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Inter near extension for Candreva

2019-09-19T21:30:23Z

Inter are preparing to offer an extension to Antonio Candreva, after the defender's rejuvenation under Antonio Conte, reports FCInternews.

Candreva's contract is set to expire at the end of the season and has enjoyed massive improvement under the new Inter boss.

The plan is for Beppe Marotta and Piero Ausilio to sit down with Candreva's agent Federico Pastorello in the near future to hammer out a one-year extension. 

Maradona would be hard to resist - Dani Osvaldo

2019-09-19T21:00:02Z

Diego Maradona would be hard to resist, admits former Roma and Southampton man Dani Osvaldo, as speculation swirls over the retired striker’s potential return under the Argentine legend.

Former Italy internationa Osvaldol, who last played in 2016, has been out of the game since in order to focus on his music career with band Barrio Viejo.

But talk has emerged in recent days of the 33-year-old ending his self-imposed exile to play for Superliga outfit Gimnasia, who Maradona has taken charge of until the end of the season.

Read the full story here on Goal!

Kroenke financed Arsenal summer?

2019-09-19T20:30:10Z

There is talk Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke personally financed the club's large summer spend, reports the Mirror.

In the past, the club have used a self-sustaining transfer model with substantial funds kept aside in case of a season where they missed Europe entirely.

But this summer Kroenke appears to have stepped in to inject additional funds, allowing the club to land the likes of former Lille attacker Nicolas Pepe. 

QPR sign Chair to extension

2019-09-19T20:00:36Z

Queens Park Rangers have signed youngster Ilias Chair to an extension, the club have announced.

The 21-year-old Morroco youth international has penned a three-year extension, as his previous deal was set to expire next summer. 

The midfielder has featured in six games, making three starts this season after spending the second half of last season on loan in League Two. 

Ex-Man Utd & Spurs star Berbatov retires

2019-09-19T19:30:44Z

Dimitar Berbatov has confirmed his retirement from professional football at the age of 38.

The ex-Tottenham and Manchester United striker has been out of action for a year, having last played for Indian outfit Kerala Blasters.

And the former Bulgaria international has confirmed his career is over with a message on Instagram.

Read the full story on Goal!

Zidane sacking would cost Real Madrid €80m

2019-09-19T18:58:35Z

Club president Florentino Perez refuses to push the coach out

Real Madrid would have to fork out a whopping €80 million (£70m/$80m) if they were to fire Zinedine Zidane this season.

The French coach has come under pressure from the Madrid supporters for the team's start to the campaign and it only increased after they were outclassed by Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.

There are calls for Zidane to be sacked, but Sport claims that the coach's €13m per year salary would have to be paid in full for the rest of his contract. He would be owed a total of €39m, which means the taxes Madrid would have to pay would take it up to €80m.

And the same outlet also reports that president Florentino Perez has no intention of getting rid of Zidane, meaning he will only leave if he resigns.

Leicester could sell Man Utd target Maddison, Rodgers admits

2019-09-19T18:25:01Z

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers says the club could be convinced to sell midfielder James Maddison, though he has promised they will not let him go easily.

Maddison's performances for the Foxes have reportedly caught the attention of clubs such as Manchester United. While the Foxes would rather keep him, Rodgers knows every player has his price.

Click here to read Rodgers' comments

Norwich sporting director signs new contract

2019-09-19T17:57:51Z

Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber has signed a new three-year contract with the Premier League side, it has been confirmed.

Webber joined the club in 2017 and has helped guide the club back to the top-flight. 

And he will remain at the Canaries until at least 2022, having committed to a new deal on Thursday.

Lyon announce Cornet extension

2019-09-19T17:30:42Z

Lyon have announced a contract extension for Maxwel Cornet, which locks him up through 2023.

The 22-year-old attacker's current contract was set to expire this summer but his new deal extends him for another two years.

Hudson-Odoi signs new Chelsea deal

2019-09-19T17:00:51Z

The winger puts an end to speculation linking him to Bayern with a new contract

Callum Hudson-Odoi has signed a new deal at Chelsea, it has been confirmed.

The winger's previous deal was set to expire this summer and he was the subject of multiple bids last winter by Bayern Munich.

The 18-year-old suffered an Achilles tear last season that kept him out the start of the 2019-20 campaign but nears a return, having featured for the U-23 Chelsea side last week.

His new deal will tie him to the club until 2024 and will see him earn up to £180,000-a-week.

Read the full story on Goal!

Barcelona CEO: I don't know if we'll chase Neymar again

2019-09-19T16:30:35Z

Barcelona may elect to not continue their pursuit of Neymar next summer despite their lengthy attempts to bring the Brazil international back to Camp Nou ahead of the current campaign, CEO Oscar Grau has revealed.

The Blaugrana spent much of the off-season seeking a deal to see them reunited with the striker who left for Paris Saint-Germain two years ago in a world-record deal that made him the most expensive player in the history of the sport.

Grau admitted that Barca attempted several efforts to bring the forward back to Spain, but is not certain if those attempts in next summer.

Read the full story on Goal!

Silva to join Beckham's Inter Miami

2019-09-19T16:00:35Z

The Man City midfielder could become the expansion club's biggest signing

Manchester City star David Silva will join David Beckham's Inter Miami side in Major League soccer, reports the Independent

Silva's contract expires after the end of the Premier League season, and having said he will never join another PL side, he is intrigued by becoming the star man of the new MLS franchise.

The midfielder is considered a more realistic target than Lionel Messi or Luis Suarez, and should he sign on free, would join Miami midway through their inagural season. 

Fiorentina, Castrovilli hold positive talks

2019-09-19T15:30:54Z

Fiorentina have held productive talks with the agent of Gaetano Castrovilli, according to Gianlucadimarzio.com.

The 22-year-old Castrovilla has enjoyed a bright start to the season after spending last year on loan at Serie B side Cremonese.

His contract is set to expire in June 2021, but Fiorentina and Michelangelo Minieri have held positive talks and a new deal could come soon. 

 

'Barca don't need Neymar if Fati plays'

2019-09-19T15:00:00Z

Rivaldo has suggested that Barcelona won't need to go back in for Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar if Ansu Fati continues to make waves at Camp Nou.

Barca tried to bring the 27-year-old back to the club over the summer transfer window, although were ultimately unable to agree a deal with the Ligue 1 champions.

Injuries to Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele opened the door to 16-year-old Fati to get a chance in the first team - an opportunity he's grabbed with both hands.

Read the full story on Goal here!

Barca must spend big - Rivaldo

2019-09-19T14:30:00Z

Former Barcelona forward Rivaldo believes Real Madrid were taught a footballing lesson by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and believes Zinedine Zidane may have to spend big again in January.

Los Blancos were beaten 3-0 by their Ligue 1 opponents in their Champions League group-stage opener on Tuesday, with two goals from Angel Di Maria and one from Thomas Meunier securing a 3-0 win for the Parisians.

To add to the misery for Zinedine Zidane's side, they failed to register a shot on target over the 90 minutes, while they also had two goals disallowed.

Read the full story on Goal here!

Pochettino happy with Eriksen commitment

2019-09-19T14:00:00Z

Mauricio Pochettino has backed Christian Eriksen's commitment to Tottenham following the Denmark international's soft performance in the Champions League, per Sky Sports.

Eriksen, who was linked with a move to Real Madrid during the transfer window, was relatively ineffective against Olympiakos in the pair's 2-2 draw, but his manager remains happy with his loyalty to the club.

"I am happy with the commitment of Christian," Pochettino stated.

Liverpool always chasing 'world-class potential'

2019-09-19T13:30:00Z

Jurgen Klopp has overseen some of Liverpool’s most productive transfer business of the modern era and admits that his recruitment philosophy is to seek out "world-class potential".

In an ideal world those that he is looking to bring into Anfield will already be at the very top of their game, although it can be difficult to unearth such talent, especially when working on a tight budget.

Liverpool have been able to loosen the purse strings at times, with the sale of Philippe Coutinho aiding that cause, but they have always sought to bring in the right additions.

Read the full story on Goal here!

Haaland registering on Barcelona's radar

2019-09-19T13:00:00Z

Barcelona are among those keeping a close on RB Salzburg striker Erling Haaland, reports Mundo Deportivo.

The Liga giants are said to have had the exciting teenage frontman watched at the U20 World Cup and again in this season's Champions League.

Van Dijk rubbishes contract speculation

2019-09-19T12:30:00Z

Virgil van Dijk has rubbished reports suggesting that he is in contract talks with Liverpool.

The Dutch defender is already tied to terms at Anfield until the summer of 2023 and says no discussions have been held regarding a new deal.

Check out what he has had to say here.

Mourinho waiting on Real Madrid approach

2019-09-19T12:00:00Z

Jose Mourinho is laying the groundwork for a sensational return to Real Madrid, claims The Sun.

With pressure building on Zinedine Zidane, the former Blancos boss is waiting on a call from the Santiago Bernabeu.

Mourinho, who spent three years with Madrid between 2010 and 2013, has been out of work since leaving Manchester United in December 2018.

Man Utd move for Haaland not out of the equation

2019-09-19T11:30:00Z

Red Devils move for teenage sensation not ruled out

Erling Haaland has seen his Champions League hat-trick heroics for Red Bull Salzburg spark talk of interest from Manchester United, and a switch to Old Trafford is not being ruled out despite the strong links of the 19-year-old’s father to Leeds and Manchester City.

Alf-Inge Haaland has told TV2 of the Premier League talk: “It would be nice [if United and others showed interest]. It is important to distinguish between being a supporter and a job."

Read the full story on Goal!

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Kane told to consider Tottenham exit

2019-09-19T11:00:00Z

Harry Kane has been told to consider making a move away from Tottenham, with former England star Rio Ferdinand admitting he would be "gone" if left facing a similar situation.

The Manchester United legend told BT Sport: "I’ve got to be honest with you, I’d be gone because I’ve not got time to hang around. I could get injured next season, I could lose form etc. I want to win now."

Read the full story on Goal!

Hiddink sacked from China post

2019-09-19T10:30:51Z

Former Chelsea boss Guus Huddink has been relieved of his duties as the coach of China's Under-23 side, according to Fox Sports Asia.

Following the young side's 2-0 loss to Vietnam, former China women's national team coach Hao Wei will replace the Dutchman.

Madrid fans call for Mourinho

2019-09-19T10:00:00Z

Real Madrid fans' confidence in Zinedine Zidane is waning fast if social media is anything to go by, with keen eyes noticing 'Jose Mourinho' trending among the support base on Twitter on Wednesday evening.

Los Blancos fell to a 3-0 Champions League defeat against Paris Saint-Germain - who were without star strikers Neymar and Kylian Mbappe - and sections of the club's followers are calling for a change of management.

Is Mourinho the right man to turn things around in the Spanish capital? Club president Florentino Perez may have a decision to make very soon...

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Vidic expecting more from Utd new boy Maguire

2019-09-19T09:30:29Z

Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has called for an improvement from the Red Devils' defence, but thinks that Harry Maguire has been a good signing.

United are rebuilding with hopes of breaking back into the Premier League's top four and Vidic feels like there is more to come from the former Leicester man.

Read the full story on Goal.

Spurs to recall Leeds loanee

2019-09-19T09:00:00Z

Tottenham are ready to recall winger Jack Clarke from Leeds following the youngster being frozen out of Championship action, The Sun reports.

Spurs bought the 18-year-old in the summer but immediately loaned him back to Marcelo Bielsa's side.

The manager has only fielded the youngster twice, however, both times in cup competition, and Spurs want their new acquisition to get more playing time.

Lukaku & Brozovic in post-match scuffle

2019-09-19T08:30:00Z

Romelu Lukaku and Marcelo Brozovic had to be separated in the dressing room after Inter's 1-1 Champions League draw with Slavia Prague, Gazzetta dello Sport claims.

The report claims Lukaku spoke to the squad as a whole, highlighting an overly defensive attitude from his team-mates.

Brozovic is said to have taken post-match talk personally and had to be held back from the former Man Utd striker.

'Man Utd made a mistake selling Lukaku'

2019-09-19T08:00:00Z

Manchester United made a mistake in sanctioning the sale of Romelu Lukaku without having a ready-made replacement lined up, says Paul Scholes.

The Red Devils legend said: "[United] obviously knew they were going to sell Lukaku at some point, but not to have a centre-forward lined up seems a mistake to me."

Read the full story on Goal!

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McGregor tipped to make move to England

2019-09-19T07:30:00Z

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor is expected to make a move to England at some point, with the Scotland international having previously been linked with Leicester.

Alan Hutton has told Football Insider: “He’s one of the talented boys that’s come out of Scotland, so I’m a bit surprised he’s not went down south.

“I’m sure there will be teams looking at him so I think possibly, in the future, he would fancy coming down south and having a go at it.”

Solskjaer pleased with Lindelof deal

2019-09-19T07:00:00Z

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is delighted to have seen Victor Lindelof commit to a new long-term contract.

He told the Red Devils' official app of the Swede: "Ever since I came in, I've been impressed by Victor so now, to nail him down here, it's important.

"He's the modern centre-back; calm, composed and good on the ball."

Value for money?

2019-09-19T06:30:00Z

Arsenal eyeing up Szoboszlai

2019-09-19T06:00:00Z

Arsenal remain keen on Red Bull Salzburg star Dominik Szoboszlai despite failing with a summer approach, claims football.london.

The Gunners wanted to put an agreement in place that would see the 18-year-old link up with them in 2020 and they could return to the table in January, with Juventus and Inter also looking at the highly-rated playmaker.

Melbourne Victory snare Albanian international

2019-09-19T05:40:07Z

Melbourne Victory has signed experienced Albania defensive midfielder Migjen Basha on a two-year deal.

The 32-year-old heads Down Under after a campaign with Greek side Aris Thessaloniki - and has picked up 33 caps for his country during his career.

Read the full story on Goal!

Wanderers to sign former Bundesliga top scorer

2019-09-19T04:47:48Z

Australian A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers is poised to complete the signing of German striker Alexander Meier.

The 36-year-old free agent will arrive in Australia on Saturday, when the acquistion will be made public, according to SMH.

Meier won the 2014-15 Bundesliga golden boot, with his 19 goals beating off competition from Bayern duo Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben.

The centre forward scored six goals in 16 games for St Pauli in 2. Bundesliga last season.

Rodwell training with MLS side

2019-09-19T03:52:50Z

Jack Rodwell is on trial with the New England Revolution alongside Alexander Buttner. 

The Boston Globe's Frank Dell'Apa reported the news, with the former Premier League players looking to earn a place with the MLS side. 

Greenwood and Lingard set for new Man Utd deals

2019-09-19T02:44:43Z

Mason Greenwood and Jesse Lingard are in line for new deals with Manchester United

The Evening Standard claims the club have made new contracts for the pair a priority, with the Old Trafford outfit also pushing to get Paul Pogba signed on fresh terms. 

Madrid fans call for Zidane sacking

2019-09-19T01:53:17Z

A 3-0 loss to PSG sparked Real Madrid supporters taking aim at Zinedine Zidane. 

The Sun reports that a vocal group of fans are already asking for the French manager to be sacked. 

'Hazard joined Madrid at the wrong time'

2019-09-19T00:00:00Z

Rio Ferdinand thinks Eden Hazard has climbed aboard a sinking ship at Real Madrid.

Hazard made his first start for his new club in their 3-0 defeat at PSG on Wednesday night, and Ferdinand fears Hazard will suffer from joining an ageing, declining squad.

Read what he had to say here on Goal!

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Fati to be granted Spanish passport

2019-09-18T22:59:59Z

Barcelona wonderkid Ansu Fati is to be granted a Spanish passport on Friday, according to AS.

The 16-year-old, who has burst onto the scene in Lionel Messi's absence this season, was born in Guinea-Bissau but will be nationalised as Spanish by the Council of Ministers this week. 

The process was begun several months ago, with the intention of allowing Fati to represent Spain in October's Under-17 World Cup.

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Chelsea working on new Abraham contract

2019-09-18T22:45:45Z

Blues striker to be rewarded for fine form

Chelsea are working on a proposal to extend in-form striker Tammy Abraham's contract to 2024, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Young defender Fiyako Tomori, who scored his first Blues goal against Wolves at the weekend, is also in discussions with the club.

It is reported both players have agreed to talks, with negotiations about the players' wages now ongoing.

Sunderland takeover getting closer

2019-09-18T22:30:49Z

The planned takeover of League One club Sunderland has moved a step closer to completion, according to Sky Sports.

The American consortium involved in the talks registered a new company, 'FPP Sunderland Ltd' with Companies House on Monday to ease the takeover.

US computer giant Michael Dell is expected to be a minority investor, with trio Glenn Fuhrman, John Phelan and Robert Platek the club's controlling owners.

Hat-trick hero Haaland dreams of Leeds move

2019-09-18T22:15:45Z

Norway sensation Erling Haaland, who scored a hat-trick on his Champions League debut for RB Salzburg on Tuesday night, dreams of winning the Premier League - with Leeds United.

Haaland, son of Alf Inge, has been linked with Manchester United after playing under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at former club Molde.

But, speaking to Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten back in 2017, Haaland said: "I want to be the best. The dream is to win the Premier League with Leeds. As well as that, the goal is to be a better player than Dad was. I hope to get more international matches than he did."

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Ake backs Solanke to come good

2019-09-18T22:00:22Z

Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake thinks fellow Chelsea academy graduate Dominic Solanke will show his class after a slow start to life at the south coast club.

Solanke hasn't scored a league goal for Bournemouth since joining from Liverpool in the January transfer window.

“You can see it in training every day and you could see it when he was younger at Chelsea," Ake told the Bournemouth Echo. "The technical ability he has and the goalscoring ability he has is of a great level.

“I think we’ll really enjoy a lot from him this season. More is going to come, but on Sunday you could see the way he holds up balls is very important for the team, to keep the ball up there and to be strong.”