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Marotta to join Inter in January


Former Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta will take up a similar position with Inter in January, reports Calciomercato.

Marotta announced he was leaving Juve last month, and will officially close the book on his eight-year reign on Thursday.

Italian federation president Gabriele Gravina wanted to bring Marotta to the FIGC, but it appears Marotta will instead be joining Juve's Serie A rivals. 

Bolt unlikely to join Central Coast Mariners


Usain Bolt is unlikely to sign a professional deal with Central Coast Mariners, according to ESPN FC. 

The former track star has been trialing with the Australian club, looking to make an unlikely jump into professional football. 

But with his contract demands far exceeding what Mariners are willing to offer, it appears Bolt's pro career will have to begin elsewhere.  

De Laurentiis opens door to Cavani return


Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has told PSG striker Edinson Cavani that he will always be welcome at the Stadio San Paolo.

Cavani starred for Napoli between 2010 and 2013, and will face his former club in the Champions League on Wednesday in Paris. 

“Cavani is always in my heart,” De Laurentiis told RMC Sport. “I brought him from Palermo to Naples. With us, he learned to be a real striker, he always reached 30 goals a season. He represented the club very well.

“Napoli will always keep the door open. The day that Cavani agrees to lower his salary, and he wants to live with his two children, he is welcome. As soon as he wants, he can come back.”

Barcelona scout young stars in Libertadores


Barcelona are sending scouts to watch Copa Libertadores semi-finals on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to Mundo Deportivo. 

In the match between River Plate and Gremio, Barca will be watching River duo Gonzalo Montiel and Exequiel Palacios. 

Meanwhile in the tie between Boca Juniors and Palmeiras, Barca will monitor Boca's Augustin Almendra and Leonardo Balerdi, and Vitao of Palmeiras.

Saudi Arabian crown prince prepares £4bn Man Utd takeover


Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is preparing a £4 billion (€4.5bn/$5.2bn) bid to buy Manchester United, reports the Mirror

Bin Salman is hoping to meet with United owners Joel and Avram Glazer over the next couple of weeks to discuss a deal. 

The Glazer family will need to tread carefully, however, with Bin Salman currently embroiled in a controversy over the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Firing Lopetegui would cost Madrid €18m


Firing manager Julen Lopetegui would cost Real Madrid €18 million (£16m/$21m), reports Sport

The former Spain boss is under immense pressure with the Blancos on a run of four losses in five games.

Only appointed in the offseason, Lopetegui would be due the entirety of his three-year contract if he is sacked. 

Moses considering Chelsea exit


Nigeria star has lost place under Sarri

Victor Moses is considering leaving Chelsea after falling out of favour this season, Goal understands.

The 27-year-old was a key player last term under Antonio Conte, but has lost his place under Maurizio Sarri.

Moses is one of several players considering their options despite the Blues' bright start to the season.

Read Chelsea correspondent Nizaar Kinsella's report here

Tata Martino to leave Atlanta Utd


Gerardo Martino will leave Atlanta United at the end of the season after rejecting a new contract offer.

The Argentine's deal expires at the end of 2018 and although the club hoped to continue with him, he confirmed his decision to leave.

"This was not an easy decision to make," the ex-Barcelona boss said. "I have enjoyed my time with Atlanta United very much and am proud of what we have accomplished together in such a short time.

"The decision was not made for financial reasons, negotiations with the front office were transparent and fair. It was simply the right move for me and my family at this time."

Read the full story on Goal right here!

Real Madrid plot move for Telles


Real Madrid are preparing to make an offer for Porto defender Alex Telles in January, Record reports.

The Spanish side are in need of a new left-back as they expect Marcelo to move to Italy and want to bring in a replacement whether he leaves in the next transfer window or not.

And 25-year-old Telles, who previously played for Inter and Galatasaray, has been tipped as the man to step into the role and they are ready to meet his €40 million (£35m/$46m) release clause.


Hamburg replace Titz with Wolf


Hamburg have parted company with head coach Christian Titz after just seven months in charge.

Titz had a strong finish to the 2017-18 season but was not able to help Hamburg avoid relegation from the Bundesliga. However, an inconsistent start to life in the second tier has seen HSV decide to go in a different direction as they look to go back to the top flight.

Former Stuttgart boss Hannes Wolf has been chosen as his replacement, with Hamburg sitting just a point outside the playoffs after 10 games.

Ter Stegen open to Neymar Barca return


Marc-Andre ter Stegen has suggested that he would be keen to see Neymar back at Barcelona.

The PSG forward left Camp Nou back in 2017 for a world-record €222 million (£196m/$255m) fee but rumours have linked the Brazilian with a sensational return.

And Ter Stegen says he is good friends with Neymar and that "having the best" players at Barca is always a good thing.

Check out the full story here!

Mourinho waiting to be sacked so he can take Madrid job


Real director has held talks with Man Utd boss

Jose Mourinho is waiting for Manchester United to sack him, at which point he'll take the Real Madrid job, according to El Pais.

The United boss is under pressure at Old Trafford following a disappointing start to the season that sees them languishing in 10th place in the Premier League table.

And El Pais claim that Mourinho has held talks with Madrid director Jose Angel Sanchez but that the situation is complicated by the Portuguese not being willing to resign from his current position and give up a hefty pay-out.

QPR to sign Entente SSG youngster


Championship side QPR will sign Christophe Rodrigues Silva from Entente SSG in France's third tier, L'Equipe reports.

The 22-year-old midfielder, who is noted for his speed, is under contract with the club until June but could move in January.

PSG eye Griezmann as Neymar successor


Ligue 1 champs target Atleti ace

Paris Saint-Germain are lining up Antoine Griezmann as Neymar's successor, according to El Chiringuito.

Real Madrid are ready to move for the Brazil ace and PSG are searching for replacements.

They are already putting together a sizeable offer to persuade the World Cup winner to return to France.

Real Madrid warned they must find Ronaldo successor


Real Madrid must buy a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo because Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema cannot replace his goals, Predrag Mijatovic says.

The Champions League holders are on a five-game winless streak and have scored just once in that run and their former player believes they must bring in a new star in January.

Read the full story here

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Juventus still eye Pogba and Marcelo


Alex Sandro could be leaving Serie A giants

Juventus will continue their pursuit of Paul Pogba and Marcelo, Tuttosport claims.

The Serie A champions are hoping to add further star power to their side after landing Cristiano Ronaldo, and the wantaway Manchester United star is a favoured option. Juve may have some bargaining power in negotiations as United, along with Manchester City, hold an interest in Alex Sandro and the Italians are considering letting him leave.

Massimiliano Allegri's team also still have eyes on Ronaldo's former Real Madrid team-mate Marcelo, who is said to want to leave La Liga.

How Ronaldo and Mourinho's relationship deteriorated at Real Madrid


Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho co-existed for three tense years at Real Madrid, making it a fascinating reunion when the striker takes his Juventus side to visit Mou's Red Devils at Old Trafford.

Here's how the story unfolded...

Frankfurt want to keep loanee Trapp


Eintracht Frankfurt have already decided they want to keep PSG loanee Kevin Trapp.

The goalkeeper is out of the picture in France but has played regularly back in his homeland.

"It's too soon to speak of anything concrete, but we certainly want to keep him," sporting director Bruno Hubner told Bild.

Concerns over Dembele's Barcelona form grow


Worries regarding the form of Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele are growing, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The France international has struggled since moving to Camp Nou last summer from Dortmund, and could lose his place to Malcom.

Indeed, should the Brazilian take his chance, it could scupper Arsenal's hopes of signing him, while potentially putting Dembele on the market.


Tension growing at PSG between Tuchel and Henrique


While things are going well for PSG on the field, there is tension behind the scenes between coach Thomas Tuchel and sporting director Antero Henrique, L'Equipe reports.

The Portuguese's choices, notably in the transfer market, have not won unanimous back in the French capital and his relationship with the German is frosty.

Arsene Wenger continues to be linked with Henrique's job.

Waston set to leave Whitecaps


Kendall Waston is set to leave the Vancouver Whitecaps, according to

The dismissal of coach Carl Robinson and the club's failure to make the MLS playoffs have caused the Costa Rican to consider his future elsewhere.

Waston is a player that could interest a number of other MLS clubs while Asia is also said to be an option for the veteran defender.

Spartak Moscow sack manager


Spartak Moscow have sacked manager Massimo Carrera with Raul Riancho named his temporary replacement.

Carrera had ended the club's 16-year wait for a league title by leading them to the trophy in 2016-17.

Read the full story on Goal!

Barca looking to move for Milinkovic-Savic


The midfielder has a number of admirers around Europe

Barcelona are the latest team linked with Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to Don Balon.

Facing three competitions this year, the club is looking to reinforce in the midfield with several other options like Arturo Vidal, Denis Suarez, Rafinha and Sergi Samper failing to impress.

Lazio is unlikely to want to sell in January, but Barca hope to use one of the club's out of favour players as a makeweight to facilitate a deal. 

Central Coast Mariners still negotiating with Bolt


Central Coast Mariners and Usain Bolt are approaching a crossroads in their negotiations.

The club remains in discussions with the former track star, but it remains to be seen if they can reach a middle ground on a deal.

Read the full story on Goal!

Earthquakes to exercise option on Wondolowski


The San Jose Earthquakes are set to exercise the club's option on Chris Wondolowski, according to ESPN.

Wondolowski is just a goal away from equaling the MLS scoring record as he chases Landon Donovan's record of 145 finishes.

The 35-year-old forward will have one more match this season to hit that mark as the Quakes face the Seattle Sounders to close the campaign. 

Real Madrid eye Conte at expense of Hazard pursuit


The pair did not appear to end on good terms at Chelsea

Antonio Conte is the No. 1 target in Real Madrid's potential coaching search, although hiring the Italian could have big ramifications.

According to the MirrorConte is looking for a long-term deal with the club, and leadership isn't quite convinced about giving to him.

Furthermore, the hiring of Conte would likely end the club's pursuit of Eden Hazard given the difficult relationship between the manager and the Belgian winger.

Chelsea will be watching the situation closely as the Premier League club looks to keep hold of Hazard while also getting out of Conte's severance package should the coach find a new job.

Inter's Skriniar yet to sign new deal amid links with Manchester clubs


Manchester United and Manchester City target Milan Skriniar has yet to sign a new deal with Inter, according to CalcioMercato

The defender last spoke to the club about a new deal three months ago with the two parties agreeing to a rough deal that is yet to be finalized.

The club is confident that Skriniar is still willing to sign that deal, which would keep him in Italy through 2023. 

Man City eye Fernandinho replacements


Manchester City understand that the club is a bit too reliant on Fernandinho, and the club is looking to bring in reinforcements in the midfield sooner rather than later.

The focus remains on Ajax star Frenkie de Jong, although the club would look to bring in someone in January with two potential options leading the way.

Read the full story on Goal!

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Monza hires former Milan and Lazio midfielder Brocchi as manager


Silvio Berlusconi’s Monza have hired former AC Milan and Lazio midfielder Cristian Brocchi as manager, according to the club.

Brocchi's hiring reunited the former Italian midfielder with the former Milan owner, who purchased the Serie C club in December.

The Italian manager, who replaces Marco Zaffaroni, briefly took charge of Milan in 2016 after managing the club's youth team while also enjoying a stint as manager of Brescia. 

Fulham set to open talks with Sessegnon


Fulham are ready to begin contract talks with Ryan Sessegnon, according to the Daily Mail.

The winger remains the club's prized asset and has 18 months left on his current deal.

Sorting out a new deal for Sessegnon is now the club's big priority as the winger has looked up to speed in his nine Premier League appearances this season.