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Bartomeu insists Messi will end his career at Barcelona

2020-08-18T22:10:14Z

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has insisted that Lionel Messi will end his career at Camp Nou.

Following Barca's 8-2 humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich, rumours have been swirling that Messi wants out at Barca. 

But Bartomeu has stressed that the 33-year-old is going nowhere.

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Napoli demand €40m for Atletico target Allan

2020-08-18T21:40:12Z

Atletico Madrid are keen to sign Napoli midfielder Allan, according to AS.

Napoli manager Gennaro Gattuso has decided that the 29-year-old Brazilian is not in his plans and the club has decided to sell. 

Atletico are interested but are unwilling to meet Napoli's €40 million (£36m/$48m) asking price. The Liga side could offer Santiago Arias or Hector Herrera as a makeweight in the deal.

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Barcelona president Bartomeu opens door to Coutinho stay

2020-08-18T21:10:25Z

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has opened the door for Philippe Coutinho to play for the club next season. 

Coutinho, who is finishing a season-long loan at Bayern Munich, is expected to be sold to a Premier League side following this campaign. 

But Bartomeu has said Coutinho could stay if new head coach Ronald Koeman wants the Brazilian around.

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Norwich sign Quintilla on loan from Villarreal

2020-08-18T20:43:39Z

Arsenal to sign ex-Spurs defender Dinzeyi

2020-08-18T20:15:48Z

Arsenal will sign former Tottenham defender Jonathan Dinzeyi, according to The Athletic.

The 20-year-old was released last month after failing to make a senior appearance for Spurs.

Dinzeyi has been capped by England at the U-18 level.

'Koeman will be Barcelona coach' - Bartomeu

2020-08-18T19:45:42Z

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed that Ronald Koeman will be named the club's next head coach.

Koeman will take over for Quique Setien, who was sacked after Barca's 8-2 humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich last week.

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Watford yet to receive offers for Liverpool-linked Sarr

2020-08-18T19:15:38Z

Watford have yet to receive an official offer for in-demand winger Ismaela Sarr, reports the Guardian.

The Senegalese star has been linked to Liverpool in recent weeks, with the Reds in the market for another attacking player.

However, any move for Sarr could be a costly one as a deal could cost upwards of £40 million ($53 million).

FC Dallas add Gremio goalkeeper

2020-08-18T18:55:51Z

FC Dallas has signed Brazil U-20 goalkeeper Phelipe Megiolaro on loan from Gremio, the MLS side announced.

The goalkeeper will join through the 2020 campaign with FC Dallas having the option to buy at the end of the loan spell.

Megioloro has yet to make his senior debut for Brazil, but has been called up to the senior team on two occasions.

Premier League clubs swirl as Alaba's negotiations with Bayern near critical stage

2020-08-18T18:25:40Z

Premier League clubs are on high alert as David Alaba's negotiations with Bayern Munich are nearing a turning point, reports Sky Sports.

Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea are all said to be keen on Alaba, who will decide his future after Bayern's Champions League campaign

The defender's negotiations have not gone well, though, with Alaba and Bayern still some ways apart when it comes to contract negotiations.

Inter Miami linked with Peru's Farfan

2020-08-18T18:01:05Z

Inter Miami is in pursuit of Jefferson Farfan, reports Depor.

The Peruvian international is currently wanted by clubs in the U.S., South America and Russia after recently leaving Lokomotiv Moscow.

Miami recently made a splash by signing Blaise Matuidi from Juventus.

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Dybala's agent responds to Juventus exit reports

2020-08-18T17:35:09Z

Paulo Dybala's agent has responded to reports linking the forward with a move away from Juventus.

Dybala had previously been linked with Manchester United and Tottenham last summer, and new links have swirled following the club's shocking elimination at the hands of Lyon.

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Lyon seal €1.5m Özkaçar move

2020-08-18T17:15:14Z

Benfica interested in Joao Mario

2020-08-18T16:50:13Z

Benfica are interested in Inter midfielder Joao Mario, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Portugal international has returned to the Serie A side after spending last season on loan at Lokomotiv Moscow.

Benfica manager Jorge Jesus, who managed Joao Mario at Sporting CP, is hoping to be reunited with the 27-year-old.

Watford reject Everton bid for Doucoure

2020-08-18T16:22:50Z

Watford have rejected an opening bid from Everton for Abdoulaye Doucoure, reports the Evening Standard.

The French midfielder is in high demand after Watford's relegation and he is understood to prefer a move to the Premier League over a return to France.

Doucoure is keen to join the Toffees, but Watford are set to hold out for £25 million ($33m) for the 27-year-old.

Arsenal hopeful of £22m Gabriel deal

2020-08-18T15:57:37Z

Arsenal are hopeful of sealing a move for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes after submitting a £22 million ($29m) bid, ESPN reports. 

The Gunners are looking land the 22-year-old, who has also been subject to interest from Napoli, Manchester United and Everton.

Gabriel is set to decide his future in the next week.

Marshall to join Derby

2020-08-18T15:30:03Z

Wigan goalkeeper David Marshall is set to join Derby County, reports The Sun.

The 35-year-old was in top form for Wigan last term but was unable to prevent his side's relegation to League One. 

Derby are set to make the Scotland international their starting keeper.

Leeds looking into Batshuayi deal

2020-08-18T15:00:00Z

Chelsea striker wanted by Bielsa

Leeds are exploring the option of luring Michy Batshuayi away from Chelsea, claims the Evening Standard.

The Belgian striker has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge and could be offered a clean slate at Elland Road by Premier League new boys.

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Villa expecting to keep Luiz from City

2020-08-18T14:30:00Z

Aston Villa are confident that Manchester City will not trigger a buyback option on Douglas Luiz.

The Blues can take the midfielder back to the Etihad Stadium for £25 million ($33m), but the Express and Star claims the Brazilian is set to remain at Villa Park.

Brighton won't sell Dunk or White

2020-08-18T14:00:00Z

Brighton have no intention of parting with Lewis Dunk or Ben White, according to talkSPORT.

The Seagulls have seen two highly-rated centre-halves linked with moves elsewhere, to Chelsea and Leeds, but they intend to keep the pair at the Amex Stadium.

Garner wants move away from Man Utd

2020-08-18T13:30:00Z

James Garner is pushing for a loan move away from Manchester United.

The Manchester Evening News reports that the 19-year-old midfielder is eager to find more regular minutes away from Old Trafford.

Loan exit at Liverpool

2020-08-18T13:04:51Z

Benfica set to finalise Cavani deal

2020-08-18T12:59:56Z

Benfica are set to finalise a deal for Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani on Tuesday - according to Record.

The 33-year-old is available on a free transfer after leaving Paris Saint-Germain in June.

Cavani, who has admitted to being a great admirer of Benfica, will travel to Lisbon later this week ahead of his official unveiling.

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'Upamecano one of the most exciting defenders in the world'

2020-08-18T12:29:59Z

Per Mertesacker has described Dayot Upamecano "one of the most exciting central defenders the world has to offer" amid talk of Arsenal's interest in the RB Leipzig star.

Upamecano is currently enjoying the best season of his career to date, having played a key role in Leipzig's run to a third-place Bundesliga finish and the semi-finals of the Champions League.

His latest performance helped Julian Nagelsmann's men upset Atletico Madrid in the last eight of Europe's elite competition, as he kept the likes of Diego Costa, Marcos Llorente and Yannick Carrasco quiet during a stunning 2-1 win in Lisbon.

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Spurs snap up Hart as free agent

2020-08-18T12:20:31Z

Everton keen on Roma captain Florenzi

2020-08-18T11:59:59Z

Everton are keen on signing Roma captain Alessandro Florenzi - according to Sky Italia.

The Toffees are eager to strengthen at right-back, with the 29-year-old top of their list of targets.

Florenzi, who has also been linked with Atalanta, still has three years remaining on his current contract with Roma.

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‘Lautaro is the one to replace Aguero at Man City’

2020-08-18T10:29:53Z

Manchester City should be looking to beat Barcelona to the signing of Lautaro Martinez, says Owen Hargreaves, with the Inter striker considered to be the perfect successor to Sergio Aguero at the Etihad Stadium.

One Argentina international frontman is generating plenty of transfer talk in the current window, while another has entered the final 12 months of his contract at City and has started the countdown to a move being made in 2021 as a free agent.

Pep Guardiola is fully aware that another proven performer will be required to fill a sizeable void in Manchester.

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Koeman willing to part with Busquets & Alba

2020-08-18T10:00:00Z

Ronald Koeman is willing to part with Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba if he takes the reins at Barcelona, claims Cadena Ser.

Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez and Samuel Umtiti could also be offloaded as part of a serious refresh at Camp Nou.

Will Sancho stay at Dortmund?

2020-08-18T09:30:00Z

Chelsea will let Emerson join Inter

2020-08-18T09:00:00Z

Chelsea are prepared to part with Emerson Palmieri, according to Sky Sports.

Inter have been pursuing the Italy international left-back and will push through a deal once they have faced Sevilla in the Europa League final.

Aston Villa keen on Brewster loan

2020-08-18T08:30:00Z

Aston Villa are among a host of clubs interested in signing Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster on loan.

But the Reds will give the England Under-21 international the chance to prove his worth to Jurgen Klopp during pre-season before making a decision on his future.

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Reinier set to join Dortmund on loan

2020-08-18T07:59:34Z

Real Madrid wonderkid Reinier is set to complete a season-long loan move to Borussia Dortmund.

Goal has learned that an agreement has been reached between the two clubs which will see the 18-year-old spend the 2020-21 campaign at Westfalenstadion.

Dortmund will have the option to extend the loan by an extra year, but no purchase clause has been included in the final deal.

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Chelsea offer Batshuayi to Leeds

2020-08-18T07:29:29Z

Chelsea have offered Michy Batshuayi to newly-promoted Leeds United - according to Het Laatste Nieuws.

The Whites could secure the Belgian striker's services for a fee in excess of £20 million ($26m), as the Blues look to get him off their books permanently.

Batshuayi fell behind Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham in the squad pecking order at Chelsea in 2019-20.

Wolves chasing £23m Paulinho deal

2020-08-18T06:59:44Z

Wolves are chasing a £23 million ($30m) deal for SC Braga forward Paulinho - according to Sky Italia.

The 27-year-old could be brought in as a replacement for Raul Jimenez, who has been tipped to leave Molineux this summer.

Paulinho scored 25 goals in 48 outings for Braga across all competitions last season.

Man Utd keeping tabs on Douglas Costa

2020-08-18T06:29:35Z

Red Devils keen on Juve star

Manchester United are keeping tabs on Juventus winger Douglas Costa - according to Sky Sports.

The Red Devils could launch a formal bid for the 29-year-old if they fail to bring in primary target Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.

Costa, who scored three goals in 29 games for Juve last term, still has two years left to run on his current contract.

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Cagliari in discussions to sign Czyborra

2020-08-18T04:00:49Z

Cagliari are in talks to sign Atalanta's German left-back Lennart Czyborra.

The 21-year-old - who only joined Atalanta in January - has only made one first team appearance and is wanted by Cagliari, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

I can bring that winning mentality to Stoke City – Ex-Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi

2020-08-18T03:53:16Z

Former Chelsea midfielder Mikel John Obi has stated he can impact the winning mentality of Stoke City after joining the club on Monday.

The 33-year-old Nigerian has been a free agent since his contract with Turkish Super Lig side Trabzonspor was terminated in March which is believed to be due to speaking out against the club for going on with league fixtures in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

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De Gea backs himself to keep Manchester United No.1 spot amid calls for Henderson promotion

2020-08-18T03:47:31Z

David de Gea is backing himself to keep the No.1 shirt at Manchester United despite a string of high profile mistakes this season.

Pressure has been mounting on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop the Spaniard following errors that have ended up costing United.

After his mistakes against Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final, there have been numerous calls for Dean Henderson, who spent the last season on loan at Sheffield United, to be brought back as first choice.

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LAFC sign Traore

2020-08-18T01:56:58Z

Los Angeles FC have announced that the club has signed 18-year old defender Mohamed Traore.

Traore joins the club from Montverde Academy and has previously played for Senegal’s U-17s in 2019.

“Mohamed is an exciting, young player with a lot of potential,” LAFC EVP of Soccer Operations & General Manager John Thorrington said. “We believe getting him in our environment will help him continue to grow and develop and prepare him for success at this level.”

Henry's Impact turn down Valencia and Farfan

2020-08-17T23:55:29Z

Thierry Henry's Montreal Impact have turned down offers to sign Antonio Valencia and Jefferson Farfan, reports TVA Sports.

The two South American internationals were offered to the MLS side, who decided not to pursue either player.

The Impact aren't planning to spend big any time soon as the club looks to fine-tune the squad that is already in place. 

Koeman targets Van de Beek as first Barca signing

2020-08-17T23:12:45Z

Ronald Koeman is aiming to bring Donny van de Beek to Barcelona if he becomes head coach of the La LIga giants, according to Le 10 Sport.

Ajax star Van de Beek has been linked with Real Madrid, Manchester United and Juventus in the past, and is likely to leave the Dutch club after opting to stay for the recent season.

Socceroos midfielder Jeggo to sign in Greece

2020-08-17T23:10:09Z

Australian playmaker James Jeggo has signed with Greek club Aris FC.

The 28-year-old had been linked with clubs in England and Portugal, but the Daily Telegraph reports he has chosen to move to the Greek Super League.

Koeman agrees to be Barca coach

2020-08-17T23:05:25Z

Ronald Koeman has committed to becoming Barcelona's new boss, but the La Liga club will first need to pay compensation to the Dutch FA to release their current boss.

Sky Sports reports Barca officials are in currently in discussions with Dutch football authorities over a fee to release Koeman to Camp Nou - who has already agreed personal terms with the Catalans.

Barcelona sacked Quique Setien on Monday shortly after 8-2 drubbing suffered at the hands of Bayern in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Napoli want Sokratis but are baulking at Arsenal's demands

2020-08-17T22:27:10Z

Napoli are continuing their pursuit of Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos despite failing short of the Gunners asking price.

The Serie A side will be looking to to fill the gaps posed by likely centre-half departures Kalidou Koulibaly and Nikola Maksimovic, and are keen to bring the Greek international to the San Paolo.

However, Alfredo Pedulla reports Napoli and Arsenal are still to negotiate a fee with the Premier League club trying to sign Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes.

Abidal to stay at Barca

2020-08-17T22:20:40Z

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has decided to keep sporting director Eric Abidal at the club despite the board wanting his departure.

It was reported that Abidal was likely to be diismissed following the Catalans embarassing 8-2 defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League quarter -finals.

But according to COPE, Bartomeu wants to keep Abidal at the club because of his experience in dealing with the transfer market.