Cork City strike deal with Preston North End
League of Ireland side Cork City have reached an agreement with Preston North End involving the cancellation of the sell-on clauses included in the deals for Alan Browne and Sean Maguire, reports The Irish Times.
Republic of Ireland internationals Browne and Maguire both made the switch from Cork to the English outfit, and their former club have accepted a figure in the region of €500,000 in exchange for the cancellation of the clauses.
The Irish side were reportedly under pressure to settle an outstanding debt prior to their league commencing on Friday, and so have been forced into the deal in order to raise the cash required.
City join race for Upamecano
According to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester City have now joined several European sides in the race to sign highly-rated RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano.
The 21-year-old has been impressing for the German side this season, and his performances have not only caught the attention of City, with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur also interested in his signature.
But with the likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona also keeping tabs on the centre-back, it certainly won't be easy to persuade him to come to the Premier League this summer.
AC Milan eyeing defensive duo
AC Milan have set their sights on defenders Denzel Dumfries and Zeki Celik as they look to tighten up at the back ahead of next season, claims Calcio Mercato.
PSV right-back Dumfries and Lille’s Turkish international Celik are the club’s top targets this summer, while both Andrea Conti and Davide Calabria set to exit the side.
The Serie A outfit have also identified former academy player Paolo Ghiglione as a potential incoming, with the 23-year-old currently playing for fellow Italian side Genoa.
Liverpool tracking Brozovic
Liverpool are keeping tabs on Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, but face competition from Real Madrid for his signature.
The Croatian has been key to his side's title charge this season, and the Mail Online are reporting that Jurgen Klopp is keen to add the 27-year-old to his squad this summer.
But Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is also an admirer of Brozovic, who he sees as an ideal replacement for the ageing Luka Modric.
Man Utd could turn to Tuchel in summer
Manchester United are losing patience with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and could turn to PSG manager Thomas Tuchel at the end of the season, reports the Express.
The German is, however, also being watched by Bayern Munich and Barcelona as his side continue to dominate in Ligue 1.
Tuchel has also guided the French outfit through the Champions League group stages, with United monitoring him closely should Solskjaer be removed from the role in the coming months.
West Ham failed with Gagliardini deal
According to Calcio Mercato, West Ham failed in a bid to bring Inter midfielder Roberto Gagliardini to London Stadium in January.
The Hammers reportedly offered the Italian side a loan deal for the player, with the option to buy at the end of the season.
But both the Serie A side and Gagliardini turned down the attempts, with the Hammers eventually turning to Hull’s Jarrod Bowen.
Grealish and Jimenez warned off Man Utd move
Joleon Lescott believes that Jack Grealish and Raul Jimenez may be better served snubbing interest from Manchester United as they deserve to be playing in the Champions League.
As revealed by Goal, Grealish is keen on joining the Red Devils and has even begun house-hunting in anticipation of a summer switch to Old Trafford.
Wolves striker Raul Jimenez has also been linked with a switch to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side having emerged as one of the Premier League's leading attackers over the past two seasons.
Haaland laughs off 'comical' Man Utd story
Erling Haaland insists that claims Manchester United pulled out of their pursuit of him due to excessive wage demands are "comical", revealing that he had already settled on his move to Borussia Dortmund.
The Red Devils were said to have withdrawn in their chase for the Norway star after his pay packet proved unfeasible.
But the Leeds-born striker has now downplayed such reports, getting a laugh out of the claims he was chasing greater financial rewards.
Bellingham has 'Gerrard-esque' potential
Jude Bellingham is a player in the Steven Gerrard mould, says Jermaine Pennant, with his “frightening” potential being noted by the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea.
At just 16 years of age, the Birmingham midfielder has emerged as one of the hottest prospects in English football.
His future is now expected to lie well outside of St Andrew’s, with Premier League heavyweights lining up to discuss a big-money deal.
Otamendi “dying” for River Plate move
Nicolas Otamendi is “dying” to end his career at River Plate and return to his home country of Argentina, according to his agent.
The defender has seen his minutes clipped at the Etihad Stadium this season under Pep Guardiola, following only a dozen-and-a-half league games last term.
The 32-year-old would love to return to South America and play there once his days at City are up.
Eriksson to take over third-tier Brazilian side
Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is set to take over at Brazilian side Botafogo PB, reports Globo Esporte.
The 72-year-old's representatives have spoken with the club, with the Swede expected to be announced as the new manager of the Paraiba-based side in the coming days.
Inter Miami bring in Valencia youngster
Inter Miami have announced the signing of Valencia defender Jairo Quinteros, who will be immediately loaned to Club Bolivar for the 2020 season.
Bienvenido, Jairo Quinteros!— Inter Miami CF (@InterMiamiCF) February 13, 2020
The 19yr old Bolivian youth international center back joins #InterMiamiCF from Valencia CF. The defender will be loaned to Club Bolívar for the 2020 season.https://t.co/NMast4uQsQ
United prepared to offer Dembele big money
Manchester United are prepared to pay Lyon striker Moussa Dembele wages of £150,000 per week in their latest attempts to bring him to Old Trafford.
According to the Express, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to bring in the France international this summer, but faces competition from fellow Premier League side Chelsea.
January signing Odion Ighalo is expected to return to China after his loan spell in Manchester, and so United are keen to bring in another striker as soon as possible.
Ancelotti planning Everton extension
Despite agreeing a deal until the summer of 2024 upon his arrival at Goodison Park, Carlo Ancelotti is already eyeing a contract extension.
The Italian has helped the club climb to seventh in the table, where they sit just five points off the Champions League spots.
And the Mail Online are reporting that the 60-year-old is keen to remain in charge for the long-term, in the hope that his side can soon compete among Europe's elite.
Messi won't leave Barca for Man City - Rivaldo
Lionel Messi will not be making a move to Manchester City or Juventus, says Rivaldo, with the Barcelona superstar being backed to retire as a one-club man at Camp Nou.
The former Barca forward told Betfair: "I'm not buying the speculation about a potential Lionel Messi move from Barcelona at the end of the season.
"Honestly, I think he will end his career at Camp Nou. He has been one of us since he was 14-years-old. He has a big affection for the club and the club for him, so I don't think he would benefit from leaving."
Burnley youngster joins St Patrick's Athletic
Burnley centre-back Ollie Younger has joined League of Ireland side St Patrick’s Athletic on loan.
The defender could well make his debut for the club against Waterford on Friday night and joins on a temporary deal until July.
Sancho 'perfect' for the Premier League
Jadon Sancho would be a big hit in the Premier League, according to Jamie Carragher, who thinks the Borussia Dortmund star has already proved he can deal with the pressure of playing at the highest level.
Sancho has been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea and Carragher thinks he'll excel back in the Premier League.
"Sancho is one of the best young players at the moment in world football, especially when you look at his actual stats for Borussia Dortmund," the former Reds centre-back said.
"He's an English player who I think will be desperate to come back, so I think he'll be the hottest thing everyone in the Premier League will be looking to bring in.
"Will he be a hit? I think so. It's a no-brainer, look at how well he has played in a top league with a top club under pressure. He's playing week in, week out, his numbers are fantastic and his age is just perfect."
PSG & Chelsea eye Henderson
Man Utd goalkeeper could look to move on
Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson is being lined up by both Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea, according to ESPN.
The 22-year-old has emerged as one of the Premier League's top goalkeepers during his loan spell with Sheffield United and is considered by many to be England's best choice as No.1 going into the European Championships.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side hold Henderson in high regard although with David De Gea and Sergio Romero already part of their squad, they can't guarantee him a starting spot heading into the 2020-21 season.
That could see the shot-stopper look to move on, with Chelsea and PSG assessing their goalkeeping situations ahead of the summer transfer window opening.
Leicester line up White move
Leicester are the latest side to express interest in highly-rated defender Ben White, claims Football Insider.
The Brighton centre-half has starred during a loan spell at Leeds this season, with it reported that he is now drawing admiring glances from the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal.
Chelsea preparing to part with four players
Chelsea are, after agreeing a deal for Hakim Ziyech, preparing to part with four players this summer.
According to The Mirror, the Blues are looking to move Olivier Giroud, Pedro, Michy Batshuayi and Willian out of Stamford Bridge.
Bayern prepared to part with Tolisso in summer window
Manchester United may have seen an approach for Corentin Tolisson knocked back in January, but Bild reports that Bayern Munich are willing to listen to offers in the summer.
That is because the German giants are looking to generate funds which will allow them to complete a raid on Bayer Leverkusen for Kai Havertz.
Alisson option already triggered
Liverpool may have already taken up the sixth year option in Alisson's contract, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The Brazilian goalkeeper penned a five-year deal upon his arrival in 2018, but that agreement included a 12-month extension which could be triggered at any time.
Man Utd favoured Sancho over Ziyech
Manchester United shelved their interest in Hakim Ziyech because they consider Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and James Maddison to be bigger priorities, reports the Evening Standard.
A talented forward currently on the books of Ajax does appear to be heading to England, but it is Chelsea who are close to putting a deal in place.
Ziyech to Chelsea confirmed
Bayern & Barca leading Upamecano race
Bayern Munich and Barcelona are leading the race for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, claims talkSPORT.
North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham have been linked with the talented 21-year-old, but he is not expected to head for England.
Spurs offer Wanyama & Foyth to AC Milan
Tottenham have offered Victor Wanyama and Juan Foyth to AC Milan, Calciomercato claims.
It is said that the midfielder and defender are not part of Jose Mourinho's plans and Spurs are looking to move them on in the summer.
The Rossoneri, however, feel that Wanyama has a similar profile to Franck Kessie, while they also believe Spurs' valuation of Foyth - €20 million plus – is too high for the 22-year-old.
New details revealed regarding Werner exit clause
Timo Werner can be purchased from RB Leipzig in the summer for a fixed fee between €55 million and €60m, but the clause must be activated by the end of April, SportBild reports.
Liverpool are thought to be the leading candidates to land the striker, especially now given that Bayern Munich are said to have pulled themselves out of the frame due to concerns over playing style.
Should Jurgen Klopp 's side wish to beat off competition from other teams rumoured to be interested, with Chelsea also having been mentioned, they will need to get their business done before May rolls around.
PSG plot massive Mbappe renewal
Will €50m per year be enough?
Paris Saint-Germain are set to offer Kylian Mbappe a new deal that would put him in roughly the same earning bracket as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, AS reports.
PSG are said to be preparing themselves for Real Madrid swooping for the striker and are taking steps to ensure things will not be easy for the Spanish capital club.
Indeed, the report claims that two renewal offers have already been turned down by the 21-year-old but PSG's third offer of €50 million (£42m/$54m) net per season will no doubt be considered more seriously.
Barca set to revive interest in Lautaro this summer
Barcelona will reignite their pursuit of Inter striker Lautaro Martinez when the transfer market reopens - according to Calcio Mercato.
The Blaugrana expressed an interest in the Argentine last summer, and are now planning to launch a formal bid for his services.
Barca are in dire need of extra attacking reinforcements at the moment, with Ousmane Dembele set for six months on the sidelines after suffering an injury setback and Luis Suarez not expected to return until May.
Brescia willing to listen to offers in the region of €60m for Tonali
Brescia may be willing to sanction Sandro Tonali's departure this summer if their €60 million (£50m/$65m) valuation is met - according to Calcio Mercato.
Juventus and Inter are both interested in signing the 19-year-old, who has been compared to Italian legend Andrea Pirlo.
Tonali has scored once in 22 Serie A outings for Brescia this season.
Liverpool have new Van Dijk deal in the pipeline
Liverpool could thrash out fresh terms with Virgil van Dijk over the summer, claims the Liverpool Echo.
The Dutch defender still has three years left to run on his current contract, but is expected to see his importance to the cause recognised by a new deal.
Barca ready to try again for Neymar
Barcelona are preparing another bid to bring Neymar back to the club from Paris Saint-Germain, claims El Confidencial.
The Blaugrana hope that a deal for the Brazilian forward will keep Lionel Messi happy in his current surroundings and end unwelcome speculation around the Argentine.
Slimani snubbed Villa's relegation battle
IsIam Slimani snubbed a January move to Aston Villa because he did not fancy a relegation battle, claims Express Sport.
The Leicester striker was willing to cut short a loan spell at Monaco in order to take on another challenge in January, but he passed up the chance to link up with the Villans.
Modric-Skriniar swap deal interests Madrid
Real Madrid are looking into a possible swap deal involving Luka Modric and Milan Skriniar, reports the Daily Star.
The Blancos are eager to bolster their defensive ranks and are prepared to part with a Croatian playmaker who has figured on the recruitment radar of those at San Siro for some time.
Arsenal demand £20m for Mkhitaryan
Arsenal will only allow Henrikh Mkhitaryan to complete a permanent move to Roma if their £20 million ($26m) asking price is met, reports The Sun.
The Armenian playmaker is currently taking in a season-long loan with the Serie A giants after struggling to make an impact in north London.
Messi to Juventus?
Liverpool & Man Utd monitoring Arsenal's Saka
The Gunners prodigy is attracting plenty of interest
Arsenal are trying to lock down academy star Bukayo Saka to a new deal with both Liverpool and Manchester United circling, reports the Daily Mail.
The teenager is entering the final 18 months of his current contract with the Gunners and has quickly caught the eye this season.
Bayern Munich are also monitoring the situation as clubs line up for potential moves if talks over a renewal stall.
Rayados confirm Pizarro exit
Liga MX club Rayados have confirmed Rodolfo Pizarro has terminated his contract with the side to join Inter Miami.
The new MLS franchise are yet to confirm the move but they have been strongly linked to the 25-year-old.
Chelsea move for Ziyech confirmed by Ajax boss Ten Hag
Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has all but confirmed Hakim Ziyech's potential move to Chelsea, admitting that he was surprised the club was able to keep hold of the attacker as long as they did.
Chelsea are nearing an agreement for a deal worth €45 million (£38m/$49m) to sign the winger once the summer transfer window opens.
Goal can also confirm that the Blues attempted to sign the Ziyech this January, but were informed by the Ajax that a transfer at the end of the season was the preferred option.
Getafe willing to sell striker to Barca
Getafe president Angel Torres admits he's open to selling striker Angel Rodriguez if Barcelona do show interest after recent rumours of a possible move to Camp Nou.
"It's not a clause problem. I can't deny a team so big that a guy who has given us spectacular performance," he told Catalunya Radio via Marca.
"It's €10 million [the release clause]."
The 32-year-old has scored nine goals in La Liga this season and has been with Getafe since 2017.
Atlanta sign Estudiantes winger
MLS club Atlanta United have secured the services of Estudiantes attacker Manuel Castro.
The 24-year-old moves to the United States on a six-month loan having only joined Estudiantes in January last year.
Castro will occupy an international roster slot at Atlanta.
Malaga were €2m away from signing teenage Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo was almost signed by Malaga as a teenager, according to the man in charge of their recruitment at the time, Carlos Rincon.
The Portugal star, who has gone on to win five Ballons d’Or in a career which has taken him to Manchester United, Real Madrid, and now Juventus, was spotted by Malaga’s scouts during his time in Sporting youth academy.
Rincon and his team looked at Ronaldo in Denmark at the European Under-17 Championships in 2002, and as a result, began a scouting process.Read the full story here on Goal!
Ighalo not allowed to train at Man Utd training ground
New Red Devils signing Odion Ighalo is being forced to train away from the club's training ground due to ongoing coronavirus precautions, according to the Mirror.
Having only recently arrived in Manchester from China, Ighalo is still within the mandated 14-day incubation period, with United not taking any risks with their new striker.
The 30-year-old is expected to start working with his new team-mates over the weekend before Monday's clash against Chelsea.
Chelsea battling Man Utd for £50m Bellingham
The teenager has started a bidding war
Birmingham City prodigy Jude Bellingham has attracted serious interest from both Chelsea and Manchester United.
The Sun claims that the Blues and Red Devils are ready to pay up to £50 million ($64m) for the 16-year-old, who is also being watched by Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Borussia Dortmund are closely monitoring the situation too and may look to make a serious move once they sell Jadon Sancho.
Man Utd bid for Tolisso rejected
Bayern Munich turned down a loan offer from Manchester United for Corentin Tolisso in January, reports Kicker.
The Frenchman has struggled to secure regular football this season, but Bayern felt their squad was too thin to allow the player to leave.
Rather than Tolisso, the Red Devils did ultimately sign Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo late in the transfer window.
Liverpool join race for Sancho
The England winger remains hot property
Borussia Dortmund can now add Liverpool to Jadon Sancho's list of admirers.
According to the Daily Mail, the Reds have informed the German club of their desire to sign the English attacker this summer.
Dortmund are set to demand at least £100 million (€119m/$129m) for Sancho with Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea among other Premier League clubs circling.