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Man City want Skriniar


Manchester City want to sign Inter defender Milan Skriniar in January having failed to sign him in the summer, reports Calciomercato.

The injury to centre-back Aymeric Laporte has City aiming to reinforce their back line for the Champions League knockout stages. 

Inter resisted attempts from City this summer but must be ready to battle again this winter.

Messi exit clause confirmed by Bartomeu


Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed that Lionel Messi is free to leave Camp Nou for nothing at the end of the season if the Argentine wizard wishes. 

Spanish daily  El Pais  caused a stir this week by revealing a clause in Messi's contract which gives him the option to rescind his deal in Catalunya with no cost from June 2020 onwards. 

But Bartomeu moved to calm concerns by explaining it was a common courtesy that the club extends to its playing legends. 

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Barca did 'everything possible' to sign Neymar - Bartomeu


Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says the La Liga champions won’t be making a renewed move for Neymar in the January transfer window, despite doing "everything possible" to sign him.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward was a target for Barca throughout the summer but, despite weeks of speculation, didn’t get his desired move.

The Barca president discussed the club's offers and rubbished reports the dressing room was influential in the attempted move.

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Atalanta nears Betolacci deal


Former Milan striker Andrea Bertolacci is nearing a deal with Atalanta, reports

The presence of his former coach, Gian Piero Gasperini, and Atalanta's qualification for the Champions League has piqued Bertolacci's interest.

The 28-year-old, who is available on free transfer after departing Milan, could fill in as a backup striker or in the midfield. 

Olsen rejected Montpellier and Dinamo Moscow


Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen says he had no choice but to leave Roma this summer, but is happy to now be at Cagliari.

The 29-year-old told Sportbladet he had offers from Montpellier and Dinamo Moscow, but opted in the end to remain in Serie A.

"Now, I'm looking forward," he said. "I've arrived in a new team and I already started from the first minute, which is great."

Waasland-Beveren sign Japan international Kobayashi


Belgian club Waasland-Beveren have signed 27-year-old Japanese midfielder Yuki Kobayashi on a free transfer following his release from Eredivisie side Heerenveen.

Ranieri set for managerial return


Claudio Ranieri could return to management as one of the names on the shortlist for the vacant Guinea job, report France Football.

The 67-year-old is currently without a job after a short-lived spell at Serie A side Roma last season. He was replaced in the Italian capital by Paulo Fonseca.

Guinea have been looking for a new manager since sacking the Belgian Paul Put following their Africa Cup of Nations exit to eventual champions Algeria in the round of 16 this summer.

Southend confirm Bond exit


League One side Southend United have confirmed manager Kevin Bond has resigned after a meeting with chairman Ron Martin. Southend are currently 22nd in the third tier.

Wright-Phillips Jr. signs Man City contract


D'Margio Wright-Phillips, son of former Manchester City winger Shaun, has signed his first professional contract with the club.

The 17-year-old is also a winger, and impressed with four goals and 11 assists for the club's under-18s last year.

"Happy to sign my pro contract and a lot of hard work to come," he wrote on Instagram.

Juventus eye Spurs duo


Juventus are weighing up whether to targeted Tottenham starts Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen on free transfer, reports the Daily Mail.

Both players can sign pre-contracts in January and Juve have made a habit of signing players on free, including Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot and Emre Can in recent years.

However, Inter also have an interest in Alderweireld, while Real Madrid and Manchester United may make a play for Eriksen. 

Pogba in Man Utd extension talks


Paul Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola is in talks with Manchester United over a contract extension with the Premier League club, reports

It comes after a summer where Pogba was linked heavily with an exit to Real Madrid, but the La Liga giants could not meet United's valuation of the midfielder.

Pogba could be in line for a salary at €21 million (£18.9m/$23.2m) per season, a bump up from the €17m he currently receives. 

Sheffield Wednesday appoint Monk


Sheffield Wednesday have announced Garry Monk as their new manager, replacing Steve Bruce.

Lee Bullen had been acting as caretaker manager for the Championship club's first games of the season.

Former Swansea manager Monk has also led Leeds United, Middlesbrough, and Birmingham City

Smalling could make permanent Roma move


Chris Smalling can foresee a long-term future for himself in Serie A if his loan at Roma from Manchester United goes to plan.

The 29-year-old defender swapped Old Trafford for Stadio Olimpico in search of playing time after falling out of the first-team picture at United.

And he now says that, should his loan be a success, he would be interested in remaining with Paulo Fonseca's side.

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Wanda Nara: Inter will always be Icardi's priority


Mauro Icardi's agent and wife Wanda Nara has insisted that Inter will always be the player's priority and that he's keen to return to the club.

The Argentine striker was moved on to Paris Saint-Germain in a loan deal in the summer after Antonio Conte's side decided they wanted him out.

But Wanda Nara claims Icardi "will come back", suggesting that the many "misunderstandings" between club and player will be ironed out.

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Man Utd's De Gea replacement could be home-grown


Manchester United could have a home-grown successor to David de Gea when the time comes to find a new goalkeeper, former Red Devils coach Eric Steele has suggested.

The Spaniard is yet to have signed a new contract with the club amid fears he could leave on a free transfer when his current deal ends in 2020.

But, when the time comes to find a successor for the 28-year-old - next summer or later down the line - Steele has suggested there are far more high-quality goalkeepers in England to pick from now.

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Marchisio snubs Rangers switch


Claudio Marchisio has turned down the chance to link up with Rangers, claims Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Juventus legend is a free agent after leaving Zenit St Petersburg, but will not be joining Steven Gerrard's squad at Ibrox.

No transfer strop from Neymar


Man City snubbed offer of Coutinho


Guardiola passed up chance to sign Brazilian

Barcelona offered Philippe Coutinho to Manchester City over the summer, according to Marca.

The Brazilian was looking for a way out of Camp Nou and ended up heading to Bayern Munich after Pep Guardiola passed up the opportunity to make a move.

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Atletico give 16-year-old €36m release clause


Atletico Madrid have handed highly-rated 16-year-old goalkeeper Alejandro Iturbe a €36 million (£32m/$40m) release clause, reports Marca.

A number of Premier League clubs are said to be monitoring the youngster, but he is now tied to terms through to 2024.

Inter plotting January move for Gotze


Inter are looking to bring even more attacking firepower into their squad, reports Gazzetta dello Sport.

Borussia Dortmund star Mario Gotze is the latest target for the Serie A outfit, with a move for the World Cup winner being lined up for January.

Ronaldo & Mourinho wanted back in Spain


Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho are wanted back in Spanish football by La Liga president Javier Tebas, with both men boasting strong ties to Real Madrid from the recent past.

He has told Canal 11: "I would like to have Cristiano Ronaldo back and for Jose Mourinho to be coaching a Spanish team."

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Icardi's PSG move 'the worst option' for Wanda Nara


Mauro Icardi's wife and agent Wanda Nara claims the striker's loan move to Paris Saint-Germain was an 'ace up her sleeve', but admits that a switch to France was her least favoured option.

"Of the three options we had, PSG was the worst for me," Nara told Argentine show Morfi Telefe.

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AVB reveals details of PSG snub


Marseille coach Andre Villas-Boas has revealed the details behind snubbing an approach from Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi in 2013.

Then manager of Tottenham, the Portuguese trainer asked the PSG supremo to 'leave him alone'.

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Bielik reveals failed Milan move


Former Arsenal youngster Krystian Bielik, now on the books at Derby County, has revealed that he had an offer to join AC Milan before the Under-21 European Championship in Italy earlier this year.

Bielik has three goals in six appearances for Poland's U21 side and had hoped a strong showing at the summer tournament would give him options as he realised he would not be part of Unai Emery's plans in London.

“I was hoping that Unai Emery could give me a more concrete chance, but then it became clear that I was not part of his plans,” the 21-year-old told Sportowe Fakty.

“At the European Championship I wanted to show off to attract the attention of other clubs and I tried to do well. Before the tournament, Milan's offer appeared, but in the end nothing came of it.”

Can could swap with Rakitic in January


Juventus midfielder Emre Can could trade places with Ivan Rakitic at Barcelona in January, Tuttosport claims.

The report suggests a deal was almost done between the clubs in the summer window but that Barca changed their mind in the final days and wanted Federico Bernardeschi instead.

With talks already having taken place, however, and Emre Can now out of Juve's Champions League squad, it is said that the midfielders could make moves in the winter window.

Rojo ready to push for January move


Marcos Rojo is ready to push for a January move away from Manchester United if required, with a mooted summer switch to Everton having failed to materialise.

He has since fallen back behind the likes of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof, and is aware that he needs to find regular football in order to cement a standing back in the plans of national team coach Lionel Scaloni.

Read Rojo's full quotes on Goal.


Tahith Chong has suggested that his long-term future will lie at Manchester United, with a new contract at Old Trafford being discussed.

The 19-year-old winger is held in high regard by the Red Devils and has long been tipped to become an established star in the senior side.

Read the starlet's full quotes on Goal.

‘Messi has earned the right to walk away from Barcelona’


Lionel Messi has “earned the right” to break his Barcelona contract if he so wishes, says Gerard Pique, but nobody at Camp Nou is overly concerned about such a decision being taken.

The Barca defender told Cadena Ser: "We all know the commitment Leo has to Barca and it doesn't worry me at all."

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Ceballos stay at Arsenal considered unlikely


It is unlikely at this stage, claims, that Arsenal will be able to turn Dani Ceballos' loan move from Real Madrid into a permanent deal.

There is no purchase option in a current season-long agreement, with the Gunners needing Zinedine Zidane to remain with the Blancos in order to strengthen their hand.

Lacazette to weigh up future options


Arsenal star aware of Barcelona interest

Alexandre Lacazette will see what options are out there for him before entering into contract talks with Arsenal, claims

The France international striker still has three years left on his current deal, but the Gunners are keen to discuss fresh terms amid talk of interest from the likes of Barcelona.

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Bale's future in Madrid?


Maradona: I will give my heart and soul to Gimnasia


Diego Maradona says he will give his heart and soul to Gimnasia as he takes over as the club's manager.

The Argentina legend stepped down from Dorados earlier this season due to health concerns, but the former Napoli forward is back managing as Gimnasia look to turn around their league campaign.

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Former FC Basel executive Heusler linked with Stuttgart job


Bernhard Heusler has emerged as a leading candidate to become Stuttgart's new chairman, according to BILD.

Former Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann has turned down the role with Huesler, ex-president of FC Basel, now being eyed for the job. 

Stuttgart were relegated from the Bundesliga last season after a play-off loss to Union Berlin and currently sit second of the German second-division. 

Mkhitaryan in dark on Arsenal future


Henrikh Mkhitaryan says he is unsure if he will return Arsenal after joining Serie A side Roma on loan.

The Armenian star insists he is not focused on his future, but rather making an impact with Roma this campaign.

Read what Mkhitaryan had to say on Goal!

Nashville lands Costa Rica's Leal


The MLS roster for Nashville continues to take shape, with the club landing Costa Rican international Randall Leal. 

ESPN reports that the 22-year-old is set to join the expansion side as a young designated player. 

PSG were the ace up my sleeve for Icardi - Wanda Nara


Mauro Icardi's wife and agent Wanda Nara claims the striker's loan move to Paris Saint-Germain was an "ace up her sleeve".

Icardi secured a season-long switch to PSG from Inter on deadline day following much speculation over his future since he had been stripped of the captaincy at San Siro in January and then excluded from training with the rest of the squad this season.

"If I waited until the last moment, it's because I had an ace up my sleeve," Nara told Argentine show Morfi Telefe. "Nobody knew, not even the kids. Mauro packed a small suitcase and left the rest to me.​"

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Giroud open to MLS move


Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud says he is interested in moving to United States in the future.

The 32-year-old has started just one of his side's four Premier League games so far and was left on the bench for the 2-2 draw against Sheffield United.

Although he says he is in no hurry to move, he is considering a switch to MLS in the next couple of years.

"MLS, for my family, my children who speak English, it's interesting," he told RMC Sport. "In a year? In two years? I do not know when, but of course after that I will be open to a final challenge."

PSG expect Real Madrid bid for Mbappe next year


French club warned Barcelona of rivals' in star forward

Paris Saint-Germain have told Barcelona that they expect Real Madrid to make a bid for Kylian Mbappe next summer, according to Sport

Barcelona and Madrid both held talks with PSG over the summer as they failed in their attempts to sign Neymar. During talks with the Catalan club, however, PSG made them aware that Madrid are hoping to land Mbappe, too.

Coach Zinedine Zidane has made Mbappe his top priority ahead of his PSG team-mate Neymar and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

Spurs can sign Dybala in January


Juventus will try to offload attacker in next window

Tottenham may have a better chance of signing Paulo Dybala from Juventus in January, Daily Star reports.

The Premier League side came close to landing the Argentine in the last transfer window but the deal fell through.

Juventus could try to offload the 25-year-old again in January and with Mauricio Pochettino a known admirer of his, the London club will have a good chance of landing him this time around.

Atletico Madrid join Eriksen battle


Spanish side hope to land midfielder in January

Atletico Madrid are the latest club to show interest in Tottenham star Christian Eriksen, The Express says.

The Denmark international's contract expires at the end of the season and the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Inter have been linked with him.

But Atletico could enter the picture with a bid in January as the list of teams chasing him keeps growing.