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Football Rumours on Friday 18th May 2018

last updated Friday 18th May 2018, 8:43 AM


  • Arsenal could sell Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 27, if he does not sign a new contract this summer.

  • Liverpool want Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, 40, who has left Juventus after 17 years, but may face competition from Premier League champions Manchester City.

  • Manchester United will begin discussions with Monaco over 25-year-old France full-back Djibril Sidibe.
    (Le 10 Sport)

  • United are on the verge of finalising a 50m euro (£43.7m) deal with Juventus for Brazilian left-back Alex Sandro, 27.
    (La Stampa)

  • Juventus want to bring back Alvaro Morata, who played for the club from 2014 to 2016. The 25-year-old Spain striker scored 11 Premier League goals in 31 appearances in his first season at Chelsea.

  • Chelsea have ruled out allowing on-loan 24-year-old Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi to join Borussia Dortmund on a permanent deal but would welcome the German side signing Morata.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • The Blues have compiled a shortlist to present to manager Antonio Conte's successor, including Manchester United's France forward Anthony Martial, 22, and 26-year-old Nice and Ivory Coast midfielder Jean-Michael Seri.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, 29, says he only expects to play with Barcelona forward Lionel Messi for Argentina, and that he is happy at Etihad Stadium.
    (Corriere dello Sport)

  • The agent of Napoli midfielder Jorginho says a transfer to Manchester City will be a formality once the clubs agree on a fee. Napoli want up to £60m for the 26-year-old Brazilian - but City will try to agree a price closer to £50m.
    (Manchester Evening News)

  • Napoli have placed a 120m euros (£104.7m) price tag on Senegal centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, 26, in an attempt to deter Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United.
    (RAI Sport)

  • Leicester have agreed a fee with Porto of £17.5m plus add-ons for Portugal defender Ricardo Pereira, 24.
    (Leicester Mercury)

  • Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 33, would only be allowed to leave the Spanish giants for Major League Soccer in the United States and not for a European league.

  • Paris St-Germain's Brazil forward Neymar, 26, has returned to full training having sustained a broken metatarsal in February.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Ruben Neves has "no interest" in leaving Wolves despite reported interest in the 21-year-old Portuguese midfielder from some of Europe's biggest clubs.
    (Express and Star)

  • Leeds are targeting out-of-contract Hull and Uruguay striker Abel Hernandez, 27.
    (Yorkshire Post)

  • Rangers are expected to continue their pursuit of Brighton's English defender Connor Goldson, having had an initial bid for the 25-year-old rejected by the Seagulls.


  • Former Arsenal and Spain midfielder Mikel Arteta is closing in on becoming the successor to Arsene Wenger at Emirates Stadium.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and director of football Txiki Begiristain have given permission for their assistant coach Arteta to speak to his old club.

  • The Gunners also intend to speak to their record goalscorer and former France international Thierry Henry about their vacant managerial position early next week.
    (Sky Sports)

  • West Brom are set to appoint Darren Moore as their new manager after players stepped in and pleaded his case.

  • Pep Guardiola has committed his future to Manchester City by signing a new three-year deal.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Rafael Benitez, thought to be a target for West Ham, would prefer to stay as Newcastle manager, but wants assurances over transfer budgets from owner Mike Ashley.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Benitez wants a £100m to spend on players, full control over transfers and a £6m-per-year contract to stay with the Magpies.
    (Daily Express)

  • The 58-year-old Spaniard's talks over a new contract at Newcastle have reached a critical stage.

  • Claudio Ranieri will leave his position as coach of Nantes at the end of the season, the League 1 club announced on Thursday.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Stoke manager Paul Lambert is due to meet with vice-chairman John Coates on Friday to discuss his future following relegation.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Liverpool will consider offering Pep Lijnders a route back to Anfield after he left his role as NEC Nijmegen manager.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Shakhtar Donetsk head coach Paulo Fonseca - who has been linked with West Ham and Everton - has signed a new two-year contract with the Ukrainian club.
    (Shakhtar Donetsk)


  • Gareth Southgate's England contract has a clause that gives the FA the option to automatically extend it by two years, with the governing body planning on keeping him as manager until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Roberto Martinez has agreed a two-year contract extension to remain as Belgium head coach until after Euro 2020.


  • Chelsea are the first club to reach a financial settlement with a victim of football's sex abuse scandal, a junior player who was allegedly abused by Eddie Heath.

  • Jack Wilshere has taken to social media to express his frustration at missing out on England's World Cup squad.
    (Sky Sports)

  • A Singapore consortium which involves Netherlands great Wesley Sneijder has held talks with Blackpool owner Owen Oyston about a takeover of the League One club.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Manchester United are on course to meet their financial targets for the current year despite an early exit from the Champions League.
    (Sky Sports)

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