Soccer Wiretap

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Milan Close To One-Year Extension

Apr 10, 2021 5:18 PM

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is close to signing a one-year extension with AC Milan.

"With Ibra, we are very close to an agreement. There are just a few minor details to be resolved," said technical director Paolo Maldini.

Ibrahimovic currently leads the squad in goals.

Maldini was less optimistic over securing deals for Gianluigi Donnarumma and midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu. 

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Tags: A.C. Milan, Terms Agreement

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Hansi Flick Refuses To Rule Out Possible Exit From Bayern

Apr 9, 2021 2:39 PM

Hansi Flick has refused to rule out the possibility of leaving Bayern Munich this summer amid a power struggle with Hasan Salihamidzic.

Flick has been linked with a return to the German national team where he could take over from Joachim Low after the 2020 European Championships this summer.

Flick, a former assistant to Low, is a candidate for the job and has so far refused to comment on his future after this season.

"I have been here for a year and a half maybe. Last year, we had a squad which, and I think everyone agrees, was superior in quality to this year's squad.

"It's a lot of fun for me and my staff. We are fully focused on our task, focused on the team," Flick said. "Because I feel that my squad is absolutely loyal towards me.

"I try to solve everything so that it's in the club's best interest. All the other interference, that's not on me," he said. "From here on, please understand, I won't comment on this anymore and just say: Next question, please!"

Stephan Uersfeld/ESPN

Tags: Bayern Munich, Misc Rumor

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Barcelona Calls Pursuit Of Erling Haaland 'Very Difficult'

Apr 5, 2021 4:48 PM

Barcelona will pursue the signing of Erling Haaland, but sources from the club say it will be "very difficult" for them to execute. 

Joan Laporta met with Haaland's agent and father on Thursday. The pair also met with representatives from Real Madrid later in the day.

Barcelona's perilous financial situation will make it difficult for them to afford Haaland. 

ESPN reported in March that Dortmund would want €180m for Haaland this summer, while reports in Spain this weekend suggested Raiola and Alf-Inge Haaland would each want €20m in commission in addition to a €30m net salary for Erling Haaland.

Sam Marsden, Moises Llorens/ESPN

Tags: Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Christian Pulisic Likely Out For Champions League Match

Apr 4, 2021 1:38 PM

Christian Pulisic will likely miss Chelsea's Champions League match on Tuesday against Porto due to a hamstring injury.

Pulisic suffered the injury on Saturday against West Brom.

"Christian did a sprint when he came back out for the second half and said that he felt his hamstring would not survive the game if he continued," said Thomas Tuchel.

Pulisic scored his first goal for Chelsea since January in the match. 

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Tags: Chelsea, Porto, Injury

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Pep Guardiola: 'We Cannot Afford' To Buy Striker This Summer

Apr 4, 2021 12:33 AM

Pep Guardiola ruled out any expensive signings to replace Sergio Aguero this summer.

“Listen, with these prices we are not going to sign any striker – we cannot afford it, it’s impossible. That’s not going to happen, no. All the clubs struggle financially and we are not an exception. We have Gabriel [Jesus] and Ferran [Torres] who played incredible in this position this season," said Guardiola.

Manchester City were linked with Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland after Aguero's announcement that he would leave the side after the season.

Guardiola preferred to find a replacement in the academy, including using players in false nine roles.

"We have enough players in the first team right now and we have interesting players in the academy. And we have played, many, many, times with a false nine."

Louise Taylor/The Guardian

Tags: Manchester City, Transfer Rumor

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Liverpool Could Consider Selling Mohamed Salah In Summer

Apr 2, 2021 3:01 PM

Liverpool are facing a decision over the future of Mohamed Salah this summer, sources tell ESPN.

Salah is believed to be interested in a new challenge and intermediaries have privately expressed the belief a transfer might be possible. Real Madrid and Barcelona are two potential clubs who could afford a transfer for Salah, though they also have interest in Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund.

Liverpool is likely to miss out on the Champions League, which will drop their anticipated revenues.

Salah has two seasons remaining on his contract.

James Olley/ESPN

Tags: Liverpool, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Chelsea Identify Sergio Aguero As Plan B Target Behind Erling Haaland

Apr 2, 2021 1:31 PM

Chelsea view Sergio Aguero as a possible target if they are unable to sign Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund.

Aguero will leave Manchester City this summer and Barcelona are currently considered the favorites to sign him.

It is unclear if Aguero would consider playing for another English club after spending 10 years at City.

Chelsea's top priority is believed to be Haaland. 

James Olley/ESPN

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

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Kylian Mbappe Extension Talks With PSG Stall Ahead Of 2022 Free Agency

Apr 2, 2021 1:28 PM

Kylian Mbappe and Paris Saint-Germain have had their contract talks stall this summer and they could consider selling him in response.

Mbappe could potentially leave in 2022 on a free transfer, which would motivate the club to get something for him this summer instead. Mbappe could be bought for a transfer in the region of €150 million. 

Liverpool and Real Madrid have been linked with Mbappe. 

"If it [contract talks] had progressed, I would have come to talk about it already. Of course, I will talk about it when I have made up my mind."

A frustrated Mbappe also claimed he is growing tired of criticism and pressure from the media, believing he is treated differently to other stars in the France national team.

"Of course it [criticism from the media] gets tiring, especially when you play for a club in your country and you give everything for your national team," he said. "After a while it gets tiring. It's different for players who play abroad and only come back here for the national team. I'm there all the time, they speak about me a lot more. It's a different context [to other players], but I knew it would be like that when I signed for Paris. We'll see."

Le Parisien (via ESPN)

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

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Jose Mourinho 'Won't Play Game' Of Speculating On Harry Kane's Future

Apr 2, 2021 1:25 PM

Harry Kane stoked rumors when asked if he might leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

"I'm fully focused on doing the job on the pitch from now until the end of the summer, and then we'll see where we go from there," Kane said in response.

Jose Mourinho was asked about Kane's comments and he tried to sidestep the issue.

"I cannot play that game. I have to focus on what is for us," Mourinho said at a news conference on Friday. "Of course I am always pleased when my players go to national teams and do well.

"So, I am happy that he does well for England, I am happy that England wins obviously. I cannot play that game of what the people say, what the people don't say.

"I focus on what he did for us in the last match against Aston Villa, I focus on the effort that I saw him put on the pitch for England against Albania and Poland and I focus on the match against Newcastle when I'm pretty sure that playing very well, well, or not so well, scoring two, one or nil, he will be there for the team."


James Olley/ESPN

Tags: Tottenham Hotspur, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Barcelona Hold Erling Haaland Transfer Talks

Apr 1, 2021 10:58 AM

Barcelona held talks on a transfer for Erling Haaland on Thursday, the first step to explore the viability of a deal. Barcelona met with Haaland's father, Alf-Inge Haaland, and agent Mino Raiola for approximately two-and-a-half hours.

Haaland held similar rounds of talks with interested clubs, including Manchester United, before he left FC Salzburg to join Dortmund in January 2020.

Haaland, 20, has scored 49 goals in 49 games for Borussia Dortmund since signing.

ESPN has reported Dortmund would accept a €180 million offer for Haaland this summer.

Barca considered a move for Haaland in 2020, before a bid was ruled out by then-sporting director Eric Abidal.

Alex Kirkland, Moises Llorens/ESPN

Tags: Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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City Announces Sergio Aguero To Leave Club In Summer

RealGM Staff Report

Liverpool Close To Signing Ibrahima Konate

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Paulo Dybala Linked With Barcelona, Real Madrid

Football Italia

Inter Linked With Summer Move For Luis Muriel

Marca

Dortmund Value Erling Haaland At $212 Million

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United Committed To Signing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer To Extension

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Gareth Bale Intends To Return To Real Madrid After Loan

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Xabi Alonso Agrees To Become Manager Of Gladbach

Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

Ralf Rangnick No Longer In Running For Schalke Sporting Director

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LA Galaxy II Sign 16-Year-Old Miguel Avalos

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Jurgen Klopp: 'Almost Impossible' For Liverpool To Finish In Top-4

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Kieran Gibbs Agrees To Sign With Inter Miami

James Oley/ESPN

Antonio Rüdiger Wants To Sign Extension With Chelsea

Jacob Steinberg/The Guardian

Mikel Arteta: Everything Has Been Resolved With Aubameyang

NIck Ames/The Guardian

Chris Wilder Leaves Sheffield United By Mutual Consent

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Barcelona, Manchester City Among Teams Tracking Yusuf Demir

Moises Llorens & Sam Marsden/ESPN

Orlando City Reject $10 Million Bid For Daryl Dike

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Zinedine Zidane Tries To Avoid Commenting On Potential Ronaldo Return

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Avram Glazer Puts Three Percent Of Manchester United Up For Sale

The Guardian

Manchester United Appoint First Ever Football Director

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