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Transfer rumor roundup: Weah to Lille; Lovren to Milan

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The Premier League transfer window is officially open again and that means one thing: transfer reports are going to start kicking up a few notches.

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


Paris Saint-Germain and USMNT teenager Timothy Weah has been linked with a move to French side Lille.

After spending the second half of last season on loan at Celtic (a mixed spell which started well, then faltered as Brendan Rodgers left his role as manager) Weah was a leading light for the U.S. during the U-20 World Cup over the past few weeks.

But the prospect of regular playing time at PSG isn’t looking great for the young American forward and a report from L’Equipe says that he could be moving to Lille for $12 million on a five-year contract.

Weah, 19, would be a direct replacement for Nicolas Pepe who is expected to leave the northern French club for either the Premier League or the Bundesliga this summer. Lille finished second in Ligue 1 last season and will be playing in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League and have proven themselves as a club willing to give young players a chance. This would be a very good spot for Weah to end up at.

PSG have been great for his development but the chances of getting ahead of Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Neymar are slim, so Weah needs to move on. Previous reports had linked him with a move to several Bundesliga clubs but Weah staying in France and getting to play in the UCL next season would be great for his development. USMNT fans should be hoping this move happens.


Dejan Lovren‘s five-year stay at Liverpool appears to be up.

The Croatian defender has been the odd man out in recent months as Virgil Van Dijk has been partnered by Joel Matip who had a stunning 2018-19 campaign after replacing the injured Joe Gomez. With Matip and Gomez ahead of him to partner VVD, it appears that Lovren is leaving Liverpool this summer with AC Milan reportedly interested in signing him.

Multiple reports claim that with Milan about to add Ricky Massara from AS Roma as their new sporting director, he is a big fan of Lovren and wants to bring him to the San Siro.

Lovren is said to be valued at $37 million by Liverpool, as the former Lyon and Southampton defender signed a new contract in 2017 which runs until 2021.

He turns 30 in July and will want to play in the final years of his career. He has won the UEFA Champions League at Liverpool and despite some horrendous mistakes over the past few seasons, he has done okay for Jurgen Klopp and lasted a lot longer at Anfield than most expected he would. If Liverpool can get $37 million for Lovren and then buy a younger center back to be their fourth-choice next season, that is very good business for Klopp’s side.

Weah’s late strike pushes U.S. into Round of 16

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Timothy Weah’s 76th minute goal pushed the United States U-20 men’s national team past Qatar and into the knockout rounds of the 2019 World Cup in Poland.

The USYNT finishes second in Group D, and will face the winner of France and Mali’s Friday Group E decider in the Round of 16 (June 4 in Bydgoszcz).

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The Americans were flirting with an early exit from the tournament for most of the match, with Ukraine and Nigeria locked at 1.

Qatar had lost to Nigeria 4-0 and Ukraine 1-0, while the U.S. lost 2-1 to Ukraine and beat Nigeria 2-0.

Moments after Weah’s marker, the Baby Yanks had a chance to put the match to bed, but Qatar goalkeeper Shehab Ellethy dove right to parry Alex Mendez’s penalty kick.

Ellethy then stopped Weah 1v1 in the 89th minute to keep the knockout round berth in the balance.

 

What to expect as U.S. kicks off U-20 World Cup

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Tab Ramos’ United States men’s national team may have a navigable U-20 World Cup group, but it doesn’t set-up nicely.

Not that supporters are ready to make excuses; The U.S. is expected to make a decent run over the next month in Poland.

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Timothy Weah, Paxton Pomykal, and the Baby Yanks meet Ukraine at 2:30 p.m. ET in their Group D debut, hopeful of a run past the quarterfinals. The Americans haven’t played three post-group stage matches since a fourth place finish in 1999.

A group win is imperative with loaded favorites France expected to win Group E and set for a spot on the other side of the knockout bracket.

Aside from Josh Sargent’s call-up to the full USMNT, the Yanks have every reason to be optimistic about their potential. The 21-man player squad breaks down to six players on German sides, 10 American-based players, two from the Netherlands, and one each from Portugal, Spain, and France.

Weah is probably the most exciting one of the bunch, having success at Celtic on loan from PSG and earning high praise from Neymar amongst others, but Pomykal is one of the best MLS products in some time as a center midfielder.

Both Pomykal and Chris Durkin are getting significant minutes at the Major League Soccer level, while Mark McKenzie has nearly 20 with the Philadelphia Union as a senior player.

Beyond that are exciting strikers Sebastian Soto, who debuted for Hannover 96 this season, and Wolfsburg prospect Ulysses Llanez.

But the Yanks will look to Weah for that extra special something, the 19-year-old scoring six goals between PSG and Celtic this season.

Friday’s debut will be followed by a Monday match against Nigeria before Thursday’s tango witj Qatar.

Winning Group D means the third-place team from B, E, or F, while finishing second is a Round of 16 match-up with France, who boasts a number of high-end players already playing regularly at the highest levels of European soccer.

WATCH: USMNT’s Weah scores winner for Celtic

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Celtic manager Neil Lennon hasn’t been starting PSG loanee Tim Weah, so perhaps scoring when the boss wrote his name in the XI will help change that.

Making his first league start since Brendan Rodgers left for Leicester City, Weah nodded the Bhoys over the line in the 14th minute.

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The 19-year-old American now has four goals on his loan stint, three coming in league play, and has also produced an assist.

Weah’s versatility has found him at left wing, center forward, and right wing.

Celtic leads second place Rangers by 13 points.

Celtic super sub Weah decides scoreless Celtic match with assist, goal (video)

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Whether Timothy Tim Timo Weah becomes an international star or not is one thing, but he’s quickly proving rather adept for the Scottish Premiership.

On loan from Paris Saint-Germain and tipped by none other than Neymar for a monster half-season, Weah came off the bench to inspire Celtic’s 2-0 win at St. Johnstone with a goal and an assist on Sunday.

Weah, 18, subbed into a scoreless match with 16 minutes to play, and produced the result with an assist and then a goal. Celtic is six points clear of Rangers atop the table. The next Old Firm Derby isn’t until March 31 at Celtic Park.

The American attacker now has three goals and an assist in five appearances for Celtic, who is the best team in the Scottish Premiership has won those matches by a combined score of 14-0. And, notably, the league is somewhere between the Eredivisie and MLS in quality.

So there’s plenty of proving ground left for Weah. But so far, so great.

And remember: He has two goals in four senior appearances for PSG, plus a goal in eight caps for the #USMNT.

Video below the reaction of Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers.