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Bournemouth clarifies desire to sign Fraser to new deal

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Bournemouth may be playing a dangerous game with Ryan Fraser.

The playmaker, long linked to Arsenal interest, is entering the final year of his contract and has had a new contract offer on the table for some time.

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But his 7-goal, 13-assist campaign was his best campaign yet, and his value has undoubtedly grown.

Bournemouth CEO Neill Blake says the club expects Fraser back when it starts preseason, though the idea of the Cherries letting him dial up another big number campaign before leaving for free is pretty preposterous.

“In September 2018, at the request of Ryan’s representative, negotiations were paused to allow the player to focus entirely on his football. … During that time, I have been – and continue to be – in regular dialogue with Ryan’s representative, and have made it clear to both him and the player that our contract offer remains on the table.”

Fraser has a goal and four assists in his last five caps for Scotland, though the markers came versus Cyprus, Israel, San Marino, and Albanian (thought was held without production against Belgium).

Though we’d sure he’d prefer to have his future settled soon, Fraser could also see a major payday with another big season. Not to put him on the level with Aaron Ramsey (maybe) or Adrien Rabiot (ehhh), but they are going to have huge weekly wages since their clubs have not had to deal with transfer fees for the midfielders.

Transfer rumor roundup: New homes for Koscielny, Gundogan

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The transfer rumor mill is veteran heavy heading into the weekend.

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Borussia Dortmund doesn’t want to fizzle out again next season, and is hoping to lure a few special players to Germany this season.

Juve forward Mario Mandzukic, Man City’s Ilkay Gundogan, and Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny are all on BVB’s radar as the club looks to improve on the side that pushed Bayern Munich for much of last season.

Gundogan wants more playing time but City is said to be ready to let him leave on a free at the end of the 2019-20 season. Koscielny could be a victim of Unai Emery‘s need to flip his defensive script. Could both end up in Dortmund? Bild (subscription required) says so, and Koscielny could cost $13 million while Gundogan’s fee is unknown.


Bayern Munich hero Lothar Matthaus says James Rodriguez is going to find his way to a Juventus side which could become the favorite to win the UEFA Champions League.

Matthaus tells Spanish web site AS that James remains close with Cristiano Ronaldo, and that he’s ready for a reunion with good pal. Additionally, Real would benefit from the deal, as James was just on loan with Bayern and his rights remain at the Bernabeu.


Rumorinhos:

Antonio Valencia is being linked with a Premier League stay, as Sheffield United may want to bring the Ecuador captain aboard the good ship Blades.

— Would Jesper Cillessen leave Barcelona to stay a backup… at Everton? We doubt it, but maybe that says something more about the controversial season of Jordan Pickford than the status of Cillessen?

Derby Days, Top Six clashes: Premier League season’s circled dates

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We’ve gone over which Premier League power has the best chance at a quick start, and which teams could surprise early, but when are the semi-annual big fixtures?

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Glad you asked…

North London Derby

Aug. 31 – Arsenal v. Tottenham Hotspur
April 25 – Spurs v. Arsenal

Merseyside Derby

Dec. 4 – Liverpool v. Everton, 3 p.m. ET
March 14 – Everton v. Liverpool

Manchester Derby

Dec. 7 – Man City v. Man Utd
March 7 – Man Utd v. Man City

Liverpool-Man Utd

Oct. 19 – Man Utd v. Liverpool
Jan. 18 – Liverpool v. Man Utd

M23 Derby

Dec. 14 – Crystal Palace v. Brighton and Hove Albion
Feb. 29 – Brighton and Hove Albion v. Crystal Palace

Other Top Six clashes

Aug. 11 – Man Utd v. Chelsea, 11:30 a.m. ET
Aug. 17 – Man City v. Spurs
Aug. 24 – Liverpool v. Arsenal
Sept. 21 – Chelsea v. Liverpool
Sept. 28 – Man Utd v. Arsenal
Oct. 26 – Liverpool v. Spurs
Nov. 9 – Liverpool v. Man City
Nov. 23 – Man City v. Chelsea
Dec. 3 – Man Utd v. Spurs
Dec. 14 – Arsenal v. Man City
Dec. 28 – Arsenal v. Chelsea
Jan. 1 – Arsenal v. Man Utd
Jan. 11 – Spurs v. Liverpool
Jan. 22 – Chelsea v. Arsenal
Feb. 1 – Spurs v. Man City
Feb. 8/15 – Chelsea v. Man Utd
Feb. 29 – Man City v. Arsenal
March 14 – Spurs v. Man Utd
March 21 – Chelsea v. Man City
April 4 – Man City v. Liverpool
May 2 – Arsenal v. Liverpool
May 9 – Liverpool v. Chelsea

Report: Galaxy look to buy Pavon, let Boca Juniors keep stake

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This could be some sort of brilliance from the LA Galaxy, a miniature version of what Atlanta United did with Miguel Almiron.

The Galaxy are said to be willing to purchase 70 percent of much-desired Cristian Pavon for $12 million, putting the 23-year-old Boca Juniors playmaker and nine-times capped Argentine on the books for his former coach, Gulleirmo Barros Schelotto.

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That $12 million figure somewhere between half — according to Transfermarkt — and a lesser fraction of what Pavon is expected to one day fetch from any number of suitors, including Arsenal.

MLSSoccer.com suspects that the Galaxy would cut ties with injured Romain Alessandrini in order to add Pavon as a Designated Player.

Instead of setting up Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi as he did for Argentina on his two international assists, Pavon would then help set up Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a half-season (or more). And then, perhaps as early as the January window, Pavon could get its money back and then some.

Yet while Almiron’s draw to Atlanta United was the idea of playing for Tata Martino, the Galaxy’s coach already has managed Pavon. There should be little transition period, although we’ve seen that can be tricky in the case of Atlanta’s new boy, Pity Martinez.

The Galaxy are already a contender for MLS Cup, but LAFC stands in their way. That’s the one club in the league — sorry San Jose — who the Galaxy cannot afford to let look like a clearly superior side.

The timing of this report serves some notice that it could be a vehicle to inspire bigger bids from the Gunners and other international suitors this early in the transfer window. The MLS window, after all, does not open again until July 9.

Transfer rumors: Man Utd bid $51M for Wan-Bissaka

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The rumor mill is humming on Sunday morning, with the back and front pages mentioning some intra-Premier League moves as well as some imports from Serie A.

Crystal Palace entered the transfer window hoping to hold onto its two top stars, but is having its reserve tempted by big name suitors.

Wilfried Zaha is being chased by a number of teams in his search for UEFA Champions League football, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka‘s outstanding 2018-19 season has alerted any team in search for an answer at right back that could last a while.

Sky Sports says that Manchester United has made a $51 million for Wan-Bissaka, who led Palace in tackles and interceptions in an exceptional season at Selhurst Park. Palace is in a strong position, with three years left on its deal with AWB.


Liverpool’s wealth of attacking options means it is able to sell young Harry Wilson, and are listening to offers regarding the $27 million winger.

Wilson, 22, starred on loan to Derby County last season, as Frank Lampard‘s Rams came up short in their bid to win the Championship playoffs.

Newcastle, Southampton, and Brighton are being linked with Wilson. Aston Villa and Rangers were linked in a separate report, with more surely monitoring the situation.

The Welsh international has two goals in nine caps, and scored 15 goals in the Championship last season.


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Arsenal is said to be close to taking a pair of players from Serie A’s Sampdoria.

Dennis Praet has been in the rumor mills for a while, often linked to Newcastle United only to see Rafa Benitez not allowed to pay for the midfielder.

And now the Gunners are reportedly trying to bring the 25-year-old Praet and his 23-year-old teammate Joachim Andersen, a center back, to the Emirates Stadium.

It would cost Arsenal around $53.5 million. Belgium’s Praet posted two goals and three assists last season, while Danish back Andersen played 2880 minutes for the mid-table Serie A side.