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Wednesday cannon fodder: failed Cinderella spending windows

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Transfer window reform is right, but Premier League could be left exposed - ESPN FC
While closing the window before the Premier League works in theory, clubs could be left vulnerable to raids from Europe if other leagues don't follow.

Signing €40m Paulinho is yet another embarrassment for Barcelona |
Barcelona have signed Paulinho from Guangzhou Evergrande for €40m, but it is difficult to see what the Brazil international midfielder will bring to the Catalan club

Jurgen Klopp says officials are hindering Liverpool after Watford draw - ESPN FC
Jurgen Klopp says poor officiating cost Liverpool in their draw at Watford and that he cannot remember his side benefiting from an offside goal.

United Bid Committee Commences Outreach for Potential Host Cities in Bid for 2026 FIFA World Cup - U.S. Soccer
44 Cities and 49 Stadiums Across the USA, Mexico and Canada Approached to Become Official Host Cities

Major League Soccer’s Impending Venezuelan Migration - Hudson River Blue
Amidst domestic chaos, young talents like Yangel Herrera aim to break ground in MLS

Recap: FC Cincinnati vs. New York Red Bulls 08/16/2017 | Matchcenter
The Energy Drinks ended FC Cincinnati's dream of being the first non-MLS team since 2008 to make the US Open Cup final.

Gianluigi Buffon Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo up for UEFA Player of Year - ESPN FC
Gianluigi Buffon, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the three shortlisted players for the UEFA Player of the Year award.

Premier League Heeds the Siren Song of Spend, Spend, Spend - The New York Times
The opening salvos of the new season offered a vision of the Premier League as it likes to see itself: as not just the world’s richest league, but also its most richly entertaining.