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Football Rumours on Saturday 23rd December 2017

last updated Saturday 23rd December 2017, 9:26 AM

Manchester United are preparing an opening offer of £25m for Fulham left-back Ryan Sessegnon, with Jose Mourinho ready to let Luke Shaw leave Old Trafford in order to sign the 17-year-old England youth international.

  • Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is growing disillusioned under Pep Guardiola, with the 29-year-old's long-term future at the Premier League leaders in the balance.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Arsenal are targeting a £17.7m move for Barcelona starlet Jose Arnaiz.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez agreed a deal to stay at the club a year ago but changed his mind after the Gunners lost 10-2 on aggregate to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

  • Arsenal are leading Manchester United in the race to sign Juventus defender Daniele Rugani and will make a £34.5m offer for him in January.

  • Celtic are ready to sell Moussa Dembele in the January transfer window with Everton and West Ham interested.
    (Daily Express)

  • Brighton are set to test Celtic's resolve with a £20m bid for Moussa Dembele, but the striker is valued by the Scottish champions at £30m.

  • Gareth Bale has told Real Madrid that he wants to quit the Bernabeu and return to the Premier League with Manchester United.
    (Daily Star)

  • Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev says he is not thinking about selling Thomas Lemar, 22, next month with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool all keen on the France winger.
    (Daily Star)

  • West Ham have had an opening £8m bid for Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter, 27, rejected.
    (Daily Express)

  • Everton boss Sam Allardyce is interested in signing Sevilla's Steven N'Zonzi, having managed the 29-year-old at Blackburn.
    (Daily Mail)

  • But any deal for N'Zonzi is now in doubt after Sevilla sacked head coach Eduardo Berizzo on Friday, with Arsenal also keen on the French midfielder.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Sunderland defender Lamine Kone, 28, is not a target for Everton "at the moment", says Toffees manager Sam Allardyce.

  • Arsenal have moved ahead of Liverpool in the race to sign 20-year-old Dutch winger Alessio Da Cruz from Italian Serie B side Novara after holding talks with the player's representatives.

  • Manchester City insist they will not be held to ransom over a move for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, 26.
    (Manchester Evening News)

  • Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez is set to listen to offers for out-of-favour midfielders Jack Colback, 28, Mohamed Diame, 30, and winger Rolando Aarons, 22, in January.

  • Meanwhile, Benitez has laid out his January transfer window demands to Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, with a loan deal close for Chelsea winger Kenedy.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij, 25, who is a target for Liverpool, has been told by the club president that he is free to leave the Serie A club in January.
    (Daily Express)

  • Zinedine Zidane says Real Madrid will not discuss any new deal for Cristiano Ronaldo until after the winter break.


  • West Ham boss David Moyes says Newcastle approached him to become their manager in March 2016 before they appointed Rafael Benitez.

  • Antonio Conte is desperate to land the Real Madrid job, with current boss Zinedine Zidane under pressure ahead of the Clasico against Barcelona.
    (Daily Express)


  • Manchester United sent staff to get Paul Pogba out of bed after the 24-year-old midfielder failed to report for a warm-down session.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has been described as the 'nightmare' before Christmas by Manchester United centre-half Chris Smalling.
    (Leicester Mercury)

  • Jan Vertonghen is convinced a raft of returning players can help propel Tottenham back up the Premier League table after their recent struggles.

  • West Ham goalkeeper Adrian has revealed that the early months of this season were the hardest he's had to face at the club.
    (London Evening Standard)

  • Mohamed Salah says he is convinced Liverpool will end their six-year wait for a trophy this season.
    (Liverpool Echo)

  • Striker Romelu Lukaku is unhappy at Manchester United and feels he's being undermined by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
    (Daily Mirror)

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