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Heerenveen pursue Halilovic loan

2019-08-28T20:56:17Z

Heerenveen are looking to add Alen Halilovic on loan from AC Milan, reports the Leeuwarder Courant.

Halilovic has been on loan with Standard Liege, but wants to leave the club due to fears he will not get playing time.

The former Barcelona midfielder believes the Dutch side can offer more playing time as he, at 23, looks to find a consistent role.

Rivaldo urges Vinicius to stay with Real Madrid

2019-08-28T20:21:05Z

Brazil legend Rivaldo has urged his countryman Vinicius Junior to remain with Real Madrid.

The winger had been linked with a move to PSG as part of a Neymar deal, but Rivaldo says the youngster must stay and develop under Zinedine Zidane.

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Areola to head to Madrid as part of Navas deal

2019-08-28T19:40:38Z

Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola would head to Real Madrid in a deal for Keylor Navas, according to AS.

The French side's starting goalkeeper would head to the Bernabeu in exchange, where he would backup Thibaut Courtois.

 

Bolton Wanderers saved

2019-08-28T19:10:35Z

Bolton Wanderers have dodged the threat of liquidation after Football Ventures (Whites) Limited completed its takeover of the club.

As a result, Bolton will not suffer the same fate as Bury, who were unable to find a buyer before the deadline passed.

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PSG open talks with Rakitic and Dembele over Neymar swap

2019-08-28T18:33:08Z

Despite public denials, Dembele agent in contact with French side

Paris Saint-Germain have made contact with Ivan Rakitic and Ousmane Dembele as part of negotiations to send Neymar back to Barcelona, claims Sport

Dembele's agent Moussa Sissoko emphatically denied links with the Ligue 1 holders on Wednesday, stating his client was not interested in a move. 

But the newspaper asserts that despite his public stance, Sissoko has in fact begun conversations with PSG, who have also reached out to Rakitic's representatives to push a deal through.

Dembele won't be part of Neymar deal, says agent

2019-08-28T18:12:45Z

Ousmane Dembele's agent remains adamant the Barcelona winger will play no part in a mooted swap deal involving Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar.

Moussa Sissoko, the France international's representative, insists his client is completely committed to spending a third season at Camp Nou.

La Liga champions Barca are rumoured to have offered the 22-year-old World Cup winner to PSG in a part-exchange for Neymar, who continues to be overlooked for matchday squads by the Parisians.

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Eriksen, Dybala & Icardi lined up as Neymar replacements

2019-08-28T17:42:00Z

Paris Saint-Germain have identified three stars from the Premier League and Serie A to fill the gap left by Neymar, claims Le Parisien

The Brazilian continues to be linked with a move back to Barcelona, who are negotiating a sale with the Ligue 1 champions. 

And Tottenham's Christian Eriksen, former Inter captain Mauro Icardi and Juventus' Paulo Dybala are on PSG's shortlist to re-invest any possible transfer windfall before the window closes.

Navas agrees PSG deal

2019-08-28T17:30:09Z

Keylor Navas is bidding farewell to Real Madrid after five trophy-laden seasons after agreeing terms with Paris Saint-Germain, reports La Nación

The Costa Rica No. 1 is not happy to see his appearances at Madrid restricted to cup competitions, with Thibaut Courtois set to be Zinedine Zidane's first choice in La Liga this season. 

Dembele turns down PSG

2019-08-28T16:55:28Z

Ousmane Dembele has turned down a proposed move to Paris Saint-Germain, according to RMC Sport.

Barcelona and PSG were close to a deal on Tuesday, but the deal fell apart as Dembele refused the move.

The Spanish side has been in pursuit of PSG star Neymar all summer and has already loaned out Philippe Coutinho in an effort to trim the wage bill.

Monaco keep up pursuit of Bakayoko

2019-08-28T16:40:12Z

Monaco remain in pursuit of Tiemoue Bakayoko as the club looks to re-sign their former midfielder, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

Bakayoko left the club to join Chelsea two years ago but struggled to lock down a spot with the Blues before shipped to Milan on loan.

Contact has been made between Monaco and Chelsea as the midfielder looks set for a departure.

Liverpool respond to agent's 'mental bullying' claims

2019-08-28T16:15:02Z

Liverpool have responded to claims made by Bobby Duncan's agent that the youngster has been a victim of "mental bullying".

The club is “disappointed” by “unattributed comments” and “unfounded allegations” made by the agent of the teenage striker.

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Lopes set to sign Lyon extension

2019-08-28T15:45:22Z

Goalkeeper Anthony Lopes is set to sign an extension with Lyon, reports L'Equipe.

The Portuguese international's new deal will keep him with the club until at least 2023 with an option for 2024 also included.

French defender Leo Dubois is also set to sign an extension with the club. 

Dybala and Icardi linked with swap deal

2019-08-28T15:20:48Z

The two Argentinian forwards could be on the move before the window closes

Paolo Dybala and Mauro Icardi could swap clubs as talks continue surrounding the two strikers, reports Marca.

Dybala could be Inter-bound, having fallen out of favour with Juventus this summer after struggling last campaign.

Icardi, meanwhile, has long been linked with a move away from Inter, although the forward recently told the club of his intention to stay.

Napoli set to sign ex-Premier League targetman?

2019-08-28T14:53:15Z

As well as having an eye on Diego Costa, Napoli are reportedly close to tying up a deal for free agent Fernando Llorente.

Released by Tottenham in the summer, the Spaniard had been mooted as a bargain signing for Manchester United but looks set to sign for the Serie A giants.

He has previously played for Juventus and Athletic Bilbao.

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Milinkovic-Savic set for new Lazio deal

2019-08-28T14:50:37Z

Having been heavily linked with Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus in the past, it seems Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is set to commit to Lazio, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The talented Serbian has been tipped as one of the best midfielders in Serie A and, with Inter also showing an interest, it seems he will put pen to paper on an extension and stay at Stadio Olimpico.

His current deal expires in 2023.

Roma to go back for Lovren

2019-08-28T14:39:09Z

Roma are set to make another move for Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren.

The Italian side are struggling to get a deal done for Daniele Rugani, according to Corriere dello Sport, and will now look to strike a deal with the Reds.

Celtic sign Stoke defender

2019-08-28T13:11:28Z

Moritz Bauer has signed for Celtic on loan for the rest of the season.

The right-back, who joined the Potters in January 2018 from Rubin Kazan, signs with the option of joining on a permanent basis at the end of the season.

“I’m really, really looking forward to it. I know about the stadium, the historical Celtic Park, and I hope that I can win trophies here and have a very successful season," the 27-year-old told the Bhoys' official website.

“I’m really, really looking forward to it. I know about the stadium, the historical Celtic Park, and I hope that I can win trophies here and have a very successful season.

Mensah considering Celtic switch

2019-08-28T13:00:00Z

Red Bull Salzburg left-back Gideon Mensah is weighing up an offer from Celtic, reports the Daily Record.

The Scottish champions sold Kieran Tierney to Arsenal earlier this summer for a club-record fee, and could use the money to bring in the 21-year-old, who has also been linked with a move to Belgian side Zulte Waregem.

Bologna closing in on Medel

2019-08-28T12:45:00Z

Gary Medel has arrived in Bologna ahead of a permanent transfer from Besiktas, claims Football Italia

The former Cardiff and Inter Milan midfielder will undergo a medical before signing a two-year contract with the Italian side.

Several clubs keeping tabs on Mavididi

2019-08-28T12:30:00Z

Juventus forward Stephy Mavididi is being closely monitored by several European clubs, says Sky Sports.

Mavididi joined the Italian side from Arsenal last summer, and made his Juventus debut at the end of last season after spending the majority of the campaign with the U23 side.

Pogba out?

2019-08-28T12:10:00Z

A sign outside Man Utd's Carrington training ground has appeared to have been spray painted with the message 'Pogba Out' amid speculation over the midfielder's future.

The Frenchman has endured a testing time at Old Trafford since returning from Juventus in 2016 and faced further criticism in August when he missed a penalty against Wolves.

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AC Milan renew interest in Everton

2019-08-28T11:55:48Z

AC Milan have renewed their interest in Gremio's Everton Soares, reports Calciomercato.

The 23-year-old Brazilian was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal earlier this summer, but now looks set to be a major target for the Italian side, who are hoping to agree a deal before the transfer window closes in a couple of days.

Dybala could make Napoli switch

2019-08-28T11:30:00Z

Juventus forward Paulo Dybala could move to Serie A rivlas Napoli as he looks set to lose out on a starting role to Gonzalo Higuain.

Maurizio Sarri worked with Higuain at Napoli and will favour him again this season according to MARCA, which could signal the end for Dybala at Juventus.

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Dortmund tried to sign De Ligt before Juventus move

2019-08-28T11:10:00Z

Borussia Dortmund tried to sign Matthijs De Ligt before his move to Juventus, according to their former assistant coach Hendrie Kruzen.

"When Lukasz Piszczek got injured we had to make a lot of changes in the defence. Maybe we should have pushed for a high-profile new signing that summer.

"Unfortunately, when we had that difficult phase, as is often the case in professional football, we did not have the time to sort it out and to get new players in in the winter.

"We were already in talks with some of them, and those were players were high calibre even for a club like BVB. I don't know whether they would've definitely signed or not but one of them went from Ajax to Juventus for a lot of money this summer."

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Inter eyeing Petagna

2019-08-28T10:32:43Z

According to Calciomercato, Inter Milan are looking to bolster their attacking options further by preparing a bid for SPAL striker Andrea Petagna.

The 24-year-old scored 16 Serie A goals last season, and could be the next player in the door after Alexis Sanchez, who is close to joining the club, with Mauro Icardi's future still uncertain.

Barcelona star could join PSG in Neymar switch

2019-08-28T10:15:23Z

Marca report Ousmane Dembele has been discussed as part of Neymar's proposed move to Barcelona.

Officials from PSG and Barca have met in the French capital and the winger's name was put forward as a makeweigfht, according to the Spanish publication.

However, the Ligue 1 champions are not yet satisfied with the deal on offer.

"If United need me, I'm here," says Zlatan

2019-08-28T09:07:28Z

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hinted at a return to Manchester United, though his comments were said in jest.

The towering Swede spent nearly two seasons at Old Trafford before joining LA Galaxy.

"I could play easy in the Premier League, so if United need me, I'm here," he joked, as reported by Sky Sports. "But Galaxy has me, so I'm sorry.

"Nah, I did my job in Europe. I enjoyed it, I have 33 trophies that I brought with me here and hopefully I can get something here. And then we will see where that adventure finishes."

Roma target Juventus duo

2019-08-28T08:56:41Z

Roma are interested in signing Emre Can and Mario Mandzukic.

According to Corriere dello Sport, the club from the capital have been in discussions with Juventus as they look to take Daniele Rugani.

However, during those talks, Can and Mandzukic have also cropped up as Roma look to bolster midfield and attack.

Gabigol close to permanent Flamengo move

2019-08-28T08:45:03Z

Gabriel Barbosa looks set to join Flamengo permanently.

Having scored 12 goals in 12 appearances for the Brazilian club, back in his homeland, Sky Sport Italia claim he is close to signing in an €18m deal from Inter.

Diego Costa to Serie A?

2019-08-28T08:42:45Z

Napoli are monitoring Diego Costa, according to La Repubblicca.

The former Chelsea forward has been linked with a move away from Atletico Madrid and the Naples club are showing an interest.

Milan eye return for Chelsea midfielder

2019-08-28T08:20:45Z

Tiemoue Bakayoko could be set for a return to the San Siro, according to Tuttosport.

Having spent last season on loan with Milan, the Italian giants could well make another move for the midfielder should Franck Kessie leave for Monaco.

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Celtic pursuing Taylor

2019-08-28T08:15:00Z

Celtic are still interested in signing Kilmarnock defender Greg Taylor, but now find themselves in a battle with Sunderland to land the left-back according to the Daily Record.

Neil Lennon is believed to be keen on replacing Kieran Tierney after his move to Arsenal earlier this summer, with Taylor his number one target despite the club already signing a left-back in Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo.

Napoli holding off move for Llorente

2019-08-28T08:00:00Z

Napoli are delaying their contract offer to Fernando Llorente as they await news on Inter forward Mauro Icardi, according to Football Italia.

34-year-old free agent Llorente will be offered a two-year contract, but Napoli will hold off the deal until Icardi has sorted out his Inter future, with the striker reportedly set for talks with the club later today.

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PSG issue Neymar demand

2019-08-28T07:40:12Z

According to Le Parisien, PSG want €170 million (£154m /$189m) for Neymar from Barcelona, as opposed to instalments for the player.

The French champions are ready to let the Brazilian depart, and have issued his financial requirements to the Catalan side, with representatives from both clubs set to meet later today.

Torino closing in on duo

2019-08-28T07:20:00Z

Serie A side Torino are close to agreeing deals for Diego Laxalt and Francois Kamano, says Gianluca DiMarzio.

Both deals would be completed after the Italian club's Europa League meeting with Wolves tomorrow evening, with Laxalt arriving on loan from AC Milan and Kamano joining in a permanent deal from Bordeaux.

Fiorentina and Inter reach swap deal

2019-08-28T07:05:00Z

According to MARCA, Fiorentina and Inter have reached an agreement over a swap deal involving Cristiano Biraghi and Dalbert.

Inter have been chasing the 26-year-old Italian all summer, with Falbert reportedly refusing to move the other way in order to complete the deal.

But it is believed the Brazilian is finally accepting the move to Florence, paving the way for Biraghi to make the switch to Inter.

Sevilla hoping to land Ruiz

2019-08-28T06:40:33Z

Sevilla are chasing Barcelona's 19-year-old striker Abel Ruiz, claims Sport.

The promising youngster does not want to spend another season with Barcelona B, and his current club would be open to the player leaving on a loan deal for the rest of the campaign.

Sevilla are reportedly very interested in the idea after Wissam Ben Yedder's move to Monaco earlier in the summer.

Monaco closing in on Kessie

2019-08-28T06:19:00Z

Monaco are close to reaching an agreement for AC Milan youngster Franck Kessie, according to Calciomercato.

The two clubs have reportedly reached an agreement, with the only stumbling block being the 22-year-old's wage demands. The midfielder came on as a second half substitute as his side lost out to Udinese in their first Serie A game of the season.

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Joao Mario leaves Inter

2019-08-28T05:19:46Z

Lokomotiv Moscow have announced the signing of Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario from Inter on an initial season-long loan deal - as the Serie A club clears the decks for the likely arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Manchester United.

The Russian Premier League side have the option to buy the 26-year-old at the end of the campaign.

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Nice sign Napoli's Ounas

2019-08-28T04:55:49Z

Nice have completed a deal to sign Napoli's Adam Ounas. 

Gianluca Di Marzio reports the French side have closed a €2.2 million loan move with an option to buy that includes a sell-on clause. 

 

Pique wants Neymar back at Barcelona

2019-08-28T04:20:19Z

Gerard Pique says he would like to see Paris Saint-Germainsuperstar Neymar return to La Liga champions Barcelona.

The two played together with the Spanish giants before the Brazilian's move to PSG, and the Spanish defender now hopes to have the winger back at the club. 

"Of course we'd like him to come back," Pique told "La 1" of Television Espanola.

You can read the rest of what he had to say right here

Juve reject Roma offer for Rugani

2019-08-28T03:59:26Z

Juventus have rejected Roma's offer for Daniele Rugani, according to Gianluca Di Marzio

The Rome outfit wanted to take the 25-year-old on loan with an option to purchase, but the Serie A champions turned it down. 

Rivaldo pleads with Barca to sign Neymar

2019-08-28T03:15:52Z

Rivaldo wants to see Barcelona bring back Brazilian star Neymar. 

The former Barcelona and Brazil star believes his countryman knows he made a mistake in leaving the Spanish giants and is eager to return. 

"Everyone knows what happened with Neymar. His exit from Barcelona was wrong; he never should have left one of the biggest clubs in the world. But now he is anxious to return and accept his mistake," Rivaldo wrote on Instagram.

Read more on the two Brazilians here 

Nashville 'fits perfect' for new designated player

2019-08-28T02:21:51Z

Nashville SC's roster continues to take shape, with the 2020 MLS expansion franchise landing Brondby's Hany Mukhtar as its first designated player. 

“I had a great feeling when I was talking with the club," Mukhtar told MLSsoccer.com. "I had the feeling it was the right step for me in my life. I think we can grow together, that’s the nice thing.

"They want to build something great and I’m not finished in my career. I want to develop as well. It fits perfect.”

Read more about the 24-year-old right here!

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Vela: I was 'really close' to Barca move

2019-08-28T00:24:26Z

Carlos Vela says he was very close to joining Barcelona on loan last winter. 

The deal fell through, but the LAFC star claims he would jump at the chance to join one of the Spanish giants. 

"Barcelona, Real Madrid you can't say no. ... If it was only my choice, for sure, I'd take it," he told BS The Podcast. 

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Bury exepelled from Football League

2019-08-27T23:22:49Z

Bury FC have been expelled from the Football League following the collapse of a takeover deal, the English Football League has confirmed. 

Earlier in the day on Tuesday, C&N Sporting Risk pulled out of a deal to take over the cash-strapped League One side, which led to a 5pm deadline passing without new ownership. 

With current owner Steve Dale unable to secure a buyer, the EFL announced that the "EFL Board has unanimously determined with enormous regret that Bury’s membership be withdrawn."

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Inter and Man Utd reach deal for Sanchez

2019-08-27T22:50:02Z

The loan will not feature an option to buy

Inter and Manchester United have agreed on a loan deal for Alexis Sanchez, reports Sky Sports.

Man Utd will pay €5 million of the Chile forward's salary as part of the deal, although Inter will not have an option to buy at the end of the loan.

Sanchez is expected to arrive in Italy on Wednesday for a medical.

Milan remain in pursuit of Correa

2019-08-27T22:47:16Z

Milan remain in pursuit of Atletico Madrid's Angel Correa although Everton Soares also remains an option for the Italian club.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Correa wants to move to Milan but an agreement has not yet been reached by the two clubs.

If that deal falls through, Milan will try to sign Brazilian international Everton from Gremio. 

Inter expecting to offload Gabigol to Flamengo

2019-08-27T22:31:38Z

Inter are looking to sell Gabriel Barbosa to Brazilian side Flamengo following the conclusion of the forward's loan, according to FCInter1908.

The striker is set to remain with Flamengo through December at least, although Inter is hoping to make that move a permanent one.

Gabigol's agent arrived on Tuesday for discussions regarding the forward's future. 

Almeria confirm Coric signing

2019-08-27T22:27:12Z

Roma's Ante Coric has completed his move to Spanish second-division side Almeria, the club announced.

The 21-year-old has arrived on an initial loan with an option to buy outright.

Coric made just three appearances for Roma last season.

PSG interested in Mandzukic

2019-08-27T22:24:44Z

Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing Mario Mandzukic, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Juventus striker is evaluating the offer after PSG took the first step to contact Juventus over the Croatian's availability.

Mandzukic is willing to be patient for the right offer to leave Juventus, whether that's before the end of the current window or in January.