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Report: Barca, Chelsea offers for Willian; Inter Miami offer biggest money

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Money talks, but how loudly can David Beckham’s dollars speak to Willian?

Sky Sports reports that the Brazilian has offers on the table from Barcelona and Chelsea and interest from Arsenal but that the biggest offer comes MLS side Inter Miami.

This would be huge.

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Very few players of Willian’s ilk arrive at MLS still near the peak of their powers, even if the 31-year-old will seemingly find the other side of that hill soon. And we saw what’s happened with Carlos Vela, who’s never hit Willian’s heights, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

He finished tied for second on Chelsea with nine Premier League goals and led the side with seven assists. Willian’s 2.1 key passes per game tied for sixth in the PL.

The 69-times capped Brazilian has 63 goals and 62 assists in 339 career appearances for Chelsea.

Would Inter consider bringing Willian aboard and allowing him short-term loans in Europe? That would potentially assuage some of his concerns about the drop in prestige (as would the money).

A winner of the UEFA Cup/Europa League with both Shakhtar Donetsk and Chelsea, the lone jewel left in his team sports crown is the Champions League. Might that lure be even more than the money, especially considering the fact that Chelsea and Barcelona pay well above minimum wage?

If not, we would love to see what damage Willian would do in MLS.

Lazio reportedly ready to over big money to David Silva

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While David Silva is in hot pursuit of pretty much the only trophy that’s eluded him, his agent’s phone is burning up with suitors for the Man City legend.

Silva is set to star in Friday’s UEFA Champions League second leg against Real Madrid, a result and three more wins from a European Cup to add to his World Cup, two EUROs, Copa del Rey, and 15 trophies with City.

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The latest team linked to Silva is Serie A side Lazio, who dropped off a cliff after competing with Juventus for the scudetto over the majority of this season.

The Italians are reportedly ready to offer the 34-year-old around $6 million per year over a 3-year deal.

Lazio sits fourth and can still finish as high as second on the table with two matches left in Italy’s domestic season, so Silva would stay in the Champions League.

We know Silva won’t be staying in the Premier League or else he’d add another year to his City deal.

He’s been linked with joining former Spanish national teammate Xavi, who manages Qatari side Al-Sadd, as well as a move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami in MLS which was once reported as “likely.

Report: Sturridge linked with move to DC United or Inter Miami

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The next time we see Daniel Sturridge memorable goal celebration, it could be on North American soil.

Goal.com says Sturridge, 30, is already training in America, and links DC United and Inter Miami with the striker.

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It would be a Designated Player situation at both clubs, and Sturridge won’t have to go far for information on the clubs. Fellow English national team alum David Beckham runs Miami, while Three Lions teammate Wayne Rooney spent a dominant spell with DC.

It has been a challenging year for Sturridge, whose contract with Trabzonspor was voided after he was banned from football until mid-June and fined nearly $200,000 for providing his brother with “inside information” regarding a possible summer transfer to Sevilla.

But Sturridge also showed his class, scoring seven goals with four assists in 16 appearances for the Turkish club. He also had more injury troubles. Though not long-term, Sturridge missed between one and three league matches on five separate occasions.

Sturridge was once amongst the most lethal strikers in the world when healthy, a loaded conditional. His first two seasons at Liverpool saw him score 36 goals and 14 assists in 49 appearances. That’s really good.

All-told, the Man City Academy product has 77 goals and 29 assists in 218 Premier League appearances between City, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Bolton (He failed to score in a short-term loan to West Brom to complete his set of six clubs so far).

He’ll score when healthy, no doubt, but will MLS clubs be spending the same once they come out of coronavirus pause. It doesn’t seem prudent if there are no fans in the stands, as the league’s clubs make a good deal of their money on match day.

Inter Miami reportedly chasing Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez

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Could James Rodriguez be David Beckham’s David Beckham?

The wantaway Real Madrid star is being pursued by Inter Miami, according to Goal.com, as the MLS outfit looks to put its stamp on the league. The report says the club is having “informal talks” with Rodriguez’s people and there is “no firm offer on the table.”

While there’s certainly no comparison to the eyebrows raised around the world when the LA Galaxy scored Becks from Real Madrid in 2007, there are similarities to what the move would signal for Beckham’s club and MLS as a whole.

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Rodriguez only has one year left on his contract, but it would be stunning if Real sold him for less than the MLS incoming transfer record. That’s Gonzalo “Pity” Martinez’s approximately $16 million move for River Plate to Atlanta United.

Inter Miami already has the third-biggest transfer buy in MLS history according to Transfermarkt.com, scooping up Rodolfo Pizarro in February.

Beckham also remains the league’s most notable import, arriving on a free transfer from Real in 2007.

Rodriguez turns 29 in July and remains a star for Colombia, where he owns 76 caps and 22 goals with Los Cafeteros, but his career has been uneven since the 2014 World Cup propelled him from Monaco to Real Madrid.

He’s won two Champions League titles, two Bundesliga crowns, and a La Liga between Real and Bayern Munich.

And the numbers are actually quite decent. Rodriguez has 52 goals and 62 assists in 191 career appearances with his last two clubs. That’s seen him linked with Everton and Napoli over the past year, with Atletico Madrid and Arsenal also mentioned in reports.

He’s on the down side of his prime, but there’s almost zero chance he wouldn’t instantly become one of if not the top attacker in the league. Carlos Vela’s numbers at Real Sociedad are comparable to Rodriguez, and the Colombian has not put a ton of wear on his tires this season (under 700 total minutes at Real).

Bringing Rodriguez to MLS would bring both a gate draw and production to Inter Miami, with eyes already on the club due to Beckham’s megawatt celebrity.

The question isn’t whether Beckham would be willing to spend what it takes to get Rodriguez, or whether Real boss Florentino Perez would help out his former charge. It’s about Rodriguez’s hopes for his future. Coming to MLS won’t doom his national team chances, but would signal the next step in his career. Very few players come to MLS from top European leagues and head back, though Beckham is one.

The lure of being closer to home is nice, and Rodriguez has made plenty of money at Real. It wouldn’t be shocking if Beckham lured Rodriguez here, but it would be a major coup for the club and the league. Let’s hope it happens.

Pizarro scores first goal in Inter Miami history, D.C. United wins

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Inter Miami has its first goal in club history. They’ll have to work on the first points in club history, but baby steps.

David Beckham’s new expansion franchise was shut out in its first Major League Soccer game last weekend in a 1-0 loss to LAFC, but fared better this time around as they visited Audi Field as designated player Rodolfo Pizarro struck early for the big moment. They coughed up the lead, however, as D.C. United pulled out a 2-1 comeback win.

Just two minutes into the match, new Clemson product Robbie Robinson snatched the ball in his own half and burst through the middle on the break, skipping too easily past a challenge from Steve Birmbaum before feeding to the right for Lewis Morgan. The Scottish international sent a cross back into the box which evaded Russell Canouse, and Pizarro was there to poke home the historic opener.

Unfortunately the fanfare was met with disappointment later as 21-year-old Robinson, an exciting and electric young player, got his leg tangled with Birnbaum and sent to the ground in a heap. He attempted to continue playing but was unable to make it to the break, substituted off deep into first-half stoppage time as he left the field in tears.

Inter Miami wasn’t the only team hit by injuries in the match as D.C. was also forced into a pair of first-half changes with Ola Kamara and Joseph Mora hauled off before the halftime whistle.

After halftime, the game changed on a massive moment in the 53rd minute as it appeared Lewis Morgan had scored Inter Miami’s second of the game, but it was called back by VAR for a handball by Roman Torres who was subsequently shown a red card. Just moments later Inter Miami conceded a penalty that Yamil Asad converted to level the score, and then by the hour mark Frederic Brilliant roofed a half-volley after Edison Flores had struck the post with a free-kick.

That was all she wrote for Inter Miami who managed to out-shoot D.C. United despite a possessional disadvantage, but proved inconsistent and unlucky in the second half. Still without a point through two matches, Miami finally travels back to south Florida for their home opener against David Beckham’s former club LA Galaxy before two more in friendly confines against New York Red Bulls and the Philadelphia Union.