Transfer roundup: Wenger ‘likes’ Juve star, United forward to MLS, Timbers keen on Drogba

Daily transfer roundup (Wednesday, May 27)

MLS RUMOURS

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, 26, is set to leave the club this summer after returning from his loan spell with Real Madrid. His agent confirmed they have a whole host of tempting offers on the table, one of which includes a Major League Soccer club in the USA, likely to be Orlando City. (REPORT)

Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter has confirmed that his MLS club are interested in Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, 37, and Juventus midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo, 36. Both have been linked with moves to MLS this week and the Timbers boss has done little to quell the rumours. (REPORT)

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New York City FC are looking to bolster their defence with the addition of U.S. International defender Oguchi Onyewu, 33, on a free transfer. He’s just left Championship side Charlton Athletic after making just three league appearances, and is now looking for his fifth club in three years. (REPORT)

PREMIER LEAGUE RUMOURS

Tottenham are reportedly lining up a £12m offer for Burnley striker Danny Ings, 22. Ings is out of contract in June but Spurs are keen to seal the deal and beat their rivals to his signature. Liverpool have also been linked with a move for the Englishman in the past. (REPORT)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he likes Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, 28, after the Chilean was linked with a move to the Gunners this week. (REPORT)

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Stoke City defender Robert Huth, 30, is looking to join Leicester City on a permanent basis in a deal worth £3m. The German defender joined on-loan in January and has made 14 appearances. (REPORT)

DONE DEALS

Newly promoted Bournemouth have confirmed the signing of Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici, 30, on a free transfer. The Cherries signed him on a three-year deal after his contract expired at the end of the season. He joins fellow ‘keeper Artur Boruc, 35, to the club who signed a permanent deal following his loan move. (REPORT)

Stoke City have signed goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard, 23, from Danish club FC Midtjylland for an undisclosed fee. (REPORT)

Graham Dorrans, 28, has signed a two-year deal with Norwich City. He joined the Canaries on-loan in February 2015 and has now made the deal permanent. (REPORT)

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Steven Gerrard writes emotional farewell letter to fans ahead of LA Galaxy move

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has delivered one final message to the fans before he jets off for the USA in July to join up with his LA Galaxy teammates and prepares for life in MLS.

“Saying goodbye hasn’t been easy. Liverpool Football Club has been such a massive part of my life since I was eight years old and I know how much I’m going to miss it,” said Gerrard in an open letter.

“It’s been an emotional time for my family and I with my final game at Anfield against Crystal Palace and then my last appearance away to Stoke City. But I’ve been blown away by the send-off I’ve been given by the supporters and I’d like to thank every one of you.

“It’s been very humbling and it’s something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. It’s been an absolute privilege to represent this football club for so long.”

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The 34-year-old points to the dramatic Champions League final turnaround against AC Milan in 2005 as the highlight of his time at Anfield and is thankful for the support the fans have given him.

“Of course the pinnacle of my career arrived in Istanbul 10 years ago. That was the best night of my life. When I lifted the European Cup, there was no prouder man on the planet.”

“It meant so much to me to deliver that trophy for you. The supporters played such a big part in helping to inspire that famous comeback against AC Milan. I’ll never forget how they helped to lift our chins off the floor after that nightmare first half.”

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The ex-England skipper hasn’t bemoaned the extra responsibility that came with being the main man at such a big club but says it was something he enjoyed.

“People have often asked me about the pressure on my shoulders to deliver for Liverpool but I’ve never seen that as a burden. There’s been huge responsibility on me but I’ve always loved and embraced that. It’s been a massive honour to be captain of this club for so long.”

Gerrard rounded off his goodbye with a short and simple message that most Liverpool fans would agree is a fair reflection on the efforts he’s put in for the club.

“I’ve always given my best and tried to lead by example.”

Will Liverpool cope with life after Steven Gerrard? And will he enjoy his MLS experience with LA Galaxy?

Portland Timbers boss confirms club are interested in Drogba and Pirlo

Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter has confirmed that his MLS club are interested in Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and Juventus midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo.

Both Drogba and Pirlo have been linked with moves to MLS this week and the Timbers boss has done little to quell the rumours suggesting that we could see two superstars heading to the USA.

“We’ll go after anybody like that. We’d love to have guys like that, but it comes down to the feasibility of it and looking at the situation as well,” said Porter.

“We’re aware of all these guys that come over and sometimes we want them and they don’t want to come to us. Sometimes it just doesn’t make sense for whatever reason based on the situation, but yeah, we’re looking at all those guys.”

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Portland’s owner Merritt Paulson admitted back in January that he would like to have Drogba at the Timbers and although the Chelsea striker is ageing, Paulson believed the Ivorian would be “uniquely skilled to clean up in MLS.”

At the time Paulson said, “the league almost signed him a couple years ago and I know my coach would love him to be a Timber, but I highly doubt it at this point.”

However, it looks as though the likelihood of Drogba plying his trade in MLS with the Timbers has increased this week after the 37-year-old confirmed he is leaving Chelsea and is interested in playing in the USA.

Would Didier Drogba be an ideal signing for the Portland Timbers?

Manchester United star confirms he’s set to leave with MLS a possibility

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez is set to leave the club this summer after he returned from his loan spell with La Liga giants Real Madrid this week, according to Mexican media outlet Record.

The 26-year-old’s agent has confirmed that Hernandez has a whole host of tempting offers on the table, one of which includes a Major League Soccer club in the USA.

“I can say that we have offers between six or seven high-level clubs that make us doubt where to go. They are very good options,” said Hernandez’s representative.

“We are happy because there are clubs in Spain, Italy, Germany, England and the United States who want Javier.”

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The United striker has already previously been linked with a move to MLS club Orlando City and the comments from his representative only seem to back-up the rumours.

The Mexican’s agent added that clubs would have wait until there is a “formal response from Real Madrid or Manchester United” before a decision can be made.

It has been officially confirmed that Hernandez has left Real Madrid as his loan contract has expired and they won’t be renewing the deal, so he’s now back with United and it’s a waiting game as he decides on his next move.

Hernandez scored nine goals in 33 appearances in all competitions for Madrid this season and also scored 59 goals in 154 appearances during his five years at United.

Would a move to MLS suit Javier Hernandez?

Steven Gerrard’s career in numbers ahead of MLS move

Steven Gerrard has played his final game for Liverpool after 28 years of loyal service and will now look ahead to his next adventure at MLS side LA Galaxy where he arrives as one of the most recognised figures in the game, looking to help the Galaxy win a record sixth MLS Cup title.

The 34-year-old has endured a career of ups and downs, which included turning down the opportunity to leave Liverpool on numerous occasions, instead opting to stay with his boyhood club.

Despite the success, Gerrard will always be disappointed that the Premier League title eluded him. The Reds came agonisingly close to winning the league in the 2013/14 season when a 2-0 defeat at home to Chelsea and a 3-3 draw away at Crystal Palace in the last few games of the season allowed Manchester City to swoop in and lift the crown.

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Gerrard has won seven major trophies in his career so far and here is a look at those honours:

Trophies:

  • FA Cup (2) – 2001, 2006
  • League Cup (3) – 2001, 2003, 2012
  • UEFA Champions League (1) – 2005
  • Europa League (1) – 2001

Notable individual awards:

  • PFA Young Player of the Year (1) – 2001
  • PFA Team of the Year (8) – 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014
  • Ballon D’Or Bronze (1) – 2005
  • UEFA Club Footballer of the Year (1) – 2005
  • PFA Players’ Player of the Year (1) – 2006
  • UEFA Team of the Year (3) – 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Liverpool Top Goalscorer (4) – 2004/05, 2005/06, 2008/09, 2014/15
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The highlight of Gerrard’s career will most likely be the incredible 2005 Champions League final triumph in Istanbul after Liverpool came from three goals down against AC Milan to tie the game 3-3 before winning on penalties.

The Liverpool captain hasn’t claimed a wide array of club and indivdual awards without earning them, having scored 120 goals in 504 league appearances, with 186 goals from 708 appearances in all competitions. Gerrard also captained the England national team, making 114 appearances and scoring 21 goals for his country.

How good will Steven Gerrard be for LA Galaxy and how excited are you about his move to MLS?

 

 

Is this Chelsea legend set to follow Lampard, Gerrard and Drogba to MLS?

Chelsea captain John Terry has revealed that he may be tempted to follow in the footsteps of former teammate and Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard by making the move to MLS before his career is over.

Lampard will link-up with New York City in July, while Liverpool‘s Steven Gerrard is also set to join LA Galaxy. Didier Drogba has also admitted this week that he is interested in the possibility of playing in the USA.

Terry lifted Chelsea’s fourth Premier League title at the weekend at the conclusion of a season where he didn’t miss a single second of the Blues’ league campaign and hasn’t ruled out a move to MLS.

“I would love to finish my career at Chelsea and maybe there is a time when I look to go to play in America or whatever might be best for my family at the time,” Terry told Talksport.

“Hopefully I have a couple of years left at least. I always thought I could get to age of 35 and still be playing and I am getting close to that now.”

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The 34-year-old would certainly be in high demand if he were to leave Chelsea, but he believes he can still achieve more before his time to move on or retire comes.

“Looking at this squad now, I think this squad has the potential to do a lot more than we did in the past, well beyond my playing days. It is not just the players that have done so well for us this season. There are so many young lads who could make the breakthrough to the team, too many to mention.

“It is harder than ever for them to breakthrough as you don’t get five games to find your feet any more, but the rewards are greater than ever as well.”

Would a move to MLS be good for John Terry when his time at Chelsea comes to an end?

Chelsea star admits he’s ‘interested in the USA’ and potential MLS move

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has expressed his interest in a potential move to Major League Soccer after he confirmed this week that he would be leaving the London club to play one more season elsewhere.

The 37-year-old lifted a fourth Premier League title on Sunday afternoon and although he’s leaving, he’s ruled out joining another English side.

“There are some really fantastic teams in the Premier League but my love for this club, I can’t share it with another English team,” he told the Daily Telegraph.

“Since I put the news I am leaving Chelsea on social media, I was in the dressing-room and I was receiving some calls from teams which is really unusual. It showed that maybe I can still bring something to a team.”

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Drogba also confirmed that MLS is certainly a possible destination for what is likely to be the final year of his career, given his age.

“Of course I’m interested in the USA. Now I’m going to have a few days and weeks to think about what is good for me next but all I want is to play.”

New York City FC have reportedly already made an offer for the Ivorian, while likely other clubs in MLS with a Designated Player slot available that could also be interested in Drogba’s services are DC United and New York Red Bulls.

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The Eastern Conference rivals all have at least one DP slot available, although NYCFC are reportedly also interested in Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo and they can only sign one more player on a DP contract.

Should Pirlo join New York City, that would see DC United and New York Red Bulls emerge as favourites to land Drogba.

Which MLS club would you like to see Didier Drogba join if he were to move to the USA this summer?

Southampton striker’s MLS switch ruled out by Red Bulls boss

New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch has denied rumours that Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo is on the verge of joining his MLS side.

Ole.com had originally revealed that the Italian international was set to make a move to the USA and it was also later reported by NBC Sports.

But when asked whether there was any truth behind the link, Marsch claimed he hadn’t even heard of Osvaldo, according to onceametro.com.

“Who is that? There’s nothing to comment on. The fact that I didn’t know the player I think should be telling,” said Marsch.

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Dani Osvaldo is currently on-loan to Argentinian side Boca Juniors and has scored three league goals in nine appearances. His loan deal with Boca runs out on June 30, so the Saints will be looking for another move for Osvaldo whether it be permanent or temporary.

He has also previously been on-loan at Serie A sides Juventus and Inter Milan, where he made a combined total of 23 league appearances, scoring six goals.

The 29-year-old’s future isn’t certain at this stage, but it looks as though he won’t be joining MLS any time soon. Well at least not with the New York Red Bulls anyway.

Would you like to see Dani Osvaldo in MLS?

Manchester United legend criticises Liverpool for allowing Gerrard MLS move

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has criticised Liverpool for allowing club captain Steven Gerrard to leave for MLS side LA Galaxy.

“There is no way in a million years that Liverpool should be allowing him to pack up and sign for LA Galaxy,” said Neville in his column for The Telegraph.

The former United defender believes that Liverpool should be doing more to hold onto their best players and should emulate the way United in recent years have very rarely let their stars leave unless the boss wants them gone.

“If you compare Liverpool to Manchester United over the same period of time, I can think of only one player – Cristiano Ronaldo – who left when he wanted to go, rather than when Sir Alex Ferguson wanted it to happen.”

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Gerrard has little to play for but pride in his final Premier League game for the Reds on Sunday afternoon away to Stoke City at the Britannia as Liverpool have missed out on a Champions League spot and will finish trophy-less after being knocked out of the FA Cup semi-final by Aston Villa.

The 34-year-old will bid an emotional farewell to the club he has spent his entire career with before heading to the USA to link-up with his LA Galaxy teammates in July following a summer break.

The reigning MLS Cup champions will be hoping Gerrard can help fire them to another title when he arrives to play alongside former Liverpool colleague and Galaxy skipper Robbie Keane.

Should Liverpool have held on to Steven Gerrard for longer or were they right to allow him to move to MLS?

Jose Mourinho says Chelsea legend is a ‘big loss’ ahead of move to MLS

Jose Mourinho has spoken highly of Manchester City midfielder and Chelsea‘s all-time leading Premier League goalscorer Frank Lampard in light of his imminent move to MLS side New York City FC.

The Chelsea boss heaped praise on the 36-year-old when speaking at his press conference ahead of his side’s game at home to Sunderland on Sunday afternoon.

“One of my best players ever, one of my best professionals ever, a Chelsea legend and a legend in the Premier League,” Mourinho said.

“I have to honour him and wish him all the best in the States. He is a big loss for English football.”

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Lampard played under Mourinho between 2004 and 2007 in a period where Chelsea lifted two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup.

Mourinho returned to Chelsea in 2013 before allowing Lampard to leave for Manchester City last summer where he’s made 34 appearances in all competitions, contributing seven goals and one assist.

The ex-England international’s last game in England will be against Southampton at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon with City having already secured a second-place finish in the table. He will have a summer break before joining up with his New York City teammates in July.

Will Frank Lampard be a success for New York City in MLS?