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Transfer rumor roundup: Manchester sides eye Welsh CB; Willian in demand

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The transfer rumor mill continues to hum this holiday weekend.

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Don Balon says Willian is drawing interest from Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain amid reports of a contract impasse with Chelsea.

The influential but aging winger had been said to be anxious to stay in the Premier League if he left Chelsea, preferring a life in London.

Willian has been far from combustible as his contract nears its conclusion, going as far as to insist he’ll play for free if it means concluding the Premier League season.

The Brazilian turns 32 in August but has still turned in influential performances this season. He has seven goals and six assists in over 2500 minutes. He has 59 goals and 59 assists in 329 appearances for the Blues.

He’s got tread on the tires, and will fetch a healthy salary given a lack of transfer fee. He may even allow PSG to cut ties with one of its big assets to bridge the Parisiens to another generation of winger.

Swansea City’s Joe Rodon is a $25 million target of several big name Premier League sides, according to Wales Online, including Manchester United and Manchester City.

Rodon, 22, has played 48 matches over two seasons with Swans after breaking into first team football on loan to Cheltenham Town in 2017/18. He’s been twice-capped by Wales.

His 5.4 clearances per game put him seventh in the Football League Championship. He’s also averaging one tackle and 1.6 interceptions per game.

Former teammate Daniel James made a surprise move to Manchester United last summer for just under $20 million.

LIVE, League Cup: Pompey v. Saints headlines action

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Plenty of Premier League clubs are in League Cup third round action on Tuesday, and plenty have to avoid upsets against lower-league opponents away from home.

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The game of the round is the massive South Coast derby between Portsmouth and Southampton at Fratton Park. It has been seven years since these fierce rivals have met and although Pompey are languishing in League One, they will fancy their chances of upsetting Ralph Hasenhuttl‘s Saints.

Saints haven’t won at Portsmouth since 1984.

Elsewhere, Arsenal host Nottingham Forest and Watford host Swansea as both PL clubs will be wary of upsets against in-form Championship clubs. Holders Man City travel to in-form Preston North End, while Leicester head to Luton Town, Spurs travel to Colchester United and Everton are away at Sheffield Wednesday.,

There could be shocks galore…

Below is the schedule in full, while you can click on the link above to follow all of the action live.

Tuesday’s League Cup docket
All matches kick off at 2:45 p.m. ET

Watford v. Swansea City
Preston North End v. Manchester City
Portsmouth v. Southampton
Luton Town v. Leicester City
Sheffield Wednesday v. Everton
Crawley Town v. Stoke City
Arsenal v. Nottingham Forest
Colchester United v. Tottenham Hotspur

Sheffield United officially completes record McBurnie signing

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Sheffield United will play its first season of Premier League football in over a decade when the new campaign kicks off, and they’ll have a shiny new toy to display when they do so.

The Blades announced the much anticipated signing of Swansea City winger Oli McBurnie, confirming the Scottish international smashed the club’s transfer record.

Reports claim McBurnie cost Sheffield United around $21 million, smashing the previous record set when they brought Bournemouth striker Lys Mousset to Bramall Lane just last week for around $15 million. Sheffield’s four most expensive transfers in club history have all come this window, with the acquisition of Preston North End winger Callum Robinson in third at around $12 million and QPR midfielder Luke Freeman costing $8 million.

McBurnie is a Bradford City youth product and moved to Swansea City in the summer of 2015 for under $500,000. He saw loan spells at Newport County, Bristol Rovers, and Barnsley before cracking the Swansea City first team last season with a bang, scoring 22 goals in 42 Championship appearances. The 23-year-old logged nearly 3,500 league minutes and provided a steady goalscoring effort, getting better as the season went along with 14 of his 22 goals coming in the 2019 calendar year.

He has made seven appearances for the Scottish national team, all coming since his debut in March of 2018. McBurnie had two years left on his Swansea City contract, the perfect time for Sheffield United to swoop in.

Along with the four Sheffield United players bought this summer for significant sums, the club has also signed veteran defender Phil Jagielka and former West Ham attacker Ravel Morrison, both on free transfers.

Transfer Rumor Roundup: Dunk to Leicester City, Everton to Arsenal

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The news that Manchester United has agreed with Leicester City on a world-record transfer fee for Harry Maguire has dominated the Sunday morning transfer talk, but there are a few more deals that are seeing movement this weekend.

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Directly connected to the Maguire deal is a rumor that Leicester City has already lined up his replacement, spending half the reported Manchester United payment on Brighton Hove & Albion defender Lewis Dunk. The Sun reports that Dunk, a Brighton youth product, will take over the Leicester City transfer record from newly acquired Youri Tielemans at a price tag of $56 million.

Brighton finished 17th last season, narrowly escaping relegation by a mere two points. Still, the defense was solid, conceding 60 goals in the campaign, fewer than any Premier League side in the bottom seven. Brighton gambled on Dunk on back in 2015 amid heavy interest in the player from Fulham, turning down a number of reported bids. The 27-year-old has repayed that faith, making 270 appearances for the club across all competitions and helping them earn promotion in 2017. Now, he will net the club an enormous payment should the move go through.

Brazilian winger Everton, who has been linked heavily with a move away from his current club Gremio, has added fuel to the fire by confirming he has a tabled offer and suggesting things are progressing rather quickly.

In quotes to Brazilian radio station Radio Grenal confirmed by The Mirror and Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio, Everton said, “At this moment I have an offer, but I can’t say the name of the club. Just like I can’t promise that on Thursday I’ll still be playing for Gremio [against Bahia], we’ll see.”

The 23-year-old winger burst onto the scene at the Copa America this summer, helping Brazil cope with the absence of Neymar by scoring three goals and assisting two across the six games en route to the title. He has been linked with Arsenal and AC Milan, with the Gunners reportedly holding talks with his representatives. With Arsenal’s pursuit of Wilfried Zaha looking unlikely due to Crystal Palace’s high price tag, Brazilian reports state new Arsenal technical director Edu is using his many contacts in Brazil to take a deeper look at Everton’s situation.

Two days ago, reports claimed Roma representatives were in London to discuss a possible transfer of Toby Alderweireld to the Serie A side. The Belgian defender has a clause in his contract that would let him leave for a seemingly cheap price of $31.4 million before July 25, but Roma apparently wanted an even cheaper price.

According to Italian publication Il Tempo, Daniel Levy isn’t moving a muscle on the release clause, sending Roma packing. Very few clubs have shown interest in Alderweireld despite the cheap price, with rumors stating the Belgian is asking for heavy wages, and at 30 years old is not a massively valuable asset long-term. Still, it’s odd that teams like Manchester United would rather spend an exorbitant amount of cash on a defender like Harry Maguire when Aldereweireld could be had for far cheaper.

Sky Sports reports that West Ham defender Reece Oxford could be on his way out of London Stadium, with the 20-year-old being traced by Championship clubs Swansea City and Fulham as well as German side Augsburg.

Oxford was not part of West Ham’s 23-man squad that departed for its preseason trip to China, and after making just eight top-flight appearances last season while on loan at Augsburg, Oxford’s future is in flux. A West Ham youth product, Oxford has spent time on loan at Reading and Borussia Monchengladbach before last year’s half-season spell at Augsburg, and while the German club has been rumored to be in for a permanent move all summer, Swansea and Fulham entering the fray is new news.

Man United complete signing of Daniel James

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Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Swansea City and Wales winger Daniel James.

James, 21, was on international duty with Wales over the past few days but after completing a medical and agreeing personal terms with United last week, the rapid winger has now completed his move to the Premier League on a five-year contract.

The initial transfer fee is thought to be in the region of $19 million and it could rise to over $22.8 million with various add-ons.

Speaking to United’s website, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted to sign James and make him his first addition as the permanent manager of the Red Devils.

“Daniel is an exciting young winger with lots of skills, vision, exceptional pace and a good work ethic. He had a great season with Swansea City and has all the attributes needed to become a Manchester United player,” Solskjaer said. “We are delighted he has signed with our club and we are all looking forward to working with him. This is the perfect environment for Daniel to continue his development.”

The Welsh youngster added that he is delighted to arrive at United and paid tribute to his late father who passed away just a few weeks ago.

“This is one of the best days of my life and a challenge I am really looking forward to. The Premier League is the best league in the world and Manchester United is the perfect place for me to continue to develop as a player,” James said. “This is an incredibly proud moment for me and my family, however, it is tinged with sadness that my father isn’t able to share this experience with us. I am looking forward to working with Ole, meeting the team and getting started.”

James’ arrival is the first of what is expected to be an influx of arrivals at United this summer, as Solskjaer wants to add young hungry talent to his squad.

The speedy Welsh winger will suit the new counter-attacking style perfectly and this change in transfer policy from buying ready-made superstars will certainly be intriguing to watch and see how it all plays out.

After finishing outside of the top four once again, United had to try and do something different in the transfer market this summer. James’ arrival from the second tier is the first step in that new transfer policy.