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Friday Kickoff: Real Madrid, Pato, Copa del Rey and more


Real Madrid will attempt to overturn FIFA’s transfer sanction, Alexandre Pato’s future will reportedly be revealed in the next couple of days and more:

Real Madrid announced it would formally appeal FIFA’s transfer ban, with director general José Ángel Sánchez saying: “This club has never collaborated in the uprooting of families of underage players. Neither because the circumstance has arisen in which we have to register a foreign player, leaving behind his family, nor has arisen a circumstance in which we have a ploy to bring a family along with a player.” (REPORT)

Corinthians head coach Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, also known as Tite, says Pato’s future should be clear in the next couple of days, while English side Chelsea has a reported interest. (REPORT)

The draw for the Copa del Rey quarterfinals was held on Friday, and the four matchups are Valencia-Las Palmas, Athletic Club-Barcelona, Sevilla-Mirandés and Celta Vigo-Atlético Madrid. (REPORT)

Serie A side Juventus is reportedly offering €15 million (£11.4 million), including bonuses, in order to acquire 18-year-old Anderlecht midfielder Youri Tielemans. (REPORT)

Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette said he would be open to a move to the English Premier League this summer. (REPORT)

Newcastle United has reportedly held talks over a potential £12 million transfer of 24-year-old English international Andros Townsend from Tottenham Hotspur. (REPORT)

Manchester City have completed the transfer for 23-year-old midfielder Anthony Caceres from Australian club Central Coast Mariners. (REPORT)

Leicester City are reportedly in talks with FC Copenhagen to acquire 21-year-old Ghana international Daniel Amartey. (REPORT)

Steven Hollis has been appointed new chairman of Aston Villa. (REPORT)


After being selected No. 1 overall by the Chicago Fire then traded to New York City FC, Jack Harrison is relieved and “excited” to end up with a team that really wanted him on draft day. (REPORT)

Jordan Morris, 21, confirmed that he will travel back to Germany with Werder Bremen on Saturday to continue training. (REPORT)

Sigi Schmid revealed that the decision Morris faces — to sign with the Seattle Sounders or a club abroad — is out of his hands. (REPORT)

The first two rounds of the 2016 MLS Draft were completed on Thursday, and the common theme of the day was trades. (REPORT)

Philadelphia Union sporting director Earnie Stewart felt the club “succeeded” on draft day after selecting Joshua Yaro, Keegan Rosenberry, Fabian Herbers and Taylor Washington. (REPORT)

MLS commissioner Don Garber is “hopeful” that Didier Drogba will return to the Montreal Impact ahead of the 2016 season. (REPORT)

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