Latest Football News

  • Diego Costa is embroiled in a legal battle with Chelsea as the Premier League club remains in the dark over when he will return to England.
  • Chelsea fear Diego Costa is growing fat during his exile from the Chelsea first team.
  • Philippe Coutinho’s bid to move to Barcelona has broken into open warfare with Liverpool.
  • If Barca cannot seal a move for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, they will set their sights on Christian Eriksen and Manchester United transfer target Ivan Perisic.

  • However, Barcelona’s moves to replace Neymar continue to take a hit, with Tottenham telling the Spanish side that Christian Eriksen is not for sale.
  • Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona’s first target to replace Neymar this summer is hoping Borussia Dortmund will allow him to join the Spanish giants.
  • He has been removed from the squad for the weekend’s DFB Pokal fixture, but the player remains optimistic he will be able to sign for the Catalan club.
  • Dembele is now refusing to pick up his phone and speak to anyone at the German club.
  • Barcelona’s desire to sign Angel Di Maria from Paris Saint-Germain is real. The Argentine winger has been pushed down the pecking order in Paris with the signing of Neymar and could look to move on. He would be a cut-price replacement for the Brazil international.
  • Barcelona star Lionel Messi wants the club to invest the money from Neymar’s sale on Tottenham’s Dele Alli and Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio, reports claim.
  • In order to ward off any future interest from other clubs, Real Madrid have slapped a €700m (£634m) release clause on playmaker Isco after he signed a new five-year-deal.
  • After talks between Zinedine Zidane and the club, Real Madrid won’t sign a new striker this summer. They will depend on the BBC and keep the squad as is. This would rule out a move for Kylian Mbappe, leaving them to hope he is still available next summer.
  • Real Madrid have given up their pursuit of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and his Manchester United counterpart David De Gea.
  • Chelsea star Eden Hazard is a ‘Plan B’ target for Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane if he is unable to beat Paris Saint-Germain to the signature of Kylian Mbappe.
  • For the first time this summer, Monaco have opened up to discussions regarding the transfer of Mbappe. The player has forced his will and now the two clubs will discuss the possibility of a move.
  • Rennes have made a €10m (£9.1m) offer to Lille for Burnley transfer target Nicolas De Preville.

  • Manchester United will not go above £90 million in a bid to bring Gareth Bale back to the Premier League.
  • United are in talks to re-sign striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the second half of the season, says manager Jose Mourinho.
  • Eliaquim Mangala could get a shock lifeline at Manchester City – as Pep Guardiola struggles to find the new centre-back he wants.
  • Manchester United are set to sign teenage Oliveirense striker Bruno Amorim, according to quotes attributed to the Portuguese club’s director Antonio Jose Leite.
  • Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is keen to sign Ajax central defender Davinson Sanchez.
  • Adrian has been offered a new West Ham contract despite Joe Hart’s arrival on loan as the new number one.
  • Tony Pulis is confident he will have five new signings to help celebrate his own new deal, with Ben Gibson, Gareth Barry and Joel Ward all high on his wanted list.
  • Leicester are reportedly ready to rival Stoke in a move to try and sign Andros Townsend before the transfer window shuts.
  • Riyad Mahrez’s move to Roma remains in limbo, with the Italian club not willing to make an improved offer for the Leicester star.
  • Roma want €45m for Juventus target Kevin Strootman.
  • Juventus are prepared to make a £23 million offer to Liverpool in hopes of landing Emre Can.
  • Marcelo Simonian, Javier Pastore’s agent, has travelled to Madrid with Paris Saint-Germain chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi to discuss a deal to swap the Argentina international for Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
  • Inter Milan’s transfer window could be about to catch fire, with Ezequiel Garay, Joao Cancelo and former Juventus target Patrik Schick all linked with completing moves before the summer is out.
  • It’s not just German and English clubs suffering from player power, now it spreads to Italy with Chelsea transfer target Geoffrey Kondogbia failing to train with Inter Milan.
  • Also Leonardo Spinazzola, a Juventus transfer target, will travel with Atalanta this weekend, hoping to force a move to Turin.
  • Chelsea are set to land right-back target Joao Cancelo after Tottenham refused to meet Valencia’s £25m asking price.
  • Tottenham have made an approach for 20-year-old Celta Vigo midfielder Pape Cheikh Diop, but face competition from French side Lyon.
  • Chelsea have yet to return with an improved bid for Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 27, after the Foxes rejected a £15m offer earlier this summer.
  • Everton and Southampton are battling it out for the signature of highly-prized Club Brugge youngster Noah Fadiga.
  • Celtic star Stuart Armstrong has become the subject of interest from Southampton, who are set to make a £3 million bid for him.
  • West Ham have reached a verbal agreement with Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder William Carvalho, 25, over a proposed move.
  • Burnley will submit a £15m bid to sign Leeds and New Zealand striker Chris Wood, 25, to replace Andre Gray, who left for Watford this week.
  • Leeds have rejected a £12m offer – believed to be from Burnley- for Wood.
  • Leeds have lined up Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga, 25, as a possible replacement for Wood.
  • Swansea will offer £20m for former midfielder Joe Allen, 27, despite Stoke saying the Wales international is not for sale.
  • Brighton are set to beat Middlesbrough and Sunderland to the signing of Sporting Lisbon defender Ezequiel Schelotto.
  • Jack Colback, 27, is set to leave Newcastle after a training ground row with boss Rafael Benitez.
  • Newcastle owner Mike Ashley says he cannot compete financially with the top Premier League clubs so cannot give manager Rafael Benitez enough money to spend in the transfer window.
  • French side Nantes, managed by former Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri, want to take 19-year-old Arsenal midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide on loan.
  • The Moroccan Football Federation has announced it will bid to host the 2026 World Cup.
  • Paris St-Germain defender Thomas Meunier has posted a photo of himself with fellow right-back Serge Aurier – who is reportedly set to leave the French club – with the caption ‘se queda’ (‘he stays’) in a parody of Gerard Pique’s photo with Neymar before the latter left Barcelona for PSG.
  • WWE wrestler Triple H has sent West Haman inspirational video message before their Premier League opener against Manchester United.
  • Star Trek and X-Men actor Sir Patrick Stewart says he turns up to filming in his Huddersfield shirt when the club are playing and also gets sent a recording of the side’s matches by the Premier League newcomers.

Manchester United manager confirms interest in Gareth Bale

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed he will pursue Gareth Bale in the remaining weeks of the transfer window if the Welshman is not Zinedine Zidane’s plans at Real Madrid next season.

Bale has travelled to Skopje with the European champions ahead of the UEFA Super Cup against United on Tuesday.

He has been linked with a move to Old Trafford, with Real Madrid reportedly keen to sign Monaco teenager Kylian Mbappe to fill his role.

And Mourinho, who has targeted another attacking player this summer, said Zidane’s teamsheet for the game at the Philip II Arena on Tuesday night will hint at his plans for Bale next season, and whether the 28-year-old could become available.

Mourinho told a news conference:

“Well if [Bale is] playing tomorrow, no I wouldn’t think of that, it’s because he’s in the coach’s plans and the club’s plans, because he also has that motivation to continue at Real Madrid.

So I haven’t even thought about the possibility. “If he is not in the club’s plans, that — with the arrival of another player — would mean he was on his way out.

I will try to be waiting for him on the other side and fight with other coaches that would want him on their team.

“But if he plays, that is the best confirmation that he is wanted by the team.”

Earlier on Monday, Bale was named in Madrid’s 24-man squad for the game alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, newly returned to training after missing the club’s preseason tour.

United have also been linked with Croatian winger Ivan Perisic but the speculation has cooled with Inter Milan holding firm in their £48.5 million valuation.

Mourinho also confirmed he will be without Phil Jones in Skopje after UEFA upheld the defender’s two-match ban for verbally abusing a doping control officer following the Europa League final.

Eric Bailly is also suspended.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah has not travelled with sources saying the Dutchman is on the verge of joining Crystal Palace on loan for a season.

Mourinho added:

“With Phil Jones I was expecting that the appeal would be negative. The only thing I hope is that, the team that wins, if some player wants to celebrate, I hope the doping committee sends somebody with him and doesn’t close him in a room.

“No Phil Jones, no Eric Bailly. No Timo Fosu-Mensah because in this moment he is probably going on loan to another club so we make a decision that he doesn’t travel.”

Former Real Madrid and Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder join Ligue 1 side Nice

Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder has joined French Ligue 1 side Nice on a free transfer.

The 33-year had agreed a contract in principle to move to Ligue 1 having been released by Galatasaray by mutual consent and with the deal confirmed on Monday afternoon, the midfielder will be reunited with Mario Balotelli, with whom he won the Champions League with Inter Milan in 2010.

Sneijder, who also confirmed the move by stating “Bonjour Nice” in a video on the Ligue 1 side’s Twitter account.

The former Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter Milan has signed a one-year deal, the club said.

“It’s now official. OGC Nice’s 2017-18 squad now has a third UEFA Champions League winner in it,” a statement on the club’s website said. “After Dante and Mario Balotelli, former European champion Wesley Sneijder will also wear the red-and-black shirt this season after passing a medical on Monday.”

Sneijder, who trained with his new team-mates on Monday, will wear No 10 after Mickaël Le Bihan agreed to pass on the shirt number to the new signing.

“He also knows which shirt he’ll be wearing this season. Mika Le Bihan respectfully agreed to ‘give up’ the number 10 he had been wearing it to present it to the new arrival in the dressing room,” the statement added.

Galatasaray paid £8.4m for Sneijder after he made over 100 appearances for Inter, who bought him from Real Madrid for £12.6m in 2009.

He started his career at Ajax before switching to Real in in 2007.

Sneijder played in the 2010 World Cup final for the Netherlands and has won league titles in four countries.

He is the most-capped player in his country’s history, was with Galatasaray for five seasons, where he scored 45 goals in 174 appearances following a 2013 move from Inter.

Nice, who lost their opening Ligue 1 game of the season 1-0 to St Etienne at the weekend, are through to the Champions League playoff round, where they face Napoli for a place in the group stage of the competition.

Cristiano Ronaldo named in Real Madrid squad to face Manchester United in UEFA Super Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo has been included in Real Madrid’s travelling squad for Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup clash with his former team Manchester United in Skopje, despite only resuming training at the weekend.

Ronaldo, 32, began preseason training with Madrid on Saturday, having missed their entire International Champions Cup programme in the United States due to an extended summer break following his Confederations Cup campaign with Portugal in Russia, and his appearance in a Madrid court to answer tax fraud charges on July 31.

However, he has been included in Zinedine Zidane’s travelling party for the game, in an extended 24-man squad that also includes senior stars Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos and Toni Kroos, as well teenage right-back Achraf Hakimi and the coach’s son Luca as third-choice goalkeeper.

On their return, Madrid also face rivals Barcelona in Spanish Super Cup games at the Camp Nou on Sunday Aug. 13 and the Bernabeu on Wednesday Aug. 16, ahead of their La Liga opening fixture at Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday Aug. 20.

Antonio Cassano signs for Hellas Verona, retires, unretires, then retires from professional football

Antonio Cassano’s eventful career has come to an eventful conclusion. The former Roma and Real Madrid forward caused raised eyebrows earlier this month when he announced he was retiring just eight days after signing for Serie A side Hellas Verona.

But within hours he had a change of heart and said he would stay, adding he wanted to “rise to the challenge” and have a “crazy season”.

Six days later, and after playing in two pre-season friendlies for his new side, the 35-year-old has again said he is retiring.

Cassano, who won 39 caps for Italy, has not played a league game since May 2016 and was released by Sampdoria in January.

On Monday, his wife Carolina Marcialis said he would leave Verona but still hoped to find another club.

Cassano later clarified that he had retired. “As opposed to what appeared on my wife’s official social profiles, I would like to clarify my future,” he said in a statement.

“Carolina got it wrong. After thinking and reflecting in the end I decided – Antonio Cassano will not be playing football any more. “I apologise to the city of Verona, to all the fans, to president Maurizio Setti, to sports director Filippo Fusco, to coach Fabio Pecchia, to my team-mates and to the medical and technical staff.

“For a 35-year-old man it’s the motivation that guides my life, and at this moment I feel that my priority is that I’ll be staying close to my children and my wife.”

Cassano and his family live in Genoa, which is about 300km (186 miles) away from Verona.

Having called a news conference last week to announce his retirement, Cassano told the reporters who attended that he had been homesick but regretted saying he would quit.

“I had a moment of weakness,” he said at the time. “I had a meeting with Fabio Pecchia and the others to say that I wanted to stop. “I was yearning for my family but the club’s management has asked them to come and they gave me the strength to carry on. I want to rise to the challenge and have a crazy season.”

Cassano started his career at his hometown club Bari before rising to prominence at Roma, where he scored 39 goals in 118 games.

He then had an unsuccessful season at Real Madrid before spells at Sampdoria, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Parma.

Cassano, who scored 10 times for Italy, was diagnosed with a defect in his heart and had surgery in November 2011. He was fined by Uefaafter saying he hoped there were no homosexuals in the Italy squad for Euro 2012.

UEFA hit Manchester United defender Eric Bailly with additional two-game ban- set tp miss Real Madrid Super Cup clash


Manchester United defender Eric Bailly has been given a three-match ban for his red card against Celta Vigo in the Europa League.

The 23-year-old was sent off after a  mass brawl in the semi-final on 11 May and missed the final against Ajax, which United won 2-0.

However, the suspension has now been extended to include two more games.

Bailly will miss the Super Cup against Real Madrid on 8 August and United’s first Champions League group match.

The Ivory Coast international’s case does not qualify for an appeal because European football’s governing body Uefa only overturns decisions made by the referee in cases of mistaken identity.

Bailly was sent off for a swipe at Celta’s former Manchester City striker John Guidetti, with Facundo Roncaglia dismissed for retaliating.

The Premier League club also received a warning from Uefa for a late kick-off to the semi-final.

Manchester City sign defender Danilo from Real Madrid

Manchester City have announced the signing of Brazilian full-back Danilo Luiz Da Silva  from Real Madrid on a five-year deal.

The 26-year-old becomes City’s fifth summer signing after arriving for a fee believed to be £26.5million and he has already joined up with the rest of the squad on the tour of the US after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.
“I am very, very happy to be joining Manchester City,” Danilo told the club’s website.

“There has been strong interest from other Clubs, but it has always been my ambition to play for Pep Guardiola. As soon as I heard of his interest, I knew immediately I wanted to be a City player.

“I can’t wait to get started and I’m looking forward to getting to know my new teammates over the coming weeks.”

His arrival takes City’s summer spending to almost £150m, following the recruitment of England international Kyle Walker(£45m), Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva(£43m) and Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson Moraes(£35m).

The club have also agreed a £52m  deal for 23-year-old Monaco defender Benjamin Mendy and sold  left-back Aleksandar Kolarovto Serie A club Roma for £4.5m.

City’s Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, added: “Danilo is a fine player who offers great versatility to our squad,” he said. “He can operate in several different roles in both defence and midfield, increasing Pep’s options ahead of the new season.

“We feel he has all the attributes needed to succeed at City and we look forward to helping him develop during his time here.”

Danilo’s move is subject to him receiving a work permit, meaning he is unlikely to make his debut when City face Real on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

The former Santos player joined Real in 2015 from Porto but started just 17 La Liga games last season.

In two years at the Bernabeu, he won La Liga, two Champions Leagues, the Uefa Super Cup and the Fifa Club World Cup.