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Galaxy add Gonzalez from Bologna


The LA Galaxy have signed defender Giancarlo Gonzalez from Bologna, according to the LA Times.

Gonzalez, a Costa Rican international who has featured in each of the last two World Cups, initially moved to Italy with Palermo after shining at the 2014 World Cup and with the Columbus Crew.

The defender will be with the team this week with an announcement expected on Thursday.

St. Pauli hires Luhukay


St. Pauli announced that the club has hired Jos Luhukay as the club's new manager.

Luhukay replaces Markus Kauczinski, who was sacked after two-and-a-half seasons with the club.

The Dutchman previously managed Sheffield Wednesday, Borussia Monchengladbach, Hertha Berlin and Stuttgart.

Christensen: I want to be the world's best at Chelsea


Andreas Christensen says he wants to be one of the best in the world by remaining at Chelsea.

The defender has found matches hard to come by, but he says he's willing to stick it out under Maurizio Sarri.

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Sarri: Drinkwater will never be in my plans


Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has all but said that midfielder Danny Drinkwater will never feature in his plans.

Drinkwater has yet to feature this season under the Italian after making 22 appearances last season under Antonio Conte. 

The midfielder was recently charged with drink-driving, but Sarri said that he was unlikely to ever play for him even before the arrest. 

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Who is Real Madrid and Barcelona target Jovic?


Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic has become one of the hotttest names on the transfer market. 

The 21-year-old Serbian has scored 17 times in 26 Bundesliga games this season while on loan from Benfica, leading to reported interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona, among others. 

Want to know more about a player valued at up to €60m (£52m/$68m)? Read the story on Goal right here.

Buffon's future at PSG unclear


Le Parisien reports that goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon may not continue at PSG beyond this season. 

The 41-year-old has committed several errors in recent weeks, leading many to believe that Alphonse Areola should be given the goalkeeper role on a permanent basis. 

Buffon's deal expires at the end of the season but there is a mutual option for a one-year extension. Whether that option is acitvated is now an open question. 

Roma to sell Pastore


Roma are set to offload midfielder Javier Pastore at the end of the season, reports Calciomercato.

Pastore's move to Roma has not worked out as planned, with the Argentine making just 11 Serie A appearances this season, scoring two goals. 

There is interest from Chinese clubs but Pastore is not keen on a move to Asia. River Plate are also looking to bring the midfielder back to Argentina.  

Eggestein signs new Bremen deal


Maximilian Eggestein has signed a new contract with Werder Bremen.

The 22-year-old attacking midfielder has been linked with a move to Bayern and Dortmund, but has committed his future to his current club.

"Maxi is an important part of our team and the way we play. He’s already got a good amount of Bundesliga experience and has a lot of responsibility on the pitch. I’m very glad that we’ll be able to accompany him with his development," manager Florian Kohfeldt said. 

Wolves to make €42m bid for Sanson


Wolves are preparing a €42 million (£35m/$47m) bid for Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson, reports Le10Sport

Sanson, 24, has four goals and three assists in 28 Ligue 1 appearances this term, making his name as a deep-lying playmaker. 

Marseille may be forced to sell Sanson and Florian Thauvin this summer to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.


Lyon interested in Kounde


Lyon are interested in young Bordeaux defender Jules Kounde, according to Le Progres.

The 20-year-old defender has been tracked by Lazio, AC Milan, Inter, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla, but now Lyon has entered the chase.

Kounde is under contract with Bordeaux until 2023, and the price tag could prove too high for Lyon.

Bayern interested in Pochettino


Bayern Munich have been linked to a stunning move for Mauricio Pochettino as the club's replacement for current boss Niko Kovac.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Bayern will target Pochettino as part of the club's massive rebuild that began with the signings of Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard.

The club believes the promise of trophies could draw the manager to Germany as he has yet to capture a title with Spurs.

AC Milan facing risk of FFP punishment


AC Milan have been referred to the UEFA over further alleged Financial Fair Play breaches.

The club was suspended from the Europa League for violating FFP rules, but saw the punishment overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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Montella confirmed as Fiorentina boss


Vincenzo Montella has been confirmed as manager of Fiorentina, the club announced.

Montella joins following a stint with Sevilla as he takes over Fiorentina for a second stint having previously managed the club from 2012-15.

The manager has also managed Milan and Sampdoria throughout his coaching career.

Atletico keen on Benfica defender Dias


Atletico Madrid's plans for their summer rebuild has seen them turn to Benfica centre-back Ruben Dias to bolster their defence.

According to Marca, with Diego Godin and Lucas Hernandez set to depart at the end of the campaign, Diego Simeone is keen to add defensive reinforcements.

If signed, Dias would one of a number of players being brought in from Portugal, with Porto duo Hector Herrera and Alex Telles also set to arrive in the Spanish capital.

Gladbach announce Rose appointment


The Red Bull Salzburg manager will replace Dieter Hecking in charge of the Bundesliga club next season...

Arsenal and Tottenham to battle for Perisic


Arsenal are set to renew their January pursuit of Inter winger Ivan Perisic but Tottenham have reportedly also joined the chase, according to talkSPORT.

The Croatian was close to a move to Manchester United while Jose Mourinho was in charge, but their interest appears to have cooled since the Portuguese's departure.

Inter, meanwhile, are thought to be tracking PSV wide-man Steven Bergwijn as a potential replacement. 

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Liverpool linked with Neves move


Liverpool have been linked with a move for impressive Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves, according to O Jogo.

The Reds' senior coaching assistant Pepijn Lijnders showered the 22-year-old with praise after a fine debut Premier League season.

Neves' quality displays have earned him admiring glances from top six clubs, and Wolves face a real battle to retain their star asset.

Man Utd to trigger Alderweireld release clause


Manchester United are planning to trigger Toby Alderweireld's £25m release clause this summer to bloster their defence, according to The Sun.

However, the Red Devils have not yet made contact with Tottenham over the proposed transfer, as the clause only becomes active after the end of the season following the club's recent activation of a 12-month extension option in the defender's contract.

United's defence has conceded the most goals of any side in the Premier League's top six (43), which is also more than Wolves and Everton and the same as Crystal Palace and Newcastle United, demonstrating the club's dire need for reinforcements. 


Manchester City battle AC Milan for £45m Everton


Manchester City are set to battle it out with AC Milan for the signature of highly-rated Brazilian forward Everton, according to The Sun.

The 23-year-old has a whopping £90m (€104m/$118m) release clause but Gremio are prepared to accept roughly half of that amount.

Milan were the first to register their interest, but City are hoping that the Brazilian talent already at the club with help persuade the player to choose them. 

'Mata has offers from Man Utd and elsewhere'


Juan Mata has been offered a new contract by Manchester United but other clubs have also shown an interest, according to the player's father.

Mata, who has been linked with Barcelona, is out of contract at Old Trafford this summer and is set to be available on a free transfer.

Check out the full story right here!

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Juve set to battle Madrid for Pogba


Bianconeri made three bids last summer

Juventus are refusing to give up on re-signing Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba this summer, according to CalcioMercato.

The Serie A champions had three bids rebuffed last summer but still believe they can convince the France international to return to Turin.

They face massive competition from Real Madrid, however, with Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane keen to bring his compatriot to Santiago Bernabeu.

Bournemouth eye Pope and Butland


Bournemouth have placed England goalkeeping duo Nick Pope and Jack Butland on their summer shortlist, according to The Sun.

With Artur Boruc set to leave and Asmir Begovic struggling for form, Eddie Howe is keen to secure a new No.1 ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.

Burnley stopper Pope has fallen behind Tom Heaton in the pecking order after picking up a shoulder injury in the early weeks of the season while Butland is keen to return to the Premier League from Stoke City.

Arsenal target Nkunku rejects PSG contract extension


Christopher Nkunku is reportedly refusing to extend his contract with Paris Saint-Germain, according to Mercato365.

The 21-year-old is unhappy with his playing time under Thomas Tuchel and will have just one year left on his current deal at the end of the season. He has already attracted interest from Arsenal and Rennes, with the former registering their interest in January.

A central midfielder by trade, Nkunku is a versatile player and has been used in an astonishing variety of positions this season alone, having featured on either wing, right-back and even up front alongside his preferred central role.


Liverpool emerge as favourites to sign Hudson-Odoi


Liverpool have emerged as favourites to sign Chelsea wonderkid Callum Hudson-Odoi, according to talkSPORT.

Bayern Munich did their best to prise the winger from Stamford Bridge in January and still remain interested, although a handful of clubs are now monitoring the situation, including Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United and Manchester City, and the German giants could be set to lose out to the Merseyside club.

If he were to leave, Chelsea would much prefer to sell him abroad, but with the player's contract expiring at the end of next season, they may find their hands are tied in negotiations.

Leicester slap £10m price tag on Slimani


Leicester City are hoping to sell Islam Slimani this summer, and have valued the striker at £10m (€11.6m/$13m), according to the Leicester Mercury.

The Foxes spent close to triple that fee when they brought him to the club in 2016, but the Algerian does not appear to be part of new boss Brendan Rogers' plans.

He has spent the season on loan at Fenerbahce in Turkey, and Besiktas are thought to be interested, as are his former club Sporting.

Chelsea powerless to stop Hazard exit


Chelsea will not be able to prevent the departure of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid, with the forward in the final year of his contract.

Despite the club's looming transfer ban, the Belgian is determined to join Los Blancos, and Chelsea are demanding around £100m (€116m/$131m) for his signature, whereas Real are hoping to seal a deal for closer to the €100m mark (£86m/$112.5m).

The fees discussed are roughly half of what was touted last summer, but the Blues cannot afford to lose their star man on a free transfer next season and have been forced to lower their demands as a result.

Additionally, Maurizio Sarri's desire to sign Mateo Kovacic permanently could see the midfielder used as a makeweight.

Read the full story right here on Goal!

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Arsenal target €30m Veretout as Ramsey replacement


Arsenal are thought to have shortlisted Fiorentina midfielder Jordan Veretout as a potential replacement for Aaron Ramsey, according to the Birmingham Mail. 

The 26-year-old Frenchman was a part of the Aston Villa side that was relegated from the Premier League but has managed five goals and three assists in Serie A this season.

With Ramsey heading to Juventus on a free transfer at the end of the season, the Gunners are looking for a central midfielder who can add goals from midfield, but will reportedly have to stump up a fee of around €30m (£26m/$34m), with Napoli and Inter also rumoured to be interested.


Premier League club chasing Thauvin


Marseille will need bring in €80 million (£70m/$90m) this summer to meet FFP regulations this summer, and the club are looking to offload several players to help raise the funds. 

Florian Thauvin​ is the hottest property, and le10sport claims that a Premier League side is willing to offer nearly half the total the club need to raise to bring the winger to England

Galaxy hopeful of landing Gonzalez


LA Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese said on Tuesday that he hoped the club would be able to land Giancarlo Gonzalez from Italian club Bologna.

Te Kloese told the MLS website that the Galaxy were hoping to make progress on the move "in the coming days."

"We hope so. We’ve been very busy and there’s a lot of work that goes into rules and regulations in MLS with being able to bring in a player like him or other players on the allocation list. We hope to and we trust we can make some progress in the coming days,” he said.

“I think we should be OK, but it’s always a work in progress,” he added. 

Real Madrid have started house hunting for Hazard


Real Madrid are so sure they will land Chelsea's Eden Hazard this summer that the club have started house hunting for the winger. 

The Sun claim that the posh suburb of Pozuelo​ is the area being searched for the Belgian's new home. 

Man United stars could jump ship


Manchester United's stars are ready to jump ship if the club doesn't make the Champions League next season. 

The Sun claims that players could face pay cuts up to 25 per cent should the Old Trafford side not qualify for Europe's top competition next season. 

With Real Madrid in pursuit of Paul Pogba, the threat of losing the club's top midfielder will increase should he be forced to take lower wages with the Premier League side. 

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Rashford nears new £78m Manchester United deal


The striker is set to sign a massive contract to stay at Old Trafford

Marcus Rashford is nearing a new contract with Manchester United that will pay him £78 million ($102m) over five years, according to the Mirror

With his current deal set to expire at the end of next season, the 21-year-old has been locked in talks with United over a new deal. 

And it appears that a breakthrough has been made with Rashford set to earn £300,000 per week, more than tripling his current wage of £80,000 per week. 

Hazard will refuse to sign new Chelsea deal


Even if Chelsea play hardball with Real Madrid, the Belgian has his mind made up

With his current deal set to expire at the end of next season, Eden Hazard will refuse to sign a new Chelsea contract, reports The Telegraph. 

Real Madrid are closing in on a move for Hazard, and the Belgian will attempt to force the transfer through by informing Chelsea he won't be signing a new deal. 

Even if the Blues tell Madrid they won't sell, Hazard's refusal to sign a new contract would likely force Chelsea to accept a transfer fee this summer rather than allow him to leave for free next year. 

Conte demands £9m per season to manage Inter


The Daily Mail reports former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is willing to manager Inter, but only if the club make him the highest-paid manager in Serie A.

Current Inter boss Luciano Spalletti may be sacked at the end of the season, despite leading his side to their current third place position in the league. 

Conte, who has been without work since leaving Chelsea at the end of last season, will demand £9 million (€10m/$12m) per season to take over at San Siro. 

PSG interested in Ajax star Neres


PSG are interested in Ajax star David Neres, according to Le10Sport

The 22-year-old Brazilian is being tracked by a host of top European clubs, including Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund

Neres has eight goals and 11 assists so far this season in the Eredivisie, while also scoring twice in the Champions League

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How Sanchez has put new De Gea deal in jeopardy


David de Gea's contract expires at the end of next season, and negotiations over an extension have been complicated by Alexis Sanchez.

Specifically, Sanchez's massive salary is making it harder for Manchester United to tie down their star goalkeeper. 

And if United don't break the bank for De Gea, they could watch one of their most valuable players leave the club.

Read the feature from Kris Voakes on Goal right here