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Tottenham fear Rabiot will sign with rivals

2019-02-09T22:50:02Z

Tottenham are targeting Adrien Rabiot on free transfer this summer but fear he will sign with Liverpool or Barcelona, according to the Daily Star.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino values Rabiot, but faces heavy competition from the likes of Liverpool and Barcelona, as well as Unai Emery and Arsenal, as he managed the midfielder with PSG.

As a result, Spurs fear Rabiot could be another transfer target that slips through their fingers. 

Atlanta United waive McCann

2019-02-09T22:24:57Z

Atlanta United have waived midfielder/defender Chris McCann the MLS side announced.

The 31-year-old former Burnley and Wigan player was one of the team's first signings as an expansion side in 2016, and featured in 45 regular season games for the club.

McCann came on as a late substitute in Atlanta's 2-0 MLS Cup victory over the Portland Timbers in December.

Mertens and Hamsik were Dalian targets

2019-02-09T21:55:41Z

Dalian Yifang wanted both Marek Hamsik and Dries Mertens, but the Chinese Super League club was put off by Napoli's asking price for the latter, according to Tuttosport (via Football Italia).

Hamsik is not with the club as he is expected to have a medical ahead of a €20 million (£18m/$23m) move to China in the coming days.

But Dalian also tried for Mertens, offering a €15m per season salary, but were unwilling to meet Napoli's €45m fee for him.

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Gladbach admit doubt on Hazard contract

2019-02-09T21:27:21Z

Borussia Mönchengladbach are working to extend Thorgan Hazard's contract but sporting director Max Eberl is making no promises the club will be able to keep their star. 

Hazard is enjoying another strong season with Gladbach has reportedly drawn the interest of his old coach Lucien Favre at Borussia Dortmund, leading to the uncertainty.

"We would like to extend, that's clear," Eberl said on Sky Germany (via Aachener Zeitung) before Saturday's contest against Hertha BSC. "We are hopeful that it will work, but I can not promise that to anyone."

NYCFC targeting Aberdeen's Mackay-Steven

2019-02-09T20:31:53Z

New York City FC are trying to sign Aberdeen's Gary Mackay-Steven, either prior to the MLS season or when his contract expires, reports the Aberdeen Evening Express.

The MLS side told the Scottish club they intended to attempt to sign the winger to a pre-contract and have aimed to land him before the season gets underway in March.

The offer has been refused by the club, and the 28-year-old Mackay-Steven claims he has yet to decide upon his future.

Leeds chase Scottish teenage superstar

2019-02-09T19:54:13Z

Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United are among a string of clubs interested in Motherwell youngster Jake Hastie, according to TalkSport.

Hastie, 19, has been in fantastic form this season and has attracted the attention of fellow Championship high-fliers Norwich City and West Brom as well as Leeds.

Roma to triple salary of Arsenal & Spurs target Under

2019-02-09T18:54:25Z

Roma are ready to fend off interest in Cengiz Under by tripling the star's wages, according to the Sun.

Both Tottenham and Arsenal have been linked with the winger, who is enjoying a fine season in Serie A.

Solskjaer planning for long-term future at Man Utd

2019-02-09T18:34:59Z

Manchester United interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he’s “always looks further ahead” to the club’s long-term future after they continued their revival in form with a comfortable victory at Fulham

The win was Solskjaer's 10th in 11 games and each victory fuels speculation that the 45-year-old could take the job on a permanent basis in the summer.

The Norwegian has always been reluctant to discuss his long-term future at the club but admits his plans for the players stretch beyond the end of this season.

Read the full story here on Goal!

Lozano subject of Napoli and Raiola meeting

2019-02-09T18:10:55Z

The Serie A club hopes to avoid a bidding war with Barcelona and Arsenal

Napoli have arranged a meeting with Mino Raiola in hopes of securing a deal to sign Mexico star Hirving Lozano from PSV, according to Calciomercato.com.

Hoping to secure personal terms with Lozano, Napoli are set to offer a five-year contract, though questions of Raiola's commission and Lozano's image rights remain unsettled.

Napoli have informed Raiola thay are not willing to enter into an auction for the attacker, who is subject to interest from Arsenal and Barcelona, and hope to secure him for €30 million (£26m/$34m), even if the current asking price is thought to be €40m- €45m. 

Chiesa comments put Inter and Juventus on alert

2019-02-09T17:46:06Z

Federico Chiesa comments this week have put Juventus and Inter on alert for the 21-year-old, according to Calciomercato.com.

Chiesa gave a cryptic comment about his future with Fiorentina, telling Sportweek that "becoming an icon and being at one club for a whole career is complicated."

The 21-year-old has had numerous clubs interested in his services, but Inter and Juventus are seen as the current favourties. 

Milan look to sign Suso through 2024

2019-02-09T17:20:35Z

Milan are looking to sign Suso through 2024 and eliminate his release clause, according to milannews.it.

Suso confirmed he has begun talks with the club over a renewal, and the report says the club are looking to add two more years to his current deal.

It would also see his salary rise from €3 million up to €3.5m-€4m, with Milan looking to get rid of his release clause or, short of that, raising it to €60m and only applicable to foreign clubs.

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Newcastle missed out on Benfica's Samaris

2019-02-09T16:50:38Z

Newcastle nearly landed Benfica midfielder Andreas Samaris in the January window, but the Portuguese club pulled out of a deal at the last minute, according to O Jogo.

Samaris has six months left on his contract and Benfica had agreed to €300,000 loan fee with a sell-on clause had he signed on with Newcastle permanently.

However, Benfica late on decided to try to offer Samaris a new contract and he appears receptive toward staying with the club, though no new deal has been signed yet.

Nagbe trying to force trade to Columbus

2019-02-09T16:26:57Z

Atlanta United midfielder Darlington Nagbe is trying to force a trade to the Columbus Crew according to Dirty South Soccer.

The Crew's new coach is Caleb Porter, who coached Nagbe both at the University of Akron and the Portland Timbers, with Nagbe's trade to Atlanta coming after Porter departed the Western Conference club.

Nagbe has been absent from Atlanta's first two scrimmages so far this pre-season and only suited up in a match for the team's reserve side.

Who is Joao Felix?

2019-02-09T16:00:20Z

Manchester United, Real Madrid and PSG are all tracking 19-year-old Joao Felix, while he has expressed an interest in playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Juventus superstar is an admirer of a fellow Portuguese at Benfica, but why is he generating so much hype?

Goal takes a look.

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Juventus in constant contact over Isco

2019-02-09T15:39:50Z

Juventus remain in constant contact with the representatives of Isco as uncertainty shrouds his future at Real Madrid, reports Calciomercato.

Chelsea are also keen on the Spain international, who is waiting to see if Santiago Solari stays on as Blancos boss before deciding whether to push for a summer switch.

 

Coutinho to fight for Barca future

2019-02-09T15:09:27Z

Philippe Coutinho intends to fight for his future at Barcelona, rather than move to Chelsea or Manchester United, claims the Daily Mail.

The former Liverpool midfielder has been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League after enduring a difficult 12 months on the back of a big-money move to Camp Nou.

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Real readying Dybala offer

2019-02-09T14:49:18Z

Real Madrid are preparing to launch a big-money raid for Paulo Dybala, according to Corriere dello Sport.

Juventus are open to offers for the Argentine, but have made it clear that it will take a sizeable bid to tempt them into parting with a highly-rated forward.

 

Nobody forced Klopp to spend

2019-02-09T14:09:23Z

Chelsea & Man Utd tracking Costa

2019-02-09T13:27:56Z

Chelsea and Manchester United continue to monitor the situation of Douglas Costa at Juventus, reports Calciomercato.

The Brazil international may be on the move in the next window and it could be that the Premier League is his next port of call.

Bayern leading pursuit of Pepe

2019-02-09T13:00:04Z

Bayern Munich are leading the chase for Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, claims Le 10 Sport.

Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester City are also keen on the highly-rated 23-year-old who is expected to see a transfer scramble sparked for his signature this summer.

Sarri hopeful on Hazard

2019-02-09T12:49:49Z

Casteels ready for Barcelona move

2019-02-09T12:18:35Z

Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels is expecting to receive an offer from Barcelona in the near future, Sport claims.

Casteels is already on the Catalan side's shortlist as they look for options to replace Jasper Cillessen, who could be on his way out in the summer.

With a contract that runs until 2021, Wolfsburg could demand around €20 million (£17m/$23m) for the 26-year-old, who is ready to leave the Bundesliga side.

I snubbed Celtic for Serie A stay, says Castagne

2019-02-09T11:29:48Z

Timothy Castagne has admitted that he rejected an offer from Celtic to remain at Atalanta until the rest of the season.

The 23-year-old right-back was a target for the Scottish champions in January, but their advances were knocked back by the Italian side.

Castagne had no interest in leaving Atalanta, though, as he is eyeing a place in the Belgium team for the next European Championship.

"Celtic tried to buy me, but this is the best moment of my career and I want to stay here," he is quoted as saying. "If you play, trust increases. It's natural. It’s also useless to talk about going to a Champions League or Europa League club because we at Atalanta would like to qualify. As for the national team, my goal is being at Euro 2020."

Abate to reunite with Ibrahimovic at LA Galaxy

2019-02-09T11:06:06Z

Ignazio Abate is considering leaving AC Milan at the end of the season to join LA Galaxy, La Repubblica says.

The 32-year-old joined the San Siro outfit 20 years ago and has made over 300 appearances. His contract will expire at the end of the season and looks set to reunite with fello Mino Raiola client Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the MLS side.

Bayern eye Monaco teen Hannibal

2019-02-09T10:42:43Z

Bayern Munich look set to make a move for Monaco youngster Hannibal Mejbri, Bild says.

The 16-year-old midfielder is already playing for Monaco's Under 19s and is contracted to the club until 2021.

However, his father has said he wants to leave the club and Bayern will likely be there to try to snap him up.

Gladbach want Hazard to replace his brother

2019-02-09T10:16:47Z

Kylian Hazard could replace his brother Thorgan at Borussia Monchengladbach at the end of the season, Bild reports.

Borussia Dortmund have been eyeing a move for the current Gladbach star in the summer, with reports of a €42 million (£37m/$48m) bid circulating.

Gladbach will turn to 23-year-old Kylian, who is currently on loan with Cercle Brugge, and will speak to his father to try to lure him away from Chelsea.

AC Milan scout Marseille duo

2019-02-09T09:49:01Z

AC Milan sent two scouts to watch Marseille's win over Dijon on Friday to monitor two players, says Calciomercato.

Rudi Garcia's men won 2-1 to bring them back into contention for a European place, with Mario Balotelli and Lucas Ocampos rescuing a comeback after Dijon's early opener.

Milan were keeping an eye Florian Thauvin, who set up Balotelli's opener, and centre-back Boubacar Kamara, who was booked in the dying minutes.

Dybala must decide: Juventus or Real Madrid

2019-02-09T09:14:17Z

Paulo Dybala is weighing up his options as he has to choose whether to become a Juventus legend or head to Real Madrid.

The Argentine has been linked with Manchester United, Chelsea and Barcelona, but it is Madrid who are at the front of the queue.

According to TuttosportDybala's long-term future will be decided in the next few weeks. While Juve hope to hold on to him, Madrid are offering him the chance to take over as their star player at the end of the season.

Hibs to name Appleton as new manager

2019-02-09T08:46:38Z

Former Leicester City assistant manager Michael  Appleton is closing in on a deal to replace Neil Lennon as Hibernian manager, The Scottish Sun reports.

The Scottish side have been looking for a new boss since Lennon's sudden departure after a bust-up in the training ground last month.

Appleton, who worked as assistant manager to Craig Shakespeare and then Claude Puel at Leicester, has emerged as the favourite to take the job after their negotiations over the last week.

Man Utd target Skriniar to sign Inter deal

2019-02-09T08:24:54Z

Milan Skriniar and Inter have reached an agreement over a new contract, Corriere dello Sport claims. 

The 23-year-old centre-back has caught the eye of Manchester United, who are reportedly lining up a summer bid for him.

Inter, however, are determined to hold on to him and have committed him to a deal that runs until 2023 and will take his salary up to €3 million. 

Barca open to Coutinho offers

2019-02-09T07:56:50Z

Man Utd & Chelsea eyeing ex-Liverpool star

Barcelona are open to hearing out offers for Philippe Coutinho just a year after signing him from Liverpool, says Marca.

The €145 million (£127m/$166m) signing has not been in great form for the Catalan side this season. Manchester United and Chelsea are reported to be eyeing the Brazilian up ahead of the summer and Barca could let him go if they can get close to the fee they paid.

Mendy tops list of Barcelona targets

2019-02-09T07:28:13Z

Barcelona are lining up a summer bid for Lyon left-back Ferland Mendy, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The Catalan side are anxious to find cover for Jordi Alba and see the 23-year-old as the ideal candidate due to his performances in Ligue 1.

They will get a close look at him when the two sides face each other in the Champions League knockout round.

Arsenal to battle Atletico for Grimaldo

2019-02-09T06:22:58Z

Arsenal and Atletico Madrid are set to battle for Benfica left-back Alejandro Grimaldo, reports Mundo Deportivo. 

Grimaldo, 23, developed in Barcelona's La Masia academy, but moved to Benfica in 2016 in search of first-team action.

That move has paid off for Grimaldo, who also counts Napoli and Manchester City among his admirers. 

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Eriksen has turned down £110,000-a week offer from Spurs

2019-02-09T05:40:23Z

Christian Eriksen has rejected a contract offer from Tottenham worth £110,000 per week, Football London claims. 

The 26-year-old's current deal expires at the end of next season, and Spurs are increasingly worried they may have to sell the Danish star. 

Real Madrid and Barcelona have been credited with an interest in Eriksen.

Whitecaps FC sign Argentine defender Godoy

2019-02-09T05:00:50Z

The Vancouver Whitecaps FC have signed defender Erik Godoy from Club Atletico Colon on a one-year loan with a purchase option.

The 25-year-old has spent his entire career in Argentina, having also played for Tigre and Belgrano. 

“Erik is a dynamic center back with really good experience for his age,” Whitecaps FC head coach Marc Dos Santos said in a team statement. 

Tottenham & Arsenal monitoring Ginter

2019-02-09T04:20:37Z

Tottenham and Arsenal are both watching Borussia Monchengladbach centre-back Matthias Ginter, according to Sky Sports News.

Both north London clubs are looking to improve their back lines in the summer, and could view the 25-year-old as a key transfer target.

Ginter joined Monchengladbach from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 and has 23 caps for Germany

 

Toronto FC pursuing Pozuelo as DP

2019-02-09T03:37:47Z

Toronto FC is interested in Genk attacking midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo, according to MLSSoccer.com.

The Reds are looking to replace Sebastian Giovinco, who joined Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal last month. 

Pozuelo, 27, would be the club's third designated player, and would cost TFC around $10 million.

Galaxy eyeing Abate move

2019-02-09T02:50:34Z

The LA Galaxy are eyeing a move for AC Milan right-back Ignazio Abate, reports La Repubblica.

Abate's contract expires at the end of 2018-19, and the 32-year-old appears likely to leave Milan after 10 years with the club. 

The veteran could link up with his friend Zlatan Ibrahimovic with the Galaxy, with the two players also sharing the same agent, Mino Raiola. 

Bayern Munich leading chase for Pepe

2019-02-09T02:05:59Z

Bayern Munich have taken the lead in the pursuit of Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, reports Le10Sport

Pepe is one of the most sought-after prospects in Europe, having scored 16 goals in 23 Ligue 1 appearances so far this season. 

Manchester CityBarcelona and Arsenal are also in the hunt for the 23-year-old, who is likely to cost at least €50 million (£44m/$57m).

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Whitecaps sign Ardaiz as young designated player

2019-02-09T01:19:26Z

The Vancouver Whitecaps have announced the signing of 20-year-old striker Joaquín Ardaiz from FC Chiasso of Switzerland's second division.

The 20-year-old Uruguay youth international will join the MLS side on a season-long loan with an option to purchase the player. 

“Joaquín is a young striker with a very high ceiling and has the physical and technical tools to succeed in MLS,” Whitecaps FC head coach Marc Dos Santos said in a statement. “He’s at the early stages of his career and we’re going to work with him to reach his full potential."

De Ceglie in talks with Miami United

2019-02-09T00:36:48Z

Ex-Juventus player Paolo De Ceglie is in talks to join Miami United of the NPSL according to gianlucadimarzio.com.

The 32-year-old defender is out of contract after last featuring for Servette in Switzerland's second tier. 

De Ceglie has been living in Miami the last few months and is looking for an opportunity to return to the field to continue his career.

Real Madrid may use Isco in Hazard swap

2019-02-08T23:55:31Z

The Spain international is out of favour under Santiago Solari

Real Madrid may be willing to use Isco as part of a swap deal with Chelsea if it lowers the price on Eden Hazard, according to the Daily Mail.

Isco is currently out of favour with Madrid coach Santiago Solari, and despite his protests, has not drawn much support from the club or his team-mates.

Therefore, Madrid would gladly part with Isco if it got them Hazard for less, but there is no guarantee Chelsea, or any other Premier League club, will be interested in the attacker. 

Hamsik left out of Napoli squad as CSL switch nears

2019-02-08T23:22:24Z

Marek Hamsik has been left out of Napoli's squad to face Fiorentina on Saturday amid reports his move to Dalian Yifang is nearing completion.

Hamsik appeared poised to complete a switch to the Chinese Super League outfit earlier this week, before Napoli postponed the transfer over an issue related to the structure of the payments in a purported €20 million (£18m/$23m) deal.

Those issues appear to have been smoothed over, and Hamsik will miss out on the clash as his exit nears. 

Read the full story right here on Goal!

Solskjaer: Man Utd don't need to buy superstars

2019-02-08T23:18:07Z

Caretaker Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that his side don't need to buy "superstars" to contend for a title. 

Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho, who complained publically about his side's lack of investment in the transfer market.

However, Solskjaer has managed nine wins and a draw in his first 10 games by improving the group he has and believes the continued development of that squad is the key to success.

Read the full story here on Goal!

Nagbe missing from Atlanta United

2019-02-08T23:04:22Z

United States international Darlington Nagbe may have an issue brewing with his club Atlanta United, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The midfielder has not played in either of Atlanta's first two scrimmages, suiting up for the reserves in another scrimmage, with both Nagbe and the club declining to speak about the player's situation.

Coach Frank de Boer claimed his latest absence was due to lack of training and familiarity with the formation, but as the publication notes, it is a similar setup to what was used under Tata Martino, in which Nagbe was considered essential.

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Tottenham planning £35m swoop for West Ham's Rice

2019-02-08T22:52:38Z

Spurs will face competition from Liverpool for the Ireland international

Tottenham are planning to make a £35 million ($45m) approach for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, according to the Express.

Spurs are concerned over a possible departure of Christian Eriksen, as his contract expires in 2020 and Real Madrid are reportedly interested.

Rice, who could help fill Eriksen's void, has been monitored by Tottenham for a while, though they'll face a battle with Liverpool, who are also interested.