Soccer Wiretap

Report: Kylian Mbappe Will Request Transfer From PSG To Real Madrid

Mar 26, 2019 7:54 AM

Eduardo Inda reports Kylian Mbappe has told Zinedine Zidane he is ready to submit a transfer request to Paris Saint-Germain in order to move to Real Madrid.

Inda also reports Real Madrid could include James Rodriguez and Isco as part of a transfer for Mbappe.

Isco had been a fringe player for Real Madrid under Santiago Solari, and it was anticipated he'd be back as a regular with Zidane, but now he could be used as a makeweight.

Tags: Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Ajax To Sign Razvan Marin To Replace Frenkie De Jong

Mar 26, 2019 7:42 AM

Ajax will sign Razvan Marin to replace Frenkie de Jong for €12 million. Ajax signed De Jong to Barcelona for €86 million.

Ruud Vormer of Belgian club Brugge, compared Marin to De Jong and highlighted the Romanian midfielder’s versatility.

"Frenkie has a great dribble,” he said. “It's one of his weapons. Marin runs much less with the ball. He's one of the best in the Belgian league, he can play both six and eight.”

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Tags: Ajax, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Cristiano Ronaldo Out Two Weeks With Right Leg Injury

Mar 26, 2019 7:10 AM

Cristiano Ronaldo will be out two weeks with a right leg injury.

"I am not worried, I know my body. It happens, it's football ... I am fine because I know I will come back in one or two weeks," Ronaldo said of the injury after Monday's 1-1 draw.

Juventus are back in Serie A action on Saturday against Empoli, and will take on Ajax on April 10 in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals.


Tags: Juventus, Portugal, Injury

England To Report Montenegro For Racial Abuse Following Match

Mar 25, 2019 11:24 PM

England will report Montenegro for racial abuse following their 5-1 in Podgorica.

"It is unacceptable. I definitely heard abuse of Danny Rose when he got booked. There's no doubt in my mind it happened. I know what I heard. We have to make sure our players feel supported, they know the dressing room is there and we as a group of staff are there for them," said Southgate.

Raheem Sterling and Callum Hudson-Odoi were also subject to abuse.

"There should be a real punishment for this, not just the two or three people who were doing it - it needs to be a collective thing. This place holds 15,000. The punishment should be, whatever nation it is, if your fans are chanting racist abuse then it should be the whole stadium so no-one can come and watch. When the ban is lifted, the fans will think twice. They all love football, they all want to come and watch their nation so it will make them think twice before doing something silly like that," said Sterling. 

BBC Sport

Tags: England, UEFA Euro

Zinedine Zidane Targeting Sadio Mane For Summer Transfer

Mar 25, 2019 6:23 PM

Zinedine Zidane has reportedly added Sadio Mane to his summer wishlist.

France Football reported that the 26-year-old striker had an agreement with Real Madrid in place last summer, though the deal did not go through following Zidane's departure.

Liverpool bought Mane for $46.97 million in 2016.

Nacho Labarga/Marca

Tags: Real Madrid, Transfer Rumor

Real Madrid Preparing $317M Offer To PSG For Kylian Mbappe

Mar 25, 2019 4:25 PM

According to France Football, Real Madrid are preparing a €280 million ($317 million) offer to Paris Saint-Germain for Kylian Mbappe.

Real Madrid pursued Mbappe in 2017, but Monaco sold him to PSG.

Zinedine Zidane was recently asked about Mbappe and Neymar.

"You know I have a policy of only talking about my own players. I'm aware of these players (Mbappé and Neymar) and the quality the each possess but my focus is on this game and nothing more," said Zidane.

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Tags: Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Sergio Ramos Ranked UEFA's Best Player Of The Season

Mar 25, 2019 3:04 PM

Sergio Ramos was rated as UEFA's top player during international matches for his performances last season.

Virgil van DijkHaris SeferovicAndriy Pyatov and Antoine Griezmann rounded out their list.

Ramos received top marks for a low number of fouls and errors, as well as a high number of completed passes and interceptions.

Jose Felix Diaz/Marca

Tags: Real Madrid, IQ

Cardiff, Nantes Battle Over Emiliano Sala Transfer Fee

Mar 25, 2019 3:00 PM

Cardiff will tell FIFA that their transfer for Emiliano Sala was invalid as they refuse to pay Nantes a fee for just under $20 million.

Cardiff's argument is that Sala was not eligible to play in the Premier League at the time of his death.

Sala's initial contract was rejected by the Premier League. Sala died in an airplane accident before an updated contract could approved.

The Guardian

Tags: Cardiff City, Nantes, IQ

Benfica Seeking $226M Release Clause For Joao Felix

Mar 25, 2019 2:53 PM

Benfica is seeking an increase in the release clause of Joao Felix. Felix currently has a €120 million ($136 million) release clause, but Benfica wants it to hit €200 million ($226 million). Felix has been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo.

Felix has been linked with Manchester United, Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

"Right now we are not interested in selling Joao Felix, and soon we will increase his release clause," Vieira told Tuttosport.

"He is one of the best products to have emerged from Portuguese football since Cristiano Ronaldo."

Adriana Garcia/ESPN

Tags: Barcelona, Benfica, Juventus, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Nike To Help Pay Frenkie De Jong's Salary At Barcelona

Mar 24, 2019 9:40 PM

Nike played a key role in facilitating Frenkie De Jong's move from Ajax to Barcelona.

A source said that Nike is investing in a "very important amount of money" in paying De Jong's salary.

In return, Nike has asked De Jong to use his first name on the back of his jersey for marketing purposes.

Moises Llorens/ESPN

Tags: Barcelona, Transfer Rumor

Diego Maradona On Argentina Performance: 'I Don't Watch Horror Movies'
Maradona went on to praise Tata Martino's work with Mexico.

Tom Marshall/ESPN

Jadon Sancho On Sterling: He's Showing The Youngsters What It's About
The 24-year-old Sterling is the second most capped player in the England lineup.

Sean Ingle/The Guardian

Antoine Griezmann Named Highest Earner For French Athlete
Griezmann, Mbappe, Pogba, and Benzema were the four highest earners for a French athlete last year.

Birmingham City Receives 9-Point Deduction For Financial Losses
The league found that Birmingham City had lost over $60 million since 2016.

Louise Taylor/The Guardian

Gareth Southgate On Raheem Sterling: He's A Role Model For Players
Southgate added that Sterling is playing simpler and more incisively.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Serie A Looking To Play Matches In China
The proposed agreement would also include Chinese investment in Serie A.

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Gareth Bale: Media Made Up Problems With Ronaldo
Bale added that he has no regrets leaving Tottenham for Madrid.

Dani Alves Agrees To One-Year Extension With Paris Saint-Germain
Dani Alves was seeking a two-year extension, but PSG held firm on their offer of one season.

Jonathan Johnson, Moises Llorens/ESPN

Ander Herrera Remains Interested In United Extension
Ander Herrera has received interest from Paris Saint-Germain.

Rob Dawson, Jonathan Johnson/ESPN

Barcelona Open To Selling Philippe Coutinho
Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with a move for Philippe Coutinho.

Moises Llorens/ESPN

Three People Sentenced Over Illegal Premier League Streams
The three operators were found guilty of illegally streaming Premier League matches to over 1,000 pubs and homes across the UK.

The Guardian

Raphael Varane: 'I Do Not Want To Talk About My Future'
Varane has been rumored for a move away from Real Madrid this summer.


Head Of European Genome Archive Claims Messi Could Be Cloned
Messi's clone wouldn't necessarily be a superstar soccer player, according to the head of the European Genome Archive.


Barcelona Make Offer For Matthijs de Ligt, Want Ajax Partnership
Barcelona and Ajax are considering a partnership between the two clubs revolving around academy players.

Luis Mazariegos/Barca Blaugranes

Paul Pogba: 'Real Madrid Is A Dream Club For Every Player'
Pogba added that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should get the United job on a permanent basis.

BBC Sport

Jose Mourinho Claims He's Turned Down 3-4 Jobs Since United Dismissal
Jose Mourinho has been a target of Benfica, Real Madrid and Inter Milan in recent months.


Manchester City Close To $91M Deal With Atleti For Saul
Pep Guardiola views Saul as the long-term replacement for Fernandinho.

Mark Ogden, Moises Llorens/ESPN

Manchester City Tracking Joao Felix
The 19-year-old Felix has been dubbed "the new Ronaldo."

Jonathan Smith/ESPN

Christian Pulisic Enjoys New Midfield Role With USMNT
Pulisic will play on the left side of a midfield 3 for the USMNT.

Jeff Carlisle/ESPN

Jose Mourinho: Mbappe Is The Most Valuable Player In The World
A recent study rated Kylian Mbappe as the most valuable player in world football.

Tom Sunderland/Bleacher Report