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Red Bulls sign Muyl to extension


The New York Red Bulls have announced a multi-year contract extension with midfielder Alex Muyl. 

Terms of the deal were not disclosed for the homegrown product, who broke into the club's first team in 2016.

“Alex is the type of player that fits well in our system," Sporting Director Denis Hamlett said in a statement. "He works hard, does the little things right and has the skills to be effective with and without the ball."

Chelsea near Kovacic deal


Chelsea and Real Madrid are nearing an agreement to make Mateo Kovacic's move to the Blues permanent, according to Marca.

In addition the two clubs near the completion of Eden Hazard's move to Real Madrid, but the transfers will be completed seperately of one another.

Since he was on loan at Chelsea this year, Kovacic is not affected by the club's ban on registering new players next season.

Milan make contact over Nice star


Milan have made contact over Nice star Allan Saint-Maximin, but could miss out on him due to lack of Champions League football, according to

While Saint-Maximin has done well this season, he and coach Patrick Vieira have not gotten along and Nice would take €35 million (£30m/$39m) for him this summer.

However, Milan think that valuation is too high and would lack the funds for it anyway if they fail to secure Champions League football next term.

Griezmann to take pay cut to join Barcelona


Antoine Griezmann is nearing a deal to join Barcelona, with the Atletico Madrid star willing to take a pay cut to join the La Liga champions, according to Le Parisien.

The France star flirted with Barcelona last season, only to stay with Atletico and sign a new deal after a programme called "La Decision."

However, frustration this season has seen him reconsider and while Barca have maintained contact, their elimination from the Champions League has accelerated the process. 

Liverpool received Coutinho CL bonus fee


Liverpool received a bonus £4.3 million Philippe Coutinho transfer fee despite knocking Barcelona out of the Champions League, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Part of the £142 million ($185m) fee the Reds received for Coutinho was in the form of bonuses and reports suggested that specific one only triggered if Barca made the finals.

However, it was actually triggered by Barca advancing to the quarter-finals, meaning their elimination at the hands of Liverpool had no impact on the fee. 

Schalke announce Wagner as new coach


Schalke have announced former Huddersfield manager David Wagner as their next head coach, effective for the 2019-20 season.

Read more on Wagner here!

Politano tips Spalletti to stay at Inter


Matteo Politano rates Inter-linked Antonio Conte as a "great coach" but expects Luciano Spalletti to remain in charge beyond this season.

Reports in Italy state Inter are preparing to cut short Spalletti's tenure and install former Chelsea boss Conte as his replacement.

The 49-year-old worked closely with Nerazzurri chief executive Beppe Marotta during a successful stint at Juventus and this week revealed there is a "60 per cent probability" of him coaching in Serie A next term.

Read more here!

Llorente may make Napoli switch


Fernando Llorente's agent, his brother, has hinted the Spurs striker would be interested in a move to Napoli.

The Spanish international forward, who has starred in Tottenham's run to the Champions League final, has played in Serie A before, for Juventus.

Now Calciomercato reports the 34-year-old, who is out of contract in the summer, would be willing to play and live in Naples.



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Watford targeting Olympiakos midfielder Camara


Cameroon international Mady Camara is considering a move to Watford from Greece, in a £12m ($15m) deal, the Evening Standard says.

Newcastle are also interested in the 22-year-old midfielder, as well as several European outfits.

The Guinea international is in no hurry to decide his future, and will delay any decision until after the African Cup of Nations in the summer.


Manchester City not interested in Bruno Fernandes


Despite strong speculation about Manchester City signing Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes the player is not a target to replace Fernandinho.

Clubs sources told the Manchester Evening News they would not be attempting to sign the 24-year-old, and had not made contact with his current employer.

The same sources also ruled out an attempt to sign a left-back, despite concerns over injury-prone Benjamin Mendy


Griezmann leads Barcelona summer transfer targets


The French forward tops a Barcelona list including  Everton's Richarlison and  Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette, according to ESPN.

The Blaugrana are keen to add to their striking options and see Atletico's Griezmann as the ideal player to complement Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.

Any business will be done after July 1 when the World Cup winners release clause drops from €200m (£172/$224m).


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Koeman favourite to replace Valverde at Barca


With Ernesto Valverde's future in doubt at Camp Nou, Ronald Koeman is favourite to replace him at the helm, Chiringuto TV reports.

The Spanish outlet suggests Ajax boss Erik ten Hag is also in the frame for the hot seat in Catalonia.

Valverde won La Liga this year but his club's shocking Champions League exit at the hands of Liverpool on Tuesday has put his job in peril.


Hazard wants Real Madrid deal done


Eden Hazard wants a move to Real Madrid pushed through as soon as possible, reports ESPN.

The Chelsea forward has been linked with the Blancos for some time, as he approaches the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge.

A summer move is expected, but his current club are refusing to budge on their demands for a £100 million ($130m) fee.


Atletico want Otamendi in Rodri agreement


Atletico Madrid will demand Nicolas Otamendi be included in any approach from Manchester City for Rodri, reports Metro.

Pep Guardiola is said to be considering triggering Rodri's €70m (£60m/$78m)) buyout clause, but those in Spain want to see an experienced centre-half involved in any agreement.


Arsenal keen on Kelly


Arsenal have made several checks on Bristol City defender Lloyd Kelly, according to the Daily Mail.

The 20-year-old is a man in demand, though, with Liverpool also closely monitoring his progress in the Championship.

Rogic to stay at Celtic amid interest from England


Tom Rogic's agent has sought to quash talk of the Australia international leaving Celtic for the Premier League.

Daniel Berman has said of the 26-year-old: "I've had no contact from Southampton or Leicester.

"Tom is on a long contract, is winning trophies, respects and loves the institution that is Celtic Football Club."

Klopp to end Italian interest with new deal


Jurgen Klopp is poised to sign a new contract at Liverpool and end any interest being shown in him from Italy, reports Calciomercato.

A man who has his current club in contention for Premier League and Champions League honours is said to be a fan of Serie A, but he is set to commit to fresh terms at Anfield.

'Neymar unlikely to join Real Madrid'


Neymar is unlikely to swap Paris Saint-Germain for Real Madrid this summer, claims fellow Brazilian Ronaldo, with there still points to be proved in France by a man who has faced unfair criticism.

A World Cup winner has said of his countryman: "It has been dragging on for many years. There are many rumours, but I do not think there is anything concrete with Real Madrid."

Read the full story on Goal!

Modric still integral to Zidane's plans at Real Madrid


Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is counting on Luka Modric to continue playing a key role for the club next season, according to Cadena Cope.

The Croatian has one year remaining on his existing contract at Santiago Bernabeu, but the club have not yet confirmed reports he signed a one-year extension after being crowned 2018's Ballon d'Or winner.

Modric has racked up 41 appearances for Madrid across all competitions this season, scoring three goals.

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PSG open talks with Lille over Nicolas Pepe


Paris Saint Germain have opened negotiations with Lille over a summer transfer for Nicolas Pepe, according to Yahoo Sport.

The Frenchman's departure could be sanctioned for around €50 million ($56m, £43m), with the likes of ArsenalLiverpool and Manchester United also monitoring his situation.

Pepe has contributed 20 goals and 11 assists in 35 Ligue 1 appearances for Lille this season.


Barcelona confident of landing De Ligt


Spanish champions closing in on major transfer

Barcelona are confident of signing Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt this summer, according to The Independent.

The 19-year-old has been touted for a £60 million ($78m) Camp Nou switch, following in the footsteps of club colleague Frenkie de Jong, who signed a pre-contract agreement with the Blaugrana in January.

De Ligt has been a fixture in the Ajax starting XI this season, racking up over 50 appearances across all competitions.

Demirbay signs for Bayer Leverkusen


Hoffenheim midfielder Kerem Demirbay has completed a move to Bayer Leverkusen, the club have announced on Thursday morning.

The 25-year-old has signed a five-year contract agreement with the Bundesliga giants and will join up with his new team-mates at the end of the current campaign.

Demirbay has contributed four goals and eight assists in 25 domestic appearances for Hoffenheim this season.

Norwich set to table offer for Joe Hart


Joe Hart could leave Burnley to join newly promoted Norwich City, who are weighing up a summer approach - according to The Sun.

The ex-Manchester City shot-stopper has a year left on his current contract at Turf Moor, but the club may be willing to let him go for nothing at the end of the season.

Hart has taken in 21 appearances for Burnley this term, in a back-up role behind Tom Heaton.


Top talent will want to join Liverpool - Lawrenson


Jurgen Klopp’s “fantasy football” at Liverpool will help to bring more top talent to Anfield in upcoming transfer windows, says Mark Lawrenson.

The Reds have always been an attractive proposition to leading players around the world.

They have, however, taken their game to new heights under their current boss, with Premier League and Champions League challenges pieced together.

Check out Lawrenson's comments here.

Barcelona exodus mooted after Liverpool defeat


Barcelona trio Philippe Coutinho, Ivan Rakitic and Samuel Umititi could all leave the club this summer, according to AS.

The three men could be cleared out to make room for new signings after Ernesto Valverde's side were dumped out of the Champions League in embarrassing fashion.

Liverpool beat Barca 4-3 on aggregate in the semi-finals of the competition after a 4-0 demolition job at Anfield.

Doubts over De Ligt to Liverpool


Matthijs de Ligt would be a fine addition at Liverpool, admits Steve Nicol, but the emergence of Joe Gomez makes a move for the in-demand Ajax defender unlikely.

The former Reds star told ESPN FC: "I’m not quite so sure that Liverpool would turn round and spent the type of money that it would cost for this guy."

Read the full story on Goal!

Inter to offer Alexis escape route


Serie A side keem on Man Utd flop

Inter are prepared to offer Alexis Sanchez a way out of Manchester United, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Chilean forward has flopped badly at Old Trafford and is among those being tipped to move on in the next transfer window.


Liverpool to hold Origi talks


Liverpool are set to discuss a new deal with Champions League hero Divock Origi, reports the Daily Star.

Fresh from seeing the Belgian striker fire them past Barcelona and into a European final, the Reds are planning to sit down over the summer and thrash out fresh terms.

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Allegri close to PSG move


Paris Saint-Germain are ready to swoop in for Massimiliano Allegri, claims Calciomercato, with the Juventus boss approaching the end of his reign in Turin.

The man in charge of the Serie A champions has offered no indication that he will be moving on this summer, but a switch to France is now expected.

Sarri still wants two signings despite Chelsea transfer ban


Maurizio Sarri is still hoping to bring in “one or two players” this summer despite Chelsea continuing to face the threat of a transfer ban.

They have been stung by FIFA sanctions after being found guilty of breaching regulations regarding the registration of overseas players under the age of 18.

Chelsea are now planning to take their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), with the Premier League outfit still looking to bolster their ranks.

A deal for United States international Christian Pulisic is already in place, while loan star Gonzalo Higuain can be taken on a permanent basis, but Sarri acknowledges that he is going to need more if his side are to start closing the gap on title challengers Liverpool and Manchester City.

Read the full story on Goal.

Passport holding up Herrera to Atletico deal


Porto midfielder Hector Herrera's proposed move to Atletico Madrid is being held up by passport issues, according to AS.

The two clubs have already agreed on a deal for the Mexican, but he will not become a legal Portuguese resident until July, which could affect his travel arrangements.

Herrera has contributed five goals in 32 Primeira Liga matches for Porto this season.

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Inter eyeing swoop for Chelsea's Emerson


Chelsea full-back Emerson is the subject of interest from Inter, according to Calcio Mercato.

Maurizio Sarri is reluctant to sell, however, with a forthcoming transfer ban set to prevent the Blues signing any new players this summer.

Emerson has featured in 25 matches across all competitions for Chelsea this season, scoring once.

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Man City can release Felix funds by selling Gabriel Jesus


Manchester City will sign Benfica teenager Joao Felix if they can offload Gabriel Jesus at the end of the season - according to A Bola.

The Premier League champions are unwilling to pay the €120m (£103m, $134m) release clause in the Portuguese star's current contract until they have raised funds from player sales.

Felix has contributed 13 goals and seven assists in 23 Primeira Liga appearances for Benfica this season.

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Rangers close to signing Mexer


Rangers have offered Rennes defender Mexer a contract at Ibrox, according to Herald Scotland.

Steven Gerrard held talks with the 30-year-old in France last week, whose current deal at Roazhon Park expires this summer.

Mexer has appeared in 41 matches across all competitions for Rennes this season, scoring once.


Everton to face stiff competition to keep Andre Gomes


Everton are facing competition in their attempt to keep Andre Gomes after his loan deal runs out this summer. 

The Liverpool Echo claims that Tottenham are among the teams looking to sign the 25-year-old though they are not alone. 

Italian clubs Roma and Inter are both looking to sign him from Barcelona as well. 

Van der Sar: De Ligt will move to England or Spain


Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt will move to the Premier League or La Liga, according to director Edwin van der Sar.

The defender has caught the eye of many of Europe's biggest clubs and has been linked with both Manchester United and Barcelona

Those clubs have now been given a boost in their hopes, with the club CEO claiming that their star prospect will likely make the jump to either England or Spain

Read his full comments on Goal!

Manchester United back in for Maguire


Manchester United are ready to make another run at Harry Maguire this summer as the club looks to rebuild ahead of next season. 

ESPN reports that the 26-year-old centre-back, a target for Jose Mourinho last summer, is of interest to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as his looks to bolster his squad. 

Zidane wants to bring Hakimi back from Dortmund


Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane wants to bring Achraf Hakimi back early from his loan at Borussia Dortmund, reports AS

The Frenchman has been impressed with Hakimi's displays in Germany and sees him as the ideal competition for Marcelo at left-back. 

But Hakimi is only halfway through a two-year loan with Dortmund, and the Bundesliga club don't want to let him get away early. 


Coutinho faces Barcelona axe


The club believes the Brazilian is "not a Barcelona player"

Philippe Coutinho is set to be sold by Barcelona after his awful display in the club's Champions League defeat to Liverpool, according to ESPN FC.

Coutinho struggled in the semi-final against his former club, leading a club source to tell ESPN FC that "Coutinho is not a Barcelona player, that's been made clear."

The Brazilian isn't likely to be the only casualty of Barcelona's collapse, with manager Ernesto Valverde's future also up in the air. 

Lukaku set for talks to determine future at Man Utd


Romelu Lukaku is set to hold talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over his Manchester United future, reports the Evening Standard.

Solskjaer is planning on the striker being part of his squad next season, but United could offload the Belgian should he express a desire to leave. 

Lukaku's possible exit could be complicated by United's desire to recoup the £75 million ($98m) they paid Everton for his services two years ago. 

Godin agrees three-year Inter deal


Diego Godin has agreed a three-year contract with Inter worth €6.5 million per season, reports ESPN FC.

The Uruguay international announced earlier this week that he would be leaving Atletico Madrid after nine seasons with the club. 

And the 33-year-old now appears set to continue his career in Serie A

Chelsea yet to hold contract talks with Hudson-Odoi


Chelsea are yet to hold talks with Callum Hudson-Odoi over a new contract as the club continues to ponder his future, according to the Daily Mail.

The teenage star's contract is set to expire at the end of next season, and Chelsea could opt to sell him this summer rather than lose him for free. 

Despite his serious achilles injury at the end of the season, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Manchester United are still monitoring Hudson-Odoi's situation. 

Southampton planning £30m Mitrovic move


Southampton are planning a £30 million ($39m) bid for Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, reports the Express

Mitrovic scored 11 goals for Fulham this season but his future is up in the air after the club were relegated from the Premier League.

Crystal Palace are also keeping an eye on the Serbia star's situation.