Soccer Wiretap

Father: Lionel Messi Would Love Return To Barcelona

Jun 5, 2023 2:59 PM

Lionel Messi would love to return to Barcelona this summer, according to his father Jorge Messi.

Despite being caught on camera entering the home of Barcelona president Joan Laporta on Monday morning, Jorge Messi denied said meeting but told reporters: "Of course, he [Messi] would love to return to Barcelona. I would like it too. We will see."

Asked if he had spoken to Laporta about how Barca could finance Messi's return, Jorge Messi said: "We spoke the other day, but there's nothing concrete."

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Tags: Barcelona, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Liverpool Close To Transfer With Brighton For Alexis Mac Allister

Jun 5, 2023 2:29 PM

Liverpool are closing in on a deal with Brighton for Alexis Mac Allister.

Mac Allister was signed by Brighton from Argentinos Juniors in 2019, is available for a fee of around £50 million due to a release clause within the new contract he signed with the club in October 2022.

Liverpool have made the recruitment of at least two midfielders their priority this summer following the departures of Naby Keita, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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Tags: Brighton & Hove Albion, Liverpool, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Announces Retirement At Age 41

Jun 5, 2023 2:26 PM

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has announced his retirement from soccer at the age of 41.

"Even my family didn't know, because I wanted that when I announced it everyone heard it at the same time," he said.

Ibrahimovic scored 93 goals in 163 appearances over two spells at Milan. He returned in January 2020 and helped Milan win the Serie A title last year.

Ibrahimovic had struggled with injuries and only made four appearances this season for Milan, after undergoing a knee operation last year.

"I have so many memories and emotions inside this stadium," he said. "The first time I arrived you gave me happiness, the second time you gave me love.

"I want to thank my family. I want to thank my second family: the players. I want to thank the coach and his staff for the responsibility, I want to thank the directors for the opportunity. Last but not least, from my heart, I want to thank you fans."

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: A.C. Milan, Misc Rumor

Real Madrid To Pursue Harry Kane With Karim Benzene's Exit

Jun 5, 2023 2:02 PM

Real Madrid have identified Harry Kane as their preferred target to replace Karim Benzema. 

Real Madrid had planned to pursue Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe in 2024.

Roberto Firmino, who is available on a free transfer after his contract expired at Liverpool and Chelsea's Kai Havertz have both been linked to Madrid, but club sources admit that Kane is the only available forward who has consistently scored the requisite number of goals, year after year.

Madrid are aware that a fee of around €100 million would be required to land Kane.

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

United Considered Favorites To Sign Mason Mount

Jun 1, 2023 5:15 PM

Manchester United are considered the favorites to sign Mason Mount away from Chelsea. 

Mount's existing deal expires next summer and Chelsea would rather sell him now than lose him for nothing in 2024.

One source suggested Chelsea's asking price is as high as £60 million for Mount.

Liverpool and Manchester City have also been linked with Mount.

James Olley, Rob Dawson/ESPN

Tags: Chelsea, Manchester United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Karim Benzema To Leave Real Madrid For Al Ittihad

Jun 1, 2023 1:41 PM

Karim Benzema will leave Real Madrid this summer to join Al Ittihad in Saudi Arabia.

Benzema was offered a two-year deal worth €400 million to move to Saudi Arabia in January.

Benzema spent 14 seasons with Real Madrid, becoming the club's second-highest goal scorer and winning five Champions Leagues, four La Liga titles and the 2022 Ballon d'Or.

Julien Laurens, Alex Kirkland/ESPN

Tags: Real Madrid, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

PSG Confirms Lionel Messi Will Exit Club

Jun 1, 2023 9:43 AM

Paris Saint-Germain has confirmed Lionel Messi will leave the club this summer after two seasons.

Christophe Galter told a news conference ahead of PSG's final Ligue 1 match of the season against Clermont Foot: "I had the privilege of coaching the best player in the history of football. This will be his last match at the Parc des Princes, and I hope that he will receive the warmest of welcomes.

"This year, he has been an important part of the team, always available. I don't think any of the comments or criticisms are justified. He's always been there for the team. It's been a great privilege to accompany him throughout the season."

Messi has been linked with either a move to Saudi Arabia or Inter Miami.


Tags: Paris Saint-Germain, Misc Rumor

Jose Mourinho Unsure Of Roma Future Amid PSG Links

May 31, 2023 10:14 PM

Jose Mourinho admitted he has an uncertain future with Roma amid links to Paris Saint-Germain.

"I have to fight for these lads and therefore not say objectively that I will remain," Mourinho, whose side was tied 1-1 with Sevilla after extra time, told Sky Sports Italia. "I spoke to the club in December when I had that approach from the Portuguese national team.

"I have not had any contact with anyone else since then. I have a year left on my contract and this is the situation."


Tags: Paris Saint-Germain, Roma, Misc Rumor

City Working On Signing Mateo Kovacic From Chelsea

May 31, 2023 10:11 PM

Manchester City are in talks to sign Mateo Kovacic from Chelsea. 

Kovacic has one season remaining on his contract with Chelsea and there have been no discussions on an extension. Chelsea are thought to be willing to sell for a fee in the region of £35 million.

Kovacic joined Chelsea from Real Madrid in 2018.

James Olley/ESPN

Tags: Chelsea, Manchester City, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Sevilla Defeats Roma To Win 7th Europa League Final

May 31, 2023 10:07 PM

Sevilla defeated Roma 4-1 on penalties to win their seventh Europa League title.

Roma took an early 1-0 lead with a Paulo Dybala goal, but an own goal by Gianluca Mancini in the 55th minute allowed Sevilla to equalize. 

The defeat was Jose Mourinho's first in six European finals.

Sevilla defeated PSV Eindhoven, Fenerbahce, Manchester United and Juventus on their way to the final.


Tags: Roma, Sevilla

Lionel Messi, Xavi In Contact On Potential Barcelona Reunion

Sam Marsden, Moises Llorens/ESPN

Liverpool Hires Jorg Schmadtke As Sporting Director


Karim Benzema Again Considering Lucrative Offer In Saudi Arabia

Julien Laurens/ESPN

Juventus Emerges As Frontrunner To Sign Christian Pulisic

Mark Ogden/ESPN

Chelsea Fires Mauricio Pochettino As Manager

James Olley/ESPN

United Plan To Bid Early On Harry Kane

Jacob Steinberg/The Guardian

PSG To Target French Players In Summer

Julien Laurens/ESPN

Jordi Alba, Barcelona Agree To End Contract Year Early

Sam Marsden, Moises Llorens/ESPN

Dortmund Has Yet To Receive Any Offers For Jude Bellingham

Tom Hamilton/ESPN

Arsenal Working To Sign Ilkay Gundogan On Free Transfer

Nick Ames/The Guardian

Chelsea Offers Juventus $86M For Dusan Vlahovic


Chelsea Offers Juventus $86M For Dusan Vlahovic


City Wins Premier League With Arsenal's Loss


Carlo Ancelotti Will Meet With Florentino Perez, Expected To Stay

Alex Kirkland, Rodrigo Faez/ESPN

MLS Announces San Diego As 30th Franchise

Cesar Hernandez/ESPN

City Beats Real Madrid, Will Play Inter In Champions League Final

RealGM Staff Report

Leonardo Bonucci Announces He'll Retire At End Of 23-24 Season

Adriana Garcia/ESPN

Liverpool Confirms Roberto Firmino, Three Others Will Leave Club


Tottenham Rules Out Julian Nagelsmann As Candidate For Manager

James Olley/ESPN

Real Madrid Set For Germany Trip To Try To Sign Jude Bellingham

Alex Kirkland, Rodrigo Faez/ESPN