August 2017 - Soccer Wiretap

Barcelona Suing Neymar For Breach Of Contract

Aug 22, 2017 1:00 PM

Neymar is being sued by Barcelona for a breach of contract.

Barcelona has already said they will refuse to pay Neymar $30.6 million in bonus payments due this summer. Barcelona is seeking a return of money they paid to Neymar when he renewed his contract last summer plus €8.5 million in damages plus interest.

Neymar was scheduled to receive €26 million in bonuses this summer.

Neymar did not publicly say he was considering a move to PSG until Aug. 3, the day Barcelona terminated his contract and he signed with his new team.

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Tags: Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Stuttgart Could Sell Julian Green

Aug 22, 2017 5:30 PM

Julian Green faces an uncertain future with Stuttgart.

Green was omitted from Stuttgart's 18-man squad for last weekend's Bundesliga opener.

A spokesperson for Green's agency, acta7, said via email that the player has two more years to run on his contract, and that "his goal is to get playing time. That's his focus at the moment and he expects to get his chance."

Green joined Stuttgart from Bayern Munich in January.

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Tags: VfB Stuttgart, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

PSG, Monaco Discussing $164M Kylian Mbappe Transfer

Aug 22, 2017 1:07 PM

Paris Saint-Germain are in talks with Monaco on an agreement to buy Kylian Mbappe.

Mbappe would remain at Monaco until next season. Lucas Moura would head to Monaco as a make-weight.

The deal would be worth approximately $164 million.

Mbappe has received strong interest from Real Madrid as well.

Bryan Swanson/Sky Sports

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

Pep Guardiola: Club Could Pay Lionel Messi's $353M Buyout

Aug 22, 2017 1:05 PM

Pep Guardiola said a club could conceivably activate Lionel Messi's €300 million ($353 million) buyout clause with Barcelona. Sources say the club won't be Manchester City.

"I don't know -- someone might if they have the money and want to spend it," said Guardiola.

"It might happen, who knows?"

Messi's current terms expire in 2018 and he's reportedly agreed upon an extension, but he has yet to sign it. Messi could sign a precontract with other clubs beginning on Jan. 1st if he doesn't sign the extension.

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

Mbappe Excluded From Monaco's Training After Incident With Teammate

Aug 21, 2017 5:09 PM

Kylian Mbappe was excluded from Monaco's training after an altercation with teammate Andrea Raggi.

The pair had traded insults, leading to Mbappe being told he was not required for the session.

Prior to the alleged incident, Mbappe had been left on the bench for Monaco's Ligue 1 game against Dijon, but Leonardo Jardim said then he had been seeking to "protect him from the storm."

Mbappe's future with Monaco remains in doubt as the summer transfer window nears its final stage.

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Tags: Monaco, Real Madrid

Bayern Wants $83M Academy To Produce One First Team Player Per Year

Aug 21, 2017 1:44 PM

Bayern Munich has opened a £64.1 million ($83 million) youth academy.

David Alaba was the last homegrown player to graduate into Bayern's first team in 2010. The club wants to produce one first team player per year from the academy.

The new "FC Bayern Campus" near the Allianz Arena stadium, covers 30 hectares, boasts a small stadium plus seven other football pitches, sprint hills, a gym, sports hall, cafeteria and a boarding school.

"I am convinced that we can give the right answer to the development of international football, to the whole transfer madness and the exploding salaries," said Uli Hoeness.

"We see in this campus the chance to generate a lot of success."


Tags: Bayern Munich

Barcelona Denies Suggestion Lionel Messi Could Leave Club

Aug 21, 2017 1:40 PM

Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta suggested Lionel Messi could leave the club if Josep Maria Bartomeu is not removed from the position.

Barcelona maintains Messi will sign his contract extension that was reportedly agreed upon in July.

Terms have not yet been signed and there were reports over the weekend that Manchester City could pay Messi's €300 million buyout clause.

"If we want Messi to continue to be happy at Barca we have to get rid of Bartomeu immediately," Laporta wrote on Twitter after the links with City had surfaced.

Barca sporting director Robert Fernandez downplayed the idea Messi could leave the club and said that the contract extension will be signed soon.

"The agreement for Messi's renewal is total on both sides," he told beIN after Barcelona began the new La Liga season with a 2-0 win against Real Betis on Sunday.

"We are looking for the right moment to sign it, there's nothing else [to be said]. We already know how key Leo is. He's a very important player for football."

Samuel Marsden/ESPN

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

Neymar: Barcelona Deserves Better Than Current Board

Aug 21, 2017 11:18 AM

Neymar was critical of Barcelona's board following Sunday's match.

Neymar moved from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

"I don't have anything to say to the Barcelona board," Neymar began. "For me. ... Well, actually I have something to say: That I am disappointed with them.

"I spent four years there and was very happy. I began happy, spent four years happy and left happy. But not with them. For me, they shouldn't be in charge of Barca. Barca deserve much better, and everyone knows this."

Neymar said his former Barcelona teammates were also unhappy.

"To see my former teammates unhappy makes me sad also, because I have many friends [there]. I hope that things get better for Barca. That they return to the team they were and become one that can compete with the others."


Tags: Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Misc Rumor

Andres Iniesta Warns He Could Leave Barcelona In 2018

Aug 21, 2017 11:14 AM

Andres Iniesta admitted he could leave Barcelona at the end of the current season.

Iniesta has spent his entire career with Barcelona but is without a contract for next season.

"I've still not renewed," he told El Pais when asked if it was an option to leave.

"I've experienced a lot of sensations I've not known before, but I think they're normal. It's a scenario which three years ago I could never have imagined.

"Let's say I'm thinking about my future when before I wasn't."

Asked whether he needed to be shown more respect by the club in order to commit his future to them, he added: "We all like to be appreciated, valued and respected.

"I have always felt affection and respect from everyone here, but it's also clear that at this club you can never lose respect toward people that have given their lives for these colors.

"That should never be lost, and sometimes you get the sensation that it is."

Samuel Marsden/ESPN

Tags: Barcelona, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Barcelona Considering 4th Bid To Liverpool For Philippe Coutinho

Aug 20, 2017 2:21 PM

Barcelona are considering placing a fourth offer to Liverpool for Philippe Coutinho.

Liverpool rejected Barcelona's most recent bid worth a potential £119 million.

A third offer worth a guaranteed €90 million (£82.3 million), plus a staggering €40 million in add-ons ($153 million in total), represented an increase of €5 million and €25 million respectively on their previous bids.

Coutinho is attempting to leave Liverpool for Barcelona.

Barcelona also retain an interest in Ousmane Dembélé.

Ed Aarons/The Guardian

Tags: Barcelona, Liverpool, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Expected To Sign With Manchester United
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in his first season with United.

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Real Madrid Rejects $88M Bid From Juventus For Mateo Kovacic
Real Madrid bought Mateo Kovacic from Inter Milan in 2015 for 30 million.

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Spurs Close To $54M Deal With Ajax For Davinson Sanchez
Davinson Sanchez is a 21-year-old center-half.

Ed Aarons/The Guardian

Liverpool Rejects Barcelona's $147M Bid For Philippe Coutinho
The bid is Barcelona's third after they previously offered 72 million and 90 million for Philippe Coutinho.

Andy Hunter/The Guardian

Aliko Dangote Hopes To Buy Arsenal, Fire Arsene Wenger
Aliko Dangote has a net worth of $11.1 billion and will consider making an offer to purchase Arsenal toward the end of the current decade.

Francine Lacqua, Paul Wallace/Bloomberg

Turner To Air Most Champions League Matches On Paid Streaming Service
Turner will begin televising the Champions League for the 18-19 season.

Kevin Draper/New York Times

Arsene Wenger: Arsenal Taking Risk Keeping Alexis Sanchez
Arsenal could lose Alexis Sanchez for free next summer and is considered likely to do so.

Nick Ames/The Guardian

Diego Costa Believes Return To Atletico Madrid 'Already Set'
Diego Costa insists he won't return to Chelsea and will eventually end up back with Atletico Madrid.

Ben Fisher/The Guardian

Luis Suarez Out At Least One Month, Will Miss World Cup Qualifiers
Luis Suarez will miss matches against Argentina on Aug. 31 and Paraguay on Sept. 5.

Samuel Marsden/ESPN

Barcelona Confident Of Signing Both Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele
Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele could cost $118 million apiece.

Samuel Marsden/ESPN

Juventus Buys Blaise Matuidi From PSG For $23.5M
Blaise Matuidi joined PSG from St-Etienne in 2011 and was one of the club's longest serving players.

Fabrizio Romano, Marcus Christenson/The Guardian

MLS Teams Worth $223M On Average
The Galaxy generated $63 million in revenue last season.

Chris Smith/Forbes

Christian Pulisic Dismisses New Round Of Liverpool Rumors
Christian Pulisic signed a new contract in January with Borussia Dortmund.

Stephan Uersfeld/ESPN

49 Stadiums Included In USA, Mexico, Canada 2026 World Cup Bid
The final bid will include 20-25 venues.

Tom Marshall/ESPN

Everton Buys Gylfi Sigurdsson For Club-Record $58M
Ronald Koeman had been pursuing Gylfi Sigurdsson for several weeks.


Lionel Messi Offered To Help Neymar Win Ballon d'Or To Stay With Barca
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez attempted to convince Neymar to remain with Barcelona before his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

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Stoke City Confirms Loan Deal With PSG For Jese Rodriguez
Jese cost Paris Saint-Germain 22 million last summer.

The Guardian

Controlling Interest Of Southampton Sold To Gao Jisheng For $272.3M
The deal ends more than 12 months of talks between the Gao family and the south coast club.

Ben Fisher/The Guardian

Spurs Pursuing $47M Transfer With Ajax For Davinson Sanchez
Davinson Sanchez is viewed as a perfect complement to Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen in Mauricio Pochettino's back three.

Ed Aarons/The Guardian

Chelsea Demands Diego Costa Return To Club
Diego Costa is believed to have been absent without leave from Chelsea since the club flew to China for a pre-season tour in the middle of July.

Paul MacInnes/The Guardian