March 2021 - Soccer Wiretap

City Announces Sergio Aguero To Leave Club In Summer

Mar 29, 2021 3:21 PM

Manchester City has announced Sergio Aguero will leave the club in the summer.

Aguero is City's record goalscorer with 257 goals in 384 appearances. 

Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: “Sergio’s contribution to Manchester City over the last 10 years cannot be overstated. His legend will be indelibly etched into the memories of everyone who loves the Club and maybe even in those who simply love football.

“This is not yet the moment for farewell words and speeches. There is still much to achieve in the remainder of the time we have with Sergio, and we look forward to his contributions to the challenges which lay ahead.

“In the meantime, it gives me great pleasure to announce that we will be commissioning an artist to create a statue of Sergio to live at the Etihad Stadium alongside the ones under construction for Vincent and David. And we look forward to the opportunity to bid Sergio a fitting farewell at the end of the season.”

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Tags: Manchester City, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Liverpool Close To Signing Ibrahima Konate

Mar 29, 2021 1:47 PM

Liverpool is ready to pay the €41.5 million release clause of Ibrahima Konate of RB Leipzig.

Liverpool has struggled defensively this season.

Michael Edwards of Liverpool has been monitoring Konate for years. A Liverpool scout was watching Konate as early as January 2017 when made his senior debut for Sochaux in the French League Cup against Monaco.

While Chelsea and Manchester United have also been in contact on Konate, Liverpool is considered the favorites to sign him.

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Tags: RB Leipzig, Liverpool, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Paulo Dybala Linked With Barcelona, Real Madrid

Mar 28, 2021 3:49 PM

Paulo Dybala has been linked with a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid after rejecting a contract extension with Juventus.

Dybala's current deal expires in June 2022.

Reports out of Italy suggest swap moves involving either Isco or Ousmane Dembele.

Tottenham and Liverpool could also join the race to sign Dybala. 

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Tags: Barcelona, Juventus, Real Madrid, Transfer Rumor

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Inter Linked With Summer Move For Luis Muriel

Mar 28, 2021 12:14 PM

Inter are reportedly interested in signing Atalanta striker Luis Muriel over the summer.

The 29-year-old striker has scored 16 goals this season.

Muriel's rate of scoring a goal every 53.5 minutes is only bettered by Robert Lewandowski.

Muriel is said to be on the top of Antonio Conte's transfer list for the upcoming window. 

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Tags: Atalanta, Internazionale, Transfer Rumor

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Dortmund Value Erling Haaland At $212 Million

Mar 27, 2021 9:35 PM

Borussia Dortmund set Erling Haaland's transfer fee at over $212 million, sources told ESPN.

Haaland has scored 32 goals in 31 matches this season, and has 49 goals total since moving to the Bundesliga last winter.

Haaland's agent Mina Raiola said there are ten clubs interested in signing Haaland.

A release clause in Haaland's contract will activate in 2022.

Chelsea were reportedly interested in signing Haaland before his most recent valuation. 

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Tags: Borussia Dortmund, Transfer Rumor

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United Committed To Signing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer To Extension

Mar 25, 2021 8:23 AM

Manchester United remain committed to signing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to a new contract.

United has yet to win any hardware since becoming manager.

Solskjaer signed a three-year contract when he became permanent manager in March 2019 and will enter the final year in the summer.

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Tags: Manchester United, Misc Rumor

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Gareth Bale Intends To Return To Real Madrid After Loan

Mar 23, 2021 10:47 PM

Gareth Bale intends to return to Real Madrid once his loan concludes at Tottenham Hotspur after the season.

"It's [future] no distraction for me coming into the Euros," Bale told a news conference on Tuesday ahead of Wales' opening 2022 World Cup qualifier in Belgium.

"I think the main reason I came to Spurs this year was to play football first and foremost but going into the Euros, I want to be match-fit.

"The original plan was to do a season at Spurs and after the Euros still have a year left at Real Madrid. My plan is to go back and that's as far I've planned to be honest."

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Tags: Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur, Loan, Misc Rumor

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Xabi Alonso Agrees To Become Manager Of Gladbach

Mar 22, 2021 4:38 PM

Xabi Alonso has agreed to become manager of Borussia Monchengladbach this summer.

Alonso is currently managing Real Sociedad's B team.

Alonso won three Bundesliga titles with Bayern after being signed by Pep Guardiola in 2014.

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Tags: Borussia Mönchengladbach, Misc Rumor

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Ralf Rangnick No Longer In Running For Schalke Sporting Director

Mar 21, 2021 6:16 PM

Ralf Rangnick released a statement saying that he is no longer in running for Schalke's sporting director role.

"The overwhelmingly positive reactions from members of the Konigsblauen community have influenced me and confirmed my feelings for this very special club.

"I would have loved to have been involved in helping Schalke on its difficult road back to its former strength. 

"Unfortunately, due to the numerous uncertainties within the club at the moment, I do not see myself being able to take on sporting responsibility at S04 at the moment," wrote Rangnick.

Schalke said they were surprised by Rangnick's announcement.

Rangnick had declared his interest in pursuing the German national team manager role. 

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Tags: FC Schalke 04, IQ

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LA Galaxy II Sign 16-Year-Old Miguel Avalos

Mar 20, 2021 1:17 PM

16-year-old Miguel Avalos has signed with the LA Galaxy II of the USL.

Avalos was originally signed by Pachuca in 2018, though he was not allowed to play due to FIFA rules prohibiting players under 18 to move to another country for soccer purposes.

"It's very exciting, because I was in Pachuca for about a year and unfortunately, I wasn't able to play because of the FIFA rule. So, moving out here to LA, it's amazing being able to play, and I'm excited to play this season," Avalos told ESPN.

Avalos is a dual national who would represent either Mexico or the U.S.

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Jurgen Klopp: 'Almost Impossible' For Liverpool To Finish In Top-4

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Kieran Gibbs Agrees To Sign With Inter Miami

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Antonio Rüdiger Wants To Sign Extension With Chelsea

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Mikel Arteta: Everything Has Been Resolved With Aubameyang

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Chris Wilder Leaves Sheffield United By Mutual Consent

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Barcelona, Manchester City Among Teams Tracking Yusuf Demir

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Orlando City Reject $10 Million Bid For Daryl Dike

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Zinedine Zidane Tries To Avoid Commenting On Potential Ronaldo Return

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Avram Glazer Puts Three Percent Of Manchester United Up For Sale

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Manchester United Appoint First Ever Football Director

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Brazil To Rename Maracana Stadium After Pele

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Joan Laporta Elected New President Of Barcelona

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MLS Investigating Inter Miami's Signing Of Blaise Matuidi

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Arsenal Claims Loss Of $65M, Citing COVID-19 Impact

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Juventus Signs Weston McKennie From Schalke On Permanent Deal

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Kieran Trippier Serves Suspension, Set To Return Against Real Madrid

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Josep Maria Bartomeu Reportedly Arrested During Raid

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