Soccer Wiretap

Monaco VP: Kylian Mbappe Now Worth $343M, Real Madrid Still Mad

Aug 17, 2018 6:49 PM

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev says Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has still not forgiven his club for selling Kylian Mbappe to Paris Saint-Germain.

Real Madrid had been linked to Mbappe.

"I spoke with Florentino, and each time he sees me he blames me for not selling Kylian to him," Vasilyev said.

"I always tell him that it was up to the boy, but Florentino still blames me and says: 'Vadim, you did not sell Kylian to me!'"

Vasilyev said he believed the World Cup-winner was now worth "€250-300 million ($343 million)."

"We are proud that he's a product of our academy, we are proud that we have contributed to a world champion," Vasilyev said. "We are proud that 20 years ago, we had four academy players in the team that won the World Cup, imagine that, so we continued the tradition in this World Cup."

Robbie Dunne/ESPN

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

Jozy Altidore Receiving Interest From Ligue 1, Serie A Clubs

Aug 17, 2018 6:45 PM

Jozy Altidore is drawing interest from clubs in Ligue 1 and Serie A.

Altidore, 28, joined Toronto before the 2015 season.

Prior to his time in Toronto, Altidore spent seven seasons with a variety of European clubs. Altidore began his professional career with the New York Red Bulls in 2006, and has also spent time with AZ Alkmaar, Sunderland Villarreal, Xerez, Hull City and Bursaspor.

Jeff Carlisle/ESPN

Tags: Toronto FC, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Pep Guardiola Cites Fatigue As Possible Reason For De Bruyne Injury

Aug 17, 2018 5:39 PM

Pep Guardiola believes a lack of rest may have contributed to the knee injury of Kevin de Bruyne.

De Bruyne will be out three months but won't need surgery.

"Like the doctor said, it will be two to three months, hopefully he can do as much as possible to get back and help us again," Guardiola told a news conference.

"It will be a big miss like last season with Benjamin Mendy. Last season Kevin was outstanding in all terms and of course for him and his family you never want this but you accept it's part of the game.

"It's especially part of the game for the players -- it's normal, they don't rest. It's a tough season, short recovery, they say let's go and we are in the competition. Human beings have a limit and sometimes these things happen."

Jonathan Smith/ESPN

Tags: Manchester City, Injury

Real Madrid Reports Inter To FIFA Over Luka Modric Transfer

Aug 17, 2018 4:21 PM

Real Madrid have reported Inter Milan to FIFA over their pursuit of Luka Modric.

Inter were unsuccessful in luring Modric away from Real Madrid this summer.

The Guardian

Tags: Internazionale, Real Madrid, Legal, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Claudio Marchisio Leaves Juventus After 25 Years

Aug 17, 2018 11:45 AM

Claudio Marchisio and Juventus have mutually agreed to terminate his contract, which was set to expire in 2020.

"It will be a pleasure to keep following him, whichever shirt he will wear in the future," said Juventus in a tribute to the player on their website.

Marchisio, 32, was with the club for 25 years.


Tags: Juventus, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Antoine Griezmann Wants To Eventually Join LAFC

Aug 17, 2018 10:25 AM

Antoine Griezmann would like to play for LAFC in the future and join his former Real Sociedad teammate Carlos Vela.

Vela and Griezmann share a fanatical love for the NBA.

"Carlos, big hug. Wait for me in Los Angeles in MLS, I'm coming," Griezmann said in a post-match interview with Univision, answering a question that mentioned Vela.

Griezmann recently signed an extension with Atletico Madrid.


Avi Creditor/Sports Illustrated

Tags: Atlético Madrid, Los Angeles FC, Misc Rumor

Jose Mourinho: I've Never Been So Happy With Paul Pogba

Aug 17, 2018 10:16 AM

Jose Mourinho has attempted to move on from his war of words with Paul Pogba with comments of support.

“The truth is we are together for two years and a couple of weeks and I’ve never been so happy with him as I am now, that’s the truth,” Mourinho said. “I cannot demand more from him, I cannot ask more from him, he came here on a Monday [last week], trained three days – I asked for his support for his contribution in an important match for us when the team had difficulties.

“He did it better [than I hoped] and for more time than we could expect [before being substituted]. When he says he did it for the fans and for the team that is exactly what I want, exactly what I demand from my players. He’s working well, playing well, he does it for the fans, he does it for the team and that’s what I want, to play for the team and I couldn’t be happier than what I am.”

Reports had surfaced that Pogba is interested in a transfer away from United.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Tags: Manchester United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Germany Drops From No. 1 To 15th In Latest FIFA Rankings

Aug 16, 2018 10:07 AM

Germany has dropped to 15th in the latest FIFA world rankings, which represents their lowest position in more than a decade. Germany entered the World Cup ranked No. 1.

Germany ranked No. 22 in March 2006 but finished the year No. 6 after finishing third in that World Cup in which they were hosts.

France are in the top spot after winning their second World Cup. Belgium rank second, followed by Brazil and Croatia.

Uruguay rose from No. 9 to No. 5, England moved up six places to No. 6 and Argentina dropped to No. 11.


Tags: Germany

La Liga To Play Match In United States Or Canada

Aug 16, 2018 9:54 AM

La Liga will play a match in the United States or Canada for the first time after reaching an agreement with Relevent.

"This extraordinary joint venture is the next giant leap in growing soccer's popularity in North America," Relevent chairman and owner Stephen Ross said. "This unique relationship will create new opportunities for millions of North American soccer fans to experience the most passionate, exciting, and highest level of soccer in the world."

Ross also owns the Miami Dolphins and is a part owner of their home, Hard Rock Stadium, which would make them the frontrunner to host the event.

"It's not hard to figure out where we would want it to be based on our ownership with Stephen Ross," Relevent CEO Danny Sillman said via telephone. "That part isn't too difficult to figure out. [The match will be held] much sooner than the public is expecting."

Jeff Carlisle/ESPN

Toronto FC Wins Canadian Championship

Aug 15, 2018 11:17 PM

Toronto FC has defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps 5-2 (7-2 on aggregate) to win the Canadian Championship.

“As professionals, as competitors, the chance to win trophies doesn’t come around every day,” TFC captain Michael Bradley said of lifting the Voyageurs Cup for a third straight year. “And it’s our ticket back into Champions League, which is still very much on everybody’s minds.”

Jozy Altidore had a hat-trick in the match.

Tags: Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Atleti Defeats Real Madrid 4-2 To Win UEFA Super Cup
Diego Costa scored two goals on either side of goals from Karim Benzema and a penalty from Sergio Ramos.

The Guardian

Chelsea Hope To Soon Hire New Technical Director
Chelsea hope to soon hire a new technical director to replace Michael Emenalo.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Austin City Council Approves Stadium Deal For Columbus Crew
Austin is the largest city in the United States without a professional sports franchise.

RealGM Staff Report

ESPN+ Buys Rights To Broadcast FA Cup
The agreement will bring 79 FA Cup matches per season to ESPN+.

Mac Nwulu/ESPN

Kevin De Bruyne Suffers Right Knee Injury In Training
Kevin De Bruyne is expected to fly to Barcelona for further tests with specialist Dr. Ramon Cugat who treated him when suffered a knee injury in January 2016.

Jonathan Smith/ESPN

Wilfried Zaha Signs Extension With Crystal Palace
Wilfried Zaha is now under contract until the end of the 2022-23 campaign and is understood to be earning around £130,000 a week.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Lionel Messi To Skip Remainder Of Argentina's Matches In 2018
Lionel Messi is not sure whether he will play in the 2019 Copa America.


MLS Downplays Interest From Mark Wahlberg In Purchasing Crew
Mark Wahlberg was in Columbus to announce his purchase of a car dealership.

Jeff Carlisle/ESPN

United Hopeful Of Extending David De Gea
Manchester United is hopeful of signing David de Gea to an extension following Real Madrid's acquisition of Thibaut Courtois.

Rob Dawson/ESPN

Spurs Will Play At Wembley Due To Delay At New White Hart Lane
Spurs said they found issues with critical safety systems at the new White Hart Lane.

Paul MacInnes/The Guardian

Barcelona Decline To Confirm Or Deny Paul Pogba Transfer Reports
Barcelona are reportedly in contact with Paul Pogba's agent.

Adriana Garcia/ESPN

Leicester Considering Replacing Claude Puel With Martinez, Henry
Claude Puel's security remained uncertain during the summer as Leicester won just one of their last seven games last term.

Peter O'Rourke/ESPN

Paul Pogba Fears Fine If He Speaks His Mind About United
Paul Pogba has reportedly requested a transfer from United.

The Guardian

PSG Buys Thilo Kehrer From Schalke For $42M
Thilo Kehrer is a 21-year-old center-back who made his debut with Schalke in 2016.

The Guardian

United To Hire Director Of Football
The move will allow United a continuity of football style and ethos as well as a more streamlined transfer policy.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Luka Modric Won't Leave Real Madrid For Inter
Inter was offering a six-year contract worth €10 million per year.

Tomas Roncero/

Andrea Pirlo Furious TV Deal Prevents Him From Coaching Italy
Andrea Pirlo retired from soccer last November.

Ben Gladwell/ESPN

Lionel Messi Named Captain Of Barcelona
Sergio Busquets will become the club's second captain, a role previously held by Lionel Messi.

Sam Marsden/ESPN

Austin City Council Again Delays Vote On MLS Stadium
Mayor Steve Adler believed the plan had the votes to pass but agreed to delay action until Aug. 15.

Associated Press

United Viewed Jose Mourinho's Transfer List As Short-Term Fixes
Manchester United did not follow through with buying Jose Mourinho's transfer targets due to their misgiving about players he had identified.

Daniel Taylor/The Guardian