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Chelsea chasing Dutch teen

2018-10-01T20:42:01Z

Chelsea are after 15-year-old Volendam midfielder Sam Lautenschutz according to the Sun.

The teenager has drawn interest from fellow Premier League sides Manchester City, Tottenham and Leicester City along with Charlton Athletic and Ajax.

Lautenschutz should decide his next move within the month.

 

Napoli aim to tie down Chelsea target Zielinski

2018-10-01T18:49:57Z

Napoli are hoping to entice reported Chelsea target Piotr Zielinski to sign a new deal by doubling his wages, reports Rai Sport (via Calciomercato)

The Serie A club have been looking over the option of doubling his salary and securing a release clause of €100 million (£89m/$116m) to keep the midfielder at the club.

 

Guardiola rules out Man City move for Mbappe

2018-10-01T18:16:20Z

Pep Guardiola says there is no chance of Manchester City signing Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain after reports linked the club with a £200 million ($260m) move for Mbappe over the weekend.

The Premier League side have tried to buy the World Cup winner on two previous occasions; a rejected approach in 2016 and in 2017 when the player ultimately moved from Monaco to PSG. 

Though Goal understands the club have monitored the situation in case the French club ran afoul with Financial Fair Play regulations, Guardiola moved to flatly deny the story at his press conference ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash with Hoffenheim.

Read the full story here on Goal!

Should Man Utd sack Jose Mourinho?

2018-10-01T17:17:00Z

Manchester United look to be nearing full-on crisis mode under Jose Mourinho after another week of poor results saw them draw Wolves at home, lose on penalties to Derby County in the Carabao Cup and fall to West Ham on Saturday.

That compounds in-fighting between Mourinho and star man Paul Pogba amid reports of further disruption in the dressing room.

With rumours of Zinedine Zidane lined up as a replacement, is it time for the Red Devils to make a move? Correspondent Kris Voakes looks at the pros and cons of Manchester United sacking Jose Mourinho. 

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Batshuayi planning Chelsea return as a 'better player'

2018-10-01T16:58:26Z

Michy Batshuayi says he wants to return to Chelsea following his loan spell at Valencia and still has ambitions in the Premier League.

The forward has been a bit player with the Blues and though he had a strong half season on loan with Dortmund last spring, Batshuayi has made just three starts and scored only one goal in La Liga.

Despite the slow start, Batshuayi is not giving up on his Chelsea dream and hopes to return Stamford Bridge a stronger player.

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'Mourinho was never right for Man Utd'

2018-10-01T16:05:30Z

Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker feels that under-fire Jose Mourinho was never the right man to take the reigns at Old Trafford.

Parker has stated that there are 'too many unhappy people' and that the Portuguese boss 'has not done his job properly' since taking over at the Premier League side.

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Barca board undecided on Pogba

2018-10-01T15:01:57Z

Barcelona are yet to decide whether they will be making a January move for unsettled Manchester United star Paul Pogba, reports ESPN.

The France international is among those in their thoughts, but no call has been made as yet at board level regarding who to target.

Paris Saint-Germain's Adrien Rabiot and Ajax's Frenkie de Jong are alternative midfield options being considered by those at Camp Nou.

Mourinho refuses to be drawn on future

2018-10-01T14:00:24Z

With his future up in the air, Jose Mourinho has refused to be drawn on speculation that either he has held showdown talks with chairman Ed Woodward or called Zinedine Zidane, with the former Real Madrid boss linked with his job.

He said: "Did I talk to Ed Woodward? That’s a private matter, I’m not asking who you who did speak yesterday. That’s a private matter."

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Arsenal and Spurs tracking Leeds star

2018-10-01T13:56:05Z

Arsenal and Tottenham are among the Premier League sides monitoring Leeds star Kalvin Phillips, claims Teamtalk.

Everton are also keen on the versatile 22-year-old who is capable of operating in midfield or defence.

'Messi to Inter isn't impossible'

2018-10-01T13:23:06Z

Lionel Messi is unlikely to leave Barcelona, admits Javier Saviola, but “anything can happen” and long-standing talk of a switch to Inter could still deliver a stunning transfer.

A former Camp Nou star told FCInterNews: “In the future, however, anything can happen and that’s why Inter fans can’t lose their faith.”

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Time up for Mourinho at Man Utd?

2018-10-01T13:06:37Z

Manchester United need to make a decision on Jose Mourinho’s future in “the next couple of weeks”, says Lee Sharpe, with the club running the risk of missing out on a top-four finish.

The former Red Devils winger told talkSPORT: “If you’re out of that top four it’s so massive for these clubs these days that you just can’t afford to let it happen."

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Magpies plotting swoop for Vicari

2018-10-01T12:20:42Z

Newcastle are considering a January move for Spal defender Francesco Vicari, according to Sport Mediaset.

Rafa Benitez is in the process of drawing up his plans for the winter window and has had scouts cast an eye over a potential top target.

Bale backing Ramsey for Real Madrid

2018-10-01T11:58:28Z

Blancos ace wants to team up with Wales colleague

Gareth Bale has told Real Madrid to go out and sign Aaron Ramsey, according to Teamtalk.

The Wales star wants his international colleague to join up with him at the Bernabeu, and given that Ramsey's Arsenal deal is up at the end of the season, Madrid are monitoring the situation.

AC Milan, Manchester United and Manchester City are also ready to swoop, however.

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Messi backed to be a 'one-club man'

2018-10-01T10:36:48Z

Barcelona confident superstar skipper will stay

Lionel Messi “doesn’t want to leave” Barcelona and shares the team’s desire for him to be a “one-club man”, says Josep Maria Bartomeu.

The Argentine superstar has been linked with moves elsewhere in the past, but continues to sign contract extensions and his latest is set to take him through to 2021.

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Pochettino: Impossible to take Barcelona job

2018-10-01T09:40:46Z

Mauricio Pochettino says it would be "impossible" for him to coach Barcelona in the future as his Tottenham side prepare to face the Spanish champions on Wednesday.

The Argentine has been linked with several roles in La Liga, including a coaching post at Real Madrid, but his strong ties to Espanyol mean that he will never accept a job at Camp Nou.

Find out what he has had to say on Barca talk here.

Barca seeking to wrap up Munir contract

2018-10-01T09:30:05Z

Barcelona are aiming to tie Munir to a new contract as rapidly as possible, Mundo Deportivo reports.

The forward grabbed their weekend equaliser against Athletic and is firmly established as the club's back up to Luis Suarez.

His contract is up next summer, however, and Barca want him tied to a long-term deal as rapidly as possible.

Atletico Madrid tracking Palacios

2018-10-01T09:05:06Z

River Plate youngster Exequiel Palacios is being closely monitored by Atletico Madrid, AS reports.

The 19-year-old is highly rated after a strong start to the season and has proven himself a very versatile performer.

He has a contract that runs until 2021 but has a release clause worth €15 million (£13m/$17m).

Falcao set for MLS switch

2018-10-01T08:29:30Z

Colombia ace set to move Stateside

Radamel Falcao will move to MLS at the end of the season, Sport reports.

The Colombus Crew are his most probable destination, but Inter Miami is another team interested in him.

A move to Mexico has not been ruled out either.

Barcelona refusing to rule out Pogba bid

2018-10-01T08:04:40Z

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has stopped short of ruling out a January bid for unsettled Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

The Liga giants continue to be heavily linked with the World Cup winner as his long-term future at Old Trafford is called into question.

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'Pogba clearly doesn't want to be at Man Utd'

2018-10-01T07:24:03Z

Ex-Manchester United boss Tommy Docherty has given a damning verdict over Paul Pogba's attitude.

Speaking about the Frenchman, he said: "I would just let Pogba go. He clearly doesn’t want to be at the club.

"United should never have re-signed him in the first place."

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Umtiti out for three weeks: No centre-back search for Barca

2018-10-01T06:53:53Z

Barcelona have learned that Samuel Umtiti's knee injury is not as serious as expected, and as such they are not hurrying to sign a new centre-back, Mundo Deportivo reports.

The World Cup winner injured knee ligaments recently and reports suggested he could miss much of the season.

Although he is out for at least three weeks, the problem is not nearly as serious as was initially reported and it is hoped he will return until the end of the month.

Barca planning €40m Artur sale

2018-10-01T06:24:58Z

Barcelona are prepared to sell Arthur to a Premier League suitor in the summer of 2019, claims Don Balon.

The Liga giants are willing to do a deal for €40 million (£36m/$46m) which will include a buy-back option as they still hold the Brazilian midfielder in high regard.

Paratici could leave Juve amid Man Utd & Spurs interest

2018-10-01T04:19:04Z

Juventus sporting director ​Fabio Paratici could be in line to take a similar role at Manchester United or Tottenham, according to ​Il Bianconero.

Paratici's future is in doubt after Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta – who has worked closely with Paratici for years – announced he will step down.

Milan, PSG and Barcelona have all shown interest in Paratici in the past, while United and Spurs both are currently searching for a sporting director. 

Chelsea could sell Morata in January

2018-10-01T03:15:31Z

Chelsea could be open to selling striker Alvaro Morata in January, claims The Sun.

The Spanish striker has scored just one goal this season, and has fallen behind Olivier Giroud in the Blues' striker hierarchy. 

Should Morata's former club Juventus reignite their interest this winter, the Blues may take the opportunity to offload their struggling forward. 

City in no rush to sign Foden to new deal

2018-10-01T02:22:17Z

Manchester City are in no rush to tie Phil Foden down to a new contract, according to the Daily Star. 

The 18-year-old star currently makes around £3,000 a week, and City are believed to be willing to bump that figure up to £25,000 a week.

But the club are in no rush to make that offer just yet, with the City hierarchy looking to keep the teenager's feet on the ground. 

Rusnak and RSL agree multi-year contract extension

2018-10-01T01:22:43Z

Real Salt Lake has signed star midfielder Albert Rusnak to a multi-year contract extension, according to Stu Holden of Fox Sports. 

The deal will be worth around $2 million per season, and will make the 24-year-old the highest-paid player in RSL history.

The Slovakia international has tallied 10 goals and seven assists in MLS play this season.

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Hazard won't be convinced to stay by captain status

2018-10-01T00:25:52Z

Being named Chelsea’s permanent captain wouldn't affect whether Eden Hazard decides to leave the club or not, reports The Telegraph.

Head coach Maurizio Sarri will name a permanent skipper this week, with Hazard and Cesar Azpilicueta in the running. 

Some in the club believe Hazard will be more likely to sign a new deal with Chelsea should he be named captain, but the Belgian won't factor that into his decision. 

Terry considers Spartak U-turn

2018-09-30T23:34:26Z

Chelsea legend John Terry has fuelled speculation that he could join Spartak Moscow with a series of pictures posing with fans of the Russian club. 

The Mirror published snaps of the veteran defender in Moscow after watching Spartak go down 1-0 to Rostov on Sunday. 

He had previously been close to a lucrative switch to Russia, only to pull out of negotiations at the last minute.

PSG & Milan tried to sign Ronaldo

2018-09-30T23:34:19Z

Both AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain attempted to sign Cristiano Ronaldo before he agreed terms with Juventus, claims El Mundo

The Spanish newspaper paint a bleak picture of his final days at Real Madrid, in which he is said to have felt "betrayed" and relegated to the status of secondary club idol behind legend Alfredo Di Stefano. 

That discontent did not go unnoticed, with the Italian and French clubs both making their interest known to Ronaldo's agent.

Newcastle's Ashley looks to mend bridges with struggling Rafa

2018-09-30T23:34:13Z

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is planning to lift spirits within the Magpie camp by taking Rafa Benitez and his squad out to dinner, reports the Daily Mail

Benitez was booed for the first time by the St. James' Park faithful on Saturday after going down 2-0 to Leicester, a result that leaves Newcastle in the relegation zone. 

And as the pressure mounts, Ashley is looking to rebuild strained relationships by footing the bill for dinner in the coming days.

Zidane approached as Mourinho's replacement

2018-09-30T23:33:57Z

Zinedine Zidane has already been contacted by Manchester United over the possibility of succeeding Jose Mourinho as manager, according to TalkSport's Tony Cascarino. 

“Looking at a manager who is getting so little out his team, he has to be responsible for how his team are playing. I see a lack of energy and desire in that team at the moment," Cascarino fired.

“If I’m brutally honest, I think he’ll be gone very soon. I think the talks have already happened and I was led to believe Zidane has already met United from a source that has told me many things over the years that have come true."

Man Utd to offload flop Alexis

2018-09-30T23:33:52Z

Sanchez was left out of squad for defeat to West Ham

Manchester United are ready to cut their losses on flop Alexis Sanchez and sell the forward, claims the Daily Star

Alexis arrived at Old Trafford in January after the Red Devils beat out rivals City for his signature, but he has struggled to reproduce the form shown at Arsenal since moving. 

And after being cut from the United squad for Saturday's defeat to West Ham, manager Jose Mourinho is now willing to offload him as soon as possible.