Gundogan reveals Man Utd talks before joining Man City
Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan has revealed he might have ended up at rivals United before moving to the Etihad Stadium.
"Kind of true, there were talks. It was 2 or 3 years before I joined City," the midfielder told Football Daily.
Gignac signs Tigres extension
Dyche laughs off Spurs Pope links
Sean Dyche has laughed off rumours that Spurs are set to make a £50 million bid for Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope.
"If they offered a bag of crisps and a pint of lager, the way things are going, I might actually take it," the Clarets manager joked when asked about the reports.
"If someone can find a way of changing the rules of the country to get me a pint and a bag of a crisps, I'd have to try and hang on to Popey best I could."
Nagelsmann interested in Tottenham job
Sampaoli confirmed as new Marseille coach
Frank McCourt annonce de profonds changements, ouvrant un nouveau chapitre pour l'Olympique de Marseille.— Olympique de Marseille (@OM_Officiel) February 26, 2021
De Paul a Liverpool target
Midfielder Rodrigo De Paul remains a target for Liverpool, reports TuttoUdinese.
Inter have also been in the hunt, but have seemingly lost ground in the chase to sign the midfielder.
Liverpool seem set to offer more than Inter, who cannot match the England club's financial package.
Pulisic set to go on trial with Austin FC
Will Pulisic, cousin of Chelsea star Christian, is set to go on trial with Austin FC, according to the Striker Texas.
The 22-year-old goalkeeper previously attended Duke University, where he started 66 games for the Blue Devils.
Pulisic also previously played for Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team.
Whitecaps set to sign Sporting CP fullback
The Vancouver Whitecaps are set to sign Sporting CP fullback Bruno Gaspar, according to MLSSoccer.com.
Gaspar will join the club on a loan deal with an option to buy for a fee of roughly $1.75m.
The second coming of Flamengo superstar Gabigol means all of Europe should be paying attention
Former Inter forward and current Flamengo star Gabriel 'Gabigol' Barbosa has found his form, and Europe's top clubs should be paying attention.
The Brazilian striker now boasts seven major titles with Flamengo in just over two years as he has blossomed into the player many expected him to be.
Lacazette a target for Monaco
Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette has emerged as a target for Monaco, according to the Mirror.
The forward is out of contract next year and has lost ground in the Gunners first team, attracting interest from his homeland.
Everton working on Aarons deal
Everton want Max Aarons and they’re working on it, confirmed. 🔵 #EFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 26, 2021
Manchester United have scouted him and they’ll decide in the coming months. Bayern Münich after opening talks with Norwich are *not* convinced to pay €35m for him, as @cfbayern reported. 🔴 https://t.co/phsV5Opcb8
Barca candidate announces deal in place for two stars
Barcelona presidential candidate Toni Freixa has claimed he has a deal in place to bring in two superstars worth €250 million (£217m/$302m) should he win the upcoming elections.
Any player that wants to win the Ballon d'Or knows that they're only going to win it if they wear Barcelona's shirt," Freixa told El Larguero, per Sport, while stopping short of naming the players he intends to bring to Camp Nou.
Guardiola hits back over Man City money jibes
Pep Guardiola says Manchester City must learn to with the repercussions of spending money after being accused by some of buying success.
Following the Champions League victory over Borussia Monchengladbach, Guardiola sarcastically said that all their success was due to money.
Ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash, Guardiola elaborated on his point by insisting that their rivals spend big as well.
Bayern won't bid for Aarons
Coronel joins New York Red Bulls from Red Bull Salzburg
American investors near Ipswich takeover
A group of American investors led by businessman Brett Johnson are nearing a takeover of Ipswich Town, reports The Athletic.
The group is set to pay £17.5 million ($24m) for the League One outfit, which has been been owned by Marcus Evans since December 2007.
The new owners are set to make a change at head coach, where Paul Lambert will be sacked and replaced by former Wigan boss Paul Cook.
Man Utd to wait on Cavani decision
Manchester United will wait until Edinson Cavani has recovered from injury before making a decision on his future, reports ESPN.
There is an option to extend the striker's contract for a further season, and United will have to pay the 34-year-old close to €2 million if they do not take it up.
Mascherano sees a 'happy' Messi at Barcelona
RB Leipzig confirm interest in Brobbey & Dragusin
RB Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche has revealed that the Bundesliga side are trying to sign Brian Brobbey and Radu Dragusin.
"These are interesting guys who, in terms of the overall package, would basically fit our philosophy," the 40-year-old told Bild.
"In the past we had a certain unique selling point with our transfer philosophy. In the meantime, more and more top European clubs want to sign young players."
Ajax teenager Brobbey has already announced that he will be leaving the Dutch club at the end of the season, while Juventus defender Dragusin could also be moved on by the Serie A champions.
Man City & Leeds target Doig pens new contract
Moyes offers West Ham contract update
David Moyes has offered a positive update on his contract situation at West Ham, with the Scot stating that he has "no intention of going anywhere" despite speculation linking him with the vacant post at Celtic.
Quizzed on his future ahead of a crunch clash with table-topping Manchester City on Saturday, Moyes told reporters: "I have no intention of going anywhere.
"I have spoken to David Sullivan but I don't want anything to get in the way of what we are doing right now.
"I am really happy because there have been great improvements here at West Ham and, hopefully, we can continue the improvement here."
Ancelotti wants to stay at Everton for the long-term
RB Leipzig hand professional contract to Mehmet Ibrahimi
Man Utd remain confident on Pogba contract (ESPN)
Red Devils want new deal for midfielder
Manchester United are confident that they can get Paul Pogba to sign a new contract, reports ESPN.
The World Cup winner is only tied to terms through to 2022, and has been linked with a move elsewhere, but efforts are being made at Old Trafford to put an extension in place.
Areola yet to discuss Fulham future
Alphonse Areola is yet to discuss his future at Fulham beyond the end of the season, with the French goalkeeper focused on trying to help the Cottagers steer clear of relegation during a loan spell from Paris Saint-Germain.
He has said: I don’t know, I don’t know. My main focus is to help this team. After that it depends on lots of things. It depends on PSG, the manager. We have to focus on staying in the Premier League and then we will have talks."
Camavinga continues to wait on Real Madrid
Eduardo Camavinga is willing to sign a new contract at Rennes if it means making a future switch to Real Madrid, claims AS.
The highly-rated midfielder has his heart set on a switch to Santiago Bernabeu and is prepared to be patient in that quest, with it possible that he could extend his stay in France while waiting on a deal to be done in Spain.
Milenkovic open to Man Utd move
Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic is open to the idea of joining Manchester United, claims Corriere dello Sport.
The 22-year-old Serbia international has emerged as a top target for the Red Devils as they seek to bring centre-half reinforcements into their ranks.
Manchester City 'to sell Harrison this summer' (The Athletic)
Leeds loan star to be allowed to leave Etihad Stadium at the end of the season
Manchester City will sell perennial loanee Jack Harrison in the summer, according to The Athletic.
Harrison has impressed in two seasons at Leeds United, helping them to promotion last year and in establishing themselves in the Premier League this campaign, however he reportedly has no first team future at Etihad Stadium.
City will reportedly consider bids of around £11 million for the Englishman, who can play either as a No 10 or on the wing.
Rangers 'set for huge windfall' after Europa League progression
Rangers will get a major transfer boost after progressing to the Europa League last 16, with reports suggesting a windfall of up to £8 million.
Football Insider say the Ibrox club have picked up millions in bonuses already, with the amount increasing following their 9-5 aggregate victory over Royal Antwerp in the round of 32.
It could give manager Steven Gerrard a big budget to work with in the summer, with the Glasgow side on the verge of the Scottish league title as well as progressing well in Europe.
Martial 'doesn't have know-how' to be Man Utd No 9 - Shearer
Manchester United need to sign another striker as Anthony Martial does not have the tools to lead the line, according to Alan Shearer.
Shearer told The Athletic: "I’ve read that Martial wants to be Manchester United’s main centre-forward and that he sees it as his position. I don’t.
"He’s been there for six years. Last season was his best in terms of numbers, but he’s never scored more than 20 league goals in a campaign and I just don’t see the desperation, the hunger, desire and know-how to be a No 9, to score as many goals as he should."
Leonardo takes aim at Nianzou for leaving PSG to join Bayern Munich
PSG sporting director Leonardo has criticised academy players who leave the club because of a lack of first-team playing time in Paris, saying most find it is just as difficult to see regular action elsewhere.
In particular, he referred to Tanguy Nianzou's move to Bayern Munich in the summer, with the young defender on the fringes at the Bundesliga champions.
"Tanguy played with us in the Champions League and he has spent almost a year at Bayern Munich without playing," the Brazilian told France Bleu Paris radio station.
"The problem is thinking that there is paradise elsewhere. They say 'PSG lost a youngster', but sometimes I think it is not PSG who lose, but the youngsters who leave PSG."
Minamino 'can play major part for Liverpool next season'
Takumi Minamino can still play a key role at Liverpool following his loan spell at Southampton, says Kevin Phillips.
Minamino struggled for game time at Anfield after joining in January 2020, but has started well at St. Mary's after moving on loan last month with two goals in four games.
Phillips told Football Insider: "Ultimately, it’s good for Liverpool that he’s going away and getting his game-time. He might well come back and play a major part at Liverpool next season. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
Zorc disagrees with Raiola over Haaland comments
Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc disagrees with Mino Raiola about the future of Erling Haaland.
Agent Raiola has been talking up Haaland this week, calling him “one of the future stars of the next decade” and saying there are only 10 clubs in the world who could afford to sign him.
Austin FC keen on Kolmanic
Austin FC are interested in NK Maribor defender Zan Kolmanic, according to Ekipa SN.
Not yet 21, the Slovenian youth international has already played 44 games for Maribor.
Columbus closing in on €1.5m Matan deal
FC Viitorul midfielder Alex Matan is nearing a €1.5 million move to the Columbus Crew, according to ProSport.
The 21-year-old has played 66 times for Viitorul since debuting in 2016, and represents Romania at the Under-21 level.
Abraham could leave Chelsea
Chelsea could be set to sell forward Tammy Abraham this summer, reports The Athletic.
Abraham has set to sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge, with Olivier Giroud and Timo Werner eating into his minutes despite his status as Chelsea's top scorer this season.
The Blues are also expected to pursue Erling Haaland in the summer, which would push Abraham closer to an exit.
Dortmund hold Isak buyback clause
Sky Sports Germany writes that Borussia Dortmund have a buyback clause for in-demand Alexander Isak, whom they sold to Real Sociedad in 2019.
The 21-year-old forward has scored 12 La Liga goals this campaign, putting him on the radar of clubs desperate for youthful attacking help. A lineup spot at Dortmund could open for him if Erling Haaland were to depart this summer.
Man Utd to offer fringe players for Rice
Manchester United will offer any of Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic and Phil Jones in an attempt to land Declan Rice, reports 90min.
Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea are all keen on Rice, but United hope to gain an advantage by offering cash and players in a transfer.
Roma consider permanent Mayoral move
Roma are considering signing on-loan Real Madrid forward Borja Mayoral on a permanent deal in the summer, CalcioMercato reports.
It is claimed the 23-year-old, who has a two-year loan deal in Rome, would cost €15 million (£13m/$18m) to buy this summer.
Mayoral has scored 11 goals in 26 games in all competitions for Roma this season.
Burnley to demand £50m for Spurs-linked Pope (Lancs Live)
Tottenham are rumoured to want a Lloris replacement
Burnley will demand around £50 million ($70m) from any club looking to sign goalkeeper Nick Pope, reports Lancs Live.
The 28-year-old has been linked with a move away from Turf Moor, with Tottenham said to be looking for a replacement for Hugo Lloris.
Liverpool to seek Origi replacement
Liverpool will move for a striker in the summer transfer window, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Divock Origi's time at Anfield appears to be coming to a close with Jurgen Klopp reluctant to use him even during his side's recent goal drought.
Klopp wants Liverpool to move for Rodrygo (Diario Gol)
The Real Madrid starlet could replace one of the team's front three
Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool to make a move for Real Madrid forward Rodrygo, claims Diario Gol.
The report says one of Liverpool's front three - Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino - is likely to leave Anfield in the summer.
Liverpool have Diogo Jota waiting in the wings but could look to strengthen their squad after a chastening season.
Tuchel gets Abramovich's go-ahead for Haaland move (Bild)
Chelsea appear ready to spend big again
Roman Abramovich has given Thomas Tuchel the green light to make a big-money move for Erling Haaland in the summer, reports Bild.
Chelsea spent big last summer under Frank Lampard but the Blues are thought to be among the front-runners in the race for Haaland.