January 2021 - Soccer Wiretap

Bryan Reynolds To Join Roma For $8.5 Million

Jan 31, 2021 6:01 PM

Bryan Reynolds is set to join Roma on loan from FC Dallas.

Roma will then have an obligation to buy the 19-year-old defender for up to $8.5 million.

Reynolds will sign a four-and-a-half deal with Roma.

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Tags: FC Dallas, Roma, Loan, Official Transfer

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Liverpool To Sign Preston North End Defender For $2.7 Million

Jan 31, 2021 5:58 PM

Liverpool have agreed to sign Preston North End defender Ben Davies for $2.7 million.

The 25-year-old has made 19 appearances in the Championship this season.

19-year-old Sepp van den Berg will also move to Preston North End on loan until the end of the season.

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Tags: Liverpool, Loan, Official Transfer

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Lionel Messi Could Earn More Than $670 Million Over Four Year Contract

Jan 30, 2021 10:54 PM

Lionel Messi is set to earn over $670 million over his four year deal if all conditions are met, according to Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

The contract was agreed in 2017, and is set to expire at the end of this season.

Messi currently earns just under $168 million per season. 

The 33-year-old also received a $139 million signing bonus, plus a $93 million "loyalty" bonus.

Messi has already earned $620 million of his contract, according to the report. 

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Tags: Barcelona, Legal

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DeAndre Yedlin Set To Join Galatasaray

Jan 30, 2021 4:01 PM

DeAndre Yedlin is closing to joining Galatasaray, sources told ESPN.

The 27-year-old right back will travel to Turkey after Newcastle and Galatasaray agreed to a transfer fee.

Yedlin, whose contract with Newcastle was up this summer, has signed a 3.5 year deal with Galatasaray.  

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Tags: Galatasaray, Newcastle United, Transfer Rumor

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Jesse Lingard Joins West Ham On Loan From United

Jan 29, 2021 5:37 PM

Jesse Lingard has moved from Manchester United to West Ham on a loan until the end of the season.

West Ham beat competition from Newcastle, West Brom and Sheffield United to sign the 28-year-old.

West Ham manager David Moyes knows Lingard from his time in charge of United.

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Tags: Manchester United, West Ham United, Loan, Misc Rumor

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Liverpool Interested In Signing New York Red Bulls' Aaron Long

Jan 29, 2021 5:36 PM

Liverpool has interest in signing Aaron Long of New York Red Bulls.

Long would provide a short-term depth option to alleviate the Reds' shortage of backline options.

Long has received increasing interest from European clubs.

Jeff Carlisle/ESPN

Tags: Liverpool, New York Red Bulls, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Dele Alli Hopes For Move To Paris Saint-Germain

Jan 27, 2021 11:27 AM

Dele Alli hopes to move from Tottenham Hotspur to Paris Saint-Germain.

Alli is keen on the move with Jose Mourinho willing to let him go, but Daniel Levy has been the major stumbling block. Alli has been frozen out of the first-team picture under Mourinho.

Alli was a key part of the Spurs team which reached the 2019 Champions League Final.

PSG are willing to offer a loan fee with a possible buy option in the deal.

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Tags: Paris Saint-Germain, Tottenham Hotspur, Loan, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Martin Odegaard Joins Arsenal On Loan From Real Madrid

Jan 25, 2021 11:14 AM

Martin Odegaard will join Arsenal on loan from Real Madrid.

Arsenal beat out competition from Real Sociedad and Ajax.

Odegaard had an outstanding season on loan at Real Sociedad in 2019-20 but was recalled early by Real Madrid, only to be used sparingly by Zinedine Zidane this campaign. There is no buy option as part of the deal, but the two sides could discuss a permanent move depending on how the loan goes for all parties. 

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Tags: Arsenal, Real Madrid, Loan, Misc Rumor

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49ers Increase Ownership Stake In Leeds To 37 Percent

Jan 25, 2021 11:12 AM

The San Francisco 49ers have increased their ownership stake in Leeds United from 15 percent to 37 percent.

Paraag Marathe, the 49ers executive who has held a seat on the Leeds United board since San Francisco’s initial investment in 2018, will become vice chairman of Leeds.

The 49ers’ new commitment to English soccer underlines the growing synergy and potential for growth that the owners of N.F.L. franchises see in English soccer.

Leeds is back in the Premier League after a 16-year absence. 

 

Tariq Panja/New York Times

Tags: Leeds United Leeds

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Chelsea Fires Frank Lampard, Hires Thomas Tuchel

Jan 25, 2021 11:08 AM

Chelsea has fired Frank Lampard as manager and will hire Thomas Tuchel as his replacement.

Lampard’s legendary status at Stamford Bridge was not enough to save him after a run of form which has seen Chelsea slide to ninth in the Premier League, five points below Liverpool in fourth place despite spending £220 million on seven players last summer.

Tuchel was fired as manager of Paris Saint-Germain last month.

RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann was another option but, after exploring the possibility of hiring Ralf Rangnick on an interim basis, Chelsea turned to Tuchel.

Jacob Steinberg/The Guardian

Tags: Chelsea, Misc Rumor

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Juventus Looking To Buy Weston McKennie For $22.5 Million

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Wolves Sign Willian Jose On Loan Deal

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Austin FC Selects Daniel Pereira No. 1 In MLS SuperDraft

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Martin Odegaard Seeks Loan Move From Real Madrid

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AC Milan Signs Mario Mandzukic To Six-Month Deal

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Lionel Messi Could Face Up To Four-Match Ban Following Red Card

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Mesut Ozil Terminates Contract With Arsenal, To Join Fenerbahce

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Leverkusen Signs Timothy Fosu-Mensah From United

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Atleti Signs Moussa Dembele From Lyon To Replace Diego Costa

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Arsenal Intends To Pursue Manor Solomon

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Moussa Dembele Close To Loan Move To Atletico Madrid

Eduardo Cornago & F.J. Diaz/As.com

Mauricio Pochettino Leaves Open Possibility Of Lionel Messi At PSG

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City Interested In Signing Sergio Ramos

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Athletic Club Sack Gaizka Garitano, Hire Marcelino

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FC Dallas Midfielder Tanner Tessmann To Train With Bayern Munich

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Andres Guardado Close To Charlotte FC Move

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Takefusa Kubo To Terminate Villarreal Loan, Move To Getafe

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PSG Officially Appoint Mauricio Pochettino As Manager

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