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AC Milan eye Thauvin and Deulofeu


AC Milan are considering moves for Marseille's Florian Thauvin and Watford's Gerard Deulofeu, according to Calcio Mercato.

The Rossoneri are apparently looking to sign a new winger this summer. Thauvin is believed to be valued at €40 million while Deulofeu will cost €30 million.

If they fail to land either of their first two options, Milan could move for Dynamo Zagreb's Dani Olmo for €25 million. 

Mourinho for Madrid return?


Jose Mourinho will reportedly be the next Real Madrid boss and the Portuguese already knows who he wants to cull from Los Blancos, says Don Balon.

The ex-Manchester United manager will return for a second spell at the helm and will begin a clear-out of players as he looks to rebuild following their early Champions League exit.

Sergio Ramos will be among those shown the door, as will Nacho and Marcelo.

Buffon set for PSG extension


Gianluigi Buffon will sign a two-year extension at Paris Saint-Germain to remain with the Ligue 1 champions, reports Sky Sport in Italy.

The former Juventus goalkeeper made the swap to France from Serie A at the begining of this season.

The 41-year-old has enjoyed a fine campaign so far and looks set to add some more silverware to his personal career haul with the club.

Ranieri in frame for Roma job?


Claudio Ranieri could be set for a second spell in charge of Roma if the Serie A giants part way with Eusebio Di Francesco, per Il Romanista.

The former Leicester City and Fulham manager is one of a number of candidates being mooted for what is expected to be an imminent vacancy.

Di Francesco’s job likely depends on whether he can secure Champions League progression or not this week against Porto.

Corona seals LA Galaxy move


Joe Corona has reportedly sealed a move to LA Galaxy, leaving Mexico for the first time in his professional career.

The American midfielder will link up with the MLS side three years after he almost joined them in 2016.

He won the Liga MX title with Tijuana in 2012.

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Slimani set for new club


Leicester City’s Islam Slimani looks set to make a move elsewhere next season after being reportedly told to find a new club by current loan side Fenerbahce, per Fotospor.

The Algeria international failed to settle at the Foxes following a record move from Sporting Lisbon and the Portuguese outfit could be one potential destination for him.

Slimani has only scored five goals in all competitions this season since making the move to the Super Lig outfit.

Zidane already rejected Madrid approach


Former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has already rejected an approach from his former employees in the wake of their Champions League exit, reports the BBC.

The Frenchman led Los Blancos to the European title three seasons in a row before making a surprise exit at the end of last season.

Now, former club president Ramon Calderon says that current Madrid honcho Florentino Perez asked Zidane to return, only to be rebuffed by the 46-year-old.

'We'd take another Jadon Sancho'


Borussia Dortmund youth supremo Lars Ricken says German clubs are on the hunt for the next Jadon Sancho and can offer playing time young players cannot find in other leagues.

Sancho has been a revelation this season with Dortmund and, in the wake of success for both him and Chelsea-bound Christian Pulisic, Dortmund is selling itself as a club that can produce top young talent.

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Dortmund target Eggestein


Borussia Dortmund are targeting Werder Bremen's Maximilian Eggestein, according to Ruhr Nachrichten.

The midfielder's contract with his current club runs through 2020 and Dortmund are one of several clubs to be eyeing his services going forward.

Dortmund are also said to be looking for a striker, a fullback and a replacement for Christian Pulisic, who is bound for Chelsea this summer. 

Arsenal's Zelalem nears move to Sporting KC


American midfielder Gedion Zelalem is closing in on a move to Sporting KC, according to Football London.

Talks are ongoing regarding a permanent move for the midfielder, who saw a promising start to his Arsenal career wreked by injuries in recent years.

Zelalem played for the U.S. up to the U-23 level and, with his contract set to expire this summer, it appears he's headed stateside after six years with the Gunners. 

Solari will not return as Real Madrid manager


Real Madrid have decided that Santiago Solari will not return as the club's manager next season.

The club was embarassed on Tuesday in a stunning loss to Ajax, and now the decision has been made to part with Solari.

The question is when they do it as the club is still deciding whether to keep the manager on through the end of the season.

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Vytas leaves D.C. for FK Suduva


Vytautas Andriuskevicius will not return to D.C. United after signing with FK Suduva of the Lithuanian league, the club announced.

The defender signed with the club on Wednesday after previously featuring with D.C. United and the Portland Timbers in MLS.

He's earned 28 caps for the Lithuanian national team. 

Veratti wants new PSG deal


Marco Verratti says he would be open to signing a new Paris St-Germain contract.

The Italy international has spent almost seven years with the French side and remains a pivotal player, but the likes of Manchester United and Juventus have been heavily linked with him.

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Barca confirm interest in Ajax's De Ligt


Barcelona are weighing up a raid on Ajax for Matthijs de Ligt.

The Catalan giants have already sealed a deal to take the Dutch club's 21-year-old midfielder Frenkie de Jong to Camp Nou in the summer at a cost of €75 million (£65m/$85m).

Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed interest in De Jong's Ajax team-mate De Ligt, 19, as well.

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Moyes tried to land Bale at Man Utd


David Moyes has told how he tried - and failed - to land Gareth Bale for Manchester United

"I wanted him to be my first signing at Manchester United," Moyes told eirSport. "We came close, spoke to him, but he had his heart set on Real Madrid and we couldn't talk him out of it."

Moyes made his move after taking over at Old Trafford in 2013. He sacked the following year.


Messi will be handed new Barca contract


Barcelona president says the club will give Lionel Messi another contract when his current deal runs out in 2021.

In an interview to Cadena SER he said: “We have to look for long talent. It will be a different Barca, but I don’t think it will happen soon.

"Messi has a contract until 2021 and I think we will give him another one. He’s stronger than ever. He’s got ambition and hope and we have Messi for some time.”


Iniesta persuaded Samper to join Kobe


Andres Iniesta persuaded fellow Spanish midfielder Sergi Samper to leave Barcelona and join Japanese side Vissel Kobe, report Reuters.

Samper, 24, agreed to terminate his contract on Tuesday to move to the J-League - where he will be reunited with former Camp Nou teammate Iniesta.

Man City could get Sancho windfall from Man Utd


Manchester City could pocket a £15m windfall if Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho becomes the latest £100m footballer this summer, acording to The Sun.

Manchester United are interested in the 18-year-old England ace but City have a 15% sell-n cluase for the player they sold for around £9m in summer 2017.

Paris St Germain are also thought to be interested.

Mourinho 90% sure to return to Real Madrid, says Calderon


Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has backed Jose Mourinho to return to the club to replace Santiago Solari as coach.

Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United in December, but he has been tipped to return to the Santiago Bernabeu amid their ongoing struggles.

Out of the Champions League, Copa del Rey and struggling in La Liga, Madrid are expected to make another change in coach and Calderon is confident Mourinho will be the man they turn to.

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Man Utd make contact with Sporting star Bruno Fernandes


Chelsea, Liverpool and AC Milan also want Portugal international

Manchester United have entered talks with the agent of Bruno Fernandes as they plot a summer move for the Sporting CP star, A Bola reports.

The 24-year-old winger is in his second season with the Portuguese side and has scored 23 goals in 41 games in all competitions this season.

He has caught the attention of United as well as Chelsea, Liverpool and AC Milan and it is the Red Devils who are advancing on their interest by reaching out to the Primeira Liga side as well as the player's representative.

But Sporting are holding out for a big fee, given the player has a €100 million (£86m/$113m) release clause in his contract.

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Schalke set for mass summer exodus


Schalke are set to see a massive turnover in their squad at the end of the season, say reports in Germany.

The Bundesliga side are four points above the relegation playoff zone after 24 games and coach Domenico Tedesco's future is in real danger.

But so, too, are those of many of their current players, as the Gelsenkirchen club look set to lose as many as 11 players, including the likes of Mark Uth, Sebastian Rudy, Matija Nastasic, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Breel Embolo and Nabil Bentaleb.

Bayern to offer Lewandowski new deal


Bayern Munich are preparing to offer Robert Lewandowski a new contract, Sport Bild reports.

The Poland international appeared close to leaving the German side for Real Madrid in previous windows. His current deal with Bayern expires in 2021, but they will offer him a two year extension to show he still has an important role despite reports they are close to signing Timo Werner from RB Leipzig.

Schalke want Liverpool striker Awoniyi


Schalke will try to tempt Liverpool into selling striker Taiwo Awoniyi, according to the Liverpool Echo

The 21-year-old Nigerian striker is currently on loan at Belgian side Mouscron.

Another German side, Mainz, are also said to be pondering an offer for a player rated at around £12.9m (15m euros).

Rodgers not worried by Man Utd Maguire interest


Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers says potential summer interest in Harry Maguire from Manchester United “doesn’t worry me”.

During the summer of 2018, the Foxes defender emerged as a top target for United.

And with speculation that could be rekindled at the end of the season growing, new Foxes manager Rodgers said: “They may well come in. But it doesn’t worry me.

“I think all you can worry is that you make the team the very best they can be."

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Tottenham would make a "huge statement" by signing Wales forward Gareth Bale from Real Madrid, says former White Hart lane striker Clive Allen.

He told Talksport: “I would love to see that happen.

“Gareth Bale coming back to Spurs, with the new stadium and the way the club is moving forward, I think that would be a massive statement."

The 27-year-old Welsh forward's future at the club is the focus of intense speculation with a large section of Real fans turning on him.

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Man City may have to pay world record for defender for Chilwell


Manchester City may have to have to break the world record transfer fee of £75m for a defender if they want to sign Leicester City and England left-back Ben Chilwell, according to The Telegraph.

Liverpool set the mark when landing Dutch centre-back Virgil van Dijk from Southmapton last year.

The Foxes promising 22-year-old could cost even more says the report.

Verratti open to spending rest of career at PSG


Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti says he is open to staying at the club for the rest of his career.

The midfielder has been linked with a move away from PSG in recent years, but he remains a key part of the French giants' and is currently tied to the club until 2021.

And the Italian says he is open to staying for even longer than the seven years he has already spent with PSG.

"I know that my agent [Mino Raiola] and the club talk to each other sometimes," he told Le Parisien. "But we did not sign anything. I still have many years left on my contract. I have no problem signing a new contract. I can finish my career here, if the club wants it."

Rodgers wants Celtic transfer chief at Leicester


Brendan Rodgers wants to bring one of his former Celtic colleagues to his new club Leicester, The Telegraph claims.

The new Foxes manager has already brought three members of his Celtic background staff to the King Power Stadium, but hopes for a reunion with head of recruitment Lee Congerton.

Congerton is said to be excited about joining the Premier League side and could make the switch this summer.

AC Milan plot summer Milinkovic-Savic move


AC Milan will make another attempt to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic at the end of the season, Calciomercato claims.

The Lazio star has long been a target for several top teams in Europe, with the likes of Milan and Manchester United frequently linked.

The Serie A side are determined to strengthen their midfield this summer and see the 24-year-old as an ideal option as they hope to lure him to San Siro.

Man Utd eye Dybala as Lukaku replacement


Manchester United will turn to Juventus star Paulo Dybala to replace Romelu Lukaku this summer, The Sun reports.

The Old Trafford outfit are considering selling the Belgian striker, who has been linked with a switch to Juve, and see the 25-year-old Argentine as an ideal addition to their squad.

Galaxy looking to add Marseille's Rami


The LA Galaxy are looking to land Marseille defender Adil Rami, according to France Football

The 33-year-old was a World Cup winner with France but has featured just 13 times at the club level this season. 

Solari not offering Madrid resignation


Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari isn't planning to offer his resignation to the club following Tuesday's Champions League disaster.   

"I didn't come here to give up," he told a news conference when asked about his position with the club.  

Madrid are now out of the Champions League and Copa del Rey and are 12 points back of Barcelona in La Liga

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Solskjaer free to take Man United gig


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not believe he is under contract with Molde, meaning he would technically be free to take on the Manchester United job on a full-time basis should it be offered this summer. 

The plan had been for the interim boss to return to his former club once the season ends at Old Trafford, but even the 46-year-old admits that he isn't sure what the situation is. 

“I’m not sure how it works. I think the contract is expired and I’m now under contract with Manchester United. I think we need a new contract there [at Molde],” he said on Norwegian podcast Fotballklubben. 

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PSV watching Alvarez, dropped Pizarro interest


Club America and Mexico international Edson Alvarez is on PSV's radar and could sign with the club in the summer, according to Eindhoven Dagblad reporter Rik Elfrink .

Able to play center back, defensive midfielder or even right back, the versatile 21-year-old also has been the target of interest from Celtic and Ajax but PSV has a long history of signing Mexican players.

The Dutch reporter noted, however, that the interest that previously existed for Rodolfo Pizarro has died out since the former Chivas playmaker made his move north to Monterrey.

Mexico trying to land Alvarez


Efrain Alvarez is in line for a Mexico call-up, perhaps as soon as this summer's Gold Cup, according to ESPN .

However, the United States remains an option for the 16-year-old, who made his MLS debut and had an assist for the LA Galaxy in 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire.

Feyenoord to hire Stam


Feyenoord is set to hire Jaap Stam as the club's new manager, according to De Telegraaf.

The PEC Zwolle boss has previously managed Reading following a playing career headlined by stops at Manchester United and Milan.

Feyenoord would pay PEC Zwolle a lump sum to get Stam out of the remaining one year of his contract with the club. 

Union sign Metz midfielder on loan


The Philadelphia Union have added Metz midfielder Jamiro Monteiro on a four-month loan, the club announced.

The deal includes an option to extend the loan through the 2019 MLS season as well as an option for the Union to buy the Cape Verde international. 

Monteiro has played a large duration of his professional career in the Netherlands but has struggled for playing time with French side Metz this season.

"We have had our eye on Jamiro for some time and we are pleased to complete this deal to bring him to Philadelphia,” said Ernst Tanner, Union Sporting Director.

“He is a relentless box-to-box midfielder who we believe fits well into our tactical parameters for a central midfielder. We look forward to integrating him into the squad as quickly as possible with the young season just underway."

Forget Pochettino and Zidane, Man Utd must hire Solskjaer if he inspires PSG miracle


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not yet been named Manchester United's permanent manager, but he does have an opportunity for another statement win if his side can top Paris Saint-Germain

Following a 2-0 loss at Old Trafford, Manchester United face a mission that does not seem impossible, according to the manager, and it's one that could all but lock up the job going forward. 

Read Manchester United Correspondent Kris Vokes' view on the situation on Goal!

Real Madrid to pursue Mbappe if club can move Bale


French youngster wanted as club's next star

Real Madrid will pursue Kylian Mbappe this summer if the club can find a way to offload Gareth Bale, according to Don Balon.

The club has wanted Mbappe for some time, but has been unable to fully pursue the French star due to Bale and his wages and his presence within the team. 

But with Bale looking more and more likely to be leaving, Real can chase Mbappe this summer as the club looks to rebuild its squad. 

Gullit: Zidane was clever to leave with Ronaldo


Ruud Gullit says Zinedine Zidane was "clever" to leave Real Madrid at the same time as Cristiano Ronaldo.

The defending Champions League winners were knocked out by Ajax on Tuesday, the latest embarrassment in what has been a difficult season.

And Gullit says it was smart for Zidane to follow Ronaldo out the door rather than stick around for what would have been a down year.

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