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Courtois & Hazard lead €300m Madrid wishlist

Chelsea duo Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois are at the top of a four-man, €300 million (£267m/$350m) wishlist at Real Madrid, claims Don Balon.

The pair are long-term targets of president Florentino Perez, who is looking to rebuild Madrid following the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus. 

Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic and Milan centre-back Leonardo Bonucci complete the quartet that would strengthen new coach Julen Lopetegui’s squad.

Thiago hoping for Barcelona return

Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago would rather re-join Barcelona than sign for Manchester United, AS reports.

The Spain international could be set to leave the Allianz Arena this summer and is interested in returning to his former club.

Thiago left Barca for Bayern to work under Pep Guardiola in 2013, but is not seen as a key part of new Munich coach Niko Kovac’s plans for the coming season.

Sporting CP want Leicester’s Slimani

Sporting CP are looking to end Islam Slimani’s difficult spell at Leicester City as they hope to bring the Algeria international back to Portugal, according to the Sun.

Slimani has scored just eight Premier League goals for the Foxes since moving from Sporting in 2016, and even spent some of last season on loan at Newcastle to try to get more first-team action.

Sporting are looking to replace top scorer Bas Dost, who cancelled his contract this summer and is currently a free agent.

USMNT keeper closes in on Bristol City move

U.S. national team goalkeeper Zack Steffen is set to join Championship club Bristol City from Major League Soccer side Columbus Crew.

The Robins are currently trying to negotiate a fee with the American club, having already made a $3.9 million (£3m) bid for the 23-year-old. Steffen made his USMNT debut in May and has since played three times for his country.

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Man Utd eye Lewandowski & Thiago

Manchester United are considering a double swoop for Bayern Munich stars Robert Lewandowski and Thiago Alcantara,  The Independent   reports.

The pair have been linked with moves away from the Bundesliga side, while United are said to be courting a new midfielder.

The Red Devils tried to lure Thiago to Old Trafford before he joined Bayern from Barcelona and Jose Mourinho had shown an interest in Lewandowski at Chelsea and Real Madrid.

Bonucci’s agent meets with PSG

Leonardo Bonucci’s agent has met with representatives of Paris Saint-Germain over a transfer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The 31-year-old defender only joined AC Milan last summer, but could be on his way out as the San Siro club deals with financial difficulties. 

The economics of a deal would not be a problem for the French side, and Bonucci wants to wait until the weekend to make a decision.

Chelsea could move for Donnarumma

Chelsea could move for AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma after missing out on Alisson, reports Alfredo Pedulla.

Roma goalkeeper Alisson is set to join Liverpool in a £66 million ($86m) deal,  leaving the Blues in need of a replacement if Thibaut Courtois joins Real Madrid. 

Before allowing Courtois to leave the Blues want to have a replacement confirmed, and the 19-year-old is seen as a top option. 

Tottenham in talks over Grealish

Tottenham are in talks to sign Aston Villa star Jack Grealish, according to Sky Sports News.

The 22-year-old starred for Villa last season, taking the club to the Championship play-off final, where they fell to Fulham. 

With Villa falling short of the Premier League the club will likely be forced to sell Grealish, who is valued at between £30m and £40m ($39m and $52m).

Man City monitor Under

Manchester City are keeping an eye on Roma star Cengiz Under, according to

The 21-year-old joined Roma from Basaksehir last summer and netted eight goals in 32 appearances in his first season at the Stadio Olimpico. 

City aren’t expected to make a bid this summer, but could return for the Turkey international if he continues his ascent. 

Roma agree terms with Areola 

Roma have agreed a contract worth €3 million per season with PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, according to Corriere dello Sport.

With Alisson nearing a Liverpool move the Serie A side have identified the 25-year-old as his replacement, and now must agree to a fee with the Ligue 1 champions. 

PSG is demanding €30m (£27m/$35m) for Areola, and Roma are hoping to lower that figure to €25m (£22m/$29m).

Emery lines up more Arsenal transfers

Arsenal manager Unai Emery is keen to bring in two more players before the end of the transfer window, but the north London side will have to sell players first in order to raise funds.

The Gunners have already secured the services of Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Matteo Guendouzi in recent weeks and Emery remains keen to add to his squad.

Arsenal had a £70 million ($91m) budget heading into the transfer window, however, and will have to sell before making any additional signings.

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Everton contact Januzaj

Everton have made contact with Real Sociedad midfielder Adnan Januzaj over a potential move, according to  Het Nieuwsblad.

The 23-year-old made Premier League clubs take notice with his fantastic goal at the World Cup against England in an otherwise low-key group stage clash. 

Januzaj has plenty of familiarity with the English top flight, having played for Manchester United and Sunderland earlier in his career. 

Zinchenko to leave Man City

Oleksandr Zinchenko is expected to leave Manchester City this summer, according to Sky Sports News. 

Though he has joined City on their summer tour of the United States, the 21-year-old, who can play left-back or in midfield, is still likely to depart. 

Wolves have registered a bid of £16 million ($21m) for the Ukrana, with Fulham also believed to be interested. 

Atletico waiting for Sporting answer on Martins

Atletico Madrid are waiting on Sporting CP to accept their offer of €15 million (£13m/$17m) plus €10m (£9m/$12m) in add-ons for Gelson Martins, reports AS

Martins unilaterally cancelled his contract with the Portuguese side due to the volatile situation at the club. 

Atletico will await a decision from FIFA should Sporting not accept their offer for the 23-year-old winger. 

Arsenal to sign Barcelona teenager

Arsenal are set to announce a deal for Barcelona left-back Joel Lopez, according to Evening Standard.

Lopez is expected to sign a youth deal with the Gunners, before he signs a professional contract when he turns 17 in March. 

Liverpool agree £66m fee for Alisson

Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Alisson after agreeing a £66 million ($86m) fee with Roma for the Brazilian goalkeeper, Goal can confirm.

The Reds have been in intensive talks with the Serie A club this week, and now have permission to speak to the player about a move to Anfield.

The deal would make the 25-year-old the most expensive goalkeeper in history.

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Chelsea near deal for Rugani

Chelsea representative Fali Ramadani met with Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici on Wednesday to discuss a deal for centre-back Daniele Rugani, Goalunderstands. 

The talks in Milan are understood to have gone well, with the 23-year-old defender nearing a move to Stamford Bridge. 

Chelsea are thought to be offering €40 million (£36m/$47m) for Rugani’s services, while Juventus are holding out for €50m (£45m/$58m).

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Club America vs Man Utd: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

Manchester United’s first outing ahead of the 2018-19 season will see them face Liga MX side Club America, with Jose Mourinho starting to piece together his plans for the new campaign.

The University of Phoenix Stadium – home to NFL franchise the Arizona Cardinals – will provide the backdrop for the Red Devils’ opening fixture of a pre-season schedule in the United States.

Mourinho’s men have the International Champions Cup competition to come, but will be building their way towards those challenges with two more warm-up games – a meeting with MLS outfit the San Jose Earthquakes to come before tackling AC Milan on July 25.

There will be plenty of familiar faces on show for the Red Devils as they step up their preparations for another shot at major honours, while new additions and exciting youngsters will also be given an opportunity to impress.

Game Club America vs Manchester United
Date Thursday, July 19 (Friday UK)
Time 3:00am BST / 10:00pm ET

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch

In the United States (US) the game will be not be shown live on television, but it will be available to stream live online via Manchester United’s in-house TV channel, MUTV.

US TV channel Online stream

In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV and streamed through MUTV.

UK TV channel Online stream

Squads & Team News

Position Club America players
Goalkeepers Marchesin, Jimenez, Estrada
Defenders Vargas, Sanchez, Alvarez, Reyes, Valdez, Aguilera, P. Aguilar, Torres, Leon, Zamora
Midfielders G. Rodriguez, Uribe, Dominguez, Corona, Arce, Moreno, Garcia, Ibarra, V. Rodriguez, I. Aguilar
Forwards Menez, Martinez, Ibarguen, Lainez, Martin, Peralta, Gonzalez

Paraguay international Ceciilo Dominguez suffered a fractured jaw in a friendly meeting with Morelia and misses out as a result.

Former Roma, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan star Jeremy Menez will also play no part as he remains sidelined with damaged knee ligaments.

Potential Club America XI: Marchesin, P. Aguilar, Aguilera, Corona, Uribe, Ibarguen, Ibarra, Martinez, Reyes, G. Rodriguez, Valdez.

Position Man Utd players
Goalkeepers Romero, J. Pereira, Grant
Defenders Valencia, Darmian, Dalot, Fosu-Mensah, Williams, Smalling, Bailly, Tuanzebe, Mitchell, Shaw
Midfielders Garner, Herrera, A. Pereira, McTominay, Hamilton 
Forwards Chong, Gomes, Mata, Martial, Greenwood, Bohui

Mourinho will be without the services of his World Cup stars, with England contingent Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones and Marcus Rashford enjoying a summer break along with Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and David de Gea.

New signing Fred is also resting after his efforts in Russia with Brazil, but Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant have made the trip alongside academy stars such as Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong.

Alexis Sanchez is yet to join up with the squad after encountering visa issues.

Potential Man Utd XI: J. Pereira, Fosu-Mensah, Smalling, Bailly, Mitchell, McTominay, Herrera, A. Pereira, Gomes, Mata, Martial.

Match Preview

Angel Gomes, Man Utd

With Sanchez unavailable and World Cup stars enjoying a post-tournament break, Mourinho will get the chance to experiment with his Manchester United side.

Pre-season is intended to build fitness and match sharpness, but the Red Devils already know what to expect from their international performers and will be confident that they can slot seamlessly back into the fold.

They will be eager, however, to get game time for their new recruits, with it important for the likes of Dalot, Fred and Grant to feel at home in new surroundings.

Senior minutes for youngsters such as Gomes, Chong and Mason Greenwood will also aid their respective developments as they begin to push for more regular involvement with the first team.

The likes of Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial and Matteo Darmian will be eager to impress as well after seeing their future at Old Trafford called into question.

Results are not especially important at this stage, so Mourinho can tinker with his plans as much as he wants and settle on a favoured XI at a later date.

Mexican outfit Club America will provide a stern test of a young United side’s credentials, though, having already taken in two friendly outings to date as they gear up for the start of the new Liga MX campaign.

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Sources: USMNT goalkeeper Steffen nearing Bristol City move after $3.9 million offer

Last season, for the first time in two decades, there were no U.S. national team goalkeepers playing in either of England’s top two divisions.

That void is on the verge of being filled.

League championship side Bristol City has made a $3.9 offer for Columbus Crew and U.S. national team goalkeeper Zack Steffen, and sources tell Goal that Steffen is leaning towards agreeing to a move once the two teams agree on a final price.

The offer, first reported by MLS Soccer on Wednesday, would be the highest price ever paid for an MLS goalkeeper, surpassing the $3 million Manchester United paid for Tim Howard in 2003 (though the Howard fee would be worth $4.1 once adjusted for inflation).

Steffen has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in MLS after signing with the Crew in 2015 following an unsuccessful stint with German club Freiburg. The 23-year-old helped lead the Crew to the Eastern Conference finals in 2017, and followed up his excellent run of form in the playoffs with a call-up to the U.S. national team, where he is seen as one of the leading candidates to take over the starting spot as the USMNT prepares for a new World Cup qualifying cycle.

The Crew have yet to formally accept Bristol City’s offer, but sources tell Goal the sides are close on a fee, so a deal is expected to be agreed upon. Steffen is ready for another move to Europe after being largely unhappy with his transfer to Freiburg in 2015. He only spent a year in Germany before returning to the United States and landing with the Crew. The biggest hurdle remaining to the move is MLS agreeing to a price on the deal.

Among the factors that could lead Steffen to decide the time is right for a move is the cloud of uncertainty currently hovering over Columbus, with rampant rumors that club ownership will move the team to Austin, Texas. That, coupled with the persistent rumors that Gregg Berhalter is a leading candidate to become the next U.S. national team coach, could compel Steffen to take another shot at plying his trade in Europe.

Berhalter didn’t seem opposed to the move either, telling MLS Soccer: “Every transfer window we’ve had we’ve been getting calls about some of our players, so this is pretty much normal. What I’d say is that, like always, we want to be a place where we get players and we develop them and we help them advance in their careers, wherever that may be.”

Bristol City, which finished in 11th place in the Championship last season, is in the market for a goalkeeper, with manager Lee Johnson confirming the club’s search for one on Wednesday.

“Yeah, there’s no secret about that. We are looking to do that. I think I’ve said that before,” Johnson told Bristol Live when asked about the search for a goalkeeper. “Well, it’s one of those where I wouldn’t say there’ll be someone signing tomorrow but the plates are spinning and it could happen. It’s not something that’s definitely going to happen but it could.”

Steffen would look to follow in the footsteps of a long list of American goalkeepers who enjoyed success in England, with U.S. national team stars Brad Friedel, Kasey Keller, Marcus Hahnemann, Brad Guzan and Tim Howard having all played for English clubs. 

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Tevez urges ‘soul of Argentina’ Messi not to retire from international football

Carlos Tevez has told Lionel Messi not to retire from international football following Argentina’s chaotic World Cup in Russia.

It was a forgettable campaign for Messi and Argentina, who were eliminated by eventual champions France in the last 16 at Russia 2018 as Jorge Sampaoli later departed.

Argentina’s tournament was marred by reports of unrest following a 3-0 group-stage defeat to Croatia after a 1-1 draw with Iceland left the South American giants on the brink of a humiliating exit.

Messi – still searching for his first senior international title – and Argentina managed to sneak into the knockout phase thanks to a last-gasp win over Nigeria but the team’s shortcomings were exposed against France.

The international future of five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi is uncertain after the 31-year-old retired briefly following Argentina’s Copa America final loss to Chile in 2016.

Tevez urged Argentina to do more to ensure the country’s all-time leading goalscorer can succeed on the world stage.

“I think Leo has to think about himself,” Tevez – a 76-time Argentina international – told ESPN . “He has to think that, if there is not a project that makes him happy and in which he feels comfortable, it is very difficult to take the responsibility of leading Argentina to become champions by himself.

“We are wasting a lot of time not having him happy and not being able to give him a hand to achieve that target. I think we are wrong in not being able to help him feel comfortable.

“As a player and as an Argentine I tell him that we need him, that he tries to rest, that he keeps a cool head and that we need him. We need him because he is the soul of Argentina and, as long as he continues playing football, it has to be that way because he is Argentina’s biggest idol and he has to take that responsibility.

“Now [I tell him] to rest, keep a cool head and try to be well, then we need him to take charge and on the pitch.”

In the meantime, the focus is on Argentina replacing former head coach Sampaoli.

Peru boss Ricardo Gareca and Colombia’s Jose Pekerman have been linked with the vacant post.

Pekerman led Argentina at the 2006 World Cup and Tevez – who was part of the squad that reached the quarter-finals in Germany – believes the Argentine Football Association (AFA) should bring back the 68-year-old.

“I think that the closest we were of winning a World Cup was with Jose [Pekerman],” the 34-year-old forward added. “When I felt closest to winning the World Cup was with Jose. If we had beaten Germany [in the 2006 quarter-finals], we knew we were going to be champions and we lost on penalties.

“Jose’s era has taught me a lot from when I was a kid, I am very grateful to him, to Hugo Tocalli, to professor [Gerardo] Salorio to [Eduardo Julio] Ortasun… because today I am what I am because they put a grain of sand in what I was. I will always be grateful to them because they taught me a lot.

“They taught me to be a professional at 14 years old and today I continue at 34. It is essential to start as a child. From my personal experience, I think Jose is the man who can do it [be Argentina coach] quietly because he knows what is being talked about.”

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