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Lyon well positioned for Giroud move

2019-03-20T23:20:01Z

Lyon are well positioned to make a move for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, according to Le10Sport

Giroud's contract with Chelsea is set to expire at the end of the season, and the 32-year-old's future is up in the air. 

Lyon are interested in Giroud, and their ability to offer him a salary near the €3.5 million per year he currently makes, plus their likely spot in the Champions League next season makes them an attractive destination. 

'I'm not happy here' - Renato Sanches

2019-03-20T22:53:46Z

Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches has given his clearest indication yet he will leave the club in the summer, saying he's currently not happy. 

Sanches joined Bayern from Benfica in 2016 for €35 million (£30m/$40m), but his move hasn't worked out as hoped. 

The 21-year-old has struggled for playing time during his spell in Bavaria, and took in an unsuccessful loan last season at Swansea City

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Kovacic wants to stay in Premier League

2019-03-20T22:28:29Z

Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic wants to remain in the Premier League even if he doesn't stay with the Blues, according to Marca

Kovacic is on loan from Real Madrid, and Chelsea will be unable to purchase him if their transfer ban isn't reversed or delayed. 

Even if he is unable to stay at Stamford Bridge, Kovacic does not want to return to Spain and instead will seek out another team in England if need be. 

Barcelona consider €80m Coutinho sale

2019-03-20T22:03:07Z

Barcelona are ready to listen to offers for Philippe Coutinho, Goal understands.

Coutinho has struggled to live up to expectations since a €120 million (£103m/$136m) transfer from Liverpool last year.

The Barca board would be willing to discuss offers of in excess of €80m (£68.8m/$90.8m), a potentially big loss on their investment. 

Read the full story here

Pogba calls Real Madrid a 'dream'

2019-03-20T21:38:52Z

The Man Utd star has set off speculation he could be set for a summer move

Manchester United star Paul Pogba has declared that a move to Real Madrid would be a "dream."

Pogba was linked with an exit from Old Trafford earlier this season as he feuded with Jose Mourinho, but his fortunes have improved under new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

However, Madrid will be on red alert after reading what the France star said at a press conference Wednesday. 

Read the full story here

Spurs and Chelsea watching Ake

2019-03-20T20:49:06Z

Tottenham and Chelsea are keeping a close eye on Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake, according to De Telegraaf.

The 24-year-old moved from Chelsea to the Cherries in 2017, and has impressed during his time playing for Eddie Howe. 

The Blues could potentially land Ake by activating a €45 million (£39m/$51m) buy-back clause.

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Gunnarsson to join Al-Arabi

2019-03-20T20:18:33Z

Cardiff City midfielder Aron Gunnarsson will join Qatari side Al-Arabi at the end of the season.

With the Iceland international's contract set to expire, Gunnarsson will link up with his former international boss Heimir Hallgrímsson.

Coventry City reject 'extremely low' takeover bid

2019-03-20T19:45:48Z

Coventry City have rejected a bid from a consortium led by former vice-chairman Gary Hoffman, calling the offer "extremely low", according to BBC.

Coventry City's owners Sisu Capital Ltd have yet to confirm where the club will play home games next season.

The Sky Blues' current rent deal at the Ricoh Arena is set to expire and the club could be expelled from the EFL.

Alves appears to deny agreeing to new PSG deal

2019-03-20T19:15:00Z

Dani Alves has appeared to deny reports he has agreed to a new deal with Paris Saint-German.

The fullback took to Twitter on Wednesday to deny the speculation following reports that he had signed a new contract with the Ligue 1 champions.

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Martinez unhappy in Atlanta

2019-03-20T18:48:53Z

Gonzalo 'Pity' Martinez is unhappy after joining Atlanta in January, according to TNT Sports.

The midfielder made a big-money move from River Plate but has had trouble acclimating to Atlanta.

Atlanta, the defending MLS Cup champions, are still adjusting to new manager Frank de Boer and have struggled through the start of the MLS season.

Barca prepare bid for Jovic

2019-03-20T18:00:00Z

Barcelona are preparing a €50m (£43m) bid for Luka Jovic, according to the Guardian.

The striker has scored 15 goals in 24 matches this season for Eintracht Frankfurt

Barca executives Ramon Planes and Eric Abidal were in attendance to watch Jovic as Frankfurt topped Inter in the Europa League last week. 

 

Lazio near deal for Liverpool's Moreno

2019-03-20T17:29:37Z

Alberto Moreno is set to leave Liverpool this summer to join Lazio, according to the Independent.

Moreno is nearing a pre-contract agreement with the Italian club as he is set to leave Anfield after a five-year stay.

Former Liverpool players Luis Alberto and Lucas Leiva have also left the club to join Lazio in recent seasons. 

Manchester United looking to beat Napoli to Lozano

2019-03-20T17:09:34Z

Manchester United are expected to edge Napoli in the pursuit for Hirving Lozano, according to Calcio Napoli.

The Red Devils are set to offload Alexis Sanchez and bring in the Mexican international as his direct replacement.

Manchester United's leadership prefer the idea of signing Philippe Coutinho, but are not willing to meet Barcelona's asking price.

That opens the door for the pursuit of Lozano, with Napoli unable to keep up financially with the Premier League side. 

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Castillo admits he regrets Dallas exit

2019-03-20T16:54:52Z

Fabian Castillo admitted that he regrets the manner in which he left FC Dallas.

The winger, who departed the MLS club in summer 2016, says he wishes he stayed on with the team rather than forcing an exit to Turkey midway through the campaign.

Read Castillo's reflection on Goal!

Bayern Munich seal deal for Hernandez

2019-03-20T16:25:03Z

Bayern Munich have finalized a deal for Lucas Hernandez, according to Foot Mercato

Hernandez has been linked with the club for quite some time, and the report says a transfer was finalized several weeks ago.

The defender will sign a long-term deal this summer to remain with Bayern, who met his release clause with Atletico Madrid.

NYCFC sign striker Heber

2019-03-20T16:02:03Z

NYCFC have found a new forward as the club is set to sign Brazilian striker Heber, according to Pro Soccer USA.

The forward is set to join from Croatian side HNK Rijeka having provided eight goals with four assists in 17 matches.

Heber can play as a left winger or as a striker, with the latter being a position of need for the club.

Pogba: Solskjaer deserves Man Utd job

2019-03-20T15:48:51Z

Paul Pogba says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserved the Manchester United job.

The Frenchman says he backs the former striker, who took over for Jose Mourinho in December.

Read Pogba's full quotes on Goal!

Toronto FC loans Bakero to Phoenix

2019-03-20T15:25:39Z

Toronto FC has loaned Jon Bakero to Phoenix Rising, the MLS club announced.

Bakero, the son of former Barcelona midfielder Jose Mari Bakero, joined Toronto FC last summer after being drafted by the Chicago Fire.

He made three appearances after joining the club in July. 

Sampdoria near American takeover

2019-03-20T15:00:16Z

Sampdoria are closing in on new ownership as an American group is set to takeover the club, according to Gazetta dello Sport per Football-Italia.

York Capital Management is nearing a deal to acquire the club as a series of "decisive" meetings will occur over the next several days.

Club legend Gianluca Vialli set to return as President once the takeover is complete. 

 

Mourinho: I've turned down three or four jobs

2019-03-20T14:40:10Z

Jose Mourinho says he has already turned down "three or four" jobs as he awaits the right opportunity to return to management. 

The Portuguese has been out of work since being sacked by Manchester United and would like to be back to work this summer.

Read Mourinho's full comments on Goal!

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Rayo Vallecano announce new manager Jemez

2019-03-20T14:20:10Z

Rayo Vallecano announced that the club has hired Paco Jemez as the club's new manager.

Jemez, who is set to be unveiled on Thursday, managed the club from 2012-16 after previously featuring for the club as a player.

The manager most recently took charge of Las Palmas following a stint in Mexico with Cruz Azul. 

Giggs urges Ampadu to make loan move

2019-03-20T13:55:20Z

Wales national team boss Ryan Giggs believes Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu could benefit from leaving the club on a loan spell.

The promising midfielder has only featured five times in cup competitions for the Blues this season, and Giggs believes he should follow in the footsteps of the likes of Harry Wilson and Ben Woodburn in seeking a temporary switch.

Check out the full story on Goal!

RB Salzburg wonderkid signs new deal

2019-03-20T13:37:34Z

Red Bull Salzbirg wonderkid Dominik Szoboszlai, ranked 21st in Goal's 2019 NxGn list of the world's best teenage talents, has extended his contract with the club!

Mourinho: I've turned down three or four jobs

2019-03-20T13:16:00Z

Jose Mourinho has revealed that he's keen to return to management in the summer and that he's already turned down a number of propositions.

The Portuguese, who was sacked by Manchester United in December, has insisted that he knows exactly the job that he doesn't want, and that he has already snubbed "three or four" offers.

Check out the full story on Goal!

Sancho is world's best teenager!

2019-03-20T13:00:00Z

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It's not transfer news but you'll want to know about it - Jadon Sancho has been crowned Goal's 2019 NxGn winner!

NxGn lists the top 50 teenage talents in world football, with the Dortmund and England star top of this year's standings!

Check out the full list right here!

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Bayern to splash the cash

2019-03-20T12:37:43Z

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Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has confirmed that the club will be involved in a summer spending spree as they look to refresh their squad.

The Bavarians were knocked out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage by Liverpool, producing a disappointing performance on home soil in the second leg.

And Hoeness says the club are in the process of "rejuvenating our team" and that it's the "biggest investment programme Bayern has ever had".

Check out the full story on Goal!

Giroud open to Lyon move

2019-03-20T12:06:10Z

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has reiterated that a move to Ligue 1 is a possibility in the summer.

The Frenchman has struggled for game time at Stamford Bridge under Maurizio Sarri and is currently behind Gonzalo Higuain in the pecking order.

And, when quizzed on potentially joining Lyon, he revealed he can "imagine a return to France" and that "it's a club with very good young players, very good players, very good staff".

Check out the full story on Goal!

No new PSG deal for Dani Alves?

2019-03-20T11:45:17Z

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Paris Saint-Germain full-back Dani Alves has appeared to deny a report that he had agreed a contract extension with the Ligue 1 leaders.

ESPN had claimed that an agreement had been struck to hand the Brazilian a new one-year deal, although his comments on social media appear to refute the story.

Man City close to summer Saul deal

2019-03-20T11:01:57Z

Fernandinho replacement found

Man City are close to wrapping up a deal to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, ESPN reports.

It is claimed that Pep Guardiola has identified the 24-year-old as a long-term successor to Fernandinho after losing out on Frenkie de Jong to Barcelona.

Barca had also been keeping tabs on Saul, but have allegedly pulled out of the race to sign him after hearing City had made firm steps to push through a deal.

Suarez hits back at rumours

2019-03-20T10:45:47Z

Denis Suarez has appeared to respond to the rumours suggesting his loan spell with Arsenal is about to be cancelled as he sent a cryptic message on social media.

Read Suarez's reaction on Goal

Eggestein in extension talks

2019-03-20T09:55:48Z

Maximilian Eggestein is in negotiations with Werder Bremen over a new contract, according to SportBild.

The report claims that the 22-year-old midfielder will request a 'moderate' release clause despite his desire to stay at the club, with Borussia Dortmund seemingly harbouring an interest in the Germany international.

Barca & Ajax discuss collaboration agreement

2019-03-20T09:32:21Z

Barcelona and Ajax have always had a good relationship with each other, but recent events have seen the teams open a dialogue over an even closer bond regarding transfers, according to Sport.

The report claims that Frenkie de Jong's move - and the ongoing talks for Matthijs de Ligt - have prompted the clubs to consider giving each other first refusal on upcoming talents.

In Barca's case, they would be offered any breakthrough players from the Dutch side's academy, while Ajax would be given the pick of La Masia as the Catalan side look to prepare their own hown-grown talents for European football.

The proposal is said to be being looked at favourably by both sides and the signing of De Ligt could be the final push to get it over the line.

Courtois says no to Real Madrid De Gea swap

2019-03-20T09:00:43Z

Thibaut Courtois has rejected a possible move to Manchester United as part of a deal involving David de Gea going the other way, according to The Sun.

The Real Madrid and Belgium goalkeeper, 26, wants to to remain at the Bernabeu after he joined the club from Chelsea last summer, despite being axed by returning manager Zinedine Zidane in favour of Keylor Navas.

Courtois is said to prefer the idea of a swicth to Paris St-Germain if he has to leave as Real as yet again linked with United's Spain No.1.

Benkovic to reunite with Rodgers at Leicester

2019-03-20T08:26:12Z

Brendan Rodgers expects Croatian defender Filip Benkovic to feature for his Leicester side next season, according to the Mercury.

The 21-year-old was loaned to Celtic in the summer where Rodgers worked with him before moving to the King Power Stadium. 

He is set to return to the Midlands as part of Rodgers' plans for the new season.

Alderweireld unsure of Tottenham future

2019-03-20T08:00:47Z

Toby Alderweireld has said he does not know if he will be at Tottenham next season.

Spurs recently triggered a one-year contract extension in the 30-year-old's deal - which was set to expire at the end of this campaign.

But the new terms include a £25 million ($33m) release clause that can only be activated in the upcoming summer transfer window. Manchester United were strongly interested last year.

Read the full story here on Goal!

Liverpool to move for Dybala

2019-03-20T07:35:48Z

Liverpool could be ready to agree a deal to sign Juventus forward Argentine Paulo Dybala in a matter of weeks, accoring to Tutto Mercato.

The 25-year-old has scored nine goals in 35 Juve matches this season and manager Jurgen Klopp is said to be ready to make a move to boost his already strong frontline.

The Anfield club are ready to move fast with Manchester United and others said to be interested in the Argentine.

Man Utd vs Bayern for Griezmann

2019-03-20T07:12:09Z

Manchester United head the queue for Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, who reportedly wants to leave the club.

Spanish outlet Sport say the France forward has made his mind up about leaving the La Liga club just months after announcing his desire to in the face of interest from Barcelona.

United are said to be the frontrunners to sign a player they have long been linked with along with Bayern Munich.

Falcao desires Atletico return

2019-03-20T04:26:46Z

Radamel Falcao would not say no to a return to Atletico Madrid, according to Don Balon.

Antoine Griezmann seems likely to live this summer while Diego Costa's time with the club may be limited as well.

Falcao is interested in a potential move to Inter, but he would be unable to resist a chance to come back to Atleti. 

Barca more likely to pursue Jovic over Griezmann

2019-03-20T02:35:01Z

Luka Jovic is Barcelona's likely target this summer rather than Antoine Griezmann, according to Sport.

Barca are debating whether to sign a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez or a more short-term option.

Jovic is seen as the more feasible option instead of Griezmann, who would command a larger transfer fee. 

Navas hits out at Solari

2019-03-20T01:10:05Z

Keylor Navas criticised former Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari, saying he never felt he would get a chance under his former manager.

The Costa Rican is back in the fold under Zinedine Zidane, and Navas says he would like to stay at the club going forward if his time on the pitch can continue.

Read the full story on Goal!

Juve and Madrid in for Kante

2019-03-19T23:39:57Z

Juventus and Real Madrid are in for N'Golo Kante as the Frenchman's role at Chelsea continues to change, according to Le10Sport.

PSG have also been said to be interested, but remain a distant third on the list as Juve and Real remain the most likely landing spots.

Kante's role at Chelsea has changed this season, although a potential move isn't directly related to his relationship with Maurizio Sarri, according to the report.

Pjanic on Real Madrid's wish list

2019-03-19T23:37:37Z

Miralem Pjanic is one player Real Madrid will look to bring to the club this summer, according to CalcioMercato.

The midfielder is seen as "irreplaceable, but not unsellable" as several clubs remain interested in the Bosnian.

Barcelona, Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid all pushed to sign Pjanic last summer, and Madrid look likely to return for him this time around.

Herrera agrees to new Man Utd deal

2019-03-19T23:24:19Z

Ander Herrera has agreed to a new deal with Manchester United, according to The Sun.

The midfielder becomes the fifth player to sign a new contract since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over as the club's manager.

Herrera's contract is set to expire at the end of the season, but he has agreed to a deal that will keep him with the club going forward.

Benitez and Newcastle move closer to new deal

2019-03-19T23:14:26Z

Rafa Benitez and Newcastle are closing in on a new contract, according to the Mirror

The manager has been given a written offer for a new deal with the club but has yet to officially commit himself.

Benitez is unlikely to sign a deal that would include a handcuff clause and must also be guaranteed money to spend this summer. 

'Adrien is a prisoner being held hostage!'

2019-03-19T23:00:08Z

Adrien Rabiot's mother and agent, Veronique Rabiot, has hit out at Paris Saint-Germain's treatment of her son, comparing him to a prisoner. 

The PSG midfielder remains barred from the first team after opting not to re-sign with the club.

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