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Liverpool Close To Deal With Wolves For Diogo Jota

Sep 18, 2020 4:23 PM

Liverpool are close to a £40 million agreement with Wolves to sign Diogo Jota.

Jota wants to join Liverpool and Nuno Espírito Santo’s preference is to allow players to leave if they no longer wish to be at Wolves.

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Tags: Liverpool, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Mauricio Pochettino Calls Managing Real Madrid 'A Dream'

Sep 18, 2020 8:13 AM

Mauricio Pochettino says it's "a dream" of his to coach Real Madrid one day.

During his time at Spurs, Pochettino was linked on several occasions to Madrid.

"I don't know if I will ever be coach of Real Madrid because football takes you where it wants to but for sure, it's my dream," Pochettino told Cadena Cope radio.

"If it's not the best, it's among the best clubs in the world.

"It has a great history and I think I'm no different from other football professionals.

"Any coach would have on their dream list to guide Real Madrid."

Pochettino was a candidate to replace Ernesto Valverde at Barcelona and then again when they fired Quique Setien. 

Pochettino, who played and managed Barca's city rivals Espanyol earlier in his career, said he did not receive an offer from Barca this summer.

"I did not see [Barcelona president Josep Maria] Bartomeu but I did have lunch with [Barcelona technical secretary] Ramon Planes," Pochettino said. "We have a great friendship but I was not offered the position to coach Barcelona.

"I didn't get one [offer] from PSG, nor Juventus, nor Inter Milan. I did get calls from Benfica and from Monaco. I have no need to lie.

"I'm not anxious about not coaching...perhaps if the virus didn't exist I would have more anxiety to be a part of football but after all that has happened, I'm more relaxed and that has allowed me to get personal and family growth and especially, from a professional level, to develop in other fields."


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Tags: Barcelona, Real Madrid

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Spurs Finalize Deals With Real Madrid For Gareth Bale, Sergio Reguilon

Sep 17, 2020 5:35 PM

Gareth Bale is on his way to London to finalize a loan from Real Madrid to Tottenham Hotspur. 

Bale became a hero during his first spell at Spurs between 2007-13 and he will return as a four-times Champions League winner.

Spurs will also sign 23-year-old left-back Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid for £27.6 million.

Bale and Reguilon will fly together on a private plane on Friday from Madrid to London.

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Tags: Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Liverpool Completes Transfer With Bayern For Thiago

Sep 17, 2020 4:40 PM

Liverpool have finalized a £20 million transfer deal with Bayern Munich for Thiago Alcantara.

"I can confirm that FC Bayern and Liverpool have reached a final agreement," Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said Thursday, confirming the news. "It was Thiago's big wish to try something new towards the end of his career."

Bayern coach Hansi Flick added: "I can only congratulate [Jurgen] Klopp. He not only gets a top player but also a great person. Today, we are all very sad and it was emotional."

Liverpool faced competition from Manchester United to sign Thiago. 

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

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Spurs In Talks With Real Madrid On Loan Deal For Gareth Bale

Sep 15, 2020 5:01 PM

Tottenham Hotspur have opened talks with Real Madrid on a loan deal for Gareth Bale.

Bale earns a basic £600,000 a week and sources close to him have said he would be unwilling to take a pay cut.

Bale spent six seasons at Spurs before his world-record sale to Real Madrid.

Manchester United are also interested in Bale.

David Hytner, Sid Lowe, Jamie Jackson, Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

Tags: Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur, Loan, Misc Rumor

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Barcelona Prepared To Bench Luis Suarez If Transfer Not Found

Sep 14, 2020 10:30 AM

Barcelona are trying to unload Luis Suarez but they're prepared to banish him if they're unable to do so.

Suarez makes approximately €25 million gross per season.

Barcelona are resistant to paying off the entirety of his contract to play for Juventus.

Ronald Koeman will have final say on how to handle the situation if Suarez ends up staying.

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Tags: Barcelona, Juventus, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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United Fear Increased Competition For Jadon Sancho Next Summer

Sep 14, 2020 10:17 AM

Manchester United fear they will have more competition for Jadon Sancho next year if they are unable to complete a transfer for him during this window.

Despite making progress with wages and agent fees, United are adamant they will not pay the €120 million asking price and are ready to pursue other targets.

United could pivot to Douglas Costa, Kingsley Coman, Ivan Perisic or Gareth Bale.

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Liverpool could enter the bidding for Sancho next summer. 

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Tags: Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Neymar Accuses Marseille Defender Of Racist Comments

Sep 13, 2020 9:12 PM

Neymar accused Marseille defender Alvaro of making racist comments during PSG's 1-0 loss in an ill-tempered match.

The match finished 9 v 8, with Neymar, Leandro Paredes, Laywin Kurzawa, Dario Benedetto, and Jordan Amavi red-carded in stoppage time.

"VAR catching my 'aggression' is easy. Now I want to see the image of the racist calling me a 'monkey motherf---er'... this is what I want to see!" Neymar tweeted after the match. 

PSG sporting director Leandro criticzed referee Jerome Brisard for not keeping control of the match.

"A total of 14 cards were brandished and five of them were red, which means the match got out of control.

"[Brisard] lost his head. He officiated the League Cup final but he doesn't have the experience for this kind of fixture."


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Tags: Marseille, Paris Saint-Germain, Game Recap

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Diego Simeone Asymptomatic After Testing Positive For COVID-19

Sep 13, 2020 2:15 PM

Diego Simeone is asymptomatic after testing positive for COVID-19.

Simeone could miss the start of Atletico Madrid's season against Granada on Sunday, September 27th.

Simeone is currently isolating from home as his team undergoes preseason training camp.

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Tags: Atlético Madrid, Injury

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Alex Morgan Joins Tottenham For 2020-21 Season

Sep 12, 2020 3:10 PM

Alex Morgan has joined Tottenham from the Orlando Pride for the 2020-21 season.

The contract will run through the rest of this year, with an option to remain until May.

Morgan has not played since giving birth to her daughter in May.

"Returning to play has been a long time coming for Alex and, as a player that is looking to not only get back to match fitness but also compete for an Olympic roster spot, the additional months of games and training beyond the NWSL's Oct. 17 end date is right for her," said Pride coach Marc Skinner.


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Tags: Tottenham Hotspur, Signing

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Neymar Joins Puma After 15-Year Partnership With Nike

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Chelsea Rejects Bid From Inter For N'Golo Kante

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang To Sign Three-Year Extension With Arsenal

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United Makes Progress On Transfer For Jadon Sancho

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Christian Pulisic Given No. 10 Jersey By Chelsea

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Everton Buys James Rodriguez From Real Madrid For $29.5M

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Kylian Mbappe Tests Positive For COVID-19

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Lionel Messi Returns To Training With Barcelona

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Coutinho To Remain At Barcelona This Season

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Everton Sign Allan For $33 Million

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Wolves Break Transfer Record To Sign 18-Year-Old Fabio Silva

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Lionel Messi Announces He'll Remain With Barcelona

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Red Bulls Fire Chris Armas As Manager

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Jorge Messi: La Liga Has Made Clear Error Interpreting Contract

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Luis Suarez Agrees To Join Juventus

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Billy Beane Buys Five Percent Stake In AZ Alkmaar

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United Hope To Find Compromise With Jadon Sancho On Wages, Agent Fee

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Premier League Terminates TV Rights Contract In China

David Conn, David Hytner/The Guardian

Barcelona Not Ruling Out Lionel Messi Staying For 20-21 Season

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United Sign Donny Van De Beek From Ajax For $46M

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