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De Jong, De Ligt, Mazraoui and Van de Beek future

2018-12-15T22:50:24Z

Could Ajax be set to keep their best young players after their progress in the Champions League?

A host of players including Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt, Noussair Mazraoui and Donny van de Beek have been linked with Europe's heavyweights.

Normally, these players would be latched upon come the end of the campaign, but could reaching the last-16 might be a gateway to holding onto them

Goal has assessed what a place in the knock-out phase could mean

 

Icardi breaks silence on Inter contract

2018-12-15T22:25:30Z

Mauro Icardi is not worried about his current contract negotiations with Inter after scoring the winner over Udinese.

The Argentine is contracted to the Serie A club until 2021 but a new deal is on the table and being assessed by his wife and agent Wanda Nara.

But the 25-year-old says he will act when he is required to.

Read the full story on Goal here.

De Paul: "I am focused on Udinese"

2018-12-15T21:55:15Z

Udinese's Rodrigo de Paul has ignored speculation linking him with a move to Inter.

The Argentina international has scored six Serie A goals this season, primarily from the left-wing.

Tuttosport say both Inter and AC Milan are keen on the 24-year-old with the Nerazzurri the front-runners.

But De Paul, who recently signed a new contract until 2023, said: “Would I like to play for Inter? Well, everyone knows that San Siro is a historic stadium but I am focused on Udinese.

“I could have left in the summer transfer window but I stayed and I renewed instead. I want to think only game after game and then in the summer we will evaluate everything.”

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Hammers eye Pereira loan

2018-12-15T21:30:02Z

West Ham United are keen on taking Andreas Pereira on loan from Manchester United in January, according to The Mirror.

The 22-year-old wants more first team opportunities at Old Trafford and has reportedly turned down a new three-year deal.

Though Arsenal and Chelsea are interested, Pereira's desire for regular football could give Manuel Pellegrini's side the upper-hand.

Emery must prove himself in transfer window

2018-12-15T21:10:26Z

Unai Emery still has to prove himself as a shrewd operator in the transfer window, according to former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman.

Five new faces arrived in the summer but much of the squad remains from Arsene Wenger's tenure.

And Seaman wants the Spaniard to put his own spin on the team.

Read the Goal story to see what he had to say!

Valverde addresses Christensen rumours

2018-12-15T20:33:35Z

Ernesto Valverde has poured cold water over speculation linking Barcelona with a move for Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen.

The Denmark international has barely figured in the Premier League under Maurizio Sarri, after playing a central role under Antonio Conte.

Samuel Umtiti's injury led to speculation Barca had identified Christensen as cover, but Valverde has quashed such suggestions.

Read why the Catalans will not be moving for a new centre-back right here on Goal.

Lampard in transfer battle with Gerrard

2018-12-15T20:01:13Z

Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard are set to battle it out for Dundee midfielder Glen Kamara, according to the Daily Mail.

The former England international team-mates are keen on taking a man who will be out of contract next summer to Derby and Rangers respectively.

Dakonam to Barcelona?

2018-12-15T19:31:49Z

Getafe have no intention of allowing Djene Dakonam to leave for Barcelona, reports Marca.

The highly-rated Togo international is reported to be seen as potential solution to defensive injury issues at Camp Nou.

Smalling signs new Man Utd contract

2018-12-15T18:51:16Z

Chris Smalling has signed a new contract with Manchester United which will keep him at the club until 2022.

The fresh terms penned by the long-serving defender include the option for a 12-month extension.

Check out the full story here.

Modric to honour Real contract

2018-12-15T18:25:16Z

Luka Modric has no issue with Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid after nine “significant” years, but claims he will not be making an imminent move of his own.

The Croatian midfielder has told Sportske Novosti amid ingoing speculation surrounding his future: "The only thing certain for now is that I'll be with Madrid until the end of my contract."

Read the full story on Goal!

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Celtic & Rangers battle Premier League sides for Sol

2018-12-15T17:46:56Z

Spanish striker Fran Sol's exploits in the Eredivisie have caught the attention of several top flight teams in Britain, according to the Daily Record.

The 26-year-old has been a consistent scorer for Willem II, netting 12 goals in the Dutch top flight II this season.

Celtic and Rangers are monitoring his situation, but they will also have to contend with interest from Burnley, Cardiff and Huddersfield.

Ejaria returns to Liverpool from Rangers

2018-12-15T17:05:42Z

Ovie Ejaria has returned to Liverpool after his loan spell at Rangers ended early.

The midfielder made 28 appearances for the Scottish side since joining on a season-long loan. 

However, after talks between the two clubs and the 21-year-old, he has returned to Merseyside and will start training with the club.

Ajax to sign €9m Magallan from Boca Juniors

2018-12-15T16:27:17Z

Ajax are close to signing Lisandro Magallan in January after Boca Juniors accepted an offer for the 25-year-old centre-back.

The Dutch side will pay a total of €9 million (£8m/$10m) for the defender they initially tried to sign in the summer, says De Telegraaf.

Magallan has made 75 appearances for Boca since his debut five years ago.

Granqvist not expecting Man Utd move

2018-12-15T16:00:07Z

Andreas Granqvist is “99.9 per cent” sure that he will not be making a shock move to Manchester United during the January transfer window.

The Swedish defender was reported to be among the options being considered by Jose Mourinho.

Find out what he has had to say on those rumours here.

Palace monitoring Abraham

2018-12-15T15:38:20Z

Crystal Palace are considering a January move to try and land Tammy Abraham, according to the Telegraph.

The Chelsea striker is currently on loan at Aston Villa, but could be recalled from that spell and sent out to a Premier League rival.

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Pepe to be released by Besiktas

2018-12-15T15:05:07Z

Pepe is set to have his contract terminated by Besiktas and be released on Monday, reports beIN Sports.

The Portuguese defender complete a switch to Turkey in the summer of 2017 after being allowed to move on by Real Madrid.

Juve to use Sandro as Pogba bait

2018-12-15T14:23:45Z

Bianconeri to offer cash and player for Man Utd star

Juventus are prepared to offer Alex Sandro to Manchester United as part of a transfer package for Paul Pogba, claims TMW.

The Bianconeri are willing to part with €40 million (£36m/$45m) and their Brazilian left-back in order to bring a World Cup winner back onto their books.

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Arsenal & Spurs eye Grillitsch

2018-12-15T13:48:11Z

Arsenal and Tottenham are tracking Hoffenheim midfielder Florian Grillitsch, per Bild.

The Austria international is valued at €20 million (£18m) and his agent has already travelled to England to initiate talks with interested parties.

Atletico eye Donnarumma as Oblak replacement

2018-12-15T13:02:46Z

Diego Simeone has identified Gianluigi Donnarumma as the man he wants to replace Jan Oblak at Atletico Madrid, says Don Balon.

Paris Saint-Germain are said to be leading the race for Oblak, who has established himself among Europe's best throughout his four years in the Spanish capital.

As more teams across Europe are tracking the 25-year-old, Atletico are looking for options to replace him.

The Donnarumma, 19, has been heavily linked with a move away from AC Milan, and and Atletico believe the Italy international is within reach.

Marcelo didn't consider Real Madrid exit

2018-12-15T12:30:00Z

Marcelo says he never considered leaving Real Madrid amid links with Juventus.

"It's never entered my mind to leave and look for another option," Marcelo told Club del Deportista.

Read the full story on Goal!

Vinicius to stay at Real

2018-12-15T12:10:00Z

Vinicius Jr will not leave Real Madrid on loan in January, according to Marca.

The 18-year-old is wanted by a number of clubs, including Real Valladolid, but he has played in four La Liga games this season and is regarded as a first-team player by manager Santiago Solari.

Navas not set for Madrid exit

2018-12-15T11:44:22Z

Keylor Navas will not leave Real Madrid in January, per Marca.

The goalkeeper has been linked with a winter exit from the Spanish giants, but Navas' partner is set to give birth in February, meaning he is unlikely to seek a move abroad, while any interested party is unlikely to be able to match his wage demands.

Barcelona explore striker options

2018-12-15T11:30:00Z

Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez and Milan forward Andre Silva are both being tracked by Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The Catalan club are keen to reinforce their strike force and Gomez, who has scored eight goals this season, is seen as an affordable option, with his release clause standing at €50 million (£45m).

Silva, meanwhile, is on loan at Sevilla this season and has also netted eight times in 2018-19.

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Real Madrid scout Moreno

2018-12-15T11:00:00Z

Real Madrid are set to scout Rayo Vallecano striker Sergio Moreno, per AS.

Moreno, who has a €25 million (£22.6m) release clause in his contract, currently alternates between the first and second teams at the club.

Barcelona eye Christensen

2018-12-15T10:30:48Z

The Blaugrana want to sign the Chelsea defender

Barcelona are keen to sign Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen in January, per Sport.

The Catalan giants need a replacement for Samuel Umtiti, who is set for a spell on the sidelines.

And they have subsequently launched a bid for Christensen, with negotiations set to continue after their first offer was rejected.

Icardi agent hints at new contract

2018-12-15T09:33:21Z

Mauro Icardi's agent has hinted that he is set to sign a new contract at Inter.

Wanda Icardi, who is also the striker's wife, wrote on Twitter: "It's 00:30 and I'm still here to read the pages of the renewal."

Spurs to keep Walker-Peters

2018-12-15T08:55:00Z

Tottenham do not want to loan out defender Kyle Walker-Peters in January, according to Mauricio Pochettino.

Walker-Peters started the club's 1-1 draw with Barcelona in the Champions League in midweek, and the Argentine is delighted with the 21-year-old's progression.

"Now, no. Now, for me, he's one of the best options," he told reporters, when asked if the young right-back could leave.

Chelsea set for British recruitment drive

2018-12-15T08:15:00Z

Chelsea are set to embark on a major recruitment drive of British players, per the Daily Mail.

Maurizio Sarri's side fear falling foul of homegrown rules, with the futures of Gary Cahill, Cesc Fabregas, Danny Drinkwater, Andreas Christensen, Victor Moses and Rob Green all up in the air.

All six players are considered homegrown by the Premier League, and the Blues are wary of losing all six.

Arsenal offered Suarez

2018-12-15T07:46:34Z

Arsenal have been offered Denis Suarez by Barcelona, with the midfielder looking to leave the club in search of first-team football, per The Independent.

Suarez has struggled for game time with the Camp Nou giants, and has been offered to a number of clubs, with Barca setting an asking price of £14 million (€15.5m).

Leicester still tracking Jardim

2018-12-15T05:30:59Z

Leicester City are still keeping an eye on former Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim, claims Le10Sport

Jardim was sacked by Monaco earlier this season, but achieved a period of sustained success with the club prior to the current campaign. 

Though the Foxes are up to ninth in the table, the club's hierarchy aren't sold on Claude Puel and could eventually opt for a change. 

Toronto FC land DeLeon in Re-Entry Draft

2018-12-15T04:35:25Z

Toronto FC selected midfielder Nick DeLeon in the first stage of Friday's MLS Re-Entry Draft.

The 28-year-old has spent all seven years of his career with D.C. United after being selected seventh overall in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.

Fulham want to sign Cahill

2018-12-15T03:45:49Z

Fulham are hoping to land Gary Cahill from Chelsea next month, according to West London Sport. 

The veteran defender has fallen out of favour under Maurizio Sarri, making just one Premier League appearance for the Blues this term. 

Chelsea will allow Cahill to leave the club, and the Cottagers are hoping the 32-year-old can help shore up their leaky defence. 

Juve's plan for Chiesa-Pjaca swap hits snag

2018-12-15T03:00:21Z

Fiorentina are not interested in signing on-loan Juventus striker Marko Pjaca on a permanent basis, according to Calciomercato

The Viola have an option to make Pjaca's loan permanent for a €20 million (£18m/$23m) fee, but the Croatian hasn't proven he's worth that outlay. 

Juve were hoping they could use Pjaca as a makeweight in a deal for Fiorentina star Federico Chiesa, but that option appears to be off the table. 

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Sarachan in talks with North Carolina FC

2018-12-15T02:15:35Z

Former U.S. national team manager Dave Sarachan is in talks with North Carolina FC over their head coaching position, reports The Washington Post. 

Sarachan served as the USMNT interim boss for more than a year, with his time in charge ending earlier this month with the appointment of Gregg Berhalter as manager.

The 64-year-old told the Post there was mutual interest between himself and the second-division side. 

Flamengo in talks to sign Gabigol

2018-12-15T01:20:38Z

Flamengo have opened talks with Gabriel Barbosa's representatives over a possible move, according to ESPN Brazil. 

The striker has returned to form with Santos while on loan from Inter, where he struggled to impose himself. 

Barbosa's form has led to interest from other European sides, and Flamengo know that landing the 22-year-old would likely be expensive. 

Pochettino not expecting new Tottenham signings in January

2018-12-15T00:39:24Z

Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he is not expecting much movement from Tottenham in the upcoming transfer window. 

Spurs were inactive over the summer in the transfer market, failing to bring in a single new face, though they are third in the table despite that. 

Despite competing on multiple fronts in the new year, the Argentine manager believes that his side should not enter the market unless it is for the right man. 

Read the full story here on Goal!

Neymar likely to stay at PSG

2018-12-14T23:15:34Z

While he could depart in the summer, the Brazil star is leaning toward staying in the French capital

Neymar is more likely than not to stay with Paris Saint-Germain this summer, according to le10sport.

The Brazil star has considered leaving in the past, but has begun to reconsider as he grows more comfortable within the PSG side and realises his financial situation would not be easily replicated elsewhere.

The result is a Neymar who, while he still could change his mind, is more likely than not to stay with PSG.

Bournemouth and West Ham target Loftus-Cheek

2018-12-14T23:07:24Z

Both Bournemouth and West Ham are hoping to land Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan in January, reports the Sun.

The two clubs can offer Loftus-Cheek the playing time necessary to stay in the England picture, and are aiming for a purchase option in the deal.

Bournemouth are targeting the midfielder for a shot at qualifying for Europe, while West Ham hope the chance to stay in London is enough to lure Loftus-Cheek to the club.

Arsenal and Tottenham after Hoffenheim midfielder

2018-12-14T22:58:31Z

Hoffenheim's Florian Grillitsch is a target for Arsenal and Tottenham, according to Bild

The Austrian midfielder has a contract through 2021, but is believed to have a release clause, while his agent traveled to England last week while noting his client is the focus of "top clubs".

Chelsea confident of signing Bournemouth's Wilson

2018-12-14T22:54:10Z

Chelsea are confident they can sign Bournemouth forward Callum Wilson in January, according to the Express.

The Blues are more than willing to pay £30 million ($38m) for the England international as Maurizio Sarri wants to improve on his strike force of Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud.

Wilson is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, and Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has insisted his star man won't be sold

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Inter targeting Modric and Conte

2018-12-14T22:50:13Z

Inter Milan are hopeful they can lure Luka Modric and Antonio Conte to San Siro to spark a continental challenge, according to the Mirror.

Beppe Marotta has joined the club from Juventus, where he worked Conte as a manager.

The club believes Modric is seeking one final challenge in his career and could be tempted to Serie A, especially with three fellow Croatian internationals already on the squad in Ivan Perisic, Marcelo Brozovic and Sime Vrsaljko.