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Gabigol yet to make future call

2018-09-04T22:21:09Z

Gabriel Barbosa is yet to decide whether he will be returning to Inter in January after rediscovering his form at Santos.

The Brazilian forward returned to his roots in January after struggling to make his mark in Europe.

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Lacazette never considered leaving Arsenal

2018-09-04T21:05:44Z

Alexandre Lacazette insists he gave no thought to leaving Arsenal when seeing his future called into question during the summer transfer window.

Having spent just one season at Emirates Stadium, it was suggested that the French striker was prepared to cut short a Premier League adventure.

Find out what the Gunners star has had to say on the exit reports here.

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Arnautovic on his way out of West Ham?

2018-09-04T20:47:28Z

Craig Bellamy believes West Ham could lose Marko Arnautovic during the winter transfer window if things do not improve at the London Stadium.

The former Hammers forward told Sky Sports: “If it isn’t going his way come January and West Ham are struggling, he’s one player, if there is going to be interest, that’s going to test you.”

Mertens to see release clause removed

2018-09-04T20:16:36Z

Napoli are planning to tie Dries Mertens to fresh terms, reports Il Mattino.

The Belgium international, who was linked with leading sides across Europe over the summer, is set to see his new deal remove a €28 million (£25m/$32m) release clause - allowing his current club to demand more money if a sale is negotiated.

'Man Utd need to get Maguire'

2018-09-04T19:56:08Z

Manchester United have been urged to retain their interest in Harry Maguire, with Peter Schmeichel of the opinion that the Leicester defender can be a “modern day Steve Bruce”.

The legendary goalkeeper told beIN SPORTS: “I think Jose is right about the centre-half, and I also think he was right with the name that came up in Harry Maguire."

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Benzema wanted Ben Arfa at Madrid

2018-09-04T19:38:09Z

Karim Benzema was eager to see fellow Frenchman Hatem Ben Arfa join him at Real Madrid over the summer, claims Ouest France.

The 31-year-old, who left Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season, ended up remaining in his homeland to sign a two-year deal with Rennes.

Herrera wants Man Utd stay

2018-09-04T19:18:04Z

The Daily Mail has countered reports suggesting that Ander Herrera is ready to leave Manchester United in January by claiming that he is looking for a new deal.

The Spain international midfielder has entered the final 12 months of his current contract at Old Trafford.

Shaw always expected Man Utd stay

2018-09-04T17:50:14Z

Luke Shaw believes Jose Mourinho has never wanted to sell him at Manchester United, but admits he has left his manager frustrated at times.

The 23-year-old left-back has seen his future at Old Trafford called into question on a regular basis over recent years, with each passing transfer window bringing a fresh round of rumours.

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Neymar prefers London to Manchester

2018-09-04T17:24:18Z

If Neymar were to make a move to England then he would prefer to join Chelsea or Arsenal over Manchester rivals United and City, claims the Express.

The Brazilian forward continues to be linked with a big-money move away from Paris Saint-Germain, with the Premier League considered to be one possible landing spot.

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'Pogba's mind is somewhere else'

2018-09-04T17:01:14Z

Paul Pogba’s mind remains “somewhere else”, says Peter Schmeichel, with Manchester United needing to be patient as they wait on the midfielder to produce his best form.

The World Cup-winning midfielder saw his future at Old Trafford called into question over the summer, with speculation continuing to suggest he could soon be on the move.

Find out what a Red Devils legend has had to say on the Frenchman here.

'Koscielny was ready to leave Arsenal'

2018-09-04T16:24:17Z

Laurent Koscielny was ready to follow Arsene Wenger out of Arsenal last summer before suffering an Achilles tendon injury, according to his agent.

The France international defender was already preparing to leave the Gunners, but opted to stay after he was ruled out of action until December.

Read the full story right here!

Milan ownership change denied Morata move

2018-09-04T15:35:22Z

AC Milan's change of ownership stopped Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata from moving to San Siro, according to CalcioMercato.

The Spain international was keen on a move to the Rossoneri after struggling for form at Stamford Bridge.

But the takeover by the Elliot Management Group at the Serie A giants scuppered any chance of a deal due to the finances involved.

Real Madrid willing to spend €200m on Griezmann

2018-09-04T14:18:35Z

The Frenchman remains a top target for Atletico's capital rivals despite rejecting a summer exit

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is willing to spend up to €200 million (£180m/$230m) to land Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann, according to Don Balon.

The Frenchman, who helped his country to the 2018 World Cup trophy in the summer, previously declared that he would be staying put at Atletico.

Real, however, are willing to go all out in order to land the forward as they look to fill a Cristiano Ronaldo-sized hole in their attack.

Man City target cancels Lille contract

2018-09-04T12:45:25Z

Reported Manchester City target Rafael Leao has cancelled his contract at Lille, according to Publico.

The 19-year-old joined the Ligue 1 side this summer having cancelled his contract with Sporting following an attack on the club's players by supporters.

A change in the Portuguese side's presidency has softended Leao's stance, however, and he now looks set to return to Lisbon once the transfer window opens in January.

Man Utd & Barca eye Monchi

2018-09-04T12:09:34Z

Roma director of football Monchi is being targeted by Barcelona and Manchester United, according to Gazzetta dello Sport (via Football Italia).

Former goalkeeper Monchi is regarded as one of the finest sporting directors in the game after helping to mastermind Sevilla's Europa League successes before moving to Stadio Olimpico.

And with United looking to secure a replacement for Ed Woodward in terms of negotiating transfers and Barca looking to fill a similar role, Monchi has become a wanted man.

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Morata considered Chelsea exit

2018-09-04T11:39:05Z

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has admitted that he considered leaving Chelsea over the summer.

The Spain international struggled during the second half of his debut season at Stamford Bridge, and he revealed he thought about leaving to return to his homeland or Italy, where he tasted success with Juventus.

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Mourinho eyes Kroos to replace Pogba

2018-09-04T11:06:23Z

Red Devils boss making big January plans

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants to sign Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos to replace Paul Pogba, according to Don Balon.

Mourinho is willing to let Pogba leave Old Trafford, with the France international keen to join Barcelona.

And Kroos is seen as an ideal alternative, with the Red Devils boss keen to seal the deal during the January transfer window.

'Juve wanted Icardi' - agent

2018-09-04T10:39:58Z

Juventus wanted to sign Inter striker Mauro Icardi as a potential alternative to Cristiano Ronaldo, according to his agent.

Wanda Nara - Icardi's representative and wife - claims the Argentina international was on the Bianconeri's shortlist were they to fail in signing Real Madrid star Ronaldo.

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Madrid open to Marcelo - Alex Sandro swap

2018-09-04T10:02:49Z

Blancos defender keen to move on

Real Madrid would be open to selling Marcelo to Juventus if Alex Sandro can be included in the deal, according to Tuttosport.

Brazil international Marcelo is keen to leave Santiago Bernabeu after falling out with manager Julen Lopetegui.

He is hopeful he would be able to reunite with Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin, the the Blancos will only consider selling should they get his compatriot in return.

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Markovic to Anderlecht collapse 'not down to money'

2018-09-04T09:47:06Z

Lazar Markovic says his transfer to Anderlecht didn't fail because of financial reasons.

Liverpool would have received £2.9 million (€3.3m/$3.9m) for Markovic but his switch to Belgium eventually collapsed, with suggestions he had rejected the move because of an issue with the money offered.

Man Utd flop Macheda finds new club

2018-09-04T09:36:54Z

Panathinaikos have announced the signing of former Manchester United striker Federico Macheda on a three-year deal.

The 27-year-old spent seven years on the books at Old Trafford before joining Cardiff on a permanent deal in 2014.

Following his 18-month contract with Italian Serie B side Novara expiring in the summer, he has now completed a move to Panathinaikos.

Terry agrees to join Sporting

2018-09-04T08:28:24Z

John Terry has agreed to join Portuguese side Sporting if Pedro Madeira Rodrigues is elected president, the candidate has claimed.

"One is John Terry, a great champion, a player who does not come to win games, but comes to win games in training," Rodrigues said when questioned on his potential targets. "I cannot pay him what he's used to, but I think he's very close to being our player."

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Hannover sign Weydandt to professional deal

2018-09-04T06:38:09Z

Hannover striker Hendrik Weydandt has agreed a professional contract with the Bundesliga club, having played in the fourth tier last season and in the ninth tier four years ago.

Barcelona tracking Cabral

2018-09-04T04:23:14Z

The Cape Verde international is drawing plenty of attention

Barcelona are keeping tabs on Sporting CP forward Jovane Cabral, according to O Jogo.

The 20-year-old has started the season with a goal and two assists in his first three games, despite all three appearances coming off the bench. 

In order to fend off interest from Barcelona, Sporting are nearing a new deal with Cabral that will include a €45 million (£41m/$52m) release clause

Man Utd forced to cancel private jet for Godin

2018-09-04T03:30:00Z

Manchester United were forced to cancel a private jet to fly Diego Godin to Old Trafford on transfer deadline day, claims the Mirror.

The club triggered the Atletico Madrid defender's £18 million (€20m/$23m) release clause, and promptly arranged transportation for Godin to reach England

But Atletico responded by offering Godin a new contract, which kept the Uruguayan at the Wanda Metropolitano. 

Watford want to renew Gracia's contract

2018-09-04T02:34:55Z

Watford are hoping to tie down manager Javi Gracia to a new contract, reports the Daily Mail.

The Hornets have begun the Premier League season with four straight wins, with Gracia instilling a feeling of unity among the squad.

Gracia's deal expires at the end of the season, and Watford are keen to keep the 48-year-old around for the long term. 

Spinazzola's €25m move to Dortmund fell through

2018-09-04T01:40:03Z

Juventus full-back Leonardo Spinazzola's summer move to Borussia Dortmund fell through due to injury, according to Calciomercato

Juve were willing to accept a €25 million (£23m/$29m) bid for the 25-year-old, who spent the past two seasons on loan at Atalanta

But a knee injury that he suffered at the end of last season put an end to the Italy international's move. 

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Man City will wait to offer Kompany new deal

2018-09-04T00:43:09Z

Manchester City are willing to wait until the end of the season to discuss a new deal with Vincent Kompany, reports The Sun.

The centre-back will see his contract expire at the end of the season, and has begun 2018-19 by starting two of City's four Premier League games.

Kompany is believed to be willing to take a pay cut in a new deal with the club he joined in 2008. 

Herrera ready for Man Utd exit

2018-09-03T22:45:00Z

Spaniard set to hear out interested clubs

Ander Herrera is ready to listen to offers to quit Manchester United in the January transfer window after the club delayed in offering him a new deal, reports Metro.

The Spaniard has made it previously clear that he wishes to remain at Old Trafford, but has been left disappointed by inaction from the Red Devils regarding fresh terms.

As such, the midfielder is willing to hear out interested parties about a move away from the Theatre of Dreams come the new year.

Tottenham predictable without transfers, says Campbell

2018-09-03T22:35:00Z

Former Tottenham defender Sol Campbell says that the club’s failure to make any dealings during the transfer window risks making them predictable to opponents, per the Mirror.

Spurs bought no additional reinforcements in across the summer, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side virtually unchanged from last campaign.

And following their 2-1 loss to Watford, Campbell believes that his old team will be more susceptible to their Premier League rivals this season.

Benkovic turned down continent for Celtic

2018-09-03T22:15:00Z

New Celtic defender Filip Benkovic has revealed that he turned down offers from Spain, Germany and Italy to join the Parkhead club, per the Scotsman.

The 21-year-old, on loan in Glasgow from Premier League outfit Leicester City, arrived at the Scottish champions following Harry Maguire’s decision to stay at the King Power Stadium.

Benkovic started his professional career at Dinamo Zagreb, before he transferred to the Foxes earlier this year.

Bruce keen to re-sign Terry

2018-09-03T22:00:00Z

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce wants the club’s new owners to sanction a move for former captain John Terry, according to The Sun.

Terry, the former Chelsea favourite who signed for the Championship side last year, made 36 appearances at Villa Park during his solitary season, and left the club following their defeat to Fulham in the play-off final.

Bruce however wants to bring the 37-year-old back to the Villans to bolster his back line following his side’s struggle to keep a clean sheet so far this season.