August 2020 - Soccer Wiretap

Juventus Hires Andrea Pirlo As Manager

Aug 8, 2020 5:07 PM

Juventus has appointed Andrea Pirlo as manager hours after firing Maurizio Sarri.

Pirlo was appointed manager of Juventus' Under-23 side just last month but has now signed a two-year contract to coach the first team.

"Today's choice is based on the belief that Pirlo has what it takes to lead from his debut on the bench an expert and talented squad to pursue new successes," Juve said in a statement.

"Today begins a new chapter of his career in the world of football, as it was said almost a week ago: from Maestro to Mister," it added.

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Tags: Juventus, Misc Rumor

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Andrea Agnelli: Ronaldo Will Stay With Juventus

Aug 8, 2020 12:07 PM

Juventus executive Andrea Agnelli said that Ronaldo will stay at the club despite Maurizio Sarri's sacking and their elimination from the Champions League.

There were rumors linking Ronaldo with a move away from the club this summer.

"I am entirely convinced he will stay. I think the report was down to an interview from several months ago, which just happened to be published just before we played against a French team.

"It's an old media trick. No, I can assure you that Ronaldo remains a pillar of Juventus," said Agnelli.

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Tags: Juventus, Transfer Rumor

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Juventus Sack Maurizio Sarri As Manager After One Season

Aug 8, 2020 12:03 PM

Juventus sacked Maurizio Sarri after one season following their Champions League loss to Lyon.

"Juventus Football Club announces that Maurizio Sarri has been relieved of his post as coach of the First Team.

"The club would like to thank the coach for having written a new page in Juventus' history with the victory of the ninth-consecutive championship, the culmination of a personal journey that led him to climb all the divisions of Italian football," released the club in a statement.

Sarri won 34 out of 51 competitive matches with Juventus.

The team's 83-point tally was the lowest of their nine-year title run.

They also lost the Italian Supercup and Coppa Italia final this season. 

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Tags: Juventus, UEFA Champions League

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Christian Pulisic Likely To Miss Start Of Season With Hamstring Injury

Aug 7, 2020 3:39 PM

Christian Pulisic could miss the start of the 20-21 Premier League season due to a hamstring injury. Pulisic suffered the injury in the second half of the FA Cup Final against Arsenal.

Frank Lampard estimates Pulisic will need approximately six weeks to heal.

The Premier League is due to begin again on September 12 but clubs engaged in European competition are likely to start later.

Tags: Chelsea, Injury

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang To Sign Extension With Arsenal Through 22-23

Aug 7, 2020 1:08 PM

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will sign an extension with Arsenal worth £250,000-a-week through the 22-23 season.

Talks have progressed over recent days.

Aubameyang has also been given assurances that the club will back Mikel Arteta as best they can in the transfer market.

The deal represents a significant increase on his £180,000-a-week salary.

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Tags: Arsenal, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Arsenal Makes Significant Cuts To Scouting, Players Upset With Layoffs

Aug 6, 2020 10:52 PM

Arsenal announced that they have laid off 55 employees, including several scouts.

Francis Cagigao, the head of recruitment, was the highest-profile name to be released, and Pete Clark and Brian McDermott were also told their services were no longer required.

Ty Gooden, who covers France and Belgium, has also been told he will not be retained and further changes are being made across their international operation. Leonardo Scirpoli, who has overseen their scouting in Germany since last summer, will also lose his job and a similar fate has befallen their scout in Scotland, Alex Stafford, the Spain scout, Julio de Marco, and the Italian scout Alessandro Sbrizzo.

Arsenal’s players are unhappy about the redundancies across the club. There is a frustration among players that they agreed to take pay cuts of 12.5 percent in April to protect staff only to see them laid off now that their season is over.

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Gareth Bale 'Preferred Not To Play' In Match Against City

Aug 6, 2020 10:00 PM

Zinedine Zidane said Real Madrid left Gareth Bale off their squad for Thursday's match against Manchester City because he "preferred not to play."

"We have a relationship of respect between coach and player. That's clear," Zidane said in his pre-match news conference on Thursday. "It's a personal conversation. The only thing I can say is [Bale] preferred not to play. The rest is between him and I."

Zidane said the decision as "personal" and denied being disappointed in Bale's attitude.

"I respect Gareth a lot," he said. "Things have to stay inside the dressing room between players and coach. Gareth Bale is a Real Madrid player and I respect that. He preferred not to play, that's the only thing I can tell you."

Sources say Bale preferred not to travel with the expectation he wouldn't play in the match.

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Barcelona Signs Gustavo Maia With $356M Buyout Clause

Aug 6, 2020 3:14 PM

Barcelona have completed the signing of Sao Paulo's teenage striker Gustavo Maia on a €4.5 million transfer, with a €300m buy-out clause,.

Maia will represent Barca B next season where he will look to break into the first team.

The versatile attacker, who can play on the left or through the middle, has been capped by Brazil at youth level.

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Tags: Barcelona, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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United Saves $52.6M In Transfer Of Alexis Sanchez To Inter

Aug 6, 2020 2:14 PM

Manchester United has completed a permanent transfer of Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan that will save the club approximately £40 million ($52.6 million) in wages.

Sanchez has two seasons at approximately £390,000 per week left on his contract.

Sanchez’s exit helps to clear the way for the anticipated signing of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.

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

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Willian Agrees To Three-Year Contract With Arsenal

Aug 6, 2020 8:27 AM

Willian has agreed to a three-year deal with Arsenal.

Willian's talks with Chelsea had stalled even as Frank Lampard pushed the club to find a breakthrough.

Everton also had interest in Willian. 

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Tags: Arsenal, Chelsea, Misc Rumor, Signing, Transfer Rumor

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Arsenal Lays Off 55 Employees Due To COVID-19 Financial Losses

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Iker Casillas Announces Retirement From Soccer At 39

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Dormund's $142M Ask Price For Jadon Sancho Stalls United Talks

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Spurs Agree To $20M Transfer With Saints For Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

Fulham Beats Brentford 2-1, Secures Premier League Spot

Ben Fisher/The Guardian

City Completes Signing Of Ferran Torres From Valencia

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Real Madrid Dependent On Gareth Bale Sale To Fund Transfers

Rodrigo Faez, Alex Kirkland/ESPN

United, Dortmund In Advanced Talks On $118M Deal For Jadon Sancho

Ed Aarons, Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

AC Milan Would Like To Keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic Next Season

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Arsenal Wins FA Cup With 2-1 Victory Over Chelsea

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Arsenal Could Buy Philippe Coutinho For $12M

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Alexandre Lacazette Describes Arsenal As His 'Dream Club'

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Napoli Signs Victor Osihmhen From Lille

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