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Juventus not in running for Vidal

2019-12-23T22:30:06Z

If Arturo Vidal leaves Barcelona this January he will not be returning to Juventus, per Calcio Mercato.

The Chile international has struggled for game time since moving to Camp Nou and may be allowed to leave in January says the report.

But, though Emre Can is likely to be headed away from Turin, the Bianconeri are not interested in signing a man who has already made 171 appearances for them over a four-year spell.

Wicky to join Heitz in Chicago

2019-12-23T22:00:02Z

Chicago Fire's attempts to return to prominence in MLS will take another step if Raphael Wicky joins as manager.

Men In Red on Twitter says the former Basel manager will join fellow Swiss Georg Heitz in Illinois next year.

Wicky is currently U.S. Under-17 manager, and would work under new GM Heitz in MLS.

Timbers close to Chara capture

2019-12-23T21:30:27Z

MLS side Portland Timbers are on the verge of signing Yimmi Chara, brother of club legend Diego.

Stumptown Footy says the winger has been spotted in Portland, adding fuel to the fire that the Colombian could be on the move from Brazil.

Chara turned out for Mineiro in the last two seasons, scoring four times, and providing eight assists.

Orlando City snap up Schlegel

2019-12-23T21:15:09Z

Argentine defender Rodrigo Schlegel is swapping his native country for Orlando City, the MLS club have announced.

Schlegel was turning out for Racing Club last season and has left on an initial one year loan with a $600,000 option to buy.

 

“We are very happy to add Rodrigo to our roster for 2020," said Orlando executive Luis Muzzi of the 22-year-old.

Lyon reject Hertha bid for Tousart

2019-12-23T21:02:59Z

Ligue 1 side Lyon have knocked back an offer from Hertha Berlin for Lucas Tousart, says Get French Football News on Twitter.

 

Italian teams circle Advincula

2019-12-23T20:45:36Z

Rayo Vallecano player Luis Advincula may be offered a way out of the Segunda Division by an Italian team this January.

Gianluca Di Marzio says the Peru international is of interest to Torino and Atalanta, and wants out of Spain following Vallecano's relegation at the end of last season.

Neither Serie A side is willing to pay his €50 million (£43m/$55m) release clause though, but the Spanish side may be flexible.

Bruma a target for Fenerbahce and Toronto

2019-12-23T20:30:16Z

PSV winger Bruma is a target for Fenerbahce and Toronto FC, according to PSV Inside.

Bruma has made a relatively quiet start to life in Eindhoven, scoring five goals in 22 appearances across all competitions. He arrived at PSV after two middling seasons at RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.

While the PSV hierarchy still hope Bruma will come good in the Eredivisie, he may be given an escape route either to the Turkish Super Lig or MLS. He has previously played for Galatasaray in Turkey, scoring 15 goals in 85 appearances for Fenerbahce's Istanbul rivals.

Fiorentina announce new head coach

2019-12-23T20:15:13Z

Fiorentina have announced Giuseppe Iachini as their new head coach, following the sacking of Vincenzo Montella.

Montella lost his job on the back of a seven-match winless run in Serie A, culminating in a 4-1 defeat to Roma on Friday evening. Fiorentina are currently 15th in the table, three points above the relegation zone.

Iachini made 127 appearances for La Viola as a player between 1989 and 1994. He has previously managed Sampdoria, Palermo, Sassuolo and Udinese, among others.

De La Fuente keen to join Hertha Berlin

2019-12-23T20:00:35Z

Teenage USMNT prospect Konrad De La Fuente is keen to join Hertha Berlin from Barcelona, reports ESPN.

De La Fuente, 18, has been in talks with Barca over a new contract for several months, but negotiations have broken down. The opportunity to link up with former USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann is one factor in him wanting to join Hertha, as is the number of American youngsters – including Christian Pulisic, Josh Sargent and Weston McKennie – who have made first-team breakthroughs in the Bundesliga.

Hertha are hopeful a deal can be done in January, with De La Fuente's current contract set to expire in the summer. If he leaves at the end of his contract, Hertha will only have to pay development rights of up to £600,000.

Revolution sign Camara from Le Havre

2019-12-23T19:30:04Z

New England Revolution have announced that they have acquired defender Samba Camara from French Ligue 2 side Le Havre.

Camara, 27, has played for Le Havre since 2013 and comes with considerable experience. "We are pleased to add Samba Camara to our roster," said Revolution sporting director and head coach Bruce Arena. "He's an athletic left-footed defender who fills a void that we've had in our back line.

"He will add quality and depth to our center-back positions and we look forward to welcoming him to New England."

Philadelphia Union sign midfielder Martinez

2019-12-23T19:00:47Z

MLS side Philadelphia Union have announced the signing of Venezuelan midfielder Jose 'El Brujo' Andres Martinez from Zulia FC.

Martinez, 25, arrives for an undisclosed fee. "We're excited to welcome 'El Brujo' to the Philadelphia Union," said Ernst Tanner, Union sporting director. 

"He is an up-and-coming player whose tenacity and athleticism will bolster our midfield going forward."

Bayern and Leipzig interested in Henrichs

2019-12-23T18:30:33Z

Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig are interested in signing Benjamin Henrichs, according to Sky Sport Germany.

Henrichs, 22, played for Bayer Leverkusen until the summer of 2018, when he moved to Monaco. He is a full German international, though he hasn't made a senior appearance for Die Mannschaft since 2017.

There have not been any concrete negotiations with Bayern as of yet, while RB Leipzig have not been able to agree a transfer fee with Monaco. Henrichs is said to prefer a move to Leipzig and wants to link up with Julian Nagelsmann.

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Benkovic may be allowed to leave Leicester

2019-12-23T18:00:49Z

Celtic are closely monitoring the status of central defender Filip Benkovic at Leicester City, says the Daily Record.

The Croat was on loan at Parkhead last year, before returning to the Foxes, but has not made an appearance for Brendan Rodgers' men this season.

The former Hoops boss said Benkovic may be allowed to leave "if the right club can be found" which has caused ears to prick up in Glasgow.

Fulham and Brentford circle Clarke

2019-12-23T17:30:19Z

If Tottenham recall Jack Clarke from his loan spell at Leeds United as expected this January two London teams may offer him an immediate route back to the Championship.

Spurs signed the 18-year-old in the summer but sanctioned his return to Yorkshire for the 2019-20 season.

Clarke has only played for 19 minutes this campaign however and the north London side want him back, with The Daily Mail suggesting they may move him on to Fulham or Brentford to get him minutes.

Round joins Arteta at Arsenal

2019-12-23T17:00:21Z

Former Manchester United assistant Steve Round has joined Mikel Arteta at Arsenal, he revealed to TalkSport.

Round was an assistant to David Moyes at United, having followed the Scot there from Everton.

The ex-Aston Villa director of football coached Arteta at Goodison Park, and said it was a "privelege" to have worked with an "outstandong professional".

Pep: New contract talk is premature

2019-12-23T16:30:18Z

Pep Guardiola says he must prove to himself that he deserves a new contract at Man City before making a decision on his future at the club.

Guardiola's current deal expires at the end of the 2020-21 season, though reports – which Guardiola has denied – have claimed there is a clause which would allow him to leave at the end of the current campaign.

City have won the Premier League twice in his three full seasons at the club, but sit 11 points behind leaders Liverpool in third spot at the half-way stage of the current campaign.

Read more here!

Espanyol to move for Hulk

2019-12-23T16:00:05Z

Espanyol are looking to inject extra strike-power to their Liga relegation battle by signing Hulk, reports Sport

The former Porto, Zenit and Brazil forward is currently in China with Shanghai SIPG.

Ozil back in contention for Arsenal

2019-12-23T15:00:05Z

Mesut Ozil is “available” for Arsenal’s first game under Mikel Arteta, with the German looking to come back into contention after being informed by Freddie Ljungberg that he would not have figured against Everton even if he was fit.

The Gunners took in a final outing under an interim boss on Saturday as they were held to a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park.

Ozil missed out on a place in the matchday squad, with a knock picked up in a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City said to have kept him on the sidelines.

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Ancelotti opens Everton door for Ibrahimovic

2019-12-23T14:30:33Z

Carlo Ancelotti has left the door open for his “good friend” Zlatan Ibrahimovic to join him at Everton, with the Swedish striker available as a free agent.

Various landing spots have been mooted for the enigmatic frontman after deciding to bring an end to a spell in MLS with the LA Galaxy.

Now, Ancelotti’s arrival at Goodison Park has seen Everton added to Ibrahimovic’s list of reported suitors.

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Lemar heads Lyon's shortlist of January targets

2019-12-23T13:59:28Z

Lyon have identified Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Lemar as a primary transfer target ahead of the January transfer window - according to L'Equipe.

Lemar has yet to establish himself as a mainstay in Diego Simeone's starting XI, and Lyon are looking to capitalise on his situation by launching a bid when the market reopens.

Valencia striker Kevin Gameiro, Galatasaray's Steven Nzonzi and 32-year-old free agent Hatem Ben Arfa are also on Lyon's radar as Rudi Garcia looks to bolster his squad for the second half of the season.

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Roma set to offloan Juan Jesus

2019-12-23T13:29:40Z

Roma defender Juan Jesus is expected to leave the club in January - according to Calcio Mercato.

The 28-year-old has fallen down the pecking order since Chris Smalling's arrival at Stadio Olimpico on loan from Manchester United.

Bologna has been touted as Jesus' most likely next destination when the transfer market reopens.

Atletico reach agreement to sign Cavani

2019-12-23T12:58:37Z

Atletico have reached an agreement to sign Paris Saint Germain striker Edinson Cavani - according to Sky Sports.

The Uruguayan will be out of contract next summer and he will not be signing an extension with the French champions.

Atletico are hoping to bring the deal forward to January, but if not, Cavani will move to Wanda Metropolitano on a free transfer at the end of the season.

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Benzema outstanding, Madrid don't need a new striker - Courtois

2019-12-23T12:29:07Z

Real Madrid don't need to bring in a new striker in January, according to Thibaut Courtois, who has pointed to the number of goals Karim Benzema has already scored this season.

The Blancos added Serbian striker Luka Jovic and Belgian winger Eden Hazard to their ranks in the summer transfer window, but the former has failed to live up to expectations and the latter has struggled with persistent fitness issues.

Benzema has, therefore, continued to serve as Madrid's first-choice centre-forward, scoring 16 goals in 23 outings across all competitions.

Read the full story on Goal.

Atleti, Juve & PSG eyeing Boca keeper Andrada

2019-12-23T11:58:12Z

Boca Juniors goalkeeper Esteban Andrada has emerged as a transfer target for Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Paris Saint Germain - according to TyC Sports.

The 28-year-old has a release clause of £32 million ($25m) in his current contract, with Atletico tracking him as a potential successor for Jan Oblak.

Juve have their eye on Andrada as Gianluigi Buffon approaches retirement, while PSG sent scouts to watch the Argentine in action for Boca earlier this year.

Man Utd linked with Birmingham teenager Bellingham

2019-12-23T11:29:06Z

Birmingham City midfielder Jude Bellingham is the subject of interest from Manchester United - according to the Telegraph.

Red Devils assistant manager Mike Phelan was present to watch the 16-year-old in action against West Brom last weekend.

A number of Bundesliga clubs have also been tracking Bellingham, who has scored two goals in 19 Championship appearances for Birmingham this season.

Napoli & Roma keen on Kolasinac

2019-12-23T11:00:00Z

Serie A rivals considering Arsenal raid

Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac is a transfer target for Napoli and Roma, according to Sky Sports.

The Bosnia international is under contract with the Gunners until 2022, but could be lured to Serie A if a suitable offer is tabled.

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‘Arteta will have decided who is leaving Arsenal’

2019-12-23T10:30:00Z

Mikel Arteta will already know who he wants to move out of Arsenal, says Ian Wright, with the new Gunners boss being backed to “get rid of” the deadwood at Emirates Stadium.

Wright said on his YouTube channel: "There’s a lot of players at Arsenal that we need to get rid of."

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Do Real Madrid need another frontman?

2019-12-23T10:00:00Z

Roma closing on Kolarov extension

2019-12-23T09:30:00Z

Aleksandar Kolarov is poised to sign a contract extension at Roma, claims Calciomercato.

The former Manchester City defender will see his current deal expire next summer and will be free to speak with clubs outside of Italy from January if no fresh terms are agreed.

Dortmund won't sell Sancho in January

2019-12-23T08:59:16Z

Borussia Dortmund will not sanction Jadon Sancho's departure in January - according to Bild.

The teenage winger has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea in January, but BVB plan to keep hold of a prized asset until the summer.

Sancho has contributed nine goals and nine assists to Dortmund's Bundesliga cause in 2019-20.

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Milan slap €30m price tag on Kessie

2019-12-23T08:29:37Z

Milan have slapped a €30 million ($33m, £26m) price tag on Franck Kessie ahead of the January transfer window - according to Calcio Mercato.

Wolves are among those thought to be chasing the 23-year-old's signature, with the Rossoneri prepared to sell if their valuation is met.

Kessie has scored once in 15 Serie A appearances for Milan this season.

Man Utd & Dortmund leading race for Haaland

2019-12-23T07:46:05Z

Red Devils set to battle German giants for teenage striker

Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund are in the best position to sign Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland - according to Bild.

The 19-year-old has decided to opt for a move to Old Trafford or Westfalenstadion, rather than entertain any offers from Leipzig or Juventus.

Haaland has hit 28 goals in 22 matches across all competitions for Salzburg this season.

Schalke confirm Nubel will leave club next summer

2019-12-23T07:29:45Z

Schalke has announced that German goalkeeper Alexander Nubel will leave the club at the end of the season.

The club captain has recorded 11 clean sheets in 35 appearances but his contract expires in June, and he will not be signing an extension.

Schalke have released a statement on Nubel's future via sporting director Jochen Schneider, which reads: "I'm convinced that Alex will give everything for the club until the end of the season. From summer 2020, we will continue on our path without him."

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Vieira denies Arsenal interest

2019-12-23T04:30:32Z

Nice boss Patrick Vieira has denied holding talks with Arsenal prior to Mikel Arteta's appointment as head coach.

Arteta officially began work at Emirates Stadium on Sunday after agreeing a three-and-a-half-year deal to succeed Unai Emery last week.

Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi said he and technical director Edu spoke to 'several top-class candidates,' one of which was rumoured to be Vieira.

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Real Madrid will 'absolutely not' sign a striker - Zidane

2019-12-23T04:07:05Z

Zinedine Zidane said Real Madrid will "absolutely not" sign a striker in January following another toothless display against Athletic Bilbao.

Madrid failed to score in back-to-back games after playing out a 0-0 La Liga draw with Athletic at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

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K-League top scorer wanted in China

2019-12-23T04:00:00Z

Australian striker Adam Taggart is wanted by a number of Chinese clubs, reports OSEN News

Taggart claimed this season's K-League golden boot while playing for Suwon Bluewings. 

Second-division Chinese side Changchun Yatai are reportedly leading the race to land his signature.  

Balotelli wants to stay at Brescia

2019-12-23T03:18:12Z

Mario Balotelli has declared his intention to remain at Brescia after scoring in the club's 1-1 draw with Parma on Sunday. 

"I want to remain at Brescia, unless the president doesn’t want me anymore," Balotelli told Sky Sport Italia post-match.

“I have all the intention to stay. I am at home. I need a year that’s a little calmer." 

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French players 'too expensive' for Liverpool - Klopp

2019-12-23T02:37:48Z

There are not any France players in Liverpool's senior squad because most of them are too expensive, according to their coach Jurgen Klopp.

The European champions have not had a French international on their books since 2017, despite Les Bleus winning the 2018 World Cup and being dominant on the world stage in recent times.

With the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba all involved in club moves or rumoured transfers over the past few seasons, Klopp revealed this calibre of French player costs too much for Liverpool to buy.

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Portland circling Chara

2019-12-23T01:30:52Z

MLS club Portland are close to signing Yimmi Chara, reports El VBar.

The Colombian winger is currently contracted to Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro, where he scored nine goals across 46 appearances this season. 

The 28-year-old has 10 caps for his national team and would be a quality addition to Portland's line-up. 

Monaco eye Algerian teen Boussouf

2019-12-22T23:35:56Z

Monaco have set their sights on 18-year-old winger Ishak Talal Boussouf, France Football says.

Currently with Algerian outfit Setif, Boussouf is seen as one of his nation's brightest stars and Monaco are hoping to get to the front of the queue to sign him in January.

Barcelona ready to sell Man Utd & AC Milan target

2019-12-22T23:27:05Z

Todibo can leave Camp Nou in January

Barcelona are ready to offload Jean-Clair Todibo in January, Sport reports.

The 19-year-old defender has made just three appearances this season, but he is being tracked by the likes of Manchester United, AC Milan and Bayer Leverkusen.

Barca are prepared to sell him as long as they can include an option to buy him back in the deal.

Premier League clubs line up for Bowen

2019-12-22T23:21:04Z

Newcastle, Aston Villa, Brighton and Southampton are all monitoring Hull star Jarrod Bowen, according to reports.

Premier League clubs are lining up to sign the 23-year-old, whose contract with the Championship expires at the end of the season.

PSG eye €35m Paqueta

2019-12-22T23:18:57Z

The Brazilian is wanted in Paris

Paris Saint-Germain are eager to sign Lucas Paqueta from AC Milan, Sky Sport in Italy says.

Paqueta, 22, only joined Milan in January 2019 but has played a limited role this season.

PSG sporting director Leonardo is a big fan of the midfielder and hopes to bring his compatriot to the French capital, but Milan will only let him go if they get their €35m (£30m/$39m) investment back.

Juventus target three midfielders in January

2019-12-22T23:03:40Z

Juventus have identified Ivan Rakitic, Leandro Paredes and Sandro Tonali as their top targets for the January transfer window, Calciomercato reports.

The Serie A giants are eager to invest in their midfield and have been linked with a renewed bid for Barcelona star Rakitic.

But the Bianconeri are also considering bids for 25-year-old Paredes, who joined Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, and Brescia star Sandro Tonali.