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Juanfran leaves Sao Paulo

2021-02-25T23:00:00Z

Juanfran's two year stay at Sao Paulo has come to an end - according to ESPN.

The 36-year-old dropped into the free agency pool when his contract with the Brazilian club expired on Thursday.

The former Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid defender made 56 appearances for Sao Paulo in total.

Lazio unwilling to sell Immobile

2021-02-25T22:30:00Z

Lazio are unwilling to sell star striker Ciro Immobile - according to Calcio Mercato.

It has been rumoured that the 31-year-old could leave Stadio Olimpico this summer, but the Serie A giants have no plans to sanction his departure.

Immobile, who is tied to Lazio until 2025, has scored 14 goals in 21 Serie A outings for the club this season.

Napoli & Monaco vying for Valencia winger Guedes

2021-02-25T22:00:00Z

Napoli and Monaco are vying for the signature of Valencia winger Goncalo Guedes - according to Calcio Mercato.

Both clubs are planning to launch summer bids for the 24-year-old, whose current contract at Mestalla is due to run until 2024.

Guedes, who has also been linked with West Ham, has scored once in 18 La Liga matches for Valencia this term.

Bennacer in line for new Milan deal

2021-02-25T21:30:00Z

Ismael Bennacer is in line for a new contract at Milan - according to Calcio Mercato.

The Rossoneri are worried about losing the 23-year-old this summer due to the €50 million (£43m/$61m) release clause included in his current deal.

Milan officials will try to tie Bennacer down to fresh terms to get rid of that clause, having seen him become a key member of Stefano Pioli's squad.

Atletico target Tottenham star Lo Celso

2021-02-25T21:00:00Z

Atletico Madrid have identified Tottenham star Giovani Lo Celso as a transfer target - according to Todofichajes.

Diego Simeone is eager to lure a fellow Argentine to Wanda Metropolitano when the transfer window reopens.

Lo Celso is eager to return to Spain this summer, having joined Tottenham from Real Betis in 2019.

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Leeds interested in Torino's Nkoulou

2021-02-25T20:30:00Z

Torino defender Nicolas Nkoulou is the subject of interest from Leeds United - according to Calcio Mercato.

The Whites could look to bring in the 30-year-old on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of June.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa coached Nkoulou at Marseille earlier in his career, and is thought to be keen on a reunion at Elland Road.

Ancelotti wants to manage Everton into new stadium

2021-02-25T20:00:52Z

Carlo Ancelotti says he wants to still be manager of Everton when they move into their new stadium - which is planned for 2024.

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PSG chief throws doubt on permanent Kean move

2021-02-25T19:30:37Z

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo says a permanent deal for Moise Kean will be "very complicated" to arrange, despite the Everton loanee's impressive start to life in the French capital.

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Lingard set for summer tug-of-war

2021-02-25T19:00:24Z

West Ham face a battle to sign Jesse Lingard on a permanent deal in the summer, according to ESPN.

Leicester are said to have an interest in him, while Manchester United may look to free up space in their own squad for him by allowing Juan Mata to leave.

'It hurts a lot that Messi can leave Barcelona'

2021-02-25T18:00:00Z

The fact that Lionel Messi could end his career-long association with Barcelona “hurts a lot”, says Rafael Marquez, with the former Blaugrana star still hoping to see a new contract thrashed out.

As things stand, a six-time Ballon d’Or winner will drop into the free agent pool when his current deal expires in the summer.

La Liga giants have not given up hope on extending that agreement, but questions continue to be asked of Messi’s future as the 33-year-old mulls over his options at an important career crossroads.

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Tuchel admits to contract 'trust' question at Chelsea

2021-02-25T17:00:00Z

Thomas Tuchel admits to having had “trust” concerns when presented with an 18-month contract by Chelsea, but the German quickly made peace with that offering and intends to earn an extended stay at Stamford Bridge.

Roman Abramovich turned to the former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain boss for inspiration after taking the decision to part with club legend Frank Lampard.

Tuchel has only agreed a deal through to the summer of 2022, with the 47-year-old initially concerned by the short-term vision on show there before accepting that anything can happen in an era of limited patience.

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Man City plotting double swoop for Haaland & Reyna

2021-02-25T16:00:00Z

Blues keen on Dortmund duo

Manchester City are plotting a double raid on Borussia Dortmund for Erling Haaland and Gio Reyna, claims 90min.

The Blues are prepared to invest well over £100 million ($142m) in prising a prolific Norwegian striker and promising American midfielder away from Bundesliga giants and onto books at the Etihad Stadium.

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New deal at Dortmund

2021-02-25T15:50:52Z

West Brom set to release Grosicki

2021-02-25T15:30:00Z

Kamil Grosicki is in talks to have his contract at West Brom ended early, reports the Express and Star.

The Poland international winger has struggled for regular game time of late and came close to linking up with Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2020.

Van Aanholt wanted by Champions League club

2021-02-25T15:00:00Z

Crystal Palace full-back Patrick van Aanholt is wanted by a club in the Champions League, claims Football Insider.

The 30-year-old will be out of contract in the summer and is being lined up by a side competing among the European elite.

Man Utd set to welcome Lingard back

2021-02-25T14:30:00Z

Manchester United are prepared to welcome Jesse Lingard back onto their books when his West Ham loan spell comes to an end, reports ESPN.

The Red Devils have seen the England international shine for the Hammers and will look to make room for him within their ranks by allowing Juan Mata to leave.

Mick McCarthy on Celtic shortlist

2021-02-25T14:00:22Z

Celtic are considering offering Mick McCarthy the job at Parkhead following Neil Lennon's resignation on Tuesday, Football Insider reports.

The Cardiff City boss has led his side into the play-off places following his appointment in January and the Scottish Premiership side wouldn't have to pay a compensation fee if they appointed McCarthy in the summer.

PSG may move for Wijnaldum

2021-02-25T13:30:55Z

Paris Saint-Germain could be tempted to make a move for Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum on a free transfer, Le Parisien reports.

The Ligue 1 leaders are apparently trying to sign David Alaba from Bayern Munich, although the report suggests that they may also look at other players who are approaching the end of their contracts.

That includes the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay, although Wijnaldum, whose deal with Liverpool expires in the summer, is suggested as the priority target.

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Tielemans hints at long Leicester stay

2021-02-25T13:00:13Z

Youri Tielemans has hinted that his long-term future will lie at Leicester City despite sparking talk of interest from outside of the King Power Stadium.

The Belgium international said when asked if he sees himself staying with the Foxes: "Yes, why not?

"This is a club where you have the best environment you can have, especially with this new training ground. The people around you just want the best for you.

"It’s brilliant to be here. I really like it here. We’ll see what’s coming in the future.

"But I think the environment is just perfect to win trophies here. You can’t predict the future but I think everything around the club and inside the club is made for it."

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Leonardo provides Mbappe contract update

2021-02-25T12:30:27Z

Paris Saint-Germain are hoping to get a “decision” from Kylian Mbappe on a proposed contract extension at some stage in the near future, with Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Juan Bernat also being lined up for fresh terms.

Quizzed on the discussions by France Bleu, PSG’s sporting director Leonardo has said: "On Kylian Mbappe's contract, we've been talking for a long time.

"Before, it was mainly to be clear about our position and what we want. There, I think we are getting to the point where we must take a position and a decision. We have a good open dialogue.

"Neymar, it is on the right track, but in the end he decides when to sign and it is not yet the case. We are on the same page, I think, same for Di Maria and Bernat.

"These are the four issues we are discussing. The idea is to get there as quickly as possible, because on our side, we have the intention to renew all four."

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Benfica legend Gomes hopes for Luiz return

2021-02-25T12:00:51Z

Benfica legend Nuno Gomes wants to see David Luiz return to the club before he retires.

In an exclusive interview with Goal ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League clash with the Portuguese side, Gomes revealed that he "would love" Luiz to head back to the club in the future.

Indeed, the Brazilian centre-back's contract expires with the Gunners in the summer, with it looking increasingly likely he'll leave.

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Douglas Costa wants Serie A return

2021-02-25T11:30:07Z

Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa is keen to return to Italy having struggled for regular game time under Hansi Flick.

The Brazilian, who is on loan from Juventus until the end of the season, told Italian journalist Pierluigi Pardo: "I would like to return to Italy, a country that I appreciate very much.

"Let's see what happens. I still have a contract with Juve."

Liverpool to rekindle Bremer interest

2021-02-25T11:00:00Z

Liverpool were linked with Torino defender Gleison Bremer in January and are, according to Tuttosport, ready to rekindle that interest.

The Reds did bolster their defensive ranks over the winter, but remain in the market for long-term solutions to the injury issues that have been endured at Anfield this season.

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Liverpool lead Milan in race for Renato

2021-02-25T10:30:00Z

Liverpool are heading the queue for Renato Sanches, according to Calciomercato.

The Portugal international midfielder struggled at Bayern Munich, and during a loan spell at Swansea, but has been reborn at Lille and is now attracting interest from Anfield and AC Milan.

Man Utd reluctant to pay £68m for Kounde

2021-02-25T10:00:00Z

Manchester United have been put off Jules Kounde by Sevilla's £68 million ($96m) asking price, reports the Daily Mail.

The Red Devils are in the market for another centre-half, but are reluctant to invest that heavily in a 22-year-old who has previously been linked with Manchester City.

Arsenal want Firpo in Bellerin swap

2021-02-25T09:30:00Z

Arsenal are, according to football.london, looking to take Junior Firpo in a swap deal with Barcelona that will see Hector Bellerin head in the opposite direction.

The Gunners are prepared to let a former La Masia return to his roots, but want to ensure that they are not left short on options at right-back.

Benitez not keen on Napoli job

2021-02-25T08:30:00Z

Gennaro Gattuso remains on the brink at Napoli, with club owner Aurelio De Laurentiis said to be ready to offer Rafa Benitez his job in the event that the club are knocked out of the Europa League by Granada.

Gazzetta dello Sport, however, claim that Benitez is far from keen on taking on a salvage job and the club may have to look elsewhere.

No retirement for Defoe

2021-02-25T08:00:30Z

Jermain Defoe is likely to leave Rangers at the end of the season but does not want to call time on his playing career, Football Insider claims.

It is said that the 38-year-old striker would have to take a significant pay cut to remain at Ibrox but could be tempted to stay in a part-coaching role.

Wagner interested in Celtic job

2021-02-25T07:32:05Z

Former Huddersfield and Schalke manager David Wagner is interested in replacing Neil Lennon in the Celtic dugout, Football Insider reports.

Wagner has been out of work since being sacked by Schalke in September of last year and is keen to return to the dugout as soon as possible.

Guardiola on Man City success: We have a lot of money to buy incredible players

2021-02-25T04:45:49Z

Pep Guardiola sarcastically stated that Manchester CIty's success is solely down to money and star players after the club won its 19th consecutive match on Wednesday.

Manchester City topped Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday, moving one step closer to a return to the Champions League quarter-finals.

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Former USMNT boss Sarachan takes charge of Puerto Rico

2021-02-25T03:00:16Z

Former U.S. men's national team interim coach Dave Sarachan has taken charge of Puerto Rico's national team, the federation announced on Wednesday.

Sarachan will lead Puerto Rico into World Cup qualifiers, which begin next month.

"The playoffs for a World Cup are incredibly special to me," said Sarachan. "So, with Puerto Rico, the challenge right now is to move this group in a positive direction and that excites me."

Pearson wants Bristol City extension

2021-02-25T02:00:39Z

Recently hired manager Nigel Pearson wants to remain in charge of Bristol City beyond the conclusion of the 2020-21 campaign, he told BBC Sport.

Pearson's contract is set to end this summer, so he would need to negotiate an entirely new deal to stick at Ashton Gate.

Edwards set to depart Wolfsburg to sign with Colorado

2021-02-25T01:00:11Z

Michael Edwards is set to sign with the Colorado Rapids, reports the Washington Post.

The D.C. United academy product has been with Wolfsburg, with his contract in Germany set to expire in June.

The Rapids will send allocation money to D.C. in order to acquire the rights to Edwards in MLS. 

 

Klopp could ditch Liverpool for national team job (Bild)

2021-02-24T23:59:11Z

With the Reds slumping, speculation about the manager's future has intensified

Jurgen Klopp could replace German national team coach Joachim Low after the 2022 World Cup despite his latest Liverpool contract running through 2024, according to Bild.

The Reds have strongly denied Klopp will leave the Reds anytime soon.

Promes comes with contract risk for Spartak

2021-02-24T23:48:16Z

The risk of Quincy Promes being convicted in connection to charges he still faces from an alleged 2020 stabbing falls entirely on Spartak Moscow, which have purchased him from Ajax, according to DeTelegraaf.

Under the terms of the deal, no legal outcome would force Ajax to provide Spartak Moscow additional funds.

Milenkovic given £30m price tag amid Man Utd talks

2021-02-24T23:38:30Z

The Fiorentina centre-back has been billed an affordable alternatives to other targets

Journalist Constantin Eckner reported rumoured Manchester United target Nikola Milenkovic is indeed in talks with the Red Devils, and that Fiorentina have put a £30 million ($42.4m) price tag on his transfer.

This comes after Sky Sports Germany said Borussia Dortmund are also in hot pursuit of the defender.

Atlanta United acquire full rights to Giannetti

2021-02-24T23:25:40Z

The Athletic has confirmed that Atlanta United will secure full rights to defender Lautaro Giannetti and sign him to a five-year contract. 

The 27-year-old comes to MLS from Argentinian side Velez Sarsfield.

Everton hope to beat Man Utd and Barcelona to £35m target (Sky Sports)

2021-02-24T23:11:17Z

In a further sign of Carlo Ancelotti's ambitions, the Toffees have not been put off by rival interest in Max Aarons

Everton are willing to go-to-toe with the likes of Manchester United and Barcelona for the signature of £35 million ($49.5m) defender Max Aarons, according to Sky Sports. Barcelona had a bid for the Norwich City prospect rejected last month.

Aarons, 21, is also being tracked by Roma.

Norwich City is already resigned to losing the player in the near future, now looking simply to cash in to the fullest extent.