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Everton Signs Amadou Onana From Lille For $41M

Aug 9, 2022 2:58 PM

Everton has signed Amadou Onana from Lille for €40 million ($41 million).

Onana is Everton’s fifth summer signing following the arrivals of Conor Coady, Dwight McNeil, Rúben Vinagre and James Tarkowski and represents a coup for manager Frank Lampard and director of football Kevin Thelwell given the interest in the rising talent. 

“It feels great to join Everton,” said Onana. “I know it’s a big, big club, one of the biggest in England. It’s something I want to be part of for many years. Everyone here showed they really wanted me and they have a plan for me, so I really appreciated the talks I had with the manager and director of football. They told me how they wanted me to play and I enjoyed it. They both have a lot of ambition and that’s the type of guy I am so it matches.

“The manager was one of the big reasons. He played at the highest level, won many things and was a midfielder, too. It means a lot to have interest from him and I think he can teach me many things. The Everton fans are amazing. I saw their support last season and it’s also one of the reasons why I chose Everton. I am looking forward to meeting them at Goodison and, just hearing about the atmosphere, I get goosebumps. Blue is my favourite color, too!”

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Tags: Everton, Lille, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Barcelona Alleges Irregularities In Frenkie De Jong's Previous Deal

Aug 8, 2022 4:04 PM

Barcelona has sent a letter to Frenkie de Jong warning that the contract he signed in 2020 under the previous board had alleged irregularities. 

At that time the letter was sent, Barca had reached a preliminary agreement with Manchester United for De Jong in a deal worth a total of €85 million and needed the money in order to register their new signings without breaching LaLiga's wage limits.

Should De Jong not agree to leave or reduce his wages, the same club sources would not rule out Barca telling the player he is surplus to requirements to increase the pressure.

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Tags: Barcelona, Misc Rumor

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United, Juventus Discuss Adrien Rabiot Transfer

Aug 8, 2022 4:02 PM

Manchester United have reached out to Juventus on a transfer for Adrien Rabiot.

United believe the Serie A side are willing to let Rabiot leave.

Rabiot views United as one of the biggest clubs in the world, sources added, and would relish the challenge of bringing the club back to the top under Erik Ten Hag.

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

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Timo Werner Rejoins RB Leipzig From Chelsea On $30.6M Transfer

Aug 8, 2022 3:59 PM

Timo Werner will rejoin RB Leipzig on a transfer from Chelsea worth €30 million ($30.6 million).

Werner joined Chelsea in 2020 for €50 million.

Werner started well, scoring eight goals in his first 12 games up to mid-November, but managed just four more for the rest of the campaign as a loss of form and confidence set in.

Chelsea signed Romelu Lukaku for a club-record €115 million last summer in a fresh challenge to Werner, but head coach Thomas Tuchel began to favour Kai Havertz as his central striker.

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Tags: Chelsea, RB Leipzig, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Alexis Sanchez Will Join Marseille After Terminating Inter Contract

Aug 8, 2022 3:58 PM

Inter Milan have agreed to terminate the contract of Alexis Sanchez by mutual agreement.

Sanchez is set to join Marseille on a free transfer. 

Sanchez made 109 appearances and scored 20 goals in all competitions after joining Inter from Manchester United in 2019 but rarely appeared in the starting lineup last season.

"The club would like to wholeheartedly thank Alexis for these last three seasons, in which the Nerazzurri won three major honours, and we wish him all the best for his future career," Inter said in a statement.

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Tags: Internazionale, Marseille, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Isco Signs With Sevilla

Aug 7, 2022 1:58 PM

Sevilla have agreed to sign Isco from Real Madrid on a free transfer.

Isco will be reunited with Julen Lopetegui.

Isco turned down a number of opportunities from overseas.

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

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Pep Guardiola Focused On Improving Each Year Rather Than Winning UCL

Aug 6, 2022 10:50 PM

Pep Guardiola is already entering his seventh season as manager of Manchester City after four seasons with Barcelona and another three at Bayern Munich. Guardiola says he is motivated by the desire to get better each rather than finally winning the Champions League for City.

“To improve the team and play better. This is the main thing for me. The only thing I’m here for is to make the team play better, and the players individually to play better … to watch the team on the touchline and say: ‘I like it.’”

Asked whether he would leave if he wins the Champions League with City, Guardiola said: “My life is not dependent on that. Of course I would like to win it. Yes, it’s a dream or a target to do it. I am aware how good the opponents are and how difficult the competition is.

“I have said so many times and so people might not believe me, that I am making an excuse. People say: ‘No, I’m here to win it,’ but I didn’t come here to win the Champions League. They didn’t ask me. Of course they want it and I’m the first to want it but it was the same with Munich. I won it twice with Barcelona. I want to win all four. If I am a manager for 30 or 40 years I want to win the Champions League every season.”

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Chelsea Buys Marc Cucurella From Brighton For $76M

Aug 5, 2022 1:14 PM

Chelsea have signed Marc Cucurella from Brighton and Hove Albion, it was announced on Friday.

Cucurella joins Chelsea in a deal worth an initial £56 million with a possible £7m in add-ons ($76 million total).

Cucurella, 24, was wanted by Manchester City and Cucurella handed in a transfer request but the two clubs couldn't strike a deal, with Brighton standing firm on a £50 million valuation for the left-back.

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

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Chelsea Interested In Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Benjamin Sesko

Aug 4, 2022 2:39 PM

Chelsea have registered interest in Barcelona's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Red Bull Salzburg's Benjamin Sesko as they look to improve at striker.

Chelsea agreed to allow Romelu Lukaku to rejoin Inter Milan on a season-long loan.

Aubameyang joined Barcelona on a free transfer from Arsenal in February.

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Tags: Barcelona, Chelsea, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Erik Ten Hag: Unacceptable For Cristiano Ronaldo To Leave Match Early

Aug 3, 2022 3:38 PM

Erik ten Hag has branded Cristiano Ronaldo's decision to leave Old Trafford during Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano as "unacceptable."

Ronaldo started the match but was substituted at half-time. He was pictured leaving the stadium before the full-time whistle.

"It is unacceptable for everyone," he told Viaplay Sport Netherlands. "I am telling them it's unacceptable. We are a team. A squad. Until the end we stay together."

Ronaldo would like to leave United this summer in order to continue playing in the Champions League. United have yet to receive an offer.

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Tags: Manchester United

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Chelsea To Sign Carney Chukwuemeka From Aston Villa

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Bayern Signs Matthijs De Ligt From Juve For $69M

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Robert Lewandowski Joins Barcelona On $51M Transfer

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Chelsea Rules Out Signing Cristiano Ronaldo

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Chelsea Signs Raheem Sterling From City

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Rodri Signs New Five-Year Extension With City Through 2027

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Landon Donovan Could Become Manager Of Earthquakes

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Luis Suarez Receiving Interest From Six MLS Clubs

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Paul Pogo Returns To Juventus On Free Transfer

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D.C. United Hires Wayne Rooney As Manager

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Jesse Lingered Listening To 'Ground-Breaking' MLS Pitches

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United Signs Tyrell Malacia From Feyenoord

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PSG Fires Mauricio Pochettino, Hires Christophe Galtier As Replacement

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Christian Eriksen Signs Three-Year Deal With Manchester United

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Cristiano Ronaldo Requests Transfer From United, Seeks UCL Club

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Wayne Rooney Steps Down As Manager Of Derby

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Raheem Sterling Seeking Transfer From City To Chelsea

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Bayern Signs Sadio Mane From Liverpool For $43M

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Liverpool Sign Darwin Nunez For $78.5M

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Major League Soccer, Apple TV Agree To 10 Year, $2.5B Streaming Deal

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