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Report: McKennie’s transfer from Schalke to Hertha falls apart

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Weston McKennie transfer update: The lifecycle on the American midfielder’s proposed move from Schalke to Hertha Berlin was short and sweet, and is now no longer.

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According to a report from Bild, the move has fallen apart and a number of stumbling blocks are to blame.

Firstly, the transfer fee Schalke wanted for the 21-year-old was reportedly too high for Hertha to stomach. They are said to be seeking roughly $48 million. McKennie would also be due a fairly significant pay increase upon completing a transfer.

Then came the issue of convincing McKennie that a move to Hertha would be beneficial for his career. He is said to have had major questions about Hertha’s viability as contenders for European qualification — they finished 10th this season, two places and two points above Schalke. The fact that Schalke are outside of Germany’s European places is undoubtedly a driving force in any and all Weston McKennie transfer rumors set to be spread this summer.

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According to the report, McKennie prefers a move to the Premier League. While he is unlikely to meet the standard of the PL’s top-six sides and therefore would appear to go against his logic regarding the move to Hertha, McKennie’s willingness to forego a place in Europe highlights the draw that many young players feel toward playing in England.

McKennie has previously been linked with moves to Southampton, Everton and Newcastle United.

Newcastle takeover: Saudi Arabian led consortium cancels deal

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The Newcastle takeover saga has taken another dramatic twist, as the Saudi Arabian led consortium which wanted to buy the Premier League club has backed out of the deal.

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For months the consortium, which was led by businesswoman Amanda Stavely and backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, PCP Capital Partners and Reuben Brothers, had provided details to the Premier League about their takeover plans.

A $390 million deal was agreed with current Newcastle owner Mike Ashley but the Premier League have been investigating the consortium amid issues with Saudi Arabian investment, concerns over human rights and the Middle East nation has also been embroiled in a piracy battle with broadcasters in their own region over Premier League TV rights.

Here is the statement in full from the consortium on their failed Newcastle takeover:

“With a deep appreciation for the Newcastle community and the significance of its football club, we have come to the decision to withdraw our interest in acquiring Newcastle United Football Club. We do so with regret, as we were excited and fully committed to invest in the great city of Newcastle and believe we could have returned the club to the position of its history, tradition and fans’ merit.

“Ultimately, during the unforeseeably prolonged process, the commercial agreement between the Investment Group and the club’s owners expired and our investment thesis could not be sustained, particularly with no clarity as to the circumstances under which the next season will start and the new norms that will arise for matches, training and other activities.”

It remains to be seen what direction Newcastle head in now as American businessman and TV exec Henry Mauriss has tabled a rival bid which now seems to be the frontrunner.

Until then, Mike Ashley will remain in charge and Newcastle United fans everywhere will no doubt be wondering whether their club will ever be sold.

Source: McKennie remains keen on Premier League transfer

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USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie remains keen on a move to the Premier League and several teams are interested in signing him from Schalke.

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Weston McKennie, 21, has been a mainstay at German giants Schalke in recent seasons and the likes of Everton, Newcastle United, Leicester City and according to Kicker in Germany Southampton have reportedly shown interest in signing the former FC Dallas academy product.

A source with knowledge of McKennie’s situation confirmed to ProSoccerTalk that a move to the Premier League remains of high importance and some movement on the situation is expected in the coming days. With the transfer window only opening earlier this week for Premier League clubs, it could take a little while longer for things to get moving as managers and club officials take a brief offseason break.

Hertha Berlin have also been linked with a move for McKennie but a transfer to England is the aim and Schalke are said to want close to $26 million for the USMNT regular.

In recent interviews the combative central midfielder, who can also play at right back, has said it would be a dream to move to the Premier League and follow in the footsteps of his good friend Christian Pulisic who has made waves during his debut season at Chelsea.

Schalke’s current financial situation is far from steady and it is believed they will look to sell McKennie, Ozan Kobak and Rabbi Matondo this summer to try and raise funds as David Wagner’s squad will also see their wages lowered.

As for McKennie, he posted a video on Instagram of him driving past Schalke’s stadium on Wednesday and then a caption ‘back at it’ as he has returned to Germany following a brief break in the USA over the Bundesliga offseason.

Preseason for Schalke starts on Aug. 3 and it seems like McKennie won’t be staying in Germany for long as his dream move to the Premier League is in the works.

Which aforementioned club would be the best fit?

Southampton are looking to replace Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg who is going to either Tottenham or Everton, so there’s a spot in central midfield and Ralph Hasenhuttl’s high-pressing and aggressive system would suit McKennie well.

As for Leicester City, he may be a squad player for the Foxes, while Everton would be a good fit as Carlo Ancelotti needs a midfield enforced. Newcastle may not be the best fit, while Liverpool and Chelsea have been mentioned but McKennie would most likely be a squad player for the Premier League giants.

A move to Southampton or Everton would probably be best for McKennie’s development as he would play regularly for teams in midtable who have aims of pushing for Europa League qualification. The USMNT youngster needs regular minutes and if he can get that in the Premier League, it would be the best step for his career.

Liverpool seals 99-point season with comeback win at Newcastle

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Newcastle – Liverpool: Three different goal scorers and assist men helped Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win over Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Sunday.

Old nemesis Dwight Gayle scored early to put the Reds down 1-0 but Virgil van Dijk, Divock Origi, and Sadio Mane scored to send the champions out on a club-record 99 points.

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Newcastle finishes 13th with 44 points. Ex-Liverpool man Jonjo Shelvey assisted Gayle’s first minute opener.


Two things we learned (We’ll keep this quick)

1. Champs go out on top and deserve a rest: Liverpool, more than anyone else, has earned a proper break and the chance to recharge its batteries. It’s going to be monumentally challenging for the Reds to regroup with the same intensity and weekly desperation to outlast the competition but who cares? Order a lot of sandwiches and don’t think of soccer for a while, gents.

2. A word for Steve Bruce: Newcastle could hardly find a manager after Rafa Benitez left and Steve Bruce got a load of grief after accepting the job at his boyhood club. Whatever you think of the Magpies’ season — and they were very fortunate in many wins and draws — Bruce did one of his best managing jobs and deserves more than a few high fives if only for dealing with all the “Hey are you going to get fired if the takeover is completed?” questions. That he took so many without taking a swing at anyone deserves a wink and a nod.

Man of the Match

Mane only played about a half-hour but scored an absolute beauty. Call this a season-achievement award:

Newcastle – Liverpool recap

Former Newcastle teammate Georginio Wijnaldum trusted Shelvey a bit much in handing him the ball for a quickly-played free kick that sprung Gayle on Alisson Becker.
Gayle has done some things against Liverpool in his day, memories erased by the Reds’ lovely title this season.

Dubravka then made a flying save to deny Takumi Minamino’s dribble and rip in the 29th.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross was put home by Van Dijk to make it 1-1 at half.

Newcastle regrouped after the break and substitute Sean Longstaff could’ve had the Magpies back in front off a Shelvey feed but missed wide.

Origi made it 2-1 when he defied Dubravka just before the hour mark.

Salah then smashed off the post and was denied again when his break was denied by a sliding Federico Fernandez.

Brighton safe after scoreless duel with Newcastle

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Brighton – Newcastle United recap: Brighton and Hove Albion sealed its Premier League status for another season with a scoreless draw versus Newcastle United at the Amex Stadium on Monday.

The Seagulls wasted chances early and Newcastle late in a chippy penultimate match for both sides.

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Brighton now has 38 points and cannot go down, while Newcastle’s 44 points put them in 13th. They cannot finish any higher, and close their season with a visit from Liverpool.


Three things we learned

1. Potter gets another go: Graham Potter’s Seagulls were extremely unlucky this season and deserved to be safe a while ago. You’d probably take their side over a club like Newcastle, who overperformed while getting a fair bit of good fortune. Potter now will be tasked with smartly culling the wheat from the chaff and improving Brighton into a solid midtable side. Luck, again, could help!

2. Maupay, Trossard lively but wasteful: Brighton’s best attackers were everywhere in the first half but couldn’t get enough shots on Martin Dubravka, who’s tough-to-beat as it is. This goes back to thing No. 1 — If Brighton delivered on its danger more often, they may well have 10-15 more points this season.

3. Magpies ready to reload: Steve Bruce has done a nice job with a Newcastle United side which has been reading about takeover talk for months. The Magpies need to do some summer shopping, with several loan players featuring and ready to head back. They also could use with healthy center backs, as Federico Fernandez started alongside fullback Emil Krafth in the heart of a defense which had previously been blessed with strength in numbers. Jamaal Lascelles and Fabian Schar joined Florian Lejeune and Ciaran Clark in missing out on Monday.

Man of the Match

Maupay, we suppose, was the most impactful player but he couldn’t deliver a goal. We’ll spotlight center back Adam Webster, though, who ground out a lot of duels and found plenty of impetus to look forward.

Brighton – Newcastle United recap

An early corner kick nearly yielded results for Brighton when Neal Maupay lashed just wide of the post off an Adam Webster flick. Alas, Maupay was offside.

After a brief spell of possession for Newcastle, Lewis Dunk forced a save out of Martin Dubravka with the turn of a Pascal Gross free kick.

Brighton’s Yves Bissouma was injured but stayed in the game after a collision with Allan Saint-Maximin. Then Gross saw yellow when he flailed his arm to catch Danny Rose in the face.

Maupay then harassed a dawdling Matt Ritchie into a giveaway inside the 18, forcing another save out of Dubravka and a corner that led to nothing.

Dwght Gayle flew in to head a stoppage time corner just over the goal.

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The pesky striker made a mess of a 47th-minute header attempt and shouldered it into the air.

Mat Ryan needed to make a fine save when Miguel Almiron did well to turn Ritchie’s cross into an outside-of-the-boot shot on goal.

Brighton was the better money as the match wore on, Dubravka needed to stop Maupay. The Frenchman remained dangerous along with Leandro Trossard.

Newcastle found its form in the final stages, and Andy Carroll couldn’t head home off a corner.