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Conte quiet on Chelsea links to Dzeko & Llorente but would be ‘happy’ for transfer help

Antonio Conte has refused to discuss the plethora of strikers linked with Chelsea in recent days, but admits he would be “happy” if the club opted to bolster his squad in the January window.

Chelsea have reportedly considered bringing in a traditional target man – Edin Dzeko, Fernando Llorente and even Stoke City veteran Peter Crouch have been mentioned – with Conte seemingly on the look-out for a back-up to the struggling Alvaro Morata.

And while the former Italy boss was not willing to talk about individuals, he did hint some help would be welcomed.

Asked specifically if he was confident the club would see some new players arrive before the end of the month, he said: “I am confident? Confident is a big word, we have to wait.

“I give my opinion to the club but the final decision is for the club. I have to wait to see what happens. I am very calm in this aspect because I am working with my players in the right way and I am very happy for their commitment.

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“If the club wants to help us we are happy, otherwise we continue in this way and give ourselves every day to give satisfaction to our fans.”

Conte was asked directly about Dzeko, Llorente and Crouch but gave a familiar reply, adding: “As you know, it is not right to talk about players from other teams. I am not interested in it. 

“In this moment I can talk about my players, Morata and [Michy] Batshuayi. It is not right to talk about the characteristics of other players. 

“I have always said that I’m happy to work with my players, to try to improve them. Every striker has their own characteristics, in his case Morata has this and Batshuayi has this.” 

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One new recruit now available to Conte is Ross Barkley, who signed from Everton on January 5. The England midfielder played 70 minutes in a friendly on Thursday and is in the squad for Saturday’s trip to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Conte added: “Ross is in good physical condition. He’s in the squad, he’s coming with us. I don’t know if during the game I decide to give him the chance to play a part or wait.”

The champions will, however, be without the injured Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas while Morata and Pedro are both suspended.

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Los Angeles FC selects Joao Moutinho with first overall pick in MLS draft

Los Angeles FC started off the 2018 MLS draft with a bang Friday, selecting Akron defender Joao Moutinho with the first overall pick before trading for the No. 3 spot to take Pacific fullback Tristan Blackmon.

Moutinho, a Sporting Lisbon academy product, turned heads as a freshman at Akron, displaying impressive technical quality and a good feel for the game. Though used mostly as a central defender at Akron, some project him as a left back in the pros while others see him as a potential defensive midfield option.

Moutinho scored three goals and added five assists in 24 games during his only season at Akron and was named Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year.

“It’s a roller coaster of emotions to be honest,” Moutinho said after being selected. “It’s something I never thought about when I came here. To be the first pick in a great group of players is an honor for me.”

Moutinho, 20, was a member of this year’s six-player Generation Adidas class, which features the most highly regarded underclassmen in the draft. As a Generation Adidas player, Moutinho’s salary will not count against LAFC’s salary budget.

Moutinho, a Portugal native, will take up an international player spot on LAFC’s roster. Each MLS team is allowed to have eight foreign-born players, although those slots can be traded.

LAFC continued to build its back line after reaching a draft-day deal with D.C. United for the third pick. On behalf of LAFC, D.C. selected Blackmon in exchange for $100,000 in general allocation money and $100,000 in targeted allocation money.

Despite the draft featuring more talented attackers than past years, the first three picks went to defenders, as the LA Galaxy used the second selection on Stanford University junior Tomas Hilliard-Arce, who won three national titles during his collegiate career.

Round 1:

1. LAFC: Joao Moutinho, D
2. LA Galaxy: Tomas Hilliard-Arce, D
3. D.C. United: Tristan Blackmon, D (traded to LAFC)
4. Montreal: Francis Atuahene, M (from Montreal)
5. Minnesota:
6. Orlando:
7. Montreal:
8. New England:
9. New England:
10. Real Salt Lake:
11. FC Dallas:
12. San Jose:
13. Sporting KC:
14. Atlanta:
15. Chicago:
16. Red Bulls:
17. Vancouver:
18. Sporting KC:
19. NYCFC:
20. Houston:
21. Columbus:
22. Seattle:
23. Toronto FC:

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Arsenal January transfer news LIVE: Gunners pull out of Malcom race


Arsenal pull out of Malcom race


Arsenal have pulled out of the race to sign Malcom from Bordeaux in January.

The Gunners are not willing to pay the French club’s asking price of £44 million, though they remain confident that they can sign the 20-year-old in the summer.

Tottenham have also been linked with the exciting forward.

Read the full story on Goal!


Mourinho confirms Man Utd ‘are there’ in Alexis chase


Alexis

Jose Mourinho has confirmed Manchester United “are there” in regards to their pursuit of Alexis Sanchez, but says the deal is not yet done.

The United boss also revealed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be in the squad to face Burnley, but that he is in good condition ahead of his proposed switch to Arsenal.

Read the full story on Goal!


No Man Utd debut for Alexis v Burnley


EMBED ONLY Alexis Sanchez Manchester United

Alexis Sanchez will not make his Manchester United debut against Burnley this weekend.

Jose Mourinho’s men are set to sign the Chile international in a £35 million deal, and were hopeful of playing him against Sean Dyche’s men.

However, Alexis has not been registered in time to play against the Clarets.

Read the full story on Goal!


Merson endorses move for Mkhitaryan


Henrikh Mkhitaryan Man Utd

Paul Merson believes Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be a “sensation” at Arsenal as the out-of-favour Manchester United playmaker closes in on a move to London.

Premier League rivals Arsenal and United are reportedly close to completing a deal which will see Alexis Sanchez and Mkhitaryan swap places.

Read what he had to say about Mkhitaryan on Goal!


Alexis frozen out of Arsenal training


Alexis Sanchez Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez trained away from the Arsenal first team on Thursday as his move to Manchester United draws nearer, reports the Mirror .

Having trained as recently as the previous day, the Chilean cut a lone figure in practice at the Colney ground. 

A deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan plus a cash payment could be completed as soon as Friday.


Giroud bound for Dortmund in Auba deal


Olivier Giroud, Arsenal

Olivier Giroud is set to move to Borussia Dortmund as part of the deal that takes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal, claims the Mirror .

Already relegated by the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette, Giroud would slip further down the pecking order should Auba land at the Emirates. 

But Dortmund could offer a way out in a cash plus player deal for their Gabon striker, having already shown interest in the Frenchman over the summer. 


Parlour: Giroud the answer for Chelsea


Olivier Giroud Arsenal

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour said Olivier Giroud would be the “perfect” signing for London rivals Chelsea, who are looking to provide support to Alvaro Morata.

Chelsea have been linked with surprising moves for West Ham’s Andy Carroll and Stoke City veteran Peter Crouch as the Premier League champions attempt to bolster their forward stocks.

Read his full comments on Goal!


Wenger: Alexis loss won’t hurt like RVP


Robin van Persie, Arsenal

Arsene Wenger is resigned to losing Alexis Sanchez and believes that Arsenal fans have made their peace with him leaving as well, claiming that the loss of former forward Robin van Persie to the same Manchester United side in 2012 was much more painful. 

Arsenal and Manchester United are thought to be nearing a conclusion on negotiations of a swap deal that will see Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading to London as Sanchez moves the other way. 

Read his full comments right here on Goal!


Ozil & Wilshere deals close


Mesut Ozil Arsenal

Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere are set to hand Arsenal a welcome boost by committing to new contracts, reports The Sun .

The Gunners duo are among those heading towards free agency at Emirates Stadium, with no fresh terms agreed as yet.

Both are, however, locked in talks and are ready to bring the uncertainty surrounding their respective futures to a close by putting pen to paper.


Arsenal’s Auba comments irk Dortmund


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsene Wenger’s willingness to discuss Arsenal’s links to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “disrespectful”, says Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc.

The Gunners boss was quizzed once again on Thursday about his reported interest in the prolific Gabon international .

Zorc has hit back by saying: “We consider it disrespectful to speak about players from other clubs. We assume that Wenger has enough to do dealing with his own players.”

Read the full story on Goal.


Welbeck on Besiktas’ shopping list


Danny Welbeck Arsenal

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is on Besiktas’ shopping list, according to Bleacher Report .

The Turkish outfit recently sold leading forward Cenk Tosun to Everton, and they are also monitoring Islam Slimani, Javier Hernandez and Kelechi Iheanacho.

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January transfer news & rumours: Mourinho makes Ballon d’Or promise to Bale if he joins Man Utd


Mourinho makes Bale promises


Jose Mourinho has made various promises to Gareth Bale in an attempt to get him to sign for Manchester United, reports Don Balon .

The Real Madrid star has long been a transfer target for the Premier League side, with Mourinho now keen to pull out all the stops to land the Welshman.

The United boss has apparently promised Bale he will be the main man at Old Trafford and even gone as far as telling him he can start thinking about winning the Ballon d’Or if he joins them.


Mourinho confirms Man Utd ‘are there’ in Alexis chase


Alexis

Jose Mourinho has confirmed Manchester United “are there” in regards to their pursuit of Alexis Sanchez, but says the deal is not yet done.

The United boss also revealed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be in the squad to face Burnley, but that he is in good condition ahead of his proposed switch to Arsenal.

Read the full story on Goal!


No Man Utd debut for Alexis v Burnley


EMBED ONLY Alexis Sanchez Manchester United

Alexis Sanchez will not make his Manchester United debut against Burnley this weekend.

Jose Mourinho’s men are set to sign the Chile international in a £35 million deal, and were hopeful of playing him against Sean Dyche’s men.

However, Alexis has not been registered in time to play against the Clarets.

Read the full story on Goal!


Arsenal pull out of Malcom race


Malcom Bordeaux

Arsenal have pulled out of the race to sign Malcom from Bordeaux in January.

The Gunners are not willing to pay the French club’s asking price of £44 million, though they remain confident that they can sign the 20-year-old in the summer.

Tottenham have also been linked with the exciting forward.

Read the full story on Goal!


Inter in pole position to sign Sturridge


Daniel Sturridge

Inter are in pole position to sign Daniel Sturridge on loan from Liverpool.

The Serie A giants have made a “serious” proposal to sign the England striker, who is also wanted by La Liga club Sevilla.

Read the full story on Goal!


No Chelsea bid for Dzeko


Edin Dzeko, AS Roma

Chelsea have not made a formal bid for Roma striker Edin Dzeko, according to the player’s agent.

The Blues have been linked with a number of strikers in recent weeks, including Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente and Stoke City’s Peter Crouch.

However, they have yet to make contact with Dzeko, with his agent telling romagiallorossa.it : “Every time you talk about Dzeko, clubs like Chelsea, Chinese clubs, even Mexican clubs crop up. They’re only rumours. The truth is that Dzeko wants to stay at Roma.


Liverpool target Goretzka to join Bayern


Leon Goretzka Schalke 04 Frankfurt Bundesliga 03222014

Leon Goretzka has passed a medical and agreed a deal to sign for Bayern Munich at the end of the season.

The 22-year-old midfielder was also a target for Liverpool and Arsenal but opted for a move to Bavaria with the German champions.

Read the full story here on Goal.


Fernandinho signs new Man City deal


Fernandinho Manchester City

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has signed a two-year contract extension at the club.

The 32-year-old has made 23 Premier League appearances this season under Pep Guardiola and is now tied to the club until 2020.

For full details, read here.


Sergi Roberto agrees fresh Barcelona contract


Sergi Roberto Barcelona 2017

Sergi Roberto has agreed a new deal at Barcelona that will keep him with the Camp Nou club until 2022.

The full-back was linked with Manchester United but has ended speculation by putting pen to paper on fresh terms.

More about Roberto’s contract here.


Mkhitaryan & Aubameyang agree Arsenal terms


Auba Mkhi

Arsenal are confident they will sign both Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan this January.

The Gunners have agreed personal terms with both players, as Arsene Wenger looks to bolster his attacking ranks.

Mkhitaryan is set to arrive as part of a deal that will see Alexis Sanchez move to United, while Aubameyang is valued at £55 million by Dortmund.


Juventus target Hamsik staying at Napoli


Hamsik Napoli Sampdoria Serie A

Former Juventus target Marek Hamsik has ruled out a move away from Napoli. 

“I’ve got no doubts about my future, I’m a Napoli player and I’m not going to leave,” said the player.

Read the full story on Goal!


Giroud bound for Dortmund in Auba deal


Olivier Giroud, Arsenal

Olivier Giroud is set to move to Borussia Dortmund as part of the deal that takes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal, claims the  Daily Mirror .

Already struggling for game time following the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette, Giroud would slip further down the pecking order should Aubameyang land at the Emirates Stadium. 

But Dortmund could offer a way out in a cash-plus-player deal for their Gabon striker, having already shown an interest in the Frenchman over the summer. 


Mkhitaryan will be a ‘sensation’ for Arsenal


Henrikh Mkhitaryan Man Utd

Paul Merson believes Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be a “sensation” at Arsenal as the out-of-favour Manchester United playmaker closes in on a move to the Gunners.

Premier League rivals Arsenal and United are reportedly close to completing a deal which will see Alexis Sanchez and Mkhitaryan swap places.

Read what he had to say about Mkhitaryan on Goal!


De Gea happy to delay contract talks


David de Gea Manchester United

David de Gea is keen to delay talks over a new Manchester United contract until the end of the season.

United manager Jose Mourinho this week called for De Gea to be given a bumper extension to his current deal, which is set to expire in 2019, although it has an option to be increased for a further 12 months.

Read what he had to say on Goal!


Wenger: Alexis loss won’t hurt like RVP


Robin van Persie, Arsenal

Arsene Wenger is resigned to losing Alexis Sanchez and believes Arsenal fans have made their peace with him leaving as well, claiming the loss of Robin van Persie to Manchester United in 2012 was much more painful. 

Arsenal and United are thought to be nearing a conclusion over negotiations for a swap deal that will see Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading to north London and Alexis moving the other way. 

Read his full comments right here on Goal!


Chelsea face two-window transfer ban


Bertrand Traore, Chelsea, 20150916

Chelsea could be banned from two transfer windows as FIFA investigate the club for irregular signings, according to the Guardian .

The Blues have reportedly been accused of breaking rules on recruiting under-age foreign players, with as many as 25 cases being reviewed. 

Bertrand Traore’s arrival in 2014 is just one of the signings under scrutiny.

If the charges are proved they could face similar punishments to those suffered by Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in recent years. 


Giroud the answer for Chelsea


Olivier Giroud Arsenal

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes Olivier Giroud would be the “perfect” signing for London rivals Chelsea, who are looking to provide support to Alvaro Morata.

Chelsea have been linked with surprising moves for West Ham’s Andy Carroll and Stoke City veteran Peter Crouch as the Premier League champions attempt to bolster their forward line.

Read his full comments on Goal!


Mourinho gives thumbs-up to Ronaldo return


Jose Mourinho Manchester United Southampton

Jose Mourinho has given his approval to Manchester United’s attempts to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club, reports  La Sexta  ( via AS ). 

Reports about a possible Old Trafford comeback have grown, as the Real Madrid star shows signs of discontent at his current team. 

United could pay up to £352 million in order to secure the blockbuster transfer at the end of the season.


Alexis frozen out of Arsenal training


Alexis Sanchez Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez trained away from the Arsenal first team on Thursday as his move to Manchester United draws nearer, reports the Daily Mirror .

A deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan plus a cash payment could be completed as soon as Friday.


Chelsea make surprise move for Crouch


Peter Crouch Stoke City 2017

Chelsea have inquired into the availability of Stoke City striker Peter Crouch, according to the Daily Telegraph .

The Blues were in for West Ham’s Andy Carroll, but an ankle injury could keep the striker out for months and has ended any possibility of a move. 

And so Chelsea have made a surprise approach to Stoke for the former England striker, who turns 37 this month. 


Roberto set for new Barca contract


Sergi Roberto Barcelona

Sergi Roberto is set to become the latest Barcelona star to earn a new contract, according to  Sport .

The versatile 25-year-old has become a fixture in the Catalans’ starting line-up this season, appearing both in midfield and at right-back. 

And after attracting attention from Juventus and Chelsea last summer, Barca are keen to extend his current deal, which expires in 2019.


Leicester battle Man City & Arsenal for Evans


Jonny Evans West Brom

Leicester City are ready to enter the battle for the signature of West Bromwich Albion’s Jonny Evans, reports the Daily Mail .

Both Manchester City and Arsenal have shown an interest in the defender, but Leicester are also keen to land him in the current window.


Inter & Roma pursue Sturridge


Daniel Sturridge Liverpool

Serie A sides Inter and Roma are both considering a bid for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, reports Gianluca Di Marzio (via  Football Italia ). 

Roma have been put on alert by reported Chelsea interest for Emerson Palmieri and Edin Dzeko, and see Sturridge as a possible replacement up front. 

Inter, meanwhile, are short of depth up front, with only Mauro Icardi leading the line.


Man City move for Can


Emre Can Liverpool

Manchester City are hoping to land Liverpool midfielder Emre Can at the end of the season, according to the  Daily Mirror .

Can has so far held off on signing a new deal at Anfield, and has been linked with a free transfer move to Juventus and Bayern Munich.  

If Bayern sign Schalke’s Leon Goretzka, however, he might favour staying in the Premier League with Pep Guardiola.


Ozil & Wilshere close to new deals


 

Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere are set to hand Arsenal a welcome boost by committing to new contracts, reports the Sun .

The Gunners duo are among those set to be available on a free transfer in the summer, with no fresh terms agreed as yet.

Both are, however, locked in talks and are ready to bring the uncertainty surrounding their respective futures to a close by putting pen to paper.


Napoli join race for Man Utd target Lucas


Lucas Moura PSG

Napoli are the latest team to show an interest in Paris Saint-Germain’s Lucas Moura, according to Gianluca Di Marzio .

Premier League sides Manchester United and Tottenham are also reported admirers, while the Serie A team now consider Lucas a bigger transfer priority than Barca’s Gerard Deulofeu.

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Manchester United January transfer news LIVE: Mourinho makes Ballon d’Or promise to tempt Bale


Mourinho makes Bale promises


Jose Mourinho has made various promises to Gareth Bale in an attempt to get him to sign for Manchester United, reports Don Balon .

The Real Madrid star has long been a transfer target for the Premier League side, with Mourinho now keen to pull out all the stops to land the Welshman.

The United boss has apparently promised Bale he will be the main man at Old Trafford and even gone as far as telling him he can start thinking about winning the Ballon d’Or if he joins them.


Mourinho confirms Man Utd ‘are there’ in Alexis chase


Alexis

Jose Mourinho has confirmed Manchester United “are there” in regards to their pursuit of Alexis Sanchez, but says the deal is not yet done.

The United boss also revealed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be in the squad to face Burnley, but that he is in good condition ahead of his proposed switch to Arsenal.

Read the full story on Goal!


No Man Utd debut for Alexis v Burnley


EMBED ONLY Alexis Sanchez Manchester United

Alexis Sanchez will not make his Manchester United debut against Burnley this weekend.

Jose Mourinho’s men are set to sign the Chile international in a £35 million deal, and were hopeful of playing him against Sean Dyche’s men.

However, Alexis has not been registered in time to play against the Clarets.

Read the full story on Goal!


Alexis frozen out of Arsenal training


Alexis

Alexis Sanchez trained away from the Arsenal first team on Thursday as his move to Manchester United draws nearer, reports the Daily Mirror .

Having trained with his team-mates as recently as the previous day, the Chilean cut a lonely figure on Thursday at the club’s London Colney training ground. 

A deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan plus a cash payment could be completed as soon as Friday.


Arsenal confident of completing Mkhitaryan & Auba deals


Auba Mkhi

Arsenal are confident they will sign both Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan this January.

The Gunners have agreed personal terms with both players, as Arsene Wenger looks to bolster his attacking ranks.

Mkhitaryan is set to arrive as part of a deal that will see Alexis Sanchez move to United, while Aubameyang is valued at £55 million by Dortmund.

Read the full story on Goal!


Napoli join race for Man Utd target Lucas


Lucas Moura PSG

Napoli are the latest team to show an interest in Paris Saint-Germain’s Lucas Moura, according to Gianluca Di Marzio .

Premier League sides Manchester United and Tottenham are also reported admirers, while the Serie A team now consider Lucas a bigger transfer priority than Barca’s Gerard Deulofeu.


Wenger: Alexis loss won’t hurt like RVP


Robin van Persie, Arsenal

Arsene Wenger is resigned to losing Alexis Sanchez and believes Arsenal fans have made their peace with him leaving as well, claiming the loss of Robin van Persie to Manchester United was much more painful. 

Arsenal and United are thought to be nearing a conclusion on negotiations of a swap deal that will see Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading to London as Sanchez moves the other way. 

Read his full comments right here on Goal!


Mkhitaryan will be a ‘sensation’ for Arsenal


Henrikh Mkhitaryan Man Utd

Paul Merson believes Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be a “sensation” at Arsenal as the out-of-favour Manchester United playmaker closes in on a move to London.

Premier League rivals Arsenal and United are reportedly close to completing a deal which will see Alexis Sanchez and Mkhitaryan swap places.

Read what he had to say about Mkhitaryan on Goal!


Mourinho gives thumbs-up to Ronaldo return


Jose Mourinho Manchester United Southampton

Jose Mourinho has given his approval to Manchester United’s attempts to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club, reports  La Sexta  ( via AS ). 

Reports of a possible Old Trafford comeback have grown, as the Real Madrid star shows signs of discontent at his current team. 

United could pay up to £352 million in order to secure the blockbuster transfer at the end of the season.


De Gea happy to delay contract talks


David de Gea Manchester United

David de Gea is happy to delay talks over a new Manchester United contract until the end of the season.

United manager Jose Mourinho this week called for De Gea to be given a bumper extension to his current deal, which is set to expire in 2019, although it has an option to be increased for a further 12 months.

Read what he had to say on Goal!


Man United to challenge City over Seri


Jean Michael Seri Nice

Manchester United will rival neighbours City over the signature of Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, according to The Guardian .

The Ivory Coast international was linked with a move away from the Allianz Riviera in the summer and has also been linked with Chelsea and Barcelona in recent weeks.

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