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Lionel Messi will skip the Olympics, but Neymar won't

Get ready for Neymar to start next season very slowly for Barcelona.

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With Copa America and the Olympics both taking place this summer, South America's best footballers have some tough choices to make, since most won't be able to go to both tournaments. On Monday, Lionel Messi announced that he'll be playing in Copa, but skipping the Olympics. Neymar has yet to make an announcement, but it's believed he'll do the opposite, sitting out Copa to prep for trying to win Brazil their first ever gold medal in men's soccer.

Goal of the day

David Keltjens of Beitar Jerusalem with a thunderous volley. (r/soccer)

In the news

Stoke made the biggest move of deadline day, signing Porto's Giannelli Imbula. (BBC)

He cost Stoke more than all Spanish clubs spent in January. (@AS_AGabilondo)

Everton made the second-biggest deal of the day, signing striker Oumar Niasse. (Royal Blue Mersey)

Gianni Infantino says he'll make sure there are more women and non-Europeans in power if he wins the FIFA presidential election. (AS)

Porto have signed USMNT and Sporting KC youngster Erik Palmer-Brown on loan with an option to buy. (SI)

Jamie Vardy looks likely to sign a new contract at Leicester. (Guardian)

Colorado Rapids have signed Shkelzen Gashi from Basel as a DP. (MLS)

You should be reading

Arya Hashemi on the Iranian military's power over soccer, as demonstrated by a star player unexpectedly swapping teams. (In Bed With Maradona)

Dan Murphy on how Bolton went from established Premier League side to bankruptcy and likely relegation to League One. (These Football Times)

Dustin Ward on Atlético Madrid's unconventionally great defense. (Stats Bomb)

What to watch on Tuesday (click for listings, all times ET)

EPL: Eight games (from 2:45 p.m.) -- Leiceter-Liverpool is your TV game in America.

Serie A: Roma vs. Sassuolo (2:45 p.m.) -- Could possibly get cancelled due to outrageous fog.


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