Soccer Wiretap

Barcelona Monitor Dutch Midfielder Ludovit Reis

Apr 23, 2019 1:02 PM

Barcelona are reportedly monitoring 18-year-old Dutch midfielder Ludovit Reis. 

"We're seriously considering the possibility that he leaves for Barcelona next season," said Groningen director Hans Nijland.

Representatives from Barcelona's youth academy have watched Reis. His transfer fee is set at $6.7 million. 

Marca

Tags: Barcelona, Transfer Rumor

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Thierry Henry Rumors Are 'False', Says NYRB Sporting Director

Apr 23, 2019 12:59 PM

New York Red Bull sporting director Denis Hamlett shot down rumors of Thierry Henry taking over as manager.

"Recent reports of Thierry Henry joining the New York Red Bulls are false," he said in a statement.

The NYRB have lost 4 out of their first 7 matches to start the season. 

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Tags: New York Red Bulls, Monaco, Misc Rumor

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Callum Hudson-Odoi Ruptures Achilles

Apr 23, 2019 12:53 PM

Callum Hudson-Odoi will miss the rest of this season after rupturing his Achilles in a 2-2 draw against Burnley.

"It's not an easy one. I think it's a serious injury. It's his Achilles tendon. I cannot tell you the extent of it. I don't know -- he'll have to have an examination, but it's not looking good," said Gianfranco Zola after the match. 

Hudson-Odoi was rumored to be leaving Chelsea for Bayern Munich this summer, although the nature of his injury may complicate his future. 

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Tags: Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Injury

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United Could Face Mass Exodus If They Miss Out On Champions League

Apr 22, 2019 4:07 PM

Manchester United could have a mass exodus if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.

United is currently sixth in the Premier League on 64 points and they no longer control their own destiny.

David de Gea, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku will all consider their futures if United is out of the Champions League.

United received a bid from Barcelona for Pogba when he and Jose Mourinho were at odds.

De Gea has yet to agree to a new contract and that prospect looks remote.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Tags: Manchester United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Sergio Busquets To Consider MLS Move After Barcelona

Apr 22, 2019 1:57 PM

Sergio Busquets said he would leave Barcelona once he is no longer considered a first team player.

"I always said I wouldn't be put on a secondary role at Barcelona when I feel my ambition vanishes, or I'm no longer able to comply I will step aside feeling content for what I gave to the club," Busquets said.

Busquets' contract expires in 2023. He added that he is a fan of living in the United States.

"You can not predict the future, but I'm a fan of the United States, and football continues to grow there, the competitive style and playoff format is different from what we are used to here, and that draws me in."

Ana Paulina Maupome

Tags: Barcelona, Transfer Rumor

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Paul Pogba Would Need To Renegotiate Wages For Real Madrid Move

Apr 22, 2019 1:54 PM

Paul Pogba's current salary is a potential stumbling block in a Real Madrid transfer.

Pogba currently earns just over $19 million per season, which would place him above Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos. Real Madrid are concerned about how the dressing room would respond to the wage hierarchy should Pogba move to the team.

The tense relationship between Pogba's agent Mina Raiola and Real Madrid may also be another roadblock in a transfer.

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Tags: Manchester United, Real Madrid, Transfer Rumor

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Manchester City Tracking 17-Year-Old Argentine Playmaker Thiago Almada

Apr 22, 2019 1:36 PM

Manchester City are reportedly interested in Velez Sarsfield playmaker Thiago Almada.

Pep Guardiola is said to be looking into a bid of just under $26 million for the midfielder who plays under Gabriel Heinze.

Almada could also join Girona on a loan to avoid FFP regulation.

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Tags: Manchester City, Transfer Rumor

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Atletico Madrid, Juventus Linked With Joao Felix

Apr 22, 2019 1:31 PM

Atletico Madrid and Juventus are the latest teams linked with Benfica phenom Joao Felix.

Ronaldo, who shares the same agent as Felix, reportedly gave his blessing on a move for the 19-year-old.

Meanwhile, Atleti are rumored to see Felix as Antoine Griezmann's replacement should Griezmann leave the club this summer.

Felix has a $135 million buyout clause.

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Tags: Atlético Madrid, Juventus, Transfer Rumor

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Kylian Mbappe: 'I'm Staying At PSG'

Apr 22, 2019 1:26 PM

Kylian Mbappe reiterated his commitment to PSG following his hat-trick in a win over Monaco. Mbappe had been linked with Real Madrid following Zinedine Zidane's comments admiring the forward.

“I'm staying at PSG. I'm fully involved in PSG's project. I'm happy for Real Madrid that Zizou has come back. I'll watch their games as an admirer," said Mbappe.

PSG clinched the Ligue 1 title earlier in the day.

As.com

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

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Hints At Outgoing Players Following 4-0 Loss

Apr 21, 2019 5:04 PM

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer apologized to supporters following Manchester United's 4-0 loss to Everton.

“We have got to apologize to the fans because they were absolutely fantastic. That performance is not good enough for a Manchester United team, from me to the players. We let the fans down. We let the club down. That performance is difficult to describe because it was so bad. They beat us on all the basics: long throw – put your head in, our corner, they counterattack and score, their corner, they score. We were beaten on all the ingredients you need, added to the talent," said Solskjaer.

Solskjaer hinted at clearing out the players he thinks aren't giving their best effort. 

“I want my team to be the hardest-working team in the league. That is what we were under Sir Alex. Giggs, Becks, Gary Neville, Denis [Irwin]. No matter how much talent you have got, you run more than anyone. You can’t change your whole squad. One step at a time. I am going to be successful here and there are players who won’t be part of that."

Andy Hunter/The Guardian

Tags: Manchester United, Game Recap

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Sounders U-17s Become First MLS Team To Win Generation Adidas Cup
The Sounders U-17s beat Flamengo, River Plate, West Ham, and Valencia in the tournament.

Joseph Mondello/SoundersFC.com

Kevin De Bruyne To Miss Manchester Derby With Hamstring Injury
Phil Foden is set to replace de Bruyne in the lineup against Manchester United.

Paul Wilson/The Guardian

Real Madrid Signs $1.8 Billion Deal With Adidas
Real Madrid stand to earn as much as $135 million per season.

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Max Allegri On Next Season's Goal: 'Play With A Calm State Of Mind'
Allegri said Juventus won the league at Bologna.

Football Italia

Pep Guardiola Says Liverpool Are One Of The Best Teams He's Seen
Manchester City and Liverpool each have 4 matches remaining on the season.

BBC Sport

Ronaldo Says He's 'Staying at Juventus 1,000%' Following Title
Ronaldo reaffirmed his commitment to Juventus following rumors of his departure.

Football Italia

Aaron Ramsay May Have Played Last Game With Arsenal, Says Emery
Ramsay will join Juventus this summer.

Amy Lawrence/The Guardian

Wanda Icardi Says She's Not A Witch, Mauro To Remain With Inter
Mauro Icardi will stay with Inter despite sitting out due to a contract dispute.

Football Italia

Max Allegri: 'Ronaldo Is The Future Of Juventus'
Allegri reiterated Ronaldo's commitment to Juventus following their Champions League exit.

Marca

MLS Clubs To Be Compensated For Youth Player Development
The youth side responsible for developing a player would receive 5% of a player's transfer fee.

Jeff Carlisle/ESPN

Pep Guardiola: Champions League Loss Will 'Always' Remain In Hearts
City face Tottenham again this weekend.

Jonathan Smith/ESPN

MLS Plans To Expand To 30 Teams
MLS currently has 24 teams, with Nashville, Miami, and Austin set to join.

Jeff Carlisle/ESPN

Arsenal, Valencia, Eintracht, Chelsea Reach Europa League Semifinals
Arsenal and Valencia will meet in one semifinal while Eintracht and Chelsea will meet in the other.

RealGM Staff Report

Pochettino: Losing To City Would Have Been Lowest Point In Career
Tottenham face Manchester City again this weekend.

Sachin Nakrani/The Guardian

Diego Costa Refuses To Train With Atleti After Getting Fined
Costa is currently serving his 8-match ban after getting sent off against Barcelona.

ESPNFC

Olivier Giroud Looking For First-Choice Role Next Season
Giroud is currently second-choice striker behind Gonzalo Higuain.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Ronaldo Unlikely To See Out Juventus Contract
Juventus will miss out on at least $18 million after getting knocked out in the Champions League.

Mirko Calemme/AS

Eintracht Frankfurt Make Permanent Move For Luka Jovic
Jovic is expected to command a high price in the transfer market this summer.

Football Espana

Real Betis Make Permanent Move For Giovani Lo Celso
Lo Celso was on loan from PSG before the permanent move.

Football Espana

Thomas Tuchel After PSG Loss: 'There Was No Performance'
Tuchel dropped Kylian Mbappe from the lineup.

Dejan Kalinic/Goal