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Norwich send Soto and Adshead to Telstar

2020-08-26T22:30:23Z

Norwich duo Sebastian Soto and Dan Adshead have been loaned to Dutch side Telstar for the duration of the 2020-21 campaign.

Genoa name Maran as new coach

2020-08-26T22:05:07Z

Genoa have confirmed that Rolando Maran has been appointed as their new coach.

The 57-year-old was fired by Cagliari in March but will return to the Italian top-flight after signing a two-year contract with Genoa.

Cincinnati and Derby in Maddison battle

2020-08-26T21:32:58Z

Bayern will lose tremendous players - Flick

2020-08-26T20:58:44Z

Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick expects the club to lose several players in the wake of ther Champions League success.

Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara is expected to leave this summer after CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed he will not sign a contract extension, with his current deal set to expire next year.

Meanwhile, Ivan Perisic is heading back to Inter and Philippe Coutinho is returning to Barcelona after the end of their loan spells in Bavaria.

Flick fears his side are in danger of losing some crucial players but is confident the Bundesliga winners can recover ahead of the next campaign.

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Panzo leaves Monaco for Dijon

2020-08-26T19:30:14Z

Henderson signs five-year Man Utd extension

2020-08-26T19:00:39Z

Dean Henderson has signed a new contract to keep him at Manchester United until June 2025, with the option to extend for a further year. 

The goalkeeper has spent the last two campaigns out on loan at Sheffield United and has impressed under Chris Wilder earning himself a call up to Gareth Southgate’s squad for next month’s Nations League fixtures. 

Henderson kept 13 clean sheets in the league last season and many have backed him to replace David de Gea as first-choice at Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to back the Spaniard but is a big fan of the young England goalkeeper and talks are ongoing as to what role he could play at United next season. 

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PSG make €80m Milinkovic-Savic top target

2020-08-26T18:30:56Z

Paris Saint-Germain are determined to land Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio this summer.

Le 10 Sport claims the Ligue 1 champions have made the Serbia international their top priority this summer and he is eager to make the move.

Lazio, however, would rather keep the midfielder and are holding out for €80 million (£72m/$95m), having already rejected a €60m (£54m/$71m) offer from PSG in May.

Chelsea sign £50m Chilwell

2020-08-26T18:00:21Z

Chelsea have completed the signing of Ben Chilwell from Leicester.

The 23-year-old left-back has signed a five-year contract with the Blues after they agreed a £50 million ($66m) fee with their fellow Premier League side.

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Elche appoint Almiron as coach

2020-08-26T17:30:37Z

Jorge Almiron will coach Elche in their first season back in La Liga after being appointed as Pachete's replacement.

The Spanish side sealed a place in the top-flight via the play-offs but then sacked the coach just two days later.

Barcelona turn to Gomez to replace Suarez

2020-08-26T17:00:59Z

Barcelona are considering a move for Maxi Gomez in their hunt for a replacement for Luis Suarez, SER Deportivos Valencia reports.

The Catalan side have reached out to the Valencia forward's agent to see if he would be open to a move.

The 24-year-old has four years left on his deal with Los Che, having joined in 2019, and a €140 million release clause.

Maguire set to remain Man Utd captain

2020-08-26T16:30:33Z

Despite being found guilty of a string of charges in Greece, where he has been handed a 21-month suspended prison sentence, Manchester United will retain Harry Maguire as their captain, the BBC believes.

He took over the role from Ashley Young in January when he moved to Inter.

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Could Cavani head to Juventus?

2020-08-26T15:59:08Z

With his move to Benfica having broken down, Edinson Cavani finds himself in limbo.

Gazzetta dello Sport believes a return to Italy is possible, with Juventus a potential suitor.

Mandanda signs new Marseille deal

2020-08-26T15:24:01Z

Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda has signed a new contract that will keep him with Marseille until 2024.

Paunovic set for Reading post

2020-08-26T14:57:41Z

Ex-Chicago Fire boss Veljko Paunovic is poised to take over at Championship side Reading, according to TalkSport.

He has been out of work since last November but is now set to replace Mark Bowen, who will revert to director of football.

Juventus set to complete McKennie swoop

2020-08-26T14:34:49Z

Juventus will sign Weston McKennie from Schalke on loan, Sky Sports Italia report.

The USA international will move for an initial €3 million (£2.7m/$3.5m), plus an extra €18m if Juve decide to make the deal a permanent one.

Atletico's Henrique set to join Monaco

2020-08-26T13:29:41Z

Atletico Madrid defender Caio Henrique is set to complete a move to Monaco - according to AS.

The 23-year-old will move to Stade Louis II for €8 million, with an extra €2 million to be paid to the French club in add-ons.

Henrique will commit to a five-year contract with Monaco, bringing to an end his four-year stay at Wanda Metropolitano.

Tottenham looking to bring in Doherty from Wolves

2020-08-26T12:59:23Z

Tottenham are looking to bring in Matt Doherty from Wolves - according to Sky Sports.

Jose Mourinho wants to add the 28-year-old full-back to his defensive ranks ahead of the new season, and he could be available for around £12 million ($16m).

Doherty racked up 50 appearances across all competitions for Wolves last season, scoring seven goals.

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Brighton centre-back Clarke returns to Derby on loan

2020-08-26T12:29:39Z

Messi will leave Barca even if Bartomeu resigns

2020-08-26T12:09:34Z

Argentine superstar determined to leave Camp Nou

Lionel Messi will leave Barcelona regardless of whether or not club president Josep Maria Bartomeu resigns - according to Onda Cero.

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner has made the "irrevocable decision" to call time on his 16-year spell at Camp Nou, and will not be performing a U-turn despite rumours of an impending change in the boardroom.

Messi has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester City after handing in a transfer request on Tuesday.

Atalanta target Strasbourg defender Simakan

2020-08-26T11:59:36Z

Strasbourg right-back Mohamed Simakan is the subject of interest from Atalanta - according to Foot Mercato.

Monaco had been touted as the most likely next destination for the 20-year-old last month, but the Ligue 1 giants baulked at his current employers' €20 million (£18m/$24m) valuation.

Atalanta are now ready to swoop in for Simakan, who missed most of the 2019-20 season with a serious knee injury.

Madrid open to loaning Mariano out to Benfica

2020-08-26T11:29:59Z

Real Madrid are open to loaning Mariano Diaz out to Benfica - according to Record.

The 27-year-old would prefer to remain at Santiago Bernabeu, but the Blancos are ready to consider a formal offer from the Portuguese club.

Mariano only featured in five La Liga games for Madrid last season, scoring once.

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Everton nearing James Rodriguez deal

2020-08-26T10:58:19Z

Everton are set to sign James Rodriguez from Real Madrid, Sky Sports report.

The Colombia international is keen on signing a three-year deal but a transfer deal has yet to be agreed with Los Blancos.

Vardy agrees new Leicester deal

2020-08-26T10:26:26Z

Jamie Vardy has agreed new terms at Leicester and will pen a deal taking him through until 2023 with the club, Sky Sports report.

He netted 23 times in the Premier League last season to finish as the division's Golden Boot winner.

PSG cannot afford Messi's wages

2020-08-26T10:00:08Z

Lionel Messi is unlikely to move to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, L'Equipe reports.

His astronomical wage, which is greater than that of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar combined, means that they would have to push UEFA's FFP regulations to stand a chance of the deal being done - or sell one of their jewels, something they do not think is viable.

Guardiola has held Messi talks and would be delighted with blockbuster Man City move for wantaway Barcelona star

2020-08-26T09:02:36Z

Pep Guardiola has recently held talks with Lionel Messi and would be delighted to be reunited with the wantaway Barcelona star at Manchester City, Goal can reveal.

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Koeman told Messi his privileges are over upon return to Barca

2020-08-26T07:59:36Z

Ronaldo Koeman told Lionel Messi that his privileges in the squad are over upon his return to Barcelona - according to The Mirror.

The new Blaugrana boss warned the Argentine that he would have to up his work rate and "do everything" for the good of the team, which prompted an angry reaction from the six-time Ballon d'Or winner.

The showdown talks between Koeman and Messi appear to have been the last straw for the 33-year-old, who submitted a transfer request on Tuesday.

Atletico still chasing Lacazette

2020-08-26T07:29:47Z

Atletico Madrid are still keen on signing Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette - according to Marca.

Los Rojiblancos are reluctant to fork out a large transfer fee in the current market, but are prepared to include Thomas Lemar, Angel Correa or Vitolo in any possible deal for Lacazette.

Although Arsenal turned down an offer from Atletico for the Frenchman in January, the La Liga giants are still hopeful of securing his services ahead of the 2020-21 season.

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Suarez holds talks with Inter Miami

2020-08-26T07:18:17Z

Barca star set for MLS switch

Luis Suarez has held talks with Inter Miami over a potential transfer - as The Independent reports.

The Uruguayan striker has been told he is no longer wanted at Barcelona, and although he would prefer to remain in Europe, he is open to a move to the United States.

Suarez currently earns €450,000 a week at Camp Nou, and would have to accept a pay-cut to link up with the David Beckham-owned MLS franchise.

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Palace submit £20m bid for QPR's Eze

2020-08-26T06:59:22Z

Crystal Palace have submitted a £20 million ($26m) bid for Queens Park Rangers midfielder Eberechi Eze - according to The Guardian.

The Eagles saw a £12m ($16m) bid for the 22-year-old turned down earlier this summer, but are confident of finalising a deal after increased their offer.

Eze is now expected to agree personal terms with Palace ahead of the move, which will see him make the step up from the Championship to the Premier League.

Newcastle eager to bring in Holding

2020-08-26T06:29:50Z

Newcastle are interested in signing Arsenal defender Rob Holding on loan - according to the Daily Mail.

The Gunners are prepared to let Holding leave if Gabriel's proposed move to Emirates Stadium from Lille goes through as expected.

Holding missed most of the 2019-20 campaign through injury, featuring in just eight Premier League games for Arsenal.

Alaba expected to stay at Bayern

2020-08-26T05:00:13Z

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes David Alaba will remain with the club. 

"With the best will I can not imagine that David wants to leave FC Bayern," Rummenigge told Bild via Sky Germany

"We are very interested in him staying, and I think he too feels at home at Bayern."

Messi wants Man City move

2020-08-26T04:00:51Z

Lionel Messi wants to join Manchester City should he seal an exit from Barcelona, according to Esporte reporter Marcelo Bechler

The Argentine has reportedly already talked to manager Pep Guardiola as the duo look to reunite in the Premier League. 

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Former Barca president rules out Messi exit

2020-08-26T03:00:39Z

Former Barcelona president Joan Gaspart insisted Lionel Messi cannot leave the embattled La Liga giants on a free transfer as he hit out at the six-time Ballon d'Or winner.

Messi has sensationally told Barca he wants to leave the club, who replaced Quique Setien with Ronald Koeman after they were dethroned by Real Madrid in La Liga and humiliated by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.

The 33-year-old's contract runs until June 2021 and is said to have a clause in his deal that allowed him to leave on a free transfer at the end of the 2019-20 campaign.

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Valencia confirm agreement with Leeds for £27m Rodrigo

2020-08-26T00:00:06Z

Valencia have confirmed that the club has reached a deal with Leeds United over the transfer of star striker Rodrigo.

Reports have linked the Spanish forward with a €30 million (£27m/$35m) move to Elland Road, with Goal learning on Tuesday that officials from Leeds had flown to Spain to figure out terms of a deal.

The forward is one of a number of Valencia stars reportedly told that they will be allowed to leave this summer, with the club already selling Ferran Torres, Dani Parejo and Francis Coquelin in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Messi in talks with Guardiola over City move

2020-08-25T22:55:16Z

Lionel Messi has made contact with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and is open to a move to the Etihad, according to The Athletic

Despite those talks between the player and coach, City have "strongly distanced themselves" from a move for the 33-year-old. 

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Napoli president speaks out over Koulibaly's future

2020-08-25T22:40:09Z

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has deflected questions over the future of defender Kalidou Koulibaly, saying that they should be answered by Manchester UnitedManchester City and PSG.

Koulibaly has long been linked with a move to a bigger club, with several of Europe's top sides watching the 29-year-old's performances in Italy closely.

De Laurentiis was asked again about Koulibaly's future on Tuesday and instead directed the question towards a few of the only sides he believes can afford the Senegal star.

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Inter Miami linked with Badstuber

2020-08-25T22:25:22Z

Former Germany international Holger Badstuber has been linked with a move to MLS side Inter Miami, according to Bild

The defender currently plays for Stuttgart but was recently dropped to their reserve side with a move away now likely. 

James Rodriguez close to Everton move

2020-08-25T22:15:41Z

After a season struggling for game time, the Colombian is set for a move to England

Real Madrid attacker James Rodriguez is close to sealing a move to Everton, reports The Telegraph.

The Toffees have made an offer for the Colombian with talks progressing positively between both clubs. 

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has previously coached James at Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. 

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Man Utd in position to sign Messi

2020-08-25T22:05:36Z

Could the Argentine move to Old Trafford?

Both Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain could pull off the signing of Lionel Messi, claims Sport

The Barcelona star has handed in a transfer request but any move away from the club would be expensive, with PSG and United singled out as two clubs that could get a deal done.