January 2023 - Soccer Wiretap

Claudio Reyna Steps Down As Sporting Director Of Austin FC

Jan 26, 2023 9:26 PM

Claudio Reyna has stepped down as sporting director of Austin FC.

Reyna was involved in a USMNT scandal surrounding Gregg Berhalter.

Sources have told ESPN that Reyna had backed away from some of his duties as sporting director in Austin, though earlier this month the club insisted that nothing had changed with regard to his role. Now Reyna is out as sporting director, though he will contribute in an advisory role.

"I am grateful that Anthony and the organization have given me the opportunity to scale back my role and responsibilities while continuing to contribute to the success of a club that I love," Reyna said in a club statement. "I take great pride in what we have accomplished but am looking forward to a less all-consuming work pace that still permits me to assist ongoing club development."

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Earnie Stewart Leaves USMNT Post To Join PSV

Jan 26, 2023 2:39 PM

U.S. Soccer Federation sporting director Earnie Stewart is leaving his post to join PSV Eindhoven after the departure of men's national team general manager Brian McBride, a management shakeup that leaves the position of men's coach Gregg Berhalter in uncertainty.

Berhalter and McBride were hired by Stewart.

"While we are sad to see Earnie go, he has helped lay a strong foundation and build a strong sporting staff to ensure that the future of U.S. Soccer is bright," U.S. Soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone said in a statement.

"Today, we have a unique opportunity to bring in a new Sporting Director to build on this momentum. We are eager to engage new leaders who will match our ambitions and realize our vision for the future, taking our National Teams to the next level, including competing for a FIFA World Cup on home soil in 2026."

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Tags: PSV Eindhoven, United States, Misc Rumor

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English Clubs Spent Over $2 Billion On Transfers In 2022

Jan 26, 2023 1:16 PM

English soccer teams spent over $2 billion on new signings in 2022 for the first time.

There were 20,209 international transfers in men's professional football in 2022, representing an increase of 11.6% compared to 2021 and even exceeding the levels of 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Of the 2,843 transfers that included fees, the top 100 were responsible for almost 50% of all money spent.

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Anthony Gordon Skips Training Hoping For Move To Newcastle

Jan 26, 2023 10:43 AM

Anthony Gordon failed to report for training with Everton as he attempts to expedite a transfer to Newcastle.

Newcastle have made an initial enquiry about signing the player this month, but sources have said the club will not meet Everton's £60 million asking fee for the transfer of the highly-rated forward.

Everton rejected two offers of £40 million and £45 million from Chelsea for Gordon last August.

Gordon has had a difficult season with Everton, scoring just three goals in 18 appearances. 

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Tags: Everton, Newcastle United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Spurs Beat Everton For Arnaut Danjuma Loan

Jan 24, 2023 11:15 AM

Tottenham Hotspur has agreed to a loan move with Villarreal for Arnaut Danjuma.

Bournemouth initially expressed interest in Danjuma before a deal with Everton looked close.

Danjuma has scored 22 goals in 51 appearances for Villarreal since his move from Bournemouth in 2021.

David Ornstein/The Athletic

Tags: Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, Villarreal, Loan, Misc Rumor

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Newcastle Confident They'll Buy Anthony Gordon From Everton

Jan 24, 2023 11:10 AM

Newcastle are increasingly confident they will beat Chelsea to sign Anthony Gordon of Everton.

Gordon reportedly prefers a move to Newcastle.

Talks have been intensified over the weekend as it is believed that Everton is prepared to sell Gordon. Over the summer, Newcastle's £35 million offer was rejected by Everton.

Luke Edwards/The Telegraph

Tags: Everton, Newcastle United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Everton Hopes To Hire Marcelo Bielsa As Manager

Jan 24, 2023 11:08 AM

Marcelo Bielsa is the preferred candidate to become manager of Everton. The club is in a relegation battle after firing Frank Lampard.

Bielsa has reservations about the state of the club as they have also fired six permanent managers in just under seven years. 

Bielsa is not the only candidate under consideration by the Everton board. There has been contact with representatives of former Burnley manager Sean Dyche, who is available, and the West Bromwich Albion coach, Carlos Corberán, who worked with Bielsa at Leeds, is also of interest.

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Chelsea Hoping for $43.5M Transfer For Malo Gusto Of Lyon

Jan 24, 2023 11:01 AM

Chelsea is preparing to a €40 million ($43.5 million) offer for Malo Gusto of Lyon.

Gusto has agreed to personal terms with Chelsea and is hoping for the move. 

Lyon will try to take the 19-year-old back on loan until the end of the season. 

Gusto is an attacking full-back with great pace and closing ability. 

Julien Laurens/ESPN

Tags: Chelsea, Lyon, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Everton Fires Frank Lampard As Manager

Jan 23, 2023 12:52 PM

Everton has fired Frank Lampard as manager after losing 11 out of their past 14 matches.

Everton fans again protested against the owner Farhad Moshiri, chairman Bill Kenwright and the board after Saturday’s 2-0 loss at West Ham.

Everton have since slipped to joint bottom of the league with the club’s lowest points tally at this stage of any Premier League season.

Lampard replaced Rafa Benitez in January of last year.

Moshiri, has sacked six managers in almost seven years and is seeking the eighth permanent manager.

Andy Hunter/The Guardian

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Arsenal Signs Leandro Trossard From Brighton

Jan 20, 2023 3:07 PM

Arsenal have signed Leandro Trossard from Brighton, beating out Tottenham and Chelsea.

Trossard becomes Arsenal's first arrival during the January transfer window.

Arsenal had spent much of the window chasing Mykhailo Mudryk but he joined for Chelsea in a €100 million deal instead from Shakhtar Donetsk.

"We are really happy to have him," Mikel Arteta said. "He's a player we have followed for a while now. The opportunity came -- we had the necessity to have a player in the frontline that is versatile enough to play in different positions.

"He knows the league, he has enough experience here and I think he can have an immediate impact in the team.

"We have to think short-term, but as well medium and long-term as well. He gives us all that.

"He's a very intelligent player. When you look at his career and what he's done in the last few years, he's a player that fits our way of playing for sure. We're happy to have him."

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Tags: Brighton & Hove Albion, Arsenal, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Chelsea Moved Fast To Beat Arsenal To Mykhailo Mudryk

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Atleti Signs Memphis Depay From Barcelona

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Apple To Bid On Premier League Rights In UK

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Arsenal Increase Efforts To Sign William Saliba To Extension

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Jurgen Klopp: I Will Not Leave Liverpool

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Marcelo Bielsa Emerges As Favorite To Become Manager Of Mexico

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Aston Villa Buys Jhon Duran From Chicago For $18M

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Arsenal Submits Third Bid To Shakhtar For Mykhailo Mudryk

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Christian Pulisic Out Two Months With Knee Injury

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Gareth Bale Retires From Soccer At 33

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Didier Deschamps Extends With France Through 2026

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Zinedine Zidane Rejects Approach From USMNT

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Gio Reyna's Parents Told U.S. Soccer About Gregg Berhalter Incident

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Cristiano Ronaldo Doesn't Have Newcastle UCL Clause In Deal

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Chelsea To Sign Benoit Badiashile From Monaco

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Cristiano Ronaldo Signs With Al-Nassr On $75M Per Year Deal

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Arsenal Extend Contracts Of Bukayo Saka, William Saliba

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