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Transfer rumor roundup: Moura arrives at Spurs; Fred to Man City

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We’re now into the final 48 hours of the January transfer window — also known, unofficially, as Desperation Time…

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Lucas Moura is said (by every UK media outlet) to have arrived in London on Monday and is expected at Tottenham Hotspur’s Hotspur Way training facility for a medical examination today, as the Brazilian winger completes his $35-million move from Paris Saint-Germain. The 25-year-old has made just six appearances (none as a starter) across all competitions for PSG this season. With Moura reportedly happy to accept a significant decrease to his weekly wages in order to facilitate the move, Mauricio Pochettino might have (finally) landed his first successful signing of a wide attacker in four seasons at Tottenham.


With this season’s Premier League title all but in the bag — and the quest for the quadruple still on — Manchester City have reportedly turned their attention to the summer, as far as incoming transfers go. Center back Aymeric Laporte has signed for Pep Guardiola’s side in an $80-million move from Athletic Bilbao, rounding out a thoroughly impressive squad. As such, Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred has been earmarked for a summer move, for $56 million, according to the Telegraph.


Chelsea’s search for a target striker continues, as they’ve now reportedly focused their efforts on Tottenham’s Fernndo Llorente, who move from Swansea City for $17 million in the summer. While they’d prefer to keep the 6-foot-5 Spaniard, Spurs would perhaps to be willing to sell should “a significant profit” opportunity arise, according to the Standard.


Chelsea’s other top target is Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud (should the Gunners land Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund… should Dortmund Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea), according to various reports. Should one of the aforementioned deals fall through and the triangle trade fail, Chelsea are also willing to offload defender David Luiz as additional compensation in exchange for Giroud, according to the Star.


Davy Klaassen only arrived at Everton in the summer, for $33 million, and the Dutchman has already been told to find a loan move through the rest of the season, according to the Times. The 24-year-old hasn’t played a PL game since September and will undoubtedly represent a massive financial loss for the Toffees should he leave for good this summer.


Speaking of midfielders potentially departing Goodison Park, Morgan Schneiderlin has been linked, by the Guardian, with a move to West Ham United. Like Klaassen, Schneiderlin arrived for upward of $30 million in the last 12 months and has failed to establish himself a must-pick starter.

Real Madrid 1-1 Spurs: Lovely Lloris!

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An error from each time in its own box and outstanding goalkeeping gave Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid a 1-1 draw in UEFA Champions League play on Tuesday at the Bernabeu. (video)

Raphael Varane recorded a 28th minute own goal, but Serge Aurier gave away a penalty as Cristiano Ronaldo equalized for Real Madrid at home in the 43rd minute.

Hugo Lloris and Keylor Navas were the stars of the show, with Lloris making the lion’s share of saves.

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Both teams are well-positioned to advance, with seven points. Spurs have the tiebreaker advantage, but both Tottenham and Real are six points clear of Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia after a surprising draw in Cyprus.

Early nerves were apparent for Mauricio Pochettino‘s men, but Tottenham grew into the game and took an early lead.

Concerned with the presence of Harry Kane, Real defender Raphael Varane saw a cross move off his pegs and behind Keylor Navas to put Spurs ahead.

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The lead was short-lived, however, as Spurs back Serge Aurier cut short Toni Kroos’ rare foray into the 18, and Ronaldo buried the ensuing penalty kick.

Lloris made an outstanding save on a point-blank Karim Benzema header in the 54th minute.

A moment later, offside Ronaldo flashed a sitter over the goal before the whistle alerted viewers to his offense.

Ronaldo had another chance stymied by Lloris as Real really began to pile on pressure past the hour mark.

Kane had a 71st minute chance against the run of play off a gorgeous pass from Fernando Llorente, but Navas got low quickly to redirect Kane’s point-blank shot wide of the far post.

Navas made another save when Llorente cued up Christian Eriksen for a chance, and the Dane then sent in a corner that led to a Davinson Sanchez’s header wide of goal.

Llorente was quite good in the second half in this surprise two-striker move from Mauricio Pochettino, and the Spurs boss also deployed Danny Rose for a season debut off the bench.

PHOTO: Llorente’s brother posts pic of striker in Spurs jersey

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Here’s a new way to break transfer news: on your family’s Facebook page.

Fernando Llorente’s brother and agent, Chus Llorente, posted a photo of the Spanish striker in his new Tottenham Hotspur shirt on the “Fernando Llorente‘s Family” Facebook page.

The Swansea City striker has been widely linked with a move to join old pal Antonio Conte at Chelsea, but Spurs leapt into the fray to give themselves a high quality alternative to Harry Kane for a very difficult UEFA Champions League campaign.

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Chus calls the last few days “difficult,” but says the family is very happy with his move to #tottenhamhotspurs. Plural.

Llorente rebounded from a four-goal season at Sevilla to score 15 for Swans last season, his seventh double-digit league goal campaign in the last seasons.

Fernando Llorente breaks arm in cycling accident on vacation

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This is not the news Swansea City fans wanted to hear.

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Fernando Llorente, 32, has fractured a bone in his lower arm and will require surgery.

Swansea’s leading goalscorer from last season — the Spaniard scored 15 goals in 33 appearances after arriving from Sevilla — injured his arm in a cycling accident while on a family vacation.

The Swans issued the following statement Thursday.

The 32-year-old suffered the accident while cycling on a family holiday, and despite it not being a serious break that requires an operation, it does mean the club will have to tailor his pre-season training accordingly.

The club remain optimistic that he will be available for selection for the first game of the Premier League season against Southampton on Saturday, August 12.

Paul Clement‘s side battled away from the Premier League relegation zone in the final weeks of the season in 2016-17, led by Llorente’s goals and Gylfi Sigurdsson‘s assists. With the former now injured and struggling to be fit for the season opener, plus Sigurdsson linked with big-money moves to Leicester and Everton, the Swans may have to dip into the transfer market to cover their bases. Jordan Ayew will be tasked with leading the line for the Swans throughout preseason and likely in the early weeks of the 2017-18 PL campaign.

Llorente’s aerial ability was particularly well-suited to the PL as Swansea made the most of Sigurdsson and others whipping in inviting crosses for him to finish. That led to Chelsea, coached by Llorente’s former boss at Juventus, Antonio Conte, trying to sign him during the January window, but Llorente stayed in South Wales and became a hero as he rescued them from relegation.

If he doesn’t return to fitness quickly and hit the ground running then Swansea could soon be in yet another relegation battle because his goals are vital if they’re going to kick on and solidify themselves in the PL.

Swansea 1-0 Everton: Spirited Swans out of drop zone

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  • Llorente powers win
  • Swansea a point ahead of Hull
  • Everton remains 7th on 58 points

Swansea City picked up a gutsy 1-0 win over visiting Everton at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday to move out of the drop zone for the first time in a month.

Fernando Llorente’s first half goal was enough for Swansea to take advantage of Hull City’s loss to Sunderland.

Everton is goalless in three-straight Premier League matches.

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A Swansea City counter snapped the match to life as Jordan Ayew led the rush and Tom Davies chopped him down. Lined up centrally about 35 yards out, Gylfi Sigurdsson chipped the ball directly to Joel Robles.

Sigurdsson thought he’d won a penalty in the 29th minute, but Martin Atkinson resisted the home shouts. That was fine for Swansea, as Llorente used that famous head to make it 1-0 within moments.

Alfie Mawson thought he’d made it 2-0 at the back door when young Mason Holgate made a terrific back post tackle to keep the deficit at one.

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Everton looked a little brighter in the second half, but Swansea still produced the better chances. Ayew hit a ball off the post in the 55th minute that would’ve sent the Liberty Stadium to the moon.

Llorente headed a corner toward the back post, but Maarten Stekelenburg dove right to catch it.

Everton had a chance to make it 1-1 when Davies sent a bar to Mirallas that Swansea battled to clear.

Another chance came from substitute Leroy Fer, who raced onto Tom Carroll‘s left-footed cross to fire a fine shot that Stekelenburg knocked out for a corner.

The final 10-15 minutes were all about Everton, but desperate Swansea was in on every block, tackle, and loose ball. Substitute Ross Barkley and Kevin Mirallas were especially dangerous without finish, while Romelu Lukaku belted a ball off the outside of the netting.