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United Considering Fresh Bid To Sporting For Bruno Fernandes

Jan 27, 2020 11:56 AM

Manchester United are considering a new bid to Sporting Lisbon for Bruno Fernandes. 

United had an offer of €45 million (£38 million) plus add-ons for the 25-year-old midfielder rejected by Sporting, who value Fernandes at €85 million.

A second offer is unlikely to go beyond €55 million.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Tags: Manchester United, Sporting Lisbon, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Barcelona Had Planned To Replace Ernesto Valverde In Summer

Jan 17, 2020 4:42 PM

Barcelona had already begun sounding out possible managers and planned to replace Ernesto Valverde this coming summer, but sources say the defeat in the Supercopa hastened those plans.

Barcelona considered firing Valverde last summer after humiliating Champions League exits in consecutive seasons, but they were underwhelmed with the options and he still had the support of the players.

Since then sources explain that Josep Maria Bartomeu had grown increasingly concerned about the team's "image" on the pitch.

Sam Marsden, Moises Llorens/ESPN

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Arsenal Trying To Buy Layvin Kurzawa From PSG To Help Fullback Crisis

Jan 17, 2020 8:16 AM

Arsenal have interest in signing Layvin Kurzawa of Paris Saint-Germain.

Fullback has been a problematic position for Arsenal this season. Arsenal signed Kieran Tierney from Celtic for £25 million last August knowing he was still recovering from a double hernia operation. Sead Kolasinac has also struggled for fitness.

“We are playing with full-backs that are not full-backs," Mikel Arteta said. “They are wingers or central midfielders and could we afford to lose full-backs? No, but we don’t have any full-backs.”

Nick Ames/The Guardian

Tags: Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Neymar Negotiating New Contract With PSG

Jan 16, 2020 1:04 PM

Neymar and PSG are optimistic over signing a new contract.

The 27-year-old has 2.5 years left on his current deal, although he has been linked with a transfer move back to Barcelona.

Neymar renewing his deal could depend on PSG's results in the Champions League. 

Julien Laurens/ESPN

Tags: Paris Saint-Germain, Misc Rumor, UEFA Champions League

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Quique Setien Reportedly Close To Being Named Barcelona Manager

Jan 13, 2020 2:15 PM

Quique Setien is reportedly close to replacing Ernesto Valverde as the next Barcelona manager.

Several sources in Spain claim that Setien is in Barcelona to negotiate a deal.

Reports also claim that Valverde has said his goodbyes to Barcelona players.

Xavi reportedlly turned down an offer to replace Valverde over the weekend. 

This would be the first time Barcelona has sacked a manager during the season since 2003. 

Colin Millar/Football-Espana

Tags: Barcelona, Real Betis, Misc Rumor

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Bradley Wright-Phillips To Train With LAFC

Jan 13, 2020 12:08 PM

Bradley Wright-Phillips will train with LAFC for a week.

The 35-year-old striker was not offered a new contract by the Red Bulls over the offseason.

LAFC are looking to improve their striking options with a busy campaign ahead.

 

Kristian Dyer/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles FC, Misc Rumor

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Xavi Turns Down Barcelona Offer, Ernesto Valverde Future Uncertain

Jan 12, 2020 11:21 PM

Xavi turned down an opportunity to replace Ernesto Valverde as manager, sources told ESPN.

Valverde's future remains up in the air. 

It was though that Valverde's job was safe despite recently stumbles, but club president Josep Maria Bartomeu will now meet with other members of his board to determine the manager's future. 

Moises Llorens & Sam Marsden/ESPN

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Barcelona See Xavi As Potential Ernesto Valverde Replacement

Jan 10, 2020 11:51 AM

Xavi could replace Ernesto Valverde as Barcelona manager this summer, sources told ESPN.

Sporting director Eric Abidal and CEO Oscar Grau met with Xavi on Friday.

Valverde's job is not in danger, though this will most likely be his final season.

Ronald Koeman is seen as another candidate to replace Valverde.

Moises Llorens & Sam Marsden/ESPN

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Mikel Arteta Anticipates Quiet January Transfer Window For Arsenal

Jan 9, 2020 4:25 PM

Mikel Arteta expects a quiet January transfer window for Arsenal. 

“I’m not expecting big things,” Arteta said when asked whether Arsenal would invest significantly. “I’m expecting big things from the players I have at the moment, the players that are recovering from injuries. That’s the biggest expectations from my side. If we can find something to help us go through the season in a more balanced way in certain areas, and is helpful, we’ll look at the options.

“We always have to be looking because obviously we have some bad injuries for players who are going to be out for a long time. We have to see if we can find options there.”

Arteta also expressed the hope Arsenal is able to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over the long-term.

Nick Ames/The Guardian

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United Targeting January Move For Donny Van De Beek

Jan 8, 2020 11:48 AM

Manchester United is considering a January move for Donny van de Beek of Ajax.

Van de Beek is valued in excess of £50 million by Ajax.

United have made an attacking midfielder a priority target this summer, along with a right-sided midfielder, and Van de Beek is regarded by the club's scouting team as possessing the necessary quality to improve the team, but also a player with the potential to grow and develop.

Mark Ogden/ESPN

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

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Firing Antonio Conte Cost Chelsea $34M

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Mikel Arteta Wants Granit Xhaka To Stay At Arsenal

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Roma In Talks To Be Bought By Friedkin Group

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Granit Xhaka Agrees To Terms With Hertha Berlin

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Barcelona To Pursue Buying Back Neymar From PSG In Summer

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Inter Miami Looking To Hire Patrick Vieira As Manager

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Milan Looking To Sign Atalanta Sporting Director

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Carlo Ancelotti Terminates Napoli Contract

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Mikel Arteta Reportedly Agrees To Arsenal Contract Through 2023

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Mikel Arteta Reportedly Agrees To 3.5 Year Deal With Arsenal

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Arturo Vidal Leaves Training Session After El Clasico Snub

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Carlo Ancelotti Reportedly Agrees To Everton Deal

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Mikel Arteta To Travel With Manchester City Despite Arsenal Talks

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Arsenal To Hire Mikel Arteta As Manager

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Everton Holds Talks With Carlo Ancelotti

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Mikel Arteta In Talks To Become Arsenal Manager

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Ashley Young Could Leave Manchester United Over Winter

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Move To AC Milan In Doubt

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Freddie Ljungberg Wants Arsenal To Hire Permanent Manager Quickly

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Enzo Maresca Could Replace Manuel Pellegrini As Manager Of West Ham

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