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Town skipper signs new deal


Ipswich captain Luke Chambers has signed a new contract with the Championship side.

Man City tracking Portuguese starlet


Manchester City are tracking the progress of young Porto full-back Tomas Esteves, according to the Manchester Evening News.

City scouts watched the 16-year-old in action for Porto in their UEFA Youth League game against Tottenham on Wednesday.

The Premier League side are believed to be leading the chase for the teenager, who is valued at €10million (£8.5m/$11.3m)

Hibs sign Spector


Hibernian have confirmed the signing of former Manchester United, West Ham and Birmingham defender Jonathan Spector on a short-term contract.

Trio eye Brahimi


Inter, Milan and Marseille are interested in signing Porto winger Yacine Brahimi, according to Le10Sport.

The 29-year-old is out of contract in the summer and has yet to respond to Porto's offer of a new deal.

If he turns down that offer then Marseille are ready to swoop for the Algerian winger, though they would face tough competition from the two Milan clubs for his signature.

Real Madrid place £70m price tag on James


Liverpool and Manchester United will have to pay £70million if they want to sign Real Madrid's James Rodriguez, according to Talksport.

Real are ready to sell the Colombian in the summer in order to raise funds for new boss Zinedine Zidane but will demand a hefty fee.

Rodriguez is currently in the second year of a two-year loan at Bayern Munich, who have the option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season.

Man City to be hit with transfer window ban


Manchester City are set to be banned from signing players for two transfer windows for allegedly breaching rules on youth players, report The Times.

The breaches are believed to be similar to those allegedly committed by Chelsea, who were also hit with a two-window transfer ban last month, though they are currently appealing that decision.

City are already being investigated by the FA over the signing of Jadon Sancho in March 2015 whilst Uefa and the Premier League are looking into alleged breaches of financial fair play and third-party ownership regulations.

RB Leipzig close in on Candido


RB Leipzig are set to sign Luan Candido from Palmeiras for €8million (£6.8m/$9m), according to Bild.

The 18-year-old Brazil U20 international is due to undergo a medical next week before finalising the deal.

Palmeiras will get €2m extra after Candido plays five games for Leipzig. There's also a 15 per cent sell on fee due to Palmeiras if Leipzig decide to sell him in future.


Arsenal set to sign Valencia


Antonio Valencia will definitely leave Manchester United this summer with Arsenal leading the chase to sign the full-back, report the Daily Star.

The report cites quotes from Valencia's father, who says the 33-year-old is certain to leave Old Trafford when his contract expires at the end of the season.

West Ham, Inter and an unnamed club from China are also believed to be interested in the Ecuador international.

Sevilla president confirms positive Monchi talks


The president of Sevilla, Jose Castro, has confirmed the club are in talks with Monchi to return as sporting director.

The 50-year-old had reportedly by Arsenal as their new head of recruitment, but it appears he is now destined for Spain.

“Our conversations [with Monchi] have gone well and soon, possibly, Monchi could be our sporting director,” said Castro. 

"The club knows him perfectly. The team does, too. We have talked about everything, and I repeat that I am very optimistic. I think I've explained it several times. The conversations with Monchi have been good and we see him very receptive to being part of the project for the next years.”

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Spurs were 'minutes' from signing Joao Moutinho


Former Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has claimed he was minutes away from signing Joao Moutinho during his managerial spell in north London.

Asked on an Instagram question and answer session which player he had come closest to signing at Spurs, Villas-Boas said: "I think it has to be Joao Moutinho of course. 

“We were so close to signing him. I think we only missed him by a few minutes.”

“We were exchanging information with Porto down to the last minute of the transfer window on August 31 and in the end we missed a great player, which is a pity of course.”

Rashford and De Gea contracts could depend on Solskjaer future


Marcus Rashford’s and David De Gea’s long-term futures could depend on who is in charge at Manchester United next year.

The pair are reportedly close to signing contract extensions at Old Trafford, but the MailOnline claim the deals are being held up due to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s protracted contract situation.

Despite doing an excellent job since taking over as manager in December, it appears he is yet to be offered the job on a permanent basis.

Gomes yet to decide on future


Everton star Andre Gomes has said he does not know where he will play next season.

The Portuguse midfielder is on loan from Barcelona and has admitted he is unsure where he will ply his trade in the 2019/20 campaign.

“I am enjoying playing for Everton and enjoying my life here but I have to wait until the end of the season,” said Gomes. 

“I am one of the people who can decide the future but I am still a Barcelona player and I have to respect everybody. I will decide at the end of the season, but right now I am happy here.”

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Garner signs long-term Man United deal


Manchester United midfielder James Garner has signed a new long-term deal with the club.

The 18-year-old made his Premier League debut with the club last month against Crystal Palace

Aguero would 'set date to leave' if Independiente call


Sergio Aguero's father says the Manchester City forward is open to a return to Independiente, but the forward has yet to receive any sort of offer from the Argentinian club.

The forward left for Atletico Madrid in 2006, but his father maintains that he would happily make a return in the future. 

"If somebody calls him, I believe that he's going to be able to set a date to return," he told Villa Trinidad Radio.

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Minnesota United sign Olum


Minnesota United have announced the signing of defensive midfielder Lawrence Olum on Friday.

The 34-year-old has been a free agent since being released by Portland Timbers in December.

Olum could be in line to make his debut for Minnesota this Sunday, in a huge MLS clash against LA Galaxy.

Juventus considering Skriniar swoop


Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar has emerged as a transfer target for Juventus, according to Calcio Mercato.

With the likes of Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli all well into their 30s, the Old Lady are on the lookout for younger legs at centre back.

Skriniar, 24, is near the top of their list, after impressing for Inter throughout the 2018-19 campaign. 

Gago agrees to terminate Boca Juniors contract


Boca Juniors midfielder Fernando Gago has agreed to terminate his contract with the club, according to ESPN.

The 32-year-old has decided to end his time at the club and continue his recovery from the Achilles tendon injury he picked up in the Copa Libertadores final against River Plate.

Gago joined Boca from Valencia in 2013 and went on to rack up over 100 apperances for the South American giants.

Barca scout Frankfurt's Jovic


Members of Barcelona's board of directors were in Milan on Thursday evening to scout Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic.

Pictures circulated from Italy showed the Blaugrana's technical secretary Eric Abidal, his assistant Ramon Planes and sporting director Pep Segura at San Siro for Frankfurt's Europa League last-16 second leg with Inter.

Jovic, who has scored 15 goals in the Bundesliga this season, has been on the radar of the Camp Nou outfit for some time, and the decision makers in Catalunya were keen to keep tabs on a potential summer acquisition.

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Real Madrid end Neymar pursuit


The return of Zinedine Zidane to Real Madrid has seen the club shelve their interest in Neymar, according to AS.

The former Barcelona forward, who is currently on the books at Paris Saint-Germain, has long been linked with the Blancos but has slipped behind other star turns on the Santiago Bernabeu wish list.

Gerrard talked Suarez out of Arsenal move


Luis Suarez has revealed that Steven Gerrard talked him out of making a controversial move from Liverpool to Arsenal in the summer of 2013.

The Uruguayan has told Otro of a sage which almost took him to north London: "I'm about to go to Arsenal, forcing myself to go, and Steven tells me 'I promise that if you stay this year you're going to take off and next year you'll go to Bayern, BarcelonaReal Madrid or whichever one you want, but stay this year because you won't be better off at Arsenal'."

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Jones unfazed by Man Utd transfer talk


Manchester United are bound to make some moves in the transfer market this summer, and a centre-back is sure to be close to the top of their wish list.

Phil Jones, though, has told Goal that he has no issue with that interest being shown, saying: “The way I see it is it’s just like when I signed; we’re Man United, of course we’re going to be attracted to the best players in the world and I’d be disappointed if we weren’t, I want to win things as well."

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Everton join Fekir chase


Everton have joined the chase for Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir, according to Calciomercato.

The World Cup winner came close to joining Liverpool in the summer of 2018, but could end up on Merseyside at Goodison Park 12 months on.

'Rice will register on Man City's radar'


West Ham midfielder Declan Rice will be among those considered by Manchester City as a potential successor to Fernandinho, claims Richard Dunne.

The former Blues skipper has told BT Sport: "He’s a player I’m sure Man City are keeping their eye on, like a few other teams will be."

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Rabiot suspended by PSG


Adrien Rabiot has been suspended by Paris Saint-Germain until March 27, according to ESPN.

The France international midfielder continues to run down his contract towards free agency and has now been sanctioned over his recent behaviour.

Rose, Wanyama & Janssen could leave Tottenham


Tottenham Hotspur are expecting a busy summer, with Danny Rose, Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen expected to depart, as are Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen, according to the Daily Mail.

Wanyama has struggled with injury problems this season and has fallen down the pecking order behind emerging talent Harry Winks, while Janssen has not featured at all.

Rose, however, is the club's first-choice left-back, but his starting spot could be handed to his more defence-minded deputy Ben Davies, just as Kieran Trippier was entrusted with filling the void left by Kyle Walker on the opposite flank.

Newcastle eye Genesio as potential Benitez replacement


Newcastle United are monitoring Lyon boss Bruno Genesio as a potential replacement for Rafa Benitez, should the Spaniard leave at the end of the season, according to L'Equipe.

The Magpies are hopeful that the former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss will remain on Tyneside, but with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, the club's hierarchy are wasting no time in scouting out potential candidates to take the reins.

Benitez has previously expressed concerns over the club's lack of investment in the transfer market, although there are hopes that the recent signing of Miguel Almiron will have eased those.

Silva keen on Bowen


Everton boss Marco Silva is keen on the signing of Hull City winger Jarred Bowen, according to the Daily Mail.

The Toffees boss is one of a number of reported admirers of the Scotsman, including Norwich City and Cardiff City.

However, Silva may feel he has the edge, having given Bowen his Premier League debut during his time in charge at Hull.


Lampard admits out-of-contract Derby players could leave


Derby County manager Frank Lampard has admitted that his side's out-of-contract players could leave for free, according to the Derby Telegraph.

The contracts of Craig Bryson, Bradley Johnson, David Nugent, Kelle Roos and Marcus Olsson are all set to expire at the end of the season, as well as on-loan players Alex Pearce, Jacob Butterfield and Nick Blackman.

"We are a particular club at the moment," Lampard said.

"We know we have spoken a lot about addressing the balance financially at the club, so there will be a lot of work to do for everyone."

Milan interested in Corbo


Bologna centre-back Gabriele Corbo is the subject of interest from AC Milan, according to Calcio Mercato.

The 19-year-old is represented by super agent Mino Raiola, who could broker a deal between the two clubs this summer.

Corbo has been a regular in Bologna's youth team this season and already has nine caps under his belt for Italy's U-21 side.

Insigne is not for sale, says Napoli president


Despite ongoing links with Manchester City and LiverpoolNapoli's Lorenzo Insigne 'has no price', according to club president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

Anfield and the Etihad Stadium have both been mooted as a possible next destination for the Italian star over the last few months.

However, club president De Laurentiis is adamant that his star is going nowhere, and insists that the 27-year-old remains a priceless asset.

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Tuchel set for PSG extension


Paris Saint Germain will offer Thomas Tuchel a one year extension at the club, according to L'Equipe.

The German boss was appointed on a two-year contract in May 2018, succeeding Unai Emery in the hot seat.

Tuchel has overseen yet another successful domestic campaign for PSG, but a last 16 Champions League exit at the hands of Manchester United saw the club's poor European record continue.

Zidane wants Fekir at Madrid


Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir is the subject of interest from Real Madrid, according to the Daily Record.

Returning Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane has asked the club to sign the Frenchman as he begins a rebuilding job at Santiago Bernabeu.

Fekir has contributed 12 goals and five assists in 30 matches for Lyon across all competitions this season.

Arsenal poised to swoop for Pope


Burnley are ready to cash in on out of favour goalkeeper Nick Pope, who remains a potential target for Arsenal - as The Sun reports.

The Englishman has been restricted to FA Cup appearances only this season, falling behind Tom Heaton and Joe Hart in the pecking order at Turf Moor.

The Gunners see Pope as an ideal replacement for their current number two Petr Cech, who is set to retire at the end of the season.


Spurs looking to land five players this summer


Tottenham are making plans to sign up to five players this summer. 

According to the Daily Mail, Spurs know Christian Eriksen is likely to leave​ and the club are preparing a plan to replace him along with other potential stars who could leave. 

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish, Hull's Jarrod Bowen, Valencia's Carlos Soler and Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha​ are among the players the club have been watching as they prepare for a spending spree. 

Vergani signs Inter contract extension


Inter have inked youngster Edoardo Vergani to a new deal that will run through 2023, the club have confirmed. 

“FC Internazionale Milano is happy to announce that Edoardo Vergani has renewed his Nerazzurri contract,” a statement posted on the official club website reads.

The 18-year-old has made eight appearances for the club across all competitions this season.

Arsenal frontrunners to sign Benfica's Grimaldo


Arsenal will be the frontrunners to sign Benfica's Alex Grimaldo if Monchi takes over as the club's sporting director. 

Sport claims that the 23-year-old left-back, a hot prospect across Europe, has been identified by Monchi as a top target for the Premier League side this summer.  

Sevilla want discount deal on Andre Silva


Sevilla are looking for a discounted deal on striker Andre Silva, according to ​CalcioMercato

The Portuguese forward is on loan with the Spanish side, who want to sign him to a permanent deal but only if AC Milan will come down on the price, which is set at around €43 million (£​37m/$49m).

PSG thinking of canceling Rabiot contract


Adrien Rabiot has been charged by PSG for gross misconduct that could be cause for immediate dismissal, according to L'Equipe

According to the report, Rabiot's club outing the night PSG was eliminated from the UCL and his liking of Patrice Evra's euphoric celebration during the game on social media was the primary cause for the charge. 

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Bale’s agent claims he wants to remain at Real for the rest of his career


Gareth Bale’s agent has appeared to play down speculation linking the Welshman with a move away from Real Madrid, by claiming his client wants to retire at the Bernabeu.

“He [Bale] wants to play all his career for Real Madrid and if it does not work out, we will talk again," said Jonathan Barnett, Bale’s agent.

"He will talk with Mr [Zinedine] Zidane, take it from there and then see at the end of the season.”

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Wijnaldum relaxed over contract situation


Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum has said he has not spoken to the club above signing a new contract on Merseyside.

A number of senior Reds players have agreed new deals in recent months, and with just over two years left on Wijnaldum’s contract there have been calls to offer the Dutchman an extension.

“No, I did not speak with the club yet [about a new contract],” the former Newcastle man told the Liverpool Echo.

“That is something for the club. I will see what happens. I signed a five-year contract and I am still under contract. I just do my job to perform. A new contract has to come from the club.”

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Tottenham braced for Eriksen and Alderweireld exits


Mauricio Pochettino has accepted star players will leave this summer

Mauricio Pochettino​ has braced himself for Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld​ to leave Tottenham this summer. 

The north London club know their efforts to prevent Eriksen leaving at the end of campaign could be futile, especially given Real Madrid’s ever-increasing interest in the Dane.

The former Ajax man will enter the final 12 months of his contract in the summer and the Daily Mail claims Spurs would prefer to sell their star in a cut-price deal rather than lose him for nothing in a year’s time.

Tottenham are also powerless to stop Alderweireld leaving given the defender has a £26 million ($34m) buy-out clause in his contract.

James likely to return to Real Madrid this summer


The Bayern star could return to the Bernabeu this summer

James Rodriguez is likely to make a return to Real Madrid this summer. 

The Columbian is nearing the end of his two-year loan spell with Bayern Munich, and many expected the deal to be made permanent at the end of the season.

However, El Confidencial claim Bayern may be unwilling to pay the €43 million (£36m) that it would cost to sign James, meaning his parent club Real Madrid may be forced to look for a new buyer, with Zinedine Zidane not interested in retaining his services in the 2019/20 camping.

Should that happen, the Spanish news outlet are reporting that Real could up their asking price to €60 million (£51m).

Solskjaer yet to be offered Man United contract


Manager still waiting for permanent deal from Old Trafford outfit

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not been offered a new contract by Manchester United

The Daily Mail claim the Norwegian is still in the dark over his future, as is assistant manager Mike Phelan.

Despite leading the Red Devils to the quarter-finals of the Champions League and FA Cup, and transforming the club’s league position, it appears the United hierarchy are still considering their options carefully ahead of the 2019/20 season.