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Transfer Rumor Roundup: Maddison ‘very happy’ at Leicester City, Tagliafico chased by Barcelona

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Despite the inactivity, transfer news all across Europe continues to brew up.

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Time and time again this season, Leicester City’s star James Maddison has been linked to a move out of King Power Stadium, with Manchester United reportedly topping the list of preferred next destinations for the 23-year-old.

But the past speculations seem to have been thrown at the window, as Maddison recently claimed he feels “very, very happy” at Leicester despite the outside noise of a big-time transfer.

“I feel right at home at Leicester,” the attacking midfielder  said. “I feel like part of the furniture already and I love it here. I love the lads, I love the fans, (we’ve got) a great manager, so I’m very, very happy.”

The England international has made noise this season with the Foxes, following his nine goals and three assists throughout all competitions.

Time will tell what step the creative attacker will take next. What’s for sure is that Maddison has made it clear that he’s not in a rush to leave Leicester for good.

According to a report from Mundo Deportivo, La Liga giants Barcelona are closely monitoring Ajax and Argentina full-back Nicolas Tagliafico.

The 27-year-old was linked to a move to Spain last year, however, with Junior Firpo possibly on his way out of the Camp Nou this summer, the Blaugrana will reportedly launch a bid for the Ajax player.

Tagliafico’s agent reportedly has spoken with Barcelona on a number of occasions to discuss a deal. The Spanish defending champions are one of many top European sides looking for the defender’s signature this summer, however.

Reports: Premier League breaks summer transfer window spending record

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For the sixth consecutive year, Premier League clubs broke the bank to bring in new signings.

According to accounting powerhouse Deloitte, Premier League clubs spent a record of around $1.81 billion in transfer fees, including $271.85 on deadline day alone. Amazingly, this total could have been higher had deals for Tomas Lemar, Alexis Sanchez and Ross Barkley gone through among others.

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The summer transfer window’s total is nearly $1.3 billion more than was spent five years ago, but it’s in line with the increased revenues for clubs across the Premier League thanks to new television deals around the world. According to Deloitte, most clubs spend one-third to one-fifth of their revenues on transfer fees and this summer it was around 31 percent of revenues were spent on transfers.

Manchester City led the Premier League with $278.3 million spent on transfers this summer. Man City, Chelsea, Man United, Everton, Tottenham and Liverpool combined to spend approximately $1.109 billion in the transfer market. Arsenal, Stoke City, Burnley and Swansea City all finished in the black.

“When analyzed in the context of generating record broadcast, commercial and matchday revenues, Premier League clubs are spending well within their means,” Deloitte’s Dan Jones told the BBC. “While the transfer record for a single player has again been broken by a major European club, the Premier League’s clubs enjoy an unrivaled depth of purchasing power, as a result of the league’s relatively equal – and transparent – distribution of broadcast revenues.”

Reports: USMNT’s Yedlin en route to Newcastle United for transfer

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DeAndre Yedlin needed just a short time in England to complete a somewhat dubious feat: those to play for both Northeast rivals Sunderland and Newcastle United.

Yedlin, who turned 23 last month, is reportedly off to St. James Park on what could be more than a loan deal. The Shields Gazette’s Miles Starforth said it’s “likely” his transfer from Tottenham Hotspur would be a permanent move.

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Oddly enough, it was a Yedlin cross that sealed Newcastle’s fate as relegated to the Championship last Spring.

The 39-times-capped USMNT defender made 25 appearances for the Black Cats, and was very effective in the stretch run. He signed a four-year deal with Spurs, joining the club in Jan. 2015.

Yedlin had been linked with Trabzonspor, Derby County, Hull City, and Aston Villa. The latter signed Ritchie De Laet.

Newcastle put heat under the rumor by sending promising defender Kevin Mbabu on loan to Young Boys in Switzerland.

Seattle Sounders sign Sigi Schmid to multi-year extension; DeAndre Yedlin likely to join Spurs in January

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Seattle Sounders owner/general manager Adrian Hanauer, head coach Sigi Schmid and sporting director Chris Henderson spoke Thursday during the club’s end-of-season press conference, with the minority stakeholder making one important announcement and a forecast with significant ramifications for clubs on both sides of the Atlantic.

Right of the top, Hanauer announced that Schmid, who this year became the first head coach in MLS history to reach the 200-win milestone, has signed a multi-year contract extension that will “keep him around for the foreseeable future.”

Schmid and the Sounders enjoyed their most successful season in the club’s six-year MLS history, lifting the US Open Cup (the Sounders’ fourth under Schmid) and Supporters Shield before falling one round short of Sunday’s MLS Cup final (3 pm ET) and a chance to play for the domestic treble, an accomplishment still unrealized in MLS.

The second bit of news to come from Thursday’s media engagement is Hanauer’s belief that Sounders right back DeAndre Yedlin is “highly, highly likely” to receive his Latvian passport before the end of the year and complete his transfer to Tottenham Hotspur during the January transfer window.

Yedlin, who signed a four-year deal with Tottenham in August following a standout performance at the 2014 World Cup, applied for a Latvian passport — his grandmother is Latvian — earlier this year in order to bypass the UK work permit process that would have given him significant trouble and delays in completing his move.

Romanian center back Vlad Chiricheș might still move to Tottenham

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After a hiccup in the negotiations in early August, Steaua Bucharest center back and Romanian international Vlad Chiricheș could still be on his way to the Premier League. Tottenham Hotspur was on the brink of closing the deal when Steaua owner Gigi Becali canceled it.

The kicker: Becali was in jail when he made the call, serving a three-year sentence for shady business involving land exchanges. He used his one allowed phone call per day to call general manager Mihai Stoica and kill Chiricheș’s transfer.

(MORE: Vlad Chiricheș: Eastern Europe’s next big export?)

Chiricheș’s agent is Victor Becali, Gigi’s brother. He told DigiSport last week that the player was set to sign for “over €1 million a year, plus a house and a car, for five years. If he came on well, his salary would have increased after the first year.”

The €8 million transfer fee on the table would have made Chiricheș the most expensive Romanian to leave Liga 1 to date. AS Roma also put in a bid for the 23-year-old defender with 19 caps to his name.

Steaua’s rationale for keeping Chiricheș was that he was vital to the club’s UEFA Champions League qualification campaign. However, he mysteriously withdrew from the squad just before Wednesday’s 1-1 tie with Legia Warsaw, sparking rumors that the move was back on.

“I tried to get over it as quickly as possible,” Chiricheș said in a prematch press conference on Tuesday about his failed transfer. “I really don’t think it looked in the games afterward like I was affected.”

Official word was that he picked up a knock in training the day before the match against Legia, perhaps aggravating a hip injury that already existed. Romanian scout and reliable transfer market bellwether Radu Baicu had a cryptic update on Chiricheș’s situation Thursday:

To be fair, Baicu doesn’t say where Chiricheș will go. But for now, it seems Tottenham’s bid to strengthen its back line could be close to completion.