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Transfer rumor roundup: Koulibaly to Man Utd, Pulisic to Chelsea

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International breaks seem to ratchet up transfer talk, as players are free from their clubs but not from reporters’ microphones.

Whether on or off the record, stories seem to break with more regularity during these periods. This week is no exception.

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The Daily Record says Manchester United is being urged to make a big defensive buy from Napoli, with Jose Mourinho wanting to count Kalidou Koulibaly amongst his ranks.

Koulibaly has played every Serie A minute for Napoli this season, and chipped in with five goals in playing more than 3000 minutes last season. He has 29 caps for Senegal, and it’s difficult to believe the Neapolitan side would sell him for less than a defender transfer record.

And while Mourinho has been reported to admire the potential of Eric Bailly, he’s not using him right now and the Ivorian may want out sooner rather than later. Purchased from Villarreal for approximately $38 million, Spurs and Arsenal are both being linked with an equal money move for Bailly.

Mourinho would probably trade Bailly for Alderweireld, but Ed Woodward is unlikely to sanction the age sacrifice.

Newcastle is also being tipped with a move for a Serie A player, though this player has not been in the league too long.

Twenty-three year-old Genoa attacker Krzysztof Piątek is the man Newcastle hopes can revive its attack. He cost less than $5 million in the summer, and The Chronicle says Genoa would expect a profit of around $15m.

Piatek and Koulibaly (Photo by Paolo Rattini/Getty Images)

And how about Christian Pulisic? The Daily Mail says that Chelsea is going to push to get the move through the door in January, with the threat of a transfer ban looming over Stamford Bridge.

The report says the price may be dropping as Pulisic is now within a season-and-a-half of his contract’s expiry, and Borussia Dortmund having Jadon Sancho to fill Pulisic’s spot if needed.

Finally, longtime Swans defender Angel Rangel could be heading to MLS, according to Football.London, with his current contract at QPR only running through January. DC United and NYCFC are the teams reportedly dueling for his signature alongside Championship clubs Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, and his current club.

Crystal Palace 1-2 Swansea City: Rangel pours misery on Big Sam

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  • Mawson gives Swans leads
  • Zaha’s stunning equalizer
  • Rangel nabs winner

Angel Rangel’s 90th minute winner gave Swansea City a massive three points and heaped misery on Sam Allardyce and Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Tuesday.

Alfie Mawson had given Swans a lead with new boss Paul Clement watching in the crowd, but Wilfried Zaha ripped a beautiful equalizer home late in the second half.

The win moves 19th place Swans to 15 points, one point behind Allardyce and 17th place Palace.

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The first half was all Swansea, as caretaker manager Alan Curtis oversaw a possession-heavy 45 minutes that saw Swans outshoot the hosts 7-3.

Mawson put the Swans ahead just before the break when he rose to head Gylfi Sigurdsson‘s free kick beyond Wayne Hennessey. Palace were booed off the pitch y the home crowd.

Palace showed fight back in the second half, but it was Swans’ Jack Cork who blazed danger over the bar in the 57th minute.

Zaha’s gorgeous goal looked to have earned the hosts a point when he reached back across his body to lash a bullet past Lukasz Fabianski.

But there was Rangel at the other end, just before stoppage, poking a ball into the yawning Palace cage.

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Watch Live: Swansea City vs Manchester City (Lineups and Live Stream)

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Something must give as Swansea City and Manchester City, a pair of teams on winning streaks, meet at the Liberty Stadium Sunday live on NBCSN at 8:30am ET or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.

The visitors have made a late charge and are in control of the battle for second place with just two matches to go. A win would take Manchester City six points clear of Arsenal for second, confirming their second place finish.

Manuel Pellegrini is missing just Samir Nasri due to a groin injury, but otherwise has no other injury concerns. Wishing not to change the team thanks to four wins in a row, Vincent Kompany has been brought back from his thigh injury but only earns a place on the bench, with Martin Demichelis and Eliaquim Mangala remaining the starting central defenders. Yaya Toure also returns to the starting lineup, replacing Fernando.

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Meanwhile, Swansea City misses defender Angel Rangel, who picked up a groin problem in the win over Arsenal last weekend. Jazz Richards replaces him, fresh off his loan spell at Championship side Fulham. That win featured a winner from Bafetimbi Gomis, who came on as a late substitute and grabbed a goal that needed goal line technology to confirm the score. Today, Gomis earned a start for the first time in a month, moving Gylfi Sigurdsson back into the attacking midfield.

LINEUPS:

Swansea City: Fabianski, Richards, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Cork, Shelvey, Dyer, Sigurdsson, Montero, Gomis.
Bench: Tremmel, Bartley, Tiendalli, Britton, Grimes, Barrow, Emnes.

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Mangala, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Milner, Toure, Lampard, Silva, Aguero.
Bench: Caballero, Kompany, Clichy, Jovetic, Dzeko, Navas, Bony.

Arsenal 0-1 Swansea City: Gunners’ second-place hopes dashed by Gomis’ late winner (video)

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Arsenal’s chase for the Premier League’s second-place finish took a massive hit on Monday, as the Gunners dropped all three points at home, losing to Swansea City, 1-0, after dominating and controlling the game for 89 of 90 minutes.

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The first half, disjointed as it was, certainly favored the hosts in terms of possession, but at the same time provided plenty of hope to the visitors that in their rare forays forward the Arsenal defense could be toppled.

At halftime, only a pair of Swansea shots — coming from Jonjo Shelvey and Angel Rangel — had been registered as on target. Arsenal’s inability to turn 68 percent of the game’s possession into anything meaningful, unable to break down Swansea’s well-organized defense with Jack Cork sitting just in front of the backline, proved enough to send the two teams into halftime with the score still 0-0.

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Arsenal amped up the pressure considerably in the second half, with Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud each testing goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski twice inside the first 15 minutes, but each time the former Arsenal ‘keeper would either see the ball just wide of the post or turn it round the post himself.

Fabianski made a stunning double save from inside 12 yards, thwarting Sanchez and Theo Walcott three seconds apart. Santi Cazorla was also turned away barely 20 seconds later, as the Spaniard’s side-volley from close range bounced into the waiting arms of Fabianski.

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Arsenal’s onslaught of chances proved futile as Fabianski turned them away time and again, setting up Bafetimbi Gomis to score the game’s only goal in the 85th minute. Gomis headed the ball to David Ospina’s near post, where the Colombian ‘keeper appeared to palm the ball away before it crossed the line, but referee’s watch signaled the whole of the ball had crossed the whole of the line.

With three games to play, Arsenal trail Manchester City by three (nine goals behind on goal difference) with a game in hand.

LINEUPS

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin (Wilshere 67′), Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud (Walcott 69′)

Swansea City: Fabianski, Rangel (Richards 60′), Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Ki (Gomis 74′), Shelvey, Cork, Sigurdsson, Montero, Dyer (Barrow 79′)

Goals: Gomis (85′)

Sunderland 0-0 Swansea City: Black Cats draw for fifth time in six (VIDEO)

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Swansea City is back into fourth place after sustaining a late red card to draw 0-0 at Sunderland.

The Black Cats elevate to 15th with their fifth draw of the year.

Nathan Dyer had a try in the 10th minute in one of the match’s first real signs of danger from either side, firing over the bar after a neat bit of passing by Swans.

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Sunderland countered through an Adam Johnson chance in the 13th minute, but his tight-angle left-footed was parried wide by Fabianski.

The Swans goalkeeper again had to act quickly to push a deflection wide in the 37th minute, as Sebastian Larsson’s shot was dangerous but unsuccessful.

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A sleepy game, substitutions seemed the only hope for some lively play. Yet they provided very little.

Would Angel Rangel’s second yellow, coming in the 81st minute for a late tackle, change things up?

Sadly, no. Steven Fletcher and Connor Wickham both had chances in the final half hour, to no avail.

Lineups

Sunderland: Mannone, Jones, van Aanholt, Vergini, O’Shea (c), Larsson, Rodwell (Gomez, 58′), Cattermole, Johnson (Alvarez, 66′), Buckley, Wickham (Fletcher, 78′)

Swansea City: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams (C), Taylor, Ki, Shelvey, Sigurdsson (Richards, 82′), Dyer (Montero, 66′), Routledge, Gomis (Bony, 73′)