Soccer Wiretap

United Will Resist Anthony Martial's Attempts To Leave

Jul 21, 2018 6:36 PM

Anthony Martial is determined to leave Manchester United but Jose Mourinho will resist selling him.

United are expected to trigger a clause that allows for his terms to be extended for a year and so tie Martial down until summer 2020. 

Mourinho has stated that Martial will be in his starting lineup for United’s first game of the new campaign.

Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford won't be ready following their World Cup holiday.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Tags: Manchester United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Real Madrid Preparing $147M Transfer Bid For Eden Hazard

Jul 20, 2018 8:48 PM

Real Madrid are preparing a £112 million ($147 million) transfer bid to Chelsea for Eden Hazard.

Chelsea will hold out for a deal worth £200 million and intend to offer Hazard a new contract.

Real Madrid also has interest in Mauro Icardi.

ESPN

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

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2018 World Cup Final Drew Approximately 900M Viewers Worldwide

Jul 20, 2018 4:17 PM

The 2018 World Cup Final is believed to have been watched by approximately 900 million people worldwide.

The final drew an estimated 107 million viewers in 19 European countries, according to Eurodata TV Worldwide, which noted the strong ratings in the region were fueled by the presence of teams from France, England, Belgium and Croatia in the final four.

In the United States, the final was watched by 11.8 million on Fox compared to 17.3 on ABC in 2014.

Elsa Keslassy/Variety

Tags: World Cup

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Neymar Confirms He Will Remain With PSG

Jul 20, 2018 10:16 AM

Neymar has confirmed he will remain Paris Saint-Germain amid continuing links with Real Madrid.

Paris Saint-Germain bought Neymar for €222 million last summer.

"Yes, I will stay in Paris. I have a contract with PSG. The speculation? The majority of it is invented by the press," he said.

"I have a contract and people know the objective, the reason why I went to PSG. I want to win with this club and I hope this season will be wonderful."

Neymar also hailed the arrival of Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus from Real Madrid, saying it "will change Italian football."

"Cristiano is a great player. He is a football legend, a genius," he said. "We have to respect him. I think that it was a difficult decision for him, but I wish him good luck -- except against PSG."

ESPN

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

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Maurizio Sarri Will Wait To Hold Talks With Eden Hazard, Courtois

Jul 19, 2018 11:04 AM

Maurizio Sarri will wait until Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard return from their post-World Cup holidays before holding talks about their future with Chelsea.

Real Madrid are in talks with Chelsea over a possible £35 million transfer for Courtois. Real Madrid also has interest in buying Hazard to replace Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Clearly the players you are referring to are very high-level players and I would like to keep them,” Sarri said during his unveiling at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. “But a telephone call without looking them in the eye will not give me any certainty.

“I would like to meet these players face to face and talk to them and understand what the best thing is for everyone to do. Before that I would also like a player to come on the pitch for four or five days with me to have a clear idea of what the plan is.”

Hazard suggested he would like to leave Chelsea.

“He is one of the top two or three European players,” Sarri said of Hazard. “I hope that I will manage to improve him but this is very difficult given he has reached a very high level.”

Jacob Steinberg/The Guardian

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

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Out For Season With Knee Surgery

Jul 18, 2018 5:14 PM

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sustained multiple ligament damage on April 24th and is expected to be out of action for up to 12 months in total.

Oxlade-Chamberlain asked Liverpool to keep the information secret initially.

Oxlade-Chamberlain's rehabilitation is on course and Liverpool do not view the injury as career-defining

Andy Hunter/The Guardian

Tags: Liverpool, Injury

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Liverpool Signs Alisson From Roma For $87.3M

Jul 18, 2018 4:35 PM

Liverpool have signed Alisson from Roma for €75 million ($87.3 million).

Chelsea were also ready to sign Alisson if Thibaut Courtois leaves.

Alisson will replace Loris Karius as Klopp’s No 1.

Alisson joined Roma from Internacional in 2016 for €7.5 million. 

Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

Tags: Liverpool, Roma, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Thierry Henry Leaves Sky To Concentrate On Coaching Career

Jul 16, 2018 7:31 PM

Thierry Henry has left Sky Sports to concentrate on his coaching career.

Henry was assistant manager of Belgium at the World Cup.

“Over the last 4 years I have had some extremely rewarding coaching experiences in football. These experiences have only made me more determined to fulfil my long-term ambition to become a football manager.

“It is with sadness, therefore, that I have decided that I must leave SkySports to enable me to spend more time on the pitch and concentrate on my journey to achieving that goal.

“I would like to thank everyone at Sky for making me feel so welcome and at ease throughout my time with them and I wish them all the best for the future. Great memories.”

Press Association

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Chelsea To Resist Real Madrid's Pursuit Of Eden Hazard

Jul 16, 2018 3:43 PM

Chelsea plan on resisting any attempt from Real Madrid to sign Eden Hazard.

Hazard suggested on Saturday that he would like to leave Chelsea for Real Madrid.

Hazard is contracted until 2020 and Chelsea had hoped to tie him to new terms worth a club-record £300,000 a week.

Real Madrid has an obvious hole on their team following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

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

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James Rodriguez Won't Return To Real Madrid Early

Jul 16, 2018 12:45 PM

James Rodriguez will not leave Bayern Munich to return to Real Madrid a year before the end of his two-year loan.

James had previously fallen out of favor with Zinedine Zidane.

Several outlets, including Marca and La Sexta, have reported that James is looking to return to Madrid, but Gestifute told ESPN FC there is no chance he can leave Bayern this summer because there is no option for either club to break the agreement.

Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Juventus were all linked with a permanent move for James early last summer, with Madrid president Florentino Perez reportedly wanting a fee of at least €70 million before agreeing the two-year loan with Bayern.

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Tags: Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Loan, Misc Rumor

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Gareth Bale To Become Featured Member Of Real Madrid
Gareth Bale will seek assurances that he will become a starter again, having spent much of last season on the bench under Zinedine Zidane.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Brazil Opens As Favorites For 2022 World Cup
Brazil are 6-1 favorites, followed by France at +650 and Germany at 7-1.

ESPN

Argentina Parts Ways With Jorge Sampaoli
Jorge Sampaoli was previously manager of Chile and Sevilla.

RealGM Staff Report

France Wins 2018 World Cup With 4-2 Victory Over Croatia
France received goals from Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe.

RealGM Staff Report

Luka Modric Wins Golden Ball Of 2018 World Cup
Luka Modric beat out Eden Hazard and Antoine Griezmann to win the award for the best player of the tournament.

RealGM Staff Report

Daley Blind Leaves United For Ajax
Daley Blind will leave Manchester United for Ajax on a 14.1 million transfer.

The Guardian

Gareth Southgate Advocates For Clubs To Give Young Players More Time
Gareth Southgate advocated for clubs to give younger players more of a chance as he did with England in the World Cup.

Niall McVeigh/The Guardian

Eden Hazard Suggests He's Ready To Leave Chelsea For Real Madrid
Eden Hazard has long been linked with Real Madrid, who have lost Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.

Kristof Terreur/HLN

Liverpool Buys Xherdan Shaqiri From Stoke For $17M
Xherdan Shaqiri will give Jurgen Klopp another option in the final third.

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Kylian Mbappe, Luka Modric Have Highest Ratings Of WC Finalists
The 2018 World Cup is now through the semifinals and here is how the players rank in terms of the WhoScored player rating.

RealGM Staff Report

West Ham Signs Felipe Anderson From Lazio For $44.4M
Felipe Anderson was one of Manuel Pellegrini's main targets.

Ben Fisher/The Guardian

Agent: Cristiano Ronaldo Will Finish Career With Juventus
Jorge Mendes said Cristiano Ronaldo won't make another move in his career.

ESPN

Chelsea Fires Antonio Conte, Will Hire Maurizio Sarri
Antonio Conte refused to walk away from Chelsea until the final year of his contract was paid in full.

Liam Twomey/ESPN

Croatia To Play France In World Cup Final
Ivan Perisic equalized in the 68th minute and Mario Mandzukic scored the winner in the 109th minute to give Croatia the win.

RealGM Staff Report

Dortmund Signs Achraf Hakimi On Two-Year Loan From Real Madrid
Achraf Hakimi is a 19-year-old full-back who started all three of Morocco's World Cup matches.

RealGM Staff Report

Fox, Telemundo To Lose Money With World Cup Coverage
Fox will spend some $900 million on soccer rights through the 2026 World Cup.

Joe Flint, Suzanne Vranica/Wall Street Journal

Chelsea Likely To Beat City To Sign Jorginho
Jorginho reportedly prefers a move from Napoli to London over Manchester.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Manchester City Seals $79.6M Transfer For Riyad Mahrez
Leicester was previously seeking 80 million for Riyad Mahrez.

ESPN

Cristiano Ronaldo Officially Joins Juventus On $117.4M Transfer
Real Madrid bought Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 for 94 million and sold him for 100 million.

Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

Juve President Meets With Cristiano Ronaldo In Greece
Cristiano Ronaldo's $110 million transfer from Real Madrid to Juventus nears completion.

Gabrielle Marcotti/ESPN