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Galatasaray target Man Utd's Fred

2020-08-28T21:59:58Z

Manchester United midfielder Fred is the subject of interest from Galatasaray - according to Fotomac.

The Turkish club are eager to bring the Brazil international in on a permanent deal, but will also consider a loan.

Fred impressed for United last season, but lost his place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's starting XI to Nemanja Matic when the Premier League resumed after lockdown.

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Wolves accept Spurs £15m bid for Doherty

2020-08-28T21:29:59Z

Wolves have accepted Tottenham's £15 million ($20m) bid for Matt Doherty - according to The Telegraph.

The 28-year-old will undergo a medical with the north London club this weekend before joining up with Jose Mourinho's squad.

Doherty racked up 50 appearances across all competitions for Wolves in 2019-20. 

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Messi wants Barca board meeting as he seeks amicable exit

2020-08-28T21:00:00Z

Lionel Messi remains determined to leave Barcelona, however the Argentine player wants to meet with the board and leave the club on good terms, Goal understands.

On Tuesday, Messi told the club he wants to leave after nearly 20 years at Camp Nou, having come through their La Masia academy and emerged as one of the world's best players.

The situation between Messi and the club has deteriorated massively in recent months, with the player angry over the decisions made under president Josep Maria Bartomeu, such as the sale of Neymar and their refusal to buy him back, and the sacking of manager Ernesto Valverde earlier this season.

Read the full story here.

Leeds set to sign Koch from Freiburg for €13m

2020-08-28T20:29:27Z

Leeds United are set to sign Robin Koch from Freiburg - according to Kicker.

The Whites will bring in the 24-year-old for an initial €13 million (£12m/$15m) fee, with performance-based bonus payments set to be included in the final deal.

Koch has spent the last three years of his career at Freiburg, and has also won two caps for Germany at international level.

'Arsenal should cash in on Lacazette to fund summer transfers'

2020-08-28T19:29:29Z

Ray Parlour has expressed his belief that Arsenal should cash in on Alexandre Lacazette to fund a summer transfer spree.

Mikel Arteta is currently in the process of shaping a squad capable of fighting for a place in the top four, while preparing for his first full season in charge at Emirates Stadium.

The Spaniard has already been able to add former Chelsea midfielder Willian to his ranks on a free transfer, while Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares have signed permanent deals after successful loan spells.

Read the full story on Goal.

Atalanta and Napoli chasing Boga

2020-08-28T19:00:00Z

Atalanta and Napoli are both interested in signing Sassuolo winger Jeremie Boga - according to Calcio Mercato.

Napoli have submitted a €30 million (£27m/$36m) offer for the 23-year-old, but Atalanta are ready to table a rival bid, and will include Italian midfielder Matteo Pessina in any potential deal.

Boga contributed 11 goals and two assists to Sassuolo's Serie A cause in 34 appearances last season.

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'Liverpool won't go near Messi' - Barca star tipped for City move

2020-08-28T18:29:59Z

Former Liverpool man Jamie Carragher has said that he can't see his old club going “anywhere near” wantaway Barcelona captain Lionel Messi, adding that the only Premier League team he can see the Argentine joining is Manchester City.

Messi sent shockwaves through the football world with the recent revelation that he wants to leave Barcelona, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner having become frustrated with life at Camp Nou under the stewardship of Josep Maria Bartomeu.

The under-fire Barca president and his board members saw a vote of no confidence lodged against them on Friday, with the Catalan entrepreneur's time at the top of the club's food chain largely regarded as a disaster both on and off the pitch.

Read the full story on Goal.

Ejaria joins Reading permanently from Liverpool

2020-08-28T18:14:52Z

Atletico set to re-sign Carrasco on permanent deal

2020-08-28T17:59:59Z

Atletico Madrid are set to re-sign Yannick Carrasco on a permanent deal - according to Marca.

Dalian Professional have agreed to sell the 26-year-old back to the Los Rojiblancos, and he is now set to sign a four-year contract at Wanda Metropolitano.

Carrasco left Atletico to undertake a new challenge in the Chinese Super League back in February 2018, but ended up returning to the club on loan in January.

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Arteta confident Arsenal will reach transfer goals

2020-08-28T17:29:35Z

Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta is confident the club will achieve all their transfer goals before the October 6 deadline.

The Gunners could only finish eighth in the Premier League last season, their worst finish since coming 12th in 1994-95.

Arsenal always looked likely to be busy in the transfer market following that disappointment, as they look to rebuild under Arteta, who replaced Unai Emery late last year.

Read the full story on Goal.

Man Utd loan Kovar to Swindon

2020-08-28T17:14:43Z

Four Premier League clubs eager to sign Higuain

2020-08-28T16:59:50Z

Four Premier League clubs are eager to complete the signing of Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain - according to Corriere Dello Sport.

The 32-year-old is set to leave Juventus ahead of the new season, with Fulham, Aston Villa, West Ham and Newcastle all ready to offer the former Chelsea loanee the chance to return to England.

Juve are planning to terminate Higuain's contract a year before its expiry date, with new head coach Andrea Pirlo set to overhaul the squad after an underwhelming 2019-20 campaign.

Inter to listen to offers for Vecino

2020-08-28T16:29:40Z

Inter are ready to listen to offers for Matias Vecino - according to Calcio Mercato.

Antonio Conte has told the 29-year-old midfielder that he is no longer in his plans, and the Nerazzurri are now prepared to sanction his departure for around €20 million (£18m/$24m).

Vecino only featured in 20 Serie A matches for Inter in 2019-20, scoring twice.

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‘Aubameyang shouldn’t touch Barcelona with a barge pole!’

2020-08-28T15:59:46Z

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should not “touch Barcelona with a barge pole”, with Perry Groves confident the Gabonese striker will favour a new contract at Arsenal over a move to Camp Nou.

Fresh terms at Emirates Stadium are yet to be agreed with Aubameyang, who has entered the final 12 months of his current deal, leaving the Gunners in a difficult position when it comes to his future.

No sale has been considered yet, with those in north London confident that a compromise will be reached.

Read the full story on Goal.

Mooy leaves Brighton

2020-08-28T15:29:42Z

Kolarov agrees terms with Inter

2020-08-28T15:00:00Z

Inter have agreed personal terms with Aleksandar Kolarov as he prepares to complete a move from Roma, according to football journalist Fabrizio Romano.

An agreement between both clubs is thought to be close, with the former Manchester City left-back all set to join Antonio Conte's side at San Siro.

Arteta would love Messi in Premier League

2020-08-28T14:30:45Z

Man City defender Palmer-Brown extends Austria Wien loan

2020-08-28T14:00:06Z

Austria Wien have confirmed that they have extended centre-back Erik Palmer-Brown's loan to cover a further year.

The defender joined the Austrian club last season and, having made 23 competitive appearances, has seen his time with the club extended into the 2020-21 campaign.

Head coach Peter Stoger told the club's official website: "We are very happy that we can continue the exciting cooperation with Manchester City and Erik in this difficult period.

"It was important to us that we could keep a player in this position who already knew the club and the league. Especially after Alexandar Borkovic's move to Hoffenheim, we were looking for a solution that was good for everyone and now we have found a very good one."

Messi 'chooses Man City'

2020-08-28T13:30:03Z

Barca star's father informed PSG of decision

L'Equipe are reporting that Lionel Messi's father Jorge has informed Paris Saint-Germain that the Barcelona superstar has decided to move to Manchester City.

The French newspaper claims that PSG's sporting director Leonardo made contact with Jorge Messi to inform him of the Ligue 1 champions' interest in his son.

The Brazilian was, however, politely informed that Messi had already made his mind up over a switch to join Pep Guardiola at City.

Chelsea eye Donnarumma & set Kante price

2020-08-28T13:00:00Z

Chelsea are eyeing up a move for AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, claims Football Insider.

The Blues are also said to have set N'Golo Kante's asking price at £60 million ($80m) amid talk of interest in the World Cup winner from Real Madrid.

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Klopp: No chance of Liverpool signing Messi

2020-08-28T12:40:00Z

Jurgen Klopp admits there is "no chance" of Liverpool signing Lionel Messi from Barcelona this summer.

The Reds boss has said: ""Interest? Yeah, who doesn't want to have Messi in their team?! But no chance."

Read the full story on Goal!

Man Utd never intended to sign Gabriel

2020-08-28T12:20:00Z

According to the Manchester Evening News, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer never intended to sign Gabriel Magalhaes.

The Lille defender is set to join Arsenal, with it claimed that there was never any formal interest from Old Trafford and the Red Devils' name was thrown into the mix merely to pressure the Gunners into pushing through a deal.

Chelsea prefer Pope to Onana

2020-08-28T12:00:00Z

Chelsea would prefer to raid Burnley for Nick Pope than lure Andre Onana away from Ajax, claims Bleacher Report.

The Blues' elaborate summer spending spree is set to see them turn that attention towards the pursuit of a new first-choice goalkeeper.

‘Brooks is like Giggs and could play for Man Utd or Barcelona’

2020-08-28T11:40:00Z

David Brooks is being mooted for a transfer in the current window, and former Wales international Nathan Blake compares him with Ryan Giggs and thinks he would not look out of place at Manchester United, Barcelona or Juventus.

Blake told the Manchester Evening News: “I think he'd be at home at any level, I think he's that good a player. I look at him and think he could play for anybody: Barcelona, Juventus, Man United - I think he's that kind of boy.”

Read the full story on Goal!

Atletico offer Costa to clubs in England, Italy and France

2020-08-28T11:20:00Z

Liga giants struggling to offload striker

Atletico Madrid have offered Diego Costa to a number of clubs, Goal has learned, with teams in EnglandItalyFrance and Turkey given the chance to snap up the fiery frontman.

The Liga giants are eager to move the 31-year-old striker on after seeing him struggle to find a spark during his second spell in the Spanish capital.

Red the full story here.

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Aouar reacts to transfer talk

2020-08-28T11:00:00Z

Houssem Aouar has seen moves to Arsenal and Manchester City mooted, but the highly rated Lyon playmaker has told those asking questions of his future: “I haven’t left yet”.

Various landing spots have been mooted for the 22-year-old midfielder since he broke onto the scene at Lyon. 

Find out what he has had to say on the speculation here.

Benfica agree Mariano loan with Real

2020-08-28T10:40:00Z

Benfica have a loan deal agreed with Real Madrid for Mariano Diaz, claims Record.

The highly-rated forward has struggled for game time since returning to Santiago Bernabeu and will be allowed to go in search of minutes in Portugal.

Wijnaldum wanted by Barcelona

2020-08-28T10:20:00Z

Liverpool star interesting La Liga giants

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is wanted by Ronald Koeman at Barcelona, sources have confirmed to Goal, but the Dutchman is not pushing for a move and there is no offer on the table yet.

Any switch to Camp Nou will rest on Barca freeing up funds from sales and a suitable transfer fee being agreed with those at Anfield.

Check out the full story here.

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No offers for unwanted Umtiti

2020-08-28T10:00:00Z

Barcelona are struggling to find a buyer for Samuel Umtiti, according to Mundo Deportivo, who claim the Catalans are now open to sending the centre-back out on loan.

Umtiti has been deemed surplus to requirements at Camp Nou, with Ronald Koeman seeking to shake things up and get the Liga giants back to winning major honours.

Roma, Lazio, West Ham, Leicester, Arsenal and Tottenham have all been credited with an interest in the France international.

'Ceballos wants permanent Arsenal move'

2020-08-28T09:30:00Z

Dani Ceballos is keen to move to Arsenal on a permanent basis, manager Mikel Arteta has claimed.

The midfielder, who is owned by Real Madrid, spent the 2019-20 season on loan with the Gunners and impressed the club enough to want to sign him long term.

Arteta has said that the 24-year-old would be a good addition for his squad, but admits that a transfer is entirely in the hands of the Spanish capital club.

Read the full story on Goal

Marega wants Premier League move

2020-08-28T09:00:00Z

Moussa Marega will not renew his contract with Porto as he enters the final year of his current deal, A Bola claims.

The Portuguese outlet reports that the 29-year-old forward is keen on a move to the Premier League, a switch that would likely represent the last big transfer of his career.

Marega has been linked with both Manchester United and Chelsea in the past.

Roma reject Spurs bid for Zaniolo

2020-08-28T08:30:20Z

Starlet to remain with Giallorossi

Roma have turned down Tottenham's offer of €50 million (£45m/$59m) for 21-year-old attacking midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo, the Corriere dello Sport reports.

A Spurs representative is said to have been in Italy to discuss the player's availability, but the Serie A side are intent on keeping both Zaniolo and Lorenzo Pellegrini for their engine room and will not entertain offers – regardless of how high they are.

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Barcelona still keen on Garcia

2020-08-28T08:00:00Z

Barcelona still want to bring Eric Garcia back from Manchester City, reports Sport.

The Liga giants are, however, busy with Lionel Messi matters at the moment and appreciate that they may have to wait until 2021 before landing a promising centre-half as a free agent.

Leeds, Leicester & Newcastle in Edouard hunt

2020-08-28T07:30:00Z

Leeds, Leicester and Newcastle form part of the hunt for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard, according to the Daily Star.

Everton, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace are also said to be keen on the highly-rated French striker as Premier League interest in his services is stepped up.

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Chelsea want three more signings

2020-08-28T07:00:00Z

Chelsea have tied up deals for Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell and Malang Sarr but are still chasing down three more signings.

The Evening Standard reports that the Blues' spending spree is set to continue as they pursue Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva and another goalkeeper.

Is Messi Man City-bound?

2020-08-28T06:00:00Z

Kompany hoping Messi joins Man City

2020-08-28T04:00:59Z

Vincent Kompany is hoping Lionel Messi does end up joining Manchester City and believes the Barcelona legend could help the club end their Champions League drought. 

Messi handed in a shock transfer request this week with Pep Guardiola's side the strong favourites to sign the Argentine should he secure a Camp Nou exit. 

Having previously played under Guardiola, Messi reportedly favours a move to the Etihad with City's manager also seemingly keen on a reunion after the two held initial talks about a move. 

Read the full story here on Goal!

Cuadrado 'can't imagine' Messi joining Ronaldo at Juventus

2020-08-28T03:00:19Z

Juventus attacker Juan Cuadrado cannot see Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi joining Cristiano Ronaldo at the Serie A champions.

Messi has sensationally told Barca he wants to leave the club, where the six-time Ballon d'Or winner has spent his entire professional career.

Though he has yet to explain his decision, Goal understands Messi intends to give his version of events in the coming days.

Read the full story here on Goal!

Inter chasing Kolarov

2020-08-28T02:00:52Z

Tottenham linked with move for Costa

2020-08-28T01:00:54Z

Jose Mourinho could be considering a move for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, claims the Mirror

Tottenham are in the market for another striker and Costa is reportedly open to a move to Spurs, where he'd get to work under Mourinho once more. 

The pair teamed up at Chelsea, where they won the 2014-15 Premier League title.

Leicester lining up Chilwell replacements

2020-08-28T00:00:30Z

Leicester City have identified Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico and Atalanta’s Robin Gosens as possible replacement for Ben Chilwell, reports Sky Sports

Both players are expected to cost around £40 million (€44m/$52m) however, a fee the Foxes aren't willing to pay. 

AC Milan circling for Tonali

2020-08-27T22:55:54Z

AC Milan are increasing their efforts to sign Brescia prodigy Sandro Tonali, according to Gianluca Di Marzio

Inter are also interested in the Italian midfielder but the Rossoneri have now offered a better bid than their Milan rivals. 

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West Brom targeting Deeney

2020-08-27T22:40:34Z

Watford captain Troy Deeney has emerged a transfer target for West Brom, claims the Telegraph

The move would ensure Deeney continues playing in the Premier League next season with the Hornets relegated and the Baggies promoted from the Championship. 

Edouard to discuss Celtic future

2020-08-27T22:25:10Z

French striker Odsonne Edouard is set to hold talks with Celtic about his future after they were knocked out of the Champions League

Edouard's agent Lasana Koita told the Daily Record that athough the player is happy in Scotland, he could soon consider his future at the club. 

Juventus considering a move for Barcelona outcast Suarez

2020-08-27T22:15:48Z

Luiz Suarez could be playing for Juventus next season with Andrea Pirlo's side considering a move for the Barcelona outcast. 

Goal can confirm that Suarez has been offered to the reigning Serie A champions after seemingly being shown the door at Camp Nou. 

Juventus are in the market for another striker with new manager Pirlo recently confirming the impending departure of Gonzalo Higuain. 

Read the full story here on Goal!

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Bartomeu offered Griezmann for Joao Felix

2020-08-27T22:05:21Z

Atletico are keen to re-sign the Frenchman

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu offered to return Antoine Griezmann to Atletico Madrid as part of a proposed swap deal for Joao Felix, reports Marca

The offer, which came just before Barca's 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich, was swiftly rejected by Atletico, who are interested in securing a possible deal for Griezmann but not at the expense of Felix. 

Atletico reportedly offered Thomas Lemar and Diego Costa instead of Felix as part of a transfer for Griezmann but Bartomeu wasn't interested.