January 2021 - Soccer Wiretap

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

Jan 17, 2021 9:02 PM

Lionel Messi could be suspended as many as four matches following his red card against Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Supercopa final.

The red card was Messi's first ever in his Barcelona career.

Barcelona lost 3-2 in extra time, with Messi sent off late in the match.

Messi is likely to face at least a two match ban, which could be increased.

Sam Marsden & Moises Llorens/ESPN

Tags: Athletic Bilbao, Barcelona, Game Recap

Mesut Ozil Terminates Contract With Arsenal, To Join Fenerbahce

Jan 16, 2021 1:39 PM

Mesut Ozil and Arsenal have agreed to terminate their contract, with Ozil set to join Fenerbahce within the next few days.

The 32-year-old Ozil will not receive all of his $9.5 million wages he is owed.

Ozil had not been registered for the Premier League or Europa League this season.

Ozil made 184 appearances during his time at Arsenal, winning three FA Cups. 

James Olley/ESPN

Tags: Arsenal, Transfer Rumor

Leverkusen Signs Timothy Fosu-Mensah From United

Jan 13, 2021 3:05 PM

Bayer Leverkusen have signed Timothy Fosu-Mensah from Manchester United.

Fosu-Mensah, 23, played 30 games in all competitions for United after making his debut in 2016.

"In the last few days I've talked a lot with the coach and conversations... have convinced me that there are great prospects in Leverkusen," Fosu-Mensah, who also played on loan for Fulham and Crystal Palace, said in a statement.

"Both for me personally and for us as a team. That will be really exciting."


Tags: Bayer Leverkusen, Manchester United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Atleti Signs Moussa Dembele From Lyon To Replace Diego Costa

Jan 13, 2021 3:04 PM

Atletico Madrid have signed Moussa Dembele from Lyon on loan for the remainder of the season.

Atleti needed to improve their attacking line following the departure of Diego Costa.

Dembele found the back of the net once in 16 league appearances for Lyon this season and despite being tied to the club until June 2023, the club revealed he was "looking for a change".

Adriana Garcia/ESPN

Tags: Atlético Madrid, Lyon, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Arsenal Intends To Pursue Manor Solomon

Jan 12, 2021 4:20 PM

Arsenal are interested in making a summer offer for Manor Solomon of Shakhtar Donetsk.

Solomon is a 21-year-old winger.

Arsenal has held initial talks with Solomon's camp.

Solomon, who can play across the front line, is likely to stay put in the current window.

Nick Ames, Will Unwin/The Guardian

Tags: Arsenal, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Moussa Dembele Close To Loan Move To Atletico Madrid

Jan 10, 2021 9:09 PM

Moussa Dembele is reportedly close to a loan from from Lyon to Atletico Madrid.

Atleti will have a $42.5 million option to buy at the end of the season.

The 24-year-old has scored one goal across 16 games this season. 

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

Tags: Atlético Madrid, Lyon, Transfer Rumor

Mauricio Pochettino Leaves Open Possibility Of Lionel Messi At PSG

Jan 5, 2021 5:20 PM

Mauricio Pochettino has left open the possibility of Lionel Messi joining Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

“To be honest, we are not talking about that,” he said on Tuesday, three days after confirmation of his appointment. “We have just arrived and it’s been a crazy period, trying to adapt to a new club. We’ve had lots of meetings, training sessions and are preparing for a game. For sure we are going to have time to talk about everything. At Paris Saint‑Germain any big player in the world is, I think, welcome.”

PSG will play Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Paul Doyle/The Guardian

Tags: Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

City Interested In Signing Sergio Ramos

Jan 5, 2021 10:24 AM

Manchester City are monitoring the contract situation of Sergio Ramos with Real Madrid with interest in signing him as a free agent this summer should he become available.

Ramos has been free to negotiate with other clubs since Jan. 1.

Ramos will turn 35 in March but City's assessment is that he is still able to perform at the highest level and would be an "interesting" option to provide leadership and experience at the back.

Ramos would like a two-year extension, and Madrid are willing to accept that, making an exception to their usual one-year policy for over-30s.

Alex Kirkland, Rodrigo Faez/ESPN

Tags: Manchester City, Real Madrid, Misc Rumor

Athletic Club Sack Gaizka Garitano, Hire Marcelino

Jan 3, 2021 4:55 PM

Athletic Club sacked manager Gaizka Garitano on Sunday.

Athletic are currently in ninth place on La Liga's table. 

Garitano will be replaced by former Valencia manager Marcelino. 

Feargal Brennan/Football Espana

Tags: Athletic Bilbao, Terms Agreement

FC Dallas Midfielder Tanner Tessmann To Train With Bayern Munich

Jan 3, 2021 12:39 PM

FC Dallas midfielder Tanner Tessmann will train with Bayern Munich this offseason.

The 19-year-old started nine matches this season for Dallas.

Dallas and Bayern have a youth partnership that has also resulted in Chris Richards moving between the two sides.

Tessmann could either join Bayern on loan, or on a permanent basis. 


Tags: Bayern Munich, FC Dallas, IQ, Misc Rumor

Andres Guardado Close To Charlotte FC Move

Rodrigo Serrano/As.com

Takefusa Kubo To Terminate Villarreal Loan, Move To Getafe

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PSG Officially Appoint Mauricio Pochettino As Manager