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Lille line up Pepe replacement


Lille are eyeing Lorient star Alexis Claude-Maurice as the man to replace Nicolas Pepe this summer, Le 10 Sport says.

The Ligue 1 side are ready to cash in on 23-year-old winger Pepe this summer, with Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal and Bayern Munich hoping to sign him.

They are in the market for a new winger to step into his role and 20-year-old Claude-Maurice is their current target. 

The Under 20 international has scored 12 times in the French top-flight this season and is contracted to Lorient for another two seasons.

Aspas signs new Celta contract


Iago Aspas has extended his contract with Celta until 2023.

The striker has been a star for Celta since joining in 2015 and has scored 16 goals in 23 appearances this season.

Despite reported interest from Real Madrid, he has signed a new deal with the club, keeping him there for another four years.

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Cincinnati send Amayi on loan


FC Cincinnati have confirmed midfielder Frankie Amayi has joined Orange County SC on loan.

The MLS outfit want the 18-year-old to get more playing time this season, having made just two appearances for a combined 21 minutes this season.

But he could still play a role for his parent club at some point soon as the deal is only short-term and they reserve the right to call him back at any point in the campaign.

De Jong urges De Ligt to join Barcelona


Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt has been told to join Barcelona this summer by Siem de Jong.

The defender has been linked with a host of top European sides, including Barca, Manchester City, Juventus and Bayern Munich.

He seems guaranteed to make a move in the next transfer window and former Ajax captain De Jong, currently playing in Sydney, says Barcelona is the right club for the 19-year-old.

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The players Juventus should offload after Ajax disaster


Juventus may not be set for a revolution this summer, but a few changes must be in the works in the wake of their Champions League elimination at the hands of Ajax on Tuesday.

Bereft of ideas, the Italian giants were brutally exposed by Erik ten Hag's dynamic young team in the second leg of their quarter-final, going down 2-1 in Turin.

Coach Massimiliano Allegri's position is safe for the time being, but the squad will undergo a few changes ahead of next season.

Goal looks at the players Juventus should let go

Ajax sign De Ligt replacement Pierie


Ajax have confirmed the signing of Kik Pierie from Heerenveen to replace Matthijs de Ligt.

The centre-back is just 18 but he has already made 67 appearances for Heerenveen's first-team and rumours of a move to a bigger club emerged quickly.

Ajax are ready to let De Ligt move on to one of Europe's top teams this summer - Barcelona, Manchester City and Juventus are said to be leading the race - and have confirmed they have snapped up Under 19 international Pierie for next season.

Who is Man Utd director of football target Paul Mitchell?


Manchester United have put the search for a director of football is high on the agenda as the Premier League giants attempt to keep up with Europe's elite.

Several candidates have been named to take on the role, and one name that keeps popping up is Manchester native Paul Mitchell.

He is currently working at RB Leipzig and has held recruitment positions at MK Dons, Southampton and Tottenham.

United are reportedly trying to bring him to Old Trafford and he has admitted that he has "a decision" to make this summer. 

Read all about Mitchell on Goal

Bayern want Gladbach director Eberl


Bayern Munich are trying to lure Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl to Bavaria, Bild reports.

The 45-year-old started his playing career with the German giants having been educated in their youth system. 

He retired after a six-year spell at Gladbach and has been in a background role ever since, but a return to Bayern has been on the cards for a while.

Eberl rejected the chance to move there in 2017 but Bayern are hoping he is more open to it this time and will make contact soon.

Out of contract in 2019: Football's best free agents in the new season


A number of big names are out of contract this summer, and plenty of movement is expected in the weeks following season's end.

Diego Godin, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are among those out of contract with a number of top footballers possibly joining new clubs in the near future.

Take a look at some of the best on Goal!

Tottenham express interest in Inter's Felipe


Tottenham have expressed interest in Inter defender Luis Felipe, reports the Daily Mail.

With concerns over Toby Alderweireld's future still lingering, Spurs have monotired Felipe in recent weeks alongside the likes of Sampdoria's Joachim Andersen and Everton's Michael Keane.

But the latter two are likely to cost signifcantly more than Felipe, who is eligible to represent Italy or Brazil.

Salah asks Liverpool for summer move


The winger has informed management he wishes to leave Anfield.

Mohamed Salah has asked Liverpool to sell him this summer, reports AS.

The Egyptain winger has gone so far as to inform management of his desires, and the club has said they will accomodate this summer if he doesn't change his mind.

Salah's pricetag would make him an option for only Europe's elite, and, although he is not a current Real Madrid target, he could become one should his transfer request become official.

Kovacic linked with move to Zenit


Matteo Kovacic's future remains up in the air, but the Chelsea loanee could be headed to Russia, according to the Daily Mail.

The midfielder, on loan from Real Madrid, is in talks over a potential move to Zenit St. Petersburg, despite proving a favourite of Maurizio Sarri.

But, unless Chelsea's transfer ban appeal is approved, the Blues will be unable to sign him, opening the door for a club like Zenit to swoop in to take a player deemed surplus to requirements by Zinedine Zidane at Madrid.

Henry in talks with Red Bulls


Thierry Henry is in talks with the New York Red Bulls to become the club's manager, according to Sky Sports.

The Red Bulls finished top of the league in 2018, winning the Supporters' Shield, but failed to top eventual champions Atlanta United in the postseason.

Under Chris Armas, the club has struggled this season, and Henry is linked to the job if the club opts to go in a different direction.

Juventus in the mix for Ndombele


Juventus are in the race to sign Tanguy Ndobmele from Lyon, reports Corrire dello Sport.

Inter are also said to be interested, but know they cannot compete with the likes of Juve, Real Madrid, PSG and Manchester United for his signature.

PSG are heavily interested given the upcoming departure of Adrian Rabiot, while Juve's signing of Aaron Ramsey could complicate their pursuit.

'Mourinho would bring glamour to Bayern'


Michael Ballack says Jose Mourinho would bring "a certain glamour" to Bayern Munich if he were to manage the club.

Mourinho has been linked with the job in recent weeks as a potential replacement for Niko Kovac, and Ballack says he would make an excellent cjoice of the club opts to go in a different direction.

Read Ballack's full comments on Mourinho and Bayern on Goal!

McLeish's Scotland future under review


Alex McLeish could be set to lose his job as Scotland manager following their disastrous start to Euro 2020 qualifying, according to the BBC.

The Tartan Army were embarassed by a 3-0 defeat to Kazakhstan - ranked 117th in the world at the time - placing their qualification in real jeopardy already after just two games in a group containing Belgium and Russia.

McLeish has overseen just five wins from his 12 games in charge so far, losing seven.

Eriksen to snub Man Utd for €100m Spain move


The Danish playmaker favours a move to Spain over Manchester.

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen is set to join Real Madrid over Manchester United this summer, according to AS.

With just a year left on the playmaker's contract and no extension in sight, Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy is set to try and sell the Dane for €100m (£87m/$113m) this summer and avoid losing him for nothing.

Both Levy and the player would reportedly prefer a deal with Los Blancos, as it would avoid selling to a direct rival and the relationship between the two English clubs has been strained ever since Dimitar Berbatov moved to Old Trafford.

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Bournemouth planning £25m Leeds double-raid


Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is reportedly plotting a £25m (€29m/$32m) double-swoop for Leeds United pair Kalvin Phillips and Jack Clarke, according to Football Insider.

It is thought that the Cherries will continue their pursuit of the two even if Leeds secure Premier League promotion, offering £15m (€17m/$20m) for 23-year-old midfielder Phillips, and £10m (€11.5m/$13m) for teenage winger Clarke.

Clarke is Leeds' most highly-rated youngster and has already been the subject of Premier League interest, while Phillips has been an integral part of Marcelo Bielsa's side and is one of the club's most important players.

Oblak extends Atletico contract


Jan Oblak has extended his contract with Atletico Madrid until the summer of 2023, the club have announced on their official website.

The Slovenian shot-stopper, 26, is now tied to Atletico until he turns 30.

He has conceded a miserly 21 goals in 32 La Liga games this season and has helped his side earn 18 league clean sheets.

Read the full story right here on Goal!

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Real and Barca won't pay €120m Felix clause


The Portuguese youngster is a hot prospect, but the Spanish duo won't pay over the odds.

As Europe's elite clubs circle over Benfica's Joao Felix, La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona have insisted that they won't be held to ransom and have refused to pay the teenager's staggering €120m (£104m/$135m) release clause, according to Marca.

Bayern Munich have also deemed the wonderkid too expensive and Manchester City are monitoring the situation, but Manchester United have shown a keen interest in the forward.

However, Juventus find themselves in pole position due to the Portuguese youngster's desire to play alongside his idol, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Benfica have already dismissed any talk of lowering their demands for Felix - who has scored 11 times and recorded seven assists in 21 league games - rejecting the notion of accepting a €75m (£65m/$85m) bid entirely.

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Suarez could join Napoli


Denis Suarez could be set for a switch to Napoli in the summer after failing to find his feet with Arsenal, according to Radio Kiss Kiss.

The attacking midfielder is still yet to make a competitive start for the Gunners since his January loan move from Barcelona and looks extremely unlikely to make his stay in north London permanent.

And with no prospects of a future back in Barcelona, a move to Naples could give Suarez the fresh start he needs.

Liverpool join Juventus in €25m Brandt chase


Liverpool have joined Juventus in the race for Bayer Leverkusen's Julian Brandt, according to FourFourTwo.

The 22-year-old winger has managed seven goals and 14 assists in 38 appearances across all competitions this season and is thought to have a release clause of just €25m (£21m/$28m).

The Reds lack depth in wide areas and Jurgen Klopp will hope to persuade Brandt to join his side over Juventus.

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PSG to rival Man City for £22m Weigl


Paris Saint-Germain are set to make another approach for Borussia Dortmund Julian Weigl as they seek to capture the defensive midfielder ahead of Manchester City, according to The Sun.

Dortmund rebuffed advances from both clubs in the summer, holding out for a staggering £68m (€78m/$88m) fee that neither side were prepared to meet.

However, the 23-year-old has endured a disappointing season this term, losing his place to Axel Witsel and often finding himself deployed out of position at centre-back. As a result, Dortmund are now willing to entertain offers of £22m (€25m/$28m) instead.


Kabak can leave Stuttgart for €15m if they're relegated


Teenage central defender Ozan Kabak will be allowed to leave Stuttgart for just  €15m (£13m/$17m) if they are relegated, according to Bild. 

The 19-year-old has made 11 consecutive starts in the Bundesliga, scoring three times as Stuttgart battle to safety - they are 16th, six points adrift of 15th-placed Schalke.

He only arrived from Galatasaray in the January transfer window but could be set for a quick departure if his side fail to retain their Bundesliga status.

Spurs lead Sessegnon race ahead of Man Utd and PSG


Tottenham have the edge over Manchester United and PSG in the race for Fulham winger Ryan Sessegnon's signature, according to The Sun.

The 18-year-old has just one year left on his deal and is thought to favour the thought of working under Mauricio Pochettino due to his track record of developing young players.

Borussia Dortmund are also monitoring the situation, but will only make a move if the youngster runs his contract down next season.

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Rutten leaves Anderlecht


Anderlecht have confirmed that head coach Fred Rutten has left the club by mutual consent.

The 56-year-old had only been in charge for 19 games although having lost all three of their Belgian league play-off matches, they are at risk of failing to qualify for European competition for the first time in 56 years.

A short statement on Twitter announcing the decision read: "The sporting director of RSC Anderlecht and Fred Rutten decided by mutual agreement to cease their cooperation with immediate effect."

De Ligt plays down Barcelona talk


Ajax hero Matthijs de Ligt has denied that he has made his mind up over joining Barcelona in the summer.

The 19-year-old centre-back is being courted by a whole host of Europe's top clubs as he continues to star for the Dutch side in their incredible 2018-19 Champions League campaign.

The likes of Juventus and Manchester City are keen on signing De Ligt and when asked about his future, and when he would announce that he was joining Barca, he said: "Announce? There is nothing to announce."

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James Rodriguez agent wants future to be decided


James Rodriguez's agent Jorge Mendes is pushing for a meeting with Bayern Munich executives this week to discover their plans for the 27-year-old, according to Sport Bild.

The Colombia international is currently on loan with the Bundesliga giants, who have the option to purchase James outright in the summer for a fee of €42 million (£36m/$48m).

And Mendes wants a concrete answer, with there having been suggestions that, despite publicly stressing they will go through with a deal for James, Bayern are now less convinced over activating the purchase clause.

Neville: Man Utd need a new defence


Gary Neville has called for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to enter the transfer market and reconstruct his Manchester United defence following the 4-0 aggregate Champions League defeat to Barcelona.

Lionel Messi was in inspired form as he scored two goals on the night to send the Red Devils crashing out of Europe at the quarter-final stage.

And Neville believes that there was an obvious gulf in class between the two sides, with United needing to make drastic changes in the summer.

He told beIN SPORTS: "The coaching staff will see there's a massive gulf between Europe's best teams and where Manchester United are at. Manchester United need to revamp their squad - there is no doubt about that.

"[Solskjaer] needs a new defence in its entirety I would say."

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Newcastle eye McNeil & two Bournemouth stars


Newcastsle United boss Rafael Benitez is keen on signing Burnley sensation Dwight McNeil, according to the Daily Star.

The Magpies have apparently joined Manchester City and Arsenal as part of the 19-year-old's list of growing admirers keen on signing him in the summer.

Benitez is also reportedly keen on signing Bournemouth pair Ryan Fraser and David Brooks, with Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey likely to leave the club.

Dortmund keen on Hoffenheim left-back Schulz


Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing Hoffenheim left-back Nico Schulz as they look to bolster their defensive options, according to Sport Bild.

The 26-year-old, who won his first caps for Germany in 2018, has been a regular in the Bundesliga for Hoffenheim this season and reportedly has an exit clause in his contract that Dortmund will take advantage of.

That could see him leave for around €30 million (£26m/$32m), with Dortmund having apparently moved their interest away from Atletico Madrid full-back Filipe Luis, who would prefer a switch to Barcelona or his native Brazil.

Chelsea identify their £70m Hazard replacement


Blues plan move for Nicolas Pepe

Chelsea will reluctantly allow Eden Hazard to join Real Madrid in the summer and will target Lille star Nicolas Pepe as his replacement, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Ivory Coast winger is keen on leaving Ligue 1 in the summer although it is expected he will command a transfer fee in the region of £70 million ($91m).

Maurizio Sarri's side are still contesting a transfer ban that would see them unable to sign players for the next two transfer windows, although Pepe is being lined up should that sanction be relaxed.

Sarri & Conte in frame for Roma job


Maurizio Sarri and Antonio Conte are being lined up to take over at Roma

The Italian side are looking for a new manager, and Corriere dello Sport claim that Sarri is the top choice if he is let go by Chelsea, while Conte is being viewed as a backup. 

Veracruz goalkeeper wanted by two 'Grandes'


Cruz Azul and Pumas are ready to fight over Veracruz goalkeeper Sebastian Jurado. 

Mexican outlet La Razon report that the goalkeeper is turning heads, with two of the traditional powers in Liga MX, known as "Grandes", wanting to land him this summer. 

Fletcher questions Man Utd's way forward


Darren Fletcher​ has questioned what Manchester United will do to climb back among Europe's elite following Tuesday's demolition at the hands of Barcelona

The former Old Trafford star says the club can either turn to players who are ready now, or try to recruit top young talent and bring them up in the tradition of the club. 

"Do they go down the route of recruiting the best young talent and try to mould them in the United way rather than buying ready made players who maybe don't have their heart in it?" he said to BBC Five Live

Check out more of his thoughts on his former club right here!

Solskjaer has 'big decision' to make on Pogba's future


Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a "big decision" to make on Paul Pogba's future, according to Rio Ferdinand.

Pogba has been revitalised under Solskjaer, temporarily slowing down rumours that he could be set for a transfer. 

However, with Real MadridBarcelona and Juventus among the clubs reportedly still interested, Ferdinand said that Pogba could still depart.

Read the full story on Goal!

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Allegri confident of Juventus stay


Massimiliano Allegri is not worried about his position with Italian giants Juventus despite a shock Champions League exit at the hands of Ajax

Goals from Donny van de Beek and Matthijs de Ligt were enough to overturn Cristiano Ronaldo's opener in Tuesday's second leg and seal a 3-1 aggregate victory, leaving the Italian champions out at the quarter-final stage. 

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Ritchie told he can leave Newcastle


Matt Ritchie has been told he can leave Newcastle after having his request for a new contract turned down, according to The Sun.

The 29-year-old reportedly met with manager Rafael Benitez to request an extension to his current deal, which expires in 2021.

However, that request was turned down due to his age, with Benitez willing to let the Scotland international move on at the end of the season if he can secure himself a bumper deal elsewhere.

Dias heads Atletico shortlist


Benfica defender Ruben Dias is Atletico Madrid's first choice to replace Diego Godin, according to Don Balon.

Godin is widely expected to join Inter this summer, leaving a huge hole in the Atletico backline.

Dias, who reportedly has a €60 million (£52m/$68m) release clause, is top of their list to replace him with Sampdoria's Joachim Andersen, Inter's Milan Skriniar and Roma's Kostas Manolas also under consideration.

Solskjaer promised at least three new signings


United boss eyes summer rebuild

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been promised at least three new signings by the club's board, report the Manchester Evening News.

The scale of the rebuilding job facing Solskjaer was laid bare during their 3-0 Champions League quarter-final second leg defeat to Barcelona on Tuesday.

As a result, the board are ready to sanction at least three big-name signings, though further reinforcements would be needed if Ander Herrera leaves for Paris Saint-Germain.

Milan hold talks over duo


AC Milan have held talks with the representatives of Barcelona forward Malcom and Chelsea full-back Emerson Palmieri, according to Calciomercato.

The talks with Elenko Sports, who represent both players, were believed to be introductory and a deal is far from being agreed for either player.

Malcom is believed to be valued in the region of €50 million (£43m/£56.4m) while Emerson would cost around €25m (£21.8m/$28.2m).