Report: Manchester City Set to Sign Rodri Hernandez, Break Club Transfer Fee Record

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Manchester City are set to make their first signing of the summer transfer window, and it’s going to be a record breaking one. Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodrigo Hernandez, also known as Rodri, will cost the club £63 million (€70m), and that amount will break the club’s transfer release clause due expense record. The current record belongs to Riyad Mahrez, City’s lone acquisition from Leicester City last year.

By Euros, this amount will place him within the top 25 most expensive players in history. By pounds, he would rank within the top 20. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has beaten his most recent former club, Bayern Munich, to the punch on this one.

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Man United Reach £45m Deal with Crystal Palace for Aaron Wan-Bissaka

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The long, tedious Aaron Wan-Bissaka transfer saga is set to finally come to an end as Manchester United and Crystal Palace have now reached agreement on the final sale price. The 21-year-old right back will now move to Old Trafford from London for an initial £45 million fee, with add-ons pushing the total price to £50m.

He will be United’s fifth most expensive player ever behind only Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Angel Di Maria and Fred. Wan-Bissaka also becomes the most expensive defender in MUFC history, as he fills a major void at right back.

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Report: Tottenham Set to Sign Tanguy Ndombele, Break Club Transfer Fee Record

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Tottenham Hotspur is set to get their summer transfer window party started, and to do so in style by breaking the club transfer fee record. According to Sky Sports, the north London side has reached an agreement with Lyon for the acquisition of midfielder Tanguy Ndombele; for the eye-popping sum of £65 million.

This shatters the previous record of £36m, set by Davinson Sanchez. It’s also well ahead of the £31.5m record for a Spurs midfielder, which belongs to Moussa Sissoko.

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Liverpool FC Transfer Talk: Nicolas Pepe, Simon Mignolet, Sepp van den Berg

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The Liverpool FC summer transfer window is now finally starting to come alive. We had an exclusive interview last week with Ian Rush, and during the Q&A the clubs’s all-time leading scorer said that he expects Anfield to make a couple signings this summer.

A couple days later, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said his club, as well as any other elite club, must spend big in order to get/remain relevant. Well, LFC’s first signing of the summer is now finally here and it’s Sepp van den Berg, a 17-year-old PEC Zwolle central defender, who was sought after by Bayern Munich, Ajax and Sampdoria, among others.

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Cubs Catcher Willson Contreras is the Kind of Guy Baseball Needs

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Last night’s 8-3 Chicago Cubs win over the Atlanta Braves saw a major beef between the two catchers, Willson Contreras and Tyler Flowers, ensue, followed by the emptying of both benches. In other words, even the most strident “baseball is boring” kind of person would have found this game, in which tempers flared on both sides, riveting.

ICYMI, and you’re trying to catch up via media coverage today, just make sure you consider the source of what you’re viewing/reading. While there are some out there approaching this with a journalistic, fair and balanced approach, the Chicago media is largely taking a pro-Cubs slant while most of the Atlanta media is on Flowers’ side here.

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Chelsea FC in Talks for Frank Lampard, Derby County Confirms

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It may not be long until Chelsea FC are able to introduce their next manager, and it’s going to be club legend Frank Lampard. He’s the current boss at Championship side Derby County, and the Derbyshire club confirmed Chelsea’s approach and negotiations in a brief statement on Tuesday.

“Derby County Football Club can confirm that they have granted permission for Chelsea Football Club to speak to Frank Lampard about the vacant managerial position at Stamford Bridge,” reads the short official statement from the club.

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Liverpool FC Set to Make Their First Signing of the Summer: Sepp van den Berg

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In our exclusive interview last week with Ian Rush, Liverpool’s all-time leading scorer said that he expects his former club to make a couple signings this summer.

Just a few days ago, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said his club, as well as any other club that wants to get to/stay at the top, must spend big. Well, the Reds’ first signing of the summer is now finally here and it’s Sepp van den Berg, a 17-year-old PEC Zwolle central defender. According to The Guardian, the deal is worth £1.79 million and Sepp is set to undergo his medical with the Merseyside club tomorrow.

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Manchester United Transfer Talk: Pogba, Neymar, Lukaku, Wan-Bissaka

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All the hype that entered this summer transfer window at Manchester United has essentially fizzled. MUFC have been linked with approximately 45,329 players this silly season, but only one, Daniel James, has actually been signed.

Hopefully, there will be more signings to talk about between now and when camp opens up on July 1, but until then, here are some of the top trending news items and transfer narratives in the Manchester United online community on this Monday. Go here for part one of today’s MUFC news and transfer talk.

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Man United News and Transfer Talk: Longstaff, Mourinho, Schweinsteiger

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All the hype that entered this summer transfer window at Manchester United has essentially fizzled. MUFC have been linked with approximately 45,329 players this silly season, but only one, Daniel James, has actually been signed.

Hopefully, there will be more signings to talk about between now and when camp opens up on July 1, but until then, here are some of the top trending news items and transfer narratives in the Manchester United online community on this Monday. Go here for part two of today’s MUFC news and transfer talk.

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Bicycling a Good Wrigley Field Commuting Option for Cubs Home Games

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Whether the Chicago Cubs win or lose, just about everybody who drives to Wrigley Field will indeed take a L. Wrigley Field is located in the heart of a residential area, making parking options scarce and egregiously expensive. Add to that the ramped gentrification surrounding the ballpark, the closed-off streets that accompany it and overall nightmarish commute, and well, any option but driving is a good one.

If you must drive, park in one of the Cubs faraway lots that include a free shuttle bus. Better yet, take advantage of the Cubs free bike valet service, available for all home games in the alley just east of the main entrance to the CTA station adjacent to the ballpark.

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Bastian Schweinsteiger Named MLS All-Star for Second Time

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Last summer, the Chicago Fire had zero players named to the MLS All-Star game. The previous season, when the club hosted the exhibition, versus Real Madrid at Soldier Field, they had four. Bastian Schweinsteiger was one member of that quartet, and he will return to the Major League Soccer showcase this summer, when the MLS All-Stars take on Atletico Madrid in Orlando on July 31.

It’s the second ASG nod in three seasons for Schweinsteiger, who has started in 16 of the team’s first 17 matches in 2019.

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Liverpool Legend Ian Rush on Jurgen Klopp, Champions League Glory (Exclusive)

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Liverpool legend Ian Rush, the club’s all-time leading scorer by a very wide margin, granted us an exclusive interview this past week, and the conversation included a multitude of topics. The former Wales international was in town to promote Liverpool’s preseason match against Borussia Dortmund July 19 at Notre Dame Stadium.

Rush even threw out the first ball at the Chicago Cubs’ win over the White Sox on Wednesday night. In part one we touched upon Liverpool’s summer transfer window. In the second and final portion of this interview here, we cover the Reds’ history of UCL glory and their larger than life manager Jurgen Klopp. 

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