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Man Utd target Koulibaly not joining PSG, says agent

2019-02-02T21:58:50Z

Kalidou Koulibaly's agent Bruno Satin has ruled out the possibility of the defender joining Paris Saint-Germain.

The Napoli centre-back is rumoured to be one of Manchester United's top transfer targets for the summer, but PSG were said to be considering an approach before the January transfer window closed.

Satin, however, has told Canal+ that there is little chance of his client going to Ligue 1

"PSG already have plenty of central defenders," he said before joking: "Maybe he can play at No.10, they already play Marquinhos at No.6. But if Koulibaly leaves [Napoli], he will not come to PSG. His transfer could cost €100 million."

Ronaldo wants ex-Real team-mate Casemiro at Juventus

2019-02-02T21:37:23Z

Since signing Cristiano Ronaldo in a shock move last summer, Juventus have been linked with a number of his former Real Madrid team-mates.

Luka Modric, Marcelo and Isco are the names most frequently associated with following in the Portuguese icon's footsteps, but Don Balon claims Ronaldo is hoping they go for another star.

It is Casemiro who is the latest Madrid man Ronaldo has recommended to the Juve hierarchy and the 33-year-old hopes they can land him after this season.

Nani snubs MLS offers to stay at Sporting

2019-02-02T21:14:13Z

Nani is set to snub interest from the United States to stay at Sporting CP for the rest of the season, says A Bola.

The former Manchester United star is rumoured to be wanted by an MLS club but he is happy with the Portuguese club, who do not want to let him go.

Nani hopes to see out the rest of the campaign with Marcel Keizer's team as he has played an important role so far, scoring nine goals in all competitions.

Ancelotti confirms Hamsik wants to leave Napoli

2019-02-02T20:28:14Z

Marek Hamsik is on the verge of leaving Napoli, head coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed, with a move to China seemingly on the horizon.

Napoli captain Hamsik, who is the club's all-time leading goalscorer and appearance maker, has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League for some time, with Dalian Yifang reportedly favourites to secure his signature.

And a move now looks to be edging closer, with Ancelotti confirming that Hamsik – who played 74 minutes of Napoli's 3-0 win over Sampdoria in Serie A on Saturday – wants to leave Stadio San Paolo.

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Real Madrid to offer Bale as part of Kane deal

2019-02-02T19:54:23Z

Real Madrid will offer Gareth Bale to Tottenham as part of a deal for Harry Kane, Don Balon reports.

Spurs striker Kane is one of the Champions League holders' top transfer targets in their hunt for a new star player since Cristiano Ronaldo's departure.

And president Florentino Perez is hoping to convince the Premier League side to lower their astronomical asking price by offering to send their former star back to London as part of a summer deal.

Hamsik agrees €15m China move

2019-02-02T19:32:30Z

Marek Hamsik will leave Napoli to join Chinese club Dalian Yifang in a €15 million move, Sky Sport Italia reports.

After 12 seasons and over 500 appearances for the Serie A outfit, the attacking midfielder will leave next week after agreeing a contract with the Chinese Super League team.

He will join his new club this week, teaming up with former Atletico Madrid star Yannick Ferreira Carrasco.

RB Leipzig wanted to buy Arsenal youngster, director admits

2019-02-02T19:14:37Z

RB Leipzig director Oliver Mintzlaff says the Bundesliga club wanted to buy Emile Smith Rowe outright from Arsenal as opposed to settling for a loan.

The 18-year-old became the latest English youngster to join a German outfit, making the switch on the last day of the January transfer window.

But Leipzig were already convinced that he is good enough for a permanent place at the club and wanted a longer deal.

"We have a clear philosophy, we want to go long term with young and talented people, Emil has been scouted for a long time and we would certainly like to have bought him, but that was out of the question right now," Mintzlaff said.

Celtic's Gutman loan deal scrapped by Nashville

2019-02-02T18:48:33Z

A loan deal between Celtic and Nashville for Andrew Gutman has collapsed after the American side pulled out of the deal.

The Scottish side signed the 22-year-old to a three-and-a-half-year contract this week and arranged to send him to the United States on loan.

However, a lack of support from MLS has prompted Nashville to withdraw.

“This past week, Nashville Soccer Club had announced its intention to take defender Andrew Gutman on loan from Celtic FC," a statement read.

“However, as an expansion member of MLS and in light of the fact that MLS does not support the transaction, Nashville will not be proceeding with the loan. We wish Andrew the best this season and we will have no further comment on the matter.”

Pogba still tops Juve's wanted list

2019-02-02T18:19:21Z

Man Utd star's future may rest on top four finish

Paul Pogba remains Juventus' top transfer target for the summer, IlBianconero claims.

The Serie A champions have been hoping to lure the midfielder back from Manchester United and were confident of doing so as he struggled under Jose Mourinho.

Although his resurgence since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's arrival in December has brought a smile back to his face, Juve are still determined to land him.

It is thought that he will be open to a summer move should United fail to qualify for next season's Champions League.

Bakayoko offered Milan hope

2019-02-02T18:00:06Z

AC Milan head coach Gennaro Gattuso would like to make Tiemoue Bakayoko's loan switch from Chelsea permanent and believes the midfielder can be an important player at San Siro for many years.

The Rossoneri boss has said: “At this moment we cannot do without him, he must remain at Milan.”

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Ozil still important despite exit talk

2019-02-02T17:41:16Z

Pavard pleased with Bayern choice

2019-02-02T17:21:02Z

Benjamin Pavard has stated he believes he will join the best club in the world when he signs for Bayern Munich next summer.

It was announced last month that the 22-year-old France international will be moving to the reigning Bundesliga champions at the end of the current campaign.

Here is what the World Cup winner has had to say.

'Man Utd have to keep Herrera'

2019-02-02T17:04:06Z

Manchester United have been urged to hand Ander Herrera a new contract, with Bryan Robson of the opinion that the Spanish midfielder is an unsung hero at Old Trafford.

The former Red Devils captain told the Manchester Evening News: "I don’t think it’s any coincidence that since Ander got back in the team, everybody has been talking about [Anthony] Martial and Marcus Rashford and Pogba, but I think Herrera has played really well since he came into the team."

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Benitez welcomes fresh faces

2019-02-02T16:37:57Z

Rafa Benitez is pleased to have got fresh faces into Newcastle, with the club having broken their transfer record on deadline day to land Miguel Almiron.

He told Sky Sports: "As I said before, to bring new faces, and the characteristics of these players, will be something that I think will be positive for the future. We needed that, and hopefully we see what happens next."

Pogba bids farewell to Fellaini

2019-02-02T16:02:59Z

'Man Utd couldn't risk Martial exit'

2019-02-02T15:49:34Z

Manchester United made the right call handing Anthony Martial a new five-year contract, says Gary Neville, but the Frenchman needs to justify that deal by becoming “one of the best players in Europe”.

The Red Devils legend told Sky Sports: "From United's point of view, they now need a return on that investment and that promise and potential that he has shown in glimpses and moments in the last three-and-a-half years to now become a consistent set of performances that will mean he becomes one of the best players in Europe in his position."

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Abraham explains Premier League snub

2019-02-02T15:31:49Z

Tammy Abraham has explained why he snubbed interest from the Premier League in January to complete a loan spell at Aston Villa.

The Chelsea striker told Villa's official website: "I felt like here was home. It has been since I stepped through the door in August. Everyone has made me feel so welcome. Obviously you have the gaffer and the likes of John Terry here. It feels like one big family."

Suarez backed by new boss

2019-02-02T15:13:33Z

Ozil heading for Arsenal exit?

2019-02-02T14:44:50Z

Mesut Ozil “only plays when he wants to play”, says William Gallas, with the Arsenal playmaker now heading towards a possible transfer in the summer window.

The former Gunners defender told The Sun: "If he doesn’t perform, Arsenal may consider selling him so they can use the money from the transfer and his big wages to buy a more effective player."

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Toljan took pay cut to join Celtic

2019-02-02T14:15:53Z

Brendan Rodgers has revealed January recruit Jeremy Toljan took a pay cut to move to force through his loan move to Celtic.

The on-loan Dortmund full-back joined the Scottish champions on deadline day and Rodgers is delighted with the player’s attitude.

"He [Toljan] is a player who has sacrificed his own wages and money to want to come here to play which shows a sign that he is hungry to get his career back on track again,” Rodgers is quoted as saying in the Herald.

“He recognises this is a big club which gives him the opportunity to do that. It is a great attitude to start with and I look forward to working with him.”

Bakayoko wants to remain at Milan next season

2019-02-02T13:49:55Z

Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has said it would be a dream to remain at AC Milan beyond this season.

The Frenchman moved to the Serie A club on loan in the summer and has claimed he does not want to return to Stamford Bridge at the end of the campaign.

“Staying at Milan is my dream,” he told Milan TV. “That’s the only thought in my mind, but I have a contract with Chelsea. I just want to finish the season in fourth place, then we’ll think about it.

“I’m happy in this period and I’m playing well. I’m very humble, if I’m here it’s because the team are playing very well.”

Hodgson delighted with Palace’s January activity

2019-02-02T13:22:19Z

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has said he is delighted with the club’s business in the January transfer window.

The Eagles brought in Bakary Sako and Lucas Perri last month, but it was the deadline-day signing of Michy Batshuayi that most pleased Hodgson.

"It has been a good window for us, without spending any money to buy anybody, we have got Bakary Sako back, which I am really happy with, because he is a player we would have liked to have kept beyond the summer,” the Palace boss said during Friday’s press conference.

“And now we have got Michy Batshuayi, who is a player that if it had been said we would get him at the beginning of the transfer window, I would have bitten your hand off.”

Why Liverpool left Fekir pursuit to next summer

2019-02-02T12:52:10Z

Liverpool may have had a quiet January transfer window as the they believe they can sign their top targets at a cheaper price in the summer.

That is the opinion of the Liverpool Echo, who have highlighted that Timo Werner and Nabil Fekir, who the Reds have been linked with, enter the final 12 months of their contract next summer.

With the risk of losing their top assets on a free in a year’s time, RB Leipzig and Lyon may allow Werner and Fekir respectively to leave on the cheap next summer.

Middlesbrough made late Troare approach

2019-02-02T12:25:18Z

Birmingham Live have claimed Middlesbrough enquired about the availability of winger Adam Troare on transfer deadline day.

It is unclear whether Boro were interested in a permanent or loan deal for the Spaniard.

Troare joined Wolves last summer for a club-record £18m ($24m) fee from Middlesbrough, but he has since struggled to hold a regular place in the side.

Dyche: Vokes money can fund summer transfers

2019-02-02T11:55:35Z

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has claimed that the £10m ($13m) the club received for Sam Vokes could help fund their summer transfers.

“I think the club would look at it as a very good deal, I think that is how they would look at it as a business. I have the final say,” he explained in Friday's press conference.

“In theory. It doesn’t guarantee the next signing, but some point the next window opens and you have got to go and activate again, which we will have to do, and it doesn’t guarantee that, but you get an extra shot in the arm to put more into the next situation.

“So therefore, if you are in a rising market then you need rising funding. We are at a club that doesn’t get rising funding from people throwing money everywhere, therefore you have got to make rising funding.”

Juventus plan €45m offer for Marcelo

2019-02-02T11:35:54Z

Italian champions Juventus are hopeful of signing Real Madrid defender Marcelo next summer.

The Brazilian has dropped down the pecking order under new manager Santiago Solari, with Sergio Reguilon the Argentina’s preferred choice at left-back.

Tuttomercato are reporting that Juve are willing to offer €45m (£39m) to sign the 30-year-old in the summer.

They also claim that any deal for Marcelo could see current Juventus left-back Alex Sandro leave the club.

Pulis bemoans Middlesbrough lack of transfer action

2019-02-02T11:10:07Z

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis has claimed his squad is weaker after the January transfer market than before.

Boro managed to bring in Rajiv Van La Parra and John Obi Mikel but feels his side is less able now after allowing several fringe players to leave last month.

"There's no hiding the fact there were players we wanted to bring in who we haven't been able to. There are areas I've wanted to strengthen for 13 or 14 months. It's been a window where in some respects it's made the team weaker than stronger.” Pulis said in Friday’s pre-match press conference.

'So it's disappointment in reflection of what was spent 18 months ago, or whatever it was. The wages and everything else is extraordinary. The club is paying for it at the moment."

Why Milan move for Saint-Maximin broke down

2019-02-02T10:45:48Z

According to Calciomercato, Allan Saint-Maximin’s move to AC Milan failed as Nice refused to let the winger leave on on loan.

The French club were only interested in a permeant deal for the youngster in January and when when Milan were unable, or unwilling, to make this happened the proposed transfer collapsed.

The Serie A side were also keen on loan moves for Yannick Carrasco and Gerard Deulofeu last month, neither of which materialised.

Carroll reveals Abraham influenced Villa move

2019-02-02T10:20:10Z

Aston Villa’s new recruit Tom Carrol has revealed Tammy Abraham encouraged him move to Villa Park.

Carroll played with the striker last season at Swansea, whom he left on loan to join the Villans.

“I know Tammy. I spoke to him about the club and he said good things,” the former Tottenham man told the Express and Star.

“I had also watched Dean Smith’s teams play at Brentford and knew his philosophy. I know he likes to play good football. It was hard to say no.”

Felix hints at interest in Juventus move

2019-02-02T09:56:56Z

Benfica midfielder Felix has hinted he would like to follow his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.

The 19-year-old has been linked with a number of Europe’s top clubs in recent months, including Manchester United, but he has provided an update on his future.

“My future? It’ll be a decision we make mutually,” he told Tuttosport, just a day after the transfer market closed.

“All the best Portuguese players have gone to play in the most important foreign Leagues, and of course I’d like to do that too.

“I have two big dreams: I’d like to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo because he’s simply the best. He’s an idol, a world icon, an example for everyone.”

Ranieri hails January signing Babel

2019-02-02T09:28:05Z

Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri has praised Ryan Babel’s impact since joining the club from Besiktas last month.

“Babel’s a leader,” said the Italian coach.

“When you see him in the training session; he was speaking to a player who was 18 years old and saying ‘You have to do this, you have to do this’. It’s fantastic. That means he is involved in this project. It’s not only for himself.”

Pochettino ‘disappointed’ over lack of Spurs transfer action

2019-02-02T09:03:43Z

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has said he is ‘disappointed’ not to make any signings in January.

This is the second window in a row that Spurs have not added any recruits, and the Argentinian coach has admitted he wanted to strengthen in January.

“Of course I wanted to strengthen the squad but if we cannot sign, I need to stick with the project of the club. 

“Of course I am disappointed because we are in a very good position and maybe with a help from some players we can remove the excuse that we are not a real contender. But we are there, we are close, in a very good position and we will fight to the end to be as high as we can.

Courtois would prefer Hazard over Neymar

2019-02-02T08:34:52Z

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has claimed he would rather see Belgian team-mate Eden Hazard at the Bernadeu than Neymar.

The pair have been linked with moves to Los Blancos in the summer, but given their huge cost it is unlikely both could join the club in one window.

“I [would] choose Eden, of course. I really like him, but the choice is up to the board,” he said.

"I do not know what will happen. That is not a question for me, but for the chairman and the management.”

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Loans signings are key for Rodgers’ Celtic

2019-02-02T08:11:44Z

Brendan Rodgers has claimed Celtic can only bring top talent into the club through loan signings.

The Bhoys added Jeremy Toljan, Timothy Weah and Oliver Burke short-term deals this month, as well as Filip Benkovic and Daniel Arzani, who joined on loan last summer.

While Rodgers admits he wants to add more permanent signings, he believes the nature of the market makes that impossible, and highlighted Toljan’s addition as an example.

“The availability of that type [Toljan] is not as easy as people think. ‘Just go and get a right back’, okay, but to get one above that level there will always be a premium to come to a cub like Celtic,” Rodgers is as as quoted in the Herald.

“So that is the dilemma. You bring in on a short-term loan a boy like this who we couldn’t buy, although there might be a possibility at the end of it. It’s always that Catch-22.”

Spurs youngster loaned to Melbourne

2019-02-02T07:27:21Z

Exciting Tottenham talent Shayon Harrison has joined Melbourne City on loan until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old has previously spent time with Yeovil Town and Southend United on temporary moves and will join the likes of Aston Villa’s Ritchie De Laet and Manchester City’s Luke Brattan down under, both of whom are also on loan at the A-League side.

"I'm excited to come and play for Melbourne City and gain more senior team experience," Harrison told the club’s official website.

Sarri: My job is always at risk

2019-02-02T05:34:16Z

Maurizio Sarri says that he understands that his job is always at risk with Chelsea.

The Italian vowed that he will stick to his style as he hopes to develop a culture within Chelsea that can be compared to that of Barcelona.

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Brahim already frustrated in Madrid

2019-02-02T04:11:42Z

Brahim Diaz is already frustrated with his lack of playing time with Real Madrid, with the belief being that he was misled during negotiations.

According to Don Balon, Diaz was promised an increase in playing time upon his move, but has played just 24 minutes so far.

Santiago Solari sees Diaz as too similar to current outcast Isco, and plans on loaning the former Manchester City player to Espanyol in June.

Pochettino strong but Solskjaer may be right for Man Utd - Neville

2019-02-02T02:54:02Z

Gary Neville says that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be the perfect fit for Manchester United.

Mauricio Pochettino remains a contender but, if Man Utd continue on their current run, Neville says Solskjaer may prove the man for the job.

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MLS and Liga MX discussing eight-team tournament

2019-02-02T01:56:18Z

MLS and Liga MX are discussing an eight-team tournament to begin play in 2019, according to ESPN.

The competition would involve four teams from MLS and four from Liga MX, with the four MLS teams expected to include several West Coast teams.

Both leagues currently feature in the Concacaf Champions League with Mexican sides repeatedly dominating that competition.

Klopp doesn't regret allowing Clyne loan

2019-02-02T01:09:53Z

Jurgen Klopp says he does not regret allowing Nathaniel Clyne to go out on loan.

Injuries have decimated Liverpool's backline with Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Dejan Lovren all missing time, but Klopp insists he has faith in his current squad.

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Real Madrid eye Neymar-Benzema swap

2019-02-01T23:55:46Z

The Blancos are looking to capitalise on the Frenchman's recent good form

Real Madrid are eying a swap deal that would see them land Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain in exchange for Karim Benzema and €120 million (£105m/$137m), claims Don Balon.

Madrid president Florentino Perez has been dreaming of a move for the Brazilian for some time, with reports suggesting he is unsettled in France

And Perez is hoping he can take advantage of Benzema's strong season to complete a swap with the Madrid striker at his highest value. 

Willian frustrated by Chelsea's contract offer

2019-02-01T23:36:58Z

Chelsea winger Willian has been frustrated by the club's one-year contract offer, reports UOL Sport.

Willian's current deal with the club expires at the end of next season, and the Brazilian is looking for a three-year extension from the Blues. 

But Chelsea's policy is to only offer one-year extensions to players over 30, and that could leave the 30-year-old to seek a new club rather than re-sign. 

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Internal candidates emerge for Man Utd technical director

2019-02-01T23:32:23Z

Man Utd head of youth development John Murtagh and assistant academy director Tony Whelan have emerged as candidates for the club's technical director job, the Daily Star reports. 

United have been linked with several external candidates for the position, but it is believed that executive vice chairman Ed Woodward would rather appoint from within. 

Woodward wants to have a technical director in place before the start of next season.

West Ham fear Wilshere's season could be over

2019-02-01T23:28:19Z

West Ham fear Jack Wilshere's season could be over due to a persistent ankle injury, according to the Daily Mail. 

Wilshere suffered the injury against Newcastle on December 1 and has been struggling in his rehabilitiation.

The 27-year-old has made just five appearances for the Hammers since joining from Arsenal in the off-season.

Janssen loan move to Schalke broke down

2019-02-01T23:25:31Z

Talks between Schalke and Tottenham over a loan move for Vincent Janssen broke down on deadline day, reports Football London.

The Spurs striker has been frozen out of the first-team picture this term, but talks between the two sides did not go anywhere as the deadline approached on Thursday.

Instead, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said on Friday that he is now planning on using Janssen in his first team this season.