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United to pursue new Pogba deal

2019-09-18T22:00:00Z

Manchester United will try to tie Paul Pogba down to a new contract amid fears he will restart his crusade to join Real Madrid next year, as reported by the Mail 

The Frenchman is Zinedine Zidane’s number one target at Santiago Bernabeu, with Los Blancos set to launch a formal bid for his services next summer.

Inter eyeing Jovic

2019-09-18T21:30:00Z

Inter Milan will try and sign Real Madrid forward Luka Jovic on loan in January, as reported by Sports Mole

The 21-year-old scored 36 times in 75 appearances for Eintracht Frankfurt before completing a switch to Real in the early stages of June - signing a long-term deal in Madrid.

Jovic has featured in each of Madrid's four La Liga matches at the start of the 2019-20 campaign.

Inter eye Giroud as Lukaku backup

2019-09-18T21:00:43Z

Inter are considering a January move for Chelsea striker Oilvier Giroud, reports calciomercato.it. 

The Serie A side are looking for a forward to back up Romelu Lukaku, and the Frenchman could be an ideal fit after Tammy Abraham's form has kept him out of the lineup at Chelsea.

Kevin Lasagna of Udinese and Andrea Petagna of SPAL are also options for Inter. 

Zidane blocked moves for Eriksen and Van de Beek

2019-09-18T20:30:05Z

The Frenchman was entirely focused on landing Paul Pogba instead

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane blocked summer moves for Tottenham's Christian Eriksen and Ajax's Donny van de Beek, reports the BBC.

Madrid had agreed terms with both players but Zidane rejected the moves, instead focusing his attention on an unsuccessful bid to sign Paul Pogba. 

Zidane's relationship with president Florentino Perez is thought to be strained, with the Frenchman's job under threat as a result. 

Killie offer new Thomas deal

2019-09-18T20:00:00Z

Kilmarnock have offered a 12-month contract extension to striker Dom Thomas, whose deal runs out next summer, as reported by the Express.

The 23-year-old has spent time on loan at Dumbarton but Killie are keen to keep him on at the Scottish Premiership side.

'Bayern more of a family than Liverpool' - Coutinho

2019-09-18T19:30:00Z

Philippe Coutinho says Bayern Munich - where he is on loan from Barcelona - are "more of a family" than Barca and his former club Liverpool, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.  

The 27-year-old left Anfield for Camp Nou in 2018 but the transfer faield to work out ahead of his switch to Bayern.

"Bayern are more of a family than my old clubs," said the Brazilian.

"I know there's the atmosphere of Liverpool, but it's even more of a family here."

Marx Lenin leaves red (and black) army

2019-09-18T19:15:00Z

Flamengo's uniquely named attacking midfielder Marx Lenin has left the club on loan to join recently promoted Avai.

The 19-year-old will stay at the club until the end of the 2020 season.

Flamengo are generally thought of as Brazil's biggest club but with his contract up next year, Lenin will presumably be hoping to impress in the more proletarian surroundings of Avai to earn himself a new deal or a move elsewhere.

Celtic tracking Blades teenager Parkhouse

2019-09-18T18:45:50Z

Scottish champions Celtic are interested in Sheffield United's 19-year-old forward David Parkhouse, claim FootballInsider.

The Northern Ireland under-21 international has reportedly caught Celtic's eye while on loan at Derry City, where he has scored 18 goals in 32 appearances.

Parkhouse's deal at Bramall Lane is up at the end of the season, and with Celtic classed as a foreign club to United, they could enter negotiations over a pre-contract deal in January.

Kokorin returns to Zenit after prison

2019-09-18T18:30:38Z

Zenit St Petersburg have re-signed former striker Aleksandr Kokorin after his early release from prison, handing the 28-year-old a one-year contract.

Kokorin and fellow Russian international Pavel Mamayev were imprisoned in May this year for hooliganism after attacking a trade ministry official and beating up a driver in October 2018.

Both players were granted an early release on Tuesday after a successful appeal. 

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Eto'o backs Xavi for Barcelona job

2019-09-18T18:00:39Z

Ernesto Valverde has found himself under some pressure after Barcelona's underwhelming start to the season, and former Barca forward Samuel Eto'o thinks Xavi could be the man for the job.

Xavi has long been tipped for a coaching career and, currently in his first managerial role in Qatar, would surely relish the chance to manage the club where he made his name.

Read everything Eto'o had to say here on Goal!

Chelsea in talks with youngsters

2019-09-18T17:30:00Z

Chelsea have started talks with Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori to extend their contracts until June 2024, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The players have accepted the offer to renew their deals and they will now enter negotiations over wages. 

Holtby nears Blackburn move

2019-09-18T17:00:00Z

Former Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby is close to signing with Blackburn Rovers of the Championship after turning down a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League, as reported by Sport Bild.  

Holtby spent just under two years at White Hart Lane after signing from FC Schalke in 2013, however, his time at Spurs went poorly. 

He played just 42 times for Spurs, scoring three goals.

Norwich's Webber signs extension

2019-09-18T16:30:00Z

Norwich City's sporting director Stuart Webber has agreed a new three-year contract, as reported by the Telegraph. 

Webber was one of the crucial factors in the Canaries' promotion last season and is committing his long-term future to the club. 

He played a significant role in the appointment of manager Daniel Farke in May 2017 and now manages the club's recruitment and development policy.

Hearts after Motherwell boss Robinson

2019-09-18T16:00:00Z

Hearts will make a move for Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson if the Tynecastle club sack under-fire boss Craig Levein as expected, as reported by the Sun. 

The management had concerns about Levein’s position even before fans stormed Tynecastle after last weekend’s defeat against Motherwell.

That has seen them put together a contingency plan in case things don’t improve, and Robinson is believed to be on Hearts’ radar.

Man Utd tie Lindelof to new five-year deal

2019-09-18T15:30:00Z

Victor Lindelof has signed a new five-year contract at Manchester United, the Premier League club have confirmed.

The 25-year-old Swedish international has committed his future with a deal running until the summer of 2024, with the option of a further year's extension.

He has made 74 appearances for United since joining from Benfica in 2017, and has particularly impressed since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's appointment at Old Trafford last season.

Read the full story on Goal.

Krikorian not interested in USWNT job

2019-09-18T14:40:03Z

Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian says he is not interested in the vacant U.S. women's national team head coaching job.

Krikorian was one of four potential candidates for the position selected by new general manager Kate Markgraf.

However, the coach told the Tallahassee Democrat, "They approached me multiple times and every time I told them that I'm not interested."

Did Madrid sell the wrong man? Navas harshly treated amidst Courtois crisis

2019-09-18T14:10:27Z

After five years in Madrid, Keylor Navas was sold to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, but did Real Madrid sell the right man?

Thibaut Courtois has struggled for the club this season, and now he'll go head-to-head with his former team-mate in Wednesday's Champions Laegue clash.

Read a full breakdown of the situation on Goal!

Partick Thistle sack manager Caldwell

2019-09-18T13:43:06Z

Partick Thistle have sacked manager Gary Caldwell, the club confirmed in a statement.

The manager, who had previously taken charge at Chesterfield and Wigan, took over at the club in October 2018, avoiding relegation in his first and only season.

The club currently sits second from bottom in the table. 

Neymar did everything in his power to leave PSG - Tuchel

2019-09-18T13:00:04Z

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel has said that Neymar did ‘everything in his power’ to leave the club in the summer.

However, no deal could be struck with Barcelona or Real Madrid and the Brazilian has been forced to remain in France for another season.

Tuchel says that, while he understands fans’ anger towards the player, Neymar has remained a model professional and insists that he will continue to give everything for the club’s cause this season.

Read the full story right here on Goal!

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Wembley to host 2023 Champions League final

2019-09-18T12:30:26Z

Wembley is set to be announced as the venue that will host the 2023 Champions League final, according to Sky Sports.

Zeni St Petersburg's Krestovsky Stadium and Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena are also going to be announced as the venues for the 2021 and 2022 finals, respectively.

Additionally, the name of a third European club competition will be revealed, set to begin in 2021.

Villa wanted Mignolet

2019-09-18T12:00:44Z

Simon Mignolet has revealed that Aston Villa tried to sign him this summer, according to Het Nieuwsblad.

The Belgian goalkeeper eventually left Liverpool to return to his homeland with Club Brugge, while Villa ended up signing Tom Heaton from Burnley instead.

Mignolet has suggested that Liverpool's valuation of him was considered too high by Premier League suitors including Crystal Palace and Bournemouth, and also explained that he rejected Porto and Benfica in order to remain in the national team picture.mignol

Sancho does not know where his future lies

2019-09-18T11:30:54Z

Jadon Sancho has admitted that he does not know where his future lies, according to the Independent.

The teenage winger had been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United, but Borussia Dortmund confirmed that they rejected the advance for their starlet.

However, Sancho has been coy over what his future holds, with a return to England still a possibility in the transfer windows to come.

Flynn rejects Lincoln to stay with Newport

2019-09-18T11:00:08Z

Michael Flynn has rejected the advances of Lincoln City to remain Newport County boss, according to Sky Sports.

Lincoln are in need of a new head coach after losing the Cowley brothers to Huddersfield Town.

However, despite the club allowing Flynn to negotiate with the League One outfit, the former Newport player has opted to stay at the club he has been managing since 2017.

Man Utd to go for Wilson in January

2019-09-18T10:30:25Z

Manchester United are reportedly plotting a January swoop for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, according to The Sun.

With 17-year-old Mason Greenwood the only available back-up to Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to add more firepower to the side.

Wilson has scored three goals in his five Premier League appearances so far this season, also adding an assist.

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Ronaldo admits to almost joining Arsenal

2019-09-18T10:00:00Z

Cristiano Ronaldo has said that he came very close to joining Arsenal before eventually signing for Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United.

"Very close. One step. Seriously," the Juventus star told ITV.

Read the full story on Goal.

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Big payrise for Havertz

2019-09-18T09:30:00Z

Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz had his annual salary more than doubled during the summer, SportBild reports.

The 20-year-old Germany international is widely regarded as one of Europe's top emerging talents and has drawn admiring glances from Bayern Munich, PSG, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Havertz will remain with Bayer for at least one more season despite that interest, with the Bundesliga side upping his yearly take-home from €2 million (£1.8m/$2.2m) to €5m (£4.5m/$6m).

'AC Milan wanted to sign Lozano'

2019-09-18T09:00:00Z

AC Milan technical director Paolo Maldini has revealed that the Rossoneri tried to sign Hirving Lozano from PSV during the summer but failed in their attempts and saw the winger sign for Serie A rivals Napoli.

“We looked at it and decided to buy him,” Maldini told TUDN. “We talked to his agent [Mino Raiola] but in the end there was a problem concerning where he would play on the pitch.

“Last year we played in a 4-3-3, which would have been perfect for him, but now we play in a different way.

“He was an option for us but he made the decision to go to another big club like Napoli. Also, the fact that [Carlo] Ancelotti - who is a master - is there will help him play in his best and most natural position.”

Celtic star addresses Napoli links

2019-09-18T08:29:40Z

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard claims he knew nothing of interest from Napoli in the wake of reports linking the Frenchman with a move.

The 21-year-old is showing great promise in Glasgow, netting 22 goals and bagging eight assists across all competitions for the Bhoys last season.

As a result, the young talent's name had been in the headlines across the summer transfer window.

“I actually didn't know about this,” Edouard said of the links to Napoli. “And it doesn't really matter. At the moment I'm a Celtic player.

“I've got a season to play, I've got a long contract, I'm really happy with the way I'm playing, the set-up here and I'm really happy to play with my friends for the team.

"The main thing at the moment is I'm a Celtic player and I'm happy to be a Celtic player. I've still got a lot to prove.”

Hearts and Hibs eye Robinson

2019-09-18T08:00:47Z

Hearts and Hibernian are considering appointing Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson if their incumbent head coaches are sacked, according to The Scottish Sun.

Craig Levein's Hearts lie bottom of the league table following their 3-2 defeat against Motherwell, and the club's hierarchy are considering appointing a new manager.

Paul Heckingbottom is also under pressure at rivals Hibs, and they too have been monitoring Robinson as a potential replacement.

Van Dijk dismisses talk of new Liverpool deal

2019-09-18T07:30:26Z

Virgil van Dijk has dismissed talk of a new deal at Liverpool, according to Sky Sports.

The Dutch defender has rubbished reports that emerged earlier this month suggesting he was looking for a new contract and a pay rise.

Van Dijk has enjoyed a great deal of success since joining Liverpool in January last year, helping his side to Champions League glory and is in contention for this year's Ballon d'Or.

Serie A giants face Dortmund competition for Matic

2019-09-18T07:00:12Z

Juventus, Inter and AC Milan have all expressed an interest in signing Manchester United's Nemanja Matic, but they will face competition from Borussia Dortmund, according to Calciomercato.

The 31-year-old defensive midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and will be available on a free transfer.

One of the Milan clubs appears to be the Serbian's preferred destination, but his wage demands may prohibit him from signing for the Rossoneri, although former coach Antonio Conte would be happy to have him at Inter.matic

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Fati set for new five-year deal

2019-09-18T06:30:14Z

Barcelona wonderkid Ansu Fati is set to be offered a new five-year contract at the club, according to the Daily Mail.

The 16-year-old winger has managed two goals and an assist from just three La Liga appearances so far this season.

Barca are keen to tie down their young star's long-term future and want to include a €100m (£88.6m/$110.6m) release clause in the deal.

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Petke files lawsuit against RSL for breach of contract

2019-09-18T04:24:05Z

Former Real Salt Lake manager Mike Petke has filed a lawsuit against the club for breach of contract. 

Petke is reportedly looking for "nearly $700,000" in contract money he believes is still owed by the club. 

RSL responded to the lawsuit, saying: “Real Salt Lake (“RSL”) is aware of the lawsuit filed by former head coach Mike Petke. As previously reported by RSL, Mr. Petke’s employment was terminated for cause based upon statements and actions that are unbecoming of RSL representatives, especially our head coach. The organization stands firmly behind that difficult decision.”

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Hollingshead signs new deal with FC Dallas

2019-09-18T03:21:31Z

Ryan Hollingshead has signed a new contract with FC Dallas that will see him stay at the club through 2021. 

The versatile 28-year-old has become a key member of the Dallas squad and the club have handed him fresh terms ahead of the close of the 2019 season. 

Madrid, Barca and Liverpool all chasing Ruiz

2019-09-18T02:30:44Z

Napoli's Fabian Ruiz has caught the eye of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool, according to the Daily Mail

The 23-year-old is a key part of Carlo Ancelotti's team and all three of the European powers have their eyes on him for the future. 

Mexico reaching out to Ledezma

2019-09-18T01:31:48Z

Mexico is reaching out to Richard Ledezma, a USMNT prospect who plays for PSV

Marca claims that the FMF has already been in contact with the 19-year-old as the battle for dual-nationals continues for the USA and El Tri. 

Melbourne Victory set to sign Albanian international

2019-09-18T00:38:42Z

Former Torino midfielder Migjen Basha is close to joining Australian A-League side Melbourne Victory, according to Sport 24 journalist Vasilis Tempelis.

The 32-year-old defensive midfielder has negotiated a release from his contract with Greek side Aris Thessaloniki and is set to move Down Under.

Basha has 29 caps for Albania and played for his nation at the 2016 European Championships.

Northern Ireland under-21 international heads Down Under

2019-09-18T00:26:20Z

Australian A-League side Newcastle Jets has signed Hearts left back Bobby Burns on a season-long loan deal.

The 19-year-old, who is a Northern Ireland under-21 international, recently was an unused substitute for the senior squad's match against Luxembourg.

Read the full story on Goal!

Southend want Celtic legend Larsson as manager

2019-09-17T22:59:59Z

League One side Southend United are targeting former Celtic, Barcelona and Manchester United forward Henrik Larsson as manager, according to the Daily Mail.

Southend are currently second bottom in the third tier with just one point from eight games - bottom club Bolton, docked points earlier in the season, actually have a better record in the league.

The now-47-year-old Larsson was most recently manager of Swedish side Helsingborg, quitting the post in August after complaining of abuse on social media.

Bonucci: De Ligt is Juve's future

2019-09-17T22:45:00Z

Leonardo Bonucci says summer signing Matthijs de Ligt is the future of Juventus.

The pair started together in Juve's 0-0 draw with Fiorentina at the weekend, keeping a clean sheet in a game where the Serie A champions were generally second best.

"With time we will improve: he is young and has time to adapt and become one of the best defenders in the world," Bonucci said in a press conference. "With [Merih] Demiral and [Daniele] Rugani, De Ligt can be the future of Juventus."

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Castrovilli closing on new Fiorentina contract

2019-09-17T22:30:00Z

Fiorentina are close to agreeing terms on a contract renewal for 22-year-old midfielder Gaetano Castrovilli.

Joe Barone, one of the club's leading figures behind the scenes, told Violanews.com that a deal was on the cards.

The former Italy under-21 international has started all three of La Viola's Serie A games so far this season.

Dortmund not interested in Man Utd's Sancho enquiry

2019-09-17T22:15:00Z

BVB rebuffed United's advances

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has confirmed that Manchester United tried to sign Jadon Sancho over the summer transfer window.

Speaking to Viasport, Zorc said that the Bundesliga club had no interest in entering negotiations over the English starlet.

"We didn't talk to them," Zorc said of United. "They were asking us for a meeting. Sancho is not for sale."

Sancho was key for Dortmund once again in their Champions League clash with Barcelona on Tuesday night, winning a potentially match-winning penalty which was missed by Marco Reus.

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Ivory Coast international Kanon joins Pyramids

2019-09-17T22:00:00Z

Egyptian side Pyramids FC have signed Ivory Coast international defender Wilfried Kanon, after fighting off interest from a number of European clubs. 

The 26-year-old, who has played 42 times for his country, joins from Eredivisie outfit ADO Den Haag.

Cairo-based Pyramids FC, founded in 2008, finished third in last season's Egyptian Premier League.