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Man City to sign teenager Stevanovic


Manchester City will complete the signing of Partizan winger Filip Stevanovic in the new year, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The 18-year-old has been a prolific presence in his native Serbia since bursting onto the scene and has been linked with a number of major European teams.,

But it looks like Pep Guardiola's side will beat out their rivals for his signature in the January transfer window.

Tuchel too expensive to sack for PSG?


Paris Saint-Germain won't sack Thomas Tuchel even if the club fail to defeat Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir as it would result in a major financial hit, per L'Equipe.

Firing the German too early in his current contract could result in a major payout that the club are unwilling to take, according to reports.

Tuchel saw his side lose their first two Ligue 1 games of the new campaign, before a subsequent five-game winning streak was curtailed by defeat to Manchester United in the Champions League in midweek.

Victory bring Ansell back to the fold


Melbourne Victory have re-signed former player Nick Ansell as a free agent, the club has confirmed.

The A-League outfit have welcomed back the 26-year-old, who most recently played for Gyeongnam.

He was a member of the club's 2015 A-League Grand Final triumph, playing at centre-back in their 3-0 win over Sydney FC.

Milan to chase Ajer again


Milan will come back for a second crack at signing Kristoffer Ajer after missing out ahead of the current season, says Il Corriere della Sera.

The Celtic star was courted by the Serie A side during the last transfer window, but the Italian side couldn't stump up the funds to match the Scottish outfit's asling price.

However, after impressing against the Rossoneri in the Europa League on Thursday, Milan are plotting another attempt to lure him to San Siro.

Gattuso poised for longer Napoli stay


Gennaro Gattuso is happy at Napoli, with sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli suggesting a new contract for the manager is imminent, via Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

Gattuso took over in the wake of Carlo Ancelotti's exit last December and has enjoyed a fine start to the new Serie A campaign.

As such, he may be rewarded with fresh terms at the club.

PSG set to offer Neymar new deal


Brazil star poised for further France stay

Paris Saint-Germain are set to follow up on an oral agreement with Neymar and offer a concrete new bumper contract to the striker, per Le10Sport.

The Brazil star is contracted to the Ligue 1 outfit for the next two seasons and was a key cog in their Champions League final-featuring campaign last term.

Now, the club want to tie his future down long-term in the French capital, amid interest from other clubs in his future.

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Zinedine exit would not affect Madrid move for Mbappe


Real Madrid would still move for Kylian Mbappe even if they parted ways with Zinedine Zidane, per AS.

Speculation is growing rampant that Los Blancos may bring the axe down on their coach's second spell at the helm, having failed to match the heady highs in the Champions League of his first.

But any exit would not impact on a move for Mbappe, who Madrid hope to prise from Paris Saint-Germain and bring to La Liga.

Jorginho: I was open to Arsenal


Chelsea midfielder Jorginho says he was "open to negotiations" with Arsenal as the Italian admitted that there was some interest from the Gunners this summer.

Jorginho originally moved to Chelsea in 2018, with the midfielder opting to join manager Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea amid interest from Pep Guardiola and Manchester City.

Guardiola's assistant at the time, Mikel Arteta, was reported to be an admirer of Jorginho this summer with Arsenal in the hunt for a midfielder.

Read the full story on GOAL here!

Barnsley hire Ismael as boss


Daniels pens Shrews deal


Former Bournemouth man Charlie Daniels has signed on a short-term contract with Shrewsbury Town, the club has confirmed.

The 34-year-old, who spent the majority of his career with the Cherries, was part of the side that earned promotion to the top-flight in 2015.

He subsequently won the Premier League's Goal of the Month award in August 2017 for a half-volley against Manchester City.

Bertrand set for Saints extension


Ryan Bertrand is close to penning a new three-year deal at Southampton, who he joined in 2014, per Goal's Nizaar Kinsella.

The 31-year-old - who played just 57 games for Chelsea across an eight-year senior spell and yet won the Champions League with them in 2012 - enjoyed an initial boost in form when he signed for Saints, picking up a string of England caps between 2015 and 2017.

Now, he looks set to play out what could be the bulk of his remaining career at St Mary's Stadium.

'I'm convinced Messi will stay at Barcelona'


Lionel Messi will remain at Barcelona beyond the end of the season when his current contract expires, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.

Messi asked to leave Barca this summer, but ultimately revealed exclusively to Goal that he would see out his current deal which ends in 2021. However, Balague says there is time for the Argentine to pen a new deal at Camp Nou.

Balague told FourFourTwo: "He's had to put what happened over the summer to the back of his mind. He will have time to decide about his future after the elections, but I am convinced that if they go the way Messi wants, with a new board and a clear project, he will stay. I am convinced he will stay.

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New Palace signing Butland has coronavirus


Crystal Palace goalkeeper Jack Butland has not trained with his new club yet after testing positive for coronavirus, his manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed.

Hodgson told his press conference ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Fulham: "We've not seen him yet since he's signed. He's stuck in a hotel room in London, in a very boring existence I can imagine."

England international Butland moved from Stoke to Crystal Palace earlier this month. His absence is a blow for Hodgson, who left Wales No 1 Wayne Hennessey out of his Premier League squad.

Cavani set for long-awaited Manchester United debut


Edinson Cavani is finally ready to make his Manchester United debut this weekend, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Cavani joined United on a free transfer earlier this month from PSG, but coronavirus self-isolation measures and a slight injury have meant he has not played a minute for the club yet.

Solskjaer told the club website: “He might be ready for the squad as well for this weekend. He’s been training hard and been training well.

“He’s very meticulous. He knows what he wants, and he knows what he needs, and he’s been asking for special things. He wants to tick the boxes before he feels ready for the games and that’s the sign of a top professional.

“I think he’ll be available for the weekend."

Giampaolo's job at Torino hanging by a thread


Marco Giampaolo needs to start winning, and fast, if he's to remain as Torino's manager.

The Serie A side have failed to win any of their last five matches in all competitions and are currently bottom of the table.

Tuttosport claims that, while Giampaolo is safe for the moment, he needs to start picking up some positive results or find himself sacked, with the likes of Roberto Donadoni and Davide Nicola waiting in the wings.

Mourinho hopeful Son will sign new deal 'soon'


Jose Mourinho is hoping that Heung-min Son will sign a contract extension at Tottenham, with the Portuguese insisting the club want to make him "feel part of the furniture" by giving him a longer deal.

"I would love [him to sign a new contract]," Mourinho told reporters. "Son has three years of contract, so it’s not like we’re in an extreme situation of everybody being worried. It’s more that Son loves it here, I believe that he would like to commit his future to the club for a long time.

"Everybody at the club is totally in love with this player and this boy and is trying also to make him feel part of the furniture. It’s normal the club tries to go from three years to four or five or six, I don’t know. It’s normal.

"But it’s a very calm situation because Sonny has three more years of contract. But I wish [for him to get a new contract]. He deserves one. The club knows that and sooner or later, without any pressure, they will arrive into a decision."

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Liverpool target €30m Kabak


Reds eyeing Van Dijk cover

Liverpool are apparently targeting a move for Schalke defender Ozan Kabak, according to Sport Media Set.

Jurgen Klopp's side are reportedly looking at bringing in a centre-back in January following the injury suffered by Virgil van Dijk, with Kabak seen as a possible option.

Bundesliga side Schalke will, however, demand €30m (£27m/$36m) for the Turkey international, with AC Milan also reportedly keen on landing him.

Ex-Arsenal transfer chief gives insight into player recruitment


Sven Mislintat, who filled head of recruitment posts at Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal in the past, has revealed how he reaches the decisions that have seen him make big calls on players like Christian Pulisic and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Telling Goal and Spox of his methods, Mislintat said: "It's always a combination of all factors, we try to create a 360-degree view of the players. The data plays just as important a role as live scouting, systematic video analysis and personal conversations. 

"I also always try to find out how a player behaves off the pitch, and I never rely on just one opinion. 

"Instead of having a scout observe and analyse the same player live and/or on video several times, I would like to hear the opinion of several scouts. 

"This is the only way to get the multi-perspective view through different tools and observers and thus the necessary basis to be able to make my decisions."

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Thiago Silva quit PSG for Chelsea 'to escape the pressure'


Thiago Silva admits he was looking to escape the pressure and routine of life at Paris Saint-Germain when taking the decision to end an eight-year spell in France and take on a new challenge with Chelsea.

The South American centre-half told Esporte Interativo: "For me, it would be difficult to start another year with all this pressure of having to win the Champions League. 

"So logically, I change things a little, I'm a little more relaxed. Not that there is no pressure here, the pressure is the same! A great team looking to win titles, but hey, I came to help, I can help at any time."

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Man Utd signing Telles backed to have Robertson impact


Ryan Giggs sees Alex Telles becoming Manchester United’s version of Andy Robertson, with the Red Devils finding a buccaneering left-back that is capable of emulating the efforts of a rival at Liverpool.

Red Devils legend Giggs told the Webby & O’Neill Podcast: "With Telles, that’s something we’ve been missing

"You look at Trent, Robertson, the goals they provide. Now, full-backs have to have that in their armour. They have to be like that, if the wingers are coming in, the full-backs have to create the width and make goals.

"It looks like he might have that extra dimension as well with creating goals."

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'Liverpool need Koulibaly'


Liverpool have been urged to sign Kalidou Koulibaly following Virgil van Dijk's potentially season-ending injury and the club's decision not to sign a replacement for Dejan Lovren.

Read former Red John Aldridge's full comments on Goal

Man Utd won't break bank to keep Pogba


No Alexis-style deal for World Cup winner

ESPN reports that Manchester United have informed Paul Pogba that they will not sanction a bumper pay rise to keep him at Old Trafford.

Having finally got Alexis Sanchez off their books, the Red Devils will not be handing out any more big-money wage packets such as the £400,000 per week the Chilean was making.

It is said that United are 'relaxed' about Pogba's contract situation, with his current deal running until 2022, while the player himself faces a fight to re-establish himself in the starting XI.

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Inter keep tabs on Allegri


Inter are said to be keeping tabs on Massimiliano Allegri, Libero reports, with Antonio Conte's future in the San Siro dugout seemingly uncertain.

It is said that those in charge of the Nerazzurri expect better results from Conte and Allegri – who is allegedly being courted by both Chelsea and Barcelona – is being looked at as a possible replacement.

Milenkovic renewal 'complicated'


Fiorentina and defender Nikola Milenjovic are struggling to come to an agreement over a contract renewal, Corriere dello Sport reports.

The Italian outlet claims that interested clubs – including AC Milan – will continue to monitor the situation and could return in January to pursue a deal.

Juve won't join race for Adama


Juventus will not be joining the race for Wolves winger Adama Traore, according to Calciomercato.

The Bianconeri have been monitoring the jet-heeled forward, but will leave others to battle it out for his signature amid talk of rival interest from the likes of Barcelona and Liverpool.

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Torreira has no desire to return to Arsenal


Lucas Torreira has no desire to return to Arsenal when his loan spell at Atletico Madrid ends, reports The Sun.

The midfielder is due to spend the 2020-21 campaign in Spain, with a permanent transfer set to be sought at the end of that agreement.

Romero seeks showdown talks at Man Utd


Sergio Romero is preparing to hold showdown talks at Manchester United, according to the Daily Star.

The Argentine goalkeeper is still angry at being denied a move in the summer transfer window and wants to know where he stands when it comes to his future.

Gunners looking to bring Malen back


Arsenal are looking into taking Donyell Malen back to Emirates Stadium, claims Dutch media outlet Soccernews.

The Gunners sold the promising forward to PSV in 2017 and have seen him net 33 goals in 78 appearances, with a possible return to north London now on the cards.

Is Ozil's career at Arsenal over?


Bielsa open to longer Leeds spell


Marcelo Bielsa says he could stay at Leeds beyond the end of his current contract as he is 'comfortable' at the club.

Bielsa insisted on a one-year contract when he extended his old deal, but he insists this doesn't mean he is considering an exit.

“I’m very comfortable living and managing in England,” Bielsa said in a press conference. “Annual contracts does not mean I am not open to staying here longer.”

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Ziyech explains why he waited to leave Ajax


Hakim Ziyech has explained why he waited to leave Ajax, and why his eventual move to Chelsea came at the right time.

Read what he had to say here on Goal!

Wellington to join W-League


Wellington Phoenix are set to be included in the W-League next season, claims ESPN

While negotiations over a licence fee are ongoing, expectations are that an announcement on their addition to the competition is imminent. 

USWNT star Dunn joins Thorns in blockbuster three-team trade


U.S. women's national team star Crystal Dunn has joined the Portland Thorns in a blockbuster three-team trade.

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Rooney set for first coaching job


Forward to replace Cocu as Derby manager

Wayne Rooney could be set to take on his first job in coaching.

According to the Daily Mail, Derby boss Phillip Cocu's time at the club is coming to an end, and a bad result against Nottingham Forest on Friday could see him sacked.

Rooney has apparently been groomed as his successor and could be given the reins even though he is yet to complete his UEFA coaching badges.

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LA Galaxy not giving up on Chicharito


LA Galaxy isn't giving up on Javier Hernandez despite his bad form, Goal understands, and they won't accept a loan bid from former club Chivas.

Read the full story here on Goal!

'Nunez sale will eclipse €126m Joao Felix'


Benfica manager Jorge Jesus says Uruguay forward Darwin Nunez will eventually become the club's record sale.

Jesus told SportTV: "We must not forget that he is a kid, he is 21 years old, there is a lot about the game that he does not know yet. He will learn with me and Benfica. 

"He was Benfica's most expensive purchase, and when there is no pandemic, he will be the most expensive sale. He will be a world-class player."

Benfica's biggest sale to date was the €126 million (£113m/$142m) Atletico Madrid paid to sign Joao Felix last summer.

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Barnsley draw up shortlist to replace Struber


Barnsley have drawn up a three-man shortlist of potential replacements for former head coach Gerhard Struber, according to Sky Sports.

Struber left the Championship club to take over at New York Red Bulls in early October.

It is claimed former Crystal Palace defender Valerien Ismael and current interim manager Adam Murray are in the mix for the job.

Zidane facing Real Madrid axe


Clasico result could be crucial

Zinedine Zidane is facing the axe at Real Madrid if his side's fortunes don't improve in their next two games, reports l'Equipe.

Madrid are only a point off the top of La Liga with a game in hand, but have suffered embarrassing back-to-back defeats against Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk.

Their next game is a Clasico in Barcelona, followed by a Champions League clash with Borussia Monchengladbach.

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