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Alessio Romagnoli key to Conte's Chelsea puzzle, Rooney to MLS?

The ESPN FC crew answer your tweets on Chelsea's formation and the coach or player they would have liked to play for or with.
AC Milan's 21-year-old centre-back Alessio Romagnoli is attracting attention from Chelsea.

With the summer transfer window upon us, rumours are picking up steam. Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest gossip. Follow our live blog below and see the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: Blues step up central defender search

With their hopes of signing Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli fading, Chelsea have turned their attentions to AC Milan's Alessio Romagnoli, Sky Italia reports.

It says Blues manager Antonio Conte has offered £30 million for the 21-year-old...

Liverpool respond to Burnley loss in best way possible with win at Burton

Roberto Firmino doubled Liverpool's lead over Burton in the 22nd minute on Tuesday.

BURTON UPON TRENT, England -- Three quick points from Liverpool's 5-0 win over Burton Albion in the second round of the EFL Cup:

1. Reds bounce back in the best possible way

A positive result over a Championship side in the second round of the EFL Cup will not immediately wash away the wounds of an abject result to Burnley on Saturday, but Jurgen Klopp will be pleased with his side's response against Burton Albion. Everything that was absent at Turf Moor on the weekend was there in abundance...

 By Michael Cox

Disappointing lack of deep-lying playmakers in the Premier League

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Mark Donaldson assess how Antonio Conte will utilize Chelsea's back line this season.
Michael Ballack says that Pep Guardiola is "fanatic about perfection," and will need time to instil that in his Man City side.

The most pivotal player in a modern, top-flight football team is not the goal-grabbing striker. It's not the goalkeeper. It's not even the mercurial, creative No. 10.

No, the most crucial player is the deepest midfielder, who simultaneously shields the defence and starts passing moves.

The identity and style of this player influences a team's approach more than any other. Defensive midfielder or deep-lying playmaker, he occupies the same position on the pitch but takes on a different role and, consequently,...

 By Mark Gleeson

South Africa's PSL season begins amid concern at the state of the game

Mamelodi Sundowns fans have had plenty to cheer recently but PSL attendances are low overall.

South Africa's Premier Soccer League boasts a place among the top television markets in world football, yet faces some real dilemmas as the new season gets underway on Tuesday.

Rapidly declining attendances go hand-in-hand with a general pessimism about the state of the domestic game, especially after a lack of success for the country's national team. The 2010 World Cup is now but a distant memory as clubs line up for a new campaign, albeit using all of the wondrous stadia infrastructure left in...

Marc-Andre ter Stegen has confidence to be Barcelona's undisputed No. 1

Barca boss Luis Enrique admitted the club are preparing for the departure of Claudio Bravo, but did not comment on the issue.

Claudio Bravo's imminent departure to Manchester City means Marc-Andre ter Stegen will be the undisputed No. 1 at Barcelona two seasons after signing with the club. His taking of the mantle from Victor Valdes has come earlier than the club had originally planned, but now the goalkeeper has what he wanted and must deliver.

When Ter Stegen first joined Barcelona from Borussia Monchengladbach at age 22 in May 2014, the club recognised he was a rough diamond who would need time to adapt to the demands...

 By Noah Davis

How can Major League Soccer become one of the best leagues by 2020?

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner is not in agreement with Theo Walcott over MLS closing in on the Premier League.

Major League Soccer wants to be one of the best leagues in the world by 2020. Can it achieve that goal?

ESPN FC spoke with seven American soccer experts from a variety of backgrounds about where the league needs to improve and how it can do so. A couple of themes repeated themselves. Most panelists agree that MLS has made massive strides since it launched 20 years ago and, at least in some areas, can already claim to be one of the top leagues in the world. But the level of play needs to improve...