Tuesday Kickoff: Messi, Simeone and more

Tuesday Kickoff: Messi, Simeone and more

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Tuesday Kickoff: Messi, Simeone and more

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Copa America favorites Argentina didn’t need their biggest star in Monday’s win over Chile, but the team’s leading attacker appears to be on track to return for La Albiceleste‘s next match.

Argentina coach Gerardo Martino has said Lionel Messi will be ready for the squad’s Group D meeting with Panama on June 10, barring a setback. The Barcelona forward is still rehabbing a back injury he suffered in his squad’s pre-Copa America win over Honduras. (REPORT)

Despite links to Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann is convinced head coach Diego Simeone will remain in Spain next season. The attacker said, “I spoke to him and I’m pretty sure he’s staying.” (REPORT)

Barcelona has reportedly begun the framework for a new contract that could keep Messi with the La Liga champion until 2022. Messi has been with the club since joining Barcelona’s youth academy in 2001. (REPORT)

Bayern Munich executive director Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has firmly stated that Robert Lewandowski and David Alaba won’t be leaving the club this summer. Champions League winner Real Madrid has been heavily linked with both players. (REPORT)

Real Madrid defender Danilo will undergo heel surgery on Thursday, after making 31 appearances for Los Blancos during the 2015/16 season. (REPORT)

Lyon defender Samuel Umtiti is reportedly gaining interest from Barcelona, after teammate Alexandre Lacazette was also rumored to be in the Blaugrana‘s sights. (REPORT)

Tottenham midfielder Heung-Min Son says he has been released by his club side for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Son plays his international soccer for South Korea, who will face reigning winner Mexico, Germany and Fiji in Group C play. (REPORT)

MONDAY REWIND

Despite playing without Lionel Messi, Argentina looked dominant throughout their 2-1 win over Chile at the Copa America. (REPORT)

The U.S. Men’s National Team is looking past their opening match loss against Colombia in order to put their complete focus on Tuesday’s match vs. Costa Rica. (REPORT)

Copa America and Gold Cup will reportedly merge to create a new tournament in the future that will be held in the United States. (REPORT)

The U.S. is in need of a victory against Costa Rica but will Jurgen Klinsmann make any changes heading into the matchup? (REPORT)

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