Soccer Wiretap

Wayne Rooney Steps Down As Manager Of Derby

Jun 24, 2022 3:26 PM

Wayne Rooney has stepped down as manager of Derby County.

The news comes after Derby were relegated from the Championship to third-tier League One this past season having being handed two separate points deductions for entering administration and breaching financial rules earlier in the season. 

"Over the course of the Summer I have been closely following developments regarding the ownership of Derby County," Rooney wrote in a club statement.

"Today I met with the administrators to inform them of my decision that it was time for me to leave the club. In fairness to them, they tried tremendously hard to change my decision but my mind was made up.

"My time at the club has been a rollercoaster of emotions, both highs and lows, but I have to say that I have enjoyed the challenge.

"Personally, I feel the club now needs to be led by someone with fresh energy and not affected by the events that have happened over the last eighteen months. I will remember my time at Derby with great pride and affection and would like to thank all my staff, players and of course the fans for their incredible support. I will never forget you and hope to see you all again in the near future and in happier times."

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Raheem Sterling Seeking Transfer From City To Chelsea

Jun 20, 2022 2:13 PM

Raheem Sterling is interested in a transfer from Manchester City to Chelsea. Sterling is entering the final season of his contract with City.

City would prefer to receive a fee for Sterling this summer rather than allowing him to leave for free in 12 months and value the former Liverpool winger at between £50-60 million.

Sterling is reluctant to sign an extension with City due to concerns of how central his place will be under Pep Guardiola. Guardiola has made a point during his time at City of not keeping players who are unhappy. 

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

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Bayern Signs Sadio Mane From Liverpool For $43M

Jun 17, 2022 5:34 PM

Bayern Munich have signed Saido Mane from Liverpool on a $42.9 million transfer. 

The future of Mane at Liverpool has been in doubt since the club signed Darwin Nunez from Benfica. 

Mane joined Liverpool from Southampton in 2016, arriving within the first 12 months of manager Jurgen Klopp's reign, and played a crucial role at the club.

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Tags: Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Liverpool Sign Darwin Nunez For $78.5M

Jun 15, 2022 12:41 AM

Liverpool signed Darwin Nunez from Benfica for $78.5 million on Tuesday.

The fee could increase up to $120 million, which would be a club record.

"I've played against Liverpool and I've seen them in lots of games in the Champions League, and it's my style of play," Nunez told Liverpoolfc.com. "There are some great players here and I think it's going to suit my style of play here."

Liverpool beat Arsenal and Manchester United to Nunez's signature.

Nunez represents the club's second signing this summer, after Fabio Carvalho.

The 22-year-old will reportedly be paid $168k per week, in line with Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz.

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Tags: Benfica, Liverpool, Official Transfer

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Major League Soccer, Apple TV Agree To 10 Year, $2.5B Streaming Deal

Jun 15, 2022 12:34 AM

Major League Soccer and Apple TV announced a 10 year, $2.5 billion streaming deal on Tuesday. 

Every MLS, League Cup, and select MLS Next matches will be streamed on the league's app.

MLS season ticket holders will have free access to the app.

The deal also includes original content, behind-the-scenes access, and weekly highlight shows.

"Apple is the perfect partner to further accelerate the growth of MLS and deepen the connection between our clubs and their fans," said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. "Given Apple's ability to create a best-in-class user experience and to reach fans everywhere, it'll be incredibly easy to enjoy MLS matches anywhere, whether you're a super fan or casual viewer."

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Alexandre Lacazette Leaves Arsenal For Return To Lyon

Jun 3, 2022 10:38 AM

Alexandre Lacazette will leave Arsenal at the end of his contract and will rejoin Lyon.

Lacazette, 31, joined Arsenal from Lyon in 2017 and has made 206 appearances across all competitions and scored 71 goals.

"Five years ago, my dream came true.. To sign for @arsenal .. It's been an honour to wear the jersey, to be a part of this family. I won trophies, I met real and nice [people], and I fell even more in love with this club," he wrote on Instagram.

"Good luck for the future of the club and the fans, it's been a pleasure.

"Once a gunner, Always a Gunner. Thank you Arsenal."

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Tags: Arsenal, Lyon, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Cristiano Ronaldo Commits To Remaining With United Next Season

Jun 3, 2022 10:37 AM

Cristiano Ronaldo has gone on record that he's committed to remaining at Manchester United next season under Erik ten Hag.

United endured their worst season in Premier League history with their lowest points tally (58) in the competition's era and failed to qualify for next season's Champions League.

"I was happy of course to be back at a club that really raised my career. So it was unbelievable," he told the club's official website on Friday.

"The feeling when I [came] back again, it was nice to feel the supporters. The happiness of them as great. I was -- and still am -- very happy to be here."

He added: "It's still my motivation to carry on working hard, to still love the passion for the game, and of course Manchester and my teammates help me all the way so I have to appreciate all the people who help Cristiano.

"But the most important thing for me is to try to win the games and try to win some championship or some cup but I believe that Manchester will be where they belong. Sometimes it takes time, but I still believe."

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Tags: Manchester United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Lionel Messi: 'No Doubt' Karim Benzema Deserves Ballon D'Or

May 31, 2022 8:11 AM

Lionel Messi believes Karim Benzema deserves to win the Ballon d'Or this year.

Benzema had the best season of his 13-year career at Real, scoring 44 goals with 15 assists in all competitions as they won a LaLiga-Champions League double.

"There are no doubts; it's very clear that Benzema had a spectacular year and ended up victorious in the Champions League," Messi said on Argentine television.

"He was fundamental in all the matches from the round of 16 onwards. I think there is no doubt this year."

The award will be presented on Oct. 17th ahead of the World Cup. The trophy will now be awarded on the basis of a regular season from August to July rather than a calendar year.

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Tags: Real Madrid, Personal Award

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Frenkie De Jong Prefers To Remain At 'My Dream Club' Over United Move

May 31, 2022 8:09 AM

Frenkie de Jong has gone on the record indicating he would prefer to remain with Barcelona rather than accept a transfer to Manchester United. 

"I prefer to stay with Barcelona," De Jong told ESPN on Tuesday.

"Barcelona is just my dream club. Also from a young age. I just said it too. I've never regretted my choice despite the fact that I had hoped for more in terms of prizes than I've achieved so far. But I have never regretted my choice."

Erik ten Hag has been eager to bring De Jong to United. 

De Jong, who is valued at around €75m, is one of Barca's most expensive assets, but the 26-year-old has said there has been no contact with Ten Hag or United.

He added: "What I'm saying, there is absolutely nothing of an agreement or anything official. At the moment there is no question of it at all.

"Not that I know of in any case. Or they must not have told me, but I don't think so."

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Tags: Barcelona, Manchester United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Spurs To Sign Ivan Perisic On Free Transfer

May 30, 2022 8:35 AM

Tottenham Hotspur will sign Ivan Perisic on a free transfer.

Inter offered Perisic a contract extension, and Juventus were also in lengthy negotiations.

Antonio Conte previously managed Perisic and his presence is believed to have been a decisive factor in his decision.

Perisic's imminent arrival represents a marked departure from Tottenham's typical transfer strategy, which has predominantly been to sign young players in the hope of realising their potential or making a profit when they sign elsewhere.

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Tags: Internazionale, Tottenham Hotspur, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Real Madrid Beats Liverpool 1-0, Win 14th Champions League

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Todd Boehly Completes $5.4B Purchase Of Chelsea

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Eddie Nketiah To Sign Long-Term Deal With Arsenal

Nick Ames/The Guardian

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Out Up To Eight Months With Knee Surgery

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Mohamed Salah Confirms He'll Stay At Liverpool

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Kylian Mbappe Held Brief Contract Talks With Liverpool

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Kylian Mbappe To Net $61M Per Season On New Deal With PSG

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Borussia Dortmund Hires Edin Terzic As Manager

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Kylian Mbappe: My Decision Based On PSG's 'Sporting Project'

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Real Madrid, Liverpool Favorites To Sign Aurelien Tchouameni

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Barca Targeting Ruben Neves, Zubimendi If Frenkie De Jong Leaves

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Liverpool Signs Fabio Carvalho From Fulham

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City's Comeback Win Over Villa Seals Premier League Title

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Kylian Mbappe Rejects Real Madrid, Signs Three-Year Deal With PSG

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Kylian Mbappe's Decision Causing Confusion At Real Madrid, PSG

Alex Kirkland, Rodrigo Faez/ESPN

Arsenal Unsure On Transfer For Gabriel Jesus

James Olley/ESPN

US Soccer Equalizes Pay For Men, Women

Anne M. Peterson, Ronald Blum/Associated Press

City Targeting Midfielder, Full-Back On Transfer Market

Xherdan Shaqiri Becomes Highest Paid MLS Player At $8.15M

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Lionel Messi's Agents Deny Report He'll Be Inter Miami Player-Owner

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