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Transfer rumor roundup: Maddison to Manchester, Sane price ‘insane’

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We begin the week’s transfer rumors with a signal of no movement.

Bayern Munich chairman Uli Hoeness says it’s unlikely his side will be able to add Leroy Sane of Manchester City due to the big fee requested by the Premier League side.

“It’s about sums, they’re insane,” Hoeness said of the deal.

[ MORE: Liverpool looks to lock up Klopp ]

The Sky Sports report says City remains ready to sign the 23-year-old to a new deal.

Manchester United still have hope of landing Matthijs de Ligt, according to the Manchester Evening News, even with Barcelona hopeful of reuniting the Ajax center back with Frenkie de Jong:

Barcelona are favourites to land the defender but despite the club’s stance the report believes the club do believe they can land De Ligt and that they have been working hard to get a deal over the line. Sources close to the player have reportedly told The Telegraph a move to United appeals to De Ligt because they’re going through a similar rebuild process that Ajax did two years ago.

United is now said to be in the lead to pry James Maddison away from Leicester City.

One of the stars of the Foxes campaign, Maddison is tagged at close to $77 million having thought to cost one-third of that last summer after two seasons at Norwich City.

Maddison, 22, rung up seven goals with as many assists for Leicester. Would the Coventry-born midfielder choose United over Liverpool and Arsenal?

Finally, West Ham is looking to Turkey for its next left back. Hasan Ali Kaldirim is the name, and he’s Fenerbahce’s captain.

The 29-year-old has been with Fener since 2012, and is 30-times capped by the Turkish national team. He’s got a release clause of around $6 million.

Kaldirim averaged two tackles and an interception per game with Fener, scoring twice with three assists as the side finished sixth.

Champions League wrap: Celtic bounced; Benfica, Ajax through

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We’re one round away from the group stage following a busy Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League.

[ MORE: Ramos takes shots at Klopp ]

Some big names will not be there, as former champions Celtic failed to get a result in Greece and Fenerbahce could not find a way past Benfica.

Spartak Trnava 1-2 AET (2-3 agg.) Red Star Belgrade

Quite a game, this one.

To start, the second leg saw both sides match the first leg’s result after just seven minutes. The Slovakian hosts scored through Marek Bakos in the 6th minute, but were level when El Fardou Ben Nabouhane scored the next minute.

No goals came over the final 83 minutes, but Nemanja Radonjic bagged a goal for Red Star in the 98th minute to send the Serbians through to the playoff round.

AEK Athens 2-1 (3-2 agg.) Celtic

Brendan Rodgers men have failed to reach the group stage after slipping behind 2-0 in Greece and finding only a Scott Sinclair goal over the final 40 minutes.

Rodgers has publicly criticized the board’s recruitment of players, with some speculating his time could be short at Celtic Park.

But the boss of the top Glaswegian team says the loss wasn’t about the behind the scenes, just poor defending.

“We’ve got to stop the cross for the first and the second is poor defending. We gave ourselves a chance and threw everything at it. I thought a lot of our build-up play was worth something from the game but you can’t defend that softly. I still felt this was a game in which we had more than enough to win but you have to defend better than we did. We gave AEK a lot of problems but you have to defend properly and we didn’t do that.”

Celtic will need to beat the winner of the tie between Latvia’s Spartaks Jurmala and Lithuania’s Suduva Marijampole — Suduva leads 1-0 heading into Thursday’s second leg — for the right to play in the Europa League’s group stage. Those matches are Aug. 23 and 30.

Ajax 3-0 (5-2 agg.) Standard Liege

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag was not content with its two away goal lead, and crushed its Belgian visitors with goals from Klaas-Jan Hunterlaar, Matthijs de Ligt, and David Neres.

MOL Vidi 0-0 (1-1 agg.) Malmo

American midfielder Romain Gall sees his UCL campaign end, an 11-minute substitute performance not enough to help his Swedish visitors to a winner. MOL Vidi — long called Videoton — moves onto the playoff.

Elsewhere
Dynamo Kiev 2-0 (3-1 agg.) Slavia Prague
BATE Borisov 1-1 (2-1 agg.) Qarabag
Spartak Moscow 0-0 (2-3 agg.) PAOK Salonika
Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 (3-0 agg.) FC Astana
Fenerbahce 1-1 (1-2 agg.) Benfica
Shkendija 0-1 (0-4 agg.) RB Salzburg

Playoff round
BATE Borisov vs. PSV Eindhoven
Young Boys vs. Dinamo Zagreb
MOL Vidi vs. AEK Athens
Benfica vs. PAOK Salonika
Ajax vs. Dynamo Kyiv

UEFA Champions League: Ajax blows 2-0 lead; American debuts

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The UEFA Champions League moved one more step toward the playoff round with Tuesday’s first legs of the third qualifying round.

[ MORE: Pogba wants Barcelona move ]

Malmo 1-1 MOL Vidi

Uwe Rosler’s hosts held the lead for a whopping nine minutes, through Anders Christiansen, before the Hungarian club formerly known as Videoton answered through Loic Nego.

USMNT midfield prospect Romain Gall made his UEFA Champions League debut, playing the final 10 minutes of the draw. Gall managed a shot during his appearance.

Standard Liege 2-2 Ajax

Dusan Tadic struck again, scoring another UCL goal for the visitors as they built a 2-0 away lead (Klaas Jan Huntelaar bagged the other). But Medhi Carcela scored in the 67th minute and Renaud Emond converted a penalty deep into stoppage time to send the tie back to Holland level at two.

Benfica 1-0 Fenerbahce

USMNT midfielder Keaton Parks was not in the 18, but goal scorer Franco Cervi very much was and saw his deflected shot put the Portuguese hosts ahead after one leg.

Elsewhere
Slavia Prague 1-1 Dynamo Kiev
Astana 0-2 Dinamo Zagreb
Qarabag 0-1 BATE Borisov
Red Star Belgrade 1-1 Spartak Trnava

Wednesday
Celtic vs. AEK Athens
Red Bull Salzburg vs. Shkendija
PAOK vs. Spartak Moscow

Rumor roundup: Interest in Martial; Mexican to Newcastle?

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Sometimes a transfer rumor report talks itself out of probability by the time it reaches completion.

Sky Sports is reporting that Manchester United attacker Anthony Martial has interest from the likes of Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and Borussia Dortmund.

[ MORE: Klopp on Pulisic ]

But United doesn’t have interest in selling Martial and may pick up an option in his contract to extend him through the 2019-2020 season.

And the report says Chelsea has not made an offer — hard to believe United would sell inside the Premier League anyway — while Bayern thinks the price tag is too high. And if Bayern feels that way, than BVB is gonna pass, too.

Still, something to put on your radar.


Swansea City center back Federico Fernandez saw his side relegated last season and may not favor a campaign in the Championship.

The Chronicle says he could move to Newcastle on loan despite a transfer tag of less than $8 million.

Fernandez, however, did not name names outside of Krasnodar:

“The club (Krasnodar) are very interested in me and we will have to see what happens with the window. Of course I have a contract with Swansea and that’s why I’m here and working hard. But if they want me to come then of course I want to play at the highest level.”

The Magpies could land a defender from a World Cup participant, though, as free agent Diego Reyes may prefer a move to Newcastle (Turkish link) over interest from Fenerbahce and West Ham United.

The 55-times capped Mexican center back has played on the right as well, though he missed the tournament with a hamstring injury.