Soccer Wiretap

Cristiano Ronaldo Receives Red Card, Could Miss Old Trafford Match

Sep 19, 2018 6:14 PM

Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off with a red card in Juventus' Champions League match against Valencia.

Ronaldo appeared to put his hand on the head of the Valencia defender Jeison Murillo, who fell to the ground. The referee Felix Brych gave Ronaldo a straight red card after discussing the incident with his assistant behind the goal.

Ronaldo may miss a return to Old Trafford to play Manchester United next month.

Ronaldo had never received a red card in 154 Champions League matches.

The Guardian

Tags: Juventus, Manchester United, Suspension

FIFA Attempting To Limit Transfer Market

Sep 17, 2018 1:42 PM

FIFA is planning to push for substantial changes to soccer's transfer business, which they hope would limit the prices clubs could pay for players and diminish the role of agents in the market.

Gianni Infantino had vowed to take on the transfer market.

FIFA's proposal plans for a new central clearinghouse that would be responsible for processing payments for all cross-border transfers, including commissions paid to agents. Those fees could be capped at 5 percent of a player’s total salary, or of the transfer fee.

Tariq Panja/New York Times

Tags: Legal

David Moyes Interested In United States Job

Sep 17, 2018 11:59 AM

David Moyes has legitimate interest in becoming the next manager of the United States.

Moyes has been out of management since saving West Ham United from relegation last season.

"I would have to consider the USA job if I was approached because it's one of the big nations in world football, with massive growth potential," Moyes told the Sun. "They have a constantly improving league. You've got David Beckham's team coming into Miami and Nashville as well, so if it came up, I would have a real interest."

USMNT general manager Ernie Stewart plans on hiring a manager by the end of the year.


Tags: United States, Misc Rumor

Raheem Sterling, City Reach Impasse In Extension Talks

Sep 17, 2018 9:35 AM

Raheem Sterling and Manchester City have reached an impasse in their contract talks.

Sterling’s terms are worth around £170,00 a week and he wants to become one of City’s best-paid players, with a rise to a basic of £220,000 at least.

Sterling could become a free agent in 2020.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Tags: Manchester City, Misc Rumor

PSG Contacts Real Madrid Over Constant Neymar Speculation

Sep 14, 2018 5:40 PM

Paris Saint-Germain has reached out to Real Madrid as they've become "frustrated" by constant speculation about a potential move for Neymar.

Neymar moved to PSG from Barcelona for €222 million last summer.

"We don't like it at all and we have spoken to Real Madrid," Nasser Al-Khelaifi said.

"It's a bit frustrating, it's not fair that other clubs talk about our players. We have a good relationship and they respect PSG, and I hope that's the truth. We respect Real Madrid, their president, Florentino Perez, but I think that it's important for everyone not to work behind the scenes.

"I don't know if he understands me. If there is something, we speak, speak with Florentino Perez or whatever it is and we speak about what we like and what we don't like. It's what we want with all clubs, not just Real Madrid. Fighting amongst each other is not the way PSG works and I hope other clubs don't do that to us."

Robbie Dunne/ESPN

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

Maurizio Sarri Open To Chelsea Hiring John Terry As Assistant Coach

Sep 14, 2018 5:22 PM

Maurizio Sarri is open to hiring John Terry as an assistant coach with Chelsea.

Terry spent last season at Aston Villa.

Terry has been maintaining his fitness at Chelsea’s Cobham training complex and is working towards his Uefa A licence.

“Yes, of course, but the last time I spoke with him, a week ago, he told me he wants to play for another season," said Sarri. "But I don’t know the situation now. Chelsea is his home, of course. For sure, he would be a point of reference for me. For everybody here, I think. His presence alone [would be]. This is John Terry’s home.

“It’s up to him. I am very open with him because he is the history of the club. He has won everything with the club, so it’s up to him. But I don’t know [if it is possible]. He told me a lot of things, that he wants to play, so I’d have to speak to him again.”

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Tags: Chelsea, Misc Rumor

City Not Concerned Over Raheem Sterling's Extension Talks

Sep 14, 2018 9:59 AM

Raheem Sterling is in the final two years of his contract with Manchester City with reports suggesting he wants a £100,000-a-week pay rise to sign a new deal.

Sources say there are no concerns within City over Sterling's extensions talk.

"It's well-known that we're delighted with him and would like him to continue," Pep Guardiola said. "The club knows my opinion and we share that and after that it is [up to] the club and Raheem's agent. I'm outside, I'm not involved.

"Sometimes this kind of thing needs time. It's important that Raheem and his people know how delighted we are with him and after that maybe it happens or maybe not."

Jonathan Smith/ESPN

Tags: Manchester City, Misc Rumor

Pep Guardiola Insists Kevin De Bruyne Not For Sale

Sep 14, 2018 9:57 AM

Pep Guardiola insists Kevin de Bruyne doesn't have a release clause in his contract but says he wouldn't be for sale anyways.

De Bruyne signed a new contract in January that keeps him with Manchester City until 2023.

"I don't know what his release clause is," he told a news conference. "The journalist asked if we'd sell for €250 million and I said no. But it's my personal opinion. In England there are no release clauses, you have to negotiate for the club."

Jonathan Smith/ESPN

Tags: Manchester City, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Manchester City Announce Revenues Of $656M

Sep 13, 2018 10:21 AM

Manchester City have announced revenues of more than £500 million ($656 million).

The Premier League champions had been the fifth-highest revenue earner in the world last season at £473.4 million, and figures released on Thursday showed that had been increased to £500.5 million.

"Our aim is obviously to build on the achievements of the last year," chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said.

Jonathan Smith/ESPN

Tags: Manchester City

Real Madrid Have $432M Available To Spend On Galactico

Sep 12, 2018 5:50 PM

Real Madrid have €372 million ($432 million) available, "€190 million plus credit of €182 million at a highly competitive variable rate of interest," according to the treasurer's report.

Real Madrid could have interest in Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.


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

AC Milan Hopeful Of Hiring Ivan Gazidis From Arsenal
Ivan Gazidis has been identified as Milanís No 1 target by the president Paolo Scaroni.

Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

UEFA Approves Third European Club Competition
The new European competition would reduce the number of participating clubs in the Europa League from 48 to 32.

Alberto P. Sierra/

Sigi Schmid Steps Down As Manager Of LA Galaxy
Dominic Kinnear has been named LA Galaxy Interim Head Coach for the remainder of the season.

RealGM Staff Report

Zinedine Zidane Expects To Return To Managing Soon
Zinedine Zidane has been linked with Manchester United.

Ian Holyman/ESPN

Paul Pogba, United Pause Talks On Long-Term Extension
Paul Pogba is two years into the five-year deal he signed when he returned from Juventus in 2016.

Rob Dawson/ESPN

Real Madrid's Revenue Hits Record $869M For 17-18
The increase marks an 11.3 percent rise from last year as they earned an extra Ä76.3 million.

Robbie Dunne/ESPN

Leroy Sane Leaves Germany Team Citing Personal Reasons
Bild reported that Leroy Sane's girlfriend is expecting.

Stephan Uersfeld/ESPN

David Beckham's MLS Franchise Named Inter Miami
The name is a nod to Miami's Spanish-speaking community.

The Guardian

Sadio Mane, Sergio Aguero Lead Premier League In WhoScored Rating
Sadio Mane has scored four goals and has been Man of the Match three times.

RealGM Staff Report

Jordan Henderson Signs Extension With Liverpool Through 2023
Jordan Henderson joined Liverpool from Sunderland in 2011 and was named captain in 2015.

Glenn Price/ESPN

Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah Named FIFA POY Top-3
Lionel Messi wasn't in the top-3 and there also wasn't any member of France's World Cup winning squad.


Jose Mourinho Backs Ed Woodward Following Protest
United was coming off a 3-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur

Andy Hunter/The Guardian

UEFA Backs England's Joint Nations Bid For 2030 World Cup
The Football Association is understood to have promised its Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland counterparts that it will consult with them before making any bid.

Martha Kelner/The Guardian

Cristiano Ronaldo Defends Jose Mourinho Against Criticisms
Cristiano Ronaldo will play United as a member of Juventus in the Champions League.

Ben Gladwell/ESPN

Luka Modric Named UEFA Player Of the Year
Luka Modric finished ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah.


2018-19 Champions League Group Stage Draw Results
Cristiano Ronaldo will return to Manchester United with Juventus in Group H.


Ronaldo To Become Majority Owner Of Real Valladolid
Ronaldo could help facilitate a loan deal with Real Madrid for Vinicius Junior.

Nicholas Mendola/ProSoccerTalk

Real Madrid Signs Mariano Diaz, Gives Him Cristiano's No. 7 Shirt
Real Madrid has agreed to a $35 million deal to sign Mariano Diaz back from Lyon.

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Unai Emery Bans Fruit Juice From Arsenal's Training Ground
Unai Emery has carried on Arsene Wenger's legacy of implementing his own dietary requirements for players.

Mattias Karen/ESPN

Monaco Signs Benjamin Henrichs From Leverkusen For $23M
Benjamin Henrichs is a 21-year-old right back who can also play on the left and in midfield.