July 2019 - Soccer Wiretap

Boca Juniors Reject Galaxy Bid For Cristian Pavon

Jul 31, 2019 9:24 PM

Boca Juniors has rejected a bid from the Los Angeles Galaxy for attacker Cristian Pavon, sources told ESPNFC.

The bid was in the range of $16 million.

Boca value the 23-year-old Pavon at $24 million. 

ESPNFC

Tags: Boca Juniors, LA Galaxy, Transfer Rumor

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Juanfran In Talks With Chicago Fire

Jul 31, 2019 8:29 PM

Juanfran is negotiating a potential move to the Chicago Fire, according to ESPNFC.

Juanfran left Atletico Madrid at the end of this season.

The club are offering the 34-year-old Juanfran a two-year contract. 

Moises Llorens & Jeff Carlisle/ESPNFC

Tags: Chicago Fire, Transfer Rumor

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MLS Players Preparing For Possible Strike In 2020

Jul 31, 2019 6:21 PM

MLS Players Association executive Bob Foose said that players have discussed the possibilities of a work stoppage if they cannot come to an agreement with the league on a new collective bargaining agreement.

The existing CBA will expire on January 31st, 2020.

"A strike is never the goal, and it's not our goal. If we each come to the table and work hard to find common ground, I'm very confident we can reach an agreement that will benefit both the player pool and the league. That's my hope and the hope of all the players. If it doesn't happen, at that point the player pool will be making a decision as to whether or not they're willing to play with the terms that are on the table. Our players have been preparing and talked consistently over the last year for the possibility of a stoppage. We continue to talk about it and make plans, both big-picture and little-details kinds of plans. That's what we have to do. We have to be prepared," said Foose.

Foose also discussed what the players were looking for in the next CBA, including a fairer system in which players are not forced into roster spots with a limited range of salaries. 

Jeff Carlisle/ESPNFC

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Barcelona Have Yet To Receive Bid For Coutinho

Jul 31, 2019 12:20 PM

Barcelona haven't received a single bid for Coutinho, according to ESPNFC.

Barcelona have made selling Coutinho a priority to pay for summer additions.

Barcelona will be willing to sell Coutinho for $116 million. 

Moises Llorens & Sam Marsden/ESPNFC

Tags: Barcelona, Transfer Rumor

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Pep Guardiola Becomes Brand Ambassador For Puma

Jul 30, 2019 9:25 PM

Pep Guardiola has agreed to a long-term partnership with Puma.

Guardiola will endorse Puma products off the field as well as advise the company on future products.

Guardiola joins Manchester City players Sergio Aguero and David Silva on Puma.

“So much of my footballing philosophy and understanding of the game was influenced by Johan Cruyff, who was sponsored by PUMA, and I am proud to follow in his footsteps," said Guardiola. 

Manchester City

Tags: Manchester City, IQ

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Eric Bailly To Miss Five Months Following Knee Surgery

Jul 30, 2019 6:20 PM

Manchester United will miss center back Eric Bailly for the next five months after knee surgery.

Bailly injured his knee in a 2-1 win over Tottenham in a preseason friendly.

United are still in talks to add Harry Maguire. 

Rob Dawson/ESPN

Tags: Manchester United, Injury

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United, Juventus Discuss Romelu Lukaku-Paulo Dybala Swap

Jul 30, 2019 6:17 PM

Manchester United and Juventus are said to be in talks for a potential swap involving Romelu Lukaku and Paulo Dybala.

Though talks are still in their early stages, Dybala is said to be reticent about joining a club not in the Champions League. 

Lukaku remains in talks with Inter. 

Rob Dawson/ESPN

Tags: Juventus, Manchester United, Transfer Rumor

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Inter To Make $16.7 Million Bid For Edin Dzeko

Jul 30, 2019 12:59 PM

Inter are set to make a $16.7 million transfer bid for Edin Dzeko.

Inter, who are looking for a target striker, have also been linked with Romelu Lukaku.

Roma manager Paulo Fonseca is said to be happy with Dzeko and would not part with his striker unless a reasonable fee is met. 

Sky Sports

Tags: Internazionale, Roma, Transfer Rumor

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Moise Kean Close To Everton Move

Jul 30, 2019 12:17 PM

Everton are closing in on a deal to sign Moise Kean from Juventus.

Kean would cost Everton just over $40 million.

Everton have signed three players this summer, including Fabian Delph, Andre Gomes, and Jonas Lossl.

BBC Football

Tags: Everton, Juventus, Transfer Rumor

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Spanish Second Division Renamed LaLiga SmartBank

Jul 30, 2019 12:14 PM

LaLiga is rebranding their second division as LaLiga SmartBank after its previous title of LaLiga 2.

Banco Santander remains the main sponsor of LaLiga.

“LaLiga is synonymous with innovation and commitment to the future, so we are delighted to accompany Banco Santander in its commitment to young people, and to continue betting on strengthening this, since upon season, with LaLiga SmartBank,”  said the LaLiga marketing director Juan Carlos Díaz.

Football Espana

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Andorra Buy Place Into Spanish Third Division
Andorra paid over $500,000 to join Segunda B.

Sam Marsden/ESPN

Newcastle Sign Kyle Scott From Chelsea
Kyle Scott played for the US U20 side.

ESPN

Idrissa Gueye Set For PSG Transfer
Everton will receive $35.6 million for Idrissa Gueye.

Ed Aarons/The Guardian

Nahitan Nandez Close To Cagliari Deal
Cagliari sold Nicolo Barella to Inter this summer.

Football Italia

Malcom Close To Zenit Saint Petersburg Transfer
Barcelona purchased Malcolm from Bordeaux last season.

Marca

Neymar Skips PSG's Preseason Trip To China Amid Barcelona Links
Neymar has been seeking a transfer back to Barcelona.

Jonathan Johnson/ESPN

Barcelona Interested In Buying Matteo Darmian From United
Matteo Darmian is considered a lower cost alternative to other left-back targets.

Moises Llorens, Sam Marsden/ESPN

Liverpool Sign 16-Year-Old Harvey Elliott From Fulham
Harvey Elliott is the youngest player to feature in a Premier League match.

The Guardian

FC Cincinnati Hire Ron Jans As New Manager
FC Cincinnati fired Alan Koch earlier this season.

Jeff Rueter & Sam Stejskal/The Athletic

Wolves Close To Patrick Cutrone Signing
Patrick Cutrone broke into Milan's first team in 2017.

Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

Real Madrid Block Potential Gareth Bale Move To China
Gareth Bale may spend another season at Real Madrid.

Paul MacInnes/The Guardian

Gerard Pique Purchases Gimnastic Manresa
Gimnastic Manresa will serve as a youth academy for FC Andorra.

Marca

Patrick Kluivert Named New Director Of La Masia
Patrick Kluivert was most recently an assistant with the Cameroon national team.

Alejandro Segura/Marca

Pep Segura Leaves Barcelona After 22 Years
Eric Abidal is reportedly the favorite to take over from Pep Segura.

Alejandro Segura/Marca

James Rodriguez To Stay At Real Madrid
James Rodriguez was rumored for a move to Atletico Madrid and Napoli.

Marca

Jesus Vallejo Joins Wolves On Loan From Real Madrid
Jesus Vallejo won the U21 European Championship with Spain.

Marca

Arsenal Ready To Break Club Record For Nicolas Pepe
Napoli remain interested in signing Nicolas Pepe.

Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

FIFA Wants Next Women's World Cup To Include 32 Teams
The proposal comes on the heels of a commercially successful 2019 Women's World Cup.

ESPN

Inter Miami CF Announce First Signings In Team History
Inter Miami CF will join MLS in 2020.

ESPNFC

Suso Linked With Move To Sevilla
Suso has a transfer value of $45 million.

Alberto Fdez./Marca