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Transfer news: Tecatito to Chelsea; Bailey to Man City

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In the latest transfer news Jesus ‘Tecatito’ Corona has been linked with Chelsea, while Leon Bailey is reportedly a target for Man City.

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Starting with Mexican winger Tecatito, a report from the Daily Star claims that Chelsea are interested in signing the 27-year-old from FC Porto after scouting him. Per the report, Tecatito is valued at around $32 million by Porto and that is a third of the price of Jadon Sancho, who Chelsea are also chasing.

Tecatito has had a really good season for the Portuguese giants, scoring twice and adding 17 assists from the wing as he’s played in a more defensive role in recent months. That flexibility will be key for Frank Lampard’s Chelsea as they like to switch between a 3-4-3 and 4-3-3 and Tecatito can play in both attacking and defensive roles easily.

The report states that Inter Milan and Sevilla are both interested in Tecatito too and with Willian and Pedro set to leave Chelsea, they will be a little short of options out wide despite having Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi and the impending arrival of Hakim Ziyech.

Chelsea would certainly have plenty of USMNT and Mexico fans with Pulisic on one wing and Tecatito on the other. The Mexico wide-man has 42 caps and has scored seven times for El Tri and was part of their squad at the 2016 Copa America and 2018 World Cup and won the 2015 Gold Cup where he was voted the best young player in the tournament.

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Sticking with wingers, Leon Bailey is said to be a target for Man City as they expect to lose Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich in the upcoming transfer window.

Jamaica star Bailey, 22, has been in and out of the Bayer Leverkusen team this season after the emergence of Kai Havertz and Moussa Diaby and according to the Daily Mail, Man City will bid close to $50 million for Bailey.

Bailey can play on either wing and that suits Pep Guardiola’s style, as the young winger is a real goal threat too and has scored 19 goals in 83 Bundesliga appearances since arriving at Leverkusen from Genk in 2016.

Sane doesn’t seem keen to stick around at Man City and although they have a wealth of attacking options, Bailey has shown that if he’s on form he is a real handful out wide with clever runs, pure pace and the ability to finish and assist.

Mexicans Abroad: Tecatito scores Golazo for Porto

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Jesus Manuel “Tecatito” Corona showed off his incredible technique, first touch, and shooting skill in Porto’s 4-0 win over Vitoria Setubal.

On Saturday, Tecatito chested down a clearance off a free kick before striking with his left foot a shot into the far corner to put Porto up on the night. It was another strong performance as Corona looks to build momentum ahead of the March El Tri friendly matches in the U.S., or CONCACAF Nations League matches this summer.

Here is a list of several other Mexico national team affiliates making a name for themselves (or not) outside of Mexico this weekend.


Premier League

Raul Jimenez, Wolverhampton Wanderers —  Jimenez started and played nearly the entire game as Wolves and Manchester United played to a scoreless draw. He was substituted in second half stoppage time.

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La Liga

Hector Herrera, Atletico Madrid — Herrera did not make the game day squad in Atletico Madrid’s loss to Real Madrid.

Andres Guardado, Real Betis —  Guardado did not make the game day squad on Saturday. Last week, Betis announced that he had suffered a grade I muscle injury, leaving him out at least a few weeks. 

Diego Lainez, Real Betis — The 19-year-old made the game-day squad but didn’t play in Betis’ 1-1 draw with Eibar. 

Nestor Araujo, Celta Vigo — Araujo started and played 73 minutes in Celta’s 1-0 defeat to Valencia.

Serie A

Hirving “Chucky” Lozano, Napoli —  Napoli doesn’t feature until Monday against Sampdoria.

Primeira Liga

Jesus “Tecatito” Corona, FC Porto — Tecatito scored the opener with a beauty and played 59 minutes as Porto routed Vitoria Setubal, 4-0. Watch Tecatito’s delightful finish below.

Eredivisie

Erick Gutierrez, PSV Eindhoven —  Gutierrez returned to being out of the side as he didn’t make the bench for PSV’s 1-0 defeat to Ajax.

Edson Alvarez, Ajax — Alvarez dressed but remained on the bench for Ajax on Sunday in a 1-0 win over PSV.

Major League Soccer

Carlos Vela, LAFC – Vela kickstarted LAFC’s 2020 preseason in spectacular fashion. Take a look for yourself:

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Omar Govea, Zulte Waregem — Govea and Zulte were inactive this weekend.

Report: Everton targeting former Porto, Fener boss Pereira

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Everton might be looking to the Chinese Super League for its next manager.

Vitor Pereira is the top target for the Merseyside set, report our partners at Sky Sports, as the Toffees begin life after Thursday’s firing of Marco Silva.

Pereira, 51, has been in management since 2002, leading Porto, Olympiacos, Fenerbahce, and current club Shanghai SIPG amongst others.

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He’s won titles in Greece, China, Saudi Arabia, and his native Portugal, but there are suitors beyond the Toffees’ reported interest.

The 51-year-old is currently one of the highest paid coaches in the world and was recently offered the job of managing the Chinese national team.

It is understood he is currently considering a new contract offer from Shanghai, which will guarantee he earns £30m a year.

Duncan Ferguson is the interim boss as Everton hosts Chelsea this weekend.

Must-See Goal: Porto’s Ze Luis

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The Portuguese first division is filled with some terrific attacking talent, and one of the league’s stars put on an incredible athletic display on Monday evening.

FC Porto forward Ze Luis, who joined the club after four seasons at Spartak Moscow, latched onto a curling cross into the box, chested the ball into the air, and in one smooth motion, fired a strike into the far corner. Assuming FIFA sees this, it should be on next year’s Puskas award shortlist.

Watch the goal below. Porto defeated Pacos de Ferreira, 2-0.

Atletico Madrid signs Mexican international Hector Herrera

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As expected, Mexican midfielder Hector Herrera has moved from one established Champions League side to another.

La Liga giants Atletico Madrid announced the signing of Herrera on Wednesday, a widely-reported move after the 29-year-old bid farewell to his club Porto on social media the day before, leaving the Portuguese giants after six seasons and nearly 250 appearances, serving as captain last season.

Herrera joins Atletico Madrid on a free transfer after the expiration of his Porto contract, and will have plenty of competition at the Wanda Metripolitano. The club already has Koke, Saul Niguez, and Thomas Partey in the middle of the pitch who all racked up at least 2,700 minutes last season, plus the addition of big-money signing of 24-year-old Marcos Llorente from Real Madrid. Herrera likely joined as a replacement for 22-year-old Rodrigo who left to join Manchester City.

The club announced Herrera’s deal with Atleti is for three years.

The Mexican international owns 70 international caps but was one of the many stars not called into the squad for the 2019 Gold Cup by new head coach Tata Martino, alongside Carlos Vela, Javier Hernandez, and Jesus Corona. Martino opened the door for a return to the national team on Tuesday, saying that, “Like I’ve said, aside from the case of Carlos, who made a public statement, there is no other player that the doors are closed for.”