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Hudson-Odoi steps up recovery with u23s strike

2019-09-21T22:00:39Z

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi stepped up his recovery from a long-term Achilles injury with a goal for the club's under-23s on Saturday.

The 18-year-old, linked with Bayern Munich over the summer, will be hoping to make his first-team return soon after signing a new contract at Stamford Bridge earlier this week.

Hudson-Odoi scored 56 minutes into Chelsea's 2-0 win over Southampton in Premier League 2 Division 1, before being substituted 20 minutes later.

Madrid consider Alonso as Zidane replacement

2019-09-21T21:30:00Z

Florentino Perez is considering former Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso as a possible replacement for Zinedine Zidane, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Zidane is under some pressure at the Bernabeu with Madrid starting the season in inconsistent form.

Alonso is currently the manager of Real Sociedad B in the Spanish second tier, while legendary Madrid forward Raul is also linked with the role.

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Arsenal made offer for defender Vanheusden

2019-09-21T21:00:30Z

Arsenal were keen on signing Standard Liege defender Zinho Vanheusden over the summer, according to Standard boss Michel Preud'homme.

The 20-year-old Belgian centre-back impressed on loan from Inter last season, making his loan deal permanent over the summer for a Belgian record fee.

“Last season he showed his qualities," Preud'homme told Het Laatste Niews. “That is why we have invested heavily in keeping him here.

“At a certain point Arsenal seriously knocked at the door, but we were able to convince Zinho to stay and we are happy about that.”

Solari favourite to take Miami job

2019-09-21T20:30:52Z

Former Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari is the favourite to become manager of David Beckham's new MLS side Inter Miami, report BeIN SPORTS.

The 40-year-old had a short-lived spell as Madrid manager last season after spending several years with the club's youth and reserve teams.

Manchester City's David Silva has this weekend been linked with a move to Miami at the end of this season.

Zidane not thinking about Eriksen and Van de Beek

2019-09-21T20:00:22Z

Zinedine Zidane refused to talk about whether Real Madrid would be going back for Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek after trying to sign them over the summer.

The Frenchman oversaw a huge rebuild of the squad over the summer but Madrid are yet to click into gear and were beaten 3-0 at PSG in the Champions League.

Read what he had to say here on Goal!

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Ex-Barca director Fernandez to join Valencia

2019-09-21T19:30:55Z

Former Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez looks set to join Valencia, according to El Desmarque.

Valencia have already waved goodbye to Pablo Longoria and are set for a shake up in the board.

The Spanish side are looking at candidates to replace Longoria and Fernandez, who spent three years as a director at Barca, is the top candidate.

Inter demand €20m for Gabigol

2019-09-21T19:00:42Z

Inter have told Flamengo they will have to pay around €20 million to sign Gabriel Barbosa on a permanent deal.

The striker has excelled with the Brazilian side since joining on loan from Inter, but his spell there will come to an end in December.

Flamengo have made clear they want to buy him outright and Inter want to offload him instead of sending him on loan again.

But Calciomercato says the 23-year-old's awesome record of 21 goals in 24 games for Flamengo has prompted Inter to lift the asking price.

Flamengo are not far from meeting Inter's demands, as they are said to be offering €18m, but the extra €2m may be a tall order for the club.

Real Madrid tracking Rennes star Camavinga

2019-09-21T18:30:59Z

The Spanish giants have sent scouts to watch teenager in action

Real Madrid have started scouting Rennes youngster Eduardo Camavinga, Marca reports.

The 16-year-old's stock is rising since he was given a regular spot in the Rennes first-team this season and excelled in their clash with Paris Saint-Germain.

All the top teams are expected to be after him and many have been linked already. Madrid are already monitoring him closely, though, and have watched him several times this season.

Rangers beat Man Utd to Czech teenager

2019-09-21T18:00:57Z

Rangers have signed 16-year-old Krystof Hampl from Czech side FK Pardubice, Efotbal reports.

The midfielder had trials at Manchester United, Sporting Braga and Benfica as well as spending time at the Glasgow side.

The youngster believes that he will have more opportunities in Scotland than anywhere else and has agreed to a two-year deal with the club.

Larsson being interviewed for Southend job

2019-09-21T17:30:19Z

Celtic and Barcelona legend Henrik Larsson is being interviewed for the vacant managerial post at League One side Southend United, according to the Southend Echo.

Larsson was present for Southend's game at MK Dons on Saturday, despite initially being ruled out of contention for the job.

The 48-year-old has managed a number of teams in his native Sweden, most recently at Helsingborg.

'United have to buy for the future'

2019-09-21T17:00:09Z

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United must have the next few years in mind if they look to buy in the January transfer window, according to Paul Merson.

The pundit believes United have spent too much money on older players in recent years - with Alexis Sanchez's nightmare at Old Trafford being the most obvious example.

“Look at the stars who have done well this season," he told the Daily Star. "Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Daniel James are all good players and all the right age.

“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must build a team for two or three years down the line. If they’re spending in the next window, they need to go young again."

Bernardo Silva eyeing Benfica return

2019-09-21T16:30:25Z

Manchester City winger Bernardo Silva says he would like to return to former club Benfica at some point in his career.

The 25-year-old was one of Pep Guardiola's main men last season as City won the quadruple and, while he has no desire to cut his time in Manchester short just yet, Silva would return to his boyhood club with a point to prove after only making one first-team league appearance.

Read everything he had to say here on Goal!

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Villa to rival Leeds for Coventry youngster

2019-09-21T16:00:00Z

Aston Villa have joined Leeds in the race to sign 19-year-old left-back Sam McCallum from League One side Coventry, according to Football Insider.

After making a handful of appearances around the middle of last season, McCallum has now established himself in the Coventry first team and his good performances have attracted attention from higher up the EFL and beyond.

It is reported Villa will keep a close eye on his progress over the coming months.

Liverpool target PSV star Malen

2019-09-21T15:30:01Z

Ex-Ajax and Arsenal youth star impresses Reds scouts

Liverpool are monitoring the progress of PSV striker Donyell Malen amid his incredible start to the season.

The 20-year-old has already scored six Eredivisie goals this season - five of which came in their 5-0 win over Vitesse last week - and he even scored on his Netherlands debut as they beat Germany 4-2.

The former Ajax and Arsenal youth player has caught the attention of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, according to The Mirror, who will be keeping tabs on his progress.

Mourinho rumours don't bother me, says Zidane

2019-09-21T15:04:08Z

Zinedine Zidane may be facing increasing pressure at Real Madrid, but the coach insists he is not worried about his future,

There is growing talk among the Spanish press that the Madrid board are considering getting rid of the Frenchman and bringing Jose Mourinho back to take over.

Madrid have had a difficult start to the new season and were outclassed by Paris Saint-Germain in midweek, but Zidane says he is not worried about the prospect of being replaced by Mourinho.

"It doesn't bother me to hear about Mourinho; it is what it is," Zidane told reporters on Saturday. "Here, you lose one game and you have to change everything."

Man Utd eye West Ham teen Baptiste

2019-09-21T14:34:59Z

Manchester United are keeping an eye on highly-rated West Ham defender Jamal Baptiste, Football Insider says.

The 15-year-old centre-back is said to have attracted interest from several Premier League sides after rocketing through the West Ham youth system.

He has already played for the club's Under 23s and is seen as one of the best in the country of his age group.

Rodgers: I wouldn't swap Vardy for Kane

2019-09-21T14:03:54Z

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers says he would not swap star striker Jamie Vardy for Tottenham's Harry Kane.

Englad captain Kane is seen as his country's best centre-forward, but 32-year-old Vardy has established himself as a top finisher in the Premier League.

And Rodgers says he would not give up his current star for Kane, insisting he is "right up there with the elite strikers in the world".

Read the full story on Goal!

Anichebe in talks with Kilmarnock

2019-09-21T13:37:41Z

Former Everton striker Victor Anichebe could be set for a move to Scotland, according to the Daily Record.

Kilmarnock have taken an interest in the 31-year-old who has been without a club since January 2018, when he was released by second-tier Chinese side Beijing Sport University.

Killie are already in talks with the Nigeria international, but they face competition from lower league teams in England.

Juve want Meunier on a free

2019-09-21T13:10:41Z

Juventus are hoping to sign Paris Saint-Germain defender Thomas Meunier on a free transfer when his contract expires next summer, according to Calciomercato.

The Belgian could become the second PSG star to move to Juve without a fee in just 12 months, following Adrien Rabiot’s transfer to the French capital last summer.

Pogba to discuss new Man Utd deal

2019-09-21T12:40:55Z

Manchester United are hoping to sit down with Paul Pogba and his agent Mino Raiola in the coming weeks to discuss the possibility of a new contract.

The Red Devils have tied down David De Gea and Victor Lindelof to long-term deals this week and will now turn their attentions to Pogba.

The Frenchman was very outspoken in the summer about his desire to leave Old Trafford, but ESPN claim the 26-year-old has not ruled signing a deal at United

Graham to remain at Blackburn

2019-09-21T11:40:33Z

Blackburn Rovers striker Danny Graham will not be leaving the club to join Australian side West Sydney Wanderers

The Lancashire Telegraph claim that Graham had been the subject of interest from the A-League outfit, but they have instead opted to bring in free signing Alexander Meier.

Correa to be given new Lazio deal

2019-09-21T11:10:04Z

Lazio are planning to offer forward Joaquin Correa a new contract, according to Corriere dello Sport.

The extension would see a €70 million (£62m) buy-out clause inserted in the deal, which would make the Argentine one of the club’s highest-paid stars.

Scholes: Man United need a striker

2019-09-21T10:40:20Z

Paul Scholes has said Manchester United should look to sign a striker soon, given their lack of rescuers in attacking areas.

“I think Ole will be looking. I’d be more worried about the centre-forward position, I know we spoke about Mason Greenwood coming through,” Scholes told BBC 5Live.

“We have Marcus [Rashford] and [Anthony] Martial, but are they centre-forwards or are they wingers? We’re not quite sure.

“I always think United, going back to when they were challenging for titles, they had four brilliant centre-forwards and I think that’s something that’s missing at this minute in time.”

Juventus considering new Higuian deal

2019-09-21T10:00:17Z

Gonzalo Higuian could be offered a new contract by Juventus after a positive start to the season.

The Argentinian’s future seemed destined to be away from Turin after he was loaned to AC Milan and Chelsea last season, but the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as head coach has breathed new life into his Juve career.

As a result, Calciomercato claim the striker could be offered a new deal which would keep him at the club until 2021.

Smith reveals previous Arsenal interest in Engles

2019-09-21T09:30:41Z

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has said Arsenal were interested in signing defender Bjorn Engles a few years ago, when playing for Olympiakos.

Smith, who was Brentford boss at the time, admitted he has monitored the centre-back for a number of seasons and was asked if he was aware that Arsenal were once rumoured to be keen on Engles.

“I was,” said Smith. “It wasn't only Arsenal as well, there were a few other teams who were interested.

"He'd been on my radar for a long time. He was at Olympiakos at the time but they had a deal going with Reims so it was tough to get involved in that. I was happy to bring him here, he's come in and done really well.”

Gerrard keen to offload Grezda

2019-09-21T08:30:48Z

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has it made it clear Eros Grezda will not play again for the club, after he was accused of spitting at Ballymena United player Andrew Burns during a U21 game.

“Grezda has been told face-to-face what his situation is,” Gerrard said, as per the Express.

“He has been advised to find a different challenge for himself and his representation is aware of that.

“We’re trying to be respectful and give him game time to keep his fitness levels up as there are still a few windows open around the world that may suit him. However, if you behave in that manner you won’t represent this club at any level.”

Levy: Stadium cost won't affect finances

2019-09-21T08:00:02Z

Daniel Levy has said the building of Tottenham’s stadium will not affect their transfer spending in the coming years.

Spurs borrowed £637million in loans to construct the new ground, but the club confirmed this week that they have converted most of the debt into bonds through US investors to stagger payments, meaning it should not have an immediate affect on Tottenham’s ability to spend money on new signings.

“The refinancing will have no ­bearing on how we run the club… and no bearing on those types of short-term movements [like transfers],” Levy told the Financial Times.

Pellegrini knows Rice valuation could increase

2019-09-21T07:30:34Z

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted he knows Declan Rice’s value could increase this season, with Manchester United supposedly interested in signing the youngster this summer.

“His value will depends on what happens this season but his mind is not thinking about that,” Pellegrini said.

“At the beginning of last season he has a low contract, because he was coming as a young player and he continued working and he didn't make any trouble with that contract.

“After that he improved and now he's not thinking about money,” he added.

Barca plan to sell Umtiti and Rakatic

2019-09-21T07:30:22Z

The MailOnline claim Barcelona plan to sell Samuel Umtiti and Ivan Rakatic this summer to generate extra revenue.

The Spanish champions are aiming to become the first side to break the £1 billion mark for income and see the sale of players as a surefire to achieve their aim.

Umtiti and Rakatic could earn Barca as much as £110 million ($137m/€125m) should they be sold in the summer, something the Catalans were willing to allow this year.

Pep backs Arteta to succeed him at City

2019-09-21T07:00:12Z

Pep Guardiola has said he thinks assistant manager Mikel Arteta will one day replace him as Manchester City manager.

"I'm pretty sure [he'll succeed me]. He will have success," Guardiola said of Arteta.

"Sooner or later it's going to happen. He's a young, young manager. He has experience already, handling big players and big teams.

"He's already an incredible, incredible manager. He will have incredible success in the future.”

Read the full story at Goal.

Liverpool to pay £10m for Elliott

2019-09-21T06:30:09Z

Fulham are confident Liverpool will be forced to pay £10 million ($12m) for youngster Harvey Elliott.

The 16-year-old joined the Reds in the summer on youth terms, with Elliott not able to sign a professional contract until he turns 17 in April.

However, as reported by Football Insider, Fulham believe they will receive a record compensation package and have assembling a dossier to convince a tribunal why they should be awarded such a hefty fee, for a player considered to be star of the future.

Former Man Utd midfielder Anderson retires at 31

2019-09-21T04:55:05Z

Former Manchester United midfielder Anderson has retired from football at age 31. 

The Brazilian was playing in Turkey for second-tier side Adana Demirspor, but the club's chairman Murat Sancak has said that Anderson has decided to hang up his boots.

Anderson joined Man Utd in 2007 from Porto for a reported fee of €30 million and went on to win four Premier League titles. 

Liverpool paid £1m settlement to Man City for hacking

2019-09-21T04:12:23Z

The Times reports that Liverpool paid Manchester City a £1 million settlement in 2013 after City complained that their scouting system had been hacked. 

In September 2013, Liverpool paid the confidential settlement after hacking experts hired by City detected foul play in their system.

The settlement came a year after three ex-City scouts moved to Liverpool.

Ex-Milan midfielder Mauri joining Talleres de Cordoba

2019-09-21T03:34:58Z

Former AC Milan midfielder Jose Mauri is set to join Argentine side Talleres de Cordoba, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

The 23-year-old played sparingly with Milan after joining on a free transfer from Parma in 2015. 

Mauri is making the move to Argentina in part due to family reasons, as his fiancee lives in Cordoba. 

Olsson announces retirement

2019-09-21T02:50:12Z

Former West Brom defender Jonas Olsson has announced his retirement from football.

The 36-year-old spent nearly nine seasons with the Baggies, making 261 appearances across the Premier League and the Championship.

The defender ended last season on a short-term contract with Wigan in the Championship.

Pochettino: Transfer uncertainty unsettled Spurs

2019-09-21T02:03:38Z

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes that his side were unsettled by early-season transfer uncertainty.

Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld were linked with moves away from north London but neither ended up leaving the club, as Spurs suffered some poor results in the early season including a home loss to Newcastle.

Read the full story on Goal

Wenger will take FIFA job, still wants to manage

2019-09-21T01:20:15Z

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will join FIFA in a technical role in the coming weeks, reports ESPN FC. 

The 70-year-old's role has not yet been fully defined, but he's expected to be in a position of some importance.

However, Wenger is still eager to return to coaching, having not managed a team since leaving Arsenal in 2018.

Juventus opted against spending big on Felix

2019-09-21T00:35:05Z

The Bianconeri believed that defence needed to be the priority this summer

Juventus decided against spending big on Joao Felix this summer, instead prioritising the signing of Matthijs de Ligt, reports Calciomercato

Benfica president Luis Felipe Vieira and Felix's agent Jorge Mendes met with Juve in February, but the Bianconeri were unwilling to pay what it took to land the teenage star.

Felix would end up joining Atletico Madrid in a transfer worth €120 million (£106m/$132m).

Wenger convinced Martinez to stay at Arsenal

2019-09-20T23:45:15Z

Emiliano Martinez has revealed how former manager Arsene Wenger convinced him to remain at Arsenal this season, according to the club's official website.

The goalkeeper spent the second half of last season on loan with Championship side Reading and impressed at the Madjeski Stadium.

He considered leaving Arsenal in the summer in search of regular, first-team football, but has revealed that Wenger's insistence that he could become the Gunners' first-choice goalkeeper convinced him to stay and compete with Bernd Leno following Petr Cech's retirement and David Ospina's sale to Napoli.

Barca interested in Man Utd starlet Gomes

2019-09-20T22:55:14Z

The teenager has just one year left on his contract and has attracted interest from the Catalan giants.

Barcelona have shown interest in Manchester United starlet Angel Gomes, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The 19-year-old is in contract talks with the Red Devils, but no breakthrough has been reached with the teenager in the final year of his current deal.

Team-mate Tahith Chong is also in the last year of his contract, and United are keen not to let two of their brightest prospects slip away.

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Dorrans signs for Dundee

2019-09-20T22:40:00Z

Graham Dorrans has joined Dundee, the club have announced.

The free agent, 32, left Rangers when his contract expired last season and has now joined the Scottish Championship side.

The central midfielder has penned a deal until the end of the campaign as Dundee look to return to the top flight.

Villa to spend £20m on new striker in January

2019-09-20T22:35:19Z

Aston Villa have reportedly set a £20 million (€23m/$25m) budget to spend on a new striker in the January transfer window, according to Football Insider.

Villa splashed out on 13 new recruits in the off-season, but only added one centre-forward in the form of Wesley Moraes.

With Jonathan Kodja sidelined with injury and Tammy Abraham returning to Chelsea from his loan spell, Villa feel the need to reinforce the position.

Pedersen claims Leeds and Derby wanted him

2019-09-20T22:30:12Z

Kristian Pedersen has revealed that Leeds United and Derby County were interested in signing him in the summer, according to BluesTV.

The left-back signed for Birmingham City instead of their Championship rivals, leaving Union Berlin.

He scored on the opening day of the season against Brentford and has played every minute of league football for the Blues so far this term.

Puscas linked with shock Fenerbahce move

2019-09-20T22:25:32Z

George Puscas has been linked with a shock move away from Reading, according to Ajansspor.

Despite the forward having just joined this summer, his fine start to life in the Championship has attracted interest from Turkish outfit Fenerbahce.

The Super Lig side recently scouted him when he faced Spain whilst on international duty with Romania.