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Barella turned down €50m Chelsea move

2019-02-06T22:54:33Z

Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella turned down a €50 million (£44m/$57m) move to Chelsea last month for family reasons, Tuttomercatoweb reports. 

Cagliari had accepted the Blues' offer and had lined up Nahitan Nandez from Boca Juniors as Barella's replacement, but the midfielder and his family preferred to stay in Italy

Barella could be on the move within Italy this summer, with Napoli and Inter reported to be interested.

Nice and Angers interested in Aye

2019-02-06T22:23:37Z

Nice and Angers are tracking Clermont Foot striker Florian Aye, according to Le10Sport

The 22-year-old has drawn Ligue 1 attention by tallying 11 goals and three assists in 23 Ligue 2 games this season.

Nice are particurally keen on Aye, having lost strikers Alassane Plea and Mario Balotelli in the past year. 

Young nears new Man Utd contract

2019-02-06T21:49:28Z

Manchester United full-back Ashley Young is close to signing a one-year contract extension, reports Sky Sports News. 

The 33-year-old is still a key figure at Old Trafford, having started all but two of caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's 10 matches in charge.

Young has been in talks with United for several weeks and it is understood those discussions are progressing well. 

Bayern watching Upamecano

2019-02-06T21:25:01Z

Bayern Munich are keeping an eye on RB Lepizig centre-back Dayot Upamecano ahead of a possible summer move, reports Sport Bild. 

The 20-year-old Frenchman is one of the most highly coveted defenders in Europe due to his combination of power and pace.

Buying Upamecano won't be easy though, with the defender having a contract through 2021 and a buyout clause of €100 million.

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Monchi considers Roma exit

2019-02-06T20:57:29Z

Roma sporting director Monchi is considering leaving the club, according to Calciomercato

Monchi is under pressure after an unsuccessful transfer window and his continued backing of manager Eusebio Di Francesco, who many around the club want to see fired.

Should Monchi decide to leave, Arsenal and Manchester United would likely have interest in his services. 

Ajax sign Rasmussen from FC Nordsjaelland

2019-02-06T20:33:50Z

Ajax have signed Christian Rasmussen from FC Nordsjaelland, with the Danish U-16 international set to join the Dutch side in July.

Rasmussen signs on a deal until June 2022, and will initially join up with the Ajax U-17 side.

Nagoya Grampus sign Schmidt from Atalanta

2019-02-06T20:11:45Z

Atalanta have loaned midfielder Joao Schmidt to Japanese side Nagoya Grampus.

Grampus will have an option to purchase the 25-year-old, who has been on loan with Portuguese side Rio Ave FC since July. 

Huesca loanee Herrera can't play against Girona due to Man City clause

2019-02-06T19:49:18Z

Yangel Herrera will be unable to play against Girona due to a clause in Huesca's deal with Manchester City, accord to Marca.

The midfielder spend the past two seasons on loan with New York City FC, but is now with Huesca in Spain following a loan from Man City.

The Citizens, though, are partnered with Girona, and Herrera will be forced to miss this weekend's match due to that clause.

FC Cincy signs MLS Draft picks

2019-02-06T19:25:30Z

FC Cincinnati has signed all six of the players the club selected in January's MLS Draft, according to Cincinnati.com.

No. 1 overall pick Frankie Amaya was signed before the draft, but the club has now added the five previously-unsigned picks.

Tommy McCabe, Logan Gdula, Rashawn Dally, Ben Lundt and Jimmy Hague have all officially signed contracts after joining the club to start preseason.

Napoli postpone Hamsik's move to China

2019-02-06T19:08:31Z

Napoli have postponed Marek Hamsik's proposed move to the Chinese Super League due to concerns about the payment of the transfer fee.

The midfielder was supposed to join Dalian Yifang for a fee of roughly €15 million (£13m/$17m) this week, but the deal was called off due to an issue with the "payment methods".

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Orlando City waives defender Allen

2019-02-06T18:49:03Z

Orlando City has waived defender RJ Allen, the club announced.

Allen originally joined the Lions in December 2017 and went on to make 18 appearances for the club last season.

The defender is the 15th player from Orlando's 2017 roster to leave the team.

Mannone set for Minnesota loan

2019-02-06T18:16:48Z

Reading's Vito Mannone is set to join Minnesota United on loan, according to Football London.

The Italian goalkepeer has been exiled from the first-team squad this season but is under contract through 2020.

Mannone had played 47 games for the club since joining in 2017.

James 'glad to be back in action' following failed Leeds transfer

2019-02-06T17:49:57Z

After a last-gasp transfer to Leeds fell apart, Daniel James says he's glad to be back with Swansea.

James was set to join Leeds on loan until the end of the season with an eye on a permanent deal, but Swansea blocked the move at the last minute.

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Saint-Maximin social post spurs transfer speculation

2019-02-06T17:22:15Z

Allan Saint-Maximin's future continues to be a talking point as the winger's recent Instagram post fueled transfer speculation.

The Nice star has been linked with a move to AC Milan in recent weeks and Saint-Maxim's recent Instagram sent fans into a frenzy when he posted a caption cryptically stating that "It's only a matter of time".

A move to Milan could depend on the club's current campaign as the winger would likely only join if Milan are in Europe next season, according to Calcio Mercato.

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Chelsea eye Hazard replacements Richarlison and Insigne

2019-02-06T17:03:59Z

Chelsea have identified several players that the club see as Eden Hazard replacements, according to the Daily Mail.

Lorenzo Insigne and Richarlison are the two top targets, while Christian Pulisic has already been brought in as more of a replacement for the aging Pedro and Wilian.

Pablo Sarabia is another player that scouts have reccomended while Jadon Sancho and Philippe Coutinho are seen as unlikely options.

Werner told to trust his gut amid Liverpool and Bayern links

2019-02-06T16:31:59Z

RB Leipzig's Emil Forsberg says that Timo Werner needs to "trust his gut" with regards to all of the trasnfer speculation that continues to swirl.

Werner has been linked with Liverpool and Bayern Munich but, so far, has been all quiet with regards to signing a new deal with RB Leipzig.

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Milan eye next Thiago Silva

2019-02-06T16:16:12Z

AC Milan are interested in Marseille's Boubacar Kamara, according to Calcio Mercato.

The defender has been compared to former Milan defender and current PSG star Thiago Silva due to his ability to read the game.

Chelsea, Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund have also registered interest, but Kamara is expected to be one of Milan's biggest targets this summer.

Nantes request Sala transfer fee

2019-02-06T16:00:31Z

Nantes have requested the transfer fee for Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala, who is missing presumed dead after a plane crash, according to BBC Sport.

City bought the forward for a club-record fee of £15 million ($19m) in January only for the player's plane to disappear in mysterious circumstances.

It has since been found but no bodies have been identified.

Dortmund to offer Favre new deal

2019-02-06T15:09:41Z

Borussia Dortmund have been left so impressed with the performance of Lucien Favre, they are ready to offer him a new deal.

The Swiss joined the club from Nice in the summer and has led BVB to the summit of the Bundesliga.

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Bayern & Juve eye Man Utd keeper Henderson

2019-02-06T14:57:29Z

Bayern Munich and Juventus are monitoring the progress of Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson, according to ESPN.

The England Under-21 international is currently on loan at Sheffield United and has impressed for the Championship high-flyers.

And as such some of Europe's top clubs are now weighing up future moves for the youngster.

Hazard hopeful of £100m Madrid move

2019-02-06T14:25:35Z

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard remains hopeful he will join Real Madrid this summer in a deal worth in excess of £100 million.

Goal understands that the Blancos may look to sell Isco at the end of the season to help fund the move for Hazard.

Check out the full story from Nizaar Kinsella right here!

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Rashford considered Man Utd exit before Mourinho sacking

2019-02-06T13:54:04Z

Striker now set for contract talks

Marcus Rashford was considering leaving Manchester United for Real Madrid while Jose Mourinho was the manager at Old Trafford.

According to The Sun, the England international, whose contract runs out in the summer of 2020, was seriously weighing up swapping his boyhood club for Santiago Bernabeu.

But following Mourinho's sacking he is now willing to speak to the Red Devils regarding a fresh deal, with the club willing to treble his wages to £200,000-per-week.

Barca to wait to renew Messi contract

2019-02-06T13:32:09Z

Barcelona will not rush into talks regarding a new contract for Lionel Messi, according to club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

The Argentine superstar's current deal runs out in the summer of 2021, but the Blaugrana are keen to talk at some stage as Messi shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

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James's father talks up Juventus move

2019-02-06T13:04:15Z

Could Colombian be heading for Italy?

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James Rodriguez's father has suggested that the midfielder would be making "a good decision" if he made a move to Serie A.

Juventus have been linked with the Bayern Munich playmaker, with reports suggesting Cristiano Ronaldo is keen for the switch to happen.

And James's father Wilson has talked up the friendship between the two players and said that it would be a good idea if his son decided to go to Italy.

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Why Man Utd didn't buy Varane & Maguire

2019-02-06T12:45:58Z

Gary Neville has revealed that he is sure Manchester United would've bought defensive reinforcements in January had the market not become "stuck".

Mentioning both Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane and Leicester City star Harry Maguire, the former Manchester United man believes the club would've gone for players of that ilk if they were available for decent prices.

Neville suggests that with transfer fees having risen to astronomical levels, the likes of United, and Arsenal, were unable to make sufficient moves.

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Liverpool slammed over Clyne loan exit

2019-02-06T12:26:18Z

Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood believes that Liverpool made a mistake in letting Nathaniel Clyne leave the club on loan to Premier League rivals Bournemouth.

The Reds have been struggling with injuries in defence in recent weeks, with Trent Alexander-Arnold's latest set-back leaving them particularly short at right-back.

And Sherwood believes manager Jurgen Klopp made an error in not keeping Clyne in the squad, with Liverpool unable to recall him from Bournemouth.

"They've picked up some injuries. [Losing] Joe Gomez [to injury] is a big blow for them. I thought he was outstanding and it looks like there's been a mistake with his injury, they seem to have left it a month or so and they've said he's got to have an operation. That is poor," he told Sky Sports.

"To let Clyne go to Bournemouth is amazing for me. Why would you get rid of someone [you may need]. Trent Alexander-Arnold is injured as well so in the right-back area you really are struggling.

"You've got Milner who is going to play in there and do his best, is an outstanding professional and is capable - but to let Nathaniel Clyne go to Bournemouth is incredible to me. I think it is a massive error of judgement by Liverpool."

Bale's last chance at Madrid?

2019-02-06T12:07:18Z

Gareth Bale has "annoyed" Real Madrid fans and Predrag Mijatovic thinks Wednesday's Copa del Rey Clasico against Barcelona could be his "last chance".

With teenage winger Vinicius Junior having impressed in recent times, Mijatovic feels Bale could find himself out of favour under Santiago Solari, especially if he underperforms against Barca.

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Juve's secret weapon for De Ligt

2019-02-06T11:19:45Z

Juventus are hopeful they can pip Barcelona to the signing of Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt after club president Andrea Agnelli spoke with Edwin van der Sar in december.

Corriere dello Sport reports that Agnelli spoke with Van der Sar, the Dutch club's director of football, at a hotel in Turin around the Golden Boy awards ceremony – an accolade which De Ligt won.

Barca are still said to be favourites to sign the young centre-back, but the Old Lady see their relationship with Van der Sar, a former Juve goalkeeper, as a potential advantage in the race.

Jones to be offered long-term deal

2019-02-06T11:05:00Z

Manchester United will offer Phil Jones a new long-term deal, according to Metro.

The defender, whose contract runs out in July, has enjoyed something of a resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and United will likely trigger their option to extend his current deal for an additional year.

Even so, the Red Devils are said to be wary of losing the centre-back on a free transfer and hence will offer him the chance of a longer stay at Old Trafford.

James only thinking about Bayern

2019-02-06T10:51:42Z

James Rodriguez has insisted that he is only concentrated on Bayern Munich until the end of his loan deal with the club, as rumours continue to swirl regarding a transfer elsewhere.

Recent reports suggested a breakdown in the Colombian's relationship with coach Niko Kovac meant the attacker would be looking elsewhere to further his career.

Speaking to Bild, however, James said: “We are both professionals. We have a normal player-coach relationship. I'll stay calm and train hard.

“I have four months left on my contract and I'm only thinking about Bayern.”

James has been linked with a move to Arsenal and Serie A champions Juventus.

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Barca play down Neymar return

2019-02-06T10:35:40Z

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has further played down suggestions that Neymar could return to Camp Nou from PSG.

Reports had claimed the Brazilian had been in touch with his former side, stating that he was unhappy with his decision to join the French champions in a deal worth €222 million.

Bartomeu, however, insists no such correspondence has taken place and made it clear that PSG would not want to sell their star man.

"I have never spoken to them, nor have the father or player called me to return to Barca. They have not called," Bartomeu said.

"We are preparing for next season and the name of Neymar is not on the table.

"We are talking about a PSG player and I do not think that PSG want to get rid of a player like him."

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Silva 'feeling secure' at Everton

2019-02-06T10:18:31Z

Everton manager Marco Silva insists that he feels his job is secure despite winning just three of the club's last 12 Premier League matches.

The Toffees were booed off after their 3-1 loss to Wolves on Saturday, a result that followed a 3-2 FA Cup defeat to Millwall and a narrow 1-0 win over Huddersfield – a clash in which Lucas Digne was shown red.

Regardless, Silva does not feel under pressure despite the plethora of managerial changes Everton have undergone in recent times, having spoken directly to the club's majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri.

"Feeling secure is something I have felt since the first day I arrived here," said Silva.

"It's normal [meeting Moshiri face to face]. When we have the possibility to meet, we do; when not, we speak on the phone.

"For Everton, it is not new, this type of situation. For the last three seasons here at Everton, almost every month, it's something which is not new."

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Basel opens partnership with Chennai City

2019-02-06T10:01:00Z

Basel have announced the purchase of a minor stake in I-League side Chennai City, with a view to the joint training of young talent and the improvement of Indian football.

The strategic partnership will see the clubs join forces in the field of scouting as well as the establishment and expansion of junior academies in South India.

In forming the partnership, Basel become the first European club to become involved with an Indian club.

Dortmund open extension talks with Favre

2019-02-06T09:45:51Z

Borussia Dortmund are ready to open talks to extend the contract of head coach Lucien Favre, club CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has confirmed.

Favre has led the side to the summit of the Bundesliga in his first season in charge, with BVB currently sitting seven points ahead of Gladbach and Bayern Munich, respectively.

Speaking to Sport Bild regarding an extension for the Swiss coach, Watzke said: “It is logical that we will talk to him soon about a contract extension because he is, quite simply, doing good work.

“The cooperation is excellent, so we want to continue that.”

Favre's current deal runs until 2020.

'Crazy to talk about Kepa's fee'

2019-02-06T09:20:44Z

Chelsea's Willy Caballero has said that it is crazy to talk about the £72 million (€80m/$92m) transfer fee paid for fellow goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

"When we talk about a player for the money that we spent, in this market, I think it is a little bit crazy," he said.

"We shouldn't talk about money, we have to talk about his performances and I think his performances have been really good."

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Barcelona would talk to Real Madrid about Isco move

2019-02-06T08:55:59Z

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says the Catalan club would talk to arch rivals Real Madrid about a move for Isco.

The Spain midfielder has been frozen out at the Bernabeu and Bartomeu is quoted as saying by Marca: “If our coaches asked us for a player and they want to leave Madrid, of course we would sign them, but it has not happened since I arrived.

“There are no non-aggression pacts, each of us try to make our team more competitive. Isco? We would talk to Madrid.”

Liverpool bid for Napoli's Insigne rejected

2019-02-06T08:22:42Z

Liverpool have reportedly made the first move to strengthen their squad ahead of the summer transfer window with a bid for Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne.

Italian newspaper La Repubblica, via Sport Witness, report Jurgen Klopp have offered ing £61m for the Italian.

It is claimed Napoli want £131m for the player, who is under contract until the summer of 2022.

Florentin Pogba joins Atlanta United

2019-02-06T08:11:20Z

Florentin Pogba, the older brother of Manchester United midfielder Paul, has joined Major League Soccer side Atlanta United.

“We’re pleased to officially welcome Florentin to our club,” Atlanta United VP and technical director Carlos Bocanegra said in a statement about the 28-year-old who played in Ligue 1 for St Etienne. “He’s a physical centre-back who also has the ability to play with his feet.

"He also brings an immense amount of experience after representing his club and country in various international tournaments and we expect him to compete for playing time on our backline.” 

Pogab, 28, was a free agent after departing Turkish side Genclerbirligi after less than a year.

Tottenham target Norwich teenager Aarons

2019-02-06T07:55:50Z

Tottenham are weighing up a move for Norwich teenager Max Aarons ahead of the summer window, according to The Mirror.

The 19-year-old has attracted interest among the Premier League's top clubs with Spurs said to have the advantage over Arsenal and Chelsea.

The right-back has shone during Norwich’s Championship promotion push and Spurs are set to step up their interest in summer after considering a January bid.

Silva given Everton assurance

2019-02-06T07:30:54Z

Marco Silva says Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has assured him his position is not in danger, according to The Mail.

The Goodison boss is under pressure following a poor run of results ahead of tonight's visit of Manchester City.

Asked whether Moshiri had backed him he said: "Yes. Feeling secure is something I have felt since the first day I arrived here."

Everton are ninth in the Premier League table.

Hazard sale to trigger more Chelsea moves

2019-02-06T07:07:09Z

Eden Hazard moving to Real Madrid this summer could trigger a chain of transfers, according to The Sun.

It is believed the Belgian forward will leave Stamford Bridge for the Spanish capital.

That could mean midfielder Isco, 26, heading in the opposite direction and Mateo Kovacic, 24, making his loan from Real to Chelsea permanent, while the Blues' England Under-19 winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, 18, is wanted by suitors Bayern Munich.

They are said to be prepapring a £45m bid.

Hazard's arrival would also cast doubt over Gareth Bale's future at the Bernabeu.

Flop Mustafi to be transfer-listed by Gunners boss

2019-02-06T04:57:31Z

Arsenal's patience has run out with Shkodran Mustafi as coach Unai Emery prepares to move the centre-half on.

The German international has struggled since making the move to North London for £35 million from Valencia in 2016 and is set to be put on the transfer list, says the Telegraph.

Emery will listen to any offers for the central defender and understands the club will have to take a reduced transfer fee for the 26-year-old.

United set to double Rashford's wages

2019-02-06T04:48:41Z

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is on the verge of having his salary doubled as contract talks progress with the Red Devils.

Rashford, who has hit six goals in his past 10 matches, has been offered a long-term deal worth £150,000 a week with bonuses, according to the Telegraph.

United locked down Anthony Martial to a five-year contract last week and are believed to see the French attacker and Rashford as key cogs of the club's future.

Rashford is out of contract in 18 months but is understood to see his long-term future at Old Trafford.

Spurs boosted as Real Madrid rule out move for Eriksen

2019-02-06T04:39:08Z

Tottenham's chances of retaining playmaker Christian Eriksen have greatly increased with reports suggesting Real Madrid has dropped their interest in the Denmark star.

According to Diario GOL, the Spanish capital club will not bid for Eriksen and instead offer a new contract to 33-year-old Luka Modric, who was believed to be close to leaving the Bernabeu last summer.

Real also have faith in Dani Ceballos to develop into a player that can play a similar role to Eriksen.

The Dane has 18 months left to run on his contract and was understood to be waiting on Real to make a move.

Hazard set to tell Chelsea he wants Real Madrid move

2019-02-05T23:44:45Z

The Belgian has finally made up his mind on his future

Eden Hazard is set to inform Chelsea that he has made his decision to join Real Madrid, according to The Telegraph.

The Belgian has not yet told Chelsea of his decision, but contract talks have not progressed as Hazard has one eye on Madrid.

Real are said to have given Hazard the assurances he was looking for, paving the way for a move to Spain.

Milan agrees deal for Saint-Maximin

2019-02-05T23:40:21Z

AC Milan have secured a deal to sign Allan Saint-Maximin from Nice, according to Sport Mediaset.

The Italian club has reached a rough agreement with the French side after nearly getting a deal done for the winger in January.

Any deal could depend on Milan qualifying for Europe next season, though, as official terms are still being discussed.

Alves interested in Pep reunion with Man City

2019-02-05T23:29:59Z

Dani Alves' contract with PSG is set to expire at the end of the season but despite an offer from Flamengo, the defender has his eyes set on a different team.

Alves is reluctant to go back to Brazil as he is hoping to reunite with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, according to Sport.

The defender has yet to play in England and, after playing in Spain, France and Italy, sees the opportunity to play under Guardiola in a new country as a worthwhile opportunity.

Bailly given assurances over Man Utd future

2019-02-05T23:26:33Z

Eric Bailly has been told he has a bright future with Manchester United in the aftermath of reports linking him with a move, according to The Sun.

Bailly has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal after struggling under Jose Mourinho and has started just one Premier League match under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since earning a straight red card in January.

Solskjaer held talks with Bailly in recent days, though, telling him to be prepared for the Champions League knockout rounds.

Man Utd eye Varane, but Koulibaly the more likely signing

2019-02-05T23:24:01Z

Manchester United are still hoping to sign Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, but Kalidou Koulibaly is the more likely summer addition, according to the Evening Standard.

Napoli centre-back Koulibaly was the club's primary target during the January window, but Man Utd had two bids rejected by the Serie A outfit.

Harry Maguire, Milan Skriniar, Toby Alderweireld and Alessio Romagnoli all remain potential targets as the club looks to strengthen its backline this summer.