Monday Kickoff: Bravo, Ibrahimovic and more

Monday Kickoff: Bravo, Ibrahimovic and more

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Monday Kickoff: Bravo, Ibrahimovic and more

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Photo by Brad Penner/USA Today Sports

While the world continues to react to Lionel Messi’s apparent decision to quit the Argentina national team, a major star could be closing in on his long-awaited move to Manchester.

Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo says he wants Messi to reconsider his plans to retire from the Argentina national team. The two currently play together with reigning La Liga champions Barcelona. (REPORT)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will reportedly have a medical with Manchester United this week, after he and his Swedish national team exited Euro 2016 in the group stage. (REPORT)

After three seasons with Ligue 1 winners Paris Saint-Germain, head coach Laurent Blanc has stepped down amid reports linking Unai Emery of Sevilla to the job. (REPORT)

Sadio Mane is scheduled to undergo a medical with Liverpool on Monday, as the Southampton forward appears close to a deal with the Reds. Jurgen Klopp’s side has reportedly agreed to a $33 million contract with the Saints. (REPORT)

Germany attacker Lukas Podolski has criticized UEFA for expanding the Euro 2016 field to 24 teams, calling the new format “stupid.” (REPORT)

Martin O’Neill remains hopeful that he’ll receive an extension with the Republic of Ireland, along with assistant coach Roy Keane, after falling 2-1 to France in the Round of 16 at Euro 2016. (REPORT)

Wolfsburg has signed PSV Eindhoven defender Jeffrey Bruma on a five-year contract. The 24-year-old previously played in the Bundesliga while on loan with Hamburg. (REPORT)

WEEKEND REWIND

Lionel Messi told reporters following Argentina’s loss to Chile on Sunday that he will be retiring from the international game. (REPORT)

For the second consecutive year, Chile captured the Copa America on penalty kicks, defeating rivals Argentina at MetLife Stadium. (REPORT)

The U.S. Men’s National Team finished fourth at the Copa America Centenario, following a 1-0 defeat against Colombia on Saturday night. (REPORT)

New York City FC midfielder Kwadwo Poku is reportedly on the move to NASL side Miami FC after making just seven appearances for the club in 2016. (REPORT)

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