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Man United's Alexis Sanchez to join U.S. tour after resolving issues

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Jose Mourinho isn't thrilled to not have several first-team players at his disposal as Man United embark on their preseason tour in the U.S. Stewart Robson reads between the lines of Jose Mourinho's press conference comments on Paul Pogba and feels his compliments were backhanded. Man United's Jose Mourinho puts Paul Pogba's role in France's World Cup win into perspective and outlines what he hopes Pogba will take away from it. PHOENIX -- Alexis Sanchez is set to join his Manchester United teammates on their summer tour, the club announced on Thursday, with sources telling ESPN FC the Chilean was granted a visa to travel to the United States. Sanchez was not on the flight from Manchester to Los Angeles on Sunday after U.S. authorities blocked his trip because of a conviction for tax fraud he accepted in February, sources said. United confirmed it was due to a "personal administrative issue." But sources said Sanchez has...
Rob Dawson, Man United correspondent

Man United's Alexis Sanchez to join tour after resolving visa issues - sources

1 day 23 hours ago
Jose Mourinho isn't thrilled to not have several first-team players at his disposal as Man United embark on their preseason tour in the U.S. Stewart Robson reads between the lines of Jose Mourinho's press conference comments on Paul Pogba and feels his compliments were backhanded. Man United's Jose Mourinho puts Paul Pogba's role in France's World Cup win into perspective and outlines what he hopes Pogba will take away from it. PHOENIX -- Alexis Sanchez is set to join his Manchester United teammates on their summer tour after he was granted a visa to travel to the United States, sources have told ESPN FC. The Chilean was not on the flight from Manchester to Los Angeles on Sunday after U.S. authorities blocked his trip because of a conviction for tax fraud he accepted in February, sources said. United confirmed it was due to a "personal administrative issue." But sources said Sanchez has now been granted a visa and will...
Rob Dawson, Man United correspondent

LAFC's Adama Diomande says he was called racial slur in Portland Timbers game

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Adama Diomande LAFC striker Adama Diomande says he was subjected to racial abuse during Wednesday night's U.S. Open Cup match against the Portland Timbers. Diomande, who joined LAFC in May, reacted angrily during the second half of his team's 3-2 win at home, and wrote on Instagram after the game that someone called him by a racial slur. "Today was the first time in my professional career that I was called the 'N' word on the field," Diomande wrote. "They will say sorry to me after the game and please...
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Manchester City 'not disappointed' over losing Jorginho to Chelsea - Guardiola

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Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis says highly sought after Jorginho will be joining Chelsea after recently reaching an agreement with the club. CHICAGO -- Pep Guardiola has refused to rule out targeting another midfielder in the transfer window after missing out on Chelsea's Jorginho. Riyad Mahrez is the only addition to his squad this summer after joining for a club record £60 million. Guardiola allowed defensive midfielder Yaya Toure to leave in the summer and wants a replacement. Italy international Jorginho was identified as his top target with a deal agreed before he later decided to move to Stamford Bridge from Napoli. "No, we're...
Jonathan Smith, Manchester City correspondent

Ex-Manchester United striker Giuseppe Rossi: I lost count of my knee surgeries

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes former Manchester United team-mate Paul Pogba answered his critics as his France side won the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Bryan Robson sheds light on Man United's preseason preparation, which youngsters he'd like to see shine, Paul Pogba's leadership role and more. Manchester United defender Luke Shaw makes his intentions for the season clear, hoping to take advantage of his opportunity during the ICC. Former Manchester United striker Giuseppe Rossi says he "lost count" of how many knee surgeries he's had as he opened up on his injury woes. The ex-Italy international moved to Old Trafford from Parma as a 16-year-old amid high expectation in 2004. However, he has been plagued with serious knee injuries ever since which effectively ruined any chance he had of playing at the top level. Yet he is determined not to give up and to make the most of his ability. "I kinda lost count of the knee surgeries...
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Ex-Manchester United striker Giuseppe Rossi: I lost count of my knee surgeries

2 days ago
Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes former Manchester United team-mate Paul Pogba answered his critics as his France side won the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Bryan Robson sheds light on Man United's preseason preparation, which youngsters he'd like to see shine, Paul Pogba's leadership role and more. Manchester United defender Luke Shaw makes his intentions for the season clear, hoping to take advantage of his opportunity during the ICC. Former Manchester United striker Giuseppe Rossi says he "lost count" of how many knee surgeries he's had as he opened up on his injury woes. The ex-Italy international moved to Old Trafford from Parma as a 16-year-old amid high expectation in 2004. However, he has been plagued with serious knee injuries ever since which effectively ruined any chance he had of playing at the top level. Yet he is determined not to give up and to make the most of his ability. "I kinda lost count of the knee surgeries...
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Arsenal's Kelechi Nwakali joins Porto on season-long loan deal

2 days 1 hour ago
Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson tries to read deeper into Arsene Wenger's regret about staying on as Gunners boss for too long. Unless a "big opportunity" arises, Arsenal boss Unai Emery says he won't feel the need to make any further summer signings. Arsenal midfielder Kelechi Nwakali will spend a third straight season on loan after joining FC Porto for the new campaign. Nwakali, 20, has yet to appear for the Gunners since signing in summer 2016 following a standout campaign at the Under-17 World Cup for Nigeria, where he was named Player of the Tournament. He has spent the last two seasons playing for MVV Maastricht and VVV Venlo in the Netherlands. ½Kelechi Nwakali ¶ FC Porto B<™"O FC Porto é o local certo para evoluir" =LMédio=Ó20 anos=ÍNigeriano<ÆCampeão do mundo Sub-17 em 2015<–Melhor jogador do Mundial Sub-17#FCPorto #FCPortoB pic.twitter.com/S9v7XoEPnH&mdash; FC Porto (@FCPorto) July 18, 2018 "Kelechi now heads to Portugal and we wish him all the best for his season with Porto," an...
Mattias Karen, Arsenal correspondent

Former Bafana defender Nazeer Allie signs for Maritzburg United

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Premier Soccer League surprise package from last season Maritzburg United have signed experienced defender Nazeer Allie from Bidvest Wits, the club confirmed on Thursday. The former Bafana Bafana international can play at either right-back or centre-back and provides some leadership at the back after the loss of last season's skipper Bevan Fransman to Highlands Park. The 33-year-old did not have his contract renewed at former club Wits, but has penned a two-year deal with Maritzburg, who are coached...
Nick Said

ICC questions: Madrid without Ronaldo, Mourinho mood, Liverpool title credentials

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The FC team answer your tweets on Cristiano Ronaldo's GOAT status, how VAR would have changed the 2010 World Cup and how close Liverpool are to title contention. Jose Mourinho isn't thrilled to not have several first-team players at his disposal as Man United embark on their preseason tour in the U.S. The 2018 International Champions Cup kicks off on Friday, with Premier League champions Manchester City facing Borussia Dortmund at Chicago's Soldier Field in the opening fixture of the preseason tournament which takes place across three continents. A World Cup summer has shifted the focus away from the club game, but with most major leagues now in the final stages of preparations for the new season, what questions do the big clubs need to answer during the ICC? How will Real Madrid shape up in...
Mark Ogden

Transfer Talk: Chelsea and Milan in Alvaro Morata, Gianluigi Donnarumma swap

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The FC crew look back on the 2018 World Cup and identify four stars who either improved their stock in Russia or saw it take a hit with their play. The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the summer. When does the transfer window close in the Premier League and the top European leagues? TOP STORY: Donnarumma-Morata swap? Chelsea could trade Alvaro Morata for Gianluigi Donnarumma, Tuttosport&nbsp;claims. New Blues boss Maurizio Sarri faces the possibility of No. 1 goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois joining Real Madrid while his first-choice replacement,...
Matthew Stanger

Ex-Kaizer Chiefs player Liberty Masunda jailed in the UK

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Former Zimbabwe international Liberty Masunda, who played for Kaizer Chiefs in South Africa, has been jailed for three years in England after being found guilty of defrauding the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) out of &#163;450,000 in maternity payments. The 43-year-old, who also played for Blackpool, was part of a 12-member gang that set up the con, all of them Zimbabweans living in the United Kingdom, and are said to have created 165 fake profiles to draw the grant money. Masunda got the...
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