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Gladbach yet to open talks with Lazaro

2021-02-19T23:00:26Z

Borussia Monchengladbach have not opened talks with Inter Milan loanee Valentino Lazaro over a permanent switch, Rheinische Post reports.

The German side can sign the 24-year-old for €14 million this summer, but the imminent departure of Marco Rose could result in him heading back to Inter.

Bournemouth make Henry approach

2021-02-19T22:01:05Z

Bournemouth have approached Montreal Impact to request permission to speak to Thierry Henry, Sky Sports reports.

The Frenchman is expected to take over as the Championship side's new coach 

Mkhitaryan stalls Roma extension to listen to other offers

2021-02-19T21:30:04Z

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is yet to sign a new deal at Roma because his agent wants to hear out other teams, says Calciomercato.

Mkhitaryan is happy to extend his stay at the Serie A side and Roma are eager to keep him, but Mino Raiola is biding his time as his client could leave for free this summer.

Bernat set to extend PSG contract

2021-02-19T21:01:41Z

Juan Bernat is close to an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain over a new contract.

The 27-year-old's deal expires at the end of the season but RMC Sport reports he has been in talks with PSG for several months and will soon sign an extension that will run until 2026.

Cabaye announces retirement

2021-02-19T20:30:38Z

Yohan Cabaye has announced his retirement from football in a post on his Twitter account.

The 35-year-old earned 48 caps for France during his career, while also turning out for Lille, Newcastle, PSG, Crystal Palace, Al-Nasr and Saint-Etienne.

 

 

PSG want to activate Florenzi purchase option

2021-02-19T20:00:32Z

PSG are hoping to make Alessandro Florenzi​'s loan from Roma permanent at the end of the season, reports L'Equipe.

The 29-year-old defender has impressed in the French capital this season, making 25 appearances while scoring two goals.

Barcelona in the mix for Alaba

2021-02-19T19:30:35Z

Barcelona are right in the mix to sign Bayern Munich defender David Alaba, according to Sport.

The defender will leave Bayern as a free agent at the end of the season and Real Madrid have been tipped as the favourites to sign him.

But Alaba's agent Pini Zahavi has a close relationship with Barca presidential candidate Joan Laporta, who could help land the Austria star if he is elected.

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West Ham and Arsenal battle for Bournemouth teenager

2021-02-19T19:00:16Z

West Ham and Arsenal are looking to sign Bournemouth wonderkid Ajani Burchall, reports Football Insider.

The 16-year-old winger has already made his first-team debut for the Cherries and is expected to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Man Utd to discuss extending Cavani’s contract

2021-02-19T18:30:33Z

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Manchester United will be holding talks with Edinson Cavani regarding an extended stay at Old Trafford.

The Uruguayan striker was snapped up by the Red Devils on an initial one-year deal during the summer of 2020, but there is a 12-month option available to them.

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Rangers to seek new right-back after Tavernier injury

2021-02-19T18:00:19Z

Rangers are considering signing a new right-back to cover for James Tavernier's long-term injury.

Tavernier sustained an injury during the 4-3 Europa League win against Royal Antwerp and could be without him for a long time, forcing the Ibrox side to consider an emergency replacement.

"We might look outside and see what news comes back in terms of James' injury. We might have to look at an emergency situation there," Steven Gerrard said.

Bayern fear Man Utd pursuit of Coman after Sancho failure

2021-02-19T17:27:52Z

Bayern Munich are worried that Manchester United could turn their attention to Kingsley Coman after missing out on Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, Bild reports.

The Premier League side have long been chasing the England winger, but Dortmund have refused to sell. Instead of returning for him this summer, the Red Devils could look at alternatives, with Coman billed as an option.

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Donnarumma wants to be highest paid goalkeeper

2021-02-19T17:00:00Z

AC Milan's hopes of convincing Gianluigi Donnarumma to extend his contract look set to be dashed by the goalkeeper's salary expectations.

90min reports the Italy international wants to take David de Gea's place as the highest paid goalkeeper in the world.

Donnarumma's contract expires at the end of the season and the Rossoneri are trying hard to tie him down to a new five-year deal.

But Donnarumma's salary demands exceed Milan's limit, while agent Mino Raiola is demanding a maximum three-year extension.

Man Utd made no move for Upamecano

2021-02-19T16:00:00Z

Manchester United made no effort to pip Bayern Munich to RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, reports ESPN.

The Red Devils were among those said to be keen on the French centre-half as a summer transfer door swung open, but they steered clear of discussions as alternative targets are identified.

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Liverpool join race for Milenkovic

2021-02-19T15:30:00Z

Liverpool have, according to Fiorentina News, joined the race for Nikola Milenkovic.

The highly-rated centre-half, who has been thriving in Florence, has already been linked with Manchester rivals United and City and will see his current contract expire in the summer of 2022.

Barca will be patient with Dest

2021-02-19T15:00:00Z

Barcelona will remain patient with Sergino Dest and have no plans to address his future at Camp Nou, reports Sport.

The United States international has found the going tough of late, with the 20-year-old right-back run ragged by Kylian Mbappe in his latest outing for the Blaugrana.

Chelsea & Liverpool still pushing for Alaba (ESPN)

2021-02-19T14:30:00Z

PL pair remain keen on Bayern defender

Chelsea and Liverpool are still pushing to get a deal in place with Bayern Munich defender David Alaba, claims ESPN.

The versatile Austrian is expected to link up with Real Madrid after confirming that he will be leaving the Allianza Arena at the end of the season, but Premier League heavyweights are refusing to give up the chase.

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Konsa's links to Liverpool & Spurs laughed off by Smith

2021-02-19T13:30:13Z

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has laughed off reports linking Liverpool and Tottenham with moves for defender Ezri Konsa.

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Leicester join Soumare race

2021-02-19T13:00:02Z

Leicester have joined the race to sign Lille midfielder Boubacary Soumare, reports Fabrizio Romano.

The 21-year-old's contract expires in the summer of 2022 and a host of clubs are reported to be interested, but the Foxes are ready to open talks.

'Klopp has to sign a goalscorer, Origi isn't good enough'

2021-02-19T12:30:56Z

Jurgen Klopp has been urged to sign a new striker by Jamie Carragher, who says current backup Divock Origi is "nowhere near good enough".

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Lille rivalling Rangers for Sakala

2021-02-19T12:00:39Z

Lille are competing with Rangers to sign Zambia international Fashion Sakala, according to the Daily Record.

The 23-year-old forward is out of contract at KV Oostende at the end of this season.

Sakala has scored 13 goals in 24 league games in Belgium this season.

Shawcross leaves Stoke with Inter Miami move near

2021-02-19T11:30:58Z

Ryan Shawcross has left Stoke after 14 years at the club, amid reports he is set to sign for Inter Miami.

Man City deny making offer for Messi

2021-02-19T11:00:00Z

Manchester City say they have made no offers for Lionel Messi with the Barcelona forward’s contract set to expire at the end of the season.

It has been reported that the Premier League leaders made a revised approach to Messi but a club spokesperson has told Goal that the speculation is not true and that there have been no talks.

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Kepa ‘never thought about leaving Chelsea’

2021-02-19T10:30:00Z

Kepa Arrizabalaga claims to have “never thought about leaving Chelsea” and had “no problem” with Frank Lampard despite being dropped by the former Blues boss.

The Spanish goalkeeper has told Tiempo de Juego: “With Lampard there had been no problem. I haven’t given my best version [and] it is true that I have not played how I wanted to play.”

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Real want Odegaard as Haaland bargaining tool

2021-02-19T10:00:00Z

Real Madrid intend to welcome Martin Odegaard back onto their books, reports Mundo Deportivo, as they want him to help lure Erling Haaland away from Borussia Dortmund.

The Norway international midfielder is currently taking in a loan spell at Arsenal, but will be returned to Santiago Bernabeu and used as a bargaining tool in the Blancos' efforts to land his fellow countryman.

Man City expected to complete double Fluminense raid

2021-02-19T09:30:00Z

Manchester City are, according to Netflu, expected to complete a double raid on Fluminense for Kayky and Metinho.

The Premier League heavyweights are recruiting with one eye on the future and believe value can be found in two promising Brazilian teenagers.

Haaland's release clause could top €100m

2021-02-19T09:00:11Z

Erling Haaland's release clause at Borussia Dortmund could be substantially higher than previously thought.

According to Bild, in 2022 Haaland would be available for 'over €100 million (£87m/$121m)'.

Previously, it was thought Haaland's clause stood at €75m (£65m/$91m).

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Sampaoli nearing Marseille move

2021-02-19T08:30:33Z

Jorge Sampaoli is getting closer to taking over as manager of Marseille, FootMercato reports.

The former Argentina and Chile boss is expected to leave current club Atletico Mineiro at the end of the Brazilian league season this month.

Barcelona rejected Alaba over wage demands

2021-02-19T08:00:03Z

Barcelona wanted to sign David Alaba in 2018-19 but pulled out of a deal due to his wage demands, claims Mundo Deportivo.

It is reported Alaba's wages at Bayern would have made him Barca's second highest earner behind Lionel Messi.

Mewis undecided on Man City future

2021-02-19T07:30:54Z

USWNT star Sam Mewis says she still hasn't decided whether to extend her stay at Manchester City beyond the end of the season.

"It is still too early but I definitely have a lot of good options," Mewis told Sky Sports.

"Whatever ends up happening, it's a win-win. I've enjoyed my time here a lot so far and we'll see what happens."

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Arsenal missed chance at nabbing Mbappe for free

2021-02-19T04:20:50Z

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed to beIN Sports that the Gunners could have had Kylian Mbappe on a free transfer back when the striker was still at Monaco.

Eintracht Frankfurt tie Bordner to professional contract

2021-02-19T04:00:10Z

Sporting consider Esgaio bid

2021-02-19T03:00:36Z

Sporting are in the market for a new midfielder and are plotting a bid for Belenenses player Tiago Esgaio.

O Jogo reports the Portuguese side are monitoring the 25-year-old as a replacement for Pedro Porro, who is on loan from Manchester City.

Napoli and Fiorentina eye Spezia coach Italiano

2021-02-19T02:00:57Z

Spezia coach’s Vincenzo Italiano is on the rise amid his side’s strong performances.

The 43-year-old lifted them from Serie B to Serie A in his first season and they currently sit 13th in the table.

He could soon be on his way to a bigger club, however, as Calciomercato.it claims Napoli and Fiorentina are considering him should they decide to change coaches soon.

Betis make Tokoz offer

2021-02-19T01:00:19Z

Real Betis have offered Besiktas midfielder Dorukhan Tokoz a contract, AS reports.

The 24-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season and he has refused all of the Turkish side’s offers to extend.

Betis hope to snap him up this summer with an offer of a €1.5 million salary.

Porto sign Pepe from Gremio

2021-02-18T23:35:08Z

Porto have reached an agreement with Brazilian side Gremio for 23-year-old winger Pepe.

He will spend the rest of the season at Gremio and then move to Portugal in the summer on a five-year contract.

Chelsea target Gladbach star Hofmann (Bild)

2021-02-18T23:34:05Z

Midfielder tipped to leave Bundesliga side in the summer

Chelsea have their eye on Borussia Monchengladbach star Jonas Hofmann, says Bild.

The 28-year-old midfielder has been tipped to leave Gladbach in the summer transfer window and could be available for around £14 million ($20m).

Everton make contact with Juventus midfielder Rabiot (Il Bianconero)

2021-02-18T23:33:35Z

Serie A giants demanding €30 million

Everton have made contact with Adrien Rabiot over a possible summer move, Il Bianconero reports.

The Toffees have made the Juventus midfielder their top target for the summer transfer window but the Bianconeri are holding out for around €30 million (£26m/$36m).

Everton are also eyeing Roma’s Gianluca Mancini.

Man City lower Messi contract offer (The Sun)

2021-02-18T23:32:45Z

Five-year contract drops from £600m to £430m

Manchester City have reduced the salary they are willing to offer Lionel Messi, says The Sun.

The Premier League side hope to reunite the Argentine with former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola when he leaves Camp Nou this summer.

They were originally offering Messi a £600m ($838m) deal, but have lowered it to £430m ($600m) because of the financial climate.

Crystal Palace monitor Mohamed

2021-02-18T23:32:16Z

Crystal Palace are keeping an eye on Galatasaray striker Mostafa Mohamed, according to Haberturk.

The 23-year-old joined on loan from Zamalek in January and will be signed on a permanent basis this summer.

But Palace could swoop in to lure him away as they look to add goals to the team.