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Rimando announces 2019 season will be last

2019-03-01T23:42:25Z

Veteran goalkeeper Nick Rimando has announced he will retire at the end of the 2019 Major League Soccer season.

The 39-year-old, who will turn 40 in June, is set to start the season as Real Salt Lake’s No.1, a position he has held since 2007.

But the current MLS record holder in wins, saves, clean sheets and games played has said his 20th season, all in MLS, will be his last.

Read the full story here on Goal!

Orlando City signs second round pick Miller

2019-03-01T22:26:09Z

Orlando City have announced the signing of second-round pick Kamal Miller, saying the Canada international has won a roster spot.

The 21-year-old centre-back was the first pick of the second round after spending four years at Syracuse University.

“We have been extremely impressed with Kamal throughout this preseason. He has come to camp with the right mentality and has earned a spot with our group,” Orlando City SC EVP of Soccer Operations Luiz Muzzi said in a statement.

FA reviewing allegations over Christensen transfer

2019-03-01T21:29:51Z

The Football association are reviewing allegations regarding alleged illegal payments to Andreas Christensen's father around the time of his transfer from Brondby.

The Blues reportedly employed the young Dane's father - Sten - as a scout on the same day that they signed the player, and was paid over £650,000 across four years. 

Clubs are not allowed to make payments to families of minors and the Premier League have handed both Liverpool and Everton fines and youth transfer bans in the past for similar breaches of conduct.

Read the full story here on Goal!

Khedira could leave Juventus

2019-03-01T20:59:44Z

Midfielder Sami Khedira could leave Juventus at the end of the season with a move to MLS considered a possibility, according to calciomercato.com.

Despite signing a new contract last summer, the signing of Aaron Ramsey and the possible departure of manager Massimiliano Allegri could cause Khedira to depart to the North American league, though he is expected to also have interest from Europe. 

Khedira is recovering from an atrial arrhythmia and won't make any decisions on his future until after his recovery.

Marotta denies split with Icardi

2019-03-01T20:26:06Z

Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta has denied any need to repair the relationship with star striker Mauro Icardi, saying there "is no split" between club and player.

Inter have been locked in a bitter standoff with Icardi which has seen the striker stripped of his captaincy and left out of the team for the club's last five games.

Despite Icardi taking to social media to defend his love for the club and question whether he is being respected, Marotta has claimed there is "absolutely no split" with the striker.

Read the full story here on Goal!

Amarikwa joins DC United

2019-03-01T20:15:18Z

DC United have picked up Quincy Amarikwa as a free agent, according to the club's official website.

The 31-year-old forward has made 199 MLS regular-season appearances for five different clubs, scoring 25 goals and registering 22 assists.

He played for Montreal Impact last season but has now left the club on a Bosman.

Barca looking at Monreal, Moreno and Filipe Luis

2019-03-01T19:45:55Z

Barcelona have a three-man shortlist of free agents to play back-up to first-choice left-back Jordi Alba, according to Sport.

Arsenal's Nacho Monreal, Atletico Madrid's Filipe Luis and Liverpool's Alberto Moreno all have contracts that expire at the end of the season and could be picked up by the Catalan giants to provide cover for Alba. 

The Spaniard signed a new contract that keeps him at Camp Nou until 2024, but he has no recognised back-up at the club at present, something the hierarchy are keen to rectify ahead of next season for one of their key players. 

Alvarez retires

2019-03-01T19:15:24Z

Arturo Alvarez is set calling time on his career at the age of 33, and announced his decision via his official Twitter account.

The forward has played for nine clubs across Portugal, Hungary and the U.S.A. and last played for Houston Dynamo before his contract expired at the beginning of January.

He scored 49 goals and recorded 44 assists in 362 appearances in all competitions.

Caballero can earn new contract

2019-03-01T18:45:54Z

Willy Caballero could earn himself a new contract at Chelsea, but only if the Blues are able to fill their home-grown quota, according to the Telegraph.

The Argentine goalkeeper has been hailed for his professionalism after Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be substituted off for him during their penalty-shootout defeat against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.

However, Chelsea often use a goalkeeper as one of their home-grown players, and if Rob Green moves on at the end of his contract then the Blues will likely need a new third-choice goalkeeper that qualifies as home-grown.

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Galaxy sign teenager defender Araujo

2019-03-01T18:12:13Z

The LA Galaxy have signed 17-year-old defender Julian Araujo, the club announced on Friday. 

“Julian is one of the best young defenders in Southern California and we’re thrilled that he’s chosen to begin his professional career with the LA Galaxy,” LA Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese said in a club release.

Araujo has spent time with the United States U-19 and U-20 sides over the past year. 

Valencia resigned to leaving Man Utd

2019-03-01T17:50:42Z

Manchester United defender Antonio Valencia is resigned to the fact he'll be leaving the club in the summer, ESPN FC reports. 

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer cast doubt on Valencia's future on Friday, with the defender's contract set to expire at season's end. 

The 33-year-old is not considering retirement and will explore a move to a new club after the completion of the season. 

Spurs and Torino chasing Cutrone

2019-03-01T16:26:07Z

Tottenham and Torino are both eyeing AC Milan striker Patrick Cutrone, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. 

Cutrone is understood to be unhappy at the San Siro after falling behind Krzysztof Piatek on the depth chart. 

Milan would be open to accepting an offer above €30 million (£26m/$34m) for the 21-year-old.

Pulisic’s Chelsea move worries Donovan

2019-03-01T16:00:00Z

Christian Pulisic has a £58 million ($77m) move to Chelsea in place, but former United States international Landon Donovan admits to being “a little worried” at how his fellow countryman will get on at Stamford Bridge.

He told ESPN: "Candidly, I am a little worried and I think American fans should be a little bit. I understand the situation at Dortmund now; they are not going to play a player who is leaving in six months.”

Read the full story on Goal!

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Man Utd in pole position to land Juve star

2019-03-01T15:30:28Z

Manchester United are in pole position to land Alex Sandro if he decides to leave Juventus this summer, reports Tuttosport.

The Brazilian left-back has longed been linked with the Red Devils and may finally make a move if his current club snap up countryman Marcelo from Real Madrid.

Pogba future hinges on UCL qualification

2019-03-01T15:00:05Z

Man Utd star still open to summer exit

Paul Pogba remains open to returning to Juventus, claims Tuttosport, with his Manchester United future set to be determined by Champions League qualification.

If the Red Devils are able to book a spot among the European elite for 2019-20 then the World Cup winner will stay put, but if they miss out then he will explore other options.

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Aina to leave Chelsea in £8.7m deal

2019-03-01T14:37:26Z

Chelsea full-back Ola Aina is set to complete an £8.7 million ($11.5m) move to Torino after an impressive loan spell with the Serie A outfit.

Goal understands the option to sign the Nigeria international on a permanent basis will be taken up by Walter Mazzarri's side with the 22-year-old havingmade 23 appearances in Italy this season.

Check out the full story here.

Arsenal facing 'massive summer' in transfer market

2019-03-01T14:13:08Z

Arsenal are facing “a massive summer” in the transfer market, says Lee Dixon, although Unai Emery is still expected to have “his hands tied” as the Gunners refuse to match the spending of rivals.

A former title-winning defender has told Express Sport: "He’s going to have his hands tied a bit and recruitment side of things needs to be completely sorted out by the summer so your recruitment officers and manager are all on the same page and have a clear plan."

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Roma not planning to offer Dzeko a new deal

2019-03-01T13:58:07Z

Extending Edin Dzeko's contract is not a priority for AS Roma at the moment, according to Sky Italia via Calcio Mercato.

The Bosnian's current deal is due to expire in 2020, but the Italian giants are not yet thinking of tying him down to a new deal.

Dzeko has contributed seven goals and three assists in 21 Serie A matches for Roma this season.

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Son almost quit Spurs before becoming a PL sensation

2019-03-01T13:34:57Z

Heung-min Son has revealed that he considered quitting Tottenham after his debut season in England, but is delighted to have stayed put and proven himself as a Premier League star.

His first campaign with Spurs had delivered just eight goals and, after representing his country at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Son felt a return to Germany may be best – having previously thrived at Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen.

Mauricio Pochettino was able to talk him away from the exits in north London and has seen the 26-year-old forward go on to find the target a further 55 times while becoming an integral part of the Spurs setup.

Read the full story on Goal.

Real Madrid fans demand additions

2019-03-01T12:47:43Z

Man Utd waiting on De Gea update

2019-03-01T12:15:41Z

David de Gea is yet to commit to a contract extension at Manchester United, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping to be made aware of positive developments in talks.

The Red Devils have moved to secure the services of their Spanish goalkeeper through to 2020, but there is no agreement beyond this point.

Here is the latest on talks.

Inter line up Lewandowski to replace Icardi

2019-03-01T11:58:14Z

Inter Milan are prepared to target Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski this summer, according to Onet.

The Nerazzurri see the Polish forward as the perfect man to replace Mauro Icardi, who is expected to leave the San Siro this summer.

Lewandowski has scored 22 goals in 31 matches across all competitions for Bayern this season.

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Arsenal interested in Tagliafico

2019-03-01T11:30:01Z

Arsenal are among the clubs interested in signing Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico this summer - according to ESPN.

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are also monitoring the 26-year-old, who has enjoyed a stellar 2018-19 campaign to date.

Tagliafico has featured in 30 matches across all competitions this season for Ajax, contributing five goals and three assists.

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Valencia to leave Man Utd

2019-03-01T11:00:00Z

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Antonio Valencia's Manchester United exit is imminent, with Friday's 5pm GMT (12pm ET) deadline for the club to trigger a one-year contract extension fast approaching.

The United captain, who is currently nursing a knock, is not expected to return to action until the end of March and his current deal set to expire at the end of the 2018-19 campaign.

Here is what Solskjaer has had to say on his future.

'Selling Ozil would be a big step backwards'

2019-03-01T10:34:36Z

Arsenal have been warned that selling Mesut Ozil would be “a big step backwards”, with Robert Pires eager to see the Gunners avoid losing Aaron Ramsey and a World Cup winner in the same summer.

The World Cup winner has told BWIN: "It’s vital that Emery finds a space for Ozil in the first team. It would be a big step backwards for the club if they sell him."

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Zinchenko vows to fight for Man City future

2019-03-01T10:02:38Z

Oleksandr Zinchenko is aiming to prove to Pep Guardiola that he can offer long-term competition to Benjamin Mendy at left-back amid links with potential new signings for Manchester City.

The reigning Premier League champions are keen on Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell, with a summer approach possible.

Here is what Zinchenko has had to say on his future at the Etihad Stadium.

'Bale should sign for Arsenal!'

2019-03-01T09:43:48Z

Gareth Bale has been told he would be “very welcome at Arsenal”, with Robert Pires urging the Gunners to make a move for a former Tottenham star sparking transfer talk at Real Madrid.

The World Cup winner has told BWIN: "There’s an assumption that he would go back to Tottenham, but I would encourage Arsenal to open the door to the Emirates for him."

Read the full story on Goal!

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Real Madrid to ditch Bale in the summer

2019-03-01T09:22:47Z

Blancos ready to part with star forward

Real Madrid have run out of patience with Gareth Bale and will look to move him on during the summer transfer window, claims AS.

The Wales international has been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham mooted as possible landing spots.

Norwich interested in Tottenham's Statham

2019-03-01T08:58:16Z

Tottenham defender Maxwell Statham is the subject of interest from Norwich, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Canaries may face stiff competition in the race for the 18-year-old, however, with Brentford, Nottingham Forest and Sunderland also monitoring his progress.

Statham has not yet earned his senior debut at Spurs, but he has been a regular in the U-18 youth team this season.

Ter Stegen reveals he considered quitting Barca

2019-03-01T08:20:32Z

Marc-Andre ter Stegen has revealed that he considered leaving Barcelona in 2016 but is now fully settled and enjoying life at Camp Nou.

Ter Stegen spent his first season behind first-choice goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, appearing only in the Copa del Rey and Champions League

Bravo was first-choice for much of the following campaign too, with Ter Stegen making just seven La Liga starts alongside his appearances in Europe and domestic cup competitions. 

Read the full story on Goal.

Milan cool Falcao interest

2019-03-01T07:45:01Z

AC Milan will not be chasing AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao during the summer transfer window, according to Calcio Mercato.

The Colombian's agent Jorge Mendes offered the Rossoneri a chance to sign him in January or at the end of the season, but negotiations failed to advance.

Milan deemed Falcao, 33, too old to be considered as a target, with the club's new policy now to only sign players between the ages of 20 and 26.

Liverpool monitoring Omur

2019-03-01T07:07:01Z

Trabzonspor midfielder Abdulkadir Omur is the subject of interest from Liverpool, according to Talk Sport.

Liverpool have sent scouts to watch the 19-year-old in action ahead of a possible summer transfer.

Omur has contributed two goals and four assists in 21 appearances for Trabzonspor and is also a member of the Turkey U-21 international squad.

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FC Cincinnati turned down chance at Sneijder

2019-03-01T05:41:24Z

FC Cincinnati turned down an opportunity to sign former Inter star Wesley Sneijder.

The club could have fit Sneijder onto the squad via Targeted Allocation Money, but did not have enough left to complete the deal.

The 34-year-old Sneijder is currently featuring for Al-Gharafa SC in Qatar.

Raul set to take over Real Madrid youth team

2019-03-01T04:08:28Z

Raul is set to take over as coach of Real Madrid's Juvenil B side, according to Marca.

Real Madrid decided to dismiss Alvaro Benito as coach following comments to the media, replacing him with Raul.

The former striker has been working within the club for three seasons, starting coaching at the youth level three years ago. 

 

Rakitic has no plans to leave Barca

2019-03-01T02:27:35Z

Despite the imminent arrival of Frenkie de Jong, Ivan Rakitic says he has no desire to leave Barcelona.

Rakitic has been linked with a number of Europe's top clubs, but hopes to remain with the Catalan club for some time.

Read Rakitic's full quotes on Goal!

USMNT's Saief nearing Cincinnati move

2019-03-01T01:00:17Z

United States international winger Kenny Saief is nearing a move to join MLS expansion side FC Cincinnati according to HLN.

The 25-year-old winger is the subject of discussions with Anderlecht and Cincinnati as the Dutch club look to trim their wage budget.

While no deal has been finalised yet, it is expected to be completed soon.

Kovac warns Rafinha after criticism

2019-03-01T00:35:56Z

Rafinha has been vocal about his role, or lack there of, with Bayern, but Niko Kovac says players should not be speaking out against the manager.

The defender has only made six appearances this season with only one coming this year, prompting Rafinha to say the coach does not believe in him.

Read Kovac's response on Goal!

Spurs fear Pochettino will quit for Real Madrid

2019-03-01T00:02:43Z

Tottenham are fearful their stumble out of the title race could cost them Mauricio Pochettino to Real Madrid, according to the Sun.

Pochettino is frustrated by the lack of silverware and wants the transfer funds made available to turn the club into title contenders. 

Meanwhile Madrid are again in crisis after their humiliation to Barca in the Copa del Rey semi-final and, while their previous approach was rejected, they are thought to be willing to pay £40 million ($53m) in compensation to land Pochettino.  

Chelsea must act quickly to land Zidane over Juventus

2019-03-01T00:00:00Z

Former Madrid boss wanted in England and Italy

Chelsea must act quickly if they hope to land Zinedine Zidane as Juventus are also after the former Real Madrid boss, according to the Sun.

Juventus may lose Massimiliano Allegri after he likely wins his fifth straight Serie A title due to frustration over expectations at the club.  

While Chelsea have Zidane as their top choice to replace Maurizio Sarri, the former Juve star has not hidden his affection for his old club and would prefer them to the Blues if both jobs came available. 

Chelsea in contract talks with Hazard

2019-02-28T23:45:01Z

Real Madrid have yet to make an approach as the Blues still hope to tie down their star

Chelsea have not given up hope of keeping Eden Hazard as he and the Blues are in discussions over a new contract, according to le10Sport.

Hazard's current deal expires in 2020, and he has made no secret of his desire to play for Real Madrid, but the La Liga giants have yet to make an approach for the Belgium star. 

With Chelsea's transfer ban upcoming, and the possibility Madrid won't match the Blues' valuation of Hazard, the star man may not depart Stamford Bridge this summer. 

Fulham considering Kilmarnock's Clarke as manager

2019-02-28T23:30:16Z

Fulham are considering Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke as their permanent replacement for Claudio Ranieri, according to the Daily Star.

The Cottagers have appointed Scott Parker to a caretaker role, but were interested in Clarke in 2015 and whose reputation has grown thanks to his work with the Scottish Premiership club.

Kilmarnock would not be happy to lose their manager, but would likely be well compensated in allowing Clarke to go as he recently signed a new contract. 

Arsenal prepare €5m offer for Brazilian teenager

2019-02-28T23:00:00Z

Arsenal are prepared to offer €5 million (£4m/$6m) for 17-year-old Ituano midfielder Gabriel Martinelli, Goal understands. 

Martinelli is also on the radar of Corinthians, Cruzeiro, Flamengo, Palmeiras and Santos, and close to obtaining an Italian passport, though it is thought he is valued at approximately €10m. 

That is a figure considered beyond the means of the teams in Brazilian football, opening the door to approaches from clubs in Europe. 

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