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Wijnaldum insistent on Barcelona switch

2021-04-17T21:30:45Z

Liverpool star Gini Wijnaldum is determined to complete a move to Barcelona this summer, reports the Mirror

Despite reports suggesting he could sign a new deal at Anfield, the midfielder's dream is to line up alongside the likes of Lionel Messi at Camp Nou.

Barkley tipped for another loan move

2021-04-17T21:00:46Z

Aston Villa loanee Ross Barkley has been tipped to head out again once his temporary switch from Chelsea comes to an end rather than sign for the Birmingham side. 

“I don’t think a permanent deal is going to happen, absolutely not. That’s probably already decided," former striker Noel Whelan told Football Insider.

“He’s not that important to Villa. If he was, he’d be starting every single game.

“I think he’ll be going back to his parent club and they’ll be looking for another loan deal for Ross Barkley."

Pogba seeks £500,000-a-week Man Utd extension

2021-04-17T20:30:15Z

Paul Pogba wants a considerable wage hike in order to sign a new deal with Manchester United, claims the Daily Star

The midfielder, who is out of contract in June 2022, is looking to push his salary up to £500,000-per week, with agent Mino Raiola having already informed the club of his demands.

Leicester interested in Chelsea's Abraham

2021-04-17T20:00:30Z

Minamino unsure if he has Liverpool future

2021-04-17T19:30:06Z

Takumi Minamino is unsure whether there is a future for him at Liverpool, as he admits to not knowing where he will be in 2021-22, but the Japan international remains up for the challenge of competing with Mohamed Salah and Co for minutes on Merseyside.

The versatile 26-year-old, who is a Premier League title winner, has found regular opportunities hard to come by since moving to Anfield in January 2020, with fierce competition for places eventually leading him to join Southampton on loan.

It is expected that Jurgen Klopp will absorb Minamino back into his ranks this summer before any long-term planning is drawn up, but there are no guarantees that an extended spell with the Reds will be taken in.

Read more here!

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Saint-Etienne eye Valenciennes starlet

2021-04-17T19:00:00Z

Saint-Etienne are heading a clutch of French clubs in pursuit of highly-rated teenager Ismael Doukoure, claims Le10Sport.

The 17-year-old, who plays for Valenciennes, has attracted the interest of several parties.

Alongside ASSE, Reims, Montpellier and Bordeaux are all also in the hunt for his services.

Torres reacts to transfer talk

2021-04-17T18:30:00Z

Pau Torres has reacted to the speculation suggesting that he is a transfer target for the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid by saying that he remains "very calm" at home-town club Villarreal.

The highly-rated centre-half is said to be registering on the recruitment radars of leading sides across Europe heading towards the summer window.

The 24-year-old Spain international is aware of the interest he is attracting, but claims to be paying little attention to it as his focus remains locked on the present.

Read the full story on Goal here!

Newcastle keen to extend Willock stay

2021-04-17T18:00:00Z

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce would be delighted to retain the services of Arsenal loanee Joe Willock beyond the 2020-21 campaign.

Willock, 21, was the Magpies' match-winner on Saturday as he came off the bench to score a late winner in their 3-2 defeat of West Ham. 

The result takes Newcastle away from the relegation zone, with Willock making a decisive contribution in his last two appearances. 

Read the full story on Goal here!

Jorginho feels 'underappreciated' at Chelsea

2021-04-17T17:30:39Z

Jorginho is aware that "a lot of criticism" has come his way across three seasons at Chelsea and admits to feeling "underappreciated" as his numbers are better than many give him credit for.

The Brazil-born Italy international is, as a holding midfielder, not one to steal the headlines with displays of match-winning brilliance, with his game all about ticking things over and allowing others to shine.

Those qualities can sail under the radar at times, with the 29-year-old happy with his contribution to the collective cause regardless of what others may think.

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Columbus Crew signs Abdul-Salaam

2021-04-17T17:00:59Z

Bayern Munich head coach Flick confirms intent to leave

2021-04-17T16:30:10Z

Bayern Munich head coach Hansi Flick has confirmed he intends to leave the club at the end of the season.

Flick made the announcement on Saturday following his side's 3-2 win over Wolfsburg – a result that took them closer to another Bundesliga title. 

The 56-year-old only took over as head coach in November 2019, and led Bayern to the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League in his first season in charge.

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Arsenal and Chelsea-linked Hakimi makes future statement

2021-04-17T16:00:33Z

Achraf Hakimi has seen a move away from Inter mooted heading towards the next transfer window, with Arsenal and Chelsea said to be among his suitors, but the highly-rated defender says his intention is to spend "a long time" at San Siro.

The 22-year-old full-back only made his way to Italy during the summer of 2020, with a productive loan stint at Borussia Dortmund seeing his stock rise and Real Madrid presented with plenty of options when it came to a sale.

Inter won that race, but financial struggles for the Serie A side have led to suggestions that prized assets may have to be offloaded in order to balance the books - with Hakimi falling into that category as he attracts admiring glances from England.

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Beckham embarrassed by Miami blunder

2021-04-17T15:30:00Z

In the weeks leading up to their second MLS season, Inter Miami found themselves dealing with a major problem.

David Beckham's MLS club had four Designated Players (DP) on their roster – one more than the maximum allowed by league rules. Just before their opening game, they found a solution to that problem.

On Friday, Inter Miami announced that they had bought out Matias Pellegrini – the youngest of the team's four DPs – in order to comply with MLS regulations, and thus enable them to retain the services of Gonzalo Higuain, Blaise Matuidi and Rodolfo Pizarro for the coming campaign.

Read the full story on Goal here!

West Ham lead the race for Edouard

2021-04-17T15:00:00Z

West Ham are leading the race for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard, claims Football Insider.

Leicester have been linked with the French frontman, but former Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers is now turning his attention elsewhere.

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Juventus step up interest in Dembele

2021-04-17T14:30:00Z

Juventus have stepped up their interest in Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele, reports Calciomercato.

The France international is approaching the final year of his contract at Camp Nou and could be on the move in the next window.

Bale placed on Real Madrid's transfer 'blacklist'

2021-04-17T14:00:00Z

Gareth Bale has, according to Sport, been placed on Real Madrid's transfer "blacklist".

Florentino Perez does not want the Welshman back at Santiago Bernabeu and will look to offload him at the earliest opportunity.

Arsenal and Chelsea-linked Hakimi makes future statement

2021-04-17T13:30:00Z

Achraf Hakimi has seen a move away from Inter mooted heading towards the next transfer window, with Arsenal and Chelsea said to be among his suitors, but the highly-rated defender says his intention is to spend "a long time" at San Siro.

Hakimi has told La Repubblica: "I hope to stay at this club for a long time, I’m very happy."

Read the full story on Goal!

PSG open to offloading Icardi

2021-04-17T13:00:00Z

Paris Saint-Germain are willing to entertain offers for Mauro Icardi, reports Le10Sport.

The Ligue 1 champions would be prepared to part with the Argentine striker as they seek to finance new contracts for Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

Mourinho not expected to be at Spurs next season

2021-04-17T12:30:00Z

Football.london reports that there is growing belief at Tottenham that Jose Mourinho will not be around next season.

The Portuguese has seen questions asked of his methods, despite booking a Carabao Cup final date with Manchester City, and is set to be moved on before his contract expires.

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Kolasinac on Lazio's radar

2021-04-17T12:00:39Z

Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac has emerged as a target for Lazio.

The Serbian is currently on loan at Schalke, but they are likely to slip out of the Bundesliga and Kolasinac will be available for transfer.

Gazzetta dello Sport claims Lazio view his experience and reliability as ideal additions to their squad.

Real squad to give up €30m bonus

2021-04-17T11:30:44Z

Real Madrid’s players have agreed to forego a €30 million (£25.97m / $35.94m) bonus due to them should they win La Liga or Champions League.

The squad did the same last season to help the club through the coronavirus pandemic, and with finances still stretched, ABC says they have reached the same agreement.

Glasner in frame for Salzburg switch

2021-04-17T11:00:03Z

Wolfsburg boss Oliver Glasner has been linked with a move to RB Salzburg.

Glasner has a contract for next season at Wolfsburg and they are well placed to qualify for the Champions League, but Krone is reporting that his family is favourite a return to his native Austria.

Gracia to leave Valencia

2021-04-17T10:30:35Z

Valencia have taken the decision to sack manager Javi Gracia.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Gracia will be relieved of his duties at the end of the season.

Duo in hunt for Loftus-Cheek

2021-04-17T10:00:06Z

Aston Villa and Crystal Palace are vying for the signature of Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Loftus-Cheek is on loan at Fulham and they would like to retain his services, but their chances depend on whether they retain their Premier League status.

Teamtalk says he will depart Chelsea in the summer, and Villa are Palace are readying bids.

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Konate still a top Liverpool target

2021-04-17T09:30:50Z

Ibrahima Konate remains one of Liverpool’s top summer transfer targets.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the Reds are preparing a five-year contract but no deal has been done.

RB Leipzig are not minded to sell, but will reluctantly agree if the defender’s full release clause is met.

Chelsea join chase for Varane

2021-04-17T09:00:45Z

Chelsea have entered the race for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.

Manchester United have been strongly linked with the France international, but Chistian Falk claims the Red Devils could face competition from Thomas Tuchel’s Blues.

Wolves looking to offload Traore

2021-04-17T08:30:57Z

Wolves’ transfer priority this summer is to offload Adama Traore.

The winger has been hugely disappointing this term, and Football Insider claims the club want to cash in this summer.

Wolves boss Nuno Santo feels the sale of Traore can bring in enough money to fund a squad overhaul.

United continue Bailly talks

2021-04-17T08:00:24Z

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said the club remain in contract talks with Eric Bailly.

The defender is rumoured to be in favour of a summer exit, but United are looking to tie him to fresh terms - reportedly to ensure his value does not drop.

"I know there has been speculation, we are talking to him about his contract so I don’t see any issues really,” Solskjaer said.

Tuchel drops transfer hint

2021-04-17T07:30:41Z

Thomas Tuchel has hinted he could give his squad the final say on who Chelsea sign this summer.

The German coach has said it is imperative the players are comfortable with any new arrivals, and may canvas his squad for their opinions on targets.

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Silva available for right price

2021-04-17T07:00:15Z

Eintracht Frankfurt are ready to sell reported Manchester United target Andre Silva this summer.

Goal recently learned that the forward does not have a buy-out clause in his contract, but Bild claims he is available for transfer.

The Portugal international will be allowed to leave the Bundesliga club if a bid €40 million (£34.6m / $47.9m) is tabled.

Gattuso reaches Fiorentina agreement

2021-04-17T06:30:16Z

Gennaro Gattuso will be the new coach of Fiorentina.

According to Sport Face, the two parties have agreed on a two-year deal and he will take the reins when he leaves Napoli at the end of the season.

Dzeko to discuss future with Roma

2021-04-17T06:00:11Z

Edin Dzeko is set to discuss his future with Roma at the end of the season, according to Sky Sports Italia.

The veteran striker has a contract through 2022 but he could be sold in the summer before the club lose him for free next year.

Should Dzeko go, Fiorentina's Dusan Vlahovic or Torino's Andrea Belotti could be brought in as a replacement.

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Liverpool won't budge on Wijnaldum offer

2021-04-17T05:00:37Z

Liverpool are refusing to improve their contract offer to Georginio Wijnaldum, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The Reds and the midfielder remain in a stand-off over his contract, which expires at the end of the season. 

The Dutchman appears set to depart Anfield as he continues to be linked with a move to Barcelona.

Arsenal target Camavinga (Marca)

2021-04-17T04:00:23Z

Rennes ace touted for Emirates switch

Arsenal have identified Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga as a transfer target - according to Marca.

The 18-year-old has rejected the chance to extend his contract at Roazhon Park beyond its current expiry date in 2022, with the Gunners poised to swoop for his signature in the summer.

However, Manchester United and Real Madrid have also been linked with Camavinga, who is reportedly being valued at around £45 million ($62m).

Inter Miami forced to buy out Pellegrini

2021-04-17T03:00:13Z

Inter Miami has been forced to buy out the contract of designated player Matias Pellegrini, who joined the club from Estudiantes in 2020.

MLS clubs are only allowed three designated players, and ahead of the start of the 2021 season, the club was carrying four designated players on its roster.

The league also ruled that Inter Miami violated MLS rules in 2020 by carrying four designated players, and will be subject to punishment.

Aston Villa-linked Buendia leaves door open to summer transfer

2021-04-17T02:00:48Z

Norwich star and reported Aston Villa target Emi Buendia has left the door open to a summer transfer.

The 24-year-old told Gianluca Di Marzio: "I wanted to bring Norwich back in Premier League.

"I don't know what will happen in the next year, I follow the whole European football but I'm very keen on Premier."

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Inter Miami close to signing Palmeiras star Lima

2021-04-17T01:00:39Z

Inter Miami are close to signing Palmeiras midfielder Lucas Lima - according to CalcioMercato.

The 30-year-old is set to venture outside of his native Brazil for the first time to join the MLS club on a permanent contract.

Lima has appeared in 121 games for Palmeiras to date, scoring 11 goals and laying on 13 assists.

Foden in line for fresh terms at Man City

2021-04-17T00:00:26Z

Phil Foden is in line for a new contract at Manchester City - according to The Mirror.

The Premier League leaders set to treble the midfielder's wages to £100,000 per week and extend his stay at Etihad Stadium through to 2026.

Foden, whose current deal expires in 2024, has scored 13 goals in 41 outings for City in all competitions this term.

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Tottenham interested in Barcelona's Emerson

2021-04-16T22:55:33Z

Barcelona defender Emerson is the subject of interest from Tottenham - according to Mundo Deportivo.

Spurs are considering a summer swoop for the 22-year-old, who is currently on loan at Real Betis and has a market value of €25 million (£22m/$30m)

However, the Premier League club are likely to face competition for Emerson's signature from Inter and Paris Saint-Germain.

Man Utd eye Fofana move (Foot Mercato)

2021-04-16T22:44:56Z

The defender has impressed in his first season in England

Manchester United are eyeing a move for Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana, reports Foot Mercato.

The 20-year-old has been a revelation for the Foxes in his first season since moving from Saint-Etienne.

Due to his age and his contract through 2025, Leicester would likely demand a massive fee for the young defender.

Gattuso touted for Fiorentina job

2021-04-16T22:41:58Z

Gennaro Gattuso is being touted for the head coach job at Fiorentina - according to SportFace.it.

The Italian has been tipped to leave Napoli at the end of the season, and La Viola are planning to bring him in for the 2021-22 campaign.

Gattuso is hoping to leave Naples on a high, with his team currently sitting two points outside of the Champions League places in Serie A.

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Milan submit offer for D'Ambrosio

2021-04-16T22:39:22Z

AC Milan have submitted an offer for Inter full-back Danilo D'Ambrosio - according to CalcioMercato.

The Rossoneri are prepared to hand the 32-year-old a two-year contract, with his current deal on the Nerazzurri's books set to expire in June.

 D'Ambrosio has only appeared in 15 Serie A games for Inter so far this season, scoring three goals.

Juventus prioritising Locatelli signing

2021-04-16T22:39:02Z

Juventus are prioritising the signing of Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli this summer - according to CalcioMercato.

Andrea Pirlo is a keen admirer of the 23-year-old, who has made it clear that he would like to step up to a bigger club later in the year.

Locatelli has scored three goals in 26 Serie A outings for Sassuolo to date in 2020-21, and still has two years left to run on his contract.