Football Rumours on Thursday 21st December 2017

last updated Thursday 21st December 2017, 9:48 AM


  • Arsenal and Liverpool are in talks to sign Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, 21.
    (Daily Star)


  • Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 29, is nearing a move to Paris St-Germain after his agent flew to the French capital for talks.
    (Metro)


  • PSG will bid £25m to try to sign Sanchez, though Manchester City still want the Chile international after failing with a £60m bid in the summer.
    (Daily Express)


  • Sanchez will stay at Arsenal until the end of the season, then join Manchester City on a free transfer in a deal that will earn him £400,000 a week.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • Barcelona are willing to pay £132m to sign Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 25, in January.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Atletico Madrid say 25-year-old full-back Sime Vrsaljko, a target for Liverpool, will not be moving next month.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • Chelsea are set to fail in their bid to sign Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey, 20, next month but are still interested in Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, 24, and Monaco forward Thomas Lemar, 22.
    (London Evening Standard)


  • Lemar is thought to prefer a move to Liverpool over a switch to Stamford Bridge or Arsenal.
    (Independent)


  • Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says there is a 90% chance he will not add to his squad in January.
    (London Evening Standard)


  • Tottenham are keeping an eye on Lyon's France U21 star Maxwel Cornet, who has a £7m release clause.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • Valencia have agreed a £31m fee for Paris St-Germain winger Goncalo Guedes. The 21-year-old has been on loan at the Spanish club and has interested both Arsenal and Manchester United.
    (Sun)


  • Arsenal and Manchester City are monitoring Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski, 25, with a view to bidding for him next summer.
    (Times)


  • Arsenal and Everton target Steven N'Zonzi appears to have been spotted at Gatwick Airport. The former Stoke and Blackburn midfielder, 29, has told Sevilla he wants to leave.
    (Sun)


  • Newcastle are favourites to sign striker Islam Slimani, 29, from Leicester.
    (Leicester Mercury)


  • The Magpies have also secured a loan deal for Chelsea winger Kenedy, 21, and he is set to arrive when the transfer window reopens next month.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro's agent says the 24-year-old, who is a target for Newcastle, could move in January.
    (Newcastle Chronicle)


  • West Brom will focus on signing Middlesbrough defenderBen Gibson if they sell Jonny Evans, 29. The Baggies will, however, meet stiff resistance from the Championship club for the 24-year-old.
    (Birmingham Mail)


  • Manchester City have reached an agreement with the Paraguayan club Libertad to sign the attacking midfielder Jesus Medina for £3m.
    (Guardian)


  • Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25, says he wants to stay and has targeted a place in England's 2018 World Cup squad.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Liverpool will refuse to let striker Daniel Sturridge leave in January, putting his hopes of featuring for England at the World Cup in jeopardy. Newcastle, West Ham and Stoke are interested in the 28-year-old.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has given Ben Woodburn the green light to leave the club on loan. Leeds United and Sunderland are keen on the 18-year-old forward.
    (Daily Express)


  • Brentford have been given clearance to sign Denmark striker Emiliano Marcondes on a free transfer from Nordsjaelland next month.
    (Daily Star)


  • QPR have told French striker Yeni Ngbaokoto he is free to leave in January.
    (Daily Star)


  • Inter Milan director Walter Sabatini has insisted the club have no desire to let Joao Mario, 24, leave in the January transfer window. The defender has been linked with Manchester United and Paris St-Germain.
    (Independent)


  • West Ham have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Bologna forward Simone Verdi as the club's sporting director says the 25-year-old does not want to leave.
    (Talksport)


  • Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, 34, has hinted at his frosty relationship with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola but insists he has no desire to leave the Premier League leaders anytime soon.
    (Goal)


  • Everton are ready to offer Theo Walcott a chance to revive his World Cup dream with a move to Goodison Park in January. Walcott is yet to start a game in the Premier League so far this season.
    (Daily Mail)




  • MANAGEMENT STUFF

  • Mark Hughes will go into the home match against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday facing the sack if Stoke City show no sign of improvement and suffer a sixth defeat in seven games.
    (Guardian)


  • Swansea have sacked head coach Paul Clement, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday. Clement joined Swansea in January and successfully guided the club to Premier League safety.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Swansea are trying to persuade former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal to become their next manager after sacking Paul Clement.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • Former Stoke, West Brom and Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis is the favourite to succeed Clement.
    (Daily Star)


  • Arsenal are set to promote recruitment co-ordinator Shaun O'Connor, the man who discovered Jack Wilshere, to a new role as senior scout in Sven Mislintat's revamped team.
    (Daily Mail)




  • INTERNATIONAL STUFF

  • England handed Karamoko Dembele the captain's armband for two U15 friendlies at St George's Park this week as they look to tempt the Celtic wonderkid away from playing for Scotland.
    (Daily Record)




  • OTHER STORIES

  • The race to end the year as the top goalscorer in world football nears it's end with Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski are all tied on 53 goals for club and country. But Harry Kane, the only Premier League striker in the top 10, is breathing down their necks on 50.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Keeping Swansea in the Premier League will be the "hardest" job any top-flight manager would have faced in the past three years, said former Scotland boss Gordon Strachan.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Former Arsenal forward Paul Merson has come under scrutiny for failing to pick Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah in his team of the season so far.
    (Liverpool Echo)


















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