Pirlo spotted at Yankee Stadium

The Juventus midfielder took in the clash between New York City and New York Red Bulls with Frank Lampard as he closes in on a move to the new MLS side

Andrea Pirlo looks set to be heading to MLS after the Italian was spotted at New York City FC’s match against the New York Red Bulls at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.

Pirlo and soon-to-be NYCFC midfielder Frank Lampard were seen together throughout the day and when images of the midfielders were shown on the big screen at Yankee Stadium, chants of “we want Pirlo” rang out throughout the crowd.

The 37-year-old World Cup winner has been linked to NYCFC for more than a month, with recent reports suggesting his signing will be announced sometime this week and that he will join the club immediately rather than waiting until 2016.

Pirlo has been in Manhattan this week, joining NYCFC owners for a New York Yankees game. Though contract talks have dragged on for weeks, reports suggest that both parties have finally reached an agreement.

Lampard has already signed for the club and will join his new team-mates for training this week.

The 34-year-old English midfielder was on loan at Manchester City last season and will be eligible to begin training on Wednesday, when his spell at the Etihad officially ends.

Pirlo and Lampard could line up together in NYCFC colours for the first time on July 12 against Toronto FC.

Douglas Costa: Who wouldn't want to play for Bayern?

The Brazil star is waiting on the Germany champions to agree a deal with his current club Shakhtar Donetsk before he join Pep Guardiola’s side

Shakhtar Donetsk’s Douglas Costa says he would relish a move to Bayern Munich, confirming he is just waiting on the two clubs to agree a deal.

The Brazilian has been heavily linked with swapping the Donbass Arena for Bavaria after six impressive seasons in the Ukrainian Premier League.

His coach Mircea Lucescu all but confirmed the deal last week – suggesting Costa could be the new Arjen Robben at the Allianz Arena.

However, with neither club having announced the deal, Brazil international Costa says he is yet to reach an agreement to make the move.

“Up to now, they have not come to an agreement yet,” Costa told Sport Bild.

“Discussions have taken place between my club and Bayern, but so far I know nothing more than the interest of FC Bayern.

“I have been focused on the Copa America. After my time here [in Chile], I’ll talk to my agent. Who would not like to play at Bayern?”

Costa came off the bench to feature in Brazil’s penalty exit at the hands of Paraguay in Saturday’s quarter-final, failing to convert his spot-kick as Dunga’s men bowed out 4-3.

Barcelona must buy to stay ahead of Real Madrid – Bartomeu

The current president wants to add to the signing of Aleix Vidal if they are to fend off competition from their historic rivals

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says the club must continue to invest in the transfer market if they are to stay ahead of Real Madrid.

Barca marched to a historic treble this season, adding the Champions League to their league and cup domestic double.

Sevilla’s Aleix Vidal is currently the club’s only summer signing, though he won’t be eligible to play until Barca’s current transfer ban is lifted in January.

“We can’t let up and by so doing hand our rivals, such as Real Madrid, the advantage. They are actively buying and selling players in the transfer market,” he told a supporters group.

“The executive board should carry out functions that benefit the club,” he added. 

“Barça must strive to make the team more competitive for the coming season.”

Bartomeu is facing competition from former chief Joan Laporta in the presidential elections, to be held July 18, though local reports have him ahead in the polls.

Marquee transfer signings have historically led presidential campaigns and Laporta has suggested he intends to bring Juventus and France midfielder Paul Pogba to the club.

Bartomeu has been indicted by a Spanish judge on charges of tax fraud over his part in the deal that brought Neymar to the club in June 2013.

Clyne set for Liverpool medical ahead of £12.5m move

The Southampton right-back will become the Reds’ sixth signing of the summer following a major recruitment drive at the beginning of this year’s transfer window


Nathaniel Clyne will undergo his Liverpool medical on Monday ahead of completing a £12.5 million move to the club from Southampton, Goal understands.

The Reds have won the race to sign the right-back ahead of Manchester United, despite Clyne informing the Red Devils in April that he would be eager to move to Old Trafford.

Brendan Rodgers’ side have embarked on a major recruitment drive this summer and have agreed an initial fee of £10.5m with the Saints to acquire the 24-year-old.

Sources have now confirmed that Clyne will have medical tests imminently before officially rubber-stamping his transfer to Anfield.

Clyne will become Liverpool’s sixth signing of the summer following the acquisitions of Roberto Firmino, James Milner, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan and youngster Joe Gomez.

Southampton signed Portugal international Cedric as a replacement for the outgoing Clyne earlier this month, while fellow full-back Glen Johnson is poised to leave the Reds on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of June.