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Diame keen to extend Newcastle deal

2018-12-17T22:55:53Z

Newcastle United midfielder Mohamed Diame says he'd like to stay at the club beyond next summer, when his current contract is due to expire.

Diame will have a chance to secure a new deal provided he reaches a certain amount of appearances this term and has featured in all of the Magpies' league matches so far this season.

"Everyone knows I am near the end of my contract. But I am really happy and I hope to stay more years here," Diame claimed.

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Juventus discuss Pogba return with Raiola

2018-12-17T22:30:02Z

Mino Raiola is said to have met with Juventus officials on Monday to discuss a new contract for Moise Kean, interest in Matthijs De Ligt and a potential return to the club for Paul Pogba, report Sky Italia (via Football Italia).

United outcast Pogba was left on the bench for the Red Devils' clash with Liverpool on Sunday and has been linked with a January move away from the club.

Raiola, Pogba's agent is famous for engineering big money transfers for his clients.

De Ligt plays down Juventus speculation

2018-12-17T21:45:52Z

Highly-rated Netherlands centre-back Matthijs de Ligt insists he is concentrating on performing for Ajax this season, despite links to Serie A champions Juventus.

De Ligt was confirmed as the winner of the 2018 Golden Boy award on Monday and has also been linked with a move to Barcelona.

But when asked if he'd rather play with Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, De Ligt responded with a name of one of his current Ajax team-mates.

“I'd prefer to play with Ziyech at Ajax. Juventus? I don't think about market right now," De Ligt claimed.

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Brighton on verge of deal for Tunisia winger

2018-12-17T21:20:37Z

Al Duhail star Youssef Msakni looks set to join Brighton in the January transfer window, report Tunisian publication Realites Online.

Msakni managed 24 goals and 14 assists in 20 league appearances for his club last season and has been heavily linked with a Premier League move in recent weeks.

Watford are also said to be in the running to sign the winger, but this report claims that Msakni is 'very close' to signing for the Seagulls and will fly to London to pen a deal in the near future.

Besiktas confirm Pepe departure

2018-12-17T20:46:50Z

Portugal defender Pepe has had his contract terminated by Besiktas, with the Istanbul-based club in the process of slashing their wage bill amid struggles with growing debts.

The former Real Madrid star’s deal was not due to expire until June 2019, but Besiktas have been left with no choice but to terminate his deal as a result of ongoing financial issues.

The club released a statement confirming Pepe’s departure and thanking him for his efforts on Monday.

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Rabiot set for PSG exit

2018-12-17T20:09:23Z

Adrien Rabiot has ‘misled’ Paris Saint-Germain and will be benched for ‘an indefinite period’ as a result of his likely departure from the club, sporting director Antero Henrique has revealed.

The talented midfielder has been reluctant to sign a new deal with the Ligue 1champions for some time, with his current contract due to expire at the end of the season.

A number of Premier League clubs have been linked with the Frenchman and an angry Henrique says he believes that Rabiot and his representative have ‘disrespected’ the club and their fans with their recent actions.

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Everton to let Holgate go on loan

2018-12-17T19:38:11Z

Everton defender Mason Holgate has been told he can leave the club on loan in January, reports Sky Sports.

Holgate, 22, has fallen out of favour at Goodison Park, missing the last nine Premier League games after starting the season as a regular first-teamer.

 

Quagliarella to sign Sampdoria renewal

2018-12-17T18:58:59Z

Veteran Sampdoria striker Fabio Quagliarella is set to sign a fresh contract with the Serie A side, reports Sky Italia (via Football Italia).

Quagliarella, 35, has scored in his last six league outings, and could renew until the end of the 2019-20 campaign.

'I never spoke to Zlatan' - Gattuso

2018-12-17T17:33:39Z

AC Milan head coach Gennaro Gattuso claims he is not disappointed that the club's potential deal for Zlatan Ibrahimovic fell through.

The veteran striker confirmed on Monday that he would be staying with LA Galaxy, putting an end to speculation he could return to Milan.

But Gattuso insisted that he was not losing sleep over the Swede's decision, claiming he never communicated personally with the forward.

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Man Utd trigger Martial extension

2018-12-17T17:13:08Z

Manchester United have triggered the one-year option in Anthony Martial's contract, securing the forward's services until at least the summer of 2020.

Martial's contract had been set to expire at the end of the season, however, talks will now continue over a longer term with the club.

Martial is thought to be amicable to remaining at Old Trafford and the club is confident they will be able to agree a long-term deal with the forward.

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Rabiot rejects Spurs approach

2018-12-17T16:10:55Z

Adrien Rabiot may not have decided where he will play next season, but it definitely will not be at Tottenham, according to Le10 Sport.

Along with the likes of Barcelona, Liverpool and Manchester City, the London side were credited with an interest in the midfielder, whose contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires at the end of the season.

The France international has many options, but he has already ruled out one offer after telling Tottenham he will not be signing a deal with them.

Real Madrid consider swoop for Sevilla star Sarabia

2018-12-17T15:48:29Z

Real Madrid are considering a move for Sevilla star Pablo Sarabia and could sign him for just €18 million (£16m/$20m), Mundo Deportivo reports.

The 26-year-old attacking midfielder has been in sensational form for Sevilla since joining from Getafe in 2016 and has six goals and assists in 16 La Liga appearances this term.

Madrid are hoping to bolster their midfield options under Santiago Solari and will be able to snap him up for a bargain if Sevilla do not renew his deal soon.

Rudiger not in contract talks with Chelsea

2018-12-17T15:27:11Z

Antonio Rudiger says he has no need to enter negotiations with Chelsea over a new contract.

The centre-back joined the Blues from Roma in July 2017 and has become a crucial part of the team, having started every Premier League game this season.

With a contract that still has over three and a half years still to run, the Germany international sees no reason to open talks over a renewal despite recent speculation. 

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Barcelona & Man City warned off January bids for Ajax stars

2018-12-17T15:04:45Z

Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar says there is no chance of Matthijs de Ligt or Frenkie de Jong being sold in January.

Manchester City and Barcelona are leading the race to sign the highly-rated stars and could swoop in with an offer in the next transfer window.

Van der Sar, however, insists his side will not let any of their star players go in the middle of the season as they look to compete in the Champions League and maintain their Eredivisie title challenge.

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Sessegnon to sign new Fulham deal

2018-12-17T14:38:34Z

Fulham starlet Steven Sessegnon looks set to sign a new contract, says Sky Sports.

The right-back has impressed new coach Claudio Ranieri and is expected to make his Premier League debut after bright appearances in the Carabao Cup.

Fulham will sign him to a deal that runs until 2022 with an option to extend for another year.

Bennett signs new Wolves deal

2018-12-17T14:12:28Z

Ryan Bennett has signed a new contract with Wolves, the club have confirmed.

The 28-year-old defender won promotion with the club after joining a year ago and has earned an extension which ties him to the club until 2021.

“He has had a huge impact on the club and we are thrilled that he has been able to take to replicate his performances in the Championship last season into the Premier League," sporting director Kevin Thelwell said. “He is an incredibly consistent performer and you can always guarantee him to give 100 per cent in everything he does."

Inter won't rush Icardi deal

2018-12-17T13:45:00Z

Inter will not be forcing the issue with Mauro Icardi when it comes to a new deal for their star striker.

Javier Zanetti has told Sky Sport Italia of a man who continues to be linked with Real Madrid: "There is a great relationship with him and also with his agent. We have to wait for the right time."

Icardi's current contract is due to run until 2021, but the Nerazzurri are eager to put fresh terms in place and fend off interest from afar.

Gerrard planning Merseyside raid

2018-12-17T13:03:44Z

Former Liverpool star Steven Gerrard is ready to return to Merseyside in an effort to bolster his ranks at Rangers, reports the Scottish Sun.

The Gers boss has his sights on Everton midfielder Kieran Dowell, with a replacement needed for Ovie Ejaria following his return to Anfield.

Mourinho was keen on Shaqiri

2018-12-17T12:07:57Z

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho talked up a possible deal for Xherdan Shaqiri over the summer, claims the Manchester Evening News.

The Portuguese saw the Swiss head to Liverpool instead, with a proven performer netting two goals against the Red Devils in his most recent outing.

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Arsenal looking at January market

2018-12-17T11:46:42Z

Arsenal manager Unai Emery admits the club are exploring options for the winter window, with defensive injury issues adding up.

The Spaniard has said: “It is not a good situation for transfers in January but we are going to look and the club is working.”

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Gerrard frustrated by big earners

2018-12-17T11:00:28Z

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard admitted he was frustrated that big earners out on loan could prevent him from making January signings, according to Sky Sports.

The likes of Carlos Pena and Eduardo Herrera are taking in significant salaries despite being away from the club and Gerrard does not see a future for them at Ibrox.

He has reportedly targeted a loan deal for Everton's Kieran Dowell. 

United in talks for Kabak

2018-12-17T10:30:38Z

Manchester United are reportedly in talks for Galatasaray defender  Ozan Kabak, according to the Daily Star.

The 18-year-old has broken into the first team this season, making 11 league starts from a possible 16 and impressing.

Galatasaray chairman Mustafa Cengiz reportedly flew to England to discuss a potential transfer, but United may not be the only club he has spoken to, with Manchester City reportedly interested too.

Juve eye 'new Alex Sandro'

2018-12-17T10:00:18Z

Juventus could be set to sign Brazilian starlet Renan Lodi as back-up to Alex Sandro, according to Calciomercato.

The 20-year-old left-back, who has occasionally been used on the left of midfield, is an Atletico Paranaense youth product - just like Sandro.

And Juventus see the Brazilian as a long-term successor to his compatriot and are considering making an early move for the highly-rated youngster.

Pato back to Milan?

2018-12-17T09:30:58Z

Alexandre Pato could be set for a return to AC Milan after the club's failed pursuits of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Fabio Quagliarella, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The one-time prodigal striker now plies his trade in China with Tianjin Quanjian and has scored 36 goals in his 59 appearances for the club.

However, the Brazilian reportedly has a €25m release clause that Milan are not prepared to meet and the striker will also be expected to lower his wage demands to join, potentially on a six-month loan with a view to a permanent deal.

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Barca get €65m bid for Malcom

2018-12-17T08:58:30Z

Chinese club eager to sign Brazilian

Barcelona have received a €65 million (£58m/$74m) proposal from a Chinese club for Malcom, according to AS.

The 21-year-old winger has had a difficult start to life at Camp Nou since joining from Bordeaux, leading to reports of a potential early exit.

Teams from across Europe are said to be queueing up for him, with Roma still interested, but a big offer has come in from China.

Although Barca are happy with the Brazilian, his bad start and the prospect of a big profit could convince them to let him go.

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Roma send Sadiq to Perugia after Rangers failure

2018-12-17T07:54:31Z

Roma will bring Umar Sadiq back from his loan at Rangers and send him to Perugia for the rest of the season, Sky Sport in Italy claims.

The 21-year-old has played just five matches in all competitions this season for Steven Gerrard's team, who have decided to cut their losses and send him back.

The striker will have a new club by Tuesday, however, as he already has a medical booked with Perugia and will see out the rest of the campaign there.

Tolisso wants Nicolas Pepe at Bayern

2018-12-17T07:25:09Z

With 12 goals and five assists in just 18 Ligue 1 appearances this season, it is no surprise Europe's top teams are said to be queuing up to sign Nicolas Pepe.

Barcelona have been closely linked to the 23-year-old, but the Catalan side will have competition in the shape of Bayern Munich if Corentin Tolisso has a say in the matter.

The France international winger says he would welcome Pepe to the Bavarian side after hearing him being talked about around the club.

"I saw that his name was mentioned at Bayern Munich," he told Canal+. "I see what he does in Ligue 1. It's true he's a very, very good player. At Bayern Munich, we welcome all good players with pleasure."

Sporting KC adds Hurtado, Wallace

2018-12-17T05:45:29Z

Sporting KC have added two new attacking options with moves for Erik Hurtado and Rodney Wallace.

Hurtado joins from the Vancouver Whitecaps as the club announced a trade that included Sporting KC's second-round pick in the 2020 MLS Draft and first-round pick in the 2021 MLS Draft.

The club also announced the signing of free agent Wallace, who joins after two seasons with New York City FC

Liverpool exclusion the last straw for Pogba

2018-12-17T05:02:55Z

Juventus are on high alert once again as Paul Pogba's exclusion against Liverpool appears to be the last straw for the midfielder, according to Tuttosport.

Pogba was left on the bench throughout Manchester United's 3-1 loss to the Reds as Jose Mourinho preferred Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard and Ander Herrera in the midfield. 

Juventus have been linked with a move for their former midfielder, whose relationship with Mourinho appears to worsen by the day. 

Juventus have 'serious interest' in Zurkowski

2018-12-17T04:22:02Z

Juventus have 'serious interest' in Polish star  Szymon Zurkowski according to Calcio Mercato.

The Polish U-21 midfielder plays for Gornik Zabrze and has previously drawn interest from Milan and Fiorentina.

However, Juve have now entered the race for a player that was part of Poland's provisional squad for this past summer's World Cup in Russia

Djurgarden look to sign Earthquakes' Eriksson

2018-12-17T03:32:49Z

Swedish side Djurgarden are looking to sign Magnus Eriksson of the San Jose Earthquakes, according to Expressen.

Eriksson joined the Quakes ahead of the 2018 season, starting 32 matches while providing six goals for teh MLS club.

However, with new coach Mathias Almeyda coming in, the Quakes are going in a different direction as negotiations have begun between the American and Swedish clubs.

Benitez wants Rondon stay

2018-12-17T03:25:09Z

Rafa Benitez is looking to hold onto Salomon Rondon following the forward's loan, according to the Independent.

The club attempted to sign the forward during the summer, but ownership was not willing to meet Rondon's release clause as part of a deal with West Brom.

Now, Newcastle will return for the forward with that release clause now expired as they look to hold onto a forward with four goals in six matches.

Cincinnati line up Fernandez

2018-12-17T00:20:38Z

MLS newboys FC Cincinnati are set to complete a deal for Mexican Matias Fernandez, according to La Cuarta.

The 32-year-old midfielder has had spells in La Liga and Serie A, although he is currently playing for Necaxa in his homeland.

Alaba's cousin linked with Watford and Cardiff

2018-12-17T00:12:05Z

The cousin of Bayern Munich star David Alaba, Ronald Sobowale is being monitored by Watford and Cardiff, per the Daily Mail.

Sobowale has the same Nigerian heritage as Alaba but was born in London, and was a contemporary of Tammy Abraham in the Chelsea youth system. 

He was released by the Blues at the age of 15 though and has been playing non league football, but he recently scored in a trial match for Cardiff against Vancouver Whitecaps

Lainez tipped for a move to Europe

2018-12-17T00:03:45Z

Club America's Diego Lainez is set for a move to Europe, report Univision Deportes.

The 18-year-old Mexico international has impressed for the Apertura runners-up after making his debut in 2017.

Dallas appoint Gonzalez

2018-12-17T00:00:08Z

FC Dallas have appointed academy director Luchi Gonzalez as their new manager after Oscar Pereja left for Club Tijuana at the end of the 2018 campaign.

Pereja was also academy director before taking on the senior job, and his successor Gonzalez will be unveiled at a press conference on Monday.

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Everton join race to land Oxford

2018-12-17T00:00:02Z

Everton are interested in signing West Ham United's Reece Oxford, according to the Daily Mail.

The defender has struggled to get game time under Manuel Pellegrini, and his manager hinted he could benefit from a move away from the Hammers.

Oxford is said to be keen on a permenant switch rather than a loan deal, and Everton have joined a number of clubs eyeing his signature.