Soccer Wiretap

United Prepared To Pursue Gareth Bale

Jul 26, 2017 10:33 AM

Manchester United are prepared to pursue Gareth Bale should he become available.

Jose Mourinho has expected Real Madrid to keep Bale, but reports in Spain suggest he could be moved if Kylian Mbappe is purchased.

Madrid have offloaded Alvaro Morata to Chelsea and James Rodriguez to Bayern Munich.

Bale wants to remain with Real Madrid but he could face a reduced role with Mbappe.

Mourinho confirmed this week that he wants "an attacking player to play through the wings" as one of two additional signings before the close of the transfer window.

Rob Dawson/ESPN

Tags: Manchester United, Real Madrid, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Real Madrid Has Generated $167.4M From Youth Academies Since 13-14

Jul 26, 2017 4:11 PM

The youth system of Real Madrid has generated €142.8 million ($167.4 million) over the past five seasons starting in 13-14.

Eleven players have left the club with Alvaro Morata being the most recent departure at €80 million to Chelsea.

Barcelona has earned €17 million with the sales of Marc Bartra, Cristian Tello and Alen Halilovic and Atletico have added €73 by selling four players - Theo Hernandez, Oliver Torres, Borja Baston and Javier Manquillo.

Real Madrid spends €20 million per year running their youth academies. 

Sergio Santos Chozas/

Tags: Real Madrid, IQ, Stats

PSG Attempting To Accelerate Neymar Transfer

Jul 26, 2017 3:18 PM

Paris Saint-Germain are attempting to accelerate a transfer for Neymar.

The deal is expected to cost PSG a sum of $260 million plus €30 million per year in salary.

PSG believes the longer negotiations drag on, the more likely it is Neymar will remain with Barcelona.

Barcelona have remained firm in their position that Neymar will remain at Camp Nou.

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique have been active in attempting to persuade Neymar to remain with Barcelona.

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

Everton Plan To Sell Ross Barkley

Jul 26, 2017 10:04 AM

Ross Barkley has informed Everton he will not sign a new contract with the club.

Barkley “is looking for a new challenge” at the age of 23.

Ronald Koeman expects Barkley to be sold.

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked to Barkley with a £50 million asking price.

Everton have embarked on an extensive and expensive recruitment drive this summer but it is not over, with Gylfi Sigurdsson still a target despite Swansea City’s insistence on £50 million.

Andy Hunter/The Guardian

Tags: Everton, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Galaxy Agree To $5M Transfer For Jonathan Dos Santos

Jul 25, 2017 8:25 PM

The LA Galaxy have agreed to sign Jonathan dos Santos to reunite him with his brother Gio do Santos.

The Galaxy are paying $5 million to Villarreal. 

Details of Dos Santos' contract are unknown, but one league source tells Goal Dos Santos will be on a deal which would put him in the $2-$3 million range.

The Galaxy had been in the market for a big-money striker, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Andre-Pierre Gignac and Dario Benedetto all linked to the Galaxy, but the Dos Santos acquisition will likely put the search for a striker to the side.

Ives Galarcep/

Tags: LA Galaxy, Villarreal, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

City Prepared To Match Any Bid To Monaco For Kylian Mbappe

Jul 25, 2017 7:20 PM

Manchester City are making a late bid to try to complete a world-record transfer for Kylian Mbappe.

Real Madrid has long been believed to be the eventual landing place for Mbappe.

City are looking to secure a potential €180 million ($209.6 million) bid.

City are prepared to match any offer and any deal for Mbappe.

Jonathan Smith/ESPN

Tags: Manchester City, Monaco, Real Madrid, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Real Madrid Close To $210.5M Deal With Monaco For Kylian Mbappe

Jul 25, 2017 10:14 AM

Real Madrid believe they are nearing a deal with Monaco to buy Kylian Mbappe for €180 million ($210.5 million).

Monaco have denied the report from Marca that a deal has been agreed upon.

Sources at Real Madrid insist to The Guardian they are optimistic that a definitive deal is close. Mbappé would join on a six-year deal worth around €7 million a year.

Real Madrid have raised over €100m in sales this summer, with Álvaro Morata joining Chelsea and Danilo signing for Manchester City, while James Rodríguez has gone to Bayern Munich on loan.

Sid Lowe/The Guardian

Tags: Monaco, Real Madrid, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

MLS Rejects $4 Billion Media Deal Requiring Promotion, Relegation

Jul 24, 2017 6:53 PM

The MLS has rejected a $4 billion global media rights deal from MP & Silva.

The offer would have quadrupled the annual rate of the current deal.

Included in the offer was a significant contingency for the MLS to institute promotion and relegation.

According to the SBJ, Silva made a presentation to MLS executives and owners on June 26. At that meeting, Silva offered to pay $4 billion for MLS's worldwide media rights, including the U.S. and Canada, at which point MP & Silva would sell on those rights around the world.

MLS is currently engaged in its latest round of expansion, and is asking for expansion fees of $150 million.

Jeff Carlisle/ESPN

Tags: Legal

Juventus Buys Federico Bernardeschi From Fiorentina For $46.6M

Jul 24, 2017 1:10 PM

Juventus has signed Federico Bernardeschi from Fiorentina for €40 million ($46.6 million).

The signing will give Max Allegri another wing to play his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.

Bernardeschi has signed a five-year contract with Juventus and will surely be looked upon to do major damage on the opposite wing as where Douglas Costa is playing.

Bernardeschi spent nearly a decade in Florence between the youth academy and the senior squad.

Danny Penza/SB Nation

Tags: Fiorentina, Juventus, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Pedro Suffers Multiple Facial Fractures, Concussion

Jul 24, 2017 1:05 PM

Pedro has suffered a concussion and facial injuries after colliding with David Ospina.

Pedro is expected to be back in training with a mask in 10 days after he suffered multiple fractures.

Pedro stayed the night in the hospital.

Press Association

Tags: Chelsea, Injury

Real Madrid Gives Luka Modric No. 10
The No. 10 for Real Madrid has most recently been worn by James Rodriguez and Mesut Ozil.

Lucas Navarrete/Managing Madrid

City Announce $34.4M Transfer With Real Madrid For Danilo
Danilo's arrival means City have now spent almost 150 million this summer following the transfers of Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva and the goalkeeper Ederson.

The Guardian

United Rules Out Possibility Of Selling David De Gea To Real Madrid
David De Gea has been persistently linked with a move to Real for the past three years.

Mark Ogden/ESPN

City Agree To $67.6M Transfer With Monaco For Benjamin Mendy
Pep Guardiola had identified the 23-year-old left-back as one of his transfer priorities at the end of last season following the departure of Gal Clichy.

Ed Aarons/The Guardian

Neymar Agrees To Net $35M Per Year With Paris Saint-Germain
PSG can now push forward with their plans to trigger Neymar's $259 million buyout clause with Barcelona.

Jonathan Johnson/ESPN

Barcelona Letting Neymar Determine Whether He Goes To PSG
PSG could trigger Neymar's $258 million release clause with Barcelona.


Monaco Rejects City's $58M Bid For Benjamin Mendy
Pep Guardiola has been targeting full backs all summer.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Monaco Threaten To Report Any Clubs Approaching Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe has reportedly already been the subject of a 120 million offer from Real Madrid


Chicharito Bought By West Ham For $16.9M
Javier Hernandez scored 39 goals in 76 appearances for Leverkusen.

Sergio Dipp/ESPN

City Close To $34.5M Deal With Real Madrid For Danilo
City also signed Kyle Walker at right-back but they view Danilo as being capable of playing left-back and as a holding midfielder.

Fabrizio Romano, Marcus Christenson, Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Chelsea Buys Alvaro Morata From Real Madrid For $91.2M
Alvaro Morata will replace Diego Costa, who will be sold this summer.

Dominic Fifield, Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

PSG Becoming More Optimistic Of $256M Neymar Transfer
PSG can easily meet Neymar's release clause and salary requirements.

Julien Laurens/The Guardian

Jose Mourinho Wants 15-Year Stay At Manchester United
The longest Jose Mourinho has stayed at a club was during his first tenure at Chelsea, when he entered a fourth season at the helm in 2007-08.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Antonio Conte Signs Extension With Chelsea
Antonio Conte had been expected to sign an extension to 2021.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Barcelona Denies Report Of $256M Transfer Of Neymar To PSG
A report in Brazil indicated Neymar has accepted an offer from PSG with the club exercising his $256 million buyout clause.

Barcelona Earns Sports Record $770M In Revenues During 16-17 Season
Barcelona allocated 66 percent of its expenditures for "payment of salaries to athletes."

Kurt Badenhausen/Forbes

Leonardo Bonucci Agrees To Join AC Milan From Juventus
AC Milan will pay $45.9 million to Juventus for Leonardo Bonucci.

Marcus Christenson, Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

Wojciech Szczęsny To Join Juventus On $13.1M Transfer From Arsenal
Wojciech Szczęsny spent the past two seasons on loan at Roma and will now backup Gianluigi Buffon.

Fabrizio Romano, Marcus Christenson/The Guardian

Renato Sanches Receiving Loan Interest From AC Milan
AC Milan want to take Renato Sanches on a two-year loan deal with an option to make the deal permanent for a fee of 47 million.

Mark Lovell/ESPN

Joe Hart Joins West Ham On Season-Long Loan
City will continue to pay some of Joe Hart's wages.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian