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Costa may have played last game for Atletico

2019-04-08T21:30:43Z

Diego Costa may have played his last game for Atletico Madrid, depending on his suspension length and interest this summer, accoridng to the Daily Mail.

The striker may face an eight-game ban for his actions toward the referee in last weekend's loss to Barcelona, which could sideline him for the remainder of the season.

Atletico are growing frustrated with Costa's antics, including his red card against Barca as well as missing the Juventus second leg due to suspension, and could be willing to listen to offers for the striker. 

Milan uncertain over Biglia

2019-04-08T21:00:49Z

AC Milan are uncertain whether they wish to extend midfielder Lucas Biglia's contract, according to Gazzetta dello Sport (via Calciomercato.com).

Biglia's contract expires in the summer of 2020, and the agent of the 33-year-old midfielder says his client has received interest from Boca Juniors in his native Argentina, as well as from clubs in Europe.

Milan sporting director Leonardo does not view Biglia as a priority, so there is a growing chance the midfielder will depart the club. 

James and Kovacic will fund Madrid's Hazard fee

2019-04-08T20:30:03Z

Real Madrid expect the sales of Mateo Kovacic and James Rodriguez to fund the bulk of their pursuit of Eden Hazard, according to AS.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has spoken of his desire to keep the on-loan Kovacic, while Bayern have indicated they would exercise James' purchase option this summer.

While Chelsea have set a price of €116 million (£100m/$130m) for Hazard, the sale of the two would earn Madrid approximately €92m of that.

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Acosta 'happy' to be watched by Man Utd

2019-04-08T20:00:41Z

D.C. United playmaker Luciano Acosta says he is happy to be watched by Manchester United, though he was disappointed by his performance in his side’s heavy 4-0 defeat to Los Angeles FC on Saturday.

The Argentine nearly made the move to Paris Saint-Germain at the winter deadline and reportedly has interest from clubs across Europe with United rumoured to have sent scouts to watch him this past weekend.

Asked about the presence of United’s scouts, Acosta said he was pleased that he had drawn the interest of the Red Devils, though he admitted that he did not perform well in his side’s defeat.

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Atletico eyeing Icardi as possible Griezmann replacement

2019-04-08T19:30:16Z

Atletico Madrid will consider Mauro Icardi if Antoine Griezmann or Diego Costa depart the club this summer, according to AS.

The club have confidence Griezmann will remain, but are also growing frustrated with Costa due to injuries as well as his red card against Barcelona last weekend.

And should either striker leave, Atletico would hope to take advantage of the discord between Icardi and Inter, though the club is also looking at Lorenzo Insigne and Luka Jovic.

Inter hold Bergwijn talks

2019-04-08T19:00:23Z

Inter have held talks with the agent of PSV Eindhoven winger Steven Bergwijn, report Calciomercato.

The talented 21-year-old has reportedly attracted the interest of a number of top European clubs including AC Milan, Liverpool and Manchester United.

However, Inter may have stolen a match on their rivals after holding talks with Bergwijn's representative, Fulco van Kooperen, over a possible summer deal.

Rodriguez set for Real return

2019-04-08T18:30:25Z

James Rodriguez looks likely to get a second chance at Real Madrid after gaining Spanish citizenship, report Marca.

The Colombia striker spent three seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu before being sent out on a two-season loan to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2017.

The 27-year-old is due to return at the end of the season and could now stay at the club after gaining his Spanish passport, which means he no longer has to be registered as a non-EU player.

 

QPR hold Appleton talks

2019-04-08T18:00:00Z

QPR have held talks with Michael Appleton over their vacant managerial position, report the Telegraph.

Rangers sacked Steve McClaren last week after less than a year in charge with the club struggling in the lower reaches of the Championship.

Former Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood is also believed to be in contention for the job at Loftus Road.

 

Chelsea target Zapata

2019-04-08T17:30:40Z

Chelsea will look to sign Atalanta forward Duvan Zapata this summer - if they can get their transfer ban overturned, report Tuttomercatoweb.

The London club have appealed against their two-transfer-window ban for allegedly breaking rules on the signings of minors from abroad with a hearing set for April 11.

If they do manage to overturn their ban then Colombian striker Zapata, valued in excess of €40million (£34m/$45m), would be among their prime targets.

 

Wan-Bissaka 'a must' for Man Utd

2019-04-08T17:01:00Z

Eagles youngster tipped for Old Trafford

Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka is 'a must' for Manchester United, according to former striker Garth Crooks.

Crooks, who spent a year on loan with the Red Devils during his playing career, named the 21-year-old in his team of the week column for the BBC and feels Old Trafford should be his next destination.

“You can't go to St James' Park, win 1-0, keep a clean sheet and not have at least one of your defenders in my team of the week,” Crooks wrote.

“I thought about James Tomkins, who has been consistent for Crystal Palace this season, often in very difficult circumstances. However, I've gone for my young player of the season, Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

“He was superb yet again against Newcastle. This fabulous talent has not looked back since his Premier League debut at Fulham at the start of the season.

“This kid is a must for Manchester United.”

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Everton line up Brum ace

2019-04-08T16:29:38Z

Everton are preparing to bid for Birmingham City forward Che Adams, according to Football Insider.

The 22-year-old, whose full name, interestingly, is Che Zach, Everton Fred Adams, has scored an impressive 22 goals in 40 Championship appearances so far this season, his best return to date.

Garry Monk's side are said to have already turned down offers from Southampton and Burnley during the January window, but expect further interest in the summer.

The report claims Everton's scouts see Adams as a player with huge potential and are eager to add the Leicester-born dangerman to their ranks.

Newcastle want West Brom trio

2019-04-08T15:59:36Z

Newcastle United are keen to make permanent Salomon Rondon's loan move from West Brom, but would also like to bring in Albion's Jake Livermore and Kieran Gibbs, according to TEAMtalk.

Magpies duo Dwight Gayle and Jacob Murphy are currently on loan at WBA and Rafa Benitez would be willing to use the pair as a makeweight in any deal for Livermore and Gibbs.

The Championship side have, however, told Newcastle that they will only consider the deal if they fail to clinch promotion back to the Premier League.

Kovac given no job guarantee at Bayern

2019-04-08T15:29:30Z

Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has been told by CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge that there is no such thing as job safety at Germany's biggest club despite the recent 5-0 demolishing of fierce rivals Borussia Dortmund.

Kovac had initially struggled to get the best out of Bayern after taking over in the summer, but recent results have seen them return to the top of the Bundesliga table.

Even if the Bavarians to scoop a seventh successive title, Kovac may still find himself heading for the exit, according to Rummenigge.

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English quartet interested in Braga's Vianna

2019-04-08T15:02:41Z

A number of English clubs are showing interest in Braga defender Bruno Viana, according to talkSPORT.

The Brazilian centre-back, 24, has impressed in the Portuguese league and Leeds United and Leicester City are keeping tabs on him.

Wolves and Watford are also monitoring him.

Man Utd monitor DC United's Acosta

2019-04-08T14:30:14Z

Manchester United have scouted Wayne Rooney's DC United team-mate Luciano Acosta, according The Atlantic.

The 24-year-old attacking midfielder was one of MLS’s top performers last season with 10 goals and 15 assists in 33 games.

Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with the former Boca Juniors player, as have teams from Turkey and the Middle East.

Chelsea or Everton? Zouma to decide future

2019-04-08T14:00:08Z

Kurt Zouma is yet to decide whether he wants his future to lie at loan employers Everton or parent club Chelsea.

The France international is currently on a season-long stint at Goodison Park.

Asked about his future, he said: “I don't know yet. We have five more games to play and then we will see."

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How Barca were beaten to Pogba

2019-04-08T13:30:23Z

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed they were keen on signing Paul Pogba in 2016, only to be priced out of the market by Manchester United.

Camp Nou chiefs had worked hard to ensure that they were kept in the loop when it came to any potential transfer for the French midfielder.

Bartomeu said: “When they sold the player, they told us what the offer would have to be and we couldn't afford that amount of money at the time."

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Hazard 'war' with Monchengladbach over Liverpool interest

2019-04-08T13:00:29Z

Thorgan Hazard is set leave Borussia Monchengladbach this summer - with Borussia Dortmund said to be his favoured destination.

But DH report Monchengladbach would prefer Eden's younger brother to go to Liverpool, who are reportedly ready to pay more for the forward.

The Belgian publication claims 'it's war' between the player and his current club.

Guardiola wanted to sign Mata for Barcelona

2019-04-08T12:32:04Z

Pep Guardiola tried to buy Juan Mata when he was Barcelona boss.

The Standard report the Manchester City manager was a big admirer of the Spain midfielder when he played for Valencia, saying: “He’s an exceptional player. One of the players I like the most – not love because I don’t know him well, but one of the players I like the most."

Mata moved to Chelsea and subsequntly Manchester United and Guardiola added: “Always in Barcelona, we took an eye to try to bring him to Barcelona, but the problem was we had a lot of midfield players.

“That was a little bit the problem, but he is an incredible player. He played really well at Chelsea and United.”

Lyon deny Blanc approach

2019-04-08T12:00:47Z

Ligue 1 Lyon have responded angrily to reports suggesting Laurent Blanc is being lined up as the club’s next manager.

The French outfit are currently working under Bruno Genesio, though uncertainty shrouds his future as an automatic contract extension will not be triggered.

A statement on the club’s official website read: “Olympique Lyonnais outright deny having contacted Laurent Blanc, or any other coach, contrary to what L'Equipe reports."

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Oblak to sign new Atletico deal

2019-04-08T11:30:11Z

Goalkeeper Jan Oblak is set to sign a new Atletico Madrid contract that will keep him at the club until 2021.

Marca report an agreement was thrashed out months ago and that the highy-rated stopper will finally sign it this week.

It will include a 100m euros (£85m) buy-out clause.

Tagliafico puts Arsenal on alert

2019-04-08T11:00:28Z

Nicolas Tagliafico has opened the door for a possible summer move to Arsenal, with the Ajax defender conceding the next transfer window could be “a natural time to take the step”.

The Argentine left-back could follow Frenkie de Jong out of the Amsterdam club, with the 26-year-old prepared to leave the Eredivisie after 18 months.

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Arsenal told to sign Maddison as Ramsey replacement

2019-04-08T10:30:33Z

Arsenal should sign Leicester City midfielder James Maddison as a replacement for Aaron Ramsey, says Tony Cascarino.

Ramsey will switch to Juventus in the summer and Maddison, who joined the Foxes for £20m from Norwich last summer, has impressed during his debut Premier League season.

Former Chelsea striker Cascarino, wrining in his column in The Times, said: "I look at Maddison and I think, ‘Arsenal is your team'.

"The long goal for the north London side is targeting certain players in the summer and Maddison should be the man to replace Aaron Ramsey."

Van der Sar open to Man Utd role

2019-04-08T10:00:45Z

Edwin van der Sar says he could return to Manchester United as the club searches for its first director of football.

The former Holland and Old Trafford goalkeeper, 48, is currently Ajax CEO.

But after spending six successful years at United, he told The Times: "I’m happy at Ajax but Manchester United is a special place. One day maybe."

Leipzig want Abraham as Werner replacement

2019-04-08T09:30:49Z

RB Leipzig are preparing a £30m bid for Tammy Abraham as a replacement for Germany striker Timo Werner, according to Football Insider.

The 21-year-old English striker is on loan at Aston Villa from Chelsea and the Bundesliga club, anticipating the departure of Werner, have been watching him closely. 

Abraham has scored 22 goals in just 32 Championship appearances for Villa.

Countinho wants to stay at Barca

2019-04-08T09:00:16Z

Philippe Coutinho insists he is happy at Barcelona and is not ready to return to the Premier League amid speculation over his future. 

The Brazil star signed for Barca from Liverpool in a £146 million ($190m) deal in January 2018 but has failed to produce his best form in La Liga.

He has failed to nail down a regular starting berth and has been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea as a result but says he has unfinished business at Barca.

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Lukaku open to playing in another country - Italian trio linked

2019-04-08T08:30:48Z

Romelu Lukaku is open to a move away from Manchester United, report The Sun.

Juventus, Inter and AC Milan are all said to interested in the striker who would cost £75m (87.2m euros) - the same as United paid Everton for the player in 2017.

The Belgian's agent  Federico Pastorello said: “He sees a way to have a career playing in different countries because he would like to win some trophies and prove himself and say to his children: ‘I won there and I won there and I won there’ and ‘I was a very good player in all the top championships’.

“The competition for third and fourth place in England is very tight so let’s see what will happen in the future at the end the season.”

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Man Utd give Solskjaer £200m transfer kitty

2019-04-08T08:00:08Z

Manchester United chiefs are set to hand manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a club-record £200million transfer fund this summer, according to The Mirror.

Rising stars Jadon Sancho, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Declan Rice and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are all targets.

But executive vice chairman Ed Woodward has reportedly told Solskjaer to make signings who can make an instant impact, such as centre-backs Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli and Real Madrid's Raphael Varane.

 

Liverpool join Wamangituka hunt

2019-04-08T07:31:06Z

Liverpool are set to join the chase for Paris FC teenager Silas Wamangituka, according to Get French Football News.

The Anfield club and Barcelona have been watching the 19-year-old striker, who has scored eight goals and provided one assist in 24 appearances in Ligue 1.

Newcastle and Fiorentina have also been monitoring him. 

Real want Kepa instead of De Gea

2019-04-08T07:00:27Z

Real Madrid are set to move for Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga after deciding a deal for Manchester United's David de Gea is too difficult to pull off, according to TEAMtalk.

The 24-year-old, who joined Chelsea Athletic Bilbao for £72m (83.7m euros), fell out with Stamford Bridge manager Maurizio Sarri when he refused to come off in the Carabao Cup final.

Long-term target De Gea is deemed too expensive at an estimated £100m (116m euros) and £400,000-a-week in wages.

Chelsea target Brazilian midfielder Bruno

2019-04-08T06:33:28Z

Chelsea want to sign Athletico Paranaense's Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, according to The Mail.

But first the Stamford Bridge club would have to escape their UEFA transfer ban, which goes to appeal this week.

They have targeted the 21-year-old, who has a Spanish passport and a release clause of £34.5m (40m euros).

Real Madrid to launch 'Operation Pogba'

2019-04-08T06:10:19Z

Real Madrid will lauch 'Operation Pogba' when they have sealed a deal for Eden Hazard, according to Marca.

The La Liga giants are said to be confident of landing the Chelsea playmaker.

And the Spanish publication says they will move for Manchester United's Paul Pogba after that, believing the Frenchman's agent Mino Raiola can help push tgrough a deal for the midfielder who recently stated his desire to play for the Bernabeu club one day.

 

Spalletti not speaking on Icardi's future

2019-04-08T04:52:31Z

Luciano Spalletti refused to be drawn on Mauro Icardi and his future, insisting he has spoken about the forward too much in recent months.

Icardi made his first San Siro appearance since February following the saga that came about as a result of him being stripped of the captaincy.

But the manager was not willing to speak on the Argentine following the match, saying: "I've spoken about Mauro too much, as has everyone, so I want to talk about Inter."

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Man United ready to break the bank for Rice

2019-04-08T04:09:30Z

Manchester United are ready to break the bank to land Declan Rice this summer. 

The Independent claims Rice's representatives are aware of the interest, as are West Ham who are likely to demand a fee over £50 million ($65m) for the 20-year-old. 

Milan to offer £300m warchest to land Pochettino

2019-04-08T02:06:48Z

Serie A side looking to make shock swoop for Spurs boss

AC Milan are looking to make a shock swoop for Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. 

The Mirror claims the Italian giants will offer a £300 million ($391m) warchest in hopes of luring the Spurs boss to Serie A

TFC not interested in Robben

2019-04-08T01:03:20Z

Toronto FC are not interested in Arjen Robben, following reports that the Dutch winger was drawing looks from the MLS side. 

But ESPN commentator Taylor Twellman claims the club are strongly denying the links, with the report quoting the club as saying "it's not happening."

 

Liverpool to offer Origi new deal

2019-04-07T23:45:45Z

Liverpool are set to offer striker Divock Origi a new contract, Football Insider reports. 

Origi, 23, has made 15 appearances for Liverpool this season, including nine of the Reds' last 11 games. 

Jurgen Klopp is understood to be impressed by the Belgian's attitude in training, and wants to keep the forward at Anfield.

Real Madrid want Hazard signed before season's end

2019-04-07T22:37:18Z

The Blancos are preparing a fresh move for the Belgian this week

Real Madrid are hoping to agree a deal with Chelsea to sign Eden Hazard before the end of the season, according to The Telegraph. 

The Blancos are preparing to make a fresh move for the 28-year-old this week, with the Belgian intent on not signing a new deal with Chelsea. 

Chelsea value Hazard at £100 million (€116m/$130m), but Madrid are hoping to pay closer to £85m (€99m/$111m).

Pellegrini makes Dzeko top summer target

2019-04-07T22:32:28Z

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has made Roma striker Edin Dzeko his top summer target, reports the Express.

Pellegrini wants to be reunited with the player he managed at Manchester City, and is prepared to offer a two-year contract worth £165,000 per week.

Dzeko, 33, has scored 12 goals in 33 total appearances this season for Roma. 

Man Utd scouting Acosta

2019-04-07T22:22:22Z

Manchester United had scouts in attendance on Saturday to watch D.C. United star Luciano Acosta, reports The Athletic. 

Acosta nearly completed a move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, only to see the transfer fall through at the last minute. 

The 24-year-old is in the final year of his contract, and will be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with a new club starting July 1. 

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RB Leipzig to make £30m move for Abraham

2019-04-07T22:14:58Z

RB Leipzig are preparing a £30 million (€35m/$39m) move for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, according to Football Insider. 

The 21-year-old has impressed scouts by scoring 23 goals in 34 Championship appearances while on loan this season at Aston Villa

The Bundesliga side are eying Abraham as a possible replacement for Timo Werner, who could be sold this summer.​