Sacha Kljestan has been called into training camp for USMNT in advance of the U.S. World Up qualifying matches that begin on Sept. 2. After being a consistent presence in Bob Bradley's squads, the 30-year old Red Bulls midfielder found himself out of favor with the current regime. Now, he finally makes his return to the team. Following a 2013 friendly against Scotland, Jurgen Klinsmann publicly complained that Kljestan was unable to fulfill the desired role of an attacking midfielder. Klinsmann wanted someone who would find the space in between the midfielder and defensive lines while linking up with strikers. At the time, that wasn't Kljestan's traditional role or skillset. In two years with
The Gunners have been heavily criticized for not spending enough during the transfer season, however, Arsene Wenger has gotten the man he wanted to help out defensively. Arsenal announced the signing of Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi on Tuesday, after the German centerback had been previously been linked to the club for some time as their top transfer target. Mustafi will likely figure immediately into the Arsenal defense, which has also added Rob Holding this summer. The 24-year-old made over 64 appearances for Valencia while in La Liga after beginning his academy career in England with Everton.
Earlier, reports emerged claiming that after rejecting the advances of Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion, Mamadou Sakho was set for a potential deadline day loan move to Sunderland. Now, it has emerged that that move, should it happen, would result in Liverpool’s local rivals Everton strengthening their own defence. That’s because Everton are desperate to sign Sunderland centre half Lamine Kone, but the Black Cats have made it clear they will only consider selling if they have secured a replacement for him. That replacement could be Sakho—who was rumoured to have been offered to them last week only for Sunderland to reject the idea. If Sunderland have changed their mind and are now interested,