Wednesday Kickoff: Real Madrid, Balotelli and more


Real Madrid’s head coach has denied reports of a massive deal that would send a Colombian star to Stamford Bridge, while an out-of-favor Liverpool striker seeks a permanent spot.

Zinedine Zidane insists that James Rodriguez will remain with Real Madrid this summer despite rumors of Chelsea offering over $100 million for the Colombian winger. While, the head coach also stated a deal for Blues midfielder Cesc Fabregas is “not very straightforward.” (REPORT)

Mario Balotelli has reportedly met with Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho as the Italian striker seeks a permanent move away from Liverpool. (REPORT)

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has made claims that he is targeted by English Premier League referees following controversy during Monday’s 2-1 win over West Ham, which saw the Spain international make a questionable challenge on goalkeeper Adrian. (REPORT)

With Chelsea still reportedly interested in completing a deal with Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, Crystal Palace is said to be looking to swoop in and sign Loic Remy to bolster its attack. (REPORT)

Hertha Berlin has reportedly shown interest in signing Arsenal midfielder Serge Gnarby on loan. The 21-year-old has scored six goals in four matches this summer for Germany at the Olympics. (REPORT)

Jordi Gomez has re-joined English Championship side Wigan Athletic after most recently playing for Sunderland. (REPORT)


The U.S. Men’s National Team will face in New Zealand in an international friendly in October. (REPORT)

The top three sides remaining intact in the latest installment of the SBI MLS Power Rankings, with FC Dallas sitting atop the list. (REPORT)

U.S. attacker Christian Pulisic is considering a move away from Borussia Dortmund in an attempt to find consistent first-team playing time. (REPORT)

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