Transfer news: Saul Niguez to Chelsea, Camavinga to Real Madrid

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Saul Niguez and Eduardo Camavinga both completed big moves on transfer deadline day, as plenty of deals filtered through.

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Niguez arrives at Stamford Bridge on an initial season-long loan deal and Chelsea have an option to make it permanent.

Camavinga, 18, arrives at Real Madrid for a cut-price deal of $47 million (including add ons) as he had just 12 months left on his contract at Rennes and he’s considered one of the top young central midfielders in the world.

Both of these deals worked out very well for all involved on deadline day.

Saul Niguez to Chelsea

Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez has completed his move to the Blues, right at the end of deadline day, as he boosts the midfield of the reigning European champions.

Saul, 26, has surprisingly become surplus to requirements at Atletico despite being a stalwart for Diego Simeone in recent seasons.

“I am very excited to start this new challenge with Chelsea,” Saul said. “Blues fans, I am one of you now and I can’t wait to wear the shirt, start training and see all of you. See you soon!”

This deal didn’t look likely to happen but the agents of the Spanish international midfielder said ‘they will not give up until the last minute of the window’ and that was exactly what happened.

Per the report, Niguez was very keen on a move to Chelsea and the loan fee will be around $6 million for the season with an option to buy.

Niguez gets up the field with vigor but is no shrinking violet in his own end.

He joins N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, and Mateo Kovacic to give Thomas Tuchel as many quality combination options in the middle of the park as any other in the world. What a team Chelsea have assembled.


Camavinga to Real Madrid

Eighteen-year-old Rennes star Eduardo Camavinga has made quite an impression on many clubs, and Real Madrid has won the day as Camavinga completed his move.

Camavinga has signed a six-year contract at Real Madrid and this is truly a huge coup for Real Madrid for a player who dazzled in recent seasons but lot his way a little last season as talk about his future intensified.

Thrice capped by France and already boasting 88 senior appearances for Rennes, including the second leg of a Group E scrap with Chelsea last season.

Camavinga has been linked everywhere, though one Premier League team has been mentioned more often than the others. The rumors included Manchester United and Arsenal (this summer) and Real Madrid and Manchester United (last Fall).

Real Madrid has made a habit of buying very young stars including Reinier, Vinicius Junior, and more.

Camavinga can grow under the tutelage of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, and Casemiro while seeing if there’s chemistry with Fede Valverde.

He’s a tough-tackling, very active midfielder with excellent passing and transition skills. He ranks in the 97th percentile for tackles amongst fellow midfielders, according to FBRef.com.

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Rennes’ midfielder Eduardo Camavinga (Photo by Damien Meyer / AFP) (Photo by DAMIEN MEYER/AFP via Getty Images)

Transfer news: Hudson-Odoi to Dortmund, Diallo to Feyenoord

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Big-name players at big-name clubs are getting significant loan buzz this Sunday.

A young English star at Chelsea, long-linked with a German power, may be moving to their rival for the 2021-22 season.

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And one of Manchester United’s big signings from last summer will need more playing time with Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo having signed at Old Trafford.

Here’s what’s cooking:

Amad Diallo to Feyenoord, Sheffield United

Exciting Manchester United phenom Amad Diallo is leaving on loan just one year after signing from Atalanta.

Where will he go? Dutch club Feyenoord has been most often linked, but Sky Sports says Sheffield United is hoping to keep the 19-year-old in England this season.

The Ivorian has three senior caps and played for the Olympic team this summer in Tokyo.

Diallo scored a goal and added an assist in eight appearances for Manchester United last season, torching Premier League 2 with seven goal contributions in three matches.

Callum Hudson-Odoi to Borussia Dortmund

A considerable skill set and matching hype around Callum Hudson-Odoi has left the player in a sort of grey area.

He’s not going to get time to develop in ambitious Chelsea’s attack but the Blues have wanted to keep him as injury depth rather than allow him a loan away from Stamford Bridge.

Lest we forget that Chelsea had to convince Hudson-Odoi to stay in London amid heavy Bayern Munich interest just a few years ago.

Their interest in loaning Hudson-Odoi may be changing this season, and Borussia Dortmund may grow their reputation of taking young English to the Westfalenstadion, having developed Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham after academy educations in England.

Hudson-Odoi, who turns 21 in November, started the UEFA Super Cup but those are his only minutes this season. Thomas Tuchel used him a bit last season, even at a sort of wingback, but the versatile Hudson-Odoi is behind several players at all of his positions.

Dortmund’s become a sort of loan haven for big clubs’ players, with Real Madrid’s Reinier and Achraf Hakimi high on that list amongst young players and Michy Batshuayi, Adnan Januzaj, and Ciro Immobile also heading to BVB.

This one makes sense, assuming Dortmund wants to give regular minutes to the youngster.

USMNT place three on Golden Boy Award shortlist

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Three USMNT players are on the 2021 Golden Boy Award shortlist, as Valencia midfielder Yunus Musah, AS Roma defender Bryan Reynolds, and Borussia Dortmund playmaker Giovanni Reyna make Tuttosport‘s list of the top 100 players under the age of 21 in European men’s football.

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Additionally, English-American striker Folarin Balogun of Arsenal is on the list. The 19-year-old represented England at the U-17 level and the U.S. at U-18, but has been back with England for the rest of his YNT career.

There appear to be no other disclosed CONCACAF-eligible players on the list, but there are plenty more with connections to the Premier League.

Balogun is joined by Arsenal teammates Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli as well as Gunners’ loanee William Saliba of Nice, while Chelsea’s contributions number three in Billy Gilmour, Faustino Anjorin, and Armando Broja.

Liverpool’s Curtis Jones and Leicester City’s Luke Thomas are joined by Man City’s Adrian Bernabe and Filip Stevanovic, while former City man Eric Garcia is on the list, albeit for new-old club Barcelona.

Manchester rivals United boast Mason Greenwood and Amad Diallo, while Wolves also have two in Rayan Ait-Nouri and Fabio Silva.

Other notable names include Bayer Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtz, Ajax’s Lassina Traore, PSG’s Xavi Simons, Rodrygo and Reinier of Real Madrid, Jude Bellingham and Youssoufa Moukoko of BVB, Barcelona’s Pedri, Rennes’ Eduoardo Camavinga, and Valencia’s Kang-in Lee.


Tuttosport’s 2021 Golden Boy Award shortlist — LINK

Karim-David Edeyemi – RB Salzburg

Lucien Agoume – Inter

Rayan Ait-Nouri – Wolves

Marley Ake – Juventus

Faustino Anjorin – Chelsea

Adil Auchiche – Saint Etienne

Benoit Badiashile – Monaco

Youssouph Badji – Club Brugge

Folar Balogun – Arsenal

Ander Barrenetxea – Real Sociedad

Jude Bellingham – Borussia Dortmund

Adrian Bernabe – Manchester City

Stipe Biuk – Hajduk

Myron Boadu – AZ Alzkmaar

Brian Brobbey – RB Leipzig

Armando Broja – Chelsea

Riccardo Calafiori – Rome

Edouard Camavinga – Rennes

Rayan Cherki – Lyon

Francisco Conceicao – Porto

Tanguy Coulibaly – Stuttgart

Cosimo Da Graca – Juventus

Ebrima Darboe – Rome

Charles de Ketelaere – Club Brugge

Ersin Destanoglu – Besiktas

Amad Traore Diallo – Manchester United

Jeremy Doku – Rennes

Radu Matei Dragusin – Juventus

Umaro Embalo – Benfica

Sebastiano Esposito – Inter

Daniel Soares Fabio Silva – Wolves

Nicolo Fagioli – Juventus

Alexandre Felix Correia – Juventus

Eric Garcia – Barcelona

Bryan Salvatierra Gil – Seville

Billy Gilmour – Chelsea

Matias Ramos – Benfica

Ryan Gravenberch – Ajax

Mason Greenwood – Manchester United

Miguel Gutierrez – Real Madrid

Josko Gvardiol – RB Leipzig

Aaron Hickey – Bologna

Adam Hlozek – Sparta Prague

Mohamed Ihattaren – PSV

Kourouma Moriba – Barcelona

Ivan Ilic – Verona

Augusto Fernandes – Sporting Lisbon

Curtis Jones – Liverpool

Odilon Kossounou – Club Brugge

Tanguy Nianzou – Bayern Munich

Takefusha Kubo – Real Madrid

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia – Rubin Kazan

Kang-In Lee – Valencia

Isaac Lihadji – Lille

Luis Henrique – Marseille

Daniel Maldini – Milan

Darian Males – Inter

Feliz Mambimbi – Young Boys

Filip Marchwinski – Lech Poznan

Marcos Paulo – Atletico Madrid

Antonio Marin – Dinamo Zagreb

Gabriel Martinelli – Arsenal

Aimen Moueffek – Saint Etienne

Youssoufa Moukoko – Borussia Dortmund

Yunus Musah – Valencia

Jamal Musiala – Bayern Munich

Alexandre Mendes – Sporting Lisbon

Pedro Pedri – Barcelona

Pietro Pellegri – Monaco

Roberto Piccoli – Atalanta

Yeremi Pino – Villarreal

Nicolas Raskin – Standard Liege

Jesus Reinier – Borussia Dortmund

Devyne Rensch – Ajax

Gio Reyna – Borussia Dortmund

Bryan Reynolds – Rome

Rordrygo – Real Madrid

Nicolo Rovella – Juventus

Georginio Rutter – Hoffenheim

Bukayo Saka – Arsenal

Eddie Salcedo – Inter

William Saliba – Nice

Lazar Samardzic – RB Leipzig

Xavi Simons – PSG

Filip Stevanovic – Manchester City

Luke Thomas – Leicester City

Khephren Thuram-Ulien – Nice

Barreiros Tomas – Sporting Lisbon

Jurrien Timber – Ajax

Alex Andersson – Bayern Munich

El Bilal Toure – Stade Reims

Lassina Traore – Ajax

Anatoliy Trubin – Shakhtar Donetsk

Adrien Truffert – Rennes

Konstantinos Tzolakis – Olympiakos

Christos Tzolis – PAOK

German Valera – Atletico Madrid

Yari Verschaeren – Anderlecht

Florian Wirtz – Bayer Leverkusen

Illya Zabarnyj – Dynamo Kiev

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Man City buys Brazilian phenom Kayky; Teammate reportedly close behind

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Brazilian youth international Kayky has sealed a move to Manchester City, the Premier League club announced Friday, though he will not arrive in Manchester until the end of the 2021-22 season.

Kayky turns 18 in June and already has nine senior appearances for Brazilian stalwart Fluminense, scoring twice with an assist between eight league matches and a Copa Libertadores start versus River Plate.

Full name Kayky da Silva Chagas, the winger signs a five-year contract and the transfer will cost Man City around $12 million plus add-ons and Fluminense hangs onto 20 percent of any future transfer fee.

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City may soon announce a second purchase from Fluminese in the form of Metinho, with Fabrizio Romano reporting that the midfielder heads to City Football Group club Troyes in Ligue 2 on loan from City.

Democratic Republic of Congo-born Metinho, full name, Abemly Meto Silu. He’s trained with the Brazilian youth national team and remains eligible to represent his birth country.

Metinho turned 18 on Friday, has just one senior appearance for Fluminese and is a defensive midfielder.

We know how Pep Guardiola brings along his teen phenoms slowly. Even after injuries forced him to play Gabriel Jesus early in his career, there’s been a more measured approach as time has gone on and Phil Foden was on a long road to stardom.

And City Football Group means we’re just as likely to see Metinho or Kayky with New York City FC as they mature than in the midfield with Rodri or on the right wing next to Kevin De Bruyne. But this is exciting stuff and not unlike what Real Madrid did in buying Brazilian teens Vinicius, Rodrygo, and Reinier at very young ages.

Vinicius is just now finding his best self, Reinier is with Dortmund on loan, and Rodrygo is finding regular playing time at Madrid.

Some silky, silky skills here:

Five things to know as USMNT’s U-23s aim to qualify for Olympics

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The United States men’s national team’s depth will be on full display when the club’s U-23 side attempts to qualify for this summer’s Olympics beginning Thursday in Mexico.

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But the Yanks will also be fighting history, having made just one Olympics in the last 21 years.

It’s going to be fun, for sure, but also tense. And here’s what you need to know about Jason Kreis’ red, white, and blue players heading south of the border.

1. History looms over the proceedings

The United States men have failed to quality for three of the last four Olympics, a tournament which has been viewed as the foundation for several strong national team runs around the world.

The Yanks finished just off the podium in 2000 and spun that into… nothing in 2004 and a group stage exit in 2008 before failing to make it out of qualifying in 2012 and 2016.

Some notable coaches failed this test, including Caleb Porter and Andi Herzog.

Kreis is headed to Inter Miami to help show Phil Neville the ways of Major League Soccer after this, but it’s not difficult to see his star rising a bit higher if he leads the U.S. not only to the tournament but deep into it.

2. The U.S. are heavy favorites to qualify and contend in Japan, but it takes just one slip to deny “Golden Generation” that chance.

There’s a pretty screwy facet of qualification here.

The U.S. can beat Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and Mexico decisively in the Group A matches Thursday, Sunday, and March 24, but losing the March 28 semifinal to their Group B opponents would render all of those wins useless.

So before we find out which three players above 24 years old can make Kreis’ side, and which of the big group of players still with their clubs can join the squad in Japan — we’re talking names like Reyna, Richards, Aaronson, Musah, Weah, etc. — the Yanks have to somehow manage not to have an off day (at least one specific off day).

3. The Olympics will be the jump-off for at least one future star.

If you want to know a bit about what Olympic can success can signal about a career, look no further than 2012 and 2016.

  • Serge Gnabry rode six goals with Germany into a breakout season with Werder Bremen after the 2016 Summer Games.
  • Heung-min Son was coming off his first Premier League season in 2016, which saw four goals and an assist in 1,103 minutes. His second? Fourteen and eight in 2,066.
  • Mohamed Salah’s three goals at the 2012 tournament took Egypt to the quarterfinals, where they lost to Japan. Four days later, he made his Basel debut.

So it’s in the dreams of every U.S. player to use the Games as a springboard to something huge, whether Johnny Cardoso of Internacional or Hassani Dotson of Minnesota United.

When you consider that Brazil got to these Olympics with Matheus Cunha and Reinier, Spain with Dani Olmo and Dani Ceballos, France with Dayot Upamecano and Houssem Aouar, and Germany with Florian Neuhaus, and Italy couldn’t do it with Federico Chiesa and Moise Kean? Stars, man.

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MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – JULY 29: Mohamed Salah of Egypt celebrates scoring a goal for Egypt against New Zealand at the 2012 Summer Olympics (Photo by Francis Bompard/Getty Images)

4. It’s not just the U.S. bringing talent to qualifying

Mexico’s Jose Juan Macias is averaging 10 goals a season in Liga MX over the past three campaigns and Erick Aguirre and Uriel Antuna are very good, too.

Costa Rica brings a pair of MLS players in Randall Leal of Nashville SC and Luis Diaz of Columbus, while Honduras midfielder Rigoberto Rivas is an Inter Milan prospect on his third loan in Italy. Canada’s Ballou Tabla is back with Montreal from Barcelona.

There’s a lot to like about this qualifying tournament, though the Yanks and Mexico are heavy favorites to advance from their group in first and second and meet again in the final.

5. The U-23s feel the hype of the USMNT and know they have the stage

Twenty-year-old Sebastian Soto is gearing up for Olympic qualifying but also feeling the pull of the United States men’s national team as the program works toward realizing a Golden Generation.

The USMNT pool is deeper than ever now that Yunus Musah has selected to represent the nation of his birth over England, Italy, and Ghana.

And Soto, who authored his first two USMNT goals in a 13-minute cameo during the Yanks’ demolition of Panama, will know that Olympic qualifying isn’t just a message to his nation, the fans, and Jason Kreis but every other forward who wants to take the center forward spot ahead of the Norwich City center forward.

He’s not even the only center forward hoping to make that case. Jesus Ferreira of FC Dallas fits that bill, too, while there’s a bevy of central midfielders bidding to do the same.