July 2020 - Soccer Wiretap

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Pushing United To Close Jadon Sancho Transfer

Jul 31, 2020 2:48 PM

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is pushing for Manchester United to close a deal with Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho.

Sources say United is in the best position to sign Sancho this summer, but because there are no other serious bidders, the club hierarchy wants to drive down his price. Sancho is valued by Dortmund at £80 million, but Ed Woodward is prepared to offer £50 million.

Sources have said that Sancho is Solskjaer's No. 1 target this summer.

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Tags: Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Liverpool CEO Peter Moore Leaves Club

Jul 31, 2020 11:47 AM

Liverpool’s chief executive officer, Peter Moore, will leave the club next month.

Moore is returning with his wife to the United States, where he worked for 36 years for Sega, Reebok, Microsoft and EA before joining his hometown club in 2017.

Moore will be replaced by managing director and chief commercial officer Billy Hogan.

The American-born Hogan has been instrumental in transforming Liverpool’s commercial fortunes under FSG and negotiated the new kit deal with Nike that starts on Saturday.

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Special Prosecutor Opens Criminal Case Against FIFA's Gianni Infantino

Jul 30, 2020 10:14 AM

A criminal case against FIFA president Gianni Infantino was opened Thursday by a Swiss special prosecutor.

 

The case is connected to a meeting Infantino had with the Swiss attorney general. Attorney general Michael Lauber resigned last week.

The special prosecutor found that possible infractions included abuse of public office, breach of official secrecy, "assisting offenders" and "incitement to these acts," the supervisory authority for the office of the attorney general said in its statement, adding other criminal acts and proceedings could also be considered.

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City Agree To Buy Nathan Ake From Bournemouth For $52M

Jul 30, 2020 9:58 AM

Manchester City have agreed to sign Nathan Aké from Bournemouth for £40 million ($52 million).

Pep Guardiola turned to Aké after hitting problems in his pursuit of Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.

Bournemouth bought Aké from Chelsea in 2017 for £20 million.

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

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City Close To $27M Deal With Valencia For Ferran Torres

Jul 29, 2020 9:14 PM

Manchester City are close to a €23 million ($27 million) plus add-ons deal with Valencia for Ferran Torres.

Torres was made a prime target for manager Pep Guardiola and director of football Txiki Begiristain following the sale of Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich.

Valencia have been resigned to losing Torres, who had just one year left on his contract.

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Tags: Manchester City, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Inter Asks Alexis Sanchez To Take Pay Cut To Remain With Club

Jul 29, 2020 11:30 AM

Alexis Sanchez will need to take a pay cut if he wants to sign with Inter Milan permanently.

United agreed a short extension to Sanchez's loan at Inter to cover the end of the Serie A season.

Sanchez earns close to £400,000-a-week at Old Trafford. Sanchez has two seasons remaining on his contract with United.

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Tags: Internazionale, Manchester United, Loan, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Ferran Torres Headlines City's Summer Transfer List

Jul 28, 2020 8:20 AM

Ferran Torres tops Manchester City's summer wanted list, sources have told ESPN.

Torres is a 20-year-old winger on Valencia entering the final season of his contract. Valencia are resigned to losing Torres.

Torres is valued at around £40 million.

Rob Dawson/ESPN

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

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Chelsea, Leverkusen Negotiating Kai Havertz Transfer

Jul 27, 2020 2:50 PM

Chelsea have intensified their pursuit of Kai Havertz of Bayer Leverkusen with the two clubs negotiating. Leverkusen is seeking a €90 million fee.

Chelsea are confident a deal can be reached closer to €80 million.

Havertz wants to move to Stamford Bridge and has indicated through his intermediaries that personal terms will not be an issue.

The Blues are not expected to have any competition for Havertz's signature with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich declining to follow up their interest.

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Tags: Chelsea, Bayer Leverkusen, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Samuel Umtiti Linked With Everton Move

Jul 26, 2020 4:13 PM

Everton are reportedly eyeing a move for Barcelona's Samuel Umtiti this summer.

Carlo Ancelotti's side have signed several players from Barcelona in recent years, including Lucas Digne, Andre Gomes and Yerry Mina.

Barcelona are looking to loan out Umtiti, who is currently injured, with an option to buy. 

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Tags: Barcelona, Everton, Transfer Rumor

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Real Madrid-Manchester City Match To Be Played At Etihad

Jul 26, 2020 4:11 PM

The second leg of the round of 16 Champions League match between Real Madrid and Manchester City will be played at the Etihad.

The UK recently imposed a new rule requiring a 14-day quarantine for people traveling between the UK and Spain.

More than 1000 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Spain in the last two days.

Manchester City have a 2-1 advantage heading into the second leg. 

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Tags: Manchester City, Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League

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Kylian Mbappe Doubtful For Champions League Match Vs. Atalanta

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Manchester United See Kingsley Coman As Jadon Sancho Alternative

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Adam Lallana To Join Brighton On Three-Year Deal

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Xavi Tests Positive For COVID-19

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Atlanta United Fires Frank De Boer

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Spurs Confident Of Signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg From Saints

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AC Milan Extends Stefano Pioli, Backs Out Of Deal With Ralf Rangnick

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West Brom Promoted Back To Premier League After Two Years Down

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Kylian Mbappe Will Remain With PSG Next Season 'No Matter What'

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Ballon D'Or Canceled For 2020 Due To Pandemic

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Villarreal To Name Unai Emery As Manager

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Mikel Arteta Is 'Pretty Convinced' Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Will Stay

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Eden Hazard: This Was Worst Season Of My Career

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Patrick Kluivert, Laurent Blanc Linked With Barcelona Job

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Charlotte, Sacramento Republic FC, St. Louis Debut Seasons Delayed

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Quique Setien Says He Will Not Resign As Barcelona Manager

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Real Madrid Wins 34th La Liga Title

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Pep Guardiola Rules Out Possibility Of David Silva Remaining At City

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Mikel Arteta: Arenal Must Invest To Return To Champions League

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2022 World Cup To Feature Four Matches Per Day During Group Stage

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