Latest Football News 

  • Manchester United are close to announcing their second signing, believed to be Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic. United have dismissed the claims however.
  • Chelsea have beaten Manchester United to signing Ajax’s 16-year-old striker Daishawn Redan.
  • United hold an interest in Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba but there is an acceptance on both sides that a deal will be difficult to complete this summer.
  • Monaco midfielder Fabinho has admitted he would be tempted by a move to Manchester United.

  • Fabinho will draw a transfer fee of at least €45 million.
  • Ousmane Dembele wants to leave Borussia Dortmund following the sacking of manager Thomas Tuchel.
  • Barcelona are prepared to wait to sign Borussia Dortmund sensation Ousmane Dembele. The winger is also a Manchester United  transfer target, but the Catalan giants hope to win his signature after allowing him to develop over two or three seasons in Germany.
  • Arsenal are in danger of breaching Premier League wage control rules if Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, and Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, 28, sign new contracts.

  • The Gunners are prepared to pay up to €60 million in order to secure the services of Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette.
  • Barcelona have ended their interest in Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin.
  • Everton are becoming increasingly frustrated at the red tape blocking their capture of Sandro Ramirez.

  • Inter Milan have rejected a bid from Everton for midfielder Marcelo Brozovic.
  • Marcelo will consider his future if Cristiano Ronaldo is allowed to leave Real Madrid.
  • Real Madrid have denied reports Jose Mourinho signed a contract with the club before leaving Inter Milan in 2010.
  • Jose Mourinho is hatching a secret plan to bring Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.
  • Manchester United’s Italian full-back Matteo Darmian, 27, has phoned manager Jose Mourinho and asked him to push through his move to Juventus with a World Cup on the horizon.
  • Chelsea are closing in on Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk.

  • Antonio Conte’s side are closing in on a £100m  double swoop for Juventus stars Leonardo Bonucci and Alex Sandro.
  • Serge Gnabry recently joined German champions Bayern Munich, though he may not spend the 2017/18 campaign in Bavaria. It is believed he could be made available for a loan to further his development, with Hoffenheim leading the chase.
  • Juventus are considering a move for Bayern Munich starlet Renato Sanches.
  • The Italian champions are favourites to land versatile Fiorentina attacker Federico Bernardeschi in what would be a controversial transfer between rivals. The Italian is currently representing his country at the European Under-21 Championship but could move at the tournament’s conclusion.

  • Tottenham have contacted Fiorentina regarding a move for their 25-year-old midfielder Matias Vecino.
  • Spurs are also ready to make a £17.5m move for Germany and Schalke under-21 winger Max Meyer.
  • And the North London club are set to hand new five-year deal to England right-back Kieran Trippier. The 26-year-old still has three years left on his current contract.
  • Liverpool have been told Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 28, will cost £63m if they want to bring him to Anfield this summer.
  • Juventus defender Dani Alves says “everyone knows my admiration for Pep Guardiola” as speculation continues regarding his future.
  • The Turin giants could be at risk of losing 17-year-old forward Moise Kean on a free transfer if the club do not deliver on the fleet of tractors they are said to owe his father.

  • Manchester United are on the verge of their latest summer signing, have agreed to recruit scouting manager Javier Ribalta from Juventus.
  • Paul Pogba has been using his summer break to take a starring role in a new music video for US rap artists Desiigner.
  • United have made a €70 million bid for Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos.
  • Tottenham Hotspur are keen on Spanish winger Suso. The AC Milan star enjoyed an exceptional 2016/17 campaign in Italy, and Mauricio Pochettino is now targeting the 23-year-old’s signature. Competition may come from Napoli, however.
  • Marseille are interested in signing Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko.
  • Kyle Walker remains Manchester City’s top target at right-back despite Dani Alves’ imminent arrival.
  • Sevilla and Napoli both want Celta Vigo full back Jonny Castro.
  • Wesley Sneijder has been linked with a shock move to Bologna.
  • Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore is on the brink of a move to Lyon for £16m having impressed on loan at Ajax last season.
  • Lille right-back Stephane Corchia has emerged as a Watford transfer target. The France international is also sought after by Turkish club Besiktas, however.

  • Huddersfield are set to smash their record transfer fee with an £11.5 million bid for Montpellier striker Steve Mounie. Mounie, 22, scored 15 goals for the Ligue 1 club in 2016-17 and has attracted interest Leicester City, West Brom and West Ham.
  • Watford have turned their attentions to Middlesbrough defender George Friend, 29, after refusing to meet Arsenal’s £15m valuation for Kieran Gibbs, 27.
  • Leeds United have completed the signing of Mateusz Klich from FC Twente on a three-year contract.
  • Premier League newcomers Brighton’s hopes of signing Ingolstadt’s £2m-rated Austria left-back Markus Suttner, 30, have suffered a setback after the German club said they were not prepared to let him go.
  • Newcastle United are poised to sign Eibar’s French defender Florian Lejeune, 26, after activating his 10m euro (£8.78m) release clause.
  • The Toons are currently in talks with Italian side Hellas Verona to sign midfielder Romulo this summer.
  • Burnley are hoping to ward off opposition from Premier League rivals West Brom to land Leeds United left-back Charlie Taylor, 23.

  • Stoke chairman Peter Coates insists the club have “no plans to sell” 25-year-old winger Xherdan Shaqiri this summer.
  • Nottingham Forest striker Apostolos Vellios, 25, is understood to have to returned to Greece to complete a move to Olympiakos.
  • Ronald de Boer believes twin brother Frank will attempt to introduce the playing philosophies of Ajax and Barcelona if he takes over at Crystal Palace.
  • The new wife of Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini posted this picture of their wedding cake.

Southampton appoint Argentine Mauricio Pellegrino as new manager

Southampton have confirmed the appointment of Mauricio Pellegrino as the new Southampton manager on a three-year deal.
The 45-year-old takes over the reins at St Mary’s from Claude Puel, who departed the club earlier this month.
Despite guiding Saints to eighth in the Premier League and the EFL Cup final in his first season, frustrations behind the scenes and in the stands led to Claude Puel’s sacking last week.

“I think my philosophy and the culture of the club will work well together. We have to be a team on and off the pitch; I want to make the supporters proud of the players and to feel part of the game every week.

“I want to win matches, be successful and develop a team spirit where everyone gives 100 per cent and supports each other.

“I am excited and passionate about what the future holds for us and look forward to meeting the players and beginning our preparation for the new season.”

Pellegrino becomes Southampton’s second Argentinian manager, with Mauricio Pochettino previously at the helm.
The former Argentina international also served as head coach at Valencia, as well as managing Estudiantes and Independiente in his home country.

German fourth-tier clubs against plans for Chinese U20 to play in their league

​A German FA (DFB) plan to grant China’s under-20 team a place in one of Germany’s regional fourth divisions, the Regionalliga, has been described as “a circus” by the president of one of the fourth-tier clubs.
Only 19 teams have qualified for the regional southwest division of Germany’s fourth tier, and to even out the fixture list the DFB has invited China’s U20 team to join.

The move would allow China to prepare for the 2020 Olympics, but Oberhausen’s Hajo Sommers told Reviersport: “The league turns into a circus so Bayern Munich can sell more jerseys in China.”
Christoph Radtke, the office manager at Pirmasens, relegated from the southwest division last term, told Zeit Online: “I am lost for words. We are all gobsmacked here.

“Regionalliga includes the word regional. We are one of the two to three amateur sides, and are thrown of the league.

“Six clubs have been relegated, and now the DFB invites the Chinese national team. We must put up with it, but it’s pure capitalism.”
Rot-Weiss Essen also hit out at the plans, which could be made official during a state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Berlin on July 5.

“There are more pressing issues in the Regionalliga than the development of Chinese youth internationals,” Essen president Michael Welling told Reviersport, calling the plan “outlandish and debatable.”

He added: “I don’t know the details of the deal. But I don’t think the DFB are doing themselves a favour.”

Lionel Messi to avoid 21-month jail sentence

Prosecutors in Spain say they are happy for Lionel Messi’s 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud to be replaced with a fine, a spokeswoman confirmed on Friday.

They said they are not opposed to the Barcelona star being fined €400 per day — a total fine of around €255,500 — for the duration of the sentence, an option also put forward by the player’s defence team.
Messi’s father, whose sentence was reduced to 15 months upon appeal, could also see the original punishment exchanged for a fine of around €180,000.

In line with what has been proposed by the prosecutors, a judge will now make the final decision.

Reports on Monaco teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe 

  • ​Paris St-Germain have offered Monaco a world record £119m for 18-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe.

  • But Arsenal are preparing a new bid with Arsenal Wenger confident of a deal for the in-demand forward.
  • And the highly-rated 18-year-old is open to the idea of moving to Arsenal.
  • Liverpool’s 100m euros (£87.89m) bid for the Monaco forward has been rejected.
  • He is said to have had a conversation with Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.

Rangers make double signing for Mexican duo of Eduardo Herrera and Carlos Pena

​Rangers have secured a double deal after signing Mexico internationals Carlos Pena and Eduardo Herrera on three-year contracts.

Midfielder Pena joins from Guadalajara, while striker Herrera arrives at Ibrox from fellow Mexican side Pumas.

Thursday’s arrivals take the number of Rangers summer signings to eight, with Bruno Alves, Fabio Cardoso and Alfredo Morelos among those already brought in by Pedro Caixinha.

Pena has played 19 times for his country and was selected for their 2014 World Cup squad, although he is yet to play outside Mexico at club level.

“I am very happy to become part of this great club that has such great supporters,” Pena told Rangers TV.

“I have been waiting for this move for many years now. I wanted to become part of European football and I hope I will be able to make my own contribution to the team.”

Herrera has been with Pumas since 2007, making 186 appearances and scoring 56 goals.

He played there for six years before being loaned to Santos Laguna, where he first worked under Caixinha.

The 28-year-old was capped for the first time by Mexico in March 2015 and has made nine appearances for his country, scoring three goals in the process.

“I am really happy to be here at such a big club and I am ready to be a part of this project,” said Perrera.

“I didn’t think twice about joining, it is a big club which has a lot of history of winning titles and I think it’s very important for a player to be ambitious and join a club like that.
“Pedro was important because he called me and he told me if I wanted to join him here at Rangers I could.

“I know there is a lot of pressure which comes with playing at a big club like this but I have also played with my national team and with big clubs in Mexico so I am prepared for the task.”

Pena and Herrera follow Bruno Alves, Ryan Jack, Dalcio, Fabio Cardoso, Daniel Candeiasand Alfredo Morelosin moving to Ibrox.