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Raiola meets with Milan over Bonaventura future

2019-03-19T23:20:58Z

AC Milan recently met with midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura's agent Mino Raiola over a new contract, reports Calciomercato

Bonaventura's current contract expires at the end of next season, but Milan are keen to extend the 29-year-old's deal beyond that. 

Bonaventura has not played since November after he suffered a serious knee injury. 

Kreis named USA U-23 head coach

2019-03-19T23:02:48Z

Former Real Salt LakeNew York City FC and Orlando City head coach Jason Kreis has been named the new U.S. Under-23 national team coach.

Kreis was sacked by Orlando City midway through 2018, but now has another shot to manage as the U.S. eyes a spot at the 2020 Olympics. 

The U.S. named its first U-23 roster of Kreis' tenure on Tuesday, with Timothy Weah and Josh Sargent two of the more notable names. 

Read the full story here

Giroud salary could be too high for Marseille & Lyon

2019-03-19T22:32:00Z

Olivier Giroud's salary demands could make the Chelsea man too expensive for Marseille or Lyon, Le10Sport claims. 

The 32-year-old's contract with the Blues expires at the end of the season, and the striker could be eyeing a move back to his homeland. 

But Giroud currently nets €3.5 million per year in England, which would make him too pricey for either of the two interested Ligue 1 sides. 

West Ham & Newcastle eye Mainz wonderkid

2019-03-19T22:04:28Z

West Ham and Newcastle United are keeping an eye on Mainz attacking midfielder Erkan Eyibil, according to Turkish-Football. 

The 17-year-old has been compared to Mesut Ozil for his left-footed playmaking, and has starred at youth level for Mainz and Germany

Eyibil is being tipped for a call to the Mainz senior team soon, and has just one year remaining on his current deal with the Bundesliga side. 

Rabiot's mother claims PSG are holding her son hostage

2019-03-19T21:39:29Z

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 midfielder is currently in exile from the PSG first team after he refused to discuss a new deal with the club. 

Rabiot now must wait for his contract to expire in the summer before he finds a new team, but his mother is not happy with how his final months in Paris are playing out. 

Read the full story here

D.C. United sign teenage forward Yow

2019-03-19T21:12:32Z

D.C. United have signed 16-year-old forward Griffin Yow to a homegrown contract, the club announced on Tuesday. 

"Griffin is a promising young prospect who has grown tremendously in the past 18 months in our academy,” D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper said in a club release.

“He has been a top performer for our U-17 academy team, and has represented the U.S. youth national teams at various levels and we're looking forward to utilizing our new USL Championship club, Loudoun United FC, to begin his development as a professional soccer player." 

Juventus eye Haller

2019-03-19T20:45:03Z

Juventus are interested in Eintracht Frankfurt striker Sebastien Haller, according to TMW.

The French frontman has not been called up for national team duty despite his impressive numbers this season, notching 19 goals and 12 assists in 37 appearances across all competitions, and may feel that a move to an elite club would help his chances.

However, Frankfurt have reportedly slapped a €40m (£34m/$45m) price tag on the striker in an attempt to ward off interest, with suitors also circling over their other striker, Luka Jovic.

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Spurs weighing up Perisic move

2019-03-19T20:15:35Z

Tottenham are weighing up the possibility of signing Ivan Perisic from Inter, according to FcInterNews.

However, there are those in the Spurs hierarchy that are put off by the reported €35m (£30m/$40m) price tag that has been slapped on the 30-year-old winger.

Perisic has managed five goals and seven assists in 35 appearances across all competitions this season. 

Alves signs PSG extension

2019-03-19T19:45:56Z

Dani Alves has agreed a contract extension with Paris Saint-Germain, according to ESPN.

The 35-year-old right-back was hoping for a two-year deal but has had to settle for just one.

The Brazilian's deal was set to expire at the end of this season, but Alves will now remain in Paris until at least the end of the next campaign.

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Alderweireld refuses to confirm Spurs future

2019-03-19T19:15:17Z

Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld has said he does not know if he will be at the club next season, according to Sky Sports.

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.

The Belgian was evasive when asked what his plans were for the 2019-20 season, saying, "I don't look further than this season".

Read the full story right here on Goal!

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Benfica turn down Liverpool approach for Ferreira

2019-03-19T18:45:01Z

Benfica have knocked back Liverpool's latest approach for centre-back Reis Ferreira, according to the Mirror.

The Reds had shown interest in the summer of 2017, but their offer of a loan with an option to buy was refused, and now a second offer has been rejected.

The 21-year-old centre-half - nicknamed 'Ferro' - has recently signed a new deal keeping him at the club until 2023, and has made five senior appearances this season, scoring twice.

Pato to join Sao Paulo for reduced rate

2019-03-19T18:12:50Z

Alexandre Pato is prepared to take a pay cut to return to Sao Paulo FC, reports ESPN Brazil. 
 
The 29-year-old striker recently cancelled his contract with Tianjin Tianhai after spending two seasons in China
 
Pato is eager to return to his home country and to the club where he played between 2014 and 2016, and is reportedly ready to accept a reduced salary to do so. 

Pastore too expensive for River

2019-03-19T17:54:49Z

River Plate have deemed out-of-favour Roma midfielder Javier Pastore to be too expensive, according to TNT Sports.

River are looking for a replacement for Juan Quintero, who will be sidelined up to nine months with a knee ligament injury. 

Pastore, who is struggling for game time at Roma, has been mentioned as a possible replacement, but River have ruled the Argentine out due to his large contract.

England U-17 World Cup winner moving to Charlotte

2019-03-19T17:33:04Z

Man City goalkeeper Curtis Anderson is set to join United Soccer League side Charlotte Independence, ESPN FC reports. 

Anderson, 18, was the starting goalkeeper as England lifted the 2017 U-17 World Cup, and has also played for his country at U-16, U-18 and U-19 levels. 

Anderson will join Charlotte on a permanent deal, with the club currently playing in the USL Championship, the second tier of the American soccer pyramid.

Man Utd could trigger 12-month Rashford extension

2019-03-19T17:10:31Z

The club are growing impatient with talks over a long-term deal

Manchester United are set to trigger a 12-month extension for Marcus Rashford, with talks over a new deal yet to bear fruit. 

Rashford's current contract expires at the end of next season, and the club have been locked in talks over a five-year extension for more than a month.

But with progress slow, United could opt to extend the 21-year-old's current deal one more season instead of agreeing a long-term deal. 

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Schreuder to succeed Nagelsmann as Hoffenheim coach

2019-03-19T16:45:39Z

Hoffenheim have announced that Alfred Schreuder will take over as head coach from the start of next season.

Schreuder is currently an assistant at Ajax, and was an assistant at Hoffenheim from October 2015 until January last year.

"I'm aware of the great challenge, but that's exactly what I find particularly appealing," Schreuder told Hoffenheim's website.

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Hazard 'not working on' Real Madrid move

2019-03-19T16:21:15Z

Eden Hazard has said he is 'not working on' a move to Real Madrid, but is still open to leaving Chelsea at season's end. 

The Belgian has long been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu, with his contract set to expire at the end of next season. 

But when asked about his future, the 28-year-old remained cryptic.

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Bayern leading the way for Nicolas Pepe

2019-03-19T15:46:32Z

Bayern Munich are winning the race to sign Lille's highly sort-after winger Nicolas Pepe, according to BeIN Sports.

The Ivorian has scored 17 goals for Lille this term and has a host of clubs traling him, but the German champions are the leading contenders for his signature and will stump up €80million (£68million / $90million) to ensure they get their man. 

Stay at Ibrox, Novo urges Morelos

2019-03-19T15:35:36Z

Former Rangers striker Nacho Novo has advised striker Alfredo Morelos to stick it out at Ibrox amidst rumours he is set to leave, report the Herald.

Turkish giants Fenerbahce have reportedly made contact with the club over the Colombian's availability, but former fans favourite Novo has urged his friend to stay in Scotland

Arsenal close to Martinelli deal

2019-03-19T15:06:44Z

Arsenal are close to completing a deal for Brazilian striker Gabriel Martinelli, according to Globo Esporte. 

The 17 year-old Ituano forward has attracted the attention of a cache of clubs but the Gunners are in pole position to land him for next season.

Villa want Brentford's Barbet

2019-03-19T14:35:26Z

Aston Villa want to sign French defender Yoann Barbet for their late bid for the Championship play-offs, according to the Birmingham Mail.

The 25 year-old has been offered a new deal by current club Brentford, which could scupper Villa boss Dean Smith's hopes. 

Man Utd & Milan alerted to Rabiot chance

2019-03-19T14:00:19Z

Manchester United and AC Milan have been alerted to the possibility of landing Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, claims Calciomercato.

Barcelona were considered to be leading the chase for the France international, but their waning interest has left the door open for other suitors to make a move.

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Is Pochettino thinking of Madrid?

2019-03-19T13:36:01Z

Arsenal to make another move for Martins

2019-03-19T13:00:00Z

Gelson Martins is back in Arsenal's sights, claims A Bola.

The 23-year-old forward joined Monaco on loan in January, rather than the Gunners, but Unai Emery remains keen on a man contracted to La Liga giants Atletico Madrid.

Sane & Salah tipped for Liverpool stay

2019-03-19T12:37:06Z

Liverpool can fend off any interest in the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, says Jamie Carragher, with Jurgen Klopp the perfect manager for an ambitious club and squad.

The former Reds defender told Sky Sports: “Liverpool did lose Philippe Coutinho not so long ago, but I think it would be difficult to prise players away from the club now."

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West Ham competing for Maripan

2019-03-19T12:32:53Z

West Ham are the latest side to express an interest in Alaves defender Guillermo Maripan, claims the Daily Mail.

The Hammers are keen to bolster their back line this summer, but face competition from Roma for a top target.

New man in charge at Hoffenheim

2019-03-19T12:08:27Z

Gross flattered by Liverpool links

2019-03-19T12:01:19Z

Pascal Gross is flattered to be sparking talk of interest from Liverpool, but the Brighton midfielder insists no offers have been received from Anfield.

He has told Goal and Spox: “Of course it is an honour when such rumours arise, but I have not heard anything concrete.”

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Juve leading Man City in Zaniolo chase

2019-03-19T11:44:31Z

Juventus are leading Manchester City and Real Madrid in the race for Roma starlet Nicolo Zaniolo, claims Tuttosport.

The 19-year-old midfielder has starred in his debut campaign at Sadio Olimpico and is now expected to generate a transfer of around €60 million (£51m/$68m).

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Gunnarsson flying Bluebirds nest

2019-03-19T11:20:04Z

Long-serving Aron Gunnarsson is set to leave Cardiff at the end of the season, according to BBC Sport.

29-year-old, who has been with the Bluebirds since 2011, will move on once his current contract expires.

Courtois snubs De Gea swap deal with Man Utd

2019-03-19T11:04:50Z

Madrid keeper blocks Red Devils trade

Thibaut Courtois has snubbed a swap deal involving Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, according to The Sun.

The Belgian only left the Premier League for Real Madrid in the summer of 2018, but is already seeing his future called into question after being dropped by Zinedine Zidane.

A return to England has been mooted, but the 26-year-old has no desire to head for Old Trafford and would prefer to join Paris Saint-Germain if Madrid do decide to move him on.

Albion holding off on new appointment

2019-03-19T10:41:16Z

West Brom will hold off on making a new appointment following the success of caretaker boss James Shan, report the Mail. 

The interim manager has won two out of two since succeeding the sacked Darren Moore, beating Swansea and Brentford to shore up Albion's chances of making the Championship play-offs. 

Bournemouth want Chelsea's Mount

2019-03-19T10:22:13Z

Bournemouth want to take Chelsea's England U21 star Mason Mount on loan for next season, according to the Sun.

The 20 year-old, who received his first England call-up in 2018, has spent the season on loan at Derby County under former Blues boss Frank Lampard.

Arsenal to look at internal appointment for head of recruitment

2019-03-19T09:23:05Z

Arsenal could look to make an internal appointment to their vacant head of recruitment role after failing the persuade Roma's Monchi to join, according to the Times. 

Former defender Steve Morrow, currently employed as the club's head of youth scouting, is one option under consideration to succeed to the role after attempts to make an outside appointment drew blanks.

Ibrahimovic explains Man City snub

2019-03-19T09:00:15Z

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed why he turned down the chance to join Manchester City in 2011.

A man who ended up joining United in 2016 told The Mirror: "I had the chance to go to City when I was at Barcelona but after that moment in Barcelona, I needed to find happiness.”

Read the full story on Goal!

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Bournemouth bidding to take Mount

2019-03-19T08:36:26Z

Bournemouth are considered to be the favourites to take Mason Mount on loan from Chelsea next season, according to The Sun.

The 20-year-old midfielder has spent the 2018-19 campaign with Championship side Derby, but will be looking for Premier League experience next term and could link up with the Cherries.

Arsenal set to dump Suarez

2019-03-19T08:09:36Z

Arsenal will not be taking up the option to sign Denis Suarez this summer, claims The Sun.

The Spanish midfielder has made little impact with the Gunners since arriving on loan from Barcelona in January and will be sent back at Camp Nou at the end of the season.

Liverpool looking at Boro starlet

2019-03-19T07:33:49Z

Liverpool and Newcastle are among those considering a move for Middlesbrough starlet Bilal Brahimi, according to TEAMtalk.

The 18-year-old has not been tied to fresh terms at the Riverside Stadium and could now move on, with Ligue 1 outfit Rennes also keen on doing a deal.

West Ham & Everton want Dzeko

2019-03-19T07:08:41Z

West Ham and Everton are keen on returning Edin Dzeko to the Premier League, claims Corriere dello Sport.

The former Manchester City striker is currently on the books of Serie A outfit Roma, but could be allowed to leave the Italian capital this summer.

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'Militao move fantastic for Real Madrid'

2019-03-19T06:12:09Z

Iker Casillas says Real Madrid's move for Eder Militao is fantastic for the club.

The former Real Madrid goalkeeper is team-mate with Militao at Porto, and Casillas backs the defender for a bright future in Madrid.

Read his comments regarding the transfer on Goal!

Griezmann wants Barca move

2019-03-19T05:02:02Z

Antoine Griezmann wants to join Barcelona this summer, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The Atletico Madrid striker turned down a move to the Spanish champions last summer, revealing in a documentary that he had opted to return to his current club.

But he is now said to be angling for a move with Barcelona his desired landing spot. 

Mourinho: Mbappe worth more than Messi or Ronaldo

2019-03-19T03:10:00Z

Jose Mourinho says that Kylian Mbappe is worth more than Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi or Neymar.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward is just 20 years old and, given his achievements at such a young age, the former Manchester United boss says he may just be the world's most valuable player.

Read Mourinho's view on Goal!

Ratcliffe interested in buying Chelsea

2019-03-19T01:47:13Z

Sir Jim Ratcliffe maintains interest in buying Chelsea, according to the Times.

The billionaire has been exploring whether to purchase the London club but has been unwilling to meet Roman Abramovic's asking price of at least £2.5 billion.

Rarcliffe, 66, is the wealthiest person in Britain.

Varane considering Real Madrid exit

2019-03-18T23:25:26Z

Raphael Varane is seriously considering leaving Real Madrid this summer according to L'Equipe.

Varane has a strong relationship with Zinedine Zidane, but, despite weathering the worst of it, is disappointed by the state of the current Real Madrid season.

The defender wants to test himself in a new environment as he feels he has become too comfortable due to the lack of competition for a spot.

Manchester United are said to be interested and a move would almost certainly surpass the fee Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk last winter.

 

Goalkeeper Steer agrees to new deal with Villa

2019-03-18T23:19:43Z

Jed Steer has agreed to a one-year contract extension to remain with Aston Villa, according to Express & Star.

The new deal will keep him with the club through 2020 with his current deal set to expire this summer.

Steer has started Villa’s last five Championship games, keeping three clean sheets for the club as they chase promotion. 

El Sharaawy ready to renew Roma deal

2019-03-18T23:13:54Z

Stephan El Shaarawy is set to renew his deal with Roma, according to Calcio Mercato

The Italian international's current deal is set to expire in 2020, but he is set to renew despite interest from West Ham.

He has appeared in 20 league matches this season and has scored nine goals while adding two assists as well.

Nara: Icardi close to making peace with Inter

2019-03-18T23:10:04Z

Mauro Icardi is close to making peace with Inter following a prolongued absence, according to his wife and agent Wanda Nara.

The forward has missed the last nine matches after being stripped of the club's captaincy, but it appears a return is near.

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Rice in line for England start

2019-03-18T23:07:48Z

Declan Rice appears to be in line to start at Wembley on Friday in his first match since switching allegiances from Ireland to England, according to the Mirror

With Jordan Henderson nursing an injury, the West Ham midfielder is seen as a candidate to start as the Three Lions face the Czech Republic.

Rice recently switched allegiances from Ireland having played three friendlies fo

Casillas would like La Liga return

2019-03-18T23:00:22Z

Iker Casillas says he would like a return to La Liga while also adding he would like to play for Spain once more.

The goalkeeper joined Porto in 2015 following a 16-year stay with Real Madrid, and, while his time with his former club is over, he would like to play in Spain again before calling it a career.

Read Casillas' full quotes on Goal!