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Suárez, Forsberg headline MLS’ most exciting 2024 arrivals

Compared to the summer of 2023, which saw Lionel Messi don the pink jersey of Inter Miami — and what may be coming this summer as MLS continues to be a player in the international transfer market — the 2024 winter transfer window in Major League Soccer was relatively quiet. Many teams have decided, effectively, to run it back with only minor tweaks to teams that made the playoffs in…

Sources: Utd eye Ashworth as sporting director

Manchester United are closing in on appointing Dan Ashworth as their new sporting director, sources have told ESPN. Ashworth is under contract at Newcastle United but he is United’s top target for the role and there is growing confidence he will be appointed. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) Newcastle want to keep the 52-year-old but fear he has already made up his mind to move to Old…

Sheffield Utd boss in a pickle over sandwich rant

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association for a rant against match officials which included calling them disrespectful for eating a sandwich in front of him. Wilder was upset with decisions during his side’s 3-2 defeat by Crystal Palace last month and described the referee Tony Harrington’s performance as ridiculous. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) When addressing media he…

Zambia star Kundananji joins Bay FC from Madrid

NWSL expansion side Bay FC have completed the signing of Zambia striker Racheal Kundananji from Madrid CFF, the club announced on Tuesday, with sources telling ESPN the deal is worth a women’s world record €735,000 ($787,600). The Equalizer was the first to report the record fee, which easily surpasses the previous record set by Chelsea last month when they signed Mayra Ramírez from Levante in a deal in the region…

Dry January: English clubs’ spending drops 80%

English clubs spent 80% less on international transfers compared to their record spending in January 2023, a FIFA report released on Tuesday said. FIFA said the total number of international transfers across men’s and women’s football — meaning players who moved from one country to another — increased to a record 5,073, but English clubs were uncharacteristically measured in their spending. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) –…

Man City, beware: FC Copenhagen keep upsetting Europe’s elite. Just ask Man Utd

A little over four months ago, a dejected and disgruntled Manchester United team trudged off the field at FC Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium having lost 4-3 to the Danish club in their UEFA Champions League group game. The home crowd was delighted, euphoric, but maybe not all that surprised. A fair few of them had, after all, seen this happen before. Back in 2006, the club also known as FCK had…

Transfer Talk: PSG want Rafael Leão to replace Kylian Mbappé

The winter transfer window is now closed in Europe’s top leagues, but there are plenty of moves in the works and gossip swirling around as we look ahead to the summer. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, done deals!

European review: Real Madrid send message in LaLiga title race

With all the attention being paid to the football in Las Vegas this weekend, the other football across Europe’s top five leagues was jam-packed with numerous huge matches that could decide titles and also paint a picture to see how teams will prepare in the European competitions with the UEFA Champions League and Europa League returning after this weekend. In Spain, we saw Real Madrid bring surprise packages Girona back…

China cancels Argentina tour over Messi row

Both of Argentina’s planned friendlies in China have been canceled by local authorities after Lionel Messi did not play in an Inter Miami match in Hong Kong last weekend. Beijing’s soccer association said on Saturday that it would not organize Argentina’s scheduled friendly clash against the Ivory Coast in March. The news comes a day after Hangzhou’s sports authorities also canceled a friendly between Argentina and Nigeria. – Stream on…

China cancels Argentina tour over Messi absence

Both of Argentina’s planned friendlies in China have been canceled by local authorities after Lionel Messi did not play in an Inter Miami match in Hong Kong last weekend. Beijing’s soccer association said on Saturday that it would not organize Argentina’s scheduled friendly clash against the Ivory Coast in March. The news comes a day after Hangzhou’s sports authorities also canceled a friendly between Argentina and Nigeria. – Stream on…