June 2017 - Soccer Wiretap

Alexis Sanchez Has Decided Where He'll Play Next Season

Jun 30, 2017 5:43 PM

Alexis Sanchez said he has decided where he will play next season but declined to reveal it.

Manchester City has confidence they will secure a transfer for Sanchez.

Sánchez was asked whether he would be a club-mate of Claudio Bravo’s next season with City.

“Good question,” he replied. “Right now, I am focused on the Confederations Cup. When this is finished, I will see if I stay or if I go. I don’t know.” He added: “It’s clear [in my mind] but I can’t tell you anything.”

David Hytner/The Guardian

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

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Alexis Sanchez Has Decided Where He'll Play Next Season

Jun 30, 2017 1:27 PM

Alexis Sanchez said he has decided where he will play next season but declined to reveal it.

Manchester City has confidence they will secure a transfer for Sanchez.

Sánchez was asked whether he would be a club-mate of Claudio Bravo’s next season with City.

“Good question,” he replied. “Right now, I am focused on the Confederations Cup. When this is finished, I will see if I stay or if I go. I don’t know.” He added: “It’s clear [in my mind] but I can’t tell you anything.”

David Hytner/The Guardian

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

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Barcelona Buys Back Gerard Deulofeu From Everton

Jun 30, 2017 1:25 PM

Barcelona will buy back Gerard Deulofeu from Everton.

Deulofeu left Barca for Everton for €6 million two summers ago.

"Barcelona have exercised their right to re-sign the player Gerard Deulofeu," the club said in a statement on Friday. "In the coming days, the necessary conditions to complete the deal will be finalised with both Everton and the player. Deulofeu's contract with Barcelona is until 2019."

Samuel Marsden/ESPN

Tags: Barcelona, Everton, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Monaco Turns Down Arsenal's Offer For Thomas Lemar

Jun 29, 2017 6:29 PM

Monaco has turned down Arsenal's offer of €35 million for Thomas Lemar.

Monaco has been adamant they will not sell Lemar.

Arsene Wenger wants to rebuild his attacking options ahead of a likely sale of Alexis Sanchez.

Lemar, who has long been coveted by Tottenham, likes to play on the left flank – the position Sánchez has occupied most regularly

David Hytner/The Guardian

Tags: Arsenal, Monaco, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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City Confident Of Signing Alexis Sanchez

Jun 28, 2017 2:09 PM

Despite Arsenal's reluctant to sell, Manchester City has become increasingly confident of signing Alexis Sanchez.

Sanchez could leave Arsenal in a year for free.

Sanchez has refused to sign a new deal. Arsenal has offered £250,000 per week but he could receive closer to £300,000 per week with City.

Pep Guardiola signed Sanchez for Barcelona in 2011 from Udinese.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

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

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LAFC To Sign Wesley Sneijder As First Designated Player

Jun 28, 2017 10:54 AM

Los Angeles FC are close to agreeing a two-year deal for Wesley Sneijder to become its first Designated Player.

LAFC will begin their MLS tenure as an expansion team in 2018.

Sneijder has been offered a contract worth $3.5 million per season.

Sneijder, 33, still has 12 months to run on his contract with Galatasaray. With LAFC not due to start its MLS campaign until March 2018, he will remain in Turkey until the winter transfer window.

Mark Ogden/ESPN

Tags: Galatasaray, Los Angeles FC, Misc Rumor, Signing, Transfer Rumor

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Kingsley Coman Arrested On Domestic Violence Charge

Jun 27, 2017 9:00 PM

Kingsley Coman was taken into police custody on Monday and questioned over allegations of domestic violence against his former girlfriend, according to multiple reports in France.

The incidents in question allegedly occurred on Saturday and Monday in his home after Coman's former partner used his Instagram account to promote a sponsor in a post.

The case will be tried at the end of summer and Coman is expected to plead guilty, the reports said.

Mark Lovell/ESPN

Tags: Bayern Munich, Legal

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United Close To Deal With Real Madrid For Alvaro Morata

Jun 26, 2017 12:51 PM

Alvaro Morata is close to signing with Manchester United.

Real Madrid are holding off on an offer of between €80 million and €90 million, while United have offered €70 million.

Real Madrid bought back Morata from Juventus last summer. While he was productive upon his return, Real Madrid's depth of talent kept Morata from featuring regularly. Morata scored 20 times in 1,870 minutes of first team action.

Marco Ruiz/As.com

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

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Spurs Have No Intention Of Selling Harry Kane

Jun 26, 2017 12:47 PM

Tottenham Hotspur have no intention of selling Harry Kane this summer.

Reports in the UK media claim United boss Jose Mourinho has told the club to sign Kane and figures of £100 million and £200 million have been mentioned.

Spurs insist Kane doesn't even have a price tag.

In December, Kane signed a new five-and-a-half year deal until 2022, making him the club's top earner.

Eric Dier is wanted by United, a source close to the player has told ESPN FC.

Dan Kilpatrick/ESPN

Tags: Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Chelsea Likely To Sign Tiemoue Bakayoko Of Monaco

Jun 25, 2017 9:26 PM

Chelsea is expected to sign Tiemoue Bakayoko of Monaco, who has also been the No. 1 target for Manchester United for the holding midfielder role.

United is expected to sign Nemanja Matic from Chelsea in a move that will benefit both clubs. 

Bakayoko is just 22 years old and joined Monaco from Rennes in 2014.

Mark Ogden/ESPN

Tags: Chelsea, Monaco, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Mario Balotelli Signs One-Year Deal With Nice
Mario Balotelli has signed a one-year deal to remain with Nice.

PA Sport

United Expected To Sign Nemanja Matic From Chelsea
The transfer would reunite Nemanja Matic with Jose Mourinho.

Mark Ogden/ESPN

Lyon, West Ham Interested In Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud is believed to prefer remaining with Arsenal despite his lack of regular playing time.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Arsenal Close To Club Record $56M Transfer For Alexandre Lacazette
The transfer would beat the £42.5 million fee Arsenal paid Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil in 2013.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Paulinho In Talks With Barcelona
Marco Verratti is their top target, but reports emerged earlier this week of their interest in Guangzhou Evergrande's Paulinho.

ESPN

Zinedine Zidane Speaks With Kylian Mbappe About Joining Real Madrid
Kylian Mbappe could command a transfer fee for over €100 million.

L'Equipe

Southampton Hires Mauricio Pellegrino As Manager
Mauricio Pellegrino chose to leave Alavés in May after a campaign with similarities to Southampton's.

The Guardian

United Make Progress On Transfer For Alvaro Morata
Jose Mourinho has identified Alvaro Morata as the striker he wants to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Rob Dawson/ESPN

Cristiano Ronaldo Reconsidering Transfer Request
Cristiano Ronaldo is reconsidering his desire to leave Real Madrid after he was told about Florentino Perez's comments coming to his defense on tax issues.

As.com

Bayern Threatens To Go To FIFA If Clubs Approach Robert Lewandowski
Chelsea and Manchester United reportedly held talks with Robert Lewandowski.

ESPN

City Will Remain Patient On Transfer For Alexis Sanchez
Arsene Wenger has said Alexis Sanchez will stay with Arsenal despite an offer of £40 million from City.

Jonathan Smith/ESPN

Real Madrid Sending Mixed Signals On Cristiano Ronaldo Situation
Florentino Perez could have ruled out the possibility of selling Cristiano Ronaldo but chose not to.

Sid Lowe/The Guardian

Liverpool To Sign Mohamed Salah From Roma For $44M
Jurgen Klopp believes Mohamed Salah can provide pace in the frontline, something all but absent when Sadio Mané is unavailable.

Fabrizio Romano, Sachin Nakrani/The Guardian

Christian Pulisic Not Interested In Leaving Dortmund For Bayern
Dortmund have lost Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels to Bayern.

Stephan Uersfeld/ESPN

City Close To Transfer For Dani Alves
Dani Alves joined Juve last summer on a free transfer from Barcelona.

Fabrizio Romano, Ed Aarons/The Guardian

Cristiano Ronaldo Decided He Wanted To Leave Real Madrid Months Ago
Cristiano Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes, advised him not to say anything until after the Champions League Final in Cardiff.

Tomas Roncero/As.com

Antonio Conte Frustrated With Chelsea Board Over Transfers
Reports have emerged in Italy that Antonio Conte may be considering his future.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Reina Won't Leave Napoli For AC Milan
Pepe Reina's contract is up for renewal in 2018 and there had been talk of Napoli cashing in on him while they can.

Ben Gladwell/ESPN

Cristiano Ronaldo Seeks Real Madrid Exit After Tax Accusations
Real Madrid is trying to persuade Cristiano Ronaldo to remain at the club.

Samuel Marsden/ESPN

Inter Won't Drop $61M Asking Price To United For Ivan Perisic
Jose Mourinho has identified the Croatian winger as a key target.

Mark Ogden/ESPN