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Almiron to Newcastle a done deal

2018-12-05T22:20:18Z

Atlanta United star ​Miguel Almiron's move to Newcastle is a done deal, according to journalist Roberto Rojas.

The 24-year-old has established himself as one of the top players in MLS in his two-year stint in the league, finishing second in the league's MVP race in 2018. 

The Magpies will reportedly sign Almiron on loan in January with a purchase option of around £15 million ($19m) at the end of the season.

West Ham should look to sell Chicharito in January - Gale

2018-12-05T21:30:13Z

Former West Ham defender Tony Gale has called on the club to sell striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez in January.

The Mexico international has three league goals this term in 10 appearances, only four of which have been starts. 

Read what Gale said about West Ham's transfer strategy right here!

Arena a candidate for Columbus GM job

2018-12-05T20:45:46Z

Former LA Galaxy and U.S. national team manager Bruce Arena is a candidate for the Columbus Crew's general manager position, according to ESPN FC. 

Columbus is in search of a new head coach and GM after Gregg Berhalter took over as the new U.S. national team manager officially on Tuesday.

Arena is only a candidate for the Crew's GM role though, with Crew assistant Josh Wolff and former Portland Timbers manager Caleb Porter candidates for the managerial position. 

Lyon chief Aulas set for sitdown with Fekir

2018-12-05T19:59:32Z

Nabil Fekir is set to sit down with Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas to discuss the midfiedler's long-term future, according to Le Progres.

The midfielder has been linked with a number of moves and nearly joined Liverpool this summer.

Aulas says he expects a decision to be made before the holidays regarding Fekir's future with the club.

AC Milan confirm hiring of Gazidis

2018-12-05T19:31:18Z

AC Milan have confirmed that the club has fired former Arsenal executive Ivan Gazidis.

The 54-year-olf executive left Arsenal in October and willnow serve as AC Milan CEO.

Read the full story on Goal!

Leeds rule out Heaton move

2018-12-05T18:53:29Z

Leeds United have opted not to make a move for Tom Heaton, according to the Mirror.

Marcelo Bielsa is said to be after goalkeeper cover, although the club has ruled out moves for Burnley’s Heaton and Newcastle’s Freddie Woodman.

Aston Villa are also said to be interested in a deal for Heaton while Leeds are looking more towards a goalkeeper comfortable in possession. 

Real Madrid still looking at Neymar push

2018-12-05T18:20:25Z

Real Madrid remain interested in making a push to sign Neymar at the end of the season, according to Le10 Sports.

The club is looking to solidify its future and, in the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo's departure, Neymar is seen as a star that could carry the club for several years.

Because of that fact, the club will push to sign Neymar in June, even if it proves to be a major financial investment. 

Lopez signs new Racing contract

2018-12-05T17:58:11Z

Lisandro Lopez has extended his contract with Racing Club.

The 35-year-old has been on fire for the Argentine side this season, scoring nine goals in 12 games in the league so far.

The ex-Lyon striker is captaining his team this year and has opted to extend his stay until 2020, ahead of his previous contract's expiration in June 2019.

Hazard agrees to join Real Madrid next season

2018-12-05T17:29:00Z

Los Blancos offering €100m plus a player for Belgian star

Real Madrid are getting closer to signing Eden Hazard, according to Onda Madrid.

The Belgian attacker is said to have reached an agreement to join the Champions League holders at the end of the season and Madrid are in the process of discussing a deal with Chelsea.

The Spanish side are willing to offer €100 million (£89m/$114m) plus one players for him. The man Madrid are offering is Mateo Kovacic, who is currently on loan at Stamford Bridge, but Chelsea are hoping to make Marco Asensio part of the deal.

Impact announce Novillo agreement

2018-12-05T17:11:44Z

Montreal Impact have signed 26-year-old winger Harry Novillo, the MLS side confirmed.

The Lyon academy graduate will join on a two-year contract with an option for an extra season once he completes a physical.

Coach Remi Garde hailed the Martinique international as a player with "good technique, which allows him to play in different positions offensively. He will be a welcome addition for the team in helping it reach its objectives.”

Man City treat players like Merchandise - Dilrosun

2018-12-05T16:48:14Z

Manchester City have come under fire for their treatment of players from Netherlands winger Javairo Dilrosun.

The 20-year-old joined City from Ajax in 2014 but left earlier this year to join Hertha Berlin, where he has made 12 appearances this term.

Although Dilrosun says he learned a lot from watching Pep Guardiola, he hit out at the club's handling of their staff.

Click here to read Dilrosun's comments

Mourinho confident Real Madrid are waiting for him

2018-12-05T16:29:36Z

Man Utd boss is sure he can return to Spain if he leaves Old Trafford

Jose Mourinho is confident he can return to Real Madrid if he leaves Manchester United in the near future, says the London Evening Standard.

The Red Devils boss is growing frustrated with the club and, while there is growing tension in the dressing room.

But Mourinho is sure Madrid president Florentino Perez wants to work with him again and will try to bring him back if the Portuguese brings an end to his time at Old Trafford.

Madrid recently gave Santiago Solari a two-and-a-half-year contract, but Perez is no stranger to sacking coaches unexpectedly.

Chelsea open talks over permanent Kovacic deal

2018-12-05T15:44:32Z

Chelsea have begun talks with Real Madrid over a permanent move for Matteo Kovacic, according to the Evening Standard.

Kovacic made it clear to Madrid that he wanted to leave this past summer before securing his move to Chelsea.

Madrid aren't willing to let him go for cheap, however, as the club will look to recoup at least a chunk of the £26.7million paid for the midfielder in 2015.  

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Shearer doesn't regret turning down Man Utd move

2018-12-05T15:27:45Z

Alan Shearer says he has no regrets about snubbing Manchester United during his playing days.

The former Blackburn and Newcastle striker had the chance to play under Sir Alex Ferguson but, even all these years later, he admits there's no love lost between him and the Red Devils.

Read Shearer's full comments on Goal!

Wolves near deal for Nakajima

2018-12-05T14:39:41Z

Wolves are close to finalizing a deal for Portimonense forward Shoya Nakajima, according to A Bola.

Nakajima was a recent target of both Southampton and Leicester after shining furing his first season in Portugal.

The 24-year-old Japanese international has a contract through 2020, but looks set to join the long list of former Portuguese league players at Wolves. 

Real Madrid could call Lunin back in January

2018-12-05T13:40:30Z

Andriy Lunin could return to Real Madrid ahead of schedule in January, after his penalty heroics for Leganes against Rayo Vallecano.

The 19-year-old Ukrainian saved a spot-kick from Bebe which ensured the visitors progressed to the next round of the Copa Del Rey with a 1-0 win on Tuesday night.

Lunin is playing second fiddle to Mauricio Pellegrino at Leganes at the moment, but Madrid are now considering ending his year-long loan spell at the club early and installing him as their own number two, according to Marca.

Cardiff City hope to re-sign Jordon Mutch

2018-12-05T13:20:58Z

Cardiff City are interested in bringing Jordon Mutch back to the club from Crystal Palace in January, according to Sky Sports.

The 27-year-old left Cardiff to join QPR back in 2014 before joining the Eagles a year later, but he has only managed 18 first team appearances since then.

Mutch is on loan at Vancouver Whitecaps in the MLS at the moment, but they rejected the chance to sign him permanently, which has left the door open for Cardiff to swoop for his signature in the winter transfer window.

Reiss Nelson set for Arsenal return

2018-12-05T13:05:39Z

Arsenal are ready to call Reiss Nelson back to the club early after his impressive displays for Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga, according to Team Talk.

The 18-year-old starlet has scored six goals in 13 appearances while on a season-long loan in Germany, proving he can handle the pressure of playing in one of Europe's top leagues.

Gunners officials have been keeping a close eye on his progress and Unai Emery now hopes to fast-track the youngster into the first team ahead of schedule in January.

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Inter Milan could pursue Darmian in January

2018-12-05T12:46:17Z

Inter Milan are interested in signing Matteo Darmian from Manchester United when the transfer window reopens, according to Calcio Mercato.

The Italian star is reportedly hoping to secure a move back to his homeland in the new year after a frustrating three-year spell at Old Trafford.

However, Inter could face competition for his signature from Napoli and AS Roma, while Atletico Madrid and Valencia are also keeping a close eye on his situation in Manchester.

Spurs and Arsenal interested in signing Quintero

2018-12-05T12:16:55Z

River Plate midfielder Juan Quintero is being monitored by Premier League giants Arsenal and Tottenham, with the January transfer window less than a month away.

The Colombian midfielder is also on Real Madrid and Valencia's radar after his impressive performances at both club and international level in 2018, according to Don Balon.

Spurs and Arsenal could go head to head for his signature in the new year, as both clubs look to bring in attacking reinforcements heading into the second half of the season.

Barcelona ready €60m bid for Juve's Bentancur

2018-12-05T11:34:50Z

Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur is a transfer target for Barcelona in January, according to Calcio Mercato.

The 21-year-old has excelled in Serie A at the start of the season after being given the opportunity to prove himself in the absence of Emre Can and Sami Khedira, both of who have been out injured.

Barca are looking to bolster their defensive ranks and see Bentancur as the ideal signing, with a €60m (£53m, $68m) bid expected in the new year. 

Real Madrid interested in Roma defender Manolas

2018-12-05T11:09:51Z

AS Roma centre-back Kostas Manolas is the subject of interest from Real Madrid, who see him as a long-term replacement for club captain Sergio Ramos.

According to Don Balon, Los Blancos president Florentino Perez is discussing defensive reinforcements with head coach Santiago Solari ahead of the winter transfer window, with the Greek defender high on their list of priorities.

Manolas is currently valued at €60m (£53m, $68m) and is widely considered to be one of the best defenders in European football, meaning he could be a fine addition to Solari's squad in the new year.

Zlatan set for AC Milan return

2018-12-05T10:41:17Z

Much-travelled Zlatan Ibrahimovic is closing in on a return to AC Milan, with Goal of the understanding that talks are at an advanced stage.

A second spell at San Siro for the Swedish striker - who has also starred for Manchester United, Barcelona and Inter and PSG - has been mooted for some time, with his exploits in America with the LA Galaxy having kept him on the radar of clubs in Europe, even at 37 years of age.

Read the full story here on Goal

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Bayern Munich prepare huge bid for Ajax pair

2018-12-05T10:34:38Z

Bayern Munich are set to jump to the front of the queue to sign in-demand Ajax starlets Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt with a 150million Euro bid for the duo.

That is according to SportBild, with the German publication claiming the players have told to Ajax they both wany to go to Bayern.

Gerard wants Everton youngster Dowell

2018-12-05T10:19:28Z

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is weighing up a loan bid for Everton starlet Kieran Dowell, according the The Mirror.

The former Liverpool star wants to strengthen his side in January and has previously complained about needing more creativity.

The England Under-21 international, 21, scored nine goals in 38 loan appearances for Nottingham Forest in the Championship last season.

Fabinho: I'm not leaving Liverpool

2018-12-05T09:46:07Z

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho has no plans to quit Anfield for Paris Saint-Germain in the January transfer window.

Reports in France claim the Ligue 1 leaders are interested in the former Monaco man, who has struggled to win a consistent first-team spot.

But he told UOL via FourFourTwo: "I was told there was something in the press, but I never said I'd like to leave Liverpool."

Juventus discuss move for Pogba

2018-12-05T09:41:38Z

Juventus are open to taking midfielder Paul Pogba back from Manchester United with sporting director Fabio Paratici admitting to being “fond of” the Frenchman.

The Bianconeri sold Pogba to United for a record-breaking £89 million ($114m) in 2016 but rumours persist his relationship with manager Jose Mourinho has broken down.

Read the full story here on Goal

Isco wants Man City move

2018-12-05T09:19:30Z

Real Madrid star Isco is ready to quit the Bernabeu for a long-talked-of move to Manchester City.

According to Spanish publication El Chiringuito, via The Star, the Spain star is unhappy and is keen on a switch.

New Real boss Santiago Solari is yet to start Isco in a game since taking over last month.

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Solari doesn't want Kovacic to return to Real Madrid

2018-12-05T08:48:10Z

According to Don Balon, Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari will not entertain the prospect of Mateo Kovacic returning to the club next summer.

The Croatian is currently on a season-long loan at Chelsea in the Premier League and has 17 appearances under his belt already across all competitions.

Recent reports have suggested that Kovacic will leave Madrid permanently at the end of the season and Solari is happy to confirm those rumours, as he looks to mould a new squad at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Newcastle set to sign Casilla from Real Madrid

2018-12-05T08:12:12Z

According to Calcio Mercato, Real Madrid are willing to sell third choice goalkeeper Kiko Casilla next year, with Newcastle his most likely destination.

The 32-year-old is out of contract next summer and Los Blancos are ready to listen to offers from potential suitors during the winter transfer window.

Newcastle will either aim to agree on pre-contract terms for Casilla in January, or sign him for a cut-price fee ahead of the second half of the season.

Arsenal will allow Welbeck to leave the club next summer

2018-12-05T07:43:52Z

Welbeck set to leave the Emirates stadium

Danny Welbeck will not be offered a new contract at Arsenal as the club prepares to offload him on a free transfer at the end of the season, according to The Times.

The English striker has been ruled out of action until next year with a broken ankle and the Gunners are supporting him on the road to recovery, but will not be extending his current deal beyond next summer.

Welbeck now joins Aaron Ramsey on Arsenal's list of high-profile players deemed surplus to requirements, after the Welshman was also told he will not be offered a renewal.

Premier League trio chasing Dutch sensation Kokcu

2018-12-05T07:26:31Z

Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham have all joined the race to sign Feyenoord teenager Orkun Kokcu, with Paris Saint Germain also interested in securing his services.

According to the Daily Mail, the 17-year-old scored 17 goals while contributing 34 assists for Feyenoord's U-17's last season and is now training with the first team.

The English trio are keeping a close eye on Kokcu's progress ahead of a possible January swoop for the attacking midfielder, who has become one of the hottest properties in European football.

Atletico's Diego Costa could be on his way to China

2018-12-05T07:07:38Z

According to Tuttomercato, Diego Costa is the subject of interest from Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian, who also tried to sign him while he was at Chelsea.

Atletico Madrid will be without the Spanish striker until the new year due to a metatarsal injury and Diego Simeone may look to bring in a replacement during the January window.

Chinese clubs will not be afraid to spend big money during the window as it is their final opportunity to strengthen before the new domestic season begins and Costa is Tianjin's number one target.

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Red Bulls in talks with Parker for new contract

2018-12-05T06:39:35Z

The New York Red Bulls have announced that the club is in talks to sign defender Tim Parker to a new contract before the 2019 season. 

The club also picked up the option for MLS Defender of the Year Aaron Long, while declining the option for Aurelien Collin

 

Fabregas to leave Chelsea this winter

2018-12-05T04:53:17Z

Cesc Fabregas is set to leave Chelsea in the winter window, with Valencia the team most likely to land the Spanish midfielder, according to GOL digital

Ferran Torres, who is not seeing many chances with the Spanish side now, will be loaned out to make room for Fabregas, who is determined to leave the London club as he believes his time there has come to an end. 
 

Chelsea leading chase for Suarez

2018-12-05T02:15:54Z

Chelsea are leading AC Milan in the race to sign Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez, according to Express

The 24-year-old is out of favour at Camp Nou, having made just two appearances all season for the Blaugrana.

The Blues want to purchase Suarez in January which they believe gives them an advantage over AC Milan, who want to sign the Spaniard on loan with an option to buy. 

Guangzhou Evergrande make offer for Mendes

2018-12-05T01:35:58Z

Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande have made a €15 million (£13m/$17m) bid for Lille star Thiago Mendes, according to Le10Sport

The Brazilian midfielder has drawn interest from Premier League clubs in the past, as well as Ligue 1 sides like PSG and Monaco. 

Lille are unlikely to accept any less than €25m (£22m/$28m) for the 26-year-old. 

Rangers eye loan for Everton midfielder

2018-12-05T00:45:35Z

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is considering a loan move for Everton midfielder Kieran Dowell, reports the Mirror

The 21-year-old has made just two appearances for the Toffees this season, both in the Carabao Cup. 

But the England U-21 international made 38 appearances and scored nine goals on loan at Championship side Nottingham Forest last season.

Milan in talks to sign €40m Bakayoko permanently

2018-12-04T23:50:51Z

The midfielder has impressed during his loan spell from Chelsea

AC Milan are in talks to sign midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from Chelsea on a permanent basis, reports Calciomercato

After a slow start on loan with the Serie A club, Bakayoko has begun to show the form that convinced Chelsea to pay Monaco €45 million (£40m/$51m) for his services in the summer of 2017.

The Blues may have to take a small hit on the France midfielder, with Milan hoping to sign him for €40m (£36m/$45m).

Everton believe Gomes wants to stay permanently

2018-12-04T23:34:29Z

Everton believe that on-loan midfielder Andre Gomes wants to stay at the club permanently, The Times reports. 

Gomes has impressed during the beginning of his stint with the Toffees, who paid £2 million to land him on a temporary basis from the Blaugrana. 

Everton are hoping that Gomes' desire to stay on Merseyside will help them drive down the transfer fee they will have to pay Barca to land the Portugal international. 

Chelsea trying to renew Hazard's contract 'every week' - Sarri

2018-12-04T23:16:32Z

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said the club are constantly working on tying Eden Hazard down to a new deal. 

Hazard's current deal ends in 2020, and he has yet to agree terms on a new contract amid interest from Real Madrid.  

Read about Chelsea's current offer to the 27-year-old right here!

Nice willing to listen to Balotelli offers

2018-12-04T23:12:05Z

Nice manager Patrick Vieira is willing to listen to offers for striker Mario Balotelli in January, claims Le10Sport

Balotelli nearly left the club in the summer, but opted to sign a one-year contract through the end of the 2018-19 season. 

Rather than lose him for free in the summer Nice would be open to cashing in on the 28-year-old, but Balotelli's current tally of zero goals on the season could drive his price downward. 

Several Premier League sides chasing Sala

2018-12-04T23:05:03Z

Fulham, Crystal Palace and West Ham are all looking to sign Nantes striker Emiliano Sala, according to the Mirror

The 28-year-old has scored 11 times in Ligue 1 this season, trailing just Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the league's goalscoring charts. 

Nantes would be willing to listen to offers between £15-20 million ($19-25m) for the Argentine.