Monday Kickoff: Messi, Sanchez, Liverpool, and more

Monday Kickoff: Messi, Sanchez, Liverpool, and more

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Monday Kickoff: Messi, Sanchez, Liverpool, and more

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Arsenal’s Chilean star could be available this upcoming weekend, while Lionel Messi is expected to miss the 2016 Olympics in order to focus on Copa America Centenario and more:

Argentina national team head coach Gerardo Martino says Barcelona star Lionel Messi, who is one of three finalists in the running for Monday’s Ballon d’Or, may miss the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero in favor of focusing on Copa America Centenario. (REPORT)

Alexis Sanchez will most likely miss Wednesday’s English Premier League match, but “he has a chance to be available” by Sunday according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. (REPORT)

German international and Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 25, said he’s keep all of his options open amid recent interest for his services. (REPORT)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said Pep Guardiola, who has decided to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the 2015-16 season, may be shocked by the amount of games English clubs play. (REPORT)

AS Roma has reportedly contacted Leonardo Araujo to discuss the possibility of becoming head coach before the conclusion of the 2015-16 season. (REPORT)

Wenger expects to finalize the deal for Mohamed Elneny from FC Basel this week. (REPORT)

Bordeaux midfielder Henri Saivet is reportedly heading to EPL relegation contender Newcastle United for a fee of $6.5 million (REPORT)

Liverpool has recalled goalkeeper Danny Ward from his loan at Scottish club Aberdeen. (REPORT)

WEEKEND REWIND

Montreal Impact head coach Mauro Biello told SBI that the club is currently considering setting a deadline for Didier Drogba to make a decision about his future. (REPORT)

After spending six years abroad, 28-year-old striker Yura Movsisyan is reportedly returning to Real Salt Lake. (REPORT)

After receiving a phone call from U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, Brandon Vincent told SBI that being called into the U.S. Men’s National Team’s January camp was a “huge surprise.” (REPORT)

New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch told SBI that the club expects its Homegrown Players to improve and contribute to the team ahead of a busy 2016 campaign. (REPORT)

Glad that Messi will be focusing on the Copa America tournament rather than the Olympics? When do you think Sanchez will be fully fit? Think Gundogan will leave Dortmund this transfer window? Expect Guardiola to be successful in the EPL?

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