Soccer Wiretap

Henrikh Mkhitaryan Considered Key To United's Pursuit Of Alexis

Jan 16, 2018 10:07 AM

Manchester United's bid for Alexis Sanchez could pivot on whether Henrikh Mkhitaryan is willing to accept a move to Arsenal.

It is understood Mkhitaryan does not view himself as a makeweight in any deal that would take Sanchez to United and is instead the key to a transfer.

When Sanchez’s signing-on fee plus that of his agent’s are factored in this would mean United having to pay around £60 million for a player who is free to leave Arsenal in the summer.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Tags: Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Cristiano Ronaldo Prefers Return To Manchester United

Jan 15, 2018 12:22 PM

Cristiano Ronaldo would like to leave Real Madrid and return to Manchester United, according to those close to him.

Ronaldo feels betrayed by unfulfilled promises by Florentino Perez to renew his deal with Real Madrid.

"Cristiano is in the doldrums as he feels that he has been tricked,” according to sources close to him.

Ronaldo's current deal expires in 2021 and was told by Perez after last season's Champions League that he would sign an improved contract.

Ronaldo is the fifth best paid play in the world with an annual salary of €21 million.

Manu Sainz/

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

Stoke City Hires Paul Lambert As Manager

Jan 15, 2018 12:18 PM

Stoke City have appointed Paul Lambert as manager, replacing Mark Hughes.

Stoke are currently in 18th place in the Premier League and will face a relegation battle.

Lambert, who has previously also managed Aston Villa and Norwich, emerged as the preferred candidate and the club have acted swiftly to appoint him.

The Guardian

Tags: Stoke City, Misc Rumor

Ousmane Dembele Out Four Weeks With Left Hamstring Injury

Jan 15, 2018 12:07 PM

Ousmane Dembele will miss the next four weeks with a left hamstring injury. Barcelona says the injury is not related to the one in which required surgery earlier in the season.

Dembele cost Barcelona a transfer fee of €105 million.

Dembele, who has made just seven appearances for Barca in total, will miss the Copa del Rey doubleheader against city rivals Espanyol and next week's trip to Real Betis in the league.

Sam Marsden/ESPN

Tags: Barcelona, Injury

Bordeaux Won't Sell Malcom To Arsenal During January Window

Jan 15, 2018 11:15 AM

Bordeaux is standing firm on not selling Malcom during the January transfer window.

Arsene Wenger has identified Malcom as his preferred replacement for Alexis Sanchez.

"Malcom won't leave," Nicolas de Tavernost, head of M6, the TV channel that owns the Ligue 1 outfit, told L'Equipe on Sunday.

Malcom has scored 15 league goals in 68 games since joining Bordeaux from Corinthians in January 2016.

Ian Holyman/ESPN

Tags: Arsenal, Bordeaux, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Wales To Name Ryan Giggs Manager

Jan 14, 2018 9:31 PM

Wales will hire Ryan Giggs as manager on a four-year deal.

Giggs will replace Chris Coleman.

Giggs had a brief stint as interim manager at Manchester United following the dismissal of David Moyes. Giggs also worked as assistant coach to Louis van Gaal.

Wales missed out on the World Cup this summer.

Stuart James/The Guardian

Tags: Misc Rumor

United Moves Ahead Of City In Pursuit Of Alexis Sanchez

Jan 14, 2018 10:21 AM

Manchester United has moved ahead of Manchester City in pursuit of Alexis Sanchez.

Sanchez did not travel to Arsenal's match on Sunday at Bournemouth. 

Sanchez had looked certain to join City both in the summer and then again at the start of the January transfer window.

Arsenal are interested in taking Henrikh Mkhitaryan from United, who they wanted in the summer of 2016 when he was leaving Borussia Dortmund.

David Hytner/The Guardian

Tags: Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Crystal Palace Hopes To Buy Fiorentina's Khouma Babacar

Jan 14, 2018 10:19 AM

Crystal Palace hopes to buy Khouma Babacar from Fiorentina.

Roy Hodgson has made no secret of the fact the squad he inherited in September was imbalanced, with Palace boasting only Christian Benteke as a recognised striker and only two senior goalkeepers.

Babacar, who has also attracted interest from West Ham and West Bromwich Albion, has scored four goals in Serie A this season.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Tags: Crystal Palace, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Leipzig Won't Allow Naby Keita To Join Liverpool In January

Jan 14, 2018 10:16 AM

RB Leipzig has confirmed that Naby Keita won't be allowed to leave the club to join Liverpool during the January transfer window.

Liverpool agreed to a transfer with Leipzig last summer that wouldn't see him join their club until the summer of 2018.

Following the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, Liverpool had hoped to bring Keita over sooner.

Leipzig sports director Ralf Rangnick said on the club’s official website: “We won’t allow Liverpool to sign him early, even though they have shown renewed interest to bring him in during this transfer window.

“As everyone knows, we are not a selling club, therefore it would only have been possible had we reached a mutual agreement involving an exorbitant additional fee. That is not the case.”

Press Association

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

City Willing To Walk Away From Alexis Sanchez Pursuit

Jan 13, 2018 9:46 AM

Manchester City are willing to walk away from negotiations on Alexis Sanchez amid interest from Manchester United.

City had felt that a deal to secure the arrival of the 29-year-old in the January transfer window was imminent after they agreed personal terms with his representatives over a contract worth £13 million a season.

City is offering £20 million to Arsenal but they have been informed it will take a fee of £35 million to make the move happen.

United are willing to offer Sanchez higher wages and a fee of £25 million to Arsenal.

City agreed a £60 million deal with Arsenal in August, only for the transfer to collapse when Arsène Wenger failed to complete a move for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar on deadline day.

Jamie Jackson, Ed Aarons/The Guardian

Tags: Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Landon Donovan Comes Out Of Retirement To Sign With Leon
Landon Donovan retired from the LA Galaxy after winning the MLS Cup in 2014, only to come out of retirement and play for the club again in 2016.


Arsenal Again Won't Sell Alexis Sanchez Without Replacement
Arsenal declined to sell Sanchez to Manchester City when they couldn't finalize a 92 million deal with Monaco for Thomas Lemar.

David Hytner/The Guardian

Everton In Talks With Arsenal On Theo Walcott
Theo Walcott has 18 months remaining on his deal in which he earns 110,000 per week.

Andy Hunter/The Guardian

Arsenal Sells Francis Coquelin To Valencia For $16.3M
Francis Coquelin fell out of favor this season with Arsene Wenger.

David Hytner/The Guardian

Liverpool Attempting To Bring Naby Keita Over Immediately
Leipzig are seeking an additional 17.8 million to let Naby Keita leave now.

Ed Aarons/The Guardian

Arsenal Seeking Malcom As Direct Replacement For Alexis Sanchez
Bordeaux are demanding a fee of 50m and would prefer to retain Malcom until the end of the season.

Fabrizio Romano, Ed Aarons/The Guardian

United Attempting To Beat City To Sign Alexis Sanchez
United is now offering 25 million to Arsenal for Alexis Sanchez.

Fabrizio Romano, Ed Aarons/The Guardian

Ernesto Valverde: Barcelona Hasn't Given Up On La Masia
Ernesto Valverde talked about how Barcelona has always combined expensive transfers with academy players.

Sam Marsden/ESPN

Raheem Sterling, City To Open Extension Talks
Raheem Sterling earns around 170,000 a week basic and can expect a rise of at least 50,000 a week.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

CIES Ranks Cristiano Ronaldo As World's 49th Most Valuable Player
CIES' valuations have Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar atop their list at 213 million.

Dermot Corrigan/ESPN

Video: Soccer Stars Who Changed Clubs In 2017
Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Alvaro Morata were just three of the biggest names to change clubs in 2017.

RealGM Staff Report

FA To Use Rooney Rule For Future England Manager Interviews
England hired Gareth Southgate last year.

Martha Kelner/The Guardian

Zinedine Zidane Doesn't Expect Stay With Real Madrid For 10 Years
Zinedine Zidane acknowledged he's unlikely to remain as manager of Real Madrid for more than a few seasons.

Antoine Griezmann Hesitant About Leaving Spain For United
Antoine Griezmann's buy-out clause of 100 million has become relatively reasonable.

Rob Dawson/ESPN

City Confident Of January Transfer For Alexis Sanchez
Arsenal could accept 30 million for Alexis Sanchez just a few months after being offered 50 million.

Peter O'Rourke/ESPN

Harry Kane Happy Staying With Spurs If Trophies Won
Spurs are reportedly preparing a deal that would double Harry Kane's salary from 100,000 per week to 200,000 per week.

Press Association

Liverpool, Leicester Dismiss Reports Of Riyad Mahrez Transfer
Liverpool dubbed the rumour as a complete fabrication.


Liverpool Accepts $193M Fee From Barcelona For Philippe Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho has agreed a five-and-a-half-year deal worth $16.2 million per season.

Sid Lowe/The Guardian

Chelsea, Everton Close To $20.3M Ross Barkley Transfer
Ross Barkley will cost Everton 20 million in transfer revenue for delaying his move to Chelsea.

Andy Hunter/The Guardian

Lionel Messi Could Leave Barca On Free Transfer If Catalonia Secedes
The president of La Liga has said Barcelona would be removed from the Spanish league along with all other Catalan clubs in the event of secession.


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