades were permitted during the draft, but Austin didn’t wait long to join teams who’ve moved players selected during the MLS Expansion Drafts.

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Nashville SC selected five players in the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft and traded two away for assets. FC Cincinnati traded one pick in 2018 to acquire Darron Mattocks, while LAFC sent its fourth and fifth picks away to get Lauren Ciman in 2017.

Austin FC was unveiled as an MLS franchise in January 2019.

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Transfer news: MLS clubs line up Ozil; Dia to Arsenal

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The transfer news keeps on coming as Mesut Ozil to MLS and Boulaye Dia to Arsenal are a couple of the latest reports doing the rounds.

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Let’s start with a potential outgoing at Arsenal, as Ozil is out of contract at Arsenal in the summer and a report from ESPN says multiple MLS teams are lining up to sign him as a free agent.

Ozil, 32, is free to start pre-contract talks with non-English clubs in January and it is expected that he will see out the 2020-21 season at Arsenal as he hopes to be included in their squad in the second half of the season.

Arsenal have missed Ozil’s creativity but the fact their highest-earner, on over $470,000 per week, can’t even get into Mikel Arteta’s squad (who are struggling in the Premier League), is surely a big problem internally for the under-fire Arsenal boss.

Would Ozil to MLS make sense?

As for the MLS teams interested, D.C. United continue to be linked, while Inter Miami CF and LA Galaxy are also said to have joined the hunt.

Ozil has been linked with a move to Fenerbache in Turkey, but MLS now appears to be his most-likely destination.

It seems like Ozil would be a very good fit for MLS, but how long will it take him to get back up to speed after being frozen out at Arsenal for the last eight months?

It is a peculiar situation between himself and Arteta, but his quality is undoubted and whichever MLS club signs him can expect plenty more attention to head their way, on and off the pitch.

Boulaye Dia to Arsenal?

As for potential incomings at Arsenal, even though technical director Edu said they won’t spend big in January, they could move for a Stade Reims youngster to bolster their attacking options.

A report from Le10Sport in France states that Boulaye Dia to Arsenal could happen in January, as the 24-year-old has been in fine form this season in Ligue 1.

Dia has scored eight goals in 12 outings in France’s top-flight and the Senegalese forward is being chased by Lyon and Marseille.

Per the report, Dia is said to be available for just over $13.4 million and Arsenal have certainly looked at Ligue 1 for plenty of their recent signings. Gabriel has worked out okay, but Matteo Guendouzi, William Saliba and Nicolas Pepe have all been misses recently.

With Gabriel Martinelli returning from injury, plus Eddie Nketiah, Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Pepe and Willian in attack, surely Arsenal don’t need to strengthen in that area?

Even though they’ve been goal-shy in recent months, it is all about their style of play rather than not having talented attackers.