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Besiktas, Monaco in for Okaka

2018-12-04T22:36:36Z

Besiktas and Monaco are interested in signing Watford's Stefano Okaka, according to Gianluca di Marzio.

The forward was close to joining Galatasaray last January, but a move fell through, and the Italian is not in Watford's plans going forward.

Okaka is expected to leave the club in January, with Thierry Henry's Monaco involved due to the Frenchman's previoust relationship with the player.

Kovacic will not return to Real Madrid with Tottenham and Chelsea interested

2018-12-04T21:52:54Z

Currently on loan with Chelsea, Matteo Kovacic will not return to Real Madrid, according to AS.

The relationship between Kovacic and Madrid deteriorated over the summer with the club now ready to part with the player.

Chelsea are keen to keep hold of the Croatian while Tottenham are also said to be keen.

Spartak likely to part with Eremenko

2018-12-04T21:30:11Z

Spartak are likely to part ways with Roman Eremenko this winter, according to Championat.

The Finnish midfielder has played four matches for the club since returning from a two-year ban for using crack cocaine.

Eremenko joined the club in August after previously featuring for CSKA Moscow, Rubin Kazan and Dynamo Kiev. 

 

Simeone insists Atletico won't sign Costa replacement

2018-12-04T20:55:13Z

With Diego Costa nearing a return from injury, Diego Simeone insists the club won't look to sign a forward in January.

Costa underwent foot surgery in Brazil recently, but Simeone says the club has "several option" in that position going forward.

Read Simeone's comments, and his discussion of the Ballon d'Or, on Goal!

Arsenal make Pepe a priority

2018-12-04T20:20:33Z

Arsenal are prioritising the signing of LIlle star Nicolas Pepe, reports Mercato 365.

The 23-year-old winger has become one of Europe's hottest prospects, with Bayern Munich and Barcelona also chasing his signature. 

With so many big clubs in for the Ivorian, Lille could be set to demand upwards of €50 million (£45m/€57m) for Pepe in the summer.

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Four PL clubs chasing Loftus-Cheek

2018-12-04T19:35:39Z

Crystal Palace, West Ham, Newcastle and Bournemouth are all chasing Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, according to The Sun. 

After spending last season on loan with Palace, Loftus-Cheek has yet to start a league game for Chelsea this term while playing just 119 Premier League minutes. 

That has several Premier League clubs queuing up for his signature in January, along with Bundesliga side Schalke. 

Guardiola to bid for Leeds teenager in January

2018-12-04T18:55:13Z

Man City's boss has been following the promising winger for some time

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is set to make a January move for Leeds winger Jack Clarke, reports The Sun. 

City had scouts attend Leeds' match at Sheffield United on Saturday, where Clarke came off the bench and set up his side's late winner. 

Clarke, 18, came through the academy at Leeds and made his debut for the club in October. 

I should have joined Man Utd, not Liverpool - Diouf

2018-12-04T18:06:58Z

El-Hadji Diouf says he regrets moving to Liverpool in 2002 while adding he should have joined Manchester United instead.

The Senegalese forward was one of the game's hottest stars when he signed with the Reds, but struggled mightily once he officially joined the club.

Read the outspoken star's full comments on his regrets on Goal!

Leeds' Cibicki linked with MLS move

2018-12-04T17:39:32Z

Pawel Cibicki has been linked with a move to MLS, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The Leeds forward was loaned to Molde in July after originally joining the Championship club from Malmo in his native Sweden in 2017.

Cibicki is said to be attracting interest from at least one MLS club while Molde are also interested as the forward is not in Marcelo Bielsa's plans 

Everton hoping to sign Gomes on permanent deal despite massive release clause

2018-12-04T17:09:15Z

Barcelona put a €100m release clause in Andre Gomes' contract when he joined from Valencia, but Everton remain hopeful of a deal for the on-loan midfielder.

According to the Liverpool Echo, the club is hopeful it can secure a permanent deal for Gomes, who starred in the Merseyside Derby despite Everton's defeat.

The club previously talked Barcelona down from a massive release clause in Yerry Mina's deal, and Everton believe they can do it again with Gomes. 

Liverpool join Manchester City in race for Lyon's Aouar

2018-12-04T16:41:01Z

Liverpool and Manchester City look set to battle it out for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, acording to Telefoot.

Both clubs have spoken to the Ligue 1 club about Aouar's situation as he continues in his second full season with the senior team.

Aouar, who has also drawn interest from Chelsea and Arsenal from his days with the France U-21s, has scored five goals in 15 matches this season.

Prem pair tracking Betis star

2018-12-04T16:16:00Z

Newcastle and Crystal Palace are keeping close tabs on Real Betis full-back Junior Firpo, The Sun claims.

The report suggests Roy Hodgson and Rafa Benitez both had scouts monitoring the 22-year-old on Sunday, a match in which Firpo scored the only goal against Real Sociedad.

Sarri tight-lipped on Pulisic interest

2018-12-04T16:01:00Z

Maurizio Sarri has refused to be draw on Chelsea's interest in Borussia Dortmund attacker Christian Pulisic.

As reported by Goal, the Blues are trying to talk BVB down from their £70 million ($89m) valuation of the United States international, but are unlikely to see the 20-year-old arrive in England in January.

Sarri, however, feels it would be unprofessional to speak about players owned by other clubs.

Read the full story on Goal

Sarri wants to keep Chelsea duo

2018-12-04T15:44:00Z

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has made it clear that he wants David Luiz and Cesc Fabregas to stay at the club.

The pair have just six months left on their respective contracts and will be permitted to speak to clubs regarding moves in January.

Read the full story on Goal

Athletic sack Eduardo Berizzo

2018-12-04T15:16:00Z

Athletic Bilbao have sacked coach Eduardo Berizzo after presiding over just a single win in his 14 La Liga matches in charge.

The news comes less than a year after the Argentine boss was let go by Sevilla.

Read the full story on Goal

Mbappe wants De Jong at PSG

2018-12-04T14:45:33Z

Kylian Mbappe praised Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong at the Ballon d'Or awards ceremony and said he would be 'welcome' to join him at Paris Saint-Germain, according to France Football.

"[De Jong's] vision of the game and quality of passes breaking the lines makes him very valuable. He's welcome at Paris! I put in a good word, because he'd help us a lot," Mbappe said.

The Dutch midfielder has been the subject of much transfer speculation, with Barcelona and Manchester City very keen to rival the Ligue 1 giants for the 21-year-old's signature.

Colombia approach Scolari

2018-12-04T14:15:19Z

The Colombian Football Federation have approached Luis Felipe Scolari over the vacant managerial position with the Colombia national team, according to ESPN Brazil.

Former head coach Jose Pekerman left after Colombia crashed out on penalties to England at the World Cup in the round of 16, ending a six-year spell in charge.

Scolari has just guided Palmeiras to the league title in Brazil and has previously coached Brazil and Portugal with success.

Read full story right here on Goal!

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Gerrard plans loan move for Dowell

2018-12-04T13:45:39Z

Steven Gerrard is reportedly planning to bring Everton youngster Kieran Dowell to Rangers on a loan deal, according to the Daily Record.

Dowell has admitted his frustration over a lack of playing time this season under Marco Silva, having failed to register a single minute in the Premier League and making just two appearances in the Carabao Cup, which Everton have been knocked out of.

And Rangers boss Gerrard has apparently identified him as the perfect player to fill the number 10 role at Rangers and is keen on a loan move for the 21-year-old, having watched him several times. 

Sherwood: Alderweireld almost certainly leaving

2018-12-04T13:15:50Z

Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood believes that centre-back Toby Alderweireld will "almost certainly" not be at the club next season, according to Sky Sports.

Alderweireld was dropped for Spurs' 4-2 North London derby defeat against bitter rivals Arsenal in favour of the inexperienced Juan Foyth, despite having started the last 12 consecutive Premier League fixtures. 

Manchester United were heavily linked with the Belgian in the summer but a move never materialised, although the Red Devils are still reportedly keen on defensive reinforcements.

London clubs eye Isco

2018-12-04T12:45:14Z

London trio Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have all been linked with a move for out-of-favour Real Madrid star Isco, according to The Sun.

The Spaniard has not started a game since Santiago Solari took over from Julen Lopetegui, who placed great faith in the attacking midfielder, and Los Blancos have won six of the seven games they have played in his absence.

All three clubs face a fight to land the Spain international, however, as he revealed that he has turned down "serious offers" from the Premier League in the past to stay at Real. 

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Saints appoint Hasenhuttl

2018-12-04T12:15:57Z

Southampton have appointed Ralph Hasenhuttl as their new manager on a two-and-a-half year deal following the sacking of Mark Hughes, according to Sky Sports News.

The Austrian has previously managed RB Leipzig, guiding them to second place in the Bundesliga in their first season after being promoted.

Hasenhuttl will watch Saints' match against Tottenham from the stands while the contract details are finalised before taking over officially.

Premier League trio chase Wolf

2018-12-04T11:45:19Z

Arsenal, Tottenham and Southampton are all monitoring RB Leipzig teenager Hannes Wolf, according to the Daily Mirror.

The 19-year-old Austrian has been likened to Christian Eriksen and has been impressive so far this season, notching four goals and nine assists in 21 appearances, several of which were from the bench.

Wolf has also attracted interest from several Bundesliga clubs, but Leipzig may prefer their young talent to follow the path of Sadio Mane and Naby Keita and move to England for a lucrative fee rather than sell to a direct rival.

Milan want Fabregas and Bakayoko

2018-12-04T11:15:47Z

AC Milan are planning a double swoop for Chelsea midfielders Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko, according to Calciomercato.

The Italian outfit made contact over Fabregas recently, but have now expressed their desire to make Bakayoko's loan deal permanent as well.

However, the two clubs are yet to come to an agreement over their valuation of either player. Bakayoko's option to buy is relatively steep at €35m and while Fabregas is valued at a more modest €10m, his wages are currently proving a stumbling block.

FA asked to investigate Seri transfer

2018-12-04T10:44:44Z

The lawyer behind the Bosman transfer ruling, Jean-Louis Dupont, has written to the FA requesting them to investigate the transfer of Jean-Michael Seri to Fulham.

Seri joined the Premier League side last summer from Nice, along with Maxime Le Marchand for a combined fee of £25m, with Seri being rated at around £10m of that deal

However, as reported by football.london, the midfielder may have been undervalued by Nice in order to reduce the sell-on fees owed to Ivory Coast sides Centre Domoraud Cyrille and ASEC Mimosas

Fabinho happy at Anfield

2018-12-04T10:16:25Z

Brazilian midfielder Fabinho has assured Liverpool fans that he has no plans to leave Anfield in the upcoming transfer window..

The 25-year-old has been linked with a return to PSG in January, but has stated the reports are unsubstantiated.

“I was told there was something in the press, but I never said I would like to leave Liverpool," Fabinho told Brazilian outlet UOL

“I was aware that I needed to have the patience to wait for my moment, but I’m happy at Liverpool - there’s no reason for me to leave.”

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Juventus 'fond of Pogba'

2018-12-04T09:50:32Z

Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has admitted to being ‘fond’ of Paul Pogba.

The World Cup winner had been linked with a return to his former club throughout the season, and Paratici’s claims could be seen as hint that Juve are actively pursuing the midfielder's signature.

“A return? We have already discussed this many times,” he told Sky Sports Italia. “He’s a great player we've had before and are fond of, but now he plays for Manchester United.”

Read the full story on Goal!

‘Ramsey destined to hit free agency’

2018-12-04T09:00:14Z

Aaron Ramsey will not be signing a new contract at Arsenal and is destined to hit free agency, says Paul Merson.

The former Gunners star told Sky Sports: "I think Ramsey's future is sorted. I know how it works in football. I'd be shocked if his agent hasn't already got a deal from elsewhere on the table and it's as good as agreed without him being able to sign yet."

Read the full story on Goal!

Man Utd not planning to stage Fury-Wilder II

2018-12-04T08:36:15Z

Manchester United have no plans to bring a potential re-match between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder to Old Trafford, claims the Evening Standard.

The two heavyweight superstars battled out a draw in Los Angeles over the weekend and a second showdown could be heading to English shores, with Fury having expressed a desire to fight at the Theatre of Dreams.

Rabiot leaves door open for Arsenal & Spurs

2018-12-04T08:08:42Z

Adrien Rabiot has ended talks over a possible contract extension at Paris Saint-Germain, claims RMC Sport.

The midfielder is now planning to enter into discussions with interested parties in January, with Arsenal, Tottenham and Barcelona among those keen on landing him as a free agent.

Azpilicueta pens new Chelsea deal

2018-12-04T07:11:39Z

Blues defender commits to fresh terms

Cesar Azpilicueta has committed his future to Chelsea by penning a new four-year deal through to 2022.

Goal revealed on Monday that the Spaniard was set to agree an extension on £150,000-a-week, and that contract has now been confirmed.

Read the full story here.

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Modric wants to retire at Real Madrid

2018-12-04T06:03:53Z

Luka Modric insists he wants to retire at Real Madrid despite ongoing links with Inter Milan

After winning the Ballon d'Or on Monday, Modric poured cold water on transfer rumours by saying he expects to finish his career with his current club.

Read the Croatian star's full comments on Goal!

Aston Villa to hand new deal to Adomah

2018-12-04T04:43:19Z

Albert Adomah is set to be handed a new long-term deal with Aston Villa, according to Football Ghana.

The winger scored 15 goals for the Championship club last season and was named Player of the Year.

Adomah has earned the trust of new manager Dean Smith, who is set to keep the winger on board going forward. 

Guardiola expects Sane to remain at Manchester City for 'many years'

2018-12-04T04:20:36Z

Pep Guardiola expects Leroy Sane to follow Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling by committing his long-term future to Manchester City.

The winger has yet to sign a new deal with the club, but Guardiola expects him to remain for "many years".

Read Guardiola's full comments on Goal!

Red Bulls part ways with Collin, Redding, Rivas as part of offseason moves

2018-12-04T02:51:25Z

Following the end of their season, the Red Bulls are set to part ways with Aurellien Collin, Tommy Redding and Carlos Rivas according to the Athletic.

The moves would clear up significant cap space for the Red Bulls, who fell to Atlanta in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Tyler Adams' sale also gives the club some money to play with, although the Red Bulls will have to find a way to keep defender Tim Parker, who could be bound for Europe.

Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs to battle PSG for teen

2018-12-03T23:58:45Z

London rivals Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham may have to battle each other and Paris Saint-Germain for Feyenoord's Orkun Kokcu, according to the Daily Mail.

The 17-year-old midfielder has starred for the club's U-19s, is training with the Feyenoord's first team but could depart the team in January.

Scouts from across Europe have been watching Kokcu, and the Premier League clubs are fighting to be in front of the line if he's sold.

Emery considers Ramsey contract situation 'closed'

2018-12-03T23:40:56Z

Unai Emery says Arsenal's contract negotiations with Aaron Ramsey remain "closed" despite being impressed with the midfielder's form and focus.

The 27-year-old is a free agent at the end of the season with Bayern Munich, who could table a pre-contract agreement as early as January, believed to be the frontrunners for his signature.

Ramsey's efforts in the North London Derby have had some calling for Arsenal to reverse course on their decision, but Emery indicated that will not be happening.

Read the full story on Goal!

Sandro has interest of Premier League club

2018-12-03T23:31:40Z

The defender is seeking €8m per season with Juventus

Juventus full-back Alex Sandro is subject to Premier League interest and wants around €8 million (£7m/$9m) per season, plus bonuses, to sign a new deal with the Serie A champions, according to Calciomercato.

A contract offer of €10m has come from an unnamed club in England, but aside from Cristiano Ronaldo, no one at Juventus makes what the defender is demanding, with Paulo Dybala the next highest paid at €7m.

That has led to concern the sides are too far apart for a compromise to be reached, especially with the club's financial situation delicate following Ronaldo's acquisition. 

Atlanta United executives to meet with Barros Schelotto

2018-12-03T23:24:08Z

Atlanta United executives have flown to Argentina to meet with Boca Juniors head coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto, according to Cesar Luis Merlo of TyC Sports.

Club president Darren Eales, and sporting director Carlos Bocanegra were also reportedly to meet with Gabriel Milito as the MLS Cup finalists look to replace Tata Martino, who is departing the team at the end of their season.

Loftus-Cheek focused on Sarri-ball amid exit rumours

2018-12-03T23:21:59Z

Ruben Loftus-Cheek says he is fully focused on earning his place in the Chelseasquad under Maurizio Sarri as speculation around his future at the club continues to circulate.

The 22-year-old has yet to start a Premier League match under the Italian, but now has five goals in his last six games for the club that he joined at just eight years old.

But as the transfer window nears, Loftus-Cheek is blocking out all the rumours and focusing on doing what he can to make himself a larger part of his manager's plans.

Read the full story on Goal!