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Football Rumours on Friday 2nd February 2018

last updated Friday 02nd February 2018, 9:23 AM

  • Manchester United will prioritise signing a midfielder this summer to help get the best out of France international Paul Pogba, 24.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Arsenal will revisit a deal for Brazilian forward Malcom, 20, from Bordeaux in the summer, and could target Atletico Madrid and Slovenia keeper Jan Oblak, 25, as a replacement for 35-year-old Czech Petr Cech.
    (Evening Standard)

  • Serie A leaders Napoli were already beginning to cool their interest in Everton and Netherlands midfielder Davy Klaassen, 24, before a dispute over image rights ended a possible loan deal on deadline day.
    (Liverpool Echo)

  • Schalke and Germany midfielder Max Meyer will make a decision on his future in the coming weeks, with Arsenal and Barcelona reportedly keen on the 22-year-old.
    (Daily Star)

  • West Brom are planning contract talks with defender Jonny Evans, 30, after keeping hold of the player in the January transfer window. Evans has a £3m release clause in his contract if the Baggies are relegated.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Tottenham are planning a summer move for Fulham's English left-back Ryan Sessegnon, 17, and want to find a long-term replacement for 30-year-old Belgium midfielder Mousa Dembele, with Norwich and England Under-21 player James Maddison, 21, an option.
    (Evening Standard)

  • Inter Milan are now favourites to sign Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez, 20, from Racing Club, after interest from Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.

  • Real Madrid are interested in 25-year-old Brazil and Roma keeper Alisson, who is also a reported target for Liverpool.
    (Mundo Deportivo)

  • Roma sporting director Monchi insists there were no bids for Alisson during the January transfer window.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Belgium midfielder Leander Dendoncker is negotiating a release clause with Anderlecht after the club rejected a deadline-day offer from West Ham.
    (Het Laatste Nieuws)

  • Crystal Palace also made an offer for Dendoncker, 22, but it was too late to work out a deal, according to Anderlecht general manager Herman van Holsbeeck.

  • Everton wanted 20-year-old winger Ademola Lookman to go to Derby on loan, but the England Under-21 international forced through a deadline-day move to RB Leipzig.
    (Liverpool Echo)

  • Sunderland's English midfielder Jack Rodwell, 26, turned down the chance to join another club in January, despite having asked to leave and the Black Cats offering to cancel his £70,000-a-week contract.

  • Celtic rejected a late enquiry from Crystal Palace on deadline day about the availability of French striker Moussa Dembele, 21.
    (Scottish Sun)

  • Lille boss Christophe Galtier will speak to Ibrahim Amadou after the 24-year-old French defender missed training. The captain had travelled to London on deadline day but failed to force through a move to Crystal Palace.

  • Real Sociedad are offering to exchange fans' shirts bearing the name of Inigo Martinez for free, after the Spain defender joined rivals Athletic Bilbao for 32 million euros (£28m).
    (El Pais)

  • Borussia Dortmund boss Peter Stoger admits he is happy Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 28, left to join Arsenal on deadline day.


  • Chelsea manager Antonio Conte looks set to leave the club this summer.

  • Conte is set to be offered a way out of Stamford Bridge by Italy football chiefs, who will ask the 48-year-old to become national boss again.

  • But the Blues are hoping Conte can concentrate solely on football now the January transfer window is closed.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Manchester United want Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to take over once Jose Mourinho leaves Old Trafford.
    (Manchester Evening News)

  • Blackpool owner Owen Oyston faces another court date after missing deadline to pay a £10m instalment to former director Valeri Belokon.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Chris Coleman has questioned Jack Rodwell's desire to play after the midfielder snubbed a move away from Sunderland.


  • England's planned 2030 World Cup bid has been given a massive stamp of approval by UEFA.

  • Man City captain Vincent Kompany is considering his international future with Belgium in order to prolong his club career.
    (Daily Telegraph)


  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will only wear No 14 for the rest of his first season as an Arsenal player and hopes to take over Alex Iwobi's No 17 in 2018-19.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • West Ham missed out on Algeria striker Islam Slimani, 29, because Leicester refused to deal with Karren Brady after the Hammers vice-chair made comments in a newspaper about the Foxes' sacking of former manager Claudio Ranieri. Slimani has gone on loan to Newcastle.

  • Leicester and Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, 26, is facing a £200,000 fine as he continues to be absent from training after his proposed move to Manchester City fell through.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Mahrez's team-mates are furious with him for missing training, but he feels betrayed by the club.

  • Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini faces two months on the sidelines after aggravating a knee injury against Tottenham.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • The FA is still investigating claims of racist abuse brought by Everton's Mason Holgate against Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Manchester City are demanding a showdown with referees' chief Mike Riley to stop the horror tackles on their players.

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