May 2017 - Soccer Wiretap

Sam Allardyce Steps Down As Manager Of Crystal Palace

May 24, 2017 11:25 AM

Sam Allardyce has surprisingly stepped down as manager of Crystal Palace.

Allardyce only signed a contract through to 2019 at Selhurst Park just before Christmas.

Allardyce was due a bonus of around £2 million for keeping the club in the Premier League.

“In some ways this has been a very difficult decision to make, but in others it has been a simple one,” he said in a statement released on Tuesday evening. “I will always be grateful to Crystal Palace and Steve Parish for giving me the opportunity to go out with my head held high having helped keep the club in the Premier League. More than that, they gave me a chance of rebuilding my reputation after what happened with England. I felt I needed another shot at being a Premier League manager and Palace gave me the chance of rehabilitation.

“That’s why it’s hard walking away now. I think the club are heading in the right direction with a hugely supportive board of directors, a great squad of players and some of the most passionate fans I’ve ever met. It’s been a privilege to have worked here for the past five months. But there comes a time when you have to take stock of what direction you want your life to take, and that’s been the simple part for me.

“I want to be able to savour life while I’m still relatively young and when I’m still relatively healthy enough to do all the things I want to do, like travel and spend more time with my family and grandchildren without the huge pressure that comes with being a football manager. This is the right time for me. I have no ambitions to take another job. I simply want to be able to enjoy all the things you cannot really enjoy with the 24/7 demands of managing any football club, let alone one in the Premier League.”

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Tags: Crystal Palace, Misc Rumor

Court Upholds 21-Month Jail Term For Lionel Messi

May 24, 2017 12:06 PM

A Spanish court has upheld a 21-month jail term for Lionel Messi for tax fraud.

Messi is unlikely to serve any time in jail.

"I only worried about playing football," said Messi during his trial.

But in its decision on Wednesday, the court said: "It defies logic to concede that someone who earns a large income does not know that he must pay taxes on it."


Tags: Barcelona

Jermain Defoe Returns To Bournemouth On Three-Year Deal

May 24, 2017 12:03 PM

Jermain Defoe will join Bournemouth from Sunderland on a three-year deal that will pay him £20 million.

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.

Defoe was an 18-year-old when he debuted for Bournemouth in 2000-01, on loan from West Ham United.

David Hytner/The Guardian

Tags: Bournemouth, Misc Rumor

Real Madrid Sign Vinicius Junior For $50.3M

May 23, 2017 4:22 PM

Real Madrid have completed a move with Flamengo for Vinicius Junior.

Vinicius is just 16 and won't join Real Madrid until he turns 18 in July of 2018.

The plan is for Vinicius to remain with Flamengo for another year after until 2019, but he can move to Madrid earlier if both sides agree.

Reports put the transfer fee at €45 million ($50.3 million).


Tags: Real Madrid, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Antoine Griezmann 'Ready To Go' Win Titles

May 23, 2017 4:03 PM

Antoine Griezmann said he is "ready to go" as he continues to cast doubt about his future with Atletico Madrid.

Griezmann has been linked to a move to Manchester United.

"Today, if I have to move, it will not be a problem for me," he said. "It may be England, which is in fashion, Germany, China or the United States, I'm ready to go."

Griezmann, who scored 26 goals for Atletico this season, added: "I want to win titles.

"We finished third in La Liga, it was the objective of the club, but we, the players, want more.

"Winning titles is what I will look for this summer when deciding on my future."

PA Sport

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

Liverpool Could Sign Iker Casillas

May 23, 2017 10:44 AM

Iker Casillas is ending his two-year stint with FC Porto and could join Liverpool this summer.

Casillas also has offers from clubs in Turkey, Qatar and China.

Liverpool can offer Casillas a chance to play Champions League football again next season.

Casillas allowed just 23 goals in 43 games during the 16-17 season.

Luis Nieto/

Tags: Liverpool, Porto, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Juventus Pursuing Andres Iniesta

May 23, 2017 10:37 AM

Juventus are willing to make an offer to Barcelona for Andres Iniesta.

Iniesta has spent his entire career with Barcelona but is without a long-term contract.

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

Tags: Barcelona, Juventus, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Pep Guardiola's Wife, Two Daughters Unharmed At Ariana Grande Concert

May 23, 2017 10:35 AM

Pep Guardiola's wife and two daughters attended Monday's Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, which was the target of a terrorist attack that killed 22 deaths and wounded another 59 people.

Guardiola sent his condolences via Twitter.

"Shocked. Can't believe what happened last night. My deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims.," wrote Guardiola.

Guardiola just completed his first season with Manchester City.

David F. Sanchidrian/

Tags: Manchester City

Kylian Mbappe Won't Join Club Where He Won't Play Regularly

May 22, 2017 8:21 PM

Kylian Mbappe insists he won't move to a team where he may not feature regularly.

Real Madrid has been linked to Mbappe as his preferred destination, but becoming a regular starter is difficult at the club. James Rodriguez, for example, joined Real Madrid from Monaco in 2014 and is likely to leave this summer after being unable to crack their regular XI.

"I will make a choice based on my sporting career, and my career is first and foremost, and I am at an age where I need to play, and that will be paramount," Mbappe told beIN Sports.

"I'm not 35 or 36, an age where I have to manage [my body], I still have everything to learn, this year was discovery, and now comes the most important step: Confirmation. 

"And I will be the sole decision-maker, and I will not go anywhere where I will be forced to go."


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

Juan Cuadrado Joins Juve On Permanent Deal

May 22, 2017 6:12 PM

Juan Cuadrado has permanently joined Juventus from Chelsea for €20 million.

Cuadrado has also signed a contract through 2020.

Cuadrado joined Juventus from Chelsea in 2015.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Chelsea, Juventus, Misc Rumor, Signing, Transfer Rumor

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

United Interested In Jan Oblak If David De Gea Leaves
Jan Oblak has a €100 million escape clause in his Atletico contract.

Mark Ogden/ESPN

Bournemouth To Bid $38.9M To Chelsea For Ake, Begovic
Both players have been on the fringes of Antonio Conte's squad.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Real Madrid Needs One Point From Final Match To Win La Liga
Real Madrid last won La Liga in 2012 under Jose Mourinho.

Sid Lowe/The Guardian

Mourinho Hopes United Keeps David De Gea
Jose Mourinho is hopeful Manchester United will be able to retain David De Gea this summer.


Mauricio Pochettino Guarantees He'll Stay With Spurs
Mauricio Pochettino has faced questions about his own future in recent weeks, amid interest from Barcelona and Internazionale.

Press Association

Glazer Family To Receive $24M Dividend Payment From United
United project income of £560 million to £570 million despite no Champions League income.

David Conn, Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

John Terry Hasn't Ruled Out Retirement
John Terry is likely to receive numerous offers to continue his career.

PA Sport

Cavani, Mbappe, Jardim Win Ligue 1 Awards
Edinson Cavani has been named the Ligue 1 Player of the Year while Kylian Mbappe won Best Young Player.

Alvaro Morata Ignores Zidane's Hand After Being Subsituted
Sunday's match could be Alvaro Morata's final one with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

Pep Guardiola Believes He'd Be Fired At Barca, Bayern
Pep Guardiola believes he would have been fired by Barcelona and Bayern Munich if he posted the type of disappointing results he did in his first season with Manchester City.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

City Preparing New Contract For Yaya Toure
After a rough start to playing for Pep Guardiola again, Yaya Toure fought his way back into the manager's plans.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Liverpool Will Look To Sell Mamadou Sakho
Liverpool will allow Mamadou Sakho leave in the summer if they receive a transfer fee of at least £30 million.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Arsenal Will Sign Sead Kolasinac From Schalke
Sead Kolasinac had been choosing between Arsenal and AC Milan.