For months we have heard that Inter Milan manger Roberto Mancini wanted to sign Manchester City star Yaya Toure this summer. A move that has Nerazzurri shaking their head that Inter would spend that much money on an aging star, when they have one of the best young talents in Europe sitting on the bench in Mateo Kovačić.
But it is the latest transfer news from England‘s Daily Mail that has me shaking my head wondering if anyone at the club actually has a plan for this summer.
With Jozy Altidore suspended, Jurgen Klinsmann had the opportunity to look at some new attacking options, and youth was well served as youngsters Jordan Morris and scored both goals.
Morris provided some moments of encouragement in an otherwise dull first half between two teams below full strength. Mexico had the best opportunity of the first half, when five minutes before the break Gerardo Flores’s cross to the near post was sent wide by Eduardo Herrera.
PSG striker Edinson Cavani has been linked for months with a move to Manchester United this summer, but following PSG’s 3-1 defeat to Barcelona on Wednesday in their UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, first leg, the 28-year-old striker quashed the speculation that he will leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
“There is too much talk about my future, but I will remain here,” Cavani told Sky Italia. “I will respect my contract and I’m only focusing on doing well for PSG.”
Luis Suarez twice nutmegged David Luiz on the way to scoring a brilliant second-half double as Barcelona all but ended Paris Saint-Germain‘s Champions League dream with a 3-1 quarter-final, first leg win at the Parc des Princes.
The visitors’ all-star attack made their class count as Neymar coolly converted from a Lionel Messi assist in the 18th minute to put Luis Enrique’s men in control, before Suarez produced two classy finishes in the final quarter of the game. PSG got one back eight minutes from time thanks to a deflected Gregory van der Wiel strike, but this was their first home defeat of the season and a first loss at home in Europe in 34 matches since 2006.
Porto have one foot in the Champions League‘s semi-finals after a shocking 3-1 win at home over Bayern Munich. The away goal will give Bayern hope, that they can overturn this deficit next week at the Allianz Arena, but in order to do that, Bayern will have to fix their appealing defending, which led to all three Porto goals.
Porto got off to a dream start as right winger Ricardo Quaresma scored twice in the opening ten minutes. First, Jackson Martinez pressed Bayern midfielder Xabi Alonso into a rare mistake on the edge of his area. Martinez was one-on-one with Manuel Neuer, and while it appeared that Neuer got the ball, the Spanish referee Carlos Carballo disagreed and pointed to the spot. Quaresma drilled home the third-minute penalty.
Colorado Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni, who played for the MLS All-Star team when Denver last hosted the event in 2007, will serve as the head coach of the All-Stars.
Tottenham will bring a familiar face in defender DeAndre Yedlin, who started at right back for the MLS All-Stars in 2014 against Bayern and was selected to the 2013 team by MLS Commissioner Don Garber, the first rookie since 2005 to receive the honor.
It’s 2011 all over again as both Barcelona and Manchester United will tour the USA this summer. You might remember that the two clubs enjoyed massively successful tours in 2011, that was topped off with the two clubs meeting in Washington DC, less than three months after meeting in the Champions League final at Wembley.
Today, we found out the rest of the participants who will take part in the 2015 International Champions Cup, which is set to be played between July 11 and August 5, and the list includes three clubs who are still active in this season’s UEFA Champions League:
The 37-year-old Puyol retired at the end of last season, after struggling with persistent knee problems for over two years.
Speaking from China, where he was being unveiled as an ambassador of the Laureus foundation, he told Mundo Deportivo that the condition of his knee was improving, but he was not yet sure what his next career move would be — with a move into coaching also an option.
Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp has said that will leave at the end of the season as he “no longer feels he is the perfect coach for the club”.
Klopp won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012, and led to the Champions League final in 2013, but he confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that he had asked for his contract to be terminated but insisted that he is not tired and that he is not planning on having a sabbatical.