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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Chelsea scramble for defence, eye up David Luiz, Marcos Alonso and more

The ESPN FC crew discuss the rumours that defender David Luiz will leave Paris Saint-Germain and return to Chelsea.

The summer transfer window is beginning to swing shut. Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse of the latest gossip ahead of deadline day. Follow our live blog below, and see the latest deals here.

Top Story: Chelsea scramble for defenders

With less than 24 hours until the summer transfer window slams shut, Chelsea's scramble for defensive help has reached fever pitch. The Stamford Bridge outfit were heavily linked with moves for three defenders on Tuesday night as Antonio Conte searches...

 By Rob Train

Mariano Diaz has earned an unlikely chance with Real Madrid's first team

Zinedine Zidane says that he will not be bringing in new players to his squad prior to the transfer window closing.
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Mariano Diaz is an unlikely first-teamer for Real Madrid and will be fighting for a place after January.

Barring any transfer deadline day mayhem at the Bernabeu, Mariano Diaz will spend the next few months as a Real Madrid first team player. That, for a player with the 23-year-old's profile, is an incredible achievement.

There will be several former canteranos viewing Mariano's stratospheric rise with a twinge of envy: Borja Mayoral and Jese Rodriguez -- both who rose through the ranks as the next big thing in their time -- chief among them. Mayoral secured a decent loan move to Wolfsburg this summer...

'Difference-maker' Sacha Kljestan ready to seize latest U.S. team chance

The ESPN FC guys review Jurgen Klinsmann's selections for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
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Sacha Kljestan most recently appeared for the U.S. in 2014 in a 2-0 loss to Ukraine.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Sacha Kljestan thought his first U.S. national team call-up in more than two years was a prank.

It was around 11 p.m. Sunday night when Kljestan received a text from U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann giving him the news he had long waited for. In that moment, the New York Red Bulls midfielder didn't recognize the number, and his troll deflector shield immediately went up.

"It was a 949 phone number, which is where my brother lives and close to where I grew up, so I thought it was...

 By Michael Cox

Unnecessarily switching colours is an insult to the traditions of a club

With Norwich City releasing a questionable third kit this season, we look at some other kits that maybe should have stayed in the closet.

One of the most romantic things about football is the contrast between colours, be it in the stands, the pubs around the ground or even walking up Wembley Way on cup final day.

Thousands of people travel hundreds of miles across the country, very deliberately wearing specific colours in order to show their support for their side. The blue shirt might be complimented with a blue scarf, a blue hat and blue gloves. It can make for a magical spectacle.

Increasingly, however, the team then comes out...

Reasons for hope, reasons for worry for U.S. in World Cup qualifying

USMNT boss Jurgen Klinsmann talks squad selection ahead of the United States' next round of World Cup Qualifying matches.

As the U.S. heads into a pair of important World Cup qualifiers starting with Friday's tilt at St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the question facing national team fans is this: How worried should they be about their country's chances of reaching the final round of regional qualifying for Russia 2018? In truth, not very.

The U.S. is coming off a successful summer. It finished fourth at a Copa America played on home soil, and the Americans are the clear favorites in both upcoming games, the second...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Jack Wilshere to leave Arsenal on loan? Marcelo Brozovic to Chelsea?

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner gives his opinion on Arsene Wenger looking to loan out Jack Wilshere.

The summer transfer window is beginning to swing shut. Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse of the latest gossip ahead of deadline day. Follow our live blog below, and see the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: Wilshere poised for loan departure?

Could Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere be on the verge of leaving the Emirates on loan? The Daily Mail has reported the Gunners are ready to send him out to secure regular football and the claim has since been confirmed to ESPN FC by a source...