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PSG weighing up Aubameyang bid

2020-05-20T22:00:59Z

Paris Saint-Germain are considering making a move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Le 10 Sport says.

Aubameyang has a year left on his contract and the Gunners could be forced to sell him to avoid losing him for free if they cannot convince him to sign a new deal.

PSG are eyeing him, but Arsenal's asking price of around €50 million may be too much for the French giants.

Everton, Leverkusen & AC Milan want Todibo

2020-05-20T21:30:27Z

Everton will have to fight off competition from Bayer Leverkusen, AC Milan and Schalke to sign Jean-Clair Todibo.

The defender is on loan at Schalke and they have an option to buy him for €25 million this summer, but Mundo Deportivo says he has attracted interest from England and Italy, as well as elsewhere in Germany.

Barca could even use him in a deal with Inter or Juventus as they continue their pursuit of Lautaro Martinez and Miralem Pjanic.

Setien the reason Rakitic doesn't want Barca exit

2020-05-20T20:25:14Z

Ivan Rakitic does not want to leave Barcelona this summer because he has a good relationship with Quique Setien, Mundo Deportivo reports.

The Croatian midfielder has been heavily linked with a move away from Camp Nou, with Juventus eager to land him.

But Rakitic would rather stay with the Blaugrana because his coach trusts him and has given him a more prominent role in the team than predecessor Ernesto Valverde did.

Rakitic is happy working with Setien and wants to keep playing in the Champions League with the Catalan giants.

'MLS is a launching pad for my career'

2020-05-20T19:45:47Z

Polish striker Adam Buksa says he's hoping to use MLS as springboard to a big move.

The forward joined the New England Revolution over the winter from Pogon Szczecin as he hopes to break into the national team.

“I’m sure that MLS is a launching pad," Buksa told MLSSoccer.com. "MLS has been changing throughout the years. There are many young, talented players here from all over the world. I’m sure European clubs keep watch on MLS.

D.C. linked with Higuain

2020-05-20T19:15:37Z

D.C. United are interested in signing Gonzalo Higuain, reports the Washington Post.

Higuain's brother, Federico, plays for the MLS club, and Higuain is interested in moving closer to home and reuniting with his brother.

However, there have been no formal discussions between Higuain, Juventus or D.C. United. 

Chelsea announce Giroud extension

2020-05-20T18:30:48Z

Chelsea have confirmed that the club has extended Olivier Giroud's contract.

The forward was previously linked with clubs like Inter, Lazio and Tottenham, but will now stay at Chelsea for at least one more season.

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Willy: Chelsea contract extension a 'blessing and privilege'

2020-05-20T18:00:54Z

Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero says he feels “blessed” after the club activated their option to extend his contract.

The 38-year-old’s deal was set to expire this summer but the Blues confirmed on Wednesday that he will remain at Stamford Bridge until summer 2021, having reached an agreement last month.

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Juventus reject Barcelona's €75m bid for De Ligt

2020-05-20T17:00:08Z

Catalan side back in contention to land Dutch defender

Barcelona have lodged a €75 million bid for Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, Sport reports.

The Dutch defender has had a rough start to life in Italy after joining from Ajax last summer, but the Catalan side hope to lure him to Camp Nou this year.

However, Juventus have knocked the Blaugrana bid and are not interested in letting him go.

Barcelona & PSG target Dalot to stay at Man Utd

2020-05-20T16:30:48Z

Red Devils decide the full-back will not be sold

Manchester United have warned Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain that Diogo Dalot will not be sold this summer.

ESPN reports Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to hold on to the Portuguese full-back, who has caught the attention of the Spanish and French giants.

Dalot has not been a first-team regular at Old Trafford, but Solskjaer believes he has a future at the club and wants him to stay and fight for his place.

Aduriz announces retirement

2020-05-20T16:05:26Z

Aritz Aduriz has announced his retirement from football. 

The 39-year-old Athletic Bilbao legend has been told he needs surgery to install a prosthetic hip, forcing him to end his 21-year career.

Ter Stegen closer to Barca renewal after Neuer signs Bayern deal

2020-05-20T15:33:36Z

Manuel Neuer's contract extension at Bayern Munich may have a knock-on effect for Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

AS claims the Barcelona goalkeeper was using Bayern's interest in him as a bargaining chip as he continues negotiations over a new deal at Camp Nou.

Bayern confirmed Neuer has signed a new long-term deal, likely putting an end to any possible pursuit of fellow Germany star Ter Stegen, meaning he will probably commit to a new deal at Barcelona once talks open up again.

'We came really close to signing Messi'

2020-05-20T14:30:14Z

Getafe president Angel Torres says the club came close to signing Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi on loan as well as having a verbal agreement to appoint Pep Guardiola as manager.

"In Messi's first or second year [in the first team], we came really close to bringing him to Getafe on loan," Torres told Marca.

"In the end, [then manager Frank] Rijkaard didn't agree to it and we were left with just our desire."

On Guardiola, Torres added: "One day, [Barcelona sporting director] Txiki [Begiristain] was at a European draw in Switzerland and the idea was that Laudrup would go to Barcelona and we would get Guardiola as a replacement because, to start with, Laporta wasn't convinced by Pep at all."

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Max Taylor pens one-year Man Utd extension

2020-05-20T14:00:39Z

Manchester United youngster Max Taylor has signed a new one-year contract extension at the club, Goal can confirm.

The 20-year-old, who overcame testicular cancer in 2019, was included in the squad to face Astana in the Europa League and will now be contracted to the club until 2021.

Neuer signs new Bayern deal

2020-05-20T13:30:18Z

Goalkeeper pens contract until 2023

Manuel Neuer has ended speculation over his future by committing to a new contract that will take him through to 2023.

There had been a delay over the Germany international agreeing to fresh terms at the Allianz Arena, with speculation mounting that he was prepared to move on in the summer.

Indeed, Bayern had moved to sign Alexander Nubel from Schalke ready for the 2020-21 season although Neuer had been given assurances that he would continue to be the club's No.1.

And he has now put pen to paper over a new deal, telling the club's official website: "During the weeks of the shutdown for the coronavirus pandemic, I didn't want to make a decision because nobody knew if, when and how Bundesliga football would continue.

"It was important for me to continue working with our goalkeeping coach Toni Tapalovic. Now this has been resolved, I look to the future with great optimism. I feel very comfortable and at home in Bavaria. FC Bayern are one of Europe’s top football clubs."

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Milan enter race for PSG starlet Kouassi

2020-05-20T13:00:28Z

AC Milan are confident of beating RB Leipzig to the signing of Paris Saint-Germain youngster Tanguy Kouassi, according to Calciomercato.

The 17-year-old is almost certain to leave PSG when his contract expires in June in order to secure more playing time elsewhere.

Leipzig reached a general agreement with Kouassi over a transfer in January but nothing was signed, meaning Milan are free to try to do a deal themselves.

Sane ready to lower Bayern demands

2020-05-20T12:30:51Z

Man City winger keen on move to Bavaria

Leroy Sane is willing to lower his wage demands by 30 per cent in order to seal a move from Manchester City to Bayern Munich, according to Bild.

Bayern have held a long-standing interest in Sane, who was first linked with a move to the Bundesliga giants during the 2018-19 season.

The Germany winger is about to enter the final year of his contract at Etihad Stadium which may force City into considering a transfer, with Sane's willingness to lower his demands making a move to Bayern even more likely.

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'Lautaro & Messi at Barcelona would be good for Argentina'

2020-05-20T12:00:20Z

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni wants Lautaro Martinez to play alongside international team-mate Lionel Messi at Barcelona, but concedes the Catalan giants face a challenge to prise him away from Inter.

Barca have made Lautaro their number one striking target this summer as they seek a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez, who turned 33 in January and is about to enter the final year of his contract at Camp Nou.

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Cutrone set for Fiorentina departure

2020-05-20T11:30:20Z

Fiorentina are keen to move Patrick Cutrone on at the end of the season despite only signing him on loan from Wolves in January, reports the Mail.

The Serie A club agreed an 18-month loan for the 22-year-old, which also included an option to make the move permanent.

However he no longer features in their plans, with La Viola wanting a more experienced striker to play alongside Dusan Vlahovic next campaign.

Roberto Carlos: I was very close to joining Chelsea

2020-05-20T11:00:42Z

Brazil legend Roberto Carlos has revealed he was "very close" to joining Chelsea in 2007, only for the transfer to collapse at the last minute.

The former defender, who went on to sign for Turkish side Fenerbahce, was a free agent at the time, having parted company with Real Madrid after 11 trophy-laden years at Santiago Bernabeu.

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Real Madrid eye Mane as Mbappe alternative

2020-05-20T10:30:08Z

Los Blancos have had a long-term interest in Reds star

Real Madrid have turned their attentions to Liverpool forward Sadio Mane after being frustrated in their attempts to sign Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain, according to Le10 Sport.

Los Blancos made Mbappe a prime target but PSG are adamant the France forward will not be leaving the Parc Des Princes this summer, forcing Real to consider alternatives.

Reds star Mane is another player they hold in high regard and even enquired about his availability in 2019. With a deal for Mbappe now looking unlikely, Zinedine Zidane’s side are now ready to test Liverpool's resolve by stepping up their interest in the Senegal international.

Juventus join Jimenez race

2020-05-20T10:00:00Z

Juventus are in talks with 'super-agent' Jorge Mendes regarding the availability of Wolves striker Raul Jimenez, Tuttosport reports.

The Italian outlet claims the Bianconeri's main target is Napoli's Arkadiusz Milik, but states they are also in talks over a potential part-exchange deal for the Mexican.

AC Milan will not sell Hernandez

2020-05-20T09:30:00Z

AC Milan will turn down all offers for full-back Theo Hernandez when the transfer window opens, Gazzetta dello Sport reports.

The Frenchman, who was signed from Real Madrid, is said to be being closely monitored by Paris Saint-Germain.

The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating effect on clubs' finances, however, and a big-money offer is unlikely for a player that Milan feel has doubled in price since his arrival.

Inzaghi set for Lazio extension

2020-05-20T09:00:00Z

Simone Inzaghi will soon put pen to paper on a deal that will keep him at Lazio until 2023, Gazzetta dello Sport reports.

The Italian coach steered the club to second place in Serie A, just one point behind league leaders Juventus, before football was suspended.

Inzaghi, who spent 11 years at Lazio as a player, had guided the side to the biggest goal difference in the league at +37.

Belgium boss Martinez signs 2022 extension

2020-05-20T08:30:00Z

Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez has signed a contract extension with the national side that will see him remain in charge throughout the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Martinez, who had previously taken on managerial roles at Swansea, Wigan and Everton, took charge of the Red Devils in August of 2016.

The Spaniard's original deal was set to come to an end following Euro 2020 – which has now been shifted back a year due to the coronavirus pandemic – but a two-year extension will see him guide a golden generation of players through two major tournaments, all going well.

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Marseille ready to sell Sanson

2020-05-20T08:00:44Z

Marseille are willing to sell Morgan Sanson this summer after valuing the midfielder in the region of €35-40 million (£31-36m).

L'Equipe reports that the French side are keen to raise signficant funds from the sale of players this summer and see Sanson as their most saleable asset.

Aston Villa are believed to be among a number of Premier League clubs considering a move for the 25-year-old.

Real eye Lille defender

2020-05-20T07:30:56Z

Real Madrid are ready to turn their attention to Lille's Gabriel Magalhaes as an alternative to Dayot Upamecano, according to AS.

Upamecano is Real's number one defensive target but they are struggling to reach an agreement with his club RB Leipzig.

That has forced Los Blancos to begin looking elsewhere, with Brazilian Gabriel seen as the ideal - and cheaper - alternative.

Barca to force through Pjanic deal

2020-05-20T07:00:26Z

Barcelona are determined to sign Miralem Pjanic from Juventus this summer, according to Mundo Deportivo.

With the coronavirus crisis impacting on football finances across the world, Barca are hoping to reduce the cost of the deal by offering Arthur or Nelson Semedo in part-exchange.

However, even if the duo fail to agree a move to Turin the Catalan giants are still prepared to agree a straight cash deal, such is their desire to add the Bosnian midfielder to their squad ahead of next season.

Man City tracking Fulham youngster

2020-05-20T06:40:26Z

Manchester City are monitoring the progress of Fulham teenager Cody Drameh, according to the Mirror.

The 18-year-old full-back has already broken into the Cottagers' U23 side and represented England at U18 level.

He has just one year remaining on his contract at Craven Cottage and City are among a number of clubs, including Leeds and Liverpool, who are considering a move.

Arsenal eye double French deal

2020-05-20T06:20:34Z

Arsenal are considering moves for Toulouse midfielder Ibrahim Sangare and Amiens forward Serhou Guirassy, according to Football.London.

Toulouse and Amiens were relegated when Ligue 1 was brought to a premature end because of the coronavirus crisis earlier this month, meaning they may struggle to hold on to their key players over the summer.

Midfield is a priority for Arsenal so Ivory Coast international Sangare is likely to be high on their wanted list. But they also see Guirassy as someone who could add quality and depth to their frontline.

Former USMNT midfielder Williams becomes free agent

2020-05-20T02:59:49Z

Former U.S. men's national team midfielder Danny Williams has become a free agent, reports BerkshireLive.

The former Reading midfielder had been featuring for Cypriot side Pafos, featuring 12 times for the club.

In addition to his time at Reading, Williams also featured for Huddersfield Town.

AC Milan look to steal Kouassi away from Leipzig

2020-05-20T01:50:02Z

AC Milan are looking to sign PSG centre-back Tanguy Kouassi, reports Calciomercato.

The 17-year-old, whose contract is set to expire at Parc des Princes, has an agreement in place to join RB Leipzig but the deal is not yet official.

That has given Milan hope they could steal away a young talent who already has 11 first-team appearances under his belt. 

Inter keen on Cavani move

2020-05-20T01:05:01Z

Inter are considering a move for PSG striker Edinson Cavani, according to Calciomercato.

Cavani is set to be a free agent and with Dries Mertens looking likely to re-sign with Napoli, the Nerazzurri have turned their attention toward the Uruguayan.

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Real Madrid ready to move for Havertz

2020-05-20T00:20:09Z

Real Madrid are looking to move for Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz, claims Le10Sport.

The 20-year-old midfielder has become one of the top prospects in Europe, with a host of top sides all chasing his signature. 

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has marked the Germany international as his top priority for the summer.

Man Utd to allow on-loan players to stay at clubs

2020-05-19T23:35:00Z

Manchester United will allow their on-loan players spend the rest of the 2019-20 season with their current clubs, reports ESPN.

The status of several United players is up in the air with loans set to expire at the end of June but several leagues likely to still be playing through the summer.

But United will let the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Chris Smalling and Dean Henderson stay with their remporary clubs.

Liverpool, Man Utd and Man City set to battle for Traore

2020-05-19T22:55:19Z

The winger has six goals in all competitions this season

Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United are all set to battle for Wolves star Adama Traore, reports Le10Sport.

The 24-year-old has been a revelation this season, using his impressive physical and technical attributes to become one of the Premier League's most dangerous wingers.

Bayern Munich are also keeping an eye on Traore, who still has three years left on his deal at Molineux.

Man Utd to allow Garner to leave on loan

2020-05-19T22:45:39Z

Manchester United will allow midfielder James Garner to leave on loan next season, according to the Daily Mail.

The 19-year-old is seen as a star of the future and has begun to make the breakthrough in United's senior side this season.

Cardiff, Swansea and Sheffield Wednesday are all hoping to take Garner on loan in 2020-21.

Palace set to beat Spurs to Fraser signing

2020-05-19T22:31:08Z

Crystal Palace are set to beat Tottenham to the signing of Bournemouth's Ryan Fraser, reports the Express.

The 26-year-old will be a free agent next month and plenty of clubs have shown an interest in landing the Scot on a free transfer.

But Jose Mourinho is not convinced Fraser would significantly improve Tottenham's squad and is set to let Palace take the initiative.

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Man Utd eyeing Ben Yedder move

2020-05-19T22:24:32Z

The principality side may be forced to sell their top striker

Manchester United are eyeing a move for Monaco forward Wissam Ben Yedder, according to ESPN.

Ben Yedder scored 18 goals for Monaco in the 2019-20 season, but the Ligue 1 outfit could be forced to sell their star amid financial concerns. 

The 29-year-old only joined Monaco last summer following three seasons with Sevilla

Leipzig near permanent deal for Schick

2020-05-19T22:05:28Z

RB Leipzig are closing in on a permanent deal for on-loan Roma striker Patrik Schick, reports Gazzetta dello Sport.

Schick has impressed while on a season-long loan, scoring seven goals in 20 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit. 

Roma are willing to accept a fee of €25 million (£22m/$27m) for the 24-year-old.

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