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Who is Frenkie De Jong?

2018-08-14T22:07:40Z

He is yet to spend a full season in Ajax’s starting XI, but Frenkie de Jong is already a regular on the front pages of the Spanish press.

The flow of reports about Barcelona's interest in the 21-year-old has increased in recent weeks and the Amsterdam side's attempts to put a stop to it have been drowned out.

Find out more about the talented youngster right here

Why Bakayoko failed at Chelsea

2018-08-14T21:36:32Z

A new chapter starts for Tiemoue Bakayoko. The France international midfielder has joined AC Milan on loan with an option to buy , eager to rebuild his career following a nightmare year at Chelsea.

The exiled midfielder was subject to much ridicule throughout the 2017-18 season, but initially was actually a fan favourite.

Read why things went south for him right here

Milan nearing Laxalt deal

2018-08-14T20:37:41Z

Milan are in advanced talks with Genoa for Uruguay international Diego Laxalt, Football Italia reports.

The versatile left-sided player is reportedly on the verge of a €15 million (£13m/$17m). 

Milan and Villarreal near Castillejo-Bacca swap

2018-08-14T19:29:33Z

AC Milan ​are set to land winger Samu Castillejo from Villarreal in a deal that will see striker Carlos Bacca go the other way, reports Sky Italia.

Castillejo, 23, will join Milan on an initial €3 million loan with a €15m (£13m/$17m) obligation to buy.

Meanwhile Bacca will return to Villarreal on a permanent basis after spending last season on loan with the Yellow Submarine. 

Official: Nzonzi joins Roma

2018-08-14T18:43:00Z

Roma have announced the signing of France World Cup-winner Steven Nzonzi from Sevilla. 

The 29-year-old midfielder arrives for a reported fee of €30 million (£27m/$34m).

Read the full story on Goal right here!

Messi temporarily retires from international football

2018-08-14T17:51:13Z

Argentina captain Lionel Messi has chosen to step down from international football "until further notice," according to TNT Sports

Having failed to take the World Cup title in his fourth attempt this summer, the Barcelona star has made himself unavailable for selection in Argentina's upcoming friendlies. 

The decision, which has the consent of AFA president Claudio Tapia and interim coach Lionel Scaloni, will remain in place for the rest of 2018 and, indeed, until Messi decides otherwise.

Barcelona rule out move for Pogba

2018-08-14T17:23:54Z

Barcelona director Ariedo Braida has admitted his club are unlikely to move for Manchester United star Paul Pogba. 

Pogba has been linked with Barca and Juventus after a tumultuous 2017-18 campaign that saw him benched by manager Jose Mourinho multiple times. 

Read what Braida had to say about Pogba right here!

Nice, Cologne and Galatasaray in for Modeste

2018-08-14T16:40:48Z

Nice, Cologne and Galatasaray are all interested in signing striker Anthony Modeste, reports RMC Sport.

The 30-year-old moved from Cologne to Tianjin Quanjian last year, but saw his contract terminated recently after a conflict with the Chinese club. 

Modeste is open to returning to Cologne, despite the club's relegation to the 2. Bundesliga, and could also return to his native France with Nice.

Monaco hoping to land Brahimi

2018-08-14T16:05:17Z

Monaco are hoping to sign Porto star Yacine Brahimi, according to France Football.

Following the departure of Keita Balde to Inter, the principality club are looking to replenish their attacking options. 

Brahimi has a €60 million (£53m/$68m) release clause, but Monaco hope to negotiate a lower fee with the Algerian's contact expiring next summer. 

Barca tell Dembele he won't be sold

2018-08-14T15:31:34Z

The France international will remain at the Camp Nou side

Barcelona have told Ousmane Dembele that he is not for sale, reports Sport

The 21-year-old saw his future called into doubt after a challenging first season with the club, followed by the summer addition of Malcom. 

But Barca have moved to reassure Dembele that he is a key part of their first-team plans.

Suso wants AC Milan extension

2018-08-14T14:49:27Z

Suso remains keen to extend his contract at AC Milan regardless of the club's efforts to land Samu Castillejo from Villarreal, claims Calciomercato.

The Spanish forward has been linked with a move to Roma, but he intends to stay at San Siro.

Mourinho wants to keep defensive duo

2018-08-14T14:23:19Z

Jose Mourinho wants to keep Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo at Manchester United but will let them dictate their own future, reports ESPN.

Darmian has been linked with a return to his native Italy at Juventus, Inter or Napoli while Turkish outfit Fenerbahce are said to be keen on Rojo.

Leipzig eye Rudy to replace Keita

2018-08-14T13:56:32Z

RB Leipzig's hunt to find a suitable replacement for Liverpool new boy Naby Keita has led them to Bayern Munich star Sebastian Rudy, claims SWR Sport.

The 28-year-old faces fierce competition for places at the Allianz Arena, but no transfer to take him away from Bavaria has been agreed as yet.

Frosinone close on Arsenal's Campbell

2018-08-14T13:37:12Z

Joel Campbell is closing in on a permanent move away from Arsenal, with Gianluca Di Marzio reporting that Serie A newcomers Frosinone are keen on the Costa Rican.

Lazio had also been hoping to lure the forward to Italy, but they were looking to reach a loan agreement and the Gunners have no interest in sanctioning more short-term deals.

Russia World Cup hero Cheryshev moves to Valencia on loan

2018-08-14T13:25:30Z

Valencia have announced the signing of Russia's World Cup hero Denis Cheryshev, who moves to the Mestalla club on loan. 

"Valencia CF has reached an agreement this Tuesday with Villarreal CF, pending formalization, for the loan of player Denis Cheryshev until the end of the season," the club stated on their official website

Read more here!

Nzonzi arrives to complete €30m Roma move

2018-08-14T12:49:22Z

Sevilla midfielder Steven Nzonzi has arrived at Roma to complete his €30million switch to the Stadio Olimpico.

The midfielder, 29, had previously been linked with a big-money switch to the Premier League, with Arsenal and Manchester United among the rumoured suitors.

Read the full story on Goal HERE!

Juve plan Cuadrado contract talks

2018-08-14T12:27:06Z

Juventus are preparing to open contract extension talks with Juan Cuadrado, reports Calciomercato.

The Colombia international, who is currently tied to a deal through to 2020, has been linked with Atletico Madrid and Roma over recent weeks.

Roberts set for Spanish loan switch

2018-08-14T12:16:31Z

Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts is set to move to La Liga side Girona on loan, Goal understands.

Roberts, 21, has spent the past two-and-a-half seasons on loan at Celtic, and had received interest from a number of clubs, including Huddersfield Town, in recent weeks.

Read the full story on his next move here.

Bakayoko completes Milan loan move

2018-08-14T11:48:02Z

Midfielder trades Stamford Bridge for San Siro

Tiemoue Bakayoko has completed his loan move from Chelsea to AC Milan, with that deal including a €35 million (£31m/$40m) purchase option.

The Frenchman, who linked up with the Blues in 2017, will spend the 2018-19 campaign in Italy before another decision is taken on his future.

Read the full story on Goal!

Courtois' 'strange' Madrid move causes pain

2018-08-14T11:27:38Z

Thibaut Courtois’ €35 million (£31m/$40m) move from Chelsea to Real Madrid was “strange”, says Atletico legend Gabi, with those across the Spanish capital “hurt” to see a former colleague at Santiago Bernabeu.

Having registered on Real’s transfer radar for some time, the Belgium international goalkeeper finally saw a move pushed through before the summer window in England slammed shut.

Check out what Gabi has had to day on that switch here.

Real to loan out Odegaard again

2018-08-14T11:15:40Z

Real Madrid are set to sanction another loan switch for Martin Odegaard, reports AS.

The 19-year-old Norwegian midfielder has spent the last 18 months with Dutch side Heerenveen and looks set to leave the Santiago Bernabeu again after being left out of Julen Lopetegui's squad for the UEFA Super Cup.

Modric still wants Inter move

2018-08-14T10:45:07Z

Luka Modric's agent has opened the door to a potential move to Inter, insisting the Real Madrid midfielder is enthused by the idea of playing for the Serie A side.

The Croatia captain has been linked with a Real Madrid exit having won La Liga once in 2016-17 and four Champions League titles, among many other trophy triumphs since his move from Tottenham in 2012.

Find out what his representative has had to say on a possible move to Italy here.

Besiktas turn attention to Karius

2018-08-14T10:23:14Z

Besiktas, having previously expressed an interest in Simon Mignolet, are now looking to take Loris Karius from Liverpool.

The Sun reports that the Turkish outfit have turned to the German goalkeeper after being priced out of a move for his Anfield colleague.

Cattermole set for Bordeaux loan

2018-08-14T09:51:24Z

Lee Cattermole could be heading out of Sunderland to join Ligue 1 side Bordeaux on loan, claims the Northern Echo.

The midfielder is among those to have suffered successive relegations from the Premier League to League One and is eager to find a way out of the Stadium of Light.

'Pogba will be staying'

2018-08-14T09:12:53Z

Paul Pogba may be generating plenty of transfer talk, with Barcelona keeping the transfer door open, but Wes Brown sees the Frenchman as “a Manchester United player”.

The former Red Devils defender doubts a sale will be sanctioned despite reports of the midfielder enduring a strained relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.

Check out what he has had to say here.

Villa to release Man City hero

2018-08-14T08:59:01Z

Micah Richards is to be released from his contract at Aston Villa after failing to make an appearance for almost two years, reports the Daily Mail.

The Manchester City cult hero is tied to a £35,000-a-week deal until 2019, but Steve Bruce is eager to get him off the books after seeing injury struggles keep him on the sidelines.

Real snubbed in €60m Pjanic bid

2018-08-14T08:11:35Z

Juventus have turned down a €60 million offer from Real Madrid for Miralem Pjanic, according to Tuttosport.

The Blancos remain in the market for creative midfield talent, with Bayern Munich's former Barcelona star Thiago considered to be another top target.

It may be that they have to look elsewhere for reinforcements as Juve had made it clear that they have no intention of parting with their Bosnian playmaker.

Herrera hints at new Man Utd deal

2018-08-14T07:47:34Z

Ander Herrera has hinted that he will be signing a new contract at Manchester United, with the Spaniard targeting 200 appearances for the club.

The 29-year-old, who joined the Red Devils in 2014, has entered the final 12 months of his current deal at Old Trafford.

Read the full story on Goal!

Llorente shunned by Ligue 1 outfit

2018-08-14T07:12:13Z

Marseille have turned down the chance to take Fernando Llorente on loan from Tottenham, claims France Football.

The Spanish striker has struggled for regular game time throughout his time at Spurs, but will not be getting more opportunities in Ligue 1 any time soon.

Milan readying £98m SMS move

2018-08-14T06:42:54Z

AC Milan are preparing to launch a £98 million ($125m) raid for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, reports Calciomercato.

The Rossoneri will also offer Fabio Borini as a sweetener in their efforts to get a big-money deal over the line.

Alonso on Real Madrid's radar

2018-08-14T06:06:26Z

Real Madrid have turned their attention to Marcos Alonso as they continue to chase down top talent at Chelsea, reports Don Balon.

The Blancos have already snapped up Thibaut Courtois from the Blues this summer, while Eden Hazard remains a long-standing target for those at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Darmian ready to leave Man Utd

2018-08-14T04:55:23Z

Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian is "on standby" to leave the club, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The 28-year-old has made it clear he is ready to leave Old Trafford, and United are prepared to give the Italy international his wish. 

Juventus, Napoli and Inter have all been linked with Darmian, with the Serie A transfer window set to close on Friday. 

Elneny ready to depart Arsenal

2018-08-14T03:50:39Z

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny is looking to leave the Gunners, reports the Mirror

Marseille are planning on making a move for the 26-year-old, who could depart in search of more playing time. 

With Lucas Torreira and Mateo Guendouzi having arrived in the summer, Elneny could face a difficult path to consistent minutes.

PSG prepare £100m Eriksen bid

2018-08-14T03:00:29Z

The Ligue 1 champions are hoping to land the Danish star in a big-money move

Paris Saint-Germain are ready to bid £100 million (€112m/$128m) for Tottenham star Christian Eriksen, according to the Express

The midfielder has yet to sign a new deal with Spurs, which has alerted some of Europe's biggest clubs. 

Though they are unable to sign a replacement until January, Tottenham could opt to cash in on the 26-year-old Danish international. 

Tottenham ready to sell Rose

2018-08-14T02:00:32Z

Danny Rose will depart Tottenham before the end of August, claims the Mirror

Schalke and PSG are interested in the left-back and Spurs are open to a sale despite no longer being able to bring in a replacement. 

Ben Davies has won Tottenham's left-back job, with Jan Vertonghen or Kyle Walker-Peters able to fill in if needed.

Loftus-Cheek set for Schalke move

2018-08-14T01:10:11Z

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to join Schalke on a season-long loan, reports the Daily Mail.

The 22-year-old wants to remain with the Blues, but could be forced to move after the arrival of Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid. 

Barca won't close door on Dembele sale

2018-08-14T00:23:03Z

Barcelona are prepared to listen if Paris Saint-Germain make an offer for Ousmane Dembele, according to Mundo Deportivo.

PSG are known to be interested in the France international, and are mulling over a formal offer. 

Though Barca believe in Dembele's potential, they could be moved to sell should PSG offer near the €105 million (£94m/$120m) Barca paid to sign him from Dortmund last summer. 

Atletico and Dortmund interested in Aurier

2018-08-13T23:42:34Z

Atletico Madrid had interest in Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier before they signed Santiago Arias last month, reports RMC Sport.

The report states that Borussia Dortmund are also currently interested in the Ivorian, who joined Spurs from PSG last summer. 

Despite the admirers, the 25-year-old appears set to remain in London this season. 

Man Utd confident De Gea will sign new deal

2018-08-13T22:30:48Z

The Spain international's current deal is set to expire at the end of the season

Manchester United are confident that goalkeeper David de Gea will sign a new contract, reports The Guardian.

The 27-year-old's current deal is set to expire at the end of the current campaign, though United have the option to extend it for one more season.

But the Red Devils are increasingly confident they can tie De Gea down for the long term with a large increase on his current salary of £180,000 a week.

Marseille not giving up on Giroud

2018-08-13T22:03:19Z

Marseille are still hopeful of landing Olivier Giroud from Chelsea, reports Le10Sport.

After initially informing Chelsea of their interest three weeks ago, the Ligue 1 side have again made contact with the Blues over the France striker. 

The report claims Giroud is not looking to leave the Blues for now, and has also attracted interest from AC Milan and Atletico Madrid. 

N'Zonzi nears €30m Roma move

2018-08-13T21:53:53Z

Sevilla midfielder Steven N'Zonzi is closing in on a €30 million (£27m/$34m) move to Roma, according to Sky Italia.

The 29-year-old had been linked to Arsenal and Barcelona after helping France to a World Cup title this summer. 

But Roma and Sevilla have made a breakthrough in negotiations, with N'Zonzi's move to be sealed in the coming days.

Fenerbahce in talks over Rojo loan

2018-08-13T21:49:21Z

Fenerbahce are in talks with Manchester United over a loan move for defender Marcos Rojo, claims Fanatik

The 28-year-old is not in United's plans for the upcoming season and has drawn interest from clubs all over Europe. 

Former Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli, now in the same position at Fenerbahce, hopes to land Rojo for the 2018-19 season. 

Marlon nears Schalke move

2018-08-13T21:43:53Z

Barcelona defender Marlon is nearing a move to Schalke, reports Sport

After the sale of Thilo Kehrer to PSG, Schalke are looking to spend around €15 million (£13m/$17m) on the Brazilian, who spent last season on loan at Nice. 

Sunderland, West Ham and Newcastle had also shown interest in the 22-year-old.