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Steer signs new Villa deal

2019-03-18T23:55:20Z

Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer has signed a new contract at the club until the end of next season, according to the Express and Star.

The new deal caps a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for the 26-year-old, who spent the first half of the season on loan at League One Charlton.

However, he has been a regular under Dean Smith since returning to the club in January, starting their last five Championship games and keeping three clean sheets.

Edu announces retirement

2019-03-18T23:40:02Z

Former Toronto, Rangers and Stoke midfielder Maurice Edu has announced his retirement from football at the age of 32.

Edu also had spells with Bursaspor, Philadelphia Union and Bethlehem Steel during his career as well as earning 46 caps for the U.S. national team.

Casillas would love La Liga return

2019-03-18T23:25:15Z

Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas says he "would love" to play in La Liga again.

The goalkeeper rose through the Madrid youth system to spend a successful 16 years with the capital club, winning five La Liga and four Champions League titles before leaving for Porto in 2015.

Read the full story on Goal!

Rayo Vallecano confirm Michel sacking

2019-03-18T23:05:21Z

Rayo Vallecano have confirmed the dismissal of head coach Michel, with Ruben Reyes placed in interim charge.

Rayo have lost their last seven matches to slip to second-bottom in the table, six points from safety with just 10 games left to play. 

Griezmann not fazed by Barca talk

2019-03-18T22:50:07Z

Antoine Griezmann will remain focused despite fresh speculation he could leave Atletico Madrid for Barcelona, according to France head coach Didier Deschamps.

Reports in Spain have indicated Griezmann is becoming unsettled at the Wanda Metropolitano and may be interested in joining Barca at the end of the season.

Read the full story on Goal!

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Arsenal target Pepe reveals Lyon interest last summer

2019-03-18T22:35:59Z

In-demand winger Nicolas Pepe has revealed he turned down a move to Lyon last summer in order to stay at Lille for one more season.

Arsenal are among a number of Premier League clubs to have been linked with the 23-year-old, who is one of the most highly regarded young players in Ligue 1.

Read the full story on Goal.

Nmecha switches allegiance to Germany

2019-03-18T22:20:24Z

Manchester City striker Lukas Nmecha has switched his international allegiance from England to Germany, report the Lancashire Evening Post.

The 20-year-old, who is currently on loan at Preston, has been called up to the Germany Under-21 squad for upcoming games against France and England.

Nmecha represented England from Under-16 through to Under-21 level but has now declared for Germany, the country of his birth and where he lived until the age of nine.

Al-Arabi to sign Gunnarsson

2019-03-18T21:50:07Z

Qatari side Al-Arabi Sports Club have announced they are to sign Cardiff midfielder Aron Gunnarsson at the end of the season.

Reports claim the Iceland international has signed a two-year contract with the option of a third year.

Sarri future to be decided by Granovskaia

2019-03-18T21:30:44Z

Maurizio Sarri's future as Chelsea boss will be decided by Marina Granovskaia, a trusted adviser of owner Roman Abramovich, report The Sun.

Sarri's position has again been thrown into doubt following Sunday's 2-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park, a fourth defeat in five Premier League away games.

If Chelsea do decide to sack the Italian then it will be a decision taken by Granovskaia rather than Abramovich, who has not been seen at Chelsea since April last year.

Real to revive interest in Mane

2019-03-18T20:45:38Z

Zidane keen on Reds forward

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is ready to make a move for Liverpool forward Sadio Mane this summer, report France Football.

Zidane is a long-term admirer of the Senegal international and considered a move for the forward prior to his departure from the Santiago Bernabeu last summer.

Now he is back in charge of Los Blancos Zidane is ready to revive his interest in the 26-year-old, who has scored 20 goals for the Reds this season.

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Morgan excited for Leicester future

2019-03-18T20:28:04Z

Wes Morgan is excited for the future under Brendan Rodgers after signing a one-year contract extension with Leicester City.

The 35-year-old defender, who moved to the Foxes from Nottingham Forest in 2012, has agreed terms on a deal that will run until 2020.

Read the full story on Goal!

Michel sacked by Rayo Vallecano

2019-03-18T20:06:41Z

Rayo Vallecano have sacked coach Michel amid their seven-game losing streak, Marca reports.

Rayo are second bottom of the table and six points from safety with just 10 games left to play. 

Michel took over in February 2017 after spending a year coaching in the youth system but has been let go as the club looks to arrest their terrible form.

Bayern consider Bale bid

2019-03-18T19:41:23Z

Real Madrid star open to joining German champions

Gareth Bale could be on the way to joining Bayern Munich this summer, Teamtalk reports.

The Wales international keeps being linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu, with Madrid reportedly ready to part ways with him at the end of the season.

Manchester United and Tottenham are the reported favourites, but it seems Bayern are ready to enter the picture after asking about Bale when meeting with the Madrid hierarchy to discuss the future of James Rodriguez.

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Leicester captain Morgan signs new deal

2019-03-18T19:14:41Z

Wes Morgan has signed a one-year contract extension with Leicester, it has been confirmed.

The Foxes captain's deal was set to expire at the end of the season but he is now tied to the club until 2020.

Morgan, 35, has made 700 appearances for Leicester and is delighted to continue his stay at the King Power Stadium.

"It means a lot to me. We’ve been through so many ups and downs together as a football club," he told the club's website. "I’ve been right at the heart of it from the very beginning, so to extend my time here means very much to me and I’m very happy."

Arsenal line up Gelson Martins bid

2019-03-18T18:35:17Z

Arsenal are considering a move for Portuguese winger Gelson Martins, A Bola claims.

The 23-year-old left Sporting CP last summer after asking to cancel his contract before signing for Atletico Madrid, though that transfer is subject to an investigation from FIFA.

Arsenal were interested in signing him in January but he was loaned to Monaco instead and has already scored three times in seven Ligue 1 appearances. 

The Gunners' interest has not gone away, however, and they could return in the summer with another bid for him.

PSG considering Griezmann move

2019-03-18T18:00:34Z

Paris Saint-Germain will make a move for Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann if they sell either Neymar or Kylian Mbappe this summer, report AS.

The French champions are one of only a handful of clubs who could afford to pay Griezmann's €200million (£171m/$227m) release clause.

They are now ready to make a move for France international should offers come in for Neymar or Mbappe - the latter of whom has been heavily linked with Real Madrid.

Man Utd to send Pereira out on loan

2019-03-18T17:40:50Z

Manchester United are willing to send Andreas Pereira out on loan next season - as long as he signs a new four-year contract at the club, according to The Sun.

The Red Devils triggered a 12-month extension on Pereira's contract last week but are keen to secure his long-term future.

Should the 23-year-old sign a new deal then he is likely to spend next season out on loan, with Leicester among a number of clubs interested in the Brazilian.

Man Utd advised to change transfer target

2019-03-18T16:48:03Z

Manchester United have been told by Nemanja Vidic that a new midfielder, not Tottenham defender Tony Alderweireld, should be their top priority for the summer transfer window.

A new centre-half is expected to figure prominently on the Red Devils’ wish list when the next opportunity to add presents itself, but former Premier League title winner Vidic believes United should be looking for midfield creativity over defensive strength.

Read the full story on Goal!

Real Madrid eye De Gea move

2019-03-18T16:10:20Z

Real Madrid have added Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea to their list of summer transfer targets, report the Daily Record.

Los Blancos hope to exploit the current contract impasse between de Gea and the United hierarchy, who have so far refused to meet the Spaniard's wage demands.

De Gea's current deal expires in 2020 so would be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with rival clubs from next January.

Arsenal considering Solly swoop

2019-03-18T15:25:18Z

Arsenal are weighing up a move for Brighton winger Solly March, according to TEAMtalk.

The 24-year-old penned a new contract with the Seagulls last summer but has continued to impress and is now registering on the radar of those at Emirates Stadium.

Wolves want Jimenez stay

2019-03-18T15:02:05Z

Wolves skipper Conor Coady is hoping a deal will be done to turn Raul Jimenez’s loan deal into a permanent transfer.

He has told talkSPORT of the Mexican striker: “It would be good if we could keep hold of Raul, it really would. It feels like he’s been at the club for a long time and we want to keep him there for as long as possible.”

Man United not planning to move for Bale

2019-03-18T14:30:11Z

Manchester United are not planning a summer transfer swoop for Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale, according to ESPN.

Due to the Welshman's age (29) and his market value, the Red Devils will not be pursuing his signature when the transfer window reopens.

Bale's future at Madrid is uncertain after Zinedine Zidane's return as manager, but United are reportedly focused on signing emerging young talent instead.

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Herrera set to sign for Atletico

2019-03-18T14:05:03Z

FC Porto midfielder Hector Herrera is on the verge of signing for Atletico Madrid, accoridng to AS.

Amid plenty of interest from a number of top European clubs, the Mexican has chosen the Wanda Metropolitano as his next destination, with a five year contract reportedly on the table.

Herrera has featured in 38 matches across all competitions for Porto this season, scoring six goals.

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Morelos intends to make Premier League move

2019-03-18T13:42:23Z

Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos has revealed that he intends to head to the Premier League at some stage having recently been linked with Leicester.

The Colombia international was said to have become a target for the Foxes as former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers eyed a potential return to Glasgow for striking reinforcements.

A new contract has helped to curb the exit talk for now, but more is expected in upcoming transfer windows and Morelos admits that he is eager to test himself in England.

Read the full story on Goal.

Chelsea happy to lose Hazard on a free

2019-03-18T13:00:00Z

Chelsea are prepared to let Eden Hazard run down his contract and risk losing him on a free transfer, claims The Sun.

The Belgian forward, who continues to be heavily linked with Real Madrid, is tied to terms through to the summer of 2020 and is yet to commit to an extended stay at Stamford Bridge.

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Tottenham scouts impressed with Jota

2019-03-18T11:58:54Z

Tottenham scouts watched Benfica striker Jota in Europa League action against Dinamo Zagreb last week, according to The Sun.

Spurs representaives were impressed with the 19-year-old during the 3-0 victory for the Portuguese giants, which saw them progress to the quarterfinals of this year's competition.

Jota has been mooted as one of a number of possible targets for Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino this summer, as he aims to reinforce his squad.

Man United had a helicopter ready for Bale, says Moyes

2019-03-18T11:40:33Z

Manchester United had a helicopter ready to bring Gareth Bale to Old Trafford during the summer of 2013, claims David Moyes, but the Red Devils were beaten to a prized signature by Real Madrid.

Those at Old Trafford believed that they were well in contention at one stage, despite Madrid having moved to the front of the queue.

Bale appeared to open the door for discussions with United, with a more lucrative deal on the table, but a man who has been heavily linked with the Red Devils again in recent windows ended up leaving Moyes empty-handed.

Read the full story on Goal.

Pochettino still in Man Utd picture?

2019-03-18T11:09:24Z

Manchester United’s decision not to announce Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their new permanent manager suggests that Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino remains in the frame, says Jamie Redknapp.

Thye former Spurs midfielder said in the Daily Mail: “Regardless of Tottenham’s recent poor run of form, he remains the strongest candidate and would become an even more attractive option should United’s season not finish on a high."

Read the full story on Goal!

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Juventus plotting Eriksen bid

2019-03-18T10:32:55Z

Christian Eriksen is registering on Juventus' summer transfer radar, according to Calciomercato.

The Tottenham playmaker has been linked with the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid in the recent past, but is now attracting admiring glances from Italy.

Griezmann to Barca?

2019-03-18T10:13:40Z

Newcastle readying Rafa extension

2019-03-18T09:31:03Z

Newcastle are preparing to tie Rafa Benitez to fresh terms and end the uncertainty surrounding his future, reports the Chronicle.

The Magpies have made it clear that they are willing to put an extended agreement in place whenever the Spaniard is ready to commit.

Marcelo set to stay at Real Madrid

2019-03-18T08:58:14Z

Juventus transfer target Marcelo could end up staying at Real Madrid this summer, according to Calcio Mercato.

Returning Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane is ready to restore the Brazilian to the starting line-up at Santiago Bernabeu on a regular basis.

Marcelo fell down the pecking order at Madrid under Santiago Solari and Juve had been hoping to lure him to Italy when the transfer window reopens.

Real Madrid target bargain deal for Icardi

2019-03-18T08:29:25Z

Real Madrid are aiming to land Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi for a cut price €80 million ($91m, £68m) fee this summer - according to AS.

The Argentine forward was stripped of the captaincy at San Siro amid an ongoing contract dispute and Los Blancos are hoping to capitalise on his situation.

Icardi has a €110 million ($125m, £94m) release clause in his current contract, but Madrid will target a bargain deal for the 26-year-old.

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Emery interested in luring Djene to Arsenal

2019-03-18T07:58:19Z

Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants to reignite the club's pursuit of Getafe defender Djene Dakonam, according to AS.

The Spanish coach is a keen admirer of the 27-year-old centre-back and tried to bring him to the Emirates Stadium last summer.

Emery was present at the Mestalla to watch Valencia's 0-0 draw with Getafe on Sunday and was impressed by Djene once again, as he starts to line up targets for the next transfer window.

€70m Richarlison price tag puts off Milan

2019-03-18T07:28:16Z

AC Milan have identified Everton striker Richarlison as a top transfer target this summer, but his current price tag may put them off submitting a formal offer - according to Calcio Mercato.

The Toffees are reluctant to lose their most prized asset and will only listen to offers in the region of €70 million (£60m, $79m).

Richarlison has scored 12 goals in 29 Premier League appearances for Everton this season.

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Juventus interested in Sanchez

2019-03-18T07:04:32Z

Out of favour Manchester United winger Alexis Sanchez is the subject of interest from Juventus, according to Calcio Mercato.

The Italian giants are prepared to offer the Chilean a way out of Old Trafford, but only if he is willing to take a hefty pay cut.

Sanchez has only managed to contribute one goal and two assists in 17 Premier League games this term.

 

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Arsenal consider Overmars after Monchi snub

2019-03-18T05:28:33Z

Arsenal are considering a push to hire Marc Overmars after Monchi opted for a Sevilla return, according to the Telegraph

Overmars is currently the technical director at Ajax, and is now seen as the favourite for a front office role with Arsenal.

The former winger played for the club from 1997-2000. 

Pique not planning another Griezmann documentary

2019-03-18T03:31:34Z

Antoine Griezmann is being linked to Barcelona once again, but Gerard Pique insists there's no plans for another documentary.

The French striker announced via a film last summer that he had opted against joining Barcelona in favour of a stay with Atletico Madrid.

But the forward has been linked with a move once again, prompting rumours that say he could join Barca this summer.

Read Pique's quotes on the situation on Goal!

Balotelli planned Rashford celebration against PSG

2019-03-18T02:31:48Z

Mario Balotelli planned a special celebration if he were able to score against PSG, according to Canal+.

The Italian planned to unveil a shirt with a photo of Marcus Rashford if he scored on Sunday, poking fun at PSG's elimination at the hands of Manchester United via the English striker's penalty finish.

Balotelli, though, was held scoreless as PSG wen to earn a 3-1 victory over Marseille

James: I'm happy at Bayern

2019-03-18T01:52:27Z

James Rodriguez says he is happy at Bayern Munich ahead of the expiration of his loan this summer.

Real Madrid will have the final say with regards to the on-loan midfielder, and a permanent move to Bayern remains a possibility.

Read the Colombian's full quotes on Goal!

Chelsea could sack Sarri over international break

2019-03-18T01:00:05Z

Maurizio Sarri could be sacked over the international break, according to the Express.

Chelsea were topped by Everton on Sunday as pressure continues to mount on the Italian.

Complicating matters is Chelsea's upcoming transfer ban, making the job less appealing while also not allowing the club the chance to truly rebuild.

Real and Atletico eye Brandt move

2019-03-18T00:00:56Z

The winger has caught the attention of a number of top clubs

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are interested in signing Bayer Leverkusen forward Julian Brandt, according to Bild.

Brandt has scored four goals and notched 10 assists in 25 Bundesliga appearances this season, having beaten Manchester City's Leroy Sane to a place in the Germany World Cup squad last summer. 

Real consider €150m Salah bid

2019-03-18T00:00:49Z

The La Liga side are considering their options

Real Madrid are considering a move for Mohamed Salah if they fail in their attempts to sign Eden Hazard, according to Don Balon.

Los Blancos are looking for a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese departed for Juventus last summer, and Hazard is said to be their first-choice target.

However, Florentino Perez is reportedly prepared to spend €150 million (£128m/$170m) on Salah if the La Liga giants fail to snare the Chelsea winger. 

Barbet confirms Brentford contract talks

2019-03-18T00:00:10Z

Yoann Barbet is in talks with Brentford over a new deal, report football.london.

The defender's current deal is up at the end of the season and no agreement has yet been reached with the Championship club. 

Barbet was linked with a move to Aston Villa before the January transfer window, although he has enjoyed more regular game time since then due to the departure of Chris Mepham to Bournemouth. 

Nacho could leave Real

2019-03-18T00:00:07Z

Nacho could be forced out of Real Madrid this summer, claim Don Balon.

The Spanish giants are considering bringing in aditional cover for their first-choice centre-back pairing of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, and there is a suggestion Nacho could make way for the new arrival.

Nacho is used as a versatile option across the back four by Real and has been regularly recognised by the Spanish national team for his performances at Santiago Bernabeu. 

Sarri has Higuain concerns

2019-03-18T00:00:05Z

The Argentine has struggled since his January arrival

Maurizio Sarri wants Gonzalo Higuain to give Chelsea more after he fired another blank Everton.

The Argentine has only netted once since he scored twice against Huddersfield.

There remains uncertainty over whether Higuain can remain at Stamford Bridge at the end of the campaign due to their upcoming transfer ban.

Read how his manager wants more from the Juventus loanee on Goal.