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Barcelona tried to re-sign Iniesta


Barcelona tried to convince Andres Iniesta to rejoin this January to help with their midfield struggles, according to the Daily Star.

The Catalan club trail arch rivals Real Madrid in La Liga and looked to strengthen in the middle of the park in January.

Iniesta, who won nine league crowns and four Champions Leagues while with Barca, is starring in Japan for Vissel Kobe who weren't willing to let him go.

Jorginho's agent doubles down on Juve talk


Chelsea midfielder Jorginho would certainly consider linking up with Maurizio Sarri again at Juventus, according to his agent.

The Italy international played for Sarri at Napoli and in west London before the coach took over in Turin last summer.

"Anything can happen inside the transfer market. Why not?," Joao Santos told Tutto Juve.

Allardyce expects Ancelotti to spend this summer


Carlo Ancelotti will be given cash by Everton to improve the club's fortunes according to another ex-Everton manager.

Sam Allardyce told BT Sport he thinks the Italian will be backed by the club's hierarchy and has a suspicion where that money will be spent.

"I think midfield he would want to strengthen, central defender as well,” the former Bolton Wanderers manager said.

Whitecaps sign Veselinovic


Serbian defender Ranko Veselinovic has joined the Vancouver Whitecaps on loan from FK Vojvodina, it has been confirmed.

The MLS side will have an option to buy the 20-year-old permanently once the year-long loan ends.

Man City & Dortmund scout Kumbulla


Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund sent scouts to watch Hellas Verona defender Marash Kumbulla on Saturday.

The 20-year-old was in action against Juventus as Verona pulled off a shock win against the Italian champions.

Barcelona eye Betis star Loren


Barcelona are monitoring Real Betis forward Loren as they hunt for a replacement for Luis Suarez, Sport reports.

The Catalan side are looking for a versatile attacker and coach Quique Setien's former charge fits their profile.

Barca will get a better look at Loren when they face Betis in the league on Sunday.

Di Biagio to take over at SPAL


SPAL will announce the sacking of Leonardo Semplici and appoint Luigi Di Biagio to replace him, according to

SPAL are bottom of Serie A and have lost eight of their last 10 matches in the Italian top-flight, forcing the board into making a managerial change.

Thiago Silva to appeal to PSG president for new contract


Thiago Silva will reach out to Paris Saint-Germain president Nassel Al-Khelaifi to secure a new contract with the club, Paris United reports.

The Brazilian centre-back's current deal expires at the end of the season but he wants to remain in the French capital. PSG have not opened negotiations with him and sporting director Leonardo could decide to let him go. 

The ex-AC Milan star's could then try to make use of his relationship with the president by urging him to weigh in on the matter.

Zamarano tells Sanchez to forget Man Utd


Former Inter forward Ivan Zamarano thinks fellow Chile international Alexis Sanchez to stay at San Siro rather than return to Manchester United when his loan expires at the end of the season.

Sanchez left Old Trafford after a difficult period following a move from Arsenal, but United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has tipped him to return and "prove everyone wrong".

Despite the Norwegian's confidence Zamarano thinks Sanchez should stay in Italy.

"I would like [him] to stay in Milan," he told Chilean radio, as reported by The Express.

Alexis Sanchez Inter

Bristol boss wanted to sign Birmingham new boy


Bristol City lost 3-2 to Birmingham City on Friday, denting their playoff hopes and the identity of one of the Birmingham scorers was particualrly galling.

Bristol manager Lee Johnson said after the game that he wanted to sign Aston Villa striker Scott Hogan, but the striker opted to remain in Birmingham, moving from Villa Park to St. Andrew's on loan until the end of the season in January.

He’s very sharp and off the shoulder, he was one that was considered by us as well but obviously went to Birmingham and good luck to the lad," Johnson said after the game, as reported by the Birmingham Mail.

Chelsea have four men in mind to replace Kepa


Kepa Arrizabalaga's Chelsea tenure looks set to come to an end after the world's most expensive goalkeeper was dropped and replaced by Willy Caballero.

Caballero is not a long-term option and The Express has identified four possible targets for Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge.

Ajax man Andre Onana is the club's first choice, but Nick Pope of Burnley, Crystal Palace's Vicente Guaita and Lille star Mike Maignan are all on their radar as well.

Aubameyang an option for Barca but they prefer Lautaro


Barcelona will replace Luis Suarez this summer and 90 Minutes confirm Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is an option to replace him.

The Catalan club would rather sign a younger man, 22-year-old Lautaro Martinez from Inter says the report.

Gabon international Aubameyang is 30, only three years younger than Suarez, but may be easier to snare as the Serie A side are reluctant to part with a star asset.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal Barcelona

Inter monitoring Longstaff contract


Inter are keeping an eye on the situation surrounding Newcastle teenager Matty Longstaff's contract, according to Chronicle Live.

Teams in Italy, Germany and Spain have been alerted to his availability, as he could be snapped up for a compensation fee of just £400,000.

Newcastle are still hopeful that the midfielder, the younger of the Longstaff brothers, will sign a new deal at his boyhood club.

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Kaka: Messi could play in Premier League


Brazil legend Kaka says Lionel Messi could play in the Premier League, but he would have to leave Barcelona on good terms.

Emmanuel Petit has made waves this week by suggesting Messi could struggle in England, as he is not a 'monster' like Cristiano Ronaldo.

"I think it's not going to be a problem for him to play in the Premier League, or [to play] at a top club at the top three leagues in the world would be good for him," Kaka told Sky Sports News.

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Wolves signing Matheson will go 'to the very top'


Wolves' January signing Luke Matheson will "end up at the very top" according to his former manager Keith Hill.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side won the race for the highly-rated 17-year-old, and his old coach believes they have an incredible talent on their hands.

"You have no questions as a manager when you work with Luke Matheson about where he’s going to end up," Hill told WolvesBite. "He’s going to end up at the very top."

Pirlo backs Tonali for big move


Andrea Pirlo thinks Sandro Tonali is ready for a move to a top club, with a host of sides thought to be battling for the 19-year-old's signature.

"He could already play for a great team," Pirlo told the Gazzetta dello Sport. "He is the best in this league.”

Read the full story here on Goal!

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Ki to announce new club on Monday


Ki Sung-Yeung is set to announce his new club on Monday, according to Naver.

The former South Korean international cancelled his contract at Newcastle at the end of January and looks set to return to his home country in the K League.

Seoul and Jeonbuk are favourites to land the 31-year-old, who was capped 110 times by his country before his international retirement last year.

Man Utd want £30m from Sheffield United for Henderson


Manchester United will demand a £30 million ($39m) fee from Sheffield United for Dean Henderson.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the Blades are eager to sign the 22-year-old goalkeeper permanently at the end of his season-long loan spell at Brammall Lane.

The Red Devils valuation is likely to be too high for Sheffield United, however, with Henderson set to return to Old Trafford this summer.

Mertens and Napoli still at odds over new contract


Napoli and Dries Mertens remain far apart in negotiations over a new contract - according to Calcio Mercato.

The Belgian wants to earn €15 million (£13m/$16m) including bonuses over the next two years, but the Italian club are only prepared to offer half that amount.

Mertens, who was a reported target for Chelsea and Manchester United in January, is due to become a free agent at the end of the season.

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Pochettino still in running for Man Utd job


Mauricio Pochettino is still in contention to become Manchester United's next manager - according to The Mirror.

The Argentine has his sights set on the top job at Old Trafford, and is willing to wait after leaving Tottenham in November.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will only be sacked if United fail to secure a top-six finish come May.

Liverpool favourites to sign Werner


Reds leading chase for German forward

Liverpool have emerged as the frontrunners in the race to sign Timo Werner from RB Leipzig - according to The Athletic.

Jurgen Klopp is determined to add an extra striker to his ranks this summer, with the prolific 23-year-old top of his list of targets.

Werner, who has also been targeted by Bayern Munich and Chelsea, has hit 20 goals in 20 Bundesliga matches for Leipzig this season.

Chelsea set sights on Ajax 'keeper Onana


Chelsea are interested in signing Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana, according to Don Balon.

The Blues see the 23-year-old as the ideal replacement for Kepa, who has struggled to live up to expectations since joining the club for a world record £72 million ($93m) fee in 2018. 

Onana still has two years left to run on his existing deal with Ajax, and Manchester City are also thought to monitoring his situation.

Cavani turned down Barca approach


Spanish champions failed to bring in cover for Suarez

Paris Saint Germain striker Edinson Cavani rejected a last-minute offer from Barcelona in the January transfer window - according to L'Equipe.

The Spanish champions were eager to bring in the Uruguayan as a replacement for the injured Luis Suarez, but he turned down a move to Camp Nou.

Cavani is thought to be holding out for a summer switch to Atletico Madrid.

Man Utd raise Smalling price tag to £20m


Roma will have to pay €20 million (£17m/$22m) to sign Chris Smalling from Manchester United on a permanent deal this summer - according to the Express.

The Red Devils have raised the English defender's price tag due to his impressive displays on loan at Stadio Olimpico, but the Italian club have only set aside €14 million (£12m/$15m) for the transfer.

Smalling has appeared in 23 matches across all competitions for Roma this season, scoring twice.

Chris Smalling Roma

Man City & Man Utd eyeing Kumbulla


According to Tuttosport, Manchester United and Manchester City have both identified Hellas Verona defender Marash Kumbulla as a transfer target.

Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt are also keeping a close eye on the 20-year-old, with a bidding war set to take place in the summer window.

Kumbulla has featured in 17 Serie A matches for Verona this season, scoring once.

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Everton eyeing ex-Liverpool ace Camacho


Everton are interested in signing Sporting midfielder Rafa Camacho - according to the Daily Star.

The 19-year-old rose through the youth ranks at Jose Alvalade Stadium, and returned to the club last summer after a three-year spell at Liverpool.

Everton could move for Camacho at the end of the season, but Manchester United are also thought to be monitoring his situation.

Celtic still chasing Cardiff winger Murphy


Cardiff winger Josh Murphy remains the subject of interest from Celtic - according to The Sun.

The Hoops tried to sign the 24-year-old in January, and plan to launch another bid for his services this summer.

Murphy, who is currently valued at around £11 million ($14m), has scored seven goals in 51 appearances for Cardiff.

Barcelona failed to re-sign Iniesta in January


Barcelona tried to re-sign Andres Iniesta from Vissel Kobe during the winter transfer window - according to SPORT.

The Spanish champions made contact with the Japenese club to discuss a possible loan deal, but they had no desire to offload the Spanish playmaker.

Iniesta, 35, plans to move into coaching when his current contract with Vissel expires next year.

Liverpool likely to sell Harry Wilson this summer


Liverpool are prepared to sanction Harry Wilson's departure in the summer transfer window - according to Football Insider.

The 22-year-old is currently on loan at Bournemouth, but Reds officials do not think he will be able to challenge for a place in Jurgen Klopp's starting XI next season.

Liverpool currently value Wilson at around £30 million ($39m) and will listen to offers for the midfielder come May.

PSG prepare to scout Rose at Newcastle


Paris Saint Germain are planning to send scouts to watch Danny Rose in action for Newcastle between now and May - according to The Sun.

The French champions fear they may lose Layvin Kurzawa this summer, and see Rose as a potential replacement.

Rose is due to return to Tottenham at the end of his six-month loan spell at Newcastle in June.

Premier League clubs line up to sign Coutinho


A number of Premier League clubs are interested in signing Philippe Coutinho this summer - according to the Express.

Liverpool could try to lure the Brazilian back to Anfield, with Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham also interested in the midfielder.

Coutinho is currently on loan at Bayern Munich, with Barcelona open to offloading him permanently at the end of the season.

Philippe Coutinho Bayern Munich 2019-20

Juventus confirm Dybala contract talks


Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed the Serie A giants had started contract talks with attacker Paulo Dybala.

Dybala, 26, is enjoying a good season for Juve despite being linked with a move away from Turin, scoring 11 goals in 29 games in all competitions.

The Argentina international is contracted until 2022, and Paratici said Juve had already started talks regarding a new deal for Dybala.

Read the full story here on Goal!

Chelsea circling for Wigan's Robinson


Wigan left-back Antonee Robinson has emerged as a possible summer transfer target for Chelsea, reports the Mirror. 

The defender was close to joining AC Milan last month but a deal fell through and now the Blues are circling. 

Along with Chelsea, Aston Villa and Newcastle are also reportedly keeping tabs on Robinson. 

Guardiola confident of making signings


Pep Guardiola insists that the uncertainty over his long-term future will not hamper his Manchester City overhaul in the summer.

City are set to have a busy transfer window as they look to reboot their Premier League credentials after falling way behind leaders Liverpool in their title defence.

At least one new centre half will be a priority after the club failed to replace Vincent Kompany last summer, but the form of John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi could see them move for two defenders.

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Everton set to swoop for 'next Wayne Rooney'


Wigan striker Joe Gelhardt is being lined up for a move to Everton, reports The Sun

The 17-year-old has been described as the next Wayne Rooney and the Toffees are keen to sign him before his stocks rise. 

Gelhardt has made 12 Championship appearances this season and has one goal to his name. 

Messi rules out Barca departure


The Catalan star is going nowhere

Manchester City have been told Lionel Messi has no plans to leave Barcelona this summer, according to the Express

Messi publicly criticised the Catalans' director of football Eric Abidal midweek, sparking speculation of a possible move to Pep Guardiola's side.

City have however been told the Argentina star is staying put and they are ready to shelve their interest in him. 

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Grealish gives go-ahead for Manchester United move


Jack Grealish is ready to join Manchester United - with the outline of a deal already approved by the Aston Villa playmaker - but formal transfer talks between the two clubs have not yet taken place.

The 24-year-old stayed out of the transfer picture in January - as boyhood heroes Villa seek to avoid relegation back to the Championship - but he is widely expected to move on at the end of the season.

He is understood to have begun house-hunting in anticipation of a transfer to the record English champions and a long-term contract at United would be worth far north of the reported £100,000-per-week deal he currently has at Villa Park.

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Jorginho open to Juventus move


Chelsea midfielder Jorginho could be open to a move to Juventus in the summer and team up with Maurizio Sarri again, according to the Sun.

Joao Santos, the agent of Chelsea midfielder Jorginho said: “Anything can happen inside the transfer market. 

“We would be ready to evaluate the different proposals that will come from Italy, France, England. Why should Juventus not be possible?

“It is the most important team in Italy, the one that has won the most in recent years. We would not say no to the Bianconeri.”

Man Utd up the asking price for Smalling


Roma are upset that Manchester United have increased their asking price for former England central defender Chris Smalling, as reported by the Express.

Smalling has been on loan in the Italian capital all season and has made a big impression with Roma wanting him to stay permanently.

But now that has been thrown into doubt after United upped the asking price for the central defender. 

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Moyes uncertain of Rice future


David Moyes has admitted that West Ham United may struggle to keep hold of Declan Rice in the summer, as reported by Football London.

The midfielder has attracted interest from a host of Premier League clubs, including Manchester United. 

“In my mind he is arguably the best holding midfield player in the country and the best thing about Declan is he will get better,” said the Hammers boss.

Real Madrid monitoring Sterling


The English attacker is hot property

Real Madrid are closely watching Raheem Sterling's availability ahead of their Champions League meeting with Manchester City, as reported by the Telegraph.

Real are long-standing admirers of Sterling and the Spanish league leaders are monitoring whether the England forward will sign a fresh long-term deal at the Etihad Stadium as they consider bolstering their attacking stocks.