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Hysaj could have joined Chelsea - agent


The agent for Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj has defended his client from criticism by noting he could have joined Chelsea over the summer.

The Albania international has been a locked-in starter under Maurizio Sarri for years, first linking up with the manager at Empoli in Serie B and helping the club earn eventual promotion to Serie A.

With Sarri leaving Napoli last summer and joining Chelsea, Hysaj could have followed his old manager again, according to his agent, if not for president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

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Lewandowski had multiple offers to leave Bayern Munich


Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has admitted he had multiple offers to leave the club over the summer, but insists he remains happy to be with the Bundesliga champions.

Lewandowski made no secret of his desire to leave the Allianz Arena during the off-season, with reports suggesting the Poland international was keen to join Real Madrid.

Though it seems the Blancos were less keen to reciprocate in terms of an offer despite the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lewandowski has insisted there were clubs interested in his services, though he knew Bayern were unlikely to allow him to leave.

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De Jong growing tired of 'annoying' Barca talk


Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong admits he found talk of a possible move to Barcelona “fun” at first, but now considers the incessant transfer speculation to be “annoying”.

Barca are considered to view the Netherlands international as a long-term successor to Andres Iniesta, with Goal having revealed their interest in doing a €30 million (£27m/$35m) deal over the summer.

Ajax have refused to sell the midfielder, and de Jong concedes all the chatter have gone from flattering to irritating in a matter of months.

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Pochettino plans £85m worth of January additions


Mauricio Pochettino is planning to make a large infusion of talent into Tottenham in January, according to the Daily and Sunday Express.

Spurs did not make a single summer signing, but Pochettino is targeting disgruntled Manchester United defender Eric Bailly in addition to Lyon's Tanguy Ndombele.

The pair could cost Tottenham £85 million ($112m), but the club may be willing to finance those additions. 

Pochettino recommended Martino for Mexico


Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino recommended Mexico look at hiring Tata Martino, according to Record .

The report indicates that Guillermo Cantu, the General Secretary of the Mexican association, met with Pochettino hoping to offer him the job, but the manager instead suggested the current Atlanta United boss.

Ramsey may be running away from Ozil battle says Smith


Aaron Ramsey has seen his stomach for a selection fight with Arsenal team-mate Mesut Ozil questioned as he continues to head towards free agency.

Ramsey is into the final year of his current contract and has offered no indication that he will be penning an extension, with Arsenal’s most recent offer reported to have been rescinded.

Former Gunners striker Alan Smith is disappointed to see Ramsey run down his deal but wonders if the battle for places with Mesut Ozil is influencing his decision making.

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Man Utd to hold Mata contract talks


Manchester United are set to hold fresh contract talks with Juan Mata, claims the Sun

The midfielder will be out of contract in June, and could start negotiating a free transfer with overseas clubs as early as the new year.

Juan Mata Manchester United

'Liverpool need a De Bruyne or Silva'


Liverpool need to be in the market for a Kevin De Bruyne or David Silva, says Jamie Carragher, with the Reds considered to be in need of a “bit more quality in midfield”.

Jurgen Klopp did add in that area of the field over the summer, with Fabinho and Naby Keita drafted in from Monaco and RB Leipzig respectively.

There had, however, been departures from Anfield, with Philippe Coutinho leaving for Barcelona and Emre Can linking up with Juventus.

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Milan beat Barca to Lucas Paqueta


AC Milan have a "basic agreement" with Flamengo to bring attacking midfielder Lucas Paqueta to San Siro, general manager Leonardo has revealed.

The Brazilian side's director of sport Carlos Noval shot down reports that Milan had agreed a €35 million (£30.6m)/$40.5m) deal to sign the 21-year-old in January amid suggestions Liverpool, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are also keen.

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Real keen on re-signing Hermoso


Real Madrid are open to the idea of brining Mario Hermoso back to the club from Espanyol, according to AS.

The 23-year-old centre-half only left the Santiago Bernabeu for Catalunya in 2017, but has impressed enough to have the Blancos considering triggering a €7.5 million (£7m/$9m) buyback clause.

'Sancho set to make Dortmund a lot of money'


Jadon Sancho has been hailed as “a perfect player” by Lothar Matthaus, with a £7 million ($9m) bargain expected to make Borussia Dortmund a sizeable profit in the transfer market.

The former Ballon d'Or winner told The Sun: "They bought him for only £7m. And they know that in three or four years’ time, when it is right for Sancho to move on, they will get an awful lot more than that."

Find out what else the German legend has had to say on a current Bundesliga star here.

Hazard rules out January transfer


Eden Hazard has ruled out a January move away from Chelsea, but has admitted that he may need to join Real Madrid in order to win the Ballon d’Or.

The Belgium international continues to be heavily linked with a switch to Spain and has left the door open for the Blancos to swoop in 2019.

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Real Madrid growing tired of Bale


Time up for Welsh forward in Spain?

Real Madrid may be about to open the exit door for Gareth Bale, with TeleMadrid claiming that leading officials at the Santiago Bernabeu are "fed up" of the Welshman.

They were prepared to give him a chance to shine in the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo's departure, but believe he continues to put his own interests ahead of those of the club.

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Loftus-Cheek urged to quit Chelsea


Ruben Loftus-Cheek needs to be forcing a permanent transfer away from Chelsea, says former England boss Sam Allardyce.

He told talkSPORT: "If I were Loftus-Cheek I would be battering the door down in January and saying, ‘that’s it, I need to get away’."

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Gracia to land new Watford deal


Watford are ready to reward Javi Gracia with a new three-year contract, according to the Evening Standard.

The Spaniard is into the final 12 months of his current deal but is set to land fresh terms after overseeing a positive start to the 2018-19 campaign at Vicarage Road.

Hazard set on Real Madrid switch


Blues star to join Blancos in 2019

Eden Hazard is determined to push through a move to Real Madrid and will look to head for the exits at Chelsea next summer, reports Marca.

The Belgium international has long been linked with a switch to the Spanish giants and intends to make 2019 the year in which a big-money transfer is completed.

Alderweireld offers Man Utd hope


Toby Alderweireld admits he is no closer to signing a new contract at Tottenham, with that revelation likely to have Manchester United believing that they can still strike a deal.

The Belgium international is set to see his current agreement in north London expire at the end of the season, although Spurs do have the option to take up a 12-month extension which will activate a £25 million ($33m) buyout option for the 29-year-old’s many suitors.

Find out what he has had to say on discussions here.

Toby Alderweireld Tottenham 2018-19

Torino eye Candreva loan


Torino are interested in signing Inter winger Antonio Candreva on loan, per Tuttosport.

The 31-year-old has not completed 90 minutes yet this season, but Torino believe he could be key in helping the club qualify for Europe.

Barcelona eye De Ligt & De Jong bids


Barcelona are set to bid for Frenkie De Jong and Matthijs De Ligt next summer, per Sport.

The Catalan club are ready to pay around €130 million (£113m/$150m) for the Ajax pair, who have long been on Barca's radar.

Inter consider Porto raid


Inter are considering a raid on Porto for two of their stars, reports Fichajes.

The Italian club sent scouts to watch defender Eder Militao and midfielder Hector Herrera as they look to bolster their squad.

Juve, Barca and Milan in Rabiot battle


Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot remains a wanted man, with Corriere dello Sport revealing that Juventus, Barcelona and AC Milan all want to secure his services.

The France international is set to be out of contract at the end of the season, with the battle now on to try and land him as a free agent.

'Mourinho still the right man for United'


Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes Jose Mourinho can deliver a Premier League title for Manchester United, but has warned the Portuguese cannot “do miracles” with an underperforming side.

The man at the Old Trafford helm has seen his future called into question on a regular basis of late, but he retains the backing of a former Red Devils striker.

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Barcelona open De Ligt discussions


Barcelona have made Ajax star Matthijs De Ligt their top defensive transfer target, with Mundo Deportivo claiming talks have already been opened.

Those at Camp Nou are eager to bring in a long-term successor to Gerard Pique at centre-half and consider a 19-year-old Netherlands international to be the perfect choice.

Paqueta to Milan nearing conclusion


Flamengo director of sport Carlos Noval denied that AC Milan have reached a deal to sign star Lucas Paqueta, though he believes a transfer could be finalised in "two weeks".

Reports had suggested that the deal was done and that Leonardo had helped swap the midfielder's decision to join Milan. 

And while Noval says nothing is finalized, he does believe that the deal will get done in the near future. 

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Atlanta United brushes off Almiron to Arsenal links


The midfielder is worth 'triple' the price being touted

Atlanta United's president Darren Eales has brushed off speculation that the club has reached a deal to sell Miguel Almiron to Arsenal this winter. 

Reports surfaced last week that the midfielder would be sold to the Gunners, but the MLS side says no such deal exists. 

“You’ve made it when they start to make up quotes from you," Eales said to 92.9 The Game. "One was they called me Eagles and the other was the $11 million (£8m) fee. It would take triple that to even get out of bed to look at offers for Almiron.”

Miguel Almiron Atlanta United MLS 2017
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No shortage of suitors for Ibarra


Minnesota United isn't actively shopping Miguel Ibarra, but the club will have no shortage of options should it feel the need to move him on, according to The Athletic's Jeff Rueter

The MLS outfit offloaded Christian Ramirez, another of the club's early cornerstone players, earlier in the season and the report claims that there will be multiple trade offers for Ibarra this winter. 

Lucas turned down Real Madrid offer


Lucas Hernandez said he turned down the chance to leave Atletico for city rivals and La Liga giants Real Madrid.

"I didn't pay too much attention [to the offer]," Lucas said to RMC Sport. 

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Terry lands assistant coaching job with Villa


John Terry has been named as an assistant coach for Aston Villa, with former Brentford boss Dean Smith given the lead role. 

Terry, who announced his retirement from playing on Sunday, spent last season with Villa, who have also announced Jesus Garcia Pitarch as their new sporting director.

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Arsenal and Tottenham target frustrated Bailly


The Manchester United defender has emerged as a target of the two London clubs

Arsenal and Tottenham are targeting Manchester United defender Eric Bailly, according to the Daily Star.

Bailly is said to be frustrated with life at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho, and could be tempted to leave Manchester in January.

Mauricio Pochettino is counted as an admirer of the Ivorian, while Unai Emery is familiar with the defender from his days in La Liga.

While Man Utd may be reluctant to sell to a rival, Bailly has started just five games for the club this season.

Sarri looking to bring Romagnoli to Chelsea


Maurizio Sarri is looking to bring Alessio Romagnoli to Chelsea, according to the Sun.

The AC Milan captain has been with the club for four years, but their recent tumultuous history and a lack of Champions League football weigh heavy on his shoulders.

Sarri is after a replacement for Gary Cahill, who could leave in January, as well as Andreas Christensen, who could also be leaving the club this year. 

Juventus the latest club linked to Ramsey


Aaron Ramsey is now being linked to Juventus, according to the Daily Mail

The Arsenal midfielder is out of a contract this summer and has reportedly drawn attention from a number of big clubs.

Juventus are now counted among them as Ramsey could sign a lucrative pre-contract with the Italian club in January.

Klinsmann will only return to coaching with top job


Jurgen Klinsmann says it will take a top job to lure him back into management.

The German has been out of coaching since his tenure with the U.S. national team ended in 2016.

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AC Milan beat Liverpool and Man Utd to Paqueta


AC Milan are set to sign Brazilian starlet Lucas Paqueta, according to the Sun.

Milan have agreed to a £30 million ($39.6m) deal for the 21-year-old midfielder and is expected to join in January.

The Flamengo product had also drawn interest from Liverpool and Manchester United as well as PSG and Barcelona.