Vote: Who do you want to see in the 2017 MLS All-Star starting XI against Real Madrid?

The 2017 MLS All-Star game is rapidly approaching. The best of MLS will take on La Liga and Champions League winners Real Madrid at Soldier Field in Chicago on Wednesday night (8:30 ET/01:30 BST). But who do you want to see in the 2017 MLS All-Star starting XI?

Real Madrid are the first Spanish team to play in the MLS All-Star game. Their squad is graced with world class talent. The likes of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Luka Modric and Isco all set to play on Wednesday night.

The All-Stars have long-time European stars such as Bastian Schweinsteiger. US national team stars such as Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore. And emerging MLS talents in Kellyn Acosta and Miguel Almiron.

But who do you want to see in the 2017 MLS All-Star starting XI? Vote below now, or use this link.

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TRANSFER ROUNDUP: United’s £211m spree, Liverpool in for Chelsea star & Lazio man to MLS

Daily transfer roundup (Tuesday, June 9)

MLS Rumours

Sporting Kansas City have once again been linked with Lazio’s Cristian Ledesma. The midfielder is reportedly unsettled at the club and has attracted interest from Arsenal. (REPORT)

Hull City‘s Abel Hernandez has been linked with a move to Seattle Sounders after the club were relegated from the Premier League. (REPORT)

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Seattle Sounders missed out on signing Dutch midfielder, Tjaronn Chery, after their contract offer for the Groningen man didn’t work out. (REPORT)

Premier League Rumours 

Manchester United have made contact with Real Madrid over the potential signings of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane. Los Blancos are understood to have no interest in selling any of their stars. (REPORT)

Liverpool are interested in signing Petr Cech from Chelsea but Jose Mourinho has insisted he will find a player from any Premier League rival in a swap deal, which would make any potential transfer more difficult. (REPORT)

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Tottenham Hotspur have made an offer for Stuttgart striker Timo Werner. Mauricio Pochettino is looking to strengthen his attacking options and the bid is understood to be in the region of £7.5 million for the 19 year old. (REPORT)

TRANSFER ROUNDUP: United’s £81m DOUBLE raid, Arsenal man wants MLS move

Daily transfer roundup (Monday, June 1)

MLS Rumours

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is expected to leave the club this summer, whether that be on loan or a permanent deal, and America could be his next destination as the German “eagerly wants to try out MLS”. (REPORT)

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Philadelphia Union have been linked with a move for former Liverpool left-back John Arne Riise. But “that is not going to happen,” a Union source has said. (REPORT)

Premier League Rumours

Manchester United have reportedly opened talks with Real Madrid over the £81 million double signing of Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale this summer. (REPORT)

Arsenal and Liverpool are set to battle for Villarreal striker Luciano Vietto after triggering his £14.2 million release clause. (REPORT)

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has revealed he has no plans to return to Spain after reports suggested he was looking to leave the Premier League after just one season. (REPORT)

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Done Deals

The Seattle Sounders have acquired 22-year-old Brazilian attacker Thomás Jaguaribe Bedinelli – known simply as Thomás, as a Discovery Signing. (REPORT)

Manchester City have sold defender Dedryck Boyata to Scottish side Celtic on a four-year deal. (REPORT)

United could get TWO Real Madrid players if De Gea leaves

Manchester United could land both Gareth Bale and Fabio Coentrao should goalkeeper David De Gea leave for Real Madrid this summer.

Coentrao may be keen on a move to a new club as he has only made 13 appearances in all competitions for Madrid this season and could be included as part of a player-plus-cash deal between the two clubs, according to Jose Felix Diaz of Marca.

Meanwhile, rumours of Bale leaving the Spanish capital have been growing rapidly and United legend Gary Neville has urged Louis Van Gaal to try his utmost to bring the Welshman back to the Premier League.

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“Once a player only has a year left on his contract, Manchester United have a decision to make if Real do come for him, as it looks like they will,” Neville said on his Sky Sports podcast.

“Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool will all want Gareth Bale. So if you are going to give Real a player, I think it would make sense to try and get Bale and steal him in return for De Gea.”

Although the Red Devils will be desperate to hold on to De Gea’s services, Neville believes there is nothing they can do to stop him leaving for the Spanish giants.

“With his form this season I was always hopeful he’d stay, but with the wave of noise in the press it just looked to have an inevitability about it.”

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Man United have already secured the services of Dutch winger Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven and with Falcao unlikely to be signed on a permanent basis and Di Maria struggling for form, chasing the signature of Bale is likely to be a major priority.

With United valuing De Gea at approximately £30 million, it’s likely they would still have to pay a significant transfer fee to persuade Real to sell the Welsh international, especially if Coentrao is included as part of the deal.

Would a deal that brings Bale and Coentrao to Old Trafford at the cost of David De Gea heading the other way be a good move for Manchester United?

Former Arsenal striker urges Gunners to make shock move for Spurs legend

Former Arsenal striker John Hartson has urged Arsene Wenger to consider making a shock move for Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale this summer to ensure the club don’t fall behind their Premier League rivals.

Hartson believes former Spurs superstar, Bale, would be the perfect signing to show ambition on the Gunners’ front as they look to mount a serious title challenge next season.

“They [Arsenal] are not strong enough to win the league so what they’ve got to do is go and invest in the best players available,” Hartson told talkSPORT on Sunday.

“He’s out there but are Arsenal the type of club to go and shock the world and go in for Gareth Bale? I don’t know.

“The thing is, if he becomes available, you know Chelsea are going to go in for him and you know Manchester United are going to go in for him. You know that already. Chelsea have got the money and the ambition and Manchester United are showing their ambition right now.

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“For Arsenal to go and compete and appease the supporters and to stop them moaning, they’ve got to go and make a stand and go in for Bale because you know Chelsea and Manchester United will if he becomes available.”

Wenger has turned to Liga BBVA over the past two seasons for the marquee signings of Mesut Ozil from Madrid and Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, but a move for Bale would certainly go down as one of the biggest shocks in world football.

Manchester United are heavily linked with a move for Bale this summer as he looks unsettled in Spain, so a return to England could be on the cards, but a return to north London with Arsenal may be a stretch too far given his heroics for Spurs prior to joining Madrid for a world record transfer fee in 2013.

Would Gareth Bale return to the Premier League with Arsenal? Would Arsenal fans want to see the former Spurs legend in their team?

United handed boost as £80m superstar ‘keen on move’

Manchester United‘s pursuit of Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale has moved a step closer as they prepare a sensational £80 million offer, according to The Express.

Bale has once again come under criticism after his performance last night as Madrid crashed out of the Champions League in their semi-final clash with Juventus.

According to Express Sport, a close family member has said Bale likes the idea of linking up with Louis Van Gaal and a move back to England.

The former Tottenham Hotspur star has found playing for Los Blancos cut-throat business and he has been criticised for most of the season by fans and Spanish media alike for below-par performances. This comes just one season on from Bale and Madrid’s La Decima heroics in the Champions League final of 2014.

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The criticism seems harsh on Bale, who has taken the brunt of Madrid’s poor form. He has netted 13 league goals but it is the chances he has missed which have caused the uproar. His shot accuracy is just 46%, according to Squawka.

If a move goes through it will be one of the most sensational transfer sagas of all-time, with Madrid set to recoup almost the full amount they spent when breaking the world-record transfer fee just two seasons ago, when Bale joined from Spurs.

Will Gareth Bale leave Real Madrid this summer and is he being forced out the club? Should United spend £80 million on him?

Former Spurs midfielder claims Eriksen is a step backwards and questions current squad

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp has offered a damning verdict on the state of the current first-team, claiming they are not good enough to make the top four and believes Christian Eriksen would not have got in the team four years ago.

Redknapp, who played for Spurs for three seasons between 2002 and 2005, has said the North London club look “miles off” the top four after Saturday’s disappointing 3-0 loss to Stoke.

Mauricio Pochettino hasn’t had a bad first season at the club but failure to qualify for the Champions League yet again will leave supporters angry over the summer once more.

“Four years ago Tottenham were in the Champions League quarter finals,” Redknapp said in his column for the Daily Mail. “Now they look miles off the top four.

“Their best players this season have been the homegrown lads — Harry Kane, Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason, Danny Rose.”

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Redknapp didn’t mention Eriksen as one of the best players this season and has instead claimed that the Danish playmaker wouldn’t have got in the side under his dad, Harry, four years ago.

“Of the players brought in Christian Eriksen has been good but even he would be a squad man in that 2011 team — he wouldn’t play in front of Gareth Bale, Luka Modric or Rafael van der Vaart.

“If Spurs want to improve they can’t waste more money. They need to buy some proper players but with a director of football that is easier said than done.

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“That role has never really worked — I wonder where Spurs would be if they went through them like they do managers? At least in Mauricio Pochettino they have a man to stick with for the long term.

“The points gap to the top four has increased and with respect to Stoke, losing 3-0 at the Britannia Stadium should not happen to Spurs. But that is where they are. It’s time for action.”

Spurs look set to finish the season with their lowest points tally for six seasons with just two games to go and that would be a worrying sign.

The Lilywhites are currently on 58 points, with Hull at home and Everton away still to play, but that means they won’t get near last year’s tally of 69 points – the same number they accrued when finishing fourth in 2012, though Chelsea’s Champions League success meant the club failed to make the competition.

Do you agree with Jamie Redknapp? Are Spurs miles off fourth? And would Christian Eriksen have got in the 2011 team?

United suffer MAJOR blow in chase for no.1 transfer target

Manchester United have been dealt a major transfer blow as Real Madrid star Gareth Bale is unlikely to leave the club this summer, his agent has claimed.

United made their first move of the summer by agreeing to the signing of PSV Eindhoven’s Memphis Depay on Thursday in a deal worth around £25 million and the Daily Express are reporting that Louis Van Gaal will spend £200 million more to bolster the squad, with Bale at the top of the shortlist.

Though the former Tottenham attacker’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, has told Sky Sports that a move away from Madrid is not on the agenda.

“Why would he look to go elsewhere?

“Real Madrid are the number one club in the world. There’s always interest in him – but as far as we are concerned he’ll be at Real Madrid next summer,” he said.

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Bale has scored 13 goals with eight assists in 29 league appearances this season but that’s not as productive as last term as the Welshman netted 15 goals with 13 assists in 27 league games in his debut campaign in Spain.

Van Gaal sees Bale as the man to fire United back to the top of the Premier League but the Red Devils are also said to be chasing the signatures of Mats Hummels, Nathaniel Clyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Edinson Cavani as it looks set to be a busy summer at Old Trafford.

Do Manchester United need to sign Gareth Bale to have any chance of winning the Premier League next season?

Manchester United to make THIRD attempt at signing £100m superstar

Manchester United could be set to break the world transfer record by making a £100 million move for Real Madrid star Gareth Bale this summer, according to the Telegraph.

Bale has twice been the subject of United approaches but Louis Van Gaal could finally bring the Welshman to Old Trafford this summer, if Real decide to sell.

United tried to sign the 25-year-old attacker from Southampton before he joined Tottenham in 2007, while they also attempted to beat Real Madrid to his signing in 2013 with a reported £100 million bid at the last minute.

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The same amount could be offered to the Spanish giants this summer and United could do so without breaking Financial Fair Play rules as a result of their huge Adidas kit deal which will come into effect next season, while a return to the Champions League will also increase their financial muscle.

Bale has struggled to replicate the form he showed during his first season in Madrid and has come under pressure from supporters in recent months. He has family in the UK and is expected to return to the Premier League at some point, though he is keen to stay in Spain for at least another season.

United need six points from their final four games to ensure they qualify for next season’s Champions League and that could see Van Gaal go on a huge summer spending spree as he attempts to make the Red Devils a genuine title challenger in the top flight next year.

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As well as targeting Bale, the Red Devils are expected to try and sign Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne and PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay.

Bale won the PFA Player of the Year award in his final season with Spurs after scoring 21 goals in 33 league appearances before moving to Real Madrid for a world record £85 million in the summer of 2013, but has been linked with a return to England this summer, with Chelsea and Manchester City also interested.

Would Gareth Bale be the signing to help Manchester United challenge for the title next season? Should they pay £100 million for him?

Harry Kane becomes third Spurs star in four years to win PFA Young Player of the Year award

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has been named as the PFA Young Player of the Year after a sensational season has seen him become one of the most lethal strikers in the Premier League.

Kane has scored an incredible 30 goals in all competitions this season, with 20 of those coming in the Premier League in 30 appearances.

The young Spurs star becomes the third Tottenham player to scoop the prestigious PFA Young Player award in the past four seasons, following Kyle Walker in 2012 and Gareth Bale in 2013, with Glenn Hoddle the only other Lilywhite to pick up the award back in 1980.

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Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, who picked up the PFA Player of the Year award on Sunday, was named as the best young player last season and other notable winners include Ryan Giggs, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Cesc Fabregas so Kane is in good company.

The 21-year-old Englishman was rewarded for his fine displays in a Spurs shirt by earning a first senior England call up in March, scoring on his debut against Lithuania, and has looked unplayable at times this year.

Mauricio Pochettino has helped Kane develop into a top class forward and the striker hopes that his successes this season can be replicated in the coming years.

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“It is amazing. It is a very proud moment for myself and my family – hopefully the first of many to come,” he said after picking up the award.

“I have got to keep working hard, but to be recognised by your fellow players is something special and it is a night I won’t forget. It is incredible, an incredible feeling.”

Kane was also named in the PFA Team of the Year, and was runner up behind Hazard for the PFA Player of the Year award, summing up what has been an incredible season for the young Spurs hero.

Did Harry Kane deserve to be named as the PFA Young Player of the Year? How important is he for Spurs?