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Transfer rumor roundup: Palace, Sunderland, Man City on alert

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As we wait to see whether anyone matches Burnley’s bid for Robert Snodgrass, there are plenty of names moving theoretically in the rumor mill.

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Sunderland needs to act to replace Patrick Van Aanholt, who’s said to be en route to Crystal Palace. Oddly enough, the Black Cats are looking at another team who has struggled — Swansea City — amongst their options. The Newcastle Chronicle says Neil Taylor (Swans) joins Everton duo Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo as targets for David Moyes.

Ex-Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce might be set to add to Patrick van Aanholt in his stable of former Sunderland players. Yann M’Vila is the name mentioned by London Evening Standard as a target, with the Rubin Kazan player having a $15 million release clause.

Pep Guardiola has some new and old targets mentioned by The Times. Juan Bernat of Bayern Munich is the old name, and he’s joined by Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk, Valencia fullback Jose Gaya, and Arsenal right back Hector Bellerin. Throw in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and you’ve got a solid three of five players who almost certainly would have to wait until summer. Could Gaya or Bernat move sooner?

Gaya is 21, and has experience at every youth level from Spain U-15 to U-21. He’s made 56 league appearances for Valencia, and is signed through 2020 with a $54 million release clause.

After failing to break into RB Leipzig’s side following a $16 million summer transfer, 19-year-old Scottish attacker Oliver Burke is open to a move. The ex-Nottingham Forest man has suitors at Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough, Bournemouth, and Leicester City.

Transfer Rumor Roundup: Fabinho to Manchester United, Chelsea in for Alonso

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Manchester United has looked strong at times during its opening two matches of the Premier League season, however, Jose Mourinho is still looking to bring in help.

The Red Devils are reportedly looking to add Monaco fullback Fabinho, but the reported move won’t come cheap, according to the Sun.

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The 22-year-old will command over $32 million, but it remains to be seen how desperate United is to meet Monaco’s fee. Two seasons ago, Manchester City was reportedly in the running to sign the Brazilian defender, but the price tag scared the club off after bringing Fabinho in to watch a match.

Marcos Alonso has become the latest target for Antonio Conte and Chelsea.

According to Sky Italy, the Blues have made an offer of over $22 million for the Fiorentina left back, as the Premier League side continues to chase defensive help before the end of the transfer window.

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Alonso has had a great deal of experience in England prior to landing in Serie A. The 25-year-old previously spent time with Bolton before joining Sunderland on loan in 2014.

Meanwhile, Chelsea continues to monitor centerback Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli, who has been seen as one of the team’s biggest targets during the transfer window since John Stones signed with Manchester City.

Sunderland looks set to bolster its midfield as the Guardian is reporting the Black Cats are closing in on a deal for Sevilla’s Vicente Iborra.

The 28-year-old has played a key role for Sevilla during its impressive run in the UEFA Europa League over the last three seasons, all of which the Spanish side has claimed the trophy.

Additionally, David Moyes and the Black Cats are reportedly interested in bringing back Yann M'Vila from Rubin Kazan. The French midfielder spent last season on loan at the Stadium of Light, and the combination of M’Vila and Iborra would certainly provide Sunderland with much needed help in Moyes’ first season in charge.

Sunderland 0-1 Manchester City: Aguero, again, the savior

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  • Aguero has 12 in last 10 PL games
  • City unbeaten in 7
  • Sunderland stay 19th

Manchester City beat Sunderland 1-0 at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday with Sergio Aguero’s first half strike the difference.

Aguero pounced to net his 12th goal in his last 10 Premier League games and Manuel Pellegrini — who announced on Monday he would leave at the end of the season and Pep Guardiola will arrive this summer — got a win from his side. But it was hardly convincing as Sunderland deserved more.

Lamine Kone headed wide, Billy Jones hit the post and Nicolas Otamendi cleared off the line late on as City held on to win and move up to second on 47 points while Sunderland stay in 19th on 19 points.

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It was an even encounter in the early stages as a new-look Black Cats side predictably started brightly but Aguero looked razor-sharp.

First the Argentine flashed a shot just wide of Vito Mannone‘s left-hand post and moments later he took one touch and finished cutely with the outside of his right foot to put City 1-0 up. Outgoing boss Pellegrini punched the air as the away side led.

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Aguero and Kelechi Iheanacho continued to be a thorn in Sunderland’s side as the former’s deflected effort lopped onto the top of the net and then Sunderland had two glorious chances to equalize before the break.

First Jeremain Lens‘ free kick from the left found new-boy Kone completely unmarked but he somehow sent his header wide with the goal gaping and the marking non-existent. What a chance.

Then Jermain Defoe was denied by Joe Hart and Billy Jones hit the post with the follow up. Somehow half time arrived with City still 1-0 to the good.

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City pressed at the start of the second half as they went in search of the second goal but Sunderland went close through Defoe and Jones, with Hart denying the latter.

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In the end City would hold on — Otamendi cleared off the line in stoppage time — for the win as they secured a rare clean sheet on the road but they have Aguero’s predatory instincts to thank for the three points which pushed them up to second.

Swansea City 2-4 Sunderland: Defoe hat-trick leads the way

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  • Defoe grabs hat-trick
  • Swansea sent to ten-men in 37′
  • Sunderland move a point behind Swans

At 33-years-old, Jermain Defoe showed he still has the scoring touch, grabbing a hat-trick in a crucial 4-2 win over Swansea City.

With the win, Sunderland moves just one point behind Swansea as the two teams battle for Premier League survival.

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Sunderland got off to a dream start as Jermain Defoe opened the scoring just three minutes into the match, capitalizing on a mistake from Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski. Fabianksi hit a poor goal-kick right to Adam Johnson, who then played Fabio Borini for a shot on goal. Borini’s intial shot was saved, but Defoe was there to clean up the rebound and slot Sunderland ahead.

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After Defoe’s goal the match was all Swansea, and the visitors found a deserved equalizer in the 21st minute. Andre Ayew cut into the box and went to shoot when he looked to be clipped from behind by Wes Brown. Replays showed Ayew really tripped over his own feet, but the referee pointed to the spot and Gylfi Sigurdsson stepped up and buried the penalty.

With the match level, Swansea were forced to ten men when Kyle Naughton was harshly sent off in the 37th minute. Naughton and Yann M'Vila both went in for a bouncing ball, and while Naughton’s studs were up, he clearly got the ball first and was very unfortunate to see red.

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Despite being down to ten men, Swansea took the lead minutes later through a brilliant individual effort from Andre Ayew. Ayew raced onto a long punt from the keeper Fabianksi, made a clever turn around his defender and fired a shot into the bottom corner as the Swans headed into halftime with a 2-1 lead.

However, Sunderland quickly erased Swanea’s lead after the break as Patrick Van Aanholt scored in the 50th minute. The Dutchman cut in on his right foot and saw his shot take a deflection on it’s way in, sailing into the top corner to draw the Black Cats level.

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Ten minutes later it was Jermain Defoe again, making it 3-2 for Sunderland. Adam Johnson played the striker through who just barely stayed onside, beating Fabianski for his second goal of the game.

Defoe capped off the hat-trick in the 86th minute, tapping in an easy finish from close range to close out a massive win for Big Sam’s Sunderland.

Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland: Injury-hit Gunners go second

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  • Campbell, Giroud, Ramsey score
  • Giroud OG gave Sunderland hope
  • Arsenal up to second in table
  • Sunderland in 17th

Arsenal beat Sunderland 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday with the Gunners recovering from their huge injury woes to grab a much-needed win.

Joel Campbell gave them the lead but Olivier Giroud then scored an own goal but headed in at the right end to  make it 2-1. Aaron Ramsey made it 3-1 late on after Sunderland threatened on the break.

With the win Arsenal went second in the table on 30 points, while Sunderland remain on 12 points.

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Sunderland looked lively on the counter in the early stages with Fabio Borini getting some space on the edge of the box, driving forward but his driven shot was saved by Petr Cech.

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Arsenal’s defense looked shaky at times with Sunderland testing them in-behind but the Gunners were soon 1-0 up thanks to yet another moment of magic from Ozil.

The German playmaker collected a lay-off from Giroud and feed a ball in behind USMNT defender DeAndre Yedlin — who was napping at right back — that Campbell latched on to and slotted home. 1-0 to Arsenal as the Costa Rican international celebrated in trademark fashion by pulling a pacifier out of his shorts and sucking on it. Seriously.

Right on half time Sunderland were level as Yann M'Vila‘s free kick from the left flank was headed into his own net by Giroud. 1-1. In first half stoppage time Aaron Ramsey side-footed wide after Nacho Monreal‘s cross as Wenger’s grim expression said it all.

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Sunderland came close to going ahead before the hour mark as M’Vila’s corner was flicked to the back post but Cech saved superbly from Fletcher. Moments later Arsenal were back ahead as Giroud atoned for his own goal, heading in Ramsey’s cross at the near post. 2-1 to the Gunners.

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Ramsey added another late on to seal the win as the injury-hit Gunners went second.