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Jose Mourinho's Roma Job To Save Spurs $12.5M

May 6, 2021 2:09 PM

Tottenham Hotspur are expected to save approximately $12.5 million in compensation payments to Jose Mourinho after he accepted Roma's managerial job.

Mourinho initially agreed to a severance package worth around $27.8 million. Mourinho was making $20.8 million per year with Spurs.

With Roma, Mourinho will earn $12.2 million per year pre tax with Roma. Mourinho is also set to benefit from a new tax break in Italy which offers a 50% reduction for top sports stars -- but only if he stays in the country for two years.

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Thomas Tuchel In No Rush To Sign Extension With Chelsea

May 4, 2021 5:28 PM

Thomas Tuchel has denied reports he is on the verge of signing an extension with Chelsea.

Chelsea will play Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal tie on Wednesday.

Tuchel signed an 18-month deal in February to replace Frank Lampard. 

Tuchel won 15 of his 23 games since taking charge but when asked if contract talks had begun, Tuchel replied: "No, there is no time. There is no time and no need for this right now."

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Jose Mourinho Hired As Manager Of Roma

May 4, 2021 1:12 PM

Jose Mourinho has been hired as manager of Roma, effective for the start of the 21-22 season.

Mourinho was fired by Tottenham Hotspur last month. 

Roma had earlier said Paulo Fonseca would leave his role as head coach at the end of this season.

Mourinho was at Inter for two seasons from 2008-09, winning Serie A twice and the Champions League before departing for Real Madrid.

Mourinho has now managed Spurs, Inter, Porto, Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid. 

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Dortmund Prepared To Accept $121M Offer For Jadon Sancho

May 3, 2021 12:45 PM

Borussia Dortmund are prepared to accept a €100 million ($121 million) offer for Jadon Sancho this summer.

Sancho is under contract with Dortmund until 2023.

Sancho was tipped to leave Dortmund last summer but a deal never materialized.

Michael Zorc said on Saturday on ARD TV that "under certain conditions" Dortmund would let Sancho leave this summer.

"Already last year, we had a gentleman's agreement with Sancho," Zorc said.

Speaking to Sport 1 on Sunday, Zorc added: "There are certain conditions which need to be met so Jadon can leave the club. Timing and fee have been and still are the deciding parameters."

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Tags: Borussia Dortmund, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Maurizio Sarri Reportedly Close To Roma Deal

May 1, 2021 2:01 PM

The deal between Maurizio Sarri and Roma is "80% done," sources told ESPN.

The two sides have reportedly had a verbal agreement for a deal.

Current Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has clashed with senior team members throughout this season.

Roma had looked into Max Allegri before setting their sights on Sarri. 

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Jurgen Klopp Doesn't Expect Transfer Plans To Change If They Miss UCL

Apr 30, 2021 1:38 PM

Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool's summer plans won't be impacted if they miss out on the Champions League next season.

Liverpool are four points out of the top-4.

"The Champions League is massive, especially financially for the club," Klopp told a news conference. "If we cannot make that, that is not good. Definitely not.

"But I don't think it will change anything. The situation was difficult before and it is difficult after. It is always difficult."

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United Confident They'll Sign Edinson Cavani To Extension

Apr 30, 2021 1:36 PM

Manchester United are increasingly confident they will sign Edinson Cavani to an extension for another season.

Cavani rediscovered his best form recently and is now leaning towards United after thinking he would leave the club with Boca Juniors interested. 

"He was out for a long time before he came here," Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. "He's had injuries, worked hard and showed his quality. He knows I'd love to have him for another year. I understand it's been very difficult for him.

"I've promised him Old Trafford and Manchester is a different place with fans in and I must try to get that feeling that Manchester is a good place to live. I'm doing my best.

"We don't have to sell it to him; it's about how he feels coming in every day, the team we are creating, he's part of it."

Rob Dawson/ESPN

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Barca Exits David Alaba Pursuit Expecting Him To Sign With Real Madrid

Apr 30, 2021 1:34 PM

Barcelona has pulled out of a pursuit for David Alaba as they believe he is committed to joining Real Madrid. 

Alaba can leave Bayern Munich on a free transfer this summer and he has told the club he intends to move on.

The signing of Alaba may raise further doubts about the futures of Zinedine Zidane's centre-back pairing, Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane.

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Tags: Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Chelsea Will Look To Sell Tammy Abraham

Apr 30, 2021 1:32 PM

Chelsea will attempt to sell Tammy Abraham this summer with West Ham, Aston Villa and Newcastle among the clubs interested.

Abraham has scored 12 goals in all competitions this season but last started a game on Feb. 20.

Abraham will have two years left on his contract at the end of the campaign.

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Tags: Aston Villa, Chelsea, Newcastle United, West Ham United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Spurs Target Ajax's Erik Ten Hag In Managerial Search

Apr 29, 2021 1:10 PM

Tottenham Hotspur have interest in hiring Erik ten Hag as manager and plan to meet with him once Ajax wraps up the Eredivisie title.

Although nothing is agreed as yet and Spurs have other candidates, including Ralf Rangnick, Ten Hag is understood to be open to listening to their proposal.

Spurs had wanted Julian Nagelsmann to become the permanent successor to José Mourinho, who they sacked last week, only for Bayern to secure him as the successor to Hansi Flick.

Ten Hag is committed to front-foot football and has brought through many young players.

David Hytner, Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

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Jesse Marsch Hired As Manager Of RB Leipzig

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Bayern Appoint Julian Nagelsmann As Next Manager

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Eric Bailly, Manchester United Agree To Four-Year Extension

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RB Leipzig Place $36M Fee For Julian Nagelsmann

Bavarian Football Works

Ronald Koeman Sees Himself As Barcelona Manager Next Season

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City Signs Kayky From Fluminense For $12M

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Signs One-Year Extension With AC Milan

James Horncastle/The Athletic

Luka Modic Signs One-Year Extension With Real Madrid

Adriana Garcia/ESPN

Ed Woodward Leaves Manchester United

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Spurs Fire Jose Mourinho As Manager

Sachin Nakrani, Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

15 Clubs In Talks To Launch European Super League

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Hansi Flick To Leave Bayern Munich At End Of Season

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Bobby Wood To Join Real Salt Lake Early

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Eric Bailly Plans To Reject New Contract With United

Mark Ogden/ESPN

PSG, Inter, Real Madrid Monitor Jesse Lingard

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Hansi Flick Refuses To Rule Out Possible Exit From Bayern

Stephan Uersfeld/ESPN

Barcelona Calls Pursuit Of Erling Haaland 'Very Difficult'

Sam Marsden, Moises Llorens/ESPN

Liverpool Could Consider Selling Mohamed Salah In Summer

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Chelsea Identify Sergio Aguero As Plan B Target Behind Erling Haaland

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Kylian Mbappe Extension Talks With PSG Stall Ahead Of 2022 Free Agency

Le Parisien (via ESPN)