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David Alaba Bayern Munich 2020-21
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Hairston joins Columbus Crew

2021-03-03T22:30:53Z

Milan undecided on Tomori deal

2021-03-03T22:00:57Z

Milan are impressed with Chelsea loanee Fikayo Tomori, but they are stalling on a definitive decision over whether to purchase the defender outright. 

“We'll see if we pay Fikayo Tomori's buy option," Milan director Frederic Massara told DAZN. "We are very happy about his start here, the price is very high. We will decide in the coming months."

Should Milan wish to sign the 23-year-old, it will cost them £26 million per the terms of the deal agreed on January.

Michail Antonio considers Jamaica switch

2021-03-03T21:30:54Z

West Ham star Michail Antonio is considering changing his international allegiance to Jamaica in order to play the 2022 World Cup, reports the Daily Mail

Antonio, who has never been capped by England despite being called up several times, is among 10 players Jamaica hope to recruit for their World Cup challenge, a list that also includes the likes of Demarai Gray and Nathan Redmond.

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Young sets sights on dream Watford return

2021-03-03T21:00:06Z

Former Manchester United star Ashley Young is determined to move back to first club Watford, reports the Mirror

The 35-year-old wants to crown his stay at Inter with the Serie A title before rejoining the Hornets on a free transfer in June.

Rapids sign Yapi to homegrown contract

2021-03-03T20:30:26Z

Kamara still hoping to play in 2021

2021-03-03T20:00:18Z

Free agent striker Kei Kamara has said he wants to play in MLS in 2021.

Kamara, 36, spent last season with Colorado and Minnesota and is currently without a club.

The forward, who is fifth all time in career MLS goals with 130, told MLSSoccer.com: “I feel like I'm good, I'm fit.

"Yeah, age is a number, but that doesn't affect me. I've just finished playing a bunch of 90-minute games a little over a year ago, so I'm healthy. Still want to keep going.”

Rapids sign Larrraz as homegrown player

2021-03-03T19:30:14Z

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Man Utd want Martinez or Skriniar to make up for missed payment

2021-03-03T19:00:28Z

Manchester United are hoping to land Lautaro Martinez or Milan Skriniar from Inter over a missed bonus payment for Romelu Lukaku, according to Corriere dello Sport.

Lukaku joined Inter from United in 2019, with the Serie A side recently missing a bonus payment they owe United as part of the deal.

United have indicated they are willing to wipe out Inter's debt, but only if they are compensated with one of the club's stars.

Premier League sides watching Celtic defender Hendry

2021-03-03T18:30:03Z

Burnley, Brighton and Sheffield United are all monitoring Celtic defender Jack Hendry, reports the Daily Mail.

The 25-year-old has impressed on loan this season with Belgian side Oostende, who are also keen to sign him permanently. 

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Hazard signs new Celtic deal

2021-03-03T18:00:05Z

Milan, Wolves & Ajax chase 'Next Zlatan'

2021-03-03T17:30:30Z

Milan, Ajax and Wolves are among the clubs interested in a youngster dubbed the next Zlatan Ibrahimovic, according to CalcioMercato

Wahid Faghir, 17, has been in fine form for Danish side Vejle Boldklub and has also represented Denmark at Under-16, 17 and 18 levels.

Man Utd blocked Van de Beek move in January

2021-03-03T17:00:33Z

Manchester United vetoed a potential loan move for Donny van de Beek in the January window, according to Fabrizio Romano (per the Express). 

The Netherlands international has struggled for first-team minutes since arriving from Old Trafford, but United were determined to keep him at the club despite interest elsewhere.

Klopp's future as Liverpool manager addressed by Barnes

2021-03-03T16:30:27Z

Jurgen Klopp’s future as Liverpool manager remains a topic of much discussion, with a humbling step backwards for the Premier League champions in 2020-21 sparking talk of a possible change in the dugout.

The German has offered no indication that he is mulling over his options, but speculation is rife regarding a possible parting of ways between a demanding boss and the most decorated of clubs.

Those at Anfield will be hoping that there is no substance to the rumours, given the success enjoyed in recent years, but it remains to be seen what the summer will bring when the dust settles on another action-packed campaign.

 

Jurgen Klopp’s future as Liverpool manager remains a topic of much discussion, with a humbling step backwards for the Premier League champions in 2020-21 sparking talk of a possible change in the dugout.

The German has offered no indication that he is mulling over his options, but speculation is rife regarding a possible parting of ways between a demanding boss and the most decorated of clubs.

Those at Anfield will be hoping that there is no substance to the rumours, given the success enjoyed in recent years, but it remains to be seen what the summer will bring when the dust settles on another action-packed campaign.

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Messi will leave Barca if I don't win election - Laporta

2021-03-03T16:00:00Z

Joan Laporta has expressed his belief that Lionel Messi will leave Barcelona if he doesn't win the club's presidential election later this month.

Speculation over Messi's future is raging as he approaches the final months of his current contract, wit it suggested that the Argentine will call time on his illustrious 16-year career at Camp Nou at the end of the season.

Laporta still believes that Messi can be convinced to extend his stay in Catalunya, but only if he beats Victor Font and Toni Freixa to become Barca president for the second time on March 8.

Read the full story on Goal.

West Ham interested in Besiktas striker Larin

2021-03-03T15:30:00Z

Besiktas striker Cyle Larin is the subject of interest from West Ham - according to Sabah.

The Hammers are looking at the 25-year-old as a possible replacement for Sebastian Haller, who joined Ajax in January.

Larin has scored 13 goals in 25 Super Lig matches for Besiktas so far this season.

Cyle Larin Besiktas Goal Celebration vs. Rizespor 01/06/21
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Adams advises Arsenal to sell Bellerin and Soares

2021-03-03T15:00:00Z

Tony Adams has advised Arsenal to sell Hector Bellerin and Cedric Soares.

The Gunners legend told Stadium Astro of the defensive duo: "If you’re bringing players in who are a lesser standard, you don’t get someone that’s less than what you’ve got.

"Cedric, is he better than Bellerin? Have you made an improvement there? Take it or leave it.

"Or are you telling me we need two? Get rid of two and get a good one! That would be the opinion that I would have."

Juventus complete €18.5m move for McKennie

2021-03-03T14:30:00Z

Juventus have confirmed they have completed a deal to sign Weston McKennie on a permanent basis from Schalke.

The USMNT midfielder had been on loan with Andrea Pirlo's side although has impressed enough to convince the Serie A giants to make the move permanent, for an initial €18.5 million fee.

McKennie has made 31 appearances in all competitions for Juve in the 2020-21 season, scoring five goals.

Read the full story on Goal.

Blind set to sign new Ajax contract

2021-03-03T14:00:59Z

Daley Blind is close to signing a new deal with Ajax, De Telegraaf reports.

The former Manchester United defender's current contract runs until 2022, although the Dutch club are keen to reward the 30-year-old's impressive form with an extension.

Arteta addresses Lacazette future

2021-03-03T13:30:10Z

Mikel Arteta insists contract talks with Alexandre Lacazette will start soon with the Arsenal forward being linked with a summer move away from Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners boss told reporters: "He's got a contract with us. He played really well the other week. It's exactly what we demand him to do.

"I'm really happy with him and the discussions about his contract will happen soon and we will see what happens."

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Alaba in talks with English clubs as Madrid offer too low (Sport Bild)

2021-03-03T13:00:13Z

PSG also in the race to sign the Bayern star

David Alaba is in discussions with clubs from the Premier League as Real Madrid's contract offer isn't considered to be acceptable, Sport Bild reports.

There are also talks being held with Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain, with Alaba yet to have made a decision over the club he'll join after he leaves Bayern Munich.

Indeed, the Austria international's contract expires in the summer and there has been huge interest in landing the 28-year-old on a free transfer.

Hannam signs Crystal Palace extension

2021-03-03T12:30:01Z

Arteta: Arsenal spending depends on where we finish

2021-03-03T12:00:08Z

Mikel Arteta has revealed that Arsenal are "planning" their summer transfer business but insists they will have to wait and see how they finish the season to determine the calibre of player they can attract.

He told reporters: "We are planning what's going to happen. It will depend on where we finish, how we finish. I think what we had to do in December is unprecedented for a club of this stature. To do the amount of transactions we had to tells you where we are.

"I think it was much needed and if you want to improve, you want to do that. It's [about] where you have things in house and [if] you believe you can improve on it by externally acquiring players. Everything is planned and let's see what the market and the last few months bring."

Liverpool youngster Blair signs new deal

2021-03-03T11:30:12Z

Lazio unlikely to sign Pereira on permanent deal

2021-03-03T11:00:00Z

Lazio are unlikely to sign Andreas Pereira from Manchester United on a permanent deal - according to the Daily Star.

The Red Devils have set a €25 million (£22m/$30m) asking price for the Brazilian, who moved to Stadio Olimpico on loan last summer.

Pereira has appeared in 15 Serie A matches for Lazio in 2020-21, scoring once.

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Liverpool tracking Marseille star Kamara

2021-03-03T10:30:00Z

Liverpool are tracking Marseille star Boubacar Kamara - according to Calcio Mercato.

The French outfit could cash in on the 21-year-old before he becomes a free agent in 2022, with the Reds keeping a close eye on his situation.

Kamara has racked up 31 appearances across all competitions for Marseille so far this season.

Grealish needs to get out of Aston Villa now - Scholes

2021-03-03T10:00:00Z

Paul Scholes has urged Jack Grealish to consider joining Manchester United, Manchester City or Liverpool, insisting the Aston Villa star "needs to get out now".

Grealish has solidified his standing as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League this season, inspiring Villa's push for a European spot in the process.

The 25-year-old is now being tipped to move on in the summer, which Scholes thinks is a necessity if he harbours ambitions to win trophies and reach an elite level.

Read the full story on Goal.

Revan commits future to Aston Villa

2021-03-03T09:21:38Z

Atletico Madrid want struggling Ziyech (Fichajes)

2021-03-03T09:00:00Z

The Chelsea winger has not made an impact in the Premier League

Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech is a summer target for Atletico Madrid, according to Spanish outlet Fichajes.

Ziyech was part of a big summer of spending by the Blues ahead of this season, but he has only scored twice for the Stamford Bridge side and has only started two games since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as manager.

Atletico are expecting winger Vitolo to depart this summer and are reportedly eyeing Ziyech as a replacement. Chelsea are said to be open to a sale and could let the Moroccan depart for less than the €40 million they paid Ajax last year.

 

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'Howe interested in Celtic job'

2021-03-03T08:29:57Z

Eddie Howe is interested in the vacant Celtic manager's job but is waiting to see if a Premier League vacancy becomes available, according to Football Insider.

The 43-year-old former Bournemouth boss is a leading candidate to succeed Neil Lennon and the Glasgow side have reportedly contacted him to gauge potential interest in the role.

However, while Howe is interested, he is more keen on a return to the English top flight with a number of jobs, such as at Newcastle and Crystal Palace, potentially becoming available soon.

Hofmann responds to Chelsea transfer talk

2021-03-03T08:00:17Z

Borussia Monchengladbach utility man Jonas Hofmann says Chelsea have made an approach about a summer transfer.

The 28-year-old, primarily used as a winger by the Bundesliga side, has impressed with seven goals and 11 assists in 25 matches this season, leading to talk that Thomas Tuchel is keen to bring him to Stamford Bridge.

Hofmann told Ruhr Nachrichten: "I think it’s clear that other clubs will notice you if you perform well. Therefore, it is possible that one or two have already asked.

"Basically, I feel good at Borussia, I’ve always stressed that. For me, the absolute focus is on having a successful season with Borussia and dedicating myself fully to success. I put my personal situation below it."

'Rangers nervous about Klopp exit talk'

2021-03-03T07:30:21Z

Rangers are increasingly concerned about Jurgen Klopp's position at Liverpool as they risk losing manager Steven Gerrard, according to Football Insider.

Talk of Klopp leaving Liverpool has escalated amid a disappointing Premier League title defence, while Gerrard's stock has soared as Rangers gallop towards the Scottish Premiership title.

If Klopp - who has a contract until 2024, as does Gerrard - were to quit, then the ex-Reds captain is likely to be among the prime candidates to replace the German at Anfield.

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'Varane to Man Utd could stop Mbappe to Liverpool'

2021-03-03T07:00:00Z

Manchester United could pull off a double transfer coup by signing Raphael Varane as it would prevent Liverpool from getting Kylian Mbappe, according to the MEN.

Reports yesterday said Real Madrid were open to selling the 28-year-old French defender to United in order to help clear debts and contribute to transfer funds in order to sign PSG star Mbappe.

Mbappe has previously indicated an interest in moving to Santiago Bernabeu, and if Real are able to afford him, it could quash Liverpool's reported hopes of signing the World Cup winner.

Dortmund add En-Nesyri to transfer short-list

2021-03-03T04:00:00Z

Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri is the latest striker linked to Borussia Dortmund, with EuroSport writing that the forward has caught the German club's eye as a possible Erling Haaland replacement.

The 23-year-old profiles as an instinctive poacher in the box, scoring 13 times in 24 La Liga matches this year.

Calhanoglu holds contract talks with AC Milan

2021-03-03T03:30:00Z

Hakan Calhanoglu, one of the best chance creators in Serie A, is in quickly progressing talks over a new contract at AC Milan, reports Fabrizio Romano.

Calhanoglu has recorded at least five assists in each of his four seasons at Milan.

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Valencia draw ownership interest from Malaysia

2021-03-03T03:00:35Z

Malaysian Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Idris is interested in buying Valencia from Peter Lim, according to ESPN.

D.C. United eyeing Curacao forward

2021-03-03T02:30:40Z

D.C. United are still in talks with Nigel Robertha, according to the Athletic.

The Curacao international met with D.C. United assistant Nicolas Frutos in Bulgaria, where he currently plays for Levski Sofia.

The deal is now "largely in D.C.'s court" as there is still work to be done to finalize the move.

Solskjaer fires warning over Man Utd transfer spending

2021-03-03T01:30:28Z

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned that Manchester United will have to be ‘realistic’ in the transfer window this summer.

Due to the budget constraints of the pandemic, Solskajer isn't expecting a free-spending summer as Manchester United look to mount a title challenge next season.

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Inter Milan tentatively agree to Wijnaldum contract (Sport Mediaset)

2021-03-02T23:42:41Z

Despite financial woes, the club are said to have secured the midfielder from Liverpool

Speaking on Italian programme Sport Mediaset, Claudio Raimond reported that Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has reached a "handshake agreement" with Inter Milan ahead of his summer free-agency.

Wijnaldum would arrive on a free transfer, however his wages would likely represent a significant cash committment from a club in financial peril.

Harper to New York Red Bulls deal completed

2021-03-02T23:34:10Z

Cameron Harper's move to New York Red Bulls from Celtic has been wrapped up, writes journalist Mark Fishkin. The 19-year-old attacker has been part of the U.S. men's national team youth ranks.

Everton seek King extension

2021-03-02T23:28:28Z

Despite not starting loanee Joshua King to date, Everton want to hold on to the Bournmouth forward beyond his current six-month stay, writes Football Insiders.

The 29-year-old has 166 matches of Premier League experience, including a 16-goal season in 2016-17.

Galaxy to sign Blackburn defender

2021-03-02T23:22:46Z

Blackburn defender and Republic of Ireland international Derrick Williams is headed to the LA Galaxy, Extra.ie reports, though a quad injury could keep him off the pitch at the start of the upcoming MLS campaign.

Koulibaly next on Bayern Munich's wish list (Tuttosport)

2021-03-02T23:11:51Z

The club want the experienced centre-back to partner with Dayot Upamecano, whose signing has already been announced for the summer

Bayern Munich contacted Napoli earlier this week about buying 29-year-old defender Kalidou Koulibaly, according to Tuttosport.

The club is losing centre-back David Alaba this summer and is apparently interested in adding a reliable veteran to shore up its 2021-22 back line. Dayot Upamecano, 22, is already joining this summer from RB Leipzig on an expensive transfer, though, which limits the room in the squad for another starting calibre defender.