Roma win Malcom race as Brazilian snubs Premier League for €38m Serie A switch

Roma have wrapped up a €38 million (£34m/$44m) deal for Brazilian forward Malcom, with both the Italians and Bordeaux confirming that the former Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton target is heading for Italy.

Interest from England in the 21-year-old built steadily during the January transfer window, with Premier League sides seemingly leading the hunt for a much sought-after talent.

Arsenal and north London rivals Spurs were, however, made aware that no deal would be done over the winter as Bordeaux sought to retain a prized asset through to the end of 2017-18.

They were prepared to admit that a summer deal could be done, and Malcom is now on the move.

Roma have invested a sizeable fee in the youngster, with the agreement they have reached including a number of bonuses which require certain criteria to be met.

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They will be happy to pay out if Malom stars in Serie A, with those in the Italian capital having already bolstered their creativity ranks with the signing of Javier Pastore.

There is money to spend at Stadio Olimpico, with Roma having recently sanctioned the £65m (£85m) sale of goalkeeper Alisson to Liverpool.

Another Brazilian has now been brought onto their books after seeing one depart, with Malcom set to sign a five-year contract.

Roma posted in a statement on their official social media channels: “AS Roma confirms that it has reached an agreement with Bordeaux for the transfer of the player Malcom.

“The operation will be ratified following the successful completion of a medical.”

Goal understands that Everton also tabled an offer once a scramble for Malcom’s signature was sparked, but he has opted to further his development in Italy.

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African All Stars Transfer News & Rumours: Crystal Palace prepare Yaya Toure offer


Crystal Palace prepare Yaya Toure offer


Crystal Palace are interested in signing free agent Yaya Toure who left Manchester City at the end of last season, claims 90min via the Sun.

The Eagles are willing to pay the 35-year-old £100,000-a-week in an attempt to lure him to Selhurst Park.

Toure endured a torrid spell in Pep Guardiola’s squad last season and he is willing to take a pay cut in order to prove the Citizens’ boss wrong.


Alex Iwobi to sign new Arsenal deal


Alex Iwobi is set to sign an improved Arsenal contract that will keep him at the club until 2022, Mirror claims.

Unai Emery sees the Nigeria international as part of his plans at the Emirates Stadium despite interest from Lazio this summer.

Iwobi penned a five-year deal back in 2015 and he is reported to have agreed terms on an improved contract.


Barcelona eye Moussa Wague


Barcelona are plotting a swoop for Senegal international Moussa Wague following his exploits at the 2018 World Cup, Mundo Deportivo .

The Spanish La Liga champions are working to bring the 19-year-old defender from Belgian outfit Eupen to Camp Nou.


Samassekou on Lyon’s radar


Lyon are monitoring Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Diadie Samassekou over a potential transfer this summer, according to Lequipe .

The 22-year-old Mali international caught the eye of the French Ligue 1 club during last season’s Europa League semi-final fixture against Marseille.

Samassekou is expected to compete with Lucas Tousart in the Kids’ set-up.


Peter Olayinka joins Slavia Prague


Nigerian forward Peter Olayinka has joined Czech top-flight club Slavia Prague on a four-year contract from Gent.

The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at Zulte-Waregem where he returned 11 goals and 15 assists.

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Arsenal set £22.3m Alex Iwobi price


Arsenal are willing to sell Nigeria international Alex Iwobi for £22.3 million, according to Il Messaggero .

The 22-year-old who still two years on his contract, has attracted interest from Lazio, who are hunting a replacement for West Ham’s record signing Felipe Anderson.

Iwobi provided just three goals and five assists in 26 league appearances last term.


Matip to fight for Liverpool spot


Cameroon international Joel Matip has stated his readiness to fight for his place in Liverpool’s defensive set-up.

The 26-year-old is set to battle Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Ragnar Klavan for the centre-back role in Jurgen Klopp’s squad next season.

Read the defender’s full comments on Goal! 


Taiwo Awoniyi nears Belgium return


Liverpool forward Taiwo Awoniyi is set to return to Belgium for his fourth loan spell, Goal understands. 

After penning a new five-year deal at Anfield this summer, the Nigeria youth international was excluded from the Reds’ 29-man squad for their US tour and could join either Anderlecht, Club Brugge or Standard Liege temporarily for the upcoming campaign.

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Zaha wants to leave Crystal Palace


Wilfried Zaha has told Crystal Palace that he wants to leave the club this summer, StandardSport  claims.

The 25-year-old has rejected the offer of a new £125,000-a-week contract and has been linked with a move to the likes of Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund and Everton.

Zaha has four years remaining on his contract and he is valued at around £70 million.


Leicester City set Slimani price


Leicester City are ready to accept offers of around £18 million for record signing Islam Slimani, Leicester Mercury reports.

The Foxes are set to offload the 30-year-old this summer with a £12 million loss from the £30 million spent in signing him two years ago.

Meanwhile, SkySports claims that Sporting CP have made inquiry to take the Algeria international on a season-long loan.


Leicester reject Al Nassr £12m bid for Musa


Leicester City have declined a £12 million offer from Saudi Arabia club Al Nassr for Ahmed Musa, according to SkySports News .

The Foxes reportedly want to regain the outlay spent in bringing the Nigeria international to the King Power Stadium for then club-record £16.6m in July 2016.

Musa has attracted interests from several European clubs this summer following his outstanding performances at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia where he scored two goals in two matches.


Chuba Akpom set for Arsenal exit


Chuba is set to leave Arsenal this summer and join Belgian top-flight club Sint-Truiden permanently in a deal worth £2 million, Mirror reports.

Akpom is one of the five players dropped by Unai Emery for the Gunners’ pre-season trip to Singapore.

The 22-year-old is in the final year of his Arsenal contract and has struggled to establish himself in the Gunners’ first-team since his competitive debut against Sunderland back in September 2013.


Boga moves to Sassuolo


Sassuolo have completed the signing of Jeremie Boga in a £3.5 million deal from Chelsea.

The Cote d’Ivoire international managed just one first-team appearance for the Blues since joining the club’s academy from Marseille in 2009.

The 21-year-old previously had loan spells at Rennes, Granada and Birmingham City.

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Leicester City target Rachid Ghezzal


Leicester City are weighing up a £4 million move for Monaco winger Rachid Ghezzal, according to Le10Sport .

The Algeria international moved to the Stade Louis II last summer but has struggled for form having managed just two goals in 35 appearances last season.

However, Leicester City’s Claude Puel is set to reunite with the 26-year-old  he coached for three seasons when he was in Lyon Academy.


Keita snubbed Barcelona for Liverpool 


Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has revealed that he rejected interest from Bayern Munich and Barcelona to move to the English Premier League.

The Guinea star completed a £48 million switch to Merseyside this summer and he is set to form a formidable midfield set-up with fellow new signing Fabinho and Jordan Henderson.

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Ankaragucu hold talks with Emenike


Newly-promoted Turkish Super Lig outfit Ankaragucu have held talks with Nigeria international Emmanuel Emenike over a potential transfer, according to Fanatik .

The Yellow-Navy are set to bolster their ranks for the challenge in the Turkish top-flight with the former Fenerbahce goal poacher who endured a difficult spell at Olympiacos and Las Palmas last season.

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FC Dallas trades Acosta to Colorado for Badji

FC Dallas has traded midfielder Kellyn Acosta to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for forward Dominique Badji, an international roster spot and the Rapids’ first-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. 

Acosta, 22, signed as a homegrown player in 2012 and has developed into one of the top prospects in all of American soccer.

The central midfielder made 116 regular-season appearances with FCD and has earned 17 caps with the U.S. men’s national team. 

After a rise that saw him feature in several key 2018 World Cup qualifiers, Acosta has seen his stock drop in the past year due to injuries and loss of form. 

Instead of an expected move to Europe, the Texas native will now look to reboot his career with the Rapids. Meanwhile, FCD will retain 50 percent of the value of any international transfer Acosta makes before the end of the 2020 summer transfer window. 

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“Kellyn Acosta is one of the bright young players in U.S. Soccer,” Rapids general manager Padraig Smith said in a club statement.

“His versatility in the midfield and ability to control games, get forward and break lines is something that will help this team both this season and in years to come. We can’t wait to welcome him to Colorado.”

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In exchange FCD acquires Badji, who has developed into a dangerous forward since Colorado selected him in the fourth round of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. 

The 25-year-old has scored 24 goals and notched 12 assists in 91 regular season matches for Colorado.

“Dominique adds a scoring touch that will complement our roster as we look to stay competitive at the top of the table the second half of the season,” said FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja in a club release. 

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Mbappe: I told Kante to join PSG during World Cup

Kylian Mbappe admits that he has urged N’Golo Kante to join PSG from Chelsea this summer.

Goal understands that the big-spending French club have targeted the World Cup winner as their priority transfer target this summer.

Kante, who capped an incredible rise by helping Les Bleus to victory in the tournament in Russia, has won two Premier League titles, first with Leicester City and secondly with Chelsea.

PSG would have to pay around £100 million ($132m) to sign the midfielder, and Chelsea have subsequently identified Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele as a potential replacement.

Mbappe, who was awarded the World Cup’s ‘Best Young Player’ award, says he has told Kante to move to Parc des Princes, while he has also been asked by president Nasser Al-Khelaifi about the possibility of signing the 27-year-old, and has issued a glowing recommendation.

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“It’s true that the president consulted me,” he told France Football

“I spoke to N’Golo during the World Cup, but not extensively because I know that when you bombard the brain with transfer stuff.

“At the end, I left a few words in his pockets, that he would have discovered once he got home to properly send a message.”

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Kylian Mbappe France

Mbappe has been touted as a potential Ballon d’Or winner after his exploits in Russia; he scored four goals at the tournament, including a fine strike against Croatia in the final.

While the forward believes that he belongs in the conversation for the individual award, he does not think that Lionel Messi will again battle it out with Cristiano Ronaldo for the prize.

“For the favourites, I will say, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, Raphael Varane… and me,” he added.

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Chelsea to make improved £45m bid for Juventus defender Rugani

Chelsea are preparing to make an offer for Daniele Rugani worth over £45 million ($59m) after Juventus rejected their initial bid.

The Blues made a first approach for the centre-back this month when representative Fali Ramadani met with the Bianconeri’s sporting director, Fabio Paratici, in Milan.

The Serie A champions knocked back that initial £36 million ($47m) offer, expecting around £10m more for the 23-year-old.

And the London club are willing to match that price in their next offer to close in on one of their top targets for the summer.

Chelsea are willing to offer Rugani a contract worth around £4m per season to reunite him with Maurizio Sarri.

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The new coach worked with Rugani for two years at Empoli when the defender was sent on loan from Juve.

Rugani played a pivotal role in the defence as Sarri’s side gained promotion from Serie B. He then started every game in the top flight the following season.

The seven-time Italy international made a big impression on the coach, who made him a top priority to bring to Stamford Bridge after luring Jorginho from former side Napoli.

And the admiration is mutual, as Rugani recently said of Sarri: “He is a person whom I respect a lot, who gave me a lot and who taught me many things.”

Since his return to Juventus, Rugani, who has three years left on his contract in Turin, has been unable to nail down a spot in Massimiliano Allegri’s first XI, but started 22 matches in the league last season.

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Although a move to the Premier League looks to be on the cards, the player travelled with his current team-mates to the United States on Monday as they begin their pre-season tour, in which they will face Bayern Munich, Benfica and Real Madrid.

As well as Rugani, Chelsea are confident of landing Aleksandr Golovin from CSKA Moscow, whose former team-mate seemed to confirm a move had been completed over the weekend.

They are, however, apparently in danger of losing star attacker Eden Hazard, who seems to want to move to Real Madrid, and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who wishes to follow him.

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