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Philadelphia Union sign Fabian

2019-02-08T22:50:29Z

MLS side Philadelphia Union have signed Mexican international Fabian from Eintracht Frankfurt.

The midfielder has become the club’s record signing, although there are few details on an exact fee at this stage.

“We have been targeting Marco as a creative midfielder and we are extremely happy to complete this deal to bring him to Philadelphia,” said Ernst Tanner, the club's sporting director.

Read the full story on Goal.

Vargas joins Montreal on loan

2019-02-08T22:20:02Z

Jeisson Vargas has joined Chilean club Universidad Catolica for the 2019 season, Montreal have confirmed.

The 21-year-old has returned to his former club, who he left in 2016 to join Italian side Bologna.

Vargas scored four goals in 19 MLS appearances during the 2018 season.

Inter target Hysaj

2019-02-08T21:50:12Z

Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj is a target for Inter, according to fcinternews.

The Italian outlet claim Inter have made contact with Hysaj’s agent and a deal for the right-back next summer is now a real possibility.

If the Serie A side are to sign him, it will come as a blow to Maurizio Sarri, who is to bring his former player to Stamford Bridge.

Bordeaux planning summer swoop for Silva

2019-02-08T21:20:22Z

Leicester City midfielder Adrien Silva could move to Bordeaux this summer.

L’Equipe are reporting that the Bordeaux launched a €2.5m (£2m) bid for the former Sporting man in January but he instead he ended the month at rivals Monaco.

Yet, with Silva only joining on loan until the end of the season he could be available again next summer, and Bordeaux are hopeful they will secure his signature this time around.

Hamsik undergoes medical in Madrid ahead of Chinese move

2019-02-08T20:50:27Z

Napoli’s Marek Hamsik has undergone a medical ahead of his reported move to Chinese club Dalian Yifang.

According to Calciomercato, the midfielder still expects the deal to go through despite Napoli blocking the deal on Thursday.

However, Hamsik’s decision to travel to Madrid suggests the deal will still go through.

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Manchester United ‘make contact’ over Ndombele transfer

2019-02-08T20:20:40Z

Manchester United have spoken with Tanguy Ndombele’s representatives about the possibility of moving to Old Trafford next summer, claim Le10 Sport.

However, should the Red Devils sign the midfielder, they will have to fight off competition from Manchester City and Juventus for his signature.

Ndombele is expected to be valued at around €80million (£70m) by Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas.

Milan want to sell Kessie to buy Bakayoko

2019-02-08T19:50:51Z

Milan are looking to sell Franck Kessie in order to fund their purchase of Chelsea Tiemoue Bakayoko according to Corriere dello Sport (via Football Italia).

The Serie A club have a €40 million (£35m/$45m) option to buy the on-loan midfielder, but lack the funds after the purchases of Lucas Paqueta and Krzysztof Piatek.

Chelsea are interested in Kessie, so a swap deal for the players may be possible, while Milan would add Hector Herrera on free transfer as well.

Corona eying MLS move

2019-02-08T19:25:11Z

Club Tijuana midfielder Joe Corona is eyeing a move to Major League Soccer, sources have confirmed to Goal.

In the last year of his deal with Xolos, Corona has been limited to just a substitute role in Liga MX this season under new manager Oscar Pareja, with his only starts coming in the Copa MX.

The LA Galaxy hold Corona's MLS rights, so a trade would need to be worked out with the team for any other MLS side to sign him.

However, the Galaxy may be amenable to a deal as they do not have interest in adding another midfielder.

Read the full story here on Goal!

Inter guarantee Miranda exit

2019-02-08T18:55:33Z

Inter have guaranteed defender Miranda he will be allowed to leave this summer, according to Calciomercato.

The club kept Miranda through the winter because the only offers for his services were loan deals while Inter preferred a permanent sale.

With Diego Godin likely to arrive in the summer from Atletico, Inter is now willing to let Miranda choose the club he wants to join, so long as it does not hurt them financially.

Marsch in line for Red Bull Salzburg job

2019-02-08T18:30:36Z

Former New York Red Bulls head coach and current RB Leipzig assistant Jesse Marsch is in line to become the new manager at Red Bull Salzburg, according to BILD.

With Julian Nagelsmann set to take over at Leipzig in the summer, the club is aiming to land his old assistant Alfred Schreuder from Ajax, though the Eredivisie club has rejected an offer of €1 million as compensation.

Marsch would make way for Schreuder by heading to Salzburg to replace Marco Rose, who may end up replacing Nagelsmann at Hoffenheim

Lucas Hernandez to hold Atleti talks

2019-02-08T17:50:10Z

After serving as the subject of a January transfer bid, Lucas Hernandez will hold talks with Atletico Madrid over his future before the end of the season.

The French defender was linked with Bayern Munich in the window amid reports that the club was willing to meet Hernandez's relesae clause.

Read the full story on Goal!

Cork City signs O'Connor on loan

2019-02-08T17:26:09Z

Cork City has signed Kevin O'Connor on loan from Preston North End, the club announced.

O'Connor returns to the Irish club afer previously featuring for the club from 2015-17 prior to a move to England.

“There are still a good few of the lads here from when I was here before, and the new lads seems bang on. It seems like a really good bunch and hopefully things will go well on the pitch," he said

"I want to get games, that is my main target, but we want to be challenging up around the top of the table as well. I am just hoping to come back, work hard and play as many games as possible.”

Coventry City add goalkeeper on emergency loan

2019-02-08T17:10:24Z

Coventry City have brought in goalkeeper David Stockdale on a week-long emergency loan from Birmingham City.

Goalkeepers Lee Burge and Liam O’Brien both currently unavailable for Coventry due to injury.

Stockdale will be available to play on Saturday against Rochdale.

How will Arsenal line up next season?

2019-02-08T16:45:07Z

Reports say Arsenal will only have only £45 million to spend this summer, but there promises to be plenty of movement around the Gunners squad.

With Petr Cech and Aaron Ramsey set to depart, and with Denis Suarez's future uncertain, Arsenal are expected to have a busy summer, especially if the club can figure out a solution surrounding Mesut Ozil's future.

Take a closer look at how Arsenal's squad may be reshaped this summer on Goal!

Fabian flies to Philadelphia as move looms

2019-02-08T16:25:02Z

Marco Fabian has flown to Philadelphia as a move to the Union inches closer, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Mexican midfielder is said to have said farewell to his Eintracht Frankfurt team-mates as an MLS move looms.

The deal is not quite finished, but both parties hope to have it locked up as soon as Friday.

 

Messi tops Ronaldo as highest-paid player

2019-02-08T16:04:59Z

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Lionel Messi's monthly salary of €8.3 million (£7.3m/$9.5m) makes him the highest-paid footballer in Europe, ahead of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann and Neymar.

French publication L’Equipe has released its annual report of the top salaries in football and it is no surprise to see the Barcelona and Juventus stars at the very top of the list.

You can find the top 10 in full here!

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Solari on Isco latest

2019-02-08T15:47:33Z

Santiago Solari refused to respond to Isco's claims about a lack of opportunities at Real Madrid, but did hint the Spain midfielder needs to work harder in training.

Former Madrid midfielder Ruben de la Red warned the Spain playmaker that "Madrid don't wait for anyone" on Thursday, prompting Isco to respond on Twitter: "I agree with De la Red but when you do not enjoy the same opportunities as your team-mates, things change.

"I am still working hard and fighting while I wait."

And when asked about the situation, Solari insisted every player has to "train 100 per cent to be ready to play".

Check out the full story on Goal!

Scholes gets green light for Oldham job

2019-02-08T15:29:57Z

Paul Scholes is free to take over as Oldham manager, according to BBC Sport.

An English Football League meeting has apparetly taken place to give the green light for the former Manchester United midfielder to take over, after fears that his joint ownership of Salford City could stop him getting the job.

The move would be Scholes's first foray into management, with the ex-England international having supported Oldham as a child.

Sarri: I want Hazard to be happy

2019-02-08T15:10:17Z

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Maurizio Sarri wants Eden Hazard to be "happy" and left it for the Belgian to decide if he wants to leave Chelsea.

As revealed by Goal, the Blues winger is keen to join Real Madrid and says he'll make an announcement over his future soon.

And while Sarri would be delighted if Hazard chose to stay at Stamford Bridge, he insists he should do what makes him happy.

Check out the full story on Goal!

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Hearts want Ikpeazu extension

2019-02-08T14:49:44Z

Hearts manager Craig Levein revealed on Friday that the club are in talked with Uche Ikpeazu's representative regarding a contract extension.

The striker has over a year left on his current deal, but injuries have seen the 23-year-old's playing time limited at Tynecastle.

Levein remains a fan despite his time spent on the sidelines, praising the former Reading youth for his performance against Livingston as he returned to action.

“"Even in the short period of time he was on the field on Wednesday he did some really good things," the ex-Scotland boss said.

"He ignited the crowd a little bit and got them excited. He has worked ever so hard to get himself back into shape. The physios have done a terrific job in getting him back in great condition.

"I'm really pleased to have him back and if the other night is any indication then he will take off from where he left before the injury. I'm working on that [extending his contract]. I'm speaking to his agent."

Roma prep new deal for Juve & Utd targets

2019-02-08T14:35:09Z

Roma are preparing new contracts for Nicolo Zaniolo, Cengiz Under, Edin Dzeko and Daniele de Rossi, Calciomercato reports.

Zaniolo performances this season have led to interest from Juventus, with the Old Lady said to have an offer of €50 million on the table.

The Giallorossi, however, are set to offer the 19-year-old midfielder a contract that would tie him to Stadio Olimpico until 2024, earning €1.5m per year.

Under, a target of Bayern Munich, Tottenham and Arsenal, is set to have his salary tripled, while the club are unwilling to lose Dzeko on a free transfer in 2020.

De Rossi's will be the last contract he signs before his retirement, youngster Alessio Riccardi will sign a professional deal and the release clauses in Lorenzo Pellegrini and Kostas Manolas will be removed to ward off reported interest from Manchester United.

Rams take Ambrose on trial

2019-02-08T14:19:25Z

Derby County have taken former Celtic and Hibernian centre-back Efe Ambrose on trial, manager Frank Lampard confirmed on Friday.

Rams captain Curtis Davies fell to a season-ending injury this term, leaving Lampard's side short of options at the back.

"Nothing is signed and sealed yet," the former Chelsea midfielder told the press.

"Efe hasn't played a competitive match since the end of December. It was good for us to have a look at him in this way. If a deal is done, we will let everybody know.

"We know we needed a centre-back. I felt we would get someone but that didn't happen. Efe is here outside of the window and if he can come in then great.

"If not then we have two regular centre-halves that have been playing fantastically well all season."

Can Liverpool afford Keita waiting game?

2019-02-08T14:00:43Z

Naby Keita has underwhelmed since arriving at Liverpool from RB Leipzig last summer and the Reds could really do with him belatedly finding his form.

Can Jurgen Klopp afford to play a waiting game though with a £53 million ($69m) addition as his side seek to chase down Premier League title glory?

Here, Goal endeavours to answer that question.

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Southampton to get Cedric back

2019-02-08T13:46:35Z

Cedric is likely to return to Southampton this summer, claims TMW, with Inter reluctant to meet the Saints' demands.

The Serie A outfit have taken the Portugal international on loan until the end of the season, but will explore other options at full-back over the summer.

Liverpool confirm £190m investment in players

2019-02-08T13:37:51Z

Liverpool's latest financial results confirm they spent £190 million ($246m) on their squad, the biggest investment in players in the club's history. 

The Premier League title challengers announced on Friday that turnover increased by £90m to £455m ($590m) in the year to May 31, 2018, while reports have suggested their £125m ($162m) pre-tax profit is a world record. 

Check out the full story on Goal!

Gbamin leaves transfer door ajar for Arsenal

2019-02-08T13:08:29Z

Jean-Philippe Gbamin has opened the door to a summer transfer away from Mainz, with the reported Arsenal target eager to take “the next step” 12 months on from seeing a move blocked.

He told Goal and Spox: “I basically feel ready for the next step and can well imagine starting a new chapter."

Check out the full story here.

Barca have faith in Coutinho

2019-02-08T12:48:37Z

Philippe Coutinho has sparked talk of a return to England at either Chelsea or Manchester United, but Sport claims that the Brazilian retains the backing of those at Barcelona.

A talented playmaker will be given time in which to prove his worth, with there no immediate plans to part with a man snapped up from Liverpool in January 2018.

Oxford has Bayern ambition

2019-02-08T12:13:02Z

Reece Oxford is currently taking in a loan spell at Augsburg, but the West Ham star has ambitions of stepping up the ladder in Germany.

His agent, Aidy Ward, has told Fussball Transfers: “Reece is a big fan of Owen Hargreaves [who played for Bayern Munich between 2000 and 2007]. He always thought it would be great to play for a club like Bayern one day.”

Spurs face Milan competition for Herrera

2019-02-08T11:53:39Z

AC Milan have joined Tottenham and Arsenal in the hunt for Hector Herrera, reports Corriere dello Sport.

The Mexico international is set to become a free agent in the summer, with his contract at Porto running down, and a scramble for his signature is intensifying as more clubs enter the chase.

No issues at Arsenal

2019-02-08T11:23:17Z

Solskjaer outlines long-term Man Utd plans

2019-02-08T11:09:00Z

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that he has already outlined his long-term plans for Manchester United to executive vice-chariman Ed Woodward.

The former Red Devils striker remains merely the interim boss at Old Trafford, but he is hopeful of being taken on permanently at the end of the season.

And he has now admitted he has a vision for how he would like the team to look in a few years.

Check out the full story right here!

Juventus eyeing Zaniolo

2019-02-08T10:44:58Z

Juventus are eyeing a move for Roma's teenage sensation Nicolo Zaniolo, according to Tuttosport.

Zaniolo has burst onto the scene at Stadio Olimpico, scoring three goals in his last five matches for the Giallorossi.

The 19-year-old has now emerged as a target for Juve as they aim to sweep up all the brightest talents in the Italian game.

Listen up, Sarriball haters!

2019-02-08T10:09:24Z

Chelsea's indifferent form in 2019 has seen some question whether Maurizio Sarri could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge before his first season is out.

However, Goal's Sam Lee believes Blues fans should be more patient with the Italian, and need only look at Sunday's opponents, Manchester City, for a reminder of how giving a manager time can pay off.

Check out the full story right here!

Inter consider move for wantaway Rakitic

2019-02-08T09:36:05Z

Midfielder unhappy at Camp Nou

Inter are considering a summer bid for Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Croatia international wants to leave Camp Nou after being upset by the signing of Frenkie de Jong and the Blaugrana's pursuit of Adrien Rabiot.

Inter have previously tried to sign Rakitic's international team-mate Luka Modric, but are now set to alter their scope and focus on the former Sevilla man.

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Valverde wants to stay at Barca

2019-02-08T09:09:57Z

Ernesto Valverde is set to continue as Barcelona's coach at least until the end of his current contract, Mundo Deportivo reports.

Rumours had previously called the coach's future into question, but it is said that Valverde has the trust of Lionel Messi and the club's board, while fans have welcomed the return of a 4-3-3 set up.

The report does state, however, that winning either La Liga or the Champions League could be a decisive factor.

Rashford set for bumper new contract

2019-02-08T08:55:07Z

Manchester United are in talks to tie Marcus Rashford to a new deal that would see the young striker more than double his current £75,000-per-week wages to £200,000, the Daily Star claims.

With the 21-year-old thriving under the guidance of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Red Devils are keen to secure the England man's future as rumours of interest from PSG and Real Madrid continue to swirl.

The report suggests the new contract would see Rashford signed up at Old Trafford until 2024.

'Prime years ahead for Jones'

2019-02-08T08:40:40Z

“Phil knows what it takes to be a Manchester United player, he has won the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League and is now one of the senior players within the team," boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said of the defender's renewal.

“He is coming up to his 27th birthday and entering into his prime years as a centre half.

"We are delighted Phil has committed his future to the club.”

Jones delighted

2019-02-08T08:37:23Z

“I am delighted to have signed a new contract," Jones said of his new contract, via Man Utd's official website.

"Manchester United has been a big part of my life for eight years and I love everything about this club.

“I am excited about the challenges that lie ahead of us as we prepare for a very busy period in the season.

"I would like to thank Ole and the coaching staff for their continued support in my development.”

Jones signs new Man Utd deal

2019-02-08T08:33:02Z

Manchester United's Phil Jones has put pen to paper on a new contract that sees him tied to the club until 2023.

The Red Devils also have an option to extend that deal by an additional year.

Bayern want Schalke striker

2019-02-08T08:19:03Z

Bayern Munich harbour an interest in young Schalke striker Ahmed Kutucu, Bild reports.

A Turkey youth international born in Germany, the 18-year-old is said to be highly regarded by the Bavarians, but signing him could be difficult – Kutucu very recently signed a new contract until 2022.

Kuba to be paid minimum wage at Wisla

2019-02-08T08:01:05Z

Jakub Blaszczkowski has signed a six-month contract with Wisla Krakow, but will be paid the lowest salary possible in a bid to aid the club's financial problems, przegladsportowy.pl reports.

'Kuba' has returned to the team with which he made his professional breakthrough, though the Polish side are struggling with debts.

The 33-year-old's return on a paltry salary marks a charitable gesture, with the winger also said to be helping the club out of their financial troubles using his own money.

The player had originally said he would play for the Ekstraklasa side for free, but rules in Poland state that professionals must be compensated.

The ex-Borussia Dortmund favourite will be presented by his former club on Friday.

Isco airs Madrid frustrations

2019-02-08T07:41:49Z

Isco's time at Real Madrid could soon be at an end as the playmaker aired his frustration over a lack of opportunities at the club.

The Spain international has not started a Liga match under new coach Santiago Solari, leading to many questioning his future in the Spanish capital.

Former Madrid man Ruben de la Red recently spoke to AS, stating that the club 'waits for no one' as anyone not performing to the required level will be immediately replaced in the starting XI.

Isco took to Twitter and agreed with De la Red, but said that not being afforded the same opportunities as team-mates 'changes things'.

Read the full story on Goal

Fabregas hopes Hazard stays

2019-02-08T07:19:33Z

Cesc Fabregas has stated his hope that Eden Hazard will sign a contract renewal at Chelsea, but acknowledges the Belgian has eyes for Real Madrid.

“He has a year and a half left and he is happy at Chelsea and so is his family,” the midfielder said.

“But in the end they are very personal decisions. He likes Madrid and he has always said it.”

Read the full story on Goal

Juve want Isco & Marcelo in swap for Dybala

2019-02-07T23:33:34Z

Real Madrid are ready to launch an advance for Juventus star Paulo Dybala, but they will have to send two players and around €20 million (£18m/$23m) the Serie A side's way if they want to land him.

Don Balon claims the European champions see the 25-year-old as the ideal option to enhance their attack, but Juve are not willing to let him go easily. 

He is valued at around €120m, but Madrid could knock that price tag down if they offer some players as part of the deal. Juve are interested in bringing Isco and Marcelo for a reunion with Cristiano Ronaldo and would be willing to part ways with Dybala if it meant they could land the duo.

PSG to return for Kante in summer

2019-02-07T23:20:39Z

France star not ruling out Chelsea departure

Paris Saint-Germain will restart their advances for Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante at the end of the season, Le10 Sport claims.

The France star recently signed a new contract with the Premier League side, but PSG believe they still have a chance of bringing him to Parc des Princes in the next transfer window.

The report says Kante does not have a great relationship with coach Maurizio Sarri and is not ruling out the prospect of a summer move.

Dick Advocaat rejects Feyenoord job

2019-02-07T23:18:58Z

Dick Advocaat has turned down the chance to replace Giovanni van Bronckhorst as Feyenoord manager.

The veteran coach, currently in charge of Dutch side Utrecht, had been highlighted as an ideal replacement for successful boss Van Bronckhorst, who will leave at the end of the season.

Advocaat has since confirmed he will not join the Rotterdam side, saying the negative response to the prospect of him taking the job convinced him not to follow it through.

"We held a meeting but I decided not to follow up on it," he told reporters. "Let me first say that I find it a great honour that Feyenoord has approached me but there has been such a negative atmosphere around my possible appointment that I simply do not want to do it."

Barca in long list of Joao Felix suitors

2019-02-07T23:15:57Z

Barcelona are ready to compete with Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid for the signing of Joao Felix, Mundo Deportivo says.

The 19-year-old Benfica attacker has attracted several of Europe’s top sides amid his breakthrough season in the Primeira Liga, in which he has scored eight goals in 22 appearances.

Barca have long been tracking the Portugal Under-21 international and could make a move for him this summer as the interest heats up.

De Gea to sign Man Utd extension

2019-02-07T23:14:49Z

Goalkeeper to commit to five-year deal

David De Gea is close to signing a new five-year contract with Manchester United, Metro reports.

The Red Devils have been working on tying the Spain international down to a new deal for some time, but negotiations have barely gotten off the ground amid the club’s struggles under Jose Mourinho.

United recently triggered a one-year extension in his contract, meaning he is tied to the club until 2020. But they are confident of ensuring he stays for the long-term, with a deal that will run until 2024 and see him earn £375,000-per-week waiting to be signed.