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Besiktas want Haberer as Elneny replacement


Besiktas want to sign Freiburg attacking midfielder Janik Haberer from Freiburg, according to Haber Kartali.

The Turkish giants are looking for a replacement for Mohamed Elneny, currently on loan from Arsenal.

The 25-year-old Haberer is out of contract at the end of the season.

Willian returns to Brazil


Willian has returned to Brazil with permission from Chelsea amid fears over the coronavirus pandemic.

The Brazilian could be the first of many Premier League players to return home and self-isolate with their families.

Read the full story here on Goal!

Sabitzer would cost Tottenham €50m


Tottenham would have to spend at least €50 million (£46m/$54m) to lure Marcel Sabitzer from RB Leipzig, according to Bild.

The 26-year-old Austrian has been linked with Spurs after impressing Jose Mourinho in their recent Champions League tie.

Sabitzer's contract at the Bundesliga side runs until the summer of 2022.

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Fire announce Brady contract


Chicago Fire academy goalkeeper Chris Brady has signed a Homegrown Player contract at the club until 2023, with the club holding an option for to extend for an extra year.

Milan join Rangers in Ekuban race


AC Milan are interested in Trabzonspor forward Caleb Ekuban, according to Fanatik.

The Italian-born Ghana international has eight goals and six assists to his name so far this season, as well as two goals in four senior appearances for Ghana.

Rangers are also named as potential suitors for Ekuban.

Soppy interests Celtic and Wolves


Celtic are interested in Rennes right-back Brandon Soppy, report Eurosport.

The 18-year-old has also been linked with Wolves, and has been valued at around the €8 million (£7m/$9m) mark.

Milan rival Inter for €50m Milik


Napoli are ready to sell forward Arkadiusz Milik in the summer as they are unwilling to meet his demands over a new contract, according to CalcioMercato.

The club's chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis will reportedly demand some €50 million (£46m/$54m) for the Polish international.

AC Milan have been linked with Zlatan Ibrahimovic expected to leave at the end of the season, while he has reportedly been offered to Inter in the past.

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USSF place Chief Legal Officer on leave


The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) has placed Chief Legal Officer Lydia Wahlke on administrative leave, according to ESPN.

The organisation are currently engaged in a public legal battle with the World Cup-winning US Women's National Team over gender discrimination due to a lack of equal pay.

Giroud convinced future lies away from Chelsea


Olivier Giroud has become convinced his future lies away from Chelsea in Serie A, according to Tuttosport.

Inter and Lazio are reportedly ready to go head to head to sign the France international.

Giroud has only played 13 times for the Blues this season, scoring three goals.

Man Utd confident Pogba will stay


Madrid & Juve may not be able to finance deal

Manchester United are confident that Paul Pogba will remain at the club over the summer, report ESPN.

Real Madrid and Juventus have been linked with the midfielder, but United aren't convinced any club will be able to finance a deal

Pogba's contract at United runs until 2021, but the club could trigger a clause which would extend it by another year.

'Mourinho wouldn't let Kane to go Man Utd'


Jose Mourinho wouldn't let Tottenham sell Harry Kane to his former club Manchester United, according to Rio Ferdinand.

The former United defender also has doubts over whether United will be able to sign long-term target Jadon Sancho.

Read what he had to say here on Goal!

Jose Mourinho, Harry Kane, Tottenham

Hakimi to sign five-year Madrid deal


Achraf Hakimi will return to Real Madrid from his loan spell at Borussia Dortmund and sign a new five-year deal at the club, claims Fabrizio Romano.

The right-back is in his second year in the Bundesliga and has left the door open to remaining in Dortmund in the past.

However, he is also believed to be keen on challenging long-term incumbent Dani Carvajal for the right-back berth at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Buffon to sign new contract aged 42


Gianluigi Buffon is ready to sign a new contract at Juventus, according to Tuttosport.

The 42-year-old wants to pen fresh terms which will see him remain in Turin until the summer of 2021.

West Brom want Benfica's Krovinovic permanently


West Brom want to sign on-loan Benfica midfielder Filip Krovinovic on a permanent deal, report the Express & Star.

The 24-year-old has played 30 times in the Championship this season and emerged as a fans' favourite in Slaven Bilic's promotion-chasing side.

However, the Baggies are believed to be biding their time to see how they are affected by the coronavirus outbreak before they look to pursue any future signings.

Man Utd in talks with Sancho 'for two months'


Coronavirus complicates negotiations with Dortmund

Manchester United have been in talks with Jadon Sancho over a potential contract for two months, according to Fabrizio Romano.

However, discussions with Borussia Dortmund over a transfer fee have been complicated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Dortmund may demand a fee above the €100 million (£92m/$108m) mark, which could prove an insurmountable barrier for United.

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‘Spurs should sell to get world-class Coutinho in’


Tottenham should be looking to move players out in the next transfer window to make room for “world-class” Philippe Coutinho, says Paul Robinson.

The ex-Spurs goalkeeper has told Football Insider: “If you get the option to sign a world-class player like Coutinho you look at the squad and you offload in other areas to allow a player of that quality into your squad.”

Read the full story on Goal!

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Pogba will cost around €100m


Juventus want to take Paul Pogba back to Turin, but Calciomercato claims his asking price remains around the €100 million (£92m/$108m) mark.

The World Cup winner continues to be heavily linked with a move away from Manchester United and the Bianconeri intend to beat Real Madrid to his signature.

Juve ready to step up Emerson chase


Juventus are ready to move on from Alex Sandro and draft in Emerson Palmieri from Chelsea, claims Tuttosport.

The Italy international left-back has been linked with a return to Serie A for some time, and the Bianconeri are ready to open their doors.

'Henderson's time at Manchester United will come'


Dean Henderson would be best placed staying at Sheffield United while David de Gea remains at Manchester United, according to former midfielder Paul Ince.

The ex-Red Devils star has told Goal: “He should be happy, he is playing football week in, week out. If he goes to Manchester United and sits on the bench like [Sergio] Romero has done for years, then it isn’t good. If he plays week in, week out then his time will come.”

Check out the full story here.

Madrid open door for Bale departure


Real Madrid remain determined to rid themselves of Gareth Bale over the summer, claims AS.

The Blancos can no longer financially justify having the Welshman on their books and are prepared to release him if needs be.

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Ighalo's Man Utd future up in the air


Odion Ighalo’s long-term Manchester United future is up in the air with his loan deal set to end on May 31.

Sources close to the player have indicated that the Nigerian would be open to making his loan deal permanent, should the club want to keep him, but the Covid-19 situation has complicated matters. 

What will happen from this point? Goal ponders that question.

Premier League clubs tracking Schalke teenager Cross


Schalke defender Bradley Cross is attracting interest from a number of Premier League clubs - according to the Daily Mail.

Scouts from England will be sent to Germany to watch the 19-year-old in action for the Bundesliga outfit's U19s once the 2019-20 campaign resumes.

Cross is currently on loan at Schalke from South African side Bidvest Wits.

Zidane wants Pogba, but he favours Juventus return – Sissoko


Paul Pogba is wanted at Real Madrid by Zinedine Zidane, says Momo Sissoko, but the Manchester United midfielder is considered to favour a return to Juventus.

Transfer talk continues to rage around a World Cup winner on the books at Old Trafford.

Injury has restricted Pogba from generating headlines with his performances on the field in 2019-20 and a lack of action has seen some suggest that long-standing interest in the Frenchman from Spanish giants is about to be shelved.

Read the full story on Goal.

Burnley expect Pope to join Chelsea


Burnley are prepared to lose number one goalkeeper Nick Pope to Chelsea this summer - according to Team Talk.

The Blues are keen on bringing in the 27-year-old England shot-stopper to replace Kepa, who has flopped since his record-breaking move to Stamford Bridge.

Burnley are ready to give Joe Hart another chance between the sticks should Pope move onto pastures new as expected.

Nick Pope Burnley

Man City interested in Madrid outcast James


Manchester City have been credited with an interest in Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez by Spanish publication Don Balon.

It has bee suggested that Pep Guardiola may be willing to send Bernardo Silva to Santiago Bernabeu in exchange for the Colombian.

James has fallen way down the pecking order at Madrid this season, and looks destined to leave the club this summer.

Bayern open extension talks with Coman


Bayern Munich have opened negotiations with Kingsley Coman over a new contract - according to Foot Mercato.

The 23-year-old's current deal at Allianz Arena is due to expire in 2023, but the German champions are eager to tie him down to fresh terms.

Coman has featured in 23 games across all competitions for Bayern this season, scoring five goals.  

Spurs open to selling Rose to Newcastle


Tottenham are willing to sanction Danny Rose's departure this summer - according to I Sport.

The 29-year-old is currently taking in a loan spell at Newcastle, who are hoping to retain his services beyond the end of the current season.

Spurs will allow Rose to join the Magpies for a realistic fee, with head coach Jose Mourinho no longer in need of the full-back.

‘Arsenal got Henry, Liverpool signed Heskey’ – Carragher highlights transfer struggles


The former Reds defender has admitted the club was left well off the pace in the transfer market before the arrival of Jurgen Klopp.

The tide has started to turn in recent years, with Klopp landing the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson, but it has taken a while for Liverpool to overcome the “genius” of former foe Arsene Wenger and the big-spending of Manchester neighbours United and City, according to Jamie Carragher.

He told Sky Sports: "I think we were spending similar to Arsenal, and the big difference between [Gerard] Houllier and Arsene Wenger, though I adore Houllier, Wenger was a genius in the transfer market.

"We signed Emile Heskey for £11 million, Wenger signed Henry for £11m. If we signed Nick Barmby for £6m, they signed Robert Pires for £6m. They also got Sol Campbell on a free at that time. They just became superstars, whereas ours became very good players."

You can read Carragher's thoughts in full on Goal!

Emile Heskey Liverpool

Haaland 'new top transfer target for Real Madrid'


The Borussia Dortmund hit man is reportedly the number one target this summer for Zinedine Zidane.

According to Marca, Erling Haaland is Real's preferred new striker, ahead of Timo Werner and Lautaro Martinez.

A combination of the 19-year-old's keen goalscoring abilities, along with his youth and relative affordability, have reportedly caught the attention of the management at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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Manchester United target Grealish 'will leave Aston Villa if they are relegated'


The highly-rated winger will move if his club go down from the Premier League, according to Paul Robinson.

The former England goalkeeper told Football Insider that Grealish, who is a target for a number of top English clubs, will be one of a number of players to leave Villa Park should they suffer the drop this season.

Robinson said: “Without a doubt. They will be in danger of getting asset-stripped if they go down. Jack Grealish, Tyrone Mings, Tom Heaton and John McGinn. They have a lot of quality and if they do go down they will lose good players.”

Jack Grealish, Aston Villa

Mane more likely to leave Liverpool than Salah, says Sissoko


Sadio Mane will complete a move to Real Madrid in the near future, according to Mohamed Sissoko, who thinks the Liverpool winger "has the characteristics" to succeed at Santiago Bernabeu.

Mane has contributed 14 goals to their cause, just two behind team-mate Salah, whom he shared the Golden Boot with last season.

Sissoko has expressed his belief that Mane will be lured from Anfield to the Bernabeu if the Blancos formalise their interest, insisting he is a better fit for Zidane's project than Salah.

You can read Sissoko's full thoughts on Goal!

Sadio Mane Real Madrid 2019-20

Arsenal weigh up move for Celtic's Edouard


Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard has emerged as a transfer target for Arsenal - according to the Mirror.

The Gunners are considering a summer bid for the 22-year-old as Mikel Arteta looks to bolster his attacking ranks at Emirates Stadium.

Edouard has hit 22 goals in 27 Scottish Premier League outings for Celtic this term.

Odsonne Edouard, Celtic

Spurs set sights on QPR ace Eze


Queens Park Rangers midfielder Eberechi Eze is the subject of interest from Tottenham - according to the Express.

Crystal Palace and Sheffield United are also eyeing the 21-year-old, but refuse to meet his current employer's £20 million ($23m) valuation.

Spurs may be prepared to swoop in and steal Eze's signature this summer, having been impressed with his performances in the Championship this season.

Napoli eager to sign Lazio frontman Immobile


Napoli have identified Lazio striker Ciro Immobile as a transfer target - according to Calcio Mercato.

A number of clubs have been linked with the prolific 30-year-old, but the Italian giants are thought to be leading the chase for his signature.

Immobile has scored 27 goals in 26 Serie A outings for Lazio in 2019-20.

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Bayern make Ter Stegen approach


Bayern Munich have made contact with Barcelona over Marc-Andre ter Stegen's availability - according to SPORT.

The German is stalling on signing a contract extension at Camp Nou, with his current deal set to expire in 2022.

Bayern are considering a change of goalkeeper due to tension between Manuel Neuer and club president Franz Beckenbauer.

Former LAFC forward signs with Korean side


Costa Rica forward Marco Urena has signed with Korean side Gwangju FC.

Urena hs 65 caps for Los Ticos, having been a part of Costa Rica's squad at the 2018 World Cup.

The striker was a key figure for the San Jose Earthquakes and Los Angeles FC in recent years but most recently featured for Costa Rican side Alajuelense.

Chelsea chase West Ham star Rice


Chelsea are hoping to re-sign Declan Rice this summer, according to Sky Sports.

The West Ham midfielder played for the Blues as a youth player, and, with four years left on his current deal, any summer move would not come cheap.

But Rice's friendship with Mason Mount could give the Blues an advantage should he decide to push for a transfer this summer.

Gressel talks adjusting to new club in wake of coronavirus


After being traded from Atlanta United to D.C. United this winter, Julian Gressel admitted he's found it hard to adapt to his new club due to the coronavirus.

MLS teams only played two matches to start the season before the coronavirus brought the league to a halt, and Gressel revealed that he's still working to develop relationships with teammates.

“I talked to some guys individually, just to kind of see where their health is at, what they do with their workouts, how their families are and all those types of things,” Gressel told “We definitely stay in touch, but we’re not supposed to meet up or do anything together. It’s just a difficult way to kind of really get those relationships to the next level.”

Barca make Martinez bid as Aubameyang interest cools


Arsenal striker now their back-up option

Barcelona have made Inter forward Lautaro Martinez their first-choice striking target with Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang now only a back-up option, according to the Star.

The Gunners have grown increasingly frustrated with what they feel are attempts by Barca to unsettle Aubameyang, who is into the final 18 months of his contract in north London.

The Spanish club are known admirers of the Gabon international but they have decided instead to step-up their interest in Martinez, having already had an initial bid of around £65 million ($75m) rejected by the Nerazzurri for the Argentine.

Lautaro Martinez Inter Atalanta Serie A

Chelsea offered Coutinho


Barcelona have offered Chelsea the chance to sign Philippe Coutinho this summer, according to the Mirror.

The Brazilian's future is increasingly uncertain with Barca keen to sell and loan club Bayern Munich unlikely to make a permanent bid for his services this summer.

As a result the Catalan club will now attempt to offload him back to the Premier League, with Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United also believed to be interested.

Boca keen on Cavani


Boca Juniors are hoping to launch an bid to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani on a free transfer this summer, according to El Pais.

The Uruguyan forward was expected to leave the French champions in January but no move materialised, meaning he will leave as a free agent at the end of the season.

That has alerted Argentine side Boca, who hope to snap up Cavani and form a dream strike partnership with Carlos Tevez.

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Man Utd to seal permanent Ighalo deal


Manchester United are ready to sign Odion Ighalo permanently after it emerged his loan from Shanghai Shenhua expires on May 31, a month earlier than most loan deals.

The Mail reports that United are ready to spend around £15 million ($17m) on Ighalo after being impressed with his performances since his January arrival.

It would also ensure the striker would remain at Old Trafford for the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign, which is almost certain to finish beyond May because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Players ready to revolt over behind closed doors plans


Players across England have voiced their concern over reports football could resume behind closed doors in order to complete the season, reports the Mirror.

Leagues are under pressure from TV companies to complete the 2019-20 campaign or risk losing millions of pounds in broadcasting contracts, with a resumption behind closed doors at the start of May proposed as a solution.

However, the players are ready to reject that idea because of the risk it poses to both their own and their families health, as well as the extra burden placed on the already stretched emergency services.