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Transfer news: Sancho to Man United latest, Immobile plus 1 to Everton

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At this point, it’ll be surprising if Jadon Sancho ends up somewhere besides Borussia Dortmund or Manchester United.

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The latest update on a potential move for the prolific playmaker plus much more, below.

Sancho to Manchester United

Monday reports that United had offered $115 million for Sancho, about $25 million shy of Dortmund’s asking price, made the move to Old Trafford feel a lot more certain and Wednesday’s news certainly help that along.

Sky Sports says that personal terms are not going to be a problem and that Dortmund and United are concerned about payment structure.

Dortmund wants $117 million up front for Sancho and wants it by the start of preseason on Aug. 10, and that they are targeting Jonathan Ikone of Lille as a replacement.

United is said to like Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman as a backup plan, while the same report says the Red Devils do not have Jack Grealish interest now that Aston Villa’s survival has upped the player’s price tag.

Sancho finished his 44-game season with 20 goals and 20 assists, incredible considering he just turned 20 in March.

It feels like he’s going to be to Pep Guardiola and City what Kevin De Bruyne is to Jose Mourinho and Chelsea.

Immobile to Everton

Carlo Ancelotti reportedly thinks the Everton project is a bigger one than he first anticipated and is ready for swing for the fences.

The 61-year-old Italian wants the green light to spend around $65 to bring Ciro Immobile from Lazio to Goodison Park.

Immobile is leading the race for Serie A’s capocannoniere, with 34 goals to Cristiano Ronaldo’s 31 with two matches left for both players.

He’s won the award with both Torino and Lazio and would move into a second-place tie with seven players if he claimed his third.

But what is the fit? Everton has Richarlison and Ancelotti has talked him up as a 30-goal target. The club also saw remarkable growth from 23-year-old Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who does not exactly look the part of a winger and Immobile’s best work is easily at center forward.

Immobile has also been far from his best in his pair of seasons outside of Italy. He has 14 goals and four assists in 49 matches between Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla compared with 151 and 54 in 274 across Italy.

Ivanovic to Everton

Fresh off of murdering the Russian Cup trophy, Branislav Ivanovic could be on the verge of a return to the Premier League.

Out-of-contract at Zenit St. Petersburg, Ivanovic is said to be in advanced talks regarding a reunion with his old Chelsea boss.

Zenit’s captain has made 125 appearances for the club, scoring 12 times, since transferring from Chelsea where he won just about every trophy at least once.

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Klopp hails ‘Liverpool legend’ Lovren on move to Zenit

Dejan Lovren to Zenit
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The first departure from Liverpool’s championship side is not Adam Lallana, rather a center back.

Dejan Lovren has signed for Zenit St. Petersburg in Russia, putting an end to a seven-year Premier League career spent between Southampton and the Reds.

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The 31-year-old will reportedly net Liverpool around $14 million. He had one year remaining on his contract, and leaves Liverpool with a center back crop of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip. The club has also has young Ki-Jana Hoever and Sepp van den Berg under contract and some versatile midfielders, but they will be buying depth.

Lovren has 57 caps for Croatia and was part of the 2018 World Cup runners-up. He’s won the French Cup, the Croatian Cup, the UEFA Champions League, Premier League and the top two league tiers in Croatia.

Here is part of a tribute from Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool’s web site:

“Another Liverpool legend who leaves the club, because he was absolutely a very, very important part of this team from the first day since I was in,” said Jurgen Klopp. “He had so many good games. … A great player and a great person. Yesterday we said, ‘Who is now the best friend of Mo?’ because they were really real, real bezzies. They were really close and that’s the thing, we will miss him. He is a model athlete, has everything you need and now he goes to Russia, but he can come back always – he will be always welcome because he is a really nice guy.”

Two Russian soccer players investigated for attacking official

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MOSCOW (AP) Russian police are investigating two soccer players accused of beating an official at a Moscow cafe.

Officials say that Zenit St. Petersburg striker Alexander Kokorin and Krasnodar midfielder Pavel Mamayev are accused of beating a department head from the Russian Ministry for Industry and Trade who rebuked them for behaving improperly.

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A video taken by a surveillance camera and broadcast by Russian TV stations on Tuesday showed the two players hitting the man with a chair over his head and slapping him in the face. A probe is under way, and the players could face up to two years in prison if found guilty.

The Russian Premier League strongly condemned the “hooliganism.” Krasnodar said it may terminate Mamayev’s contract, while Zenit said it would take disciplinary measures against Kokorin.

Spartak and Zenit fined in latest Russia fan racism cases

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MOSCOW (AP) Spartak Moscow and Zenit St. Petersburg have both been fined for racist chants by their fans, the latest such incident in World Cup host nation Russia.

Spartak’s fans were accused of aiming monkey chants at FC Tosno player Nuno Rocha, who is black, while some Zenit supporters allegedly chanted a Nazi slogan during a league game.

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The clubs must each pay a 100,000-ruble ($1,600) fine, and Spartak has been hit with a partial stadium closure for its next cup game, state news agency RIA Novosti quotes Russian Football Union disciplinary committee head Artur Grigoryants as saying.

The verdict comes after FIFA charged Russia with racist abuse of France players during last month’s friendly.

Zenit has also faced two racism charges from UEFA this season.

Zenit face racism charge after banner honors war criminal

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NYON, Switzerland (AP) Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg is facing a UEFA racism charge after its fans displayed a large banner honoring convicted war criminal Ratko Mladic.

Two Serbian clubs, Red Star Belgrade and Partizan Belgrade, were also charged for similar offenses of supporting Mladic at Europa League games on Thursday.

UEFA said Friday that all three clubs faced charges of “racist behavior.” No dates were set for disciplinary hearings.

Zenit fans unfurled the banner, about 10 yards in length, during Thursday’s 2-1 Europa League group-stage win over Macedonian club Vardar Skopje.

The game took place the day after former Bosnian Serb military chief Mladic was convicted by a United Nations tribunal of genocide and other crimes in the wars following the collapse of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s.

Mladic and other Serb leaders have broad support from Russian nationalist groups, which often see them as allies.

Red Star fans drew 0-0 at BATE Borisov in Belarus, while Partizan beat Swiss club Young Boys in their Europa League games.

Partizan also faces a range of charges for incidents in Belgrade including “field invasions” and “improper conduct” by fans.