Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Manchester United snag Matic from Chelsea

Yesterday's Scores
USL
Real Monarchs 0-0 Tulsa Roughnecks

Headlines
Manchester United have completed their move for Chelsea's Nemanja Matic. He arrives at Old Trafford on a three year deal and at a purchase price of £40 million. He's their third signing of the summer after Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof. The Serbian midfielder made 35 Premier League appearances last season, scoring once.

In other Manchester United news, defenders Phil Jones and Daley Blind have been punished by UEFA for violating doping regulations. Jones is out for two games for insulting a doping control officer after the Europa League Final last spring. He will miss the UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid and United's first match of the Champions League group stage. Blind, meanwhile, has been fined €5,000 for refusing a test because he wanted to celebrate the win with his team.

Watford have signed Brazilian U-20 international Richarlison from Fluminense. The forward has scored five goals in 14 total appearances in Brazil this season. He's also been capped ten times for Brazil's U-20 team after debuting last year. The move is pending a medical and the acquisition of a work permit.

MLS is closing in on approving Miami as the 24th expansion team. Now that David Beckham has his ducks in a row with his stadium site, the Board of Governors could decide to hold a vote on Wednesday at their meeting in Chicago. We could officially have Miami on board as an expansion franchise after that, but it's still too soon to tell.

Finally, Detroit got some good news regarding their expansion bid. Wayne County is moving forward with negotiations with Dan Gilbert and Tom Gores as they look to acquire the site of the unfinished jail on Gratiot Avenue. No official deal has been made, but the two sides are going to start hashing out an agreement that would see Gilbert's Rock Ventures construct a brand new criminal justice facility for a fixed price of $380 million. The project is expected to cost well over $500 million when all is said and done, and Rock would cover the remaining cost. In exchange, Gilbert would get the fail jail site, which would turn into an entertainment district potentially anchored by an MLS stadium, Here's my write-up on the situation at SBI Soccer.

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