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Malcolm's agent rubbishes links to Roma move


Malcolm's agent has spoken out, denying links to a move to Rom via an Instagram post.

Luis Fernando Menzes Garcia labeled the reports as "fake news" as Malcolm has been linked with a number of clubs due to his lack of game time at Barcelona.

Malcolm nearly joined Roma this summer before a last-minute move from Barcelona brought the Brazilian to Spain

Brazilian legend Ronaldo aims to turn Vallodolid into 'talk of Europe'


Ronaldo is planning on turning Real Valladolid into the "talk of Europe".

The former Brazil star has proven a very hands-on owner in his initial days in charge of the Spanish club, and he has a number of plans when it comes to turning the club into a sustainable competitor.

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Madrid and Juventus to swap Marcelo and Sandro


Real Madrid are ready to swap Marcelo for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, according to Don Balon.

Marcelo wants to leave the club, and Ronaldo wants him in Turin, with the Serie A champions ready to send Sandro the other way.

The move could happen as early as the January transfer window.

Ramsey can play anywhere in Europe - Giggs


Aaron Ramsey can play anywhere in Europe, according to his international manager Ryan Giggs.

The midfielder is being linked with a move away from London and has been given limited game time at Arsenal since he failed to come to terms with the club over a new contract earlier this season. 

With Ramsey's time at Arsenal appearing to near an end, Giggs believes there will be plenty of offers for the Wales international's signature.

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Lennon considering Hibernian future over 'racism'


Neil Lennon is considering his future as Hibernian manager over what he described as "racism" after he appeared to be hit by a coin during the Edinburgh derby.

Former Northern Ireland international Lennon was struck towards the end of Wednesday's Scottish Premier League game between Hibs and leaders Hearts at Tynecastle, which featured five arrests over the incidents. 

Lennon gave an impassioned speech after the match admitting he has considered walking away before and could do so again.

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Ajax name De Ligt price


Ajax will require an offer of at least €60 million to part with Matthijs de Ligt, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Juventus, Barcelona, Manchester City and Bayern Munich have been named as teams still interested in the Dutch defender.

The club believes that the summer could be the time for a move as its becoming harder to keep hold of their highly-covered defensive star. 

Tottenham, Inter and Juve eye 'next Alderweireld'


A trio of big clubs are in pursuit of Sampdoria's Joachim Andersen, according to Calcio Mercato.

Juventus, Tottenham and Inter are all in pursuit of the Danish defender, with Inter seen to be in a good position due to the club's good relationship with Sampdoria.

The club is demanding €35 million for Andersen, and Inter are hoping to wrap up a deal in January before the defender draws more outside attention. 

Real Madrid target Pochetitino wants to "feel glory with Tottenham"


Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with Real Madrid, but the Tottenham manager insists he wants to win in London.

The Argentine says he has responsibility to create a long-term project with Spurs while adding that he feels that he's in the middle of his journey with the club.

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Revolution finalize permanent deals for Penilla and Caicedo


The New England Revolution finalized deals for on-loan forward Cristian Penilla and on-loan midfielder Luis Caicedo, the club announced Friday.

Penilla was on loan from Liga MX side Pachuca and scored 13 goals in 33 games. Caicedo, meanwhile, made 29 starts in midfield.

“This year both Penilla and Caicedo were impactful players on the field for us and we felt it was important to exercise both players’ permanent transfer options at the start of the offseason,” General Manager Michael Burns said. “We look forward to seeing both players continue to grow and contribute to the team’s success moving forward.”

PSG remain in chase for Ndombele


Lyon are reluctant to sell midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, but Paris Saint-Germain are still after him, according to L'Equipe.

Manchester City and Tottenham have been linked with Nodmbele, who made his senior debut for France in October.

Ndombele broke through last season with 36 league appearances and has made 11 to start the Ligue 1 campaign this time around. 

'Turin is my home' - Pogba drops Juventus return hint amid Man Utd unrest


Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has broken his media ban by stating that Juventus represents his "home" amid speculation he could one day return to the Serie A champions.

Speaking ahead of United's Champions League trip to Juventus on Wednesday, Pogba has stated he has always wanted the opportunity to go back to Turin.

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Buffon considered Serie A stay


Gianluigi Buffon admits he would have considered staying in Serie A before eventually making the move to PSG this summer, according to Sky Italy.

Buffon spent his entire career in Italy with Parma and Juventus before signing a 12-month deal with the Ligue 1 champions in July.

"I could have considered something romantic like Parma, or Genoa, because when I was a fan as a kid," said Buffon. "Or Lazio, because Lazio fans have always treated me like a champion and a man to honor and this for me has a really important value.

"But despite this, I think the best situation was to get out of Italy and expand my world of knowledge ".



Pochettino planning for long-term at Tottenham


Mauricio Pochettino insists he is committed to a long-term project at Tottenham amid fresh links with Real Madrid.

Pochettino was again the subject of speculation linking him with a move to the Bernabeu this week following the departure of coach Julen Lopetegui.

“We work with the responsibility to create a long-term project," he told reporters. "I think the success here is that we always work in thinking of today but also in thinking in tomorrow, and I think that’s the most important thing. I work like I’m going to be here for all of my career."

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I've never tried to sign Messi - Guardiola


Man City boss denies reports of world record bid

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has denied trying to sign Lionel Messi from his former club Barcelona.

Reports from Spain suggested City were ready to pay a world record €250million (£220m/$286m) for Messi before the Argentina striker signed a new deal at Barcelona last year.

“When I left Barcelona and went to Bayern Munich and Manchester City I never asked Messi to come here,” Guardiola told reporters. “I never went to both clubs and said I want this player.

“I know how important he is for Barcelona. I never made the first step to say I want this player. Never. I said a thousand times I want him to stay at Barcelona. I want that.”

Klavan never wanted to leave Liverpool - until Cagliari came along


Former Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan has revealed that he never wanted to leave Anfield until Cagliari made him an offer he could not refuse.

Klavan was keen to remain on Merseyside an rejected a number of other offers before eventually making the move to the Serie A club in August.

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Sarri on possible January departures


Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says there is 'no chance' Ruben Loftus-Cheek will leave the club on loan in January but was less certain about Gary Cahill.

Both players have been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge after struggling for regular first-team football under the Italian, though they have featured more frequently in recent weeks.

"Ruben in October played four out of five matches. At the moment, the situation is not for a loan," said Sarri. "Cahill, it depends on him. He played very often in the last seven or eight matches. It depends on him and the club. He is very important on the pitch and out of the pitch."


Valverde refuses to rule out January move for defender


Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has refused to rule out the possibility of signing a central defender during the January transfer window, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Gerard Pique and summer signing Clement Lenglet are currently Barcelona's only two fit central defenders following injuries to Thomas Vermaelen and Samuel Umtiti.

"I'm happy with the central defenders that I have. Although Barca must be attentive to the market," said Valverde.

Messi considered Manchester City move


Deal would have broken world transfer record

Lionel Messi considered a world record €250million (£220m/$286m) move to Manchester City prior to signing a new Barcelona contract last year, according to El Mundo.

The Premier League champions were willing to pay Messi €250m after tax over five years and a €50m bonus to Jorge Messi if he could convince his son to move to the Etihad Stadium. 

Messi considered leaving Barca during the height of the Catalonia political crisis, amid concerns that Catalan independence could leave Barcelona outside of Europe's major leagues.

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Ajax want €60m for De Ligt


Centre-back a target for Europe's elite

Ajax have slapped a €60 million (£58.7m/$68.7m) price tag on defender Matthijs De Ligt, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Barcelona, Manchester City and Juventus have all shown an interest in the teenage Netherlands international.

And with Bayern Munich also monitoring his progress, the Eredivise outfit are keen to earn as much as they can from De Ligt's inevitable sale.

Mourinho dodges January transfer questions


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho dodged questions regarding his plans for the January transfer window.

The Portuguese was asked about his plans for early 2019 market, but he was not willing to give anything away.

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De Bruyne facing another month out


Kevin De Bruyne fears he will miss another month of action with his latest knee injury, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The Manchester City midfielder limped off in the closing stages of Thursday's win over Fulham in what was just his fifth appearance of the season having sat out most of the campaign with a right knee problem.

And though De Bruyne's latest issue is with his left knee, the early diagnosis does not look good for the Belgium international.

Real Madrid join Suso race


Real Madrid are the latest club to show an interest in signing AC Milan playmaker Suso, according to Sport Mediaset.

The former Liverpool forward has been in superb form for the Rossoneri, earning him a call-up to the Spain national team.

And that has alerted the Blancos, who are set to battle Chelsea and Atletico Madrid for his signature.


Barca rule out Koulibaly move


Barcelona have decided against signing Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The Blaugrana have watched the Senegal international on a number of occasions as they weigh up potential centre-back targets.

But with the Serie A club likely to hold out for around €70 million (£61.5m/$80.1m), Barca have decided against making their move.

Fabregas must take pay cut at Chelsea


Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas will have to take a huge pay cut if he is to remain at Stamford Bridge, according to the Evening Standard.

The Spain international's current contract is up at the end of the season, though Fabregas has hinted that he would like to stay with the Blues.

But with talks over a new deal yet to be started, it has emerged that the west London outfit are not willing to offer Fabregas anything close to his current salary.

Martinez sidesteps Madrid links


Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has shot down suggestions he could become the new Real Madrid boss.

With Antonio Conte reportedly out of the running, the ex-Wigan and Everton boss has emerged as the favourite to replace Julen Lopetegui, who was sacked after the 5-1 El Clasico defeat to Barcelona.

Martinez guided the Reds Devils to a third place finish at the World Cup yet has a chequered managerial record.

Asked by VTM Nieuws about the speculation, Martinez responded: "We won't waste our time on that."

The end of 'deliberate' handball?


Football rule-makers are considering making an important change to the handball rule, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The alteration which will discussed at a meeting next week in London which could see the word 'deliberately' removed from the regulations regarding handling the ball.

Instead, referees will be asked to judge whether a player's arm or hand is in an unnatural position - possibly above shoulder height.

If the talks prove successful then the change in the rule could be voted on at International FA Board's annual general meeting next March.

PSG alerted to frustrated Fabinho


Fabinho is "bored" at Liverpool and could leave the club as early as the January transfer window.

The Brazilian only moved to Anfield in the summer from Monaco but has found opportunities hard to come by.

Jurgen Klopp has fielded the 25-year-old just once from the start in the Premier League this season.

And according to La Parisien, Paris Saint-Germain are aware of his disappointment and could make a move in the New Year just six months on from his move to Merseyside.

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United identify Ryan to replace De Gea


Manchester United have identified Brighton's Mat Ryan as a possible replacement for David de Goa, according to The Sun.

Jose Mourinho and the United hierarchy is concerned the Spaniard will not commit to extending his contract.

Australia international Ryan has impressed for the Seagulls since moving to the Amex and has kept three clean sheets in 10 appearances this season.

Suarez: Barcelona search for replacement is normal


Luis Suarez is not worried if Barcelona reignite their search for a new striker.

France striker Antoine Griezmann almost moved to Camp Nou in the summer before opting to remain at Atletico Madrid.

The 31-year-old netted a hat-trick in El Clasico against Real Madrid but has endured an otherwise slow start to the campaign, with some criticism over his weight.

But he told Uruguayan radio station Sport 890: "For Barcelona to look for a [number] nine is normal. I am already 31 years old."

Chelsea unsure about Ramsey


No January bid for the Welshman

Chelsea have no plans to make a January bid for Aaron Ramsey and could completed abandon a move for the Wales international, according to The Daily Star.

The Blues were thought to be among a clutch of sides monitoring the 27-year-old, following's Arsenal's decision not to extend his contract which expires at the end of the season.

Maurizio Sarri has as many as seven central midfielders available to him, with the recent form of Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek adding to his selection dilemma.

There is therefore a feeling within Stamford Bridge that signing another midfielder would be an unnecessary purchase, particularly with the club not thought to be interested in a permanent deal for the on-loan Mateo Kovacic.

Former USMNT boss Arena linked with Galaxy return


Bruce Arena has had talks with the LA Galaxy regarding a potential return to the club, according to Yahoo Sports.

Arena departed the club to take over as manager of the U.S. national team, but left after the group failed to make the World Cup.

Now, he's linked with a return to the club in a front office position while the club has yet to make a decision on interim boss Dom Kinnear. 

Conte demands impacting potential Real Madrid move


Two demands are said to be the key holdup in Antonio Conte's talks with Real Madrid, according to OKDiario.

Conte is looking for a contract of at least two years should he be hired to replace Julen Lopetegui while the Italian is also calling for full control.

Real Madrid hasn't given a coach total control since Jose Mourinho, and that fact is proving to be a major hurdle for the two parties. 

Gomez set for new Liverpool deal


Joe Gomez is set for a new deal with Liverpool as the club looks to reward the young defender, according to the Mirror.

Gomez has forged a partnership with Virgil van Dijk this season, helping guide Liverpool towards title contention.

Despite the fact the young English defender has several years remaining on his current deal, the club is looking to compensate the defender with a new contract worthy of his recent play. 

Guardiola: Man City will do everything to keep Brahim


Brahim Diaz's future with Manchester City is in doubt according to reports, but his manager says the club will put in a major effort to keep the Spanish midfielder.

After seeing Brahim score twice against Fulham on Thursday, Pep Guardiola says the club will certainly work to keep hold of Diaz, who could be tempted to follow the path of Jadon Sancho away from Man City.

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Torino aim to bring back Zappacosta


Torino are looking to make a move for Davide Zappacosta, according to Calcio Mercato.

The defender played for the club from 2015-17 before joining the Blues on a four-year deal.

However, playing time has been hard to come by as Zappacosta has played just six Premier League minutes this season under fellow Italian Maurizio Sarri.

A move could be tempting for the defender, who hopes to remain in the picture for the national taem. 

Bailey wants Bayer exit


Bayer Leverkusen star Leon Bailey is keen on a move away from the club in the new year after dropping down the pecking order, per SportBild.

The Jamaican has been named on the bench in five of his side’s last six games and is plotting a potential departure come January in order to increase game time.

However, the 20-year-old remains contracted to the Bundesliga side until 2023 following an extension and they are thought to be unlikely to want to let him go.

Hodgson vague on Puncheon future


Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has stressed that Jason Puncheon remains in his plans, though he admits that he is unsure on the 32-year-old’s future.

Puncheon was heavily linked with a move to join old boss Tony Pulis at Middleborough in the summer and former England coach Hodgson has previously acknowledged that he won’t stop the winger from leaving in search of regular football.

“Who knows what January is going to bring, what offers are going to come our way – I'll have to wait and see,” the 71-year-old said, according to the Teesside Gazette.

Arsenal among quintet chasing Vinicius Jr loan


Arsenal could be just one of five potential destinations for Vinicius Junior in the new year if the Real Madrid youngster departs on loan, according to Don Balon.

The Brazilian star failed to break out for Los Blancos under departed coach Julen Lopetegui and may seek more regular game-time elsewhere on a temporary basis.

Along with the Gunners, the Serie A trio of Inter, Napoli and Roma are all thought to be interested, as are Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund.

Milan wary of FFP in Suarez pursuit


Milan are still keen on a move for Barcelona’s Denis Suarez, but are worried about the restrictions of the Financial Fair Play rulebook, per Il Corriere dello Sport.

Suarez, who took on the captaincy in midweek for Barca’s Copa del Rey win over Cultural Leonesa in his first appearance of the season, is a target for the Serie A giants.

However, they are keen to avoid a repeat of their rival Inter’s predicament with Rafinha, where they were unable to secure the Brazilian from the Liga champions due to FFP rules.

Solari seeks Hermoso reunion


Real Madrid caretaker Santiago Solari has reportedly set his sights on Espanyol centre-back Mario Hermoso as his first acquisition come the transfer window, reports Don Balon.

Hermoso, a former product of the Real youth system, has been with the Barcelona-based club since 2017, but previously worked with Solari in the Champions League holders’ Castilla set-up.

The 23-year-old would be a like-for-like replacement for fellow defender Jesus Vallejo who is expected to be moved on by Los Blancos in the new year.