Misc Rumor - Soccer Wiretap

Adrien Rabiot Could Return To PSG Following Henrique Exit

Jun 16, 2019 5:22 PM

Adrien Rabiot could make a return to PSG next season after getting frozen out of the club following a contract dispute.

Rabiot had been linked with a move to Barcelona on a free transfer this summer.

Tensions rose between Rabiot's camp and sporting director Antonio Henrique. Henrique left his position this summer, leading to a potential thaw in the relationship between Rabiot and PSG. 

Jonathan Johnson/ESPN

Tags: Paris Saint-Germain, Misc Rumor

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Chelsea Target Frank Lampard To Replace Maurizio Sarri

Jun 15, 2019 1:45 PM

Chelsea have made Frank Lampard their top target in replacing Maurizio Sarri as manager.

Chelsea would have to pay Derby County compensation to hire Lampard, who is in the first year of a 3-year deal.

Lampard is seen as an inspired choice who can galvanize a young Chelsea squad.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

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West Brom Hires Slaven Bilic As Manager

Jun 13, 2019 11:20 AM

West Bromwich Albion has hired Slaven Bilic as manager on a two-year deal.

West Brom is attempting to return to the Premier League.

“I’m delighted with this opportunity of course,” said Bilic, whose last job was with the Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad. “We want to improve on the pitch and Albion have convinced me they want to return to the Premier League. Albion have a short-term project and a long project and they do not clash. They made it clear they wanted me to be the one to lead them in this and I didn’t think twice once they had spoken to me.”

Stuart James/The Guardian

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PSG Nearing $84.6M Transfer For Mattijs De Ligt

Jun 13, 2019 11:18 AM

Paris Saint-Germain are nearing a €75 million transfer for Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax.

De Ligt has also received strong interest from Barcelona and Juventus.

Barcelona had made a strong final push for De Ligt.

Jonathan Johnson, Julien Laurens/ESPN

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

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Gianluigi Buffon Drawing Interest From Barcelona

Jun 7, 2019 7:49 PM

Barcelona are reportedly considering signing Gianluigi Buffon to backup Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

The 41-year-old Buffon's contract with PSG expires at the end of June.

Fenerbache are also said to be interested in Buffon.

Sky Sports

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Maurizio Sarri Reportedly Set To Sign 3-Year Deal With Juventus

Jun 7, 2019 7:46 PM

Maurizio Sarri has reportedly secured his release from Chelsea and is set to sign a 3-year deal with Juventus.

Juventus are confident that they will not have to pay a fee for Sarri.

Max Allegri is a rumored candidate to take over at Chelsea, who are still facing a two-window transfer ban from FIFA. 

Fabrizio Romano/Football Guardian

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Barcelona Has Tepid Interest In Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata

Jun 7, 2019 4:04 PM

Barcelona have tepid interest in Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata of Manchester United.

Rashford has one season remaining on his contract with United.

Mata was offered by United for free, but it's not something they are actively pursuing. They could change course if they lose some depth in midfield.

Moises Llorens/ESPN

Tags: Barcelona, Manchester United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Real Madrid Buy Ferland Mendy From Lyon For $63M

Jun 7, 2019 3:48 PM

Real Madrid have agreed to sign Ferland Mendy from Lyon for €55 million ($63 million).

Zinedine Zidane had identified Mendy as Real Madrid's future left-back. Juventus and Manchester United also had interest in Mendy.

The arrival of Mendy will raise further doubt about the future of Marcelo.

Dermot Corrigan/ESPN

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

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Real Madrid Agree To Buy Eden Hazard From Chelsea For $112M

Jun 6, 2019 9:52 AM

Real Madrid has agreed to buy Eden Hazard from Chelsea for $112 million.

Hazard said after Chelsea won the Europa League final against Arsenal that “I think it is a goodbye, but in football you never know.”

Hazard has long been linked with Real Madrid.

Hazard had one year left on his contract and ruled out joining another English club in the buildup to the Europa League final, saying: “No chance, no chance. I am a Blue. It means a lot to me. I cannot play for another club in this country."

Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

Tags: Chelsea, Real Madrid, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Gianluigi Buffon Leaves Paris Saint-Germain

Jun 5, 2019 5:54 PM

Gianluigi Buffon is leaving Paris Saint-Germain after one season with the club.

"Thank you all for everything I have had the opportunity to experience in Paris," Buffon said. "Thank you for the emotions that we have shared together.

"Twelve months ago, I arrived at Paris Saint-Germain filled with enthusiasm, welcomed by the incredible warmth of the fans. It was really moving. Thank you, once again, from the bottom of my heart. I leave happy to have enjoyed this experience which has undoubtedly helped me to grow.

"Today my adventure outside Italy comes to an end. I would like to thank the chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the whole club and my teammates. I wish you all the best, convinced that together you will write the pages of a wonderful story. Ernest Hemingway wrote that there are only two places in the world where people can live happily: at home and in Paris. Today onwards, this will also apply to me: Paris, in some way, will always remain my home. -- Allez Paris! Thank you and good luck with everything!"

Buffon has been linked with a return to formative club Parma, as well as the goalkeeping coach role with Juventus.

Jonathan Johnson/ESPN

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Jurgen Klopp Considering Year-Long Sabbatical After 21-22 Season
Jurgen Klopp has repeatedly stated his desire to take a break from the "very intense" demands of management when his contract expires.

Melissa Reddy/ESPN

Virgil Van Dijk Seeking Improved Contract Extension
Virgil van Dijk is already among the highest earners with Liverpool.

Melissa Reddy/ESPN

Chelsea Delaying Juventus Appointing Maurizio Sarri As Manager
Chelsea want Juventus to buy Maurizio Sarri out of his deal for a fee £5 million.

Liam Twomey/ESPN

Juventus Interested In Buying Back Paul Pogba From United
Paul Pogba has indicated he would be happy to rejoin Juventus.

Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

Sevilla Hires Julen Lopetegui As Manager
Julen Lopetegui has gone from manager of Spain to Real Madrid to Sevilla over the course of a year.

BBC

Real Madrid Signs Luka Jovic From Eintracht For $73M
Luka Jovic scored 17 goals in 32 Bundesliga appearances, as well as 10 in 14 Europa League games.

The Guardian

Maurizio Sarri Tells Chelsea Of Desire To Move To Juventus
Juventus will likely have to buy out Sarri's contract.

Dominic Fifield & Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

Milan Target Marco Giampaolo For Managerial Role
Giampaolo and Inzaghi have emerged as candidates.

Football Italia

Monchi Targets Julen Lopetegui For Sevilla Role
Lopetegui was most recently fired at Real Madrid.

Alberto Fdez/Marca

Zinedine Zidane Saved Sergio Ramos From Leaving Real Madrid
Sergio Ramos seriously considered leaving Real Madrid due to disagreements with Florentino Perez.

Eduardo Fernandez-Abascal

Antonio Conte Hired As Manager Of Inter Milan
Antonio Conte spent the 18-19 season out of soccer following his firing by Chelsea at the end of 17-18.

The Guardian

Sergio Ramos Announces He Wants To Retire With Real Madrid
Sergio Ramos had been linked with a move to China.

Dermot Corrigan/ESPN

Maurizio Sarri Focused On Europa League Final Amid Juventus Rumors
Sarri has been linked with Juventus.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Eden Hazard Rules Out Playing For Another Premier League Club
Eden Hazard's final match with Chelsea will likely be the Europa League Final against Arsenal.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Real Madrid Won't Allow Sergio Ramos To Leave For China For Free
Sergio Ramos has told Florentino Perez he has received an attractive offer from a Chinese Super League club.

The Guardian

Roberto Martinez Emerges As Candidate For Barcelona
Koeman and Henry are also said to be candidates if Valverde is sacked.

Juan Jiménez/As.com

Maurizio Sarri Reportedly Agrees To Juventus Deal
Lampard has been linked with the Chelsea position.

Tancredi Palmeri/Sportsnews

Mauricio Pochettino Needs To Know Danie Levy's Next Plans For Spurs
Mauricio Pochettino was linked with Real Madrid before the return of Zinedine Zidane and has now been linked with Juventus following the departure of Massimiliano Allegri.

Adriana Garcia/ESPN

Sevilla Linked With Julen Lopetegui
Eusebio di Francesco has also been linked with the vacancy.

Alberto Fdez/Marca

CFG Executive: Guardiola To Juventus Rumors are 'Nonsense'
Galassi said that he and Nedved laughed at the rumors of Guardiola leaving City for Juventus.

As.com