Atletico lodge complaint over Griezmann buyout clause

Barcelona's signing of Antoine Griezmann has been contested by Atletico Madrid, who claim their LaLiga rivals did not in fact trigger the player's release clause.

The 28-year-old forward has penned a five-year deal at the Nou Camp after Barca agreed to pay his 120m buyout clause.

However, it is the numbers involved that are causing problems, with Atletico claiming that the Catalans should have to pay an extra 80m euros as his release clause was set at 200m euros when the deal was first agreed.

Griezmann was presented as a new Blaugrana signing on Sunday and it is not known whether the latest action will prevent him from playing for the Spanish giants, but it seems as though the issue is far from over.

Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu has predictably rejected Atletico's version of events and claimed that first contact was made after Griezmann had announced his desire to leave.

Juventus to include 'three players' in Pogba offer

Juventus are refusing to give up their pursuit of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and are reportedly prepared to offer three players plus cash to get a deal over the line.

The France midfielder is keen to quit United this summer but the Red Devils are insisting their record signing is not for sale.

Reports suggest United may be willing to do business if they receive a cash deal worth around £180million - but neither Juventus nor Real Madrid can currently afford such a fee.

According to Corriere dello Sport, Juve are hoping United might be tempted to take three of their players. Joao Cancelo, Blaise Matuidi and Douglas Costa are the trio mentioned, though it seems extremely unlikely that United will be satisfied with the offer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already spent £50million on Aaron Wan-Bissaka which diminishes any need for Cancelo and while the United boss is still looking to strengthen his midfield and forward line, the Red Devils woul dprefer to focus on their own targets rather than accept Juve's dregs.

Real are said to be willing to pay the amount United are demanding - but they need to raise the funds first. To generate £180million, Florentino Perez is said to be looking to sell Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Dani Ceballos, Isco and Marco Asensio.

Barca's Cucurella joins Getafe on loan

Barcelona wing-back Marc Cucurella has joined Getafe on a season-long loan, with a view making his switch permanent in a six million euros deal.

The 20-year-old Spain youth international wing-back worked his way through the ranks at Barca and then joined Eibar on a season-long loan deal last summer.

Cucurella made 33 first-team appearances at the Ipurua, scoring one goal, ironically against Barca, as Los Armeros then took up the option to sign him for 2m euros.

But the Blaugrana included a clause to buy him back, which they enforced immediately and doubled Eibar's money in the process by paying them 4m euros.

It was believed that AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund were circling with a view to making a 10m euros bid, but Getafe have now snapped up Cucurella with Barca set to make a small profit when he moves to the Coliseum Alfonso Perez full-time in 12 months.

RB Leipzig won't pressure Werner into signing new deal

RB Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche insists the club won't pressure striker Timo Werner into signing a new deal, but admits the club can't wait "until forever".

The 23-year-old is reportedly wanted by Liverpool and Bayern Munich but Leipzig are determined to hang on to the Germany international.

Werner has scored 61 goals in 114 games for the Bundesliga club but he now has less than a year left on his current deal.

It was claimed that Werner had agreed personal terms with Bayern, but no move has materialised because the two clubs can't agree a fee.

In the meantime, Leipzig have made a fresh attempt to secure the player's services on a long-term basis by again offering him a new contract.

And, while Krosche claims the club are not pressuring him over a decision, but they are keen to have his future resolved because they will want to secure a transfer fee for his signature as opposed to losing him on a free in 12 months' time.

He told German news agency DPA: "We agreed with Timo not to give him an ultimatum.

"Time will tell how he will choose. [But we don't want to wait] until forever."

Report: Sundowns sign Tanzanian striker Habib Kyombo

Mamelodi Sundowns have reportedly completed the signing of Tanzanian striker Habib Kyombo, who confirmed the move on social media.

Kyombo was on trial with Sundowns in August 2018 and appears to have impressed coach Pitso Mosimane and his technical team enough to earn a contract.

The 18-year-old was on the books of Singida United in Tanzania's Premier League where he seems to boast a good goal-record, though his statistics can't yet be confirmed definitively.

In a post on his official Instagram account, the teenage forward said: "First of all I would like to thank God for everything.

"I would like the the amazing fans of Singida United, players, technical bench and staff for being with the whole season you were truly the best for me...thank you so much.

"But also I would like to thank my management @shadakasports for handling the deal from where I was to where I am now.

"I've officially started a new chapter of my football journey with my new club Mamelodi Sundowns and I pray to God to lead me to the right path until I reach my goals InshaAllah."

Wantaway Lukaku 'not fit' to feature against Inter

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Romelu Lukaku is "not fit" to face Inter Milan on Saturday as the striker continues to be linked with the Serie A outfit.

The Belgian striker will surely join Inter as soon as they come close to matching United's £75m price; he is yet to appear in pre-season games against Perth Glory and Leeds United, and will not face his prospective club.

"No he is not fit, he won't be available, no," said Solskjaer, who was then asked for an update on his transfer and said: "I don't have any updates from the last time you asked me."

He was then asked about the availability of David De Gea and Luke Shaw and said: "I think both will be available. Luke trained well yesterday, David we will try to get 60 or longer out of him.

"We will give players some 45, some 60, some 70. It is another stepping stone, we are not planning to swap them all on half time."

Will Manchester United replace Lukaku if he leaves? United may choose to use Anthony Martial more as a striker this season, with Solskjaer adding: "Anthony can be a world class forward.

"I think if you followed Anthony the way he has come back to pre-season, his attitude is spot on. I think he has always got the quality and talent, so I expect him, and Marcus, to be even better than last season.

"Anthony had a top season when he came, I expect we will see a better Anthony next season."

Breaking: Khune ruled out of Soweto derby

Kaizer Chiefs will be without club captain and influential goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune for the Carling Black Label Cup final against Orlando Pirates.

Khune missed much of last season with a serious shoulder injury after he was injured at training in a collision with Willard Katsande.

It was thought he was nearing full fitness however it appears the Glamour Boys are willing to err on the side of caution when it comes to his full recovery.

Chiefs' physio Dave Milner confirmed the 32-year-old will play no part in the Soweto derby, along with up-and-coming youngster Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, who is out with an achilles tendon injury.

Speaking to the side's official website, Milner said: "He has made considerable progress but we will only be able to ascertain his readiness to play at the beginning of August. A shoulder injury is sensitive and we have to make sure he is comfortable and ready to play.

"Ngcobo will still need to go through a strengthening phase, he is doing well though considering that the Achilles normally can take a bit of time to recover. We are looking September to have him joining his teammates on the ball.

"This means Khune and Ngcobo will not be available during the upcoming preseason friendly matches taking place this weekend in Botswana and next week's the much anticipated Carling Black Label Cup."

The Glamour Boys take on the Sea Robbers on 27 July at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. The encounter is already sold out.

Klopp committed to Liverpool cause

Jurgen Klopp has laughed off questions over his commitment to Liverpool, insisting he will remain at the Anfield helm for "at least three years".

Klopp has been in charge of the Reds since October 2015, when he signed an initial three-year deal, but he put pen to paper on a contract extension in June 2016, therefore tying him to the club for the next six years from that date.

He still has three years left to run on that agreement but was asked at a press conference at Notre Dame University in Indiana on the club's US tour how long he envisages staying.

Klopp, who was speaking to preview Saturday's friendly against his old club Borussia Dortmund, was surprised to be asked about his future but explained he had no intention of walking away before his current deal expires.

He said: "I don't think a lot of people get asked that question three years before their contract is expiring.

"We will see. I don't know if it sounded negative, positive, why should we think about it?

"At least three years, that's the answer, at least three years."

Klopp's stock has never been higher at Liverpool after leading them to Champions League glory in June on the back of finishing second in the Premier League, just a point behind champions Manchester City.

Pitso: Downs need to sign players better than what we have

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says finding players to improve his squad is difficult as he has so much quality at his disposal.

Sundowns are expected to ring the changes ahead of 2019/20 with a number of under-performing stars expected to be moved on whereas they have already signed Uruguayan striker Mauricio Affonso.

Nonetheless, Mosimane takes the view that squad improvement is a challenge as top players are hard to find. He even went as far to say that to replace creative talisman Gaston Sirino, you would need to look in Spain's La Liga.

Speaking to reporters, he said: "I hear you guys wanted new signings and we disappointed you, even last year.

"The challenge is we need to sign players better than what we have, players that will give something different to what we have. We need a player that will take Themba Zwane out, a player to take Gaston Sirino out, a player to take Lebo [Maboe] out.

"Lebo was a top player last season. [Anthony] Laffor is coming back from injury. If you sign a player, he must be a player better than that. If you don't do it, then you duplicate.

"It's very difficult to find those players. When you want a player better than that, it means it's going to cost you a lot of money. Good players are expensive. By the way, a player better than Sirino is in LaLiga."

Why Matlaba lost his mind with Orlando Pirates

Former Orlando Pirates left-back, Thabo Matlaba, says not playing and being left out of the match-day squad completely caused him mental distress.

Matlaba has been a star performer for the Sea Robbers since 2011/12 but made just seven league appearances in 2018/19.

The 31-year-old was offered a reduced deal to remain with Pirates however he opted to move to Black Leopards in search of first team football.

Speaking to Soccer Laduma, he said: "After Orlando Pirates took their decision (not to keep him), I had to start looking for a new club.

"To be honest, the chairman (Irvin Khoza) wanted me to stay because (he's got a) soft spot for me, but bengifuna ukudlala ibhola (I wanted to play football).

"I wanted to play football, so I was not playing (at Pirates) and ngiyabona ukuthi uma ungadlali, ingqondo ayithathi kahle (I see that when you're not playing, your mind is not stable). Going to training daily but, at the end of the day, you're not even making the 18-man squad.

"At least when you make the squad, you have hope to finally break into the starting line-up. Not even going to camp with the team makes you lose your mind. So, after their decision, I had to move on. I had been in touch with ubaba (Mr) David Thidiela, who was constantly monitoring my situation."

The former Bafana Bafana defender has penned a two-year deal with Leopards and will no doubt hope to rejuvenate his career in 2019/20.

Josta Dladla defends Kaizer Chiefs

Former Kaizer Chiefs star Josta Dladla has defended the club's decision to sign four players from other nations rather than use local talent.

Chiefs recently brought on board Lazarous Kambole from Zesco United, Ghanaian holding midfielder James Kotei, Samir Nurkovic from Serbia and South African-born Kearyn Baccus who was playing for Australia's Melbourne City.

Baccus was born in Durban but had resided in Australia since the age of eight. He penned a three-year contract with the Glamour Boys.

Dladla, who last played professional football in 2015/16 for Moroka Swallows and is now retired, told reporters: "It's management's choice to buy whoever they want. If they believe they've got better players overseas, there's nothing wrong with that.

"I mean, there is talent in South Africa, you saw (Happy) Mashiane getting promoted from the junior sides last season, and there are a lot of youngsters coming through.

"So, it would be unfair for me to say there's no talent in South Africa, [because] I'm South African as well. I come from here and I was created, born and bred here.

"It's only a matter of time until that talent is found. But people complain about everything. You can buy a white car and they'll say, 'why didn't you buy a black one?'

"So, it's just what the management believes is good for the team, and they are always going to go out and find it."

Alonso not considering Chelsea exit

Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has dismissed reports linking him with a move away from Stamford Bridge in the off-season, insisting he's "very happy" at the club.

The 28-year-old is understood to be a target for Spanish duo Barcelona and Atletico Madrid this summer after falling out of favour in the latter stages of 2018-19.

Despite losing his starting berth to Emerson, the former Sunderland and Fiorentina full-back still made 31 Premier League appearances and is likely to be a big part of Frank Lampard's plans during the upcoming campaign.

Alonso, who signed a new long-term contract last season, says he intends to see out that contract and insists he is "very happy" in west London.

"I signed a new contract last year and I'm very happy here," Alonso said. "I don't know if there's been any contact, you will have to speak to Marina [Granovskaia] about that."

Alonso added: "I have four more years here and I'm very happy.

"The last three years have been amazing and I want more of that. I want to keep playing and winning things."

Why Chiefs let Teenage Hadebe go

Mike Makaab, the agent to former Kaizer Chiefs defender Teenage Hadebe, has revealed he joined Yeni Malatyaspor as it was a good deal for all parties involved.

Hadebe didn't win great acclaim for his performances at Naturena with some supporters at times accusing him of being clumsy and reckless in the tackle.

As such, the Zimbabwe international has departed the Glamour Boys and will now play his football for Malatyaspor in Turkey's top flight.

The move means Chiefs still have one too many foreigners though Leonardo Castro is expected to depart as he is transfer-listed.

Makaab told reporters: "It was a surprise to us as much as it was a surprise to a lot of people.

"But I have to be honest and say it was a really good offer.

"Zimbabwe didn't cover themselves in glory, so I am not sure the offer had much to do with the AFCON.

"But it was a fair offer and a good opportunity for the player. He had a long chat with the club and at the end of the day all parties were happy with the deal. I am told they were interested in Teenage before the tournament."

Chelsea's Hudson-Odoi expected to snub Bayern

Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi looks set to snub interest from Bayern Munich in favour of penning a new contract at Stamford Bridge.

After months of being linked with a move to Bundesliga giants, and having a number of offers turned down for the player, it looks like the England international will continue his development with the Blues in the Premier League.

Talks are thought to be well down the line over a new deal for the 18-year-old attacker, who now looks set to commit his future to Chelsea after previously being unable to agree fresh terms.

The new deal is thought to be ready to earn the teenager £100,000 a week and now Bayern will have to look to other targets, having also been told Manchester City and Germany star Leroy Sane will also not be making the move to Allianz Arena this summer.

Zuke starts training with Highlands Park

Former Golden Arrows midfielder Sandile Zuke is being assessed by Johannesburg-based club Highlands Park.

Zuke recently parted ways with Arrows after reaching a settlement regarding the outstanding final year on his contract.

The 32-year-old was deemed surplus to requirements by coach Steve Komphela as he the former Kaizer Chiefs mentor looks to build for 2019/20.

A source told Kickoff: "It's settled now between Zuke and Arrows.

"His contract there was left with one year. They reached a mutual agreement and now he is looking forward to his new chapter, he is currently here in Joburg training with Highlands Park.

"He started on Tuesday, at the moment he is just training nothing more, they gave him an opportunity."

Percy Tau set to sign for Belgian giants

Bafana Bafana forward Percy Tau is reportedly set to sign for Belgian top flight giants Club Brugge on a loan deal.

Tau was the star performer for Union Saint-Glloise last season in the second tier on loan from Premier League outfit Brighton.

He scored 13 goals and recorded 13 assists as he unanimously won the Proximus Player of the Season award.

The 25-year-old former Mamelodi Sundowns star is ineligible to play for Brighton as he does not qualify for a visa due to the fact that Bafana remain outside of the top 50 teams in the world.

A report in Belgian publication Het Nieuwsblad said: "Negotiations are ongoing, but sources close to the player say that [the move] is as good as done.

"He is loaned for a year, possibly with an option [to purchase] but that is not yet certain."

Why ex-Chiefs striker failed to win a move in Europe

Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Ryan Moon did not earn a deal with Hibernian in Scotland's Premier League because he didn't improve the quality of the attack.

Moon recently had a trial stint with Hibs but did not do enough to secure a contract despite scoring in a friendly match.

Coach Paul Heckingbottom told deadlinenews.co.uk that the 22-year-old did not offer more than what he already had upfront in the ranks.

He told the publication: "We saw enough of Ryan on video in terms of his attributes. Athletic, good in the air and a really good lad. We wanted to give him an opportunity.

"But when we have the competition already in the building there's no point bringing in someone as a backup or who won't improve the 11.

"In the forward areas we have Fraser [Murray], Boyler [Martin Boyle], Daryl [Horgan], Joe [Newell], Scott [Allan], Oli [Shaw], Flo [Kamberi] and Christian [Doidge]. That's eight good players."

It appears Moon could return to South Africa where a move to Maritzburg United may be on the cards, though he would have to agree greatly reduced financial terms as revealed by Team of Choice Farook Kadodia.

Pedro de Launda offer 'big' tax free doillars for Billiat

Angolan Girabola side Petro de Luanda are reportedly ready to make an enormous offer to secure the services of Kaizer Chiefs forward Khama Billiat.

Since the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt, Billiat has been the subject of plenty of interest including from North African giants Wydad Casablanca and Al Ahly.

The Zimbabwe ace is approaching the second season of his three year deal with Chiefs which is thought to be one of the most lucrative in South Africa.

Reports suggest he is earning in the region of R3 million-a-season including his salary and signing on fees.

Nonetheless, a source has confirmed to Kickoff that Angola's most success club have offered massive contract offer to the 28-year-old.

He said: "There is big money put in front of Khama Billiat. I suspect it will create a reign of confusion.

"Pedro de Launda is now the latest club to come forward and offer a big deal for Billiat. It's big dollars and tax free.

"It's very interesting if Kaizer Chiefs will be tempted to sell him. He is also on a big contract there."

Barcelona step up Neymar pursuit

Barcelona are pushing ahead with plans to bring Neymar back to the Nou Camp after offering £90m plus two players for the Paris Saint-Germain forward.

The wantaway Brazil international, who has struggled with injuries of late, is eager to return to his former club in Catalonia after struggling to settle in the French capital with the Ligue 1 giants.

Barca are thought to have put down £90m on the table and given the Parisian outfit a list of six players from Camp Nou that could be included in a potential deal.

Reports have suggested the list from the Bluagrana includes the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, Ivan Rakitic, Nelson Semedo, Malcom and Samuel Umtiti.

PSG could look to cut their loses with Neymar, having made the former Santos star the most expensive player in the world.

Serie A champions Juventus have been linked with a move for the South American but Barcelona appears to be the destination for Neymar and this latest news of an offer looks to be another step closer to seeing the forward back at Camp Nou.

De Bruyne would 'gladly accept' Citizens captaincy

Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has admitted he would "gladly accept" if his team-mates selected him to captain the Premier League champions.

The Belgium international, along with fellow midfielder David Silva, has been linked with taking on the armband following the departure of iconic defender Vincent Kompany.

Manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed he will allow the players to decide Kompany's replacement as skipper and De Bruyne says he would be open to the task if selected by his peers.

"If the team wants me to be captain, or the club does, I would gladly accept it but I think that's something everybody needs to talk about as a team, as a club," he said.

"This will be talked about when everyone comes back."