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Football Rumours on Friday 20th July 2018

last updated Friday 20th July 2018, 8:45 AM



TRANSFER RUMOURS

  • Fulham have increased their offer for Espanyol's Spanish midfielder David Lopez, 28, from £13.41m to £17.88m.
    (El Mundo)


  • Fulham have had a £5m offer for goalkeeper Fabri accepted by Besiktas, who want Arsenal's David Ospina as a replacement.
    (Daily Express)


  • Fulham's summer recruitment is likely to include another loan spell for Chelsea midfielder Lucas Piazon.
    (Daily Star)


  • Brighton are closing on a new deal with winger Solly March, who has attracted interest from Fulham and Everton.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • Arsenal are ready to sell England striker Danny Welbeck as new boss Unai Emery looks to trim his squad. Everton are reportedly considering a £15m move for the 27-year-old.
    (Sun)


  • Anthony Martial, who is a target for Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus, will be handed a final chance to impress Jose Mourinho on Manchester United's tour of the USA.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • Manchester City will sell England forward Raheem Sterling in 12 months if the 23-year-old does not agree terms on a new contract. Sterling's deal runs until June 2020 but City will not allow any of their key players to run down contracts.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • However, Sterling fears his chances of earning the deal he wants with the Premier League champions have receded following his performances at the World Cup this summer.
    (Daily Telegraph)


  • Liverpool and Brazil midfielder Fabinho, 24, is trying to convince former Monaco team-mate Kylian Mbappe to join him at Anfield. Striker Mbappe, 19, won the World Cup with France earlier this month.
    (Liverpool Echo)


  • Chelsea will target 19-year-old AC Milan and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma if 26-year-old Belgium international Thibaut Courtois - a Real Madrid target - leaves Stamford Bridge this summer.
    (London Evening Standard)


  • Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas, 31, will stay and fight for the number one spot at Real even if the Spanish giants sign Courtois.
    (AS)


  • Juventus and Italy defender Daniele Rugani, 23, will join Chelsea on a five-year contract worth £77,000 a week, with the Blues paying the Italian champions a fee of about £44.2m.
    (London Evening Standard)


  • Brazilian midfielder Willian, 29, still wants to leave Chelsea despite the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as manager at Stamford Bridge. Willian fell out with former boss Antonio Conte last season.
    (Sun)


  • Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha has told club bosses he wants to leave this summer, with Palace putting a £70m asking price on the 25-year-old.
    (Sun)


  • Everton want to make a part exchange bid for Zaha, with former Palace winger and DR Congo international Yannick Bolasie, 29, returning to Selhurst Park as part of the deal.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • Leicester City have agreed a £12.5m fee with Liverpool for 25-year-old goalkeeper Danny Ward and will meet with the Wales international in the next 24 hours. Ward is wanted by Foxes boss Claude Puel as competition for Denmark's Kasper Schmeichel, not as a replacement.
    (Daily Telegraph)


  • Valencia are keen to sign Manchester United's 20-year-old Dutch defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah on loan with a view to a permanent signing.
    (Super Deporte)


  • Swansea City are in talks to sign Manchester City's 21-year-old Kosovo midfielder Bersant Celina in a deal worth up to £4m.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • Sheffield United have made a record £5m offer for 28-year-old English striker Martyn Waghorn from Championship rivals Ipswich Town.
    (Daily Star)


  • United's Welsh striker Ched Evans, 29, is wanted on loan by Joey Barton's Fleetwood Town.
    (@SUFC_tweets)


  • Stoke City are close to agreeing a £10m fee with Huddersfield Town for 26-year-old English winger Tom Ince.
    (Daily Telegraph)


  • The Potters are also close to confirming two more arrivals - Aston Villa and Wales defender James Chester, 29, and West Brom's Republic of Ireland midfielder James McClean, 29.
    (Stoke Sentinel)


  • Brentford's Dutch winger Florian Jozefzoon, 27, has chosen to join Derby County over Leeds United and will sign a three-year contract.
    (Derby Telegraph)




  • MANAGEMENT STUFF

  • Arsenal have appointed Mikhail Zhilkin, one of the developers of Candy Crush, as their new 'data scientist'.
    (Sun)


  • Antonio Conte is set to take legal action against Chelsea, including the claim that he should be compensated for loss of future earnings and the damage to his career caused by the club's delay in sacking him.
    (Times)


  • Roman Abramovich has ordered new Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri to smarten up - telling him to wear suits on the touchline and to cut out his half-time cigarettes.
    (Sun)


  • Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are unlikely to sign Nabil Fekir this summer, as he is confident Alisson will be their final purchase of the window.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • Rafa Benitez rejected two contract offers from Newcastle United this summer because he was not given the assurances he was looking for regarding the club's future.
    (Sun)




  • INTERNATIONAL STUFF
  • Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is the top target for the Japan FA as they look for a new national manager. The 68-year-old Frenchman has said he wants to stay in the game.
    (Daily Mail)




  • OTHER STUFF

  • Former England defender Joleon Lescott is set for a season tracking Manchester City's youngsters around Europe after being appointed to their pathways team.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Aston Villa owner Tony Xia is in talks with a Middle East group to save the crisis-hit Sky Bet Championship club.
    (Sun)


  • Manchester United were held 1-1 by Mexican side Club America in their opening pre-season match in Phoenix on Friday morning.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Manchester United have confirmed Alexis Sanchez's visa issue has been resolved and he will now travel to the United States.
    (Sky Sports)




















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