August 2021 - Soccer Wiretap

PSG Ignores Real Madrid's Final Bid For Kylian Mbappe

Aug 31, 2021 9:13 PM

Real Madrid made a new offer worth €200 million to Paris Saint-Germain for the rights to Kylian Mbappe but received no reply.

Madrid made an initial €160 million offer for Mbappe last week and, after it was immediately turned down, followed it up with a bid worth €170 million up front plus €10 million in add-ons.

There had been attempts from Madrid in recent days to put pressure on PSG by threatening to withdraw from negotiations.

Mbappe has been Real Madrid's top transfer target for multiple seasons.

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Tags: Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Chelsea Completes Loan With Atleti For Saul

Aug 31, 2021 9:11 PM

Chelsea have completed a loan deal with Atletico Madrid for Saul Niguez with the deal containing an option to buy next summer.

The deal was thrown into doubt as the transfer had not been confirmed by either club before the midnight CET deadline.

Local media said the delay was caused by a problem with LaLiga's transfer registration system, however, and the documentation had been correctly submitted in time.

"We welcome Saul to the Club and believe he completes our squad as we compete for honours in five different competitions this season," Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said.

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Tags: Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, Loan, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Antoine Griezmann To Rejoin Atleti

Aug 31, 2021 6:09 PM

Antoine Griezmann will rejoin Atletico Madrid from Barcelona in a $12 million loan deal with an option to stay permanently for $47 million.

Griezmann will sign a two-year contract with an optional third year at the Wanda Metropolitano. Atleti intends to make the transfer permanent next summer.

Griezmann left Atletico for Barcelona in a €120 million deal in 2019, but he struggled to live up to expectations at Camp Nou, scoring 22 league goals in two seasons.

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

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Kylian Mbappe Transfer Talks Between Real Madrid, PSG Stall

Aug 30, 2021 8:55 PM

Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have had their transfer talks involving Kylian Mbappe stall.

Madrid had offered PSG €180 million -- €170m plus €10m in variables -- last Thursday for Mbappe's transfer, an improvement on a initial €160m bid from earlier in the week.

Mbappe will remain with PSG this season if there is not a third bid.

Mbappe has told them that if he stays, he won't sign a new contract and will leave as a free agent when his deal expires next summer.

There is some level of concern within Real Madrid that Mbappe could be pressured into signing an extension if a transfer isn't finalized. 

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Tags: Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Leeds, Manchester United Discuss Daniel James Transfer

Aug 30, 2021 3:15 PM

Leeds United and Manchester United are in talks on a transfer for Daniel James.

James has started two of United's first three games of the season and was set to stay at the club.

James, however, may not feature as prominently for United following their transfer for Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Leeds have long been admirers of James and came close to signing the forward before he joined United.

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Spurs Sign Emerson Royal From Barcelona

Aug 30, 2021 3:13 PM

Tottenham have agreed a fee of €30 million to sign right back Emerson Royal from barcelona.

Emerson has spent the past two years on loan at Real Betis, who he helped to qualify for the Europa League last season under the manager Manuel Pellegrini.

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Tags: Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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PSG Pursuing Lewandowski, Haaland Or Richarlison To Replace Mbappe

Aug 28, 2021 8:07 AM

Paris Saint-Germain will target Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski, Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland, or Everton's Richarlison should Kylian Mbappe make a move to Real Madrid this summer.

PSG and Real Madrid have yet to agree to a deal but discussions are ongoing. 

Lewandowski's agent Pini Zahavi was in Paris on Monday and has offered his client to the club. Lewandowski would like a new challenge after seven years at Bayern.

On Friday, Leonardo spoke to Haaland's agent, Mino Raiola, who is in favor of a move from Dortmund for his client this summer.

Dortmund don't want to let Haaland go, but the 21-year-old has a €75 million release clause (potentially reaching €100m) which will come into effect next year and PSG believe that a bid of around €200 million could convince Dortmund to accept.

It might take a €100 million offer, but sources said that Richarlison is keen on a move to PSG.

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Tags: Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Everton, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Cristiano Ronaldo Returns To Manchester United On Two-Year Deal

Aug 27, 2021 12:09 PM

Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to join Manchester United from Juventus on a two-year deal.

Ronaldo returns to United after leaving for Real Madrid in 2009.

Manchester City were one of the clubs who looked at the possibility but on Friday sources told ESPN they had pulled out of the race.

Talks between Ronaldo, United and Juventus began on Thursday night.

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Tags: Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Real Madrid Improves Offer To PSG For Kylian Mbappe To $212M

Aug 26, 2021 5:29 PM

Real Madrid has submitted a second, improved offer of €180 million ($212 million) to Paris Saint-Germain for Kylian Mbappe.

PSG rejected Real Madrid's initial bid of €160 million.

The second offer of €180 million consists of a flat €170 million with a possible €10 million in add-ons, which sources told ESPN are "easily achievable."

PSG is believed to be holding out for an offer closer to €220 million. 

Mbappe has a year left on his contract and has already rejected several renewal offers as he wants to join Real Madrid. 

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Tags: Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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City, PSG In Same Group As UEFA Draws Champions League Group Stage

Aug 26, 2021 5:20 PM

UEFA held its group stage draw on Thursday, headlined by Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain in Group A.

GROUP A: Manchester City (England), Paris Saint-Germain (France), RB Leipzig (Germany), Club Brugge (Belgium).

GROUP B: Atletico Madrid (Spain), Liverpool (England), FC Porto (Portugal), AC Milan (Italy).

GROUP C: Sporting CP (Portugal), Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Ajax (Netherlands), Besiktas (Turkey).

GROUP D: Inter Milan (Italy), Real Madrid (Spain), Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine), FC Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova).

GROUP E: Bayern Munich (Germany), Barcelona (Spain), Benfica (Portugal), Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine).

GROUP F: Villarreal (Spain), Manchester United (England), Atalanta (Italy), Young Boys (Switzerland).

GROUP G: Lille (France), Sevilla (Spain), FC Salzburg (Austria), Wolfsburg (Germany).

GROUP H: Chelsea (England), Juventus (Italy), Zenit St Petersburg (Russia), Malmo (Sweden).

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Cristiano Ronaldo, City Closing In On Agreement

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Arsenal Will Keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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City Suspends Benjamin Mendy Following Rape Charge

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Chelsea Close To Signing Jules Kounde From Sevilla

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Pep Guardiola Likely To Leave City In 2023

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City Considering Move For Cristiano Ronaldo

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Gerard Pique's Company Buys Ligue 1 Rights In Spain

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Harry Kane Announces He'll Stay With Spurs For Now

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Andy Robertson Signs Long-Term Extension With Liverpool

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Chelsea In Talks With Atleti On Loan For Saul

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Real Madrid Makes $188M Offer To PSG For Kylian Mbappe

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Spurs In Talks With Wolves On Adama Traore Transfer

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Xherdan Shaqiri Leaves Liverpool For Lyon

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Karim Benzema, Real Madrid Agree To Two-Year Extension

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Arsenal Signs Martin Odegaard From Real Madrid

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Granit Xhaka, Arsenal Agree To Extension Until 2024

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Thibaut Courtois Signs Extension With Real Madrid Through 2026

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City Making Another Push To Sign Harry Kane

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Virgil Van Dijk Signs Four-Year Extension With Liverpool

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Arsenal Increase Interest In Transfer For Martin Odegaard

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