Thursday Kickoff: Mustafi, Ter Stegen, Messi and more


After remaining inactive for much of the transfer window, one of England’s top sides is trying to secure a late move, while Barcelona will be missing a key defensive figure on Sunday.

Arsenal is closing in on a deal with Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi ahead of the new Premier League season beginning. The Gunners and Mustafi have reportedly agreed to personal terms, however, Arsenal is still in talks with the Spanish side over the transfer fee. (REPORT)

Marc-Andre ter Stegen has suffered a ligament sprain in his left knee, leaving the Barcelona goalkeeper out of action for Sunday’s Spanish Super Cup match against Sevilla. (REPORT)

Argentina head coach Edgardo Bauza is in Spain currently attempting to convince Lionel Messi to come out of international retirement. The Barcelona forward made the decision to quit playing for the Albiceleste following June’s Copa America Centenario loss to Chile in the tournament’s final. (REPORT)

Juan Mata is reportedly seeking a move away from Manchester United after being substituted off during the club’s Community Shield win on Sunday against Leicester City, with Everton linked as a possible destination. (REPORT)

England and Spain will meet at Wembley Stadium in November just four days after the Three Lions meet Scotland in UEFA World Cup qualifying. (REPORT)

West Ham head coach Slaven Bilic has confirmed that the club has signed striker Jonathan Calleri from Uruguayan side Deportivo Maldonado on a season-long loan. The 23-year-old is reportedly waiting on a work permit to complete the move. (REPORT)

Swansea City has completed the club-record signing of Atletico Madrid striker Borja Baston for over $20 million. (REPORT)


FC Dallas scored twice in the final five minutes of extra time against the LA Galaxy to advance to the U.S. Open Cup final. (REPORT)

Three ownership groups have reportedly shown interest in purchasing the Chicago Fire in the event the club is willing to sell the team. (REPORT)

U.S. defender Matt Miazga could be on the move from Chelsea with a reported loan move to Bundesliga side Frankfurt said to be in the future for the young centerback. (REPORT)

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