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18/06/19

Birmingham City sack manager Garry Monk

Monk
Monk

Birmingham City have announced they have parted company with manager Garry Monk.

A statement from the St Andrews club read: “Birmingham City has today parted company with manager Garry Monk.

“The Board of Directors believe this to be in the long term interests of the Club.

“We thank Garry for his efforts and we wish him the best for the future.

“Pep Clotet has been appointed caretaker Head Coach and the remainder of the coaching and backroom staff – including Sean Rush, Darryl Flahavan, Ryan Needs and James Beattie – stay in place.

“Pep takes charge of team affairs with immediate effect.


Bale to remain at Real 

Bale
Gareth Bale (Getty Images)

According to agent Jonathan Barnett, Gareth Bale will not be leaving Real Madrid on loan.

The 29-year-old has fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu under Zinedine Zidane, who has “decided he can do without” Bale, according to Jonathan Barnett.


Mata to Man Utd 

Juan Mata is set to sign a new deal at Manchester United, according to the Independent.

The Spaniard’s current contract is set to expire and would see him leave Old Trafford on a free transfer.

However, the United hierarchy have moved to extend the playmaker’s stay in Manchester, having offered new deals to several other players in the same position already.


Atletico Madrid eye Granit Xhaka

Atletico Madrid are looking at Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka as a replacement for Manchester City-bound Rodri. The Spanish giants are wasting no time in finding a potential replacement for Rodri, who is expected to join City in a £62 million transfer.

Granit Xhaka
Granit Xhaka

Adrien Rabiot agrees terms with Juventus

According to the Mirror, Adrien Rabiot will be putting pen to paper on a five-year deal with Juventus after agreeing terms with the Italian giants.


Coutinho boycotts United

According to Marca, Philippe Coutinho wants out of Barcelona, but won’t consider a move to Manchester United.

Since moving from Liverpool, Coutinho has struggled though he impressed with a brace in Brazil’s 3-0 Copa America opener against Bolivia on Saturday.

Coutinho still holds great affection for Liverpool, so signing to their biggest rivals doesn’t seem to be on the cards.


AZ ready to sign Sugawara

AZ Alkmaar have agreed terms for the signing of 18-year-old Japanese defender Yukinari Sugawara.

Sugawara, currently of Nagoya Grampus Eight, will travel to the Netherlands for a medical on Friday, the club announced on their website.

The right-back made his club debut last year, and has 11 caps for Japan at under-17 level to his name.


Juventus up bid for Pogba

Juventus have stepped up their Pogba pursuit as they are expected to go as high as €140m, but they are aware of the competition they are faced with from Real Madrid, according to Goal.

Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici met with Manchester United officials to discuss a potential deal and the Italian side are preparing an official offer expected to be in the region of €130 million (£116m/$145m) to €140m (£125m/$157m).

But Madrid could be the ones to lure him away from Old Trafford and are willing to bid €125m (£112m/$140m) for him.


Chelsea offered £35m for Willian

Chelsea have rejected the £35 million offer from Barcelona and Atletico Madrid for Willian, according to Sky Sports. Willian is in his final year of his contract and started 26 of his 32 Premier League appearances last term.

Barca have long been interested in the Brazil international, having had offers for him knocked back last summer and again in January.


Juve set to bring big signings under Sarri

Maurizio Sarri is to be backed in the transfer market with some big signings, claim La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Paul Pogba, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Federico Chiesa and Nicolo Zaniolo are all in the crosshairs for the Turin side, who are desperate to take the next step and lift the Champions League trophy.


United to sign Rashford 

Marcus Rashford is to end any speculation of a move away from Manchester United by signing a new long-term contract at the club, according to The Times.

Rashford’s current deal runs until the end of next season, with United having the option of triggering an extra year taking him through to 2021.


Lee Bowyer signs a 1-year contract extension at Charlton

Lee Bowyer
Lee Bowyer

Bowyer has agreed a new contract at Charlton – just hours after the club announced the deal was off.

Bowyer and owner Roland Duchatelet held overnight talks and have reached agreement on a new one-year deal to keep him at the club.

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