Soccer Wiretap

Leonardo Expects Kylian Mbappe To Remain With PSG Next Season

Sep 15, 2021 10:17 AM

Leonardo has said he expects Kylian Mbappe to remain with Paris Saint-Germain beyond the current season and denied that the club ever received a final bid from Real Madrid worth €200 million.

"I don't see Mbappe leaving at the end of the season," Leonardo told Canal+ on Tuesday. "The relationship Kylian has with PSG is deep. Nobody is thinking about the future of PSG without Kylian. I can't imagine it."

Mbappe joined PSG from Monaco for €180 million in 2017, beating Real Madrid to sign him.

Mbappe has so far refused to agree to a contract extension with PSG.

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

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: New Stars Could Convince Paul Pogba To Stay

Sep 13, 2021 9:58 PM

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United's acquisitions of Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane could make Paul Pogba decide to extend his stay with the club.

Pogba has stalled on signing an extension with United and could leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.

"It's up to us now to get results and to prove to ourselves we can win trophies," Solskjaer told a news conference in Bern on Monday.

"Everyone who signs for Manchester United wants to win trophies. To be a part of a winning Man United team, it's the most magical feeling in the world.

"Everyone's just focusing on doing our best and let's see where we go."

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Tags: Manchester United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Jesse Lingard Rejects Extension Offer From United

Sep 7, 2021 9:17 PM

Jesse Lingard has rejected a new contract at Manchester United as he seeks assurances on his first team prospects.

Lingard has been offered fresh terms to extend his stay.

If a new contract is not agreed with United, Lingard, who graduated through the academy to make more than 200 senior appearances, will be able to leave as a free agent at the end of the season.

Lingard wants to find regular appearances and keep his place in the England squad ahead of the 2022 World Cup. 

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Tags: Manchester United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Barcelona Tried To Sign Neymar In Summer

Sep 7, 2021 7:57 AM

Joan Laporta claims Barcelona attempted to sign Neymar this summer.

"We tried to sign Neymar," Laporta told TV3 on Monday, confirming reports that had appeared in Spain earlier in the day.

"At that moment [after being elected in March], it seemed like an interesting signing. He got in contact. He was crazy about coming.

"We interpreted fair play in another way at the time. If we had known all the rules [in LaLiga], we would not have made that offer."

Barcelona instead eventually had to sell Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain. 

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

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Gerard Pique: Dating Shakira Changed Relationship With Pep Guardiola

Sep 7, 2021 7:55 AM

Gerard Pique revealed that his relationship with Pep Guardiola changed after he started dating Shakira.

"We reached a moment of tension with him, not just me but the dressing room in general," Pique told La Sotana on Monday.

"The rivalry with Jose Mourinho [at Real Madrid] wore us down a lot. Pep wanted absolute control over everything that was happening.

"I started dating Shakira and our relationship changed. Now, the relationship is perfect. But there was a lot of pressure on me then. I felt like I had to do everything in training perfectly.

"If there was a moment I thought about leaving Barca, it was that [2011-12] season. I struggled in that last season with Guardiola."

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Tags: Barcelona

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Cristiano Ronaldo Will Wear No. 7 For Manchester United

Sep 3, 2021 11:20 AM

Cristiano Ronaldo will wear the No. 7 in his return for Manchester United.

Edinson Cavani was previously wearing No. 7 and will switch to No. 21, the same he uses for Uruguay. 

The No. 7 is an iconic one at United, with the likes of George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona and David Beckham all having it adorn their shirts down the years. Ronaldo took hold of the number following Beckham’s departure, making it his own between 2003 and 2009.

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United Still Have Erling Haaland As Top Transfer Target Next Summer

Sep 1, 2021 8:36 AM

Erling Haaland remains the priority transfer target for Manchester United next summer despite their acquisition of Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Manchester City, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in Haaland, who can trigger a release clause in his Borussia Dortmund contract at the end of this season that is reportedly set at €75 million

United will pay an initial €15m for Ronaldo with a further €8m in additional payments over five years, but while the transfer fee is relatively small, the Old Trafford club have had to make the 36-year-old the highest-paid player in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad by some distance.

United came close to signing the Norway international from FC Salzburg during the 2019-20 winter transfer window, only for the player to opt for a move to Dortmund.

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

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Barcelona Assigns No. 10 Jersey To Ansu Fati

Sep 1, 2021 8:34 AM

Barcelona has assigned the No. 10 shit to Ansu Fati following the departure of Lionel Messi.

Barcelona considered leaving the number unused for the 21-22 season, but La Liga rules require players must wear numbers 1-25, which made that possibility difficult. 

Ansu had originally been given the No. 17 shirt for the upcoming campaign and has previously worn No. 22 and No. 33 since making his debut in 2019.

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PSG Ignores Real Madrid's Final Bid For Kylian Mbappe

Aug 31, 2021 9:13 PM

Real Madrid made a new offer worth €200 million to Paris Saint-Germain for the rights to Kylian Mbappe but received no reply.

Madrid made an initial €160 million offer for Mbappe last week and, after it was immediately turned down, followed it up with a bid worth €170 million up front plus €10 million in add-ons.

There had been attempts from Madrid in recent days to put pressure on PSG by threatening to withdraw from negotiations.

Mbappe has been Real Madrid's top transfer target for multiple seasons.

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

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Chelsea Completes Loan With Atleti For Saul

Aug 31, 2021 9:11 PM

Chelsea have completed a loan deal with Atletico Madrid for Saul Niguez with the deal containing an option to buy next summer.

The deal was thrown into doubt as the transfer had not been confirmed by either club before the midnight CET deadline.

Local media said the delay was caused by a problem with LaLiga's transfer registration system, however, and the documentation had been correctly submitted in time.

"We welcome Saul to the Club and believe he completes our squad as we compete for honours in five different competitions this season," Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said.

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Tags: Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, Loan, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Antoine Griezmann To Rejoin Atleti

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Kylian Mbappe Transfer Talks Between Real Madrid, PSG Stall

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Leeds, Manchester United Discuss Daniel James Transfer

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Spurs Sign Emerson Royal From Barcelona

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PSG Pursuing Lewandowski, Haaland Or Richarlison To Replace Mbappe

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Cristiano Ronaldo Returns To Manchester United On Two-Year Deal

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Real Madrid Improves Offer To PSG For Kylian Mbappe To $212M

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City, PSG In Same Group As UEFA Draws Champions League Group Stage

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Cristiano Ronaldo, City Closing In On Agreement

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Arsenal Will Keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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City Suspends Benjamin Mendy Following Rape Charge

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Chelsea Close To Signing Jules Kounde From Sevilla

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Pep Guardiola Likely To Leave City In 2023

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City Considering Move For Cristiano Ronaldo

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Gerard Pique's Company Buys Ligue 1 Rights In Spain

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Harry Kane Announces He'll Stay With Spurs For Now

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Andy Robertson Signs Long-Term Extension With Liverpool

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Chelsea In Talks With Atleti On Loan For Saul

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Real Madrid Makes $188M Offer To PSG For Kylian Mbappe

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Spurs In Talks With Wolves On Adama Traore Transfer

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