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    Giorgio Chiellini ‘approached by TWO MLS clubs over free summer transfer with Juventus legend’s contract expiring’

    GIORGIO CHIELLINI is heading for the MLS as two teams fight for his signature, according to reports.The Juventus legend looks poised to leave the club this summer after 18 YEARS.
    Two bids have been received from MLS teams for the transfer of Chiellini, say reportsCredit: Rex
    Chiellini has played more than 400 league games for Juventus over 18 years and is still considered a key figure at the age of 37.
    The strong central defender also announced his international retirement last month, meaning he will miss Italy’s clash against Argentina at Wembley in June in the first ever Copa EuroAmerica clash.
    And transfer guru Fabrizio Romano reckons he is heading for America.
    He tweeted: “Giorgio Chiellini will leave Juventus at the end of the season and MLS clubs approached him since April: two bids already received, including one from Los Angeles FC.
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    “Chiellini hasn’t made any decision yet – while Juventus will 100% sign a new centre back this summer.”
    Romano had previously reported that Chiellini is “tempted by the possibility” of a trip over the North Atlantic Ocean.
    He would follow countryman Lorenzo Insigne, who will join Toronto FC in a surprise free transfer after the Serie A season is over.
    Insigne will leave boyhood club Napoli 16 years after joining as a 14-year-old.
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    Chiellini insists that he has not made any decision on whether to continue playing in Turin yet.
    He added: “My love affair with Juventus is not ending, it will never end.
    “Of course, from now to the end of the season I do have to evaluate everything, talk to my family about what is best.
    “Let’s reach fourth place [in Serie A] first and win the Coppa Italia, then we’ll sit down with my two families – at home and Juventus – to figure out what is best for everyone.
    “It was the same last summer, I took time and didn’t sign the new contract until after the Euros.
    “At my age, you can’t look too far into the long-term, but that’s only natural, it’s all fine.” More

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    Ex-Man Utd star Phil Neville’s son Harvey, 19, makes debut for David Beckham’s MLS side Inter Miami in big cup win

    HARVEY NEVILLE made his Inter Miami debut in their US Open Cup win over South Georgia Tormenta.The 19-year-old, son of ex-Manchester United and England defender Phil, now his boss in America, came on as an 84th-minute substitute to replace ex-Newcastle star DeAndre Yedlin.
    Teenage defender Harvey Neville has joined his dad Phil Neville at MLS side Inter MiamiCredit: Getty

    Inter Miami’s 3-1 victory puts the club into the last-16.
    Right-back Harvey was named in the MLS outfit’s first team matchday squad for the first time in his career.
    Phil’s wife Julie posted pics of her son coming off the bench with the caption: “Proud mom moment watching @harvey.neville making his debut for Inter Miami.”
    Her post was liked by Chelsea legend and Phil’s former England team-mate John Terry.
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    Harvey has been a member of Inter Miami’s reserve team since 2021.
    He started in the youth ranks at Manchester United before continuing his development with spells at Manchester City and Valencia.
    Harvey, who can also play in midfield, then rejoined United’s youth system when he turned 16 in 2018.
    He signed his first pro deal at Old Trafford before the family moved to America.
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    Inter Miami’s highest paid player is ex-Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain, 34, and he returned from injury to start against Tormenta.
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    How Seattle Sounders relied on South American talent to become the first US team to win the Concacaf Champions League

    FOR the first time, a team from the United States has won the Concacaf Champions League.Last week Seattle Sounders beat Pumas of Mexico 3-0 to complete a 5-2 aggregate win.
    Seattle Sounders celebrate winning the Concacaf Champions LeagueCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    And so the trophy has gone just over 100 miles from the Canadian border. But it is a North American triumph with a strong South American flavour.
    Seattle’s captain is from Uruguay, attacking midfielder Nico Lodeiro, who scored three of the club’s five goals in the final.
    The other two, the vital strikes in the second leg, came from Peruvian striker Raul Ruidiaz.
    Off the bench in both legs came veteran Colombian striker Fredy Montero, the club’s all-time top scorer.
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    Major League Soccer has done some serious scouting in South America. At the moment, Joao Paulo, who starred a few years back with Botafogo, is something of an exception.
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    Argentina has been a happier hunting ground – Newcastle’s Paraguayan winger Miguel Almiron was a star in Argentina before he moved north to join Atlanta United, and then on to the Premier League.
    Colombia, geographically and culturally closer to the United States, has long been part of the MLS mix. And all of this is having an effect south of the border.
    Palmeiras have won the last two versions of the Copa Libertadores, South America’s Champions League – both times in all Brazilian finals.
    In this year’s competitions, they have played four times, none of them at full strength.
    And they have won all four games, scoring an astonishing twenty goals in the process.
    The other two members of Brazil’s big three, Flamengo and Atletico Mineiro, are also unbeaten.
    Last year Flamengo’s only defeat came in the final and Atletico were knocked out in the semi finals without losing a single game.
    The Libertadores, then, has become a Brazilian competition. It is hard to see how the rest of the continent – even the big clubs from Argentina – can compete.
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    The Brazilians have managed to turn the size of their country into a financial advantage, and the rise of the MLS is tipping the balance even further.
    The Brazilians are not losing big-name players to the United States. The other countries are.
    Looking further down the line, it is surely only a matter of time before a Pan-American club competition is organised, involving clubs from the United States and Mexico as well as traditional giants from Brazil and Argentina.
    There are obstacles to overcome – the most obvious being distance. The journey from, say, Buenos Aires to Seattle is an epic trek, and it would be unrealistic to expect regular midweek match ups of this kind.
    There could, perhaps, be a tournament involving the best teams from the Libertadores and from Concacaf’s Champions League – with the problem here being the quest to find the time in an already overcrowded calendar.
    But something along these lines is surely coming. There were tentative attempts to set up a Pan-American competition six years ago.
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    They will be less tentative in the future as club owners and media companies study the potential rewards.
    The South Americans from Seattle Sounders may have done more than win a trophy. They might have given a kick start to a re-drawing of football’s map.
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    The next MLS transfer window opens on July 7.
    His signing would go down very well amongst Miami’s strong Hispanic fan base while proving to be a welcome addition for MLS bosses keen to tap into the former Everton man’s global appeal.
    Beckham’s presence has seen his club constantly linked with a move for Lionel Messi while Luis Suarez has also been on the former England skipper’s hitlist.
    Inter Miami have endured another poor start to the season.
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    Neville’s gang failed to make the play-offs last year.
    This term has begun with just three wins from nine games, leaving them 12th in the 14-team Eastern Conference.
    Highest earner Higuain managed two goals in six games before being dropped by Neville.
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    Real Madrid ‘fuming with Gareth Bale over latest injury’ after he withdraws from squad to face Espanyol

    REAL MADRID have been left furious with Gareth Bale over his latest injury, according to reports. The Welshman missed today’s game against Espanyol with a reported back strain, as the Spanish giants look to wrap up the title.
    Bale is reportedly coming under fire for his record of injuries while at Real MadridCredit: Reuters
    But Real are “fed up” over Bale’s “suspicious” absences due to injuries, Mundo Deportivo are reporting.
    They claim his injuries “do little or nothing” to convince club medical staff.
    The fitness of Bale has been a contentious issue at the Bernabeu, with the former Spurs player missing chunks of the season in recent years.
    Ahead of the Espanyol game, manager Carlo Ancelloti was set to “count on him” before the back issue left him on the sidelines, according to the report.
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    The Spanish press took aim at him earlier this season after he missed 13 Real games through injury – but then managed to play for Wales during the international break.
    Bale also missed Real Madrid’s El Clasico hammering last month due to feeling unwell.
    But then a few days later he arrived in time for Wales training ahead of their crucial World Cup play-off against Austria.
    Bale’s future looks to be away from Madrid after the 32-year-old repeatedly clashed with fans and the media.
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    In recent days he has been linked with a shock transfer to MLS team DC United in the States.
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    David Beckham’s Inter Miami win battle to transform golf course into $1bn state-of-the-art football club stadium

    DAVID BECKHAM was jumping for joy after his dream of building a new $1billion home for Inter Miami took a massive step closer.The former England skipper’s team have played their first three MLS campaigns in Fort Lauderdale at DRV PNK Stadium, around 30 miles north of Miami.
    Inter Miami got the green light for their new stadiumCredit: https://www.intermiamicf.com/club/facilities/miami-freedom-park
    The Florida club will lease land at Melreese Country ClubCredit: https://www.intermiamicf.com/club/facilities/miami-freedom-park
    The new ground will cost £800m to completeCredit: https://www.intermiamicf.com/club/facilities/miami-freedom-park
    The complex will feature far more than just the stadiumCredit: https://www.intermiamicf.com/club/facilities/miami-freedom-park
    But after a meeting at Miami City Hall on Thursday night, the club earned enough votes from the five commissioners to lease land at Melreese Country Club near Miami international airport to build a new 25,000-seater stadium, due to be ready in 2025.
    A few other obstacles need to be cleared yet this was a massive moment for Becks, Miami boss Phil Neville and the fans with many praying their club would move closer to home. 
    Beckham wasn’t at the meeting but sporting director Chris Henderson told SunSport: “David has been following everything very closely.
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    The golf course at Melreese, the only public one in the city, will now begin to be converted into the stadium complex which will be called Miami Freedom Park.
    It will include a state-of-the-art multi-use stadium, a 750-room hotel, technology hub, one million square feet of office space and a 58-acre park with soccer pitches for public use.
    Political infighting had halted the deal with it being branded a “real estate deal with a soccer stadium” by opponents.
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    Over the moon, Mas said: “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a phenomenal deal for Miami.
    “This is a legacy project. This is an amazing day.” 
    Co-owner Mas spoke passionately at the start of the hearing about the project which has been six years in the making and has encountered myriad problems since its conception.
    Inter Miami purchased a plot of land in Overtown, a deprived downtown area, in 2015 but Mas has always pushed for a far more lucrative development which they hope will create a Silicon Valley-type environment in South Florida.
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    Inter Miami stress Freedom Park is “100 per cent privately financed” and Mas made the point that in both Tennessee and Buffalo, where new NFL stadiums are being planned, funding will come from the public purse.
    Mas added: “This deal is unprecedented in US sport.” 
    Miami Freedom Park will place the club far closer to the cityCredit: https://www.intermiamicf.com/club/facilities/miami-freedom-park
    The development has been fully financed privately and will create 15,000 jobsCredit: https://www.intermiamicf.com/club/facilities/miami-freedom-park
    A 750-room hotel, technology hub and one million square feet of office space also featureCredit: https://www.intermiamicf.com/club/facilities/miami-freedom-park
    Fans should be making their way to the ground for the first time in 2025Credit: https://www.intermiamicf.com/club/facilities/miami-freedom-park More

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    JUVENTUS defender Giorgio Chiellini has been linked with a summer switch to MLS to finish his career.The veteran Italian, 37, is claimed to be pondering his future in Turin despite being tied down at the Allianz Stadium until 2023.
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    In an injury-hit season, Chiellini has still managed to feature in 22 games in all competitions.
    SunSport exclusively revealed last month how the Old Lady were preparing for life after the Euro 2020 winner after identifying Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger as a target.
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    He tweeted: “Giorgio Chiellini’s considering to leave Juventus at the end of current season.
    “And MLS could be his next destination – he’s tempted by this possibility.
    “Current deal expires in June 2022 (2023) but Chiellini’s now open to try a new experience.”
    It’s not only Chiellini that could decide to switch continents, with Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale also rumoured to be heading Stateside.
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    The 32-year-old is set to become a free agent when his deal at the Bernabeu expires at the end of the campaign.
    And according to The Washington Post’s Steven Goff, Bale could be poised to make the move to America ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
    The reporter has declared that the forward is in negotiations with DC United about a potential transfer.
    And he has even suggested they would be prepared to make him their highest-paid player in history after Wayne Rooney.
    Rooney is believed to have pocketed around £300,000-a-week at Audi Field after arriving in 2018 from Everton.
    Bale was recently urged by his ex-Wales international team-mate Jack Collison, who is the head coach of Atlanta United 2, to make the move to the MLS.
    Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is claimed to have held talks with DC UnitedCredit: Getty More

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    Gareth Bale ‘in talks’ over shock free transfer to DC United with MLS side willing to pay him more than Wayne Rooney

    GARETH BALE could reportedly be set for a sensational switch Stateside to sign for MLS outfit DC United on a free transfer.The 32-year-old will depart Real Madrid at the end of the season when his contract at the Bernabeu expires.
    Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is said to be in talks to link up with MLS side DC UnitedCredit: AP
    Spanish media have stated that the Welsh winger could join another LaLiga club in the summer as he enjoys living in the country.
    But according to The Washington Post’s Steven Goff, Bale could be poised to make the move to a different continent ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
    The reporter has declared that the forward is in negotiations with the American side about a potential transfer.
    And he has even suggested DC United would be prepared to make him their highest-paid player in history after Wayne Rooney.
    It has been claimed that Bale could earn more than what Wayne Rooney did at Audi FieldCredit: USA TODAY Sports
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    Rooney is believed to have pocketed around £300,000-a-week at Audi Field after arriving in 2018 from Everton.
    Commenting on Bale’s future, Goff tweeted: “D.C. United in talks with Gareth Bale’s reps about move to MLS, I’m told.
    “(They actually spoke months ago but didn’t go anywhere.) Sides exchanging proposals but unclear whether It will pick up speed.
    “DCU prepared to pay more than Wayne Rooney in 2018. Bale leaving Real Madrid.”
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    He added: “Certainly seems very far-fetched but maybe some hope for DCU, given talks have resumed after long pause.
    “Team has been seeking a third DP to join [Edison] Flores and [Taxiarchis] Fountas. We’ll see.”
    Bale was recently urged by his ex-Wales international team-mate Jack Collison, who is the head coach of Atlanta United 2, to make the move to the MLS.
    He remarked: “It would be nice, wouldn’t it? It would be great if he came over here to Atlanta. The fans would certainly enjoy seeing him play.
    “He’s had such a fantastic career and I’m sure he feels he has so much football left in him so it could be a match made in heaven.
    “You look at the competitiveness in the MLS now and some of the players that the league has attracted.
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