The soccer world is always buzzing with transfer rumors, but it’s that time of the season where rumors start to become facts. With some teams feeling they should have done better, coaches are being fired, and players are being spoken to about moves. Arsenal recently fired their 22 year coach Arsene Wenger. It is so rare in today’s soccer world to see a coach last that long at one club. Just yesterday, Barcelona confirmed that they were going to activate Antoine Griezmann’s $118 million release clause this summer. Although Barcelona went undefeated and won La Liga, they were shockingly eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, whom their rivals Real Madrid have owned for the past couple of years. Speaking of Real Madrid, a representative of theirs was seen speaking to Brazilian superstar Neymar twice. They have also been linked to talks with Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski. Either of these players would make Real Madrid’s attacking force a nightmare to defend.
When it comes to the MLS, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been a much needed spark in American soccer. He scored 2 goals including a game winner in his first game with LA Galaxy. There have been recent discussions between British forward Wayne Rooney and DC United. The MLS has become a place for European players to finish their careers once they are out of their prime. Although they are not in the best shape, their names still have such a high value that brings in viewers’ attention.