‘Signing Sancho was like winning the lottery for Dortmund’
Signing Jadon Sancho was like winnning the lottery for Borussia Dortmund, according to German legend Lothar Matthaus.
The 18-year-old has scored seven goals and notched nine assists in 21 Bundesliga appearances this term.
It took just a reported £8 million ($10m) fee to secure Sancho’s move to Germany, and Matthaus says that money looks like the bargain of the century.
Derby closing in on Ambrose signature
Derby County are close to completing the signing of Efe Ambrose on a free transfer, per Derbyshire Live.
The former Celtic man left Hibernian in January and has been on trial with Derby this month.
“It’s close to being finalised but not quite done, so I don’t want to jump the gun,” said Derby boss Frank Lampard.
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‘Hudson-Odoi must follow his heart’
Callum Hudson-Odoi should follow his heart when deciding his future, according to Patrick van Aanholt.
The teenage winger was the subject of a £35 million ($40m) offer from Bayern Munich last month, but Chelsea refused to let him leave Stamford Bridge.
Hudson-Odoi’s contract will expire at the end of next season so he could bide his time and leave for free in 2020.
Bale’s personality not big enough for Real
Gareth Bale’s future at Real Madrid is in doubt due to his introverted personality, claim Spanish outlet Sport.
The Welshman registered his 100th goal for Los Blancos against city rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday, but Sport claim he does not fit in at Santiago Bernabeu.
Bale has had limited opportunities this term due to a number of injury problems.
Foyth: I rejected PSG for Spurs
Tottenham centre-back Juan Foyth has revealed he turned down Paris Saint-Germain to join Spurs in 2017.
The defender, who made his debut in November, says Argentine boss Mauricio Pochettino was the main reason he opted for a move to north London.
Foyth has made six appearances this term and was recently added to Spurs’ Champions League squad going into the last 16.
Martial wants Solskjaer to be named permanent Man Utd boss
Martial scored a superb solo goal in United’s 3-0 win over Fulham on Saturday – a result that lifted them into the top four of the Premier League for the first time since the opening day of the season.
Ten wins from 11 unbeaten games under Solskjaer have restored a feel-good factor at Old Trafford and that is something Martial hopes the 45-year-old is given the opportunity to continue beyond his short-term deal, which runs until the end of the 2018-19 campaign.
Ozil sick day has Arsenal relationship at breaking point
Mesut Ozil’s latest sick day has his relationship with Arsenal at a breaking point according to the Mirror.
The playmaker, who is the club’s highest earner, missed Saturday’s win against Bournemouth with illness and has now missed as many games as he has played this season.
Arsenal are finding it increasingly difficult to move Ozil on due to both his high wages, and his injuries and illnesses turning teams off as only Inter and clubs in China have shown interest in his services.
Juventus announce Ramsey contract
Ramsey was in the final six months of his contract with the Gunners, which made him eligible to sign a pre-contract and leave the London club for free in the summer.
Wages were not disclosed, but Goal understands Ramsey will earn €7 million (£6m/$8m) plus bonuses per year.
Man United and Liverpool opted against Ramsey signing
Liverpool and Manchester United were both interested in Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey, but opted against signing him due to wage concerns, according to the Evening Standard.
Ramsey, who reportedly has agreed to £400,000-a-week deal with Juventus, was a target of the Red Devils but the club decided against that level of committment for a player until a permanent manager is found.
Jurgen Klopp likes Ramsey as well but decided to put his resources into strengthening areas other than central midfield, where he is considered to be well stocked.
Genk blocks Toronto FC target’s exit
KRC Genk have released a statement announcing their refusal to let Toronto FC target Alejandro Pozuelo depart before the end of the season.
The Belgium club says it reached an agreement with Pozuelo in January to remain until the end of the season, but that he has since requested to be allowed to leave before.
However Genk says “sport is more important than financials” and with the January window closed, are not in position to allow a player of Pozuelo’s calibre to depart.
Alaba: Bayern’s teen targets are great talents
Bayern Munich’s David Alaba sees his club’s interest in young players such as Callum Hudson-Odoi as proof of their potential, though he does not believe that will be the only players targeted by the Bundesliga champions in the transfer market.
The Bundesliga champions spent January trying to land the Chelsea starlet and have promised to return in the summer for him, while also completing deals for Canada star Alphonso Davies and Hamburg’s Jann-Fiete Arp.
However, the Austria international also believes they are just part of the plan, with the club likely to target more established options as well.
Chelsea set to stick by Sarri
Sarri’s job has come under increasing scrutiny with three consecutive away defeats, and the capitulation that saw his team go 4-0 down in the first 25 minutes at the Etihad has brought matters to a head in west London.
But the Italian will be given more time, with Chelsea facing City again in the Carabao Cup final on February 24.
Dybala inches closer to Real Madrid move
Argentine set for Bernabeu switch
Juventus forward Paulo Dybala could move to Real Madrid next summer, according to AS.
The Argentine has had less game time since the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo last year. He was an unused substitute for Juve’s game against Parma last week and went down the tunnel in the 86th minute following Massimiliano Allegri’s final substitution.
Dybala later apologised for his actions, but was again left on the bench against Sassuolo on Sunday.
Ramsey signs £400,000-a-week Juventus contract
The 28-year-old will move to Serie A next term
Aaron Ramsey has today signed a pre-contract agreement to join Juventus at the end of the season, reports BBC Sport.
The Arsenal midfielder completed a two-part medical at the end of January and will be paid £400,000 a week by the Old Lady, making him the highest-paid British player of all time.
Ramsey will link up with his new club at the beginning of next term for free after contract talks between the 28-year-old and the Gunners broke down last year.
Benitez: It was an easy decision to sign Rondon
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has said it was an easy decision to sign Salomon Rondon on loan from West Brom.
The Magpies’ boss told reporters ahead of his side’s game against Wolves: “It is a risk to sign anyone in the Premier League because it is very demanding. But when they have been here in the Premier League, and after they come here and they perform, it is an easy decision.
“Everybody can see he is doing well. He just needs to focus on trying to do well and score goals.
“He could score more goals but he could play worse. He is giving others the opportunity to go forward, he is doing a lot of good things.”
Arsenal wanted Ozil out in January
Arsenal tried to offload Mesut Ozil in January but failed to find a suitor, according to Calciomercato.
Juventus were reportedly offered the former Germany international but passed on a transfer due to his £350,000-a-week wages.
Ozil’s representatives also made contact with Inter about a potential swap deal involving Ivan Perisic, who the Gunners tried to sign last month, but they were also uninterested.
Barcelona backing Coutinho
Barcelona continue to back Philippe Coutinho amid ongoing talk of a possible summer switch to Manchester United or Chelsea.
The Brazilian will be given time in which to prove his worth despite sparking rumours regarding a potential return to England.
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Celtic tabled bid for Castagne
Celtic had a €10 million (£9m/$11m) offer on the table for Atalanta defender Timothy Castagne during the winter window, claims Gianluca Di Marzio.
That bid for the highly-rated Belgium international was knocked back, forcing Brendan Rodgers to look elsewhere.
Marcelo calms talk of Ronaldo reunion
Marcelo has sought to bring an end to the speculation suggesting that he is destined to be heading out of Real Madrid for a reunion with Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus.
He told Esporte Interativo: “I don’t know where the rumours have come from. I’d say if there was an agreement or negotiations had taken place.”
Barca closing on Jovic deal
Barcelona are closing in on a deal for Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic, according to Frankfurter Allgemeine.
Chelsea and Bayern Munich have also been tracking a Serbia international who continues to impress during a two-year loan in Germany from Benfica.
Young signs one-year extension at Man United
Manchester United defender Ashley Young has signed a new one-year contract extension, the club has announced on Monday afternoon.
The 33-year-old’s original deal was due to expire at the end of the current season, but he will now remain at Old Trafford until at least 2020.
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Rodriguez receives Juve backing from his father
Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez has been advised to secure a transfer to Juventus this summer by his father, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport.
The Colombian is currently on loan at Bayern Munich, but he is due to return to the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.
Wilson Rodriguez addressed his son’s future by saying: “He and CR7 (Cristiano Ronaldo) are very good friends, we have lots of offers but Juventus would certainly be a welcome destination”
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Roma ready El Shaarawy renewal
Stephan El Shaarawy is set to be handed fresh terms by Roma in an effort to fend off any interest, claims Calciomercato.
The Italy international, who will see his current deal expire next summer, will be offered an extension on improved terms through to 2024.
Spurs may struggle to retain ‘amazing’ Son – Bent
Ex-Tottenham striker Darren Bent believes Son Heung-Min could be a target for top clubs during the next transfer window after his impressive displays in the Premier League this season.
The 26-year-old has contributed 11 goals and five assists in 20 matches for Spurs this term, helping Mauricio Pochettino’s side climb up to third in the top flight standings.
Read the full story on Goal.
Barca agree terms with Frankfurt for Jovic
Barcelona have agreed on terms with Eintracht Frankfurt to sign striker Luka Jovic this summer, according to Diario Sport.
Real Madrid have also declared their interest in the 21-year-old recently, but their arch-rivals appear to have won the race for his signature.
Jovic has scored 14 goals and contributed three assists in 19 Bundesliga matches this season.
Ramsey underwent Turin medical
Aaron Ramsey has already undergone medical tests in Turin ahead of a summer switch to Juventus, claims Calciomercato.
The Wales international, who is approaching the end of his contract at Arsenal, is set to link up with the Serie A champions on a long-term deal at the end of the season.
Barca battling PSG for Lyon star
Barcelona are battling it out with Paris Saint-Germain for Lyon defender Ferland Mendy, claims Paris United.
It is thought that an offer of around €40 million (£35m/$45m) would be enough to land the highly-rated 23-year-old full-back.
West Ham tabled €40m Zapata offer
West Ham bid €40 million (£35m/$45m) for Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata during the January transfer window, claims Gianluca Di Marzio.
The big-money offer was rebuffed by the Serie A side as they were reluctant to part with a prized asset midway through the 2018-19 campaign.
Sarri’s Chelsea post under threat?
Bayern linked with Szoboszlai
Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai has emerged as a transfer target for Bayern Munich, according to Bild.
The 18-year-old is also on the radar of Juventus, having impressed since graduating to the Salzburg first team in the 2017-18 season.
Szoboszlai has four appearances under his belt in the Austrian Bundesliga this term and he has also represented Hungary at U-21 level.
Fer injury halted deadline day switch to Aston Villa
Swansea City midfielder Leroy Fer almost completed a deadline day transfer to Aston Villa, before being struck down with a hamstring injury.
According to Brimingham Live, the 29-year-old was at Villa’s training ground ready to complete a medical, when the issue became apparent.
After concerns were raised over Fer’s fitness Villa decided to move onto other targets, as they chase promotion to the Premier League.
Man City plan €75m Isco swoop
Manchester City are preparing a €75m (£66m, $85m) summer bid for Real Madrid playmaker Isco, according to Don Balon.
Club boss Pep Guardiola is looking for a long-term replacement for David Silva, who is approaching the twilight years of his career at 33.
Isco is top of his list and the Spaniard may be open to leaving the Santiago Bernabeu, after falling out of favour with head coach Santiago Solari.
Hamsik set for China switch
Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik is on the verge of a transfer to the Chinese Super League, according to Calcio Mercato.
Dalian Yifang have offered the 31-year-old €9m (£8m, $11m) per year contract and hope to complete the €20m (£18m, $23m) deal over the next week.
Hamsik has played 19 matches across all competitions for Napoli this term, scoring once.
Schmeichel could leave Leicester this summer
Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel may seek an exit at the end of the season, after growing tired of working under Claude Puel.
According to The Sun, the Danish shot-stopper’s father and Premier League legend Peter has discussed the possibility of a summer transfer.
When asked about Kasper’s future, Schmeichel responded: “Of course he wants to challenge himself like any other player. But I don’t think he wants to go to Europe.
“I think he loves England too much, I think he likes the Premier League too much, so it’s a difficult one.”
Juventus eyes Salah and Asensio as Dybala replacements
Should Juventus lose Paulo Dybala, the club will target Marco Asensio or Mohamed Salah, according to Don Balon.
Dybala is being linked with Inter Milan as his role has diminished since the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese has reccomended Asnsio as a possible replacement, while the Liverpool star is also on their radar.
Paraguay’s Osorio refutes resignation reports
Amid reports that he has resigned from his job as Paraguay boss, Juan Carlos Osorio insists he is staying on, according to Futbol a lo Grande.
Reports emerged stating that Osorio had stepped away from Paraguay after just one match in charge, citing a disagreement between the former Mexico boss and federation leadership.
But Osorio has refuted this claims, saying that there have been “differences and debates” but no resignation.
Almiron ‘ready’ for Premier League
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez says Miguel Almiron is “ready” for the Premier League.
The Paraguayan star joined Newcastle from Atlanta United in January and could be set for his Premier League debut on Monday.
Nagbe to skip Atlanta United training as trade reports swirl
After being linked to the Columbus Crew this weekend, Darlington Nagbe will not take part in Atlanta United’s remaining preseason sessions in California, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Nagbe has been linked with a move to the Crew, now managed by Caleb Porter, who worked with Nagbe at Akron University and with the Portland Timbers.
The club has not explained Nagbe’s absence and the midfielder did not play any minutes with the first team in two recent friendlies.
Hibs close in on Appleton
Hibernian will appoint Michael Appleton as their new head coach in the next 48 hours, according to Sky Sports.
Appleton will succeed Neil Lennon, who left Easter Road by mutual consent at the end of last month.
Former Blackburn and Oxford Utd boss Appleton has been out of work since leaving his role as Leicester assistant at the end of last season.
Juve leading chase for de Ligt
Juventus are leading the race to sign highly-rated Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, according to Calciomercato.
Barcelona, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are also among the clubs to have been linked with the young defender.
However, Juve could be at an advantage as they maintain good relations with de Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola, who will play a huge role in deciding the defender’s future club.
Sarri – I never hear from Abramovich
Maurizio Sarri insists he would be happy to receive a call from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich after the club’s 6-0 thrashing at Manchester City put his position under further scrutiny.
Sarri finds himself under pressure after this latest defeat, which means Chelsea have now conceded 12 goals in their last three Premier League away games.
PSG keen on Mendy
Paris Saint-Germain are preparing an offer for Lyon defender Ferland Mendy, according to Paris United.
The French champions believe a bid worth in the region of €40million (£35m/$45m) will be enough to land the 23-year-old.
Barcelona have also been linked with a move for Mendy in recent days as they seek competition for Jordi Alba.
Valencia to let Lee leave on loan
Valencia will allow young midfielder Lee Kang-in to leave the club on loan next season, according to Superdeporte.
Lee joined Valencia’s academy as an 11-year-old in 2011 and was promoted to the Valencia first team at the end of last month.
However, the club think he would benefit from regular senior football so plan to send him out on loan ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.
Solskjaer set for permanent Man Utd job
Norwegian to be rewarded after fine start in interim charge
Manchester United will appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as permanent manager after his successful spell as interim boss, according to The Sun.
Solskjaer has won 10 out of his 11 games in charge since succeeding Jose Mourinho in mid-December to lift the club back into the Premier League’s top four.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was believed to be a leading contender for the job but the board look set to stick with Solskjaer given the stunning impact the Norwegian has had in his short time in the Old Trafford hotseat.