Al Jazira reportedly spurn Mbark Boussoufa contract extension after 'excessive financial demands'

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Mbark Boussoufa (r) in action for Al Jazira.

Influential centre midfielder Mbark Boussoufa’s successful association with Al Jazira has been ended by excessive financial demands and he will follow departed Dutch coach Henk ten Cate through the summer exit door, according to reports.

Boussoufa, 33, proved a key figure since being snapped up on a two-year contract in July 2016 after his deal at Russia’s Lokomotiv Moscow expired. The Morocco international helped earn 2016/17’s incredible Arabian Gulf League triumph and the 2018 run to the AFC Champions League’s round of 16, across more than 60 appearances for the Pride of Abu Dhabi.

But Moroccan newspaper HESPRESS has stated that a request for his basic wage to rise was met with rejection and he will be a free agent again after this summer’s World Cup.

This stance follows an interview in March during which the ex-Anderlecht, Anzhi Makhachkala and Gent star expressed a desire to return to Europe.

“I’m negotiating with several European clubs, which I will not reveal the names,” he told another publication from the nation he represents, Assabah.

“There is a very good chance that I will be in a European championship next season.”

A summer of change is expected at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium after last term’s poor title defence.

A replacement for Ten Cate, arguably the club’s greatest coach, must be found after two-and-a-half years in charge detailed by off-field issues.

Only Brazilian forward Romarinho and Oman centre-back Mohammed Al Musalami are likely to be retained in their four-player foreign quota.

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Man City offer Andres Iniesta player-coach role as Barcelona legend says farewell - reports

David Cooper 19/05/2018
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How do you replace a Spanish midfield genius? By replacing him with an even better one – so Manchester City’s thoughts appear to be headed.

According to Yahoo Sport, Pep Guardiola is resigned to losing Mikel Arteta to Arsenal and has swiftly made a major play for his old friend Andres Iniesta.

Iniesta confirmed that he was to leave Barcelona for pastures new after two decades of unprecedented success in Catalonia.

His next destination was long thought to be China or even Japan, but his head has reportedly been turned by Guardiola – and that’s no surprise given the success his old boss has had in Manchester so far.

Guardiola is believed to have offered him the role as player-coach as a direct replacement for Arteta, who is increasingly likely to take the reins from Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium.

Iniesta is set to don the Blaugrana for the last time when La Liga champions Barcelona take on Real Sociedad at the Nou Camp on Sunday evening.

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Gianluigi Buffon to Liverpool headlines our Rumour Mill as Italian legend looks for perfect ending

Alex Broun 19/05/2018
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Buffon to Liverpool - stranger things have happened. (We think.)

The summer transfer window is now open and rumours of players and coaches potentially being on the move are coming at a frenzied pace.

Across the world of football, there is plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen very soon.

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GIANLUIGI BUFFON

It seems one of the more bizarre rumours you will hear this transfer window but the whispers are growing that the legendary Italian shot-stopper, at the tender age of 40, is considering a move to Merseyside.

The 2006 World Cup winner was all set to trade his boots in for slippers by signing off with Juventus at the end of yet another successful Serie A campaign but according to the man himself he has received a few tempting offers including, according to The Guardian, ESPN and The Sun, may include Liverpool.

If the move did happen it would certainly make some headlines.

Wilfried Zaha is in demand.

Wilfried Zaha is in demand.

WILFRIED ZAHA

Another player linked to the Reds is the Crystal Palace winger, not surprisingly as the 25-year-old rips Liverpool apart every time he takes the field against them.

Former Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson, now at Palace, has come up with a plan to keep his star forward at Selhurst Park next, says the Liverpool Echo.

But Hodgson may not only have his former club to worry about as Pep Guardiola has also expressed interest in bringing Zaha to the Premier League champions.

The Ivorian would be the perfect foil for both City and Liverpool’s overworked front men but it will be a challenge to pry him away from south London.

Time to say goodbye - but where to next?

Time to say goodbye – but where to next?

DAVID MOYES

Strange moves are afoot at West Ham. Brought in to rescue the club from relegation last November, the former Everton boss did exactly that winning nine and drawing 10 of his 31 matches in charge.

The Hammers finished nine points clear of the drop zone, after Moyes earned seven points out of the last nine.

His last game in charge was a 3-1 win over Everton on Sunday, after which he said he wanted to stay beyond this season. But West Ham have loftier goals with Manuel Pellegrini the mooted replacement.

As for Moyes himself newly relegated Stoke are keen for him to take over from the freshly-sacked Paul Lambert.

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