Jordyn Huitema-to-Bayern Munich or Manchester City rumors heating up

Bavarian Football Works

We had heard some early rumblings that Canadian star Jordyn Huitema might be looking to leave Paris Saint-Germain.

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Chelsea monitoring AS Monaco defensive midfielder Aurélien Tchouaméni

We Ain’t Got No History

Chelsea’s need for a defensive midfielder has been glaringly highlighted in recent weeks, with the lack of a protective shield for our backline exposing our frailties, especially whenever N’Golo Kante has been injured or not quite up to 100 per cent of his usual imperious form. To that effect, Declan Rice has been constantly linked with a return to his boyhood club, but Chelsea are also looking at alternative (and cheaper?) options, as one always should.

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Real Madrid won’t fire Zinedine Zidane after shocking Copa del Rey exit?

Yardbarker

A defiant Zinedine Zidane explained in early December that he would not step down as Real Madrid manager after Los Blancos fell to minnows Alaves and were in danger of missing out on the Champions League group stages. 

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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero tests positive for COVID-19

DAZN

Manchester City will need to do without Sergio Aguero for a little while longer.

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Five likely destinations for RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano, Europe’s most in demand defender

CBS Sports

Dayot Upamecano is highly likely to leave RB Leipzig at the end of this season and the France international will be available for $51 million due to a clause in his contract with the German Bundesliga title chasers.

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Chelsea ideal next manager: Bundesliga-bred, experienced, with ‘clear tactical philosophy’

We Ain’t Got No History

Pictured at the top are Julian Nagelsmann and Ralf Rangnick, then of TSG Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig, respectively, and now of RB Leipzig and of pseudo-retirement, respectively, and they are just two of the names who supposedly fit Chelsea’s bill for the club’s next manager if (when?) Frank Lampard’s tenure ends prematurely.

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Barcelona appealing Lionel Messi’s two-match ban for swinging at opponent

Yardbarker

Spanish giants Barcelona are set to be without superstar Lionel Messi for a pair of matches. 

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David Alaba’s father denies a “done deal” with Real Madrid (Update: The medical DID happen)

Bavarian Football Works

After Marca dropped a bombshell yesterday claiming that Bayern Munich defender David Alaba had signed a contract agreement with Real Madrid, the player’s father has come out and denied the reports. George Alaba spoke to a number of media outlets saying that no contract had been signed with anyone yet, and that a number of clubs were still interested. What this means for the whole saga is still unclear — you can assume that Madrid are still the front-runners.

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EPL reports drop in COVID-19 cases after latest week of testing

The Score

The Premier League uncovered 16 cases of COVID-19 from 3,115 tests administered to players and club staff between Jan. 11 and Jan. 17.

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Chelsea willing to pay club-record fee to sign Dortmund’s Haaland

Daily Mail

Chelsea 'will go all-out to sign Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland this summer' and are prepared to smash their transfer record to get him.

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Lionel Messi Facing Barcelona Ban After Super Cup Red Card

Heavy

Lionel Messi received the first red card of his Barcelona career on Sunday after being given his marching orders in the Catalan giants’ 3-2 defeat to Athletic Club in the final of the Spanish Super Cup.

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AC Milan and Parma Have An Agreement Over Andrea Conti

AC Milan Offside

Nicolo Schira is reporting that AC Milan and Parma have an agreement for the transfer of right back Andrea Conti on a loan with an obligation to buy for 7 million euros. The right back has fallen behind Calabria and Dalot in the pecking order and states that only the consent of the player is missing for the deal to be closed.

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Mesut Ozil free to join Fenerbahce after Arsenal agree to terminate contract

The Score

After months in exile, Mesut Ozil is finally free to leave Arsenal.

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Eric Garcia: Man City boss Pep Guardiola admits defender could leave in January

Sky Sports

Pep Guardiola is unsure whether Eric Garcia will still be a Manchester City player by the end of the transfer window.

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino tests positive for COVID-19

Yardbarker

Reigning Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain confirmed on Friday that new manager Mauricio Pochettino tested positive for COVID-19. 

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Wayne Rooney retires from playing after an illustrious 19-year career on the pitch to become Derby County manager

Daily Mail

Wayne Rooney the football player is now a football manager after being hired by Derby County on a permanent basis.

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Montreal MLS team rebrands as Club De Foot Montreal

Montreal Gazette

The Montreal Impact is no more. The city’s premiere soccer team will be now be called the Club de Foot Montréal, or CF Montréal for short.

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Liverpool feels Bayern Munich’s David Alaba is “too small” of a defender for a worthy investment

Bavarian Football Works

It’s no secret that there are a handful of clubs across Europe that have expressed keen interest in signing David Alaba given his contract situation at Bayern Munich. At this current juncture, Real Madrid look the most likely to sign the Austrian international, but Liverpool were one of the other big clubs that made their interest clear given their current defensive injury crisis. Not to mention, with Jurgen Klopp’s time in the Bundesliga managing both Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund, Alaba is a player he faced a handful of times before he took his sabbatical after the 2014/2015 Bundesliga season.

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Toronto FC to name Chris Armas head coach

TSN

The Toronto FC will name Chris Armas as their next head coach, TSN's Kristian Jack reports.

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Premier League chief issues warning to clubs over COVID-19 protocols

Evening Standard

The Government has warned footballers to start following coronavirus protocols and told the game’s authorities to “strictly” enforce the guidelines, following more group celebrations last night.

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Megan Rapinoe Rips The ‘White Supremacist Mob’ In “Murderous” Attack On US Capitol

Total Pro Sports

Megan Rapinoe has hit out at Donald Trump for inciting a “white supremacist mob” in last week’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol.

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German hairdressers protest Bundesliga footballers’ haircuts

ESPN

The German Hairdresser Association has asked the German Football Association (DFB) why the country's footballers have taken to the pitch with fresh haircuts amid the nationwide lockdown.

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Talk of Philadelphia Union interest in Nicolás Demartini resurfaces

Brotherly Game

Could the left-footed center back Ernst Tanner has said he is targeting to replace Mark McKenzie 21-year-old Argentine Nicolás Demartini?

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LAFC sign defender Kim Moon-hwan

Angels On Parade

It’s official: LAFC have signed defender Kim Moon-hwan, announced on Monday by the club after the rumor emerged in South Korea a little over a week ago.

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Moussa Dembele responds to West Ham swoop, offer lined up

Football Insiders

Moussa Demebele has knocked back the chance to join West Ham this month, Football Insider can reveal.

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