Football Rumours on Friday 22nd December 2017

last updated Friday 22nd December 2017, 9:10 AM


Arsenal will launch a £35.4m move to bring Juventus star Daniele Rugani to the Premier League.
(Sun)

  • Marseille have joined the list of clubs to have expressed interest in signing Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Manchester City are monitoring defender Leonardo Bonucci's situation at AC Milan, amid rumours the 30-year-old Italy defender is unhappy.
    (Gazzetta dello Sport)


  • Alternatively City have prioritised Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk, 26, ahead of West Brom's 29-year-old Northern Ireland international Jonny Evans and Real Sociedad's Inigo Martinez, 26.
    (Daily Telegraph)


  • Barcelona and Spain midfielderSergio Busquets, 29, has been earmarked as a £50m replacement for Yaya Toure by Manchester City.
    (Daily Star)


  • Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says he cannot guarantee Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha, 25, will be at the club beyond the January transfer window.
    (Reuters)


  • Everton boss Sam Allardyce wants to make Crystal Palace centre-back James Tomkins, 28, his first signing in a potential £20m deal.
    (Sun)


  • Inter Milan want to take Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan on loan in January, but cannot commit to buying the 28-year-old Armenia captain in the summer.
    (Talksport)


  • Chelsea have offered to make Thibaut Courtois the best-paid goalkeeper in the world, putting a contract extension worth more than £200,000 a week deal on the table for the 25-year-old Belgium international.
    (Daily Telegraph)


  • Alternatively, Sunderland centre-back Lamine Kone could be set for a reunion with former manager Allardyce with Everton interested in a £10m January move.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • West Ham are preparing a £20m bid for Swansea's 23-year-old centre-back Alfie Mawson.
    (Guardian)


  • Newcastle are interested in Leicester and Algeria striker Islam Slimani, 29, but current takeover talks at St James' Park could scupper any deal in January.
    (Leicester Mercury)


  • Nice forward Mario Balotelli, 27, wants to move to a "big club" and would return to Manchester City for free.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • Chelsea boss Antonio Conte expects to strengthen his squad by adding a forward in January.
    (Independent)


  • Manchester United are keeping tabs on 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund and USA winger Christian Pulisic.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Arsenal are considering a 20 million euro (£17.7m) move for 22-year-old Barcelona winger Jose Arnaiz.
    (Marca)


  • Liverpool target Sime Vrsaljko, 25, will not be leaving Atletico Madrid in January, with the club's president insisting he will remain with the La Liga side.
    (Daily Star)


  • Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta says Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho, 25, would fit in perfectly at the Nou Camp.
    (Mundo Deportivo)


  • Liverpool are competing with Borussia Dortmund for 22-year-old Basel centre-back Manuel Akanji.
    (Independent)


  • Atletico Madrid midfielder Nicolas Gaitan, 29, will leave the club in January as Premier League sides want to sign him, says the Argentina international's agent.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Stoke midfielder Stephen Ireland, 31, has agreed a new deal at the club.
    (ESPN)




  • MANAGEMENT STUFF

  • Swansea are considering an approach for former Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp as their new manager after the 48-year-old Dutchmanwas sacked as Ajax assistant.
    (Daily Express)


  • Alternatively former Crystal Palace manager Frank De Boer and ex-Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka are in the frame for the job.
    (Times)


  • Arsenal have swooped for Reading academy boss Lee Herron, the man who discovered Gylfi Sigurdsson and Shane LongArsenal have swooped for Reading academy boss Lee Herron, the man who discovered Gylfi Sigurdsson and Shane Long.
    (Daily Star)


  • Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is confident he retains the support of the club's board and can turn the Potters' fortunes around.
    (Talksport)


  • Norwich boss Daniel Farke is under increasing pressure with accusations of over-training his players compounding the Canaries' stuttering league form.
    (Independent)


  • Former Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari says striker Nicolas Anelka got him the sack at Stamford Bridge - by refusing to play on the wing.
    (ESPN Brazil)




  • INTERNATIONAL STUFF

  • Two key figures in recent successes in England youth football - talent identification manager Nick Levett and U18/U20 coach Steve Brown - have been made redundant by the FA.
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    (Times)






  • OTHER STORIES

  • Manchester United legend and former assistant manager Ryan Giggs has criticised the club's transfer policy claiming he advised them to sign both now-Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus, 20, and Paris St Germain forward Kylian Mbappe, 19 during his time on the staff.
    (Times)


  • Lewisham council is still seeking a compulsory purchase of land leased by Millwall around The Den according to a leaked email from the borough's deputy mayor.
    (Guardian)


  • Barcelona midfielder Paulinho holds no grudge about his ill-fated spell at Tottenham saying he keeps in contact with former team-mate Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and Eric Dier.
    (Guardian)


  • a Atletico Madrid have sold their share in Ligue 2 side Lens, just 12 months after making the investment.
    (ESPN)


  • Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain took a bit of a hammering from some pupils on a visit to a local school.
    (Twitter)


















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