Soccer Wiretap

Napoli To Make Bid For Kieran Trippier

May 23, 2019 8:35 PM

Kieran Trippier has been linked with a summer move to Napoli.

Napoli will reportedly bid just over $30 million for the 28-year-old right back.

Trippier signed a 3-year contract with Tottenham in the summer of 2017, but is looking to move abroad.

Jack Pitt-Brooke/Independent

Tags: Napoli, Tottenham Hotspur, Transfer Rumor

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Sevilla Linked With Julen Lopetegui

May 23, 2019 1:58 PM

Julen Lopetegui has emerged as a candidate for Sevilla's coaching vacancy.

"May it take as long as possible to lose the ball and recover it quickly," said Monchi when asked what he'd look for in a manager.

Monchi also preached patience from Sevilla supporters.

"They might have to wait until the end of the transfer window to see the full picture," Monchi added.

Alberto Fdez/Marca

Tags: Sevilla, Misc Rumor

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Real Madrid Want $40 Million For Raul De Tomas

May 23, 2019 1:56 PM

Real Madrid have put a $40 million transfer tag on Raul de Tomas.

De Tomas, who was on loan at Rayo Vallecano last season, scored 14 goals in the league.

De Tomas was linked with a Benfica move, but will attempt to play his way into Zinedine Zidane's squad next season.

Marca/Marcos de Vicente

Tags: Real Madrid, Rayo Vallecano, Transfer Rumor

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Rudi Garcia To Leave Marseilles, Interested In Betis Vacancy

May 23, 2019 1:53 PM

Rudi Garcia announced that he will not return to Marseille next season.

Rafa BenitezGabriel HeinzeAndre Villas-Boas and Claude Puel are candidates to replace Garcia.

Garcia has been linked with the Real Betis position.

Marca/Billy Munday

Tags: Marseille, IQ

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CFG Executive: Guardiola To Juventus Rumors are 'Nonsense'

May 23, 2019 1:49 PM

City Football Group executive Alberto Galassi addressed rumors of Pep Guardiola leaving Manchester City for Juventus.

"As a Manchester City board member, I was very surprised to read such a load of nonsense. Firstly, our coach wants to stay and has another two years on his contract. Secondly, any club like Juventus would never have allowed the release of such news. It is not possible to think that there will be a presentation in a few days and that City is unaware of it before they have even contacted us. It is totally groundless and false," said Galassi.

Galassi added that he and Juventus vice-chairman Pavel Nedved laughed at the rumors.

"We had a laugh. We both realised the issue had become ridiculous. I'm sorry for Juventus fans, but they will need to find another coach. Let Pep enjoy his holidays."


As.com

Tags: Juventus, Manchester City, Misc Rumor

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Arsenal Must Qualify For Champions League To Sign Top Targets

May 23, 2019 11:20 AM

Arsenal is in position to sign their top targets on the transfer market, but many of those players are waiting to see if they qualify for the Champions League first. Arsenal plays Chelsea in the Europa League final on May 29th and must win that match to qualify for the Champions League.

Unai Emery spent close to £70 million during his first summer in charge of Arsenal, signing Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Matteo Guendouzi.

Arsenal has been linked with moves for Samuel Umtiti and Matthias Ginter.

"We have identified very clearly and very unanimously with Emery and our technical people, we know where we want to prioritise," head of football Raul Sanllehi told the club's website.

"We are already in the market talking with the people who can help us cover those positions and I feel quite strong, it's going well.

"We need to go to where we belong and that's the Champions League, and many players really want us to be there also when we are talking with them."

ESPN

Tags: Arsenal, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Liverpool Attempting To Arrange Friendly Ahead Of UCL Final

May 23, 2019 10:30 AM

Jurgen Klopp is planning a friendly for Liverpool to play at their Marbella training camp this weekend as they ramp up preparations for the Champions League Final.

Liverpool's opponents still have to be confirmed with the end of the season complicating the search.

Liverpool will play Tottenham Hotspurs in Madrid on June 1st.

Klopp is particularly keen to give Roberto Firmino a run-out as the striker has missed Liverpool’s past three matches with a groin problem, although he returned to training in Spain.

Andy Hunter/The Guardian

Tags: Liverpool, UEFA Champions League

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Raheem Sterling Interested In Playing In MLS Someday

May 23, 2019 10:19 AM

Raheem Sterling would like to play in the MLS at some point in his career.

MLS franchise New York City FC is owned by the City Football Group, which runs City and five other clubs around the world.

"English football has grown massively over here. It wasn't like that in the past, and it'll continue to get bigger," Sterling told the Wall Street Journal conference.

"I was surprised even just popping out to the shops and being recognised by one or two people. I didn't expect that over here.

"This is a country I would, one day, love to be able to come to. Your weather is a lot better than ours. Hopefully one day I can have my family over here."

Sterling has four years remaining on his current deal with City.

Johnathan Smith/ESPN

Tags: Manchester City, Misc Rumor

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Dortmund Officially Sign Julian Brandt

May 22, 2019 8:32 PM

Borussia Dortmund have officially signed Julian Brandt from Bayer Leverkusen.

The 23-year-old had a release clause of just under $28 million.

Brandt finished the season with 10 goals and 17 assists in all competitions for Leverkusen.

Brian Meyers/Fear The Wall

Tags: Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, Official Transfer

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2022 World Cup Reduced Back From 48 Teams To 32

May 22, 2019 5:28 PM

FIFA has abandoned its plan to expand the field for the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams.

"In line with the conclusions of the feasibility study approved by the FIFA Council at its last meeting, FIFA and Qatar have jointly explored all possibilities to increase the number of participant teams from 32 to 48 teams by involving neighbouring countries at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022," a FIFA statement read on Thursday.

"Following a thorough and comprehensive consultation process with the involvement of all the relevant stakeholders, it was concluded that under the current circumstances such a proposal could not be made now.

"Additionally, FIFA and Qatar have once again explored the feasibility of Qatar hosting a 48-team tournament by in particular lowering certain key FIFA requirements. A joint analysis, in this respect, concluded that due to the advanced stage of preparations and the need for a detailed assessment of the potential logistical impact on the host country, more time would be required and a decision could not be taken before the deadline of June. It was therefore decided not to further pursue this option.

"The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will therefore remain as originally planned with 32 teams and no proposal will be submitted at the next FIFA Congress on 5 June."

ESPN

Tags: World Cup

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Premier League Clubs Had $6.2 Billion In Revenues In 17-18
Without a salary cap, players earned approximately 57 percent of the revenue total.

David Conn/The Guardian

James Rodriguez Will Leave Bayern Munich
Rodriguez is also unlikely to return to Real Madrid.

Rob Train/As.com

Petr Cech Linked With Chelsea Sporting Director Move
Arsenal play Chelsea in the Europa League final next week.

BBC Sport

Juventus Reportedly Target Pep Guardiola As Manager
Outlets in Italy are reporting that Guardiola has agreed to a deal with Juventus.

As.com

United Rule Out Summer Purchase Of Jadon Sancho From Dortmund
Jadon Sancho remains a player of interest to United, but not at the level of outlay that it would require to persuade Dortmund to sell.

Mark Ogden/ESPN

Christian Pulisic Prepared To Emulate Eden Hazard At Chelsea
Christian Pulisic wants to fill the void that will be left by Eden Hazard assuming he leaves Chelsea for Real Madrid.

ESPN

Dortmund Buys Thorgan Hazard From Gladbach For $28.5M
Thorgan Hazard signed a five-year contract with Dortmund.

Stephan Uersfeld/ESPN

European Super League Is Coming, Says Hans-Joachim Watzke
Watzke said that the European Super League would be the end of German football.

As.com

Spanish Football Federation Parts Ways With Adidas
Adidas and Spain had a contract through the 2026 season.

José Félix Díaz/Marca

Henrikh Mkhitaryan To Miss Europa League Final
Arsenal wanted guarantees of Mkhitaryan's safety during the Europa League final.

Marca

Unai Emery: Kylian Mbappe Wanted To Move To Real Madrid
Mbappe has recently discussed his frustration with a lack of Champions League success with PSG.

Marca

Gareth Bale In Documentary: Footballers Are 'Kind Of Just Robots'
Bale added that he understands why athletes look forward to retiring.

Geoff Gillingham/Marca

Kylian Mbappe Wants To Remain With PSG, Play As No. 9
Kylian Mbappe believes he's the best player on the club and wants to be regarded in that way.

Julien Laurens, Jonathan Johnson/ESPN

Atletico Madrid Send Scouts To Watch Joao Felix
Felix's buyout clause is set at $134 million.

Jesús Colino/As.com

Matthijs De Ligt Wants Guarantees For Potential Barcelona Move
PSG, Bayern Munich, and Manchester United are also interested in de Ligt.

Juan Jiménez/As.com

City Could Swap Gabriel Jesus In Rodri Deal
Guardiola is looking for a long-term replacement to Fernandinho.

Isabel Roldán/As.com

Xavi Preparing To Manage Barcelona In Future
Xavi will begin his management career in Qatar.

Marca

Ronaldo Wants Jose Mourinho At Juventus
Simone Inzaghi remains the favorite for the Juventus position.

Marca

Toni Kroos Signs Extension With Real Madrid Through 22-23
Toni Kroos joined Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in 2014.

RealGM Staff Report

Kylian Mbappe Hints He Could Leave Paris Saint-Germain
Selling Kylian Mbappe would allow PSG to stabilize their finances for financial fair play.

The Guardian