August 2019 - Soccer Wiretap

Daniel Sturridge Close To Trabzonspor Move

Aug 20, 2019 5:22 PM

Daniel Sturridge is close to signing with Trabzonspor for a move worth $3.6 million per season.

The 29-year-old turned down opportunities in MLS, Liga MX, and Qatar to sign in Turkey.

Sturridge has been a free agent since leaving Liverpool last season. 

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Tags: Signing

Proposed Site Of Miami Stadium Contains Toxic Arsenic Contamination

Aug 20, 2019 4:52 PM

The proposed site of Inter Miami's stadium has an unsafe level of arsenic contamination with more than twice the legal limit.

The stadium was part of a $1 billion, 131 acre commercial complex built on top of a city-owned golf course.

“Basically, the site has significantly more contamination than what is commercially reasonable,” said Miami mayor Francis Suarez.

The city was given 30 days to remove or replace the contaminated soil from the golf course. 

Joey Flechas/Miami Herald

Tags: Miami, Legal

Chucky Lozano To Undergo Medical With Napoli

Aug 20, 2019 2:58 PM

Chucky Lozano arrived in Napoli to undergo a medical ahead of $42 million transfer from PSV.

Lozano would become the most expensive Mexican player in history.

The 24-year-old has scored 40 goals in 79 appearances for PSV.

Football Italia

Tags: Napoli, PSV Eindhoven, Official Transfer

St. Louis Becomes Latest MLS Expansion Team

Aug 20, 2019 2:56 PM

MLS awarded St. Louis with an expansion team set to begin play in 2022.

MLS will have 28 teams when St. Louis joins.

The club, lead by Carolyn Kindle Betz, is the first majority-female owned team in MLS.

St. Louis will build a privately funded $60 million stadium as part of a larger development project. 

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Tags: IQ

Ousmane Dembele To Miss At Least Five Weeks With Hamstring Injury

Aug 20, 2019 2:52 PM

Ousmane Dembele will sit out at least five weeks with a hamstring injury.

Dembele suffered the injury during Barcelona's opening weekend match against Athletic Bilbao.

Barcelona also lost Luis Suarez to injury in the match. 

Sam Marsden/ESPNFC

Tags: Barcelona, Injury

PSG To Reject Neymar Loan Offer From Barcelona

Aug 20, 2019 12:02 PM

PSG will reject Barcelona's loan offer for Neymar.

PSG are looking to recoup as much as the $246 million for Neymar.

Barcelona's loan offer came with an option to buy next summer. PSG believe that Barcelona would be unable to pay the loan in one lump sum, leading to the dismissal of the offer. 

Julien Laurens/ESPNFC

Tags: Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Transfer Rumor

Davide Zappacosta Joins Roma From Chelsea On Season Loan

Aug 20, 2019 10:21 AM

Davide Zappacosta has joined Roma from Chelsea on a season loan.

Zappacosta joined Chelsea for an initial £23 million from Torino in 2017.

Zappacosta is the third defender to leave Chelsea since May, following David Luiz and Gary Cahill.

Zappacosta has not held down a regular starting place at Chelsea.

Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

Tags: Chelsea, Loan, Misc Rumor

Franck Ribery Close To Fiorentina Move

Aug 19, 2019 5:55 PM

Franck Ribery has reportedly agreed to personal terms with Fiorentina.

The 36-year-old, who is a free agent, posted on Instagram hinting at the move. 

Ribery will sign a two-year deal worth $4.4 million, according to reports. 

Football Italia

Tags: Fiorentina, Signing

Juventus Interested In Paulo Dybala-Neymar Swap

Aug 19, 2019 5:50 PM

Juventus are reportedly negotiating a swap for Neymar involving Paulo Dybala, according to Brazilian sources.

PSG are interested in Dybala, who recently turned down a move to Tottenham.

Juventus are looking to offer Dybala plus $110 million for Neymar. 

Football Italia

Tags: Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Transfer Rumor

Barcelona To Make Formal Offer For Neymar

Aug 19, 2019 2:23 PM

Barcelona will make a formal offer for Neymar, according to RAC-1.

Thomas Tuchel said that PSG would need to sign reinforcements if they sell Neymar after losing to Rennes.

Real Madrid also remain interested in signing Neymar. 

Juan Jiménez/

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

Barcelona Offer To Take Neymar From PSG On Loan
Barcelona offered €80 million plus Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic to PSG for Neymar.

Sam Marsden, Moises Llorens/ESPN

Mauricio Pochettino Lobbies Premier League To Push Back Summer Window
Mauricio Pochettino could still lose Christian Eriksen to Real Madrid as the Spanish transfer window does not shut until September 2nd.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Philippe Coutinho Joins Bayern On Loan From Barcelona
Bayern will pay Coutinho's full salary for the season and have the option of making the deal permanent next summer for €120 million.


Inter Hopeful Of Signing Alexis Sanchez From United On Loan
Alexis Sanchez joined United from Arsenal during the January 2018 window.

Fabrizio Romano, Ed Aarons/The Guardian

Zinedine Zidane: Gareth Bale Is An Important Player I Will Rely Upon
Zinedine Zidane previously spoke openly about wanting Real Madrid to part ways with Bale.

The Guardian

Coutinho Close To Bayern Munich Loan Move
Ernesto Valverde benched Coutinho for Barcelona's opener against Athletic Bilbao.

Sam Marsden & Moises Llorens/ESPN

La Liga Clubs Have Spent $1.4 Billion In Transfer Market
Real Madrid have spent $338 million on players this summer.


Chucky Lozano Expected To Sign With Napoli
Chucky Lozano is set to be the most expensive Mexican player in history.

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Napoli Reject Atletico Madrid Bid For Allan
Atletico Madrid are looking to replace Rodri in midfield.

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Messi To Miss Barcelona Opener Against Athletic Bilbao
Messi will miss the match with a calf injury.

BBC Football

Neymar Would Take $16.6 Million Pay Cut To Re-Join Barcelona
PSG rejected Barcelona's offer of $111 million plus Coutinho in a deal for Neymar.

BBC Football

Mesut Ozil, Sead Kolasinac Ready To Play Against Burnley
Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac sat out Arsenal's opener against Newcastle amid security fears.

BBC Football

Messi, Ronaldo, Van Dijk Named UEFA POY Finalists
Virgil Van Dijk was voted both the Premier League Player of the Season and the Players' Player of the Year.


Wissam Ben Yedder Moves To Monaco On $44 Million Transfer
Wissam Ben Yedder becomes Sevilla's most expensive outgoing transfer.

R. Guevara/Marca

Real Betis Sign Borja Iglesias For $31 Million
Borja Iglesias scored 17 goals in 37 matches last season for Espanyol.

Antonio Cejas/Marca

PSG Want Luka Modric, Vinicius As Part Of Neymar Transfer
Real Madrid will not part ways with Vinicius.

Juan Ignacio García-Ochoa/Marca

Paul Pogba To Remain At Manchester United This Season
Paul Pogba has three years left on his Manchester United contract.

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Steven Nzonzi Joins Galatasaray On Season-Long Loan
Galatasaray have the option to buy Steven Nzonzi for $16.7 million.

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Daniel Sturridge Close To Trabzonspor Move
Daniel Sturridge will reportedly sign a two-year deal in Turkey.

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Mario Balotelli Set To Sign For Brescia
Mario Balotelli will move to Brescia on a free transfer.

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