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Swansea chairman resigned over recruitment issues

2019-02-05T23:10:21Z

Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins resigned due to growing friction between himself and the club's owners over transfers, according to Sky Sports News.

Jenkins stepped down on Saturday, bringing an end to a 17-year run with the club that saw the Swans rise from the bottom of the Football League to the Premier League. 

There was a growing dissatisfaction with Jenkins' transfer business, however, particularly winger Daniel James' failed move to Leeds United on deadline day and the signings of forwards Wilfried Bony and Andre Ayew for a combined £30 million ($39m). 

Bakayoko open to permanent Milan move

2019-02-05T22:40:46Z

Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has said he is open to making his AC Milan loan a permanent transfer.

The 24-year-old has found his footing at Milan after a slow start, making 26 appearances this season for the Rossoneri.

"Milan are a legendary club. Who wouldn't like to stay at a club like Milan for a long time?" Bakayoko told French newspaper Nice Matin.

"Then you have the atmosphere at San Siro, which is extraordinary. Things are going well for the club and me right now. 

"Having said that, I'm still under contract with Chelsea for the next three years. I don't have all the cards."

Tottenham to step up pursuit of Aarons

2019-02-05T21:57:38Z

Tottenham's interest in Norwich right-back Max Aarons is increasing with a view toward a summer move, reports the Mirror

The 19-year-old has been a big part of Norwich's promotion push this season, and has drawn interest from Arsenal and Chelsea as well. 

Spurs are hoping to move to the front of the queue for Aarons, who is valued at £15 million ($19m).

Red Bulls near deal for teenage striker

2019-02-05T21:34:37Z

The New York Red Bulls are closing in on a deal for Odense BK striker Mathias Jorgensen, according to BT.

Jorgensen, 18, has broken through to the Danish side's first team, scoring two goals in 13 appearances this season with Odense.

NYCFC interested in Carlitos

2019-02-05T21:07:30Z

New York City FC are interested in Legia Warsaw striker Carlos Lopez, known as Carlitos, claims COPE

Carlitos led the Polish league in goals last season with 24 for Wisla Krakow, before completing a move to Legia Warsaw.

The 28-year-old has a release clause of €2.5 million, according to the report. 

Chelsea eyeing summer move for Sarabia

2019-02-05T20:48:27Z

Chelsea are eyeing a summer move for Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabia, reports Estadio Deportivo.

The 26-year-old is known as a versatile performer who can any position across the midfield. 

Sarabia has made 21 appearances in La Liga this season, tallying seven goals and seven assists. 

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Monaco have €30m purchase option on Martins

2019-02-05T20:25:29Z

Monaco's loan of Atletico Madrid winger Gelson Martins contains a €30 million purchase option, reports Le10Sport

The 23-year-old joined Monaco on loan last month and has started strongly with the principality club, grabbing three assists in his first two games. 

Should the Portugal international continue his strong form, Monaco could activate their purchase option at season's end. 

Sporting KC sign defender

2019-02-05T19:59:54Z

Sporting KC have signed 22-year-old defender Abdul Rwatubyaye, the club announced.

The central deender, who joins from Rayon Sports FC of the Rwandan Premier League, has signed an MLS contract for the 2019 MLS season with options for 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Rwatubyaye has won three league titles and earned 22 caps for Rwanda's senior team.

AEK Athens captain Simoes renews contract

2019-02-05T19:38:34Z

AEK Athens captain Andre Simoes has renewed his contract with the club, keeping him with the team until 2023, the club announced.

Simoes joined the club in 2015 and helped guide the club to a Greek Cup in 2015-16 before winning the league one year later.

The midfielder has also played for Moreirense, Santa Clara and Padroense in his home country of Portugal.

Schurrle denies reports he could quite Fulham

2019-02-05T19:15:27Z

Andre Schurrle has denied reports that he could quit Fulham if the club is relegated this season.

The German winger is on a two-year loan from Borussia Dortmund, but called out what he says is a "false headline" that says he could leave the club this summer.

Read Schurrle's statement on Goal!

Lyon loan defender Brault-Guillard to Impact

2019-02-05T18:54:30Z

Lyon have loaned Canadian international Zachary Brault-Guillard to the Montreal Impact for the 2019 season, the MLS club announced.

The 20-year-old defender has captiained Lyon's reserve team since August after signing his first professional deal in May.

Brault-Guillard has played two games for Canada, making his debut in October as part of Concacaf Nations League qualifying

Crew bring back defender Francis

2019-02-05T18:25:14Z

The Columbus Crew announced on Tuesday that the club has acquired Waylon Francis, who rejoins the team following a trade with the Seattle Sounders.

Francis previously featured for the Crew from 2014-2017 and was a 2015 MLS All-Star as he helped the team reach the MLS Cup finale.

The defender played for the Sounders last season, making 11 appearances and providing one assist during his time in Seattle.

Philadelphia nears Fabian signing

2019-02-05T18:08:43Z

The Philadelphia Union are in "final discussions" with Eintracht Frankfurt over a move for Marco Fabian, reports ESPN's Taylor Twellman. 

The 29-year-old Mexico midfielder has made just one league appearance for Eintracht this term, leaving his future in doubt. 

Fabian left Chivas in Liga MX to join Eintracht during the 2015-16 season, and was a regular contributor before suffering from a back injury in recent seasons.

Lyon join European giants tracking Agoume

2019-02-05T17:48:55Z

Lyon have sent scouts to watch Sochaux midfielder Lucien Agoume in recent matches, according to Le10Sport

Though he's just 16, Agoume has broken through to the first team of the Ligue 2 side this season, making nine appearances thus far. 

Inter, Barcelona, AC Milan and Bayern Munich are also tracking the France U-17 international. 

Milan clubs to battle for Bordeaux starlet

2019-02-05T17:27:03Z

AC Milan and Inter are both looking to sign Bordeaux midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, reports Calciomercato

The 19-year-old France youth international has made 15 total appearances for Bordeaux this season, scoring one goal.

Milan reportedly saw a January bid for Tchouameni rejected, but they will return for the midfielder in the summer, along with their city rivals. 

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Morrison set for Ostersunds move

2019-02-05T16:43:25Z

Former Manchester United wonderkid Ravel Morrison is nearing a move to Swedish club Ostersunds, according to The Sun. 

Morrison is currently with Lazio, but has yet to make an appearance this season for the Serie A side. 

The 26-year-old has featured on loan for Queens Park Rangers and Mexican side Atlas in the past two seasons.

Heckingbottom in talks over Hibs job

2019-02-05T16:24:43Z

Paul Heckingbottom is in talks with Hibernian over their managerial job, The Sun reports. 

The former Barnsley and Leeds United manager is in line to take over from Neil Lennon, who was sacked after a poor run of matches. 

Heckingbottom has been out of work since being sacked by Leeds in June. 

Kluivert would love Rashford at Barca

2019-02-05T15:58:06Z

Former Barcelona striker Patrick Kluivert has revealed how highly he rates Marcus Rashford and that he'd like to see him in La Liga.

The England international has been one of Manchester United's star performers since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's appointment as interim boss at Old Trafford.

And while Kluivert accepts Rashford would be difficult to lure to Barca, it hasn't stopped him saying that he would be an ideal signing for the club.

Check out the full story on Goal!

West Ham wanted Roca

2019-02-05T15:30:00Z

West Ham and Inter were keen on taking Marc Roca from Espanyol during the January transfer window, claims Sport.

Offers were tabled, but those in Catalunya made it clear that they would only part with the highly-rated midfielder if a €40 million (£35m/$46m) release clause was triggered.

Arsenal keen on Konate

2019-02-05T14:38:18Z

Arsenal are monitoring the situation of RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate, reports the Daily Mail.

The 19-year-old centre-half is held in high regard and is being considered as a possible addition at Emirates Stadium in what is proving to be a problematic position for Unai Emery.

Ben Arfa suing PSG after being frozen out

2019-02-05T14:02:52Z

Hatem Ben Arfa is seeking a reported €8 million (£7m/$9m) in compensation from Paris Saint-Germain following his difficult spell at the club.

The midfielder, now at Rennes, is pursuing damages after being frozen out of the team for the final 15 months of his spell in the French capital, according to his solicitor Jean-Jacques Bertrand.

Read the full story on Goal!

Juventus closing on €30m Romero

2019-02-05T13:28:49Z

Bianconeri to bring in big-money defender

Juventus are closing in on a deal which will see them acquire Cristian Romero from Genoa as part of a €30 million (£26m/$34m) package, Goal understands.

The 20-year-old defender has emerged as a top target for the Bianconeri as they seek to bring in long-term cover for an aging backline.

Check out the full story here.

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Silva offered Everton support

2019-02-05T13:05:27Z

Everton chairman Farhad Moshiri has assured under-fire manager Marco Silva that his position at Goodison Park is safe.

He told talkSPORT: “Marco Silva is a talented coach but he’s planning long-term. He will coach and develop those young players and every year those same young players will become stronger.

“In this business you have to hold your nerve.”

Hazard has made future call

2019-02-05T12:05:09Z

Chelsea star knows what next move will be

Eden Hazard has made a decision on his Chelsea future but stopped short of revealing whether he will be at Stamford Bridge next season or heading elsewhere.

The Belgium international is into the final 18 months of his contract at Stamford Bridge and has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid.

Find out what he has had to say on his future here.

Ronaldo wants James at Juventus

2019-02-05T11:33:53Z

Cristiano Ronaldo is attempting to talk James Rodriguez into a move to Juventus, reports Marca.

The pair previously played together at Real Madrid and a reunion is being mooted as a man currently at Bayern Munich approaches the end of a two-year loan in Germany.

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Fred given Man Utd assurances

2019-02-05T11:11:22Z

Manchester United midfielder Fred has been given assurances over his future by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, claims The Mirror.

The Brazil international only moved to Old Trafford in the summer of 2018, but has struggled to make his mark in English football and slipped slowly down the Red Devils' pecking order.

Man Utd target given £105m price tag

2019-02-05T10:39:58Z

Benfica will demand £105 million ($137m) from any club trying to prise Joao Felix off their books, claims Portuguese outlet Record.

Manchester United are among those said to be keen on the 19-year-old playmaker, with interest also being shown from other leading sides across Europe.

Chelsea refute Courtois claims

2019-02-05T10:27:08Z

Chelsea are disappointed at Thibaut Courtois and claims from the Belgian goalkeeper that they have agreed to let him leave last summer, claims The Telegraph.

A deal was eventually done with Real Madrid in 2018, but the Blues are adamant that they had never made the promises which the 26-year-old says they tried to backtrack on.

Those with the most money to spend

2019-02-05T10:05:20Z

Chilavert wishes 'star' Almiron well at Newcastle

2019-02-05T09:40:03Z

Rakitic exit ruled out

2019-02-05T09:05:53Z

The agent of Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic has played down any suggestion of his client leaving Camp Nou in the next transfer window.

Arturo Canales has told Sport: "Ivan wants to leave Spain in the summer? That's impossible."

Inter eyeing Dybala

2019-02-05T08:46:39Z

Inter are continuing to monitor Paulo Dybala's situation at Juventus, according to Tuttosport.

The Nerazzurri had been keen on landing the Argentine forward in the past and will look to make a move if the exit doors are opened in Turin for the 25-year-old.

Leicester new boy not ready

2019-02-05T08:12:36Z

Emery wants three fresh faces

2019-02-05T07:44:00Z

Unai Emery will look to make three additions to his Arsenal squad over the summer despite working with a limited budget, claims the Daily Mail.

The Spaniard believes reinforcements are required across his starting XI, with left-back one area that will be prioritised.

Burke wants Celtic stay

2019-02-05T07:13:21Z

Oliver Burke has reiterated that he would be open to making his loan spell at Celtic permanent, with the West Brom winger looking to settle down.

He said: "If I’m enjoying my football, then I want to stay. It’s obviously an amazing club to be at, the fans are great, we have a great manager so what’s not to love? I’m really happy so we’ll just have to see what happens."

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'Manchester United have a better squad than Liverpool'

2019-02-05T05:55:34Z

Jamie Carragher says Liverpool's lack of depth has become apparent while adding that he thinks Manchester United have a better squad than the Reds.

Carragher pointed to the decision to let Nathaniel Clyne to leave on loan as a mistake as the Reds have dropped points in two straight matches.

Read Carragher's full qotes on Goal!

Real Madrid join race for de Ligt

2019-02-05T04:53:45Z

Real Madrid have joined the race to sign Matthijs de Ligt, according to Don Balon.

Barcelona are seen as one of the favourites to sign the defender, having already worked with Ajax on the transfer for Frenkie de Jong.

De Ligt is seen as a potential replacement for Gerard Pique, but Real Madrid also see the Dutchman as a potential Sergio Ramos replacement and are willing to increase the offer to a number higher than Barca's.

Kompany 'relaxed' amid contract uncertainty

2019-02-05T04:30:22Z

Vincent Kompany insists he is 'relaxed' despite the current uncertainty surrounding his contract.

Kompany says he and Manchester City remain "partners", but neither side is focused on his expiring deal.

Read Kompany's full quotes on Goal!

Whitecaps part ways with de Jong

2019-02-05T03:18:15Z

The Vancouver Whitecaps parted ways with defender Marcel de Jong on Monday, the club announced.

De Jong, a Canadian international, made 38 starts and 46 appearances across all competitions in two-and-a-half seasons in Vancouver.

“We are thankful to Marcel for his contributions,” said Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos. “He has served this club professionally and we wish him well in the future. The move allows Marcel to explore other opportunities, while we continue to make changes to our roster in preparation for the upcoming season.”

Arsenal’s Emery set £40m spending cap

2019-02-04T23:55:00Z

Gunners set for economical summer

Arsenal manager Unai Emery will be forced to make do with a budget of £40m ($52m) for his spending in the off-season, according to the Mirror.

The Spaniard was permitted to only make loan signings during the January transfer window due to tight budget strings and he will face a similar challenge in looking to land targets come the end of the campaign.

Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez arrived last month on a temporary deal though the Gunners do have an £18m ($23m) option to make the move a permanent one.

Lukaku set for Madrid switch?

2019-02-04T23:45:00Z

Romelu Lukaku may swap Manchester Untied for Real Madrid as agent Mino Raiola prepares to offer the Red Devils man to Los Blancos, according to Don Balon.

The Belgium international is apparently not considered to have a future at Old Trafford, particularly if the club are able to ensnare their main target of Harry Kane during the off-season.

The Tottenham striker is also of interest to Madrid and could be sold by Spurs following the end of the current campaign.

Silva hands Baines contract boost

2019-02-04T23:30:00Z

Everton defender Leighton Baines may yet remain at Goodison Park beyond this season after manager Marco Silva spoke positively of the idea of a new deal, per the Daily Star.

The 34-year-old has been second choice for most of the season to Lucas Digne at the Toffees but has returned to the starting XI for their last two Premier League games.

“He is a really important player for me, for our club,” Silva stated on the England international.

Rashford in talks over new Man Utd deal

2019-02-04T23:15:00Z

Manchester United have opened discussions with Marcus Rashford over tying the striker down to a new long-term deal at Old Trafford, says The Telegraph.

The 21-year-old is out of contract at the end of next season, with the option of an extension through to 2021, but the Red Devils want to secure his services on a more extensive basis to ward off interest.

Rashford would likely stand to double his wage packet in the wake of fellow forward Anthony Martial pocketing a substantial raise after renewing his terms at the Theatre of Dreams last month.

Hodgson hails Chelsea-Palace relationship

2019-02-04T23:00:00Z

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has hailed the partnership between the club and Chelsea, citing it as the key factor in landing Michy Batshuayi, reports the Independent.

The Eagles unexpectedly landed the Blues man on a loan deal ahead of other Premier League rivals, with their manager chalking it up to goodwill following Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s spell at Selhurst Park last season.

“I can’t say I’m surprised about it, I’m very pleased about it,” Hodgson admitted after the striker made a impactful debut off the bench in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Fulham.