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Simons explains why he left Barcelona

2019-10-08T22:13:53Z

Former Barcelona youngster Xavi Simons has explained why he left the club to join PSG this summer. 

The 16-year-old was seen as a future star at Camp Nou, but opted to depart La Masia in favour of a switch to Paris. 

Simons has said he dreamed of playing alongside Lionel Messi, but "sometimes you have to choose another way."

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Robinson signs extension with Atlanta United

2019-10-08T21:47:06Z

Atlanta United has signed defender Miles Robinson to an extension that will keep him under contract through the 2023 season.

Robinson, 22, has enjoyed a breakout season, making his U.S. national team debut in September and becoming a nominee for the 2019 MLS Defender of the Year.

Blanc favoured to take over at Lyon

2019-10-08T21:18:47Z

Laurent Blanc is the leading candidate to become Lyon's new manager, according to Le Parisien.

Lyon sacked Sylvinho on Monday after the club started their Ligue 1 campaign with a dismal nine points from nine games.

With Lyon in dire need of a quick turnaround the club are focusing on experienced managers, meaning the former France and PSG boss has moved ahead of the pack. 

Moyes open to Everton return

2019-10-08T20:50:23Z

David Moyes is open to making his return as Everton manager, according to the Mirror

Current Toffees boss Marco Silva is under increasing pressure with the club in the Premier League relegation zone after eight matches. 

Moyes, who managed Everton for 11 seasons before taking over Manchester United in 2013, has been out of a job since leaving West Ham in 2018.

Vancouver contacts Chelsea over Giroud move

2019-10-08T20:17:23Z

The Vancouver Whitecaps have contacted Chelsea over a potential move for Olivier Giroud, according to Sportsnet 650.

The 33-year-old forward has seen his playing time decrease this season with the emergence of Tammy Abraham, and he could seek a move away from Stamford Bridge.

The report, however, states that Giroud would only join MLS if he lands with a team in Los Angeles, Miami, Washington, New York or Chicago.

Man Utd chase Rice and Koulibaly

2019-10-08T19:45:02Z

Manchester United are eyeing moves for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, sources tell Goal.

The Red Devils are planning for next season already, regardless of the shaky long-term future of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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Ter Stegen close to new Barca deal

2019-10-08T19:15:14Z

Barcelona are keen to offer goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen a contract extension.

The German played his 200th match for the Catalan club at the weekend and with his current deal set to expire in 2022, Barca want to tie him down to long-term deal, as per Marca.

Longstaff due for contract extension

2019-10-08T18:45:09Z

Newcastle United star Matty Longstaff is set to be offered a new contract according to the Shields Gazette.

The midfielder’s current deal is to expire next summer and the Magpies are keen to tie him down to a long-term contract.

The extension could see Longstaff earn up to £70,000 a per week.

Gomes set to be sacked in next 48 hours

2019-10-08T17:45:32Z

The Telegraph are reporting Reading manager Jose Gomes will be sacked in the next 48 hours after a poor start to the season.

The Royals have won just twice in 2019-20 and are currently in the relegation zone, forcing the board to remove Gomes of his services.

Schweinsteiger retires from football

2019-10-08T16:50:47Z

Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement from professional football at age 35. 

The legendary former Bayern Munich and Manchester United midfielder spent the final three seasons of his career in MLS with the Chicago Fire.

Schweinsteiger is a World Cup winner, having lifted the trophy with Germany in 2014.

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Berahino hit with arrest warrant

2019-10-08T16:20:22Z

Former Premier League and England U21 striker Saido Berahino has been hit with an arrest warrant for failing to show up in court over a drink-driving charge. 

Berahino, 26, is accused of not paying a £75,000 fine after his second drink-driving charge earlier this year.

The former West Brom and Stoke City striker currently plays for Zulte Waregem in Belgium.

Dortmund join race to sign Celtic wonderkid

2019-10-08T15:50:01Z

Borussia Dortmund have joined the race for Celtic winger Karamoko Dembele, according to Bild

The 16-year-old made his first-team debut for the Hoops last season and has impressed with his pace and skill on the ball. 

Arsenal, Juventus and PSG have also been credited with an interest in Dembele, who has a contract with Celtic through 2021.

Sunderland takeover talks collapse

2019-10-08T15:00:46Z

Talks between Sunderland chairman Stewart Donald and prospective buyers MSD Partners over the sale of the club have collapsed, according to The Sun.

The American consortium reportedly felt that the club was overvalued after doing due diligence. Donald is now said to be on the lookout for other investors.

The news comes on the same day as the announcement of manager Jack Ross' sacking, throwing the club into a state of uncertainty. The report suggested that Sam Allardyce would have considered returning to manage Sunderland if the takeover had been completed.

Messi and Ronaldo could be banned from UK after Brexit

2019-10-08T14:30:45Z

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo could be banned from travelling to the UK after Brexit, reports The Daily Mail.

Messi and Ronaldo are just two of the game's superstars who have been convicted of tax fraud in recent years. The report quotes immigration lawyer Andrew Osborne as saying: "There are a number of very famous footballers with convictions and suspended sentences for tax evasion. They, thus far, have not had to worry as they have EU passports.

"But, post-Brexit, they potentially may not be able to enter the country [as they will be treated like non-EU nationals]. Anyone with a prison sentence of any sort, the starting point is you are not allowed in."

Though Messi is Argentine by birth, he has dual Argentine-Spanish citizenship and hence could fall foul of the new rules. It's possible that Messi and Ronaldo could be handed an exemption by the Home Office, however.

Sunderland announce Jack Ross sacking

2019-10-08T14:00:42Z

Sunderland have announced the departure of manager Jack Ross after a middling start to the season which has left them sixth in League One.

Ross arrived in May 2018 and, in his first campaign, led the club to the League One play-off final where they disappointingly lost to Charlton. With the prospect of automatic promotion this season looking increasingly precarious after defeat to Lincoln City at the weekend, the club hierarchy has decided to terminate his contract.

Sunderland chairman Stewart Donald said: “This is a decision that has been made with a heavy heart. When we arrived at the club 18 months ago, we appointed Jack because we felt that he was the right man to take Sunderland forward over a number of years.

“Jack has worked extremely hard, and has helped us achieve stability at the club, and I sincerely thank him for his efforts. I hope and believe that he will go on to have a successful career in management.”

Solskjaer on verge of losing Man Utd job

2019-10-08T13:30:44Z

Canaries loss would be decisive

Manchester United are set to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if he suffers defeat to Norwich at the end of the month, The Sun reports.

United have only won twice in the Premier League this season and were beaten by Newcastle on Sunday. They are 12th in the table going into the international break and face Liverpool and Norwich – either side of a trip to Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League – when they return.

While, according to the report, the club hierarchy are resigned to losing to Liverpool, the trip to Carrow Road on the last weekend of October could be decisive. That's assuming United aren't badly beaten by the league leaders, which could see Solskjaer's time at the club come to an end even earlier.

Ceballos hints at Arsenal future

2019-10-08T12:57:15Z

Dani Ceballos insists he has no regrets over joining Arsenal and is ‘very happy’ in north London.

Metro reports that the player has hinted could be happy to make the move from Real Madrid permanent at the end of the season if all goes well.

‘I don’t feel sorry for not being in Madrid. Right now I am where I want to be and I am very happy," he said.

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Marin impresses Man City

2019-10-08T12:40:52Z

Manchester City are keeping an eye on the progress of Dinamo Zagreb winger Antonio Marin, reports Sky Sports

The 18-year-old, came to City's attention when the Premier League club's youngsters took on Zagreb in the Champions League group stage recently. 

He has been labelled one of Croatia's most exciting prospects and has also caught the attention of Chelsea and Villarreal.

Verratti deal on the cards

2019-10-08T12:19:41Z

Paris Saint-Germain want to reward Marco Verratti’s impressive start to the campaign with a new long-term contract.

L'Equipe reports the Italian’s current deal expires in the summer of 2021 and PSG want to avoid him entering the final 18 months of the agreement. 

They say a deal is on the table that will run until 2024 and will massively increase his current slalary.

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Leeds eye Coventry starlet

2019-10-08T11:25:39Z

Leeds United are ready to step up their interest in Coventry City starlet Sam McCallum during the international break, reports Football Insider.

The left-back, 19, is on the radar of United and several Premier League and Championship following his emergence at the League One high flyers over the last six months.

They claim a Leeds source has revealed they will monitoring the versatile defender's performances over the coming months.

Dier to be transfer listed by Spurs

2019-10-08T11:00:00Z

Eric Dier will be transfer listed by Tottenham in January, reports The Times.

Christian Eriksen, Danny Rose, Serge Aurier and Victor Wanyama will also be made available as Spurs seek to freshen up their ranks.

Everton eye Ten Hag as Silva replacement

2019-10-08T10:30:00Z

With Marco Silva on borrowed time at Everton, 90min claim that Ajax boss Erik ten Hag is the Toffees' preferred choice to take the reins at Goodison Park.

A change is in the offing on Merseyside, with a Portuguese coach expected to be relieved of his duties after overseeing a disappointing start to the 2019-20 campaign.

Does Ozil have a future at Arsenal?

2019-10-08T10:00:00Z

Arsenal join race for Sobolev

2019-10-08T09:30:00Z

Arsenal have joined Manchester United in the face for Krylia Sovetov striker Aleksandr Sobolev, claims The Sun.

The 22-year-old, who has 10 goals in 12 games this season, has been watched by both Premier League heavyweights this season and is valued at around £15 million ($18m).

Zaha reflects on summer of transfer talk

2019-10-08T09:00:00Z

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha admits speculation suggesting that he was an £80 million ($98m) target for Arsenal and Everton over the summer left his head “all over the place”.

He told BBC Africa: "I've got to prove every time that I'm the top player I claim to be so I had to get over that quickly. Obviously my head was a bit all over the place at the beginning of the season but I had to nail down and just get on with it because the team deserved that."

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Bale wants out of Real Madrid

2019-10-08T08:30:00Z

Gareth Bale has had enough of life at Real Madrid and will push for a move next summer, claims AS.

The Wales international was heavily linked with a switch during the last transfer window, but ended up staying in Spain.

He has seen game time under Zinedine Zidane this season, but is losing patience with the Blancos after being left out of a Champions League clash with Bruges.

Giampaolo set to depart Milan

2019-10-08T06:35:24Z

Manager Marco Giampaolo is set to pay the price for Milan's poor start start to the campaign with the sack, reports Mail Online.

Milan sit 13th in the table having lost four of their opening seven fixtures in Serie A, including a 2-0 home defeat by rivals Inter.

The report claims Stefano Pioli is the front-runner to replace Giampaolo who only took charge in the summer.

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Newcastle target Worrall

2019-10-08T06:24:44Z

Newcastle are eyeing up a move for Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall, according to the Sunderland Echo.

But the 22-year-old defender is contracted at the City Ground until 2022 and the Championship club are reported to want a substantial fee for the player.

Worrall has impressed in his 11 appearances for Forest this season after spending last season on loan at Rangers.

Inter Miami 'close' to announcing coaching hire

2019-10-08T03:21:55Z

Inter Miami is getting closer to hiring the club's first head coach, said sporting director Paul McDonough.

The club, owned by David Beckham, is preparing for its first season in MLS and has been linked with former Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari and former AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso in recent weeks.

“We’re active with coaching, we’re trying to finalize it soon," McDonough told MLSsoccer.com. "We’ve been heavily involved in talking to people, we think we’re pretty close to finalizing with the guy we want to lead the project.”

He added: “I’d like it as soon as possible, but if we’re lucky to do it in the next couple weeks, that’d be great.

Espanyol replace Gallego with Machin

2019-10-08T02:44:42Z

Espanyol have sacked David Gallego and replaced the coach with Pablo Machin.

Gallego's departure was confirmed by Espanyol on Monday and the announcement of Machin's arrival on a two-year deal followed soon after.

The club are 19th in La Liga after a poor start to the new season, though they have taken four points from two Europa League games.

"The club has taken this decision as a result of the performance of the first team and with the clear idea to redirect the current situation of the team in La Liga," said an official statement.

'I'm an Arsenal man' - Wenger admits rejecting offers to coach Premier League clubs

2019-10-08T02:41:51Z

Arsene Wenger has revealed he turned down a number of offers to coach in the Premier League because of his bond with Arsenal.

The 69-year-old has stayed away from management since leaving the Gunners at the end of the 2017-18 season after 22 years in charge of the London club.

Despite being without a coaching role for the past 17 months, Wenger says he has had a number of offers to take charge of English top-flight teams, but he turned them down because of the connection to his former club.

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Young Mariners prodigy gets senior contract

2019-10-08T02:38:30Z

Australian A-League side Central Coast Mariners has confirmed talented striker Sam Silvera has been given a three-year senior deal.

The 18-year-old was on a scholarship deal but has been handed the multi-year contract after impressing in the FFA Cup, the Mariners said on their official website.

Silvera scored in the round-of-16 victory against Brisbane Roar but couldn't help the Mariners get to the final as they were bundled out in the semi-finals by Adelaide.

Nigeria eye Chelsea youngster Ugbo

2019-10-07T23:30:42Z

Nigeria have been scouting young Chelsea striker Ike Ugbo with a view of persuading him to commit his international future to the country, reports the Mail.

The 21-year-old, who was born in London but is of Nigerian descent, has caught the eye while on loan at Dutch side Roda JC, scoring five goals in his first eight appearances.

Nigeria have already failed to persuade Ugbo’s Chelsea teammate Tammy Abraham to switch international allegiance after he was recalled to the England squad for this week's Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Ole airs sack fears in dressing room rant

2019-10-07T22:27:51Z

Clash with Liverpool could prove pivotal

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fears a heavy defeat in Manchester United's next game against Liverpool will result in his sacking, reports the Mail

The Norwegian is under pressure with the Red Devils in the midst of their worst start to a league season for 30 years.

Speaking on Sunday, Solskjaer described the clash at Old Trafford on October 20 as the 'perfect game'. But privately he fears another loss would put pressure on the club to make a change.

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Blanc and Wenger in contention for Lyon job

2019-10-07T22:22:14Z

Laurent Blanc and Arsene Wenger are being considered for the Lyon job, reports Le Parisien.

The Ligue 1 club sacked Sylvinho on Monday after a run of just one win in nine matches, culminating in Sunday's 1-0 defeat to rivals Saint-Etienne.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas wants Sylvinho's successor to be able to speak French, with Blanc and Wenger emerging as early candidates.

Zaha to sue agent over failed Palace move

2019-10-07T21:57:23Z

Forward was hoping to leave club over the summer

Wilfried Zaha is taking legal action against his agent after he failed to secure him a summer move away from Crystal Palace, reports the Mail.

The Ivory Coast international is unhappy at not being able to leave Selhurst Park, with Everton and Arsenal both believed to have been keen on the 26-year-old.

Zaha alleges that his agent's close relationship with Palace chairman Steve Parish is one of the reasons why the move never materialised.

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Pioli emerges as Milan candidate

2019-10-07T21:23:10Z

AC Milan are still considering alternatives for manager Marco Giampaolo, with former Fiorentina boss Stefano Pioli a new candidate, reports Gianluca Di Marzo.

Giampaolo has seen his job come under threat after Milan's poor start to the season which has seen the club slump to 13th in Serie A.

The Rossoneri are also keen on Luciano Spalletti, but the situation is complicated as he continues to negotiate a pay-off with former club Inter.

Solskjaer to be given time

2019-10-07T20:06:10Z

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer retains the backing of the Manchester United hierarchy and will be given time to turn things around, according to Sky Sports.

United are currently 12th in the Premier League, having made their worst start to the season for 30 years, putting Solskjaer's job under scrutiny.

However, he retains the support of the fans and those in charge at Old Trafford, who will give him both time and money as he attempts to revive the club's fortunes.