October 2019 - Soccer Wiretap

Barcelona Players Willing To Cut Salaries To Sign Neymar

Oct 31, 2019 8:23 PM

Gerard Pique said that Barcelona players were interested in restructuring their contracts if it meant the club could sign Neymar last summer.

"What we proposed to [Josep Maria] Bartomeu was a touching up of our contracts. Because we knew it was a FFP thing. The relationship with the president has always been very good and we told him that we could change things so that Ney could come," said Pique.

Pique added that he warned Neymar about moving to PSG.

"We already told him that he was going to a gold prison. He knows the door is open," said Pique.

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Tags: Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Transfer Rumor

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Marcus Rashford Free Kick Was Ronaldo-esque

Oct 31, 2019 2:58 PM

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that Marcus Rashford's free kick against Chelsea reminded him of Cristiano Ronaldo.

"It's Cristiano-like, isn't it? The boy has got nerves of steel, he takes the penalty no problem. Then he steps up and hits the ball like he does, no problem, and wins us the game. He always scores great goals, Marcus. He practises and today he got his reward," said Solskjaer after the match.

Frank Lampard was equally impressed with Rashford's goal.

"No team can stop that," said Lampard following the 2-1 loss.

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Tags: Manchester United, Game Recap

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Marco Verratti Renews PSG Contract Through 2024

Oct 31, 2019 2:55 PM

Marco Verratti has renewed his contract with PSG through the 2024 season.

The 26-year-old Verratti joined the club from Pescara for just over $13 million in 2012.

Verratti has won 6 Ligue 1 titles with the club. 

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Tags: Paris Saint-Germain, Terms Agreement

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Trent Alexander-Arnold Dreams Of Being Liverpool Captain

Oct 31, 2019 1:01 PM

Trent Alexander-Arnold laid out his ambitions to one day captain Liverpool.

"I am not shy in saying that [being captain] is a dream for me. Whether it comes true or not is not up to me; I don't pick who is captain. But that is something I would love to do one day. Captaining Liverpool is something I have always dreamed of and it is something that motivates me," said the 21-year-old fullback.

Alexander-Arnold explained how he was discovered by Liverpool, adding that he felt he was destined to be at the club.

Alexander-Arnold is one short of making 100 appearances for the club.

"It was a normal day at school coming up to half term and there was a summer camp going on at the [Liverpool] academy," he said. "They sent six or seven invites to my school. It was about encouraging young players to play football ... I went in the morning and it was within the first hours, one of the members of staff went over to my mum and said: 'Can you start bringing him two or three times a week?'"

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Tags: Liverpool, IQ

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Manchester United Want $22 Million For Chris Smalling

Oct 31, 2019 12:49 PM

Manchester United have placed a $22 million valuation on Chris Smalling.

Smalling is currently on loan at Roma. Roma have offered $11.1 million for a permanent move for the centerback.

Roma have four clean sheets in the six matches that Smalling has started. 

Football Italia

Tags: Manchester United, Roma, Loan

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Pep Guardiola: Xavi Will Manage Barcelona One Day

Oct 30, 2019 2:50 PM

Pep Guardiola praised the managerial ability of both Xavi and Xabi Alonso, adding that he hopes to see Xavi take over at Barcelona one day.

"Xavi was already a manager when he played. His eyes sparkled watching football. He will be a manager for sure. There are people who play and you would never say they will be managers. This is not the case. Xavi could be a manager wherever he likes, not just at Barcelona. You have to give him time. Sooner or later, he will manage Barcelona," said Guardiola.

Guardiola also had high praise for Maurizio Sarri and Thomas Tuchel.

"Sarri's Napoli, stopping them in the Champions League was torture. I also like Tuchel, when you play against him and you see his plans, you think, 'the bastard!', everything his teams are doing is thought out. He always looks to run rings around you."

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Tags: Barcelona, IQ

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Dejan Lovren Linked With Milan Move

Oct 30, 2019 2:10 PM

Milan could make a move for Dejan Lovren over the upcoming winter window.

The Italian club are looking for a potential replacement for Mattia Caldara in defense.

Milan and Roma tried to sign Lovren last winter, though the centerback decided to stay at Liverpool.

Football Italia

Tags: Liverpool, A.C. Milan, Transfer Rumor

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Valladolid Sporting Director: Messi Is A Smallpox With No Vaccine

Oct 30, 2019 1:56 PM

Real Valladolid sporting director David Espinar described Messi as a virus following Barcelona's 5-1 win against his club.

Espinar also described the mutual respect between Messi and Ronaldo. Ronaldo is the majority owner of Valladolid.

"Messi is a smallpox, but there is no vaccine. He is an admirer of Ronaldo Nazario, and our president has already said that he admires him. It's a mutual feeling, and Ronaldo will have been as astonishing as everyone tonight but feeling a little bitter that Messi has done this against us," said Espinar.

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Tags: Barcelona, Real Valladolid, Game Recap

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Luciano Acosta To Leave DC United After Season

Oct 30, 2019 1:52 PM

Luciano Acosta will leave DC United as a free agent at the end of this MLS season, according to The Athletic.

The 25-year-old Acosta was linked with a move to PSG over the winter, but the deal fell through at the last moment.

DC United will also be without Wayne Rooney for next season, with Rooney heading to Derby County to be a player-manager.

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Tags: D.C. United, Misc Rumor

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Barcelona Choose Arturo Vidal Over Ivan Rakitic

Oct 30, 2019 1:45 PM

Barcelona are reportedly willing to let Ivan Rakitic leave over the winter transfer window.

The club have placed a valuation of up to $33 million for Rakitic.

Inter have been interested in both Rakitic and Arturo Vidal, though Barcelona are not willing to part ways with Vidal.

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Tags: Barcelona, Internazionale, Transfer Rumor

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic To Discuss Future With LA Galaxy

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Jose Mourinho Interested In Becoming Manager Of Arsenal

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Manchester United Linked With Boubakary Soumare, Moussa Dembele

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Unai Emery: Granit Xhaka Is 'Devastated, Sad' After Getting Boo'd

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Vlatko Andonovski Named Manager Of USWNT

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Jurgen Klopp, Sadio Mane Expected To Join Nike

David Ornstein/The Athletic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Hints At Return To La Liga On Instagram

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Inter Will Pursue Summer Move For Jan Vertonghen

Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

Gareth Bale Will Push For Real Madrid Exit During January Window

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Sergino Dest To Represent U.S. Over Netherlands

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Southampton Players To Donate Wages From 9-0 Loss

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Niko Kovac: Bayern Can't Play Like Liverpool

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Unai Emery: Granit Xhaka 'Was Wrong' To React To Boo's

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Paul Pogba To Miss At Least One More Month

Ed Aarons/The Guardian

Pep Guardiola Calls Jack Grealish 'Incredible Player'

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Robert Lewandowski Sets Bundesliga Record With 9th Consecutive Goal

Football Guardian

Oleksandr Zinchenko, Rodri To Miss Liverpool Match Next Month

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Carlos Vela Remains Interested In Barcelona, Real Madrid Loan

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Rumors Of Jose Mourinho To Dortmund Are 'Without Any Substance'

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Liverpool Win Court Battle Versus New Balance, Paves Way For Nike Deal

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