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Report: Man United to seal Maguire, Fernandes transfers

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Manchester United look set to spend big in the final week of the window.

A report from Gianluca Di Marzio in Italy claims that United have agreed deals for both center back Harry Maguire and central midfielder Bruno Fernandes.

The combined total transfer fee for these two players will be around $180 million.

Maguire, 26, has been chased by United all summer long and missed Leicester City training yesterday. It was said he called in sick but per the report United agreed a deal to sign Maguire on Monday.

The report also goes on to state that Fernandes, 24, is close to arriving from Sporting Lisbon. Fernandes scored 31 goals from midfield last season and the Portuguese international has been in fine form during preseason.

Maguire trained with Leicester on Tuesday but is believed to want the move to Man United this summer, but the Foxes are holding out for a transfer fee of over $100 million which would make him the most expensive center back in history.

As for Fernandes, he was reportedly in tears during Sporting’s friendly against Valencia on Sunday with many linking that to him leaving in the coming days. Fernandes has previously said he wants to play in the Premier League but Sporting are holding out for over $80 million for their goalscoring midfielder.

Transfer rumor roundup: Cutrone to Wolves; Fernandes to United stalls

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The transfer window is in full swing as reports and rumors are in overdrive between now and Aug. 8 when the window shuts for the start of the 2019-20 season.

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Here’s a look at some of the latest gossip from around the Premier League…


Patrick Cutrone, 21, has been linked with a move from AC Milan to Wolverhampton Wanderers by many outlets, with our partners Sky Sports reporting a fee is close to being agreed between the two clubs.

The Italian international has spent his entire career at hometown club Milan, but it appears they may want to cash-in on Cutrone to help with some of their financial issues. Would he want to leave his homeland for Wolves though?

Wolves are said to be willing to pay $22 million up front with plenty of add-ons included further down the line, but that seems like quite a low fee for a player who scored 27 goals in 91 appearances for Milan, including 10 goals in 18 appearances in the Europa League. The youngsters is behind Krzysztof Piatek in the pecking line at the San Siro, for now, and he may not be the main man at Wolves either.

Do Wolves need another forward? Raul Jimenez is their main target forward and Cutrone is cut from the same cloth as the Mexican striker who scored 17 goals across all competitions in his debut campaign in England in 2018-19.

Aside from Jimenez, Wolves’ options up top are a little thin with Diogo Jota a completely different type of forward and then they have youngster Niall Ennis and maybe Adama Traore could do a job as a striker.

With Wolves’ Europa League campaign set to stretch the squad further than last season it is quite bizarre that Nuno Espirito Santo hasn’t strengthened his squad considerably this summer. Maybe he believes in the talented youngsters he has coming through the academy. Maybe he is waiting for the right players to become available in the market as they still have to negotiate the Europa League qualifying rounds.


Bruno Fernandes’ move to Manchester United seems to have stalled, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to be frustrated when it comes to signing the Portuguese midfielder.

Has United’s interested cooled because it now looks like Paul Pogba will stay this summer?

Fernandes, 24, scored 31 times for Sporting Lisbon in all competitions last season and scored a goal and grabbed an assist in their 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday.

But the London Evening Standard report that United are becoming increasingly “irritated” that Sporting are trying to create a bidding war, as they hold out for over $70 million for Fernandes.

The attacking midfielder has a release clause of $40 million in his contract, but there is a clause which Sporting can trigger which allows them to pay Fernandes $6 million direct if they reject any offer over his release clause. So, yeah, that deal is a little more complicated than it seems and it is no wonder United are getting frustrated.

Their top priority should be adding a center back (ahem, Harry Maguire) and maybe another forward (Nicolas Pepe, anyone?) if Romelu Lukaku is allowed to leave for Inter Milan in the coming days.

Fernandes would be a luxury addition and perhaps this is a ploy from United to try and give Sporting a kick up the backside to get the deal done.

Liverpool allows two more goals in Sporting draw

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Liverpool’s still working out the kinks after surrendering two more goals against Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Simon Mignolet allowed a howler to Bruno Fernandes, who set up Wendel for an equalizer after Liverpool had taken a 2-1 lead on goals from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum.

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The result means the Reds have allowed two or more goals in all three of their U.S. based friendlies (3-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund, 2-1 loss to Sevilla, and Wednesday’s draw).

The Reds have also beaten Bradford City and Tranmere Rovers, and are yet to see Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, and Sadio Mane in the lineup.

Last season’s preseason wasn’t perfect, it must be noted, but the Reds only once lost and allowed multiple goals (A 3-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund).

The rough night in defense came after the news that Nathaniel Clyne will be lost until at least January with an ACL injury.

On a bright note, a young Liverpool defender said hello to the club after moving from PEC Zwolle this summer.

Transfer gossip: Brahimi to Arsenal; Ndombele to Man Utd

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Arsenal’s summer transfer rumors revolved around defending, but the last few weeks have focused on attack options (outside of endless Kieran Tierney talk).

Last week, it was Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace.

Enter Yacine Brahimi.

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The 29-year-old Porto man may be joining the Gunners on a free transfer, providing plenty of experience to Unai Emery‘s attack corps.

Capped 48 times by Algeria with 11 goals, Brahimi had been with Porto since 2014. The left winger has 54 goals and 43 assists in 215 appearances over that time.

There are a lot of questions here, but the price tag of free-99 makes them all pretty palatable.


TalkSport claims that the many reports of Tanguy Ndombele’s eventual move to Tottenham Hotspur may have jumped the gun.

Or maybe Manchester United has jumped the line.

Last week saw reports that the 22-year-old Lyon man’s fee may go up soon if Spurs can’t sort the price for the midfielder.

And perhaps United will pay the $82 million fee and give Ndombele whatever he wants.

It would be a huge blow to Spurs, if only to Mauricio Pochettino who has publicly complained about how other clubs get to dictate terms on transfers while he just plays a role in Daniel Levy’s structure (He’s also given plenty of respect and credit to Levy over the years).

The same report mentions a potential breakthrough for United when it comes to its attacking ranks, and that’s in the form of Wissam Ben Yedder.

The $44 million price tag is not insignificant for the 28-year-old Frenchman, who scored eight goals in Europa League and 18 goals with nine goals in La Liga play at Sevilla.

That was his best season since his final four seasons with Toulouse, where Ben Yedder scored 15, 16, 14, and 17 league goals at Ligue 1.


O Jogo is linking Newcastle United with Dutch striker Bas Dost, but we wonder how much of that is based on long-term interest versus reality. Dost, 30, was linked with the Magpies in the past but is now well past the age mentioned as their transfer age limits. But it’s a rumor, so it makes the wrap, along with Sevilla interest.

Transfer rumor roundup: Fernandes to Man United; Neymar deal off

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The transfer window is officially open again and that means one thing: transfer reports are kicking up a few notches between now and Aug. 8 when the window shuts for the 2019-20 season.

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Here’s a look at some of the latest gossip from around the Premier League…


Manchester United and Sporting Lisbon are reportedly in talks to finalize the massive $88 million transfer of Bruno Fernandes.

The Portuguese midfielder, 24, has been linked with a move to a host of clubs across Europe and both Man United and Man City were said to be interested in the silky center mid who scored an incredible 32 goals and added 18 assists for Sporting last season.

Per a report from o Jogo in Portugal, United are meeting with the agent of the Portugal international agent to discuss the finer details of the deal as Sporting Lisbon want a transfer fee of $88 million for Fernandes. United were also after another Portuguese international in midfield, Joao Felix, but the teenager appears to be close to joining Atletico Madrid this summer instead.

If United do sign a free-scoring central midfielder, it would likely mean Paul Pogba is heading out of Old Trafford as per his wish. If Fernandes is half as successful in the Premier League as his countryman Bernardo Silva has been at Man City, it will be money well spent as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer freshens up his dated United squad. Stay tuned.


The vice-president of Barcelona, Jordi Cardoner, has pretty much quashed any chance of the Brazilian superstar heading back to the Nou Camp this summer.

Neymar, 27, has been linked with a huge transfer away from Paris Saint-Germain, with both Real Madrid and his former club Barca said to want to buy him, while Man United have been linked with a swap deal with Pogba.

“As far as I know Barcelona have not taken any steps to bring him here,” Cardoner told a press conference. “The board has not discussed bringing him back, unless the player were to take actual steps. It seems Neymar wants to come back, or at least that’s what he’s expressed, but it’s not something on the table. It’s not true that Barca are worrying about signing Neymar.”

Cardoner added that he isn’t surprised Neymar wants to return given how great of a club Barcelona is. Talk about blowing your own trumpet…

He does have a point. The way Neymar left Barca for PSG in his world-record $251 million transfer in the summer of 2017 left a bad taste in the mouths of pretty much everyone connected with the Catalan club, but if Neymar is close to moving to Real Madrid, you can expect Barca to try and figure out if they can make a deal happen.

Neymar’s problems off the pitch in Paris have intensified in recent months following two injury-hit seasons on the trot, with PSG’s club president saying that players who think they are bigger than the club can leave.

That’s all well and good, but who on earth can afford to pay Neymar what he is earning at PSG, a reported $1.2 million per week? Even the likes of Man United, Barca and Real will baulk at those wage demands.