West Bromwich Albion has agreed to a transfer fee for Manchester United’s Jonny Evans. According to multiple reports, the deal is worth around $9 million, with an additional $3 million in add-ons.
Evans has been with Manchester United since his teens, and has made nearly 200 appearances for the Red Devils, winning three Premier League titles and two League Cups. However, the 27-year-old defender has had a hard time finding minutes under Louis van Gaal, and will likely be pushed into a starting center-back role at West Brom.
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Jonathan de Guzman had been linked with a move to Sunderland, but now it looks like the Napoli winger could be on his way to Bournemouth. Sunderland had agreed with Napoli for a loan deal, but de Guzman rejected the move as Dick Advocaat has announced the “deal is dead.”
De Guzman played in the Premier League with Swansea City for two seasons from 2012-14, and The Daily Mail is reporting that Bournemouth has been in serious talks with the player’s representatives. The 27-year-old winger scored 15 goals during his time at Swansea, and represented the Netherlands at the 2014 World Cup.
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The Cherries are also interested in signing Lewis Grabban, who is currently in a sticky situation at Norwich City. Grabban stormed out of the team hotel after learning he would not start in Norwich’s League Cup match midweek, and was subsequently suspended by the club. Bournemouth has already had three bids for the striker rejected by Norwich, as Eddie Howe is keen to bring Grabban back to the South coast. Grabban scored 35 goals in two seasons with Bournemouth from 2012-14 before moving to Norwich City last summer.
In your daily Saido Berahino update, there are conflicting reports coming out of The Hawthorns. West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace released a statement reaffirming that he would not sell his star striker, but manager Tony Pulis said he could not rule out a move. Pulis also said he was not sure if Berahino would feature for the Baggies on Saturday against Stoke City. Expect this one to keep brewing until the window closes.
Welcome to a very busy day in the transfer rumor mill.
Perhaps the momentum of Pedro’s move to Chelsea and Nicolas Otamendi’s new Manchester City digs have caused the gossip to take a rollicking ride, but regardless we’re rolling in “news”.
It looks like there will be a trickle down effect on Jose Mourinho’s roster, as Pedro’s arrival could move Willian or Juan Cuadrado abroad. The latter seems more likely and is being linked with Juventus, having failed to make much of an impact at Stamford Bridge since arriving from Fiorentina. Juve’s desire may hinge on whether they can land Julian Draxler from Schalke, so this could still take time to unfold.
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But Willian is more of an asset, and the Brazilian could slide into Bayern Munich. Paris Saint-Germain is also thought to be a potential landing spot, but is thought to have too many non-Europeans, according to Metro.
Looks like City could add an attacking piece in long-rumored recruit and former Chelsea man Kevin De Bruyne. Sky Sports said the move would cost $75 million, which is just a shade over what Arsenal might be doing…
Talksport cites former QPR man Rodney Marsh in a report that Real Madrid has accepted a $72 million dollar offer from Arsenal for Karim Benzema. It’s been widely-thought that the Gunners need a better option than Olivier Giroud or Danny Welbeck. That’s a lot of dough for a player well past Arsene Wenger’s general preferred age to purchase a player.
Canadian-born Netherlands international Jonathan de Guzman may be coming back to the Premier League. The Sunderland Echo says Dick Advocaat and the Black Cats are sniffing around the Napoli midfielder in the hopes of convincing him — and the Italian club — that they are a better landing spot than Marseille.
Southampton have been linked with sales of Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama, but reports say they won’t sell either, instead preferring to add to their talent by bringing in Adnan Januzaj on loan.
As if the last two afternoons (for us North Americans, at least) haven’t been entertaining and exciting enough with the first leg of UEFA Champions League semifinals being played, Thursday offers little downtime and even more final-four soccer, as the Europa League kicks off its semifinal round.
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In semifinal first leg No. 1, defending champions Sevilla will play hosts to Fiorentina, easily one of this year’s tournament’s most impressive, darling sides. Fiorentina knocked off Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur (3-1 on aggregate) in the round of 32, fellow Serie A side Roma (4-1 agg.) in the round of 16 and Dynamo Kyiv (3-1 agg.) in the quarterfinals to reach Thursday’s semifinal.
Sevilla defeated Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach (4-2 agg.) in the round of 32, thumped fellow La Liga side Villarreal (5-2 agg.) in the round of 16 and slipped by Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg (4-3 agg.) in the quarters. Colombian striker Carlos Bacca (above right, No. 9) leads Sevilla with four Europa League goals, while Peruvian midfielder Juan Vargas’s three goals are tops for Fiorentina.
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Meanwhile in Naples, Napoli will host Ukrainian Premier League side Dnipro at the Stadio San Paolo. In reaching the semifinal round, Napoli brushed aside Turkish side Trabzonspor (5-0 agg.), knocked off Dinamo Moscow (3-1 agg.) and hammered second-placed Bundesliga side Wolfsburg (6-3 agg.), thanks to the goalscoring contributions of Gonzalo Higuain (7), and and the trio of Jonathan de Guzman, Marek Hamsik and Dries Mertens (4 goals each).
Dnipro topped Olympiacos (4-2 agg.) in the round of 32, advanced past Ajax (2-2 agg. on away goals) in the round of 16 and slipped past Belgian side Club Brugges in the quarterfinals.
Catch up on all of Sunday’s action from Spain and Italy’s top flights, La Liga and Serie A.
Levante 2-1 Valencia
Valencia‘s bid to break into La Liga’s top three took a hit on Sunday when Los Che fell to bottom-half side Levante. The visitors looked poised to rescue a point after Daniel Parejo pulled Valenica level after 73 minutes, but it took just one minute for Levante’s Morales to hit back and put Levante back in front for good. On-loan Manchester City forward Alvaro Negredo provided the assist on Parejo’s goal.
Villarreal 2-1 Getafe
A pair of first-half goals — provided by Mario and Gerard Moreno — was enough to push Villarreal four points clear of the bottom half of the table and set Marcelino Garcia Toral’s men’s sights on a top-third spot.
Elsewhere in La Liga:
Rayo Vallecano 1-0 Celta Vigo
Elche 2-2 Cordoba
AC Milan 1-1 Inter Milan
Roberto Mancini made his Internazionale re-debut in Sunday’s hotly contested Milan derby. Mancini’s men went a goal after 23 minutes, thanks to Jeremy Menez’s extremely clever first-time finish from 12 yards out.
Menez’s brilliant opener went for naught, though, when Joel Obi pulled the Nerazzurri back to level terms with 30 minutes to play. Stephan El Shaarawy had a golden opportunity to put the Rossoneri back in front in the 75th minute, but his powerful 1-on-1 effort instead found Samir Handanovic‘s crossbar and shot straight into the sky.
With the draw, Inter (9th) remain a point behind their Milan neighbors (7th) in Serie A.
Napoli 3-3 Cagliari
Napoli found themselves in dreamland after 30 minutes, up 2-0 and seemingly set to coast to their sixth league victory in nine games. Gonzalo Higuain netted the game’s first in the 11th minute and Gokhan Inler doubled the lead on the half-hour mark.
Then came a 10-minute span that saw the 3rd-placed side ship a pair of goals Cagliari’s way, tying the game up just two minutes into the second half. Jonathan de Guzman put the Azzurri back on top in the 62nd minute, but the lead was short-lived as Diego Farias netted his second of the game just five minutes later. An opportunity to pull within four points of second-place Roma missed. Meanwhile, the away point was enough to move Cagliari two points clear of the final relegation place.
Elsewhere in Serie A:
Torino 0-1 Sassuolo
Udinese 1-1 Chievo
Parma 2-0 Empoli
Cesena 1-1 Sampdoria
Verona 1-2 Fiorentina
After finishing as a runner up this summer with Argentina at the World Cup, central defender Federico Fernandez has arrived in the Premier League with Swansea City.
Fernandez, 25, has signed a four-year deal with the Swans after joining from Italian side Napoli. If he gains international clearance in time the Argentine defender could be in line to make his debut against Burnley this weekend.
Swansea boss Garry Monk, in his first full season in charge as a manager, has pulled off somewhat of a coup by getting Fernandez on board. He has World Cup, UEFA Champions League and Europa League experience plus also won the Coppa Italia with Napoli last year as they finished third in Serie A. The former Estudiantes defender arrived in Italy in 2011 and has also spent a spell on loan with Getafe in La Liga.
Speaking about his move to South Wales, Fernandez had the following to say.
“It has always been my dream to play in the Premier League – it is the best in the world – and I’m grateful to Swansea for giving me this opportunity. I asked Michu and Jordi Amat about the club. I obviously trained with Michu at Napoli and while I was on loan at Getafe (in 2013) I played with Alvaro Vazquez. He is very good friends with Jordi, so I’ve spoken to them too. I saw a team that holds the ball and plays very good football. It caught my attention. I can identify myself with the Swansea style – I like to play the ball from the back and, of course, I love to defend too. And I was impressed again last weekend with the team’s performance and result against Manchester United.”
After losing Chico Flores this summer, the Swans were in need of defensive reinforcements as they only posses Ashley Williams, Jordi Amat and Kyle Bartley as recognized center backs. Fernandez provides that and after playing in four games for Argentina at the World Cup this summer, his pedigree is undoubted.
With the likes of Michu, Flores, Jonathan de Guzman and Pablo Hernandez departing the Liberty Stadium over the offseason, many were worried if the Swans would nosedive this campaign. The acquisition of Fernandez comes on the heels of their first-ever league win away at Old Trafford to open the new season.
Yeah, don’t fret, they seem to be doing just fine.