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Solari gives up on Isco

2019-02-16T22:38:42Z

Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari's relationship with Isco has broken down irreversibly, report AS.

Relations between the two have been tense ever since the player refused to shake his manager's hand following a 3-0 defeat to Eibar in November,  and both Chelsea and Manchester City have been put on alert by the former Malaga player's possible availability.

The 26 year-old hasn't started for Real since Solari took over in October. 

Glatzel to sign first Liverpool contract

2019-02-16T22:10:03Z

Liverpool academy player Paul Glatzel will sign a first professional contract with the club next week, report the Liverpool Echo. 

The U18's captain will put pen to paper on Wednesday when he turns 18, capping a spectacular season in the youth ranks during which he has scored 22 goals.

Glatzel trained with the first team at the club's Melwood training base earlier in the season. 

Saiss a target for Atletico

2019-02-16T21:32:57Z

Wolves Romain Saiss has emerged as a surprise target for Atletico Madrid, according to the Birmingham Mail.

Saiss has featured only sparingly for Wolves this term, despite playing a starring role as the team achieved promotion from the Championship last season.

The Moroccan joined Wolves from Anger in 2016 and is contracted until 2020. 

Aluko set for China switch

2019-02-16T21:10:16Z

Reading midfielder Sone Aluko is set to leave the Royals and join Chinese Super League side Beijing Renhe, according to Football London.

The midfielder, who joined Reading in 2017 on a four-year deal, was left out of the matchday squad for the 4-0 defeat at Sheffield United on Saturday, and looks likely to have played his last game for the club.

The Chinese transfer window remains open until 28 February.  

Ferguson set for new Dons deal

2019-02-16T20:47:22Z

Aberdeen's Lewis Ferguson is set to sign a new deal at the club, according to BBC Sport. 

The midfielder has starred during his first season since signing for the Dons from Hamilton in the summer. 

The 19 year-old has made 30 appearances in his debut season.

Ronaldo's Real exit stopped Mbappe move to the Bernabeu

2019-02-16T20:11:40Z

Kylian Mbappe had agreed in principle to move to Real Madrid only months before signing for Paris Saint-German, according to the Daily Record.

The striker had wanted to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo but after learning of the possibility that the Portuguese star could be sold the next summer, Mbappe became less interested in the deal.

The Frenchman’s father was also put off the move as he believed a Ronaldo-less Madrid would create too much pressure for his son.

Barca planning summer swoop for Gomez

2019-02-16T19:41:48Z

Ernesto Valverde wants to bring Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez to Camp Nou next next season, reports Don Balon.

The Uruguayan has enjoyed a superb season, scoring nine goal in 21 league matches, and at just 22 he has altered the attentions of Barca scouts.

Gomez nearly joined West Ham in January only for negotiations to break down regarding his wage, meaning he could be available again next summer.

Liverpool target Malcom

2019-02-16T19:11:26Z

According to LeSport10, Liverpool are hopeful of signing Barcelona forward Malcolm next summer.

The Brazilian has struggled to hold down regular spot in the Barca side, but the Catalans are still keen too hold onto their man.

The French outlet claim Malcolm may have to push for a move if he wishes to leave Camp Nou this summer.

Juve was always Ramsey's first choice

2019-02-16T18:41:08Z

Ian Rush has revealed it was Aaron Ramsey’s desire to win trophies that convinced him to sign for Juventus.

Speaking to Corriere di Torino, Rush said: “Why Juve? I spoke to him a couple weeks ago, he's always been convinced of this choice because he wants to win trophies and Juve has always been the first choice for this.

“He believes that they have more chances to win than other teams.

"He's a fantastic player, a very reserved person and the right man for the Bianconeri."

No contract distractions in Madrid

2019-02-16T18:11:49Z

Arsenal signings have been 'bog standard average'

2019-02-16T17:34:49Z

Many of the players acquired by Arsenal are “poor”, according to Charlie Nicholas, with a lack of productivity in the transfer market and mismanagement behind the scenes ensuring that the club remain “bog standard average”.

The former Gunners striker told Sky Sports:“The goalkeeper [Leno] has got a chance but plays behind a really bad defence. Torreira and Guendouzi, the youngster, have done okay.

“Lichtsteiner? Not good enough, don’t need him. Sokratis? The same, not been good enough."

Read the full story on Goal!

'Salah won't swap places with Dybala'

2019-02-16T17:04:44Z

Talk of Mohamed Salah being involved in a potential swap deal with Paulo Dybala will come to nothing, says former Liverpool and Juventus striker Ian Rush.

The Reds legend has told Corriere di Torino: “I think Salah will stay at Liverpool."

Check out what else he has had to say here.

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Saudi Prince steps up £3.8bn Man Utd takeover

2019-02-16T16:47:15Z

Red Devils to fall under new ownership?

Mohammad bin Salman is stepping up a £3.8bn takeover bid of Manchester United, according to The Sun.

The Saudi Crown Prince is eager to acquire control of the Red Devils from the Glazer family and hopes to be at the Old Trafford helm in time for the 2019-20 campaign.

Lustig may be leaving Celtic

2019-02-16T16:31:03Z

Mikael Lustig may be heading towards the exits at Celtic, according to Fotboll Direkt.

The Swedish defender is set to be out of contract in the summer and has an offer on the table from Malmo.

Skriniar tops Man Utd wish list

2019-02-16T16:17:45Z

Inter defender Milan Skriniar is Manchester United's top target in an ongoing search for centre-half additions, reports The Independent.

Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly and Sampdoria's Joachim Andersen are also in the Red Devils' sights, but a raid on San Siro is considered to be most likely.

West Ham to extend Nasri's stay

2019-02-16T16:02:15Z

West Ham are planning to take up the option in Samir Nasri's short-term contract which will keep him at the London Stadium, claims Claret and Hugh.

The Frenchman linked up with the Hammers as a free agent and the former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder has impressed during his time in the East End.

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Ribery future up in the air

2019-02-16T15:43:31Z

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is refusing to offer any guarantees over the future of Franck Ribery.

The 35-year-old winger's contract expires at the end of the season and it is unclear whether he will be offered an extension.

Read the full story on Goal.

Aluko the next to head for China?

2019-02-16T15:02:31Z

Reading winger Sone Aluko may be the next player to leave English football for China, according to football.london.

The Chinese Super League window is open until Thursday, with Beijing Renhe closing in on a deal for a man who is under contract with the Royals until 2021.

Ozil in cryptic future hint

2019-02-16T14:22:04Z

Mesut Ozil is continuing to keep everyone guessing on his Arsenal future after quoting Dennis Bergkamp in a cryptic social media post.

Questions have been asked of the German’s ongoing presence at Emirates Stadium for several weeks now.

Here is what he has done amid that mounting speculation.

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Benfica won't prevent Jimenez departure

2019-02-16T14:00:36Z

Benfica will not prevent on-loan striker Raul Jimenez from making a permanent switch to Wolves, according to talkSPORT.

The Portuguese club will demand £30m from the Premier League outfit for the Mexican's services, however.

Jimenez started slowly in the English top-flight but has now notched nine goals from 26 league appearances.

Leeds tie Gotts down to new deal

2019-02-16T13:30:17Z

Leeds United have tied promising youngster Robbie Gotts to a new contract, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The 19-year-old right-back, who can also play as a midfielder, has penned fresh terms that run through to the summer of 2022.

His contract was due to expire at the end of this season, but the Leeds hierarchy have acted swiftly to secure the future of a highly-rated young player.

Ospina considers South America

2019-02-16T13:00:25Z

David Ospina has admitted that, although he would like to continue playing in Europe, he is open to a move back to South America, according to Radio Blu.

The on-loan Arsenal keeper has been frozen out at Napoli since Alex Meret returned from a broken arm due to a clause in his loan deal that obligates a purchase after a certain number of appearances.

The Gunners will be keen to offload him in the summer and get a fee for the 30-year-old, who will have just one year remaining on his contract. 

Giroud wants new Chelsea deal

2019-02-16T12:30:52Z

Olivier Giroud wants to stay at Chelsea despite the club's recent capture of Gonzalo Higuain, and is hoping for a new contract, according to the The Sun

The Frenchman has performed well in the Europa League this season, scoring five goals from six appearances, but has fallen behind new arrival Higuain in the pecking order.

Giroud's contract expires in the summer, but his deal contains a 12-month extension option.

Hastie warned against Leeds move

2019-02-16T12:00:11Z

Motherwell youngster Jake Hastie has been warned against moving to Leeds United by manager Stephen Robinson, according to The Scottish Sun.

The 20-year-old winger - who is out of contract this summer - is reportedly a target for Marcelo Bielsa's high-flying Championship outfit, having scored three in his last two league games, with Sunderland also thought to be interested.

However, Robinson believes that Hastie's development would be best served by staying and playing regularly rather than going to the English second-tier and potentially featuring for U23 teams.

Rabiot edging closer to Barca agreement

2019-02-16T11:30:22Z

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot is edging closer to signing a pre-contract deal with Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The 23-year-old has reportedly agreed everything in principle with the Catalan giants after refusing to pena  new contract in Paris. 

He would reportedly replace Ivan Rakitic at the club and play on the left of the midfield three as Barcelona build a new generation of talent, with the capture of Frenkie De Jong to join Arthur.

De Laurentiis ready for 'war' over Koulibaly

2019-02-16T11:00:22Z

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has slapped a £131m (€150m/$169.45m) price tag on Kalidou Koulibaly in an attempt to ward off interest, and will reportedly offer the defender a new deal worth £5.7m (€6.5m/$7.3m) a year, according to Calciomercato.

Manchester United, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are just a handful of the clubs to have been credited with an interest in the Senegalese centre-back, but Napoli are determined to take the same stance as they did with Brazilian midfielder Allan.

Since losing Jorginho to Chelsea, the Serie A side have rebuffed any and all enquiries over their star players, scaring PSG off Allan with a massive price tag as they seek to build a side to challenge Juventus domestically on a consistent basis. 

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Romero to stay at United despite offers

2019-02-16T10:30:46Z

Sergio Romero is planning to stay at Manchester United as back-up to David De Gea despite offers from elsewhere, according to The Sun.

The shot-stopper, 31, has attracted interest from clubs in Spain and Italy, as well as Boca Juniors in his native Argentina.

However, despite making just four appearances in all competitions, the goalkeeper has been told by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he is a valued member of the squad and wants to stay on.

De Ligt to follow De Jong to Barca

2019-02-16T10:00:21Z

Andre Onana believes that Mathijs De Ligt is keen to follow in the footsteps of Ajax team-mate Frenkie De Jong and move to Barcelona.

Barca have already reached a €75 million (£65m/$85m) agreement with the Eredivisie side over De Jong, and De Ligt is a similarly hot prospect, with a plethora of big clubs circling for the centre-back's signature.

"De Ligt would also like to go, I talked to him several times and with both of them," Onana said.

Read the full story right here on Goal!

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Arsenal want Havertz to replace Ozil

2019-02-16T09:30:08Z

The Gunners are hoping to replace their German playmaker with a teenager earning rave reviews in the Bundesliga.

Arsenal are rumoured to be eyeing Bayer Leverkusen's Kai Havertz as a replacement for out-of-favour star Mesut Ozil, according to Calciomercato.

The Gunners have reportedly been watching the 19-year-old attacking midfielder - who stands at 6'2" - who has scored 11 goals and registered six assists in 28 appearances across all competitions this season.

The young German has earned comparisons to Ozil himself, along with the likes of Toni Kroos and Michael Ballack, as he is also able to operate in a deeper role or even as a wide playmaker, such is his versatility. 

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Spurs likely to sign Andersen

2019-02-16T09:00:28Z

Tottenham are leading Manchester United in the race to sign Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen, according to the Independent.

While United have the defender at the bottom of their central defender shortlist, he is a top priority for Spurs, who have reportedly already made contact.

The 22-year-old Dane has played in all but one of Sampdoria's league fixtures this season, taking the club to within six points of the top four.

Gueye hopes PSG come back for him

2019-02-16T08:30:36Z

Everton's Idrissa Gueye hopes that Paris Saint-Germain make another approach for him this summer after a winter move to the reigning Ligue 1 champions failed to materialise, according to L'Equipe.

The defensive midfielder was the subject of interest from PSG, who were in desperate need of central midfield players, before their eventual capture of Leandro Paredes from Zenit St. Petersburg.

However, the Senegalese remains hopeful that the Parisian club retain an interest in his services, and that he might be able to join them sooner rather than later.

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LAFC add youngster Batista

2019-02-16T08:00:40Z

Los Angeles FC have added young defender Lamar Batista to their ranks, according to MLS Soccer.

The 20-year-old centre-back joined the club on trial and will reportedly sign a permanent deal after impressing.

Batista left Portland Timbers 2 in December and has racked up 43 USLC appearances in his short career so far, scoring once.

Biglia to sign or be sold

2019-02-16T07:30:25Z

AC Milan are reportedly considering the future of midfielder Lucas Biglia, whose contract expires in the summer of 2020, according to Calciomercato.

The 33-year-old is thought to be keen to extend his terms and pen a new contract, but if negotiations break down over the deal then the club will look to offload him at the end of this season rather than risk losing him on a free.

However, Milan head coach Gennaro Gattuso rates the veteran highly and, with both parties keen to continue their existing relationship, a deal is likely to be struck before the end of the current campaign.

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Koulibaly 'pleased' with mounting transfer interest

2019-02-16T06:10:57Z

Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly says he is "pleased" with the amount of attention he is drawing, but hinted that he would be happy to continue his growth with the Serie A side. 

The 27-year-old has been linked with the likes of Manchester United in recent days and Napoli have reportedly set a massive price-tag on their star man. 

"I am pleased that many teams follow me, but I want to demonstrate on the field that I am at the level of the greatest and I want to show it in the future,"​ he told Rai Sports on Friday. 

Read the full article right here on Goal!

Galaxy interested in Bologna's Gonzalez

2019-02-16T05:38:08Z

The LA Galaxy are interested in signing Bologna defender Giancarlo Gonzalez, according to ESPN

The Costa Rican knows his way around Major League Soccer, having been a star for the Columbus Crew before making the jump to Europe. 

Nagbe could remain with Atlanta United

2019-02-16T03:48:31Z

Despite continued issues between player and club, Darlington Nagbe could remain with Atlanta United this season. 

The Atlanta Journal Constitution claims the midfielder loves living in the city and, despite being sent home early from preseason camp, may opt to remain with the defending MLS Cup winners for the 2019 season. 

Nagbe showed up late to the preseason and was sent packing, sparking speculation that he was either trying to force a trade - his former coach Caleb Porter is back in MLS with the Columbus Crew in Nagbe's native Ohio - or that the club was simply trying to send a message to the player ahead of the season. 

Allegri coy on Icardi links

2019-02-16T02:11:23Z

Massimiliano Allegri refused to be drawn in on links to Mauro Icardi, saying he doesn't pay much attention to the transfer market and assesments of the forward should be left up to Inter

The Argentine has been in the headlines constantly in recent weeks, but the Juventus boss says he trusts his club to make the right decisions when it comes time to purchase players. 

"I don't know anything about the market. I prefer to go to the beach in the summer! The club takes care of the players and makes them available," he told reporters following Friday's comfortable win over Frosinone.

"Icardi is a forward who can score goals, but I leave the assessments to [Inter boss Luciano] Spalletti, who coaches him and knows him better."

You can read the full story on Goal!

TFC and Genk to hold Pozuelo talks

2019-02-16T01:05:42Z

Toronto FC and Genk are set to meet and discus the future of Spanish footballer Alejandro Pozuelo. 

The Toronto Sun reports that TFC GM Ali Curtis will be in New York to meet with officials from the Belgian side on Saturday. 

The Reds are still looking for a replacement for Sebastian Giovinco​ and view Pozuelo, who has made it clear he would like a move, as the ideal target. 

Man Utd plot £70m move for Sancho

2019-02-15T23:46:03Z

Old Trafford outlet to make shock bid for Dortmund star

Manchester United are lining up an ambitious bid for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.

The Sun claims the Premier League side will try to lure the 18-year-old sensation back to England and offer the German side £70 million ($90m), 15 per cent of which would go to his former team Manchester City.

The three-time England international joined Dortmund in 2017 and has scored nine times and set up a further 17 in 41 appearances.

Barca to offer Alba five-year extension

2019-02-15T23:39:11Z

Barcelona will enter talks with Jordi Alba over a new contract after successfully tying Ernesto Valverde to a new deal.

The 29-year-old’s contract expires in 2020 and Sport reports that the Catalan side see him as an irreplaceable part of the team.

Having confirmed Valverde’s extension, they will soon open talks over a new five-year contract for the Spain international left-back.

Ozil refusing to leave Arsenal on loan

2019-02-15T23:32:39Z

Midfielder determined to leave on permanent deal

Arsenal’s plot to offload Mesut Ozil has been held up because the attacking midfielder does not want to leave on loan, the Daily Mail says.

Ozil’s days with the Gunners appear to be numbered after being left out of the squad for Thursday’s defeat at BATE Borisov in the Europa League.

Arsenal are already looking to get rid of the Germany international but his £350,000-per-week wages are making it difficult to find a new club. The north London outfit are prepared to send him on loan and pay a smaller portion of his wages, but the 30-year-old does not want a temporary switch, having already knocked back one to Paris Saint-Germain in January.

Rabiot chooses Barcelona

2019-02-15T23:28:31Z

France midfielder set to snub Liverpool interest

Paris Saint-Germain castaway Adrien Rabiot has decided he will join Barcelona this summer.

The France international has his choice of clubs as he is allowed to leave PSG for free once his contract expires at the end of the season.

Barca, Liverpool and Juventus have been leading the battle to land the 23-year-old, but Le Parisien says he has chosen Camp Nou as his destination.

Napoli to demand €150m for Koulibaly

2019-02-15T23:21:34Z

Napoli are willing to hold off continued interest in Kalidou Koulibaly by demanding at least €150 million (£131m/$169m) for him and getting ready to offer him a new contract, says Calciomercato.

The centre-back has been linked to Manchester United and Barcelona, but president Aurelio De Laurentiis has told the 27-year-old that he is ready to go to war to keep him.

Not only will the Italian side demand a gargantuan fee, but they are ready to up his salary to €6.5 million a year.