Soccer Wiretap

Arsene Wenger Insists He Remains Right Manager For Arsenal

May 28, 2017 10:22 AM

Following Arsenal's FA Cup win over Chelsea, Arsene Wenger is adamant he remains the right manager for the job.

Wenger has won the FA Cup seven times, with three coming in the past four seasons.

Wenger was asked if winning this trophy might be a perfect way of leaving the club.

"There's no perfect way," said Wenger. "I believe that I just want to do well for this club. After it's down to the board members, am I the right man to lead this club further? And for me to decide that I am the right man to lead this club further.

"And that's it. It's not about popularity, its about competence."

Wenger has drawn growing criticism this year.

"Look, I believe it because you cannot be 35 years at the top level if you do not believe you're the right man for the job."

Mattias Karen/ESPN

Tags: Arsenal, Misc Rumor

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Pablo Zabaleta Signs Two-Year Deal With West Ham

May 28, 2017 10:32 AM

Pablo Zabaleta has signed with West Ham on a two-year deal.

Zabaleta is coming off more than 200 appearances with Manchester City since 2008.

“This is an absolute pleasure to be part of West Ham,” Zabaleta told West Ham TV. “I hope I can give you good moments. Of course, I come to the club to enjoy myself and hopefully we can have a very successful time.”

Press Association

Tags: West Ham United, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Antonio Conte Interested In Extending Contract With Chelsea

May 26, 2017 12:00 PM

Antonio Conte would like to extend his contract with Chelsea.

Conte has been linked to Inter Milan despite having two more seasons on his deal.

"If the club give me the possibility to stay and extend my contract, for sure I'm available to," said Conte.

Chelsea won the Premier League and will play Arsenal in the FA Cup final.

"We have the same idea about the future, the way we have to do together, to improve the squad and the team.

"And I'm happy for this season. I'm happy to stay here and I hope to stay here for many years."

BBC

Tags: Chelsea, Misc Rumor

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Isco Voted Real Madrid Fans' Player Of The Year

May 26, 2017 11:51 AM

Isco has been voted by fans as Real Madrid's player of the season.

Isco scored 11 goals and assisted on seven this season.

Since arriving from Malaga in 2013, Isco has consistently been a fan favorite that they have wanted to receive more playing time.

Isco has been the odd man out of the Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Casemiro midfield, but he's played with Gareth Bale injured.

As.com

Tags: Real Madrid

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LAFC Can't Afford To Sign Chicharito

May 26, 2017 9:52 AM

Los Angeles FC won't be able to afford Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez.

Hernandez has been the subject of bids by MLS teams several times in the past.

When talks between Hernandez and MLS surfaced back in February, a league source said the annual salary would be around $9 million.

Hernandez's current deal expires in 2018.

Hernandez has drawn interest from Lyon, as the French club attempts to find a replacement for Alexandre Lacazette, who is reportedly on his way to Atletico Madrid.

Jeff Carlisle/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles FC, Bayer Leverkusen, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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City Sets Club Transfer Record Paying Monaco $76.8M For Bernardo Silva

May 26, 2017 9:47 AM

Manchester City has agreed to buy Bernardo Silva from Monaco for £60 million ($76.8 million).

Silva is a 22-year-old midfielder identified by Pep Guardiola as one of his top targets.

Silva joined Monaco on a permanent deal in 2015 from Benfica.

Silva becomes the most expensive player in City history, beating the £55 million record paid by City for Kevin De Bruyne in 2015.

Marcus Christenson, Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

Tags: Manchester City, Monaco, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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United Won't Overhaul Roster This Summer

May 25, 2017 7:50 PM

Manchester United are not planning a major overhaul of their roster this summer.

United are preparing for a difficult transfer window with other Premier League clubs set to flex their financial muscle thanks to the £5.136 billion television deal which came into effect in 2016.

United are expected to target a center back, a midfielder, an attacking player and a striker this summer.

United finished sixth in the Premier League but qualified for the Champions League due to their Europa League win.

Rob Dawson/ESPN

Tags: Manchester United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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AC Milan Offering $67M To Real Madrid For Alvaro Morata

May 25, 2017 12:35 PM

Alvaro Morata has been linked to a move to AC Milan this summer with the club offering Real Madrid a transfer fee of $67 million.

AC Milan is offering Morata a salary of €7.5 million per season.

Morata returned from Juventus to Real Madrid this past summer when they exercised their buyback option.

Zinedine Zidane wants Real Madrid to keep Morata.

La Gazzetta dello Sport

Tags: A.C. Milan, Real Madrid, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Not Saying Where He'll Play Next Season

May 25, 2017 11:33 AM

While Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he's nearing a return from his knee injury, it remains unclear where he'll play next season.

Before his injury, it appeared Ibrahimovic would remain with Manchester United for at least one more season.

"In a few weeks I'll be back in the field," he told Sky Italia. "Where? Let's see."

Ibrahimovic has received interest from the MLS and China.

"When you win, you are always good, you don't feel even more pain," Ibrahimovic said.

"I regret not being able to play this game. It is normal, I wanted to be on the pitch but the situation is this.

"I had a different role, I supported the team, but what matters is that we won. That's the most important thing because this is a collective trophy."


As.com

Tags: Manchester United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Pique Supports Barcelona Hiring Ernesto Valverde

May 25, 2017 11:23 AM

Gerard Pique is supporting the possibility of Barcelona hiring Ernesto Valverde as manager to replace Luis Enrique.

Valverde has stepped down as manager of Athletic Bilbao.

Barcelona is expected to name a new manager after Saturday's Copa del Rey final.

"Ernesto has done a great job at Athletic the last few years," he said. "He played here for Barcelona as a player and I think he could be a good option, as could others.

"I can't decide myself on anyone and I don't know who will be the next manager. It's not my job and I haven't put a lot of thought into it."

As.com

Tags: Barcelona, Misc Rumor

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Gael Clichy, Jesus Navas To Leave City
Gael Clichy joined City from Arsenal in 2011.

ESPN

Wayne Rooney Has 'Lots Of Offers' To Consider
Wayne Rooney said he has made up his mind about whether to leave Manchester United this summer.

Daniel Taylor, Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

United Win 2017 Europa League Championship
Paul Pogba scored the first goal for United in the 18th minute, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan added a second in the 48th minute.

RealGM Staff Report

Court Upholds 21-Month Jail Term For Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is unlikely to serve any time in jail.

BBC

Jermain Defoe Returns To Bournemouth On Three-Year Deal
Jermain Defoe has exercised a relegation-release clause in his Sunderland contract and he will return to the club for whom he played at the beginning of his career.

David Hytner/The Guardian

Sam Allardyce Steps Down As Manager Of Crystal Palace
Sam Allardyce was due a bonus of around 2 million for keeping the club in the Premier League.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Real Madrid Sign Vinicius Junior For $50.3M
Vinicius is just 16 and won't join Real Madrid until he turns 18 in July of 2018.

ESPN

Antoine Griezmann 'Ready To Go' Win Titles
Antoine Griezmann appears ready to leave Atletico Madrid.

PA Sport

Liverpool Could Sign Iker Casillas
Iker Casillas also has offers from clubs in Turkey, Qatar and China.

Luis Nieto/As.com

Juventus Pursuing Andres Iniesta
Juventus has had success with late career midfielders fitting into their system.

As.com

Pep Guardiola's Wife, Two Daughters Unharmed At Ariana Grande Concert
Pep Guardiola's wife and two daughters attended Monday's Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

David F. Sanchidrian/As.com

Kylian Mbappe Won't Join Club Where He Won't Play Regularly
Kylian Mbapp said he "will be the sole decision-maker" on where he ends up.

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Juan Cuadrado Joins Juve On Permanent Deal
Juan Cuadrado has also signed a contract through 2020.

RealGM Staff Report

Antoine Griezmann Rates United Move Odds At '6'
Antoine Griezmann said his odds of joining Manchester United this summer are six out of 10, though he also rates his odds of staying with Atletico Madrid at seven.

Ian Holyman/ESPN

David Moyes Steps Down As Manager Of Sunderland
David Moyes has stepped down as manager of Sunderland following their relegation.

The Guardian

Stan Kroenke Rejects Alisher Usmanov's Bid To Buy Arsenal
Stan Kroenke has insisted he remains committed to Arsenal and his share in the club are "not, and never have been, for sale."

Press Association

Real Madrid Wins La Liga For First Time Since 2012
With Real Madrid only needing a tie on the final day of the season, Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the second minute while Karim Benzema provided an extra goal in the 55th minute.

Sid Lowe/The Guardian

Alexandre Lacazette Confirms He'll Leave Lyon
Alexandre Lacazette has confirmed he will leave Lyon this summer and hinted his destination could be Atletico Madrid.

Ian Holyman/ESPN

Koeman Not Confident Of Ross Barkley Staying With Everton
Ross Barkley's current contract expires in 2018.

Press Association

Alisher Usmanov Makes $1.3B Offer To Buy Out Arsenal From Stan Kroenke
The offer from Alisher Usmanov values Arsenal at $2 billion.

Mattias Karen/ESPN