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Sounders GM Lagerwey not expecting 'splashy' signings

2019-02-20T22:52:21Z

Seattle Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey says he is not expecting any more "splashy" signings before the season.

The Sounders have an open designated player spot, but Lagerwey isn't anticipating that it will be filled anytime soon. 

"I wouldn't expect a splashy third DP-level signing," Lagerwey told the "Sounders Weekly" radio show.

"Our big investments are in Nico Lodeiro and Raul Ruidiaz. Those guys are the cornerstones we're building around and certainly we are going to continue to bring in good players...But I don't anticipate it's going to be at an impact like a Lodeiro or a Ruidiaz."

Wolves eye Sobhi move

2019-02-20T22:24:19Z

Wolves are considering a summer move for Huddersfield winger Ramadan Sobhi, claims the Daily Mail. 

Sobhi is currently on loan at former club Al Ahly after failing to break through with Huddersfield in the first half of the season. 

Despite his struggles, Woves still believe in the 22-year-old's potential and are keen on making a summer bid. 

Lyon monitoring Wamangituka

2019-02-20T21:51:04Z

Lyon are keeping an eye on Paris FC striker Silas Wamangituka, according to Le10Sport

The 19-year-old has scored five goals in 18 appearances this season with the Ligue 2 side. 

Wamangituka has enjoyed a rapid rise after joining Paris FC last summer from fifth division side Olympique Ales.

Timbers land Jorge Moreira on loan

2019-02-20T21:18:07Z

The Portland Timbers have acquired right-back Jorge Moreira on loan from River Plate with an option to purchase.

Moreira, 29, has made over 250 professional appearances in South America and has 17 caps for Paraguay

“Jorge is an experienced player who has played at the highest level in South America and internationally, and his addition further strengthens our defensive group,” said head coach Giovanni Savarese in a club release.

Chelsea players expecting Sarri to be sacked

2019-02-20T20:45:30Z

Chelsea players are expecting manager Maurizio Sarri to be sacked if they lose to Man City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, The Sun reports. 

Sarri has been on the brink since City humiliated Chelsea 6-0 on February 10, and one more defeat could seal the Italian's fate. 

The 60-year-old only joined Chelsea from Napoli in the off-season, but his tenure could come to a close less than one season after it began. 

Raiola to meet Milan over Bonaventura extension

2019-02-20T20:14:41Z

AC Milan midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura's agent Mino Raiola is set to meet with to the club to discuss a new contract, Calciomercato reports. 

Bonaventura's current deal expires at the end of next season, and Milan manager Rino Gattuso is understood to be a big admirer of the 30-year-old. 

Bonaventura is out for the season after undergoing knee surgery in November, but the club still wish to see him extend his stay at the San Siro. 

Sharp set to sign new Sheffield United deal

2019-02-20T19:44:35Z

Sheffield United veteran Billy Sharp is set to commit to the Blades with a fresh contract, reports the Telegraph

The striker, 33, has been key in United's push for the Premier League this season, netting 22 goals in the Championship to date.

'Wenger would be great for Chelsea'

2019-02-20T19:23:13Z

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger would be "a great Chelsea manager" if he were to make a shock return to the Premier League, according to David Seaman.

Wenger ended his 22-year spell with Arsenal at the end of last season and is still out of a job despite insisting he is not retired.

The Frenchman has been linked with a whole host of jobs but he is yet to step back into management since leaving the Gunners last year.

Read more here!

Liverpool & Chelsea chase Thuram's son

2019-02-20T19:07:01Z

Both Liverpool and Chelsea are keen to sign the son of former France star Lillian Thuram, according to the Daily Mail

Khephren Thuram, 17, is highly rated in the Monaco youth system but is yet to sign a professional contract, meaning that he could yet leave for a cut-price transfer fee.

Inter to welcome Icardi return

2019-02-20T18:50:08Z

Mauro Icardi will be welcomed back into the Inter team with open arms should he be recalled by Inter this week.

The Argentine has been stripped of the captaincy and not played in either of the last two games.

Icardi could return to face Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on Thursday and Antonio Candreva would love to see the former skipper back in the team.

"We have talked a lot about this situation, directors, the president and coach all spoke about it," he told reporters.

Read what else Candreva had to say on the controversy right here on Goal

Tebas lined up for PL role

2019-02-20T18:35:26Z

La Liga chief Javier Tebas is being considered as the new head of the Premier League, according to The Times.

Richard Scudamore's successor remains unknown after Susanna Dinnage decided not to take the role.

Tebas, who has previously turned down a similar role in Serie A, has run the Spanish top flight since 2013 and has pushed for a regular season game to be played in the United States.

Clubs have been proposing possible replacements for chief-executive Scuadmore, who stepped down at the turn of the year.

 

'United wanted Almiron'

2019-02-20T18:00:08Z

Manchester United were keen on Miguel Almiron before he completed his move to Newcastle United.

The 25-year-old swapped MLS Cup winners Atlanta United for St James' Park in the January transfer window for a club record £20 million [$26m].

But agent Daniel Campo says he could have moved to Old Trafford had things turned out differently.

He told Paraguay TV: “Manchester United was interested in Miguel Almiron.”

Everton want permanent Zouma deal

2019-02-20T17:40:23Z

Marco Silva, the Everton boss, wants the club to sign Chelsea's Kurt Zouma on a permanent deal.

The Frenchman's displays have been one of the few positives for the Merseysiders during an otherwise troubling campaign.

On his third loan spell away from Stamford Bridge, the 24-year-old could now look to settle down - and Silva hopes he chooses Goodison Park.

He told the Liverpool Echo: “Let's see what we can do or not in the future.

"But it's also about his opinion, about his future. But we are really happy with him.”

Traore could have left England

2019-02-20T17:25:39Z

Adama Traore had offers to leave England in the summer - but instead chose to sign for Wolves.

The former Barcelona winger spent the last two seasons at Middlesbrough, where he put himself in the shop window with some eye-catching displays.

But instead of returning to La Liga or seeking a new challenge in Germany, he opted to move to the Premier League.

“I had different options in Spain and Germany but I wanted to stay in England,” he told the Express and Star.

“My agent told me I had the option to go away, from England but I said ‘no, I want to stay and improve, I want to prove to everyone in England how good I am’.

“I want to prove I can play in the Premier League. It was an easy decision as well. I know Wolves is a good team.”

Kovac wants Jovic reunion

2019-02-20T17:05:28Z

Niko Kovac wants to reunite with Luka Jovic at Bayern Munich.

The coach worked with the 21-year-old at Eintracht Frankfurt, where the striker is currently on loan.

Sport Bild understand the Bayern boss has made a personal plea for the club to sign the free-scoring Serbia international, who is valued at €50 million [£43m/$56m].

Barcelona are also understood to be tracking Jovic.

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Real considering selling Bale

2019-02-20T16:45:33Z

The Welshman has failed to meet expectations in Madrid

Real Madrid are contemplating cashing-in on Gareth Bale as they prepare to stage a massive overhaul in the summer.

Marca report that the Wales international has failed to achieve what was expected of him since he signed from Tottenham in 2013.

Lucas Vasquez and Vinicius Junior have moved ahead of Bale in the pecking order and with plenty of interest from the Premier League, a sale could take place this summer to finance moves for Eden Hazard and Christian Eriksen.

Boateng leaves Levante for China

2019-02-20T16:25:11Z

Ghana striker Emmanuel Boateng has completed his move from Levante to Chinese outfit Dalian Yifang.

The 22-year-old scored goals against Real Madrid and Barcelona in the 2017-18, but his career has stalled since.

He moves to the Chinese Super League having netted just once this season in 16 outings.

Read all about the deal on Goal

Emery: The key is in Ozil's hands

2019-02-20T16:05:10Z

Unai Emery says Mesut Ozil's future is in his own hands as the midfielder must prove he can be consistent.

Ozil has struggled with injuries and illness throughout the season, and has been excluded from the Arsenal first team as a result.

With the German's future a talking point, Emery says Ozil has impressed in training, but needs to do so more consistently going forward.

Read Emery's full quotes on Goal!

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Zaniolo turns down Raiola

2019-02-20T15:40:48Z

Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo has been approached by Mino Raiola, but has turned down an offer to work with the agent, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Zaniolo's father informed Raiola that the midfielder wishes to continue working with his current agent Claudio Virorelli.

Raiola currently has a list of clients that includes stars Paul Pogba, Mario Balotelli, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Marco Verratti.

Sarri: I plan to be Chelsea boss for a long time

2019-02-20T15:20:14Z

Maurizio Sarri says he plans to be Chelsea's manager "for a long time".

Sarri has come under fire following the club's recent string of results, headlined by a 6-0 battering at the hands of Manchester City.

Goal understands his job will depend on how Chelsea navigate the next three matches, starting with Thursday's Europa League meeting with Malmo.

Read Sarri's full quotes on Goal!

Whitecaps' Dos Santos: Roster likely set until summer

2019-02-20T15:08:14Z

Marc dos Santos says the Vancouver Whitecaps roster is likely set until the summer window, according to Sportsnet.

Dos Santos took charge of the Whitecaps this past offseason and has overseen a massive overhaul for the Canadian club.

A total of 15 new faces have been added to the squad as the Whitecaps look to rebuild its squad in the wake of Alphonso Davies' move to Bayern Munich

Vieira on Lyon shortlist

2019-02-20T14:37:27Z

Patrick Vieira is on the shortlist to replace Bruno Genesio as Lyon coach, according to Nice-Matin.

The former Arsenal star took over at Nice in June after previously leading New York City FC.

Vieira is under contract through 2021, but is not fully convinced to stay on with the club following the expiration of his deal.

Genesio's contract with Lyon is set to conclude in June and, should he choose to leave, the club sees Vieira as one of the top replacements available. 

 

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Everton's Browning leaves for China

2019-02-20T14:05:19Z

Tyias Browning has left Everton to join Guangzhou Evergrande, the Premier League club confirmed.

The 24-year-old centre-back moves for an undisclosed fee, having made just nine appearances for Everton's first-team.

PSG to offer Dani Alves new contract

2019-02-20T13:39:23Z

Paris Saint-Germain are set to hold talks with Dani Alves' agent over a new contract this week, ESPN reports.

The Brazilian right-back's deal runs out at the end of the season but the French giants are eager to keep him for another year. 

However, the 35-year-old has said he still wants to play in the Premier League before he calls time on his career.

Toronto set to sign Westberg

2019-02-20T13:11:06Z

Toronto FC are in talks to sign Franco-American goalkeeper Quentin Westberg, according to L'Equipe.

The 32-year-old was released from his contract with Ligue 2 side Auxerre earlier this week.

Real Madrid line up Firpo as Marcelo replacement

2019-02-20T12:42:04Z

Real Madrid are lining up a bid for Real Betis' left-sided star Junior Firpo, according to AS.

Marcelo has told Real Madrid that he wants to follow Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus and Los Blancos are fearful that Sergio Reguilon will not improve enough to replace him.

As such, they are already exploring other avenues, including the Spain Under-21 man, who has had a breakout campaign.

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Verratti set to commit his future to PSG

2019-02-20T12:17:37Z

Marco Verratti is set to sign a new deal with PSG, ParisTeam reports.

The Italy international midfielder is ready to sign a fourth new contract with the club he joined in 2012.

This agreement will see him tied to the Parc des Princes outfit until 2024.

Sarri has three games to save Chelsea job

2019-02-20T11:44:24Z

Chelsea will sack Maurizio Sarri if he fails to achieve positive results in his next three games with Chelsea, Goal understands.

The Blues have had a bad start to 2019, putting the coach's future at Stamford Bridge in doubt. The club are already eyeing an interim replacement for the Italian as he could be sacked within the next few weeks.

Read Chelsea correspondent Nizaar Kinsella's latest report

Icardi not getting Inter captaincy back

2019-02-20T11:12:04Z

Mauro Icardi has been told he will not be reinstated as Inter captain after being stripped of the armband. 

Reports in Italy suggest the Argentine striker is running out of friends at San Siro, as only four of his team-mates still have his back.

Samir Handanovic has been named the club's captain and it seems Icardi will need to find a new team if he wants to be the undisputed leader again.

Juventus to hold Marcelo talks with Jorge Mendes

2019-02-20T11:07:18Z

La Liga giants want Alex Sandro swap

Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici will meet with Jorge Mendes to discuss a deal for Real Madrid left-back Marcelo, Tuttosport says.

The Serie A side travel to the Spanish capital to face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday and will use it to line up a deal for their top summer target.

But Madrid are eyeing a swap deal for Juve's current left-back star Alex Sandro, whereas the Bianconeri would rather sell him for a decent fee.

Inter hold secret Rakitic talks with Barcelona

2019-02-20T10:43:56Z

Serie A side ready €35m offer

Inter have entered negotiations with Barcelona over Ivan Rakitic, according to reports in Italy

The Serie A side are determined to land the Croatia star and are willing to offer €35 million (£30m/$40m) at the moment.

Although Inter's first offer falls short of the Catalan side's asking price, they may be willing to meet the Nerazzurri halfway and take €40m (£35m/$45m) for him.

James open to Real Madrid return

2019-02-20T10:12:09Z

James Rodriguez has suggested he would be happy to return to Real Madrid this summer.

The Colombia international has been on loan with Bayern Munich since 2017 and the German club can sign him on a permanent deal at the end of the season.

However, the 27-year-old says he has "everything" in the Spanish capital and must consider his options before a decision is made.

Read the full story on Goal

Ex-Inter forward Castaignos joins Korean club

2019-02-20T10:06:13Z

Former Inter and Feyenoord striker Luc Castaignos has joined Korean club Gyeongnam.

The 26-year-old joined Sporting CP in 2016 but featured just three times in the Portuguese top-flight this season.

Now the Netherlands Under 21 international will ply his trade in the South Korean league with last year's runners-up.

Man City buy Chinese club

2019-02-20T09:48:42Z

Manchester City have added another club to their collection with the City Football Group (CFG) acquisition of Chinese club Sichuan Jiuniu.

CFG, which owns the Premier League champions, has bought the third-tier side as part of a joint-purchase deal involving China Sports Capital and robotics firm UBTECH.

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Napoli eye Lozano, Dolberg & James

2019-02-20T09:26:50Z

Napoli have put Hirving Lozano, Kasper Dolberg and James Rodriguez high on their list of targets for the summer.

The Serie A side are already preparing for the summer and hope to boost their attacking options. Corriere dello Sport claims PSV star Lozano has already caught the eye of Carlo Ancelotti, while Ajax striker Dolberg is being monitored.

James, meanwhile, is seen as the most difficult target to land, however, with Bayern considering signing him on a permanent basis from Real Madrid.

Wenger met with PSG president

2019-02-20T08:54:28Z

Ex-Arsenal boss still linked with director role

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi met with Arsene Wenger in Doha last week, L'Equipe says.

The ex-Arsenal boss is still being linked with the sporting director role at the Ligue 1 giants as he eyes a return to the game following his departure from Arsenal.

The Frenchman met with the president in Qatar to discuss the possibility of taking on the job from Antero Henrique, who has faced heavy criticism recently.

Sporting ready to sell Madrid & Liverpool target Fernandes

2019-02-20T08:26:09Z

Sporting CP are prepared to sell Bruno Fernandes in the summer amid growing interest in him, Correio de Manha reports.

Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Liverpool, Chelsea, AC Milan, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked with the 24-year-old in recent months and offers are expected at the end of the season.

And the Portuguese side are ready to cash in on their star attacking midfielder whose contract runs until 2023.

Madrid to make new Jota bid

2019-02-20T07:28:46Z

Real Madrid have not given up on their hopes of signing Jota from Benfica after having a bid rejected for him, AS reports.

The Spanish giants see the 19-year-old attacker as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo and have been trying to lure him away from the Primeira Liga side.

After turning down an €18 million (£16m/$20m) bid from Madrid, Benfica are trying to tie him down to a new deal with a release clause of €120m (£104m/$136m), but he does not want to renew it as he would rather head to the Spanish capital.

Cerri to remain with Cagliari

2019-02-20T05:51:25Z

Alberto Cerri will remain with Cagliari on a permanent basis, Juventus have announced. 

The move will cost Cagliari €9 million (£8m/$10m) to be paid over the next three years. 

TFC set to sign former U.S. youth international goalkeeper

2019-02-20T04:16:31Z

Toronto FC are set to sign former U.S. youth national team goalkeeper Quentin Westberg from Ligue 2 side Auxerre.

The Athletic reporter Kristian Dyer​ claims the Canadian club are on the verge of landing the 32-year-old shot-stopper, who has spent the majority of his career in France's Ligue 2. 

Bayern join chase for Wan-Bissaka

2019-02-20T00:55:21Z

Bayern Munich are the latest team to show interest in Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka, according to the Daily Mail.

Both Manchester clubs, City and United, along with Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund and Everton are among the potential suitors for the right back.

Palace do not want to part with Wan-Bissaka and the 21-year-old could cost a potential suitor £40 million ($52m). 

Timbers prepare to move on from Vargas

2019-02-20T00:00:00Z

The Portland Timbers are ready to give up their pursuit of Tigres forward Eduardo Vargas, according to ESPN.

The Timbers have offered $8.5 million (£7m) for Vargas, but Tigres value the player at a higher price, even though they are looking to sell him.

Because of that desire to sell, Tigres could eventually return to Portland more amenable to a deal, but the MLS side no longer considers a move for Vargas likely in the league's primary transfer window.

Chelsea considering Zidane and Lampard

2019-02-19T23:45:06Z

Chelsea are considering Zinedine Zidane and Frank Lampard as potential long-term replacements for Maurizio Sarri, according to Sky Sports.

Sarri may well be facing the sack if results do not improve for the Blues, with Gianfranco Zola likely to take over in a caretaker role.

After the season, Chelsea could look to Zidane, who left Madrid after three consecutive Champions League crowns, or ex-Blues star Lampard, who has impressed in his debut season as Derby County manager. 

Tottenham watched Suso and Perisic

2019-02-19T23:30:32Z

Tottenham scouts were in Milan to watch multiple players this past weekend, including Suso and Ivan Perisic, according to Tuttomercatoweb

Spurs have scouted AC Milan duo Suso and Franck Kessie as Mauricio Pochettino is interested in signing both players.

The club also watched Inter to see Perisic as well as Sampdoria's Joachim Andersen, who the club view as a possible replacement if Toby Alderweireld departs. 

Top-four finish required for Man Utd to land Sancho

2019-02-19T23:16:36Z

Manchester United must finish in the top four in order to land Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, according to the Mirror.

The teenager is the Red Devils' top target and while Dortmund don't want to sell, they are likely to accept an offer of over £100 million ($131m).

However, Sancho wants to feature in the Champions League and is making it a requirement the Red Devils make it back to Europe's top continental competition.