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Chelsea set sights on Ajax's Neres

2018-09-21T19:51:48Z

Ajax striker David Neres' impressive showings have made him the target of Chelsea, according to Calciomercarto.

The Brazilian joined the Dutch outfit from Sao Paulo last year and has impressed up front for Erik ten Hag's side.

The Blues are thought to not be the only side interested in pursuing Neres but may be the most high-profile of his suitors.

Cahill admits January Chelsea exit likely

2018-09-21T18:53:25Z

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has admitted he may depart the club in January as he remains sidelined under new boss Maurizio Sarri.

The 32-year-old is yet to start a game this season for the Blues, following a late return from England duty at the World Cup.

Antonio Rudiger, David Luiz and Andreas Christensen have impressed at centre-back so far this season, leaving Cahill's future at Stamford Bridge uncertain.

Read the full story on Goal here!

Hamsik poised for Napoli exit

2018-09-21T17:57:33Z

Marek Hamsik could leave Napoli as early as January following frustration over his position in the side under Carlo Ancelotti.

The Slovakia veteran only extended his stay with the Serie A side ahead of this season.

But he is reportedly unhappy with his role in the team following a mixed start to the season and may seek a move, potentially to China, come the new year.

Read the full story on Goal here!

Besiktas tracking Chelsea striker Giroud

2018-09-21T17:12:04Z

Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud is a top target for Besiktas if the France international departs Stamford Bridge, according to Fanatik.

The 31-year-old joined the Blues from rivals Arsenal on an 18-month-deal in Januay.

The striker, who won the World Cup with his country in Russia this year, is expected to leave following the conclusion of this season.

Serie A trio chasing PSG's Silva

2018-09-21T16:27:11Z

Thiago Silva looks set to depart Paris Saint-Germain next June, with a trio of Serie A sides in the lead for the race for the defender, per Le10Sport.

The 33-year-old centre-back is expected to exit the Ligue 1 side following the current season, with Juventus, Roma and Milan thought to be the key sides keen on his services.

Silva, who has won 77 caps for Brazil, joined PSG from the latter in 2012.

No convincing needed for Aguero - Guardiola

2018-09-21T15:20:08Z

Man City star signed new deal through 2021

Pep Guardiola has said that Sergio Aguero needed no further convincing to commit his future to Manchester City after the striker signed a new deal at the Etihad Stadium.

The Argentine has extended his stay until 2021 and his manager has claimed that the forward is fully on-board with the club.

"I didn't convince him, he decided for himself," Guardiola said

Read the full story on Goal here!

Busquets to pen new Barcelona deal

2018-09-21T14:52:34Z

Sergio Busquets is poised to pen fresh terms with Barcelona, according to ESPN.

The World Cup-winning midfielder's current deal is already due to run until 2021, with it possible that clauses could be triggered to take that to 2023.

Barca are, however, prepared to extend the 30-year-old's contract now and bring an end to the rumours suggesting that a reunion with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City could be on the cards.

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Will Benitez have January budget?

2018-09-21T14:15:47Z

Rafa Benitez has started to piece together plans for the January transfer window at Newcastle but is unware how much money, if any, he will have to spend.

The Spaniard told reporters: “I was talking with the head of recruitment this morning and we have an idea for the next window. Now we just need to see if we have any money.”

€22m man Leno airs Arsenal frustration

2018-09-21T13:12:12Z

Bernd Leno admits to having endured a “frustrating” start to life at Arsenal, with a man who “came to the club to play every game” spending more time on the bench that he had intended to.

The Gunners invested €22 million (£19.2m/$25m) in the German goalkeeper over the summer, but he has had to be patient in his pursuit of competitive game time.

Find out what he has had to say of his opening in English football here.

'New Lewandowski' Piatek shrugs off Barca talk

2018-09-21T12:51:10Z

Krzysztof Piatek is reading little into talk of interest from Barcelona, but a Genoa striker dubbed ‘the new Robert Lewandowski’ is aware of the mounting transfer rumours.

He told Sky Sport Italia: “I don’t think the links with Barcelona are true, even though I’ve heard about it…"

Read the full story on Goal!

Aguero was wanted by Real & Atletico

2018-09-21T12:13:19Z

Sergio Aguero was a target for Madrid giants Real and Atletico over the summer, according to The Times.

The Argentine, who spent five years with the Rojiblancos before moving to Manchester City, has now ended any chance of him making such a move any time soon.

Premier League champions City have extended Aguero's contract through to 2021.

Milinkovic-Savic to frustrate Man Utd & Spurs

2018-09-21T11:13:39Z

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is to force the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham to look elsewhere for midfield reinforcements by committing to a new contract at Lazio.

The 23-year-old has emerged as one of the most sought-after talents in European football on the back of an impressive three years in Serie A.

Read the full story on Goal!

Aspas happy to shun Real & Atletico

2018-09-21T10:26:54Z

Iago Aspas is happy to have seen interest from Madrid giants Real and Atletico shunned over the summer, with the Spain international happy at Celta Vigo.

The 31-year-old striker has seen his stock rise considerably since returning to his roots in the summer of 2015.

Find out what he has had to say on transfer speculation here.

PSG to battle Barca for De Jong

2018-09-21T10:00:06Z

PSG are set to enter the race to sign Barcelona target Frenkie De Jong, reports Mundo Deportivo.

The French club had targeted Sami Khedira, but the Juventus midfielder signed a new contract last week, and De Jong has subsequently emerged as a target.

Barca monitored Pogba, De Jong & Rabiot

2018-09-21T09:33:49Z

Barcelona scouted Paul Pogba, Frenkie De Jong and Adrien Rabiot this week, per Mundo Deportivo.

Pogba and De Jong both played their parts in victories for Manchester United and Ajax respectively, while Rabiot was on the losing side as PSG were beaten by Liverpool.

Dante wants two-year Nice deal

2018-09-21T08:30:08Z

Nice defender Dante wants a new two-year contract, but the club has only offered him an extra 12 months, according to le10sport.

The Brazilian centre-back is the club captain, while his current deal is set to expire at the end of the season.

Aguero extends Man City contract

2018-09-21T08:02:27Z

Argentine striker pens new deal with champions

Sergio Aguero has signed a one-year contract extension at Manchester City.

The Argentina striker is now tied to the club until 2021, bringing to an end the uncertainty surrounding his future at the Etihad Stadium.

Read the full story on Goal!

Liverpool yet to open Milner talks

2018-09-21T07:35:23Z

Liverpool are yet to open contract extension talks with James Milner, according to the Daily Mail.

The 32-year-old's current deal at Anfield is due to expire at the end of the season.

Barcelona tabled £65m Willian bid

2018-09-21T06:29:19Z

Barcelona saw a £65 million ($86m) bid for Willian rejected by Chelsea over the summer, reports the Daily Star.

The Brazilian was identified as a top target by the Liga giants before they were eventually forced to look elsewhere and landed his fellow countryman Malcom instead.

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Swansea set to offer contract extension to Grimes

2018-09-21T05:12:03Z

Swansea City is set to offer Matt Grimes a contract extension, according to the Sun.

Ther former England U-21 international has been out on loan three times but talks are set to resume as his current deal with the club winds down.

 "He is a guy who worked incredibly hard during pre-season, really put a big effort in," says Graham Potter. "He is enjoying his football, he is one of those guys who has really dug in and helped us."

Earthquakes contact Satnford University's Gunn for head coach position

2018-09-21T04:53:00Z

The San Jose Earthquakes have contacted Stanford University's Jeremy Gunn over the club's vacant head coaching position, according to MLSSoccer.com

Mikael Stahre was fired on Sunday following the Quakes' 5-0 loss after just 10 months in charge.

Gunn has led Stanford to three consecutive NCAA College Cup titles.

Zimmerman declines LAFC contract offer

2018-09-21T03:11:59Z

Walker Zimmerman has declined a contract offer from LAFC, according to MLSsoccer.com

The center back is out of contract at the end of the season, but is drawing looks from the Premier League, Bundesliga and Ligue 1

The report also claims that Zimmerman, 25, has one written offer on the table from a European team already. 

Gilardino to retire from playing to focus on management

2018-09-21T02:02:32Z

Alberto Gilardino has successfully acquired his UEFA A and B licenses and as such will put an end to his playing career to focus on being a manager, Gianluca Di Marzio reports. 

The 36-year-old last played for Spezia but is not currently attached to a club and will not attempt to join another side as a player. 

PSG sign Zagre to professional contract

2018-09-21T00:58:00Z

PSG have signed academy member Arthur Zagre to a professional contract, the club announced on Thursday

The 16-year-old has spent the first part of this season with the reserve side after moving up through the ranks quickly over the last three years. 

Ochoa eyes La Liga move

2018-09-20T23:45:28Z

Standard Liege goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa has said he would like to return to La Liga.

The Mexico international played for Granada and Malaga during a three-year stay in Spain between 2014 and 2017.

Now in Belgium, the 33-year-old saw a summer move to Napoli fall through due to a lack of a European passport. 

Read what Ochoa had to say on Goal right here!

Man Utd join race for De Jong

2018-09-20T22:50:17Z

The Dutch midfielder is being pursued by a host of big clubs

Manchester United have joined the race for Ajax star Frenkie de Jong, claims The Sun.

United had scouts at a Nations League match between the Netherlands and France earlier this month, and they came away impressed by the versatile 21-year-old.

De Jong, who is also being chased by Barcelona, Real Madrid, Tottenham and others, could be subject of a January bid from Man Utd. 

PSG could sell Thiago Silva in the summer

2018-09-20T22:05:33Z

Paris Saint-Germain will explore the possibility of selling defender Thiago Silva in the summer, reports Le10Sport

The 33-year-old's contract is set to expire in June 2020, and the Ligue 1 side aren't prepared to let him leave for free should the two sides fail to agree an extension. 

With AC Milan, Juventus, Napoli and Roma all rumoured to be interested, the Brazilian could be sold at seasons's end. 

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Villa interested in Collins

2018-09-20T21:59:02Z

Aston Villa are interested in signing free-agent defender James Collins, according to the Daily Mail.

The 35-year-old centre-back has been without a club since the end of last season, when he was released by West Ham.

Collins played for Villa between 2009 and 2012, with the Championship side also exploring the possibility of a return for John Terry. 

Falque nears Torino renewal

2018-09-20T21:53:54Z

Iago Falque is nearing a contract extension with Torino, according to Calciomercato

The ex-Roma and Tottenham man has become a key member of Walter Mazzarri's side, and will extend his deal through 2022. 

Sevilla offered €15 million (£13m/$18m) for the winger in the summer, but Torino rejected the bid. 

Wolves make offer for Gyasi

2018-09-20T21:50:33Z

Wolves have made a £700,000 offer to CSKA Sofia for winger Edwin Gyasi, reports Ghanasoccernet.com.

The Premier League side wants to bring the Ghana international to the Molineux on an initial loan deal in January, with Brighton also interested.

However, CSKA are likely to reject the bid, with the Bulgarian side hoping for at least three times the amount Wolves have offered.