Soccer Wiretap

Bobby Wood To Join Real Salt Lake Early

Apr 13, 2021 4:45 PM

Bobby Wood will join Real Salt Lake earlier than anticipated after Hamburg SV terminated his contract.

Wood was originally scheduled to join the Major League Soccer side at the end of the 2. Bundesliga season on May 23.

Wood came through the ranks at TSV 1860 Munich, who he joined as a 14-year-old, and also had spells with Erzgebirge Aue, Union Berlin and Hannover 96.

Capped 45 times for the United States, Wood has not been part of the squad since a 1-0 defeat against Italy in November 2018.

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Tags: Real Salt Lake, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Eric Bailly Plans To Reject New Contract With United

Apr 13, 2021 1:07 PM

Eric Bailly plans to reject a new contract from Manchester United and will seek a summer move.

Bailly was Jose Mourinho's first signing at Old Trafford with a £30 million transfer from Villarreal in June 2016, has been in talks over a new deal to replace his contract, which expires at the end of next season.

Bailly has become increasingly frustrated with being overlooked by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has preferred Victor Lindelof as the defensive partner for Harry Maguire. 

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Tags: Manchester United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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PSG, Inter, Real Madrid Monitor Jesse Lingard

Apr 12, 2021 11:30 AM

Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan and Real Madrid have been monitoring Jesse Lingard.

Lingard has played exceptionally well since joining West Ham on loan from Manchester United. Lingard has scored eight goals in nine matches.

West Ham are keen to sign Lingard permanently at the end of the season.

Lingard has yet to make a decision about his future but he would like to play in the Champions League next season.

Rob Dawson/ESPN

Tags: Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, West Ham United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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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.

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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

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

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Barcelona Hold Erling Haaland Transfer Talks

Alex Kirkland, Moises Llorens/ESPN

City Announces Sergio Aguero To Leave Club In Summer

RealGM Staff Report

Liverpool Close To Signing Ibrahima Konate

Julien Laurens/ESPN

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

ESPN

United Committed To Signing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer To Extension

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Gareth Bale Intends To Return To Real Madrid After Loan

Adriana Garcia/ESPN

Xabi Alonso Agrees To Become Manager Of Gladbach

Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

Ralf Rangnick No Longer In Running For Schalke Sporting Director

BeIn Sports

LA Galaxy II Sign 16-Year-Old Miguel Avalos

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

PA Media

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

ESPN FC

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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