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Thursday Kickoff: Lukaku, van Gaal, Neville and more


One English Premier League star continues to drum up interest from bigger clubs, while one of the league’s more recognizable managers may have a new job within his sights.

Romelu Lukaku’s agent, Mino Raiola, says Juventus, Paris-Saint Germain and Real Madrid are all contenders to sign the Belgian forward from Everton. (REPORT)

The Netherlands are reportedly interested in hiring Louis van Gaal for a senior role within the national team set-up. The current Manchester United manager took charge of the national team from 2012-14. (REPORT)

Manchester City remains interested in Aymeric Laporte, but Athletic Bilbao are set to offer the star defender a new contract. (REPORT)

Valencia has fired Gary Neville after just 28 total games. (REPORT)

Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu will miss six-to-eight weeks after undergoing knee surgery. (REPORT)

FIFA has banned Sunderland defender Emmanuel Eboue for one year over a contractual dispute with his former agent. (REPORT)

Former Juventus star Pavel Nedved has assumed a role as ambassador for the Chinese Super League. (REPORT)


Following the U.S. Men’s National Team’s victory over Guatemala, SBI breaks down some key takeaways from the World Cup qualifying win. (REPORT)

SBI also takes a look at several key themes from the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team’s defeat at the hands of Colombia. (REPORT)

Heading into the NASL season, SBI previews the Jacksonville Armada, who have renewed hope under the leadership of Tony Meola. (REPORT)

In addition, SBI previews FC Edmonton, a club looking to push towards the postseason following the loss of star Lance Laing. (REPORT)

Jurgen Klinsmann discussed recent criticism following his team’s 4-0 win over Guatemala. (REPORT)

Christian Pulisic became the latest prospect to make his USMNT debut, cap-tying him to his home nation. (REPORT)

Geoff Cameron has embraced a leadership role with the USMNT while contributing on both the attacking and defensive ends from the centerback position. (REPORT)

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