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Football Rumours on Thursday 17th May 2018

last updated Thursday 17th May 2018, 9:40 AM


  • Arsenal have turned their attention to Borussia Dortmund's 29-year-old Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, whom they believe they could sign for about £17.5m after being put off a bid for Turkey defender Caglar Soyuncu by Freiburg's £35m asking price.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Arsenal are also interested in signing 30-year-old Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans in a £3m deal following West Brom's relegation.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Arsenal are closing on a deal to sign highly-rated Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

  • Wayne Rooney's move to the United States could be off after Everton sacked manager Sam Allardyce. Former England striker Rooney, 32, wants to speak to the new boss before deciding whether to join DC United.

  • Leicester are closing in on a £25m deal for Porto right-back Ricardo Pereira and plan to follow that up with the signing of Manchester City's Patrick Roberts.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Manchester United are close to sealing a £43.7m deal for Juventus' 27-year-old Brazil defender Alex Sandro, with Italy defender Matteo Darmian, 28, set to go in the opposite direction.
    (Le Stampa)

  • Manchester United are also interested in £30m-rated Atletico Madrid and Croatia defender Sime Vrsaljko, 26.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Wolves and Monaco are interested in AC Milan's 22-year-old Portugal striker Andre Silva, a £33m signing last summer.
    (Sky Sports Italy)

  • Swansea are resigned to losing centre-back Alfie Mawson and goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski this summer after their relegation from the Premier League.

  • Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola expects to sign only two players this summer.
    (Daily Express)

  • Leicester City are close to agreeing a deal to sign Portugal right-back Ricardo Pereira, 24, from Porto for about £25m.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Stoke's 25-year-old Austria defender Kevin Wimmer, signed from Tottenham for £18m last summer, is in talks over a move to German side Hannover.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Hull City's Uruguay striker Abel Hernandez, 27, could move to fellow Championship side Leeds when his contract expires this summer.
    (Yorkshire Evening Post)

  • Celtic defender Kieran Tierney, 20, says Atletico Madrid's interest is flattering but claims he could remain at the Hoops for the rest of his career.

  • Chelsea's Belgium forward Eden Hazard, 27, has said he is waiting to see the club's transfer business before he commits to a new contract.


  • Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is to be awarded the Freedom of the Borough of Croydon.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Manager Mauricio Pochettino will commit to Tottenham for one more season amid interest from Chelsea.

  • Steve Bruce is on collision course with Aston Villa chiefs over their decision to refuse a new contract to defender Alan Hutton.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Jack Ross is set for a second round of talks with Ipswich on Thursday as he edges closer to the job.
    (Daily Record)

  • Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique's hopes of landing the Chelsea job could receive a significant boost after Maurizio Sarri held talks over staying at Napoli.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • West Ham will make an approach for Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez, with Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca also among those under consideration.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • West Ham want to interview former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini after Fonseca ruled himself out of the running to replace David Moyes.

  • Everton have confirmed the appointment of PSV director of football Marcel Brands to a similar role at Goodison Park.
    (Sky Sports)


  • England WC 2018 squad - Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Danny Rose, Ashley Young, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jesse Lingard, Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Dele Alli is desperate to impress Gareth Southgate in pre-World Cup training and friendlies to re-establish himself in England's starting XI.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Chelsea defender Gary Cahill was stunned when England boss Gareth Southgate rang him to tell him he was in his World Cup squad, having expected to miss out.
    (Daily Star)


  • Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart faces a long summer, having missed out on England's World Cup squad and learning that no Premier League clubs are interested in signing him.

  • The seven-year-old son of Watford honorary president Sir Elton John is part of the Hornets' academy side.

  • Manchester United and Liverpool are among the teams set to be invited to take part in a 24-team Club World Cup. The tournament will take place every four years, with the first edition expected in 2021.

  • Chelsea have been fined £20,000 after accepting an FA charge of failing to control their players against Huddersfield.
    (Sky Sports)

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