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Thursday Kickoff: Morata, Higuain and more

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After seemingly being a pawn in an attempt to make a profit, Alvaro Morata appears to be staying at Real Madrid after all.

Real has reportedly rejected an $88 million bid for striker Alvaro Morata from an unspecified club. Los Blancos will likely keep the 23-year-old striker after buying Morata back from Juventus this summer. (REPORT)

Gonzalo Higuain has reportedly turned down a massive contract from Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune. The Chinese club was said to be offering over $1 million dollars weekly for the striker’s services. (REPORT)

Manchester City and Schalke attacker Leroy Sane have reportedly agreed to personal terms on a deal that would bring the 20-year-old to the Etihad Stadium. A fee has yet to be agreed upon though between the two clubs. (REPORT)

Bayern Munich’s Mehdi Benatia is set to undergo a medical with Juventus, as the defender is set to complete a move to Serie A. (REPORT)

Speaking at the ESPY awards on Wednesday, Paul Pogba said he would undoubtedly give Cristiano Ronaldo this year’s FIFA Ballon d’Or award after capturing both the UEFA Champions League and Euro 2016 titles with club and country. (REPORT)


U.S. goalkeeper Cody Cropper is currently training with NASL side Minnesota United as he continues to search for a new club team. (REPORT)

Frank Lampard’s recent spell of good health has allowed the attacker to give New York City FC an added dimension up front. (REPORT)

Nigel de Jong has received an additional one-game suspension for his July 4 red card, while David Villa and Oalex Anderson have each been handed down undisclosed fines by the MLS Disciplinary Committee. (REPORT)

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