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Juventus 'convinced' struggling Pirlo the right man for the job

2021-03-02T22:06:46Z

Chief Football Officer Fabio Paratici has reiterated that Juventus have full faith in Andrea Pirlo despite the club's current Serie A standing.

Pirlo has seen his ups and downs during his first season in charge, but Paratici believes the former midfielder will guide the club into a new era.

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D.C. United close in on Rodriguez

2021-03-02T21:30:25Z

Young forward Philogene-Bidace signs new Villa deal

2021-03-02T20:50:21Z

Jaden Philogene-Bidace has signed a new deal at Aston Villa, the club announced.

The forward has scored five goals and provided two assists in 11 appearances for Villa's U-23s this season.

And he's now put pen to paper on a deal that will keep him at the club through June 2024.

Schalke name Grammozis new head coach

2021-03-02T20:20:59Z

Schalke have appointed Dimitrios Grammozi as the club's new head coach.

The rock-bottom Bundesliga side have already sacked three coaches this season: David Wagner, Manuel Baum and Christian Gross.

Grammozis, who joins on a deal through June 2022, most recently managed SV Darmstadt from February 2019 until the summer of 2020.

Carragher says Man Utd need new striker

2021-03-02T19:50:59Z

Former Liverpool defender and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher believes Manchester United need to sign a new top-class striker. 

"I think Manchester United have a quality issue. When the ball actually goes up to the front players, is there enough quality there?" Carragher told Sky.

"They are the top scorers in the Premier League, but have they got that player who can score goals in decisive games and take them to the league title?

"People talk about United needing a right winger, and they do, but they need a centre-forward more. If United had [Marcus] Rashford on the left, a new centre-forward, and [Mason] Greenwood supplementing a new right winger, that would address the lack of quality."

Barca will have a problem if I don't have a future - Koeman

2021-03-02T19:20:57Z

Ronald Koeman has addressed the ongoing speculation over his position at Camp Nou, insisting Barcelona "are going to have problems" if he doesn't have a future at the club.

Koeman was handed a two-year contract by Barca when he replaced Quique Setien in the hot seat back in August, but now finds himself under increasing pressure amid a turbulent 2020-21 campaign.

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Favre turned down Rennes approach

2021-03-02T18:50:08Z

Former Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre turned down an approach from Rennes, reports Le10Sport.

Rennes are looking for a new manager after Julien Stephan's resignation, but Favre is not interested in taking over a team mid-season.

Several reports have stated that Rennes are now set to name former Lyon boss Bruno Genesio as their new manager.

Dortmund to sign teenage PSG defender

2021-03-02T18:22:00Z

Borussia Dortmund will sign Paris Saint-Germain defender Soumaila Coulibaly on a free transfer in the summer, according to ESPN.

The 17-year-old is set to become the first signing for new Dortmund boss Marco Rose, who will take over in the summer after leaving Borussia Monchengladbach.

Silva ignoring transfer rumours

2021-03-02T17:55:59Z

Eintracht Frankfurt star Andre Silva is looking to ignore rumours about a move to a bigger club.

Silva has bagged 19 goals in 21 Bundesliga appearances this season, leading to reports of interest from Manchester United, among others.

"I've heard rumours, but that is it," Silva told O Jogo.

"Rumours are rumours. At the end of this season, it's something that gives me more motivation to work, it's a sign that what I have accomplished has borne fruit and the path has been good."

Genesio to take over at Rennes

2021-03-02T17:25:40Z

Rennes have selected Bruno Genesio as their next head coach, reports L'Equipe.

The former Lyon boss will replace Julien Stephan, who resigned after riday's 2-1 defeat to Nice - the club's fourth straight loss in all competitions.

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Galaxy near deal for Blackburn defender Williams

2021-03-02T17:00:39Z

The LA Galaxy are closing in on a deal for Blackburn Rovers defender Derrick Williams, reports LancsLive.

The 28-year-old has been with Rovers for four and a half seasons, with injuries limiting his time on the pitch. 

Williams has been capped three times by Republic of Ireland.

Donnarumma tops Chelsea’s summer wish list (Eurosport)

2021-03-02T16:00:00Z

Blues keen on Milan keeper

AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma continues to top Chelsea’s summer wish list, reports Eurosport.

The 22-year-old Italy international is yet to sign a new contract at San Siro, meaning that he could become available at the end of the season.

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Agent of Leeds keeper Meslier speculates on Real interest

2021-03-02T15:30:00Z

The agent of Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier believes his client could attract interest from Real Madrid at some stage in the near future, but he is advising the 21-year-old to stay put for now.

Xavier Fleury has told the LUFC Fan Zone podcast: "Illan is starting at Leeds. He loves the club. Perhaps in one, two seasons, if you have a club like Real Madrid that knock on the door – who knows?"

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Leeds lining up Bielsa successor

2021-03-02T15:00:00Z

Sporting boss Ruben Amorim is being lined up by Leeds as a potential successor to Marcelo Bielsa, claims Noticias ao Minuto.

The Whites’ current boss is yet to commit to a new contract and has been working on 12-month deals throughout his three seasons at Elland Road.

Bayern beat English clubs to Metu

2021-03-02T14:40:00Z

Bayern Munich have beaten the likes of Middlesbrough and Burley to the signing of Austria U17 international Emilian Metu.

The midfielder joins the Bundesliga champions from FC St. Polten and has signed a four-year contract.

The highly-rated youngster has told Goal and SPOX of his ambition: "Basically, the plan is for me to be part of the reserves, but I would also be eligible to play for the U19s.

“I hope that I will be allowed to train with the professionals once or twice during the first year. Otherwise, I would like to get as many appearances in the second team as possible in the first two years."

Gilmour set to push for loan move

2021-03-02T14:20:00Z

Billy Gilmour is set to push for a loan move away from Chelsea this summer, reports Express Sport.

The highly-rated Scottish midfielder has seen limited game time this season and wants to find regular football to aid his ongoing development, with several potential landing spots already being mooted.

Cahill not worried about Palace future

2021-03-02T14:00:00Z

Gary Cahill is not worried about his future at Crystal Palace, despite the fact his current contract is due to expire at the end of June.

The former England defender told the Evening Standard: "I am totally relaxed about the situation myself.

"I am in a different situation to some in terms of their age. I am just looking to consistently try and perform at the level I want to be at."

Cole doesn't think trophyless Man Utd can attract Haaland

2021-03-02T13:30:00Z

Andy Cole has claimed that Manchester United don't have the pulling power to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.

United have been tipped to make a move for Haaland in the summer transfer window, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly eager to reunite with a fellow Norwegian that he worked with at the start of his career at Molde.

However, several other top European clubs have also been credited with an interest in Haaland, and Cole doesn't think Old Trafford is the most attractive option for a player harbouring ambitions of winning major silverware.

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Abraham heads West Ham's list of targets

2021-03-02T13:00:00Z

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham is West Ham's number one transfer target for the summer - according to the Daily Star.

David Moyes is eager to bolster his attacking ranks, and the 23-year-old could be available after slipping down the squad pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

Should the Hammers fail to land Abraham, they will turn their attention to Arsenal frontman Eddie Nketiah and Brentford's Ivan Toney.

Balogun edging closer to Arsenal exit

2021-03-02T12:30:00Z

Folarin Balogun is edging closer to the Arsenal exit door - according to The Mirror.

The 19-year-old is out of contract this summer and has grown frustrated with a lack of first-team opportunities under Mikel Arteta.

Balogun has scored seven goals for Arsenal's U23 side this season, but has yet to appear for the club at senior level in the Premier League.

Premier League clubs interested in Udinese loanee Barak

2021-03-02T12:00:00Z

Udinese loanee Antonin Barak is the subject of interest from a number of Premier League clubs - according to Calcio Mercato.

The 26-year-old midfielder has impressed on loan at Hellas Verona this season and could receive offers from England in the summer.

Napoli have also been linked with Balak, who has scored six goals in 21 Serie A games for Verona in 2020-21.

Leeds & Leicester following Sporting boss Amorim

2021-03-02T11:30:00Z

Leeds United and Leicester City are following Sporting boss Ruben Amorim - according to A Bola.

Marcelo Bielsa's contract with the Whites is due to expire this summer and Brendan Rodgers is being tipped to move onto a bigger role away from the King Power Stadium in the near future.

Both clubs are looking at Amorim as a potential successor to their current managers, having seen him take Sporting to the top of the Primeira Liga this season.

Man Utd confident on Pogba contract talks (United.no)

2021-03-02T11:00:00Z

Red Devils expect extension discussions

Manchester United are, according to a report from Andy Mitten for United.no, confident that Paul Pogba will enter into talks regarding a new contract.

The France international has seen a move away from Old Trafford mooted for some time, and is only tied to terms through to 2022, but he may now decide to stay put.

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Villa reluctant to spend £35m on Barkley

2021-03-02T10:30:00Z

Aston Villa are yet to be convinced that Ross Barkley is worth £35 million ($49m), reports Football Insider.

That is the price tag that Chelsea are said to have put on an England international midfielder that is spending the 2020-21 campaign on loan at Villa Park.

New boss at Arminia

2021-03-02T10:11:56Z

Madrid open to Varane deal with Man Utd (The Mirror)

2021-03-02T10:00:00Z

French defender touted for Old Trafford switch

Real Madrid are open to the idea of selling Raphael Varane to Manchester United, claims The Mirror.

The Blancos are said to be waiting on offers for the World Cup-winning defender, who is only under contract until 2022 and has not entered into extension talks.

Liverpool join the race for Mandi

2021-03-02T09:30:00Z

Liverpool are looking into landing Real Betis defender Aissa Mandi as a free agent, reports La Razon.

AC Milan are also said to be keen on the Algerian centre-half, who is approaching the end of his contract in Spain.

Southampton approach Levante star's agent

2021-03-02T09:00:00Z

Southampton have approached the agent of Levante winger Jorge de Frutos - according to The Mirror.

The Saints have made an initial move for the 24-year-old with a view to signing him when the transfer market reopens.

De Frutos has contributed three goals and seven assists to Levante's cause in 24 La Liga appearances this term.

Leicester, Arsenal & Villa chasing Edouard

2021-03-02T08:30:00Z

Leicester City, Arsenal and Aston Villa are all chasing Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard - according to The Mercury.

All three clubs are weighing up summer bids for the 23-year-old, who has less than 18 months left to run on his current deal.

Edouard has hit 20 goals in 32 games across all competitions for Celtic in 2020-21.

 

Lacazette set to leave Arsenal

2021-03-02T08:00:00Z

Alexandre Lacazette is set to leave Arsenal this summer - according to Football London.

The Gunners are ready to listen to offers for the 29-year-old, whose current contract is due to expire in 2022.

Roma, Monaco and Atletico Madrid have all been linked with Lacazette in recent months.

 

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Abraham would be coveted if Chelsea want to sell (Telegraph)

2021-03-02T05:16:32Z

The 23-year-old could be deemed excess to the Blues' needs this summer

As reports of Chelsea wanting to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland intensify, talk of them shipping out forward Tammy Abraham have also gained pace.

The Telegraph reports that West Ham United, Leicester City, Southampton, Brighton and Aston Villa would be among the most aggressive pursuants of Abraham if he became available in the transfer market.

Abraham has scored 21 goals across the past two Premier League seasons for Chelsea.

Jelavic announces retirement

2021-03-02T04:49:59Z

Nikica Jelavic, who tallied 30 Premier League goals with Everton and Hull City, has retired.

His Croatian club, Lokomotiva Zagreb, communicated his decision on social media.

Man Utd youth prospect attracting attention

2021-03-02T04:34:20Z

Iestyn Hughes is under the close watch of teams around the Premier League, according to The Athletic, with the 18-year-old defender impressing in the youth ranks and potentially out of contract this summer.

Doncaster find interim boss

2021-03-02T04:17:48Z

Andy Butler will manage Doncaster through the end of the season, reports Sky Sports.

The Rovers are in the League One promotion picture, sitting in sixth place with at least two games in hand over everyone above them.

Cuisance in dark over Marseille future

2021-03-02T03:00:00Z

Michael Cuisance hopes to discover his Marseille future when he meets with new coach Sampaoli, per TZ.

The Bayern Munich loanee, who joined the Ligue 1 outfit last year on loan after a move to Leeds collapsed at the final hour, has struggled to justify his reputation and appears to be struggling with his new side.

But with Sampaoli now at the helm, Cuisance hopes to meet with him to discuss whether he figures in more long-term plans as he looks to kick on.

Leeds, Saints chase Alaves goalkeeper

2021-03-02T02:00:00Z

Leeds and Southampton are set to jostle up against each other in a bid to sign Alaves goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco, says Todo Fichajes.

The Whites and Saints, who faced off last week in the Premier League, are looking to bring in the 28-year-old to provide some experience, with the former intending him as a replacement for Kiko Casilla.

Sevilla previously attempted to sign Pacheco but are no longer in the market for him, leaving the two English sides in a straight fight.

Milan eye full-time Tomori move

2021-03-02T01:00:00Z

Fikayo Tomori looks set to make a full-time switch to Milan following a blistering start to his loan spell away from Chelsea, says Gianluca Di Marzio.

The England international swapped Stamford Bridge for San Siro in a move sanctioned by Frank Lampard.

It means incoming Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has not been able to examine the defender up close - and now he looks likely to be forced to contend with a big-money offer from the Serie A side.

Inter Miami hone in on Ronaldo

2021-03-02T00:00:00Z

Inter Miami are working around the clock to convince Cristiano Ronaldo to join the fledgling MLS outfit next year, claims Todo Fichajes.

The Juventus forward sees his deal in Serie A run out next year and could be tempted to have a crack at America.

Lionel Messi is thought to have shunned a move to Florida to snag a deal with Paris Saint-Germain or Manchester City, but David Beckham hopes he can bring the man who succeeded him at Manchester United and Real Madrid to the Sunshine State.

Tottenham mull permanent Bale move (Express)

2021-03-01T23:00:00Z

Madrid keen to move on Welshman for Mbappe

Tottenham are reportedly mulling a permanent move for Gareth Bale after the Real Madrid man made good his promise following an upturn in form for the club, claims the Express.

Spurs originally took the Welshman on loan from Los Blancos, bringing him back to his former club, and though initially cool on the idea of an extension, are now softening their stance.

It will be music to Madrid's ears too, with the Spanish giants intending to use a Bale exit to free up funds for the pursuit of Kylian Mbappe.

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