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Transfer rumor roundup: Pogba wants Juve move, Grealish to Spurs?

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Transfer season has been turned up a notch with the conclusion of the World Cup, and a number of big names are in the news on Wednesday.

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Paul Pogba‘s performance for France at the World Cup was key for Les Bleus in their run to the title, and now the Manchester United midfielder could be on the move.

Tuttosport is reporting that Pogba wants to complete a switch back to Juventus, which would see him joining Cristiano Ronaldo and the seven-time reigning Serie A champions.

Pogba previously played with Juve from 2012 to 2016, after beginning his professional career with the Red Devils.


With Aston Villa’s ongoing financial struggles, several high-quality players could be sold this summer, and the sale of the team’s most-coveted talent may be on the horizon.

Sky Sports is reporting that Tottenham Hotspur have engaged talks with Villa over a move for midfielder Jack Grealish.

The young creator could command anywhere between $40 and $50 million if a deal is struck with the PL giants, who look to sign their first player of the summer.


Napoli appears confident it can add to its attack this summer, as new manager Carlo Ancelotti looks to one of his former players.

Ancelotti has reportedly reached out to Paris Saint-Germain star Angel di Maria over a potential switch to Serie A, after having coached the Argentina international at Real Madrid four years ago.

With Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Julian Draxler already entrenched in PSG’s squad, Di Maria could be looking for a more stable environment in 2018/19 where he can receive more consistent playing time.

Schedule for Premier League giants on U.S. tours

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Four Premier League giants are heading to the U.S. and it all kicks off this week.

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Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are all heading Stateside to prepare for the upcoming 2018/19 PL campaign, with Liverpool clashing with both Manchester City and Manchester United over the next 10 days.

We will keep you up to date right here at Pro Soccer Talk as to how their preparations are going in the USA.

Here’s where you can watch all of the Premier League teams in action Stateside this summer.


Liverpool
22 July v Borussia Dortmund (Bank of America Stadium, North Carolina)
25 July v Manchester City (MetLife Stadium, New Jersey)
28 July v Manchester United (Michigan Stadium)

Manchester City
20 July v Borussia Dortmund (Soldier Field Stadium, Chicago)
25 July v Liverpool (MetLife Stadium, New Jersey)
28 July v Bayern Munich (Hard Rock Stadium, Miami)

Manchester United
19 July v Club America (Phoenix University Stadium, Arizona)
22 July v San Jose Earthquakes (Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara)
25 July v AC Milan (Rose Bowl Stadium, LA)
28 July v Liverpool (Michigan Stadium)
31 July v Real Madrid (Hard Rock Stadium, Miami)

Tottenham Hotspur
25 July v Roma (SDCCU Stadium, San Diego)
28 July v Barcelona (Rose Bowl Stadium, LA)
31 July v AC Milan (US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis)

VIDEO: What do Liverpool, Spurs need this summer?

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There are just 25 days until the 2018/19 Premier League season kicks off.

With that in mind, it is time to focus on what the big boys need to do in order to challenge for the title.

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We’ve already focused on the top two from last season and what each of Manchester City and Manchester United need to do to get better, but what about the third and fourth place teams from 2017/18?

Both Mauricio Pochettino‘s Tottenham and Jurgen Klopp‘s Liverpool had a fine campaign but silverware still evades them.

Below we look at how Liverpool have, and can continue, to strengthen their squad, while we also take a look at the key things Pochettino must do to keep Spurs on track for another top four finish.


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Transfer rumor roundup: Malcom to Spurs, Bale to Man Utd “advanced”

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Cristiano Ronaldo has a lot of love for Manchester United, but the Red Devils have remained focused on one of his Real Madrid teammates.

That’s the story from the Manchester Evening News, which says United has been pursuing Gareth Bale and that talks between the Red Devils and Real have “reached an advanced stage.”

(United was) aware that a return to the Premier League was among a handful of options (Ronaldo) was prepared to consider, along with France and Italy – but instead kept their focus on Bale.

The report says United is looking at Willian as an alternative if Bale decides against leaving new coach Julen Lopetegui and the Bernabeu.

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Sky Sports says Tottenham Hotspur will again be going after Malcom, the Brazilian winger who scored 12 goals and seven assists at Bordeaux this season.

Arsenal was said to be after 21-year-old in January, when Spurs were reportedly also in pursuit of the playmaker. Sky said Roma will rival Tottenham for Malcom.

Report: Spurs place $58 million bid for U.S. star Christian Pulisic

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Christian Pulisic’s stock has risen exponentially over the last two seasons in Germany, and with a number of Premier League clubs waiting in the wings to swoop up the American star it seems like only a matter of time until he moves to England.

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With English giants like Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United having expressed interest in the 19-year-old, Kicker is reporting that Tottenham Hotspur have emerged as another interested party.

The latest report suggests Spurs have placed a bid of roughly $58 million for the U.S. Men’s National Team and Borussia Dortmund attacker.

The Sun has also reported Tottenham’s interest in Pulisic, as the club looks to find depth in the attacking midfield.

Pulisic is currently under contract at Dortmund until June 2020, leaving him with two years left on his remaining deal.

With a young nucleus that includes England stars like Harry Kane and Dele Alli, as well Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-Min, Pulisic would likely have a strong opportunity for squad minutes under manager Mauricio Pochettino.

The Argentine manager has shown a willingness throughout his tenure of affording young players time on the pitch, which bodes well for a budding star like Pulisic.

Spurs does currently boast one American player in its current squad, with defender Cameron Carter-Vickers — who spent last season on loan at Sheffield United and Ipswich Town.

One area in which Tottenham may not be at an advantage over other interested PL parties is in its ownership, which consists of English-based firm ENIC Group.

Arsenal, Liverpool and Man United all feature American ownership groups, which could play a massive role in any club that ends up signing Pulisic if he is in fact to depart Dortmund in the future.

Like Spurs, Chelsea would also be in a similar situation with its owner, Roman Abramovich, hailing from Russia.

Pulisic was recently named to the shortlist for Europe’s Golden Boy award, which is handed down annually to the top young player in the game under the age of 21.