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Roma join Manchester City in pursuit of Australia’s Daniel Arzani – sources

Roma are rivalling Manchester City for Australian teenage sensation Daniel Arzani, sources have told ESPN FC.

Melbourne City star Arzani is one of the hottest properties in world football after impressing for club and country during the last 12 months.

The skilful attacker burst onto the scene halfway through last season’s A-League campaign and his performances saw him win a call-up to Australia’s World Cup squad.cheap new nike nfl jerseys

The 19-year-old was the youngest player at the World Cup and his featured in all three games during Australia’s World Cup campaign.12

Arzani made a positive impression during his cameo appearances at the World Cup and his performances have brought him to the attention of a number of Europe’s top clubs.

Manchester City have been leading the race for Arzani as Melbourne City are the Premier League champions’ sister club under the City Football Group umbrella.

City plan to sign Arzani and then possibly loan him out like they did with Aaron Mooy before eventually selling him to Huddersfield Town.cheap nfl jerseys from china nike

However, Roma are monitoring Arzani’s situation at Melbourne City and they are ready to offer the forward a pathway to first-team football in the Italian capital.

Roma have shown they are shrewd operators in the transfer market having signed young talents like Justin Kluivert from Ajax this summer and they see Arzani as a potential star in the making.

U.S. Open Cup: Houston Dynamo, Philadelphia Union book places semifinals

Romell Quioto and Mauro Manotas each scored twice, accounting for three second-half goals within 22 minutes, as the host Houston Dynamo overcame an early deficit to storm past Sporting Kansas City 4-2, sending the defending U.S. Open Cup champions out in the quarterfinals on Wednesday night.cheap nfl jerseys from china nike

SKC’s Johnny Russell got the champs on the board first at BBVA Compass Stadium with a goal in the second minute. The lead held up for more than a half hour, until Quioto evened it up in the 35th minute. Twenty minutes after intermission, the floodgates opened.

Quioto scored his second goal in the 66th minute to give the Dynamo a 2-1 lead. Three minutes later, Manotas made it 3-1. He made it 4-1 with an 88th-minute goal to put the game away. Yohan Croizet scored in the third minute of stoppage time — with an assist from Russell — to make it 4-2.

SKC’s loss also means the U.S. Open Cup will once again fail to have a repeat winner since Seattle won three in a row from 2009-11.11

Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya scored in the fourth minute, and the Philadelphia Union kept Orlando City out of the net to advance to the semifinals with a 1-0 win at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa.

After Orlando keeper Earl Edwards Jr. made the save off a Fafa Picault header, Bedoya put the rebound into the net to move the Union to within a win of their third U.S. Open Cup final. They have never won a trophy, having lost in the championship match of this tournament in 2014 and 2015.

The win also stretched the Union’s streak of U.S. Open Cup matches without an official loss to 13 — the Union’s last three losses in the event have been on penalty kicks, which don’t count as official losses. Orlando has never reached the U.S. Open Cup semis.

The Chicago Fire had little trouble with their USL foe Louisville City, scoring early and often in a 4-0 win at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., to easily advance to the semifinals. They will play Philadelphia on Aug. 7 or 8 for a spot in the championship match.

Four different players scored for the Fire: Nemanja Nikolic, Aleksandar Katai, Diego Campos and Elliot Collier. Chicago is a four-time U.S. Open Cup champion but has not been to the final since losing to Seattle in 2011.cheap new nike nfl jerseys

An own goal off Portland Timbers midfielder David Guzman opened the scoring in the 33rd minute and ultimately proved to be the difference as LAFC advanced to the semis with a win at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.

Manchester City furious with Napoli over Jorginho deal with Chelsea – sources

Manchester City are unlikely to do business with Napoli again after they pulled out of an agreement for midfielder Jorginho, sources have told ESPN FC.cheap official nike nfl jerseys

The Italy international was a top target for Pep Guardiola but has now joined Chelsea on a five-year deal worth around €60 million.

City believe that Jorginho, 26, preferred a switch to the Premier League champions despite claims from Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis that he would rather move to London.

As recently as Thursday, Jorginho told City that he preferred to join them, but sources told ESPN FC he was “bullied” into a move to Chelsea with the threat of being forced to see out the remaining two years of his contract with Napoli.

A £43m transfer fee was agreed between De Laurentiis and City last month, but Napoli reneged on that deal, leaving club hierarchy stunned.

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Chelsea have since sacked manager Antonio Conte and appointed former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri, with Jorginho becoming his first signing.

City refused to match Chelsea’s offer and walked away from the deal just as they refused to match demands they saw as excessive during the January transfer window, including deals for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred — both of whom joined Manchester United.

Leicester City also wanted around £95 million for winger Riyad Mahrez in January, and City finally signed him last week in a deal for £60m.nike cheap nfl jerseys

Mahrez and Jorginho were City’s two top summer targets, and they now have less than a month to sign a replacement for Yaya Toure, who left on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic and Southampton’s Mario Lemina have been linked as potential alternatives.

Manchester City’s John Stones to cut short holiday to help Premier League title defence

John Stones is ready to cut short his summer break to start work early on Manchester City’s title defence.

City’s World Cup players have been given at least four weeks off with none of those involved at Russia — including Ilkay Gundogan, who was knocked out at the group stage, set to be part of the preseason International Champions Cup in the United States.

And with seven of City’s squad making it as far as the semifinals, Pep Guardiola faces going into the opening game of the season at Arsenal on Aug. 12 with key players short of match fitness, but Stones, who was the only outfield player to start all of England’s games at the World Cup, wants to come back quickly after an impressive tournament.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

“I’m going to go back in for the first game against Chelsea in the Community Shield. I just want to keep the momentum going,” he said in quotes reported by the Daily Telegraph.

“I will have a break. Two-and-a-bit, maybe three weeks off. I will just make sure I am fighting fit for the new season.

“Now it is about keeping improving. I feel I’ve improved as a person and a footballer over the last few weeks on the biggest stage in the world.”9

City youngster Phil Foden will have an opportunity to stake a claim for a place in the opening game against the Gunners after being omitted from England’s under-19s squad for the European Championship to join up with the tour to the US.

The Football Association is frustrated by the scheduling of the tournament with other highly rated young players including Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon also missing from the squad for the tournament in Finland to be with their clubs.cheap official nike nfl jerseys

“It’s bitterly disappointing that, once again, this tournament is scheduled outside a FIFA window which forces clubs to make such difficult decisions,” FA technical director Dan Ashworth said.

“We understand the dilemmas the clubs face around release of players during this particular time of the season and it’s our view, and that of several other countries, that UEFA should take this into account when scheduling tournaments of this magnitude.”

City’s final squad for the U.S. is still to be announced but sources have told ESPN FC that former England goalkeeper Joe Hart is likely to be part of the tour despite looking for a new club.

First-team players Leroy Sane, Aymeric Laporte and Claudio Bravo will all be involved with several youngsters having the opportunity to try to impress Guardiola.

Man United to call up several youngsters for United States tour

Jose Mourinho is set to include a number of young players in Manchester United’s squad for their preseason tour of the United States after training with the first team at Carrington.

With the bulk of the senior squad still participating in the World Cup or on holiday after their exertions in Russia, Mourinho has bolstered his numbers by promoting a host of academy graduates.

Demetri Mitchell, RoShaun Williams, James Garner, Ethan Hamilton, Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes and Mason Greenwood have spent the week training with returning first-team regulars such as Chris Smalling and Juan Mata and are in line to be included in the squad that jets off to Los Angeles on Sunday.cheap nike nfl jersey

Garner has captained England’s under-17s and Greenwood is still just 16 but finished as a top scorer in the U18s last season.

Diogo Dalot, a £19 million summer signing from Porto, will also be in the group.10

United will play games in the U.S. against Club America, the San Jose Earthquakes, AC Milan, Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Daley Blind was one of the senior players to report back on Wednesday but his participation in the tour is in doubt amid interest from Ajax.

Sources have told ESPN FC that the clubs have opened talks over a move for the 28-year-old, who started just four Premier League games last season, and are keen to tie up a deal before United depart this weekend.

Meanwhile, sources have told ESPN FC that Neil Ryan, son of Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant Jimmy Ryan, is in line to take over as U18 coach from Kieran McKenna.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Ryan is in Austria for a joint training camp with the U18s and U23s with reserve team manager Ricky Sbragia and academy chief Nicky Butt.

McKenna is set to travel to Los Angeles as part of Mourinho’s new-look coaching team that also includes Michael Carrick.

Gareth Bale and building from within are Real Madrid’s best options for life after Ronaldo

No sooner had Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus been confirmed than the roll call of usual suspects to replace the Portugal captain at the Bernabeu was dusted off: Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Harry Kane, Eden Hazard … it is a list as well-thumbed as Florentino Perez’s cheque book during his first spell at the helm of Real Madrid.

The Real president’s first reaction will be to break the bank in response to losing his star attraction, but none of those players will be easy to land. Mbappe and Neymar are under lengthy contracts, and minimum release clauses do not exist in Ligue 1. Daniel Levy stands between Perez and Kane, and any inquiry for Hazard would be met with a similar response: not for less than €200 million and probably for considerably more.wholesale cheap nfl jerseys

Even Perez might balk at those numbers after Real issued a swift denial of a €272 million bid for the France international last week.

Above all, none but Hazard has openly stated any desire to play for Madrid: Mbappe had his heart set on Barca before eventually signing for PSG.12

Neymar might view Ligue 1 as a steppingstone, but having washed his hands of one player with a tendency to detract from the efforts of the collective — albeit one who scored a lot of goals — Perez would be well advised not to remove his fingers from the fire just to plunge them into the frying pan with a move for another.

There is little point in trying to replace the irreplaceable; Ronaldo is a one-of-a-kind player. But Perez pre-empted a post-Cristiano landscape in 2013 when he signed Gareth Bale for a world-record fee. Rather than forking out another this summer, it is time to hand the mantle to the Welshman.

With Ronaldo, the team often found itself playing for his benefit. They should now be handed the opportunity to prove that they can be successful in his absence. Madrid are not short of talent, and the notion that a new superstar is required undermines the entire squad.nfl jersey cheap wholesale china

In Julen Lopetegui, Perez hired a coach with a long-term plan in mind and one noted for developing youth. If Perez plays to his manager’s strengths, he might find the rewards more profitable than a quick fix.

What effect Ronaldo will have on a settled and unified Juve dressing room will provide an interesting side-narrative to Real’s season. Massimiliano Allegri was offered the Madrid job and turned it down. Accommodating Ronaldo is now his problem.

Perez’s experiment might not work. Lopetegui might not even last the season. But Madrid have spent the past two years hoovering up some of the finest young talent in the world, and on paper, Lopetegui is the right man to harness it.

Vinicius Junior could prove to be Madrid’s Mbappe. At €45 million he is hardly going to be eased in at Castilla and will be given an immediate chance to justify that price tag.

France aren’t broken, so Deschamps won’t change for World Cup final

It’s one of the oldest footballing maxims out there, and it exists in different idioms and cultures. Giovanni Trapattoni used to say that a good coach could make a team 5 percent better, but a bad one — or, to be a bit more civil, a coach who makes wrong decisions — could make a side 30 percent worse.

Diego Simeone served up his own version in his recent leaked WhatsApp j’accuse by saying that results were ordinarily 90 percent down to players, but when you have a disaster of a coaching staff (read: Jorge Sampaoli), then they can only influence things up to 60 percent.wholesale nfl jerseys cheap

France vs. Belgium at St. Petersburg’s version of the Death Star was a study in two contrasting managers. One, Didier Deschamps, lives by football’s version of the Hippocratic Oath: above all, do no harm. His France team do not have a distinct footballing identity beyond the Deschamps version of Hulk Hogan’s four demandments, only Didi has three: defend, work hard and wait for something to happen. There is no multiplier effect tactically, no attempt to create particular synergies between his players through sophisticated movement and positioning. It’s about trusting your big guns to do something of their own volition while raising the barricades at the back.11

That’s why you see France with three central midfielders and poor Paul Pogba asked to play little more than a bouncer role in front of the back four. And because that’s not enough, he gets help from the ubiquitous N’Golo Kante (if defensive players won awards, he’d be a shoo-in) and Blaise Matuidi too. All this in front of a back four with two safety-first fullbacks.

The other is Roberto Martinez who, believing in the added value his tactical mind brings, conjures up complicated schemes to get the best out of his side. When it works, it’s very good. When it doesn’t — and against France, it fell as flat as a road-graded waffle — it’s a disaster.nfl jersey cheap wholesale china

Before we get into it, let’s remind ourselves that Martinez has some mitigating circumstances. The first is that unlike Deschamps, he wasn’t born with a silver spoon. He didn’t have the same sort of stellar career as a player and wasn’t handed a top team straight out of retirement, either. He got where he is because he has a clearly defined approach to football and a reputation as a guy who makes teams more than the sum of their parts. So for him, going the Deschamps’ route of laissez-faire was not an option.

The other was that he was missing Thomas Meunier, who may not be a superstar outside his own household but was a critical cog in Belgium’s machine. He was the natural right-sided defender who could be deployed in a back four or as a wing-back. But Meunier was suspended for this match and his absence set off a chain of events that ultimately proved to be Belgium’s undoing.

England’s Jamie Vardy ‘looking doubtful’ to face Sweden – Southgate

England forward Jamie Vardy is “looking doubtful” to be able to face Sweden in the World Cup quarterfinal on Saturday, said coach Gareth Southgate, who also expressed concerned over “two or three” other players.

Vardy, who entered as a substitute against Colombia in the round of 16, picked up a groin strain and needed an injection, leaving him uncertain for the next game.

Southgate compared the trainer’s room to a “scene from M*A*S*H*”, though he also believes that the other seven teams left in the competition have similar concerns.nike jerseys nfl cheap

“Vardy didn’t train today, so is looking doubtful for this game,” Southgate said on Thursday. “But we’ll know a bit more tomorrow, really. The others were all on the pitch. We didn’t do a lot.

“I think at this stage, minimal time on the pitch, a lot of our information is going to have to be in meetings. Because it really is as much about recovery, physical and psychological, as everything else.

“The downside of that is we can’t push the players enough today to see whether they’re OK. So we’ll know more tomorrow. We’ll have to make late decisions. I think every team will be in the same boat on that.”36

Southgate was more confident on the fitness of Dele Alli, Ashley Young and Kyle Walker, however.

“Dele was absolutely fine after the game, didn’t feel anything. I think the extra couple of days were really helpful for him,” Southgate said. “Had he gone into the last one a bit earlier he might have come out of the game feeling something. He was fine.

“Young and Walker, we’ve no reason to believe they’re serious issues. They were back on their feet today. But equally there might be a couple of others, who until they’re extending themselves a bit more.

“I think when you’ve had a long game like that, you don’t know until you’ve really started to extend in training again exactly what you might be carrying.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

“But our feeling is, certainly nothing serious, but two or three in particular that we’ve probably got to assess quite closely tomorrow and see exactly what level they’re at. Again, because we’ve got good players to come in.

“So if we’ve got players that are 75 percent, then the guys who haven’t been in the team deserve to come in and be at 100 percent.”

Serie A expresses ‘extreme worry’ over ban on gambling-related ads in Italy

Serie A has expressed “extreme worry” after the approval of a new decree that would see a blanket ban on any gambling-related advertising in Italy.

The Decreto Dignita, which was approved by Italy’s council of ministers on Monday, will come into effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

All advertising of gambling-related products and services will be banned, while sports clubs will also be prohibited from carrying sponsors from that industry. Those with existing agreements will be granted concessions to honour their contracts, while the decree excludes the state-run national lottery.

It will impact directly on sport, especially football, where more than half the Italian clubs in top-tier Serie A have a sponsorship deal with a betting company.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

“The Lega Serie A is following with extreme worry the developments of the ‘Decreto Legge Dignita’ and the impact on Italian football of rules which ban advertising from betting firms,” said the governing body in a statement.35

“In highlighting the clear disparity compared to other countries in Europe and the world, where such bans don’t exist, and showing the negative consequences of such a measure, the Lega Serie A points out that in the 2017-18 season 12 top-flight clubs had a partnership agreement with companies from the betting sector.”

It said football clubs would lose millions of euros worth of sponsorship.

More money could also be lost from a knock-on effect on revenue from the sale of television rights as TV companies would not be able to sell advertising slots at high prices to gambling firms during games.nike jerseys nfl cheap

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), which represents the leading privately owned European online betting and gaming operators, told The Associated Press that “each year gambling operators contribute about €120 million ($140m) to sponsor sports teams and leagues in Italy.”

Serie A’s governing body pointed to the success of the Premier League and warned of lost money for Italian teams.

“In the Premier League, identified by everyone as the benchmark for its ability to generate resources, 45 percent of clubs have a gaming firm as a shirt sponsor and in all the stadiums, on screens pitchside, there is advertising from betting companies,” its statement said. “Prohibiting the firms from this sector to invest in advertising in our country would bring competitive disadvantages to Italian clubs, directing abroad advertising budgets meant for our teams.”

Wayne Rooney: England ‘should be dreaming now’ of World Cup glory

Wayne Rooney has urged England coach Gareth Southgate to give his players “a lot of freedom” in their World Cup round-of-16 game against Colombia, and said the Three Lions can start dreaming about lifting the trophy already.china nfl jerseys cheap

The Three Lions will face Colombia on Tuesday after advancing from Group G as runners-up with wins over Tunisia and Panama before a defeat to Belgium in which Southgate opted to use his reserves.

A win against Colombia would leave England among as the favourites to reach the final from their side of the bracket, and the Three Lions’ all-time leading goal scorer said the young squad have the ability to take the game to the South Americans.

“They’re good. They’ve got a lot of potential. They’ve been exciting, young, great energy, playing with a lot of freedom,” Rooney said of England’s chances while speaking to ESPN FC on Monday at his introductory news conference with D.C. United.

“I just hope Gareth allows them to do that in this game against Colombia and doesn’t maybe think it’s a knockout game you need to hold back a bit. Let them play. I think they’re enjoying having that freedom. They’re expressing themselves.12

“I think sometimes if you take a bit away from that it might hurt us, but I’d say let them play and let them continue to go on.”

Should England reach the quarterfinals, only the likes of Sweden, Switrzerland, Croatia and Russia stand between them and the final.

And asked whether England can start dreaming of glory if they beat Colombia, Rooney said: “I think we should be dreaming now.”

But regardless of the results to come, Rooney also stressed that the fans should get behind the team, which is likely to feature many of the same players at Euro 2020 and the next World Cup.

“It’s early, but whatever happens now in this World Cup — whether we go out tomorrow or we go on and win it — the fans and the media back home, I think they need to get behind these lads.

“I’ve seen it two years ago. I said it two years ago when I was captain of the team: give these lads a bit of time, because I’ve seen the quality and the ability they all had.authentic nfl jerseys china

“And, again, after this tournament, whatever happens now, get behind them, because in two years’ time, four years’ time, that might be the support that helps them go on and win that trophy.”

Southgate took his share of criticism for opting to make eight changes against Belgium, who won 1-0 to top the group. But Rooney said he had no doubt that Southgate made the correct choice in allowing the likes of Harry Kane to rest for the knockout stage.