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Gracia set for new deal with Watford

2018-10-10T21:38:29Z

Javi Gravia is set to sign a new three-year deal with Watford, according to the Telegraph.

The manager took over from Marco Silva in January and earned Premier League Manager of the Month in August.

Gracia is the 10th Watford head coach to work at the club since the Pozzo family acquired it in 2012, and it appears the club is nearing some stability with an extension. 

New Burnley deal for Long

2018-10-10T20:55:19Z

Kevin Long has signed a new contract with Burnley.

The defender, who was signed to a new three-year deal, has been with Burnley since 2010 and has played 16 Premier Leauge matches last season.

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Brentford's Smith linked with Aston Villa job

2018-10-10T20:09:44Z

Another candidate has emerged for the Aston Villa job with Brenford's Dean Smith the latest to be named a candidate, according to the Guardian.

John Terry would be appointed as Smith's No. 2 if the deal goes through.

Although Smith's hiring wouldn't be as high-profile as club ownership would like, the manager's attacking style is seen as a positive by those within the club. 

Mourinho to observe Fiorentina's Milenkovic

2018-10-10T19:19:03Z

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will be in the stands during Thursday's match between Montenegro and Serbia to see Fiorentina's Nikola Milenkovic in action, according to Telegraf

The Fiorentina defender has also attracted attention from Chelsea and Manchester City due to his fine performances in Serie A.

Defoe: I won't rule out a return to MLS

2018-10-10T18:17:57Z

Jermain Defoe has refused to rule out a return to MLS after seeing his game time at Bournemouth has been reduced this season.

The England striker previously moved to Canada with Toronto FC in 2014 when he endured a fruitful spell in scoring 11 goals in 19 MLS appearances. 

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Zidane Bayern links rejected

2018-10-10T17:17:44Z

The prospect of Zinedine Zidane taking over as head coach of Bayern Munich has been dismissed as 'just rumours' by midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

Pressure is growing on Niko Kovac after Bayern failed to win any of their last four matches in all competitions.

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McGinn tight-lipped on Rodgers to Villa speculation

2018-10-10T15:53:47Z

John McGinn hopes he has a new Aston Villa manager when he returns from Scotland duty.

But the former St Mirren and Hibernian midfielder, in the national team squad for the Nations League game against Israel and the friendly with Portugal, refused to be drawn on whether he would like Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers to be named as Steve Bruce's replacement at Villa Park.

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Liverpool & Utd to fight for Ramsey

2018-10-10T15:00:00Z

Liverpool and Manchester United are both weighing up the merits of a January move for Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey, The Standard claims.

Ramsey, 27, saw a contract offer withdrawn by the Gunners after several months without movement and the Wales man is free to talk to new clubs as of January 1.

AC Milan, Inter and Juventus have all been credited with an interest, but with Ramsey's family already settled in London a Premier League switch is thought to be preferred.

Real Madrid monitoring Sterling

2018-10-10T14:26:08Z

Blancos eyeing one of Pep's key men

Real Madrid are monitoring Manchester City's Raheem Sterling, ESPN reports.

Sterling is in the final two years of his contract with the Premier League champions with no sign of an extension on the horizon.

Madrid, struggling for form since Cristiano Ronaldo's exit, feel they could get a good deal on the England attacker should City fail to tie him down.

In addition, Sterling has stated publicy that he would be open to a move abroad

Bonucci would love to coach Juventus

2018-10-10T12:46:30Z

Leonardo Bonucci has admitted that he plans to follow Massimiliano Allegri's lead and coach Juventus.

The defender is a key part of the Juventus team who have recorded 10 wins from 10 games this season, but is already thinking about life after the game.

Bonucci aims to become a coach once he finishes his playing career and admits he would love to manage Juventus one day.

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Saul rejects Barcelona advances

2018-10-10T12:05:51Z

Spain midfielder Saul has no intention of joining Barcelona and plans to retire at Atletico Madrid.

The 23-year-old has been linked with both Barca and Real Madrid in the past year, but plans to play out his career at Atletico.

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Bayern want Pepe and De Jong

2018-10-10T11:45:04Z

Bayern Munich are interested in signing both Nicolas Pepe and Frenkie de Jong, according to Sport Bild.

Lille winger Pepe is seen as a possible successor to Arjen Robben on the wing, while Ajax midfielder de Jong is coveted by many of Europe's top clubs.

Both players are contracted at their respective teams until 2022, so Bayern would have to pay big to bring them to Munich.

Alonso set to sign new Chelsea deal

2018-10-10T11:25:29Z

Marcos Alonso has confirmed he is poised to sign a new contract at Chelsea in the "coming days".

The left-back told AS: "We are talking about it and the talks to renew are already advanced. If everything goes well, I think I will renew before the end of this month - in the coming days."

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Chievo appoint former Italy boss Ventura

2018-10-10T10:55:37Z

Chievo have appointed former Italy boss Gian Piero Ventura as manager.

The 70-year-old replaces Lorenzo D'Anna, who was dismissed with Chievo rooted to the foot of the Serie A table following a run of four consecutive defeats.

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Rui Faria to take Aston Villa job with Terry as assistant

2018-10-10T10:15:26Z

Former Manchester United assistant manager Rui Faria is set to take over at Aston Villa, and appoint John Terry as his assistant, according to The Sun.

Faria stepped down from his United role in May and Villa's hierarchy now want the Portuguese and Terry to form a managerial dream team after ex-Arsenal striker Thierry Henry turned down the job.

Juventus to try again for Milinkovic-Savic

2018-10-10T10:00:51Z

Juventus are set to bid again for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer, reports Calciomercato.

The Italian giants made their first approach for the Lazio midfielder two years ago, and again last summer, but Lazio slapped a €120 million (£105m/$137m) asking price on the star.

Nevertheless, Juve are undeterred and will try again at the end of the season as they attempt to recruit one of their most coveted transfer targets.

Lingard set for talks over bumper new Man Utd deal

2018-10-10T09:36:46Z

Jesse Lingard is set for talks with Manchester United over a new deal, according to The Metro.

The 25-year-old midfielder penned a new contract in 2017 and earns around £100,000-per-week, but United are desperate to retain the England international and are set to boost his pay even further.

Barca prioritise De Ligt move

2018-10-10T09:15:17Z

Barcelona are prioritising a move for Matthijs De Ligt in the January transfer window, per Football Espana.

The Catalan giants are desperate to add to their defensive ranks and the Ajax star has become their top target.

Spurs & Arsenal enter Under race

2018-10-10T08:55:00Z

Tottenham and Arsenal are interested in signing Roma star Cengiz Under, per Calcio News 24.

The two north London rivals are plotting moves for the winger, who is valued at around €50 million (£43.5m/$57m), but Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are also interested.

Bayern join Nicolas Pepe chase

2018-10-10T08:30:00Z

Bayern Munich have joined the long list of names credited with an interest in Lille's Nicolas Pepe, according to Sport Bild's print edition.

With the German giants suffering from a dip in form and many believing more quality needs brought in for the wings, the Ivorian could be a good fit as Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben enter the twilight of their respective careers.

The Bavarians would face tough competition for the 23-year-old's signature however, with Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester United among the biggest names on a long list of clubs linked with the promising attacker.

Bayern refused Kovac's transfer wishes

2018-10-10T08:00:00Z

Bayern Munich refused Niko Kovac's request to sign two new players in the summer transfer window, Bild reports.

The Bundesliga giants are struggling for form of late, with the finger being pointed at Kovac in the wake of a 3-0 defeat to Gladbach.

According to the German report, however, Kovac felt new blood was needed in the squad over the summer and had targeted Hoffenheim defender Kevin Vogt and Eintracht Frankfurt forward Ante Rebic.

It is claimed that the hierarchy at the Allianz Arena flatly turned down Kovac's recommendations, stating that they did not suit Bayern's style.

Defensive names added to Barca wishlist

2018-10-10T07:30:00Z

Barcelona have added a host of new names to their centre-back watchlist alongside Ajax's Matthijs de Ligt, Mundo Deportivo reports.

A close eye is being kept on Inter's Milan Skriniar, 23, RB Leipzig's Dayot Upamecano, 19, and Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, 27. Koulibaly is said to be valued at €130 million ($150m/£113m).

Closer to home, Athletic Bilbao stopper Unai Nunez, 21, is also said to have drawn interest from the Blaugrana, especially with coach Eduardo Berizzo using the youngster so sparingly this season.

England squad face unrest over commercial rights

2018-10-10T07:01:02Z

The England national football team, revitalised under Gareth Southgate, risk falling into discontent over a deal for new commercial rights, The Sun reports.

The Three Lions are severing ties with 1966 Entertainment, with the FA having set up committee of seven players to see through the upcoming changes.

Concerns have been raised, however, that some individuals could be treated more favourably than others, while it has been said that players could be at risk of being sued by 1966.

Perez wants Davinson Sanchez at Madrid

2018-10-10T05:16:10Z

Florentino Perez has his mind made up that Colombia defender Davinson Sanchez is the perfect fit for Real Madrid, according to Don Balon

While Perez wants to land the centre-back, he is struggling with the idea of entering negotiations with Tottenham again and knows the negotiations will be tough. 

West Ham make final offer to Rice

2018-10-10T03:12:18Z

West Ham have made a final contract offer to highly-rated defender Declan Rice, according to the Daily Star

Rice has been told any contract talks will be put on hold until the end of the year if he's not willing to take the deal on offer. 

The Hammers remain cautious of overpaying a young player who has yet to have sustained success. 

Man City have edge on rivals in Sancho chase

2018-10-10T02:19:12Z

Manchester City have the edge on their rivals if they want to bring back Jadon Sancho, the Manchester Evening News reports. 

Pep Guardiola's side have a first-refusal option on the teen star, who has shown well for German club Borussia Dortmund since moving there from City, though the Manchester outfit will have to match any transfer offer made for the youngster. 

Pareja backed for USMNT job

2018-10-10T01:15:29Z

D.C. United boss Ben Olsen has backed FC Dallas manager Oscar Pareja as a candidate for the U.S. national team coaching job. 

While Olsen did not outright back his opposite number for Saturday's MLS showdown to be given the job, he does believe the Colombian should be up for an interview. 

“I think he’s a guy that deserves to be interviewed,” Olsen said in quotes published by MLSsoccer.com

“I think the more diverse you can have that process the better. I think he’s a guy with maybe a different pathway than some of the other coaches, with his playing days in South America, but also coming here and knowing our league and knowing the American player. I think he’s been a really good coach.”

Dortmund to move for €35m Piatek

2018-10-09T22:29:38Z

Borussia Dortmund are ready to make a blockbuster bid for Genoa star Krzysztof Piatek, according to Calciomercato

Both Chelsea and Barcelona have registered interest in the Poland international, who leads the Serie A scoring charts with nine goals. 

But Dortmund will try to steal a march on their rivals with an offer worth €35 million (£30.6m/$40.2m) in January for his services.

Man United to move for Barca's Alba

2018-10-09T22:27:18Z

Manchester United are set to move for Barcelona star Jordi Alba, reports Talksport.

The left-back is yet to receive a new contract offer at Camp Nou, and with just over 18 months remaining on his current deal has attracted the attention of the Red Devils.

John Terry in line for Aston Villa job

2018-10-09T22:24:53Z

Former Aston Villa player John Terry is set for a sensational return to Villa Park, according to the Daily Star

Terry had been tipped to act as No. 2 behind Thierry Henry at the Championship promotion hopefuls. 

But with Henry now favouring Monaco, the defender could land his first managerial job in Birmingham.

Mourinho and Woodward to hold 'clear the air' talks

2018-10-09T22:22:31Z

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is set for clear the air talks with club vice chairman Ed Woodward, reports the Sun

The pair will meet in the next 48 hours amid reports that the Special One could lose his job at Old Trafford in the middle of his third season.

Bayern to battle Man United for Zidane

2018-10-09T22:15:48Z

Mourinho's future remains unclear at Old Trafford

Manchester United will face competition in their bid to bring in Zinedine Zidane as the club's next manager, with Bayern Munich also keen on the Frenchman, claims the Mirror

Zidane is one of the most coveted free agents in the football world after bringing home three Champions League in as many seasons at the Real Madrid helm. 

And while Jose Mourinho remains close to the sack despite a comeback victory over Newcastle United, Bayern are also considering Niko Kovac's future and have identified Zidane as a possible successor.