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Sterling most valuable U21 - study

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Raheem Sterling Europe's most valuable young player, says study

Raheem Sterling tanks ahead of PSG's Marquinhos as Eruope's most valuable U21 player.

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling is the most valuable young player in Europe, according to a new study.

The 20-year-old England international, whose future at Anfield has been the topic of intense speculation this summer, has been given a weighted value of £35.05 million (€49.3 million) by the Soccerex 20 U-21 report.

Sterling tops a list of the 20 most highly rated players aged under 21 on the continent identified by the study, which has been produced to mark the 20th anniversary of...

U.S. prospects blog: Young backline will play big role at Gold Cup

John Brooks and Ventura Alvarado figure to start in central defense against Honduras at the Gold Cup.
John Brooks and Ventura Alvarado figure to start in central defense against Honduras at the Gold Cup.

FRISCO, Texas -- If there is one particular area of concern on the eve of the U.S. men's 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup opener here on Tuesday against Honduras, the backline -- or rather, the age of the backline -- is it.

Generally speaking, opportunities for promising young players in international tournaments usually come up front, where fearlessness and youthful enthusiasm are most valuable. Close to the opposing goal, in the final third of the field, not knowing your limitations can be an advantage. It can make attackers more dangerous. It makes them less predictable.

The farther back you go, though, from midfield to defense to goalkeeper, experience begins to matter more. In terms of defense, risk taking is, well, riskier.


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Barcelona announce deal to sign Arda Turan from Atletico Madrid

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu hopes the club's interim board can secure the signing of Arda Turan from Atletico Madrid.

Barcelona have signed Turkey captain Arda Turan on a five-year contract from Atletico Madrid for an initial fee of €34 million (£24.1 million).

Manchester United and Chelsea were both reported to be interested in signing Turan, with Chelsea striker Diego Costa saying last week he wanted a reunion with his former Atletico teammate. But Barca announced on Monday that they have come away with the coveted Turkish international.

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Kevin Wimmer 'very proud' to be wearing a Tottenham shirt

Kevin Wimmer came to Tottenham from Cologne in late May.

Tottenham new boy Kevin Wimmer said he felt "very proud" after enjoying for his first day as a Spurs player on Monday.

The 22-year-old Austria centre-back, who joined the north London club for £4 million from Cologne in late May, underwent routine preseason medical testing after arriving at Hotspur Way on Monday morning.

Wimmer then trained with his new teammates for the first time before speaking of his pride and his hopes for the future.

"It was always a dream for me to play for a club like...

U.S.'s Bobby Wood joins Union Berlin from 1860 Munich

USMNT striker Bobby Wood and midfielder Michael Bradley talk after their 2-1 victory over the World Champions Germany in Cologne.
The ESPN FC experts evaluate the United States Men's National team's performance as they defeated the World Champions Germany 2-1.
The United States grabbed yet another huge international victory, this time over Germany via a late Bobby Wood strike.
USMNT midfielder Bobby Wood spoke after his side's historic win over the Netherlands and said Jurgen Klinsmann has supported him a lot.

BERLIN -- American forward Bobby Wood joined Union Berlin from German second division rival 1860 Munich on Monday.

The 22-year-old agreed to a deal through June 2018, Union said on their website.

"I'm happy the transfer worked out, and all sides all clear. I had very good discussions with...

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James Milner excited about Liverpool challenge

The ESPN FC panel discuss a few top players in the Premier League this season.
The ESPN FC panel respond to the reports suggesting James Milner rejected an offer from Manchester City.
ESPN FC's Gabriele Marcotti talks James Milner's recent move to Liverpool, and how his personality and versatility may have forced his move.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Stewart Robson discuss what James Milner will bring to Liverpool's midfield as he makes his way to Anfield on a free transfer for Manchester City.
ESPN FC's Paul Mariner addresses Manchester City's concerns in defence for next season, while Steve Nicol feels Manuel Pellegrini's side need to place emphasis on a consistent centre back.

James Milner said that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was a major factor in his move to Anfield where he hopes to win "a trophy cabinet full of medals.''

The 29-year-old midfielder completed the short move across Lancashire from Manchester City this summer after his contract expired at the Etihad Stadium.

Milner had talks with City, who were keen to keep hold of him, while he was also linked with a move to Arsenal -- two clubs who arguably have a greater chance of winning silverware than the Reds...