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Swansea are close to completing the signing of Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches on a season-long loan.

PA Sport sources say that Swansea have made significant progress in talks with Sanches’ representatives and that the deal could be concluded in the next 24 hours.

And kicker has reported that the deal would be for one year with a fee of €8.5 million plus add-ons with no option to buy. The outlet says Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool were also interested in the Portugal international, but only with an option to buy.

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: “We wanted Renato Sanches to join a club where he can consistently play at a high level and where he has a coach who banks on him.

“Renato has to constantly win minutes for a year. That wasn’t possible with our squad. He’s aware he has to step on the gas now.”

Sanches’ signing would represent a significant coup for Swansea and their head coach Paul Clement, who worked with the midfielder in his role as Bayern assistant coach last season.

Swansea have been seeking a creative influence since the departure of Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton for a club-record £45m fee two weeks ago.

And Clement has been able to call on his contacts at Bayern where he worked as Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant before moving to Swansea in January.

Clement was impressed with Sanches during his time in Bavaria and it now appears he has managed to pull off his bold bid to sign the 20-year-old.

Sanches joined Bayern from Benfica for €35m in May 2016 when he was recognised as one of the brightest young prospects in European football.

He made 26 appearances for the German champions last season after being a member of Portugal’s Euro 2016-winning squad.

But Ancelotti sanctioned Sanches going out on loan and sources say that Swansea suits Bayern as they are not a Champions League rival.

Sanches is currently on international duty with Portugal ahead of their 2018 World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands in Porto on Thursday and he could have a medical before the game if negotiations with Swansea are completed.

And Sanches could be joined in Wales by countryman and Norwich City striker Nelson Oliveira, sources close to Swansea have told ESPN FC.

Swansea are looking at striking reinforcements with Fernando Llorente closing in on a move to Chelsea and Portugal international Oliveira figures highly on their wanted list.

Oliveira’s future at Norwich has been the subject of speculation this summer with a number of clubs expressing an interest in his services.

The 26-year-old has not been a regular starter for new Norwich boss Daniel Farke this season, but he has still managed to score three goals, despite starting only two of five Championship games he has played in.

Oliveira joined Norwich City last summer from Benfica after impressing on loan at Nottingham Forest the previous season.

The talented forward scored nine goals in 29 appearances for Nottingham Forest and his performances led Norwich to signing him last summer.

Oliveira impressed at Carrow Road last season, netting 15 goals in 32 games in all competitions, despite Norwich’s struggles in the Championship last season.

Swansea are now ready to test Norwich’s resolve to hang onto Oliveira and offer the player the chance to move to the Premier League.

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is fit for Brazil’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers, despite the midfielder not having played for Liverpool this season because of a stated back injury, a federation spokesman told ESPN Brasil.

Coutinho, 25, is attempting to force through a move to Barcelona and has been the club’s main transfer target this summer, with the Reds turning down three bids for him thus far, with the latest being worth a total of £118 million.

Though he has not appeared in any of Liverpool’s four games on the young campaign, he was called into Tite’s Brazil squad for the team’s matches against Ecuador and Colombia on Aug. 31 and Sept. 5, respectively.

And a CBF spokesman on Monday said the former Inter Milan man was without any injuries and will begin training with his teammates on Tuesday.

Before joining the national team in Porto Alegre, Coutinho paid a quick visit on Sunday to Rio de Janeiro-based doctor Michael Simoni, who has known the former Vasco da Gama star for years.

With the transfer window closing on Thursday, Aug. 31, there was speculation the midfielder had undergone a physical with Simoni ahead of a move. However, Simoni denied there had been any examination when asked by ESPN Brasil on Monday.

“When he had surgery on his shoulder and stayed alone in Europe — he was very young — who helped was me. This was shortly after he moved to Europe. He called me [Sunday]. I didn’t examine him, nothing medical,” Simoni, who serves as Fluminense’s health director, explained.

“I called Rodrigo Lasmar [the national team doctor] and explained everything. He can show up to train normally. I didn’t do a clinical exam, he came to chat, he came to talk to a friend.”

Despite Liverpool refusing all three of Barcelona’s offers, reports suggest Coutinho’s departure from Anfield is likely, whether it takes place this summer or next.

“He’s a bit anxious about the possibility of changing club,” said Simoni. “Of course we talked about this possible transfer, about the things that are in his heart right now.

“His back pains, in my opinion, are explained by this anxiety. Muscular tension normally does that.”

Teammate Renato Augusto commented on Coutinho’s situation after Brazil training on Monday, saying he was pleased to have the Liverpool man with the team.

“I didn’t have the opportunity to talk to him yet. But I believe that he’ll be all right and ready to play,” the former Corinthians and Bayer Leverkusen man said.

“He’s one of the best players in the world and, regardless of the transfer, it’s important to have him with us. The main thing for him is to be happy.”

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Champions League holders Real Madrid will face Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham in a difficult group following the draw ceremony in Monaco on Thursday.

Barcelona did not get an easy pass, either, as they were drawn against Juventus, Olympiakos and Sporting CP in Group D.

Aside from Spurs, English teams received slightly easier draws, with Chelsea’s matchup with Atletico Madrid among the more challenging matchups, while Liverpool will face Sevilla.

Manchester United will face Benfica, FC Basel and CSKA Moscow in Group A, while Manchester City get Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Feyenoord in Group F.

Teams were drawn into eight groups of four. Clubs from the same national association — as well as Russian and Ukrainian clubs — could not be drawn together. The first group games will be played on Sept. 12-13.

Group A: Benfica, Manchester United, FC Basel, CSKA Moscow.

Group B: Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Anderlecht, Celtic

Group C: Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Roma, FK Qarabag

Group D: Juventus, Barcelona, Olympiakos, Sporting CP

Group E: Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, Liverpool, NK Maribor

Group F: Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City, Napoli, Feyenoord

Group G: Monaco, FC Porto, Besiktas, RB Leipzig

Group H: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham, APOEL Nicosia

Dortmund finished top of their group above Madrid last year, but new coach Peter Bosz still said Real were the most difficult challenge his side could have been drawn against in Group H.

“Real Madrid are the first team that could defend the Champions League title,” he said after the draw. “I also saw their [recent Super Cup] matches against Barcelona, and I have to say: That is the absolute top level in football right now.

“For me, it’ll be the first time at the Bernabeu, though for most BVB fans it will be a well-known feeling. Against Tottenham, a very strong team, I already played successfully with Feyenoord. And Nicosia rounds off an overall tough group. We’re accepting the challenge.”

Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told Sky Germany that the club would look to the experience of finishing at the top of an equally tough group in 2012, when BVB went unbeaten against Real Madrid, Ajax and Manchester City before reaching the final.

“No doubt about it. This is the most difficult group,” he said. “But we’ve had that in 2012. We got through a group with Real and Manchester City. Heroes are born in those groups. Sure, we always get Real, and we played Tottenham in Europa League. But we can’t pick the teams.”

Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno shrugged off the notion that his club were the favourites to advance, saying “we’ll have to be at our best in order to qualify.”

“There’re a lot of teams that start today with that [favourites] tag,” he said. “We’re the champions from the last two seasons, we have a great team and a winning spirit. But this competition takes you to the limit in all aspects.

“It depends on a lot of factors and we must think about making it through the group stage. Hopefully we’re in the draw for the last 16 as winners of our group.”

Tottenham will go up against their former stars Gareth Bale and Luka Modric when they host Real Madrid at Wembley this year, and Spurs forward Harry Kane called the matchups “a good draw.”

“You expect to play the best in Europe in the Champions League, and it’s exciting for us. We look forward to these games,” Kane said. “You want to test yourself against the best, and Real Madrid are the best at the moment.

“It will be interesting to see where we’re at and a great test for us against Borussia Dortmund and APOEL as well. I remember the game against Real Madrid at the Lane in 2011. I’m sure Wembley will be packed for the matches, and we can’t wait to get started.”

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Andreas Pereira is keen to stay at Manchester United amid interest from Valencia but is set to seek assurances from Jose Mourinho about the opportunities on offer at Old Trafford, sources have told ESPN FC.

Pereira, 21, is wanted by the La Liga side after an impressive campaign on loan at Granada last season.

The midfielder was included in United’s squad for the preseason tour of the United States this summer, but he has yet to make an appearance so far this season and did not travel to Swansea for the 4-0 win at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Pereira, who watched the United under-23s’ 1-1 draw with Swansea from the stands at Eight Sports Village on Monday night, was also left out of the squad for the UEFA Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid and the opening Premier League game against West Ham.

Having picked the same XI for the first two league games of the season, Mourinho has told his players they will all be needed when campaigns in the Carabao Cup and Champions League kick off after the international break.

The United boss wants to keep Pereira at Old Trafford and sources have told ESPN FC that the Brazil youth international would like to stay, though he is conscious that a year spent on the sidelines could hamper his development following a breakthrough season in Spain.

Valencia, who won their first game of the season against Las Palmas on Friday, have shown the strongest interest, but Mourinho’s preference would be for Pereira to secure a loan move within the Premier League if he decides to leave.

Pereira has a year left on his contract with United, holding an option to extend the deal for an additional 12 months. He has made 13 first-team appearances since arriving from PSV Eindhoven in 2011, scoring once.

After returning from Granada this summer he was handed the No. 15 shirt ahead of the new season, having previously worn No. 44.

Valencia general director Mateu Alemany has confirmed his club are monitoring Pereira, as well as Paris Saint-Germain winger Goncalo Guedes.

Asked about his club’s interest in the duo, Alemany said during Geoffrey Kondogbia’s unveling as a new Valencia player: “I don’t like to reveal names or discuss operations but they are two players that interest us. There are others. We shall see.”

Superdeporte reports that Valencia have already reached an agreement with PSG for Guedes to join them on a season-long loan, while Valencia owner Peter Lim has travelled to England to meet United executives in order to negotiate Pereira’s return to La Liga.

Asked about Lim’s involvement in Valencia’s negotiations — the Singaporean businessman, who is on good terms with PSG, also reportedly helped in their pursuit of Guedes — Alemany said: “Any help is welcome. Peter just happened to be in Paris to watch a game. To use personal relations is good and that can give us a push. We take advantage of everything.”

Valencia are looking to strengthen their midfield line after the departure of winger Joao Cancelo, who will join Inter Milan on loan for the 2016-17 campaign.

Cancelo has been included as part of a swap deal that saw midfielder Kondogbia and defender Jeison Murillo arrive at Valencia from Inter.

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Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista is on the verge of joining Valencia in a reported €12 million deal.

Gabriel arrived in Valencia on Thursday, and Superdeporte reported that the 26-year-old will sign a five-year contract.

He moved to Arsenal from Villarreal for £15m in 2014 but struggled to earn a regular place in Arsene Wenger’s side.

Gabriel will be reunited with his former Villarreal coach Marcelino and told reporters: “I’m very happy and delighted.

“I’ve spoken to Marcelino on several occasions and I know his method of work.”

Gabriel will become Valencia’s third summer arrival following the signings of Serbia international midfielder Nemanja Maksimovic from Astana and Brazilian goalkeeper Norberto Neto from Juventus.

Superdeporte also reported that Valencia are closing in on Inter Milan pair Geoffrey Kondogbia and Jeison Murillo.

Kondogbia’s agent will be at the Mestalla on Friday to complete the deal after the two clubs reached agreement on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy.

Marcelino wants reinforcements to arrive as soon as possible and said ahead of his team’s La Liga opener against Las Palmas on Friday: “I’m confident we will have a competitive team before Aug. 31. I’m convinced we will have a minimum of four new players.”

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SINSHEIM, Germany — Jurgen Klopp says he forced Trent Alexander-Arnold to be on free kick-taking duty as the youngster scored his first goal for Liverpool in the 2-1 win over Hoffenheim on Tuesday night.

Alexander-Arnold, 18, broke the deadlock in the first leg of the Champions League playoff with a long-range free-kick in the first half.

James Milner added the second goal before Mark Uth netted late on to keep the tie alive, although Hoffenheim need to score at least two goals at Anfield in a week’s time.

“He is an incredible young player,” Klopp told a news conference. “I told him he had to take it — he can shoot free kicks better than I ever could. But I don’t want the credit for it!

“I have to say for an 18-year-old, who has the balls to take a free kick like that, it is rather more exciting and interesting for me than a little mistake he makes.

“I told him to take it because I watched him many times for the Under-23s last season. He took the free kicks then and, by the way, the goal is the same size.

“There is a big challenge after training between him and Ben Woodburn. They are both good and both improving.

“It was a bit lucky as the wall didn’t jump but it was a very good free kick and very important for us.

“It was an intense game for Trent. He still has some things to learn. He thought their goal was offside but it was unfortunately not offside. Trent is a great player and I have to say I’d rather win 2-1 than 1-0.”

Alexander-Arnold, who grew up a short distance from Liverpool’s Melwood training ground, says his goal was the stuff of dreams.

“Obviously it’s a thing of dreams to make your European debut for your boyhood club, and to mark it with a goal as well is very special,” he told BT Sport.

“But most importantly we got the win. We’re disappointed to concede the goal, but it’s nice to take a lead back to Anfield.”

On his free-kick, the teenager added: “I kind of got egged on to do it, to be honest. I never put my hand up at first, but I had the confidence to finally take it and it paid off!”

Meanwhile, Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann believes his side were unfortunate to be on the losing side at the Rhein-Nekar-Arena.

“I feel that we played a really good match, especially in the first half,” he said at his postmatch news conference. “I think we had the better chances, the clearer chances.

“In general, I would say we weren’t the worst team today, but the less lucky team.”

The 30-year-old coach also said he has no concerns about playing the second leg at Anfield despite its reputation as a fortress on European nights.

He continued: “I don’t really make a difference between home or away matches, so I don’t really care.

“The only difference is the rule with away goals. I’m not really interested in that right now. There’s no difference concerning the fans’ songs — no one goes on and translates that.

“I can assure you that our commitment will be the same at Anfield. I know that we made a good match here and I can promise you that we will make a good match over there.”

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Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain will not change the striker’s chances of winning a Ballon d’Or, Brazil coach Tite said while unveiling his squad on Thursday.

Reports in the lead up to Neymar’s record deal suggested he was looking to move in part to get out of the shadow of Lionel Messi, though the player had nothing but kind words about his former teammate.

Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have won the past nine Ballon d’Or awards as the world’s top player, and Tite, who previously praised the PSG move, suggested Neymar would claim the award in the future no matter where he plays.

“There are three players fighting for that position: Cristiano, Messi and Neymar,” Tite said. “Cristiano and Messi are from a different generation, and Neymar will get there. That will depend on his performances, not on whether he plays with Messi.

“The essence is that he likes to play football. The important thing is that he is well and adapted in his new club. Values ​​and money do not change anything. He went to another club, as he said, to seek new perspectives.”

He added: “The tactical formation used by Paris is very similar to that of Barcelona, ​​it’s 4-3-3. PSG use two forwards with a pivot, so it has the same design. It only changes the characteristics of the players who will play next to Neymar.”Tite named a much-changed Brazil squad for Neymar to lead in the two upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Colombia.

Five players were dropped from the group that in March secured the team’s spot in Russia 2018.

Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson is one of the new names to be tested, while new Juventus winger Douglas Costa was one of the players dropped.

Brazil lead the CONMEBOL table with 33 points after 14 games. They will play sixth-placed Ecuador on Aug. 31 in Porto Alegre and second-placed Colombia away on Sept. 5.

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LONDON — Arsene Wenger hailed an “outstanding” Sead Kolasinac after the signing scored in Sunday’s Community Shield victory, and said the defender’s physicality will make him a perfect fit for the Premier League.

Kolasinac met a free kick from Granit Xhaka to head in Arsenal’s equaliser in the second half at Wembley, before the Gunners won a penalty shootout 4-1 to lift the preseason trophy for the third time in four years.

It was Kolasinac’s first goal for the Gunners after joining on a free transfer this summer, and came despite playing in a back three after he replaced the injured Per Mertesacker in the first half.

Wenger said he was hesitant to start Kolasinac at Wembley so soon in his Arsenal career, but predicted that the Bosnia-Hercegovina international will fit right into English football.

“I think he was outstanding today,” Wenger said. “He is physically very strong, naturally. You have players who were pumped up in the gym and players who were born strong. And he’s the second part. … In the Premiership power plays a part. But it’s not only that, I bought him as well for his attitude.

“I believe the modern game doesn’t tolerate as many weaknesses anymore as it did 20 years ago. And it’s always a combination of talent and attitude. He looks to me that he has good talent but as well a very strong and determined attitude, supported by a strong body.”

Mertesacker had to come off after taking an elbow to the head that opened up a deep gash in his forehead, but Wenger said he should be fine for next Friday’s Premier League opener against Leicester.

However, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey are both doubts for that game after sitting out Sunday’s match.

“Mesut got a kick on his ankle and is swollen. He couldn’t play, he couldn’t practice yesterday. Overall, we’ll see, he has a little chance to play on Friday night,” Wenger said. “Ramsey has a chance to play, but I think he will be short as well with a little calf problem.”

Arsenal went 1-0 behind when Victor Moses scored shortly after the re-start but equalised just after Pedro Rodriguez had been sent off for raking his studs across Mohamed Elneny’s calf.

The shootout victory then handed them a ninth straight victory at Wembley since 2014, and Wenger’s seventh Community Shield win. It also avenged a 3-0 preseason loss to Chelsea in Beijing last month and handed Wenger’s team a bit of momentum heading into the new campaign.

“I’m very happy because we won a trophy that we wanted to win, and because I believe the quality of the game was very good, two teams who gave absolutely everything,” Wenger said. “And overall the game was of great intensity and quality.

“And even when we were 1-0 down we didn’t panic, and kept control of the game and came back. So overall the performance is a continuation of what we did at the end of last season. … We had some bad starts recently in the last four years in the first game of the Premiership. But we had the intensity in the games in our preparation that is needed to be ready.

“So let’s go into the Premiership now with the same discipline, the same spirit and see where we can go.”

Wenger also confirmed that he expects several players to leave the club before the end of the transfer window, with a squad of 33 listed on the back of Sunday’s match programme.

“To be honest, the number is too high. We’ll let some players go,” he said. “Because too much competition for places is detrimental. Not enough competition for places is detrimental as well. But I agree with you that 33 is too high.”