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Cannon Fodder News and Links: Seriously, I just stole these

(Totally stolen) News and links for Monday, July 18, 2016.

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Good morning and happy Monday! Another day of travel means that I don’t quite have time to go digging for links myself, so I will once again just rip them off straight from Backheel Breakfast. Thanks Jack! Enjoy!

In the news

Bayern Munich have confirmed that Mario Götze could be set for a return to Borussia Dortmund. The Bavarian outfit's chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Sport1, per the Guardian, that "talks with Borussia Dortmund have taken place.”

Tottenham Hotspur's summer spending is set to continue with the signing of Marseille's Georges-Kévin Nkoudou. (Guardian)

Liverpool are on the brink of signing Estonian veteran Ragnar Klavan from Augsburg. (BBC)

Global sensation Will Grigg received as many votes as Paul Pogba for UEFA's Best Player in Europe award. (Sky Sports)

... while UEFA have confirmed the 10 players who have made the final shortlist. (UEFA)

Bayern's Arjen Robben could miss the start of the season with a groin injury. (FC Bayern)

There are fears for Demba Ba's career after he suffered a gruesome leg break playing for Shanghai Shenhua. (ESPNFC)

You should be reading

Alexandra Phelan's interesting take on diving (Unusual Efforts)

Colin Millar's Serie A 2001-02 title race retrospective (These Football Times)

Miguel Delaney has been assessing the transfer needs of England's top clubs(ESPNFC)

From the rumor mill

Please don't take anything in this section too seriously, for your own sanity.

Chelsea flop Diego Costa wants a return to Atlético Madrid. (Independent)

Liverpool's Joe Allen has been linked with a move to Manchester United and Celtic. (Daily Record)

Real Madrid haven't yet given up on signing Paul Pogba. (AS)

West Ham and Arsenal are battling over Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi. (Eurosport)

Liverpool's spending is set to continue with the capture of Newcastle's Georginio Wijnaldum. (Liverpool Echo)

West Ham and Leicester are both chasing Toulouse's Wissam Ben Yedder. (Guardian)