Podcast: Matt Miazga, Galaxy’s signings & Pep Guardiola discussed

In the latest MLSGB Podcast, Zack Walford talks to Louis East and Jamie Ives about Matt Miazga’s transfer from the New York Red Bulls to Chelsea FC, and also discuss some of LA Galaxy’s most recent signings.

We finish off by talking about Pep Guardiola’s upcoming move to Manchester City now that it is official and have a quick recap of the Premier League’s transfer deadline day business.

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Are Manchester United failing in this summer’s transfer window?

It is no secret that Manchester United have missed out on a number of their transfer targets this summer, but are they failing by not adding players they so desperately need in this window?

United have added some world class players to their squad, there is no doubting that, but they have also missed out on some high caliber names, which could arguably be the difference in mounting a strong title challenge and waiting another season.

Players signed (as of August 24, 2015):

– Sergio Romero – Free
– Matteo Darmian – £12.7m
– Morgan Schneiderlin £25m
– Bastian Schweinsteiger £14.4m
– Memphis Depay £31m

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Louis Van Gaal’s side have started the new Premier League season with two 1-0 wins and a 0-0 draw, but the Dutch manager is still rumoured to be looking to strengthen his squad before next Monday’s deadline.

Strengthening the defence as well as the attack appear to be absolute necessities if United are to challenge for the title this year, but with just a week to go in the summer transfer window, the club have missed out on almost as many key targets as those who have signed.

United were heavily linked with moves for FC Barcelona’s Pedro, who has ended up signing for Chelsea, Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, who has signed a new five-year contract with Los Blancos and Nicolas Otamendi, who has signed for fierce rivals Manchester City.

Despite talk of needing a world class centre-back, Van Gaal’s side haven’t conceded a league goal in their opening three games. But there are many who believe the Red Devils need a new striker as Wayne Rooney has now gone 858 minutes without scoring a Premier League goal and is struggling in the lone striking role this term.

Van Gaal has insisted he does not need a striker and is happy with his options, as reported by ESPN.

“I have a lot of options. I have chosen Chicharito [Hernandez], because he is another type from Rooney, and we have also Fellaini, who is another type, then I have Wilson and Januzaj, so I don’t think we need a striker.”

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Speculation will continue to mount regarding whether or not United need another attacking option the longer their goal scoring troubles go on in league play. With seven days remaining in the transfer window there is still plenty of time for potential deals to go ahead, but United may be ruing missed chances at this stage as panic buys could be on the way.

Transfer Deadline Day: All the MLS moves and rumours

The European transfer window is set to slam shut tonight, with the deadline for deals in England and most other countries set at 11:00PM tonight. The German and Portuguese windows closes earlier at 5:00PM and the deadline for Italian clubs is 10:00PM

Major League Soccer clubs do not face the same panic is terms of bringing in players at the last minute, but hopes of signing European-based players could be squashed after the window closes tonight, as teams will not have the opportunity to sign replacement players after tonight.

That means MLS is affected and all the deals through the day, whether on or off, can be seen below:

DONE DEAL – Sebastian Giovinco: Juventus – Toronto FC

The monster deal to bring Italian playmaker Giovinco to MLS with Toronto was sealed earlier this month but the Juventus man wasn’t expected to join up with the Reds until the summer. That has all changed now. Giovinco has left the Serie A giants today, as confirmed by the club, and will now be free to join up with his Toronto teammates in time to prepare for the 2015 season, which kicks off next month.

A statement from the club said: “Giovinco leaves Juventus after a long adventure with the club lasting 19 years.

“Now the doors of the MLS open up for him. He will face a new professional and personal adventure with the Toronto FC jersey.

“From all of us our most sincere wishes for his new challenge.”

POSSIBLE – Tim Cahill: New York Red Bulls – Everton

Tim Cahill is not expected to stay in MLS with the Red Bulls in 2015 as he has been linked with moves to the UAE, China and Qatar. The deadline for transfers in those countries is next month so there is still time there. But he could leave New York by tonight as Fox Sports in Australia are reporting that former club Everton are looking at bringing back the Australian star after he helped the Socceroos win the Asia Cup this weekend. Cahill is expected to fly back to New York to resolve his future but Everton’s late interest is something to keep an eye on.

POSSIBLE – Andy Delort: Wigan – Philadelphia Union

The Philadelphia Union need to bring in a striker. That’s not a secret. But they could be signing an attacking reinforcement in the next few hours as Wigan Athletic forward Andy Delort is reportedly in talks with the MLS club. French publication L’Equipe confirmed that Philadelphia were in for the 23-year-old but also revealed his former club Tours were looking to take him on loan. He would be a solid signing for the Union and Wigan would be willing to offload him as he has not scored in eleven appearances for the Latics this season.

UNLIKELY – Hugo Rodallega: Fulham – MLS

Hugo Rodallega was linked with a move to Major League Soccer last week, with the Denver Post’s Mark Kiszla claiming that the Colombian striker was a target for the Colorado Rapids. Rodallega is a proven goalscorer and so more than one MLS club would be looking at him if a move becomes a realistic possibility. The 29-year-old would demand Designated Player status if he were to move but Fulham manager Kit Symons has today revealed he “knows nothing” about any deal.

UNLIKELY – Eoin Doyle: Chesterfield – New York City FC

Chesterfield striker Eoin Doyle is a player in demand. English clubs Sheffield United, Preston North End and Cardiff City are all interested in signing the Irish striker. But New York City FC have also been linked at a friend of the player’s is quoted by the Irish Independent as saying: “The MLS would be very appealing to Eoin. He recently became a father and is settled now but a move to New York is something he would jump on.”

If Doyle remains with Chesterfield today, a move from New York City could follow in the coming days but competition could mean they will have to make a move quickly if they want to secure his services.

UPDATE: Sky Sports are reporting that Doyle is on his way to Cardiff after a £750,000 bid was accepted by Chesterfield. Move to MLS looking unlikely now.

Any other moves or rumours will follow here!