Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Atletico Madrid desperate for Simeone to sign new deal

Atletico Madrid are desperate to tie down Diego Simeone’s long term future at the club.

According to AS, Los Rojiblancos are willing to offer the Argentine tactician a new deal until 2024 despite his current contract expiring new year.

Simeone has managed over five hundred games in all competitions for the Los Rojiblancos since being appointed their manager.


OFFICIAL: Torino appoint Davide Nicola as new headcoach

Torino have announced Davide Nicola as their new head coach following the departure of Marco Giampaolo.

The Turin based club has released a statement on their official website confirming the appointment of Davide Nicola not quite long ago.

Torino played out a goalless draw in their last game again Spezia.

Marcelo: Monaco keen on the 32-year-old

Monaco are interested in acquiring the services of Marcelo; according to AS

The French Club are keen on offering the long-serving Real Madrid Defender a three-year-Contract which is worth about €6million-a-year.

The Brazilian fullback has struggled with fitness and injury problems in recent months which has seen Ferland Mendy usurped his place in the first team.

Could Douglas Costa be heading back to Juve?

Douglas Costa could be heading back to his parent club Juventus during this transfer window.

Costa has failed to get regular playing time at Bayern Munich ever since his loan move to the bavarians last summer.

Meanwhile According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, Juventus are making plans to send him on loan to another club for the rest of the season.

Liverpool mulling over Alaba

Liverpool have not backed out completely from the prospect of signing David Alaba from Bayern Munich.

According to the Bild, The Reds are still considering making a swoop for the Austrian.

Jurgen Klopp is concerned about his central back options and it could be up to a Versatile Defender in Alaba to fill up the void temporarily.

Official: Milan sign Mandzukic

AC Milan have signed former Bayern Munich and Juventus Striker Mario Mandzukic on a Contract until the end of the season.

The Milan club confirmed the acquisition on their official club website few minutes ago.

The 34-year-old Croatian who will wear the number 9 shirt joins a Rossoneri team that includes ever-growing Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Chelsea could axe blues legend

According to talkSPORT, Chelsea could make the decision to sack Frank Lampard if they lose to Leicester City this evening.

The blues have only two out of their last seven premier league games, a run of form that has seen pressure mount on blues legend Lampard after last summer’s spending spree.

Simon Johnson who covers Chelsea for the Athletic said it’s only a matter of when not if Chelsea would sack Frank Lampard.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Napoli back out of “Thauvin” talks

Napoli are not vying for Marseille Star Florian Thauvin due to his wage demands as per ll Mattino

The Napoli based club are not prepared to offer Florian Thauvin what he desires and they have now backed out of talks.

Aguero must accept paycut to sign new deal

Manchester City are willing to offer Sergio Aguero a 12-month extension to his Manchester City Contract.

The Citizens are looking for his replacement should he leave the club permanently but they are not averse to the idea of offering him a new short deal.

Meanwhile according to the Daily Star, The Argentine must agree to a wage cut if he is to sign to deal.

Fulham must pay £15million to keep Lookman

Fulham are interested in securing the permanent services of Ademola Lookman but they would have to pay £15 million to do that.

According to The Sun, RB Liepzig will only listen to offers for  a fee in the region of that amount.

Ademola Lookman has impressed Fulham while at loan at their turf this season.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Dortmund to sign 15-year-old

Julian Rijkoff is close to joining Borussia Dortmund from AFC Ajax as per reports from De Telegraaf

The young sensation who will be 16 very soon will sign a three year contract with the Black and Yellows.

King wants huge payday; Everton stall talks

Everton have stalled on talks to sign Bournemouth Star Joshua King due to wage matters.

SOCCER PUNCH has learnt from The Sun that King is requesting for £120,000-a-week from the toffees; a fee that Everton are not willing to pay.

Giampaolo could be fired as Torino manager

Torino Headcoach Marco Giampaolo could be set to get the sack after a goalless draw to Spezia.

According to Calciomercato.it , The Torino Hierarchy wants to have a meeting with Giampaolo on his long term future with the club.

The Club are unhappy with the series of results that the team has had this season.

Real Madrid offering Ramos a paycut to new deal

Real Madrid are offering Sergio Ramos a 10% pay day cut to his current salary should he sign a new contract; according to ABC

It is believed that the Real Madrid President Fiorentino Perez is only willing to offer the captain a new one year contract.

However, Ramos wants a new two year contract with no reduction to his current payday. 

Monday, January 11, 2021

OL: Slimani set for move

Lyon are close to completing a deal for Leicester City’s Islam Slimani who will replace the soon-to-be departed Moussa Dembele.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Slimani will undergo a medical at Leicester City ahead of his move.

Is Fosu-mensah set to join Leverkusen?

Bayer Leverkusen are set to sign Timothy Fosu-Mensah from Manchester United.

SOCCER PUNCH has learnt from the Manchester Evening News that a deal could be completed at £1.5 million.

23-year-old Timothy Fosu-Mensah has been used sparingly at Manchester United this season.

Spurs keen on Eder Militao

Eder Militao is attracting interest from Tottenham Hotspur; according to Mundo Deportivo 

Jose Mourinho fancies the defender and he is keen on strengthening his defensive department.

Los Blancos may listen to offers for him but he would reportedly cost the Lilywhites £25 Million.

Milan eye Bade as back up target to Simikan

According to Telefoot, AC Milan are vying for Lens Defender Loic Bade and hope to complete a deal for him soon.

The Rossoneri have highlighted Loic Bade as a backup option should they fail to sign Strasbourg Defender Mohamed Simikan.

Westham unlikely to sign King

Westham United have backed out of the race to sign to sign Bournemouth Striker Joshua King.

According to Football Insider, The Irons will now return their attention to their other striker targets.

Sebastien Haller left Westham United to join Ajax last week.

Inter Miami want Everton Goalkeeper

Inter Miami are keen on signing Everton’s goalkeeper Jonas Lossl According to the Miami Herald.

The Goalkeeper has slipped down the pecking order at Goodison Park and could be interested in switching teams.

Jonas Lossl is the third choice Goalkeeper at Everton.

Aston Villa set to sell rightback

Frederic Guilbert is set to join Istanbul Basaksehir for an initial loan deal with an option to buy.

According to Football Insider, Aston Villa have deemed the 26-year-old surplus to requirements and are keen to move him on.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

OFFICIAL: Lopetegui pens new deal

Julen Lopetegui has signed an extension to his Sevilla Contract today; SOCCER PUNCH can confirm.

The Manager has signed a new four year contract until the 30th of June, 2024 as per Sevilla FC’s official website.

The Former Real Madrid Manager won the Europa League at the Andalusian Club last season.


Lampard: “Tomori’s loan move away is open”

Chelsea Manager Frank Lampard has indicated that there is every Possibility of Fikayo Tomori heading out on loan this window.

Chelsea were comfortable winners against Morecambe in today’s FA Cup tie and the Chelsea Manager was asked about his situation Post-match.

SOCCER PUNCH can quote what he said about the subject after the game.

"The situation with Fikayo is kind of open at the moment," 

"There’s a possibility he could be going on loan to get games somewhere else. That would have to be the right solution for him and the club."

Meite to Milan close to completion

AC Milan are edging closer to completing the signing of 26-year-old Soualiho Meite as per SkySports Italia
 
The Rossoneri want the Torino Midfielder on loan this month with an option to buy in the summer.

Four PL Clubs chasing young sensation

Four Premier league Clubs are reportedly chasing Middlesbrough’s young sensation Marcus Tavernier.

According to TeamTalk, Leicester, Wolves, Everton and leeds have all signalled their interest towards the player but Middlesbrough are resisting any interests in him.

Marcus Tavernier is also playing for the England Youth Team.

Everton could swoop for Anderson

Felipe Anderson could be a subject of Interest from Merseyside Club Everton; TeamTalk claims.

Anderson’s loan spell at Porto is underwhelming and SOCCER PUNCH reported earlier that he could be heading back to Westham.

The Toffees are considering a move for Felipe Anderson as Bernard looks more likely to depart soon.

Conte not keen on new additions

Inter Milan Manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that new players are unlikely to be signed during this transfer window.

SOCCER PUNCH said last month that Inter Milan won’t sign any player this January due to lack of finances as a result of their exit from the european competition.

Speaking in his post-match conference after Roma’s 2-2 draw with Inter Milan, The Italian Tactician seems not to deny the earlier report.

“The strategy is clear, I want nobody, I work with these players, we have strengths and weaknesses, but that’s who we are. 

“Forget the Inter of the last transfer window, that’s what I was told.”

Real Betis: Silva agrees a pre-contract deal

Rui Silva is set to continue playing in spain despite transfer links to Italian Club Lazio.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Silva has being offered a pre-contract deal by Real Betis and he has agreed to the terms and conditions of the contract.

Rui Silva currently plies his trade at Granada FC.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Napoli wants Verona Midfielder in the summer

Napoli are open to bringing Mattia Zaccagni to Naples at any point in the future; according to SkySports 

The Midfielder currently plies his trade at Hellas Verona amid interest from the Naples Club.

However, Napoli prefer to sign him next summer.

Juve close to Dabo Signing

Nantes are set to allow Abdoulaye Dabo leave the club with Juventus lurking around for his services.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, The Bianconeri are keen on signing the 19-year-old first on a loan deal before signing him permanently.


Mkhitaryan agrees to new deal

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has agreed to sign a new contract at AS Roma until the summer of 2022; SOCCER PUNCH has learnt.

Fabrizio Romano reports that the Armenian will be off the market next summer after clarifying his future.

Mkhitaryan has previously played for Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund before making a switch to AS Roma.

Benfica eyeing Carvalho

William Carvalho is being eyed up by Portugese Club Benfica; According to A Bola

Benfica wants to sign him on a temporary deal before making the deal permanent in the summer.

Carvalho joined Real Betis From Sporting Lisbon in 2018.

OFFICIAL: Westbrom sign Lonergan

Westbromich Albion have announced that they have signed a Goalkeeper on a short term deal.

The Club has announced on their website this afternoon the signing of Andy Lonergan.

Additionally, The Baggies have also signed Robert Snodgrass from Westham United earlier today.

Brandon Williams keen on Newcastle loan move

Newcastle United have asked Manchester United for Brandon Williams; The Chronicle Reports.

The Magpies are keen on signing him on loan till the end of the season and are hoping to convince the Red Devils to allow him leave.

Meanwhile, Brandon Williams likes the idea of joining the magpies till the end of the season.

Piazon set for permanent chelsea exit

Chelsea are prepared to allow Lucas Piazon leave the club permanently during this transfer window.

According to O jogo, Rio Ave are willing to give the 26-year-old a new five year contract which will run on to 2025.

Lucas Piazon was signed by Chelsea since 2011.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Knockaert to be at Nott Forest till end of season

Anthony Knockaert will be at Nottingham forest till the end of this season; according to the Daily Telegraph 

Fulham have agreed to allow him stay on at Nottingham Forest for the rest of the season.

Chris Hughton is said to be intiator of the deal as he sees knockaert as an important part of his plans.

Westham mulling over Nketiah

Westham United have shortlisted Eddie Nketiah as a potential replacement for Sebastian Haller who left Westham yesterday morning; according to Standard 

Eddie Nketiah has competition for places at Arsenal alongside Alexandre Lacazette.

Apart from Nketiah, The Hammers have also shortlisted Josh King and Boulaye dia as potential replacement for Haller.

Celtic vying for Benkovic

Celtic have approached Leicester City about 23-year-old Filip Benkovic; SkySports reports

Leicester City could be willing to allow him leave on loan or on a permanent basis should the right offer come in for him.

Benkovic previously had a spell of playing for Celtic two seasons agao.

Three clubs in race for Doughty

Three clubs are in a race for Charlton Athletic’s Alfie Doughty; According to the Glasgow Times

Celtic, Rangers and Stoke are vying for him but it seems that the potters are the only club willing to make a concrete bid this window.

Man United won’t bid for Moises Caicedo

Manchester United won’t be going after Moises Caicedo during this transfer window.

Italian Journalist Fabrizio Romano reports that the player in question can’t wait for a move to his beloved club but United won’t bid for him.

Moises Caicedo is an Ecuador International who currently plies his trade at Independiente de Valle.

Koeman keen on new additions at Barcelona

Ronald Koema is hoping to get new faces on board at Barcelona during this transfer window; SOCCER PUNCH has learnt 

Numerous players are on the Injury list while fitness issues persists and Koeman is concerned about the situation.

However, The Dutchman is aware of the impact which the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the club’s finances.

Fiorentina locked in Caicedo talks

Italian Club Fiorentina are still locked in talks with Lazio to sign Felipe Caicedo; according to Calciomercato 

Patrick Cutrone has returned to Wolves yesterday which means Fiorentina a one striker down.

Caicedo could switch over to La Viola as he is unhappy about a lack of regular game time at Lazio.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Lampard wants to manage Barca in the future

Chelsea Manager Frank Lampard has a future ambition of coaching Barcelona later in his managerial career; according to Sport 

The 42-year-old is currently taking charge at Chelsea in his relatively short managerial career.

The Blues have only won one out of their last six games under the Englishman.


Atletico eye Milik and two more as Costa replacement

Atletico Madrid have highlighted three strikers as a potential replacement for Diego Costa who has left the club following a contract termination; according to the Daily Mail

Los Rojiblancos have earmarked Arkadiusz Milik, Raul de Tomas and Loren Moren as Costa’s replacement 

Origi won’t be joining wolves

Divock Origi won’t be joining Wolverhampton Wanderers during this transfer window; according to The Molineux View Podcast 

The Striker has once again found playing time hard to come by at Anfield and wants a move away the club.

However, Wolves won’t be among the frontrunners for him.

Chelsea must offload players before Rice bid

Chelsea must sell two players before making a mouth-watering bid for Westham United’s Declan Rice; The Mirror claims

The Blues failed to land the Midfielder last summer as the hammers rebuffed all interests in him.

Chelsea are still vying for Rice while the player could be interested in a move across London.

Murray set for Watford exit

Brighton and Hove Albion are set to allow Glen Murray to switch over Watford to QPR during this transfer window; The Athletic reports

A move to Watford for the Experienced Striker has failed to materialize leaving the Seagulls to make a decision on his future.

Romero could be allowed to leave Man Utd

Sergio Romero looks to be on his way out of Manchester United; MEN claims that the Argentine goalkeeper has already said his goodbyes.

Romero is currently the third choice Goalkeeper at Manchester United, a role in the team which he doesn’t want to be in.

Boca Juniors are keen on signing him and the transfer could materialize.

Flick rules out new additions

Hansi Flick has come out  to say that Bayern Munich won’t be making any additions to their Squad in this Transfer Window.

The Bavarians Finances has been hugely affected by the impacts of COVID-19 which is making move to sign new players unlikely.

SOCCER PUNCH can confirm what the Champions League winning coach told reporters 

"The situation is currently not that easy for almost all clubs in the world because of coronavirus.


"That's why I'm not someone who goes ahead and says: 'I want to have new players'. On the contrary. I know that the situation."



Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Ozil favours Fenerbache move

According to DHA, Mesut Ozil has snubbed interest from MLS Club D.C United in favour of a move to Fenerbache.

The German Playmaker is looking likely to head back to Turkey rather than a move to the United States of America.

DHA is a news outlet in Turkey.

OFFICIAL: Carles Alena joins Getafe on loan

SOCCER PUNCH can confirm that Getafe has signed Carles Alena on loan from Futbol Club Barcelona.

An information from Getafe’s website confirmed the temporary move of the youngster.

Getafe also took to Twitter this afternoon to confirm the move.

Wijnaldum favours Barcelona move

Georgino Wijnaldum has seemingly made up his mind on his future at Liverpool; The Midfielder has reportedly rejected Liverpool’s contract offer in favour of a move to Barcelona.

According to Todofichajes, The Dutchman wants to join La Blaugrana when his contract expires next summer.

The Reds could be forced to cash in on him rather losing him for free next summer.

Contract News: Musiala set for new deal

Jamal Musiala could land a new contract as Bayern Munich are doing everything possible to bring a new deal on the table.

According to Sky Germany The Bavarians will offer the soon-to-be 18-year-old a new three year contract.

The Midfielder has scored three goals in all competitions this season.

Kane doesn’t fancy PL move

Harry Kane doesn’t fancy a move to another premier league heavyweight; according to The Athletic 

Spurs meanwhile will do anything in their power to make sure he stays at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as they do not want to make any of their rivals powerful.

The Prolific Striker still has three years to run on his current spurs contract.


Gibbs-White back at Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers have confirmed the return of Morgan Gibbs-White to the club today.

The Club confirmed his return on their official website.

Gibbs-White was previously on loan at Swansea City this season.

Neville offered MLS Job

USA Club Inter Miami have reportedly talked to Phil Neville about him becoming their new head coach; SkySports claims

The Englishman will depart the England women team next July as was announced last year.


Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Westham to cancel Anderson loan stint

Westham United are unhappy at Felipe Anderson’s loan spell at Portugese club FC Porto.

According to the Guardian, The Irons will look to cancel his loan stint and send him to a new club for the remainder of the season.

Anderson has only featured in three games in all competitions since moving temporarily to Porto.

Solskjaer wants three signings

According to The Athletic, Manchester United Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thinks he still needs three more players to make the team proper challengers for the title.

Although, Manchester United wants to drastically want to reduce the size of their squad, they most now think of new additions.

It is believed that the Norwegian Tactician prefers bit-by-bit changes to his team every season.

Bayern to allow Martinez exit

Bayern Munich are prepared to cash in on Javi Martinez before his contract expires next summer.

According to Kicker, The Bavarians are keen on letting him go amid interest from his former club Athletic Club.

Mancity keeping tabs on Ramos situation

SOCCER PUNCH has learnt that Manchester City are keeping tabs at Sergio Ramos with his future still unclear at this point.

Sergio Ramos wants to stay at Real Madrid but he hasn’t being offered a new contract to his existing deal which expires in the summer.

According to ESPN, The Veteran centreback can speak to other clubs as he is currently in his last few months of his contract.

Juventus vying for Giroud and two others

According to SkySports, Juventus are still vying for Olivier Giroud and two other names in the striking role.

Arkadiusz Milik and Fernando Llorente are also being touted for a potential transfer along with the Frenchman.

Giroud has being in and out of the Chelsea team this season but has managed eight goals in all competitions.

Bayern not looking to sign fullback

The Search for a new rightback is not on the radar for Bayern Munich during this winter transfer window.

According to Albendzeitung, Hansi Flick is contented at using Joshua Kimmich at Right fullback ahead of Benjamin Pavard.

Apparently, The Manager sees no urgent need at entering the market even with Benjamin Pavard on the books.

Barcelona to extend Puig contract

Barcelona are preparing to trigger an extension to Riqui Puig’s contract at the Nou Camp.

According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, La Blaugrana are keen to offer him an extension until 2023 while his new release clause is set at €100 million.

The Young sensation has featured sparingly for Barcelona this season.

Monday, January 4, 2021

Diego Costa holding out for PL move

Diego Costa has snubbed interests from clubs in Brazil and Turkey; SOCCER PUNCH has learnt from SkySports.

The Brazil-born Spanish Striker wanted his Atletico Madrid Contract terminated and the Los Rojiblancos honoured his wish.

Costa wants to join a premier league club and would take his time while considering the offer.

Demiral wants Juve exit

Merih Demiral is open to leaving Juventus in search of regular game time before the European Championship next summer.

According to Fanatik, The young defender who has been sparingly used during his time at Turin wants to make the Turkish Squad for the european championship in June.

Meanwhile, Juventus won’t listen to offers below €50m that comes for him from any potential suitor.

Benfica to cut short Fernandes loan stint

Gedson Fernandes could go back to his parent club Benfica after a loan move to Tottenham Hotspur hasn’t worked out well.

According to SkySports, Spurs could be willing to send him back to Portugal.

Fernandes has not started a Premier League game but has made 13 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur this season.

Arsenal willing to offer Willock or Nelson for playmaker

Arsenal are prepared to offer either Joe Willock or Reiss Nelson in a bid to win Emiliano Buendia’s heart away from the canaries.

According to The Independent, The Gunners could be interested in a loan deal prior to completing a permanent deal for him.

Contract News: Debruyne in no rush to sign new deal

According to SkySports, Manchester City Playmaker Kevin Debruyne won’t be rushed in signing a new deal at the Etihad Stadium.

The 29-year-old still has over two years to run on his current contract which expires in 2023 and will take his time in extending the deal.

Meanwhile, Manchester City are also relaxed about his contract situation.

Joey Barton leaves role as manager

Joey Barton has left his role as the manager of Fleetwood Town; Fleetword Town FC has confirmed.

SOCCER PUNCH has learnt that today the 4th of January 2021, Fleetwood Town FC released a statement confirming his departure on the Club’s official Twitter account.

Joey Barton played for Newcastle United and Queen Park Rangers in his playing career.

Inter Milan to loan out forward

Inter Milan are thinking about allowing Andrea Pinamonti to leave the club on loan for the rest of the season.

Pinamonti is not part of Coach Antonio Conte’s first team plans and he might as well leave San Siro.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, The likes of Parma, Benevento and Bologna are keen on him.

Juventus could swoop for Bukayo Saka (Calciomercato)

Juventus are keeping in touch with developments concerning Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka as per reports from Calciomercato. The 20-year-old Winger i...