The transfer windows are filled with strange rumors and scenarios, but this one is even more convoluted than most. So Arsenal are looking for a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, and they have their eye on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Borussia Dortmund are fed up with Aubameyang’s antics and his attitude, and seem willing to sell him. However, they won’t sell without a replacement for him. Arsenal wanted to do a straight swap using striker Olivier Giroud, but Giroud was not thrilled about the prospect of leaving London to live in Dortmund. And now with Chelsea interested in Giroud, the thinking is Arsenal sell Giroud to Chelsea, Chelsea then send Michy Batshuyai to Borussia Dortmund, and then Dortmund send Aubameyang to Arsenal. Is your head spinning yet? This could be a fascinating move of three strikers between clubs. Or it could all fall apart and have no one get what they want. Only time will tell (hopefully not too much time though).
Speaking of wantaway strikers, Cyle Larin finally officially completed his move to Besiktas in Turkey. Larin has made it clear over the past few years he dreamed of playing in Europe, and this offseason he felt that time had arrived. However in an odd set of circumstances, Larin was in Turkey training with Besiktas before any deal was officially reached. Orlando City released a statement criticizing Larin and Besiktas while announcing the deal was done. It was odd to see, but then this whole situation has been odd. In the end I suppose everyone got what they wanted. Larin got his move to Europe, and Orlando City got a undisclosed but reportedly high transfer fee for him. Larin was a star in his time in MLS. We’ll see if that transfers to the Turkish Super League.
On Tuesday NWSL had the dispersal draft for the players from the recently folded Boston Breakers. The Washington Spirit traded for the number one pick with Sky Blue FC, sending them the 2nd overall pick and some conditional picks in next year’s college draft. To the surprise of no one, Washington used the pick to draft Rose Lavelle, the young phenom who burst onto the scene last year with the USWNT and the Boston Breakers. Lavelle had a good rookie season, though unfortunately she dealt with injuries throughout the year. In acquiring Lavelle, the Spirit will run out an attack featuring her and Mallory Pugh, which is sure to be dynamic if they can both stay healthy.
After years of waiting, struggles to find funding and a stadium, Miami and David Beckham finally have their MLS team. Like New York and LA, Miami is a city of stars and glamour, and few people embody those more than David Beckham. But Beckham also loves the game of soccer, and his determination to get a team to Miami will surely be matched by his determination to make sure that the team is successful there. Miami native Arielle Castillo of MLSsoccer.com talks about how Beckham & Co. can draw on the community to ensure MLS second run in Miami is a success.
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