Five MLS clubs set to battle for signing of former Liverpool and Chelsea star ‚Äď report

Five Major League Soccer teams are set to fight for the signing of Spanish striker Fernando Torres this summer, according to Marca. The 34-year-old forward will be a free agent once his contract with Atletico Madrid comes to an end in June, leaving the former Liverpool and Chelsea star free to negotiate what will surely be the final move of his career.

Torres has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League but it’s understood he is not keen on making the move to Asia. He rejected the chance to join CSL side Dalian Yifang in February and would reportedly prefer a move to the United States.

With no La Liga sides making Torres an offer at this point, and just a month left of the season in Spain, Torres is looking to MLS. The five clubs who are reportedly interested in bringing him to the league are Chicago Fire, Montreal Impact, New York City FC, Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City.

A move to NYCFC would allow Torres to link up with former international teammate and good friend David Villa. The pair fired Spain to Euro 2008 glory as well as the 2010 World Cup title. New York City FC do not currently have a Designated Player slot free though, so Torres would need to accept being a TAM signing to move to the Big Apple.

Chicago and Montreal are the only sides of the five linked that have a DP slot available. It’s not certain that Torres would need to fill a DP slot, particularly at 34 years of age. But it will certainly help negotiations having that option.

The Fire are a particularly interesting option, given the fact that Torres played with Chicago head coach Veljko Paunovic during his first spell at Atletico Madrid. The pair spent two seasons together in 2003/04 and 2004/05.

On top of that, Chicago own the discovery rights to Fernando Torres if he does indeed move to MLS, according to league sources. The Fire have opened the 2018 season with just four points from their opening five games. They’ve scored seven goals but could undoubtedly benefit from partnering Torres with 2017 Golden Boot winner Nemanja Nikolic up front.

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Manchester United ready to table £31m bid for Atletico Madrid star Рreport

Manchester United are looking to bolster their midfield options once again this summer with a move for Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez being lined up, according to reports out of Spain.

United have been tracking the versatile midfielder over the course of the season and are willing to offer more than £31 million for the Spaniard, according to Don Balon.

The Real Madrid academy product has been in good form for Atletico this season, making 24 league appearances¬†for Diego Simeone’s side. His current contract runs until 2020 but the 21 year old recently rejected a contract extension, casting his future into doubt.

United are ready to try and offer Saul an escape but will need to make a substantial offer for the exciting Spanish youngster.

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Although he has yet to make his full international debut, Saul has represented La Roja at Under-16 to Under-21 levels, making a total of 50 appearances.

United currently have a host of central midfield options, but a lack of younger players in the position, with Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger both over the age of 30.

Saul has scored a total of eight goals with two assists in 34 appearances for Atletico across all competitions this term and has become an integral part of the side.

Would Saul Niguez be a good signing for Manchester United? 

Arsenal suffer blow as Atletico looking to complete move for £25m striker

Atletico Madrid are looking to beat Arsenal to the signing of highly rated FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez, according to A Bola.

The news comes after Juventus manager Massimo Allegri confirmed that Atletico striker Mario Mandzukic will make the move to Juventus in a deal worth up to ‚ā¨18 million, leaving Atletico a little bit light in the striker department.

It was said last week that AC Milan had agreed to pay the ‚ā¨35 million release clause in Martinez’s¬†contract, with a Milan club doctor heading to Chile ‚Äď where the 28-year-old forward¬†is playing in the Copa America with Colombia ‚Äď to complete a medical.

Though that doesn’t appear to have happened and Atletico Madrid are now looking to pounce.

Arsenal have been¬†strongly linked with the Porto captain with Martinez previously admitting he was a boyhood Gunners¬†fan: “I cheered for Arsenal when I was a kid ‚Äď I love their style of play,” he said back in 2014.

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Martinez told A Bola: “Arsenal are a great team, playing in one of the best leagues in the world.”

Atletico Madrid have been known to do swift business with FC Porto in the past, with Radamel Falcao making the move from Portugal to the Spanish capital back in 2011.

Both Atletico Madrid and Arsenal can offer Champions League football after finishing third in their respective leagues, whereas AC Milan have failed to qualify for European football for the second season in a row.

That would imply Martinez has a choice to make between both Atletico and the Gunners, but any decision is likely to be made after he returns from the Copa America.

Should Jackson Martinez look to sign for Atletico Madrid or Arsenal?

TRANSFER ROUNDUP: Liverpool star to Chelsea, Manchester United close in on striker

Daily transfer roundup (Monday, June 15)

MLS Rumours

New York City FC could be on the verge of signing two Spanish full-backs in the next few weeks as Athletic Bilbao’s Iraola and Manchester City’s Angelino are both expected to sign. (REPORT)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks unlikely to join any MLS side. The goal-machine previously said he would be interested in a move to America but now wants a move back to AC Milan. (REPORT)

Ronaldinho is set to meet with Turkish Lig’s Antalyaspor, distancing him from an MLS move. The former Ballon d’Or winner had been linked with LA Galaxy. (REPORT)

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Premier League Rumours

Chelsea are interested in signing Liverpool starlet, Raheem Sterling, but are not willing to stump up the £50m asking price for the 20-year-old winger. (REPORT)

Manchester United are closing in on Mario Mandzukic. Louis Van Gaal has previously coached the forward during his time at Bayern Munich and is keen on linking up with him again. (REPORT)

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Jackson Martinez is set to decide his future in the coming days. The Columbian has been linked with a move to Arsenal but reports have suggested he has already signed for AC Milan. (REPORT)

Chelsea and Bayern to battle for Atletico Madrid superstar – report

Chelsea have reportedly joined Bayern Munich¬†in the race for Antoine Griezmann but Atletico Madrid don’t intend to sell their prized asset, reports Spanish media outlet AS.

The Frenchman joined Atletico last summer from Real Sociedad for £24 million, signing a huge six year contract, and has been a revelation after netting 22 times in 37 league games.

Bayern were reported to have sent scouts to watch Griezmann in the Champions League last 16 game at Bayer Leverkusen, and have been impressed with what they see. The German giants are reportedly willing to match his huge ‚ā¨65 million release clause as they will eventually look to replace wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.

Chelsea also have the financial firepower to complete a deal but would need to sell a couple of players first to keep within the Financial Fair Play regulations.

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Atletico coach Diego Simone sees Griezmann as part of a new wave of talent they can’t afford to lose, including teammates Koke, Diego Godin and goalkeeper Jan Oblak. Chelsea have also been linked with Koke and Godin.

Griezmann is said to be happy in the Spanish capital after spending the last decade in Spain, though he could double his salary with a move to the Premier League or the Bundesliga.

If Chelsea or Bayern¬†meet the release clause, Atletico are powerless to stop a deal from being completed. With the European Championships in France next season, Griezmann is likely to be part of his country’s attack so delivering strong performances on a weekly basis as he has this year is a must for the player.

Jose Mourinho is thought to be optimistic a deal can be struck, having negotiated deals with Atletico last summer over the signings of Diego Costa and Filipe Luis, who both joined Chelsea.

Could Antoine Griezmann leave Atletico Madrid this summer? Would a move to Chelsea make sense?

Atletico Madrid star aspires to be like Liverpool legend and LA Galaxy DP

Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke has revealed that he would like to replicate the legacy of departing Liverpool legend and new LA Galaxy Designated Player Steven Gerrard.

“I have a contract with Atletico, I want to accomplish things and I am happy here. Of course I’d like to be Atleti’s Gerrard,” Koke told¬†FourFourTwo magazine.

The 23-year-old has scored two goals and made ten assists in La Liga this season and although he has been linked with moves to Manchester United and Chelsea in the last few months, it looks like he is keen to stay at the Vicente Calderon for as long as possible.

Koke began his youth career with Atletico back in 2000 at the age of eight and has been in the Spanish capital ever since. He broke into the first-team in 2009 when he was 17-years-old and has been a regular in midfield for the last six years.

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The Spaniard’s career so far follows a similar pattern to that of Gerrard’s – the Englishman¬†began his youth career with Liverpool in 1987 at the age of seven before bursting on to the first-team scene in 1998 as an 18-year-old.

Gerrard will arrive at LA Galaxy at some point in July and will look to improve the performances of his new side who are currently struggling with just three wins (D5, L4) from their opening 12 gamesand are seventh out of ten in the Western Conference.

The 34-year-old will play his last Premier League game for Liverpool on Sunday away at Stoke City before he prepares for his MLS adventure with a short summer break.

Can Koke replicate Steven Gerrard’s Liverpool achievements at Atletico Madrid? And will Gerrard be a success at LA Galaxy?

Chelsea ‘on the verge’ of signing ¬£43m-rated superstar

Chelsea have stepped up their efforts to secure the signing of Atletico Madrid superstar Antoine Griezmann after recruiting Jorge Mendes to ensure smooth negotiations.

Spanish media outlet, El Confidencial, have reported Mendes has been recruited to complete the deal which is apparently very close.

Mendes boasts the likes of Jose Mourinho and Diego Costa as his clients and is one of the best in the business at pushing deals through.

The deal is close to being wrapped up but a fee has yet to be agreed and Madrid are holding out for around £43 million for their prized asset.

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The 24-year-old Frenchman has netted an impressive 22 goals in 35 La Liga appearances this season and would provide cover for the injury prone Diego Costa and strengthen the Blues’ attacking options with his versatility.

Griezmann would be joining a fierce Chelsea attacking line which would arguably become the strongest in the Premier League for next season if they can secure the Frenchman’s services.

Will Antoine Griezmann sign for Chelsea this summer? Do they need him?

Chelsea looking to beat City and United to ¬£43m key transfer target ‚Äď report

Chelsea are stepping up their interests in Spanish midfielder Koke as they look to beat Manchester City and Manchester United to the Atletico Madrid man’s services this summer, according to Spanish publication AS.

Koke is one of Europe’s most complete midfielders and has attracted interest from a whole host of elite sides, but Jose Mourinho has made him his summer transfer priority and wants to wrap up a deal for the 23-year-old winger.

Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo watched Koke play for Atletico at Malaga two weeks ago but the Blues will have to meet his release clause of £43 million to have any chance of bringing him to the Premier League.

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The Spaniard only signed a new contract with the Spanish club last summer, ending speculation of a move away, but rumours have returned just 12 months later as Mourinho looks to raid Atletico for the second-straight summer.

Filipe Luis, Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois were brought in from the club last summer. Courtois was on loan, but Chelsea felt the time was right to end his three-year spell in Spain, while bringing in Costa and Luis too.

The Brazilian left-back has struggled to force his way into Mourinho’s plans so far though and could be used as part of a player-plus-cash deal for Koke.

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Manchester City sporting director Txiki Begiristain watched the attacker play against Juventus in the Champions League earlier this season, while United have long been linked with a move.

Chelsea are heading towards their first Premier League title in five years and will look to further strengthen this summer. Oscar is being linked with a move away and Koke is viewed as the perfect candidate to fill in behind Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge next season.

Would Koke be a good signing for Chelsea? Is he worth £43 million?

Chelsea line up another Atletico raid for £28.5m-rated star

Chelsea are considering a move for Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin if they fail in their chase of Raphael Varane, according to The Mirror.

The highly rated 29-year-old centre-back is contracted until 2018, and despite having a release clause of £28.5 million in his contract, he could be a more achievable target than Varane.

Mourinho has the second best defence in the Premier League but is keen to bolster his options with his captain, John Terry, turning 35 next season.

It is no secret that Mourinho rates Varane very highly, but the Real Madrid defender has featured in the starting lineup more often recently due to injuries to Carlo Ancelotti’s key men, Sergio Ramos and Pepe, and that will give him encouragement to stay and¬†fight for his place.

Godin would be an ideal second choice for Mourinho, as he has had to deal with defending against some of the best players in the world at FC Barcelona and Real Madrid in recent years.

The Uruguayan international is also a real threat in front of goal and scored in Atletico’s Champions League final loss to their bitter rivals, Real last year, and could opt for a change as he is in his fifth year at the club.

A move to Chelsea would see Godin link up with former Atletico teammates Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois, as another raid on the Spanish club looks likely.

Would Diego Godin be a good signing for Chelsea?

Atletico Madrid defender could be on his way to Chelsea

Atletico Madrid defender Miranda could be set for a summer move to Chelsea after the Blues sent the club’s technical director Michael Emenalo to watch the Brazilian centre-back in Atletico’s 2-2 draw with Malaga on Saturday, according to Spanish newspaper AS.

Miranda still has one year remaining on his contract for the Madrid side but could be tempted with a move to London to join old teammates Diego Costa and Filipe Luis.

Chelsea were linked with Miranda last summer but nothing materialised and now they could get their man for a cut-price fee due to his contract expiring soon, with Atletico Madrid potentially willing to sell the defender rather than lose him for free in 2016.

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Miranda has made 19 appearances in La Liga this season, chipping in with three goals and an assist, but with the rise of Atletico’s young defender Jose Maria Gimenez to regular first-team action, the Brazilian’s game time could be in danger, making the move more likely.

There was¬†speculation linking the 30-year-old¬†with a move to Manchester United a few weeks ago and¬†Miranda told Brazilian website Estadao that the rumours made him “happy” because it shows he’s “doing well.”

The rumours have flattered Miranda but he said, “my intention is to stay at Atletico because I still have a year and a half on my contract,” although the Spanish side would probably want to cash in on a transfer fee before the contract is up.

Would Miranda be a good signing for Chelsea?