Soccer Wiretap

Zinedine Zidane Speaks With Kylian Mbappe About Joining Real Madrid

Jun 23, 2017 12:51 PM

Zinedine Zidane has spoken with Kylian Mbappe in an effort to convince him to sign with Real Madrid.

Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City and PSG also have interest in Mbappe.

Real Madrid could sell Gareth Bale to clear room for Mbappe.

Mbappe could command a transfer fee for over €100 million.


Tags: Monaco, Real Madrid, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Southampton Hires Mauricio Pellegrino As Manager

Jun 23, 2017 12:48 PM

Southampton have hired Mauricio Pellegrino as manager to replace Claude Puel.

Puel was fired after an eighth-place finish in the Premier League.

Pellegrino chose to leave Alavés in May after a campaign with similarities to Southampton’s.

Pellegrino was also under consideration by Crystal Palace before they offered the job to Frank de Boer.

The Guardian

Tags: Deportivo Alaves, Southampton, Misc Rumor

United Make Progress On Transfer For Alvaro Morata

Jun 23, 2017 12:46 PM

Manchester United are making progress in their pursuit of a transfer with Real Madrid for Alvaro Morata.

Jose Mourinho has identified Morata as the striker he wants to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

There has been no offer for him from Chelsea, who are also in the market for a striker with Diego Costa set to depart and have been linked with Everton's Romelu Lukaku.

Rob Dawson/ESPN

Tags: Manchester United, Real Madrid, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Cristiano Ronaldo Reconsidering Transfer Request

Jun 21, 2017 1:57 PM

Cristiano Ronaldo is reconsidering his desire to leave Real Madrid after he was told about Florentino Perez's comments coming to his defense on tax issues.

"Cristiano isn't someone who is motivated by money. He's hurt, and possibly quite rightly so, because he has tried not to upset anyone. Cristiano isn't a business. He is part of Real Madrid's history," said Perez.

Ronaldo previously requested a transfer away from Real Madrid.

Tags: Real Madrid, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Bayern Threatens To Go To FIFA If Clubs Approach Robert Lewandowski

Jun 21, 2017 1:50 PM

Bayern Munich have threatened to go to FIFA if clubs approach Robert Lewandowski.

Chelsea and Manchester United reportedly held talks with Lewandowski.

Lewandowski is reportedly unhappy with Bayern and was upset over the lack of support he received from Carlo Ancelotti.

The statement read: "Robert Lewandowski is under contract at Bayern and only recently renewed his deal until 2021. Bayern Munich waste no thought on a Lewandowski move.

"There are no talks with other clubs, and there won't be any. If other clubs negotiate with players who are under long-term contracts, they risk FIFA punishment. The agent also confirmed to us that he has not held any contract talks."


Tags: Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Manchester United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

City Will Remain Patient On Transfer For Alexis Sanchez

Jun 20, 2017 8:53 PM

Manchester City are prepared to be patient in pursuing a transfer for Alexis Sanchez.

Sanchez has been identified by Pep Guardiola as a priority but Arsenal are reluctant to sell him.

Arsene Wenger has said Sanchez will stay with Arsenal despite an offer of £40 million from City.

Chelsea and Bayern also have interest in Sanchez.

Jonathan Smith/ESPN

Tags: Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Manchester City, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Real Madrid Sending Mixed Signals On Cristiano Ronaldo Situation

Jun 20, 2017 8:49 PM

Real Madrid appear to be keeping their options open concerning a transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo faces serious tax accusations and he's frustrated by the lack of support he has received from Real Madrid.

Florentino Pérez noted that Ronaldo remained under contract, said that he was “a Madrid player” and, in an interview with Marca which appeared the next day, that he would “continue to be”. He said: “The best thing for him and Madrid is for him to stay.” He also said: “Right now, Cristiano is a Real Madrid player and something very strange would have to happen for him not to be, and I am not [even] contemplating that.”

Perez could have ruled out the possibility of selling Ronaldo but chose not to.

While the timing isn't perfect, Real Madrid could see selling him now as an opportunity to get a monster fee and set up the club for their existence without him. Real Madrid has won back-to-back Champions League Finals and have more depth than ever.

Sid Lowe/The Guardian

Tags: Real Madrid, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Liverpool To Sign Mohamed Salah From Roma For $44M

Jun 20, 2017 12:54 PM

Liverpool expect to sign Mohamed Salah before the end of the week, with the winger to have a medical before completing a transfer from Roma for around £35 million ($44 million).

Salah left his native Egypt on Tuesday and is likely to have his medical at Liverpool’s Melwood base. Personal terms are believed to have been agreed with the 24-year-old.

Jurgen Klopp believes Salah can provide pace in the frontline, something all but absent when Sadio Mané is unavailable.

Fabrizio Romano, Sachin Nakrani/The Guardian

Tags: Liverpool, Roma, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Christian Pulisic Not Interested In Leaving Dortmund For Bayern

Jun 19, 2017 12:36 PM

Christian Pulisic has no desire to leave Borussia Dortmund for Bayern Munich.

Dortmund have lost Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels to Bayern.

"No, that I could not do," said Pulisic when asked about a possible move to Bayern. "I can't say that, but nah."

Pulisic grew up as a fan of Manchester United and the Premier League but he remains happy in the Bundesliga.

"Nah, I mean when I was little I wanted to play in the Premier League but now that I'm in the Bundesliga I'm not planning on a move because that's what I want to do," Pulisic said. "I'm really happy there and I'm just kind of going with the flow and I'm happy with it."

Stephan Uersfeld/ESPN

Tags: Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

City Close To Transfer For Dani Alves

Jun 18, 2017 12:29 AM

Manchester City is close to a £5 million transfer deal with Juventus for Dani Alves.

City have been searching for defensive options after allowing Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy leave at the end of the season. City had been attempting to sign Kyle Walker from Tottenham Hotspur.

Alves joined Juve last summer on a free transfer from Barcelona.

Writing on the Players’ Tribune website in the buildup to the Champions League final earlier this month, Alves had high praise for Pep Guardiola, saying: “If you turn the word ‘computer’ backwards, it spells ‘Steve Jobs’. If you turn the word ‘football’ backwards, it spells ‘Pep’. He is a genius. I’ll say it again. A genius.”

Fabrizio Romano, Ed Aarons/The Guardian

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

Cristiano Ronaldo Decided He Wanted To Leave Real Madrid Months Ago
Cristiano Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes, advised him not to say anything until after the Champions League Final in Cardiff.

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Antonio Conte Frustrated With Chelsea Board Over Transfers
Reports have emerged in Italy that Antonio Conte may be considering his future.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Reina Won't Leave Napoli For AC Milan
Pepe Reina's contract is up for renewal in 2018 and there had been talk of Napoli cashing in on him while they can.

Ben Gladwell/ESPN

Cristiano Ronaldo Seeks Real Madrid Exit After Tax Accusations
Real Madrid is trying to persuade Cristiano Ronaldo to remain at the club.

Samuel Marsden/ESPN

Inter Won't Drop $61M Asking Price To United For Ivan Perisic
Jose Mourinho has identified the Croatian winger as a key target.

Mark Ogden/ESPN

Everton Buys Jordan Pickford For Record Fee From Sunderland
Jordan Pickford becomes the third most expensive goalkeeper of all time.

Andy Hunter/The Guardian

Gianluigi Donnarumma Won't Extend Contract With AC Milan
AC Milan could sell Gianluigi Donnarumma rather than risk having him leave on a free transfer next summer.

Ben Gladwell/ESPN

Kylian Mbappe To 'Sort Through' Transfer Options
Monaco has received at least two bids of at least 100 million for Kylian Mbappe.

Ian Holyman/ESPN

Claudio Ranieri Hired As Manager By Nantes
Claudio Ranieri was fired as manager of Leicester City less than one year after leading the club to the Premier League title in 2016.

Mark Dobson/The Guardian

Chelsea Signs Willy Caballero
Willy Caballero will backup Thibaut Courtois.


Antoine Griezmann Extends Atleti Contract Until 2022
Antoine Griezmann had been linked to a departure from Atleti this summer.

Jorge Garcia/

Milan Signs Andre Silva From Porto For $42.6M
Andre Silva scored 16 goals in 32 appearances in the Portuguese Liga last season, adding a further four in eight Champions League outings.

Ben Gladwell/ESPN

Study Gives Higher Values To Harry Kane, Dele Alli Than Messi, Ronaldo
Only Neymar has a higher value than Harry Kane and Dele Alli.


Chelsea Considered Favorites To Sign James Rodriguez
Antonio Conte will sell Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas and is seeking moves for James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata.

Manu Sainz/

Joe Hart Confident City Will Sell Him
Joe Hart was loaned out to Torino this past season.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Riyad Mahrez Has Yet To Receive Offer From Arsenal
Arsene Wenger suggested Arsenal could pursue Riyad Mahrez, who has already announced he intends to leave Leicester City this summer.


United Buys Victor Lindelof From Benfica For $39M
Victor Lindelof is a 22-year-old Swedish center back.

The Guardian

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Agrees To Sign With LA Galaxy
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic out until January recovering from a torn ACL, he will join the Galaxy next season.

Jose Felix Diaz/Marca

United Moving Towards Transfer For Alvaro Morata
Alvaro Morata's has informed Real Madrid he is seeking an exit after playing sparingly.

Ed Aarons, Sid Lowe/The Guardian

Leonardo Bonucci Dismisses Chelsea Rumors
Leonardo Bonucci has been linked to leaving Juventus to reunite with Antonio Conte.

Ben Gladwell/ESPN