December 2020 - Soccer Wiretap

United Interested In Signing Norwich's Max Aarons

Dec 31, 2020 8:30 AM

Manchester United have discussed the possibility of signing Max Aarons of Norwich City.

Aarons is a 20-year-old right-back who can also play on the left.

Norwich would like to keep Aarons at least until the summer as they are at the top of the Championship.

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Tags: Manchester United, Norwich City, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Philippe Coutinho Out Several Months With Meniscus Injury

Dec 30, 2020 4:48 PM

Philippe Coutinho will miss several months after suffering a meniscus injury in Tuesday's match.

Coutinho will have an operation this week, after which the club will confirm exactly how long he will be out of action.

Coutinho recently returned from a hamstring issue.

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Tags: Barcelona, Injury

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Isco Chooses To Leave Real Madrid For Sevilla In Summer

Dec 29, 2020 9:07 PM

Isco has chosen to leave Real Madrid for Sevilla next summer for a few of between €15 million and €20 million.

Isco has started just three matches this season and is out of contract at Real Madrid in 2022.

Isco would prefer to leave in January, but the lack of depth for Real Madrid makes that an impossibility. 

Arsenal also showed interest in Isco.

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Tags: Real Madrid, Sevilla, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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MLS Invokes Force Majeure Clause In CBA

Dec 29, 2020 9:03 PM

The MLS will invoke a force majeure clause in its collective bargaining agreement with the union that obligates both sides to negotiate modifications to the deal.

"Unfortunately, based on the assessment of public health officials, it is clear that the impact of COVID-19 and the restrictions on attendance at sporting events will continue into the 2021 MLS season," deputy commissioner Mark Abbott told ESPN. "We recognize the impact that the pandemic has had on our players and appreciate their efforts to restart and complete the 2020 season, but, like the other leagues in the United States and Canada, MLS needs to address the ongoing challenges caused by the pandemic and will engage in good-faith discussions with our players about ways to manage the significant economic issues we are facing."

MLS commissioner Don Garber said that the league lost nearly $1 billion in revenue in 2020, and the source stressed to ESPN that the league couldn't afford a second successive season suffering such losses.

The MLS is heavily dependent on match day revenue and fans are not expected to attend sporting events in large numbers until the second half of 2021.

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Tags: Legal

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Gareth Bale Out Multiple Weeks With Calf Injury

Dec 29, 2020 11:43 AM

Gareth Bale will miss the next "few weeks" after he sustained a calf injury in their League Cup quarter-final win against Stoke City.

Bale is on loan from Real Madrid. 

Bale has only scored three times so far this season for Spurs.

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Tags: Tottenham Hotspur, Injury

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Diego Costa, Atleti Terminate Contract

Dec 29, 2020 11:41 AM

Diego Costa and Atletico Madrid have terminated their contract by mutual consent.

Costa will be free to join a new club on a free transfer.

Diego Simeone said Costa had given "everything" to the club.

"He has given us a lot and we have given him a lot," Simeone told a news conference on Tuesday.

"He needs new challenges because he feels good, strong, in good form. I can only imagine that wherever he goes he will do well because he is a fighter.

"Diego has always given us everything, in a sporting and human sense. Let's hope he finds the right path and we can see each other again and give each other a hug."

Costa rejoined Atleti in January 2018 for €66 million after three-plus season with Chelsea. 

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Tags: Atlético Madrid, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Robert Lewandowski Ranked First In Guardian 100

Dec 28, 2020 8:22 AM

Robert Lewandowski ranked first in The Guardian's Top 100 for 2020 with 83 percent of judges putting him in that slot.

Lewandowski is also one of only 12 players who have been on the list every year since it began in 2012. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, of course, but also Neymar, Eden Hazard, Luka Modric, Sergio Agüero, Luis Suárez, Thiago Silva, Toni Kroos, Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema.

Liverpool had 12 players in the top 100, followed by Bayern Munich with 11, Real Madrid with nine and Manchester City with seven. City dropped from first to fourth.

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Tags: Bayern Munich

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Lionel Messi Says He Eventually Wants To 'Play In The United States'

Dec 27, 2020 8:19 PM

Lionel Messi said that he would like to play in the United States one day before eventually returning to Barcelona.

“I would like to play in the United States and experience life and the league there, but ultimately come back to Barcelona in some capacity. I’m not thinking too far ahead in the short term and just want to see how the season finishes," said Messi in an interview with AS.

Messi, who will be a free agent after this season, said he was happy at Barcelona after asking for a transfer last summer. 

Messi also named Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique as the two best managers he's worked with.

“[Guardiola's] way of preparing games was exceptional and his way and the way of working that Luis Enrique worked too was excellent. I was fortunate to work with both men.”

The Guardian

Tags: Barcelona, Transfer Rumor

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Christian Eriksen Available In January Window

Dec 26, 2020 1:38 PM

Inter have made Christian Eriksen available for a transfer in the upcoming January window.

Eriksen has started just four matches under Antonio Conte this season.

Arsenal were reportedly offered a chance to sign Eriksen next month. 

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Tags: Arsenal, Internazionale, Transfer Rumor

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PSG Fires Thomas Tuchel, Set To Hire Mauricio Pochettino

Dec 24, 2020 8:32 AM

Paris Saint-Germain have fired Thomas Tuchel and are set to hire Mauricio Pochettino as his replacement.

Pochettino was fired by Tottenham Hotspur in November of 2019.

Pochettino spent two years at PSG during his playing career where he won the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2001.

While Tuchel remained well-liked in the dressing room, a number of players expected him to be fired. Tuchel was appointed on a two-year contract in 2018, replacing Unai Emery. Tuchel's third season ws overshadowed by a disagreement with PSG sporting director Leonardo over player recruitment. 

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Tags: Paris Saint-Germain, Misc Rumor

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Kieran Trippier Suspended 10 Weeks For Betting Rules Breach

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Lionel Messi Breaks Pele's Record For Most Goals With Single Club

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Marcus Thuram Fined Wages For Spitting On Player

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Neymar Out Until January With Ankle Injury

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Atlanta Hires Gabriel Heinze As Manager

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Arsenal-Benfica Headline Round Of 32 Europa League Draw

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Barcelona-PSG Headline Round Of 16 Champions League Draw

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Lucien Favre Sacked At Borussia Dortmund

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Columbus Crew Win 2020 MLS Cup Title

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Dominik Szoboszlai To Join Leipzig, Stay In 'Red Bull Family'

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Chelsea To Pursue Signing David Alaba

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Zinedine Zidane: I Won't Become Real Madrid's Alex Ferguson

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Paolo Rossi Passes Away At 64

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United Doubt Real Madrid, Juventus Can Afford Paul Pogba Fee

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Agent: Paul Pogba's Tenure With Manchester United 'Over'

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Mario Balotelli Signs With Serie B Side AC Monza

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Yunus Musah, Valencia Agree To Six-Year Extension With $121M Buyout

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PSG Prioritizing Extensions For Neymar, Kylian Mbappe

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Paris Saint-Germain Will Pursue Lionel Messi Signing

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Patrick Vieira Fired As Manager Of Nice

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