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Bayern cast eye over Netz

2021-02-06T23:00:57Z

Hertha Berlin defender Lukas Netz has emerged as a target for Bayern Munich.

According to AZ, the 17-year-old left-back has caught the eye of Bayern coach Hansi Flick's scouting operation - and he could be brought in as cover for 

Alphonso Davies.

Aspas happy at Celta amid Real links

2021-02-06T22:30:55Z

Iago Aspas has confirmed interest in him from Real Madrid, but insists he is happy at Celta Vigo.

“It's true there have been numerous rumours and interests, but I've always been very happy at home," he told Marca.

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Jovic wanted Eintracht return in December

2021-02-06T22:00:55Z

Kevin Trapp has revealed that Luka Jovic told him he wanted to return to Eintracht Frankfurt from Real Madrid in December.

Jovic is back at the club on loan, and Trapp has revealed it was his desire.

“I was already talking to him in summer, asking his situation and how it was all going,” Trapp told Bundesliga.com. “He wasn't really happy, everybody could see that.

"At the end of December I asked him again what was going on, what the situation was and if he wanted to come back. Surprisingly he told me 'yeah, I want to come back.'”

Abd Elhamed set for Celtic exit

2021-02-06T21:30:06Z

Hatem Abd Elhamed is on the brink of leaving Celtic, manager Neil Lennon has confirmed.

The defender is set to head back to Israel after struggling to settle in Scotland.

"He's really struggled with life here," Lennon told BBC Scotland. "He's been through a really tough time of it mentally. His wife and young son are back in Israel and he really wanted to go home.

"That deal will come to fruition today or tomorrow."

Reynolds transfer brings back memories of Neymar

2021-02-06T21:00:31Z

FC Dallas director Andre Zanotta has claimed Bryan Reynolds’ “rollercoaster” transfer to Roma has conjured up memories of working with Neymar and Ronaldinho.

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Fernandinho offered City coaching role

2021-02-06T20:30:50Z

Fernandinho has been offered a role to become an assistant to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

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Rivaldo claims contract clause could convince Messi to sign fresh Barca deal

2021-02-06T20:00:20Z

Lionel Messi could be tempted into signing a new contract at Barcelona if a clause was included in his deal that guarantees a role at Camp Nou once the day comes to hang up his boots, says Rivaldo.

As things stand, a six-time Ballon d’Or winner is heading towards the free agent pool.

With no fresh terms agreed, and with one push for the exits blocked off in 2020, Messi is in the process of weighing up his options.

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Chilwell warned Chelsea spell already ‘questionable’

2021-02-06T19:30:20Z

Ben Chilwell’s position and future at Chelsea are already “questionable”, says Mario Melchiot, with a £50 million ($69m) addition by the Blues losing his place to Marcos Alonso.

The England international was taken to Stamford Bridge during the summer of 2020 by Frank Lampard.

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Elhamed set to leave Celtic

2021-02-06T19:00:04Z

Celtic defender Hatem Abd Elhamed is cutting short his unhappy spell in Scotland and returning to his native Israel. 

"He's really struggled with life here," Celtic boss Neil Lennon told BBC Scotland.

"He's been through a really tough time of it mentally. His wife and young son are back in Israel and he really wanted to go home.

"That deal will come to fruition today or tomorrow."

West Brom risk missing out on Musa

2021-02-06T18:30:55Z

West Bromwich Albion could miss their chance to sign Ahmed Musa on a free transfer, reports the Daily Mail

The Baggies are struggling to find funds to complete the deal, while Musa has also attracted attention from other Premier League clubs.

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Flick to Germany links are 'crazy' - Hoeness

2021-02-06T18:00:03Z

Uli Hoeness has poured cold water on reports Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick could take over the Germany national job in the summer.

Joachim Low is rumoured to be on his way out after the European Championship, and Flick has been put forward as a possible replacement.

“That is crazy…” Bayern chief Hoeness told Sport 1. “The German team is not the dream.

“I would rather stay at Bayern.”

Pique: I will retire at Barcelona

2021-02-06T17:30:52Z

Gerard Pique has ruled out leaving Barcelona by insisting he will retire at Camp Nou.

“I don't see myself on another team,” Pique told Ibai Llanos. “I wouldn't have the motivation.”

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Jesus spies future move to Palmeiras

2021-02-06T17:00:15Z

Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus is already planning for life after the Citizens, and feels he will write another chapter at Palmeiras.

The 23-year-old joined City from Palmeiras in 2017, but has his eyes trained on a return at some stage.

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Koeman hopeful of Messi stay

2021-02-06T16:30:40Z

Ronald Koeman is hopeful Lionel Messi will spend many more years at Barcelona.

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Boateng on Tuchel’s radar at Chelsea

2021-02-06T16:00:00Z

Jerome Boateng is the latest experienced centre-half to be linked with Chelsea.

Bild report that the Bayern Munich defender is wanted by fellow countryman Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge, with a German tactician in the market for reinforcements at the back.

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Man Utd lead the race for Milenkovic

2021-02-06T15:40:00Z

Manchester United are leading Juventus and Inter Milan in the face for Nikola Milenkovic, reports La Repubblica.

The Fiorentina defender is being viewed by leading sides in England and Italy as an alternative to in-demand RB Leipzig centre-half Dayot Upamecano.

Neville wants Shawcross in Miami

2021-02-06T15:20:00Z

Phil Neville wants to make one-cap England international Ryan Shawcross his first signing as Inter Miami manager, claims TEAMtalk.

Former Manchester United academy graduate Shawcross is on the books at Stoke, but has played a bit-part role for the Potters this season.

Real Madrid monitoring Mir

2021-02-06T15:00:00Z

Real Madrid are monitoring Huesca striker Rafa Mir, according to Defensa Central.

The 23-year-old struggled in England at Wolves and Nottingham Forest but is seen by the Blancos as a cut-price attacking option after netting nine goals this season.

Umtiti rejected Liverpool move

2021-02-06T14:30:00Z

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti rejected a January move to Liverpool, claims The Athletic.

Jurgen Klopp was in need of new centre-halves during the last window, but a World Cup winner at Camp Nou passed up the chance to head for Anfield.

Should Lingard stay at West Ham?

2021-02-06T14:00:00Z

Robben considering second retirement

2021-02-06T13:30:34Z

Arjen Robben is considering retiring for the second time as injuries continue to prevent his return to the pitch with Groningen.

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Solskjaer explains Lingard loan decision

2021-02-06T13:00:26Z

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained his decision to send Jesse Lingard out on loan after he scored twice on his debut for West Ham.

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Solskjaer admits pandemic affects transfer plans

2021-02-06T12:30:58Z

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits Manchester United's transfer plans could be affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

“I still think we’re doing the same planning, preparation but of course the pandemic has changed the market and it’s changed the world and it might affect what we can do,” Solskjaer told reporters.

“We just have to see where we’re at in the next few months of course but we’re looking at players and targets as we normally would do."

Todibo explains Benfica & Schalke struggles

2021-02-06T11:30:56Z

Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo has given his take on why he failed to impress on loan at Benfica and Schalke.

"I had a difficult time at Benfica," he told reporters. "The coach already had his group, and then I got injured twice.

"At Schalke I got everything I needed. I learned a lot, but I lacked humility."

Foden: I can't see myself at another club

2021-02-06T11:00:15Z

Phil Foden says he struggles to imagine himself playing for any club other than Manchester City.

“I can only see myself playing for Manchester City, considering how much I’ve supported them from a young age,” Foden told BBC Sport.

“It always helps when you play for a club you support.”

Juventus still want Zaniolo

2021-02-06T10:30:45Z

Juventus are still interested in signing Nicolo Zaniolo and could move if Roma don't qualify for the Champions League, reports the Gazzetta dello Sport.

The 21-year-old has not played at all this season due to a cruciate ligament injury but is still anticipated as a future star of Italian football.

Chelsea reignite Sancho interest (Sport1)

2021-02-06T10:00:14Z

Dortmund expect winger to leave

Chelsea are ready to reignite their interest in Jadon Sancho, according to Sport1.

It is claimed Borussia Dortmund expect the England winger to leave at the end of the season and Chelsea are 'very interested' in signing him.

Manchester United are also said to still be in the running for his signature.

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Madrid waiting on PSG for Mbappe move

2021-02-06T09:30:52Z

Real Madrid will bide their time and wait for PSG to put Kylian Mbappe on the market before making a move, Marca reports.

Mbappe has a contract offer on the table but if he does not sign it, PSG could look to sell rather than risk losing him for free.

Liverpool tracking Leeds winger Raphinha

2021-02-06T09:00:13Z

Liverpool are keeping tabs on Leeds winger Raphinha, according to Football Insider.

Raphinha has scored four goals in the Premier League this season and has reportedly hugely impressed the recruitment department at Anfield.

Pique: I will never leave Barcelona

2021-02-06T08:30:23Z

Gerard Pique says he will retire at Barcelona as he can't see himself ever playing for another club.

"I will retire at Barca," he told Ibai Llanos. "I've always said that. I play football because I'm representing Barca. I don't see myself on another team. I wouldn't have the motivation, it would be a drama." 

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Wilder unhappy with lack of transfers

2021-02-06T08:00:56Z

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder was unhappy with the club's board after he wasn't able to make any signings in the January window.

"I put my recommendation to the board regarding strengthening in January with a couple of deals that I believe would have helped us," Wilder told reporters.

"As much as I respect other people's opinion I think people should respect mine, which was to bring a couple of players in.

"But the owner makes the decisions at a football club and he has to carry that burden and responsibility to do the best for the football club and I respect the decisions made. It's football, there are disappointments all along."

Arteta explains Willock & Maitland-Niles exits

2021-02-06T07:30:43Z

Mikel Arteta has explained the thinkng behind Arsenal's decision to send Joe Willock and Ainsley Maitland-Niles out on loan.

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Leicester open contract talks with Tielemans

2021-02-06T04:45:56Z

How Roma won 'bidding war' with Juventus for Reynolds

2021-02-06T03:40:27Z

Despite it initially looking like Juventus won the race to sign Bryan Reynolds, it was Roma that ultimately came out victorious in the battle to sign the American star.

Reynolds cited his development as a reason for his move to Roma, who will give him a realistic chance at first-team minutes this season.

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Former Montreal midfielder Piatti eyeing MLS return

2021-02-06T02:45:48Z

Former Montreal Impact midfielder Ignacio Piatti could return to MLS, reports The Athletic.

Piatti was a star for the club, now called CF Montreal, before departing for San Lorenzo.

The Argentine was with the Canadian side from 2014 to 2019 and was a three-time MLS All-Star.

Arteta expects summer decision on Maitland-Niles & Willock

2021-02-06T01:40:20Z

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has said decisions on the futures of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Joe Willock will be made in the summer after the two youngsters went out on loan in January.

Maitland-Niles moved to West Brom while Willock will spend the rest of the season at Newcastle, but their futures at Arsenal remain up in the air.

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Sampaoli linked with Marseille gig

2021-02-06T00:45:26Z

Former Argentina and Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli could take over as manager at Marseille, reports Le10Sport.

Marseille parted ways with Andre Villas-Boas this week after a transfer dispute between club and manager turned ugly.

And now the French side could turn to Sampaoli, who is currently in charge of Atletico Mineiro.

City expect Premier League title to pave way to Haaland deal (Daily Star)

2021-02-05T23:26:01Z

Guardiola sets his sights on Haaland

Manchester City believe that a Premier League triumph this season would convince Erling Haaland to join the club.

According to the Daily Star, Pep Guardiola has made the Dortmund star his top choice to replace Sergio Aguero and the club is ready to sanction a move.

City are hoping to bring Haaland to England as soon as this summer, and they believe winning the title will be the clincher when it comes to the potential transfer. 

Chelsea look to hijack Alaba deal

2021-02-05T23:17:09Z

Chelsea are looking to hijack Real Madrid's deal for David Alaba, reports The Guardian.

Alaba is set to leave Bayern Munich this summer as a free agent, with Real Madrid widely expected to sign the Austrian star.

But new Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is an admirer of the defender, and has set his sights on Alaba as a key piece of a back line overhaul.

'Dias has brought a winning mentality like Van Dijk at Liverpool'

2021-02-05T23:10:10Z

Former Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott says that Ruben Dias' signing has been a game-changer for Manchester City, just like the Virgil van Dijk signing at Liverpool.

Dias joined City from Benfica in September, and the club has since won 20 of their 27 matches, keeping 16 clean sheets while conceding just nine times.

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Several clubs backed out of deal due to Maitland-Niles agent fees

2021-02-05T23:05:44Z

Leicester, Newcastle and Southampton all backed out of potential deals for Ainsley Maitland-Niles due to agent fees, reports the Daily Mail.

The Arsenal youngster made the move to West Brom on deadline day as he departed the Emirates on loan in search of first-team minutes.

West Brom were willing to pay the fees required to bring in Maitland-Niles as the club looks to push out of potential relegation.

Pogba 'happy' at Man Utd as Solskjaer responds to transfer talk

2021-02-05T23:01:58Z

Ole Gunnar Solskajer insists Paul Pogba is "happy" at Manchester United as the midfielder's future remains uncertain.

Pogba's contract is set to expire in 2022 and, after the Frenchman's brother stated he believes Man Utd should sell this summer, Solskjaer insisted that he thinks his star is happy at Old Trafford.

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