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Man Utd call off left-back search

2020-04-02T21:30:48Z

Manchester United are no longer in the market for a new left-back, claims the Sun

The emergence of Brandon Williams has convinced those in charge at Old Trafford that Luke Shaw has ample competition in the post, meaning there is no need to sign further cover. 

Lineker defends Premier League footballers from salary critics

2020-04-02T21:00:09Z

Former Tottenham and England striker Gary Lineker has called for patience amid claims that Premier League footballers are refusing to accept salary cuts during the Covid-19 outbreak.

With professional football around the world at a halt as a result of the pandemic, clubs up and down the league pyramid are struggling to make ends meet due to the resulting loss of income.

As a consequence, the astronomic wages of the sport's biggest stars have come under the spotlight.

Read more here!

Juve, Chelsea and PSG battle for Achraf signing

2020-04-02T20:30:33Z

Real Madrid face a real battle in order to retain the services of Achraf Hakimi, according to AS

The Morocco international has impressed greatly during his loan spell at Borussia Dortmund, convincing Madrid he has a future at the Bernabeu. 

But the Merengue are not his only admirers, with Chelsea, Juventus and PSG all looking to approach the defender over the summer.

'Asset' Lautaro must stay at Inter, says Zanetti

2020-04-02T20:00:05Z

Inter vice-president Javier Zanetti has repeated his call for Lautaro Martinez to ignore the interest from Barcelona, labelling the Argentina hotshot an "asset" to the club. 

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Willian dealt Chelsea contract blow

2020-04-02T19:30:09Z

Chelsea have informed Willian he has no chance of receiving a three-year extension to his contract, reports the Mirror

The Brazilian's deal expires in just three months and talks continue with the Blues management over renewal. 

But with a move for Jadon Sancho on the cards, the club is not willing to commit to a long-term deal.

Willian Chelsea 2019-20

Anjorin agrees new Chelsea contract until 2025

2020-04-02T19:00:43Z

Chelsea have agreed a deal with Tino Anjorin to renew his contract until 2025 after making significant progress in talks in recent weeks.

The 18-year-old, who had just 15 months remaining on his previous deal, now awaits a signing-on date but the contract has been agreed in principle to ensure he remains at the club.

Frank Lampard aided Chelsea's cause in keeping hold of Anjorin by promoting him to the first-team squad ahead of football's hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

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Barca no closer to Ter Stegen renewal

2020-04-02T18:30:25Z

Barcelona and Marc Andre ter Stegen still have some way to go before sealing a contract extension for the goalkeeper, according to Sport

Ter Stegen has cemented his reputation as one of the world's elite shot-stoppers in recent years, and Barca see his renewal as a priority in order to fend off other admirers. 

But the German is looking to double his current salary, a figure that for now his employers will not consider. 

Atletico Madrid players take 70 per cent pay cut

2020-04-02T18:00:32Z

Atletico Madrid players will take a 70 per cent pay cut in order to help pay the salaries of 430 club employees.

Atletico’s men’s and women’s first teams, plus Atletico Madrid B and related coaches, have signed an internal agreement with the club.

A statement from Atletico’s official website confirmed the agreement defined two different scenarios depending on the decisions made on either completing or cancelling the 2019-20 season.

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Premier League clubs face tax if players don't cut salaries

2020-04-02T17:30:17Z

Premier League clubs should be hit with a windfall tax if they continue to cut pay of non-playing staff while maintaining the huge salaries of their players, according to a senior politician.

Julian Knight MP, who is committee chair of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, has urged the British government to act over what he calls a "two-tier system".

The tax would allow the Treasury to recover a portion of money paid to players in order to reimburse staff placed on furlough leave by clubs.

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Dybala close to agreeing Juventus extension

2020-04-02T17:00:01Z

Paulo Dybala is moving closer to agreeing a contract extension at Juventus, according to CalcioMercato.

Negotiations have continued at a distance while Dybala and Juve's negotiators are in coronavirus-enforced lockdown.

It is reported Juve may need to match the €12 million/year (£11m/$13m) contract enjoyed by Matthijs de Ligt, but the gap between the two parties is lessening.

Paulo Dybala Juventus Brescia
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Benfica want €28m Paqueta from Milan

2020-04-02T16:30:48Z

Benfica are interested in AC Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta, report Noticias O Minuto, with the Brazilian believed to be valued at around €28 million (£25m/$30m).

It is thought Benfica's 20-year-old midfielder Florentino Luis could be used as a makeweight in the deal, with Milan among a number of clubs linked with the Portuguese starlet.

Paqueta joined Milan from Flamengo in 2019 but has struggled to make an impact in Serie A.

Arsenal receive boost in £17.5m David chase

2020-04-02T16:00:42Z

Arsenal have received a boost in their pursuit of Gent forward Jonathan David, as the Canada international has outlined his desire to play in the Premier League.

Mikel Arteta's side are tracking David as a potential replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette.

Read the full story here on Goal!

'No point in Sancho going to Man Utd if he wants to win things'

2020-04-02T15:30:22Z

Jadon Sancho should think twice about joining Manchester United if his immediate targets are to win trophies, according to Danny Mills.

The former Manchester City and Leeds man believes Sancho is in a strong negotiating position given United's clear desire to sign him.

"He’s in a position of strength at the moment," Mills told talkSPORT. "He wants to go and win things, that’s the most important thing.

"He’s going from a fantastic club, he’s gone through his development phase, he’s now going to start hitting the peak development phase and he wants that to be the best years.

"There’s no point going to Manchester United next season if they’re going to finish sixth or seventh."

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Boca priced out of Cavani deal

2020-04-02T15:00:37Z

Edinson Cavani's proposed move to Boca Juniors has fallen through due to the cost of the deal, according to club president Jorge Amor Ameal.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward had been widely tipped to head to Argentina with a number of club figures giving their backing to the move - but Ameal says Boca's "financial reality" doesn't match with Cavani's demands.

Read the full story here on Goal!

Rebic wants clarity from Milan

2020-04-02T14:30:55Z

Ante Rebic wants clarity from AC Milan on whether they intend on making his loan switch from Eintracht Frankfurt permanent, according to CalcioMercato.

However, he has no intention of walking out on the Serie A giants midway through a two-year stint in Milan.

Rebic has been unsettled by the controversial recent departure of fellow Croat Zvonomir Boban, who was instrumental in taking him to San Siro.

Ante Rebic, AC Milan
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Ali: No regrets over Chelsea exit

2020-04-02T14:00:05Z

Mukhtar Ali says he has no regrets over leaving Chelsea as a youngster, despite seeing former team-mates like Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham break into the first team.

The Saudi Arabia international left Stamford Bridge for Vitesse in 2017, and is now back in his home country with Al Nassr.

Read the full interview here on Goal!

'Sancho wouldn't get in Chelsea team ahead of Hudson-Odoi'

2020-04-02T13:30:35Z

Jadon Sancho shouldn't be a transfer priority for Chelsea because they already have Callum Hudson-Odoi, according to former Blues defender Frank Sinclair.

Chelsea have long been linked with a move for Sancho, though Manchester United are currently in pole position for his signature.

Read the full story here on Goal!

Barca put Rakitic up for sale at €20m

2020-04-02T13:00:22Z

Atletico and Sevilla interested

Barcelona are willing to listen to offers for midfielder Ivan Rakitic, claim the Standard.

It is reported Barca want €20 million (£18m/$22m) for the 32-year-old, who has gradually fallen out of favour at Camp Nou and is out of contract in 2021.

Rakitic is believed to favour remaining in Spain with Atletico Madrid and former club Sevilla weighing up offers.

Ivan Rakitic Barcelona 2019-20

Rodriguez urged to leave Madrid by Valderrama

2020-04-02T12:30:08Z

James Rodriguez should be "running away" from Real Madrid, according to Colombia legend Carlos Valderrama.

"If it was me, I'd be running away from Madrid," Valderrama said. "He's good enough to play for any team. I wouldn't doubt for an instant."

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Napoli to offer Cavani €7m/year

2020-04-02T12:00:14Z

Napoli will reignite their interest in Edinson Cavani and offer him a €7 million/year (£6m/$8m) contract plus a further €7m up front, report Tuttosport.

The Uruguay star's contract at Paris Saint-Germain is set to expire and he has been linked with a number of clubs in recent months.

Atletico Madrid, Boca Juniors and Inter Miami are among the clubs thought to be interested in Cavani.

Benatia confirms PSG interest in Pjanic

2020-04-02T11:30:06Z

Paris Saint-Germain are interested in Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic, according to former Juve defender Medhi Benatia.

"He still has three years on his contract and Juve are doing well," the Moroccan told Tuttosport

"It is true that in every window he has the possibility to leave: PSG are interested in him, even Real Madrid have looked for him before. 

"But, in the end, he has stayed with Juve. His love for Juventus prevailed, where he feels confidence."

Man Utd to swap Pogba for De Ligt

2020-04-02T11:00:57Z

Juve defender seen as ideal signing

Manchester United see Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt as their ideal signing at the back, according to the Express.

And it is suggested they will offer Paul Pogba to Juve as part of a big-money swap deal for the Dutchman.

The report also claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has another bargaining chip up his sleeve - the No.4 shirt currently occupied by Phil Jones.

De Ligt Roma Juventus
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'Pathway is clear' for Newcastle takeover

2020-04-02T10:30:30Z

Newcastle's proposed takeover still rests in the hands of the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia and Amanda Staveley, report the Chronicle.

The club are said to have complied with Premier League paperwork but a deal is yet to be agreed with current owner Mike Ashley.

No concrete offer for the Tyneside club is believed to have been made at this point.

Botafogo eye free agent Mikel

2020-04-02T10:00:11Z

Botafogo are interested in former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel, according to Yahoo! Esportes.

The 32-year-old left previous club Trabzonspor over their handling of the coronavirus pandemic and has reportedly been in talks with the Brazilian side.

He played 23 times in Turkey after spending the second half of last season in the Championship with Middlesbrough.

Chelsea handed Telles boost

2020-04-02T09:30:09Z

Chelsea have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Porto left-back Alex Telles, claim Record.

The Brazilian has apparently taken on the services of agent Pini Zahavi, who has significant influence in the Premier League.

Zahavi was a key figure in helping Roman Abramovich take over Chelsea back in 2003.

Wilson: I don't deserve Champions League move

2020-04-02T09:00:49Z

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson says he hasn't been good enough this season to warrant talk of a big move.

The England forward has long been tipped for bigger things, but only has eight Premier League goals to his name this season - five of which came in a four-game spell before the end of September.

"Any player would like to play in the Champions League and progress, that's what I've based my whole career on," Wilson told Sky Sports.

"First and foremost is obviously keeping Bournemouth up and safe and I haven't been good enough this season to even be talking about things like that."

Callum Wilson, Bournemouth
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Liverpool wary of Klopp exit

2020-04-02T08:30:02Z

Liverpool are wary of the threat of manager Jurgen Klopp potentially leaving to take over the German national team, according to the Mirror.

It is claimed Klopp himself is increasingly enamoured with the role.

The Reds, however, are hoping to see Klopp remain for years to come, creating a dynasty to rival Sir Alex Ferguson's at Manchester United.

Neville compares Ferguson's transfer policy to Guardiola

2020-04-02T08:00:40Z

Gary Neville has explained Sir Alex Ferguson's transfer policy at Manchester United, drawing parallels with that used by Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

Neville saw Ferguson split his policy into three groups: youth to be promoted, trusted Premier League performers, and emerging international talent.

Read what he had to say here on Goal!

Ibrahimovic undecided about his future

2020-04-02T03:00:14Z

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is unsure what his future holds amid reports he will leave AC Milan at the end of the season and possibly retire.

Ibrahimovic, 38, returned to Milan in December and scored four goals in 10 appearances before the campaign was stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The former Barcelona, Inter and Manchester United star is reportedly considering his future, with his contract at AC Milan expiring at season's end.

Read the full story on Goal here!

Camavinga has not decided on Real Madrid move

2020-04-02T01:45:14Z

Rennes star Eduardo Camavinga has not decided to join Real Madrid despite reports to the contrary, claims Le10Sport.

The 17-year-old has become one of Europe's hottest prospects this term, becoming a regular in Ligue 1 despite his young age.

Though he was reported to have decided on a move to Real Madrid, Camavinga is keeping his options open – including staying at Rennes.

Man Utd monitoring Meunier situation at PSG

2020-04-02T01:10:46Z

​Manchester United are monitoring Thomas Meunier's situation as Paris Saint-Germain, according to Le Quotidien du Foot.

The Belgium international will see his contract expire this summer and has been heavily linked with a move to Borussia Dortmund.

AC Milan have also been credited with an interest in the 28-year-old.

West Ham to make £15m Braithwaite move

2020-04-02T00:35:26Z

West Ham are ready to make a £15 million (€17m/$19m) move for Barcelona forward Martin Braithwaite, reports the Daily Mail. 

Braithwaite only joined the Blaugrana from Leganes in February, arriving amid controversy as he was allowed to join after the transfer window closed due to an injury exception.

But the Danish international has featured just three times for Barca, who could immediately sell with their attackers likely to be healthy when football returns from its coronavirus hiatus.

Barca eager to cash in on Rakitic

2020-04-02T00:00:27Z

Barcelona are ready to sell Ivan Rakitic this summer and hope to land around €20 million ($22m) from his transfer, reports Marca

The Croatian is contracted at Camp Nou until June 2021 and the Catalans are eager to move him on to ensure he doesn't leave for free next year. 

Bale ready to fight for Real Madrid future

2020-04-01T23:30:48Z

The winger is eager to stay put

Gareth Bale is set to put his differences with Zinedine Zidane aside and push to remain at Real Madrid, according to the Mirror

The Wales star is contracted to the club until June 2022 but was close to a move to China last summer. 

The 30-year-old is now, however, content in Madrid and eager to see out his current contract. 

Gareth Bale Real Madrid 2019-20

Kane a great fit for Man City - Redknapp

2020-04-01T23:00:27Z

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes Harry Kane will be questioning his future at the club and said he could prove an ideal signing for Manchester City. 

Kane admitted this week that his long-term future may lie away from Spurs should they fail to compete for silverware with Manchester United one of the clubs most strongly linked with a possible move. 

While hopeful Kane remains at Tottenham, Redknapp concedes he may contemplate a move away soon, with United's bitter rivals a potentially perfect match for him with main striker Sergio Aguero set to turn 32 in June. 

Read the full story on Goal here!

Premier League clubs worried about pay-cuts

2020-04-01T22:45:33Z

Premier League sides are fearful they won't be able to negotiate pay-cuts with their players amidst the coronavirus pandemic, reports the Telegraph

Talks with the Professional Footballers' Association have failed to progress at this stage with clubs concerned whether any inroads will be made. 

Serie A and La Liga sides have already successfully negotiated significant pay-cuts with their players but it's not proving so easy in the Premier League. 

PSG U19's state of play as Premier League & Serie A sides circle

2020-04-01T22:30:58Z

Paris Saint-Germain have made some big calls on the future of their Under-19's players with a number set to depart the reigning Ligue 1 champions. 

While the coronavirus pandemic has suspended football in France and around the world, it's set to be a busy week for PSG's assistant sporting director Angelo Castellazz and chief of the academy Jean-Francois Pien. 

The duo are set to meet with several of their U19 players and their agents as they decide what lies next for the youngsters with a few already attracting interest from clubs abroad. 

Read the full story on Goal here!

Bayern prioritising Werner over Sane

2020-04-01T22:15:32Z

Bayern Munich are increasingly unlikely to make any future move for Manchester City attacker Leroy Sane and have instead turned their attention to RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, according to Kicker

Doubts over Sane's mentality have seen the Bundesliga club distance themselves from further pursuing a deal for the winger. 

While Werner has impressed Bayern on and off the pitch, with the club considering the idea of signing him as a future replacement for Robert Lewandowski. 

Timo Werner RB Leipzig 2019-20
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Barcelona hoping to swap Griezmann for Neymar

2020-04-01T22:00:34Z

The French striker is set to be used as leverage for the Brazilian star

Barcelona are keen to send Antoine Griezmann to Paris Saint-Germain in an attempt to re-sign Neymar this summer, reports Sky Sports

With the coronavirus pandemic limiting the Catalans' cash supply, they are willing to let Griezmann leave the club after just one season as they attempt to bring Neymar and Inter striker Lautaro Martinez to the club. 

Griezmann is valued at £88 million (€100m) by Barca, who are willing to send him to PSG as part of a swap deal for Neymar or sell him elsewhere.