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Earthquakes contact Gunn

2018-09-20T21:45:20Z

The San Jose Earthquakes have made contact with Stanford head coach Jeremy Gunn about their managerial vacancy, according to MLSsoccer.com.

The Quakes fired Mikael Stahre on Sunday, as the manager did not even last a full season after being hired in November. 

San Jose has also been in contact with former Portland manager Caleb Porter, as well as Boca Juniors head coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto. 

Beckham's Inter Miami hire business officer

2018-09-20T21:19:14Z

David Beckham's MLS franchise Inter Miami have appointed Jurgen Mainka as chief business officer.

After revealing their name and logo, the club have confirmed that they have added to their front office by hiring the former CONCACAF director of marketing, who has also worked at the New York Red Bulls.

Tata Martino offered Atlanta United extension

2018-09-20T20:38:00Z

Atlanta United have entered talks with Gerardo Martino over a contract extension.

The former Argentina and Barcelona coach's current contract expires at the end of the season and it had been reported that he was set to leave.

However, both sides have an option to extend the deal and Martino told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that it is being considered, adding: “It’s something we are going to analyze very seriously and take our time deciding."

Tuchel relationship with PSG sporting director breaks down

2018-09-20T19:51:29Z

Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel's relationship with Antero Henrique has already collapsed amid growing pressure on the sporting director, says Le Parisien.

Tuchel has been left disappointed with the club's business in the transfer window and has had to use some of his players in unfamiliar positions so far. It is reported that he barely talks with Henrique and has grown frustrated with him,].

Thiago Silva seemed to put the blame for PSG's defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League on Henrique's shoulders when asked by reporters about the team selection after the game.

After Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness urged PSG to "separate from their sports director", it seems he is being further alienated just a year into his job.

Hibs sign ex-Feyenoord defender Nelom

2018-09-20T18:58:51Z

Hibernian have completed the signing of Dutch left-back Miquel Nelom.

Nelom, 27, made over 150 appearances at Feyenoord and spent the second half of last season on loan at Sparta Rotterdam before his release in the summer.

The two-time Netherlands international has joined the Scottish side on an initial one-year deal and could make his debut against Dundee on Sunday.

Verratti ready to leave PSG

2018-09-20T18:11:30Z

Marco Verratti is considering leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season, according to Calciomercato.

The midfielder has featured twice under Thomas Tuchel this season, missing the first Ligue 1 games through injury and the Champions League defeat to Liverpool because of a suspension.

But he worries that he does not fit into Tuchel's style and is open to leaving next year, making a return to Italy his preferred option.

Man City begin Neymar pursuit

2018-09-20T17:29:07Z

Brazilian star wants PSG exit

Manchester City have made an approach for Neymar, according to Don Balon.

Real Madrid have been relentlessly working on bringing the Brazilian back to Spain and he is ready to listen to offers as he wants this to be his final season in Paris.

And there is more than one path open to Neymar, as City have entered the picture by reaching out to him. 

Totti reveals attempt to sign Ibrahimovic for Roma

2018-09-20T16:55:44Z

Swedish star was too expensive for capital club

Roma icon Francesco Totti says he tried to convince Zlatan Ibrahimovic to join the Italian club.

The Swedish star was on of several top players Totti hoped to lure to the capital city to help boost their chances of Champions League success.

However, Roma could not afford to sign many of his preferred targets.

“I’ve always said you need champions to win," he said. “I hoped Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic, the best players in the world would come...Unfortunately, we had a limit, we didn’t have the financial muscle to spend on these champions. Really, I tried to bring unthinkable people to Roma."

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Lobotka eyes January move to Champions League club

2018-09-20T16:04:06Z

Stanislav Lobotka has admitted he could leave Celta in January in search of Champions League football.

The 23-year-old midfielder only joined the Spanish side last year but quickly attracted interest from elsewhere and could have left in the summer transfer window.

And the Slovakia international has made no promise to see out the season with Celta as he hopes to play at a higher level soon.

"In the summer there were offers from different clubs, but I will play with Celta at least for half the season," he told reporters. "Everyone wants to play in the Champions League. I'm happy here and my focus is on doing well with Celta, then in January we'll see what happens."

Barca eye Man Utd target Pepe

2018-09-20T15:10:31Z

Lille winger is attracting Europe's top clubs

Barcelona have admitted to a big interest in Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, Mundo Deportivo claims.

The 23-year-old, who scored a hat-trick against Amiens last week, had already caught the attention of Betis and Sevilla, while recent reports say Manchester United are tracking him.

And the Catalan side are the latest team to enter the picture, as director of football Eric Abidal has admitting that the Ivory Coast international is "very, very interesting".

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Lyon chasing Monaco defender

2018-09-20T12:52:58Z

Lyon are still pursuing a deal for Monaco defender Almamy Toure, Le 10 Sport reports.

Toure has not regularly been used by the principality side this season and has a deal that expires next summer.

OL are seeking to negotiate terms for a Bosman move that would see him arrive for nothing in 2019.

James in hot water over hand gesture

2018-09-20T12:25:43Z

Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has taken a dim view of James Rodriguez making a gesture towards Benfica fans during Wednesday's Champions League win over Benfica, according to Don Balon.

When being substituted, the Colombia star stuck five fingers in the air, apparently to remember the 5-0 win his Porto side were involved in against their Portugese rivals.

Kovac is angry with the midfielder over the action and could dish out disciplinary action.

Lopetegui will stick by Navas in Europe

2018-09-20T12:00:02Z

Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui will retain Keylor Navas in goal for the club's European games this season, AS reports.

Thibaut Courtois was signed in the summer from Chelsea to become the regular No.1, but he will drop out for Los Blancos' European fixtures.

Lopetegui's plan was confirmed as Navas gave a solid account of himself against Roma.

Barca open talks over Pedrinho move

2018-09-20T11:25:59Z

PSG and Shakhtar Donetsk also keen

Barcelona have opened talks with Corinthians regarding a move for midfielder Pedrinho.

The 20-year-old has impressed for the Brazilian outfit this season, and the Camp Nou outfit are keen on a potential €25 million (£22m/$29m) deal.

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Barella rejected Juventus move

2018-09-20T10:55:55Z

Juventus have missed out on the chance to sign Genoa midfielder Nicolo Barella, Calciomercato reports.

AC Milan and Inter are hot on the 21-year-old's trail, while Monaco also have an interest, but the Turin side turned down the chance to sign him previously.

Now he is estimated to be worth in the region of €35 million (£27m/$35m).

Arsenal and Man Utd to battle over Maier

2018-09-20T10:49:24Z

Arsenal and Manchester United have been keeping close tabs on Germany Under-21 international Arne Maier, Sport Bild reports.

The 19-year-old midfielder has been an ever present for Hertha in the Bundesliga so far this season, playing every minute of every game.

Bertolacci out to prove his point with Milan

2018-09-20T10:32:57Z

Andrea Bertolacci is set to use Thursday's Europa League match against Dudelange to make his point to the AC Milan hierarchy, Calciomercato reports.

Nearly sold to Roma in the summer, the move was blocked by head coach Gennaro Gatusso, who believes he has the quality to make it at San Siro.

This is an opportunity for the defender to prove it.

Man Utd on Pepe prowl

2018-09-20T07:57:18Z

Manchester United have started to monitor Lille attacker Nicolas Pepe, according to TF1.

The Ivory Coast international winger has been in hot form in France lately and netted his first career hat-trick last weekend against Amiens.

Pepe turned down the chance to leave LOSC in the summer, with Southampton and Lyon closest to securing his signature.  

Arsenal still monitoring Boca striker Pavon

2018-09-20T07:36:14Z

Gunners want Argentina ace

Arsenal are interested in Boca Juniors striker Cristian Pavon, the Daily Mail states.

Raul Sanllehi, the club's new head of football, has staged talks with the Argentine club over a deal for the forward, who played for the country at Russia 2018.

The 22-year-old, however, is wanted by a string of European clubs.

Could Southgate snatch Cairney from Scotland?

2018-09-20T07:07:17Z

England boss Gareth Southgate could hand a cap to Fulham's Tom Cairney, the Scottish Sun reports.

Cairney has twice turned out for Scotland in internationals, but as both were friendlies he is not tied to playing for them.

He has since withdrawn from numerous squads, leaving the door open for a switch to England.

Inter to reward Icardi with new deal

2018-09-20T06:36:35Z

Mauro Icardi is set to be rewarded for his goal scoring exploits with a new contract, according to Corriere della Sera

His currect deal expires in 2021, while it is expected he will be given a two-year extension that will see his release fee jump to €130 million (£116m/$152m) from its current level at €110m.

Icardi's goal against Tottenham on Tuesday further confirmed his importance to the club.

PSG have lined up €100m Rakitic summer bid

2018-09-20T06:16:28Z

Paris Saint-Germain made a €100m (£89m/$117m) summer bid for Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, Onda Cero reports.

However, Barca were unmoved by this approach, which came in €25m short of the midfielder's release clause.

Rakitic remains under contract until 2021.

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Seattle Sounders fans to vote on general manager

2018-09-20T05:31:51Z

Seattle Sounders fans will have their say on the direction of the club, with the club's Alliance Members - registered supporters - to vote on the retention of Garth Lagerwey. 

Club owner Drew Carey wanted fans to have direct say in the management of the team, and Lagerwey, who delivered on his promise of a designated player this summer with the signing of Raul Ruidiaz, could be voted out. 

The vote could have a big impact on the club's player direction this winter, with the Sounders having a designated player slot open following the retirement of Clint Dempsey. 

PSG and Spurs chasing Lobotka

2018-09-20T02:23:55Z

Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham are both chasing Stanislav Lobotka, according to insidefutbol.com

The Celta Vigo midfielder played a part in every league match for the club last season and is being touted as a future star. 

Martino to stay with Atlanta United

2018-09-20T00:55:03Z

Gerardo Martino will stick with Atlanta United, according to ESPN's Hernan Pereyra

The former Barcelona boss has had plenty of success with the MLS side and rumours have linked him with a number of high-profile gigs, including the Argentina job. 

RB Leipzig eyes Keita replacement Haidara

2018-09-19T23:10:00Z

RB Leipzig are reportedly eyeing a move for Amadou Haidara, according to Bild.

The Red Bull Salzburg midfielder is seen as a potential replacement for Naby Keita, who left the club for Liverpool this summer.

Haidara, 20, has been compared to Keita due to his ability on the ball and the German club will hope he can help plug a hole in the midfield.

Real Madrid eyes major move for de Jong

2018-09-19T22:58:05Z

Fiorentino Perez is looking to beat Barcelona to an Ajax star

Real Madrid president Fiorentino Perez is set to make a big splash by signing Frenkie de Jong, according to Don Balon.

Perez has his eye set on de Jong, who has emerged as a target for Barcleona in recent weeks, as Real Madrid looks to strike a blow to their Spanish rivals.

Ajax, though, has close relations with Barca, perhaps creating a road block for Real, though Perez is confident that the club can get a deal done during the winter window.

Pogba's 'class' impresses Mourinho

2018-09-19T22:52:25Z

Paul Pogba's 'class' in Manchester United's 2-0 win over young boys impressed Jose Mourinho.

The midfielder and manager have reportedly been at odds for some time, with Pogba linked with a move elsewhere. However, his manager was left impressed with Wednesday's two-goal performance.

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Arsenal set sights on Banega

2018-09-19T22:37:38Z

Arsenal are interested in signing Ever Banega, according to the Sun.

The midfielder previously worked with manager Unai Emery at Sevilla and has a £18 million ($24m) buy-out clause in his current deal.

Emery sees Banega as a way to boost midfield competition as he looks to mold the Gunners in his first year in charge. 

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Central Coast Mariners sign McCormack and Oar

2018-09-19T22:31:57Z

Scottish forward Ross McCormack has joined Australian Tommy Oar as new signings for Central Coast Mariners, the club announced on Wednesday.

McCormack joins on a one-season loan from Aston Villa after previously featuring for Fulham, Leeds and Cardiff.

Oar, meanwhile, agreed to a two-year deal after terminating his contract with Cypriot side APOEL Nicosia.